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Cousins jailed over murder of Christopher McCallum McGee in South Lanarkshire | UK News

Two cousins caught on CCTV carrying out a “senseless and violent” murder have been handed life sentences.

David McMahon, 41, and William McMahon, 47, left Christopher McCallum McGee unconscious in a garden after attacking him outside a house.

A court heard David McMahon struck Mr McGee with a beer bottle across his right cheek with such force that it knocked him out.

As Mr McGee lay on the ground, William McMahon kicked him twice on the head.

The attack was stopped by Mr McGee’s friends and neighbours.

Judge Lord Young said: “Neither of you showed any compassion or concern for him as he lay there.”

Mr McGee, 36, died in hospital three days after the fatal assault in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, on 5 November 2021.

Both men had denied murder but were convicted following a trial at the High Court in Glasgow.

Lord Young said: “Immediately after the attack, David McMahon said words which suggested that he had been waiting for an opportunity to attack Mr McGee but the evidence did not explore that matter further.

“With some hesitation, I will sentence you on the basis that this was not a pre-planned assault but was the result of an alcohol influenced disagreement.”

The pair were handed mandatory life sentences on Tuesday.

The judge told William McMahon: “The evidence was that you were the source of the original aggression that evening. You were drunk and spoiling for a fight.

“You delivered the kick which most likely triggered the impact brain apnoea.”

Lord Young said David McMahon rendering Mr McGee unconscious made the victim “far more vulnerable”.

He added: “I have decided that by escalating the violence that night with the use of a weapon, you bear a somewhat greater responsibility than your co-accused.”

David McMahon, who had a worse criminal record than his cousin, will have to spend at least 16 years in prison before being eligible for parole, while William McMahon was sentenced to 15 years and six months behind bars.

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The judge acknowledged that both men had expressed remorse over Mr McGee’s death.

Lord Young said: “I have read the victim impact statements from Mr McGee’s mother and his partner which make clear to me how much Mr McGee’s death has affected their lives and those who loved him.

“During his life, Mr McGee provided love and practical support for many family members, not least his own children, and they have to come to terms with losing him to such a senseless and violent attack.”

Following the court case, Detective Chief Inspector Hannah Edward said the McMahons were “facing the consequences of their actions”.

She added: “I hope that this sentence brings some degree of closure to the family and friends of Christopher and our thoughts remain with them at this difficult time.”

Croydon: Third man dies after house fire in south London | UK News

A third man has died and another remains in a critical condition following a house fire in Croydon.

Firefighters and other emergency services were called to an address in Sanderstead Road, south London, just before 11pm on Friday night.

Two men – one of whom is thought to be in his 40s – were pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say a third man, believed to be aged in his 30s, was taken to hospital, where he died on Saturday afternoon.

All three men are thought to be Polish nationals, according to police.

Two Dead and two fighting for their lives after South Croydon Blaze Pic: UKNIP Bought by Johanna Howitt

Two Dead and two fighting for their lives after South Croydon Blaze Pic: UKNIP Bought by Johanna Howitt

“Officers are working to confirm the identity of the three men and inform their family,” a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

Police say two other men, also believed to be Polish nationals, self-presented at hospital following the fire.

One of the men, aged in his 30s, remains in a life-threatening condition, while the other has been discharged from hospital.

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The cause of the fire is under investigation by the London Fire Brigade (LFB) and the Metropolitan Police.

The fire broke out in a two-storey terraced house with its windows boarded up.

At least four fire engines fought the blaze last night, with crime scene tents later erected around the property.

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Two Dead and two fighting for their lives after South Croydon Blaze Pic: UKNIP

Chief Inspector Imran Asghar, of the force’s south area basic command unit (BCU), said: “This is an extremely sad incident, which has led to the deaths of three men, while a fourth man remains in hospital in a critical condition.

“My colleagues have made significant progress towards confirming the identities of the men and providing support to their families.

“This process is ongoing. At this stage, I understand that the three men who have died were Polish nationals, as are the other two men who attended hospital.

“Enquiries by specialist police and fire investigators are under way to establish the cause of the fire.”

South Tyneside: Ten people arrested over alleged kidnapping of ‘number of people’ | UK News

Ten people have been arrested as part of an investigation into an alleged kidnapping of a “number of people” in South Tyneside.

Police said some people had sustained “serious, but non-life threatening injuries” but there was “no risk to the wider public at this time”.

The arrests came after dawn raids were carried out by Northumbria Police at multiple addresses in South Shields.

The force said it followed an allegation of people being held against their will and seriously assaulted at an address on 20 September.

Northumbria Police’s Major Investigation Team said anyone with “concerns or information” should contact them.

Detective Inspector Mark Atherton said: “Following a concerning report made to us about a number of people being held against their will at an address in the area, an investigation was launched with a number of specialist detectives tasked with establishing exactly what happened.

“A number of people sustained serious, but non-life threatening injuries and have now been safeguarded.

“We have since identified a number of people we believe to have been involved and yesterday, carried out targeted action to arrest those people and bring them into custody.

“Seven people have since been charged with a number of offences and are due to face the courts today.

“Our investigation remains ongoing and is still at an early stage, but we do believe there is no risk to the wider public at this time.

“Officers will remain in the area and anyone who thinks they might be able to help or have information they want to share, should get in touch.”

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Police said six men and one woman have been charged with a number of offences and are due to appear before magistrates in South Tyneside on Wednesday.

One man remains in police custody. Another man and a woman have been released on bail.

Anyone with information should contact Northumbria Police by calling 101 or using the ‘tell us something’ page on its website, quoting log NP-20230921-0543.

Independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Boy, 15, arrested on suspicion of murder after man stabbed to death in front of shoppers in south London | UK News

A 15-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man was stabbed to death in front of shoppers in south London.

The teenager is also being held on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and remains in custody.

Keelen Morris Wong, 22, was killed on busy Coldharbour Lane in Brixton shortly before 5pm on Tuesday.

Police and the London Ambulance Service attended but Mr Wong was pronounced dead at the scene.

His next of kin are aware and are being supported by specially trained officers, the Metropolitan Police said.

A 23-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of murder on Tuesday and taken to hospital for treatment has now been discharged and remains in police custody.

Detective Inspector Kevin Martin said work to establish a motive for the stabbing is ongoing.

He continued: “This awful attack took place in broad daylight, in front of people simply going about their business.

“I don’t underestimate the impact such a horrific incident will have had on anyone who saw it. We have heard from a number of people but I am asking anyone who witnessed it to speak to us, in confidence, about what they saw.

“An arrest has been made and we are making significant progress but we can never have too much information.”

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DI Martin continued: “Our work to establish a motive is ongoing. Any information, however small, may assist the investigation and allow those responsible to be held to account.

“I am also fully aware that there are a number of videos circulating following the incident, including of the crime scene.

“I know that these videos are causing enormous distress for the loved ones of the victim, and I would ask people to respect them by not circulating this upsetting footage.”

UK Scout leader reveals Jamboree chaos amid South Korea heatwave – with ‘ambulances everywhere’ | UK News

A UK Scout leader at the World Jamboree in South Korea has described conditions as “atrocious and unusable”.

More than 4,000 British attendees – many of them children – are being moved from a camp into hotels due to extreme temperatures hitting the country.

The 29-year-old contingent unit leader claimed there were “ambulances everywhere” – and the event’s infrastructure was ill-equipped to keep people safe in searing heat.

Scout water bottle
Leaky water bottle given to Scouts by UK contingent

Speaking to Sky News journalist Kirsty Hickey, he said his group – which includes 30 children – have been given bad-quality, small water bottles.

“A third have broken and leak even though they tell us to drink a litre every hour,” he said. “Getting water is a 10-minute walk away in the heat.”

The Scout leader, who did not wish to be named, also alleged toilet facilities were unclean, and there have been complaints that the meals offered were not nutritionally balanced.

Toilet block
Toilet block at Jamboree was described as ‘unusable’

He revealed that they had to wait for over an hour in the heat for coaches to take them to Seoul – and claimed the emergency services needed to be called after some children passed out. However, the kids in his group are fine.

“The money hasn’t been worth it as we’re leaving and not getting the experience we paid for,” the Scout leader told us.

“The kids are upset that this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity has gone to waste because of lack of organisation and preparation.”

Police at Scout Jamboree
Emergency services deployed to event

The contingent unit leader added that in comparison to the 2015 World Jamboree in Japan – which also suffered from stifling temperatures – appropriate infrastructure made the event bearable.

It comes after organisers and the South Korean government said water trucks, air-conditioned spaced and medics were being sent to the event.

Temperatures in some parts of the country have topped 38C (100.4F) this week, with at least 600 people at the event having been treated for heat-related ailments, according to officials.

The event in southwestern Buan has attracted around 40,000 participants from 155 countries, most of them aged between 14 and 18.

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‘A complete mess’

Peter Naldrett, who has two children at the World Scout Jamboree, posted on X (formerly Twitter) to say that parents have been asked not to talk to the press.

He revealed that he had raised a total of £9,000 so his kids could attend the event.

Attendees of the World Scout Jamboree lie down. Pic: AP
Pic: AP

“The South Koreans have made a complete mess of organising this. The government took over running the site and it’s still a mess,” Mr Naldrett wrote.

He praised UK contingent leaders for how they have handled the situation and tried to keep morale high.

“If moving all the scouts off site over 48 hours is honestly the best move for the event, then fair enough. But the kids are looking forward to trips out and the famous culture day,” Mr Naldrett added.

Attendees of the World Scout Jamboree cool off. Pic: AP
Pic: AP

The father believes that children should be able to return to the site for key events – and called on corporate sponsors to make donations so their trip isn’t wasted.

Urging the government to help, he concluded by saying: “There needs to be a massive effort to save this experience and it should be a no expense spared job … I do want the 4,000 UK kids to experience the international mixing and activities they have been flown over there for.”

Man in life-threatening condition after collision between ambulance and scooter in South Yorkshire | UK News

A man is in a life-threatening condition in hospital following a collision between an ambulance and a scooter in South Yorkshire.

Police received a call at around 10.25pm on Friday from a member of the public and another report from the Yorkshire Ambulance Service about the crash on the A628 Barnsley Road in Hoylandswaine.

The ambulance and been responding to an emergency call when it was involved in a collision with the scooter, which occurred at the junction near the Lord Nelson pub.

The incident occurred at a junction on Barnsley Road. Pic: Google
The incident occurred at a junction on Barnsley Road. Pic: Google

The scooter rider – a man in his 30s – was rushed to hospital where he currently remains in a life-threatening condition.

Officers are now appealing for witnesses with any information to come forward.

They would particularly like to speak to anyone on Barnsley Road at the time who may have seen the collision, or anyone driving along either of the two Barnsley Roads who may have caught the collision on a dash camera.

Police are also appealing to any premises that have CCTV cameras which cover the junction to check their footage and see if their cameras caught the collision.

By-election results: Who are the new MPs in Uxbridge and South Ruislip, Selby and Ainsty, and Somerton and Frome? | Politics News

After the three by-elections – in Uxbridge and South Ruislip, Selby and Ainsty, and Somerton and Frome – there will be three new MPs taking their seats in parliament.

The elections took place following the resignations of three Conservatives – Boris Johnson, Nigel Adams and David Warburton.

The Conservatives saw significant defeats in Selby to Labour, and to the Lib Dems in Somerton and Frome, but were able to win a narrow victory in Uxbridge.

So who are the new MPs that will be taking their seats in parliament after the summer recess?

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Keir Mather

Labour’s 25-year-old Keir Mather was declared the winner of the by-election in Selby and Ainsty in North Yorkshire.

Mr Mather works as a senior public affairs adviser for the Confederation of British Industry and before that was a parliamentary researcher for shadow health secretary Wes Streeting.

At just 25, he is now the youngest MP in the Commons – replacing Labour’s Nadia Whittome as the so-called Baby of the House.

Keir Mather is now the MP for Selby and Ainsty
Keir Mather is now the MP for Selby and Ainsty

The Oxford graduate, from Hull, has said his age means he can relate to younger voters who are struggling to get on the housing ladder and facing a lack of economic opportunity.

His campaign centred on the cost of living crisis, public transport and NHS waiting lists, as well as local issues such as flooding and sewage, and anti-social behaviour.

Labour overturned a Conservative majority of 20,137 with his win – the largest majority reversed at a by-election.

Mr Mather won 16,456 votes, compared to the 12,295 cast for the Tory candidate Claire Holmes. This equals a majority of 4,161.

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Steve Tuckwell

Steve Tuckwell will succeed Boris Johnson as the Conservative MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, after a hard fought battle with Labour in west London.

Mr Tuckwell was declared the winner after a speedy recount – but he only secured a majority of 495.

The former postie is a lifelong resident of South Ruislip and has represented the area as a ward councillor since 2018.

He has sought to distance himself from Mr Johnson by focusing his campaign on local issues, declaring the vote a “referendum” on ULEZ – the controversial plan to expand the zone where people have to pay a £12.50 daily fee to drive in London if their vehicle does not meet emission standards.

Steve Tuckwell is the new Uxbridge and South Ruislip MP
Steve Tuckwell is the new Uxbridge and South Ruislip MP

Mr Tuckwell argues the charge will devastate businesses and cost families up to £4,500 a year.

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Sarah Dyke

Lib Dem Sarah Dyke, who lives in the Somerton and Frome constituency that she will now represent, has said her farming family can trace their local roots back over more than 250 years.

She has represented Blackmoor Vale on Somerset unitary council since the 2022 local elections, where she defeated Hayward Burt, CCHQ’s resident expert on conquering Liberal Democrats.

Sarah Dyke is the new MP for Somerton and Frome
Sarah Dyke is the new MP for Somerton and Frome

She holds the council’s portfolio for the environment and climate change.

She was selected as the party’s prospective parliamentary candidate back in May 2022.

Retired South Wales Police officer carried out breathalyser tests on himself to meet targets | UK News

A retired police officer who was having an inappropriate relationship with a vulnerable woman carried out breathalyser tests on himself to meet internal targets, a disciplinary hearing has heard.

The panel found in favour of gross misconduct allegations against former PC Julian John and concluded that he would have been dismissed from South Wales Police had he not already retired.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) investigated an inappropriate relationship the former constable formed with a vulnerable woman.

Their investigation began after the IOPC received a referral from South Wales Police relating to an allegation of an inappropriate relationship formed during the course of his duties as an officer.

Flirtatious text messages were found on John’s work mobile sent by him to the woman.

These messages were sent over a nine-month period and evidence suggested that he had stayed overnight at her property on at least one occasion.

The hearing was told that in mid-December 2019 John carried out two negative breathalyser tests on himself – which measures how much alcohol is in the air you breathe out – before he falsely recorded them as tests carried out on the public.

He said in an interview that he wanted to see if a mince pie he had eaten would impact his blood alcohol level, which the panel found to be “wholly implausible”.

They say it is more likely to have been a conscious attempt to inflate breathalyser figures during an anti-drink and drugs driving campaign over the Christmas period.

The IOPC’s investigation came to an end in January 2021 and found the officer had a case to answer for gross misconduct.

He retired from the force in March this year.

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Following the hearing held on 28 March, which was overseen by an independent legally qualified chair, John has been added to the police-barred list.

‘What the hell was that’: How residents responded after tremors were felt in South Wales | UK News

You’d be forgiven for thinking that it was an ordinary Saturday morning in the South Wales Valleys – and for most it probably was.

But in the early hours of the morning, a tremor was detected, its epicentre around 10km North of Ebbw Vale/Tredegar Wales, but the impact was felt in a vast area of South Wales – to varying degrees.

Kylie Tavener lives in Ynyshir in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

She told Sky News that she was lying in bed watching Netflix when she “felt like someone picked up the bed and dropped it”.

Her initial reaction was: “What the hell was that” and then she went on Facebook and saw reports of an earthquake.

Kylie Tavener describes the how she felt during the earthquake.
Kylie Tavener describes how she felt during the earthquake

Kylie’s dog, Riley, was also woken by the quake.

“Normally when he’s in bed he stays in bed. He just woke up and had a little walk around huffing,” she said.

Kylie said she had not found any damage in the aftermath of the tremor, but her friends too had told her that they felt like “their house shook”.

The whole house shuddered’

Pic: Tomas Evans
Pic: Tomos Evans

Howard Smith runs a Bed and Breakfast near Ystrad Mynach in the Rhymney Valley.

“I was actually reading a little bit of news on my mobile phone and my wife was falling asleep by the side of me and then the whole house shuddered,” he told Sky News.

“My wife jumped out of her skin and I leapt out of bed, put my dressing gown on because I thought something had collapsed within the house.

“I wondered around and there was nothing in the house as such that was damaged or broken or fallen down and then I went outside.”

Howard is no stranger to earthquakes having experienced one in Düsseldorf, Germany, when he was there with the army, and a small one had struck his home in the Valleys once before since he moved six years ago.

“All in the back of my mind I kept thinking ‘Was that an earthquake?’,” he added.

But, despite the tremor, the guests at the B&B clearly still had a good night’s sleep as at breakfast on Saturday morning they said they had “all slept through it”.

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British Geological Survey image showing how the quake in Wales registered
British Geological Survey image showing how the quake in Wales registered

Terrifying experience’

Stevie Williams lives in Merthyr Tydfil and initially thought a lorry had driven into “the front of the house”, adding that it was a “terrifying experience”.

“I believe it was just after midnight. Me and my wife were watching TV in bed when there was like a little rumble and then what I described as like a lorry driving into the front of the house,” he said.

“The knocker on the front door went so I knew it was our house that had been hit.

“I ran downstairs, ran outside, obviously there was no lorry outside, people were coming out on the street shouting ‘Did you hear that? Did you just feel that?’ And they were on their phones to friends and family and they had felt the same thing a few miles away, so you start to realise then we’d had some sort of earthquake.”