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Police killer Harry Roberts to be released after 45 years

Harry Roberts Credit: PA Wire

Police killer Harry Roberts is to be released from prison after more than 45 years behind bars.

Roberts, now 78, was handed a life sentence for the murder of three policemen in Shepherd's Bush, west London, in 1966. His 30-year minimum tariff expired 18 years ago.

The Parole Board is understood to have approved his release and he will be subject to close monitoring by police and the Probation Service.

Detective Sergeant Christopher Head, 30, Detective Constable David Wombwell, 25, and Pc Geoffrey Fox, 41, were shot dead without warning while questioning three suspects in a van on August 12, 1966.

A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: "We do not comment on individuals.

"The release of life sentence prisoners is directed by the independent Parole Board once they are satisfied they can be safely managed in the community. Once released they are subject to strict controls for as long as their risk requires them. If they fail to comply with these conditions they can be immediately returned to prison.

"Offenders managed through Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) are monitored and supervised by probation, police and other agencies."


Ottawa Police: Lockdown lifted in downtown core

Ottawa Police have lifted some safety blockades which were imposed after a soldier was killed and a gunman shot dead in Parliament.

Parliament Hill and several buildings in and around Ottawa were put on lockdown after a gunman opened fire at the National War Memorial and inside the Hill.

The police said in a statement: "The ongoing police investigation in the downtown core has determined that there no longer exists a threat to public safety in the area.

"However, the police operation continues on Parliament Hill and as such the Hill continues to be off limits to the public."

Harper: 'Thoughts and prayers' with family of soldier

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper Credit: CBC

Canada will not be intimidated by the "despicable attacks" that killed two soldiers this week, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said.

Addressing the nation following the shooting of a soldier on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Mr Harper said: "Today our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Cpl Nathan Cirillo.

"Cpl Cirillo was killed today murdered in cold blood as he provided a ceremonial honour guard at Canada's National War Memorial."

He praised the emergency services and members of the public for their actions.


Harper: Canada will not be intimidated by attacks

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said the country will not be intimidated by the two attacks this week.

He said: "Let there be no misunderstanding. We will not be intimidated. Canada will never be intimidated.

"In fact this will lead us to strengthen our resolve and redouble our efforts - and those of our national security agencies - to take all necessary steps to identify and counter threats and keep Canada safe here at home."

He added that Canada would continue to work with its allies around the world to fight against the terrorist organisations "who brutalize those in other countries with the hope of bringing their savagery to our shores".

"They will have no safe haven," he added.

Fence jumper at White House 'caught by dogs'

Fence jumper 'caught by dogs' at White House. Credit: PA Wire

A man jumped the White House fence on Wednesday and was attacked by Secret Service dogs before being arrested, a Secret Service spokesman said.

"Dogs got him," the spokesman told Reuters, referring to the intruder.

Video showed Secret Service agents surrounding the man on the north lawn of the White House, which was put on lockdown.

It comes after an intruder armed with a knife scaled the White House fence and made it inside.

"The individual was immediately taken into custody on the North lawn of the White House by Secret Service Uniformed Division K-9 teams and Uniformed Division Officers," the spokesman said.

K-9 refers to the team using specially trained dogs.

The man was then transported to a local hospital for evaluation, the spokesman said.

The incident comes after an intruder armed with a knife scaled the White House fence and made it inside in September, raising questions about security levels and spurring the resignation of then-Secret Service Director Julia Pierson.

Read more here: Embattled Secret Service director Julia Pierson resigns

Fake goats cheese made from sheep's milk found on sale in supermarkets

Fake goats cheese has been found to be on sale Credit: PA Wire

Fake goats cheese made from sheep's milk has been found on sale in supermarkets following a shortage of milk from the animals.

Consumer group Which? commissioned tests on 76 goats cheese samples from supermarkets, delis and markets sold at eight UK locations.

In six cases, half or more of the product was found to be sheep's cheese.

Three of these contained more than 80% sheep's cheese, three contained more than 50%, while three other cheeses contained smaller amounts - around 5%.

Which? said it would be following up its findings with the companies involved and the Food Standards Agency.

Think tank calls for fines for failing to register to vote

People who fail to register to vote should face a £80 fine, a think tank has suggested. Credit: PA Wire

People who fail to register to vote should be fined, a think tank has suggested.

Policy Exchange also suggested offering rebates of up to £10 on council tax bills as part of a bid to encourage more people to sign up to vote.

The proposals would address "gaping flaws" in electoral rolls, the think tank said.

It accused the Electoral Commission of failing to tackle rising numbers of omissions and warned that without action there would be 13 millions names missing by the time of the 2015 election.

The watchdog said the commission's own data showed millions of individuals entitled to vote were not included on the registers for their current addresses while others were no longer resident at the registered address, had died or had been mistakenly or fraudulently included.

An Electoral Commission spokesman said: "Individual Electoral Registration is currently being implemented and will make the registration system more secure.

"We've repeatedly made clear that no-one should under-estimate the challenge of ensuring the registers are as complete and accurate as possible as this change is introduced, particularly given our last estimate was that around 7.5 million people are not correctly registered at their current address.

"We take all allegations of electoral fraud extremely seriously and work closely with the police and electoral administrators before every major election to ensure that plans are in place to deal with both allegations and actual cases."

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