The family of a mum-of-two who took her own life after she was allegedly raped and filmed by two men say police still haven't examined her mobile phone. Jenna Johnson, 27, died by suicide on New Year's Day just days after the alleged sex attack in Thurso in the Scottish Highlands. She was found dead after the men who raped her on camera threatened to share the video, it is claimed. It has since been alleged that another mum-of-two, Lizzie Gillespie, 30, died shortly after she was raped and filmed by two men, including one of the men involved in the attack on Ms Johnson, in the same town in 2017, the Daily Record reports. Police Scotland said it has investigated both deaths and in both cases found no suspicious circumstances. Officers have told Ms Johnson's grief-stricken mother and sister they are investigating the alleged rape. They told the Daily Record they are still waiting for police to examine the tragic mum's phone for potential evidence. They have also met with Jamie Stone, … [Read more...] about Police ‘still haven’t checked phone of mum raped on video before her suicide’
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A petition has been launched to save St Neots' customer service centre based at its Huntingdon District Council Office. It comes after the council announced plans to close the facility in August and move local benefits, council tax and housing help and advice services online. So far nearly 500 people have signed the online petition to save the facility at The Priory Centre, claiming the most vulnerable in the community will be disadvantaged by the plans. Petitioner Michelle Edwards writes: "Without a local district council office anyone who has no transport, has mobility difficulties, no access to the internet or simply can’t afford the bus fare to Huntingdon will be unable to contact the district council in a timely and convenient manner. "Huntingdon District Council have in the past said they will keep the office open. Now they have reneged on their decision. " What the council say The authority says it is unable to comment on the petition as it has not been submitted. A … [Read more...] about People ‘won’t be able to contact council’ if service centre shuts, say residents
Germany does not intend to prevent Chinese tech giant Huawei from developing 5G networks, the country’s economy minister said, adding that the EU stands ready to defend its interests, should a trade war with Washington escalate. Berlin will not pre-emptively ban any specific companies from bidding for contracts to develop the country’s next generation 5G mobile network, despite immense pressure from the United States to ostracize Huawei, Peter Altmaier said on Thursday evening, during a debate on ZDF television. “No, we will not want to exclude any company,” he stressed, explaining that the government is capable of implementing enough safeguards to protect Germany’s future networks. Also on rt.com Huawei 5G ban: US dragging Germany into harmful economic war with China, warns industry union head Ignoring Washington’s earnest ‘concerns’ that, through Huawei systems, the Chinese government is planning to spy on the entire world, … [Read more...] about Germany won’t ban Huawei & ready to oppose US pressure – economy minister
When Ankara decided to diversify its air defense systems with the purchase of the S-400 missile defense system from Russia in 2017, it sparked a rift with Turkey's NATO ally – the U.S. The recent battle of diplomatic rhetoric between the two allies culminated with threats from the U.S. State Department and a top American general commanding U.S. forces in Europe openly declaring that if Ankara does not drop its plans to proceed with the S-400 purchase, F-35 jet fighters will not be delivered to Turkey. U.S. officials also claimed that Turkey and its companies will be removed from the F-35 program while a series of sanctions could be imposed on Ankara, targeting its defense industry. However, Turkish officials have repeatedly stressed that the S-400 deal is not a threat to NATO systems and is not on the table to be used as a bargain against F-35 jets and Patriot negotiations. Ankara's decision to resort to the Russian-made surface-to-air missile (SAM) system is the result of a … [Read more...] about US can’t make F-35, Patriot deals bargaining chips against Turkey’s S-400 purchase
Questions over how to fund the proposed events centre in Cork has left the project in limbo and the city still waiting for its first curtain call, writes Eoin English.As Tanaiste Simon Coveney faces into another week of Brexit talks, he is also bracing for difficult negotiations and red-line issues on a project some have joked is almost as complex - the Cork event centre.It was a few weeks before Christmas when the chief executive of Cork Chamber, addressing their Dublin dinner event, imagined the Cork of 2040 and spoke of his hope of seeing thousands of concert goers flooding into a gig at the venue earmarked for South Main Street. The ripple of laughter through the room at the mention of the stalled project spoke volumes.Hard to blame the audience for sniggering really given the amount of announcements, assurances and timelines that have come and go since the outline of a new funding deal was agreed in principal almost one year ago, since the sod turning almost three years ago, and … [Read more...] about Cork Events Centre: Will it still be on with the show or back again to the drawing board?