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Eight held in Lancashire, Gateshead and Evesham trafficking raids

Eight people were arrested as part of an investigation into a suspected human trafficking gang. The arrests were made during early-morning raids in Lancashire, Tyne and Wear and Worcestershire. Police said eight women suspected of being trafficked to the UK from Romania for prostitution were rescued during the raids in Blackburn, Preston, Blackpool, Gateshead and Evesham. Police said it was one of the biggest operations of its kind in the country.

Body found at scene of Thornaby-on-Tees tower block fire

A body has been found at the scene of an tower block blaze in Thornaby-on-Tees which is being treated as unexplained. The top three floors of the 12-storey Anson House on Weardale Crescent were evacuated during the fire overnight. Ten fire engines were needed to bring the blaze under control. No other injuries have been reported. No details of the dead person have been released. Police and fire investigators are looking into the cause.

Niton car park rapist jailed for three attacks

A man who raped a teenager in a car park on the Isle of Wight has been jailed for three separate sex attacks on women going back 14 years. Kevin Finch admitted attacking the 18-year-old in Niton on 7 October as well as assaults in 2003 and 2015. The 36-year-old, of no fixed address, was sentenced to life in prison and told he must serve a minimum of 10 years. He will also remain on the sex offenders register for life. Hampshire Constabulary said following the attack in the car park off Old Blackgang Road, detectives were able to link Finch to further crimes.

Dover toddler died after swallowing mum's methadone

A two-year-old girl died from a fatal dose of a heroin substitute left on the sitting room floor by her mother, a court heard. Lucy King denies manslaughter by gross negligence after her daughter Frankie Hedgecock drank the drug. Opening the case against her, the prosecution stated Ms King waited two hours to call 999. Instead of acting quickly, she messaged her friends on Facebook and watched The Jeremy Kyle show, the court heard. It happened at Ms King's Home in De Burgh Street, Dover, in June 2015. Maidstone Crown Court heard how Ms King, 39, left methadone in a cup on the floor. It was intended for her but Ms King told paramedics Frankie drank it at about 07:30 BST while Ms King slept on the sofa. Frankie was taken to the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford, but was pronounced dead at 11.04 BST.

Arrests after illegal Brighton farmland rave

Eleven people have been arrested after an illegal rave on farmland, Sussex Police said. An estimated 200 people were at the event off Falmer Road in Brighton at about 03:00 BST on Sunday, Police said they were unable to close down the gathering safely because of the time of night and road layout. Nine people have been arrested on suspicion of causing a public nuisance, with two others held over drug driving and an assault. Roads in the area were closed off to prevent more people arriving at the rave.


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