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Issue No. 2507

Inquest due to begin into death of Henry Hicks

Demanding justice for Henry Hicks

Demanding justice for Henry Hicks (Pic: Guy Smallman)

An inquest into the death of north London teenager Henry Hicks was set to begin on Monday of next week.

Henry died in a crash in December 2014 after police officers in unmarked cars chased him on his moped.

He was just 18 years old when he died.

Henry’s family say he had been the victim of police harassment.

They said Henry had been stopped and searched as many as 156 times, despite never having had a conviction.

Four police officers involved in the chase are to appear as witnesses at the inquest.

But they will be giving evidence from behind a screen, and will only be visible to Henry’s family.

Coroner Mary Hassell decided to give the officers anonymity, after police said they had received death threats on social media.

Nick Clark

Go to Justice for Henry Hicks on Facebook for more information

Workers battle on at Sheffield BIS

Workers at the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) in Sheffield struck for two days last Thursday and Friday against office closures. The planned closure was confirmed last month.

But the PCS union has said it is in talks with BIS management.

PCS members are also balloting for action short of a strike, with the result due on Friday of this week.

Protesters say frack off, Barclay’s

Some 25 anti-fracking campaigners protested outside the Barclay’s bank in Barnsley last Saturday.

Barclays own a 97 percent share in Third Energy, which North Yorkshire County Council has just allowed to start fracking in Ryedale.

Dave Gibson

Turkish group targeted by police

A Turkish-speaking community group in north London has been targeted by police, allegedly on the grounds of “fighting terrorism”.

Officers raided the community centre of the socialist Anatolian People’s Cultural Centre in Tottenham and closed it down last month. At the time the European Union (EU) and British government were negotiating with Turkey to restrict migration.

Community members are convinced that the British government acted at the request of Turkey to silence a radical socialist group.

Simon Hester

Protest Saturday 11 June, 2pm at Edmonton police station, London, N9 0PW

Rally to remember Battle of Orgreave

Former miners, trade unionists and others will rally in Sheffield on Saturday

18 June to mark the anniversary of the Battle of Orgreave.

The battle took place on 18 June 1984 when police attacked striking miners who were picketing at the Orgreave coking plant.

Saturday 18 June, 5pm, Orgreave Lane,Sheffield, S13 9NE

City cleaners set to start all-out strike

Cleaners working in the City of London were set to begin an all-out strike on Friday of this week.

The members of the United Voices of the World union are taking action over the sacking of several cleaners.

They are also fighting for union recognition and the London Living Wage.

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