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    'Neighbour from hell' caused gas blast that killed two-year-old George Hinds, court hears

    A two-year-old boy died after a "neighbour from hell" caused a gas explosion by cutting a pipe to sell for scrap metal, a court has heard. Darren Greenham, 45, used an angle grinder to cut the pipe in the early hours of 16 May in Lancashire last year, prosecutors said. It caused a huge explosion which killed George Hinds, whose family lived in the neighbouring property in Mallowdale Avenue, Heysham, Preston Crown Court was told.

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    Home Secretary Suella Braverman vows to stop Channel migrant crossings - and will 'make Rwanda scheme work'

    The new home secretary has vowed to stop small boats crossing the Channel and to find a way to "make the Rwanda scheme work". Suella Braverman, in her first speech in the job, received a standing ovation at the Conservative Party conference after promising to stop the illegal migrant crossings. Many are drowning in the Channel.

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    Qatar 2022: Paris joins big screen boycott of World Cup over human rights claims

    Paris will not broadcast World Cup matches on giant screens in public fan zones amid concerns over rights violations of migrant workers and the environmental impact of the tournament in Qatar. It follows similar moves by other French cities, despite the country going in as the defending champion. Pierre Rabadan, deputy mayor of Paris in charge of sports, said the decision is due to "the conditions of the organisation of this World Cup, both on the environmental and social level".

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    Reward of £20,000 offered after 'ruthless execution' of man in Belfast social club

    A reward of up to £20,000 has been offered for information which leads to the conviction of two killers who fired 20 bullets at a man in a social club in Belfast. CCTV footage showing two hooded suspects walking into the Donegal Celtic Sports and Social Club on Suffolk Road in west Belfast where the shooting occurred has also been released. Detectives from the PSNI major investigation team probing the murder of 42-year-old Sean Fox on Sunday revealed two men stood over him as he collapsed.

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    Elon Musk agrees to buy Twitter for original offer price of $44bn - legal battle set to end

    Elon Musk is planning to buy social media company Twitter for his original offer price. Earlier, trading in Twitter shares was halted as the stock spiked following reports the deal was back on. Mr Musk offered to stick to the original deal in a letter to Twitter, he disclosed in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday.

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    Bittersweet victory in Lyman as battle has come at a significant cost to civilians

    Success on the battlefield translates into a very different language for the residents of Lyman - and has come at a significant cost to the civilians. The eastern Donetsk town is a husk of its former self, pummelled to bits with the heart ripped out of it and the few residents still there living beneath ground "like moles", one told us. The Russians had wanted to kill as they beat a retreat in the face of the Ukrainian army.

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    Killamarsh deaths: Damien Bendall admits manslaughter of a mother and three children whose bodies were found in house

    A man has admitted killing a mother and three children whose bodies were found in a house in Derbyshire. Damien Bendall pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of 11-year-old Lacey Bennett, her brother John Paul Bennett, 13, their mother Terri Harris, 35, and Lacey's friend Connie Gent, also 11. During an appearance at Derby Crown Court, Bendall entered the pleas while he denied the murder of all four victims.

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    Prince William's first speech as heir honours his 'much-missed grandmother' with commitments on environment

    The Prince of Wales has used his first speech as heir to reaffirm his commitment to environmental causes and the "war" against the illegal wildlife trade, saying that he will honour the Queen through that work. Speaking at the United for Wildlife Global Summit he reflected on the death of the Queen, and the influence his grandparents and father have had on his own charitable endeavours. It is a lesson I learnt from a young age, from my father and grandfather, both committed naturalists in thei

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    Country music star Loretta Lynn dies aged 90

    Country music star Loretta Lynn has died at the age of 90. "Our precious mom, Loretta Lynn, passed away peacefully this morning, October 4th, in her sleep at home," said a statement. Dolly Parton, Carole King and Billy Ray Cyrus are among those who've paid tribute, with Parton saying she would "miss her dearly" and describing her as like a sister.

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    Cost of living: Shell boss calls on government to tax oil and gas companies to protect poorest

    The chief executive of Shell has called on the government to tax oil and gas companies in order to protect the poorest people in society from soaring energy costs. "That probably may then mean that governments need to tax people in this room to pay for it."

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