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  1. Man killed as thieves take car from outside his house 23 April 2017 From the section Manchester Image copyright GMP Image caption Mike Samwell and his wife Jess were woken by noises in their house in the middle of the night A former Royal Navy officer has been killed by thieves who stole his car from outside his house. Michael Samwell, 35, died after confronting intruders who broke into his home in Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Greater Manchester, at about 03:00 BST. Shouting was heard outside the property and he was found badly injured in a parking area behind his home. He died in hospital a short time later. Police believe he was run over by his car, a black Audi S3, which was taken. A murder inquiry has been launched and officers are appealing for witnesses to the incident, which happened on Cranbourne Road. Mr Samwell suffered multiple injuries in the "tragic" incident, police said, although they are not yet sure how many times he was struck by his vehicle. Image caption Det Supt Jon Chadwick said this "could have happened to anyone" Det Supt Jon Chadwick from Greater Manchester Police said: "My thoughts go out to Michael's wife and his family. I cannot comprehend what they must be going through. "This is the murder of an innocent man who has merely sought to protect his property from criminals." He appealed to the criminal community to "search their consciences" and provide information about the crime, which had "crossed the line". He said this "could have happened to anyone". Image caption The car was found abandoned a short time after it was taken According to the website LinkedIn, Mr Samwell trained as a naval officer at Britannia Royal Naval College in Devon and was in the senior service for about 10 years before leaving in 2014. It also said the University of Leeds graduate worked in several roles, including on board a nuclear attack submarine as a weapons officer. Since leaving the Royal Navy he had worked as a programme manager for engineering firm Atkins in Warrington, Cheshire. An Atkins spokesman said: "This is a tragic event and our thoughts go out to Mike's family, friends and colleagues. We will support the family in any way we can." Det Supt Chadwick said the Audi was driven away from the scene "erratically" and it hit a kerb before the driver and occupants abandoned it a short time later on Whitby Avenue, Ladybarn, with extensive damage. He urged anyone who was in Cranbourne Road at the time of the killing or saw the car being driven away to come forward. "We will not stop until we have found the person responsible for this dreadful crime," he said. A neighbour of Mr Samwell spoke of his shock at the events in the "really quiet" and "friendly" street. The man, who did not want to be named, told the BBC there had been a persistent problem with car thieves in the area. "I know Chorlton is a bit of a crime hotspot; because it is a nice, affluent area people do come in from other areas of Manchester, unfortunately, and target us." Image caption Flowers have been left outside the family home Image copyright Jobo89 Image caption The victim went outside to investigate after hearing noises View the full article
  2. Bomb left outside Ardoyne school was designed to kill officers, say police 23 April 2017 From the section Northern Ireland Image caption Ch Supt Chris Noble said the device was "sizeable" and an attempt by dissident republicans to kill police officers Police have said a bomb which was left outside the gates of a primary school in north Belfast could have killed or seriously injured. It was discovered by a passing police patrol near Holy Cross Boys' Primary School in Ardoyne in the early hours of Sunday morning. Ch Supt Chris Noble said the device was "sizeable" and an attempt by dissident republicans to kill police officers. He said the lives of the local community had also been put at risk. 'Anti-community' "There's no doubt that device was there to try and kill community police officers on the beat in their local area but also it was left in such a reckless manner and in such a reckless location that it would undoubtedly have led to the death or serious injury of a member of the public had it exploded anywhere near them," he said. "This is an attempt, we believe, by violent dissident republicans to kill police officers but it was also very much an "anti-community act" as well, in terms of where it was located and the way in which it was left." About 20 residents had to leave their homes during the security operation and were given shelter in a nearby community centre. The senior officer said they included "very distressed young children" as well as elderly residents and people with "significant disabilities". They have since been allowed to return home. Image caption The bomb was left outside the gates of Holy Cross Boys' Primary School Northern Ireland Secretary of State, James Brokenshire, said: "I am sickened by this incident with dissident republican terrorists placing a bomb close to a primary school in north Belfast. "This shows their wanton disregard for human life, potentially putting children in danger. "The consequences could have been utterly devastating and it shows them for what they really are." 'Fear' The Sinn Féin North Belfast MLA, Gerry Kelly, also condemned those who had left the bomb in the area. "Those who are involved in this need to get off the people's backs and they need to go away," he said. "The message is as simple and straightforward as that, we could have been dealing with death here, thankfully, we're not." Image caption The Sinn Féin North Belfast MLA, Gerry Kelly, condemned those who had left the bomb in the area SDLP councillor Paul McCusker said the incident had caused distress to those living in the area. "In total there were over 20 homes evacuated," he said. "One young girl, a six-year-old, you could see the fear when you were speaking to her and she said [was] woken up by her mum and had to leave the house. "She told me she actually thought she was dreaming and her and her mum were very frightened." The chair of the Policing Board, Anne Connolly, urged witnesses to help detectives track down those responsible. 'Leaving an explosive device in the heart of the community shows the recklessness of those responsible as anyone could have been caught up in this," she said. "I'm grateful that the device was found and the attempt to harm our police officers thwarted." The school's vice-principal, Chris Donnelly, said: "There was a device that had been left at the entrance to the school which is obviously very disconcerting for people who had to be taken from their beds and moved." He added that a lot of young people gather in the area in the evening. Pupils are due to return to Holy Cross on Monday after the Easter break. View the full article
  3. General election 2017: Corbyn wants 'very different' country 23 April 2017 From the section UK Politics Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLabour leader Jeremy Corbyn: "I'm angry and fed up"Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said he wants a "different" kind of country and would end "business as usual" in domestic and foreign policies. He said he would not launch a "first strike" nuclear attack and suggested the party's policy on the UK's Trident nuclear deterrent was not settled. He told Andrew Marr he was "fed up" with inequality and under-investment. He said he also said he would like to scrap grammar schools and would phase out private contracts in the NHS. Asked whether Labour would commit to renewing the current nuclear weapons system - which has been its policy for decades but which he opposes - he said the party's manifesto had not yet been agreed. While he supported Nato and wanted to boost the UK's armed forces, he said he would be seeking a better relationship with Russia and opposed any further air strikes in Syria and Iraq. And on whether he would approve a potential drone strike to kill the leader of the so-called Islamic State group, he said it would "be helpful if he was not around" but he would first want to see the intelligence available and understand what a move would achieve in terms of ending the conflict in Syria. In a wide-ranging interview, he said he wanted to use the power of the government to improve housing and education. He also acknowledged that the free movement of European citizens into the UK would end after Brexit as it was an "instrinsic" feature of EU membership. Asked about whether he would insist on ending free movement if he was PM, Mr Corbyn said he would "insist on trade access and see what follows from that". But he also rejected claims that his stance on Brexit was indistinguishable from Theresa May's, saying he was seeking an "intelligent" relationship based on tariff-free access to the single market. Asked whether he believed he could win the snap 8 June poll, he replied "watch this space". Sign-up to get news from the BBC in your inbox, each weekday morning View the full article
  4. General election 2017: MPs back plans for 8 June poll 19 April 2017 From the section UK Politics A UK general election will be held on 8 June after MPs backed Prime Minister Theresa May's call for a snap poll. The House of Commons backed the PM by a margin of 522 votes to 13, above the two-thirds majority needed, as Labour and the Lib Dems supported the move. The PM has argued a fresh mandate would strengthen her hand in Brexit talks and provide certainty for the future. Jeremy Corbyn welcomed the poll but accused the PM of changing her mind and breaking promises on a range of issues. The next general election had been expected in 2020, but the Fixed Term Parliaments Act allows for one to be held earlier if two-thirds of MPs back the move. Defending the measure, Mrs May told MPs there was a "window of opportunity" to hold a poll before Brexit negotiations begin in earnest in June and that the country needed "strong leadership" to make a success of the process. View the full article
  5. May to seek snap election for 8 June 18 April 2017 From the section UK Politics UK PM Theresa May announces plan to call snap general election on 8 June. She said Britain needed certainty, stability and strong leadership following the EU referendum. Justifying the decision, Mrs May referred to Brexit, saying: "The country is coming together but Westminster is not." There will be a Commons vote on the proposed election on Wednesday. Explaining her change of heart on an early election, Mrs May said: "I have concluded the only way to guarantee certainty and security for years ahead is to hold this election." Watch the Downing Street announcement here Laura Kuenssberg: May's election U-turn This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. If you want to receive Breaking News alerts via email, or on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App then details on how to do so are available on this help page. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts. View the full article
  6. Hundreds sue NHS over 'barbaric' vaginal mesh implants By Victoria Derbyshire Presenter 18 April 2017 From the section Health Image caption Kate Langley has been left in permanent pain by her vaginal mesh implant More than 800 UK women are taking legal action against the NHS and the makers of vaginal mesh implants, the Victoria Derbyshire programme has learned. The implants are used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and incontinence after childbirth, but some can cut into the vagina - causing severe discomfort. Some women have been left in permanent pain, unable to walk, work or have sex. One called the implants "barbaric". The UK regulatory body MHRA said it "sympathises" with the women affected. Kate Langley had to give up her business as a childminder because the pain was so intense she could not look after the children. The surgeon who first examined her, she explained, "could see the [mesh] tape had come through my vagina - protruding through. "The mesh had cut its way through - like a cheese-wire." Image caption The mesh implants can cut into the vagina Other women, reporting similar symptoms, have said the perforation was so severe their partners had been injured by the mesh during sex. Ms Langley, who described the meshes as "barbaric", said she has had 53 hospital admissions to try to end the pain, but the mesh was so near the nerve it could not be fully removed. She has been left in permanent pain by the implants and has neurological nerve damage. Living in pain The plastic meshes are made of polypropylene - the same material used to make certain drinks bottles - and manufactured by many different companies. They are used to ease incontinence and to support organs such as the vagina, uterus, bowel, bladder or urethra which have prolapsed after childbirth. Claire Cooper began to experience pain three years after her operation. Doctors wrongly believed the source of discomfort was her womb, which she had had removed at the age of 39. When the pain continued, she said a GP told her she was imagining it. Image caption Claire Cooper has been left unable to have sex because of the pain The news made her want to take her own life. She said she "mapped out" her suicide, but wanted to live on for her children. She still lives in pain and said her husband has "turned into my carer". "We haven't had sex for four-and-a-half years. This stuff breaks up marriages. "I wouldn't at all be surprised if there are mesh-injured women that have taken their own lives and didn't know what the problem was," she said. "I want the procedure banned, I want the material banned." Tens of millions of pounds Between April 2007 and March 2015, more than 92,000 women had vaginal mesh implants in England, according to NHS data from the Hospital Episodes Statistics, obtained by the Victoria Derbyshire programme. About one in 11 women has experienced problems, the data suggests. Now, more than 800 women in the UK are taking legal action against the NHS and manufacturers, including US pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson - the biggest makers of mesh implants. Its subsidiary, Ethicon, said it was "vigorously defending litigation". Many of the women the BBC met said they had never been told by their surgeons about the potential risks associated with the implants. US payouts The MHRA says for the majority of women, the use of vaginal mesh implants is safe and effective. The meshes are still prescribed on the NHS across the UK, although a recent review in Scotland said they should not be routinely used for pelvic organ prolapse. Experts believe if the women are successful in their legal case, the NHS payout for compensation could be tens of millions of pounds. In the US, thousands of women have sued manufacturers, receiving payouts that total several billion dollars. Image caption Dr Sohier Elneil removes meshes from women if they are suffering complications Consultant urogynaecologist Dr Sohier Elneil said she sees patients in the UK who have been left facing severe pain and unable to walk. "The typical type of patient I see is a patient who is incapacitated by severe pain of a chronic nature. Often they are on high-dose medication, including opiates. "They become so incapacitated that many of them are either walking by crutches or sitting in wheelchairs and perhaps more dramatically so, they become unable to look after their families." Currently in the UK, there are around 100 types of vaginal mesh implants. 'Little evidence required' So far, not one model has been recalled in the UK. According to one expert,manufacturers have to provide little evidence before their product is clinically approved and made available on the NHS. According to one expert,Professor Carl Heneghan, manufacturers have to provide little evidence before their product is clinically approved and made available on the NHS. "The regulatory body... doesn't even look at the device," he explained. Image caption Prof Heneghan says it is easy for manufacturers to get mesh implants approved He said manufacturers just have to provide documents that show their vaginal mesh implant is similar to one already on the market and it is highly likely to be approved. One leaked email from Johnson & Johnson suggested it had known problems existed with one of its products since 2004. The email said the company needed to start a "major damage control offensive" because "the competition will have a field day". The manufacturers said highlighting this email in isolation was "extremely misleading". 'Helped millions' An MHRA spokesman said it was "committed to help address the serious concerns raised by some patients". It added: "The greater proportion of the clinical community and patients support the use of these devices in the UK." Ethicon said "these devices have helped millions of women". It said it had "acted appropriately and responsibly in the research, development and marketing of its pelvic mesh products". Watch the Victoria Derbyshire programme on weekdays between 09:00 and 11:00 on BBC Two and the BBC News Channel. View the full article
  7. Prince Harry sought counselling after hiding Diana death grief 17 April 2017 From the section UK Image copyright PA Prince Harry has revealed he sought counselling after spending nearly 20 years "not thinking" about the death of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales. In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, he said it was not until his late 20s that he processed the grief - following two years of "total chaos". But he was in a "good place" because of the "process I have been through". The 32-year-old prince also said boxing "saved" him after he took it up as a "good way of letting out aggression". The Telegraph says Prince Harry had decided to talk about his past in the hope it will encourage people to break the stigma surrounding mental health issues. Along with his brother and sister-in-law, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, he is promoting the Heads Together mental health campaign, the London Marathon's charity of the year. Profile: Prince Harry Speaking to the paper's Bryony Gordon, Prince Harry said: "I can safely say that losing my mum at the age of 12, and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years, has had a quite serious effect on not only my personal life but my work as well." "I have probably been very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions when all sorts of grief and all sorts of lies and misconceptions and everything are coming to you from every angle." 'Head in the sand' The Princess of Wales died in a car crash in Paris in August 1997. Prince Harry said: "My way of dealing with it was sticking my head in the sand, refusing to ever think about my mum, because why would that help?" He described himself as a "typical 20, 25, 28-year-old running around going 'life is great', or 'life is fine' and that was exactly it. "And then started to have a few conversations and actually all of a sudden, all of this grief that I have never processed started to come to the forefront and I was like, there is actually a lot of stuff here that I need to deal with." He said he decided to act after his brother, told him: "Look, you really need to deal with this. It is not normal to think that nothing has affected you." Image copyright PA Image caption Prince Harry was 12 when his mother died. He is seen here with Princess Diana and Prince William in 1991 Asked whether he had seen a "shrink", Prince Harry said: "I've done that a couple of times, more than a couple of times, but it's great." But he said he could "safely say" his concerns were not related to his service as a soldier in Afghanistan. On taking up boxing, Prince Harry told the paper: "Everyone was saying boxing is good for you and it's a really good way of letting out aggression. "And that really saved me because I was on the verge of punching someone." Prince Harry added: "Because of the process I have been through over the past two and a half years, I've now been able to take my work seriously, been able to take my private life seriously as well, and been able to put blood, sweat and tears into the things that really make a difference and things that I think will make a difference to everybody else." View the full article
  8. Drones flying into prisons to be examined by new police team 17 April 2017 From the section UK Image copyright PA The Prison Service and the police are to pool intelligence to tackle the problem of drones flying drugs and mobile phones to prisoners in jails. They will forensically examine captured drones to try to find out who was flying them. The invention of easy-to-fly, remote-controlled aircraft has caused a huge security headache for prisons. The national initiative will involve police and prison officers from all around England and Wales. They will share information about the types of quadcopters and methods used, in an attempt to curb the problem. Prisons Minister Sam Gyimah said: "We are absolutely determined to tackle the illegal flow of drugs and mobile phones into our prisons and turn them into places of safety and reform. "The threat posed by drones is clear but our dedicated staff are committed to winning the fight against those who are attempting to thwart progress by wreaking havoc in establishments all over the country. "My message to those who involve themselves in this type of criminal activity is clear: we will find you and put you behind bars." Recent successes The Prison Service could not give details about how many officers would be involved, or how big the budget for the project is. BBC home affairs correspondent Daniel Sandford says prison walls are now not much of a barrier for those wanting to smuggle contraband into jails. There have been some recent successes in finding and punishing those who are behind the drone flights, says the Ministry of Justice. In December, Dean Rawley-Bell, 21, was jailed for four years and eight months after he used a drone in attempts to smuggle drugs and mobile phones into Manchester Prison. Renelle Carlisle, 23, was sentenced to three years and four months in October after he was caught outside Risley Prison in Warrington with a drone in his bag, trying to smuggle drugs inside. In July, 37-year-old Daniel Kelly was jailed for 14 months for trying to supply contraband to offenders in Elmley and Swaleside Prison in Sheppey, Wandsworth Prison in London and the Mount Prison in Hemel Hempstead. View the full article
  9. PM observes 'coming together' after Brexit in Easter message 16 April 2017 From the section UK Image copyright Getty Images Theresa May has spoken of a "sense of people coming together" following the UK's vote to leave the EU. In her first Easter message as PM, she said "opportunities" would arise from Brexit and emphasised the UK's "shared ambitions and above all shared values". She said people should feel "confident" about Christianity's role in society and free to speak about their faith. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the Easter message of peace "could not have more urgency throughout the world". Christian values Mrs May, who is a vicar's daughter, said that shared values "can and must bring us together" following the UK's vote to leave the EU by 52% to 48% in June 2016. "This year, after a period of intense debate over the right future for our country, there is a sense that people are coming together and uniting behind the opportunities that lie ahead," she said. Mrs May, who recently criticised a decision to drop the word Easter from the name of an annual egg hunt, also spoke of her Christian upbringing in a village vicarage. She said she learned "compassion, community and citizenship" but that they are values we "all hold in common". "These are values that are visibly lived out every day by Christians as well as by people of other faiths or none," she said. Her comments echo those of predecessor David Cameron, who used last year's Easter message to say the country must "stand together" and defend Christian values. Image copyright PA Image caption Jeremy Corbyn said Christians would be remembering Easter's message of peace Mrs May also used her message to highlight believers in other countries who "practise their religion in secret and often in fear". She said the UK has a "strong tradition" of religious tolerance and freedom of speech. "We must be mindful of Christians and religious minorities around the world who do not enjoy these same freedoms," she said. "We must do more to stand up for the freedom of people of all religions to practise their beliefs openly and in peace and safety." 'Nostalgic nationalists' Mr Corbyn said Christians throughout the world would be remembering "Jesus' example of love and sacrifice, and the Easter message of redemption and peace". "At a time of growing conflict, that message of peace could not have more urgency throughout the world," he said. "We hear painful stories every day, of homelessness, poverty or crisis in our health service - or across the world, of the devastating consequences of war and conflict, including millions forced to become refugees. "We need to respond to these problems head-on, through action and support for social justice, peace and reconciliation. Those principles are at the heart of Christianity." Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron discussed the row over the name of the egg hunt in his Easter message, suggesting it had had little to do with Christianity but was more about holding on to "something comfortable and traditional". "Given that we are turning the clock back to the early 1970s with Brexit (or indeed the 1580s if we do end up declaring war on Spain), then nostalgia is most definitely the mood of the moment," he said. "I don't want the Christian message to be stolen by the nostalgic nationalists, just as no Liberal should seek to appropriate Jesus for their own purposes either. "But the Easter message is one of internationalism, if you like - Jesus died for you no matter who you are or where you are from." National Secular Society president Terry Sanderson said: "We are the only country in the world with bishops in our Parliament, we have an established church, a third of our schools are Christian and we pride ourselves as one of the countries with the greatest religious freedom. "It is therefore difficult to take seriously any suggestion that Christians in the UK are not free to talk about or practise their faith." View the full article
  10. Family 'devastated' by 'senseless' attack 15 April 2017 From the section England Family of British student Hannah Bladon, who was stabbed to death in Jerusalem, say she was "driven and passionate" This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. If you want to receive Breaking News alerts via email, or on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App then details on how to do so are available on this help page. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts. View the full article
  11. Driving test: Learners must be able to use sat navs 15 April 2017 From the section UK Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhat's on the new driving test?Learner drivers will now have to be able to follow directions from a sat nav and drive into a parking space to pass their test. Ministers have announced four changes to the current test which will come into force on 4 December. Drivers will also be expected to answer vehicle safety questions while on the move and complete 20 minutes of independent driving rather than 10. The RAC Foundation said it would be a "far more realistic assessment". Changing behaviours The Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), which is in charge of running driving tests and approving instructors, said it wanted the test to have "more real life scenarios" such as driving into and reversing out of a parking space. It said it wants the test to reflect the changing behaviours of drivers. Manoeuvres such as "reverse around a corner" will be replaced in the new test and examiners will test a driver's ability to use a sat nav as an alternative to following road signs. About half of all car drivers now have a sat nav and using them teaches drivers to better manage distractions, the DVSA said. Image copyright Getty Images The "show me" and "tell me" question at the beginning of the test will become a "show me" question while driving such as asking candidates to use the rear windscreen heater. The DVSA said increasing the time candidates had to do independent driving would allow the examiner to better assess the driver's ability to drive safely on high risk roads. Currently, learner drivers spend a large amount of test time on low risk roads such as housing estates. Image copyright Getty Images Transport minister Andrew Jones said despite the UK having some of the safest roads in the world, the government was "always looking to make them safer". Mr Jones said: "Ensuring the driving test is relevant in the 21st century - for example, the introduction of sat navs, will go a long way towards doing this." Evolving technology The DVSA said a public consultation on the changes received almost 4,000 responses, with 71% agreeing with asking candidates to follow directions from a sat nav. Some 88% agreed with increasing the length of the independent driving part of the test, it said, while others agreed with the changes to the reversing manoeuvres and "show me" questions. RAC Foundation director Steve Gooding said: "We are very supportive of the revisions DVSA is making to the practical driving test, which will mean candidates undergo a far more realistic assessment of their readiness to take to the road unsupervised. "Much has changed since the first driving test was taken in 1935, and it must be right that the test evolves, just as the cars we drive are themselves changing to incorporate ever more driver assist technology such as inbuilt sat nav systems. "Novice drivers need to demonstrate the right skills and driving style to cope with the new environment." In December 2016, the Department for Transport announced plans to allow learner drivers on the motorway. Results from this consultation will be released later this year. Disabled Motoring UK also supports the changes because many disabled drivers use sat navs regularly. View the full article
  12. Jerusalem stabbing: British woman killed on train 14 April 2017 From the section Middle East A British woman thought to be in her 20s has been stabbed to death in Jerusalem, police have said. This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. If you want to receive Breaking News alerts via email, or on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App then details on how to do so are available on this help page. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts. View the full article
  13. Interpol 'red notice' for Scots teacher over Myanmar murder 14 April 2017 From the section South Scotland Image copyright EPA Image caption Harris Binotti - seen here in his Facebook profile picture - is thought to have flown to Thailand Interpol has issued a "red notice" for a Scottish teacher over the death of a colleague in Myanmar. Harris Binotti left the south-east Asian country in November last year following the death of English teacher Gary Ferguson in Yangon. The notice, which is not an arrest warrant, is an international alert for a wanted person. Mr Binotti, who is from Dumfries, took a flight to Thailand a day before Mr Ferguson's body was found in his flat. The notice states that Mr Binotti faces a charge of murder and describes him as having brown hair and blue eyes and measuring about 1.68m (5ft 5in) tall. Mr Ferguson and the 26-year-old are believed to have gone out drinking two nights before his body was discovered and neighbours reported hearing sounds of a fight. Both men taught English at the Horizon International School in Yangon, in the south of the country formerly known as Burma. Mr Ferguson, who had a four-year-old son, had worked there for a year while Mr Binotti had been there for three months. 'National jurisdictions' His brother, Martin Ferguson, said the family were relieved the red notice for Mr Binotti had finally been issued. He wrote on his Facebook page: "After such a hard and long fight, I am in tears to announce that Binotti has finally been put on the Interpol list of wanted persons. He can now be arrested internationally." An Interpol red notice is issued when the subject is wanted by national jurisdictions for prosecution based on an arrest warrant or court decision. Interpol's role is to assist the national police force in identifying and locating the persons with a view to their arrest and extradition. Image copyright AP Image caption The outside of the Yangon apartment building where Gary Ferguson's body was found View the full article
  14. Pupils as young as four having panic attacks, say teachers By Hannah Richardson BBC News education reporter 14 April 2017 From the section Education & Family Image copyright Getty Images Children as young as four are suffering from mental health problems such as panic attacks, anxiety and depression, teachers say. Almost all of the 2,000 who responded to an NASUWT survey said they had come into contact with mentally ill pupils. Members of the teaching union suggest schools are struggling to access enough support to deal with the issue. The Department for Education said it was investing £1.4bn to ensure all children get the help they need. The union is highlighting the problem at its annual conference in Manchester this weekend and it will also discuss school funding and the online world. The survey found: 98% of teachers said they had come into contact with pupils who were experiencing mental health issues. They were most likely to be teenagers, with more than half of teachers saying they had seen issues in 14 to 16-year-olds. But nearly a fifth (18%) of those surveyed by the union said they had been in contact with four to seven-year-olds showing mental health issues while more than a third (35%) had seen problems in youngsters aged seven to 11. Nine in 10 said they had experienced a pupil of any age suffering from anxiety and panic attacks, while 79% were aware of a pupil suffering from depression and 64% knew of a youngster who was self-harming. Around half (49%) were aware of children with eating disorders, and a similar proportion (47%) knew about a youngster with obsessive compulsive disorder. Pressure of exams and testing, family problems such as ill health or a break-up and social media were all seen as having an impact on mental health. And when asked about how it affected pupil behaviour, most teachers agreed that it led to an inability to concentrate in class and led to a pupil being isolated from other students or have problems making friends. 'Expert gap' Chris Keates, NASUWT general secretary warned there was concern among teachers about a gap in the availability of experts and counselling to help children with mental health needs. "It is clear that teachers and school leaders are seeing many more children and young people who are exhibiting the signs of serious mental distress. "Teachers and school leaders take very seriously their duty of care to their students and it is clear there is a great deal of concern in the profession about the gulf in the availability of expert physiological support and counselling for pupils with mental health needs." A Department for Education spokesperson said no child should suffer from mental health issues and that it was investing a record £1.4bn to ensure all children get the help and support they need. "We are strengthening the links between schools and NHS mental health staff and later this year will publish proposals for further improving services and preventative work. "Schools can teach about mental health in a number of ways and we have funded the PSHE Association to provide guidance for teachers on how to do this. "We have already announced plans for every secondary school in the country to be offered mental health first aid training. We trust teachers to deliver assessment in a sensible manner that will not create stress among children." 'Asking for money' The NUT is also meeting in Cardiff for its annual conference this weekend. Speaking beforehand, the union's general secretary Kevin Courtney said: "Funding is going to be a theme that dominates the conference. "In schools around the country, class sizes are going up. We are seeing arts, dance drama and music being cut. Vocational education is being cut. "We are seeing schools around the country sending letters to parents asking for money on a regular basis to make up for the the gap that the government is leaving in school budgets." The Department for Education insists that schools in England are funded at record levels and that its investment will rise as pupil numbers rise. View the full article
  15. Soldier admits killing runners by dangerous driving 13 April 2017 From the section Hampshire & Isle of Wight Image copyright Family handout/Martin Duff Image caption Lucy Pygott (left), 17, and Stacey Burrows, 16, were members of of Aldershot, Farnham and District Athletic Club A soldier has pleaded guilty to causing the death by dangerous driving of two teenage athletes. Michael Casey ran over Stacey Burrows, 16, and Lucy Pygott, 17, who were out training in Aldershot, Hampshire, on the evening of 8 November. They had been warming up when they were struck by his black Ford Focus in Queen's Avenue. The girls were members of Aldershot, Farnham and District Athletic Club. At Winchester Crown Court, 24-year-old Casey, of St Paul's Road, pleaded guilty to two counts of causing death by dangerous driving. He is expected to be sentenced later on Thursday. Lucy, who was from Hartley Wintney, Hampshire, had won a 3,000m bronze medal at the European Youth Championships in July and was described by her family as "an absolute joy". Stacey, from Farnborough, was the Hampshire under-17 3,000m champion. Paying tribute, her family said she was "perfect in every possible way". Image copyright Press Association Image caption Michael Casey appeared at Winchester Crown Court to enter his guilty plea View the full article