29/04/2013

Other News In Brief

Funeral Held For Hillsborough Campaigner

Hundreds of people have turned out for the funeral of Hillsborough justice campaigner Anne Williams.

Mrs Williams, 60, lost her 15-year-old son in the 1989 football tragedy.

Last October, she was diagnosed with cancer and died earlier this month. The service began at Our Lady of Compassion Church and will be followed by a cremation in Southport.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said flags in the city were lowered and a tribute is being shown on screens. Her coffin was covered with red and white flowers and the crowds stood in silence as it arrived at the church.

Mrs Williams fought for 24 years to get an inquest verdict of accidental death for her son overturned and last year, the publication of the Hillsborough independent Panel's report found fans were not to blame for the incident that killed 96 people.

The finding led to the original verdict being quashed and new inquests ordered.

Three Jailed In Dubai Over Drug Offences

Three British men have been jailed for four years each after being found guilty of drug offences in Dubai.

Suneet Jeerh, Grant Cameron and Karl Williams, who denied the charges, will be deported afterwards.

They were all charged with possessing, taking and intending to distribute illegal drugs.

Harsher sentences had been expected for the accused who were arrested on holiday in July after police said they found a quantity of synthetic cannabis known as "spice" in their car. However, the men were not convicted for dealing, which carries a sentence of up to 15 years in prison.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister David Cameron has voiced his concern over allegations that the three accused were tortured while in custody. The men say they were tortured by the police, which included beatings and electric shocks.

Police in Dubai have denied any wrongdoing and say an internal investigation into the torture allegations found no evidence to support the claims.

Legal rights charity, Reprieve, has taken on their case.

Five Injured In Inflatable Slide Incident

Five people have been left injured after an inflatable slide overturned at a car boot sale.

According to the BBC, the bouncy castle-style slide overturned at Ripley Cricket Club on Sunday morning.

Those who were injured were treated in hospital for minor injuries, while one person was kept in overnight for observation.

The Health and Safety Executive said it had started a preliminary inquiry into the incident.

(JP/MH)


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