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'Twin track’ approach needed to tackle FGM

GREATER MANCHESTER Mayor and Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd has called for a ‘twin track’ approach of education and enforcement for tackling female genital mutilation.

He made the remarks as a report released today (Sept 15) condemned the lack of successful prosecutions for female genital mutilation.

The failure to secure a single conviction for female genital mutilation (FGM) was condemned by MPs as "lamentable".

Man arrested for mugging 100-year-old woman after church

A MAN has been charged with robbing a 100-year-old woman as she was making her way back from a prayer meeting.

Jawad Naser, 37, from Tottenham in north London, was charged on Wednesday (Sep 14) and will appear in custody at Highbury magistrates court today (Sept 15), Scotland Yard said.

Naser is alleged to have pushed frail centenarian Alexteen Roberts to the floor and stolen her handbag with £300 inside on August 23 in Westcott Close, just half a mile away from where he lives.

Roberts, who turned 101 last week, has said the ordeal left her feeling afraid.

Grandfather dies moments after Man U stars grant final wish

A LIFE-long Manchester United fan was granted his final wish when he was joined by some of the squad’s top talent in his final moments.

An online appeal from a loving granddaughter allowed Paddy Lawler from Wythenshawe, Manchester, to be visited by stars including Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young and Timothy Fosu-Mensah.

The 73-year-old grandfather lost his battle with prostate cancer just 45 minutes later.

His granddaughter Kayleigh took her appeal to social media after sending numerous emails directly to the club.

Boy, 14, missing after telling mum he was playing football

Police are appealing for assistance to help trace a missing 14-year-old from Edmonton, north London.

Alex Ballen was last seen at approximately 4.30pm on Sunday (Sept 11) when he left his home saying he was going to play football.

Police describe the teen, who they say "looks older than his age", as black, approximately 6ft 2ins tall and of slim build. He also has shaved and afro hair.

Alex was last seen wearing light grey jeans, a yellow vest, a black baseball cap with white writing on it and black, rubber slippers.

David Cameron blamed for rise of ISIS in North Africa

WHILE HE may have made a swift exit from politics, the legacy of Britain’s former Prime Minister David Cameron has been marred following a report that has blamed him for the rise of extremist group, IS and the instability in Libya.

MPs from the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee said there was no coherent strategy for how to deal with the aftermath of the north African country when Colonel Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown.

London chambers looking to recruit more BMEs and women

A LONDON-based Chambers is actively recruiting more women and people from ethnic minority backgrounds.

Garden Court Chambers is a large and dynamic Barristers' Chambers with a team of staff who provide the clerking, financial, marketing and administrative support for more than 180 barristers.

It is a diverse set, specialising in all aspects of human rights and social welfare law, including crime, family law, housing, immigration, and civil law.

University of Huddersfield start 'name blind' applications

STUDENTS APPLYING to the University of Huddersfield will have their names blanked out to guard against potential bias or stereotyping.

The university is one of the first four in the country to test new “name blind” applications, introduced to prevent assumptions being made about students based on their names.

Leading lawyer shortlisted for UK’s largest diversity awards

TREVOR STERLING, a partner and respected major trauma lawyer for law firm Moore Blatch, was celebrating after being shortlisted for the ‘Positive Role Model Award for Race, Religion and Faith’ at the prestigious National Diversity Awards 2016.

The event, being held at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral on 16th September, recognises excellence and devotion to enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion, regardless of race, faith, religion, gender, identity, sexual orientation, age, disability and culture.

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Young sisters missing from their east London foster home

TWO SISTERS from east London have gone missing from their foster home.

Jenny Motiaka, 13, and her younger sister Keren Motiaka, 12, were last seen shortly after 3pm on Thursday, September 8, when they left the address of a foster carer in Forest Road, Walthamstow.

Both are black girls, around 5ft 7ins in height and of slim build.

The sisters have links to Rainham, Purfleet, Dagenham, Brixton and Walthamstow.

Officers are concerned for the safety and wellbeing of the two sisters.

ASOS slammed for campaign using black model as 'prop'

ONLINE BEAUTY and fashion retailer Asos has been criticised over its decision to use a black model to advertise Maybelline foundation aimed at white people.

The company was accused of using the black model's arm as a "prop" to advertise six Maybelline Fit Me! foundation cream colours in shades from ivory to buff.

The gaffe was identified by an online shopper who took to Twitter to challenge both Asos and Maybelline.