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Caroline Flack left a note to her boyfriend on day of her tragic death

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The inquest into Caroline Flack’s death has resumed today, six months after she sadly took her own life, and it has been revealed she left a handwritten note to her boyfriend. 

The host of the popular ITV show, Love Island, Caroline Flack died back in February. 

The hearing is continuing at Poplar Coroner’s Court in London before Senior Coroner Mary Hassell, with Caroline’s mother Christine and sister Jody watching the proceedings via Zoom.

The Crown Prosecution Service lawyers, Metropolitan Police and London Ambulance Service also watching the proceedings online, the Mirror reports.

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Caroline’s friends’ father, Stephen Teasdale, was the first witness statement to be given remotely. He was sent to the scene when Caroline’s sister phoned her friend Louise to say she couldn’t get into her address. 

He said: “We came to the flat and tried to force entry. We thought about phoning the police but knew the landlady … We got the key and let ourselves into the flat.”

He added: “…Jody started CPR. We were giving CPR for somewhere between five and ten minutes, then the police took over.”

Paramedic David O’Toole said he entered the property later and found two women ‘looking extremely distressed’ on the sofa.

He said the victim had been dead for a number of hours and the women had last seen her alive at 10:30am that day.

One of the crew pointed out a handwritten note placed on an open magazine on the coffee table with ‘Lewis’ written on the front.

The note stated: “I hope one day me and Lewis can find harmony.”

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The court explained that no alcohol was found in Caroline’s system, but she had been taking drugs to treat insomnia. A post mortem found no signs of assault to her body and the drugs to be of non-lethal levels.

A psychiatrist who treated Caroline, Dr Tamsin Lewis, presented a witness statement to court.

She explained she was contacted by Caroline’s assistant on December 17th 2019 after the row with Lewis Burton that led to her arrest. 

Dr Lewis explained that Caroline was ‘incredibly distressed’ in the middle of a ‘media crisis’ and ‘could not sleep’.

She added that Caroline said it was nothing more than a ‘lover’s tiff’ but was concerned about the ‘media storm’.

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Dr Lewis added that Caroline did not admit to suicidal thoughts, but did admit to excessive drinking to ‘numb herself’. Dr Lewis prescribed sleeping tablets and antibiotics to treat Caroline’s finger injury she gained in the fight with her boyfriend. 

In her boyfriend’s witness statement, he said: “The last time he saw Caroline she was very upset, in fact devastated, she was not in a good place emotionally…

“What was worrying her most was the police case and losing her presenting job on Love Island, plus not being able to see me.”

Caroline Flack, 40, took her life at her flat in Stoke Newington in north-east London on February 15th, days after learning her trial over an alleged attack on boyfriend Lewis Burton was going ahead.

Caroline pleaded not guilty and her boyfriend maintained her innocence – her family slammed prosecutors for pursuing the case, calling it a ‘show trial’.

In an unpublished Instagram post, released by Caroline’s family, she stepped down from hosting Love Island saying her ‘whole world and future was swept from under my feet’ after her arrest.

In the aftermath of the tragedy, the Crown Prosecution Service said in a statement: “Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of Caroline Flack

“It is normal practice for prosecutors to hold a debriefing in complex or sensitive cases after they have ended.

“This has taken place and found that the case was handled appropriately and in line with our published legal guidance.”

If you are struggling, you can contact the Samaritans free helpline on 116 123 or find out more here.  

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Man arrested after mum pushing pram stabbed and killed in broad daylight

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder

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Police have arrested a 25-year-old man wanted for the fatal stabbing of a woman while she was pushing her baby in a pram in Bradford.

Police have arrested a suspect, following the murder of Kulsuma Akter, 27. Akter was stabbed several times in the Westgate area of Bradford city centre on Saturday afternoon. 

The mother was rushed to hospital, where despite the best efforts of medics, she sadly succumbed to her injuries. Her baby was unharmed in the incident.

It has also emerged that suspect, Habibur Masum, was on bail for assaulting and threatening to kill her at the time of the attack.

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Masum was conditionally bailed by Manchester Magistrates’ Court in November, despite prosecutors objecting to his release, it is understood.

Court documents show Masum, whose address was listed as Oldham, Greater Manchester, was charged with assaulting Ms Akter on November 23rd and threatening to kill her on November 24th.

Both incidents are alleged to have happened in Greater Manchester. Police had previously confirmed the couple were known to each other but have not confirmed their relationship. 

Masum attended a hearing on November, 27th 2023, where he pleaded not guilty to both offences and was ordered not to contact Ms Akter, it is understood.

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His bail conditions also prevented him from contacting a second person, or visiting a particular address.

Greater Manchester Police has said it is supporting West Yorkshire Police with the ongoing murder investigation.

Both forces have referred themselves to the Independent Office for Police Conduct watchdog over previous contact with Masum and Ms Akter.

Detective Superintendent Jude Holmes, from GMP Oldham district, said: “We share the shock and concern that our communities feel in the wake of this tragic incident, and our thoughts are with Kulsuma Akter’s family at this truly distressing time.

“Habibur Masum is wanted by West Yorkshire Police on suspicion of murder. Due to his links to Greater Manchester, we have our specialist officers following several lines of enquiry to locate him.

“I urge members of the public to remain vigilant, and if you have any information on his whereabouts, call 999 as a matter of urgency.

“Due to previous police contact with Habibur Masum and Kulsuma Akter, Greater Manchester Police has made a referral to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.”

Police have arrested a 25-year-old man on suspicion of murder. A 23-year-old man was also arrested in Cheshire on suspicion of assisting an offender.

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Hunt for murder suspect after mum pushing pram killed in broad daylight

It is not clear whether is Masum is armed as police warn not to approach him

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Police are searching for a man from Oldham after a mum was stabbed to death in Bradford while pushing her baby in a pram.

Habibur Masum, 25, is wanted over the attack which took place in the Westgate area of Bradford at 3.21pm on Saturday (April 6th).

The victim, a 27-year-old woman, suffered multiple stab wounds and was taken to hospital where she sadly died of her injuries, West Yorkshire Police said.

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The force also confirmed the baby was not harmed in the attack as the public is warned not to approach Masum.

It is understood Masum was known to the victim although police have not confirmed their relationship at this time. A knife was found at the scene but it is unclear if he is armed.

Masum was pictured on CCTV wearing a grey hooded, zip-up coat with three large horizontal lines of grey, white and black on it, grey tracksuit bottoms with a black logo and burgundy trainers. 

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A witness also reported seeing him wearing a grey hoodie with the hood up shortly after the incident on Westgate, at the junction with Drewton Road.

Masum is from Oldham and is believed to have links to Burnley and Chester. He is described as an Asian man, of slim build.

Detective Chief Inspector Stacey Atkinson said: “We have had significant resources following up a number of lines of inquiry to locate Habibur Masum but at this time his whereabouts are unknown.

“I would urge anyone who does see him not to approach him but to call 999 immediately.”

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She said the death of such a young woman in the ‘most awful circumstances’ will ‘understandably cause concern in the local community’.

Detective Chief Inspector Atkinson Added: “I would like to reassure the wider public that we are working tirelessly to investigate this horrendous crime and bring the person responsible to justice.

“To help us with this we are urging anyone who was in the area who may have dashcam footage or seen or heard something, however small it may seem, to please come forward.

“A scene remains in place which includes some road closures and I thank the public for their patience while we conduct our enquiries.”

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Man arrested in murder investigation after human torso found in Salford nature reserve

A man in his 20s is being questioned by police

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A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a human torso was found wrapped in plastic in a nature reserve in Salford.

As detectives continue to investigate the discovery of human remains found by a passerby on Thursday, April 4th, a man in his 20s from Salford was taken into custody on Saturday evening for questioning, Greater Manchester Police say.

DNA testing is being carried out to determine the identity of the victim, who is believed to be a male ‘likely to be aged older than 40’ and ‘has only been deceased for a matter of days’, officers say.

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GMP says it is conducting a thorough search of the area by utilising local officers and specialist branches including search dogs and assistance from underwater search teams, to help comb the site.

The force says although it has ‘not found anything else that is of interest to the investigation’, ‘work will not stop’ until it is certain the area has been thoroughly searched.

Chief Superintendent Tony Creely, of GMP’s Salford district, said: “The arrest we made yesterday evening is an important step for our investigation, but we must keep an open mind and a big part of this is speaking to anyone who may have crucial information.

“As we continue to work in the area, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the public for their concern and cooperation so far, and we are mindful this is a disturbing incident for the local community, but I can assure you that since we were made aware, we’ve been pursuing every single line of enquiry to help us find out what has happened.

“I cannot stress the importance of people contacting us with information if they know anything at all. You may have information that you don’t feel is of importance, but it could be to us, please pass it on, it could be the key piece of information we need to progress this investigation.”

Anyone who thinks they may have witnessed something suspicious in the Kersal Dale area over the last few days is urged to call GMP on 101 and quoting log number 2695 of April, 4th 2024.

A dedicated portal for anyone to submit images or video footage which could help police can be found HERE.

 

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