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English council urges parents not to allow children to watch Squid Game

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A council in the south of England has advised parents not to let their children watch the Netflix show Squid Game, after reports children as young as six are copying its violent challenges. The education safeguarding ...

UN human rights council votes to end Yemen war crimes investigation

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Bahrain, Russia and other members of the UN human rights council have pushed through a vote to shut down the body’s war crimes investigations in Yemen, in a stinging defeat for western states who sought to keep the mi...

Nando’s and Deliveroo chiefs join hospitality council to help crisis-hit UK sector

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Bosses from chains including Nando’s, Starbucks and Prezzo have been drafted in to advise the government on its plans to boost the hospitality sector after the easing of lockdown this summer. Amid mounting concern ove...

Asylum seekers placed in ‘unsuitable’ Blackpool hotel despite council protests

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Blackpool council has accused the Home Office and Serco of deliberately acting to frustrate the justice system after placing asylum seekers in a hotel, despite objections that the accommodation was wholly unsuitable. ...

Child refugees were ‘dumped’ in unsafe hotel, claims Brighton council

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Fresh concern over the plight of thousands of refugees living in UK hotels has emerged after a council requested that the Home Office shut down temporary accommodation housing child refugees over “safeguarding concern...

‘They won’t win’: Oldham council leader speaks out on arson attack

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The leader of Oldham council has spoken out about the firebomb attack on her car, and her determination that whoever was behind it would not stop her doing her job. Arooj Shah, who became the town’s first female Musli...

Parish council Zoom ​star Jackie Weaver:​ ‘​I got a number of emails from “Alan’s iPad” but ignored them​’​

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Jackie Weaver, 63, is the engagingly improbable internet star who found herself on a fast track to fame when a Zoom meeting of the Handforth parish council meeting, which she was overseeing, went viral. Her calm banis...

Wildflower meadow on tennis courts bulldozed by Norwich council

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A wildflower meadow containing 130 different flowering plants, dragonflies and rare bats that sprung up on Norwich’s last public grass tennis courts has been bulldozed. Despite protests from local people and Green cou...

Warrington council lends billionaire founder of The Hut Group £151m

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Warrington council lent the billionaire owner of The Hut Group (THG) £151m after the online retailer’s £5bn market listing. The Cheshire local authority extended a £200m loan facility to a company controlled by Matt M...

Council accused of taking ‘rewilding’ too far as weeds take root in Brighton

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A Green-led council has been accused of taking rewilding too far by allowing so many weeds to flourish that they have become a health hazard, with some residents requiring hospital treatment after tripping up on overg...

Marble Arch Mound: deputy council leader resigns over £6m cost

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The deputy leader of a London council has resigned after the total costs for a 25-metre human-made mountain in the middle of one of the capital’s busiest tourist areas nearly doubled to £6m. Refunds were offered to cu...

Apsana Begum’s court ordeal is an indictment of Tower Hamlets council

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It could have been a John Grisham novel set in the Chicago of yesteryear. Apsana Begum, Britain’s first hijab-wearing MP, was acquitted last week of three counts of housing fraud in a failed prosecution by her own Tow...

Hundreds of children abused while in care of Lambeth council, inquiry finds

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Hundreds of vulnerable children in the care of Lambeth council in south London were subjected to horrendous cruelty and sexual abuse over several decades on a scale that was “hard to comprehend,” an independent inquir...

Crossword Council #4 – that’s not an anagram! It’s a letter bank …

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The Crossword Council is an occasional feature where we pretend to take ourselves overseriously and consider a potential item in the cryptic toolbox that might be workable – or not. This time, our subject is workable,...

Oldham council leader’s car set alight in ‘appalling’ arson attack

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The new leader of Oldham council has had her car firebombed in an “appalling” arson attack. Arooj Shah, the town’s first female Muslim leader, has previously spoken out about the many battles she has faced with misogy...

Kent council refuses to accept more unaccompanied child migrants

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Kent county council is refusing to accept any more unaccompanied child migrants, after warning its services were at breaking point for the second time in less than a year. Kent has been locked in a battle with the Hom...

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