The Dutch council of state has ruled that Pastafarianism is not a religion, denying a follower of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster the right to wear a colander on her head in her passport and driving licence photos. Mienke de Wilde is considering taking her case to the European court of human rights.

The Guardian, Page: 3

Posted 17/08/2018 – not April 1st!


An Essex shop owner who printed “wanted” posters of a thief was warned by police that he was breaking data protection rules by distributing the pictures to local businesses and on Facebook. The thief has yet to be arrested despite numerous reported sightings of him since he stole a laptop from James Callaghan’s printing shop. Essex Police has now admitted its officers were “misguided” in their advice because Mr Callaghan is the owner of the images.

Daily Express, Page: 27 Daily Mail, Page: 38

Posted 16/08/2018

British expatriates have launched a fresh legal challenge against the Brexit referendum, arguing that the result has been invalidated after the Electoral Commission found Leave campaigners had flouted campaign spending rules. The judicial review against the prime minister has been submitted to the High Court by the UK in EU Challenge group, which represents Britons living in France, Italy and Spain.

The Guardian, Page: 6 The Times, Page: 4

Posted 15/08/2018

Shree Ladwa, an unemployed law graduate, has won half of the £1.7m home she lived in with her ex-girlfriend Beverley Chapman after claiming to have played the role of a “housewife” during the relationship. Ruling on the case, Judge Stephen Murch found that it was their “common intention” on buying the house that it would be jointly owned, rejecting Ms Chapman’s claim that she only transferred the house into joint names because of Ms Ladwa’s “undue influence”. The ruling means Ms Ladwa is entitled to a half share of the house and does not have to return a number of expensive gifts received during the 16-year relationship.

The Daily Telegraph The Times Evening Standard The Sun, Page: 26

Posted 14/08/2018


Campaigners have claimed male victims of psychological abuse may be ignored by police because of “unconscious bias”. Since a law against engaging in controlling and coercive behaviour was introduced in 2015, 272 people have been charged with the offence. Of these, just four were women. The ManKind Initiative, a helpline for male victims of domestic abuse, helped to campaign for the introduction of the law, but fears police think it is a problem faced only by women.

The Daily Telegraph, Page: 2 Daily Mail, Page: 15

Posted 13/08/2018

A triathlete died when her bicycle hit a pothole which hadn’t been filled in because a repair team couldn’t find it. Kate Vanloo was thrown into the path of a car when she rode into the four-inch deep hole, which was hidden by a puddle. In his report, the coroner told Warwickshire County Council: “Urgent action should be taken to prevent future deaths… Including an explanation of the steps you have taken to speed up the time it takes to repair potholes”. Solicitors Leigh Day said that following the report “we will now be investigating further legal action against the council.”

Daily Mail, Page: 19

Posted 10/08/2018

Rents could rise 15% by 2023 as the supply of new rental properties dries up, according to a survey by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. It said small scale landlords are pulling out of the market due to tax changes brought in last year which have made buy-to-let investments less profitable. The proportion of lettings agents reporting falling instructions outweighed those who said they were getting more properties to rent by a margin of 22% – the weakest outlook in the survey’s near-20 year history.

The Daily Telegraph, Page: 29 The Times, Page: 34 The Times, Page: 33 The Guardian, Page: 33 Daily Mail Daily Mirror, Page: 50

Posted 09/08/2018



A couple charged commission by two estate agents after selling their home have won a landmark case for other property owners, experts say. George and Hilary Wood were taken to the small claims court by original agent Palmer Snell for not paying £7,935 commission – although their home was sold by Fortnam Smith & Banwell. The judge, finding in favour of the Woods, cited the case Foxtons v Bicknell & Another, 2008, where the Court of Appeal ruled for an estate agent to claim commission it had to be involved in the sale, not just the introduction.

Daily Mail, Page: 41

Posted 08/08/2018



The government is being urged by vets and animal welfare groups to honour a commitment to recognise the concept of animal sentience in law before the country exits the EU. Environment secretary Michael Gove’s department said yesterday that including animal sentience in an animal welfare bill was no longer planned due to the complexity surrounding the issue. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said a separate bill would address the issue before Brexit, but declined to give an indication of when exactly this might be. David Bowles, RSPCA head of public affairs, noted: “As there are less than eight months to go before we leave the EU, we are concerned that time is running out for the sentience bill to be introduced and agreed”.

The Times, Page: 12 The Daily Telegraph, Page: 7 The Guardian, Page: 13

Posted 08/08/2018


Adele Burns has launched a £1m legal action against the Rainbow Rooms hairdressers in Glasgow over claims her hair treatment, which entailed her leaning over a sink several times, caused a stroke. Digby Brown said it was found that she suffered a stroke following dissection of the vertebral artery, caused by trauma in the neck.

The Scotsman, Page: 19 The Daily Telegraph, Page: 7 Daily Express, Page: 23 Daily Mail, Page: 26 I, Page: 10 Aberdeen Press and Journal, Page: 14 Daily Star, Page: 21 Daily Record Yorkshire Post, Page: 8

Posted 07/08/2018