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London manhunt underway after elderly man robbed at gunpoint

A MANHUNT is underway after an elderly man was robbed at gunpoint in south London.

The victim - a man aged in his early 70s - returned to his van in the Wilkinsons car park on January 7 at approximately 10a.15am having withdrawn a substantial amount of money from a bank on Woolwich New Road.

He was approached by the suspect, described as a black man in his early 30s, who got into the car and produced a black handgun, before telling the victim to drive.

They drove past the Woolwich Ferry and turned into Farmdale Road, close to the flyover for the A2, Blackwall Tunnel approach.

Teacher banned for 'hitting and pushing special needs child'

A TEACHER has been banned from the classroom after allegedly hitting a five-year-old child with special needs and pushing him off his chair.

Kay Johnston, 59, who specialised in teaching children with special needs also allowed a teaching assistant under her supervision to humiliate the boy by manhandling him and tying his shoelaces together, when she worked as a special needs supply teacher at East Wickham Primary Academy in Welling.

She has been struck off from teaching indefinitely following a National College for Teaching and Leadership panel hearing, last month.

Frank Bruno’s boxing return dealt blow as licence is denied

FRANK BRUNO'S hopes of returning to the boxing ring have been dealt a severe blow after he was denied a licence.

The former boxing heavyweight champion set Twitter alight yesterday (Feb 1) when he announced on ITV’s This Morning that he was “coming back into boxing” to help him cope with the effects of his medication used to treat his bipolar disorder.

Asked how drugs had affected him, he said: “They made me suicidal – mess up your head, mess up your clock – you can’t sleep. I’m walking around break-dancing I’ve got so much energy.

Thousands of parents to benefit from 30 hours free childcare

WORKING PARENTS of three and four-year-olds will be benefit from double the amount of free childcare - a year ahead of schedule.

Childcare minister Sam Gyimah has today (Feb 2) announced a total of £13 million, which will allow councils across the country to deliver 30 hours of free childcare for hard working parents of toddlers.

As a result, some working parents in Wigan, Staffordshire, Swindon, Portsmouth, Northumberland, York, Newham and Hertfordshire will benefit from the early offer from this September.

Head of West Midlands Police committed to diversifying force

CHIEF CONSTABLE Dave Thompson, the newly appointed head of West Midlands Police, has pledged that the force is committed to employing more ethnic officers as figures reveal that out of 253 new recruits over the past two years, just one is black.

Thompson, during his first full day in his new role admitted to The Voice: “I don’t think we’re there yet on race, but we are continuing to work really hard to make sure we recruit the best possible people for the job in order to reflect the community we serve.”

David Lammy to head review of racial bias in justice system

UNIVERSITIES IN England will be forced to disclose the number of ethnic minority applicants that get places in a move to combat discrimination, Prime Minister David Cameron has said.

In an outspoken attack on Britain’s top universities, Cameron said racism in leading institutions was a “shame on our nation”.

He has called for a level of transparency that force top universities like Oxford to work harder to broaden their intake.

Qualified black workers 'earn less' than white colleagues

BLACK WORKERS earn much less than their similarly qualified white peers, at all levels of education, research by Trades Union Congress (TUC) has found.

Analysis of pay data by the TUC suggests that the difference in average pay rates amounts to a gap of 23 per cent.

Black graduates earn on average £14.33 an hour, compared with £18.63 earned by white graduates, the TUC said.

The average pay gap between black and white workers with A-levels is 14 per cent and at GCSE level the gap is 11 per cent, according to TUC's findings.

Plaistow pupil tells of his American Dream

A FORMER pupil at St Bonaventure’s 6th Form college in east London touched down back at his old school recently to tell pupils and staff about his new life after winning a football scholarship to East Los Angeles College.

20-year-old Francis Bongwalanga from Plaistow studied music, psychology and media studies at St Bonaventure’s 6th Form and decided to apply for universities in America.

He was already playing for the American Football club London Blitz, who play at Finsbury Park, north London, and knew he wanted to pursue the game.

Baroness Lawrence becomes De Montefort University chancellor

BARONESS DOREEN Lawrence of Clarendon led staff and students in a joyful dance at the close of a spectacular event to mark her investiture as the new Chancellor of De Montfort University Leicester (DMU).

To the strains of Jackie Wilson’s Higher and Higher, the Chancellor brought hundreds of guests to their feet and started a party to mark the occasion.

Baby-faced Abraham Ojo, 11, missing from north London home

POLICE IN Haringey are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of a missing 11-year-old boy from Tottenham in north London.

Abraham Ojo, 11, was last seen at 8:40am yesterday (Jan 28), leaving his home address.

He is described as a black boy and was last seen wearing a 'Puffa' style coat, black school trousers and a red jumper. Abraham was also carrying a red bag.

Abraham is known to travel extensively on the bus network, police said.