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Sutton Maddock fatal crash pedestrian named by police

A pedestrian who died after he was struck by a car has been named. Felix Rooney, 33, from Southport, Lancashire, died at the scene after being hit on the A442 at Sutton Maddock, Shropshire, West Mercia Police said. The collision, involving a black Range Rover, happened at about 23:00 GMT on Tuesday. Police are appealing for witnesses and urged anyone who saw the car or Mr Rooney to contact them.

Neil Doyle: Third man in court accused of PC murderor 10 years

A third man accused of murdering an off-duty police officer has appeared at Liverpool Crown Court. Timmy Donovan, 30, formerly of Huyton, was extradited after being arrested in Germany in January. He is accused of the murder of PC Neil Doyle, 36, who died following an attack in Liverpool city centre in the early hours of 19 December. Donovan is also accused of wounding two other officers. He was remanded in custody until 8 June when he is expected to enter his pleas. Christopher Spendlove, 30, and Andrew Taylor, 28, pleaded not guilty to the same charges when they appeared at the same court on 20 March. They will face trial there on 22 June.

Leicestershire Police re-open child sexual abuse cases

Five separate child sex abuse cases have been reopened by Leicestershire Police after a review of 20 years' worth of reports. Detectives were ordered to re-examine thousands of accounts dating back to 1994 in light of the Rotherham scandal. They found no evidence of "historic, systematic abuse" but have reopened five unconnected cases, the force said. The review only included reports which are not linked to current investigations. A team of experts looked at reports into 866 individuals to decide if they had been victims of sexual exploitation. In cases where they had, they assessed whether the complaints had been properly investigated at the time.

Murder victim Alex Peguero Sosa friends praised

Police have praised schoolfriends of murder victim Alex Peguero Sosa for their "dignified" behaviour during a "difficult time". Promising footballer Alex, 17, was stabbed in the neck in Kingsbridge, Devon, by Lee Dent who was jailed for murder on Friday. Kingsbridge Community College pupils have been "a credit to themselves and the local community", said police. Dent, 42, of East Portlemouth, Devon, will serve at least 22 years. Father-of-three Dent stabbed Plymouth Argyle youth squad player Alex in the neck with a broken bottle in the late-night attack last July, Plymouth Crown Court heard.

Hadleigh car park rape suspect bailed after police questioning

A man has been questioned and released on bail in connection with a rape in a car park in a Suffolk town. A 46-year-old woman was assaulted in Hadleigh on Friday night in an area behind a chip shop in Angel Street. A 43-year-old Hadleigh man was arrested on suspicion of rape and taken to Bury St Edmunds police station. He was released on Sunday to return to the police station on 6 May. Police appealed for anyone with information to contact them.

Killer with dementia Peter Beaver freed on appeal

It was accepted Peter Beaver's responsibility for killing his wife was diminished because he suffers from dementia An 81-year-old man jailed for stabbing his wife of more than 60 years to death has been freed by the Court of Appeal. Peter Beaver, who has dementia, was sentenced to three years in prison on 10 December at Winchester Crown Court. He had pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. His wife Annie Beaver, 82, was found at their home in Havant on 23 November 2013. She died from stab wounds to the chest. Beaver, who was his wife's carer, appeared via videolink in front of Lord Justice Gross and two other judges. They quashed the jail term and replaced it with a suspended sentence of 24 months. Lord Justice Gross, who described it as a "tragic case", said the original sentence was neither wrong in principle or manifestly excessive. The court allowed the appeal on the grounds of mercy "in the light of the deterioration in the appellant's condition post-dating the sentence". At the time of the killing Beaver was suffering from "an abnormality of the mind", as well as sleep deprivation and exhaustion. The judges imposed a residence order for 12 months and a requirement that Beaver receives mental health care.