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Manchester attack: Eight-year-old Saffie Roussos among 22 victims

Tributes have been paid to the 22 people killed in the attack at Manchester Arena, some of them children. Eight-year-old Saffie Roussos, Olivia Campbell, 15, John Atkinson, 28, Georgina Callander - thought to be 18 - and Kelly Brewster are the first five to have been named. A vigil was held in Manchester on Tuesday evening to show support for victims and their families, and those still searching for people after the attack on 22 May at a concert by US singer Ariana Grande. A hotline has been set up for people concerned about loved ones: 0800 096 0095. Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday that the attack targeted "innocent children, young people and their families".

Alleged plot to smuggle drugs from Spain to Liverpool

Twenty-four people have been arrested over a suspected plot to smuggle drugs to Liverpool from Spain. Spanish police said they were holding 21 people who allegedly trafficked cannabis to the city hidden in packs of marble tiles. Merseyside Police arrested three further suspects. Spain's Policia Nacional also said five cannabis production centres had been dismantled, and thousands of plants seized.

Man charged over Darlington street rape

A man has been charged after a woman was punched in the face and raped in County Durham. The 38-year-old woman was attacked on an embankment off St Augustine's Way, in Darlington, shortly after midnight on 17 May. A 21-year-old man has been charged with two counts of rape and one count of making threats to kill. Appearing at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court earlier, he was remanded in custody. He will next appear at Teesside Crown Court on 12 June.

Southampton cyclist 'deliberately' knocked down by car

A man suffered serious head injuries when he was "deliberately" knocked down in an apparent hit-and-run. The 30-year-old is being treated in hospital after he was struck by a silver Vauxhall Astra on Colewell Close in Southampton, on Monday. The man, along with another cyclist, was followed through the Shirley Towers estate by the car at about 22:00 BST. The car is believed to have been driven onto a grassed area where it struck the cyclist then drove off.

Kent Police say paedophile hunters should stop

Vigilante groups seeking to expose paedophiles should stop taking the law into their own hands, Kent Police has said. The force said paedophile hunter activities can hinder investigations and lead to offenders walking free. Det Ch Supt Tom Richards of Kent Police said it also diverts resources away from cases involving real children. Kent group The Hunted One said: "Police should concern themselves more with tackling paedophiles than us." But Mr Richards said: "There have been zero cases in Kent where a vigilante paedophile hunter group has identified an individual who has at that stage presented a real risk to a real child. "In the last two financial years, vigilante groups in Kent have contributed to 20 individuals being arrested but my resources alone in the same period have arrested 299 people." Professor Martin Gill, a criminologist working for Perpetuity Research, said: "There is nothing worse than a police investigation to get to its crescendo and then be undermined by an often well-intentioned but disastrous intervention."

Man charged with Faversham pensioner murder

A man has been charged over the death of a pensioner at a property in Kent. The 75-year-old man died at an address in Crispin Close in Faversham on Friday afternoon, police said. He has not been named by police, but his next of kin have been informed. The two men are believed to be known to each other, police said. Anthony Goodwin, 62, of Crispin Close, Faversham has been charged with murder and is due to appear at Medway Magistrates' Court on Monday.

Final warning for PCSO after 'emaciated' Hastings woman dies

A PCSO who said he had no concerns about an "emaciated" pensioner, has been given a final written warning after she died the following day. Cherry Madden, 64, from Hastings, East Sussex, was spotted in her living room by a concerned workman who told police her surroundings were "squalid". The PCSO went to the flat and reported her to be "well presented". The next day the workman was still worried, and phoned an ambulance and police, but Ms Madden was already dead. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) launched an investigation and found the actions of the PCSO, who Sussex Police and the IPCC have chosen not to name, constituted gross misconduct. The workman, who was carrying out repairs on the building at the time, said during a hearing on Friday that Ms Madden "looked emaciated and appeared to be living within the confines of her living room" in Cornwallis Gardens.

   
Chairman - Mr. Mark Nelson
Chief Exec. - Mr. Nigel Dennis

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