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Oxford student Lavinia Woodward spared jail for knife attack

Lavinia WoodwardImage copyright Facebook
Image caption Lavinia Woodward had ambitions to enter the medical profession

An “extraordinary” Oxford University student who stabbed her boyfriend in the leg has avoided a prison sentence.

Lavinia Woodward, 24, admitted attacking the man at her student accommodation at Christ Church College after drinking heavily.

At an earlier hearing Judge Ian Pringle QC said he believed a custodial sentence would damage her career.

On Monday she was given a 10-month jail sentence suspended for 18 months for inflicting unlawful wounding.

During the attack in December, medical student Woodward punched the man, lunged at him with a bread knife, threw a laptop at him and stabbed him in the leg.

‘Relatively minor’ injuries

Oxford Crown Court heard Woodward had become addicted to drugs while in an abusive relationship with a previous boyfriend.

The case was the subject of huge debate about inequality in the criminal justice system, prompted by the judge deferring sentencing and describing the attack as “a complete one-off”.

He had described Woodward as “an extraordinary able young lady” and said a custodial sentence would damage her hopes of becoming a surgeon.

Handing down a suspended sentence, Judge Pringle said there were “many, many mitigating factors” and the injuries inflicted were “relatively minor”.

He said she had shown a “strong and unwavering determination” to get over her class A drug and alcohol addiction.

“I find that you were genuinely remorseful following this event. whilst you are a clearly highly-intelligent individual, you had an immaturity about you which was not commensurate for someone of your age.”

Woodward faced a possible maximum sentence of three years in prison.


British woman dies ‘in attack by dogs in Greece’

Celia HollingworthImage copyright Wiltshire Times
Image caption Celia Hollingworth was reported missing on Thursday

A British woman died in Greece when she was apparently attacked by a pack of stray dogs.

Celia Hollingworth, from Wiltshire, was reported missing on Thursday after visiting an archaeological site.

Reports say the 64-year-old, of Bradford-on-Avon, used her phone to try to contact relatives in the UK while she was being attacked.

Wiltshire Police said it was in contact with Greek police regarding formal identification of the body.

The force is providing Ms Hollingworth’s family with assistance, a spokesman added.

Parsons Green attack: Seventh person arrested

A forensic tent on the platform at Parsons Green stationImage copyright PA
Image caption The homemade bomb partially exploded in a train at Parsons Green station

A seventh person has been arrested in connection with the Parsons Green Tube bomb attack on 15 September.

The 20-year-old man was arrested in Cardiff at 06:00 BST under section 41 of the Terrorism Act and is now being held at a south London police station.

Last week Ahmed Hassan, 18, of Sunbury, Surrey, was remanded in custody charged with attempted murder.

A bomb partially exploded on a train at the Tube station in south-west London during rush hour, injuring 30 people.

Three other men arrested over the attack have been released without charge; two further men, aged 25 and 30, remain in custody.

Monday morning’s arrest was carried out by officers from the Metropolitan Police‘s Counter Terrorism Command, supported by the Welsh Extremism and Counter Terrorism Unit (WECTU) and South Wales Police.

Police are searching an address in Cardiff and say another search is ongoing at an address in Surrey.

Mr Hassan, who was arrested in Dover, Kent, on 16 September, is due to appear at the Old Bailey on Friday 13 October.

He is also accused of causing an explosion likely to endanger life or cause serious injury.

On Friday, Westminster Magistrates Court heard the bomb, which failed to detonate properly, had been packed with knives and screws.

Prosecutors said Mr Hassan had intended to kill innocent people because of his “warped political view”.

Hate crime probe after man stabbed in neck on way to mosque

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Image caption Dr Nasser Kurdy was stabbed on his way to the Altrincham and Hale Muslim Association

A man has been stabbed in the back of the neck on his way to a mosque in Altrincham, Greater Manchester.

Consultant surgeon Dr Nasser Kurdy was attacked outside the Atrincham and Hale Muslim Association at 17:50 BST and was taken to hospital.

A 54-year-old man and a 32-year-old were arrested and are being questioned by Greater Manchester Police.

The force said it was treating the incident as a hate crime and asked any witnesses to come forward.

Dr Kurdy, who has preached at the mosque as an imam, heard Islamophobic comments at the time of the attack, community sources said.

Det Insp Ben Cottam said he was attacked “in broad daylight”.

He added: “We can be sure that there is no place for hate crime on our streets and we will do all that we can to take action against those who jeopardise the safety of others.”

Liam Gallagher claims his Twitter was hacked over Noel tweets

Liam Gallagher says his Twitter was hacked and he never accused his brother of faking tears at Manchester Arena.

Earlier this month Noel appeared to break down while performing at the venue’s reopening, four months after a bomb attack there killed 22 people.

Shortly afterwards, a tweet from Liam’s account branded the show of emotion a “PR stunt”.

But now the former Oasis singer denies being behind it and says the police are investigating.

Noel Gallagher playing at We Are Manchester

Image caption Noel Gallagher playing at We Are Manchester

Both brothers have played gigs in memory of those murdered at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester in May.

Liam was a surprise guest at One Love Manchester, held at Old Trafford Cricket Ground less than two weeks after the attack.

He performed an a capella version of Live Forever.

Noel wasn’t there – a decision Liam was quick to criticise on Twitter.

But Noel was among the acts booked to play at a benefit at Manchester Arena months later.

He played a nine song set and seemed to start crying during a rendition of Don’t Look Back in Anger.

Again, Liam took to Twitter.

“[Noel] broke down in tears come on you seriously ain’t buying that”, he said, “don’t buy into his PR stunt… if the same thing had have gone off in Edinburgh he’d [have] been up there like a shot”.

Noel Gallagher playing at We Are Manchester

But now he denies those tweets were from him.

“Oh, that wasn’t me. Someone hacked my Twitter account,” he’s told Newsweek.

“I wouldn’t do that. I wouldn’t say stuff like that. Can you believe that?

“Someone hacked into it and tweeted them for me. I wouldn’t do that stuff. The police are looking into it now as we speak.”

Noel hasn’t commented on his brother’s tweets – but did tell Radio X he “wasn’t actually crying” during the gig.

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Five years’ jail for robber who twice stabbed victim at retail park

A JUDGE has praised a father who contacted police after his son stabbed a man in the leg during a daylight robbery in Bradford city centre.

A judge heard yesterday how Marcus Hoyle knifed 38-year-old Timothy Goggs twice in his right leg as he grappled with Hoyle’s accomplice after his wallet had been snatched from him in the Forster Square Retail Park in Bradford.

Mr Goggs had to have the wounds to his leg stitched following the incident in July and yesterday 28-year-old Hoyle was jailed for five years.

Judge David Hatton QC was told by prosecutor Bashir Ahmed that the defendant’s father had done “the honourable thing” in reporting his son’s involvement to the police.

“Quite right. Well done him,” responded Judge Hatton, who noted that it must have been a very difficult thing to do.

The knife believed to have been used in the attack was later found by police at Hoyle’s home and last month he pleaded guilty to charges of robbery and possessing an offensive weapon.

Bradford Crown Court heard that Mr Goggs and a friend had been walking across the retail park at about 2.30pm on July 7 when Hoyle and the group he was with spotted the complainant’s wallet.

After confronting Mr Goggs Hoyle pulled the “dagger-like” knife from his sock and the complainant told him:”Don’t be stupid. You’ll go to jail for a long time.”

After a tussle between Mr Goggs and the accomplice, who was on a bicycle, the complainant’s wallet was taken and he gave chase.

Mr Ahmed said Mr Goggs managed to catch up with the accomplice, but as they grappled again Hoyle approached them with the knife and stabbed the complainant twice in the leg.

Mr Goggs suffered one-inch knife wounds to the right knee area and the right thigh in the attack.

The court heard that Hoyle, of Ribbleton Grove, Barkerend, Bradford, had never served a prison sentence before, but he had committed another robbery back in 2009.

Barrister Elyas Patel, for Hoyle, said his client was petrified of going to jail and he noted that while others had been involved in the incident the defendant was the only one in court “to face the music”.

Mr Patel submitted that the robbery was a “spur of the moment” offence committed after the wallet was spotted and said his client was truly sorry for using the knife in a dangerously reckless attempt to free his accomplice.

“It’s a miracle, and he knows it, that thankfully no serious or long-lasting injury was caused,” conceded Mr Patel.

“As for the defendant he is truly ashamed by his involvement and at the shame and upset he has caused to be visited upon his own family.

“He hopes his plea of guilty signals the beginning of the road to redemption for him.”

Judge Hatton told the father-of-one that the offence was a very serious robbery which was aggravated by Hoyle’s ultimate use of the knife.

“It is inevitably the case as you appreciate, and as you will have been advised, that an immediate sentence of imprisonment is essential to mark the gravity of this offending,” the judge added.

Puff, the marathon-running dragon, is celebrated in print

A marathon runner who trundles 26 miles and 385 yards in a 15kg (2st) dragon costume has been immortalised in a new children’s book.

Dana Power, aged 61, from Bridgnorth in Shropshire, has so far raised more than £35,000 for Asthma UK.

Most of the cash is collected in memory of a young boy from the town who died from an asthma attack.

Cameron Brown’s mother Gemma wrote the book – and has also been inspired by Dana’s efforts to take up long distance running herself.

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Parsons Green attack: Man in court charged with attempted murder

A court scetch of Ahmed Hassan
Image caption Ahmed Hassan faces charges of attempted murder and causing an explosion likely to endanger life

An 18-year-old man has appeared in court charged with attempted murder in connection with the bomb attack on a London Tube at Parsons Green.

Ahmed Hassan, of Sunbury, Surrey, is also accused of causing an explosion likely to endanger life or cause serious injury on 15 September.

Mr Hassan confirmed his name, date of birth and address at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

He was remanded in custody and is due at the Old Bailey on 13 October.

The court heard the bomb, which failed to detonate properly, had been packed with knives and screws.

Prosecutors said Mr Hassan had intended to kill innocent people because of his “warped political view”.

A 17-year-old man who was arrested by counter-terrorism officers investigating the attack has been released with no further action, police said on Friday. Two other men had already been released without charge.

Two further men, aged 25 and 30, remain in custody.

Meanwhile, Suleman Sarwar, of Aladdins chicken shop in Hounslow, said his takeaway has received abuse and threats after an employee was arrested as part of the investigation.

Image caption Owner Suleman Sarwar said Aladdins Fried Chicken has received abuse and threats

Mr Sarwar said abuse began after the arrest of Yahyah Farroukh, who was not named by police but whose name emerged in the media. He has since been released without charge.

He said: “The investigation brought Yahyah, his friends, family, place of employment and the wider Muslim community under scrutiny and indignity.

“Once again, the community has received backlash and animosity from the public.”

Man arrested after Wyke axe attack

A man has been arrested after an axe attack in Wyke.

The 30-year-old was arrested on suspicion of with wounding with intent after a man in his 20s suffered a fractured skull in the assault on Sunday night.

Police were called to the Brown Cow pub, Town Gate, Wyke, after the victim was attacked with an axe before a gang of men left the scene in a white Nissan Qashqai car.

The victim was still in hospital as of yesterday.

Earlier in the week, a West Yorkshire spokesman confirmed the assault was believed to be a targeted attack which posed no risk to the wider public.

The man arrested has been released pending further enquiries.

Brexit: Boris Johnson warned against being ‘back-seat driver’

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Boris Johnson has been warned not to be a Brexit “back-seat driver” and to give his full support to Theresa May.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said she did not want Mr Johnson, who on Saturday set out his own vision for post-Brexit Britain, “managing the process”.

She told the BBC it showed Mr Johnson’s “incredible enthusiasm” for leaving the EU but ministers must be united and bring those who voted to stay along.

The BBC understands Mr Johnson will not be sacked despite anger among some MPs.

The home secretary said she had been too busy dealing with the terror attack in London to read the foreign secretary’s article in Saturday’s Daily Telegraph.

But asked about the foreign secretary’s intervention she said: “You could call it back-seat driving.”