Revealed: concerns over string of incidents at UK prison where baby died

At least four prisoners at HMP Bronzefield have given birth in potentially unsafe circumstances since 2017

The death of a newborn baby girl in a cell at HMP Bronzefield in September came after a string of concerning incidents involving pregnant women at the prison in the past two years, the Guardian has learned.

On at least four occasions in this period, women held at the privately run Surrey prison have given birth in distressing and potentially unsafe circumstances, including one woman who gave birth in her cell and another who was left in labour at night-time supported only by another pregnant prisoner.

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Pregnant in prison: ‘I could feel the blood but didn’t put the light on to see’

Polly cried for help when she began bleeding heavily in her cell, but no one answered

Polly was alone in her cell at night when she started bleeding heavily. Doubled over in pain, she rang her bell over and over again, but nobody answered her cries for help. She was four months’ pregnant and terrified she would lose her baby while locked in a cell.

“I tried to sit it out in my cell, all night nearly,” she says. “I got no sleep at all, the pain was awful and I knew without looking the bleeding was worse, I could feel it but I didn’t put the light on to see. I was terrified, I thought: ‘I’m going to lose this baby here in this bloody cell.’

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Donald Trump on impeachment: ‘I want a trial’ – video

Donald Trump told Fox & Friends he wants to go on trial, which means he would like to be impeached. The president complained that Republicans couldn’t call witnesses during the House impeachment hearings, and suggested a trial would enable him to quiz the whistleblower and Adam Schiff, House intelligence committee chair 

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Two men who raped woman in Soho nightclub jailed

Ferdinando Orlando and Lorenzo Costanzo filmed themselves during 2017 attack

Two men who high-fived each other after filming themselves raping a woman in a Soho nightclub have each been jailed for seven and half years.

Ferdinando Orlando, 25, and Lorenzo Costanzo, 26, both Italian nationals, carried out the attack in the maintenance room of the Toy Room club on Argyll Street in central London on 26 February 2017.

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So farewell then, Workington man … we hardly knew you | Tim Burrows

After just three weeks in the spotlight, the latest voter caricature has been consigned to the dustbin

Workington Man is dead; long live Workington Man. In the three weeks he has graced this Earth, the Conservatives’ dream ticket to election victory – an imagined 45-plus northern leaver, ex-Labour voter and rugby league fan, without a university degree – has been rebuked and rejoiced in a cycle of binge and purge.

Some journalists pronounced him deceased almost as soon as he was invented by right-leaning thinktank Onward. “‘Workington Man’ is just the latest depressing political caricature,” read the Financial Times’s glum banner. Lewis Goodall of Sky News, who travelled up to the Cumbria constituency where this theoretical voter supposedly lives, tweeted “Been in Workington for less than 10 mins when someone says: ‘this Workington Man stuff. What a stupid southern idea. We’ve all been laughing about it.’”

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Festival of fibs: Workington Man is crowned world’s biggest liar

Phillip Gate, a data engineer (or so he says), takes trophy in contest from which politicians are barred

In a week when Conservatives set up a Labour manifesto website and the US president was alleged to have pushed a false theory that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election, there has been strong competition for the most shameless porkie told in public life. But it was in Santon Bridge, western Cumbria, where the officially designated world’s biggest liar was crowned this week.

Each November the best dissemblers on the planet gather in the isolated hamlet to tell the most elaborate fibs. The contest is open to all but Westminster MPs, who are deemed to be “professionals” in an amateur arena. (Lawyers used to be banned but are no longer on the proscribed list.) The wheeze has its roots in the 19th century, when a shepherd-turned-publican called Will Ritson became known for serving up a yarn with every pint at his pub in the nearby Wasdale valley.

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Farage dodges question about staying on as Brexit party leader – video

Nigel Farage has asked voters to elect at least some Brexit party candidates to 'hold Boris Johnson to his word'.

During the launch of a slimline election policy platform based on political changes, lower immigration levels and spending financed by a 'Brexit dividend', Farage said: 'Brexit, for us, is just the beginning, not the end, of a much-needed political revolution'

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Former Met police chief calls for focus on ‘very tattered’ justice system

Decline of police, courts and prisons a matter of ‘serious national concern’, says Ian Blair

A strategic review of the entire, underfunded and “very tattered” criminal justice system in England and Wales is needed, a former Metropolitan police commissioner has urged.

In a strongly worded attack on almost a decade of uncoordinated, Conservative-led cuts, Lord Blair of Boughton warned there had been a “substantial degrading” of the system since his retirement in 2008.

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Trump suggests he wants to be impeached and says ‘I want a trial’ – live

President sounded off on public hearings on Fox & Friends, praised Giuliani as ‘one of the great crime fighters’ and called Pelosi ‘crazy as a bedbug’

Another extraordinary moment: Trump insisting that he wants to go on trial – i.e. he wants to be impeached.

The president complained that Republicans couldn’t call witnesses during the House impeachment hearings, and suggested a trial would enable him to quiz the whistleblower and House intelligence committee chair Adam Schiff.

President Trump just said this on @foxandfriends in a phone interview this morning:

"I want a trial."

The hosts tried to ask him a follow-up question about that, but he didn't stop talking to respond to them.

Well that interview was unusual. Even by Trump’s standards. The president actually sounded quite tired at the beginning, but whipped himself up pretty quickly as he rattled through a range of topics.

One thing Trump was particularly animated about was Marie Yovanovitch, the former US ambassador to Ukraine.

Trump goes after Marie Yovanovitch, who has served presidents in both parties for decades: "She's an Obama person. I said 'why are you being so kind?' 'Well, sir, she's a woman. We have to be nice.'"

Trump on Yovanovitch: "She wouldn't hang my picture in the embassy. She is in charge of the embassy. She wouldn't hang it. It look a year-and-a-half, two years to get the picture up. She said bad things about me ... This was not an angel this woman, okay?"

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‘Drunk on power and boredom’: Israeli ex-soldiers depict life in the military

In a controversial new photographic exhibition in Tel Aviv, Israeli former soldiers detail abuses they saw – and perpetrated

For many Israeli soldiers, it is the mundane, day-to-day memories of their time in the military that continue to jolt them in post-army life. Regular house searches, arrest and hours at checkpoints fill their minds when they look back and wince.

When several dozen ex-combatants were asked about a time that most affected them, former First Sergeant Omry Balely remembered weeks of boredom at a roadblock near the parched Palestinian city of Jericho.

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Netanyahu rivals move to bring him down after corruption indictments

Israeli opposition parties scramble to find legal channels to strip weakened PM of power

Benjamin Netanyahu’s political opponents have moved to capitalise on a series of damning bribery indictments levelled against the Israeli leader, hoping to further weaken him at one of the lowest points in his decades-long career.

The opposition Labor party was expected to file petitions to the high court of justice to force the country’s longest-serving prime minister to step down.

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Plaid Cymru says Wales can be cradle of a global green revolution

At manifesto launch, leader Adam Price compares vision to that of John F Kennedy during space race

The Plaid Cymru leader, Adam Price, struck a defiant note at the launch of his party’s manifesto, claiming that an independent Wales could become the cradle of a global green revolution.

Price announced a range of ambitious policies including three power-generating tidal lagoons, a barrage and an offshore wind farm as well as new rail lines and metro networks.

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