Pistorius in court on murder charge
PARALYMPIC star Oscar Pistorius arrived at a court in South Africa today, charged with murdering his girlfriend at his home in Pretoria.
The gold-medal winner, known as the Blade Runner for his prosthetic legs, earlier left a police station with a coat over his head and arrived at the court amid a media frenzy, TV footage showed. His hearing before magistrates will take place at 9am, it was reported.
Pistorius, 26, was arrested yesterday over the killing of Reeva Steenkamp, 30, who had been shot in the head and upper body.
Horsemeat meal test results due
TEST results for horse meat in British processed meals are due today as detectives continue questioning three men arrested in connection with the mis-labelling scandal.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) will report on the UK products after asking retailers and suppliers to provide “meaningful results” from tests to detect the presence of horse meat in processed meals labelled as beef.
The FSA said it wanted the food industry to show the food it sells and serves is what it says it is on the label.
Corrie star faces child sex charges
CORONATION Street actor Michael Le Vell, who plays garage boss Kevin Webster in the TV soap, has been charged with child sex offences.
Le Vell, 48, whose real name is Michael Turner, is accused of 19 sex offences including raping a child, indecently assaulting a child and sexual activity with a child.
Le Vell, a stalwart on the popular ITV series, will appear in court in two weeks’ time, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said.
Third avalanche victim dies
A MAN injured in an avalanche in the Scottish Highlands which killed another man and a woman has died, police said today.
The trio were airlifted from the Chalamain Gap area of the Cairngorms to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary shortly after 12.30pm yesterday, where a man and the woman died.
The second man, left in a critical condition, died from his injuries, Northern Constabulary said. His family was being informed.
Missing backpacker found safe in Oz
A BRITISH backpacker missing in the Australian Outback for more than three days has been found safe and well, Queensland Police said today.
Samuel Woodhead, 18, disappeared from a cattle station in the Australian state of Queensland on Tuesday when he went for a jog.
A police spokesman said Mr Woodhead was a little sunburned when he was found, but was hydrated and otherwise well. His family has been notified.
Call over anti-social behaviour
ANTI-SOCIAL behaviour victims should not have to complain to authorities more than five times to guarantee a response, a group of influential MPs said today.
The measure would act as a backstop to Government plans for a so-called “community trigger” – a new tool that gives victims the right to demand that agencies take action.
Such a move would help stop cases such as the deaths of Fiona Pilkington and her disabled daughter from happening again, the Home Affairs Select Committee said.