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FOREIGN GRENFELL TOWERS FIRE VICTIMS GRANTED EXTENSION FOR IMMIGRATION AMNESTY APPLICATION

Foreign nationals who lived illegally in the ill fated Grenfell Tower have been given more time to apply for the government’s immigration amnesty.

An extra two months has been given for undocumented residents living in the tower to claim protection from deportation , the Home Office announced on Thursday (November 30).

There are still fears some foreign nationals staying in Grenfell have yet to come forward to access help and support because of fear of reprisals .

A policy on leave to remain outside the Immigration Rules for eligible residents of Grenfell Tower and Grenfell Walk was introduced in July to ensure victims of the tragedy get the access they need to vital services, irrespective of immigration status.

In October, it was announced that those who qualify under this policy and are granted an initial 12 months’ leave outside the rules will be eligible to have their leave extended and qualify for permanent residence after five years’ leave, subject to meeting security, criminality and fraud checks.

The time period for people to come forward had been due to expire on November 30 , but the Home Office confirmed it will be extended until January 31 2018.

Immigration Minister Brandon Lewis said: “The welfare of survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire is a top priority for this government.

“The policy we have introduced will enable those who are eligible to regularise their stay in the UK, ensure there is a firm legal basis for providing support, and enable these victims to assist with the Inquiry in the knowledge that their immigration status is secure.

The remains of Grenfell Tower is being covered by white plastic sheeting (Image: Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

“Pushing back the deadline will give survivors an additional opportunity to come forward if they have not done so already.”

Anyone who has not yet come forward can find out how to do so by calling the Home Office Grenfell Team on 0208 196 4531.

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OVER A MILLION PROTESTERS TO MARCH AGAINST TRUMP’S VISIT TO THE UK

More than a million people could take to the streets to protest Donald Trump’s upcoming UK visit, campaigners have warned following a boom in the number of people pledging to march.

The Stop Trump group was set up in February, shortly after the US President’s inauguration and in the wake of his divisive travel ban.

Its aim was to prevent a UK state visit for the American leader and was backed by high-profile figures including Owen Jones, Brian Eno and Bianca Jagger.

But the campaign was reinvigorated on Wednesday after Mr Trump shared a trio of anti-Muslim videos to his Twitter account which had been posted by the deputy leader of far-right racist group Britain First, Jayda Fransen.

His retweets sparked a huge global backlash with politicians including Prime Minister Theresa May calling him “wrong” to share the tweets from a “hateful” group which “peddles lies and stokes tensions”.

Angry: Thousands of anti-Trump protesters gathered at Downing Street in January. (Getty Images)

According to organisers of the Stop Trump group, it has seen a massive boost in the number of people pledging support for their campaign following Mr Trump’s latest retweets.

Its website invites members of the public to “pledge to march” by signing up with their name, postcode and email address.

“We’ve had a huge response to our campaign over the last 24 hours – particularly on social media,” a spokesperson said.

“Thousands of people have been signing our pledge to protest.

“The British government know that the protests against a Trump visit could be the biggest we’ve ever seen in this country. Upwards of a million people could take to the streets.

Donald Trump and Theresa May hold hands during the PM’s visit to the White House in January. (EPA)

“No doubt that’s a factor not only in the delay over the visit but also the secrecy surrounding the details.

“But there’s no escape. We could mobilise hundreds of thousands at a day’s notice.”

Last month, the Standard exclusively revealed President Trump, 71, is set to visit Britain in early 2018 but for a stripped-down trip that will not qualify as a state visit. No date has yet been set.

Diplomats were reportedly discussing plans for a “working visit” which would see him not stay with the Queen.

It followed the threat of mass protests when it emerged the PM had offered a state visit, breaching convention that the honour is usually reserved for a president’s second term.

In January, Whitehall was brought to a standstill as thousands of furious protester marched to Downing Street against the travel ban, which targeted visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Today Mr Trump hit back at Theresa May following her criticism of his Britain First retweets, which the White House claimed were “about national security”.

The president took to Twitter once again to tag Mrs May, telling her: “Don’t focus on me, focus on the destructive radical Islamic terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom. We are doing just fine!”

Mrs May responded by saying the UK takes the terror threat very seriously.

The Stop Trump group has been backed by politicians including Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas, Tim Farron and MPs Ed Miliband, Tulip Siddiq and David Lammy as well as comedian Frankie Boyle, singer Lily Allen and Akala.

Caitlin Moran, Paloma Faith, Shappi Khorsandi and the heads of Unison, TUC, GMB, RMT and NUS have also given their backing.

 

Evening Standard

POLICE ATTEND TO REPORTS OF SHOTS FIRED AT OXFORD STREET ON BUSIEST SHOPPING DAY OF THE YEAR

Police were called at 16:38hrs on Friday, 24 November to a number of reports of shots fired on Oxford Street and underground at Oxford Circus tube station.

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Police responded as if the incident was terrorist related. Armed and unarmed officers are on scene and dealing along with colleagues from British Transport Police.

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Members of the public who are on Oxford Street are being warned go into a building and stay inside until further direction.

They are also advised to avoid travelling to the Oxford Street area.

At this stage police have not located any casualities but are still searching the area.

BREAKING NEWS: Nigerian Woman Paid Record £9,000,000 Compensation for Birth Of Son That Should Not Have Been Born

A mother has been handed a record compensation payout after she gave birth to a son she would have aborted if she had been told he would be born badly disabled.

Omodele Meadows, 40, was handed £9million for the wrongful birth of Adejuwon, now six, in September 2011.

When he was born it was discovered that he suffered from an aggressive form of haemophilia and autism. Four years before she got pregnant she had a test for the haemophilia gene after it was discovered that another relative had it. She was mistakenly given the all-clear by a doctor.

Only after Adejuwon’s birth did she undergo detailed genetic testing that confirmed her as a carrier of the gene. Ms Meadows went on to sue GP, Dr Hafshah Khan, whose lawyers ‘admitted that, but for her negligence, Adejuwon would not have been born.’ The doctor had not herself ordered the blood test, only giving Ms Meadows the results, and a judge said it ‘cannot have been easy’ for her to admit liability.

But the fact remained that, had she been referred for genetic testing in 2006, Ms Meadows would have been identified as a carrier before she became pregnant. ‘She would have undergone foetal testing for haemophilia’ and would have opted for an abortion early on in her pregnancy.

Lawyers for the GP agreed to pay Ms Meadows £1.4m in compensation for the additional costs of bringing up Adejuwon relating to his haemophilia. But they refused to pay out a much larger sum to include the extra care costs relating to Adejuwon’s autism.

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General view of the Royal Courts of Justice on The Strand in London.

Now, High Court judge, Mrs Justice Yip, has upheld the mother’s claim in full, awarding her £9 million, a record payout in a wrongful birth claim. The judge said that, as a result of the wrong test being carried out, Ms Meadows ‘was led to believe that any child she had would not have haemophilia.’ Had it not been for the error, ‘Adejuwon would not have been born, because his mother would have discovered during her pregnancy that he was afflicted by haemophilia and so would have undergone a termination.’

Ms Meadows had been alerted to the risk that she might be carrying the haemophilia gene when her nephew was born with the condition, the court heard. The virulent strain of haemophilia afflicting the family caused ‘repeated bleeds’ and her nephew had to be ‘constantly watched’ to prevent even minor injuries.

The condition is further complicated in Adejuwon’s case because his autism makes the haemophilia much more difficult to treat.

The GP’s lawyers argued Ms Meadows was not entitled to compensation for the cost of bringing up an autistic child. The condition was not linked to the doctor’s negligence and it was merely ‘bad luck’ that Adejuwon was afflicted by it. But Mrs Justice Yip said: ‘Adejuwon would not have been born but for the defendant’s negligence. ‘Ms Meadows therefore would not have had a child with the combined problems of haemophilia and autism. ‘Had she known she was a carrier, she would have undergone foetal testing and would then have terminated this particular pregnancy,’ the judge went on. ‘The effect of the doctor’s negligence was to remove the mother’s opportunity to terminate a pregnancy that she would not have wanted to continue.

‘The birth of her son resulted from a pregnancy which was afflicted by haemophilia. His autism was bad luck.’ But the judge concluded: ‘I reject the submission that the losses flowing from his autism fell outside the defendant’s assumption of responsibility. ‘It follows that I consider that the costs related to Adejuwon’s autism may properly be recovered. Damages will be assessed in the sum of £9,000,000.’ The judge added that Ms Meadows loves Adejuwon dearly and had only brought the claim ‘to provide a better life for her son.’ ‘I recognise that this case involves highly emotive matters,’ she said. ‘It cannot be easy for any mother to contend bluntly that her child should not have been born.

‘Her love for her son shone through from her written statements. ‘She had specifically sought to avoid bringing a child with haemophilia into the world, knowing the suffering that condition causes. ‘The fact that she says clearly that she would have terminated her pregnancy had she known the baby would have haemophilia is not the same at all as saying that Adejuwon is now an unwanted child. ‘On the contrary, it appears that he is much loved and cared for.

‘The burden of caring for him though is much greater than the burden of caring for a normal healthy child and extends far beyond purely financial cost. ‘Although this is a claim for her loss, I do not doubt that the mother’s primary motive in bringing this claim is to provide a better life for her son.’

 

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POLICE SEEK MAN WHO OPENLY MASTURBATED IN FRONT OF A FEMALE PASSENGER ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Detectives have released an image of a man they wish to speak to in connection with a sexual offence onboard a bus in Enfield.

The incident occurred on Saturday, 27 May at approximately 14:50hrs, on a Route 307 bus heading towards Brimsdown.

The victim, a 30-year-old woman, first saw the suspect when he emerged from bushes near the bus stop outside Barnet General Hospital.

The woman boarded the bus and sat in a rear lower deck seat. She then noticed the man had boarded the bus before sitting adjacent to her. As the journey progressed, she was shocked to see the man carrying out a sexual act on himself, whilst staring directly at her.

The victim, feeling distressed, immediately stood up and got off the bus outside St John the Baptist Church.

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The suspect is described as a black man, aged between 30 and 40 years old, with short black hair and a beard. He was wearing a grey tracksuit top, black tracksuit trousers and light coloured boat shoes.

Detectives from the Met’s Roads and Transport Policing Command (RTPC) are investigating.

Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact PC Jay Thorn on 020 7327 4444 or via 101.

To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Alternatively you can tweet @MetCC with any information.

There have been no arrests and enquiries continue.

 

MetPolice News Desk

DAVIDO TO PERFORM AT MOBO AWARDS 2017 IN LEEDS

The organisers of the MOBO Awards have confirmed that Afrobeat star, Nigeria’s Davido is among top names billed to perform at this year’s edition of the Awards’ show.

The 2017 MOBO Awards set to be hosted by former Blue boyband member turned radio & TV presenter, Marvin Humes and presenter Maya Jama will take place in Leeds on November 29  at the First Direct Arena.

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Maya is also the girlfriend of Hip-hop artist Micheal “Stormzy” Omari

Expressing his pleasure to be hosting the event, Marvin says “The MOBOs have been a huge part of my life, I’ve been lucky enough to attend, perform and win over the years so now to be back as a host alongside Maya Jama is a huge honour! Can’t wait for next week it’s gonna be a big night in Leeds!” 

The organisers say of  the upcoming event, “we can’t wait for Marvin and Maya to take to the stage, cementing themselves in the MOBO history books as an award show host!

Also performing at the event will be London-born pianist Tokio Myers, who won Britain’s Got Talent 2017, and the B Positive Choir (A 60-person strong choir comprised of individuals who either live with sickle cell or are family members, friends and supporters of those who are affected by the disease), join Cardi BKrept and KonanStefflon Don and Yungen on the MOBO Awards line-up.

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The organisers warn fans to “Expect a spectacular night of surprise performances and very special appearances from some of the biggest names in music”

WOMAN WITH £20K DEBTS MADE HOAX BOMB CALL TO POLICE HOPING HER BANK WILL BE CLOSED

A Croydon woman who caused a bomb scare by telling police an explosive was going to go off in a bank thought the hoax call would close the branch so she wouldn’t have to pay her £20,000 debts.

Roseane Craig, 51, from Connersville Way in Waddon, called 999 from her workplace in Billericay on January 11, 2016, to tell police there was a bomb in the HSBC bank in Walthamstow, East London, that was going to go off.

In her 999 call, she told police: “I’m trying to help you, there is going to be a bomb going off. I am trying to help you.”

This information was passed onto the Metropolitan Police and officers were dispatched to the bank, Basildon Crown Court heard on Friday (November 17).

After 20 minutes of searching, it was established as a hoax call.

The manager at the bank told police it was very worrying and that his staff “were on high alert for the rest of the day”.

The call was quickly traced to Craig’s place of work.

Police attended and Craig attempted to ditch the mobile phone she used to make the call into a cardboard box that was under her desk.

The phone was recovered and Craig was interviewed by police, where she answered ‘no comment’ to all questions.

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Craig made a hoax bomb call to Walthamstow branch of HSBC

On May 17 this year, she was charged and pleaded guilty to making a bomb hoax.

Prosecuting lawyer Gerard Renouf said: “She believed that if the bank was shut down, it would help her to pay her rent and money owed to her employers. She was in £15,000 to £20,000 worth of debt and thought this action would help her.

“Her actions caused fear and significantly disrupted the conduct of everyday society.”

Representing Craig, Michael Smith said: “In ordinary circumstances, such an offence would lead to a custodial sentence, often an immediate one, but I would argue that this is an exceptional case.

“On the basis of her mental health difficulties and given the amount of support she has in place now, if your honour decides she must serve an immediate custodial sentence, all the progress she has made will be wasted.

“Craig is an intelligent woman, she left school with qualifications and her actions make no sense to her now.

“She knows that if the bank did shut, it would not affect her circumstances but she couldn’t see that at the time. She is unable to explain why she thought it would solve her problems.”

Judge David Pugh told Craig: “This is an offence where a custodial sentence is required, sometimes an immediate sentence.

“There are factors that increase the seriousness of this conviction, you have 11 previous convictions for 49 offences, which I accept are of a different nature.

“If you had not pleaded guilty, I would have sent you to prison.”
Judge Pugh handed her an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months and ordered her to carry out 60 days of rehabilitation work.
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