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Recruitment review after PC found guilty of child rape

Vicky Norton

BBC Radio Stoke

Cheshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, David Keane, says he'll review the way the force recruits people after an officer was found guilty of raping a 13-year-old girl.

Ian Naude had joined Cheshire Police in 2017 as a student officer, but was already being investigated for sex offences.

David Keane
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While the Independent Office for Police Conduct said Cheshire Police had vetted Naude before he joined and there was no case to answer for misconduct for any individual officer, David Keane wants that process reviewed to see if more checks could have been done.

Naude is due to be sentenced next month.

Travel: Trespasser causing rail delays

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A trespasser on the train lines in the Hooton area of Cheshire has caused delays to services on both the Chester and Ellesmere Port lines, Merseyrail has said.

The train operator tweeted that replacement buses have been requested.

North West weather: Cloudy with some drizzle overnight

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Some clear periods tonight but becoming cloudier with drizzle in places and some mist.

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Cheshire Police failed to spot paedophile PC's 'predatory behaviour'

A police officer convicted of raping a 13-year-old girl was investigated for alleged sex offences as prepared to join Cheshire Police, its chief constable has admitted.

Acting Chief Constable Janette McCormick
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Janette McCormick, the acting Cheshire chief constable, said the force missed an opportunity to spot Ian Naude's predatory behaviour.

Ms McCormick said there were "offences he committed which didn't come to light" in the vetting process.

Naude, 30, was checked before joining Cheshire Police in late 2016 but his recruitment was delayed while Staffordshire force investigated a rape allegation in January 2017.

When no further action was taken, Naude took up his position in the April. Seven months later, he had groomed, assaulted and raped a young girl.

Ian Naude
Cheshire Police

As his conduct came under scrutiny, it emerged he was also named as a suspect in a further report to Staffordshire Police for sexual activity with a child in January 2017.

Another force, West Mercia, had also received an allegation he was persistently asking a girl on social media to meet him the same month.

Ian Naude: Paedophile police officer met victim on duty

A paedophile police officer convicted of raping a young girl met his victim on duty, a court was told.

Ian Naude
Cheshire Police

PC Ian Naude, 30, was an officer with Cheshire Constabulary when he visited the girl's house over a domestic incident in October 2017 Liverpool Crown Court heard.

After looking her up on social media, he used a fake identity to exchange sexual messages and photos with her, before returning to her home three days later.

He picked her up while her mother was out and drove her to a country lane where he attacked her.

Naude's fake social media accounts
Cheshire Police
Naude created fake profiles on social media

Naude deleted more than 750 photos from his phone after an "administrative error" meant he had been copied into emails relating to the police investigation into his conduct.

He also concealed other devices including a second phone and a laptop in a field in Market Drayton, where he lived.

Cheshire Constabulary said this "frustrated" and "set back" the investigation.

PC convicted of raping 13-year-old girl

A Cheshire police officer described as a "committed paedophile" has been convicted of raping a 13-year-old girl.

Ian Naude
Cheshire Police

PC Ian Naude, 30, joined Cheshire Constabulary "to gain the keys to a sweetshop" through access to potential victims, Liverpool Crown Court heard.

The rape, which took place in his car, was filmed on his mobile phone. Footage of the attack was played to the jury.

It has emerged Naude was already being investigated for sex offences when he became a student officer in April 2017.

Naude, of Market Drayton in Shropshire, was also found guilty of four charges of attempting to arrange the commission of a child sex offence and one charge of arranging a child sex offence, relating to five complainants aged between 12 and 15.

The father of one, originally from South Africa, previously admitted 31 offences relating to grooming underage girls via a fake Facebook and Snapchat profile.

Cheshire PC convicted of raping 13-year-old girl

A police officer described as a "committed paedophile" has been found guilty of raping a 13-year-old girl in the back of his car.

PC Ian Naude, 30, joined Cheshire Constabulary "to gain the keys to a sweetshop" and meet his victims, his trial heard.

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Paedophile PC suspected of offences before police job

A "committed paedophile" police officer was named as a suspect in three sex cases before he was appointed by Cheshire Police, it has been revealed.

The force said it was discovered in the recruitment process that there was an allegation Ian Naude, who is 30 and from Market Drayton, had raped a woman.

It said the recruitment process was put on hold, but resumed when no further action was taken.

Ian Naude
Cheshire Police

Later when the police began to investigate Naude following his arrest, they found he had also been a named suspect in two child grooming allegations, reported to Staffordshire Police and West Mercia Police in January and February 2017.

But an investigation by the Independent Office of Police Conduct into the vetting process and employment of Naude found there was no case to answer for misconduct for any individual officer.

Naude was found guilty of raping a 13-year-old girl and a number of other sexual offences earlier today.

In light of this case, the constabulary has looked long and hard at its own recruitment and screening programme for new recruits to see whether this type of incident can be avoided in the future."

Acting chief constable Janette McCormickCheshire Police

Officer told to expect lengthy sentence for girl's rape

A Cheshire Police officer has been told by a judge to "prepare for a very significant sentence indeed" after being found guilty of raping a 13-year-old girl.

Ian Naude, who is 30 and from Market Drayton, was also found guilty by a jury at Liverpool Crown Court of four counts of attempting to arrange the commission of a child sex offence and one count of arranging the commission of a child sex offence in relation to five other complainants aged between 12 and 15.

Crown Court
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He had already admitted 30 other offences, including inciting children to engage in sexual activity, causing children to watch sexual acts and misconduct in a public office.

The case was adjourned to 13 December for a pre-sentence report.

Weather: A dry night turning misty

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Tonight will be a dry night with clear spells and easing winds, turning misty in places later in the night.

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Body pulled from River Mersey

A body has been found in the River Mersey in Widnes.

River Mersey near Widnes
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Police said it was found near Mersey View Road and an underwater search team was attending.

The circumstances surrounding the death remain under investigation, Cheshire Police said.

A police cordon has been set up and several public footpaths in the Hale Bank area were closed.

North West weather: Mostly dry and fine

BBC Weather

Fine and mostly dry weather today with the chance of an odd shower this afternoon. Highs of 13C.

Tomorrow will turn showery however as a ridge of low pressure comes in.

Mostly dry today but rain waiting in the wings.

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Ambulance boss to leave troubled trust

Mark Norman

Health Correspondent, BBC South East

Daren Mochrie
BBC

The boss of the South East Coast Ambulance Service (Secamb) is to leave the troubled trust after less than two years in the post.

Daren Mochrie was appointed chief executive in April 2017, seven months after the service was put into special measures.

He is to leave at the end of March to take up a post at the North West Ambulance Service.

His departure will leave staff uncertain about the future of a trust that serves nearly five million people across Brighton and Hove, East and West Sussex, Kent, Surrey, and North East Hampshire.

Last week, a Care Quality Commission report questioned whether recent improvements were sustainable.

Secamb
BBC

The trust has been struggling for the past few years.

In May 2016 its then chief executive, Paul Sutton, resigned after he was found to have authorised a covert policy which delayed sending help for some emergency call-outs.

Later that year it was put in special measures - rated inadequate by the Care Quality Commission with the reasons including putting patients at risk.

Then in August 2017, an independent review revealed the trust had a culture of bullying and harassment - with concerns over "toxic" atmospheres.

Canal maintenance project to take five months

The Shropshire Union Canal is to get a £600,000 makeover this winter.

Shropshire Union Canal
BBC

The Canal and River Trust has started a five-month project to repair or replace 11 worn-out lock gates, missing brickwork and masonry, among other tasks.

The work is taking place at various locations along the 66-mile canal through Shropshire and Cheshire.

'I was told I'd die if I had a baby'

James Melley

BBC News

Women who survive a heart attack caused by a rare condition, Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection, are usually told not to have children due to the risk of it happening again.

Now the first babies are being born at the world's first clinic that helps heart attack survivors to have a baby.

Hayley Martin
BBC

Hayley Martin, 47, from Congleton told the BBC how she experienced this life-changing condition.

Weather: Cloudy, windy and rainy

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Mostly cloudy and increasingly windy with rain at times, mostly quite light and patchy.

A few brighter spells are possible too though.

Wet and windy this evening and into tonight with a band of heavier and more persistent rain moving through.

Weather: Wind and rain in store

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Tomorrow will bring wind and rain, with a little bit of brightness early on but heavier rain into the evening.

Weather for the North West on 8 November

Eddie Stobart warehouse plans rejected

Plans to build a £75m Eddie Stobart warehouse on green belt land in Cheshire have been rejected.

Eddie Stobart lorry
bbc

The proposals for a new national distribution centre at Stretton Green Distribution Park in Warrington have been rejected by council planners.

Eddie Stobart predicted the plan could create about 480 jobs.

But councillor Judith Wheeler said the "shameful" proposals show the firm's "arrogance and utter contempt for the local community,".

PC tells trial that girl,13, consented to sex

A police officer accused of raping a 13-year-old girl in the back seat of his car has told jurors "she seemed to be enjoying it".

Cheshire Police PC Ian Naude, 30, who denies rape and sexual assault, picked the girl up from her home and drove her to a quiet country lane, Liverpool Crown Court heard.

Liverpool Crown Court
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Mr Naude, of Market Drayton, Shropshire, told the jury that they got in the back seat and had sex, with him taking photos and videos on his mobile phone.

He has admitted sexual intercourse and sexual activity with a child but claims it was consensual.

The trial continues.

'Neglected' duck pond on heritage list

A "neglected" 17th Century pond, which was once used to catch about 400 ducks a year, has been placed on Historic England's Heritage at Risk list.

Nets over pipes where ducks would be lured
Carole and Rob Cockbain

Hale Duck Decoy, a pentagonal pool surrounded by a moat and ditches, was "important", the organisation said.

Rob Cockbain of Friends of Pickerings Pasture, who has campaigned to save the pond in Widnes, Cheshire, said it was underappreciated.

"People would make a fuss over it... if it was a house [or] painting," he said.

Weather: Cloudy with showers and breezy

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Today will be rather cloudy with the chance of showers.

However, there should be some bright or sunny intervals at times too.

A breezy day.

Tonight's weather: Turning clearer and colder

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The rain will dry up overnight but as the skies become clearer, the temperatures will fall. Lows of 4C.

Council's poor soundproofing left resident 'suffering hugely'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A resident “suffered hugely” from their neighbours' noise due to poor council soundproofing installed at his home, the Local Government Ombudsman has found.

Warrington Council offices
Geograph/Michael Ely

The ombudsman upheld the resident’s complaint against Warrington Council, finding the authority had failed to respond properly to complaints about noise disturbance from neighbouring properties.

The resident, named only as Mr X, bought the mid-terrace house in Penketh from the council in 2007 under the Right-to-Buy scheme but highlighted concerns about noise.

The ombudsman agreed he had been forced to put up with "unreasonable levels" of noise due to a lack of sufficient sound insulation.

The council was responsible for the fabric of the properties next to Mr X’s home until 2010.

A spokeswoman said the council would be taking steps to “address these issues”.

Bravery award for knifed backpacker

Lucy King

News Editor, BBC Radio Stoke

A man who died after trying to save another traveller as she was stabbed to death in Australia has been honoured by the Duke of Cambridge.

Sandra Jackson receives the Queen"s Gallantry Medal conferred on her late son,Thomas Jackson, from the Duke of Cambridge
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Thomas Jackson, 30, of Congleton, Cheshire, was stabbed as he tried to help Mia Ayliffe-Chung, 20, in the attack at a hostel in 2016.

Today, he was awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal for great courage at a ceremony and his mother Sandra Jackson (pictured) received the honour on his behalf.

Tributes to mum found dead in stable

A woman found dead in a stable "loved nothing more" than "spending time out in nature" looking after horses, her family have said.

Old Alder Lane, Burtonwood
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Ann Marie Pomphret, 49, was found with fatal head injuries in Burtonwood, Warrington, Cheshire, on Friday, prompting a murder investigation.

A 50-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder has been released pending further inquiries.

In a tribute to Ms Pomphret - known as Marie - her family said they were "devastated she was taken from us".

Firefighters tackle M62 HGV blaze

Firefighters battled a large fire in a heavy goods lorry which burst into flames on the M62 near Warrington last night.

Fire scene M62
Cheshire Fire Service

Nine fire engines from Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to the fire on the hard shoulder of the motorway at about 23:05.

Fire scene M62 Warrington
Cheshire Fire Service
M62 fire
Cheshire Fire Service

Council rejects plans for new Chester fire station

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Plans to build a new £5m fire station in Chester have been turned down after councillors said the site was too close to a planned apartment block.

Chester Fire station plans
Cheshire Fire Service

Cheshire Fire Authority wanted to demolish the current station, in St Anne Street, and build a smaller, more energy efficient replacement with space for one fire engine and including a two-storey office block.

Cheshire West and Chester planning committee, which received 24 objections to the scheme, voted by five votes to two to reject it.

A statement from council leader Samantha Dixon raised concerns about the new station’s proximity to neighbouring properties, especially a block of 35 apartments which are due to be built.

Councillor Peter Rooney added that there needed to be consistency following the same committee’s decision to reject a new neo-natal unit at Countess of Chester Hospital last month because it would have obstructed the view of one resident.

Weather: Showers and thunder

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Today will see early rain giving way to sunny intervals and showers, some heavy with the chance of thunder.

Showers may merge back into some longer spells of rain later in the day. Rather windy.

But temperatures are still mild

Man airlifted to hospital after Chester crash

A man is in hospital after becoming trapped under a van in a crash in Chester.

It happened at about 09:20 this morning on Lache Lane and firefighters had to use specialist equipment to lift the vehicle and free the man.

Lache Lane
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Police said a car hit the stationary van which then hit a man who became trapped underneath.

He was taken to Aintree University Hospital by air ambulance.

The driver of the car, a 46-year-old man from Wrexham, has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and drink drinking.

Alleged abuse victims taken to Man United 'to buy their silence'

A children's home worker accused of sexually assaulting boys used his connections with Manchester United to "buy a form of silence", a court heard.

Bruce McLean
PA

Bruce McLean, 62, was friends with footballers in the 1970s and 1980s and would take his alleged victims to the club's training ground "as a treat", Chester Crown Court was told.

The alleged abuse happened when he worked at care homes in Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire, and Knutsford, Cheshire.

Mr McLean, of Moore, Cheshire, is charged with indecent assault, buggery and attempted buggery.

He denies 33 offences against boys aged seven to 14 between 1974 and 1991.

The trial continues.

Man arrested over fake gun at railway station

A man has been arrested on suspicion of possessing an imitation firearm by British Transport Police at Manchester's Oxford Road station.

Oxford Road Railway Station, Manchester
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A BTP spokeswoman said the 25-year-old from Warrington was held just after 08:00 following reports of a man carrying a weapon on a train from Warrington Central.

He remains in custody.

Allegations of reindeer being abused at a Kent centre
A member of staff has been fired after cameras caught him kicking reindeer at a centre in Ashford, Kent.

Weather: Showers and breezy day ahead

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Misty to begin with today with large areas of cloud and the chance of a light shower.

A continuing chance of a shower this afternoon with limited brighter spells and lots of cloud. Breezy.

Rain is expected in some areas