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Parents who weren't returned baby ashes to speak out

Parents in Shropshire who weren't given ashes after cremating their children are due to give a press conference later.

The gates into the crematorium Credit: Google street view

A report into the Emstrey Crematorium in Shrewsbury found nearly 60 families were affected between 1996 and 2013.

The report, commissioned by Shropshire Council, discovered no ashes from the cremation of children aged less than a year old were returned to funeral directors and families between 1996 and 2012.

This was because of the "equipment and techniques" employed in the crematorium during that time.

A national inspector for crematoria has now been recommended.


Man comes forward in Watford fan assault investigation

Watford fans show their support for supporter Nic Cruwys Credit: Scott Heavey/EMPICS Sport

A 20-year-old man has contacted police in Wolverhampton after identifying himself on CCTV images released yesterday by police investigating the assault on Watford fan Nic Cruwys.

Mr Cruwys, aged 44, was left with potentially life changing injuries following the attack by a group of men after a game between Wolves and Watford.

“As a result of police releasing the image of a man we wanted to identify in relation to the assault on March 7 in Wolverhampton, a man telephoned officers in Wolverhampton last night and we will be speaking to him later today."

– Detective Inspector Toni Naylor

Police launch campaign against identity fraud

West Mercia and Warwickshire police launch their #Be Cyber Smart Credit: Brian Lawless/PA Archive/Press Association Images

West Mercia and Warwickshire police are warning people to be extra vigilant with incidents of cyber crime on the rise across the Midlands.

They are launching as new awareness campaign urging people to better protect themselves when they share personal details online.

Identity theft cost the country more than £3 billion last year.

"Identity theft is the UK's fastest-growing method used to carry out criminal activity. Once a criminal has got hold of your personal details they can use them to commit identity crime, such as fraud.

"The internet provides numerous opportunities for fraudsters to harvest the personal data of unsuspecting members of the public and they don't even have to leave the comfort of their own homes.

"While the vast majority of people know what measures to take to stay safe in the real world, by keeping their cars and homes locked for example, some are not as well versed on what they should do to protect themselves in cyber space.

"This phase of our #Be Cyber Smart campaign seeks to highlight the simple and yet effective steps people living and working across Warwickshire and West Mercia can take to help them avoid falling victim."

– DCI Sean Paley, from Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police


CCTV released after Telford bus robbery

The suspect grabbed the bus driver's hand and snatched the money back Credit: West Mercia Police

Police investigating a robbery which happened on a bus in Telford have released CCTV images of a man they wish to speak to.

It happened between 3:30pm and 3:45pm on Thursday 12 March as the bus was travelling through Brookside.

A man got on at a stop adjacent to Bembridge and handed over a counterfeit note, which the bus driver checked with an ultraviolet torch.

The man handed over a counterfeit note Credit: West Mercia Police

At the same time he reached through a gap in the plastic security glass of the driver's cabin, grabbed her hand, then snatched the money back from her as well as a handful of £1 coins.

He than got off and ran away in the direction of Brookside.

The suspect is described as being white, around 5ft 7ins, slim, with dark brown hair and a long fringe.

Police want to speak to anyone who may recognise him.

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