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Family drugs gang’ granny Angela Collingbourne jailed

Family drugs gang’ granny Angela Collingbourne jailed

A grandmother has been jailed for six years after becoming “second in command” to a drugs gang headed by her two sons. Angela Collingbourne, 51, helped the group to sell more than £2.7m of cocaine in Newport, with her son directing operations from prison. Seven other members were also jailed for conspiracy to supply class […]

Rape victims among those to be asked to hand phones to police

Rape victims among those to be asked to hand phones to police

Victims of crimes, including those alleging rape, are to be asked to hand their phones over to police – or risk prosecutions not going ahead. Consent forms asking for permission to access information including emails, messages and photographs have been rolled out in England and Wales. It comes after a number of rape and serious […]

Sri Lanka attacks: Five Britons killed in explosions

Sri Lanka attacks: Five Britons killed in explosions

Five British citizens have been killed in explosions at hotels and churches in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. Police say at least 290 people have been killed and 500 injured in eight blasts, six of which were in Colombo. Three Britons and two with joint US and UK citizenship were among the dead, Sri Lanka’s […]

UK universities face ‘gagging order’ criticism

UK universities face ‘gagging order’ criticism

UK universities are being accused of using “gagging orders” to stop bullying, discrimination and sexual misconduct allegations becoming public. Dozens of academics have told BBC News they were “harassed” out of their jobs and made to sign non-disclosure agreements after making complaints. Figures obtained by the BBC show UK universities spent about £87m on pay-offs […]

Alex Hepburn: Cricketer guilty of raping sleeping woman

Alex Hepburn: Cricketer guilty of raping sleeping woman

Cricketer Alex Hepburn has been found guilty of rape after attacking a sleeping woman. The ex-Worcestershire player assaulted the victim at his Worcester flat after she had consensual sex with his then teammate Joe Clarke on 1 April 2017. Prosecutors at Worcester Crown Court said Hepburn “dehumanised” women, rating them in text messages. Hepburn, 23, […]

Brexit: MPs vote by 412 to 202 to seek delay to EU departure

Brexit: MPs vote by 412 to 202 to seek delay to EU departure

UK MPs have voted by 412 to 202 for Prime Minister Theresa May to ask the EU for a delay to Brexit. It means the UK may not now leave on 29 March as previously planned. Mrs May says Brexit could be delayed by three months, to 30 June, if MPs back her withdrawal deal […]

Jodie Chesney stabbing: Man charged with murder

Jodie Chesney stabbing: Man charged with murder

A man has been charged with the murder of a 17-year-old girl who was stabbed to death in a park in east London. Jodie Chesney was knifed in the back near a children’s playground in Harold Hill, Romford, last Friday. Scotland Yard said Manuel Petrovic, 20, was arrested in Leicester on Tuesday on suspicion of […]

Oxford Street terror plotter Lewis Ludlow jailed

Oxford Street terror plotter Lewis Ludlow jailed

An Islamic State (IS) supporter who planned to kill 100 people in a “spectacular” terror attack in London has been jailed. Lewis Ludlow, 27, from Rochester, Kent, was going to target Oxford Street with a bomb-laden truck after being refused permission to leave the UK. The Old Bailey heard he planned the attack after being […]

Knife crime: ‘Tsar’ needed to stop stabbings, says ex-Met chief

Knife crime: ‘Tsar’ needed to stop stabbings, says ex-Met chief

A knife crime tsar must be appointed by government in order to “get a grip” on the rise in youth violence, a former Metropolitan Police commissioner says. Lord Hogan-Howe said a 93% rise in the number of under-16s stabbed over five years was a “terrifying statistic” and “something has to change”. It comes after two […]