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Indi Gregory: Critically ill baby has life-support treatment withdrawn | UK News

Life-support treatment has been withdrawn from a critically ill baby girl who has been at the centre of a legal battle, a campaign organisation supporting her parents has said.

Eight-month-old Indi Gregory has been transferred from the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham to a hospice, Christian Concern said on Sunday.

She stopped breathing on Saturday night but then recovered, the organisation said.

“She is fighting hard,” her father Dean Gregory is quoting as saying.

BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE Undated family handout photo issued by Christian Concern of Dean Gregory and Claire Staniforth with their daughter Indi Gregory, who has mitochondrial disease and is being treated at Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham. Her parents, have lost legal fights in London and failed in a bid to take their case to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg, France. Issue date: Friday October 27, 2023.
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Indi Gregory’s parents Claire Staniforth and Dean Gregory

Indi was born in February with a rare mitochondrial disease, a genetic condition that saps energy, and has been receiving life-sustaining treatment. Her doctors have said she suffers from significant pain and distress, and that treatment is futile.

Mr Gregory and Indi’s mother Claire Staniforth have fought to overturn multiple court rulings on their daughter’s treatment, but have not been successful.

It is understood Indi was transferred from the hospital in Nottingham to an ambulance with a police security escort.

She is said to have been relaxed and slept during the journey to the hospice.

Andrea Williams, chief executive of the Christian Legal Centre, said: “Dean and Claire are by the side of their precious daughter Indi, keeping watch over her. We ask for your prayers for them”.

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Pope Francis offers prayers

Baby Indi’s move to the hospice comes after the Court of Appeal dismissed a challenge from her parents on Friday to an earlier ruling that her life support should be removed in either a hospital or a hospice. Her parents had said she should be allowed to have treatment removed at home.

Mr Justice Peel concluded that “extubation and palliative care at the family home” would be “all but impossible”.

Her parents, who are from from Ilkeston, Derbyshire, have also failed in a bid to transfer Indi to a hospital in Rome where she had been offered treatment and Italian citizenship.

The judge ruled a move to Italy would not be in Indi’s best interests and Court of Appeal judges backed that decision.

The Vatican Press Office released a statement on Saturday saying Pope Francis is praying for the family.

“Pope Francis embraces the family of little Indi Gregory, her father, and her mother; prays for them and for her, and turns his thoughts to all the children around the world at this very hour are living in pain or risk their lives because of illness or war,” the statement said.

Gordon Ramsay becomes father for sixth time at 57, welcoming ‘whopper’ to the family | Ents & Arts News

Gordon Ramsay has become a father for the sixth time at the age of 57, welcoming a 7lb 10oz “whopper” of a son to the family.

The TV chef and his 49-year-old cookery book author wife Tana announced the birth of Jesse James Ramsay on Instagram on Saturday.

Ramsay, who celebrated his birthday on Wednesday, called the newborn’s arrival “an amazing birthday present” – although it is unclear when exactly Jesse was born.

He and Tana, who have been married for almost 30 years, are also parents to Megan, Matilda, twins Jack and Holly, and Oscar.

The chef strongly hinted this would be his last child, writing on Instagram: “One more bundle of love to the Ramsay brigade!! 3 boys, 3 girls…. Done.”

He was quickly congratulated by fellow celebrity friends and fans alike.

TV chef Gino D’Acampo wrote: “FANTASTICO, still plenty of lead in that pencil!”

In 2016, Ramsay and Tana experienced a pregnancy loss at 20 weeks.

“Born with a strong heartbeat but too little to survive,” Tana said of their son, who they named Rocky.

Emotional King unveils statues of late parents at the Royal Albert Hall ahead of Festival of Remembrance | UK News

The King and Queen unveiled statues of the Elizabeth II and Prince Philip as they arrived for the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall.

The life-sized bronzes, commemorating the late Queen and her husband’s dedication to the concert hall, were installed as part of its 150th anniversary.

King Charles appeared emotional as he looked up at the statue of his late mother at Saturday’s unveiling ceremony.

The King and Queen were later accompanied at the festival by nine other members of the Royal Family, including the Prince and Princess of Wales, the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, the Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and the Duke of Kent.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak observed the event from a box to the left of the royals alongside his wife Akshata Murty while Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer sat in a separate box to the right with his wife Lady Victoria.

Hosting the annual event, Clare Balding said that servicemen and women who have lost their lives are “kept alive with our words, our memories, our tributes”.

There were performances from British soul singer Mica Paris, pop star Calum Scott, Chelsea Pensioner Colin Thackery and tenor Alfie Boe, who performed Bring Him Home.

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The statue of Prince Philip at the Royal Albert Hall

The Princess Royal led a tribute to those who lost their lives in the Battle of the Atlantic, the longest military campaign of the Second World War.

This year’s Festival of Remembrance marked 80 years since the battle, which saw around 65,000 seamen lose their lives.

Other tributes at the festival included to the bereaved who have lost loved ones through military service.

Footage marking the 70th anniversary of the Korean War was shown, with contributions from people who had served.

There were also tributes to the Windrush generation and their contribution to the British armed forces, marking the 75th anniversary of the HMT Empire Windrush’s arrival in the UK.

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The royals joined the crowd to sing Dear Lord And Father Of Mankind after the remembrance book, containing the names of British war dead, was brought into the centre of the hall.

It was carried by petty officer Stuart Jones and his family, accompanied by recently reunited Royal Navy families.

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The event ended with a rendition of God Save The King followed by three cheers after which King Charles waved to the crowd who applauded as he left with the other royals.

On Sunday, His Majesty will lead the nation in remembrance at the Cenotaph following a day of violent clashes in central London between counter-protesters and police, who attempted to stop them from interfering with a major pro-Palestinian march.

Northern Lights: Where in the UK could you catch a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis? | UK News

There is a “good chance” the Northern Lights will be on display in parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland this weekend and may even treat parts of northern England and Wales, the Met Office has said.

The forecaster suggests the phenomenon, also known as the Aurora Borealis, is most likely to be on show on Saturday night into Sunday.

“Auroral displays down to Scotland, Northern Ireland and similar geomagnetic latitudes are likely, and perhaps extending to include parts of northern England and Wales,” it said.

But stargazers are being warned that cloud cover could impact visibility.

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The phenomenon can be notoriously hard to spot with the naked eye – even in countries such as Norway and Iceland where sightings are more common.

However, it can occasionally be seen in the UK.

Last week the Northern Lights flooded skies across the UK with colour during bonfire night weekend.

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The Met Office confirmed the phenomenon had been “observed across Scotland” and was “clearly visible from Shetland webcams”.

Sightings were also “reported across some central and eastern parts of England” last Sunday night, the weather agency said.

An array of pink and yellow hues were even reportedly seen as far south as Stonehenge in Wiltshire.

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According to the Royal Observatory Greenwich, different gases determine what colours light up the sky, with nitrogen and oxygen being the primary gases in Earth’s atmosphere.

Green in the aurora is a characteristic of solar energy interacting with oxygen, while purple, blue or pink hues are caused by nitrogen.

A deep red can sometimes be seen when the aurora is “particularly energetic”, as a result of very high altitude oxygen interacting with solar particles.

Farage to seek millions in damages from NatWest and former CEO Rose | Business News

Nigel Farage will next week begin a formal legal fight with NatWest Group and its former boss as he seeks millions of pounds in damages over the debanking scandal which escalated into a crisis for the state-backed lender.

Sky News has learnt that Mr Farage, the former UKIP leader, has instructed London-based Grosvenor Law to act for him in a claim against both NatWest and Dame Alison Rose, who stepped down as its chief executive in July after admitting having discussed his personal banking arrangements with a BBC journalist.

Initial legal letters are expected to be issued by Mr Farage’s lawyers during the course of next week, they indicated this weekend.

One source said he was expected to seek a total sum worth millions of pounds for damage to his reputation and to cover his legal costs.

In a statement issued to Sky News on Saturday morning, Mr Farage said: “For all their lies and deceptions towards me, and their illegitimate debanking of tens of thousands of innocent people, NatWest and its former CEO, Dame Alison Rose, need to be held to account.”

The claims are expected to be filed just days after NatWest confirmed that it was cancelling the bulk of Dame Alison’s potential £10m-plus severance package.

More than £7.5m of share awards and bonuses were cancelled after the bank declared that she was not a “good leaver”.

It also said there had been “no finding of misconduct” against her, making her eligible to receive payments during her 12-month notice period expected to amount to approximately £3.2m.

Mr Farage posted on the social media platform X on Friday that he was “instructing lawyers to take action against NatWest Group” and would “aim to turn this into a class action as so many others have been wronged”.

The disclosure that he intends to sue Dame Alison personally underscores Mr Farage’s determination to secure reparation for what he has labelled a major banking industry scandal.

A report commissioned by the bank and compiled by the law firm Travers Smith concluded that the decision to close his Coutts accounts had been lawful but that there were “serious failings” in the way it had dealt with him.

Mr Farage called that report “a whitewash” and has called for the Financial Conduct Authority to pursue further action against NatWest.

The Information Commissioner’s Office, which is responsible for data protection regulation, was this week forced to issue an embarrassing apology to Dame Alison for implying that she had personally breached privacy laws by talking about Mr Farage’s banking arrangements to a reporter.

In fact, it had only investigated the actions of the bank.

NatWest, which is just under 40%-owned by British taxpayers, was rescued by with a £45.5bn bailout in 2008 as the banking industry teetered on the brink of collapse.

The bank has seen its shares fall sharply in recent months as it has grappled with the fallout from the row with Mr Farage and disappointing quarterly results.

Its stock is down by nearly a fifth over the last year.

During the summer, it emerged that Coutts employees had belittled Mr Farage – now a broadcaster for GB News – by making a stream of pejorative comments about his political views and finances.

Dame Alison had given the impression that the decision to debank him had been principally a commercial one.

Last month, the bank issued a further apology to Mr Farage, while Dame Alison distanced herself from the views expressed by Coutts employees, describing them as “deeply unpleasant and unfair”.

The decision to “debank” Mr Farage sparked a firestorm in Westminster and forced the City watchdog into an urgent review of the practice across Britain’s banking sector.

Dame Alison, who was the first woman to lead one of the UK’s big high street banks, has been replaced on an interim basis by Paul Thwaite, formerly the head of its commercial business.

Despite the hopes of her and boardroom colleagues that an initial apology in July would save her job, her departure was sealed within hours when Downing Street signalled that it had lost confidence in her leadership.

NatWest and a spokesman for Dame Alison declined to comment on Saturday.

Mother found dying from stab wound by her two children in Greater Manchester | UK News

A mother who was found dying from a stab wound by her two young children in Greater Manchester has died.

Perseverance Ncube, 35, was discovered with a single wound to her chest before being taken to hospital where she later died of her injuries.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said a 45-year-old man had been arrested by officers on suspicion of murder and remains in custody after fleeing the scene.

Officers were called to reports of a woman found with serious injuries on Dukesgate Grove in Little Hulton, near Salford, at around 2.40 am on Friday.

The force said its inquiries indicated Ms Ncube was known to the suspect and it was a targeted attack.

She ‘lived for her children’

Her family said in a statement: “It is with immense pain that we say goodbye to Perseverance Ncube, also known as Percy to her loved ones.

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“She was a loving and devoted mother who lived for her children, family, and friends.”

They added: “Percy had just celebrated her 35th birthday in October, and her passing has left us with an immeasurable sense of loss.

“Our focus now is on supporting her children as they continue their journey without their mother.”

‘Horrific attack on a mother’

Detective Chief Inspector Gina Brennand of GMP’s Major Incident Team said: “We are in the early stages of our investigation, and an experienced team of detectives continue to work extremely hard to understand a comprehensive timeline of events that will help us piece together what has happened earlier this morning.

“This was a truly horrific attack on a mother, witnessed by her two young children and we really need the public to come forward and give information to us that may be able to assist our enquiries to find answers for them.”

GMP is appealing to motorists and residents in the area who may have captured dashcam, CCTV or doorbell camera footage to get in contact.

Deepfake audio of Sadiq Khan suggesting Remembrance weekend ‘should be held next week instead’ under police investigation | UK News

Digitally generated audio of Sadiq Khan seemingly calling for Armistice Day to be delayed is being investigated by police.

Clips have been circulating on social media, using the London mayor’s voice and mannerisms, where he can be heard playing down the importance of Remembrance weekend commemorations.

In one clip, a voice similar to Mr Khan can be heard saying: “I don’t give a flying s*** about the Remembrance weekend.”

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The fake recording continues to say: “What’s important and paramount is the one million-man Palestinian march takes place on Saturday.”

It’s a reference to the Million March in 1965 – a civil rights protest in Washington DC attended overwhelmingly by people of colour.

A large pro-Palestinian demonstration in London calling for a ceasefire in Gaza has been planned for Saturday, with more than 2,000 police officers drafted in to help manage the event.

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However, Home Secretary Suella Braverman has criticised the Metropolitan Police over its decision to allow the march go ahead.

Another clip using Mr Khan’s voice says: “I know we have Armistice Day on Saturday but why should Londoners cancel the Palestinian march on Saturday? Why don’t they have Remembrance weekend next weekend? What’s happening in Gaza is much bigger than this weekend and it’s current.”

The Metropolitan Police said it was investigating the fake clips.

“We can confirm that we have been made aware of a video featuring artificial audio of the mayor, and that this is with specialist officers for assessment,” the force said in a statement.

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Writing on social media, Mr Khan wrote: “While I hosted an interfaith Remembrance event with our armed forces at City Hall: the far-right were sharing deepfake audio about me.

“They may have new means, but their ends are the same – to divide our diverse communities. We must stand together – it’s what London does best.”

The mayor also used social media to point people to an article written in the Evening Standard about the importance of events this weekend.

In it, he writes: “It’s right that the organisers have said they will not protest near the Cenotaph. I urge everyone attending to co-operate with police and make sure to be respectful on Armistice Day.”

People’s comments on the faked audio ask if it is real or made with artificial intelligence – an indication of how accurate the technology used to make these kind of clips is.

It comes after a deepfake clip of Mr Khan’s party leader, Sir Keir Starmer, was circulated as Labour’s annual conference got under way in October, heightening fears about the potential impact of the technology on democracy.

Suella Braverman meets Met chief amid Tory row over protest article | Politics News

Suella Braverman has met the head of the Metropolitan Police to offer the force her “full backing” ahead of controversial pro-Palestine protests taking place this weekend.

On Wednesday, the home secretary wrote an article for The Times newspaper – which was not signed off by Number 10 – attacking the force for “playing favourites” with left wing protesters, and accusing them of “double standards”.

It followed her earlier remarks describing the demonstrations as “hate marches”.

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Ms Braverman’s comments have ignited a row within the Conservative Party, with some backing the home secretary, while others are calling for her to resign or be sacked.

Opposition parties also accused her of picking a fight with the police, and demanded she be ousted from the Home Office.

Now in an apparent climb down, the minister has met with the head of the force, Sir Mark Rowley, with a source close to Ms Braverman saying she “emphasised her full backing for the police in what will be a complex and challenging situation and expressed confidence that any criminality will be dealt with robustly”.

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‘We can’t enforce taste or decency’

The prime minister has been under increasing pressure to take action over Ms Braverman’s comments about this weekend’s protests that coincide with Armistice Day.

While the pro-Palestinian march is not set to take place until almost two hours after the nation holds a two-minute silence, and is not due to go to past the Cenotaph in Whitehall, some – including the home secretary – have branded the event offensive and inappropriate.

Sir Mark was summoned to Downing Street earlier in the week to discuss policing of the march with Rishi Sunak, who vowed to hold the most senior office in the UK “accountable” for what happens on Saturday.

But, despite airing his own concerns about the protest – calling it “disrespectful” – the prime minister conceded there was “a right to peacefully protest” and the march could go ahead.

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Met Police chief ‘accountable’ over protest

The Met chief stood by his decision to let the protest take place throughout the week, saying the “legal threshold” to stop it on security grounds “had not been met”.

However, despite the statements from both Mr Sunak and Sir Mark, the home secretary took to the papers to express her anger at the force’s actions – and publicly contradict her party leader.

After causing a rift within the Conservatives – brought into sharp focus by WhatsApp messages leaked to Sky News – Ms Braverman now appears to be attempting to smooth over relations with the Met.

A source close to her said: “The home secretary and the commissioner of the Metropolitan Police met this afternoon to discuss the policing of demonstrations to be held tomorrow, on Armistice Day.

“The commissioner outlined plans to continue working to maintain public order, ensure compliance with the law and maintain the safety of participants, police officers and the general public.

“The home secretary emphasised her full backing for the police in what will be a complex and challenging situation and expressed confidence that any criminality will be dealt with robustly.”

Will climbdown be enough to keep Braverman in post?

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While we haven’t yet heard directly from Suella Braverman, the language being used by a source close to the home secretary this evening suggests something of a climbdown and an attempt to make amends with the Metropolitan Police.

After accusing officers of being too lenient with pro-Palestinian protestors earlier this week, we’re now told she has “emphasised her full backing” for the force and “expressed confidence that any criminality will be dealt with robustly”.

That is a marked change in tone from the broadside levelled at the Met just days ago.

So what’s going on?

Downing Street and the broader government machine have made no secret of their unhappiness with the home secretary’s latest intervention.

While the prime minister is said to still have confidence in Ms Braverman, senior ministers have distanced themselves from their colleague and Number 10 has pointedly briefed that it did not sign off the article.

In other words, there was a distinct impression that this time she may have gone too far and, as such, put her job at risk.

Could the threat of being sacked have forced this change in tone? Maybe. But there’s also the practical context to this.

The home secretary’s controversial remarks risked undermining officers and inflaming tension at protests tomorrow. So this could also be a somewhat belated attempt to calm the situation down.

But whether it will be enough to actually keep Suella Braverman in her post remains to be seen.

Earlier on Friday, the Met released details of the “significant” operation it planned to run in London over the weekend to ensure Remembrance services are protected from disruption by both the march and any counter-protests, which some fear may be held by the far right.

The force said more than 2,000 officers will be on the streets, an exclusion zone had been set up around Whitehall – where Sunday’s main Remembrance event will take place – and putting a 24-hour police presence around the Cenotaph.

In a lengthy statement, they added: “We’ll be using an extensive set of powers to prevent any disruption whatsoever to Remembrance events, policing the demonstration as it passes through parts of the capital, while protecting our communities from those intent on inciting hate, violence and disorder.”

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Shortly before news broke of Ms Braverman’s meeting, the prime minister also issued a statement saying he had been “reassured” by the police over their operation that Remembrance services would be protected.

Rochdale Cenotaph: Two teenagers charged with criminal damage for spraying ‘Free Palestine’ on war memorial | UK News

Two teenagers have been charged for writing “Free Palestine” on Rochdale Cenotaph.

On Tuesday, the war memorial in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, was spray painted with the slogan in red.

Today, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said two men have been charged with racially aggravated criminal damage, with one also accused of theft, after they were arrested on Tuesday.

The force said neither of the teenagers could be legally identified due to their ages, and added both had been released on bail.

GMP declined to give the ages of the defendants. A court date has yet to be fixed.

Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Round said: “I hope the swift charges provide some reassurance to the public that our investigation is moving at pace.

“I understand the emotional distress that has been caused in the local community by the damage to the cenotaph and our team of detectives will continue working tirelessly to hold those responsible to account.”

Rochdale cenotaph with the words 'Free Palestine' spray painted across it
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Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Round said: ‘I hope the swift charges provide some reassurance.’

After the incident on Tuesday, GMP officers have been stationed by the memorial, which stands yards away from the police station.

Sir Edwin Lutyens designed the Rochdale memorial, as well as the Cenotaph in Whitehall.

The northern cenotaph is one of seven based outside of London, and was unveiled in 1922.

UK economy sees growth flatline but avoids recession this year | Business News

The UK economy flatlined in September but it means the country has avoided a recession this year.

Fresh data from the Office for National Statistics shows that gross domestic product (GDP) – which measures the value of goods and services produced – rose by 0.2% over the month, staying the same from August.

It means the UK dodges a recession this year which is defined as two consecutive quarters of negative GDP.