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News in brief: 19/06/2014

WARMONGER: A young writer took his red proofing pen to Tony Blair’s essay on Iraq and the Middle East yesterday, with the marked piece quickly going viral online.

In the essay Mr Blair demands more bloodshed in Syria and tries to wash his hands of sparking the latest round of killings in Iraq.

Marking it, Alex Nunns had to leave it ungraded as it was “not an essay but a collection of unsubstantiated opinions.”

It remains to be seen if Mr Blair will attend detention as ordered.

Mr Nunns advised Mr Blair that the piece displayed “lack of effort and vigour.”

It remains to be seen if Mr Blair will attend detention as ordered.


HILLSBOROUGH: Sheffield Wednesday’s consultant engineer threatened to sue the local council for £2 million if it scuppered a ground development, the Hillsborough inquests heard yesterday.

Dr Wilfred Eastwood “became irate” when he was told construction work at the club’s Spion Kop posed “a significant safety hazard.”

David Moore, then a Sheffield council employee, said a drop in the terrace had the potential to cause fans to trip when leaving the stadium, but his concern was not raised.

He said: “I felt a political decision had been taken.”


TELEVISION: Jeremy Paxman bid farewell to his Newsnight fans yesterday, riding into the sunset with London Mayor Boris Johnson.

The Tory and the BBC journalist were seen sharing a tandem bike across London while passersby shout at the pair.

“This is the most stupid assignment. I’ve done war zones, Boris, that are easier than this,” said Mr Paxman.

Last night’s show was the last for Mr Paxman, who was at its helm for the past 25 years.


CRIME: The father of a murdered two-month-old baby has admitted to her killing just hours before he was due to stand trial.

Tyler Vallance pleaded guilty to manslaughter yesterday. His daughter Isabella died in 2012 of sustained injuries.

The prosecution accepted the plea.

The baby’s mother is also to be tried at later date under the charges of alleged child cruelty and for causing or allowing the murder of her child.


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