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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Body of missing man found on Portsmouth beach

The body of a man has been found on a beach after he was last seen going into the sea, according to police.

Woman convicted of benefit fraud after being pictured scuba diving

A woman who claimed she was so disabled that she could not open a bottle wine has been convicted of benefit fraud after she was pictured scuba-diving during exotic holidays, according to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Man dies in Southsea 'landsurfing' accident

A 26-year-old man has died after hitting a concrete post while "landsurfing" - a new form of skateboarding.

Detective Peter Foster jailed for murder of partner

A former police detective has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 17 years after admitting the murder of his partner, a policewoman whose body was found in a shallow woodland grave.

Isle of Wight Festival promoter 'sorry' for chaos

The promoter of the Isle of Wight Festival has apologised for the chaos caused by heavy rains at the start of the event and promised that lessons would be learned for future years.

This year revellers at the Isle of Wight Festival were unable to negotiate the muddy conditions in their cars

Extra police deployed to 'mudbath' Isle of Wight Festival

Extra police are to be deployed to help revellers leave at the end of the Isle of Wight Festival after heavy rains turned the site into a mudbath causing traffic chaos.

Isle of Wight Festival revellers forced to sleep in cars

Hundreds of revellers have been forced to sleep in their cars after traffic became gridlocked when the Isle of Wight Festival site turned into a mudbath caused by heavy rains.

Poison doctor guilty of frame plot

A jailed doctor who tried to poison his pregnant lover has had his jail sentence extended by two years after he was found guilty of plotting to frame her from behind bars, according to police.

Navy destroys German mine off the coast of Sardinia

A Royal Navy warship has destroyed a Second World War mine discovered off the coast of Sardinia.

Woman wins compensation after breast implant exploded

A 45-year-old woman who travelled to Tunisia for breast enhancement surgery has successfully claimed compensation after one of the implants exploded.

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