UK Dominic Casciani Home affairs correspondent @BBCDomC on Twitter 24 September 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-49663001 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Related TopicsUnlawful Parliament suspension The Supreme Court has said … [Read more...] about What is the UK Supreme Court?
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Nearly 50 years after they were jailed for theft and assaulting the police in a highly controversial case in which they claimed to have been framed and beaten, four black men from south London could finally be cleared. Winston Trew, Sterling Christie, George Griffiths and Constantine “Omar” Boucher were arrested in March 1972 after a group of undercover police officers confronted them at Oval underground station and aggressively accused them of “nicking handbags” on the tube. They were held overnight, beaten in the cells and charged with attempting to steal, theft, and assault of the police. After a five-week trial at the Old Bailey, all four were convicted and jailed for two years in November 1972. At the time, mugging was a high-profile issue and routinely blamed on young black men. Last year, after another case involving the corrupt officer who led the operation that resulted in a conviction being overturned last year, one of the “Oval Four” … [Read more...] about ‘Oval Four’ could be cleared after 47 years in wake of corrupt officer case
Calls to ban eating on public transport have divided opinion across Britain today after the outgoing chief medical officer proposed the radical move to fight obesity. Many regular passengers were outraged by Dame Sally Davies' drastic suggestion, labelling her plan as 'absurd' and 'utter lunacy'. But others took the opportunity to vent their frustration over the 'chomping' noises coming from fellow commuters on their morning travels. Some diabetic patients today promised to defy any potential ban over fears that being unable to snack could be dangerous for their blood sugar. In recent months, commuters have been caught using spoons to eat straight out of mayonnaise jars and using their hands to munch a prawn salad. Another train commuter was this summer branded an 'absolute legend' and 'hero' after he was spotted eating Viennetta with a metal spoon. Dame Sally, nicknamed 'nanny-in-chief' for her bold public health interventions, made the drastic suggestion in a … [Read more...] about Should eating on public transport be banned? Commuters with medical conditions blast plan to criminalize snacks – but others say they would welcome an end to ‘disgusting’ habit
Roger Hallam, 52, organic farmer from Wales and XR co-founder Hallam was arrested in 2017 for criminal damage when he and another person spray-painted “Divest from oil and gas”, “Now” and “Out of time” on walls at King’s College London, using water-soluble chalk-based paint. Both were cleared of all charges by a jury in 2019 after they defended their actions as being a proportionate response to the climate crisis. People joining Extinction Rebellion (XR) are trained in how to conduct themselves peacefully when participating in direct action. According to Hallam, direct action has several aims and objectives. One is to cause disruption and financial costs to the state to build pressure for political change. Another is for individuals to show their commitment – that they are willing to sacrifice their liberty for the cause. Increased disruption and more people arrested creates a bigger impact. The training explains the possible legal … [Read more...] about Extinction Rebellion: the arrestables – a photo essay
A Conservative peer has held a private meeting at parliament with the president of Uganda, who has faced condemnation for rights abuses and homophobia, prompting condemnation from Labour. Dolar Popat, a businessman and Tory life peer, who is the government’s trade envoy for Uganda and Rwanda, was scheduled to hold a lunch on Friday at the House of Lords with Yoweri Museveni, who has led Uganda since 1988, officials in the upper house said. Museveni, who is in the UK for the Illegal Wildlife Trade conference, was also due to have a private meeting with Timothy Clement-Jones, a Liberal Democrat peer, the officials said. However, it was the event with Lord Popat that brought criticism from Labour, who said it seemed anomalous to let Museveni visit parliament on a day when neither the Lords or Commons were sitting, so he could not be challenged on his rights records by any ministers. Theresa May and the foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, attended the wildlife conference but neither were … [Read more...] about Tory peer criticised for private meeting with Ugandan president