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  2. Grenfell Tower: Hotpoint fridge freezer started fire 23 June 2017 From the section UK The Grenfell Tower fire in London started with a faulty fridge freezer, and outside cladding failed safety tests, police say. This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. If you want to receive Breaking News alerts via email, or on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App then details on how to do so are available on this help page. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts. View the full article
  3. Brexit: EU citizens deal fails to allay fears 23 June 2017 From the section UK Politics Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMay: I want to give EU residents certaintyProposals from Theresa May to allow EU citizens to stay in the UK have not allayed the fears of those affected. Mrs May unveiled plans at a Brussels summit on Thursday, which would grant a new "UK settled status" to EU migrants who had lived in the UK for five years. But Europeans living here said they are still "panicked" and the proposals give "more questions than answers". Britons living in the EU are also worried about what it will mean for a reciprocal deal. May unveils Brexit offer for EU citizens Brexit: What is at stake in EU-UK talks? Brexit: All you need to know The settled status would give EU citizens the right to stay and access healthcare, education and other benefits, after the UK's exit deadline - which is 30 March 2019. The prime minister also promised to streamline the system, including doing away with an 85-page permanent residency application form. However, no cut-off date has been specified from Downing Street and further details of the plans will not be released until Monday. Bulgarian Maria Spirova, who has been living and working in the UK for five-and-a-half years, said she was still concerned about what the scheme would mean for her future, despite the announcement. "I am panicked on the inside," she told BBC Breakfast. "I arrived here before 2014... but [the proposals] open more questions than they answer. Image caption Maria Spirova worries if she will be able to stay living and working in the UK "It was the British public that voted to leave, we didn't vote, and we have had no control over our future as part of this country. "With Mrs May saying there could be no deal, what happens to us?" Anne-Laure Donskoy, founding member of the 3million - which aims to protect the rights of EU citizens living in the UK - said the offer was "neither fair, nor really serious". She told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "The announcement that Theresa May made really falls short of our expectations. "It is like a teaser this statement, it gives you general direction of travel potentially, but there are things in the statement that need to be unpicked." On the other side of the Channel, British people are also concerned about what their futures hold. 'We feel betrayed' Glynis Whiting has been living in Brussels for 20 years and has taken the decision to adopt Belgian citizenship because of her concerns. "People are worried, people are angry and we have had 12 months of this," she told Today. "We didn't get a vote and we feel betrayed and disappointed." John Brown has been living in Belgium for 21 years. He said: "It is when you get down to the nitty gritty, you uncover all the real issues, and I don't think any generous offers will get down to the real details." But speaking at the start of the second day of the EU Summit, Mrs May said she wanted to reassure EU citizens in the UK that "no one would have to leave", adding: "We won't be seeing families split apart." She said there had been a "constructive start" to the talks, and that the UK had "set out the issues that we want to start talking about early in the negotiations" - including citizens' rights. Labour's Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit secretary, criticised Mrs May's plans as "too little too late" and "falling far short" of the unilateral guarantee he says his party would offer. Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron also said the proposals left too many unanswered questions. However, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters that the offer was "a good start". Both the UK and the rest of the EU say they want to come to an arrangement to secure the status of the 3.2 million EU citizens in the UK and the estimated 1.2 million Britons living in EU countries. The European Union has said they should continue enjoying the same rights, enforceable by the European Court of Justice, but the UK has said rights should be upheld by British courts. UK opposition parties had urged the government to make a unilateral guarantee to the EU migrants - but ministers have insisted a reciprocal deal is needed to ensure British expats are protected. View the full article
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  5. Evening, So bit of an update since my last post. I passed vetting and my clearance certificate was issued to HR. Sadly following my references came back, which was the final stage before formal offer, the MOD said that I could not be released from service to join in June 17. Luckily after a bit of negotiation, they agreed to defer my start date until August and the MOD agreed that I would be released for then. When I received the call with the offer for August start date I was told that I had completed everything and that a formal letter would be issued once everyone had cleared. A week passed and I contacted HR, I was informed that I was required to fill out a vetting update form, because my last one had expired... I was told that it was just to declare that nothing had changed and didn't change anything. I rung up a week later and HR told me that they are waiting for my vetting clearance to come through. My question is: how long does a vetting clearance certificate last? I can't believe that my last certificate expired after a month. It feels like I am being told false information and that HR aren't managing expectations very well. I have nothing to hide, but I am in a unique situation where normally I would have to give 12 months notice to the MOD to leave the forces and I am being allowed go leave early to join the Police. If I was being told the correct information in the first place then I wouldnt be in the situation where I don't know what is going on. Any help? Sent from my E6653 using Tapatalk
  6. Brexit: May unveils 'fair and serious' offer on EU citizens 22 June 2017 From the section UK Politics Image copyright Getty Images About three million EU citizens living in the UK would be allowed to stay after Brexit, Theresa May has proposed. A new "UK settled status" would grant EU migrants who had lived in the UK for five years rights to stay and access health, education and other benefits. Proposals were unveiled at a Brussels summit but are dependent on EU states guaranteeing Britons the same rights. German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the plan a "good start", but Labour said it was "too little, too late". Many EU citizens in the UK, and Britons living abroad, are worried about their status once Brexit happens. The UK's exit deadline is 30 March 2019. Addressing other EU leaders at her first summit since the general election, the prime minister said she did not want anyone to have to leave or families to split up. "No one will face a cliff edge," she said. "The UK's position represents a fair and serious offer, one aimed at giving as much certainty as possible to citizens who have settled in the UK, building careers and lives and contributing so much to our society.'' 'Dreamer' Tusk says UK may yet stay in EU Brexit: All you need to know Mrs May said the UK wanted to protect the rights of EU citizens in the UK - and the rights of UK expats in other European countries. Image copyright AFP Image caption Angela Merkel said she wanted the "widest possible guarantee" for EU citizens But Downing Street has not yet specified what "cut off" date will be for new residents, after which the guarantee would no longer apply. It will be no earlier than March 2017, when the UK formally began leaving the EU by issuing the Article 50 notification, and no later than March 2019 when it will actually leave. Those arriving up until the point of departure would have a "grace period" - expected to be two years - to build up the same "UK settled status", she told EU leaders. Mrs May also said the system would be streamlined, doing away with an 85-page permanent residency application form which has attracted complaints. BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said the PM was already on a collision course with her European counterparts over her plan for the rules of the new system to be applied by a British court - Brussels has insisted it must be the European Court of Justice that oversees it. But she added that the offer was intended to be a symbol that the UK was getting on with Brexit at a time of turmoil at home, in the wake of the general election result which led to Mrs May losing her Commons majority. Our correspondent said the full details would not be unveiled until next Monday, and it was not yet clear if the offer was as generous as that put forward by the EU a month ago. Details on issues such as the rights of EU citizens' relatives abroad and their descendants, were not yet known. 'Uncertainty for a year' Labour's Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit secretary, said: "Labour has been clear that people should not be bargaining chips in the Brexit negotiations. "The prime minister's offer is too little too late and falls far short of the full and unilateral guarantee Labour would make." Giving a "clear commitment" that there would be no change in the status of EU nationals in the UK would help deliver the same deal for UK nationals living in the EU, he added. Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said the plans left too many unanswered questions. "Theresa May could have given a guarantee from day one, instead she has allowed our friends, colleagues and neighbours to live in uncertainty for a year," he said. "Even now, Theresa May continues to insist on using EU nationals in Britain as bargaining chips and has failed to provide a full and clear right to stay for all." German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters she wanted "the widest possible security guarantees for EU citizens" from the Brexit deal and called the offer "a good start". She added: "But there are still many many other questions linked to the exit, including on finances and the relationship with Ireland. So we have a lot to do until [the next EU summit in] October." Both the UK and the rest of the EU say they want to come to an arrangement to secure the status of about 3.2 million EU nationals living in the UK, and 900,000 Britons overseas. The EU had already proposed that EU citizens in the UK and the estimated 1.2 million Britons living in EU countries should continue enjoying the same rights, enforceable by the European Court of Justice. UK opposition parties had urged the government to make a unilateral guarantee to the EU migrants - but ministers have insisted a reciprocal deal is needed to ensure British expats are protected. The gathering of 28 EU member states' leaders came the day after measures to enable Brexit dominated the Queen's Speech. Mrs May's Conservatives are still trying to secure the Commons support needed to pass their programme. Mrs May was not present when the leaders of the remaining 27 EU states held a brief discussion about Brexit after her presentation. View the full article
  7. Based on that picture I think you look heavy, but not what I'd expect when I see someone's BMI is 40! I think a bit of weight could be lost, so just keep doing that steadily till any date is set really to show your commitment. I hope all goes well!
  8. I appreciate your reply, I was just posting to see if anyone had been down this particular direction in terms of the medical and what to expect from the Home Office doc. I have always technically been "obese" by BMI guidelines which state is should be between 9st and 12st for a healthy weight - something I havent been since I was early teens haha. For reference I've attached a photo from a fortnight ago before my holidays - please excuse the indoor sunglasses look. I'm not going to stand here and say I'm slim - but I'm definitely not the largest applicant I've seen go through the process. As you said, I'll present a case and hopefully find some middle ground we can both agree on. Thanks again for your reply.
  9. While I appreciate you're a very strong guy, purely based on the numbers, even accounting for strength, I can understand why they might have concerns. I'm 6'2, even at my heaviest was 17 1/2 stone, and was clearly overweight. I'm moderately strong but probably nowhere near yourself. I don't know what you look like but if I was going purely off stats I'd assume you were obese. 20 stone at 5'10 puts your BMI at over 40 and that's severely obese. Even accounting for strength I'd have concerns. All you can do is present your case to the team. Do what you're doing, document your training, your current weight loss. Then if they give you the chance to make your case, do it as best you can. Unfortunately nobody here can really guide you any further as it's your force doctor's decision and discretion.
  10. Wonder if they'll make it any quicker this time. Assuming I pass my drugs test and biometrics doesn't bring up anything(shouldn't do!) I'll be starting a year and a day from when I handed my application in last year. I'd like to hope for other peoples sake that it won't take that long for any applicant this time.
  11. Morning all, I am a serving PCSO within my force and I am currently at the final stage of my recruitment process, the medical for the regular constabulary - having already completed and passed my fitness test (6.4 on the bleep test) as well as also completing 90% of my medical - also passed. Strong hearing, eyesight, good lung capacity and the blood pressure and heart rate of somebody who stays fairly fit - which I do. However - I stay fit by training to powerlift. Which is the main reason I believe I have not yet been signed off - the force doctor has raised concerns over my weight - and prior to meeting me, so he should, on paper I am a 20 stone male, at 5ft 10inches, so my BMI is right off the scale. I began my most reason bulk phase in January, the same time as my application went in - and already being employed by the job, there was no mention of any issues with an applicants weight - so I ate and trained to my hearts content, in the gym 5 nights a week whilst consuming 5-6 thousands calories and put on weight. I began my cut phase in mid April and at the time of my medical was 20st 11lbs. I was held back at the medical due to BMI and was advised that the next step would be a body fat % test. That is due at the end of this month. I have my concerns though that the method they will use will be bioelectrical impedance which is renowned for being inaccurate and confusing water for fat - I have to get under 30% for a pass on the BF% which I am not overly confident about currently - so much so that I've dropped my entire lifting routine and began focussing purely on cardio to get any excess weight off in panic mode. Should I fail the BF% exam then I was advised I'd need to see the Home Office doctor - has anybody had any experience of being referred to one? How did it go? Did they take your individual circumstances into consideration or was it simply - you dont fit, you're out of the process - because that would irk me somewhat considering I'm already out there on the streets daily performing very similar tasks. I'm curious as to what I can do to maximise my chances also - I can prove how often I train. I can prove that between the medical and now I've dropped 11lbs and will continue to lose weight. There are no intakes until October now and even then I'd be behind a desk for 25 weeks in training. I just think it's unfair that somebody who is large, like me - who cycles 20-30 miles a couple of times a week, runs and lifts a PB of 400kg on the calf raise (not trying to show off, just making a point) is being held back when all of my other medical tests show I'm in perfect health. It was mentioned briefly that it all boils down to risk and the cost implications it would have on the job if I were to fall ill in the early part of my career because of my weight and be pensioned off and if that is the case I'd be devastated, I'd happily waive my right to any monies for the first 5 years - I don't want it. All I'm looking to do is to be able to do the job that I feel so strongly about. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated - as I said, my BF% test is later this month and I'll update with the outcome of that and whether or not I'll be visiting the HO Doctor, but in the meantime - advice sought. Warmest regards LongData
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  13. Hi all! Can anyone confirm how close to their assessment they received the relevant SEARCH pack through the post? I have an assessment booked for 10th of July. Its been booked for over a month and yet to receive pack. Closer to the time I presume? Many thanks in advance
  14. London fire: Kensington council chief quits 22 June 2017 From the section UK Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Protesters gathered outside Kensington Town Hall last week to demand support The chief executive of Kensington and Chelsea council has resigned amid criticism over the borough's response to the Grenfell Tower fire. Nicholas Holgate said Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid had asked for him to go, but Mr Javid has not commented. Mr Holgate said last week's fire in North Kensington, in which at least 79 people died, was "heart-breaking" but his presence would be a "distraction". Residents had condemned the initial relief effort as "absolute chaos". In a statement issued by the council on Wednesday, Mr Holgate, who has been in post since 2014, said it was the "highest priority" of the council to help families affected by the fire. He said the communities and local government secretary had on Tuesday "required the leader of the council to seek my resignation". 'Grief stricken' Mr Holgate said: "Despite my wish to have continued, in very challenging circumstances, to lead on the executive responsibilities of the council, I have decided that it is better to step down from my role, once an appropriate successor has been appointed. "There is a huge amount still to do for the victims of the fire, requiring the full attention of this council and many others. If I stayed in post, my presence would be a distraction." What we know so far Who are the victims? Visual guide to what happened He added: "Whilst the public inquiry and other investigations will get to the truth of the causes of this tragedy and the management of its aftermath, I strongly believe that councillors and officers have always endeavoured to have the interests of our residents at heart and will continue to do so." Nicholas Paget-Brown, the leader of the council, said it was with "regret" that he had accepted Mr Holgate's resignation. Image copyright AFP He said: "The council has been grief stricken by the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire and has sought to provide the greatest level of support we can to victims. "That is a huge challenge and Nicholas has led from the front in seeking to do this." The Department for Communities and Local Government would not comment on the resignation. Since the fire on 14 June, some Grenfell Tower families have been staying in hotels and B&Bs, and there were concerns that more permanent housing would be offered in other parts of the country. However, residents said Kensington and Chelsea London Borough Council had provided little support or information. Government staff and other London boroughs were drafted in to help with relief efforts in the wake of the fire, with humanitarian assistance being provided by the west London borough of Ealing. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTheresa May on Grenfell fire: "As prime minister I've taken responsibility"The council's £8.6m refurbishment of the tower has also faced questions, with suggestions that new cladding fitted during the refurbishment could have made the blaze worse. The refurbishment will be one issue looked at by a full public inquiry into the fire, ordered by Theresa May last week. The PM, who is among those to have faced criticism after she failed to meet survivors in the immediate aftermath, has apologised for "State" failures after the blaze. She is expected to make a statement about the fire in the House of Commons on Thursday. She told MPs on Wednesday: "People were left without belongings, without roofs over their heads, without even basic information about what had happened, what they should do and where they could seek help." And the government announced that 68 social housing flats in Kensington Row, about 1.5 miles away from Grenfell Tower, would be made available to survivors. Meanwhile, the funeral of 23-year-old Syrian refugee Mohammed Alhajali, who was among the first victims of the fire to be named, also took place on Wednesday. His family, who arrived from war-torn Syria, and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan attended the ceremony, called a Janazat, at an east London mosque. A number of inquests were also opened and adjourned on Wednesday, with the coroner finding: Retired lorry driver Anthony Disson, 65, died from inhalation of fire fumes Farah Hamdan, a 31-year-old nursery nurse, died from smoke inhalation Her husband, Omar Belkadi, 32, who worked as a courier, died from inhalation from fire fumes Abufars Ibrahim, a 39-year-old shopkeeper, had been visiting his mother in the tower. The coroner said he had been found at the foot of the building and died from multiple injuries Khadija Khalloufi, a 52-year-old married woman, also died from inhalation of fire fumes View the full article
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  16. Queen's Speech 2017: May promises 'humility' 21 June 2017 From the section UK Politics Image caption Much of the traditional ceremony will not feature this time Theresa May has promised to work with "humility and resolve" as the government prepares to outline its legislative programme later. Brexit is expected to dominate the Queen's Speech, which will cover a two-year period instead of one. It is also expected to include measures on domestic violence and car insurance. The Conservatives are still trying to agree terms with the Democratic Unionists to secure their support for Mrs May's minority government. It means some manifesto pledges are likely to be scaled back or scrapped. Sources from the DUP have warned that the party cannot be "taken for granted", although it is expected to back the Queen's Speech when MPs vote on it next week. What to expect from the Queen's Speech What might not be in it? Don't take us for granted, DUP tells Tories The speech is written by the government but read by the Queen at the State Opening of Parliament. It is the main ceremonial event of the Parliamentary calendar - but this year's will look different, with much of the usual formalities dispensed with and the Queen wearing "day dress" instead of her usual robes. The speech will be delivered at 11:30 BST and will be covered live on BBC One, Radio 5 live and online. MPs will begin debating its contents in the afternoon. Brexit laws With Brexit talks now under way, the government is expected to set out the laws needed to leave the EU - irrespective of the final deal agreed with Brussels. At the heart of this is the so-called Great Repeal Bill - which will repeal the 1972 European Communities Act and end the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice. It will also copy existing EU legislation to the UK statute book, and Parliament will decide which bits to retain. A dressed-down Queen's Speech Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionScaled back Queen's Speech will look a little different The Queen will arrive at Parliament in a car, rather than horse-drawn carriage There will no royal procession into the House of Lords chamber and the Queen will wear "day dress" rather than robes Her crown will be driven to the Lords in its own car, but she will wear a hat instead It is the first state opening with "reduced ceremonial elements" since 1974 This was agreed because of timing issues caused by the snap election - rehearsals clashed with Saturday's Trooping the Colour event Other areas where Brexit-related laws are expected include immigration, customs and agriculture. The government has cancelled next year's Queen's Speech, so this one will cover a two-year period to give MPs more time to debate all the Brexit legislation. Mrs May said the speech would be about "grasping the opportunities that lie ahead for the United Kingdom as we leave the European Union". She said: "The election result was not the one I hoped for, but this government will respond with humility and resolve to the message the electorate sent. "We will work hard every day to gain the trust and confidence of the British people, making their priorities our priorities." First the government needs to get a Brexit deal that "commands maximum public support", she said. Image copyright PA "While this will be a government that consults and listens, we are clear that we are going to see Brexit through, working with Parliament, business, the devolved administrations and others to ensure a smooth and orderly withdrawal." Ministers have said some parts of the Conservative manifesto would have to be "pruned" following the election result. These could include controversial plans to reform adult social care funding, axe the winter fuel allowance for well-off pensioners and expand grammar schools. Manifesto pledges that will feature include: a Civil Liability Bill, designed to address the "compensation culture" around motoring insurance claims a Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill, establishing a Domestic Violence and Abuse Commissioner to stand up for victims and survivors and monitor the response of the authorities a Tenant's Fees Bill, banning landlords from charging "letting fees" Labour and the Liberal Democrats each plan to put forward alternative versions of the Queen's Speech. However, the Conservatives appear to have the numbers to get theirs through the Commons. The Lib Dems said their version would call for continued membership of the EU single market and customs union after Brexit. Party leader Tim Farron said: "This is a government with no clue, no direction and no mandate. "The Conservatives may be scaling back on their domestic agenda now that they have no majority to deliver it." View the full article
  17. Lord Ian Blair warns the Met will be a quarter less in size than when he left the force. Lord Ian Blair A former Metropolitan Police commissioner says it would be "an absurdity" to further cut the force's funding after recent events in London. Lord Ian Blair called for a rethink over plans to cut hundreds of millions of pounds from the force's budget, saying this would leave the Met a quarter of the size it was when he left office in 2008. London Mayor Sadiq Khan has warned the city has lost "thousands of police staff" since 2010, while the current Met Commissioner Cressida Dick said she would "obviously" be seeking extra resources. "I think the crucial point now is to understand the cuts being considered, certainly for the Met, need reconsideration," Lord Blair told BBC Radio 4's Today programme. "As far as I understand it they're supposed to lose a further £400 million by 2021, on top of £600 million in the last few years. "That means the Met must be a quarter less in size than when I left." Lord Blair, now a crossbench peer, went on to call for "no cuts", adding: "Looking at what is happening, the idea of continuously cutting the police service's budget seems an absurdity at this stage." Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackay has said the Westminster and London Bridge attacks had put a "lot of stretch" on the Metropolitan Police. The Metropolitan Police Federation has also warned that officers are fatigued and "stretched beyond belief" after a string of major incidents. Lord Blair said these incidents would put extra pressure on specialist officers such as counter terrorism, adding: "It just seems a very strange time to be reducing the capabilities of a service which is holding the line against some terrible events." The former commissioner said neighbourhood policing is crucial to building trust with communities, but is very difficult to maintain when major incidents happen and officers are needed elsewhere. Lord Blair said it was "no surprise" Monday's attack at Finsbury Park Mosque had happened. "There is this kind of new landscape of terrorism, which the new commissioner Cressida Dick described, where the weapons are knives from kitchens or just hiring a van," he said. "It does create a very difficult problem for the police." View on Police Oracle
  18. DUP warn Conservatives: Don't take us for granted 20 June 2017 From the section UK Politics comments Image copyright Reuters Image caption DUP leader Arlene Foster visited Downing Street a week ago Democratic Unionist Party sources have urged the Conservatives to give a "greater focus" to their negotiations. A senior DUP source said the party could not be "taken for granted" - adding that if the PM could not reach a deal, "what does that mean for bigger negotiations she is involved in?" No deal has been reached after 10 days of talks between the parties. But sources told the BBC's Laura Kuenssberg they believed a deal would still be done. BBC Editors: What to expect in the Queen's Speech A simple guide to what's happening The Conservatives are hoping the DUP will sustain their minority government. The warning from a senior DUP source to BBC Northern Ireland political editor Mark Devenport comes the day before the government's Queen's Speech is presented to Parliament. Although they have not reached a final deal, DUP leader Arlene Foster has said it is "right and proper" that her MPs support the Conservative government's first Queen's Speech. 'Going well' A Conservative source said it was important the party "gets on with its business" as talks continue by putting forward Wednesday's Queen's Speech. Earlier cabinet minister Chris Grayling predicted a "sensible" deal would be reached. The transport secretary said the talks were "going well", adding that the DUP, which has 10 MPs, did not want another election or Jeremy Corbyn in Downing Street. Theresa May is seeking to negotiate a so-called "confidence and supply" arrangement whereby the DUP will throw their weight behind the government in key Commons votes, such as on the Queen's Speech and Budgets. It is a week since DUP leader Arlene Foster visited Downing Street for talks with Theresa May, with reports that a final agreement is being held up by discussions over extra funding for Northern Ireland. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionScaled back Queen's Speech will look a little differentShould Mrs May lose any votes on the Queen's Speech, which are expected to take place next week, it would amount to a vote of no confidence in the government and put its future in doubt. But Mr Grayling told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that he did not expect this to happen. "The talks are going on but one thing I am absolutely certain of is that the DUP do not want to see another election and Jeremy Corbyn in Downing Street," he said. "We are having good, constructive discussions and I am confident we will reach a sensible agreement." Former Prime Minister Sir John Major has urged Theresa May to reconsider her approach, saying a deal with the DUP could threaten the Northern Ireland peace process and "carry baggage" for his party. He has said the Conservatives should be able to govern anyway with the DUP's tacit support. Asked about the repercussions if there was no agreement, Mr Grayling replied: "I am not pessimistic about this. I think we will have a sensible arrangement. "We have got some days until we have a vote on the Queen's Speech. It is not on Queen's Speech day. The vote happens many days later as we have an extended debate first and I am sure we will have a sensible arrangement between the parties when that time comes." The DUP had made it clear, he added, that they did not want "an unstable government undermining our union" and wanted to see us "go ahead with the Brexit negotiations with a sensible government in place". View the full article
  19. UK weather: Fifth day above 30C predicted, matching 1995 By Mario Cacciottolo BBC News 20 June 2017 From the section UK Image copyright Getty Images In the week the sunshine never ends, the UK is close to matching a sizzling June run not seen in two decades. If Wednesday's temperature tops 30C - and forecasters confidently predict it will - that will be five days in a row. The last June that we sweltered for so long was 1995, when the heat affected us so much Robson and Jerome stayed at number one for the entire month. And if Wednesday reaches 33.9C, it will be the warmest day in any June since 1976 - the classic long hot summer. BBC Weather says it is "very likely" that these temperatures will be reached this week. The Met Office has issued an amber Level 3 heat warning until Thursday. It has advised people to stay out of the sun and to show awareness for people who may be vulnerable people, such as the elderly. Weather Watchers' picture gallery Tuesday is the fourth consecutive day where the temperatures have exceeded 30C somewhere in the UK. Monday was the UK's hottest day of the year so far, with 32.5C being reached at Hampton Water Works in Greater London. Image copyright PA Image caption It's not just humans who need to keep cool - animals do too Of course, not all of the UK has seen particularly high temperatures - Edinburgh hovered around 18C on Tuesday, while Belfast was about 19C. However, by early afternoon on Tuesday it was 27C in Bristol, 30C in Chivenor and 30C in Hampton Water Works. And excessive heat should be seen in its proper context. While these temperatures are high for the temperate climate of the UK, they are lower than many parts of the world usually experience. For countries like Portugal where fires are currently raging and people have died, heat can be particularly deadly, while heat waves in India can also prove fatal. And even in the UK, the heat can be problematic for older people, leading to bodies like the NHS, the charity Age UK, and the Royal Voluntary Service all issuing advice for the elderly when the temperatures rise. These include: Drinking six to eight glasses of water or fruit juices a day Dressing appropriately, such as in a hat and loose-fitting, light-coloured clothes Staying out of the sun during hottest parts of the day Also the RSPCA regularly issues warnings about the dangers of leaving dogs in hot cars. And for those (human) Britons simply trying to get a good night's rest, there's the #TooHotToSleep hashtag on Twitter. But the British obsession with its recent temperatures has given rise to the rolling of eyes in other parts of the world, especially places like Australia. The website has written a story about Brits not coping with our temperatures "as high as, hmm, 32C". Suffice to say, some of the reaction to this story on Facebook has not been sympathetic. "You sure wouldn't want to be in Australia in the middle of summer. Walk outside and you'll look like a shrimp on the Barbie," writes Julie Rae, while Mark Whiting scoffs that Britons "need to get out more". He also mentions how the town of Birdsville "nudges the 50C mark". However, a few people commenting on that same story have offered a more understanding point of view. Lawton Rose points out that "the UK is just not built for this sort of weather", while Australian Daniel Richardson also posted that hot weather feels like "a different kind of heat when you live in an old city designed to mostly just handle cold". Perhaps those Aussies with scathing views of Brits sweltering in the heat are grumpy because it's their winter right now. Just take a look at Bondi Beach. Image copyright Getty Images Meanwhile, in much of the UK... Image copyright Getty Images View the full article
  20. Finsbury Park attack: Community holds vigil 20 June 2017 From the section UK Image copyright Getty Images The head of the Met Police and faith leaders joined a vigil on Monday night after the Finsbury Park terror attack. Commissioner Cressida Dick was among hundreds who took part after a van hit worshippers near the Muslim Welfare House mosque and community centre. Prayers took place on Monday night after worshippers broke their fast, but leaders said it was quieter than usual. Darren Osborne, 47, from Cardiff, has been held on suspicion of attempted murder and alleged terror offences. The Metropolitan Police said he was being held on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism including murder and attempted murder. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFootage shows the suspected attacker being tackled before police arriveHis family members have said they are ""shocked" and "devastated". Mr Osborne's mother, sister and nephew said in a statement: "We are massively in shock, it's unbelievable. It still hasn't really sunk in." They added that their "hearts go out to those who've been injured". What we know so far In pictures: Finsbury Park attack Welsh hire van in mosque terror attack Theresa May's statement in full 'Everyone is on edge' after attack The attack took place shortly after midnight on Sunday night, close to Muslim Welfare House on Seven Sisters Road. The driver of the van was detained by bystanders before police arrived. Nine people were taken to three London hospitals after a van struck pedestrians. Two were treated for minor injuries at the scene. Several of the injured are believed to be seriously hurt. Those who were injured had been helping a man who had collapsed. He later died but it is not clear if that was because of the attack. Faith leaders addressed a crowd at the vigil outside nearby Finsbury Park Mosque. People from across the community had gathered in solidarity and to lay flowers. After a short silence, chairman of the mosque Mohammed Kozbar told those attending that the attack was "on our families, on our freedom, on our dignity". He said the man who died was a father of six children. The Bishop of Stepney, Rt Rev Adrian Newman, said "an attack on one faith is an attack on us all". Ms Dick said the incident was "quite clearly an attack on Muslims", and the community would now see more police, including armed officers, in the area, "particularly around religious establishments". Later, Muslim worshippers attended midnight prayers. At the scene, the BBC's Simon Clemison said: "People came to prayer just as they would have done. "It was pretty full - although one of the leaders of the mosque said it was quieter, he felt, quieter for one of the busiest times of Ramadan." He said there were some reservations amongst worshippers, about the media, and about decision-makers. But there was also positivity as people came from other parts of the capital to pray with the community. Image copyright PA Image caption Police have been gathering evidence at the scene of the attack The government is working to tackle hate crime and "all forms of extremism" the home secretary has said. Writing in the Guardian, Amber Rudd said: "We must unite the might of community spirit and the full force of the law to ensure every person in the UK is protected. Let there be no doubt we will be tough on terror wherever it strikes. And last night's attack was terrorism." She said this latest "attack on Britain" united everyone in grief and anger, adding: "It is vital, now more than ever, that we stand together and do not allow people who seek to use hate to divide us to succeed." Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Officers have been carrying out searches at a property in the Cardiff area Security Minister Ben Wallace said the suspect was not known to the security services, and was believed to have acted alone. The BBC understands Mr Osborne grew up in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, and has lived at more than one property in Cardiff. He is also believed to have lived in Swindon. Police searches are being carried out in the Cardiff area. It is the fourth terror attack in the UK in three months, after incidents in Westminster, Manchester and on London Bridge. Prime Minister Theresa May said the attack was "every bit as sickening" as the others. She visited Finsbury Park Mosque on Monday and held talks with faith leaders. Labour leader and Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn also visited the area, telling the BBC that "an attack on a mosque, an attack on a synagogue, an attack on a church is actually an attack on all of us". View the full article
  21. If it asks for passport details, then that is what it wants. Not ID card details.
  22. Finally, the penny has dropped. There are not enough Police Officers.
  23. Finsbury Park attack suspect named 19 June 2017 From the section UK Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFootage shows the suspected attacker being tackled to the ground before the police arriveThe man arrested on suspicion of carrying out the Finsbury Park terror attack is 47-year-old Darren Osborne from Cardiff, the BBC understands. He was held after a van hit Muslims who had been attending evening prayers at a north London mosque. They had been helping a man who had collapsed. He later died but it is not clear if it was because of the attack. Mr Osborne was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and later further arrested over alleged terror offences. Police are carrying out searches at an address in the Cardiff area. View the full article
  24. Finsbury Park: 'Several hurt' as vehicle hits pedestrians 19 June 2017 From the section London A vehicle has struck pedestrians "leaving a number of casualties" in north London, police said. One person has been arrested following the incident on Seven Sisters Road in Finsbury Park. Officers were called at 12.20 BST, the Metropolitan Police said. London Ambulance Service said: "We have sent a number of resources to an incident in Seven Sisters Road." View the full article
  25. London fire: Tragedy caused by years of neglect - mayor 18 June 2017 From the section UK Image copyright Getty/AFP The Grenfell Tower fire was a "preventable accident" caused by "years of neglect" by the local council and successive governments, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has said. Speaking after attending a local church service in memory of the victims, he said the fire was "a national disaster that requires a national response". The government has sent in some of its staff to bolster the relief effort. Kensington Council said it would fully cooperate with the public inquiry. The council has been widely criticised for its handling of the disaster, with residents complaining that officials had provided little support or information. "People are angry, not simply at the poor response in the days afterwards from the council and the government, but at the years of neglect from the council," Mr Khan said. "There's a feeling that the council and government don't understand their concerns and don't care." Latest updates as fire recovery continues 'Where is the council?' 'Outrageous' lack of help for victims What we know so far Who are the victims? He said the fire was the consequence of the "mistakes and neglect from the politicians - the council and the government". "People in this community are sick to death of platitudes from politicians," he added. View the full article
  26. It would be wrong to Speculate on the cause from rumours. As we deal in evidence it is essential for the Fire Brigade and experts to perform their forensic examination to help any enquiry to reach the truth.
  27. London fire: Tower fire questions 'will be answered' 18 June 2017 From the section UK Image copyright Getty/AFP Questions about how Kensington's fatal tower block fire spread so quickly through the building "will be answered", the council leader has said. Nicholas Paget-Brown said he would co-operate "in full" with the government's inquiry into the Grenfell Tower disaster and any other investigations, amid criticism of the council. Some 58 people are dead or missing, presumed dead, police have said. The recovery operation has resumed but could take weeks. Meanwhile, the Home Office said it was making arrangements for the family of one of those who died in the fire to travel from Syria to Britain for his funeral. Mohammed Alhajali, who was 23 and a civil engineering student, was the first victim to be named. Image copyright Syria Solidarity Campaign Image caption Mohammed Alhajali became separated from his brother as they tried to escape Following criticisms of Kensington and Chelsea Council's handling of the disaster, Mr Paget-Brown said "lessons must be learned", adding that he was "heartbroken by the tragic fire and the appalling loss of life". He said: "Kensington and Chelsea council is working closely with the government, charities, volunteer and resident groups and the emergency services to help re-house and assist all those affected." "Of course, people rightly have questions about the causes of the fire and why it spread so quickly and these will be answered." Relative cites 'lack of co-ordination' 'Outrageous' lack of help for victims What we know so far Who are the victims? On Saturday Theresa May admitted support for families in the "initial hours" was "not good enough". The statement came after Mrs May met volunteers and some of the people made homeless by the fire. Image copyright Reuters Image caption Victims of the Grenfell Tower block fire and volunteers met the prime minister in Downing Street Residents caught up in the fire have previously condemned the relief effort as "absolute chaos". As they left Number 10, one representative spoke to reporters briefly, saying they had spoken to the prime minister for two and a half hours about their demands and what they expected. In her statement, Mrs May said: "Frankly, the support on the ground for families who needed help or basic information in the initial hours after this appalling disaster was not good enough." She said phone lines would be better staffed and more staff would be deployed in the area. They would wear high-visibility clothing so they could easily be found, dispense advice and ensure the right support is provided, she added. Mrs May also said she expected to announce the name of the judge for a public inquiry within the next few days. The inquiry will report back to the prime minister. She has told councils to complete urgent safety checks on similar tower blocks. May 'distraught' about fire Trauma counselling for tower firefighters Lily Allen and the row over the death toll Image caption Protesters marched on Whitehall on Saturday afternoon Mrs May has come in for a barrage of criticism over her response to the disaster, including being jeered when she visited the North Kensington estate on Friday. On Saturday afternoon, hundreds of protesters gathered in Whitehall, to call for her resignation. But First Secretary of State Damian Green defended the prime minister, saying she was as "distraught as we all are". The government has committed £5m for clothes, food and emergency supplies for the victims. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLaura Trant walks around the closed and silent Kensington and Chelsea town hallThe Queen used her official birthday message to reflect on the "sombre national mood" following tragedies in London and Manchester in recent weeks. She said, in an unprecedented statement, that she had been "profoundly struck by the immediate inclination of people throughout the country to offer comfort and support to those in desperate need". So far in the investigation: Six victims have been provisionally identified by police Three have been named so far, including Syrian refugee Mohammed Alhajali, 23., five-year-old Isaac Shawo, and artist Khadija Saye Of those killed, one died in hospital Nineteen people remain in hospital, 10 in critical care A criminal investigation has been launched UK councils are carrying out urgent reviews of their tower blocks, the Local Government Association says A British Red Cross appeal is launched to raise money for those affected The emergency number for people concerned about friends and family is 0800 0961 233 The fire broke out at the 24-storey block, which contained 120 one and two-bedroom flats, shortly before 01:00 BST on Wednesday. It tore through all floors of the building and took more than 200 firefighters 24 hours to bring under control. Two neighbouring Tube lines are to be partly suspended into a second day amid safety concerns of debris falling on to the tracks. The Hammersmith and City Line has been suspended between Edgware Road and Hammersmith, and the Circle Line is also closed, Transport for London said. TfL said the lines were expected to be suspended until 14:00 on Sunday. Get news from the BBC in your inbox, each weekday morning View the full article
  28. APP on this states the escalation process for dealing with possession of cannabis. First time Cannabis Warning, second time PND, subsequent times arrest. Step outside of that if you wish but you must justify for decision to do so. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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