Ben Mitchell

Ben Mitchell is deputy editor of the cross-party blog Speaker's Chair, and contributing editor of Shifting Grounds.

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First live firings of Hellfire missile carried out in UK

The first live firings of the Hellfire missile in the UK have been carried out by Apache helicopters carrying out training on board HMS Illustrious.

Girl, 15, dies during rounders game

A 15-year-old girl has died during a school game of rounders.

Heroin seized by Navy warship in Indian Ocean

Heroin with an estimated street value of £14 million has been seized from a dhow on the Indian Ocean by a Royal Navy warship, the MoD said today.

Police name Waterlooville stab victim as Simon Warton

A man who was stabbed to death in a fight after a late-night party was named by police today as Simon Warton.

Navy tests anti-terror capability

The ability of the Royal Navy to cope with events such as a terrorist attack on the Olympics is being tested next week with a massive exercise involving warships from across Europe and North America.

Man found dead in burning car was murdered, say police

A man found dead in a burning car is believed to have been murdered, police said today.

Four-year-old girl joins Mensa

A four-year-old girl has been accepted into Mensa after achieving a score of 159 on an IQ test.

Four in court over bin body

Three men and a woman were remanded in custody when they appeared in court today charged with the murder of a man whose burnt body was found in an industrial bin.

OAP given Asbo for playing her radio too loud

An 87-year-old woman has been given an interim anti-social behaviour order (Asbo) for playing her radio too loud and banging her walking stick on the wall, a council confirmed today.

Warship sets sail for Falklands

Crowds of people gathered today to wave off one of the Royal Navy's newest and most powerful warships as it set sail for the Falkland Islands a day before the 30th anniversary of the British task force setting sail for war.

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