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Caroline Everest death: Police arrest man on suspicion of rape

Officers investigating the death of 18-year-old Caroline Everest in Sheffield have arrested a 31-year-old man on suspicion of rape.

They say tests into the cause of the student's death have proved ‘inconclusive’ and that more are to be carried out to determine how she died.

Caroline was reported missing after leaving the Corporation nightclub in the city centre in the early hours of Sunday. Officers today confirmed a body found yesterday in a river in Summerfield Street is that of the missing teenager.

Detectives are continuing their investigation to piece together the exact circumstances that led to her death.

Caroline Everest

At this time, we are treating Caroline’s death as unexplained. There have been a number of developments throughout the late evening and overnight as part of this complex investigation. Officers have trawled through hours of CCTV footage to trace Caroline’s last steps to begin to understand what happened that night. CCTV tells us that Caroline left the Corporation nightclub on Milton Street at around 2.40am on Sunday.

A minute later, she is seen with a man outside the Devonshire Cat pub. At 3.35am, CCTV shows them parting company on Napier Street in Sharrow. Approximately ten minutes later, Caroline is seen alone on Summerfield Street, walking in the direction of the river. This is the last we see of her.

We have carried out extensive enquiries in a bid to identify and locate the man in the earlier CCTV footage. As a result, we arrested a 31-year-old on suspicion of rape. He remains in custody. The investigation is ongoing and we continue to review CCTV footage from the information received from the public. If you saw Caroline that night, or have any information, I urge you to come forward. Any information, no matter how small, could be vital to piece together her final steps and to provide answers for her family.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Victoria Short


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Chancellor to outline plans to build 400,000 new homes

The measures will include building 200,000 new starter homes. Credit: PA

The Chancellor is expected to outline plans to build 400,000 new homes in England during his Autumn Statement on Wednesday.

George Osborne will pledge to "turn generation rent into generation buy" through the largest affordable housebuilding programme in more than 30 years.

The measures will include 200,000 new starter homes with a 20% discount for first-time buyers under 40 and 135,000 Help to Buy shared ownership homes.

The Government will also help create 10,000 homes that will be available to rent at around 20% below the market rent to allow tenants to save for a deposit, as well as 8,000 specialist homes for older residents and people with disabilities.

Mr Osborne is expected to say: "In the end, spending reviews like this come down to choices about what your priorities are. And I am clear: in this Spending Review, we choose housing. Above all, we choose homes that people can buy."

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Tax credit changes to be scrapped

Chancellor George Osborne has announced that planned changes to tax credits will be scrapped.

I’ve had representations that these changes to tax credits should be phased in. I’ve listened to the concerns. I hear and understand them.

And because I’ve been able to announce today an improvement in the public finances, the simplest thing to do is not to phase these changes in, but to avoid them altogether.

Tax credits are being phased out anyway as we introduce universal credit. What that means is that the tax credit taper rate and thresholds remain unchanged.

– George Osborne

Inquest opens into death of transgender inmate

An inquest has heard that a transgender woman who was found dead at Armley prison in Leeds was considered to be "at risk of self-harm".

Vicky Thompson & boyfriend Robert Steele Credit: Robert Steele

Vicky Thompson, who was 21 and from Keighley, died on November 13th. She had said she would kill herself if sent to a male prison.

The inquest at Wakefield Coroner's Court was adjourned for police and prison service investigations. Her death has prompted calls for a shake-up of the government's handling of transgender prisoners and a change in policy.

A minute's silence, attended by Vicky's boyfriend Robert Steele, was held in Bradford at the weekend.


White Ribbon ambassadors for Nottinghamshire Police

The four ambassadors Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

Four officers have been appointed by Nottinghamshire Police to help ensure the force continues to help reduce violence against women.

The four 'White Ribbon' ambassadors have been named as the campaign marks its annual awareness day. White Ribbon is a worldwide movement run by men who know that there is never an excuse for violence against women. They pledge never to condone it, or to stand by when they know it is happening.

The four ambassadors for Nottinghamshire Police are Detective Inspector Pete Quinn, Detective Chief Inspector Andy Gowan, Detective Chief Inspector Leigh Sanders and Sergeant Nigel Bradley.

Pledges to support the White Ribbon campaign can be made online here

Bank robbers make off with 'large amount' of cash

Large amount of cash taken

Police are appealing for witnesses to a bank robbery in a busy student area of Hull.

The thieves stole a large amount of cash from the Newland Avenue branch of Lloyds Bank at around 5pm yesterday evening. At least three men were involved.

Police say they used a ladder to break in through the roof. Staff were still at work at the time, but no-one was injured. The gang then fled in a grey Nissan Qashqai before changing vehicles near Loveridge Avenue. They were all described as being of slim build, around 5ft 8 inches tall and wearing dark clothing and balaclavas.

We are looking into a number of lines of enquiry. However, this is a really busy student area and someone must have seen something. Did you see anyone in the area with a set of ladders? Did you see the vehicle in Newland Avenue or the surrounding area? Was there a strange vehicle parked in the Loveridge Avenue area? We would urge anyone with information to get in touch.”

– Detective Sergeant Christine Calvert

Police chief: under-threat support officers are our 'eyes and ears'

West Yorkshire Police Force has had to shed 2,000 officers and staff due to budget cuts over recent years.

The temporary assistant Chief Constable of West Yorkshire, Angela Williams, fears the Chancellors spending review will mean the further loss of officers and Police Community Support Officers - who she says are invaluable in the fight against terrorism and the force's "eyes and ears" on the ground

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