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Police looking for Staffordshire teen missing for a month

POLICE IN London are helping Staffordshire authorities to trace a 16-year-old girl who has been missing for over a month.

Islington police in north London are appealing for help to find Destiny Hyacinth, who was last seen in Kings Bromley, Staffordshire on Friday April 10.

Destiny lives in Staffordshire, has family in Islington and is known to frequent Diss in Norfolk where she has a number of friends.

She is also known to frequent the Shepherds Bush area in west London.

Destiny is described as mixed race, 5ft 5ins tall, of medium build with a pale complexion and brown eyes.

Kingsley Burrell inquest: Jury retires to consider verdict

THE JURY in the Kingsley Burrell inquest has now retired to consider its verdict after listening to evidence from more than 50 witnesses involved in the complex case over the past five weeks.

Coroner Louise Hunt told the ten-strong jury: “You are the judges of fact in this case and no one else. This is a fact-finding inquiry – it is not a method of apportioning blame or attributing guilt. There is no prosecution, defence or trial.”

Diane Abbott launches campaign to become London mayor

BRITAIN’S LONGEST standing black MP Diane Abbott has formally launched her campaign to be the Labour party’s candidate for London’s mayoral elections next year.

As the party rebuilds following its General Election defeat, the Hackney North and Stoke Newington MP has kicked into full swing for her campaign in which she will be focusing on tackling growing inequality in the capital, pinpointing the shortage of affordable housing and the importance of working with business to meet London’s challenges.

Nurse who killed mum-of-two in road rage spat 'fit for work'

A NURSE who knocked over and killed a mother-of-two in a road rage incident has declared she is fit for work following her release.

Ophelia Okai-Koi, 52, was jailed to 12 months at Harrow Crown Court last June for causing death by careless driving after speeding off with Christie McHugh ‘spread out like a starfish’ on her bonnet after the pair argued in a car park in East Barnet.

Okai-koi is now facing a second battle ahead of her release in hopes to remain on the medical register and be allowed to return to work.

Vicar challenges David Cameron to live on minimum wage

BRITISH PRIME Minister David Cameron has been challenged to live on minimum wage and volunteer at food bank to understand impact of his party's welfare cuts.

Cameron is facing calls to experience the “human cost” of the Conservative's looming welfare cuts by meeting disabled benefit claimants, volunteering at a food bank and living on the minimum wage (£6.50 per hour for adults), reported The Independent.

He has been challenged in an open letter written by a vicar in Manchester, which has gone viral since it was posted on Facebook over the weekend.

Ukip members pleased 'champ' Nigel Farage will remain leader

SENIOR UKIP members have welcomed the news that Nigel Farage will remain as party leader despite his promise to step down if he was unsuccessful in his pursuit of parliament.

Ahead of Farage's announcement, the party’s most visible black member Winston McKenzie tweeted: "Nigel Resigning? Don't even think about it! You are our Leader. Have a good holiday - you ain't going nowhere. Don't even try it mate! CHAMP"

Both men were unsuccessful in this year's parliamentary race, which delivered a Conservative government.

Helen Grant loses sports portfolio in Cameron's reshuffle

FORMER SPORTS minister Helen Grant has lost her portfolio in the PM's recent cabinet reshuffle.

The MP for Maidstone and the Weald - a constituency in Kent - was appointed to the position in 2013, following a year as parliamentary under-secretary of state for justice, women and equality.

Shortly after taking up the role, the first black woman to become a Conservative MP, was left embarrassed after she failed to answer any questions correctly in an impromptu sports quiz.

Police appeal for witnesses after triple stabbing in Croydon

THREE YOUNG men are in hospital with stab wounds after a fight kicked off in a Croydon McDonald's yesterday (May 11).

Detectives in Croydon are appealing for witnesses to come forward following multiple stabbings on George Street at around 2pm yesterday afternoon.

An altercation is believed to have started inside McDonalds, North End, before it escalated and spilled outside of the fast food restaurant.

Officers at the scene found two 18-year-old injured males. One had suffered a stab wound to the arm and the other a stab wound to the neck.

David Lammy rules himself out of Labour leadership race

ONE OF Labour’s most senior black MPs has ruled himself out of the running to become the next party leader following Ed Miliband’s resignation.

Tottenham MP David Lammy, who admitted he would consider a leadership bid if colleagues wanted him, today confirmed that he would be focusing on his ambition to become Mayor of London.

He told BBC2's Daily Politics show: "I am not going to be standing for the Labour leadership because I think we need a leader that can win back the Midlands and understand Scotland, as well as the South.

New Manchester University film to shed light on food poverty

A NEW film by researchers at the University of Manchester is set to highlight the growing role that food banks play in the lives of vulnerable people in the UK.

The film, funded by the university’s School of Social Sciences, provides a snapshot of the issues faced by the thousands of people who find their food choices limited, often having to skip meals in order to prioritise their families.

The film will feature interviews with food bank users, many of whom were reluctant to seek food aid.