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Kent Police investigating sexual assault claim against Heath

Kent Police investigating sexual assault claim against Heath. Credit: PA

Officers from Kent Police have confirmed to ITV News they have received a report of a sexual assault committed in East Kent in the 1960s.

The alleged victim has named Sir Edward Heath in connection with the allegation.

Detectives said they are making initial enquiries and will obtain a full account from the individual who made the report.


Athletics federation reject doping claims

Allegations that international athletics body the IAAF turned a blind eye to suspicious blood tests involving hundreds of athletes have been strenuously denied by the organisation.

A lengthy response by the IAAF to the claims by a German broadcaster and The Sunday Times said the allegations were "sensationalist and confusing".

The paper claimed a third of medals had been won by doping athletes. Credit: PA

German broadcaster ARD/WDR and The Sunday Times gained access to a database containing more than 12,000 blood tests from 5,000 athletes. It claimed more than 800 athletes - and a third of all medallists in endurance events at recent Olympics and World Championships - had suspicious blood test results which were not followed up by the IAAF.

The IAAF said in its response: "The published allegations were sensationalist and confusing: the results referred to were not positive tests. In fact, ARD and The Sunday Times both admit that their evaluation of the data did not prove doping."

Family say Cilla Black died of a stroke

Cilla's son Robert spoke to reporters prior to the statement

The family of Cilla Black have said that the results of the post-mortem into her death shows the entertainer died of natural causes.

In a statement, they said that Cilla had a stroke after losing her balance and hitting her head whilst sunbathing. "She would not have suffered" the statement continued.

Robert, Ben & Jack, Cilla’s three sons, said:

We are devastated by the sad loss of our mother, but have been deeply touched by all the kind messages of support from her friends, fans, the public and media.

We would like to thank everyone, especially the people of Liverpool. The tributes and condolences have really helped us through these difficult times.

The Spanish authorities have now told us we are able to bring Mum home, which we hope to do as quickly as possible.

We would also like to thank all those involved for their assistance with this matter.

We respectfully request for our continued privacy to grieve.

– Black family statement.

Jersey Police investigating abuse claims against Heath

The States of Jersey Police have said Sir Edward Heath features in an investigation into historical abuse allegations on the island.

A force spokeswoman said: "Sir Edward Heath does feature as part of Operation Whistle, currently investigating historical allegations of abuse in Jersey.

"The SoJP continue to work in collaboration with their UK based Operation Hydrant counterparts."

Operation Whistle was launched by police in Jersey in June as part of Operation Hydrant, a UK-wide co-ordination of sex abuse probes.

Cilla Black's post-mortem is 'conclusive', son says

One of Cilla Black's sons has said her post-mortem has proved conclusive, and that the family will release a statement shortly.

ITV Granada Reports correspondent Amy Welch is in southern Spain, where Cilla died on Saturday.


Six to stand trial over Becky Watts' murder in October

Becky Watts' remains were fond in a house in Bristol two weeks after she went missing. Credit: ITV News

Six people will stand trial in connection with the murder of teenager Becky Watts in October.

The 16-year-old vanished from her home in Bristol in February sparking a huge police search.

Her body parts were discovered at a house in the city two weeks later.

Becky's stepbrother, Nathan Matthews, 28, and his girlfriend Shauna Hoare, 21, are charged with her murder.

The couple were also charged with perverting the course of justice, conspiracy to commit false imprisonment, preventing Becky's lawful burial and possessing a prohibited weapon.

Karl Demetrius, 29, Donovan Demetrius, 29, Jaydene Parsons, 23, and James Ireland, 23, were charged with assisting an offender.

They will all stand trial at Bristol Crown Court on October 6.

Glasgow bin lorry crash inquiry: 'discrepancy' over driver's past blackout

The GP of the bin lorry driver, which crashed and killed six people in Glasgow just before Christmas, has been giving evidence to an inquiry into the crash this morning.

Doctor Gerald McKaig confirmed that driver Harry Clarke did have a blackout in a staff canteen in 2010, which suggests some discrepancy in Mr Clarke's health records. The inquiry had previously heard Mr Clarke had blacked out at the wheel.

ITV News Scotland Correspondent Debi Edward is at the hearing.

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Police charge man with the murder of Bristol pensioner

Online tributes have been paid to Jan Bennett. Credit: Didim Cem Evi

Officials in Bulgaria have charged a local man with the rape and murder of a Bristol pensioner.

Jan Bennett, 67, is believed to have been attacked whilst out walking her dogs near her home in the village of Malomir.

A 40-year-old local man named as Ivan Georgiev by Bulgarian Authorities, has been arrested after police found DNA linking him to the scene.

Mrs Bennett was from the Eastville area of Bristol but had moved to the country with her husband just two months ago.

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