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Businesses are boarded up ahead of Brown decision

Businesses in the Missouri cities of Ferguson and Clayton are being boarded up ahead of a grand jury announcement over the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown.

Workers board up a Taco Bell restaurant along W. Florissant in Ferguson, Missouri. Credit: REUTERS/Adrees Latif
A police officer is seen in front of a boarded up business near the courthouse in Clayton, Missouri. Credit: REUTERS/Jim Young

Lewis Hamilton arrives back in UK after Grand Prix win

Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has arrived back in the UK with his girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger.

Hamilton, 29, won his second world title after his win in Abu Dhabi yesterday.

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Police barricade courthouse ahead of Brown decision

Police officers gather outside where the grand jury made its decision over Michael Brown's shooting. Credit: REUTERS/Jim Young

Police have placed barricades around a courthouse where a grand jury has made its decision whether to indict a white police officer over the shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown.

A postbox near the Buzz Westfall Justice Center in Clayton, Missouri, is locked up. Credit: REUTERS/Jim Young

Locks have also been placed on postboxes to prevent them being opened ahead of the announcement.

Obama urges Ferguson protesters to be peaceful

US President Barack Obama has urged any protests in Ferguson, Missouri, to be peaceful following the announcement of the grand jury's decision over Michael Brown's shooting death.

"He cited the words of Mr Brown's parents who indicated that the proper way to remember and pay tribute to their son's memory is for people to express their views peacefully," a White House spokesman said.

Protesters took to the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, last night calling for Darren Wilson to be indicted. Credit: REUTERS/Adrees Latif

"That is a viewpoint the President wholeheartedly embraces," Josh Earnest told reporters.

The grand jury in the St Louis suburb has reached a decision but it has yet to be announced.

Grand jury reaches decision in Michael Brown case

The Missouri grand jury has reached a decision on whether to indict a white police officer over the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, the St Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's office has confirmed.

Michael Brown Sr. walks past the memorial set up where his son Michael Brown was shot and killed. Credit: REUTERS/Jim Young

The decision about police officer Darren Wilson's fate will be announced later today, spokesman Edward Magee said.

Brown family's lawyer: Grand jury has made a decision

A Missouri grand jury has made a decision on whether to indict a white police officer who shot dead unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, AP reported, citing the Brown family's lawyer.

Michael Brown, 18, was shot dead by police in August in Ferguson, St Louis. Credit: Family handout

St Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch's office is expected to make an announcement later today.

Activist groups have pledged fresh street protests if officer Darren Wilson does not face criminal charges over the August 9 death of 18-year-old Brown.

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Shapps: Politicians should not use Twitter 'to judge the public'

Conservative party chairman Grant Shapps has said politicians should not be using Twitter to judge the public but that the public should be judging politicians, after Emily Thornberry's tweet led to her resigning from the front bench.

Tonight's panel on The Agenda with Tom Bradby. Credit: Twitter/ @agendaitv

Speaking as one of the guests on The Agenda with Tom Bradby Mr Shapps said it was still important for MPs to be on Twitter: "Politicians can either hide away or they can be out there. It's not just tweeting - it's about replying to people who tweet to you."

Other guests on the programme on ITV at 10.35pm tonight are feminist writer Germaine Greer, poet Benjamin Zephaniah and Telegraph Women's Editor, Emma Barnett.

Dewani 'a silent observer' as lawyers submit appeal

Lawyers for Shrien Dewani, the British businessman accused of arranging the murder of his wife during their honeymoon in South Africa, submitted an appeal today to get the case thrown out.

ITV News' Steve Scott reports:

Dewani was a silent observer as his barrister tried to get the case dismissed the on grounds of lack of evidence, arguing that state prosecutors had failed to prove that his client had planned his wife Anni's murder.

Western Cape High Court judge Jeanette Traverso is set to listen to the prosecution's case tomorrow.

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