Smacking children is to be banned in Scotland, the Scottish government has confirmed.
The move would make the country the first part of the UK to outlaw the physical punishment of children.
Ministers had previously said they did not support parents using physical chastisement, but had “no plans” to bring forward legislation of their own.
But the government has now confirmed it will ensure a bill lodged by Green MSP John Finnie will become law.
And it is understood that ministers will work with Mr Finnie to implement the bill in practice.
His proposals, which were out for consultation over the summer, would give children the same legal protection as adults.
At present, parents in Scotland can claim a defence of “justifiable assault” when punishing their child – although the use of an “implement” in any punishment is banned, as is shaking or striking a child on the head.
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Police have swooped on a major road as terrified witnesses claim a motorist was blasted “ten times” by cops before being dragged on to the carriageway.
Witnesses have reported hearing “loud bangs” and “gunfire” coming from the busy road.
A man was reportedly chased off the motorway by cops before being shot through the window, Bristol Post reports.
One witness claimed a man was pinned in by three unmarked cars and armed cops surrounding an old red Vauxhall Corsa.
David Ellison has told BBC Radio Bristol: “As I came out of Portishead … police were ahead of me.
“They surrounded [a car]. They shot maybe five, six or ten times. Then they dragged a man from the car to resuscitate him.
“It came off the roundabout towards Portishead and then was boxed in by cars. They shot through the passenger window.
“There were one or two marked cars and two more unmarked vehicles.
“I would say it was a 20-year-old red Corsa – or something like that. It was quite small. It was very faded.”
Posting on the Facebook page Hello Portishead Mark De Lancey said: “I got up on the roundabout as the police were smashing the guys window and dragging him out. God knows what was happening.”
Kerrie Rees posted: “I heard something like firecrackers about 45 minutes ago. I did wonder if it was gun fire but though surely not in Portishead.”
BBC Bristol tweeted: “Eyewitness to M5 incident nr Gordano tells @johndarvall that @ASPolice officers fired several shots through passenger window of a car…”
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Remnants of the intense hurricanes could merge as they pass over the Atlantic which may lead to powerful storms lashing the UK
Hurricanes Maria and Jose could combine to create powerful thunderstorms to blitz the UK.
Remnants of the intense weather systems, that have left a trail of destruction in the Caribbean, could merge as they pass over the Atlantic to create a battering ram of storms to lash Britain.
Forecasters warned one possible outcome of hurricane movements over the next few days could determine whether any remains make it way towards the UK, with Scotland believed to be most at risk.
Leon Brown, chief forecaster of The Weather Channel said Maria is expected to swing north-eastwards during midweek, while Jose, which has been stationary in the Atlantic for some days, will start to move north past Newfoundland.
The two systems could then combine before being picked up by the jet stream and steered out into the Atlantic as a deep depression heading towards the UK and northern Europe.
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Danielle Lloyd has flaunted her incredible post-baby stomach – and hit out at body shamers.
In an inspirational message for fellow new mums, the Sutton Coldfield-based mum-of-four posted a snap of her washboard abs on Instagram, reports the Mirror.
The post from the 33-year-old, who is engaged to Brummie electrician Michael O’Neill, came just ONE WEEK after giving birth to her fourth son .
Former WAG Danielle, who welcomed son Arthur on September 13, stood up for fellow mums and slammed trolls after other celebrity mums found themselves in the spotlight for pinging back into shape quickly.
She wrote: “There’s been a lot in the press this week about what mums who have recently given birth are ‘supposed’ to look like.
“I had my baby one week ago, and this is me.
“I’ve had no time to go to the gym or diet in a week, of course I’ve been with my newborn.
“But should I really be ashamed of how I look for fear of judgement?
“Carrying a few extra pounds, or not – breast-feeding or bottle-feeding.
“Aren’t we just all sick of judging each other?
“Whether you’re Cheryl, Chanelle Hayes or Serena Williams – should any of us even be worrying about what people think of our bodies after bringing a new life into the world?
“We’re all on a journey, all doing our best, and all have imperfections.
I’ve had four children and I’d never dream of sneering at another mum’s body.
“Let’s all start focusing on what’s REALLY important, looking after our kids – and focussing (sic) on our families rather than our bodies.”
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EastEnders’ actress Lacey Turner has shared the first private snap from her stunning Ibiza wedding to childhood sweetheart.
Lacey married boyfriend Matt Kay on September 2, giving the exclusive rights to the official photos to OK! Magazine.
This is the first intimate insight she’s given fans into her big day.
The 29-year-old looks stunning as she claps and laughs under an arch of flowers, with new husband Matt beaming in front of her.
It looks like the pair just tied the knot as the snap was taken.
Lacey captioned the photo: ‘@sunnyramzan you beautiful human being !
‘Thank you for your lovely words and enchanting personality
Sunny was the celebrant at the wedding.
The actress also shared another snap, revealing that she wore a SECOND wedding dress.
‘Thank you for another beautiful dress’, she said, tagging the designer.
‘I didn’t go to sleep until 5am on our wedding night as I was still so excited about the day and then I woke up at 8am!’ she told OK!.
‘On the day I couldn’t wait to get down the aisle and marry Matt.
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Danniella Westbrook is said to be devastated after suffering a miscarriage and has appeared to hint that she’s split from her toyboy.
The former EastEnders actress was expecting her first child with fiancé Alan Thomason, and was pictured with him just days ago showing off her growing bump as they enjoyed a day at the beach together.
Despite claims that Danniella caused £800 worth of damage to her Benidorm hotel room after having an argument with her toyboy and reports that she’d cheated, they looked loved up as they splashed around together in the sea.
But now, Danniella, 43, has confided in pals that she suffered a miscarriage earlier this week, according to The Sun .
And pictures emerged today of the star looking forlorn and being comforted by her partner.
Danniella also took to social media to tell fans that she was “hurting” in a cryptic tweet that seems to suggest she and Alan have broken up.
She wrote: “Hurting from my loss.The hotel wasn’t the only thing he destroyed that day. I never knew him at all! Walking away.”
Danniella also replied to a fan who said that SHE was pregnant with Alan’s baby and that he was only seeing Danniella to make money.
They wrote: “Im pregnant with danniella westbrooks man 3 months gone and hes messaged me everyday.hes coming back to me.just with danniella for her cash”
And Danniella said: “Please stop your vile lies I don’t care about anything you say. I’m recovering with family & coming off social media for a little while.”
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A man was left stunned when he spotted a can of Stella Artois between the pilots on a flight from Spain.
Steve Lewis from Brackley in Northamptonshire was returning to the UK on Monday after enjoying a holiday in Alicante with his husband.
But the 59-year-old said he was ‘concerned’ to notice the can of lager in the cockpit as he disembarked the plane, which was carrying 300 passengers.
Mr Lewis claims the lager can sat at the side of the pilot ‘for 20 minutes’ and was visible as they opened the cockpit door when the plane landed.
The 59-year-old said although the can appeared unopened, he was shocked alcohol is allowed in the cockpit at all and questioned why it had a napkin under it.
Jet2 said that the unopened can had been left there after it was handed to a member of the cabin crew by a passenger.
Mr Lewis said: ‘After we had landed at around 1.20pm, we were waiting on board for 20 minutes to get off, that’s when I noticed the can.
‘The plane had landed and the seatbelt light came on. I stood up to get my suitcase and as I did the cockpit door opened and I noticed the can.
‘I turned to my partner Steven, who didn’t believe me at first, but then he noticed you could clearly see the Stella branding.
‘I was so shocked, I couldn’t understand why there was alcohol in the cockpit.
‘It was there for the whole time we were waiting so it wasn’t like the stewards had placed it down while they were busy and went back to move it.
‘It even had a napkin underneath it which is how they serve drinks to passengers, so I’m a bit skeptical to whether it was there because someone had left it.
‘It concerns me that alcohol is even allowed in the cockpit, if it was open or not.
‘They flew 300 people home that flight and I just think there should be some rules on alcohol in the cockpit if there isn’t some already.
‘Airlines are really strict about how much passengers drink and our flight out to Alicante on the 7 September was an alcohol free one as it was early in the morning, surely they should follow the same guidelines for staff.’
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A mother who left her nine-month-old baby to died while she went and partied for a week is facing a 10-year prison sentence.
Viktoria Kuznetsova, 17, left baby Egor alone at home so that she could go and see friends who were in college accommodation.
She had waited for her husband to be called up for military service before abandoning her child who was found starved to death in his pram.
He posted a picture of Egor online saying ‘that’s what my son was like’ and is now seeking a divorce from her.
Kuznetsova wrote on VK – Russia’s version of Facebook – ‘everything is ok’ and ‘hanging out with Nastya’ and told friends that Egor’s aunt was looking after him.
Those messages were posted while her baby lay dying.
When she was arrested by police who had been alerted by neighbours, she told them that she didn’t want to look after Egor anymore.
She had given him to an orphanage when he was one month old, but he was returned to her six months later.
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A German schoolgirl who fled to join Daesh could face the death penalty, Iraq’s prime minister has hinted.
Haider al-Abadi confirmed that the country was still considering what charges to bring against Linda Wenzel and that the death penalty was still on the cards.
Al-Abadi said: ‘You know teenagers under certain laws, they are accountable for their actions especially if the act is a criminal activity when it amounts to killing innocent people.’
The Iraqi PM said that Linda Wenzel is currently still jailed in a Baghdad prison and that it would be ‘a case for the courts’ to decide if prosecutors will demand the death penalty.
Her father Reiner Wenzel said: ‘I want so much that my Linda comes home again healthy. I will always be there for her.’
According to local media, the latest words of the Iraqi PM have him even more worried than before.
Wenzel said: ‘I fear for her. The authorities absolutely have to bring her to Germany so that she can get a fair trial.’
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Coleen Rooney has reportedly issued Wayne with a set of rules to save their marriage.
The Everton striker admitted “he has let his family down” as he pleaded guilty to a charge of drink-driving yesterday at Stockport Magistrates Court.
He was charged with the offence after he was arrested at the wheel of party girl Laura Simpson’s VW Beetle earlier this month.
But pregnant Coleen is determined to keep their family together – and save their eight-year marriage.
According to Heat, the mum of Kai, seven, Klay, four, and 20-month-old Kit has a plan to get things back on track.
And Coleen has five rules she wants Wayne to follow to be a better husband.
Understandably, these include Wayne cutting down on his drinking.
She also wants them to have more fun as a couple, spend more time as a family, go on even more holidays together and spend time with their couple friends.
“Deep down, Coleen doesn’t want to divorce Wayne. She loves him and thinks it’s best for the boys that they stay together. And then there’s the unborn baby,too,” an unnamed source told the magazine.
“But this doesn’t mean she’s forgiven him – she’s suggested some guidlines she thinks will help the marriage, and she wants Wayne to stick to them.”
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