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Teacher 'fell to his death' on school skiing trip

Jonathan Taylor, 44 from Nottingham died while on a school skiing trip

The Austrian authorities have ordered a post-mortem examination following the death of a Nottingham teacher on a skiing trip.

Jonathan Taylor, aged 44, fell to his death in the early hours of Easter Sunday as he walked with colleagues.

Teacher died after falling 13ft onto a road in Matrei, in Austria's mountainous East Tyrol area

The school has ended the trip early with pupils aged between 14 and 15 expected to return to the UK this evening.

The Foreign Office confirmed the death of a British national in Austria.

A spokesman said the next of kin had been informed and it was providing consular assistance.


Police do not know how teacher fell to his death

Austrian Police say Jonathan Taylor the Nottingham IT teacher who died after falling on a skiing trip was the last person in a group of his colleagues making their way back but for some "unknown reason" fell.

The 44-year-old went down a steep slope and then fell 13ft off of a high stone wall onto the road below.

Police say the fall left the teacher with "serious head injuries". Emergency services attempted to resuscitate Mr Taylor but he died at the scene.

The Chair of Governors at Christ The King Voluntary Academy Roman Catholic school in Nottingham, David Wilson, said:

"Jonathan Taylor joined Christ the King last Easter. He was a valued member of the school and was popular with both pupils and staff. This is a very sad loss and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family."


IDS: 'This is about fairness in the system'

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has said that housing benefit changes that have been introduced today are about "fairness".

In response to criticisms of the so-called 'bedroom tax', he said: "The reality is this is about getting our housing benefit back into order".

"This is about fairness. It's about fairness to those who pay vast sums of money in taxation to see that people living in subsidised accommodation who often don't use the bedrooms they've got, while others in overcrowded accommodation.... they can't get the accommodation they need.

"This is a nonsense problem that was created by the last government who didn't build enough housing and didn't manage the housing stock properly".

Read: What is the 'bedroom tax'


'A callous and plunderous policy' say protesters

Around 100 people gathered in Nottingham today to protest against the government's 'bedroom tax' which it is claimed will affect thousands of households.

Dubbed by Labour as the 'bedroom tax', it will cut the amount of benefit people can get if they are considered to have a spare bedroom.

According to the Housing Federation, around 50,000 households could be affected in the East Midlands.

Today protests are being held in cities throughout the Midlands.

More Bieber complaints as star 'late' in Nottingham too

Justin Bieber is facing complaints from parents of young fans who had to leave shows early due to his lateness. Credit: PA

Teen superstar Justin Bieber was also an hour late for a concert in Nottingham on Saturday night, according to the Nottingham Evening Post.

"My daughter was just so distraught we had to go before he was even on stage," one mother told the paper. There was no apology or anything – I'm disgusted."

Another parent complained that she paid £330 for her daughter to meet the Canadian singer but the experience lasted "no more than 20 seconds."

Undercover policing 'vital in fighting crime'

As the Home Affairs Select Committee acknowledges, undercover police operations are a vital element of the fight against organised crime and terrorism but it is crucial covert powers are used proportionately and that effective human rights safeguards are in place.

The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act already provides strong safeguards but we recognise the system can be improved.

The Home Office is already working with the police and others to implement recommendations from HM Inspectorate of Constabulary.

– Home Office spokesman


How Mark Kennedy lifted the lid on undercover cops

Undercover officer Mark Kenny is led away by police after being cut from the fence surrounding Hartlepool Nuclear Power Station
Undercover officer Mark Kenny is led away by police after being cut from the fence surrounding Hartlepool Nuclear Power Station Credit: Hartlepool Mail

The case that placed undercover policing in the spotlight was that of Pc Mark Kennedy who posed as a campaigner in protest groups over seven years from 2003.

He was outed by accident when his real passport was discovered. He went on to offer help to protesters in a trial regarding Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station, which led to the trial falling apart.

It was later revealed that he had had sexual relationships with at least two women in the protest movement.

A number of women who say they were deceived into having relationships with undercover officers - and not just Mark Kennedy - are suing the Metropolitan Police for damages.

'There must be rules' for undercover police officers

Rt Hon Keith Vaz, chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee, has called for a "clear code of conduct" for police officers operating undercover.

He told ITV News that cases of undercover police officers fathering children with their subjects, or using the identities of children who have died, were "abhorrent".

"This isn't James Bond, this is happening," he added.

MPs demand clearer rules for undercover police officers

Pc Mark Kennedy in his undercover role as an environmental campaigner

Undercover policing laws are ambiguous to the point where ordinary people are at risk of having their private lives infiltrated, an influential group of MPs has warned.

An interim report by the Home Affairs Select Committee says there is an "alarming level of inconsistency" among ministers and senior police officers over the limits of the law.

The issue came to light in 2011 after it was revealed that undercover police officer Pc Mark Kennedy had had sexual relations with women in the environmental group he was trying to infiltrate.

It was later revealed that some undercover police officers used dead children's identities to build cover stories, a practice described as "ghoulish" in the MPs' report.

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