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Prisoner threw urine in face of HMP Woodhill officer

HMP Woodhill near Milton Keynes Credit: Press Association.

A prisoner has been given a further jail sentence after throwing urine in the face of a prison officer at HMP Woodhill, near Milton Keynes.

Michael Thorpe, 22, pleaded guilty to one count of administering poison / noxious thing with intent to injure / aggrieve / annoy when he appeared at Aylesbury Crown Court earlier this month.

He was given a nine-month prison sentence.

Thorpe threw a cup of urine in the face of the prison officer in July last year. He then ran away back to his cell.

“This was an unprovoked attack on a prison officer who was carrying out his day to day duties within the prison system.

“Throwing urine is a disgusting assault and the sentence highlights that this type of behaviour in prison will not be tolerated by Thames Valley Police or the courts.”

– PC Gavin Ramdyal, Thames Valley Police

Woman dragged to the floor and sexually assaulted

The offender touched the victim inappropriately over her clothing.

An investigation has been launched after a woman was dragged to the floor and sexually assaulted in Milton Keynes.

The victim was grabbed from behind by a man as she was walking with her two children near the Kingston Centre on Thursday afternoon (25 January).

Police believe the offender may have approached other members of the public prior to the attack.

House to house enquiries are being carried out in the area and extra officers will also be on patrol.

Investigating officer, Detective Inspector Ian Jarvis of Force CID, said: “I am appealing to anyone who may have any information about this serious offence to contact police as soon as possible.

“The offender is man with olive coloured skin, in his early to mid-twenties, slim, with short cropped black hair and light coloured eyes.

“He spoke with an accent which is possibly Romanian.

“If you saw a man acting suspiciously in the vicinity of H8 and V11 and the Kingston Centre please come forward."


New scheme to cut down on plastic bottles

The scheme's already been piloted in Norwich and Hunstanton. Credit: Anglian Water.

People will soon be able to refill water bottles for free at shops, cafes and water fountains across the region.

Anglian Water is taking part in the scheme - which they have already piloted in Norwich and Hunstanton.

The aim is to cut down on the number of plastic bottles that are thrown away every year.

Non-profit organisation 'City to Sea' is behind the scheme.

We've seen a huge appetite for our Refill campaign across England, from individuals wanting to make a difference in their community to national chains keen to offer free refills to their customers.

Our Refill app puts the power to stop plastic pollution in people's hands - and now thanks to the water industry we'll be able to help everyone, from local communities to airports, to provide free refills on the go.

– Natalie Fee, Founder of City to Sea.

Justice Minister's concerns over standards at Oakhill prison

Justice Minister Phillip Lee speaking in the House of Commons Credit: ITV News Anglia

A Justice Minister has said he rules "absolutely nothing out" if G4S officials fail to improve standards at a youth jail near Milton Keynes.

Phillip Lee said "very senior people" at the security services company are aware of his views about Oakhill.

Watchdogs reported last year that surging levels of violence at the privately run facility had left staff in hospital following attacks.

"These are vulnerable children, they require the best care - especially with regards to their mental health, In negotiations I rule out absolutely nothing if those contract obligations are not being met."

– Dr Phillip Lee MP, Justice Minister

Oakhill is located near Milton Keynes and provides secure accommodation for up to 80 male youths aged 12 to 18 who have been sentenced or remanded in custody.

Emergency summit called over ambulance death claims

An emergency summit has been called to investigate claims that patients have died after ambulance delays in our region.

The East of England Ambulance Service Trust is facing allegations that up to 20 people died over a 12-day period, at a time when, they say, there was extreme demand.

Watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Victoria Lampard.

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