The Lancashire Constabulary has referred itself to a police watchdog over its handling of the tragic case of Kiena Dawes.
The twenty-three-year-old died after being hit by a train near Garstang on the Preston to Lancaster line on Friday afternoon (July 22nd).
Six days on from the incident, the Constabulary has now confirmed that they have referred themselves to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) over their handling of an alleged assault in the weeks before her death.
The force have confirmed that Kiena, who leaves behind her nine-month-old daughter, was assaulted and suffered a head injury two weeks prior to her suicide.
Officers also revealed that a twenty-eight-year-old man from Fleetwood had been arrested on suspicion of assault, and had been released on bail pending further enquiries.
Kiena’s family have since released photographs showing the mum-of-one with graphic head injuries, in a video shared to Facebook by her brother.
A spokesperson for Lancashire Police said today: “First and foremost our thoughts are with Kiena’s loved ones at this difficult time.
“We have referred ourselves to the IOPC (Independent Office for Police Conduct) in relation to contact we had with Kiena before her death.
“Therefore it would be inappropriate to comment any further at this time.”
Kiena’s brother Kynan Dawes told Lancashire Live that his sister ‘was in such a bad place in her head’ and ‘took the decision to end what was an awful battle in her life’.
He has also pledged to give up his job as a builder to take care of his niece, promising to be there for her ‘through thick and thin’.
A GoFundMe has also been set up by family friend Matthew Sanderson to support Kynan and Marnie, as well as to pay towards Kiena’s funeral costs.
The fundraiser has already raised over £13,000 of its £2,500 goal. You can donate here.
If you’re struggling with mental health issues, there are people out there you can talk to.
For confidential support the Samaritans can be contacted for free around the clock 365 days a year on 116 123. You can also email the Samaritans at firstname.lastname@example.org, write to Freepost RSRB-KKBY-CYJK, PO Box 9090, STIRLING, FK8 2SA or visit www.samaritans.org/branches to find your nearest branch.
You can also contact the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) at 0800 58 58 58 or via their website here.
Alternatively, you can find more mental health services around Greater Manchester on the NHS Foundation Trust website.
Anyone suffering domestic abuse can find help on the Women’s Aid website here and on Refuge’s website here.
Jelly Babies crowned UK’s favourite sweet as top ten revealed
What’s you favourite sweet?
Jelly Babies have been crowned the nation’s favourite sweet, according to a new survey.
The cute little retro tots beat the likes of Wine Gums, Drumstick lollies, Love Hearts and Cola Bottles to the top spot.
The survey, conducted by research agency, Perspectus Global found that the sugary delights, made with a firm shell and soft centre and invented 160 years ago, still proved they were going strong even against new competition.
Firm favourites in the hearts of the nation, Jelly Babies were closely followed by Fruit Pastilles in second place with 62% of the vote, and Wine Gums in third with 60%.
Jelly Babies were first manufactured in Lancashire in the nineteenth century. But their popularity began to wane before being revived by Bassett’s, in Yorkshire.
Bassett’s began mass-producing the sweets as ‘Peace Babies’ in 1918 but then later reverted back to calling them Jelly Babies, as we all know and love them today.
Other popular choices included Cola Bottles, creamy Werther’s Originals, rainbow coloured Skittles and mouthwateringly fruity Starburst.
But surprisingly, oldies but goldies including Black Jacks, Drumstick Lollies as well as its modern-day partner the Drumstick Squashie, didn’t perform quite as well as some might expect.
The tongue colour-changing Black Jacks came in at 21 with 52%, and Drumstick Lollies and Squashies got 51% of the vote.
And the inter-galactic retro Flying Saucers, crash landed at 29 on the list with 49% of the vote.
But the survey also revealed that not only do Brits love a sugary, fruity and tangy sweet, they also love a minty one too as Polos, Tic Tacs and Mentos all made it on the list as fan favourites.
Of the 2,000 polled, 78% said there was something magical about enjoying your favourite childhood sweets, 77% admitted they would rather have sweets for dessert than a pudding and 70% prefer sweets over chocolate.
On average, Brits chomp through around 19 sweets a week – which is not great news for our teeth.
The UK’s 30 favourite sweets, according to the survey, are as follows:
- Jelly Babies 65%
- Fruit Pastilles 62%
- Wine Gums 60%
- Cola Bottles 59%
- Werther’s Originals 59%
- Skittles 58%
- Starburst 57%
- Liquorice Allsorts 57%
- Tangfastics 57%
- Rhubarb and custards 56%
- Jelly Tots 56%
- Fruit Gums 55%
- Love Hearts 54%
- Dolly Mix 53%
- Lemon Sherberts 53%
- Pear Drops 53%
- Turkish Delight 52%
- Maoam Stripes 52%
- Kola cubes 52%
- Daim bars (formerly Dime) 52%
- Black Jacks 52%
- Toffee Bonbons 52%
- Tunnocks Snowballs 51%
- Drumstick Squashies 51%
- Drumstick Lollies 51%
- Polos 50%
- Fruit-tella 50%
- Tic Tacs 50%
- Flying saucers 49%
- Mentos 45%
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Woman finds Easter eggs for just 75p in Morrisons and does trolley dash
A woman took to social media to show off her Easter egg shop after hearing Morrisons had slashed them down to 75p.
If you need to stock up on Easter eggs for the upcoming holiday, or you’ve just got a sweet tooth and love a good bargain, you’ll be pleased to hear Morrisons are selling some of the chocolate goodies for a reduced price of 75p.
One woman heard the news and had to go and check it out for herself, sharing her chocolate egg haul in a video clip on TikTok.
Savvy shopper and chocolate lover Tammy made sure to fill her trolley with a selection of the Cadbury and Nestle eggs currently on offer at Morrisons.
The retail giant has slashed its 96g – 126g Easter eggs down by half price from £1.50 to 75p.
However, there’s just one catch: to get this price, customers will need to scan their Morrisons More Card. Customers without a More Card will still have to pay the full price of £1.50.
However, shoppers will have to act quick to bag this bargain as these deals usually only last a week.
Tammy’s TikTok clip shows her POV as she pushes her shopping trolley filled with 20 of the Easter eggs costing her a total of £15 – not bad. At full price this shop would have cost her £30, saving her a cool £15.
With surely enough in her cart to sort the whole family and have a few left over to treat herself to while watching a Netflix series, it’s no wonder the TikToker was so pleased with herself as she typed in the caption: “When you hear these eggs are down to 75p.”
The clip, posted just days ago, has already gained almost 10,000 views and over 1,000 likes, though viewers have been left divided over the haul. Some have been tagging their friends and family to hurry and make the most of the deal while others have called it ‘selfish’ – but Tammy clapped back at the commenter, saying: “chill out”.
Meanwhile, someone else said: “Literally picked 2 of all flavours for my children.” And another asked: “Is there a limit? My daughter’s birthday party is the day before Easter so I was going to bulk buy them to give to all the kids.”
Responding, one shopper typed: “I wasn’t told there was a limit so it was worth a try. I just went to a self-checkout.”
While Tammy replied with: “Yes it says two of each only. I was over the ‘limit’ but no one questioned it.”
You can get paid £400 a month to take a relaxing hot bath
A bathroom supplier is looking for someone to test out baths and give feedback
If you thought your dream job didn’t exist, think again as you could find yourself being paid to soak in a bath tub.
Some people much prefer a shower, while others enjoy a relaxing soak in a nice hot bath. Either way, this job description sounds heavenly, especially for the latter.
Baths have come into the spotlight since the release of Saltburn and its shocking slurping moment in THAT bath scene.
Perhaps a few shower people have been convinced to change over to the bath side. If you prefer a bath, perhaps you’ll want to take a look at this next job description.
Bathroom Deal are looking for someone to test their bath tubs and share feedback on them. If you successfully land the role, you could become a Bathroom Quality Assurance Tester.
But you’ll have to spend a good bit of time having a soak so that you can share your verdict on each tub before they’re sold to the public. On the plus side, you’ll be squeaky clean!
If you land the role, you’ll need to make sure you have between one to four hours per week to meet the job’s needs and in return you’ll get a freelance rate of £25 per hour, which works out as up to £400 per month.
The job is also remote so you can take a dip in the privacy of your own home but applicants must be prepared to swap out their bathtub for a different one at least once a month by professionals.
With energy prices rising and water bills going up too, we all know the cost of having a bath has become more of a luxury and probably less of an occurrence for many. However, the extra cash may be worth it.
On top of this, aspiring bathtub quality assurance testers should also be aware that experts warn not to spend more than 22 minutes in the bath.
According to a recent study at Victoria Plumbing, this is the perfect length of time to spend in the tub and anything over that can suck the natural oils out of your skin and even leave you feeling dehydrated.
So, if this sounds like the perfect job for you, submit an application on the Bathroom Deal website – you must be over 18 to be considered.