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Met Police reportedly 'apologise' to Lord Brittan's widow

It's understood that the Metropolitan Police have apologised to Lady Brittan, the widow of the late Home Secretary and Richmond MP Leon Brittan, after he was investigated over allegations of rape.

Lord Brittan, who died of cancer in January was interviewed under caution regarding allegations of rape - but no further action was taken against him.

The Crown Prosecution Service found in July 2013 that there was not enough evidence for a prosecution but this decision was never passed on to Lord Brittan or his family.

Former Home Secretary and Richmond MP Lord Brittan Credit: PA


Richmond shops fire: a man is arrested

Firefighters dealing with the blaze. Credit: David Sloan

A man has been arrested on suspicion of arson following a large fire which swept through terraced shops in the centre of Richmond, North Yorkshire.

The fire, at Finkle Street, was reported at around 5.11am on Saturday 6th June.It caused substantial damage to commercial premises in the street, including the Red Cross shop, Urban Spa and Beauty, Tasty Macs and the Oxfam shop.

No-one was injured. e damage will have a significant impact on the local businesses. The cost of the damage alone is estimated to be hundreds of thousands of pounds.

No-one was injured.

Police are asking anyone who has any information about the fire to contact them if they have not already come forward.

Thankfully, no-one was injured in the fire, however, the damage will have a significant impact on the local businesses. The cost of the damage alone is estimated to be hundreds of thousands of pounds."

– Det Con Andy Palmer, North Yorkshire Police

Anyone with any information is asked to call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Detective Constable Andy Palmer of Northallerton Serious Crime Team.

Richmond shops fire: cause still unknown

Firefighters tackled the blaze in Richmond this morning. Credit: David Sloan

Fire investigators are attempting to establish the cause of a fire in Richmond, North Yokrshire, which spread through several roofs of a terraced row of shops.

A delivery driver discovered the fire, at Finkle Street, at 5.15am Saturday.

The fire spread to adjacent properties.

The fire spread quickly. Credit: David Sloan
Finkle Street, the scene of the fire. Credit: David Sloan
Pictures were emailed to us by David Sloan. Credit: David Sloan

Fire spreads to row of shops in Richmond

Richmond's Finkle Street this morning. Credit: Anita Clarke

Fire crews have dealt with a large fire at a terraced commercial property on Finkle Street in Richmond, North Yorkshire.

A delivery driver discovered the fire, and emergency crews from Richmond and Colburn attended the scene.

The fire spread to the roof void in an adjacent property and a further six fire engines were sent Leyburn, Reeth, Bedale, Northallerton, Darlington, Ripon and Masham.

Two aerial ladders are in attendance from Middlesbrough and Harrogate, along with other support appliances from Malton and Northallerton.

An area was cordoned off during the emergency. Credit: Anita Clarke
Fire crews at the scene. Credit: Anita Clarke

Richmond MP Rishi Sunak: “I’ve got big boots to fill”

Rishi Sunak has been elected as the Conservative MP for Richmond, replacing former foreign secretary William Hague. Sunak has said that he has “impossible boots to fill.” He also responded to claims that he missed the count, saying that he arrived late so that he wouldn’t disturb the counters.

Sunak won the seat by a clear majority; UKIP candidate Matthew Cooke came second with 8,194 votes, taking 15.7% share of the vote after standing for the first time.

Cooke thanked his supporters and said he was proud to have “come second in the safest Conservative seat in the country.”

Richmond result breakdown with number of votes and percentage of the vote:

Rishi Sunak (Con) – 27,744 (51.38%)

Matthew Cooke (UKIP) – 8,194 (15.17%)

Mike Hill (Lab) – 7,124 (13.19%)

John Harris (Lib Dem) – 3,465 (6.42%)

John Blackie (Ind) – 3,348 (6.20%)

Leslie Rowe (Green) – 2,313 (4.28%)

Robin Scott (Ind) – 1,811 (3.35%)


Mother of baby found in wheelie bin identified

Police in Richmond believe they have identified the mother of a baby found dead in a wheelie bin on Monday (December 1).

Preliminary findings of a post mortem examination suggest the baby girl was stillborn.

We thank the local community and the media for their continued support and sensitivity regarding this tragic case.

We ask residents to remain patient and calm while the police enquiries continue. I particular please avoid any unhelpful or harmful speculation on social networking sites.

To provide further reassurance for residents, extra police patrols are being carried out in the local area.

– Inspector Mark Gee, of Richmond Safer Neighbourhood Team

Police are continuing their enquiries to establish the full facts in this incident.

Head of midwifery urges public 'think about the baby and come forward'

The head of midwifery at Darlington Memorial Hospital has spoken to Tyne Tees and urgently appealed for the mother of a new born baby girl who was found dead in Richmond to come forward.

Anne Holt, head of midwifery at Darlington Memorial has asked the mother or anyone who knows anything to "think of the baby, who is here with us...think about the baby and come forward."

We are appealing for mum, or family members, to come forward so that we can treat her baby with the dignity and respect that she deserves.

If she comes forward all of our midwives have training in support and have dealt with women previously who may have given birth in similar circumstances. They are used to dealing with difficult emotional circumstances.

We have specialist midwives who have specific counselling skills. So there's lots of help available and the staff will be very understanding and sympathetic towards what this mother has gone through.

– Anne Holt, Head of midwifery at Darlington Memorial Hospital

She also has a message for anyone who has any suspicions about coming forward to the police:

First of all from the mother's point of view, in these types of circumstances, there could be very serious health issues and that is one of the reasons why we would urge the mother to come forward, to get the medical help and support that she requires.

But also, from the emotional point of view, the fact that her baby is here with us and the fact that that baby needs her mother, we would encourage them to think about the baby and come forward.

– Anne Holt, Head of midwifery at Darlington Memorial Hospital

If anyone wants to get in touch, staff at the hospital are encouraging anyone to call the Darlington Memorial switchboard and they will put them through to the relevant people.

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