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Woman charged after children attacked and injured by XL bully dog in East Ayrshire | UK News

A woman has been charged after an XL bully dog attacked three children in East Ayrshire.

Police Scotland said officers were alerted to the incident in the Holmhead Crescent area of Logan at around 7.10pm on Wednesday.

The force said two 10-year-old children sustained minor injuries which did not require medical treatment.

The XL bully dog was seized and a 34-year-old woman has been charged in connection with the incident.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “A report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal.”

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The incident comes following Holyrood’s introduction of XL bully safeguards in Scotland.

The first phase, mirroring legislation brought in by Westminster, came into force on 23 February.

The breed must be kept on a lead and muzzled when out in public. Selling, breeding, abandoning or giving the dogs away is also now illegal.

The second phase, coming into force in August, will make it a criminal offence to own an unlicensed XL bully dog without an exemption certificate.

Christian B: Madeleine McCann suspect beat rape victim and attacked woman while wearing ski mask, court hears | World News

The prime suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann raped a woman while wearing a ski mask and beat another rape victim with a whip, a court has heard.

Christian B – whose surname cannot be published due to the country’s privacy laws – faces three counts of rape and two of sexual abuse at his trial in the northern city of Braunschweig.

The 47-year-old German is alleged to have committed the offences in Portugal between 2000 and 2017. The allegations do not relate to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in 2007.

Madeleine McCann. Pic: Handout/ PA
The British youngster went missing in 2007. Pic: Handout/ PA

He is accused of raping and beating a 70 to 80-year-old woman, after entering her bedroom wearing a ski mask. He also allegedly held a cushion over the woman’s face before leaving.

Under another charge, it’s said Christian B allegedly woke up a 20-year-old from Ireland as she slept, before raping her at her flat in Portugal in June 2004. In the same alleged attack, he is accused of gagging the woman and beating her.

Other charges facing Christian B include:

  • Beating and sexually assaulting a girl aged at least 14 sometime between December 2000 and April 2006 at his house in Praia da Luz, Portugal
  • Exposing himself to a 10-year-old German girl at a beach in Salema in the district of Faro in Portugal on 7 April 2007
  • Exposing himself to an 11-year-old Portuguese girl at a playground in Bartolomeu de Messines in Portugal on 11 June 2017

During the hearing, Christian B’s lawyer said the defendant “is using his right to remain silent”.

His defence lawyer said he expects his client to be acquitted, dismissing the evidence as “abysmal”.

There are no formal pleas in the German legal system, and defendants are not obliged to respond to the charges.

Christian B is currently serving a seven-year prison sentence for the 2005 rape of a 72-year-old in Praia da Luz, the same town where Madeleine disappeared.

He has not been charged in the McCann case and denies involvement, but has been under investigation for the last few years.

Madeleine was three when she went missing on holiday in Portugal in May 2007.

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16 February: Christian B arrives in court

In May last year, German and Portuguese police searched a nearby reservoir that Christian B used to call his “paradise”.

His trial opened a week ago but was swiftly adjourned on its first day after Mr Fulscher filed a challenge against a lay judge on the panel hearing the case, who was alleged once to have spread a call to kill former Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro on social media.

Prosecutors supported the challenge.

The woman has been removed from the case and now faces an investigation herself on suspicion of making a public call to commit crimes.

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Friedrich Fuelscher expects his client to be acquitted. Pic: Reuters
Friedrich Fulscher expects his client to be acquitted. Pic: Reuters

The trial is expected to last four months.

Nottinghamshire stabbing: Man, 20, arrested after worshipper attacked following Easter Sunday service | UK News

A man has been arrested after a worshipper was stabbed outside a church following an Easter Sunday service.

The victim, in his 40s, was taken to hospital following the incident outside St Stephen’s Church in Sneinton, Nottinghamshire, at around 10.50am on Sunday.

Police say a 20-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Detective Sergeant Andy Buxton, from Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This is an ongoing investigation and we do believe it to be an isolated incident with no wider risk posed to the public.

“The victim remains in hospital after suffering injuries to his stomach and our officers are continuing to support him while our inquiries continue.

“We understand an incident like this can cause concern to the community, but I want to personally reassure them that we do have a suspect in custody and have a group of detectives and officers working hard to understand exactly what has happened.”

He urged anyone with information to come forward.

In a Facebook post, a church spokesperson described the incident as a “terribly challenging situation”, adding: “Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected.”

A Church of England spokesperson added: “It has been a shock for the community. He was stabbed outside the church by someone who had been at the service.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been affected by this awful tragedy.”

Woman mauled to death in Surrey was ‘attacked by multiple dogs’ and screamed ‘turn back’ to passers-by, witness says | UK News

A woman mauled to death at a Surrey beauty spot was attacked by “multiple dogs” and screamed at passers-by to “turn back”, a witness has said.

Paramedics were unable to save the 28-year-old victim after she was attacked at Gravelly Hill, Caterham, on Thursday.

A second woman who received treatment for dog bites has since left hospital.

An eyewitness told Sky News she was riding on horseback with her friend when they saw the woman who was killed on the floor “being attacked by multiple dogs”.

Sue Dove said: “She screamed at us to turn back and with that, two of the loose dogs ran towards us and the horses… my horse spun round and bolted and I eventually fell.”

The witness said she had been left feeling “lots of different emotions”.

She added: “(I feel) sadness that a woman has lost her life, but frustrated people are able to walk so many dogs.

“This lady was clearly out of control for whatever reason, had fallen to the ground, being attacked.

“Because of those consequences and two of the dogs running towards us, my horse bolted and I fell from my horse, landing on my right side, on my ribs and hip.

“Fortunately, my horse eventually stopped and my friend was able to get to him. Otherwise, as flight animals, this could have been another horrific accident if he kept going.”

Police at Gravelly Hill in Caterham, Surrey, where a dog attacked members of the public

Area popular with dog walkers

Surrey Police detained a total of eight dogs and detectives are keeping their owners up to date with the investigation.

No arrests have been made.

Richard Bream, who runs the nearby Mardens Kennels, said he had never heard of a dog attack in the area before.

He said: “That particular area, View Point, is an area where professional dog walkers will turn up in their van and take the dogs out and walk them.

“I’ve always felt you see some of these dog walkers have five or six, and they shouldn’t be able to do that.”

A man at an address near the scene, who asked not to be named, said: “The dogs dispersed into different areas of the woods and the police helicopter was out looking for them.”

Police at Gravelly Hill in Caterham, Surrey, where a dog attacked members of the public

‘Tragic incident’

A woman walking a border collie in the area, who asked not to be named, said she was shocked by the incident.

“It’s a nice circular woodland walk and we’ve never had any issues before. It is so shocking, normal dogs surely wouldn’t do that,” she said.

A post-mortem examination will be conducted by the Surrey coroner.

Inspector Lyndsey Whatley speaks to the media outside Caterham Police Station, Surrey, after a dog attacked members of the public at Gravelly Hill
Inspector Lyndsey Whatley spoke to reporters about the incident

In an update on Friday, Inspector Lyndsey Whatley, borough commander for Tandridge, said: “This is a tragic incident where a young woman has sadly lost her life and our thoughts are with her family and friends.

“I know that yesterday’s events will be of real concern to the local community and I would like to reassure residents that we are confident all the dogs involved are in the custody of police whilst we investigate the circumstances of what has happened.

“Officers will remain in the area of Gravelly Hill today whilst enquiries continue and if you have any information but have not yet spoken to police then please contact us.”

Father found dead in Wigan was shot and attacked with acid, say police | UK News

A man whose body was found covered in a “potentially hazardous” substance had been fatally shot and doused in acid, police have said.

Liam Smith was found dead in the Wigan suburb of Shevington on Thursday evening, according to Greater Manchester Police (GMP).

The 38-year-old’s body was discovered on “rough ground” in a residential street near some playing fields.

The force said “potentially hazardous substances” were found on his body and ordered a Home Office post-mortem examination.

In a statement on Sunday, GMP said: “Initial information indicates that the victim was subject of a fatal gunshot wound and an acid attack.

“Following examination and tests, the hazardous substances are believed to not pose any further harm, threat or risk to the public in the surrounding area and have been contained.”

Detective Chief Inspector Gina Brennand, who is leading the investigation, said it was a “shocking murder of a much-loved family man”.

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She added: “I have a team of detectives working around the clock and I urge anyone who has seen anything unusual or out of the ordinary near to the victim’s home during the day and early evening of Thursday 24 November to contact the major incident room.”

The senior detective said police were “determined to recover the weapon and find Liam’s killer”.

Paying tribute to Mr Smith, his family said he was “kind-hearted, funny, the life and soul of the party”.

“He was the most devoted dad, much loved son, brother, grandson and uncle,” they added.

“He will sorely be missed by all who knew and loved him.”

Police have said anyone in the area who had any direct contact with Mr Smith’s body should contact the force.

No arrests have been made and detectives have launched a murder investigation, with a crime scene still in place.

Man arrested on suspicion of serious assault after football referee attacked on pitch | UK News

A man has been arrested on suspicion of serious assault after a football referee was attacked during an amateur match in Lancashire.

The man sustained “significant injuries” while officiating a South Lancashire Counties league game between Platt Bridge FC and Wigan Rose on Sunday 2 October, Wigan Police said.

He was assaulted when he gave one of the players a red card, Wigan Today reported.

He is said to have sustained a broken nose, four broken ribs, a dislocated shoulder, a broken collarbone, concussion and whiplash.

Police said a 24-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday “on suspicion of the serious assault of a referee”.

The incident was one of two that happened last weekend, the Football Association said.

It is supporting those affected and investigating as a “matter of urgency”.

The FA said in a statement: “We are aware of incidents of assault on a match official and a player during matches played this weekend in Lancashire.

“We have been very clear that all forms of anti-social behaviour, abuse and assaults on match officials and participants are completely unacceptable and we will not tolerate this in the game.

“We are investigating the incidents as a matter of urgency, working with Lancashire FA who are liaising with the police and supporting the match official and player affected.”

Woman dies after being attacked by dogs in home in Liverpool | UK News

A woman has died after being attacked by dogs at a home in Liverpool.

Police confirmed the woman, believed to be in her 60s, was pronounced dead at the scene and her next of kin have been contacted.

The incident happened in St Brigids Crescent, Kirkdale, on Monday at around 4.25pm.

Detective Inspector Gavin Mulcahy, from Merseyside Police, said: “We understand the shock this incident will cause in the local community and beyond.

“Our officers are at the scene carrying out further enquiries so if you have any information please let us know.”

Anyone with any information can contact @MerPolCC or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 with reference 690.

Leicester Square stabbings: Man charged with attempted murder after two police officers attacked in London | UK News

A man has been charged with attempted murder after two police officers were stabbed in central London.

Mohammed Rahman, 24, was charged with the offence in connection with an attack on a male constable who was knifed in the neck and chest in Leicester Square at 6am on Friday.

The Metropolitan Police force has also charged Rahman, of Westbourne Park Road in Notting Hill, London, with six further offences.

He faces one count of causing grievous bodily harm in connection with an attack on a female officer who was stabbed in the arm.

Relating to three other officers, Rahman has been charged with assault and two counts of threatening a person in a public place with a bladed article.

Leicester Square stabbing

He has also been charged with robbery and possession of a bladed article and will appear at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

Earlier on Saturday, the Met said the female officer who suffered a stab wound to the arm had been discharged from hospital, while the male officer remained under medical supervision.

The officers who were taken to hospital – were both attached to the Met’s Central West Command Unit responsible for policing Westminster – and were carrying out routine duties.

They were not part of the wider policing operation in place following the death of the Queen.

After the incident, London mayor Sadiq Khan told Sky News it was a “reminder of the risk all our officers across the country take every day when they put on their uniform”.