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Allegations of abuse 'the tip of the iceberg', May warns

The allegations of child sex abuse at public institutions that have emerged so far are just the "tip of the iceberg", Theresa May has warned.

The Home Secretary told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show it was crucial to "get to the truth" of what happened in the 1970s and 1980s.

Metropolitan Police commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe said there were 40 of his officers "looking into these relatively new claims" about Westminster child abuse.

There have recently been allegations about the possible murder of a young boymade the claims "even more serious".


Labour: May's migration target is 'in tatters'

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has said the Conservatives' target to bring net migration down to the tens of thousands is now "in tatters".

She was speaking after Theresa May admitted it was "unlikely" the number would come down to those levels before the end of this Parliament in May of next year.

Theresa May has finally admitted that her net migration target is in tatters yet she still won't take responsibility for it. The Prime Minister promised "no ifs no buts" to reduce immigration to the tens of thousands, and Theresa May has spent four years claiming she was on track.

Net migration is now more than twice her target and rising - and she has finally been forced to admit her target is "unlikely". Continually making and breaking grand promises on immigration is only undermining confidence in the entire system.

– Yvette Cooper


May: Government 'unlikely' to meet migration target

Home Secretary Theresa May has admitted that the government is "unlikely" to meet its target of cutting net annual migration into Britain below 100,000.

Theresa May says Britain will miss David Cameron's target for immigration. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

David Cameron had pledged to meet the target upon taking office in 2010, but May said the success of the UK economy was leading people from other European nations to head here.

Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, May said non-EU migration had been brought down to similar levels as at the end of the 1990s.

"But it is, of course, unlikely that we are going to reach the tens of thousands by the end of the parliament," she said.

"Why is that? It's because we have seen increasing numbers of people coming from across Europe, partly because our economy is doing better than other economies in Europe."

Due to freedom of movement rules in the European Union, the government is unable to prevent workers from other EU nations coming to live in the UK.

Blocking migrant benefits 'discriminatory', PM told

Former minister Kenneth Clarke has warned David Cameron that any plans to block EU migrants from claiming benefits in Britain would be "totally discriminatory".

David Cameron is due to make a major speech on immigration. Credit: Daily Telegraph/PA Wire

The Prime Minister is set to deliver a key speech on immigration as he attempts to win back support lost to Ukip.

The Sunday Times reports that Cameron is set to announce plans to prevent European migrants from claiming any benefits for two years.

However, Conservative MP Clarke told Sky News attempts to imitate Ukip were actually strengthening the hand of Nigel Farage.

According to the Sunday Times, the PM's team has been studying proposals from think-tank Open Europe that would stop EU immigrants receiving in-work benefits such as tax credits.

I do think the tactics of the two major parties of government - the serious parties of government - of trying to imitate Ukip since then have actually made them more credible and has gifted them two by-elections.

– Kenneth Clarke MP

Manchester City apologise over Ched Evans calendar

Manchester City have apologised after children reportedly as young as six were given a certificate featuring convicted rapist Ched Evans.

The youngsters were given the certificate after attending a coaching course at the City academy, where Evans played for eight years before moving to Sheffield United.

Ched Evans served two and a half years of a five year sentence for rape. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

The Sun quoted one parent saying:: “It’s a disgrace. I had to explain to my six-year-old lad why someone on his award was a criminal. A rapist is hardly someone to be promoting City to children."

A Manchester City spokeswoman apologised and said the club had now withdrawn the certificates.

The club would like to apologise for any distress caused to the recipients or their parents.

It is some years since these certificates were updated and they were part of an old batch which were mistakenly distributed and which will not be distributed again.

– Manchester City spokeswoman
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Charing Cross evacuated after train fire

Charing Cross station has been evacuated after a fire on a Southeastern train.

Firefighters arrived at the scene within the last hour and around a hundred people were led from the building.

The first carriage of the train was damaged but there were no injuries.

The cause of the fire is being investigated and London Fire Brigade says the incident has now been dealt with.

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