The News Matrix: Monday 14 April 2014


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Campaign to reform anonymity rules

The former Commons deputy speaker, Nigel Evans, is to launch a campaign to reform anonymity rules in sexual assault cases to protect the reputations of celebrities facing charges. Mr Evans was cleared last week of carrying out a series of attacks on young men. MORE

Driver survives 80ft cliff plunge into sea

A driver survived an 80ft cliff fall after his car left the road and plunged into the sea. The driver was able to get out of the vehicle and make his way to the shore following the incident at Roedean, near Brighton, which happened shortly after midnight yesterday.

School behaviour ‘far worse than reported’

Behaviour in schools is far worse than official reports suggest, a new study has revealed. The report found the picture painted by education watchdog Ofsted and Sir Alan Steer, behaviour “tsar” to the previous government, may have seriously underestimated the problem. MORE

Graduate pay falls by 11 per cent

Starting salaries for graduates have dropped over the past five years, adding to fears that students will be discouraged from going to university. A study reveals that the average starting salary for graduates in professional employment has fallen by 11 per cent. MORE

Childhood was a hive of activity for Welby

The Archbishop of Canterbury used to confide in bees when he was growing up. Dr Justin Welby explained that his grandmother introduced him to beekeeping and encouraged him to tell the bees about his day.

Gaddafi sons go on trial for murder

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of the former leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, faces trial today, accused of ordering the murder and torture of civilians during the country’s eight-month civil war in 2011. He will stand trial alongside his brother Saadi Gaddafi, former spy chief Abdullah al-Senussi, two former prime ministers and more than 30 senior officials. MORE

Man charged over murder of girl, two

A suspect has been charged with murdering a two-year-old who was found with a “number of serious injuries” in Blackpool. Police said Kasey Hambleton was found “unresponsive”. Connor Gibson, 23, is due before magistrates today. A woman, 23, also held on suspicion of murder was bailed until July.

Boy seriously hurt  in fall from coach

A nine-year-old boy suffered grave injuries after falling from a coach yesterday afternoon. No one else was injured in the incident, on  the A47 near King’s Lynn. A spokesman for Norfolk Police  said last night: “The boy has been taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn with life-threatening injuries.”

Atlantic City casino sues poker winner

A professional poker player is being sued by an Atlantic City casino after he won $9.6m (£5.7m) in an alleged card-cheating scheme. The Borgata Hotel Casino filed a federal lawsuit against Phil Ivey, who is considered one of the best players in the world.

Baby mammoth on show in London

A month-old mammoth will go on display at the Natural History Museum in London in May – the first time that it has been shown in Western Europe. It was found in Siberia by a reindeer herder in 2007, and is a little larger than a dog.

27 nations enter Pyongyang race

Runners from 27 countries filled the streets of North Korea’s capital for yesterday’s Pyongyang Marathon, which was opened to foreigners  for the first time this year.

Cow pulled from swimming pool

Firefighters pulled a cow out of a swimming pool in Wells, Somerset, at the weekend. The cow was one of three animals rescued by the service in England yesterday.