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Women’s FA Cup: Chelsea and Arsenal progress while Manchester United upset Brighton

Lauren James is congratulated on scoring for Manchester United in their Women’s FA Cup win at Brighton

Two second-half goals sent Women’s FA Cup holders Chelsea into the fifth round with a 2-0 win at Everton.

Chelsea were frustrated for long spells by Everton keeper Kirstie Levell before Drew Spence and Hannah Blundell struck.

Arsenal won 4-0 at fourth-tier Crawley as 16-year-old Ruby Grant scored three, and Lauren James, 17, netted twice as Manchester United won 2-0 at Brighton.

West Ham came from behind to avoid an upset, beating third-tier Blackburn 3-1 and Bristol City won 3-0 at Wimbledon.

Sunday’s winners join Women’s Super League leaders Manchester City – who beat Watford 3-0 on Saturday – in Monday’s fifth-round draw after a day when the weather caused several ties to be postponed.

Championship duo Tottenham Hotspur and London Bees also progressed to the last-16 stage with victories over fellow second-tier sides Crystal Palace and Leicester respectively.

Teenage talents turn on the magic

On a weekend of few shocks, with the majority of WSL sides in action easing through, teenagers Grant and James stole the show with their sharp-shooting performances for two teams in red.

Grant, who only made her Arsenal league debut in November, marked her first FA Cup appearance with a superb hat-trick to down battling Crawley.

Wasps have won all 10 league games this season to stand proudly top of National Division One South East but had no answer to Grant’s treble after Kim Little had put Arsenal ahead.Ruby Grant captained Arsenal Under-16s to the FA Girls’ Youth Cup in 2017 and has quickly made her mark on the senior competition

Another Arsenal youth product made an impact elsewhere – United’s James, who came through the ranks with the Gunners before moving north.

The teenager scored both of United’s goals as the Championship newcomers sprung a minor surprise at Hope Powell’s Brighton, who stand ninth in the WSL.

That was the only shock of the round although Northern Premier leaders Blackburn did provide West Ham, two divisions above, with a scare.

Natasha Flint’s early goal threatened a Rovers upset but two goals from January signing Adriana Leon and a Brianna Vasilli strike spared West Ham’s blushes.

Winter weather hits cup programme hard – and league too

There will be plenty of either/ors in Monday evening’s fifth-round draw after eight of Sunday’s 15 scheduled fourth-round ties were postponed because of the freezing weather that has hit Britain.

The ties at Super League sides Liverpool, Reading and Yeovil were among those called off because of frozen pitches.Perhaps unsurprisingly, Yeovil Ladies’ pitch at Dorchester Town did not pass Sunday morning’s inspection…

Yeovil have confirmed their tie with fellow WSL side Birmingham City will now be played on Sunday, 10 February, which would impact on the WSL fixtures set to take place that same day.

Third-placed Chelsea’s pivotal visit to leaders Manchester City is unaffected but two of the other four scheduled WSL games – Birmingham’s trip to Everton and Reading’s game at Yeovil – have already been called off because of the cup rearrangements.

Second-placed Arsenal’s visit to Liverpool could also be postponed – although the Reds have yet to announce a new date for their fourth-round game at home to Milton Keynes Dons.Advertisements

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Emiliano Sala: Seabed search for plane off Guernsey

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Image caption Emiliano Sala (left) was on board a plane being flown by pilot David Ibbotson

A seabed search for the missing plane carrying footballer Emiliano Sala and his pilot could start on Sunday.

Cardiff City’s new signing disappeared with pilot David Ibbotson over the English Channel on 21 January.

Two vessels will conduct sonar surveys off Guernsey, said David Mearns who is coordinating part of the search.

Cushions believed to be from the plane were found on a beach near Surtainville, on France’s Cotentin Peninsula, on Monday.

Argentine Sala, 28, and Mr Ibbotson, 59, from Crowle, North Lincolnshire, were travelling from Nantes, where Sala previously played, when the flight was lost.Image copyright A-2-Sea SolutionsImage caption FPV Morven arrived from Southampton on Thursday

Cardiff City play their first match at home since Sala, the club’s record £15m signing, went missing.

A minute’s silence is planned before the game with Bournemouth at 17:30 GMT.

Cardiff’s match shirts will be embroidered with daffodils and players will warm up in t-shirts paying tribute to Sala.

Speaking from Guernsey harbour, Mr Mearns said his team would work jointly with a second vessel commissioned by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch.

They plan to search an area covering two square miles about 24 nautical miles north of Guernsey.

It has been based on the flight path before it lost radar contact, said Mr Mearns, a shipwreck hunter.

“The family are devastated and struggling with what has happened,” he said.

“What we are doing is trying to provide some answers for them.”

An official search following the plane’s disappearance was called off after three days with Guernsey officials saying there was little chance those on board survived.

It prompted a privately-funded search to be set up after £324,000 was raised in an online appeal.

Sala’s family arrived on Guernsey following his disappearance and were taken to see the area that was searched, circling the island of Alderney.

Mr Mearns said both vessels would divide the search area in half, looking for “wreckage” and a “debris field” in a depth of 60-120m (196-390ft).

He said he was not surprised that the cushions had washed up on the beach in France, given the tides.

“We will continue to work until the plane is located,” he said.AdvertisementsREPORT THIS ADREPORT THIS AD

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Norwich market named ‘best large outdoor market in Britain’

Norwich market has been named the “best large outdoor market in Britain” in the Great British Market Awards 2019.

A bustling and vibrant focal point featuring nearly 90 businesses, it plays an important role in drawing visitors to the city and boosting the local economy.

Judges said the market had “demonstrated the power of social media… outreach to young traders and a marked increase in footfall and business expansion.”

The market, founded by the Normans in the latter part of the 11th Century, remains on the same site to this day.AdvertisementsREPORT THIS ADREPORT THIS AD

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Man pleads guilty to fatal street stabbing in Nuneaton

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Image caption James Norton pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

A man has admitted killing another man following an argument in the street, police said.

Bradd Darby, 30, was stabbed multiple times in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, on 20 February last year. He later died in hospital.

The incident happened after a row broke out between him, James Norton and three other men.

Norton, 30, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and will be sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court on 22 March.

Norton, of Toler Road, was arrested a short time after being found with the bloodied knife he used to stab Mr Darby, the force added.

Image copyright Family handoutImage caption Bradd Darby, 30, died in hospital after being stabbed

He was originally charged with Mr Darby’s murder before his guilty plea to manslaughter was accepted.

Norton also pleaded guilty to possession of an offensive weapon, causing grievous bodily harm, and unlawfully and maliciously inflicting a wound over injuries caused to others in the incident.

A charge of escaping lawful custody and possession of a taser were left to lie on file.

Det Ch Insp Pete Hill said: “This was a shocking incident in broad daylight that left a huge impact on the local community.”

“Norton’s decision to carry a knife that day has left a young man dead and a grieving family.”

Three other Nuneaton men involved in the incident previously pleaded guilty to violent disorder. They are Dale Barnwell, 31, of Attleborough Road, Glenn Darby, 52, of Abbotsford Road and Sam Stretton, 25, of Aberdeen Road who will be sentenced later.

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Warwick rape chat student ‘devastated’ as uni defends decision

Media captionThe student says she feels her experience has been for nothing

A student threatened with rape by men in an online chat has told the BBC her university’s investigation into the threats made her feel like she was “on trial”.

Five male students were banned from the University of Warwick last year, after details of the chat emerged.

Several students in the chat encouraged others to rape women on campus.

Warwick University said it “stands by the investigation process.”

Jennifer – not her real name – spoke out after the BBC reported on Thursday that two of the students, initially banned for 10 years, had their punishments reduced after an appeal.

They will return to classes this year.

Jennifer said this left her “devastated” and that all of her “traumatic experiences” had been “for nothing”.

“These people are still going to be back and they’re still going to dangerous … and Warwick University are allowing that to happen.”

The Facebook group chat was first reported last summer by Warwick student newspaper The Boar.

‘Very aggressive’

Jennifer said: “There were a lot of threats of gang rape.

“One of them spoke about wanting to gang rape me and then after they discarded my body they wanted to ejaculate all over it.

“They talked about my friend, they wanted to genitally mutilate her.”

Other posts included a racially offensive term and anti-Semitic language.Image copyright The BoarImage caption Student newspapers obtained the screenshots after complaints were made to the university

After Jennifer and another student officially complained to the university, both were interviewed as part of the subsequent investigation.

“We were made to feel the entire time that we had to justify why we were upset,” she said.

“It was very aggressive questioning. It was as if we were on trial.

“We were given a list of male individuals involved, and we were taken through it one by one and asked our sexual history with each of them – which obviously was really traumatic. Not having anyone really there to represent me.

“I didn’t know if I was supposed to be answering these kind of questions and it was really upsetting.”

‘Conflict of interest’

The university’s director of press, whose job it is to promote the university and protect its reputation, was appointed as the official investigator.

Jennifer said that this was a “clear conflict of interest”.

A spokesman from the University of Warwick admitted there was a “potential for conflict”.

But he said: “During the length of the investigation media relations were delegated to other members of the press and media relations team. “

He added: “All those who were interviewed as part of the investigation were asked about whether there were prior or existing relationships with those also involved.

“The detail of any relationship was neither questioned or explored.”

On Thursday, Prof Christine Ennew, a member of the executive team at Warwick University, said the university was sorry the decision to allow the students back early had “upset so many members of our own community and beyond”.

She added the penalties were intended to allow the complainants time to finish their studies before the disciplined students were given the opportunity to return.AdvertisementsREPORT THIS ADREPORT THIS AD

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Ex-Cleveland chief constable Mike Veale investigated by watchdog

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Image caption Mike Veale had welcomed a “new challenge” when taking on the role in January 2018

An investigation has been launched into claims a police chief constable behaved inappropriately towards colleagues.

Mike Veale resigned from Cleveland Police last month after less than a year in the role.

The force referred allegations about him to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) on 17 January.

The watchdog confirmed it has begun a probe into the claims, which allege he also acted in a discriminatory manner.

IOPC regional director Miranda Biddle said: “It is crucial that allegations of a serious nature are investigated thoroughly and independently.

“Mr Veale has been informed that we have started our investigation and we will contact him and other parties in due course, as part of our enquiries.

“We are at the very start of the process so it would not be appropriate for me to comment further, other than to reassure the public, and all those working at Cleveland Police, that we will handle this investigation both diligently and sensitively.”

The investigation is being led by a Cardiff-based team to ensure independence, she added.

‘Swiftness’ praised

Cleveland’s deputy chief constable Helen McMillan said: “Victims are at the heart of everything we do.

“This is just as true of those who speak out against wrongdoing within Cleveland Police as it is of victims of crime in our communities.”

The area’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger, said he welcomed “the swiftness” of the IOPC’s decision to launch the investigation and added he hoped “matters will be looked into sensitively and thoroughly”.

Mr Veale’s resignation left the force looking for its fifth chief constable in just over six years.

He moved to Cleveland from Wiltshire Police, where he oversaw the inquiry into alleged abuse by former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath.

He had been accused of hiding information and in September the IPOC found he lied about how his mobile phone became damaged.

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