Adam Johnson: Former Sunderland footballer found guilty of one count of sexual activity with child and cleared of another

The Independent Footballer ‘smiles’ as he is cleared of one charge Adam Johnson arrives at Bradford Crown Court on March 2 Reuters Adam Johnson has been found guilty of sexual activity with a child but cleared of another count of the same offence. The jury at Bradford Crown Court had been deliberating since Tuesday lunchtime…

Blackburn number 4 on list of 12 struggling areas in UK – Burnley above in 2nd…

Lancashire telegraph Blackburn is number four on the list BLACKBURN is one of the most economically struggling towns and cities in the country, according to new research. It is number four on the list – after Rochdale, Burnley and Bolton – followed by Hull and Grimsby. Ten of the UK’s top 12 economically struggling cities are in the North, according…

Crime rate to double once cyber offences included in figures, says Labour

The Guardian Andy Burnham says Conservative claims to have presided over a fall in crime while cutting police budgets would be proved false The shadow home secretary, Andy Burnham, said: ‘Crime hasn’t gone away, it’s moved online’. Photograph: Lynda Bowyer/Demotix/Corbis Crime figures for England and Wales will double once cyber offences are included in official…

EU referendum: Tories in open warfare over legal status of Cameron deal

The Guardian Prime minister summons lawyers to challenge Michael Gove’s assertion that reforms could be thrown out by European court David Cameron launches the Conservatives In campaign in London. Photograph: Alex B Huckle/Getty Open warfare has broken out in Conservative ranks over the legal status of David Cameron’s EU deal after leading out campaigner Michael…