Teenagers held over homophobic attack on two women on London bus

Lesbian couple assaulted by group of young males blame rise of rightwing populism for growth in hate crime The two women left needing hospital treatment after they were attacked on a bus in a homophobic assault have blamed a rise in rightwing populism for growing hate crime and called on people to stand up for each other. Melania Geymonat, 28, and her girlfriend, Chris, 29, defiantly announced they would not be intimidated into hiding their sexuality, days after they said they were attacked by several young men when they refused to kiss upon demand. I was and still am angry. It was scary, but this is not a novel situation, said Chris. Im not scared about being visibly queer. If …

Theresa May prepares ‘bold’ last-ditch offer to MPs on Brexit bill

Prime minister will ask her cabinet to sign off on concessions this week Theresa May will ask her cabinet to sign off a package of Brexit concessions this week, as she gears up for one last bid to win over MPs and salvage something concrete from her troubled premiership. With the Conservatives on course for a drubbing in Thursdays European elections, the prime minister hopes the results will focus the minds of her own MPs and persuade them to support the long-awaited withdrawal agreement bill (WAB). Despite the collapse of cross-party talks with Labour, ministers hope some of the measures discussed can still be bolted on to the bill, as part of what May has called a new, bold offer …

Diner accidentally gets 4,500 bottle of wine in Manchester restaurant

Hawksmoor steakhouse tweets chin up! to staff who served it, adding: mistakes happen A lucky diner was accidentally given a 4,500 bottle of red wine at a steakhouse in Manchester. A manager at the Manchester branch of Hawksmoor, an upmarket chain specialising in steaks and seafood with nine sites across the UK, apparently picked up the luxury wine unknowingly in what the restaurant management described as a one-off mistake. A tweet posted on the Hawksmoor Manchester Twitter account read: To the customer who accidentally got given a bottle of Chateau le Pin Pomerol 2001, which is 4,500 on our menu, last night hope you enjoyed your evening! The tweet also sought to reassure the person responsible for the costly faux …