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Surrey and Sussex Police win at first National Police Dog Trials

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Surrey and Sussex Police are today celebrating after winning the first national Police Dog Trials which occurred t the weekend.

Surrey Police Officer PC Paul Barnham and his Police Dog Ethel won first placed out of 21 dog handlers over a three day intense competition which was held in Sheffield and hosted by South Yorkshire Police.

Surrey and Sussex’s team also had Surrey’s PC Rob Male with Apollo finish fifth and PC Paul House from Sussex with Jax in sixth at the 54th annual event.

PC Barnham and Ethel scored 885 points out of 1,000, winning by 61 points, to become the first team from Surrey to ever win the competition.

That feat is even more remarkable given that Ethel, a two-year-old a German Shepherd cross malinois, has been working for just a year.

The teams had to cover 12 different areas in three competencies from agility to testing their bravery in defending their handler from an attacker.

There were also tests in heelwork, tracking, chasing a suspect, crowd control, and searching people and property from Thursday to Saturday.

As well as winning the overall title PC Barnham and Ethel were awarded theJoseph Simpson Trophy for attaining the highest marks in the tracking exercise and the William Palfrey Trophy for scoring the highest marks in the criminal work. They also attained the highest marks in the first third of the exercises.

PC Burnham said: “She’s only a two-year-old dog so it’s quite an achievement to get one of the highest ever recorded scores.

“It’s very good to have achieved this and it’s great for Surrey. It’s brilliant to bring back to national title.

“Once I completed my exercise on the last morning I knew my score and so knew I was in a strong position.

“People are dog handlers for many years and don’t make it to the regionals, so to get through to the finals and win it is amazing. To get her up to a national standard has taken a lot of work.”

Manager of the Police Dog Training School, John Best said: “This is an excellent achievement from dogs and handlers of the Surrey/Sussex combined dog unit.

“It is the first time a handler from Surrey has been presented with this prestigious award.

“To also attain fifth and sixth place is also very rewarding for the handlers and the dog training team who have been extremely supportive.

“It proves that when tested nationally the standards of our Police dogs and handlers are extremely high and greatly assist both forces in keeping people safe.”

Chief Constable Lynne Owens said: “I was delighted to hear on Saturday of the success of PC Paul Barnham and Police Dog Ethel at the National Police Dog Trials.

“As Ethel was born and bred within Surrey Police, this national award not only reflects their expertise and professionalism but also the fantastic team within our Dog Training School, from puppy walkers to course trainers.

“I appreciate all their hard work, dedication and share in their pride. With the excellent placings also achieved by PC Rob Male and Apollo and PC Paul House and Jax it was a superb weekend for the Dog Section. Well done!

“It is great to know that we have the best police dog team in the country keeping the public of Surrey safe and I look forward to seeing them in action again at the Surrey Police Dog Trials in September.”

The public will be able to see first-hand the skills of Surrey and Sussex’s Dog Teams during the Anna of Avondale Dog Trials at the Force Family Fun Day which takes place at Surrey Police’s Headquarters at Mount Browne in Guildford from 10am until 4pm on September 21.

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Two arrested on suspicion of under following death of three children

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A 14, 8 & 7-year-old has been killed in a devastating house fire which is being treated as murder.

Cops are treating the deaths as ‘Murder’ by fire and have now arrested a 23-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman.

A three-year-old girl is also fighting for her life in hospital and her mother is in a serious condition.

Police have launched a murder inquiry after three children died in a suspected arson attack on a house in Salford.

Emergency services responded to reports of a fire at 4.58am on Jackson Street, Worsley in Greater Manchester.

Sadly Demi Pearson aged 14 was declared dead at the scene following the horrific arson attack which ripped through the house.

Another boy aged eight-year-old and a girl aged seven-year-old have also sadly died in hospital.

Michelle Pearson aged 35 the mother of all four children is also in a serious condition and is fighting for her life.

Greater Manchester Police said a manhunt was underway for a suspect and the force was “keeping an open mind” as to whether the incident was gang-related.

Chief Superintendent Wayne Miller said: “The death of these three children is heartbreaking. Our thoughts are with their loved ones and the little girl and her mum who are in hospital fighting for their lives.

“We currently have specially-trained officers with the family to help them through this devastating time.”

He called on the suspect to “give himself up”, adding that “he knows who he is”.

“This is a fast-moving live investigation and we have a major investigation team with scores of dedicated detectives working tirelessly,” he continued.

“I want to describe what this incident is; it’s the murder, using fire, of three children and we have a three-year-old girl fighting for her life who is seriously ill.

“This will devastate this family forever and words cannot describe what they are going through. We need the public’s help to find the answers the family deserve.

“We want to make arrests as soon as possible and we appeal to local people to help us in this.”

Two 16-year-old boys managed to get out of the house before fire crews could arrive. they are believed to be safe and well.

Greater Manchester Police have now referred the incident to the Independent Police Complaints Commission because they had been called to the address due to an “earlier incident at the address” hours before.

Jackson Street has been closed off with large steel barriers and firefighters are still monitoring hot spots within the property,

Our thoughts are with everyone who has been impacted by this devastating fire.

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Man hunt launched as three children killed House Fire

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A 14, 8 & 7-year-old has been killed in a devastating house fire which is being treated as murder.

Cops are treating the deaths as ‘Murder’ by fire and know who the suspected killer is and urge him to hand himself in before he is named.

A three-year-old girl is also fighting for her life in hospital and her mother is in a serious condition.

Police have launched a murder inquiry after three children died in a suspected arson attack on a house in Salford.

Emergency services responded to reports of a fire at 4.58am on Jackson Street, Worsley in Greater Manchester.

Sadly Demi Pearson aged 14 was declared dead at the scene following the horrific arson attack which ripped through the house.

Another boy aged eight-year-old and a girl aged seven-year-old have also sadly died in hospital.

Michelle Pearson aged 35 the mother of all four children is also in a serious condition and is fighting for her life.

Greater Manchester Police said a manhunt was underway for a suspect and the force was “keeping an open mind” as to whether the incident was gang-related.

Chief Superintendent Wayne Miller said: “The death of these three children is heartbreaking. Our thoughts are with their loved ones and the little girl and her mum who are in hospital fighting for their lives.

“We currently have specially-trained officers with the family to help them through this devastating time.”

He called on the suspect to “give himself up”, adding that “he knows who he is”.

“This is a fast-moving live investigation and we have a major investigation team with scores of dedicated detectives working tirelessly,” he continued.

“I want to describe what this incident is; it’s the murder, using fire, of three children and we have a three-year-old girl fighting for her life who is seriously ill.

“This will devastate this family forever and words cannot describe what they are going through. We need the public’s help to find the answers the family deserve.

“We want to make arrests as soon as possible and we appeal to local people to help us in this.”

Two 16-year-old boys managed to get out of the house before fire crews could arrive. they are believed to be safe and well.

Greater Manchester Police have now referred the incident to the Independent Police Complaints Commission because they had been called to the address due to an “earlier incident at the address” hours before.

Jackson Street has been closed off with large steel barriers and firefighters are still monitoring hot spots within the property,

Our thoughts are with everyone who has been impacted by this devastating fire.

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Police are content Corrie McKeague is not in the landfill areas which have now been searched.

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Corrie Mckeague has been missing since September

olice have completed the search of a second area at the Milton landfill site as part of their inquiry to find Corrie McKeague.

The search of an extended area of Cell 22 began on October 23, 2017.

Although the data available indicated this was the next most likely area where Corrie might be found following the original 20-week search of the cell earlier this year, there was no trace of him.

Police are content Corrie is not in the landfill areas which have now been searched.

The inquiry team has identified all the other possible locations where waste has been deposited from the area in Bury St Edmunds known as the ‘horseshoe’ and there are no further realistic search opportunities at this time.

As previously stated, the nature of waste disposal and its movement is not an exact science.

The primary hypothesis – that Corrie ended up in the waste disposal process – was endorsed by a review of the investigation undertaken by the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU).

The EMSOU officers who conducted the review were given access to all of the information they needed to conduct a thorough review, including all of the witness statements.

Following the conclusion of the landfill search site today the investigation into Corrie’s disappearance on September 24, 2016, will continue.

He was last seen on CCTV entering a loading bay in the ‘horseshoe’ following a night out.

CCTV in Bury St Edmunds town centre has already been viewed up to 4pm on 24th September 2016 and Corrie has not been seen to leave.

However, we will continue to scrutinise the other theories in order to try to establish and understand what may have happened to Corrie.

Detective Superintendent Katie Elliott said: “We are still committed to continuing with the inquiry. There are a number of other theories about what could have happened to Corrie and we are continuing to test the evidence to help us understand what happened to Corrie, which will assist in providing answers to his family.

“We feel it is important to explain to the family what we are doing, so they have the opportunity to understand and question what we have done, and why we have done it.

“We are acutely aware of the immense strain the last 15 months has placed upon Corrie’s loved ones. We want them to be confident we are doing everything that it is practical for us to do as we strive to find Corrie.”

Suffolk Constabulary would like to thank FCC Environment, owner of the Milton landfill site, for its support and co-operation during the inquiry.

The total amount searched in this second phase of the search was 2,867.5 tonnes.

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