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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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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

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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

Fears convicted murderer could be released

He was described by police as a ''cold-blooded killer'' when he murdered a pensioner in Kent eighteen years ago. But tonight there are fears that gun fanatic Anthony Swindells could soon be released from prison.

Swindells strangled the former Ramsgate Town Clerk Ken Speakman. He was shot and injured when he attempted to rob another man a few months later.

Now a parole board is deciding whether or not to free him, leading to fears - by some - that he might 'come after' his final victim. Derek Johnson reports.

Interviewees- Roger Andrews and former Detective Superintendent Nick Biddiss.

Women died from gun shot wounds

The bodies of two women found at an address in Farnham on 23rd February 2014 have been formally identified as 66-year-old Surrey resident Christine Lee and 40-year-old Surrey resident Lucy Lee.

Post-mortem examinations carried out on the two women have given the cause of death as gunshot wounds.

An 82-year-old man arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder remains in police custody after an extension was granted by magistrates yesterday evening to hold him for another 24 hours.

It is extremely sad that two people have lost their lives and police family liaison officers are working to support their relatives and friends at this very difficult time.

We are conducting a full and thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding these two deaths, however, at this time, we believe this is an isolated incident and there is no further risk to the wider community.

Officers remain at the scene conducting enquiries and will be on site for some time. This investigation is in its early stages and we will issue further updates when we have them."

– Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Mark Preston

A murder investigation was launched by detectives from the Surrey and Sussex Police Major Crime Team after the bodies of the two women were found at an address off Crooksbury Road shortly before 10am.

Four dogs were also found dead at the property with gunshot wounds.

Guns were seized then returned

Surrey Police has confirmed it previously confiscated guns from the scene of a double murder investigation in Farnham.

In a statement, it said a shotgun licence and several licensed guns had been taken from the address in May last year, but were returned just a couple of months later.

The force has referred itself to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Surrey Police had had previous contact with parties involved in this incident and has referred a past contact to the IPCC.

In May 2013 a shotgun licence and a number of licensed shotguns were seized from the address however the licence and guns were returned in July 2013.

We are in the process of establishing if one of these licensed guns was the firearm recovered on Sunday.

Surrey Police is reviewing the return of the licence to ensure compliance with Home Office guidelines and has referred this matter to the IPCC."

– Surrey Police statement

The IPCC has confirmed it is considering the referral.

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Surrey Police refers itself to complaints watchdog

Surrey Police has referred itself the the Independent Police Complaints Commission, while it investigates the deaths of two women in Farnham.

There have been reports guns were confiscated from the property seven months before the two were found with gunshot wounds. The weapons were later returned.

A spokesperson for the Independent Police Complaints Commission confirmed the matter had been referred to them. They said: "We have a referral and are assessing it to determine our level of involvement."

History of dogs and puppies being sold from property

Video. Two women have been shot dead at a secluded property on the Hampshire Surrey border. Four dogs also died from gunshot wounds. One of the victims was in her forties, the other was in her sixties. Tonight, an 82-year-old man is under arrest.

Police and the RSPCA are now at the farm where it happened, which has a history of selling dogs and puppies to the public.

Rachel Hepworth has the story.

Man arrested for shooting dead women and dogs named

An 82-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder in Surrey has been named by a source as breeder John Lowe.

He has previously been convicted of illegal puppy farming several years ago.

The pensioner has been arrested after 2 women and 4 dogs were shot dead at a property in Waverly Lane, Farnham.

The body of a woman in her sixties was found inside whilst the body another woman in her forties was found outside, near animal pens out the back.

The house in Farnham is now under investigation Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Both women are believed to have been related to the man.

The four dogs that were shot included three German Sheperds and one Labrador, which have been removed from the house.

Police at the house where 2 women and 4 dogs were shot dead Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
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