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Terrifying CCTV shows sledgehammer gang raid on flat

Terrifying CCTV footage shows the moment a sledgehammer-wielding gang try to smash their way into a Leicestershire flat - with the owner still inside.

The three men were caught on a high-quality camera repeatedly hitting the door of the flat in Tuckers Road, Loughborough.

Despite several attempts, the resident of the flat managed to keep the men out and they ran off empty handed.

The attack happened at around 7.25pm on December 21 last year. Witnesses or anyone with information are urged to call police on 101.

Men sentenced for shining laser into landing aircrafts

Three men who shone a laser into the cockpit of three planes have been sentenced.

Alex Parker, 19, was sentenced to 7 months in jail and Craig Appleby, 20, and Luke Walters, 21 were sentenced to five months.

Anyone who aims a laser at planes coming in to land will get a custodial sentence. The danger of pointing a laser at planes coming to land is obvious, pilots risk being dazzled endangering the crew and passengers.

– Judge Simon Hammond


Men who shone laser into aircraft cockpits to be sentenced

Craig Appleby and Luke Walters arriving at court
Craig Appleby and Luke Walters arriving at court Credit: ITV News Central

Three men are being sentenced at Leicester Crown Court this afternoon after a laser pen was deliberately shone into the cockpits of three aircraft.

It happened in February last year as two passenger flights and a cargo flight were coming in to land at East Midlands Airport.

Alex Parker, 19, Craig Appleby, 20, and Luke Walters, 21, all from Loughborough, have admitted a charge of endangering the safety of an aircraft by recklessly acting in a manner likely to endanger aircraft.


Nicky Morgan 'will report to the PM on women's issues'

A Downing St spokesman has clarified that the new Financial Secretary, Nicky Morgan, will report directly to David Cameron on women's issues, rather than to the new Culture Secretary, Sajid Javid.

The role of minister for women and equalities has been split, with Ms Morgan taking on the women's brief and Mr Javid handling equalities.

She will report directly to the Prime Minister on women's issues. She will have an office as Minister for Women, supported by DCMS staff. But with regard to her responsibilities for women, she will report to the Prime Minister.

Sajid Javid will have the ministerial lead on equalities issues and Nicky Morgan will have the lead on women's issues.

– Prime Minister's spokesman

Sajid Javid arrives at DCMS for new Cabinet role

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has tweeted a picture of the new secretary of state, Sajid Javid, along with the department's Permanent Secretary, Sue Owen.

Mr Javid, who was previously Financial Secretary to the Treasury, will also become Equalities minister.


Perm sec Sue Owen welcomes our new Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport @sajidjavid at DCMS HQ.


Northamptonshire MP promoted in wake of Maria Miller resignation

South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadson is now the Economic Secretary to the Treasury Credit: ITV News

Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom has been made a junior Treasury minister following the resignation of the Culture Secretary Maria Miller.

Andrea Leadsom has been the Conservative MP for South Northamptonshire since May 2010.

She is now the Economic Secretary to the Treasury replacing Nicky Morgan who is now Financial Secretary to the Treasury, a job vacated by Sajid Javid who was promoted to the Cabinet as the new Culture Secretary.



New Minister for Women criticised over gay marriage

Nicky Morgan, the new Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Minister for Women.
Nicky Morgan, the new Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Minister for Women. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Nicky Morgan ministerial responsibility for women has been criticised in light of her opposition last year to the legalisation of gay marriage.

Ms Morgan voted against the measure last year, and Benjamin Cohen, publisher of gay current affairs site PinkNews, said of her appointment: "It is unfortunate that the new Minister for Women opposes the rights of some women, lesbians, to have the right to marry.

"I hope that in her new role, Nicky Morgan will represent all women regardless of the gender of the person they love."

Read: Maria Miller resigns as Culture Secretary

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