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Reported Missing highlights the great work our officers do and the fears children face



BBC One’s Reported Missing has left viewers overwhelmed and praising the good work our officers are doing every day to help find and return missing children.

The hard-hitting documentary showed the perspective of parents and missing children, highlighting the harsh reality that children are running away from home because they fear to lose their friends and being bullied at school.

The first programme of its kind highlighted Durham Police picking up the pieces for the families of bullied school children.

Talking to the officers, parents and those children who went missing about their feelings, fears and joy of being reunited with a missing child.

One of the boys featured within the programme was 12-year-old Joshua who was found 42 miles away from home following a huge scale police operation to find him.

When asked why he went missing he said: “it’s hard to be a kid that’s not normal and gets bullied and punched in the face by other kids”.

Being bullied at school was the reason Joshua ran away leaving his single mum fearing the worst, He had travelled 42 miles without a penny in his pocket.

The police officer who travelled from Durham to Northumbria to collect Joshua has been hailed brilliant officer and a true credit to Durham Police for the way he handled and made relations to Joshua love of superheroes to ensure he came back home to high worried mum.

Making the comparison to his bedroom as a place of safety when he feels scared and fears being bullied.

Another missing child named Kaite left a suicide note and sent text messages to her only friend telling her she was running away and going to kill herself.

Katie thanked her friend for being the best friend anyone could ask for before running away and sparking a major search that lasted hours.

Her mum spoke of her fear that she had failed to protect her own daughter from those who were hurting her and bullying her at school.

PC Matt Gunby described how he felt while supporting Katie’s, many have hailed him a great officer who handled the case very well, under very difficult circumstances. PC Gunby stayed with Katie’s mum updating her constantly and trying to gather as much information about missing Katie as possible to help units on the ground locate her.

During an interview he describes how he can relate to Kaite’s story having been bullied himself at school.

Reported Missing highlighted that more should be done within schools to prevent bullying and that those who go missing are crying out for help.

We would highly recommend if you missed Reported Missing that you head over to iPlayer and watch it.

When a missing person is reunited with a family member it is just the start of another story.

Help and support is on hand If you would like some help or support missing people are here 24 hours a day they can talk to you right now by phone + txt on 116 000 + email [email protected]



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Hospital turn off life support machine because family couldn’t pay £7k bill



The family of British man have been left devastated and furious after an Egyptian hospital because staff switched off his life support without their permission.

Despite this the hospital claim Adrian King suffered cardiac arrest however his family have told the local courts it’s because they didn’t have the money to pay a £7k insurance bill.

Adrian aged 39 became ill while he was on holiday with his friend in Hurghada, on Egypt’s east coast.

All of a sudden he fell unconscious and was being treated in hospital, during his time in hospital it was discovered his insurance policy have been voided and they demanded an upfront payment while he laid on his death bed.

The inquest heard how the insurance was void as he had not declared a bacterial infection he had within his stomach two years before his holiday.

Adrian’s dad Charles Bumford told the hearing: “A man at the hospital stood in my son’s room and told me: ‘The insurance is null and void – you pay now or I switch off the machines.’

“I didn’t have the £7,000 ($9,800) he was asking for at that time. As he walked out of the room he started switching things off.”

Charles added that he tried contacting the hospital ’50 times’ but he never received an answer. The friend Adrian was with at the time, Nicola, was similarly confused by the situation occurring in the medical facility.

“They did the second dialysis and then said that the insurance was voided,” she told the inquest.

“They never said he had a cardiac arrest or anything, they said it was stopping, because the funding was stopped.”

Our thoughts are with the family of Adrian at this difficult time.



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Woman arrested after leaving move your vehicle note on ambulance attending 999 call



Police have taken a zero tolerance approach to a woman who left a note on an ambulance.

The note left paramedics disgusted police have now confirmed they have arrested a woman after the abusive note was left on an ambulance demanding it parked somewhere else while it was attending a 999 emergency call.

The note stated ‘I couldn’t give a s**t if the whole street collapsed”

The crew were also verbally abused while attending the emergency call while attempting to deal with an ongoing medical incident on Sunday afternoon.

Now a 26-year-old Tunstall woman has been arrested for public order offences.

Chief Inspector John Owen, commander of Staffordshire Police’s Stoke-on-Trent North policing team, tweeted about the incident.

He added: “We will not tolerate abuse or intimidation of our emergency services. This kind of behaviour is totally unacceptable and we will take appropriate action against offenders.

“The arrest relates to matters of verbal abuse that could constitute offences under the Public Order Act. This is not solely about the note.”

A Staffordshire Police spokesman confirmed the force took action after seeing details reported on Twitter.

The woman remains in police custody and enquiries are on-going.



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Jon Venables Reportedly Attacked With Boiling Water By Fellow Inmate



Jon Venables attacked with boiling water by a fellow inmate. 

Jon Venables, one of the schoolboys who murdered James Bulger in 1993 has been attacked in prison after an image was released on social media.

Venables who is now aged 35 was attacked with boiling water and sugar after a fellow inmate managed to work out his identity.

Venables have been living under a fake name since 2001 and was sent back to jail having broken the conditions of his release and being found guilty of child pornography.

Venables was banned from travelling back to Liverpool but he had been attending music events and going to Everton Football matches.

He was later found to be in possession of cocaine and was also having a relationship with an underage girl.

Prison Officers were forced to place Venables on lockdown after his identity was revealed and he was attacked with boiling water and sugar.

it is alleged that Venables complained that guards did nothing at first to stop the attack from happening and offered him little help once he had been assaulted.

The Ministry of Justice confirmed to Police Hour that “incidents of this nature happen within prisons and we cannot discuss the nature of individual cases”

Now that the true identity of Venables is known within side the prison after images have been circulated among inmates it will be inevitable that another attack will happen.

Venables is currently serving a three-year sentence for child pornography offences and possession of 1,170 images of children which included babies.

It is believed inmates have been circulating images of Venables from prison to prison in the hope that one prisoner can identity him.

Facebook and Twitter this month removed images from their social media websites of various men who people claimed was Venables.

It is a criminal offence to name or identity Venables on social media due to an anonymity order granted in 2001 that prevents him from ever being named or identified.

Due to the nature of his repeat offending there is mounting pressure to scrap that order in order to prevent further children being targeted.

However due to the nature of Venables sick attack these orders are likely never to be removed.



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