Rebekah Brooks received death threats following the revelation that murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler's phone had been hacked by the News Of The World, a court has heard. Brooks, who was chief executive of News International at the time, but had been NOTW editor, told the Old Bailey she received messages of support as she found herself the "central figure" of the story. Former prime minister Tony Blair sent her a text which read: "Let me know if there's anything I can help you with. GB (Gordon Brown) pals getting their own back. More »Brooks 'Got Death Threats' Over Milly's Phone
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Former Newcastle United footballer Nile Ranger has been cleared of raping a woman in a hotel. The 22-year-old striker, who now plays for Swindon Town, denied the claim, saying they had consensual sex after going out drinking together in Newcastle. The two met in a city centre bar and went to different clubs before booking into the Carlton Hotel in Jesmond. More »Nile Ranger: Footballer Cleared Of Rape
An Alaskan malamute called Nisha and an unnamed collie cross were taken away after Eliza-Mae Mullane died at her home. Dyfed Powys Police has not released any details about her injuries. The Alaskan malamute and the collie cross are not among the breeds banned by the Dangerous Dogs Act. A police spokeswoman said: "We can confirm that the two family dogs taken into police possession have now been destroyed. More »Dogs Destroyed After Newborn Baby's Death
An ambulance was sent to the wrong place after a 14-year-old girl suffered a fatal asthma attack during an Air Cadets sports day. Giving evidence to an inquest, Elouise Keeling's mother described the events surrounding her daughter's death as "chaos". Karen Keeling watched helplessly as Elouise collapsed with breathing problems at RAF Brampton near Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire on June 25 last year. An ambulance was called at 7.44pm, but was sent to RAF Wyton, 10 miles away, by mistake and did not arrive until 8.03pm, coroner David Morris was told. More »Teenager Died After Ambulance Call 'Chaos'
An 18-year-old man standing trial for two terror-related offences made plans for "The New Columbine", a jury at the Old Bailey has heard. Michael Piggin, from Loughborough, Leicestershire, is accused of possession of items for the purpose of terrorism and possessing a document containing information likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism. Opening the case for the prosecution, Max Hill QC described for the jury a list of items found at Piggin's home following a police search. Earlier, the judge had explained to the jury that special measures had been taken during the trial, including more frequent breaks, as Mr Piggin suffers from Asperger's syndrome. More »Teenager Planned 'Columbine Attack' In UK
A key railway line that collapsed during the winter storms is to reopen two weeks ahead of schedule. The line at Dawlish in Devon, which links southwest England to the rest of Britain, was put out of commission when a sea wall was breached by the storms on February 4. NR's western route managing director Patrick Hallgate said: "We are determined to complete this work in time for the school holidays to support the vital tourism trade in Dawlish, South Devon and across the southwest of England. "An unfortunate event like the one experienced at Dawlish shows how important the railway is to the region's people and its economy and I hope our efforts to restore here show how seriously we treat that responsibility." More »Dawlish Rail Link To Reopen Early After Storms
A man accused of stabbing PC Keith Blakelock during the Tottenham Riots in 1985 wrote a rap song about the killing, a court has heard. Nicky Jacobs, who was 16 at the time of the riots, allegedly wrote the rap while he was in a youth custody centre serving time for a sentence for affray. It was read out in court by prosecuting counsel Richard Whittam. "Me have de chopper we have intention to kill an police officer PC Blakelock de unlucky f***** him dis an help de fireman... More »Tottenham Rioter 'Wrote Blakelock Murder Rap'
Prime Minister David Cameron's office has been accused of a cover-up after a senior aide was arrested over child sex abuse images allegations. Patrick Rock resigned from his role as deputy head of Downing Street's policy unit almost three weeks ago, after officials were made aware of a potential offence. "There has been a bodged attempt at media manipulation which is wholly unacceptable from 10 Downing Street," he said. Mr Cameron said on Tuesday he had been "profoundly shocked" by the allegations against Mr Rock, who resigned on February 12, the day before he was arrested. More »No 10 'Covered Up Aide Child Abuse Pic Claims'
Coronation Street star Michael Le Vell, who plays mechanic Kevin Webster, is to take a break from the show amid reports that he used cocaine before last year's trial over child sex claims. More »Le Vell to take Corrie break amid cocaine claims
England manager Roy Hodgson will run the rule over his players for the last time before naming his World Cup squad when they tackle Denmark in a friendly on Wednesday. More »England plan experiments for Denmark friendly
Lee Chong Wei's millions of supporters will be hoping that his bid to regain the All-England Open title here this week is not his last attempt at the world's oldest badminton tournament, which begins again at Britain's National Indoor Arena on Wednesday. More »Hat-trick bid may be badminton star Lee's last All-England
The House of Commons will open its doors to a commercial film crew for the first time next month in a bid to raise cash, welcoming Meryl Streep for a movie about the suffragettes, officials said. More »House of Commons to open doors to Meryl Streep
Britain's House of Commons will open its doors to a commercial film crew for the first time next month in a bid to raise cash, welcoming Meryl Streep for a movie about the suffragettes, officials said. More »UK's House of Commons to open doors to Meryl Streep
Almost two-thirds of households would see bills fall by more than 10% if council tax was replaced by a progressive national property tax, according to research for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF). More »Council tax 'in need of reform'
By Belinda Goldsmith LONDON (Reuters) - Scottish leader Alex Salmond called on all Britons on Tuesday to back his campaign for an independent Scotland to help create a northern economic counterweight to stop London from sucking the life out of the rest of the country. In his first speech in London this year, Salmond said life in the United Kingdom had become increasingly unbalanced with regional centres suffering as London dominated the economic landscape and rising numbers of people relying on food handouts. Salmond is battling a concerted effort by London to prevent a "yes" vote at a September 18 referendum by undermining his Scottish National Party's central case that oil-producing Scotland could be a prosperous nation. In an appeal to Britons, Salmond said there was a growing realisation that wealth and opportunities were too concentrated geographically and socially and an independent Scotland could help by building its economy and keeping strong ties in the UK. More »Scottish leader calls on all Britons to back independence