Dean Harris.

Man jailed for murdering toddler

A man from Peterborough has been told he'll serve at least 17 years after he kicked a toddler so hard, it sent her flying across the room.

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Train cleaners to stage pay strike

Train cleaners to stage pay strike.
Train cleaners to stage pay strike.

Cleaners working on the East Coast line, running through Stevenage and Peterborough, are to stage a fresh strike in a row over pay, but action in a separate dispute over jobs has been suspended.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport union said cleaning staff employed by contractor ISS on the East Coast line will walk out for two days from Friday over pay.

Acting general secretary Mick Cash said ISS cleaners had not received a pay rise since 2011.

A planned 48 hour walkout from Friday by cleaners working on Interserve contracts for the Eurostar, over jobs, was called off after new proposals were put forward.

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Health watchdog raises "significant concerns" over Peterborough care home

Werrington Lodge in Peterborough.
Werrington Lodge in Peterborough. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A health watchdog has raised "significant concerns" over a care home in Peterborough.

Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission said some residents at Werrington Lodge had been left in beds that were wet with urine.

They also said the home was unclean and staff showed a lack of compassion.

Barchester Healthcare, which runs the home, said improvements had been made since the inspections in May and June.

"To be honest, our inspectors were shocked with what they found.

They found significant concerns in all of the areas we looked at and identified a number of very significant worries."

– Malcolm Bower-Brown, Deputy Chief Inspector (Adult Social Care), CQC

Police release cctv images following street robbery

Police have released CCTV images of four people they want to trace in connection with a street robbery in Peterborough.

CCTV image of a person police want to trace
CCTV image of a person police want to trace Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

The victim was threatened and ordered to hand over cash to a group in an alleyway off Bright Street at about 3.40pm on July 10.

Now CCTV images have been released of four people police want to trace.

CCTV image of a person police want to trace
CCTV image of a person police want to trace Credit: Cambridgeshire Police
CCTV image of a person police want to trace
CCTV image of a person police want to trace Credit: Cambridgeshire Police
CCTV image of a person police want to trace
CCTV image of a person police want to trace Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

"We are keen to identify these four as we believe they could have important information to assist our investigation."

– Detective Constable Fran Scott

Anyone with any information should call DC Scott on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

Two men due in court charged with attempted murder

Two men are due to appear in court today charged with the attempted murder of a man in Peterborough.

Mark and Paul O'Reilly, both aged 23, were arrested yesterday in connection with a stabbing in Eastfield Road on 18 July.

Paul O'Reilly, of Tait Close, Peterborough, has been charged with attempted murder. Mark O'Reilly, of no fixed address, faces the same charge along with threatening a person with a knife in a public place.

The pair will appear before Peterborough Magistrates Court.

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Dean Harris' confession letter to Amina's family

Dean Harris who has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of 2-year-old Amina Agboola wrote a letter to her family confessing to the killing. Parts of the letter have been released by police in which he describes the moment he killed Amina and apologises to her family.

Dean Harris' confession letter.
Dean Harris' confession letter.

At this point I can remember saying "for ---- sake Mina", I was already in a standing position and the next thing I knew I had kicked her in the stomach. She had gone backwards and landed on her front about six feet away. I realised what I had done and went to pick her up. She was crying at this point and I could tell it had winded her because of the way she was talking. I picked her up to comfort her, I checked her stomach to see if she was OK. I held her in my arms for around three minutes until she stopped crying. When I went to put her down on the floor to further see if she was OK I noticed that she had become limp....I then panicked.

– Dean Harris
Dean Harris' confession letter.
Dean Harris' confession letter.

Everything else that happened after this point, the phone calls, the ambulance, is well documented. I only wish I could take all this back but I can't so I hope the family can find some closure. I would further like to add that none of this was Sarah's fault, she has lost a child, so I think she has suffered enough. I am truly sorry for what I have done. I can no longer cause further anguish by continuing to lie.

– Dean Harris

Man jailed for toddler murder: Amina Agboola's father still "cries every day" over her death

The father of murdered toddler Amina Agboola says that he's "pleased" with the sentence that's been handed down to her killer, but admits that he's still heartbroken by her death.

20-year-old Dean Harris from Peterborough was jailed for life at Cambridge Crown Court this morning.

He'll serve a minimum of 17 years.

The court heard how he kicked the little girl across the room with such force that it "split her liver completely in two."

Harris was frustrated that Amina, his girlfriend's daughter, had soiled herself.

Amina Agboola.
Amina Agboola. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

"I am pleased with the sentence Dean Harris has received today. However the grief feels like it has no end. I think about Amina constantly. I still cry every day.

I go through the motions of living but inside I am somewhere else thinking about my daughter all the time.

No one understands the pain except those people who are experiencing it. My heart reaches out to every parent on earth who is suffering the loss of a child."

– Rueben Agboola, Amina's father

Speaking to ITV News last month, Mr Agboola said that it's been hard to accept that his daughter is no longer here.

Click below to hear from Reuben Agboola

"I don't want to say goodbye to my daughter. I still want my daughter here with me.

I want not to say goodbye.

I want her to be seen running around, that's what I want. Not to be burying my daughter or saying goodbye to my daughter."

– Rueben Agboola, Amina's father

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Toddler suffered injuries 'similar to a traffic accident'

by Juliet Bremner: ITV News Correspondent

His Honour Lucraft QC said Amina was kicked with such ferocity that it split her liver completely in two. "...similar to the force of a road traffic accident, it must have been an extremely powerful kick.... Amina's young life was ended by this horrific act." He went into say: "I agree that you are a dangerous young man."

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