Peckham stabbing is sixth knife crime death in London in a week

Officers were called on Friday afternoon to reports of an altercation in Peckham Rye, south-east London, Scotland Yard said. The London ambulance service and officers found a man, believed to be aged in his 20s, with stab wounds; he was pronounced dead at 3.51pm. Earlier on Friday a man was found stabbed on a bus in central London. On Saturday afternoon, Damien McLaughlin, 42, of Cheshunt, was stabbed to death in Enfield, north London. Police-recorded crime figures released this week showed a 13-14% increase in gun and knife crime in 2016.

April 28, 2017 09:11 UTC

Thames garden bridge scrapped by Sadiq Khan

Khan commissioned the Labour MP Margaret Hodge to investigate whether the bridge still represented value for public money. The bridge was likely to cost more than £200m, Hodge said, and £37.4m of public funds had already been spent without any building work taking place. She also found the Garden Bridge Trust had lost major donors and secured only £69m in private pledges, leaving a gap of at least £70m. The Garden Bridge Trust was set up at the request of Transport for London and the Department of Transport to deliver the project which had received public money,” he said. “We have had enormous support from our funders and are very confident we can raise the remaining funds required.

April 28, 2017 09:00 UTC

Willesden armed raid was to foil active terrorist plot, say police

The raid was carried out by elite counter-terrorism specialist firearms officers (CTSFO) and is believed to have been the first time the unit has opened fire during an operation. Six people, including a 16-year-old boy, have been arrested and properties continued to be searched in London and Kent on Friday. Ruth Haile, another neighbour, said that when the arrested woman came out of the house she had a bandage on her left side and was given first aid. I looked outside and there were lots of police, some plainclothes, some uniformed, obviously firearms officers. “We were just about to go shopping until we heard bang, bang, bang, bang, went to the window, and saw a number of armed police just there with their guns pointing at our nextdoor neighbour’s window.

April 28, 2017 08:56 UTC

UK GDP growth slower than expected as inflation bites

GDP growth fell more than expected to 0.3% in the first quarter from 0.7% in the previous quarter, the Office for National Statistics said. UK economic growth slows to 0.3% as inflation bites - business live Read moreMany economists expect the slowdown to continue as higher inflation dents consumer spending, a key driver for the UK economy. A leading thinktank underscored the pressures on household budgets as it noted the weakness in wage growth started long before the Brexit vote. “The good news is that the surge in inflation is probably temporary and the squeeze on growth should pass. It added that the Brexit vote had also increased instability in the UK as “highlighted by the snap election called for June 2017”.

April 28, 2017 08:37 UTC

Lovren signs new Liverpool deal worth almost £100,000 a week

Dejan Lovren has signed a new contract at Liverpool which will run until 2021 despite Jürgen Klopp earmarking Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk as one of his main transfer targets. The deal for Lovren, who was criticised for his performance in last week’s damaging 2-1 home defeat by Crystal Palace, includes an option for Liverpool to extend the terms by another 12 months. The contract is worth just under £100,000 a week. Lovren had two years remaining on his existing deal, signed when he moved to Liverpool from Southampton for £20 million in 2014, and talks recently restarted after previously reaching an impasse. Yet if Klopp is successful in landing Van Dijk — a world-record fee for a defender in excess of £50 million would not…

April 28, 2017 08:01 UTC

Party leader bloodied as protesters storm parliament

The Social Democratic Union leader Zoran Zaev mops his bloodied face amid protests over the appointment of a new speaker in the Macedonian parliament EPA/STRThe president of Macedonia has called an emergency meeting of political leaders after a 200-strong mob stormed parliament last night and assaulted opposition MPs. In chaotic scenes the crowd of masked and bare-chested thugs injured 77 people on the floor of the parliament, including the Social Democrat leader Zoran Zaev, who was left bleeding profusely from a head wound. The protesters, most of whom appeared to support the dominant conservative party, were angry at the appointment as speaker of an MP from a small Albanian party. Protesters broke a police cordon to storm the parliament building in Skopje Boris Grdanoski/APThe designation was an attempt to break months of deadlock following elections in December, held early because of protests against Nikola Gruevski’s government over a wire-tapping scandal. He secured a narrow victory, plunging the country into fresh political turmoil.

April 28, 2017 08:01 UTC

Barclays profits double but investment bank disappoints

The thousand new jobs will be in Barclays’ British operation and the same number are expected to be taken on by 2020 Oli Scarff / Getty ImagesBarclays is to go against the tide of the big banks’ job cutting after announcing that it would hire 1,000 staff on the back of first-quarter pre-tax profits that doubled as the cost of dealing with its toxic loans continued to fall. The jobs will be created in the UK this year and Barclays said it would be hiring the same number again by 2020 as profits grow. Pre-tax profits hit £1.7 billion in the first three months of the year, a 112 per cent year-on- year rise, largely driven by a nearly £600 million drop in losses from the bank’s non-core division, which is responsible for cleaning up the lender’s legacy bad debts. The results are the first since Barclays revealed this month that…

April 28, 2017 07:52 UTC

Trump fears ‘major, major conflict’ in North Korea

Donald Trump praised the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, for his efforts in managing relations with North Korea Carlos Barria/ReutersNorth Korea faces the prospect of a “major, major conflict”, Donald Trump has said, praising the efforts of his Chinese counterpart to resolve the crisis. Speaking to Reuters in the Oval Office, Mr Trump said that tensions on the peninsula were his biggest worry. “There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea, absolutely,” he said. “We’d love to solve things diplomatically but it’s very difficult.”He spoke warmly of the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, and his efforts to put pressure on the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. “I believe he is trying very hard,” Mr Trump said of Mr Xi, whom he entertained at his Mar-a-Lago resort earlier this month.

April 28, 2017 07:52 UTC

Gunfire heard during Willesden police raid – video

A video posted on social media of the police raid in north London on Thursday night suggests multiple gunshots were fired. Armed officers appear to point their guns at the house in Willesden and then gunfire can be heard, seemingly five shots, according to the audio on the recording. A woman was shot and four people arrested during the raid. It was unconnected to the detention of a man arrested allegedly carrying knives in Westminster earlier in the day

April 28, 2017 07:18 UTC

Australian federal police confirm breach of journalist's metadata – video

The AFP commissioner, Andrew Colvin, says an officer unlawfully accessed a journalist’s phone records, which were held under the government’s controversial metadata retention regime. ‘What was accessed was the records of calls, not the content of those calls. Just the fact of the existence of the calls in the first place,’ he says. It should not have occurred. The AFP takes it very seriously and we take full responsibility for breaching the act.’• Federal police admit to accessing journalist’s metadata without a warrant

April 28, 2017 07:18 UTC

UK economy is being sucked into London and south-east, says TUC

Highlighting the big geographical shifts in the UK, the TUC said that in 1997 London and the south-east accounted for a third of national output. The West and east Midlands and the east of England will see small rises in their GDP share, the TUC said. “That’s not sustainable, and it’s why more than ever we need an industrial strategy that delivers good jobs where they’re needed most. It called on the parties to make manifesto commitments to:Boost spending to enable the UK to compete with other advanced economies. Target low-paid sectors of the economy, to find ways to improve productivity and raise skill requirements so workers have better pay and conditions.

April 28, 2017 06:29 UTC

Australia's first rescued-food supermarket opens in Sydney

Julie, a mother of two also babysitting her nephew, the store’s first ever customer, was returning for her second visit. To go into a supermarket, the money goes very quickly.”“There are some things I can’t get here, they don’t have cheese or Halal meat, but it takes stress off the cost of the bill at the supermarket. The thing is, I was looking to buy these at the supermarket and they’re reasonably priced but still a bit over my budget. Small signs around the store give food preservation tips (“Onions going bad? “I just don’t like it when you walk into a regular supermarket and 30% of food is going to be thrown away.

April 28, 2017 06:22 UTC

What is HS2 and how much will it cost?

We answer your HS2 questionsWhat is HS2 and how much will it cost? After more than three years of debate in parliament, the HS2 bill gained royal assent on 23 February. HS2 is on its way but bid troubles and snap election could still derail project Read moreThe official total cost for HS2, as set out in the 2015 spending review, is £55.7bn, which, according to the government, is value for money. HS2 will provide a huge boost for engineering, generating £8.6bn of major civil engineering deals. The idea is for HS2 to meet Crossrail at a new Old Oak Common station in west London when it opens in 2026, if all goes to plan.

April 28, 2017 06:11 UTC

British consumers' confidence slumps as inflation grows

Rising inflation is taking its toll on British households, knocking consumer confidence to its lowest level since the aftermath of last summer’s Brexit vote. But the consumer confidence measure is well below the levels seen before June’s vote to leave the EU. The downbeat tone of the poll chimes with signs the economy has lost momentum in recent months as the post-referendum resilience in consumer spending wanes. Wage growth has fallen behind inflation, leaving people worse off in real terms and denting consumer spending, a key driver of the UK economy. “Consumer confidence has been on the cusp of a decline for a while and it has now tipped over and fallen,” said Skero, head of macroeconomics at the consultancy.

April 28, 2017 06:00 UTC

Federal police admit to accessing journalist's metadata without a warrant

Commissioner Andrew Colvin says the journalist’s metadata, but not the content of telephone calls, was accessed during an investigation into a leakAustralian federal police have admitted an officer unlawfully accessed a journalist’s call records held under the government’s controversial metadata retention regime. The AFP commissioner, Andrew Colvin, fronted media in Canberra to admit the breach on Friday afternoon, saying it involved the unlawful accessing of a journalist’s metadata. Malcolm Turnbull says access to journalists' metadata 'a special case' Read more“Put simply, this was human error,” Colvin said. “It was a mistake that was not picked up and corrected before it occurred by our internal practices and procedures.”Police are required to obtain a warrant when accessing the metadata of journalists. “The use of journalist’s metadata to identify confidential sources is an attempt to go after whistleblowers and others who reveal government stuff-ups.”

April 28, 2017 05:54 UTC

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