A paedophile who walked free from court is to have his sentence reviewed and money-printing and interest rate hikes may soon depend on queues at the jobcentre
Lawyer’s remarks condemned
A paedophile who walked free from court is to have his sentence reviewed after a prosecutor came under fire for describing his 13-year-old victim as “predatory” and “sexually experienced”.
Neil Wilson, 41, was handed an eight-month suspended sentence after admitting he engaged in sexual activity with the girl at his home.
Prosecutor Robert Colover reportedly told the hearing at London’s Snaresbrook Crown Court on Monday: “The girl is predatory in all her actions and she is sexually experienced.”
Jobs and inflation link to rates?
Money-printing and interest rate hikes may soon depend on queues at the jobcentre as new Bank of England governor Mark Carney prepares to usher in an era of “forward guidance” on economic stimulus.
The Bank will respond today to Chancellor George Osborne’s request to consider “unconventional” tools to boost the economy alongside its quarterly inflation report, with Mr Carney expected to introduce a new policy of pinning stimulus to economic milestones.
A raft of upbeat data spanning the housing, manufacturing, construction and services sectors has lifted hopes over Britain’s recovery in recent weeks, easing pressure on the Bank to take more action.
Trolls ‘target victim’s sister’
The sister of a “cyberbullying” victim is struggling to cope after being targeted by online abuse in the wake of the teenager’s death, it has been reported.
Hannah Smith, 14, from Lutterworth, Leicestershire, killed herself on Friday after being bullied on website ask.fm, her father Dave said.
Her older sister Jo, 16, told the Daily Mirror how she is being subjected to the same hateful taunts her sister was as they prepare for her funeral.
Blaze closes Kenya’s main airport
Firefighters are battling a large blaze raging at Kenya’s main international airport.
The Kenya Airports Authority said Jomo Kenyatta International Airport has been closed until further notice so emergency teams can tackle the fire. Billowing smoke could be seen from miles away.
Associated Press reporters at the scene described the blaze as huge and said it appeared the fire had gutted the international arrivals area, where passengers pass through immigration and retrieve their luggage.
Judge rejects sex abuse courts plan
The most senior judge in England and Wales has rejected calls for specialist courts to deal with cases of child sexual exploitation.
Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge, the head of the judiciary in England and Wales, believes the proposals for specialist centres will lead to increased waiting times and are likely to be costly to run.
Writing to the chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, Keith Vaz MP, Lord Judge said he had made changes to the selection process for judges sitting on serious sex cases, while these judges will receive bespoke training on how to conduct trials with significantly vulnerable witnesses.
‘Bongo bongo land’ aid attacked
A senior Ukip politician has been caught on camera saying Britain should not send aid to “bongo bongo land”, claiming the recipients spend the money on luxuries.
Godfrey Bloom, a Ukip MEP, was filmed at a meeting of supporters in the West Midlands saying those who received aid spent the money on “Ray-Ban sunglasses, apartments in Paris, Ferraris and all the rest of it”.
The video, obtained by the Guardian, also shows Mr Bloom railing against the European Court of Human Rights for ruling that full life sentences could not be handed down.
Formal protest at border checks
Britain’s ambassador to Spain has formally protested to the Madrid government over “disproportionate” checks at the border with Gibraltar at the weekend, the Foreign Office (FCO) has said.
Giles Paxman visited Spanish foreign secretary Gonzalo de Benito to lodge his protest and to seek an explanation over comments made by foreign minister Jose Garcia-Margallo, an FCO spokesman said.
Spain was accused by Gibraltar’s chief minister of “sabre-rattling” and behaving like North Korea after Mr Garcia-Margallo announced proposals to levy border crossing fees and other punitive measures against the British territory.
Toddler hurt in Rottweiler attack
A toddler is being treated in hospital for serious injuries after being bitten by a Rottweiler.
South Yorkshire police said the two-year-old girl was injured in Rawmarsh, Rotherham, shortly before 10am yesterday.
Police said the dog, believed to be a family pet, was on a lead when the attack happened.
Yemen at forefront of terror fight
Yemen was thrust back into the forefront of the international fight against terrorism yesterday when the US and Britain evacuated embassy staff due to a threatened attack.
A suspected US drone killed four alleged members of al Qaida and militants shot down a Yemeni army helicopter as the Westerners flew out of the country.
The Yemeni authorities launched a wide investigation into the al Qaida threat to multiple potential targets in the impoverished Arab nation.
Infant formula firms fined
Three foreign suppliers of infant formula said today that China has fined them in a price-fixing investigation.
The investigation shook China’s fast-growing dairy industry, which also is reeling from a separate recall due to possible contamination of supplies.
It reflects intensifying government scrutiny of business practices under China’s five-year-old anti-monopoly law. Most targets so far have been foreign-owned.