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Morning Headlines
12th November 2014

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Poppies begin to be removed from Tower of London

Volunteers will begin removing the ceramic poppies from the sea of red at the Tower of London later.

The first one of the 888,246 hand-made poppies was planted in July, while the last was placed by a 13-year-old cadet yesterday, on Armistice Day.

Each poppy represents a fallen soldier from World War One, which began one hundred years ago.

Met officer dismissed for assault 

A police officer who was caught on camera launching a vicious assault on a woman has been dismissed from the Metropolitan Police.

PC James Kiddie was found guilty earlier this year of common assault in a shop in Regent Street.

CCTV footage showed him dragging the woman by her hair before assaulting her and handcuffing her in November 2012.

He alleged the suspect had bitten his finger and claimed she had HIV.

Space craft begins descent onto comet 

The European Space Agency say a small robotic lander has been separated from the Rosetta spacecraft and has begun its descent onto a comet.

The spacecraft will steer itself onto the comet's surface before sending images and data back to Earth.

Scientists launched the fridge-sized craft from its mothership last night, but won't know for seven hours whether it worked.

Women hit by car on Abbey Road crossing 

A woman has been knocked down on the world's most famous zebra crossing in north London.

The pedestrian was thrown several feet after being hit by a car on the crossing on Abbey road, which was made famous on the cover of the Beatles 1969 LP of the same name.

The accident was captured on a webcam installed outside the famous recording studios. 

Unpaid work in London costs interns £926 a month

Taking an unpaid internship in London can leave an intern £926 a month out of pocket, according to research by The Sutton Trust.

The trust say the cost of working for nothing impacts those who can't afford to and wants interns to be paid at least minimum wage.

The educational charity claims a third of graduate interns are unpaid and notes some employers do not fully cover their interns’ expenses. 

Newham “least physically active place” in England 

UK Active have named Newham as the “least physically active” place in England. 

According to UK Active, 39% of adults the borough fail to do even thirty minutes of exercise in a week. 

The news comes despite a government pledge to use the Olympic Games to create a lasting legacy of fitness.

Newham played host to the Olympic Games in 2012. The Olympic stadium is in the borough. 

Spotify Shake Swift Off

The Chief Exective of Spotify has hit back at Taylor Swift after the singer refused to post any of her albums on the streaming service.

Daniel Ek said he was upset with her comments as they suggested his service does not compensate artists.

Despite agreeing with Swift's comment that “music is art”, Ek insisted Spotify had paid more than £2billion to record labels and acted as a platform for artists to promote new music.

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