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Britain in Brief: 14/4/2014

- Labour election candidate forced to quit over offensive Twitter comments - Landslide hits Welsh seaside town of Penarth — no-one hurt - City executive dodges £42,000 in train fares - Third man arrested in Staffs murder case

POLITICS: A Labour parliamentary candidate has been forced to pull out of the race to become MP for St Austell and Newquay after attacking “killer” Tory policies on Twitter. 

Single mum Deborah Hopkins was suspended by Labour after the Daily Mail revealed yesterday she wrote that the government was “killing the sick” and “starving the disabled.”

In an online attack to one political opponent, she wrote: “I’d call you a c**t but you have neither the depth or the warmth.”


WALES: A large landslide caused 30 tonnes of cliff face to fall onto a beach yesterday in the Welsh seaside town of Penarth near Cardiff. 

Emergency services rushed to the beach at 12.40pm, cordoning off part of the beach to keep away the many pleasure seekers who flock to Penarth’s Victorian pier. 

A South Wales Police spokesman said nobody was injured in the incident and no properties are believed to have been put at risk by the landslide.


TRANSPORT: A senior City executive is believed to have dodged more than £42,000 in train fares after exploiting a ticketing loophole.

The hedge fund manager is thought to have spent five years exiting London Cannon Street with an Oyster Travelcard rather than paying the full fare for his journey from Stonegate in East Sussex, a Southeastern Trains spokesperson said yesterday

He was caught in November last year and was able to pay the £42,550 in dodged fares and £450 in legal costs in an out-of-court settlement.


CRIME: A third man has been arrested as police continue a murder investigation into the death of Connan McLeod, who was found fatally stabbed in the street in Stone, Staffordshire, on Saturday morning. 

Mr McLeod was found at about 12.20am and died of a single stab wound despite the efforts of paramedics.

The arrested man was detained yesterday and is now being questioned by detectives who have already quizzed and bailed two other suspects. 


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