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  1. A man has been jailed for the murder of Neil Parkinson, who was found dead in Cotheridge in Worcestershire last December. Neil, who was 66, from Clifton-Upon-Teme was leaving his partner’s property in Cotheridge on Saturday 12 December when it is believed he was attacked at the end of the driveway. He and his vehicle were driven to a layby on the Ankerdine Road and set alight. On Monday (16 August 2021), Mark Chilman, 52, from Pencombe in Bromyard, was given a mandatory life sentence with a minimum of 22 years after a jury found him guilty of murder. Senior Investigating Officer, DCI Dean Jones, from West Mercia Police’s Major Investigation Unit, said: “I’m pleased that a significant sentence has been handed to Chilman for the brutal murder of Neil Parkinson. “Chilman committed a senseless act that ended Neil’s life prematurely, and he will now serve a considerable sentence in prison where he cannot cause further harm to the wider public. “Neil Parkinson’s family have understandably been left devastated, Neil was simply leaving his partners home to return home to take care of his elderly mother when he was tragically killed in a senseless attack and my thoughts and condolences remain with them.” Neil’s family have paid tribute to him: “Neil was a loving, caring, happy person who enjoyed life to the full; his infectious personality will be missed by all of his family and friends in our local community and further afield that he had met throughout his life. “We would like to express our thanks to all parties involved in bringing the evil, calculated individual to justice that took Neil from us. This includes the Police force members that have been involved from the tragic start, throughout court and continue to support us at this heart-breaking time. We would also like to express our gratitude to the courts and jury members that have heard the case.” Neil’s family continued: “As a family it’s been a very difficult eight months and our lives have been changed forever. The result from court today means we can have some peace now that the individual responsible for Neil’s death will spend time within the prison system away from society. We take a small amount of comfort that at least he cannot cause harm and the grief to anyone else, like he did to Neil and our family. We hope that during his time in prison he reflects and regrets his actions. “Neil will be sorely missed by all his family and the memories of him as a loving father, grandfather, brother and son and will be remembered dearly for all the happy times.”
  2. A man has been found guilty of the murder of Neil Parkinson, who was found dead in Cotheridge in Worcestershire last December. Neil, who was 66, from Clifton-Upon-Teme was leaving his partner’s property in Cotheridge on Saturday 12 December when it is believed he was attacked at the end of the driveway. He and his vehicle were driven to a layby on the Ankerdine Road and set alight. Earlier today (Thursday 12 August), Mark Chilman, 52, from Pencombe, in Bromyard, was found guilty of murder by jury. Mark Chilman He will be sentenced on Monday 16 August at Worcester Crown Court.Senior Investigating Officer, DCI Dean Jones, from West Mercia Police’s Major Investigation Unit, said:
  3. Police activity will be taking place at a location in Gloucester for a number of weeks following a recent discovery. Photograph courtesy of BPM Media On Friday 7 May officers were called to a café in Southgate Street by a production company filming a documentary. They reported how they had found possible evidence to suggest a body could be buried within the property. Detectives attended and the Major Crime Investigation Team has deemed that further assessments are required in order to determine whether an excavation is necessary. In the past, people have linked the building to the disappearance of Mary Bastholm. Mary was 15-years-old when she was reported missing on 6 January 1968 and she has never been found. Mary's disappearance had also previously been linked to serial killer Fred West and there was suspicion he was involved in her death. Family Liaison Officers have now been put in place to provide support and updates to Mary’s family as enquiries continue. Investigating officers expect to be at the location, which is at The Clean Plate café, for a number of weeks.Assistant Chief Constable Craig Holden said: Anyone who has any new information relating to the disappearance of Mary Bastholm can report this to Gloucestershire Constabulary online by completing the following form and referencing incident 99 of 11 May: https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/cor/tell-us-about-existing-case-report/ The Force still has documentation and information from the original enquiry into Fred West and therefore anyone who submitted information previously does not need to do this again.
  4. A woman who was found with a dismembered body in two suitcases in the Forest of Dean last year has been sentenced to life in prison. Calculating Gareeca Gordon admitted to murdering and dismembering 28-year-old Phoenix Netts in the multi-occupancy home where they both lived in Birmingham. Phoenix's body was discovered by local officers in Coleford and a murder investigation was launched by Gloucestershire's Major Crime Investigation Team (MCIT). At Bristol Crown Court today, Tuesday 4 May, Gordon was sentenced to life imprisonment, with a minimum jail term of 23 years and six months. On the evening of 12 May last year police responded to a call where suspicions had been raised about the manner of a motorist’s driving on the A4136. Local officers attended and spoke to the driver who said he was waiting for a friend. He was issued with a fixed penalty notice for a breach of Covid-19 regulations as his vehicle was registered to Wolverhampton. At around 11pm officers then located a woman nearby, Gordon, on the B4228 near to the entrance of Stowfield Quarry, with two suitcases at the side of the road. Due to the late time of night they were initially concerned for Gordon's welfare, however this soon turned into suspicions and she tried to stop officers from opening the two suitcases. A dismembered and burnt body was found within and 28-year-old Gordon was arrested on suspicion of murder and taken into police custody. Following an initial investigation by Gloucestershire Constabulary's MCIT she was soon charged with murder and remanded in custody. The case was then handed to West Midlands Police as it was determined Phoenix had been murdered at an address in Salisbury Road, Birmingham. Colleagues in West Midlands Police carried out an extensive CCTV trawl which tracked Gordon for a month prior. This revealed a series of calculated and organised actions where she had tried to convince people Phoenix was alive, while also taking steps to dispose of her body. It was found Gordon had made several trips to Coleford in a car and by train, had arranged for waste disposal companies to collect carpet and possessions and had ordered industrial strength bleach online. She also used Phoenix's phone to send messages to her family, friends and a housing officer telling them she was fine and going back to London. It is thought Phoenix was killed on 16 April, weeks before she was discovered. She had suffered multiple stab wounds. On 21 April Gordon pleaded guilty to Phoenix's murder and was sentenced at Bristol Crown Court today, Tuesday 4 May.Detective Chief Inspector John Turner, who led the initial investigation in Gloucestershire, said: Detective Superintendent Scott Griffiths, who led the investigation for West Midlands Police, said:
  5. Charles Byrne, aged 24, from Waterworks Road, Worcester, has been charged with murder and attempt murder. He is remanded to Kidderminster Magistrates’ Court to appear tomorrow (Friday 12 February). He was charged in relation to an incident that occurred in Worcester on Wednesday 10 February.
  6. At around 12.20pm on Friday 29 January officers received a call notifying them that a woman was in cardiac arrest at her home, in Pembridge, and was believed to be the victim of an assault. Upon arrival, officers found the woman to have suffered a serious injury to the head and had sadly died at the scene. A man aged 57 has been arrested on suspicion of murder and has been detained under the mental health act. Detective Chief Inspector Dean Jones said:
  7. Mark Chilman, 51, from Pencombe, Bromyard, has been charged with murder & remanded to Kidderminster Magistrates’ Court to appear tomorrow (Thursday 17 December). He was charged in relation to an incident that occurred in Cotheridge, Worcestershire, on Saturday 12 December. A 27-year-old man remains in custody.
  8. A woman has been charged with murder following an incident in Cradley Hereford. Laura Van Marle, aged 40, of no fixed address, was today (Sunday 27 September) charged with the murder of 69-year-old Susanna Van Marle. She was also charged with causing grievous bodily harm to a 73-year-old man. Both charges relate to an incident which occurred yesterday (Saturday 26 September) at approximately 2am at an address on Finchers Corner in Cradley. Detective Chief Inspector Leighton Harding said:
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