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Teenager in court to face Guildford murder charge

Neil Tulley, 54, was discovered in Cedar Way, Guildford, Surrey, just after 10am on Tuesday, and a post-mortem examination found he died from multiple stab wounds.

The 14-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at North Surrey Magistrates' Court today charged with murder, Surrey Police said.

He has been remanded into the care of social services and is due to appear at Guildford Crown Court on Tuesday.

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Attack in car park leaves man seriously hurt

Surrey Police is appealing for information after a man was found with serious facial injuries in the stairwell of a multi-storey car park in Guildford. The victim, a man in his 40s, was found by a security guard on level 5 of the car park on York Road around 5.20am on Saturday, 3 August.

He was treated by ambulance crews at the scene and was taken to hospital for treatment to a possible fractured eye socket and broken jaw.

We are currently working with the victim to ascertain the full circumstances surrounding the incident and how he sustained his injuries. I would appeal to anyone who was in the York Road area between 9pm (Friday, 2 August) and the time the man was found and who saw anything suspicious which may assist with the investigation to contact us with information.

– Detective Inspector Martin Stables

Man charged with manslaughter

Ryan Harrison, 22, who died at Guildford Station earlier this year

Four men have been charged following the death of 22-year-old Ryan Harrison at Guildford station on Saturday, 30th March 2013.

The four men were charged by the British Transport Police after answering bail on 23rd July 2013.

Joshua Elphick, 20, of Abbots Wood, Guildford, has been charged with manslaughter and affray.

Jack Hardy, 20, of Findlay Drive, Guildford, Adam Kulikowski, 20m of Dukes Close, Cranleigh, Sussex, and Harry Miller, 20, of Coltsfoot Drive, Guildford, have been charged with affray.

All four men are due to appear at Guildford Magistrates’ Court on 6th August 2013.

Girl died after violent shaking by father

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Benjamin Curtis 'lost control' Credit: Surrey Police

A father who violently shook his baby daughter, leaving her with severe brain damage which contributed to her death, was today jailed for two years after pleading guilty to manslaughter.

Ocean Elliot was three and half months when Benjamin Curtis 'lost control' and caused injuries which left his daughter functionally blind and suffering from severe seizures. She died just over two years later having contracted swine flu after complications caused by injuries inflicted by Curtis.

Ocean was forced to spend long periods in hospital and, despite the fact the assault had taken place two years earlier, a court heard that the injuries she suffered were a significant contributory factor in the cause of her death.

Curtis, 30, from Mallard Close, Eastbourne was due to stand trial for manslaughter but changed his plea to guilty at Guildford Crown Court today. The court heard that Ocean had been left in his care at an address in Sheerwater, Woking, on the night of 2 April 2007.

Curtis called on a neighbour that night claiming his daughter had started shaking and shivering when he went to change her nappy. He called for an ambulance and later told doctors that Ocean had bumped her head on the side of her cot.

However later medical examinations concluded that the injuries she had suffered were as a result of head trauma caused by shaking. Curtis was arrested and at first denied causing Ocean any harm.

He eventually admitted to detectives that he 'lost control momentarily' and shook her four or five times back and forth. He was previously jailed for 20 months in April 2008 after admitting assault occasioning GBH.

After her health deteriorated, Ocean died on 18 August 2009 at St Thomas' Hospital, London, aged two years and eight months. Curtis was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter in November 2009 and, following medical reports and advice, was charged in September 2011.

Detective Chief Inspector Juliet Parker said: "The actions of Curtis that night left a young baby with terrible injuries from which she never recovered.

"Ocean was a healthy and vibrant young baby, but the consequences of the violent shaking left her suffering from severe ill-health for the rest of her young life."

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Council leader's 'profound regret' after drink drive ban - statement

Cllr Stephen Mansbridge Credit: Guildford Borough Council

Councillor Stephen Mansbridge, leader of Guildford Borough Council, has expressed his profound regret for driving whilst in excess of the legal alcohol limit.

Cllr Mansbridge received a driving ban and a fine, which were increased because of an earlier offence nine years before.

Cllr Mansbridge said "I am deeply sorry for this dreadful lapse of judgement and regret my actions in every sense possible. I am fully aware that I have caused intense embarrassment to my family, friends, political colleagues and the Council and offer them all my unreserved and heartfelt apologies.

"I commend the officers of Surrey Police for acting quickly and sensibly and fully accept the punishment of the Court, which I did not seek to contest in any way. "I do completely understand the impact of drink driving and can only offer my complete and utter apology for this error on my part.

"I will take every opportunity available to me in the future to work with our partners on drink and road safety issues.

"I fully accept that my actions set a very poor example and I want to put right what I have done by working as hard as possible for the good of all the residents of Guildford Borough and the Council."

Ex-teacher convicted of assaulting boys

Colin York, 62, from Farnham in Hampshire who was found guilty at Guildford Crown Court on six counts of sexual abuse Credit: Surrey Police/PA Wire

Colin York, 62, from Farnham in Hampshire was found guilty at Guildford Crown Court on six counts of sexual abuse against the boys who were aged nine and 10 at the time, Surrey Police said

The offences took place in Reigate in Surrey.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Trudie Harrison said: "York was a respected member of society who abused the trust people placed in him.

"I hope this sentence sends out a clear message to people like him that no matter how old the allegation is we will carry out a thorough investigation in an attempt to bring offenders to justice.

"I would like to praise the two victims for the bravery that they have shown throughout the investigation and subsequent court case and although this sentence will never undo the damage York caused it will make sure people are protected from him for some time."

Girlfriend pays tribute to 'soul mate' after train death

Jaime-Leigh Egerton and Ryan Harrison Credit: BTP

The girlfriend of 22-year-old Ryan Harrison, who died at Guildford station on Saturday, March 30, has today paid tribute to her "best friend and soul mate".

Jaime-Leigh Egerton, 20, released the statement through British Transport Police (BTP) as they continue their investigation into the incident.

It is believed Ryan, with a friend, was involved in an altercation with a group of men at the station at around 11.40pm. Shortly after he fell in the gap between a train, which had just begun to move, and the platform. He died of his injuries.

Three 19-year-old men, two from Guildford and a third man from Cranleigh, were arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the incident. They have been released on police bail, due to return in May.

Det Ch Insp Iain Miller said: “We are now a week into the investigation and a dedicated team of detectives have been working extensively to try and establish the full circumstances leading up to the tragic death of Ryan.

“However, we are still very much appealing for anyone with information, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem to them, to come forward.

Jaime-Leigh Egerton, said: “I haven't just lost my beloved boyfriend, I've lost my best friend and my soul mate. Ryan was a unique man with so many special qualities, you just couldn't help but love the person he was.

“He made every day together a blessing, he inspired me to do better and to be better. He had the biggest, kindest heart with the cheekiest smile. We were destined for each other and taught each other about true love."

Anyone with information is asked to call British Transport Police on 0800 405040.

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