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'Predatory paedophile' who sent 250,000 messages to boys jailed

A "predatory paedophile" who messaged boys 250,000 times and was caught with a teenager in his car has been jailed. Nigel Delaney, 65, of New North Road, Huddersfield, was arrested in April 2016 after being found on the M65 with the 15-year-old boy from Accrington. Police discovered he had contacted boys in Lancashire, Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire. He admitted 27 child sex offences at Burnley Crown Court and was sentenced to 12 years in prison. Following his arrest, police found Delaney had breached a 2015 Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO), which banned him from contacting children under the age of 17. Two 13-year-old boys, both from Leyland, then reported to police that they had been contacted online and via text messages by an unknown man. A photo of the man revealed it was Delaney.

Man admits killing family in John Lennon's former flat

A man has admitted killing his wife and two children at a flat in Liverpool that John Lennon once lived in. Arena Saeed and her children Shadia Salem, six, and Rami Saeed, four, were found at the flat in Falkner Street, near Toxteth, Liverpool on 30 May. Sami Salem, 30, who appeared via video link at Liverpool Crown Court, accepted he unlawfully killed his family but did not formally enter murder pleas. He will now be examined by a psychiatrist, the court heard. Mr Salem, who was in tears and appeared to be rocking backwards and forwards, told the court: "I want to plead guilty to the suffocation of my wife and the drowning of my kids and I'm saying it now." Judge David Aubrey adjourned the case until 22 September, when Mr Salem is expected to formally enter pleas

Northumbria Police station closures 'too radical'

Planned overnight front desk closures at Northumbria Police stations have been condemned by the public services union as "too radical". All front desks, apart from the one at Sunderland, will only be open during daytime hours from Monday. The force said most people now reported crime online or via the phone, rather than in person at a police station, and the move would save money. But Unison said the timescale was too tight and called for a consultation. The union's regional organiser, Peter Chapman, said the plans would "inevitably" lead to redundancies. "There may well be a need to discuss how stations provide this service in the future, however Unison believes the plans due to be implemented within the next few weeks are far too radical and the timescale far too tight," he added. "We call on the force to abandon the current proposals and embark upon a more timely and meaningful consultation with all those involved. "

Nursery burgled five times in one year criticises police

A plant nursery business which has been burgled five times in 12 months says it has been let down by the police. Derry's Nursery in Cossington, Leicestershire, lost £4,500 of plants in the early hours of Sunday. Despite CCTV and police being alerted, a gang spent about 90 minutes loading a vehicle with plants. Leicestershire Police said the call they received did not mention a burglary. Nursery owner Alan Dayman said it was the biggest raid in his 42 years as boss and items were even taken from his father's grave which is in the grounds. Mr Dayman said a gate had been knocked down and high-value ornamental trees and plants taken.

Andrew Dobson jailed for 'child-like' sex doll import bid

A man has been jailed for trying to import an "obscene" child-like sex doll, in what police say is the first case of its kind in the UK. Andrew Dobson, from Crewe, was sentenced to two years and eight months in jail and has been put on the sex offenders register for life. Following the discovery of the doll - at East Midlands Airport - searches found indecent images on his computer. The 49-year-old pleaded guilty to four counts at Chester Crown Court. He admitted importing an indecent object, possessing indecent images of children and two counts of making indecent images of children.

Michael Molloy coach death prompts tyre safety campaign

A woman whose son was killed in a coach crash caused by a tyre which was nearly 20 years old has launched a campaign to improve the safety of public vehicles. Michael Molloy, 18, died in the crash as he travelled home to Liverpool from Bestival on the Isle of Wight in 2012. An inquest found the crash was caused by his coach's worn-out tyre. The "Tyred" campaign, launched by Michael's mother Frances, calls for a ban on tyres more than 10 years old on buses, coaches and minibuses. The crash on the A3 in Surrey also killed 23-year-old Kerry Ogden from Maghull and coach driver Colin Daulby, 53, from Warrington, Cheshire. Mr Molloy, a musician from Woolton, had recorded a single, Rise and Fall, which later entered the charts.

Chatham murder arrest after car park stab death

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman died from stab injuries in a car park. The woman, believed to be in her 20s, had injuries "consistent with a stabbing" and died at the scene in the dockside area of Maritime Way, Chatham. Kent Police said the man and the woman were believed to be known to each other. A 25-year-old man from Rochester, who was arrested at the scene on Thursday morning, is being held in custody. Local resident Caroline Hextall, described a "commotion" in the car park when she arrived on a lunch break from work. "I saw a man being held over the bonnet of the police car in a white, sleeveless vest top, splattered with blood," she said. "His hands were behind his back. He wasn't appearing agitated, he was very calm. "His hands were covered in blood from his hands up to his elbows." The car park was cordoned off after the attack at about 11:00 BST, but has since reopened. Police said the woman has not yet been identified, but her family have been informed.

Worthing 'gunman' jailed for inciting fear near schools

A man has been jailed for trying to scare people with an imitation gun near two Worthing schools. Richard Gray, 36, admitted intending to cause fear of violence with the fake firearm near Heene and St Mary's Primary Schools on 8 May. He also admitted possessing a knife in Worthing's Victoria Park. Gray, of Cortis Avenue, was sentenced at Crawley Magistrates' Court to eight weeks in prison for each offence, to run concurrently.