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Vincent Tabak admits indecent child images charges

Vincent Tabak, 37, who murdered Bristol architect Joanna Yeates in 2010, has admitted four charges of possessing indecent images of children at Bristol Crown Court. Opening the case for the prosecution, David Bartlett said detectives discovered the images after examining Tabak's laptop in 2011.

"This case concerns 145 indecent images," Mr Bartlett said. "All of which were found on the laptop computer of this defendant which was seized on January 20 2011.

Vincent Tabak admits indecent child images charges Credit: PA

Mr Bartlett said the majority of images related to two teenage girls of "relative maturity" and were in the least serious category. The judge jailed Tabak for 10 months meaning no increase on his murder sentence.

Labour urges government to strengthen terror powers

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has questioned the government's ability to stop people travelling to Iraq and Syria to fight for Islamic State (IS).

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper questioned the government's counter terrorism policy. Credit: House of Commons

Speaking during an urgent question in the House of Commons Ms Cooper brought up the case of three teenage schoolgirls from east London who recently travelled to Syria via Istanbul in Turkey.

She asked the Home Secretary if the government had an agreement in place with airlines to raise alerts about unaccompanied minors travelling on known Syria routes. She also asked when were the authorities in Istanbul alerted and checks made at the main transport hubs in the city.

Ms Cooper also queried what training and support is currently being given to "prevent recruitment, grooming and radicalisation" at institutions in Bethnal Green.

Ms Cooper said counter terrorism policy must be strengthened along with measures in the community to stop people leaving the country to join terror groups.

Home Secretary Theresa May insisted the government is taking robust action to fight terror and consistently looks at enhancing police powers.

However she added that communities, families, religious leaders and society must all work together to confront "poisonous ideology."


Home Sec: Terror threat to UK is grave and growing

Theresa May said the threat the UK faces from terrorism is grave and growing Credit: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

Home Secretary Theresa May said the threat to the UK faces from terrorism is "grave and growing". She was responding to an urgent question in the House of Commons from Labour's Yvette Cooper.

Ms May reiterated the government's advice against British citizens travelling to Iraq and Syria.

She said the government has "consistently and emphatically advised against any and all travel to Iraq and Syria and when this happens we have seen that the impact on families and communities is devastating".

She added that all aspects of society must play their part to fight against radicalisation.

Labour to ask urgent question on terrorism in Commons

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper will ask an urgent question on terrorism in the Commons. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper will ask an urgent question on Government counter terrorism policy at 3.30pm in the House of Commons.

The question is also expected to raise the issue of the implications for UK individuals travelling to conflict zones in Syria and Iraq.


Schumacher's son joins Formula 4 team

Michael Schumacher's son Mick has signed for a Formula 4 team, it has been announced.

The 15-year-old Schumacher has joined Van Amersfoort Racing following of a winter of testing with the team, which comes after finishing runner-up in the world, European and German karting championships.

Mick Schumacher could follow in his father's footsteps. Credit: PA

Team owner Frits van Amersfoort said: "In the last couple of years, it has become a tradition for us we offer the runner-up from the German junior karting championship a test session in our simulator.

"This is handled by the DMSB, the German motorsport authority, and that is how we first got in touch with Mick Schumacher last autumn.

"He spent a full day in the simulator at our headquarters in the Netherlands, then we witnessed him during a test session at Valencia.

"Eventually, we reached an agreement to compete together in this year's Formula 4 series."

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