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Susan Workman murder: Killer's family post ad to trace jury

The family of a man jailed for murdering his ex-wife have taken out a newspaper advert in an attempt to trace the jurors involved in his trial, prompting a police investigation. Ian Workman, of Turton, Lancashire, was jailed for life in 2011 after he was convicted of stabbing Susan Workman to death in a row over their divorce. The advert appealed for the jury to take part in a "documentary". Police said they were investigating to see if any crime has been committed. The advert, published in the Lancashire Evening Post on 30 April, offered £1,000 for the jury members to give their opinion on "new evidence" relating to the conviction of millionaire car dealer Workman. At no stage did it mention it had been placed by associates of Mr Workman, but his son Grant confirmed to the BBC they were responsible for it.

Hillsborough inquests: Schoolboy 'begged' police for help in crush

The best friend of a schoolboy who died after the 1989 Hillsborough disaster has described "trying to beg" a police officer for help after the crush began. The inquests have been hearing about the death of 14-year-old Lee Nicol. Austin Grimmant, a fellow Liverpool fan who was standing next to him, told the jury he thought a police officer found that Lee was breathing when he checked him on the Leppings Lane terrace. Lee, who died two days later, was one of 96 people to suffer fatal injuries. They were caught in a crush on the terraces at the Liverpool v Nottingham Forest FA Cup semi-final in Sheffield on 15 April 1989. The jury heard how Lee arrived on the terraces between 13:00 and 13:30 BST, ahead of the 15:00 kick-off. He and Mr Grimmant, then a schoolboy, were in the front corner of pen three, next to a fence that separated it from pen two. Mr Grimmant said after players came on the pitch to warm up, there was a surge in the crowd. "It pushed us against the fence, it kind of went on longer than you would like," he said.

Mark Colborne tells jury being a hitman was his 'fantasy'

A "marginalised" ginger-haired man who wrote about wanting to kill Prince Charles has told a jury he dreamed of being a "professional hitman". Mark Colborne, 37, of Butts Road, Southampton denies preparing terrorist acts and is on trial at the Old Bailey. He was arrested on 3 June last year when his half-brother found a "large amount" of equipment in his bedroom. He admitted buying ingredients for cyanide but said a diary with details of planned attacks were "angry rants". The court previously heard Mr Colborne felt marginalised for being a white, ginger-haired man. In diary entries, he wrote: "If I had the right weapon like a military-grade sniper rifle, I would take out Prince Charles and a few others for the Aryan people." He bought chemicals over the internet to make the deadly poison cyanide and stockpiled dust masks, metal filter funnels, plastic syringes and latex gloves. The jury heard he bought books called Assorted Nasties, Silent Death and The Poor Man's James Bond. He told the court his diary entries, which also referred to terrorist attacks, were "angry rants" made when he was off medication for depression.

Met officer Andrew Ott jailed for London student protest assaulted for eight months after being found guilty of assault

A Met Police officer who used "gratuitous and unnecessary violence" when a student's tooth was knocked out during a protest has been jailed. PC Andrew Ott struck William Horner with a "full force blow" using his shield at a tuition fees protest in Westminster in 2010. He was jailed for eight months after being convicted of causing actual bodily harm at Southwark Crown Court. Judge Jeffrey Pegden said Ott, 36, from Kent, had abused his power. He told Ott: "This offence was committed in a sterile area, in relative darkness, when you had the victim cornered and no violence was necessary at all. "You hit him with a full force blow to his face with your shield. "That was wholly gratuitous, unnecessary violence, and I have considered the stress on William Horner over the last few years." Students staged protests across the UK in December 2010 Mr Horner, then aged 20, had been trying to break free from a kettled area when he was struck. Ott, from Rochester, had been heard talking about "getting" the protesters and threatening violence after being taped on his personal recording device, jurors were told. He was heard swearing about the attack and saying "I've had enough". Ott, and two other officers PC Calvin Lindsay, 31, from east London, and PC Thomas Barnes, 31, from Kent, were cleared of perverting the course of justice. The Independent Police Complaints Commission said the conviction had been achieved following its investigation. It added: "The IPCC investigation found that all three officers have a case to answer for gross misconduct and they will now face disciplinary hearings, which will be carried out by the Metropolitan Police Service."

Police Federation calls for lower drink-drive limit

The drink-drive limit in England and Wales should be cut to match that in Scotland, the Police Federation says. It wants the limit reduced from 80 to 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. The federation also suggests more needs to be done to discourage women from drink driving. Scotland reduced the limit at the end of 2014 and Northern Ireland is considering a similar plan.

Police Federation and Theresa May clash over cuts

Home Secretary Theresa May has told the Police Federation to stop "crying wolf" about the impact of financial cuts. Speaking to the federation's annual conference, she said more savings would have to be made in the next five years. And she accused leaders of the body of "scaremongering" over the effect of cuts while crime was falling. Earlier, chairman Steve White said the bobby on the beat was becoming an "endangered species" and neighbourhood policing was under serious threat.

Beat bobbies an endangered species, says Police Federation

The bobby on the beat is becoming an "endangered species" in England and Wales because of government spending cuts, the Police Federation has said. A survey for the organisation suggests 33 out of the 43 forces have scrapped, reduced or merged their neighbourhood policing teams since 2010. Ministers called the funding settlement challenging, but said forces had enough resources and crime was falling.