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Prince Andrew concedes proper service of legal papers in sexual assault lawsuit

Prince Andrew concedes proper service of legal papers in sexual assault lawsuit

The Duke of York, 61, has officially conceded proper service of process in the New York lawsuit filed against him by alleged Jeffrey Epstein victim Virginia Giuffre, previously known as Virginia Roberts. The acceptance of service marks the latest development in the ongoing civil lawsuit against the Royal Family member.

Following Prince Andrew’s acceptance that the papers have been served on him, he must now respond to the lawsuit from his accuser by 29 October.

The conceding of the papers came via the Duke’s legal team, who in a joint stipulation filed on Friday, September 24 in Manhattan federal court, confirmed the receipt.

The Duke’s attorneys stated they had received copies of the summons and complaint in the suit, which alleges sexual assault and sexual battery against the royal.

The Duke of York has repeatedly denied all allegations made against him.

The latest twist in the legal drama comes after the Prince faced accusations he was evading responding to the allegations by claiming that court papers in the case had not been properly served to him.

A stipulation has been signed by both legal parties representing Prince Andrew, and Virginia Giuffre which requests the cancellation of a preliminary hearing marked for October 13.

The joint stipulation, which has been shared widely on social media also sets the date for effective service of process as of September 21.

Following standard legal protocol, the Duke’s legal team would traditionally have 21 days to file a response to the initial complaint, meaning that the deadline would be October 12.

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It is likely the judge will accept as both parties in the case have agreed to it.

It comes as last week, the Duke’s lawyer Andrew B Brettler claimed that the legal papers had not been properly served in the UK, as the documents were left with a policeman at the gate of the prince’s Windsor residence.

The filing of the stipulation marks the latest development in the Prince’s ongoing US court battle with his accuser who claims that she was forced by Jeffrey Epstein to have sex with the Duke on three separate occasions between 2000 and 2002 when she was 17.

Ms Giuffre is seeking unspecified damages from the Duke, in the case where she accuses him of “sexual assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress.”

ITV News Royal Editor Chris Ship shared portions of the agreement on Twitter, starting his thread by writing the “clock is ticking”.

The royal correspondent said it was “remarkable” that Prince Andrew, the second son of Queen Elizabeth II, being referred to as “defendant” on the paperwork.

He said: “It’s still remarkable to see court papers which list the Queen’s second son as a defendant. VIRGINIA L. GIUFFRE, Plaintiff, v. PRINCE ANDREW, DUKE OF YORK, a/k/a ANDREW ALBERT CHRISTIAN EDWARD, in his personal capacity, Defendant.”

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Poundland rolls out frozen food service and new store layout to 37 branches – full list

Poundland rolls out frozen food service and new store layout to 37 branches - full list

Poundland has updated what stock is sold in stores as it rolls out more ranges. This is the full list of branches.

By Autumn, the number of stores offering the service could rise to 250 and there may be as many as 500 branches with the frozen range in two years time.

This means customers can pick up even more items when browsing.

The chilled and frozen sections will be filled with groceries such as ready-meals, pizzas, frozen desserts and ice creams.

The retailer has also updated the layout of some branches to account for larger shopping trips.


New trolleys and belted checkouts will be installed to the larger stores to mimic the conventional supermarket experience.

Retail and transformation director Austin Cooke said: “To bring chilled and frozen food to more than 200 stores in such a short time frame is a tremendous achievement.

“Customers tell us that they love the ranges, the famous brands, and say the prices are amazing.

“That’s why we’re pushing hard to keep going as quickly as we can so that we can bring even more choice and value where our customers want it most.”

Newcastle-u-Lyme High St

Derby, London Rd

Crystal Peaks SC, Sheffield

Preston, Deepdale RP, Lancs

Washington, The Galleries

Bromsgrove High St

Skelmersdale The Concourse

Sheffield, The Moor

Swadlincote RP

Mansfield Four Seasons SC

Sutton Coldfield, The Parade

Oswestry, Cross Street

Gainsborough Marshalls Yard RP

Sheffield Kilner Way RP

Clay Cross RP

Halifax, 17 Market Street

Solihull Mell Square

Flint RP

Durham Riverwalk SC

Walsall St Matthews

Sheffield Castle Square

Halesowen Cornbow SC

Redditch Kingfisher Walk

Colne, Boundary RP

Harrogate, Victoria SC

Armley, Town St

Stockton-on-Tees, High St

Sheldon, Coventry Rd, Birmingham

Darlington North Road

Birmingham Fort RP

Ilkeston Waterside

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Mental Health Matters and MPFT launch ground-breaking Mental Health and Autism Peer Support Service in South Staffordshire

Mental Health Matters and MPFT launch ground-breaking Mental Health and Autism Peer Support Service in South Staffordshire
19 July 2021, South Staffordshire – Mental Health Matters (MHM) have successfully launched a new Mental Health and Peer Support (MAPS) service in South Staffordshire.

Developed in partnership with Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust (MPFT) and Staffordshire Adults Autistic Society (SAAS), the service will provide support to individuals with autism who are also struggling with their mental health.

Clients accessing the service will be supported by a Peer Support Worker who can draw on their own experiences to help clients navigate the uncertainty of a diagnosis, create a care plan and access broader services.

Jane Hughes, CEO of MHM, said: “We are excited to launch a support service that is guided by those with lived experience. Working in partnership with MPFT and SAAS allows us to combine our range of expertise to design a service that places clients at the heart of their support”.

Salwa El-Raheb-Booth, Chair of Staffordshire Adults Autistic Society, said: “Expertise by Experience (peer support), is finally acknowledged, and funded. As a Society run by autistics for autistics, SAAS is only too pleased to work with MHM and MPFT in delivering a useful and forward-looking support service for people on the spectrum”.

The service is being commissioned by Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust (MPFT).

Lisa Agell, Operations Director for Unplanned Care and Mental Health MPFT, added: “It has been fantastic to work in partnership with SAAS to shape these services. Using lived experience and putting the client at the centre of their care plan will make a huge difference to people with autism who are struggling with their mental health”.

Mental Health Matters (MHM) is a third sector organisation providing a wide range of support to people with mental health needs offering a welcoming, safe, comfortable, non-judgmental, and non-clinical environment. Learn more: www.mhm.org.uk/

Staffordshire Adults Autistic Society (SAAS) is a charity that aims to use knowledge of those on the autism spectrum to aid and facilitate independent and happy lives by providing support to people on the autism spectrum, and to promote better understanding and acceptance of the autism spectrum disorder.

Press release distributed by Pressat on behalf of MHM, on Monday 19 July, 2021. For more information subscribe and follow https://pressat.co.uk/

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