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Former leader Nick Griffin expelled from BNP

Nick Griffin after losing his seat during the European Parliamentary elections count at Manchester Town Hall, Manchester in May 2014. Credit: PA Wire

Former British National Party Chairman Nick Griffin has been expelled from the right wing political party, a statement on their website has confirmed.

The BNP took the decision to expel Griffin, who was ousted as leader earlier this year, for "trying to cause disunity by deliberately fabricating a state of crisis" which included "harassing" party members and "bringing the Party into disrepute through public statements."

Mr Griffin took to Twitter to express his views on his expulsion.

I've just been 'expelled' without trial from the BNP! That'll teach me to tell a member of staff he's a 'useless, lazy t***'

– Nick Griffin via Twitter

Homeland security chief 'salutes' Pierson for service

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Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has paid tribute to outgoing director of the US Secret Service Julia Pierson in a statement.

Today Julia Pierson, the director of the United States Secret Service, offered her resignation, and I accepted it.

I salute her 30 years of distinguished service to the Secret Service and the Nation.

– Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson

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Experts to investigate White House security breach

An independent panel of experts will investigate a incident where an intruder managed to climb over a White House fence and enter the building last month, US Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said.

Mr Johnson also named Secret Service veteran Joseph Clancy as Acting Director of the agency following Ms Pierson resignation.

Director of US Secret Service Julia Pierson resigns

Julia Pierson Credit: Reuters

Julia Pierson has resigned as the director of the US Secret Service, the Department for Home Security has confirmed.

It comes after she faced a committee of US politicians to answer questions over a series of breaches in White House security.

The breaches included an intruder jumping the fence of the White House who was apprehended inside armed with a knife and an incident in 2011 where bullets were fired at the South side of the historic building.

Students and staff 'safe' after Sandy Hook threat

Pupils and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School in the US state of Connecticut are all safe after a bomb scare sparked an evacuation.

The school district said in a telephone voice message to parents:

All students are safe, all staff are safe, everyone is absolutely fine.

– sandy hook school district

It went on to say that the scare was being investigated and that the school day would end early.

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Family of missing Bristol teen urge her to come home

The parents of a straight A student, feared radicalised by IS, pleaded with her to come home today.

15 year old Yusra Hussein disappeared from home a week ago and may now be trying to cross into Syria.

From Bristol, ITV News Correspondent Rupert Evelyn reports.

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