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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.


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‘Worst Sherlock ever’

Kelly Macdonald and Benedict Cumberbatch in The Child in Time
Image caption Cumberbatch starred alongside Kelly Macdonald in the 90-minute drama

A BBC One drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch as a man whose daughter goes missing has had a mixed reception – with one viewer calling it the “worst episode of Sherlock ever”.

The Guardian described The Child in Time as “a deeply affecting portrait of loss”, while the Telegraph applauded “a rewarding story of private pain”.

But viewers were less impressed by the adaptation of Ian McEwan’s 1987 novel.

Some said the non-linear narrative was just too confusing.

“Did anyone else get lost in the supermarket with Kate or was it just me?” one viewer, Laura, asked on Twitter.

Daniel Joseph decided it was “utter garbage“, with William Stafford tweeting that it was the “worst episode of Sherlock ever”.

Image caption Other scenes saw Elliot Levey (holding a pen) play the Prime Minister

Broadcast on Sunday night, The Child in Time saw Cumberbatch play a children’s author who loses his four-year-old while on a shopping trip.

The narrative jumped between flashbacks to this traumatic event with scenes set in the present, which showed the impact of the loss on Cumberbatch’s Stephen and his wife Julie, played by Kelly Macdonald.

“It wasn’t exactly Poldark,” wrote Jim Shelley in the Daily Mail, who said the 90-minute drama was “not so much unsettling to watch as just odd”.

His befuddlement was shared by Twitter user Duleep Allirajah, who said he had gone “from horrified to confused to bored in a very short space of time”.

“If anyone could explain to me what on earth is going on it would be much appreciate[d],” tweeted Sarah Baker.

Yet there was more praise for Cumberbatch and Macdonald’s performances, which Alice Hancock thought were “absolutely incredible“.

Metro’s Joe Gamp said the Sherlock star was “on top form”, while The Times’ Carol Midgley said he “put in easily the best performance”.

The Child in Time drew an average audience of 4.5 million viewers on Sunday, according to overnight figures.

That put it narrowly ahead of the fifth instalment of ITV’s royal drama Victoria, which also started at 21:00 BST and attracted 4.2 million viewers.

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JAILED: Pervert photographed himself sexually abusing boy

A PERVERT who photographed himself sexually abusing a boy has been jailed for five and a half years.

Paul Malone, 63, sat in the dock at Bradford Crown Court with his head in his hands when he was brought from the cells to be sentenced.

Malone, of Lilythorne Avenue, Idle, Bradford, was arrested on June 15 when the police, acting on intelligence, searched his home and found hundreds of indecent photos, many at category A, the most serious examples of abuse.

Prosecutor Nick Askins said that Malone had taken a photo of himself sexually abusing a boy. Two other pictures showed the child’s exposed private parts with an adult hand holding down his clothing.

Also found at Malone’s address were 185 Category A indecent photos of children, 120 at Category B and 356 at Category C.

The images included 13 film clips.

Malone made no comment to the police but pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting the boy, making three indecent photos of the child and three offences of possession of indecent photos of children.

The judge, Recorder Tahir Khan QC, agreed to the forfeiture of Malone’s phone and laptop computer.

He made a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and told Malone to sign on the sex offender register.

Both orders were without limit of time.

Malone’s barrister, Andrea Parnham, said he was of previous good character.

He was a married man who suffered from diabetes and had failing eyesight, and his mother needed daily care.

Malone was regretful and remorseful about what he had done.

Recorder Khan said that Malone pleaded guilty to the offences at the first opportunity and was a man of good character.


But he had been “less than honest” with his probation officer, not accepting that the offences showed “an improper and unhealthy interest in children.”

Malone was locked up for four years for sexually abusing the boy and for 18 months, to run consecutively, for hoarding the indecent images of children.

England v West Indies: Moeen Ali hits 53-ball century in Bristol win

Moeen smashes six to reach brilliant century
Third Royal London one-day international, Bristol
England 369-9 (50 overs): Moeen 102 (57), Root 84 (79)
West Indies 245 (39.1 overs): Gayle 94 (78), Plunkett 5-52
England won by 124 runs; lead five-match series 2-0

Moeen Ali hit an exhilarating 53-ball century in England‘s 124-run win over West Indies in the third one-day international in Bristol.

At one stage, Moeen took 61 runs from 14 deliveries to reach the second-fastest ODI ton by an England batsman.

Joe Root earlier made 84 and Ben Stokes 73 in the hosts’ 369-9.

Chris Gayle threatened to lead West Indies to a remarkable run-chase, but after he was run out for 94, the tourists subsided to 245 all out.

The efforts of Moeen and Gayle, coupled with short straight boundaries at both ends of the ground, saw the rope cleared 28 times, a record for an ODI in the UK.

The contest was in the balance when England were pegged back to 217-6, but Moeen shared 117 with Chris Woakes in 88 balls.

That led England to score from which they would take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series, which can be won at The Oval on Wednesday.

That game begins at 12:30 BST, with England naming their squad for the Ashes tour of Australia at 10:00.

Marvellous Moeen makes his mark

Moeen has enjoyed a stellar summer, making 361 runs and taking 30 wickets in the Tests against South Africa and West Indies, but this performance was his most devastating.

Arriving as England lost three wickets for 11 runs, the left-hander was forced into circumspection and had 39 from the first 39 deliveries he faced.

What followed was an awesome display of hitting, the ball constantly landing in the crowd as the West Indies bowlers allowed Moeen to target the on side – seven of his eight maximums went over the leg-side fence.

Moeen took only 12 deliveries to move from 50 to 100 – an ODI record – and, at one point, hit six sixes in eight balls.

He was dropped on 87 by Gayle at point and brought up his third ODI century with consecutive maximums – the 53 balls second only to Jos Buttler’s 46-ball hundred against Pakistan in 2015 in terms of fastest centuries by England batsmen.

Moeen eventually skied a return catch to off-spinner Ashley Nurse, his efforts helping England take 93 runs from the final six overs.

Stokes and Root lay the platform

Golden duck for captain Morgan

Moeen seemed unlikely to get the chance to launch such an assault when Root and Stokes were effortlessly adding 132 for the third wicket.

They also guided England from a position of peril – the hosts were 74-3 after Eoin Morgan edged his first ball behind to continue a poor run of form that has seen him manage only 22 runs in his past nine innings in T20 and 50-over cricket.

Root clipped through mid-wicket and guided behind point, while Stokes targeted mid-on and played sweeps of all kinds against the spinners.

They exposed an error in the Windies’ team selection. A green surface and short boundaries left the leg-spin of Devendra Bishoo looking unnecessary and saw captain Jason Holder turn to the part-time medium-pace of Rovman Powell.

Although Powell made the breakthrough as Stokes sliced to deep cover to begin West Indies’ fightback, then came Moeen’s brilliance.

Gayle threatens to do the improbable

Windies blow as Gayle run out for 94

West Indies’ best hope of pulling off a stunning chase was Gayle, playing in only his second ODI since the 2015 World Cup.

For a while, it seemed possible, with the left-hander smearing the ball behind point, heaving to mid-wicket and chipping Moeen’s off-spin for three successive straight sixes.

But, as he closed in on a century, his lackadaisical attitude to running between the wickets was his undoing as he failed to beat Adil Rashid’s direct-hit from mid-wicket.

By that time, pace bowler Liam Plunkett already had both Shai Hope and Marlon Samuels caught behind, the latter given out on a review despite little evidence to overturn the on-field not-out decision.

Plunkett later had Jason Mohammed caught at deep square leg, Bishoo slice to point and Holder held at long-off for figures of 5-52, his first five-wicket haul in an ODI.

Holder was the last man to fall, the 124-run margin England’s second-largest against West Indies in one-day cricket.

Police in missing man inquiry find a body

Man falls 50ft down disused mineshaft in west Cornwall

Port NanvenImage copyright Google
Image caption Rescuers were called to Port Nanven in west Cornwall

A major rescue operation is under way after a man fell 50ft (15m) down a disused mineshaft in west Cornwall.

The man, in his mid 50s, was found at the bottom of the shaft with a suspected hip injury and hypothermia.

The rescue began at Port Nanven at about 12:40 BST on Sunday and involved a search and rescue helicopter, two coastguard rescue teams, fire crews, ambulance and police.

Efforts to rescue him are still continuing.

Rescuers said they were using ropes and a paramedic and technical rescue supervisor had been lowered into the shaft to assess the situation.

The mineshaft is on the coast path, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said.

Two men arrested in Bradford after police chase

POLICE have arrested two men in Bradford who failed to stop in a car with false registration plates.

The men, both 17, ran off after abandoning the vehicle which was stolen in a burglary in Leeds and then used in a burglary in Clayton on Friday, September 22, said a police spokesman.

The pair were caught on Saturday, September 23 on foot and arrested by Roads Policing officers with help from Bradford West officers.

“A short pursuit took place and the males abandoned their vehicle, before being captured after a foot chase. The pair are in custody awaiting interview,” added the police spokesman.

Police are linking the arrests with an earlier arrest of a man in Great Horton on suspicion of one burglary and two attempt burglaries in the Clayton area.

Two teenagers arrested in Bradford after police chase

POLICE in Bradford have arrested two teenagers who failed to stop in a car carrying false registration plates.

The pair, both 17, ran off after abandoning the vehicle – which had been stolen in a burglary in Leeds – and were chased and caught by police.

A police spokesman said the vehicle had been used in a burglary in Clayton on Friday, September 22.

The pair were caught on Saturday, September 23, and arrested by Roads Policing officers with help from Bradford West officers.

“A short pursuit took place and the males abandoned their vehicle, before being captured after a foot chase.


“The pair are in custody awaiting interview,” added the Bradford West police spokesman.

Police are linking the arrests with the earlier arrest of a man in Great Horton on suspicion of one burglary and two attempted burglaries in the Clayton area.

Have you seen missing Callum Douglas from Ravenscliffe?

POLICE are appealing for information about a missing man from the Ravenscliffe area of Bradford.?

Bradford District CID want to speak to anyone who has seen or has information about Callum Douglas, 26, who was last seen in Ravenscliffe around 9am on Saturday, September 23.

He is described as white, around 5ft 10ins tall, slim build, pale complexion with short trendy dark hair. He also has a tattoo on his hand of a musical note.

He was wearing a grey jumper, black overcoat, grey trousers and black shoes, carrying an Asda carrier bag when he was last spotted.

Any sightings contact West Yorkshire Police on 101 and quote log 1727 23-09-2017.