‘My daughter’s funeral was a miracle’

The 20-year-old, from Hatfield, Hertfordshire, was murdered by a man called Shohfah-El Israel in December last year – but her body was missing for nearly 10 months. On Saturday 5 October she was finally found by a dog walker in woodland in Stevenage. It’s not yet known exactly how she was killed. The murder of Joy Morgan Image caption The colours pink and white were chosen for Joy’s funeral I didn’t know Joy personally. But after spending six months with her family for a Radio 1 Newsbeat documentary about her life, I felt like in some ways now I did a little bit. I knew how she’d fought her way into this world after being born seven weeks prematurely and …

Children in Need boss criticises chart exclusion

Gentleman Jack and Broadchurch actor Shaun Dooley, who covered Taylor Swift’s Never Grow Up, wrote on Twitter that he was “saddened & angry”, pointing out that the decision could stop the CD from being stocked in supermarket chart racks. Image Copyright @shaundooley @shaundooley Image caption David Tennant covered The Proclaimers’ Sunshine on Leith, and Helena Bonham Carter performed Joni Mitchell’s Both Sides Now Children in Need is the BBC’s corporate charity, and the album’s release came ahead of the annual fundraising night on 15 November. The recording sessions were shown on a BBC One documentary. A BBC statement said: “This is extremely disappointing, we know many of the contributors are also saddened by the news. It’s important to remember what …

Are these Bonfire Night traditions fizzling out?

Image copyright Chris Malec Image caption There is a burning desire to keep the Guy tradition alive in Cocking, West Sussex Generations of families have fashioned Guy Fawkes dummies to burn atop bonfires. Children would stuff old clothes with newspaper and wheelbarrow their effigy around asking for money to buy fireworks. But blogger Sally Bunkham from Brighton said the tradition was not one she wanted to pass on to her daughters Daisy, five and Ruby, aged four. “I don’t think you get as many Guys because of the violent aspect of burning an effigy,” she said. “Personally, I’d rather not impose that tradition on my kids. Image copyright Sally Bunkham Image caption Sally Bunkham said she and daughters celebrated Halloween …

How Grenfell fire inspired TV drama The Accident

The Accident centres around a small Welsh community torn apart when an explosion at a building site causes a factory block to collapse with a group of teenagers trapped inside. The long-held bonds between families and friends are thrown wide open as an inevitable blame game begins. While the storyline is fictional, the real life tragedy of the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire, which killed 72 people, looms large in the background. Image copyright Channel 4 Image caption An act of rebellion – a group of teenagers break into the building site “It felt like TV could tell a story, which was not looking at Grenfell directly, but by looking at another story around that, maybe we could do a bit …

Council investigates band parading in City Hall

‘Unacceptable in shared space’ Ciarán Beattie of Sinn Féin said he had contacted the council’s chief executive to “demand answers as to how and why this was allowed to happen”. He said the incident was “disgraceful”, adding: “This sends out the wrong message of the changing Belfast and City Hall which is supposed to be a shared space and open to all.” He said that the council was investigating whether there had been a “breach of protocol”. The Alliance Party’s Michael Long said the videos appeared to show “completely unacceptable conduct in the shared space that is City Hall”. “There’s absolutely no problem with people using [City Hall] to celebrate events,” he told BBC News NI. “But it shouldn’t be …

Deal reached ‘in principle’ for Wrightbus sale

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWorkers at the troubled bus manufacturer Wrightbus celebrated after a deal for its sale was agreed A deal has been reached in principle for the sale of Wrightbus. Bidder Jo Bamford said agreement had been reached with “the Wright family for the Wrightbus factory and land”. “We are still to conclude a deal with the administrators but are pleased to report this important step in the right direction. “I would like to thank Ian Paisley for his hard work and diligence in helping to mediate what has at times been a tricky negotiation.” Wrightbus: From driving seat to financial failure Wrightbus future ‘in the balance’ says DUP MP George Brash from the …

Cardinal Newman declared a saint by the Pope

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Prince of Wales attended the Mass to canonise 19th-century cardinal John Henry Newman Mother Mariam Thresia from India, Swiss Marguerite Bays, Mother Giuseppina Vannini from Italy and Brazilian-born Sister Dulce Lopes Pontes were also made saints at the Mass, celebrated by Pope Francis in Italian. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption John Henry Newman is the first English saint since the Forty Martyrs, who were executed under laws enacted during the English Reformation and canonised in 1970 Thousands of Britons travelled to Rome to join the celebration. Cardinal Newman: How did he become a saint? Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBirmingham Oratory’s “pride” at Cardinal Newman’s canonisation Carol Parkinson, the secretary of …

Kara Walker’s fountain installed at Tate’s Turbine

The figure of the Roman goddess Venus stands at the top of Walker’s fountain, recast as a priestess from Afro-Brazilian and Caribbean religions. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe 13-metre-high fountain investigates the history of slavery Walker presents the artwork as a “gift… to the heart of an empire that redirected the fates of the world”. She has signed the work “Kara Walker, NTY” or “Not Titled Yet”, in a play on the British honours system. Speaking to the BBC, she said that using the Victoria Memorial as inspiration “was almost accidental”. “On my way to the airport, we drove past it and I took pictures immediately as it’s the sort of thing that gets my heart …

Thousands march to support Scottish independence

Report End of Twitter post by @AUOBALBA The route ran along Queens Drive, Horse Wynd, Canongate, High Street, Lawnmarket, George IV bridge, Forrest Road and Middle Meadow Walk. Images show Edinburgh’s iconic landmarks and streets packed with thousands of campaigners and a sea of Saltire flags. Chants of “What do we want? Independence” could be heard as marches made their way up the Royal Mile. Image copyright Andrew Milligan Image caption A group of bikers were among those who showed their support for Scottish independence Report End of Twitter post by @derrickfarnell Ahead of her speech to the rally, Joanna Cherry MP described the event as party for the grassroots supporters of the independence movement. She told BBC Scotland: “I’m …

Champagne smash for Attenborough polar ship

Just before his wife pressed a big yellow button to unleash the bottle against the paintwork, the Duke of Cambridge paid his own tribute to the naturalist and also referenced the growing concern about the pace of climate change. “There has never been a more important moment for this ship to get to work, and there is no person more fitting for this beacon of scientific research to be named after than you, David,” he said. Image copyright EPA The Royal Research Ship (RRS) was commissioned to replace the James Clark Ross and the Ernest Shackleton, which between them gave almost 50 years’ service in support of UK polar science. The RRS Sir David Attenborough will now carry the union …

Photos ‘celebrate beauty’ of women over 40

Image copyright Jo Blackwell Image caption Jo Blackwell said women including Nikki, 46, have taken part for various reasons but “they’ve got the confidence to face the world the way they are” “I never thought ‘what about me when they go?’, I turned round and thought ‘I don’t know what I’m for anymore’. “What got me out of the depression was writing a blog about being 50. “People were commenting on the blog and and I felt reconnected with the world.” Image copyright Jo Blackwell Image caption By photographing women such as Tracey, 46, without make-up Jo Blackwell said she hoped to break a “societal expectation” to look a certain way Following the blog, Ms Blackwell retrained as a portrait …

Cathedral eulogy to social media star cat

Image copyright Keith heppell Image caption Around 450 pet owners and animal lovers attended the service He amassed a fan-base of more than 7,000 people from across the globe, who followed his adventures on Facebook. However, he was hit by a car in the store’s car park and died in July, aged 12. Around 450 pet owners and animal lovers attended the service. Canon James Garrard and Canon Jessica Martin, joined by her rescue dog Gonzo, celebrated the lives of animals in the community and blessed them. Author Cate Caruth, who wrote a book about Garfield, told the congregation: “He was a pet for all those who could have no pet of their own.” Ms Caruth said “the whole of …

‘Queer girl with a nose ring’ rocks the Proms

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJamie Barton sings Somewhere Over the Rainbow Self-professed “queer girl with a nose ring” Jamie Barton was the undisputed star of the Last Night of the Proms. The US mezzo-soprano, who took to the stage waving a Pride flag, said her mission was to “unify the audience”. And, with a sensuous reading of Bizet’s Habañera and a wistful Somewhere Over The Rainbow, she achieved her goal. “We are witnessing something rather remarkable,” said Radio 3’s Petroc Trelawney. “That moment an audience falls in love with a singer.” Last Night of the Proms – As it happened Get every Prom on BBC Sounds His co-presenter Georgia Mann praised Barton’s “heavenly warmth” and said …

Can strike-hit BA rebuild its reputation?

As he told the BBC: “Management want to squeeze every last penny out of customers and staff.” This week’s strike is about pay, but Mr Strutton says there is a wider context – a lack of trust and confidence in management. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBA’s CEO says they are willing to negotiate further as two-day strike begins Pilots, and other crew, have long complained about an erosion of benefits, such as poorer accommodation on long-haul stopovers. In the lean years when BA was recovering from the global financial downturn, staff say they gave up pay rises. The airline’s generous pension scheme has been closed, saving hundreds of millions of pounds. ‘Fight for survival’ While a …

From saving orphans to Strictly Come Dancing

In that programme she would be permanently on the move, solving problems against the clock, bringing an energy and an assortment of jumpsuits that would also be a feature of Challenge Anneka. Image caption There were more than 60 episodes of Challenge Anneka The crew would frequently go overseas, often to challenging locations. “We did a project in Croatia… and were working in a town called Pakrac and there were literally Serb snipers in the hills with their guns focused on us, and we had to have protection from the United Nations,” Rice says. “We all wrote letters home to our loved ones and left them in the hotel in case something happened.” The projects were often ambitious in scale, …