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  • Toddler strangled on first day at kindy

    January 16, 2014 3:50 AM 52

    A British kindergarten teacher has gone on trial over the death of a toddler found strangled by rope in a play area. The Daily Mail reports it took 20 minutes for staff to discover three-year-old Lydia Bishop coiled in rope at an outdoor play area at York College Day Nursery, in the north of England. She was carried inside blue and not breathing and, despite

  • Kevin Ssali stabbing: Police praise bus murder witnesses

    January 15, 2014 10:02 PM 36

    15 January 2014 Last updated at 21:57 GMT Police officers have thanked witnesses who helped convict a teenager found guilty of murdering of a 14-year-old boy who was stabbed on a bus in south-east London. Roree Cox, 18, from Lewisham, was convicted of murdering Kevin Ssali on the 202 bus in Burnt Ash Road in Lee in September 2012. Kevin's mother Clemence

  • Royal Marines start their rescue of stranded Calstock cars

    January 15, 2014 7:04 PM 44

    A 10-year-old boy has called in the Royal Marines to rescue cars stranded in a Cornish village. About 40 vehicles were trapped after a road collapse caused by a landslip on Lower Kelly, Calstock, on Christmas Day. Charlie Southcott suggested bringing in the marines after meeting a senior officer at a carol service. The marines moved the cars on to a landing

  • Judge Constance Briscoe 'helped friend Vicky Pryce'

    January 15, 2014 5:03 PM 29

    A part-time judge lied to police about her role in exposing how ex-cabinet minister Chris Huhne swapped speeding points, a court has heard. Prosecutors at Southwark Crown Court said Constance Briscoe, 56, of Clapham, helped Vicky Pryce reveal her ex-husband's wrongdoing in the press, but hid her actions from police. Ms Briscoe then mislead police again

  • Newport Pagnell warehouse fire closes roads

    January 15, 2014 4:54 PM 29

    Continue reading the main story A warehouse blaze in Buckinghamshire sent huge plumes of smoke into the air that could be seen from miles around. About 50 firefighters were called out at 13:50 GMT to the fire at Renny Park Road, in Newport Pagnell, close to junction 14 of the M1. Crews from across north Buckinghamshire have been called in to help tackle

  • France's Michel Barnier aims to head EU Commission

    January 15, 2014 3:40 PM 40

    The French politician steering the EU's banking reforms, Michel Barnier, says he is ready to run for the post of European Commission president after the European elections in May. The main centre-right bloc, the European People's Party (EPP), would first have to nominate Mr Barnier, the EU's internal market commissioner. Portuguese conservative Jose Manuel

  • Peterborough sex attacks: Two men and three teens guilty

    January 15, 2014 3:31 PM 23

    Two men and three teenage boys have been found guilty of a series of rapes and sexual assaults in Peterborough. Zdeno Mirga, 18, Hassan Abdulla, 33, and three boys, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were convicted at the Old Bailey. The group targeted five teenage girls and are due to be sentenced on 20 February. Mirga's brother Dusan, 20, David

  • Wilshaw warns staffroom 'moaners'

    January 15, 2014 3:16 PM 30

    Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw says that teachers should stop presenting themselves as "victims". The head of the education watchdog warned it undermined the profession if teachers were seen as "serial complainers with another moan". Sir Michael called for improvements in how teachers were trained for the "rigours of the classroom". He said it was a "national

  • Alex Salmond opens salmon fishing season on Tay

    January 15, 2014 2:53 PM 52

    FIRST MINISTER Alex Salmond today announced plans for a major review of Scotland’s wild fisheries as he was given the honour of casting the first fly to open the salmon fishing season on the River Tay . He revealed that he had commissioned Andrew Thin, the outgoing chairman of Scottish Natural Heritage, to chair an independent review of the management

  • Scottish independence: Reacting to recovery

    January 15, 2014 2:06 PM 41

    Scotland, it seems, is sharp on steel. Archaeologists have disclosed that the earliest known use of steel in these islands is to be found in what is now East Lothian. Our ancestors, it appears, displayed sophisticated skills. Taking the long view, the irony of this steely tale is that modern age Scotland struggled to sustain the contemporary industry