Primark guard preyed on shoplifting teenage girls


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Zia Uddin kept condoms in the control room where he sexually assaulted the girls

A Primark security guard has been found guilty of sexually assaulting teenage girls he accused of shoplifting. Zia Uddin, 27, from east London, attacked four 15-year-old girls while working at the Kingston store in 2017.Uddin threatened the teenagers with calling the police and their parents if they did not perform sexual acts on him in the control room of the store.He was convicted of one count of rape and four counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.Kingston Crown Court heard Uddin’s colleagues had noticed his strange behaviour, which included making requests to delete CCTV, and not properly completing paperwork on shoplifting. He was also known to keep condoms in the control room, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said.Once detained, some victims offered to pay for the items they had stolen, suggested they could work in the store to make amends, or even never enter the shop again.

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Zia Uddin knew where the “blind spots” were on the Kingston branch’s CCTV

However, once alone in the back office, Uddin, from Manor Park in Newham, made clear he was only interested in sexual acts in exchange for letting them go.Prosecutors said one girl only did as he asked because “there was no other choice” and it was the only way out of the situation. Graham Partridge, from the CPS, said Uddin “preyed on young girls in a vulnerable situation”. “He abused his authority by telling them to perform sexual acts for him on the promise they would then be released without their parents or the police being informed about what they had done. “Having worked in security, Uddin was also well aware of the CCTV camera ‘blind spots’ and took advantage of these in order to carry out his offending.”‘Horrendous ordeal’He added that Uddin claimed all the victims were liars and refused to take responsibility for his actions. Uddin will be sentenced next Tuesday.A spokeswoman for Primark said: “This has been a horrendous ordeal for the victims and their families and we are truly sorry for what they have suffered. Our thoughts are very much with them.”The nature of these offences is shocking and distressing.”Zia Uddin abused the trust that was placed in him by his employer, Brooknight Security, and by us, by taking advantage of his victims, who were young and vulnerable.”



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Federer wins to get his ATP Finals campaign on track




Roger Federer has competed in 16 ATP Finals events2019 Nitto ATP FinalsVenue: O2 Arena, London Dates: 10-17 NovemberCoverage: Watch live coverage of one match per day on BBC TV, BBC iPlayer and online; Listen on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra; Live text on selected matches on the BBC Sport website and app. Click here for Live Guide.Roger Federer recovered from his opening round-robin defeat to beat Italy’s Matteo Berrettini in straight sets at the ATP Finals. The Swiss 20-time Grand Slam champion, who lost to Dominic Thiem on Sunday, won 7-6 (7-2) 6-3 to keep alive his hopes of a semi-final place.Federer, seeded third at the O2 Arena, has failed to qualify for the last four on just one occasion in London.Novak Djokovic takes on Thiem in the other singles match later on Tuesday.Thiem is the only player who can qualify for the semi-finals at this stage, needing a victory against Djokovic.Federer, 38, will face Serbian world number two Djokovic on Thursday, a repeat of July’s marathon Wimbledon final. The top two players in each group after the round-robin stage progress to the semi-finals on Saturday.The men’s season-ending event, which is taking place in London for the penultimate year, features the top eight players of the year.”I did it last year [coming back from an opening-match defeat] so I have some experience but I’m happy with how I played today,” Federer said. “There’s no reason to be down on yourself. “There were plenty of ways to get through that loss. Just hanging out with my kids did it for me. I didn’t think everything was bad in that first match. I was ready and prepared today and that’s what matters the most.”I hope I can keep it up and hopefully play a bit better in the next match,” he added.ATP Finals round-robin singles groupsAndre Agassi GroupBjorn Borg GroupRafael NadalNovak DjokovicDaniil MedvedevRoger FedererStefanos TsitsipasDominic ThiemAlexander ZverevMatteo BerrettiniBritain’s Salisbury picks up first win
Joe Salisbury (right) is the only British player in the season-ending competitionEarlier on Tuesday, Britain’s Joe Salisbury and American partner Rajeev Ram also kept alive their men’s doubles semi-final hopes with victory over Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek.The fourth seeds won 3-6 6-3 10-6 after losing Sunday’s opener to Marcelo Melo and Lukasz Kubot in London.Salisbury, playing at the ATP Finals for the first time, said: “We needed to win to stay in it.”He is the only Briton competing at the season-ending event at the O2 Arena.”I think we will have to win the next one as well, but we’re feeling better. The crowd’s support was incredible,” Salisbury, 27, added.



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Shiregreen murders: Sarah Barrass killed teenage sons


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Sarah Barrass, 35, and Brandon Machin, 39, had both pleaded guilty to the charges against them

A mother-of-six murdered her two teenage sons the day after a bid to poison them failed.Sarah Barrass, along with family member Brandon Machin, strangled Tristan and Blake Barrass, aged 13 and 14, in Shiregreen, Sheffield, on 24 May.The court heard how Barrass, 35, would regularly tell her children: “I gave you life, I can take it away.”Barrass and Machin, 39, were both sentenced to a minimum of 35 years in prison at Sheffield Crown Court.They have both previously admitted murder, conspiracy to murder all six of her children, including Blake and Tristan, and five counts of attempted murder.’Nothing but evil’The court heard how Barrass strangled Tristan with her dressing gown cord, before Machin strangled Blake with his hands, before putting bin bags over their heads to make sure they were dead. The pair hatched the plot to kill all the children because Barrass feared they would be taken into care.More stories from around YorkshireThey had unsuccessfully tried to poison the four eldest the night before, by collecting ADHD tablets prescribed to one of the children and forcing them to swallow them.

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All the surviving children, who cannot be named for legal reasons, are under the age of 13

Kama Melly QC, prosecuting, said: “None of the children wanted to take the tablets but were forced to do so.”The defendants expected the tablets to kill the children overnight.”When the tablets had not had the effect Barrass wanted, she began to search online for other ways of killing her children, including suffocation, strangulation and drowning. She called Machin to the house and then the pair strangled the boys, placing bin bags over their heads “to ensure their certain death”, Ms Melly said.The defendants then ran a bath and repeatedly tried to drown one of the younger children.But when that too failed, Barrass took the surviving children – who are all under the age of 13 – to the bedroom and phoned the police.

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Bikers provided an escort for the funeral of Tristan and Blake in August

The court heard Barrass had previously approached the local authority to ask for help with her children.Ms Melly said the mother sent a message to a friend which said: “I’ve thought of every possible solution to this mess. “I love my kids too much to kill them, I can’t put them into care for the same reason.”Bryan Cox QC, mitigating for Barrass, said her crimes were “evil and nothing but evil” but said she was “profoundly damaged by her childhood”.He said: “The defendant was desperate to prevent her children being taken into care.”She couldn’t cope with the prospect of them being removed.”The court heard she told police she planned to kill the younger two children and herself, after the older four had died.

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Joseph McCann: Man embarked on 'series of depraved sex attacks'


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Joseph McCann is accused of 37 offences against 11 alleged victims

A man embarked on a series of “depraved” sex attacks on women and children, one as young as 11, a court has heard.Joseph McCann is accused of 37 offences against 11 alleged victims, including rapes, kidnap and false imprisonment, over two weeks in April and May.The Old Bailey heard the 34-year-old snatched two women off London streets and told one he would “never release her” as he raped her multiple times.Mr McCann of Harrow denies the charges.The jury was told one 25-year-old woman was abducted as she walked home in Walthamstow, east London, just after midnight on 25 April.Prosecutor John Price QC said the defendant told her “to stop screaming or he would stab her” then dragged her into a car “and drove off”.The court heard the woman was raped “many times” in various locations over the next 14 hours and subjected to acts of “shocking depravity and violence”.”He made her call him ‘daddy’ and say that she was a child. At one point the man parked the car near to a school, saying that he wanted to make her rape a child,” Mr Price said.Later the same day, and while still holding the woman prisoner, the defendant abducted a 21-year-old woman in Edgware, north London, as she walked along the street with her sister, the court heard.CCTV of the woman being bundled into a silver people carrier just after midday was played to the jury.Mr Price said she “suffered a similar fate” to the 25-year-old woman before the pair managed to escape while in Watford where Mr McCann had booked a hotel room for two nights.He told the jury they would have come to “further harm” but one of the women hit their captor over the head with a vodka bottle and some builders “bravely” intervened to prevent them being recaptured.



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Frank Dobson: Ex-Labour minister dies aged 79


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Mr Dobson was a popular and avuncular figure in Labour politics for five decades

The veteran Labour politician Frank Dobson has died at the age of 79.Mr Dobson served as health secretary in the government of Tony Blair following Labour’s 1997 landslide victory.A popular figure in the party, he left government to contest the first-ever London mayoral election in 2000, coming third to ex-Labour and independent candidate Ken Livingstone.He served as MP for Holborn and St Pancras in central London for more than 40 years before standing down in 2015. In a statement, Mr Dobson’s family said he died on Monday after a long period of illness.”His family would like to thank all the staff at the Homerton University Hospital for their outstanding expertise, commitment and care in the last few months and also the staff of York Hospital for his previous excellent care.”He also greatly appreciated the support of his many friends and former parliamentary colleagues.”Mayoral bidMr Dobson led Labour-controlled Camden Council in the 1970s before first being elected to Parliament in 1979.He served in a number of shadow frontbench roles under Neil Kinnock, John Smith and Tony Blair during Labour’s 18 years in opposition.As Labour’s first health secretary for nearly 20 years, Mr Dobson oversaw the abolition of the internal market in the NHS, but was frustrated at financial constraints initially imposed by the Blair government, which stuck to the Conservatives’ spending plans for the first two years.In 1999, he put himself forward as a candidate, some suggested reluctantly, for the new post of London mayor.

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His mayoral bid in 2000 was widely viewed as a disaster at the time

However, his campaign was a troubled one and he was pushed into third place behind Mr Livingstone, who ran as an independent – after being barred from standing by Labour – and the Conservative candidate Steve Norris.After his defeat, he never returned to government but continued in Parliament for a further 15 years. Labour candidates and officials have been paying tribute to Mr Dobson, whose death was announced by his family.And current Conservative Health Secretary Matt Hancock also praised his “years of devotion” to the health service.



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England flooding: PM to chair Cobra meeting over floods


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An evacuation has been ordered in Fishlake, South Yorkshire

The prime minister is to chair a meeting of the government’s emergency committee later in response to floods in northern England.The Environment Agency has 30 flood warnings in place as well as five severe warnings on the River Don in South Yorkshire.About 400 homes have been flooded and 1,200 properties evacuated.A yellow warning for rain remains in place over parts of Yorkshire and the East Midlands for Tuesday and Thursday.Doncaster flooding: Latest updatesAn emergency appeal to support “displaced” families has raised almost £50,000.It comes after downpours last week meant several areas were struck by a month’s worth of rain in a single day.

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Jeremy Corbyn met flood victims in South Yorkshire on Saturday

Hundreds of people in Fishlake, near Doncaster, have fled their homes after their village was submerged.Empty coffins were seen floating inside the workshop of a flooded funeral parlour and some villagers had to spend the night at a nearby pub. The council has called for people to evacuate the village, saying it “can only offer dedicated support to people who are not in an area where there is a threat to life”.Prime Minister Boris Johnson will host a Cobra meeting later.Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn previously urged the PM to “take personal charge” of the situation and convene the emergency response committee.In a letter, Mr Corbyn said: “If this had happened in Surrey, not Yorkshire or the East Midlands, it seems far more likely that a national emergency would have been declared.”The decision to hold a meeting about the response to flooding had been taken prior to the letter from Mr Corbyn, according to Number 10.The flooding situation at the weekend had not reached the level where a national emergency could be officially declared.Meanwhile, the Liberal Democrats have set out plans for a £5bn fund to improve flood defences across the UK, to be paid for through government borrowing.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited flood-hit Matlock on Friday

Four Environment Agency pumps are in Fishlake to remove floodwater from the village.Joe Howslam, 23, told the BBC: “I live with my parents, brother and sister, but we’ve all had to move out.”In the history of Fishlake it’s never been this bad, according to some of the older members of our village.”I’m an HGV mechanic and we’ve run a family farm, so I borrowed a tractor on Saturday and helped rescue a few people. I even rescued my dad from the top window of the house.”

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Ian White, BBC Look North reporter in FishlakeIt might be a new day In Fishlake but the horrendous problems caused by flooding continue to hang over the people who call this place home.Roads remain closed and there’s a big police presence on the outskirts of the village, partly to deter looters from trying their luck here.Fire crews with large inflatable boats remain on the streets, regularly checking on people who’ve ignored advice from the authorities to leave their homes. Some residents say they feel as though Doncaster Council has turned its back on them, but it is clear it wants everyone out of here for their own safety.Water levels seem to have dropped a bit but some roads remain covered in deep floodwater almost a foot deep.Community spirit is strong and the Hare and Hounds pub and St Cuthbert’s church remain a focal point, taking in donations of household items and clothes, and serving up food to those in need.

Pam Webb, who owns a spa in Fishlake, described how she lost everything she has worked for after her insurance did not cover flooding.”I feel really selfish in saying this and I hope that other people aren’t in this boat but I’ve lost my home and my business and my livelihood that I’ve worked so hard for.”And the girls who worked for me, or worked with me, it’s their livelihoods as well. And a lot of them are only young. Some of them have got young families and I’ve tried to look after them the best I can.”Tractors and boats have been used to get around the village, with many roads in the area under floodwater. According to the Salvation Army, some people have been rescued from their homes by boat since the early hours of Saturday, but others remain in their properties, while military helicopters have been used to help boost flood defences in the area.

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The Environment Agency called in an RAF Chinook late on Sunday

In Worksop, hundreds of homes have been evacuated and dozens of businesses have also been badly hit.Susan Hale said the floodwater had “completely devastated” her tapas bar. “The years of hard work and love [have] just gone in a day,” she said.Twelve flood warnings remain in Lincolnshire where more than 1,000 acres have been flooded by Barlings Eau river and some farms are cut off, with some train lines still blocked by high water.Northern said its services into Rotherham Central were not running until further notice, with reduced services between Doncaster and Sheffield. CrossCountry’s trains are being diverted away from Doncaster.Doncaster Council said a number of roads remained closed.You may also be interested in:

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The RSPCA recovered dozens of swans following an oil spillage caused by flooding in Rotherham

The RSPCA has been involved in a rescue operation to save 60 swans following an oil spillage caused by flooding in Rotherham.Further south, parts of Derbyshire are also still affected by flooding.Areas around Matlock – where former High Sherriff of Derbyshire Annie Hall was swept to her death by the flooded River Derwent – are continuing their clean-up efforts, with further rain over the weekend leaving standing water along a number of roads.

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General Election 2019: 'Cyber-attack' on Labour Party digital platforms


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The Labour Party says there has been a “sophisticated and large-scale cyber-attack” on its digital platforms.A Labour spokeswoman said the attack had “failed” because of the party’s “robust security systems” and they were confident that no data breach occurred.It has been reported to the National Cyber Security Centre, she said.Security procedures had “slowed down” some election campaign activities, she added, but they were now “back up to full speed”.



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General election 2019: Farage calls on Tories to stand aside for Brexit Party


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Nigel Farage has insisted he will stand candidates in Labour-held marginal seats, despite coming under pressure from the Conservatives to step aside.The Brexit Party leader announced on Monday that his candidates will not run in seats won by the Tories at the 2017 general election. He told ITV his candidates would contest Labour seats as they had “turned [their] back on Brexit”.But Tory Chairman James Cleverly warned the plan posed a “danger” to the party.The Brexit Party had planned to run candidates in more than 600 seats after Prime Minister Boris Johnson rejected the offer from its leader for a “Leave alliance” to deliver Brexit.But facing pressure from his own party – as well as the Conservatives – not to divide Brexit-backing voters, Mr Farage confirmed his candidates would not stand in the 317 seats won by the Tories at the last election. He told ITV’s Good Morning Britain: “I made a big, generous offer to the Conservative Party yesterday [Monday]. I gifted them a couple of dozen seats. “If they wanted a proper Brexit, they would reciprocate.”But Mr Farage said the Tories “care more about winning the election than getting a proper Brexit majority in Parliament”, adding: “That’s disappointing.”‘Different set of circumstances’The Brexit Party leader said the seats where the party was standing down were in areas that the Conservatives were facing “huge pressure” from the Liberal Democrats, and his actions would stop a further referendum on Brexit becoming a reality.But in seats in the north of England and the Midlands – which the Tories are targeting – it was “a very different set of circumstances” and his party would “take more Labour votes” than Conservative. “I have given more ground than anyone you have ever spoken to in the interest of putting country before party,” said Mr Farage. “I have given that ground now and I am clear we will fight against Labour and the Remainers in Parliament.”But Mr Cleverly told BBC Politics Live on Monday that Mr Farage’s Party could split the vote in the Conservative target seats, leading to the election of MPs who could “frustrate” Brexit.

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Sibley & Crawley hit tons in England tour match in NZ




Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley have yet to make their England Test debutsTour match, Cobham Oval, WhangareiEngland 285-3: Sibley 100, Crawley 103New Zealand XI: Yet to batScorecardDom Sibley and Zak Crawley boosted their England Test hopes as they made centuries on the first day of a tour match against a New Zealand XI.Uncapped Sibley, who opened the batting with Rory Burns, reached three figures from 161 balls before retiring, as England posted 285-3.Kent’s Crawley, who is also uncapped, compiled 103 from 137 balls batting at three before retiring. England’s first Test against New Zealand begins on 21 November.The only wicket to fall during the day was opener Burns, who was dismissed by Henry Shipley for 23.Captain Joe Root was on 41 at the close, with Ollie Pope also unbeaten on nine.The two-day tour match will resume at 22:00 GMT on Tuesday at the Cobham Oval in Whangarei.The start of the match was delayed by three and a half hours by rain, but Sibley and Crawley cashed in when play began.Sibley, who is widely expected to make his Test debut in Tauranga, was the only batsman to score over 1,000 runs in Division One of the County Championship last season.”I’m very patient. From a young age I’ve been able to bat for long periods of time, so I stick to that,” Sibley told Test Match Special.”I understand my game well and know where my areas are.”Today was a massive positive for me. Hopefully I can build on that and get the call-up.”Joe Denly opened in the final Test of the English summer but he is expected to drop down to number three, with captain Root at four.The Kent batsman is recovering from an ankle injury that ruled him out of the T20 series earlier this month, which could lead to Crawley making his debut.”We had a good day and everyone got a good bit of time at the crease,” Sibley added.”There were a few nerves – when you have to wait around and stuff it’s a bit frustrating but it was nice to get out there, get through the new ball and then cash in.”AnalysisBBC cricket correspondent Jonathan AgnewThe morning session was lost to rain but England made up for lost time in this 13-a-side practice match.The team for the first Test seems to be more or less settled in advance, but even so, it was important that Sibley in particular underlined his credentials to open the batting with Burns.This he did against enthusiastic but not especially challenging bowling that failed to make the most of the green and damp pitch.Sibley stood tall and worked the ball well to the leg side, while Crawley started patiently and then batted fluently. He seems unlikely to feature next week but his century at least raises the possibility that, if Denly fails his fitness test it will be Crawley, rather than Jonny Bairstow, who replaces him in the first Test.



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