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Cleared Blakelock murder suspect sympathises with family

THE MAN cleared of killing police officer Keith Blakelock has sympathised with the family of the murdered officer and said he would be “angry” if he had been put in their place.

Last week at the Old Bailey, Nicholas Jacobs, 45, was found not guilty of the murder and manslaughter of the policeman, who was killed by a mob during riots in October 1985 in Broadwater Farm, Tottenham, north London.

'Working with the Red Cross in Germany was best decision'

ADERONKE GBADAMOSI joined the Red Cross in September and throughout her seven months with the charity has spent her time teaching children about first aid and other life-saving practices.

The 24-year-old left her London home to work with young people in Melle, Germany and describes it as a "great experience.”

Elderly migrants demand end to pension freeze

THE ALL Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) is calling for concerted action from Commonwealth heads of state to combat the UK’s ‘unfair’ policy on pensions for those who retire abroad.

Currently, half of the 1.2 million UK pensioners who have moved abroad have had their pensions frozen, meaning their monthly payments have remained at the amount they received at state retirement age – with no annual increase in line with inflation.    

All grown up! Our top toddler is now a talented director

A BOY who was named The Voice’s Toddler of the Year has grown up to be a talented teen filmmaker, after winning a residency at the prestigious National Youth Film Academy.

Tariq Daley, 16, of Mitcham, south London, was four years old when he won the hearts of our readers in 2002.

Little Tariq went on to pursue a career in acting, doing commercials for Nickelodeon, The Cartoon Network, Xbox and even appearing in 118 adverts and the BBC drama Transmission Impossible alongside BBC presenter Ed Petrie.

BBC's black staff being 'unfairly' targeted in cuts

BLACK JOURNALISTS at the BBC claim they are being unfairly targeted in cuts and are standing behind an Operation Black Vote (OBV) petition which has been sent to the corporation’s bosses urging them to tackle diversity.

It follows a report by The Voice in February, which revealed plans to cut the organisation’s only full-time specialist journalist, employed to focus on local radio programming for African and Caribbean communities from its news hub, BBC UK Black.

Three quarters of students to repay loans in their 50s

A MAJOR study revealed today (April 10) that 73 per cent of university students will still be paying their student loans in their 50s.

The research by The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) for education charity the Sutton trust, revealed that today’s students are leaving university with an average debt of £44,000 - almost double those of young people who left before the tuition rise to £9,000 a year came into force.

Campaigners welcome first Muslim secretary of state

BRITAIN HAS got its first black Muslim secretary of state after prime minister David Cameron promoted Sajid Javid to replace the disgraced Maria Miller as culture, media and sport secretary.

Miller announced her resignation yesterday (Apr 10) following days of pressure to quit after becoming engulfed in an expenses scandal in which an independent panel originally recommended that she repay £45,000 of the taxpayers’ money.

Javid’s new position marks a meteoric rise within the Conservative party.

Criticism for keeping cleared Blakelock suspect jailed

AUTHORITIES HAVE come under attack for keeping a free man in prison after he was cleared of murdering PC Blakelock.

Nicholas Jacobs, 45, was yesterday (Apr 9) cleared at the Old Bailey of murdering the police officer during rioting at Broadwater Farm Estate in Tottenham, north London, in 1985, but he was held overnight in prison despite his acquittal.

Jacobs’ solicitor Tony Meisels claimed the decision to keep him behind bars despite being cleared of all charges was a way of police having “the last small laugh”.

Sweeping education reforms 'mean tougher GCSEs and A-levels'

GCSES AND A-levels are getting tougher, with sweeping changes such as a stronger emphasis on math skills and final end-of-course exams, according to education secretary Michael Gove.

Maths skills will become applied to more subjects, such as physics, geography and economics, and there will be more focus on British history and the geography of the UK.

But science practicals will no longer count towards A-level grades, but will become a separate test.

Lammy: 'Significant holes in Blakelock case'

THE TRIAL of the man accused of murdering PC Blakelock was one of "false hope" for the officer's family, Labour politician David Lammy has said.

The Tottenham MP issued a statement following an Old Bailey jury today (Apr 9) clearing Nicholas Jacobs, 45, of the officer’s killing during the Broadwater Farm riots in 1985.

Lammy said: "My thoughts are with the Blakelock family this afternoon. This trial has proved to be another period of false hope, and today is another day of disappointment in the family’s long quest for justice.