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Is this the most offensive Christmas card ever?

The card has now been withdrawn from sale Credit: ITV News

A Christmas card has been withdrawn by Clintons after it caused outrage on social media.

The card, which had "10 Reasons why Santa Claus must live on a council estate" written on the front, was branded "vile" and "beyond offensive" by people on Twitter.

Reasons given for him being from an estate were "He has a serial record for breaking and entering!" and "He only works once a year".

On Twitter, @valbrown--valb labelled the card "seriously vile", @MikeSegalov wrote "this is beyond offensive" and @SusanABatchelor said it was "Vilifying and stigmatising the poor for corporate gain".

At number four on the card's list was "He's never actually been seen doing any work in his whole life" and number five read "He drinks alcohol during working hours".

The description on the Clintons website said: "This funny card is great for sending at Christmas time."

But customers on the greetings card retailer's Facebook page did not see the humour.

The card has now been removed from the website.

The card has now been taken down from the website Credit: Clintons website

"A card in our range has been withdrawn immediately. It is in no way reflective of our views and we apologise without reservation.

"We are investigating how this offensive card got through our quality control procedures, which we will review and tighten as a result of this incident.

"This was a mistake and we deeply regret the upset that this has clearly caused."

– A spokesman for Clintons


Murder investigation starts after 26-year-old woman dies from 'multiple injuries'

Police remained on the scene this evening Credit: Ellie Hoskins

Detectives have launched a murder investigation after a 26-year-old woman died from "multiple injuries".

The woman has been formally identified as Sannah Javid, 26, of Frank Slater House, in Green Lane, Ilford. Next of kin have been informed.

A 37-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody at an east London police station.

Officers were called to the flat on Tuesday and Ms Javid was taken to King George Hospital but died in the early hours of Wednesday.

Police were called on Tuesday evening Credit: ITV News

The murder investigation is being led by Det Ch Insp Tim Duffield of the Met's Homicide and Major Crime Command.

Mr Duffield said: "We are appealing for anyone who may have seen or heard something suspicious on the evening of Tuesday the 2nd of December, to call the incident room."

Anyone with information should call police on 020 8358 0400, or if you wish to remain anonymous, called Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Police are treating the woman's death as murder Credit: Ellie Hoskins

A police spokesman said: "A post-mortem examination was conducted on Saturday the 6th of December, at Queen's Hospital Mortuary.

"The cause of death was given as multiple injuries. Officers believe the victim knew her attacker."

A man has been arrested Credit: ITV News

Three arrested by terrorist unit on suspicion of supplying forged documents

The three men remain in custody Credit: PA

Three men remain in custody after being arrested by terrorism police on suspicion of supplying forged documents.

The men, aged, 28, 30 and 33, were arrested by officers from the Met Police's Counter Terrorism Command unit.

The men were arrested yesterday and were taken to a central London police station.

A search of two houses in London was also carried out as well as another house in the East Midlands.

The arrests are believed to be linked to a vehicle stopped at the port of Dover in Kent last Sunday.

Have you seen this man? Police appeal after 62-year-old goes missing from Croydon Hospital

Bill Smith went missing yesterday morning Credit: Met Police

Police say they are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of a man who has difficulty breathing after he went missing from hospital yesterday morning.

Bill Smith, 62, was last seen at 11am walking out of Croydon University Hospital.

He is 5ft 5incs tall and was wearing brown shoes, black jogging bottoms and a light coloured t-shirt.

His left forearm was also bandaged and he suffers from a condition which causes him to find breathing difficult.

Mr Smith is known to frequent St Peters Church in South Croydon, West Croydon as well as Croydon Town Centre.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call police on 101 or Missing People on 116000 quoting reference: 14MIS044032.


Shooting victim dies

Police have launched a murder investigation after a teenager shot in south east London died.

The 18-year-old man, whose name has not yet been released, was shot on Sunday afternoon in Southwark. He was taken to an east London hospital but died from his injuries this afternoon.

A 36-year-old man and a 21-year-old man have been arrested on suspicion of murder and are being questioned at a south London police station.

Rosetta scientist apologises for choice of shirt

Dr Matt Taylor, one of the Rosetta project team, has apologised for his choice of shirt, after he was attacked on social media. The space scientist from north London was originally hailed as 'cool' for his unconventional style, and plentiful tattoos. But a closer look at his shirt revealed it was covered in scantily-clad women, leading to accusations that it was sexist.

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