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Lancashire terror raids police detain suspect

A man has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences following raids on properties in Lancashire. The 31-year-old was held on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism, at about 11:15 GMT. It followed raids in Leonard Street, Nelson, by Lancashire Police and counter terrorism officers, The man remains in custody and will be interviewed by detectives later, Lancashire Police said. The two properties are currently being searched, the force added. A neighbour, who did not want to be identified, said he and his family were woken up by the police activity. "I was quite shocked, to be honest. They are really friendly and humble people," he said. "The amount of police that were here, it was horrific. Obviously the whole street was full of police." Assistant Chief Constable Tim Jacques said officers believe there was "no immediate threat to local people". "We will continue to engage with our local communities and keep you updated and as informed as we are able to given the sensitive nature of this investigation," he said. "People may see extra police activity in the area over the next few days and I would ask them to co-operate with us as we carry out the work that we need to do."

Hillsborough disaster: David Duckenfield's bid for legal costs snubbed

South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has refused to pay the legal costs of David Duckenfield who faces charges over the Hillsborough disaster. Former Ch Supt Duckenfield, who was the police match commander on the day, is facing charges of manslaughter by gross negligence of 95 people. PCC Dr Alan Billings said it was not appropriate to fund the request. Mr Duckenfield's lawyer said his client had "no comment to make". A decision notice published on Dr Billings' website states an application was made on behalf of a retired officer to meet the "legal costs of the officer's opposition to a Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) application to lift a stay of prosecution".

IPCC investigate Merseyside Police after cyclist suffers head injury

A police force is being investigated after a teenage cyclist suffered a head injury during "contact" with officers. A 17-year-old boy was taken to hospital following an incident at the junction of Walton Breck Road and Burleigh Road North, Anfield, Liverpool, at about 11:15 GMT on Monday. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said it understands an officer left a police vehicle and attempted to stop the cyclist on foot. The police watchdog is investigating. The IPCC said there was no information to suggest the incident involved a crash between police and the cyclist. Catherine Bates from the IPCC said: "The exact details of this incident are still to be established and speculation as to why it happened, or what contact police had with the cyclist, is not helpful at this stage." Merseyside Police said it would fully support the investigation.

Seaham child rape blackmailer Paul Leighton has jail term increased

A paedophile who blackmailed children thousands of miles away into raping and abusing younger relatives has had his jail term increased. The solicitor general complained Paul George Leighton's 16-year sentence for 21 offences was too lenient. From his home in Seaham, County Durham, the 32-year-old orchestrated the rape and abuse of children in America. The Court of Appeal increased his term to 20 years, plus seven on extended licence. Leighton created up to 40 fake Facebook profiles which he used to contact children in the UK and overseas.

Man in handcuffs crashes Leicestershire Police car jailed

A drink-driver who tried to escape in a police car and crashed into cars while wearing handcuffs has been jailed. Dominic O'Neill, 38, was detained and placed in the back, but "managed to to get into the driver's seat and drive off" in Leicester, on 21 October. O'Neill was sentenced to 16 months in prison for several motoring offences at Leicester Crown Court. Leicestershire Police said its officers had "received advice" surrounding the circumstances of the crash

Hampshire PE teacher denies sex assaults on teenage pupils

A PE teacher accused of sexually assaulting teenage girls has told a court he had "absolutely not" tried to kiss a pupil in a school office. Richard Hilary is accused of 14 sexual assaults against five girls while working as a teacher and coach in Hampshire in the 1970s and 80s. Giving evidence at Winchester Crown Court, he said there was "no possibility" incidents in a school PE office could have happened. He denies the offences.

Folkestone shooting: Murder probe after pub landlord dies

A pub landlord who died of a gunshot wound was murdered, police believe. Joe Daniels, 58, was found inside the Red Cow pub in Foord Road, Folkestone, shortly before 11:30 GMT on Wednesday, Kent Police said. A firearm was also found at the scene, where Mr Daniels was also pronounced dead. Det Ch Insp Richard Vickery said inquiries into the circumstances were ongoing but third party involvement could not be ruled out. Officers are appealing for motorists with dashboard cameras, who travelled in the immediate vicinity of the Red Cow between 08:00 and 11:30 GMT on Wednesday, to come forward.

Hunt for murderer who absconded from HMP Spring Hill

Police are hunting a convicted murderer among three prisoners who have absconded from a jail. Nicholas Redding, 45, has been on the run from HMP Spring Hill in Buckinghamshire since 19 November. He was sentenced to life for murdering his neighbour by tying him to a chair, battering him with a hammer and slashing his throat with a saw in 1994. Convicted drug dealer James Vaughan and aggravated burglar Barry Anderson have also absconded from the open prison. Redding, who carried out the killing in Yeovil, Somerset, is described as white, 6ft tall, with a slim build and dark brown hair. He is blind in his right eye which appears opaque. He has a West country accent and links to Dorset, Wiltshire and Avon.


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