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Appeal to help find dead woman's belongings

Mariola Cudworth was reported missing at the end of April Credit: Kent Police

Officers investigating the death of a woman in Kent are appealing for the public's help in locating some of her personal items.

The body of Mariola Cudworth, also known as Mijka, was discovered in a field in Eastry late on Monday 11th May.

Detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate have charged Jonathon Cudworth, 34, of Northbourne in Deal, with murder and he is remanded in custody.

Officers are looking to locate some of Mijka's possessions, including a mobile phone and two handbags.

The first is a small black leather handbag with a shoulder strap. The bag was around 6 inches in length and only big enough to hold a mobile phone, keys and purse, and had two zips - one down the side and one down the back. One of the zips may have been broken.

The second is a larger black leather holdall-style bag, with one zip.

In addition, officers need to locate Mijka's silver iPhone 6, which was in good condition and had no protective case.

It is believed the phone, which had a passcode, has a lock screen photo of Mijka and her children.

May have been discarded in the sea.

"We are keen to locate these items as they may assist our investigation. We have received information that suggests Mijka's property may have been discarded in the sea by Deal Pier. Anybody who finds them or has any knowledge of their whereabouts is asked to call us on 01303 289600, quoting incident reference 30-0234. Alternatively, if you would prefer to remain anonymous, call Kent Crimestoppers on 0800 555111."

– Senior investigating officer, Detective Inspector Richard Vickery

Family's anger over theft of dead son's gold chain from police station storeroom

A couple from Kent are appealing for the return of a gold chain belonging to their dead son, which was stolen from a police station. Adam Baldock from Tunbridge Wells died in a horrific accident, while working as a tree surgeon. The chain he was wearing was kept as evidence for an inquest, but disappeared from a storeroom. Malcolm Shaw spoke to Adam's parents Chrissie and Phil.


Man found lying dead in street named by police

Police have today named a man who was found lying dead in a street in Southampton on Friday afternoon.

He is Nicholas James Beattie. He was known to family and friends as Nick. Mr Beattie was 32 and local to the area. His next of kin has been informed. A post mortem examination conducted yesterday afternoon to determine cause of death by a Home office pathologist reported indeterminate findings, and results of more tests are awaited.

A further man, aged 37, was arrested in connection with this investigation yesterday bringing the total number of people detained to four. All men are local to the area. They are all currently in custody in Southampton.

Detectives have been conducting house-to-house enquiries and speaking to residents in Golden Grove, where Mr Beattie’s body was found on Friday afternoon. Police were alerted by South Central Ambulance Service, which had received a call at 1.20pm by locals who spotted a man’s body lying on a footpath.

Uniformed officers from the local neighbourhood policing team will once again be out in the area today, speaking to locals and providing reassurance.

“We are still treating the death as unexplained and awaiting further results from the post mortem which should help us establish what we are dealing with. We would continue to urge anyone who has any information or witnessed anything suspicious in Golden Grove on and around Friday lunchtime, and who is yet to speak to us, to please come forward straight away and call us on 101.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Becky Riggs

“Tomorrow we will have a mobile police station on Golden Grove to provide a focal point for residents and workers to come and speak to us if they have any concerns about this incident or anything else which may be concerning them in their neighbourhood. My team works very closely with community leaders, businesses, and schools and we will be visiting them to speak to them about what we are doing in the neighbourhood over the coming week. We recognise that there are some challenges in the area, and are aware of them. We want to reassure you that we take all reports of criminality and antisocial behaviour very seriously, and are working with our partner agencies to resolve them. If you have concerns, don’t stay silent – please come and speak to us.”

– Inspector Pete Jones

Three arrested over body found on footpath

The man was found on a footpath in Golden Grove Credit: Google images

Three men have been arrested in connection with the death of a man who was found lying on a footpath in Southampton.

Police were alerted at 1.50pm yesterday after the man, 32, was found in Golden Grove.

A post mortem examination will be carried out later by a Home Office pathologist to establish a cause of death although a Hampshire police spokeswoman said there was "no obvious traumatic injury".

She added that the death was being treated as unexplained.

"We are very keen to trace two men who were seen near the body outside the flats in Golden Grove shortly before police arrived."

– Det Ch Insp Becky Riggs, Hampshire Police

Officers have been conducting house-to-house inquiries in the area and are examining CCTV footage.

Extra police patrols were also being laid on to provide reassurance to residents.

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Dead Man Talking

A man from Gravesend is trying to recover from the shock of being told he's dead by the local council.

Andrew Kirchin had been on holiday when his daughter received a letter from the authorities saying they were "adjusting" his council tax accordingly. He then got a note from the Inland Revenue as well.

David Johns reports, speaking to Andrew and his daughter Susan.

Arrested woman's death to be investigated

The circumstances surrounding the death of a woman, shortly after being arrested by police, are to be investigated.

Lora Snelgrove, who was twenty five years old, was pronounced dead at Medway Hospital.

She was being held at Medway Police Station when she fell ill.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has started an investigation


Hythe murder victim named

Hampshire Police are investigating the murder of a man in Hythe who died on New Year's Day.

Christopher Cerqua, aged 31, died at a house in Langdown Road.

Mr Cerqua received serious injuries in a fight and police were called at about 9pm Tuesday, December 31.

Mr Cerqua was taken to Southampton General Hospital, where he died at 10.20pm.

A 31-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder at an address in Totton at 2.25am Wednesday, January 1.

He remains in custody at Southampton Central.

Man still being questioned after man killed in fight

The man was pronounced dead at the property on Langdown Road in Hythe Credit: ITV News Meridian

A murder investigation has been launched after a 31-year-old man from Hythe was killed last night following a fight on New Year's Eve.

Officers were called to a house at Langdown Road in Hythe at 9pm after the victim sustained serious injuries.

He was taken to Southampton General Hospital, but was pronounced dead at the scene at 10.20pm.

Another male, who was 31-years-old, was arrested in Totton at 2.25am this morning and he is currently in custody.

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