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Coronation Street actress Barbara Knox to go on trial

Coronation Street actress Barbara Knox, who plays Rita Tanner, is to go on trial for drink-driving in February next year.

Coronation Street actress Barbara Knox. Credit: PA Wire

The 81-year-old did not attend Crewe Magistrates' Court today, where a two-day trial was set for February 9th 2015.

The actress was arrested at a Cheshire police station in March after going to collect her daughter, who had herself been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving.

Knox denies the offence.

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State of Maine applies for court order against nurse

The state of Maine has applied for a court order to restrict the movements of a nurse who has defied orders to stay in quarantine after returning from treating Ebola patients in West Africa.

The order asks Kaci Hickox to:

  • Submit to direct active monitoring
  • Coordinate her travel with health authorities
  • Avoid long-distance or public transport
  • Not to be present in any public places
  • Stay away from workplaces
  • Maintain a three-foot distance from others when walking or jogging
  • Not to leave Fort Kent without consent

PM backs 'impartial' Woolf to continue to lead inquiry

Prime Minister David Cameron has reiterated his support for Fiona Woolf to head an inquiry into a possible historic Westminster sex ring following growing calls from alleged victims of abuse for her to quit the role.

Downing Street said Mr Cameron "is absolutely clear that he thinks (Mrs Woolf) can do this job with integrity and impartiality".

Fiona Woolf and David Cameron, seen during last year's Lord Mayor's Banquet in London. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive

The spokesperson said the Prime Minister wanted to see the inquiry into the alleged abuse in the 1980s begin as quickly as possible and led by the corporate lawyer, the current Lord Mayor of London, despite concerns over her links to then-Home Secretary Lord Brittan.

Documents published last night showed a letter outlining Mrs Woolf's contacts with Lord Brittan and his wife was redrafted seven times, with guidance from Home Office officials, before being sent to Home Secretary Theresa May.

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Suspect arrested over murder of South Africa captain

A suspect has been arrested in connection with the murder of the captain of the South Africa football team Senzo Meyiwa.

Goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa was shot dead by burglars at his girlfriend's house last weekend. Credit: PA

The suspect, Zanokuhle Mbatha, made a brief appearance at the Boksburg Magistrate court east of Johannesburg.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Nathi Mncube confirmed the arrest and said the case was postponed until November 11.

Fireworks factory 'met all safety checks'

A factory which was hit by a blaze met all safety requirements for the storage of fireworks, the local council has said.

SP Fireworks in Stafford had been registered to sell fireworks for the last four years during which there had been no safety issues, Staffordshire County Council said.

Trading standards inspected the premises on Tilcon Avenue last month and it met all safety requirements for the storage of fireworks.

A 53-year-old has been arrested in connection with the blaze, the cause of which is still being investigated. Two people remain unaccounted for while two men were taken to hospital.

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Labour win South Yorkshire PCC by-election

Labour candidate Dr Alan Billings has won the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner by-election with just over 74,060 votes.

Dr Alan Billings wins PCC by-election Credit: @AlanBillingsPCC

The overall turnout was 14.88% as 150,406 votes of a possible 1,010,599 were cast.

The regional breakdown of turnout is below:

  • Barnsley 11.9%,
  • Doncaster 15.24%,
  • Rotherham 18%,
  • Sheffield 14.5%

The election cost £1.6 million, working out at £11.04 per vote.

Puppy farm breeder sentenced to life for double murder

An elderly dog breeder is likely to die in jail after he was sentenced to at least 25 years for shooting his partner and her daughter dead at his puppy farm.

John Lowe. Credit: PA

John Lowe, 82, was found guilty of murdering 66-year-old Christine Lee and her daughter Lucy Lee, 40, with his shotgun at his home near Farnham, Surrey, in February.

Sentencing Lowe at Guildford Crown Court, Mr Justice Singh praised the "extraordinary courage" of Lucy Lee after she returned to face her killer following a frantic 999 call on the day of the shootings.

Lowe, flanked by three security officers, winked at his supporters in the public gallery as he was led from the dock.

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