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Man sentenced for sexual assault in hotel gym

A woman who was sexually assaulted in a hotel gym has been praised for her bravery in speaking out.

The woman was exercising on June 26th 2016 when she was approached by a drunken Kealey O’Kane. The 34-year-old made lewd comments and sexually assaulted her before she could escape.

Mr O'Kane was convicted of sexual assault following a trial and, today, was sentenced to 20 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 18 month. He has also been ordered to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for seven years and pay £1,750 in court costs.

“I would like to praise the victim for her bravery in coming forward to report this unacceptable attack. Being under the influence of alcohol is absolutely no excuse for harassing and assaulting someone and I’m pleased that he has been found guilty by the courts."

– Gary Hales, Bedfordshire Police


Northamptonshire town has UK's fastest rising house prices

House prices rise in the East of England Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive/PA Images
Great Yarmouth has the lowest average house price in the region

Wellingborough in Northamptonshire has the fastest rising house prices in the UK, say new government statistics. Prices there soared 15% in the year to August 2017, with the average costing £215,000.

In both the East of England and the East Midlands prices were up 6.4% from last year, more than double the rate of inflation. However, several areas including Mid Suffolk, East Northants and Peterborough were hit with house price rises of over 10%.

House prices in the region are now the highest in the UK outside of London and the South East. The average UK house price was £226,000 in August 2017. In St Albans, where house prices are the highest in the region, the average was £526,216.

Welwyn Hatfield was the only place in the region where prices dipped and the lowest average house prices were seen in Great Yarmouth (£161,992), Corby (£178,131), and Fenland (£179,984).

Bomb scare? We're more interested in the darts

Bomb disposal squad at the club

Bomb disposal experts and police officers were called to a village sports and social club last night after one of the members turned up with what is thought to have been part of World War 2 bomb in the boot of his car.

The man turned up at Wing Sports and Social club in Buckinghamshire on his way home from work having found the items earlier in the day while working in Bedford.

"He came in and said that he had dug up some interesting things while on a job. Some older members who were here then went out to his car to have a look at the items which were in the boot. They were very corroded, but they thought they could be old World War 2 detonator heads."

– Club spokeswoman
Bombs in the boot? Credit: Stephen Corkett

Thames Valley Police were contacted and after a photo was emailed to them officers along with the bomb squad arrived and the items were made safe.

During the drama the club was allowed to remain open.

The spokeswoman said:

"We told locals what was happening as they arrived so they had a choice as to whether the could stay or go and people stayed. There was actually more drama inside with the darts match that was going on."

– Club Spokeswoman


Indecent exposure in Bedfordshire

Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Bedfordshire Police are appealing for witnesses after an indecent exposure in Great Barford.

Just before 12.30pm on Friday the force received a report of a young man seen indecently exposing himself in Bedford Road. A short time later he was seen leaving the village on a silver bicycle, heading towards Bedford.

He is described as being approximately 17 years old, white, skinny, with dark hair, wearing a bright blue long-sleeved top.

Anyone who believes they have seen a young man matching the description or has any information is asked to call 101 quoting reference number: JH/43038/2017.

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