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2nd December 2014

Five Londoners arrested on terror offences

Over the past few days the Met Police Counter Terrorism Command have arrested five men from London for planning acts of terror.

Two men in East London were arrested in the early hours of yesterday morning. 

Previous to that, two days ago armed police foiled a terror plan, which saw two men suspected of terrorism being arrested as well as 13 others suspected of human trafficking and breaking immigration laws. The group were in a vehicle heading to Dover when police stopped it.

A fifth Londoner was arrested, yesterday, in Dover.

All five suspected terrorists have been taken to a central London police station, and the five addresses are being searched.


Backlash for Mario Balotelli after an anti-Semitic post on Instagram

Liverpool footballer Mario Balotelli is being investigated by the FA over an alleged anti-semitic picture on the internet. 

The Italian striker re-posted an image of gaming character Super Mario with the words, 'jumps like a black man and grabs coins like a Jew.’

It was posted on his Instagram account on Monday, before quickly taking it down.

Simon Johnson, now the cheif executive leader of the Jewish Leadership Council and former Footbal Assoication executive reacted to the post saying, "We call upon the FA to investigate this offensive social media post and to take action if appropriate if we are to succeed in kicking racism out of football." 

Balotelli has since posted this on his twitter:



Alcohol is the ’silent killer’ with deaths up five fold

Enjoying a glass of wine after work is the same as drinking three shots of vodka, that's according to the head of Public Health England, Duncan Selbie.

He's said that alcohol-related deaths of working age people have increased by 500 per cent since the 1970s, and that it is becoming the "silent killer" in Britain.

He warned that poeple "pour a glass and have no idea how much they are drinking".


London trees under threat as a killer fungus spreads

One in ten trees in London is under threat from a disease which has wiped out thousands of trees across Europe.

The London Tree Officers Association has said if the 'canker stain fungus' reaches the capital's trees it could take three generations to replace them.


A black stormtrooper, get used to it.

British Actor John Boyega has responded to online racism about his role in the upcoming Star Wars film by telling fans "to get used to it".


With love xxx

A photo posted by @jboyega on

The #blackstormtrooper hashtag began with fans complaining about the casting decision on social media and some posted memes about the character.

Londoner Boyega posted his response on Instagram, and thanked fans for their love and support. 


Police search for bike thief

British Transport Police have released CCTV of a man and woman they would like to speak to after a bike was stolen from Upminster railway station on Wednesday the 5th of November. 

A lock on the cycle was cut through before it was was taken at around 3pm.


Duncan Campbell takes the Turner Prize

Dublin-born artist Duncan Campbell has won the Turner Prize for a series of films called 'It For Others'.

He was presented with the £25,000 pound art prize during a ceremony at the Tate Britain.

Campbell's work reflects on African art and iconic images from the Troubles in Northern Ireland. 

It was was described as "topical and compelling" by a panel of judges.

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