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Boris: Tories will 'eat the defectors for breakfast'

Boris Johnson vowed to "eat the 'Kippers for breakfast" as he sought to unite Tories and lambasted those who had defected to Ukip.

Boris Johnson speaking at the Conservative party conference in Birmingham.

Mr Johnson hit back at "quitters and splitters" and told activists that victory in next year's general election was "within our grasp" as long as the party remained united.

To loud cheers the Mayor of London said:

Just before I begin can I check that we are all proud Conservatives? Proud of the oldest and most successful party in all the Western democracies? Do we intend to fight the next election under the Conservative banner and no others? Are there any quitters or splitters? Anyone feeling a bit yellow around the edges - like a kipper?

– Boris Johnson

Only the Conservative could deliver reform to the UK's relationship with the EU, he said. Comparing the successful fight against Scottish independence with the imminent by-election battles to retain the seats given up by defecting MPs Douglas Carswell and Mark Reckless, he said:

That's our new fisheries policy, folks. First chuck Salmond overboard and then eat the 'Kippers for breakfast. We will fight them on the beaches of Clacton and of Rochester and Strood as well.

– Boris Johnson

Ex-pupil: Deputy headteacher fooled us all

A former Thorpe Hall pupil has told ITV News the school's deputy headteacher "fooled us all", amid allegations he stored nearly 600 indecent images of children as young as nine.

Martin Goldberg worked at Thorpe Hill school in Southend for 23 years. Credit: Google Maps

Ex-maths teacher Martin Goldberg, 46, was found dead at his Essex home just a day after police had spoken to him about claims he bought images of naked teenage boys over the internet.

"He fooled us all. Pupils and staff. He was always friendly with pupils but then all teachers were," the ex-pupil said.

"Only sense of weirdness was just the usual - I thought he was bit lonely and sad and had no life outside of school.

"His life revolved around school. He was an OK teacher, very very involved with ski trips and extra-curricular stuff."


Police: No evidence Goldberg made inappropriate physical contact

Essex Police says it currently has no evidence to suggest a former deputy headteacher - who stored hundreds of indecent images of pupils - made "inappropriate physical contact" with any child.

It is important to stress that we have found no evidence of any other offences by Mr Goldberg involving these children. At this time there is nothing to suggest that he made inappropriate physical contact with any child.

There is also no information that he shared any of these images or that anyone else was aware of his offending.

Essex Police understands that this news may be extremely distressing to both parents and children and has set up a special number for people to call if they have any concerns or believe they have information that would assist the investigation.

– Essex Police

Indecent images showed boys aged from nine to 12

Nearly 600 images found on the computer of a deputy head of an Essex school are believed to be of boys aged from nine to 12.

Essex Police believe the images - which were reportedly taken from 2000 onwards - were taken on a camera hidden inside a bag belonging to Martin Goldberg.

Seventy-five images were taken in Thorpe Hall's male changing rooms, with 465 others taken in a local swimming pool and 38 from two other locations.


Theresa May: IS 'not Islamic and not a state'

Theresa May has warned that Britain "must act to destroy" Islamic State.

Speaking to the Conservative Party conference, Home Secretary said if the extremist organisation was allowed to form a functioning state in the Middle East there would be a major threat to Britain, with the potential to use biological weapons against its enemies.

As ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship reports, May attacked the group who murdered British aid worker David Haines, saying: "They are not Islamic and they are not a state."

School 'angry and betrayed' by deputy head claims

The headteacher of an Essex school where a former deputy head is alleged to have taken indecent images of pupils says everyone at the school feels "angry and betrayed" by the claims.

In a statement to ITV News, Andrew Hampton said Martin Goldberg - who was found dead nearly three weeks ago - had an "exemplary record" during his 23 years at Thorpe Hall School.

The school Governors and staff are shocked by the news about Mr Goldberg.

He was a well-regarded teacher who had an exemplary record during his 23 years at the school and there were no indications whatsoever that Mr Goldberg was leading a double life.

Everyone at Thorpe Hall School feels surprised, angry and betrayed.

Our immediate focus is on supporting our pupils, parents and staff at this difficult time.

– Andrew Hampton, headteacher
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Classmates of Bristol teen are shocked at her disappearance

Friends of the Bristol teenager who is believed to be heading for Syria have been talking about their shock at her disappearance.

Pupils outside The City Academy in Easton, Bristol, said the girl had not seemed any different when they last saw her.

"She is a good friend. I have no idea what made her leave.

"I think the police have asked one of her friends to text her to see where she is. She is a really nice girl."

– a 14 year old friend

"I was sat next to her and she seemed fine,"

"She didn't have any new friends that we knew about, and she was a completely normal girl."

– 15 year old classmate
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