Domino's pizza shop sex couple spared jail

Craig Smith and Daniella HirstImage copyright PA Image caption Craig Smith and Daniella Hirst were sentenced at Scarborough Magistrates' Court

A couple who had sex against the counter of a pizza delivery shop have been given community orders.

Daniella Hirst, 29, and Craig Smith, 31, were captured on CCTV in a Domino's shop in Scarborough in February.

Hirst, of Bridlington, pleaded guilty to outraging public decency and Smith, also of Bridlington, was found guilty in his absence in September.

Magistrates in Scarborough said the couple were "very close to going to prison".

More stories from across Yorkshire[1]

Image copyright PA Image caption The couple were caught on CCTV at Domino's on Castle Road in Scarborough

An 18-minute CCTV recording of the couple, which the court was shown in September, showed Hirst performing oral sex on Smith before the couple had sex leaning against the counter.

Chairman of the bench, Charles Davis told Hirst, of Gypsey Road, and Smith, of Field Road:"You were both very close to going to prison.

"It was a brazen offence, committed in a public place over a prolonged period and in the presence of staff."

The couple were both handed a 12-month community order and made the subject of a curfew between 19:00 and 07:00 until 27 March.

Smith was also ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work....

References

  1. ^ More stories from across Yorkshire (www.bbc.co.uk)

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Amber Rudd calls Brexit without a deal 'unthinkable'

Amber RuddImage copyright House of Commons

The prospect of Brexit happening without a deal being reached between the UK and the EU is "unthinkable", Home Secretary Amber Rudd has said.

Ms Rudd was responding to a question about the impact on security of nothing being agreed before the UK leaves.

"We will make sure there is something between them and us to maintain our security," she assured MPs.

Earlier Brexit Secretary David Davis defended keeping the "no deal" option open in the on-going negotiations.

After five rounds of Brexit negotiations, the EU has described the talks as in "deadlock" and there has been an increased debate about the possibility of the UK leaving without a deal in place.

One of the UK's aims is for a new security treaty with the EU, and Ms Rudd told the Commons Home Affairs Committee contingency plans were being made in case this was not in place by the UK's departure in March 2019.

Asked whether, if there was "no deal of any form", Britain would be as safe and secure as it currently is, she replied:"I think it is unthinkable there would be no deal.

"It is so much in their interests as well as ours - in their communities', families', tourists' interests to have something in place."

Ms Rudd also said it was "unthinkable" EU citizens would be asked to leave the UK after Brexit, but was unable to offer guarantees while negotiations continue.

Mr Davis was asked about a "no deal" scenario as he updated MPs on Monday's dinner between Theresa May and EU officials.

Reaching agreement with the EU is "by far and away the best option" he said, adding:"The maintenance of the option of no deal is for both negotiating reasons and sensible security - any government doing its job properly will do that."

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said there was no reason to fear the impact on the economy of no deal being agreed, saying it "would not be the Armageddon that people project".

He told the BBC:"I think that we need to concentrate on the realities, get rid of the hyperbole around the debate and focus on the fact that if we can get a good agreement with the EU, both Britain and the EU would be better off for it."

'First step'

A UK-EU free trade deal cannot be discussed until the EU deems sufficient progress has been made on other matters and gives the green light.

In his statement to MPs, Mr Davis said the UK was "reaching the limits of what we can achieve" in Brexit talks without moving on to talk about trade.

He urged EU leaders to give counterpart Michel Barnier the green light at this week's EU summit to begin trade talks.

Mr Barnier said he wanted to speed up talks but "it takes two to accelerate".

This was a reference to comments made by Mrs May after her dinner with the EU's chief negotiator, in which she said the two sides had agreed on the need to "accelerate" the process.

Speaking on Tuesday, Mr Barnier said a "constructive dynamic" was needed over the next two months but "there was a lot of work to do" and issues must be tackled in the "right order".

"At the moment we are still not yet at the first step which is securing citizen rights, guaranteeing the long term success of the good Friday agreement and finalising the accounts," he said.

The talks - which were held as EU member states prepare to assess progress so far on Thursday - were said to be "constructive and friendly" but the UK's financial settlement with the EU continues to be a sticking point and the EU will not discuss trade until this has been settled.

Along with the UK's "divorce bill", the EU is insisting agreement be reached on citizens' rights and what happens on the Northern Ireland border before agreeing to open talks on the free trade deal Mrs May's government wants to strike.

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Mrs May and Mr Juncker embraced after their working dinner in Brussels

In his Commons statement, Mr Davis urged the EU to give Mr Barnier a mandate to start discussing its future relations with the UK, including trade and defence, telling MPs he was "ready to move the negotiations on".

He suggested the UK was "reaching the limits of what we can achieve without consideration of the future relationship".

"Our aim remains to provide as much certainty to business and citizens on both sides.To fully provide that certainty, we must be able to talk about the future."

'Right path'

On citizens' rights, he said key issues such as the rules on family reunion, the right to return, the onward movement of British expats in Europe and the right of EU residents to export benefits had still to be settled.

Announcing that EU citizens who currently have permanent residence in the UK would not have to go through the full process of re-applying before Brexit, he said the UK had consistently "gone further and provided more certainty" on their status than the EU had done.

While the UK had "some way to secure the new partnership with the EU", he was "confident we are on the right path".

Speaking in the Commons earlier on Tuesday, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said he thought a reported bill of £100bn was too high and urged the EU to "get serious" and agree to settle the citizens' rights question.

For Labour, shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer said EU and UK citizens were still no wiser over their future while it "appeared the deadlock over the financial settlement is such that the two sides are barely talking".

"Nobody should underestimate the seriousness of the situation we find ourselves in.At the first hurdle, the government has failed to hit a very important target."

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Leeds United players and staff donate pay to boy's cancer care

Toby NyeImage copyright Nye family Image caption Four-year-old Toby, who lives in Leeds, became ill at Christmas last year

Players and staff at Leeds United Football Club are to donate a day's salary to help fund a four-year-old fan's cancer treatment.

Toby Nye has high-risk neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer, which spreads rapidly across the body.

The treatment needed is not routinely available on the NHS but One Day for Toby - held on 27 October - will raise the £200,000 needed to pay for it.

Chairman Andrea Radrizzani said he had been "deeply moved" by Toby's story.

"At Leeds United we do things as a family, Toby is part of our family and he needs our help," he said.

"I know our supporters will unite behind us and together we can get him the treatment he needs to get better."

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Toby, who lives in Osmondthorpe, Leeds, became ill at Christmas and on his fourth birthday in January, his family was told he had a stage four neuroblastoma tumour.

Doctors told him he would need intense chemotherapy and radiotherapy as well as an operation to remove the main tumour on his kidney.

Image copyright Nye family Image caption Toby was diagnosed with a stage four neuroblastoma on his fourth birthday

His current treatment has been unsuccessful and the family is hoping to raise enough money to fund private care.

The players, backroom and office staff at the club will join those from the Leeds United Foundation and parent company Aser to donate their pay next week.

The club said it would also encourage commercial partners to pledge a day of their own salary to help.

Leeds United are due to play Sheffield United at Elland Road at 19:45 BST on 27 October and there will be fundraising activities held at the ground in the build up to the game.

The family has raised more than £45,000 so far for Toby's treatment.

What is neuroblastoma?

  • It is a rare type of cancer that mostly affects babies and young children
  • It develops from specialised nerve cells (neuroblasts) left behind from a baby's development in the womb
  • It affects about 100 children each year in the UK
  • The cause is unknown
  • In very rare cases children in the same family can be affected, but generally neuroblastoma does not run in families

Source:NHS Choices[2]

Donations have been increasing on the family's Just Giving page[3], set up by Toby's mother Stacey Worsley, with one person who preferred to remain anonymous donating £5,000.

The Leeds United Supporters' Trust has supported the campaign on Twitter, saying it is an "amazing gesture" from all those involved.

Many fans have been sharing it under the hashtags #OneDayForToby and #MOT (Marching on Together).

Deluded Peacock tweeted[4]:"This club is oozing class!So proud to be a Leeds fan!#OneDayForToby #TeamToby"

Tony H posted[5]:"What an absolute fantastic gesture &everyone from Andrea to the players &club staff should be extremely proud of themselves.#mot"

Mark Illing tweeted[6]:"Keep fighting Toby.Pulling out all the stops to help this little boy is wonderful to see.Looking forward to contributing.MOT"

Replying to a tweet promoting the event from Mr Radrizanni, Bridget Emery said[7]:"What a change in the way the club is run...got nothing but respect for you boss.Let's all join in to raise the money needed.#ALAW #MOT"...

References

  1. ^ More news stories from around Yorkshire (www.bbc.co.uk)
  2. ^ NHS Choices (www.nhs.uk)
  3. ^ family's Just Giving page (www.justgiving.com)
  4. ^ tweeted (twitter.com)
  5. ^ posted (twitter.com)
  6. ^ tweeted (twitter.com)
  7. ^ said (twitter.com)

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County Championship: Middlesex unsuccessful with 'crossbow' points deduction appeal

Arrow at the Oval
Middlesex's match at The Oval was abandoned on 31 August when a crossbow bolt was fired into the ground

Middlesex have failed in their appeal against a two-point deduction in the County Championship, confirming their relegation from Division One.

The punishment came for their slow over rate during August's match at Surrey, which was abandoned when a crossbow bolt was fired into The Oval.[1]

Middlesex finished one point below Somerset, who were ready to take legal action[2] if the appeal was successful.

Middlesex, county champions in 2016, will play in Division Two next season.

The Cricket Discipline Commission (CDC) ruled that the matter did not need referring to a disciplinary panel hearing as "rules relating to over rates are clear and understood by all teams, coaches, players, and captains."

Somerset chief executive Lee Cooper said in a statement[3] that the club were "confident that the ECB's original decision would stand" and were delighted with the outcome.

"We are pleased that this has now been put to rest and we can concentrate on preparing for next season," he said.

How did we get to this point?

Middlesex were deducted two points after the crossbow incident at The Oval denied them the chance to improve their over rate in the remainder of the final session of that match.

After the punishment was announced on 9 September,[4] Middlesex chief executive Richard Goatley said there was "no scope" for an appeal, despite the fact he was "extremely disappointed" by the decision.

Middlesex went on to lose their final game of the season at Somerset, who leapfrogged the 2016 champions with victory at Taunton[5] to seal their own survival.

A day after their relegation, managing director of cricket Angus Fraser told BBC Radio London they would raise the circumstances of the deduction with the ECB.

Middlesex confirmed they had "made submissions to the chairman of the CDC over the issue" last week.

Somerset beat Middlesex by 231 runs in the final round of fixtures to ensure they would finish outside the bottom two in Division One

The final decision

Cricket Discipline Commission chairman Tim O'Gorman said:"Middlesex have sought to argue that it was only because of the abandonment of the game that they did not make up their overs, but that cannot be entirely correct.

"There was no guarantee that, if the game had run its normal course, those overs could ever have been made up.

"I do not accept that Middlesex only agreed to the abandonment of the match on condition that their slow over rate in the first innings would be overlooked.

"It is not within the power or gift of either the umpires or the players to make deals like that.

"The match was abandoned for safety reasons.Play ended accordingly and the points earned or deducted should stand with effect from that time."...

References

  1. ^ crossbow bolt was fired into The Oval. (www.bbc.co.uk)
  2. ^ ready to take legal action (www.bbc.co.uk)
  3. ^ said in a statement (www.somersetcountycc.co.uk)
  4. ^ After the punishment was announced on 9 September, (www.bbc.co.uk)
  5. ^ victory at Taunton (www.bbc.co.uk)

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