Chamique Holdsclaw In Jail For Shooting Into Friends Car

Chamique Holdsclaw, one of the best basketball players in WNBA history, is in Atlanta jail after being accused of damaging and shooting into her alleged ex-girlfriend’s car.Atlanta police said Thursday the incident happened Tuesday after the Olympic gold medalist followed 29-year-old Jennifer Lacy to her car. Lacy plays for the Tulsa Shock.No one was injured. Lacy identified the 35-year-old Holdsclaw, one of the biggest stars in women’s college basketball history during her career at Tennessee, as an ex-girlfriend. They were teammates with the Atlanta Dream in 2009.Holdsclaw was in custody Thursday night in Fulton County Jail. Her bond was set at $10,000 on one charge each of aggravated assault, second-degree criminal damage and reckless conduct.A number for Holdsclaw listed in the police report went to voicemail, and it was unknown whether she had an attorney.Lacy issued a statement through the Shock.“I want to thank my family, friends, fans and Shock family for their concern during this difficult time,” Lacy said. “I have never felt more love from my fans in supporting me.”In September, Holdsclaw returned to her alma mater to discuss her fight with clinical depression, which included a suicide attempt during her pro career.Holdsclaw recounted how she attempted suicide in 2006 as a member of the Los Angeles Sparks by overdosing on the medication she was taking for clinical depression. She also wouldn’t leave her Washington home for a few days in 2004, two years after the death of the grandmother who raised her.She discussed these situations in a book, “Breaking Through: Beating The Odds Shot After Shot,” that came out earlier this year.Holdsclaw led Tennessee to three consecutive national championships from 1996-98 before beginning a pro career that included six WNBA All-Star selections. She also played on the U.S. Olympic team that won the gold medal in the 2000 Games. Holdsclaw had 3,025 career points at Tennessee and remains the Southeastern Conference’s career scoring leader. read more

New England Patriots Best Tackler Suffers SeasonEnding Injury

The New England Patriots has lost one of their top tacklers to a season-ending injury. The team put linebacker Jerod Mayo on injured reserve Wednesday for what is believed to be a torn pectoral muscle.“I think I’ve been on record many times talking about Jerod,” coach Bill Belichick said. “He does a lot for us on the field, off the field. But we’re just going to have to move on.”This injury is one of the many cases where the Patriots has lost a key player. Nose tackle Vince Wilfork went down with a season-ending Achilles tendon injury a couple weeks ago, and cornerback Aqib Talib  limped off the field in Sunday’s win over the New Orleans Saints.Since joining the Patriots in 2008, Mayo has started 79 games for the organization.Despite all the Patriots’ injury troubles they still boast a 5-1 record. read more

Ohio State leaves Missouri tournament 21 falls to Missouri State in fiveset

Members of the Ohio State women’s volleyball team celebrate after scoring against LIU Brooklyn on Sept. 2, 2016. OSU won, 3-0. Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Assistant News DirectorThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team is on their way back to Columbus with a 7-2 overall record after a weekend of play at the Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Invitational in Springfield, Missouri. OSU finished the tournament 2-1, taking down Indiana Univerisity – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. The Buckeyes weren’t able to stop the Missouri State Bears, however –  marking their second loss this season. The Buckeye “tribe” had no problem sweeping IUPUI in three sets, but went the full-five sets in their next two matches – their bout against MSU lasting nearly two and half hours. Senior libero Valeria Leon and senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe were named to the all-tournament team – the tenth time for Sandbothe in the last 11 non-conference events. This weekend’s tournament also pushed the pair even further in their quest to hold the top spots amid the OSU record books. For Leon, she moved into second place for career digs with a total of 1,399. She’ll need to scrape up just under 200 more digs to pass first place holder Stacey Gordon (2001-2004) with 1,572. Sandbothe’s career total block count of 459 puts her in the third-place position, just below Danielle Meyer (2004-2007) with 479. Sandbothe also ranks second in school history for career solo blocks.IUPUIThe Buckeyes bulldozed over the Jaguars in the first set, 25-9. Things didn’t look up for IUPUI in the second set with OSU coming out on top, 25-13. OSU was able to tally a win on their record after they took the third set, 25-13. The Buckeyes held the Jaguars to a mere .011 attacking efficiency, while on the other side of the net, Sandbothe and freshman middle blocker Madison Smeathers combined for 24 kills on the match. Smeathers saw her second career start against IUPUI.Missouri StateThe Buckeyes jumped out to an early 4-0 in the first set and never relinquished their lead. They took the set 25-21. The second set was a game of back-and-forth between the two teams, but this set belonged to the Bears, 25-23. OSU held the lead for almost the entire third set, until they fell behind at 18-19. An OSU timeout at 20-23 wasn’t enough to cinch a victory, and MSU would win the third set, 25-21. Good things happen for the Buckeyes when they are ahead early in the set, and that remained to be true in the fourth. A final kill by junior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer would keep OSU alive to play again in the fifth set.Buckeyes would lead the final set 9-8 before the Bears called a timeout. A kill from MSU’s Lynsey Wright would be enough to gain momentum of the set and the match. MSU won the fifth set, 15-12. This is the second time this season that the Bears have beaten a nationally-ranked Big Ten team. They won against a then-No. 14 Illinois team in five sets on Aug. 27. Both of OSU’s losses so far this season have been in five-set decisions.Green BayOSU led the first set for 15 points before falling into a hole the team wasn’t able to climb out of. The Phoenix would win the first set of the game, 25-21. The Buckeyes may have been down, but they were not out. OSU battled their way back from an early deficit in the second set, solidified by the swinging power of Sandbothe, slamming down nine kills. OSU shut down the Phoenix in the third set, 25-15. A change of sides also proved to be a change of fate. Green Bay took the win on the fourth set and held OSU to only 14 points. A quick fifth set went in favor of the Buckeyes, 15-11, and OSU ended the tournament, 2-1. The Buckeyes served 10 aces during the match, three coming off the hands of junior defensive specialist Kalisha Goree. Sandbothe posted 20 kills on the match, but it was sophomore setter Taylor Hughes that led in attacking efficiency with eight kills on 11 errorless attempts. Hughes also collected 49 assists. The Buckeye “tribe” finished the tournament with a 7-2 record heading into their last weekend of non-conference play at the Ball State Active Ankle Challenge on Friday in Muncie, Indiana. read more

Men women top Penn State in coed gymnastics meet

With a vocal and almost twice the normal-size crowd in St. John Arena Saturday, the Ohio State men’s and women’s gymnastics teams won their annual co-ed meet against Penn State.The women’s team swept three of its four events while the men edged out No. 5 PSU in pommel horse, rings, parallel bars and high bar.Women’s coach Carey Fagan said the co-ed meet is an event both teams look forward to every year. Men’s coach Miles Avery agreed, crediting crowd size as one of the biggest advantages in a co-ed meet.“It’s tremendous in terms of doubling the size of the audience and the fans that come and see the Buckeyes,” he said.Coach Fagan said that “the advantage is just the synergy of both teams together.” Because both teams train in the gym together, there’s a bond of support formed for one another’s program, she said.Senior captain Hilary Dow said each team attends each other’s meets when they’re not competing and a co-ed meet is an opportunity to cheer each other on at the same time.But a co-ed meet has it’s drawbacks with setup, warm-up space and distractions, Dow said.“You got to make sure that the whole team is focused on what the team is doing and you don’t take the crowd or anything that’s going on as a distraction,” Dow said.Because OSU schedules a co-ed meet with Penn State every year, the gymnasts are getting used to the confusion and congestion on the floor, Fagan said.But Avery thinks the congestion is what “adds to the excitement. There’s so much going on, and [the gymnasts] are busy anyways, so they love it that way,” he said.By meet’s end, the women’s team recorded eight season highs and three career bests in their third win this season.Dow earned a 39.050 in all four events, her best all-around score in 2010.Sophomores Casey Williamson and Nicole Krauter recorded career highs in the all-around and vault. Williamson earned a 39.075 in the all-around and Krauter a 9.8 on vault.Williamson earned a season-high 9.825 on the vault while junior Rebecca Best scored a 9.825, tying her all-time best on the event.Fagan said the win over PSU was big for the women’s team as they work through a season plagued by injuries.“We have a lot of kids that are beat up right now and we’re trying to get them through to Big Tens and Regionals, trying to rest when we can,” she said.The No. 7-ranked OSU men’s team lost on floor to PSU despite junior Brandon Wynn’s 14.4, a team best on floor.Seniors Justin Meyers and Tai Lee tied for second in high bar with a pair of 14.85s, while Wynn scored a 16.000 on rings, just 0.100 shy of his event-best.In their second co-ed meet of the season in Columbus on Mar. 13, the men’s team will take on Oklahoma while the women end regular season competition against Auburn.While both men’s and women’s coaches look forward to another big crowd to help fuel the energy in St. John Arena, Avery is glad to have another co-ed competition alongside the women.“You get an opportunity to support them,” Avery said. “And I think it’s really special when we do.” read more

Urban Meyer not planning to reveal starting QB until OSU takes the

Quterbacks Stephen Collier (13), J.T. Barrett (16) and Cardale Jones (12) get work in at the first day of camp on August 10 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Photo Credit: Giustino Bovenzi / Lantern ReporterThe quarterback battle between redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett and redshirt junior Cardale Jones is underway as the defending national champion Ohio State Buckeyes returned to practice Monday with the opening of fall camp at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.For months, speculation of who will be under center for the Buckeyes has been the topic of discussion, and OSU coach Urban Meyer said on Monday he is still not leaning in either direction as to who will be starting Sept. 7 in Blacksburg, Va.“They’re both established guys,” Meyer said. “Cardale’s been here a long time now — what’s it, his eighth year here? J.T. has played a lot of football. We won’t announce anything until the first guy takes the field at Virginia Tech.”Meyer said he plans on splitting the practice reps at quarterback “50-50,” at least throughout the initial days of practice. Determining who got the first-team reps on Monday was a lot simpler, however, as Barrett and Jones flipped a coin. Jones won the toss and got the first crack at the starting offense.Barrett said no matter who starts, he knows the decision will come down to which quarterback gives the team the best chance to win.“The main thing is that we want the best for this team, and I said that whether that be myself, Cardale or (redshirt senior) Braxton (Miller), when he was playing (quarterback), it was who is going to put our position in the best chance to win,” he said. Barrett said it would mean a lot for him to get the starting nod against Virginia Tech, especially after falling to the Hokies 35-21 in his second collegiate start last season.“You could say I had that one marked on the calendar,” Barrett said. “So, it does mean a lot to me personally, being that I did play a game that we lost. I just wasn’t prepared. So with that, it means a lot.”Jones said his focus would be entirely on football while camp is underway. One piece of evidence for his commitment to the sport, he said, is taking a two-week hiatus from his popular Twitter account.“It’s all fun and games when we’re not on the field, but when we get on the field, it’s strictly business,” Jones said. “Whoever is going to win the battle, it’s going to be bittersweet — because you definitely want to see your friend or your teammate succeed — but only one guy can play.”Jones said OSU’s offense has the potential to be one of the most dynamic offenses in college football history.“My personal opinion, yes, hands down,” Jones said. “Because of the playmakers we got, because of the youth we got, the depth we got and because of the experience we have.”Last year, both Jones and Barrett made cases to be considered the best man for the job heading into the 2015 season.Barrett started 12 games for the Buckeyes as a redshirt freshman last season after being thrust into the starting role when Miller injured his shoulder shortly before the season. After a shaky start to the year, Barrett settled down and threw for 2,834 yards and 34 touchdowns before his season ended due to an ankle injury suffered in the regular-season finale against Michigan.He was then replaced by Jones, who excelled in OSU’s three postseason games by throwing for 742 yards and five touchdowns, leading the Buckeyes to victories in the Big Ten Championship Game, Sugar Bowl and National Championship Game.OSU’s fall camp is set to continue through Aug. 24, leading up to the season opener in Blacksburg, Va., on Sept. 7. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. read more

Mens Lacrosse Ohio State faces Penn State needing turnaround in mustwin Big

Then-sophomore attackman Jack Jasinski heads for the goal in the fourth quarter during the first round of the NCAA tournament against Loyola Maryland on May 14, 2017. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterAfter its nine regular-season wins and thrilling national championship appearance last season, this year’s Ohio State men’s lacrosse team has a lot to consider ahead of its upcoming Big Ten season. As the only Big Ten team with fewer than six wins, Ohio State (5-4) begins conference play at home Saturday when it meets Penn State (6-3) at 3 p.m. Saturday at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes have been unable to break their losing streak, which has reached three games after losses to Towson, No. 3 Denver and No. 7 Notre Dame.The losses mean the game against the Nittany Lions, who are on a two-game win streak, will be critical for Ohio State’s playoff chances given that there are just five games remaining.“At this point, in terms of wins in conferences, it’s huge,” Ohio State head coach Nick Myers said. “I think every one of these games feels like a playoff game in the sense that you know you’re competing and positioning yourself for postseason play and making that conference tournament. Only four of the 16 teams will make it, so every game has got to have a kind of a playoff feel to it, and it just starts at the first one.”Ohio State’s 9-8 loss to Notre Dame Sunday didn’t do any favors for the Buckeyes’ record, but it did give the players a much-needed boost in confidence.Ohio State held strong and answered each Fighting Irish goal to remain within one late in the game, except for the game-tying goal. Myers said he was happy with the team’s offensive play, specifically its fast pace and number of quality scoring chances.“You hate to get those kinds of outcomes but I think you focus on the process of getting better, and I think we have improved. When you look at Towson, Notre Dame, Denver — these are final-four, quarter-final teams. These are good lacrosse teams,” Myers said. “You never accept losing, but you do need to be focused on improving, and I do believe that we have.”In many ways, the beginning of Big Ten play represents the start of a new season altogether. After the slow start, Ohio State has a chance to start fresh and commit all its focus to getting to the Big Ten tournament. Before it can make it there, however, Ohio State must clash against some of the top teams in the country, including a formidable No. 2 Maryland team (7-1), No. 6 Johns Hopkins (6-2), No. 9 Rutgers (7-2), and No. 15 Michigan (7-2).Myers said he knew the team could fix its issues from previous games, and said it spent this week addressing those problems. As the games get tougher and the stakes get higher, defensive cohesion and offensive consistency become all the more important for the team to compete in a conference stacked top to bottom with talent. “We took great strides last weekend against Notre Dame,” Ohio State senior attack Colin Chell said. “We’re just looking to carry that excitement and improvement through this week and then obviously to Penn State this weekend.” read more

Minor neighbour dispute sees sex offender caught for his crimes 15 years

first_imgDespite detectives finding DNA matches, Christopher Allan denied the offencesCredit:Getty Despite overwhelming evidence… he chose to plead not guilty and put both victims through the ordeal of a trialDet Con Nichola Buckley DNA Detective Constable Nichola Buckley, who led the investigation for the Metropolitan Police, said: “Despite overwhelming evidence against Christopher Allan, he chose to plead not guilty and put both victims through the ordeal of a trial.”Although this outcome was some 15 years since the offences, it goes to show that time is no hindrance and the Met will strive to see justice is served.”Both victims in this case have shown a huge amount of strength throughout this investigation. Not only did they have to endure these horrendous attacks in 2001, but they had their lives turned upside down again all these years later upon the arrest and subsequent conviction of Allan.”I would like to commend them for their bravery and hope that they can feel some closure now justice has been served.”Allan, from Charlton, was found guilty of the attempted rape and indecent assault of the two women.He was sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment with an extended licence of six years for each attempted rape and ten years’ imprisonment with an extended licence of five years for each indecent assault. All sentences will run concurrently.DC Buckley added: “It cannot be ruled out that Allan has been responsible for other attacks. If anyone thinks they have been the victim of Christopher Allan, please contact police via 101.” Woolwich Crown Court heard the first victim was walking along the street when she realised she was being followed by Allan.She crossed the road several times, but Allan followed her before he grabbed her from behind and pulled her into bushes.He tried to rape her and threatened to kill her if she said anything. Two months later, he followed a woman home in Greenwich in the early hours.She stepped to the side of the path to let him pass but, as he did so, Allan grabbed her and pulled her into a front garden. He sexually assaulted her, but was disturbed by a witness and fled the scene.Despite officers recovering forensic evidence from both scenes, no suspect could be located at the time.In 2014, Allan was arrested following a dispute with a neighbour and his DNA matched samples found at both scenes.He was charged with both offences but, despite the forensic evidence, pleaded not guilty to the offences. A would-be rapist who attacked two women on the streets 15 years ago has been jailed for 12 years after being caught following a dispute with his neighbour.Christopher Allan, 40, attacked his first victim, a girl aged 16, as she walked home in Blackheath, south east London, in April 2001.A second woman aged 26 was assaulted as she made her way home two months later. But Allan evaded justice until he was arrested after a row with his neighbour.His DNA was tested and matched samples found at both crime scenes. After he was convicted of the attempted rape and indecent assault of the two women, a detective warned that Allan could be responsible for other attacks. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Escort thought she could ruin multimillionaire accused of her murder

first_imgMorgan denies murderCredit:Wales News Service  Peter Morgan was a millionaire property developerCredit:Wales News Service Georgina Symonds worked as a dancerCredit:Wales News Service  After overhearing the conversation Miss Symonds had with Mr Ballinger, Morgan made a list of items in the notes section of his iPhone.The list – reading “String, 02, poly, glove, snip, handle, tape, Special K, starter, rag, adapter” – was allegedly the items Morgan used when he later killed her.He strangled her with twine in the morning of January 12, then wrapped her body in polythene sheeting which he attached to a metal pole so he could carry it easily.Her legs were bound with tape to fit in the boot of Morgan’s white Porsche Cayenne, which he used to transport her to an outbuilding close to his estranged wife’s home at 12pm.Miss Symonds was reported missing to police after she failed to collect her five-year-old daughter from school that afternoon.Morgan confessed to two police officers at 4.45am on January 13, saying: “I strangled her this morning. I love her so much.”In another interview, Morgan described himself as Miss Symonds’ “sugar daddy” and said he spoiled her.Officers discovered Miss Symonds’ body at 6am. A post-mortem examination found she died from strangulation.Morgan claims he has Asperger syndrome and killed Miss Symonds following a “loss of control” after overhearing the conversation between her and Mr Ballinger. Peter Morgan The court heard Morgan promised to transfer the bungalow – owned by him and estranged wife Helen – to Miss Symonds.Morgan, who is worth £20m, also took out a £1m life insurance policy to be paid to Miss Symonds on his death.He paid for trained beautician Miss Symonds, who had two breast augmentations at the age of 18 and 21, to have liposuction costing £8,000.During their three-and-a-half year relationship, Miss Symonds had an affair with a Sky engineer and secretly stayed with him at a hotel.Morgan planted the listening device, disguised as a white plug socket, at the bungalow and used it 514 times from November 2015 until her death. Her best friend, Alexy Butcher, told Newport Crown Court Miss Symonds was paid £10,000 per month by Morgan, who she nicknamed ‘Rich Pete’.”Rich Pete was totally smitten. He loved and cared for her and wanted a future with her,” Miss Butcher told the court.”George, however, was only with him for the money. I don’t think she ever cared for him.” Georgina Symonds was allegedly lavished with gifts by Peter MorganCredit:Wales News Service Georgina Symonds She said Miss Symonds “hated” Morgan following the suicide of her ex-boyfriend, Peter Deem – known as ‘Poor Pete’ – in November 2015.”At the beginning she boasted about Rich Pete but over time I think she decided to get as much as she could from him,” Miss Butcher added.Miss Symonds threatened to tell Morgan’s family how she had met him and had a photograph with him and other escorts at his marital home, Beech Hill Farm in Usk, Gwent.Her mother, Deborah Symonds, told the jury: “She threatened to tell everyone about them and thought she could ruin him.”George had evidence on her phone of Morgan taking call girls back to his marital home when he was married to his wife.”She showed me a picture on her phone of him with some girls in the lounge.”Morgan was up to no good behind his wife’s back and George had evidence with which she would blackmail Morgan with.”Mrs Symonds, a residential services officer, said her daughter wished to “hurt” Morgan and blamed him for Mr Deem’s suicide.”She was trying to do things to upset him, to make him feel hurt but I don’t think anything could make him hurt,” Mrs Symonds said. He planted a listening device in a bungalow he owned in Llanmartin, Newport, where he allowed the mother-of-one to live rent-free with her young daughter.On January 10, Morgan overheard Miss Symonds tell love interest Tom Ballinger she planned to leave married Morgan and blackmail him.Morgan, who denies murder on grounds of diminished responsibility, strangled Miss Symonds with twine at the bungalow in the morning of January 12. Georgina Symonds Georgina Symonds An escort allegedly murdered by her multi-millionaire boyfriend was “only with him for the money”, her best friend told a court.Peter Morgan, 54, is accused of strangling Georgina Symonds, 25, after discovering she planned to “fleece him”, leave him and work for other men.The father-of-two, from Llanellen, near Abergavenny, lavished Miss Symonds with expensive gifts and paid her up to £10,000 per month to be his personal escort. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Peter Morgan Morgan is said to have treated Georgina Symonds to helicopter flightsCredit:Wales News Servicelast_img read more

Westminster terror attack raises parliamentary security questions

first_img“And another is the security parameter around Parliament. Part of this horrific incident was on Westminster Bridge, where you had a car that appears to have mounted the pavement and injured more than a dozen people. Do they need to widen out that security  parameter?” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. He said there will be two areas that any review would likely focus on.”The first is this entrance on Parliament Square into Parliament Yard. It is quite often open, all be it manned by a number of policemen. I think there will now be questions as to whether this can continue to be open often.”If ultimately if you are able to run as a member of the public into Parliament, clearly that is an area they are going to look at.  He said that despite this there is a big call to defend people’s access to MPs, which lies at the heart of parliamentary system”Yes we need protect Parliament and parliamentarians but we also need to make sure it does remain open to the public, that they can come an meet their MP, lobby them, talk about issues.” In the wake of the terrorist attack on Parliament, there will questions raised again about security at the Palace of Westminster and the public’s access to MPs.Telegraph political correspondent Ben Riley-Smith, who saw the aftermath of the terror attack from  Telegraph’s office on the top floor of the Houses of Parliament, said while the parameter was breached, the attacker “barely got beyond a dozen steps” inside before being held back.last_img read more

Treat your daughter for doing the washing up Coop under fire for

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “Fair Trade means that women’s work is properly valued and rewarded. Women are always paid for their contribution to the production process and are empowered in their organisations.”Another asked why the company couldn’t have said “child” rather than “daughter”.A spokesperson for the Co-op said: “We are proud of our organisation’s equality and diversity and we are sorry and have changed the advert’s wording.” Couldn’t you have said ‘child’ rather than ‘daughter’ @coopukfood? #everydaysexism @EverydaySexism @Marketingweek Seen in today’s @thetimes pic.twitter.com/OxnCcA1cI0— Rebecca Aston (@Beckie_Aston) April 4, 2017 One customer wrote on Facebook: “#EverdaySexism. Come on The Co-op, surely you are better than this? You are proud of your Fairtrade status… this is one of the 10 stated principles of Fairtrade: Non-Discrimination, Gender Equity and Freedom of Association.”The organisation does not discriminate in hiring, remuneration, access to training, promotion, termination or retirement based on race, caste, national origin, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, union membership, political affiliation, HIV/Aids status or age. The Co-op supermarket chain has been accused of sexism for an advert urging its customers to buy their daughter a chocolate Easter egg to “treat her” for “doing the washing up”.The full-page advertisement prompted controversy on social media, with critics claiming it is misogynistic to promote the idea that a daughter and not a son would be the child responsible for doing the washing-up.The advert says: “Be a good egg. Treat your daughter for doing the washing up”.last_img read more

The devils disciple is dead Families of Ian Bradys victims celebrate his

first_img​ Winnie Johnson, mother of Keith Bennett, died in 2012Credit:Dave Thompson/PA Winnie Johnson, mother of Keith Bennett Relatives of Ian Brady’s victims are celebrating the death of the Moors Murderer as they branded him “the devil’s disciple”.Family members spoke of having to live with the “nightmare that he left behind” as they described the serial killer as a “murderous psychopath”. ‘I poured myself a glass of wine… it’s closure’ Terry West, brother of Lesley Ann Downey, told Mail Online: “I poured myself a glass of wine when I found out – we’ve been waiting for this day for such a long time. It’s closure for our family.”But I really feel for Keith Bennett’s brother Alan and the rest of his family – this probably means they’ll never know where his body was buried.”He’s taken it to the grave. There’s still one poor kiddie up there on the Moors. My heart goes out to Alan – at least I’ve got somewhere that I can visit our Les, he hasn’t even got that.” In February, he was refused permission to launch a High Court fight to have the lawyer of his choice representing him at a tribunal where the decision would be reviewed. Mr West, 66, added: “What Brady did will never be forgotten – it’s had such an effect on all our lives.”I had to protect my children when they were growing up, I wouldn’t let them play out in the street.”‘We will never give up in hunt for Keith’Alan Bennett, the brother of 12-year-old Keith Bennett whose body has never been found, vowed to keep looking for the grave on Saddleworth Moor.Mr Bennett, whose campaign group Searching For Keith organises digs on the moor, said: “Thank you to everyone for your sincere words and thoughts.”We will carry on doing whatever we can to bring Keith home and your support means more than I could ever put in to words. In 2012, Keith’s campaigning mother Winnie Johnson died of cancer and was buried with his glasses – still unable to give her boy a Christian funeral.Brady refused to reveal burial site on deathbedBrady’s lawyer Robin Makin has confirmed that the killer – who held back the secret to Keith’s burial spot as one final torment to his victims – never disclosed the information on his deathbed.Winnie Johnson’s family lawyer John Ainley confirmed that Greater Manchester Police had tried to convince him to reveal all before he died on Monday night.Mr Ainley added: “The police spoke to me in the course of the evening, and they were trying to have access to his papers.”That’s difficult without consent from his solicitors and a court order.”[The police] were trying, I think, to implore Brady at this very late stage to pass on any information or documents to them so they could carry out a meaningful search of the moors.” “He’s ruined our lives all these years and he’ll still ruin it even though he’s gone. I feel numb.”Mr Kilbride added that there were no other words to describe Brady apart from “a murderous psychopath”. Brady, who tortured and killed five children with his lover Myra Hindley, died at a secure mental health hospital on Monday night aged 79 after spending more than five decades behind bars.’The best news ever… may you rot in f—— hell’A family member of Lesley Ann Downey reportedly posted online: “We as a family have had the best news ever! Brady the devil’s disciple is DEAD!!! May you rot in F—— HELL!!!!!!!!!!!” The crimes that shocked the nationThe crimes of Brady and Hindley shocked the nation as details of how the pair snatched children off the street, abused and tortured them to death were recalled during their trial at Chester Assizes.Brady escaped the hangman’s noose as the death penalty was abolished just months earlier and was handed three life sentences.In 2013, Brady asked to be moved to a Scottish prison so he could not be force fed, as he could be in hospital, and where he could be allowed to die if he wishes. His request was rejected after Ashworth medical experts said he had chronic mental illness and needed continued care in hospital. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “I will never give up, we will never give up – we will carry on.” ‘Taunted by a dead man from beyond the grave’The brother of John Kilbride said he felt “numb” at the news of Brady’s death.Describing him as a “murderous psychopath”, Terry Kilbride said told The Sun: “He’s ruined our lives all these years and he’ll still ruin it even though he’s gone.” He said Keith’s mother Winnie Johnson, who died five years ago, would be “turning in her grave” that Brady did not reveal where her son’s body is.”We’re going to be taunted by a dead man from beyond the grave,” Mr Kilbride said. He added:”It’s a lot to take in. It’s been years and years of anguish and pain for us and the families of the victims.”But nothing will change. He’s dead but we will have to still live with the nightmare that he left behind.last_img read more

Is the Queen trying to tell us something about Brexit with her

first_imgClearly the EU still inspires some in the UK 😊 #QueensSpeech pic.twitter.com/vqTWnxKk1V— Guy Verhofstadt (@GuyVerhofstadt) June 21, 2017 Theresa May had her first Queen’s Speech today, but she was somewhat upstaged by the monarch and her colourful – and curious – hat.Some claimed the speech was flimsy and light on policy, with many of the Conservative manifesto pledges scrapped after Mrs May lost her majority in the general election.And with Brexit looming big on the horizon – and featuring at the heart of the Prime Minister’s proposals for government – some thought the Queen herself was making a bold statement in Parliament by wearing a cheerful yellow and blue hat.Eagle-eyed social media users quickly spotted that her hat bore a striking resemblance to the EU flag: Also contained in the Queen’s Speech are Bills to extend the HS2 high-speed rail link to Crewe, permit the development of driverless cars and commercial satellites, cut whiplash insurance claims, protect victims of domestic abuse and ban letting fees for private rented homes. Who wore it best? #QueensSpeech #Brexit pic.twitter.com/kpAqSXC657— John Hall (@JohnMatthewHall) June 21, 2017 😉 pic.twitter.com/OPM0Uj2N2g— Tara Mulholland (@tara_mulholland) June 21, 2017 There will also be a public inquiry into Grenfell Tower.The Queen said: “My Government will initiate a full public inquiry into the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower to ascertain the causes, and ensure that the appropriate lessons are learnt.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Breast cancer treatment can double heart risks

Breast cancer survivors who undergo common forms of treatment are twice as likely to develop heart disease, new research shows.Experts said that such women should undergo screening in subsequent years to check their heart health, in a bid to protect them from heart disease – one of Britain’s major killers.The study of almost 15,000 subjects found that women who underwent radiotherapy saw a sharp increase in rates of cardiac disease, while some forms of chemotherapy were linked to a four-fold rise in heart failure.The research by the Netherlands Cancer Institute tracked 14,645 breast cancer sufferers between 1970 and 2009, and examined those at risk of heart disease.The study found that 11 per cent of those who had undergone radiotherapy of the lymph nodes behind the sternum went on to develop the disease, over two decades – compared with just six per cent of those who underwent different forms of cancer treatment. Researchers said that modern radiation techniques would be expected to have a lower impact, because they exposed the heart to lower doses.And experts said women diagnosed with the disease today would normally be given an extra drug called a taxane in order to reduce risks to the heart.Melanie Sturtevant, Policy Manager at Breast Cancer Now, said: “This vital study highlights the importance of all patients being informed about how the benefits of their treatment weigh up with the risks – but we’d urge them not to be unduly concerned by these findings. While chemotherapy and radiotherapy can have some difficult side-effects, they are incredibly effective options for so many patients and remain the cornerstones of breast cancer treatment.Any patient with concerns about the risks of breast cancer treatment should discuss them with their doctor, she said. Show more While chemotherapy and radiotherapy can have some difficult side-effects, they are incredibly effective options for so many patientsMelanie Sturtevant, Breast Cancer Now “Thanks to research progress, newer radiotherapy techniques are now reducing the impacts on the heart for breast cancer patients. Recent clinical guidelines also recommend adding a taxane to anthracycline chemotherapy to help reduce cardiac toxicity, as well as avoiding anthracyclines for patients with a history of cardiac disease and using them with caution in older patients.”Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women, with around 50,000 diagnoses in England each year, and one in eight women developing the disease during their lifetime.Heart disease is Britain’s second biggest killer, after dementia.In recent years a number of studies have suggested that drugs such as statins which protect against heart disease could also boost survival rates for common cancers, including breast cancer. Rates of heart attacks were 50 per cent higher in the radiotherapy group, compared with the general population.And the research found that women given anthracycline-based chemotherapy had rates of heart failure four times those of patients who had other types of treatment.When combined with radiotherapy of the lymph nodes behind the sternum, there was a nine-fold increased risk of heart disease, the study, published in the British Journal of Cancer found.The study tracked women given common forms of breast cancer treatment over four decades. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Grouse prices to hit record high as dry weather causes game shortage

“We will have pheasants and partridge but people want the grouse because it’s the Rolls-Royce of the game birds, so it’s really disappointing.”Ben Lidgate,  the company secretary for family-run Lidgate’s butcher in West London, agreed.He said they are expecting at least a 25 per cent increase in price, explaining: “We can’t remember the last time there was a shortage like this.”The suppliers did say that they were expecting the grouse to completely run out by the beginning of September.”It’s so popular – it’s the most popular game bird. Despite the price increase I suspect people will still want it – enough people will still want it for us to sell.”They will be willing to pay the price as there is less grouse to go around.” The season has just begun “The people who want grouse will buy them – and we will run out.”It’s bad news for the business – we can usually sell grouse until December the 10th so it’s finishing really early.”It was a bad winter as well – a lot of the birds were killed off by the Beast from The East.”Now we’ve had the fires on the moors and they’ve wiped them out. Grouse is set to be 50 per cent more expensive, as butchers warn the prices are due to hit a record high because a cold snap followed by extremely dry weather has caused a shortage of the birds.Game lovers cite grouse as one of the most delicious types of meat, with butchers referring to it as the “Rolls-Royce” of game.While the season can run to as long as December, there are warnings that the small game bird will run out by the beginning of September.John Clayton, the manager of Jago’s butchers in Chelsea, said “They are going to be a lot more expensive than usual, and the season will be a lot shorter as well.”Last year the price of grouse was around £10-12, this year they will probably be about £16-18 – about 50 per cent more.”This is the biggest increase we have seen for a lot of years.”We are expecting the season to end in early September because a lot of moors have stopped shooting.” The grouse season is set to end eight to 10 weeks earlyCredit:REUTERS/Russell Cheyne He warned that grouse-lovers should not delay, as the season started yesterday and suppliers expect to run out in a matter of weeks.Mr Clayton explained: “If people want to buy grouse they should buy it while it’s still around. The season has just begunCredit: Getty Images Europe/Jeff J Mitchell The grouse season is set to end eight to 10 weeks early Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Pest of Zorro threatens to cut swathe through UK elm trees

It is now threatened by the alien invader. The elm zigzag sawfly is also a rapacious breeder that like greenfly is asexual so does not need pairs to populate swathes of the countryside. Elm zigzag sawfly was first identified in Dorking, Surrey in June by the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. It was first seen in Europe in 2003 and caused 74 per cent to 98 per cent defoliation of elms although in some countries like Bulgaria it has been just 2 per cent.All three UK native elm species are vulnerable.Defra said it had invested £4.5m to improve border security and launched a new tree health resilience strategy. “We take pests and diseases very seriously,” it said.The Woodland Trust, however, claimed there were gaps in our defences with 25 per cent of imported elms coming in unchecked.At present, oaks are being attacked by the oak processionary moth, whose toxic hairs are health threat to humans, and horse chestnuts by bleeding canker.The emerald ash borer, which has destroyed millions of trees in the US, is not here but in western Russia, a big exporter of wood including to the British market. “If that got here, we would lose all of our ash,” said Mr Elliot. “You only need one female to arrive and you are off,” said Mr Elliot.He said that although an infestation of zigzag sawflys would not in itself kill a tree when they started eating the foliage in Spring, it was the accumulation of threats that was worrying, weakening it to fight drought and Dutch Elm disease, which has claimed 60m trees in the UK and is still spreading.Mr Elliot blamed Britain’s poor defences for letting in the sawfly, the microscopic eggs of which can survive winter hidden in dead leaves and may have been either imported with an otherwise healthy elm or hitched a lift on another tree species.He said Brexit offered the chance to tighten border controls and restrict freedom of movement for tree imports to protect native species like elm, oak and horse chestnut, all currently under threat from alien pests or diseases.Campaigners including the Woodland Trust advocate a model like New Zealand’s where officials conduct comprehensive scientific audits of the threats to each tree species before imposing a ban on any imports of any that might threaten its indigenous trees.By contrast, the UK has banned elm imports just from areas afflicted by elm yellow, a killer disease, but allows in elms from other areas. “New Zealand would say there are all these threats to elm. Let’s not import elm. Full Stop. Elm is a native species, we should not need to import it,” said Mr Elliot. The bugs can consume almost the entire foliage of an elm Elm zigzag sawfly was first identified in Dorking, Surrey in June by the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Elm trees already devastated by Dutch elm disease are being ravaged across south and east England by a new alien pest that leaves the ‘Mark of Zorro’ on their leaves.Maps seen by the Telegraph show the Elm Zigzag Sawfly, originally from Japan and named after the Z-shaped holes it eats into leaves, has colonised a 7,000 square mile area of England.The bugs can consume almost the entire foliage of an elm, not only threatening the future of rare and endangered indigenous insects like butterflies that live on elms but also weakening the trees’ ability to resist the twin threats of Dutch elm disease and hotter British summers.It has now been sighted across an area covering a seventh of England from Hythe near Folkestone in the south to Ipswich and King’s Lynn in the east and Oxford and Bedford in the heart of England as well as throughout London, according to  maps by Forest Research, a government agency.Matt Elliot, the Woodland Trust’s tree health expert, said there was nothing that could stop it as pesticides would kill other indigenous insects that live on elms including one of the UK’s most endangered butterflies, the white-letter hairstreak. The bugs can consume almost the entire foliage of an elm Elm zigzag sawfly was first identified in Dorking, Surrey in June by the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. read more

Ryanair under fire for failing to take action against passenger who launched

The Ryanair passenger who was filmed launched a racist attack at an elderly woman “It’s 63 years since Rosa Parks said “No “ to sitting on the back of the Bus and we ain’t going back.”Karl Turner, the shadow Attorney General and Labour MP for East Hull, tweeted: “He should have been removed from the flight and handed over to the police.”Margaret Ferrier, an MSP, said: “Just watched the shocking footage on a Ryanair aircraft, utterly disgusting. Racist male passenger should have been put off flight before it departed.”Flight attendant incapable of responding appropriately.”Jeremy Vine,  the broadcaster, said ;”If this is Ryanair, they need to explain how this man’s disgusting racial abuse of the black lady in the seat next to him ends up with her being asked to move. It is beyond belief.”Ryanair said on Sunday that it had reported the incident to Essex police.The force confirmed it had been made aware of the incident, and said it took all “prejudice-based crime seriously”.It added: “We are working closely with Ryanair and the Spanish authorities on the investigation.”Mr Lawrence, who filmed the incident, said: “The film was posted two days ago and it’s only now that they’re responding which is absolutely unacceptable.”Ryanair said: “As this is now a police matter, we cannot comment further.” Eventually, the woman was given another seat, while he was allowed to remain where he was.The video has attracted more than 10,000 comments and tens of thousands of retweets and shares since it was posted online by David Lawrence, from Kent, on Friday.The victim was identified as Mrs Gayle, 77, from east London, a member of the Windrush generation, who was left “feeling upset and very stressed” about the situation.Mrs Gayle’s 53-year-old daughter, who was not identified, called for an apology from Ryanair. She told the Huffington Post she had taken her mother on a short break to lift her spirits as she was grieving the death of her husband of 50 years.”My mother has worked her all of her life, paid her taxes and her dues,” she added. “Why should she have to go through all of this?”She said she would never fly Ryanair again, adding that had a black person behaved in that way police would have been called.Several politicians voiced anger at Ryanair’s apparent lack of action in removing the man from the flight. David Lammy, the Labour MP for Tottenham, said: “Ok boycott Ryanair⁩ if they think it’s ok for a racist man to abuse an elderly black woman and remain on the plane. The Ryanair passenger who was filmed launched a racist attack at an elderly womanCredit:Facebook: David Lawrence Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Ryanair is facing a public backlash for its failure to remove a man from a plane after he launched a torrent of racist abuse at a fellow passenger.The man was filmed calling the 77-year-old woman an “ugly black bastard”, and shouting “don’t talk to me in a foreign language you stupid ugly cow” when she spoke with a Jamaican accent.The footage was recorded on Friday on Ryanair flight FR015 from Barcelona to London Stansted, before takeoff, by a fellow passenger who published it on social media.It shows the man yelling at the woman to move seats while her daughter tries to stand up to him, telling him her mother is disabled.He replies: “I don’t care whether she’s f—— disabled or not – if I tell her to get out she gets out.”The man then calls her “an ugly f—— c—” and tells staff to move the woman to another seat, adding: “if you don’t go to another seat I’ll push you to another seat”. Staff on the flight appeared to do little to silence the man, while a passenger in the row behind intervened in an attempt to deal with the situation.The cabin crew can be heard to say: “Don’t be so rude, you have to calm down” as other passengers gasped at his language and called for the man to be thrown off the flight. Statement: We are aware of this video and have reported this matter to Essex Police— Ryanair (@Ryanair) October 21, 2018 read more

New head of CPS under fire for refusing to use phrase Islamist

Emma Webb, a research fellow at the Henry Jackson Society said: “In the wake of negative publicity damaging the CPS, Max Hill has vowed that through his appointment he will “restore trust”. But it is difficult to see how this will be possible given his habit of meeting disproportionately with extremist and intolerant groups.“Meeting with such groups is bad enough, but his apparent aping of their divisive rhetoric is a step to far. Their fingerprints are all over his own positions.“He has shown himself to have bad taste and judgement in the company he keeps. This is certainly not a man who can be trusted to ensure justice is done when it comes to Islamist extremism.”A CPS spokesman said Mr Hill has always been clear about his desire for “the need for consultation with the community, particularly Muslim communities, and awareness of the full range of what different organisations are bringing to the field, not just the government favoured ones”.He added: “Max Hill QC was appointed by the Attorney General after a rigorous and open competition, overseen by a Civil Service Commissioner‎.” The new head of the CPS has been accused of adopting “deeply unhelpful” language about terrorists after spending 90 minutes with CAGE, the group that described ISIS executioner Jihadi John as “a beautiful young man”.The Henry Jackson Society (HJS) has criticised Max Hill QC’s appointment as the Director of Public Prosecutions, claiming he has “aped” the rhetoric used by CAGE and its supporters.Mr Hill, who replaced Alison Saunders last week, held a 90 minute meeting with CAGE last autumn – a month after the organisation’s international director, Muhammad Rabbani, was convicted of a terrorism offence and fined for refusing to give police the PIN number of his mobile phone when he was stopped and searched at Heathrow Airport.It came after the group had held a press conference following the February 2015 killing of ISIS’s chief executioner Mohammed Emwazi describing the brutal killer as “beautiful” and “extremely gentle”. The 27-year-old from Queen’s Park, London, is thought to have been responsible for the beheading of western hostages including US journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff. CAGE has also accused Prevent of having a counterproductive effect, quoting UN special rapporteur Maina Kiai as saying: “by dividing, stigmatising and alienating segments of the population, Prevent could end up promoting extremism, rather than countering it”.According to the HJS, Mr Hill has also held meetings with other organisations which have been outspoken in their criticism of Prevent including MEND, Just Yorkshire and The Cordoba Foundation, once described by David Cameron as a “political front for the Muslim Brotherhood”. Its founder, Anas Al Tikriti, has openly supported the brotherhood and Hamas stating: “I believe that if you are occupied you need to fight back”.Mr Hill has also met with the Friends of Al Asqa, founded by Ismail Patel who has stated that “Hamas is no terrorist organisation…we salute Hamas for standing up to Israel”, and was a spokesman for the British Muslim Initiative which has links to the terror Group. Friends of al-Aqsa’s bank account was closed by the Co-op to ensure that funds “do not inadvertently fund illegal or other proscribed activities”.MEND were once described as “Islamists masquerading as civil libertarians” while Just Yorkshire is an anti-Prevent group funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, which has also funded CAGE. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Mohammed Emwazi, aka Jihadi John in a still taken from a video released by Islamic State Credit:Ho/AFP Mohammed Emwazi, aka Jihadi John in a still taken from a video released by Islamic State  ECHR “handed a big victory to both Islamists and Islamophobes – while infantilising believing Muslims everywhere” https://t.co/aBnTkMPBr5— Emma Webb (@Emma_A_Webb) November 3, 2018 Accusing the QC of being “influenced, inaccurately, by the Islamist group’s agenda”, the HJS pointed out similarities between Mr Hill’s refusal to refer to “Islamist terrorism” and CAGE describing the use of the word “Islamist” as a smear on the religion.In February, Mr Hill – then head of the Government’s terror watchdog – declared that it is “fundamentally wrong” to use the phrase “Islamist terrorism” to describe attacks carried out in Britain and elsewhere.He said that the word terrorism should not be attached “to any of the world religions” and that the term “Daesh-inspired terrorism” should be used instead.His comments put him at odds with Prime Minister Theresa May and the then Home Secretary Amber Rudd, who have both spoken about the threat posed by “Islamist terrorists”. The HJS claims Mr Hill’s rhetoric appears “almost identical” to wording used by CAGE in 2017 to criticise Mr Hill’s predecessor David Anderson for his use of the “Islamist” term.CAGE said: “This ‘Islamist’ smear is an ad hominem attack reminiscent of neoconservative “think-tanks” that seek to whitewash Prevent (the Government’s anti-terrorism strategy) and delegitimise community concerns.”In his 2018 independent review of terror legislation, published last month, Mr Hill refers to “the perception and experience of racism and stigmatization in the workings of Schedule 7 and Prevent, whether repeat stops at borders or undue focus on Islamist extremism”.Again CAGE have used very similar language, declaring on its website: “This follows the racial profiling of Muslim primary schoolchildren under the BRIT project, which had the effect of stigmatising nine-year-old Muslim children as prone to violent extremism.” Cage research director Asim Quereshi speaks next to political activist John Rees, center, and spokesman Cerie Bullivant, right, during a press conference following the death of Mohammed Emwazi, February 2015Credit:Matt Dunham/AP Cage research director Asim Quereshi speaks next to political activist John Rees, center, and spokesman Cerie Bullivant, right, during a press conference following the death of Mohammed Emwazi, February 2015 read more

Ballymurphy Massacre deaths were illegitimate use of force by British Army court

Undated Ballymurphy Massacre Committee handout file photos of (left to right top row) Joseph Corr, Danny Taggart, Eddie Doherty, Father Hugh Mullan, Frank Quinn, Paddy McCarthy, (left to right, bottom row) Joan Connolly, John McKerr, Noel Philips, John Laverty and Joseph MurphyCredit:PA He said this was contrary to the belief of Ballymurphy families that the deaths were the result of “illegitimate, unjustified and indiscriminate use of force by the Army on civilians”.Mr Doran said the original investigations into the deaths were “very limited”, revealing that there were multiple failures to get witness accounts and missed forensic opportunities.He said that examination of scenes would not necessarily have been routine given the “legitimate security concerns at the time”.”It’s important not to lose sight that these were turbulent times,” he added.At the time of the deaths, officials from the Royal Military Police interviewed soldiers after mass shootings.Referring to the original inquest, Mr Doran said it did not carry out a rigorous examination of military statements.”The open verdict did not allow for any finding as to whether use of force was justified,” he added. “This inquest will not be so limited in nature or in scope.”The inquests are expected to run until March. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The deaths of 10 people during three days of shootings in west Belfast were the result of “illegitimate, unjustified and indiscriminate use of force by the (British) Army”, a court has heard.Nine men and a woman were killed in the shootings, that came to be known as the “Ballymurphy Massacre,” over three days in August 1971.The killings happened during a British Army operation known as Operation Demetrius, in which paramilitary suspects were detained without trial.In 2011, Northern Ireland’s Attorney General John Larkin directed that new inquests be heard after a long campaign by family members who claimed the original probes were inadequate.Soldiers have long been held responsible for killing all ten people but the accepted narrative became clouded earlier this year when former members of the paramilitary Ulster Volunteer Force came forward to claim their organisation was also involved.As inquests opened in Belfast on Monday, Sean Doran QC, counsel for the Coroner’s Service, said each individual incident and death will require “careful scrutiny”. Undated Ballymurphy Massacre Committee handout file photos of (left to right top row) Joseph Corr, Danny Taggart, Eddie Doherty, Father Hugh Mullan, Frank Quinn, Paddy McCarthy, (left to right, bottom row) Joan Connolly, John McKerr, Noel Philips, John Laverty and Joseph Murphy In what he described as a “very broad observation” on the core issues, he said: “The narrative of the military is legitimate use of force was used at a time of heightened tension and response to specific threats.” read more