UK News

PREGNANT PRISONER IN UK CUSTODY

Via BBC News A pregnant Briton jailed for smuggling heroin in Laos has been handed to UK Ministry of Justice officials, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said. The transfer took place in Vientiane, capital of Laos. Samantha Orobator will now return to the UK to give birth and serve out her life sentence in Britain. Orobator, 20, from Peckham, south London, was caught with 1.5lb (680g) of heroin in August last year. She avoided Laos’s mandatory death penalty because of her pregnancy. []

UK NEWS: SINGER LISA MAFFIA CRIES IN COURT

Via The Daily Mirror Pop star Lisa Maffia broke down in court yesterday as she was banned and fined for drink-driving. The former member of rap group So Solid Crew, which had a No1 hit with 21 Seconds in 2001, was pulled over in her Mercedes on her way home from a club. The singer and TV presenter cried as West London magistrates heard she had drunk two glasses of champagne at a friend’s birthday party in Kensington before getting into her []

UK NEWS: MADONNA ADOPTION MUSICAL PERFORMED AT THE EDINBURGH FRINGE

Via BBC News A musical about pop star Madonna’s attempts to adopt a young African girl is being performed at the Edinburgh Fringe by a Malawian cast. The 50-year-old star is portrayed in the play Mercy Madonna of Malawi by a black male actor in a blonde wig One of the performers, Shombi Banda, 29, claims he was heckled by the star when he performed for her in Malawi. He said she responded to a play about the African cultural identity by []

UK NEWS: JADE GOODY SPEAKS TO MOTHER FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

Jack with the late Jade Goody Another classic news item involving the late Jade Goody, her mother Jackiey Budden and widower Jack Tweed… Via The Daily Mail He claimed to be racked by guilt following that one-night-stand just weeks after Jade’s funeral – but Jack Tweed is still partying hard. And, according to one psychic, Jade is disgusted with the behaviour of the very merry widower. During a seance held by medium Jayne Wallace and Jade’s mother Jackiey Budden, Jayne claimed the []

UK NEWS: TEENAGERS ATTACK MOTHER OF TWO WITH BLEACH

Via The Metro A mother-of-two was seriously burnt when she was attacked with bleach in front of her family after asking a group of youths to be quiet during the new Harry Potter film, police said today. The 46-year-old woman was watching the film with her husband and two children at a cinema when she asked the group of five or six teenagers, including at least one girl, to stop making a noise. After the film, two of the group followed the []

UK NEWS: JADE GOODY’S MOTHER SAYS ‘I’LL HAVE A BABY GIRL FOR JADE’

Via The Metro Jade Goody’s mother plans to fall pregnant so she can have the girl her daughter always longed for. Jackiey Budden, 51, said she was confident she could conceive naturally and didn’t ‘even need to think about IVF’. She added: ‘Jade would be over the moon for me if I got pregnant and I think it would be a wonderful tribute to her.’ Budden is expected to recruit the services of new boyfriend Jason Cooper, 36, who is considering having []

UK NEWS: MODEL’S MURDERER JAILED FOR LIFE

Murderer: Ricardo Morrison Via BBC News A man jailed for life for murdering his model girlfriend is “dangerous beyond words”, a judge has said. Ricardo Morrison, 22, from Birmingham, must serve a minimum of 24 years for killing Amy Leigh Barnes, 19, in Farnworth, near Bolton, last November. Manchester Crown Court heard Miss Barnes was stabbed nine times and found bleeding to death by her father. Sentencing Morrison, Mr Justice MacDuff said he was an “evil man” with a history of abusing []

UK NEWS: RICHARD BLACKWOOD TO STAR ALONG SIDE JAMES EARL JONES WHEN HIT THEATRE PRODUCTION ‘CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF’ COMES TO LONDON

[Thanks Nessa] Richard Blackwood, Derek Griffiths and Nina Sosanya will join the previously announced Sanaa Lathan, Adrian Lester, Phylicia Rashad and James Earl Jones in Debbie Allen’s sell-out Broadway production of Tennessee Williams’ Cat On A Hot Tin Roof.  Produced by Stephen Byrd and Alia Jones for Front Row Productions, Cat On A Hot Tin Roofwill run at the Novello Theatre from 21 November to 10 April 2010. The cast is Richard Blackwood (Brightie), Guy Burgess (Lacey), Claudia Cadette (Nanny), Peter De []

UK NEWS: ORGANISERS DEFEND MISS ENGLAND VOTE

I don’t know whether to let out one big howling laugh or to shake my head in despair….. Via Yahoo News The organisers of the Miss England contest have defended the competition after it emerged that the first black winner and the niece of Olympic gold medal-winning sprinter Linford Christie, won with only nine votes from the public. Angie Beasley, director of Miss England, said the public played only a part in the contest, choosing one of the 15 top finalists with this vote amounting []