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No charges for sixth man held over Stephen Lawrence death

A sixth man held over the murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence in 1993 will not be charged after prosecutors said there was insufficient evidence.

The Crown Prosecution Service said no further action would be taken against the man, who has not been named and was arrested 11 months ago.

"After careful consideration it has been decided that there is insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction," deputy chief crown prosecutor Lionel Idan said.

Mr Lawrence was 18 when he was stabbed to death by a group of up to six white youths in an unprovoked attack as he waited at a bus stop in Well Hall Road, Eltham, south east London, with a friend


Owen Paterson urges David Cameron to leave EU

Former Cabinet minister Owen Paterson has said Prime Minister David Cameron should leave the EU after the general election but stay in the Single Market.

Speaking to the Business for Britain group in London,Mr Patersonsaid the Government should invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which would force other countries to negotiate terms for exit from the EU.

ITV News Political Correspondent Libby Wiener is at the speech.

BT 'continuing with its own mobile network plans'

BT confirmed it is in early talks about possibly acquiring O2's mobile business. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

BT is continuing with its own plans to offer customers "enhanced mobile services", including possibly acquiring another mobile network.

We continue to develop our own plans for providing enhanced mobile services to business and consumer customers, in line with our previous announcements.

We remain confident of delivering on these plans and have also been exploring ways of accelerating them, including assessing the merits of an acquisition of a mobile network operator in the UK.

– BT statement

The company confirmed shareholders had expressed interest in two networks and that one of them was O2.

It is believed the other network BT is looking at is EE.

O2's mobile business was originally BT Cellnet, before it was sold to Spanish multinational Telefonica in 2001 and re-branded.

NHS workers 'can't afford to back off'

NHS staff at Northwick Park Hospital in Harrow, London, form a picket line Credit: PA Wire

The row over NHS pay will continue until next May unless fresh talks are agreed, unions have warned.

Linda Perks, Unison's London regional secretary, said they expected the Government's approach to remain unchanged next year, meaning 60% of staff would continue to be denied a pay rise.

She said: "It's like a game of snakes and ladders because health workers will be back to pay levels of 2013, forcing them to work overtime or take out loans.

"The pay campaign will continue because we simply cannot afford to back off."


BT in 'preliminary talks' to buy O2

Telecoms giant BT is in talks about possibly acquiring O2, Credit: Paul Faith/PA Archive

Telecoms giant BT is in "highly preliminary" talks about buying mobile phone network O2.

The company said it had received "expressions of interest" from shareholders in two network operators, one of which is O2, about acquiring their UK mobile business.

In a statement BT said: "All discussions are at a highly preliminary stage and there can be no certainty that any transaction will occur."

Father of Tamir Rice: 'Why didn't you Taser him?'

The father of the 12-year-old boy shot dead by US police while holding a toy gun has questioned why officers fired at his son, rather than using a stun-gun.

Gregory Henderson told local paper the Cleveland Plain Dealer: "Why not taze him? You shot him twice, not once, and at the end of the day you all don't shoot for the legs, you shoot for the upper body."

He also said his son was a "respectful" person and he could not understand why he would not follow police orders.

The incident took place after a member of the public called the 911 emergency number, saying that a boy was scaring people with a gun that was "probably fake".

But the president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association told the Associated Press the officers were not informed the gun was thought to be fake.

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