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Decomposed body found on Blackpool beach

The body was found about two miles from Blackpool Tower. Credit: PA

Police are investigating after a decomposed torso was found on a beach in Blackpool.

Fisherman Michael Cartwright made the grim discovery near Bispham on Sunday morning.

He told the Blackpool Gazette: “It was like a torso. I am not sure if it was male or female. It was next to the sea wall."

Police confirmed a body was found on the beach but it was yet to be identified.

Three teens spoken to by police after alpacas attacked

Police released CCTV footage of the attack. Credit: Lancashire Police

Three teenagers have been spoken to by police after plastic chairs and a wooden bench were hurled at two alpacas at a nursing home.

Lancashire Police said the three youths, two aged 17 and one aged 16, came forward after CCTV footage of the attack in Haslingden was released earlier this week.

Police said the trio had been referred on to the Youth Offending Team following the incident at the Danesmoor Nursing Home.

The alpacas were not seriously hurt in the attack and have been given a clean bill of health by vets.


Murder investigation launched after Belfast shooting

A man has died after being shot in east Belfast, police have confirmed.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland launched a murder investigation after the victim died in hospital.

The shooting happened in the Comber Court area of Short Strand shortly before 9pm.

Sinn Féin councillor Niall Ó Donnghaile condemned the killing, saying: "There can be no place for actions like this in our society. The community here rejects any attempt by any armed group to turn the clock back to the past."

Young man's body pulled from river by police search team

The body of a young man has been pulled from a river after he reportedly got into trouble in the water.

The man, believed to be in his 20s, got into difficulty after entering the Jubilee River in Datchet, Berkshire, on Friday evening.

Police were called to the scene at around 7pm but did not find his body until Saturday afternoon.

Sadly, a body has now been recovered from the water and is believed to be the man for whom we were searching. His next of kin have been informed.

– Superintendent Kate Ford

Boy, aged three, among six people injured in boat explosion

Five people were taken to hospital and one man was treated at the scene. Credit: PA

Five people, including a three-year-old boy, were taken to hospital after an explosion on a boat today.

Police were called to Bray Lock in Taplow, Buckinghamshire, at around 12.40pm following the incident.

A Thames Valley Police spokesman said: "A man and a woman aged in their forties and a teenage girl who were on the boat have been taken to St George’s Hospital in London for treatment.

"A woman in her thirties and a three-year-old boy who were also thought to have been on the boat have been taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital for treatment."

Their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening. Another man received minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

Police said the boat was thought to be privately owned.


Deaths in police custody at highest point in five years

There were 17 deaths in or following police custody in 2014/15 - the highest number for five years, figures from the Independent Police Complaints Commission have shown.

Six more people died in the most recent reporting period than in the previous 12 months.

The last time the figure was higher was in 2010/11, when it stood at 21.

It was also revealed that there were 69 apparent suicides following custody, a massive 50% higher than the 46 cases in 2010/11.

Theresa May has said she will launch a major review into deaths and serious incidents in police custody.

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