BREAKING: Airshow pilot found not guilty of manslaughter

A pilot who crashed a plane onto a public road in 2015, killing 11 people, has been found not guilty of manslaughter. 

Andrew Hill, 54, was taking part in the Shoreham Airshow near Brighton when he lost control of his ex-military plane after attempting to perform a manoeuvre.

Mr Hill was charged in The Old Bailey in London with 11 counts of manslaughter by gross negligence, which he has denied.

His lawyers argued Mr Hill suffered from “cognitive impairment” at the time of the crash.

It has emerged that one of the jurors was discharged during the proceedings after stating that he would never consider convicting anyone over the Shoreham crash, according to reports from The Telegraph.

The judge presiding over the trial, Justice Andrew Edis, said: “just to say to the families, I am enormously impressed and grateful for the dignified way you have all behaved.”

Lord Ahmed charged with attempted rape of young girl

Lord Ahmed official portrait (Credit: Creative Commons)

A member of the House of Lords has been charged with attempted rape of a young girl. 

Lord Nazir Ahmed, a 61-year-old former Labour Peer, has been named by prosecutors along with two other men in relation to allegations dating to the 1970s’.

The charges include attempted rape of a girl and indecent assault involving a 13-year-old boy.

Ahmed would have been aged 14-17 at the time when the alleged crimes took place.

Ahmed and the two other men are due to appear in Sheffield Magistrates’ Court on 19 March.

Originally from Pakistan, Ahmed moved to Rotherham along with his family in 1969. He joined the Labour party aged 18 and went on to be elected a councillor before being made a Lord by Tony Blair.

Ahmed was suspended by the Labour party in 2013 under accusations of antisemitism after he claimed a Jewish conspiracy was responsible for a prison sentence he received after being found guilty of dangerous driving resulting in the death of a man in 2007.

 

Council Leaders Accept Deal on Teachers’ Pay

Council leaders have decided to bring a revised Scottish Government pay offer forward that could see teachers across Scotland get a 9% pay rise.

The news comes after a previous pay offer was overwhelmingly rejected by 97% of members of Scotland’s largest teaching union.

The Educational Institute of Scotland are now in a position to ballot their members on whether to accept or reject the deal that Education Minister John Swinney has said he hopes will end pay disputes .

If this new pay deal is not accepted then it is likely teachers in Scotland will vote for strike action.

Commenting following the meeting Councillor Gail Macgregor said: “I am pleased that Council Leaders have today agreed to present a revised proposal incorporating the additional monies made available by the Scottish Government to the teaching unions.

“We understand that the Teachers Unions will now present this revised and enhanced offer to their members and we would strongly encourage its acceptance.”

 

 

Alex Salmond charged of attempted rape and sexual assault

 

Former First Minister Alex Salmond was arrested on Wednesday evening, January 23, and appeared at Edinburgh’s Sheriff Court at 2PM the following day where he faced the charges of 14 offences in the minutes-long private hearing, without making his plea.

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Salmond entering Edinburgh’s Sheriff Court (Photo credit: Ross Cowper-Fraser)

The charges were nine counts of sexual assault, two counts of indecent assault, two counts of attempted rape and a charge for breach of the peace.  

Salmond made a short statement to the  media outside the court strenuously denying the charges : “I am innocent of any criminality whatsoever.” 

The former First Minister could not take any questions and said: “I have got to observe the rules of the court and in court is where I will state my case.” 

 

The written statement read: “I co-operated fully with the police. I was released by the police after [the] interview and agreed to attend court today. I have always maintained that I have never engaged in criminality and that remains my position.” 

Police Scotland launched its investigation on Salmond in September last year following the Scottish Government’s inquiry after several complaints of sexual harassment against Salmond.  

After an internal investigation by the Scottish Government, Salmond won a legal battle against them earlier this month after Judge Lord Pentland said that the government’s actions had been “unlawful in respect that they were procedurally unfair” and had been “tainted with apparent bias.”

The former leader had been at the forefront of the Scottish Independence campaign. The referendum results were in favour of no to independence winning by 55%.     

Salmond had stopped to shake hands with two Yes supporters before entering the court.

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One supporter handed out badges, which read: “I stand with Alex. I would walk 500 miles.” (Photo credit: Calum Wilson)

Alex Salmond resigned as First Minister and SNP leader after Scotland rejected independence in 2014.

 

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