Rob Williams

Rob Williams was Production Editor (Web/Apps) at The Independent. He was also a Senior Online Reporter. He worked for The Independent from June 2008 until April 2015. He is now a journalist on the Manchester Evening News.

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Man crashes car through garage and into pool after flip-flops get entangled in pedals

Man was the sole victim of the incident as no one was in the pool at the time

Muhammad Hamidur Rahman, 25, a former Primark worker from Portsmouth, was reportedly killed while fighting in the troubled country after being recruited by the terror group ISIS.

British 'Primark jihadist' from Portsmouth is killed while fighting with Isis in Syria

Mr Rahman, who became known as the Primark Jihadist, was killed during a firefight with supporters of President Assad

Foreign Office minister Mark Simmonds who has resigned from the Government and will stand down as MP for Boston and Skegness at next year's General Election

Foreign Office minister Mark Simmonds resigns in new blow to department after Baroness Warsi exit over policy on Gaza

Mr Simmonds, who is the MP for Boston and Skegness, said the decision was agreed 'some weeks ago'

Perseid Meteor Shower 2014: Google Doodle honours one of the great celestial light shows

The annual Perseid meteor shower is known as the 'fireball champion' of meteor showers

Police hunting for a stolen Holy Grail relic used twelve officers and a dog handler to search pub in Herefordshire - but found only a salad bowl

West Mercia police shocked drinkers in the Crown Inn, Lea, in Herefordshire, by entering the premises and searching for the ancient Nanteos Cup,

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden granted permission to remain in Russia for further three years as Putin bites back over tightened Ukraine sanctions

The decision came as Russia announced it was imposing a "full embargo" on food imports from the EU, US and other Western countries

A Palestinian girl carries a toy she retrieved from their home, after the ground invasion of the Israeli army to the city of Rafah, during the granted 72 hours humanitarian truce mediated by Egyptian between the Palestinian and Israeli sides to stop the war.

In pictures: The children of Gaza

The UN has said Israel’s nearly month-long offensive against Hamas has had a 'catastrophic and tragic impact' on children in the area.

An electron micrograph of the Ebola virus

Amina Agboola murder: Man who kicked toddler to death because she soiled herself is jailed for 17 years

The force of the blow was so severe that it tore her liver in two

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