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Captain Coward had his eye on English dancer: After claims he was distracted by woman on the bridge, passengers and crew reveal Casanova antics of crash skipper
January 24, 2012 - By Helen Weathers and Rebecca Evans, The Daily Mail

Captain Francesco Schettino from the ill-fated cruise ship the Costa Concordia, is being investigated to see if he was 'distracted from his commands' when the ship hit rocks close to the island of Giglio.

Witnesses have claimed that they saw the captain drinking wine and with a young woman before the accident occured.

Mr Schettino is under house arrest for the possible manslaughter of 11 people and for 21, which are still missing and for 'allegedly deserting his liner'.
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Prince Harry could become the first Royal to appear in a court of law after reporting friends mugging
December 19, 2011 - By Katie Nicholl and Christopher Leake, The Daily Mail

Prince Harry was on the phone to his friend, Thomas van Straubenzee, at the same time in which Mr Straubenzee was robbed of his BlackBerry mobile phone.

Upon on hearing the mugging taking place, Prince Harry and his protection officer went to the Battersea area of London to look for Mr Straubenzee.

The Prince then went to the Police station to report the crime where he had to give a witness statement due to hearing the crime taking place. It is thought that this is the "first time a senior Royal has walked into a Police station to report a crime".
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Roman Abramovich denies Boris Berezovsky’s ‘gangster smear’
November 01, 2011 - By BBC News

Roman Abramovich, the Chelsea Football Club owner, is being sued by Boris Berezovsky, a business rival as Berezovsky claims he was "intimidated" by Abramovich into "selling shares well below their true worth".

In a witness statement, Abramovich says he worked with Berezovsky in the late 1990's as he needed "political and physical protection" as he grew his business.

It is alleged that Abramovich "betrayed Berezovsky and intimidated him into selling shares in Russian oil company Sibneft for a mere $1.3bn", which Abramovich denies. Berezovsky is "claiming £3bn in damages". The trial is set to continue for two months.
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Metropolitan Police launch investigations into allegations John Terry racially abused Anton Ferdinand
November 01, 2011 - By Jason Burt and Luke Edwards, The Telegraph

A complaint from a member of the public following the Chelsea and QPR game on Sunday 23rd October has lead to a police enquiry into allegations that John Terry (Chelsea) racially abused Anton Ferdinand (QPR).

A full investigation has been launched and police have started interviewing and taking witness statements from those parties who were involved.

John Terry denies the allegations and the Football Association has also recieved statements regarding the matter.
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Jia Ashton murder: David Simmonds' motive is a mystery
September 29, 2011 - By Gavin Bevis, BBC News

Derbyshire police launched their biggest investigation ever to find the killer of Jia Ashton.

They opened several lines of enquiry and used hundreds of witness statements to track down her killer; 21-year-old David Simmonds.

The motive for the murder has not been answered and Simmonds has not given a reason as to why he did it.
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How tycoon Simon Morris controlled 21-stone 'puppet'
September 27, 2011 - By Rob Preece, Yorkshire Post

A false witness statement was given to the bodyguard of Simon Morris, a bankrupt Yorkshire property tycoon, to sign, after the bodyguard was sent to "persuade a former business partner to repay a loan".

Both men are accused of conspiracy to blackmail, after Morris' bodyguard, Johnathon Ashworth, admitted in court that the statement contained lies.

It is alleged that Ashworth was sent to intimidate Morris' former business partner. The trial is still continuing.
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NoTW scandal: Sheridan evidence probed
July 07, 2011 - By James Matthews, Sky News

The News of the World phone hacking scandal has caused the witness statements used in the Scottish MP Tommy Sheridan's perjury trial to be re-looked at.

Sheridan successfully sued the newspaper over claims about his private life, however it was later found that he lied at this trial.

During the trail, former News of the World editor, Andy Coulson, gave evidence, which due to the phone hacking scandal is now being looked at to see whether he lied or not.
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Why can’t we trust what we see?
April 15, 2010 - By Denise Winterman, BBC News Magazine

Research involving the BBC, the Open University and Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has found that human memory is extremely fragile, making it difficult for us to recall information, particularly if we are an eye-witness to a crime.

Police still rely heavily on eye-witness testimonies, whether right or wrong, and do understand just how fallible our memories can be.

What we remember can be dependent on the situation we are in, as stress and shock can cause us major issues when trying to retrieve a particular memory.
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Witness statements – HSE
By the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

A HSE guide into collecting evidence from witnessess using witness statements.

A witness statement records the evidence you are given by those who saw or were involved in an incident.

The guide gives useful information into the proceedings following the use of a witness statement so as to be in compliance with the Health and Safety at Work Act.
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Witness Statement
By Wikipedia

Wikipedia entry, giving an explanation as to what witness statement means.
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