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Mother describes ‘nightmare’ after son among four teenagers found dead in North Wales | UK News

The mother of one of the four teenagers found dead after a car crash in North Wales has said she wishes she could wake from her “nightmare”.

Jevon Hirst, Harvey Owen, Wilf Henderson and Hugo Morris – all aged 16, 17 and 18 – were found in a silver Ford Fiesta in Snowdonia (Eryri) on Tuesday, after they were reported missing from an overnight camping trip.

An urgent search operation was launched by police, who found their bodies inside the overturned car, after it left the A4085 at Garreg, near Tremadog, and was partially submerged in water.

Crystal Owen, Harvey’s mother, wrote on Facebook: “I feel like I’m in a nightmare I wish I could wake up from but I’m not.

“I just wanted to say I do appreciate people’s kindness but no amount of messages is going to help me overcome this. Nothing will make this nightmare go away.”

In the Shropshire town of Shrewsbury, where the boys lived, the Trinity Churches parish said it would offer “time and space to pray” at the Trinity Centre in Meole Brace, from 9am on Wednesday.

Shrewsbury Abbey, meanwhile, is open all day for prayer, and Shrewsbury Colleges Group, where the boys were A-level students, offered “deepest condolences” to their family and friends.

A road has been closed by police near the village of Garreg
A road had been closed by police near the village of Garreg

Wilf’s girlfriend, Maddi Corfield, posted a tribute online for her “sweet angel”.

“I love you so much, I’m going to miss you forever,” she said.

“The sweetest and most loving boy I’ve ever known. I hope you know how much I love you, gorgeous.

“Thank you for all the time you’ve spent with me… thank you for loving me endlessly. I promise I’ll do the same for you, my sweet, sweet angel.”

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She added: “I can’t imagine my world without you. I’m missing you so much already, but I am going to enjoy life the way you would’ve wanted, the way that you made me feel.”

Superintendent Owain Llewellyn, from North Wales Police, said the crash appeared to be a “tragic accident” but the investigation into why the car left the road is ongoing.

Rochdale Cenotaph: Two teenagers charged with criminal damage for spraying ‘Free Palestine’ on war memorial | UK News

Two teenagers have been charged for writing “Free Palestine” on Rochdale Cenotaph.

On Tuesday, the war memorial in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, was spray painted with the slogan in red.

Today, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said two men have been charged with racially aggravated criminal damage, with one also accused of theft, after they were arrested on Tuesday.

The force said neither of the teenagers could be legally identified due to their ages, and added both had been released on bail.

GMP declined to give the ages of the defendants. A court date has yet to be fixed.

Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Round said: “I hope the swift charges provide some reassurance to the public that our investigation is moving at pace.

“I understand the emotional distress that has been caused in the local community by the damage to the cenotaph and our team of detectives will continue working tirelessly to hold those responsible to account.”

Rochdale cenotaph with the words 'Free Palestine' spray painted across it
Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Round said: ‘I hope the swift charges provide some reassurance.’

After the incident on Tuesday, GMP officers have been stationed by the memorial, which stands yards away from the police station.

Sir Edwin Lutyens designed the Rochdale memorial, as well as the Cenotaph in Whitehall.

The northern cenotaph is one of seven based outside of London, and was unveiled in 1922.

Six children in hospital after car crash in Oxford – as five teenagers arrested | UK News

Four children have been seriously injured after a BMW being driven “erratically” collided with their family car on the outskirts of Oxford, police say.

Another two children sustained minor injuries. All six are being treated in hospital.

Officers said they tried to stop the BMW, which was being driven at high speed along the city’s eastern bypass at 11.10pm on Tuesday.

The car carried on going, however, and five minutes later it collided with a VW Touran being driving along The Slade in the Headington area, east of Oxford city centre.

The driver of the Touran was left with minor injuries, while the children’s ages have not been confirmed.

Five teenagers, all from Oxford, have been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Three of them were also arrested on suspicion of failing to stop, driving a vehicle whilst unfit through drugs, and driving a vehicle dangerously.

One of the three, aged 18, is in custody while the other two, both 19, have been bailed.

Two further suspects, aged 18 and 19, have also been bailed.

Detective Inspector Justin Thomas, from Thames Valley Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, is appealing for information, plus dashcam or CCTV footage.

He said: “Our thoughts are with the family affected and specially trained officers will continue to support them throughout this investigation.”

The force has referred itself to the Independent Office for Police Conduct watchdog, which it says is the “procedure in these circumstances”.

TikTok most popular source for news among teenagers, Ofcom research finds | UK News

TikTok is now the most popular single source of news for teenagers in the UK, according to research by Ofcom.

The media regulator found that the video-sharing app is used by 28% of 12 to 15-year-olds for finding out about current affairs, a higher proportion than any other platform.

YouTube and Instagram are joint second, with both used by 25% of those in the age group for the purpose, according to the regulator’s News Consumption In The UK 2022/23 report.

It comes as the internet increasingly replaces traditional print media as a news source among the general public.

Some 68% of UK adults now use online sources for news, compared with just 26% for physical newspapers, the Ofcom research found.

However TV remains the most popular platform, with 70% of adults tuning in to find out about current events – with the figure rising to 75% when on-demand content is included.

Nic Newman, a senior research associate at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, said that while TikTok has often been seen as a platform for lighter topics rather than “serious” news, events such as the COVID pandemic had changed perceptions.

He said: “COVID was a big change because people were at home and people were talking about COVID on TikTok and people had a bit of time.

“That’s a case of very serious news being carried on TikTok.

“Passions and celebrity news, that’s a big part of what’s going on with the younger people, but there’s also serious news, that’s the wider big shift.”

It comes after a separate study also recently found that TiKTok is growing in popularity as a source for news among young people around the world.

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Across all age groups, Facebook continues to be the most used social media platform for accessing news. However, it is showing signs of decline after reaching only 30% of adults in the last year – down from 35% in 2019, Ofcom said.

In contrast, TikTok has seen a “significant” increase in popularity as a news source and is now used by 10% of adults for the purpose – up from just 1% in 2020.

Despite the rise of TikTok, 45% of 12 to 15-year-olds said they were not interested in the news – with almost half saying they found it “too boring”. A further 16% said they found it “too upsetting”.

The app has also faced growing criticism and concern among western governments in recent years over its alleged links to the Chinese government, leading to the platform being banned on government devices in Australia, Canada, the EU and the UK.

TikTok’s owner, Chinese internet company ByteDance, has denied sharing data with officials in Beijing.

In April the company was fined £12.7m for breaches of data protection law, including using the personal data of children aged under 13 without parental consent.

The Information Commissioner’s Office estimated that around 1.4 million under-13s in the UK were routinely using TikTok – despite its rules stating that you must be 13 or over to create an account.

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Ofcom’s research, which included interviews with more than 1,000 young people, also found that 23% of those aged 12 to 15 were most interested in news relating to “sports or sports personalities”.

A further 15% said they were keen to find out about “music news or singers”, while 11% said they wanted to keep up-to-date with the latest on “celebrities or famous people”.

Social media platforms are also among the top news outlets for young people aged 16 to 24, the report found.

Instagram is the most popular single news source, with 44% of the age group using it for that purpose, while 29% said they use TikTok for find out the latest on current affairs.

Only one in 10 said they consumed no news at all, compared with 5% of UK adults overall.

Two teenagers charged with murder of two boys killed a mile apart in London | UK News

Two teenagers have been charged with the murders of two boys who were stabbed to death a mile apart in London.

Kearne Solanke and Charlie Bartolo, both 16, were killed on Saturday.

Kearne was found fatally wounded in Titmuss Avenue, Thamesmead, and Charlie was discovered in Sewell Road, Abbey Wood.

A boy aged 16 and another aged 15 were arrested on Tuesday, the Metropolitan Police said.

They are both due to appear at Bromley Magistrates’ Court later today.

Officers were called at about 5.10pm on Saturday to reports of people with injuries. Both boys were pronounced dead at the scene.

Detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command are investigating and have appealed for anyone with information to come forward, specifically those who saw a black Nissan Qashqai with silver roof bars in either area in the days or hours before the deaths.

“We have the vehicle in our possession, but are still interested in witnesses who may have seen it being driven locally,” Detective Chief Inspector Kate Blackburn, investigating officer from Met Specialist Crime Command, said.

Detective Superintendent Richard McDonagh, from the South East Command Unit, assured the local community that officers will “work tirelessly” to discover what happened and urged people to continue working together to “prevent such tragedies” in the future.

Two more teenagers arrested over fatal stabbings of Charlie Bartolo and Kearne Solanke in southeast London | UK News

Two more teenagers have been arrested over the fatal stabbings of two 16-year-old boys in southeast London.

Police detained the suspects, aged 15 and 16, following the killings of Charlie Bartolo and Kearne Solanke in two separate incidents about a mile apart at the weekend.

Charlie was found with stab wounds in Sewell Road, Abbey Wood, at around 5.10pm on Saturday, with Kearne discovered with similar injuries in Titmuss Avenue, Thamesmead, at around the same time.

Another 16-year-old who was previously arrested on Sunday on suspicion of both murders has been released on bail pending further enquiries.

Kearne Solanke, left, and Charlie Bartolo, right.
Kearne Solanke, left, and Charlie Bartolo, right.

Detective Chief Inspector Kate Blackburn said: “My officers are working around the clock to establish the circumstances of these senseless murders and to find those responsible.”

She added that the force is investigating a “number of lines of enquiries” and she is “keeping an open mind about any motive”.

“The arrests are a positive development, but we continue to work to understand the events that unfolded on Saturday evening,” she said.

‘Help us bring justice for these young boys’

The Met Police have appealed for anyone with information on the incidents to come forward, specifically those who saw a black Nissan Qashqai with silver roof bars in either area in the days or hours before the murders.

“We have the vehicle in our possession, but are still interested in witnesses who may have seen it being driven locally. Information you provide could help us bring justice for these young boys and their families,” DCI Blackburn added.

Detective Superintendent Richard McDonagh, from the South East Command Unit, assured the local community that officers will “work tirelessly” to discover what happened and urged people to continue working together to “prevent such tragedies” in the future.

The families of Charlie and Kearne are being supported by specialist officers.

Boy, 16, arrested on suspicion of murders of two teenagers after fatal stabbings in southeast London | UK News

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of the murders of two boys following fatal stabbings in southeast London.

The victims, named earlier as Charlie Bartolo and Kearne Solanke, were found with stab wounds in Titmuss Avenue, Thamesmead, and Sewell Road, Abbey Wood, on Saturday at around 5.10pm.

Officers had attended with the London Ambulance and air ambulance services and at each location, they found a 16-year-old male with stab wounds.

Sewell Road
Sewell Road

Both were later pronounced dead.

Titmuss Avenue
Titmuss Avenue

Detective Chief Inspector Kate Blackburn, from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “This is a positive development in what is a complex and fast-moving investigation. Charlie and Kearne’s families have been informed.

“Our investigation is ongoing, and we continue to appeal for the public’s help as we build a picture of what happened on Saturday night.

“If you have information, no matter how insignificant you think it may be, please come forward.”

Earlier, Detective Superintendent Richard McDonagh had described the murders as “senseless” murders.

Police are particularly trying to trace a dark-coloured SUV type vehicle “with distinctive silver roof bars”, seen in the area in the days before and prior to the killings.