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'Croydon Cat Killer' Is No Killer at All

400 cats weren't killed by human hand, police say

(Newser) - For three years, Southern England has been in search of the Croydon Cat Killer , the seemingly macabre culprit behind a series of animal killings, mostly in the form of beheadings. Now, after the deaths of some 400 cats, police say the case has been closed—and that the killer wasn'... More »

Novichok Suspects: We Only Wanted to See Stonehenge

Ruslan Boshirov, Alexander Petrov deny attack to Kremlin-funded 'RT'

(Newser) - That was fast. A day after Vladimir Putin hinted at an interview , two Russians claiming to be those accused of depositing a nerve agent on the door of a former Russian spy living in England announced they were only on a sightseeing trip. Describing themselves as victims of a "... More »

How a Perfume Bottle of Novichok Allegedly Got to UK

UK authorities say it was flown from Moscow as fake Nina Ricci perfume

(Newser) - The two men blended in with crowds in Salisbury, which was hosting its weekly Saturday market, then slipped away within a couple of hours. They returned the next day and, in broad daylight, allegedly sprayed the door handle of the home of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal with Novichok nerve... More »

'Flesh-Eating Bug' Left Man With 1.5-Inch Penis

'The little that's left just doesn't function anymore'

(Newser) - A UK cancer patient who lost all but an inch and a half of his penis to a flesh-eating infection, leaving him unable to have sex, is being compensated to the tune of six figures. The undisclosed sum was awarded to Andrew Lane, 63, who contracted necrotising fasciitis after his... More »

UK PM Says No to 2nd Brexit Vote

May says it would be 'gross betrayal of democracy'

(Newser) - British PM Theresa May is coming down hard against calls for a second Brexit referendum, even as ex-Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson slams her stance—setting up speculation that the two are on a collision course, reports the BBC . May wrote in the Sunday Telegraph that it would be a "... More »

Behold, the Famous Fatberg, Now on Livestream

Lower your expectations for excitement

(Newser) - London's 140-ton fatberg was finally pulled from a sewer last year, but it didn't disappear. Samples of the mass of fat, oil, wet wipes, and feminine hygiene products have found a comfortable home in the Museum of London's permanent collection , and you don't need to visit... More »

For 28 Years Something Was Stuck in Her Eyelid. It's Finally Out

UK woman had contact lens stuck in her eyelid for 28 years

(Newser) - Nearly everyone who wears contacts has fallen asleep with their lenses in at one point or another, but very few people can say they've done so for almost 30 years straight. Enter a 42-year-old woman from the UK, who, since one long-ago day when she was 14, had a... More »

London Crash Being Treated as Terrorist Attack

Suspect wasn't known to security agencies

(Newser) - The crash that injured three people outside Britain's Houses of Parliament on Tuesday is being treated as a terrorist attack, police in London say—but the suspect does not appear to have been on authorities' radar. The 29-year-old man isn't known to counterterrorism or spy agencies and is... More »

Car Slams Into Cyclists, Parliament Barriers in London

Driver arrested on suspicion of terrorism; 2 taken to hospital

(Newser) - A car slammed into barriers outside Britain's Houses of Parliament on Tuesday morning, injuring at least two pedestrians, police in London say. The male driver has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism, reports the Guardian . Witnesses saw officers surround the car before the man was taken away in handcuffs.... More »

Male Model Guilty of Murdering Rival

It started with an online feud, London police say

(Newser) - A British fashion model has been convicted of murdering a more successful rival after a social media-fueled dispute. A jury found George Koh guilty on Monday of stabbing Harry Uzoka through the heart outside Uzoka's London home, the AP reports. The 25-year-old victim was signed to London's Premier... More »

UK Backs Down From Deporting Child Chess Prodigy

Shreyas Royal, 'greatest British chess prospect in a generation,' was to be sent back to India

(Newser) - The UK's Home Office says that 9-year-old Shreyas Royal shows "immense promise." But that didn't stop the country from preparing to deport the chess prodigy—ranked fourth in the world for his age group and said to be the "greatest British chess prospect in a... More »

Baby-Killer Murdered Months After Release

3 men from Welsh village now in custody

(Newser) - A British man who killed a baby in 1985 was murdered weeks after moving to a home just 11 miles away from the scene of the crime. David Gaut, 54, was found dead in his home in New Tredegar, Wales, on Saturday afternoon, the Telegraph reports. Three local men— Darren... More »

Boris Johnson's Burka Insults May Cost Him Party Post

Says Muslim women look like bank robbers

(Newser) - Former British foreign secretary Boris Johnson is in hot water—and at risk of losing his status as Conservative Party whip—over his comments about burkas. In a Telegraph op-ed, Johnson argued the face-covering veil shouldn't be banned in Britain as it is in Denmark , but had unkind words... More »

Parents Go to Jail, Woman Gets 'Uttermost Freedom'

'Monsters' tried to force then-teen to marry her cousin in Bangladesh

(Newser) - A British couple labeled "monsters" by their own daughter, who had to be rescued ahead of a forced marriage to her first cousin , will spend a combined eight years behind bars. A judge on Monday sentenced the father to 4.5 years and the mother to 3.5 years.... More »

Court: Sorry, Stay in Your 'Loveless' 40-Year Marriage

Tini Owens will now have to wait till 2020 to divorce Hugh Owens, who isn't agreeing to the split

(Newser) - "Till death do us part" may have sounded good to Tini Owens in 1978, but the British woman changed her mind on that timeline years ago and has been vying to end what she calls a "loveless," deteriorated marriage. But the UK's Supreme Court has dealt... More »

One of Britain's Top Snowboarders Dead at 18

Ellie Soutter, on track for Olympics, dies on her birthday

(Newser) - A snowboarder on track to represent Great Britain at the 2022 Olympics died unexpectedly on her 18th birthday. Ellie Soutter, whom British Ski and Snowboard named as "one of the country's best up-and-coming snowboarders," was found dead Wednesday, though it's unclear how she died or where:... More »

Royal Find: the 'Most Controversial Chocolate Ever Made'

118-year-old tin ordered by Queen Victoria for soldiers in Boer War found in woman's cupboard

(Newser) - When Eddisons CJM put a tin of World War I chocolates up for auction last month, there was one person who wasn't terribly impressed. "A lady from London wrote and said, 'Hundred-and-three-year-old chocolate is not so special,'" auctioneer Paul Cooper tells the Daily Express . That'... More »

After Finding Chilling Photos, Daughter Kills Her Father

Barbara Coombes, who was sexually abused for decades, gets 9-year sentence

(Newser) - A UK woman has been sentenced to prison for murdering her father and burying him in the garden—but only after she found his stash of child pornography that included images of herself. After pleading guilty to manslaughter, fraud, and false representation, Barbara Coombes received a nine-year sentence this week.... More »

Trump Changes Tune on 'Incredible' Theresa May

President also denies he criticized the British prime minister in harsh 'Sun' interview

(Newser) - A "deepening political crisis and diplomatic embarrassment" is how the New York Times frames what British Prime Minister Theresa May was left to deal with Thursday after a scathing Sun interview with President Trump in which he faulted May's handling of Brexit and noted she may have "... More »

Trump 'Quite Stung' by London's Blimp

Inflatable depicting president as baby rises over Parliament

(Newser) - London has seen countless strange sights over the centuries—but a blimp depicting President Trump as an angry orange baby rising outside the Houses of Parliament is a new one. The blimp—part of protests against Trump's visit that are planned in dozens of British cities—went up Friday... More »

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