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A police officer and a forensic officer outside the house of Richard Osborn-Brooks in South Park Crescent in Hither Green, south east London (file photo).

A man wanted in connection with an aggravated burglary in which another intruder died has been arrested by police.

Billy Jeeves, 28, was wanted by officers investigating the failed robbery at a home in Hither Green, south east London.

He was located and detained in north Kent on Friday evening by the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command.

Jeeves was arrested on suspicion of two counts of burglary, theft and possession of a controlled substance, the force said.

Scotland Yard confirmed Jeeves was taken into custody at a Kent police station.

The Met said in a statement: “No other persons are being sought in connection with this investigation.

“Enquiries continue.”

Detectives had appealed for information regarding Jeeves after the botched robbery of the home of pensioner Richard Osborn-Brooks.

Henry Vincent, 37, was fatally stabbed during the incident on 4 April.

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Famous faces from the music world have paid tribute to Avicii, following his death at the age of 28

The sad news was announced by the DJ’s publicist, who confirmed that Avicii - real name Tim Bergling was “found dead in Muscat, Oman, this Friday afternoon local time, April 20”.

Calvin Harris and David Guetta were among the first to share their condolences online, with the former writing on Twitter: “Devastating news about Avicii, a beautiful soul, passionate and extremely talented with so much more to do. My heart goes out to his family. God bless you Tim x.”

Liam Payne also posted a message, along with stars including Dua Lipa and Nile Rodgers: 

Avicii’s 2011 track ‘Levels’ launched him into the mainstream and he went on to have huge commercial success, with two albums charting in the UK Top 10. 

He also landed two Grammy Award nominations and in 2013, he won two MTV European Music Awards, being named Best Electronic and Best Swedish Act.

In March 2016, he announced his decision to quit performing live, telling fans that he wanted to focus on music production. 


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Labour’s Diane Abbott joined campaigners vowing to “get justice” for those caught up in the Windrush generation scandal as the Prime Minster backed compensation “where appropriate”.

The shadow home secretary blasted Theresa May for her handling of the furore, saying the PM “knew what she was doing” when she removed protections for long-standing Commonwealth citizens in Britain.

It came as May, who faces growing calls to sack Home Secretary Amber Rudd, offered a third apology to Commonwealth leaders in as many days over how the Government has treated Windrush Britons.

Speaking at a summit in London, the PM vowed do “whatever it takes” to right the wrongs of power-holders, and officially threw her weight behind compensation deals “where appropriate”. 

Downing Street declined to give further details of the proposed scheme scheme, confirming only that they would be announced “shortly” by the Home Office.

Meanwhile, the anger was palpable at a packed rally on Windrush Square in Brixton, south London, on Friday night, where Abbott said that May and Rudd, should be held responsible.

Abbott said: “Amber Rudd and Theresa May shouldn’t be apologising. You know why? Because you only apologise when you make a mistake - they knew what they were doing.”

She added that together with now Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell, she voted against the 2014 Immigration Act, which removed an exemption for those from Commonwealth countries who had settled in the UK.

The Guardian newspaper reported this week that a clause protecting those who arrived from Commonwealth nations after the Second World War was “quietly deleted” by Home Office staff from the 2014 law.

Diane Abbott used a speech at a rally in Brixton, south London, to add her voice to calls for compensation to now be given to those affected by the Windrush scandal.

At the time, Labour, then led by Ed Miliband, officially abstained from voting on the act.

But several backbenchers chose to defy the whip, including Abbott, Corbyn, who acted as a teller, and McDonnell.

May was Home Secretary at the time the 2014 bill was passed.

Abbott said of the PM in her speech: “Don’t tell me you’re apologising, when you constantly knew what you were doing when you were warned about it by myself and others.”

“We need to come together to demand justice and I will not stop until we get that justice,” she added.

And the Hackney North MP added her voice to calls for compensation to now be given to those affected.

It is thought likely that payments will go beyond the reimbursement of legal bills and include a recognition of the anxiety caused to long-standing Commonwealth residents of the UK whose right to be in the country was questioned.

‘Whatever it takes’

Speaking at a summit in London, May said: “On Tuesday, I met with Caribbean leaders, where I gave an absolute commitment that the UK Government will do whatever it takes - including where appropriate payment of compensation - to resolve the anxieties and problems which some of the Windrush generation have suffered.

“These people are British, they are part of us, they helped to build Britain and we are all the stronger for their contributions.” 

Prime Minister Theresa May walks with commonwealth leaders at Windsor Castle during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting on Friday.

Grenada’s Prime Minister Keith Mitchell called for the compensation to be “serious”, saying: “The word compensation came out today - that was highly significant, extremely important.

“It’s not just, ‘I’m sorry.’ People lost a lot, people suffered a lot of pain, and they must be given an opportunity to correct this - some serious compensation.

“If not the person, if they’ve gone, then the families who have suffered too.”

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn demanded an apology from Mrs May for the policy she introduced as Home Secretary of creating a “hostile environment” for illegal immigrants by requiring individuals to prove their right to be in the UK before receiving services.

“She’s the one that ordered the vans to go around telling immigrants to go home,” said Corbyn.

“She’s the one that created that nasty atmosphere.

“She wanted to create this hostile atmosphere towards immigrants in this country. I think it’s time that she apologised for that as well as for the events that have happened to the people of the Windrush generation.”

Hundreds turned out for Friday night’s rally in Brixton, which showcased powerful accounts of how the scandal has affected those who came to Britain in the 40s, 50s and 60s.

One man who addressed the crowd said he arrived in Britain to join his parents in 1958, yet has since struggled to prove his citizenship.

“My father died [in Jamaica] a couple of years ago, I tried to go, I couldn’t get a passport,” the man, who gave his name as Trevor, said. “They put me in a detention centre saying I’m illegal.”

He added: “They let me out and gave me a bit of paper to say I am a British citizen, but everytime I try to do something they say that paper is not valued. I came here on my mother’s passport, my father was in the army… and I still can’t get a passport.

“I didn’t decide to come here, you sent for my parents, they came to work and build the country. I still can’t get a passport.”

Watch the video, above.

Calls for Amber Rudd to be sacked intensified on Friday after a leaked memo emerged in which the Home Secretary pledged to give her department “teeth” in its efforts to remove illegal migrants from the UK.

In the letter to Theresa May, dated last January and shared with the Guardian, Rudd sets out a vision to “radically reshape” immigration enforcement and raise the number of enforced removals by more than 10% with a reallocated 10m.

She wrote: “Illegal and would-be illegal migrants and the public more widely, need to know that our immigration system has ‘teeth’, and that if people do not comply on their own we will enforce their return, including through arresting and detaining them.

“That is why I will be refocusing immigration enforcement’s work to concentrate on enforced removals.”

Rudd said the department would relentlessly focus on “arresting, detaining and forcibly removing illegal migrants”, while also emphasising the need to target gangs and criminals profiting from people trafficking and smuggling.

The Home Office said it was “wilfully misleading” to conflate the issue of illegal immigrants with that of the mistreated Windrush generation, who had the right to remain.

But Labour pointed to the memo as more evidence of how the Conservatives’ bid to create a “hostile environment” for immigrants had made the Windrush scandal possible.

The announcement came as details emerged of two Windrush women who say they were denied re-entry to the UK after travelling to the Caribbean.

Gretel Gocan, 81, told 5 News she had been stuck in Jamaica since 2010 unable to return to her south London home after taking a holiday to visit family.

And former NHS nurse Icilda Williams, who moved back to Jamaica in 1996 after 34 years in Bradford, said her annual visits to the UK to see her children had been halted since 2014 after she was denied a visa.

The Home Office said it would be looking into the cases as a matter of urgency.

The number of cases being looked into as a result of calls to the Home Office’s dedicated Windrush helpline stood at 286 as of 2pm on Friday.

So far, eight people have been given permanent status.

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On April 20th, 1968 Enoch Powell made a speech in Birmingham that to this day overshadows every government’s attempts to speak on immigration.

Franklin Thomas, 73, was serving in the British army at the time Powell delivered his speech. He spoke to HuffPost UK about how he reacted to it in 1968 and whether he thought its legacy had made things better or worse for future generations of Britain.

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Swedish DJ Avicii has died at the age of 28, his representative has announced. 

The news was first reported by various Swedish news outlets on Friday (20 April) evening.

In a statement subsequently issued to Press Association, the DJ’s rep said: “It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii.

“He was found dead in Muscat, Oman, this Friday afternoon local time, April 20.

“The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time. No further statements will be given.”

The cause of death has not been made public. 

Within minutes of the sad news being confirmed, stars from the music world began paying tribute online: 

Avicii’s 2011 track ‘Levels’ launched him into the mainstream and he went on to have huge commercial success, with two albums charting in the UK Top 10. 

He also landed two Grammy Award nominations and in 2013, he won two MTV European Music Awards, being named Best Electronic and Best Swedish Act.

In March 2016, he announced his decision to quit performing live, telling fans that he wanted to focus on music production. 

“I know I am blessed to be able to travel all around the world and perform, but I have too little left for the life of a real person behind the artist,” he wrote in an open letter. “I will however never let go of music — I will continue to speak to my fans through it.” 

Just over a year later, he released the ‘Avīci (01)’ EP. 


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Parents working full-time earning less than £8.75 an hour say they worry about finances, poll finds (stock photo).

A third of parents working full-time on less than the “real” Living Wage of £8.75 say they’re forced to regularly skip meals, a shocking poll has revealed today.

Some 34% of mothers and fathers said they often go without food for financial reasons, a study by the Living Wage Foundation campaign group found.

An overwhelming majority, 71%, admitted they worried about finances so much that it ruined daily life, while 55% said a lack of funds was the reason they cancelled social occasions.

The Foundation calculates a “real” Living Wage, one which it claims reflects actual living costs, is £8.75 an hour outside of London or £10.20 in the capital.

“Many are struggling to afford the basics and stuck in jobs that require them to work long, anti-social hours away from their children,” the Foundation said.

“Weak wage growth and rising inflation are squeezing household finances and forcing more people to rely on unsecured credit – with consequences for their relationships, happiness and health.”

The poll included more than 1,000 parents working full time but taking home less than £8.75 an hour outside of London or £10.20 in the capital.

The National Living Wage, set by government, is currently £7.83 per hour for those aged 25 and over.

Around 43% of respondents said they had fallen behind with household bills, while 29% racked up arrears with their mortgage or rent – with 22% admitting to relying on a payday loan to cover essentials.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the study found 84% of those surveyed thought a pay rise would make them happier.

A Government spokesperson said: “We increased the National Living Wage on 1 April, meaning full time workers will earn £2,000 more than when it was introduced in 2016.

“Poverty rates are falling while the employment rate is at a record high. One million fewer people are living in absolute poverty than in 2010, and we continue to offer tailored support to help parents into work so that more families can benefit from the opportunities that work brings.”

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Abington library, pictured on a recent weekday morning, is under threat of closure after swingeing council cuts in Northamptonshire.

The government’s libraries minister could see the only two places to borrow books in his constituency close down if a “bankrupt” Tory council proceeds with plans to fill a financial black hole.

Michael Ellis, a parliamentary undersecretary of state at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, has been responsible for the continual improvement of library services since January. 

But the minister has been forced to recuse himself from his role citing a conflict of interest, after previously making clear his opposition to the cuts.

Local residents in his constituency have reacted with fury after it was announced cash-strapped Northamptonshire County Council would be pressing on with library closures in a bid to stay solvent.

Libraries Minister Michael Ellis, right, pictured with Prime Minister Theresa May.

Northamptonshire is embroiled in the worst county council cash crisis in decades after central government cuts coincided with huge increases in a demand for services.

The county was effectively declared itself bankrupt last month after issuing a ban on all new spending, and has explored controversial ways to raise funds.

Ellis was made libraries minister in January, but within a month desperate county councillors waved through plans to sell local libraries in his Northampton North constituency at Abington and Kingsthorpe.

Documents reveal the council hopes the plan to close 21 of the county’s 36 libraries will produce millions in so-called “capital asset receipts” from the sale of buildings.

The cash will be used to “mitigate” huge losses in the authority’s day-to-day budget.

Ellis publicly announced last month that he would “step back” from any investigation into the county’s libraries. His boss, the Culture Secretary Matt Hancock, has announced he will be taking over a probe into the closures.

Explaining his decision, Ellis pointed out that in October 2017, as the cuts were being explored, he said publicly that he had “no confidence” in council bosses and therefore couldn’t impartially oversee an inquiry.

A Culture Department source said officials had begun the process of gathering information and evidence to decide whether to launch a local inquiry into the cuts.

The Fightback

Campaigners have already launched several legal challenges against the closures, including a High Court case lodged on behalf of a child, as lawyers claim the council has failed to carry out a lawful public consultation.

Meanwhile Communities and Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid is expected to confirm this week that he will send commissioners into Northants to review its budget and take over operations.

Aside from Abington and Kingsthorpe, 19 other county libraries could close unless fully-costed bids to take over their running, including payments for buildings, leases, books and staffing totalling hundreds of thousands of pounds, are submitted by the end of May.

The list of 21 libraries affected includes:

  • A new library at Moulton which opened in June 2017 after a £400,000 grant from the county council;

  • Irchester library, built with a grant from US industrialist Andrew Carnegie in 1909;

  • Earls Barton library which, until recent cuts to opening hours, proudly hosted a dozen weekly events and games sessions, as well as the village’s Surestart centre.

But despite the potential legal challenges, council officials remain steadfast. A spokesperson said on Wednesday that the authority will scrutinise detailed business cases from bidders, due next month, to “ensure [their] viability”.

[SEE ALSO: ‘Bankrupt’ Tory council raided £9m schools subsidy to fix budget]

The new library at Moulton, Northants, opened to fanfare in June 2017 as part of a £2.3m development.

The situation has prompted questions over how the council, which is led by a Conservative majority, can sell off publicly-owned buildings and then demand residents stump up thousands to buy them and keep libraries running.

“It’s a case of: ‘we own it, now they want to sell it to us’,” Ian Chacksfield, chair of the Friends of Earls Barton Library group, said. “There’s never been a long-term plan for the library service here, it’s all panic, hand to mouth stuff.”

During a visit to the site on a recent weekday afternoon, communal activities at the library were ongoing, with 30 patrons reading, writing and drinking tea, all while several children played with books.

Should Abington’s branch close, the nearest library will be in central Northampton - not far for those with a car, but around 20 minutes away on the bus. Some of the other libraries due to close are in more rural locations.

Former county librarian Alison Richards, right, with husband Graeme, has led a concerted campaign against Northamptonshire's proposed library cuts.

Laying out documents, meeting minutes and archive photographs on the table at a nearby cafe, local library campaigner Alison Richards explained how the council’s proposals fly in the face of legislation governing libraries.

“The minister has a duty to promote and improve the provision of libraries,” she said, gesturing to a printed copy of the Public Libraries and Museums Act.

The obscure 1964 act states that it is the role of ministers to “promote the improvement of the public library service by local authorities”.

“When we first mentioned there was legislation governing libraries, county officials just looked at us blankly,” Alison’s husband, Graeme, added. “They did not have a clue it existed.”

But there are now hopes it could help keep open some of the libraries earmarked for closure. One lawyer acting on behalf of a claimant who lodged a judicial review of the closures at London’s High Court this month said their case suggests Northamptonshire is in breach of the 1964 legislation.

Under the act, the secretary of state for culture has the power to intervene to challenge local authorities over plans to cut libraries, as Andy Burnham did over similar cuts at Wirral Council in 2009.

Swingeing cutbacks to libraries are not new, and such services have borne the brunt of austerity, with 449 libraries across England, Scotland and Wales being closed since 2012.

A Northamptonshire County Council spokesperson said that reviewing library provision in the county “was a necessary element of our budget-setting process for 2018/19 given the severe financial pressures the authority is facing”.

They added that as part of the process, the council held a 12-week consultation, during which time they received feedback from more than 5,000 people. 

“The next stage will be to work with groups who have registered an interest in establishing an independent library to look at their business cases and financial plans before determining whether they constitute viable proposals and can be taken forward,” the spokesperson added. 

A spokesperson for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, said: “Local authorities have a statutory duty to provide a comprehensive and efficient library service.

“The department has received a formal complaint about Northamptonshire County Council’s proposed changes to its library service, which is now being investigated.”


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Lib Dem leader Vince Cable is calling for a Parliamentary inquiry into anti-Semitism 

Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable plans to call for a Commons committee to investigate anti-Semitism in politics, HuffPost UK has learnt. 

The former business secretary will write to the influential chair of the Women and Equalities Committee, Maria Miller, to ask the cross-party group she heads to investigate anti-Jewish prejudice. 

Cable says the leaders of all major political parties, including Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn, should be called to give evidence should Miller, a Tory MP, launch a probe.

The move follows an extraordinary debate in Parliament in which Jewish Labour MPs told MPs “corrosive” anti-Semitism had become “commonplace” in their party.  

Cable claimed there was a “worrying rise of anti-Semitism that is occurring in British politics”.

He told HuffPost: “There’s no place for discrimination in any walk of life and politics needs to lead by example.

“This is a concern that all parties must be aware of, monitor and, if necessary, investigate.

“This is why I think it prudent that all leaders of major parties should give evidence at any select committee inquiry into this problem.” 

Though the vast majority of recent anti-Semitism allegations surround Labour. It is not the only party to have discovered racism among its ranks. 

The Lib Dems suspended Matthew Gordon Banks, who served as a Conservative MP for Southport before joining the Lib Dems after he lost his seat, over claims of anti-Semitism. 

David Ward, the Lib Dems’ former MP for Bradford East, was deemed “unfit to represent the party” after allegations arose.

In August 2014, the University College London Conservative Society was under scrutiny for a series of anti-Semitic, Islamophobic and racist remarks, which it was alleged fostered a culture of discrimination and bullying and a “toxic” environment.

A study for the Jewish Policy Research (JPR) also found that anti-Semitic attitudes were higher than normal among people who classified their politics as “very right-wing”. The research claimed that among this group anti-Semitism was two to four times higher than among the general population.

The researchers also said that levels of anti-Semitism in the UK were among the lowest in the world.

The Jewish Policy Research (JPR) found anti-Semitic attitudes were higher than normal among people who identified as 'very right-wing'.

Unlike Labour, the Conservative and SNP constitutions also make no mention of racism or other forms of discrimination in their rule books. The Lib Dems’ membership code does not explicitly mention race, anti-Semitism or Islamophobia either.

But the vast majority of recent allegations of anti-Semitism surround the Labour Party and its activists. 

Party chairman Ian Lavery told the BBC this week: “The top priority within the party at this moment in time is clearing this absolutely vile mess of anti-Semitism.” 

He, and other senior Labour MPs, have said the party’s new chair, Jennie Formby, had been tasked with tackling the issue. 

Shadow Attorney General Shami Chakrabarti, now a Labour peer, investigated anti-Semitism in the party in 2016, but a number of MPs branded her report a “whitewash”. 

The debate on Tuesday saw Jewish Labour MPs Ruth Smeeth and Luciana Berger in tears as they recalled some of the abuse they had experienced, both in person and online. 

Both received a round of applause from MPs across party lines. 

Some Labour activists, including the film-maker Ken Loach, have called for MPs who attended a rally outside Westminster against anti-Semitism in the Labour Party to be deselected. 

Berger, who represents Liverpool Wavertree, told MPs she received her first piece of hate mail aged 19.

It described her as a “dirty Zionist pig”, she said, adding: “Here starts my 18-year experience of contending with anti-Semitism.”

Berger said she has been attacked by the far-right and far-left, later saying anti-racism is a central Labour value.

She added: “One anti-Semitic member of the Labour Party is one member too many.

“And yes, as I’ve said outside this place in Parliament Square, and it pains me to say this proudly as the chair of the Jewish Labour Movement, in 2018 within the Labour Party anti-Semitism is more commonplace, is more conspicuous and is more corrosive.

“That’s why I have no words for the people who purport to be both members and supporters of our party, who use that hashtag JC4PM, who attacked me in recent weeks for my comments, they attacked me for speaking at the rally against anti-Semitism, they’ve questioned my comments where I questioned comments endorsing that anti-Semitic mural, who say I should be deselected or called it a smear.”

Berger said people have accused her of being a “paid-up Israeli operative”, a traitor, an “absolute parasite”, and told her to “get out of the country and go back to Israel”.

Smeeth, reading a small sample of the abuse she had received, said: “My fan base has shown scant regard for appropriate parliamentary language so I apologise in advance, ‘hang yourself you vile treacherous Zionist Tory filth, you’re a cancer of humanity’, ‘Ruth Smeeth is a Zionist she has no shame and trades on the murder of Jews by Hitler who the Zionists betrayed’, ‘Ruth Smeeth must surely be travelling first class to Tel Aviv with all that slush, after all she’s complicit in trying to bring Corbyn down’.”

The Stoke-on-Trent North MP went on to tell colleagues it was “truly heartbreaking” that she had to stand in Parliament Square to protest against the anti-Semitism that was “engulfing” parts of her party.

John Mann, another Labour MP who has long campaigned for his party leadership to take swifter action to stamp out anti-Semitism, said his wife had been subjected to rape threats and several Jewish constituents had told him they felt too threatened to attend local Labour meetings.

Labour MP Wes Streeting, co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for British Jews, said: “Let there be no doubt in any quarter of this chamber that in Jewish schools, Jewish community centres and schules in my constituency, it is the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council who speak for the vast majority of British Jews, who are horrified by what they have seen in the Labour Party, and I fear will be horrified by the response from our frontbench to this debate today.”


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The Marie Stopes clinic in Earling where Aisha Chithira had her abortion

A nurse has insisted a woman who died after being discharged from an abortion clinic appeared to be well enough to leave, despite vomiting and hyper-ventilating and appearing “not with it all”, according to the taxi driver who collected her.

At the start of a week-long inquest at West London Coroner’s Court into Aisha Chithira’s death, nurse Gemma Pullen denied a claim Chithira was “swaying” and appeared “drunk” as she left the Marie Stopes clinic.

Chithira, who lives in Ireland, died after “extensive internal bleeding” and cardiac arrest in a taxi after she had the termination on January 21, 2012.

The doctor and two nurses faced criminal charges over her death but were all acquitted in 2016 when prosecutors presented no evidence.

Gemma Pullen, one of the nurses who was acquitted, told the inquest on Thursday that Chithira, 31, was not showing signs of being seriously unwell.

Corinne Slingo, who was representing Marie Stopes, told Pullen: “The taxi driver says he saw his passenger walking out of the building. He was quite shocked, ‘She didn’t seem with it at all’.

“‘She looked like she was drunk’.”

“It doesn’t sound right to me,” Pullen said of the taxi driver’s claim. “She was walking in front of me unaided. She wasn’t swaying, she was walking normally.”

The nurse added symptoms such as bleeding, feeling overheated and vomiting, which Chithira had shown earlier, were not unusual for women who had just had abortions.

Chithira’s blood pressure and pulse were taken several times between the procedure and her leaving the clinic and were fine each time, Pullen added.

Under questioning from lawyers, Pullen said Chithira appeared “anxious” but not “agitated”. Nurses had found she was bleeding but only at a level that was “normal at that stage”.

When asked if Chithira was showing any signs of being “seriously ill” when she got in the cab, Pullen said: “There was nothing on that night that indicated to me that she was internally bleeding... There was nothing to indicate to me that she was seriously unwell.”

She insisted she would not have discharged her if she had been concerned for her safety.

Chithira, who was originally from Malawi but lived in Ireland, was meant to stay at her cousin’s home in Slough after her procedure.

In a statement to the inquest read out by the family’s lawyer, Chithari’s widower Ryan Kapengule said she had not told her family what procedure she was undergoing for fear of worrying them.

She told them it was an “in and out, straight forward procedure”, Kapengule said.

He spoke to his wife by phone as she was preparing to leave the clinic but told him she was “too weak to speak” and ended their call.

His texts asking to call back went unanswered and Kapengule found out his wife had died in the early hours of the next morning from her cousin.

Dr Adedayo Adedeji told the inquest there was no sign of bleeding after the abortion procedure

The inquest heard Chithira feared health complications if she carried her latest pregnancy to term, having previously had stillborn twins and given birth to a daughter by caesarian.

She was the last patient on the ward when she left and the clinic had carried out 33 procedures that day, the inquest heard.

Chithira “couldn’t stay overnight which is what she was asking for” and was kept back in the ward for another 20 or 30 minutes after she vomited while her blood pressure was checked again, Pullen said.

Dr Adedayo Adedeji, who carried out the procedure, told the inquest there was no sign of bleeding at the end of the surgery.

“There was a small tear at the neck of the womb at the right side caused by the foetal parts that were coming out,” he said, denying it was caused by damage from his surgery.

Chithari had at one point sat or fallen to the floor when she went to the toilet with a health care assistant but was well enough to walk back to the ward afterwards, Pullen said.

She said was “ready to go now” as she left and walked between 20 and 30 metres to the taxi unaided ahead of Pullen, the nurse added.

Nurse Marget Miller

Pullen, nurse Margaret Miller and Dr Adedeji were all charged with Chithira’s manslaughter in the wake of her death. 

They were also each charged with “failing to take reasonable care of the health and safety” of Chithira who was affected by their “acts of omission at work”.

The prosecution offered no evidence for any of the charges when the trial was due to begin.

The inquest continues.

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A race had to be abandoned at Cheltenham on Thursday due to the hot weather.

The hottest day of the year has forced races at Cheltenham to be abandoned  as a horse collapsed and died during the hot weather.

Animal rights activists have hit out at organisers after Dame Rose, a five-year-old mare, died following a two-and-a-half mile hurdle race on Thursday in which she finished fourth.

Today is the hottest day in April since 1949, with the mercury hitting 28.8C in Northolt - just 0.6C shy of the hottest April day ever.

But the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), the regulatory authority for horseracing, said that Dame Rose’s cause of death has not been confirmed.

“It is not possible at this stage to determine if it is related to heat stress or any other factor,” the BHA said in a statement. A post mortem will be held.

The fourth race of the day, which was the three-and-a-quarter-mile JRL Group Mares Handicap Chase, scheduled at 3.50pm, was abandoned.

Shorter races went ahead as scheduled.

A report by Cheltenham stewards said an inquiry was held after concerns were raised “about the effect of the extreme heat on horses in today’s races”.

The report continued: “The stewards decided in the interest of horse welfare to abandon race 4, a three mile two furlong chase, as it potentially posed an unacceptable risk to horses over this extreme distance in the prevailing heat, especially as horses appear not to have acclimatised to the exceptionally warm weather following a prolonged cold spell.

“The stewards decided to monitor the situation with regard to the following races.”

Dame Rose, pictured being ridden in a separate event, collapsed and died after racing in hot weather on Thursday.

Dene Stansall, Animal Aid’s horse racing consultant, said: “Yet again we see horses being forced to race in conditions that are totally unsuitable for their welfare.

“Heat exhaustion is a major issue with equines and their needs should have been properly considered before racing ever took place today.

“Weather forecasting is very accurate and Cheltenham should have not proceeded with the meeting knowing full well that it would be the hottest day since last summer.

“In addition, with no wind to cool horses, it was a disaster waiting to happen. We believe that the young Dame Rose paid the ultimate price with her life.”

Robin Mounsey, head of media at BHA, speaking on behalf of Cheltenham, said: “The safety and health or our participants is the number one priority for everyone involved in the sport.

“In unseasonal weather such as this, races run over longer distances may carry an increased risk of horses becoming too hot, especially when the heat has come on so quickly and horses haven’t had a chance to acclimatise.

“Hot weather provisions have been put in place across the country, such as extra water and tired horses not returning to the parade ring after races but the decision was made to cancel this one race as an extra precaution.”

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