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London theatre refuses to host Jewish Film Festival

The Tricycle Theatre
The Tricycle has offered to use its own resources to replace funding from the Israeli Embassy Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

A theatre has refused to host the UK Jewish Film Festival while it is sponsored by the Israeli Embassy amid the ongoing crisis in Gaza. The Tricycle Theatre in London, which has hosted the festival for the past eight years, had been due to screen at least 26 films as part of the event in November.

But Indhu Rubasingham, artistic director of the Tricycle, said the festival should not accept funding from "any party to the current conflict" between Israel and Palestinians. She said the theatre offered to use funding from its own resources to replace the festival's sponsorship from the Israeli Embassy in London. But the UK Jewish Film Festival (UKJFF) said the Tricycle's demands were "entirely unacceptable" and it was taking its screenings elsewhere.

"The Jewish community as a whole has enjoyed a successful relationship with the Tricycle and it is extremely saddening that they should look to politicise this festival by making demands that the UKJFF could never accept."

– Stephen Margolis, chairman of the UKJFF

"We have always sought to convey a wide perspective on the conflicts in the Middle East and initiate open dialogue with our audiences and guest speakers, and the Israeli Embassy have always supported us in this. The Tricycle have refused to take this into account in their decision."

– Judy Ironside, executive director of the UKJFF

"The Tricycle has always welcomed the festival and wants it to go ahead. We have proudly hosted the UK Jewish Film Festival for many years. We asked the UK Jewish Film Festival to reconsider its sponsorship by the Israeli Embassy. We also offered to replace that funding with money from our own resources. We regret that, following discussions, the chair of the UKJFF told us that he wished to withdraw the festival from the Tricycle. To be clear, at this moment, the Tricycle would not accept sponsorship from any government agency involved in the conflict. We hope to find a way to work with the UK Jewish Film Festival to allow the festival to go ahead at the Tricycle as it has done so successfully for the past eight years."

– Indhu Rubasingham, artistic director of the Tricycle

£20 Million Active Queen's Park proposal approved

Westminster Council have given the go ahead for a £20 million pound leisure complex in queens Park. The Moberly Centre in Kilburn Lane will be rebuilt with two new swimming pools, a sports hall, exercise and dance studios and spa.

Work on the centre will begin in Autumn this year and is due to be complete in 2016.

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Improvements include protected cycle lanes

Improvements include:

  • Install protected cycle lanes in a newly created Bradley Wiggins Way (Kilburn ward, Brent)
  • Remove through motor traffic from the cycling corridor on Tavistock Place (Bloomsbury ward, Camden)
  • Redesign Wimbledon's town centre to be walking and cycling-friendly (Hillside ward, Merton)
  • Reduce motor traffic speed to 20mph in Carlton Hill and surrounding streets (Abbey Road ward, Westminster)
  • Create safe cycle routes for children linking six schools in Tufnell Park (Junction ward, Islington)
  • Make a cycle route through Russell Park as alternative to busy Woolwich Road (Barnehurst ward, Bexley)

Police appeal to trace missing teenage girl from Kilburn

Police from the London Borough of Camden are appealing for the public's help in locating a vulnerable missing teenage girl from Kilburn, north London.

Yasmin Idris, 17, was last seen at her boyfriend's house in Roedean Avenue, Enfield at around 10pm on New Year's Eve.

Yasmin Eldris. Credit: Metropolitan police

Police said they are concerned for her safety and welfare. She is described a black with long dark-coloured hair. It is not known what clothing she was wearing when last seen.

It is believed that she does not have a mobile phone and does not have access to money.

Anyone who has seen Yasmin or who knows of her whereabouts is asked to call the CID on Camden Borough via 101.

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Man due in court for Sabrina murder

Police say they believe Sabrina Moss was "in the wrong place at the wrong time" Credit: Metropolitan Police

A man is due in court charged with the murder of 24-year-old nursery teacher Sabrina Moss, who was gunned down on Saturday as she celebrated her birthday in Kilburn.

Martell Warren, who's 22, is also charged with three counts of attempted murder.

Sabrina was shot in the chest near a fast food restaurant, and later died in hospital. Police say they believe she and her friend, who was also injured in the attack, were "in the wrong place at the wrong time" and were not Mr Martell's intended targets.

Arrest in Sabrina Moss murder case

Police investigating the murder of Sabrina Moss and theattempted murder of another woman have arrested a man in connection with theincident.

The 22-year-old man was arrested by officers from the British Transport Police at St Pancras International train station last night on suspicion of murder and attempted murder.

He is currently in custody at a central London police station.

Sabrina Moss died from a gunshot wound to the chest after being shot on Kilburn High Road on Saturday.

Parents of Kilburn shooting victim: Sabrina was "a lovely daughter and a perfect mother"

John and Andrea Moss have released a statement about their daughter Sabrina, who was fatally shot on Kilburn High Road on Saturday morning.

"Our family has been devastated by this horrific incident that has changed our lives forever.Sabrina was a fun-loving girl who made friends wherever she went.She was a lovely daughter and a perfect mother to her young son, whom she adored.She cherished working as a nursery teacher and treasured working with the children, who undoubtedly will miss her dearly.We urge anyone with any information to contact the police to help catch those responsible.We now ask the media to respect our wishes and allow us the privacy we need to begin to rebuild our lives."

– John and Andrea Moss
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