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The killing of Dalian Atkinson: trial focused on a minute of violence

Police officer shot the former footballer with a stun gun for 33 seconds and kicked him in the headOn his final day alive, Dalian Atkinson felt trapped. Draining physical challenges, from hypertension and kidney disease, had left him weakened and his mental health was crumbling, the jury heard.He had once thrilled tens of thousands of people in football stadiums in England, Turkey and Spain. Now he was causing concern to two of those closest to him: his partner, Karen Wright, and Jonty, the frie...
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The death of Henry Foley: a 1985 case of police manslaughter

Before Benjamin Monk, the last officer convicted of manslaughter while on duty was Alwyn SawyerThe last successful prosecution of an on-duty police officer for manslaughter was in 1986, following the death of Henry Foley. Foley, a retired bus driver from Southport, was brutally beaten by a police officer while in custody.The 67-year-old died of his injuries, thought to be caused by being kicked or stamped on. The officer, Alwyn Sawyer of Merseyside police, was found not guilty of murder, but gui...
Tags: UK News, Merseyside, Southport, Benjamin Monk, Henry Foley, Alwyn SawyerThe, Henry Foley Foley, Alwyn Sawyer


All UK arrivals in EU should be quarantined, says Angela Merkel

German leader’s comments come as disease control agency says Delta variant will account for 90% of EU cases by end of AugustCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAngela Merkel has said travellers from the UK should be quarantined wherever they arrive in the EU, as the union’s that the Delta variant of Covid will account for 90% of cases in member states by the end of August.Ahead of Thursday’s summit with fellow EU leaders, the German chancellor said she wanted better coor...
Tags: UK, Germany, Angela Merkel, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Delta, Merkel, Coronavirus


Pigeon fanciers lobby for change to Brexit rules on cross-Channel races

Pigeon races would be hampered by 21-day rule and need for health certificate, government toldFive years on from the Brexit vote, there is one group whose right to smooth travel to EU countries from the UK has been overlooked, according to a shadow minister: pigeons.New post-Brexit conditions stopping cross-Channel pigeon races unless the birds have the necessary paperwork must be overturned, the government has been told. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, UK, Environment, Eu, UK News, Birds, Brexit


UK denies Russia fired warning shots at Royal Navy ship off Crimea

MoD contradicts Moscow’s assertion that shots were fired at destroyer and bombs dropped nearbyThe UK has rejected claims from Russia that warning shots were fired at the British warship HMS Defender in the Black Sea on Wednesday morning, as it sailed off the coast of the disputed territory of Crimea.Britain’s Ministry of Defence said “no warning shots have been fired” at the destroyer, contradicting a statement made by its Russian equivalent which said that shots had been fired and a warplane dr...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Russia, UK News, World news, Military, Foreign Policy, Defence policy, Ministry Of Defence, Crimea, Royal Navy, Moscow, Black Sea, Crimea Britain


Russian ship fired warning shots at Royal Navy destroyer, Moscow says

Moscow says shots were fired after HMS Defender entered its waters in Black SeaA Russian military ship has fired warning shots at a British Royal Navy vessel in the Black Sea and a Russian jet dropped bombs in its path, Interfax cited Russia’s defence ministry as saying on Wednesday.The ministry said HMS Defender left what it called Russian waters soon afterwards, having ventured as much as 3km (2 miles) inside. The incident took place near Cape Fiolent, the ministry said, a landmark on the coas...
Tags: Russia, UK News, World news, Military, Crimea, Royal Navy, Moscow, Black Sea, Interfax, British Royal Navy, HMS Defender, Cape Fiolent


Police officer guilty of manslaughter of ex-footballer Dalian Atkinson

PC Benjamin Monk of West Mercia force convicted at Birmingham crown court of 2016 killing‘On his day, he was unbelievable’: the career of Dalian AtkinsonA police officer has been convicted of the manslaughter of the former professional footballer Dalian Atkinson, after firing an electric stun gun into him for 33 seconds and kicking him twice in the head as he lay on the ground.PC Benjamin Monk of the West Mercia force, was convicted of the killing by a jury at Birmingham crown court. Continue re...
Tags: Crime, Police, Race, UK News, Birmingham, Dalian, West Mercia, Dalian Atkinson, Benjamin Monk


Radiohead, New Order and more artists call for overhaul of post-Brexit touring rules

More than 200 UK acts including the Chemical Brothers, Kano and Wolf Alice back Let the Music Move initiative, calling for financial help and cutting red tape for EU toursBritish music acts including Radiohead, the Chemical Brothers, Biffy Clyro and Annie Lennox are calling on the UK government to offer financial support to help artists tour the EU post-Brexit.The terms of the Brexit agreement mean that performing artists of all kinds must now have work permits to earn money from gigs in EU coun...
Tags: Europe, Music, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, Music Industry, Radiohead, Culture, Pop and rock, Kano, New Order, Brexit, Mark Knopfler, Annie Lennox


UK aid cuts imposed with no transparency, says watchdog

Icai review cites lack of access to officials and papers to assess aid budget since Foreign Office-DfID merger UK aid cuts have been imposed with inadequate transparency, according to an independent watchdog, which said it was becoming increasingly difficult to interact with the government.The Independent Commission for Aid Impact (Icai), a public body that reports to parliament, said the lack of cooperation, partly due to the disruption of aid cuts, has meant it was unable even to assess whethe...
Tags: Politics, UK, UK News, World news, Aid, Global development, Foreign, Independent Commission for Aid Impact Icai, Department for International Development (DfID, Commonwealth and Development Office, Foreign Office DfID


Stonehenge road tunnel go-ahead unlawful, high court told

Judicial review hears Grant Shapps did not properly consider damage to ancient sites and artefacts in his decisionThe transport secretary’s decision to allow a road tunnel to be built near Stonehenge was unlawful because it did not properly consider damage that would be done to a string of prehistoric sites and many thousands of ancient artefacts, the high court has been told.Campaigners including archaeologists, environmental groups and the druids who regard the great Wiltshire stone circle as ...
Tags: Politics, UK News, Road transport, Wiltshire, Stonehenge, Grant Shapps


Five years on from the Brexit referendum, the result is clear: both unions are losing

The UK has been weakened, but so too has the EU. Relations between them need not be this badFive years after the fateful referendum on 23 June 2016, what is the current balance sheet of Brexit? Answer: two weakened unions, the British and the European, and bad-tempered relations between them. Lose. Lose. Lose.The weakening of the British union is obvious. There will be another referendum on Scottish independence within the next few years. Scottish nationalists may win it with the argument that S...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Scotland, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Foreign Policy, Northern Ireland, Boris Johnson, Belfast, Brexit


Recruitment of under-18s to British military should end, ministers told

Human rights groups call for bar on junior entry, which accounts for quarter of intake to armyMinisters have been urged to stop the practice of recruiting children to Britain’s military by a coalition of 20 human rights organisation as MPs debate the armed forces bill.The pressure to end the practice also comes as figures showed that girls aged under 18 in the armed forces made at least 16 formal complaints of sexual assault to military police in the last six years – equivalent to one for every ...
Tags: Politics, Human Rights, Children, Society, UK News, Britain, Military, House Of Commons, British Army, Amnesty International, Ben Wallace


Moving on: why the EU is not missing Britain that much

On the 5th anniversary of Brexit, commentators reflect on the EU’s success at rallying together after Britain’s exit On the night of 23 June 2016 a storm broke out over Brussels. Rain poured, thunder rolled and lightning flashed over the headquarters of the European Union’s institutions.Then in the small hours came a political thunderbolt almost no one had forecast: the UK had voted to leave the union. Five years on, the Brexit tempest has subsided – in Brussels, if not in London. Continue read...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, London, France, Germany, Eu, European Union, UK News, Euro, Britain, Ireland, Foreign Policy, Brussels, Brexit, Brussels Rain


Makeup fails to solve mystery of why jumping spiders have back stripes

Scientists were surprised by results of painting eyeliner on shells of jumping spiders to change their appearanceResearchers have come up with an ingenious way to test the theory that male jumping spiders have evolved colourful stripes to ward off predators – they have put makeup on them.Unlike the females of the species, the male Habronattus pyrrithrix come in vivid hues to attract mates. But scientists writing in the journal Royal Society Open Science wanted to establish whether their bright, ...
Tags: Science, Animals, Environment, UK News, World news, Spiders, Royal Society Open Science


EU citizens in UK face 28-day notice if they miss settled status deadline

Tens of thousands to be issued with warnings to submit applications for post-Brexit scheme or risk losing rightsTens of thousands of EU citizens living in the UK will be issued with a formal 28-day notice if they have failed to apply for post-Brexit settled status within a week, the government has warned.The notices will tell them to submit an application or risk consequences which include losing their rights to healthcare and employment. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, Eu, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Home Office, Brexit


High court ruling leaves refused asylum seekers at risk of homelessness

Judge quashes earlier decision by tribunal that accommodation should be provided until all Covid restrictions are liftedA high court judge has quashed a ruling that said refused asylum seekers who are destitute must be given accommodation during the pandemic until all Covid restrictions are lifted.At least 1,000 asylum seekers currently in accommodation are thought to be affected by Tuesday’s decision and are now at risk of being made street homeless. Continue reading...
Tags: Housing, Benefits, Society, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Home Office, Welfare


They might have got more Brexit sense out of Frosty the Snowman | John Crace

The UK’s chief negotiator with the EU did his best to prove why he isn’t really up to the jobYou win some, you lose some. We’re still nowhere near finding out if the government has a coherent plan for tackling social care – only late on Monday the prime minister cancelled a meeting with Rishi Sunak and Matt Hancock due to take place on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the issue. So we can probably assume not. But we are a little better informed as to why the negotiations with the EU over the Norther...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, Foreign Policy, Northern Ireland, Frost, Brexit, John Crace, David Frost, Matt Hancock, Rishi Sunak


Security guard in court over Sussex cat attacks

Suspect Steve Bouquet charged with deaths and injuries of cats in Brighton, after CCTV footage foundA security guard has appeared in court accused of killing and injuring 16 cats in a spate of attacks that left police stumped for months.Detectives in the UK had struggled to identify the attacker after receiving anguished reports from owners of nine beloved pets who had been killed, and a further seven injured in October 2018 and July 2019.A court heard that despite the force launching an operati...
Tags: UK, Animals, UK News, Brighton, Cctv, Sussex, Hove, Steve Bouquet, Rowan Jenkins


Park in the sky? Charity aims to revamp disused Manchester viaduct

The National Trust hopes to open temporary public space next summer as part of longer-term plans A Manchester viaduct, which has not been used for more than 50 years, could reopen next summer as a transformed urban green space with hopes it will emulate New York’s High Line as a “park in the sky”.Trains ran on the grade II listed Castlefield Viaduct, built in 1892, to Manchester Central railway station until it closed in 1969. Continue reading...
Tags: New York, UK News, Architecture, Art and design, Manchester, Greater Manchester, Rail transport, The National Trust, National Trust, Parks and Green Spaces, Manchester Central, Castlefield Viaduct


UK foreign secretary urged to raise arrest of activists during Cambodia visit

Dominic Raab due to hold talks with Prak Sokhonn as part of efforts to expand diplomatic and trade ties in south-east AsiaHuman rights groups have called on the British foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, to intervene over the detention of three young environmental activists when he meets Cambodian leaders on Wednesday in efforts to build trade ties between the two countries.The activists, who were arrested at the weekend, face up to 10 years in jail for insulting the Cambodian king. Their case has...
Tags: Politics, UK, UK News, World news, Asia Pacific, Foreign Policy, Cambodia, Foreign, Dominic Raab, Greta Thunberg, Prak Sokhonn


Legal experts worldwide draw up ‘historic’ definition of ecocide

Draft law is intended to prosecute offences against the environmentLegal experts from across the globe have drawn up a “historic” definition of ecocide, intended to be adopted by the international criminal court to prosecute the most egregious offences against the environment.The draft law, unveiled on Tuesday, defines ecocide as “unlawful or wanton acts committed with knowledge that there is a substantial likelihood of severe and widespread or long-term damage to the environment being caused by...
Tags: Law, Climate Change, Environment, UK News, World news, International criminal court


Aston Martin sues dealer over £2.5m Valkyrie ‘hypercar’

Carmarker claims Switzerland’s Nebula Project did not pay customer deposits for orders of sports carAston Martin Lagonda is suing Swiss car dealer Nebula Project and its board members, accusing it of failing to pay customer deposits it had accepted for orders of its £2.5m Valkyrie sports car.The luxury carmarker, best known for making James Bond’s vehicles, said it was filing criminal and civil proceedings in Switzerland, where it is asking the prosecutor to investigate. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Business, UK News, Switzerland, James Bond, Automotive Industry, Luxury goods sector, Aston Martin, Martin Lagonda


Welsh government to suspend all future road-building plans

Deputy minister for climate change will announce move as part of plans to reach net zero emissions by 2050The Labour-led Welsh government is to freeze new road-building projects as part of its plans to tackle the climate emergency, and an external panel will review all proposed schemes.The deputy minister for climate change, Lee Waters, is to tell the Welsh parliament on Tuesday afternoon: “Since 1990, Welsh emissions have fallen by 31%. But to reach our statutory target of net zero emissions by...
Tags: Politics, Wales, Climate Change, Environment, UK News, Labour, Transport, Road transport, Welsh politics, Welsh Government, Lee Waters


Jeffrey Donaldson only nominee for DUP leadership

Westminster MP the only person to be put forward after resignation of Edwin PootsSir Jeffrey Donaldson is the only person who has been nominated to become the next leader of the DUP, the party has confirmed.More details soon … Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK News, Westminster, DUP, Jeffrey Donaldson, Democratic Unionist party (DUP, Edwin PootsSir Jeffrey Donaldson


Lord Frost says Brexiters did not expect UK’s relationship with EU to be as difficult now as it is – politics live

Latest updates: Frost says the post-Brexit relationship with the UK is ‘settling down’ but it will be bumpy for some timeLabour leader Keir Starmer axes chief aide Jenny ChapmanNo 10 says G7 summit not to blame for rise in Cornwall’s Covid casesUK government borrowing eases as recovery helps tax takeCoronavirus global updates – liveSee all our coronavirus coverage 12.13pm BST Tugendhat ends by thanking Frost for his time.But he repeats his earlier point about Frost effectively being Europe m...
Tags: Health, Europe, Politics, UK, Scotland, Eu, UK News, NHS, House Of Commons, Nicola Sturgeon, Cornwall, Boris Johnson, Keir Starmer, Frost, Brexit, Jenny


Greek pilot in court charged with murdering British wife

Babis Anagnostopoulos claimed for a month that Caroline Crouch died in robberyA Greek helicopter pilot has appeared in court in Athens on charges of premeditated murder over the death of his British-born wife, who authorities say he confessed to killing after claiming for more than a month that the woman had died during a brutal home robbery.Pilot and flight instructor Babis Anagnostopoulos, 33, arrived in court on Tuesday in Athens wearing a bulletproof vest and under heavy police guard. He is ...
Tags: Greece, UK News, Athens, Athens Continue, Caroline Crouch, Babis Anagnostopoulos


Labour leader Keir Starmer axes chief aide Jenny Chapman

Removal of political secretary in face of MPs’ criticism is latest step in reshuffle of Labour’s top teamKeir Starmer’s closest aide, Jenny Chapman, is to be removed from her role as political secretary after significant criticism from MPs, another major change after a weekend in which the Labour leader replaced almost his entire top team.Chapman’s departure follows a sideways move for Starmer’s chief of staff, Morgan McSweeney, and the departure of his two most senior communications staff, Ben ...
Tags: Politics, UK News, Labour, Keir Starmer, Chapman, Starmer, Paul Ovenden, Jenny Chapman, Morgan McSweeney, Ben Nunn


US private hospitals eye overseas expansion in search of vast profits

Foreign forays prompt questions about why US non-profit health systems are indulging in such nakedly commercial venturesAcross the street from the Buckingham Palace Garden and an ocean away from its Ohio headquarters, Cleveland Clinic is making a nearly $1bn bet that Europeans will embrace a hospital run by one of America’s marquee health systems.Cleveland Clinic London, scheduled to open for outpatient visits later this year and for overnight stays in 2022, will primarily offer elective surgeri...
Tags: London, US, America, UK News, World news, US news, Hospitals, US healthcare, Ohio, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland Clinic London, Buckingham Palace Garden


Windmills of your mind: viral Covid jab ‘hack’ placebo effect at best, say doctors

TikTok users have posted videos of themselves swinging their arms after vaccination to prevent achesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA vaccine “hack” rumoured to alleviate any unpleasant side-effects from the Covid vaccination, which involves swinging your arm like a windmill, has gone viral on TikTok.But medical experts have warned that the only thing those standing outside vaccination centres flailing their arms in the air will lose will be their dignity. Continue re...
Tags: Social Media, UK News, World news, Tiktok, Coronavirus


Drinking coffee may cut risk of chronic liver disease, study suggests

UK analysis shows people who drank coffee had 49% reduced risk of dying from the conditionFrom espresso to instant, coffee is part of the daily routine for millions. Now research suggests the brew could be linked to a lower chance of developing or dying from chronic liver disease.Chronic liver disease is a major health problem around the world. According to the British Liver Trust, liver disease is the third leading cause of premature death in the UK, with deaths having risen 400% since 1970. Co...
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