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Statement from Michael Griffith's family

"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 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 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

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.

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."

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