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Ex-Tory donor defects to Ukip over EU beliefs

Ukip leader Nigel Farage with Aaron Banks Credit: ITV News Pool

Former Tory donor Aaron Banks has said he made his decision to switch to Ukip as he had always been a strong advocate of leaving the European Union.

Speaking at a press conference alongside Ukip leader Nigel Farage, Mr Banks said: "I woke up this morning intending to donate £100,000 to Ukip.

"I understand Mr Hague called me 'a nobody' so in light of that in view of the fact that i'm a strong advocate of leaving the EU I've decided today to donate £1 million to the party and not the £100,000 we originally agreed."

"I was hoping Mr Hague will now know who I am," Mr Banks quipped in reply.

Thanking Mr Banks, Mr Farage said it had been a "remarkable week" for Ukip.

Police inquiry after 900 birds killed by golf club in the US

Police in California are investigating a seemingly random attack on more than 900 birds inside a farm in Fresno.

The birds were killed with a golf club after intruders broke into their shed.

Officials from Fresno County Sheriff's office said that the attack happened on September 20th after the suspects pulled back a fence and gained access to the shed of Foster Farms. The birds were killed with a golf club, and possibly another similar type of blunt instrument.

The farm owners said the attack appeared to be random, and called it an "unconscionable act of animal cruelty."


Sandy Hook children 'bused from school' amid threat

Children from Sandy Hook Elementary School are being bused away to a nearby school where they can be picked up by their parents, local TV statio WFSB reports.

Donation increased after Hague called Aaron Banks 'a nobody'

Former Tory Party donor Aaron Banks has given Ukip £1 million. Credit: ITV News

Former Tory party donor and insurance businessman Aaron Banks said that he increased his donation to Ukip from £100,000 to £1 million after allegations that former Conservative Foreign Secretary William Hague called him "a nobody".

Sandy Hook School evacuated following a threat

Sandy Hook Elementary School has been evacuated following a threat.

Children have been moved to a nearby school where they are being picked up by their parents, Nancy Bartosik from the superintendent's office in Monroe said. She added that the nature of the threat was unclear.

A gunman killed 20 pupils and six teachers were killed at the school in December 2012. The pupils resumed classes in a school in nearby Monroe and the original building was knocked down last year.


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Counter Terrorism Unit takes over Yusra Hussien investigation

The investigation into a missing schoolgirl from Bristol, believed to be travelling to Syria, has been handed to the South East Counter Terrorism Unit.

It is hoped the unit's international links will enable Yusra Hussien to be traced.

Avon and Somerset Police say they will continue to work with Yusra's family and the local community in Easton.

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