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Bobbi-Anne McLeod: Two Men Held Over Murder of 18-year-old



Police are questioning two men on suspicion of murdering an 18-year-old woman from Plymouth.

Officers searching for Bobbi-Anne McLeod said they have found a woman’s body at Bovisand, six miles south of Plymouth city centre, yesterday.

Devon and Cornwall Police said two men, aged 24 and 26 and both from the city, had been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Ms McLeod was reported missing on Saturday after failing to meet friends.A Facebook page set up to help find Ms McLeod attracted more than 10,000 members.

Luke Pollard, Labour MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, said the death, which comes about three months after a mass shooting in Keyham, Plymouth, was “another dark day” for the city. “Our city was starting to heal and come to terms with those awful events and to see in the past couple of days more and more people worried about Bobbi-Anne’s whereabouts and now the discovery of a body, I think there will be an awful lot of people in our city hurting. And hurting doubly because of the pain of losing someone so young here.”

Neighbours are comforting Bobbi-Anne’s family at their home in Plymouth. They all knew Bobbi-Anne well, and have started a GoFundMe page to help her family.

Mr Pollard said the community of Leigham, where Ms McLeod comes from, was a close-knit community. “There will be hundreds and hundreds of people who know the family including many young people who were at school with her,” he said. “We saw how Keyham came together and I expect that to happen again. He said there was a “cultural problem right across Britain” of violence against women.We need to look at how we keep everybody safe in Plymouth” and “root out this type of culture that we are seeing now”, he added.

Police said investigations were continuing and anyone with information is asked to contact them.

Smeaton’s Tower in Plymouth will be lit purple on this evening, the national colour used when shining a light on abuse and violence towards women.

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Deborah James Awarded Damehood After Raising Over £3,000,000 for Charity



Deborah James has said she is ‘blown away’ after being made a Dame for her tireless campaigning for cancer charities.

The inspirational broadcaster and author announced earlier this week that she is receiving hospice care at home after stopping her cancer treatment, and has said she ‘could have weeks to live at most’.

In recent days, the You, Me & The Big C host has raised over £3million for charities that have helped her over the past five years, through her Bowelbabe Fund.

After calls for her to receive the Royal honour, it has been revealed that Deborah is now officially Dame Deborah James.

‘I don’t know what to say. I’m blown away and feel incredibly honoured,’ she said reacting to the news.

She added ‘I don’t feel like I deserve this. I can’t tell you what this means to my family, it’s so much to take in.’

Her husband Sebastien Bowen, said the public support of the fundraiser has ‘brought a piercing ray of light and hope into this, the darkest of times’, adding that the Damehood is ‘so truly deserved’.

Downing Street said the Queen was ‘pleased to approve the honour of damehood’ be bestowed upon Deborah James.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson hailed Dame Deborah as an figure of inspiration to the country.

‘If ever an honour was richly deserved, this is it,’ the leader said.

‘Deborah has been an inspiration and her honesty, warmth and courage has been a source of strength to so many people.’

Thank you for all your incredible work.

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EuroMillions: UK ticket holder claims £184m jackpot



One lucky ticket-holder’s life has changed forever after winning the £184million EuroMillions jackpot. It means they have become the biggest ever National Lottery winner, operator Camelot has said.

Whoever they are, they have knocked the anonymous winner of £170million in October 2019 off the top spot. They have also become the National Lottery’s 14th winner of more than £100million.

The winner, who is yet to be named, is also the second person in the UK to win the EuroMillions jackpot this year, after someone bagged £109million in February.

The winning numbers were 3, 25, 27, 28 and 29 – plus the Lucky Star numbers 4 and 9. One ticket matched all seven numbers to win £184,262,899.10.

Senior winners’ adviser for the National Lottery, Andy Carter said: “What an amazing night for one UK ticket-holder who has scooped the incredible £184million EuroMillions jackpot – they have become the UK’s biggest ever National Lottery winner.”

The claim will now go through a validation process to ensure terms and conditions are met and once the ticket has been validated the winner can choose whether or not to remain anonymous.

What would you do with all that money?

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Baby P’s Killer Mum Tracey Connelly Set for Prison Release after Judge Gives Green Light



Tracey Connelly, the mother of Baby P, who died after months of abuse, will be released from prison after the Parole Board rejected a Government challenge against its ruling.

The decision comes after Justice Secretary Dominic Raab appealed against the recommendation to free Tracey Connelly from prison.

Connelly was jailed at the Old Bailey in 2009 for causing or allowing the death of her 17-month-old son Peter at their home in Tottenham, north London, on August 3 2007.

Dominic Raab said the decision demonstrated why the system “needs a fundamental overhaul – including a ministerial check for the most serious offenders”.

Now 40, this was Connelly’s fourth parole review after she was released on licence in 2013 but recalled to prison in 2015 for breaching her parole conditions by “developing intimate personal relationships” online and inciting another resident at her accommodation to engage in “inappropriate sexualised behaviour”.

In a statement, the Parole Board said: “In summary, the judge has concluded that the panel did take into consideration all evidence mentioned by the application and made rational conclusions.

“The reconsideration decision clarifies that the weight given to the evidence given by the Secretary of States witnesses, who supported release, and the proposed external controls, was proportionate and the reasons were clearly outlined in the decision letter.

“The final ground on the rationality of the outcome was also rejected on the grounds of not reaching the threshold, as defined by law, for becoming unreasonable.”

The Parole Board, which is independent of government, received a formal request to review the decision to free Connelly last week.

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