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Top student speaks of deportation fears

An A level student who fled her home in Mauritius after a family member threatened her with violence and sexual assault has spoken of her fears if she returns.

Yashika Bageerathi said the man in question, who deals drugs, had people waiting for her to arrive home and was angry because he had lost money.

My family will know where I am. He [the family member] is already after our lives, he says he has people waiting at the airport for us to come back.

He lost a lot of money because of us to do with his drug-dealing.

– Yashika Bageerathi
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Cara Delevingne joins protests to keep student in UK

Supermodel Cara Delevigne has joined the flurry of support for a top A level student faced with deportation.

Yashika Bageerathi, 19, who is being held at Yarl's Wood detention centre, had her case reviewed separately from the rest of her family, as she is an adult in the eyes of the law.

Support for the high achieving student has gathered pace with the hashtag #FightForYashika and Labour MP David Hanson calling the decision to deport her "very unfair".

An online petition urging the Government to keep her in the UK has reached 15,000 signatures.


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Top A level student threatened with deportation

A 19-year-old A level student may be deported to Mauritius as early as Tuesday if the Home Office do not answer calls to review her case.

A petition to keep Yashika Bageerathi (right) in the UK has already generated 15,000 signatures. Credit:

Yashika Bageerathi, who is predicted two A* and a B at A level, fled the island nation in 2012 after a family member threatened her with violence and sexual assault.

The "fantastic student" has flourished at Oasis Hadley Academy in Enfield, but was moved to Yarl's Wood detention centre in December last year.

A statement from the school said to the Guardian newspaper said: "To deport Yashika at any stage would cost the UK a valuable member of society.

"To do so just weeks before she is about to complete her education would be an uncompassionate and illogical act of absurdity."

RSPCA: dog appeared well cared for

RSPCA inspector Kate Ford said:

It is a bit of a strange one. On the one hand, Lola seems to have been cared for. She is in good condition, has a lovely temperament and seems used to people, and then there was the bag of treats left nearby – a nice little touch which makes you think she had been loved. It also almost feels like a nice garden was chosen on purpose for her to be abandoned in.

On the other hand, she was dumped, and apparently over a high wall, which was quite some drop. Thankfully initial stiffness in her rear legs seems ok now and a vet gave her a clean bill of health.

She is such a lovely dog with a really sweet nature. I hope there is a happy ending round the corner for her.

Dog dumped over garden wall in Enfield

Lola the dog with a member of the RSPCA. Credit: RSPCA

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a dog was dumped over a wall in Enfield.

The tan Staffordshire bull terrier was found in a garden in Cecil Road at around Midnight on Friday 14th March.

A plastic bag containing dog treats and a lead was found nearby.

The dog is thought to be around two years old and has been named Lola by the family who found her.

Her rear legs were extremely stiff at first and it is thought she had been dropped over the high garden wall.

Four charged over sawn-off shotgun found in Enfield

Four people have been charged after a sawn-off shotgun was recovered at a house in Enfield last Thursday 13th March.

A sawn-off shotgun was found at the address Credit: Met Police

Four men aged between 17 and 22 years old have been charged with possession of the gun and with other offences including possession with intent to supply cannabis. Two of the men have been granted bail while the others remain in custody.


Councillor expected to appeal party expulsion over burka image

Councillor Chris Joannides is not endorsed as a Conservative Party Candidate in the forthcoming local government elections in the London Borough of Enfield in May 2014. No Appeal is permitted under Party Rules.

Furthermore, Councillor Joannides is expelled from the Conservative Party for a period of 12 months. He may appeal against this decision and it is our understanding that he intends to do so.

– Conservative Party statement
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Expelled councillor: I told her she had three beautiful daughters

Councillor Joannides told ITV News he deleted the picture from his Facebook page. He said he recalled the caption:

I saw her standing there, I told here she had three beautiful daughters. She didn't have to get all cheesed off by it, it was an honest mistake.

Councillor Joannides added:

The picture of the burkas was not my creation basically, nor was the attached caption. That was placed on my Facebook wall by a Turkish-Cypriot woman, a friend of mine. We were discussing women's rights, discussing the burkas.

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Councillor kicked out of party over offensive burka comment

  • Councillor Joannides, who was once Britain's youngest Greek-Cypriot councillor, was suspended from his local Conservative association earlier this year
  • Conservative Party HQ has now deselected him as a candidate in May's election and expelled him for 12 months
  • Councillor Joannides was unavailable for comment
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