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Police 'made hundreds of visits' to Ariel Castro's Cleveland street in the years since three women's disappearance

Local police made nearly eleven hundred visits to houses on the Cleveland block where Ariel Castro is accused of holding three women captive in his home for around a decade, it has emerged.

Prosecutors may pursue a death penalty case against Ariel Castro
Investigators found chains attached to walls in Ariel Castro’s basement

Ariel Castro faces 329 charges including murder, kidnap and rape in Cleveland missing women case

A man accused of holding three women captive in his run-down home in Cleveland for a decade and fathering a child with one of them has been indicted on 329 charges including murder, kidnapping and rape, prosecutors said.

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Investigators found chains attached to walls in Ariel Castro’s basement

Accused Cleveland kidnapper, Ariel Castro, ready to deny all charges

Defence team says key suspect in triple hostage case is ‘no monster’ and that he loved his baby girl

Children release balloons as part of a gathering outside a community meeting at Immanuel Lutheran Church held to talk about the kidnapping of Michelle Knight, Gina DeJesus and Amanda Berry by neighbour resident Ariel Castro

Cleveland kidnappings: The captives are free - but the streets will never be the same

Ariel Castro’s neighbours lament the lack of community and failure to recognise anything amiss

Ariel Castro is arraigned at Cleveland Municipal Court in front of judge Lauren Moore

Cleveland kidnappings: Ariel Castro may face death penalty over forced miscarriages

If proven the miscarriage claims could lead to murder charges

Clockwise from top left: Kidnap suspect Ariel Castro; Gina Dejesus arrives home and gives a thumbs up; the FBI searches nearby homes in the neighbourhood; people clap as Amanda Berry arrives home.

Cleveland abductions: ‘Today the situation has changed. Ariel Castro stands before you a captive. The women are free’ - bail set at $8m for man accused of kidnapping and imprisoning three women

Nikhil Kumar sees the man accused of imprisoning and abusing four women in his Cleveland home appear in court for the first time

The three suspects; Ariel, Oneil and Pedro Castro

Cleveland kidnapping: Prosecutors charge Ariel Castro, but not his two brothers

Prosecutors have charged 52 year old Ariel Castro, the Cleveland man suspected of abducting three women and holding them captive at his home, with multiple counts of kidnapping and rape.

(Top left) Amanda Berry, right, is reunited with her sister; (top right) the house where the three women were found alive; (bottom, from left) Ariel, Oneil and Pedro Castro

Cleveland kidnapping: Son reveals his father padlocked doors to basement because 'we weren't allowed to go there'

Kidnapped as young women between 2002 and 2004, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were widely given up for dead. Now they have emerged - one with a child, but what really happened during their years of captivity?

Weir chief, Lord Smith of Kelvin, to step down

The chairman of the Green Investment Bank has given up the same role at Weir Group, the Glasgow-based FTSE 100 manufacturer of pumps, valves and slurry-handling equipment.

Terry Gilliam to make ENO comeback as opera bosses express cuts fears

The chiefs of the English National Opera believe that next month’s spending review will be “crucial” in shaping the future of the arts in Britain.

Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer are to return to BBC with a new sitcom

House of Fools: Reeves and Mortimer return to BBC two years after Shooting Stars axed

Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer are coming back to the BBC two years after the corporation axed their surreal panel show Shooting Stars.

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