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Image copyright Metropolitan Police/PA Wire Image caption Michelle Samaraweera was raped and murdered in Walthamstow after she went out to buy some snacks early in the morning of 30 May 2009 A serial rapist dubbed the “night stalker” has been jailed for life for the murder of one of his victims more than a decade […]

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Tom Lace’s 2019 season came to a premature end when he broke a finger while batting in August Gloucestershire have signed batsman Tom Lace on a deal until the end of the 2023 campaign. Lace scored 835 runs in Division Two in 2019 for Middlesex and Derbyshire, where he spent time on loan. “I’m looking […]

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Image copyright Reuters Sweeping changes to the “outdated” planning system in England will make it easier to build much-needed new homes, the housing secretary has said. Robert Jenrick said local people would not be able to block developments in designated “growth” zones. The changes were needed to speed up the planning process, he told BBC […]

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Image caption Ranae James, now a graphic designer, was excluded dozens of time during a tough period Black pupils are disproportionately hit with fixed-term exclusions in England – by three times as many in some places, data shows. Pupils with black ethnicity have higher temporary exclusion rates in two-thirds of local authority areas, new analysis […]

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Indoor performances, with socially distanced audiences, can resume in England from 1 August The government has been too slow to respond to the “existential threat” faced by live theatre, music and other culture, a committee of MPs has said. Minsiters “consistently failed to recognise” the challenges Covid-19 posed to […]

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Arteta angered by red card decisions against Foxes Arsenal have appealed against striker Eddie Nketiah’s sending off in Tuesday’s draw with Leicester City. Nketiah, 21, was initially booked for a challenge on defender Justin James. But it was changed to a red card after referee Chris Kavanagh consulted with the video assistant referee and viewed […]

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Image copyright PA Media Image caption All pupils and year groups are expected to be back full time next term The government has published its safety plans for the return to school in September – built on the principle of keeping classes or whole year groups apart in separate “bubbles”. But it means if there […]

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Image copyright Snapchat Image caption Police attended an illegal street party in Angell Town in Brixton Twenty-two police officers have been injured and their vehicles damaged during clashes at an illegal street party in south-east London. Police were called following complaints from residents about noise and violence near Angell Town in Brixton on Wednesday night. […]

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Image copyright PA Dame Vera Lynn, the Forces’ Sweetheart whose songs helped raise morale in World War Two, has died aged 103. The singer’s family confirmed she died on Thursday morning surrounded by her close relatives. “The family are deeply saddened to announce the passing of one of Britain’s best-loved entertainers at the age of […]

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