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Hong Kong protest leaders arrested as police clear area

Joshua Wong (second left) and Lester Shum (far right) were arrested last night. Credit: Reuters

Hong Kong police have arrested two student leaders of the pro-democracy protests.

Joshua Wong and Lester Shum were held by officers, who attempted to clear hundreds of protesters overnight after obtaining a court order.

Police guard HSBC headquarters after clearing protests sites near the financial district. Credit: Reuters

Riot police demolished barricades which have been up since the protests began in September, allowing roads to open again.

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Eighty court-appointed bailiffs wearing red caps and "I love Hong Kong" T-shirts began clearing metal and wooden barricades where hundreds of tents had been erected.

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But defiant protesters, whose symbol has become the umbrella, vowed to stay put as talks with the government remain unresolved.

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One dead, three injured in eight vehicle M1 Leicestershire crash

A man has died in the eight vehicle crash Credit: ITV News Central

A man has died and a woman has been arrested after a crash involving seven cars and a lorry on the M1 near Leicester.

The road has been closed northbound between junction 21a and 22 since around 18.45 last night and is not expected to re-open until lunchtime today.

One lane remains closed on the southbound carriageway.

Three people are being treated in hospital.


Theresa May to unveil new counter-terror laws

Home Secretary Theresa May is to unveil a new package of counter-terror laws later today.

The Counter-terrorism and Security Bill will contain a range of powers aimed at stopping would-be terrorists being drawn into extremism.

They new legislation will include:

  • A statutory duty on organisations - such as colleges, universities, the police and probation providers - to help deter radicalisation. If they fail, ministers will be able to issue court-enforced directions to them.
  • Police will be handed new powers to force internet firms to hand over details that could help identify suspected terrorists and paedophiles.
  • Suspected foreign fighters will be blocked from returning to the UK.
  • Police and border staff will be given the power to seize the passports of terror suspects.
  • Insurance companies will be banned from footing the bill for terrorist ransoms.
  • Powers will be re-introduced to relocate terror suspects across the country.
  • Those found at risk of radicalisation will be offered support through the "Channel" process, which involves several agencies working to give individuals access to services such as health, education, specialist mentoring and diversionary activities.

Dull and damp conditions across the UK on Wednesday

Damp conditions will remain across the UK today. Credit: Met Office

Many places will be dull and damp today with extensive low cloud, mist and hill fog as well as rain and drizzle.

The heavier rain should become largely confined to eastern parts.

It will be mostly dry in the northwest with some sunshine but still the risk of some fog persisting.

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