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Sheridan convicted Former MSP faces jail for perjury after lying in tabloid sex case
‘Crossbow cannibal’ sentenced Stephen Griffiths will die in prison after admitting to three murders
Super-sized star Jack Black talks to Will Lawrence about his new role as Gulliver
Thoroughly modern expats How technology has transformed the lives of a British couple in Spain
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There were two winners of Saturday’s £7.2m jackpot but no one won Wednesday’s £2.5m prize
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Friday Dec 17, 8pm Joanna Yeates leaves the Ram to make the 30 minute journey from the city centre to her home in Clifton
8.10pm Miss Yeates is seen on
CCTV in Waitrose supermarket. 8.30pm she phones friend Rebecca Scott to discuss Christmas plans
8.40pm She is seen on CCTV buying a pizza at Tesco Express in Regent Street, Clifton, about a quarter of mile from her flat
Police believe she returned to her flat on Canynge Road, where her mobile phone and keys were found. The pizza box has not been found
Saturday Dec 25, 9am A couple walking their dogs in the Failand area of North Somerset, three miles from where
Miss Yeates went missing, find her body
Joanna Yeates and her boyfriend, Greg Reardon (right). He raised the alarm after finding the flat empty. She left behind her keys, coat and mobile phone
By Richard Savill ONLY three miles separate Joanna Yeates’s flat in Clifton, Bristol, from the lane in which her body was found. What happened to her between those two places is a mystery.
Police this week appealed to the public for help to give Miss Yeates’s parents “the answers they so desperately want” about their daughter’s death.
Miss Yeates, 25, a landscape architect for the architects BDP, vanished on Dec 17 after having drinks with work colleagues in The Ram pub in the centre of Bristol.
Her body was found by two people walking their dogs at 9am on Christmas Day on a verge in Longwood Lane, Failand, north Somerset.
Avon and Somerset Police said that officers were “satisfied” that the victim was Miss Yeates. Her death was being treated as “suspicious”. The cause of death would not be known until a postmortem examination was completed.
Officers were studying the many CCTV cameras on the nearby Clifton suspension bridge, a notorious suicide spot, in the hope of finding clues to her death.
Chief Supt Jon Stratford said: “Our heartfelt condolences go out to Joanna’s family for their loss. We have not stopped working throughout the Christmas period to find their daughter after she was reported missing.
“I would appeal to anyone with any information whatsoever to please come forward and help us provide Joanna’s parents with the answers they so desperately want.”
Miss Yeates left The Ram pub at 8pm on Dec 17 after drinks with colleagues. During the one-mile walk home she stopped at a Waitrose store, but did not buy anything, and then went to a Tesco Express store in Regent Street, Clifton.
CCTV footage shows her using a self-service checkout to pay for a pizza. Her keys, coat and mobile telephone were found at her flat in Canynge Road but the pizza, its wrapping and the box were missing. Detectives said there were no signs of forced entry but her parents, after seeing the state of the flat, were convinced that she was abducted.
Miss Yeates’s boyfriend Greg Reardon, 27, a landscape architect at the same company in Bristol, raised the alarm shortly before midnight last Sunday night, December 19, after returning from a weekend visit to Sheffield to see his half-brother, Francis,
33. Police said Miss Yeates’s parents David, 63, an IT worker, and Teresa, 58, a Waitrose supermarket cashier, of Ampfield, near Romsey, Hampshire, were “very distressed” after the body was found.
The parents said it would be a relief if she were confirmed as the victim because they would be able to say goodbye.
Mr Yeates said: “We don’t want to go to our graves wondering where she is and not being given the chance to say goodbye to her.”
Police were trying to determine how long the body was on the verge.
A woman from a nearby village reportedly said she was driving with her two daughters late on Christmas Eve when they saw a man run across the road and jump over a stile. “It was dark and it was very odd,” she said. telegraph.co.uk/expat
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By Gordon Rayner Chief Reporter HIS father employs almost 150 staff to cater for his every need, but Prince William has insisted that he and Kate Middleton have no intention of taking on butlers or household staff after they begin married life in April.
The future king and queen have done everything they can to live life like a “normal” couple during their weekends together at the prince’s rented cottage on Anglesey, doing their own shopping, cooking and cleaning.
Although they have bodyguards on 24-hour duty to protect their isolated cottage, they have told aides that they intend to carry on fending for themselves when they return home as newlyweds after their wedding on April 29.
The couple believe that sharing their home with servants would ruin the intimacy of their relationship, and they will carry on looking after themselves until the prince finishes his tour of duty as an RAF search and rescue pilot in 2013.
A senior royal source said: “It’s very much their instinct to manage on their own. They want to do their duty and make sure they are a real asset to the country but they are private individuals who want to get on with their lives.
“Prince William is not into extravagance and, like any other young officer in the Armed Forces, that is how he chooses to live his life. He and Catherine live without domestic staff and they wouldn’t do it any other way. That’s the life they want to lead.
“The prince is committed to his career at RAF Valley until 2013 and he wants his wife by his side during that time.”
The prince is close to his grandmother, the Queen, and is aware of how fondly she and the Duke of Edinburgh recall their early married life together in Malta, where the duke was based as a naval officer.
The duke and Princess Elizabeth, as she then was, spent some of the happiest years of their lives at the Villa Guardamangia, the rented home of the duke’s uncle, Lord Mountbatten, where they lived in near-anonymity from 1949 to 1951. They regularly went dancing at a nearby hotel.
Prince William is also determined to shield his bride-to-be from the sort of media attention that surrounded his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, and cherishes the seclusion of Anglesey as a result.
His insistence on doing his own cooking and washing up is in stark contrast to his father, the Prince of Wales, who employs 149 staff, of whom 25 are classed as personal staff for himself, the Duchess of Cornwall and Princes William and Harry.
They include butlers, chauffeurs, valets and chefs and are paid a total of £6.3 million. Jeremy Paxman, a BBC journalist, claimed in a book about the Royal family that the prince had four servants in attendance to help him get dressed every morning, and that one aide squeezed his toothpaste on to his brush for him.
The claims were denied at the time by Clarence House, but the prince has struggled against accusations of extravagance for decades.
Shadowplay Dark side of the Earth turns the Moon a fire red
Millions of people have had the chance to get a glimpse of the first total lunar eclipse for nearly three years. In Britain, the spectacle of the moon turning red in the Earth’s shadow was best seen in the North, including this view from West Yorkshire
By Roya Nikkhah Royal Correspondent MEMBERS of the Royal family joined the Queen for the traditional Christmas Day service at Sandringham. More than 1,000 wellwishers lined the route to St Mary Magdalene Church on the Norfolk estate as the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Harry led the royal party on foot.
The Queen, who wore a festive white coat and fur hat, was joined by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke of York, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie and the Earl and Countess of Wessex.
Notably absent were Prince William, who volunteered to be on call on Christmas Day at RAF Valley in Anglesey, where he works as a search and rescue helicopter pilot, and his fiancée, Kate Middleton, who was
The Queen in a fur hat at Sandringham as well-wishers greet the Royal family outside church spending the day with her family in Berkshire.
From next year, the couple will be expected to join the Queen at Sandringham.
Zara Phillips, the Queen’s granddaughter, was thought to have spent Christmas at the home she shares with Mike Tindall, her rugbyplayer fiancé, in Gloucestershire.
The Queen used her traditional Christmas Day message to the nation last Saturday to highlight the importance of sport and “team spirit” to unite communities.
Breaking with tradition, the message, which is usually filmed at Buckingham Palace, was recorded last week at Hampton Court,
where the King James Bible was commissioned.
The Queen spoke of the “co-operative endeavour” used to compile the Bible.
“Four hundred years later, it is as important as ever to build communities and create harmony, and one of the most powerful ways of doing this is through sport,” she said.
By Jonathan Wynne-Jones and Lara McGillivray THE Archbishop of Canterbury has used his Christmas sermon to warn that society in Britain is being undermined by the failure of rich people to share the burden of the economic downturn.
Delivering his sermon at Canterbury Cathedral, Dr Rowan Williams said the country would suffer from division and mistrust if the most prosperous do not “shoulder their load”.
His comments were echoed by other Church leaders, who expressed concern that the impact of the financial crisis was being unfairly distributed and could cause social unrest.
Pope Benedict XVI called for an end to global conflict, emphasising the importance of people working together for the “common good”.
Dr Williams said that co-operation between different sections of society would be essential if Britain were to recover from the economic crisis and rebuild trust. He questioned whether there was “a sense of loyalty to each other” in the wake of public spending cuts which he said had left some people “crippled” and “terrified”.
“We can and will as a society bear hardship if we are confident that it is being fairly shared. We shall have that confidence only if there are signs that everyone is committed to their neighbour, that no one is just forgotten, that no interest group or pressure group is able to opt out,” the archbishop said.
“That confidence isn’t in huge supply, given the massive crises of trust that have shaken us all in the last couple of years and the lasting sense that the most prosperous have yet to shoulder their load.”
He said that the country would be able to celebrate next year at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, describing marriage as “a sign of hope” and testament to society of the rewards of commitment and “lifelong faithfulness”.
Dr Williams urged worshippers to remember Christians around the world who are suffering for their faith, drawing particular attention to those in Iraq, Zimbabwe and Pakistan.
The Pope also used his Christmas message to highlight the plight of persecuted Christians.
In his address from St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, he said: “May the birth of the saviour strengthen the spirit of faith, patience and courage of the faithful of the Church in mainland China, that they may not lose heart through the limitations imposed on their freedom of religion and conscience but, persevering in fidelity to Christ and his Church, may keep alive the flame of hope.”
Alan Smith, Bishop of St Albans, told churchgoers that Britain also faced localised threats. “Hatred and unrest is not just found in far away places,” he said.
“In the past year we have seen racist marches on our streets in London and Bolton, in Dudley and Peterborough, in Aylesbury and Bradford, led by individuals who want to stir up unrest.”