John le Carr on why ‘politicians love chaos’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe author’s latest book is set in the political turmoil of 2018 London Ahead of the release of his latest novel, novelist and former MI6 spy John le Carré talks to the BBC about our world leaders and why “human decency” must prevail. A chance meeting in a badminton club, of all places. A few words. A connection made. Nat, who’s disturbed by the chaotic politics of the moment, finds himself spinning a web in which he knows he’ll be caught. Spies, loyalty and deceit. John le Carré is back. His latest book, Agent Running in the Field, is his 25th novel and it reveals a writer – who’ll be 88 the …

Police searches over VIP abuse claims ‘unlawful’

The Metropolitan Police spent £2.5m investigating his claims after publicly saying they were “credible and true”. The Met has published the first three chapters of the 2016 Henriques report after being criticised for previously releasing a heavily redacted version. A report by the Independent Office of Police Conduct – expected to be published next week – previously examined the role of three detectives in applying for search warrants, but did not look into Operation Midland as a whole. When – following Beech’s convictions in July – the IOPC announced it had cleared the officers, Sir Richard criticised that outcome, saying a criminal investigation should take place. Image copyright PA Media Image caption Carl Beech triggered the Met’s Operation Midland with …

Avoid skin-lightening creams ‘at all costs’

And they do not always spell out the correct levels of ingredients, putting consumers at risk. Hydroquinone, described by the LGA as “the biological equivalent of paint stripper”, can remove the top layer of skin, increasing the risk of skin cancer, and cause fatal liver and kidney damage. Mercury can cause similar life-threatening health problems. Unless they are issued on prescription by a doctor, creams containing hydroquinone, steroids or mercury are banned in the UK – because of their potentially serious side-effects. ‘Avoid at all costs’ The LGA highlighted several recent seizures including – The seizure of 360 products from a store in Dagenham, some of which contained hydroquinone. Ingredients were listed incorrectly and failed to meet EU regulations. The …

Rare figure of Christ returned to abbey

Image copyright David Dixon/Geograph Image caption St Mary’s Abbey was once the richest abbey in the north of England It it not known where it was between 1826 and 1920 and was feared lost to the public until it reappeared in the collection of Franz Monheim of Aachen. Lucy Creighton, curator of archaeology at Yorkshire Museum, said: “The figure of Christ is a stunning example of 13th Century religious art – few examples survived in this country in such a complete state. “This alone would make it a very special object but to be able to trace its origins to St Mary’s Abbey, where the Yorkshire Museum now stands, means it is an incredibly rare and extremely valuable find.”

Trans models: From decades of rejection to centre stage

How did this happen, and who blazed the trail? April Ashley is thought to have been the first successful transgender model. Born George Jamieson in Liverpool in 1935, she had gender reassignment surgery in 1960 at the age of 25, and her striking looks led her to grace the pages of Vogue magazine. She kept her past a secret, but her modelling career was cut short when she was outed by tabloid newspaper the Sunday People in 1961, under the headline “The extraordinary case of top model April Ashley: ‘Her’ secret is out”. “My agent called me and she said ‘April your career is finished. You will never get another job in this town’,” she told the BBC in 2013. …

Boardmasters cancellation ‘bitter blow’ for shops

“People do spend a lot of money with a lot of businesses in Newquay and beyond Newquay in a full five day festival like Boardmasters,” she said. “It’s a bitter blow. What a great impact and profile Boardmasters brings to Cornwall for young people and for our summer season and this is a bitter blow.” Tim Rowe – Rip Curl Image caption Damian Rowe had ordered 500 ponchos He said the cancellation could cost the shop up to about £6,000. We sell more wellies this week than the rest of year put together so have a couple of hundred pairs,” he said. “Last year we didn’t have enough ponchos so I ordered 500 of them. He said he also stocked …

Boy ‘thrown’ off Tate Modern was French tourist

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMark Welte was on the observation deck when the incident happened A six-year-old boy who was “thrown” from the 10th floor of the Tate Modern art gallery was a French national visiting London with his family. The child was found on a fifth-floor roof after he fell from the viewing platform on Sunday and is in a critical but stable condition, the Met said. A witness said they heard a “loud bang”, before seeing a woman scream: “Where’s my son, where’s my son?” A 17-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of attempted murder remains in custody. ‘Primal scream’ The Met Police said it was treating the “truly shocking incident” as an “isolated event …

Artificial ‘tongue’ could tackle fake whisky

Food safety testing Alasdair Clark, of the University of Glasgow’s school of engineering, said: “We call this an artificial tongue because it acts similarly to a human tongue – like us, it can’t identify the individual chemicals which make coffee taste different to apple juice but it can easily tell the difference between these complex chemical mixtures. “We’re not the first researchers to make an artificial tongue, but we’re the first to make a single artificial tongue that uses two different types of nanoscale metal ‘tastebuds’, which provides more information about the ‘taste’ of each sample and allows a faster and more accurate response.” He said the tongue could be used to “taste” virtually any liquid – not just whisky. …

Vauxhall owner ‘could move Astra production from UK’

“We have an alternative to Ellesmere Port.” ‘Final Brexit terms’ In June, the carmaker announced plans to manufacture the next generation of the Astra, its best selling car, in Ellesmere Port and another factory in Germany. At the time, it warned that its decision would depend on the final Brexit terms. However, Mr Tavares has now gone further, indicating that the firm has another plant in mind should the UK leave the EU without a deal. In an official statement on Monday, PSA later confirmed the group was still looking to manufacture the next-generation Astra at Russelsheim and Ellesmere Port. But it warned that the final decision on the role of the Ellesmere Port plant would be conditional on the …

Man trapped in rocks ‘rescued toddler from sea’

‘Life or death situation’ HM Coastguard and Sheringham RNLI co-ordinated the rescue effort after the alarm was raised at 17:30 BST. Mr Garbutt said the man had been leaving the beach with his family when one of his children slipped. Then as he stepped over to grab the child the man slipped and became stuck. The coastguard earlier described the incident as “a very frightening experience”. Spokesman Sam Stockdale said: “It’s such good news that this man has been freed. Everyone worked together on scene to look after the man and also to free him as soon as was practically possible.” Witness Lissy Jackson said she had seen the rescue workers at the scene: “I saw a number of [them] …

‘Murder’ investigation after social club death

Image copyright Daily Record Image caption The death of a man following a disturbance outside a social club for Edinburgh City football team makes the front page of the Daily Record. Andy McCarron worked for property developer David Love, who paid tribute to the 49-year-old on social media. Image copyright The Herald Image caption The Herald reports that Boris Johnson will visit Scotland to launch a “charm offensive” and reinforce the Union if he becomes prime minister. The story also details how a number of ministers opposed to a no-deal Brexit are preparing to resign. Image copyright The Scotsman Image caption Similarly, Philip Hammond’s shock announcement is The Scotsman’s lead story with further cabinet resignations expected this week. Mr Hammond …

Zaghari-Ratcliffe ‘chained to bed’ in hospital

In a press release, the Free Nazanin Campaign said Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 40, told her husband she was “broken” by the experience. ‘Proper torture’ Speaking to him on the phone on Sunday and Monday, he said she told him: “They did all they could to me – handcuffs, ankle cuffs, in a private room two by three metres, with thick curtains, and the door closed all the time. “I wasn’t allowed to leave the room, as I was chained to the bed. It was proper torture. It was tough, and I was struggling.” He said she continued: “I never thought I would end up there. I always found myself strong, and then finding myself there – it was really traumatising. “There …

‘Backlash’ over anti-manspreading chair

The term “manspreading” refers to the practice of someone sitting with their knees so far apart it encroaches on the personal space of people next to them. Image copyright New Designers Image caption Laila Laurel said was inspired by her own experiences of ‘manspreading’ and others women’s stories of sexism She said she was also inspired by the ‘The Everyday Sexism Project,’ founded by Laura Bates, which collects women’s daily experiences of gender inequality. Ms Laurel’s prize includes a £1,000 bursary and the chance to design a product for a hotel and leisure company. She said the chairs were “more of a concept and not necessarily a functional design”, but said she was encouraged that the judges “like the feminist …

Mum had double mastectomy in cancer misdiagnosis

Image copyright Sarah Boyle Image caption Mrs Boyle said her treatment had made life difficult for her family Mrs Boyle, from Stoke-on-Trent, said life had been “incredibly difficult” for her, as well as her husband Stephen, 31, and their two sons since she was told she needed treatment at the end of 2016. Image copyright Sarah Boyle Image caption The hospital trust said it understood “how devastating this has been” for Mrs Boyle “Ultimately the misreporting of the biopsy was a human error,” said a spokesperson for the University Hospital of North Midlands NHS Trust (UHNW), which runs the hospital. Mrs Boyle said her treatment meant she was unable to breastfeed her second son, Louis, who is seven months old, …