Harriet Agerholm, The Independent

Harriet Agerholm

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Past articles by Harriet:

Former British Airways pilot caught by ‘paedophile hunters’ trying to meet child for sex spared jail

A former British Airways pilot who tried to lure a 14-year-old boy for sex has been spared jail after a judge said losing his job was a “significant punishment”. Gary Morris, 46, met a boy named Tom on dating app Grindr and invited him to his elderly parents’ home in Sunderland. But the teenager's profile was a fake, created by the Guardians of the North, a group that works to catch paedophiles. → Read More

How attack on Syrian schoolboy exposes 'toxic environment' faced by refugees in UK

Physical and verbal attacks are increasingly becoming part of the refugee experience in Britain today, fuelled by a “toxic environment” that has been worsened by the country’s debate around Brexit, MPs and support groups have warned. → Read More

High Court to rule on whether second phase of Leveson inquiry into the press should go ahead

After government decides probe on press regulation ‘not the right way forward’ → Read More

New Zealand blocks Chinese tech firm Huawei from rolling out 5G over national security concerns

Latest in string of blows to tech giant, which has already come under scrutiny from US, UK, Canada and Japan → Read More

Former Norwegian minister charged with sexually abusing asylum seekers

A former Norwegian cabinet minister has been charged with sexually abusing three asylum seekers over a six year period. Svein Ludvigsen, 72, is alleged to have assaulted three men, one of whom had a learning difficulty. The former fisheries minister has been charged with taking advantage of his position as regional governor and exploiting the asylum seekers’ vulnerability to sexually abuse them. → Read More

Queensland fire: Thousands of Australians told to flee homes as threat level raised to 'catastrophic'

More than 130 fires raging across northeast Australia pose a “catastrophic” threat to thousands of residents, authorities have warned. Thousands of people have been told to evacuate their homes and families have been urged to stay together as the fires continue to spread. It was the first time the official “catastrophic” rating was applied to Queensland, premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said,… → Read More

Debt collector stabbed to death by man after calling at home for loan repayment

Mother-of-three stabbed 30 times in neck and chest → Read More

Police issue warning over dangerous cocaine batch after 22-year-old man dies at birthday party in Essex

'If you have taken any drugs and start to feel unwell please seek medical attention,' says Detective Inspector Kev Hughes → Read More

Uber driver caused death of British man who was hit by bus after getting out of car in Australia

An Uber driver whose passenger died when he got out of his car and was hit by a bus in Sydney has been convicted of negligent driving occasioning death. Driver Nazrul Islam had stopped at a red light in the early hours of June 17, 2017, when 30-year-old Samuel Thomas, from Hertfordshire in England, started to get out of the taxi. Mr Thomas was killed when Islam accelerated and he fell into the… → Read More

Wayne Jones: Rapist arrested after escape from open prison in Lincolnshire

A rapist serving a life sentence who escaped from an open prison near Boston in Lincolnshire has been arrested. Police had warned the public not to approach Wayne Jones, who is an inmate at HMP North Sea Camp. The 39-year-old fled the Category D open prison on Sunday evening, prompting police to warn members of the public not to approach him. → Read More

Turkey military helicopter crashes in residential area of Istanbul

Four Turkish soldiers have died after a military plane crashed in a residential area of Istanbul, local media have reported. Another soldier on board was taken to hospital after the crash, which happened between two blocks of flats in the city’s Sancaktepe neighbourhood. Anadolu Agency said the aircraft which was on a training mission, hit the roof of a building. The helicopter then fell to the… → Read More

No sprinklers in 96% of London high-rise council blocks, research finds

Nearly 18 months after the Grenfell Tower fire, 96 per cent of council tower blocks in London do not have sprinkler systems, according to research by the Labour Party. Figures from local councils showed more than 800 high-rises in the capital did not have the fire protection method, leading the opposition party to say council tenants had been “betrayed” by the government. → Read More

Base jumper Dominik Loyen dies jumping off 330ft cliff after parachute fails to open in Portugal

A celebrated German base jumper has died after his parachute failed to open during a jump from a cliff in Portugal. Dominik Loyen, who was known to post footage of his jumps on social media, captured his final attempt in the coastal town of Nazaré on camera. An investigation has been launched into the incident at the 330ft-high rock face, police told German media. The video shows the 50-year-old… → Read More

Matthew Hedges: UAE considering clemency for British academic jailed for life on spying charges

The UAE is considering an appeal for clemency from the family of British academic Matthew Hedges after he received a life sentence on spying charges. Sulaiman Almazroui, the UAE’s ambassador in London, said in a statement on Friday morning British foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt had a “good” conversation with his Emirati counterpart. → Read More

Matthew Hedges: Jailed British academic in UAE having panic attacks as health deteriorates

A British academic accused of spying by the United Arab Emirates is suffering panic attacks after being given a life sentence by a court in the country, his wife has said. Daniela Tejada said she had spoken briefly to her husband Matthew Hedges, who told her his health was deteriorating in jail. It comes amid suggestions the foreign office could be close to resolving the case and ahead of a… → Read More

Milton Keynes schoolgirl kidnapped by man in van

A 14-year-old girl in Milton Keynes has been bundled into the back of a van by a man on her way home from school, then dumped more than three hours later in a lay-by, police have said. The teenager was emerging from an underpass in Bletcham Way, Milton Keynes, shortly after 3.40pm on Thursday 15 November when a man pulled her into a dark blue van parked in nearby Elgar Way. → Read More

Government orders crackdown on dangerous drivers with police unit to catch culprits

New police group to analyse evidence of bad driving captured on helmet and dashboard cameras → Read More

UK weather forecast: Temperatures to rise before torrential downpours soak Britain

Freezing weather sweeping across the UK is to ease in the coming days, giving way to thundery and torrential downpours over the weekend, forecasters have said. Temperatures plummeted as low as -6.3C on Wednesday night, with many waking on Thursday morning to clear skies and ground covered with frost and ice. But the day was expected to cloud over and “it might not feel as cold” as previously,… → Read More

Grenfell Tower: Fraudster who claimed more than £100,000 meant for survivors jailed for six years

A fraudster who claimed more than £100,000 meant for Grenfell Tower victims has been jailed for six years. Sharife Elouahabi falsely claimed he was staying with relatives in a flat on the 21st floor of the high-rise, where a family of five died. Sentencing, Judge Robin Johnson said: "In the aftermath of a tragedy you sought and received profit and attempted to obtain a permanent property… → Read More

Polish nun who helped hide Jewish children from Nazis dies aged 110

A Polish nun who risked her life by hiding Jews from the Nazis during the Second World War has died aged aged 110, the Archdiocese of Kraków in Poland has announced. Sister Cecylia Roszak, who was believed to have been the oldest nun in the world, died last week in the Dominican convent in the city of Krakow, southern Poland, where she had lived for nearly 90 years. → Read More