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  • Tina Casey death: Heather Emmonds guilty of murder

    November 28, 2013 4:56 PM 10

    A grandmother who killed her daughter-in-law after being told she could not see her grandson has been found guilty of murder. Heather Emmonds, 58, from Seaton Delaval, Northumberland, admitted stabbing Tina Casey, 42, but claimed she was not in control of her actions. Miss Casey's body was found at her home in Holywell on 3 February, Newcastle Crown

  • Police warn of clown epidemic in Norfolk

    November 28, 2013 4:45 PM 11

    Police in Norfolk have advised the public to ignore people dressed as clowns after several unnerving sightings. A member of the public contacted police after being spooked by a person wearing a full clown outfit with a red wig in Gaywood, near King’s Lynn on Tuesday. Superintendent Carl Edwards said no one had been injured or assaulted, but advised that people

  • Hillcroft nursing home staff guilty of abuse

    November 28, 2013 4:35 PM 10

    Three carers have been found guilty of abusing elderly residents of a care home in Lancashire. The female staff members at Hillcroft nursing home in Slyne-with-Hest near Lancaster mocked, bullied and assaulted residents, Preston Crown Court heard. A fourth male staff member previously pleaded guilty to ill-treating the residents. The defendants told other

  • Coroner Alan Crickmore jailed for eight years over £2m theft

    November 28, 2013 4:18 PM 14

    A former Gloucestershire coroner has been jailed for eight years at Southwark Crown Court for stealing almost £2m from clients at his solicitors practice. Alan Crickmore, 57, of East Approach Drive, Cheltenham, pleaded guilty to 24 counts of fraud at an earlier hearing. The money was used to pay for a lavish lifestyle including exotic cruises, fancy

  • Bijan Ebrahimi murder: Lee James jailed for life

    November 28, 2013 12:03 PM 15

    A man has been jailed for life after admitting he murdered his disabled neighbour who had been wrongly branded a paedophile. Lee James, 24, killed Bijan Ebrahimi and set fire to his body in the Brislington area of Bristol in July. Mr Justice Simon ordered that James must serve a minimum of 18 years in prison. Bristol Crown Court heard Mr Ebrahimi, who was an Iranian

  • Unite link to over a third of would-be Labour MPs for 2015: Tories say Miliband's promised crackdown on union influence has had no effect

    November 28, 2013 11:55 AM 12

    Unite has maintained its tight grip on Labour despite the Falkirk scandal, the Conservatives claimed last night. Ed Miliband pledged to reform the party’s relationship with the trades unions in the summer, following allegations that Unite attempted to rig the selection in the safe Labour seat to ensure its preferred candidate was picked. But figures

  • Church of England proposes celebrating gay marriage

    November 28, 2013 11:30 AM 19

    LONDON (Reuters) - Church of England clergy would be able to recognise and celebrate same-sex marriages and partnerships in church services under proposals unveiled on Thursday that strengthen the church's more open approach to homosexuality. The proposals come after the mother church for the world's 80 million Anglicans earlier this year dropped its ban on gay clergy

  • Nick Clegg accuses Boris Johnson of 'careless elitism'

    November 28, 2013 11:26 AM 14

    Nick Clegg has accused London Mayor Boris Johnson of "careless elitism" for suggesting that some people are not clever enough to succeed in life. Mr Johnson said in a speech that 16% "of our species" have an IQ below 85, and called for more to be done to help the brightest people in the country. But Mr Clegg said it was "fairly unpleasant" to talk about

  • Stansted emergency landing: Pair cleared of plane endangerment charge

    November 28, 2013 11:26 AM 14

    Two men have been cleared of threatening to blow up a plane at 30,000 feet. Chelmsford Crown Court had heard how the Boeing 777 landed at Stansted Airport in Essex in May. Tayyab Subhani, 30, and Mohammed Safdar, 42, both of Nelson, Lancashire, denied endangering the safety of an aircraft. During the trial, the court heard fellow passengers had been annoyed

  • No Case To Answer

    November 28, 2013 11:20 AM 100

    The judge described the case as "tenuous and peppered with inconsistencies", and instructed jurors to find the men not guilty. Two men - dubbed "idiots not terrorists" - have been cleared of threatening to blow up a plane. Tayyab Subhani, 30, and Mohammed Safdar, 42, were arrested on May 24 after a Boeing 777 heading from Lahore, Pakistan, to Manchester