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Vigil for Claire Tiltman

A candlelit vigil has been held to remember a schoolgirl murdered 20 years ago in Kent.

Ex-husband guilty of murder

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.

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Teenager jailed following murder in Guildford

A 14-year-old boy has been sentenced to six years in prison following the murder of his mother's partner in the Bellfields area of Guildford last year.

At a previous hearing Jerome Ellis, was found guilty of the manslaughter of 54-year-old Neil Tulley on the grounds of loss of control.

His brother, 23-year-old Joshua Ellis was found guilty of the murder of Mr Tulley and will be sentenced next month.

During the trial the court heard that the victim's body was discovered with multiple stab wounds on the sofa at the family home on 13 August 2013.

A post mortem showed Mr Tulley had died after sustaining more than sixty stab wounds.

A police manhunt and public appeal was launched after the two brothers went missing following the fatal attack. They handed themselves in at Woking Police Station on the evening of Wednesday, 14 August 2013.

This was a tragic case in which a man was fatally injured and two families have been completely devastated as a result. It has been a distressing case for the jury and the investigation team involved which have had to deal with some particularly traumatic evidence and harrowing accounts.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Mark Preston

Murder victim's family remember 'gentle and caring' man

Joseph before the attack Credit: Wiltshire Police

Following the sentencing of their son's killer, Joseph Starzacher's family have release a statement paying tribute to a "lovely young man in the prime of his life".

Joseph was punched unconscious in Salisbury City Centre in 2007 and later died from Pneumonia in 2010 because of immobility problems relating to the attack in 2007.

Joseph Starzacher with his daughter after the attack Credit: Wiltshire Police

His family said:

"To see Joseph’s life taken away in such an act of unprovoked, mindless violence has had a devastating and heartbreaking affect on all those who knew him.

We have had to endure seeing Joseph locked in his body unable to communicate for three years watching his deterioration that eventually led to his death in 2010.

This has been deeply distressing for us all but especially for his daughter Megan who was the apple of his eye.

Despite going through two trials and two appeal processes we can now begin the process of moving on from this horrific ordeal knowing that Adam Cross, the person responsible for our grief, has been found guilty of murder."


Man sentenced for murder 6 years after attack

A man from Salisbury has been found guilty of murder, after viciously attacking a man in Salisbury City Centre in 2007.

Adam Cross, who is 35, was sentenced to life imprisonment, with a minimum of 14 years, for the murder of Joseph Starzacher.

Joseph was attacked by Adam on Sunday 29th July in 2007 on a night out with his friends.

He was kicked so hard in the head that he lost consciousness.

He underwent emergency surgery and Cross was convicted with grievous bodily harm in 2008.

Joseph was left in a 'Persistent Vegetative State' and caught Pneumonia in August 2010 because of his immobility and died.

Medical experts concluded that Joseph’s death was linked to the head injury he received that day.

Cross was serving the initial sentence for Grievous bodily harm with Intent but following Joseph’s death it is right and proper that he was put before the courts to stand trial for his murder. This case is a stark reminder of the serious consequences of violence. Joseph lost his life and his young daughter lost her Dad because of the actions of Adam Cross."

– DS Pete Ritson, Wiltshire Police

Man charged with murdering his daughter

Detectives investigating the death of a woman in Bournemouth have charged a man with her murder.

The deceased woman has been formally identified as Mashael Albasman, a 25-year-old Kuwaiti national who was studying in Bournemouth.

Faleh Ghazi Albasman, Mashael’s father, has been charged with her murder and remanded to appear before magistrates today.

He is a 58-year-old Kuwaiti national who was staying with his daughter in the flat they shared in St. Michael’s Road in Bournemouth.

This is a tragic incident for Mashael’s family and on behalf of Dorset Police I wish to extend my sincere condolences and sympathy to her family. The family reside in Kuwait and a Dorset Police family liaison officer, working in conjunction with the Kuwaiti embassy and international liaison officers from the National Crime Agency, is supporting the family and keeping them informed and updated. Enquiries continue to establish further evidence and information about the murder of Mashael. I can confirm that we are not currently looking for anybody else in connection with this death."

– Detective Inspector Stewart Balmer

Detectives renew appeal following Folkestone murder

Detectives are trying to locate Timothy Keith Avril Credit: Kent Police

Detectives investigating the murder of a 20-year-old in Folkestone are renewing their appeal for a man to come forward and help with their enquiries. Gus Allman, from London, was found with stab wounds on Wood Avenue. He was taken to hospital but later pronounced dead.

Officers from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate are keen to speak to Timothy Keith Avril as part of their investigations. The 22-year-old is known to visit areas of south east London.

Anyone who has seen Mr Avril or knows of his whereabouts is urged to contact Kent Police on 01622 690690 quoting reference number 07-0374 or Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Statement from Michael Griffith's family

Michael Griffiths
"Michael loved life in his own way" Credit: Sussex Police

"There are no words to describe the effect of losing Michael has had on the family, especially his two brothers.

The cruel and calculated way in which his life was taken has mentally affected our lives. Not one day goes by without the thought of what terrible injuries

were inflicted upon him just over a year ago on that long night in January.

Michael loved life in his own way, working with jewellery and antiques, and he was extremely talented in producing one-off designs for people. We will never come to terms with this family tragedy.

Unfortunately we now live in a world of greed and violence and no sentence for this violent crime will ever be enough for the people who were involved. Perhaps they could imagine the pain if it were to happen to one of their own family

Michael we miss you, God Bless. "


3 guilty of Fernhurst Killing

Zac Cowdrey
Zac Cowdrey was found guilty of the murder of Michael Griffiths Credit: Sussex Police

Two men have been found guilty of the murder of Michael Griffiths in Fernhurst and another has been found guilty of his manslaughter. Mr Griffith's body was found in the burnt out remains of his home in Glebe Close in January 2013.

Harvey Munford
Harvey Munford was also found guilty of the murder of Michael Griffiths Credit: Sussex Police

Munford and Cowdrey were sentenced to life sentences in prison with a minimum of 32 years for the murder and 9 years to run concurrently for the other offences.

Detectives launch murder investigation after woman's body found in Bournemouth

Detectives in Bournemouth have launched a murder investigation following the death of a woman in the town centre - with one man being arrested.

At just after 12.30pm on Sunday police responded to a report of a serious incident along St Michael's Road in Bournemouth.

Officers attended and located the body of a deceased woman in a property along St Michael's Road.

The woman has not been identified and, consequently, her next of kin have not yet been made aware. The Coroner has been notified.

A man has been detained and is helping police with their enquires. A cordon was established and a section of St Michael's Road, near Purbeck Road, was closed.**

A murder investigation has been launched and is in its early stages. If anyone has any information about this incident I urge them to call Dorset Police at the earliest possible opportunity."

– Detective Inspector Stewart Balmer

Man arrested over Valerie Graves murder released without charge

A 22-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of the murder of Valerie Graves and was due back on bail today has been released without charge.

The man was arrested on Tuesday, January 14th after Miss Graves was found dead in a house in Smugglers Lane, Bosham, on Monday 30 December.

She and other members of her family had been house sitting while the owners were away over Christmas.

Detectives, supported by neighbourhood policing officers, are knocking on the doors of more than 700 homes in the area in their effort to gather any information that can help them.

The Major Crime Team is also being advised by the National Crime Agency in order to provide further offender profiling. They are keeping an open mind as to the motive for Valerie's violent death.

Some local residents are obviously concerned and we want to do all we can to reassure them. I have ensured that extra patrols continue in the area and the neighbourhood policing team is available in Bosham to speak to residents about their concerns. In addition to the extra patrols there will be daily opportunities to speak to a local officer from 11am to 12 noon outside the Bosham Craft Centre in Bosham Lane and from 7-8pm outside the Co-op store in Delling Lane."

– Chief Inspector Justin Burtenshaw

Killer of Kent woman drops sentence appeal

by Derek Johnson (@derekjohnsonitv)

He's been dubbed The Black Widower for murdering one wife and trying to kill another. Malcolm Webster managed to escape justice for almost two decades after faking a car accident in 1994 which killed Claire Morris from Kent.

Today Webster withdrew a court appeal against his thirty-year minimum sentence on the grounds that any argument put forward in court might suggest he was guilty. It's just days before a three-part ITV drama on the life of the convicted killer begins.

Derek Johnson reports, speaking to Claire's brother, Peter Morris; actor Reece Shearsmith, and Webster's second wife Felicity Drumm

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