Pensacola shooting: Three killed in US naval base classroom shooting


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The US naval air base in Pensacola, US

A gunman has opened fire in a classroom building at a US naval base in Pensacola, Florida, killing at least three people before being shot dead. The local sheriff’s office confirmed seven other people were injured.Two officers were shot in the limbs but are expected to recover. It is the second shooting to have taken place at a US military base this week after a US sailor shot dead two workers at the Pearl Harbour military base in Hawaii on Wednesday.Authorities were alerted to the shooting at the base on the waterfront southwest of Pensacola at 06:51 (12:51 GMT).”Walking through the crime scene was like being on the set of a movie,” said Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan. An investigation was taking place and names of victims would not be released until next of kin had been notified, the US Navy said in a statement. A Whitehouse spokesman said US President Donald Trump had been briefed on the shooting and was monitoring the situation. According to its website the naval airbase, which is still in lockdown, employs more than 16,000 military and 7,400 civilian personnel.



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Tate Modern balcony push: Teen admits attempted murder


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Jonty Bravery was 17 years old when he was charged

A teenager said he threw a boy from the 10th floor of the Tate Modern in London because he wanted to be on the TV news. Jonty Bravery, 18, from Ealing pleaded guilty to attempted murder at the Old Bailey. The six-year-old boy was visiting London from France with his family and suffered a “deep” bleed to the brain in the fall on 4 August. His injuries have been described as life-changing. Bravery was remanded in custody ahead of sentencing in February.”The boy was singled out by Bravery who threw him from the viewing platform intending to kill him,” said Emma Jones of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).”That he survived the five-storey fall was extraordinary,”Bravery was arrested shortly afterwards and told police he had planned in advance to hurt someone at the Tate Modern to be on TV.

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The boy was taken to hospital after he was found on a fifth floor roof

In his police interview, Bravery said he had to prove a point “to every idiot” who said he had no mental health problems, asking police if the incident was going to be on the news.He said: “I wanted to be on the news, who I am and why I did it, so when it is official no-one can say anything else.”Bravery, who has autistic spectrum disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and was likely to have a personality disorder, has been held at Broadmoor Hospital since mid-October.In social media posts, now deleted, the defendant’s father, Piers Bravery attempted to raise awareness of autism and its treatment.Bravery was 17 when he was charged but could not be named until his 18th birthday in October.



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Macclesfield game with Crewe called off after players refuse to play




Macclesfield Town are 14th in League Two and nine points off the drop zoneMacclesfield’s League Two game against Crewe on Saturday has been suspended by the English Football League.The Silkmen’s players had said they would not play in protest over unpaid wages and that their emotional and mental wellbeing was at “rock bottom”.The EFL met with players and representatives from the Professional Footballers’ Association on Friday.Macclesfield later informed the EFL they were unable to fulfil the fixture, leading it to be suspended.The fixture will now be rearranged in addition to “potential future regulatory action” being taken by the EFL, with Macclesfield being “deemed to be guilty of misconduct” for being unable to complete Saturday’s match.The EFL said it was “made clear” at Friday’s meeting that the “health and wellbeing of both the players and staff had been adversely affected by the ongoing late payment of wages and, as a result, would be unable to focus on on-the-pitch matters”.Their statement added: “The EFL has considerable sympathy with the difficulties faced by all those affected at the club and is continuing to offer appropriate support to players via the PFA and to staff through our partnership with mental health charity Mind.””The EFL will continue to work on assisting in attempting to secure an appropriate resolution to the overall challenge facing the club.”It has been utilising central payments to ensure players and staff were paid whilst the owner has looked to find a sustainable longer term solution to the ongoing issues.”It does remain the obligation of the club to find a way to deliver on the commitments it has made to its players, staff and other stakeholders, including the EFL and its member clubs.”In a statement, Macclesfield said they hoped they could rely on their supporters’ “incredible support going forward” despite the “obvious disappointment” of Saturday’s match being called off.Meanwhile, Crewe said they understood the inconvenience that the suspension caused for their travelling support and would provide an update on ticketing “as soon as possible”.A strained season off the fieldThis week’s statement is not the first time the playing squad has threatened strike action.The home league game with Mansfield Town went ahead as scheduled on 15 November following a similar threat, as did the previous week’s FA Cup tie against Kingstonian – albeit, in the latter case, with an inexperienced team.Players first issued an ultimatum regarding the Crewe game to owner Amar Alkadhi earlier this week saying they would go on strike again if they were not paid the wages they are owed.Macclesfield were charged with misconduct by the EFL and referred to a disciplinary commission last month after failing to pay their players on time.The threat of a further strike for their League Two fixture against Mansfield was averted when the majority of players’ outstanding salaries were understood to have been settled in full.But the club’s financial problems have continued, with former Macclesfield manager Sol Campbell most recently backing a winding-up petition issued against the club by HM Revenue & Customs, after the High Court was told he was owed £180,000 in unpaid wages.The case was adjourned on Wednesday for two weeks, with the club due back in court on 18 December.



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Former world number one Wozniacki to retire after Australian Open




Caroline Wozniacki won the Australian Open in 2018Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki has announced she will retire after the Australian Open in January.The 29-year-old is currently ranked 37th in the world and last competed in the China Open in October.Wozniacki, who enrolled at Harvard Business School in September, was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 2018.However, the Dane says her retirement has “nothing to do with my health and this isn’t a goodbye”.In a lengthy post on Instagram, the 2018 Australian Open champion says she plans to focus on her life away from tennis, including plans to start a family with her New York Knicks player husband David Lee.Wozniacki’s career includes 30 WTA singles titles, reaching world number one in 2010, a WTA Finals victory and competing in three Olympics.”I’ve always told myself, when the time comes, that there are things away from tennis that I want to do more, then it’s time to be done. In recent months, I’ve realised that there is a lot more in life that I’d like to accomplish off the court,” she wrote.”I’ve played professionally since I was 15 years old and in that time I’ve experienced an amazing first chapter of my life… [and] I’ve accomplished everything I could ever dream of on the court.””Getting married to David was one of those goals and starting a family with him while continuing to travel the world and helping raise awareness about rheumatoid arthritis are all passions of mine moving forward.”Signing off her statement, Wozniacki said: “I want to thank with all my heart, the fans, my friends, my sponsors, my team, especially my father as my coach, my husband, and my family for decades of support… without all of you I could have never have done this.”



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Joseph McCann guilty of sex attacks on 11 women and children


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Joseph McCann was found guilty of 37 offences against 11 victims

A man who carried out a string of sex attacks on 11 women and children across England over two weeks has been found guilty of 37 offences.Joseph McCann’s victims were aged between 11 and 71 and included three women who were abducted off the street at knifepoint and repeatedly raped.The 34-year-old also raped a mother in her home and then tied her to a bed as he molested her son and daughter.McCann, of Harrow, was found guilty of offences including rape and kidnap.Afterwards the jury wrote in a note to the judge that it wished to acknowledge the bravery of the victims and the hard work of the police forces involved. The failures that let Joseph McCann out of prisonThe Old Bailey heard how McCann’s “spree of sex attacks” started in Watford before moving to London, Greater Manchester and Cheshire over two weeks in April and May.On 21 April, he grabbed a 21-year-old woman at knifepoint off a street in Watford as she walked home from a nightclub.She was bundled into a car and taken to a house where she was raped until being released later that morning in a “state of great distress”, prosecutors said.A 25-year-old woman was then abducted as she walked home in Walthamstow, east London, just after midnight on 25 April.She was driven off in car then raped “many times” by McCann in a number of locations over 14 hours, including outside a school where he told her he “wanted to make her rape a child”, prosecutor John Price QC said.



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General election 2019: Major urges support for ex-Tory Brexit rebels


Sir John Major has urged people to re-elect three MPs who were expelled from the Conservatives for voting against Boris Johnson over Brexit.The ex-Tory PM is backing independent candidates David Gauke, Dominic Grieve and Anne Milton, all running against his party in the general election.Sir John said “tribal loyalties” had been loosened by Brexit.But Mr Johnson described the comments as “very sad” and “wrong”, calling his predecessor’s views “outdated”.The Conservatives say they will take the UK out of the EU in January if they win a parliamentary majority.They say this honours the result of the 2016 referendum, in which 52% of people backed Leave.In September, 21 MPs were expelled from the parliamentary Conservative Party after they had voted against the possibility of the prime minister pursuing a no-deal exit from the EU. Later, 10 of the MPs were allowed back.Of the remainder, Mr Gauke, Mr Grieve and Ms Milton are all running as independents in the seats they held at the 2017 general election.In a video message, Sir John, a prominent Remain campaigner, described Brexit as “the worst foreign policy decision in my lifetime”.He called Mr Gauke, Mr Grieve and Ms Milton “principled, decent human beings”.He added: “None of them has left the Conservative Party; the Conservative Party has left them.”Without such talent on its benches, Parliament will be the poorer, which is why – if I were resident in any one of their constituencies – they would have my vote.” In response, Mr Johnson said he disagreed with his “illustrious predecessor”.He added: “I think it’s very sad and I think that he is wrong, and I think that he represents a view that is outdated, alas, greatly that I respect him and his record”And I think that what we need to do now is honour the will of the people and get Brexit done.”The prime minister says a Conservative government would be able to reach a post-Brexit trade deal with the EU by the end of 2020.Mr Gauke was among those who disputed whether this was possible within the timeline suggested by the prime minister.But Mr Johnson said the UK was in a “zero-tariff, zero-quota position” already, which would make the talks easier.



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Couple win 'race discrimination' adoption battle


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A couple who were rejected by their local adoption service because of their Indian heritage have won their legal discrimination battle. Sandeep and Reena Mander sued The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council after they were turned away from Adopt Berkshire three years ago. Judge Melissa Clarke said the couple were discriminated against on the grounds of race.The Sikh couple have now been awarded nearly £120,000 in damages.The Manders, from Maidenhead, said they felt “directly discriminated against” when they were told by Adopt Berkshire “not to bother applying” because of their Indian heritage. They were unable to register with the agency and were told their chances would be improved if they looked to adopt in India or Pakistan.Both the council and the adoption agency denied making that statement, claiming the service was prioritising adopters for older children and sibling groups. At Oxford County Court, Judge Clarke said: “I find that the defendants directly discriminated against Mr and Mrs Mander on the grounds of race.”She added the Manders suffered “hurt, stress, and anxiety” because of the agency’s actions and described them as “particularly vulnerable, being a childless couple who had gone through numerous rounds of IVF and a sad early pregnancy loss” who were “desperate to adopt”. Judge Clarke awarded the couple general damages of £29,454.42 each and special damages totalling £60,013.43 for the cost of adopting a child overseas.A council spokesperson said: “We are very disappointed by the judgement in this case, which we will now take time to consider in full. “We have reviewed our policies to ensure they are fit for purpose and are confident that we do not exclude prospective adopters on the grounds of ethnicity. “Finally, we always put the best interests of the children at the heart of any adoption decisions and are committed to best practice in our provision of adoption services.”The couple have since adopted a child from the United States.



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London Fire Brigade chief Dany Cotton to quit four months early


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Dany Cotton was one of only 30 female firefighters when she joined London Fire Brigade

London’s first female fire commissioner has said she will quit at the end of the year – four months earlier than previously planned.Dany Cotton, 50, had announced she was to stand down from the London Fire Brigade in April 2020.She has faced criticism of her work at the Grenfell Tower fire which killed 72 people in June 2017.The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan praised Ms Cotton for more than three decades with the fire brigade.



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General election 2019: Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn in TV debate


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Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn will go head-to-head later for the final time during the election campaign when they take part in a live BBC One debate.The hour-long programme, hosted by Today presenter Nick Robinson, starts at 20:30.It will be the last time the Tory and Labour leaders share a stage before polling day on 12 December.The BBC’s Iain Watson said the two men were likely to focus on core messages to try and win over undecided voters.Their policies on Brexit, the NHS and the economy are likely to come under scrutiny, as are issues of trust and character.Mr Johnson and Mr Corbyn will face questions from about 100 members of the public in Maidstone, Kent, and from those who have submitted them via the BBC News website.The Prime Ministerial Debate follows a head-to-head encounter on ITV earlier in the campaign, the two clashed on Europe, leadership and the future of Scotland.

This evening’s debate between the two men who could be PM in a week from now could be crucial.The opinion polls suggest the Conservatives are still comfortably ahead of Labour. So Boris Johnson is now the man – as was said of Tony Blair in 1997 – carrying the fragile vase across a shiny floor. He has to try his utmost not to slip up.Jeremy Corbyn has one more prime-time opportunity to convince wavering voters he is fit to hold the keys to No 10.Both men are likely to return to their core messages – Mr Johnson on Brexit, and Mr Corbyn on investing in public services and protecting the NHS. But the Labour leader was handed a potential weapon in the unlikely form of the BBC inquisitor Andrew Neil.On Thursday, Mr Neil challenged the PM to participate in an interview on the theme of trust. Labour insiders are hopeful this can inflict more damage on the PM than they themselves have managed thus far. There have been concerns that some of the former voters are prepared to “back Boris rather than saying that they are defecting to the Conservatives”.So any ammunition that they can use to question Mr Johnson’s character will be welcome.It may well be tempting for Mr Corbyn to focus as much on the personality of his opponent as on his own policies.

Ahead of Friday’s debate, senior Conservatives have dismissed opposition claims that Mr Johnson is “ducking” press scrutiny.He has yet to agree to be interviewed by the BBC’s Andrew Neil, who has questioned all the other main party leaders in a series of half-hour election specials.Mr Johnson has also declined an invitation to take part in ITV series of leader interviews.

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In a monologue at the end of Thursday’s BBC programme – in which he had interviewed Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage – Mr Neil issued a challenge to Mr Johnson and listed a series of questions that he wanted to put to him.”The theme running through our questions is trust – and why at so many times in his career, in politics and journalism, critics and sometimes even those close to him have deemed him to be untrustworthy,” he said. “It is, of course, relevant to what he is promising us all now.”

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But cabinet minister Michael Gove said the PM had given more than 100 interviews during the six-week campaign and Friday’s encounter was the proper “arena” for voters to make up their mind who they wanted to be their next leader. He told BBC Radio 5Live he could not recall any other PM agreeing to two one-to-one debates with the leader of the opposition during an election, saying: “It’s an unprecedented level of scrutiny that the prime minister has allowed to happen.”But Labour has accused the BBC of bias. In a letter to Director-General Tony Hall, its campaign co-ordinator Andrew Gwynne accused the corporation of being effectively “complicit in giving the Conservative Party an unfair electoral advantage”.He said Labour had agreed to Mr Corbyn’s interview with Mr Neil based on the “clear understanding” that the Tory leader had agreed the same terms.The BBC is expected to respond in writing to the Labour complaint, but a spokesperson said: “The BBC will continue to make its own independent editorial decisions, and is committed to reporting the election campaign fairly, impartially and without fear or favour.”Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson, who mounted an unsuccessful legal bid to be included in the ITV debate, claimed the PM’s “cowardly behaviour shows why he simply isn’t fit to be prime minister”.

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Somerset homes shaken as 3.2 magnitude earthquake strikes


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The seismograph recorded the quake at 22:49 GMT

An earthquake has struck in the west of England, causing homes to shake in several villages, the British Geological Survey has said.The 3.2 magnitude quake’s epicentre was close to the village of Huntworth, Somerset, the BGS confirmed.Residents reported the “whole house rattled”, with another another saying there was a “big rumble and [the] house [was] given a definite shove”.The quake hit at 22:49 GMT at a depth of three miles (5km), the BGS said.’Bed shake’Residents in several towns and villages across Somerset including Taunton, Weston-super-Mare, Bridgwater and Cheddar said they had felt the earthquake.Reports submitted to the BGS said houses had rattled, one person “physically felt my bed shake” and others heard “low rumbles” and “short cracking sounds.”People tweeted to describe how there was a boom which had shaken their houses, with one person saying the quake had felt like their house had been hit by a lorry.

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Yes it was crazy! My ears were ringing. Smaller objects in the house moving. Our WiFi cut out and the dog was going crazy !!! Absolutely amazing— Kelly (@MrsKellyCoward) December 5, 2019

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