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Terminally ill Charlie Gard sadly​ dies in hospice

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It is with great sadness we announce the death of Charlie Gard, aged 11 months. He has sadly died following a battle with a rare genetic disease.

We would like to send our thoughts to Connie Yates and Chris Gard.

Charlie was born a healthy baby on 4th August last year, Charlie then developed a rare genetic disease which became terminal.

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He gained the support of The Pope and US President Donald Trump who both offered to help Charlie.

The Courts within the UK blocked a move to allow the treatment in the United States by agreeing with Doctors that keeping him on life support was not in the baby’s best interest.

His mother and father did not agree with this and raised 1.3 Million to pay for his treatment in the US and fought a high-profile legal battle on 24th July.

Yesterday it was agreed by a High Court Judge has decided on the exact details of how Charlie Gard’s life will be ended.

After all hope of experimental treatment faded due to the missed window of opportunity, a Judge has now denied the family their last wishes to spend a number of days with Charlie at home.

It has been decided that Charlie will die very quickly after being moved to a hospice and having his life-saving treatment withdrawn which has been approved by a High Court Judge.

Mr Justice Framcis approved a timetable that will govern the final moments of Charlie’s life who is not expected to reach his first Birthday.

Chris Gard and Connie Yates parents of Charlie disagreed with doctors from Great Ormond Street Hospital over how long he should now receive his life-support treatment for.

Medics believe he should be moved to a hospice within days and then shortly after his arrival life-support treatment should end.

His Parents after focusing their time on a long legal battle want to be able to spend some time with him and believe his life-support should be extended for 2 to 3 days.

Great Ormond Street said it deeply regrets “that profound and heartfelt differences” between Charlie’s doctors and his parents “have had to be played out in court over such a protracted period”.

Ms Yates said that the hospital had “denied us our final wish”.

Our thoughts are with Chris and Connie at this extremely difficult time.

Their final wish of spending just two more days with Charlie was declined and the machine was sadly turned off today.

 

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Man hunt as women attacked by stranger in London believed to be suffering mental health crisis

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Police urgently want to speak to Joe Xuereb who is wanted after a stranger attacked two women, they are both fighting for their life.

Joe Xuereb must not be approached he is highly dangerous, after an unprovoked random attack on two women in the street.

The two women are fighting for their lives after being attacked in the street by a stranger, and Joe Xuereb is currently a suspect and wanted by police in relation to the incident.

Xuereb is believed to have been suffering from serious mental health issues and members of the public should not approach him he is aged 27 and from Greenwich, southeast London.

The women were targeted in a “horrific” attack in Adderley Gardens in Greenwich on Sunday.

Officers were called at 12.10pm to find the victims, aged 30 and 64, suffering from injuries “consistent with a violent assault”.

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Dangerous prisoner fails to return after attending family funeral

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Police are appealing for help in tracing a Hollesley Bay prisoner who has absconded.

34-year-old Aaron Johnson was reported missing to police at 11.15pm  last night, Friday 17 August,.

Johnson had been granted a special purpose temporary licence to attend a funeral yesterday but failed to return to the prison as arranged. He was last seen in West London.

Johnson is serving a 9 year sentence for robbery, wounding and assault.

He is described as black, 6 feet tall, of medium build, and had a beard. He was wearing a black jacket,  blue jeans, white t-shirt and trainers.

Members of the public are advised not to approach him.

Anyone who believes they may have seen Aaron Johnson or who has any information regarding his whereabouts, is asked to contact Suffolk Police on 101 quoting CAD 480 of 17 August.

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Scott Findlay subjected young mother to harrowing sex attack & punched her while she cradled 6-week-old baby

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A MAN who raped a young mother and repeatedly punched her as she cradled a six-week-old baby in her arms has been jailed.

Scott Findlay subjected his victim to a “prolonged and harrowing” attack in front of her two young children.

Today, at York Crown Court, Judge Simon Hickey sent the 27-year-old, from Ferryhill, in County Durham, to prison for 15 years for offences including rape, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and threats to kill.

The court heard that the victim pleaded with Findlay, who was armed with a kitchen knife, for her children to be prevented from seeing the attack.

Speaking after sentencing, Detective Constable Katrina Meisuria, of Durham Constabulary’s Safeguarding Unit, praised the victim for her courage in giving evidence.

She said: “Scott Findlay subjected his victim to a prolonged, harrowing and violent attack in front of her two young children.

“It took great bravery by the victim to provide evidence at court reliving those events again.

“There is no doubt these crimes have had a life-changing effect on the victim and her children, but the conviction will provide the family with the opportunity to move forward”.

In a statement released through the police, the victim said: “This has been an extremely difficult time for me and my family.

“The incidents occurred only six weeks after the birth of my daughter who was in my arms as Scott Finlay repeatedly punched me about the head and my seven-year-old looked on in terror begging for him to stop hurting his mammy.

“No child should ever have to witness such an attack”.

She added: “My family and I are pleased with the outcome and relieved it is finally over and we can move forward to rebuilding our life”.

After a four-day trial at Durham Crown Court in May, a jury found Findlay guilty of three counts of rape, one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and one count of making threats to kill.

He had earlier pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and criminal damage.

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