John Stonehouse: Bizarre tale of the MP who faked his own death

Ask anyone today who it was in the 1970s who left his clothes on a beach and wandered into the sea in search of a new life, and the answer would probably be Reginald Perrin, not John Stonehouse. Yet the enduring comedy of Reggie's fictional crack-up, in the classic BBC...
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Police launch appeal after goshawk illegally shot dead in public woodland

Police in Scotland are appealing for information following the illegal killing of a goshawk on public land close to gamebird shooting estates.The body of a young female goshawk was spotted by walkers who saw the bird dangling from the branch of a tree in woodland near Loch Farr, around 10 miles south of Inverness.Police Scotland’s wildlife crime officer Constable Daniel Sutherland said: “This was a cruel and callous act against a protected bird of prey which will simply not be tolerated.”The species, known as “the phantom of the forest”, was hunted to extinction across the UK in the late...
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Public HealthThe Guardian

The pandemic enters a new phase

A week after “freedom day”, a new pattern has given the UK good news on the coronavirus crisis: new cases fell for six consecutive days, the first time that’s happened without a lockdown in place. But at the same time, hospitalisations and deaths – the result of a previous increase in cases – were still up week on week. And the “pingdemic”, in which 600,000 people were asked by the NHS Covid-19 app to self-isolate in a week, has caused consternation in businesses and hasty exemptions for key workers in an attempt to keep crucial industries afloat.
Public SafetyBBC

Boris Johnson pledges to target drug abuse in anti-crime push

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised to cut crime by tackling drug misuse and using electronic tagging on more burglars after release. The government is also proposing that every neighbourhood in England and Wales should have a named police officer for residents to contact. Mr Johnson said his efforts to...
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Justice system could fail if exodus of legal aid lawyers not halted, MPs warn

MPs have demanded major reforms to legal aid, warning the justice system is being put at risk by the low fees paid to defence lawyers.A new report by the House of Commons Justice Committee calls on the government to rethink how it funds legal aid, cautioning rounds of cuts have “hollowed out” the justice system.Legal aid is how the state ensures those who cannot afford to hire their own lawyer still receive a fair trial, by paying for defence counsel itself.However, the fees paid to lawyers for taking on legal aid cases have not risen for 20 years, meaning increasing...
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Older people in poor areas twice as likely to feel lonely during lockdown, study suggests

Elderly people living in poorer regions were twice as likely to feel lonely during the first lockdown than their richer neighbours, a new study has found.Researchers from University College London (UCL) and the University of Manchester found a third of older people in the poorest 20 per cent of areas in England reported feeling isolated during the first wave of coronavirus last year.This was more than double the number of those in the richest quintile, where only 16 per cent of the elderly similarly said they had become lonely.The study looked at data from 4,709 men and women aged over...
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Covid-19 cases drop for sixth day — but hospital admissions rise

The number of new Covid cases in Britain has fallen for the sixth day in a row, boosting hopes the third wave of the pandemic may have peaked.However, the number of people hospitalised with coronavirus is at its highest level for four months, the latest government statistics showed.As of 9am on Monday, there were 24,950 new cases of Covid, the sixth day in a row the daily case numbers have fallen.Cases burst through the 60,000 a day barrier on 16 July and both scientists and ministers warned that they would probably climb to well over 100,000 a day as the...
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UK floods are ‘sober reminder’ of need for climate change fix , says Cop26 president

The flooding seen across Britain in recent days is a reminder of the urgent need to tackle the climate crisis, the head of Britain’s upcoming COP26 climate conference has said.Conservative minister Alok Sharma, who is also the president of Cop26 which begins in Glasgow in November, said the heavy rain sweeping through London and the south-east while he and other politicians were holding preparatory meetings had impressed on them the importance in making real strides to slash emissions.However, Mr Sharma said he was disappointed the two-day summit with ministers from 50 nations had not made any progress towards a deal...
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Met should investigate death of man days after he was handcuffed, watchdog says

The Metropolitan Police should investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a man two days after he was handcuffed by officers, a watchdog has decided. The force previously said the man, in his 30s, was “briefly” placed in handcuffs by officers responding to reports he was carrying a knife and behaving “erratically” in Wood Green, north London, on Thursday.
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New compensation scheme for victims of rogue surgeon to be set up by private hospital group

A fund to compensate newly identified victims of rogue surgeon Ian Paterson is being set up by private hospital firm Spire Healthcare.The company has set aside £22 million to cover the costs of the new compensation and its recall of 5,500 private patients, carried out after criticism by an independent inquiry last year.This takes the total cost of Paterson’s behaviour to £50 million for Spire Healthcare alone. The NHS and insurers have also paid £10 million.Paterson, a breast surgeon, was jailed in or 20 years after being convicted of 17 counts of wounding with intent and three counts of unlawful...
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Britain’s climate defences need a flood of cash

Prepare. Act. Survive.That is the advice of the Environment Agency when it comes to climate change. But is the country prepared? Britain has woefully underfunded climate adaptation efforts, leaving its infrastructure at the mercy of extreme weather events, officials and experts warn.July has been a month of floods, heat, and floods again. Recent days have offered a sharp reminder that the weather is becoming harder to predict, and its toll is set rise further in the years ahead. Net-zero pledges to reduce carbon emissions have started to cut through with the public, as they face significant changes to their homes...
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Tory MP warns Boris Johnson could cause biggest party split in 200 years by insisting on Covid vaccine passports for students, sports fans and festivalgoers

Boris Johnson could bring about the first Conservative Party split in nearly 200 years if he brings about mandatory 'vaccine passports', a senior Tory has warned. Backbenchers have accused the Prime Minister's administration of trying to turn Britain into a 'Beijing-style democracy' amid a furious row over compulsory vaccine passports for universities.

Leica UK introduced Leica Lab: an exclusive learning experience through the Leica Akademie

Leica UK introduced Leica Lab – an exclusive learning experience through the Leica Akademie:. Leica is proud to introduce the Leica Lab programme, an exclusive learning experience through the Leica Akademie with a focus on creative strategies for building a photographic narrative. Each lab is an intensive four-week learning experience, taught both online and in-person, by industry experts with backgrounds in commissioning, shooting, editing and curating work.