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Saturday 18 August 2018

Greyhound talks ongoing

Greyhound and its striking workers are hopeful that current peace talks will produce a full and acceptable resolution to the pay dispute, the High Court has been told.

Counsel for Greyhound, Louis McEntaggart, told Mr Justice Brian Cregan that negotiations were already well advanced since Ms Justice Bronagh O'Hanlon last week told the parties to renew talks.

"All of the parties have agreed to an adjournment of another week during which time they hope to overcome any remaining issues," Mr McEntaggart told the court.

Madness star's charity single

Madness star Cathal Smyth will unveil his debut solo album at a fundraising gig in aid of The Hepatitis C Trust. Smyth, also known as Chas Smash, will perform his album A Comfortable Man at Wilton's Music Hall, in London's East End.

He will perform the album in its entirety for the first time, after previewing tracks at last year's Festival No 6 in Portmeirion.

Abuse couple get probation

An ex-Pennsylvania prosecutor and his wife have been sentenced for endangering the welfare of two adopted Ethiopian children after child welfare officials found the boy had been underfed and the girl physically abused.

Douglas Barbour (35) was sentenced to five years' probation. Kristen Barbour (32), who was the children's primary caretaker, will serve six to 12 months in alternative housing followed by four years' probation.

The couple was charged when the boy (6) was found to be malnourished, and the girl (18 months) had multiple head fractures. The children have since been adopted.

Crimewatch celebrates 30th

The BBC's flagship crime show is celebrating 30 years of helping police to solve some of the country's most horrific crimes.

Since its launch in 1984, it has featured over 4,000 cases, with one in three ending in arrest and one in five in convictions thanks to information from the public. It was a format police forces were initially cautious about in directly appealing to the public via a television show for fear of sensationalising crime.

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