Proud Liverpudlians, following Cherie Booth's ann-ouncement during a visit to Liverpool Football Club that she wanted to make sure her baby recognised its Scouse roots. When asked if she hoped the baby would please its Prime Minister father by becoming a Newcastle United fan, she replied: "Oh no, it will have to be Liverpool – there's no question about that."
Lord Woolf, Master of the Rolls (above), who was told he would replace Lord Bingham of Cornhill to become the new Lord Chief Justice. Lord Bingham, meanwhile, is to become senior Law Lord at the House of Lords. Lord Woolf was called to the bar in 1954 and has earned a reputation as both an independent and liberal-minded judge. He will take up his new post in June.
Lawyers combining a personal injury specialisation with agricultural law, who have a potential new earner this week following the lucky escape of a Cumbrian woman. As car showroom secretary Maureen Moscrop of Parker and Parker in Kendal left her desk to investigate a thumping sound coming from above, a runaway cow – which had escaped from a local cattle market and climbed on to the roof – crashed through the ceiling, crushing the chair she had been sitting on just seconds before.
An 11-year-old Spanish girl, whose emotional letter won the hearts of three Appeal Court judges and changed the outcome of an international custody battle. The girl and her six-year-old brother had been snatched from Spain by their father and brought to the UK despite a Spanish court order giving their mother custody. But after hearing of the girl's fears that she would be returned to her alcoholic mother, a High Court ruling was overturned, allowing the two children to stay in the UK.
UK residents, whose relatives could have been forced to pay a £10,000 bond while visiting the country had the Government not scrapped a controversial idea. Senior cabinet minister Margaret Beckett said that the scheme, which was intended to control the number of illegal immigrants entering the UK but had been opposed by anti-racism groups, would be abandoned or at least "put on hold" as a result of public reaction against it. Home Secretary Jack Straw was said to be unconvinced that the bond scheme would stop determined illegal immigrants or that it would run properly.