Teen robbed of iPhone at knifepoint as he walked home from school 

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Daylight attack linked to similar raid three days later... read more
28. huhtikuuta 2017 16:03:16 Categories: Birmingham Mail logo

Descendant of Joe Chamberlain hopes to be next MP for Birmingham Edgbaston 

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A descendant of the Victorian mayor of Birmingham, Joseph Chamberlain, has been shortlisted to be Conservative candidate for Birmingham Edgbaston... read more
28. huhtikuuta 2017 16:03:14 Categories: Birmingham Mail logo

Peter Kay's Car Share: Will there be a Christmas special and series 3? 

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Fans are calling for the return of John and Kayleigh after being charmed by the second series... read more
28. huhtikuuta 2017 16:03:12 Categories: Manchester Evening News logo

'Swan baiting' in country park sees bird savagely attacked by a dog 

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Reddish Vale friends group urges visitors to keep watch for other incidents and report them to police... read more
28. huhtikuuta 2017 16:03:11 Categories: Manchester Evening News logo

These amazing behind-the-scenes pictures show what was really going on on the Peaky Blinders set 

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The hit gangster series, starring Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy, has been filming in the Northern Quarter... read more
28. huhtikuuta 2017 16:03:08 Categories: Manchester Evening News logo

The Ned: Everything you need to know about London's hottest new venue 

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Someone flipped a switch in EC2 this week, where The Ned, Soho House's £200 million powerhouse, roared into life, resuscitating the Square Mile's social scene like an eight-storey defibrillator. There wasn't a party that didn't start or end at London's shiniest new hotel and party palace. In a few short days, the nightlife around Bank station transformed from an after-dark blackspot into the only place in London people want to be seen. Owen Wilson, in an enormous floppy hat, Eddie Redmayne, Nancy Dell'Olio and Idris Elba were among the cavalcade of celebrities who descended on the 252-room hotel and new party-central venue for its grand opening, while the red and blue lights of a police escort marked the arrival of Princess Eugenie and Sarah Ferguson. As with every members' club, though, there are rules, and a week of raucous parties only served to underline the nascent rubric for partying to your peak here: it's not what you've got, it's how you use it. This is what we learned from a week at The Ned. Soft launches are the new grand openings Read more Stars make the City sparkle as The Ned opens for business The big unveiling of The Ned wasn't until Wednesday but that didn't stop London having a first look around. Universal, Coda and Mr Porter managed to squeeze in celebrations on Monday, while the Evening Standard's own leaving party for outgoing editor Sarah Sands roped off the rooftop on Tuesday, while downstairs fashion brand Roland Mouret held a bash. Plenty of jealousy-inducing Instagram snaps well before the doors had been officially flung open. Smart! As one American guest was overheard saying, "for a soft opening they've gone pretty hard". Banking it New beginnings are exciting. Bank, as an area, holds the ignominious title of "London's worst Tube station", according to website The Londonist, while "lead us not into Bank station" is a little-known variation of The Lord's Prayer whispered quietly by tourists. Still, anyone who finds themselves in the area after office hours is now counting their blessings. This is a fresh start, and much discussion centred on the best streets to Uber from and the closest exit from the hotel for anyone struggling in particularly vertiginous heels. Bedrooms are boltholes for the apocalypse... With chintzy wallpaper, cabinets stocked with 200ml bottles of Cotswold artisan gin and bathrooms furnished with mahogany baths and a comprehensive range of Cowshed products, the bedrooms at The Ned are set up to survive the end of the world. You can repopulate it too: they're also primed for saucy deeds, with lubricant provided in an unassuming linen pouch. If you are flagging late at night or need a hangover cure the morning after, dial zero on your bedside rotary phone to have (just about) anything delivered to your room by the concierge service. ... and the cocktails are thermonuclear The "Nedgronis" and "Evening Sands" (a one-off named after this paper's outgoing supremo) cocktails are, if not lethal, at least capable of making your life flash before your eyes. Still, being forced to confront your greatest hits is no bad thing - who can pass up a trip down memory lane? G-unit Speaking of memory lane: Gabrielle. Gary Barlow. Gareth Malone and his choir. These are not just the entertainers of the age but were also among the luminaries putting power on show over a week of festivities. You may scoff but it's hard not to lip sync to Dreams after one too many Nedgronis (see above). It's not lonely at the top... With a next-level social-media strategy, The Ned and its rooftop are quickly writing themselves into the annals of history's hashtags. One of the most Instagrammed locations this week was by the hotel's heated rooftop pool (one of two), with The Shard, St Paul's, London Eye and city skyline fading into the distance. iPhone + skyline = instantly iconic location, natch. Meanwhile, the rooftop bar staff's natty cardigans make them the best-dressed waiters in town. ...but lift etiquette is important Be warned, though, access to the rooftop was rarely straightforward at peak crowd, and a winding approach is advised. So many people were rushing to the rooftop that the lifts came, left, and came again like a flirtatious shuttle bus. Enjoy the mother of all lock-ins What goes upstairs must, eventually, come down. The Vault Room, the bottom-floor bar, is not just a former bullion hold complete with 20-tonne safe door and 3,000 safe-deposit boxes. The Ned used to be HQ of Midland Bank, and - according to a fast-manifesting urban legend - was the set building in Mary Poppins where Michael lost his tuppence (it isn't, apparently, but it's still a fun rumour). It is also the only place to end your night: by 3am, dancing, R'n'B club classics and one or two (suspected) wardrobe malfunctions make the idea of a members' club seem a million miles away. There's also a full-size boxing ring in the basement - although we suggest you look, don't touch, and definitely don't box as the drinks flow. It's the ultimate supper club The ground floor is a cornucopia, with dimly lit, sprawling long tables among seven restaurants, from Zobler's Deli, a New York-style Jewish deli, to Malibu Kitchen, with an atmosphere like an upmarket Hogwarts dinner hall. Sitting down for dinner is also fun, like a game of musical chairs, with a choice of seven restaurants (there are two more, reserved for members). Tactical eating is therefore a necessity: graze your way around, from poke snackage at Coya to piling on the pasta at a new Cecconi's. You'll be floored Read more How The Ned is turning the City into London's new late-night hotspot Design buffs will have their own trail to follow through the building, which is a Grade I-listed Art Deco masterpiece designed by Sir Edwin "Ned" Lutyens in 1924 (the modern incarnation is a joint venture between Nick Jones's enduringly hip Soho House & Co and US hotelier Sydell Group). The members' pool on the second basement floor is speckled with tiny geometric patterned tiles, while the approach to the Vault Room has larger, black and white ones, and parquet flooring on the rooftop. The bar staff have a sense of humour Don't believe everything you hear. One barfly was offered a free manicure in exchange for buying 10 shots: a free finger for every finger. The manicure never materialised - funnily enough they never noticed. There's a salon We know this because we bumped into Fiona Bruce there, taking a break from the party to have a manicure. You can live here Nedworking is the new networking. Arrive at 6pm, eat, drink, be merry, sleep it off, and then head out for work the next morning. Mr Porter has conveniently launched a room service called Forgotten Something?, which provides a menu of frequently forgotten items: cufflinks, white shirts, tights, earrings and socks. What more could you possibly want?... read more
28. huhtikuuta 2017 16:03:06 Categories: Evening Standard logo

Magic at the Musicals: Royal Albert Hall extravaganza will celebrate songs from the West End 

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A West End spectacular is coming to the Royal Albert Hall next week for a night celebrating songs from London's favourite musicals. Magic at the Musicals is returning to the iconic venue after its sell-out success last year. Hosted by Magic Radio, London's prestigious Royal Albert Hall gallery will be see a 60-piece orchestra perform as part of the extravaganza. For one night only, ticket holders will be able to see performances from a range of London's most popular shows, including Dreamgirls and The Lion King. It will also include the recently opened School of Rock, as well as Aladdin, Jesus Christ Superstar and Blood Brothers. Completing the epic line-up will be performances from Mamma Mia!, Julian Fellowes' stage production of The Wind in the Willows, and Kinky Boots, which features songs from Cyndi Lauper. The evening will be hosted by Magic radio presenter and former Great British Bake Off host Mel Giedroyc. West End star Ruthie Henshall, who has starred in Cats, Les Miserables and Chicago, will be her co-host. Other top names expected to attend include Miranda Hart, who stars in the upcoming West End musical version of Annie, Carol Vorderman, Claire Sweeney, Bonnie Langford and former Sugababe Heidi Range. Last year's event featured Matilda star Clara Read and special guest Ramin Karimloo, who performed songs from The Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables. The event takes place on May 4, with tickets on sale at magic.co.uk?... read more
28. huhtikuuta 2017 16:03:04 Categories: Evening Standard logo

Bank Holiday in London: the capital's best Sunday parties 

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Bank Holiday Monday means you can steal an extra day of fun. While you could still go out on Saturday like any normal weekend, clever caners will revel in the naughtiness and make theirs a blow-out Sunday. These are five of the best parties. Secretsundaze Kicking off at 2pm on Sunday and running for 18 hours, this party marks the opening of DJ duo Secretsundaze's summer season. Info: Oval Space, 29-32 The Oval, E2, ovalspace.co.uk Bank Holiday Sunday at the Nest Drum and bass at Dalston's best-loved and most pumping cellar. Info: 36-44 Stoke Newington Road, N16, ilovethenest.com ByDay ByNight Dalston Roof Park is opening for summer this weekend, and on Sunday it's throwing an all-day party to celebrate. There'll be a barbecue too (regardless of the weather). Info: Dalston Roof Park, 18 Aswhin Street, E8, bootstrapcompany.co.uk Queen's Yard Summer Party Read more London's best rooftop bars for the summer Queen's Yard is offering a bit of everything on Sunday: music, food and drink by vendors including Hackney Wick residents Crate. Info: Queen's Yard, E9, theyardtheatre.co.uk Photon After-party Even if you didn't get tickets to the all-day party at Printworks on Sunday, you can join the fun late with Photon's party at Bloc in east London, which runs from 11pm until 6am, ensuring you'll see out most of Monday under a duvet. Info: Bloc, Autumn Street, E3, blocweekend.com... read more
28. huhtikuuta 2017 16:03:01 Categories: Evening Standard logo

Calls to make Black Mamba and Spice Category A substances 

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Spice and Black Mamba are currently classed as a synthetic cannabinoid... read more
28. huhtikuuta 2017 16:03:00 Categories: Birmingham Mail logo

Cheryl's former £5million mansion is available for rent 

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The former Girls Aloud star snapped up the mansion back in 2015 for an estimated £5 million... read more
28. huhtikuuta 2017 16:02:58 Categories: Birmingham Mail logo

How to work out your ideal dress size with this hidden Zara website feature 

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Zara may have come up with a solution to buying ill-fitting garments... read more
28. huhtikuuta 2017 16:02:55 Categories: Birmingham Mail logo

Liam Payne drops MORE solo album hints - but keeps baby son's name quiet 

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The ex-One Direction star, who recently welcomed a baby boy with partner Cheryl, was reportedly with Ed Drewitt... read more
28. huhtikuuta 2017 16:02:54 Categories: Birmingham Mail logo

Nick Grimshaw forced to apologise after Orlando Bloom says 'pikey' on BBC Radio 1 

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The British-born Hollywood star told the programme he was "a pikey from Kent"... read more
28. huhtikuuta 2017 16:02:52 Categories: Birmingham Mail logo

NatWest app DOWN - leaving banking customers fuming 

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The issue left customers unable to login to their accounts via the bank's smartphone companion app... read more
28. huhtikuuta 2017 16:02:49 Categories: Birmingham Mail logo

Dejan Lovren's new Liverpool contract shows defender has convinced the man who matters most 

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Kristian Walsh says the timing may be bad but it would have been folly not to secure the Croatian's services... read more
28. huhtikuuta 2017 16:02:48 Categories: Liverpool Echo logo

May Day Bank Holiday 2017 - when are May Bank Holidays and why do we celebrate them? 

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Liverpool's all set for a Bank Holiday weekend - but why do we have them?... read more
28. huhtikuuta 2017 16:02:46 Categories: Liverpool Echo logo

Claudio Bravo set to miss the rest of the season as Pep Guardiola considers alternatives 

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Claudio Bravo was injured during Man City's goalless draw with Manchester United on Thursday... read more
28. huhtikuuta 2017 16:02:43 Categories: Manchester Evening News logo

UKIP campaign launch descends into chaos as anti-racism protesters storm hotel venue 

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UKIP's election campaign launch descended into chaos today as protesters stormed the central London hotel waving anti-racism posters. Activists had to be pulled from the Marriott County Hall hotel by security guards after two separate groups broke in and began chanting about "Islamophobia". The party's leader Paul Nuttall was due to officially launch UKIP's manifesto but had to delay his speech due to the commotion, caught on camera and film by the assembled press. Among the small groups was a woman wearing a hijab, leading one protester to claim that the only Muslim woman in the room had been asked to leave. WATCH: @UKIP launch disrupted by protesters before it has even started. pic.twitter.com/LuzUeOanwR - Darren McCaffrey (@DMcCaffreySKY) April 28, 2017... read more
28. huhtikuuta 2017 16:02:42 Categories: Evening Standard logo

Willesden terror raid: Shot woman screamed 'don't touch me' at paramedics after armed police stormed house 

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Police and security agencies foiled two suspected "active terror plots" within hours in a series of dramatic raids and arrests across London. Armed officers shot a 21-year-old woman and fired CS gas rounds when they stormed a terraced house in Willesden on Thursday night. Six people, including a 16-year-old boy, were arrested in an "ongoing" inquiry to foil a suspected terror network allegedly actively engaged in planning an atrocity. Met Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, senior national co-ordinator for counter-terrorism policing, said there had been two "separate unconnected and ongoing counter-terrorism investigations" in an "extraordinary 24 hours". Terror: Harlesden Road where the raid happened (Jeremy Selwyn) In dramatic scenes in Willesden, witnesses reported hearing screaming and shots as armed police in gas masks burst into the address. A mother-of-one said: "We were just about to go shopping when we heard 'bang, bang, bang, bang'. We went to the window and saw a number of armed police there with their guns pointing at our next-door neighbour's window." Shooting: Bullet holes in windows on the street (Jeremy Selwyn) The raid came hours after armed police swooped on a man carrying a rucksack of knives in Whitehall, a stone's throw from Downing Street and yards from the scene of last month's deadly attack by Khalid Masood in Westminster. Read more Woman shot as police storm house in dramatic counter-terror raid The 27-year-old man from south-east London was stopped in the street by armed police just before 2.20pm. At least three knives were seen on the ground as he was being handcuffed by officers. Security sources said the arrest came after a tip-off from the man's family, who had raised concerns about his behaviour. The man, who was born overseas, had been under close surveillance and a team of MI5 and undercover officers tailed him as he took the Tube from his home in south-east London to St James's Park. He walked towards Westminster and had turned into Whitehall heading towards Downing Street when the decision was taken to intercept him. It is believed he had been "allowed to run" in order to collect as much evidence as possible on any plot and to identify any possible collaborators. However, at this stage, officials believe he was acting alone. Suspect: A man aged 27 was detained by police. (Getty Images) As the arrest was taking place, counter-terrorism officers were watching an address in Willesden as part of a separate intelligence-led operation against a suspected terror network. Firearms officers equipped with semi-automatic carbines and CS gas stormed the house just before 7pm and residents reported hearing up to six shots. A woman, described as wearing a hijab, was carried out of the house and given first aid before being taken to hospital, where she remains under police guard in a serious but stable condition. Four people, including a boy aged 16, were arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences. The first, a 20-year-old man, was detained near the address and another woman and the boy were held at the house. A 43-year-old woman was arrested in Kent a short while later. Two further arrests were made when a man and a woman, both aged 28, returned to the Willesden address later last night. Today a series of bullet holes could be seen in an upstairs window at the property. Witness Ruth Haile described how the woman who was shot was on the ground shouting at medics and police: "Don't touch me, don't touch me," as they tried to treat her. Ms Haile said: "She had a wound on the left of her torso. There was a white bandage on it. They wanted to cut her clothes to treat it. She wouldn't let them, she was angry. She was wearing a hijab - she was in black. "A male in a grey jumper was also arrested, two policemen were frogmarching him. There was another woman there as well in a black dress and scarf. It was very shocking." Neighbour Alex Sabanov, 28, said: "I heard about four shots. There were police everywhere. Their guns were trained on the house. I heard a woman screaming. It was a terrible scream." She said the couple living at the address were just "a normal polite Muslim couple". Footage of the operation captured by a passer-by shows black-clad police surround the Victorian house, pointing carbines at an upstairs window and shouting "Move!" before battering down the front door. Alex Paton, 50, said he saw a woman "getting all cuffed up and put in a white suit ... there was coppers and masked men with guns and there was a guy running down the road with a gas mask and a machinegun". Justyna Serdakowska added: "It was like something out of a Hollywood movie. There were shots and then police with balaclavas everywhere." Mr Basu said: "Due to these arrests, in both cases I believe we have contained the threats they pose." He said searches were ongoing at three London properties including the one in Willesden. Mr Basu added that with last month's Westminster attack "so fresh in people's minds", he wanted to reassure the public officers were working around the clock to identify would-be terrorists.... read more
28. huhtikuuta 2017 16:02:39 Categories: Evening Standard logo

Americans opposed to death penalty are winning the battle 

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A series of executions in Arkansas has reignited the long-standing battle over the death penalty. ... read more
28. huhtikuuta 2017 16:02:36 Categories: Los Angeles Times logo
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