Greggs: Child sex police raid luxury farmhouse of baking heir Colin Gregg

Greggs baking heir arrested by child sex police as his luxury farmhouse is searched by officers The former non-executive director of Greggs was arrested on SaturdayPolice seized mobile phones and a laptop from his Gosforth homeHe was questioned over alleged sexual abuse of a child in the 1960s The former teacher and headmaster has been released on police bail By Becky Evans PUBLISHED: 09:13 GMT, 7 January 2013 | UPDATED: 14:03 GMT, 7 January 2013 Colin Gregg, pictured arriving back at his home after being arrested The former co-owner of national bakery chain Greggs has been arrested on suspicion of child sex abuse. Colin Gregg, 71, son of Greggs' founder Jack, was questioned by police on Saturday over alleged sexual abuse of a child in the 1960s. Police raided his luxury farmhouse in Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, and seized two mobile phones and a laptop

100,000-plus pay-offs for 135 council officials: MP blasts "eye-watering" golden handshakes

100,000-plus pay-offs for 135 council officials: MP blasts 'eye-watering' golden handshakesCouncils have spent between 100,000 and 420,000 to 135 staff Many have started other lucrative public sector jobs since leavingMinister says pay-offs show 'a lack of respect' to taxpayers By John Stevens PUBLISHED: 02:08 GMT, 2 January 2013 | UPDATED: 02:48 GMT, 2 January 2013 Councils have given six-figure ‘golden goodbyes’ to more than 100 officials in the past year. Despite town halls complaining about funding cuts, they gave compensation packages of between 100,000 and 420,000 to some 135 members of staff for leaving their jobs. Many of the workers have since taken up high-paid jobs elsewhere in the public sector, including positions in Whitehall.

How did Berlusconi let this one get away? Italian showgirl turned MP, 26, takes to the sunbeds on Miami beach holiday

How did Berlusconi let this one get away Italian showgirl turned MP, 26, takes to the sunbeds on Miami beach holidaySunbathing Nicole Minetti shows Italy's former PM what he's been missingPolitician greets photographers on the beach by sticking her tongue out | UPDATED: 19:22 GMT, 30 December 2012 Showgirl turned Italian MP Nicole Minetti shows the country's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi what he has been missing as she enjoys a sun-filled break away from politics. Mr Berlusconi's former girlfriend is on a Christmas holiday in Miami Beach, Florida, and was pictured over the weekend relaxing during a day's sunbathing in a multi-coloured bikini

Councils pleading poverty have put 16billion in the bank despite railing against "Dickensian" cuts

Councils pleading poverty have put 16billion in the bank despite railing against 'Dickensian' cutsReserves up by 15.5%, from 14.2billion in 2011 to 16.4billion this yearA third of councils' annual spending now put straight into the bank | UPDATED: 23:23 GMT, 30 December 2012 Hitting back: Communities Secretary Eric Pickles accused councils of scaremongering Councils have salted away an extra 2.2billion in the last year – while stepping up their campaign against the Government’s ‘Dickensian’ cuts. Official figures reveal that council reserves have rocketed by 15.5 per cent, from 14.2billion in 2011 to 16.4billion this year. The figures emerged as local authorities launched a two-pronged attack on ministers over ‘grossly unfair’ cuts that will require them to trim their budgets by an average of 1.7 per cent next year

Colin Morton: Fears for financial manager missing since Christmas Eve after he was sacked from his job

Fears for financial manager missing since Christmas Eve after he was sacked from his job over paperwork blunderNewcastle Building Society senior executive, 52, accidentally signed colleague's formWas devastated that people would think him dishonestWent to GP on Monday morning and rang wife of 34 years to say he was going to end his life | UPDATED: 11:26 GMT, 28 December 2012 Colin Morton (pictured) went missing on Christmas Eve, days after losing his job Fears were growing last night for a building society executive who disappeared days after being sacked for making a ‘simple mistake’. Colin Morton, 52, was devastated to lose his job of ten years over the administrative error and was left feeling ashamed and depressed

A Christmas treat for our troops: 9,000 servicemen and women celebrate the day with turkey and a 5k fun run

A Christmas treat for our troops: 9,000 servicemen and women celebrate the day with turkey and a 5k fun run Thousands of troops serving in Afghanistan enjoy some Christmas treatsServicemen and women rip open presents and tuck into full turkey dinnerBut it was business as usual for many troops still on early morning patrol | UPDATED: 16:24 GMT, 25 December 2012 British troops serving in Afghanistan were given a taste of home when they celebrated Christmas with a traditional turkey dinner, presents from relatives and a charity fun run. An extra effort was made today to make sure the 9,000 servicemen and women deployed in the Helmand Province were given some 'down time' as staff at the Laskah Gah Main Operating Base opened Secret Santa presents along with gifts from family. Medics were given home comforts including new socks, underwear and toiletries as Christmas favourites such as Chris Rea's Driving Home For Christmas and the Pogues' Fairytale Of New York played in the background

Slater Sharkey: Richard Morgan has been jailed after beating and shaking his partner"s baby to death

Factory worker who shook and beat girlfriend's baby to death because of his crying is jailed for seven-and-a-half yearsBaby Slater Sharkey suffered 25 bruises from his head to his toes when he died aged 13 monthsRichard Morgan, 33, harmed the baby over 18 hours prior to his death Baby's mother Rachel Peacock handed 12-month community order Morgan sentenced to 7 and a half years today | UPDATED: 18:35 GMT, 19 December 2012 Jailed: Factory worker Richard Morgan who shook his girlfriend's poorly baby son to death A 33-year-old man who beat and shook a poorly baby to death while the boy's mother went shopping was jailed for seven-and-a-half years today. Slater Sharkey suffered 25 bruises from his head to his toes when he died aged 13 months in December 2010, a jury at Newcastle Crown Court heard.

Slater Sharkey: Richard Morgan beat and shook partner"s baby to death while she was out shopping

Boyfriend, 32, beat and shook partner's baby to death while she was out shoppingBaby Slater Sharkey suffered 25 bruises from his head to his toes when he died aged 13 monthsRichard Morgan, 32, harmed the baby over 18 hours prior to his death in December 2010The baby's mother Rachel Peacock has also been convicted of cruelty to a child The pair will be sentenced tomorrow | UPDATED: 17:46 GMT, 18 December 2012 A 32-year-old man who beat and shook a baby to death while the boy's mother went shopping was convicted of his manslaughter today. Slater Sharkey suffered 25 bruises from his head to his toes when he died aged 13 months in December 2010, a jury at Newcastle Crown Court heard

Byker Grove youth club building to become an Islamic school after council approved plans

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.

University students to face fingerprint scanners to prove they are attending lectures – and they"re not illegal immigrants

University students to face fingerprint scanners to prove they are attending lectures – and they're not illegal immigrants Biometric scanners to be introduced in line with the UK Border Agency measuresScanners would recognise students' fingerprints and collect data on which sessions they have attended Border Agency measures to ensure international students don't use student visas as a way to sneak into the countryUnion referendum shows 1,200 students voted against the scheme | UPDATED: 19:07 GMT, 14 December 2012 Student representatives claim that fingerprint records will infringe privacy rights University students may have to scan their fingerprints in future to prove they are going to their lectures. Newcastle University plans to introduce biometric scanners to bring the institution in line with the UK Border Agency (UKBA) and clamp down on illegal immigrants