Albert Dryden, 76, was serving life in jail for murdering Harry Collinson, principal planning officer at Derwentside District Council, County Durham, in 1991, the Guardian reports. Collinson, 46, was overseeing an operation to demolish a bungalow Dryden had built without planning permission on his country lane smallholding, the newspaper says. "Diggers were on standby to start the demolition and TV camera crews and news reporters were at the site to witness negotiations when Dryden opened fire, killing Collinson," according to the newspaper. The newspaper quotes Alex Watson, a Durham county councillor and district council leader at the time, who said that Dryden had been released after 26 years because of ill health and would be looked after in a residential care home. "He’s been released as he has had a severe stroke and it’s left him unable to talk," Watson said.
Britain’s biggest cities are lobbying the government to replace European investment funding after Brexit, the Financial Times (subscription required) reports. According to the newspaper, David Davis, the minister in charge of the UK government negotiations, on Thursday met three northern mayors to listen to their concerns. "Andy Burnham of Greater Manchester, Steve Rotheram of Liverpool city region and Ben Houchen of Tees Valley pressed for the same amount of cash from a proposed UK Shared Prosperity Fund that will replace EU solidarity payments," the newspaper reports.
Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Ryan Bourne, of free market think-tank the Cato Institute, argues that "liberalising planning more broadly" would aid government efforts to build more homes. "Almost all evidence points towards the land use planning system being the root of the problem," he writes. "If so, why does [Theresa] May believe more council houses are the answer? Councils will face the same planning restrictions and nimby opposition to development as everyone else. If the government and councils intend to grant themselves special privileges, however, then why not open these up to all by liberalising planning more broadly?"
The new president of the Supreme Court has said that Parliament should give judges "as much clarity as possible" in setting out Britain’s relationship to the European Court of Justice after Brexit, the Guardian reports. According to the newspaper, Lady Hale, the first woman to head the Supreme Court, called on MPs to give sufficient guidance that judges knew how far they should "take into account" future judgments from the Luxembourg court.
The number of rail passenger journeys in Britain fell sharply in spring this year, after two decades of virtually constant growth since privatisation, the Guardian reports. According to the newspaper, figures from the Office of Rail and Road show that the total number of journeys between April and June was 407.5 million, a decline of 4.6 per cent from the same period last year.