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Berkeley Mayor: Teen's death not comparable to Ferguson

Theodore Hoskins, Mayor of Berkeley, Missouri. Credit: APTN

The Mayor of Berkeley, where a black teenager was shot dead by a police officer last night, has said the incident cannot be compared with the killings of Michael Brown in Ferguson or Eric Garner in New York.

"What I saw in this incident is not what people portray," Mayor Theodore Hoskins said, noting that CCTV footage he was shown appeared to show the victim pointing a gun at the officer.

"We have a majority of black officers in our city," Hoskins said. "The mayor is black, the city manager is black, the finance director is black, the police chief is black - in a city that is 85% black we have a majority police department."

He called on the community to support the police officer involved in the incident and said the city would conduct its own thorough investigation following the death.


Police probe offensive Glasgow tragedy Facebook post

Police are investigating an offensive Facebook post about the Glasgow bin lorry crash.

Six people died when a bin lorry crashed into a group of pedestrians on Monday. Credit: PA Wire

Social media users contacted police after spotting the post which was allegedly made by a woman in York.

North Yorkshire Police tweeted that they were "aware of an offensive comment on social media regarding the #georgesquare tragedy" and were assisting Police Scotland with enquiries.

It follows the arrest of a 19-year-old man from Sunderland who posted an message on Twitter after the tragedy, which left six people dead on Monday.

Archbishop: Glasgow is a city in mourning

The Archbishop of Glasgow has said the city is in mourning after a second Christmas tragedy struck earlier this week, when an out-of-control bin lorry crashed and killed six people.

It came just 13 months after a helicopter crashed into the Clutha pub.

The service was held at St Andrew's Cathedral Credit: Pool

In his sermon, Archbishop Philip Tartaglia said:

Just over a year ago, we had the Clutha disaster, and now we have this George Square tragedy when a heavy refuse lorry ran out of control, killing six people and seriously injuring 10 others. By all accounts, it was an horrific incident. Just as we were preparing for Christmas, our city of Glasgow is in mourning again.

– Archbishop Philip Tartaglia
The service was led by Archbishop Philip Tartaglia Credit: Pool

He said the "bereaved and devastated families may not feel the joy of Christmas because of their deep sadness and distress" as he spoke of their "grief, their bewilderment, their anger, their desperation, their unanswered questions".

A number of messages of condolence were read out, including one from Archbishop Antonio Mennini, the papal nuncio to Britain, who expressed sympathy on behalf of the Pope.

Yodel insists it has no delivery backlog

Delivery company Yodel has reassured customers that it has no backlog and everything due for delivery before Christmas will arrive today.

Yodel repeated an apology to customers last night and admitted delays could continue this week for reasons including poor packaging and inaccessible properties. But today executive chairman Dick Stead said he wanted to reassure clients and customers that Yodel had no backlog despite reports of a build-up of parcels in the carrier industry.

We have been delivering around a million parcels a day in the run-up to Christmas. Our sort and service centres are working to plan and all parcels that are due to be delivered before Christmas are out for delivery today.

Deliveries will continue, as usual, until 9pm and all parcels can be tracked on

But a number of customers have refuted the firm's claim services were running as normal for this time of year:


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Teddy and other charity raffle prizes recovered

A teddy stolen in Weymouth gets pride of place in a Dorset Police van Credit: Dorset Police

Police in Dorset have recovered prizes intended for a Christmas raffle in memory of a woman from Weymouth who died from cancer. They have been returned in time for today's raffle, which is raising money for a local hospice and a children's bereavement charity.

The items - which included a giant teddy - were stolen from the garden centre where Lyn Weaver used to work. They were taken on 10 December and police released CCTV of the theft.

The theft of the raffle items from Goulds Garden Centre in Weymouth was caught on CCTV Credit: Dorset Police

A 26-year-old man from Wimborne was arrested yesterday (Tuesday 23 December) on suspicion of theft. He has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

PC Nick Gravenor from Weymouth police hands over the giant teddy bear to Penny Corp-Palmer from Goulds Garden Centre, ready to be raffled off. Credit: Dorset Police

Police re-appeal for footage of Glasgow bin lorry crash

Police have re-appealed for people with photographs or video footage of the tragic Glasgow bin lorry crash to send it to them to assist in the investigation.

Senior investigating officer Det Supt Andy Gunn said while there was nothing to suggest the crash was a "deliberate or malicious" act, the inquiry would be "thorough and exhaustive".

Police are re-appealing for anyone with footage of the crash to contact detectives Credit: PA

Six people were killed and ten injured when the out-of-control lorry mounted the pavement and ploughed into crowds of Christmas shoppers.

The events in Glasgow on Monday were devastating, for the families and friends of the victims who lost their lives, for those who were injured, the local community and beyond.

There is a significant police investigation ongoing into the circumstances which led up to the crash. Our thoughts remain with the families of those who have lost loved ones as a result of the incident.

The investigation will be thorough and exhaustive as we gain an understanding of the circumstances of Monday's events and will continue in the coming days and throughout the festive period.

– DS Andy Gunn, Police Scotland

Anyone with footage is asked to send it to:

Officer 'responding to reports of theft' when man was shot

Police have released details of the incident which resulted in a man being shot and killed by an officer.

The officer was responding to a call regarding theft in the area when he was approached by two men, one of whom police say drew a 9mm pistol and pointed it at the officer.

Police have already released CCTV of the incident but say that neither the dashboard cam on the patrol car or the officer's body cam may not have been switched on.

An investigation has been launched into the shooting.

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