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Benedict Cumberbatch: Finally I can 'photobomb' myself

Benedict Cumberbatch joked, "Finally I can photobomb myself" after the Sherlock star prepared for his likeness to grace Madame Tussauds in London.

Cumberbatch, who famously "photobombed" stars including U2 on the Oscars red carpet, said it was a "weird and wonderful compliment to be included in the ranks of talent already committed to wax".

Benedict Cumberbatch famously photobombed U2 on the Oscars red carpet.
Benedict Cumberbatch famously photobombed U2 on the Oscars red carpet. Credit: REUTERS/Mike Blake

"It's an extraordinary experience," he said after sculptors and technicians took dozens of measurements and photographs for the waxwork.

"Also my agents will be thrilled, they've wanted a clone of me for some time," Cumberbatch added.

Police apology over 'inexcusable' Cherry Groce failings

The country's most senior police chief has apologised 'unreservedly' and said it was 'inexcusable' that it had taken until now to say sorry for police failings which contributed to the death of Cherry Groce, whose shooting by an officer triggered the 1985 Brixton riots.

Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said: "I apologise unreservedly for our failings.

"I also apologise for the inexcusable fact that it has taken until now for the Met to make that public apology. Sadly this means that the person that most deserved to hear that apology, those words that we are sorry, is no longer here.

"Mrs Groce bore her suffering with dignity, and her story is a powerful reminder to all our officers of our responsibilities where we use force or plan for its possible use."

Read: 'Police failures' contributed to death of Cherry Groce



Groce jury returns verdict on day 3 of deliberations

The jury returned their verdict on the third day of deliberations.

  • The mother-of-eight died 26 years after the shooting in 2011, aged 63, from kidney failure, which a pathologist directly linked to the gunshot injury
  • Mrs Groce's shooting by Metropolitan Police Inspector Douglas Lovelock sparked two days of unrest during which shops were looted and petrol bombs thrown in Brixton
  • Lovelock, who admitted being responsible for the wound, told the inquest he had apprehensions about going on the job

Police 'failed to communicate' in hunt for Michael Groce

  • Dorothy Groce, known as Cherry, was wounded and paralysed by armed police who were searching for her son in a planned raid at her home in south London
  • A jury at at Southwark Coroner's Court found that police failed to communicate properly during the hunt for Michael Groce and to adequately check who was living at the address before the raid


Statue of Gandhi to be erected outside Parliament

Britain will honour Mahatma Gandhi - who fought to end British rule in India - with a statue of the political and spiritual leader outside the Palace of Westminster in Parliament Square, George Osborne has announced.

Mohandas K Gandhi, known as the Mahatma, was born in Pornader Province, India.
Mohandas K Gandhi, known as the Mahatma, was born in Pornader Province, India. Credit: PA

The Chancellor, who is in New Delhi on a mission to boost trade and political links, wrote on Twitter: "Gandhi was father of democratic India. Can announce we'll honour his memory with statue in front of mother of parliaments in Parliament Sq."

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid, who is leading a special advisory group to support the project, said: "Celebrating Mahatma Gandhi's reverence and greatness, a man who fought equally for everyone, in the form of a statue in Parliament Square is a fitting tribute.

"No matter what your background, history or religion, this statue will allow people from around the world to look upon him and appreciate his endeavour and successes for humanity."

The statue, which will stand alongside monuments to Nelson Mandela, Sir Winston Churchill and Abraham Lincoln in the square, is set to be erected next year.

Leading sculptor Philip Jackson has been approached about the project, which will be funded by charitable donations and sponsors.

Palace send-off as Tour de France heads home

The Tour de France has bid au revoir to Britain with a grandstand finish in front of Buckingham Palace.

The last of the three English stages ended with the same winner as Saturday's opener in Yorkshire, with Giant-Shimano's German sprinter Marcel Kittel first to the line on the Mall.

ITV News Correspondent Damon Green reports:

Tour de France director: 'UK Crowds are unbelievable'

The director of the Tour de France said that holding the race stages in Britain had been "beyond our wildest expectations."

Christian Prudhomme said: "It was perfect. It was unbelievable," adding that huge crowds had lined the streets on the 30 km (18 miles) of road that the race took through Greater London.

He added the Tour de France would definitely come back to Britain at some stage.

Thousands watch Tour de France come to London

Thousands of people lined the streets to watch the third stage of the Tour de France from Cambridge to London.

After snaking their way through the Essex countryside, less than a second separated the riders as they finished on the Mall outside Buckingham Palace.

ITV News correspondent Damon Green reports:

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