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Car smash PC committed gross misconduct

‘Disappointing’ He was cleared last July at Southwark Crown Court of assault by beating, damaging property and possession of a bladed article for having the multi-tool, which is not a police-issued piece of kit. The incident, which happened in Camden, north-west London, on 16 September 2016, left Mr Fontana with a shard of glass in his eye – and provoked a public outcry. Related Topics London Metropolitan Police Service Read more: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-48644358

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‘Girl gang’ student attack pair sentenced

A third accused, a 16-year-old girl who cannot be named and also pleaded guilty, was remanded back to the youth court for sentencing. Six female defendants were charged after Miss Moustafa, an engineering student, was attacked in Nottingham city centre while one of her friends tried to protect her. They included three other teenage girls aged 18, 17 and 16, who will be sentenced later this month. During sentencing, Nottingham Crown Court heard the attack was “fuelled by social media”. Image copyright PA Image caption Mr Moustafa said he was…

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The teenager who was forgotten for 17 years

Precisely what happened may never be known, but a jury has found the pair guilty of murdering Margaret within three weeks of that final sighting on 17 December 1999. Her body has never been found. During the seven-week trial, the prosecution painted a bleak picture of Margaret’s life before she disappeared. Early challenges An only child, she was brought up in the town of Port Glasgow, Inverclyde, and faced challenges from an early age. At Slaemuir Primary School, Margaret struggled with reading and writing, and she continued to require additional…

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Fatal fire ’caused by electrical fault’

Mrs Collison was found dead in her bed, while Isabella and Harvey were found unresponsive in the house. Latest news and stories from the East Midlands Harvey suffered a brain injury and his life support was stopped several hours later in hospital. He died in his grandparents’ arms. Isabella had a cardiac arrest at the scene, and died about two hours later. The children’s grandmother, Diane Fletcher, also survived the blaze along with Mr Collison. Image caption The door of the house had been decorated with a Christmas wreath Coroner…

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‘Why did the CPS drop my rape case?’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBonny Turner says the CPS dropped her case even though her alleged rapist apologised to her on Facebook Messenger A woman who was raped by a former partner as she slept says she still does not understand why the case was never brought to trial. Bonny Turner has messages on her phone from the man apologising for his actions. But the case never made it to court after the Crown Prosecution Service decided to drop the case. The CPS said decisions to…

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Javid apologises to 49 more Windrush victims

Many of those affected were people from Caribbean countries who arrived in the UK after World War Two, between 1948 and 1971. Mr Javid said the experiences of some of the Windrush generation – which involved wrongful detentions and deportations – had been “completely unacceptable”. The government’s Commonwealth Citizen’s Taskforce would be reaching out to individuals they were not already in contact with to provide any assistance required to document their status and to explain the compensation scheme, the Home Office said. Who are the Windrush generation? Home Office ‘complacent’…

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The ’embarrassing stain’ on history

“It’s a stain on history, a bit messy, embarrassing. There’s not a lot [of information] about, you really have to dig.” John Donovan, 33, and Mohammed Abdullah, 21, a fireman on a ship, died in Cardiff, while Frederick Henry Longman, a former soldier, died after being stabbed in Barry. Mr Abdullah died in hospital from a fractured skull after being attacked inside a boarding house in Bute Street. Mr Donovan, a former solider who worked on the railways, had been shot through his heart and lung at a house in…

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‘I call my stem cell donor my sister’

“I had the impression it was leukaemia,” he said. “I was hoping they would say say ‘no, [it’s not that]’, but that wasn’t happening. “Flying out from San Francisco and looking out of the window down on the city, I remember thinking I would never see my son there again. “That was tremendously upsetting.” There are several stem cell registries in the UK, but their information is also stored on the national Anthony Nolan and NHS Stem Cell Registry, which has 1.4m people on its list. Anyone between the ages…

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Lightning strike death was ‘freak accident’

“We’re quite used to seeing nasty accidents but this was very unusual. I would say it was a freak accident.” ‘Reasonable expedition’ Mr Nelson said he had been on the hill climbing with his family earlier the same day. “The forecast mentioned that there was rain in the afternoon but no hint of thunder and lightning so it was a completely reasonable expedition for the group to undertake,” he said. “But if people do see or hear electrical activity coming towards them then descending immediately from any high ground as…

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Bank holiday changed to mark VE Day

What is VE Day? Announcing the change, Business Secretary Greg Clark said: “It will ensure as many people as possible have the opportunity to remember and honour our heroes of the Second World War and reflect on the sacrifices of a generation.” Sir Andrew Gregory, chief executive of SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, said the government’s decision was “fitting”. “It is our duty to keep the events of the past alive in collective memory, including future generations – this is how we ensure that such a conflict never happens again,”…

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Ireland ‘unwise’ to pick a fight over fishing

It is an eroded volcano that lies 260 miles (418km) west of the Western Isles and is only 100ft (30m) wide and 70ft (21m) high above the sea. ‘Very unwise’ The UK claimed Rockall in 1955, but Ireland, Iceland and Denmark have previously challenged that claim. The row between Scotland and Ireland broke out after increased activity from Irish vessels around Rockall and the Scottish government has said it will take “enforcement action” against Irish vessels found fishing within 12 miles of Rockall from Saturday. Mr Armstrong told the BBC…

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The women ‘crippled by contraception’

However, healthcare providers can still implant Essure up to one year from the device’s date of purchase. Before it was discontinued, many women experienced severe pain and discomfort, and many of them still do. Image caption Amy Speers had the contraceptive method fitted five years ago She had the Essure implant fitted in 2014, after deciding her family was complete. “It’s like being in labour, four times over, all at once,” said the 33-year-old. “Leaning down can be sore, walking can be crippling sometimes and I’ve ended up in A&E…

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Ex-soldier’s court appeal dismissed

John Pat Cunningham, 27, who had learning difficulties, was shot in the back as he ran away from an Army patrol near Benburb, County Tyrone, in 1974. Mr Hutchings has made the case it was never his intention to kill or injure Mr Cunningham, but that he was firing warning shots to get him to stop. He began his appeal in March. Lord Kerr, who delivered the judgement on Thursday, said that trial by jury should not be assumed to be the unique means of achieving fairness in the criminal…

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In pictures: D-Day anniversary events in France

D-Day veterans have been joined by world leaders in northern France to mark the 75th anniversary of the Normandy invasion. Here are some of the best photos from the day. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Veteran David Edwards was among those who attended Image copyright PA Image caption In Bayeux, the first city to be liberated by the D-Day invasion, veteran John Quinn met George Sayer, aged six Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bishop Jean-Claude Boulanger led the service, which included a two-minute silence held in memory of…

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