Day: July 24, 2020

Laurie Laken obituary

July 24, 2020

Laurie Laken was a quiet activist, motivated by his Christian values to live simply as a youth worker and coach My friend Laurie Laken, who has died aged 84, was a table tennis coach and youth worker on the Isle of Dogs, in the East End of London, for 26 years, and was the most […]

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Football hooligan jailed for attacking Guardian columnist Owen Jones

July 24, 2020

The Independent employs reporters around the world to bring you truly independent journalism. To support us, please consider a contribution. A football hooligan who attacked columnist Owen Jones as he celebrated his birthday last year has been jailed. A judge found James Healy, 40, targeted the Guardian writer outside a London pub because of his left-wing […]

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More than 500 illegal raves in London in last month, police say

July 24, 2020

The Independent employs reporters around the world to bring you truly independent journalism. To support us, please consider a contribution. More than 500 illegal raves have been organised across London in the past month, police said as they released body-camera footage of an intervention at a street party that left 22 officers injured. The video, recorded […]

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Pc Andrew Harper's widow 'immensely disappointed' teenagers were cleared of murder

July 24, 2020

Pc Andrew Harper’s widow Lissie said she was “immensely disappointed” that the three teenagers who killed her husband were cleared of murder and instead convicted of manslaughter. Speaking after the sentencing on Friday, the officer’s widow described the crime as “barbaric”. More follows…

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Former Dover MP Charlie Elphicke 'may be a bad husband, but he is not a criminal', court told

July 24, 2020

The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates Former Conservative politician Charlie Elphicke might be guilty of being a bad husband and “foolish”, but it does not mean he sexually assaulted two women, a court has heard. The 49-year-old father-of-two, who was MP for Dover from 2010 […]

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Ministers 'considering telling public to wear gloves to curb coronavirus'

July 24, 2020

The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates Ministers are considering telling the public to wear gloves to curb the spread of coronavirus. Speaking in the House of Lords, Conservative Baroness McIntosh of Pickering asked: “Has the Government formed a view on the use of gloves? “Obviously […]

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Metropolitan Police officer David Morton charged with sexually assaulting colleague

July 24, 2020

A Metropolitan Police sergeant has been charged with sexually assaulting a female colleague. David Morton, 54, of the Met Detention Command, was charged on 3 July with sexual assault on a female member of staff at police premises in Hackney on October 15 last year. He has been bailed to appear at Thames Magistrates’ Court […]

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Australian officials find live animals inside rice cookers destined for China

July 24, 2020

The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates One man has been deported and two more will face criminal charges after Australian officials found valuable live animals stashed inside rice cookers destined for China. A senior wildlife management official for the state of Queensland said post office […]

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‘They are nuts’: PM hits out at vaccine opponents

July 24, 2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has described opponents of vaccines as “nuts”, as he warned the coronavirus “could come back again”.

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Three people crushed by tree after it fell and trapped them underneath

July 24, 2020

Three people were rushed to hospital after being crushed by a falling tree in east London. The tree fell in Leyton on the junction between Leyton High Road and Jesse Road at around 6pm on Thursday. Two crews were sent by the London Ambulance and all three pedestrians were taken to hospital. Their conditions were not immediately […]

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