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Murder inquiry after mother and toddler found dead

Police are investigating the suspicious deaths of a woman and a toddler in a Lancashire village.

The bodies of the 26-year-old woman and 22-month-old boy - understood to be a mother and son - were discovered after officers were called to an address in Euxton at about 6.55pm yesterday.

The village of Euxton is located about 25 miles north-west of Manchester. Credit: Google Maps

Detectives are treating the case as a murder inquiry but are not looking for anyone else over the deaths.

Post-mortem examinations are due to take place to establish the causes of death of the pair.

Detective Superintendent Eddie Thistlethwaite, of Lancashire Constabulary, said:

This is a tragic case. It is being treated as a murder inquiry, although we are not looking for anybody else in connection with this incident.

We are still in the very early stages of this investigation but we are conducting a number of inquiries in order to establish the exact circumstances surrounding the deaths.

– Eddie Thistlethwaite

Zoo delighted at monkey returns but baby still missing

Blackpool Zoo has said it is "absolutely delighted" that four of the five monkeys stolen from their enclosures have been found safe and well but saddened that the baby was not among them.

Two female cotton-top tamarins and two male emperor tamarins were returned to the zoo after they were found abandoned in Bradford overnight.

The four adult monkeys have been checked and reintroduced back into their group, but the baby remains missing. Credit: Lancashire Police

Charlotte Pennie, head of primates at the zoo, said: "We are extremely relieved that four of the monkeys have been found safe and well, although we are also saddened that the baby cotton-top Tamarin has not been found."

The zoo joined Lancashire Police in thanking the public help with the search, while officers appealed for more help in their ongoing investigation into Tuesday's planned theft.

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Two care home staff sentenced for abusing patient

The two care home staff were secretly filmed physically and verbally abusing the patient. Credit: ITV Granada

Two care staff from the Priory Highbank Centre in Lancashire, who were secretly filmed abusing a brain damaged patient, have been sentenced today to seven months for each offence, to run concurrently.

Rita Page and Lynette Crook both pleaded guilty to offences of verbal and physical abuse towards a person without capacity. Page pleaded guilty to two offences while Crook pleaded guilty to three.

The 22-year-old victim was left with no mental capacity and was unable to do anything for himself after a road accident in 2008.

His family made a number of complaints about the nature of his care which was not the "round the clock" attention from "professionally-trained staff" he needed.

ITV Granada obtained the secret footage of the care workers abusing the patient.

Four police forces 'failing domestic abuse victims'

Just eight of 43 police forces responded well to domestic abuse and the most vulnerable victims faced a "lottery" in the way their complaints were handled, inspectors said.

The forces singled out by inspectors as being of particularly serious concern were:

  • Greater Manchester
  • Bedfordshire
  • Cambridgeshire
  • Gloucestershire

Lancashire Police was hailed as having the best response to domestic abuse.

Read more: Police 'failing' domestic violence victims

Among the forces found to be of serious concern, Bedfordshire had one officer working in its domestic violence unit, and in a case in Greater Manchester, the 13-year-old daughter of a victim was asked to act as a language interpreter for officers investigating allegations against her father.

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Stonyhurst head to consider 'all angles' in runaway case

The headmaster of the school from which two students ran away to the Caribbean has expressed relief at their return.

Edward Bunyan and Indira Gainiyeva, both 16, left Stonyhurst College before flying to the Dominican Republic. Andrew Johnson told The Telegraph:

The important thing is that they spend some time with their families and give an account to their families, and then talk to me.

Only when we know all the facts, all the angles, would I make a decision as to what the next step is, in collaboration with the parents.

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Police say runaway Stonyhurst students 'safe and well'

The students have thankfully been located safe and well at a hotel in the Punta Cana area of the Dominican Republic.

Plans are now being made for their safe return to the UK. They will be given a welfare de-brief by police following their arrival back in this country.

Our priority throughout this has been to ensure the safety and welfare of these students and after they have been spoken to on their return this will signal an end of police involvement in this matter.

– A Lancashire police spokesman

Police making 'good progress' over runaway pupils

Police are making "good progress" in attempts to contact two teenagers who ran away from a boarding school and flew to the Caribbean, a senior teacher at the school has said.

Edward Bunyan and Indira Gainiyeva, 16, are believed to be in the Dominican Republic after vanishing from Stonyhurst College in Lancashire in the early hours of Monday.

The college's second master Matthew Mostyn said: "I believe that they [the police] are making good progress in making contact with them.

He also told BBC Radio 4's Today programme there was "excellent security" at the school but it was not designed to keep pupils in.

"Where there's a will there's a way, but obviously there will be a full review of our procedures in every respect as soon as we can get that going", he added.

Stonyhurst College runaways 'located by local police'

Police in the Dominican Republic have reportedly located two teenagers who have run away from a British boarding school.

Local police are believed to have located Edward Bunyan and Indira Gainiyeva at a beach resort after they landed in the country's capital Puerto Plata but have yet to approach the teenagers, according to the Telegraph.

The families of the pair, both 16, are said to be "desperately concerned".

Meanwhile, fellow pupils at the £30,000-a-year private school took to social media - using the hashtags #WheresBunyan and #WheresIndira - to try and find news of their friends.

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