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Drink-driver leads police on 115mph chase on M6

A drink-driver who led police on a 115mph motorway chase in Lancashire has been jailed. Footage from a police dashboard camera shows Alexander Blood, 21, swerving between lanes of the southbound M6 as officers pursue him. The 23 May incident lasted 25 minutes before Blood crashed into a central reservation, writing off his partner's car. He had earlier fled after attacking his partner in the bedroom of a Blackpool hotel. Blood, of Yardley, Birmingham, admitted assault, drink-driving and aggravated vehicle-taking at Preston Crown Court. He was jailed for nine months and received a 12-month driving ban, after which he must complete a fresh extended test before he is allowed back on the road.

Murder probe over alleyway body find in Liverpool

A woman whose body was found in an alleyway died from a head injury, prompting police to launch a murder investigation. The body was found by a local resident in Hinton Street, Fairfield in Liverpool, at about 08:00 BST on Monday. A post-mortem examination found the woman died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head. Two men aged 31 and 40 have been arrested on suspicion of murder. The woman has not yet been formally identified.

Truro acid attack: Man admits Andreas Christopheros assault

A man has admitted carrying out an acid attack on a businessman in Cornwall. Andreas Christopheros was critically injured when sulphuric acid was thrown over him outside his home in Truro in December 2014. David Phillips, 49, from Barley Lane, Hastings, Sussex, admitted causing grievous bodily harm. Truro Crown Court heard Mr Christopheros was a victim of mistaken identity in an attempted revenge attack by Phillips. Phillips' wife, Nicole Phillips, 45, of the same address, was to be tried on a charge perverting the course of justice. Her trial was halted, but the judge ruled the charge should remain on file.

Plymouth man caught fire after being Tasered

A petrol-soaked man died after catching fire when he was shot with a Taser by a police officer, an inquest has heard. Andrew Pimlott, 32, was holding a match when a police officer fired the electric stun gun at him in Plymouth, Devon in April 2013. An inquest jury in Plymouth heard two police officers went to a house after Mr Pimlott's father called 999. His father Kelvin said his son had a can of petrol and was going to set fire to the building.

Carla Whitlock acid attack: Three arrested over Southampton assault

Police have made three arrests in connection with an assault in which a woman had acid thrown in her face. Brothers Billy and Geoffrey Midmore, from London, were detained in Gillingham, Kent. A 33-year-old woman was also arrested. Carla Whitlock, 37, was attacked in Guildhall Square, Southampton, on 18 September. She suffered burns to her neck and arms and said she feared she would "lose the sight in her right eye". She added: "It has changed my life completely. I'm coping with it as best as I can." The mother-of-six was attacked outside the Turtle Bay bar and restaurant in Southampton's Guildhall Square. The arrests followed a joint operation by police in Hampshire and Kent.

Hampshire man charged after police officer assaults in Hungerford

A man has been charged with assault after two police officers were injured at the scene of a road crash. Thames Valley Police were called to Combe Road in Hungerford on Saturday after a van ended up in a ditch. The officers, a man and a woman, were taken to hospital and later discharged. Two people were arrested. Mark Davies, 45, of Kingsway Gardens, Andover, Hampshire was charged with two counts of assault with intent to resist arrest and one of criminal damage. A 50-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and has been bailed until 19 October. Mr Davies is due to appear at Reading Magistrates' Court.

Hove alleyway sex attack on teenage girl

A 15-year-old girl has been sexually assaulted by a man who dragged her into an alleyway in Hove. Sussex Police said the girl was walking home in the early hours of Sunday when she realised she was being followed. The man then grabbed her from behind and forced her into the alley where he attacked her. The teenager made her way home after the attack at 04:00 BST and the police were then informed. Specialist investigators have been at the scene. Officers said the girl was receiving medical and welfare support. The girl had set off from Churchill Square in Brighton via Western Road and noticed the man following her as she passed Tesco in Church Road, Hove. Mr Rymarz urged anyone who was on the route she took any time after 03:30 BST and saw the girl or the man - described as black and in his 30s - to contact the force.