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Metropolitan Police tweet sparks social media backlash A tweet from the Metropolitan Police has sparked an online backlash after a drugs bust in Catford, south-east London, was linked to the Notting Hill Carnival. Announcing the seizure of a kilogram of suspected heroin, the force said the operation had been carried out "in the run up to the Notting Hill Carnival". Social media users were quick to question the link between the seizure in Catford and the festival, which takes place annually, about 12 miles away in west London. Some Twitter users accused the force of attempting to "demonise" the carnival. Grime artist Stormzy was among those to question the link: "How many drugs did you lot seize in the run up to Glastonbury or [are] we only doing tweets like this for black events?," he wrote in a widely shared post on Twitter. More than 300 people have been arrested across London as part of the Met's operation to prevent crime at Notting Hill Carnival. Responding to their original tweet, the Met clarified that prior to the carnival the force is "disrupting gang crime, drug supply, knife crime and offences that could impact the safety of the weekend". Chief Superintendent Robyn Williams, the Met's spokesperson for Notting Hill Carnival, said earlier: "Today's operation is aimed at ensuring that those who intend to cause trouble at Carnival are prohibited from doing so. "We are committed to ensuring that Carnival remains a safe, vibrant and enjoyable event. People can expect to see operational activity right up until, and throughout the Bank Holiday weekend." But many replied to the Met's tweet with their own tales of seemingly unrelated woes. "In the run up to Notting Hill Carnival, I've covered my dog with a blanket because it's too cold in Hemel Hempstead," one social media user wrote. Referencing the recent solar eclipse, writer Beth McColl wrote: "In the run up to Notting Hill Carnival, the moon has appeared to make an aggressive move to "take over" the solar system. Carnival to blame". Another social media user said: "In the build up to Notting Hill Carnival I've made myself some toast. I'm in Liverpool". Source - BBC Read this BBC: Bus stop rape link investigated after Cromer disorder Bus stop rape link investigated after Cromer disorder 21 August 2017 From the section Norfolk Image copyright Google Image caption The victim was attacked at a bus stop in Cadogan Road, close to Cromer seafront A man has been arrested over the rape of a woman in Cromer, with police saying they are looking at links with disorder in the town on Saturday night. The teenage victim was attacked at a bus stop in Cadogan Road, near the seafront, late on Friday. On Saturday night, venues in the seaside town closed their doors due to thefts and anti-social behaviour. Norfolk Police said a man in his 30s had been detained in Essex on suspicion of rape. The force said new evidence meant it was exploring the possibility of links between the attack and disorder in Cromer over the weekend. Police previously said they were not linking the rape and the later trouble in the town. Image caption Cromer Pier's Theatre Bar was one of the venues to shut its doors On Saturday night, a BBC reporter was told by a taxi driver that "travellers are rampaging the town", and staff at The Wellington pub said they closed after a group of 30 travellers became "rowdy". The disorder, described by police as "low level", was linked by residents on social media to travellers who had arrived in the town on Friday. Image caption Cromer's Chamber of Trade and Business said companies lost "thousands of pounds of trade" Norfolk Police Deputy Chief Constable Nick Dean said earlier on Monday that officers were treating the weekend's disorder "seriously". He did not comment on who he thought was to blame for the disturbances and thefts, but said it would be "totally disproportionate" to blame the whole travelling community. North Norfolk District Council leader Tom FitzPatrick said the council served a notice on Saturday for the travellers to leave. Trouble in Cromer 18 August: Police were called to five thefts, three from shops and two from local pubs where drinks were taken and not paid for. At about 23:30 BST, police were called to Cromer Social Club following reports a large group were there and refused to leave when asked. The group left when asked by police. 19 August: Police received reports of shoplifting and "low-level" anti-social behaviour in the Cromer area. At about 17:00, officers were called to a pub after a large group of people refused to leave. Officers arrived and the group left. Officers were called at about 19:15 after reports people had taken drinks from a restaurant on Prince of Wales Road without paying. Police attended and drinks were either paid for or returned. Shortly after 20:50 police were called to a private bar at a caravan park following reports a large group had entered and refused to leave when asked by the manager. Officers spoke to the group who then left. The local MP Norman Lamb says he was disturbed by the description of the disorder as "low level" by police and questioned the failure to arrest anyone. "I want to meet with the chief constable to hear his account, to see why they described it as they did and also the way they responded," he said. Stallholders in Cromer told BBC Look East they felt intimidated as the travellers moved round the town looking for food and drink. Ice cream seller Lee Sales said: "There may not be fights or anything like that but when it's intimidation creating fear - that's bad." Image caption Laurie Scott said his manager was shaking like a leaf when confronting hungry travellers Laurie Scott of Breakers Café said his manager was confronted on the doorstep by a crowd who wanted to get in and get food. They were using foul language when entry was refused and the manager believed they had been drinking. "He's a big, burly fellow like me and he faced them down but told me he was shaking like a leaf at the time. "There's a lot of anger across the town that this was allowed to happen." Image caption Ayrun Nessa suffered a bruise on her arm preventing a crowd of women getting into her restaurant Ayrun Nessa, wife of the owner of the Masala Twist restaurant, said bottles were flying around and she was left with a painful bruise on her arm trying to prevent the crowd getting in. She said she had been confronted at the door by six women shouting abuse. "Cromer is normally a quiet and calm place with lovely people, but this was something else," she said. Police said the travellers had left the county and were thought to be in Colchester, Peterborough and London. View the full article Read this Office of constable Read this Police Officers Dress Up as Nazi's http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4807348/MoD-worker-policemen-dress-Nazi-soldiers.html How dare these Officers have a private life... Read this BBC: British boy killed in Barcelona attack British boy killed in Barcelona attack 20 August 2017 From the section UK Julian Cadman, a seven-year-old dual British-Australian national, was killed in the Barcelona terror attack, Catalan police have confirmed. His family had appealed for information on the missing boy after he apparently became separated from his mother. He is one of 13 people to have been killed when a van ploughed into crowds on Barcelona's Las Ramblas on Thursday. His family said they would "remember his smiles and hold his memory dear to our hearts". View the full article Read this BBC: 'Hard' Brexit offers '£135bn annual boost' to economy 'Hard' Brexit offers '£135bn annual boost' to economy 20 August 2017 From the section Business Image copyright Getty Images Removing all trade tariffs and barriers would help generate an annual £135bn uplift to the UK economy, according to a group of pro-Brexit economists. A "hard" Brexit is "economically much superior to soft" argues Prof Patrick Minford, lead author of a report from Economists for Free Trade. He says eliminating tariffs, either within free trade deals or unilaterally, would deliver huge gains. Other economists say cutting barriers sets off a "race to the bottom". Economist Monique Ebell from the National Institute of Social and Economic Research (NIESR) says Prof Minford "ignores decades of evidence on how trade actually works". Ms Ebell's own research showed that if the UK left the single market but made unilateral trade deals with major developing economies and the Anglosphere, it would only claw back about one-third of the 20-30% reduction in lost total trade by leaving the EU. Ms Ebell says many of the trade barriers that Prof Minford argues to be removed are subtle, non-tariff barriers, such as agreed common standards. Campaigners against a hard Brexit said the plan amounts to "economic suicide". What is the customs union? The UK is part of the EU customs union, and so imposes tariffs - taxes on imports - on some goods coming into the country. Countries in the customs union don't impose tariffs on each other's goods, and every country inside the union levies the same tariffs on imports from abroad. So, for example, a 10% tariff is imposed on some cars imported from outside the customs union, while 7.5% is imposed on roasted coffee. Other goods have no tariffs. The UK has said it is leaving the EU's customs union because as a member it is unable to strike trade deals with other countries. A quick guide to the Brexit negotiations Farmers back temporary customs union Prof Minford's full report, From Project Fear to Project Prosperity, is due to be published in the autumn. He argues that the UK could unilaterally - before a reciprocal deal is in place - eliminate trade barriers for both the EU and the rest of the world and reap trade gains worth £80bn a year. The report foresees a further £40bn a year boost from deregulating the economy, as well as other benefits resulting from Brexit-related policies. Mr Minford - a professor at Cardiff University - says that when it comes to trade the "ideal solution" would still be free trade deals with major economic blocks including the EU. But the threat that the UK could abolish all trade barriers unilaterally would act as "the club in the closet". The EU would then be under pressure to offer Britain a free trade deal, otherwise its producers would be competing in a UK market "flooded with less expensive goods from elsewhere", his introduction says. He argues UK businesses and consumers would benefit from lower priced imported goods and the effects of increased competition, which would force firms to raise their productivity. However, Ms Ebell says that "competition needs to be fair." "Some foreign firms from outside the EU can produce more cheaply because they pollute, or treat workers in ways that we find unacceptable. So we impose tariffs to level the playing field. That is legitimate, and only fair." Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBrexit: What's the difference between a hard or soft Brexit?However, Open Britain, a campaign group arguing for the UK to remain within the single market and the customs union, said the proposed strategy would be damaging to the UK economy. "Unilaterally scrapping our tariffs without achieving similar reductions in the tariff rates of other countries would see Britain swamped with imports, leaving our manufacturers and farmers unable to compete," said Labour MP Alison McGovern, a supporter of the cross-party group Open Britain, which is campaigning against a hard Brexit. "The levels of bankruptcy and unemployment, especially in industry and agriculture, would sky-rocket. "This is a project of economic suicide, not prosperity. No responsible government would touch this report with a barge pole as a source of ideas for our future trade policy." Economists for Free Trade is a group of 16 economists, including former government advisers and academics. The group plans to release further chapters of the report in the run up to its full publication. Andrew Walker, Economics Correspondent, BBC World Service It is a counterintuitive idea, but actually the economics textbooks do provide some support for the idea of unilateral trade liberalisation. This analysis suggests that removing trade barriers produces benefits for consumers and businesses buying components or raw materials that exceed the losses suffered in industries that face stiffer competition. The downside is that it may take time, perhaps years, for the workers who lose their jobs to find new ones. Professor Minford has expressed the view that the British economy is flexible enough to cope. There is also the question of how the new jobs would compare with the old ones. The mainstream view among economists is that while countries overall may gain from trade liberalisation, there are usually some specific groups that lose. Prof Minford also directs criticism at Chancellor Philip Hammond's current approach to Brexit, which he says amounts to "throwing away our hard-won freedom from EU rules". The chancellor is viewed as favouring a softer approach to Brexit, but recently co-authored an article in the Telegraph in which he proposed that the UK would leave both the single market and the customs union in March 2019, but that there would be a "time-limited" transition period to help businesses adjust. Image copyright PA Image caption Prof Patrick Minford says dropping all tariffs after Brexit will boost the UK economy by billions A government spokesman said the UK would maintain a "deep and special" relationship with the bloc after departing the EU. "The economy has grown continuously for four years and there are more people in work than ever before. "As we leave the European Union, we will build on this success by maintaining a deep and special partnership with the EU while embracing the wider world as an independent, open, trading nation.'" During the referendum campaign last year Prof Minford stoked controversy by suggesting that the effect of leaving the EU would be to "eliminate manufacturing, leaving mainly industries such as design, marketing and hi-tech". However in a recent article in the Financial Times he suggested manufacturing would become more profitable post-Brexit. View the full article Read this BBC: UK terror threat increased by IS losses, security minister says UK terror threat increased by IS losses, security minister says 19 August 2017 From the section UK Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionIS is inspiring home-grown attackers rather than sending them to the front line, Ben Wallace saysThe UK terror threat is increasing as so-called Islamic State loses territory in Syria and Iraq, the security minister has said. Ben Wallace said extremists were trying to carry out attacks in the UK because they were either unable to join IS overseas or had returned from there. He said Europe was now under "constant attack" from terror groups. Mr Wallace also warned there needed to be more understanding of the anti-terrorism programme Prevent. It comes after IS claimed responsibility for the Barcelona attack on 17 August when a van drove down Las Ramblas, killing 13 and injuring scores more. The terror group lost its Mosul stronghold to Iraqi forces last month and international efforts to bring down its "capital" Raqqa in Syria continue. IS seized Raqqa in 2014 and established its headquarters there, with former prime minister David Cameron calling it "the head of the snake". Mr Wallace told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I think the threat is still increasing, partly driven by the fact Isis is collapsing in Syria and people are either unable to get out there to fight for Isis and so they look to do something at home, or also because people have come back and tried to inspire people with their stories and tales of the caliphate. "I think those two things mean that the threat is to some extent increasing." Image copyright Getty Images Image caption IS claimed responsibility for the Barcelona attack on 17 August The security minister also said it was vital for people to engage with the government's anti-terrorism programme, Prevent, which aims to stop people from becoming radicalised. But he said he disagreed with comments from the police lead for Prevent who said the programme should be compulsory. Under the scheme, police and other organisations try to build relationships with the public - including faith leaders, teachers and doctors - and urge them to report any concerns to them, but currently any engagement is voluntary. Mr Wallace added that he had ordered the release of more information to increase understanding of Prevent and its successes to get more people to engage with it. "There's no ifs and buts nowadays. "If we're going to stop these people who use everyday items such as vehicles and kitchen knives to murder people on our streets, we are going to have to all engage together with Prevent and we are having real success when we do that." Mr Wallace added: "We must offer an alternative and help people be protected from that [radicalisation]." View the full article Read this BBC: Michael Barrymore to get damages over rape and murder arrest Michael Barrymore to get damages over rape and murder arrest 18 August 2017 From the section England Image copyright PA Image caption Former TV presenter Michael Barrymore has faced a lengthy court battle for damages The entertainer Michael Barrymore is to get "more than nominal damages" after claiming his wrongful arrest by police destroyed his career. The 65-year-old was detained ten years ago on suspicion of the rape and murder of Stuart Lubbock. Mr Lubbock's body was found in the swimming pool of Mr Barrymore's home in Roydon, Essex, in 2001. Essex Police admits Mr Barrymore's arrest was unlawful. A figure for the damages to be paid is yet to be set. Image copyright Other Image caption Stuart Lubbock was found dead in Michael Barrymore's swimming pool in 2001 View the full article Read this Read More Police News