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HMP Guys Marsh 64 prisoners evacuated following arson attack

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Detectives have launched an investigation following a fire on the roof of a building within HMP Guys Marsh in Shaftesbury.

Emergencies services – police, fire and ambulance – were called to the incident at around 8 pm yesterday, Friday 10 March 2017.

All prisoners and staff were accounted for and a total of 64 prisoners were evacuated from the affected area of the prison with assistance from prison staff.

One prisoner who was reported to be on the roof of the prison building during the incident was brought back down to safety and checked over by paramedics.

Superintendent Caroline Naughton, of Dorset Police, said: “As it is suspected that the fire was started maliciously an investigation by CID is now underway.

“Those alleged to have been involved in the incident as well as witnesses are being interviewed to progress the investigation,

“We would like to reassure members of the community that there was no immediate risk to those living in the surrounding area.”

Chief Fire Officer Ben Ansell said: “Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service remain in attendance following a significant fire at Guys Marsh Prison.

“At the height of the fire, there were 21 fire engines and two aerial ladder platforms in use.

“Firefighters have been working overnight in partnership with Dorset Police, the Prison Service, South Western Ambulance Service and partner agencies to bring the fire to a successful conclusion. A joint investigation into the cause of the fire is now underway.”

A Prison Service spokesperson said: “Prison staff worked with the emergency services to successfully resolve an incident involving one prisoner at HMP Guys Marsh on Friday evening.

“We will take the strongest possible action against anyone involved, which could mean extra time behind bars.”

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Urgent appeal takes 2 seconds to share to help find missing teen from York

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Please share this picture far and wide in hope that we can bring this 13-year-old back home . It only takes one person who shares this to spot her and be that’s difference

North Yorkshire Police is urgently appealing for information to help find a missing 13-year-old girl from York.

Elise Donoghue was last seen leaving her drama class at the York Theatre Royal on St Leonard’s Place just before 8pm on 19 October.

It’s thought Elise is without money or access to a mobile phone, and she is considered vulnerable due to her age.

Police enquiries have been ongoing to locate in York where it is known she has connections in the Fulford and Danesgate areas of the city.

There is also a possibility she headed to York Railway Station and boarded a train heading towards the north-west where she has friends in the Cheshire area. British Transport Police is assisting with enquiries.

Elise is described as white, 5ft 2in tall, blonde hair with a medium build. When she was seen she was wearing a grey hooded -top, black leggings, black Ugg boots and she carrying a shoulder bag.

Anyone who knows where Elise is or have seen a girl matching her description, please call North Yorkshire Police as a matter of urgency on 101, select option 1, and speak to the Force Control Room. Please quote reference number 12170187979.

If Elise you are reading this there is help and support available simply call or text 116000 they will be able to help you free and confidential.

Anyone who is currently missing from home Missing people are here to help you whenever you are ready; they can listen, talk you through what help you need, pass a message for you and help you to be safe. Call. Text. Anytime. Free. Confidential. 116000

They are also on hand to provide support for anyone who has been recently returned home having been missing.

 

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Police Dog Blue finds missing vulnerable teenager hidden in woodland undergrowth

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Police Dog Blue and his handler from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire (BCH) Dog Unit found a vulnerable teenager on Wednesday (October 18).

Officers were called to an address in Friday Bridge, Cambridgeshire at around 10.45pm after concerns were raised about a teenager who had gone missing.

Due to concerns for her welfare, PD Blue and his handler were also called to assist with the search.

German Shepherd Blue was deployed and began searching the local area. Whilst going down a nearby lane, Blue led his handler into an area of woodland and undergrowth.

It was here that the pair found the missing teenager. They were then able to provide immediate care before other officers arrived to take her home.

Inspector Iain Clark, who is the head of the BCH Dog Unit, said: “The officers had numerous places to search and I am glad PD Blue and his handler were able to provide assistance, which saw the teenager safely found within a short period of time.

“I am proud of their work and this is another great example of how the BCH Dog Unit can support other officers around the three counties.”

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Man admitted to racially harassing security guards at Student Halls

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A man who admitted racially harassing security guards at student halls has been served with a Community Order and a fine.

The 22-year-old from Luton pleaded guilty to two counts of racially aggravated harassment and criminal damage at Luton Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Thursday). The sentencing followed an incident in student halls in Luton on 24 September.

Hate Crime Sergeant James Hart said: “This was an unacceptable incident which was extremely distressing for the victims. We won’t tolerate hate crime in our county as everyone has the right to live free from fear or harassment.

“We hope this case will provide reassurance to victims that we take hate crime offences very seriously. Victims should not have to suffer such abuse and should feel comfortable reporting their experiences to the authorities.”

The man was handed a 12-week curfew with electronic tag and must pay £100 compensation to the victims.

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