BBC used licence fee cash to pay off women who complained about sexual harassment

BBC used licence fee cash to pay off women who complained about sexual harassmentBBC paid off ex-employees who made complaintsFormer members of staff made to sign 'compromise agreements' when they left corporation By Sara Malm PUBLISHED: 02:10 GMT, 3 March 2013 | UPDATED: 02:18 GMT, 3 March 2013 The BBC used taxpayers' money to gag female members of staff who made complaints regarding sexual harassment. Former members of staff who left claiming to have been victims of bullying or sexual harassment in the workplace, were forced to sign ‘compromise agreements’ when they left the corporation. The deal signed by at least 20 ex-BBC employees bar them from revealing they have signed such a deal in the first place.

3,000-year-old bridge known as the Devil"s sunbathing spot is washed away as 2012 comes to a very wet close

Wiped out by a raging river: 3,000-year-old bridge known as the Devil's sunbathing spot is washed away as 2012 comes to a very wet close Bridge swept away by raging river, after trees carried in flood snap cablesAncient construction in Exmoor, Somerset, could date back to 1000 B.C. It has 17 giant slabs – largest being 8ft long and 5ft wide – spanning 180ft | UPDATED: 15:12 GMT, 1 January 2013 A stone bridge reputed to be 3,000 years old was swept away as flooding continued to bring chaos to parts of Britain yesterday

New Year"s Eve forecast: Dry end to the year comes too late for 3,000-year-old bridge as it is washed away by raging river

Wiped out by a raging river: 3,000-year-old bridge known as the Devil's sunbathing spot is washed away as 2012 comes to a very wet close Bridge swept away by raging river, after trees carried in flood snap cablesAncient construction in Exmoor, Somerset, could date back to 1000 B.C.

Facebook and Twitter crime sees eight-fold increase as police deal with 5,000 cases involving websites

5,000 people investigated by police for something they said on Facebook or Twitter as 'social network crime' soars 800% Crimes include posting menacing messages, and sexual offences such as grooming In 2008 there were just 556 reports of crimes; last year there were 4,908In 2011, 653 people were charged for crimes involving Facebook and Twitter Police: 'Officers should only respond to complaints that cause genuine harm' | UPDATED: 22:26 GMT, 27 December 2012 Reports of crimes involving Facebook and Twitter – such as posting abusive messages, grooming and complaints of stalking – have increased eight-fold in four years.

Obama tells Cameron why Britain should stay in the European Union

Obama tells Cameron why Britain should stay in the European UnionUS President and UK Premier use hour-long call to discuss rising tide of Euroscepticism in BritainWhite House is anxious that withdrawal from Brussels would damage transatlantic relations | UPDATED: 15:15 GMT, 19 December 2012 Barack Obama has warned Britain against leaving the European Union, it emerged today. The US President used a call to David Cameron to urge him to resist calls to abandon Brussels, ahead of the PM delivering a major speech on Europe in the New Year. But President Obama is understood to be backing Mr Cameron's approach in his fight for a 'better deal for Britain'.

Two men become first in Britain jailed for land banking fraud for 3m deception

Two men who masterminded 3m deception of elderly and vulnerable people become first in Britain to be jailed for land banking fraud Omar Eshpari and Stefan Mitchell set up a string of fraudulent companiesThey conned people into buying land that was worthless or over-pricedThey were jailed for seven and six years respectively todayCommander Steve Head said it was a 'landmark moment' for combating and preventing fraud | UPDATED: 21:51 GMT, 6 December 2012 Two men have become the first in Britain to be jailed for land banking fraud today after conning elderly and vulnerable people out of 3million. Omar Eshpari, 33, and Stefan Mitchell, 42, masterminded the deception, conning people into buying plots of land that were either worthless or massively over-priced

Her father would be so proud: Daughter of fallen soldier in landmark DNA case wears his medals to welcome home his regiment

Her father would be so proud: Daughter of fallen soldier in landmark DNA case wears his medals to welcome home his regiment Emma Hickman, 19, won the right to officially name killed soldier Daniel Wade as the father of their five-month-old after a legal wrangle over his DNAMother and daughter today watched his 3rd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment return home after six-month tour of Afghanistan Private Wade was one of 10 soldiers killed from the regiment | UPDATED: 21:53 GMT, 5 December 2012 This heartbreaking picture shows the medals of a soldier killed in Afghanistan pinned to the coat of his five-month-old daughter – just a month after her mother proved his paternity in a landmark case. Lexie-Mai Wade was pictured among the crowds at the homecoming parade of her father's 3rd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment as they marched through the city of York today. Her mother Emma Hickman, 19, won the right to officially name Daniel Wade, who died in a Taliban bomb attack in March, as the father of the five-month-old after a legal wrangle over his DNA

A scarily good weekend away! Luxury 27-bedroom 19th century gothic mansion is available to rent for 10,000

A scarily good weekend away! Luxury 27-bedroom 19th century Gothic mansion is available to rent for 10,000Chris Badham and Damian Llambias bought Huntsman Court near Tiverton, Devon, for 1.83millionPair then spent 400,000 restoring the estate which was first built in 1869 A two night stay at the 19th Century home costs 10,900 | UPDATED: 19:16 GMT, 3 December 2012 A 27-bedroom Gothic mansion transformed into an exclusive retreat at a cost of more than 2million is up for rent – costing 10,000 for a weekend getaway. Businessmen Chris Badham and Damian Llambias bought Huntsham Court near Tiverton, Devon, for 1.83 million in January and have spent a further 400,000 on refurbishments. Now holidaymakers or wedding planners can book two nights at the impressive 19th century home, costing up to 10,900 for 27 of its luxurious bedrooms

Two in five adults feel their lives have not met their childhood expectations

Two in five adults feel their lives have not met their childhood expectations | UPDATED: 00:15 GMT, 3 December 2012 As any budding astronaut will tell you, hoping to own your own home or get married seem fairly run-of-the-mill as far as childhood dreams go. But for many of us, even those simple aspirations have failed to come true. Two in five feel their lives have not met their childhood expectations, a survey found, with many feeling there are fewer options open to them than they had hoped for

How Leveson would restrain the Press: "Independent regulator" would police newspapers with Ofcom

How he would restrain the Press: ‘Independent regulator’ would police newspapers – with Ofcom as enforcerRole for Ofcom was rejected by David Cameron 90 mins after Leveson proposals were publishedHe told MPs that the head of the broadcast regulator was appointed by ministers – putting politicians too close to regulation of Press'Independent regulator' would set standards and rules for the PressNewspapers could be hit with 1m fine for breaching new code | UPDATED: 10:08 GMT, 30 November 2012 The media watchdog Ofcom would play a key role under Lord Justice Leveson’s plan for a new independent regulatory body. The quango – run by Ed Richards, a former member of Tony Blair’s policy unit – would act as a ‘backstop’ regulator if publishers refused to sign up to the new body