Andrew: I did not suspect Epstein’s behaviour

“I have stayed in a number of his residences. At no stage during the limited time I spent with him did I see, witness or suspect any behaviour of the sort that subsequently led to his arrest and conviction.” The duke – who said he first met Epstein in 1999 – added that he had “tremendous sympathy” for all those affected by Epstein’s behaviour. “His suicide has left many unanswered questions and I acknowledge and sympathise with everyone who has been affected and wants some form of closure.” The BBC’s royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell said the prince felt the need to respond to speculation about his relationship with Epstein “in as forceful terms as he can”. Image copyright Reuters Image …

IVF baby couple ‘won’ in contest is born

Della became pregnant in 2016, but suffered an ectopic pregnancy resulting in surgery to remove one of her fallopian tubes. Another pregnancy in 2017 sadly resulted in a second ectopic pregnancy. The couple then made the decision to try IVF but their one NHS cycle ended in disappointment. Image copyright Della McGill Image caption New mother Della McGill said the people who ran the competition had “given them perfection” IVF Babble co-founder Tracey Bambrough said: “We are absolutely delighted to hear the news of baby Callum’s safe arrival. To know that we have helped a couple experience the one thing they wanted more than anything is just incredible and I know how much it means to them.  “Infertility is such an …

New NI secretary ‘to treat all parties equally’

“I’m very clear on both the spirit of that [Good Friday] Agreement and the law.” Mr Smith was welcomed by the SDLP deputy mayor of Derry and Strabane Council, Cara Hunter, at the Guildhall. Protestors from the Bloody Sunday Justice Campaign as well as activists in favour of same-sex marriage and Irish language legislation demonstrated as he arrived. Image caption Mr Smith talking to Ian Paisley at the DUP party conference in 2017 Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald said she asked Mr Smith about the “threshold” for calling a poll on Irish reunification and told him she hoped he would be “the last British secretary of state”. She said he took the remark “in good part”, adding he understood …

The mums forced into sex work by universal credit

Universal credit helps with living costs, replacing six benefits including housing benefit and child tax credit. But since its introduction in 2013, it’s been accused of making things harder for people receiving it. Alison had her son – who is disabled – when she was 18 years old and has relied on the benefit system to support them both. “There are some weeks after you’ve paid your bills, you don’t have enough and you think, ‘I have to do it’.” Image copyright PA Image caption Heidi Allen says she quit the Conservative Party because “they’ve got it wrong” on universal credit Heidi Allen says she quit the Conservative Party earlier in the year because of the party’s rollout of universal …

‘Nightmare’ of couple’s infected blood

Mrs Jones, from Pontardawe, in the Swansea valley, said she and her husband were “just floored” after he was diagnosed 12 years after his accident. “It was unreal, it was just a nightmare,” she said. “He was a man that was dying every single day.” Image copyright Infected Blood Inquiry Image caption Inquiry head Sir Brian Langstaff opened the hearing in Cardiff on Tuesday, saying it had been the “greatest treatment disaster in the history of the NHS” Watch: ‘The good times stopped’ ‘It was like another death sentence’ – Toni’s story Former high court judge, Sir Brian and his inquiry aim to get to the bottom of what went wrong. He has already heard evidence in England, Scotland and …

Couple in court over Pat McCormick murder

She denied involvement in the murder. A detective inspector told the court she could connect both defendants to the charges. Image caption Police were searching a lake at a former quarry when they found the body Objecting to Ms Dodds’ bail application, police said she had been searching for cheap holidays the day after the murder and there were concerns she may interfere with witnesses. When asked by the defence, the officer accepted Ms Dodds had no physical involvement in Mr McCormick’s murder or the disposal of his body. The judge rejected bail due to the concerns raised by police. Both of the accused are due to appear in court again in August.

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 …