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Child abuse inquiry will investigate Lord Janner claims

The independent inquiry into historic child sex abuse will investigate the allegations made against Lord Greville Janner, it has been confirmed.

Justice Lowell Goddard, the New Zealander appointed to head the inquiry, has asked the Director of Public Prosecutions for the full files held on Lord Janner, who is accused of a string of abuses during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

Justice Lowell Goddard said she would be taking responsibility for the investigation Credit: PA Wire

Justice Goddard said that "the depth of public concern" over the Janner case "exemplifies the need for a thorough and wholly independent investigation into the adequacy of institutional responses to child sexual abuse, particularly where persons in positions of influence are alleged to have abused children in institutional settings and have, for one reason or another, escaped prosecution over a number of years."

Sign language teacher denies torching his own home

A sign language teacher from Leicestershire, charged with torching his own home, has pleaded not guilty in court today.

Michael Broderick from Burbage, who is profoundly deaf, has been charged with arson, fraud and arson with reckless endangerment.

The 54-year-old remains on unconditional bail. A date for the trial is yet to be set.

Leicestershire firefighters expected in Nepal for relief effort

Firefighters from Leicestershire are expected to arrive in Nepal today to support the international relief effort.

It comes after an earthquake, measuring more than 7.8 on the richter scale, erupted on Saturday killing more than 5 thousand people.

The team have been held in New Delhi after being diverted from Kathmandu airport.


McCanns win libel case against former Police Chief

Kate and Gerry McCann claim the accusations in Goncalo Amaral's book harmed the search for their daughter Credit: PA Wire

Kate and Gerry McCann, the parents of missing Madeleine McCann have been awarded damages in their libel case against a former Portuguese police chief.

They claimed former detective Goncalo Amaral made defamatory statements about Kate and Gerry McCann in a book he wrote.

The couple claimed 'The Truth Of The Lie' published in 2008, damaged the search for their missing daughter and added to their anguish.

A court in Lisbon ruled against Mr Amaral, and ordered him to pay damages to the McCanns.

Madeleine went missing in May 2007 from the couple's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in the Algarve, and despite a worldwide hunt, she has never been found.

Last year, British and Portuguese police examined patches of ground in the resort, but had no success.

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