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BBC: EU residents will be secure if no Brexit deal says Raab

EU residents will be secure if no Brexit deal says Raab 21 August 2018 Related TopicsBrexit Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDominic Raab is asked about what no Brexit deal would mean for EU nationals living in the UK The UK will "move swiftly" to safeguard the future of EU citizens in the event of no deal being agreed, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab has said. After talks in Brussels, he told the BBC the UK had a "moral obligation" to people and it was "inconceivable" they would be "turfed out". The EU, he said, must match the UK's "ambition and pragmatism" if the gaps between them were to be overcome. Counterpart Michel Barnier warned of a "blame game" over a no deal outcome. Mr Barnier said fundamental disagreements remained on future economic issues and the EU would not abandon its principles when it came to the integrity of the single market. The two sides have agreed that talks will continue without interruption to try to secure a deal in advance of the UK's departure on 29 March 2019. Government to publish no-deal Brexit advice NHS 'not prepared' for no-deal Brexit In recent weeks there has been an increasing focus on the possibility of no deal being reached, and on Thursday the government is to publish a series of technical notices aimed at preparing for this scenario. Mr Raab dismissed what he said were "hair-raising scare stories", promising Thursday's documents would provide clarity. Asked whether the UK would guarantee the future of EU workers if there was no deal, Mr Raab said in the "unlikely eventuality" that this happened, the UK would "move swiftly to secure their position". "We hugely value the contribution of EU citizens here in the UK and I am confident that in the unlikely eventuality that we don't have a deal, we will move swiftly to secure their position," he said. Image copyright PA Image caption Dominic Raab and Michel Barnier will hold more talks next week "It is inconceivable we would do anything other than make sure that they are legally in a position where they're secure to stay," he said, adding that "we are talking about real people...and we have got a moral obligation". He added: "There's no question that we're going to see EU citizens turfed out. We've made that clear in the past. I've made that clear in the past, I'm happy to give that reassurance today." Mr Raab told the BBC that the two sides needed to "step up the ante" and he would be returning to Brussels next week to ensure momentum was not lost. He said a "workable solution" was needed to address the concerns of communities on both sides of the Irish border. At a press conference earlier, the EU's negotiator said his goal was to strike a future partnership of "unprecedented" scope with the UK. But he warned progress on trade and economic co-operation lagged behind that on security and defence issues and said the EU would not compromise the integrity of the single market. Mr Barnier said the question of the Irish border must be "de-dramatised" with the onus on both sides to make clear "which controls are needed where and how this should be done". He added: "Our challenge for the coming weeks is to try and define an ambitious partnership between the UK and the EU - a partnership that has no precedent. "This partnership has to respect the single market and the foundations of the European project, and if this is well understood we can conclude the negotiations successfully." View the full article

Met police sets 2019 date for hearings into death of Sean Rigg in 2008

The family of a man who died in police custody a decade ago will have to wait until at least 2019 to see officers face a disciplinary hearing, the Guardian has learned.

NCA: Three sentenced after shotgun was found hidden in a bag of cuddly toys

Home News Three sentenced after shotgun was found hidden in a bag of cuddly toys Return to News 21 August 2018 Two female friends and an accomplice have been sentenced after a shotgun was found hidden in a bag containing cuddly toys following an investigation by the joint National Crime Agency and Metropolitan Police’s Organised Crime Partnership (OCP). Billy Stokes, 28, and Terri Pemberton, 24 were jailed for two years and 18 months respectively. Pemberton’s friend since her school days, Samantha Fearne, 22, was sentenced to 80 hours community service. The three – from Gravesend and Meopham in Kent - were sentenced yesterday (Monday 20 August) at Maidstone Crown Court. They all pleaded guilty. OCP officers watched as Stokes picked up Fearne and Pemberton from Windmill Street, Gravesend in his transit van on Tuesday, 24, October, 2016 at 1.15pm. Stokes drove to Chalk Road in Higham, Kent, where the two women were seen by officers going into a house. Fifteen minutes later the pair emerged, and Fearne was carrying a large clear sack containing cuddy toys and a child’s duvet which Stokes then put in the back of the van. Stokes then drove the friends to Higham train station where he dropped them off. Shortly after, an armed response unit from Kent Police stopped Stokes in nearby Cobham. Officers searched the vehicle and found a shotgun with a shortened stock and two rounds of ammunition in the sack containing the toys and a duvet. Stokes was arrested for being in possession of a shotgun without a certificate. Pemberton and Fearne were arrested at their home addresses in Gravesend for the supply of a shotgun without a certificate. Matt McMillan, from the Organised Crime Partnership, said: “All three have never said 
exactly why they were in possession of a shotgun and cartridges, but it would have 
been for criminal purposes. “Anyone carrying a gun or preparing one for criminal use poses a serious threat to the 
public. “The NCA and Met officers of the Organised Crime Partnership are determined to find 
those involved with criminality and bring them before the courts.” Share this Page: View the full article

Daily Mirror - Police officer filmed striking a 14-year-old girl in the face during a violent street arrest A police officer is seen striking a 14-year-old girl in the face during a violent arrest. Also the response already from the CC. Bravo! Nice to see he's willing to back his officers up.

BBC: Hillsborough charges against Sir Norman Bettison dropped

Hillsborough charges against Sir Norman Bettison dropped 21 August 2018 Related TopicsHillsborough trials Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sir Norman Bettison had faced four counts of misconduct in a public office A former chief inspector accused of trying to blame Liverpool fans for the 1989 Hillsborough disaster has had all charges against him dropped. Sir Norman Bettison, then of South Yorkshire Police, had faced four counts of misconduct in a public office. He was accused of telling lies about the "culpability of fans" and his role in the wake of the tragedy. Prosecutors said insufficient evidence meant there was no real prospect of securing a conviction. This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts. View the full article

BBC: Businessman Richard Cousins 'leaves £41m' to Oxfam

Businessman Richard Cousins 'leaves £41m' to Oxfam 21 August 2018 Related TopicsCharities' sexual misconduct scandal Image copyright PA/Social media Image caption Richard Cousins (centre) was killed in a plane crash along with his two sons, Edward (left) and William (right) A multi-millionaire catering boss has left a "substantial amount" of money to Oxfam after dying alongside his family in a plane crash. The Sun reports that Richard Cousins left £41m to the charity after he was killed with his fiancee, her daughter, and his two sons on New Year's Eve. The paper said his will specified the money should go to the charity because his two sons died with him. Oxfam told the BBC it had been left money by Mr Cousins, but not how much. A spokesman for the charity said they were "extremely grateful" for the bequest. In its last annual report for 2016-17, the charity received £19.8m in gifts left to it through wills. Tributes paid to seaplane crash family Seaplane crash family members 'drowned' Oxfam scandal: Thousands cancel donations Mr Cousins, 58, who was chief executive of Compass Group, died alongside his fiancee, magazine editor Emma Bowden, 48, her 11-year-old daughter Heather, and his sons, Edward, 23, and William, 25, in Sydney on New Year's Eve 2017. Australian pilot Gareth Morgan was also killed. All six died when the seaplane - which belonged to a firm running sightseeing tours - plunged into a river 30 miles (50km) north of the Australian city. An inquest in the UK found the family had died from a combination of multiple injuries and drowning, calling it a "tragic accident". Image copyright Social media Image caption Emma Bowden and her daughter Heather were also killed in the crash According to the Sun, a year before the incident, Mr Cousins had added a "common tragedy clause" to his will so that if he and his family were to die at the same time, his fortune would go to charity. After the accident, this meant £41m would go to Oxfam - although his two brothers would also receive £1m each, it reported. Gross misconduct It comes as the charity is facing financial difficulty in the wake of allegations that its staff hired prostitutes while working in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. Four employees were fired for "gross misconduct" and three others, including the country director Roland Van Hauwermeiren, were allowed to leave the charity. Mr Van Hauwermeiren denied paying for sex but admitted "making mistakes". Oxfam was accused of concealing the findings of an inquiry into the allegations, and its chief executive, Mark Goldring, resigned. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMark Goldring: 'We are sorry for the damage done to Haiti and the wider aid efforts' After the scandal emerged earlier this year, thousands of people stopped making regular donations, and in June, Oxfam said it would be making £16m in cuts because of reduced funding. A spokesman from the charity said: "We are extremely grateful for this bequest of which we have only recently been notified. "We are working with the family and our board of trustees to identify how the money will be used." View the full article

BBC: Eltham hammer attack: Man charged with attempted murder

Eltham hammer attack: Man charged with attempted murder 21 August 2018 Image copyright PA Image caption Joe Xuereb will appear at Bromley Magistrates' Court on Tuesday A man has been charged with two counts of attempted murder after two women were critically injured in a hammer attack in south-east London. City worker Ania Gos, 30, and her 64-year-old mother were attacked at Adderley Gardens, Eltham, on Sunday. Both remain in a critical condition in hospital, the Metropolitan Police said. Joe Xuereb, 27, of Greenwich, will appear at Bromley Magistrates' Court on Tuesday. He was arrested in Sidcup following a media appeal. Ms Gos's mother was visiting from Poland when she was attacked, according to neighbours. Neither woman is said to have known Mr Xuereb. Image copyright PA Image caption Ania Gos and her mother remain in a critical condition, police said. View the full article

BBC: Jeremy Hunt wants 'malign' Russia to face tougher sanctions

Jeremy Hunt wants 'malign' Russia to face tougher sanctions 21 August 2018 Related TopicsRussian spy poisoning Image copyright PA Image caption The new foreign secretary will say the US and Europe must speak with "one voice" on Russia Europe should impose further sanctions on Russia in response to its "malign" behaviour around the world, Jeremy Hunt will say on his first visit to the US as foreign secretary this week. He will call on the EU to replicate Washington's "comprehensive" response to the Salisbury nerve agent attack. The US is set to ban Russian exports of security-sensitive goods following the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal. Europe must engage with Russia but be "blunt" about its actions, he will say. In a speech in Washington, he will say Moscow must be aware that there is a "serious price" to be paid for repeated violations of the established rules of international conduct. He will cite "foreign attempts" to manipulate elections as one of the reasons behind the decline in confidence in Western democratic systems. But he will say governments in Europe must do more to "get their houses in order" by addressing the causes of economic and social resentment associated with the growth of populism, such as the squeeze on living standards and concerns over immigration. Russia faces US sanctions over poisoning What's in Jeremy Hunt's in-tray? UK to expel 23 Russian diplomats During a three-day trip to the US, Mr Hunt - who succeeded Boris Johnson in July - will meet his counterpart, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, as well as addressing the United Nations Security Council about the international fight against the Islamic State group and other Islamist terror groups. The visit comes as the US is set to ratchet up the pressure on Moscow over the poisoning of former Russian agent Mr Skripal and his daughter in the Wiltshire city in March. The US State Department is expected to confirm its intention to proceed with a ban on defence exports and certain government financial assistance in response to the attack, which it has blamed on Moscow. US officials are also expected to warn that further sanctions - including wider curbs on exports and US bank credit to the Russian government - could be imposed after three months without assurances that Russia is no longer using chemical and biological weapons and is complying with inspection and verification procedures. The UK said it is highly likely that the Russian government, which has denied all involvement, was to blame for the attacks - which prompted a wave of expulsions of Russian diplomats from the UK and across Europe. Mr Hunt will say the Salisbury attack was part of a pattern of behaviour from Russia, including the annexation of Crimea and its support for the Assad regime in Syria, which made the world "more dangerous". The US president, Donald Trump, was asked in an interview with Reuters whether he would consider lifting sanctions on Russia. "I'm not considering it at all, no," he said. "I would consider it if they do something that would be good for us. But I wouldn't consider it without that." 'One voice' Although not expected to go into details, Mr Hunt will call on the EU to "ensure its sanctions against Russia are comprehensive and we truly stand shoulder to shoulder with the US". "That means calling out and responding to transgressions with one voice whenever they occur, from the streets of Salisbury to the fate of Crimea," he will say. "Those who do not share our values need to know that there will always be a serious price to pay if red lines are crossed - whether territorial incursions, the use of banned weapons or, increasingly, cyber-attacks". Image copyright Reuters Image caption Police have launched a murder inquiry after the death of Dawn Sturgess following her exposure to Novichok The Foreign Office said Mr Hunt wanted to ensure existing sanctions on associates of President Putin and state-backed entities were having their intended effect and to galvanise efforts to extend them where needed. Mr Hunt will warn of multiple economic and security threats to the international order and say the once "rock-solid" transatlantic alliance would be further undermined if opponents are "in any doubt about our red lines". Arguments over the funding of Nato and global trade have soured relations between the US and Europe since Donald Trump's election last year. While accepting arguments of Russia's potential culpability for the Salisbury attacks, Mr Trump has nevertheless pressed for better relations with President Putin and cast doubt on evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election. In his speech, Mr Hunt will say popular support for open democracies and economies in the West cannot be taken for granted and will suggest many of the issue championed by Mr Trump must be addressed. "We are putting our heads in the sand if we blame social media by pretending that some of the causes of that resentment are not real - whether caused by the decline in real incomes for many Americans and Europeans, dislocation caused by changes in technology or the identity concerns of many voters caused by immigration. "Expressing such resentment is an affirmation and not a rejection of the core democratic instinct that a society must work for all its citizens - so the sooner we address those concerns the stronger our democracies will be." View the full article

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