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Top academic backs black history demands

A LEADING academic has backed calls for black history to be a mandatory element of the primary school curriculum.

Heidi Safia Mirza, a professor of Race, Faith and Culture at Goldsmiths College, University of London and professor emerita in Equalities Studies at UCL Institute of Education, said it was vital that schools teach black history if the UK is to create a well-adjusted multicultural society.

Mirza was speaking after Birmingham mother of four Stephanie Pitter received 55,000 signatures on her petition to get black history taught in UK primary schools.

Graduates urged to be risk takers

YOUNG BLACK graduates have been urged to move out of their comfort zones and embrace risk to build successful careers.

At the New Year, Success forum organised by non-profit organisation Young Black Graduates (YBG), a panel of leading professionals from a range of fields such as medicine, law and marketing addressed an audience of recent black and minority ethnic (BME) university graduates at the Bank of England.

Leeds carnival founder honoured with major award

A TIRELESS community campaigner who founded the Leeds West Indian carnival has been given a top civic honour.

Arthur France MBE was recognised for his contribution to the city for nearly 60 years, and in particular, the West Indian community with the presentation of a Leeds Award by the Lord Mayor, Councillor David Congreve.

France received the award in a special ceremony held at the city’s Civic Hall.

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Ex-girl of teen who planned Lee Rigby-style execution speaks

THE EX-GIRLFRIEND of a man who plotted a Lee Rigby-style execution of soldiers, says he told her he had also planned to kill a 'member of the government'.

The teenager told ITV News that when she met Brusthom Ziamani he was "a normal guy, kind, funny, caring."

However, that changed after Ziamani converted to Islam while she was on holiday and began to pressure her to convert.

"He would talk about the Lee Rigby case, saying how he understood why the killers done what the done. He would say how he respected the killers. And he would laugh about it," she said.

Alarms raised after 15-year-old boy fails to attend school

POLICE ARE growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of a missing 15-year-old boy from Islington, north London.

Nur Khanzada was last seen on Monday (Feb 9) when he left his home in Regina Road to go to school. He did not turn up at school.

Nur is described by officers "as black, with short black hair, clean shaven, 5ft 11ins tall, of proportionate build with a London accent."

He is known to frequent the Somerstown and Regents Park Estate in Camden.

Teen guilty of planning 'Lee-Rigby-style' soldier beheading

A TEENAGE Muslim convert who "idolised" the killers of Lee Rigby and was caught in the street with a hammer and knife, has been found guilty of plotting to behead a British soldier.

Brusthom Ziamani, 19, was stopped by police in August last year and was found with the weapons wrapped inside an Islamic flag and had researched a series of military bases around London.

He had allegedly planned to behead a soldier in an echo of the soldier Lee Rigby killing and to hold the head up so he could be photographed, the Old Bailey heard.

Robbery charge for thug who attacked 93-year-old for £5

THE 29-YEAR-OLD thug who violently attacked a 93-year-old man has been charged with robbery.

CCTV footage showed a man, believed to be Solomon Bygraves, grabbing Stanley Evans' pocket and pushing him to the floor during the assault in Soho on January 31. He stole his wallet containing £5 and then left the building.

Mr. Evans, a widower with no children, was followed by the suspect as he returned from the shops into the block of flats where he lives. He was approached as he waited in a communal entrance for the lift to his flat.

Missing trainee solidier 'possibly sighted in Lewisham'

A TRAINEE SOLDIER who failed to return to his barracks on January 11 after being on leave has possibly been sighted in Westminster and Lewisham, police have said.

Steven Mubanga was last seen leaving his home in Kilmartin Avenue, Norbury, south London, and was due to board a train later that day to return to his barracks in Yorkshire, but police believe that he did not get on the train.

He was subsequently reported missing on January 16.

'I will change law if police don't rein in stop and search'

THE HOME Secretary Theresa May will make changes to the law if police do not rein in their "excessive and inappropriate" use of stop and search.

She said if police continue to misuse the powers – which are disproportionately targeted against ethnic minorities – legislation will be introduced to tie their hands.

May made the announcement when delivering this year’s Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust Criminal Justice Lecture, in memory of the murdered teenager.

'Belongings' of missing Hackney teenager found in Southwark

PERSONAL BELONGINGS of a missing teenager from Hackney have been found in the south London borough of Southwark, police have said.

Borax Tatsa, 18 - who officers describe as as 'vulnerable' - has not been seen since 8pm on Saturday, (Feb 7).

Borax is described as black and 5ft 9ins tall. It is not known what he might be wearing.

It is not known exactly what items have been recovered but police have confirmed they belong to the teen.

Anyone with information should contact the Hackney Missing Person Unit on 020 7275 3404 or via 101.