Police could be banned from intrusive searches of rape victims’ phones

Vital new rules will put victims at the heart of the investigation By Sarah Dines, Minister of Safeguarding Rape and sexual assault are among the most traumatic crimes, and the impact inflicted on survivors goes far beyond the incident itself. We should not underestimate the psychological stress victims face afterwards. It is vital that we … Read more

Dreamboys stripper group founder David Richards attempted to murder his wife Alex Alam

The November trial heard how she managed to escape from Richards as blood flowed from her wounds, returning to her home in Stock, Essex. She dialed 999 to call the police and made a desperate FaceTime call to the former The Only Way is Essex star, telling him: “I’m dying.” Norcross described seeing her covered … Read more

Girls’ schools in England ‘should admit male pupils under Scottish transgender laws’

Single-sex girls’ schools in England will have to admit biologically male pupils under Scotland’s new gender recognition laws, according to a new report. Girls’ schools would be guilty of discrimination under gender equality laws if they refused entry to biologically male teenagers who had obtained certificates of female gender recognition in Scotland, the think tank … Read more

High school bans students from cuddling or having sex

Pupils have been banned from having romantic relationships or cuddling at a school in Chelmsford under new rules to force them to ‘focus on their learning’. Hylands School in Chelmsford said it ‘does not allow’ romantic relationships between pupils and that physical contact could lead to ‘inappropriate’ touching. Parents criticized the ‘hands-off’ policy, but the … Read more

People over 40 who take antibiotics are almost 50% more likely to develop irritable bowel disease

According to one study, people over 40 who take antibiotics are almost 50% more likely to develop Crohn’s disease or colitis. Irritable bowel disease (IBD) includes both chronic inflammatory conditions that affect different parts of the gut, with over half a million people affected in the UK. Data from over six million people in Denmark … Read more

‘Artificial pancreas’ for diabetics will be rolled out across the NHS

More than 100,000 patients with type 1 diabetes will be offered an ‘artificial pancreas’ on the NHS to help prevent amputations and blindness. People who have trouble managing their type 1 diabetes are at risk of long-term complications from high blood sugar, such as blindness, amputations or kidney problems. The new technology, the use of … Read more

Hospital asks NHS staff to refund Christmas bonus after mistake

NHS staff working at a hospital in Buckinghamshire have been asked by health bosses to repay their Christmas bonus. A number of staff at one of the county’s main hospitals were told on Christmas Eve that the payment was to be returned, BuckinghamshireLive understands. Some workers at Milton Keynes University Hospital have received an end-of-year … Read more

Pensioner feared he would ‘die alone’ as doctor signs ‘do not resuscitate’ order ‘without permission’

A pensioner has claimed a ‘do not resuscitate’ order was signed by medics without his permission and against his religious beliefs – leaving him to fear he could die alone in hospital. Pat Burke, 82, was on his way to QEQM Hospital in Margate, Kent, for a routine check of his pacemaker when he had … Read more

Students dependent on mum and dad’s bank risk dropping out, warns university chief

“I think what really concerns us is that I’ve heard many people in universities say that their students may be accepting more work, paid work, than would be ideal,” added Ms. Stern. “So less time to study, more time to work and in the end it could have the effect that they are not able … Read more