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Man, 26, is charged with murdering pensioner, 74

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A man has been charged with murder after the death of a pensioner in 2015.

David Brickwood, a 74-year-old scrap metal dealer, was found stabbed and beaten in a ‘violent assault’ at his Northampton home almost five years ago.

Mr Brickwood was left badly injured after what has previously been described as a pre-planned robbery.

He died despite managing to use a telephone to raise the alarm.

David Brickwood,  a 74-year-old scrap metal dealer, was found stabbed and beaten in a 'violent assault' at his Northampton home almost five years ago

David Brickwood,  a 74-year-old scrap metal dealer, was found stabbed and beaten in a 'violent assault' at his Northampton home almost five years ago

David Brickwood,  a 74-year-old scrap metal dealer, was found stabbed and beaten in a ‘violent assault’ at his Northampton home almost five years ago

Mr Brickwood suffered 35 different injuries inside his home in Lindsay Avenue, Abington, pictured, on the early hours of September 26, 2015

Mr Brickwood suffered 35 different injuries inside his home in Lindsay Avenue, Abington, pictured, on the early hours of September 26, 2015

Mr Brickwood suffered 35 different injuries inside his home in Lindsay Avenue, Abington, pictured, on the early hours of September 26, 2015

Northamptonshire Police said 26-year-old Cameron St Rose has now been charged with murder and burglary after his arrest on Wednesday.

An inquest into Mr Brickwood’s death heard that he suffered 35 separate injuries at his home in Lindsay Avenue, Abington, in the early hours of September 26 2015.

Officers performed emergency first aid in an attempt to save his life, but he died later at Northampton General Hospital.

The investigation has been the subject of a number of appeals by the force, who also worked with the BBC’s Crimewatch programme on a reconstruction of the murder in early 2016.

Speaking after his father’s death, Gary Brickwood described the loss of the pensioner as a ‘life sentence’.

He said: ‘We’re devastated as a family. How could somebody do this to him? He didn’t deserve this.’

Also speaking after the fatal attack, another of Mr Brickwood’s sons, Dale Brickwood, said: ‘How could you attack an elderly man? He didn’t have a bad bone in his body – everyone respected him and loved him and he touched so many people.’

St Rose, of Forest Gate, London, will appear at Northampton Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

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Should you join the trend for colour co-ordinating your possessions like a rainbow?

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When 45-year-old Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria wanted to move her two-year-old son from his nursery to a new room in her Hollywood home, she turned to Clea and Joanna as so many of her friends had recommended the ‘organisational gurus’

When 45-year-old Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria wanted to move her two-year-old son from his nursery to a new room in her Hollywood home, she turned to Clea and Joanna as so many of her friends had recommended the ‘organisational gurus’

When 45-year-old Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria wanted to move her two-year-old son from his nursery to a new room in her Hollywood home, she turned to Clea and Joanna as so many of her friends had recommended the ‘organisational gurus’

Stand aside Marie Kondo, two new queens of decluttering are putting British homes in order. 

And ‘order’ is the right word, as the trend for rainbow bookshelves – where titles are arranged by the colour of their spines – is one of the trademark methods of Clea Shearer, 38, and Joanna Teplin, 41, the gurus from Nashville, Tennessee, who call themselves The Home Edit.

They apply the same colour-coded regime to wardrobes and even fridges, and have won legions of fans from work-from-home employees seeking attractive backgrounds for video calls to the houseproud now finding time to put their clutter in order. 

Their TV programme, Get Organised, has become a surprise hit – it’s one of the top ten shows on Netflix in the UK – their Home Edit Instagram page has 3.6 million followers and they have a lucrative sideline in branded see-through containers, such as a £22 shelf for baked bean tins.

Joanna says: ‘The rainbow sums it up – a visual label that assigns something a very specific spot in a space.’

Here we see how the pair have re-ordered stars’ closets on TV – and what we can all learn from their techniques. 

Eva Longoria

When the 45-year-old Desperate Housewives star wanted to move her two-year-old son from his nursery to a new room in her Hollywood home, she turned to Clea and Joanna as so many of her friends had recommended the ‘organisational gurus’. 

The task involved organising his wardrobe, which includes a miniature Dolce & Gabbana tuxedo, toys, medicines and books. Eva was overjoyed by the transformation and rainbow display of books, saying: ‘Can I hug the closet?’

Khloe Kardashian

The reality star, 36, who says she has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder tendencies, is a big client of the pair, joking: ‘I should marry them.’ 

They have regimented her larder, placing all her food in plastic containers like a sweet-shop, designed a car park for the fleet of mini-vehicles owned by her daughter, True, two, and even ordered her vast collection of wigs, in colour order, of course.

Khloe Kardashian, 36, who says she has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder tendencies, is a big client of the pair, joking: ‘I should marry them'. Her organised glam room is pictured above

Khloe Kardashian, 36, who says she has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder tendencies, is a big client of the pair, joking: ‘I should marry them'. Her organised glam room is pictured above

Khloe Kardashian, 36, who says she has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder tendencies, is a big client of the pair, joking: ‘I should marry them’. Her organised glam room is pictured above

Gwyneth Paltrow

When Clea and Joanna were invited to Ms Paltrow’s home in the Hamptons, New York, they said they were thrilled to ‘organise our favourite playroom of all time for one of our favourite people of all time’. 

They added that arranging her teenage children’s room was ‘the most fun days of our life.’ 

The duo were asked back to sort out the 47-year-old’s pantry, which they made ‘light and airy’ with white, wood and glass products.

When Clea and Joanna were invited to Ms Paltrow’s home in the Hamptons, New York, they said they were thrilled to ‘organise our favourite playroom of all time for one of our favourite people of all time. They added that arranging her teenage children’s room (above) was ‘the most fun days of our life'

When Clea and Joanna were invited to Ms Paltrow’s home in the Hamptons, New York, they said they were thrilled to ‘organise our favourite playroom of all time for one of our favourite people of all time. They added that arranging her teenage children’s room (above) was ‘the most fun days of our life'

When Clea and Joanna were invited to Ms Paltrow’s home in the Hamptons, New York, they said they were thrilled to ‘organise our favourite playroom of all time for one of our favourite people of all time. They added that arranging her teenage children’s room (above) was ‘the most fun days of our life’

Reese Witherspoon

The actress invited Clea, left, and Joanna, right, to organise her wardrobe after spotting them on Instagram. 

She told them: ‘My dream, dream, dream project is that you guys sort out my memorabilia from all my movies, my dresses, clothes, costumes, pictures, everything.’ 

They arranged three zones for Legally Blonde; TV’s Big Little Lies; and red carpet gowns, all laid out by colour. 

‘It’s a memorabilia paradise,’ Reese, 44, cooed. While Clea admitted: ‘We may or may not have tried on your slippers.’

The actress invited Clea, left, and Joanna, right, to organise her wardrobe after spotting them on Instagram

The actress invited Clea, left, and Joanna, right, to organise her wardrobe after spotting them on Instagram

The actress invited Clea, left, and Joanna, right, to organise her wardrobe after spotting them on Instagram

How to organise your life the home edit way 

1. Purge: When you see an item, you feel pleasantly satisfied – hooray, it gets displayed. If you feel glad you have it, keep it stored safely in a container and label it. If you keep forgetting you have it but are going to remember to use it this time: OK… but the six-month clock has started ticking and if it hasn’t been used by then, it has to go. Everything else must be thrown out.

2. Categorise: This is key to the process. Once you put things together in their zones or colours, you’ll see what you need to keep and what you don’t.

3. Contain: Some people like baskets, others prefer jars or containers. But it’s imperative that whichever container you choose, it holds just one category of item. Without containers, the whole system falls apart.

4. Label: Identify your containers: This is vital. After all, you don’t want to put your pasta in the snack bin. 

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ANNA MIKHAILOVA: Own goal! Rule of law champion Sir Bob Neill MP breaches Commons rules

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No politician has emerged from relative obscurity to champion the rule of law more than barrister MP Sir Bob Neill who, as Remainer-in-chief, has noisily led the charge against the Government’s Brexit Bill.

However, he’s been noticeably less forthcoming while under investigation by Parliament’s watchdog over some rather whiffy advocacy.

I can reveal the Tory knight has been found to have breached Commons rules by the Standards Commissioner for failing to declare a financial interest while lobbying for multi-million-pound planning applications in his constituency.

No politician has emerged from relative obscurity to champion the rule of law more than barrister MP Sir Bob Neill, pictured

No politician has emerged from relative obscurity to champion the rule of law more than barrister MP Sir Bob Neill, pictured

No politician has emerged from relative obscurity to champion the rule of law more than barrister MP Sir Bob Neill, pictured

As well as trousering an extra salary for chairing the Commons Justice Select Committee, Sir Bob is also on the payroll of the Substantia Group, a one-stop shop for developers. 

The firm is run by Terry Pullen – boss of Essex nightclub the Sugar Hut – better known as the club of choice in TV’s The Only Way Is Essex. 

Since 2016, Pullen has paid Sir Bob, 68, £50,000 for ‘strategic consultancy advice’.

The MP for Bromley and Chislehurst wrote glowing letters of support on Commons notepaper to London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Bromley Council for planning applications from Substantia clients without declaring his paid role.

These included a luxury hotel and football stadium for Cray Wanderers FC, which got the green light last summer despite concerns about Sir Bob’s links to Substantia raised by blogger Dr Alex May.

On top of a monthly stipend from Substantia, Sir Bob received a £10,000 bonus after Khan dropped his opposition to the stadium and its £2.5 million sale went through. 

The MP wrote glowing letters of support on Commons notepaper for planning applications from Substantia clients without declaring his paid role, including a football stadium for Cray Wanderers FC, pictured

The MP wrote glowing letters of support on Commons notepaper for planning applications from Substantia clients without declaring his paid role, including a football stadium for Cray Wanderers FC, pictured

The MP wrote glowing letters of support on Commons notepaper for planning applications from Substantia clients without declaring his paid role, including a football stadium for Cray Wanderers FC, pictured

He declared this in the Register of Interests as a fee for ‘additional strategic and corporate advice’.

Last night the former Planning Minister said he has formally apologised for breaking the Code of Conduct. 

No doubt he’ll now consider which housing charity to donate his £10,000 bonus to.

Firebrand Momentum MP Zarah Sultana raised eyebrows by using her maiden Commons speech to denounce the past ‘40 years of Thatcherism’ – in which she included 13 years of Blair and Brown.

Of the 140 MPs first elected in December, the 26-year-old was the only one to rip up the convention for maiden speeches to be ‘uncontroversial’ – and to throw some innovative expenses claims in the mix.

Rather than accept available help from Commons staff, Sultana hired a private consultancy firm for ‘editing’ videos of her speech and claimed back the cost on parliamentary expenses. One to watch.

Brand Rishi was in full flow last week – leaving tough-guy Defence Minister Johnny Mercer feeling a little battered. In a WhatsApp group, Mercer grumbled about Chancellor Sunak’s jobs scheme announcement: ‘Is it possible to have these graphics with the Conservative logo on, instead of Rishi’s signature? Clearly he is doing a good job, but we are all in this together.’

Once a den of bohemian bad behaviour, London’s Soho has cleaned up its act – symbolised by the area now being newly-favoured by Downing Street advisers. 

They can be found letting off steam over negronis in Frith Street’s many watering holes – thus conveniently avoiding the spies Dominic Cummings has installed in Westminster restaurants. 

Peston’s a flop as Nilsen’s twin 

ITV murdered its rivals by grabbing ten million viewers for its drama about serial-killer civil servant Dennis Nilsen. 

Robert Peston

Robert Peston

David Tennant's Dennis Nilsen

David Tennant's Dennis Nilsen

Robert Peston, pictured left, and David Tennant’s Dennis Nilsen, pictured right

Meanwhile, the broadcaster’s ‘slayer of politicians’, Robert Peston, tells me the portrayal of shaggy-haired Nilsen by David Tennant made him rush to the barber to get his floppy locks tamed and hankering for a makeover. 

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Terror of the e-scooters: Owners post guides showing how to override software to hit 40mph 

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Electric scooter owners are offering online guides showing users how to override the devices’ speed-limiting software to reach up to 40mph.

A Mail on Sunday investigation has unearthed dozens of shocking video tutorials encouraging riders to manipulate the battery-powered vehicles and break the law. 

In one clip, a British rider promises viewers that their scooter will ‘go like a rocket’. ‘I don’t think you would feel safe going any faster but it’s so much fun,’ he adds.

Rental e-scooters were made legal on some roads in Britain this summer with their speed capped at 15.5mph.

Electric scooter owners are offering online guides showing users how to override the devices’ speed-limiting software to reach up to 40mph. An e-scooter user is seen riding through the pedestrianised town centre of Middlesbrough

Electric scooter owners are offering online guides showing users how to override the devices’ speed-limiting software to reach up to 40mph. An e-scooter user is seen riding through the pedestrianised town centre of Middlesbrough

Electric scooter owners are offering online guides showing users how to override the devices’ speed-limiting software to reach up to 40mph. An e-scooter user is seen riding through the pedestrianised town centre of Middlesbrough 

But our investigation has revealed how, with just a few taps of the device, owners can easily hack into the software and increase the top speed of some of the most popular scooters sold in the UK.

One British e-scooter owner, Dave Samuel, released a video showing viewers how to ‘unlock’ the Inokim OXO Electric Scooter, a popular model on sale in the UK for £1,300.

‘I’m making this video on how to derestrict the scooter from its factory setting of 15mph to full blown 40mph,’ he says, before giving detailed, step-by-step instructions about how to remove the limiter.

In a separate video, another Briton, Duncan Smith, reveals how to ‘hack’ the top speeds for the Xiaomi M365 scooter, another popular model available for £469 in Halfords.

‘By unlocking the scooter, by which I mean the speed limit that’s on it, you can go a little bit faster. I say a little bit faster but I mean this scooter will go like a rocket,’ he says.

In the clip, which sees Smith whizzing along public pavements – which is illegal – and weaving between young children, he explains how users can remove the software that limits the speed to 15mph and reach top speeds of 22mph. 

‘In my opinion, this is the hack that makes buying the Xiaomi Pro an absolute no-brainer compared to other more expensive e-scooters. Once you release the speed limiter on this thing it feels like a proper little rocket. I don’t even think you would feel safe going any faster but it’s so much fun.’ 

In a third video, a user explains how a Kaabo Electric Scooter, which sell in the UK for about £500, can be hacked so it reaches speeds of 25mph. In the comments sections of the video, one person wrote: ‘Just hacked my scooter! It really worked! I’m going rocket speed now.’

Last night, campaigners warned that the ‘hacks’ would lead to even more accidents and injuries on the roads. 

Rental e-scooters were made legal on some roads in Britain this summer with their speed capped at 15.5mph [File photo]

Rental e-scooters were made legal on some roads in Britain this summer with their speed capped at 15.5mph [File photo]

Rental e-scooters were made legal on some roads in Britain this summer with their speed capped at 15.5mph [File photo]

Luke Griggs, Deputy Chief Executive of brain injury association Headway, said: ‘It is extremely concerning to see online tutorials explaining how to remove the speed limiters on e-scooters. The production of such videos is irresponsible and is likely to lead to severe injuries and possibly fatalities. Tragically, it is not just the riders that will be placed in danger, it is innocent members of the public.

‘We are already seeing repeated reports of e-scooters being ridden on pavements at excessive speeds, with the most vulnerable in society being placed in harm’s way.’

Last night, Mr Smith said: ‘There are speed limits in public, so anything over 15mph would be for private use on private land. If you choose to break the law and go dangerously fast in public that is not my doing.’

Charity fundraiser, 57, died after he lost control of his e-scooter on a steep hill in the UK’s second such death, inquest hears

  • Barrie Howes, 57, was killed in a freak accident as he travelled home from work 
  • Mr Howes lost control as he travelled down a steep hill, inquest last week heard
  • His death is expected to raise questions on e-scooters on roads at high speeds 

By Jonathan Bucks for the Mail on Sunday 

A prolific charity campaigner suffered a fatal fall from his electric scooter in what is believed to be the second such death in the UK.

Barrie Howes was killed in a freak accident as he travelled home from work after heeding the Government’s call to avoid public transport in the early days of the pandemic.

The 57-year-old engineering instructor’s death is expected to raise questions about the ability of the e-scooters to navigate Britain’s roads at high speeds. 

Barrie Howes was killed in a freak accident as he travelled home from work after heeding the Government’s call to avoid public transport in the early days of the pandemic

Barrie Howes was killed in a freak accident as he travelled home from work after heeding the Government’s call to avoid public transport in the early days of the pandemic

Barrie Howes was killed in a freak accident as he travelled home from work after heeding the Government’s call to avoid public transport in the early days of the pandemic

In July, TV presenter Emily Hartridge, 35, was killed when her e-scooter collided with a lorry in London.

An inquest last week heard Mr Howes lost control as he travelled down Brompton Hill, a steep residential road in Chatham, Kent. He flew off and, despite wearing a helmet, was found by a passer-by suffering from traumatic brain injuries.

Mr Howes was airlifted to hospital in London where his condition deteriorated and he died nine days later on July 3.

Detective Sergeant Michael Champion, of Kent Police, said the scooter had a speed of 10 to 30mph but ‘on a steep incline, it would have increased by going downhill. 

He would have been going at quite a speed when he lost control and crashed’, he added.

The inquest heard Mr Howes was unable to drive because of eye problems and was on medication that meant he was more likely to bleed in an accident. 

His wife of 32 years, Claire, said he had been catching the bus to work ‘but it was really when lockdown started that the Government said avoid public transport if you can and he decided to get the e-scooter.

In July, TV presenter Emily Hartridge, 35, was killed when her e-scooter collided with a lorry in London

In July, TV presenter Emily Hartridge, 35, was killed when her e-scooter collided with a lorry in London

In July, TV presenter Emily Hartridge, 35, was killed when her e-scooter collided with a lorry in London

‘I want to thank the bystanders [who helped], especially at the moment when people don’t want to get too close.’

Mr Howes underwent heart surgery in 2006 and met Princess Anne through his fundraising efforts for the British Heart Foundation. 

As he undertook a charity trek of Peru’s Machu Picchu, he said: ‘It’s an opportunity to make the most of the second chance in life I’ve been given.’

In a public tribute, friend Karen Wood described him as ‘an outstanding pillar of society’. 

Even in death, Mr Howes helped others and his wife told The Mail on Sunday: ‘Some good has come out of the bad. Three of his organs have helped people to live on, his liver and two kidneys have been transplanted.’

A verdict of accidental death was recorded.

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