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Sports minister calls for unity to prevent doping

Sports Minister Tracey Crouch said they were 'serious allegations' Credit: PA

Sports Minister Tracey Crouch said "everyone involved in sport must work together" following fresh claims of doping by Olympic athletes.

These are serious allegations and it is right they are being referred by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to its Independent Commission for investigation. I know UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), one of the best anti-doping agencies in the world, is also supporting this action, and has made it clear it will assist with WADA's enquiries.

UKAD has worked tirelessly to ensure athletes and sport are clean. But everyone involved in sport must work together to ensure we maintain the spirit of sport and prevent doping.

– Tracey Crouch


Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr remember 'friend' Cilla

Cilla with the Beatles (back) in 1963. Credit: PA

The Beatles stars Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr have joined those paying tribute to Cilla Black.

Sir Paul said it was "a privilege to know and love her", while Ringo tweeted that she was a "good friend".

"She was a lovely girl who infected everyone with her great spirit," said Sir Paul.

"From first meeting her as a cloakroom girl at the Cavern in Liverpool, to seeing her many times since, she always had a fun loving dignity that made her a great pleasure to be around."


Girl stabbed at Jerusalem Gay Pride march dies

A teenage girl who was among five people who were stabbed at a Jerusalem Gay Pride march by a suspect police have identified as an ultra-Orthodox Jew has died of her wounds in hospital.

The march continued after the wounded were taken to hospital, with protesters chanting Credit: Reuters/Ronen Zvulun

Shira Banki, 16, had been in a critical condition since being stabbed in the back during Thursday's march.

The suspect, Yishai Shlissel, carried out the attack just weeks after being released from a 10 year prison term, for a similar attack where he stabbed three people at the 2005 Gay Pride march in Jerusalem.

Boy, aged three, among six people injured in boat explosion

Five people were taken to hospital and one man was treated at the scene. Credit: PA

Five people, including a three-year-old boy, were taken to hospital after an explosion on a boat today.

Police were called to Bray Lock in Taplow, Buckinghamshire, at around 12.40pm following the incident.

A Thames Valley Police spokesman said: "A man and a woman aged in their forties and a teenage girl who were on the boat have been taken to St George’s Hospital in London for treatment.

"A woman in her thirties and a three-year-old boy who were also thought to have been on the boat have been taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital for treatment."

Their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening. Another man received minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

Police said the boat was thought to be privately owned.

ITV Director of Television: We all grew up with Cilla

Cilla presented ITV's hit shows Blind Date and Surprise Surprise. Credit: PA

Peter Fincham, Director of Television at ITV, described Cilla Black as "one of Britain's best loved entertainers".

We all grew up with Cilla Black, she was one of Britain's best loved entertainers, a hugely talented singer and, among many other things, presenter of ITV's massive hit shows Blind Date and Surprise Surprise.

Our deepest sympathies go to her family and friends.

– Peter Fincham, Director of Television at ITV

Barbara Windsor: People won't forget 'great performer'

Barbara Windsor said Cilla Black had confided in her that she hadn't been feeling well recently.

The actress told ITV News she had seen Cilla twice in the past four weeks and they had "long chit chats".

The 77 year old described Cilla as a "great singer and performer", adding: "People will remember her, they won't forget her."

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