A pensioner has been convicted of sending abusive emails to a politician in the wake of the toppling of the statue of slave trader Edward Colston, prosecutors said.
Police officers on the beat had little respite from the usual chaos of New Year’s Eve in England’s biggest cities despite most of the country being under the highest level of Covid-19 restrictions.
Police had to break up parties across England as revellers ignored warnings to ring in the new year with members of their own household only.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson has announced he is “stepping away” from the role after he was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit bribery and witness intimidation.
Detectives investigating the murders of an underworld “Mr Big” and a mob “fixer” have arrested three more people.