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Two hik­ers die in sep­a­rate falls in North­ern Ire­land

Two hik­ers died yes­ter­day in sep­a­rate falls while walk­ing in the Mourne Moun­tains in North­ern Ire­land, po­lice said. The men died within an hour of each other at around mid­day. One was walk­ing on Wee Bin­nian and the other on Slieve Commedagh, both in County Down. Po­lice Ser­vice of North­ern Ire­land In­spec­tor Frances McCul­lough said emer­gency ser­vices ar­rived but both men died at the scene. The of­fi­cer said the deaths were not be­ing treated as sus­pi­cious. An­other man in the area was in­jured with a sus­pected bro­ken an­kle in a third fall later on.

Green Party star who hired fa­ther failed to for­mally flag his child rape charges

A ris­ing star in the Green Party did not clearly tell col­leagues her fa­ther had been charged with se­ri­ous sex crimes against a child be­fore ap­point­ing him as her elec­tion agent, an in­de­pen­dent in­quiry has found.

Aimee Chal­lenor hired her fa­ther David Chal­lenor dur­ing the 2017 gen­eral elec­tion and 2018 lo­cal coun­cil elec­tions while he was on bail. The 50-year-old had been charged with 22 of­fences in Novem­ber 2016, in­clud­ing the rape and tor­ture of a 10-year-old girl. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion found Chal­lenor posed a “ma­jor safe­guard­ing risk” dur­ing his time work­ing for his daugh­ter. The in­quiry, by Verita, said Ms Chal­lenor, a trans­gen­der ac­tivist who was in the run­ning to be­come the Greens’ deputy leader, com­mit­ted a “se­ri­ous er­ror of judg­ment”. David Chal­lenor, of Coven­try, was jailed for 22 years in Au­gust 2018 after he was found guilty of 20 of­fences. A court heard how he held his vic­tim cap­tive in the at­tic of his fam­ily home, where he electrocuted her while play­ing out sado­masochis­tic fan­tasies.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors found Ms Chal­lenor’s only at­tempt to alert the party of the charges was a “brief, in­for­mal and am­bigu­ous” 2016 Face­book mes­sage to two other mem­bers of the na­tional ex­ec­u­tive, Matt Hawkins and Clare Phipps. Verita in­ves­ti­ga­tors also found they “closed the mat­ter off too quickly”. Ms Chal­lenor’s omis­sion al­lowed her fa­ther to mix with young ac­tivists and mem­bers’ chil­dren at events up to just weeks be­fore his trial. Ms Chal­lenor, 20, was sus­pended by the party pend­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. She later re­signed, ac­cus­ing the party of trans­pho­bia. The Green Party said in a state­ment: “We apol­o­gise un­re­servedly for any con­cerns that this will have caused and any safe­guard­ing risks it may have given rise to.”

Yel­low vest cam­paigner re­leased on bail

Yel­low vest ac­tivist James God­dard joined his sup­port­ers in a pub over the week­end after be­ing re­leased by po­lice fol­low­ing his ar­rest. The pro-Brexit cam­paigner was de­tained in Lon­don on Satur­day on sus­pi­cion of a pub­lic or­der of­fence but later bailed with­out charge un­til early Fe­bru­ary. A po­lice spokesper­son said the ar­rest was re­lated to in­ci­dents that took place in West­min­ster, on the same day pro-Re­main MP Anna Soubry was called a “Nazi” while giv­ing live in­ter­views out­side par­lia­ment. The ac­tivist’s ar­rest came dur­ing a day of mass ral­lies across the cap­i­tal after a num­ber of re­cent pro-Brexit protests in Lon­don, in­clud­ing de­mon­stra­tions out­side par­lia­ment. A cross-party group of MPs signed a for­mal let­ter to Metropoli­tan Po­lice com­mis­sioner Cres­sida Dick after Ms Soubry was ha­rangued by a group of men as she made her way back to par­lia­ment on Mon­day.

Man held after boy of 11 is killed in hit and run

A mo­torist is be­ing ques­tioned in cus­tody after an 11-year-old boy was killed in a hit and run on Satur­day. The child, named as Tay­lor Schofield, was treated at the scene in Beswick, Manch­ester, but died later in hos­pi­tal. A grey Volk­swa­gen Golf be­lieved to have been in­volved in the crash was found aban­doned nearby. A 31-year-old man later at­tended a po­lice sta­tion and was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of caus­ing death by dan­ger­ous driv­ing. Flo­ral trib­utes were tied to a lamp­post near the scene of the in­ci­dent yes­ter­day. One mes­sage read: “No words will de­scribe how missed you will be lit­tle man x Rest in par­adise x.” A black Manch­ester United away shirt was also tied to the post.

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North­ern Ire­land’s Wee Bin­nian moun­tain, where a hiker died yes­ter­day

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