In brief: Patrick Hayes

Patrick Hayes, a Sheffield solicitor, has been struck off and imprisoned for 30 months, after taking false claims from three robbery witnesses. The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal ordered Hayes, of Tapton Crescent Road, Sheffield, to pay costs of £1,104. Chairman David Faull says: “This is one of the most serious offences that could come before us.” Hayes denied the charge, but was found guilty after a trial.