London fire: Inquest versus inquiry – BBC News

June 23, 2017

… Article 2 inquests are held where the state or a public body may have played a part in the death of a person, or failed to protect a life when it knew – or ought to have known – of a real and immediate risk to the life of that person. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Judge Frances Kirkham made clear recommendations after the 2009 Lakanal House fire The lack of legal force behind coroners’ recommendations was seen after the inquests in 2013 into the death of …

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How do you get over your home burning down? – BBC News

June 22, 2017

… pyjamas. “The school was so kind, they gave them some spare bits of uniform,” says Ms De Vita, who did not have any contents insurance. Image copyright Getty Images Our homes and belongings tell the story of who we are, where we’ve been, and the people we love. Research into the psychology of ownership has shown that we come to see our possessions as extensions of ourselves. We place more value in something just as soon as we own it, and at a neural level, when we think …

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London fire: Police expect Grenfell death toll to rise – BBC News

June 19, 2017

But Cdr Cundy warned of the potential “terrible reality” that some people may never be identified due to the intensity of the fire. “I must consider the fact that there may be others in the building who, for whatever reason have not been reported to us. “There is also a real possibility that there may be people in the building that no-one knows are missing,” he said. Image copyright Metropolitan Police Kensington and Chelsea Council has faced widespread …

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Grenfell Tower fire: Government staff sent in to Kensington and Chelsea Council – BBC News

June 18, 2017

… Image copyright Syria Solidarity Campaign Image caption Mohammed Alhajali became separated from his brother as they tried to escape Asked whether the government had revised building regulations, as recommended by a coroner, following another deadly fire in south London tower block in 2009, Mr Hammond said the government had responded “correctly and appropriately” to the recommendations. He said if the public inquiry found something needed to be done to make buildings safe, it …

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General election 2017: What caused Labour’s youth vote surge? – BBC News

June 17, 2017

… combined with the repeated use of adverts with practical messages designed to increase youth voter turnout by giving instructions on how to register to vote and where to find local polling stations. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many of Momentum’s videos show Jeremy Corbyn embracing his supporters Its Facebook and Twitter pages feature a mixture of content, from posts mocking Theresa May’s record to videos of Mr Corbyn hugging some of his supporters. Joe Todd, …

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Going Wonder-ground: How Oh Wonder were inspired by conversations with strangers on the Tube – BBC News

June 15, 2017

… passenger “covered in blood [with] no teeth, looking sorry for himself”. “I tentatively went up to him and his girlfriend and said, ‘I just wanted to let you know you’ll be fine’,” recalls the 27-year-old. “‘Go to the dentist tomorrow, don’t panic, you’ll be great’. And he was like, ‘Oh, thank you so much!’. Image copyright Josh Sinner Image caption Josephine Vander Gucht: “I would hate to be …

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London fire: Lives claimed at Grenfell Tower – BBC News

June 14, 2017

… from the building, we’ve heard explosions, we’ve heard the sound of glass breaking. “The police keep pushing back their cordons, pushing back members of the public for fear the building might collapse.” Image copyright AFP/Natalie Oxford Image caption There are 120 flats in the residential block London Mayor Sadiq Khan said a “major incident” had been declared. “Several hundred” people would have been in the block when the fire broke out, …

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Theresa May: 10 reasons why the PM blew her majority – BBC News

June 14, 2017

Image copyright Getty Images This was Theresa May’s election – the Conservatives were some way off in the distance, if they were visible at all, at the start of the campaign. But was she the right kind of candidate to be placed front and centre like this? Katie Perrior, Mrs May’s former director of communications thinks not. Writing in the Times, she said: “If you run a presidential-style campaign with a woman who doesn’t like media interviews, then you have to …

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Remembering Jo Cox: Her family one year on – BBC News

June 13, 2017

… recover. So we didn’t know.” But he describes a police inspector breaking the news: “He doesn’t have to tell you, you can see by his expression.” Kim listens to her parents silently, but the pain is etched across her face. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Floral tributes and candles were left at a vigil for Jo Cox in Parliament Square Gordon adds: “It’s not, after one year it gets better. It doesn’t. It won’t go away. But we …

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Love Island: What’s the big deal? – BBC News

June 10, 2017

Image copyright ITV Executive assistant Chloe, 22, says she’s come on the programme “looking for the love of my life”. Image copyright ITV Oil rig worker Sam, 21, introduced himself by saying: “I pull birds for a living.” Image copyright Twitter After the third episode there was a lot of debate over whether Camilla was too “boring” because she failed to kiss or fall in love with anyone in the first 48 hours. Image copyright Twitter …

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Boobs and Brass: The female band raising cash for breast cancer – BBC News

June 10, 2017

That first show attracted a big crowd – some of whom, Mrs Betts suspects, were only there because they were curious about the name. “I don’t think they were quite sure what they were getting,” she says. “They might have been disappointed! “All the girls said, ‘That was brilliant, we’ve got to do it again.’ And it’s just never stopped since.” Image copyright Boobs and Brass The struggles of those band members have made the …

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London attack: Met defends dropping inquiry into attacker – BBC News

June 6, 2017

Image copyright Patrick Evans It’s still not clear when Khuram Butt got involved in radical Islamist politics, but there is ample evidence that he was involved in the al-Muhajiroun network – certainly in 2015 and potentially at least two years earlier still. The main evidence comes from his appearance in a Channel 4 documentary, The Jihadis Next Door, broadcast last year. The film was a close encounter with part of the ALM network and one of its subjects was Siddhartha Dhar, one …

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Election 2017: What do leaders do in their spare time? – BBC News

June 4, 2017

Image copyright PA Image caption Theresa May often heads to the hills with her husband Philip Prime Minister Theresa May likes to stretch her legs up and down hills and mountains, saying she decided to call the current election while walking in the Welsh mountains. Mrs May has also said she and her husband Philip enjoy “quite strenuous walking up mountains in Switzerland”. It may be worth remembering that the prime minister studied Geography at Oxford University. And while …

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What happened to Robert the smoking robot? – BBC News

June 1, 2017

“I won.” Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Robert was popular with children and could also – apparently – direct traffic The only remaining evidence for his existence are a selection of photographs and Robert himself disappeared from view after World War Two. Mr Lawson’s son David, an 84-year-old retired farmer, remembers “wires and gears, a maze of chains and electronics” inside the robot’s 10ft-tall frame. He said his father …

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Liam Gallagher: ‘I love you Manchester…’ – BBC News

May 31, 2017

Image copyright PA Gallagher once said that he would never go solo, as he was not an idiot (shall we say, as we can’t bring you the actual naughty word here). But things change, and eight new solo tracks from forthcoming album As You Were, like Wall of Glass – which was partially leaked last week – were greeted with warm cheers and applause. The most rapturous noises of the night were, of course, reserved for the epic Oasis songs that helped the snarling singer make …

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Manchester attacks: MI5 probes bomber ‘warnings’ – BBC News

May 29, 2017

… three times. Early on Monday a man, 23, was arrested in Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, on suspicion of terrorism offences. Greater Manchester Police said they had also executed search warrants at addresses in the Whalley Range area of Manchester and in Chester overnight. Image copyright Eddie Mitchell Image caption Police raided a property in Shoreham-by-Sea in West Sussex on Monday morning MI5 has launched a “post incident investigation” into how the Manchester bomber was …

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Don’t look back in anger: Music helps Manchester remember, and forget – BBC News

Image copyright Goodman/LNP/REX/Shutterstock Image caption This was one of a number of home-made signs responding to the past week’s events Music has always brought people together, especially in this city. Image caption These signs including “Mancs never scared 2 B proud” referred to the city’s bee emblem As the gig went on, Fray referred to the week’s events again. “Never stop doing what you enjoy,” he told the crowd between songs. Later, …

May 28, 2017
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Castlemorton Common: The rave that changed the law – BBC News

Image copyright Malvern Hills Trust Image caption Thousands of people heard about the event through word-of-mouth, media coverage and the infamous telephone message The travelling community had been intent on holding the latest in a series of small events, having successfully held the so-called Avon Free Festival at Inglestone Common in Gloucestershire in the 1980s and early 90s. Interactive Castlemorton rave: Then and now Castlemorton Common – May 1992 Image caption …

May 28, 2017
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Manchester attack: Armed police guard bank holiday events – BBC News

… singer Ariana Grande. Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins has said the additional armed policing support enabled the event to go ahead. As well as military personnel, Ministry of Defence Police are also being used to support regional forces, with Kent Police confirming that “highly-visible firearms officers are already patrolling key locations”. Image copyright Various Image caption School children, parents and friends were among the victims of Monday’s …

May 27, 2017
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USA 1967: When American soccer’s Summer of Love ended in tears – BBC News

Their positive reaction to the football – a sport most viewers actually knew little about – prompted a group of US businessmen to get together to draw up plans to establish a professional football, or soccer, league in the country. Image copyright Keystone/Getty Images Image caption The Beatles led the so-called British Invasion of the US in the 1960s Back then Mr Rothenberg was a lawyer for sports entrepreneur Jack Kent Cooke, owner of the Los Angeles Lakers basketball …

May 27, 2017
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Who is Nicola Sturgeon? A profile of the SNP leader – BBC News

After studying law at Glasgow University and working as a solicitor at the city’s Drumchapel Law Centre, Ms Sturgeon’s entry into full-time politics came at the age of 29, when she was elected to the new Holyrood parliament in 1999, as a Glasgow regional MSP. As a frontbench opposition spokeswoman, she sought to hold the Labour-Lib Dem coalition government to account on education, justice and health. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Salmond-Sturgeon leadership …

May 26, 2017
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Manchester Arena attack: 22 dead and 59 hurt – BBC News

… device Media captionIan Hopkins from Greater Manchester Police gave an update on casualties Image copyright Peter Byrne Image caption Paramedics treated dozens of walking wounded, including some with shrapnel injuries Have you been affected by the events at Manchester Arena? If you are OK and able to get in touch please email us haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk You can also contact us in the following ways: Tweet: @BBC_HaveYourSay WhatsApp: +447555 173285 Text an SMS or MMS to 61124 (UK) …

May 23, 2017
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General Election 2017: The hashtags, likes and re-tweets battle – BBC News

… can see its eight posts. But what are the parties actually sharing on these platforms? Smile, you’re on camera… Image copyright Twitter Image caption Political parties love bar charts For some reason, political parties really love bar graphs. Fittingly for an election dominated by binary issues, almost every seat in Scotland is developing into a two-horse race – between the SNP, who hold 56 out of 59 of them, and whoever is most likely to beat them locally. So the …

May 22, 2017
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Instagram ‘worst for young mental health’ – BBC News

The RSPH report warns that “social media may be fuelling a mental health crisis” in young people. It can also be used as a tool for good, the report said, and companies should be doing their best to make platforms a safe place to be. About 90% of young people use social media – more than any other age group – so they are particularly vulnerable to its effects, although it is not clear what these are on current evidence. Image copyright Isla Whateley Social media …

May 19, 2017
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We should have listened to the broken teenagers – BBC News

Image copyright BBC Sport Image caption Maggie Oliver when she was a serving officer with Greater Manchester Police It wasn’t long before I was working on rapes, domestic abuse and child protection jobs – the kind of cases that other officers working in Moss Side generally didn’t want to do. And I was good at them. But if you won the trust of vulnerable girls who’d been through hell, you had to deliver – and that was heavily dependent on the appetite of …

May 16, 2017
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