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Man jailed for carrying stun gun disguised as iPhone

A 21-year-old man who was caught by police with a stun gun disguised as an iPhone has been jailed.

Police were called to Chapel Close, Blackthorne, Bicester, Oxfordshire, amid reports of a man in possession of a stun gun.

The stun gun, left, compared to an Apple iPhone 4.
The stun gun, left, compared to an Apple iPhone 4. Credit: Thames Valley Police

Officers who attended the scene at around 8pm on January 6 found Marcel Cross with the device, which had been made to look like an iPhone 4.

Cross, of Chapel Close, was jailed at Oxford Crown Court on Monday for three years for possession of a Section 5 firearm, Thames Valley Police said.

Marcel Cross was jailed for three years.
Marcel Cross was jailed for three years. Credit: Thames Valley Police

Scotland Yard 'regrets distress caused' to families

Scotland Yard has stopped short of offering an apology to the families of 17 justice campaigns, who a secret police unit kept information on.

I regret enormously the distress that has been caused.

– Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt

The investigation is set to go on for another year and will report on the culture of the unit where "some behaviour that was not appropriate".


Police 'spying' news like 'a bomb exploding in my head'

The mother of a 20-year-old student who died in mysterious circumstances in 1997 has told ITV News that being told a secret police unit was keeping information on her was like "a bomb exploding in my head".

Ricky Reel was with his friends on a night out before they were all racially abused by two white men.

The student disappeared shortly after that incident and his body was later found in the River Thames.

Today's report found that a secret police unit kept information on families of 17 justice campaigns.

In response to the findings, Ricky's mother Sukhdev Reel told ITV News: "Please spy on criminals, what crime did I commit?"

Isis orders women of Mosul to undergo genital mutilation

Militant group Isis has ordered all girls and women in and around the Iraqi city of Mosul to undergo female genital mutilation, a UN official said.

An Isis fighter in Iraqi city of Mosul pictured in June 23.
An Isis fighter in Iraqi city of Mosul pictured in June 23. Credit: Reuters

The "fatwa" issued by the fighters would potentially afflict 4 million women and girls, UN co-ordinator Jacqueline Badcock said, saying the order was "of grave concern".

This is something very new for Iraq, particularly in this area, and is of grave concern and does need to be addressed. This is not the will of Iraqi people, or the women of Iraq in these vulnerable areas covered by the terrorists.

– Jacqueline Badcock, UN humanitarian co-ordinator in Iraq


French fighter jets sent to search for missing plane

Two French fighter jets based in West Africa have been sent to search for a missing Air Algerie flight, a French army spokesman said.

"Two Mirage 2000 jets based in Africa were dispatched to try to locate the Air Algerie plane that disappeared on Thursday," French army spokesman Gilles Jaron said.

"They will search an area from its last known destination along its probable route."

Destroyed streets in Gaza deserted as strikes continue

ITV News Correspondent Dan Rivers has arrived in Gaza, to find the streets empty of people but filled with rubble from the buildings destroyed by Israeli airstrikes and shelling.


In the first 15 minutes I saw just 3 people on streets of Gaza but plenty evidence of this brutal war

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