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Brexit could be DELAYED as court case rules if Theresa May can start EU talks

The dramatic decision handed down at the High Court this morning threatened to send the Prime Minister's plans for cutting ties with Brussels into turmoil. It sparked furious accusations that 'activist' judges are mounting a 'power grab' by siding with pro-EU campaigners against the will of the public. But the premier has defiantly vowed to appeal against the ruling that she cannot invoke Article 50 without a parliamentary vote - and insisted she will not let the result 'derail' her timetable for launching the two-year Brexit process by the end of March. The stage is now set for an extraordinary showdown in the Supreme Court next month - with the fate of the country potentially at stake.

Lorry driver Neville Fletcher hit and killed a mother and her daughter on pedestrian

Neville Fletcher (left, outside court today) struck mother-of-six Zena Jackson (middle), 43, and her little girl Cidalia Mendez-Jackson (right) while they were on a pedestrian crossing outside the supermarket (inset) in Hull in April this year. Today, Fletcher, 55, admitted two counts of causing death by careless driving. Hull Magistrates' Court heard how the driver should have stopped at a red light but failed to do so. He then collided with the pair and they died at the scene. Miss Jackson's daughter, Sadie, has previously described her as a 'great mother' and said Cidallia was a 'real girly girl'.

Southern Railway workers plan to strike for three days from December 22 and three days from New Year's Eve in a bitter row over changes to the role of conductors.

Police have reported the children, aged between nine and 12, were 'messing around' with the fireworks in Nelson, near Burnley, Lancashire, when one exploded at around 1.30pm today.

David Stokes is believed to have murdered sons Adam, 11, and Matthew, five, at their semi-detached house in Hinckley, Leicestershire, after barricading himself inside the property on Tuesday.

A total of 1,581 pupils out of 5,032 in Nottinghamshire said they had received a message with unwanted sexual suggestions (file photo posed by model).

A global index of the best places to live in the world puts the UK near the top, ahead of Germany, France and Spain.

Over the past three decades, rates of obesity in the UK are significantly higher than in the US - despite them topping the list worldwide, Professor Dame Sally Davies warns.


An article suggested that Nancy Dell'Olio may have had some non-surgical cosmetic treatment from a London specialist. We are happy to make clear that Ms Dell'Olio has had no such treatment.

Remainers hail 'woman of the century' Gina Miller after judges backed her over Brexit

Gina Miller, 51, (right) lives in London with her financier husband Alan, nicknamed 'Mr Hedge Fund' (together left) because he made £30 million after starting one of the City's first funds in 1997. The couple now run an investment firm with a reported £100million in its portfolios. Nicknamed 'Mrs Wham Glam' by friends, she has now been branded 'woman of the century' by Remainers who cheered her on the steps of the High Court today. The mother-of-three, who was born in Guyana but grew up in Britain, became a successful City investment manager and also set up the No.1 Ladies' Investment Club for women in business. Describing herself as a 'natural fighter, she has rattled cages in the City and accused the charity sector of widespread inefficiencies. But this year Mrs Miller, a Labour supporter, put the Government's Brexit plans in her sights because she was 'absolutely stunned' by the referendum result. After years of ruffling feathers she has now caused a constitutional crisis at the High Court - and told Brexiteers they should be 'celebrating'.

The ruling saw sterling shoot past 1.24 US dollars, up nearly 1 per cent on the day. Three senior judges ruled the Prime Minister does not have power to use the prerogative to trigger Article 50.

Senior judges today slapped down Government claims that Theresa May had the right to invoke Article 50 and start the Brexit negotiations using her executive powers.

D-Day for the Supreme Court appeal is December 7 and ministers will be desperately hoping their arguments are better received to end the issue before Christmas.

Joe Spencer was shot dead in firearms training exercise at RAF base

Lance Corporal Joe Spencer (inset), of 3rd Battalion The Rifles, died on Tuesday following a firearms incident at RAF Tain in the Scottish Highlands (main picture). The 24-year-old, from Hampshire, joined the Army in 2011 and had completed a tour of Afghanistan in 2012, as part of Operation Herrick 16. He had also taken part in exercises in Kenya and the US as part of his training. Around 30 detectives are involved in the investigation into his death. No arrests have been made and police would not comment on whether the soldier might have fired the weapon himself.

Navinder Sarao, 37, is facing 380 years behind bars for allegedly placing and withdrawing millions of order to buy and sell commodities in deals from his parents' west London home.

The figure the regulator wants Sir Philip Green (pictured) to pay into the scheme is understood to be around £350million, but the billionaire tycoon has offered only £250million.

The 250,000th child born in the UK through the form of fertility treatment was delivered in February last year, statistics from the UK's independent regulator show.

The mother of missing teenage former world kickboxing champion Charlotte Mosley, 17, has issued a heartbreaking appeal after she vanished from the family home in Derby ten days ago.

Jocelyn Cook's daughter Megan is only six months old - but Jocelyn is already lining up potential husbands for her. She wants her to live a privileged and cosseted life and to marry rich.

Melissa Watts thrown in jail after ex framed her by sending death threats to HIMSELF 

Melissa Watts, 41, from Strood in Kent, was kept in custody for several hours and questioned over the threatening note, which was found on her former partner Michael Killick's car and read, 'Thought you can be happy without me. You are going to pay.' A second note saying, 'You broke my heart you ****. Now it's your time to pay. I will kill you for this. You will get what's coming. If I can't have you no other woman can. You are dead,' was also found on his new girlfriend's car - chillingly, alongside a steak knife. Father-of-four Killick complained to police, telling them Ms Watts was behind the threats. But investigations by a handwriting expert revealed he had actually sent them to himself.

Tom Taylor, 17, died in a freak explosion after flash paper from his family's magic business ignited when he used hairspray on a 3D printer at the family home in Lincoln.

Promise Ndlovu, 40, (pictured) was the brother-in-law of former Coventry City footballer Peter Ndlovu. His body was discovered in a car park in Leicester on Saturday.

Marshall Clark (pictured with his mother Lara), from Plymouth in Devon, told his friends that he will be able to ride slides, eat strawberries, run, talk and enjoy his childhood in heaven.

Fashion retailer Jacamo has been blasted on Twitter for an ad campaign saying that 'real men' carry footballs not man bags. The chain has now apologised after being accused of homophobia.

Takeaway Princess Georgia Davis, 24, from South Wales, called ex Andrew Heggie a 'creep' after she accused him of boasting on Facebook about making a secret tape of the pair romping.

The tourists had all been staying at the Liberty Hotels Lykia in Dalaman and booked through Thomas Cook but raised concerns about the standards of hygiene after coming down with illness.

Savile Town in Yorkshire that has almost no white residents 

There are almost no white residents to be found in Savile Town. A detailed breakdown of the last census of 2011 recorded that only 48 of the 4,033 people living here were white British. Stand in Savile Town, as I have, and you will see scores of boys in Islamic robes walking to and from lessons at the mosque's madrasah school, where for hours at a time they rote-learn the Koran by heart. And, distressingly, every girl I saw - even those of six and seven playing in the park - was wrapped up in a hijab and shoulder-to-toe-gown lest a man glimpse her flesh.

As more drivers were snapped using their phones at the wheel in the UK it has emerged just 300 of nearly 10,000 caught doing so twice in the past four years have been banned.

Nigerian mother Bimbo Ayelabola (pictured) cost the taxpayer £145,000 when she had quintuplets on the NHS, but said she was never billed for the treatment.

Star Wars actor Ian McDiarmid, 72, plays the Tory politician in What Shadows at the Birmingham Rep, pictured, near where the MP gave his 'rivers of blood' speech in 1968.

Researchers from Imperial College Business School analysed more than 100 years of data, to predict that by 2026, information from smart gadgets could be used to match people with prospective partners.

Bournemouth funeral of a popular 17-year-old sees Adidas shoebox-style coffin

Jack Gudge (inset right), 17, died from serious head injuries following a fight outside a Tesco Express store in Bournemouth, Dorset, on July 16. Three men and a 15-year-old were arrested at the time, but police announced last month that nobody will face criminal charges. Yesterday, at his funeral, eight friends carried Jack's bright blue coffin, which had three white stripes wrapped around the top to replicate an Adidas shoebox (main picture). A flower arrangement that spelled out 'chav' - which was one of Jack's favourite terms - appeared in black, white and yellow around the coffin (inset left). Streams of tearful well-wishers, many of them teenagers, hugged and consoled one another as they queued up to enter St Mark's Church, Bournemouth. Dozens of people had to stand at the back of the church because it was so full (bottom right).

Kerry Hines 31, from Birmingham has recalled the horrifying moment her abusive ex-boyfriend Paul branded her with an iron after she asked him to do the washing up.

In the footage the unnamed driver, who is believed to work for courier firm CitySprint, can be seen pulling 10 parcels from a sack before flinging them into his vehicle in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire.

Mohit Dupar, 36, and son Ankush (left) rushed into the sea to help Gustavo Silva Da Cruz, 19, after taking this photo at the East Sussex beach but the father drowned and died four days later.

Louise Cowe (pictured), 43, was talking to a man in the smoking area of the Aruba nightclub, in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, when a woman yanked her off the stall and launched the attack.

In Charlotte Arnold's video, shot in Liverpool, she is heard saying 'think twice about cheating on me'. She sets the Nike 110s trainers alight using a lighter and a gas can.

Sammy Almahri is jailed for murdering young British woman Nadine Aburas in hotel room

Property tycoon and millionaire Sammy Almahri, 45, from New York, killed pretty Nadine Aburas, 28, in his hotel room in Cardiff, Wales, after the pair met on dating website Almahri (inset) was today jailed for at least 17 years at Cardiff Crown Court for killing Miss Aburas (right). The court heard he killed her in his hotel room after she refused to marry him when he flew out to meet her. Miss Aburas' body was found on New Year's Eve in 2014 by staff at the hotel - hours after her killer fled in her car to drive to Heathrow Airport in London. CCTV footage showed Almahri enter the Future Inns hotel in Cardiff (left).

Angela Gatt (pictured), 37, from Ayr in Scotland, was caught in the act after a night of heavy drinking in North Cumbria in the summer of last year.

Baroness Scotland (pictured with Cherie Blair) employed Joe Phelan on a £16,000-a-month contract as a 'policy adviser' when she became Secretary-General of the Commonwealth.

A High Court judge yesterday ruled that British Government's plans to meet EU air pollution targets do not go far enough and need to be greatly expanded.

Shocking footage captured at Wansdworth Prison in April, showed a black bag floating through the air via a drone into a window, where two pieces of wood tied together could be seen hooking it in.

Photographer tracks down people he snapped in his hometown almost 40 YEARS AGO

Paramedic Chris Porsz spent hours walking around the city of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire in the late 1970s and 80s, taking candid shots of punks and posers, siblings and sweethearts, traders and teenagers. Three decades later, Chris, known as the 'paramedic paparazzo,' decided it would be fun to reconstruct a handful of his favourite photos from the past. Incredibly, some of his long-lost subjects recognised themselves after he published their pictures in local and national papers, on his website and on Facebook. Pictured left, sisters Anna (left) and Emma Hankins posed for a picture blowing bubbles with Hubba Bubba bubblegum in 1980; they both went on to have careers in hairdressing. Right, Steve Osborn was known as Metal Mickey in the 1980s as he broke both his legs several times in a series of motor biking accidents and had plates and bolts put in them; he now uses walking sticks to get around.

SIMON JONES - EXCLUSIVE: West Ham United striker Andy Carroll was threatened at gunpoint on his way home from training on Wednesday. Carroll fled, fearing for his life.

Officers say they are worried for the welfare of 15-year-old Chloe Timms and Tiegan Lewis, from Bude, Cornwall, who have not been seen since Saturday, October 29.

China Langdon, 21, of Torquay, Devon, found the picture of her son Lucas on a page asking for donations to 'help lay an angel to rest' following a miscarriage.

Anita Stevenson has not been seen since October 18, when she vanished from her Merseyside home. Her whereabouts remains unknown, but a man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Single mother-of-eight Marie Buchan threatens to go back on benefits

Marie Buchan, 33, from Weoley Castle, Birmingham, said she would be better off staying at home on benefits rather than working 16 hours a week as a carer. The former lap dancer said the £80 weekly cost of school dinners for her enormous brood meant she was worse off by working. Ms Buchan spoke as the Government prepared to lower the benefit cap - the total amount that can be claimed by most people of working age - from £26,000 to £20,000 from next Monday.

Lawyers representing the victims were paid £63.3million out of public funds, while legal teams for South Yorkshire Police were paid £25.1million, according to figures released this week.

The 70ft Euston Arch was built in 1838, around the same time as the station opened as the capital's first inter-city terminal. But amid howls of protest, the monument was knocked down in 1962.

An investigation into the death of Gareth and Daniel Willington found they had been without lifejackets and locator beacons when they lost their lives while fishing off the Pembrokeshire coast.

Sadie Brittle, 32, from Tamworth, only discovered she was carrying another child almost three months after she collapsed at work with a potentially deadly ruptured fallopian tube.

While Claire was keen to take on what may well prove to be a career defining role, she admits the decision to accept such a challenging part while she was pregnant was ill-advised.

The RSPCA has launched an investigation after the 35 second clip, shot in South Wales, was sent to inspectors. The footage shows a companion horse, which is not meant to be ridden, throw off a girl.

Channel 5's Undercover Criminal shows two female car thieves caught on video

Coventry duo Tara and Lauren are 'professional' thieves who steal high-end cars to order for just £500. During a meeting in a McDonald's (pictured left) with an undercover they admitted they will get hold car keys by any means necessary and include pick-pocketing and even breaking into houses. The unsuspecting women are filmed scoping out a house (pictured top right) they believe belongs to the Mercedes owner, before breaking in to steal the keys. When the duo attempt to drive away (pictured bottom right), reporter Paul Connolly (inset) confronts them with the cameras.

The Duke pulled the union flag off the stone to reveal the monument to a crowd containing a few of just 28 remaining members of the club at the National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire, today.

James Evans, 26, who was based at a station in Ealing, west London, was sentenced to four years in prison and will be on the sex offenders' register for life.

A 21-year-old sustained knife injuries in the horrific incident on Tooting High Street. Police now want to identify two people seen in the footage.

Gary Chilton, 42, from Manchester, died when he drove his grey Land Rover Freelander off a cliff at Mwnt while he was staying with colleagues and friends at the nearby Ty Gwyn Caravan Park.

A documentary from the University of Cambridge tackles the issue, looking at the philosophical, ethical and social questions involved with artificially programming pain responses.

Prince Harry's new girlfriend Meghan Markle shows off her new fashion range

The 35-year-old Suits actress looks incredible as she showcases her new incredibly honed figure modelling her new fashion range for Canadian retailer, Reitmans. The Canadian, who is thought to have met the royal, inset, in Toronto, displays her pert posterior and honed figure as she models a sexy short leather skirt, polo neck and high heels, left. In another shot, the star wears skin-tight leather trousers and an unbuttoned shirt as she leans forward seductively on a stool, centre, and in another she works the camera in tight trousers and an oversized white shirt.

Fashion designer Misha Nonoo (shown), who split from Alexander Gilkes last month after four years of marriage, is believed to have introduced the loved-up pair over the summer.

Prince Harry is said to be on a secret romantic trip to the actress' house on the outskirts of Toronto, where she lives while filming hit TV legal drama Suits.

Meghan Markle's half-brother described claims by his sister, Samantha Grant, that the Suits star had abandoned her own family in her ambitious quest for fame as 'simply untrue'.

Aldi takes on Harrods by releasing a near-identical advent calendar that's £56 CHEAPER

German supermarket chain Aldi is hoping to cut the cost of Christmas this year with the launch of its Christmas Advent Calendar, right, for £8.99 - a £55.96 saving when compared with a near-identical £64.95 product on sale at luxury department store, Harrods, left. Aldi's Christmas Advent Calendar comes complete with LED lights and is made from 100 per cent FSC approved wood - just like a competitor model from Harrods, which is seven times the price. The Harrods' luxury calendar was designed by Gisela Graham and is described as a 'charming' Christmas Village LED Advent House and a 'sophisticated decoration' for your home this holiday season.

Passengers on short-haul British Airways flights will not have to go offline when they take off, it has been announced.

The Monarch of the Glen is going on sale for the first time in a century after whisky giants Diageo decided to sell it on. The Scottish Government is hoping the painting will remain in its home nation.

CCTV from Leicester shows a black Hyundai striking the group after driving onto the pavement in a 'ten-pin bowling'-style crash - hurling four people through the air 'like skittles'.

Fashion fans queue in the cold for today's launch of H&M's Kenzo collaboration

Frustrated fans have blasted the H&M; website today claiming it keeps crashing as they desperately try to get their hands on the new Kenzo collaboration - with some saying it's harder than trying to get Glastonbury tickets. Many fans logged onto the H&M; website from the early hours in a bid to be among the first to snap up goods from the much-anticipated Kenzo collaboration when it launched online and in stores around the world this morning. However, many complained that despite spending hours refreshing the page they were faced with a non-responsive website and recurring technical difficulties. One Twitter user wrote: 'H&M; Kenzo collection is proving harder to get than Glastonbury tickets- site is down :(' While many decided to stay in the warm to try and snap up their Kenzo goods, hundreds of other fashion fans braved the bitter cold overnight to queue outside H&M; stores around the world - including in London, Paris, Sweden and the US. Shoppers queued from the early hours at stores across London including in Oxford Street (top left), High Street Kensington (top right) and Westfield Stratford in a bid to be first through the doors when H&M; unveiled its new collection this morning. Fans also queued for several hours at major H&M; stores in New York (bottom right) and Los Angeles, as well as in Paris and Gothenburg, Sweden (bottom left). Photographs show snaking queues in shopping malls and on British streets as fans wrapped up in the chilly 3C temperature.

Mexican restaurant chain Wahaca - founded by 2005 MasterChef winner Thomasina Miers - has shut nine of its restaurants after 365 people became ill after a suspected outbreak of norovirus.

Filippo Corsini, 21, who was the heir to a Florentine noble family, died of 'catastrophic injuries' following the collision in Knightsbridge on his way to a class at Regent's University.

End of the Calais Jungle in pictures as mayor says 'Never again'

The last 291 women and children transferred to family centres around France so the government can close the camp for good. It follows a state-run relocation of nearly 7,000 people in 11 days. Calais Mayor Natacha Bouchart said: 'A painful page of history has been turned, which we do not want to revive.'

The Foreign Secretary told the House of Commons today that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's call for fanatics to continue fighting against Iraqi forces was 'cruelly ironic'.

The 32-year-old told reporters as she sat alongside her husband, both with their faces covered: 'Far more than rape, it was the police threats and humiliation that was unbearable.'

The Russian president has spoken of his disbelief over the handling of the migrant crisis in Europe citing the case of a 10-year-old boy in Austria who was violently raped by an Iraqi migrant at a swimming pool.

Pope Francis spoke out on a flight back to Rome from Sweden that even though countries shouldn't 'close their hearts' to refugees, they do have the right to assess their capacity to effectively integrate them.

The soldiers made the bizarre discovery in Qaraqosh, near the city of Mosul, during an major offensive to drive Islamic State militants from the area - the group's last urban stronghold in Iraq.

Both of the overcrowded rubber dinghies overturned in heavy seas about 25 miles off the coast of Libya killing most of those on board, survivors said.



Iraqi grandfather hugs son and granddaughter following three years of separation

Nadir Ali was finally reunited with his father and daughter at the Hazir refugee camp on the outskirts of Mosul after they had all fled their villages which had been under ISIS control. One reconvening, Nadir dropped to his knees on seeing his father before they tearfully hugged for the first time in years. He also embraced with this mother, while his young daughter was picked up and held close by her grandfather.

The CH-5 unmanned aerial vehicle, China's largest combat drone, made its first flight last year but has now been made public for the first time at a military air show in the southern city of Zhuhai.

Austria has dispatched 60 soldiers to the frontier between the two countries as it emerged the European Union's migrant deal with Turkey was 'showing cracks'.

Two brothers aged eight and 10 are said to have carried out the abuse by allegedly forcing young boys to strip and perform sex acts at the Præstekærgaard asylum centre in Denmark.

Both Keith Vaz and Max Mosley have been re-admitted to the Establishment as though they had done nothing wrong. And I suspect that is what their colleagues and supporters think.

From the moment Cherie Blair's crony Baroness Scotland was elected Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, she has treated the public purse as her own.

By this time next week, both Donald Trump and Jeffrey Archer will know whether they have won or lost, and how they will be remembered by history, writes CRAIG BROWN.