■ Knife crime: Javid urges Met to use full powers
SAJID JAVID has called on Britain’s largest police force to step up its response to knife crime following a fresh spate of stabbings.
The home secretary urged Scotland Yard to make full use of police powers as its officers seek to end the bloodshed, which has seen 119 violent deaths in London this year.
Yesterday, Mr Javid called Metropolitan police commissioner Cressida Dick for an update on knife-related deaths in the capital, during which he thanked officers for their hard work, but also made clear they must make full use of their powers — particularly targeted stop and search.
Home Office figures released last month revealed that stop and searches in England and Wales were down to 282,248 in the 12 months to March — the lowest number since records began.
The tactics have previously attracted controversy amid criticism they unfairly focus on black and minority ethnic individuals.
Meanwhile, shadow home secretary Diane Abbott argued that a lack of resources was the real issue, urging the government to ‘increase police officer numbers by 10,000’.
■ Man staged hanging to cover up wife’s murder
A MAN who murdered his wife and then staged a hanging to make it looked like she had killed herself has been jailed for life.
Derek Potter, 64, strangled his wife Lesley, 66, then rigged up a noose in a spare bedroom to fake a suicide, which he almost got away with had he not confessed to a colleague two weeks before his wife’s cremation.
Swansea Crown Court heard the carpenter murdered his wife of 26 years at their home in the Mumbles area of the city on April 7, then rang the emergency services and told them he had found her hanging in a bedroom.
But on April 25 he told Natalia Mikhailoea-Kisselevskaia: ‘I love my wife very much but she was doing my head in, so I had to strangle her.’
This prompted a detailed post-mortem examination, which found Mrs Potter had suffered 30 rib fractures and more than 30 bruises over her neck, face, arms, back, legs and feet. It concluded manual strangulation had played a part in her death.
Although Potter denied murder, claiming his wife could have died while choking herself for sexual pleasure, his crime was described by Mr Justice Soole as a ‘sudden, independent and terrible moment of hostile fury’ and he has been given a life term with a minimum of 17 years.
■ JLS star poses for fan selfies after denying rape charge
FORMER JLS star Oritse Williams posed with fans outside court after denying a charge of rape.
The 31-year-old singer — who enjoyed chart success after shooting to fame on The X Factor in 2008 — was arrested in December 2016 following allegations over an incident at a hotel in Wolverhampton after a concert.
After leaving Wolverhampton Crown Court, Williams posed for photos with fans and smiled for their cameras.
During a 36-minute hearing today, he spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and nationality as well as to deny the charge.
Co-defendant Jamien Nagadhana, 31, from Hounslow, west London, denied assault by penetration in connection with the same incident.
Williams, of Croydon, south London, was granted unconditional bail until his trial on May 14 at the same court.
■ All TalkTalk… but not so much connection
TALKTALK has attracted the most customer complaints among broadband and landline providers as overall numbers of reported problems fell to a record low, Ofcom figures show.
The regulator said that while TalkTalk had improved recently, it still generated 24 complaints per 100,000 broadband customers between April and June, and 17 per 100,000 landline customers.
The broadband figure was significantly ahead of the next worst performer Plusnet, with 17 complaints per 100,000 customers.
Overall, complaints are at their lowest levels since Ofcom started collecting the data in 2010.
A TalkTalk spokesman said: ‘While these historical numbers by Ofcom are disappointing, it doesn’t reflect the current situation as we continue to invest heavily to improve the service we provide.’