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Two of four stolen giant tortoises found in Dorset

Two of four stolen giant tortoises found in Dorset

Two giant tortoises stolen from a Dorset college have been found. Four African spurred tortoises, three female and one male, were taken from a shed on the site of Kingston Maurward College overnight on Wednesday. Blastoise and Jeffery were located in Lytchett Matravers but the other two – Squirtle and Wartortle – are still unaccounted for. Dorset Police said enquiries […]

Willenhall flat death: Two men charged with Kevin Shepperson‘s murder

Willenhall flat death: Two men charged with Kevin Shepperson‘s murder

Two men have been charged with the murder of man found at a flat in the West Midlands. Kevin Shepperson, 39, was discovered fatally injured at the property on Bloxwich Road South, Willenhall, Walsall, on Wednesday. He was confirmed dead at the scene, West Midlands Police said. Cameron MacKenzie, from Chuckery, Walsall, and Wayne Kendall, from Willenhall, both 21, will […]

Stoke Poges woman, 83, sexually assaulted at home

Stoke Poges woman, 83, sexually assaulted at home

An 83-year-old woman has been sexually assaulted at her home in Buckinghamshire The woman was approached on her driveway in Stoke Poges at 14:00 BST on Friday by a man claiming to be from the council. She asked him for identification and he said he would get it from his car, but he attacked her when he returned. “This was […]

Fishing lake thefts a ‘major problem‘ in Essex

Fishing lake thefts a ‘major problem‘ in Essex

Poaching and predation of fish from lakes and rivers has become a “major problem”, an anglers‘ group claims. Scores of fish, including valuable prize winners, have vanished from lakes, according to Angling Essex. Anglers blame increasing numbers of otters preying on fish and thefts of large specimens by criminal individuals and gangs. Nick Watkins, chairman of Angling Essex, said in […]

New rules could see non-MP lead Lib Dems

New rules could see non-MP lead Lib Dems

The Liberal Democrat‘s Sir Vince Cable is to announce a shake-up of the party‘s rules, in a move that could see someone who is not an MP become leader. As well as opening up the role to candidates outside of the party‘s 12 MPs, Sir Vince wants to involve more supporters in the selection process. A Lib Dem spokesman played […]

North Sea search for fishermen after ship saves three men

North Sea search for fishermen after ship saves three men

A major search operation is under way for two missing fishermen after their vessel sank in the North Sea. Three other crew members were rescued from their life raft by a cruise ship after their distress flare was spotted at 18:45 BST. They had been in the raft for four hours. A coastguard helicopter, lifeboats and vessels from an offshore […]

Newspaper headlines: NHS ‘ghost patients‘ and ‘Chelsea for sale‘

Newspaper headlines: NHS ‘ghost patients‘ and ‘Chelsea for sale‘

News of the death of the US senator John McCain came too late for the printed editions, but many papers have published obituaries online. McCain was “one of the most influential American politicians of his generation”. He was a proud naval aviator who in Vietnam to the pinnacles of power, according to the New York Times. Pope Francis‘s visit to […]