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News in brief: Selfie child sex images increase by 77 per cent

THE number of child sex abuse images and videos created by children has soared 77 per cent in a year, a study finds. Of 153,250 pieces of illegal material examined by the charity Internet Watch Foundation last year, 68,000 contained content that was ‘self-generated’ — up from 38,400 found in 2019. Some of the material, which can include webcam videos filmed in a child’s bedroom, were classed as Category A — the most severe. IWF chief executive Susie Hargreaves said online sexual predators were devoted to finding children on the internet ‘to bully and coerce them into abusing themselves sexually’.

Teens ‘stabbed father to death in mystery attack’

A DAD kissed his fiancée and baby daughter goodnight before he was stabbed to death in a ‘brutal’ mystery attack, a court has heard. Rail worker Asante Campbell, 24, was set upon by a gang in Hendon, north London, while waiting in his car to meet a colleague for a night shift. Among them were allegedly Javell Hall, 18, and 19-year olds Kofi Abusah and Hafid Omar. All three deny murder. Prosecuting, Oliver Glasgow QC said the reason for the attack in February 2019 ‘remains a mystery but the identity of his killers is not’. He said the men pulled up in a car ‘armed with an enormous knife… and ready for violence’. The Old Bailey trial continues.

Murder suspect held over double stabbing

A DOUBLE murder suspect has been arrested after two men were found dead in a house. The 51-year-old man was held in Hackney, east London, after the victims, aged 43 and 45, were discovered with stab wounds in Ilford early on Sunday. A 28-year-old woman was also found injured and was arrested on suspicion of murder after a Taser was deployed. She has been freed under investigation. Police believe they know the identities of the victims and are investigating how those involved were linked. ‘We need to hear from anybody who knew these men,’ said Det Ch Insp Perry Benton.

Neo-Nazi terror plotter named after turning 18

A TEENAGE neo-Nazi who plotted to carry out a terror attack can be named, a judge has ordered. Jack Reed had launched a bid to keep the anonymity he was granted as a young offender after turning 18 on Christmas Eve. But at Manchester crown court, Judge Nicholas Dean QC said he lacked the power to make such an order, which in any case he did not believe would be merited. Reed, of New Brancepeth near Durham, was jailed for six years and eight months last January after listing ‘areas to attack’ such as schools and synagogues. He researched explosives online and downloaded far-right material.

Careless driver killed hero of terror attack

A HERO of the London Bridge terror attack was killed when a car ‘cut a corner’ and struck him, a court heard. Retired milkman Stephen Hilder, 70, was knocked down by motorist David Smith, 56, in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. During the terror attack on Borough Market in June 2017, in which 11 people died and 48 others were wounded, Mr Hilder ignored pleas to leave the area so he could comfort a woman who had been stabbed until paramedics arrived. Smith, of Pembury, Kent, failed to see Mr Hilder in the road as he turned right in January 2019, Maidstone crown court heard. He admitted careless driving and was given a 12-month suspended jail sentence, an 18-month driving ban and 150 hours unpaid work.

Bone drug to stop hip replacements failing

A DRUG already used to treat weak bones could halve the number of patients whose hip replacements need to be redone — saving the NHS £76million. Denosumab — used to treat osteoporosis — could also protect patients from osteolysis, caused when micro-particles wear off an implant, weakening the new joint. A first hip op costs £6,000 — but replacing it can cost £18,000. Around 8,500 repeat ops are carried out every year. Prof Mark Wilkinson, of Sheffield university, said the change ‘could have a huge impact’ for younger people who wear out new joints quickly and for older patients who recover more slowly from ops.

Need a toaster? Amazon has got it ball in hand…

AMAZON shoppers who click on a toasted sandwich maker are being urged to buy something that might put them off their lunch. Looking at the Salter Electric XL Deep Fill Sandwich Toaster Press prompts the site’s algorithm to advertise an £8 bottle of Dr Balls’ Fresh Bollocks balm. The description for the product reads: ‘An essential part of the modern man’s grooming that will provide long-lasting freshness and enhance confidence.’ An Amazon spokesman said: ‘We are looking into this. The “Frequently Bought Together” feature makes recommendations based on customer behaviour.’

A coffee a day ‘keeps prostate cancer away’

DRINKING coffee every day could protect against prostate cancer. Regular consumption reduces chances of getting the disease by about ten per cent, researchers have found. And they say it cuts the risk by about 12 per cent of tumours spreading beyond the prostate in men who do fall victim. Coffee drinkers with advanced prostate cancer were found to be 16 per cent less likely to die than other seriously ill patients. Previous studies involving more than 1million men, of whom 57,732 had the cancer, were examined by the China Medical University researchers. Coffee affects sex hormone levels and has anti-inflammatory properties.


Moët fleeced by rustlers in champers sheep raid

A FLOCK of 14 sheep has been stolen in a bizarre raid on Moët & Chandon’s experimental eco-vineyard in Aÿ, north-east France. A solar panel for the livestock’s electric fence also vanished. The champagne house said the theft has forced it to temporarily abandon the sustainable grazing trial after just four weeks.

Pope allows women to take more church roles

POPE Francis has changed Roman Catholic law to allow women to be readers at liturgies, altar servers and distributors of communion. The roles have been held by women in many countries, but the move will stop conservative bishops blocking their paths. But the Vatican stressed the roles were ‘distinct from the ordained ministry’ — so not a precursor to women as priests.


■ A MAN has admitted attempting to murder a woman and three children in a ‘sustained and savage’ knife attack. Liban Malhamoub, 45, will be sentenced later for the July 2019 onslaught at an address in Palmers Green, north London.

■ RUPERT GRINT has revealed he was on hand to welcome baby daughter Wednesday after Covid disrupted filming. The actor said production of TV horror Servant was on hold when partner Georgia Groome gave birth last May.

■ LONDON Symphony Orchestra maestro Sir Simon Rattle, 65, will return to Germany in 2023 to conduct the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Munich. It comes three years after he left the Berlin Philharmonic for Britain.

■ A FAMILY was left homeless when a blaze sparked by a wood burning stove destroyed their £750,000 thatched cottage. They managed to flee before 75 firefighters arrived to douse the flames in Langrish, Hampshire.

■ HEAVY-LIFTING equipment was used to free an RAF Chinook helicopter that spent six days stuck in a muddy field. The aircraft, from 28 Squadron, landed in the field near Wantage, Oxfordshire, following a mechanical problem.

■ MORE than 1,800 pubs have disappeared in just three years — falling from 42,450 in England and Wales at the end of 2017 to 40,617 now. But the closures slowed slightly last year, found Altus Group research, suggesting they were not affected by Covid.

■ VIRGIN Media has launched wi-fi boosting pods for homes struggling with broadband black spots. The firm said its Intelligent WiFi Plus service boosts reliability and speed by blocking interference from neighbouring networks.

■ MEDITATION doesn’t benefit ‘everyone, everywhere’, University of Cambridge researchers have cautioned. Mindfulness is a type of meditation touted to tackle stress, anxiety and depression. But it had no effect in over one in 20 trials.

■ THREE children were rescued from the Channel yesterday after a migrant boat got into difficulty. They were among 30 picked up in French waters. Some 160 migrants reached England over the weekend and 67 were stopped by the French.


■ CALIFORNIA mussel shells have weakened over 60 years due to the ocean’s rising acid levels, US scientists say. Human-produced carbon dioxide has had a ‘striking’ effect on the Pacific coast mollusc, the University of California San Diego found.

■ THE Stone Age lasted 20,000 years longer than thought in parts of Africa, a study suggests. Archaeologists in Senegal have found tools dating from 11,000 years ago. ‘Cultural boundaries’ may have prolonged the era in parts of the continent, they said.

■ EIGHT people have died in a storm that dumped 3ft of snow across central Japan’s west coast and stranded 1,500 vehicles on a major highway. The heaviest snow fell across Niigata and Toyama, with unusually cold air even bringing snow to sea-level areas.

■ THREE men were pulled alive from their crushed car after a bus ploughed into them at a junction in south India. Passers-by pushed the bus off and freed the injured, who were taken to hospital in Andhra Pradesh state. The bus driver ‘ran away’, said witnesses.

■ ISLAMIC television preacher and author Adnan Oktar has been jailed for 1,000 years by a Turkish court for crimes including forming and leading a criminal gang, fraud and sexual abuse. His TV channel featured dancing women called ‘kittens’ singing with male ‘lions’.