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  • Justice secretary to meet with victims of dog attacks at summit

    March 27, 2014 5:19 PM 32

    A summit on responsible dog ownership is being hosted by Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill on Thursday. The event was announced by First Minister Alex Salmond in December last year after he met with the parents of victims of dog attacks. Mr MacAskill and Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead, who will also be attending the event in Edinburgh, will be joined

  • John Brown jailed for life for 16 Keswick arson attacks

    March 27, 2014 3:15 PM 41

    A man who "traumatised" a Cumbrian town by carrying out a series of arson attacks has been sentenced to life in prison. John Brown, 48, targeted two houses, a pub, cars, caravans and bins in Keswick between March 2011 and January 2013. He was convicted of 10 arson charges and six of arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered last month

  • BREAKING NEWS: Bishop Peter Ball charged with sex offences

    March 27, 2014 3:12 PM 28

    Bishop Peter Ball, the former Bishop of Lewes, is to be prosecuted for sexual offences against a young boy and a man. Sussex Police was informed by the Crown Prosecution Service this afternoon (Thursday) that it has authorised the prosecution of Bishop Peter Ball, now aged 82, of Langport, Somerset, for three offences. indecent assault on a boy aged between

  • Missing Nida Naseer's family told of body found in Newport

    March 27, 2014 2:18 PM 121

    The family of missing Newport teenager Nida Naseer have been told that police have found a body. Nida, 19, went missing two-and-a-half months ago after putting the bins out at her home. Gwent Police said they were called to Newport Wetlands at West Nash Road on Thursday morning where a body had been discovered. The body has yet to be identified and the death

  • Leslie Ross to be charged with third Dromore murder

    March 27, 2014 1:51 PM 40

    A stonemason accused of murdering two former girlfriends will be prosecuted over the death of a third ex-partner. Leslie Ross, 66, from Dromore, County Down, is to be charged with the murder of Lily McKee, a court has been told. Last year he was charged with the murders of former partners Michelle Bickerstaff and Margaret Weise. At the time of the initial

  • Jimmy Savile: Schools and children's homes face investigation

    March 27, 2014 1:01 PM 30

    Claims Jimmy Savile abused children at 21 children's homes and schools in England must be investigated by local authorities, the government has said. The allegations concern institutions in Yorkshire, London, Manchester, Kent, Surrey and Devon, among others, and relate to the 1960s, 70s and 80s, the Department for Education said. The former BBC DJ and presenter

  • On the Run review 'to be rigorous' says Lady Hallett

    March 27, 2014 12:22 PM 18

    A judge investigating a scheme that led to the issuing of letters to more than 190 Irish republican On the Runs has said the review will be "rigorous". The independent review led by Lady Justice Heather Hallett was ordered by Prime Minister David Cameron. A political storm over the issue erupted after the trial of Donegal man John Downey collapsed at the Old Bailey

  • SNP enjoys Holyrood poll lead

    March 27, 2014 11:24 AM 23

    Alex Salmond's party has the support of 38% of voters compared with 35% for Labour across Scottish constituencies, the YouGov survey for The Times newspaper shows. For regional voting, Labour has slipped two points to an equal position with the SNP on 33%. Meanwhile, support for the Liberal Democrats has increased from 5% to 7% on both votes, while backing

  • Derry explosion: Bomb in car in Creggan forces people from their homes

    March 27, 2014 8:21 AM 26

    A bomb has exploded inside a car parked in a residential area of Londonderry. No-one was injured in the explosion that happened at about 22:45 GMT on Wednesday at Carrickreagh Gardens in the Creggan area. Residents had to leave their homes for six hours during the night while bomb experts and police examined the scene. The car was badly damaged. Police

  • First same-sex marriage ceremony to take place at Bournemouth town hall (From Bournemouth Echo)

    March 27, 2014 5:46 AM 34

    News Send your news, pictures & videos THE first same-sex marriage ceremony will take place at Bournemouth’s town hall this weekend. Under the new law passed last year homosexual couples will be legally allowed to get married from Saturday. The council said that a number of gay couples in the area had already taken up the opportunity, with 12 ceremonies