Threat level raised for UK ships in Iranian waters

The threat level means British ships are advised not to enter Iranian waters, BBC defence correspondent Jonathan Beale said. Gulf crisis: Are we heading for a new tanker war? Iranian official threatens to seize British tanker Why does the Strait of Hormuz matter? Boats believed to belong to Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) approached the British Heritage tanker and tried to bring it to a halt as it was moving out of the Gulf into the Strait of Hormuz. HMS Montrose, a British frigate shadowing the BP-owned tanker, was forced to move between the three boats and the ship, a Ministry of Defence spokesman said. He described the Iranians’ actions as “contrary to international law”. Guns on HMS Montrose …

‘No evidence’ Sir Kim Darroch email was a hack

Five things we learned from the UK ambassador spat Leaked Trump emails row: What do we know? Sir Kim Darroch resigns: Letter in full Prior to Sir Kim’s resignation, President Trump said that the US would no longer deal with Sir Kim. The US president had branded him “a very stupid guy” after confidential emails emerged where the ambassador had called his administration “clumsy and inept”. Related Topics Kim Darroch Donald Trump United States Alan Duncan Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Train killer ‘would panic on rail journeys’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mitchell lived with Pencille at her flat in Farnham When she was questioned in court about why, on the day of the killing, it apparently took her more than nine hours to work out what her boyfriend had done, Mitchell said: “I’m a bit slow.” “If someone tells a joke, I don’t pick up on it until five minutes later,” she explained. In the hours after the killing, as Mr Pomeroy’s teenage son and other traumatised passengers were supported by the police, on-the-run Pencille had called Mitchell to collect him and take him to their Farnham home, about 15 miles from the scene of the stabbing. He discarded clothing and took a shower. By …

Sex role-play death prompts law change plea

“The extent of his encouragement to her to carry out this act and his failure to report appropriately when she lost consciousness makes it clear that the male was so subjectively reckless as to amount to manslaughter,” Mr Haigh ruled in Hope’s inquest last week. Staffordshire Police said Jerome Dangar, 45, from Tintagel, Cornwall, was online when Hope died, but made no attempt to raise the alarm. It is understood a file was being prepared by police for submission to the Crown Prosecution Service to consider charging him with Hope’s manslaughter. Police and her family said this would have been a landmark legal first in the UK – but were denied justice when Dangar was found dead at HMP Dartmoor …

The teenager who was forgotten for 17 years

Precisely what happened may never be known, but a jury has found the pair guilty of murdering Margaret within three weeks of that final sighting on 17 December 1999. Her body has never been found. During the seven-week trial, the prosecution painted a bleak picture of Margaret’s life before she disappeared. Early challenges An only child, she was brought up in the town of Port Glasgow, Inverclyde, and faced challenges from an early age. At Slaemuir Primary School, Margaret struggled with reading and writing, and she continued to require additional support as a pupil at Port Glasgow High. But two defining events ultimately led her into the care of her killers. Image copyright Crown Office Image caption Margaret Fleming pictured …

NSPCC explains Munroe Bergdorf decision

“We should have been more thoughtful and caring about how we managed our relationship with her at the outset,” it added. The charity said in a statement, released earlier this week, that it had tried to make direct contact with Ms Bergdorf before announcing it was removing her from the campaign, but was unable to do so and the announcement “should have been delayed”. The statement came after more than 150 NSPCC staff wrote a letter in support for Ms Bergdorf to the charity’s bosses and trustees, saying they were “deeply disappointed” at how she had been treated. ‘She deserved better’ In the statement, charity chief executive Peter Wanless said: “We have let Munroe down in not supporting her through …

Couple’s baby joy after 13 miscarriages

It was in 2008 the couple suffered the heartbreak of their first miscarriage. They said when it happened a third time, they knew something was wrong. Doctors advised them to keep trying but, after their fourth pregnancy ended, they were referred to Prof Quenby at University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire’s Biomedical Research Unit. Image copyright Laura Worsley Image caption Laura and Dave kept the pregnancy a secret for fear of experiencing another loss Prof Quenby said they used steroids to suppress Laura’s immune system to allow the pregnancy to progress beyond 24 weeks, when babies have a chance of surviving. Drugs helped stop her blood clotting. “The steroids do have side effects,” said Prof Quenby. “But we both decided …

I’m not aiming for no deal, says Johnson

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJohnson: Brexit delay means defeat Boris Johnson has said he is “not aiming for a no-deal outcome” for Brexit at the launch of his campaign for the Tory leadership. But he said leaving no deal on the table was a “vital tool of negotiation” and the UK “must do better than the current withdrawal agreement”. “Delay means defeat, delay means Corbyn,” he said, saying the UK must leave the EU on 31 October. But Chancellor Philip Hammond said it was “impossible” to leave by then. “I think it’s not sensible for candidates to box themselves into a corner on this,” Mr Hammond told a Bloomberg conference. Who will replace Theresa May? Mr …

Football coach jailed for child abuse

Image caption Victim Billy Seymour died in a car crash in January Mr Seymour, a Southampton youth player who went on to play for Coventry City and Millwall, had waived his right to anonymity to speak publicly. He gave evidence at last year’s trial but was killed in a car crash in January before Higgins’ retrial. On Tuesday, his mother Jean read his victim impact statement, written before his death, to the court. Addressed to Higgins, it said: “I am sick to my stomach of giving you any more thought. I have been a broken man. You have debilitated my whole life. “The mist is clearing. I can see some light at the end of the tunnel. “I will beat …

NI’s ‘oldest married couple’ going strong

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe pair of 100-year-olds are still in love after 76 years Nellie Graham is celebrating her 100th birthday and she is in good company. Her husband, Joe, marked the same milestone last August. The County Antrim pair, who still live independently at their Randalstown bungalow, are thought to be Northern Ireland’s oldest married couple. Married on 23 September 1942 in the middle of World War Two, this year marks their 77th wedding anniversary. Centenarian shares secrets of long life Surge in number of centenarians living in Northern Ireland Georgina McKeown: From champion cyclist to centenarian They met at school and have been inseparable ever since. Image caption Mr and Mrs Graham share …

Killed couple’s graves found after 40 years

Image copyright Penny Farmer Image caption Chris Farmer and Peta Frampton had kept in touch with family by letter when they went travelling in central America In July 1978 the bodies of 25-year-old doctor Mr Farmer and Ms Frampton, a 24-year-old lawyer, were discovered hogtied and attached to engine parts, 200m off the coast of Guatemala. Image copyright Farmer Family Image caption A letter from pastor Garry McClure sent to the Farmer family contained a description and photographs of the graves The pastor was retraced for the BBC podcast Paradise and passed on vital new information that gave hope the graves could be found. Armed with the new clues, Miss Farmer and BBC reporter Mr Maudsley went to Puerto Barrios …

Crowds greet royal couple in Belfast

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Prince Charles discussed the the major Bank Buildings restoration job with workers on the site Prince Charles’ first engagement of the day was at a synagogue in the north of the city while the duchess visited a homeless charity, the Belfast Welcome Organisation. It is based close to one of the city’s peace walls between the loyalist Shankill and nationalist Falls areas. Later on Wednesday, the royal couple are expected to make a number of appearances around the city. Relatives of people shot dead while the Army was deployed in west Belfast in 1971 held a protest against the Prince of Wales’ visit to Belfast. Skip Twitter post by @ChrisPageTV Shouts of “congratulations on …

Egypt death couple ‘exposed to chemicals’

A preliminary report from Dr Nick Gent suggested neither radiation, natural causes, carbon monoxide poisoning nor food poisoning caused the couple’s deaths. While the cause of death is still unknown, Dr Gent told the court it was most likely exposure to an “infectious biological agent or toxic chemicals”. Image caption Susan Cooper worked for Thomas Cook in Burnley Hotel records showed housekeeping had been called to the Coopers’ room at least three times on the day before the couple died and the room next door had been fumigated. Coroner Dr James Adeley asked lawyers representing the hotel and Thomas Cook for a raft of documents ahead of a full inquest. He also requested the hotel’s air conditioning maintenance logs, as …

No trophy hunting import ban yet – Gove

Clients, mainly from Europe or the US, often pay thousands of pounds to take part in a hunt, and keep a “trophy” – usually the head or skin, or another body part. It’s a big business in some African countries. Critics describe it as a blood sport, but proponents say it helps raise vital money for conservation, especially for endangered species. ‘I hunt wild animals because I love them’ Trophy hunting ‘raises extinction risk’ Should trophy hunting be banned? Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMichael Gove tells 5 Live the UK will not be banning imports from trophy hunting yet. Currently, if a trophy hunter wants to bring a body part from their hunt back into the …

Could rapist couple have been stopped?

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionVictims call for Barry rapist couple case review Questions over whether a couple jailed for a string of rapes on girls were part of a paedophile ring have led to calls for a serious case review. Husband and wife Peter and Avril Griffiths abused and raped multiple girls over decades in the seaside town of Barry in south Wales. Nazir Afzal, who prosecuted grooming gangs in Rochdale, said there should now be a review into the case. It follows the discovery a victim’s earlier complaint was not acted on. In October, a jury at Cardiff Crown Court heard how for years the couple had carried out a sustained campaign of rape and …

Wedding day Parkrun for happy couple

Image copyright Simon Wright/Anna Thorpe Image caption They have done more than 200 Parkruns between them Mr Wright, 39, and Miss Thorpe, 32, felt running had to feature in their wedding day – but changed into other outfits for the ceremony. “Running has been an important part of both our lives,” said Mr Wright, who is the former Liberal Democrat MP for Norwich South. “We have had some difficult experiences and we both looked to running as a new activity.” The couple met two years ago at the Norwich Road Runners’ Christmas fancy dress run. Image copyright Simon Wright/Anna Thorpe Image caption They find the local Parkrun wherever they go, such as this one at Sherwood Forest “It’s wonderful what …