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Wednesday Morning Headlines
5th November 2014

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4G half the speed it was last year  

Speeds of 4G networks have almost halved in the last year according to a new report by consumer group Which? and mobile experts OpenSignal.

Which? found that it now takes twice as long to download something as it would have done a year ago, something the report attributes to the growing demand for 4G on mobile networks.

The average download speed for 4G networks has dropped from 19 megabytes per second in September 2013 to 10.16 megabytes per second in August 2014. 

The speed of 4G is different across the UK. London ranks the best for network coverage, with Wales the worst.  Fewer than three quarters of the country have access to 4G. 

Claudia pulls out of Strictly after daughter’s accident 

Claudia Winkleman has been forced to pull out of Strictly Come Dancing after her daughter had an accident while out trick-or-treating for Halloween.

Eight-year-old Matilda was rushed to hospital last Friday after she burnt herself on a candle inside a pumpkin. It is thought that she is badly burnt.

Winkleman missed Strictly Come Dancing at the weekend to be by her daughter's bedside and doubts remain over whether she will return to the show.

A statement from the family thanked NHS staff who “have been absolutely incredible” and urged people to be “vigilant about the dangers of candles, open fires and fireworks” on Guy Fawkes night, which is tonight. 

Non-EU Immigration has cost UK £118bn, says report 

New research from UCL has found immigration from outside the EU into the UK over the last 17 years has cost the UK £118billion. 

Experts say migrants from outside the EU took more from the public purse than contributed to it. 

UK born workers were found to have cost the economy £591billion over the same 17 year period. 

Migrants from within the EU were found to have benefitted the UK economy by £4.4billion.

Drinking during pregnancy could be criminal offence

Drinking during pregnancy could be deemed as a criminal offence in light of a case heard at the Court of Appeal later today.

A local authority in the North West is seeking criminal injuries compensation for a six-year-old girl who suffers with 'growth retardation' after her mother drank alcohol during pregnancy. The girl has been diagnosed with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS).

Neither the local authority or the young girl can be named.

If the court agrees the girl's mother committed a crime, it could pave the way for drinking during pregnancy to be criminalised. 

Neil Sugarman, the lawyer representing the council said: "The mum was drinking excessively and was warned not to - so we believe it's a crime as set down by the definition of the scheme."

However, he indicated he was not intending to set precedent which would criminalise pregnant women who drink. 

Police appeal for whereabouts of 14-year-old Reneisha Brown 

Police in Wood Green are appealing for the whereabouts of a 14-year-old girl who was last seen on Saturday morning.

Reneisha Brown left her home on Saturday to go to the gym at Edmonton Green Leisure Centre.

She is streetwise and tends to travel locally around North London.

Police are appealing for any information. 

Republicans take Senate, pressure builds for Obama

The United States mid-term elections took place overnight. The Republicans have taken control of the Senate. 

It puts pressure on President Barack Obama for the final two years of his presidency. Mr Obama is a Democrat. 

The Republicans made gains in Arkansas and West Virginia to help them claim victory.

Ghandi statue given go-ahead 

Plans to erect a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Parliament Square have been given the go-ahead.

Westminster City Council have granted planning permission for the sculpture commemorating the leader of India’s independence movement.

It will be placed close to the statue of Nelson Mandela.

The bronze sculpture will be created by Philip Jackson, who has also created memorials to Bomber Command, the Gurkhas and the Korean War. 

Arsenal draw 3-3 with Anderlecht 

Arsenal drew three-all in their Champions League match against Anderlecht. At one point the North London team were three goals ahead of the Belgium team. The second half proved to be unlucky for the Gunners as Anderlecht scored the equalising goal at the 90th minute.

Lamborghini driver shows off, hilarity ensues for bystanders 

A driver’s plans to show off his Lamborghini Aventador in west London backfired - when he revved so hard it burst into flames. 

The £300,000 car was parked on Sloane Street in Knightsbridge when the incident happened. The driver could be seen to try and fan the flames but drives off before he was able to put it all out. 

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