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'Dragon' ring found on murder victim

The ring with the head of a dragon Credit: Kent Police

Police are now looking to identify a man by the ring, with the head of a dragon, worn on his wedding finger.

Officers were called before 6am on Wednesday, August 7 to Leysdown on the Isle of Sheppey after a body was found on the beach.

The death is being treated as suspicious and a murder investigation has been launched.

A post mortem examination concluded that the man, who has yet to be identified, died of significant head injuries.

The man has been described as white, between 30 to 40-years-old and was bald.

Ageas Bowl death charge

A company has been charged after a builder was killed when a concrete wall fell on him at a cricket ground in Hampshire.

Phillip Carsley died on 8 February, 2010. Concrete from building works on two new stands fell on him whilst he was working at the Ageas Bowl.

I have now concluded there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to charge Ian Gould, director of Prefix Limited, the company contracted to install concrete units in the ground, with gross negligence manslaughter and two offences contrary to section 33 of the Health and Safety at Work Act. I have also concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to charge Andrew Scott Limited, the company project-managing the construction of the spectator stands, with two offences contrary to section 33 of the Health and Safety at Work Act.

– Zoe Martin, Specialist Prosecutor in the CPS Special Crime Division

Both companies are due to appear at West Hampshire Magistrates' Court on 3 July, 2013.


Aviation Authority completes investigation

Flight Lieutenant Jon Egging was killed last year Credit: Meridian

A report into the death of a Red Arrows pilot who died following a display in Bournemouth has been passed onto the coroner.

Flight Lieutenant Jon Egging was killed when his jet crashed into a field near Throop in August last year. The Military Aviation Authority says it's now completed its investigation. An inquest date has yet to be fixed.

Man killed when a falling tree hit his car

A 64 year old man has died after a falling tree hit his car in Berkshire.

The tree hit two cars when it fell on the A332 Windsor Road near Ascot Racecourse.

The driver of a Mondeo, who was from Sheffield, was declared dead in hospital. His passenger is being treated for her injuries.

A woman who was driving the other car, a Mini, was taken to Frimley Park hospital with non life threatening injuries.

Community raises funds for family of rescue hero

Marco Araujo died when he jumped into Portsmouth Harbour Credit: PA

The local community have come together to raise funds for the family of a man who drowned after he had jumped into Portsmouth Harbour to rescue two children.

Both children are safe but Marco Araujo lost his life in July.

Local company Krazycruisers organised a car show to raise money to help Marco's family. The event "Cruise fit for a hero" saw more than 500 people gather to show their respects.

It was followed by a two minute silence and a convoy of more than 350 cars from Cascades car park to Southsea seafront. The event raised more than £1100.

Widower seeks £600k from rail company for crossing death

Spencer and Julia Canning Credit: ITV Meridian

Network Rail is being sued for £600,000 after a woman was killed on a level crossing.

Julia Canning, the sister in law of comedienne Ruby Wax, died at a public crossing at Fairfield near Marlborough while walking her dogs.

Her husband Spencer says he has never recovered from his wife's death and is being forced to sell his home. He is now raising their three children alone. He is suing the rail company for negligence.

Network Rail has already been fined £356,250 with £19,485 pounds costs at Southampton Crown Court for breaches of the health and safety law which led to her death after a prosecution by the Office of Rail Regulation. In June 2010 a verdict of accidental death was recorded at her inquest.

Julia Canning was the sister-in-law of comedienne Ruby Wax Credit: PA


School statement after death of former student

A former student of Towers School and Sixth Form Centre in Ashford has died after sheltering from the rain in the school grounds.

In the last hour the school's headteacher has given us this statement:

“An 18-year-old former student at the school who was sheltering from the rain in the school grounds yesterday evening became ill and was taken to hospital where he later died. The school was informed and a minute’s silence was observed this morning. Students are being offered any support they need and I would like to ask that the school community is given the opportunity to respond in its own time. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.

– Graham Ralph, Headteacher

Teenager charged with murder

An 18-year-old man has been charged with the murder of a teenager.

Liam Martin of Roundhill Way, Guildford, Surrey, will appear at Guildford Magistrates' Court today accused of killing 19-year-old Jake Bates.

Mr Bates, also from Guildford, was found stabbed at an address in Roundhill Way at around 7.45pm on Saturday.

He was later pronounced dead at the scene.

A post-mortem examination confirmed that the cause of death was a stab wound to the neck.

Teenager remains in custody after deadly stabbing

A teenager remains in custody on suspicion of murder in Guildford.

He was arrested following the fatal stabbing of a 19-year-old man during a confrontation.

Police were called to a property in Roundhill Way at around 7.45pm Saturday following reports a man had suffered serious knife wounds.

Emergency teams attended and efforts were made to try to revive the man but he was later pronounced dead at the scene, Surrey Police said.

An 18-year-old man was held on suspicion of murder a short time later.

He was initially taken to the Royal Surrey Hospital in Guildford for treatment to a minor injury before being transferred into police custody for questioning.

Speed trial victim: "She touched the lives of many with her sunshine"

Charlotte Tagg was killed at Brighton Speed trial on Saturday Credit: Sussex Police

The family of a mother of three who was killed in a crash at a speed trial event in Sussex have paid tribute to her.

Charlotte Tagg, 38, from Beck Row, Suffolk, was a passenger in the sidecar of a Honda Asco which hit a wall during the Brighton Speed Trials on Saturday.

Her familiy said:

"Charlotte was a unique woman who lived a full, adventurous life on her own terms. She touched the lives of many with her sunshine and smiles and will be missed by all.

"We appreciate all the condolences and heartwarming tributes paid to Charlotte online and wish a speedy recovery to the rider.

Charlotte was tragically taken from us taking part in a sport she loved, living her life her way. She leaves three beautiful children and a grieving family who request privacy at this sad time."

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