Hunt v Johnson: The business view

Paul Danson owns the architectural design firm Imagineering Global, which specialises in large-scale leisure design projects such as shopping centres, bars and restaurants. “”Historically I’ve been a Conservative. I’m potentially still a Conservative. But what I really like is characters, so I do like Boris Johnson, I do like Nigel Farage and, everyone’ll probably hate me to say it, I do like Donald Trump, because they say it like it is. “Jeremy Hunt reminds me of my geography teacher at school: grey suit, boring. I don’t know if he’s out of the same camp of what’s-his-name, the old grey guy off Spitting Image [John Major], but I think if I was being serious, I do like Boris Johnson. I do …

Military sex claims ‘not properly recorded’

The MoD says it has accepted all 36 of the report’s recommendations to tackle the problems it uncovered. Army head condemns sexual harassment The service police is made up of the Royal Military Police, Royal Navy Police and Royal Air Force Police. For service personnel, sexual offences can be dealt with either in the civilian justice system or the service justice system – comprising service police, service prosecutors and courts martial. Data on sexual offences investigated within the service justice system is published by the MoD in an annual sexual offences bulletin. The department reported that a total of 288 service police investigations into alleged sexual offences took place in the years 2017 and 2018. However, the figures did not …

Baby boy dies after choking on food at nursery

A spokesman said: “Our thoughts are with the family at this time. “The safety and wellbeing of the children in our care is our absolute priority. The nursery will be closed whilst we support our staff and families. “In the meantime we have arranged for our families to be offered alternative care at neighbouring nurseries.” Related Topics Corstorphine Edinburgh Original Article : HERE ;

Man and woman dead after car hits pedestrians

Police said inquiries are ongoing into the circumstances of the collision. Vehicle drawing a horsebox Sgt Ewan Pearce said: “Tragically, as a result of this collision two people have lost their lives and our thoughts are with their family and friends at this difficult time. “I would ask anyone who may have been travelling on the A911 Leslie Road, Glenrothes at the time of the collision on Saturday morning and who witnessed what happened to come forward to assist our investigation. “I would specifically ask that the drivers of a blue Kia Sportage (or similar) and a vehicle drawing a horsebox who are believed to have been in the area at the time of the collision to contact the police. …

‘Inconsistency’ around blue badges ‘needs to end’

A spokesperson from the Welsh Government said: “We welcome this review and the opportunity to give evidence. We will consider the findings and respond in due course.” ‘No real information’ Tina Sharp, from Knighton in Powys, who contributed to the committee’s inquiry, said it was “really difficult” for people to apply for blue badges. The 55-year-old has used a wheelchair for the past 15 years as she has Arnold-Chiari malformation which affects brain and spinal cord development. She also had to apply for a blue badge for her father because he “wouldn’t have known where to start” which would have left him “house-bound”. Ms Sharp said many people use libraries to seek help to make their application, but 10 libraries …

Bid to make no deal more difficult scrapes through

He tweeted that it “makes it much harder for incoming prime minister to suspend Parliament”. Not selected The UK had been due to leave the EU on 29 March, but this date was delayed after MPs repeatedly rejected Theresa May’s deal. Currently, the date for exit is 31 October. If that date is reached without a deal being agreed on the separation process, then the UK will leave without one. MPs have consistently voted against this option, but the prime minister could try to get around that by closing Parliament – proroguing – in the run-up to Brexit day, denying them an opportunity to block it. Why there’s more to the Northern Ireland bill Can the new prime minister force …

Sir Cliff in sex offence anonymity call

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSir Cliff Richard helped launch the campaign Sir Cliff Richard has called for a “re-balancing of the legal system” as he launched a petition calling for anonymity for sexual offence suspects before they are charged. Police raided Sir Cliff’s home in 2014 during an investigation into a sexual assault claim. He was never arrested. The star said the media coverage of the raid left his reputation “in tatters”. But the group Rape Crisis said false allegations were rare and there were “no grounds” to change the law. Currently, alleged victims of sexual offences receive lifelong anonymity under UK law but there is no law against naming a suspect. At the campaign launch …

Killer convicted over 2012 street attack

Pathologist Dr Marjorie Turner told the court: “I have no doubt Mr Hepburn’s death was as a result of complications of his traumatic brain injury.” ‘We started fighting’ Gilmour assaulted Mr Hepburn on 11 June 2012 in Hill Street, Ardrossan, by repeatedly punching him on the head, causing him to fall to the ground and then repeatedly kicking and stamping on his head. Jurors heard that Gilmour was questioned by police after the attack. He told them: “Scott started pushing me and then he came running towards me and the two of us started fighting.” He admitted punching Mr Hepburn four or five times, but when he was asked if he kicked his head and then stamped on it, he …

‘Cyber element’ in most police cases

UK cyber-crime victims lose £190,000 a day ‘Ordinary-looking van’ First proposed in 2011, the unit will be involved in dealing with crime ranging from fraud to murder investigations. Staffed by 35 officers and support staff, the unit is supported by four cyber support units in Belfast, Londonderry, Newtownabbey and Portadown. Chief Constable George Hamilton described the facility has a “hub for innovation and creativity”. Related Topics Cyber-crime Belfast Police Service of Northern Ireland Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Exotic animal suitcase stowaways revealed

Image copyright RSPCA Image caption An olive thick tail scorpion who travelled from South Africa to Kent in April. The population is also likely to be limited by the fact that most animals brought in accidentally inside a suitcase will be on their own, without a mate to breed with, Mr Foster added. But he warned that there is “a potential risk regarding the transfer of disease” which are not found in the UK. Caribbean lizard found in family’s suitcase Stowaway lizard travels 2,000 miles The RSPCA advises people not to handle any animal that has been accidentally imported and to treat it “with caution until identified accurately”. RSPCA’s head of wildlife said “Our message to holidaymakers at this time …

Manslaughter arrest over Sala death

His body was recovered in February but Mr Ibbotson’s has never been found. Image copyright AAIB/PA Image caption An air accident investigator’s photo showed the rear left side of the fuselage on the seabed Det Insp Huxter urged people not to speculate about the identity of the man as it could hinder the investigation. The Piper Malibu aircraft was carrying Mr Sala and Mr Ibbotson, from Crowle, Lincolnshire, after the footballer returned to FC Nantes to say goodbye to his former teammates. An official search operation was called off on 24 January after Guernsey’s harbour master said the chances of survival were “extremely remote”. Shipwreck hunter David Mearns found the plane wreckage on 3 February, 220ft (67m) below the surface …

‘Hidden toilet camera’ at Bond studio

The device was discovered earlier this week, said police. New James Bond film cast to be revealed Rami Malek to play James Bond villain Waller-Bridge makes ‘Bond girls’ feel ‘real’ On Thursday the Prince of Wales visited the site at Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, and met Bond stars Craig and Ralph Fiennes, as well as director Cary Fukunaga. Related Topics James Bond Daniel Craig Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Playhouse in memory of murdered Alesha, 6

Ms Davie said it was a lasting tribute to the child with an “infectious smile”. Image copyright Jane Barlow Image caption The playhouse is a space for the children to meet friends and ‘have a blether’ It was funded with £22,000 worth of donations from well-wishers from around the world following an online appeal. Ms Davie said it was important that pupils took “ownership” of the project. “Death is a very difficult thing for young children,” she said. “This was a very child-friendly way in which they could say goodbye and they could incorporate all their ideas and all their memories into something that is going to be lasting here for others to see who didn’t know Alesha. “ Image …

Public services web project cost doubles

Final cost The Department of Finance was responsible for overall management of the contract, reviewing and challenging BT costs. It has said it conducted an in-depth review of the project in October 2018 to explore the financial and contractual position. “This review resulted in new arrangements being put in place to move existing services to new arrangements before the end of the current contract. This approach has been welcomed by the Audit Office. “The department has also added robust mechanisms to improve the monitoring of expenditure and now has a dedicated and skilled contract management resource in place.” Related Topics Northern Ireland Assembly Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

London attacker was 60cm from armed officer

Det Supt Riggs, who was in charge of the Metropolitan Police investigation into the attacks, said eight armed officers fired a total of 46 shots at the three attackers. Image caption The victims of the London Bridge attack (clockwise from top left): Christine Archibald, Sebastien Belanger, Kirsty Boden, Ignacio Echeverria, Sara Zelenak, Xavier Thomas, Alexandre Pigeard, James McMullan Det Supt Riggs said officers fired twice more at Butt at 22:29 and 22:31. Another senior officer told the court back-up firearms officers then had to be drafted in. ‘Very confusing’ City of London Police temporary commander David Evans – the force’s most senior officer on duty on the night of the attacks – described the police control room as “exceptionally busy” …