TRIAL LATEST: Co-worker of man killed by pole plunge says no risk assessment was shown

A colleague of a grandfather who plunged to his death has told jurors how he ‘heard’ the fatal fall. Barry Bates was giving evidence at the trial of firm Electricity North West, which is being prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive over alleged findings following the death of his fellow linesman John Flowers, 63. […]

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Mother of 3 overclaimed almost £20,000 of benefits

A mother-of-three overclaimed nearly £20,000 of benefits she was not entitled to, a court has been told. Gemma, of Robin Hey, Moss Side, Leyland, spent her 34th birthday in the dock at Preston Magistrates’ Court after admitting two charges of dishonestly failing to notify the DWP and South Ribble Council about her change of circumstances. […]

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Teenager accused of rape

A teenager appeared before Burnley Crown Court, accused of three rape allegations, one of them said to involve a 15-year-old girl. Tyler James Deterville, aged 18, from Roundwood Avenue, Reedley, pleaded not guilty to the three charges. The alleged offences, relating to two victims, are said to have taken place last year. The defendant will […]

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Supreme Court reserve judgement in term-time holiday legal battle

The Supreme Court has reserved judgment on a landmark legal battle between education chiefs and a father who took his daughter on holiday in term-time without her headteacher’s permission. A local authority, backed by the Education Secretary, argued that a child’s unauthorised absence from school “for even a single day, or even half a day” […]

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Brexit ruling to be delivered by Supreme court on 24 January

11 justices will create panel to resolve whether the government can formally initiate article 50 without parliamentary approval A brief summary of the decision will be read out at 9.30am on Tuesday. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images The supreme court will deliver its eagerly awaited judgement next Tuesday on whether ministers or parliament have the legal […]

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