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Alexander Litvinenko public inquiry 'to be held'

The Government will announce today that a public inquiry will be held into the death of poisoned ex Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko, it has been reported.

Alexander Litvinenko died after drinking tea laced with polonium
Alexander Litvinenko died after drinking tea laced with polonium Credit: PA

Mystery has surrounded the death of the former KGB officer since he died after drinking tea laced with radioactive polonium-210 with two ex colleagues at a London hotel in 2006.

The Daily Telegraph reports that Home Secretary Theresa May will tell Parliament that a public inquiry will take over from the inquest.

A Government spokeswoman said: "An announcement in relation to the death of Alexander Litvinenko is due to be made on Tuesday morning. We will provide no further details until an announcement has been made to the House."

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Elderly woman dies after being bitten by police dog

A 73-year-old woman has died in hospital after being bitten by a police dog that was searching for a suspect in her garden.

Irene Collins was attacked by the German shepherd last week at her home in Middlesbrough.

A police van outside Irene Collins' home in Middlesbrough.
A police van outside Irene Collins' home in Middlesbrough. Credit: ITV News

Read: Woman, 73, bitten by police dog 'very poorly' in hospital

The Assistant Chief Constable of Cleveland Police, Sean White, said: "Members of Cleveland Police share the grief that is felt and we all wish to express our sincerest condolences to the family."

Mr White said the Independent Police Complaints Commission had been informed of the incident and would be deciding how to investigate what happened.

He said the force were "commited to learning any lessons" from the incident, but stressed that using dogs was "operationally important" to fighting crime and protecting the public.

The dog involved has been withdrawn from duty, while its handler is also receiving support, he added.

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Kate to make first official solo trip abroad

The Duchess of Cambridge is set for her first official solo trip without Prince William.

The Duchess of Cambridge is set for her first official trip without her husband, Prince William.
The Duchess of Cambridge is set for her first official trip without her husband, Prince William. Credit: Asadour Guzelian/Daily Telegraph/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Kate will travel to Malta on September 20th and 21st to represent the Queen as the island celebrates 50 years since becoming an independent state.

Kensington Palace said more details about the trip would be announced in due course.

Read: First birthday photograph of Prince George released

Cannibal case nurse found guilty

A male NHS nurse with a cannibalism fetish has been found guilty of trying to meet a 14-year-old girl after sexually grooming her online and promising to behead and eat her.

Dale Bolinger, 58, bought an axe from a DIY store in Broadstairs, Kent, the day before he planned to meet the girl called "Eva".

Dale Bolinger was found guilty at Canterbury Crown Court.
Dale Bolinger was found guilty at Canterbury Crown Court. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Bolinger was found guilty of attempting to meet a girl under the age of 16 following sexual grooming, after jurors at Canterbury Crown Court deliberated for three hours.

Judge Adele Williams adjourned sentencing to September 19 after asking for a psychiatric and a pre-sentence report to be prepared to "assess the level of risk the defendant poses to the public".

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