Suicide pact trial: Natasha Gordon jailed over Rutland Water death

A woman who backed out of a suicide pact, leaving a man to die alone, has been given a four-year jail term. Natasha Gordon, 44, was convicted at Leicester Crown Court in December, two years after Matthew Birkinshaw, 31, was found dead in his car at Rutland Water. She met the postman, from Walsall, West…

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Oxford student Oliver Mears rape case dropped by CPS

The case against an Oxford University student who had a rape charge “hanging over his head” for two years has been dropped on the eve of his trial. Oliver Mears had been on bail since his arrest on suspicion of rape and sexual assault in July 2015, when he was 17. A judge criticised prosecutors’…

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‘Telephone-number figures’ – Gossip Column Extra: Sanchez special

[unable to retrieve full-text content] BBC Sport’s David Ornstein and Simon Stone discuss the details of the imminent transfer of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal to Manchester United. BBC Sport – Football

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John Worboys release will not be challenged by government

Media playback is unsupported on your device The government will not challenge the decision to release rapist John Worboys, the justice secretary says. David Gauke said “it would not be appropriate” to seek a judicial review of the Parole Board’s ruling to free Worboys after less than 10 years. Victims as well as the mayor…

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Jacinda Ardern: New Zealand PM reveals she is pregnant

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that she is pregnant. Ms Ardern said she and her partner, Clarke Gayford, were expecting their child in June, after which she planned to take a six-week break. “And we thought 2017 was a big year!” she wrote on Instagram. Ms Ardern, 37, became New Zealand’s youngest…

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Newcastle United: Amanda Staveley still interested in takeover

Businesswoman Amanda Staveley says she still wants to buy Newcastle United despite owner Mike Ashley ending £250m takeover talks this week. Ashley said in October he wanted to sell the club after 10 years in charge. He was believed to have been close to selling to Staveley’s PCP Capital Partners group but talks ended when…

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Prosecutors detail shackled siblings' lives

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Chained to beds and beaten as punishment, the couple’s children hatched an escape plan over years. BBC News – Home

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Cancer blood test ‘enormously exciting’

Scientists have taken a step towards one of the biggest goals in medicine – a universal blood test for cancer. A team at Johns Hopkins University has trialled a method that detects eight common forms of the disease. Their vision is an annual test designed to catch cancer early and save lives. UK experts said…

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek: Crystal Palace midfielder 'out for months'

Crystal Palace midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek could be ruled out for several months after manager Roy Hodgson said his ankle injury is worse than first thought and may require surgery. The on-loan Chelsea player, 21, has not featured since 28 December due to what was thought to be a minor injury. But Hodgson said Loftus Cheek…

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Turpin case: California children 'chained for months'

California prosecutors have detailed allegations of horrific abuse by the parents of 13 children held in shackles at their home. David Turpin, 56, and Louise Turpin, 49, face charges of torture, abuse and false imprisonment, Riverside County district attorney Mike Hestrin told reporters. They are due to appear in court to be formally charged. Mr…

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