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England's Alistair Brownlee wins triathlon gold

England triathlon athlete Alistair Brownlee has won gold at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Jonathan Brownlee grabbed silver, coming in eleven seconds behind his brother at the finish line.

England's Alistair Brownlee celebrates after winning the men's triathlon
England's Alistair Brownlee celebrates after winning the men's triathlon. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA

Men's triathlon standings:

  • Eng - A. Brownlee 1:48:50
  • Eng - J. Brownlee +0:11
  • SAF - R. Murray +1:31

England have now added more medals to their haul after Jodie Stimpson won gold in the women's triathlon race today.

More: Mo Farah pulls out of Commonwealth Games


Judge: Murder was 'waiting to happen'

Two men have been sentenced today for the killing of Sri Lankan student Thavisha Peiris.

Mr Peiris was finishing his last shift as a pizza delivery driver before starting a dream job when he was stabbed to death.

Kasim Ahmed was jailed for twenty-three years, while Shamraze Khan will serve a minimum of twenty-four.

Passing sentence Mr Justice Coulson said of Ahmed: "You are a dangerous brutally killed a person carrying out a kind of public service."

He said he had a truly terrible record for someone so young and said: "This was a murder that was waiting to happen in light of your criminal record."

He said had Ahmed been eighteen rather than seventeen at the time of the killing the starting point of the sentence would have been a minimum of thirty years.

The court heard a statement from Thavisha Peiris' family in which his father said: "We have lost the most caring and loving son a parent could have...we are now left with nothing but a broken heart."

A spokesman for the Crown Prosecution Service said the murder had left Mr Peiris' family devastated:

Thavisha Peiris was a gentle and loving young man. He was working his last shift as a delivery driver in Sheffield before starting a new ‘dream job’ when his life was senselessly and brutally cut short, the victim of a frenzied knife attack. The loss of Thavisha has left his family and friends devastated.

We have worked closely with South Yorkshire Police to build a robust case to put before the jury. Kasim Ahmed pleaded guilty to murder. And yesterday the jury has today found Shamraze Khan guilty of murder. These two defendants will now be serving a total of 47 years in prison between them. We hope that this result brings some comfort to Thavisha’s family and friends.

– James Scott, District Crown Prosecutor, CPS Yorkshire and Humberside


Thavisha Peiris killers jailed for forty-seven years


Kasim Ahmed jailed for min 23 years for murdering Sri Lankan pizza delivery driver Thavisha Peiris in Sheffield


Shamraze Khan jailed for min of 24 years for murder of Thavisha Peiris in Sheffield

CCTV image shows man believed to be John Heald

South Yorkshire Police have released a CCTV image of a man believed to be John Heald who is the subject of a man hunt after the murder of a woman in Bridlington last week.

CCTV believed to show John Heald
CCTV believed to show John Heald

Bei Carter was found stabbed to death at her guest house in Bridlington on Friday 18 July.

An image of a man believed to be John Heald in B&M Bargains, Mexborough, at 4.15pm on Saturday 19 July has been released by officers searching for him.

The 53-year-old from the Rotherham area is wanted by Humberside Police in connection with the murder of Mrs Carter.

He is also wanted by South Yorkshire Police in connection with a serious sexual offence in Sheffield on Sunday 13 July.

There have been several potential sightings of John Heald around the Rotherham area since the investigation began.

Police have released the image in the hope it will encourage members of the public to come forward with information as to his whereabouts.

A £5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to his arrest but the public is urged not to approach him and to contact police urgently if he is seen.

Chief Inspector describes prison as 'frightening' after report into safety

Inspectors say they are very concerned about safety at a prison in North Nottinghamshire where four people have died in the past year.

The report into conditions at Ranby Prison, near Retford, found high levels of violence and serious problems with prisoners self-harming.

The Chief Inspector of Prisons Nick Hardwick described the prison as "frightening":

The National Offender Management Service says the prison governor at Ranby has taken action to address the concerns raised in the report and significant progress has been made since the inspection.

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