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Two Men Jailed following arson

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Forty three year old Anthony Murray from Orrell, Wigan and his co-conspirator 34 year old Gareth Collier also from Wigan have today been jailed for 60 months and 27 months respectively.

Murray received 42 months for arson and eight months for perverting the course of justice. He also received 10 months each for two cases of fraud, which will run concurrently. Collier received 27 months for arson.

Anthony Murray pleaded guilty at Liverpool Crown Court to conspiracy to commit arson, two counts of fraud and perverting the course of justice, whilst Collier pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit arson.

Murray, who was a former employee of Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, was suspended from duty as the Watch Manager when an investigation into the offences commenced and has subsequently been dismissed.

The pair conspired to making a hoax call of a trapped male in a car causing all the Skelmersdale Fire fighters to deploy all their staff from the station whilst Collier set fire to Murray’s BMW Alpina, parked in the rear car park. Two other vehicles including a fire fighter’s personal car and a LFRS vehicle were fire damaged too.

Murray then fraudulently claimed his car insurance monies and spent the money leading to additional fraud charges and money laundering.

Murray further attempted to mislead the police investigation by sending and receiving hoax letters that he and Collier were being threatened and targeted by fictional persons. Draft copies of these handwritten hoax letters were found at Murray’s home address.

The investigation was fully supported by the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service. The offences took place between September and December 2012.

DC Adam Burke says: “We are pleased with the result. To put members of the public at risk by making a hoax call to the fire station to ensure the station was empty, whilst Collier set fire to Murray’s car is not only dangerous but completely unacceptable. He did all of this for money. He put lives at risk leaving West Lancashire vulnerable if there was a genuine need for Fire fighters. I hope it sends a warning to others that crimes of this nature are extremely serious and will not be tolerated.”

Bob Warren, Director of People and Development, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service added: “Former employee of Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, Anthony Murray, was suspended from duty when an investigation into the offences commenced and was subsequently dismissed.

“We are appalled by the criminal actions of a man who although working within a service having the core duty to protect lives and property from fire, committed arson in an attempt to defraud insurance companies.”

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hit-and-run driver calls judge ‘f***ing p***k’ in shock court outburst

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The alleged driver in a hit and run than killed a two year old and six year old boy has appeared in court accused of their deaths.

During his appearance he called the judge a ‘f***ing p***k’.

Robert Brown, 53, and Gwendoline Harrison, 41, appeared at Coventry Magistrates’ Court today accused of two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

He appeared before the courts for seven minutes and during this time he had to be restrained after yelling ‘this is a f***ing kangaroo court’ in the bizarre outburst.

He also called the judge a ‘f***ing p***k”.

Both defendants had grey t-shirts as they appeared in the dock to confirm their name, date of birth and address.

Brown, of Attwood Crescent, in Wyken, Coventry, also faces charges of driving while disqualified, no insurance and otherwise than in accordance with a licence.

Harrison, of Triumph Close, also in Wyken, faces a further allegation of common assault.

They were remanded in custody after the case was adjourned by chair of the magistrates’ bench, John Martin.

The Two brothers Casper and Corey Platt-May aged two and six tragically killed following hit and run.

Police confirmed the death of the boys after being hit by a car in the Stoke area of the at 2pm on Thursday.

Both boys died after being rushed to the hospital, located near to the scene was a black Ford Focus with a smashed front windscreen and front right side.

They will appear next at Warwick Crown Court via video link on March 22.

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Two people charged after brothers killed in Hit and Run

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Two people have been charged over the deaths of two young brothers killed in a hit-and-run collision in Coventry.

Two brothers who were tragically killed after a hit and run in Coventry have been named as Casper and Corey Platt-May aged two and six.

Police confirmed the death of the boys after being hit by a car in the Stoke area of the at 2pm on Thursday.

Both boys died after being rushed to the hospital, located near to the scene was a black Ford Focus with a smashed front windscreen and front right side.

The car was abandoned, officers quickly worked to locate any possible driver for the car and arrested a 53-year-old man and a 41-year-old woman who are both being held on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and drink driving and have now been charged by the crown.

Robert Brown, 53, and Gwendoline Harrison, 41, are charged under joint enterprise of two counts of causing death by dangerous driving, West Midlands Police said.

Brown, of Attwood Crescent, Wyken, is also charged with driving while disqualified, no insurance and otherwise than in accordance with a licence, while Harrison, of Triumph Close,Wyken, faces a common assault allegation.

They will appear at Coventry Magistrates Court, sitting at Leamington Justice Centre, on Saturday morning.

Both boys were rushed to the local hospital with critical injuries, Sadly Casper aged could not be revived and died Emergency teams rushed Corey into surgery and did everything within their power during surgery to save his life. Sadly a short time later he died.

Both boys were with their mother at the time of the collision, but she was not injured.

Family and Friends have now launched a fundraising page to support the parents of Casper and Corey, Donations have already reached £3k.

Investigating Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes said: “Several witnesses have come forward and I am grateful to everyone who has spoken to us.

“Specialist family liaison officers are with the family, who are understandably distraught, and they are being kept fully updated.

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Police warning after fraudsters launch fake fundraising page for tragic six-year-old Daisy Dymyd

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A Fake fundraising page has been set up in the name of six-year-old Daisy Dymyd who died.

The fraudulent profile is claiming to be raising money for the funeral of Daisy.

Daisy Dymyd was found unresponsive at her home in Tuxford, Nottinghamshire on Monday and was pronounced dead after being airlifted to Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Nottinghamshire Police have now issued a warning after a user claiming to be Daisy’s uncle launched a fake JustGiving page, raising £140 before it was reported by her family themselves.

A spokeswoman said the family had not been raising money, and said officers were working to get the account removed.

In a tweet posted on Friday, the force urged people not to donate.

Daisy’s family have said she was our “happy little girl”

“Our beautiful daughter was the centre of our world and we can’t believe she’s gone,” they said.

“She will be so missed by everyone that knew her. She was a such a happy little girl who lit up our lives and made the world brighter.”

Police have made no arrests in relation to her death or the Just Giving Page.

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