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Nigerian-born journalist lands top BBC role

FORMER BLUE PETER presenter Andy Akinwolere will join and front BBC Inside Out West Midlands as reforms to boost diversity within the corporation is announced.

Nigerian-born Akinwolere, who started out in the BBC as a runner, will be on screens from September 1, when the new series of BBC Inside Out starts.

The 31-year-old, who presented BBC One’s Blue Peter for five years, described his new role as a "fantastic opportunity".

Asos back online after fire closes site for two days

POPULAR ONLINE fashion site Asos has resumed trading after a fire at its main warehouse in Barnsley forced the firm to take the site offline for two days.

In a statement, Asos said the fire, which is being treated as arson by police, had affected about 20 per cent of stock held at the site.

About 70 per cent of its total stock of £159m was held at the site – the firm’s major global distribution centre, the company said.

The website was temporarily shut down on Friday (June 21) after the fire at 10pm and was reopened at 2am this morning (June 23).

Equalities watchdog opens inquiry into mental health deaths

THE EQUALITY and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has opened an inquiry into the ‘non-natural deaths’ of adults with mental health conditions in order to prevent future loss of life.

It will focus on suicide, homicide, unknown and accidental deaths of people in psychiatric hospitals, prison and police custody in England and Wales.

‘Clamp down on absent fathers to prevent youth violence’

COME DOWN harder on absentee fathers if you want to prevent more young people from getting into gangs, a gang mediator and behavioural mentor has suggested.

At a recent international summit looking at gangs, Colin James, from youth organisation Gangs Unite, told The Voice: “I think parents need to be involved a bit more, especially absent fathers. I think that until you call absent fathers to some kind of level of responsibility, it’s not going to change.”

James’ comments back recent research that has listed fatherlessness among factors leading young people to join gangs.

Backlash over ‘don’t wash chicken’ advice

BLACK Britons have reacted with disbelief to advice from the Government’s food watchdog urging the public not to wash raw chicken before cooking it.

The Food Standard’s Agency (FSA) issued the advice on Monday (June 16), claiming that if the public stopped washing raw chicken before cooking it, this could reduce their risk of contracting Campylobacter – the most common form of food poisoning in the UK.

The FSA said washing raw chicken could spread bacteria onto hands, work surfaces, cooking equipment and clothing through the splashing of water droplets.

Missing teen girls found safe at south London address

TWO TEENAGE girls missing for over a month have been found “safe and well at an address in the Lewisham area” local police said.

Mia Ferguson, 16, from Brixton, south London, and Jade Young, 15, from Hounslow, west London, went missing from their homes on May 4.

Their mothers issued a heartfelt plea on June 10, calling for their safe return and urging them to get in touch.

Orchid Ferguson, mother of 16-year-old Mia, stressed she was not "in any trouble and no one is angry with you."

Ian Wright: 'My wife is feeling good that I'm back'

IAN WRIGHT has spoken out for the first time about the knifepoint burglary at his north London home, which forced him to fly home from the Brazil World Cup.

The Arsenal legend's wife and two daughters were the victims of the terrifying attack on Wednesday night (June 18), where four men, described as black and approximately aged between 18-25, forced their way into the former footballer's home.

March against gang violence in Edmonton on June 28

A UNIFIED street march to highlight the incidents of gang-related violence which has led to the death of young people in the London suburb of Enfield will be held on June 28 at 12 noon.

The march, which will take place outside the Florence Hayes Adventure Playground in Fore Street, Edmonton, is the brainchild of S.A.V.E (Schools Against Violence in Enfield) - a new initiative run by a local charity Young Soldierz whose mission is to empower young people to live extraordinary lives.

Former N-Dubz star Dappy guilty of nightclub attack

FORMER N-DUBZ rapper Dappy has been found guilty of assaulting a man outside an Essex nightclub.

The 26-year-old, real name Dino Costas Contostavlos, was fined £800 for slapping George Chittock after a meet and greet at Chicago's in Chelmsford on February 27.

He was also told to pay a victim surcharge of £80 and costs of £930.

Prosecutor Jacqueline Carey told the court that the incident happened when both men were in a smoking area along with Contostavlos' minder and two of the club’s door staff.

The 26-year-old was subsequently arrested but claimed self defence.

Jailed Charles Taylor suing UK for denying him family life

CONVICTED WARLORD Charles Taylor, who is currently serving a 50-year sentence for crimes against humanity, is suing the UK for denying him the right to a family life.

The former Liberian leader was jailed in 2012 of 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity including rape, murder, terrorism and the use of child soldiers that caused the death of tens of thousands of people in Sierra Leone, but argues that his incarceration at a prison in County Durham keeps him from his wife and 15 children in Africa.