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County Championship: Bottom club Warwickshire battle back against champions Surrey

County Championship: Bottom club Warwickshire battle back against champions Surrey

Warwickshire fast bowlers Liam Norwell (left) and Henry Brookes did late damage for the Bears with the bat against champions Surrey
Specsavers County Championship Division One, Edgbaston (day one):
Warwickshire 275-8: Norwell 58*, Hain 47; Dunn 3-59
Surrey: Yet to bat
Warwickshire (2 pts), Surrey (2 pts)

Warwickshire fast bowlers Liam Norwell and Henry Brookes transformed the first day at Edgbaston as they shared an unbroken ninth-wicket stand of 89 to stun reigning county champions Surrey.

After slumping to 186-8 despite gritty knocks from Sam Hain (47), Will Rhodes (39) and Adam Hose (38), the Bears were set to go without batting points again.

Instead, Norwell slammed 58 and Brookes made 35 as Surrey’s attack wilted.

The pair both belted some fine shots to reach the close unparted on 275-8.

That earned two batting points, plus the prospect of a potential third in the morning, which would double the Bears’ previous haul for the season.

Paceman Matt Dunn took three wickets for Surrey on his first Championship start in 13 months

Prior to that, on a weather-affected day which brought two separate short breaks in play, injury-hit Surrey’s bowlers had dominated, including three victims for recalled fast bowler Matt Dunn.

After being put in to bat, a painstaking first half-century stand of the season for Bears openers Dom Sibley and Rhodes was ended by veteran spinner Gareth Batty, who removed both in successive overs just before lunch.

But after Dunn had seemingly put Surrey right in control, Norwell, on his home debut, and Brookes transformed the contest in the final hour.

They started to go for their shots when Dean Elgar came on for an over of spin just before the new ball was due – and 17 came from it, capped by two sixes in three balls from Brookes.

But they then kept up the attack, twice taking 16 off an over from South Africa paceman Morne Morkel, thanks to seven boundaries off in the space of 11 deliveries off him from the free-spirited Norwell.

Warwickshire all-rounder Liam Norwell told BBC WM:

“Henry and I are both naturally quite attacking players so we just played out natural game and played our shots and luckily it came off.

“It was a mixture of good shots and a bit of luck. I rode my luck at times but it was just good to be out in the middle with Henry. He is a lot of fun to bat with.

“The lads up top did the hard graft. Now we are in a pretty strong position and we have just got to focus in the morning and try to get up to 300 for that third batting point.”

Surrey fast bowler Matt Dunn told BBC Radio London:

“All day, the bowlers worked so hard together. We knew it was going to be tough but everyone bowled in partnerships and bowled for each other.

“It was a shame that it just got away from us a little bit at the end because we were in a great position but I think we would have taken this at the start of the day.

“It is great to be back in the team. I am so proud to wear the Surrey badge. It is everything to me. It is nice to get out there again and perform.”

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Kingston World War Two bomb ‘successfully dealt with’

Kingston World War Two bomb 'successfully dealt with'

World War Two bomb found near Kingston University

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A controlled explosion has been carried out the World War Two bomb found near Kingston University

A controlled explosion has been carried out on a World War Two bomb found near Kingston University, the Metropolitan Police said.

The unexploded device was found on a building site on Thursday morning.

Nearly 1,500 homes were also evacuated and the Met warned some may be without gas and electricity while surveyors carried out checks.

Police cordons in the Kingston area will remain in place while the site is assessed, the Met added.

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Students were asked to leave part of the campus as investigations continued

The controlled explosion was carried out by the armed forces’ specialist Explosive Ordinance Disposal team.

On Thursday, Kingston Council confirmed two polling stations being used for the European elections had to be shut while the bomb was being dealt with.

Students and staff from Kingston University’s Penrhyn Road and Knights Park campuses, as well as the University’s nursery and some student halls, have been affected by the cordon.

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County Championship: Kent collapse leaves them in trouble against Surrey

County Championship: Kent collapse leaves them in trouble against Surrey

Sean Dickson (right) scored 318 for Kent at Beckenham in 2017
Specsavers County Championship Division One, Beckenham (day two):
Surrey 439: Jacks 120, Borthwick 95, Clarke 88 & 11-0
Kent 294: Dickson 128; Batty 3-49, S Curran 3-54
Surrey (8 pts) lead Kent (5 pts) by 156 runs

Kent collapsed after tea to hand the initiative to defending champions Surrey on the second day at Beckenham.

Kent were 227-2 in response to Surrey’s 439 all out, but fell to 238-6 with Gareth Batty dismissing Heino Kuhn and Ollie Robinson in consecutive balls.

Opener Sean Dickson compiled an excellent 128 for the hosts before he was dismissed by Sam Curran with the new ball as Kent were all out for 294.

Surrey closed on 11-0 in their second innings, leading by 156.

After adding 19 to their overnight 420-9 in the morning, Surrey’s chances of picking up their first win of the campaign appeared to be fading on a pitch that had flattened out under sunny skies.

But 41-year-old off-spinner Batty (3-49) turned the game either side of tea, first bowling Daniel Bell-Drummond for 37 and then finding the edges of captain Kuhn and in-form Robinson.

Right-hander Dickson, who had only made 85 runs in six innings in 2019, looked at ease against an attack that included England all-rounder Curran (3-54) for the first time this season.

However, with wickets tumbling around him, he eventually nicked Curran’s opening delivery with the second new ball behind to leave them 272-8.

Matt Milnes and Harry Podmore did manage to take Kent past the follow-on target of 290, although they face an uphill battle to avoid a third defeat in four matches.

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Tottenham angry over ‘lenient’ £17,500 Uefa fine for Barcelona

Tottenham angry over 'lenient' £17,500 Uefa fine for Barcelona

Barcelona and Tottenham drew 1-1 at the Nou Camp in December 2018

Tottenham have “grave concerns” over whether Uefa acted strongly enough after their fans reported being attacked by Barcelona stewards at a Champions League match.

The La Liga side were fined 20,000 euros (£17,546) on Friday for “insufficient organisation” during December’s group game.

Video footage emerged after the 1-1 draw that appeared to show fans being struck with batons inside the ground.

The club and fans sent details to Uefa.

Other fans were filmed getting struck on the way into the Nou Camp.

“We have grave concerns that the punishment imposed will not act as enough of a deterrent to avoid a repeat,” said the Champions League finalists in a statement.

“The treatment our fans was completely unacceptable, something Uefa has acknowledged, and some are still recovering as a result of this ordeal.

“No visiting supporters should have to experience what our fans went through that night again.”

Uefa’s fine was imposed on the day that Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino was given a one-match ban – suspended for 12 months – linked to the delayed start of the Champions League semi-final first leg against Ajax.

The Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust said there had been “unprovoked and indiscriminate” assaults on fans and it planned to take legal advice.

“We submitted a detailed dossier of accounts from supporters who were caught up in that night’s violence,” it said.

“This decision by Uefa sends clear signals. It says supporters are fair game for security staff to do what they want to.

“It says that broadcast rights and kick-off times are more important than supporter safety. And it says Uefa is unfit for purpose.”

Uefa and Barcelona have not commented on the statements.

Spurs, who will contest the Champions League final against Liverpool in Madrid on 1 June, were fined 10,000 euros (£8.758) for a delayed start to their home semi-final match against Ajax.

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North Circular fire: Woman dies in Neasden warehouse blaze

North Circular fire: Woman dies in Neasden warehouse blaze

Neasden warehouse fire

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The fire in the disused building broke out on Wednesday morning

The body of a woman has been found inside a warehouse which was gutted by a fire in Neasden, north London.

About 70 firefighters spent nearly four hours tackling the blaze just off the North Circular Road.

After the fire was under control crews searched the three-storey derelict building and found the woman’s body.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, the London Fire Brigade (LFB) said.

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Ten fire crews were fighting the blaze overnight

Ten fire engines – from Willesden, Park Royal, Wembley, Hendon, Stanmore and West Hampstead fire stations – were called to the blaze at 02:38 BST.

Seventeen people were evacuated from nearby buildings as a precaution and the fire was brought under control by about 06:20.

The North Circular Road was closed in both directions while the blaze was tackled.

Station manager Robbie Robertson said: “Firefighters have worked extremely hard overnight to prevent the fire spreading to an adjacent building.”

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David Luiz: Chelsea defender signs new two-deal deal until 2021

David Luiz: Chelsea defender signs new two-deal deal until 2021

Luiz has played 246 times for Chelsea across two spells

Chelsea defender David Luiz has signed a new two-year contract at the club, running until 2021.

The Brazilian, 32, is out of contract at the end of June meaning he could have left for free in the summer.

Luiz made his 48th Chelsea appearance of the season in Thursday’s penalty shootout win over Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League semi-finals.

“I am so happy to be here and to have this opportunity to stay,” the centre-back said.

“I love this club and I still have the ambition of a young player.”

Luiz joined Chelsea from Benfica in January 2011 but left to join Paris St-Germain in 2014 before returning to Stamford Bridge for £34m in 2016.

“It means a lot to reach another European final, and we still have the opportunity to finish in the top three of the Premier League this season and I will continue to try to do my best to help the team,” Luiz added.

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Jourdain John-Baptiste: Mum loses balcony fall death legal fight

Jourdain John-Baptiste: Mum loses balcony fall death legal fight

Jourdain John-Baptiste

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Jourdain John-Baptiste died three days after falling from the balcony of her fourth-floor flat

The mother of a woman who fell to her death from a balcony has lost a High Court challenge against a decision not to prosecute her daughter’s boyfriend.

Jourdain John-Baptiste was 22 when she fell from her fourth-floor flat in Enfield, north London, in August 2015.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) brought no charges against her boyfriend, which lawyers for her family claimed was “irrational”.

But Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett said the CPS decision was “reasonable”.

After the hearing, her mother Tracey John-Baptiste said: “We have lost my beautiful daughter and now we have lost the chance to get justice.

“Even those against prosecuting in the CPS recognise this is a finely-balanced decision.

“Why not put this to the jury who can hear all the witnesses and decide?”

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Jourdain, pictured with friends and family, was described as a “wonderful daughter”

The boyfriend, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was in the flat with Ms John-Baptiste at the time of the fall and last year her mother told the BBC witnesses said they heard the couple arguing.

Mrs John-Baptiste asked for the CPS decision not to prosecute to be reviewed and was told initially there ought to be a prosecution, which a senior prosecutor revised.

At an earlier hearing in London, the family’s barrister Karon Monaghan QC said there was “ample evidence” to support a prosecution, and there was a “threatening” text message on Ms John-Baptiste’s phone from her boyfriend saying: “When I see u again I’ll drop you.”

Ms Monaghan said the prosecutor who made the final decision based it on an “unevidenced and gendered assumption” that Ms John-Baptiste may have slipped in a state of “high emotion”.

But judges, who were asked to quash the decision, said it was “impossible” to conclude the decision was “wrong in law”.

Lord Burnett said a jury would be invited to say “the only realistic explanation for Ms John-Baptiste’s fall was that she was fleeing from a threat of violence”, which he said all involved accepted “was one possible explanation”.

“But the question for the decision-makers was whether it was more likely than not that a jury would reach that conclusion at the end of a criminal trial,” he added.

A CPS spokesman said: “We understand how difficult this has been for the family. We considered all the information given to us by the police investigation.

“We can only prosecute an offence when there is sufficient evidence to do so.

“The original decision has now been tested by a Victim’s Right to Review scheme (VRR) and now by a High Court hearing.”

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Joseph McCann: Suspect probed over more attacks

Joseph McCann: Suspect probed over more attacks

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Joseph McCann was wanted over attacks across the country

A man arrested over the abduction and rape of three women in and around London is being investigated for other attacks involving nine further victims.

Joseph McCann, 34, was arrested in Congleton, Cheshire, after two girls, aged 14, were abducted in the town.

He is being investigated over attacks in Cheshire, Manchester and Lancashire, on victims aged between 11 and 71.

Det Ch Insp Katherine Goodwin, of the Metropolitan Police, said the attacks were “grotesque and horrifying”.

The officer urged other victims to come forward and said police wanted to hear from anyone who had been approached by Mr McCann or in contact with him between February and May.

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Suspect Joseph McCann was seen in the back of a police car following his arrest

Mr McCann was found in a tree in Smithy Lane on Sunday evening and arrested after a stand-off with police negotiators.

He had been spotted in the town after two girls were forced into a car that afternoon.

Met detectives are now investigating him in connection with a number of other attacks earlier that day.

These include the false imprisonment of a woman in Haslingden, Lancashire, in which a teenage girl and a boy, 11, were raped and the abduction and rape of a 71-year-old in Bury, Manchester.

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The Met Police released a CCTV image of the suspect

The suspect is also being investigated over the abduction of two 13-year-old boys and the abduction and sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl in Heywood, Manchester, at about 15:30 BST on Sunday.

Det Ch Insp Goodwin said the attacks were believed to have taken place between 21 April and 5 May.

“Detectives from the Met continue to lead on this investigation and are working very closely with policing counterparts where he is suspected to have carried out further offences,” she said.

Mr McCann was also wanted for questioning over the abduction and rape of a 21-year-old woman at knifepoint in Watford, Hertfordshire, in the early hours of 21 April.

The Met Police launched an appeal to find Mr McCann after two women in their 20s were snatched off streets in London and raped in a car in London on 25 April.

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Bradford City 0-0 AFC Wimbledon: Dons survive after goalless draw

Bradford City 0-0 AFC Wimbledon: Dons survive after goalless draw

AFC Wimbledon have won 11 and lost 10 of Wally Downes’ 29 games in charge

AFC Wimbledon guaranteed another season of League One football after a goalless draw at bottom side Bradford City.

Bradford’s Kelvin Mellor and Anthony O’Connor had the best chances of a quiet first half as Dons keeper Aaron Ramsdale made some smart saves.

Wimbledon came to life after the break as Joe Pigott had an effort cleared off the line and Mitch Pinnock shot wide from the edge of the box.

The Dons’ run of just one loss in their final 12 games ensured a fourth successive season in the third tier as they avoided relegation by virtue of goal difference from Plymouth Argyle.

It is a remarkable escape for the club who were 10 points from safety fewer than three months ago – but just two defeats in that time saw them climb the table and move out of the bottom four last week after a 2-1 win over Wycombe.

Meanwhile, Bradford’s disastrous season came to an end having gone through three managers and won just 11 of their 46 matches to conclude the campaign nine points from safety.

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Ealing school cheese allergy death pupil ‘meant no harm’

Ealing school cheese allergy death pupil 'meant no harm'

William Perkin Church of England High School

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The boy told the inquest he did not know how serious allergies could be

A boy who flicked a piece of cheese at a teenager with a dairy allergy who later died did not mean to harm him, an inquest has heard.

Karanbir Cheema, 13, who also had other allergies and asthma, suffered from a severe reaction at his school in west London on 28 June 2017.

He was taken to hospital in a life-threatening condition and died two weeks later.

An inquest into Karanbir’s death heard a piece of cheese landed on his neck.

A boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told Poplar Coroner’s Court he did not know why he threw the cheese, describing it as “immature behaviour.”

The court heard he was given it by a friend during break time at William Perkin Church of England High School in Ealing.

‘Extremely diligent’

He then threw the piece of cheese at Karanbir – but said he was not specifically his target.

“After that he just said ‘I am allergic to cheese’,” the boy said.

“I apologised and went to class after.”

The boy admitted he did not know how serious allergies could be and thought they could simply cause a rash or fever.

“I didn’t mean to hurt him and obviously I feel bad now”, the boy said.

Epipen ‘expired’

In a statement, Karanbir’s mother Rina said her son was “extremely diligent” at managing his allergies.

Informed that cheese had been put down his neck, she said a consultant at the hospital questioned this because contact through the skin would not cause such a bad reaction.

Giving evidence, Rajvnder Saini who worked at the school, said an Epipen kept in the school for Karanbir had expired in July 2016.

An email was sent to the boy’s mother in February 2017 to inform her, the court heard.

The inquest continues.

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