Long waits ‘leave mental health patients in limbo’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhile waiting for therapy, Paul tried to take his own life Patients with mental health problems are being left in limbo on “hidden” waiting lists by England’s NHS talking therapy service, the BBC can reveal. The service – called Improving Access to Psychological Therapies – provides therapy, such as counselling, to adults with conditions like depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety. It starts seeing nine in 10 patients within the target time of six weeks. But that masks the fact many then face long waits for regular treatment. Half of patients waited over 28 days, and one in six longer than 90 days, between their first and second sessions in the past …

Pregnant woman seriously hurt in hit-and-run

“We are extremely concerned for the woman who has been injured and are carrying out full enquiries at the scene and speaking to a number of witnesses to establish the full circumstances,” Det Sgt Hawkins said. “We urge anyone who has any information in relation to this incident and who has not spoken with us to make contact. “If you have any CCTV or dashcam footage from the scene of the incident or of a white van in the area at the time, you should also get in touch.”

Police chief quit Twitter over hairstyle abuse

Ms Swann, the senior officer in the operation, noticed comments about her on social media after she appeared before cameras at a press conference. ‘Really hurt’ “Yes, I am a woman. Yes, I might have a slightly different hairstyle. Yes, I am quite small,” she said. “The bit that astounded me was I could not believe that my mere existence could cause such a depth of feeling.” Image copyright PA Media Image caption Messages on social media became “sexist and homophobic”, Ms Swann said While believing more can be done by police on the issue, Ms Swann hoped her appearance in the national media showed the growing diversity in the police force – and she has returned to Twitter. “In …

Marine E reveals identity and suicide attempt

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption“I didn’t feel like I did anything wrong,” Mr Deen told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme An ex-Royal Marine who was accused of the murder of a wounded Taliban fighter has told the BBC he tried to kill himself after hitting “rock bottom”. Sam Deen, known until now as Marine E, admitted that in Afghanistan in 2011 he offered to shoot the insurgent, who was then killed by Sgt Alexander Blackman – also known as Marine A. Charges against Mr Deen were later dropped. He believes not killing him would have risked British casualties. “I didn’t feel like I did anything wrong,” Mr Deen said. “He was going to die anyway. He …

Tories criticised over ‘factcheckUK’ rebranding

“Please do not mistake it for an independent fact checking service such as FullFact, FactCheck or FactCheckNI.” Conservative Party chairman James Cleverly defended the rebranding. He told BBC Newsnight: “The Twitter handle of the CCHQ press office remained CCHQPress, so it’s clear the nature of the site.” Mr Cleverly added the decision to rebrand the account would have been made by the party’s digital team, which he said operated within his remit. He said he was “absolutely comfortable” with the party “calling out when the Labour Party put what they know to be complete fabrications in the public domain”. Reacting to the decision, the Labour Party tweeted: “The Conservatives’ laughable attempt to dupe those watching the #ITVDebate by renaming their …

US silicone death: Briton Donna Francis sentenced

Francis, 39, who is originally from Loughton, Essex, was sentenced in the Queens Supreme Court in New York for causing the death of Mayhew in May 2015. At her sentencing, Francis was in tears, and said she regretted the incident. “It wasn’t my intention to hurt anyone,” she said. “I’m sorry for all the years this has been going on. I’m just sorry.” Mayhew and her mother had travelled to New York from Maryland to pay Francis – who has no medical licence – $1,600 (£1,200) for a buttock enhancement procedure. Mayhew went into cardiac arrest after the botched silicone injections were administered in the basement of a house. Her brother, who read a statement on behalf of their mother …

Public inquiry ordered into Sheku Bayoh death

Mr Yousaf and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon met the family on Tuesday. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Debrah Cole, the director of Inquest, and lawyer Aamer Anwar joined the Bayoh family for the meeting at Holyrood “We also believe that the inquiry must focus on whether institutional racism, discrimination, inequality and cultural attitudes were responsible for what occurred. To what extent did the life of Sheku Bayoh not count, or could have counted more? “These concerns are inescapable as far as many of the core participants are concerned.” Mr Bayoh’s family had initially been told in October 2018 that no criminal charges would be brought over his death. However, two months later evidence uncovered by BBC Scotland raised fresh …

Castle wall collapse ‘catastrophic’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionA section of wall at Lewes Castle collapsed into a neighbouring garden The collapse of Lewes Castle’s boundary wall has been described as “catastrophic” by a Historic England inspector. Rebecca Lambert said she was “deeply saddened” by the news and the group would be “offering advice and support” to those responsible for the wall. About 600 tonnes of rubble fell from the 11th Century structure into a neighbouring garden on Monday. East Sussex County Council said the site was under “multiple ownership”. Firefighters used sniffer dogs and a drone to search through the rubble amid fears people could be trapped. Image copyright Eddie Mitchell Image caption The wall formed part of the …

‘Cyber-attack’ on Labour digital platforms

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJeremy Corbyn: “A cyber attack against a political party in an election is suspicious” The Labour Party says it has successfully defeated a cyber-attack targeted at its digital platforms. Labour said the attack “failed” because of the party’s “robust” security system and no data breach had occurred. The Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack floods a computer server with traffic to try to take it offline. A Labour source said that attacks came from computers in Russia and Brazil but the BBC’s Gordon Corera has been told the attack was not linked to a state. Our security correspondent said he had been told the attack was a low-level incident – not a …

Tenement building collapses after minimarket fire

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionA tenement building in Glasgow’s southside has collapsed A four-storey tenement building in Glasgow’s southside has collapsed after a fire spread from a ground floor shop. The fire caused widespread disruption in the area with road cordons, school closures, power cuts and water supply problems. Fire crews worked through the night to tackle the blaze in the building on Albert Cross in Pollokshields. Residents were evacuated and one person has been treated for the effects of breathin in smoke. The fire in the 143-year-old B-listed building is now under control but it has destroyed the shop and the homes above it. Report End of Twitter post by @GlasgowEPolice Image copyright Nicola Sturgeon …

Woman dies and dozens evacuated as floods hit

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHeavy rains have caused the river to burst its banks A woman has died after becoming submerged in floodwater as parts of England were deluged with a month’s worth of rain in a day. Her body was found hours after she was swept into Derbyshire’s River Derwent. Elsewhere, people have been evacuated from their homes as rivers reached record levels in some areas. During a visit to the area, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “We need to prepare and we need to be investing in defences.” The Derwent is expected to peak in Derby city centre at 22:00 GMT, while police have ordered the closure of a main route into the city. …

Who are the victims in the Essex lorry tragedy?

Image copyright Family of Pham Tra My The family of Pham Thi Tra My said they paid £30,000 to people smugglers to get her to the UK. Image copyright Family handout Nguyen Dinh Luong, also from Ha Tinh, had been living in France but hoped to work in a nail salon in the UK. The last his father heard from him was in mid-October, explaining that the journey would cost £11,000. Vietnamese lorry death victims named Lorry death agony builds for Vietnamese families Vietnamese man’s son feared dead in lorry incident Bui Phan Thang, 37 Image copyright Supplied by family Among the youngest of the victims, Mr Hung was also from Ha Tinh. He wanted to join his parents who …

Businessman Lunney tells of torture by gang

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption‘If you don’t get in, we’re gonna kill you’ A businessman from County Fermanagh who was abducted and badly beaten has spoken to the BBC about his ordeal for the first time. Kevin Lunney, a director of Quinn Industrial Holdings (QIH), told BBC Spotlight NI he had the letters QIH cut into his chest with a Stanley knife. The 50-year-old was driving from work to his home in Kinawley when he was attacked on 17 September. He was found in County Cavan, about 22 miles (35km) away. Mr Lunney was beaten and tortured by three men in an attack that lasted for about two and a half hours. He had driven into …

Vietnamese police make eight lorry death arrests

On Friday, Essex Police said all 39 people were believed to be Vietnamese. The force initially said it believed they were Chinese. Image copyright PA Media Image caption The bodies were discovered in the lorry trailer in the early hours of 23 October Do you have any information about the incident? Get in touch by emailing haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk. Please include a contact number if you are willing to speak to a BBC journalist. You can also contact us in the following ways: WhatsApp: +44 7756 165803 Send pictures/video to yourpics@bbc.co.uk Or Upload your pictures/video here Tweet: @BBC_HaveYourSay Send an SMS or MMS to 61124 (UK) or +44 7624 800 100 (international) Please read our terms & conditions and privacy policy Or …