Paul McNamara , Reporter

  • 18 Feb 2018

    The family of the murdered MP Jo Cox say they are standing by her widower Brendan Cox – who’s resigned his post at two charities after sexual assault allegations emerged from his past. They say he did the “right thing” in admitting to inappropriate behaviour when he worked at Save the Children – calling it…

  • 17 Feb 2018

    Theresa May says she wants a “deep and special” partnership with Europe after Brexit to make sure the UK and EU continue to work together on security and defence issues. But as more evidence emerges of Russia’s complex cyber interference in the 2016 U.S. election, what kind of new security arrangements will Britain have to…

  • 7 Feb 2018

    Victims of the black cab rapist John Worboys have welcomed a High Court ruling allowing them to challenge the decision to release him from prison. Worboys, who was jailed indefinitely in 2009 for drugging and sexually assaulting 12 women, is believed to have attacked as many as 100 women. Some of his victims said they…

  • 6 Feb 2018

    The family of a student who was stabbed to death by her former boyfriend say there should be more awareness over the dangers of stalking. Joshua Stimpson was jailed for life today for the murder of Molly McLaren in a shopping centre car park in Kent last June. During his trial it emerged that he…

  • 5 Feb 2018

    The alleged computer hacker Lauri Love will not be extradited to face charges in the US after winning his High Court appeal. The 33-year-old was first arrested in October 2013, suspected of hacking into FBI, US Central Bank and Nasa systems. Outside court, Mr Love, who has Asperger’s syndrome, said he hoped the decision would…

  • 1 Feb 2018

    Brexit and its complications follow Theresa May like a shadow. While she tried to woo the Chinese leader over a cup of Lapsang she was reassuring worried Brexiteers at home that freedom of movement will indeed end in March 2019. Meanwhile it’s the Mandarins in Whitehall that are battling the government. For the second time…

  • 31 Jan 2018

    Leaked government documents indicating that Brexit in any form will be negative for the UK economy are to be published. The government had said they were a partial analysis that hadn’t been signed off by ministers and shouldn’t be made public. But as Labour MPs brought forward a motion to force disclosure to parliament, the…

  • 29 Jan 2018

    Everyone receiving personal independence payments will have their claim reviewed. In the last few minutes the Department for Work and Pensions has confirmed that a total of 1.6 million of the PIP disability benefit claims will be reviewed, with around 220,000 people expected to receive more money.

  • 26 Jan 2018

    The Chancellor Philip Hammond has risked stirring up more Tory divisions over Brexit  by suggesting the UK should seek a “middle way” in the negotiations. Yesterday he earned a rebuke from Downing Street after saying changes in relations between Britain and the EU could be “very modest”. But in a speech in Middlesbrough, the Brexit…

  • 25 Jan 2018

    These include offences involving knives or a gun. We’re in the west midlands where crime went up by 14% last year.

  • 24 Jan 2018

    A 20-year-old soldier who died at the Deepcut barracks in 1995 was “shackled” and “humiliated” at the base, according to his sister, who gave evidence to the first day of a fresh inquest.

  • 22 Jan 2018

    The family of a soldier who died at the Deepcut barracks more than 20 years ago say they’re hoping to get closer to the truth, ahead of a new inquest that starts this week. Private Sean Benton was found dead in May 1995 with five gunshot wounds, amid allegations that he had been bullied and…

  • 15 Jan 2018

    The toddler Poppi Worthington was sexually abused before she died, according to a coroner. In proceedings which were so distressing that Poppi’s mother had to leave the courtroom, Cumbria’s senior coroner ruled the little girl had died from asphyxia due to an “unsafe” sleeping environment.  Poppi’s father Paul Worthington refused to answer questions at the…

  • 5 Jan 2018

    He has knobbly knees and turned-out toes and a poisonous wart at the end of his nose. Ringing any bells? Well, if you’ve had children in the last quarter of a century, you’ll recognise that as a quote from Julia Donaldson’s best-selling children’s book The Gruffalo, illustrated by Axel Scheffler. The German-born illustrator’s picture books…

  • 2 Jan 2018

    New Year.  New rail fare increases.  It’s become an unwelcome part of the festive season – many rail passengers are being hit with the highest ticket price rise in five years. The Transport Secretary Chris Grayling – who’s in Qatar – admitted the increase was higher than he would wish. While many commuters and the…