Saturday 18 November 2017

Blockbusters' Holness dies

Bob Holness, best known as the genial host of hit quiz Blockbusters, has died aged 83.

His family said he "passed away peacefully in his sleep" yesterday.

Holness, who suffered a number of strokes and had been in a nursing home, leaves his wife Mary, three children and seven grandchildren.

His family said: "Iconic television host and broadcaster Bob Holness passed away peacefully in his sleep during the early hours of the morning, aged 83, after his health deteriorated following a number of minor strokes over the past few years."

Twenty killed in gun attack

Suspected gunmen from a radical Muslim sect attacked a town hall in rural northeast Nigeria, killing at least 20 people who had gathered for a meeting of a Christian ethnic group, police said.

The attack, at noon yesterday, targeted a town hall where Christian Igbo people were holding a meeting, with gunmen chanting "God is great" as they fired Kalashnikov rifles.

The killings come after a spokesman for the sect known as Boko Haram threatened to begin specifically targeting Christians living in the country's Muslim north in its increasingly bloody sectarian fight with Nigeria's weak central government.

Man acquitted over porn DVD

A jury has acquitted a British man of distributing obscene material, in a case that tested the country's 50-year-old law banning material likely to "deprave and corrupt".

Michael Peacock was charged under the 1959 Obscene Publications Act for selling pornographic DVDs depicting practices including bondage and sadomasochism.

A jury at London's Southwark Crown Court yesterday found Peacock not guilty on all counts.

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