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Crime reporter Anthony France wins conviction appeal

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Crime reporter Anthony France has won a challenge against his conviction at the Court of Appeal in London.

France, 42, is the only journalist to be successfully tried following a police investigation into payments to public officials.

During his trial at the Old Bailey, the Sun reporter was accused of cultivating a "corrupt relationship" with Pc Timothy Edwards over four years, and sentenced to 18 years in prison last May, which was suspended for two years.

The sentencing judge at the Old Bailey described France as a journalist of "hitherto unblemished character" who was "essentially a decent man of solid integrity".

After his successful appeal was announced, France said: "I am delighted that this serious miscarriage of justice has ended today, allowing me to rebuild my life after 1,379 days of sheer hell."


Mairead Philpott to appeal sentence

Mairead Philpott will challenge the length of her sentence today in the Court of Appeal.

Mairead Philpott, who was sentenced in April, is scheduled to begin her appeal at 10:30am. Credit: PA

Philpott, 33, was jailed for 17 years for killing her six children in a house fire in Derby.

Family friend Paul Mosley also got 17 years for the manslaughter, and Philpott's husband Mick was jailed for life.

Child killer's appeal launch over right to vote in jail

A man serving a life sentence for raping and murdering his niece launches an appeal at the UK's highest court today over the right to vote while in jail.

Peter Chester's challenge at the Supreme Court follows a decision by three Court of Appeal judges in December 2010 to dismiss his case.

Chester, who is in his 50s, is serving life for raping and strangling seven-year-old Donna Marie Gillbanks in Blackpool in 1977.

Seven justices at the Supreme Court in London will hear Chester's appeal along with that of another convicted murderer George McGeoch, who is fighting to win the right to vote in the Scottish Parliament election.

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