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Birds of prey are set to be deployed as a new crack surveillance team to help bring a swift end to crime

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Cheshire Constabulary will become the first police force in the UK to launch a pilot project which uses peregrine falcons and owls to help keep communities safe.

Operation Hawkeye will see the birds hooked up with the latest technology before swooping down and keeping an eye on criminal activity.

Chief Constable Simon Byrne said: “We pride ourselves on being an innovative and progressive force.

“Operation Hawkeye is our latest example of using technology and the assets of our rural volunteers by flying birds of prey to help keep our communities safe.

“Working within guidelines about surveillance we aim to unleash the ‘eagle eyes’ to build upon our work to keep communities safe.”

The Constabulary is working closely with experts from Cheshire Falconry at Sandiway to ensure the eagle-eyed predators are treated ethically throughout the pilot project.

Force surveillance lead, Detective Superintendent Geraint Jones, added: “We chose peregrine falcons for their agility and speed, and naturally owls are the best choice to be used for nocturnal flights.

“These birds are being viewed as fully trained members of the force and will be treated in the same way as police dogs and horses.

“Each bird is fully assessed and we will work in close consultation with experts from the falconry to ensure their wellbeing is always our number one priority.”

The birds will be trained at Riverside Organic Farm in Northwich and owner Simon Jones added: “I think this is an excellent initiative which is why I am happy to allow the birds to be trained on our local farmland.

“It’s great to see that Cheshire Constabulary appreciate the upset and disruption that crime can have on our communities and this will be a great way to help mitigate that.”

Well done to Cheshire Constabulary for this well planned April Fools.

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Police searching for a missing schoolgirl have found a body in a river.

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Police had launched an appeal to find 11-year-old Ursula Keogh from Halifax, who was last seen on Monday afternoon.

Although formal identification has yet to take place, her family have been told about the discovery of the body in the River Calder at Paris Gates in Halifax.

In a statement, West Yorkshire Police said: “Inquiries will remain ongoing to determine a cause of the death, however, at this stage, it is not believed there are any suspicious circumstances.”

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Dad arrested after Mylee Billingham aged 8 stabbed to death

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Eight-year old Mylee Billingham was stabbed to death in her own home, Her father has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Mylee was found with serious stab injuries and rushed to Hospital, but died a short time later.

Her father Bill Billingham aged 54 is a murder suspect in the case, he has been arrested he remains in a critical condition after attempts failed to take his own life.

Police say they are not looking for anyone else in relation to the murder.

He is under a police guard after he was discovered with a stab wound to his stomach and will have to undergo surgery.

Police officers responding to a domestic incident were called to a house in Brownhills near Walsall in West Mindlands at 9.15pm on Saturday.

 

Her father uploaded a photo of Mylee to his Facebook profile just before emergency services were alerted to the tragedy.

The post was captioned with the words “Pitza on bed Iv Moo x.”

The girl was pictured on her bed smiling with two plates of pizza in front of her, Moments later she was murdered.

A post-mortem examination will take place later to establish the exact cause of Mylee’s death.

West Midlands Police said Billingham is yet to be questioned by officers due to his condition.

 

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Girl aged 8 who was stabbed to death named as Mylee Billingham

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A little girl who was tragically stabbed to death has been named as 8-year-old Mylee Billingham.

Police responded to a domestic related incident near Walsall and sadly discovery Mylee seriously injured.

Despite frantic efforts by police, paramedics and doctors nothing could be done to save Mylee.

Cops immediately arrested a man aged 54 in connection with her murder.

Sadly Mylee was found with life threatening injuries at a property in Brownhills, near Walsall, on Saturday night, and died a short time later in hospital.

West Midlands Police said the man was also taken to hospital with a stab wound to the stomach.

The 54-year-old man who was arrested remains in a “critical” condition and will Be question “in due course” in relation to the murder of 8 year old Mylee.

Officers are not looking for anyone else in connection with Mylee’s death.

Our thoughts are with Mylee’s family and friends at this difficult time.

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