Football Association hires new team of integrity investigators following Telegraph revelations

first_imgLess than a week later, the FA set about beefing up the team by posting job adverts for three new roles.  Two “integrity investigators” are being hired to investigate potential breaches of FA rules relating to the integrity of the game, and an “integrity and intelligence analyst” to improve information gathering techniques and analyse data. According to the job specification, the two new integrity investigators will “proactively and reactively” conduct investigations into alleged breaches of FA rules relating to third party ownership as well as financial misconduct, betting, match fixing, breaches of the intermediary regulations,media/social media comments,  discrimination and anti-doping.Sam Allardyce lost his job as England manager last month after this newspaper disclosed how he agreed to be paid by a fake company to travel to the Far East for speaking engagements. He also advised a group of undercover reporters posing as businessmen how to “get around” the FA’s transfer rules.He subsequently admitted he had been a “fool” and claimed that he had been “helping out” an old friend. Football Association chairman Greg ClarkeCredit:Mike Egerton/ PA The Football Association is hiring a team of “integrity investigators” following criticism by MPs over its attitude to tackling corruption in the wake of The Telegraph’s investigation.Job advertisements for the new positions were posted on the FA’s website just days after its chairman Greg Clarke was grilled by the Commons Select Committee for Culture, Media and Sport over the governing body’s “lack of curiosity” toward investigating accusations of wrongdoing.Mr Clarke was criticised for the FA’s apparent failure to follow up on “serious allegations” of misconduct reported in the media. He assured MPs that the 33-person strong in-house disciplinary team has a “full suite of powers” which allows them to “investigate properly and fully” any potential rule breaches. Football Association chairman Greg Clarke Neil WarnockCredit:Steven Paston Mr Collins said it was “astonishing” that FA chiefs appeared not to have asked Allardyce the previous claims made about his conduct that arose from the Stevens Inquiry more than a decade ago. Mr Collins also cited the example of when Neil Warnock, the manager of Cardiff City FC, was accused of being “crooked” and making players pay him part of their wages to ensure they got into the team.  Jason Puncheon, one of Warnock’s players, alleged in a series of posts on Twitter that he gave players “extra wages and appearance bonus to make sure they pay him to get in the team or on the bench”. Former England national football team manager Sam Allardyce speaks to the press outside his home in BoltonCredit:AFPcenter_img Former England national football team manager Sam Allardyce speaks to the press outside his home in Bolton Neil Warnock Damian Collins, chair of the Select Committee, told Mr Clarke that there is a “lack of proactivity” of the FA to investigate claims rule breaking.He suggested that the FA was guilty of “institutional failing” if they had appointed Allardyce without looking into the previous allegations made about him. Mr Collins asked why the FA had not contacted Puncheon to ask him why he made the comments, rather than fining him £15,000 for failing to act in the best interests of the game.”Is there just a lack of curiosity or interest on the FA’s behalf which means these allegations are circulating, they are widely known about in football, but no one is following up on them?” Mr Collins asked Mr Clarke. He added: “If you want to get the truth, sometimes you have to be prepared to initiate your own investigations when people are coming to you with serious allegations.” Warnock has described the allegation as “completely and utterly false”. 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

Prince Philip battles with Union flag that just wont budge as he

first_imgFormed in 1941, the men took the name of their club from the guinea pig, because of the experimental nature of the surgical procedures they underwent.Just 28 of those treated are still alive around the world today, and a few endured the chilly weather as the Duke pulled away a union flag shrouding the stone monument, to unveil the green Cumbrian slate to the autumn sunshine.The memorial, which stands in the Staffordshire arboretum, is inscribed with the words “Out of the flames came inspiration”. The flag gets caught at the back The Duke of Edinburgh unveils the memorial and finds the flag gets caught at the back The Duke of Edinburgh unveils the memorial and finds the flag gets caught at the backCredit:DAVID HARTLEY The flag gets caught at the backCredit: DAVID HARTLEY The Guinea Pig Club, formed in 1941 by men being treated for burns at a hospital in Sussex, as well as meeting with surviving members of the club and their guestsCredit:Joe Giddens/PA Wire It was designed by Graeme Mitcheson, and bears the outline of a Spitfire fighter plane wing while on its reverse, set against the outline of a crashing Hurricane aircraft, is the face of Sir Archibald.Addressing his comrades during the ceremony, club trustee Dr Sandy Saunders, who helped raise thousands for the memorial, said: “A debt of honour is owed to the excellence of surgical expertise, which restored my body to health, and the cheerful spirit of valiant men who taught me to endure my treatment.”He added that, in what is the 75th year of the club, it was only right to remember the “band of seriously injured men” who were able to support each other in some of the darkest moments of their lives. The Duke of Edinburgh at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire where he dedicated a memorial to the Guinea Pig Clubcenter_img Among the men who benefited from the pioneering work was former racing driver Peter Procter from Appletreewick near Skipton, in Yorkshire, who was badly burned in a car crash at Goodwood in 1966.He was adopted by the club’s members when they found out he was being treated on the burns ward at East Grinstead.His wife, Shirley, also at the unveiling, told how while her husband was in hospital with 65% burns she phoned the club’s warrant officer, “Tubby” Taylor, and spoke of how the Guinea Pigs then swung into action.Mrs Procter said: “I told him, ‘you don’t know me, and I don’t know you, but I read your book about the Guinea Pigs’. The Duke of Edinburgh at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire where he dedicated a memorial to the Guinea Pig ClubCredit:Joe Giddens/PA Wire The Duke of Edinburgh encountered a troublesome Union Flag that refused to budge today as he unveiled a memorial in honour of an inspirational band of badly burned Second World War airmen.A handful of the surviving members of the once 649-strong Guinea Pig Club, now in their eighties and nineties, watched as their president, the Duke of Edinburgh, unveiled the stone at the National Memorial Arboretum on Wednesday.All of the club’s members, many of whom fought in the Battle of Britain against the Luftwaffe, received treatment for disfiguring burns at the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead from the visionary surgeon Sir Archibald McIndoe. “He said ‘I know all about Peter Procter, I’ve read all the press reports’.”He said ‘what do you need?’ and I said ‘back-up’.”And that was it, he said ‘you’ve got it’ and they would then come and visit Peter.”Mr Procter, 86, who only gave up driving racing cars five years ago, said: “I was nine when the war broke out.”We lived near York, which was served by Bomber Command, so we would see the Lancasters and the Wellingtons (bombers) coming in all the time.”So those men were always my heroes.”Then, when they came to see me in hospital after the crash, they were my heroes again.”They were heroes twice over to me. You don’t often get that.”Asked if he believed he would be here today without the surgeons and the Guinea Pig Club, he said: “I don’t think for a second – had I gone anywhere else other than East Grinstead – I’d have survived.”I think mentally, the support I got there, the attitude – I felt I was family, straight away.”It was a special environment.”He said the monument’s unveiling was a “wonderful” occasion, “but not before time”.Mr Procter, who has five children, said: “This should have been here from day one.”What a contribution they made.”The survivors of the Guinea Pig Club suffered tremendous injuries, and people with those sorts of injuries weren’t treated then as they are now.”I think they deserve a very special place like this.”The Duke has been president of the club since 1960, following the death of Sir Archibald. 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. 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The Secret Garden National Trust may open stately homes swimming pond to

first_img“I’m sure that, because of her visits to gardens in Tokyo and because of her husband’s death, her passion and energy between 1912 and the mid 1920s went into the garden. The lido was built in the 1890s for the wealthy Beale family and their seven children to enjoy a dip in the heart of their 12 acre garden.But it was long forgotten after being hidden beneath decades of growth.Now the National Trust plans to restore the pool to its former glory and allow members of the public to enjoy its reinvigorating properties. The retored swimming pondCredit: Roger J Bloxham Standen House as it once was The swimming pond “We can see that Margaret tried to grow the roses every year and, just as it has happened to us, the deer came in and ate all her rose buds off just as she was getting close in 1926. Margaret Beale 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 gardens are being restored The retored swimming pond Helen bequeathed the gardens and house to the National Trust in 1972. The National Trust hopes to open its first public swimming pool after gardeners restoring a spectacular Victorian property stumbled across a long forgotten lido.Groundsmen working at Standen House in West Sussex  – the former home of celebrated horticulturist Margaret Beale – discovered the neglected pond when they nearly fell into it while clearing undergrowth. Credit:Andrew Butler  After their mother died in 1936, Margaret’s spinster daughters Maggie and Helen dumped rubbish in the garden and allowed overgrowth to swallow it up concentrating instead on the family farm. The Beale grandchildren swim in the pond James Masters, Head Gardener center_img James Masters, Head Gardener Credit:Andrew Butler  Head gardener, James Masters explained how the pool was discovered quite by mistake when volunteers were clearing away some of the “vigorous modern planting” that obscured much of the grounds.He said: “It would be absolutely wonderful to restore the pool. We were hoping to get it ready for this year but couldn’t get the right water quality for it to be signed off, so we are now looking at next year.”After Margaret Beale’s husband died in 1914, and after her children had flown the nest, the swimming pool was barely used. “If we can have the roses as a cut flower in the posh rooms in the house, just as she wanted, it would be a special moment for me and everyone who works here.”Mr Masters added: “The pool would be back to how she designed it and the whole Rosery would be back to exactly how she envisaged it, so I’m sure she would be very pleased.” They would compete for the right to swim in the deep end by testing how long they could remain dunked underwater, and would dare one another to jump in rather than descend the steps. The Beale grandchildren swim in the pond The swimming pond in the RoseryCredit:ANDREW BUTLER Instead she spent the next 14 years trying in vain to grow the China Pink Rose in his memory, even travelling to Japan to collect samples.Fungal disease, frost, and finally, the deer that broke into the plot and ate the buds, meant the she eventually gave up trying.The National Trust has said as well as restoring the long lost pond, it will also introduce the China Pink to its Rosery in tribute to her efforts. A rose breeder in Essex has already begun growing the high maintenance plants for Standen.Mr Masters said the plan was to introduce 50 of the rose plants, which will potentially bloom into more than 2,000 flowers.He said: “We have done a huge amount of work on the restoration of the garden but this would be the one thing that, from looking at the diary, she tried so hard to achieve.  Margaret Beale She then approached the arts and crafts architect, Philip Webb, to build her dream garden and spent the next 20 years perfecting the grounds.As the Royal Horticultural Society’s first female fellow, she travelled the world looking for rare species to introduce to her beloved garden.Letters and diary entries by Mrs Beale, housed at Standen, reveal how the children spent happy summer in the pool. The gardens are being restored The swimming pond in the Rosery It would be the first time a man-made pool had been opened to the public at one of its properties.The plans are part of a £500,000 restoration project taking place at Standen House, which has taken five years and has involved 100 volunteers.James Beale, a successful lawyer and his wife, Margaret, bought Standen House and the surrounding land in 1870. Standen House as it once waslast_img read more

GCSE results day 2017 Marking reforms benefit girls as they make up

first_img“It does take time for schools to respond to the demands of the curriculum and that’s why you have this thing called comparative outcomes so we don’t see a dramatic change in the proportions achieving the various grades.” It’s GCSE Results Day 2017 and the girls are steaming ahead of the boys. The new toughened up GCSEs have seen two thirds of the coveted grade nines awarded to girls. The reformed GCSEs, which are marked in numerical grades of nine to one rather than A* to G, are designed to separate the very highest achievers, with roughly half as many nines awarded as A*s.The new grades were part of a package of reforms introduced by former education secretary Michael Gove, designed to toughen up syllabuses and to cut down on the number of students getting A*s by splitting it between the two highest grades, eight and nine.Almost 51,000 grade nines were given out across the three reformed subjects, English Literature, English Language and Maths.  Search for the pass rate in your subject In English Language, almost treble the number of grade nines went to girls compared to boys, with 3.3 per cent of grades awarded to girls and 1.3 per cent to boys.Boys won more grade nines in Maths than girls, achieving four per cent of the top grade compared to 2.9 per cent for girls.Fewer candidates have achieved a 9 compared to the proportion that gained an A* under the traditional A*-G grading system, following the deliberate move to change the system to allow more differentiation, particularly between the brightest candidates.Last year, 4 per cent of 16-year-olds in England scored an A* in English language, along with 7 per cent in maths.The grading switch is part of wider reforms designed to make GCSEs more rigorous and challenging.There are now three top grades – 7, 8 and 9 – compared to two under the old system – A* and A – with A* results now split into 8s and 9s. More than double the number of grade nines were awarded to girls than boys, with 4.5 per cent of grade nines awarded to girls compared to 1.9 per cent to boys. Pupils will be marked under the new system for English Literature, English Language and MathsCredit:FREDERICK FLORIN Pupils will be marked under the new system for English Literature, English Language and Maths Among 16-year-olds in England, almost 20,000 maths entries scored a 9 – the new highest grade, while over 31,000 achieved the top mark in the two English GCSEs combined.Under the overhaul, traditional A* to G grades are being gradually replaced in England with a 9 to 1 system. Of these, around 30,000 went to girls. Just over 2,000 students in England were awarded a clean sweep of straight nines, which is less than a third of the 6,500 straight A*s candidates from last year, according to Datalab.This is far more than predicted by Sally Collier, the head of Ofqual, who said that only a “few hundred” students would achieve straight 9s.Overall UK GCSE pass rates have fallen this year amid the biggest shake-up of exams in a generation. Changes to GCSEs: What you need to know English and maths – key GCSEs for all teenagers – are the first to move across, with other subjects following over the next two years.Today’s figures show that across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the proportion of entries scoring at least an A grade – or a 7 under the new system – has fallen by 0.5 percentage points to 20 per cent compared to last summer.Meanwhile, the percentage gaining a C or above – or a 4 under the new system – is down 0.6 percentage points to 66.3 per cent.The statistics, published by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ), show that among 16-year-olds in England:In maths, 3.5 per cent of entries – around 19,885 in total – scored a 9In English, 2.2 per cent of entries – around 13,913 in total – scored a 9In English literature, 3.2 per cent – around 17,530 in total – scored a 9Girls outperformed boys in 9 grades in both English GCSEs, while boys did better in maths at the highest result Mr Gibb told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “It is more demanding but we don’t want any student to be disadvantaged as we introduced new reforms so there is a process in place that’s been in place for many years to ensure that broadly the same proportions achieve the grades as they did under the old system. 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

Prince Charles reunited with Australian sisters he stayed with 50 years ago

first_imgJane Tozer, Amanda Boxshall, Penny Jenner and Lisa Tozer with Prince Charles Credit:MARK METCALFE 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. Prince Charles was on a tour of the Bundaberg distillery when he was reunited with the sisters  Four sisters who used to spend their weekends with the Prince of Wales when he was 17 have been reunited with the heir to the throne after more than half a century.Charles stayed at their family’s dairy farm during his time at college in Australia.And on Friday, the women came face to face with the heir again after 52 years. Prince Charles participates in a tour of the Bundaberg Rum distillery Prince Charles participates in a tour of the Bundaberg Rum distillery in Bundaberg “I remember you used to follow my dad around asking him questions and I remember you stirring the milk,” said Jane, as Charles smiled and laughed.They then presented him with a copy of the photograph, taken in 1966, which they had all signed the back of.Afterwards, Jane, 62, said: “He said he was rapt that we still had the photo. Lisa, 54, added: “All I really remember was thinking that he spoke funny.”We all had to get changed out of our farm clothes and put on our Sunday best when he came.”The sisters spent several minutes chatting to Charles – before recreating their 1966 photo.The prince had been on a tour of the Bundaberg Distillery as part of his seven-day trip in Australia. Jane Tozer, Amanda Boxshall, Penny Jenner and Lisa Tozer with Prince Charles  Jane – the oldest of the siblings – was 10 when Charles would visit. Amanda was six, Penny was four and Lisa was just three.Jane said: “I remember him being very curious about the farm.”I remember him coming tadpoling and swimming – I taught him how to duck dive.”At that age we didn’t really think of him as royalty.” “It was really lovely to see him again.” I remember him coming tadpoling and swimming – I taught him how to duck dive.Jane Tozer Prince Charles participates in a tour of the Bundaberg Rum distilleryCredit:MARK METCALFE Prince Charles  Charles could not hide his surprise as he was greeted by Jane Tozer, Amanda Boxshall, Penny Jenner and Lisa Tozer during his trip to Bundaberg.As they clutched a photo of them with the prince, taken on the day they were last together, the sisters were given a warm reception by the now 69-year-old Charles.And they wasted no time in telling him of all their memories from when he used to stay with them at Devon Farm, Lilydale, while he was at Timbertop college in Victoria. Presented with three test tubes of alcohol at the distillery, and instructed to mix them together to create his own blend of rum the prince confessed chemistry was not his strongest subject at schoolCharles joked: “It’s like chemistry. “I was never any good at chemistry at school.” Back then: Charles with the Tozer family in the 1960sCredit:Arthur Edwardslast_img read more

Serena Willams reveals surprise at Wimbledon seeding

However, Cibulkova told journalists that the move, which knocked her out of being seeded for the tournament, was unfair. “I have the right and I should be seeded. My opinion about it is that I don’t think it’s fair and I don’t think it’s the right thing to do,” she said.For Williams her return to Wimbledon carries extra significance this year, as it is 20 years since she made her debut, reaching the third round as a teenager. “I can’t say I thought I’ll be here 20 years late,” she said. Two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, ranked 156th in the world, was not seeded for the competition, which starts today amid week-long forecasts of warm weather. Murray has spent a year battling hip injury problems, and announced yesterday he was not ready to compete. Serena Williams in 2017 She admitted it will be emotional to appear in front of her husband and daughter for the first time.Earlier this week she took her daughter onto the turf at Wimbledon, where she has appeared in nine Wimbledon singles finals and, together with sister Venus, helped transformed the profile of women’s tennis.”I did take her to Centre Court early on this week when I was here. I don’t know. I got a little emotional when I was telling her a story about a girl who had a big dream,” she said. Speaking on Sunday, Williams said: “I think I would be very ungrateful if I sat here and said [the seeding] was too low, to be honest.”I don’t at all feel that way. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised. I came in here expecting that maybe I wouldn’t get a seed.”I do know Wimbledon tends to kind of beat to their own drum. That’s kind of one thing that’s been able to set them apart. Serena Willaims' daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. sits on a court at Wimbledon 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 a little bit in the back of my mind, that I would have a chance, but I didn’t put that on it.”The move by officials at Wimbledon’s seeding committee to place Williams stands in stark contrast by a decision by the French Open against seeding her.She did play in Paris, where she reached the fourth round of the competition before injury forced her to quit ahead of her clash with Maria Sharapova, but her appearance stopped short of offering conclusive evidence of Williams’ continued competitiveness at an elite level. Serena Williams takes part in a press conference on the eve of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships Serena Williams poses with the winner’s trophy in 2016Credit:AFP Serena Williams in 2017Credit:Peter Parks Serena Williams takes part in a press conference on the eve of the 2018 Wimbledon ChampionshipsCredit:AFP The move to seed Williams was a major departure for tradition by the AELTC, but it was supported by three-time former champion John McEnroe, who told The Telegraph last month that he didn’t “think there would be a player that would complain”. Serena Williams has revealed her “surprise” at a controversial Wimbledon decision to boost her ranking after her return from maternity leave, a move that divided the tennis world and led to bitter recriminations from some of her rivals.The 36-year-old American, who has dominated women’s tennis for nearly 20 years but took a break from the sport in September following the birth of daughter Alexis Olympia, said she was not sure she would be seeded for Wimbledon, which starts on Monday and thanked officials at the All England Club for the decision.Williams, who played her first Grand Slam in over a year at the French Open last month, is placed 181st in the world after nearly a year out of the sport, but she was placed in the Wimbledon draw as 25th seed to ensure that neither she nor other top players can meet each other until the third round at the earliest.Some Wimbledon club officials had privately expressed concerns that seeding Williams would unfairly penalise other players who had worked all year for their place in the top 32. But, officials agreed that she should not be punished for taking time off to have a child, despite bitter complaints from Slovakian world number 32 Dominika Cibulkova who was bumped from the seeding group as a result. Serena Williams poses with the winner's trophy in 2016 Serena Willaims’ daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. sits on a court at Wimbledon read more

Can you pass the toughest exam in the world Take the test

The questions on this year’s exam, which were released this week, suggest that knowing whether you would rather be a werewolf or a zombie might be as useful as knowing the finer points of Enlightenment thought or the work of the Old Masters. To decide on its students the college sets what has been called ‘the most difficult exam in the world’, made up of dozens of questions on a variety of subjects. Oxford University’s All Souls College is one of the most elite institutions in the country, and each year chooses just two applicants to join its ranks and study for seven years. Questions included, ‘Does Google know us better than we do?’, ‘Is Shakespeare too good for actors?’ and a nod to recent…

Tory MP fined £1500 for submitting false expense invoices as court hears

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. However, he said Davies was not entitled to split the costs across two budgets, and said any claims had to be accompanied by genuine invoices.Davies served as a councillor in Powys before he was elected as MP for Brecon and Radnorshire at the 2015 general election, beating incumbent Liberal Democrat Roger Williams with the seat’s largest majority since 1983.He served as parliamentary private secretary to the Wales Office from January to July 2018.Before entering politics, he worked as a rural auctioneer, an estate agent and also managed a mixed veterinary practice in Hay-on-Wye. It was heard Davies' political career is likely to be "in tatters" There were two budgets available to him, the Start Up Costs Budget – for office furniture and IT equipment – and the Office Costs Budget, both of which he could claim the full amount from.But Philip Stott, prosecuting, revealed Davies found in February 2016 that only £476.02 was left in the Start Up Costs Budget, with £8,303.75 remaining in the other. Davies is the Conservative MP for Brecon and RadnorshireCredit:Chris McAndrew/UK Parliament He then created two fake invoices, so the £700 cost could be split between the two budgets – £450 to the Start Up and £250 for the other.Defending, Thomas Forster QC said his client – a 51-year-old father of two school-age children – was in a “privileged position” as an MP, but that his offending was a mistake rather than a “return to the bad old days” of “maxing out expenses accounts”.He said: “There is a very real likelihood that his political career is in tatters.”This is a tragically disastrous set of circumstances to which I accept he is the author.”It is not a financial cost, it is a harm to the integrity of Parliament.”Mr Forster added that his client underspent “across every single budget”.”This has taken a very hard toll on my family, on my staff and on myself”Prosecuting, Mr Stott said it was accepted that Davies had not sought to profit financially from the action and that he was entitled to claim for the pictures. Under parliamentary rules, Davies does not automatically lose his seat as an MP because his sentence was less than the 12-month minimum.He was ordered to carry out 50 hours of community service as well as his fine.Speaking outside Southwark Crown Court, Mr Davies said: “I have accepted today’s ruling and want to take this opportunity to make an unreserved apology.”I would like to reiterate that I made a mistake and at no point did I at any time try to make any financial gain.”This has taken a very hard toll on my family, on my staff and on myself.”I would now like to move on and continue my role of serving the people of Brecon and Radnorshire as their MP.” Christopher Davies was warned by chief whip Julian Smith following the sentencingCredit:Victoria Jones/PA Christopher Davies was warned by chief whip Julian Smith following the sentencing It was heard Davies’ political career is likely to be “in tatters”Credit:Geoff Pugh Davies is the Conservative MP for Brecon and Radnorshire Sentencing, Mr Justice Edis said: “It seems shocking that when confronted with a simple accounting problem, you thought to forge documents.”That is an extraordinary thing for a man with your position and your background to do.”The two charges related to the period when Davies was setting up his constituency office following the 2015 general election.Political career ‘likely to be in tatters’He had contacted a photographer in his constituency and bought nine images from him to decorate and display in his constituency office, using his own money to pay the £700 for them initially. A Conservative spokesman said: “Chris Davies has been given a formal warning from the chief whip following today’s ruling.”He has apologised and it is right that the people of Brecon and Radnorshire now get to have their say about whether they still support Mr Davies.” A Conservative MP was today fined £1,500 and ordered to carry out community service for submitting false invoices to decorate his office, as a court heard it was likely his political career is “in tatters”.Christopher Davies, MP for Brecon and Radnorshire, showed no emotion as he was sentenced by Mr Justice Edis at Southwark Crown Court.The 51-year-old was told he had committed “two very serious offences” which were “absolutely intended to deceive” when he appeared before magistrates last month to admit two charges of attempting to provide false or misleading information for an allowance claim.Following the sentencing, Davies was given a “formal warning” from chief whip Julian Smith.The court heard he submitted two false expenses invoices for landscape photographs to decorate his new office. read more

Facebook tipoff about illegal rave in Norfolk leads police to shut it

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. Sound equipment was seized and five people were arrested by police All five remain in police custody where they will be questioned.Norfolk Constabulary’s Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Nick Davison said: “A significant policing operation was held today to ensure the event was disrupted and closed down safely, while securing evidence with a view to prosecuting organisers. “The action taken today falls in line with our robust approach to tackling such events.”Raves, not uncommon at this time of year, can be very disruptive for local residents and landowners while the presence of hundreds of people and vehicles can also have a detrimental impact on the environment.” Sound equipment was seized and five people were arrested by policeCredit:Norfolk Police An illegal rave was shut down by police more than 20 hours after they received a tip-off about the event from someone who saw it advertised on Facebook.Five men were arrested and sound equipment was seized when officers from Norfolk Constabulary arrived at Massingham Heath near Grimston, King’s Lynn. Around 600 people were present at the gathering.The police were called at around 7.30pm on Saturday night after a member of the public noticed an advertisement for the event on Facebook.Additional resources, including specially trained police support units, arrived on Sunday, and broke up the event at about 3.45pm.Three men, aged 25, 28 and 31, have been arrested in connection with organising the rave while two other men, aged 20 and 33, were arrested at the scene on suspicion of drug driving. read more

Berbice teen is Guyanas latest road fatality

A 16-year-old student of Bush Lot Secondary School met his demise yesterday afternoon after he was struck down by a motor vehicle allegedly being driven by a senior prison officer, who reportedly fled the scene.DEAD: Luke JohnThe dead teen has been identified as Luke John of Lot 208 Waterloo, Bath Settlement, West Coast Berbice.According to information reaching INews, the teen was returning home after visiting his sister at Cotton Tree, and was standing at the corner of the road soliciting public transportation when he was struck by motor vehicle PMM 3802, driven by the prison official.INews understands that at the time of the incident, the driver was attempting to overtake the vehicle in front of him; however, he noticed another vehicle was coming towards him in the opposite direction and so swerved to avoid a head-on collision. Unfortunately, this resulted in him hitting the young boy.John’s body was reportedly flung several feet away from the point of impact and landed in a clump of bushes. He was rushed to the Fort Wellington Hospital and subsequently transferred to the New Amsterdam Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.The driver was apprehended shortly after he fled and he is presently assisting with investigations. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedROAD CARNAGE CONTINUES: 21-yr-old killed in Berbice accidentMay 17, 2016In “latest news”Essequibo Coast fatal accident… Teen provided for family – motherJanuary 20, 2019In “Crime”Cycling teen killed in collision with road construction vehicleMarch 10, 2017In “latest news” read more