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Death of man in Northumbria Police Custody

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Northumbria Police can confirm a man has died while in custody.​

At 3.15pm, on Thursday, July 23, a man arrested earlier the same day by officers in the Newcastle area became ill while in custody at Forth Banks police station in the city.

He received immediate medical attention within the cell and an ambulance was called to the station.

Following further treatment by paramedics, the man was pronounced dead at just after 3.45pm.

The death has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) as matter of course who will carry out a full independent investigation into the incident. Northumbria Police is fully cooperating with this investigation.

Assistant Chief Constable Jo Farrell said: “This death within our custody is a tragic incident.

“We immediately referred the death to the IPCC for independent investigation, as we would with any death in police custody, and we are assisting them fully.

“Northumbria Police takes its commitment to the welfare of prisoners extremely seriously.

“This death comes on the same day the IPCC released their annual statistics on deaths during or following police contact.

“Northumbria Police’s statistics were included in this report and as a force we welcome this in the interests of openness and transparency.

“The public can be assured that Northumbria Police successfully manages the safety and welfare of thousands of prisoners each year.

“However, we do acknowledge this incident may raise concerns on the safety of our custody suites.

“Officers and staff working in the custody environment receive a higher standard of first aid training than regular officers enabling them to provide an effective, immediate response in the event of a medical emergency.

“We can give full reassurance that Forth Banks police station is a new facility with state of the art equipment such as CCTV and has medical provision.

“The IPCC investigation will look into all of these factors and we give them our full cooperation.”

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Major incident: Hinckley Road Leicester following explosion.

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Police said they are dealing with an ongoing ‘major incident’ after an explosion has ripped through a shop and flat in Leicester.

Members of the public reported hearing a massive explosion.

Leicestershire Fire Service have conformed they were called to a reported explosion and a building collapse.

Leicestershire Police has declared a major incident and have asked people to stay away from the area.

The shop was located behind a busy bus stop and had a flat above it.

It is believed the stop was a Londis store which recently changed it’s name to Western Park Store.

It is not known if anyone was inside the store, flat above or the bus stop outside the shop at the time of the incident.

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hit-and-run driver calls judge ‘f***ing p***k’ in shock court outburst

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The alleged driver in a hit and run than killed a two year old and six year old boy has appeared in court accused of their deaths.

During his appearance he called the judge a ‘f***ing p***k’.

Robert Brown, 53, and Gwendoline Harrison, 41, appeared at Coventry Magistrates’ Court today accused of two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

He appeared before the courts for seven minutes and during this time he had to be restrained after yelling ‘this is a f***ing kangaroo court’ in the bizarre outburst.

He also called the judge a ‘f***ing p***k”.

Both defendants had grey t-shirts as they appeared in the dock to confirm their name, date of birth and address.

Brown, of Attwood Crescent, in Wyken, Coventry, also faces charges of driving while disqualified, no insurance and otherwise than in accordance with a licence.

Harrison, of Triumph Close, also in Wyken, faces a further allegation of common assault.

They were remanded in custody after the case was adjourned by chair of the magistrates’ bench, John Martin.

The Two brothers Casper and Corey Platt-May aged two and six tragically killed following hit and run.

Police confirmed the death of the boys after being hit by a car in the Stoke area of the at 2pm on Thursday.

Both boys died after being rushed to the hospital, located near to the scene was a black Ford Focus with a smashed front windscreen and front right side.

They will appear next at Warwick Crown Court via video link on March 22.

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Two people charged after brothers killed in Hit and Run

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Two people have been charged over the deaths of two young brothers killed in a hit-and-run collision in Coventry.

Two brothers who were tragically killed after a hit and run in Coventry have been named as Casper and Corey Platt-May aged two and six.

Police confirmed the death of the boys after being hit by a car in the Stoke area of the at 2pm on Thursday.

Both boys died after being rushed to the hospital, located near to the scene was a black Ford Focus with a smashed front windscreen and front right side.

The car was abandoned, officers quickly worked to locate any possible driver for the car and arrested a 53-year-old man and a 41-year-old woman who are both being held on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and drink driving and have now been charged by the crown.

Robert Brown, 53, and Gwendoline Harrison, 41, are charged under joint enterprise of two counts of causing death by dangerous driving, West Midlands Police said.

Brown, of Attwood Crescent, Wyken, is also charged with driving while disqualified, no insurance and otherwise than in accordance with a licence, while Harrison, of Triumph Close,Wyken, faces a common assault allegation.

They will appear at Coventry Magistrates Court, sitting at Leamington Justice Centre, on Saturday morning.

Both boys were rushed to the local hospital with critical injuries, Sadly Casper aged could not be revived and died Emergency teams rushed Corey into surgery and did everything within their power during surgery to save his life. Sadly a short time later he died.

Both boys were with their mother at the time of the collision, but she was not injured.

Family and Friends have now launched a fundraising page to support the parents of Casper and Corey, Donations have already reached £3k.

Investigating Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes said: “Several witnesses have come forward and I am grateful to everyone who has spoken to us.

“Specialist family liaison officers are with the family, who are understandably distraught, and they are being kept fully updated.

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