Lianne Burns murder: Drifter Younes El-Mami who strangled British tour guide JAILED for twenty years


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Drifter who strangled British tour guide then hid her body in cupboard inside smiley-face bag is JAILED for twenty years Lianne Burns, originally from Essex, murdered in Caribbean island St MartinJealous boyfriend Younes El-Mami strangled her and hid body in cupboardJailed for 20 years after devoted sisters spent years campaigning for justice By Steve Robson PUBLISHED: 10:25 GMT, 12 March 2013 | UPDATED: 11:08 GMT, 12 March 2013 Tour guide Lianne Burns was found strangled in a cupboard with her head covered in a bag covered in a smiley face and the word 'merci' A drifter who strangled a British tour guide on a paradise Caribbean island then hid her body in a cupboard has been jailed for 20 years. Younes El-Mami wrapped the body of Lianne Burns, originally from Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, in tape and left her head covered by a bag with the smiley face logo on it and the word 'Merci'.

Major rail disaster narrowly averted after two huge construction drills burst through tunnel wall


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Major rail disaster narrowly averted after two huge construction drills burst through tunnel wall Train driver noticed water pouring down onto the roof of his train Train sent to investigate stopped just as drills penetrated tunnel ahead By Emily Davies PUBLISHED: 20:56 GMT, 8 March 2013 | UPDATED: 20:57 GMT, 8 March 2013 Rail staff averted a possible major disaster today when two huge construction drills came through a tunnel wall on a major commuter route. The driver of a train from Moorgate in London to Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire saw muddy water pouring on to the roof of his 10.02am First Capital Connect (FCC) train north of Old Street station. He reported the incident and all rail services were stopped.

Brian Copsey accused of stealing more than 1million from collective residents" fund


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Homeowner, 59, at exclusive London mansion block accused of stealing more than 1million from collective residents’ fund By Tara Brady PUBLISHED: 14:47 GMT, 6 February 2013 | UPDATED: 15:00 GMT, 6 February 2013 In court: Brian Copsey lived in one of London's most exclusive mansion flats and was finance chairman of its management board A resident of one of London’s most exclusive mansion flats has appeared in court accused of stealing more than 1m from the building’s management company. Brian Copsey, 59, was finance chairman of Bryanston Court Management, a collective of residents who manage a luxury apartment block in Marble Arch, central London.

UK weather: Beautiful snowdrops in bloom as Britain prepares for another blast of arctic winds


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Beautiful snowdrops in bloom, but hang on to your scarves as shivering Britain prepares for another blast of arctic winds England should stay above freezing in next few days but it'll feel sub-zeroMonday: Largely sunny and dry, particularly in the south of England. Tuesday: Very windy down west coast, with gusts of 60mphWednesday: Cold northerly with frequent wintry showers on the east coastEnvironment Agency: Nine flood warnings and 63 lower-level flood alerts By Ben Spencer PUBLISHED: 16:51 GMT, 3 February 2013 | UPDATED: 23:50 GMT, 3 February 2013 We may be out of January but keep your scarves and overcoats handy – winter shows no sign of loosening its grip.

Sunderland FC paying David Miliband more than top French striker Louis Saha as failed Labour leadership candidate rakes in 125,000 for 15 days"…


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Sunderland FC paying David Miliband more than top French striker Louis Saha as failed Labour leadership candidate rakes in 125,000 for 15 days' work Former foreign secretary earns equivalent of 42,000 a weekHas made almost 1million on public speaking circuitConservative party chairman Grant Shapps questions value for money By Gerri Peev PUBLISHED: 01:01 GMT, 1 January 2013 | UPDATED: 01:12 GMT, 1 January 2013 David Miliband is raking in the equivalent of 42,000 a week from troubled Premier League club Sunderland, more than their 40,000-a-week striker Louis Saha. The former foreign secretary has earned 125,000 for 15 days’ work since becoming a director of the football club in February 2011.

Heartbroken New Year plea from daughter of Ukraine"s former PM Yulia Tymoshenko


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Punish the evil judges who jailed my mother: Heartbroken New Year plea from daughter of Ukraine's former PM Yulia TymoshenkoYulia Tymoshenko was jailed in 2011 on charges of abuse of officeShe served as Ukraine's prime minister from December 2007 to March 2010 She denies charges accusing President Yanukovych of orchestrating trialDaughter Eugenia says West must put sanctions on judges and prosecutors | UPDATED: 17:53 GMT, 27 December 2012 The daughter of jailed former Ukrainian premier Yulia Tymoshenko has urged Western nations to impose sanctions on officials involved in her mother's imprisonment. Tymoshenko, the country's top opposition leader, is serving a seven-year prison sentence on charges of abuse of office after a trial that was condemned by the West as politically motivated and which strained Ukraine's ties to Europe and the United States.

Romanian gang who caused travel chaos after stealing FOUR MILES of railway cable worth 500,000 are jailed for 23 years


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Romanian gang who caused travel chaos after stealing FOUR MILES of railway cable worth 500,000 are jailed for 23 years The men, aged between 19 and 36, plundered rural railway tracks Then they sold the metal for scrap replaced it with cheap shop bought wire | UPDATED: 18:40 GMT, 19 December 2012 Eight Romanian men who stole cable from remote rural railway lines and replaced it with cheap shop bought wire are today beginning combined prison sentences of 23 years. The men, aged between 19 and 36, plundered rural stretches of the railway line between Evesham, Worcestershire, and Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, causing chaos for commuters.

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

Margate one of the world"s top ten resorts? Trust me, it"s East Germany with wind farms


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Margate one of the world's top ten resorts Trust me, it's East Germany with wind farms | UPDATED: 23:56 GMT, 13 December 2012 Recuperating after a nervous breakdown in 1921, the poet T. S. Eliot made a visit to the seaside town of Margate on the Kent coast. While he was there, he sat for a time in a municipal shelter on the front and stared out at the concrete-grey sea beneath a wide but darkening sky

Heathrow cancels 189 flights as ice and freezing fog brings chaos to roads and rail


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Thousands of passengers scramble for information at Heathrow as 189 flights are cancelled due to ice and freezing fog 98 arrivals and 91 departures called off at Britain's biggest airport Flights to Warsaw, Stockholm and Germany as well as internal journeys to Manchester and Aberdeen cancelledLondon City Airport also hit by delays and cancellations after temperatures plunged to well below freezing overnightParts of Scotland reached -10C closely followed by Chesham, Buckinghamshire, at -9C and Little Rissington in Gloucestershire at -8CRush-hour commuters faced chaos on major roads including the A1(M) as well as the main line rail and Tube Spate of accidents on roads, including overturned car and another which crashed into house Warmer conditions on way, but forecasters warn this will be accompanied by yet more heavy rain until Christmas | UPDATED: 19:12 GMT, 12 December 2012 Heathrow has been forced to cancel 189 flights to and from the airport today as ice and freezing fog descended on the UK. Hundreds of passengers are thought to have been stranded both here and abroad after the airport called off 98 arrivals and 91 departures scheduled throughout the day.