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Clarke Carlisle in the dock over drink driving charge

FORMER SOCCER star Clarke Carlisle has admitted drinking and driving. The 35-year-old pleaded guilty to failing to provide a sample to police on December 20 at London's Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court.

Carlisle, who has played for a host of clubs including Blackpool, QPR and Burnley, also admitted driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence on the same date. Police saw a Mercedes being driven in an "erratic" manner, prosecutor Zahid Hussain said.

‘Mark Duggan’s death could have been avoided’

THE DEATH of Mark Duggan and the riots that followed could have been avoided, a Mail on Sunday investigation has revealed.

One of the newspaper’s investigative reporters, David Rose, has said he has found evidence that failings on the part of the now-defunct Trident gun crime unit led to the shooting of the 29-year-old on August 4, 2011.

They could have instead focused on Kevin Hutchinson-Foster, the man serving time for supplying Duggan with a gun, who the family believe may have been a police informant and was being ‘protected by the police’.

Appeal for elderly man who disappeared after hospital visit

POLICE IN the east London borough of Newham are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of a missing 85-year-old man from Stratford.

Stanley Nathanial Henry, was last seen at 5pm on Friday (March 20) at St Mary's Hospital after leaving his home address but left the hospital without being seen.

He is described as black male of slim to medium build and uses a walking stick. He also has a scar on his left eyebrow.

Stanley is known to frequent churches in E15, areas near Victoria station and hospitals.

Poet SuAndi honoured with degree

INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED performance poet SuAndi has been awarded an honorary degree for her outstanding contribution to British art by Lancaster University.

The Manchester-born artist was presented with the honorary degree by Alan Milburn on March 4 – one of his very first tasks as Chancellor having been officially installed that day.

On receiving the honour, SuAndi said: “This honorary degree illustrates that Lancaster University values voices outside of academia and for me, as a self-taught poet and writer, it is my Oscar.”

Link's better life for ex-offenders

WHEN SOMEONE ends up behind bars, society has a habit of simply forgetting about them. They cease to be treated like real people.

However Prison Link is a unique support group that scythes through the stigma to give offenders the support they need both in and out of prison.

Funded by Staffordshire and West Midlands Community Rehabilitation Company, the group is supported by volunteers who undergo a Basic Training in Prison Work course to help offenders settle back into the outside world on their release.

Here come the girls

A NEW online platform targeting young professional women with the aim of helping them to “have the best life and career possible” was launched this week.

The online show Girls Talk London is the latest project from Vanessa Sanyauke, the visionary behind the career-based networking brand of the same name.

Each week, the panel will interview experts on topics including careers, fashion, beauty and wellbeing, mixed with some open and honest girl chat.

She told The Voice: “This is a pilot series so we’re just testing it and seeing how it goes and what the response is like.”

Police watchdog investigates the Met for ‘protecting paedos'

THE INDEPENDENT Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is now investigating the Metropolitan Police over its handling of investigations into sexual assault claims from the 1970s to the 2000s.

As part of its enquiry, the Met is accused of suppressing evidence, hindering or halting investigations and even covering up the offences because of the involvement of MPs and police officers.

Family of missing schoolgirl, 13, appeal for public's help

THE FAMILY of a missing 13-year-old schoolgirl have appealed to the public for help in finding her, three days after she disappeared from her Croydon home.

Liane Lewis was last seen at 9am on Tuesday (March 17) at her home address in Wellesley Road.

Liane is described as a black female, 5ft 6ins tall, slim build with long black hair in braids wearing dark framed glasses and braces on the top and bottom of her teeth. No description of clothing given.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Croydon police on 101 quoting reference: 15MIS009661

Police appeal over horrific Ghana boat party brawl on Thames

A GHANAIAN boat party on the Thames ended in a mass brawl with one man needing help to restore his speech after suffering a cracked skull in the melee.

On November 30, police were called to a fight on the Tereza Joanne floating venue, moored at King George V dock in Newham, east London, where they found the 28-year-old victim with what was initially assessed - due to its severity - as a gun shot wound to the head.

The injury was later confirmed to be a puncture wound and a cracked skull, caused by a piece of furniture.

Health warning issued amid 'toxic' smog fears across the UK

BRITAIN HAS been placed on a health alert as a potentially dangerous cloud of air pollution blows over the country from Europe.

Experts say the smog could cause fatal asthma attacks and have warned the elderly and those with health problems to be cautious.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), said air pollution was blowing in from Europe and mixing with home-grown smog to create the potentially toxic problem.