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Pep Guardiola warns stars ‘you have to be careful’ on social media after burglary at Jack Grealish mansion | UK News

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said footballers should not post too much on social media after a burglary at Jack Grealish’s home.

Thieves raided the 28-year-old England star’s Cheshire mansion as he was in action for the Premier League title holders at Everton’s Goodison Park in Liverpool on Wednesday night.

Members of Grealish‘s family and his fiancee Sasha Attwood were at the property at the time when they heard a disturbance and raised the alarm, The Sun reported.

Nobody was harmed but £1m worth of jewellery and watches was reportedly stolen.

It is the latest in a string of raids on the homes of wealthy footballers, including former Manchester City defender Joao Cancelo, who was attacked during a burglary at his home in December 2021.

Manchester City's Jack Grealish during the English Premier League soccer match between Everton and Manchester City at Goodison Park stadium in Liverpool, England, Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2023. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
Jack Grealish’s home was raided on Wednesday

Chelsea star Raheem Sterling, former Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and ex-Manchester United players Paul Pogba and Angel Di Maria, have also been targeted.

Guardiola said: “They have security but unfortunately it’s happened. It’s happened many times.

“United players as well. I don’t know much about London but it’s happened (there), and not just in the UK – I know in Catalonia, where my family lives, many things happen.

“Today you have to be careful, definitely. Not much on social media – the less they know what you are doing the better. People are waiting (to see) where you are, what you are doing.

“Unfortunately it’s happened with Joao, which was so scary because the family was attacked.

“Jewellery, money, whatever – it’s tough – and the family being there is difficult to process. It’s tough for Jack, as it was with Joao before.”

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Guardiola said Grealish didn’t train on Thursday ahead of his side’s home game against Sheffield United on Saturday, adding: “He was with the family.”

Grealish helped City to a 3-1 win before he was informed of the raid on his home on Wednesday.

Police said officers, supported by dogs and a helicopter, searched the area around the property near Knutsford but there was no trace of the suspects.

Wembley will no longer light up to mark terror attacks and social causes | UK News

The Wembley Stadium arch will no longer be lit to show solidarity with countries in the wake of terror attacks and natural disasters.

It follows criticism for not illuminating the landmark in the colours of the Israeli flag after the Hamas atrocities.

The arch will now only light in colours directly linked to the stadium’s use as a sport and entertainment venue, Sky News understands.

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FA branded ‘spineless’ after not lighting arch in Israeli colours

It is understood the arch will also no longer be used to highlight inclusion and diversity campaigns – in recent years, it has been lit in rainbow colours to support LGBTQ+ rights.

This removes the expectation the arch will be lit – and the need for the Football Association to assess sometimes complex geopolitical situations.

The arch could still be lit to mark the deaths of national figures such as a former England player or a monarch, as it was following the death of the Queen last year.

Over the years, the Wembley arch has adopted the colours of the flags of countries including France, Turkey and Ukraine within days of attacks.

But the FA decided not to light it in the blue and white of Israel after the Hamas massacres on a string of kibbutzim close to the Gaza border and a large outdoor music festival on 7 October.

The wave of attacks in southern Israel killed about 1,200 – the deadliest day of attacks against Jewish people since the Holocaust – and approximately 240 hostages were taken into Gaza.

But the unprecedented attack prompted Israel to launch a war to eradicate Hamas – killing thousands in Gaza with concerns about the high number of civilian fatalities.

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The Wembley Stadium arch illuminated in support of France after the 2015 Paris attacks Pic: AP
The Wembley Stadium arch illuminated in support of France after the 2015 Paris attacks Pic: AP

Against that backdrop – and an outpouring of pro-Palestinian activism within England and among footballers – the FA opted against a show of solidarity with Israel at Wembley.

Instead, the FA decided on a silence to “remember the innocent victims of the devastating events in Israel and Palestine” ahead of a men’s international last month between England and Australia at Wembley.

The lack of “specific tribute” to Israel led to the resignation of the chair of the FA’s Faith in Football network, Rabbi Alex Goldberg.

FA chief executive Mark Bullingham said: “I recognise that our decision caused hurt to the Jewish community who felt that we should have lit the arch and that we should have shown stronger support for them.

“This was one of the hardest decisions we’ve had to make, and the last thing we ever wanted to do in this situation was to add to the hurt.

“We aren’t asking for everyone to agree with our decision, but to understand how we reached it.”

The Daily Telegraph first reported that the FA board ratified the new policy, which means the FA cannot be accused of taking sides on conflicts by no longer lighting the arc in relation to geopolitical issues or national tragedies.

The FA will still back causes such as Rainbow Laces even if the arch will not be part of the activism.

Carol Vorderman thanks ‘bloody marvellous’ fans after leaving BBC show over social media guidelines | Ents & Arts News

Carol Vorderman has said she is “overwhelmed” by the support shown by her “bloody marvellous” fans after leaving her BBC radio show over the corporation’s new social media guidelines.

The former Countdown co-host announced she was leaving on Wednesday because she was “not prepared to lose [her] voice on social media”.

In a post on Instagram on Thursday, she said: “I want to say from my heart thank you.

“I am overwhelmed by all of your support, it’s just extraordinary.

“You know, we’re all in this together and we absolutely will make it right, ’cause you are bloody marvellous. You are.”

She said she recorded the clip when she got home on Wednesday night.

It comes as celebrities including Alan Carr and Dame Kelly Holmes expressed their “respect” for Vorderman.

In the comments section of her original Instagram post announcing her departure, comedian Carr wrote “big respect Carol” while Olympian Dame Kelly wrote: “You do you Carol! Much respect for sticking up for who you are and not allowing corporations to silence you!”

Elsewhere, presenter Cat Deeley told Vorderman “you are bloody brilliant” while comedian Joe Lycett joked: “I have informed the BBC I am available to replace you.”

In her statement, Vorderman explained she had decided to continue with her criticisms of the UK government following the implementation of the new guidelines.

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She said: “Since those non-negotiable changes to my radio contract were made, I’ve ultimately found that I’m not prepared to lose my voice on social media, change who I am, or lose the ability to express the strong beliefs I hold about the political turmoil this country finds itself in.”

She added: “I’m sad to have to leave the wonderful friends I’ve made at Radio Wales.

“I wish them, and all of our listeners, all the love in the world. We laughed a lot, and we will miss each other dearly.”

Vorderman has presented the Saturday morning show on BBC Wales for the last five years.

She has been vocal in her criticism of the government and engaged in arguments on X, formerly Twitter, with Tory MPs.

Under the BBC’s social media guidelines, presenters on flagship programmes have been banned from making attacks on political parties.

The guidelines were introduced following a row after Match Of The Day host Gary Lineker was taken off the air by the BBC after criticising the government’s asylum policy on social media.

Ms Vorderman previously told the Sky News Daily podcast she would “wait and see” what the guidelines were and “make a decision based on that”.

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“I’ve had all sorts of experiences in broadcasting, some of them not so good,” she said.

“The vast majority of them are wonderful. So I’m a very lucky woman. Life is what life is.”

A BBC spokesperson said: “Carol has been a presenter on BBC Radio Wales since 2018. We’d like to thank her for her work and contribution to the station over the past five years.”

Carol Vorderman leaves BBC radio show over new social media guidelines | UK News

Carol Vorderman has left her BBC radio show over the corporation’s new social media guidelines.

The former Countdown co-host said she was “not prepared to lose [her] voice on social media”.

Ms Vorderman said BBC Wales management had “decided [she] must leave” as she had “breached the new guidelines”.

She has presented the Saturday morning show on the station for the last five years.

Ms Vorderman said it had been explained to her that the new guidelines would apply to “all and any content” posted by her throughout the year.

This was “despite [her] show being lighthearted with no political content,” she added.

She said she did not want to lose the ability to express her “strong beliefs” on “the political turmoil this country finds itself in”.

“My decision has been to continue to criticise the current UK government for what it has done to the country which I love – and I’m not prepared to stop,” she said.

“I was brought up to fight for what I believe in, and I will carry on.”

Earlier this year, Match of the Day host Gary Lineker was taken off the air by the BBC after criticising the government’s asylum policy on social media.

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In a statement posted on X, formerly Twitter, Ms Vorderman thanked her listeners, saying: “You made me laugh so much.”

She also said she was “sad to have to leave the wonderful friends I’ve made at Radio Wales”.

“I wish them, and all of our listeners, all the love in the world,” she added.

A BBC spokesperson said: “Carol has been a presenter on BBC Radio Wales since 2018.

“We’d like to thank her for her work and contribution to the station over the past five years.”

TikTok prankster Bacari-Bronze O’Garro fined £200 and and given social media video ban after entering family’s home | UK News

A man has been given a criminal behaviour order and told to pay a total of £365 after invading a family’s house for a TikTok prank.

Bacari-Bronze O’Garro, 18, from Hackney, appeared at Thames Magistrates’ Court in a black hoodie and face mask.

He admitted one count of failing to comply with a community protection notice he was issued with last year.

Prosecutor Varinder Hayre said it stated he should not trespass on private property, but that he’d entered a home on 15 May to film a video.

“He went to the home address of the victim,” she said.

“The door of the property was open. Mr O’Garro walked into the property and immediately walked down the stairs.

“He was stopped by the home owner. He went into the living room. He sat down on the sofa and said ‘Is this where the study group is?'”

Ms Hayre said the owner had asked O’Garro to leave multiple times, causing the family “a lot of distress” and that the mother had believed it was an attempted burglary.

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“It was discovered that he had filmed the entire incident for a TikTok trend about walking into random houses,” she told the court.

Defence solicitor Lee Sergent said O’Garro – known online as Mizzy – had apologised to the family.

He said he’d had an “extremely difficult childhood” and was raised by a single parent.

“He is an intelligent young man and a young man with some potential,” he told the court.

He said O’Garro received Universal Credit and was not in work or education.

Judge Charlotte Crangle issued a two-year criminal behaviour order that states he must not publish social media content without the consent of the people included.

He also mustn’t trespass or go to the Westfield shopping centre in Stratford, east London.

O’Garro was fined £200, and told to pay a victim surcharge of £80 and costs of £85.

Man shot dead in social club in west Belfast | UK News

A man has been killed following a shooting in a social club in west Belfast.

It took place at the social club of Donegal Celtic Football Club in Suffolk Road.

The club is understood to have been busy with people watching football on TV when the shooting took place on Sunday afternoon.

There was a heavy police presence following the incident.

Two ambulances were parked in the grounds while a helicopter hovered above.

“There’s total shock in this community today with the offence that happened in Donegal Celtic today,” Sinn Fein MP for West Belfast Paul Maskey said, as he visited the scene.

“My thoughts and sympathies are with this man’s family.

“I personally don’t know the victim but what I do know is that there’s a family there and our thoughts and our sympathies are with this man’s family at this stage.”

Mr Maskey urged anyone with information to come forward to police.

“There is no place for guns on our streets,” he said.

Part of Suffolk Road remained closed following the incident, with a number of diversions in place.

British society divided on social values but majority back tax hikes to pay for cost of living help | Politics News

British society is divided on many social issues but the majority reject the government’s policy of tax cuts, according to a survey.

Britons disagree on issues from Scottish independence to proportional representation in elections but most agree that higher taxes should fund extra help for households through the cost of living crisis.

The National Centre of Social Research (NatCen) interviewed 6,250 people in Britain between September and October last year for its 39th annual British Social Attitudes report.

It showed 52% were behind raising taxes and spending more on health, education and social benefits.

As many as 46% of Conservative voters and 61% of Labour supported tax hikes.

And the majority would back government intervention similar to that seen during the COVID-19 pandemic to protect the economy, as concerns mount over social inequality.

The survey pointed to fears over inequality increasing since the pandemic – with almost half (49%) calling for money to be redistributed to those who are less wealthy, a figure up 10% since 2019.

There were relatively few differences in economic values between northern and southern England – despite the government’s levelling up agenda highlighting regional inequalities.

But the attitude of people outside London is in marked contrast with those living in the capital, who are more pro-welfare and socially liberal.

Some 37% of people in the north expressed pro-welfare views compared to 35% in the south.

In London, this figure rose to 47% – against 30-37% elsewhere.

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Constitutional challenges

Participants were also quizzed about their views on Scottish independence – with the results showing Britain is more polarised than ever.

Some 52% of Scots are in favour of leaving the UK, up from 23% in 2012.

But the figure remains unchanged in England since 2012, with only one in four backing Scottish independence.

For the first time in the survey’s history, more people (51%) favour bringing in proportional representation for elections rather than the traditional first past the post system.

Support in Northern Ireland to stay part of the UK has slipped to below half (49%) for the first time, the research showed.

Culture wars including the issues of identity, immigration and equality could re-ignite the Brexit divide which saw Remain and Leave voters holding radically opposing views – but the balance of public opinion is mostly tipped towards socially liberal beliefs, according to the survey.

Under-pressure health service

Meanwhile satisfaction with the NHS plunged to its lowest level in 25 years, with long waiting lists described as a major barrier to receiving care.

Two thirds of people blamed long delays to get a GP or hospital appointment for being dissatisfied with the beleaguered health service.

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Record ambulance wait times in July

But more than half of people in England and Scotland said they would pay higher taxes to improve the level of healthcare for everyone.

Three quarters surveyed said the NHS should “definitely” be free of charge and available to everyone.

NatCen senior research fellow, Sir John Curtice, said: “The findings of our survey certainly suggest why Britain might appear divided, buffeted, and ‘broken’.

“The health service is widely thought not to be providing the timely service that people need and expect. Support for leaving the UK has grown in Scotland and Northern Ireland, and how Britain should be governed has become much more of a divisive issue.

“A new gap on attitudes to welfare and social issues has opened between the capital and the rest of the country. And divisions over ‘culture war’ issues could potentially become part of our politics, thereby helping to perpetuate the Brexit divide.

“True, the gap in attitudes between the North and the South of England appears to have narrowed, while people still have faith in having a tax-funded NHS that is free at the point of use.

“But the new government faces a particularly formidable challenge in bringing Britain together.”

Jeremy Vine ‘disgusted’ with ‘lack of values’ of social media companies over stalker videos | UK News

TV and radio host Jeremy Vine has said he is “amazed at how hard it is” to get social media companies to act in response to his jailed stalker’s videos.

Former BBC local radio presenter Alex Belfield, 42, was sentenced to five years and 26 weeks last Friday after being found guilty of waging a campaign against a number of figures from the broadcasting world.

Jurors accepted he caused serious alarm or distress to two victims and found him guilty of “simple” stalking in relation to Channel 5 and BBC Radio 2 presenter Mr Vine and theatre blogger Philip Dehany.

Ex-BBC presenter Alex Belfield arrives at Nottingham Crown Court
Alex Belfield

Asked about the response of the social media companies, Mr Vine told BBC Two’s Newsnight: “I am amazed at how hard it is to get them to realise.

“So we went to YouTube and said: ‘Come on, what is going on with this guy? You can’t allow him to just defame’.

“And then we said: ‘OK, there is a libel action now based on that video, that video, that video’ – they still won’t take them down.

“Eventually I have to go through a lawyer, they take down individual videos, and then when he is convicted they demonetise him. But half the videos about me are still up there.

“His technique was to say ‘copy and share’ so you will have someone who takes his video in Moscow and hosts it. It will always be out there, I have got to live with that.

“But the fact that YouTube hosts this stuff, they have no responsibility. They don’t care. They don’t give a toss. Sorry for my language but I am disgusted by their lack of values.

“And Twitter as well. He is in prison and he has still got a Twitter account. What the hell is that about? I don’t understand it.”

Mr Vine said that Belfield had put out a video “saying he is going to be right back up and running”.

Mr Vine also said both the victims and their friends had flagged Belfield’s content in a way that was both “continuous” and “constant” and one person even went to YouTube’s headquarters to ask its reception if anything could be done.

“It’s not a mystery to them which are the problem accounts and they just need to take them down,” he said.

Twitter declined to comment, and YouTube has also been contacted for comment.