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has been charged with murdering three men who were found dead in

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ditches in Cambridgeshire. The body of Kevin Lee was discovered on the

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30th March. Four days later, the bodies Lucasz Slaboszewski and John

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Chapman were found at Thorney Dyke. Three men, all starts to death,

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their bodies found abandoned in water filled ditch is in

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Cambridgeshire. One woman has been charged with their murders. The

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Crown Prosecution Service made the official announcement at its office

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in Chelmsford. We have today advised Cambridgeshire police there is

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sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to charge Joanna

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Dennehy over the deaths of three men whose bodies were found in ditches

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in Cambridgeshire. Joanna Dennehy has this morning been charged with

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the murders of Kevin Lee, John Chapman and Lucasz Slaboszewski,

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which took place in March 2013. Kevin Lee, a builder who was 48, was

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the first to be discovered. A few days later the men were found -- two

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men were stabbed in Hereford and later found dead at Thorney Dyke.

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The CPS says Joanna Dennehy was charged this morning and has been

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charged with the attempted murder already of the two men in Hereford.

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Three men have also been charged in connection with the murders of the

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three men, and with the police investigation ongoing there could be

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further arrests. The man accused of murdering cyclist

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Delaney Brown has pleaded guilty to manslaughter today. The 19-year-old

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was struck by a stolen BMW, which mounted the kerb in Luton. Until

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now, Kyle Beckford had denied being in the car, but today he admitted

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that he was the driver. Beckford denies murder. The case

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continues. Armed police have carried out a

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number of raids in Luton following a shooting at the weekend. There have

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now been eight shootings in the town since January. Community groups say

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urgent action is needed to tackle the growing problem of gangs and

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guns in Luton. Neil Bradford reports. As armed police carried out

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raids across Luton this morning, they were also dealing with the

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eighth shooting this year. The shot was fired during an attempted

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robbery at this shop and no one was hurt. It comes 36 hours after shots

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were fired from a motorcycle on this road, taking the number of crimes

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involving a gun in Luton to 15 this year. Every time we talk, they think

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it is just a noise we are making, but we are trying to get people to

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understand what we are saying. There is a gang problem and it needs to be

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sorted out. The police insist it is a small number of criminals and they

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are bringing hard to bring this to an end. There are maybe 20 or 30

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criminals, we have executed search warrants, 17 people have been

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arrested, and we are taking this extremely seriously. We need the

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public to come forward and to have confidence. Police have stepped up

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controls near the area since Sunday's shooting but that in itself

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will not bring results. They say they need the help of the community.

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Senior councillors in Cambridgeshire are discussing how the council

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should be run after last week's local elections. The Conservatives

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lost their overall majority, with UKIP being the big winners, gaining

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ten seats. And talks have been further complicated because the

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leader of the council was one of the victims.

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Cambridgeshire county council is effectively without a leader and in

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limbo after the elections left no party in overall control. The

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biggest winners worth UKIP and he says he wants to form a coalition of

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minor parties. We are here to help make Cambridgeshire a better place

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to live, and the people of Cambridgeshire have said they don't

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want the Conservatives to have absolute control and there are a

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number of options that brings with it. Labour says the idea of a

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coalition is out of the question. The councillor said any coalition

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between themselves and UKIP would be impossible. We have fewer

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councillors, but because the council is in position of no overall

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control, we believe and hope it may be possible to get some of our

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policies through. The Tories hold the most seats so it is likely the

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next move will come from them. will be invited, and then we will

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have to decide what to do. A father and son from Bedfordshire

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have been jailed for a total of 13 years for using vulnerable homeless

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men as slaves in an exploitation case that made the family millions.

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But at a re-trial at Luton Crown Court, the jury was discharged after

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they failed to reach verdicts on 24 counts of enforced labour and

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servitude involving four members of the same traveller family.

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When Beds police raided the Greenacres travellers site two years

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ago, they came face-to-face with victims including these men who had

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been living in squalor and put to work laying paving blocks for no

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pay. Some of them had been held for years. Today Tommie Connor's senior

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and his son Patrick were jailed for eight years and five years

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respectively. The judge said he was satisfied, based on the evidence he

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had heard, that hundreds of workers had been recruited from the streets

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and exploited, but he said a small number have been so degraded they

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have been unable to run away like the rest. Police surveillance videos

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showed some of the exploitation as workers toiled for hours under the

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watchful eyes of their bosses, but the jury failed to reach verdicts of

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other counts of servitude against them. A number of my clients have

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been exonerated after two lengthy and arduous trials. In the latter

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the jury were unable to reach any decisions. The decision of this jury

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who could not accept the Crown 's case comes as a relief to my clients

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who wish to return to their families and businesses. At the first trial

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last year, two members of the family were jailed as the same judge

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described them as violent, cold, hard exploiters.

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Northampton Town Chairman David Cardoza says Aidy Boothroyd is the

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best manager he has worked with. Boothroyd has led Cobblers to

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Wembley for the League Two play-off final against Bradford. Northampton

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have waited a long time to play at Wembley, 16 years, but their moment

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has arrived. The chairman can take it off his list. This is the icing

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on the cake. I wanted to play United, we did that, and I wanted to

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be part of taking the town to Wembley and I am so I am feeling

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good about myself. Wembley will be even better if they can beat

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Bradford. Over 20,000 fans will travel, it is the best way to get

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promotion and more lucrative. delighted we are doing it this way

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financially but it is a strange way of it happening. Northampton are

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quids in because they recruited Aidy Boothroyd who has turned things

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around in one year. Are you delighted? Yes, he is the

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full package. Promotion will be worth several hundred thousand

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pounds, a place in league one with an eastern feel.

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Former Godolphin trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni is to appeal against the

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length of his eight-year ban for doping racehorses. The Dubai-born

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trainer, recruited by Sheikh Mohammed's Newmarket-based operation

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in March 2010, has admitted giving banned anabolic steroids to 15

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horses. Al Zarooni was banned following a disciplinary hearing. A

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