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Katie Hopkins reported to police over race hate accusation

Katie Hopkins. Credit: Ian West/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Katie Hopkins has been reported to police after being accused of inciting racial hatred.

The Devon businesswoman and reality TV star has been accused by a Labour MP of associating the Pakistani flag with the sexual abuse of young girls in Rochdale.

Simon Danczuk, the MP for Rochdale, said he had sent a complaint to the Greater Manchester Police Commissioner asking him to investigate whether a crime had been committed.

Hopkins, 40, tweeted after Danczuk attended a ceremony to mark National Pakistan Day.

She wrote: "Raising a Pakistani flag in Rochdale is not helping community cohesion. it is inflammatory. @SimonDanczuk you & your party disgust me."

The columnist also posted a picture of eight men convicted of child exploitation offences, asking Mr Danczuk if they were his friends too.

Explaining his decision to report Hopkins, Danczuk said:

It is not right that somebody who has little to do with Rochdale incited hatred of this kind ... Rochdale is a very cohesive community - people work well together. Of course there are tensions, like there are in other communities, but people rub together really well and we don't need outsiders like Katie Hopkins to come in and cause trouble just for the sake of causing trouble and creating Sun headlines.

– Simon Danczuk

Hopkins is yet to directly comment on the allegations.

North Devon musician turns to crowd-funding after his music was stolen

An unsigned North Devon musician who had his music stolen and shared on the internet for free is now turning to crowd-funding to help him produce his next album.

Jim Jones sang live on a national radio show but then discovered his second album on a file sharing website.

The North Devon musician has turned to his listeners to help fund his next project

There was a pirate site already with my album up sharing my music for free and I thought how does that work, you know?

How can they feel good about that knowing that I'm not a signed artist. I'm going on there as an unsigned talent and felt like it was just a bit strange to see that really.

– Jim Jones


Broadchurch will return for a third series

ITV have commissioned a new series of the drama Credit: ITV News

David Tennant and Olivia Colman will return for a third series in the award winning and critically acclaimed drama Broadchurch.

We’ve been overwhelmed that nine million people every week have continued to join us on the twists and turns of Broadchurch. This third chapter has been a glint in my eye for a long time and I’m thrilled to be writing these characters once again.

– Chris Chibnall, Creator & Writer

Wurzels rework hit song for farm safety campaign

The Wurzels have reworked their hit song "Combine Harvester" to raise awareness of farm safety Credit: Yellow Wellies UK

Somerset band The Wurzels have released a new version of their classic 'Combine Harvester' song.

It's part of a new campaign by the National Farmers Union to reduce death and injury in the workplace. The agricultural industry is the UK's most dangerous occupation - figures from the Health and Safety Executive show 27 people died in farm accidents in the year to April 2014.


12th Oscar nomination for Shawshank cinematographer from Devon

Roger Deakins and his wife Isabella at last year's Oscars. Credit: Ian West/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Will this finally be the year for Torquay-born cinematographer and Hollywood stalwart Roger Deakins?

Mr Deakins has bagged his 12th Oscar nomination for his work on the Angelina Jolie film Unbroken.

Despite a dozen nominations for work on classics like The Shawshank Redemption and the Coen Brothers' Fargo, the Torquay Boys' Grammar old boy has never won the coveted prize.

Unbroken is a World War II drama based on a true story.

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