‘Devastating’ impact of ‘Spice’ shown in Bridgend street

The picture, circulated on social media, was said to be taken on Tuesday in Bridgend
Image caption The picture, circulated on social media, was said to be taken on Tuesday in Bridgend

A widely-shared photo appearing to show three men slumped over in the street after taking Spice has prompted police to urge the public to “take a stand against drugs”.

The image shows the men in Bridgend town centre, close to where a child is playing.

Another picture has since emerged of a man collapsed on a bench in the town.

South Wales Police said drugs had a “hugely detrimental impact” on communities.

The person who took the photos, who did not want to be named, said they were taken on Tuesday.

Spice, a former “legal high” is an illegal psychoactive substance, designed to mimic the effects of cannabis, but can have severe debilitating effects.

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Image caption A second image showing a man slumped on a bench has also emerged

Det Insp Dean Taylor said the force was aware of the images, which appeared to show the “devastating” effect alcohol and drugs could have on people.

Drugs have “a hugely detrimental impact on our communities” and tackling them was a “priority”, he said.

“I would ask that that the community continue to work with us and make a stand against the drug dealers who impose this misery upon others.”

Det Insp Taylor said the recent Operation Pacific in the town centre which targeted so-called “county lines” and the supply of drugs had led to “a number of arrests”.



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Christ’s Hospital School: Rape accused tells of affair with 17-year-old

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Image caption James Husband said he had a “consensual” affair with a 17-year-old girl while he worked at Christ’s Hospital School

A former private school teacher accused of raping a 15-year-old girl has told of an affair with another student.

James Husband, 68, recalled the consensual liaison with a 17-year-old girl at Christ’s Hospital School while giving evidence in his trial.

Hove Crown Court heard he was married and his children attended the school during the “spur of the moment” affair.

He and co-defendant Gary Dobbie, ex-head of house at the Horsham school, both deny sexually abusing pupils.

Mr Husband, of Wigginton in York, denies four counts of rape and five of indecently assaulting a different pupil when she was as young as 14 between 1990 and 1994 while he taught at the prestigious school.

Mr Dobbie, 68, of Albi in France and formerly of Hereford, faces a string of allegations against six boys and two girls as young as 12 between 1998 and 2001.

He denies 12 counts of indecently assaulting four boys and two girls, attempting to indecently assault a boy and two counts of indecency with a child.

He was teaching at independent Shrewsbury School, Shropshire, at the time of his arrest in 2016.

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Image caption The top private school charges up to £31,500 a year

Mr Husband left his job as a history teacher when it emerged he was having a consensual affair with the 17-year-old pupil who was not underage and is not a complainant in the case, jurors were told.

Giving evidence, he told the court there were several instances with the girl – from holding hands and kissing to sex – but said he did not consider it a relationship.

During cross-examination, the court heard him describe the moment he kissed the student on the lips after a disco at night in the school grounds.

He said: “I can see her in my mind’s eye looking up at me. I can remember the kiss.

“The look on her face suggested that she wanted to me to.

“I wanted to kiss her.”

In a diary entry read to the court, the girl said: “Told too many people at school then decided to go for it. The fling.

“So got off with him on Saturday night. The most amazing thing. Happy.”

Mr Husband later conceded to the court that he had had sex with two 17-year-olds.

Addressing the charges involving the other girl which he denies, claiming they had consensual sex once when she was 16, he said: “I don’t know why [the alleged victim] has brought these allegations against me.”

Jurors previously heard he had told the girl when she was 15: “It’s OK, I’ve had a vasectomy,” before raping her.

The trial continues.



England v South Africa: Hosts secure series win with emphatic Canterbury victory

Beaumont and Knight guide England to victory
Third Women’s ODI, The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence, Canterbury
South Africa 228 (49.5 overs): Van Niekerk 95, Brunt 3-52
England 232-3 (44.1 overs): Beaumont 105, Knight 80*; Khaka 2-63
England won by seven wickets

England’s women secured a 2-1 series win over South Africa with a seven-wicket victory in Canterbury.

South Africa captain Dane van Niekerk made 95 but her side collapsed following her dismissal to a superb stumping by wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor.

The visitors slipped from 212-4 to 228 all out with one ball remaining in the innings.

England were 51-2 in reply, but Tammy Beaumont (105) made her second century of the week to set up victory.

Captain Heather Knight (80 not out) steadied the side with Beaumont after the loss of two quick wickets, with their 154-run partnership ensuring a convincing victory for England with 36 balls remaining.

Opener Laura Wolvaardt made a painstaking 64 for South Africa but the visitors struggled to accelerate, with the final six wickets falling for 16 runs.

England were sloppy in the field to begin with, dropping three catches, but Taylor’s athletic legside stumping swung things back in their favour.

The sides now head to Taunton for a Twenty20 tri-series also involving New Zealand, which begins on 20 June (13:00 BST).

Brilliant Beaumont leads way for England

Knight, left, and player of the series Beaumont added 154 in 27 overs at Canterbury

It was the second time in three years that Beaumont had hit back-to-back ODI centuries after starring in the home series against Pakistan in 2016.

The right-hander has blossomed at the top of the order since the appointment of Mark Robinson as coach in late 2015, and her contrasting statistics before and after his appointment tell their own story.

Tammy Beaumont’s ODI records
Inns Runs Av’ge 100s/50s
Before Robinson 16 207 17.25 0/0
Under Robinson 30 1,419 50.68 5/5

As Robinson himself pointed out, this century in Canterbury was in contrast to her free-running, free-hitting knock of 118 alongside Sarah Taylor at Hove.

“Maybe today’s was better, because it showed more of her character,” Robinson told Sky Sports.

Troubled by Marizanne Kapp’s seam movement in the early stages at Canterbury, Beaumont rode her luck at times, and she was content to play second foil to opening partner Amy Jones – who again will have left Robinson frustrated as she looked well set making 24 before getting herself out.

Taylor hit her first ball for four but soon joined Jones back in the pavilion but it was the arrival of captain Knight that, in Beaumont’s words, “calmed me down”.

The pair withstood the early pressure from South Africa’s seamers before pressing the accelerator when the spinners came on.

Indeed, Knight’s strike rate exceeded that of Beaumont until just before the opener raced towards her century.

For the second match in succession, Beaumont fell with the finish line in sight but once again, several South Africans went to shake her hand before she left the field, in tribute to her match-winning century.

Spectator takes fantastic catch as Tryon hits big six

South Africa – a work in progress?

As evidenced by their run to the World Cup semi-finals, South Africa have come on leaps and bounds since the time – less than a decade ago – when they would arrive in England and be routinely thrashed without the hosts needing to hit top gear.

Having played to their strengths to win at Worcester, and having threatened for spells before losing at Hove, they arrived at Canterbury in with a chance of their first bilateral ODI series win over England.

After hitting 92 not out at Worcester and 117 at Hove, opener Lizelle Lee was unfortunate to be adjudged lbw to Anya Shrubsole, but teenager Wolvaardt and the inexperienced Andrie Steyn then dawdled, finding it difficult to rotate the strike – while Wolvaardt did not find the boundary between the fifth and the 37th over.

Despite shelling those catches, England bowled tightly with spinner Sophie Ecclestone particularly miserly with the ball, the teenager conceding 26 runs from 10 overs and not being hit for a single boundary.

That ramped up the pressure on skipper Van Niekerk to move up through the gears, which she did, making her highest ODI score – but Taylor’s slick stumping provoked a scrappy collapse as three wickets fell with the score on 212, and the last three in the space of three balls on 228.

Without Raisibe Ntozakhe, who had bowled tightly in the first two games, Van Niekerk was without the services of a finger-spinner, but her bowling choices came under scrutiny.

After England were kept in check with seam, the introduction of leg-spinners in Van Niekerk – bowling round the wicket, taking lbw out of the equation and allowing England to milk her through the leg side – and Sune Luus for her first bowl of the series, meant Beaumont and Knight could ease the pressure.

Ex-England captain Charlotte Edwards said on Test Match Special: “I can’t understand why Van Niekerk continues to bowl round the wicket – and feed England’s strengths.”

Van Niekerk did not recall the experienced Kapp to the attack until the 34th over, by which time the match was marching towards only one conclusion.

South Africa have never won a bilateral ODI series against England

‘The class of Tammy and Heather made us pay’ – what they said

Player of the series Tammy Beaumont: “The most important things today was to back the bowlers up and get the win. Playing on the outfield here as a 10-year-old, it was great to get a century. We were under pressure when Heather came in but she’s brilliant at chasing and kept me calm.”

England captain Heather Knight on Sky Sports: “To come back with two really strong performances is very pleasing. We trained brilliantly, moved on quickly from Worcester and put right what went wrong with the batting that day. Back-to-back hundreds doesn’t happen to often, so it’s brilliant for Tammy, and the bowling has been outstanding all series.”

BBC Test Match Special’s Isabelle Westbury: “England have bounced back authoritatively, and have shown why they’re world champions. They don’t revolve around one player as they may have done in the pre-2015 era [under Charlotte Edwards].”

South Africa captain Dane van Niekerk on Sky Sports: “England bowled to their fields really well and made it difficult for us to score, but the class of Tammy and Heather made us pay. They played the spinners really well, that’s why I brought on the pacers, but you can’t defend both sides of the wicket to different lengths.”

BBC Test Match Special’s Natalie Germanos: “The wheels came off for South Africa, and unfortunately for me the wheels are running away down the road. Too many extras were given away. They can take positives from this series, but it just remains to be seen when they can take that next step.”



World Cup 2018: Portugal 3-3 Spain – watch all six goals in under 60 seconds

Watch all six goals from Portugal v Spain in under a minute, as Cristiano Ronaldo scores a “sensational” hat-trick and Nacho strikes a “peach of a goal”.



Cristiano Ronaldo ‘to accept jail term and £16.4m fine’ in tax case

Portugal"s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their third goal against Spain Image copyright Reuters
Image caption The news came hours before Ronaldo scored a hat-trick against Spain

Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly agreed to accept a £16.4m (18.8m euro) fine and suspended jail term to settle tax evasion charges.

The Real Madrid and Portugal footballer, 33, was accused last year of defrauding tax authorities of €14.8m, charges he denies.

Ronaldo offered to pay £12.9m in June 2017 but the government rejected the offer, the El Mundo newspaper reported.

The news came before he scored a hat-trick against Spain in the World Cup.

Spanish courts have recently cracked down on tax evasion among footballers.

Ronaldo is unlikely to serve any jail time under the deal – reportedly a verbal one at this stage. Under Spanish law, a two-year sentence for a first offence can be served on probation, with no requirement for custody

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Any deal would have to be signed off by Spain’s tax agency. It has accused the footballer of trying to hide money linked to image rights made between 2011 and 2014.

He denied the claims and his agency has yet to comment on the latest reports.

The timing of the news has raised questions, however. It came just hours before Ronaldo was due to play for Portugal in the match against Spain at the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, Russia.

But it did not appear to affect his performance as he scored all three goals including a late equaliser that meant the game ended 3-3.

Back in 2010, as the financial crisis deepened, Spain lifted a tax exemption that had become known as the “Beckham law”, which had allowed footballers to curb their taxes.

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi was given a 21-month prison sentence in 2017 on similar charges to Ronaldo but under Spanish law was able to pay a fine instead.



May ‘disappointed’ at upskirting law block

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Theresa May says she is “disappointed” an attempt to make upskirting a criminal offence in England and Wales did not progress through Parliament after one of her own MPs blocked it.

Conservatives have criticised Sir Christopher Chope for objecting to the private member’s bill.

If passed, it could see someone who has secretly taken a photo under a victim’s skirt face up to two years in prison.

The PM said she wanted to see it pass soon “with government support”.

Minister for Women, Victoria Atkins, said the government will allocate time for the bill in Parliament to ensure it does not get pushed down the list of private members’ bills, which would mean it could some time to return to the Commons.

Ministers are among those criticising Sir Christopher’s intervention, with Justice Secretary David Gauke also tweeting his disappointment with the lack of progress as the law “needs to be reformed”.

But his backbench colleagues have gone further – Tory MP Nick Boles tweeted that Sir Christopher was a politician “whose knuckles dragged along the ground”.

Sir Christopher has yet to speak out about why he blocked the bill but upskirting victim Gina Martin – who started the campaign for the new law – said he had told her he objected to it “on principle” because it “wasn’t debated”.

She also told the BBC that he said he “wasn’t really sure” what upskirting was.

“I said, ‘well, I can help you with that’,” Ms Martin added.

The bill was expected to sail through the Commons on Friday, but parliamentary rules mean it only required one MP to shout “object” to block its progress.

Sir Christopher’s intervention was met with shouts of “shame” from other MPs.

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Image caption Ms Martin started the campaign after two men took a picture up her skirt but weren’t prosecuted for it

International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt tweeted that many will be “disappointed”, but that the hard work of campaigners and MPs to get the bill through Parliament “will not be in vain”.

Culture Secretary Matt Hancock said individuals “can delay, but not prevent” the bill from becoming law.

Other Tory MPs stronger with their criticisms included George Freeman, who used to lead Theresa May’s policy unit.

He said the move was “an affront to parliamentary democracy”, while Cheltenham MP Alex Chalk said Sir Christopher had “let us all down”.

Scottish Conservative MP Paul Masterton said the intervention did “damage” to the public’s view of the party.

And Conservative MP and chair of the Commons Foreign Select Committee, Tom Tugendhat, said it was “shaming” for his party.

Mr Tugendhat told BBC News: “It’s really objectionable that Christopher should have done this without even knowing what the bill was.

“I think it’s disgraceful to block a law that is designed to protect people from having their most intimate selves intruded upon. It’s completely unacceptable.”

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Media captionHear MPs shout “shame” after Sir Christopher objects to the bill

Tory MP and chair of the Commons Justice Select Committee, Bob Neill, has written to the prime minister to ask for the bill to be allowed its second reading, criticising the “arcane parliamentary procedure” that stopped it.

Liberal Democrat MP Wera Hobhouse, who brought the private member’s bill to Parliament, also criticised the “out-of-touch Tory” for “sabotaging” it.

Ms Hobhouse has asked for her bill to return to the House on 6 July.

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Media captionWera Hobhouse ‘angry’ after Tory MP blocks upskirting law

Justice minister Lucy Frazer said the government was “committed to making sure upskirting becomes a criminal offence and have every expectation that this will happen”.

So why did Sir Christopher object?

By Mark D’Arcy, BBC parliamentary correspondent

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Image caption Sir Christopher shouted “object” to the bill, stopping it from progressing through the Commons

Sir Christopher is a leading member of a group of backbench Conservatives who make a practice of ensuring that what they see as well-meaning but flabby legislation is not lazily plopped on to the statute book by a few MPs on a poorly attended Friday sitting.

And after all this is a bill to create a new criminal offence, for which people can go to jail.

So, however worthy the cause, he insists on proper, extensive scrutiny, and he has spent most Commons Fridays for the last 20 years doing just that.

Indeed, a few minutes before he blocked the upskirting bill, he forced a delay to Seni’s Law, which also had strong support from the government.

He also opposed plans to give police dogs and horses extra legal protections from attack.

The upskirting bill is not dead – there will be other opportunities to get it passed – but they will only succeed if Sir Christopher and his allies can be persuaded not to object again.

The only other alternative is for the government to provide debating time for it, or, far more likely, to add the proposals to a bill of their own.

Labour MPs have also expressed their anger at the move by Sir Christopher.

Dawn Butler, Labour’s shadow minister for women and equalities, said: “It’s absolutely disgusting that a male Tory MP has blocked upskirting from becoming a criminal offence.

“If Theresa May is serious about tackling this vile practice, and injustices like sexism, she will need to show leadership and show there’s no place in the Tory party for Christopher Chope.”

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Media caption“He was laughing”: Three women tell the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire about their experience of upskirting

Ms Martin said she remained “positive and hopeful” about the bill and had arranged a meeting to discuss it further with Sir Christopher.

She started the campaign to change the law after two men took a picture up her skirt while she was at a concert in London’s Hyde Park last July.

Police said they were unable to prosecute as the picture was not graphic enough because she was wearing underwear.

What is the current law?

  • There is no law specifically naming and banning upskirting in England and Wales, victims and police are currently only able to pursue offences of outraging public decency or as a crime of voyeurism
  • Upskirting has been an offence in Scotland since 2010 when it was listed under the broadened definition of voyeurism

What are the limitations of the current situation in England and Wales?

  • Voyeurism only applies to filming actions taking place in private
  • Outraging public decency usually requires someone to have witnessed the action but upskirting is often unobserved
  • Unlike other sexual offences, people don’t have automatic right to anonymity

What does the new law propose?

  • As well as carrying a maximum two-year sentence, it would also allow, in the most serious cases, those convicted to be placed on the sex offenders register



World Cup 2018: Cristiano Ronaldo scores hat-trick as Portugal and Spain draw 3-3

World Cup 2018: Portugal 3-3 Spain highlights

Cristiano Ronaldo produced one of the great World Cup performances as his dramatic late free-kick earned Portugal a draw with Spain in a classic encounter in Sochi.

The Real Madrid forward’s 88th-minute swerving set-piece soared into the top corner to deny the Spanish a much-needed victory at the end of what has been a painful week for them in the south of Russia.

Their build-up had been dominated by the shock departure of Julen Lopetegui as boss two days before the tournament started but by the final whistle at the Fisht Olympic Stadium there was only one name on everyone’s lips.

Ronaldo. Who else?

He had got the opener, too, a penalty in the fourth minute after Nacho felled him in the box, before Diego Costa’s bullying low finish dragged Spain back into the match when they were at their most vulnerable.

But just before the break David de Gea made a terrible and uncharacteristic error, fumbling a zipping Ronaldo shot through his gloves and over the line. Another dose of adversity for Spain to deal with.

Lopetegui’s hasty replacement, Fernando Hierro, saw his team respond through Costa again, the Atletico Madrid striker smashing in from Sergio Busquets’ knockdown nine minutes after half-time, before Nacho redeemed himself with a stunning volley from the edge of the area that crashed in off both posts and seemed to have given Spain victory.

But, as so often, Ronaldo would have the last word.

Portugal’s captain had spent large parts of the second half as a spectator, powerless to halt Spain’s recovery, but he emerged from the shadows of this fascinating spectacle to define the game’s result and in doing so become just the fourth player to score at four World Cups.

It was a titanic performance, a one-man show from one of the world’s best, on the biggest stage of all.

Ronaldo into the record books (again)

‘It’s gone through him’ – De Gea mistakes gifts Ronaldo his second goal

Ronaldo was, well, Ronaldo. The star attraction for many of the thousands of fans from all over the world who gathered in Sochi did not disappoint.

At 33, you feel this is his last chance to win football’s biggest prize – though his manager said afterwards that “he could once again score in a World Cup in Qatar” in four years’ time – and he looks ready to drag his side along as far as he can.

He tasted glory at last with his national team at Euro 2016 but was forced off in the final. The way he galvanised those around him here makes you wonder whether Portugal should be considered serious favourites for this tournament, too.

Before this match Ronaldo had scored only three times from 13 World Cup games. His return still doesn’t make for Ronaldo-like reading – six in 14 – but with the opening goal he became the fourth player to score in four separate World Cups, joining Germans Miroslav Klose and Uwe Seeler and Brazil legend Pele.

And the Portuguese is now also the first player in history to score in eight consecutive major tournaments in a streak going back to Euro 2004.

He is only just getting started on this latest tilt at the pinnacle of the game. And with him in their ranks, who would bet against the Portuguese?

Spain show glimpses of beauty

‘An absolute peach’ – Nacho puts Spain 3-2 ahead

There were so many sub-plots in play on this humid night in the south of Russia, not least Lopetegui’s departure. and how interim manager Hierro would fare in his place.

After the week Spain have had some suggested they should no longer be considered among the favourites to win this competition. From the first half, it looked like things would get much worse for them before it got any better.

Nacho’s naive trip was a terrible start, no way to help alleviate the nerves, and there was never any doubt how Ronaldo would deal with the occasion. De Gea was sent the wrong way.

The bad signs kept coming. Busquets, of all people, fell over on the ball and got booked fouling his man. Ronaldo looked so ready for the occasion you would have backed him to smash the resulting free-kick into the net. Instead it hit a head in the wall and Spain survived.

That they did owes much to the heroic block from Jordi Alba just before Costa’s first goal, and despite De Gea’s error sending them behind once more, they emerged from the break with cool heads that searched for and found the fluency so characteristic of the football they have played since the European Championship-winning side of 2008. That must be applauded.

There had been so many questions raised in the build-up to this game about Spain’s mental state but this gutsy performance, in which they showed beautiful glimpses of their real ability, has provided a comprehensive answer, despite Ronaldo’s late blow.

Man of the match – Cristiano Ronaldo

More Ronaldo records – match stats

  • Ronaldo is the oldest hat-trick scorer in World Cup history, with the Portuguese star aged 33 years and 130 days – the previous oldest was Rob Rensenbrink in June 1978 for the Netherlands against Iran (30y 335d).
  • He scored his 51st hat-trick for club and country, while it was also the 51st hat-trick scored in the history of the World Cup.
  • His third goal was his first direct free-kick goal at a major tournament for Portugal – it was his 45th attempt.
  • Spain have now won their opening World Cup match in just two of their last 13 tournaments (D4 L7 – winning in 2002 and 2006).
  • Spain striker Diego Costa scored with his first two shots on target at the World Cup.

‘My personal best’ – reaction

Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo: “I’m very happy, it is a personal best [the hat-trick], one more in my career and the most important thing is to highlight what the team has done.

“We have played one of the favourite teams to win the World Cup, we have been winning twice and drew and I think it was a fair result. The game was about to end and we managed to equalise so we are happy. Now we have to think about the next match, it is going to be hard, but our goal is to win and to move on from the group stage.

“Portugal is going to start moving through the group stage, we know it is going to be hard, and have to think match by match. We are not the favourites so we will try to do our best. The team is doing very well and we are going to do well for sure.”

Ronaldo scores ‘sensational’ free-kick to complete hat-trick

Spain coach Fernando Hierro: “We feel very proud of the players, we have come back and equalised twice so we feel a great commitment and pride.

“This is a mature squad, the team knows what it wants and have been playing a lot together. It is wonderful to have these mature, committed players.

“When you are playing a player like Ronaldo these things can happen. When you have a player like Ronaldo, it is extremely fortunate for whichever team has him, but I certainly would not change him for any of the players in my squad.

“We don’t have any doubts about De Gea and he doesn’t have any doubts about himself.”

What’s next?

Spain’s next Group B game is on Wednesday, against Iran in Kazan (19:00 BST). Portugal play Morocco on the same day (13:00).



Mark Beaumont beats 127-year-old Penny Farthing record

Scots cyclist Mark Beaumont rode 21.92 miles (35.3km) in an hour on the vintage-style bike to beat the 127-year-old British record at Herne Hill Velodrome.

But the Scottish cyclist was 290 yards short of the world record of 22 miles and 150 yards.

Mark holds the record for cycling around the world, which he did in 2017 in 79 days, 44 fewer than the previous record.