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Kick it Out 'aware but not shocked' by Mackay claims

The chairman of football's anti-racism body says he is "aware but not shocked" by allegations that Malky Mackay and Iain Moody sent offensive text messages during their time at Cardiff.

Mackay was widely expected to be unveiled as Crystal Palace manager in the near future.
Mackay was widely expected to be unveiled as Crystal Palace manager in the near future. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Lord Herman Ouseley said the FA should not hold back with any sanctions should the claims prove to be true.

These revelations are further confirmation of how football is tainted with racism, sexism, homophobia and anti-Semitism, and the culture which continues to exist throughout the game and in wider society as a whole. The reality is that these views are most dangerously held by those people in positions of power, and the football establishment knows and condones it.

– Lord Ouseley, Kick It Out chairman

Car left hanging from flats after midnight crash

A man's been arrested after hitting the front of a building in Barnet. The Ford Focus veered off the road and smashed through the front of the detached house in Capel Road, on a T-junction with Cranbrook Road.

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No-one was hurt in the crash, which happened late last night, though some residents were trapped in their flats until this morning.

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@itvlondon young driver takes out front of house in East Barnet last night then resisted arrest. http://t.co/at7Cj3mGP9

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A 30-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, drink driving, possession of cannabis, committing grievous bodily harm and assaulting a police officer.

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Malky Mackay and Iain Moody accused of 'racist texts'

Former Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay and the club's ex-head of recruitment Iain Moody have been accused of sending "sexist, racist and homophobic" text messages during their time at the club.

Iain Moody and Malky Mackay were expected to be reunited at Crystal Palace.
Iain Moody and Malky Mackay were expected to be reunited at Crystal Palace. Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

ITV News understands that the FA has been in communication with Cardiff over the claims which surfaced in the Daily Mail.

According to the newspaper, the messages came to light after a raid on Moody's home during the club's investigations into eight transfers.

Among the allegations are claims Mackay used an offensive term about new South Korean signing Kim Bo-kyung, while another message is alleged to have made reference to a sex act with a player's female agent.

The Mail claims there were also a number of homophobic remarks among other messages reported to the FA.

The pair were expected to be reunited at Crystal Palace in the near future, where Moody is now director of football and Mackay was said to be lined up as replacement for former manager Tony Pulis.

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Newborn baby stuns doctors by holding her own bottle

A baby girl has amazed doctors with her ability to hold her own feeding bottle.

Two-week-old Ammra was able to grasp her bottle alone just three days after she was born at Queen's Hospital, Romford in Essex, her mother Onyi Chiedozie said.

Two-week-old Ammra, pictured with mum Onyi Chiedozie, was holding her own bottle at three days old.
Two-week-old Ammra, pictured with mum Onyi Chiedozie, was holding her own bottle at three days old. Credit: SWNS

The 20-year-old, who is using a combination of breast and bottle feeding, said doctors and nurses were stunned by the baby's ability to master her strong grip so soon after she was born.

Baby Ammra holding her own feeding bottle.
Baby Ammra holding her own feeding bottle. Credit: SWNS

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Rise in sex offences on trains and tubes

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Sex offences on underground trains are on the increase Credit: Edward Smith/EMPICS Entertainment

New figures from British Transport Police have revealed a rise in the number of people being sexually assaulted on trains and tubes.

Nationwide, the number of sexual offences recorded in 2013/4 was 1,117, a 20.8% increase on the previous year.

On the London Underground and DLR, while total crime was the same as last year, sex crimes were up 31.2% and violence against passengers up 9.5% Drugs offences were up 54.5%

On the south east rail network, total crime was down 3%, and violent crime was down 5%, but sex offences were up 30% and those involving drugs jumped 57%.

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British Transport Police officers monitor passengers at Stratford station Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The force says an increased awareness of the need to report sexual assaults is partly behind the rise.

"Part of this increase can be attributed to the high-profile prosecutions of celebrities for historical offences which have, undoubtedly, given victims more confidence to come forward."

– British Transport Police

But unions reacted angrily, with Mick Cash, acting general secretary of the RMT saying: "The 10% increase in violence on LU and the DLR should also serve as a wake-up call to London Mayor Boris Johnson who is ploughing ahead with his own plans to remove station and platform staff and close ticket offices. The cuts to jobs and services have to be reversed if we are to stop our transport services from descending deeper into the kinds of criminals' paradise that is exposed in these horrific new statistics."

Met Police: 'nowhere in London should be avoided'

There is "absolutely nowhere in London which should be avoided", Scotland Yard has insisted after the United Arab Emirates released a map of "dangerous areas" in the capital.

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Oxford Street and Piccadilly are among the areas identified in maps published by the UAE foreign ministry as having high rates of pickpocketing, theft and fraud

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Scotland Yard has insisted that nowhere should be out of bounds to tourists Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Dangerous areas included Marble Arch station, Edgware Road and beyond the Metropole Hotel, as well as an area including Piccadilly, Bond Street, Soho, Leicester Square, Oxford Circus and Tottenham Court Road. The ministry describes the West End as an area of global trade and said: "This area includes the famous Selfridges, which attracts many Emiratis."

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"There is absolutely nowhere in London which should be avoided. We understand the incidents involving Emirati nationals earlier this year was shocking, but it was also very, very rare. London is one of the safest major cities in the world and crime continues to fall and overall crime in Westminster is down by 16.4%. Police presence is high and post-Ramadan, with the traditional influx of visitors from the UAE, we reviewed our policing plans so we have a strong presence from our policing teams and officers working in plain clothes. We are also profiling busy times of the week when visitor spots and iconic destinations in central London become busy."

– Metropolitan Police Service commander Makhdum Chishty

Mitch Winehouse: 'Amy will oversee Camden forever'

Mitch Winehouse has said he's delighted that a statue of his daughter Amy will be placed at the centre of Stables Market in Camden, saying "Now Amy will oversee the comings and goings of her home town forever"

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The Winehouse family has part-funded the statue of Amy, which will overlook the Stables Market Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

"Amy was in love with Camden and it is the place her fans from all over the world associate her with. The family have always been keen to have a memorial for her in the place she loved the most, which will provide fans a place to visit and attract people to the area."

– Mitch Winehouse
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