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‘Loving’ young mum killed in ‘catastrophic’ double stabbing named



Melissa Belshaw, 32, suffered ‘catastrophic’ injuries when she was stabbed in Wigan (Picture: MEN Media/Liverpool Echo)

Heartbroken friends and family have paid tribute to a ‘lovely and caring’ mum who was killed in a double stabbing.

Beautician Melissa Belshaw, 32, suffered ‘catastrophic’ injuries when she was knifed at her home in Wigan on Wednesday afternoon.

Police said a man in his 40s, thought to be a neighbour, was also seriously wounded after trying to intervene during the attack in Upholland Road shortly after 4pm. A 36-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder.

Ms Belshaw’s devastated stepmum, Lisa Belshaw, said she was ‘lovely’, adding: ‘She is going to be so sadly missed.

Friends and family paid tribute to Melissa Belshaw (Picture: MEN Media)

‘I got a phone call saying a man had gone into her house and stabbed her. I had no idea she had died until I read it on Facebook.’

Close friend Leanne Fairhurst described Ms Belshaw as ‘caring and lovely’.

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She told Manchester Evening News: ‘She had a good heart. She was so outgoing and was always smiling and loved a good time.

‘When we used to go parties, Melissa was always the one trying make everybody laugh.’

‘Someone told me what had happened and I did not believe it so I rang her, but her phone was off.

‘I just broke down in tears when I found out. I have lost a good friend and I am going to miss her so much.’

Police believe the incident was an isolated attack (Picture: Liverpool Echo)
Ms Belshaw was attacked inside a property in Upholland Road, Wigan (Picture: Liverpool Echo)

Police say they believe it to have been an ‘isolated’ attack.

A witness said he saw two men fighting next to the One Stop shop nearby.

He said: ‘They both fell into the middle of the road. I had to swerve around them.

‘The man on top looked to be trying to stab the man on the floor with a large knife. By the time I had passed police were at the scene.’

Detective Superintendent Jamie Daniels, said: ‘Our thoughts are with the lady’s loved ones after this absolutely tragic incident. We will offer them full support and do all that we can to provide them with much-deserved answers.

‘Our thoughts also remain with the man who is currently in hospital and receiving treatment. Our specially-trained officers will continue to support his family at this difficult time.

‘Clearly this investigation is in its very early stages and we are working to ensure that we follow every line of inquiry.

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‘We understand that this news will likely cause concern among the local community but I would like to stress that at this stage we do believe this to be an isolated incident’.

He added: ‘I would also urge anyone with information to please get in contact with us as even the smallest detail could progress our investigation significantly.’

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting incident number 1981 of 20/05/20. Reports can also be made to the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Police hunt for woman after cash was stolen from intensive care nurse



Police are trying to track down a woman after a wad of cash was stolen from an intensive care nurse while she was shopping (Picture: SWNS and Google)

Police are trying to trace a woman after £170 in cash was stolen from an intensive care nurse.

The victim was shopping at Aldi in Barnfield Drive, Chichester at 1.30pm last Saturday, and had £170 cash in her pocket.

As she walked around the store the victim bent down to pick up some bread, and the cash fell out of her pocket.

The suspect is thought to have picked up the money and hidden it in her bra.

When the victim reached the checkout to pay for her shopping she realised her money was gone.

The suspect paid for her shopping on card and left the store.

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PC Russell Watson said: ‘Losing money is awful in any circumstances but considering the victim is an intensive care nurse – one of those putting their very lives at risk at the moment to protect us – it is even worse.

‘We are determined to find the person responsible and hold them to account.’

Anyone who witnessed what happened or who recognises the woman pictured is asked to report online or call 101, quoting serial 735 of 16/05.

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PM won’t face criminal action over relationship with Jennifer Arcuri



Jennifer Arcuri pictured with Boris Johnson in 2012 (Picture: Facebook)

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will not face criminal action following allegations of misconduct over his relationship with US tech entrepreneur Jennifer Arcuri.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said a review of Boris Johnson’s links with the businesswoman found there was a ‘close association’ between them and there may have been an ‘intimate relationship’, but there were no grounds for criminal investigation.

The watchdog launched an investigation last September following a newspaper report that Johnson, when mayor of London, had failed to disclose his personal links to Arcuri, who received thousands of pounds in public business funding and places on official trade trips.

Johnson denied any wrongdoing, saying everything was done with full propriety and that there was no interest to declare.

The matter was referred to the IOPC because Johnson was head of the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, a role equivalent to a police commissioner, during his 2008-2016 term as mayor.

The Greater London Authority said it had alerted the IOPC because Innotech, Arcuri’s then company, had received £11,500 pounds ($14,073) from London and Partners, the mayor’s promotional agency, for two events in 2013 and 2014.

She was attended a trade mission to Singapore and Malaysia in 2014 through Playbox, one of her companies, even though an initial application through Innotech had been declined.

Last October, the government’s Internal Audit Agency ruled a decision to award a £100,000 grant to a company run by Arcuri was appropriate.

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Arcuri gave a number of TV interviews after the allegations came to light, saying she and Johnson had enjoyed a ‘very special relationship’, having bonded over classical literature, but said he had never shown her any favouritism.

She repeatedly refused to say whether she had had an affair with Johnson but castigated him, saying he had cast her aside like ‘some gremlin’ after the reports surfaced.

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Dad killed in head-on crash with suicidal driver going wrong way down motorway



Kirk Butcher, 45, was driving home to his family after a 12-hour night shift when his life was cut short (Picture: Wales News Service/Media Wales)

A ‘larger than life’ father-of-three lost his life when a suicidal driver ploughed into him on the motorway at 100mph.

Kirk Butcher, 45, was driving home from a 12-hour night shift when he was hit head-on by a Mercedes van. A court heard how 23-year-old Thomas Hughes planned on killing himself by crashing at high-speed into a lamppost.

But he missed his target and instead careered down a slip road towards oncoming traffic on the M4 near Newport, South Wales. Hughes smashed into Mr Butcher’s Nissan Micra at 3.30am on Sunday, April 5.

Hughes survived the crash and is now facing jail after admitting to causing death by dangerous driving. Speaking at Cardiff Crown Court, Judge Richard Twomlow said: ‘This is a very sad case, but the defendant should be aware that the inevitable outcome will be a lengthy prison sentence.’

Tributes have flooded in for Mr Butcher, who was married to wife Janet and had three daughters – Liela, 13, Isabel, 12, and Monica 10. His heartbroken mother Yvonne Butcher, 69, said: ‘We were so shocked when we heard the terrible news and I sometimes still don’t believe it has happened.’

Mr Butcher’s sister Leslie Flower, 30, said: ‘My brother was such a popular man. He was one of those people who really would do anything for anybody and he was always there for me. He always did the best for his family and adored his three daughters. Things were going so well for him just before he died. He had just celebrated his birthday and had started a new job.’

Mr Butcher had trained as a builder but he had been working at the time at a Tesco warehouse in Magor. His brother Lindsay Butcher, 41, said: ‘He was loud and larger than life – he was a real party animal.

Mr Butcher leaves behind his wife Janet and three daughters Liela, 13, Isabel, 12, and Monica 10 (Picture: Wales News Service)

‘He loved to play music and play it loud. He was into rave music and was a big Bon Jovi fan, which is a bit of a strange mix really. Kirk would actually keep a speaker with him in his bag wherever he went.’

A statement from his family said: ‘Kirk was a fun loving husband, father, son and brother. irk was a dad of three girls which he adored. He was a family man who lived his life to the fullest, often enjoying nights out with his wife Janet, and family.

‘Kirk was a builder by trade, so he had a wide circle of friends, he was kind and supportive and could always put a smile on your face.

He will be sadly missed by all that knew him. As a family we would like to thank all friends that have sent wishes and would respectfully request time to grieve.’

The court heard how Thomas Hughes, 23, felt ‘suicidal’ and initially planned to crash his car into a lamppost (Picture: Media Wales)

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Mr Hughes, from Ebbw Vale, Gwent, was driving home from a Tesco warehouse near Chepstow before the fatal crash near Junction 25A of the M4.

Prosecutor Rob Simpkins said Hughes told police he was ‘feeling suicidal’ when he attempted to crash into a lamppost.

The court heard just before the collision, the defendant was told by a flatmate he was ‘no longer welcome’ after they had fallen out. Hughes, of Cwmbran, also admitted failing to stop after an accident.

He appeared in court via video link from Cardiff Prison, and was remanded in custody for a psychiatric report to be carried out. He is due to be sentenced on July 17.

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