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Prison investment to fund body cameras and ‘incapacitant spray’

A prison officer locks a door
Image caption All prison officers will receive body-worn cameras

Plans for a £3m investment in prisons in England and Wales will make the system safer, the government has said.

The Ministry of Justice said the money would include £2m for 5,600 body-worn cameras, giving all prison officers access to the devices, and £1m for police-style handcuffs and restraints.

Four prisons will also trial the use of incapacitant spray to subdue armed prisoners safely.

The Prison Officers Association said the measures were “long overdue”.

It comes after an investment in 24-hour patrol dogs, CCTV cameras, mobile phone detection technology, and metal detectors – as well as 1,290 extra prison officers – designed to combat an “influx of violence” in prisons, the MoJ said.

‘Transforming prisons’

The MoJ said the body-worn cameras would “act as a visible deterrent against violence” and would “assist in prosecutions against those who commit crimes in jails”.

The roll-out follows a successful trial of cameras in 22 institutions across the country, as well as their adoption by the Metropolitan Police.

“The new restraints will reduce the need for staff to use physical holds to control aggressive prisoners, improving safety for both staff and prisoners,” the MoJ added.

Sam Gyimah, the prisons minister, said: “This latest investment underlines our commitment to transform our prisons into places of safety.”

‘Need to do more’

The plans were “welcomed” by the Prison Officers Association, which described them as “long overdue”.

It said new restraints were “essential” for making prisons safer but that the measures did not go far enough and more needed to be done to reduce violence.

Cameras and restraints should be made available as quickly as possible, but the best way to make prisons safer would be to reduce populations, control overcrowding and recruit more prison officers.

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‘I wasn’t going to let them win’, says brave shop owner who fought back against armed attackers

A WOMAN who fought back against armed robbers who attacked her with a metal bar in her shop today told the Telegraph & Argus:“I wasn’t going to let them win.”

Sila Patel, 59, said she was terrified when three masked men stormed into the Costcutter shop she co-owns with husband Dipak.

She said the men came into the shop, in Beacon Road, Wibsey, armed with a metal bar and wooden baseball bat and demanded cash from the till.

But Mrs Patel, who has run the shop since 1989, bravely pushed and shoved the men, who pulled one of the shop’s tills from its hinges. One of them also damaged a lottery till.

Her son Vishal, 30, saw the horror unfolding on the shop’s CCTV feed and quickly came to his parents’ aid, helping to push the men out of their shop.

The masked men took a quantity of cigarettes and a till containing a small amount of cash and as they fled through the shop’s front door.

Police have now released three CCTV images of the men they would like to speak to in connection with the incident.

Detectives believe the suspects left the scene in a white Ford Transit van.

The Patel family suffered minor injuries, which did not require hospital treatment, in the raid which took place at around 8.20pm on Saturday.

Mrs Patel, who was hit on the right-hand side of her head in the attack, said she bent a metal drawer edge from her shop counter which she used in defence against the men, who surrounded the counter.

She said: “We have been here for 28 years and nothing like this has happened before.

“I am terrified. They just walked in and were pushing us about. They are cowardly.

“It only lasted for two minutes, but it seemed like half an hour. I was proper scared.

“One of them leaned over the counter and I pushed him away.

“The man with the baseball bat came for me. I pressed the panic button, he did not like it. He said ‘what are you doing?’

“They came around the counter and tried to pull the till out. My husband tried to fend him off.

“He pushed me and grabbed cigarettes from the shelf behind the counter.

“I wasn’t going to let them win. I went for him. I hit him with a metal drawer edge. I was thinking that he was not going to get away with it. I ran round and pushed one of them and he went onto his side and I tried to push him out of the shop.

“One of them hit me with something but I can’t remember what it was. I got hit on my head.

“My husband and son have watched the CCTV of it, but I can’t watch the video.

“I am worried that somebody else will be coming down to the shop to try to do the same thing now.”

She says her loyal customers have shown their support, with one of them standing next to her at the shop’s counter every night since to deter any potential future attacks.

Bradford District CID is leading the investigation and is appealing for anyone who may be able to assist to come forward with any information. Detective Inspector Matt Walker said: “This was a nasty attack on a local business and while the staff were very shaken by what happened they sustained slight injuries.

“We believe the suspects arrived and left the scene in a white 13-plate Ford Transit which was seen in Buttershaw Drive at around 8pm that night and would ask anyone who may have seen this van or any suspicious activity in the area around this time to come forward.

“We would also like to hear from anyone who knows someone with similar items of clothing to those worn by the suspects.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Bradford District CID on 101, quoting crime reference 13170477706, or to Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

Appeal over sexual assaults on women and children in London

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Image caption The man is described as white aged between 40 to 50 years old, with short white or blonde hair

Two women and seven children have been sexually touched by an attacker in the last three months, police said.

The women, aged 27 and 25, and children aged 11-13 were approached in the Greenwich and Lewisham areas of London.

Police said the suspect attacked all nine of his victims in broad daylight before fleeing on foot.

The attacks, which police believed are linked, took place between 30 June and 16 October with three taking place within half an hour on 5 October.

CCTV of the latest incident – in Honor Oak Road on Monday – has been released in a bid to help identify a man.

The attacker is described as a white man aged between 40- 50, with short white or blond hair.

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Image caption The suspect attacked all nine of his victims in broad daylight before fleeing on foot

Supt Lee Hill said: “These incidents were very frightening for the victims. I am appealing to the public to help identify and locate this man as quickly as possible.

“Although none of the victims have suffered physical injury, the effects of becoming a victim of sexual assault can be lasting and traumatic.”

Scotland Yard said patrols in the areas have increased and officers are speaking to local schools to reassure pupils and parents.

“I am concerned that there may be more victims who have not yet come forward and are not receiving the support that they may need. I would urge any victims who have not yet come forward to contact police,” Supt Hill said.

Domino’s pizza shop sex couple spared jail

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Image caption Craig Smith and Daniella Hirst were sentenced at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court

A couple who had sex against the counter of a pizza delivery shop have been given community orders.

Daniella Hirst, 29, and Craig Smith, 31, were captured on CCTV in a Domino’s shop in Scarborough in February.

Hirst, of Bridlington, pleaded guilty to outraging public decency and Smith, also of Bridlington, was found guilty in his absence in September.

Magistrates in Scarborough said the couple were “very close to going to prison”.

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Image caption The couple were caught on CCTV at Domino’s on Castle Road in Scarborough

An 18-minute CCTV recording of the couple, which the court was shown in September, showed Hirst performing oral sex on Smith before the couple had sex leaning against the counter.

Chairman of the bench, Charles Davis told Hirst, of Gypsey Road, and Smith, of Field Road: “You were both very close to going to prison.

“It was a brazen offence, committed in a public place over a prolonged period and in the presence of staff.”

The couple were both handed a 12-month community order and made the subject of a curfew between 19:00 and 07:00 until 27 March.

Smith was also ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work.

Mike Samwell death: Stolen car ‘driven backwards and forwards’ over victim

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Image caption Former submarine officer Mr Samwell died in hospital from his injuries on 23 April

An ex-Royal Navy officer was run over and crushed to death trying to stop thieves stealing his car as his wife looked on, a court has heard.

Mike Samwell, 35, had been woken in the early hours by a break-in at his home in Chorlton, Manchester, in April.

He had run out of the house, and when his wife followed she found him on his back with tyre marks on his chest.

Manchester Crown Court heard he had been run over twice by Ryan Gibbons, 29, who denies murder.

“One of the rear wheels was actually on his chest. He was screaming,” Alistair Webster QC, prosecuting, told the court.

He said Jessica Samwell saw her husband between the front and back wheels of the Audi S3 sports car.

“So it must have been reversed farther back over him. She could see tyre marks on his chest,” he told the court.

“The car was then driven back over him before being driven away.”

‘Catastrophic’ injuries

Mr Webster said Mr Gibbons, despite his denial, must have known he had driven over Mr Samwell.

Audio captured by a CCTV camera near the scene, recorded a “yelp. A shriek, a large crash, a small crash. Female screams, harsh engine acceleration and shouts for help“, Mr Webster said.

The court heard Mr Samwell, a nuclear engineer, suffered 39 separate external injuries, with “catastrophic” damage to his chest and heart.

Mr Gibbons, of Steven Court, Chorlton, admits burglary and aggravated vehicle taking without consent, but denies murder and manslaughter.

Others involved

Co-accused Raymond Davies, 21, of Castlefield Walk, Manchester, also admitted a count of burglary but denies manslaughter and aggravated vehicle taking without consent.

He is alleged to have transported Mr Gibbons to the scene of the crime and helped him escape afterwards.

The jury was told police believe two other men were involved in the burglary but have never been traced.

Stacey Hughes, 28, of Steven Court, Chorlton, is also on trial and denies a charge of assisting an offender.

The trial continues.

ASAD KHAN INQUEST: No evidence schoolboy was being bullied before his death, police tell Coroner

A POLICE investigation into the death of an 11-year-old schoolboy found hanged in his bedroom did not find any direct evidence he had been bullied, an inquest heard.

Tragic Asad Khan was discovered after his mother Farheen Khan forced her way into his bedroom at his home in Tile Street, Manningham, Bradford, only weeks after he started secondary school in September last year.

Today, an inquest into Asad’s death resumed after a series of pre-hearing reviews in which his family had said they had lost faith in the investigation.

His parents claimed Asad died after he was bullied at Beckfoot Upper Heaton School, Bradford, and had been forced to do other pupils’ homework.

They also said the youngster had told friends he was ‘being bullied’ in the days before his death and had ‘tears coming from his eyes’ when he left a local mosque.

During a series of pre-inquest hearings his family said they had “lost faith in this inquest” system and asked for the Coroner Martin Fleming to step down.

The family subsequently stormed out of the fifth pre-inquest review at Bradford Coroner’s court in August.

Mr Fleming told the court today: “This is the inquest into the sad and tragic death of Asad Khan.

“The family have been notified of the proceedings.

“The family do not wish to engage in these proceedings, however they are very welcome should they wish to attend.

“It is with a very heavy heart I must proceed with the inquest in their absence.”

Bradford Coroner’s Court was told Asad’s family had incorrectly purchased the wrong uniform for his first day at school and was told he had made a mistake when he arrived.

He was one of only three children to attend the school that he had attended primary school with.

In a statement read to the court on behalf of his family, they said: “Asad is the first of four children.

“Asad got his fifth choice of school and was unlucky with his preferences.

“He had heard on the grapevine that Beckfoot Upper Heaton was ‘notorious for bullying’ and he was very nervous to start secondary school.

“Sadly the assistant [at the school uniform shop] sold us a uniform for the wrong school.

“When we arrived they told us we were at the wrong school and we had to get a new one.

“Asad’s character is such while he is suffering, he would never complain to anybody.”

However, despite suggestions Asad had been bullied in the weeks leading up to his death, Detective Sergeant Matthew Holdsworth, of West Yorkshire Police, told the inquest no evidence of bullying was discovered following a thorough investigation.

Addressing Det Sgt Holdsworth, the Coroner asked: “There have been concerns that Asad was being bullied that began a major investigation, was there any evidence that Asad was being bullied?”

Det Sgt Holdsworth answered: “No sir, nothing of that nature.

“Several people said Asad had been bullied but accounts have changed over time and CCTV images have contradicted statements given by students.

“Any concerns that Asad had been physically pushed were also discounted by CCTV .”

Mr Fleming then questioned Det Sgt Holdsworth about concerns Asad had been completing other students‘ homework.

This was again discounted with “all pieces of homework accounted for” after a thorough investigation.

Finally, Det Sgt Holdsworth told the Coroner there was no evidence to suggest that Asad had been bullied during his time at the school.

Asad’s family and Ruth Bundey, legal representative for the family, were not in attendance at the inquest today.

The hearing continues.

Appeal over missing schoolgirls Leah Dixon and Jasmine Agnew

Leah Dixon (left) and Jasmine Agnew
Image caption Leah Dixon (left) and Jasmine Agnew were reported missing on Friday night

Police have said they are growing increasingly concerned for two missing schoolgirls.

Leah Dixon, 14, and Jasmine Agnew, 12, were reported missing on Friday night after failing to return to their homes in Renfrewshire.

Leah was last seen in Gauze Street, Paisley, at about 09:10 on Friday, while Jasmine left her home in Sandy Road, Renfrew, at about 15:00.

Police believe they may be together and were possibly heading towards Falkirk.

Leah’s mother Pauline Dixon appealed on Facebook for help in tracing her daughter.

‘Planned in advance’

She wrote: “My 14-year-old daughter Leah Dixon has been missing since teatime Friday evening.

“Her friend is also missing and we think that this is something they have planned in advance.

“The police have searched all of the places she usually hangs about and have had no luck.

“We have heard that she may have travelled to Falkirk/Airdrie and be in a flat in this area.”

She added: “Please share this information with your sons and daughters if they know Leah or her friends and if they have seen or been in contact with her in the last day.

“Please share this post as far and wide as you can. Any information no mater how small will be greatly appreciated.”

‘Increasingly concerned’

Jasmine Agnew, also known as McGowan, is about 5ft 6in tall, with brown wavy hair and blue eyes. She was wearing a black puffer jacket and black skinny jeans.

Leah is about 5ft 6in, of slim build and has long brown hair. She was last seen wearing black leggings, a grey long-sleeved shirt, black Nike trainers and a black parka jacket with a fur-lined hood. She was carrying a camouflaged bag.

Insp Steven Espie said: “We are growing increasingly concerned for the girls given their age and that fact that no-one has heard from them.

“We are checking relevant CCTV footage for any additional information and we are appealing to anyone who may have seen the girls to contact us.

“We believe they may have got on a bus and travelled to Falkirk and we are undertaking enquiries to ascertain if that is the case.”

Anyone with any information should contact Johnstone Police Station via 101.

Man shot as Birmingham faces ‘gun epidemic’

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Image caption The shooting happened in Heathfield Road, Handsworth

A man has been injured after a shooting outside a shop in Birmingham.

West Midlands Police said shots were fired from a car in Heathfield Road, Handsworth, before the driver made off towards Villa Road just after 01:00 BST.

A 19-year-old was taken to hospital and discharged after treatment to his hand and upper thigh.

Forensic investigations were carried out at the scene and CCTV is also being examined, the force said.

The shooting follows another a mile away in which the window of a house was “shot out” in the early hours of Friday, according to police.

Residents in Antrobus Road reported hearing three shots, but nobody was hurt.

Community activist Desmond Jaddoo said the city was facing a gun and knife crime “epidemic”.

He said: “It just tells you what this city is facing, in terms of gun and knife crime, and the terror on these streets when someone gets shot at outside a supermarket, even at that time of the night.

“We’ve had two shootings, and a stabbing in the past 24 hours, and others anecdotally.

“I’m afraid what this city is facing is an epidemic of gun and knife crime.”

VIDEO: Who could abandon this little guy? RSPCA release CCTV showing ‘unspeakable’ man dumping tiny puppies in garden

RSPCA inspectors are seeking to trace a man who dumped two tiny puppies in a Bradford garden in an act of “unspeakable” animal cruelty.

The charity has released footage of the “heartbreaking” moment when pups Pippin and Perdy – thought to be lhasa apsos – were tipped out of a white carrier bag over a wall into the front garden of a house in Sanderson Avenue, Wibsey.

CCTV shows that the animals were dumped shortly after 9.10pm on September 28, and the RSPCA – who were called at around 2.45am the following morning when the puppies were discovered -is appealing for information in helping to track down the culprit.

RSPCA inspector Sally Bamforth, who is investigating the incident, said: “The CCTV clearly shows a man walk past and then stop before holding a carrier bag over the wall and tipping it out into the garden.

“Then, as he walks away, he pauses as the two tiny, disorientated puppies appear from underneath a bush and potter across the lawn.

“The footage shows the man wrapped up in a big coat so it was obviously a cold night and you can see lashings of rain across the camera.

“These puppies were tiny, far too young to be away from their mum and were practically bald due to a nasty skin infection. They must have been freezing and it’s a miracle that they survived until they were discovered.

“To abandon any animal is cruel but to dump these tiny, vulnerable puppies like this is just unspeakable.

“Watching the footage is heartbreaking, anything could have happened to these little pups.

“I’d like to say a huge thank you to those people who found them and called us so we could get them to a vet.”

The puppies – a male and female – are now being cared for by staff at RSPCA Preston & District branch.

Pippin and Perdy, as they’ve been named by staff at the centre, are receiving treatment and regular baths to treat their skin infection.

Georgina Meeks, who has been looking after the pair, said: “They are doing really well. They love their food, they scoff it down. And they’re really perky, very playful, and extremely affectionate.

“They absolutely love each other and cuddle up together for naps – it’s so cute.”

Inspector Bamforth would like to hear from anyone with information about the man seen in the CCTV, or anyone who believes they know where the puppies came from.

She said: “Ultimately I’m investigating the abandonment of these pups, but I’m also concerned for the welfare of their mother.

“Anyone with information should call our appeal line on 0300 123 8018 and leave me a message.”

To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals, visit www.rspca.org.uk/give.

VIDEO: RSPCA release CCTV showing ‘unspeakable’ man dumping tiny puppies in garden

RSPCA inspectors are seeking to trace a man who dumped two tiny puppies in a Bradford garden in an act of “unspeakable” animal cruelty.

The charity has released footage of the “heartbreaking” moment when pups Pippin and Perdy – thought to be lhasa apsos – were tipped out of a white carrier bag over a wall into the front garden of a house in Sanderson Avenue, Wibsey.

CCTV shows that the animals were dumped shortly after 9.10pm on September 28, and the RSPCA – who were called at around 2.45am the following morning when the puppies were discovered -is appealing for information in helping to track down the culprit.

RSPCA inspector Sally Bamforth, who is investigating the incident, said: “The CCTV clearly shows a man walk past and then stop before holding a carrier bag over the wall and tipping it out into the garden.

“Then, as he walks away, he pauses as the two tiny, disorientated puppies appear from underneath a bush and potter across the lawn.

“The footage shows the man wrapped up in a big coat so it was obviously a cold night and you can see lashings of rain across the camera.

“These puppies were tiny, far too young to be away from their mum and were practically bald due to a nasty skin infection. They must have been freezing and it’s a miracle that they survived until they were discovered.

“To abandon any animal is cruel but to dump these tiny, vulnerable puppies like this is just unspeakable.

“Watching the footage is heartbreaking, anything could have happened to these little pups.

“I’d like to say a huge thank you to those people who found them and called us so we could get them to a vet.”

The puppies – a male and female – are now being cared for by staff at RSPCA Preston & District branch.

Pippin and Perdy, as they’ve been named by staff at the centre, are receiving treatment and regular baths to treat their skin infection.

Georgina Meeks, who has been looking after the pair, said: “They are doing really well. They love their food, they scoff it down. And they’re really perky, very playful, and extremely affectionate.

“They absolutely love each other and cuddle up together for naps – it’s so cute.”

Inspector Bamforth would like to hear from anyone with information about the man seen in the CCTV, or anyone who believes they know where the puppies came from.

She said: “Ultimately I’m investigating the abandonment of these pups, but I’m also concerned for the welfare of their mother.

“Anyone with information should call our appeal line on 0300 123 8018 and leave me a message.”

To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals, visit www.rspca.org.uk/give.