Newcastle Crown Court

Man admits Coleen Rooney blackmail

A man has pleaded guilty to blackmailing Coleen Rooney in a case involving her son, a lost mobile phone and a gang intent on profiting from a series of family photographs.

I was out of pocket, claims Lord Hanningfield

A Tory peer accused of fiddling his House of Lords expenses said he was "out of pocket" for taking on the peerage and had tried to balance out his expenditure using his expenses claims, a court heard.

Stunt expert not guilty in film death

A special effects expert was cleared of health and safety breaches yesterday after the death of a cameraman during the making of the last Batman film.

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Policeman cleared of cell attack is sacked

A police officer who was jailed and then cleared on appeal after being accused of throwing a woman head-first on the concrete floor of a cell was sacked by his force today.

The referee's a %!)£*%($*&!

As Scotland's football refs create havoc in the sport this weekend, David Randall looks back at some of highs and lows of pitch officialdom