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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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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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The Wesley Nightclub in Hartlepool is ablaze

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An area of Hartlepool town centre has been closed as flames rip through the former Wesley nightclub.

Police and Fire Fighters were quickly on the scene of the blaze at the former Wesley Nightclub and Chruch in Hartlepool.

The Grade II Listed Building has stood empty for a number of years and is a very iconic building within Hartlepool.

Credit: PoliceHour.co.uk

Trevor Sherwood Police Hour editor said “The flames are reaching 20ft in the air and a large number of fire appliances are on the scene loud explosions can be heard from inside the building”

“I arrived on scene just before the first fire appliance  got there, loud bangs could be heard from inside and the fire quickly took hold”

“It was over 30 minutes before Cleveland Fire could get a hose safely on the building as they needed an aerial platform”.

Hugh flames can be seen for several miles as firefighters tackle the blaze. It took Firefighters almost 30 minutes before they were able to get a hose onto the fire which seemed to be mainly on the roof of the building with flames up to 20ft.

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Firefighters have been called to a blaze at the former Wesley nightclub and church in Wesley Square, Hartlepool.

The Wesley Chruch opened n 1872 and became an iconic image within Hartlepool sadly the church closed in 1973 and later reopened as a nightclub in the early 2000s and then later a gym complex.

The business was closed and has been empty for over 10 years left to fall to bits with many people within Hartlepool hoping the building could be brought back to life.

Credit: PoliceHour.co.uk

Cleveland Fire Brigade was alerted to the fire just after 9pm and with a large number of fire appliances being sent the scene.

Cleveland Police assisted the fire brigade by enforcing a number of road closures on Victoria Road and Raby Road.

We have contacted Cleveland Fire Brigade for comment.

Members of the public are being warned to keep their windows shut as thick smoke is billowing across the centre of Hartlepool.

Cleveland Police have released a statement “Officers have been called to a report of a fire at an empty building known as the Wesley Nightclub on Victoria Road in Hartlepool on Saturday 9th December”

“Police are currently on scene with Cleveland Fire Brigade and it is believed no one is injured at this time.”

“Victoria Road and Wesley Square are currently closed and people are advised to avoid these areas until further notice.”

Anyone who may have witnessed what happened leading up to the fire is requested to contact Cleveland Police on 101.

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On-Duty Police Constable James Dixon has sadly died

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It is with great sadness that we report the death of Police Constable James Dixon and a 91-year-old woman following an incident on the A4 in Berkshire.

PC James Dixon died after the police motorcycle he was riding collided with a car on Bath Road near Hare Hatch at 13:50 GMT.

The pensioner was a passenger in the car and was killed while the driver was rushed to hospital.

Police Hour has now launched a readers appeal to help raise money to support the family of the fallen police officer and the 91-year-old victim who has not yet been named.

The road will remain closed for the remainder of Tuesday.

PC Dixon was a highly respected police

Officer of Thames Valley Police

A force spokesman said officers remained at the scene of the collision and had advised motorists to avoid the area.

The incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

IPCC Associate Commissioner Guido Liguori said: “My thoughts and sympathies are with their families and friends and the colleagues of the officer at this very difficult time.

“IPCC investigators are attending the scene as part of an independent investigation to determine the circumstances which lead to the collision.”

PC Dixon was based at Loddon Valley police station, near Reading.

Police said the injuries of the driver involved are “not thought to be life threatening”.

Police Hour has now launched a readers appeal to help raise money to support the family of the fallen police officer and the 91-year-old victim who has not yet been named Please Donate now even if it’s just £5. 

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