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Salford house fire: Lia Pearson dies in hospital

A three-year-old girl has become the fourth child to die after a house fire which also killed three of her siblings. Lia Pearson was left critically ill after the blaze in Walkden, Salford, on Monday. She died in hospital. Demi, 15, died at the scene on Jackson Street. Her brother and sister, Brandon, eight, and Lacie, seven, died later in ...

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Liver surgeon Simon Bramhall marked initials on patients

A surgeon who marked his initials on the livers of two transplant patients has admitted assault by beating. Simon Bramhall, 53, committed the offences at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital in February and August 2013. The liver, spleen and pancreas surgeon was suspended in 2013. He pleaded guilty to two charges at Birmingham Crown Court and will be sentenced at the ...

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Christmas rail strikes announced by two rail companies

Workers at two rail companies are set to strike over the Christmas period in a dispute over “guards and safety”. Members of the RMT union employed by Greater Anglia are poised to walk out for 24 hours on 27 December, while those employed by South Western Railway will do the same on 31 December. It comes after a meeting with ...

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Peter Kay cancels comeback comedy tour for family reasons

Comedian Peter Kay has cancelled all future work projects, including his stand-up tour, “due to unforeseen family circumstances”. “This decision has not been taken lightly and I’m sure you’ll understand my family must always come first,” he wrote on Twitter. Kay said he was “very sorry” and that he hoped the media and public would respect his family’s privacy. The ...

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Westminster rape trial: Samuel Armstrong 'victim gave story to press'

A woman who claims she was raped by a MP’s chief of staff in Westminster gave the story to journalists hours after the alleged attack, a jury has heard. Samuel Armstrong, of Danbury, Essex, denies two charges of rape and two of sexual assault on 14 October 2016. Southwark Crown Court heard the woman sent a message to her boyfriend. ...

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Eight sentenced for smuggling drugs into prisons by drones

Media playback is unsupported on your device The ringleader of a gang who smuggled drugs and phones into prisons using drones has been jailed for seven years and two months. Former armed robber Craig Hickinbottom, 35, organised the flights from behind bars, Birmingham Crown Court was told. His gang put goods worth more than an estimated £1m into jails as ...

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Royal Court theatre scraps play after harassment complaint against director

London’s Royal Court theatre has cancelled a play after allegations that its co-director Max Stafford-Clark made inappropriate sexual comments to staff. The theatre has co-produced a new version of Rita, Sue and Bob Too by Andrea Dunbar, which has toured the UK. It was due to reach the London venue in January, but the theatre said its “themes of grooming ...

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Chuka Umunna fears being pushed off a Tube platform

Chuka Umunna says he avoids standing near the edge of Tube platforms because of worries for his safety. The Labour MP was speaking after the Committee on Standards in Public Life called for a crackdown on the rise in intimidation and abuse at elections. It said a new criminal offence of “intimidating parliamentary candidates and campaigners” should be created. The ...

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Poppi Worthington inquest: Sex abuse theory 'unifying'

The theory toddler Poppi Worthington’s trauma was caused by sexual abuse is the “unifying hypothesis”, an inquest into her death has heard. Questioned by Kate Stone, representing Poppi’s mother, Dr Stephen Leadbeatter agreed haemorrhages Poppi suffered were unusual and needed explanation. Poppi died suddenly at a house in Barrow on 12 December 2012. A family court judge ruled her father ...

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Armed forces veterans to get ID to recognise 'sacrifice'

British armed forces veterans could have their driving licences stamped with a “V”, as part of plans to improve the recognition of their service. The move, similar to a US scheme, could see 2.5 million ex-military personnel issued with the new licence to “clearly distinguish” them as veterans. The card would give holders easier access to specialist services and to ...

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