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News Digest: Bieber won't face charges in LA over row with woman

Pop star Justin Bieber will not face charges over a tussle with a woman over a mobile phone at a family entertainment centre.

The case was referred to the Los Angeles city attorney's office for consideration of a possible misdemeanour prosecution.

The woman alleged Bieber pulled her phone out of her purse to see if she was filming him when he was hitting balls at a batting cage. She showed him she was not.

The district attorney's report stated that the woman also said her daughter was crying, but when police interviewed the girl she said she was crying out of excitement at seeing the star.

Authorities said they were not filing a charge against Bieber.

 

Open prison’s 90 missing inmates

Nearly 90 prisoners are on the run from an open jail, including some who have been missing for years, it has been revealed.

HMP Ford near Arundel, West Sussex, with some other open jails, has been at the centre of a number of high-profile cases recently.

This week it emerged that a public appeal by Sussex Police to help trace murderer Robert Donovan (57) had only been made four years after he walked out from Ford.

The disclosure that 89 Ford inmates are at large comes as it emerged that violent robber Simon Rhodes-Butler (37) handed himself into police on Thursday night after fleeing from the jail last month.

And in another case, it was revealed on Thursday that an armed robber serving a life sentence has become the latest criminal to go on the run from HMP Ford.

David Blood (48), who police said may pose a threat to the public, absconded from the Category D prison some time between 8.30am and 1pm.

It is thought to be the second time he has absconded from an open prison.

He went missing from HMP Sudbury in Derbyshire in April 2012.

 

Troops attack pro-Russian rebels

Soldiers have attacked pro-Russian separatists in the southern port of Mariupol, officials said.

Four soldiers were wounded as Government forces retook buildings occupied by rebels in the centre of town, according to interior minister Arsen Avakov.

He said troops also destroyed a light armoured vehicle used by the separatists.

The renewed fighting comes as rebel leaders confirmed they have three tanks. Ukrainian officials say the tanks crossed from the Russian side of the porous border and were attacked by Ukrainian troops, but there has been no independent confirmation the tanks come from Russia. Ukraine and the West have accused Moscow of fomenting the unrest in the east, but Russia has denied sending troops or weapons to Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who took office less than a week ago, yesterday rallied support for his plan to end fighting in phone calls with Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

 

Police Facebook warning after teen is killed in dare

Police are warning young people about the dangers of a dare on Facebook that has left a young man dead and another severely injured.

They confirmed that a 19-year-old had drowned after riding his bicycle into a port in western Brittany while a friend filmed him.

And in Calais a youth was injured for life after diving head-first into shallow water. The challenge dares people to jump fully clothed into icy water while friends film it. “Don't be influenced by a stupid phenomenon of the moment,” police warned.

 

Chainsaw gangs butcher 68 elephants on reserve

 At least 68 elephants — about 4% of the population of one of Africa's oldest parks — have been slaughtered by poachers using rifles and chainsaws over the last two months, rangers managing the park have warned.

The 1,900 square mile Garamba National Park, which was established in 1938, has faced an onslaught from poachers since mid-May.

One group is shooting the elephants with high-powered rifles from a helicopter and then taking off their tusks with a chainsaw to sell as ivory.

 

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