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Alice Gross accused visited murder scene three times after her death

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At the end of the investigation into the disappearance and death of Alice Gross, the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) submitted a report to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). That report proposed that Arnis Zalkalns was responsible for her abduction and murder.

Although Zalkalns is dead, due to the considerable public interest in this case the CPS reviewed the key evidence and has provided advice to assist in deciding what further investigation, if any, may be appropriate.

Arnis Zalkalns became a person of interest at an early stage of the investigation into Alice’s disappearance but much more evidence and information became available as the police investigation progressed. During the investigation it was not appropriate to provide a running commentary on that evidence.

Tim Thompson, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London said:

“I have received a report on the Metropolitan Police investigation into the disappearance and death of Alice Gross. The report concerned Arnis Zalkalns, and the CPS has not been asked to consider any other suspect.

“It is not for the CPS to say whether or not Arnis Zalkalns killed Alice Gross – that would have been for a jury to decide – but instead to determine whether there was evidence which would have provided a realistic prospect of conviction, and therefore enough evidence to charge him with murder.

I have concluded that the evidence now available would have been sufficient to give rise to a realistic prospect of conviction for murder, applying the Full Code Test in the Code for Crown Prosecutors.

“There is no eye-witness evidence. The scientific evidence does not link Arnis Zalkalns directly to Alice’s death. Nonetheless the evidence as a whole gives rise to a circumstantial case that would clearly meet the full Code test. Of all the people the various strands of evidence might have implicated they in fact point towards Arnis Zalkalns: a person who has previously killed, and concealed the body of, a young woman.

“I would therefore have authorised the police to charge Arnis Zalkalns with murder if he had been alive at the time of the report.”

DCI Andy Chalmers, said: “I am satisfied that the evidence points firmly to Zalkalns as being responsible for the abduction and murder of Alice. I believed it was important for the CPS to assess the evidence that the investigation team had found against him to reassure Alice’s family and the community, who were so affected by her disappearance.

“The public support for our investigation in the local community was overwhelming. I hope that the CPS’s decision that, if he was alive, Zalkalns would have been charged with Alice’s murder will in some way help the community come to terms.”

Some of the evidence pieced together by the investigation team is outlined below:

It is possible to determine, based on the evidence available, that Alice was walking along the Grand Union Tow Path on the afternoon of 28 August 2014, and that Arnis Zalkalns was also cycling north on the tow path on that same afternoon.

The last known sighting of Alice on CCTV is of her walking north at 16:26hrs, the last connection between her phone and a cell mast was at 16:28hrs and her phone disconnected from the network at 17:11hrs. From CCTV evidence, it also appears that Arnis Zalkalns would have overtaken Alice on the tow path at about 16:10hrs. The CCTV suggests that he must have stopped for at least 80 minutes, and when he reappeared on camera his appearance indicated that he may have been in the water.

Arnis Zalkalns returned to the tow path that evening, the following morning – when there is a significant period of time unaccounted for- and again on the evening of 29 August.

Alice Gross’s body was found in the River Brent on 30 September, having been tied into bags. Elaborate measures had been taken to keep her body submerged. A well-preserved cigarette butt was found metres from where Alice was found, and DNA from that butt has been matched to Arnis Zalkalns. DNA evidence also strongly suggests that Arnis Zalkalns was in contact with Alice’s body. One of the bags used to conceal Alice’s body mechanically matches the next bag remaining on a roll seized from his workplace. The bag was spattered with paint, as was the roll.

An iPhone cover was found concealed in Zalkalns garden. Whilst it is not possible to positively identify it by reference to a serial number, as it does not have one, Alice’s sister is confident it is hers.

The CPS’s advice does not determine the guilt or innocence of Arnis Zalkalns, which could only be decided by a jury. Instead, it finds that the Full Code test of the Code for Crown Prosecutors would have been met in this case.

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Jon Venables Reportedly Attacked With Boiling Water By Fellow Inmate

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Jon Venables attacked with boiling water by a fellow inmate. 

Jon Venables, one of the schoolboys who murdered James Bulger in 1993 has been attacked in prison after an image was released on social media.

Venables who is now aged 35 was attacked with boiling water and sugar after a fellow inmate managed to work out his identity.

Venables have been living under a fake name since 2001 and was sent back to jail having broken the conditions of his release and being found guilty of child pornography.

Venables was banned from travelling back to Liverpool but he had been attending music events and going to Everton Football matches.

He was later found to be in possession of cocaine and was also having a relationship with an underage girl.

Prison Officers were forced to place Venables on lockdown after his identity was revealed and he was attacked with boiling water and sugar.

it is alleged that Venables complained that guards did nothing at first to stop the attack from happening and offered him little help once he had been assaulted.

The Ministry of Justice confirmed to Police Hour that “incidents of this nature happen within prisons and we cannot discuss the nature of individual cases”

Now that the true identity of Venables is known within side the prison after images have been circulated among inmates it will be inevitable that another attack will happen.

Venables is currently serving a three-year sentence for child pornography offences and possession of 1,170 images of children which included babies.

It is believed inmates have been circulating images of Venables from prison to prison in the hope that one prisoner can identity him.

Facebook and Twitter this month removed images from their social media websites of various men who people claimed was Venables.

It is a criminal offence to name or identity Venables on social media due to an anonymity order granted in 2001 that prevents him from ever being named or identified.

Due to the nature of his repeat offending there is mounting pressure to scrap that order in order to prevent further children being targeted.

However due to the nature of Venables sick attack these orders are likely never to be removed.

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Two year old boy and woman aged 31 killed in Warwickshire Motorway crash

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A Two-year-old boy and a woman aged 31 have sadly died in a crash between a car and a lorry as they left a motorway in Warwickshire.

Tragically both victims were travelling in a blue Nissan Qashqai when the incident happened at 10.30pm on Saturday night.

A six-year-old girl and a man aged 35 were also within the car both were injured and taken to hospital, their condition is no believed to be serious and they are stable.

The car was exiting the M6 at Junction 1 heading onto the A426 near Churchover.

Police have now launched an appeal to trace anyone who witnessed the crash.

Inspector Andrew Bennett said: “This is a tragic incident and our thoughts are with the families of the deceased at this time. Despite the attempts of other drivers and paramedics, the woman and boy were declared dead at the scene.

“We will have officers at the scene today (Sunday) as we continue to investigate how this collision happened.

“There is likely to be some disruption in the area while we investigate. I would like to thank local people for their support and patience.

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Steve White claimed £12K of Police Fed members money on posh travel, fancy meals and luxury hotels

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Steve White the former chair of the Police Federation in England and Wales (PFEW) who once claimed that he stopped the fed drinking away fed membership and funds has claimed over £12,000 in expenses on his corporate credit card in his final three months.

In total White claimed £12,573 of Police Federation membership fee’s almost ten times the amount claimed by his vice chair Calum Macleod, general secretary Andy Fittes and deputy general secretary Andy Ward.

White spent the money during his last three months as PFEW Chair, during his appointment he promised that he would cut fed spending and would make the finances more transparent ensuring national officers were more accountable for spending.

White claimed £2,020 for hospitality, £3,915 for travel and £5,945 for accommodation between October 1st and December 31st.

All the payments were made using a PFEW issued credit card and auditors have now asked for some of those costs back which have been incurred under its expenses and hospitality policy.

White has now taken up a role with the College of Policing and becomes the organisation’s first ever license to practice manager.

A PFEW spokesperson said: “Federation officers and staff are entitled to claim reasonable expenses, provided they are receipted and represent Federation work.

“Every expense claimed is required to have an explanation as to what the spend is for, and any spend must be in line with the policy.

“Any claimed expense that is considered to be outside the policy becomes a personal expense and the Federation is reimbursed by the individual.”

The payments are understood to have been made using a credit card issued to him by the PFEW.

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