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Exposed: How 'out-of-control' police promised murder 'witness' £20,000, let him use drugs... and paid rail fares for safehouse hookers

The judgment was damning. Quashing the convictions of five men serving life for the brutal murder of footballer Kevin Nunes, the Court of Appeal said the case was one of the worst examples of police misconduct it had ever seen. Full Story - Daily Mail

BBC: Brexit: Jeremy Corbyn urges caution on single market

Brexit: Jeremy Corbyn urges caution on single market 24 September 2017 From the section UK Politics Related Topics Brexit Jeremy Corbyn has promised to listen to Labour members' calls to keep the UK in the EU single market - but warned it could hamper the government's ability to protect jobs and invest in industry. The Labour leader said EU restrictions on state aid and pressure to privatise sectors like rail could cause problems. He also predicted "a lot of people" would continue to come from the EU to work in the UK after Brexit. Mr Corbyn was speaking on day one of the Labour conference in Brighton. Setting the scene for Labour conference More than 40 senior Labour figures, including 30 MPs, have signed an open letter, published in the Observer, urging Mr Corbyn to commit to remaining in the European single market and customs union after the UK leaves the EU. Labour has already said it would keep the UK in both agreements during a transitional period. Theresa May has suggested that period could last about two years, but speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, Mr Corbyn said it should last "as long as necessary". It is "impossible" to say at this stage how long it would be, he argued. 'Clean break' Asked about his plans beyond this period, Mr Corbyn said the "important priority" was seeking tariff-free trade access to the EU's markets, and that it was necessary to "look very carefully" at the terms of any trade deal to avoid restrictions on state aid, citing the UK's steel industry as an example. "We need to be quite careful about the powers that we need as national governments," he said. The customs union is the EU's tariff-free trading area, which imposes the same taxes on imports from certain countries outside the union. The single market also includes the free movement of goods, services, capital and people. The letter urging commitment to the single market was signed by both Blairite and left-wing MPs, along with some prominent trade union leaders. "The supposed benefits of a clean break with the EU are a fantasy," it said. "The economic impact of leaving the single market would hit the most vulnerable in our society hardest. "Labour should commit to staying in the single market and customs union - ruling out no options for how to achieve this." On the issue of free movement, Mr Corbyn said he understood "the importance of workers moving from one place to the other", but some employers had "grotesquely exploited" the system to pay EU workers very low wages. "That has to stop. But we have to recognise that in the future we're going to need people to work in Europe, and people from Europe are going to need to work here. There's going to be a lot of movement." 'New strength' Although Labour did not win the general election, Mr Corbyn will tell delegates to the party's biggest ever conference that they have set the political agenda after making gains in it. He will unveil, or reiterate, policies that will have wide approval across his party, from recruiting more police officers to lifting the public sector pay cap and alleviating student debt. "We have changed the political centre of gravity. We are now the political mainstream and have the chance to transform our country," he wrote in the Observer. "To do that we must use our new strength inside and outside Parliament to challenge the Conservatives at every step - and prepare to form a government to change Britain when the next election is called." View the full article

BBC: Six injured in east London 'acid attack'

24 September 2017 From the section London Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFootage of police and other emergency services around Stratford has been shared on social mediaSix people have been injured in Stratford, east London, after a reported acid attack. Police were called to Stratford Centre, opposite Westfield, just before 20:00 BST. A man has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm. Police said there had been reports of a group of males spraying people with a noxious substance. Ambulance and fire services were also called. The incident is not believed to be terror related. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPolice cordon off part of the areaThose reported injured were believed to be in a number of different locations. Six patients were treated at the scene, and three of them were taken to hospital, Paul Gibson of the London Ambulance Service said. No-one is thought to have life-threatening or life-changing injuries. Witnesses at the scene said an argument had broken out among a group of people. A man who gave his name as Hossen, an assistant manager at Burger King, said a victim had run into the fast food chain to "wash acid off his face". Image copyright PA Image caption One man said a victim ran into a Burger King to "wash acid off his face" The 28-year-old added: "There were cuts around his eyes and he was trying to chuck water into them." Tahseen Taj lives in one of the buildings just opposite the shopping centre and was disturbed by the noise. "I could hear a lot of ambulances and police from around 20:45, but also there's a West Ham match today; I thought it must be a football brawl," she said. "But after some time it just increased and increased, and there were a lot of fire brigades and ambulances and police, and it was quite chaotic to be honest. "I was quite worried." Image copyright PA Image caption A cordon remains in place around the Stratford Centre area View the full article

Mass acid attack at Stratford tube station leaves at least six injured as dozens of emergency vehicles are scrambled to East London

Police rushed to a London tube station tonight after six people were injured in a massive acid attack. Full Story - Daily Mail

BBC: Blackpool 'gas explosion': Three people injured

Blackpool 'gas explosion': Three people injured 23 September 2017 From the section Lancashire Image copyright Lancashire Fire and Rescue Image caption The blast happened in Charles Street shortly before 18.00 BST Three people are in hospital following a suspected gas explosion at a Blackpool guest house. Fire crews and paramedics rescued two people who were trapped in the Charles Street building after the blast shortly before 18.00 BST. Lancashire Police said a number of people were also treated at the scene and advised people to avoid the area. The conditions of the injured is not yet known. Evacuation Residents of Charles Street and Milbourne Street, which runs parallel to it, have been evacuated by police. A safety cordon has been set up and roads in the area have been closed. Police advised people affected by the evacuation to seek shelter at St John's Church on Church Street or the Salvation Army citadel on Raikes Parade. View the full article

BBC: Brexit: UK needs to clarify issues - Macron

Brexit: UK needs to clarify issues - Macron 23 September 2017 From the section UK Politics Related Topics Brexit Image copyright Reuters The UK must provide more clarity about its negotiating position on Brexit, the French president has said. Emmanuel Macron said the issues of EU citizens, the exit bill and the Irish border question must be settled before talks could be held on trade. On Friday, Theresa May made suggestions including a two-year transition period after Brexit, and that the UK pay the EU for "commitments" previously made. She hoped this offer, made in a speech in Italy, would unblock Brexit talks. In the first response by a European leader to the speech, Mr Macron welcomed her initiative, but said the British position still needed to be fleshed out. "Before we move forward, we wish to clarify the issue of the regulation of European citizens, the financial terms of the exit and the question of Ireland," he said. "If those three points are not clarified, then we cannot move forward on the rest." Mrs May said there should be a transition period of "about" two years after March 2019 - when the UK leaves the EU - during which trade should continue on current terms EU migrants would still be able to live and work in the UK but they would have to register with the authorities, under her proposals. And she said the UK would pay into the EU budget for decisions made while it was a member, so other so member states are not left out of pocket. She did not specify how much the UK would be prepared to pay during the transition period, but it has been estimated as being at least 20bn euros (about £18bn). Mrs May's speech was welcomed by senior Conservative figures including Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Chancellor Philip Hammond. But backbench MP Jacob Rees-Mogg criticised the PM's stance on freedom of movement - saying it should end in March 2019 - offering the union money, and the role of the European Courts of Justice on Britain. He told BBC Newsnight it was a "red line" if the UK was still subject to the ECJ after March 2019. If it was, "we have not left the European Union", he said. Reality Check: Decoding the PM's speech Time for action, say businesses Will Tory MPs swallow May's Brexit formula? A guide to the Brexit negotiations The prime minister, in her speech, also suggested a "bold new security agreement" and said the UK would be the EU's "strongest partner and friend". On trade, she said the two sides could do "so much better" than adopt existing models, adding there was "no need to impose tariffs where there are none now". She also suggested that the UK and EU would continue working together on projects promoting long-term economic development and the UK would want to "make an ongoing contribution to cover our fair share of the costs involved". Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMay on Brexit: "A two year transition period"When the two-year transition period was up, the UK and EU could move towards a new "deep and special partnership," she said. But by March 2019, neither the UK or EU would be ready to "smoothly" implement new arrangements needed so suggested current trade terms should remain in place. Such a period should be "time limited", she said, with its length being determined by how long it takes to set up new systems. Analysis By BBC Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg It's been pretty well established in Whitehall for many months; the most eager Brexiteers who wanted short, sharp exit lost that battle some time ago. And her acknowledgment of that today pulls against her repeated insistence in the election that the public just want politicians to "get on with it". And there were new nuggets of information that will influence the talks. The prime minister gave an unconditional guarantee of security co-operation with the rest of the EU, whether you think that is the right thing to do or the loss of a potentially powerful bargaining tool. And Number 10 believe their offer on enhanced legal protections for EU citizens takes them closer to a deal. Read Laura's full blog But she hoped to build a "comprehensive and ambitious" new economic partnership with the EU in the long-term. To EU citizens in the UK she offered reassurance that "we want you to stay, we value you" and acknowledged differences with the EU over which courts should guarantee their rights after Brexit. She said she wanted UK courts to take account of rulings by the European Court of Justice and hoped "on this basis, our teams can reach firm agreement quickly". Image copyright Reuters Image caption Cabinet ministers were in the front row in Florence to hear the speech Mrs May said Brexit was a "critical time" for both sides but she looked ahead with "optimism". 'Listened to Labour' The EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier described the speech as "constructive" and said the prime minister had shown "a willingness to move forward". But he added that while her statements on EU citizens were "a step forward", they "must now be translated into a precise negotiating position of the UK government". And he said he would have to examine the "concrete implications" of the UK's pledge that no member state would have to pay more as a result of Brexit. The European Parliament's Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt, said the UK's position was becoming "more realistic" but registering EU citizens was "out of the question". Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn said the speech suggested the PM had "listened to Labour" and acknowledged a transition was needed to provide stability for businesses and workers. Mr Barnier meets Brexit Secretary David Davis for a fourth round of talks on Monday. View the full article

BBC: Man charged over Parsons Green attack

22 September 2017 From the section UK Image copyright Reuters An 18-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder in connection with the Parsons Green attack. Ahmed Hassan, of Sunbury, Surrey, will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court this afternoon, when he will also face a second charge under the Explosive Substances Act. Three other men, aged 25, 30 and 17, remain in custody. Thirty people were injured last Friday when a bomb partially exploded on a rush-hour District line train. View the full article

BBC: Theresa May Brexit speech to be 'open and generous offer' to EU

Theresa May Brexit speech to be 'open and generous offer' to EU 21 September 2017 From the section UK Politics comments Related Topics Brexit Image copyright AFP Theresa May's speech on Brexit in Italy on Friday will represent an "open and generous offer" to the rest of the EU, a cabinet minister has told the BBC. It is thought that might include a guarantee that no EU country would lose out from changes to the EU's current budget as a result of the UK leaving. But another minister warned against offering too much money, saying "it's our only leverage". Mrs May briefed her cabinet on Thursday morning about the speech. The event in Florence is being seen as an attempt to break the deadlock on the negotiations, with the EU unhappy at the lack of progress on agreeing the UK's "divorce bill" from Brussels. Ben Wright: The Brexit transition options A guide to the Brexit negotiations Johnson denies cabinet Brexit split The cabinet meeting - which at two and a half hours was much longer than usual - came amid reports of ministerial splits over Brexit. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was accused of undermining the PM with a 4,000-word article about Brexit. He subsequently denied reports he planned to resign if his blueprint was not followed and described the government as "a nest of singing birds". The foreign secretary and prime minister travelled back from the United Nations in New York on the same flight on Wednesday night. And in a carefully orchestrated show of unity Mr Johnson and Chancellor Philip Hammond - often seen to represent different views on Brexit - left No 10 together, smiling to waiting reporters. Debate ahead of the speech has focused on the detail of the time-limited transition period after Brexit, how much the UK will pay as it leaves, and whether it will continue contributing to EU budgets in years to come. So far, the government has said the UK will honour its commitments but that the days of "giving huge sums of money" are over. Downing Street has also described as "speculation" a Financial Times report that chief Brexit "sherpa" Olly Robbins, who reports directly to Mrs May, had told Germany she will offer to pay £20bn in the period up to 2020 to cover gaps in the budget left by the UK's departure. The fourth round of Brexit negotiations begins on 25 September, with the UK due to leave the EU in March 2019. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhy Florence?Analysis - By BBC Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg We are one of the biggest contributors to the EU pot, so leaving dents the planned financial arrangements if we just go and take our cheque book with us. If that is the promise that is roughly to the tune of £20bn, although it would be surprising if Theresa May named a figure herself - it's not her style and any actual numbers will be subject to far-off negotiations. But in terms of the bill, that could just be the start of it. Plugging the hole in the current budget doesn't deal with what the EU sees as our long-term obligations - whether that's diplomats' pensions or our share of money that's been loaned to other countries. Read Laura's full blog The UK is keen to intensify their pace and open discussions on the country's future relationship with the EU, including trade, as soon as possible. But this cannot happen until the EU deems sufficient progress has been made on the initial subjects being discussed, including the UK's financial settlement. The two sides are also trying to reach agreement on the status of UK and EU expats after Brexit, and the impact of Brexit on the Northern Ireland border. The pro-European Liberal Democrats called on Mrs May to clamp down on Cabinet dissent by sacking Boris Johnson and to use her Florence speech to "drop her reckless insistence that no deal is better than a bad deal". The party's Brexit spokesman Tom Brake said: "This a chance for the prime minister to show she's listened to the message sent by voters at the election and to seek a Brexit deal that has majority support in the country. "That should include staying in the single market, separating the issue of EU nationals' rights so they are not used as bargaining chips, and giving the public a vote on the final deal." View the full article

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