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Men arrested on historic sex allegations, e-cigarettes face public spaces ban and Britain's Afghan military HQ disbands

COURTS: Two men have been arrested over allegations of historic sexual abuse and cruelty against a former resident of a children's home.

West Midlands Police said yesterday the men, both 68, were detained on January 20 after claims a child was abused at the old Wisteria Lodge home in Coventry during the 1980s.

The children’s home, which was owned by Coventry City Council, was closed a few years ago and demolished.


HEALTH: Wales could be the first part of Britain to ban smoking e-cigarettes in enclosed public spaces.

Welsh Health Minister Professor Mark Drakeford said yesterday officials were considering a ban amid concerns the products could “renormalise” the use of conventional cigarettes.

He said there were also concerns that their spread could undermine the ban on tobacco smoking in enclosed public spaces, making it more difficult to enforce.


AFGHANISTAN: Britain’s military headquarters in Afghanistan has been disbanded in the latest major step in the drawdown of British troops.

British-led Task Force Helmand came to an end yesterday after eight years of frontline military operations involving tens of thousands of servicemen and women.

The Ministry of Defence said functions will now be absorbed into the wider US-led Regional Command (South West) in the latest step towards the withdrawal of British troops from the country.


POLICE: A police officer who made national headlines when he organised a spoof video of hit pop song Gangnam Style has been sacked for gross misconduct.

Sergeant Gary Watts, who served with Devon and Cornwall Police, was dismissed following a disciplinary hearing on Monday.

He used Twitter — of which he is a prolific user — profess his anger over the “complete bollocks” decision.

His account @surfchilled is now unavailable.


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