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Judge 'satisfied' Mitchell used the 'toxic word' pleb

The judge at the Royal Courts of Justice has said he is "satisfied" Andrew Mitchell did use the "politically toxic word pleb" in the exchange with PC Toby the Downing Street gates.

ITV News Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen relayed Mr Justice Mitting's words from court, tweeting:

Mr Mitchell sued News Group Newspapers (NGN) over a September 2012 story in The Sun that claimed the then-chief whip had branded police officers "f****** blebs" for not allowing him to cycle through the Downing Street gate.

NGN based its report, which it said was substantially true, on the account given in his log by PC Toby Rowland.

Double murder suspect 'not known' to Lithuanian Police

A suspect wanted in connection with a double murder was “not known” to police in his native country of Lithuania, officers in the country have said.

Viktoras Bruzas, a 38-year-old builder, is a suspect in the killings of Gillian and Patrick Kettyle, who were found with stab wounds at their home in Fetcham, Surrey, in the early hours of this morning.

Lithuanian Police said that based on investigations so far, officers do not believe Bruzas had a criminal record in the country.


Andrew Mitchell loses libel action over 'Plebgate' incident

Former Government chief whip Andrew Mitchell has lost his High Court libel action over the "Plebgate" incident.

Mr Mitchell attempted to sue News Group Newspapers (NGN) over claims he called police officers "f*****g plebs" during an incident at Downing Street.

The Sutton Coldfield MP stood down as whip a month after the reports of the 'Plebgate' incident emerged. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Brazilian footballer Brandao given prison sentence for headbutt on opponent

Brandao headbutted Thiago Motta after the match. Credit: PA

Bastia striker Brandao has been sentenced to one-month in prison and fined €20,000 for headbutting Paris Saint-Germain's Thiago Motta.

The Brazilian carried out the offence following a Ligue 1 match in August.

It is expected that Brandao will end up serving his punishment in the form of community service, rather than in custody.


Karl McCartney 'writing to Twitter over security concerns'

Tory MP Karl McCartney insists he has never favourited any tweets and says he will be writing to Twitter to express concern over the security of his account.

A political opponent earlier highlighted that his Twitter account had favourited an explicit pornographic image.

In a statement to ITV News, he said:

It was brought to my attention earlier today by a number of people that a Twitter post from Lincoln Labour’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate showed a pornographic tweet and around 50 other random tweets had been ‘favourited’ on my Twitter account from the past four years.

I have removed all ‘favourites’ from my account, I have reset my password and those who follow me regularly on Twitter will know that I have never been into the practice of favouriting tweets or images in my 6-7 years on Twitter and stick to posting or retweeting in the main (25k+) including at times images of interesting cars I see whilst out campaigning.

I am writing today to Twitter to express my concern that six months from a General Election the security of Twitter accounts needs to be able to stand up to any malicious and salacious attempts to embarrass the account holder, I will await their reply with interest.

– Karl McCartney

Prime Minister pays tribute to writer PD James

Prime Minister David Cameron said he is "saddened" to hear about the death of novelist PD James who he called "one of the UK's greatest crime writers".

Crime writer Ian Rankin also expressed his sadness at the news and said: "Every event I did with her was a joy. Sharp intellect, ready wit. She will be missed."

US crime writer Patricia Cornwell added: "RIP PD James and thanks for encouraging me when I was getting started."

Net migration to Britain higher than when coalition Government came to power

Net migration to Britain is higher than it was when the coalition Government came to power in 2010, official figures have shown.

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics today showed a net flow of 260,000 migrants came to the UK in the year to June, up from 182,000 in the previous 12 months.

The figure is 16,000 higher than it was in the year to June 2010, when Prime Minister David Cameron and Home Secretary Theresa May took office.

Cameron has pledged to reduce net migration to the tens of thousands by the general election - a target Mrs May recently said was "unlikely".

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