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Minute's silence for Jodie Rogers

A minute's silence will be held today at the spot where an 11-year-old girl was knocked off her bike in Grimsby a fortnight ago. Jodie Rogers died from head injuries after being hit by a car on Park Street on September 25th.

Since hear death, members of the community, where Jodie had lived for just five weeks, have raised thousands of pounds to help pay for her funeral. This morning, fundraisers wearing pink will gather at Cleethorpes Pier before walking to the spot where the schoolgirl died, where they plan to stop traffic, and fall silent for a minute.

'Disgraceful’ PC abused his position to contact vulnerable women

A police officer, who used his position to inappropriately contact vulnerable women, has been branded a 'disgrace' by South Yorkshire's Deputy Chief Constable.

PC Lee Lucas who was formally based at Rotherham’s Main Street Police Station, has admitted misconduct in a public office. He also pleaded guilty to making indecent images of children at Sheffield Crown Court. He will be sentenced on December 21st.

Lucas, who has been a PC with the force since July 2010, pleaded guilty to the offences following an inquiry by South Yorkshire Police. In October 2013, the force’s Professional Standards Department launched Operation Pigeon, an internal investigation exploring whether any officers were abusing their position by contacting vulnerable members of the public. The investigation identified excessive and unexplained contact between Lucas and eight women during 2013.

The women were vulnerable members of the public who had contacted the police in relation to various incidents including harassment, domestic abuse and other crime. Lucas met them when he was deployed to incidents involving the women. The investigation revealed that he maintained contact with the complainants, sharing thousands of text messages with them and also visiting some of them at their homes. Investigators found that many of the text messages sent by Lucas had been inappropriate, suggestive and flirtatious.

In December 2013, officers searched Lucas’ home and seized his police phone, his personal mobile phone, and also his computer hard drive. When police examined his computer, around 1,400 indecent images of children were discovered. Lucas, 39, pleaded guilty to misconduct in a public office and eight counts of making indecent images of children.

Lucas was suspended from his duties on 17 December 2013. He remains on suspension and will appear before the Chief Constable for a special case hearing, where his future with the force will be determined.

Lee Lucas is quite simply a disgrace and his actions will disgust all members of the force. South Yorkshire Police deal robustly with these offences and it is worthy of note that his actions were uncovered in an internal inquiry and this has been pursued vigorously through to a criminal prosecution. We recognise the bravery of the victims who assisted our inquiry and provided evidence.

– DCC Andrew Holt


One punch man sentenced to two years in jail

A man who punched another man and left him unconscious in the street has been today jailed for two years.

Steven Hancock’s victim was put into a medically induced coma in order to save his life following the assault in Gateford Road, Worksop, in the early hours of June 20th.

Hancock, who is 23, and formerly of Yeoman Close, was sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court after earlier pleading guilty to grievous bodily harm. The court heard Hancock and a friend had arrived in Worksop after a night of heavy drinking in Sheffield.

They went into a pub where the two men had an argument with the victim which ended in them shaking hands. But later on that evening, Hancock got into another argument with the victim whilst walking home. This time, Hancock punched the man, knocking him unconscious.

Detective Constable Jann Olsen, who led the investigation, said: “This was a cowardly and horrendous attack that has left the victim with awful injuries. We hope that he can make a full recovery. The severity of the sentence shows just how serious a crime this is and I am pleased Hancock will be serving time in prison.”

Grimsby victim's family appeal for calm

The man killed in an incident in Grimsby earlier today has been formally identified as Dean Southwick.

His mother, Lisa Briggs and her partner Trevor Day, have tonight urged the local community to leave the investigation to the police and not to take matters into their own hands. In a statement they appealed for calm.

We have every confidence in the police and believe that they will bring the person responsible for the death of Dean to justice. We know that feelings are running high locally but we don't want retribution. We want the police to be allowed to conduct their inquiries and take the necessary course of action to resolve this matter for us. We are devastated by the loss of Dean and want to be free to grieve for him without worrying that others will try to take the law into their own hands.

– Dean Southwick's family

A 19-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder remains in custody at Grimsby Police Station and detectives continue to question him. A second man, aged 18, is in Hull Royal Infirmary where his condition is described as poorly but stable.


Bench is 'fitting tribute' to Bobby and Christi

The parents of two children who died nine years ago from carbon monoxide poisoning while on holiday in Corfu unveiled a memorial bench today. Sharon Wood and Neil Shepherd were in Horbury near Wakefield where the children used to live. A coroner ruled last May that Bobby and Christi Shepherd had been unlawfully killed. Sharon and the Wakefield MP Mary Creagh spoke to Calendar.

Mother jailed after toddler son drowns in pond

A mother has been jailed at Hull Crown Court for child cruelty after her two-year-old son drowned in a pond - while she looked at Facebook on her phone.

Claire Barnett, who is 31, was looking at social media on her mobile phone while Joshua played in the garden. He fell into the pond at their home in Beverley, on March 17th, last year, and despite attempts to save him, died later that day in hospital.

Barnett was jailed for five years and criticised by a judge for her "bad parenting." The court heard Barnett, who has since moved to Nottingham, was questioned by police and told them varying accounts of what happened in the garden. The court also heard how Barnett had let Joshua play out in the road when she lived in Hull in August 2013. Neighbours contacted social services after he narrowly avoided being hit by a car. Barnett pleaded guilty to four counts of child cruelty.

Your son died due to your neglectful conduct. You will have to live with that for the remainder of your life. For a parent to behave as you did, repeatedly, amounts to consistently bad parenting. I trust that you will never be allowed to have further unsupervised contact to any child. If you should have any further children, they will almost certainly be removed from you. You pose very serious risks to any child for whom you might have responsibility.

– Judge Jeremy Richardson
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