Drug addict lesbian couple who thought pensioner had secret fortune 'left him to die after torturing him for his PIN number'Jury hears Jodie and Kelly Louise Barnes beat Barry Reeve at his homeThey returned later to take anything of value, including frozen foodCourt hears Mr Reeve, 67, may have remained alive until the next dayHis body was not discovered until his daughter arrived two weeks later By Alex Gore PUBLISHED: 17:06 GMT, 8 January 2013 | UPDATED: 10:37 GMT, 9 January 2013 A drug addict lesbian couple left a retired bus conductor to slowly die after torturing him for his PIN number, a court heard. Kelly Louise Barnes, 32, and Jodie Barnes, formerly Ramsbottom, 31, are accused of targeting Barry Reeve, 67, at his home in Norwich, believing he had a secret stash of money.
Philip goes solo: Queen misses church after catching a cold as Royals descend on Sandringham for Christmas celebrations The monarch missed the service for the first time in living memoryOther members of the Royal Family were led to church by Prince PhilipSpokesman describes The Queen's illness as the 'tail end of a cold'Prince Andrew joined daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess EugeniePrince Edward, Sophie Wessex and Lady Louise Windsor also attended | UPDATED: 17:20 GMT, 23 December 2012 The Queen missed church today after being hit by a nasty bug, but insists she will be well enough to celebrate Christmas. The 86-year-old monarch has been laid low by a illness which a spokesman described yesterday as 'the tail end of a heavy cold'
Ghost trains: Spooky pictures show how long-lost locos would look if they were still running along their old routes todayPhotographer bringing back to life the Midland and Great Northern RailwayStuart McPherson skillfully merges images of past and present to create 'ghost images' | UPDATED: 20:37 GMT, 13 December 2012 These eerie 'ghost train' images are part of a project to bring back to life one of Britain's long lost railways. When it operated, the Midland and Great Northern Railway (M&GN) was disparagingly referred to as the Muddle and Go Nowhere line – but after it was axed it earned the nicknamed Missed and Greatly Needed. Photographer Stuart McPherson, who lives in Norwich near its former route, has attempted to bring it back to life with these incredible images of a time gone by merged with the present day
'Dangerous' arsonist serving life sentence who was sent to an open prison tried to torch man's flat while on day release Macdonald sentenced to life in 1996 after admitting arson at block of flatsHe failed to return to open prison after day release for community workHe was AWOL for three months before trying to burn down shop and flat | UPDATED: 17:22 GMT, 12 December 2012 Arsonist: Macdonald pleaded guilty to arson with intent to endanger life and arson when he appeared before Norwich Crown Court An arsonist tried to burn down a man's flat after being allowed out of his open prison for a community work placement, a court heard Edward Macdonald, 46, went on the run after being given day release for a community work placement at the Ransomes Europark industrial estate on June 28. Norwich Crown Court heard how he failed to return to Hollesley Bay open prison, Suffolk, having been deemed 'minimal risk' by the prison authorities.
Illegal trafficking of timber and other wildlife products is worth 12bn a yearConservation group WWF warns there is rising demand for rhino horn It is used as a cancer medicine or 'hangover cure' in AsiaEven UK zoos are at risk from criminal gangs trying to steal rhino horn | UPDATED: 01:50 GMT, 12 December 2012 Trafficking of wildlife and products such as timber and rhino horn is one of the world's biggest illegal trades, worth 12 billion a year, conservationists have warned.
Now fewer than six in 10 say they are Christians as religion goes into decline Proportion of Christians in England and Wales down to 59.3 per cent Quarter of people say they do not follow any religion following rise of aggressive atheismNumber of Muslims up to 2.7million, 4.8 per cent of the population | UPDATED: 09:26 GMT, 12 December 2012 Christianity has declined sharply over the past decade, according to the census returns. Numbers who choose to call themselves Christians fell by more than four million. The collapse in belief in the religion which has been central to the history of the country for 1,500 years means that fewer than six out of ten, or 59 per cent, now describe themselves as Christian
Religion in decline as census figures reveal there are 4million fewer Christians and one in four is now an atheist Proportion of Christians in England and Wales down to 59.3 per cent Quarter of people say they do not follow any religion following rise of aggressive atheismNumber of Muslims up to 2.7million, 4.8 per cent of the population | UPDATED: 23:37 GMT, 11 December 2012 Christianity has declined sharply over the past decade, according to the census returns. Numbers who choose to call themselves Christians fell by more than four million
Little boy who held the fort while Daddy went to war: The diary of how Kieran, 6, held his family together until that special homecoming Thousands of soldiers are returning from active service in Afghanistan | UPDATED: 22:50 GMT, 6 December 2012 As the countdown to Christmas begins, thousands of brave soldiers are returning from active service in Afghanistan to enjoy tender reunions with their loved ones.