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Get to grips with clearing snow and ice, say lawyers

THERE IS every chance of a harsh winter despite a relatively mild Christmas.

However, members of the public do not need to worry about being sued if they use common sense when clearing paths and driveways of ice and snow, says a leading personal injury lawyer.

“After the pre-christmas snowy and icy conditions, the myth is still circulating that you will be held legally responsible if anyone slips on a path or driveway you have cleared,” said Brett Dixon, president of APIL, a national not-for-profit group which represents injured people.

Princess apologises for wearing a racist brooch

PRINCESS MICHAEL of Kent has apologised for wearing a brooch that has been criticised for its promotion of racist imagery.

The royal, who married the Queen's first cousin, attended a Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday wearing a blackamoor brooch.

Prince Harry's fiancée, Meghan Markle, who is mixed-race, was also a guest at the lunch.

A spokesman said the princess "is very sorry and distressed that it has caused offence".

Blackamoor figures and sculptures are exotic figures which usually depict African men and were prominent in the 17th and 18th centuries.

15,000 children to spend Christmas away from families

UP TO 15,000 children, many of them black, will spend Christmas separated from their families because of immigration rules.

The alarming figures were released by campaign group The Joint Counsel for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI), who believe growing numbers of African and Caribbean families are being adversely affected by the Government’s minimum income requirement (MIR).

Huge rise in homelessness amongst ethnic minority groups

THE CONSERVATIVES promised to “combat homelessness” and said their success would be judged by how “we care for the weakest and most vulnerable”, but new analysis reveals the opposites.

Figures, shared exclusively with The Voice, show that:

· The number of black households classed as homeless has increased 67 per cent.

· Since 2010, the number of households accepted by local authorities as homeless where someone in the household identifies family as Asian or British Asian has doubled - increasing by 112 per cent to 5,560 in 2016/17.

Man jailed for racially assaulting Raheem Sterling

A MAN has been jailed for 16 weeks after he admitted racially assaulting Manchester City and England footballer Raheem Sterling.

Karl Anderson, 29, was sentenced at Manchester and Salford Magistrates' Court after pleading guilty to racially aggravated common assault.

The court heard that Anderson had kicked and shouted racial abuse at Sterling outside City's training ground on Saturday. CCTV footage shown in court revealed how Anderson drove his van alongside Sterling's vehicle as the player waited to enter the training ground.

Children who survived Grenfell fire share Christmas message

FIVE CHILDREN who escaped from Grenfell Tower will deliver a three-minute Christmas Day message about what the holiday means to them, it has been revealed.

The survivors will speak of the impact and share their memories of the tragic fire last June, in which 71 people died and hundreds of families were made homeless, in Channel 4’s alternative Christmas message.

Government to tackle racial bias in justice system

IN A response to David Lammy's report on differential treatment and outcomes for those from black and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, the Ministry of Justice has agreed to carry forward most of the Labour MP’s recommendations.

According to The Guardian, Lammy – who called to attention that black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) men and women represent 25% of prisoners despite making up just 14% of the population – welcomed the government’s commitments but criticised its refusal to set diversity targets for a representative judiciary and magistracy by 2025.

New guidance on sex education is vital, says Union

YOUNG PEOPLE desperately need relationship and sex education which covers sexual harassment, sexting and online porn and the other issues they face today, says the National Education Union responding to the Department for Education’s consultation on updated guidance.

Dr Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said: “Young people need relationships and sex education that is fit for the world they live in in the 21st century.

Prince Harry interviews Barack Obama for BBC4 interview

PRINCE HARRY has interviewed Barack Obama for his guest edit of BBC Radio 4's Today programme - with some innovative questioning techniques.

In the warm-up to the encounter, the prince warns President Obama he will get "the face" if he pauses too long between answers.

For his part, the former president asks whether he needs a British accent and offers to turn the tables and interview Prince Harry.

The interview, recorded at this year's Invictus Games in Canada, will be broadcast for Prince Harry's guest edition of the programme on December 27.

Bookmaker apologises after 'casual racism' over Abbott photo

BOOKMAKERS STAR Sports has apologised after posting a picture of a man in blackface mocking Diane Abbott on Twitter.

The tweet, which has since been deleted, was posted on Friday (Dec 15) and showed a man dressed as Diane Abbott in blackface at a darts competition holding up a sign reading 190.

The sign was a reference to the shadow home secretary's blunder with policing numbers in a radio interview during the General Election campaign.

The maximum score with three darts is 180.