Lord Bragg Granted Divorce

Writer and broadcaster Lord Bragg, 79, and his wife Catherine Haste have been granted a divorce after a 44-year-marriage. Judge Anne Hudd granted a decree nisi at a 50-second hearing in the Central Family Court in London. Neither Catherine Haste nor Melvyn Bragg were present at the hearing. Paperwork showed their marriage was solemnised at

Landlord fined £14,900 for abandoning hotel

A landlord who did not repair a decaying former hotel has been fined £14,900. Teeside Magistrates’ Court found Rajesh Kumar Gupta guilty of failing to repair roofing and guttering at the former Royal Hotel, in Loftus. He had been ordered to make the repairs repetitively by Redcar and Cleveland Council.   Gupta did not attend

Russian oligarch loses divorce battle

A Russian oligarch immersed in Britain’s most expensive divorce has lost a crucial court battle to avoid paying his ex-wife more than £450m. Farkhad Akhmedov refused to pay his ex the huge sum after claiming he was already divorced when they lived in Moscow. After he refused to accept a ruling by a British court

Man confesses to benefit fraud

A man from Renfrewshire has admitted claiming benefits on his mother’s behalf that she was not entitled to. Stewart Connelly who was authorised to act on behalf of his mother, Amelia Connelly, failed to disclose all her savings. He told Renfrewshire Council she had a bank account which contained £6,367 in savings, but she actually