Thu, 17th Apr 2014

Press News

Family's pain after killer jailed

3:55pm Thursday 17th April 2014

York Press: Reema Ramza was still alive when her boyfriend started to cut off her head with a knife

The family of a teenager who was beheaded by her boyfriend have spoken of their pain after her killer was jailed for life for murder.

Two guilty of Anglo Irish Bank plot

3:55pm Thursday 17th April 2014

York Press: Former Anglo Irish Bank executive Pat Whelan leaves the Circuit Criminal court, Dublin

Two former directors of Anglo Irish Bank, the rogue lender that crippled Ireland's economy, have been found guilty of hatching a multi-million euro loans-for-shares plot months before the bank's collapse.

Pickles slams 'Town Hall Pravdas'

2:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

York Press: Eric Pickles compared council free sheets published in some London areas to Pravda, the newspaper associated with the former Soviet Union.

Conservative Cabinet member Eric Pickles has attacked five London councils for behaving like Russian president Vladimir Putin over their alleged attempts to drive local newspapers "out of business".

Fletcher family's justice plea

11:10am Thursday 17th April 2014

York Press: A police officer stands beside floral tributes during a memorial service held in St James Square, London, to mark the thirtieth anniversary of the death of WPC Yvonne Fletcher

The family of murdered policewoman Yvonne Fletcher said it is "time this case was closed" - but 30 years later they added it seems they are "no closer to achieving justice".

Queen presents money to pensioners

6:03am Thursday 17th April 2014

York Press: The Queen hands out Maundy money at Blackburn Cathedral in Lancashire

The Queen has presented money to pensioners at the traditional Royal Maundy Thursday service.

MP vows to keep up fracking fight

2:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

York Press: Green MP Caroline Lucas arrives at Brighton Magistrates' Court

Britain's only Green MP has vowed to continue her fight to end fracking after being found not guilty of obstructing a public highway and a public order offence during high-profile protests.

Lifespan estimates 'need updating'

12:55am Thursday 17th April 2014

York Press: Experts will look at factors such as smoking, eating habits and socio-economic background when determining a person's approximate life expectancy

Retirees risk being misled by estimates proposed by ministers which would tell them when they are expected to die unless this information is regularly reviewed, a leading pensions expert has warned.

Royals marvel at Blue Mountains

6:03am Thursday 17th April 2014

York Press: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge view the Three Sisters rock formation from Echo Point in the Blue Mountains, Katoomba.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have marvelled at the views from one of Australia's most spectacular beauty spots after hearing the moving stories of bush fire survivors.

Man held after major arms find

12:35pm Thursday 17th April 2014

York Press: Some of the arms that have been seized by an anti-gang squad in one of Scotland Yard's biggest gun seizures.

Assault rifles, sawn off shotguns, an Uzi and a Thompson machine gun have been seized by an anti-gang squad in one of Scotland Yard's biggest gun seizures.

Earthquake rattles English region

9:30am Thursday 17th April 2014

York Press: An earthquake has rattled Rutland, scientists say

A central English region was hit by its strongest earthquake in 13 years this morning.

Loach and Leigh vie for Palme d'Or

2:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

York Press: Ken Loach is one of the 18 film-makes vying for the Palme d'Or

Veteran directors Ken Loach and Mike Leigh will go head to head for one of cinema's most coveted prizes a t this year's Cannes Film Festival.

Stop family breakdown, says judge

12:35pm Thursday 17th April 2014

York Press: A top judge has warned about the breakdown of family life

A judge who was chastised after airing his views on marriage made a call for "the tide" of family breakdown to be stemmed as he retired from his job in the Family Division of the High Court.

Beauty contest ends in a punch-up

12:35pm Thursday 17th April 2014

York Press: A brawl broke out after the winner was announced in the Miss Scarborough contest

Police were called to the Miss Scarborough beauty contest after a fight broke out when supporters of one of the contestants claimed the competition was a fix.

Boxer fined for TV row assault

2:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

York Press: Fred Evans, 23, from St Mellon's in Cardiff, arrives at Birmingham Crown Court with an unnamed woman

A boxer who won a silver medal at the London Olympics has admitted assaulting a reveller at a lap-dancing club after a row over cult reality TV show The Valleys.

Banksy artwork to go on display

12:35pm Thursday 17th April 2014

York Press: David Stinchcombe, a youth centre leader, moved the Banksy artwork from a wall in Clement Street, Bristol

A Banksy artwork removed from a wall by a youth club has been handed to a city council and will now go on public display.

Woman jailed over blackmail plot

12:35pm Thursday 17th April 2014

York Press: Debbie Vincent, 52, an animal rights activist, was found guilty of being involved in a conspiracy to blackmail a major animal testing company

A former soldier who underwent a sex change has been jailed for six years for her part in a conspiracy to blackmail an animal testing company through a campaign of terror which involved the use of improvised explosive devices and the desecration of graves.

Private eggs freeze offer for woman

12:35pm Thursday 17th April 2014

York Press: Lizzy Rose, 25, who has Crohn's Disease, was offered private funding to freeze her eggs before chemotherapy after losing a battle for NHS funding

An artist who suffers from Crohn's Disease has been offered private financial support to freeze her eggs before she undergoes chemotherapy, her solicitors have announced.

Trucker held over motorway deaths

11:10am Thursday 17th April 2014

York Press: Two lorries, two cars and a box van were involved in a collision on the M26 in Kent

A lorry driver has been arrested following a five-vehicle pile-up which killed two French nationals.

Juror discharged in Clifford case

11:10am Thursday 17th April 2014

York Press: Publicist Max Clifford makes a phone call during a break in his trial at Southwark Crown Court

A juror has been discharged from the trial of publicist Max Clifford who is accused of a string of indecent assaults.

Four arrested in school plot probe

11:10am Thursday 17th April 2014

York Press: Police are questioning four women over an alleged plot at a primary school

Four women have been arrested over an alleged plot involving bogus resignation letters at a primary school.

GM plants trial given go-ahead

7:50am Thursday 17th April 2014

York Press: The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has backed a trial of GM plants

Scientists have been given permission to grow genetically-modified plants which could help protect against heart disease.

UK braced for bank holiday rush

6:04am Thursday 17th April 2014

York Press: Up to 16 million cars will be on the move over the bank holiday

Today is expected to be the busiest day on Britain's roads so far this year as millions of people set off for their Easter break, a traffic information company has warned.

Welsh stars in Dylan Thomas venture

12:49am Thursday 17th April 2014

York Press: Under Milk Wood was written by Dylan Thomas.

Welsh stars including Sir Tom Jones, Katherine Jenkins and Michael Sheen are teaming up for a new hour-long TV version of Dylan Thomas' play Under Milk Wood.

'Speak up' to halt drink-drivers

12:49am Thursday 17th April 2014

York Press: People misjudge the effects of driving after drinking, a survey shows

A Government minister is urging car passengers to speak up to prevent drunken drivers from taking the wheel.

Killer Shipman 'was a good doctor'

12:49am Thursday 17th April 2014

York Press: Killer doctor Harold Shipman committed suicide in prison.

The son of one of serial killer Harold Shipman's victims still maintains he was a "good doctor" and said he views the killing as "euthanasia".

Acquitted Jacobs breaks silence

12:49am Thursday 17th April 2014

York Press: The murder of Pc Keith Blakelock remains unsolved

The man cleared of killing Pc Keith Blakelock in the 1985 Tottenham riots has spoken of the anger and disappointment he would feel as a member of the murdered policeman's family.

'No new evidence' against mayor

8:48pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

York Press: Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles ordered an investigation into mayor Lutfur Rahman's activities

Scotland Yard said there is "no new credible evidence" into allegations of fraud and financial mismanagement against an elected mayor - but added that they are still investigating an original claim against him.

Ex-bank chairman cleared of 'fraud'

5:24pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

York Press: Former chairman of the defunct Anglo Irish Bank, Sean FitzPatrick, has been cleared of all fraud charges over a loans-for-shares scheme months before the bank collapsed in January 2009

The former chairman of the defunct Anglo Irish Bank has been cleared of all fraud charges over a loans-for-shares scheme months before the bank collapsed in January 2009.

Coulson: Blunkett tapes shocked me

1:29pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

York Press: Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson outside the Old Bailey

Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson has told the hacking trial he was "shocked" when he heard voicemails of then-home secretary David Blunkett "declaring his love" for the married publisher of the Spectator.

Two killed in five-vehicle crash

12:39pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

York Press: The M26 in Kent was closed after a pile-up in which two people were killed.

Two people have died and seven have been taken to hospital after a five-vehicle motorway horror smash in rush hour traffic.

William hails 'confident' Australia

1:27am Wednesday 16th April 2014

York Press: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George arrive at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport on a Royal Australian Air Force aircraft during the tenth day of their official tour to New Zealand and Australia.

The Duke of Cambridge has praised Australians and their nation as a "beacon of confidence" as thousands of Aussies turned out to greet their royal visitor and his wife.

Former bank boss faces drug charges

9:43am Wednesday 16th April 2014

York Press: Disgraced former Co-op Bank boss Paul Flowers arrives to answer bail at Stainbeck police station, Leeds, in connection with alleged drugs supply offences

Disgraced former Co-op Bank boss Paul Flowers has been charged with possession of drugs including cocaine and crystal meth.

Thousands miss out on school place

8:24am Wednesday 16th April 2014

York Press: Families have been learning which school their child will be attending from this September, in the first ever primary National Offer Day

Almost one in seven children have missed out on their first choice of primary school amid a continuing squeeze on places, it has been revealed.

Pay rises overtake 1.6% inflation

8:24am Wednesday 16th April 2014

York Press: Unemployment fell by 77,000 in the three months to February to 2.24 million, a jobless rate of 6.9%, the lowest for five years

Average pay rises have outstripped CPI inflation for the first time in four years, sparking a fierce debate on whether workers are benefiting from the economic recovery.

Starbucks set to pay more tax in UK

8:24am Wednesday 16th April 2014

York Press: Starbucks has come under fire in the past over the amount of tax it pays

Starbucks has said it will pay more tax in the UK as it moves its European headquarters here from the Netherlands following a row over avoidance.

'Shame' of migrant deportations

12:39pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

York Press: Shadow immigration minister David Hanson said the Government should be ashamed

Only a third of immigration arrests following tip-offs from the public resulted in deportations last year, official figures show.

Family tribute to marathon runner

5:51pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

York Press: Robert Berry was raising money for charity during his London Marathon run.

The family of a London Marathon runner who died after completing the course have paid tribute to a "a fun-loving and caring person".

Ex-PM Brown 'to remain an MP'

3:52pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

York Press: Gordon Brown has combined his job as a constituency MP with acting as the UN special envoy for global education since leaving No 10

Former prime minister Gordon Brown " will remain" an MP, his office said in response to speculation that he could stand down in 2015.

Call to weigh Ramadan exam impact

5:12pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

York Press: Examiners may have to consider the impact of Ramadan on the performance of Muslim students.

Teachers are calling for the summer GCSE and A-level exams timetable to take into account the impact of Ramadan on Muslim students.

Iraq killing claims 'conspiracy'

3:49pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

York Press: This image of detained Iraqis being guarded by a British soldier  was shown at the the Al-Sweady Inquiry

Allegations that British troops killed and tortured Iraqi civilians a decade ago were the product of a conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and get compensation payments, a public inquiry has heard.

Firework smoke ruled out over crash

12:49am Thursday 17th April 2014

York Press: A coroner has ruled out smoke from a firework display as the cause of a multiple crash on the M5 motorway near Taunton in November 2011 in which seven people were killed

A coroner has dismissed smoke from a firework display as being the cause of one of Britain's worst motorway pile-ups.

Co-op warning after £2.5bn losses

12:49am Thursday 17th April 2014

York Press: The Co-operative Group faces the worst annual losses in its 150-year history

The boss of the Co-op issued a stark warning about the mutual's future today after revealing annual losses of £2.5 billion, the worst in its 150-year history.

Assaults on prison staff rise 45%

11:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

York Press: Labour has condemned the Government over an increase in assaults on prison officers

The number of serious assaults on prison officers by offenders has risen significantly under the coalition prompting concerns the Government is ignoring a crisis in jails.

Sir Cyril claims 'raised on floor'

11:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

York Press: Child abuse allegations against Sir Cyril Smith were raised on the floor at a Liberal party conference, the MP who investigated the scandal claims

Child abuse allegations against Sir Cyril Smith were raised on the floor at a Liberal party conference, the MP who investigated the scandal has claimed.

Sir Alex's wines up for auction

12:39pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

York Press: Bottles of Sassicaia 2004, part of the auction house sale of fine and rare wines from the collection of Sir Alex Ferguson (Christie's/PA )

Part of the wine collection of former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is to be sold at auction.

May given deadline over extradition

8:24am Wednesday 16th April 2014

York Press: Haroon Aswat is accused by the US of conspiring with Abu Hamza to establish a jihad training camp in Oregon

The Home Secretary has been given a Friday 13th deadline to seek assurances from the US authorities over how a UK terror suspect will be treated if he is extradited to America for trial.

12-year-old schoolgirl gives birth

11:01am Wednesday 16th April 2014

York Press: A girl has given birth at the age of 12 years and three months

A 12-year-old schoolgirl and her 13-year-old boyfriend are believed to have become Britain's youngest parents.

Police probe Balls car collision

9:43am Wednesday 16th April 2014

York Press: Ed Balls apologised after causing damage to a car while driving in a car park in Yorkshire

Police have launched an investigation into how shadow chancellor Ed Balls drove off after colliding with a parked car without informing the owner.

Pc suspended over 'Taser threat'

11:05am Wednesday 16th April 2014

York Press: Police are investigating an incident involving the alleged threat to use a Taser against a hospital patient

A police officer has been suspended for allegedly threatening to shoot a hospital patient with a Taser.

UK enjoys warm day but rain on way

11:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

York Press: Visitors enjoy the sunshine near Windsor Castle in Berkshire

Large parts of Britain were enjoying another warm, dry day today - but rain will be arriving over Easter, forecasters have warned.

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