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Police officer shot dead inside custody centre in south London

25 September

A police officer has been shot dead inside a custody centre in south London.

The Metropolitan Police say a 23-year-old man was detained at the scene at Croydon custody centre, and was taken to hospital with a gunshot wound.
The male officer was shot at 2.15am on Friday by a man who had already been arrested.
In a statement, the Met said the officer was treated at the scene and then taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service, but later died.
No police firearms were discharged, according to the police.
Commissioner Cressida Dick said: "This is a truly shocking incident in which one of our colleagues has lost his life in the most tragic circumstances. My heart goes out to his family, direct colleagues and friends."
Mark White, Sky's Home Affairs Correspondent, said: "No police firearms were discharged, during the incident so police firearms officers were not involved in the first instance.
"The inference being really that the man now being treated in hospital is the main suspect involved in this incident."
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has released a statement, saying: "My deepest condolences go to the family, friends and colleagues of the police officer who was killed in Croydon last night.
"We owe a huge debt to those who risk their own lives to keep us safe."
Home Secretary Priti Patel said: "I am deeply shocked and saddened to learn that a Metropolitan Police Officer has been shot and killed in the line of duty.
"My thoughts today are with his family, friends and policing colleagues in London and across the country."
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: "I am devastated by the news a Metropolitan Police officer has lost his life.
"I was informed of this tragic incident by the Commissioner this morning, and my heart goes out to the family of this brave officer, who has paid the ultimate price for helping to keep Londoners safe."
"My thoughts are also with his loved ones, friends and the entire Metropolitan Police family, who I know will be deeply mourning their colleague at this extremely difficult time.
"Tragic incidents like this are terrible reminders of the dangers our police officers face every single day they go into work to keep Londoners safe.
"They are the very best of us, and I remain in close contact with the Commissioner to offer her and the Met my ongoing support."
One officer has posted on Twitter saying that he responded to "the worst possible radio transmission".
Ms Patel added: "This morning I spoke to Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick to express my condolences and to offer whatever support is needed as this tragic event is investigated.
"This is a sad day for our country and another terrible reminder of how our police officers put themselves in danger each and every day to keep the rest of us safe."
The Met are working to tell the victim's family, who are being supported by specialist officers.
Labour leader Keir Starmer is sending his thoughts to the family of the officer.
Commissioner Dick added: "We are currently supporting his family and also have a dedicated team providing support to the officers and those in the custody centre who witnessed the shooting.
"When a colleague dies in the line of duty the shockwaves and sadness reverberates throughout the Met and our communities. Policing is a family, within London and nationally, and we will all deeply mourn our colleague.
"We are in the early stages of the investigation and are still working to establish the circumstances surrounding the incident and we will provide further updates when we have them."
The incident has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct who will investigate, although the Met will lead the murder probe.
Policing Minister Kit Malthouse made an announcement to MPs about the death.
Mr Malthouse said: "We ask our police officers to do an extraordinary job.
"The fact that one of them has fallen in the line of performing that duty is a tragedy for the entire nation.
"I know the entire House will offer their condolences to his family and friends and colleagues.
"May he rest in peace and may justice follow this heinous crime."
Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle added: "It is shocking news. This should never happen to the people that protect us and make us safe. All our thoughts and prayers go with the family and friends and the police community."

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Coronavirus: Chancellor's 'live without fear' message not an invitation to break COVID-19 rules, min

25 September

A minister has denied that the chancellor's message to "live without fear" during the pandemic was a suggestion people do not have to follow the coronavirus rules.

Rishi Sunak made the remark in the Commons as he set out his "Winter Economy Plan" designed to avert a jobs crisis amid continuing COVID-19 restrictions.
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Asked about the comment in an interview on Sky News - and whether it was a message that Britons should ignore the coronavirus rules - chief secretary to the Treasury Steve Barclay said: "Quite the opposite.
"I think what's very clear from the message the chancellor said we need to address the health risks in order to protect jobs.
"It's as a consequence of people following the health guidance, adhering to that, that's also how we enable the economy to recover and we protect as many jobs as possible.
"This false choice that's sometimes presented between the health needs and the economic needs is wrong.
"They both sit side by side and it's through taking strong measures to address the virus that we can get the business confidence back into the economy."
The headline announcement from the chancellor was a new Job Support Scheme, which will replace furlough when it ends next month.
This will see the government "directly support" the wages of people in "viable" jobs working at least a third of their normal hours.
A worker doing a third of their normal hours will still get 77% of their usual pay - 33% from their employer for the hours worked, a 22% top-up from the firm and another 22% from the government (up to a cap of £697.92 a month).
It will start in November and run for six months - with all small and medium-sized businesses eligible for the scheme.
Larger firms will have to prove their profits have been affected by the pandemic in order to utilise it.
The 15% VAT cut for hospitality and tourism - down to 5% - has also been extended until the end of March.
Mr Barclay said the government have been "honest with the public that we will not be able to save, regretfully, every job".
"There's a whole range of investment going into the economy in those sectors whilst we protect as many of those jobs that are viable, that people have been protected in initially through the furlough and now through the winter package.
"It is right that we also look at the cost to the wider economy, these measures come at a significant fiscal cost, and that's why it's right we target those jobs that are viable during what is going to be sadly a difficult winter."
But Labour's shadow business minister Lucy Powell told Sky News that she fears the scheme may not have the intended effect and will still result in "mass redundancies".
"The cost to employers and the incentive to employers are not good enough," she said.
"It will be cheaper for an employer to keep somebody on full-time than it would be to keep two people on part-time.
"That's not really what the scheme is designed to do."
The SNP's Westminster leader Ian Blackford said the end of the furlough scheme will result in a "dramatic increase" in unemployment.
"We're going to return to the mass unemployment that we haven't seen since the early 1980s," he told Sky News.

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Coronavirus: Potential vaccine passes another hurdle as Phase 3 trial set to begin in the UK

25 September

Novavax is ready to start its Phase 3 trial of an experimental COVID-19 vaccine in the UK.

The US biotechnology firm plans to enrol up to 10,000 volunteers aged between 18 and 84 over the next four to six weeks.
The company joins AstraZeneca, Pfizer, and Moderna as its vaccine candidate enters the final step of the regulatory approvals process.
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There are almost 40 potential vaccines being tested globally and more than 140 others in the early stages of testing, according to the World Health Organisation.
Half of the volunteers in the Novavax trial will have two shots of NVX-CoV2373 with Matrix-M, the company's adjuvant which is intended to strengthen the vaccine. Half will be given a placebo.
Up to 400 volunteers will get a seasonal flu vaccine and the COVID-19 vaccine to see the effectiveness of combining the two.
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At least 25% of participants will be aged over 65 and the trial will prioritise groups most affected by COVID-19, including those from ethnic minorities, the company said.
In August, the UK government announced that support and infrastructure would be given to Novavax during its Phase 3 clinical trial in the UK.
This includes plans to manufacture the vaccine in the UK and the promise of 60 million doses for the UK if the vaccine turns out to be safe and effective.
The Novavax candidate is the second vaccine to enter Phase 3 clinical trials in the UK - the first was the potential vaccine being developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca.
Gregory M Glenn, president of research and development at Novavax, said the team was "optimistic" that the trial would "provide a near-term view" of the vaccine's efficacy.
He added: "The data from this trial is expected to support regulatory submissions for licensure in the UK, EU and other countries.
"We are grateful for the support of the UK government, including from its Department of Health and Social Care and National Institute for Health Research, to advance this important research."
Novavax said that pre-clinical trials showed the potential vaccine was "generally well-tolerated" and produced "robust antibody responses" greater than those seen in recovering patients.
Thomas Moore, Sky's science correspondent, said the Novavax trial could start as soon as Friday and that the vaccine candidate shows "huge promise".
Novavax shares were up more than 6% in after-hours trading in the US.

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Princess Eugenie is pregnant, Buckingham Palace announces

25 September

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank are expecting a baby in early 2021, Buckingham Palace has announced.

The couple are said to be "very pleased".
A post from the Royal Family's account on Twitter confirmed the news and added the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are "delighted".
And Eugenie, who is 10th in line to the throne, posted a photo of two tiny, furry slippers on her Instagram, teasing: "Jack and I are so excited for early 2021."
The baby will be a ninth great-grandchild for the Queen, following the arrival of her eighth - the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.
But Eugenie's parents, Prince Andrew and Sarah, the Duchess of York, will become grandparents for the first time.
The baby boy or girl will be born 11th in line to the throne, but will not be an HRH or hold a title.
This is because while their mother is a princess, their father has no title and so the child will be born down a female line - meaning they will be plain master or miss.
That would change if the Queen decides to intervene and give Mr Brooksbank - who is European brand manager for Casamigos Tequila, co-founded by George Clooney - an earldom or amends the rules.
Eugenie has been married to Mr Brooksbank for just under two years.
At the ceremony in October 2018, she chose to wear a wedding dress that showed her scar from childhood spinal surgery to correct scoliosis.
The operation was performed by NHS surgeon Jan Lehovsky, who was invited to attend the wedding along with representatives from the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust.

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Coronavirus: 10pm pub curfew comes into force in England and Wales - this is how the first night wen

25 September

The first night of a 10pm curfew on pubs and restaurants has passed largely without incident in England and Wales - but some venues are warning that the absence of late-night drinkers could put their future into jeopardy.

In London, there was a small police presence on the streets of Soho last night, but no problems were reported.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick joined a patrol in Shoreditch, a fashionable area in the capital's east, to remind the public of the measures they need to follow to stop coronavirus from spreading.
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Scotland Yard is planning to step up its enforcement of COVID regulations in the coming days and weeks as infection rates in London continue to rise.
The big test for premises and the police will likely come on Fridays and Saturdays, where greater numbers of people head to pubs and bars.
The Met said enforcement - which could include on-the-spot fines - will only take place as a last resort, but warned officers "will not hesitate to use their powers to deal with flagrant breaches of the regulations".
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Matt Twist said: "The vast majority of Londoners have stuck to the rules and responded positively to the unprecedented situation we are in. We thank them for that.
"Throughout the last few months we have continued to step in where necessary to protect the public, even as the rules relaxed, with officers working hard to tackle challenging incidents such as unlicensed music events throughout the summer - sometimes facing extreme hostility and even violence.
"However, it is clear that there is a renewed need for everyone to do everything they can to minimise the risk of transmission of what is a potentially deadly disease - that means everyone following the rules."
Wolverhampton Police posted a video on Twitter thanking the public for complying with the new regulations, and said all venues had shut at 10pm.
However, the measures in Wales are slightly different, as pub-goers get an extra 20 minutes to finish their drinks following last orders at 10pm.
The curfew comes as the UK reported 6,634 new coronavirus cases in the 24 hours to 9am on Thursday - the highest daily total ever recorded.
A further 40 people are reported to have died within 28 days of testing positive for COVID-19, official figures show. The last time the daily death toll was higher than 40 was on 14 July, when 44 deaths were recorded.
Sky News correspondents in London and Birmingham were in the city centre as 10pm approached to see how the curfew was handled.
LONDON: "Overall, people were compliant"
By Ashna Hurynag, news correspondent

If anyone was anticipating anger on the first night of the nationwide curfew, they'd be pleasantly surprised. Overall, people were compliant - and after initially flooding the streets when the clock hit 10pm, they dispersed into the night.
In Soho - the party district that promises a feast of fun and festivity - the fluorescent vests and jackets of enforcement officials stood out among the revellers lapping up the last few hours of social freedom at their favourite dining hotspots.
But barely seconds after they'd taken their final sip of their drink, just minutes before 10pm, venues were wiping down tables, stacking chairs and ushering people out the doors.
Bars and restaurants who have clawed their way through a difficult summer were eager to abide by every letter of the new restrictions and do everything in their power to sidestep a hefty fine.
Licencing inspectors, community wardens and even the commissioner of the Metropolitan Police were out enforcing the new curfew.
Some Met officers marched door to door in the early evening reminding premises of the new kick-out time.
But they hardly needed checking up on, the venues were broadly prepared for the early shutdown despite the few days' notice.
Yet many feel frustration knowing how many millions of pounds will be lost during this six-month ban on late night frivolity.
BIRMINGHAM: "By 10pm, it felt more like 4am"
By Becky Johnson, Midlands correspondent

By 10pm. Birmingham city centre was eerily quiet.
The pubs and bars on Hurst Street had called last orders at 9.30pm. By the official closing time, everyone had trickled away.
On a street that usually has some of busiest bars in the city, it felt more like 4am.
"This is when people are usually just arriving," one bar owner said. "The students don't usually come out until 10pm or 11pm. People must have just decided it's not worth coming out at all."
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It wasn't any busier in other parts of the city centre.
"We usually do 40% of our trade after 10pm," the marketing manager of Aluna, a cocktail bar in the Mailbox said. "That's all gone."
A group of students were scathing about the new rule and whether it will reduce coronavirus transmission.
"People will just risk the rules. The night won't end here. They'll be having parties," they said.
A "normal" Thursday night is a vague memory here, pre-pandemic, when people crowded into pubs and clubs.
"We did okay" tonight, one bar owner said. "But by okay, I mean we did 25% of the business we did on a normal Thursday."
Many are openly questioning whether their business will survive six months of this.

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