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The dog that appears in court

A dog is being used in courts in Kent with the aim of supporting witnesses and victims, who may feel nervous about giving evidence. Poppy, a Jack Russell cross, is part of a study being run by Canterbury Christ Church University. Tom Savvides talks to Elizabeth Spruin and Katarina Mozova from the university. The report also contains footage form Canine Companions for Independence.

Man wanted for failing to appear in court

Michael Easy is wanted for failing to appear at court Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

Police are appealing for help in tracing a Southampton man who is wanted for failing to appear at court.

Michael Easy, aged 29, is wanted by police after he was found guilty in his absence at Southampton Magistrates Court on February 27 of breaching a restraining order and assaulting two prison officers.

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who has information about the whereabouts of Mr Easy.

“We believe that Mr Easy, who also uses the name Darren Dirtt, is in the Southampton area. Officers are continuing to conduct extensive enquiries to try and locate him and would urge anyone who has information about his whereabouts to contact the police, or for Easy to hand himself in. If you know where he is, please contact us as soon as possible. If you see him you shouldn’t approach him but call 101 immediately.”

– Detective Inspector John McGonigle


How could he do it? Fraudster sold fake 'Help for Heroes' pin badges

A fraudster who pocketed the proceeds from selling fake Royal British Legion Poppy and Help for Heroes pin badges has been handed an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and told to pay prosecution costs of £1,650.

Hampshire County Council Trading Standards secured the conviction of Jay Meech, 28, of Old Road, Gosport who sourced and sold counterfeit pin badges depicting the emblems of Premier League football teams and the two registered charities.

The fake badge is on the right Credit: HCC
The fake Manchester United badge Credit: HCC

Portsmouth Crown Court heard Meech designed the inferior quality pin badges, had them manufactured in China and shipped to the UK for him to sell via eBay and his website, ripping off the charities and football teams to the tune of £22,000 in turnover.

Following an investigation by Trading Standards officers, a warrant was executed in October 2013 and he was found to be in possession of more than 1,000 fake pin badges which depicted the emblems of several well known football clubs. Meech also had 5,849 Royal British Legion style ‘Poppy’ and 706 Help for Heroes ‘Medal’ pin badges.

These pin badges were confirmed, by the Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes, to be fake.

All the pin badges were of an inferior quality and had been manufactured and sold without permission from the football clubs or the charities.

Defendant fined for taking selfie in court dock

A defendant who took a selfie as he sat in a court dock has been fined

Joel Norris, 18, of Wareham, used his mobile phone to take a photo of himself and four co-defendants.

He then uploaded the image on to Twitter with the caption: "Lads in the court box lol."It is illegal photographs in court or the precincts of a court.

The teenager admitted the charges at Bournemouth Magistrates Court. He was fined £145 for each offence and ordered to pay £85 costs and pay a victim surcharge of £29


Man due in court charged with Claire Tiltman's murder

A man is due in court charged with the murder of a sixteen year old schoolgirl in Kent twenty one years ago.

Claire Tiltman was stabbed more that 40 times in an alleyway off London Road in Greenhithe, Kent, four days before her 16th birthday.

Former milkman Colin Ash-Smith, who's forty five, is due before Maidstone Magistrates.

Claire Tiltman was stabbed in an alleyway 21 years ago Credit: PA

Robber flees as judge is about to jail him

Police have launched a manhunt after a 19-year-old fled a court dock as a judge was about to send him to jail. Unemployed Ricky Kerry ran from the dock at Southend Crown Court after being sentenced to 28 months in prison for robbery.

Essex Police say he made off on foot at just after 12.45pm in the direction of Baxter Avenue. It is understood that Kerry, of Jones Close, Southend, escaped through heavy double doors at the entrance to the court and down two flights of stairs.

The force said Kerry was being sentenced for a robbery in Sutton Road, Southend, in April in which he punched a man and took his mobile phone. Anyone with information should contact Essex Police on 101

Police investigate alleged rape near crown court

A woman was raped outside a crown court in a late-night attack.

The 19-year-old victim told officers she had been raped by a man near a disabled access ramp outside Portsmouth Crown Court last Sunday morning.

A 23-year-old man from Gosport was arrested on suspicion of rape, interviewed in police custody, and bailed until January 15, 2013, pending further enquiries.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the assault which happened at 1.30am on Sunday, November 18.

Detective Constable Alison Richards of Portsmouth CID said: "Officers would like to hear from anyone who was out at around 1am, and who may have seen or heard anything that may assist the investigation."

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