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.
14 November 2012 11:50 AM
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.
13 November 2012 06:03 PM
A retired bishop has been arrested over suspicions that he sexually abused children in the 1970s and 1980s.
07 November 2012 12:00 AM
A headteacher is believed to have committed suicide by hanging herself in her office at a village primary school during a staff training day.
07 November 2012 12:00 AM
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.
31 October 2012 10:04 AM
Two more as yet unnamed celebrities have reportedly been implicated in sexual abuses allegations stemming from the Jimmy Savile paedophilia scandal.
26 October 2012 12:00 AM
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.
25 October 2012 09:34 PM
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.
24 October 2012 11:00 PM
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.
24 October 2012 10:27 PM
Dyson has accused Bosch of sending an industrial spy into its secret research and development centre to hoover up confidential details of its designs.
23 October 2012 09:02 AM
Two more tabloid newspapers were dragged into the phone-hacking scandal last night with the former England football manager Sven-Goran Eriksson among four people intending to sue the Daily Mirror and the Sunday People.
Britain's top vet sparks controversy with call for ban on slashing animals' throats in 'ritual' slaughters for halal and kosher meat products
If you're horrified by a flame-roasted dog, you should be shocked at a hog roast
Poor 'live like animals' says Boris's privately educated sister after going on 'poverty safari'
Exclusive: Impact of immigrants on British workers ‘negligible’
Vince Cable: Teachers 'know absolutely nothing' about the world of work
Ukraine crisis: Russia pledges to 'retaliate against sanctions' as Ukrainian president says Crimea vote will not be recognised
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