MEMBERS OF the English Defence League are still planning to march through east London while authorities have yet to act on calls for the weekend gathering to be prohibited.
Former Labour politician George Galloway, who founded the Respect party, urged Home Secretary Theresa May and Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe to step in a ban the march in Tower Hamlets.
He said the EDL is aiming to “whip up racial tension” in the community against Muslims.
The MP has already proposed a motion in the Commons for the event to be halted.
IT HAS been five years since Riggs died tragically while in police custody, but it was evident that the atmosphere outside Brixton Police Station where family and friends held an anniversary candlelight vigil on August 21 was charged with emotion.
Battling to hold back the tears Rigg’s sister, Marcia Rigg-Samuel, gave a rousing and impassioned speech to highlight the circumstances surrounding her brother’s death and the struggle the family has had to endure in attempting to bring those responsible to justice.
ENGLISH SCHOOLCHILDREN must gain at least a C grade in GCSE maths and English if they are to avoid re-taking the exams during their sixth form years.
The change results in hundreds of thousands of pupils having to carry on with the core subjects up until the age of 18.
Maths and English are viewed as crucial skills employers look for, and the policy change in education has been made by the Government to reflect job market values.
Education secretary Michael Gove said the two subjects are what “employers demand before all others”.
THE BOYFRIEND of a woman gunned down as she celebrated her birthday has led the appeal to help bring those responsible for her murder to justice.
Sabrina Moss, a nursery teacher, was out celebrating her 24th birthday when she was shot in the chest as she bought takeaway food on Kilburn High Road, northwest London, in the early hours of August 24. Her friend Sabrina Gachette was also hit, but survived the incident.
STILL IN her teens but already a published author and motivational speaker, Talisha Johnson is busy forging ahead with a project close to her heart which aims to give young people deserving recognition.
Johnson, along with mum Esha, is the mastermind behind the annual Celebrating Youth Excellence Awards (CYE), now in its fifth year. The CYE was launched at a time when young people were being criticised about their negative behaviour.
IN SOME of Britain’s prisons, the population is almost entirely black.
In fact, at every level of the criminal justice system – including stop and search, arrest, charges, convictions and sentencing – people of African and Caribbean heritage are disproportionately represented and more harshly treated.
AT A time when a large scale consultation by NHS England into emergency services is taking place, there is concern that mental health does not feature highly or at all in the review.
According to Black Mental Health UK, the campaign group established to raise awareness of the stigma associated with mental health, detention rates among the UK's African Caribbean community have doubled during the period of 2005 – 2010.
STUDENTS AT the school where murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence was taught have produced another year of record breaking GCSE results amid plans by the local council to close it next year.
An impressive 70 per cent of the GCSEs taken at Blackheath Bluecoat secondary school, which was formally federated with St Cecila’s five years ago, were awarded five A*-C passes in subjects including maths and English – a 39 percentage point rise compared to last year's figure.
A YOUNG woman from Leicester who had to have her left leg amputated from below the knee after a New York taxi hit her is making progress, according to US doctors.
Sian Green, 24, was critically injured last week when a cab driver lost control of his vehicle and mounted the kerb colliding with her as she ate a hotdog with a friend.
Part of her left leg was severed in the accident, while her right leg was also badly injured.
Surgeons said they could not re-attach the severed part of the leg and that they had to amputate everything below the left knee.
A NIGERIAN soldier serving for the British Army died during a military training exercise has been named by the government.
Private Michael Ihemere, 26, from Umuodo, Nigeria, was a member of the 1st Battalion, the Mercian Regiment, was identified by the Ministry of Defence.
He collapsed on Wednesday morning while taking part in an exercise on army ranges near Leyburn, North Yorkshire.
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