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News in brief: Predator cop sent sex photos to crime victims

A POLICE officer who targeted victims of crime had sex with a woman while he was on duty and sent her explicit photos of himself. Emerson Estridge (pictured), 45, took advantage of women he met as a response officer for West Midlands Police ‘for his sexual and emotional gratification’. A judge described the constable as a ‘sexual predator in uniform’. He resigned in June 2019 after allegations involving four women. Estridge, of Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, was jailed for 18 months at Birmingham crown court after admitting four charges of corrupt and improper use of police powers.

No sex please… three in ten of us are too tired

CONSTANTLY feeling tired is stopping millions of people from carrying out basic daily tasks and enjoying nights of passion. Brits typically feel exhausted four times a day, a poll shows. A third (33 per cent) have found themselves too tired to wash up or put clothes away, while 29 per cent have been too weary for sex. While 41 per cent blame their fatigue on sleeping badly, 31 per cent put it down to stress. Vitabiotics Feroglobin, which commissioned the poll, said: ‘Cold and wet weather can make you feel even more tired.’ It added: ‘Nutrients like iron and vitamin B12 can help combat tiredness.’

Students are absolute idiots… says lecturer!

A UNIVERSITY lecturer who called students ‘absolute idiots’ during a video chat with colleagues is being investigated after it was posted on a campus group chat. Dr Helen McCarthy was fed up that bioscience students said four hours for an exam was too short and petitioned for a ‘safety net’. She said: ‘Students graduated for hundreds of years without the bloody safety net policy — how do you think we all got here?’ She called their protest ‘an uprising’ and added: ‘What are they doing? Protesting with their absence? Idiots, absolute idiots.’ Cardiff University apologised and said: ‘We are investigating.’

Vulnerable man ‘starved to death after benefit cut’

LAWYERS for the family of a man who starved to death after his benefits were cut have told the High Court vulnerable people are ‘at risk of serious harm’ without support. Errol Graham died in June 2018, eight months after his employment support allowance (ESA) was stopped.The 57-year-old, from Nottingham, suffered mental health issues and was found in his flat by bailiffs after he ‘cut himself off from the world’. Relatives found his curtains closed, a single light bulb, no gas and electric and little food when they later visited his home after his death. Alison Turner, his son’s fiancee, has brought a legal claim against the government arguing the decision to halt his benefits, and the safeguarding policy relating to the termination of benefits, is unlawful. Her barrister Adam Straw said ESA claimants are ‘by definition vulnerable’ and stopping benefits ‘is a momentous decision, which will often entail a sudden and complete loss of income’. The government is opposing the challenge. The hearing continues.

Romance fraudster ‘back to old ways after release’

A SERIAL ‘romance fraudster’ continued contacting women online ‘within three days’ of his release from jail, a court heard. Amir Tofangsazan, 33, swindled women out of thousands of pounds by posing as a doctor or barrister on dating websites. He was freed in November 2019 after serving more than four years on fraud charges but ‘engaged in dating websites and contacting previous victims’, Wood Green crown court, in north London, heard. Tofangsazan, who is in jail for separate offences, will appear again on January 29.

Woman exec’s payout over lewd introduction

A WOMAN executive’s boss introduced her to a pal saying: ‘Have you met my friend? He has a massive penis,’ a tribunal heard. IT director Angela Dawson said when she complained women were treated badly, bosses closed ranks and forced her out. The firm pointed out she made a cake of TV character Borat with his penis out for an office bake off. A Birmingham tribunal ruled Concept Information Technology victimised and unfairly fired her. A pay-out will be awarded later. It was cleared of sex discrimination as she did not claim in time.

Even very low alcohol intake ‘is a heart risk’

JUST a small bottle of beer or half a glass of wine a day ups the risk of a life-threatening irregular heartbeat, researchers suggest. A study of 108,000 people found those who indulged in a single daily tipple were 16 per cent more prone to atrial fibrillation, which can lead to dizziness and breathlessness and trigger strokes. That rose to 28 per cent for those who had two drinks per day. ‘Even very low regular alcohol consumption may increase the risk of atrial fibrillation,’ said lead author Prof Renate Schnabel.

NEWS BITES

■ TRAFFIC police found a light aircraft door in the slow lane of the M4 near Swindon. It is white with yellow and grey stripes. Wiltshire Police tweeted: ‘Unusual debris! If the owner would like to collect it, please get in touch.’

■ A SONIC boom was heard across eastern England yesterday after two RAF fighter jets rushed to intercept a plane which lost communications. The Eurofighter Typhoons broke the sound barrier, reaching 1,150mph, above Ickleton, Cambridgeshire.

■ TWO people were in a critical condition after being rescued from a bus that fell off a ferry into Mombasa harbour, Kenya. The Pollman’s Tours and Safaris bus slid off a rain-soaked ramp as the driver tried to board the MV Jambo.

■ BIRD smugglers tried to outwit police by playing music at full blast to muffle the sound of 216 squawking parrots in a car boot. But the ploy failed and the pair were arrested when the blue-fronted Amazons were found in Santiago del Estero, Argentina.

■ EU leaders are to set up a space alliance with industry this year to counter the strengths of US and Chinese launcher technology. ‘We need a more offensive and aggressive strategy,’ European commissioner Thierry Breton said.

■ UGANDA has ordered internet firms to block all social media and messaging apps ahead of the presidential election tomorrow. Sources said the government was retaliating after Facebook blocked some pro-government accounts.