first_imgRobert MaudsleyDubbed Hannibal the Cannibal, Maudsley killed four people including three while in prison. He tried to eat part of the brain of one of the men he killed. He was jailed for life in 1977.John ChildsConvicted of the contract killings of six people, Childs was jailed for life in 1979.Dennis NilsenA civil servant, Nilsen murdered and dismembered 15 young men at his home in North London. He was jailed for life in 1983 and successive Home Secretaries have ruled he should never be released.Arthur HutchinsonMurdered three people after gatecrashing a wedding reception in Sheffield in 1983. Issued with a whole life tariff by a Home Secretary.Jeremy BamberFound guilty in 1986 of shooting dead his adoptive parents, sister and six-year-old twin nephews. Whole life tariff set by a previous Home Secretary.Anthony EntwistleRaped and murdered a teenage girl in Blackburn in 1988 just days after being released from prison for a previous rape. Given a whole tariff by the then Home Secretary.Victor MillerAbducted and killed a 14-year-old boy in Worcestershire in 1988. Police believe he was responsible for 30 unsolved sex assaults. Miller has requested that he dies in prison.John DuffyDubbed the railway killer, raped and murdered at least three women in the south of England in the late 1980s.Anthony ArkwrightIn 1989 hacked and beat to death three people in Yorkshire including his grandfather when he was aged just 21.Mark RobinsonKilled two girlfriends in 1989 and was issued with a whole life tariff.Victor CastigadorAn illegal immigrant from the Philippines tortured and killed two people during an attack at an amusement arcade in London. Earlier this year admitted killing a fellow inmate in prison and received a second whole life tariff. Fred and Rose West Thomas Mair who has been convicted and sentenced to a full life sentence for murdering MP Jo CoxCredit:Reuters Ernest WrightServed 26-year for a murder committed in the 1970s, but killed again after his release.Anthony HardyKnown as the Camden Ripper, Hardy was convicted of the murders of three women in 2010, but police believe he may have been responsible for up to six more.John MaddenDrugged, raped and killed his 12-year-old niece at his Manchester home after luring her there on the pretext of babysitting.Desmond LeeServed 14-year for the 1990 murder of his landlady, before killing again once he was released.Stephen GriffithsDubbed the Crossbow Cannibal, Griffiths was convicted of killing three women in Bradford in 2010.John SweeneyDescribed as the Canal Killer, was convicted of murdering two women whose bodies were dumped in canals.George Norman JohnsonServed 20 years for the murder of a man during a burglary in the 1980s and then after his release murdered an 89-year-old woman to fund his drug addiction.John CooperConvicted in 2011 of two double murders in Pembrokeshire, Wales, the first in 1985 and the second in 1989.David BaxendalePreviously convicted of murder in Spain, stabbed a woman to death in 2011 after being released and deported back to Britain.Andrew DawsonConvicted of the murders of two men while out on licence from a previous murder conviction.David CookConvicted of murder in 1988, Cook murdered for a second time while out on parole.David OakesGiven a whole life term after being convicted of the double shotgun murder of his ex-girlfriend and their two-year-old daughter.Stephen FarrowMurdered a 77-year-old woman and a 59-year-old vicar in Worcestershire and Gloucestershire in 2012.Mark BridgerFound guilty of abducting and murdering five-year-old April Jones in October 2012 from outside her home in Machynlleth, Wales. Her body has never been found. This week, white supremacist Thomas Mair was found guilty of murdering Labour MP Jo Cox, while gay serial killer Stephen Port, who drugged, raped and murdered four young men after meeting them on dating apps, was told he will die in prison.Here we take a look at the other prisoners serving whole life tariffs in British prisons. While some were given life terms by judges, others were ordered to be detained until they die by Home Secretary of the day. Ian BradyMoors murderer, Brady was jailed for life in May 1966 after being convicted of killing three children alongside Myra Hindley. She died in prison in 2002. Victor Castigador, jailed for life for the murder of two security guards during a robbery in Soho, London in March 1989 Peter Sutcliffe Thomas Mair who has been convicted and sentenced to a full life sentence for murdering MP Jo Cox Fred and Rose WestCredit:SWNS Peter MooreDubbed the Man in Black, murdered four men in Wales. Jailed for life in 1996.Paul GlenA hitman who had previously served life for murder. Killed again upon his release and was given a whole life tariff by a judge in 2004.Phillip HeggartyConvicted of murdering his friend Derek Bennett in a hammer attack in 2003.Thomas McDowellGiven a full life term in 2004 after killing a gay trainee rabbi in North London and dumping his body parts.Mark MartinKilled three homeless women in Nottingham between December 2004 and January 2005.Mark HobsonKilled his girlfriend and her twin sister, before murdering an elderly couple in North Yorkshire. Sentenced to whole life term in 2005.William HorncyMurdered a millionaire, his wife, mother-in-law and two sons in an effort to take over his business. Jailed for life in 2005.Kenneth ReganJailed alongside Horncy for his part in the same murders.Glyn Dix Jailed for life for murder in the 1970s but after his release killed again. Given a whole life term in 2005.Viktor DembovskisA Latvian immigrant who raped and murdered a 17-year-old female neighbour as she walked home from school in west London, before fleeing back to Latvia. He was later extradited and given a full life term.John McGradyA convicted rapist who strangled a 15-year-old girl who lived near him in South London.Stephen McCollGangster who was convicted in 2006 of killing two members of his own gang.Rahan ArshadMurdered his wife and three children, who were found dead in their home in Cheadle Hulme, Stockport, Greater Manchester in August 2006Andrew RandallMurdered his seven week old daughter in Kettering, Northamptonshire in 2005 by throwing her head first into a settee.David TileyTwo months after being released from prison for a double rape, Tiley stabbed to death his disabled fiancée and then killed her carer.Michael SmithJailed for life for murder in the 1970s and killed again after being released from prison.Steve WrightThe Suffolk Strangler, Wright was jailed for life in 2007 for the murder of five prostitutes in the Ipswich area.Levi BellfieldConvicted of the murders of three young women in London and Surrey between 2003 and 2004. Has been linked to a string of other unsolved murders.Douglas VinterAfter being released on licence following a conviction for murder in the 1990s, was given a whole life term in 2008 after killing his wife.Marc ChiversServed 15 years in prison in Germany after killing his girlfriend. Following his release he was deported to Britain and the following year killed his girlfriend again.Peter TobinA Scottish serial killer Tobin killed at least three women between 1991 and 2006. Told he will die in prison.Royston JacksonConvicted of the murder of a convicted sex offender in October 2008, after being released on licence for another murder in 1989.Peter SutcliffeThe Yorkshire Ripper murdered 13 women between 1975 and 1980 across West Yorkshire. One of Britain’s most notorious prisoners was being held in Broadmoor secure hospital but was moved to prison earlier this year. April Jones was murdered by Mark Bridger Peter SutcliffeCredit:REX/Shutterstock Malcolm GreenServed 18-years for the murder of a prostitute and after being released killed a tourist from New Zealand.Rosemary WestConvicted of the murder of ten women and girls at her home in Gloucester alongside her husband Fred West. He killed himself in prison before he could stand trial. One of only two women to be serving a whole life tariff. Arthur Simpson-KentMurdered his partner, actress Sian Blake, 43, and their two sons Zachary, aged eight, and Amon, four, by beating and stabbing them to death at their home in Erith, London, in December 2015.Thomas MairWhite supremacist Mair was found guilty of murdering Labour MP Jo Cox.center_img Stephen PortGay serial killer Port drugged, raped and murdered four young men after meeting them on dating apps. He was also convicted of raping four others. The 41-year-old chef was told he will die in prison. Joanne DennehySerial killer, Dennehy, was convicted of the brutal murders of three men in random attacksPaul O’HaraHad been sentenced to life for murdering his girlfriend in 1998 but killed again after being released.Ryan MatthewsSixty-two-year-old convicted murderer Matthews was sentenced to a whole life term on 9 January 2015, after pleading guilty to the murder of healthcare assistant Sharon Wall at Wotton Hill Hospital in Gloucester on 9 July 2014David MitchellServed 23 years for murder but killed again just four months after being released on licence.Jason GomezWhile serving life for murder Gomez lured a fellow prisoner into his cell before stabbing him over 190 times.Ian BirleyKilled a 65-year-old man in 2015 having previously been jailed for murder in 1996.Russell OliverWhile serving life for murder killed a fellow prisoner at Long Lartin prison in 2015.Anthony AyresConvicted murderer, Ayres, stabbed a mother of one to death at the home of a friend in Essex in 2015.Christopher HalliwellAdmitted killing a woman after meeting her outside a Swindon nightclub in March 2011. Was later convicted of the murder of Becky Godden-Edwards, who had been missing since 2003. Custody photographs of Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale Christopher HalliwellCredit:Wiltshire Police April Jones was murdered by Mark Bridger Custody photographs of Michael Adebolajo and Michael AdebowaleCredit:AFP/Getty Images Ian Brady Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Victor Castigador, jailed for life for the murder of two security guards during a robbery in Soho, London in March 1989 Dale CreganShot dead two female police officers in Manchester, while on the run for a gun and grenade attack on the home of a gang rival.Gary SmithWhile already serving a life sentence for murder killed another prisoners who was a convicted child killer.Lee NewellConvicted alongside Gary Smith of the murder of a child killer in prison. Was already serving life for a previous murder.Jamie ReynoldsPleaded guilty to murdering 17-year-old Georgia Williams in May 2013. had previously tried to strangle a girl, but was only given a police warning.Anwar RosserA former soldier killed a four-year-old boy in his sleep. The motive was never known.Ian McLoughlinKilled three people between 1984 and 2013, having twice been released from prison.Michael AdebolajoIslamic terrorist, Adebolajo hacked to death British soldier, Drummer Lee Rigby, outside his barracks in Woolwich. His younger accomplice was given a minimum 45-year sentence. Ian BradyCredit:PA Christopher Halliwelllast_img read more

first_imgThis shocking footage shows the moment a man drove at 100mph along a bridge before veering into a crash barrier – leaving his car a mangled wreck.Jonathan Dent’s pick-up truck was catapulted over the barriers and landed on the adjacent footpath – very narrowly avoiding falling into the water below.The 32-year-old’s suicide attempt came after he “had enough” of problems at home, a court heard.He had to be cut from the mangled wreckage of his car – as seen in the photo – and suffered injuries including a broken arm.Recorder Bryan Cox QC acknowledged that a prison sentence – while justified – was not appropriate in this case and told Dent that his actions had “put other members of the public at severe risk”.Dent, of Grimsby, North East Lincs., admitted dangerous driving.When he swerved into the barriers of the Humber Bridge, near Hull, East Yorks., late in the evening of July 3, he caused £11,000 of damage, Grimsby Crown Court heard.Prosecutor Stephen Welch said a road user who witnessed the event estimated Dent was driving at around 100mph, and an accident investigator said the truck was travelling at between 95 and 104mph at the time of the collision.Mr Welch said: “He said he was at home and had been having issues with the Child Support Agency an ex-girlfriend and his partner.”His lorry was parked in Immingham and he intended to go there and sleep in the cab.”But he said the defendant had instead headed towards the Humber Bridge thinking a drive would calm him down.When asked by police why he had driven into the barriers, Dent said: “I don’t know, I had probably just had enough.”Dent was taken to hospital following the incident with injuries including a broken arm.Paul Genney, mitigating, said: “He has never been in trouble in his life before.”He has taken steps to sort out the problems that overcame him.”I don’t suppose the defendant gave any thought to it at the time.”There could have been people on the walk way and there were other cars there that had to witness the incident.”He wanted to kill himself, he was desperate.”It opened his eyes to problems he was not aware of then and he has made steps to address that.” Sentencing, Recorder Cox said a prison sentence was “justified” but also “not appropriate”, and told Dent: “You will appreciate I am sure that what you did put other members of the public at severe risk.”Dent was given a sentence of three months in prison for dangerous driving, suspended for two years, and was disqualified from driving for three years.If you are suffering problems in your personal life and need somebody to talk to, call the Samaritans on 116 123. Lines are open 24/7.ap video hub Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

first_imgThe team are now planning to look at whether a female’s hormonal status affects how she dances. Previous studies have found that women’s faces become more symmetrical around the time of ovulation, and therefore more attractive.A study in 2007 even found that female lap dancers earn more tips around ovulation.The team also wants to see if sexuality makes a difference to dance moves, for example whether moves alter if a dancer is trying to attract a partner of the same sex or opposite sex.The research was published in the journal Scientific Reports. Dr Nick Neave, associate professor at the Department of Psychology said dancing offered important hints about reproductive potential.“When you are dancing you are painting a complex biological picture which shows your age, health, motor skills, hormonal status, personality and intelligence to others,” said Dr Neave.“Dance is not just a bit of fun, it is a serious way of expressing yourself to other people. The authors found that in women the degree of hip swing and uneven movements of the thighs and arms contribute independently to a perceived higher quality of dance.The researchers suggest that a strong hip swing might be an emphatically linked to femininity and child-bearing abilities while the ability to move limbs independently of each other, may attest to well-developed motor control.“Males focussed more on the asymmetric movements of the arms, while females focussed more on the movements of the legs,” added Dr Neave.“We suspect that when females dance they are showing off not only to males as potential partners but also to females as potential rivals – it looks as if the sexes are then using slightly different cues to judge a female when she is dancing“We think that these movements form honest signals as to the reproductive qualities of the dancer in question.” Examples of good dancing  Good dancing: wave your hands in the air like you just don’t careCredit:Northumbria University  An example of bad dancing center_img Bad dancing: feet ain’t got no rhythm Credit:Northumbria University  “Both men and women were in strong agreement that the movements of the hips signalled a more attractive dancer.”Using 3D motion-caption, Dr Neave and his team recorded 39 women whilst they danced to a basic rhythm provided by a drum beat.The authors then rendered their movement patterns onto computer avatars, thereby retaining their distinguishing movements, but removing all information about their individual appearance.200 people were then asked to rate the dancing ability of each of the 39 avatars based on a 15 second section of video footage. Awkward shuffling on the dance floor – often known as ‘dad dancing’ – really does make people less attractive to the opposite sex, a new study suggests. While some might think a restrained two-step is the safest option to avoid the embarrassment of over-exuberance, in fact letting yourself go is the best way to catch the attention of a potential suitor. Northumbria University invited dozens of women to dance then asked 200 people to judge who they deemed the most attractive.They found that vigorous hip swinging, and hands flung left and right with abandon were the signs of a good dancer, and the best way to entice a prospective partner. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

first_imgMarine research expeditions off the west coast of Scotland recorded record numbers of dolphins last year, says  conservation charity Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust.Volunteers and scientists recorded 2,303 individual common dolphins, 42 bottlenose dolphins and 94 Risso’s dolphins in the 2016 research season, up from an average 463, 14 and 12 over the previous 14 years.Dr. Lauren Hartny-Mills, Science Officer of HWDT, said: “The reasons for the high number of sightings of these charismatic dolphin species – and the broader effects on the marine environment and other species – remain unclear.”But the intriguing findings highlight the importance of on-going monitoring and research – to strengthen our understanding of what is taking place in Hebridean waters, and to ensure well-informed conservation action.”The trust’s specialized research yacht Silurian covered more than 5,000 nautical miles in 2016, during which time researchers documented more than 1,300 cetaceans and basking sharks.Alison Lomax, Director of the Trust, said: “The impressive range of species documented in our at-sea surveys last year is a powerful reminder that Scotland’s west coast ocean environment is home to remarkable marine life.”Long-term scientific studies of this globally-important habitat and its inhabitants are crucial if we are to ensure a secure future for the Hebrides’ spectacular cetaceans.”Dr Lyndsey Dodds, Head of Marine Policy at WWF-UK, said: “The heartening data captured by the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust emphasizes that we have so much to learn about these charismatic creatures.”Dolphins  face a number of threats including  pollution, collision with boats and accidental entanglement in fishing gear amongst others. More needs to be done to ensure there is a coherent network of marine protected areas that are properly managed if these species are to continue to thrive.”Investing  in scientific understanding of the natural world will go a long way in helping us conserve  marine habitats for dolphins and other marine species.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

first_img“It’s a double-edged sword – building solidarity through petitions is very important but I absolutely believe that in and of themselves they don’t lead very far,” she said. The proportion of people taking part in protests had doubled but remained small, at just 6 per cent. More than one in ten Londoners had taken part in a protest within the past year, the report added, and among Remain voters the proportion was also higher, at 9 per cent.  She said that it had become a panacea for people who want to engage with politics without the risk that comes with more traditional forms of activism, such as protesting on the streets.  The number of people signing online petitions has almost tripled as people turn to “clicktivism” to vent their frustration with politics. According to a study by the Charities Aid Foundation, the proportion of people who said they had filled out a petition within the past year increased from 21 per cent in 2015 to 56 per cent in 2016. The report suggested that disgruntlement with events such as Brexit might have driven more people to online activism. More than a third of respondents said they signed a petition during July – the highest for any month last year. The report suggested that this could be down to “the EU referendum vote towards the end of June and the spate of protest petitions following”.The majority of those signing petitions had been Remain voters, the study found, with 62 per cent saying they had done so in the past year compared to 45 per cent of Leave voters. The figures show that the proportion of people who had signed a petition in the past year was highest among young people. Almost two thirds of those aged 16 to 24 had done so, compared to less than half of over-65s. Dr Lina Dencik, co-director of the Data Justice Lab at Cardiff University, which examines the use of data in relation to political activism, said that petition-signing had replaced traditional activism in some areas. center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

first_imgRichard Sabin, who has curated the marine mammal collection at the Natural History Museum for 24 years was inspired to become a marine biologist after visiting the whale in the mammal hall when he was just 10 years old.“When I think about the ten year old me walking pars the dinosaurs and straight into the mammals hall to see the whales I am feeling as excited about this as I was then,” he said. “I honestly think we’ve created something unique.“I think when people see that enormous skeleton, in that wonderful space, any critics we have will be silenced and children over the next twenty to thirty years will come to see the whale as the new iconic specimen of the museum.” The blue whale is lifted into position at London’s Natural History MuseumCredit:BBC  “And there is a big health and safety element. Getting it down safely and getting it up so it’s safe so that’s keeping me up at night.”Once all the bones were safely in the hall they were rearticulated and attached to the Victorian girders in the roof with steel wires to be pulled into place by a team of steeplejacks hanging from the rafters.But as the whale was lifted into a position, a sharp cracking noise echoed round the hall and the whole skeleton shuddered as a bolt attaching the vertebrae sheared off.Mrs Cornish added: “We were literally whale watching for hours, and there was a definite sense of nervousness when the bolt snapped. But their is a tremendous feeling of achievement now it is finally in place.“It’s taken the best part of three years. I feel emotional every time I walk under it and I can’t wait for the public to see it.”Horizon: Dippy and the Whale will be shown on July 13, BBC Two at 9pm. Hintze Hall reopens to the public on Friday 14th July. But unlike the dinosaur, which stood statically in the centre of the hall, the whale has been articulated to dive down from the rafters, tail flipping up and mouth agape as if plunging through a school of fish or scooping up visitors in its giant jaws as they enter the museum.  The project, which has never been attempted before, was so challenging it required a huge team of conservationists, structural experts, riggers and even engineering experts RCI, who built the skeletons for the Tyrannosaurus rex in Jurassic Park. Blue whales are the biggest creature ever to have existed on Earth After decades in storage, she first went on display in 1934 in the new mammals gallery, where she has remained untouched ever since. Few visitors notice the whale is there because she is largely hidden by a huge replica of a blue whale which hangs beneath.Conservationists had to remove 81 years worth of dust before taking the 82ft skeleton apart piece-by-piece, carefully packing it, labelling it and repairing cracks with putty so it was strong enough to hang from the girders in Hintze Hall. The whale is replacing Dippy the Dinosaur which is going on tour Credit:Getty  A nail-biting three-year project to hang the enormous skeleton of a blue whale in the place of ‘Dippy the Dinosaur’ at London’s Natural History Museum almost ended in disaster when a crucial bolt sheared off mid-hoist, a new BBC behind-the-scenes film has revealed.As the 4.5 tonne skeleton hung precariously in mid-air, emergency welders were called in to reattach the huge vertebrae to a massive steel frame to prevent the bones from slipping again.The heart-stopping moment is captured in special episode of BBC Two’s Horizon, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, which has followed the astonishing endeavour since 2014.Blue whales are the biggest animal that has ever lived on Earth and the huge skeleton was the overwhelming choice to replace Dippy, the massive diplodocus cast which has delighted visitors since 1979. The erection of the giant jigsaw took more than three weeks Credit:BBC The Horizon team travelled back to Wexford in Ireland, to find the original site where the whale washed up in 1891. The juvenile female, who was probably between 10 and 15 years old was still alive when she beached, but whale meat and oil were rich commodities at the time and locals wasted no time in harpooning the stricken creature to death.Her blubber was sold for oil and her meat sent to a dog food factory, but canny businessman William Armstrong contacted the Natural History Museum to see if they would take her skeleton, eventually selling her bones for £250. Riggers hoist the skeleton into place Credit:BBC Lorraine Cornish, the museum’s Head of Conservation, said: “When we put it back up and we have the public wandering underneath it we really don’t want bits of it to drop off onto them.“Some parts were missing completely. When the girls were cleaning the right flipper it was looking a bit suspicious as if the surface wasn’t quite the same as if it should be if it was natural bone, and after a few tests we found out that it was mainly plaster and so I think everyone was surprised about that.”The team was also dismayed to learn that the whale’s head was so big it could not fit through the Grade 1 listed doorways of Hintze Hall. They were forced to mount it on a giant steel frame and tip it onto its side to push it through the front doors where it was reunited with the rest of the 221 bones. The erection of the giant jigsaw took more than three weeks  Horizon: Dippy and the Whale Blue whales are the biggest creature ever to have existed on Earth Riggers hoist the skeleton into place  Speaking during the tricky move, Jennifer Flippance, the Project Manager, said: “We’re doing a lot of things we’ve never done before, so it gives you a sense of nervousness. The whale is replacing Dippy the Dinosaur which is going on tour  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

first_imgThe senior prison source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said: “Worboys will remain a danger to the public. What David Gauke is rightly doing is trying every avenue to try and stop Worboys’ release.” John Worboys is still a danger to women, a senior prison source has told the Telegraph, amid growing pressure on the Ministry of Justice to prevent the release of the ‘black cab rapist’. Worboys, 60, is due to be freed from jail in the coming days after the Parole Board ruled that he no longer posed a risk. David Gauke, the new Justice Secretary, is considering a judicial review in an attempt to keep the serial sex attacker – possibly the worst in modern British legal history – in jail.center_img Worboys…last_img read more

In his second major intervention in recent months,  Rabbi Mirvis had written an open letter to Labour warning that it risks being on the “wrong side of the fight” against racism unless the party endorses the international definition of anti-Semitism. Jeremy Corbyn was called an “anti-Semite and a racist” by a veteran Labour MP on Tuesday night as the party was plunged into a fresh anti-Semitism row.Margaret Hodge, a well respected Jewish MP and former minister, subjected the Labour leader to an expletive ridden rant in Parliament following the party’s decision to reject an internationally recognised definition of anti-Semitism.In an extraordinary tirade, Ms Hodge vented her fury over the decision by Labour’s national executive committee to flout the advice of Jewish MPs, leaders and the Chief Rabbi, all of whom had urged the party to reconsider its new code of conduct.Ms Hodge told Mr Corbyn: “You have proved you don’t want people like me in the party.”Mr Corbyn is believed to have responded flatly, telling her: “I’m sorry you feel like that”. Ms Hodge’s grandmother and uncle were murdered in the Holocaust. Margaret Hodge, former Labour minister and veteran MP But Labour has opted to alter four specific examples given in the guidance, provoking a backlash from MPs and Jewish leaders, who have accused Labour of treating anti-Semitism differently to other forms of racism.According to sources present at a meeting of the committee on Tuesday afternoon, a number of senior Labour figures urged the party to listen to concerns of the Jewish community. In his letter, circulated on Monday evening,  Rabbi Mirvis said: “The IHRA definition has been accepted and preferred by governments around the world, including our own.  “Those who vote for anything but the full IHRA definition will be placing themselves on the wrong side of the fight against racism, anti-Semitism and intolerance.”Echoing his comments, Wes Streeting MP, chair of the all party parliamentary group for British Jews, said the decision taken by the NEC had been “utterly contemptible”.”The damage it will inflict on our credibility as an anti-racist political party is the leadership’s responsibility – and their alone,” he told The Telegraph.”Jeremy Corbyn and his team were warned time and time again of the devastating damage this would inflict on Labour’s relationship with the Jewish community. They cannot claim to not have understood the profound consequences of this decision.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Those who vote for anything but the full IHRA definition will be placing themselves on the wrong side of the fight against racism, anti-Semitism and intoleranceEphraim Mirvis, Chief Rabbi Margaret Hodge, former Labour minister and veteran MP They included Tom Watson, Labour’s deputy leader, and Margaret Beckett, a veteran Labour MP, both of whom made impassioned speeches warning that the party’s reputation would be stained if it proceeded as planned.However, the NEC refused to relent and voted to ratify heir definition instead, meaning it is now official Labour policy. The committee has agreed to open a consultation about potential changes to the code in the future.Their decision was swiftly condemned by Jewish groups across the country, with the Board of Deputies, Jewish Leadership Council and Community Secretary Trust expressing a “mixture of incredulity and outrage”.Separately, the Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, had warned the previous evening that a failure to adopt the IHRA’s definition would send an  “unprecedented message of contempt” to British Jews. Describing the choice facing Mr Corbyn’s party as a “watershed moment”,  Rabbi Mirvis urged it to “make the right decision for Britain” by replacing its new guidance with a version used by governments and public bodies around the world.Taking aim at Labour’s national executive committee,  Rabbi Mirvis said it was “astonishing” that the party believed it was “more qualified” than British Jews to determine what constitutes anti-Semitism. A Labour spokesman insisted the new code was not attempting to “redefine anti-Semitism”, adding that the party had produced the “most detailed and comprehensive guidelines” of any political party.They added: “The NEC upheld the adoption of the code of conduct on anti-Semitism, but in recognition of the serious concerns expressed, agreed to reopen the development of the code, in consultation with Jewish community organisations and groups”. The confrontation came three hours after the party’s governing body decided to ignore the pleas of the Jewish community and sign-off on a new code of conduct on anti-Semitism which differed from the internationally recognised version created by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.The original definition has been implemented in-full by the Government, the Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly, the Crown Prosecution service and 124 local authorities. read more

Victims of crime are having to wait too long for compensation under a “derisory” system, the Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales has said.Baroness Newlove called for a change to the way court-ordered financial awards are paid after they are imposed on convicted offenders.She has called for compensation for people who suffer at the hands of criminals should be paid up front rather than in instalments.Writing in her 2017/18 annual report, she said she wanted to see victims receive compensation in full following a conviction, rather than waiting for the money to be recovered from a defendant.”Currently, compensation can be paid in derisory amounts over a lengthy period, leaving victims feeling frustrated,” the commissioner said.”I want 100% of court-ordered compensation to be paid by the court to the victim straightaway, with the court recouping this from the offender, so the victim isn’t out of pocket and doesn’t feel cheated.”Following a conviction, magistrates and judges can impose compensation orders on offenders whose crimes resulted in injury, loss or damage. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The court must consider the convicted individual’s means when determining the amount.Baroness Newlove flagged up the issue of compensation as she repeated her call for a Victims’ Law so a number of “core” legal rights are guaranteed.She said legislation could deliver “seismic change” for victims.Acknowledging that her proposals are “ambitious”, she added: “Critics will quibble about costs at a time when the public sector purse is under enormous pressure.”Achieving the ambition of placing victims’ rights at the heart of our criminal justice system can never be achieved without cost.”But to the victims, it’s a right that is priceless.”Baroness Newlove also welcomed changes to the parole system announced in the wake of controversy over the decision to release sex attacker John Worboys earlier this year.The commissioner said: “Victims tell me they want to be more involved in the parole process.”A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: “Victim compensation is the first financial penalty collected from an offender, with over £41m paid to victims in 2016/17 alone – up from £32.9m in the previous year.”Furthermore, compensation for victims of violent crime is already available through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme, which paid out over £140m last year.”We remain absolutely committed to supporting victims of crime, and will publish our victims strategy later this summer.” read more

The father of a woman who died in a River Thames speedboat crash has warned the fugitive owner that “justice is coming” for him.An international manhunt is under way for Jack Shepherd, 30, who is wanted over the death of 24-year-old Charlotte Brown. It is believed Shepherd might be hiding in a resort on the Mediterranean.The web designer faces six years’ imprisonment over the December 2015 incident, when his speedboat capsized during a late-night cruise after a champagne-fulled first date.Shepherd, who was convicted of manslaughter by gross negligence at the Old Bailey after a trial in his absence, has ignored repeated pleas by Ms Brown’s family to hand himself in.Her father, Graham Brown, 52, urged anyone with information about his whereabouts to contact police. In mobile phone footage, Ms Brown could be heard shouting that they were going “so fast” as Shepherd drove at more than double the 12 knot speed limit. The family of Charlotte Brown (left to right) father Graham Brown, sister Katie and mother Roz Wicken arrive at the Old BaileyCredit:Yui Mok /PA In the months before Ms Brown’s death, Shepherd had entertained up to 10 women on the 1980s model, having invited them back to his houseboat.During that time, he had been caught speeding by marine police more than once and advised on the importance of wearing life jackets. An arrest warrant was issued after his conviction on Friday. On the return journey, Shepherd handed over the controls to business development consultant Ms Brown, who followed suit and went “full throttle”.The speeding boat hit a submerged log and tipped over near Wandsworth Bridge, sending both occupants into the water.Shepherd was found clinging to the hull and Ms Brown was pulled from the water unconscious and unresponsive.Paramedics battled in vain to save her as she was already in cardiac arrest and suffering from hypothermia.The court had heard how Shepherd bought the 14ft Fletcher Arrowflyte GTO from Gumtree to “pull women”. speedboat, which was shown to the jury Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Charlotte Brown met Jack Shepherd on a dating website Charlotte Brown met Jack Shepherd on a dating websiteCredit:Metropolitan Police  A picture shown to the jury of the speedboat that crashedCredit:PA “Those who know something need to examine their consciences,” he told The Sun. “I’m sure someone will make that call. Justice is coming, of that I’m certain.”Shephed met Ms Brown on website OkCupid and went for their first date on December 8 2015.He treated Ms Brown to a £150 meal at Oblix in the Shard, where they drank two bottles of wine.The couple took a taxi back to Shepherd’s home, a houseboat in Hammersmith, where they took champagne aboard the speedboat for a trip past the Houses of Parliament. The family of Charlotte Brown (left to right) father Graham Brown, sister Katie and mother Roz Wicken read more