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Kings Cross closed this weekend

Kings Cross closed this weekend

Kings Cross closed this weekend.
London King's Cross railway station will be closed to passengers this weekend as part of a £1.2 billion engineering project.
No trains will run on the East Coast Main Line south of Peterborough while Network Rail carries out major upgrades on tracks and signalling.

London North Eastern Railway, which operates services between London and Scotland on the east coast route, issued an alert to passengers which read: “Do not travel to or from London”.

Ticket restrictions will be lifted on Friday night to help passengers complete their journeys before the shutdown begins.

Rail replacement buses will be deployed on Saturday and Sunday but passengers were warned they will “add significant time to your journey and may be extremely busy”.

Other affected operators are Grand Central, Great Northern, Hull Trains and Thameslink.

Network Rail is carrying out engineering work around King's Cross throughout 2020 and into next year.

Other disruption due to engineering work this weekend includes:

– No trains to or from London Liverpool Street via Stratford on Saturday or Sunday.

– No South Western Railway trains at Wimbledon on Saturday or Sunday.

– No trains between Reading and Swindon on Saturday or Sunday.

– No trains between Canterbury West and Ramsgate on Saturday.

– No Southeastern trains to or from London Victoria on Sunday.

Network Rail is taking advantage of the absence of passengers at King's Cross on Saturday to use the station's concourse for exercise classes to raise money for mental health charity Mind.

Published: 29/02/2020 by Radio NewsHub

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February 29, 2020 News Team

Man jailed for stabbing an emergency services worker

Man jailed for stabbing an emergency services worker

Man jailed for stabbing an emergency services worker.
A man has been jailed for more than 12 years after admitting to stabbing an emergency services worker in the heart.
A man has been jailed for more than 12 years after admitting to stabbing an emergency services worker in the heart.

Scotland Yard said in a statement that Mohammed Alinoor Uddin, 36, of Well Street, Tower Hamlets, had been sentenced to 12 years and nine months in prison after he pleaded guilty to wounding with intent as well as battery of an emergency worker.

Uddin was charged with attempted murder after police were called to Turner Street in Whitechapel at 2.05pm on October 12 to reports of men fighting.

The 34-year-old emergency worker was stabbed in the heart while trying to stop Uddin and another man fighting.

An off-duty officer, Pc Matt Evans, was walking down the road and ran to help, which caused Uddin to flee.

Mr Evans gave chase and caught the guilty man, who bit the West Midlands officer but was able to be restrained until more officers arrived to assist.

The victim required ongoing medical treatment but has since made a full recovery, Scotland Yard added.

Published: 29/02/2020 by Radio NewsHub

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February 29, 2020 News Team

New tune to support work of a charity

New tune to support work of a charity

New tune to support work of a charity.
A new bagpipe tune has been composed to help support the work of a charity set up in honour of Manchester Arena victim Eilidh MacLeod.
The 14-year-old was one of 22 people killed in the terror attack on May 22 2017, with Eilidh's Trust set up in her name.

Music student Fergus Bryce has composed the piece, which will be given a special debut at the National Piping Centre in Glasgow on Friday March 13.

The 20-year-old, originally from Evanton in the Highlands, said he is “really happy” with how the tune has turned out so far.

He said: “The music is specifically written to be optimistic and looking to the future – something that ties in perfectly with the ethos of Eilidh's Trust.

“I hope the listeners will enjoy the tune as much as we have in composing and performing it, and that it adds to Eilidh's legacy in supporting music education for other young musicians.

“Having been drumming and involved in music since I was eight I have benefited from music education.

“Therefore, Eilidh's Trust's ambition for young musicians is something that resonates a lot with me.”

He added: “This is why I was very keen to support their work and my studies have proved to be the ideal opportunity to do this.

“I'd like to thank everyone who has supported me in this project, including my fellow musicians and the National Piping Centre for being so accommodating for my event.”

Mr Bryce began drumming aged eight and played through school before being part of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland and Glasgow Police Pipe Band.

He then went on to win the European Championships, Scottish Championships and World Championships with Inveraray and District Pipe Band at the age of 19.

The tune is different from a song released in 2018 to help the trust raise funds for a memorial to Eilidh, the design of which was unveiled last year.

Work is continuing on the bronze sculpture, which features a young female bagpiper with her pipes at rest, reaching out a hand to a young boy also learning the instrument.

The life-size sculpture by Essex-based artist Jenna Gearing is not based on the teenager's own appearance, or that of any specific individual, at the wish of her family.

It is hoped the memorial will be established on the island later this year, which could also involve Mr Bryce and his musical composition at the unveiling.

Suzanne White, founder and trustee of Eilidh's Trust, said: “We were thrilled when Fergus approached us with his proposal to support the trust in this way.

“What he has composed is a really beautiful piece of music, which captures the true positivity of youth and ambition for the future – things the trust strives to support.

“We look forward to the music event that will not only premiere this composition but will showcase a wide range of young musical talent.

“This is what the trust is all about, supporting our young talent to exploit their skills and enthusiasm to excel in the world of music.

“We cannot thank Fergus enough for his support of other young musicians by boosting our work.”

Published: 29/02/2020 by Radio NewsHub

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February 28, 2020 News Team

Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg addresses protests in Bristol

Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg addresses protests in Bristol

Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg addresses protests in Bristol
She tells the crowd to be “the adults” in the environmental batttle
Greta Thunberg has taken aim at officials and governments as she told thousands of climate activists that “they are behaving like children, so it falls on us to be the adults in the room”.

The 17-year-old activist was the headline speaker at The Bristol Youth Strike 4 Climate on College Green in the city, which she said she chose to visit because the environmental movement there was “very strong”.

Police said there were more than 20,000 at the event, although organisers said they estimated the figure to be closer to 30,000.

Greta took aim at officials as she delivered her speech, saying: “”Once again, they sweep their mess under the rug for us – young people, their children – to clean up for them.

“But we must continue and we have to be patient. Remember that the changes required will not happen overnight since the politics and solutions needs are far from sight.”

Published: 28/02/2020 by Radio NewsHub

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February 28, 2020 News Team

Three Barclay bosses cleared over 4 billion Qatar deal fraud charges

Three Barclay bosses cleared over 4 billion Qatar deal fraud charges

Three Barclay bosses cleared over £4 billion Qatar deal fraud charges
Three former Barclays bosses have been cleared of fraud over a £4 billion investment deal with Qatar at the height of the banking crisis. Scotsman Roger Jenkins, 64, was said to be Barclays' “gatekeeper” to the wealthy Middle Eastern state, and in 2008 helped the bank with two large capital raisings to avoid a government bailout.
In June, Barclays secured £4.4 billion, with £1.9 billion invested by Qatar, followed by a second tranche in the autumn of £6.8 billion, of which £2.05 billion was from Qatar.

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) alleged the lucrative terms given to Qatar, including an extra £322 million in fees, were hidden from the market and other investors through bogus advisory service agreements (ASAs).

But multi-millionaire Jenkins, who was linked to a string of glamorous women including supermodel Elle MacPherson, was on Friday acquitted of fraud, alongside former colleagues Thomas Kalaris, 64, and Richard Boath, 61 at the Old Bailey.

The jury of seven women and five men deliberated for around five-and-a-half hours following a five-month trial.

At the time of the alleged fraud, each of the defendants held very senior positions at Barclays, jurors heard.

Jenkins was Barclays Capital (“BarCap”) executive chairman of investment banking and investment management in the Middle East and North Africa; Kalaris was Barclays' wealth management CEO and Boath was Barclays Capital head of financial institutions group for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Prosecutor Ed Brown QC told jurors: “They acted dishonestly in order to preserve the future of the bank and to preserve their own positions.”

The defendants denied wrongdoing, with Bill Boyce QC, for Boath, describing the allegation as “preposterous”.

Mr Boyce told jurors: “The SFO have to prove that Roger Jenkins and Sheikh Hamad agreed a sham contract … this despite the fact that it was obvious to both sides that a long-term strategic relationship was in both their interests.”

Jenkins, of Malibu, California; Kalaris, of Thurloe Square, west London; and Boath, of Henley-on-Thames, were acquitted of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation and fraud by false representation between May 1 2008 and August 31 2008.

Jenkins was also acquitted of two similar offences dated between September 1 2008 and November 30 2008.

Jurors were told that a fourth man, Christopher Lucas, had been found unfit to face trial due to illness.

Published: 28/02/2020 by Radio NewsHub

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February 28, 2020 News Team

London underground workers to be balloted on strikes in pay row

London underground workers to be balloted on strikes in pay row

London underground workers to be balloted on strikes in pay row
Thousands of Tube workers are set to be balloted for strikes in a long-running dispute over pay. The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union said it is moving to a ballot of 10,000 staff across London Underground for strikes and other forms of industrial action after more than a year of negotiations.
The union said LU had failed to produce an offer on pay that meets the “very reasonable” demands of the workforce.

The RMT said it is “angry and frustrated” at the impasse and called on Mayor Sadiq Khan and his Transport for London officials to lift a cap on pay and allow a deal to be done.

Staff are putting in enormous efforts to keep London moving against a backdrop of “overcrowding, creaking infrastructure and surging levels of violence and assaults”, said the union.

The ballot timetable will be announced soon and the RMT said a campaign for a massive yes vote is already under way.

General secretary Mick Cash said: “After over a year of intensive talks aimed at reaching a negotiated settlement on Tube pay, RMT reps are angry and frustrated that London Underground have now stalled that process and failed to come up with an offer that would fully recognise the efforts of their workforce.

“London is a wealthy business centre and those staff who work round the clock to keep the city moving deserve their fair share.

“The preparations for the ballot are well under way and we will be campaigning hard for a massive yes vote.”

Members of the train drivers' union Aslef on London Underground are also being balloted for strikes over the same issue.

Published: 28/02/2020 by Radio NewsHub

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February 28, 2020 News Team

First case of coronavirus in Wales as two more in England confirmed

First case of coronavirus in Wales as two more in England confirmed

First case of coronavirus in Wales as two more in England confirmed
The first case of coronavirus has been confirmed in Wales, as two more were identified in England – bringing the total number in the UK to 19. On Friday morning, chief medical officer for Wales Dr Frank Atherton confirmed a person had been diagnosed with the virus after travelling back to Wales from Italy.
He said: “I can confirm that one patient in Wales has tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19).

“All appropriate measures to provide care for the individual and to reduce the risk of transmission to others are being taken.

“I can also confirm that the patient had travelled back to Wales from northern Italy, where the virus was contracted.

“I'd like to take this opportunity to assure the public that Wales and the whole of the UK is well prepared for these types of incidents.”

The Department of Health confirmed two further cases of coronavirus in England.

Both English patients contracted the virus in Iran, chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty said.

The total number of cases in England is now at 17, and the first case in Northern Ireland was confirmed on Thursday.

Published: 28/02/2020 by Radio NewsHub

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February 28, 2020 News Team

Emile Heskey chased down street as child in racist incident

Emile Heskey chased down street as child in racist incident

Emile Heskey chased down street as child in racist incident
Former England striker Emile Heskey revealed he once got chased down the street by a man shouting racist abuse at him, but says he was never targeted in English football grounds. Heskey, who retired in 2016, was a young academy player at Leicester when a fan accosted him outside the stadium and abused him.
The 42-year-old suspects the same man will have been cheering him on when he made his debut as a 17-year-old and went on to help the Foxes win silverware.

There have been several high-profile cases of racism in England over the past couple of years, with Manchester City's Raheem Sterling and Arsenal's Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang among the players to have been the subject of racist abuse.

But Heskey never found himself targeted inside a stadium in England.

“I can't say that I got any abuse in England, it was always abroad,” he told the PA news agency.

“In normal life I got more abuse. I never got anything in England but I would walk down the street and be chased.

“I got chased from a Leicester game. I was 13 or 14. Fast-forward three and a half years, that same guy might have been chanting my name.

“It was part of society and part of my upbringing. I can't say it was good but it made me who I am.”

Heskey played 62 times for England across an 11-year period and was on the receiving end of abuse in eastern European countries.

FIFA has introduced the three-step protocol which could ultimately see players walk off the pitch – something England were close to doing in their Euro 2020 qualifier in Bulgaria last year.

Heskey, who also played for Liverpool, Birmingham, Wigan, Aston Villa and Bolton, thinks he would have walked off if he was given the chance.

“I had it with the national team in Slovakia and Croatia,” he said.

“I don't know because I didn't have that option. I would like to think I would have (walked off) but I don't know.

“It is a weird one because when else do you get three chances to have a go at someone and so viciously and get away with it?

“At least it's there, that's the good thing, and it is something that can be used, whereas when I was playing there was nothing, you just had to take it on the chin and move on.”

Published: 28/02/2020 by Radio NewsHub

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February 28, 2020 News Team

Smaller glasses prompt diners to drink less wine study suggests

Smaller glasses prompt diners to drink less wine study suggests

Smaller glasses prompt diners to drink less wine, study suggests
Diners may drink less wine if they are given a smaller glass, a new study suggests. Researchers found that people who eat out in restaurants drink less when they are given a 300ml wine glass compared with a 370ml one.
But the same effect was not noticed in bars where people consumed the same amount regardless of glass size.

The authors suggested that the effect might be more noticeable in restaurants as people are more likely to buy wine by the bottle or carafe, whereas in bars more wine is purchased by the glass.

The authors, from the University of Cambridge, analysed data on eight studies concerning glass size and the amount people drink.

Five bars and restaurants in England participated in the studies between 2015 and 2018.

In restaurants, when glass size was increased to 370ml, wine sales increased by 7.3%.

They also noted that using 250ml glasses led to reduced sales but this finding was not deemed statistically significant.

The authors commented that wine glasses have increased in size almost seven-fold over the last 300 years with the most marked increase being a doubling in size since 1990.

During this time, the amount of wine consumed in England quadrupled, although the number of wine consumers stayed constant.

“Pouring wine from a bottle or a carafe, as happens for most wine sold in restaurants, allows people to pour more than a standard serving size, and this effect may increase with the size of the glass and the bottle,” explained first author Dr Mark Pilling.

“If these larger portions are still perceived to be 'a glass', then we would expect people to buy and consume more wine with larger glasses.

“As glass sizes of 300ml and 350ml are commonly used in restaurants and bars, drinkers may not have noticed the difference and still assumed they were pouring a standard serving. When smaller glass sizes of 250ml are available, they may also appear similar to 300ml glasses but result in a smaller amount of wine being poured.

“In contrast, very large glasses, such as the 450ml glasses, are more obviously larger, so drinkers may have taken conscious measures to reduce how much they drink, such as drinking more slowly or pouring with greater caution.”

Published: 28/02/2020 by Radio NewsHub

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February 28, 2020 News Team

Domestic abuse survivors put at further risk by lack of secure access to post

Domestic abuse survivors put at further risk by lack of secure access to post

Domestic abuse survivors 'put at further risk by lack of secure access to post'
Nearly half of survivors of domestic abuse have had their post intercepted, opened or hidden by the perpetrator, according to Citizens Advice. This can mean they may miss bill payments and medical treatment, drop down waiting lists, and are cut off from vital support networks including family members and friends.
The charity found that 47% of survivors have had post go missing in this way.

Of those, nearly nine in 10 (87%) were affected financially, losing £4,364 on average.

People spoken to by the charity have missed out on cancer treatments and faced thousands of pounds-worth of debt from unpaid bills.

Perpetrators will use information they find in survivors' letters to discredit them in the eyes of certain services, to financially abuse them – potentially leaving them with a poor credit rating – and to control and monitor their movements.

Citizens Advice has heard about perpetrators applying for loans in the survivor's name, intercepting applications and paperwork for credit cards, mortgages, loans, and transfers of ownership, and forging the survivor's signature.

In one case highlighted in the report, a woman received a call from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to say she had been fined after not responding to its letters about her self-assessment.

She searched her home and found a suitcase containing around 600 letters, including ones about changes to her work pension scheme, which had been hidden.

Another survivor had missed hospital appointments for her son's epilepsy as a result of the appointment letters being hidden. She felt unable to explain why to the hospital, which made her worry about losing her children.

One in four women and one in six men will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime, the charity's report said.

It also raised concerns that, despite data protection rules, four in 10 (40%) survivors had their new address disclosed to the perpetrator, perhaps by a school or local authority body.

The figure increased to more than half (52%) in the case of survivors with children.

Citizens Advice said in one case it has seen, a 35-year-old woman and her children experienced abuse at the hands of her ex-partner.

The woman told the charity: “He was intercepting my post and found I was attending a local women's group. He tried to stop me going and controlled where I could and couldn't go.”

She has since moved out of the area.

But Citizens Advice said that some post had mistakenly been sent to her old address, which disclosed her whereabouts.

The woman continued: “He can still find me by going through my post. Though my entire family went through rehabilitation from the abuse it doesn't matter how much you're rehabilitated, post is still an issue.”

Citizens Advice, the statutory consumer watchdog for postal services, is calling for increased provision to help safeguard domestic abuse survivors.

The charity is recommending that the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy invests in an “address and collect” service, which would work like a PO Box, provided at post offices. This would ensure people in unsafe or non-traditional living situations have equal access to post.

It also said the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) should investigate the “significant number of data breaches” that the charity says is putting survivors of domestic abuse at serious risk.

More than 1,000 adults across Britain who have experienced abuse from a partner or family member in the past 10 years were surveyed as part of the research.

Dame Gillian Guy, chief executive of Citizens Advice, said: “It's shocking that domestic abuse survivors are being put at risk of further harm because they can't access their post securely. From social isolation and missed medical appointments to unpaid bills and unauthorised credit, the consequences of post interception can be dire.

“On top of this, it's inexcusable that, even once survivors have left the home where they suffered abuse, they're at risk of having their new address disclosed to their perpetrator.

“We're urging the Government to introduce a secure PO Box system at post offices, and the Information Commissioner to investigate these inexcusable breaches of privacy. It's a vital step to ensure that survivors and their families are able to live without fear.”

An ICO spokeswoman said: “There is more work to be done to understand why survivors of domestic violence are suffering further as victims of data breaches.

“Making data protection work for vulnerable people is a priority for the ICO and the law is designed to stop dangerous situations like these happening. We are talking to Citizens Advice and considering how their findings feed into our other work in this area.”

A Post Office spokesman said: “We welcome this important research to ensure that everyone has access to vital postal services, particularly in their time of need. We are ready to work with Government on any proposals they may bring forward in this area.”

Published: 28/02/2020 by Radio NewsHub

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