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Jealous controlling man murders woman with hammer and knife in front of six year old

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A jealous and controlling man who used a hammer to smash his way into a residential property and kill a woman in front of her child has today, Friday, 10 April 2015 been jailed for more than 26 years.

Lloyd Byfield, 49 (23.03.66) of no fixed abode murdered Leighann Duffy in her living room in Walthamstow using a hammer and a knife to inflict blows in an unprovoked and senseless attack. He was sentenced at the Old Bailey to 26 and a half years’ imprisonment.

He pleaded guilty to her murder on Tuesday 17 March 2015 at the same court.

The court heard how police were called at 15:05hrs on Monday, 1 September 2014, to reports of a woman stabbed at a residential property in Hatherley Road, E17.

Officers and London Ambulance Service attended and found Leighann Duffy suffering from stab wounds to her arm and neck.

She was taken by London Air Ambulance to an east London hospital where she subsequently died on 3 September 2014.

A post-mortem examination took place at Walthamstow Mortuary on 4 September and gave cause of death as a stab wound to the neck.

A six-year-old child at the address received treatment at the scene for an assault related injury and did not attend hospital.

The two weapons used by Byfield in this attack, a claw hammer and a large red handled kitchen knife as well as a home made sheaf used to conceal the blade were all recovered at the scene by attending detectives who quickly linked him to the attack.

Byfield was arrested on 17 September 2014 in Walthamstow High Street, E17 after stopping a passing PCSO and admitting he was wanted by police. Prior to his subsequent arrest, Byfield told the PCSO that “the devil came into his head” during the attack and that “there was no point in hiding” from police.

Despite this apparent confession, Byfield did his best to thwart investigators, answering no comment to all questions posed.

Forensic evidence at the scene, phone records and witness accounts however, provided overwhelming evidence of his guilt.

DCI Glen Lloyd, from the Homicide and Major Crime Command led the investigation into Leighann Duffy’s murder. He said:

“This was a despicable attack on a woman at home with her young child – a place where she was entitled to feel safe. Byfield has shown callous and murderous intent by forcing his way in and then proceeding to inflict fatal injuries on Leighann Duffy in a pre-planned attack. Byfield was motivated by jealously as he had previously wished to pursue a relationship with Duffy. I can only hope today’s sentence goes some small way to helping her family recover from what has been a horrendous ordeal.”

Statement from Ann Kerr – Leighann’s mother

“Leighann was a 26-year-old with a six-year-old daughter and was a happy and bubbly woman who had her whole life ahead of her. On Monday, 1 September 2014 she was brutally taken from us in an unprovoked and senseless attack.

“No sentence will ever make up for what he did and will never bring her back. However our family has finally got justice for Leighann which has caused months of grief.

“We want to thank the police who worked day and night to catch Leighann’s killer. We also want to thank all of our friends and family who have supported us through this devastating time of our lives.”

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Heartwarming cops share chips with man who hasn’t eaten for days

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Two police officers this evening shared their chips with a man they found on the motorway who hasn’t eaten food in days.

The caring cops showed compassion and humanity when they could have just nicked the lad and sent him off to the cells.

But instead of taking him straight into police custody they stopped off for some chips.

Showing a truly caring side of British traffic cops who often don’t get the best press.

“The cops from the Leicestershire road policing unit tweeted that they had found on motorway suspected to be an illegal immigrant into the UK.

“He’s not eaten for days and we’ve not eaten for hours, so we’ve all shared some fine English cuisine …… a bag of chips!! 👍🏻 🍟”

These truly caring officers have shown this evening that police officers have hearts and they do care about people.

Policing is not always about crime, it’s the small acts of human kindness that go a long way.

We praise these officers for their genuine out of kindness out of their own pocket.

Helen tweeted “I know you’ll probably get people complain but. Compassion, humanity and care are great qualities.”

UK Cop Humour tweeted “Fab stuff and whilst we’re on the topic of spuds: why do potatoes make good detectives? Because they keep their eyes peeled.”

ElAine tweeted “I know some people’s heads will explode at this but well done for your compassion.”

Simply policing at it’s best. What ever your views you have to admit this is compassion and humility at it’s best.

These cops truly deserve to be recognised for great policing work.

Not every job needs to be a tick box, just because it’s a suspected illegal immigrant doesn’t mean they should be treat any different.

Top job with excellent policing skills, that will have ensured this suspect didn’t cause any problems for the officers.

Full up on chips, the officers then processes this man through custody and will refer to the home office immigration services.

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People injured after explosion at London TubeStation

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Police have evacuated a tube station in North London after terrified commuters reported an ‘explosion’ at the height of the rush-hour.

Homeowners and shopowners were told to stay inside after emergency services swamped Southgate Tube Station shortly before 8pm.

There are not believed to be many casualties.

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Awww Cleveland Police have just recruited these four legged friends

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Put your paws up for our two new recruits, Maggie and Skye who are the newest and youngest additions to the Force. At just 12 weeks old, the two English Springer Spaniels will soon begin their training to become Specialist Search Dogs.

Dog Trainer Constable Darren Gobie and Police Constable Chris Lambert are the lucky handlers of the pups. PC Lambert teamed up with a year 4 class at Myton Park School in Ingleby Barwick and allowed them to choose Skye’s name.

Chris and Skye will regularly visit the school over the next 18 months to allow them to follow her training process.

Speaking of the collaboration with the school, PC Lambert said: “I thought it would be a great idea to tie in with a school in the local community.

Recruiting new dogs is a huge deal and it’s an exciting and educational opportunity for the pupils to meet a police dog, choose her name collectively as a team and to better understand the training process for police dogs, and police roles in general.

The children were delighted to participate in this and I am sure they will all build a lovely bond with Skye over the coming months.”

PC Lambert, along with partner agencies will also be using the visits to the school to deliver lessons on internet safety and safety around animals.

The officers and the dogs will need to work very closely as team throughout the training process to build a special bond together.

Training is both mentally and physically challenging for both the dogs and handlers, as every programme must be passed to qualify.

Specialist dogs are used to detect a range of things with their highly developed sense of smell such as money, explosives, drugs and firearms.

They are also trained to work in public places including licenses premises to search for people in possession of narcotics.

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