Jayden Parkinson murder: Ex-Boyfriend Buried Her in His Uncle’s Grave

"Controlling" Ben Blakely, 22, has been found guilty of the horrific murder of his pregnant ex-partner Jayden Parkinson, 17, in Didcot, Oxfordshire. When the verdict was announced Jayden's mother Samantha Shrewsbury burst into tears and left court. Oxford Crown Court heard how Blakely and Jayden had an argument on a footbridge across a disused railway last December when he discovered she was pregnant. Read the rest of this entry »

Sex crime squad ‘under-resourced’ despite rise in child abuse claims

he Met Police's sex crime squad was left with dozens of posts unfilled, despite a rise in child abuse claims, a report has found. Complaints of child rape and sexual assault have risen by a third in the past five years, but more than 50 roles in the unit were vacant in September. The London Assembly said while on paper officer numbers were up, this did not reflect the number of unfilled jobs. Read the rest of this entry »

Police probed 17 justice campaigns

Information on 17 justice campaigns for murder victims and those who died following police contact was held by a secret Scotland Yard unit, a report has found. Derbyshire Chief Constable Mick Creedon said the campaigns dated between 1970 and 2005 and that officers were in the process of telling the families concerned. Read the rest of this entry »

Tory MP ‘Sorry’ Over Girlfriend Assault

The Conservative MP David Ruffley has apologised for assaulting his former girlfriend after calls for him to stand down intensified. In a statement from his lawyers, Mr Ruffley referred to the common assault as an "inappropriate action" and insisted he did not "condone domestic violence". His former partner Wendy Drew was forced to call the police after the incident at his London flat in March, details of which have only just emerged. Read the rest of this entry »

Body found in blaze car was a woman

A body found in a burnt-out car is that of a woman, police have confirmed. West Midlands Police said a 34-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder is continuing to be questioned. Officers made the discovery after being called to reports of a car fire in Fentham Road in the Erdington area of Birmingham at around 8.30pm on Tuesday. Read the rest of this entry »

RNLI warns of rise in coastal deaths

A total of 167 people lost their lives off the UK coastline last year - the highest number since 2010. There were also 368 "near misses" - lives saved by lifeboat crews and lifeguards - in 2013, the RNLI said. The charity is launching a drowning awareness campaign, called Respect the Water, to try to half the number of accidental coastal deaths by 2024. Read the rest of this entry »

Four suicides at ‘crisis’ prison HMP Ranby

A jail in Nottinghamshire where four inmates killed themselves in less than a year has been described as a "prison in crisis" in a damning report. HMP Ranby was found to be "unsafe" with high levels of violence, the HM Inspectorate of Prisons report said. The situation at the jail near Worksop has "deteriorated significantly" since the last inspection in 2012, it said. Read the rest of this entry »

Scottish coastal waters see 39 deaths

A total of 39 people died in accidents around Scotland's coast last year, the RNLI has revealed. Lifeboat crews and lifeguards saved 27 lives and rescued 1,014 people. Over the past four years, a total of 150 people have died - with men accounting for more than two-thirds of the fatalities. Read the rest of this entry »

Scottish independence: Killers seek referendum vote

The UK Supreme Court is to be asked to overturn the ban on convicted prisoners being able to vote in the Scottish independence referendum. Two killers, serving life sentences, have already had their case rejected by judges at the Court of Session in Edinburgh. They claimed the voting ban infringes their human rights. Although Supreme Court rulings normally take several weeks, it is understood judges will rule quickly in this case. Read the rest of this entry »

Undercover Police Slammed In Misconduct Report

The Metropolitan Police will face criticism today with a report expected to reveal the force kept information gathered by undercover officers that served no purpose in preventing crime. It follows a review of Scotland Yard's highly-secretive Special Demonstrations Squad (SDS), which has reportedly found that grieving families were spied on, including that of Jean Charles de Menezes, who was shot dead by police in 2005. Read the rest of this entry »
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