Ed Howker

  • Published on 13 Jan 2018 Sections ,

    African leaders have demanded that Donald Trump apologise over his alleged use of a vulgar term to describe their nations. The Ghanaian president called the words he is said to have used “extremely unfortunate” and 54 African ambassadors to the United Nations condemned what they said were his “outrageous, racist and xenophobic remarks”. The US…

  • Published on 9 Jan 2018

    A court has heard that a former football coach was a “predatory and determined” paedophile who engaged in systematic abuse of young boys. Barry Bennell, 63, appeared at Liverpool Crown Court via video-link today, accused of 48 counts of child sexual abuse.  

  • Published on 8 Jan 2018

    The former Crewe Alexandra youth coach Barry Bennell has admitted seven charges of child sex abuse. The 63-year-old ex-coach, who has now changed his name to Richard Jones, is still due to stand trial over alleged offences involving boys aged between eight and 15.

  • Published on 4 Jan 2018 Sections

    In 2009 taxi driver John Worboys was sent to prison for life after being found guilty on charges including one rape and five sexual assaults. In the years since his trial, dozens more women have come forward too, and officers feared that he could have drugged and attacked over 100 female passengers over 13-years as…

  • Published on 3 Jan 2018

    She’s been called the Palestinian Joan of Arc by some, a pawn of her activist family by others. Sixteen-year-old Ahed Tamimi has been charged by the Israeli authorities with assaulting security forces, incitement and throwing stones. So what is the effect on children of growing up under occupation?

  • Published on 2 Jan 2018 Sections

    Two women and a man have been sentenced for enforced labour and exploitation offences – after a police investigation into nail bars across the country. Officers from five forces managed to uncover a human trafficking operation which forced young Vietnamese women to work in the nail bars with little or no pay. The judge described…

  • Published on 1 Jan 2018 Sections

    Thousands of cars have been destroyed after fire ripped through a multi-storey car park in Liverpool. The blaze broke out near the city’s Echo arena, where crowds had gathered to watch the Liverpool International Horse Show. Some residents were forced from their homes.

  • Published on 29 Dec 2017 Sections ,

    It is perhaps the humbling of a technology titan. Having already admitted slowing down older iPhones, Apple has now taken the rare step of apologising to customers around the world. Not only that, but it has slashed the price of battery replacements. A necessary step to restore customer trust? Or simply bowing to the inevitable…

  • Published on 28 Dec 2017 Sections

    Dozens of people have been killed and nearly sixty injured in a suicide bomb attack in the Afghan capital of Kabul.  Islamic State militants say they were responsible for the bombs which targetted a Shia cultural organisation and the Afghan Voice news agency.  The government says it is the latest in a series of attacks…

  • Published on 22 Dec 2017

    It might take four hours to get through customs, but at least our passports will be blue. As blue as your mood. So say some of the jokes making the rounds on social media, after the government announced the British passport would return to its old dark blue cover when Britain leaves the EU. Is…

  • Published on 18 Dec 2017

    A local council and police force “repeatedly sided with the abusers” of a man who was murdered after he was wrongly accused of being a paedophile. Bijan Ebrahimi was beaten to death by his neighbour Lee James outside his Bristol home in 2013. A review found police repeatedly failed Mr Ebrahimi over scores of calls…

  • Published on 15 Dec 2017 Sections

    The family of four children who were killed in a house fire on Monday in Salford say they are dreading breaking the awful news to their mother, who’s still in a critical condition in hospital. Three people appeared in court this morning charged with their murder.

  • Published on 10 Dec 2017 Sections , ,

    Major roads were brought to a standstill, flights were suspended and railways disrupted as heavy snow and high winds hit large parts of England and Wales.

  • Published on 9 Dec 2017 Sections ,

    Paris came to halt today as hundreds of thousands of people lined the streets of the French capital for the funeral of rock star Jonny Hallyday. President Emmanuel Macron led tributes to the singer at a special service in the city’s Madeleine church. Ed Howker reports.

  • Published on 26 Nov 2017 Sections

    Officers said two 15-year-old boys and a 12-year-old were among those who died when a car hit a tree. Two other teenagers were arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.