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'Most-wanted' criminal Brian Thexton arrested in Cumbria
A fugitive who was on a most-wanted list has been arrested in Cumbria. Brian Thexton, 37, from Durham, was named as one of 13 men wanted by the National Crime Agency earlier this month and was thought to be in Spain. Mr Thexton, wanted for robbery and allegedly conspiring to supply cocaine, evaded police in Lancashire on 15 November, injuring an officer. Cumbria Police said uniformed officers arrested him "without incident" at a rural property near Kirkby Stephen. A force spokesman said: "Cumbria Constabulary can confirm that Brian Thexton was arrested shortly before 20:00 GMT on Tuesday at a rural property near Kirkby Stephen. "He was wanted by a number of UK police forces and has recently been highlighted by the National Crime Agency as one of the country's most wanted fugitives.
Hamster-killing burglar jailed for four years
A man who killed two pet hamsters while ransacking the home of his former girlfriend's husband has been jailed. Thomas Gilheaney, 39, of Birck Close, Workington broke into a house in the town in August, Carlisle Crown Court heard. He killed the pets, spray painted the house, then went on to spray three other houses, a shop and vehicles. He admitted two charges of burglary and seven of criminal damage. He was jailed for four years and four months. Judge Paul Batty QC, at Carlisle Crown Court, said he had never encountered such "gratuitous damage".
Havant man Robert Cahill 'hid murder suspect in flat'
A man hid a murder suspect in his flat, buying him clothing and food to help him avoid arrest, a court has heard. Robert Cahill is charged with assisting an offender, following the stab murder of a 27-year-old father at a house party in Hampshire, in April 2012. At Winchester Crown Court, Mr Cahill, 24, of Broadmere Avenue, Havant, denied the charge. The court heard Sean Bailey was jailed for life in December for murdering Simon Warton in Waterlooville. Jane Terry, prosecuting, told the jury Mr Cahill hid Bailey in his Southampton House flat, despite there being widespread media coverage of police appealing for the public's help to trace him.
Surrey Police sacks finance chief Paul Bundy
The head of finance at Surrey Police has been sacked for gross misconduct, the force has said. Surrey Police said Paul Bundy was dismissed after allegations of failure to disclose a change in personal circumstances and mishandling of internal information were proven. A spokesman said Mr Bundy had been dismissed, subject to any appeal, with immediate effect on Tuesday. He said Mr Bundy was not subject to a criminal investigation. "The misconduct did not relate directly to the financial responsibilities of the head of finance role and did not involve leaking to the media," he said.
Ian Grant murder: New evidence in 1995 shooting
The murder of a 24-year-old doorman found dead on wasteland near Cambridge 18 years ago has been reopened after a "significant breakthrough" by police. Ian Grant was found near Fulbourn Hospital in Cherry Hinton shortly after midnight on 15 November 1995. He had been shot in the back of the head. Police said new forensic evidence had come to light. Two men were charged with conspiracy to murder at the time and acquitted after a trial at Norwich Crown Court.
Norfolk cannabis farm: Seven people in police custody
Seven people are in police custody after the discovery of a cannabis farm in Norfolk, described by officers as one of the largest they had dealt with. Police found a "highly organised and sophisticated operation" at Gibbet Site pig farm at Bradenham, near Dereham. They also found 200 sacks of raw tobacco and a "crude" shredding machine to produce hand-rolling tobacco. Police said the tobacco seized was worth more than £1m but have not yet put a value on the cannabis. Armed officers, a police helicopter and dog unit were called to the farm on Hale Road at 20:40 GMT on Sunday after police were told of an injured person and criminal activity at the site.
Ex-North Yorkshire Police chiefs asked to repay allowances
Two ex-police chiefs will be asked to pay back almost £100,000 after a review found their allowance packages may have had no "solid legal basis". Grahame Maxwell and Adam Briggs will be asked to return the cash to North Yorkshire Police following a Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) review. Full details of the report are due to be made public on 9 December. PCC Julia Mulligan said the report into the allowances would demonstrate "transparency and openness." The review covers a six-year period from 2008 to 2013 - the legal time limit within which the payments can be recovered