Musician, 49, drowned after he became trapped in a drain as he tried to retrieve his car keys on New Years Day Andy Banks, 49, became trapped in a drain while attempting to fetch his keys Fire fighters spent 40 minutes trying to rescue Mr Banks before he was pronounced deadMr Banks had spent the hours drinking with friends in a nearby bar By Conor Sheils PUBLISHED: 15:30 GMT, 11 April 2013 | UPDATED: 15:56 GMT, 11 April 2013 An inquest recorded a verdict of accidental death after Andy Banks died when he became trapped in a drain on New Years Day A musician drowned after he became trapped in a drain while trying to retrieve his car keys, an inquest has heard.
Number of police officers suspected of conspiring about Andrew Mitchell in 'Plebgate' row rises to 10Inquiry into allegations has widened following fresh informationIPCC operation now encompasses officers from four forces: Metropolitan Police, West Mercia, West Midlands and Warwickshire Some accused of fabricating allegations and of leaking details to press By Arthur Martin PUBLISHED: 12:43 GMT, 24 March 2013 | UPDATED: 01:41 GMT, 25 March 2013 At least ten police officers are now suspected of discrediting former cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell over the Plebgate affair. The criminal investigation into the alleged attempts to smear the former Tory chief whip has widened after the Independent Police Complaints Commission received fresh information. Ten officers from four forces are being investigated by the watchdog
Like bigoted ranting father… like bigoted ranting son: Abu Hamza's son captured on video calling for holy war while praying in London mosque Uthman Mustafa Kamal has built up a following at the An-Noor mosqueHead of London mosque accepted speeches could be used by extremistsKamal is the second-youngest son of notorious hate preacher Abu HamzaQuilliam Foundation: 'One video twists the meaning of the Qur'anic verses' By Arthur Martin and Paul Bracchi PUBLISHED: 17:05 GMT, 19 March 2013 | UPDATED: 00:59 GMT, 20 March 2013 Abu Hamza's son has given vitriolic sermons in which he calls for a holy war and backs a Pakistani mother who tried to kill US agents. Othman Mustafa Kamal, 24, urged followers at a London mosque to 'destroy' the enemies of 'mujahids', who are holy warriors.
Pupils aged just TWELVE given nicotine patches by nurses on visits to schools without telling their parents The patches are available to pupils from NHS nurses making fortnightly visits to schools in Essex Fears the patches could become a 'status symbol' among young schoolchildren By Kerry Mcdermott PUBLISHED: 10:48 GMT, 24 January 2013 | UPDATED: 07:57 GMT, 25 January 2013 Addiction: The NHS has been dishing out nicotine patches to schoolchildren as young as 12, it has emerged (FILE PHOTO) Nicotine patches are being handed out to schoolchildren as young as 12 on the NHS without their parents' knowledge, it has emerged. Nurses employed by NHS South West Essex have been distributing patches to young pupils during fortnightly visits to schools, where they speak to children confidentially
Couple found dead in 'murder suicide' after family called police when they didn't phone over ChristmasPolice discovered bodies of Judith Ann Brierley, 67, and Kim Matthews, 62 | UPDATED: 20:16 GMT, 30 December 2012 A couple in their 60s have been found dead in a suspected murder-suicide after concerns were raised that they had not contacted relatives over Christmas. The pair are believed to be Judith Ann Brierley, 67, of Ealing, west London, and Kim Matthews, 62, of the same address, although formal identification has not yet taken place.
Fears of chaos for Boxing Day shoppers in London as tube strike action and engineering works hit 11 underground linesPlanned strikes by train drivers' union Aslef will cause 'significant disruption'Engineering works and seasonal closures are also expected to cause headaches for shoppers and commuters | UPDATED: 22:37 GMT, 24 December 2012 Planned tube strikes on Boxing Day are expected to cause chaos on the London Underground Planned tube strikes on Boxing Day are expected to cause chaos on the London Underground. The strike, and two further walkouts on the last two Fridays in January, is over a long-running row about bank holiday pay
Debris from Japan's tsunami last year washes up on the coast of Washington state more than 4,000 miles away | UPDATED: 20:12 GMT, 22 December 2012 Hiking over primitive coastal trails, a team reached a dock that apparently floated from Japan after last year's tsunami and just washed ashore on a Washington beach, and an official said the group found Japanese writing inside the structure. The team of tsunami debris experts is trying to confirm that the dock is from Japan and drifted for more than a year before winding up on one of the most remote beaches on the U.S. West Coast.
AA warns on rising peril of potholes…to pedestrians: Numbers affecting Britain's pavements is growingAverage pavement has nearly two potholes per mile but some have fourMotorists and cyclists however face an average of 6.25 potholes per mileGovernment has announced an extra 215m for councils to tackle problem | UPDATED: 00:03 GMT, 19 December 2012 Potholes are not just a growing menace for motorists – they are an increasing threat to pedestrians too, a survey reveals today. Some pavements already have up to four potholes in every mile, while roads have more than twice that number, the AA reports. And that is before winter wreaks havoc on the highways.
'Just don't bring a terrorist in the house': Family's warning to estate agent who then rented home to Abu Qatada Terror preacher put up in 450,000 north London house without owner's knowledgeLandlady vows to evict 52-year-old and family, who are in property on six-month leaseCost of Qatada's legal bill said to be 'still rising' as he continues to fight deportationLast month he won his latest appeal against deportation on terror charges | UPDATED: 10:19 GMT, 17 December 2012 Hate preacher Abu Qatada has been housed in a property belonging to a family who told the rental agent they did not want it let to terrorists. The brother and sister who own the 450,000 three-bedroom house in north London were suspicious about their new tenants, but only realised who their notorious tenant was after being tipped off by journalists
Killed by a three point turn: Mechanic crushed to death by reversing hire car in parking accident at repair garage Mark Roper, 32, was working on a car inside garage when accident occurredThe hire car driver, 68, has been arrested and bailed | UPDATED: 14:25 GMT, 14 December 2012 Accident: A 68-year-old man has been arrested after mechanic Mark Roper (pictured) was crushed to death at his garage on Wednesday A mechanic was crushed to death at work when the driver of a hire car attempted a three point turn and accidentally crashed through the garage's closed shutter doors. Mark Roper, 32, was working on a car inside Autocraft Accident Repair Centre, in Keighley, West Yorks, when the 68-year-old driver came crashing through in his car.