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Family pay tribute to 'gentle' daughter

Alexa-Marie died in hospital after police were called to the family home in Queen Bee Court, Hatfield, at 9.30pm on Wednesday.

In a statement released through police, Alexa-Marie's family paid tribute to the youngster:

We are completed stunned and devastated that our beautiful little girl has been taken from us so suddenly.

She was truly the most gentle, loving, happy and amazing little soul we had the pleasure of knowing. We would be asked to be left alone to grieve at this traumatic time.

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Man charged with death of four-year-old daughter

A man has been charged with murdering his four-year-old daughter.

Carl Wheatley, 30, is due to appear at Hatfield Magistrates' Court today over the killing, Hertfordshire police said.

Alexa-Marie, four Credit: PA/Hertfordshire Police

Alexa-Marie died in hospital after police were called to the family home in Queen Bee Court, Hatfield, at 9.30pm yesterday.

A post-mortem to establish the cause of death will take place on Monday, the force added.


Man held by police over death of four-year-old girl

A 30-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a four-year-old girl died in hospital. Police were called to the girl's home in Queen Bee Court in Hatfield in Hertfordshire yesterday morning.

Lister Hospital in Stevenage Credit: Google Street View

The girl was taken to Lister Hospital in Stevenage but died. Officers are questioning the man, from Hatfield. A a post-mortem examination is due to take place on Monday. It is believed that no-one else was in the house at the time the girl was injured.

Father in court over daughter's murder

The father of an 11-year-old girl who was strangled has appeared before magistrates - charged with her murder.

Rebecca Thompson was discovered at her home in Hertfordshire last month.

Her father Simon Thompson was taken to hospital after being involved in a car crash in the early hours of the same day.

Kate Fisher was at Hatfield Magistrates Court and sent this report:

Dead horses found near Hatfield

Police are trying to find out how the bodies of two horses ended up in a field close to Wild Hill near Hatfield. It's believed the bodies were dumped between Saturday January 26th and Monday January 28th.

The mare and the filly were both thin but do not appear to have been neglected. Police believe they were driven to the area in a vehicle and are working with the RSPCA to identify the owners.

Appeal for witnesses after indecent exposure in Hatfield

Police are appealing to members of the public after an indecent exposure took place in Hatfield.

The incident occurred on Sunday 23rd September, between the times of 5pm and 5.15pm on the 301 Arriva single decker bus.

The offender moved seats next to a woman, with the aisle separating them.

The offender then proceeded to expose himself to the victim.

The offender is described as a white man in his 30s, with dark hair, thin build wearing a beige coat with toggles.

The coat had a hood which was up at the time of the offence.

I am appealing to anyone who witnessed this incident and saw the offender before and after the incident.

We believe there were two men sitting a few seats in front of the offender who may be able to assist in the investigation.

I am also appealing to anyone who may have been with the offender when he got on the bus and anyone who saw him get off the bus.

Anyone with information, please contact the Herts Police on the non-emergency number 101, quoting the crime reference number B2/12/3325. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers, the independent charity, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

– PC Ellie Reeve


Second man charged after fatal Hatfield stabbing

A second man has been charged with the murder of 24-year-old Hatfield man Darren Leonard.

Amariloo Brami, 22, of Walnut Grove, Welwyn Garden City, has been charged with murder and conspiracy to rob.

He has been remanded in custody and is due to appear before Hatfield Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 25th September.

Mr Leonard died after being stabbed during a disturbance inside a flat on Northfield, Hatfield on Wednesday July 11th.

Police appeal for Hatfield murder

Detectives investigating the murder of Darren Leonard in Hatfield have released a description of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the death.

The man is described as being of Albanian appearance, aged between 20 and 30 years old, 5ft 10in to 6ft tall and of average build.

He had short black hair, which was slightly longer on top, and a thin jaw line beard.

Mr Leonard, aged 24, died after being stabbed during a disturbance inside a flat on Northfield on Wednesday July 11th.

We are keen to speak to this man who we believe may have arrived in the UK in the past few months. If this is you or you believe you recognise the description of this man, please get in touch with police as soon as possible.

– DCI Mark Ross, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit
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