Rape victims’ trials are being delayed for up to nine months by “tenuous” and “disproportionate” searches of their medical, council and even school records, a review by the Attorney General has found. Some victims are waiting months while police and prosecutors carry out “intrusive” searches of “third party” records for personal details that turn out to be irrelevant to the trial. In an interview with The Telegraph, Suella Braverman , QC, cited the case of a rape victim where searches of her carer’s records added nine months to the case yet the resulting evidence was “not relevant to the trial.” “The longer it takes, the more likely it is that the victim will drop out,” she said. This week she will propose a reform package to curb delays including sweeping away unnecessary searches, reducing time-consuming redaction of video and written evidence that can take police officers away from rape investigations for days and earlier disclosure of evidence by lawyers. It is … [Read more...] about Scouring of rape victims’ medical and school records delaying trials by up to nine months
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Marlon Brando stars in classic film The Godfather Sign up for FREE for the latest news from the world of showbiz SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info Marlon Brando has been hailed as one of Hollywood’s first leading men, making his name known in all genres from The Godfather to A Streetcar Named Desire. However, the star fell into family drama in his later years, a saga which ended up with him cutting one of his children from his will. Related articles Amanda Owen confirms sudden split from grumpy husband Clive Novak Djokovic's sad confession about marriage to wife Jelena Brando was one of the first in Hollywood to be able to demand large salaries for the smallest of roles because his fame … [Read more...] about Marlon Brando took adopted daughter out of his will – but who got his millions?
Something happened last week that made me rather sad. The 600-year-old Bretton Oak, near Peterborough, one of the last survivors of Grimeshaw Woods, an ancient forest that once covered much of that part of the world, was felled after final desperate attempts to save it failed. This ancient tree, which had stood since the reign of Henry VI, was ripped apart by men with hi-vis jackets and chainsaws in a matter of minutes, to the horror of many locals. Its crime? The roots were allegedly causing ‘structural damage’ to nearby housing. Although, as one resident pointed out, that case was debatable. No matter. Insurance companies were refusing to underwrite the affected properties, and so the man from the council decreed that the oak had to go. Six centuries of history, a living organism that had outlasted kings, queens, plagues, war and famine, felled by petty bureaucracy. The Bretton Oak had stood since the reign of Henry VI Oh, it’s just an old tree, I hear you say. And … [Read more...] about SARAH VINE: Why felling old trees is an arrogant assault on history
A webcam girl has revealed how she makes £48k-a-year in online sex group sessions with up to six clients at a time. Self-described “sexual empowerment artist” Elysia Downings spoke to Daily Star Online about her career as a webcam girl. The model, from the Peak District, makes up to £4,000 on month from her online sessions which range from stripteases to masturbation. And she revealed she can have sessions with up to six clients at once. Elysia, from Off The Record Models, said she is always surprised by fans and tries to “not be judgemental”. She claims there is no typical webcam viewer, or webcam girl, and wants to break down the stigma around the career. Elysia told Daily Star Online: “I once had a group session with about 6 regulars; we were all having a great deal of banter - I've never laughed so hard. “There was no jealousy from the clients, which can sometimes happen in a group session. “They all got along well and it was a really fun and enjoyable … [Read more...] about Webcam girl makes £48k-a-year in online sex group sessions with up to six clients
Watching Harry scooting up and down our street with his best friend Bella is magical. You would never guess that the first year of Harry’s life was a whirlwind of blue-light emergencies, brain surgeries, and unimaginable fear. You would never think that, under his mop of unruly blonde hair is a shunt – a device which drains the fluid from his brain, and keeps him alive. Harry is my fourth child, and my pregnancy with him was actually my easiest. I had mild gestational diabetes (GD), which was controlled by diet, but other than that I actually glowed. While I was pregnant, I was scanned every four weeks from 20 weeks onwards, which is common for pregnant people with GD. At 36 weeks, my husband and I walked into the scan room. We were calm, expecting a routine appointment. However, about five minutes in, the sonographer went quiet. She then said she needed to get someone else, so we waited. Another lady came in, said nothing and then, after what felt like forever, … [Read more...] about I’m on a mission to make sure every new parent regularly measures their baby’s head
By Hannah Richardson & Tom Oakley Published 1 hour ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing A "£20m" painting claimed to be the most valuable in Leicester's public should not be hidden in storage, a councillor said. Lying Figure No1 by Francis Bacon used to be on display at the Leicester Museum and Art Gallery, but it is not currently on show. Nigel Porter, Liberal Democrat councillor, questioned why such a work was "sitting in a basement". The council blamed limits on space and said it would eventually reappear. "I think a lot of people would like to see it," said Mr Porter at a scrutiny meeting. "It's a very valuable, very important painting and I'm sure a lot of people would visit Leicester just to come and look at it. It must be the most valuable painting we have got in the museum. "Rather than having this £20m painting stuck in some basement, what … [Read more...] about ‘£20m’ painting owned by Leicester council being kept in storage