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Grand jury reaches decision in Michael Brown case

The Missouri grand jury has reached a decision on whether to indict a white police officer over the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, the St Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's office has confirmed.

Michael Brown Sr. walks past the memorial set up where his son Michael Brown was shot and killed. Credit: REUTERS/Jim Young

The decision about police officer Darren Wilson's fate will be announced later today, spokesman Edward Magee said.

Brown family's lawyer: Grand jury has made a decision

A Missouri grand jury has made a decision on whether to indict a white police officer who shot dead unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, AP reported, citing the Brown family's lawyer.

Michael Brown, 18, was shot dead by police in August in Ferguson, St Louis. Credit: Family handout

St Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch's office is expected to make an announcement later today.

Activist groups have pledged fresh street protests if officer Darren Wilson does not face criminal charges over the August 9 death of 18-year-old Brown.


Shapps: Politicians should not use Twitter 'to judge the public'

Conservative party chairman Grant Shapps has said politicians should not be using Twitter to judge the public but that the public should be judging politicians, after Emily Thornberry's tweet led to her resigning from the front bench.

Tonight's panel on The Agenda with Tom Bradby. Credit: Twitter/ @agendaitv

Speaking as one of the guests on The Agenda with Tom Bradby Mr Shapps said it was still important for MPs to be on Twitter: "Politicians can either hide away or they can be out there. It's not just tweeting - it's about replying to people who tweet to you."

Other guests on the programme on ITV at 10.35pm tonight are feminist writer Germaine Greer, poet Benjamin Zephaniah and Telegraph Women's Editor, Emma Barnett.

Dewani 'a silent observer' as lawyers submit appeal

Lawyers for Shrien Dewani, the British businessman accused of arranging the murder of his wife during their honeymoon in South Africa, submitted an appeal today to get the case thrown out.

ITV News' Steve Scott reports:

Dewani was a silent observer as his barrister tried to get the case dismissed the on grounds of lack of evidence, arguing that state prosecutors had failed to prove that his client had planned his wife Anni's murder.

Western Cape High Court judge Jeanette Traverso is set to listen to the prosecution's case tomorrow.


Parents say Llewelyn-Bowen grotto 'ruined Christmas'

Children were left in tears at 'The Magical Journey' near Sutton Coldfield, which parents claimed 'ruined the magic of Christmas'.

The Christmas grotto, which was backed by the designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, was forced to close after just a single day following hundreds of complaints.

ITV News Corespondent Ben Chapman reports:

Retailers brace for Black Friday Christmas shopping frenzy

With Christmas shopping season in full swing, an increasing number of retailers are using flash sales, which offer heavy discounts but typically last only a few hours.

More than £360,000 a minute is expected to be spent this week on what has become known as 'Black Friday'.

ITV News reporter Rebecca Barry has found the sales are already under way:

Ministers believe we face 'unprecedented' terror threat

Ministers believe Islamic State, and other radical groups, present an unprecedented threat on home soil. That has prompted the unveiling of wide-ranging powers to counter it.

Radicalisation itself would be challenged in schools and colleges while suspects' ability to leave and re-enter the country would be disrupted.

The Home Secretary wants a new Counter-terrorism and Security Bill fast-tracked through Parliament. But Lib Dem and Labour doubts over the communications aspect of the package will make it a contentious, pre-election issue.

ITV News UK editor Rohit Kachroo reports:

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