Robber wins sentence bid
armed robber Frank Ward, who received two life sentences for the shooting of publican Charlie Chawke during a robbery, has succeeded in having his sentence reduced to one of 20 years on appeal.
The Court of Criminal Appeal today found there had been an error in principle in the imposition of two concurrent life sentences on the 58-year-old for shooting and robbing Mr Chawke in the car park of the Goat Grill, Goatstown, on October 6, 2003.
235,000 Minis to be recalled
Nearly 235,000 Mini Coopers are to be recalled worldwide after makers detected an electrical fault which could lead cars to catch fire.
Safety checks revealed a problem which can cause the water pump to fail, potentially causing the car to overheat. Manufacturers are investigating one case in Britain where a fire is being linked to the water pump, a spokesman said.
The recall relates to the Mini Cooper S and the Mini John Cooper Works.
Sarkozy slams downgrading
French President Nicolas Sarkozy declared that a harsh downgrade by Standard & Poor's of France's formerly top-rung debt rating "changes nothing" for its economy.
Mr Sarkozy, in a testy exchange with a journalist, suggested that a solid investor demand for a French debt auction and a reaffirmation from rival ratings agency Moody's of France's triple-A sovereign debt had offset S&P's much-publicised downgrade.
"We have to react to this with calm, by taking a step back," he said. "At the core, my conviction is that it changes nothing."
Twin baby joy for star Weller
Former Jam frontman Paul Weller has become the father of twin boys and named them after a trio of his musical heroes.
The rocker's wife, Hannah, gave birth to John Paul and Bowie on Saturday, according to a message on his website.
It said: "Both boys are healthy and doing well following the birth and Paul and Hannah are thrilled and over the moon."