A baby who was unexpectedly born outside a west London police station has been named Bobby by his mother.

London policemen are identified as “Bobbies” the popular nickname for Robert after the politician Sir Robert Peel, who created them

Rebecca Fox was in labour and being taken to hospital by her mother Sandra on Thursday when she realised her baby was coming sooner than expected.


London Bobbies

They pulled into Chiswick police station’s car park where they were joined by a police staff member and a PC, and Bobby was born in the car.

The Met Police said both mother and child are doing well.

Sir Robert Peel

Staff member Jacky Brosnan said she “heard a lady outside in the car park shouting” so she looked out of the window “and there was another younger woman in the car with her feet on the dashboard”.

She then rushed downstairs, grabbing PC Holly Foran along the way, and they went out to help.

“Within two minutes a baby boy was born,” she said.

A doctor who happened to be passing checked over Ms Fox and her baby before they were taken to hospital by ambulance.




Immigration concerns are still resulting in people not coming forward following the Grenfell Tower fire, MPs have heard.

People “concerned about their immigration status or lack of documentation” are sleeping rough because they have been told they may be reported to the Home Office, Kensington’s Labour MP Emma Dent Coad claimed on Monday.

It comes just days after Prime Minister Theresa May said the tragedy will not be used to carry out immigration checks on those affected or on those providing “vital” information to identify victims or to assist the criminal investigation.

Ms Dent Coad asked Communities Secretary Sajid Javid to make a firm commitment that “traumatised and frightened people have no fear in coming forward”.

Speaking in response to a Commons statement from Mr Javid, Ms Dent Coad said: “I’ve heard this morning, shockingly, that people who have concerns about their immigration status or lack of documentation are still not coming forward and sleeping rough.

“Some have been told that they might not be eligible for housing and medical services, and may be reported to the Home Office.

“Will you please make a firm commitment now and communicate widely that immigration status will not be a barrier to help for medical, housing services or they will be reported to the Home Office, and that traumatised and frightened people have no fear in coming forward.”

Mr Javid replied: “I can absolutely give you that assurance.

“We have already made it clear that anyone coming forward, any information they provide either Government or local government will not be used for any kind of immigration check.

“It’s been put in a letter that’s been given to every family that has been affected.

“If you have some further suggestions about how we can get that message out, because I think we should follow up on those, I’d be very happy to listen.”

Mr Javid later said those victims with immigration concerns should be treated “more favourably” after he was pressed to fast-track them for indefinite leave to remain in the UK.


Labour’s Jess Phillips (Birmingham Yardley) said: “Having worked with people with a very fragile immigration status who have suffered trauma, until people have a stable immigration status they will never feel safe to speak out.

“So in (Mr Javid) asking what we can do, we could give those people a message today that we will fast-track them for indefinite leave to remain with access to public funds, in order they can go through the inquiry without fear or favour.

“Will you agree to that?”

Mr Javid replied: “I think it’s a very important point that those people, those victims who feel they have some challenges with their immigration status, I think we can show appropriate sensitivity and treat them more favourably.”


A woman who was left permanently paralysed after an orgasm caused a brain haemorrhage has warned others of the potential dangers of headaches during sex.

Lucinda Allen, from Stourbridge, is now confined to a wheelchair after becoming paralysed down the left-hand side of her body after a headache during sex left her in agony.

The 43-year-old, who was pregnant at the time, was rushed to the hospital and put in a coma, while doctors performed a craniotomy to relieve pressure on her brain.

Six days later she was woken from the coma, to find out her baby was unharmed and three months later gave birth to baby Marri-Alice in November 2012.

She hopes that stem cell therapy may one day help her regain movement but, in the meantime, wants to raise awareness of the potential warning signs of headaches during sex.

Lucinda was in a coma for six days after the haemorrhage and is now confined to a wheelchair (Picture: Lucinda Allen/ Trinity Mirror Syndication)

‘Nobody talks about post-orgasm head pain,’ she told the Mirror.

‘That’s understandable. But I want to raise awareness of how it can be a warning sign.

‘Because of it, I have lost a huge part of me – my career, any siblings my daughter may have had.’

Lucinda had five strokes in total that doctors believe were caused by a congenital abnormality in a blood vessel that also caused her to have headaches after climaxing during sex.

Headaches after sex are believed to be caused by a leak of spinal fluid from the skull into the spine, alleviated by lying down.

Some neurologists believe HSA (Headache Associated with Sexual Activity) can be caused by an increased pressure through exertion.

Lucinda’s neurosurgeon, Alessandro Paluzzi, said her condition was unusual and caused by a bleed inside the brain instead of on the surface.





Police are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of a missing boy from Abbey Wood.

Charles Iwuji, 12, was last believed to be in the area of Woolwich town centre at around 21:00hrs on Saturday, 24 June.

Charles is described as black, 5ft tall, of slim build with short black hair.

When last seen, he was wearing a black hooded top, blue jeans and white Nike Huarache trainers.

Charles is known to frequent the Thamesmead and Woolwich areas.

Officers are increasingly concerned for his wellbeing and would urge anyone with information on his whereabouts to call police at Greenwich via 101 or Missing People on 116000.


The acting Nigerian President made this declaration in a speech delivered st the graduation ceremony of the armed Forces, Command and Staff College course 39, at Jaji Jaduna last Friday

The full text of the VPs speech released by the office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande reads:

“When you hear a person say that my tribe has been marginalized usually what he is saying is appoint me. The ethnic card is an effective bargaining tool.”

“…when people are charged with looting public funds they quickly find a counter narrative. It is because I am Yoruba, Fulani or Igbo; or the Christians or Muslims are after me.” I am especially pleased and indeed privileged to share this special day with you the staff, graduands and proud family members of the graduands of Senior Course 39.

We must give glory and thanks to the Almighty God by whose mercy and grace we are able to witness this celebration of achievement.
You have made a success of this course after 48 grueling weeks. Congratulations. Of course we must specially commend all the spouses of our graduands here, but for whose sacrifices and personal deprivations there would have been no celebrations for many here today.
It is also gratifying to note that amongst the 187 graduating students are 10 students from sister African countries, and 5 senior members of Staff from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Defence Intelligence Agency, Nigerian Defence Academy, Nigeria Police Force and the Federal Road Safety Commission.
I must commend the governments of Cameroun, Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Rwanda, The Gambia and Togo who nominated their officers to attend this course. By so doing they have strengthened the brotherhood we share as Africans but more so they have shown great foresight on the issue of our common security concerns on the continent.
The occasion of the graduation of the elite corps of our Military, armed services, intelligence and Foreign Service members is one that offers an opportunity for reflection on national issues.
We are the identifiable public service elite of our nation, paid for with taxpayers money, and so we must be its foremost think-thank. So, permit me to address you for a short while on the subject – We can build a new Nigeria.
The last two decades in Nigeria have witnessed the quickened retreat of the Nigerian elite to their ethnic and religious camps.
I would like to emphasize the fact that this was essentially an elite phenomenon – unity and disunity are promoted by the elite to which the vast majority of the Nigerian people were only later conscripted.
In these past few years, more and more, we began to hear expressions such as Nigeria’s ethnic nationalities; we began to see more identification by race and geopolitical zones, Ndigbo people, Arewa people, the Yoruba people, South-South, North-East, South-West, North-West and South-East; and other parochial description that were hitherto unknown.
The rise of ethnic chauvinism rode on the wings of several agitations. The narrative of most agitations centres around alleged marginalization and fears of dominance of one faith over the other.
In the 2015 elections, the ruling party repeatedly tried to cast the opposition as a party of Islamists determined to islamize Nigeria. The expression Janjaweed party took root.
Most ethnic agitations are centered around getting a larger share of the national cake or more favoured placement in the food chain because they were essentially elite claims: the vast majority of the populations of the ethnic groups that win some concession or the other never really benefit.
So, the mere fact that a South-South person became President did not necessarily translate to prosperity for the tribe, neither was it the case when a President from the North-West emerged, nor one from the South-West.
Aside from a few individual beneficiaries of some appointments or the other, there is usually nothing to show for the ethnic group of those who emerge in Nigeria’s numerous ethnic contests for power. Yet, the contests of the tribes are heightened by the elite, usually for personal political or commercial ends.
When you hear a person say that my tribe has been marginalized usually what he is saying is appoint me. The ethnic card is an effective bargaining tool.
A major drawback of ethnic chauvinism is the way that it is used to mask wrongdoing and promote impunity. Notice that when people are charged with looting public funds they quickly find a counter narrative. It is because I am Yoruba, Fulani or Igbo; or the Christians or Muslims are after me.
Appointments in the public service are no longer even judged on merit. The question is how many are from my own ethnic group. A terrible affliction, when you consider that what we are looking for are men and women of integrity and talent to run our economy and create a future for our children. Why is that when we want to win at football we don’t ask which ethnic group the players are from? But perhaps at its most extreme and dangerous are hate-filled agitations for secession or autonomy.
In the past few weeks we have as a nation witnessed the escalation of such agitations usually couched in deliberately intemperate and provocative language. The reckless deployment of hate speech and the loud expressions of prejudice and hate, name calling of those of other ethnicities and faiths is a new and destructive evil in our public discourse. But even more divisive words, expressions, and actions calculated to create fear and uncertainty have also been freely used.
Young people in the South-Eastern states under the aegis IPOB, issued a stay at home order as part of actions to prove support for their agitations for secession. In the Northern states young people under the aegis of the Arewa youth, issued an ultimatum to Igbos living in the Northern states to vacate before the 1st of October.
The problem with hate-filled and divisive speech is that they tap into some of the basest human instincts, bringing up irrational suspicions, fear, anger, and hatred and ultimately mindless violence. People who have lived together as neighbours and friends suddenly begin to see each other as mortal enemies.
The tensions that led to the killing of over 800,000 Tutsis and Hutus considered Tutsi sympathizers in the Rwandan genocide, were roused by hate media. The most notorious was the Radio-Television Libre des Mille Collines (RTLMC), which became immensely popular as a young, hip alternative to the official voice of the government. It played popular music, and encouraged the public to phone-in and participate in radio broadcasts. Amongst its listeners, RTLMC attracted the unemployed youth and Interhamwe (Canadian NGO). The station also became notorious for its covert and overt naming of Tutsi individuals who it claimed deserved to be killed.
General Romeo Dallaire, the commander of the UN peacekeeping operation in Rwanda at the time of the genocide, said: “Simply jamming [the] broadcasts and replacing them with messages of peace and reconciliation would have had a significant impact on the course of events.”
Fortunately the purveyors of this tragic hate media did not escape unpunished. The ICC in Arusha eventually sentenced the owners of the hate radio stations and newspapers to long prison terms.
Some of our youth groups urging secession already are deploying hate media, using radio and social media. The language on those media are inciting, provocative and insulting to the individuals who are named, and to the beliefs of others.
While we must remain irrevocably committed to freedom of expression and the tenets of a free press, we must draw the line between freedom that conduces to healthy democracy and that which threatens and endangers the entire democratic enterprise. It is an important balance that we must strike. Failure in any way will be tragic.
The truth is that our nation and national unity is worth preserving and protecting. We are the pre-eminent power in Africa today in terms of population, size of our markets, natural resources and economy.
We are a factor in the geopolitics of the world and no one can ignore a nation-state that is home to one in every four black persons. Smaller is weaker not stronger today.
Your Excellency, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, history and experience has shown that countries can alter their destinies. Italy, India and Nigeria – to use just three examples, share one thing in common: at one point early in their existence people questioned their viability as nation-spaces; spoke of them in terms of being no more than mere geographical expressions.
Indeed not many Nigerians seem to know that the often quoted line about Nigeria being a “mere geographical expression” originally applied to Italy. It was the German statesman Klemens Von Metternich who dismissively summed up Italy as a mere geographical expression exactly a century before Nigeria came into being as a country. Churchill describing India said it was no more a nation than the equator, (which is just an imaginary geographical line.)
But what fate saddles a country with, and what that country makes of itself, we have since learned, can be two very different things. India for example has over the last couple of decades built itself into a technology and software powerhouse, and has also made impressive strides in nuclear and space technology. It has successfully created alternative narratives to a narrative of ethnic and religious division.
Italy on its own part has made its mark on the world in fashion and in automobiles; so that when people think of it today they are more likely to think of its venerable cuisine and fashion houses than its still-very-real fault lines.
What the stories of these countries tell us is that we do not need to be a perfect union before we can be a great country and there is no better example of that than the United States of America – a country that thrives, not in spite of its diversity, but because of it.
It is my respectful submission that the responsibility for a similar kind of greatness here in Nigeria lies in our hands as the country’s elite. We must rise above unproductive ethnic and religious sentiment.
We must develop the emotional intelligence required to cope and adapt in a swiftly and constantly changing world. We must adopt a global mindset that seeks to learn from the experiences of other countries, far and near, so that we do not waste valuable time repeating mistakes that we should have learned to avoid.
One of those lessons is that today’s wars never really end. This should be a sobering lesson to us all in Nigeria, as we contend with the forces who seek to stoke violence and bloodshed in our country.
Somalia, Syria, Yemen, and closer home, the Central African Republic, Libya and the Democratic Republic of Congo; these wars have raged for years. Some of them have in fact gone on so long that they have been tagged as ‘forgotten wars’. Contemporary wars, we have learnt, are extremely easy to start, but difficult to end.
Another lesson is that in the 21st century the theatre of war is increasingly shifting to cyberspace. Terrorist organizations, purveyors of hate speech, all of these and many more who seek to destabilize the world are busy staking out territory on the Internet, and scoring significant victories and conquests for themselves. As members of the Armed Forces, with a mandate to protect Nigeria from all forms of internal and external aggression, you will increasingly be judged as much on the basis of your success online as on your successes on the conventional battlefield.
The Internet has altered or disrupted every industry we know of: Politics and Elections, Business and Commerce, Governance; and is changing the very nature of warfare. Websites teaching on how to make and use IEDs and other explosives are numerous.
Today a great deal of the threats facing Nigeria are being nurtured and cultivated in the vast spaces of the Internet. The rumblings of secession, the dangerous quit ultimatums to ethnic groups, the radio stations and blogs that spew divisive speech and exploit our fault lines; all of these are now to be found online.
This means that the military and its officers and men must itself devote resources and talent to these new battlefields, where mindless verdicts on the continued unity and existence of Nigeria are daily being delivered.
As you make your way out of the hallowed halls of this institution, into the ‘field’, as you would describe it, you have huge roles to play in the way Nigeria turns out in the years and decades ahead.
Even though the days of military rule are now well behind us as a nation, the role of the military is still as critical as ever – and not just in the traditional areas of deterring threats and protecting lives and property.
The Military of the 21st century must realize that it has a role to play in supplying reinforcement to the good side in the clash of ideas that today define the world: ideas of moderation, tolerance and sensibleness versus ideas of extremism, xenophobia, and terror. The Boko Haram terrorism is a perfect example of the types of scourges that the world faces.
The battle is not just to defeat the terrorists, the greater battle is to defeat the ideology and mindset that feeds the madness and to cut off its oxygen, money and publicity.
The great challenge and the wonderful opportunity for this generation of the Nigerian elite is to build a new Nigeria. Out of the rubble of cynicism, division and suspicions we can build a new nation.
A new nation built on trust, consensus, love for one another and love for our country is possible. A nation where the rulers do not steal the commonwealth, where every Nigerian is safe to live and work, where the State takes responsibility for the security of each and every Nigerian, where the state knows every Nigerian by name and can find and locate each one of us, a Nigeria where the Ibo or Ijaw man can live peacefully in Sokoto, and the Fulani man can live peacefully in the Niger Delta.
But building is an act of the human will. It is a practical, routine, sometimes dirty, sometimes frustrating enterprise. This is why no great nation was ever built overnight or without the sacrifice of group compromise, the pain of not getting all you want, the feeling that your ethnic or religious persuasion could be treated better, that is the sacrifice of nation- building, give and take; a little here, a little there. No one group can have it all.
Our leadership must be courageous. Courage means willingness to be abused and insulted by our own people. The humiliation of being heckled for making concessions is the price of the privilege of leadership. The greatest leaders are those prepared to take unpopular decisions or make compromises unpopular with their constituencies but crucial for long term goals.
Yes, they may be unpopular in the short run but their greatness eternally is guaranteed. Nelson Mandela after years in prison and decades of the inhumanity and oppression of apartheid, to the shock and amazement of his black constituency preached reconciliation. An unpopular move in the short term but no contemporary political figure is as revered as he is even in death.
The opportunity to go down in history as builders of the new Nigeria, now beckons. I trust that you will heed its call.
I pray that your road henceforth will be laden with favour and grace in Jesus name.




Consumers long used to the Netflix and Spotify’s ‘all you can eat’ subscription model can now enjoy unlimited private-jet travel, with Surf Air offering its customers as many flights as they like for £1,750 a month.

Just shy of £58 a day, the fee provides membership to Surf Air’s European flight network, which has officially launched today and which offers flights from London Luton to a handful of destinations including Cannes, Zurich, Geneva and Milan. Many more are expected to launch over the coming months.


Having paid their subscription fee, clients who book flights online – a process that takes just 30 seconds, says Surf Air – can travel as often as they wish to any of the destinations within their network. It will be possible to check in up to 15 minutes before take-off and they will fly on Embraer Phenom 300 executive jets and Swiss-made Pilatus PC-12 aircraft; there will be a maximum of eight clients per flight. Interiors will be equipped with USB plugs and work counters should passengers need to prepare for a meeting, but the planes themselves will likely serve as spontaneous networking stations too.

Surf Air was founded in the US in 2013 and already services 17 American destinations from its California and Texas hubs. The company’s European CEO Simon Talling-Smith says: “Surf Air offers a smarter, better alternative to commercial travel. Our streamlined service means no queues, no tickets and no stress. We focus our efforts on making each flying experience as simple and effortless as possible.”

A JetSmarter jet
A JetSmarter jet

Surf Air’s arrival in Europe follows the launch in this region of JetSmarter. An app-based platform described as ‘the Uber of private jets’, it is backed by investors such as Jay Z and the Saudi royal family and offers instant pricing and availability for flights worldwide, allowing its users to charter private jets immediately. As with Surf Air, membership options allow unlimited flights on its private-jet shuttle service for a set fee.

Established European JetSmarter shuttle routes include London to Paris, Nice and Geneva, while customers departing from London will also be able to fly to Ibiza, Moscow and Milan from this summer onwards. JetSmarter expects to operate flights between 150 European cities within the next two years. Membership costs $15,000 per year and unlimited flights, globally, of under three hours’ duration are included in that tariff. Longer flights are subject to individual surcharges ranging from between $200 to $3,000 dependent on flight length and demand.

Frequent fliers who don’t wish to commit to that might instead like to enter the Telegraph Travel Awards, which this year is offering as one of its prizes a year of JetSmarter private-jet flights worth £33,000. Unexpectedly, easyJet has also partnered with private-jet logistics company Signature Flight Support to offer its passengers access to London Luton’s private-jet terminal. For a fee of £475 (and an additional £120 for each subsequent passenger on the same booking), easyJet passengers departing from or landing at Luton will be able to use the private terminal as part of their flight experience.



A Kensington resident told a shocked radio presenter she would move out if Grenfell Tower families were rehoused in her private block.

The woman, called Donna, complained to LBC host Shelagh Fogarty that if people made homeless on the blaze moved into her luxury building for free, it would be very unfair.

It comes after it was revealed 68 social housing flats in the £2 billion Kensington Row development have been acquired to house families hit by the blaze.

In the radio interview, Donna said her service charge bill was £15,500, and said: “I would feel really resentful if someone got the same thing for free.

Shocked: Shelagh Fogarty (LBC)

“I feel sorry for those people but my husband and I work very hard to be able to afford this.

“And for someone to get it free, I would move.”

A shocked Ms Fogarty replied: “You’d move?”

Donna went on: “Our council tax bill is very, very high, our service charge bill is very, very high, so why should someone get it for free?

Some Grenfell Tower residents are to be re-homed in a £2bn luxury block

“I know it sounds harsh believe me I feel sorry for those people but I work very, very hard and so does my husband.”

Ms Fogarty hit back: “It does sound harsh, you sound hard-hearted.”

She told her: “Lucky you that you’ve got that money and you haven’t been burned out of your home.”

The comments came after several Kensington Rise residents caused outrage by branding the move “unfair”.

One man told the Guardian: “I’m very sad that people have lost their homes, but there are a lot of people here who have bought flats and will now see the values drop.

“It will degrade things. And it opens up a can of worms in the housing market.”

The comments were branded “horrendous” and lacking “humanity” on Twitter.

The properties that have been acquired are a mixture of one, two and three-bedroom flats, and the new accommodation is expected to be completed by the end of July.

Two bedroom flats are currently being advertised for up to £2.4 million, but it is understood the City of London Corporation paid around £10 million for some of the flats thanks to an “extraordinary gesture” of goodwill by developer St Edward in selling the properties at their cost price.

The deal was brokered by the Homes and Communities Agency on behalf of the Government.