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February 17, 2017 9:50 AM Passenger in car blasted by shotgun claims alleged gunman was 'not the shooter'

A PASSENGER in a car that was blasted with a shotgun told police he was friends with the alleged gunman Connall Regan and he was not responsible, a court heard. Benjamin Betts was sat behind the driver of a Volkswagen Golf when it was repeatedly shot at on Canvey on August 6 last year. Connall Regan, 22, of Thames Road, Canvey, and his co-defendant is Callum 11

February 17, 2017 4:18 AM Basilashvili stuns top seed Karlovic at ATP Memphis

Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili upset Croatian top seed Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (7/2), 6-3, to reach the quarter-finals of the ATP Memphis Open. A week shy of his 25th birthday, the world number 67 on Thursday won all 37 of his first-serve points and took only 69 minutes to dispatch hard-serving 37-year-old Karlovic, ranked 20th. Basilashvili, seeking his first 16

February 15, 2017 3:05 PM From a family-friendly liner with 10-storey slides to a luxury vessel with a croquet lawn: The world's best cruise ships of 2017 revealed

The world’s best cruise ships have been named in prestigious annual awards based on UK passenger reviews. Large, mid-size and small vessels won accolades in Cruise Critic's 2017 UK Cruisers’ Choice Awards across categories including Best Cabins, Best Dining Experience and Best Entertainment. Discerning holidaymakers also highlighted the best value cruises 19

February 15, 2017 1:45 PM York rape trial: Jury fail to reach a verdict

THE jury in a rape trial of a University Challenge contestant have failed to reach a verdict and have been discharged. Eight men and four women spent nine hours and 48 minutes in deliberation, but could not reach a verdict on the charges of rape and assault by penetration which had been denied by Bartolomeo Joly de Lotbiniere, 21, of Bolton Gardens 20

February 15, 2017 12:06 PM Nuttall turns down resignation of Ukip official blamed for Hillsborough claim

Ukip leader Paul Nuttall has told a party press officer who took the blame for an inaccurate claim that he lost “close personal friends” in the Hillsborough disaster that she can keep her job. Lynda Roughley offered to resign on Tuesday evening after her boss was forced to admit during a live radio interview that the claim – carried by his official website 17

February 15, 2017 9:49 AM Rolf Harris faces sexual offences retrial

Former TV star Rolf Harris will face a retrial over three alleged sexual assaults and one new charge of indecent assault, a prosecutor at Southwark Crown Court has said. Last week, a jury cleared him of three sexual assault charges but failed to return a verdict on four counts. The 86-year-old will not face a retrial on one of the four counts that the jury could 23

February 14, 2017 11:03 PM Nuttall aide offers to quit over Hillsborough mistakes

Paul Nuttall's press officer has offered to resign after saying she was to blame for "mistakes" in statements about the UKIP leader's involvement in the Hillsborough disaster. Mr Nuttall earlier admitted claims on his website that he had lost close friends in the 1989 tragedy were false. Lynda Roughley said she was "entirely responsible" for two press 20

February 14, 2017 4:12 PM Romantic burglar wishes partner Happy Valentine's Day from the dock as he's sent to jail

Dale Smith and Thomas Mann were both locked up after Smith committed a burglary :: The pair then led the police on a 90mph chase A romantic burglar shouted ‘Happy Valentine’s Day’ to his sweetheart as he was led away to prison. Dale Smith, 22, called out to his partner in the public gallery after being sentenced for raiding a home. He broke into a Normanby 24

February 14, 2017 10:19 AM JAILED: Fraudster who used 27 aliases over 30 years to con people

A FRAUDSTER who used 27 aliases over 30 years to con people was told by a judge as he was jailed: “You make Charles Dickens’ Fagin seem angelic.” Paul Richards, 48, was the first person in the UK to be banned from changing his name in 2012 when he was jailed for swindling £300,000. But Derby Crown Court heard he went on to defraud firms by using garage 15

February 14, 2017 9:15 AM Teenager awaits fate after admitting sexual activity with a younger girl

Gavin Bywater, 19, pleaded guilty to three charges of sexual activity with a child A teenager is waiting to learn his fate today after he admitted sexual activity with a younger girl. Gavin Bywater, 19, pleaded guilty at Teesside Crown Court on Monday to three charges of sexual activity with a child. Bywater, of Southfield Road, central Middlesbrough 36