This week saw chaos in Hull city centre as members of the public helped police tackle a man wielding a knife after allegedly carrying out arson attacks in two banks. A group of lads confronted the man in Paragon Station before police managed to Taser and arrest the suspect. There have been an increase in people taking the law into their own hands with self-styled paedophile hunters snaring suspects and filming the citizen’s arrests on Facebook. Then, of course, there are occasions when people come face-to-face with burglars in their own homes. But what are the laws around being a have-a-go hero? Hannah Parsons, principal associate solicitor at DAS Law, tells you what you need to know. What are members of the public allowed to do when it comes to apprehending or detaining criminals? Ms Parsons says: “Citizens are encouraged to assist in the prevention and investigation of crime where it is responsibly done and in the public spirit. “A citizen may only use reasonable … [Read more...] about What the law says you MUST do when making a citizen’s arrest
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I'm the passenger in a car with a young lad at the wheel and he's driving far too fast down a residential street. I lean into the car as he narrowly misses the wing mirrors of parked cars and I just knew something bad was going to happen. As we drove along all I could hear was the two teenage girls in back seat laughing and joking and I knew they were distracting the driver. At one point the lad, who can have only been just 17, got his phone out and was trying to scroll through photos on it with one hand, while holding the wheel in the other. I felt totally on edge as we left the residential street and he put his foot down on the winding country road. Something was going to happen. I could sense it - but the driver, and his passengers were having too much of a good time to be in fear. The girls were oblivious to how bad his driving was. 'The driver loses control and the car spins out - everything goes dark' I tried to tell him to slow down but he couldn't hear me. The driver then loses … [Read more...] about This is what it’s like to be in a crash with a young reckless driver
It is a quiet cul-de-sac on the Kingswood estate and until just a year ago few - except the families who lived there - had even heard of it. But for the past 12 months it has been at the centre of a potential murder investigation as police search for missing mother-of-two Renata Antczak. Renata, 50, was last seen on Thursday, April 25, 2017, after taking her 11-year-old daughter to Broadacre Primary School in east Hull. She has never been seen since and it has become one of the most high-profile missing person cases in recent times in Hull. Keith Marston, 59, lived next door to Renata in Beamsley Way and is desperate to know what has happened to Renata, a respected lawyer and doting mum. He said: "We just want to know where she is. At the end of the day it is still a mystery nearly a year on. "She has gone off the face of the earth. I hope to God the police find out where she is, especially for her two bains." Mr Marston's comments come as Renata's husband Majid Mustafa pleaded guilty … [Read more...] about Neighbours’ shock as Renata’s husband makes court confession
Declan Donnelly will be presenting Britain’s Got Talent on his own for the first time ever. After making a return to Saturday Night Takeaway without his right-hand man, it has been announced that Dec will be facing this year’s BGT by himself. However, that doesn’t mean Ant McPartlin won’t be appearing in the show at all. The presenter was arrested and charged with drink-driving after crashing his car in March, and a statement from his publicist said he would be stepping down from TV commitments for the “foreseeable future” while he checks himself back into the rehab. But the audition rounds of the series have already been filmed, meaning he will be appearing on the programme but not in the live shows. Instead of going through the laborious work of editing him out, bosses will instead allow all footage filmed at auditions in London, Manchester and Belfast to air as planned. Showbiz expert Gordon Smart told Ruth and Eamonn on This Morning: “There … [Read more...] about Will Ant present Britain’s Got Talent with Dec?
A DOORSTEP lender was filmed offering a 65 per cent interest loan to a dad-of-four that would have left him with just £1 a week to live on. Morses Club offered a £300 loan to our man with a weekly repayment of £15 per week, despite him having just £16 per week after bills and rent. It comes a fortnight after The Sun launched its Stop The Credit Rip-Off campaign where we called for stricter affordability checks on lenders. Debt charities have called on firms to improve these checks, warning that unaffordable credit could push customers into further "financial hardship". Our man posed as a customer, applied for the loan online and completed a credit check before the firm arranged for a member of staff to visit him at home. The agent didn’t ask dad of four four James - whose name we have changed for this story - why he wanted the cash. An agent for Morses Club called Carl visited the dad of four at his semi-detached home in Burnley, Lancashire, and carried out an … [Read more...] about Morses Club agent filmed offering dad of four £300 loan leaving him with £1 a week to live on after payments