Student, 21, was so drunk "he was on the point of madness" when he fried hamster in pan


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Student, 21, was so drunk he told police his name was '1, 2, 3, 4' when they found him frying his friend's hamsterJames White admitted causing unnecessary suffering to flatmate's pet Dead hamster found in frying pan at student accommodation in YorkStudents complained when they smelt a 'pungent aroma' White was found collapsed on the floor when police arrived at the sceneTold police officers: 'I f****** fried it' when they discovered the animal By Sam Adams PUBLISHED: 13:44 GMT, 7 March 2013 | UPDATED: 10:24 GMT, 8 March 2013 A student who fried his flatmate's hamster has been ordered to do 120 hours of unpaid of work in the community. James White, 21, admitted causing unnecessary suffering to the female Syrian hamster after a court accepted it could not be established whether the animal was alive when it went into the pan. District Judge Roy Anderson told White he was sentencing him on the basis the rodent died minutes before, when the defendant was handling it

Obama tells Cameron why Britain should stay in the European Union


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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'.

Christmas travel: Planned strikes by two rail operators that would have caused Christmas chaos called off

Planned strikes by two rail operators that would have caused Christmas chaos called offWalk out cancelled after 'satisfactory' agreement reachedRow began over dismissal of colleague | UPDATED: 20:46 GMT, 19 December 2012 Planned strikes by workers at two train operators, which would have caused travel chaos in the run up to Christmas, have been called off. Members of the Rail Maritime and Transport (RMT) union at ScotRail had been due to walk out on Saturday and again on Christmas Eve in a row over the dismissal of a colleague. The union was also set to hold a 24-hour walkout at CrossCountry on Friday in a separate dispute over industrial relations

Workers to have their redundancy notice halved to just 45 days: Unions condemn move as "utter madness"


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Workers to have their redundancy notice halved to just 45 days: Unions condemn move as 'utter madness' The consultation period required before bosses can make large-scale redundancies is being cut from 90 to 45 daysMove was welcomed by British Chambers of Commerce which said it would cut red-tapeBut news was met with fury from unions at a time of job insecurity and a faltering economy | UPDATED: 23:39 GMT, 18 December 2012 Bosses were yesterday given the green light to make their workers redundant more quickly. The consultation period required before large-scale redundancies are made is being halved

Alexander Litvinenko: Poisoned Russian spy was working for British AND Spanish intelligence, says wife

Triple agent! Poisoned Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko was working for British AND Spanish intelligence, says wifeFormer KGB agent introduced to Spanish intelligence services by MI6 Alexander Litvinenko advised on link between Russian Mafia and governmentSpy was poisoned after allegedly having tea with former KGB colleaguesFamily claim he may have been poisoned in bid to silence him or as warning | UPDATED: 09:49 GMT, 14 December 2012 Poisoned former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko was effectively a triple agent working for MI6 and the Spanish secret service, it was claimed yesterday. He was on the payroll of MI6 and had a handler called ‘Martin’, a barrister for his widow Marina said. The Spanish secret service was also bankrolling his espionage activities and both stipends were paid into a joint bank account he held with his wife, it was said