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Campaigning grandmother cheered by anti-fracking activists after escaping jail

Anti-fracking campaigners have cheered a crusading grandmother who escaped jail after failing to comply with a court order over a £55,000 legal bill.

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Three arrested by team investigating missing girl Charlene Downes

Police investigating the murder of a teenage girl who disappeared more than a decade ago have arrested three men on suspicion of historical sexual offences.

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Man who raped student in her sleep is jailed

A man who raped a student in her sleep has been jailed.

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Firm aims to generate 'green gas' at sites planned for fracking

A renewable energy firm has submitted planning applications for schemes to generate "green gas" from grass - on sites where fracking is planned

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Robert the Bruce images produced after facial reconstruction project

Scientists and historians have joined forces to create detailed virtual images of what Robert the Bruce may have looked like, almost 700 years after his death.

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New mobile game Snatch lets players win real prizes by 'stealing' from others

A new mobile game that encourages users to "steal" from each other to win real prizes has launched in the UK.

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Strangford ferry service experienced dozens of breakdowns in 2016

The Strangford ferry service in Northern Ireland has broken down at least 35 times this year, Stormont figures revealed.

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Troll gets maximum jail term for harassing MP as judge recalls Jo Cox murder

A "vile" troll who harassed a Labour politician in a string of anti-Jewish rants has been handed the maximum two-year jail sentence to send a message "loud and clear" in the wake of the murder of fellow MP Jo Cox.

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Operation Cosy people-smuggling strike results in nine arrests across UK

Nine people have been arrested as part of an investigation into a suspected people-smuggling ring.

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Manchester cinema-goers threatened with prices hike after merger, says watchdog

AMC Entertainment's deal to acquire the Odeon & UCI cinema chain risks falling foul of the UK's competition watchdog because it could lead to higher ticket prices for cinema-goers in Manchester.

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Four out of 209 local health bodies provide gold standard fertility care - audit

Only 2% of local health bodies are providing gold standard fertility care, a new audit has found.

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Government scheme gets extra £32m to 'demolish' sink estates for new homes

Tens of millions of pounds is to be added to a Government scheme that could see some of the country's worst sink estates demolished to make way for new homes, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said.

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Cause of Viola Beach death crash 'will never be known'

It may never be known what happened when four band members of Viola Beach were killed when their manager drove a car through two crash barriers over a raised bridge before plunging into a canal below, an inquest has heard.

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Father who inflicted 'obscene' injuries on baby son found guilty of murder

A father has been found guilty of murdering his seven-month-old son by inflicting "frankly obscene" injuries on him.

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British teenager who sent bomb and kill threats to US sentenced to 12 months

A teenager who has been locked up for making hoax bomb calls which caused mass panic in America began the threats after playing video game Call of Duty, a court has heard.

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Cash and property worth £2m seized from family of deceased drugs baron

Almost £2 million in cash and property has been snatched back from a Liverpool drugs baron's family.

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Police chief who exposed her breast waits to find out if she keeps £109,000 job

A police chief who bared her breast in a drunken tirade against a junior colleague will discover if she keeps her £109,000 a year job next week.

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Woman, 102, recovering at home after cancer operation

A 102-year-old great-grandmother is recovering at home after undergoing a life-saving cancer operation.

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Football sex abuse probe will ensure lessons are learned, vows FA

The official probe into child sexual abuse allegations in football will ensure any failings by the authorities or clubs "are brought to light", the English Football Association has said.

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Two men accused of rape 'shared photos of victim on WhatsApp'

Two men were filmed raping an unconscious woman and went on to share photographs of the victim on WhatsApp, a court has heard.

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