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Man jailed for robbing pensioner's handbag

A man has been jailed for four and a half years after he robbed an elderly couple in Poole.

Marek Merrifield attacked the couple along Stalbridge Road in November 2013.

The 79-year-old woman was walking alongside her 84-year-old husband, who was in a mobility scooter, when Merrifield grabbed her handbag, causing her to fall backwards.

Her husband tried to help but Merrifield pushed him to the ground.

Detective Constable Will Burnett, of Bournemouth and Poole CID, said:

It was fortunate that they were not seriously injured, however, they were very shaken up and are only just coming to terms with what happened to them.

– Detective Constable Will Burnett
Marek Merrifield
Marek Merrifield has been sent to prison for four and a half years Credit: Dorset Police

Woman guilty of arson attack which killed two children

Fiaz Munshi
Fiaz Munshi has been convicted of manslaughter Credit: Thames Valley Police

A woman has been convicted of manslaughter for the deaths of two children who died in a revenge arson attack.

Fiaz Munshi was accused of being involved in the 1997 attack in Magdalen Road, Oxford, which killed Majid Khan, 15, and his sister Anum Khan, eight.

Munshi, who is thirty eight, denied a charge of murder.

This afternoon a jury at Oxford Crown Court found her guilty of manslaughter.

Fiaz Munshi travelled with seven others to Amjad Khan's house after he broke off their relationship.

Petrol was squirted through the letterbox of the family home and set alight.

Five men were convicted as was Ms Munshi's sister Riaz who was also convicted of manslaughter.

Fiaz Munshi will be sentenced on Thursday.


Final homecoming for HMS Illustrious

HMS Illustrious
HMS Illustrious arrives in Portsmouth Credit: ITV Meridian

The Royal Navy's last serving aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious makes her final entry into Portsmouth Harbour after 30 years in the fleet.

She is retiring earlier than many expected and her duties will be taken on by the helicopter carrier HMS Ocean.

Illustrious could be saved for the nation rather than being scrapped.

The MoD have asked for bids from people wanting to take her on.


HMS Illustrious is today making her final entry into Portsmouth before being decommissioned.



Man attacked as he makes his way to Gatwick Airport

Police are appealing for witnesses to an assault on a 52-year-old man who was attacked on the cycle track by the A23 at Gatwick. The victim was walking to the airport to fly home to see his family when the assault took place between 8.15pm and 9.30pm on Saturday 19th July.

He suffered head and shoulder injuries from being struck with an object from behind, facial injuries from being punched and bruising from being kicked on the ground.

A cyclist was seen to pass the victim just after the attack, travelling towards Gatwick's south terminal just before the cycle track passes under the terminal.

Mother of teenager killed in a quarry warns of dangers

The mother of a teenager from Kent killed in a biking accident in a quarry is warning others of the dangers. Lisa Skone is backing a campaign launched in Sevenoaks today to make children aware of how dangerous quarries can be.

Last year six men drowned in them over a two month period during the warm weather. While another two died in disused quarries in May and June of this year. Quarry operators are asking people not to ignore warning signs and fencing.

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