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Major rescue operation has been launched as hundreds of vehicles stranded in Storm Emma

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Emergency services are working to free hundreds of motorists stranded on the motorways across the U.K. many people have been stuck since dinner time.

Devon and Cornwall police are attempting to rescue hundreds of motorists stranded as Storm Emma takes hold.

Chief Supt Glen Mayhew with Devon and Cornwall Police tweeted: “Chaired another gold meeting and co-ordinating the work of the multi agency silver rooms.

“Over 300 vehicles stranded in the snow and lots more coming in.”

Adding police are: “Still dealing with hundreds of stranded motorists on A30 and A380 with Highways Southwest we are trying to reopen vehicles, people in these areas need to stay with their vehicle at the moment.

“It is uncomfortable but safer than walking in these conditions.”

Northumbria Police have also confirmed they are trying to rescue a number of stranded motorists on the A1 near Alnwick.

A1 – Is closed to all traffic between Alnwick and Berwick – we are aware of a number of motorists that may be stuck in this area and are working to get to them as soon as possible.

Partner agencies and volunteers are working to reach stranded motorists. An emergency reception centre is open at the Willowburn centre for anyone that need assistance in Alnwick.

In Cumbria the M6 has been reduced to 39 MPH two lanes are closed at Junction 36 to 45 north and Southbound have been closed.

The closures and restrictions will remain in place overnight at a minimum, but may continue into tomorrow.

The drifting snow has made roads conditions hazardous, with multiple collisions being attended by Police and partner agencies throughout the day. The public is advised to only drive if absolutely essential.

All Agencies are working together to keep the roads clear with significant resources out overnight.

Work is also ongoing on the M62 J20-J22 east bound and J24-J21 westbound, The A66, A628 and the A69 are all currently closed with many vehicles stranded.

Motorists are being advised not to attempt to drive any of these routes.

Please contact Police on 101 if you are in a vehicle and in need of assistance. Always dial 999 in an emergency.

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

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Update: Arrested on suspension of attempted murder.

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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