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Ball 'used religion as cloak to hide sex crimes'

Frail Peter Ball arriving at the Old Bailey for sentencing. Credit: PA

The former Bishop of Lewes used his position to "identify, groom and exploit sensitive young men", the Old Bailey heard.

Peter Ball, 83, looked frail as he appeared in the dock for sentencing for a string of sex offences against young men, many aspiring priests, between 1977 and 1992.

The prosecution said that for Ball, religion "was a cloak behind which he hid in order to satisfy his sexual interest in those who trusted him".

ITV News correspondent Rebecca Barry is at the Old Bailey:

Last month, he admitted misusing his position in authority to "manipulate" 16 men for his own sexual gratification and indecently assaulting two men in their late teens between 1980 and 1983 and between 1990 and 1991.

Family of Pc Phillips lay flowers at scene of hit-and-run

Pc Phillips widow Jen with daughters Sophie and Abigail. Credit: pool

The family of murdered policeman David Phillips have laid flowers at the spot where he was mown down and killed in a hit-and-run.

Pc Phillip's widow Jen visited the scene with the couple's two daughters Abigail, seven, and Sophie, three, along with other relatives.

Pc Phillips' wife Jen is comforted at the scene. Credit: pool

Abigail and Sophie each laid a bunch of flowers followed by their mother who held her face as she placed them down alongside dozens of bouquets left by well-wishers.

Other family members embraced as they too paid their respects.

Jen Phillips is hugged by a family member. Credit: pool


Tesco is trying to turn its fortunes around

The group said it was on track to cut annual costs by £400 million a year. Credit: PA

Tesco's half year results come amid efforts from the supermarket to restore its fortunes.

Mr Lewis - who took over at the helm from Philip Clarke last September - has been leading a turnaround at the company.

The group said it was on track to cut annual costs by £400 million a year.

  • It has shut 53 unprofitable stores since the start of its financial year and shelved plans to open a further 49 stores.
  • Mr Lewis has also cut prices across hundreds of lines
  • He is also making a raft of changes such as shutting Tesco's final salary pension scheme.
  • The HQ is moving from Cheshunt to Welwyn Garden City in a measure expected to save £250 million.

Tesco remained tight-lipped on reports that it is in talks with the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) to settle a criminal probe into its accounting scandal, which plunged the group into crisis last year.

It is understood Tesco and the SFO have been in discussions about the possibility of signing a deferred prosecution agreement after the £326 million accounting black hole emerged last autumn.

Mr Lewis said the group "cannot comment on the ongoing investigation".

Turkish PM 'will not compromise' on airspace security

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said Turkey "will not compromise" on the security of its airspace and warned further violations by Russian warplanes will be viewed as a threat.

PM Ahmet Davutoglu said there will be no compromise on Turkish airspace security Credit: Depo Photos/ABACA/PA

Davutoglu issued the warning during a live state TV broadcast today after it was revealed Russian warplanes violated Turkey's airspace for a second time on Sunday.

Despite the warning the PM has said he does not want conflict in Syria to turn into a crisis between Russia and NATO, or escalate into a Russian-Turkish dispute, and said an offer by the Russians to "meet and discuss the issue" has been welcomed.

Former bishop 'sorry' as he faces sex crimes sentence

A former bishop said he was "very, very sorry" as he walked into the Old Bailey to be sentenced for historic sex offences against young men.

Peter Ball, 83, is to be sentenced after admitting a string of offences against young men between the 1970s and the 1990s.

When asked about the victims outside court, he replied that he was "very, very sorry".

The Church of England has announced it will investigate claims that senior clerics helped cover-up the sex crimes after victims claimed that it prevented him from facing justice for decades.


MSF considering criminal charges over Kunduz bombing

Medical aid group Medicens Sans Frontieres (MSF) has said it would consider seeking criminal charges following the bombing of a hospital in Afghanistan's Kunduz on Saturday.

Speaking during a press conference this morning MSF officials also said they would be demanding an independent investigation into the air strike which led to the death of 22 people and was "an attack on the Geneva conventions".

Kundaz's MSF run hospital was reportedly hit as many as five times in an hour by US led air strikes. American commanders have said the medical facility was "mistakenly struck" and was not a target.

Syria and Russia carry out first co-ordinated assault

Syrian and Russian military forces have carried out their first major co-ordinated assault on Syrian rebels, according to a monitoring group in the area.

Russian military air strikes reportedly backed up Syrian ground attacks yesterday Credit: .

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the national army and allied militia carried out ground attacks on at least four insurgent positions as Russian air strikes targeted northern parts of Hama province on Wednesday.

Head of the Observatory Rami Abdulrahman said: "There is no information yet of any (government) advances on the ground, but the air strikes have hit vehicles and insurgent bases."

Two women arrested in Pc David Phillips murder case

Pc David Phillips died in the early hours of Monday morning. Credit: PA

Detectives investigating the hit-and-run murder of Pc Dave Phillips have arrested two women.

The pair, aged 19 and 34, who are both from Wallasey, were arrested last night on suspicion of assisting an offender.

They are both being questioned at police stations on Merseyside.

Yesterday two men, aged 18 and 30, were being questioned on suspicion of the constable's murder.

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