Crime & the Law

Court of Appeal hears case for right to die, and other stories

Campaigners from Dignity in Dying at the Royal Courts of Justice supporting Noel Conway. Image: Faith Waddell.

A man who suffers from a terminal illness is putting forward a case for assisted suicide at the Court of Appeal today.

Noel Conway, who has motor neurone disease (MND), was diagnosed in 2014, and launched a court action last year to challenge the 1961 Suicide Act.

This Act states that anyone who assisted Mr Conway to die could face prison for up to 14 years.

Mr Conway is too ill to travel to London for the appeal but will watch the hearing via a video link from Telford County Court in Shropshire.

High-ranking Cardinal faces sex abuse trial in Australia 

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Cardinal Pell, the Treasurer for the Vatican, will appear in court on Wednesday to face charges of historical sexual abuse.

Melbourne magistrate Belinda Wallington has ruled that Cardinal Pell should be put on trial for these charges, following a month-long pre-trial hearing.

The 76-year-old has pleaded not guilty to the charges, and is the most senior Catholic Church official to be tried for sexual abuse.

Belinda Wallington said about half the charges made against Cardinal Pell had enough evidence to be put to trial.

May Day anti-austerity campaign in Trafalgar Square

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Today, campaigners are holding an annual May Day rally, protesting Brexit, austerity, the Grenfell Tower fire, and the Windrush scandal.

Protests are happening across the world to coincide with International Workers Day.

London protesters will march from Clerkenwell Green to Trafalgar Square as part of the May Day rally.

Organisers say that this year’s event will be focused on racism, due to the recent Windrush scandal.

Scotland sets minimum pricing for alcohol

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Scotland has become the first place in the world to set a minimum price per unit of alcohol.

The limit has been set with the aim to reduce the number of alcohol related deaths and associated illness.

From today, Scottish retailers will not be allowed to sell any alcoholic drink at less than fifty pence per unit.

This makes the minimum price of an average bottle of wine five pounds, and a litre of vodka twenty pounds.

London to Bordeaux train in just over four hours

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There are new plans for a high speed rail link between London and Bordeaux within the next two years.

Currently, the fastest train journey from London to Bordeaux takes five hours and 25 minutes, but the proposed service will take less than five hours.

Four infrastructure companies have met to discuss new high speed rail services which will use the channel tunnel.

The companies are HS1 Limited, Eurotunnel, SNCF Réseau (France’s infrastructure owner) and Lisea (the company which owns the Tours to Bourdeaux rail link).

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