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Murder investigation underway after death of toddler

A murder investigation is underway after the death of a two-year-old boy in Dorset.

Police were called to an address in Broadmayne last Thursday morning. A child was taken to Dorset County Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A man and a woman, both aged 21 and from the Dorchester area, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and are currently assisting police with their enquiries. They were both known to the child.

I can confirm that following the post-mortem examination yesterday, Wednesday 1 June 2016, the tragic death of this young boy is being treated as suspicious and a murder investigation, led by the Major Crime Investigation Team, has been launched as a result.

I would appeal for the family to be given privacy at this extremely difficult time.

– Detective Chief Inspector Sarah Derbyshire, of Dorset Police

I appreciate the incident has impacted on this close-knit community, but it is important we understand the full circumstances surrounding the death.

An investigation has been launched and there may be some police presence in the village while detectives carry out their investigations. If anyone in the local community has concerns, they can speak to their local Neighbourhood Policing Team who will be able to offer reassurances.

I would also like to remind the public that certain legal constraints apply as people have been arrested in connection with this investigation. Therefore Dorset Police would hate for anyone to accidentally impact on the investigation by posting well-intended but inappropriate comments on social media.

– Local Neighbourhood Inspector Mike Darby, of Dorchester Police

Man who murdered Georgina Edmonds applies for leave to appeal conviction

Georgina Edmonds was beaten with her marble rolling pin Credit: ITV Meridian

The man jailed for life for the brutal murder of Hampshire grandmother Georgina Edmonds has applied for leave to appeal against his conviction.

37 year old Matthew Hamlen from Bishopstoke was convicted after a second trial when new DNA evidence came to light.

The father of one tortured the pensioner for her bank details before hitting her over the head with a marble rolling pin at her country cottage in Brambridge in 2008.


Man denies murdering Donald Lock on A24

A man accused of murdering a retired solicitor by the side of a road near Worthing last summer, is to go on trial next month.

Donald Lock, who was 79, was stabbed on the A24 at Findon on July the 16th as he returned from a cycling event.

35-year-old, Matthew Daley from Worthing, appeared in court today and denied murder.

Malcolm Shaw reports.

Man pleads not guilty to murder of Don Lock

Don Lock died from stab wounds on the A24 at Findon near Worthing Credit: Sussex Police

A 35-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to the murder of a retired lawyer in Sussex last summer.

Don Lock, who was 79, died from stab wounds after an incident on the A24 at Findon near Worthing in July.

Matthew Daley from St Elmo Road in Worthing appeared in court at the Old Bailey this morning. He denied one charge of murder, and a second of possessing a knife in a public place.

Daley will stand trial at Lewes in May.

Man admits killing his wife

Stuart Andrews

A computer programmer from Kent has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 15 years, after pleading guilty to murdering his wife at their home in Benenden near Maidstone. Stuart Andrews, 54, snapped following months of tension and strangled 52-year-old Caroline Andrews at their rented bungalow on February 4. At Maidstone Crown Court, Andrews, who used to work for the Bank of England, admitted murder and the theft of £267,096 from his father-in-law who suffered from dementia - Andrews had power of attorney over his affairs. Andrews left a note for his children after the murder:-

Dear Children,
It started as an accident when we were fighting but it went too far. Your mother was a beautiful, kind and caring person who loved you all. I let her down and ruined her life by being stupid with money and losing the house. Neither of us recovered from that. I love you too, but I can't carry on living. All this is just my fault. Dad

– Stuart Andrews
Scene in Benenden, Feb 4 Credit: Kent Police

The court heard Andrews murdered his wife in the early hours of February 4 at the property where they lived with two of their children and Mrs Andrews's father Donald Breeds. After throttling his wife, Andrews told one of their children that their mother was unwell and she should not be disturbed. After dropping their other child off at Headcorn train station, Andrews then telephoned Hilden Oaks School and Nursery in Tonbridge where Mrs Andrews worked to say she was unwell.

Stuart Andrews Credit: Kent Police

Later that day Andrews caught a train with another one of their children from Headcorn to Charing Cross at 11.18am before they parted company. Andrews deliberately left his phone on the train, shoving it down the side of a seat and timing a text message to be sent from it at 4pm to one of Mrs Andrews's friends. The text to Heather Sheldon read: "Heather, this is Stuart. I am sorry and, this is beyond belief, I have accidentally killed Caroline".

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Mechanic in court charged with double murder

A mechanic accused of killing two people in Kent has appeared in court charged with murder. Foster Christian, who's 53 years old, was arrested in connection with the deaths of Natasha Sadler and Simon Gorecki at their home in Canterbury. Tom Savvides reports from Maidstone Crown Court


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Mother's anger after daughter's murder trial is delayed

The mother of a teacher from Kent who was killed in the Middle East says she's angry and upset after flying out for a trial which was postponed at the last minute. Lauren Patterson from West Malling was attacked and killed in Qatar but the man convicted of murdering her is now facing a re-trial after his original sentence was overturned. Tom Savvides has the latest.

Tributes to woman found dead in Sussex

The family of a woman found dead in Sussex have paid tribute to a "fun-loving" daughter with a "zest for life".

The body of 47-year-old Carrie Izzard was discovered at her house in Herstmonceux on Monday.

A man has been arrested in connection with her murder.

Carrie Izzard's body was found at her house on Monday Credit: Sussex Police

"Carrie was a much-loved daughter, sister and aunt who will be deeply missed. Her fun-loving ways and zest for life will live on in our memories.

"Her passing in such tragic circumstances will leave a big hole in the lives of her family and those who knew her.

"The family requests privacy at this sad time."

– Carrie's family

Tribute to murder victim

Luke Jeffrey died after being stabbed in Chichester Credit: Sussex Police

The family of Luke Jeffrey, who died after he was stabbed in Chichester on Friday have paid tribute to him.

"Luke was a kind, caring and gentle young man. He was passionate about fitness and health and was studying at college to become a fitness instructor. Luke also had a lifelong love of music. He had his whole life ahead of him.

"He was utterly devoted to his five-year-old sister and she has lost not only her big brother, but also her best friend. He leaves behind loving parents, grandparents, a great-grandmother and many close friends.

"Luke was just 18-years-old when he was murdered in a brutal, senseless and cowardly attack.

"We cannot find the words to describe the loss and absolute grief that we are feeling. Please respect our need for privacy at this desperately difficult time."

– Luke's family

"Our thoughts are with Luke's family and friends at this sad time.

"We want to do all we can to reassure the local community and officers from the Chichester neighbourhood policing team will be available in the surrounding areas to speak to residents if they have any concerns."

– Chief Inspector Justin Burtenshaw

Samuel Morgan, 19, unemployed, of Adelaide Road, Chichester, appeared at Crawley Magistrates' Court this morning charged with Luke's murder.

He has been remanded in custody to appear at Lewes Crown Court tomorrow.

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Mum fights for justice for murdered daughter in Middle East

A mother whose daughter was attacked and murdered in the Middle East is urging people to help fund her fight for justice. Lauren Patterson, from West Malling in Kent, was just 24 years old when she was killed in Qatar in October 2013. Two men were jailed but one of them has had his sentence overturned. Now, Alison Patterson needs £30,000 to cover a new trial. Tom Savvides has the story.

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