Rob Hastings

Rob Hastings is Assistant 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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PM expresses 'sympathy' for former SAS soldier imprisoned for firearm possession

A former SAS soldier sent to prison for possessing a gun and ammunition given to him as a present by Iraqi forces has said he has lost faith in the military justice system, and holds little hope in his appeal succeeding.

The 20-year-old was engaged to Emma Hickman, 19, who was pregnant with their child

Dead soldier’s fiancée wins right to paternity test

A teenage mother has won the right to have her dead fiancé's DNA tested to prove that he fathered their child before he was killed on military service in Afghanistan.

A bulldog, under the Dangerous Dogs Act only pitt bull terriers, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argetino and Fila Brasileiro are banned in the UK

Royal Mail: our bite will be worse than their bark

Owners of dogs that attack postal workers delivering mail could face much heavier punishments after a report called for tougher legislation.

Leveson sets the date for media report

The Prime Minister will outline the future of press regulation in Britain next week after the Leveson report into media ethics is finally published next Thursday.

“Head of an Old Man”

Picture of the Day: The great wall from China

Its simple name – "Head of an Old Man" – offers no hint of the scale or the mood of doom that so define this painting by Zeng Fanzhi, seen here standing in front of his epic work as his first solo British exhibition opens at the Gagosian Gallery in London, running until 19 January.

Open verdict on Hurd's daughter-in-law

An open verdict has been recorded on the death of Lord Hurd's daughter-in-law, who died after plunging from the top of her four-storey New York house last year, after a coroner ruled he could not know for sure if she jumped or fell accidentally.

'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.

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