British diplomat resigns over Brexit ‘half-truths’

In her letter, dated 3 December, she wrote: “I have been increasingly dismayed by the way in which our political leaders have tried to deliver Brexit, with reluctance to address honestly, even with our own citizens, the challenges and trade-offs which Brexit involves.” She also criticised the use of “misleading or disingenuous arguments” and “some behaviour towards our institutions” by politicians, adding that “were it happening in another country, we would almost certainly as diplomats have received instructions to register our concern”. Ms Hall Hall added: “It makes our job to promote democracy and the rule of law that much harder, if we are not seen to be upholding these core values at home.” BBC diplomatic correspondent Paul Adams described …

Police cemetery search in 1986 missing sailor case

Image copyright Gibraltar Heritage Trust Image caption Police said they had received “credible” new information relating to Trafalgar Cemetery HMS Illustrious docked in Gibraltar on 12 December 1986 on its return to Portsmouth from a deployment to Asia and Australasia. Image caption Mr Parkes’ parents said they hoped that his remains would be found and brought home Detectives reopened the case in 2001 after a shipmate, petty officer Allan Grimson, was convicted of two murders. He has denied killing Mr Parkes. In 2003, a number of Gibraltar cemeteries were searched after a police review concluded Mr Parkes was likely to have been murdered. Det Insp Roger Wood said the new information made Trafalgar Cemetery “more interesting and more significant than …

Nation falls silent for Armistice Day

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionA two-minute silence was observed around the country The UK has fallen silent for the 101st Armistice Day since World War One to commemorate those who died in conflict. It is the centenary of the first two-minute silence, held on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. The Royal British Legion called on the nation to put busy lives on pause, set aside differences and remember those who risked their lives. Politicians marked the day by offering pledges to improve the lives of UK service personnel and their families. The tradition of a two-minute silence to remember the dead began exactly a year after the end of World …

Harry Dunn’s parents’ claims ‘without foundation’

Image copyright Aiken Standard Archive Image caption Anne Sacoolas pictured on her wedding day in 2003 Family spokesman Radd Seiger said: “The FCO relies on two private agreements between the USA and UK dated in 1995 and 2001 to assert that Anne Sacoolas did have diplomatic immunity.” He added the family had taken legal advice and its “position is clear that these arrangements have no basis in law”. He continued: “As if it were not enough for the family to have to endure the loss of Harry, the British government now appear[s] intent on putting them through a needless and protracted legal battle culminating in court. So be it. They will not rest until justice is done. But shame on …

People ‘more likely to feel pain on humid days’

But carrying out scientific research into how different types of weather affect pain has been difficult. Previous studies have been small, or short-term. In this research, called Cloudy with a Chance of Pain, scientists recruited 2,500 people with arthritis, fibromyalgia, migraine and neuropathic pain from across the UK. They recorded pain symptoms each day, for between one and 15 months, while their phones recorded the weather where they were. Damp and windy days with low pressure increased the chances of experiencing more pain than normal by about 20%. So if someone’s chances of a painful day with average weather were five in 100, they would increase to six in 100 on a damp and windy day. Cold, damp days also …

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 …