MISSING teen Gaia Pope’s sister has described her disappearance as a “waking nightmare” – as cops arrest an OAP and 19-year-old man on suspicion of her murder.
The pair are accused of killing Gaia despite her body not yet being found.
The 19-year-old , from Langton Matravers, Dorset, was last seen running past a house in nearby Swanage last Tuesday.
She had been staying at an address in Swanage when she disappeared that day.
Her twin sister Maya wrote a desperate post on social media revealing the teenager suffers from epilepsy and had been suffering from seizures before she went missing.
Describing Gaia as an “angel”, Maya said: “Gaia is either in medical crisis or is still running. Please if you have seen her let us know, she last told us she was unwell and lost and that she was having lots of seizures.
“If you have seen something don’t be frightened.
“She is at risk to herself and at risk of being harmed by OTHERS so please contact the police ASAP we are working tirelessly to find her.
“I just want my Gaia back, the last time I saw Gaia she would think of me. I just can’t stop thinking about you girl.”
Speaking about her missing sibling, Marienna Pope, told the Daily Echo: “This is a waking nightmare for Gaia’s family, but we are so grateful to our community, the volunteer coastguard and all the people who’ve been out searching for her.
“There’s a lot of ground to cover, so anyone watching – please help us get the word out.”
She added: “Gaia, if you hear this, we love you with all our hearts.”
A week after Gaia’s last sighting, police arrested a man, 19, and a 71-year-old woman, both from the Swanage area, on suspicion of her murder.
The arrests came after police raided two properties in the town yesterday afternoon.
Police are still searching for Gaia and say she was wearing a red checked shirt with white buttons, grey and white woven leggings and white trainers shortly before she vanished.
She has severe epilepsy, which causes her to suffer seizures. It is not known whether she has her medication with her.
Senior Investigating Officer Neil Devoto, of Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “We have looked through CCTV that covers the Swanage area, including transport hubs, and there is nothing to suggest she has left the area.
“Her disappearance is completely out of character and, following our extensive enquiries, we sadly now believe that she may have come to harm.
The 19-year-old had been staying at an address in Swanage close to her home[/caption]
Last week Miss Pope’s family issued a statement urging her to contact them or police.
They said: “We are all frantic with worry Gaia and are desperate to know you are OK.
“You are not in any trouble and we just want to know you are somewhere safe.
“Please get in touch with someone to let us know where you are so we can help you.”
Hundreds of people from the town also joined the search, with an appeal shared widely on social media in attempts to find Gaia.
Comedian Russell Brand, who has more than 12 million followers on Twitter, re-tweeted a poster with information about the appeal.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 101, quoting incident number 9:179.
Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
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Heartbroken woman’s screams after neighbour shot her pet pit bull because it ran into his house and ‘came at him’
THIS heartbreaking video shows the moment a woman found out her pet pit bull had been shot dead by a neighbour after apparently running into their house. The woman, who has not been named, can be seen bursting into tears as she holds the dog and wails: “That is my baby! That is my baby!” […]
THIS heartbreaking video shows the moment a woman found out her pet pit bull had been shot dead by a neighbour after apparently running into their house.
The woman, who has not been named, can be seen bursting into tears as she holds the dog and wails: “That is my baby! That is my baby!”
A man off-camera can been heard saying: “I had to, he came in the house, he came after me, I’m sorry.”
But the woman argues that the animal, thought to be named Zeus, was “harmless” and had approached the house “with his tail wagging”.
She yells: “You had no reason to shoot him!”
A woman out of the shot is heard saying: “It came to my house and I am very afraid of dogs.”
The owner cries: “You’re going to jail for this,” as she runs over to her dog, who is lying on the front lawn, and begs for someone to call an ambulance.
“He’s still alive, dad,” she shouts to one of the men standing on the porch, who appears to be apologising to the homeowners.
The woman later admits her dog must have slipped off its chain while she was at work before she marches off screaming that the police are on their way.
The footage was uploaded to YouTube last year with the caption: “My dad killed a pitbull with his glock”.
Another clip from the same user was put online the next day and titled: “Part two of my dad killing a pit bull”.
It’s not clear where the footage was filmed, however the people in the video have American accents.
People in the comments section were torn over the situation, as many sided with the homeowner.
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One said: “Why he apologising? Vicious dog came to his private property and he has all rights to protect himself and his family.”
Another said: “A responsible owner wouldn’t have their dog running loose especially if it’s a pit bull”.
But a woman defending the pet owner asked: “Wouldn’t it have been quicker to close the door than search for a gun to shoot the dog?”
Builders’ fury after Hammond threatens to seize land from ‘hoarder’ developers
HOUSEBUILDERS have hit back at claims they are hoarding land for profit after Philip Hammond warned he would seize plots of lands if they are not built on. The Chancellor unveiled an inquiry into accusations of land banking as part of his Budget-pledge to ensure more homes are built. This move prompted outrage from builders […]
HOUSEBUILDERS have hit back at claims they are hoarding land for profit after Philip Hammond warned he would seize plots of lands if they are not built on.
The Chancellor unveiled an inquiry into accusations of land banking as part of his Budget-pledge to ensure more homes are built.
This move prompted outrage from builders who insist the planning system needs to be reformed.
Stewart Baseley, executive chairman of the Home Builders Federation, said: “As has been proved by numerous independent investigations in the past, housebuilders do not land bank.
“Housebuilders have nothing to fear from a review of land banking and if it identifies non-housebuilders sitting on land and brings that forward for development, it would be a positive move.
“Any review should also focus on why so many plots that some suggest are in a ‘land bank’ are mired in the planning system, and identify ways to process them more quickly so they can be built.”
Philip Hammond has pledged to seize developers empty land if they refuse to build houses on it[/caption]
Between 2006 and 2015, planning permission was given for 2,035,835 homes but just 1,261,350 were built.
Campaigners have accused fat-cat firms of hoarding the land just to push up house prices – pricing needy families out of somewhere to buy.
The urgent review, led by former minister Sir Oliver Letwin, was one of a series of shake-ups ordered by the Chancellor yesterday to speed up building in the housing crisis.
Mr Hammond pledged to increase the number of homes built to 300,000 annually, in what he said will be “the biggest annual increase in housing supply since 1970”.
He also promised to increase the housing sector’s financial support by £15.3billion over the next five years, taking the total to over £44billion.
This figure will include £1.2billion earmarked for the Government to buy land to build more homes, and £2.7billion for infrastructure supporting housing.
Planning rules will also be reformed to encourage better use of land in cities and towns, while also protecting the green belt.
In overcrowded London alone, there are 270,000 residential planning permissions currently unbuilt, Mr Hammond said.
He told MPs of the review: “If it finds that vitally needed land is being withheld from the market for commercial reasons, we will intervene, using direct intervention compulsory purchase powers as necessary.”
He also insisted Theresa May’s vow at Tory conference to make the crisis top priority will be fulfilled.
Mr Hammond said: “The Prime Minister has said we will fix this problem. And no one should doubt this Government’s determination.”
Ministers will also draw up plans to build five new “garden towns” in areas where the demand for homes is greatest, delivered by public- private partnerships attracting cash from around the world.
The proposals include the construction of a million new houses between the university cities of Oxford and Cambridge and the new town of Milton Keynes.
The Chancellor also set up a new mega quango to deliver on his housing blueprint by expanding the Homes and Communities Agency and turning it into Homes England.
The strong body will help councils enforce the Government’s yearly housing target by 2025 by “bringing together money, expertise, and planning powers”, he said.
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But Mr Hammond faced criticism his housing package ducked away from major solutions.
One was Mrs May’s refusal to look again at building on green belt. Changes only apply to land in towns.
Shelter chief Polly Neate said: “The new 300,000 housing supply target is an important commitment which we welcome.”
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A YOUNG woman has died after reportedly falling out of a second storey window while trying to take a selfie.
But the “beautiful” Toni Kelly gave the final gift of life after her organs were donated to help save other lives in the UK, with friends saying she had been on life support for a week before she tragically passed away.
Unconfirmed reports from the Daily Mail suggested that the young woman had been trying to take a photo of herself, but this has not been confirmed by her family or authorities.
The young woman is understood to have only moved to Britain this year, with her family now raising funds to bring her body home after the “tragic accident”.
In the tribute fundraising page for Toni, friends said: “Toni was a young, happy and beautiful girl who has had a tragic accident while living overseas in London.
“Unfortunately Toni has sadly passed away due to her injuries. In her death Toni’s organs have been donated to help save other lives in the UK.”
Friends have since paid tribute to the young woman, with her family, of Whangarei, on New Zealand’s north island, having rushed to London to be by her side.
A friend wrote: “This is the most emotional draining and distressing time for any family to go through.”
Grieving sister Stacey also shared a photograph of herself with Toni, with the caption simply reading: “Always”.
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Friend Paige Hourigan told Daily Mail Australia how Toni was “a beautiful girl”.
She said: “I remember just laughing and giggling with her all the time about nothing. She was a beautiful girl that will definitely always be remembered, especially for that smile.”
Others wrote tributes to the young woman, with one saying: “Words aren’t enough to express our sadness for all of you. Dearest thoughts are with you all.”
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