■ Shameless star faces court summons over Bulger killer post
ACTRESS Tina Malone is facing contempt-of-court proceedings over a post on social media which purports to show images of James Bulger killer Jon Venables.
The Shameless star said she had received a high court summons and asked for help finding a lawyer. The Attorney General’s Office confirmed it had sent her a summons.
Malone wrote on Facebook: ‘I need a lawyer asap!!!! Iv been committed to the high court!!!’ In another post she said: ‘Iv had a wonderful day till i opened my front door 5mins ago!!! The high court have served me!!’
There is a court order in England and Wales banning the publication of anything that reveals the identities of Venables and Robert Thompson. They have been living anonymously with new identities since being released from a life sentence for the kidnap, torture and murder of two-year-old James 25 years ago when they were 10.
The Attorney General’s Office said: ‘The Law Officers will review contempt-of-court allegations made to them, but they cannot comment on the nature of any investigations.’
■ Trump confidant charged with lying to Congress in Russia probe
ROGER STONE, a confidant of Donald Trump, has been arrested in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation and charged with lying to Congress and obstructing the probe.
The seven-count indictment against Stone (pictured), a self-proclaimed ‘dirty trickster’, is the first criminal case in months from Mr Mueller. It provides the most detail to date about how Trump associates were aware in summer 2016 that emails had been stolen from the Hillary Clinton campaign and wanted them released.
It alleges that unnamed senior Trump campaign officials contacted Stone to ask when the stolen emails might be disclosed. The indictment does not charge Stone with conspiring with WikiLeaks, the anti-secrecy website that published the emails, or with the Russian officers Mr Mueller says hacked them.
Instead, it accuses him of witness tampering, obstruction and false statements about his interactions related to WikiLeaks’ release. Some of the false statements were made to the House intelligence committee, according to the indictment.
CNN recorded video of the pre-dawn raid at Stone’s home, showing FBI agents in combat gear using large weapons and night-vision equipment, running up to the house and shouting: ‘FBI! Open the door!’ Stone could then be seen in the doorway in his nightwear before he was led away, CNN reported.
■ Zimbabwe’s crackdown persists with reports of rapes
REPORTS of a violent crackdown have continued in Zimbabwe as rights groups and others accused security forces of raping women during house-to-house searches.
Zimbabweans say abuses have not calmed since president Emmerson Mnangagwa on Tuesday denounced the violence as ‘unacceptable’.
The unrest began last week as people protested over a steep increase in fuel prices that made petrol the world’s most expensive. Troops in the capital Harare controlled fuel queues (pictured), with the government accusing the opposition of stirring up trouble.
Fearful residents in poor and working-class suburbs of Harare and second city Bulawayo are locking themselves in at night. At least 12 people have been killed in the unrest and more than 300 wounded, doctors and rights workers have said.
‘We have received very disturbing reports of a number of cases of women allegedly raped by members of security forces,’ said Human Rights Watch. Police spokeswoman Charity Charamba insisted she had not received any such reports.
■ Injured Olympian Beth Tweddle sues makers of The Jump
OLYMPIC gymnast Beth Tweddle is taking legal action against the makers of The Jump after she fractured her vertebrae on the Channel 4 show.
The athlete (pictured) had to undergo surgery on her neck and spinal cord after she crashed into a barrier following a training jump in the third series of the winter sports show in 2016.
Demetrius Danas, an injury lawyer representing Tweddle, said: ‘She has had to put many parts of her life and career on hold and, while Beth is making a good recovery, she still cannot do many of the things she previously could as an elite athlete and may never fully recover.’
Tweddle said in a statement: ‘It’s been a long journey and my recovery is still ongoing. I’m not sure I’ll ever be 100 per cent again.’ She added: ‘It’s disappointing that we have had to seek court proceedings as we had hoped the makers of the programme might be willing to work with us to settle the case.’
Girls Aloud’s Sarah Harding, swimmer Rebecca Adlington, Holby City actress Tina Hobley, Made In Chelsea’s Mark-Francis Vandelli, cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins and sprinter Linford Christie have been injured making the show. Channel 4 has been contacted for comment.