GORDON BROWN faced fresh embar- rassment over UK links to Libya today after Colonel Gaddafis son vowed to fight compensation for IRA terror victims. In the latest fallout from the Lockerbie bomber case, Tripoli rejected calls for payouts despite the Prime Ministers pledge to help relatives of those killed by Irish terrorists using Semtex supplied by Libya. Mr Brown overruled the Foreign Office yesterday by ordering help for the families of IRA victims in their fight for compensa- tion. Jason McCue, who repre- sents some victims of IRA ter rorism, said he was delighted at news of the help. But Saif Gaddafi told Sky News any compensation for alleged Libyan arms supplies to the terror group would be a matter for the courts. They (the vic- tims families) have their lawyers, we have our law- yers, he said. When asked if his answer to the compensation demand would be no in the first instance, he replied: Of course. Suspicion over Government dealings with Libya have intensified since the release of terminally-ill Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi last month. One of Gordon Browns closest allies suggested today that the Prime Minister had not wanted him freed. Schools Secretary Ed Balls made the claim despite Libyan negotiators hav- ing apparently been told Mr Brown did not believe Megrahi should die in prison. Mr Balls stressed that the decision to release the bomber on compassionate grounds last month had been the responsibility of the Scottish government, not Westminster. London Lite Monday, 7 September 2009 Jailformanwho knifedfootballer A MAN who maimed a rising American football star has been jailed for 14 years. William Ibironke, 24, stabbed NFL hopeful Jermaine Ford and student Matthew Keddo, both 20, during a brawl outside an East End nightspot last May. Cheers! 5 off festive bubbly THE PRICE of champagne is expected to be slashed this Christmas due to a fall in demand. Supermarkets will knock at least 5 off the price of an average bottle after a 15 per cent fall in demand in the UK. Gaddafi son to fight cash for victims of the IRA Fakegunplanisshotdown AN ARTIST who planned to encourage school pupils to buy fake guns has been forced to scrap his plans after being warned by police that he faced arrest. Ben Turnbull, 35, from Battersea, wanted to fill a bubble-gum vending machine with replica Beretta and Magnum firearms to explore childrens responses to violence. It was to have been placed outside schools in Sheen, Twickenham, Fulham and Putney this week. Speaking on BBC radio today, Mr Turnbull said he will still exhibit it outside an art gallery. Lyn Costello of the charity Mothers against Murder and Aggression said: Maybe Im old- fashioned, but guns in a vending machine isnt art. Its irresponsible. I think what you are getting out in the open is your name as an artist. Mr Turnbull said he had bought the replica guns at Camden Market. by MARK bLUNDEN Rebuff: Colonel Gadaffis son Saif H SIR TERRY WOGAN was all smiles as he greeted fans hours after announcing he is stepping down as presenter of BBC Radio 2s breakfast show. The 71-year-old beamed for the cameras as he left the White City studios this morning after his Wake Up To Wogan show, saying leaving it was the hardest thing I have ever done. Speaking just after the 8am news, Wogan told listeners: It touches me deeply that Ive played a part in your lives for, it seems, like generations. Chris Evans, Radio 2s drivetime host, will take over after he stands down at the end of the year. Meanwhile, Chris Moyles revealed today he took a pay cut to help the BBC. The Radio 1 breakfast DJ recently signed a new one-year deal and agreed to cut his 630,000 salary by 20 per cent. The 35-year-old explained he understands the need for cuts. He said: I dont like the fact I am earning less than I was two years ago and I dont think I deserve to be because were working harder and the figures are up. But I want to work at the BBC, which is trying to save some of its gazillions, so who am I to get in the way? Moyles, who took over the show from Sara Cox in 2004, today celebrated his 2073rd day as Radio 1s breakfast DJ, beating Tony Blackburns reign as longest-serving breakfast host. Breakfast club: Evans Smiles: Sir Terry Wogan today at the BBC White City studios FreshLibyasetbackforBrown Wogan:Leavingshowisthe hardestthingIveeverdone index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html