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Two lorry drivers charged over Tilbury docks death

The man was found dead inside a shipping container on August 16th.
The man was found dead inside a shipping container on August 16th. Credit: PA

Two men have been charged over the death of a man found inside a shipping container at Tilbury docks in Essex earlier this month.

Stephen McLaughlin, 34, of Rose Park, Limavady, Londonderry and Timothy Murphy, 33 of Elmgrove, Londonderry, are both charged with conspiring to facilitate illegal entry into the UK, police said.

Both men are lorry drivers, police added.

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Five aid lorries 'heading back to Russia'

Five trucks from a controversial Russian aid convoy have arrived at a border crossing as they return from Ukraine, according to reports.

Reuters report that other aid vehicles also appear to be heading for the crossing.

A convoy of 220 lorries carrying humanitarian aid had crossed the border into Ukraine without permission, causing international condemnation.

Cooper: 'More action' is needed to tackle British jihadists

More action is need to tackle the "serious problem" of British jihadists travelling to fight in Iraq and Syria, according to Labour's shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper.

Yvette Cooper said 'more action' was needed to respond to British jihadists.
Yvette Cooper said 'more action' was needed to respond to British jihadists. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

While she welcomed Home Secretary Theresa May's plans to toughen laws to tackle British nationals who travel to fight in Iraq and Syria, Cooper said there was a lack of support for community led approaches to preventing radicalisation.

She said: ""More action is needed to respond to the serious problem of people travelling to fight with Isil..... There remains no detail on things like civil powers to tackle extremists or extremist groups for people to consider."

She added: "The Home Secretary also needs to respond to the concerns raised by the current and previous Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation about the decision to weaken control orders, where they have advised that stronger measures should be put in place."

Children should be given 'smaller plates at mealtimes'

Parents should give their children smaller plates at mealtimes to help them lose weight, a leading health official has said.

Duncan Selbie, the head of Public Health England, told the Daily Telegraph it was a "national tragedy" so many young people were overweight, claiming the number of people with diabetes in Britain could treble over the next 20 years.

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Parents should give their children smaller plates to help control their weight. Credit: PA Wire

He recalled an encounter with a mother of an overweight child from Manchester who had been raised on the idea that "you have to clear your plate".

"The child (her son) was overweight at school, and it was a definite problem," he told the newspaper.

"The prescription was that they brought them smaller plates. The child was back on track: he went on to be ahead of the class."

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Police officer calls Ferguson protesters 'rabid dogs'

A Missouri police officer has been suspended for saying that protesters condemning the fatal shooting of a black teenager by a white police officer "should have been put down like a rabid dog," on Facebook.

Protesters in Ferguson were branded 'rabid dogs' by a police officer who has since been suspended.
Protesters in Ferguson were branded 'rabid dogs' by a police officer who has since been suspended. Credit: Reuters

According to Agence France Presse, Matthew Pappert wrote: "I'm sick of these protesters. You are a burden on society and a blight on the community. These protesters should have been put down like a rabid dog the first night."

The Glendale Police Department, in a statement, said it suspended Pappert upon learning about the posts on Friday.

It said: "The matter is being taken very seriously and a thorough internal investigation will be conducted to determine why the posts were made."

They added that Pappert's views were "absolutely" not shared by the Glendale police or city government.

Pictures show Chinese jet flying near US navy plane

Pictures of a Chinese fighter jet performing a "very dangerous" manoeuvre within 20 to 30 feet of a US Navy patrol plane have been released by the US Department of Defence.

A Chinese fighter plane that came within 20 to 30 feet of a US Navy patrol plane.
A Chinese fighter plane that came within 20 to 30 feet of a US Navy patrol plane. Credit: US Department of Defence

The US lodged a formal diplomatic protest after the incident in which took place in international air space near Japan on Tuesday.

The Chinese jet performed 'acrobatic manoeuvres around' the US plane.
The Chinese jet performed 'acrobatic manoeuvres around' the US plane. Credit: US Department of Defence

Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said today that the jet performed "acrobatic manoeuvres around" the US plane, including flying wingtip-to-wingtip about 9 meters from it.

The US lodged a formal diplomatic protest after the incident.
The US lodged a formal diplomatic protest after the incident. Credit: US Department of Defence

Over 2,800 sex crimes reported in schools in three years

Over 2,800 sex crimes have allegedly taken place in British schools and been reported to police the past three years, according to new figures.

More than 320 were alleged rapes, according to the figures taken between 2011 and 2013 that were released to The Independent newspaper.

Provided by 37 police forces across the UK, the statistics showed more than half of the offences were alleged to have been committed by children and 90% of the alleged abuse victims were children.

The National Association of Headteachers told the newspaper any increase in reports may be down to victims being more confident in coming forward.

The NSPCC's Claire Lilley said "prevention is key," adding that schools must ensure they have adequate safeguarding procedures in place and that parents and teachers are able to recognise warning signs early so they can take swift action when required.

The Department for Education told the paper safeguarding arrangements in schools are inspected regularly to ensure all abuse allegations are taken seriously.

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