Day: June 12, 2020

London protesters face strict rules as police fear weekend clashes between Black Lives Matter and right-wing groups

June 12, 2020

The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates Police have imposed strict “conditions” ahead of planned protests in London this weekend, as officers fear clashes could take place between opposing groups. Black Lives Matter (BLM) and far-right marches are expected on Saturday and Sunday, with the Democratic […]

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UK coronavirus LIVE: 'Support bubble' system to begin in England as R rate flickers above one in parts of country

June 12, 2020

The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates People living alone in England can today form “support bubbles” with other households , ending weeks of isolation under coronavirus lockdown. The latest easing of the social-distancing rules paves the way for some grandparents to visit and hug their […]

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Fawlty Towers episode to be reinstated on UKTV after 'racial slurs' caused concerns

June 12, 2020

The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates The famous “don’t mention the war” episode of Fawlty Towers is set to be reinstated on UKTV after the streaming service removed it because it contains “racial slurs”. UKTV, which is owned by the BBC, said it had temporarily […]

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Thousands of Black Lives Matter protesters gather in Trafalgar Square against police brutality and racism

June 12, 2020

The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates Thousands of Black Lives Matter protesters gathered in Trafalgar Square today after marching through central London in the pouring rain against racism and police brutality. Dozens of activists wearing face coverings and waving signs reading “Enough is Enough” were […]

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Londoners, I urge you to stay home instead of protesting this weekend

June 12, 2020

As a former human rights lawyer and someone who believes passionately in freedom of assembly and the right to peaceful protest, it goes against my nature to urge Londoners not to go out to protest this weekend. But these are exceptional circumstances. Not only are we in the midst of a devastating pandemic, which is […]

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UK protests: Clashes feared as right-wing groups vow to 'defend' memorials over weekend

June 12, 2020

Clashes are feared between Black Lives Matter protesters, football hooligans, veterans and far-right groups who have vowed to “defend” memorials over another weekend of demonstrations. Several statues in Parliament Square and elsewhere have been boarded up by authorities as a protective measure, and to defuse tensions over potential vandalism. The London faction of Black Lives […]

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Coronavirus death rate halves in all but two parts of England and Wales

June 12, 2020

Coronavirus mortality rates fell by more than 50% almost every region of England and Wales between April and May. This was after a substantial rise across the country throughout March. The greatest decrease was in London, where the proportion of Covid-19 deaths fell by 83.3%. New data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show […]

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Racist spat at victim then coughed at police saying she had coronavirus

June 12, 2020

A racist who spat in another woman’s face before coughing at police officers and claiming she had coronavirus has been jailed. Carol Cowan, 52, racially abused a woman in the street in Croydon, south London on Monday morning. Her victim managed to attract the attention of passing police officers, who succeeded in capturing Cowan. Once inside […]

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2,000 buildings still covered in dangerous cladding three years on from Grenfell disaster

June 12, 2020

Around 2,000 buildings are still covered with flammable cladding – despite the government pledging to remove it all by this month. The housing, communities and local government committee met in the lead up to the third anniversary of the Grenfell Tower disaster. The parlimentary committee warned fixing all serious fire safety defects in these high-risk […]

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Boris Johnson says attacking statues is 'lying about our history' and protests have been 'hijacked by extremists'

June 12, 2020

The Independent employs reporters around the world to bring you truly independent journalism. To support us, please consider a contribution. Boris Johnson has said tearing down statues amounts to “lying about our history” and that it is “absurd and shameful” for a monument to Winston Churchill to be boarded up ahead of expected protests this weekend. […]

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