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Alfie Lamb: Car death accused mum guilty of cruelty

Image copyright Family handout Image caption Alfie Lamb was described in court as “the loveliest boy you could ever meet” The mother of a three-year-old boy allegedly crushed by a car seat has been found guilty of child cruelty. Adrian Hoare, 23, failed to prevent her boyfriend Stephen Waterson, 25, from allegedly squashing Alfie Lamb in the footwell of his Audi convertible with his seat in February last year. Hoare was cleared of manslaughter while a jury failed to reach a verdict on the same charge for Mr Waterson. The…

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Alesha MacPhail murder trial: Accused told ‘a pack of lies’

Image caption Alesha MacPhail was holidaying on the Isle of Bute where her body was found The 16-year-old boy accused of killing Alesha MacPhail told a “pack of lies”, jurors have heard. Prosecutor Iain McSporran QC said there was a “mountain of evidence” against the boy, who denies abducting, raping and murdering Alesha last July on the Isle of Bute. In his closing speech at the High Court in Glasgow, Mr McSporran urged the jury to find the teenager guilty. The accused’s QC, Brian McConnachie, said the boy should be…

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Alesha murder trial: Accused says he did not kill the six-year-old

Image caption Alesha MacPhail was holidaying on the Isle of Bute where her body was found The 16-year-old accused of murdering Alesha MacPhail has told a jury he did not kill the child. The teenager also denied abducting and raping the six-year-old, who had been holidaying on the Isle of Bute. The boy, who cannot be named because he is under 18, told the High Court trial: “I have never met Alesha MacPhail.” The body of the schoolgirl, who died from significant pressure being applied to her face and neck,…

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Alesha MacPhail murder trial: DNA found on body ‘matched accused’

DNA was found on Alesha MacPhail’s body which matched the 16-year-old accused of her murder, a court has heard. Forensic scientist Stuart Bailey told the jury that the odds of the intimate samples belonging to anyone else were more than a billion to one. The teenager denies abducting, raping and murdering six-year-old Alesha. Her body was discovered in a wooded area on the Isle of Bute on 2 July last year. The High Court in Glasgow previously heard Alesha suffered 117 injuries and died from significant pressure being applied to…

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Stores accused of ‘watering down’ bottle deposit scheme

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bottle deposit schemes were launched in some countries decades ago Large retailers have been accused of trying to water down a proposed scheme to improve rates of bottle recycling. Environmentalists say large and small drinks containers alike should carry a catch-all deposit of more than 15p. But retailers say small “on-the-go” bottles cause most litter, while large bottles are recycled by households and should not be subject to a deposit. Ministers are still considering whether to exempt bigger plastic containers from the plans. How…

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Ryan Adams accused of sexual misconduct by several women

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Ryan Adams found fame with albums like Gold and songs such as New York, New York in the early 2000s Several women have accused alternative rock star Ryan Adams of emotional and verbal abuse and offering career opportunities as a pretext for sex. A report in the New York Times outlines a pattern of manipulative behaviour, including accusations of psychological abuse from his ex-wife, Mandy Moore. Another woman said Adams sent explicit texts and exposed himself during a Skype call when she was a teenager.…

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Wolverhampton taxi drivers accused of serious sex crimes

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Private hire drivers have been accused of sex crimes over 150 miles away from where they are licensed Taxi drivers licensed by a council accused of “threatening public safety” are suspected of serious sexual offences. Reports of child sexual exploitation and serious sexual allegations have been made against private hire drivers licensed in Wolverhampton, but who also operate around England. Fears have been raised drivers are “shopping around” to find the easiest way to obtain a licence, with a chaotic picture emerging of authorities…

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Alesha MacPhail murder accused, aged 16, blames woman

Image copyright Facebook Image caption The body of Alesha MacPhail was discovered in the grounds of a former hotel on 2 July last year A boy accused of abducting, raping and murdering a six year-old girl is blaming someone else for the crime. The 16-year-old went on trial charged with killing Alesha MacPhail on the Isle of Bute in July last year. The teenager – who cannot be named because of his age – pleaded not guilty when he appeared at the High Court in Glasgow. Brian McConnachie QC lodged…

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Revolut: ‘single-shaming’ ad firm accused of faking data

Image copyright Iona Bain A financial technology company whose “single-shaming” advertising campaign drew protests is facing scrutiny from the City watchdog over the issue. Revolut, which offers app-based current accounts, sparked complaints with a “spoof” ad addressed to people who ordered a takeaway meal for one on Valentine’s Day last year. It admits that the figures in the ad should have been labelled fictitious. The complaints have now been forwarded to the Financial Conduct Authority. Revolut launched in 2015 and bills itself as an alternative to banks. It has apologised…

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Stabbing accused denies Lee Pomeroy train murder

Image caption Mr Pencille denied murdering 51-year-old Lee Pomeroy A man has denied stabbing a passenger to death on board a train. Darren Pencille, 36, of no fixed abode, pleaded not guilty at the Old Bailey to murdering Lee Pomeroy on a Guildford to London service on 4 January. Mr Pomeroy, 51, suffered nine stab wounds when he was attacked on the day before his birthday near Horsley, Surrey. Surrey Police have said a post-mortem found he died from multiple stab wounds including an injury to his neck. Mr Pencille…

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