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Man sentenced for murder and wounding

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A MAN has today (Tuesday, January 7th) been sentenced to 24 years in prison after pleading guilty to murdering his former partner’s boyfriend and of wounding her.

Gareth Mason, 26, admitted one count of murdering Adam Stirrup and one of the wounding of Katrina Rudrum when he appeared at Preston Crown Court yesterday (Monday, January 6th). He was originally charged with murder and attempted murder but he admitted the murder and the alternative charge of wounding on what was due to be the first day of his trial.

Police were called at 12.45am on Sunday, August 4th by the ambulance service to reports of a stabbing at Stud Farm Holiday Park in Heysham.

Officers discovered Miss Rudrum suffering from serious stab wounds to the neck, abdomen and back. Her 28 year old partner Adam Stirrup was found nearby also suffering from stab wounds.

Both were taken to the Royal Preston Hospital where sadly Mr Stirrup died of his injuries. Miss Rudrum was later transferred to the Royal Blackburn Hospital and has since recovered from her physical injuries.

Mason, who is originally from Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire was arrested by officers in Stoke on Trent a short time after the stabbing and charged.

Detective Supt Paul Withers, of Lancashire Constabulary’s Force Major Investigation Team, led the inquiry. He said: “I am satisfied with the sentence passed today as it reflects the appalling gravity of Mason’s actions. This was a truly horrendous incident which cost a young man his life and which left his partner very seriously injured. While she has now recovered physically, she may never fully recover emotionally or psychologically.

“Mason, motivated solely by the jealousy he felt that his former partner had started a new relationship, has left two families devastated by his actions.

“Gareth Mason is a very violent and dangerous individual who now faces a lengthy custodial sentence to reflect on what he has done. At least his guilty pleas have spared the families the ordeal of having to re-live these tragic events through a trial

“Our thoughts remain with the family of Adam and we will continue to support them and Katrina as long as is necessary

The family of Adam have said “Adam was a much-loved and loving son, father and brother who has been taken from us in the prime of his life. Nothing can ever bring him back.

“We would like to express our gratitude to the police and legal team for their continued support. We do not think we would have got through this without it.”

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Police Dog Blue finds missing vulnerable teenager hidden in woodland undergrowth

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Police Dog Blue and his handler from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire (BCH) Dog Unit found a vulnerable teenager on Wednesday (October 18).

Officers were called to an address in Friday Bridge, Cambridgeshire at around 10.45pm after concerns were raised about a teenager who had gone missing.

Due to concerns for her welfare, PD Blue and his handler were also called to assist with the search.

German Shepherd Blue was deployed and began searching the local area. Whilst going down a nearby lane, Blue led his handler into an area of woodland and undergrowth.

It was here that the pair found the missing teenager. They were then able to provide immediate care before other officers arrived to take her home.

Inspector Iain Clark, who is the head of the BCH Dog Unit, said: “The officers had numerous places to search and I am glad PD Blue and his handler were able to provide assistance, which saw the teenager safely found within a short period of time.

“I am proud of their work and this is another great example of how the BCH Dog Unit can support other officers around the three counties.”

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Man admitted to racially harassing security guards at Student Halls

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A man who admitted racially harassing security guards at student halls has been served with a Community Order and a fine.

The 22-year-old from Luton pleaded guilty to two counts of racially aggravated harassment and criminal damage at Luton Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Thursday). The sentencing followed an incident in student halls in Luton on 24 September.

Hate Crime Sergeant James Hart said: “This was an unacceptable incident which was extremely distressing for the victims. We won’t tolerate hate crime in our county as everyone has the right to live free from fear or harassment.

“We hope this case will provide reassurance to victims that we take hate crime offences very seriously. Victims should not have to suffer such abuse and should feel comfortable reporting their experiences to the authorities.”

The man was handed a 12-week curfew with electronic tag and must pay £100 compensation to the victims.

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Kerry Blakeman & CMPG in UK’s first motorway policing 360 video streamed LIVE

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Thousands of people viewed the amazing 360 footage from a police car responding to a live incident on the motorway.

While officers responded to the incident viewers followed live from inside of the police car with the latest 360 video which was streamed live.

The broadcast with the Central Motorway Policing Group (CMPG) was shared across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat and went down very well with viewers.

In a number of Live videos shared insightful inside content which included LIVE motorway patrol and responding to an urgent incident on blue lights.

CMPG look after the region’s motorways alongside Highways England , 365 days a year 24/7 which includes West Midlands, West Mercia and Staffordshire.

The series of videos took viewers out on patrol with motorway cops, giving them a 360 degree look at how officers respond to an incident on the region’s motorways.

The 360 video streamed LIVE on Periscope for Twitter and received more than 13,100 views.

Operations Chief Inspector Kerry Blakeman, head of CMPG Dean Hatton and Highways England Manager Frank Bird also answered questions throughout the night from followers about a range of topics.

Viewers were also shown how the force is educating drivers on how drink, drugs and tiredness can have an effect on driver’s perception through a simulator funded by BDV recovery.

The award-winning close pass initiative was also demonstrated by PCs Hodson and Hudson who have been nominated for an award in this year’s police Twitter awards.

Members of the public really enjoyed the 360 interactive videos and commented on how fascinating the work was that is being carried out.

Throughout the course of the evening, the live broadcasts were viewed more than 92,000 times and the posts reached more than 266,000 people across all of the force’s social media networks.

Kerry Blakeman said: “We were overwhelmed with the support from members of the public and happy that we could show our followers an insight into how CMPG police the region’s motorways as well as a range of other things to keep the public safe.

“CMPG are a crucial resource that help us serve and protect the public 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

“We’ll continue to innovatively use social media to reach as many people as possible and share the good work that all our officers and staff do on a daily basis.”

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