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First ever Barclays cycle hire race to be held this summer

AS PART of London’s summer of cycling, Transport for London (TfL) has teamed up with London Nocturne to give Londoners the chance to compete in the first ever Barclays Cycle Hire race.

Thirty Londoners will hit the course during the evening of Saturday June 7, pedalling as fast as they can around Smithfield Market on the iconic blue bikes and some special edition yellow cycle hire bikes released to celebrate the Tour de France coming to London.

New investigation launched into police corruption

AN INVESTIGATION into allegations that ‘corrupt’ police officers protected Stephen Lawrence’s killers is now being considered by the police watchdog.

It follows an earlier announcement that the IPCC will investigate claims of "discreditable conduct" by Commander Richard Walton and two former police officers, then Detective Inspector Robert Lambert and Commander Colin Black.


But the IPCC has now revealed it could investigate former Detective Sergeant John Davidson – a key officer in the botched murder investigation in 1993.

The Queen's Speech: All infants to receive free school meals

THE QUEEN’s speech has promised a free school meals for all children, help with childcare costs and continued support for first-time buyers in what the coalition have described as their “bold“ finale.

In the final speech before the 2015 general elections, the government declared their commitment to building a strong economy and reducing the country’s deficit.

Cap on benefits will remain a key feature in their drive to keep public spending down, but they have promised to continue to reduce income tax and help working parents with childcare costs.

Officers to face fresh questions over Leon Briggs’ death

OFFICERS AT the centre of the investigation into the death of Leon Briggs may face a fresh round of questioning by the police watchdog.

Briggs, 39, died on November 4 last year after he was restrained and detained under mental health laws by Bedfordshire Police officers at the junction of Marsh Road and Willow Way in Luton.

He became ill at Luton police station and was taken to Luton and Dunstable Hospital where he later died.

Ghanaian nurse who killed baby spared deportation from UK

A GHANAIAN mum jailed for force feeding her 10-month-old daughter to death has won the right to stay in the UK.

The nurse, who has been granted lifetime anonymity, was facing deportation following her three-year sentence for ‘causing or allowing the death of a child’.

But she will now be able to stay in Britain – with her husband and three other children – indefinitely following a legal appeal citing Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

The clause protects a person’s right to “private and family life”.

Roadblock at loved football coach's funeral

HUNDREDS of people packed into the Harlesden Baptist Church in northwest London on May 30 for the funeral of football coach and administrator Trevor Hutton.

Hutton, 52, died on April 30 and his popularity and legacy was displayed at the funeral, with hundreds more lining the streets outside the church.

The occasion’s welcome and opening prayers were given by Pastor Mereweather-Thompson and Pastor Michael Phillips respectively.

Mental health teams to be based in police stations

MENTAL HEALTH teams will now be posted in police stations in a bid to prevent incidents like the death of Sean Riggs who died while in police custody.

The move comes after years of campaigning against police practices when dealing with the mentally ill and concerns about the proportionally high rate of deaths in custody in the black community.

Black people are 50 per cent more likely to be referred to mental health services through the police, and 50 per cent of those who die in police custody are “mental health users”.

IPCC to investigate Stephen Lawrence officers

THE POLICE watchdog will investigate claims of "discreditable conduct" by Metropolitan Police officers in relation to the murder of teenager Stephen Lawrence.

The Independence Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) opened the investigation into the conduct of one serving and two former Met officers following the Stephen Lawrence Independent Review, led by Mark Ellison QC.

His findings were published in March this year.

Justice delayed: Hundreds march for Kingsley Burrell

HUNDREDS OF people took to the streets of Birmingham to support a family still waiting for answers more than three years after their son and brother Kingsley Burrell died in hospital following contact with police.

Protestors staged a peaceful march, walking three miles from Handsworth to Birmingham city centre where they held a rally outside Lloyd House, the headquarters of West Midlands Police.

But the words ‘justice delayed is justice denied’ was the phrase heard above all others as they made the three-hour walk.

Website criticising Moss Side forced to close

A WEB page which named Moss Side as one of the 20 worst places in the world has been taken down after an angry reaction from local people.

Holiday company Buy A Gift created the special ‘Hate Breaks’ site to highlight a list of places to avoid for international travellers.

It described Moss Side, home to Manchester’s annual Caribbean Carnival, as an area that experienced daily gun violence and regular murders. Also on the list were US city Detroit, Bogota in Colombia and Ukraine capital Kiev, the site of recent violence between loyalists and pro-Russia groups.