Rodgers’ wife and child ‘hid’ from thieves

“No one was injured in the incident but a number of items were stolen from the property.” Police added that an investigation had begun and inquiries were ongoing. Rodgers was appointed Leicester City’s new manager at the end of February after leaving his job at Celtic. The Northern Irishman signed a contract with the English Premier League club until June 2022.

Footballer Adam Johnson released from jail

Image copyright Danny Lawson/PA Wire Image caption Johnson had been serving his sentence at HMP Moorland near Doncaster Witnesses said Johnson’s father was seen leaving HMP Moorland near Doncaster in the early hours. Image copyright Durham Police Image caption The crime took place in Johnson’s Range Rover His trial at Bradford Crown Court heard Johnson began communicating with the girl at the end of 2014 while his partner, Stacey Flounders, was heavily pregnant with their first child. The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was a Sunderland season ticket holder and was “infatuated” with Johnson. Johnson told the jury that when she sent him a friend request on Facebook he recognised her as a Sunderland fan. They exchanged …

What links fairies and free school meals?

Image caption Scotch barley broth was spooned out at Green Lane Primary by head teacher Jonathan Priestley, father of Bradford writer JB Priestley Bradford is believed to have been the first UK city to offer its poor children free school meals. The first meal, of scotch barley broth and fruit tart, was served to pupils at Green Lane Primary School in Manningham on 28 October 1907. Image caption Prof David Sharpe demonstrating the Bradford sling with BBC Countryfile’s John Craven Prof David Sharpe was a newly-qualified plastic surgeon when a fire broke out at Bradford City’s Valley Parade ground on 11 May 1985, killing 56 people. He treated many of the injured in the immediate aftermath and went on to …

Tourism chief quits after expenses probe

“Sir Gary has agreed to voluntarily reimburse Welcome to Yorkshire for monies owed.” The 54-year-old had held the role since October 2008, but rose to public prominence when he brought the world’s biggest cycling race, the Tour de France, to Yorkshire in 2014. He also instigated the annual Tour de Yorkshire race, the fifth edition of which will be staged in May, and led the way in securing the rights to host the UCI Road Cycling World Championships which will be staged in Yorkshire in September. Mr Verity said he had tried to “set the highest standards of personal performance and leadership”. “Where this has been achieved, I am grateful and when, on occasions, I have fallen short, I apologise,” …

Fans and players celebrate Grand Slam

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWales won an emphatic 25-7 victory over Ireland at the Principality Stadium on Saturday Hundreds of rugby fans joined the Wales national team in Cardiff Bay to celebrate winning the Grand Slam. Celebrations after victory over Ireland to win the Six Nations continued throughout the weekend. They included a special event at the Senedd to mark a fourth Slam in 14 years. Receiving big cheers from the crowd, head coach Warren Gatland said how he has “really loved his time here.” Live updates: Celebrations at Cardiff Bay after Wales’ Grand Slam victory He added that when he joined the team: “There was no way to go but up.” Image caption First Minister …

Labour pledges tougher online bet limits

According to the Gambling Commission, which regulates the industry, Britain has the largest regulated online gambling market in the world, generating £4.7bn for companies per year – and is expected to grow. The commission said there were no restrictions in online stakes, prizes or the speed of play. ‘I’ve gambled my compensation away’ The tricky issue of problem gambling ‘I worry about the next generation’ Ahead of his speech, Mr Watson said problem gambling should be treated “as a public health emergency”. “Whereas gambling in the offline world is highly regulated, the lack of controls on online gambling is leading to vulnerable consumers suffering huge losses,” he said. Online companies, he said, “have a responsibility to protect their customers from …

Grime music being ‘stifled’, MPs say

They called on the government to come up with new guidelines for police and local authorities, which would “ensure that urban music acts are not unfairly targeted”. As part of its investigation, the committee invited rapper ShaoDow to tell them about his experiences and he explained that he had faced frustrations when attempting to put on shows in London. “I had a venue cancel on me on the day that I was meant to go there,” he said. “I was booked for a performance in a club and called them ahead of time to say, ‘I am on my way’, and they said, ‘Oh, by the way, we were just listening to your music. You make hip-hop’. “I said, ‘Yes’, …

The story behind the Sala transfer flights

From the beginning of December through to a few days before the fatal crash, a succession of journeys were made between the UK and France by the various parties involved in the transfer deal. Football agent Willie McKay, who brokered the deal, has said he and his family arranged and paid for these flights. What do we know about these flights? A BBC Wales investigation has found the flights were conducted by three different companies or individuals. We understand that all were filed on flight plans as “general aviation” – therefore private, rather than commercial flights – and that none flew under an Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) An AOC is a licence which charter companies obtain from the CAA – …

Brexit timeline told through Britney, Ariana and Pokemon

Image copyright Getty Images Prime Minister David Cameron announces that the UK will get a “very simple in or out choice” on EU membership – if the Conservatives win the next election. Image copyright Getty Images Fast forward two years, and the Conservatives win the election outright and Ed Miliband resigns as Labour leader. Meanwhile, emoji becomes the fastest growing language in the UK, according to a university professor. 20 February 2016: David Cameron sets referendum date Image copyright Allsport/Getty Images The fact that Leicester City are Premier League champions is still sinking in. The referendum is held, and the UK votes to leave the EU. David Cameron announces his resignation as prime minister. A few days later, England lose …

Outpouring of support from UK after NZ attack

Image copyright PA Image caption A man hands out flowers to Muslims as they leave Birmingham Central Mosque as Friday prayers finish Report End of Twitter post by @sandwellcouncil People gathered for prayers at mosques across the UK, including at the East London Mosque and London Muslim Centre, which urged its community to “be more vigilant than ever”. Meanwhile, Finsbury Park Mosque, whose worshippers were targeted in a terror attack in June 2017, shared a picture of flowers and a note of support which it had received from members of the local community. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLondon imam Mohammed Mahmoud calls for a crackdown on far-right extremism Mohammed Mahmoud, who made headlines when he stood …

Sala pilot ‘dropped out of training’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption“You wished you never went and watched the guy play,” agent Mark McKay tells BBC sports editor Dan Roan The report added further investigation is needed to discover his background and experience as a pilot. The light aircraft disappeared on 21 January and Sala had completed his transfer to Premier League side Cardiff from French club Nantes just two days earlier – for a club record fee of £15m. He had returned to France to say goodbye to his former teammates. Sala pilot search finds ‘no trace’ Fifa investigates Sala transfer payment Image caption The plane carrying Sala disappeared on 21 January Dr Stuart E Smith, head of training for the school, …

Prisoners in England to be taught code

The hope is that the trials will eventually lead to a network of coding workshops in UK prisons. The programme is modelled on the Last Mile project in the San Quentin prison, in California, which has helped almost 500 offenders find jobs after release, with none of those taking part reoffending. That compares with a national reoffending rate in the US of 55%. Reoffending in the UK is estimated to cost around £15bn, according to the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Minster for Digital Margot James said: “The government is committed to stopping the cycle of reoffending and a valuable asset to prevent recidivism is employment. “Equipping offenders with coding skills will help them into life-changing work and …

BBC investigated over pay discrimination

“We try to be the gold standard of what everyone wants from society – openness, respect and equality. We may not always succeed, but I am confident that we are a decent and fair employer. And, of course, if there’s more we can do, we will.” The EHRC said it “suspects that there has been unlawful pay discrimination by the BBC… in the period prior to the introduction of these recent reforms. “The Commission recognises the BBC’s commitment to reform and its desire to work collaboratively in ensuring that the reforms are fully refined and embedded. Against that background, the Commission wishes to review whether such reforms have fully corrected any potential historic unlawful pay discrimination.” Follow us on Facebook, …

Johnson comments on child abuse ‘horrific’

Man City launch abuse victim payment fund ’80 coaches convicted of child sex abuse’ Who is Barry Bennell? Chris Unsworth, director of the Offside Trust, the organisation set up by survivors of child sexual abuse in football in the wake of the football abuse scandal, said Mr Johnson’s comments were “ignorant, dangerous, disgraceful and unbelievably distasteful”. “Not only has he caused untold upset and offence among survivors and their families affected by child abuse, he has failed to understand that learning mistakes from the past is critical to keeping our children today safe. “Boris Johnson clearly has no understanding whatsoever of the issues involved. On behalf of the thousands of people impacted by child abuse we demand an apology.” Report …