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Dog breeder found guilty of puppy farm murders

John Lowe has been found guilty of murdering his partner and her daughter Credit: Surrey Police

An elderly dog breeder has been found guilty of murdering his partner and her daughter at his puppy farm in Surrey.

Christine Lee's body was discovered at Lowe's farm in Tilford Credit: Surrey Police
Lucy Lee's body was discovered at Lowe's farm in Tilford Credit: Surrey Police

John Lowe, 82, blasted 66-year-old Christine Lee and her daughter Lucy Lee, 40, with a shotgun he normally used for killing rats at his property near Farnham, Surrey, in February.

He had told his trial at Guildford Crown Court that their deaths were "a terrible accident" after a struggle over the gun as he went to destroy some dogs.

But the jury of six men and six women convicted him of their murders after hearing that, following his arrest, he told the police he had "put down" the women.

They also heard that Lucy made a "desperate" 999 call to police saying that Lowe had killed her mother before telling the operator that she was going back to confront him.

She was then shot twice, with Lowe reloading the .410 calibre double-barrelled weapon between shots. Lowe, who listened to proceedings through a hearing loop, remained stoic as the verdicts were given.


Consultant urologist 'disappointed' over dismissal

The Medical Defence Union has released a statement on behalf of consultant urologist Paul Miller who was dismissed by Surrey & Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.

The trust has commissioned a review into the care of more than 1,000 of Mr Miller's former patients.

I am extremely disappointed that the trust has decided to dismiss me. I strongly do not believe that this is justified.

I welcome the opportunity to co-operate with any investigation into my practice.

My priority as a consultant for the last 21 years has always been to protect patients’ best interests and safety.

I cannot comment further due to my duty of patient confidentiality.

– statement on behalf of paul miller

Private Surrey hospital 'reviewing' care of cancer patients

A private hospital in Surrey says it is "reviewing the notes" of any cancer patients treated by a former consultant urologist after he was dismissed.

Spire Gatwick Park Hospital suspended Paul Miller in December last year. This was only one of the hospitals where he worked.

Concerns for 1,200 Sussex and Surrey cancer patients

1,200 cancer patients have been assessed over fears they may have been mistreated by a former consultant urologist, Surrey & Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust has said.

All of the bladder and prostrate cancer patients were seen by consultant urologist Paul Miller between 2006 and 2012.

A review of their care by the Royal College of Surgeons found that 27 of the patients "came to harm" as a result of the treatment they received.

A small number of others received care that "fell below the standards we would expect" but were not harmed as a consequence, a statement said.

Mr Miller was dismissed from the Trust and has been banned from treating cancer patients pending an investigation by the General Medical Council.

  • Concerned East Surrey Hospital patients can call a helpline on 0808 168 7754 Monday to Friday, between 11am and 7pm.


British Ebola nurse 'may return to help in Sierra Leone'

The British nurse who survived Ebola has hinted he could return to the country where he contracted the deadly virus to help fight the outbreak.

William Pooley was flown from Sierra Leone to the UK for treatment and was given the experimental drug ZMapp, before being given the all-clear and discharged.

William Pooley pictured in London before he was discharged from the Royal Free Hospital. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

But in an interview with the Guardian, the 29-year-old volunteer nurse from Suffolk said, "It's the least I could do to go back and return the favour to some other people, even just for a little while."

"While I'm happy to be recovered and alive, there's a lot of stuff on my mind with what's going on back there. It would be relatively safe for me to go back and work there," Mr Pooley added.

Cyclist fined after phone app takes him on the M25

A man who was caught cycling on the M25 in Surrey, after an app on his phone sent him there by mistake, has been fined.

Surrey Police tweeted that the man had been looking for a shorter route to cycle home from work during rush hour. He was fined £50 by the force.

Circumstances of firefighter's death 'not yet known'

Surrey Fire and Rescue have not confirmed the cause of death of firefighter Clifford Cox, despite reports he suffered a heart attack while on duty in Staines.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Simon Moore said:

We can confirm a firefighter has died at the station but he was not on a call at the time. The circumstances of his death have not been established. We are saddened and upset by this tragic news and our thoughts are with his family and colleagues at this very difficult time.

BBC News reports that FF Cox is believed to have died following a heart attack.

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