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Two bouncers found guilty of kidnapping reveller at Essex festival

Brian Atkins. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Two bouncers have been found guilty of kidnapping a man who was later hit by four cars after being ejected from a music festival near South Woodham Ferrers in Essex.

Paul Wickerson, died after being handcuffed and driven two miles from the Brownstock Festival after concerns about his behaviour.

Gregory Maxwell and Brian Atkins, security staff at the festival, will be sentenced tomorrow.

Paul Wickerson. Credit: Essex Police

"People who attend festivals expect those responsible for the security to provide them with a safe environment to enjoy themselves.

They do not expect them to manhandle them, to handcuff them and then dump them on a dangerous road. Mr Wickerson's death should not have happened.

This verdict will send the clear message to those involved in the security for music festivals that you will be held to account for your actions.

This has been a difficult investigation for Essex Police and I would pay tribute to my investigation team for their hard work in achieving this verdict.”

– Det Chief Insp Simon Werrett


Northampton Saints Chairman vows to stand by Hartley

Dylan Hartley won't feature in England's first World Cup game. Credit: PA

The Northampton Saints Chairman Tony Hewitt has vowed that the club will stand by hooker Dylan Hartley after he was hit with yet another ban.

Hartley was handed a four-week suspension for headbutting Saracens' Jamie George during the Aviva Premiership semi-final between the two sides at the weekend.

It means that the 29-year-old won't be eligible to play in any of England's World Cup warm-up games as well as the tournament opener against Fiji on September 18.

Hartley's latest indiscretion means that he's now missed 54 weeks of his career through suspensions.

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"Dylan does a fantastic amount of work off the pitch with the squad and a number of charitable commitments so he's a very important part of Northampton.

He's been a good servant and we'll continue to look after him."

– Tony Hewitt, Northampton Saints chairman

Suffolk woman jailed for three years for assaulting 90-year-old woman in her care

Dorothy Kerridge. Credit: Suffolk Police

A woman from Suffolk has been jailed for three years for assaulting a 90-year-old woman in her care.

56-year-old Dorothy Kerridge from Saxmundham was charged with three counts of assault, one count of ill treatment and one count of neglect between November 2012 and February 2013.

She was working as a live-in carer for an elderly lady suffering from dementia in Ipswich at the time.

She was found guilty of two counts of assault at Ipswich Crown Court in April.

The alarm was raised when the victim's family noticed bruises on her face, legs, arms and feet on numerous occasions.

The victim told her family that she had been slapped by Kerridge and hit with a stick.

Kerridge denied the charges, claiming they were the result of falls.

"This was a particularly distressing case, in which an extremely vulnerable person was abused by someone who was entrusted by family and friends to care for her.

Carers across the county do a fantastic job of supporting people who need assistance, but Kerridge completely abused this position of trust over a number of months. My thanks and praise go to the family of the victim who reported their concerns and assisted us throughout the investigation. This has been an extremely traumatic time for them and I hope that today’s court result will go some way to help them recover.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Jim Gooding
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