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Appeal for public's help as murder remains mystery in Bracknell

It is just over a week since police were called to Hawthorn Lane in Warfield, after workmen, who were clearing ditches in the area, discovered human remains.

The deceased man’s identity is unknown but he is white, aged approximately 30 to 35 years old, about 5ft 9ins and is thought to have been of stocky build.

The post mortem indicated the body had been in the ground for at least two years. The area in Hawthorn Lane is suspected to be where the remains were left but not the scene of the murder itself.

“This is an unusual case because not only are we investigating who committed the murder, we are also working to establish who the victim was.

– Senior investigating officer, Det Supt Nora Holford

Detective Superintendent Nora Holford is looking for help from members of the public in the Thames Valley area, can you help with this investigation?

Suspicious packages in Brighton linked to carpark bomb

Police investigating a package left on Brighton seafront say it could be linked with another device found in the city last month.

The item was found on the A259 by the bandstand before the parade was due to start.

This delayed the start of the parade and lead the event to be re-routed through the city.

It is now thought to be linked to a similar item found on the sixth floor of a car park near Brighton Marina on the 1st July.

Police are waiting for the results of forensic tests.

"The item on Saturday did look like a suspicious device and we were concerned enough to call in the bomb disposal unit, who after making a further assessment, also agreed it was highly suspicious and carried out a controlled explosion. The area had been cordoned off and there was no risk to the public."

– Brighton and Hove divisional commander, Chief Superintendent Nev Kemp


Ed Heath foundation 'gobsmacked' over allegations

Following the announcement by the IPCC this afternoon that they are investigating allegations surrounding Sir Ed Heath and child abuse.

The case was referred by Wiltshire Police over the handling of an alleged claim of child abuse in the 1990s against former Prime Minister Edward Heath.

We spoke to Wilf Weeks, the acting chairman of the Sir Ed Heath Charitable Foundation.


Hampshire trader convicted of rigging Libor rates in landmark ruling

A City trader from Hampshire has become the first person to be convicted by a jury of rigging Libor rates in a scandal that shook financial markets.

Tom Hayes, 35, from Fleet was the 'ringmaster' in an enormous fraud to manipulate the benchmark interest rates.

The highly-paid ex-trader at UBS and Citigroup orchestrated a scheme to interfere with the rate in order to boost his own six-figure earnings.

In an audio clip he said "influencing" Libor was "commonplace" and admitted he was a "serial offender".

He had denied eight counts of conspiracy to defraud covering a period from 2006 to 2010, when he worked for Switzerland's UBS and America's Citigroup.

Hayes stared straight ahead emotionless as the verdicts were read out.

Tributes paid to 'brave and dedicated' fireman killed in crash

East Sussex Fire and Rescue have paid tribute to firefighter Paul Keenor, who died in a crash responding to a 999 call.

It happened on Wall Hill Road, Ashurst Wood as he responded in his own car to his alerter as a result of a 999 call received by the Service.

Chief Fire Officer and CE Des Prichard said: “We are deeply saddened. Paul was a dedicated and lively member of Forest Row Community Fire Station. He was committed and always ready to serve his community. We send our heartfelt sympathies to his family, friends and colleagues at Forest Row. This is an incredibly difficult time for them. We ask that their privacy is respected.”

Paul joined East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service as a Retained Duty System firefighter in June 2011.

“His family must be so proud, knowing that he was a brave, dedicated and professional firefighter and also a very successful and respected builder and business owner. Paul had achieved so much and done more than most people do in a lifetime despite his tender age. The crew at Forest Row have lost a brother and a great friend. Paul’s personality was huge, and his kind nature and brilliant sense of humour will be missed enormously.

Paul was always our go to guy, always there whether you needed a chat a shoulder to cry on. We all looked to him for advice or support at some point. It was often very easy to forget that he was so young because in a lot of ways he was mature past his years. In May of this year Paul passed his incident command assessment allowing him to be in charge of a crew. He only had a chance to do this a few times but he did this to a very high standard as he did with everything he put his mind to. Paul had a bright and long career in front of him.”

– fellow firefighters at Forest Row paid this tribute

Cash boost for Bracknell hedgehog helpers

A charity dedicated to nursing injured hedgehogs has received hundreds of pounds thanks to Bracknell Forest residents.

Hope for Hedgehogs has been awarded £677 to help them care for sick animals until they are ready to be released into the wild.

Hope for Hedgehogs has been awarded the money as one of three local good causes chosen to benefit Credit: Bracknell Forest Council

Amber Glossop, who runs the charity from her home near Chavey Down, said: "I'm really grateful for this fantastic donation. Thanks to everyone who gave their points to Hope for Hedgehogs, you have made a huge difference.

"I will use the money to buy some intensive care equipment - incubators - for the really sick hedgehogs which need emergency treatment."

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