A candlelit vigil has been held to remember a schoolgirl murdered 20 years ago in Kent.
Melissa Crook, her father and their baby son were killed in a house fire. Her ex-husband and an accomplice have been found guilty of murder.
Post mortem revealed victim died after suffering a blunt injury to her head
A man has been sentenced to life imprisonment, to serve a minimum of 20 years, after being found guilty of the murder of his wife following a two-week trial at Oxford Crown Court. A jury found Andrew Parsons, aged 38, of Lucerne Avenue in Bicester, guilty of the murder of Janee Parsons.
During the trial, the court heard how on 1 December 2012, Parsons attacked his 31-year-old wife outside the bedroom at their family home in Lucerne Avenue.
It is believed Parsons started an argument with his wife, left the room, then returned and punched her in the face and attacked her, leaving her on the floor. He then retrieved a knife from the kitchen, before stabbing her 17 times.
Parsons had pleaded guilty to manslaughter at the start of the trial. Speaking after the verdicts, Senior Investigating Officer Det Ch Insp Joe Kidman said: “The murder ofa loved one is always a great tragedy for the victim’s family and friends.
“This case was unusual because the terrible brutality of the attack was captured on an audio recording. Hearing this has been an additional burden for the grieving family to bear. “They have shown great dignity throughout the investigation and trial process and our thoughts remain with them.
“I would also like to pay tribute to the members of the jury who have listened carefully to the extraordinary and disturbing evidence and returned a verdict that reflects the facts of what happened.” Janee’s parents, Mary and Phil Brady, said: “Janee was a lovely, caring person.
We can confirm that the deceased lady has been formally identified as Deborah Simister of Maple Way, Amesbury. Please also be advised that James Roy Simister who is charged with her murder is now due to appear at Winchester Crown Court on 14th June.
Five people have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man's body was found in Kent.
The arrests were made after the body was found in Satmar Lane, Capel-le-Ferne. Police were called to the scene at just after 1pm yesterday.
The body was discovered near a car.
Police have arrested two women aged 21 and 22 and three men aged 20, 22 and 27
Sussex police are continuing their investigation into the death of Michael Polding after an inquest recorded a verdict of unlawful killing. Sussex Police launched a murder investigation following the discovery of Michael's body at his flat in St George's Road, Brighton, on Monday 16 July.
Detectives are seeking 'Ricky', aka Ricardo Pisano, Brandon Victor Pillay and Ree, in connection with Michael's murder. Detective Inspector Jon Fanner of Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team said: "The investigation into the death of Michael Polding is still very much ongoing.
"We will continue to work tirelessly to investigate the circumstances surrounding Michael's death and to locate 'Ricky'. "I appeal to anyone with information about 'Ricky', aka Ree, or his whereabouts to contact Sussex Police."
Wiltshire Police have confirm that James Roy Simister, aged 50, of Maple Way, Amesbury has been charged with the murder of a 45 year old woman. He is due to appear at Salisbury Magistrates Court this morning.
A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the discovery of a fatally injured woman in Wiltshire.
Police were called to an address in Maple Way, Amesbury, shortly before 10:15pm last night, where they found a 45-year-old woman with serious injuries.
She was airlifted to Southampton General Hospital but later died.
A 49-year-old local man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody, a Wiltshire Police spokeswoman confirmed.
– Wiltshire Police spokeswoman
The investigation will be led by the major crime investigation team under Operation Brunel and at this early stage it would be inappropriate to release further details regarding the circumstances of the death.
The major crime investigation team supported by uniformed colleagues will be carrying out enquiries in the area and anyone who has information is asked to contact Wiltshire Police on 101.
The victim has not yet formally been identified but her next of kin have been informed. A post-mortem examination is due to be carried out on later today.
Shortly before 10:15pm yesterday evening, officers were called to an address in Maple Way, Amesbury. Officers were quickly on the scene and a 45 year old woman was located with serious injuries.
She was airlifted to Southampton General Hospital where she sadly died.
Formal identification has not yet taken place but her next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specialist family liaison officers. A Post Mortem Examination will be carried out today.
A 49-year-old local man was arrested on suspicion of murder and he remains in police custody.
At this early stage it would be inappropriate to release further details regarding the circumstances of the death.
The Major Crime Investigation Team supported by uniformed colleagues will be carrying out enquiries in the area and anyone with information is asked to contact Wiltshire Police on 101.
Three people have been released on bail as part of a murder investigation. The two men and a woman were arrested after the body of fifty two year old Melvin Hillier was discovered in Didcot. A post-mortem examination revealed he'd been hit on the head.
Three people arrested on suspicion of murdering a man in Oxfordshire have been released on bail.