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Woman in her 50s tried to abduct two-year-old boy in park

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Police are hunting a woman in her 50s who yesterday tried to abduct a two-year-old boy from under his mother’s nose in a public park.

The would-be child-snatcher grabbed the toddler by the wrist and tried to pull him away from the bandstand at Sefton Park, Liverpool, at 2.50pm.

But she fled after the boy’s horrified mother spotted the suspected kidnap of her son and started screaming. 

Detectives said the terrifying episode was ‘every parent’s worst nightmare’ and have ramped up their search for the female.

She is described as olive-skinned, 5ft tall, of medium build and with dark hair in a ponytail.

The attempted child-snatcher grabbed the toddler by the wrist and tried to pull him away from the bandstand at Sefton Park, Liverpool, at 2.50pm (file photo)

The attempted child-snatcher grabbed the toddler by the wrist and tried to pull him away from the bandstand at Sefton Park, Liverpool, at 2.50pm (file photo)

The attempted child-snatcher grabbed the toddler by the wrist and tried to pull him away from the bandstand at Sefton Park, Liverpool, at 2.50pm (file photo)

Yesterday she wore a pale pink long-sleeved hoodie, grey tracksuit bottoms and trainers, and was reportedly scruffy and walking with a limp. 

After the horrified mother clocked what was happening, police said the woman bolted towards the park’s Palm House.

The boy was unharmed but officers said the mother was left ‘distressed’. 

Police are trawling CCTV and are now appealing for witnesses to catch the woman.  

Detective Inspector Simon Hurst, of Merseyside Police, said: ‘Thankfully the child’s mother was alert and screamed at the woman, who made off.

‘This incident is every parent’s worst nightmare, and will have been absolutely frightening to experience.

After the horrified mother clocked what was happening, police said the woman bolted towards the park's Palm House (file photo of park pictured)

After the horrified mother clocked what was happening, police said the woman bolted towards the park's Palm House (file photo of park pictured)

After the horrified mother clocked what was happening, police said the woman bolted towards the park’s Palm House (file photo of park pictured)

‘We know that many people were in the area and, even if they didn’t witness the incident itself, may recognise the woman described. 

If so, please let us know and pass any description to us, as well as any CCTV, dashcam or mobile phone footage which may have inadvertently captured her image in photos or videos taken today in the area.

‘I’d also like to assure people, who will be understandably worried that we take any reports of this nature extremely seriously. 

‘We’ll act on all information provided and are absolutely determined to find this woman and ensure that no such incidents happen again.’ 

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ‘touted behind-the-scenes videos for new Netflix documentary’ 

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Harry and Meghan could create a Netflix documentary with sensational home footage recorded during their departure from the Royal Family, it was claimed last night.

The couple are believed to have told bosses at the US streaming giant about the trove of homemade material before they signed a deal earlier this month said to be worth 100million dollars (£77.9million), insiders said.

Their representatives are thought to have pitched the footage, including personal videos recorded as they stepped back from royal life, during negotiations with Netflix.

The claim was made after the couple denied reports that they had agreed to make a fly-on-the-wall reality series for Netflix.

There are suggestions the pair realised that if they wanted to make their own ‘worthy’ documentaries and still receive a big price-tag from Netflix, then they needed another project which could offer more commercial value.

Harry and Meghan (picutred) could create a Netflix documentary with sensational home footage recorded during their departure from the Royal Family, it was claimed last night

Harry and Meghan (picutred) could create a Netflix documentary with sensational home footage recorded during their departure from the Royal Family, it was claimed last night

Sussexes’ US election intervention ‘violated’ terms of ‘Megxit’ deal with the Queen, say senior aides 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s US election intervention ‘violated’ the terms of the ‘Megxit’ deal the couple have the Queen, according to senior royal aides.

Their comments could further risk their links to the monarchy, with sources claiming that senior courtiers are discussing how to further distance London royals from the couple.

In their message, Harry and Meghan called on American voters to ‘reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity’ in ‘the most important election of our life.’

Their comments, which came in a Time 100 video to go with the publication of this year’s list of the most influential people, have been widely interpreted to be a swipe at U.S. president Donald Trump. The list does not include the royal couple.

Members of the royal family are supposed to be politically neutral, and under the Sandringham accord – agreed in March when the pair quit their royal duties – the Sussexes vowed that ‘everything they do will uphold the values of Her Majesty’.

However, according to The Sunday Times, royal aides have said that the couple’s comments last week have broken their promise from earlier this year.

‘The [royal] family are all wringing their hands, thinking: where is this going and does this abide by the deal to uphold the values of the Queen? The feeling is it’s a violation of the agreement,’ one source told the newspaper. 

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But home video footage of their fractious departure from the royal fold could prove to be explosive if the pair bare their souls about their disillusionment with life in the monarchy.

There is also speculation that the footage could cover the introduction of their son Archie into the family.

Insiders said any material of this kind would provide a unique insight into their lives and would probably do very well with audiences.

It is not clear if any programme of this kind would be presented by the pair or topped up with interviews with them.

Harry, 36 and Meghan, 39, are already known to be developing an ‘innovative nature docu-series’ and an animated series about ‘inspiring women’ through their deal with Netflix.

They have also been linked with potential shows about the environment and poverty.

Yesterday Harry and Meghan denied reports that they were going to make their own fly-on-the-wall reality series for the streaming company.

While a spokesman for the Sussexes denied they were taking part in a ‘reality show’, the suggestion they could personally feature in a documentary series made by their new production company had not been ruled out.

It came after The Sun reported that they were going to use film from their first year in America for the documentary.

It added they would be followed for three months.

According to a source Netflix wanted ‘their pound of flesh’ as part of the deal. They added the programme would be ‘very tasteful’ and would show people all the charity work the couple do.

Royal sources had expressed ‘genuine concern’ if claims about the ‘fly-on-the-wall’ nature of the programme were true. Harry had given his grandmother, the Queen, reassurances earlier this year that the work he and Meghan planned to undertake would not embarrass the family or nakedly trade on his royal links.

There has been speculation about whether the pair’s lucrative deal with the US media company would see them appearing in front of the camera.

Harry and Meghan have set up their own production company and have begun hiring staff.

Yesterday Harry and Meghan (pictured with William and Kate last year) denied reports that they were going to make their own fly-on-the-wall reality series for the streaming company

Yesterday Harry and Meghan (pictured with William and Kate last year) denied reports that they were going to make their own fly-on-the-wall reality series for the streaming company

While a spokesman for the Sussexes (pictured here with son Archie) denied they were taking part in a ‘reality show’, the suggestion they could personally feature in a documentary series made by their new production company had not been ruled out

While a spokesman for the Sussexes (pictured here with son Archie) denied they were taking part in a ‘reality show’, the suggestion they could personally feature in a documentary series made by their new production company had not been ruled out

This comes about six months after they quit Britain and stepped down as working royals with the intention of becoming financially independent.

They reportedly spent $15 million (£11.7 million) on a mansion in the celebrity area of Santa Barbara in California in June, with a 10 million dollar (£7.8 million) mortgage.

At the time of the Netflix announcement Harry and Meghan had said: ‘Through our work with diverse communities and their environments, to shining a light on people and causes around the world, our focus will be on creating content that informs but also gives hope.’

A Netflix spokesman said: ‘The couple already have several projects in development, including an innovative nature docu-series and an animated series that celebrates inspiring women but we are not disclosing any of the programming slate at this time.’

Buckingham Palace braces for more revelations on the relationship between Princes William and Harry as explosive tell-all book promises to shine new light on Megxit Sandringham Summit 

Buckingham Palace is bracing for more explosive revelations with the publication of a tell-all book promising to reveal the truth behind the events of the Sandringham summit. 

The infamous summit, attended by the Queen, Prince Harry, Prince William, and Prince Charles took place in January and saw the royals bash out the details of Megxit.

Now, a new book promises to lay bare the events of the talks as well as revealing the truth of the relationship between Harry and William.  

Battle of Brothers: William, Harry and the Inside Story of a Family in Tumult is written by British historian Robert Lacey, whose previous works have included biographies of the Queen, Sir Walter Raleigh and Eileen Ford. 

As well as his work as an author, he is also known for consulting on Netflix’s hit royal series The Crown. 

The book will give an ‘inside look’ into the princes relationship, starting from childhood up to the present day. 

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The new book promises to lay bare the events of the Sandringham talks as well as revealing the truth of the relationship between Harry and William

Battle of Brothers: William, Harry and the Inside Story of a Family in Tumult is written by British historian Robert Lacey

Battle of Brothers: William, Harry and the Inside Story of a Family in Tumult is written by British historian Robert Lacey

It will apparently lay bare details of William’s misgivings towards the speed of Harry and Meghan Markle’s relationship, as well as his feelings on Megxit, which saw the Sussexes quit the royal family. 

The book is also expected to include the Queen’s ‘angry’ response towards Harry and Meghan’s decision.  

It will be published on October 15. 

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Woman in her 80s fights for her life after she was hit by a bus on London’s Oxford Street 

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A woman in her 80s is fighting for her life after she was hit by a double decker bus on London‘s Oxford Street on Monday afternoon. 

The woman, a pedestrian, was hit on the junction of Oxford Street and Regent Street at 3.29pm in front of horrified onlookers in the popular shopping district. 

Footage shared on social media shows crowds of people watching the incident unfold, with some helping the stricken pedestrian. 

There were reports that she lost her leg after being hit by the bus, with witnesses describing their horror.   

A woman in her 80s was hit by a double decker bus on Oxford Street London this afternoon, pictured she lays getting treatment

A woman in her 80s was hit by a double decker bus on Oxford Street London this afternoon, pictured she lays getting treatment

The Metropolitan Police confirmed the collision and described the woman's condition as 'potentially life-threatening'

The Metropolitan Police confirmed the collision and described the woman’s condition as ‘potentially life-threatening’

The Metropolitan Police confirmed the collision and described the woman’s condition as ‘potentially life-threatening’ – though police did not comment on the reports she lost her leg.  

A police statement said: ‘Police were called at 15:29hrs on Monday, 28 September to reports of a collision involving a pedestrian and a bus at the junction of Oxford Street and Regent Street. 

‘Officers attended along with London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance. A woman, aged in her 80s, was taken to hospital; her injuries are potentially life-threatening. 

‘No arrests have been made and enquiries continue.’ 

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ITV’s Honour reveals Banaz Mahmod killers were ‘boasting and laughing’ about raping her

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Honour viewers were left sickened tonight after Keeley Hawes’ DCI Caroline Goode revealed Banaz Mahmod’s killers were found ‘boasting and laughing’ about ‘stamping on her neck and raping her’ in the emotional first episode of ITV’s chilling new drama.

Bodyguard actress Keeley, 44, plays the detective who brought five murderers to justice in the tragic true story of the 20-year-old who was slaughtered by her own family for falling in love with a man of her own choosing.

ITV’s new two-part drama tells the powerful story of DCI Caroline Goode’s passionate search to discover the fate of Banaz, an Iraqi-Kurdish woman from south London, after she disappeared. Her father, uncle and two cousins were later convicted of her murder. 

In tonight’s premiere, audiences at home saw one of the killers – Mohammed Hama, who had been arrested – ‘boast and laugh’ about the murder when calling his friends, unaware his phone calls were being monitored by the police. 

Viewers were quick to react to the debut programme, with one writing: ‘Boasting of killing their own family, it is deeply disturbing.’  

Viewers were left sickened after Keeley Hawes' DCI Caroline Goode revealed Banaz Mahmod's killers were found 'boasting and laughing' about 'stamping on her neck and raping her' in the emotional first episode of ITV's new drama Honour. Pictured: Audiences at home saw one of the killers - Mohammed Hama laughing on the phone about the murder

Viewers were left sickened after Keeley Hawes’ DCI Caroline Goode revealed Banaz Mahmod’s killers were found ‘boasting and laughing’ about ‘stamping on her neck and raping her’ in the emotional first episode of ITV’s new drama Honour. Pictured: Audiences at home saw one of the killers – Mohammed Hama laughing on the phone about the murder

Another horrified viewer wrote: ‘B*****ds. This is dreadful. That poor girl.’ 

A third added: ‘I don’t know the story behind this but the people who murdered that girl are disgusting, horrible people.’ 

In tonight’s episode, DCI Goode was seen searching for the woman after young Kurdish immigrant, Rahmat Sulemani (played by Moe Bar-El) reported the disappearance of his girlfriend, Banaz. 

She had left her husband the previous year due to alleged physical and sexual abuse, returning to live with her parents in the South London borough of Merton. In real life, her estranged husband was never charged with an offence related to Banaz. 

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Viewers were quick to react to the debut programme, with one writing: 'Boasting of killing their own family, it is deeply disturbing'

Viewers were quick to react to the debut programme, with one writing: ‘Boasting of killing their own family, it is deeply disturbing’

Real-life detective: Keeley pictured in character

Real-life detective: Detective Chief Inspector Caroline Goode pictured

Real-life detective: Keeley pictured in character, left, and Detective Chief Inspector Caroline Goode, right 

She had subsequently started a relationship with Rahmat, who explained to the police that for a Kurdish woman to leave her husband brought shame on the community, and especially after then picking a ‘love match’.

In the show, Rahmat claimed Banaz’s bullying uncle, Ari Mahmod, had threatened to kill him and his girlfriend, and Banaz’s father had made serious attempts on her life. 

DCI Goode also discovered that the police had failed to help the young woman on five occasions, when she had detailed death threats and even attempts on her life.

The detective heard how one woman officer failed to believe Banaz’s father had attempted to kill her after piling her with alcohol, and even recorded her injuries as self-harm instead.

‘Now it’s five times Banaz has come to us to help, and five times we’ve failed her and I can’t even blame it all on the f****** men,’ DCI Goode yelled. 

Banaz is played in the drama by Buket Komur. Pictured: Komur on screen as Banaz when she described in an earlier police interview the abuse she had suffered

Banaz is played in the drama by Buket Komur. Pictured: Komur on screen as Banaz when she described in an earlier police interview the abuse she had suffered

In tonight's episode, DCI Goode (pictured right) was seen searching for the woman after young Kurdish immigrant, Rahmat Sulemani (pictured left) (played by Moe Bar-El) reported the disappearance of his girlfriend, Banaz

In tonight’s episode, DCI Goode (pictured right) was seen searching for the woman after young Kurdish immigrant, Rahmat Sulemani (pictured left) (played by Moe Bar-El) reported the disappearance of his girlfriend, Banaz 

In the show, Rahmat claimed Banaz’s bullying uncle, Ari Mahmod, had threatened to kill him and his girlfriend, and Banaz’s father (pictured far left, by the front door) had made serious attempts on her life

 In the show, Rahmat claimed Banaz’s bullying uncle, Ari Mahmod, had threatened to kill him and his girlfriend, and Banaz’s father (pictured far left, by the front door) had made serious attempts on her life

Banaz even gave police a list of suspects, should she go missing, and eventually one of the men, Mohammed Hama, handed himself in for questioning, insisting: ‘I know nothing.’

But his statements didn’t add up and he was charged with the murder of Banaz in tonight’s episode, with DCI Goode requesting all his phone calls be recorded.

A translator soon delivered the news that the killers were ‘boasting and laughing’ on the phone to one another about what they did.

DCI Goode broke down in tears when reading the transcript, which said: ‘We were slapping her, f****** her, Mohammed put the cord around her neck and gave it to me.

‘I was holding on the cord so tight and stamping on her neck as well. I was saying let her soul be discharged. It didn’t take more than four or five minutes. She didn’t make a sound.’ 

Pictured left to right: Mohammed Ali, Omar Hussain and Mahmod, were all found guilty for the murder of Banaz, 20, in 2006, after she fell in love with a man her family disapproved

Pictured left to right: Mohammed Ali, Omar Hussain and Mahmod, were all found guilty for the murder of Banaz, 20, in 2006, after she fell in love with a man her family disapproved

Following this DCI Goode told her team that she now believes Banaz was ‘killed on the living room floor of her parents home and this is now a murder inquiry.’

Viewers then saw Banaz father Mahmod arrested for her murder.

Other actors involved in the series include Waj Ali, Ahd, Rhianne Barreto, Michael Jibson and Robby Haynes. 

Honour was written by Vanity Fair’s Gwyneth Hughes and directed by Mrs Wilson’s Richard Laxton. Keeley has also served as an executive producer. 

Talking about the ITV drama based on real-life events, Keeley said: ‘It is a privilege to be working on Honour as Buddy Club’s first ever project. 

‘In a time where honour killings are still rife, it is critical to shine a light on such an important subject. Banaz Mahmod’s story, and DCI Goode’s subsequent investigation, is certainly one that needs to be told and I am proud to be a part of it.’

Who was Banaz Mahmod?

Banaz Mahmod, 20, an Iraqi Kurdish from south London, was raped and killed in January 2006 on the orders of her father Mahmod Mahmod after she left her alleged abusive husband and fell in love with another man, Rahmat Sulemani, who her family did not approve of.

She was raped, tortured and strangled to death with a bootlace after she walked out of a marriage she had been forced to enter just three years earlier at 17.

Her body was put in a suitcase and taken to the Midlands before being buried in a make-shift grave in a back-garden in Handsworth, Birmingham. 

Banaz Mahmod (pictured), 20, an Iraqi Kurdish from south London, was raped and killed in January 2006 on the orders of her father Mahmod Mahmod

Banaz Mahmod (pictured), 20, an Iraqi Kurdish from south London, was raped and killed in January 2006 on the orders of her father Mahmod Mahmod 

In 2007, following a three-month trial at the Old Bailey, her father, Mahmod Mahmod, was found guilty of murder and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Meanwhile her uncle, Ari Mahmod, was also found guilty over the killing and sentenced to 23 years.

Mohamad Hama also admitted murder and was sentenced to at least 17 years in prison. 

Three years later, Banaz’s cousins Omar Hussain and Mohamad Saleh Ali, who carried out the killing, were extradited from Iraq and given life sentences.

The young woman’s nightmare when she was forced to enter a marriage to a Kurdish man, then aged 28, who she later told police was ‘very strict’.  

She had met her husband-to-be only three times before her wedding day and, according to Banaz, her husband regularly physically and sexually abused her.

Her estranged husband was never charged with an offence related to Banaz. 

From December 2005 to January 2006 Banaz told police five times that her family had wanted her dead and described the sexual violence she had allegedly been forced to endure at the hands of her abusive husband. 

In a recorded interview with police prior to her death, Banaz told an officer that she was being followed by members of the Iraqi-Kurdish community.

Mr Sulemani never recovered from the death of his beloved girlfriend and committed suicide in 2016, after reportedly telling police there was ‘no life’ for him. 

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