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Iceland boss says company thought banned ad would pass censors

“There’s a Rang-tan in my bedroom and I don’t know what to do…” It seems that Iceland’s boss does know what to do after the supermarket’s controversial Christmas advert was banned from TV for being “too political” - but quickly hit viral status with over three million views on YouTube.

Managing director of Iceland, Richard Walker, jumped to defend the campaigns authenticity claiming he wasn’t “clever enough” to orchestrate the idea for PR purposes.

Defending the anti-palm oil ad on Good Morning Britain, he said: “We absolutely played a straight bat and went into this fully hoping it would get clearance.”
The video, voiced by Emma Thompson, was originally part of a Greenpeace campaign and features a displaced orangutan who has lost his habitat due to deforestation for palm oil. The discount frozen food retailer opted to rebrand the video, distancing itself from Greenpeace with the intention to promote their pledge to remove palm oil from all of their own-brand products.

However, this doesn’t include palm oil products which they still sell in-store from other manufacturers.

We asked six people for their solutions to the surge in knife crime - this is what they said

Five people have died in the capital in the last seven days. The cause of their deaths - stabbings.

The UK is currently in the midst of a surge of violent crime with the latest figures showing that knife crime has hit a seven-year high. According to Home Office statistics, there have been 40,147 knife crime offences in the year to March, with a 16 % increase on the previous year - the highest number since 2011.

Today, the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, told Good Morning Britain there needs to be “immediate action” against knife crime including stop and searches.

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He said: “We don’t have 10 years - we don’t have 10 months”.
Research shows children are most vulnerable to being stabbed on their way home from school. Police cuts, social media incitement, drugs gangs and a rise in knife ownership are blamed for the surge in crime, described as "out of control".

We asked people whose lives have been directly affected by knife crime for their thoughts. A special guest panel agreed tensions between young people and police needed to be de-escalated to keep Britain's children safe - and stop knives being carried on our streets.

Furious mother defends decision to defy doctors and not vaccinate her children

A furious mother has hit back at medical advice to vaccinate children with the MMR jab before they start school, claiming doing so puts kids in danger.

Biba Tanya, a mother-of-three, criticised parents who "break the skin and shoot [their children] full of toxic adjuvants," claiming vaccinating your child is the worst possible thing you can do for their wellbeing.

War Horse rears for the centenary of Armistice Day

This weekend marks 100 years since the end of World War One. A century has passed since the guns fell silent on Europe's battlefields, following four years of bloodshed which saw 17million people lose their lives.

People around the country will gather to commemorate fallen soldiers from the First and the Second World War on Remembrance Day. Theresa May has laid a wreath at the graves of the UK soldiers who were killed, during an Armistice trip in France and Belgium.

One dead after stabbings and fire in Melbourne, police confirm incident as terrorism

So-called Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a terrorist attack in Melbourne, Australia which left multiple people with stab wounds and at least one dead.

Authorities have now mounted a counter-terror operation to investigate the cause and are reassessing the safety of public events in Australia due to take place in the coming week.

Police confirmed the suspect has died in hospital following the attack.

Footage has been circulating on social media showing a vehicle, which appears to have crashed into a store, burning. Initial calls to the scene were to deal with a car fire. Police have confirmed that the vehicle was carrying gas cylinders.

Parents of Megan Lee speak after takeaway bosses are jailed following nut allergy death

The heartbroken parents of 15-year-old Megan Lee - who died after suffering an allergic reaction to a takeaway meal ordered online - have spoken for the first time on camera about the death of their daughter.

Both the owner and manager of the takeaway have been jailed after being convicted of manslaughter by gross negligence. Megan, a nut allergy sufferer, died from an asthma attack after she ate food from the Royal Spice takeaway in Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire two years ago.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Megan’s mum, Gemma Lee, said she feels justice has been done. She explained: “Regardless of the sentencing and how long they got. We believe this is going to raise awareness”.

Harun Rashid (left) and Mohammed Kuddus have been jailed

More ‘bobbies on the beat’ solution to knife crime spike, says Met Chairman

“Give us more money so we can have more cops on the street".

Those are the words from the Chairman of the Met Police Federation Ken Marsh. He has hit out at the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, after he urged Scotland Yard to make “full use” of police powers to prevent the wave of stabbings in London and across the country.

The UK is in the midst of an epidemic of stabbings - and there's no sign of it slowing. Latest figures show knife crime has hit a seven year high.

The use of stop and search is at its lowest levels since records began in 2005. Critics have hit back at the policy, claiming it is part of the problem - and has been blamed for aggravating and alienating communities.

The Met has had a billion pounds taken out of its budget in the past five years

Police confirm twelve killed after gunman opens fire in California bar

At least 12 people have been confirmed dead after a gunman opened fire in a crowded bar in southern California, late Wednesday night Pacific Time.

During a press conference, Sheriff Dean - who is responsible for Ventura County where the shooting took place - told reporters that multiple 911 calls were received at 11.20pm PT on Wednesday 7th November.

Officers arrived at the scene within three minutes and entered the bar six minutes after receiving the first call. Upon entry, an officer was shot and subsequently died of his injuries. His body was retrieved to a place of safety by a colleague as the shooter remained at large.

Sheriff Dean addresses the media during the press conference following the shooting

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Multiple fatalities, including police officer

Sheriff Dean went on to add that armed response arrived shortly after and found 11 people dead inside the bar. He said that the suspect is deceased. It's believed that 12 people are being treated for their injuries, some thought to be serious, at local emergency centres. Other victims who did not sustain such serious injuries are reported to have taken themselves for treatment at the locality's hospitals.

The FBI is currently investigating the shooting but has not identified the suspect. Police confirmed that it is an "ongoing investigation".

Borderline - the bar where the shooting has taken place

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