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Police investigate offensive Twitter message following Glasgow collision

Northumbria Police is investigating an offensive Twitter message relating to a collision in Glasgow, which happened earlier today.

Just before 9pm today (Monday, 22nd December), police received a report of an offensive message on Twitter relating to the collision.

Northumbria Police is carrying out enquiries into this message and will speak to the person involved, from Sunderland, as part of those enquiries.

'Small children' among Glasgow bin lorry victims

An eyewitness at the scene of this afternoon's fatal bin lorry crash in Glasgow's city centre told ITV News that there are some "small children" among the victims.

The lorry is believed to have struck the first pedestrian outside the Gallery of Modern Art, before careering down Queen Street and through traffic light road junctions before coming to a stop after hitting the Millennium Hotel in George Square.

ITV News Scotland Correspondent Debi Edward reports from the scene:

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Some injuries 'likely to be extremely serious'

The scene in Glasgow's George Square after it is understood a bin lorry crashed into a group of pedestrians which has left six people dead Credit: PA

Among those being treated at Glasgow Royal Infirmary tonight is the driver of the bin lorry, ITV News understands.

An eyewitness told ITV News that he was pulled conscious from his cab following the crash.

The precise details of his condition and what happened to him behind the wheel remain unclear.

Police and the health board won't be drawn on the ages of those who are hurt, whether any of them are children or on the nature of their injuries.

Eyewitness accounts from the scene suggest that some of those injuries are likely to be extremely serious, are likely to require prolonged treatment in hospital and are likely to leave scars from today that last an awfully long time.

Van 'drove at speed' towards wine stall in France

The van that crashed into shoppers at a Christmas market in Nantes, France, this evening "drove at speed" towards a stall selling mulled wine, local newspaper Presse Ocean reported.

An image of the van that crashed into shoppers at a Christmas market in Nantes, France Credit: BFMTV

The incident comes just a day after an incident in which a driver shouting "God is great" in Arabic drove into a crowd of people in the eastern French city of Dijon, leaving 11 people injured, two seriously.

The scene at the Christmas market in Nantes after a van ploughed into a crowd of shoppers Credit: BFMTV

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US dismisses joint hacking investigation with North Korea

Washington's UN envoy has dismissed North Korean demands for a joint investigation into the hacking of Sony Pictures and threats of retaliation.

A South Korean soldier watches a TV news program showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Credit: PA

It is exactly the kind of behavior we have come to expect from a regime that threatened to take 'merciless counter-measures' against the US over a Hollywood comedy, and has no qualms about holding tens of thousands of people in harrowing gulags. It is incumbent on the Security Council to consider the (UN) Commission of Inquiry's recommendation that the situation in North Korea be referred to the International Criminal Court and to consider other appropriate action on accountability.

– Ambassador Samantha Power

Ambassador Samantha Power made the comments in a speech to the UN Security Council.

North Korea internet 'totally down' online experts say

Experts have warned that online access is "totally down" in North Korea as the nation experiences serious internet problems.

It is not immediately clear if the internet connectivity problems were an act of retribution for a major intrusion at Sony Pictures Entertainment which the FBI last week linked to North Korea.

North Korea internet 'totally down' online experts say. Credit: PA

The White House declined to comment on the problems but State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters that of the federal government responses, "some will be seen, some may not be seen".

Tributes pour in for singer Joe Cocker

Some of the biggest names in music and showbusiness have been joining the tributes to singer Joe Cocker, who has died aged 70.

They include musicians such as Bryan Adams and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, along with comedian Ricky Gervais and Hollywood star Val Kilmer.

Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan, who is also from Sheffield, joined the tributes.

Police request videos and photos from crash scene

Firefighters at the scene in Glasgow's George Square after an out-of-control bin lorry careered through streets packed with Christmas shoppers Credit: PA

Police Scotland has appealed to any people who took any video footage or photographs of the bin lorry crash in Glasgow's George Square to send it by email to officers.

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