Press regulator row
BRITAIN's deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has denied that newspapers were excluded from crucial talks on the creation of a powerful new press regulator.
Mr Clegg insisted that late-night talks had only been dealing with one technical legal issue. There was anger among newspapers that members of the Hacked Off group – which has been leading the campaign for tighter regulation – were present while the press were not represented.
Pensioner rugby ban
A GRANDMOTHER has been banned from her village rugby club for three months for her frequent touchline tirades.
Bosses of Pyle Rugby Club, near Bridgend, in south Wales, grew so fed up with the loutish behaviour of Lillian Mort (74) they banned her for three months. Undeterred the pensioner has refused to give up and has taken to peering at matches through steel railings alongside the field.
Corrie star in dock
'Coronation Street' actor Michael Le Vell will stand trial in September after being accused of child sex offences.
The star, who plays car mechanic Kevin Webster in the TV3 soap, made his first appearance at Manchester Crown Court yesterday under his real name of Michael Turner. The 48-year-old is charged with six counts of raping a child, six allegations of indecently assaulting a child and seven counts of sexual activity with a child. Le Vell has stated publicly that he will fight the allegations.
Law quits new movie
ACTOR Jude Law is reported to have pulled out of a new movie production just as filming was due to begin. He was due to star in 'Jane Got a Gun', alongside Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman, who is also co-producing the US-based film.
Scottish director Lynne Ramsay failed to show up earlier this week and has been replaced by Gavin O'Connor, whose credits include 'Warrior'.
Singer Brown released
R&B SINGER Bobby Brown (44) has been released from a Los Angeles jail after serving less than a day of his 55-day sentence for a driving under the influence conviction.
A sheriff's spokesman said Brown was fitted with an ankle monitor because of prison overcrowding and good behaviour.