- At least 2500 more prison guards will be bought in and a no fly zone implemented over jails in a new attempt to improve safety and reduce crime. Justice Secretary Liz Truss unveiled the new plans for reform this week after figures showed there are now an average of 65 assaults inside prisons across the UK every day. Maths and English tests will also be provided for inmates so that their improvement can be monitored and at least 300 police dogs will be bought in to detect drugs.
- The Mexican restaurant chain Wahaca, which was founded by a 2006 Masterchef winner, has shut nine of its branches after a suspected outbreak of norovirus. The restaurant, which opened the first of its 19 restaurants in 2007, was forced to close down a number of its branches after 205 staff and 160 members of the public fell ill.
- A 22-year-old charity shop worker has been found dead outside a bungalow in Sutton-in-Ashfield, after prospective home owners came to view the property. Melanie Wilson had sent her father a text message saying ‘I love you’ just moments before she vanished at around 11.20pm on October 19. Nottinghamshire police are now investigating the exact cause of the young woman’s death.
- A young father has died after being shot in the head outside his home in Greater Manchester this week. 28-year-old Michael Blake had just said goodbye to his girlfriend of four years on Thursday evening when she found him outside the home, moments later, slumped and bleeding with bullet wounds to his leg and head. The father-of-one was rushed to Salford Royal Hospital, but he died less than 12 hours later. Police are still searching for a motive behind the devastating attack.
- A lorry driver who fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into a pensioner has become the second person this week to be handed a prison sentence for dangerous driving on the A34. Romanina-born Claudiu-Ioan Almazan failed to notice that traffic had come to a standstill on the motorway when he hit into the rear end of Diana Allen’s car, causing her to die instantly.
- Up to 240 migrants have drowned in two shipwrecks off the coast of Libya this Thursday after their boats capsized in strong seas. The 31 survivors were taken to the Italian island of Lampedusa, with many saying that the majority of passengers on board the boats had been pregnant women and children. No bodies have been recovered from the tragic indecent as of yet. More than 140,000 migrants have arrived in Italy since the start of 2016.
- Donald Trump’s wife Melanie gave a rare campaign speech this week in which she vowed to bring an end to online bullying, particularly against children. The 46-year-old wife of the presidential candidate gave the powerful speech during a campaign trail in Philadelphia as she tried to persuade Americans to vote for the billionaire businessman next Tuesday. She also added that she would work as an advocate for women and children before continuing “Our culture has gotten too mean and too rough, especially to children and teenagers.” Her pledge comes in the wake of her husbands sexual harassment accusations, after he was recorded making sexually demeaning comments towards various women.
- At least 20 people were killed and 50 more injured in the Pakistani city of Karachi this week after two trains carrying hundreds of passengers collided. Witnesses described how one train drove at high-speed into another stationary train at Quaidabad station in the early hours on Thursday, causing many passengers to become mangled inside the wreckage. Rescuers are now working with metal-cutting equipment and heavy cranes to reach those bodies stuck inside.
- A high school teacher has been found dead after he was accused of having sex with a pupil and subsequently placed on administrative leave. Jared Mothershed, 27 had been placed on leave by Sheffield High School in Alabama, where he had been a teacher and assistant football coach for three years. Mothershed’s body was found last weekend with bullet wounds to the head. It is thought that he took his own life although an investigation is still pending.
- World-famous singer Michael Bublé’s has revealed his eldest son Noah, 3, has been diagnosed with cancer. The 41-year-old singer and his wife Luisana Lopilato, 29, announced the sad news on the models Facebook page this week, adding that Noah is now receiving treatment in the U.S. The singer and his wife will both be putting their respective careers on hold while their son recovers.