Operation Sanctuary review finds adult abuse 'extensive'

Vulnerable women are most likely being “extensively” abused across the UK and ministers need to urgently review sex exploitation laws, a report says. David Spicer led a review in the wake of Operation Sanctuary which saw 18 people jailed for the sexual abuse of young women groomed in Newcastle. He said exploitation was not being…

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RBS reports first profit in 10 years

Royal Bank of Scotland has returned to profit for the first time in a decade as it continues its recovery. Chief executive Ross McEwan told the BBC it was “a really symbolic moment.” The bank, which is majority-owned by the taxpayer, made an annual profit of £752m compared with a £6.95bn loss the year before.…

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Celtic lacked bravery & belief in Europa League exit – Rodgers

Celtic “lacked aggression” in defence and were “too negative” in attack as they exited the Europa League to Zenit St Petersburg, said Brendan Rodgers. The Scottish champions headed to Russia in an optimistic mood after an impressive 1-0 victory in the home leg. But familiar defensive failings resurfaced as Branislav Ivanovic, Daler Kuzyaev and Aleksandr…

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Florida school shooting: Armed officer 'did not confront killer'

An armed officer assigned to the Florida school where a gunman killed 17 people last week stood outside the building during the shooting and did not intervene, the local sheriff says. Deputy Scot Peterson has resigned after being suspended, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said. “I am devastated. Sick to my stomach. He never went…

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Drug errors cause appalling harm and deaths, says Hunt

Drug errors cause appalling levels of harm and deaths, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says, as new data suggests millions of mistakes are being made. GPs, pharmacists, hospitals and care homes may be making 237 million errors a year – the equivalent of a mistake made for every five drugs handed out. The study said most…

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Jonathan Udall dies after Grand Canyon helicopter crash

A fourth British tourist has died following a helicopter crash in the Grand Canyon 12 days ago while on his honeymoon. Jonathan Udall, who is in his 30s and from Brighton, has been in hospital in Las Vegas since the accident on 10 February. His family has been told of his death. Mr Udall’s wife,…

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Ministers conclude crunch Brexit talks at Chequers

Theresa May and her senior ministers met for eight hours at the PM’s country retreat in the latest attempt to settle the government’s approach to Brexit. The group of 11 were at Chequers to decide how closely the EU and UK should align after exit day in March 2019. Downing Street said the PM would…

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Celtic out of Europa League after defeat at Zenit St Petersburg

Celtic’s Europa League campaign ended at the first knockout hurdle as the Scottish champions succumbed to Zenit St Petersburg in their round-of-32 tie. Branislav Ivanovic, given a free header inside the box, powered home a corner after seven minutes to level the tie. Aleksandr Kokorin missed a great chance before Daler Kuzyaev’s swerving 25-yard shot…

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NRA head: Gun control advocates 'exploiting' Florida tragedy

Media playback is unsupported on your device The head of the most powerful gun lobby in the US has accused Democrats and media of “exploiting” a Florida school shooting that left 17 people dead. Wayne LaPierre said “opportunists” are using the 14 February tragedy to expand gun control and abolish US gun rights. Mr LaPierre’s…

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Charity boss Justin Forsyth resigns from Unicef

Ex-Save the Children chief executive Justin Forsyth has resigned from Unicef as he says he does not want coverage of his past to “damage” the charities. Mr Forsyth faced three complaints of inappropriate behaviour towards female staff before leaving Save the Children, the BBC reported this week. He was accused of sending inappropriate texts and…

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