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Expert: Major public inquiry needed into police conduct

An expert has called for a Royal Commission to look into police misconduct.

Martin Innes, Professor of Police Science at Cardiff University, told ITV News that a single major public inquiry is needed, due to to a number of continuing investigations into policing.

He was speaking after the Home Secretary Theresa May revealed possible links between an allegedly corrupt police officer involved in the investigation into the murder of teenager Stephen Lawrence, and the investigation into the murder of a Welsh private investigator.

Daniel Morgan was found dead in the car park of a London pub in 1987.

Prof Innes told our Correspondent Rob Osborne: "There must be a tipping point where you decide that we can't sustain this drip-drip-drip of corrosive allegations of misconduct."

"If these allegations do start to stack up, you will need a Royal Commission on the police, to address these issues, diagnose what the causes are, and put in place some sort of remedies to stop the problem happening again."

Daniel Morgan's brother calls for new investigation

The brother of a private investigator from Cwmbran who was murdered nearly 30 years ago has told ITV News that there should now be a full investigation into his death.

Daniel Morgan's brother, Alastair, made the call following a review into the Stephen Lawrence murder investigation, which found possible links to an allegedly corrupt police officer involved in both cases.

Daniel Morgan was found dead in the car park of a London pub in 1987.

Last year, Home Secretary Theresa May announced that a retired judge would lead a panel to look at any police involvement in his murder and the possible role played by corruption in protecting those who killed him.

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Poet, 85, receives letter from Buckingham Palace

Doreen Atwell published her book of poems this year at the age of 85. Credit: The Old Bakehouse

An 85-year-old woman has received a letter from Buckingham Palace after publishing a book of 94 poems.

Doreen Atwell from Cwmbran used to write poems on scraps of wallpaper more than 30 years ago, because she couldn't afford writing paper.

One of her poems was written about the Queen's Silver Jubilee in 1977.

With the help of her daughter, Doreen published the book this year and sent copies to the Queen and Princes William and Harry after also writing a poem about their mother, Diana.

She has since received a letter from Buckingham Palace on behalf of the Queen to thank her and to say that her book was 'greatly appreciated'.

Woman jailed for stealing 905 designer handbags

A woman who stole 905 designer handbags has been jailed for 18 months at Newport Crown Court.

Jayne Rand, 48 and from Wiltshire, was eventually caught at a shopping centre in Cwmbran.

The court heard she went into department stores around the UK, stealing almost one handbag a day over three years.

Jayne Rand stole handbags worth £135,000. Credit: Wales News Service

Rand admitted stealing 905 handbags and four purses between December 2009 and December 2012. She also admitted converting criminal assets from 838 handbags.

The Crown Prosecution Service said: "Jayne Rand is an unusually prolific shoplifter, responsible for a very large number of thefts from stores around the country over a prolonged period. She was finally brought to justice thanks to eagle-eyed staff at the House of Fraser store in Cwmbran."

"When police searched her car and home, the scale of her criminal activities quickly became clear. Through proceeds of crime legislation, we are now actively seeking to ensure that Jayne Rand is not able to retain any financial benefit from her criminality.”

Triple killer's sentence increase welcomed

Speaking after today's hearing Solicitor General Oliver Heald, who referred the sentence to the Court of Appeal for review, said: "It is hard to overstate the seriousness of this crime."

Carl Mills murdered three generations of the same family, leaving a chasm of grief.

I asked the Court of Appeal to look again at this sentence, as despite it being a life sentence with a term of 30 years minimum, the fact remains that Mills denied having set the fire and maintained that stance at trial.

I am thankful that the Court of Appeal has today increased his minimum term to 35 years and I can only hope this offers some degree of reassurance to the public.

– Oliver Heald, Solicitor General

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Killer had threatened to 'burn your house down'

The court had heard how Mills bombarded his partner with texts and warned "I will burn your house down".

The Buckley's house in Cwmbran Credit: PA

Kimberley, born 13 weeks premature, was at home for the first time after being discharged from hospital on the day of the fire.

Homeless Mills, the baby's father, was living in a tent in the front garden but had been banned from seeing the child unsupervised.

Kim, Kimberley and Kayleigh Buckley Credit: ITV News

Killer's sentenced to be reviewed for being 'too lenient'

A man who burnt down his teenage girlfriend's home, killing three generations of one family, is having his sentence reviewed to see if it is "unduly lenient".

Carl Mills was jailed for life in July and ordered to serve a 30-year minimum term behind bars before he can apply for parole.

Carl Mills Credit: Wales News Service

46 year old Kim Buckley her 17 year old daughter Kayleigh and 6 month old granddaughter Kimberley, died in the fire in Cwmbran last year.

The 30 year minimum term imposed will be scrutinised at the Court of Appeal in London.

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Cwmbran fire memorial: Victim's partner speaks of loss

The partner of a woman who died in a house fire in Cwmbran, which killed three generations of the same family, has told us their relatives are still struggling to come to terms with their loss.

David Parker was speaking at a memorial service for Kim Buckley, her daughter Kayleigh and six-month-old granddaughter Kimberley, who died when their home was set alight last September.

The house has since been demolished - but today relatives of the Buckley family returned to plant trees on the site in memory of those they lost.

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