Rob Hastings

Rob Hastings is Deputy News Editor at The Independent. He has served on the news desk since 2010. While working as a freelance reporter and feature writer he was also published by The Guardian, The Times and the Financial Times.

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'Violent thugs' hurl rocks and tomatoes at Conservative MP Mike Weatherley ahead of squatting debate in Brighton

A Conservative MP and his entourage have been attacked at Sussex University by protesters angry about the illegalisation of squatting.

Hospitals may curb celebrity visits

Celebrities may face restrictions on visiting patients in hospitals for fundraising and morale-raising tours after the head of the NHS reportedly called for reviews of access rules following the Jimmy Savile paedophilia scandal.

Retired bishop Peter Ball held in child sex abuse investigation

A retired bishop has been arrested over suspicions that he sexually abused children in the 1970s and 1980s.

Sytchampton Endowed First School

Teacher kills herself at village primary school

A headteacher is believed to have committed suicide by hanging herself in her office at a village primary school during a staff training day.

Bonfire night: Gone in 60 explosive seconds...

Organisers of a fireworks display in Edinburgh have apologised after a misfiring rocket set off the entire stock at once, sending the crowd running and burning a girl's face.

Two more stars could be named in Jimmy Savile scandal

Two more stars could be named in Jimmy Savile scandal

Two more as yet unnamed celebrities have reportedly been implicated in sexual abuses allegations stemming from the Jimmy Savile paedophilia scandal.

Fake IDs are OK, says Cabinet's IT chief

The head of internet security at the Cabinet Office has told people to use fake names online – leading to claims that his advice would help encourage crime.

Julian Assange: The Ecuadorian Embassy imprisonment is like 'living on a space station'

Julian Assange has compared his self-imposed imprisonment inside the Ecuadorean Embassy to being an astronaut orbiting the Earth due to the limits placed on his everyday life.

Six coffins, one family – Harlow mourns its dead

More than 400 people mourned the deaths in last week's house fire of Sabah Usmani and her five children as their funeral took place at the Harlow Islamic Centre in Essex yesterday.

Sir James Dyson filed for High Court proceedings

Come clean! Dyson accuses Bosch over R&D 'mole'

Dyson has accused Bosch of sending an industrial spy into its secret research and development centre to hoover up confidential details of its designs.

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Drizzle it over salad, enjoy it with ciabatta, marinate vegetables, or use it to add depth to a sauce - this versatile staple is a cook's best friend
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So the young risk their lives and run for it
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Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy
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