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Doncaster woman pleads not guilty in Lost Prophets investigation

A Doncaster woman has pleaded not guilty as part of an investigation into paedophile and former rock star, Ian Watkins.

Ian Watkins

Joanne Mjadzelics appeared at Cardiff Magistrates Court via video link and pleaded not guilty to all charges.

She is accused of four counts of possession of an indecent image, two counts of distributing an indecent image and one count of encouraging another to distribute an indecent image.

She was bailed to appear before Cardiff Crown Court on April 7.

Appearing via video link from Doncaster Magistrates Court, she was granted bail on the condition that she has no unsupervised contact with a child under the age of 16 and posts no images of a child on social media.

The charges were brought after the CPS asked South Wales Police to look in to the alleged offences which date back to 2011.

Huddersfield MP questions police 'trawling'

A discredited and defunct police technique that destroyed innocent people's lives with false allegations of child abuse and carried a high risk of wrongful convictions is being used by the Government's new crime-fighting agency, a Huddersfield MP has said.

Labour's Barry Sheerman claimed the National Crime Agency (NCA) was using controversial "trawling" techniques to find evidence against teachers and social workers in its investigation into historic child abuse in North Wales care homes.

Mr Sheerman said social workers and educationalists were once again having their lives ruined and being left in limbo as the NCA uses the method in its Operation Pallial investigation.

Trawling was used by many of the police forces in England and Wales in the late 1990s and early 2000s to investigate historic abuse allegations in children's homes. The method involves police trawling for information from a wide net of former residents.

In 2002, the Home Affairs Select Committee concluded that trawling "produces unreliable evidence for the prosecution" and created "a new genre of miscarriages of justice".

The committee stated "trawling is said to provide fertile conditions for the generation of false allegations" and said "the risks of effecting a miscarriage of justice in these cases are said to be unusually high".

Police Minister Damian Green said he would investigate Mr Sheerman's allegation.

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Prison runaway could be in Lincolnshire warn police

Police in Wales are appealing for information to help locate 44-year-old Christopher Woodward, who absconded from HMP Prescoed in South Wales on Friday.

Christopher Woodward Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Woodward, who also uses the name Christopher Hunter, was convicted of manslaughter in Lincolnshire in 1999.

He is 5ft 10", clean shaven and has short cropped brown hair and blue eyes. He was wearing blue jeans, blue shoes and a black bomber jacket.

He has contacts in the Lincolnshire area and police think he may be a threat to the public.

Cat found a long way from home

Lucy the cat Credit: Calendar

A woman is looking to reunited a cat with its owners after it was found in Harbrough, near Grimsby six years after it was reported missing in Wales.

Rona Renyard discovered the black cat on her way to fitness class and after taking it to the vets she learned from its microchip history that it had been reported missing in 2006.

She is now hoping the cat's owners will come forward.

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