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Morning Headlines
28th January 2015

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Hundreds were at risk in Litvinenko killing

A court heard yesterday how thousands of Londoners were put in danger because assassins who killed Alexander Litvinenko used a highly dangerous radioactive chemical. 

The murder was described as launching a “miniature nuclear attack” on the former spy. 

Litvinenko was a former agent for FSB, the organisation that succeeded  the KGB. 

In 2000, he defected to the UK and it has been alleged he worked for MI6 as an informer. He was known to be an outspoken critic of the Kremlin and it is reported he accused Vladimir Putin of a number of crimes, including murder. He claimed the Russian president ordered the killing of human rights journalist Anna Politkovskaya. 

He died after a meeting at the Millennium Hotel in Grosvenor Square with two Russian contacts, Dmitry Kovtun and Andrei Lugovoi, on November 1, 2006. 

The tea he had drunk had been poisoned with the rare radioactive substance polonium 210. 

At the inquiry into Mr Litvinenko’s death, Sir Robert Owen said the highly deadly toxin could have been used to “kill large numbers of people.”

More than a million UK adults wrongly diagnosed as asthmatic 

The NHS watchdog NICE say that more than a million adults in the UK may be wrongly diagnosed as asthmatic.

According to new advice drafted by the watchdog, a third of those diagnosed with the common lung condition have no clinical signs of asthma and be receiving unnecessary medication.

Government data says black and Asian school-leavers more likely to go to university than white peers

New government data shows black and Asian school-leavers are more likely to go to university than their white counterparts.

According to the figures, in 2012-2013, 64 per cent of state-educated Asian students and 62 per cent of state-educated black students went into higher education, compared to only 45 per cent of their equivalent white students. 

The findings were supported a leading head-teacher of a school in Berkshire. Sir Anthony Seldon claimed none of the three main political parties had serious policies for tackling the lack of social mobility in the UK.

Figures from the Department of Education found Asian students are the most likely to study at a top university.

Police appeal for help finding Havering fraud suspect

Police in Havering have released an image of a man they would like to speak to in connection with a fraud.

Thirty three-year-old Mendes-de-Brito previously lived in the Harold Hill area and his last known address was in the Rochdale in 2012.

Anyone with information should contact Havering Police or Crimestoppers. 

South and east London have most expensive train fares 

The National Rail Passenger Survey today announced passengers feel south and east London is where the trains have the highest fares, the least space and the worst toilets.

The survey reveals the sharp disparities across the nation’s railways.

Scotland’s rural rail lines lead the way in passenger satisfaction, whilst the London-Brighton Thameslink route were voted to have the “overall worst trains”.

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