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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Rolf Harris sex trial: Girl tells court that veteran entertainer gave 'creepy' hugs before indecently assaulting her on holiday when she was 13

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is the first witness to give evidence in the entertainer's trial

Not a dry eye in the operating theatre as twins with rare condition are born holding hands

The twin girls were monoamniotic, a condition that can be deadly if the umbilical cords become twisted and tangled

Syria conflict: Rebels claim responsibility for 'huge' Aleppo blast that destroyed hotel

Rebel fighters are believed to have levelled the Carlton Citadel Hotel by detonating a bomb in a tunnel beneath the building

White supremacist couple smile, kiss and shout that they'd 'kill more' after being given life sentence for murder of sex offender and his wife

Jeremy Moody shouted 'See you perverts later! That's what child molesters get'

One of the models in the

Not sexy, but important: Save The Children ad shows models trying to make poverty sexy

Almost 800 mothers and 18,000 young children die each day, mostly from preventable causes

Disgraced former Co-op Bank boss Paul Flowers

Paul Flowers: Former Co-op Bank chairman pleads guilty to drug possession

He was fined £400 and ordered to pay £125 costs

Cliffhanger: Nigel Farage launches Ukip’s poster on the cliffs in Dover

Ukip ahead in European polls despite most people thinking the party contains racists

Nigel Farage's party has 29% of the vote ahead of labour on 26% the Conservatives on 23% and Liberal Democrats on 10%

Did Bob Crow ever get the credit he deserved?

May Day: Activists in London honour Bob Crow and Tony Benn as International Workers' Day protests turn violent in Turkey and Cambodia

May 1st has traditionally been a flash point date that has seen clashes between police and protesters

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