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Met chief pledges to use ‘Al Capone’ tactics to tackle rising London murder rate

New task force of 120 officers would focus on the most violent gang members and individuals to take them off London’s streets “for any crime” Police to target street dealing, muggers and anti-social behaviour 18-year-old man died from knife wounds after staggering towards police officers on patrol in Hackney last night The announcement of the new task force comes after ...

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UK urged to counter ‘disinformation’ from Russia over novichok

Hamish de Bretton-Gordon says government must give more details of why it is sure Moscow was behind Salisbury attack A leading chemical weapons expert has called on the UK government to give more details of why it is sure Moscow was behind the Salisbury attack after the head of the Porton Down defence research laboratory said it had not established ...

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UK communities take action against ‘Punish a Muslim Day’ letter

Letter called for day of attacks on Muslims but people have hit back by showing love and solidarity Communities across the UK have been responding to violent threats contained in a letter promising that 3 April would be “Punish a Muslim Day”. The phrase was coined in an anonymous letter distributed to some homes and businesses last month, with recipients ...

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Queen Elizabeth’s husband Prince Philip faces hip surgery

  The elderly husband of Queen Elizabeth II is set to undergo hip surgery in a London hospital. Prince Philip is scheduled to have surgery at the King Edward VII Hospital Wednesday. Buckingham Palace has said it will provide updates “when appropriate” but has not provided details about the nature of the surgery. The 96-year-old prince has been suffering from ...

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De la Rue given more time to challenge passport decision

The UK government has granted a two-week extension to the bidding process to make the new British passports. UK company De La Rue had requested the longer “standstill period”, which has been agreed by the Home Office. It now means a decision will now be made on Tuesday, 17 April. De La Rue had lost the ÂŁ490m contract to French-Dutch ...

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English Language Training provided to Special Branch Officers by the UK Government

In a ceremony held on 31st March 2018, the British High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Alison Blake, handed over certificates to 110 Special Branch officers following their successful completion of an English Language Training Course. This training will assist officers in the identification of illegal migrants, interviewing and debriefing of international passengers and liaising with international law enforcement agencies. The department ...

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Tottenham shooting: Girl, 17, dies from gunshot wound

Two shootings in London in the space of an hour have left a 17-year-old girl dead and a boy, 16, critically ill. The teenage girl, named locally as Tanesha Melbourne, was found with a bullet wound in Tottenham on Monday night and pronounced dead at the scene. Two miles away, in Walthamstow, the boy was found with gunshot wounds, with ...

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Home Office letter nudges asylum seekers to return home

Letter seen by the Guardian discusses travel options to return home before asylum case has been heard The Home Office has begun encouraging asylum seekers to return home before officials have considered their cases, the Guardian has learned. The department’s move is part of the drive to create a “hostile” environment for illegal immigrants in Britain, and comes despite a ...

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Students demand UK universities take urgent action against racism

Exeter University students who say they were subject to racist abuse call for systemic change in handling of prejudice Students at the University of Exeter are calling for urgent changes after a spate of racist incidents, which they say are happening on campus and within student societies. Chris Omanyondo, Arsalan Motavali and Roman Ibra, all 21, have come forward to ...

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Special needs cash shortfall ‘leaves thousands of pupils unplaced’

A shortage of special needs funding means growing numbers of children are being left without suitable school places, a teachers’ leader has warned. National Education Union leader Kevin Courtney said official statistics showed 4,050 special needs pupils were without a place in 2017 in England. He said it was a disgrace that such pupils were at home because councils were ...

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