The National Fishworkers’ Forum (NFF) in India has appealed to Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to take efforts to release 40 Indian fishermen who have been languishing in the prisons of Sri Lanka, The Hindu newspaper reported.N.Elango, chairperson of the National Fishworkers’ Forum drew the attention of the Union Minister on the information given by Union Minister of State V.K. Singh on the floor of the Rajya Sabha on July 23. Elango also pointed out that the number of fishermen arrested on June 1 were 14 and 26 were detained on June 17.He added that while 114 fishermen arrested since February 27 have been released, their 31 boats are still in the custody of the Sri Lankan Government. The Minister had also said the all diplomatic efforts had been made by the ministry to get the 14 fishermen and the 3 boats released. Elango pointed out Singh stated that 14 Indian fishermen were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy on June 1 on the ground that they had been fishing in Sri Lankan waters. Three of their fishing boats had been confiscated. In memorandum to the External Affairs Minister, Elango also urged her to appeal to the Sri Lankan Government to release not only the 40 fishermen and their 3 boats but also the 31 boats of the fishermen released earlier.
A former Olympic showjumper, who used pig’s blood to daub lewd messages inside a Tory Peer’s home after discovering he was cheating on her with the wife of another Lord, has avoided a prison sentence.Lizzie Purbrick, 63, who was part of Great Britain’s equestrian team in the 1980 Moscow Olympics, took revenge on her lover, Lord Prior of Brampton, after catching him in the arms of another woman.After obtaining eight litres of pig’s blood from a friend who was a butcher, she let herself into his south London flat and used a garden sprayer to paint the words “whore”, “lady slut” and “big d*** lord” on the walls.She also drew a penis on the floor before emptying the remainder of the pig’s blood everywhere and then leaving a cheque for £1,000.Purbrick had been in a relationship with the 63-year-old married former Tory MP for around eight years and said she had “passionately” loved him.But she was devastated in May when she discovered that he was having an affair behind her back with another Peer’s wife, who was only identified as Mags. Lord Prior of Brampton is a former Tory MPCredit:Andrew Antonio As well as the community service, Purbrick was ordered to pay costs of £85 plus a victim surcharge £85.The court also issued a restraining order against her preventing her from making any contact with the Tory peer or visiting any of his three homes. Appearing at Camberwell Magistrates Court in south London, Purbrick, from King’s Lynn, Norfolk, admitted one charge of criminal damage to Lord Prior’s flat in Kennington, south London and was sentenced to 120 hours community service. Mr Nicholls also said Purbrick’s brother had been diagnosed with terminal cancer at the time and had sadly ended his own life just three days ago.Sentencing her, District Judge Susan Green, said: “The police found a very large amount of blood in the flat at various locations.“In one of the bedrooms clothes on the floor had blood all over then and the bed was covered.“She wrote highly abusive slogans on the walls and on the floor. They are in my view quite appalling along with the amount of blood out on the pavement and the front mat. Purbrick pictured in 1983Credit:REX/Shutterstock Purbrick won the coveted Armada Dish at 1984’s Badminton Horse Trials and competed at the World Championships in 1978 at Lexington, Kentucky.After jumping in the 1980 Olympics in the then-Soviet Union, she was a member of the gold medal-winning team at the European Championships the following year. “I do not accept for a moment this was spontaneous. This was clearly planned and premeditated and can not be interpreted in any other way.”The court heard that the use of pig’s blood had been deliberate because Lord Prior bred the the animals and would find it particularly upsetting.Lord Prior, the son of the former cabinet minister Jim Prior, is a prominent Remainer, who has voted against the Government over Brexit. Ms Purbrick obtained eight litres of blood from a butcher friend for her revenge missionCredit:Crown Prosecution Service/ PA Defending, Simon Nicholls said: “This whole case has the feel of something lifted straight out of the pages of a Jilly Cooper novel.”Mr Nicholls said the pair, both estranged from their respective married partners, had been in a relationship for several years.But he said: “To put this delicately, this comes to an end when she discovers him in the arms of another woman who is married to another member of the House of Lords.“The whole incident she describes as cathartic and she’s now moved on. This was a one-off offence caused by the breakdown of a relationship.” Speaking outside court, Ms Purbrick, said: “I am relieved not to go to prison. She was a very nice judge.”She added: “Everything started in Norfolk. We were together for eight years. I was all set up to be Lady Prior.”Purbrick said Lord Prior had billed her £15,000 for the redecoration of the flat but she had not paid it.She said: “It seems a lot for pig’s blood but he says the whole house needed doing. I haven’t paid it.”Asked who the woman referred to as Mags was, Purbrick simply said she had a “delicious” husband who had been “woefully wronged”. Ms Purbrick used pig’s blood to write insults on the walls of David Prior’s south London flatCredit:Mehmood Yasser 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.