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10,000 sign petition to keep town hall's WWI memorial

Campaigners fear Fenton Town Hall will be demolished if it goes into private hands. Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Campaigners have delivered a 10,000 signature petition to Downing Street in a bid to stop the Government from selling off a Staffordshire town hall that contains a unique First World War memorial.

Fenton Town Hall, whose memorial pays tribute to 500 soldiers, is being marketed by the Ministry of Justice to private buyers for around £500,000.

Save Fenton Town Hall campaigners want the hall to be preserved as a community building.

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PM: Larry the cat and I 'get on purr-fectly well'

The Prime Minister has moved to dispel rumours that he and his family do not get on with Downing Street's resident cat Larry:

Man Tasered by police near Downing Street

File picture of a police officer demonstrating the use of a Taser. Credit: PA Wire

A 42-year-old man was Tasered after he was seen pointing a knife at his own throat near Downing Street in London, Scotland Yard said.

He was challenged by police just before 9pm yesterday but failed to respond so the electronic weapon was used.

The man had been shouting in the road and appeared to have a knife that he was pointing at his throat.

He suffered a minor head injury when he fell and was taken to hospital as a precaution.

He was later arrested on suspicion of possession of a knife and affray, and remains in custody.

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No 10 rejects suggestion Cabinet Secretary's review was 'botched'

Downing Street rejects the suggestion that the Cabinet Secretary's review was "botched".

This review correctly concluded that the emails in question were unreliable. The Prime Minister wanted to keep Andrew Mitchell in his job, and was very supportive of him. At the time Andrew Mitchell apologised to the police and chose not to make a complaint to the IPCC - a path which was always available to him.

The Prime Minister takes full responsibility for the way the case was handled and has said repeatedly that what matters now is that the police get to the bottom of this matter.

– Downing Street spokesman

'Quick release' of CCTV footage could have kept Mitchell in government

Conservative MP Andrew Mitchell believes the plebgate CCTV footage recorded at the gates of No 10 Downing Street, with a now disputed email purporting to be an eyewitness account of the event, would have quickly cleared his name if Downing Street had agreed to its release at the time.

Well I think that, had the CCTV been released earlier, together with the email, I think that it would have been discovered quite early on that something was quite seriously wrong with this and I suppose, had that happened, I might still be in Government today.

I understand that two of the three poisonous phrases are in it (initial briefing notes), but whether there were two or three or one, whether it was done within one minute or an hour or three hours of the incident at the gate, it is wholly and totally untrue.

– Conservative MP Andrew Mitchell

Four arrests have been made as part of the Operation Alice investigation into the incident. The row ignited when Mr Mitchell was accused of a heated rant against officers as he left Downing Street on September 19.

Mitchell: Downing Street 'wanted plebgate to go away'

In an interview for a second investigation into the plebgate incident by Channel 4's Dispatches, which is due to be broadcast tonight, former chief whip Andrew Mitchell said:

I think Downing Street wanted this to go away. They really wanted me to lie low and let them get on with running the country but I couldn't do that - I couldn't wake up every morning for the rest of my life knowing that I had been stitched up.

Mr Mitchell only asked to see the closed circuit footage of the altercation with police at the main gates of Downing Street on the day he resigned, October 19, but was not shown it for nearly three weeks.

"It was quite a frustrating experience," he added.

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