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Cumbria police urge caution in adverse weather

Police say people should be extra careful Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Archive/PA Images

Police in Cumbria are urging people to take extra car in the adverse weather forecast over the weekend.

The cold weather is forecast to hit the area between 10am-11am tomorrow morning, continuing into the afternoon and the effects could be felt into the evening.

With this in mind police say that people should take extra care on Cumbria’s paths, roads and the fells.

Public safety is our priority, so we need to get the message out about tomorrow’s predicted adverse weather. Freezing rain coupled with sleet and/or snow can quickly make conditions treacherous.

– Superintendent Justin Bibby, Cumbria Police

Fracking held after tremors in Blackpool

Fracking has been paused at Preston New Road Credit: ITV Granada

Cuadrilla says that fracking has been paused after tremors were detected in Blackpool.

The largest was while fracking was being carried out at the company's Preston New Road site.

A series of micro seismic events in Blackpool have been recorded on the British Geological Survey (BGS) website today 14 December. The largest recorded was 0.9ML (local magnitude) at about 2pm. This occurred whilst we were hydraulically fracturing at the Preston New Road exploration site.

Detected by Cuadrilla’s sophisticated monitoring system, and verified by the BGS, it will be classed as a ‘red’ event under the traffic light system operated by the Oil and Gas Authority.

Cuadrilla has paused and will continue to monitor micro seismicity for at least 18 hours after the event was recorded, in line with the traffic light system regulations. Well integrity has been checked and verified.

– Cuadrilla statement

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Former police officer gets 25 years for raping teenager

A paedophile police officer who used his position to exploit and prey on vulnerable girls has been jailed for 25 years.

30 year old Ian Naude was convicted of sexually assaulting and raping a 13 year old girl plus 30 other offences.

He started working for Cheshire Police despite being named as a suspect in a child grooming case in the months leading up to his appointment.

The judge described a selfie he took after raping his victim as showing his smug self satisfaction, and said Naude was out of control.

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Police hunt carjacker who dragged woman along the ground

Beryl Allsop Credit: MEN Syndication

Police are hunting a carjacker who dragged a 79-year-old woman along the ground as the vehicle sped off.

Beryl Allsop was shopping at Morrisons supermarket on Tweedale Way, Chadderton, Oldham, when she was targeted just before 9pm.

She's still being cared for at Manchester Royal Infirmary after suffering serious head and facial cuts.

Police said a man approached her, grabbed her keys, and stole her blue Vauxhall Astra, which has not been recovered.

Beryl received particularly nasty injuries in this incident, and she has been left terrified by what has happened to her.

The man responsible for preying on an elderly woman is an absolute coward and we are doing everything we can to find him, but we need the public’s help. We are keen to hear from anyone who was in the area of Morrisons car park around 9pm on Tuesday evening who saw anyone acting suspiciously.

– Detective Sergeant Alex Wilkinson, Greater Manchester Police

Police officer who raped teenager jailed

Ian Naude Credit: Police

A paedophile police constable with an "insatiable appetite" for preying on young girls has been jailed for 25 years.

Ian Naude, who is 30, was convicted following a trial of the rape and sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl who he met while serving as a student police officer with Cheshire Police.

Liverpool Crown Court heard Naude, who was sentenced for a total of 37 offences, joined the force in April 2017 and was obsessed with taking the virginity of teenage girls who he groomed online.

He first met his rape victim in October last year when he was called to a domestic incident at her home and days later picked her up in his car and raped her in the back seat, filming the assault on his phone.

Sentencing him on Thursday to 25 years in prison with an extended licence period of five years, honorary recorder of Liverpool Judge Clement Goldstone QC said:

In order to impose your will on a young girl, three weeks past her 13th birthday, and to commit offences of rape and sexual assault against her, you used and abused your position as a Cheshire Police officer, thereby enabling you to satisfy your lust and perversion......

Having seen and heard you during the trial, I am wholly persuaded that you do not, even now, have any inkling or appreciation of the extent of your perversion or of the psychological harm and damage you have caused.

– Judge Clement Goldstone QC
Naude was 'out of control' according to Judge Goldstone

Naude, wearing a grey suit and burgundy tie, was ordered to pay attention by the judge as he looked down at a folder of evidence while he was sentenced.

Judge Goldstone said Naude, of Market Drayton, Shropshire, was "out of control" with an "insatiable appetite" for young girls and described a selfie he took after raping his victim as showing his "smug self satisfaction and total lack of shame".

Naude, who was based at Crewe police station, had denied rape, telling the jury the sex was consensual.

In a statement read to the court, her mother said the victim would no longer leave the house without close family and friends.

She said: "She will no longer walk past the local police station and hides when a police car drives past."

Other parents said their daughters had gone on to self-harm after being groomed online by Naude, who would blackmail and threaten his victims, persuade them to send pictures of themselves undressed, tell them to call him "daddy" and send them videos of himself masturbating.

Naude, who was suspended and dismissed by Cheshire Police following his arrest, was also found guilty by a jury of four charges of attempting to arrange commission of a child sex offence and one charge of arranging commission of a child sex offence.

He pleaded guilty to 30 other offences, including inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, making indecent photos of children and misconduct in a public office.

He groomed six girls, aged between 12 and 16, online and admitted using his position as a police officer to find contact details of two other teenage girls.

He also admitted possessing 1,443 indecent images of children, including pictures of girls aged as young as 18 months.

The court heard South African-born Naude would gain the trust of young girls by posing on social media as a 15-year-old boy called Jake Green.

The father-of-one, who previously served in Afghanistan as a machine gunner with the Royal Irish Regiment, was named as a suspect in cases in neighbouring forces before taking up his post in Cheshire Police.

The force said his appointment was delayed from January 2017 to April because he was alleged to have raped a woman in Staffordshire.

No further action was taken in the case and Naude was allowed to join - but reports of child grooming in Staffordshire and West Mercia which named him as a suspect in January and February 2017 were not picked up by Cheshire Police until after his arrest in November that year.

Saul Brody, defending, said there was "very little mitigation" and conceded the defendant was a dangerous offender.

He added: "It's unclear whether he entered the police force specifically to exploit vulnerable victims but he undoubtedly sought opportunities to do so once appointed."

Detective Constable Danielle Stoner of Cheshire Police read a statement on behalf of the 13 year old's family.

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Royal British Legion launch new support service for veterans

Victoria Squires Credit: Royal British Legion

The Royal British Legion has launched a new support service in Greater Manchester aimed at helping the families of people who have served in the armed forces.

Working in partnership with Walking With The Wounded the pilot scheme aims to tackle a rang of issues including mental health, post-traumatic stress disorder and domestic violence.

Alongside the Legion, we’ve always worked directly with veterans, but we recognised that whilst veterans are getting support their families are often left behind, so this is a new pilot scheme to work directly with those families and improve their outcomes.

A lot of the families I’ve met need emotional support and someone to offload to, who isn’t already part of their circle of family or friends.

But I also get involved in practical issues, including homelessness, and I’ve helped to house two families already in the first weeks of the project. There’s no better feeling than being able to help an entire family.

Our immediate aim is to build up a network of partners and families right across Greater Manchester so I’m getting the word out to those families to let them know about our services and explain that there is support available to them now.

– Victoria Squires, Walking With The Wounded

Service held to remember UK's first woman police officer

Edith Smith Credit: Merseyside Police

A special service is being held in Cheshire later to remember the country's first woman police officer.

Edith Smith was born in Oxton on the Wirral.

As well as raising her family she worked as a midwife, before becoming a volunteer police officer when the First World War broke out in 1914.

The following year she was made a full officer serving in Grantham in Lincolnshire.

She died in 1923 and was buried in an unmarked grave in Runcorn.

After a campaign locally a headstone was installed and it will be commemorated later today.

We are absolutely delighted that thanks to the help of the public and staff members from a number of police forces and societies, more than £2,500 was raised to provide a headstone for Edith's grave and a service to celebrate her life.

Edith contributed a phenomenal amount to policing and her work paved the way for the officers of today, particularly female officers. As well as her police work she travelled throughout Britain, giving talks, writing books and campaigning about woman's policing. We couldn't believe that despite all of this and her unique place in British history, Edith's grave remained unmarked.

Through a JustGiving page as well as events such as cake sales, we have managed to raise the funds needed to ensure Edith's final resting place has been rightfully marked. We are really looking forward to the service and it is a privilege that Edith's granddaughter is able to attend.

I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has donated, your contributions have made it possible to mark Edith's place in history, and finally I would like to thank Edith, for all she has done for police officers of past and present.

– Inspector Vicky Holden, Merseyside Police
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