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DJ Mike Read asks record label to withdraw 'Ukip Calypso'

DJ Mike Read had previously defended his mock-Caribbean accent on the song. Credit: Carl Court/PA Wire

Former Radio 1 DJ Mike Read today apologised for "unintentionally causing offence" with his Ukip Calypso, sung with a mock Caribbean accent, adding that he has asked his record company to withdraw the song from sale.

Read defended the song as "political satire" after a Twitter user accused him of racism yesterday.


Django Unchained actress charged with lewd conduct

Django Unchained actress Daniele Watts - who claimed she was arrested by police because of her race after being found in a parked car with her boyfriend - has been charged with lewd conduct.

Watts, 28, and her partner Brian Lucas, 43, were charged with the offence and could face up to six months in prison if convicted.

The actress, who starred alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in the Oscar-winning film, said she was arrested in Los Angeles in September for "showing affection", adding that she was "humiliated" by the incident.

But police said the pair were held following complaints that the couple were "involved in indecent exposure" in a silver Mercedes.

Minister: Home Office 'working to speed up deportations'

The government is changing the law in an attempt to reduce the number of foreign criminals who abscond from the authorities, Home Office Minister James Brokenshire has told ITV News.

He said work is being done to ensure someone due to be deported cannot seek bail, while multiple requests for bail will also no longer be possible.

He admitted that part of the reason criminals have been able to go missing is due to delays in the process - but said 80% of those identified as absconders are recovered.


Woman arrested on suspicion of terror offences

A 25-year-old woman has been arrested in Bedfordshire on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts, Scotland Yard said.

The 25-year-old woman was arrested in Bedfordshire today. Credit: PA Wire

The arrest is linked to the conflict in Syria.

Police said two addresses in Bedfordshire were being searched as part of the investigation.

The woman remains in custody at a central London police station.

Justine Greening meets Ebola teams in Sierra Leone

International Development Secretary Justine Greening is meeting teams from the Red Cross dealing with the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone.

Yesterday, Greening met British nurse William Pooley, who has returned to the country to treat patients after recovering from the deadly virus himself.

Justine Greening has travelled to Sierra Leone to see how medical teams are tackling the outbreak. Credit: ITV News/Dan Rivers

What are the common symptoms of dementia?

Concerns over identifying dementia have prompted NHS England to propose paying GPs extra to increase their diagnosis rates.

The Alzheimer's Society provides a list of some of the common symptoms of the condition.

• Day-to-day memory – difficulty recalling recent events

• Concentrating, planning or organising – difficulties making decisions, solving problems or carrying out a sequence of tasks (eg cooking a meal)

• Language – difficulties following a conversation or finding the right word for something

• Visuospatial skills – problems judging distances (eg on stairs) and seeing objects in three dimensions

• Orientation – losing track of the day or date, or becoming confused about where they are.

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