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Authorities failed to protect baby Alfie from 'serial domestic abuser' father who shook him to death, inquest hears

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Sam Gildea, 30, was jailed for 15 years for violently shaking his baby son, Alfie, to death after a cocaine-fuelled binge in 2018 The failure of the authorities in assessing the risks posed by a man who went on to kill his baby boy 'probably' contributed to the child's death, an inquest heard. Alfie Gildea was four-months-old when his father, Sam Gildea, inflicted fatal injuries on him while his mother Caitlin McMichael was away from the house after going to the doctors. Sam Gildea was previously jailed for 15 years after admitting manslaughter by committing an 'act of deliberate and unlawful violence which involved rigorous and violent shaking'. Now a coroner has ruled that Greater Manchester Police and Trafford council did not 'effectively assess' the risk posed, or 'communicate' that level of risk to Alfie's mother Caitlin McMichael. Ms McMichael told the inquest she only learned Gildea had a previous history of domestic violence after Alfie&

The Madam who spied for the Nazis: How 'ice-cold opportunist' let the SS plant 48 microphones in her Berlin brothel to eavesdrop on diplomat's careless pillow talk

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The story of an 'ice-cold opportunist' who ran a brothel in Berlin during the second world war has been told in a book set to be released next week. Kitty Shmidt allowed 48 microphones to be placed in lampshades, under tables and behind paintings in her nine-bedroom brothel in the upmarket district of Charlottenburg from 1939 until around 1943.  Nazi SS officers listened to customers' pillowtalk in the cellar of the building as part of attempts to glean secrets from diplomats and rival members of the party, reported The Times.  Kitty Shmidt allowed 48 microphones to be placed in lampshades, under tables and behind paintings in her nine-bedroom brothel in the upmarket district of Charlottenburg from 1939 until around 1943 Wieland Griebel, who decided to publish the book within minutes of reading it, said: 'I see her as an ice-cold opportunist', though Ms Shmidth's contemporaries described her as 'motherly' and 'charming'. The madam was born in Ha

'I had to remind him that he was a black person': Chelsea Handler explains why she called out 50 Cent for endorsing Trump over Biden's supposed tax hikes for the rich

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Chelsea Handler said she was compelled to scold her ex-boyfriend 50 Cent to remind him that 'he's a black person, so he can't vote for Trump' and said she'd 'go for another spin' if the rapper 'publicly denounces' the president.  Earlier in the week, the comedian made headlines for taking the rapper to task on Twitter after he endorsed Trump for reelection over word of a 62 per cent tax that Joe Biden supposedly wants to put on people making over $400,000 in New York City.  'Hey f**ker! I will pay your taxes in exchange for you coming to your senses. Happily! Black lives matter. That’s you, f**ker! Remember?' Handler tweeted to 50 Cent on Wednesday. On Friday¿s #FallonTonight, @50cent¿s ex-girlfriend, @ChelseaHandler, scolded him: ¿I had to remind him that he was a black person, so he can¿t vote for Donald Trump.¿ If he denounces Trump, ¿I might be willing to go for another spin, if you know what I¿m talking about¿ pic.twitter.com/bILbTsK7R0

Britain's first man on the moon? Tim Peake reveals he is 'still in frame' for NASA's second lunar space mission

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Astronaut Tim Peake has said he hopes to embark on a second mission to space and become the first British person to set foot on the moon. He said that his name is still 'in the frame' for a manned mission to the moon that will be undertaken by NASA in the coming years. The former army Major said upcoming NASA missions to the moon would first only involve Americans, but that future journeys could see British astronauts participate. Astronaut Tim Peak has spoken of how he hopes to become the first British person to set foot on the moon in the up-coming NASA lunar missions NASA's Artemis programme plans to land the first woman and next man on the moon by 2024, in what would be the first manned visit since the Apollo 17 mission in 1972. The last person on the moon was commander of the Apollo 17 mission Eugene Cernan, who traced his only child's initials in the dust before climbing the ladder of the lunar module the last time. Should Peake leave footprints on the moon, he wo

Sainsbury's worker, 33, was caught by customer using phone to film up schoolgirl's dress - before police found 388 'upskirt' snaps and images from spy camera in staff ladies' loos on his computer

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A Sainsbury's employee was caught red-handed by a customer, as well as on the store's CCTV, using his phone to film up a schoolgirl's skirt, a court heard yesterday. Alex O'Halloran, 33, was arrested after taking pictures of the teenager before police later found 388 'upskirt' pictures he had taken of other women - including those from a spy camera he had installed in the staff ladies' toilet.  O'Halloran, of Mitcham Road, Croydon, pleaded guilty to outraging public decency at Sainsbury's at The Green, Twickenham, on July 18, 2018 by taking an 'upskirt' photo of the teenage girl.  He is currently awaiting sentencing but  has been ordered to sign the sex offenders register.  Alex O'Halloran, 33, (pictured leaving court) was arrested after being caught red-handed by a customer as he used his phone to film up a schoolgirl's skirt Wimbledon Magistrates Court was played a short clip from the store's CCTV which showed O'Halloran bla

'I voted for a guy named Trump!': Donald Trump jokes as he dons mask to cast his ballot in person in Florida, joining the more than 52 million Americans who have already voted

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President Donald Trump, who has railed against mail-in voting, cast his ballot in person on Saturday near his Florida home joking that he 'voted for a guy named Trump'. The president voted for himself at the Palm Beach County Main Library Saturday morning telling reporters it was a 'very secure vote' and warning that when you send in your ballot by mail 'you cannot have security like this'.   First Lady Melania was notably absent from the trip and it is not clear when she will cast her vote or through which method.  The president joins the more than 52 million Americans who have already voted, according to the Elections Project, which tracks early voting data.   Florida joined several other states in opening its early voting Monday.   Trump also became the first presidential candidate to cast a ballot for himself.  The Biden campaign hasn't said when or how Joe and Jill Biden will vote. The couple is registered in Delaware, which allows any registered voter

Britain's BLEAK mid-winter: UK records 23,012 more Covid cases - up 2,482 from yesterday - as 'Professor Lockdown' warns 'people WILL catch virus and die' if they are allowed to mix on Christmas Day

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Britain has recorded 23,012 more Covid-19 cases, up 2,482 from yesterday, as Professor Neil Ferguson warns people 'will catch the virus and die' if they are allowed to mix on Christmas Day. There were 174 deaths within 28 days of a positive test, down from 224 on Friday, including 33 deaths in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and 141 fatalities in England. Meanwhile Professor Ferguson, whose modelling led to the original lockdown in March, said earlier today that schools may have to be closed to older pupils if restrictions on households mixing fail to stem the rise of infections, and that it will be a 'political judgement' as to whether regulations are relaxed over the festive season. He told BBC Radio 4's Today Programme: 'It risks some transmission and there will be consequences of that. Some people will die because of getting infected on that day. 'But if it is only one or two days the impact is likely to be limited. So that is really a political ju