Husband guilty of wife’s crowbar murder at stables

Began ‘ranting’ The jury heard the couple met on Mrs Pomphret’s 21st birthday and were happily married with an 18-year-old daughter. However, over the course of their 22-year marriage, his wife’s physical and mental health changed. Pomphret said his wife could go from being happy to depressed in minutes and become “very angry, very quickly”. The Barclays bank technology expert said the couple had gone to the stables to check on their horses on 2 November when Mrs Pomphret began “ranting” at him. Image copyright CPS Image caption The court heard Mrs Pomphret’s injuries were consistent with the use of a crowbar which was recovered from a nearby pond But he did not destroy his socks, which would “come back …

Last of the Summer Wine actress Kaplan dies

Report End of Twitter post by @LangfordBarry Last of the Summer Wine ran from 1973 to 2010, taking a comical look at the lives of the elderly residents of a Yorkshire town. Kaplan told Kent Life in 2012 she first got the role as Pearl when it toured the UK as a play in 1984. Creator and writer Roy Clarke then wrote Pearl into the TV series as one of the permanent characters. Image copyright Shutterstock Image caption Juliette Kaplan worked as an actress throughout her life Kaplan also appeared in TV shows including EastEnders, Brookside and Doctors, but the role of Pearl was the most enduring of her career. She said she helped create her character’s distinctive look, complete …

‘No consent’ circumcision doctor suspended

“If I went round and cut his bits off I would be getting years in prison. “Even if they struck him off it wouldn’t have been enough punishment, because he has caused my son so much pain, but such a short suspension is a slap in the face.” ‘Very regretful’ Dr Mehat said he would be writing a letter of apology “directly to the patient”. “I am very regretful that the care I provided to the patient did not go well as we had both hoped,” he said in a statement to the BBC. “I have reflected on this incident in detail, endeavouring to learn from this unfortunate case.” Dr Mehat, who has worked at Bakersfield Medical Centre in Nottingham …

Teaching assistant cuts ‘heartbreaking’ for pupils

That includes the loss of more than 1,000 standard teaching assistants (TAs) and 300 special needs support staff, although there was an increase in the number of higher level teaching assistants from 1,128 to 1,435. Teachers in Wales set for 2.75% pay rise School uniforms to be cheaper and gender neutral Male teaching assistants ‘stereotyped’ Jane Jenkins told BBC Wales Live that losing teaching assistants meant less one-to-one support for pupils for things like speech and language help. “This generation of children has been let down by the system,” she said. “It’s absolutely heartbreaking to think the interventions and support we were giving in the school 12 months ago, we’re no longer able to deliver.” The adult to pupil ratio …

Kos death hotel doors ‘opened easily by a child’

Mrs Treharne told the hearing the family had stayed at the same hotel before, albeit in different apartments that had door chains inside the rooms to prevent children leaving. “Half the hotel did have chain locks on the door. This part didn’t,” she said. “You could turn them so that no-one could get in from the outside, but you could touch it with a finger and get out.” Kos death boy’s parents ‘woke to screams’ ‘Catalogue of errors’ led to Kos death Community’s ‘shock’ at boy’s Greece death Mrs Treharne said a couple had posted a review on a travel site saying their two-year-old child had been able to get out of the room so they “had to put a …

Johnson vows to compensate for ‘SNP inadequacies’

‘Extra funding’ He said: “They (the SNP) have the highest taxes anywhere in the UK. They are not doing a good job on health, they are not doing a good job on education. “I hope the money that we are now investing is properly spent on those services. “And I hope that Scottish Conservatives get the credit they deserve for the hundreds of millions of extra funding that we’re putting into Scottish agriculture which was secured, not by Nicola Sturgeon, but by Scottish Conservatives.” Chancellor Sajid Javid announced an extra £1.2bn for Scotland earlier this month – including £160m for farmers to settle a long-running row over the redistribution of Common Agricultural Policy payments. Mr Johnson, who has called for …

PM’s referral to watchdog ‘politically motivated’

The allegations regarding Mr Johnson’s friendship with technology entrepreneur Ms Arcuri first emerged last weekend in the Sunday Times. They refer to claims that Ms Arcuri joined trade missions led by Mr Johnson when he was mayor of London and that her company received several thousand pounds in sponsorship grants. ‘Overtly political’ A senior government source said the timing of the referral, coming days before the start of the Conservative Party conference, was “overtly political”. Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers said the issue had been “blown out of all proportion” and the complaint against Mr Johnson was “politically motivated”. However, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn rejected the claim, saying the monitoring officer had made a “wholly independent assessment” and decided there were …

Girl ‘killed after drugs bought from rival dealer’

Image caption Jodie Chesney was stabbed in the back while she was with friends in a park in Harold Hill Jurors at the Old Bailey heard the 19-year-old defendant sent a series of urgent texts to Mr Petrovic at 20:38 saying: “I need you ASAP.” “The prosecution suggest that while Svenson Ong-a-Kwie was in Harold Hill he must either have heard or seen something that upset him”, Mr Aylett said. The trial continues.

Extinction Rebellion bath tub protesters sentenced

They said they “chained themselves to a pink bath tub using a system of tubes, carabiners and metal chains”. Ch Insp Mark Runacres, from Avon and Somerset Police, said: “The deliberate actions of these protestors directly led to lengthy delays on the M32, causing major disruption to the public. “Throughout the Extinction Rebellion protests in July, our intention was to work with the organisers to allow peaceful and lawful protests to take place, but we were very clear on what we would not tolerate. “The action they took on Wednesday 17 July crossed the line and we took immediate action.” The four defendants found guilty at Bristol Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday were: Christelle Blunden, 37, of Tremona Road, Southampton Elliot …

BBC announces main cast for Terry Pratchett miniseries ‘The Watch’

BBC Americas Discworld miniseriesThe Watch just announced its main cast, adapting Terry Pratchetts novels about crime and local politics in the fantasy city of Ankh Morpork. Northern Irish actor Richard Dormer will star in the lead role as grizzled and cynical police commander Sam Vimes. Game of Thrones fans will recognize Dormer as Beric Dondarrion, but he also has a long career on stage and screen, most recently starring in the arctic thriller Fortitude also as a local police chief, albeit a much less likable one than Vimes. Jo Eaton-Kent, a genderfluid actor, will play Constable Cheery, a forensics expert whose role in the Discworld universe is roughly analogous to being transgender. (This tweet from one of the writers suggests …

Inspections for top-rated schools to be reinstated

Ofsted warning over outstanding schools Some ‘outstanding schools not that good’ The exemption, introduced when Michael Gove was education secretary, aimed to focus resources on the worst-performing schools but was criticised at the time. A National Audit Office report in 2018 found 1,620 schools, most of them outstanding, had not been inspected for six years or more, and 290 for a decade or more. Earlier this year, England’s schools standards watchdog re-inspected 305 schools rated outstanding that had specific issues, and 80% lost their top-level rating. ‘Completely different schools’ Paul Whiteman, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), which represents leaders in the majority of schools in England, welcomed the announcement to reintroduce inspections for outstanding schools. …

Police chiefs call urgent talks on officer safety

The top officers will share lessons from the recent attacks on their frontline officers as part of a discussion “to see if there is anything more we can do to tangibly improve their safety”, Mr Hewitt said. The Police Federation, which represents rank and file officers, has also been asked to give its input. Related Topics Police Federation Policing Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Sterns: The raves in the house on the hill

Image copyright Rachel Jones Image caption Parties at Sterns often went on into the early hours The house formerly known as Sterns was bought in 1919 by Sir Frederick Stern – banker, horticulturalist and one-time private secretary to ex-Prime Minister David Lloyd George. Image copyright Rachel Jones Image caption Rachel Jones and Mensa would regularly travel to London to hear the latest music Life in Britain in the early 1990s was punctuated by Freedom to Party marches and Conservative rule, while the headlines were dominated by ecstasy and illegal raves. The prevalence of the latter, particularly those in warehouses and fields around the M25, eventually led to the Criminal Justice Act, which famously targeted music “characterised by the emission of …

Malorie Blackman: UK hate crimes inspired new book

“I remember being so angry about that, and I thought ‘I want to write something about racism and what it’s like to experience racism’.” She says before she started the Noughts and Crosses series, she discussed writing about slavery with her friends, but the response was “kind of underwhelming”. “They were saying why do you want to write about that, it’s so painful and so long ago”. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Malorie Blackman with Stormzy at Penguin Presents “In terms of race – we seem to be going backwards on that one.” “In March 2018 I was reading something that said there was a rise of 17% in hate crimes, but in the five years to 2018, it’s …

Ambulance crew shortage expected for third night

The service had appealed for staff to come to work at the weekend because of difficulties filling rotas. “We are doing everything we can to provide as high a level of cover as we can,” said Dr Ruddell. “We are going to prioritise those calls which have the most critical need. “Unfortunately, those people who have a less critical need are the ones who wait longer, and we apologise for that.” Related Topics NI Health UK ambulance services Northern Ireland Ambulance Service Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways