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Police: Lower Castle Park Murder Update

Written by RSS Poster Crime & Justice - UK Crime News

Detectives investigating the murder of James Attfield are renewing their appeal for a man and woman to come forward who were seen close to where his body was found.

The man and a woman were seen sitting on a bench by the lake in Castle Park, in Colchester, at around 11.30pm to 11.40pm on Friday March 28.

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Werrett said: “The man is described as white, of stocky build, and seemed tall with long legs. The only description we have of the woman is that she was white

“They were sitting at opposite ends of the bench so we do not know for certain if they knew each other, but they may have been a couple who have had a row earlier in the evening and were sitting apart not talking to each other.

“The witness we have spoken to believes that about 10 metres away from where this couple were sat there was also a man sat on the grass who was white, aged 30 to 40 and wearing a dark jacket and possibly jeans. This may, or may not, have been Mr Attfield.

“I am keen to speak to these two...

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Police: Murder investigation, Cressing Road – Braintree

Written by RSS Poster Crime & Justice - UK Crime News

Police carrying out an investigation into a murder in Braintree have identified the man who died as Michael Haastrup, aged 24, from Southend.

His family have issued a tribute to Michael who had recently become a father.

They said: “Michael was a new father, a son, a brother and a good friend who had his whole life ahead of him. He had just got a new job and had a lovely new home with his partner and new son.

“He was loved by many and helped people when he could. He used to bring in young homeless children to spend Christmas with his family to make them feel a part of this world again and bring hope into their lives.

“May his humble soul rest in peace.”

Michael will be formally identified by HM Coroner when a inquest into his death is opened.

A 24-year-old man arrested on suspicion of his murder currently remains in custody being questioned by detectives.

A 20-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender has been bailed pending further enquiries.

Police: Charmless Rage

Written by RSS Poster The Magistrates' Blog
We spent a day dealing with Domestic Violence cases this week. Unusually a couple of defendants chose to plead guilty so we adjourned their cases for reports, but the rest all went not guilty, so we had to deal with case management.

"There's no art to find the mind's construction in the face" may well be true, but we were given clues by a few of those we saw. One large man's body language made it as clear as can be that he considered the whole business beneath him. His face bore a scowl that suggested aggressive resentment  and his answers to the Clerk were brusque, but just short of the dividing line that would oblige the chairman to step in. His solicitor's face gave us a clue that he had a difficult and surly client.

Another burly young man had been seen dragging his girlfriend along by the hair, and when challenged by a passing motorist he said "Fuck off. She's my woman and I'll do what I like" . The lady concerned was sitting in the gallery of the court to see how lover boy got on. She has already made a withdrawal statement,...

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Police: Woman sexually assaulted – Withington

Written by RSS Poster Crime & Justice - UK Crime News

A 21-year-old woman was sexually assaulted in Withington.

At 1.15pm on Wednesday 12 March 2014, the woman was on Wilmslow Road outside the Sainsbury’s store and was about to pick up a crash helmet she had dropped when she was approached by a man.

He spoke to her before he sexually assaulted her and left.

The man is described as white, of slim build, 5ft 7in tall, shaved hair, spoke with a local accent and wore long sleeved jumper and grey trousers.

Detective Constable Jan Jones said: “We have managed to get an image of a man and I would urge people to take a good look at it. Do you recognise this man? If you do or if you believe you witnessed the incident itself, we are keen to speak to you.”

Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 6182 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Police: Violent Disorder, Bishopsfield, Four charged

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Police have charged a number of people with offences following an investigation into an incident of violent disorder which occurred in Bishopsfield, in Harlow, in the early hours of Saturday January 18. A total of 12 members of the public had contacted police to report their concerns about a fight in the road, damage to cars, and disorder. Following a detailed investigation by detectives into the incident three search warrants were executed in Harlow and one in Bournemouth on Thursday April 17 and a number of suspects were arrested. They were interviewed and following questioning several were charged.

Luke Panagi, aged 23, of The Briars, in Harlow was charged with violent disorder and possession of cannabis with intent to supply. Jose Zolan-Donga, aged 25, of North Circular Road, London, was charged with violent disorder.

Orlando Chinhemba, aged 26, of Hankinson Road, Bournemouth, was charged with violent disorder and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Adam Lawal, aged 23,...

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Police: Armed Robbery – Old Colliery Road – Prescot

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Merseyside Police is appealing for information following a robbery at convenience store in Prescot yesterday (Thursday, 17 April).

At about 3.40pm two males, armed with a knife and an axe, entered the Colliery Convenience on Old Colliery Road approached a member of staff and made demands for cash and cigarettes.

The items were given to the males and they left the premises along Old Colliery Road.

Although uninjured the staff member was left distressed following their ordeal.

Patrols attended, a search of the area and house-to-house enquiries were undertaken. CCTV is also being sought.

The first offender is described as being white and was wearing grey and black hooded jacket, grey tracksuit pants and black gloves.
The second offender is described as being white and was wearing a black hooded top with his face covered.
Detective Sergeant Catherine Walsh , said: “We are absolutely determined to find these offenders so they cannot commit further crimes but we need the...

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Police: I Can't Argue With This (2)

Written by RSS Poster The Magistrates' Blog
Here's another

Police: I Can't Argue With This (1)

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Most JPs would agree with this.

I do.

Police: East London arsenal one of biggest hauls, say police

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One of the capital’s biggest gun hauls has been made in east London, the Metropolitan Police have said.

The 30 firearms seized from an address in Leyton include assault rifles, sawn off shotguns and a Thompson machine gun.

A large amount of ammunition was also seized in the raid on Wednesday morning.

Acting Det Supt Gary Bruce said the size of the haul was “exceptional”.

He added: “The danger of these weapons in the wrong hands cannot be overestimated.”

A 51-year-old man was arrested by the Waltham Forest Gangs Task Force and remains in custody, the police said.

The Met said Operation Trident detectives were investigating.

The force said in the past two years shootings in London had been reduced by 40%.

Officers have seized more than 320 firearms since April 2013.

Police: What is sauce for the Aylesbury duck....?

Written by RSS Poster A Just Future: Fair for All
In recent weeks I have been in an email debate with a fellow councillor as to whether an article on 20mph zones should appear in the next edition of Buckingham Town Matters. (I chair the sub committee which has editorial control of our quarterly newsletter.) The other councillor considered that the issue was not Town Council policy and therefore should not appear in the magazine. My view was that this is subject of great importance (recently raised at the Aylesbury Vale Transport Users Group meeting in the town) and one about which we can and indeed should provoke a debate among the people of Buckingham. The sub committee met yesterday and resolved democratically to keep the article in... so watch this space for it.

Meanwhile, imagine my interest last night as I drove through Aylesbury, the county town of Buckinghamshire, to note that they have a 20mph zone in their town centre. Look, here is the map that was part of the County Council's own consultation a few years back:

I assume this is what became...

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