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Officers ‘thrown in air like ragdolls’ in crash

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Image caption PC Tom Dorman was working the night shift when he was involved in a crash which led to the amputation of his leg

A man has been accused of throwing two police officers “into the air like ragdolls” when he drove into them, leading one to have his leg amputated.

Hayden Brown is charged with driving a Ford Focus into PC Thomas Dorman and PC Wai-man Lam, in Maidenhead.

The crash also flung a passenger out of the car and pinned her underneath it, Reading Crown Court heard.

Mr Brown, 25 and of Maidenhead, denies three counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, in 2018.

Michael Roques, prosecuting, said Mr Brown had been driving a group of people from a party to buy more alcohol and nitrous oxide balloons.

‘Residents saved officer’s life’

He crashed the car into the officers who seconds before, had pulled over a taxi for speeding, in Norden Road on 2 September, the court heard.

“The defendant had lost control of the vehicle. It slid straight into the two police officers,” Mr Roques said.

“They simply did not have enough time to react and get out the way.

“One witness described them being thrown into the air like ragdolls.”

The car then hit the taxi, before spinning into the police car behind and flipping on its side, he said.

The jury heard PC Dorman had to direct residents to find a tourniquet to stop him dying from blood loss at the scene, after suffering catastrophic leg injuries.

‘Hiding in bush’

Surgery he underwent later was unsuccessful in saving his leg.

PC Lam required stitches for less serious leg wounds, but has since left Thames Valley Police after being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Focus passenger Annie Butt, suffered 24 separate broken bones in the crash, the hearing was told.

Charlie Keeley and Mr Brown’s brother, Stuart, were also in the car.

Mr Roques told the court Mr Brown fled the scene before being found hiding in a bush.

Giving evidence, Ms Butt said she had initially driven the car from the party to a Sainsbury’s Local in Maidenhead because she had not drunk much, despite being under the influence of cocaine and cannabis.

She said Mr Brown then took over driving when they left the supermarket, shortly before the crash.

‘Shouting in agony’

“Hayden drove the car underneath the bridge and he lost control,” Ms Butt told the jury.

Written statements from PC Lam were read to the court, in which he described the moments before the vehicle struck.

“All of a sudden I heard the sound of an engine roar and could hear squealing and a screech from the direction of the bridge,” he said.

“PC Dorman was shouting and rolling around in agony.”

The trial continues.

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6 ‘probable’ vaping-related lung injury cases linked to Massachusetts dispensaries

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(CNN)A state investigation into vaping-related lung injury cases in Massachusetts has found that vape products used in six probable cases were purchased legally from dispensaries. All of the products contained THC or tetrahydrocannabinol, the primary psychoactive component of cannabis.

None of the confirmed cases in the investigation involved products purchased from dispensaries.
Details from this investigation into vape products were released on Thursday and included 49 vaping-related lung injury cases total, 16 of which were “confirmed” and 33 of which were “probable.”
    The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission said in an email Friday that it is reviewing the information and will use it for the commission’s ongoing investigation into whether marijuana products manufactured by licensees in Massachusetts contain substances of concern.
    “Public health and safety remain paramount to the Commission,” the statement said. “The agency continues to test samples from licensed Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers and Marijuana Establishments to understand whether legal products contain vitamin E acetate or other contaminants of concern while its quarantine on marijuana vaping products, except medical-use flower vaporizers, remains in place.”
    There have been 2,291 cases of lung injury in the United States linked to vaping as of December 4, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vaping-related lung injuries have been reported in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
    In tracking these cases, the CDC has decided to include only cases that resulted in hospitalization. As a result, CDC removed 175 non-hospitalized cases from its previously reported national case counts. The last report, released on November 21, had recorded 2,290 cases of lung injury linked to vaping.
    The CDC on Thursday also reported 48 confirmed deaths in 25 states and the District of Columbia.

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      While it appears that vitamin E acetate, a thickener used in some vaping products, is linked to the lung injury cases, the agency said it can’t rule out other chemicals.
      “CDC recommends that people should not use THC-containing e-cigarette, or vaping, products, particularly from informal sources like friends, family, or in-person or online dealers,” the agency said. “In addition, people should not add any substances to e-cigarette or vaping products that are not intended by the manufacturer, including products purchased through retail establishments.”

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      Driver rushing to see girlfriend jailed over crash

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      Image caption There was “no evidence of braking at all” by Ben Jobling, prosecutors said

      A driver who killed a pedestrian as he rushed to get home to pick up his girlfriend before going on a night out has been jailed.

      Ben Jobling crashed while carrying out an illegal overtaking manoeuvre as he drove at 50mph in a 30mph street.

      Martin Rogers, 31, was pronounced dead at the scene in Smannell Road in Andover, Hampshire, in February 2018.

      Jobling, 20, was jailed for two-and-half-years after being found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.

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      Image caption Martin Rogers (left), pictured with his brother Dean, died after being hit by Jobling’s car

      Mr Rogers was with friends when he was hit by Jobling’s Vauxhall Corsa at 17:10 GMT on 25 February.

      There was “no evidence of braking at all”, prosecutors said during Jobling’s trial at Winchester Crown Court.

      During his journey he had overtaken “slow” vehicles, even doing so on a pedestrian crossing just moments before the crash.

      Mr Rogers was probably “drowsy and disorientated” from a “cocktail of drugs” when he entered the road near Icknield Way, the jury was told.

      ‘Moment of madness’

      The court heard he had taken cannabis, cocaine, diazepam, methadone and morphine.

      Jobling, of Romney Road in Andover, admitted speeding and illegally overtaking but claimed Mr Rogers ran into the road.

      He pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving, but was convicted of the more serious charge after a trial.

      Jobling was also disqualified from driving for three years and three months when he was sentenced at Salisbury Crown Court earlier.

      Sgt Mark Furse, from Hampshire Constabulary, said: “This was a death that could easily have been avoided. Being in a rush is absolutely no excuse to drive dangerously and at excessive speeds.

      “One moment of madness has had a lifelong impact on two families, one of whom will never get to see their loved one again in the case of Mr Rogers’ family.”

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      Boy ‘lay in pool of blood after rival gang attack’

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      Image caption Jaden Moodie is the youngest person to be stabbed to death in London in 2019

      A 14-year-old boy lay “quivering” in a pool of blood after being stabbed at least nine times by a rival gang, a court has heard.

      Jaden Moodie was attacked by three men in Leyton, north-east London, on 8 January, the Old Bailey has been told.

      In a witness statement, read out in court, one man said he saw three men “stomping on someone” on Bickley Road.

      Ayoub Majdouline, 19, of Wembley in north London, denies murder and possession of a knife.

      The witness said he had been sitting at home when he heard a loud crash on Bickley Road.

      He saw three people get out of a Mercedes before one of them began “stomping on someone” on the ground, the court heard.

      He also saw someone with a “London rudeboy accent, kicking someone on the ground” before someone said, “quick, let’s get out of here”.

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      Image caption Ayoub Majdouline denies murdering the teenager and possession of a knife

      The trial of Mr Majdouline has previously heard Jaden had been riding his moped around the streets where the “Beaumont Crew” gang was known to operate, and with whom he was linked.

      “He dealt drugs for them and is likely to have been doing just that on this particular evening – he must have felt safe in this area and it is unlikely that he anticipated that anything untoward might happen to him,” prosecutor Oliver Glasgow QC said.

      Mr Majdouline, who is allegedly linked to rival gang the “Mali Boys”, had been in a stolen Mercedes which was driven at Jaden, causing him to be “catapulted” over the bonnet, Mr Glasgow added.

      The defendant and two others, all armed with knives, then got out of the car and began stabbing Jaden repeatedly, jurors heard.

      The attack “violent and frenzied” attack lasted 14 seconds, the court has been told.

      Another witness told the court Jaden was “quivering” and that “thick trails of blood” were coming from the car the teenager lay underneath.

      Forensic practitioner Ian Hounsell, who was in the area at the time of the attack, told jurors he could hear the teenager “grunting” and that he noticed several slit marks at the back of Jaden’s jacket.

      He administered CPR, but the 14-year-old was pronounced dead at 19:09 GMT.

      Post-mortem examinations detected Jaden had previously used cannabis, the court was told.

      The trial continues.

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