Tube pusher jailed for life for murder bids

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTobias French was about to get the Tube home when a stranger attempted to push him into the path of an oncoming train. The court previously heard Crossley, who has paranoid schizophrenia, had not taken his medication on the day of the attacks and had used £600 worth of crack cocaine the day before. In the first of the attacks on 27 April, Crossley tried to push Mr French on to the tracks as a train entered the station, but the professional sportsman managed to keep his balance. During the trial, Crossley said he had meant “to scare” Mr French, from Bracknell, Berkshire, who had “looked at me a bit funny”. ‘Sought …

Twin Town follow-up focuses on ‘cannabis town’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhat is Twin Town’s follow-up about? A west Wales town whose “prime asset” is cannabis will be the subject of the follow-up to cult film Twin Town, its director Kevin Allen has said. Filming of Tin is due to begin this year, and will focus on cannabis growers in Llanelli. Original cast members including brothers Rhys Ifans and Llyr Ifans will return for the film. But legal reasons mean Tin cannot be classified as a sequel to Twin Town, and returning actors will not be playing the same characters. From Swansea to Carmarthenshire “It’s a different feel, a different accent, different rhythms. It is an area I know well by virtue of …

Alcohol v cannabis: Which one is worse?

Report End of Instagram post by snoopdogg Image Copyright snoopdogg snoopdogg It’s thought Snoop posted the photo to try to show that alcohol is worse for you than cannabis. They both can affect the body and mind differently depending on the person. But is one worse than the other? How does cannabis affect you? Cannabis is the most widely used illegal drug in the UK and research shows 10% of regular cannabis users become addicted to it, according to the NHS. Nikki Thorne from Addaction, a service helping young people who’ve misused drugs and alcohol, believes the “mental impact” of cannabis is the most dangerous part. “We increasingly encounter young people, who’ve started using cannabis to self-medicate when they are …

‘Brutal reality’ for alcohol-damaged kids

It is long overdue, according to Fife-based Ms Knox who told BBC Scotland that she did not want to name her son or identify him through recent pictures. Image caption Judith Knox said despite her son’s challenging behaviour caused by the FASD, he remains very charming and funny Her son was eventually diagnosed with FASD at the age of six, after doctors initially wrongly thought he had Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. But his behaviour continued to push his family to their limits. “It was difficult then and it is still difficult,” Ms Knox said. “Sometimes you go around covering up bruises, that is the brutal reality. “He has huge problems with social interaction, he is very intense and a lot …

Street’s tap water ‘unfit for consumption’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionOne resident says water comes out of taps “looking like a cup of tea” An expert on water quality said she believed private water being supplied to a village was unfit for human consumption. Families in 35 homes in Trecwn, Pembrokeshire, have been seeking answers for months from property firm Manhattan Loft who supply the water. Residents in Barham Road said they first began to notice problems with their tap water last summer. But Manhattan Loft deny there is anything wrong with the water. Luke Pieniak, who lives on the road with his wife and two young children, said: “At the beginning it was a strong smell of chlorine, it’s like every …

Critics praise ‘warm’ Top Gear return

By comparison, the launch of the previous series of Top Gear drew an overnight average audience of 1.97 million in February. The second-highest rating for BBC Two on Sunday was The Ranganation, with an average of 1.1m. What to expect from Top Gear’s new trio “The larky, bad-tempered chemistry that existed between [Jeremy] Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond has been replicated in a slightly sunnier form,” added the Guardian’s review. The show has gone through several line-up changes since Clarkson was dropped and May and Hammond left with him in 2015. Former Radio 2 host Chris Evans tried and failed to impress viewers while former Friends star Matt LeBlanc came on board for a couple of seasons, announcing his …

ITV bans all-male comedy writing teams

Last year, when reviewing the gender balance of sitcom scripts she was sent, she realised that for every script she received from a female writer, she got five from men. After consulting writers, producers, agents and performers, “the first thing I did was I changed my terms of commissioning,” she told Channel 4’s Diverse Festival in Bradford on Monday. “I won’t commission anything with an all-male writing team.” Ms Schuster has launched a scheme called Comedy 50:50 to encourage more female comedy writers. She said female writers struggle because: It is difficult to compete for jobs with men who have more writing credits They can’t find producers who “get” their voice and can develop their script to its full potential …

How the nation fell in love with Gavin and Stacey

Gavin and Stacey aired over three series, plus a Christmas special, from 2007 to 2010 on the BBC. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The show won a heap of awards If we had £1 for every time someone shouted out “What’s occurrin?’” to Ruth Jones in the street, we’d be millionaires, right? But rather than be irritated, Jones has previously said she’s flattered. “It’s a compliment,” she said. “Especially now when so much time has passed.” Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhat’s occurin’ in Barry after the news of Gavin and Stacey’s return? Melanie Walters, who played Stacey’s mother, Gwen West, who was forever cooking omelettes in the kitchen, said: “Still to this day people come …

Suicide help for families ‘sadly lacking’

“She found it really difficult over the years but she was a survivor and she always seemed to come through.” Despite this, she said the “signs were always there” for the former Ysgol Moelwyn pupil. Male suicide ‘a national emergency’ ‘My father’s suicide was not my fault’ ‘More can be done’ to prevent student suicide in Wales “But I genuinely thought she had got past it,” her mother said. “She had got a place to study nursing, she’d been working full-time in Bristol and she had a house and a mortgage.” However, 7 August last year was the day that changed Ms Roberts’ life forever – when her daughter took her life. She said: “You get a knock on the …

The teenage Bradford ‘genius’ who told it like it was

The main character was called Andrea, who, like the writer herself, became pregnant at 15, had a miscarriage, moved in with a man who beat her, and moved to a refuge. Image copyright Hana Kovacs Image caption Gemma Dobson, John Askew and Alyce Liburd in Out of Joint’s 2019 production of Rita, Sue and Bob Too Dunbar wrote about what she knew. Rita, Sue and Bob Too, in which a married man lures his teenage babysitters into a casual love triangle, was partly inspired by her own life and partly by two raucous girls she overheard in the ladies’ toilet at Keighley Market. “It was written before the idea of grooming even existed in this country,” Holdsworth says. “The reality …

Footballer prank causes mobile meltdown

Neville missed a clear-cut chance in a legends rematch of Manchester United’s 1999 Champions League final against Bayern Munich. Ex-Liverpool defender Carragher tweeted that he was in Turkey and wanted someone to send him a clip of the miss via WhatsApp. He then posted a mobile number, sparking the deluge of calls and messages to Mr Forsyth. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Gary Neville was playing in a re-run of the 1999 Champions League final

Baker back on stage after Twitter row

“I genuinely didn’t know what the atmosphere was going to be like tonight,” the 61-year-old told the audience. “You wouldn’t believe how I was feeling 20 minutes ago but I’m so pleased so let’s do this. “When life deals you lemons, you chuck them at the people calling you a racist.” Baker fired over royal baby chimp tweet Baker ‘so, so sorry’ for ‘disastrous’ tweet Baker was sacked from presenting his Saturday morning show on BBC 5 Live last week after he was accused of mocking the duchess’s racial heritage. His tweet showed an image of a couple holding hands with a chimpanzee dressed in clothes with the caption: “Royal Baby leaves hospital”. He quickly deleted it and subsequently apologised …

How Phil Mitchell ended up on Time cover

Cold War Steve, whose real name is Christopher Spencer, tells BBC News he was shopping in his local Asda in Birmingham when the “incredible” email offer came through last week. “I was in the condiment section and saw it was from Time magazine in New York and I was like, ‘bloody hell! This is it… break the States!’” he says. “As with Brexit, America and the Trump administration is such a rich seam for my kind of work and we were thinking how on earth would we take this British brand of satire and humour to America?” Image copyright Cold War Steve/Time Image caption Bungle can be seen selling tea and chips next to Phil Mitchell Follow us on Facebook, …

Capaldi LP becomes fastest-selling of 2019

“It makes me so proud to have made this album,” added the 22-year-old singer. “Thank you for everyone who went out and bought it.” Lewis Capaldi: I don’t think I’m a pop star Lewis Capaldi on fame, funny posts, sad songs and Tinder Capaldi captured the imagination of the nation earlier this year through his power ballad Someone You Loved, one of the album’s lead tracks, which topped the UK singles chart for seven weeks. The song, which is back up to number three following the album release, also enjoyed its biggest week to date, and two others – Hold Me While You Wait (number five), and Grace (number nine) – also make the top 10. Speaking just ahead of …

Hornets fly in for FA Cup final

“I remember the first FA Cup in 1984 [when Watford lost 2-0 to Everton] – hopefully this one will go better than that, but anything can happen in football.” Image copyright Mark Worrell Image caption Mark said it was easy to support Watford in Australia Mark said it was a “no-brainer” to come over for the final and it was actually “pretty easy” to get tickets. “When we’ve gone close in the FA Cup in the past I’ve always said, ‘If we get to the final I’m going’. I don’t have unlimited money but am happy to blow a few thousand for this,” he said. “If Watford made a habit of getting to finals it might be difficult, but once …

‘Why I have given 4m to my staff’

“My wife is wonderful, but she’s not madly commercial,” he says. Sorting out the change now seemed like the “adult thing to do”. He founded Richer Sounds in 1978, aged just 19. There are now 53 outlets, with 530 staff and about £200m in annual revenues. It’s brought him the sort of wealth that many staff can only dream off – £160m, according to the latest Sunday Times Rich List. What he calls a “cautious, conservative” approach to expanding the business has been one reason for his success, Mr Richer believes. But another reason has been an enlightened attitude to staff, something he set out in his 2001 management book The Richer Way. Mr Richer told the BBC: “I’ve been …