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Doherty arrested.

Singer Pete Doherty has been arrested on suspicion of possessing a class A drug.

He was stopped by officers in central London on Saturday night and held at a police station before being bailed.

Doherty, 28, has appeared in court on a number of drug offences over the past six months and was praised in April by a judge for "more than co-operating" in his struggle to beat his addiction to hard substances.

Back in Britain

BRITISH housewife Ann Hathaway, 44, who was extradited to Italy after being accused of helping to run her jailed Mafia boss husband's multi-million pound crime empire is back in the UK.

She flew back into Manchester airport last night after her surprise release from jail in Italy.

Speaking from her father John's home, in Middleton, Greater Manchester, a relative confirmed Hathaway was back.

It was claimed the mother-of-two collected illegal earnings and laundered money upon instructions from her husband Cosa Nostra boss Antonio Rinzivillo who was jailed for 30 years in 2001 for drug trafficking murder.

NHS blunder

HUNDREDS of inaccurate patient records have been created every day because of a fault on the controversial new NHS computer system, it was claimed yesterday.

The problem affects patients in Greater Manchester who have hospital appointments booked via the online system.

NHS Connecting for Health, which is overseeing the pounds 12.4bn upgrade of the patient records system, stressed the fault would have no impact on patient care.

An article in today's Computer Weekly magazine revealed the problem arose after computer experts installed a software upgrade.

Weatherill dies

FORMER Speaker of the House of Commons Lord Weatherill has died, a family spokesman confirmed yesterday.

The peer, who was Speaker between 1983 and 1992 and oversaw the introduction of television cameras to the chamber, died on Sunday night after a short illness. He was aged 86.

Before entering the House of Lords, Bernard Weatherill was MP for Croydon North East from 1964 until 1992. When footage from the Commons began being routinely broadcast in 1990, he gained fame around the world for his wit and composure in handling often boisterous Prime Minister's Questions sessions.

He was also the last speaker to choose to wear the wig while presiding over business.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
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Date:May 8, 2007
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