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Ely Cathedral gets £500,000 grant to repair roof

Ely Cathedral is known as 'The ship of the fens' Credit: ITV News Anglia

Ely Cathedral has been given £500,000 to carry out important repairs on its South Nave Aisle roof.

The money, which comes from the First World War Centenary Commemoration Fund, will be used as part of a continuing programme to restore and conserve the historic Cambridgeshire building.

It is the fourth grant the cathedral has received from the fund.

Bedfordshire Police deletes tweets using 'Islamic state-style' logo

Bedfordshire Police initially tweeted its support for the campaign using the logo before later removing the posts.

Bedfordshire police has deleted tweets about Islamophobia Awareness Month after users pointed out its logo was similar to a hand gesture popular popular with Islamic militants.

The logo features a fist with the index finger pointing upwards, a gesture apparently favoured by followers of IS in propaganda photographs.

Islamophobia Awareness Month is run by organisation Muslim Engagement and Development (Mend).

The force initially tweeted its support for the campaign using the logo, before removing the posts today. A spokesman for MEND said it was 'surprised' Bedfordshire Police decided to stop using the logo.

It makes no sense that the IAM campaign logo be dropped by a police force because it purports to resemble a symbol of Daesh. We would not consider removing symbols such as the crucifix or St George's cross from use in national campaigns simply because they are frequently abused by far right and neo-Nazi movements.

We are disappointed that a campaign supported by thousands of British Muslims is being sullied in this way. We would strongly urge Bedfordshire Police to reconsider.

– MEND

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Olympic gymnast Louis Smith suspended for two months

Peterborough gymnast Louis Smith has been suspended for two months by British Gymnastics for a breach of its standards of conduct. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Peterborough gymnast Louis Smith has been suspended for two months by British Gymnastics for a breach of its standards of conduct, the governing body has announced in a statement.

It follows an incident when the Olympic medallist was filmed with fellow gymnast Luke Carson apparently mocking Islam and the video was posted on social media.

Louis Smith immediately apologised for the video.

"It is regrettable that following a historic summer of achievement, the organisation finds itself in this difficult position with two high profile members in breach of our standards of conduct.

"Whilst both individuals showed remorse following the incident, we hope in the future they use their profile to have a positive impact on sport and communities."

– Jane Allen, British Gymnastics Chief Executive

Former Canary is one step closer to becoming a priest

Phil Mulryne playing for Norwich City in 2002. Credit: PA Archive.

A former Norwich City footballer has taken his latest steps on his journey to become a priest.

Philip Mulryne, 38, was made a deacon in the Dominican Order at an ordination at St Saviour's church in north Dublin.

The ex-Northern Ireland international played for the Canaries between 1998 and 2005, having come through the youth system at Manchester United.

After being dogged by injury, Mulryne ended his playing career in King's Lynn before moving back to Northern Ireland.

The west Belfast man is now on course to become a priest next year. The former midfielder was ordained by the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, on Saturday in front of family and friends.

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Mosque has 'no objection' to proposed Louis Smith visit

The chairman of a mosque in Peterborough has invited gymnast Louis Smith to observe prayers in a bid to educate him about the Muslim religion.

Abdul Choudhuri from the Faizan-e-Madina Mosque in the city has taken the step after a video emerged of Smith appearing to mock Islam.

Smith has since apologised for his actions, and Mr Choudhuri has called on him to be forgiven.

"We have no objection if he asks for forgiveness," Mr Choudhuri said.

"He should come to the mosque and learn what Islam is all about.

"We want to make him aware and understand the religion of Islam. He is a role model and we hope that by learning about Islam, he will be a better person."

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