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Firearms cop running London Marathon can you spare £1

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Firearms Police Officer Liam Harvey is running the London Marathon for Call4Backup and is asking all police officers if they can spare just £1 to London his fundraiser efforts.

Liam, who has fundraised for Call4Backup before, is taking on a new challenge by competing in the 2018 London Marathon which, will be his first ROAD marathon. He is calling on all Police Officers around the UK to support his fundraising for Call4Backup by simply donating just £1 each towards his target.

“My aim and wish, if possible, is that every officer in the country donates just £1” Liam said. “Then I would be able to raise a huge amount of money for the charity, which will then be used to offer help and support to police officers and staff all over the country.”

The memory of a colleague who died in tragic circumstances is spurring a BTP Firearms officer on as he trains hard for the London Marathon.

Liam Harvey is running to raise money for police peer support charity Call 4 Backup, which was set up following the death of Essex officer Craig Pledger. Liam, who served with Essex Police before transferring to BTP in 2015, worked alongside Craig for several years.

The charity assists officers with issues affecting their wellbeing. “The money I raise will go to help officers in need across the country,” Liam said.

He describes his training as going ‘okay’, explaining that it has been a challenge to fit it in around his shifts. He said: “There have been several issues – snow, flu and so on – but I have been training as often as I can doing both cardio and gym training. I go out before lates and after earlies to get the miles in.”

This will be the first road race Liam has done, but it’s the second event he has taken part in to raise money for Call4Backup; in 2015 he completed the 42km ‘Oblivion’ obstacle race. This marathon should be a walk in the park in comparison!

Liam is hoping to complete the course in under four hours. Your donations and words of encouragement will be gratefully received at https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/LiamHarvey or you can donate using your phone.

Just text the word ‘Liam26’ followed by the amount in pounds (Liam26 £1) to 70070.

Good Luck Liam

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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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Man attacked staff with a traffic cone at petrol station

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Police are appealing for information after a man was assaulted with a traffic cone at a petrol station in Newcastle.

At around 12.05pm on Monday afternoon police received a report that a staff member at the Shell garage on the Great North Road in Gosforth had been assaulted with a traffic cone.

The male offender had filled up a motorcycle with fuel but was challenged by staff when it appeared that he would not pay for the fuel.

He became aggressive and then assaulted the staff member with a traffic cone before fleeing the scene on foot in the direction of The Three Mile Inn.

The victim of the assault was later taken to hospital with a suspected broken nose and cheekbone. It is also believed the motorcycle the offender left at the garage was stolen.

Enquiries into the incident are ongoing and police are now appealing for help from the public to identify the offender.

He is described as wearing all black with a white motorcycle helmet that had the visor down.

Officers also want to speak to any witnesses to the incident as there were a number of people on the garage forecourt who police have still not spoken to.

They are also keen to speak to any motorists who may have dash-cam footage showing the motorcycle in question.

Anyone who knows the man, or witnessed the incident on Monday, is encouraged to contact police on 101 quoting log 423 13/08/18 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

You can also email the OIC on [email protected] or report online at www.northumbria.police.uk/contact.

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