Samaranayake new Presidential spokesman

The current spokesman for the President is former Daily News Editor Bandula Jayasekera. Sri Lanka Rupavahini Chairman Mohan Samaranayake has been tipped to be appointed as the new Presidential spokesman, unconfirmed reports said.When contacted Samaranayake said that he had also heard of the move but has not been officially informed.

Church warden and magician charged in connection with Maids Moreton murders

A church warden and a magician have been charged in connection with the Maids Moreton murders, police have said. Benjamin Field and magician Martyn Smith have been charged by officers probing the deaths of 69-year-old teacher Peter Farquhar and his Buckinghamshire neighbour Ann Moore-Martin, 83.Mr Farquar died on October 26, 2015, and Ms Moore-Martin passed away almost two years later on May 12, 2017. The two pensioners lived three houses apart in Manor Park in the village of Maids Moreton, near Buckingham, Buckinghamshire.Field, 28, of Wellingborough Road, Olney, was charged Tuesday night with two counts of conspiracy to murder Ann Moore-Martin and Peter Farquhar, one count of murder of Peter Farquhar, one count of attempted murder of Ann Moore-Martin, two counts of fraud and three counts of burglary.Smith, 32, of Penhalvean, Redruth, Cornwall, was charged on the same day with two counts of conspiracy to murder Ann Moore Martin and Peter Farquhar, one count of murder of Peter Farquhar, one count of attempted murder of Ann Moore-Martin, one count of fraud, and two counts of burglary. +A 22-year-old man from Olney was also arrested on suspicion of one count of conspiracy to defraud, one count conspiring to commit fraud by false representation and one count of suspicion of fraud by false representation. He has been released under investigation. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Aerial view of Manor Park in Maids Moreton, near Buckingham, Buckinghamshire of the former homes of Peter Farquhar (left) and Ann Moore-Martin (right) They were originally arrested in connection with the investigation on January 16 last year, but were re-arrested yesterday morning. Both men will appear at High Wycombe Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday. Aerial view of Manor Park in Maids Moreton, near Buckingham, Buckinghamshire of the former homes of Peter Farquhar (left) and Ann Moore-Martin (right)Credit:Steve Parsons/PA read more