Ex-Olympian’s affair with Tory peer exposed in court as she is accused of daubing his flat with pigs’ blood

A Tory peer’s affair with a former Olympic showjumper has emerged after she appeared in court accused of daubing the walls of his London flat with pigs’ blood. Lizzie Purbrick, who competed in the 1980 Olympics, allegedly broke into 63-year-old David Prior‘s flat in May while he was out. Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court in south London…

BMW and DVSA failed to take sufficient action over electrical fault which caused Gurkha veteran’s death, inquest hears

BMW and the Government driving agency failed to take sufficient action over electrical faults in the German manufacturer’s cars before they caused the death of a Gurkha veteran, an inquest heard.  Narayan Gurung, 66, of Aldershot, died after crashing his Ford Fiesta into a tree on a dark road in Hampshire on Christmas Day 2016 to avoid a…

Man dies after being shot in Merseyside

A man has died following a shooting in Merseyside. Police have launched an investigation into the incident in Assissian Crescent, Netherton, on Thursday evening. Emergency services were called to the residential street at about 8pm where the man, whose name and age have not been released, was found injured. He was taken to hospital where…

Dramatic body-worn camera footage of moment armed suspected terrorist is taken down in Westminster

Dramatic body-worn camera footage has been aired in court of an armed suspected terrorist being taken down by armed police near Parliament. Khalid Ali, 28, was arrested at the Parliament Street junction on April 27 last year and the newly-released video shows the moment he is handcuffed by armed police officers and searched.  Ali put his hands in the…

Widow, 100, who moved to Britain from Poland after Second World War dies after breaking neck in mugging

A 100-year-old widow who suffered a broken neck when she was mugged while walking to church has died. Zofija Kaczan, who travelled to Britain from Poland after the Second World War, was thrown to the pavement as the attacker grabbed her green imitation leather bag from behind. The pensioner was taken to hospital with what police initially…

Manhunt underway after woman and baby stabbed in west London

 A manhunt is under way after a woman and baby were stabbed in west London. The woman, in her 30s, and a one-year-old boy were found suffering stab injuries at a residential address in the London Borough of Hounslow on Monday evening. The Metropolitan Police said the boy remains in a critical condition, while the…

British teenager guilty of planning terror attack on the British Museum with sister and mother in first all-woman Isil cell

One of Britain’s youngest female terror plotters has been found guilty of preparing an attack on London with the first all-woman Islamic State cell. Safaa Boular, now 18, secretly discussed the murderous scheme with her sister and mother using coded language which had an Alice in Wonderland tea party theme. Instead of cucumber sandwiches and cakes,…

Grenfell fraudsters lived in luxury hotels at taxpayers’ expense for nearly a year

Two illegal immigrants who posed as victims of the Grenfell Tower fire were put up in hotels funded by the taxpayer for almost a year. Elaine Douglas and Tommy Brooks, who are Jamaican, falsely claimed more than £100,000 in accommodation and pre-paid credit cards before staff at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea realised the flat they claimed to…

Magician David Copperfield not liable for Briton’s injuries during trick as jury finds tourist was 100pc responsible

David Copperfield, the illusionist, has been found negligent but not financially responsible for a British tourist’s injuries during a signature vanishing act that used participants from the audience of a Las Vegas show. Gavin Cox and his wife, Minh-Hahn Cox, alleged negligence by the multimillionaire magician, the MGM Grand hotel, two Copperfield business entities and a construction firm that…

Cambridge punt war reaches High Court as council bans company from taking tourists on river

Cambridge’s punt wars reached the High Court on Friday as the council banned an established company from taking tourists on the water.  Traditional Cambridge Tours, which has been operating on the River Cam for 12 years, was accused by Cambridge City Council of trespassing by conducting unauthorised commercial operations on its land. In what is understood to be the…

Pensioner, 95, arrested on suspicion of murder as carer dies of head injuries

A 95-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a carer died from head injuries in Islington.  Scotland Yard believe the 61-year-old woman’s injuries were inflicted at a home she where she was working. Officers were called to what they are describing as a «residential address» at 7.10am Thursday morning, but the carer died in hospital of her injuries on…

Scottish court told Brexit could be unilaterally halted

A judge has been told there is an alternative to Theresa May’s “deal or no deal” approach to leaving the EU which could see Brexit unilaterally halted. Aidan O’Neill QC, representing a group of pro-Remain politicians, raised the prospect at Scotland’s highest civil court of MPs instructing the UK Government to withdraw its Article 50…

Australian archbishop most senior Catholic to be convicted of covering up sex abuse of altar boys

An Australian archbishop has become the most senior Roman Catholic cleric in the world to be convicted of covering up child sex abuse and faces a potential two years in prison when he is sentenced next month. Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson was convicted in Newcastle Local Court, north of Sydney, following a magistrate-only trial. Wilson, 67, had pleaded…

Grenfell inquest: Survivor breaks down in tearful tribute to his stillborn baby who died as family escaped blaze

A Grenfell Tower survivor has paid tearful tribute to his «beautiful, sleeping angel», who was the youngest victim of the blaze, at the opening of the disaster inquiry. Logan Gomes was stillborn in hospital after his mother Andreia escaped from the 21st floor with her husband and two young girls. Calling the last 11 months one of…

Rocket launcher found at Brighton recycling site 

Police were forced to evacuate a recycling centre after a rocket launcher was found in amongst household waste. The weapon was discovered by a member of staff at the Veolia Materials Recovery Facility in Brighton at lunchtime on Friday and the site was closed down while officers carried out their checks.  It is understood Sussex…

Scotland fans who abused Eddie Jones as he posed for selfies show ‘no remorse’ as they are fined in court

Three men have been fined for hurling abuse at England Rugby’s head coach Eddie Jones following Scotland’s Calcutta Cup triumph. Footage released online showed the group approaching the 58-year-old for a photograph as he left Manchester Oxford Road rail station to catch a waiting car before the atmosphere turned sour. One of the Scotland supporters shouted…

Cat burglar who climbs to fourth-floor windows of wealthy family homes could be scaffolder, police believe

A cat burglar who targets the homes of wealthy families by scaling walls and drainpipes to enter high windows could be a scaffolder or builder, detectives believe. The raider has stolen vintage Rolex watches, jewellery, designer handbangs and cash worth £270,000 during break-ins in some of London’s wealthiest neighbourhoods. He has so far targeted five properties in west…

Vegan group’s advert wrongly linking cow’s milk to cancer is banned

A vegan group’s «misleading» advert linking cow’s milk to cancer has been banned. The poster by activists Viva! triggered two complaints to watchdogs after being seen on buses in Bristol last September. The ad was banned following an investigation by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) because Viva! was unable to substantiate claims that hormones in…

Uber will let victims of sexual assault and harassment sue the company

Uber will give its US riders and drivers greater freedom to pursue claims of sexual misconduct in a new bid to improve its reputation. The company will allow allegations of sexual assault and harassment to be filed in open courts, instead of its terms of service barring the claims and locking victims into an arbitration hearing, the San Francisco based company announced on Tuesday….

Body found in search for missing Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison

Police searching for missing Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison have found a body. Police Scotland made the discovery at Port Edgar near South Queensferry at 8.30pm on Thursday. Formal identification has yet to take place, but the family of Mr Hutchison have been informed. The frontman’s brother talked Wednesday of his «incredible worry» as police continued to search…

Missing Frightened Rabbit lead singer did not take phone with him from hotel where he was last seen, brother reveals

The brother of missing the Frightened Rabbit frontman has talked of his «incredible worry» as police continue to search for him.  Scott Hutchison, 36, has not been seen since leaving the Dakota Hotel in South Queensferry in Scotland at 1am on Wednesday in a «very fragile state».  It has emerged the lead singer left the hotel without his phone…

‘Walter Mitty’ motorist’s ‘web of lies’ led police on two-year chase — all to escape £100 speeding fine

A «Walter Mitty fantasist» led police on a two-year wild goose chase spanning three countries by creating an «extraordinary web of lies» in a failed attempt to avoid a £100 speeding fine, a court heard. Christopher Henry was caught breaking a 30mph limit in his ex-wife’s Land Rover Freelander but refused to accept the ticket and went to «extreme lengths» to…

Married fairground workers guilty over death of girl killed after bouncy castle blew away

Two married fairground workers have been found guilty over the death of a girl who was killed when a bouncy castle she was inside blew away. William and Shelby Thurston were convicted of the gross negligence manslaughter of seven-year-old Summer Grant by majority verdict at Chelmsford Crown Court. Summer died in hospital after she was rescued from the inflatable…

Libyan rebel leader who claims MI6 was complicit in his torture settles case with British government

A Libyan dissident who claims MI6 was complicit in his rendition and torture has settled his case with the Government. Abdul-Hakim Belhaj has alleged that the British Government under Tony Blair was complicit in the arrest of him and his wife at Bangkok airport in 2004. The couple were flown to Tripoli where Mr Belhaj, who opposed Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s regime,…

Scottish Government tells court there is no ban on fracking

The Scottish Government has been urged to explain its position on fracking after telling a judge that there is no ban in place, and ministers still have to make up their minds. James Mure QC, for the government, told the Court of Session that a legal bid by the petrochemical giant Ineos to overturn the “ban”…

Karen Matthews says ‘I’m not Britain’s worst mum’ 10 years after kidnapping daughter Shannon

The mother of Shannon Matthews, Karen Matthews, insists she knew nothing about the kidnap plot of her daughter, saying she is not «Britain’s worst mum». Karen Matthews, 43, was jailed 10 years ago after being found guilty at Leeds Crown Court of kidnapping and falsely imprisoning her own daughter, along with her co-accused Michael Donovan. Matthews…

Scotland Yard suspends forensic scientist amid fears 21 rape cases could be compromised

A police forensic scientist has been suspended amid allegations that 33 criminal investigations — including rape and sexual assault cases — could have been compromised. The Directorate of Professional Standards is conducting an «urgent» review into the Metropolitan Police amid claims the inquiries could have been «affected» by suspected forensics mishandling. Scotland Yard said a review found…

Boy, 17, shot dead in south London on another night of bloodshed

A 17-year-old boy has died after being found with a gunshot wound in a street in south London. The teenager was discovered with critical injuries on Warham Street in Southwark on Saturday evening. Scotland Yard said officers were called to reports of gunshots on nearby Cooks Road at about 6.05pm. Paramedics from the London Ambulance…

Surrogacy reform could remove automatic rights from birth parents

Surrogacy laws could be reformed to remove automatic rights from birth parents, under plans being examined by the Government.  Law Commission recommendations to reform surrogacy law have received Government backing and will be developed to make the rules «fit for the modern world».  A three-year project will examine the current rules which give a woman…

Burglar caught after running into a lamppost and knocking himself out trying to flee with £4,000 haul

A burglar who stole more than £4,000 of electrical goods was caught after running into a lamppost and knocking himself out as he fled. Terry Sawyers, 39, was found unconscious in Fenchurch Street after grabbing four laptops, seven Cannon cameras, and a mobile phone from two offices in London. Concerned passers-by called the police who rushed to the…

Alfie Evans legal team could face investigation

Alfie Evans’s legal team could face an investigation over whether they were qualified to represent the family in court.  The role of the Christian Legal Centre, which advised the family during their fight to prevent doctors from allowing Alfie to die, is under review by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority.  The organisation was criticised by judges…

Age Concern chief executive stole £700,00 from charity by paying cheques into his account, court hears

An Age Concern chief executive has been accused of stealing more than £700,000 from the charity by paying cheques into his own account and awarding himself bonuses.  John Briers pocketed huge amounts of the organisation’s money in an abuse of his trusted position during a fraud spanning eight years, a court heard. The 57-year-old, of Woodstock Road,…

G4S prison officer started text affair with inmate using phone he hid in cell

A G4S prison officer started a text affair with an inmate by sending him messages on a secret mobile phone, a court heard.  Shauna Cleary, 25, sparked a personal relationship with Kurt Jarman while working at HM Parc prison in Bridgend, south Wales, which is privately-operated by the security firm. Jarman, 22, was serving a 10-year sentence for attacking a 77-year-old man with a…

Speed camera jammers sold online as a way to outwit the police

Road safety campaigners have called on the Government to ban sales of laser jammers that stop speed cameras catching dangerous drivers after it emerged they are being promoted on Amazon and eBay as a way to outwit police. Adverts promoting the cloaking devices as a way to avoid speeding fines have featured on the online…

Man, 35, charged with murdering mother-of-three Hollie Kerrell

A 35-year-old man has been charged with the murder of mother-of-three Hollie Kerrell. Christopher Llewellyn Kerrell, of Whitton, a village near Knighton, Powys, is accused of killing the 28-year-old whose body was found on Thursday. Dyfed-Powys Police said detectives were not looking for anyone else in connection with her death and Kerrell will appear in…

Two men struck by a car outside Birmingham mosque

Two men have been injured after they were hit by a car outside a mosque. West Midlands Police said they have not ruled out the potential that the incident on Ettington Road in Aston, Birmingham, could be terror-related. The men, who are both in their twenties, were struck at 2.15pm on Friday and officers were called…

A million extra motorists landed with parking tickets in a year

A million extra motorists a year face parking fines amid calls for regulation of the car park operating industry. The RAC Foundation questioned the “astonishing” escalation of fines being issued as it revealed that a penalty notice was now being issued every six seconds. Steve Gooding, the motoring research charity’s director, said: “The true volume…

Pilots accused of being over legal alcohol limit cleared after prison staff destroy blood samples

Two pilots accused of preparing to fly a plane while under the influence of alcohol have been cleared after blood samples were destroyed by prison staff. The prosecution against Jean-Francois Perreault and Imran Syed, who were arrested minutes before a flight from Scotland to Canada was due to take off, collapsed when it emerged the key evidence had been…

Prison officers recruitment targets hit early

The Government has recruited more than 2,500 extra prison officers, hitting a target seven months ahead of schedule. Official figures show a net increase of 3,111 prison officers have been employed between October 2016 and March 2018. It is expected that 90 percent of the new recruits will be working on prison landings by the…

Daughter of Holby City actor ‘first to die’ from taking new party drug 2CP, court hears

The daughter of Holby City actor John Michie, who was found dead at the Bestival music festival, was the «first person to die» from taking party drug 2CP, a court has heard. Ceon Broughton, of Enfield, north London, appeared at Winchester Crown Court, accused of supplying the psychedelic drug to Louella Fletcher-Michie. The 25-year-old was found dead…

£350m superyacht given to ex-wife of Putin-linked billionaire in Britain’s biggest divorce case 

A £350m superyacht commissioned by Roman Abramovich has been handed to the ex-wife of a Putin-linked billionaire as part of Britain’s biggest divorce case.  The High Court ruled that «Luna», a 377ft yacht which oligarch Farkhad Akhmedov bought from Chelsea owner Mr Abramovich in 2014, should be transferred to Tatyana Akhmedova as part of an…

Shoreham air crash pilot appears in court for first time charged with manslaughter over 11 deaths

The pilot whose plane crashed during the Shoreham Airshow disaster, killing 11 men, has appeared in court for the first time to indicate not-guilty pleas over the tragedy. Andrew Hill faces 11 counts of manslaughter by gross negligence and one count of endangering an aircraft under air navigation laws. The 54-year-old, of Sandon, Hertfordshire, appeared before Westminster Magistrates’ Court…

Forest Gate teen stabbed to death in latest London killing

Police are investigating another fatal stabbing in the capital as a spate of violent crime continues. The victim — believed to be an 18-year-old man — was discovered with serious injuries in Forest Gate, east London, on Monday. Officers, paramedics and London’s Air Ambulance were called to Chestnut Avenue at about 10.50pm. The teenager was pronounced dead…

Ant McPartlin arrives at court to face drink-drive charge after crash

Ant McPartlin, the television presenter, has arrived at court to face a charge of drink-driving. The 42-year-old was involved in a crash with two other cars while driving his Mini in Richmond, west London, on Sunday, March 18. McPartlin — one half of entertainment duo Ant and Dec — was charged by post three days later, before stepping back from…

Tory MP Charlie Elphicke ‘confident’ of clearing his name after police interview over sex offence claims

The Conservative MP Charlie Elphicke has said he is «completely confident» of proving his innocence after he was interviewed by police over allegations of sexual offences involving two female employees. The Dover and Deal MP was suspended by the Conservative Party in November last year following «serious allegations» during the Westminster sexual harassment scandal. The 47-year-old…

Millionaire lawyer faces off in court with her elderly father after discovering he was sleeping with her Filipino nanny

A millionaire lawyer has become embroiled in a bitter court battle with her elderly father after discovering he was sleeping with her 28-year-old Filipino nanny. City solicitor Audra Wamsteker, 49, had enjoyed a «close bond» with her father Paul David, 75, had «promised to look after him until his dying day» and «thought of him like a…

Rochdale council leader ‘lied to inquiry’ about child sex abuse

The former leader of Rochdale council lied to an inquiry about his knowledge of child sex abuse allegations, a report has found. Richard Farnell’s claim that he was unaware of the scandal «defies belief» and his refusal to accept responsibility for the sexual exploitation of boys at Knowl View residential school was described as “shameful”. He…

Russian spy and daughter poisoned with ‘high purity’ strain of Novichok, chemical weapons watchdog finds

Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with a «high purity» strain of Novichok nerve agent in Salisbury, an independent analysis has found. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said that it had been able to “confirm” the findings of British scientists about the nerve agent. It represents a significant boost to…

Russian dissident who collapsed outside Surrey mansion spent hours before death ‘like it was his last day alive’

The mistress of a Russian whistleblower has described how he was nervous, shaking and acting like it was his “last days of life” before he collapsed and died outside his Surrey mansion. Elmira Medynska had spent two days in Paris with Alexander Perepilichnyy and on the night before his death she described how he had become…

Grandparents go to court in custody battles over grandchildren

A rising number of grandparents are going to court to win the right to see their grandchildren, new figures show, as experts say fathers’ parents are more likely to miss out.  Statistics from the Ministry of Justice show that almost 2,000 applications for child arrangements orders, which give family members the right to see a…

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