Senior officer hit by train

One of Leicestershire's most senior police officers has been found dead on a railway line after being hit by a train.

Midlands solider dies

A soldier from Telford has been shot and killed in Afghanistan, Corporal Brent John McCarthy was one of two soldiers attacked.

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Witnesses left distressed after cat blown up with firework

Northamptonshire Police say two people who witnessed a cat being blown up by a firework have been left distressed.

Police have launched an investigation after a cat had a firework strapped to its back and was blown up.

It was reported by a woman who saw the incident with her daughter on Shelley Road in Wellingborough early on Saturday evening (10 November).

A force spokeswoman said the cat's owner, who lives in the street, has been told about what happened.

"This is an unbelievably cruel act and we are very keen to hear from anybody who has any information which will lead to the identification of the perpetrators.

"Not only was it horrific for the poor animal involved, the witnesses and owners of the cat are understandably very distressed.

– PC Mark Jones

For more on this story see ITV Anglia.

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Cat dies after being strapped to firework

Northamptonshire Police are appealing for witnesses following the death of a cat.

Police were called after a woman and her daughter saw a cat with a firework attached to it, which then exploded.

The cat died immediately.

The incident happened on Shelley Road in Wellingborough early on Saturday evening (November 10th).

This is an unbelievably cruel act and we are very keen to hear from anybody who has any information which will lead to the identification of the perpetrators. Not only was it horrific for the poor animal involved, the witnesses and owners of the cat are understandably very distressed.

– pc mark jones

Funeral for Telford soldier killed in Afghanistan

Corporal Brent John McCarthy
Corporal Brent John McCarthy Credit: Ministry of Defence

The funeral of RAF policeman Corporal Brent John McCarthy from Telford is due to take place today.

Corporal McCarthy, 25, died when two people in Afghan police uniforms opened fire near a Helmand patrol base on May 12.

His funeral service will be held at St Nicholas's Church in Codsall at 3.30pm.

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Midlands soldier killed in Lashkar Gah

Corporal McCarthy
Corporal McCarthy Credit: MOD

The Ministry of Defence has announced the death of Corporal Brent John McCarthy from the Royal Air Force. He was 25 years old.

Corporal McCarthy had been sent to Afghanistan as part of a Police Advisory Team to help the local Afghan Uniformed Police in the Lashkar Gah district of Helmand province.

He was attacked and fatally injured following small arms fire.

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