A major outdoor art exhibition by an Oscar-winning artist has gone on display on billboards across London.
Turner Prize-winner and film-maker Steve McQueen’s billboards show class photographs of thousands of children from the capital’s schools.
The 613 posters across London’s 33 boroughs, featuring Year 3 pupils, celebrates the idea of citizenship and reflects the diversity of London.
McQueen said the project was inspired 21 years ago after he became a father.
“My hope is that through the billboards, millions of Londoners can reflect on the past, the present and the future not only of themselves but of their city,” he said.
“I am very excited that this portrait of London will be seen by so many people as part of their daily life in this great city that I love.”
Some 76,000 children, two thirds of London’s Year 3 pupils, were photographed for the accompanying exhibition at Tate Britain.
The Tate said: “Year 3 is considered a milestone year in a child’s development and sense of identity, when seven-and eight-year-olds become more conscious of a much bigger world beyond their immediate family.
“Steve McQueen’s project captures this moment of excitement, anticipation and hope through the medium of the traditional class photograph, with rows of smiling children sitting or standing alongside their teachers.”
McQueen was born in London in 1969 and after becoming a renowned artist, he went on to make films Hunger, Shame, Widows and the Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave.
When he started the project McQueen said: “When you first start education, things start to change. When you start being aware of gender, when you start being aware of race. When you start being aware of class.
“When those things come into your psyche – it can actually change your thoughts forever.”
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On why he chose to express his vision via the traditional school photograph, McQueen said: “The school photo is very formal. Kids are standing or sitting crossed legged with the teacher on the side.
“I used to love that format – and it’s a photo that reflects on that class, the school and also reflects on society.
“So a message that can be so local – when moulded with the other photographs – can become global.”
Haringey and Yeovil say they want the “real winner to be football” in their replayed FA Cup match on Tuesday, after the original game was abandoned amid allegations of racial abuse.
The fourth qualifying round tie on 19 October was halted when Haringey boss Tom Loizou took his team off the field.
Two men were arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated common assault and later bailed without charge.
A Football Association investigation into the incident is ongoing.
“The testing times after the first game have resulted in a strong bond between the two clubs,” said a joint statement.
“Irrespective of which team wins on the pitch, on Tuesday we want the real winner to be football.”
Visitors Yeovil had just taken a 1-0 lead through Rhys Murphy’s 64th-minute penalty when the initial tie was abandoned.
It was claimed that Haringey goalkeeper Valery Douglas Pajetat was spat at and struck by an object thrown from the Yeovil supporters’ section, while defender Coby Rowe alleged he had been the victim of racist comments.
Whoever wins at Borough’s Coles Park ground will face Hartlepool at home in the first round.
“We have been working hard together with the authorities to make sure Tuesday’s game is safe and enjoyable for all, with increased stewarding being one of many additional measures,” added the statement issued by both clubs.
The FA have announced that 5 November has been set aside as a replay date, should the rearranged tie end as a draw.
Loizou hopes Tuesday’s game will pass without incident, telling PA Media: “I just want it out of the way now to tell you the truth.
“There is a sour taste in my mouth, I just want to get through it with no incidents and to get on with our lives.”
Yeovil said in the immediate aftermath that they would co-operate with any investigations into the incident and, speaking after their National League win over Chorley on Saturday, Glovers boss Darren Sarll supported the way his players responded to the situation.
“I thought we left there doing the right thing,” he told BBC Somerset.
“I thought the lads conducted themselves in a very professional manner in a tough situation. I found it really tough.
“It’ll be a good tie – it’s the FA Cup. Football’s got to win in all of these situations and hopefully it will on Tuesday.”
Manager Mauricio Pochettino believes Tottenham’s worst opponent this season has been themselves.
Spurs reached the Champions League final last season but were thrashed 7-2 by Bayern Munich in their first home game of this year’s competition.
They now host Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday having taken just 12 points from 27 in the Premier League.
“It is going to be tough but at the moment our worst opponent is ourselves,” said Pochettino.
“We need to compete with Red Star as well as ourselves.”
Spurs, who surrendered a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with Olympiakos in their opening group match, go into Tuesday’s game with one point – two behind second-placed Red Star.
Pochettino’s position as Spurs boss has been questioned, but the Argentine added: “That is football. I am not surprised. In the same way they praise you, football is all about the win.
“The expectation changed after the Champions League final and that is why the situation looks worse. The most important thing is to build our confidence again.”
A man who drove at cyclists and police officers outside Parliament has been jailed for life for attempted murder.
Salih Khater, 30, of Highgate Street, Birmingham, aimed his car at members of the public before swerving towards the officers in Parliament Square on 14 August 2018.
He must serve at least 15 years in jail, the Old Bailey judge said.
Khater was accused of attempting to cause maximum carnage, and it was said to be “miraculous” no-one was killed.
The court was told he tried to “kill as many people as possible” with his Ford Fiesta.
CCTV footage showed how he careered into a security lane and crashed into barriers as two police officers jumped out of the way.
Alison Morgan QC told jurors Khater’s attack was “premeditated and deliberate” and had a terrorist motive.
The defendant claimed he had driven to London to find the Sudanese embassy to get a visa but “got lost” around Westminster and panicked.
However, a jury rejected his explanation for the crash and found him guilty of two charges of attempted murder in July.
In mitigation, Peter Carter QC told the court Khater had still not offered an explanation for what he did.
He argued: “The lack of evidence is not a proper basis for drawing a conclusion there is evidence of a terrorist connection.”
But Mrs Justice McGowan found Khater had deliberately copied terrorists and jailed him for life with a minimum term of 15 years.
“Your undoubted intention was to kill as many people as possible and by doing so spread fear and terror,” she said; adding that he had “replicated the acts of others who undoubtedly have acted with terrorist motives”.
The court heard Khater was born in Sudan before being granted asylum in Britain in 2010, claiming he had been tortured in his birth country.
In the months before the attack, Khater had showed signs of “paranoia” about British authorities, emailing Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to express concern about an “event” involving the intelligence services.
A former MP falsely accused of being part of a VIP paedophile ring has branded a review of how detectives handled the claims as “a whitewash”.
The police watchdog identified “organisational failings” but cleared five detectives of misconduct.
After the release of a retired judge’s criticisms of the Met’s probe, ex-MP Harvey Proctor said a separate report by the police watchdog was “a pathetic attempt” to excuse mistakes by police.
The watchdog said it had been thorough.
In its report, published on Monday, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) found no evidence of misconduct but said the investigation “revealed gaps and shortcomings where there is room for improvement”.
It made 16 recommendations to avoid mistakes being repeated, including on search warrants and ensuring allegations are investigated objectively.
No officers were prosecuted or disciplined for their part in Scotland Yard’s £2.5 million Operation Midland, which investigated bogus claims made by Carl Beech, previously known as “Nick”.
Beech, 51, from Gloucester, was jailed for 18 years for his false accusations.
The claims prompted searches of the homes of three prominent people – former Conservative MP Mr Proctor, D-Day veteran Lord Bramall and Lady Diana Brittan, the widow of former home secretary Leon Brittan.
In a 2016 report into Operation Midland – which was partly published by Scotland Yard last week – retired High Court judge Sir Richard Henriques found the searches “should not have taken place”, were “unlawful” and that police “misled” the magistrate who approved them.
The IOPC found no evidence the officers who were investigated had deliberately misled the district judge. But it acknowledged it was “unable to establish with any clarity or certainty” what exactly the officers knew about Beech’s evidence.
The IOPC report said it was “unclear” when details recording Beech’s inconsistencies began to be recorded, and that the watchdog did not know “which inconsistencies were known to the investigation team at any specific time”.
Sir Richard said the IOPC report was “flawed” and “fell well short of an effective investigation”.
Mr Proctor said the IOPC was “not an independent body that the public can trust” and called on the home secretary to abolish and replace it with “experts who are genuinely qualified to assess and to criticise police failings”.
He said the IOPC report attempted to excuse police mistakes “by saying they acted in good faith”, with the intention of maintaining public confidence in the aftermath of the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal.
“But this is not acting in good faith – it is acting to interview under caution and search the homes and office of people without evidence in order to help public relations,” he said.
Mr Proctor’s lawyer Geoffrey Robertson QC said this was an “improper motive” and it was “outrageous that the IOPC should think it is a valid excuse for accusing innocent men of heinous crimes or misleading a judge to obtain a search warrant for their homes”.
In his report, IOPC director general Michael Lockwood said: “Did the officers involved make mistakes? Yes. Could police processes have been improved? Almost certainly. But did they deliberately exclude information to secure the warrants? Our investigation found no evidence of that.”
There must be public accountability and assurance in future, he said, that the weaknesses identified were addressed so mistakes were never repeated.
The IOPC’s recommendations included considering whether to record court hearings involving applications for search warrants and renewing efforts to balance the culture of believing victims when an allegation is made with the need to investigate claims objectively.
Writing in the Daily Mail newspaper, Sir Richard said the police watchdog embarked upon a “lamentably slow and inadequate process” in reviewing the work of five Metropolitan Police detectives involved in obtaining search warrants.
He wrote: “Who guards the guards themselves? Who watches the watchers? A malfunctioning police force has not received the necessary oversight.”
“The home secretary will wish to address these shocking failures,” he added.
Sir Richard said the officers’ belief that Beech had “remained consistent” in his accounts of sexual abuse was incorrect and that police “failed to disclose seven factors that undermined Beech’s credibility”.
He added that he had only been contacted after 20 months, and told that two of the five officers under investigation had already been cleared.
The IOPC continued to investigate three officers, but they retired before it published its findings.
Sir Richard said he was “alarmed by the [IOPC’s] lack of knowledge of relevant criminal procedure”.
He added: “I readily conclude that one or more of the five officers may not have committed misconduct in the application for warrants.
“However I find it difficult to conceive that no misconduct or criminality was involved by at least one officer.”
The IOPC said its review of the officers’ work “was not a cursory exercise” and “independent and impartial”.
It reviewed over 1,800 documents and 300 statements, gathering 14 independent witness accounts and accounts from three officers who were under investigation, a spokesperson said.
“As Sir Richard writes ‘no subject should be tried without proper investigation’. And, as he acknowledges in his own review, the IOPC is the right and correct authority to do this,” the spokesperson added.
What is the IOPC and what are its powers?
The Independent Office for Police Conduct took over investigations into police misconduct in England and Wales in January 2018.
Previously, it had operated under the name of the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
The watchdog is able to initiate its own investigations and can direct police forces to hold misconduct hearings.
If complaints against officers are proven valid, they can recommend actions and – in serious cases of misconduct – hand over information to prosecutors.
In the past, the watchdog was criticised for not having enough authority over forces and, in some cases, botching investigations entirely.
A 2013 parliamentary report called it “woefully underequipped and hamstrung”.
Police officers are still not always cooperating, despite recent attempts to improve the body.
Last year, officers investigated for ignoring chances to stop serial killer Stephen Port refused to answer questions during IOPC interviews.
Last week, the Met’s deputy commissioner Sir Stephen House said that he was “deeply, deeply sorry” for the pain caused by the Met’s “serious mistakes” during Operation Midland but that the force did not accept everything in Sir Richard’s report.
Home Secretary Priti Patel has ordered an inspection by the chief inspector of constabulary, following Sir Richard’s review.
The wife of the PM’s chief adviser, Mary Wakefield, says Boris Johnson did not touch her thigh at a lunch in 1999.
Charlotte Edwardes has accused Mr Johnson of touching her under the table and said he touched a second woman too.
The BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg said a rumour had been circulating at the Conservative conference that Ms Wakefield was the other woman involved, but she has denied it.
The PM has also denied Ms Edwardes’ allegation, made in the Sunday Times.
In a statement, Ms Wakefield, who is married to Dominic Cummings, said “nothing like this ever happened to me”.
Earlier, ex-Tory minister Justine Greening said Ms Edwardes’ story was “deeply concerning”, but Chancellor Sajid Javid said he had “full faith” in the PM.
On Sunday evening, No 10 released a statement calling the claims “untrue”, but Ms Edwardes later tweeted: “If the prime minister doesn’t recollect the incident then clearly I have a better memory than he does.”
Asked on Monday if the incident had taken place, Mr Johnson said: “No.”
He also denied it had overshadowed the Conservative Party conference taking place in Manchester this week.
In her first column for the Sunday Times, Ms Edwardes said the incident took place in 1999. Ms Edwardes said she was seated on Mr Johnson’s right at the lunch, held at the Spectator magazine’s offices.
Mr Johnson was editor of the magazine at the time.
“More wine is poured; more wine is drunk. Under the table I feel Johnson’s hand on my thigh. He gives it a squeeze,” she wrote.
“His hand is high up my leg and he has enough inner flesh beneath his fingers to make me sit suddenly upright.”
Ms Edwardes said another woman at the lunch later told her he had done the same to her.
Spectator magazine commissioning editor Ms Wakefield issued a statement to say she was “not the woman referred to in Charlotte Edwardes’s column”.
“Boris was a good boss and nothing like this ever happened to me. Nor has Charlotte, who I like and admire, ever discussed the incident with me.”
Mr Javid refused to comment on the “personal allegations” against the PM when asked on BBC Breakfast, adding: “The prime minister has said that this is completely untrue.
“I have full faith in the prime minister and I don’t doubt that and what he has said for a second.”
However, Ms Greening told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I can’t comment on those accusations, but they are deeply concerning, and in a sense they go to the heart of this question about character and integrity of people in public life and what standards the electorate have a right to expect.”
At a conference fringe event on Sunday lunchtime, Health Secretary Matt Hancock appeared to play down the claims.
He said Mr Johnson “has never lectured other people about their private lives,” adding: “I think that we should concentrate on delivering on what we are in politics for, which in my view is to serve the citizens of this country.”
Later, though, in an interview with Channel 4 News – conducted before No 10 issued its denial – Mr Hancock stressed that he did not intend to make light of Ms Edwardes’ allegations.
“I don’t dismiss it at all. I have seen how what I said has been… how people have responded to what I said, and [to be] totally clear about it, these issues are incredibly important.”
He said he knew Ms Edwardes well and knew her to be “trustworthy”.
Former minister Amber Rudd – who quit the Conservative Party over its handling of Brexit earlier this month – tweeted that she agreed with Mr Hancock’s conclusion.
But Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said, unless further evidence emerged, he would “take [the prime minister] at his word”.
“I don’t have any inside information into this,” he told BBC Politics Live.
“It’s very hard for any of us to speculate on what may or may not have happened.”
A 17-year-old girl was killed in a “very fast” and “completely unexpected” attack, a court has heard.
Jodie Chesney was sitting with friends in a park in Harold Hill, east London, when she was stabbed on 1 March.
One of the group, Kasey Henderson, told the Old Bailey “panic and hysteria” broke out when they realised the girl scout had been attacked.
Manuel Petrovic, 20, Svenson Ong-a-Kwie, 19, both from Romford, and two boys, aged 16 and 17, deny murder.
The jury heard Mr Henderson had gone to Amy’s Park after he met his twin brother Bryce, Jodie and her boyfriend Eddie Coyle at Romford station.
“We were planning on picking up cannabis from someone and smoking it at the park,” he said.
The 18-year-old said his brother had “called one of our dealers” who “were going to deliver it to the park”.
The court was told Mr Henderson later saw two males enter the park and thought they had stolen his bag when he heard a “ripping” sound and saw them running away.
The jury heard he was then “confused” to find his bag still there, but then “a lot of the panic and hysteria started”.
“Jodie screamed because of the pain and we were all confused by what was going on before we figured it out,” he said.
A 17-year-old girl, who cannot be identified, told the Old Bailey Jodie had turned slightly, and then started to scream.
She said she shone a torch on Jodie’s back and “saw a hole”.
“You could clearly see she had been stabbed because the jacket she had been wearing had fluff on the inside. The jacket had been ripped. The fluff had originally been white and you could see blood,” she said.
The witness then “called the ambulance” but by that point Jodie had stopped screaming “and her eyes started to roll back in her head”, she said.
The trial continues.
A 16-year-old boy has been charged with the murder of a man who was stabbed to death on a north-west London street.
Meshach Williams, 21, died in hospital hours after he was attacked in High Street, Harlesden, on 23 April.
The boy was remanded in custody after appearing at Willesden Magistrates’ Court earlier. He is next due to appear at the Old Bailey on Tuesday.
Three men, aged 19, 18 and 24, have previously been charged in connection with Mr Williams’s death.
They are due to stand trial in November.
The Only Way Is Essex star Lewis Bloor has denied conspiring to defraud investors in an alleged £3m diamond scam.
The 29-year-old appeared alongside six other men at Southwark Crown Court where he pleaded not guilty to dishonestly marketing coloured diamonds for investment purposes.
Four of his co-defendants also denied conspiracy to defraud.
A trial has been set for 1 September next year.
Mr Bloor, of Buckhurst Hill, Essex, appeared in the ITV2 show for three years from 2013 as well as Celebrity Big Brother in 2016.
He sat in the dock with his co-defendants Joseph Jordan, 26, from Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, George Walters, 27, from Beckenham, south-east London, Max Potter, 22, of Enfield, north London, and Nathan Wilson, 25, of Brentwood, Essex, who all also pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to defraud.
Simon Akbari, 25, from Loughton, Essex, did not enter a plea to the same charge.
Another co-defendant, 52-year-old Danny Chappell, of Bexleyheath, south-east London, denied a charge of seeking money for completing renovation works which had not been undertaken, which is alleged to have taken place on 31 May 2014.
A hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court last month heard there were 50 victims of the alleged fraud with “in excess” of £3m lost between 17 May 2013 and 19 June 2014.
A fire that ripped through flats where a woman had to be rescued is being treated as suspicious, police say.
The blaze broke out off Harry Zeital Way in Clapton, east London at 22:40 BST on Monday.
It started on a downstairs balcony but spread to the upper floors “within two minutes”, resident Soyeb Isralia said.
Balconies from the ground to the fifth floor were destroyed, along with part of a flat on the fifth floor and a section of the roof.
Met Police officers were called to the scene along with ambulance and fire crews, although there were no reported injuries.
Mr Isralia said he was in the bath when he heard people shouting about the fire, so he grabbed a towel and escaped from the building.
“We saw the downstairs balcony on fire and within two minutes the flames went all the way up to the fourth floor,” he said.
“Everything just exploded after that.”
The blaze took firefighters, who remain at the scene, three hours to bring under control.
Hackney council, the local authority, will also be involved in investigating the fire.