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Birmingham Police arrest man over Lisa Bennet Murder

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Detectives investigating the disappearance of Lisa Bennett have arrested a man on suspicion of her murder.

Lisa disappeared on May 9th 2013 when she was last spotted in a shop within the Selly Oak area of Birmingham

Lisa mother had not heard from her in a number of weeks and contacted West Midlands Police to report her missing on the 23rd of May.

After a eight months of extensive investigations, detectives have failed to find any evidence that Lisa is still alive.

Detectives from the West Midlands Police Major Investigation Team attended an address Today (5th February) where a 34-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of the murder of Lisa.

The man is being questioned at a Police Station within Birmingham.

Detective Inspector Warren Hines is leading the investigation. He said: “For some time now we have been piecing together Lisa’s last known movements and speaking to friends or associates in a bid to find any clues as to what might have happened to her.

“To date we have found nothing to suggest that Lisa had planned to leave or even that she is still alive.

“Detailed investigation shows that she has not accessed any of her accounts or claimed any benefits since last May and we strongly suspect that she may have been a victim of crime.

“We urge people who know Lisa, or have information about her disappearance to contact us as soon as possible.”

Lisa is described as white, around 5ft 8ins tall, with short dark brown hair and a tattoo of a flower on her right shoulder

DI Hines added: “Regardless of what has caused her disappearance, Lisa is still missing. We need to find her and give her family some answers. That is why it is so important that people call us if they know anything at all.”

Lisa’s mother Janet Bennett said: “All Lisa’s family and friends who know her in Burton love her to bits. All we want to do is find out what has happened to her. Even though she can be a bit of a rebel, she is a lovely girl and we all miss her very much.”

Anyone with any information to help the police investigation should call Force CID in Birmingham by dialling 101 or speak to Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111.

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Scott Findlay subjected young mother to harrowing sex attack & punched her while she cradled 6-week-old baby

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A MAN who raped a young mother and repeatedly punched her as she cradled a six-week-old baby in her arms has been jailed.

Scott Findlay subjected his victim to a “prolonged and harrowing” attack in front of her two young children.

Today, at York Crown Court, Judge Simon Hickey sent the 27-year-old, from Ferryhill, in County Durham, to prison for 15 years for offences including rape, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and threats to kill.

The court heard that the victim pleaded with Findlay, who was armed with a kitchen knife, for her children to be prevented from seeing the attack.

Speaking after sentencing, Detective Constable Katrina Meisuria, of Durham Constabulary’s Safeguarding Unit, praised the victim for her courage in giving evidence.

She said: “Scott Findlay subjected his victim to a prolonged, harrowing and violent attack in front of her two young children.

“It took great bravery by the victim to provide evidence at court reliving those events again.

“There is no doubt these crimes have had a life-changing effect on the victim and her children, but the conviction will provide the family with the opportunity to move forward”.

In a statement released through the police, the victim said: “This has been an extremely difficult time for me and my family.

“The incidents occurred only six weeks after the birth of my daughter who was in my arms as Scott Finlay repeatedly punched me about the head and my seven-year-old looked on in terror begging for him to stop hurting his mammy.

“No child should ever have to witness such an attack”.

She added: “My family and I are pleased with the outcome and relieved it is finally over and we can move forward to rebuilding our life”.

After a four-day trial at Durham Crown Court in May, a jury found Findlay guilty of three counts of rape, one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and one count of making threats to kill.

He had earlier pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and criminal damage.

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Man attacked staff with a traffic cone at petrol station

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Police are appealing for information after a man was assaulted with a traffic cone at a petrol station in Newcastle.

At around 12.05pm on Monday afternoon police received a report that a staff member at the Shell garage on the Great North Road in Gosforth had been assaulted with a traffic cone.

The male offender had filled up a motorcycle with fuel but was challenged by staff when it appeared that he would not pay for the fuel.

He became aggressive and then assaulted the staff member with a traffic cone before fleeing the scene on foot in the direction of The Three Mile Inn.

The victim of the assault was later taken to hospital with a suspected broken nose and cheekbone. It is also believed the motorcycle the offender left at the garage was stolen.

Enquiries into the incident are ongoing and police are now appealing for help from the public to identify the offender.

He is described as wearing all black with a white motorcycle helmet that had the visor down.

Officers also want to speak to any witnesses to the incident as there were a number of people on the garage forecourt who police have still not spoken to.

They are also keen to speak to any motorists who may have dash-cam footage showing the motorcycle in question.

Anyone who knows the man, or witnessed the incident on Monday, is encouraged to contact police on 101 quoting log 423 13/08/18 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

You can also email the OIC on [email protected] or report online at www.northumbria.police.uk/contact.

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Women takes wrong turn at level crossing sparking police response

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A woman has brought Metro trains to a standstill after a woman took a wrong turn at a level crossing and drove on the tracks.

How on earth she managed to do that we will never know, despite the bumpy journey and being on a train track she continued her journey, Maybe she was taking a shortcut?.

Police raced to the scene and Trains were suspended causing delays between Newcastle Airport and Regent Centre after the car was spotted on the line at Kingston Park.

Nexus Rail worker Danny Usher has told Police Hour that an 89-year-old woman got confused and took a wrong turn and made a mistake,

“The lady was 89 years old the poor women got confused and made a mistake luckily nobody was hurt and the police have taken her licence off her for her own safety”

Police have said the driver had gotten lost and took a wrong turn onto the railway and was heading towards Bank Foot station before she stopped at the platform.

Police responded to the incident at 8.30pm and helped get the woman out of the car to safety.

The track has also been checked for any damage before trains resumed at 9.15pm.

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