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Alcohol tagging 'sees impressive results' in the US

Alcohol-fuelled criminal behaviour is a real scourge on our high streets, deterring law-abiding citizens from enjoying our great city especially at night, placing massive strain on frontline services, whilst costing businesses and the taxpayer billions of pounds.

I pledged to tackle this booze culture by making the case to Government for new powers to allow mandatory alcohol testing as an additional enforcement option for the courts.

This is an approach that has seen impressive results in the US, steering binge drinkers away from repeated criminal behaviour and I am pleased we can now launch a pilot scheme in London.

– Boris Johnson, Mayor of London

Fishing rods and uneaten chips remain at pier after blaze

By Richard Pallot: ITV News Correspondent

The evacuation of Eastbourne Pier was so swift yesterday that apparently there are still many fishing rods, uneaten chips and lunches at the end of the pier where holidaymakers left them.

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The shell of the Eastbourne Pier is seen the day after the blaze. Credit: ITV News/Richard Pallot
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Fire crews are continuing to put out remaining hotspots at the pier. Credit: ITV News/Richard Pallot

Fire crews are still concerned that occasional hotspots at the Eastbourne pier could reignite and so they are continuing to monitor and dampen down.

Experts say it is too unsafe to gain access to the pier at moment and it may be some time before they can assess the solidity of the structure.

Read: Hotelier describes horror at seeing landmark in flames

Experts 'to be allowed access to MH17 crash site'

Russian experts aim to visit the Malaysian airliner crash site in east Ukraine on Thursday to examine the debris together with international investigators, Interfax news agency reports, citing Russia's civil aviation authority.

"Russian experts intend to meet the head of the investigative commission ... and handover all the materials that the chairman of the commission had previously asked for," Interfax quoted a statement from the Federal Air Transport Agency.

"Today, the Russian representatives will also try to reach the crash area of the Boeing-777 and together with specialists from the international investigative commission examine the state of parts of the aircraft at the site," it added.

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Sierra Leone declare health emergency over Ebola

The president of Sierra Leone has declared a public health emergency in an attempt to fight the worst ever outbreak of Ebola.

Security forces will be used to quarantine epicentres of the deadly virus, President Ernest Bai Koroma said.

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Medical staff in Sierra Leone have been battling to contain the virus. Credit: Reuters

He has also cancelled a trip to Washington for a US-Africa summit next week due to the crisis.

The tough measures being brought in are similar to those announced by Liberia on Wednesday.

Some 672 people have died from Ebola across Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, according to the World Health Organisation.

Read: Border staff 'unprepared' to deal with Ebola victims

Ravel Morrison charged with assaulting two women

West Ham footballer Ravel Morrison has been charged with assaulting two women, Greater Manchester Police said.

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Ravel Morrison. Credit: PA Wire

The 21-year-old former Manchester United footballer is accused of attacking a 19-year-old woman outside a bar in Manchester City Centre in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Police were called to reports of an alleged assault on the young woman and a 39-year-old woman at an address in Salford at around 3.20am.

Morrison, from Urmston, Manchester, is due to appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates' Court later today charged with two counts of common assaults.

Sobbing UN official: 'Tears more eloquent than words'

A UN official tweeted "there are times when tears speak more eloquently than words" after being filmed crying as he talked about the deaths of Palestinian refugees.

Chris Gunness, a United Nations spokesman, was being interviewed by Al-Jazeera about the shelling of a shelter that left 16 people dead.

He became noticeably emotional as he thanked the presenter at the end of the interview before sobbing uncontrollably.

Mr Gunness had reportedly spent the day looking at evidence from the shelled site in Gaza and speaking about the site.

The clip was shared online and prompted the UN's Relief and Work Agency spokesman to tweet:

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There r times when tears speak more eloquently than words. Mine pale into insignificance compared with #Gaza's RT http://t.co/JdS0AMTto1

Read: Gaza school shelling 'killed refugees as they slept'

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