Wednesday 18 October 2017

Hall sentenced again

Stuart Hall has been sentenced to another two years and six months in prison. Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Stuart Hall has been sentenced to another two years and six months in prison. Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Disgraced broadcaster Stuart Hall (84) has been sentenced to another two years and six months in prison after he indecently assaulted an under-age girl.

The former 'It's A Knockout' presenter was cleared last week of 15 counts of rape in relation to two women who claimed they were sexually assaulted by him between 1976 and 1981. The married father-of-two is currently serving a 30-month jail term after he pleaded guilty last year to indecently assaulting 13 other young girls, aged between nine and 17, over a 20-year period.

MEERKAT MOB IS BORN

Visitors to a zoo will be able to compare its baby meerkats after a brood of five youngsters were allowed out of their burrow for the first time.

The quintet of African mammals have made their first public appearances at Chester Zoo after being hidden away by their parents since being born on April 20. They have yet to be named because staff do not yet know whether they are male or female.

SWEET REVENGE IN ROW

A US man smacked an ice cream van driver with a fudge bar in a dispute over change after his daughter bought the frozen treat.

The ice cream seller told police in Rock Hill, southern Carolina, that the man accused her of not giving his daughter correct change – and that was when the fudge bar was allegedly employed as a weapon. The driver gave officers a description of the man and the white truck he used for a getaway vehicle.

BEAR CUB IN CUSTODY

Police in southern Oregon held an unlikely suspect overnight – a well-behaved black bear cub.

Police Chief Don Brown said a teenage boy and his parents took the cub to the police station in a large plastic storage bin after the boy found the cub whimpering in the bushes outside his house in the town of Myrtle Creek. He said the mother bear was nowhere in sight. Wildlife department officials are still hunting for the missing mother.

SCULPTURE VANDALISED

A sculpture of a man sleepwalking in his underpants, which has provoked some concern on an all-female US college campus, has been vandalised.

The fibreglass sculpture – entitled Sleepwalker – was defaced with yellow paint on its face, left arm, left leg, and a foot. It was one of several properties at Wellesley College, Massachusetts, to be vandalised, and campus authorities are investigating.

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