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Dolores O'Riordan: Inquest into Cranberries singer awaits test results

The inquest into the death of Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan has been adjourned while the coroner awaits the results of “various tests”. The inquest, at Westminster Coroner’s Court, has been adjourned until 3 April. The singer died suddenly on 16 January aged 46. The Irish musician, originally from Limerick, led the band to international success in the 90s with singles ...

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'Urban explorer' who climbed Humber Bridge fined

A self-styled urban explorer who scaled the Humber Bridge without safety equipment has been fined. Ryan Taylor, of Walsall, West Midlands, who was part of a group which climbed the 156m (510ft) structure, was ordered to pay £400 by Hull magistrates. A video of the “irresponsible” stunt drew criticism when it was posted online last May. The Humber Bridge Board, ...

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John Worboys release will not be challenged by government

The government will not challenge the decision to release rapist John Worboys, the justice secretary has announced. David Gauke said “it would not be appropriate” to challenge the Parole Board’s decision to release Worboys. The Parole Board had said the ex-black cab driver could be released at the end of the month. Worboys, 60, was jailed in 2009 for assaults ...

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Loughinisland judge asked to withdraw from case

A judge due to announce whether he will quash a report into the Loughinisland murders has been asked to withdraw over a possible perception of bias. Mr Justice McCloskey last month ruled that the police ombudsman’s finding of collusion between some officers and the killers was “unsustainable in law”. The judge ruled in favour of two ex-police officers who brought ...

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Oxford student Oliver Mears rape case dropped by CPS

An Oxford University student accused of rape has had the charges dropped after being on bail for two years. Oliver Mears was arrested on suspicion of rape and sexual assault in July 2015 when he was 17 years old. The chemistry scholar, now 19, was told prosecutors would offer no evidence against him, just days before the start of his ...

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Cannabis users ‘likely to feel alienated and deceived’

Blazing this joint may make you feel the world is against you (Picture: Getty Images) Cannabis smokers are likely to feel ‘alienated’ from other people and believe they are being lied to, new research has claimed. A new study appears to back up the long-standing belief that stoners are prone to paranoia, with researchers saying people who light up big ...

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11-Year-Old Collects 1,500 Pairs Of Socks For Homeless People

An 11-year-old boy became determined to do something to help homeless people, after seeing many sitting out in the cold in Edinburgh one evening while walking home.  Joseph Cox decided to collect socks and donate them to the homeless, as he wanted to find a small way he could improve their day.  “Seeing those people made me really sad,” Joseph told ...

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Tories Backing Labour Housing Legislation Shows They’ve Lost The Argument

Today the Commons sees a policy and political landmark when Conservative Ministers back a Labour Bill to tighten regulation to help renters. In truth Karen Buck’s Bill makes a modest legal change to give all tenants a right to take action in the courts when their landlord fails to make their home fit for human habitation – in other words ...

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New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern Announces Pregnancy Saying 'I'll Be A Prime Minister And A Mum'

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced she is pregnant with her first child, prompting an outpouring of support from women’s rights groups and labour activists as she declared “I’ll be a prime minister and a mum”. Ardern said she planned to work until the end of her pregnancy in June and then take six-weeks leave, during which time ...

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BBC Question Time Woman Demands To Know Why Chris Grayling Kept Working With Crisis-Hit Carillion

A Question Time audience member sparked raucous applause after demanding to know why transport secretary Chris Grayling continued to work with construction giant Carillion, despite signs the company was failing.  Tens of thousands of jobs were left at risk after the Wolverhampton-based firm was forced into liquidation on Monday.  The business is thought to be involved in hundreds of government ...

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