Victim came ‘nose to nose’ with attacker

He said that after looking at photographs, he could identify the man as Khuram Butt, one of the three attackers. Mr Livett said after he was attacked, he slumped on the ground for a few seconds before deciding to get up and move away. “It was chaos all around. I was aware of screaming and shouting and people around me,” he said. “I think it was a personal mission to get help as quickly as I possibly could. I realised it was quite a serious blow I had taken.” Victims of the London Bridge attack London Bridge attack: What happened We did our best – London Bridge attack PC He went on to describe how he felt weak before he …

British Council worker jailed in Iran named

Ms Amiri’s cousin, Mohsen Omrani, told the BBC that she was currently being held in the same section of Tehran’s Evin prison as Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a dual British-Iranian national sentenced to five years in prison for spying in 2016. Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s husband, Richard Ratcliffe, said the two women had become friends and that they were both chess pieces on the same political board. Iranian British Council worker ‘jailed’ Iran offers Zaghari-Ratcliffe prisoner swap What is the Zaghari-Ratcliffe case about? A spokesman for Iran’s judiciary, Gholamhossein Esmaili, said on Monday that an unnamed Iranian woman who was “in charge of the Iran desk at the British Council” had been convicted of spying. The woman had used contacts with arts and theatre …

‘Dad said we were going to a dentist, but never came back’

Image copyright Hayley Kemp Image caption Hayley Kemp pictured with her siblings before she was sent to a residential care home My mum got lung cancer when I was five. One of my memories is of her with a beehive haircut and smoking a Woodbine cigarette. Image copyright Hayley Kemp He said we were going to the dentist on the bus, and I had no idea where we were because I was only seven. I was skipping down the road thinking ‘these are really nice houses and there’s a park nearby’. It was Parklands Children’s Home but I didn’t know that then. I just thought ‘this is a nice dentist’. These two women came out and he went in with …

Pension ‘error’ led woman, 82, to suicide

“My mother felt she couldn’t discuss her finances with anyone,” he said. All payments stopped The inquest heard that in 2014 she received an inheritance, but the DWP told her it would not affect her pension. She received a state pension, as well as a pension credit top-up. However, in 2017, “action was taken to suspend her pension credit”. Rather than her state pension continuing while the credits were reviewed, all payments were stopped “due to an administrative error”. The inquest heard there was no record of any correspondence from Mrs Worrall to the DWP about the matter. Her cause of death was given as multiple major traumatic injuries due to a fall from height. MP informed Coroner John Gittins …

We both now have hope – MS sisters

NICE had initially refused to back it because of the price being asked by the manufacturer Roche. But now a deal has been reached, which means the average cost per patient will be just over £19,000 a year for twice-yearly infusions. For Vikki and Zoe it means they both have hope that the symptoms of the incurable disease, including difficulty walking, fatigue and blurred vision, can be delayed as long as possible. The treatment can delay the need for a wheelchair by seven years. ‘It was awful that Zoe had nothing’ Vikki, 52, who lives in Battersea, London, was diagnosed with relapsing remitting MS in January 2017. Her form of the disease comes in waves followed by periods of recovery, …

Gold shines 20 years after Brown’s big sale

Mr Ash says the average price since the sales ended has been almost $1,000. In 2011 the price reached more than $1,900 an ounce, and on Monday stood at about $1,279. ‘The final blow’ Despite these headline numbers, at the time it seemed perfectly sensible to many at the Treasury. Other central banks were also selling gold. According to BullionVault, Belgium, Canada and the Netherlands had already sold 1,590 tonnes between them since 1990. In 1997 alone, Argentina and Australia sold a combined 290 tonnes. And in April 1999, Switzerland voted in a referendum to sever the Franc’s gold backing, effectively approving a plan to sell 1,300 tonnes from its 2,590-tonne hoard. Writing in his 2007 book The Ages of …

Local elections: How to judge the parties

It was also a good election for UKIP, whilst Labour and the Liberal Democrats suffered losses. This means that most of the seats this year are currently Conservative held. Seats being defended by each party: Conservatives: 4,901 Labour: 2,105 Lib Dem: 647 UKIP: 176 Green Party: 71 Ind/Oth: 518 With such a large set of elections, the scope for big changes is increased. In this case, that’s especially true for the Conservatives who are starting from a high point whilst their national poll ratings are pretty dire. However, the range of other parties which voters will be able to choose between is limited as there are no Brexit Party or Change UK candidates. What I’ll be looking out for at …

Man charged over bodies found in freezer

Speaking on Wednesday, Det Ch Insp Simon Harding said a chest freezer, measuring a few feet wide, had been removed from the crime scene. Work to identify the women was ongoing, he said, and post-mortem examinations would be carried out on Friday. There are fears for Mary-Jane Mustafa, 37, who went missing last May. The Met has appealed for anyone who has visited the flat in the last year to contact them. A 50-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder has been under investigation.

Children’s services ‘at breaking point’

The committee follows a long line of organisations, including councils, children’s charities and economists, to raise the alarm over funding levels. ‘Overspent budgets’ In children’s services, this has led managers to divert funds from the early-intervention non-statutory preventative services that can catch problems before they become crises, to statutory services, which they are obliged to provide by law, at the more severe end of need. Spending data from the National Audit Office (NAO) shows England’s local authorities spent 59% of their children’s services budget on statutory services in 2010-11. But by 2017-18, councils were spending 75% on statutory services. And despite this, budgets for statutory services in many areas were overspent. Earlier this year, the NAO found that 91% of …

Beijing defends Huawei amid 5G row

The paper also reported that various ministers had raised concerns about the plan. But defending Huawei, Mr Liu said: “Countries of global influence, like the UK, make decisions independently and in accordance with their national interests. Huawei: The story of a controversial company Top civil servant demands leak co-operation PM advised to call in MI5 to investigate leak What is 5G and what will it mean for you? “When it comes to the establishment of the new 5G network, the UK is in the position to do the same again by resisting pressure, working to avoid interruptions and making the right decision independently based on its national interests and in line with its need for long-term development.” Meanwhile, Britain’s top …

Sturgeon: Surge in support could force indyref2

UK government ‘will not grant indyref2 consent’ Sturgeon wants independence vote by 2021 The first minister told MSPs on Wednesday that she wanted to hold a second referendum on independence by 2021 if Scotland was taken out of the EU. However she said she would want to get the agreement of the UK government beforehand, saying this would put the legal status of the vote “beyond doubt”. The UK government has repeatedly said it would refuse any request for consent, with Cabinet Office minister David Lidington saying there was “no evidence that the appetite of the Scottish people to go through a referendum once again has surged up”. Related Topics Scottish independence SNP Conference SNP (Scottish National Party) Nicola Sturgeon …