Inside the illegal world of dogfighting

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionA BBC undercover investigation revealed an international dogfighting network. Warning: Contains distressing scenes of animal cruelty A BBC investigation into the dark world of organised dogfighting discovered an illegal trade of fighting dogs stretching from Eastern Europe to Wales. The fighters face each other, ready. One rushes forward into a clash of jaws. The ground is already flecked with blood. The lighter one is winning, locked onto its opponent. The black one has lost the ability to fight back. Now, it simply fights for survival. Eventually it attempts to walk, but collapses, legs giving way, head hitting the ground. The fight is over. It dies the next day. In 2016 the BBC …

Author Rosamunde Pilcher dies at 94

Her first novel as Rosamunde Pilcher, A Secret to Tell, was published in 1955. The Shell Seekers, considered one of her most famous works, was published in 1988. It centres on Penelope Keeling, an elderly British woman who reflects on her life and her relationships with her adult children. The book won her international recognition, becoming one of her biggest successes and selling more than five million copies worldwide. Follow us on Facebook, on Twitter @BBCNewsEnts, or on Instagram at bbcnewsents. If you have a story suggestion email entertainment.news@bbc.co.uk.

Online news sites ‘should be regulated’

Last local paper closes, so ring MP for news Amol Rajan’s media predictions for 2019 The independent review, undertaken by former journalist Dame Frances Cairncross, was tasked with investigating the sustainability of high-quality journalism. Its recommendations include measures to tackle “the uneven balance of power” between news publishers and online platforms that distribute their content. Services like Facebook, Google and Apple should continue their attempts to help readers understand how reliable a story is, and the process that decides which stories are shown should be more transparent, it said. “Their efforts should be placed under regulatory scrutiny – this task is too important to leave entirely to the judgment of commercial entities,” according to the report. A regulator would initially …

No local papers ‘means elderly ring MP’

The Harlow Star, the last of three local papers in his constituency, had recently stopped printing, the former minister said, cutting an important thread holding the local community together. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A quarter of local and regional papers have closed in the past decade Charities for the elderly have warned that older people can be particularly affected by the loss of local services, such as High Street shops, post offices, libraries and pubs. Nyree Ambarchian, who volunteers with the Contact the Elderly charity, said: “I see first-hand that these issues are contributing to feelings of isolation. “Slowly but surely, the local fabric of our communities is being eroded by things like the decline of local newspapers, …

‘I don’t know how many people I’ve stabbed’

“I did it because I wanted the older lot to like me and because I thought it was the right thing to do at the time. “To be honest with you, I’ve stabbed quite a lot of people. “If I was to sit here and count I wouldn’t be able to. People remind me, to this day, about people I’ve stabbed that I don’t remember. “We wanted to be bad – look bad, become the gang that everyone feared. We had to carry out a lot of violent crimes to become that gang. “Giving tougher sentences will prevent people from carrying knives because nobody wants to go to jail for 10 or 15 years just for carrying a knife.” Media …