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Stephen Hawking’s personal items to be sold at auction

Stephen Hawking's personal items to be sold at auction 22 October 2018 Image copyright BBC/Richard Ansett Image caption Prof Stephen Hawking, the world-famous physicist, died earlier this year A signed copy of Prof Stephen Hawking's PhD thesis is expected to raise more than £100,000 at an auction this month.
The 1965 thesis, which crashed Cambridge University's website when it was published online, is one of 22 items being sold by Christie's.
Others include a wheelchair and a book bearing the physicist's thumbprint.
Prof Hawking's daughter Lucy said the auction would give people the chance to “acquire a memento of our father's extraordinary life”.
Medals, awards, scientific papers and the script for one of Prof Hawking's appearances on The Simpsons will also be going under the hammer as part of the sale, entitled On the Shoulders of Giants.
His wheelchair will be the last lot, with all proceeds going to the Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Mot..

Queen’s College head failed to report pupil’s rape claim

Queen's College head failed to report pupil's rape claim 22 October 2018 Image copyright Google Image caption Christopher Alcock was headmaster of the school from 2001 until 2016 A headmaster who failed to report a pupil's claim she had been raped by another student has not been banned from teaching.
Christopher Alcock was headmaster of Queen's College in Taunton, Somerset, when the claim was made.
A professional conduct panel found him guilty of unacceptable professional conduct and conduct that may bring the profession into disrepute.
However it recommended “a prohibition order was not proportionate”.
Mr Alcock was head of the school, which charges fees of £30,000 a year, from September 2001.
He was suspended from his post on 10 May 2016, and was subject to an internal investigation before he resigned as headmaster on 23 May 2016.
The panel found a number of allegations against Mr Alcock proven:
That he viewed inappropriate sexual material of adult women on Y..

Toddler hurt by discarded needle in Wetherspoon pub

Toddler hurt by discarded needle in Wetherspoon pub 22 October 2018 Image copyright Amy Bate Image caption Oscar spent five hours at hospital after suffering the injury, his mother said A toddler had to be tested for HIV and hepatitis after pricking his finger on a discarded needle in a Wetherspoon restaurant, his mother has revealed.
Amy Bate said two-year-old Oscar was hurt while playing under a table at The Glass House in St Helens on Sunday.
She said she would have to wait months to find out if he had been infected, but the National Aids Trust said there were no recorded cases of discarded needles leading to HIV infections.
Wetherspoon has issued an apology.
Ms Bate said she felt “sick” when she realised what had happened.
“He just said 'ouch' and I could see he was holding what looked like a blue marker pen lid with a needle in it,” she said.
“The table had been cleaned before we sat down, but we didn't check the floor.
“My mind is racing now – I won't be abl..

Jonathan Agnew ‘father’s tribute letter’ up for sport award

Jonathan Agnew 'father's tribute letter' up for sport award 22 October 2018 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJonathan Agnew reads an emotional letter about a fan's final hours listening to TMS.A man's emotional cricket-themed tribute to his father that was read out on Test Match Special has been nominated for a national award.
Patrick Taylor, from Newark, used cricketing terms to describe his father John's final days in an e-mail that was read by presenter Jonathan Agnew.
An online video of him reading the letter had about two million views.
Mr Taylor said the letter's response helped his family grieve and celebrate John Taylor's life at his funeral.
Image copyright Family handout Image caption John Taylor (left) with his son Patrick Taylor Jonathan Agnew read out the heartfelt letter about how John Taylor spent the final hours of his life listening to coverage of England vs India, at Trent Bridge, on 20 August.
Patri..

Publisher to pay damages for ‘false Nazi doctor’ book claim

Publisher to pay damages for 'false Nazi doctor' book claim 22 October 2018 Image copyright Google Image caption The allegations related to protests in 2014 outside Kedem over cosmetics made in Israel A publisher is to pay undisclosed damages to a pro-Israel group leader for printing “seriously defamatory” allegations about him.
The Random House Group published a book in 2017 in which it claimed Raphael Bloom had led a “campaign of harassment and intimidation” against a pro-Palestinian activist in 2017.
One of the false claims was that he called a GP a “Nazi doctor”, London's High Court was told.
The publisher has offered an apology.
Mr Bloom is co-chairman of the North West Friends of Israel.
The claims in the 2017 book – Al-Britannia, My Country by James Fergusson – related to protests in 2014 by “pro-Palestinian” groups outside Manchester's Kedem shop, which sells cosmetic products made in Israel, Mr Bloom's counsel, William Bennett, said.
False allegation..

Met detective ‘racially abused St Pancras toilet cleaner’

Met detective 'racially abused St Pancras toilet cleaner' 22 October 2018 Image copyright Robin Stott Image caption The alleged incident happened at at St Pancras station on 11 May last year A detective racially abused a Somalian toilet cleaner and threatened to smash him against a wall, a misconduct panel has heard.
Det Ch Insp Glen Lloyd is accused of threatening Abdi Yare at St Pancras International railway station's toilets which had been shut for cleaning.
The incident happened at 01:00 BST on 11 May last year, when the detective was off-duty, the panel heard.
Det Ch Insp Lloyd denies using racist or abusive language.
In a statement given to the Met Police at the time, Mr Yare claimed that Det Ch Insp Lloyd told him: “Get out of the way let me do my urine or I will urine on the floor.”
Mr Yare, 38, who declined to use an interpreter and spoke in his second language English, told the hearing the detective had used racist language and told him: “I will smash you on ..

Cambridge car park crushed death woman ‘grabbed barrier’

Cambridge car park crushed death woman 'grabbed barrier' 22 October 2018 Image caption Heidi Chalkley died after being crushed to death in a car park shutter's mechanism A woman crushed by a car park shutter's mechanism had voluntarily grabbed on to it, an inquest heard.
Heidi Chalkley, 40, died after after her hands got caught in the door to the underground car park of Ruth Bagnall Court, Cambridge, in August 2016.
A man who lived in the building tried to help by lifting Ms Chalkley up, but she died at the scene.
Her friend Susan Gilmore, who witnessed the incident, said it all happened “in a matter of seconds”.
She and social worker Ms Chalkley had been heading out for the night at about 19:25 BST on 14 August 2016.
The women had just dropped Ms Gilmore's car off at her home and walked towards the barrier rather than building's the internal doors because they “planned on going straight into town”.
Image copyright Google Image caption Heidi Chalkley di..

Yorkshire Tiger bus crashes into Shipley opticians

Yorkshire Tiger bus crashes into Shipley opticians 22 October 2018 Image copyright Daz Midgley Image caption The crash happened at about 12:05 BST A bus has ploughed into the front of an opticians in West Yorkshire.
The single-decker bus operated by Yorkshire Tiger smashed into the Shipley Eyewear store at the junction of Market Square and Kirkgate at noon.
One witness reported hearing two loud bangs and seeing a cloud of smoke and dust. He said he initially thought it might have been a bomb.
It is understood a number of people were onboard at the time but emergency crews said no-one was seriously hurt.
Retired lorry driver Colin Glover, 72, and his wife were standing nearby when the bus crashed into the shop.
He said: “We heard two loud bangs and then saw a load of what looked like smoke or dust and people running away.
“I thought at first it was a bomb.”
Image copyright William Quinn Image caption Police closed Market Square for investigations and reopened the area at about 14:20 B..

Oswaldtwistle takeaway worker’s grief over allergy death

Oswaldtwistle takeaway worker's grief over allergy death 22 October 2018 Image copyright Family handout Image caption Megan Lee died two days after she was admitted to Royal Blackburn Hospital A takeaway worker accused of the manslaughter of a teenager who died from an allergic reaction has told a jury her death was “killing me inside”.
Megan Lee, 15, died after eating food containing peanuts from The Royal Spice takeaway in Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire.
Harun Rashid told Manchester Crown Court he saw the words “prawns, nuts” on the order but did not think any of the dishes included contained nuts.
Mr Rashid and co-accused Mohammed Kuddus deny manslaughter.
A friend of Megan, who had a nut allergy, had written “prawns, nuts” on the Just Eat online order, when they ordered food from Royal Spice on 30 December 2016, the trial heard earlier.
Megan suffered an acute asthma attack later that night and died two days later after suffering irreversible brain damage.
Allergy 'not on ord..

Tui travel agent stole £63,000 in gift vouchers to go on cruises

Tui travel agent stole £63,000 in gift vouchers to go on cruises 22 October 2018 Image copyright South Beds News Agency Image caption Karen Mitchell had been authorising her own gift vouchers for seven years A travel agent stole £63,000 of gift vouchers and used them to take her friends on cruise holidays, a court has heard.
Karen Mitchell was a senior manager at travel firm Tui's offices in Wigmore, Luton, when she systematically stole the vouchers between 2011 and 2018.
The 49-year-old pleaded guilty to fraud by abuse of possession.
Mitchell, of Grantham Avenue in Great Notley, Essex, was given a two-year jail term, suspended for two years.
She was also ordered to carry out 250 hours of unpaid work and given a four-month home curfew.
Judge Richard Foster told Mitchell she was “very fortunate” not to be jailed immediately at Luton Crown Court.
Mitchell was sacked after her fraud was discovered earlier this year when she notified Tui's Swansea office that she wanted to canc..

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