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Police investigate 'malicious' phone call to bereaved mother

Thames Valley Police have confirmed they are launching an investigation into an abusive voicemail received by Dr Sara Ryan.

A spokeswoman said the message, allegedly sent by an employee of Southern Health, "has now been recorded as a report of a malicious communication and is currently under investigation."

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Southern Rail pleased "totally unnecessary" strikes will be postponed

The walkout will now happen on 20th of May

Southern Rail say they are happy that strikes organised for next week will not go ahead, but "remain concerned" at plans for a fresh strike on May 20th.

They say a conductor strike - organised by the rail union RMT - is "totally unnecessary."

The strike over changes to working practices for guards and conductors was due to take place over four days, from Tuesday 10th May to Wednesday 11th May, as well as between Thursday 12th May and Friday 13th May.

The walkout will now happen a week later.

RMT has accused Southern Rail of taking a "hostile and aggressive" stance towards the union and say they are protecting "safety on our railways."

Meanwhile Southern Rail have questioned the motive for postponing the strikes.

We believe they have taken this action after members rebelled at the prospect of losing a significant sum in pay and benefits due to the union calling three strike days in the same pay period.

– Southern Rail

"I felt horrified" - mother of Connor Sparrowhawk responds to abusive voicemail

Dr Ryan's son Connor Sparrowhawk drowned while under the care of Southern Health

The mother of Connor Sparrowhawk says she felt horrified by an abusive voicemail, allegedly sent by an employee of Southern Health.

Dr Sara Ryan only heard the message yesterday when she noticed a voicemail had been left on her work phone.

She told ITV Meridian:

I felt quite sick, I felt horrified and couldn't believe what I was hearing. We posted it online and the response we've had has been immediate. People are disgusted by it and shocked by the whole thing

– Dr Sara Ryan

Listen to a recording of the voicemail below:

Connor Sparrowhawk drowned while under the care of Southern Health. The NHS Trust has been criticised by NHS England and the Care Quality Commission for failing to investigate hundreds of unexpected deaths.

Southern Rail strikes called off

The dispute is due to an ongoing row over changes to working practices for guards

Four days of strikes on Southern Rail, due to start next week, have been called off.

The action was planned to take place between Tuesday 10th May and Wednesday 11th May, as well as between Thursday 12th May and Friday 13th May.

The strikes were likely to affect up to half a million passengers but the RMT Union has announced those dates have been cancelled.

A new strike date has been set for May 20th.

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