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Cautions overhaul 'removes soft option'

The Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has said the revamp of court disposals, which at the bottom-end would see offenders writing an apology to victims or repairing damages but could see more serious offences being fined, removes the "soft option".

Three police force areas will trial the new approach over the next 12 months and if successful it will be replicated across the country.

The Justice Secretary said:

Under the new system we are introducing, offenders will face prosecution if they fail to comply with the conditions set by the police, so that no one is allowed to get away with the soft option.

– Justice Secretary Chris Grayling

Peshmerga depart from Turkey to besieged Kobani

urdish Peshmerga fighters wave Kurdish flags atop an army vehicle as they move towards the Syrian town of Kobani from the border town of Suruc. Credit: Reuters

A convoy of Kurdish Peshmerga troops departed from Turkey in a convoy overnight to help bolster Syrian Kurds holding out against self-styled Islamic State militants in the besieged town of Kobani.

Islamic State combatants have been trying to capture Kobani, known as Ayn al-Arab in Arabic, for over a month, pressing their assault despite U.S.-led air strikes on their positions and the deaths of hundreds of their fighters.

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Cautions 'to be scrapped' in system overhaul

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Cautions are set to be scrapped in England and Wales as part of an overhaul in the way out-of-court disposals are dealt with.

Ministers want to replace existing disposals available to police officers, which include cautions and cannabis warnings, with a new two-tier approach requiring offenders to take one or more actions.

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Detective on Manchester murder investigation

Detective Superintendent Jon Chadwick said: "This tragic incident is only a few hours old so it is far too early to go into exactly what has happened and why.

"All we can say for certain is that a man has tragically died after being shot and his family are absolutely devastated. Our thoughts are with them and we will be providing them as much support as they need at this very difficult and upsetting time.

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Clashes avoided amid al-Aqsa mosque worshipping ban

Palestinians furious at an Israeli ban on worshipping at the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem vowed that today would be a "day of rage".

But the clashes were not as violent as feared, with Muslim men over the age of 50 allowed to pray at the sacred site.

ITV News' Middle East Correspondent Geraint Vincent reports.

Desert crash is shattering blow to Branson space dream

Sir Richard Branson is flying out to the crash site of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo after his dream of pioneering commercial space flight suffered a shattering blow in the Mojave desert.

One test pilot was killed while the other ejected and was seriously injured after the SS2 rocket plane exploded and crashed during today's flight.

As ITV News Correspondent Robert Moore reports from the US, the crash in California is a huge setback for an ambitious project that has already suffered a series of problems and delays.

What does Woolf's resignation mean for the inquiry?

Fiona Woolf became the second person to resign as chair of the historical Westminster child sex abuse inquiry today.

Her predecessor Baroness Butler-Sloss stepped down in July. Both resignations came after each was engulfed by claims of possible conflicts of interest.

ITV News' Paul Davies looks at where today's new resignation leaves the inquiry.

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