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Hunt for man who has been repeatedly approaching a young woman in the street | UK News

Police are on the hunt for a man following a complaint he has been repeatedly approaching a young woman in the street, leaving her “shaken by the incidents”.

The man has accosted the 22-year-old at various times of the night and day while the woman has walked along Benvie Road in Dundee, near to Black Street and Cleghorn Street.

The man was said to have made attempts to speak to the woman on Tuesday 2 January, Tuesday 30 January, Friday 2 February and Sunday 4 February before leaving the area.

PC Andrew McIlvenny said: “The woman was not hurt any of the times she was approached by the man but has been left shaken by the incidents.”

The man is believed to be in his late-20s to early-30s and is around 5ft 6in tall. He is described as slim with a tanned complexion, short black hair and black stubble.

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Police Scotland said he was wearing a full white tracksuit with three blue stripes, and a gold signet ring on his left hand. He also had a Staffordshire bull terrier dog with him during some of the incidents.

PC McIlvenny added: “I would like to reassure the community that our officers are doing everything they can to find the person responsible.

“I would appeal to anyone who recognises the description of the man to get in touch.”

Man found dead alongside young girls and woman in Norfolk named | UK News

A 45-year-old man found dead alongside two young girls and a 36-year-old woman in Norwich has been named as Bartlomiej Kuczynski.

Their bodies were found at a house in Allan Bedford Crescent, Costessey, Norfolk, shortly before 7am on Friday.

Police previously said all four were found with injuries, and that they were all part of the same family.

“Three of the people are believed to reside at the address and another one not permanently,” said Detective Chief Inspector Chris Burgess of Norfolk Police.

“The man and two children lived at the address, but the woman involved was visiting and did not live at the property.”

He said post-mortem examinations would be held to establish the cause of their deaths.

Police forced their way into the property following a call from a member of the public. They also confirmed officers attended the property on 14 December last year in relation to a missing person inquiry.

“We are still working to understand the full circumstances which led to the deaths of these people, however at this time we believe this to be an isolated incident,” Mr Burgess added.

“I recognise the shock and upset this incident will cause in the local community and we will have increased patrols in the area across the weekend.”

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North Wales Police launch search and issue appeal to find four young men missing in Gwynedd | UK News

Police have launched a search for four young men who have gone missing in North Wales .

North Wales Police said they had gone missing from the area around Harlech and Porthmadog in Gwynedd.

Officers said the group was last seen on Sunday morning.

The force has expressed concern and is appealing for information to help find Jevon Hirst, Harvey Owen, Wilf Henderson and Hugo Morris.

They were travelling in a silver Ford Fiesta. The car’s registration plate is HY14GVO.

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Locals reported a helicopter had been searching the Penrhyndeudraeth area before heading toward Nantmor and Beddgelert.

Anyone who may have seen the four are urged to contact North Wales Police.

Nathanel Young: British man serving in Israeli army killed in Hamas attack | UK News

A British man who was serving in the Israeli army has been killed in an attack by Hamas militants.

Corporal Nathanel Young, 20, from London, was a soldier in the 13th Battalion, according to the Israeli Defence Forces.

His family shared a post on Facebook saying they are “heartbroken”, adding: “Our little brother Nathanel Young was tragically killed on the Gaza Border yesterday.”

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He was a former pupil at JFS, a Jewish mixed comprehensive school in Kenton, north London, who was living in the Bayit Shel Benji home for lone IDF soldiers in Raanana, north of Tel Aviv, according to the Jewish News.

Nathanel Young
Nathanel Young’s family are ‘heartbroken’

Mr Young’s family said in a tribute: “Nathanel was full of life and the life of the party – he carried the nickname DJ on base and at Benji’s house, the lone soldier house that he lived at.

“He loved his family and friends and was loved by everyone. He loved music and was a talented DJ.

“Always willing to go to any lengths for his loved ones. An amazing uncle and brother. He was so happy and thriving in Israel. He loved the country.”

His brother Eliot Young told Sky News: “Nathanel always had strong Jewish pride. From a young age he has always wanted to play an important role in defending his country – it’s something he talked about a lot.”

He added: “Nathanel was also a bubbly guy who my two little daughters loved playing with and were always so excited to visit.

Nathanel Young
Nathanel Young was serving in the Israeli army

Nathanel Young
Nathanel Young ‘was loved by everyone’

“When Nathanel could have taken his days off to sleep and re-energise, he instead found out where we were, which wasn’t always so close to him, and came to join us.”

It is understood that the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office is in contact with and assisting the families of several people in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Another British man Jake Marlowe, 26, has been “missing near Gaza” since Saturday morning after Hamas attacked a music festival in southern Israel, the country’s embassy in the UK told Sky News.

Hundreds of Israelis were killed and thousands more were injured after Hamas fired missiles into Israel while fighters launched a surprise attack on Saturday morning.

Gunmen targeted up to 22 locations in the initial assault, with gun battles continuing into Sunday.

Man and two young children die in collision between car and lorry | UK News

A man and two young children have died after a collision between a car and a lorry in Leicestershire.

Officers were called to the crash on the A5 in Hinckley near Burbage shortly before 4.30pm on Friday.

The male driver of the BMW car, who was in his 30s, and a nine-year-old boy who was a passenger were both pronounced dead at the scene.

A woman in her 30s and a four-year-old girl, both passengers in the car, were taken to hospital where the girl died a short time later.

The woman remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition, Leicestershire Police has said.

The driver of the lorry was not seriously injured.

East Midlands Ambulance Service and Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service also attended the scene.

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Detective Constable Anna Andrew, from the serious collision investigation unit, said: “This is an extremely sad and tragic incident, and our thoughts remain with those who have lost their lives, their families and with others involved and who have been affected.

“Emergency services attended the scene and we know members of the public also assisted at the scene when the collision happened – thank you to everyone who responded and helped in these devastating and extremely distressing circumstances.

“We are continuing to provide full support to the families of the people involved and to investigate the collision to establish the full circumstances in relation to what has happened.”

The force has appealed for dashcam footage and for witnesses to come forward.

Young adults and renters among worst hit by cost of living crisis | Business News

Young adults and renters are some of the groups of people worst hit by rising prices as official figures show around 1 in 20 said they’d run out of food in the past 2 weeks and couldn’t afford more.

People who couldn’t afford food were most likely to be supported by charities, be lone parents and in receipt of benefits or financial help.

Also more likely to struggle to buy food were ethnically diverse people and black, African, Caribbean and black British adults, along with renters and disabled adults.

Those aged 25 to 34 were at greater risk of financial vulnerability than those over the age of 75, the data showed.

Renters were more likely to report difficulty paying housing costs.

While more than a quarter (28%) of mortgage holders said it was difficult to afford their mortgage, 43% of renters reported it was very or somewhat difficult to afford rent.

Compared to mortgage payers, renters were spending less on food and essentials, were more likely to have run out of food and to be behind on energy bills.

Renters spent an average of 21% of their disposable income on rent, compared to 16% of mortgage payers, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

Similarly, disabled adults faced greater financial difficulties than non-disabled adults.

The ONS has published analysis on the impact of the cost of living crisis from February to the start of May, before mortgage rates began increasing in earnest.

It analysed the proportion of people affected by price rises, and the characteristics associated with financial vulnerability.

It comes as the government announced public sector pay rises of between 5% and 7% this week and official figures showed wage growth remained at record high of 7.3%, but was still outpaced by inflation.

Pembrokeshire: Young child airlifted after police respond to reports of car ‘in collision with’ pedestrians | UK News

A young child has been airlifted after an incident outside a hospital in Pembrokeshire.

Officers were called to reports of a car colliding with pedestrians outside Withybush Hospital in Haverfordwest at about 11.50am on Wednesday.

A pedestrian, the driver of the car and a passenger have all been taken to hospital for treatment.

Police said the child was airlifted to Cardiff for treatment.

Dyfed-Powys Police said they would have a continued presence outside the hospital for a “number of hours” as the investigation continues into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Withybush Hospital’s director, Andrew Burns, said services continued to “operate as normal”.

“If you are attending for an outpatient appointment, you may experience some delay in parking while investigations are under way but this is expected to return to normal in due course,” he added.

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“We kindly ask people not to contact the hospital for more information at this time.”

Police are asking anyone who may have dashcam footage which could help the investigation to get in touch.

Mckyla Taylor: Screwdriver killer jailed for inflicting 199 injuries on young mum during ‘relentless’ attack | UK News

A pensioner who murdered a young mum by inflicting almost 200 wounds during a “brutal” screwdriver attack has been jailed for life. 

David Jackson, 68, hid the body of Mckyla Taylor, 27, under a duvet on the bedroom floor of his flat in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, after killing her on 16 August last year.

A few hours after police discovered Ms Taylor’s remains, Jackson arrived at the scene asking if he could retrieve a jumper from the property, in Lowtown Street.

He then casually informed an officer that he had killed someone upstairs.

Jackson, described by police as a “drug user”, and Ms Taylor, who had known each other for some time, met up a day earlier on 15 August.

Her family contacted police when she failed to respond to their calls and messages.

Her body was discovered with weights and pushbikes stacked on top when officers forced their way into the flat around 2am on 16 August.

She was pronounced dead around 2.30am, with a post-mortem investigation showing she had suffered 199 separate injuries to her head and body in what police described as a “relentless” attack.

Most of the injuries were inflicted in the bedroom by two screwdrivers found in the living room.

The body of Mckyla Taylor, 27, was found at a flat in Worksop last August
The body of Mckyla Taylor, 27, was found at a flat in Worksop last August

Jackson was jailed for a minimum of 17 years after pleading guilty to murder at Nottingham Crown Court on Thursday.

He was silent in police interviews and continued to deny murder until a trial was due to begin, “inflicting further pain and anxiety on her loved ones”, Nottinghamshire Police said.

In a statement issued via the force, Ms Taylor’s mother, Emma Sentence, 45, hailed her daughter and “best friend” as a “fun-loving girl” with a smile that would “light up the room” and who had a “contagious laugh”.

Mckyla Taylor pictured with her mother and "best friend", Emma Sentence
Mckyla Taylor with her mother and ‘best friend’, Emma Sentence

“I still remember the weekend she was killed as if it was yesterday,” she said.

“We had a lovely weekend sunbathing, listening to music and doing our nails and then she left and that was the last time I saw her.”

Ms Taylor’s brother, Callum Taylor, 26, will now be taking care of her one-year-old daughter in the same home her mother grew up in.

“It is like a part of Mckyla is coming home,” he said.

‘No sentence will ever be enough’

“Mckyla had always wanted to be a mum and was so thrilled when she found out she was pregnant. I just want to do my best to bring up her daughter and give her a normal, loving life.”

Ms Taylor was a “lovely and loving person who always put other people first,” Mr Taylor added.

“If she was in a house fire Mckyla was the sort of person who would be the last out.

Mckyla Taylor pictured with her older sister, Nicole, and younger brother, Callum
Mckyla Taylor as a child with her older sister, Nicole, and younger brother, Callum

“No sentence will ever be enough for what happened to Mckyla.

“I will never forget waking up that day and hearing she had been killed.

“I cannot understand why anyone would want to hurt someone that kind.

“I don’t really feel like I have been through the grieving process yet. I’ve just wanted to stay strong for others.”

Her older sister, Nicole, 29, described her as the “life and soul of the party” and said she was “always bubbly, always singing, always dancing”.

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Sentencing judge James Sampson said Jackson would not be eligible for parole for 16 years and 135 days – taking into account the 230 days served in custody.

He also praised the family for their dignity throughout the court proceedings.

Speaking after the sentencing, Nottinghamshire Police detective chief inspector Clare Dean said: “Mckyla was a young woman who was loved and adored by her family and many friends.

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“Her life was taken away from her in the most brutal fashion by David Jackson, who has shown very little remorse and would not give any account in interview.

“The attack Jackson inflicted on Mckyla was relentless, causing catastrophic injuries which ultimately led to her death.

“Today’s sentence will not bring Mckyla back, but it does mean that Jackson will spend a considerable part of his life behind bars, and I hope this gives her family some comfort.”

ITV investigated ‘rumours of relationship’ between Phillip Schofield and young employee – but pair ‘repeatedly denied’ affair | UK News

ITV has said it investigated “rumours of a relationship” between Phillip Schofield and a younger employee – but the pair “repeatedly denied” the affair.

The statement came after questions were raised over what network bosses knew about the conduct of the veteran broadcaster.

Fellow former This Morning presenter Eamonn Holmes had said Schofield was “not the only guilty party” and claimed top management “knew what sort of man he was”.

Holmes spoke out after veteran broadcaster Schofield admitted having an “unwise, but not illegal” affair with a much younger male ITV employee while still married and lying about it.

Writing on Twitter, Holmes said: “Schofield has finally been caught out… But he’s not the only guilty party. 4 high members of ITV management knew what sort of man he was.”

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Eamonn Holmes says he was ‘deceived’ by Phillip Schofield. Pic: Rex

Schofield quit the broadcaster on Friday.

His confession came in a statement published in the Daily Mail shortly before his agents, YMU, also revealed they were parting company with him with immediate effect.

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In response to mounting pressure on the broadcaster, an ITV spokesperson said: “Further to our statement last night, ITV can confirm that when rumours of a relationship between Phillip Schofield and an employee of ITV first began to circulate in early 2020 ITV investigated.

“Both parties were questioned and both categorically and repeatedly denied the rumours as did Phillip’s then agency YMU.

“In addition, ITV spoke to a number of people who worked on This Morning and were not provided with, and did not find, any evidence of a relationship beyond hearsay and rumour.

“Phillip’s statement yesterday reveals that he lied to people at ITV, from senior management to fellow presenters, to YMU, to the media and to others over this relationship.”

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In another Twitter post, Holmes referred to how Schofield apparently lied to him and his wife, presenter Ruth Langsford.

He added: “Ruth and I deceived and lied to. One day I will tell the story. We had no issue with him being gay, only support.

“What transpired took us for fools. The man told us complete lies and we unfortunately believed him.”

Separately, BBC presenter and former ITV newscaster Andrea Catherwood tweeted: “A lot more questions about who knew what when at ITV to be answered after this…”

Dermot O’Leary, who has been tipped to replace the former This Morning star said: “It’s not appropriate for me to comment.”

Schofield, 61, left the daytime show last week.

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‘It is now over’

In a statement on Friday, Schofield said he was “deeply sorry” for lying about the relationship.

He said: “I did have a consensual on-off relationship with a younger male colleague at This Morning.

“Contrary to speculation, whilst I met the man when he was a teenager and was asked to help him to get into television, it was only after he started to work on the show that it became more than just a friendship.

“That relationship was unwise, but not illegal. It is now over.”

It is understood the younger colleague, who is not a public figure, did not want the relationship to be made public.

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The affair took place before Mr Schofield publicly came out as gay in 2020, and while he was still married to his wife Stephanie Lowe.

In a damning statement, his former agents YMU Group said “honesty and integrity” were core values of their business and that their relationships are “based entirely on trust”.

Schofield’s exit from This Morning came after weeks of rumours of a rift between him and his co-presenter Holly Willoughby.

Reports of behind-the-scenes problems between the pair surfaced after his brother Tim Schofield was convicted of child sex offences.

Children as young as eight strip-searched by police as report shows ‘evidence of deeply concerning practice’ | UK News

Children as young as eight are being strip-searched by police officers, according to a report which detailed almost 3,000 searches of minors in England and Wales over four years.

The report also found “ethnic disproportionality”, with black children six times more likely to be strip-searched compared to the national population; white children were half as likely to be searched.

Children’s commissioner for England, Dame Rachel de Souza, demanded the report which showed 2,847 strip-searches of youngsters between eight and 17 took place between 2018 and mid-2022 across England and Wales.

The research showed 52% of strip-searches took place without an appropriate adult present, which is required by law except in situations of “urgency”.

One per cent of the searches occurred “within public view”, with some taking place in police vehicles and schools, a few even in takeaways and amusement parks. However, location was not recorded in 45% of cases – criticised as “poor quality of record-keeping” by Dame Rachel.

The research follows the “traumatic” strip-search of Child Q, a black schoolgirl on her period wrongly suspected by police of carrying cannabis.

The 15-year-old was searched in the school’s medical room by two female officers without teachers present in 2020.

The ordeal, which Scotland Yard said “should never have happened”, left the girl scarred according to family members, who believe the search was racially motivated.

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The incident prompted Dame Rachel to request the report, which showed more than 600 children underwent “intrusive and traumatising” searches over a two-year period, with black boys disproportionately targeted.

Dame Rachel condemned the findings as “utterly unacceptable” and generally that strip-searching children was an “intrusive and potentially traumatic power” which must be subject to “robust safeguards”.

She recommended 17 reforms to the Home Office regarding child strip-searching policy, which include:

  • “Urgency” strip-searches to be banished with constant supervision from an appropriate adult instead. She said only in “the most exceptional situations where there is serious risk to the child’s life or welfare” where this should not be the case.
  • Schools excluded as an appropriate strip-search location, with police stations, medical facilities or at the child’s home address as alternatives.
  • Officers reporting annually on searches, including records of ethnicity, if an appropriate adult was present, the location and if a safeguarding referral was made.

A spokesperson said the Home Office takes safeguarding children extremely seriously.

“Strip-search is one of the most intrusive powers available to the police,” the spokesperson said. “No one should be subject to strip-search on the basis of race or ethnicity and safeguards exist to prevent this.”