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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Four men arrested over savage gang rape of teenage girl at secluded nature spot in Slough

The men - aged 19, 20, and two aged 33 - were held last night in connection with the rape, which took place in woods near the Jubilee River on Friday

Video: Toddler tries to stop attack on mother

The video, which was shot by a bystander, shows the victim's two-year-old son bravely kicking at the attacker's legs

Justin Ross Harris and his son Cooper

Police defend decision to charge father with murder over death of toddler son left in car for seven hours in sweltering 90 degree heat

Justin Ross Harris, who has been charged with felony murder and cruelty to children in the second degree, was supposed to drop the boy off at daycare

French air traffic controllers strike called off after days of disruption and airport meltdowns

Industrial action had been expected to continue until the weekend

Russian policewomen to be disciplined for short skirts in crackdown on rising hemlines

New rules prohibit officers from wearing wrinkled items and combining uniforms with civilian clothing

Ghana ask for World Cup prize money early as government 'flies $3 million in cash to Brazil' to pay angry players

Ghana midfielder Christian Atsu dismissed fears the team would refuse to play its final group game in Brasilia

Madeleine McCann's parents furious and 'distressed' by fourth libel trial delay

Kate and Gerry McCann are suing Goncalo Amaral following claims he made about them in a 2008 book called The Truth Of The Lie

Hypnotised patient sings through throat surgery to protect her vocal chords

In a 'world first' the surgeon suggested that she sing at critical moments during the procedure to ensure that the operation "was going well"

Tesco removes one-inch 'anti-homeless' spikes from outside central London Metro store after activists threaten days of protests over measure

A row of one-inch-high studs, which protesters claimed were designed to prevent people sleeping rough, were spotted outside a Tesco Metro

Friday 13th coincides with a full moon – and it could be more dangerous than you think

Not only is it Friday 13th, but it is also a Full Moon and the last time this event occurred was 13 October 2000

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