Day: August 14, 2020

Police evacuate London block of flats after ‘paint grenade’ discovered

August 14, 2020

A whole block of flats in east London was cleared out after police found what they suspected to be a grenade. Officers were carrying out a firearms search discovered the explosive device at around 1.45am this morning. An eyewitness said ‘the whole block was awoken by police’ banging on people’s doors telling them to get […]

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Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham considers legal challenge over 'unfair' A Level grading

August 14, 2020

The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates The mayor of Greater Manchester says he is considering a legal challenge against England’s exams regulator over the “unfair” A-level results process. Controversy over the exam system, which used computerised “standardisation” this year in the wake of the pandemic, […]

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Man convicted of sending 'hoax package' to former Prime Minister

August 14, 2020

A 54-year-old man who sent a package of white powder and graphic violent images to a former Prime Minister has been convicted. Detectives from the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command arrested Christopher Doyle on May 24, 2018, after an investigation which started at a postal sorting office in east London. The month before, officers had […]

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Donald Trump's younger brother Robert 'seriously ill' in hospital

August 14, 2020

The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates Donald Trump’s younger brother Robert is “seriously ill” in hospital in New York, according to the White House. The president is expected to visit his 72-year-old brother at a hospital in Manhattan on Friday, White House spokesman Judd Deere […]

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Worcester College in Oxford accepts all UK students with offers regardless of A Level results

August 14, 2020

The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates An Oxford University college has accepted all students with offers regardless of their A-level grades amid ongoing controversy over downgraded results. In light of the “uncertainties” surrounding this year’s results, Worcester College said it has accepted all UK offer-holders, […]

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Dawn Butler: I received more abuse after Met defended car stop

August 14, 2020

The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates Labour MP Dawn Butler has claimed she received increased abuse after the Metropolitan Police defended officers who stopped her car in east London. Ms Butler claimed she had been racially profiled after officers in Hackney pulled her and a […]

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Brian Astbury: Founder of first racially mixed theatre in apartheid South Africa

August 14, 2020

Against all odds, Brian Astbury founded Cape Town’s legendary Space Theatre in 1972. It was the first racially mixed, anti-government, unsubsidised theatre to exist in apartheid South Africa, responsible for launching the careers of artists like Pieter-Dirk Uys, Fatima Dike (the country’s first black female playwright) and, famously, Athol Fugard, whose work in collaboration with […]

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Illegal rave ‘hotspots’ to be patrolled as organisers warned of £10,000 fines

August 14, 2020

Areas which are feared to be ‘hotspots’ for illegal raves are to be patrolled as authorities begin to enforce coronavirus regulations more strictly. Boris Johnson announced last night, as part of further easing of England’s lockdown, that new fines of up to £10,000 will be introduced for people hosting raves or unlawful gatherings of more […]

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