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Predatory teacher gets 17-year term

Simon Harris received a 17-year prison term (West Mercia Police/PA Wire)

A former public school teacher described as a prolific and calculating sexual predator has been jailed for 17 years and four months after abusing vulnerable young Kenyan street children.

Judge slams jail security 'scandal'

A judge has condemned security at HMP Wandsworth

A judge has condemned as "a scandal" the "wholly inadequate" prison security that allowed an inmate to import at least eight Skorpion submachine guns into Britain from Germany using Parcelforce.

Ukip's LGBT chairman steps down

Ukip's LGBT chairman Tom Booker has stepped down

The chair of Ukip's group for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) supporters has quit the party, citing "dissatisfaction at the failure of the leadership to set a gay-friendly tone".

Brexit chance rated as one in six

There is a one in six chance of the UK leaving the EU in the next parliament, research suggests

There is about a one-in-six chance of the UK leaving the European Union over the course of the next Parliament, according to a new Brexit Barometer.

Miliband vows to champion business

Ed Miliband has pledged to be a "champion" for engineering and manufacturing if he becomes prime minister after the general election.

Ladbrokes to axe 60 betting shops

Ladbrokes started 2015 with just over 2,200 shops in the UK

Ladbrokes is to close another 60 betting shops as it continues to shake up its estate in readiness for a hike in taxation on gaming machines.

Solar 'misses out' on energy deals

Contracts have been awarded to 27 renewable electricity projects which could power 1.4 million homes

Cheap and popular solar power has lost out in an auction of contracts for green energy projects worth more than £315 million, the industry has claimed.

Redmayne on track with Thomas DVD

Eddie Redmayne in the recording studio to voice the character Ryan in the new Thomas The Tank Engine DVD (PR/PA)

Eddie Redmayne is keeping his career on track after his Oscars win by signing up to provide the voice for one of the engines in the new Thomas the Tank Engine DVD.

Man named as Jihadi John 'was kind'

The militant known as "Jihadi John" has been named in reports as Mohammed Emwazi

The British graduate believed to be violent extremist Jihadi John has been described as "extremely kind" and "extremely gentle" by a former confidante, on the day the British-raised killer's identity was reportedly revealed.

Rise in chicken contamination level

Chicken contamination figures are set to be released

Some 73% of fresh shop-bought chickens are contaminated with the food poisoning bug campylobacter, and almost a fifth have tested positive at the highest level, results show.

7/7 survivor 'sad' over Syria girls

Sajda Mughal, who survived the 7/7 bombing at King's Cross in 2005, with her OBE for services to community cohesion and interfaith dialogue

A Muslim survivor of the 7/7 London bombings said she is "saddened" about three UK schoolgirls feared to have fled to Syria to join Islamic State.

Algeria threat data delay - coroner

Carlos Estrada was one of the victims of the siege

An "unnecessary and unintentional" delay meant government intelligence of terrorists planning to kidnap British workers in Algeria was not passed on before an armed siege at an oil plant led to the deaths of 40 workers including six UK citizens, an inquest heard.

Golden boys carry off Brit honours

Ed Sheeran with his awards for Best British Male Solo Artist and British Album of the Year at the Brit Awards

Golden boys of British pop Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith shared the honours on what was a muted night - literally in the case of Kanye West - at the Brit Awards.