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Mother and baby missing in Somerset

Have you seen Chantelle or Kaiden? Credit: Metropolitan Police

Police are becoming increasingly concerned about the whereabouts of a mother and her baby who are believed to have travelled to Bridgwater in Somerset from their home in South-East London.

22 year-old Chantelle Perry and her 7-week-old son Kaiden were last seen in Bromley at 11.00pm. She got in a car with another man and officers believe they drove to Somerset. They say there is nothing to indicate that they were abducted.

Police are concerned because Kaiden has recently undergone an operation and needs constant medical care.

Chantelle is white, 5ft 5 ins, with brown hair and speaks with a West Country accent. Anyone with further information should get in touch with the Metropolitan Police.

Man charged following sex assault on mother and child

Officers carried out door-to-door enquiries in the Sydenham area of Bridgwater following the attack Credit: ITV News

A man has been charged in connection with a sexual assault on a mother and child in Bridgwater on 21 January.

Mark Lester, 59, of Riverside Close in Bridgwater, has been charged with two counts of false imprisonment, two counts of sexual assault and one count of attempted robbery.

He is due before magistrates in Taunton tomorrow morning, 20 February.

Police arrest man after mother and child held at knifepoint in Bridgwater

Officers visited more than 250 households in the Sydenham area as part of inquiries Credit: ITV News

A 59-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a sex attack on a mother and child in their home in Somerset.

Police were alerted after a man broke into the Bridgwater house through a unsecured door at around 7.50am and tied up a woman and a child.

He proceeded to threaten them with a knife before a sexual assault took place.

Officers visited more than 250 households in the Sydenham area as part of inquiries. It's nearly a month since a man wearing a balaclava and a high vis jacket attacked the pair on Wednesday 21 January, in the Dunwear Lane area of Sydenham.

Police were able to pinpoint the offenders movements after the events and found the weapon used.

The man remains in police custody and is helping officers with their enquiries.

A 59-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a sex attack on a mother and child in their home on Dunwear Road Credit: ITV News


CCTV released in connection with Bridgwater assault

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Police have released CCTV footage of men they believe could be responsible for the Brigdwater assault.

The attack took place on 21 January. The man involved, wore a balaclava-type mask over his face, and broke in through a unsecured door at around 7.50am.

He proceeded to tie up his victims and threaten them with a knife. A sexual assault also took place.

We’ve identified two pieces of CCTV footage taken from cameras in Bridgwater on Tuesday 20 January – the day before the incident. Although the men in the footage look similar and are wearing similar clothing, we can’t conclusively say they are the same person so we could be looking to speak to two men.

– Andy Williams, Senior Investigating Officer

Conservative councillors want Somerset MP out

Ian Liddell Grainer (middle) has been accused of bullying Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Ian Liddell Grainger, Conservative MP for Bridgwater and West Somerset, is facing calls from his own party go.

West Somerset Council's Conservatives group passed a vote of no confidence on the MP - this means he could be deselected as a candidate in the general election.

The MP has a chequered past admitting to previously erasing a photo of a councillor who he was 'narked' with, as well as making offensive remarks about the West Somerset Council and its members.

The MP has declined to comment.

Ian Liddell-Grainger is the Conservative Party candidate for the Bridgwater and West Somerset constituency, and I have every confidence in him.

– Julie Nicholson, Chairman of the Bridgwater and West Somerset Conservative Association
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