Child accused 

Muslim pupil questioned after “eco-terrorism” commentA 14-year-old Muslim schoolboy says he was left “scared and nervous” after he was questioned about supporting Islamic State following a classroom discussion about environmental activism, in which he used the term “eco-terrorism”. The Central Foundation boys’ school pupil said he was now reluctant to join in class discussions for…

Ginger Avenger guilty 

Ginger avenger guilty A self-styled “ginger avenger” who hatched a plot to ensure Prince Harry could become king has been found guilty of plotting a terror attack “for the Aryan people”. Mark Colborne, 37, fantasised about shooting Prince Charles and Prince William, and compared himself to Anders Breivik. A jury could not agree a verdict…

Exploited worker award

‘Low caste’ servant awarded £184,000 A woman recruited from India to be a domestic servant for a family in the UK and paid 11p an hour has been awarded almost £184,000 in unpaid wages. Permila Tirkey, 39, was discriminated against because of her “low caste”, her lawyers said, describing it as the first successful case…

New Charity reforms 

Tougher charity guidelines to prevent abuses New guidelines proposed today will allow people to “opt out” of being contacted by charities in future. The government-commissioned review into fundraising calls for an overhaul of the current guidance which allows charities to swap data and target vulnerable individuals for cash donations by phone or through direct mail.…

RSPCA Criticised

RSPCA prosecutions under threatThe RSPCA is facing an investigation by MPs into whether it should be allowed to continue to investigate and prosecute its own cases. The environment, food and rural affairs select committee will examine whether the charity should be allowed to formally investigate and bring charges in cases of animal cruelty. The move…

Mortgage new

Interest-only mortgage numbers falling The number of outstanding interest-only mortgages is falling but more work is needed to ensure people are not left unable to pay, a lenders’ group says. Interest-only deals mean borrowers pay the interest on the loan, then pay the capital when the mortgage term ends. At the end of 2014, there…