Setting of Byker Grove youth club to become an Islamic school after council approved plans Grade II-Listed Benwell Towers was bought by BAHR Academy for 400,000Was the setting of BBC series for 17 years but has been empty since 2006The building in Benwell, Newcastle, will cater for 340 boys and girlsAcademy principal welcomed decision by Newcastle City Council to bring derelict building back to life By Becky Evans PUBLISHED: 16:39 GMT, 15 December 2012 | UPDATED: 16:42 GMT, 15 December 2012 A building made famous as the setting for children's series Byker Grove will be transformed into an Islamic school. Plans to convert the former Bishop's Palace into a fee-paying faith school have been given the go-ahead.
Sex texts epidemic: Experts warn sharing explicit photos is corrupting childrenA disturbing investigation has warned that children as young as 13 are routinely swapping intimate photos One boy told Channel 4 News that 'you would have seen a girl's breasts before you've seen their face'A girl told researchers that she gets asked for explicit pictures at least two or three times a week Censors were forced yesterday to announce a crackdown on depraved films amid fears they distort boys views on women | UPDATED: 07:36 GMT, 11 December 2012 Disturbing: A new report has found that boys and girls as young as 13 are routinely swapping explicit photos of themselves a practice known as 'sexting' Boys and girls as young as 13 routinely swap explicit pictures of themselves, a disturbing investigation reveals today. Children are now so sexualised the practice has become ‘mundane and mainstream’
Prosecutors missed THREE opportunities to bring Cyril Smith to justice over child abuse claims as police concede MP should have been charged Sir Cyril allegedly sexually and physically abused teenage boys under the guise of medical examinations or punishment for misbehaviourPolice missed three opportunities to charge former Liberal MP, and say he would be prosecuted if accused todayDirector of Public Prosecutions at the time said those who accused Smith were of 'suspect character' Smith was secretary of boys' hostel where he was accused of abusing vulnerable youngsters by spanking and touching them from the 1970s | UPDATED: 10:44 GMT, 28 November 2012 Former Liberal MP Sir Cyril Smith sexually and physically abused young boys in the 1960s, police admitted today Three opportunities to charge Sir Cyril Smith over allegations of physical and sexual abuse of boys were missed by prosecutors, it emerged today. The Director of Public Prosecutions at the time, Sir Norman Skelhorn, dismissed those who accused the former Liberal MP as being of 'suspect character' when he looked at the allegations in 1970.
Curb your impatience and stop fretting about never being King – we need you now | UPDATED: 07:39 GMT, 27 November 2012 Prince Charles has once again revealed how impatient he is to become king. Speaking at Dumfries House, the superb architectural masterpiece by Robert Adam which the Prince saved for the nation with money from the Duchy of Cornwall, he quipped: ‘Impatient Me What a thing to suggest! Yes, of course I am.’ He added: ‘I’ll run out of time soon.