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Pair jailed over reheated Xmas lunch that killed diner

A pub manager and her chef are beginning a jail term tonight after a Christmas dinner they served killed one woman and left 30 others ill from food poisoning.

Della Callagher died after the meal at the Railway Hotel in Hornchurch in 2012.

Ann-Marie McSweeney and Mehmet Kaya were both found guilty of perverting the course of justice.

ITV News Correspondent Richard Pallot reports.


Snow globe causes Christmas fire at charity shop

A fire in the window of a charity shop on Christmas morning was caused by sunlight refracting through a snow globe.

The sun's rays ignited fake reindeer food and snow on display in the window of the shop in Bournemouth, Dorset.

The fire service have warned people about the potential dangers of snow globes. Credit: DPA/PA

Occupants of neighbouring properties were advised to evacuate and firefighters put the flames out within 10 minutes of arriving on the scene.

A fire service spokesman said:

At the risk of sounding like a Christmas tale, the cause of the fire was believed to be sun refracting through a snow globe.

There was severe fire damage to the shop window display, heat damage to the window and severe smoke damage to the entire shop.

– Fire service spokesman

The fire service was also warning members of the public to be vigilant if they have snow globes in their own homes.

Fire investigators say these types of incidents are rare, but are possible, especially with the sun lower in the sky.

Consideration should be given to the possibility that this could happen in your homes, particularly with shaving type mirrors which can focus the suns rays and cause fires.

– Fire service spokesman


Kate 'sorry for not bringing noisy' Prince George to church

The Duchess of Cambridge has apologised for not bringing Prince George to the Royal Family's traditional Christmas Day church service.

The Duchess of Cambridge receives flowers as she leaves St Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk . Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

William and Kate joined the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh and others for the religious gathering near the private Sandringham estate in Norfolk.

After the service the Duchess apologised to a mother and her young daughter, who were among 2,000 wellwishers outside the church, for not bringing her son. When Maddison Neal, aged eight from nearby Dersingham, gave Kate a Milky Bar selection box for George, she replied: "I'm sorry we didn't bring George but you would have heard him in the church."

The Duchess of Cambridge receives flowers as she leaves St Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk . Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Maddison's mother Sarah, 37, said: "We were hoping Kate would take the present but we didn't know if we'd be lucky enough to meet her. "Maddison met George on Sunday at the service at Anmer church. She helped him with his lantern and he blew her a kiss."

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Swimmers brave water in Porthcawl on Christmas morning

Many swimmers wore fancy dress as they took to the water. Credit: Wales News Service

Huge crowds have turned out for the Porthcawl Christmas Morning Swim.

Swimmers braved the cold sea water at Porthcawl. Credit: Wales News Service

The event is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and raising money for local charities and projects.

The event is raising money for a number of charities and local projects. Credit: Wales News Service

ISS crew marks Christmas from space

Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti is in the holiday spirit as the station is decorated with stockings for each crew member and a tree. Credit: NASA

The six astronauts aboard the International Space Station have been celebrating Christmas while orbiting the Earth.

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