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Hackney: Child among four injured in shooting near east London restaurant | UK News

A child is among four people shot near a restaurant in east London.

Police have said the child is in a serious condition and are waiting for updates on the health of three adults also injured in the incident in Hackney.

All four were taken to hospital with gunshot injuries.

Officers were called to the scene in Kingsland High Street at about 9.20pm on Wednesday, according to the Metropolitan Police, with specialist firearms officers attending.

No arrests have been made and police are still investigating the circumstances of the shooting.

Deputy assistant commissioner Matt Ward said: “We know Londoners will be shocked by what has taken place tonight.

“Our thoughts go to all those affected.

“Fast-moving enquiries are underway and we will update as soon as we can. If anyone has any information, please contact us.”

A London Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We sent resources to the scene, including ambulance crews, advanced paramedics, incident response officers and members of our tactical response unit.

“We also dispatched a trauma team from London Air Ambulance, which consisted of a doctor and a paramedic in a car.

“We treated three adults and one child at the scene before taking them all to a major trauma centre.”

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Pinewood-owner Aermont among suitors for £850m Village Hotels | Business News

The major backer of Pinewood Studios is among the suitors vying to buy Village Hotels, one of Britain’s biggest mid-market hotel chains.

Sky News understands Aermont, which specialises in real estate-backed investments, submitted an offer last week for Village Hotels, which is owned by KSL Capital Partners.

City sources said KSL was seeking offers worth in the region of £850m or more.

A number of other parties are also understood to have tabled bids ahead of a deadline last week.

Blackstone, the giant private equity firm, is considering making an offer but has yet to do so, according to insiders.

The auction is being handled by bankers at Morgan Stanley.

It comes months after attempts to sell Center Parcs UK were called off, while a mooted sale of Travelodge has so far failed to result in a deal.

Village Hotels comprises a portfolio of more than 30 properties from Aberdeen to Bournemouth, with rooms available at budget prices.

Founded in 1995 as Village Urban Resorts, the hotels feature pub-style restaurants and gyms.

KSL was reported to have paid £485m for the business when it bought it in 2014 from De Vere Group.

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The Denver, Colorado-based buyout firm has also owned other UK hotel chains including Hotel du Vin and Malmaison.

Aermont and Blackstone declined to comment.

First child to get new cancer treatment among 100,000 given early access to drugs in NHS milestone | UK News

Nearly 100,000 cancer patients have now had fast-track access to newly approved NHS drugs – with one teen saying his treatment felt like being on a “slope going up”.

Yuvan Thakkar, 16, was the first NHS patient to receive a therapy that uses the body’s own cells to fight cancer.

He was diagnosed with a form of leukaemia aged six and received the pioneering treatment at Great Ormand Street Hospital.

The CAR-T therapy, called tisagenlecleucel (Kymriah), involved removing his immune cells and modifying them to recognise and destroy cancer cells, before reintroducing them to the body.

In April, the NHS will have helped 100,000 patients access new and innovative treatments over eight years.

It’s been made possible by the NHS Cancer Drugs Fund – set up in 2016 to give patients faster access to new treatments.

The fund benefits people with common cancers, such as breast, lung, colorectal and prostate; as well as those with less common ones such as ovarian, cervical, kidney, and leukaemia – and also rare cancers including thyroid and biliary tract.

NHS England said patients get access to National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) approved treatments six months faster, and all cancer treatments are funded as soon as they are approved.

For Yuvan, who spent his childhood in hospital fighting leukaemia, faster access to the CAR-T therapy means he is now able to sit his GCSEs.

Recounting his treatment, he said: “I remember receiving the cells for a bit. I was feeling quite down” – before being sent to intensive care “where I couldn’t do basic counting and things like that”.

The 16-year-old pictured with his family and (below) painting for his art GCSE

Painting for his art GCSE

The teenager said he doesn’t remember any of his treatment until it was finished.

“I thought I could start to get better, then I remembered, ‘oh, I can do this, I can do that’. And from now on, it’s just been like a slope going up,” said Yuvan.

Concern as cancer targets cut

Professor Sir Stephen Powis, the NHS England medical director, said treating 100,000 people was “a fantastic milestone”.

He said: “This vital fund is helping ensure patients get access to the most promising drugs far quicker than would otherwise be the case, helping people with cancer like Yuvan receive a life-changing intervention that sets a path for a longer, healthier life spent with family and friends”.

However, Professor Pat Price, a leading oncologist and co-founder of the Catch Up With Cancer campaign, is concerned about those still struggling to get treatment due to the backlog of cancer cases.

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Since the pandemic, she said 250,000 patients have not had their treatment on time.

National guidance states 85% of people should begin treatment within two months, or 62 days, of an urgent referral, but Professor Price said there has been a downgrade in ambition.

She told Sky News: “We are in the biggest cancer crisis we’ve ever had. This week the NHS have reset their targets for 2025 and sadly, they’ve pushed their recovery target for cancer.”

She said the target for next year had been cut from 85% to 70%.

Mother describes ‘nightmare’ after son among four teenagers found dead in North Wales | UK News

The mother of one of the four teenagers found dead after a car crash in North Wales has said she wishes she could wake from her “nightmare”.

Jevon Hirst, Harvey Owen, Wilf Henderson and Hugo Morris – all aged 16, 17 and 18 – were found in a silver Ford Fiesta in Snowdonia (Eryri) on Tuesday, after they were reported missing from an overnight camping trip.

An urgent search operation was launched by police, who found their bodies inside the overturned car, after it left the A4085 at Garreg, near Tremadog, and was partially submerged in water.

Crystal Owen, Harvey’s mother, wrote on Facebook: “I feel like I’m in a nightmare I wish I could wake up from but I’m not.

“I just wanted to say I do appreciate people’s kindness but no amount of messages is going to help me overcome this. Nothing will make this nightmare go away.”

In the Shropshire town of Shrewsbury, where the boys lived, the Trinity Churches parish said it would offer “time and space to pray” at the Trinity Centre in Meole Brace, from 9am on Wednesday.

Shrewsbury Abbey, meanwhile, is open all day for prayer, and Shrewsbury Colleges Group, where the boys were A-level students, offered “deepest condolences” to their family and friends.

A road has been closed by police near the village of Garreg
A road had been closed by police near the village of Garreg

Wilf’s girlfriend, Maddi Corfield, posted a tribute online for her “sweet angel”.

“I love you so much, I’m going to miss you forever,” she said.

“The sweetest and most loving boy I’ve ever known. I hope you know how much I love you, gorgeous.

“Thank you for all the time you’ve spent with me… thank you for loving me endlessly. I promise I’ll do the same for you, my sweet, sweet angel.”

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She added: “I can’t imagine my world without you. I’m missing you so much already, but I am going to enjoy life the way you would’ve wanted, the way that you made me feel.”

Superintendent Owain Llewellyn, from North Wales Police, said the crash appeared to be a “tragic accident” but the investigation into why the car left the road is ongoing.

Teenage sisters among 10 Britons still missing in Israel after Hamas attack | UK News

Two British teenage sisters are among those still missing after Hamas militants stormed their home in Israel.

Noiya, 16, and Yahel, 13, disappeared from Be’eri kibbutz after it was raided.

Their mother, Lianne, was killed and their father, Eli, is still missing.

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It comes after Rishi Sunak told MPs on Monday at least six Britons were killed and a further 10 are missing in the “pogrom” on 7 October and called for the immediate release of the around 200 hostages taken by Hamas.

Raz, 52, the father’s brother-in-law, is reported to have called on the British government to “take some action” or find out what happened to the family.

“We don’t know if they were kidnapped but if we come to that point we will be happy if they try to do whatever they can to bring those girls back,” he told The Times.

British-Israeli national Benjamin Trakeniski, 32, was also killed in Be’eri while trying to help residents flee Hamas gunmen, according to multiple reports.

Earlier on Monday, a Hamas official demanded 6,000 Palestinian men and women detained in Israel’s jails be released in exchange for hostages in Gaza.

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Khaled Meshaal, head of Hamas’s diaspora office, said the hostages include high-ranking officers from the Israeli Defence Forces’ Gaza Division, which is responsible for patrolling around the Gaza Strip.

In a statement to the Commons, Mr Sunak said he recognised the Palestinian people are “victims of Hamas too” as he announced an extra £10m of aid funding.

British officials have been pressing for Egypt to open the Rafah crossing with Gaza to allow aid in and Britons, dual nationals, as well as their spouses and children, to flee.

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However, a blockade remains in place, contributing to fears that citizens could starve and hospitals would run out of electricity.

It is understood the opening of the border for foreign nationals and Palestinian refugees could be treated separately.

The prime minister raised questions about the border during a call with Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah al Sisi, last week

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So far, eight flights have brought back 500 British nationals from Israel.

Mr Sunak said the UK is working with Israel to establish the facts and support the families of the missing and the dead through their “unimaginable pain”.

“The elderly, men, women, children, babes in arms, murdered, mutilated, burned alive,” he said.

“We should call it by its name: it was a pogrom.”

Convicted murderer who helped stop London terror attack among those honoured by Princess Anne | UK News

A convicted murderer who helped tackle a terrorist in London was among those honoured at a Windsor Castle ceremony.

Princess Anne awarded Steven Gallant the Queen’s Gallantry Medal for his actions during the Fishmongers’ Hall attack in November 2019.

He was one of four men who confronted Usman Khan – who had knives taped to his hands and a fake suicide belt.

Khan killed Cambridge graduates Jack Merritt, 25, and Saskia Jones, 23, at an offender rehabilitation event before fleeing on to London Bridge and injuring others.

Kitchen porter Lukasz Koczocik used a ceremonial spear to fight Khan, communications manager Darryn Frost jabbed him with a narwhal tusk, while another ex-prisoner John Crilly hosed him with a fire extinguisher.

Gallant tackled Khan to the ground and helped restrain him with the others despite not knowing if the suicide belt was real.

Armed police eventually arrived and shot him dead.

Gallant was one of two men convicted of killing Barrie Jackson in Hull in 2005 and was out on licence for the first time when the attack happened.

Lukasz Koczocik after being decorated with the Queen's Gallantry Medal at an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle, Berkshire. Picture date: Tuesday September 26, 2023.
Lukasz Koczocik said getting the medal represented ‘closure’

All four men who intervened have been awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal for their actions – but Mr Crilly couldn’t attend and will collect his award another time.

This year’s Civilian Gallantry List is the last to be approved by the late Queen.

Mr Koczocik, who was stabbed by the terrorist, said getting the medal was an “amazing honour” and had given him “closure”.

Among others honoured at Tuesday’s ceremony were Jacob Rees-Mogg and former home secretary Priti Patel, awarded a knighthood and a damehood respectively, after being named on Boris Johnson’s resignation honours list.

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Sir Jacob Rees-Mogg after being made a Knight Commander of the British Empire at an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle, Berkshire. Picture date: Wednesday September 27, 2023.
The Right Honourable Dame Priti Patel, formerly Home Secretary, after being made a Dame Commander of the British Empire at an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle, Berkshire. Picture date: Wednesday September 27, 2023.

After receiving his knighthood, Sir Jacob praised Mr Johnson’s “great leadership” during the pandemic and also paid tribute to Princess Anne’s “model of public service and duty”.

Dame Priti said her damehood was an “absolute honour and privilege”.

“I will never forget my time as home secretary, working alongside people who, day in day out, also gave so much to our country and particularly those on the front lines,” she said.

Father among three charged with murder of 10-year-old Sara Sharif | UK News

Three people have been charged with the murder of 10-year-old Sara Sharif.

Surrey Police said the Crown Prosecution Service authorised charges against Sara’s father, Urfan Sharif, 41, his partner, Beinash Batool, 29, and his brother, Faisal Malik, 28, all of Hammond Road, Woking.

They have also been charged with causing or allowing the death of a child.

All three will appear before magistrates in Guildford today.

They were arrested on Wednesday evening at Gatwick Airport as they disembarked a flight from Dubai.

In a statement, Surrey Police said: “Sara’s mother has been informed of this latest development and is being supported by specialist officers.”

Urfan Sharif, left and Beinash Batool. Pic: AP
Urfan Sharif, left, and Beinash Batool. Pic: AP

Faisal Shahzad Malik Sharif
Faisal Malik

The trio travelled to Pakistan a day before police discovered Sara’s body in her home in Woking on 10 August.

Five of Sara’s siblings, aged between one and 13 years old, also travelled to Pakistan on 9 August with them.

A post-mortem found Sara had suffered “multiple and extensive injuries” over a “sustained and extended” period of time.

Snakes, horses and frogs among millions of animals passing through Heathrow Airport every year | UK News

Snakes, horses and frogs are among the millions of animals passing through Heathrow Airport every year.

Approximately 19,000 dogs and cats, 28 million fish, 400 horses, 2,000 birds, 50 zoo animals and 150,000 reptiles are imported through the UK’s largest airport.

Each animal is taken from its flight to the Heathrow Animal Reception Centre where they are inspected.

Chris an Animal Attendant Supervisor holds a female bower constrictor at the Heathrow Animal Reception Centre. Each year approximately 14,000 dogs and cats, 400 horses, 100,000 reptiles, 1,000 birds and 28 million fish are imported through Heathrow Airport in London. Picture date: Thursday August 10, 2023.
An animal attendant holds a female boa constrictor

Iona an Animal Attendant holds an adult white tree frog at the Heathrow Animal Reception Centre. Each year approximately 14,000 dogs and cats, 400 horses, 100,000 reptiles, 1,000 birds and 28 million fish are imported through Heathrow Airport in London. Picture date: Thursday August 10, 2023.
An animal attendant holds an adult white tree frog

The animals are provided with temporary accommodation while paperwork and shipments are checked. They can then be reunited with their owners.

The facility, owned and operated by the City of London Corporation, can hold any animal species.

It works with airlines to ensure animals are well cared for and meet the requirements of the Pet Travel Scheme, which allows them to travel easily without undergoing quarantine.

Michael Gallo a lead senior veterinary inspector for AHVLA holds a Starfish at the Heathrow Animal Reception Centre. Each year approximately 14,000 dogs and cats, 400 horses, 100,000 reptiles, 1,000 birds and 28 million fish are imported through Heathrow Airport in London. Picture date: Thursday August 10, 2023.
Michael Gallo, a lead senior veterinary inspector, holds a starfish

Michael Gallo a lead senior veterinary inspector for AHVLA holds a Clown fish at the Heathrow Animal Reception Centre. Each year approximately 14,000 dogs and cats, 400 horses, 100,000 reptiles, 1,000 birds and 28 million fish are imported through Heathrow Airport in London. Picture date: Thursday August 10, 2023.
A clownfish at the Heathrow Animal Reception Centre

On Thursday, there was also an adult white tree frog, a boa constrictor, a royal python, a clownfish, a starfish and a neon marine fish at the centre.

An owner is reunited with his Springer Spaniels at the Heathrow Animal Reception Centre. Each year approximately 14,000 dogs and cats, 400 horses, 100,000 reptiles, 1,000 birds and 28 million fish are imported through Heathrow Airport in London. Picture date: Thursday August 10, 2023.
An owner is reunited with his springer spaniels

Springer spaniels, a German shepherd, a pug and a corgi were among the species of dog also being inspected.

TikTok most popular source for news among teenagers, Ofcom research finds | UK News

TikTok is now the most popular single source of news for teenagers in the UK, according to research by Ofcom.

The media regulator found that the video-sharing app is used by 28% of 12 to 15-year-olds for finding out about current affairs, a higher proportion than any other platform.

YouTube and Instagram are joint second, with both used by 25% of those in the age group for the purpose, according to the regulator’s News Consumption In The UK 2022/23 report.

It comes as the internet increasingly replaces traditional print media as a news source among the general public.

Some 68% of UK adults now use online sources for news, compared with just 26% for physical newspapers, the Ofcom research found.

However TV remains the most popular platform, with 70% of adults tuning in to find out about current events – with the figure rising to 75% when on-demand content is included.

Nic Newman, a senior research associate at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, said that while TikTok has often been seen as a platform for lighter topics rather than “serious” news, events such as the COVID pandemic had changed perceptions.

He said: “COVID was a big change because people were at home and people were talking about COVID on TikTok and people had a bit of time.

“That’s a case of very serious news being carried on TikTok.

“Passions and celebrity news, that’s a big part of what’s going on with the younger people, but there’s also serious news, that’s the wider big shift.”

It comes after a separate study also recently found that TiKTok is growing in popularity as a source for news among young people around the world.

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Across all age groups, Facebook continues to be the most used social media platform for accessing news. However, it is showing signs of decline after reaching only 30% of adults in the last year – down from 35% in 2019, Ofcom said.

In contrast, TikTok has seen a “significant” increase in popularity as a news source and is now used by 10% of adults for the purpose – up from just 1% in 2020.

Despite the rise of TikTok, 45% of 12 to 15-year-olds said they were not interested in the news – with almost half saying they found it “too boring”. A further 16% said they found it “too upsetting”.

The app has also faced growing criticism and concern among western governments in recent years over its alleged links to the Chinese government, leading to the platform being banned on government devices in Australia, Canada, the EU and the UK.

TikTok’s owner, Chinese internet company ByteDance, has denied sharing data with officials in Beijing.

In April the company was fined £12.7m for breaches of data protection law, including using the personal data of children aged under 13 without parental consent.

The Information Commissioner’s Office estimated that around 1.4 million under-13s in the UK were routinely using TikTok – despite its rules stating that you must be 13 or over to create an account.

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TikTok ‘not an independent company’

Ofcom’s research, which included interviews with more than 1,000 young people, also found that 23% of those aged 12 to 15 were most interested in news relating to “sports or sports personalities”.

A further 15% said they were keen to find out about “music news or singers”, while 11% said they wanted to keep up-to-date with the latest on “celebrities or famous people”.

Social media platforms are also among the top news outlets for young people aged 16 to 24, the report found.

Instagram is the most popular single news source, with 44% of the age group using it for that purpose, while 29% said they use TikTok for find out the latest on current affairs.

Only one in 10 said they consumed no news at all, compared with 5% of UK adults overall.

Young adults and renters among worst hit by cost of living crisis | Business News

Young adults and renters are some of the groups of people worst hit by rising prices as official figures show around 1 in 20 said they’d run out of food in the past 2 weeks and couldn’t afford more.

People who couldn’t afford food were most likely to be supported by charities, be lone parents and in receipt of benefits or financial help.

Also more likely to struggle to buy food were ethnically diverse people and black, African, Caribbean and black British adults, along with renters and disabled adults.

Those aged 25 to 34 were at greater risk of financial vulnerability than those over the age of 75, the data showed.

Renters were more likely to report difficulty paying housing costs.

While more than a quarter (28%) of mortgage holders said it was difficult to afford their mortgage, 43% of renters reported it was very or somewhat difficult to afford rent.

Compared to mortgage payers, renters were spending less on food and essentials, were more likely to have run out of food and to be behind on energy bills.

Renters spent an average of 21% of their disposable income on rent, compared to 16% of mortgage payers, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

Similarly, disabled adults faced greater financial difficulties than non-disabled adults.

The ONS has published analysis on the impact of the cost of living crisis from February to the start of May, before mortgage rates began increasing in earnest.

It analysed the proportion of people affected by price rises, and the characteristics associated with financial vulnerability.

It comes as the government announced public sector pay rises of between 5% and 7% this week and official figures showed wage growth remained at record high of 7.3%, but was still outpaced by inflation.