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Pc Gordon Semple accused appears in court

Gordon Semple went missing on April 1 Credit: Facebook

A man accused of murdering Pc Gordon Semple after meeting him on dating website Grindr will go in trial in the autumn.

Stefano Brizzi, 49, is accused of killing the 59-year-old by strangling before dismembering his body.

Pc Semple is said to have died at Brizzi's flat in Southwark on a day between April 1 and April 7.

Brizzi appeared at the Old Bailey on Wednesday charged with murder.

A provisional trial date was set for October 18 this year.

Pc Semple was originally from Inverness in Scotland and had been with the Metropolitan Police for 30 years.

Brizzi was remanded in custody.

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Two to appear in court over Carole Waugh murder

Two men will appear at the Old Bailey today accused of killing wealthy former oil executive Carole Waugh.

Rakesh Bhayani, 41, and Nicholas Kutner, 48, will enter pleas after being charged with murdering Miss Waugh, 50, who disappeared from her home in Marylebone, central London.

Carole Waugh's body was found with a single stab wound inside a car. Credit: PA

Her body was found with a single stab wound inside a car in a lock-up garage in Lime Court, New Malden, on August 2 last year.

Miss Waugh, originally from Durham, was reported missing by her family on May 7 and had not been seen since mid-April.

Brighton footballers' sexual assault trial under way

The case against four footballers accused of sexual assault and voyeurism opened at the Old Bailey today.

Brighton and Hove Albion players Anton Rodgers, Lewis Dunk and George Barker, and former team-mate Steve Cook, who now plays for Bournemouth, deny sexual assault.

Brighton's Anton Rodgers, son of Liverpool manager Brendan, is among the accused Credit: PA
Player Lewis Dunk is also at the Old Bailey along with George Barker and Steve Cook Credit: PA

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