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Stan Collymore's Twitter abusers spoken to by police

Four teenagers who sent racist and threatening tweets to former footballer Stan Collymore have been spoken to by police.

Stan Collymore was the target of abuse on the social media site earlier this year. Credit: PA Wire

But Staffordshire Police said it had been unable to trace other abusive users after Twitter failed to pass on their details.

The ex-Liverpool player, who received the tweets between January and May, praised the police force for their response to the abuse.

"Cannock and Staffordshire Police have been exceptional. It's Twitter refusing to give info. Twitter, beyond UK law. For now," he tweeted on Monday.


'I earn a good wage but still cannot afford to move out'

Sarah Mann, 32, has a good job but was forced to move back into her parent's house in Croydon, south London, after splitting up with a partner.

She says her salary is not that of a six-figure banker's but is "better than the average wage," yet still she cannot afford to buy a property.

Speaking to ITV News, she said: "You just think, why do I work so hard, who do I do all those extra hours, if it means all I can do is find somewhere to put a roof over my head. What kind of quality of life is that?"

Tyne Tees

MH17 dad heads to Downing Street to demand action

The father of one of the two Newcastle United supporters killed in the Flight MH17 disaster is travelling to Downing Street to meet the Prime Minister.

Barry Sweeney caught a train at Newcastle Central station shortly after 9am today, for a pre-arranged meeting at Downing Street.

Mr Sweeney wants the government to do more to ensure that the bodies of all 298 victims are returned to their loved ones as soon as possible.

Barry's son Liam died alongside his friend John Alder.

They were onboard a plane which crashed after apparently being struck by a missile over Ukranian airspace. There were no survivors.

Speaking to ITV Tyne Tees as he waited to board a train this morning, Barry Sweeney spoke of his hope that today's meeting with David Cameron would result in concrete action.

Lee Rigby killer Adebolajo loses first stage of appeal

Michael Adebolajo has lost the first stage of a bid to challenge his conviction and sentence for the murder of soldier Lee Rigby.

The Judicial Office said permission to appeal was refused by a judge, but that Adebolajo has renewed both appeals.

Michael Adebolajo was sentenced to a whole-life term for Lee Rigby's murder. Credit: Metropolitan Police

The Court of Appeal will now consider both applications at a hearing in London.

Adebolajo was sentenced in February to a whole-life term for the murder of Rigby, who was mowed down and hacked to death in Woolwich in May 2013.

Adebolajo's friend Michael Adebowale, 23, was jailed for a minimum term of 45 years for his role in the 25-year-old's death.


Weather: Mostly dry with top temperature of 27C

Temperatures will reach a high of 27C in the south.
Temperatures will reach a high of 27C in the south. Credit: Met Office

Any rain across the far southeast of England will quickly clear this morning, leaving many southern and central parts of England with a fine and dry day, with plenty of sunny spells developing.

Elsewhere, a band of cloud and light and patchy rain will gradually sink southeastwards during the course of the day.

Skies will begin to brighten up later in the day across Scotland and Northern Ireland, however further showers will move into western parts at times.

It will feel a little fresher than yesterday across Scotland and Northern Ireland, but across southern England it will become very warm with a top temperature of 27C in the southeast.

Two fishermen rescued after boat sinks off Sunderland

Two fishermen have been rescued after spending nine hours aboard a life raft when their boat sank.

The pair had been fishing in the North Sea 12 miles east of Sunderland when their boat appeared to hit a submerged object, sinking so quickly they did not have time to make a distress call.

The pair were picked up by a Dutch yacht Jager at 4.40pm yesterday, Humber Coastguard said.

The crew contacted the coastguard which arranged for a lifeboat from Hartlepool to pick up the fishermen and bring them to shore.

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