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Terrorists have nowhere to hide, says defence secretary

British armed forces will “bring destruction” to jihadists, says Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson.

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The UK will “bring destruction” to those who fight for so-called Islamic State, the defence secretary has said.

Gavin Williamson said British armed forces were “making sure terrorists have nowhere to hide” across the globe.

Speaking at the commissioning of the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth in Portsmouth, he said UK forces were driving IS out of Iraq and Syria.

He earlier told the Daily Mail: “Quite simply, my view is a dead terrorist can’t cause any harm to Britain.”

Mr Williamson had said no British citizen who has fought for so-called Islamic State should be allowed back into the UK.

At least 800 Britons have gone to Syria and Iraq to fight for IS and 130 of those have been killed in conflict.

Mr Williamson, who took over as defence secretary last month, said the £3.1bn carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth was “part of our armoury” in dealing with terrorism.

“We will be able to deploy her any place in the globe,” he said.

“We will destroy and bring destruction to these evil death corps such as Daesh and that’s what British forces have continuously been doing.”

He said it was important for the UK to tackle terrorism in “ungoverned spaces” abroad, after forces had spent the last few years driving jihadists from Iraq and Syria.

“We’ve also got to be realistic, as where we have taken territory from them: Where are they going to go? Where are they going to try and strike Britain next?” he said.

Image copyright Handout Image caption Reyaad Khan, from Cardiff, was killed by an RAF airstrike in Syria

Speaking to the Mail, Mr Williamson said British fighters who had fled to other countries would be found and stopped from returning to the UK, adding that there would be no “safe space” abroad for them either.

“We have got to make sure that as (they) splinter and as they disperse across Iraq and Syria and other areas, we continue to hunt them down,” he said.

Lord Macdonald, the former director of public prosecutions, said suggesting dead terrorists could not cause any harm to Britain was a “juvenile response”.

“We can’t simply say that everyone who has gone to Iraq will be hunted down and killed,” he told BBC Radio 4’s The World at One programme.

Mr Williamson’s predecessor Sir Michael Fallon said in October that British IS fighters in Syria and Iraq had made themselves “a legitimate target” who could end up on “the wrong end of an RAF or USAF missile”.

His comments came after it was reported that British IS recruiter Sally-Anne Jones had been killed in a US drone strike in Syria in June.

And Rory Stewart, the minister for international development, said the “only way” to deal with British IS fighters in Syria is “in almost every case” to kill them.

He said they can expect to be killed because of the “serious danger” they pose to the UK’s security.

Max Hill QC, the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, said there should be some allowance for “young and naive” individuals who were “simply brainwashed”, for example as teenagers, but insisted that even these people should be prosecuted if they committed serious criminal offences.

Analysis: Can the UK legally kill jihadists?

Image copyright Handout Image caption Reyaad Khan, pictured left, appeared in IS propaganda videos

By Dominic Casciani, BBC home affairs correspondent

Under British and international law, an aspiration to eliminate all known British IS recruits will take a little more consideration than simply launching a drone laden with fire-and-forget missiles.

In war, soldiers have immunity from prosecution for killing on the battlefield, unless they have committed a war crime. But the UK is not at war with the IS network – so the same immunity is not automatically available for counter-terrorism purposes.

There has to be some other legal basis for justifying the killing.

Two years ago, the government sent a three-paragraph letter to the United Nations Security Council setting out the case for killing Cardiff extremist Reyaad Khan.

That strike was legal under the “inherent right of self-defence”, it said, because the 21-year-old had been directing “imminent armed attacks”.

MPs have pushed for more information on the decision-making process, that some critics say could amount to an unreviewable secret power to launch “extra-judicial executions.”

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Theresa May’s allies urge her to delay holding Cabinet reshuffle to May after ending year on unexpected high

THERESA May’s allies are urging her to delay a government reshuffle to May after her surprise end to the year on a high. The Prime Minister has been widely expected to freshen up her ageing Cabinet…

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THERESA May’s allies are urging her to delay a government reshuffle to May after her surprise end to the year on a high.

The Prime Minister has been widely expected to freshen up her ageing Cabinet with four or five new faces at the start of the New Year.

 Theresa May’s allies are urging her to delay a Cabine reshuffle to MayPA Theresa May’s allies are urging her to delay a Cabine reshuffle to May

She has also privately caved to backbench pressure to promote more younger Tory MP rising stars onto the frontbench for the first time.

But the unexpected upturn in the troubled PM’s fortunes by securing Phase Two of Brexit talks has lead to a rethink among some in No10.

Mrs May’s aides are split over whether to now carry out the reshuffle after the council elections in May instead, when a wipeout in the cities is feared.

Holding on another five months would also help keep  ministers in line over the crucial internal deliberations until March over what exactly to ask the EU for in a Brexit trade deal.

 Education Secretary Justine Greening, Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire and Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom, pictured, are also said to be vulnerablePA Education Secretary Justine Greening, Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire and Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom, pictured, are also said to be vulnerable

One close ally of Mrs May told The Sun: “A reshuffle is not a card any PM can play too often, so you should only do one when you really have to.

“They have a habit of creating more problems than they solve, so there is a growing feeling not to rock the boat now Theresa is looking  more solid.

“We will also get an undoubted kicking at the locals in May, so we’ll need something to regain the initiative after them.”

Next year’s local elections on Thursday May 3 are largely being held only in the bigger towns and cities, including all 32 London boroughs.

 The PM will decide on when to hold the second reshuffle of her reign as PM over the Christmas breakPA The PM will decide on when to hold the second reshuffle of her reign as PM over the Christmas break

The Tories suffered heavy losses in the urban areas at the June general election and senior party figures fear a repeat drubbing, leaving the poll’s aftermath a moment of certain danger for Mrs May.

The PM will decide on when to hold the second reshuffle of her reign as PM over the Christmas break.

First Secretary Damian Green ongoing sexual harassment probe is also a key factor in her thinking, The Sun has been told.

Mrs May wants her de facto deputy’s precarious situation to be resolved first so she knows whether he needs to be replaced.

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Porn legend Keiran Lee attacks cyber bullies after three adult star deaths in five weeks

A TOP porn star claims cyber bullies are having a devastating impact on the industry – after the sudden deaths of three adult performers in recent weeks. Renowned Brit adult entertainer Keira…

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A TOP porn star claims cyber bullies are having a devastating impact on the industry – after the sudden deaths of three adult performers in recent weeks.

Renowned Brit adult entertainer Keiran Lee has today paid tribute to his friend August Ames who was found dead after a tweet she posted sparked a homophobic row.

 Keiran Lee has slammed cyber bullies who attacked August in the days before her deathGetty – Contributor Keiran Lee has slammed cyber bullies who attacked August in the days before her death

Shyla Stylez and Yuri Luv were also found dead in tragic circumstances within just five weeks of each other — leading to calls for action from colleagues and fans.

Speaking to The Sun from the capital of porn Los Angeles, Derby-born Keiran, 33, said: “Cyber bullying was the final push for August.

“If you’re reading hate after hate every day it’s going to knock your confidence and make you question certain things.

“Porn stars are no different to sport personalities, or film stars who have to put up with trolls every day.

 X-rated actress August Ames died last month after a battle with depression@msmaplefever : Instagram X-rated actress August Ames died last month after a battle with depression Porn star August Ames dead at 23 after starring in more than 270 flicks

“I get a lot of Twitter hate. I don’t post anything about my family because if I was to put a picture of my son up, I would get messages like ‘oh yeah you’re son’s going to be so proud. You’re a w***e you’re going to go to hell’.”

He added: “Everyone is probably thinking she’s just another porn girl who has died after doing too many drugs, but that’s 110 per cent not the case.

“She was not a party girl. She would go to work, come home and smoke weed watching c**p films and play with her cats.

“Everyone in the industry is very shocked and saddened. “

Twenty three-year-old August, who performed in more than 270 x-rated flicks since joining the industry in 2014, was found hanged in a park close to the California home she shared with her husband Kevin Moore.

In the days before her death, August, whose real name was Mercedes Grabowski, had been attacked online after saying she wouldn’t shoot a scene with an actor who had performed in gay porn.

She is believed to have been battling with depression before her death on December 5.

 Ames had previously spoken about depression and others are now stressing the need for discussion@msmaplefever : Instagram Ames had previously spoken about depression and others are now stressing the need for discussion

Since then, many inside and outside the porn industry have demanded answers following the sudden three deaths.

Keiran, who has starred in more than 1,200 scenes in his career, said: “You would never have guessed those girls would have killed themselves.

“Ever since everyone has been checking in with each other.

“It has brought the industry even closer together, even stronger. Although it’s a very large industry, it’s also very close knit.

“We have all said enough is enough with these cyber bullies, we shouldn’t be having to put up with it.”

 The tragic death of porn actress Yurizan Beltran was announced on FridayInstagram The tragic death of porn actress Yurizan Beltran was announced on Friday  Yuri's death has sparked a call for answers as concerns over performers' mental health is raisedInstagram Yuri’s death has sparked a call for answers as concerns over performers’ mental health is raised Porn star Yurizan Beltran found dead at age 31 after a suspected overdose

Yuri, also known as Yurizan Beltran, died at the age of 31, with early reports suggesting she may have overdosed on pills.

Shy Love, a friend of Yuri, said: “Being a porn star is a harder job them most can imagine and I wish that porn girls got way more respect for their jobs and hard work.”

Announcing her death, Dan Hogue, from PornStar Platinum, said: “It is with a heavy heart I write this.

“The entire PornStar Platinum family is in mourning at the news of the loss of one of its family members.

 Canadian Shyla Stylez was found unresponsive at her mum's homeTwitter Canadian Shyla Stylez was found unresponsive at her mum’s home

“Yuri was found today at the age of 31. She was always kind to me and we will miss her.”

Colleague Nickey Milo said: “Beltran died of an apparent drug overdose… There were pills found near the bed.”

Canadian Shyla Stylez, real name Amanda Friedland, was found unresponsive at her mum’s home last month.

The 35-year-old reportedly died in her sleep at the property in British Columbia on November 9.

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Former Coronation Street star Bruno Langley had sex with girl, 16, and asked her to read him erotic novel 50 Shades

CORRIE pervert Bruno Langley preyed on a 16-year-old girl before they had sex at her home. Langley, then 29, continued to pester the teen after she dumped him. She said of the star, who groped two …

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CORRIE pervert Bruno Langley preyed on a 16-year-old girl before they had sex at her home.

Langley, then 29, continued to pester the teen after she dumped him.

 Ex-Coronation Street star Bruno Langley had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girlRex Features Ex-Coronation Street star Bruno Langley had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl

She said of the star, who groped two clubbers: “He was creepy.”

Bruno Langley asked the 16-year-old girl to read him passages from 50 Shades of Grey on their first date.

She told how the actor, axed from Coronation Street for groping two women, joked about how young she looked on their first date.

Now 21, she recalled: “When he was buying the cinema tickets, the cashier said, ‘Two adults?’ And he laughed and said, ‘Well, not really’.”

 The girl, who wishes to remain anonymous, says she dumped the actor for being 'creepy'Tony Spencer The girl, who wishes to remain anonymous, says she dumped the actor for being ‘creepy’

As he walked her home, the sleazy soap star spied the erotic novel 50 Shades in her handbag.

She said: “He then asked me to read it to him, which was so embarrassing and cringeworthy.”

She said Langley, who played Todd Grimshaw in the ITV soap, marched over to her at a party in July 2012 — just weeks after she left school.

The bar worker, who we are not naming, recalled: “He said, ‘Why isn’t my number in your phone?’ He was pretty famous, so I was taken aback he came over.

“And he seemed nice, even though he was a bit cocky. I think he fancied himself more than I did.”

 The actor, who has been axed from Coronation Street, has pleaded guilty to indecent assaults on two women while in a nightclubPA:Press Association The actor, who has been axed from Coronation Street, has pleaded guilty to indecent assaults on two women while in a nightclub

They messaged and talked while she was on holiday, then began to see each other twice a week when she returned.

She said they had sex in her bedroom but she ended the relationship after six weeks as he was getting too clingy.

She recalled: “He was just a bit creepy. I went to a festival and he was texting me, asking to see me when I returned.

“But I said ‘no’ because I was so tired. I ended up falling asleep on the sofa and he turned up at my door. I thought that was completely desperate and quite strange.”

 The bar worker, now aged 21, began texting Bruno Langley after meeting him a party weeks after finishing schoolTony Spencer The bar worker, now aged 21, began texting Bruno Langley after meeting him a party weeks after finishing school

She ordered him to leave then ignored all his messages but Langley got back in touch with her in January 2013.

By then she was seeing someone else, yet she said he continued to pester her at work, until just weeks before his arrest in September for sexual assault.

She said: “I found out from a friend about the charges and I wasn’t surprised.”

Langley, 34, of Altrincham, Gtr Manchester, pleaded guilty last month to indecent assaults on two women at a nightclub.

Bruno Langley leaves court after sentencing for sexual assault  Bruno Langley, 34, blamed his sex attacks on women on the stress of playing a gay character on Coronation StreetRex Features Bruno Langley, 34, blamed his sex attacks on women on the stress of playing a gay character on Coronation Street

Magistrates heard he grabbed the crotch of one victim in front of her husband and also intimately touched another.

He was spared prison, instead receiving a 12-month community order while being ordered to sign the sex offenders register.

The dad of one issued a grovelling apology for the nightclub assaults and promised to get help for alcohol addiction.

He said: “It must have been awful for those women, and I’m ashamed of myself. I’m truly sorry.”

 Bruno Langley was spared prison for indecently assaulting two women, but received a 12-month community orderNews Group Newspapers Ltd Bruno Langley was spared prison for indecently assaulting two women, but received a 12-month community order

But his former teen lover said last night: “I don’t think his apology will wash with anyone. He didn’t have a drinking problem when he was preying on me.”

She went on: “I was so young and naive. But I am now old enough to know the age gap was inappropriate.

“Hopefully this has been a wake up-call to him. The whole thing left me feeling really dirty.”

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