Ex-soldier’s court appeal dismissed

John Pat Cunningham, 27, who had learning difficulties, was shot in the back as he ran away from an Army patrol near Benburb, County Tyrone, in 1974. Mr Hutchings has made the case it was never his intention to kill or injure Mr Cunningham, but that he was firing warning shots to get him to stop. He began his appeal in March. Lord Kerr, who delivered the judgement on Thursday, said that trial by jury should not be assumed to be the unique means of achieving fairness in the criminal justice process. What is a Diplock court? The non-jury system was named after Lord Diplock, a former senior judge and Law Lord. During the height of the Troubles, he chaired …

Knighthood for PSNI chief constable

Image Copyright @ChiefConPSNI @ChiefConPSNI Report Report Feargal Sharkey receives an OBE for services to music. Once the lead singer with The Undertones, he went on to have a successful solo career. Image caption Feargal Sharkey in 1978, when The Undertones appeared on Top of the Pops He subsequently took on a number of public roles as a member of the Radio Authority and as head of UK Music, representing the interests of the UK commercial music industry. Meanwhile, one of Ireland’s most famous priests is to receive an OBE. Image caption Richard Williams has taken a lead role in developing the film industry in Northern Ireland The growing importance of the film industry in Northern Ireland is acknowledged with an …

BBC confirms first Tory leadership debate

“It’ll be broadcast at a key moment in the process of narrowing down the field of candidates in the race for Downing Street.” The quirks of the Tory leadership process BBC to host Tory leader TV debates Tory leadership: Who will replace Theresa May? Brexit: Where do Conservative leadership candidates stand? The Conservative leadership contest is already under way, despite MPs still having until the end of the week to put their names forward. After the full list of candidates has been confirmed on Monday, MPs will begin a series of votes, and the contender with the lowest number will be eliminated in each round. The process will take place until only two MPs remain, and the wider party membership …

Slimmed down Bopper finds forever home

Image caption Bopper (left) with his new owner Mike and dogs Honey and Sadie The shelter’s deputy manager Ruth Rickard approached the pair as they had already rehomed five older dogs, including labradors Honey and Sadie, from the shelter. Image caption Bopper has almost reached his target weight of 27kg (4st) The shelter has earned a reputation for helping hefty hounds shed the pounds. Bopper was about 10kg heavier than the shelter’s other hefty hound, “Hattie the Fatty”, who also made headlines for her huge frame. Hattie has since been rehomed by Mrs Rickard after shedding half her body weight. In April, the shelter took in its biggest dog yet – 70kg (11st) Georgie Porgie. You may also like: ‘Britain’s …

Fox cubs ‘fed’ to hunting hounds

Image copyright PA Image caption Nathan Parry was the hunt’s terrierman Opening the case against the hunt’s master of hounds Paul Oliver, kennel maid Hannah Rose and terrierman Nathan Parry, prosecutor Simon Davis said: “The unnecessary suffering involved the killing of fox cubs, effectively feeding the animals… throwing the fox cubs into the kennels of the fox hounds, thereby killing them.” Image copyright PA Image caption Paul Oliver and Hannah Rose deny the charges Mr Oliver, was caught by the covert camera as he prepared to feed live fox cubs to the dogs, the court heard. Mr Davis alleged the camera provided “significant” evidence against Mr Oliver, including footage which he claimed showed him lifting fox cubs out of a …

Drivers face delays after M6 closure

The delays led to drivers getting out of their cars on the northbound carriageway. Skip Twitter post by @CMPG Please avoid the M6 Northbound between junctions 15 and 16, we are dealing with an incident there and traffic is at a standstill. We will update you as soon as we can, thank you in advance for your patience and understanding 4914 — CMPG (@CMPG) May 25, 2019 The A500 is also closed southbound between the A519 Hanchurch interchange and junction 15 on the M6, which means traffic coming from Stoke-on-Trent will not be able to access the M6 in either direction. Debbie Young, Conservative councillor for Chalford in Gloucester, tweeted that she had been stuck in traffic for two hours. …

Sheikh to pay Dubai fall woman’s bills

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has offered to pay for Ms Chisholm’s medical costs Ms Chisholm, from East Bridgford, was riding with her mother when the horse bolted and she was thrown off, leaving her unconscious with serious head injuries and her face “caked in sand and blood”. Image copyright St Clare’s School Image caption St Clare’s School in Manchester, where Miss Chisholm trained, is supporting the fundraising efforts A statement on the family’s funding page said: “We can announce today that His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has offered singularly the most generous gift we could ever have …

The Theresa May story

Theresa May to resign as prime minister Ministerial resignations and parliamentary rebellions that would have spelled the end for a prime minister in normal times seemed to bounce off her. She ploughed on, seemingly oblivious to the chaos around her, telling MPs “nothing has changed” and promising to deliver on the “will” of British people, even as her power over Parliament and control of her warring party drained away to nothing. It might have been different had she managed to win the 2017 general election. Image copyright Theresa May Image caption Theresa May married her husband Philip in 1980 Date of birth: 1 October 1956 (aged 62) Jobs: MP for Maidenhead since 1997. Became prime minister in 2016 after serving …

Kate offers ‘peek’ at Back to Nature Garden

Image copyright @kensingtonroyal Image caption The garden was co-created with Andree Davies, Adam White and the RHS In a letter to experts, she wrote that it was “heart-breaking” to know there is a “long way to go” to ensure all children grow up “happy, healthy, and equipped to be able to take every opportunity that comes their way”. Image copyright @kensingtonroyal Image caption The garden will be filled with forest scenes Earlier this year, landscape architect Ms Davies told the Daily Telegraph that the duchess had brought the idea of forest bathing to the discussions. The Japanese concept is the practice of spending time in woodland to help relaxation. The garden features a swing seat hanging below a high-platform treehouse, …

How one small step inspired a generation

Moon landing marked by new OS map Moon landing: 13 minutes that defined a century BBC Archive: Nasa’s Apollo lunar missions ‘Space cadets’ Chris Lee, now chief scientist at the UK Space Agency and 12 at the time, remembers being allowed to stay up very, very late at the start of the school holidays. “Mum, Dad, my younger brother and I were gathered around a tiny black-and-white TV, but I don’t recall too much about the late-night landing apart from the descent countdown. I certainly had no sense of how risky the landing had been. “I do recall the long, long wait for the Moonwalk to then actually happen. “My mum and brother fell asleep and Dad stayed with me …

UK to scrap passenger landing cards

The Home Office had agreed to scrap them for seven countries, including the US and Australia, from June, but has now decided to go further. ‘Only record’ A document from officials to Border Force staff, seen by the BBC, says much of the data collected by paper landing cards will soon be available digitally. It adds that the withdrawal of the cards will enable staff to “focus more on your interaction with passengers”. But Immigration Service Union general secretary, Lucy Moreton, accused the Home Office of “ignoring” warnings from experienced staff as to the longer-term impact of getting rid of landing cards. She said that the union had been assured that scrapping them would not happen until new technology was …

How can wine be worth 4,500?

So for those of us who would struggle to justify spending quadruple figures on anything, let alone a single bottle of wine, how does this one – a Chateau le Pin Pomerol 2001- actually taste? “It’s really, really good,” enthuses Fattorini. “I haven’t had the 2001, which is quite hard to get hold of. But it’s the epitome of their house style. “It’s glossy, rich and voluptuous with lots of cherries and leaves your mouth coated with a glycerine feel. It’s exceptional.” Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A vineyard in Bordeaux – the one owned by Le Pin occupies just one acre He adds of the Le Pin 2001 wine: “It’s also very exotic. It’s a really good vintage …

Voices of children ‘lost in family courts’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionOne mother describes how her abusive ex-partner was granted unsupervised access to their children by the family courts Family courts in England and Wales are not properly accommodating children’s voices and needs because the government has suggested “it would all cost too much”, their former head has said. Sir James Munby added the courts are “shamefully” behind in victim support. At least four children have been killed in the last five years by a parent with a known history of violence, after a family court granted access. The Ministry of Justice said a child’s welfare was always the priority. ‘True scale unknown’ Sir James’s comments come as more than 120 MPs wrote …

The vegetarian ‘meat’ aimed at replacing the real thing

But with the arrival of these new dishes comes an increasingly animated debate about what can be called “meat”, as well as how – and even if – it should be sold. The process is arguably closer to a scientist growing replacement tissues and organs than the work of a cattle farmer. Although not yet available in shops and restaurants, the techniques are being explored in a number of countries and could be on our plates in a matter of years. A firm called Just hopes to have its lab-grown chicken on US shelves by the end of 2019. Cultured lab meat may make climate change worse Where should shops stock veggie burgers? US vegan food-maker Beyond Meat eyes $1bn …

Baker fired over royal baby chimp tweet

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDanny Baker explains what happened when his 5 Live bosses called him The BBC has sacked Danny Baker saying he showed a “serious error of judgement” over his tweet about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s baby. The tweet, which he later deleted but which has been circulated on social media, showed an image of a couple holding hands with a chimpanzee dressed in clothes with the caption: “Royal Baby leaves hospital”. The BBC 5 Live presenter was accused of mocking the duchess’s racial heritage. Baker claimed it was a “stupid gag”. The 61-year-old presented a weekend show on the network. Report End of Twitter post by @prodnose Report End of Twitter …