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Michael Cope has been jailed for the brutal murder of a mother-of-two in Salford.

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Michael Cope went on the run while relatives found 25-year-old Linzi Ashton’s battered body at home.

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Cope (born 28/2/1985) of no fixed abode, was jailed today, Tuesday 21 January 2014, for the murder and three assaults of Linzi Ashton at Manchester Crown Court, Crown Square after he pleaded guilty.

He has been sentenced in total for a minimum term of 27 years in prison.

Cope and Linzi had been in a tempestuous relationship for a number of months prior to her death on Saturday 29 June 2013.

The night before her death, the pair had gone to a friend’s house and called a taxi to Linzi’s home on Westbourne Road at about 2am.

A neighbour was woken up a short time later after he could hear a man shouting next door. He could hear items being thrown and what sounded like a violent struggle around the house.

When relatives struggled to get hold of Linzi, her sister took her partner and the father of one of Linzi’s daughters to the house.

Inside, they found blood in the hallway, stairs, and found Linzi’s body in her room.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

A post-mortem examination revealed a catalogue of injuries. She had two separate fractures to her right arm, a fractured left elbow, a broken nose, several cuts to her head and bruising all over her body.

The cause of death was pressure to the neck and multiple injuries.

Cope, who was already wanted by police for rape and three assaults on Linzi, went on the run to avoid capture by the police.

The month-long manhunt spanned Salford and Leigh, where Cope went to a relative’s house and called to give himself up to officers.

Superintendent Wayne Miller said: “The family of Linzi Ashton remain heartbroken by what has happened. Michael Cope not only took away a life in its prime, he has deprived two young girls of their mother.

“He carried out a brutal murder and then left relatives to find her body.
The level of violence was shocking, and nobody deserves such a fate. Our thoughts go out to all of Linzi’s family and friends.

“It took Cope one month to give himself up to police, but that was only after a major manhunt where officers were searching neighbourhoods, forest and canals, and the net was closing in on him.

“Linzi suffered a history of domestic abuse with Cope, who wanted to manipulate her and wanted to control her. He was already wanted by the police when he carried out this hideous act.

“The full contact police officers had with Linzi is being examined by an independent IPCC investigation, and it would be inappropriate to make any comment about this while this investigation is ongoing.

“We continue to learn lessons to better protect victims of domestic abuse and give victim’s the confidence to report. We await the outcome of the IPCC investigation.

“We remain committed to protecting vulnerable victims. The lessons learnt from the tragic murder of Clare Wood resulted in the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (Clare’s Law), which was piloted in Greater Manchester and is being rolled out nationally. Anyone who is suffering domestic abuse, or knows someone who is a victim can call police on 999 or 101. Alternatively Women’s Aid can be contacted on 0800 2000 247.”

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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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Norfolk Police are scrapping the role of PCSO to save £1.6 Million

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Norfolk Police has today announced they are the first police force within the United Kingdom to scrap the role of PCSO.

Following one of the most extensive reviews within the history of Norfolk Police 150 police staff will be impacted.

As of a review which was launched in 2015 called ‘Norfolk 2020’ which looked as ways to develop the best way that the constabulary could deliver effective and efficient policing against unprecedented increases in complex crimes such as adult and child abuse, sexual offences and cyber-crime, while achieving £10m of savings before 2020.

In Conclusion of the report, it has now been announced that there was a need for investment in detective resources and creating facilities to match the increaase demand within the safeguarding and investigations command.

The complete removal of Police Community Support Officers impacting 150 staff resulting in a reduction in the neighbourhood resources.

Increasing the number of Frontline police officers by 81 and creating a pro-active policing model.

Finally 7 public enquiry offices front counter services along with the closure of 7 police stations across Norfolk.

Chief Constable Simon Bailey said: “These are radical plans which come at a critical time when the police service is facing unparalleled growth in complex crime together with reduced policing budgets.

“I’ve always been clear that meeting this challenge would be a turning point for the police service and that we would have to change the way we work in order to meet rising demand.

“The plans announced today, I believe, will deliver the most responsive police service for Norfolk, meeting the needs of our communities while protecting the most vulnerable people in our society.

“We must also ensure that the constabulary continues to deliver against the Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan and national policing demands.

“This has been the most extensive review in the force’s history. Adapting our existing structure was not an option which has resulted in plans that include the removal of the PCSO role within neighbourhood policing, reduction of Public Enquiry Offices and police station closures.

“These are difficult decisions and I’m acutely aware of the impact this will have on individuals directly affected and the communities they serve. Change on this scale is challenging but my priority as ever is to make sure we continue to deliver a responsive, relevant and viable police service for the people of Norfolk.”

Investment in detective resources and facilities to match increase and demand (Safeguarding and Investigations Command)

Norfolk has seen unprecedented increases in complex crimes. These crimes are of a serious nature; rape, sexual offences, adult and child abuse, indecent images, drugs and serious violence as well as cyber-crime.

The force has already invested heavily in the Safeguarding and Investigations Command in a bid to meet demand and the 2020 proposed changes will see officers and staff increased in this area by 31 FTE (9 Officers and 22 Staff)

To further improve the way these crimes are investigated, Norfolk’s new policing model will see two new investigation centres built in the east and west of the county. The new centres, based in Broadland Gate and Swaffham area, are due to be opened during 2019, and will have the necessary equipment and facilities to investigate these crimes more efficiently and effectively.

Centralising detective resources in two key locations will enhance the force’s ability to respond to increasing demand, ensuring complex enquiries sit with the right staff and therefore free-up frontline officers to focus on local policing.

The new buildings will also provide a more efficient and cost-effective solution in comparison to maintaining some of the force’s current estates.

Reduction in neighbourhood resources with removal of PCSO role

PCSOs have given outstanding service to communities in Norfolk since the role was introduced in 2002.

The force has reviewed everything that frontline officers and PCSOs can deliver, including their powers, duties, entitlements and the average annual cost of each, which is no longer significantly different.

PCSOs are not permitted to arrest, process or interview prisoners. The role also has limitations in respect of shift cover, use of police cars for pursuit or deployment to situations where there is likely to be a confrontation.

Therefore, the force plans to remove all 150 PCSO roles, with formal staff consultation beginning today (Thursday 19 October).

Increase in police officers and pro-active policing

The removal of PCSOs contributes to £1.6m in savings (equivalent to 43 full-time PCSOs) and means the force can increase frontline resources equating to 97 positions supporting frontline policing. These will be a mixture of officers (81) and staff (16).

These officers and staff would be deployed to neighbourhood and pro-active teams, enhancing the force’s ability to react to demand and offer pro-active policing.

Public Enquiry Office (front counter services) and police station closures

Changes are planned to the force’s estates, including a reduction in Public Enquiry Offices (PEOs).

During the review, assessments were carried out at all stations which offer front counter services into how frequently they were used by the public.

The proposal is to close seven out of the force’s ten PEOs. Stations affected are Dereham, Thetford, Cromer, Downham Market, Fakenham, Hunstanton and North Walsham. These stations will remain open as an operational base.

PEOs in Norwich, Great Yarmouth and King’s Lynn will remain open. However, Bethel Street will be closed on Sundays to reflect the low usage highlighted in the review.

The proposals also include police station closures at Acle, Coltishall (storage), Caister, Bowthorpe, Tuckswood (specials), Europa Way (storage) and North Lynn.

Officers and staff currently based at police stations in Attleborough, Holt and Reepham will be relocated to share premises with Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service.

Staff currently based at Sprowston and Swaffham will be relocated into the new investigation centres.

In the future, the force will also look to renovate or locally relocate Gorleston and Hurricane Way.

 

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Ed Sheeran rushed to hospital after being knocked off bike in London

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Ed Sheeran has been to rushed to hospital after being knocked off his bike in London.

It is believed the singer has suffered a broken arm after he collided with a car in the capital city.

Ed took to Instagram ‘I’ve had a bit of a bicycle accident and I’m currently waiting on some medical advice, which may affect some of my upcoming shows. Please stay tuned for further news. Ed x’

Ed shared this with a picture of his guitar arm in a plaster cast and his other arm in a sling.

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