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Man, 20, murdered Lancashire binman with sledgehammer

A man has been found guilty of murder after bludgeoning a binman to death with a sledgehammer. Aaron Jenkins, 20, was convicted of killing Stephen Whitehead, 49, at Pendle Skips in Burnley in July 2015. Mr Whitehead was repeatedly hit by Jenkins with a hammer in an act of revenge following an earlier fight between the pair on 10 July. Jenkins was convicted following a week-long trial at Preston Crown Court and will be sentenced on 3 March. Staff at Pendle Skips discovered the body of Mr Whitehead in the firm's canteen at 07.30 GMT on Monday, 27 July. Mr Whitehead, who worked as a binman at the skip hire firm, slept at the premises on occasion.

Man charged with drugs offence after Liverpool petrol bomb disturbance

Police investigating a disturbance during which a petrol bomb was thrown at officers have charged a man with resisting arrest and a drugs offence. The bomb was thrown after officers were called to the Dockers Club in Townsend Lane, Liverpool, on Tuesday afternoon. Four officers were treated for minor burns after the attack. William Summerhill, 25, of Carno Street, Wavertree, has been charged with possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and resisting arrest. He appeared before magistrates and was remanded in custody, to attend Liverpool Crown Court next month. A 22-year-old man held on suspicion of assault has been released on bail. Two other people, a man aged 50 and a 44-year-old woman arrested at a house in Lampeter Road on suspicion of drugs offences on Tuesday afternoon, have also been bailed.

Cannabis farm sparks Middlesbrough house fire

A cannabis farm being cultivated in a Middlesbrough house led to a fire, police said. Firefighters were called to a property on fire in Falmouth Street on Monday evening. They alerted police when plants with an estimated street value of £150,000 were discovered. The fire was found to have been caused by unsafe wiring bypassing the electricity meter. Cleveland Police warned that such actions could put lives at risk.

Two in hospital after police pursuit near Sunderland

Two men have been taken to hospital after a car crashed during a police pursuit on Wearside. A vehicle was being followed by a patrol car after failing to stop and ended up on the roundabout at the A19 and A1231 junction near Sunderland. The occupants were taken to hospital, but their injuries are not believed to be serious. The incident caused major disruption during morning rush hour. Northumbria Police said inquiries were ongoing.

Plymouth attack pair rob disabled man for £10

A 42-year-old disabled man has been left injured and shaken after being robbed in the street for £10. The victim, who uses a walking stick, was punched in the chest and knocked unconscious during the "cowardly" attack. Police are hunting two men who attacked him in Mannamead Road, Plymouth, at 10:45 GMT on 28 January. He was approached by the two men who demanded cash and rifled through his pockets. When he hit one of them with his stick, he was punched in the chest and knocked unconscious as he fell to the ground. The victim was treated by paramedics and is now recovering at home. Det Con Helen Batten said: "This was a cowardly attack on a man with a disability for a small sum of money. The victim was left very shaken by this incident."

Man with crossbow arrested in Cowes, Isle of Wight

A man thought to have been armed with a crossbow has been arrested by police officers on the Isle of Wight. Hampshire Constabulary was called to Cowes after sightings of a man holding the weapon were reported in the Ward Avenue area at 14:12 GMT. He was arrested in Love Lane at about 17:00, and a crossbow was recovered. A spokesman said: "Officers would like to reassure members of the public that they did not receive any reports of people being threatened or harmed."

Kent Police defend Dover anti-immigrant demo policing

The policing of an anti-immigration march which led to violent clashes between rival groups has been defended by Kent Police's chief constable. Seven people were arrested after a demonstration and march to the Eastern Docks and a separate protest in the town centre on Saturday. Ten people were also arrested after a disturbance at the nearby Maidstone services on the M20. Alan Pughsley said the policing operation "ran as well as it could do". Charlie Elphicke, MP for Dover and Deal has criticised police for allowing two rival demonstrations to take place at the same time.

Lord Lucan death certificate granted

Lord Lucan is now presumed to be dead, a High Court judge has ruled. A death certificate has been issued 42 years after the peer vanished when his children's nanny Sandra Rivett was bludgeoned to death in London. He was declared dead in 1999, despite dozens of unverified sightings, but the new ruling gives his son the right to inherit the family title. His son, Lord Bingham, said: "I am very happy with the judgment of the court in this matter."