Bloody Sunday paratrooper cannot get a fair trial say supporters amid fears

Families of victims clamoured to have the veteran – known only as Soldier F – stripped of his anonymity, granted 20 years ago over concern of possible reprisals.  The soldier, a grandfather in his 70s, was told yesterday he will be charged with the murder of two protesters who were shot and killed in Londonderry 47 years ago.  Prosecutors in Northern Ireland said a further 16 veterans implicated in Bloody Sunday would not be charged due to ‘insufficient’ evidence. But they now face a separate, lengthy… The prosecution of a former paratrooper for murder on Bloody Sunday provoked a storm of protest last night over fears he cannot get a fair trial and warnings of further legal actions against veterans.

Britains first plasticfree nursery swaps artificial toys with wooden ones and bans

Mother-of-two Emily Padgett, who is behind the transformation, said a natural environment helps children improve their critical thinking skills  Mother-of-two Emily Padgett, who is behind the transformation, said a natural environment helps children improve their critical thinking skills Credit:Mercury Press & Media/Mercury Press & Media She told The Telegraph: “Toys made from natural materials are very open-ended and can stimulate children’s imagination, as opposed to just pushing a button on a plastic car and it making a noise.”Metal, for example, is shiny and makes a jingly noise, and any toys built with it have been hugely popular for us.”Eco-friendly toys last much longer than plastic ones too. They are calming for children and it makes them more engrossed in what they are doing. It’s not all about noise and flashing lights!” Elspeth Fawcett, 35, who runs an eco-friendly toys company called Yummikeys, agreed that traditional plastic toys and those which require batteries are less stimulating for youngsters. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Britain’s first plastic-free nursery has been unveiled, as artificial toys are swapped with wooden alternatives and food with unrecyclable packaging is banned.New World Nursery in Washington, Tyne and Wear, has spent two years and £400 making its rooms eco-friendly to help stimulate children’s imagination.Among the new features are a suitcase filled with sand, wooden African toys, wicker baskets, hessian bunting and glass fairy lights. Real food has even been put into play kitchens.Meanwhile kitchen staff have stopped cooking food which is packaged in plastic, and the nursery’s cleaners now use refillable bottles.Hundreds of pieces of colourful plastic equipment have been donated to charity and dished out to parents at raffles, and items with neutral colours have instead been introduced.It is believed to be the first time a British nursery has gone completely plastic free.Mother-of-two Emily Padgett, who is behind the transformation, said a natural environment helps children improve their critical thinking skills and become better learners because they have to use their imagination more.She added: “Since we started introducing the changes, we’ve actually noticed the children’s behaviour has changed – they are more engrossed and have higher levels of curiosity and wonder.” read more