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Police keep security arrangements secret ahead of Barrow baby death inquest

POLICE are remaining tight lipped over security arrangements for a high profile inquest into the sudden and suspicious death of a Barrow baby. The inquiry to establish how 13-month-old tot Poppi Worthington died is finally set to be heard from November 27 following a string of postponements and delays. But Cumbria Constabulary will not disclose whether they are set to provide extra protection for Poppi’s father; Paul Worthington – the man said by a High Court judge to have seriously sexually assaulted the youngster in the moments before her collapse.

Lawyers for the 49-year-old – a former Tesco supermarket worker – have claimed he now receives death threats on a ‘daily basis’. They had requested he be allowed to give evidence via videolink in a bid to ensure his safety. But the constabulary has refused to confirm whether the location has been inspected by officers ahead of the inquest – or whether Mr Worthington will be afforded additional security during the proceedings.

In response to a request submitted under the Freedom of Information Act, the force has stated it can neither ‘confirm or deny that it holds the information’ sought. Additionally, the Legal Aid Agency has confirmed the final amount set to be awarded to Mr Worthington is still not decided with less than a month to go before the inquest begins. The money will be used to pay for a high ranking barrister, expected to be Leslie Thomas QC, and a legal team.

Mr Worthington’s application for funding was turned down three times between 2015 and 2017 before eventually being granted under an ‘exceptional circumstances’ appeal. But a spokesman for the Legal Aid Agency, which refused to divulge the reason for each of the refusals, said: “I can confirm that legal aid has been granted for the representation of Paul Worthington at the upcoming inquest you refer to.

“However, the matter is still pending and so no costs have as yet been billed under this certificate.”

Tragic Poppi was found collapsed overnight at her Barrow home in December 2012 by Mr Worthington . She died soon after. No official cause of death has ever been recorded.

Well documented failings in the way the case was investigated by Cumbria police meant vital evidence was not secured, no formal interviews took place for ten months and no-one has ever been formally charged. Cumbria County Council, which failed to adequately protect Poppi’s siblings, then sought a High Court injunction to keep the whole matter secret for more than two decades. However the injunction was later overturned by a group of media organisations including CN Group.

In January 2016, Mr Justice Jackson concluded on balance of probability the youngster had been seriously sexually assaulted by Mr Worthington before her death. Mr Worthington has always denied any wrongdoing in relation to his daughter. The inquest is expected to last three weeks and will be heard by chief coroner for Cumbria, David Roberts.

It follows an ‘irregular’ first inquest in 2014 which lasted just seven minutes, heard no evidence and was eventually quashed by the High Court. Since then, a fresh inquiry into Poppi’s death has been cancelled at the last minute on two further occasions. The first was postponed to allow the little girl’s mother to seek a review of evidence held on the case by the Crown Prosecution Service.

A later hearing was delayed by Mr Worthington after he was granted legal aid just days before the complicated process was due to start.


:: Poppi was a 13-month old baby who lived in Barrow with her parents and siblings.

:: In December 2013, she was found collapsed at home by her father Paul and taken to Furness General Hospital by ambulance . She was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.

:: A Home Office pathologist reported Poppi had sustained internal injuries before she died consistent with sexual abuse . However a formal cause of death has not been ascertained.

:: A High Court judge ruled that on balance of probability, Mr Worthington had sexually assaulted his daughter in the moments before her collapse.

:: Mr Worthington denies any wrongdoing.

:: An inquest is a legal hearing that establishes basic facts about an unexpected death.

:: These include who the person was, where they died and how they died.

:: The circumstances leading to the death are also uncovered.

:: It is presided over by a coroner.


:: A High Court judge ruled Mr Worthington had attacked his daughter before she died on balance of probability – the threshold required in civil court cases.

:: But Police failings in the case mean the case cannot be tested in the criminal courts.

:: Cumbria County Council bosses later tried to keep the case secret with a High Court super-injunction.

:: This will be the second inquest for Poppi . In a highly unusual move, the first hearing, held at Barrow Town Hall in 2014, was overturned after it was deemed ‘irregular’.

Security top priority for many UT churches

Law enforcement investigating at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs after a gunman opened fire during a Sunday service. Law enforcement investigating at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs after a gunman opened fire during a Sunday service.


SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) The Texas church murders shattered the sanctuary of church across the nation and Utah, forcing pastors to revisit their security plan. When Pastor France Davis came to Calvary Baptist Church 45 years ago, he never expected to hear about mass murder in a place of worship. I thought that churches were a sacred place that people had respect for them, Pastor Davis said. Now, a top priority for the church is ensuring the 1,400 Sunday worshippers remain safe. Only a handful of doors allow access to the chapel . Inside, a plain-clothes security team keeps watch.

We know what to expect of the members of the church . When others come, we don t know them and have to be careful, Pastor Davis said. It is a pastor s worst nightmare, The Point Church Pastor Corey Hodges said.

The Point Church in Kearns also set up a secret security team made up of former military and law enforcement officers with tactical and active shooter training. I feel obligated to protect the sheep, our congregants, Pastor Hodges said. Pastor Hodges also installed a comprehensive camera system, keyless entry, and asks parishioners to alert the security team of any violent domestic issues that could come knocking. This week, Calvary Baptist Church celebrates their 125th anniversary in Salt Lake City . They ve hired extra off-duty police officers to keep an eye out for trouble.

Trump won’t single out Russia as a security threat but insists that ‘many countries’ qualify in that category

  • President Donald Trump got asked if he considered Russia a ‘security threat’
  • He held a joint press conference with the president of Finland
  • Instead he said he considered ‘many countries’ a threat
  • Russia has been flying spy planes over the Baltic Sea
  • NATO allies have reported concern
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin has defended the patrol flights
  • Risk of collision with civilian aircraft feared
  • Continues Trump’s longstanding pattern of not criticizing Russia
  • Russia also backs Bashar al-Assad in Syria and invaded Ukraine in 2014
  • There were new revelations Monday about a now-defunct plan to build a Trump Tower in Moscow

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President Trump was given an opportunity to call Russia a ‘security threat’ on Monday, but he instead spoke about ‘many countries’ that are a threat. ‘Would you consider Russia as a security threat?’ Trump got asked at a press conference with Finland’s President Sauli Niinist by a Finnish reporter, who reminded the president that Russian planes have been conducting missions over the Baltic Sea using aircraft that didn’t turn their transponders on thereby avoiding tracking by NATO aircraft. Rather than slap Russia for the tactic in a region historically under Russia’s shadow, Trump spoke about generalized unnamed threats.

‘Well, I consider many countries as a security threat, unfortunately, when you look at what’s going on in the world today,’ Trump said. U.S . President Donald Trump holds a joint news conference with Finland President Sauli Niinist at the White House in Washington, U.S., August 28, 2017, where he declined to call Russia a ‘security threat’ The president continued, referencing a recent trip by Vice President Mike Pence to reassure Baltic nations.

‘As you know, a few weeks ago our great vice president, Mike Pence, who is right here, was in the region and spent quite a bit of time there,’ Trump said. ‘We consider that a very, very important part of the world . We have great relationships there . We have a great relationship with Finland,’ a nation that borders Russia. ‘And so I would consider many countries threats, but these are all threats that we’ll be able to handle if we have to . Hopefully we won’t have to handle them .

But if we do, we will handle them,’ Trump said. President Donald Trump turned down an opportunity to call Russia a ‘security threat’ Monday . ussian President Vladimir Putin walks along the Cathedral Square of the Kremlin before a holiday reception marking “Russia Day” in Moscow on June 12, 2017 Then he got asked if the situation in the Baltic were to escalate, what the U.S . would be ready to do. Again, Trump who recently warned North Korea about the ‘fire and fury’ it could face was nonspecific. ‘Well, we are very protective of that region .

That’s all I can say . We are very, very protective . We have great friends there, great relationships there . We are extremely protective,’ Trump said. Trump’s decision not to criticize Russian President Vladimir Putin drew frequent comment during the presidential campaign. A U.S . S B-52 bomber over Baltic Sea in Ventspils, Latvia 06 June 2017 .

Russia’s defense ministry informed that Russia scrambled an Su-27 fighter on, 06 June to intercept a US B-52 bomber over the Baltic Sea . The B-52 bomber which was in international airspace but close to the Russian border, was escorted away by the Russian plane

President Trump was asked at a press conference whether Russia was a ‘security threat’

Michael Cohen (R), a former executive vice president of the Trump Organization, wrote Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman about a now-defunct Trump Tower Moscow deal during the presidential campaign

Trump and the Russian government have denied allegations of collusion to influence the election . In May, Trump met with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russia’s Ambassador to the United States Sergei Kislyak at the White House

On Monday, the Washington Post3 reported that Trump Organization attorney Michael Cohen wrote the top spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin seeking ‘assistance’ with a Trump Tower Moscow project, new bombshell documents turned over to Congress reveal. The email is from January 2016, during the presidential campaign, and appears to contradict President Trump’s repeated assurances that he had nothing to do with Russia. ‘Over the past few months I have been working with a company based in Russia regarding the development of a Trump Tower – Moscow project in Moscow City,’ Trump Organization lawyer Michael Cohen wrote Putin spokesman Dmitri Peskov.

‘Without getting into lengthy specifics . the communication between our two sides has stalled,’ Cohen went on, a person familiar with the email told the Post. ‘As this project is too important, I am hereby requesting your assistance . I respectfully request someone, preferably you, contact me so that I might discuss the specifics as well as arranging meetings with the appropriate individuals . I thank you in advance for your assistance and look forward to hearing from you soon,’ Cohen wrote, in a message that has now been obtained by congressional investigators.

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