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A man has been found guilty of harassing Liverpool Wavertree MP Luciana Berger in a string of anti-Jewish rants sent after the jailing of a fellow far-right extremist.
Joshua Bonehill-Paine, 24, wrote five hate-filled blogs about the Labour MP after a man was sent to prison for four weeks in October 2014.
The jury at the Old Bailey deliberated for just over one hour and 15 minutes before finding Bonehill-Paine guilty of racially-aggravated harassment.
- The coroner at Viola Beach inquest says he does not think it will "ever be known" what caused crash that killed the band and their manager
- A man is found guilty of harassing Liverpool Wavertree MP Luciana Berger after posting anti-Semitic abuse online
- A fire at one of Merseyside's oldest pubs - The Scotch Piper in Lydiate - is not being treated as suspicious by police
Joshua Bonehill-Paine, 24, has been found guilty of the racially-aggravated harassment of the Labour MP for Wavertree Luciana Berger in a string of anti-Jewish rants.
Cheshire Police's Supt Martin Cleworth has said the force "don't know the final answer... of what actually happened" to Viola Beach and their manager.
Speaking after the coroner concluded the five had died as a result of a road traffic accident, Supt Cleworth said he was "sure there will be speculation", but there was no answer to why they were "tragically sent into the water".
The Cheshire coroner has said the reasons why a car carrying Warrington band Viola Beach crashed through two barriers and plunged into a canal in Sweden may never be known.
Nicholas Rheinberg recorded conclusions of death by road traffic accident for the four band members and manager Craig Tarry who was driving the hired car.
He said it was not for him to speculate what happened in what he described as "the most awful tragedy".
Coroner Nicholas Rheinberg has been giving his conclusions in the Viola Beach inquest in Warrington.
He has concluded 19-year-olds Jack Dakin, Kris Leonard, River Reeves and Craig Tarry, 32, died as result of head injuries
Tomas Lowe, 27, died as result of drowning.
Coroner Nicholas Rheinberg has begun giving his conclusions in the Viola Beach inquest in Warrington.
A fire at one of Merseyside's oldest pubs isn't being treated as suspicious by police.
The thatched roof of The Scotch Piper in Lydiate was destroyed in the blaze yesterday, and some of the building suffered water damage during the salvage operation.
An investigation into the full scale of any structural damage is being carried out today.
A jury has retired to consider its verdict in the trial of a man accused of anti-Semitic abuse against Labour MP Luciana Berger in a string of online blogs.
Joshua Bonehill-Paine, 24, is accused of making five posts about the Liverpool Wavertree MP after a far-right extremist was jailed for harassing Ms Berger in October 2014.
Over the next four months, Mr Bonehill-Paine wrote that she was an "evil money-grabber" and compared her with a rodent, the Old Bailey has heard.
Ms Berger has told jurors she felt "sick" at the posts and "very much under attack" during that period.
Mr Bonehill-Paine, of Yeovil, Somerset, denies racially-aggravated harassment claiming that his conduct falls within the boundaries of freedom of speech.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is demanding work starts immediately on plans to transform Skelmersdale town centre.
It is after the High Court rejected another challenge to the scheme - brought by the owners of the Concourse shopping complex.
Plans to bring new leisure and shopping facilities to Skelmersdale have now been in the pipeline for over a decade.
A housing association is investing in "flatpack" houses in a bid to get more new homes built in Liverpool.
About 15,000 people are on the council's waiting list for houses.
Liverpool Mutual Homes has bought 33 of the "flatpacks", which are built in a factory and assembled on site.
They say they "could be the homes of the future".
An unconscious woman was filmed being raped by two men who shared pictures on messaging app WhatsApp, a court heard.
Jesse Burgoine, 28, and Artjom Nepryahin, 26, are accused of "targeting" the then 23-year-old after meeting her in a club.
Nottingham Crown Court heard that two explicit videos were filmed as the woman slept on a sofa.
Mr Burgoine, of Bedfordshire, and Mr Nepryahin, of Liverpool, both deny two counts of rape.
Chester MP Chris Matheson is calling for a homeless hostel which has been at the centre of complaints to be closed and replaced with smaller units across Cheshire.
Residents near Richmond Court in Boughton have complained about drug dealing and antisocial behaviour since the facility opened three years ago.
Council officials are reviewing the way homeless people are helped in the city.
The inquest into the deaths of Viola Beach and their manager began this morning. Here's a summary of what has been heard.
- The Warrington band (Kris Leonard, 19, River Reeves, 19, Tomas Lowe, 27, and Jack Dakin, 19) were travelling in Sweden at about 02:00 on 16 February when their car, driven by their manager Craig Tarry, 32, went through two crash barriers into a raised bridge before plunging into a canal below
- The car drove down a verge past stationary queuing traffic and through the first set of barriers about 120m (390ft) from the bridge
- It continued in a "controlled manner" at 70 to 90km/h (43 to 55mph) down the centre of the road, through a second set of barriers, 30m (100m) from the drop into the canal and crashed into the raised section of the bridge before plummeting 25m (82ft) into the water below
- The impact caused "substantial deformation" of the vehicle and scraping and damage to the underside of the bridge section. A tanker then passed over the car and "contact" between them could not be ruled out
- Tests showed there was nothing wrong with the car, the signalling, the barrier system or the procedure for raising the bridge, and the road was wet, but not frozen with ice
- Post-mortem reports revealed four died from head injuries, while Tomas Lowe drowned. There were no drugs or alcohol found in the driver Craig Tarry, and no drugs and only small amounts of alcohol found in the band members
- An inquest into the deaths of British band Viola Beach after a crash in Sweden has heard that none of the young men "suffered"
- Investigations at one of Merseyside's oldest pubs will be carried out after a fire yesterday
- China's famous Terracotta Warriors are to be exhibited in Liverpool in 2018, the culture secretary has said
Chief reporter, BBC North West Tonight
The Viola Beach inquest have been shown CCTV footage of the bridge, where warning lights can be seen coming on in the distance as the band's car drives towards them.
The court was also told the three band members sitting in back of the car weren't wearing seatbelts and that those in front were, meaning they had to be cut out of the vehicle.
The court has heard that Viola Beach's car went through the bridge barrier and fell 25m, hitting the water within 15 seconds.
In a statement read to the hearing in Warrington, a Swedish lorry driver described seeing the car drive through two barriers.
He said the driver seemed to be in control and travelling at about 70 to 80km/h (43 to 49mph).
The band's car also hit a taxi before crashing into the barrier, the inquest was told.
The coroner said it was "utterly extraordinary" that the taxi driver has not been traced.
The hearing was also told after the crash, Swedish Police divers in the canal found the band's manager Craig Tarry in the driver's seat and guitarist River Reeves outside the car.
The inquest into the deaths of Viola Beach and their manager has heard their car fell into a gap in the bridge created as a centre section had raised by approximately 1m to allow a boat to pass through.
The court has heard witnesses were unable to describe what happened at the point where car fell into the water.
The crew of a nearby boat said they saw the vehicle falling but thought it was ice at first.
The Viola Beach inquest has heard from Swedish police, who said it is "very unusual" for someone to drive through the bridge barriers.
Swedish authorities said one warning light was out of order but there were at least 10 other warning lights and flashing signals.
The inquest has been told the car Viola Beach traveled in was new and in good order and was not travelling at excessive speed just before the crash.
The hearing was told it was not clear why the driver chose to pass stationary vehicles and go through lowered barriers, just ahead of the raised road bridge.
There were no errors in the bridge warning system and the road was not slippery.
CCTV showed the band's car pass stationary vehicles by driving on a verge and through the barrier.
The court in Warrington also heard a number of measures are being introduced following the crash, including better monitoring of road signals and improved automated road signage.
The inquest into the deaths of Warrington band Viola Beach has heard they were "rising stars" who had played Reading and Leeds festivals and who, their families believed, would have played Glastonbury one day.
The band's agent Graham Bennett said they were in Sweden for a showcase festival for young emerging artists and played to high level promoters.
He also said the band were being driven by their manager Craig Tarry.
Results of post-mortem examinations showed Mr Tarry had not taken drugs or alcohol, and the band had only drunk a small amount of alcohol.
- The inquest into the deaths of the four members of the Warrington band Viola Beach and their manager, who were killed in a car crash in Sweden in February, has started
- China's famous Terracotta Warriors are to be exhibited in Liverpool in 2018, the culture secretary has said
- The thatched roof of one of Merseyside's oldest pubs -The Scotch Piper in Lydiate - has been destroyed in a fire
River Reeves' dad Benedict Dunn has to the inquest his son originally studied drama before switching to music.
Mr Dunn said music was "River's world".
"He was as happy as he's ever been - he was doing something he loved with people he loved being with," he said.
The court is now hearing details about the band members.
The coroner said Viola Beach were "in the ascendancy" with tours booked in Europe and America.
Tomas Lowe's mum, Margaret, told the inquest her son joined Viola Beach last year.
He was a self taught drummer who then took up bass guitar. He was also a keen sportsman.
Mrs Lowe says band members were great friends who "all looked out for each other" and went to UK gigs in a leaking orange transit van they named 'Shady Nasty'.
The coroner opens the inquest into Viola Beach deaths by saying Swedish police have been "very helpful" providing details of their inquiries.
Kris Leonard, River Reeves, Tomas Lowe and Jack Dakin and manager Craig Tarry were killed when their car plunged more than 25m (82ft) from a highway bridge into a canal in Sweden in Febriuary.
Cheshire Coroner Nicholas Rheinberg says because of injuries incurred "none of the young men will have suffered" as they died.
BBC North of England Correspondent
I'm in Warrington, where the inquest into deaths of the local band Viola Beach has begun.
The courtroom is full of the relatives of Kris Leonard, River Reeves, Jack Dakin, Tomas Lowe and manager Craig Tarry.
The four young musicians and their manager died when their car plunged from a bridge in Sweden in February.
The thatched roof of one of Merseyside's oldest pubs has been destroyed in a fire.
Crews were called to The Scotch Piper in Lydiate yesterday afternoon.
An investigation into the full scale of any structural damage will be carried out today.
China's famous Terracotta Warriors are to be exhibited in Liverpool in 2018, the culture secretary has said.
Karen Bradley MP made the announcement while visiting the tomb of China's First Emperor, Qin Shi Huang.
She said she was "delighted" that a "selection of warriors" would be coming to Liverpool, home to the UK's oldest Chinese community.
It is the first time the warriors have been exhibited in the UK outside of London since the 1980s.
The inquests into the deaths of Warrington band Viola Beach, who died in a car crash in Sweden in February, will begin today.
The band and their manager were heading to Stockholm Airport when their car plunged from a highway bridge into a canal.
They were on their way home to continue a UK tour.
Sell-out tribute concerts was held at Warrington's Parr Hall in April and in June, and Glastonbury headliners Coldplay covered the bands song Boys That Sing.
In August Viola Beach's posthumous album topped the charts.
- The inquests into the deaths of Warrington band Viola Beach killed in a car crash in Sweden in February will begin today
- The thatched roof of one of Merseyside's oldest pubs - The Scotch Piper in Lydiate - has been destroyed in a fire
- Chester MP Chris Matheson wants a homeless hostel in the city to be closed down
Reporter, BBC Local Live