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Woman alleged to have raised money for wedding by claiming she had cancer

Danielle Watson arriving at court today. Credit: ITV News

An Essex woman has gone on trial at Southend Crown Court charged with defrauding donors who raised money for her after she pretended she had been diagnosed with Stage 4 cervical cancer.

23 year-old Danielle Watson is alleged to have raised about £6,000 which she spent on her wedding to her husband Chris in Billericay in 2012. The court heard she had organised a charity ball, a cake sale and an online auction.

She denies six counts of fraud.


Barnet Council say they can't afford financial support to nursery

Barnet Council have said they are having to make cuts to Moss Hall Nursery because they can no longer afford the extra money it was receiving. The council says the subsidy was paid for because it had some spare subsidy left over from the Dedicated Schools Grant which will not available from next year. It says Moss Hall is one of four nursery schools who face cuts.

The four nursery schools offer an excellent service to parents and children in the borough but have received a one-off subsidy of £890,000 a year for the last two years over and above the income generated from ‘free entitlement’ places. This is 70% more than is paid to other Early Years providers. We can’t continue to provide that level of support indefinitely and three of the schools have proposed coming together, to achieve management efficiencies and grow services in order to be able to manage without any subsidy after two years. Unfortunately the proposals form Moss Hall Nursery School would require an ongoing subsidy and this would mean the school would be managed with a disproportionate amount of the funding available to support nursery children across the borough.

– Barnet Council


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Weekly weather forecast

London is expected to stay dry today but it will get wet and windy later on. Credit: PA


Staying dry with some bright breaks between the cloud.


Turning wet and windy as the remnants of ex-Hurricane Gonzalo pushes across the north of the UK. It will be windy particularly after midnight with gusts of up to 30mph.


Blustery morning with scattered and in places heavy showers. Plenty of sunshine but feeling fresh in the cool north westerly wind.


Staying windy with a continued risk of showers. Highs of 14C feeling more like 10C in the wind.


Dry, breezy and largely cloudy day. Highs of 13C.


Cloudy day with less of a breeze.


Overcast with outbreaks of rain in the afternoon.

QPR manager criticises midfielder Adel Taarabt for not wanting to train

Adel Taarabt has played just three times for QPR this season. Credit: PA

The QPR manager Harry Redknapp launched an extraordinary rant about his attacking midfielder Adel Taarabt saying the Moroccan was "about three stone overweight". Taarabt is one of the most talented players in the QPR squad but was left out of the team to play Liverpool yesterday. At the post-match press conference, Redknapp went public about his problems with the player:

He played in a reserve team game the other day, and I could have run about more than he did. So no, I can't pick him. I can't keep protecting people who don't want to run about and train, who are about three stone overweight. What am I supposed to keep saying, keep getting your 60, 70 grand a week but don't train?

– Harry Redknapp, QPR Manager

QPR lost yesterday's match 3-2 after conceding two own goals. The result means they have taken just four points from their first eight Premier League games.

Harry Redknapp's team are bottom of the Premier League. Credit: PA

Petition to 'save' a nursery in Barnet from budget cuts

A petition has been launched to 'save' a nursery in Barnet from budget cuts.

Barnet Council officers have proposed to cut Moss Hall Nursery's budget in half and no longer pay for staff.

Campaigners are petitioning against proposed budget cuts at Moss Hall Nursery. Credit: NikkiRoberts/

On a petitioning website, Nikki Roberts wrote:

The planned cuts to Moss Hall Nursery will cause irreparable damage to an outstanding community nursery school.

With the inevitable loss of staff from these cuts, this wonderful nursery will suffer and no longer be able to provide the standard of education and support to parents and the community it now does.

Once the drastic proposals are put in place the damage will be irreversible.

– Nikki Roberts

So far, almost 2,000 people have signed the petition.

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