Latest UK news evening headlines: Police under fire, chart-topper jailed and Royal baby named


Police have come under fire for suggesting women should flag down a bus if they have concerns when stopped by an officer in the wake of Sarah Everard’s murder.

Government ministers and Scotland Yard were accused of having a tone-deaf response to violence against women and girls after a string of suggestions over what action the public should take if they fear an officer is not acting legitimately.

Other advice – including shouting to a passer-by, running to a house, knocking on a door, or calling 999 – was also met with heavy criticism, with one MP branding it “derisory”.

Patsy Stevenson, who was arrested at a vigil for Ms Everard in the days following her murder, said the advice is “almost laughable if it wasn’t so disgusting”.

She told the PA news agency: “I feel like they are just clutching at straws, because the advice isn’t relevant. It’s like a distraction because, number one, in that situation you can’t just stop and hail down a bus or a taxi or something.

“Can you imagine the distrust that people have right now where they have to protect themselves from the police in that manner? That is shocking.”

Chart-topping rap star Nines jailed after admitting plot to import cannabis

Chart-topping rapper Nines has been jailed for 28 months for importing 28kg of cannabis into the UK from Spain and Poland.

The musician, real name Courtney Freckleton, 31, was known as “Big Boss” by his fellow conspirators in the large-scale cannabis importing operation.

The father of two used the encrypted messaging service Encrochat to message an unknown exporter who used the handle “MicroBird” to arrange shipments of cannabis, which they referred to as “Cali”.

Some of the cannabis was imported inside boilers brought into the UK from Poland, the court heard.

Nines, who last year topped the UK album chart with his third studio release Crabs In A Bucket, appeared at Harrow Crown Court in north-west London on Friday alongside Jason Thompson, 35.

Nines, of Barbican, central London, and Thompson, of Barnet, north London, admitted conspiracy to import the class B drug cannabis into the UK from Poland and Spain and conspiracy to transfer criminal cash between March 10 and July 3 last year.

Wetherspoons sinks to heaviest loss on record from Covid lockdowns

Pub chain Wetherspoons recorded its biggest loss on record as the business suffered heavily from the Covid-19 restrictions to hit the sector.

The company has only seen losses in three of its 37 years – in 1984, 2020 and 2021.

But the 12 months to July 25 were its worst to date, sinking to a pre-tax loss of £154.7 million, up from £34.1 million a year ago. Sales were down from £1.26 billion to £772.6 million.

Founder and chairman Tim Martin said he remained hopeful for the future and customers were starting to return since lockdown restrictions eased in the summer.

However, filling jobs was becoming difficult in some areas – particularly “staycation” locations in different parts of the country.

He also attacked the Government for its handling of the sector during the pandemic and claimed the use of lockdown restrictions were “a threat to civil society and democracy”.

Beatrice reveals baby daughter’s name alongside image of infant’s feet

Princess Beatrice and husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi have named their daughter Sienna Elizabeth and released an image showing prints of her tiny feet.

The Queen’s 12th great-grandchild was born just before midnight on Saturday September 18, weighing 6lb 2oz.

Beatrice tweeted the name of the newest addition to the royal family on Friday.

She wrote: “We are delighted to share that we have named our daughter Sienna Elizabeth Mapelli Mozzi.

“We are all doing well and Wolfie is the best big brother to Sienna.”

This image issued by Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi accompanies the announcement that the couple have named their daughter Sienna Elizabeth Mapelli Mozzi
This image issued by Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi accompanies the announcement that the couple have named their daughter Sienna Elizabeth Mapelli Mozzi





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