Young girls in the South West have been left scarred by Female Genital Mutilation, say NSPCC. FGM is a procedure where the female genitals are deliberately cut, injured or changed, but when there's no medical reason for this to be done. There is an estimated 137,000 women and girls affected by FGM in England and Wales, despite it being illegal in the UK. It is child abuse and anyone found guilty of the offence faces a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison. NSPCC, the children's cruelty prevention charity, is campaigning to "break the silence" and ensure that the stigma around talking about the topic is broken down, so that victims speak out and anyone with suspicions reports it to the NSPCC's FGM Helpline. A spokesperson from NSPCC said: "Only by breaking the silence can we protect children from this form of abuse, that has been illegal in the UK for more than 30 years. "Despite its illegality, the practice continues to affect hundreds of girls and women in this country and … [Read more...] about Young girls scarred by Female Genital Mutilation in South West
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4 The obvious risk with Manhunt, ITV’s three-part dramatisation of the 2004 pursuit of south-west London serial killer Levi Bellfield, is that the thrills and spills are piled on with excessive relish. Bellfield’s crimes – including the killing of 13 year-old Milly Dowler – were all too real. The challenge is to convey his monstrousness without stumbling into sensationalism or glamorising his psychopathy. Episode two of Ed Whitmore’s chronicling of the police investigation that put Bellfield behind bars continued to earn the right to conjure with the recent past. At pains not to fetishise either Bellfield’s depravity or the horror inflicted upon his victims it was as far removed as imaginable... Register for free to read this article, or log in to your Telegraph account Register Log in … [Read more...] about Manhunt, episode 2 review: far removed from the exploitative pulp of Making a Murderer
There are certain things you stop noticing after a few years in London. The first thing is how busy it is; crowds become the norm. The abominable air quality only becomes apparent when you leave. Another thing is Portland Stone. Chances are, you don’t even know you’re looking at it, but there aren’t many streets in the City of London where Portland Stone isn’t visible. This gleaming white limestone has become synonymous with our capital, plastered across so many of its most famous landmarks it’s almost easier to name the ones it doesn’t feature on. In the City, you’ll find it on the Tower of London, the Bank of England and London Bridge, then the British Museum and Somerset House as you head out west until you reach Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament. And it all comes from a tiny island off the coast of Dorset, fetched out of mines owned by the Crown Estate. Though limestone has been mined on the island of Portland since Roman … [Read more...] about Portland Stone became the building block of London, but does it have a place in modern British architecture?
Contractors are making a 240-mile trip twice a week from London - to empty dog poo bins across North Somerset. Town and parish councils across the district appointed London-based company Bin It to empty dog mess bins after North Somerset Council ceased the service. Bin It, based in south west London, was the only company to bid for the contract to collect the mess and get rid of it. It is understood the company make the trip down the M4 - and back again - twice a week to collect the waste which is then incinerated. Weston-super-Mare, Clevedon, Nailsea and Portishead, plus a number of parish councils, across North Somerset signed up with the contractor. Now the contract with the town and parish councils is being looked at again following some issues with the collection service where bins have been left overflowing. Weston Town Council has 57 bins it is responsible for, some of which are emptied twice a week. Others are emptied once a week. The town council pays Bin-It Ltd, £15,291 … [Read more...] about Why dog poo is being collected by London contractors
With his arms folded across his chest and a beanie hat pulled over his head, Claudio Ranieri had the look of a man who was braced for a long, hard winter. The former Leicester City manager has tried to bring some positivity to Fulham in his first month in south west London, but it must be hard to maintain his sunny disposition when the goals are pouring into their net like the December rain. Ranieri’s side shipped two more here, against a West Ham United team that is looking more coherent and clinical by the week. First half strikes from Robert Snodgrass and Michail Antonio served to worsen the mood at Craven Cottage, where Ranieri has so far been unable to introduce the defensive solidity they will need if they are to stay in the division. It is now one win in 12 for Fulham, who began this season with many of their fans hoping for a top-half finish. What those supporters would now give for a side as balanced and robust as their opponents were here. West Ham had come into this … [Read more...] about Work ahead for Claudio Ranieri as Fulham stay bottom after West Ham punish defensive mistakes