Morning news headlines for January 09, 2014

Chief of Scotland Yard admits the shooting of Mark Duggan has led to a "significant reduction in trust" between London's black communities and the police

Pam Duggan, Tulisa Contostavlos, Chris Smalling and Mark Carney
Pam Duggan, Tulisa Contostavlos, Chris Smalling and Mark Carney

Family’s fury over Duggan verdict

The shooting of Mark Duggan has led to a "significant reduction in trust" between London's black communities and the police, the chief of Scotland Yard has admitted.

It comes after family and friends of Mr Duggan reacted with fury yesterday when an inquest jury found he was lawfully killed by a police marksman, despite him being unarmed when he was shot.

They branded police "murderers" and hurled abuse as the jury of seven women and three men gave their conclusions at the historic Royal Courts of Justice.

Bodies of servicemen to be removed

Authorities are today expected to remove the bodies of four American servicemen killed in a helicopter crash during a training exercise on the north Norfolk coast.

Captains Christopher S. Stover and Sean M. Ruane, Technical Sergeant Dale E. Mathews and Staff Sergeant Afton M. Ponce died when their Pave Hawk helicopter came down on a marsh near Cley-next-the-Sea on Tuesday night.

RAF Lakenheath, where US Airforce 48th Fighter Wing is based, said Captains Stover and Ruane were the pilots, while Tech Sgt Mathews and SSgt Ponce were acting as special mission aviators.

Tulisa in court on cocaine charge

Singer Tulisa Contostavlos is expected to make her first appearance at Crown Court today accused of brokering a cocaine deal.

The N-Dubz star, 25, is charged with helping an undercover reporter obtain 13.9 grams of the Class A drug for £860.

She is listed to appear alongside rapper Mike GLC, also known as Michael Coombs, 35, of Velocity Way, Enfield, north London, for a preliminary hearing at Southwark Crown Court.

Health experts launch sugar drive

A group of health experts are campaigning to reduce the amount of sugar added to food and soft drinks as part of an effort to reverse the UK's obesity and diabetes crisis.

Action on Sugar - modelled on the successful Consensus Action on Salt and Health (Cash) - aims to help the public avoid products "full of hidden sugars" and encourage manufacturers to reduce the ingredient over time.

It says children are a particularly vulnerable group who are targeted by marketers of calorie-dense snacks and sugar-sweetened soft drinks.

Fatal bird flu case in Canada

A fatal case of H5N1 bird flu has been reported in Canada, the first such case in North America.

The victim was travelling from China when symptoms first appeared and health minister Rona Ambrose said the case, in Alberta, was an isolated one and the risk to the general public is very low.

Officials said the person began to feel ill on a flight to Canada from Beijing on December 27. They said it was the first case of H5N1 circulating in Beijing and that China is looking into it.

Cancer carers ‘overlooked’ by NHS

The NHS is failing to support people who are caring for loved ones with cancer, a charity has warned.

Macmillan Cancer Support said so-called "cancer carers" are being "overlooked" by the health service.

It cautioned that many carers are missing out on much-needed practical, emotional and financial help.

Ministers make lobbying concessions

The Government has been forced to make fresh concessions over its controversial Lobbying Bill in an attempt to head off a damaging defeat over new rules on campaign spending by charities.

Ministers will table a series of amendments to the Bill today easing the restrictions on how much charities and other non-party organisations can spend in the run-up to a general election, the Press Association has learned, amid claims they would have a "chilling" effect on their campaigning activities.

While campaigners have welcomed the changes, they warned that ministers still faced defeat when the Bill comes back to the House of Lords next week, unless there are further concessions.

Smalling apologises for fancy dress

An England football player has apologised for his "insensitive" decision to appear as a suicide bomber at a fancy dress party.

Defender Chris Smalling, who plays for Manchester United, intended to make an elaborate pun on the popular "Jagerbomb" drink by strapping bottles of Jagermeister and Red Bull to his body, his management told the Associated Press.

He is pictured in The Sun appearing to wear an army-style vest with the alcohol bottles, a mock circuit board and cables attached. He also appears to be wearing an Arab kaffiyeh head dress.

Bank to hold rates at record low

The Bank of England will hold interest rates at record lows once more today, amid speculation it will have to change the threshold for considering a hike in the cost of borrowing within months.

Economists predict the strength of the economic recovery will see Bank governor Mark Carney lower the unemployment target under his forward guidance policy as soon as February to ensure rates remain at rock bottom.

Rates have been held at 0.5% for nearly five years now and the Bank pledged last year not to consider a rise until the unemployment rate falls to 7%, at the time predicting this would not be reached until 2016.

Two dead in US helicopter crash

A US Navy helicopter with five crew members crashed into the ocean off the Virginia coast during a routine training mission killing two and leaving two in hospital. Rescuers searched into the night for a fifth sailor.

The two who died were among four crew members hoisted from the 5C (42F)-degree waters by a Navy helicopter and taken to a hospital, the US Navy said.

The two surviving sailors were being treated at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. One is listed in serious condition, the other has been upgraded to fair, the Navy said.

 
comments powered by Disqus

Journalists

David Holmes
Chief News Reporter
David Norbury
Reporter
Carmella de Lucia
Reporter
Rachel Flint
Reporter
Contact Us
Full contact details