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14 year old arrested over Reading Festival rape

Two people, including a 14-year-old boy, have been arrested on suspicion of raping a young woman at Reading Festival.

The victim - who is 19 - reported being subjected to the sex attack in a caravan on the festival traders' site last night.

She had earlier met a man and a boy near an ice cream van opposite a mobile phone charging point in one of the campsites.

A boy of 14, from Surrey, and a 31-year-old man from London were being held in police custody on suspicion of rape, Thames Valley Police said.

Former police community support officer faces prison

A former police community support officer with the Metropolitan Police is facing a prison sentence after admitting he contacted the Sun to say a supermodel was attending a police station accused of assault.

Paul Randall - who is 49 years old - was told by a judge at the Old Bailey: "This reveals a serious breach of trust and a prison sentence is likely."

Randall, of south west London, admitted one count of misconduct in public office.

He will be sentenced on September 18.

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Redknapp defends Mackay: 'He is not a paedophile'

QPR manager Harry Redknapp offered a bizarre defence of under-fire former Cardiff manager Malky Mackay, saying: "He hasn't murdered anyone, he hasn't raped anyone and he is not a paedophile."

Mackay and his former head of recruitment Iain Moody are alleged to have shared racist, sexist and homophobic texts when they worked together at the Welsh club.

QPR boss Redknapp made the comments at a press conference today.
QPR boss Redknapp made the comments at a press conference today. Credit: PA

I don't know the other lad (Moody) but what they have done is not right. Malky is a great lad, a family man and a real football man, he has made mistakes and people make mistakes in life.

Suddenly everyone is an angel, he made a big mistake the lad but it shouldn't finish his life. He is a good manager and I feel bad for what he has done but I bet no one is feeling as bad as him or his family today.

I'm not condoning what he has done but show me someone who has never made a mistake and I will show you a liar. He hasn't murdered anyone, he hasn't raped anyone and he is not a paedophile.

– Harry Redknapp
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It's not 'banter' - it's offensive, says Cardiff City

The League Managers Association has apologised for the statement it released yesterday regarding Malky Mackay, saying some of the wording "was inappropriate and has been perceived to trivialise matters of a racist, sexist or homophobic nature".

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Rio Ferdinand is one of many to question the LMA's response. Credit: PA

A highly placed source at Cardiff City told ITV News that they are "extremely disappointed with the League Managers' Association statement, belittling highly offensive comments as banter."

Earlier today England star Rio Ferdinand tweeted to ask "Who wrote the #LMA statement???"

The LMA released a statement on behalf of former Cardiff manager Mackay on Thursday night after the 42-year-old Scot and Iain Moody were alleged to have shared racist, sexist and homophobic texts when they worked together at the Welsh club.

The initial statement said Mackay had been under pressure at the time of the messages and that he was "letting off steam to a friend during some friendly text message banter".

That statement has been widely criticised by anti-discrimination campaigners within the game, and the LMA today felt compelled to apologise for how the first release had been worded.

It is beyond argument that any comments that are discriminatory, even used in private, are totally unacceptable. The LMA remains absolutely aware of our responsibility to the game and to promote and uphold the highest standards of behaviour.

– League Managers Association

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Best value European cultural trips

Romeo and Juliet at the Royal Albert Hall
Romeo and Juliet at the Royal Albert Hall Credit: David Jensen/EMPICS

The survey looked at cultural costs in 12 major European cities. This was based on visits by two people to a museum, an art gallery, a heritage site, the ballet, the opera and a classical concert.

While London, the most expensive, comes in at £256, the best value trips were:

  • Warsaw - £70
  • Budapest - £80
  • Prague - £93
  • Dublin - £102

Tickets for two to the Royal Ballet in London cost £91 and opera £117.50.

In contrast, a visit by a couple to the National Ballet in Budapest cost just £15, while the Polish National Opera in Warsaw was only £20.

Capital is cultural centre on any budget

Visitors enjoying learning about mammoths at the Natural History Museum
Visitors enjoying learning about mammoths at the Natural History Museum Credit: Cyril Villemain/ABACAPRESS.COM

Despite the research, London & Partners - the official promotional company for London - says tourists on any budget can enjoy some of the world's best art and history here in the capital.

London is one the most popular tourist destination in the world, with people coming from around the globe to experience its exceptional cultural mix of history and heritage, museums and art galleries, and theatre and dance.

Not only do we have world-class attractions such as the Royal Opera House, the English National Ballet, and many superb theatres, but many of our museums and galleries are completely free.

This means that people on any budget can experience some of the world’s best collections of art and history – at leading institutions such as the British Museum, Tate Modern, or National History Museum – at no cost at all.

London’s cultural offering is extremely competitive with that of cities such as Paris and New York, as shown by the record number of tourists that we continue to see coming here to enjoy what the city has to offer.

– Gordon Innes, London & Partners

No services on the Waterloo & City Line or through central London

No services are running on the Waterloo and City Line or through central London on the Central Line
No services are running on the Waterloo and City Line or through central London on the Central Line Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

A strike by Tube drivers has caused travel misery for commuters and visitors to London.

No services are running on the Waterloo and City Line or through central London on the Central Line because of a 24-hour walkout by members of the Aslef union.

Extra buses were laid on and Transport for London "ambassadors and volunteers" were on hand to give information to travellers.

Tube travellers describe "commuter hell"

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Morning commuter hell, no @centralline means I have to get a zillion buses into central from Perivale this morning. Sort it out tfl

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The good news is that I'm on a bus. The bad news is that I've seen the crowds at other bus stops & fear for #ilford station #centralline

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