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RMT Union to vote for new leader

Members of the RMT Union will begin voting for a new General Secretary today. The new boss of the National Union of Rail Maritime and Transport Workers will replace Bob Crow who died of a heart attack in March after 12 years in the job.

The ballot will remain open for the next two months.

Death of six-year-old girl 'tragic loss of a young life'

The death of a six-year-old girl, who was struck by a car, has been described by police as a "tragic loss of life". Lara Fernandes-Pontes was hit by a Land Rover Discovery in Hayling Road, South Oxhey, Hertfordshire around 3pm on Sunday.

Sergeant Chris Kent from Hertfordshire Police said:

This is a tragic loss of a young life in these circumstances. The family are being supported by specialist officers at this difficult time.

The driver and the occupants of the vehicle were unharmed but obviously shaken by what happened.

At the moment we are investigating the circumstances of the collision and whilst we have spoken to a number of people at the scene, we'd be keen to hear from anyone who witnessed what happened and has not yet spoken to officers.

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Police name six-year-old girl killed after hit by car

Lara Fernandes-Pontes Credit: Metropolitan Police

A six-year-old who died when she was struck by a car has been named by police. Lara Fernandes-Pontes was hit by a Land Rover Discovery in Hayling Road, South Oxhey, Hertfordshire around 3pm on Sunday.

She was taken to hospital where she was later pronounced dead. Hertfordshire Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances of the collision and are appealing for witnesses to contact them.

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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.

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Judge: 'Not appropriate to impose whole life sentence'

A judge said it was "not appropriate to impose a whole life sentence" on triple killer Ian McLoughlin because of a European judgment.

The implementation of a whole life order within the current legislative framework in this country is in breach at the time of passing of sentence of article three of the European Convention.

It is not appropriate to impose a whole life term.

However even for a man of 55 years of age, the minimum term of years must be a very long one indeed.

– Mr Justice Sweeney
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