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Radio DJs' Kate hoax was illegal, Australian court rules

Australian radio presenters Mel Greig and Michael Christian. Credit: Reuters

Two radio DJs broke the law when they prank-called a hospital caring for the Duchess of Cambridge, Australia's high court has ruled.

Mel Greig and Michael Christian were put through to a nurse at King Edward VII, who gave information about the Duchess' condition after being told the call was from the Queen and Prince Charles.

Indian-born Jacintha Saldana, 46, committed suicide three days later.

The decision in favour of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) came after a challenge by radio station 2Day FM, which argued that the watchdog did not have the authority to rule that the actions were illegal.

Following the high court ruling, the station could be fined or lose its licence.

Greig and Christian have since apologised for the prank, with Greig attending Saldana's inquest in London.

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Helicopters' last parade at RNAS Yeovilton

Lynx helicopter taking to the skies above the West Country Credit: PA

Today is the last day Lynx and Sea King helicopters will take part in a parade at RNAS Yeovilton.

The Wings parade is a tradition for newly qualified pilots, but soon the helicopters be replaced by Wildcat and Merlin models. The Lynx has been in operation since 1978.

Princess Anne's prized pig killed by wild boar

Princess Anne has kept pigs at her Gloucestershire home for several years. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A rare pig belonging to the Princess Royal was savaged by a wild boar which got into its pen in Gloucestershire.

The princess reportedly told a conference of farmers that her Gloucestershire Old Spot boar was killed on Tuesday night.

It was nearby on the M4 earlier this week that a wild boar caused a car accident in which 47-year-old Raymond Green died.

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Tree planted in Tetbury for the Royal Wedding is stolen

The Duchess of Cornwall planted the wedding cake tree in 2011 to celebrate the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton Credit: PA

It has emerged that a tree planted to commemorate the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge has been uprooted and stolen from Tetbury churchyard.

The theft took place from St Mary the Virgin and St Mary Magdalen, Church Street, sometime between 21 and 28 November.

The offenders pulled out the six feet high ‘wedding cake’ tree (‘Cornus Controversa Variegata’), which had been planted in 2011 by The Duchess of Cornwall in honour of the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

It is owned by Tetbury Town Council.

The tree is now six feet tall Credit: PA

Prince Andrew in Swindon

The Duke of York at UTC Swindon Credit: ITV News

The Duke of York is in Swindon today, opening the University Technical College.

He has been chatting to students at the new college, which will educate 600 young people, helping to prepare them for work or university.

The Duke is patron of an educational trust, and has said he is passionate about creating opportunities for young people in engineering and manufacturing.

Cloak worn by Haile Selassie in Bath goes on Ebay

Emperor Haile Selassie's dress cloak, which has a £2,750 price tag Credit: Ebay

A cloak worn by Haile Selassie during his exile in Bath has gone on sale on Ebay.

The emperor of Ethiopia wore it on formal occasions during his stay in the city from 1936 to 1941.

The Friends of Fairfield House where he lived at the time are appealing for help to add it to their collection.

You can follow the sale here.

Prince Charles opens engineering festival in Stroud

Prince Charles samples a milkshake - part of a competition sponsored by Dairy Crest to interest local schoolchildren in creating new products Credit: ITV News
The Prince meets local schoolchildren at the Stroud Festival of Manufacturing and Engineering Credit: ITV News

The Prince of Wales has been out and about in his home county of Gloucestershire.

He met schoolchildren, business reps and organisers before opening Festomane, The Stroud Festival of Manufacturing and Engineering. It was founded in 2012 to promote Stroud's heritage and showcase local employment and training in the sector.

Prince Charles takes a close look at a school engineering project Credit: ITV News
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