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Justice done for rape victim after 26 years

A man is starting an eleven year jail sentence for kidnapping and raping a woman in Reading 26 years ago.

Peter Holder, who's forty-eight and from the town, admitted attacking a thirty-year-old woman in 1988.

He was caught as a result of a special operation by Thames Valley Police's Major Crime Review Team.

Holder was sentenced to eleven and a half years in jail Credit: Thames Valley Police

The offences happened in Watlington Street, Reading, on the evening of 5 March 1988.

The victim, then a 30-year-old woman, was in a phone box when Holder, who she did not know, approached her and forcefully led her away before committing sexual offences against her.

He then transported her in a car and released her approximately two miles away in Shinfield.

Holder was arrested on 20 May this year and charged with the offences on the same day.

He was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders' Register for life and was issued with a Sexual Offences Prevention Order.

Woman charged with murder after fatal fire

Wiltshire Police have charged a 29 year old woman with murder, after a man died in a fire in Swindon.

Patricia Louise Hindle, aged 29 from Crombey Street, Swindon, was charged with the murder of Michael Redpath, aged 62 on Wednesday 10 September 2014.

She will appear at Swindon Magistrate’s Court on Saturday 13 September at 10.00am.

Police were called at approx 9.16pm on Wednesday evening to a fire at 23 Albion Street, Swindon, where it was believed a man may have still been inside.

The man, formally identified as Michael Redpath, aged 62, was rescued from inside the building by the Fire Service but died at hospital as a result of his injuries.

His next of kin have been informed.

A post mortem took place on Thursday 11 September and the coroner gave the cause of death as inhalation of smoke and burns.

A 29 year old woman was arrested and has been charged as above.


Family speaks of loss and horror at daughter's murder

The family released a picture of smiling Mary Credit: Sussex Police

Relatives spoke of their sense of loss as they released a picture of a smiling Mary dressed in her school uniform.

In a statement issued through Sussex Police, they said: "We are today grieving the death of our beautiful and loving Mary."

They have asked to be left to grieve in peace.

It emerged that Alromisse was separated from Mary's mother, did not live at the property and his death is not being treated as suspicious.

Chief Superintendent Neil Honnor, Sussex Police's divisional commander for East Sussex, said: "This was a tragic domestic incident that has had the most terrible of outcomes for the family.

"We are working with partner agencies and local leaders to support and

reassure the community who are understandably upset about what has happened.

"We are trying to be as open and honest with the public as we can but have to take into account the traumatic experience the family is going through as well as the fact that this is an ongoing investigation"

Meridian report: Villagers in shock after shooting of child

Tragic news tonight that the seven year old girl, shot in the head, apparently by her father, has died in hospital.

Mary Shipstone, named tonight, had been critically ill in hospital after the incident yesterday in Northiam, near Hastings.

In a statement tonight Sussex police described it as " a tragic domestic incident that has had the most terrible of outcomes for the family."

Earlier this evening, Andy Dickenson reported on how villagers have been trying to come to terms with a tragedy in their quiet community.

Sussex shooting: 7 year old victim dies in hospital

Mary Shipstone, 7, died in hospital this afternoon Credit: Sussex Police

A seven-year-old girl has died in hospital after it is believed she was shot in the head by her estranged father, who then apparently killed himself.

Mary Shipstone was fighting for life at King's College Hospital, London, after being shot by her father, Yasser Alromisse, in a domestic dispute, but she has died from her injuries.

He turned up at his ex-partner's house in Spring Hill, Northiam, near Rye, East Sussex, at about 4pm yesterday before opening fire from a car parked on a driveway next to her home.

Mary, who lived with her mother and brother at the Spring Hill property, was caught in the middle of a domestic dispute and died at 2.56pm today.

Sussex Police said Alromisse was separated from Mary's mother, did not live at the property and his death was not being treated as suspicious.

Detective chief inspector Jason Taylor said: "There are still a large amount of inquiries being carried out before we can confirm the full picture of what happened.

Behind the headlines: The true story of "kidnapped" 12 year old brought to the stage

It was a story that made international headlines - 12 year old Molly Campbell, a western girl, "kidnapped" by her Muslim father and taken to Pakistan for a forced marriage.

Well, THAT was the story which suited the tabloid press, but the reality was very different, and now the real story is being told on stage, in Oxford.

The play, "My Name Is", by Sudha Bhuchar, is on at the Pegasus Theatre on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th of September, before touring the country.

Rachel Hepworth has been to meet the cast - Karen Bartke, who plays Suzy, (based on Molly Campbell's mother, Louise Fairley), Kiran Sonia, who plays Gaby (based on Molly), and Umar Ahmed, who plays Farhan (based on Molly's father, Ahmed Rana).

The play, produced by the Tamasha Theatre Company, hopes to confront British assumptions about mixed marriages and Islam.


Ship, missing for 160 years, belonged to Oxfordshire explorer

A ship belonging to an Oxfordshire explorer has been found near Canada more than 160 years after it went missing.

Sir John Franklin and his crew of 128 men set off from Greenhithe in Kent in 1845 to chart the North West Passage - a trade route linking the Atlantic and the Pacific.

The next year - trapped by polar ice - the men died and the ships disappeared. Now the wreck of one of the ships has been located close to King William Island in the Victoria Strait. Abigail Bracken reports.

Kent Police told to review investigation into cyclist death

Delays interviewing witnesses, torchlight examinations and the decision not to seize and forensically examine potential evidence.

All things that must be explained by Kent Police after The Independent Police Complaints Commission ordered it to review a family's concerns about the investigation into their father's death.

Richard Jordan died when he came off his bike and suffered fatal injuries. A coroner ruled the death was accidental. But his family still believe the police investigation was inadequate. Sarah Saunders spoke to Richard Jordan's wife Sue, family friend Steve Salter and son Neil.

Could Haydn's Wish be a Pride of Britain winner?

Emma Wileman, from Telscombe Cliffs near Brighton, set up the charity Haydn's Wish to research and highlight the link between allergies and asthma in children.

Her son Haydn's life was cut short at the age of just nine - due to an undiagnosed allergy to peanuts. She's now been nominated for a Pride of Britain award.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Emma, Dr Somnath Mukhopadhyay of Royal Alexander Children's Hospital, and we also hear from Dr Hilary Jones.

Video: Woman banned after kicking dog through railings

A woman from Dorset has been disqualified from keeping animals for five years, after she was caught on CCTV kicking her dog outside a row of shops.

Hannah Bennett, 35, of Arras Road, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to causing suffering by kicking Mace, her Staffordshire bull terrier, on 30 May 2014. She was also given a two-week custodial sentence to be suspended for 12 months and was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £80 by Weymouth Magistrates' Court.

CCTV footage showed Bennett outside a shop on High Street in Wool, with Mace following closely behind her. She then turned and appeared to say something to the dog before drawing back her right leg and kicking him so hard that he flew from the raised walkway through railings onto the adjacent car park.

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