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Police refer 14 staff to IPCC over Rotherham abuse scandal

Rotherham officials are said to have ignored numerous credible warnings.

The police force at the centre of the Rotherham abuse scandal have referred 14 staff members of its staff to police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

South Yorkshire Police said it had not ruled out referring more people as investigations continue into what happened in the town.

The force has been heavily criticised in the wake of the Jay Report, published in August, which outlined how at least 1,400 children had been sexually exploited by gangs of men in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013.

Professor Alexis Jay, who wrote the report, said senior police and council officials must have known what was happening but failed to act.

In a statement, the force said: "South Yorkshire Police has now referred 14 people to the IPCC and may make further referrals should the criteria be met.

"Both South Yorkshire Police and the independent investigation will remain in constant dialogue with the IPCC."


Ebola in Sierra Leone 'a bush fire raging out of control'

The head of the UN's Ebola mission has compared the disease in Sierra Leone to "a bush fire raging out of control".

But the country's president, Ernest Bai Koromo, has told ITV News in a rare interview that his government is "getting a grip" on the deadly virus.

ITV News Correspondent Dan Rivers reports from Freetown, Sierra Leone:

Home of arrested Royal Protection officer searched

Investigators have been searching the home of a Royal Protection officer and a police building in the grounds of Buckingham Palace where ammunition was found.

Today's arrest came about as a result of an internal investigation by the Metropolitan Police.

The investigation, by the Directorate of Professional Standards, commenced a few weeks ago following the reporting by officers from Royalty Protection of ammunition found in their personal lockers or belongings.

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Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said a reorganisation of the force's Protection Command had "revealed a few pockets of poor behaviour".

Balotelli accused of threatening woman for taking pictures

Footballer Mario Balotelli has been accused of threatening a woman who was taking photographs of his Ferrari.

Balotelli allegedly got "threateningly close" to the woman after she began photographing his vehicle at a housing estate in Wythenshawe, Manchester, this afternoon, the Manchester Evening News reported.

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been accused of threatening a woman who was taking photographs of his Ferrari. Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

The Liverpool striker was said to have demanded the woman stop what she was doing.

Greater Manchester Police said the alleged incident was reported to them but they have yet to speak to any of the parties involved.


Scenes as Everton fans clash with French police in Lille

Everton fans are seen on one side of Lille square while riot police are on the other. Credit: Voix Du Nord

Bangs can be heard as French riot police fire tear gas at Everton fans in Lille.

The city square, covered in litter, much of which appears to be alcohol containers, is filled with smoke.

An Everton fan is seen throwing what looks like a bottle towards where officers are standing. Credit: Voix Du Nord

One man asks police why they are firing tear gas as there are children around.

Watch a clip of the action below:

Video courtesy of Voix Du Nord.

Arrested officer not assigned to any member of Royal Family

The officer arrested in connection with ammunition found in a locker area of Buckingham Palace was not assigned to guard any individual member of the Royal Family, police said.

The arrested officer is being questioned on suspicion of misconduct in public office and unlawful possession of ammunition.

He is in custody at a London police station and will be suspended from duty.

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