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Man accused of shooting Metropolitan Police Sergeant Matt Ratana ‘might never be tried’

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The man accused of shooting Metropolitan Police Sergeant Matt Ratana may never be tried as he has been left paralysed and brain damaged. 

Prime suspect in the killing of Sergeant Ratana – Louis De Zoysa, 23 – will not be prosecuted unless his condition improves, Crown Prosecution Service lawyers have advised police.

They have said that De Zoysa cannot be charged in his absence as he is neither mentally nor physically fit enough to plead, or receive or give legal instructions, The Sun has reported

‘He cannot even be arrested, never mind be charged and prosecuted,’ a legal source has said.

Former Met Police detective chief inspector Mick Nevill said: ‘There is no doubt that De Zoysa is currently affected by a significant mental and physical disability and as such he is unlikely to re-offend.

‘On that basis, the CPS will not charge him unless he goes on to make some kind of recovery, which sounds very unlikely.’  

Prime suspect in the killing of Sergeant Ratana - Louis De Zoysa, 23 - will not be prosecuted unless his condition improves, Crown Prosecution Service lawyers have advised police

Sergeant Ratana (pictured right with Met Police chief Cressida Dick) died after being shot in the heart at 2.15am as he was preparing to search a handcuffed suspect who had been arrested on suspicion of intent to supply drugs and possession of ammunition in Croydon.

Prime suspect in the killing of Sergeant Ratana – Louis De Zoysa, 23 (pictured left) – will not be prosecuted unless his condition improves, Crown Prosecution Service lawyers have advised police. Sergeant Ratana (pictured right with Met Police chief Cressida Dick) died after being shot in the heart at 2.15am as he was preparing to search a handcuffed suspect

De Zoysa has not been identified by the Met police as he has not been charged with any offences. 

‘We continue to assist the police ­following the tragic death of Sergeant Matt Ratana,’ A CPS spokesperson said.

De Zoysa, of Norbury, South London, is suspected of fatally wounding Sergeant Ratana, 54, after smuggling a revolver into a custody area in Croydon, South London, during an incident on September 25.

Sergeant Ratana died after being shot in the heart at 2.15am as he was preparing to search a handcuffed suspect who had been arrested on suspicion of intent to supply drugs and possession of ammunition in Croydon.

The suspect was in a holding cell when he is said to have reached into his trousers for the weapon and fired off five shots with his hands still cuffed behind his back, shooting himself in the neck in the process. 

He later suffered a stroke, which has left him paralysed down his left side and with significant brain injuries.  

Last month, neighbours around De Zoysa’s family’s £700,000 terraced home in Norbury said the ‘awkward’ loner was autistic and suggested he had suffered from mental health issues which may have triggered a referral to Prevent – the Government’s deradicalisation programme for suspected extremists – in 2018.

He is understood to have lived at the house with his mother Elizabeth, a translator who ran as a Green candidate in local elections, and his Sri Lankan father Channa, a former yoga teacher said to be passionate about recycling who repairs bicycles for free.

Last month, neighbours around De Zoysa's family's £700,000 terraced home in Norbury said the 'awkward' loner was autistic and suggested he had suffered from mental health issues

Last month, neighbours around De Zoysa’s family’s £700,000 terraced home in Norbury said the ‘awkward’ loner was autistic and suggested he had suffered from mental health issues

The Catholic couple, who run an events company, have five children. Local residents said police were often seen at the address.

De Zoysa was described by his friends as a ‘maths geek’ who was ‘good with weapons’ in his school yearbook, with fellow pupils claiming he ‘could have gone to Oxbridge’.

His yearbook entry featured a picture of him in school uniform with one friend saying he was ‘very clever’ and another adding: ‘One day we will rule the world together’.

The photograph was taken when De Zoysa was aged 16 and in year 11 at John Fisher School, a 1,000-pupil Roman Catholic boys’ comprehensive in Purley, South London.

Sergeant Matt Ratana fought for two hours before dying from a gunshot wound to the chest after being fired upon ‘several times’ by a suspect in handcuffs inside a police station, a coroner was told earlier this week.

The inquest heard Mr Ratana was taken to St George’s Hospital in Tooting but he was pronounced dead at 4.20am.

Mr Blackman said the preliminary cause of death given following the post-mortem examination was a gunshot wound to the chest.

Police officers across the UK fell silent to remember ‘gentle giant’ Sergeant Ratana on October 2. 

At 11am, colleagues from across the country paid tribute to Sgt Ratana, calling him a close friend who was part of the ‘police family’.

Officers up and down Britain observed a minutes silence in memory of Sgt Ratana with many forces sharing images of their solemn tributes to social media.

Sergeant Matt Ratana was shot dead in a London police station by a handcuffed suspect

Sergeant Matt Ratana was shot dead in a London police station by a handcuffed suspect

Dame Cressida, Home Secretary Priti Patel and London Mayor Sadiq Khan attend the National Police Memorial in London shortly after Ratana's death

Dame Cressida, Home Secretary Priti Patel and London Mayor Sadiq Khan attend the National Police Memorial in London shortly after Ratana’s death

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Northern schools were MOST disrupted by Covid

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Northern schools were the most disrupted by Covid, with a third of teachers diagnosed with the virus in mid-October living in the north-west, a report has revealed.

This meant that at one point 710 teachers were absent from the region’s schools, leading to calls today for next year’s exams to be ditched in favour of coursework so northern pupils do not fall behind their southern counterparts.

Ministers have rejected the demands and said exams will go ahead in 2021 because they are ‘the fairest way’ of judging performance.

Data has revealed that northern schools were hid harder by Covid than those in the south. File photo

Data has revealed that northern schools were hid harder by Covid than those in the south. File photo 

Analysis by the North West Association of the Directors of Children’s Services, shared with the BBC, reveals the impact of Covid on northern schools since they went back in September.

In mid-October, more than 40% of schools in Bury, Knowsley, Liverpool and Manchester had confirmed cases.

Meanwhile, 710 of teachers had a positive test on October 16 – which was 35% of the total of confirmed cases among teachers across England on that day.

Schools in the North also had lower attendance figures, the new data reveals.

In some northern areas just 61% of pupils had returned to the classroom, whereas those in the South were nearer to the national average of 95%.

The Northern Powerhouse, a government-backed project to redress the north-south imbalance, said: ‘We appreciate the government’s desire to try and keep things as normal as possible, but this is now unrealistic in many northern communities.

‘We urge the government to commit to continuous assessment as it is a fairer alternative to the proposed examination plan.’

A Department for Education spokesman said: ‘Exams are the fairest way of judging a student’s performance, which is why they will go ahead next year, underpinned by contingency measures developed in partnership with the sector.

‘Over the coming weeks we will jointly identify any risks to exams and the measures needed to address potential disruption, with fairness for students continuing to be our priority.’

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It came as Boris Johnson came under pressure from scores of Conservative MPs to detail a ‘road-map out of lockdown’ as more people in England come under the toughest coronavirus restrictions.

The Prime Minister has been warned by a group of 50 Tory backbenchers representing northern constituencies that the pandemic is threatening his election pledge to ‘level-up’ the country.

More than eight million people in England – predominantly in the North – will be under the most stringent Covid-19 restrictions by the end of the week, with Warrington the latest area to be placed in Tier 3.

The measures – which came into force in the early hours of Tuesday – mean pubs and bars in the Cheshire town must close unless they serve substantial meals.

Households are also banned from mixing indoors or in private gardens and beer gardens, while betting shops, adult gaming centres, casinos and soft play centres have been shut.

Nottingham and the boroughs of Broxtowe, Gedling and Rushcliffe will move into Tier 3 on Thursday, with details expected to be set out later on Tuesday.

The two areas will join the Liverpool City Region, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and South Yorkshire in Tier 3, placing 8.2 million people in England under the toughest restrictions.

Analysis by the PA news agency shows the rate of coronavirus cases in Nottingham fell from 726.6 in the seven days to October 15 to 464.4 in the week to October 22, with 1,546 new cases.

The city had the highest Covid-19 rate in the country in the seven days to October 15, but was 22nd on a list of local authority areas by rate of new cases in the seven days to October 22.

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In Warrington, however, cases rose from 343.3 to 395.2 per 100,000 people over the same period, with 830 new cases.

The North-South divide in the tier system has sparked concern among Tory MPs, with the newly-formed Northern Research Group writing to the Prime Minister to express their fears.

The group – led by former northern powerhouse minister Jake Berry – urged Mr Johnson to set out a ‘clear road-map’ out of lockdown restrictions.

Mr Berry said: ‘The virus has exposed in sharp relief the deep structural and systemic disadvantage faced by our communities and it threatens to continue to increase the disparity between the North and South still further.

‘Our constituents have been some of the hardest hit by this virus with many losing jobs, businesses, and livelihoods.

‘Never has there been a more pertinent and urgent political and economic case to support people living in the North.

‘However, instead of moving forwards on our shared ambitions, the cost of Covid and the virus itself threatens to send the North into reverse.’

A Number 10 spokesman said: ‘We are absolutely committed to levelling up across the country and building back better after coronavirus.

‘We stood at the last election on a solemn promise that we would improve people’s lives, and although the pandemic has meant 2020 is not the year we all hoped it would be, our ambitions for the country are unchanged.’

Some 40 Conservative MPs have publicly signed the letter, while a further 14 have had their names redacted. 

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Sometimes couples just grow apart and go their separate ways amicably, but unfortunately break ups don’t always run smoothly.   

Posting on Facebook’s That’s it, I’m MF spouse shaming, people from around the world revealed the jaw-dropping circumstances that made them decide to walk away from a relationship.

Members of the group which boasts over 21,000 members, began sharing their stories after a woman posted a tweet from a man who knew he no longer loved his ex when he saw her carrying heavy crates of water up multiple flights of stairs. 

Many others contributors to the thread said their relationships ended after infidelity of an outrageous nature. 

‘When I found out he cheated on me with his step sister,’ wrote one.

Another said: ‘When him and my best friend of 25 years sent me a text saying she was six months pregnant with his kid, was the day out ten year marriage ended’

Women have been sharing the moment they knew their relationship was over on Facebook's That¿s it, I¿m MF spouse shaming (file image)

Women have been sharing the moment they knew their relationship was over on Facebook’s That’s it, I’m MF spouse shaming (file image)

A woman shared a tweet from a man who said he knew he had fallen out of love, when he didn't offer to help his girlfriend carrying heavy crates of water

A woman shared a tweet from a man who said he knew he had fallen out of love, when he didn’t offer to help his girlfriend carrying heavy crates of water 

A stream of responses said they fell out of love after their ex joked about being attracted to someone else or had an affair.

Another added: ‘When he drove five hours in his pajamas to knock on my window sobbing to speak to me. I had changed my phone, blocked him, his family and moved five hours away to my mum’s.

‘He didn’t understand that cheating on me four different times meant we were through after three different chances. Mentally and physically abused me, told family members not to contact me and the list goes on.

‘It was 7am and I just remember looking at him and thinking: What the actual f*** is wrong with you. It’s one of my proudest moments, because I know I would’ve killed for him to do it a week before this.’ 

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Many people said they no longer wanted to be in a relationship because they had discovered infidelity or heard their partner talk about fancying someone else

Many people said they no longer wanted to be in a relationship because they had discovered infidelity or heard their partner talk about fancying someone else 

Others said they experienced physical and emotional abuse before they made a decision to leave their ex.

‘He was playing Fortnite and I asked him to watch our son while I ate. I hadn’t ate all day, I was breastfeeding the baby so I was always very, very hungry. 

‘He threw his headset and got in my face and told me his game meant more to him than me or the baby did. He’d also said his sleep mattered more than we did,’ wrote one.

Another said: ‘When he told me to shush during labour. I had a sudden flash of clarity and knew that I would be raising the baby alone because I deserved better. Still took me a year to get to the proper breakup, but I never forgot the certainty of that moment.’

A third added: ‘We were in an argument and he kept calling me all sorts of names. I asked him “How would you feel if our daughter came to us and told her significant other was talking to her this way and calling her names?”. His response was “Well I hope she isn’t as much of a dumb b**** as you are, and actually leaves”.  

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Others said they left their ex-partner because they were abusive, including one woman who had a gaming headset thrown at her face

Others said they left their ex-partner because they were abusive, including one woman who had a gaming headset thrown at her face 

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Is this £10.7m mansion in St George’s Hill the perfect pandemic pad?

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A brand new mansion in a gated private estate in leafy Surrey could prove the most appealing spot amid the global pandemic.

We were given an exclusive tour of the £10.7million house for sale on St George’s Hill, Weybridge.

The private estate has been home to various celebrities over the years, including singers John Lennon and Tom Jones. 

Exclusive tour of a Surrey mansion: Beech Rise on St George's Hill, Weybridge, is for sale for £10.7million

Exclusive tour of a Surrey mansion: Beech Rise on St George’s Hill, Weybridge, is for sale for £10.7million

The grand entrance hallway includes an impressive chandelier and leads into a large dining room

The grand entrance hallway includes an impressive chandelier and leads into a large dining room 

Much of St George’s Hill popularity lies in it being a 964 acre green oasis hidden from the world, while at the same time being easily accessible to London and Heathrow. 

It has a mix of contemporary and older large family homes, which can cost seven, or even eight figures.  

We were invited onto the gated enclave to see one of those properties – a brand new luxury mansion called Beech Rise.

MailOnline Property was given an exclusive tour of the house by Savills estate agents

 MailOnline Property was given an exclusive tour of the house by Savills estate agents

The house has two water features in the back garden, along with plenty of outdoor seating space

The house has two water features in the back garden, along with plenty of outdoor seating space 

Inside, there is a large swimming pool complex that has large glass doors overlooking the garden

Inside, there is a large swimming pool complex that has large glass doors overlooking the garden

The home is surrounded by greenery with views of the treetops from its extensive balconies.

It covers more than 12,712 square feet and sits on an acre of land – and it is this extensive space indoors and out that makes this property so attractive amid the restrictions placed on people’s movements during the pandemic.

If pandemic instructions mean you have to stay home, there is indoor swimming pool and a cinema room to make your time in the property as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

And outdoors, there is landscaped garden designed by Chelsea Gold medal winners Landscape Architects. It includes several terraces, two water features and a large lawn area.

Perfect for staying home: No mansion would be complete without its own cinema room

Perfect for staying home: No mansion would be complete without its own cinema room

The luxury feel of this kitchen is created with some statement lighting and striking furniture

The luxury feel of this kitchen is created with some statement lighting and striking furniture

Increased your alcohol intake during lockdown? You'll never run out of a bottle with this wine cellar

Increased your alcohol intake during lockdown? You’ll never run out of a bottle with this wine cellar

Simon Ashwell, of Savills – the estate agent handling the sale, which led the property tour – said: ‘Under the current restrictions, it is lovely to have an oasis of tranquillity that this property offers you.

‘It is surrounded by trees, and the size of the property gives you the opportunity to find a quiet place to work, somewhere to go for a swim or even just a quiet spot to watch your favourite television programme.’

He added: ‘The scale of this property is that it sits proud on the hill and so you’re in the treetops. From every room, you see the trees and then the sky – it is a fantastic backdrop for the house.’

Inside, there is a welcoming galleried hallway with marble floor. The large kitchen has several seating areas with views out to the terrace and gardens.

There is a separate dining room, a study and five bedrooms – along with additional staff accommodation.

Beech Rise has three storeys, with the top floor having views across the surrounding treetops

Beech Rise has three storeys, with the top floor having views across the surrounding treetops

A mansion for entertaining: The dining room can easily accommodate a dozen family and friends

A mansion for entertaining: The dining room can easily accommodate a dozen family and friends 

Time to relax: The leisure complex includes a sauna, steam room, gym and separate bar area

Time to relax: The leisure complex includes a sauna, steam room, gym and separate bar area 

Make a day of it during lockdown: The leisure complex extends across the entire ground floor

Make a day of it during lockdown: The leisure complex extends across the entire ground floor

THE SURREY DIGGER’S TRAIL 

The so-called ‘Diggers’ first broke the ground on St George’s Hill on 1 April 1649 as they set out to make the earth a ‘common treasury for all’. 

The hill is associated with their project and ideas, and it is from here that their influence, and the practice of Digging, spread to many parts of England.

The actual site of their Digging is thought to have been on the lower, southern slopes of the hill.  One contemporary account describes it as being ‘next to Campe Close’, which probably corresponds with the estate’s Camp End Road of today. 

The Diggers hoped that many would join them in their work, and for months their activity was one of the biggest news stories of the day.  It was from St George’s Hill that they issued their manifesto, The True Levellers Standard Advanced, in April 1649.

As the Diggers’ influence increased, so did the hostility of local landowners. 

Prominent among these was the lord of the manor, Francis Drake. With two violent accomplices, John Taylor and William Starr, Drake organised gangs to attack the Diggers and destroy their houses, crops and animals. 

Drake hoped that the army would help him to suppress the Diggers, but after visiting their settlement General Fairfax concluded they were doing no harm.

Following a court case against the Diggers – at which they were forbidden to speak in their own defence – and further attacks, they abandoned St George’s Hill in August 1649. They established a new settlement at Little Heath, near Cobham, where they were active until finally evicted in Easter 1650.

 

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Making a grand entrance: The front of the house has pillars extending up two floors, with an arch over the doorway

Making a grand entrance: The front of the house has pillars extending up two floors, with an arch over the doorway

The main living room has seating surrounding a feature fireplace and bi-folding doors onto the garden

The main living room has seating surrounding a feature fireplace and bi-folding doors onto the garden

The main bedroom has a dress room and its own balcony to enjoy the surrounding treetop views

The main bedroom has a dress room and its own balcony to enjoy the surrounding treetop views

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