Day: July 9, 2020

Labour MP Dawn Butler closes office after receiving racist threats

July 9, 2020

London MP also says constituency premises expensive and hard to keep Covid-19 safe Dawn Butler was a candidate for the Labour deputy leadership in February 2020. Photograph: Robert Perry/Getty Images A Labour MP has been forced to close her constituency office after escalating racist threats towards her and her staff since she spoke out in […]

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Met police officer charged with membership of far right terrorist group National Action

July 9, 2020

A serving probationary Metropolitan Police officer, 21, has been charged with being a member of far-right terrorist group National Action, the force said. The Metropolitan Police said Benjamin Hannam, 21, of north London, had been charged with five offences including belonging to a proscribed organisation, namely National Action, between December 17, 2016 and January 1, […]

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Norfolk soldier jailed for passing on military-issue ammunition

July 9, 2020

A serving British soldier has been jailed for 15 months for passing on military-issue bullets. Ralstan Pusey, 31, will be discharged from the army with immediate effect after he was traced to ninety-seven rounds of 9mm Parabellum ammunition that were taken from the British military. Police found the bullets with a loaded hand gun during […]

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Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon is found dead after he was reported missing

July 9, 2020

The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates The Mayor of Seoul has been found dead by police, a day after his daughter reported him as missing. Police said Park Won-soon’s body was discovered in wooden hills in Mt Bugak, northern Seoul. The Mayor of South Korea‘s […]

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Man pleads guilty after police recover UK's largest residential seizure of MDMA and crystal meth

July 9, 2020

A man has pleaded guilty to a number of drug charges after police discovered large quantities of MDMA hidden in children’s toys. Patrick Scotland, 28, of Canada Way in west London admitted to several drug charges at Isleworth Crown Court on July 9. His plea follows what police say is the largest seizure of MDMA […]

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Former Uber driver who planned attack on gay Pride parade and Madame Tussauds jailed

July 9, 2020

A jihadist who plotted a gun, knife and van rampage around London has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 25 years. Mohiussunnath Chowdhury planned to target popular attractions, including Madame Tussauds, the gay Pride parade and an open-top sightseeing bus, using a gun, knife and van, last year. The 29-year-old former Uber […]

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London stalling: How the capital became an empty playground for the global elite

July 9, 2020

The Independent employs reporters around the world to bring you truly independent journalism. To support us, please consider a contribution. Back in the swirling mists of prehistory, sometime in 2003, I moved to London straight from university. I didn’t have any contacts in the city or a family flat. But I did have the huge privilege […]

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Woman, 85, killed after crane collapsed on houses leaving family ‘traumatised’

July 9, 2020

A woman who died after a crane fell on a row of terraced houses in east London has been named as 85-year-old June Harvey. The crane fell at a site where flats were being built and its beams crashed through the tiles of two homes on Compton Close, Bow, at around 2pm on Wednesday. Ms […]

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Woman killed in London crane collapse named as construction worker fights for life

July 9, 2020

The Independent employs reporters around the world to bring you truly independent journalism. To support us, please consider a contribution. A woman who died after a crane collapsed onto houses in east London has been named by her family as June Harvey, 85. Police said specialist firefighters would work to recover her body on Thursday. Her […]

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TfL stopped 3,000 people without face masks getting on buses

July 9, 2020

More than 3,000 people were stopped from getting on London buses over the weekend until they put on a face covering. Face coverings on public transport were made mandatory last month in an attempt to control the spread of coronavirus, and flouters face £100 fines. But police and transport officers have stepped up enforcement in […]

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