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Millions of drivers pay 'ethnic penalty' on car insurance

MILLIONS OF Britons living in areas with a high density of minority ethnic households are paying an “ethnic penalty” of up to £450 a year each in higher car insurance premiums, according to a report co-written by the former equality commissioner Trevor Phillips.

The impact can push premiums as much as £450 higher than the national average, regardless of the driver's own ethnicity, the report suggested.

Agency gets funding to showcase British BAME writers abroad

A LONDON-based literary agency has secured Arts Council Funding to help showcase British black, Asian and ethnic minority (BAME) writers internationally.

Speaking Volumes is the only literary agency, and one of just four London-based arts organisations, to secure a coveted international grant to showcase talented British black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) writers to European audiences.

UK graduates regret going to uni because of staggering debt

MORE THAN a third of millennials wish they had skipped university due to the huge debts they have accumulated, a report has found.

According to a report released by insurance company Aviva entitled Generation Regret, 37 per cent of UK graduates regret their decision to attend university because of the amount of debt they face.

Moreover, nearly half (49 per cent) believe that their degree has not helped them to get to where they are now within their careers.

Woman killed in police chase crash named as Acacia Smith

THE WOMAN killed after a car she was travelling in crashed while being pursued by police has been identified as Acacia Smith.

The 25-year-old childcare worker, known to friends as 'Caysha', died instantly following a collision north of Wandsworth Bridge in Fulham, south London, yesterday morning (Aug 9) just after 3am.

Her partner Craig Kearney, 25, was at the wheel and is currently in a critical condition in hospital.

Concerns for London woman missing from mental health unit

POLICE IN west London are appealing to the public's help in tracing a missing woman who has run away from her mental healthcare unit in Ealing.

Safia Abdi, 48, was on escorted leave from the Orchard Unit, St Bernard’s Hospital yesterday (Aug 8) when she made off from her carer in Ealing Broadway at the junction with Springbridge Road, at around 2pm.

Safia is described as a black woman and was last seen wearing a green headscarf, a blue waist length jacket, a grey and white knitted jumper, a brown and yellow floral skirt and black sandals.

Have you seen missing west London teen Ayan Omar?

WEST LONDON Police are appealing for help to find a missing teenage girl.

Ayan Omar, 16, was last seen on Tuesday, July 12 at Westfield Shopping Centre in Shepherds Bush.

Ayan, who also calls herself Mary, is described as black, 5ft 6inches tall with black, shoulder length hair. She also has a nose piercing.

When last seen, she was wearing black leggings and long, green coat and a beige cardigan.

Ayan is believed to be in the Hammersmith area.

Appeal for man who may have seen Stephen Lawrence murder

OFFICERS INVESTIGATING the murder of Stephen Lawrence are today issuing new CCTV stills and images of a witness they believe could assist police with ongoing enquiries.

The CCTV, which officers have digitally enhanced, shows the man wearing a distinctive 'V' emblem jacket, which police have previously appealed for information about in 1993 then again in 2013.

The individual has never been identified and officers are appealing to him, or anyone that knows him, to come forward and speak with them.

Urgent appeal to find missing elderly man from east London

POLICE IN east London are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of a vulnerable missing 76-year-old man who has dementia.

Zevon Thomas was last seen at 4.40pm on Friday (Aug 5) outside the Sainsburys on High Street North in East Ham.

He is described as an elderly black male, 5ft 4ins to 5ft 6ins tall with short black hair.

Zevon is known to frequent The Forest Gate Community Centre, East Ham Church and occasionally visits his daughter who lives in Dagenham.

How a daring dream has become a reality

GILL SHIELS is living proof of how strong our roots can be – and how through sheer determination, guts and a belief in God, visions and dreams can become reality.

Her story is an extraordinary one. It’s about the love she feels for the land of her birth – the Democratic Republic of Congo where she was the middle child of missionary parents – and her deep desire to help it in any way she can.

The family left Africa in 1960 when Gill was just six years old as the country struggled with independence; it was to be another 50 years before she returned.

Jamaican-inspired emoji app launched

THEY ARE regarded as a global communications phenomenon.

Anyone familiar with emojis will know about their rise from being a simple tool first distributed by one Japanese mobile phone provider to the global communications phenomenon that they are now.

Stars such as Blac Chyna, Kim Kardashian, Amber Rose and Wiz Khalifa are among the celebrities who are bidding to break into the emoji business, allowing their adoring fans to text and message just like them.

Now a budding entrepreneur has launched a Jamaican inspired emoji app for smart phones.