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Peterborough torso murder - cause of death still unknown after post mortem

The post mortem on a woman's torso found hidden inside a suitcase at a house in Peterborough has failed to establish a cause of death.

A 57 year-old man from Peterborough is still in custody on suspicion of murder. Magistrates granted police an extension this morning.

Police are still searching for the missing body parts.

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Peterborough: Police search for man after woman's dismembered body found in suitcase

Police have released a picture of a man they want to trace in connection with a murder inquiry in Peterborough.

Officers want to find Lithuanian national Vitautas Jokubauskas, 57, who had been letting the property in Mayor’s Walk where the body of a woman was found yesterday.

Detectives have now confirmed the body had no arms, legs or head and was found in a suitcase.

The last reported sighting of Mr Jokubauskas was on May 30 when he was taken to work in Huntingdon by a friend.

The body has not been identified, however, police are keen to trace a woman, believed to be Mr Jokubauskas’ partner, who is only described as being about 40, slim, with black hair and also Lithuanian.

No further details on her are known at this time.

A cordon has been put up at the property in Mayor’s Walk and police, including scenes of crime officers, remain at the premises.

Police say they're very concerned for the welfare of Mr Jokubauskas' partner.

"Investigations are ongoing to determine where this murder took place and our priorities are to locate Mr Jokubauskas and identify the body.

I would urge anyone who thinks they have seen Mr Jokubauskas or recognises the description of his partner to contact police as soon as possible. Anyone who sees him should not approach him and should contact police immediately.”

– DCI Gallop, Beds, Cambs and Herts Major Crime Unit


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Children get hands on in their campaign to save part of their school playing field

Parents and children at Oundle Primary near Peterborough have made a video to campaign against proposals which could mean the school loses use of the land.

Northamptonshire County Council is replacing the middle school with one primary to create a two tier system and says it'll leave too much land for the number of pupils and is looking at other uses for it.

The idea of disposing of school land is controversial but not unusual.

Between 2001 and 2010 the Government gave approval to change the use of 242 playing fields across the UK.

In the last five years there have been 103 earmarked, with the largest numbers seen in 2013 and 2014...where 61 were given approval to be disposed of.

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Thomas Cook boss will meet Christi and Bobby's family today

Christi and Bobby Shepherd who died in Corfu Credit: Press Association

The boss of Thomas Cook will today meet the family of two young children killed by carbon monoxide poisoning in Corfu.

Peter Fankhauser, chief executive of the travel firm, has admitted the company failed in its handling of the tragedy and pledged to help the children's parents move on with their lives.

He issued a public apology to them as the company seeks to halt a mounting reputational crisis over the way it has treated the family since the incident.

Speaking after the release of Thomas Cook's half-year results, Mr Fankhauser also vowed to apologise directly to the family of Bobby and Christi, from Horbury, near Wakefield, who died at the Louis Corcyra Beach Hotel on the Greek holiday island in 2006 when they were overcome by fumes from a faulty boiler.

Some customers have threatened to boycott Thomas Cook after it emerged that the firm received around £3 million compensation from the hotel chain responsible for the incident, and following criticisms from the family.

Thomas Cook said earlier this week that it would donate £1.5 million to the charity Unicef, while the remaining £1.5 million went to its insurers for underwriting legal fees.

But the children's parents, Neil Shepherd and Sharon Wood, hit out at the firm, saying they had not been consulted by Thomas Cook about the donation to Unicef.

The family have a particular children's charity they have been supporting and to which relatives and friends have been donating in Bobby and Christi's memory.

A Thomas Cook spokeswoman confirmed that the meeting would take place today but had no information on the timing or location.


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Nine years on: Apology from Thomas Cook for child holiday deaths

It has taken nine years but today the Chief Executive of Peterborough-based Thomas Cook finally said he was "deeply sorry" for the deaths of two British children killed by carbon monoxide poisoning while on holiday in Corfu.

Christi and Bobby Shepherd, who were 6 and 7, died at the Louis Corcyra Beach Hotel on the Greek island in 2006 while on a Thomas Cook holiday. An inquest ruled last week that the company had "breached its duty of care".

Now the company is trying to fight back from what has been widely considered to be a PR disaster.

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Boss of Thomas Cook 'deeply sorry' over children's deaths

Thomas Cook Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The boss of Thomas Cook has said he is "deeply sorry" over the deaths of two young children killed by carbon monoxide poisoning in Corfu and apologised for the company's handling of the incident.

Peter Fankhauser, chief executive of the Peterborough-based travel firm which is facing a public backlash over the way it has treated the family since the tragedy, told the Financial Times: "Look, I'm deeply sorry about the deaths of these two children.

"As a father I really can only express my deepest sorrow."

He added: "It is also clear to me that in the past nine years the company could have handled its relationship with the family better and treated them with more respect and for that I am sorry."

He pledged to apologise directly to the family of Bobby and Christi Shepherd, from Horbury, near Wakefield, who died at the Louis Corcyra Beach Hotel on the Greek holiday island in 2006 when they were overcome by fumes from a faulty boiler.

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Ex-Thomas Cook director: Corfu parents should have been consulted

A former senior figure at Thomas Cook has criticised the company over its handling of the deaths of Christi and Bobby Shepherd.

The children, from Horbury near Wakefield, died from carbon monoxide poisoning in a holiday apartment on Corfu in 2006.

Thomas Cook said yesterday they would donate £1.5 million they received from the hotel owners to the children's charity UNICEF.

But John McEwan, a former managing director at Thomas Cook says the children's parents should have been consulted about the donation and the company have been too concerned with protecting their legal interests.

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Fans bid fond farewell to "legendary" former manager Chris Turner

Friends and family bid farewell to Chris Tuner today. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Football fans have bid a fond farewell to former Peterborough United and Cambridge United Manager Chris Turner.

Fans joined friends and family at the funeral for the 64-year-old which took place at Peterborough Cathedral this morning.

He died last month after being diagnosed with dementia eight years ago.

Chris Turner. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"There's only one word for Chris and that's immense.

He is the epitome of the word legend. He's done everything at the Football Club, right through from owning it, running it, managing it, playing for it.

He's never to be forgotten. He was a wonderful man."

– Bob Symns, Peterborough United Chief Executive

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