This weeks headline news 26/02/2017

UK 

  • A mother-of-one from Taunton died after just three vodka and lemonades left her five-times over the drink-drive limit, an inquest heard this week. Heidi Hopley, 41, suffered alcohol poisoning after having the drinks over a two hour period whilst at home with her partner Scott Fisher. Mr Fisher said he found her dead body slumped outside on the patio and attempted to resuscitate her however she was pronounced dead. 
  • A British woman was horrifically murdered and her husband left for dead after three men broke into their farm house in South Africa. Sue Howarth, 64, and husband Robert Lynn, 66, were asleep at their home in Dullstroom, Mpualanga province when three men broke in through a window at 2am and tied them up before torturing them for several hours with a blowtorch and shooting them. 
  • Three men have been remanded in custody on slavery charges after a cannabis factory was discovered in a former nuclear bunker in Wiltshire this Wednesday. Martin Fillery, 45, Plamen Nguyen, 27, and Ross Winter, 30, were charged with conspiring to hold another person in slavery/servitude as well as conspiracy to produce the Class B drug, which has an estimated street value of £1m 
  • Five teenagers from London have been remanded in custody on suspected terrorism offences after officials found evidence that they were planning a terrorist-style attack. The male youths, aged between 15 and 19, are to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court next week. 

 

Foreign 

  • Five people have died in Australia this week after a charter plane bound for King island, Tasmania, crashed into a shopping centre. Max Quartermain, 63, a pilot from Melbourne, his wife Cilla and their friends Greg De Haven, 70, a retired FBI agent from Texas, and Russell Munsch, 62, who was also from Texas, all died on impact after their plane crashed into the Direct Factory Outlet (DFO) shopping centre in Melbourne. It is believed that Quartermain was flying the jet at the time and had placed mayday calls in the moments before the crash after the plane suffered ‘catastrophic engine failure’ shortly after takeoff.
  • A car bomb has killed at least 41 people in a village close to the Syrian town of al-Bab this week, after ISIS militants targeted a rebel checkpoint. The explosion claimed the lives of 35 civilians and 6 rebel fighters, although the exact death toll has not yet been released. 
  • The half-brother of North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-nam, was killed by was killed by a highly toxic nerve agent, according to  Malaysian officials. Jong-nam was brutally attacked with VX nerve agent whilst waiting to board a flight at a Kuala Lumpur airport last week. The agent is classified as a weapon of mass destruction by the United Nations.
  • Renowned Hollywood Actor, Bill Paxton has died this Sunday at the age of 61, after suffering complications following hear surgery. Paxton was best known for his roles in the films Titanic, Twister, Apollo 13 and Edge of Tomorrow. Celebrities such as William Shatner, Rob Lowe, Zach Braff and many more have paid tribute to the star on social media. 

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