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Fan Loses Compensation Claim Against Ronnie Scott's
  • Reveller toppled down stairs at Soho venue after failing to hold onto banister
  • She said the stairway was dimly lit and sued for thousands in compensation
  • Judge finds her 'inebriated, obese state on three-inch platforms' contributed
  • Case is thrown out by High Court after judge clears jazz club of any blame 
Mother, 32, Dies After Being Hit By Roadsweeper
  • Mother has died after being hit by a roadsweeper on her way to pick up her child
  • The woman, who has not yet been named, was collecting the child from a minder
  • But she was struck by a truck at a crossroads close to where she lived in Swindon
  • A spokesman for Wiltshire Police said officers were appealing for any witnesses
Asda Pregnancy Kits Gave False Positives Three Times
  • Rebecca Barratt, from Manchester, took the tests when she missed a period
  • She took another one and went to the hospital when it came back positive
  • With her period very late, she tried the Asda brand twice more last November
  • It read positive every time, but a scan revealed she had never been pregnant
  • Mother-of-one said the ordeal left her stressed and Asda has now apologised
Shaun Walmsley Escaping From Prison Guards On Cctv
  • Escape sparked huge manhunt after convict was freed by two armed men
  • The trio made off in gold Volvo after the incident on Tuesday afternoon
  • CCTV images have now been released of the moment he escaped
Kim Jong Un's Brother 'was Killed By Banned Nerve Agent'
  • Two women assassinated Kim Jong Nam in Kuala Lumpur airport on February 13
  • Malaysian police say Kim Jong Un's half brother had nerve agent on his face
  • Not known how the women applied the agent without becoming ill themselves
  • Chemical weapon is classified as a weapon of mass destruction by the UN
Woman Killed And Husband Left For Dead In South Africa
  • Sue Howarth, 64, was killed and her husband Robert Lynn, 66, survived 
  • Couple were asleep at their farm in South Africa when three men broke in
  • Were attacked with a blowtorch at their remote home, 150 miles from Pretoria
  • The couple were then shot before the thugs dumped their bodies by a roadside 
Undocumented Immigrant Removed From Texas Hospital
  • Sara Beltran-Hernandez, 26, from El Salvador, was diagnosed with a brain tumor
  • She was hospitalized after collapsing at detention center in Alvarado, Texas
  • Doctors said she needed surgery but she was taken back to detention center
  • Her lawyers said her hands and feet were tied to the hospital bed  
Teenager Reading Skill Decline Blamed On Basic Books
  • Secondary school pupils do not move onto more challenging novels
  • Zoella, Harry Potter and other teenage books top the most-read list
  • A study examined the reading and comprehension skills of 848,219 children  
Sydney Boys Including 12-year-old Arrested For Acid Attack
  • Suspects, aged 12, 13 and 15, were held at Sydney Russell School in Dagenham
  • Six people were hurt by a 'noxious substance' - three required hospital treatment
  • Separate acid attack sees three injured at a children's Sunday league match
Family Of Iraqi Asylum Seekers 'gang Raped Drunk Woman'
  • The nine men are accused of raping a woman, 28, on New Year's Eve 2015  
  • Only one of the men has admitted to being involved in the horrific attack 
  • The court heard the victim met four of the men while drinking in a bar in Vienna 
So Where Did The Rest Of The £20million Compensation Go?
  • Several Guantanamo detainees were trying to sue Britain over their treatment
  • Ken Clarke agreed to pay claimants to stop costly and embarrassing court cases
  • Among those said to have received money are Shaker Aamer and Moazzam Begg
  • Payouts are widely thought to have amounted up to £1million for each detainee 
Brit Awards 2017: Katy Perry Gets Political On Stage
  • Katy Perry performed new song Chained to the Rhythm live on stage at the O2
  • She was joined on stage by two skeletons who were dressed like Mrs May and Mr Trump were during the pair's first meeting in Washington last month 
  • She was a dedicated supporter of Hilary Clinton during the U.S elections
Uk Weather: Storm Doris Set To Batter Britain This Morning
  • Dozens of flights cancelled and train commuters face delays thanks to speed limits on several lines 
  • 87mph gust recorded at Mace Head in Republic of Ireland in early hours as storm made its way east
  • Highways England and AA have urged drivers to alter plans if possible due to 'treacherous' conditions 
  • Up to an inch of snow could fall in Scotland and Northern England while South will see 60mph winds
The Grinning Jihadi And A Shameful Legacy Of Torture
  • Born Ronald Fiddler, the Muslim convert was detained at Guantanamo in 2002 
  • He was freed after two years following lobbying from Tony Blair's Government 
  • Al-Harith was later handed £1million out of taxpayers' pocket in compensation 
  • But within a decade of leaving jail he would flee to Syria to fight alongside ISIS 
Bavaria Pushes Ahead With Burka Ban
  • Ban affects  schools, universities, government workplaces and polling stations
  • Comes months after Angela Merkel called for a ban 'wherever legally possible' 
  • Immigration set to be a prominent issue at federal elections in seven months
101-year-old In Court For Sexual Assault In The 70s
  • Wartime engineer Douglas Hammersley accused of 3 counts of indecent assault 
  • Woman, who was 14 and now in 40s, claims she was attacked in 1977 and 1979
  • Judge Francis Sheridan is set to rule whether the 101-year-old is too old to plead 
Ex-guantanamo Isis Bomber 'used £1m Payout To Fund Terror'
  • Jamal Al-Harith, who blew himself up in Mosul, Iraq, had links to Raphael Hostey
  • ISIS documents reportedly reveal Hostey was 'sponsor' to many British fighters 
  • Shukee Begum, Al-Harith's wife, confirmed pair from Manchester were friends 
  • News comes as ministers and Lords called for probe into £20m detainee payouts
Families' Fury Over Whirlpool's Fire-risk Dryers
  • More than 750 fires have been caused by machines sold by Whirlpool 
  • US appliance giant issued a safety alert, admitting that 5.3 million dryers sold under the Hotpoint, Indesit, Creda, Swan and Proline brands were a fire risk
  • 15 months later, the company has told people not to use the machines at all
  • Lawyers are preparing civil lawsuits against the US company which could generate a compensation bill running to millions of pounds;
  • Customers said they had waited for up to a year for their dryer to be modified;
  • More than 48,000 people have signed a Parliamentary petition calling on the Government to force Whirlpool to recall the machines;
  • An MP whose constituents suffered as a result of a blaze in an 18-storey block of flats suggested it may result in a police investigation;
  • It emerged that a fire which killed two men was caused by a Whirlpool machine
The World's Urban Environment Captured In Photographs
  • Stunning images taken in the world's urban environment capture the full drama of the human condition
  • This year's brief in the CBRE Urban Photography competition was 'Cities of Connections' 
  • The winning image taken by Moin Ahmed called 'The Man's Stare' captures a pensive man travelling by train
  • The Americas prize awarded to Conner Schuh from his entry, 'Golden Hour on Tower Bridge' taken in the US
Labour Holds Stoke Seat After Ukip Is Beaten
  • In Copeland, Tory candidate Trudy Harrison made history with her victory 
  • First time in 35 years the Government had beaten opposition in a by-election
  • Labour's candidate Gareth Snell won the Stoke seat, beating Ukip's Paul Nuttall 
  • It has raised questions on the future of both Corbyn and Nuttall as party leaders
  • Voter turnout was 38.16% in Stoke-on-Trent Central and 51.35% in Copeland  
'lol Assassin' In Selfie Days Before Kim Jong-nam Killing
  • Pictures show Doan Thi Huong wearing a top with 'LOL' emblazoned on the front
  • Similar shirt was worn by woman in CCTV footage after murder of Kim Jong-nam
  • The 28-year-old is being in Malaysia over the poisoning assassination last week
  • Clip shows woman who looks like her performing in TV talent show Vietnam Idol
Files Suggest Nazis Tested A Nuclear Bomb Before Ww2 Ended
  • Files unearthed in the US show how far Nazis got in bid to make an atomic bomb
  • A documented test may have taken place of a rudimentary warhead in 1944
  • Missile expert says he observed a mushroom cloud in the sky during a test flight
  • German test pilot Hans Zinsser said he saw the cloud south of city of Lübeck
Kent Woman Wants 'catfishing' Illegal After Tinder Dupe
  • Anna Rowe, 44, matched with 'Antony Ray' on online dating app Tinder in 2015
  • He visited her, they exchanged thousands of messages, and talked of marriage
  • When he disappeared, she hired an investigator who discovered a fake identity
  • He was married father with separate phone and accounts for his affairs 
Milo Yiannopoulos 'threw A Hissy Fit About His Hair'
  • Milo Yiannopoulos was reportedly stressing about his hair and make-up before the press conference where he resigned from Breitbart News
  • Elsewhere AWMPR, which took him on as a client, is facing a backlash
  • This week, footage of a year-old podcast was unearthed, which showed him discussing the merits of gay relationships between adults and boys
Net Migration To Britain Falls To 273,000
  • Figures on annual long-term immigration to UK have been released by the ONS 
  • Show net inflow fell to 273,000 in the 12 months to the end of September
  • But a record 79,000 arrived from Romania and Bulgaria during the year 
  • First data issued that covers an extended period after the historic Brexit vote 
Once A Day Slimming Jab That Can Cut Diabetes Risk By 80%
  • The weight loss drug could potentially help thousands of people avoid diabetes
  • They would be used in the same way statins are used to ward off heart disease
  • The landmark trial has been conducted by scientists at Imperial College London
  • Daily dose of liraglutide slashes the chance of at-risk patients developing type 2 
The Kid Who’s Missing School To Model For Gucci In Milan
  • While most of their classmates learn their ABCs, Dylan is preparing for a shoot
  • The British toddler has been modelling since she was just 18-months-old
  • She now stars in adverts for Mothercare, where she was spotted by Gucci chiefs
  • The fashion giants have offered to fly Dylan and her mother out to Italy  
Pupils Of 11 To Sit Times Table Tests For The First Time
  • Eleven-year-olds will sit times tables tests from next year, it has been revealed
  • Schools minister Nick Gibb said it is a 'very important part of mathematical knowledge'
  • It will be the first use of on-screen technology in national curriculum testing
  • Proposals were first announced by former education secretary Nicky Morgan 
Third Runway At Heathrow 'will Increase Health Risk'
  • The increase in cars, coaches and lorries will add to toxic nitrogen oxide fumes 
  • A damning report says Heathrow’s expansion will risk the health of people 
  • The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee claims a third runway risks breaching air pollution limits – a key barrier to it being built 
  • Problem is not planes but fumes pumped out by cars and trains travelling to it 
Christian Father Is Burned Alive And His Son Is Shot Dead
  • The father, in his 60s, was found with multiple gunshot wounds in North Sinai
  • His son, who was a Coptic Christian like his dad, was burned alive on Wednesday
  • The area of North Sinai has become a stronghold for Islamic State in Egypt
  • Their bodies were discovered at dawn behind a school in the city of  El-Arish
Britain Faces £400m Bill For Storm Doris
  • Major jams on the road network yesterday, as well as train cancellations that left thousands facing disruption
  • Train delays continue today as debris such as trees remained on tracks and operators continues their checks
  • Environment Agency issued 13 flood warnings from Devon in the south west to Cumbria in the north west 
Farage Reveals He Was Sent Knickers During Brexit Campaign
  • Nigel Farage interviewed by Piers Morgan for his ITV show Life Stories
  • Air tonights on the channel but it was recorded then delayed to avoid by-election
  • Former Ukip leader admits being 'difficult' husband before wife split revealed 
  • Moved out of his family home to live with French politician Laure Ferrari, 37
  • He has been sent knickers by fans and has a crush on Carol Vorderman 
Sir Philip Green Faces Legal Fight With Owner Of Bhs
  • Tycoon Sir Philip Green, Sir Shifty, is facing a court fight with Dominic Chappell
  • Chappell, a thrice bankrupt racing driver who bought BHS for £1
  • Details of the spat were laid bare in a court hearing yesterday over the liquidation of Chappell’s firm Retail Acquisitions Limited.
Sorry Ladies, You Do Sweat Just Like Men
  • A study by the University of Wollongong in Australia examined skin blood flow
  • It had been suggested that women stay drier, but any difference between women and their partners is actually more to do with their body size
  • The research is published in the journal Experimental Physiology
Glasgow To Birmingham Flight Makes Emergency Landing
  • John MacInnes posted moment he realised the propeller had stopped moving
  • He tweeted:  'Oh s***. Engine has failed and we’re returning to Glasgow'
  • 9am service to Birmingham turned around after takeoff and landed minutes later
  • Hero pilots forced to shut down engine down  
  • Another Flybe pilot landed on one wheel battling Storm Doris at Bradford
Pyongyang Mocks China For 'dancing To The Tune Of The Us'
  • China has halted North Korean coal imports because of its nuclear programme
  • Pyongyang has now accused Beijing of 'dancing to the tune of the United States'
  • The comments were a rare reproach of North Korea's main diplomatic backer 
Police Find £1m Cannabis Factory In Wiltshire
  • A boy aged 15 is one of six people arrested after police found the huge drug haul in a nuclear bunker
  • Another five men, aged between 19 and 45, have been held on drug offences with three of those held on human trafficking offences as well
  • The £1million farm was found in 20-room RGHC Chilmark Bunkers in Wiltshire during a midnight raid
  • Detective Inspector Paul Franklin said it was probably one of the biggest hauls ever found in the county
Pensioner Who Drove The Wrong Way On The M5 Was 'confused'
  • Graham Teesdale, 83, was driving to Devon when he got confused on the M5
  • He joined the motorway in the wrong direction, sparking two pile-ups
  • He had a lung infection and kidney disease when the incident happened
  • He was stopped by an undercover police car and found unconscious at the wheel and died four days later in hospital 
Taunton Mother Dies After Having 3 Vodka And Lemonades
  • Heidi Hopley, 41, had strong drinks at home with her partner Scott Fisher 
  • Mother-of-one said she was going for a cigarette and never came to bed
  • Ms Hopley was found collapsed on their patio the following morning  
  • She had a history of high blood pressure but none of any alcohol abuse
Helen Bailey's Fiance Is Jailed For At Least 34 Years
  • Computer expert was convicted yesterday of murdering the acclaimed writer
  • He drugged and suffocated the wealthy widow after targeting her for her money
  • Her body was found in a cesspit beneath their garage but he continued to lie 
  • Judge brands the murder plot 'heinous' and says killer is 'wicked' 
Jeremy Corbyn's Future Under Threat In Stormy Contests
  • By-elections on a knife edge as bad weather due to have an impact on turnout
  • Jeremy Corbyn is expecting to retain Stoke-on-Trent and Copeland
  • Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said Tory win is 'within our grasp'
  • Ukip leader Paul Nuttall remains 'pretty confident' of victory in Stoke  
Cressida Dick Is First Woman To Head Macho Scotland Yard 
  • Cressida Dick has broken through the glass ceiling to become the Met Police top officer
  • She will become arguably the most senior police officer in the world
  • Ms Dick spent the last two years in a senior role at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • The family of Jean Charles de Menezes had called for her appointment to be blocked
Who Did Sign Off The '£1m Payment' To This Bomber?
  • Born Ronald Fiddler, the Muslim convert was detained at Guantanamo in 2002 
  • He was freed after two years following lobbying from Tony Blair's Government 
  • Al-Harith was later handed £1million out of taxpayers' pocket in compensation 
  • But within a decade of leaving jail he would flee to Syria to fight alongside ISIS 
North Koreans Are Seen Smiling In Rare Photographs
  • They were taken by photographer Eric Lafforgue, who has ventured to North Korea six times since 2008
  • He has managed to capture images the North Korean authorities don't want the outside world to see
  • Eric's candid photographs show men, women and children laughing and smiling at work and play
Uk Weather: Storm Doris To Hit Tomorrow With 80mph Winds
  • Amber weather warning issued for tomorrow as 'explosive cyclogenesis' system hits Britain's shores
  • Forecasters warn of floods, building damage, power cuts, travel chaos and flying debris causing injury
  • Snow warning issued in Scotland for 'treacherous' and blizzard-like conditions with up to 8in set to fall
  • Copeland by-election result could be very late if storm stops ballot boxes getting out of Lake District