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Alan Turing's family plea for more homosexual pardons

The family of Wilmslow codebreaker Alan Turing will visit Downing Street on Monday to demand the Government pardons 49,000 other men persecuted like him for their homosexuality.

Turing, whose work cracking the German military codes was vital to the British war effort against Nazi Germany, was convicted in 1952 for gross indecency with a 19-year-old man.

Alan Turing Credit: Press Association

He was chemically castrated, and two years later died from cyanide poisoning in an apparent suicide.

He was given a posthumous royal pardon in 2013 and campaigners want the Government to pardon all the men convicted under the same outdated law.

Turing's great-nephew, Nevil Hunt, his great-niece, Rachel Barnes, and her son, Thomas, will hand over the petition, which was signed by almost half-a-million people.

"I consider it to be fair and just that everybody who was convicted under the Gross Indecency Law is given a pardon.

It is illogical that my great uncle has been the only one to be pardoned when so many were convicted of the same crime.

I feel sure that Alan Turing would have also wanted justice for everybody."

– ALAN TURING'S GREAT-NIECE RACHEL BARNES

Rocket launch at Jodrell Bank

A research rocket is to be launched from the site of the Jodrell bank telescope in Cheshire. The 4m long rocket is called Tempest and will be taking unique aerial shots of the telescope as well as carrying air quality testing equipment.

Steve Bennett from Starchaser industries Credit: PA

The launch is being carried out by Starchaser industries - the brain child of Steve Bennett from Hyde. Formed in 1992, the company has designed and built several rocket systems - all prototypes - to investigate the feasibility of producing a vehicle for space tourism.

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Boost for BAE in Lancashire after radar contract

Defence giant BAE Systems, which employs around 10,000 people in Lancashire, says that the nations behind the Eurofighter have agreed to a contract to fit new radar to their aircraft.

The Eurofighter Typhoon will be fitted with new radar Credit: BAE Systems

The company says the contract is worth £365m to BAE Systems who will be the lead on the work.

Much of the fitting will be carried out at the company's site in Warton.

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Liverpool man arrested in 'dark web' investigation

Liverpool man arrested in 'dark web' probe Credit: PA Pictures

Six Britons - including one man from Liverpool - have been arrested on suspicion of being involved in running online drug market place Silk Road 2.0, and one other illegal website, as part of a joint European and US operation.

The suspect from Liverpool, who is 20 years old, was arrested in the same operation which also netted a 19-year-old man from New Waltham, Lincolnshire, a 30-year-old man from Cleethorpes, a 29-year-old man from Aberdovey, Wales, a 58-year-old man from Aberdovey, Wales and a 58-year-old woman from Aberdovey, Wales.

They were all interviewed and bailed, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said.

Silk Road 2.0, which allowed anonymous trade in illegal products such as class A drugs, firearms and false documents, was shut down yesterday by the FBI and Europol and its alleged 26-year-old operator was arrested.

The arrests come as Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, warned the internet and other communications platforms cannot become a safe haven for criminality.

Morecambe MP wants tunnel under bay

David Morris wants a transport tunnel under Morecambe Bay Credit: Creative Commons

The Morecambe and Lunesdale MP says he will move for a transport tunnel under Morecambe Bay.

The National Grid plans to build a tunnel for utilities, and Mr Morris said the same structure could be used for vehicles.

He said: “I have tabled a Parliamentary question and already have had a conversation with the Chancellor George Osborne and the Secretary of State for Transport about the prospect of a tunnel under Morecambe Bay. There will be mutual benefits, a tunnel would improve the economy here in Morecambe & Lunesdale allowing people from places like Barrow easy access to day trip to Morecambe and will give commuters better access to the other side of the bay especially those who work at places such as BAE Systems in Barrow. A tunnel would also open up some of the health care services currently available across the other side of the bay.”

Mr Morris continued: “I must stress it is very early days but I do endorse the National Grid’s tunnel option and it does prove that a traffic tunnel can be built. I am quietly confident with enough support we can make this a reality.

“The Chancellor has already announced plans to link Northern cities via rail and I think this tunnel would complement that plan nicely.”

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