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The Troublemaker – Inquest opens into the death of Rashan Charles after arrest

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Rashan Charles
Rashan Charles

An inquest into the death of Rashan Charles opened in north London on Monday. Rashan died in July last year shortly after being stopped by the police in a shop in Hackney, east London.

He was just 20 years old and his death sparked angry protests.

One of Rashan’s relatives left the inquest on Monday after CCTV footage of his restraint by a police officer was shown.

The footage showed the officer grabbing Rashan from behind before wrestling him to the ground.

Another officer later arrives and is shown trying to give Rashan first aid.

The coroner, Mary Hassell, has granted both officers involved anonymity despite rejecting claims that there was a “direct threat to officers’ lives”.

She decided to place a large black curtain from wall to wall in the courtroom in order to uphold this.

The first officer will be known as BX47 and the second as BX48.

Two witnesses have also been granted anonymity and will be known as Witness 1 and Witness 2. The inquest is expected to last for 12 days.

CCTV footage of Rashan being restrained also showed paramedics removing a package from his mouth.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission, now the Independent Office for Police Conduct, conducted an initial investigation following Rashan’s death.

It found that a package removed from Rashan’s body was not a “controlled substance” and contained a mixture of caffeine and paracetamol.

The inquest continues.

  • Tory backbencher Johnny Mercer has spoken at 90 dinners on the grassroots circuit in the last year, sparking claims he is being groomed to succeed Theresa May. Party “sources” have let it be known the ex-Army officer was not the type “to put himself forward” but was a “hell of a leader of men”. Mercer told the press, “My focus is first and foremost on my constituents in Plymouth.”
  • Tory Tracey Crouch’s garden is decorated with plastic gnomes of Margaret Thatcher and John Major. “They’ve followed me around since the mid-1990s,” says the sports minister. Most experts frown on Thatcherite gardening—non-intervention followed by brutal cuts.

Cop steals £60,000 from his own mother

A FORMER police officer left his disabled mum unable to pay her care home fees after stealing £60,000.

Paul Gibbs was in charge of mum Lynn’s cash but took thousands after the sale of her house to spend on games and treats.

Gibbs, an ex-airman commended for bravery in the Gulf War, claimed he had “miscalculated” her finances, Stoke-on-Trent crown court heard.

Jailing him for three years, Judge David Fletcher said Gibbs “grossly abused” the trust put in him.

lA police officer has been dismissed for using “seemingly racist language” to threaten a Polish bouncer.

Drunken Mark Baird mimicked the doorman’s accent and said it was “because of people like you that I can’t get in”.

The off-duty PC told him, “I’m going to smash your head in,” a Humberside Police misconduct panel at Goole was told.

Sweatshop wages for expensive shirts

England’s World Cup kit sells for £160, but is made in a factory in Bangladesh where workers are paid as little as 21p an hour.

The official Nike shirt and shorts, part of the most expensive England kit ever, are made at a factory inside a

government-controlled zone where female garment workers are paid as little as £1.68 a day.

Workers in Savar, near the capital Dhaka, work 60 hours a week.

In 2016, the FA gave Nike a 12-year contract extension worth £400 million.

Nike, which makes the England strip, says it does business “ethically and sustainably” and suppliers must pay “at least the local minimum wage or prevailing wage”.

World Cup strip Football Association bosses said they had received “assurances that all England products are manufactured in accordance with the law”. That’s alright then.

Newcastle stumps Sheffield

More than 110,000 trees have been chopped down in three years by councils.

Sheffield—where the council has caused uproar by felling about 10 percent of its street tree population—is only the third-most prolific city at felling.

It is exceeded by Newcastle, where 8,414 trees have been felled, and Edinburgh, with 4,435. The figure for Sheffield is 3,529.

More than

70 councils said they did not keep records of trees felled, despite it being a government requirement.

People ‘bored’ of politicians

Ex-Labour prime minister Gordon Brown has hit on the reason why politicians get booted out of office so regularly.

Apparently it has nothing to do with their unpopular policies, but it’s all the fault of the

“24-hour news cycle”.

Brown explained at the Hay Festival, “There will be no ten years of any other prime minister again.

“The 24-hour nature of news moves so quickly and people get bored very quickly with personalities. They find out about them and move on.”

This unlikely theory might be some comfort to Brown, who was prime minister for less than three years.

Cost of living longer goes up

The cost of fresh fruit and vegetables in supermarkets is soaring. Analysts Brand View found that average vegetable prices are up by 2 percent across

360 products. Some have risen more than others.

An own-label broccoli is 14.3 percent more expensive than it was a year ago. And a kilo of Braeburn apples has gone up by over 21 percent.

Politicians and the press like to bemoan the failures of poorer people to eat well and look after themselves.

We are told that health problems are down to individual choices. In reality it’s much easier to be healthier if you have more money.

The Things They Say

‘If Corbyn is saying a Labour government is going to ride roughshod over the independence of our museums, what will be next?’

Former culture minister Ed Vaizey on Corbyn’s pledge to return the Elgin Marbles to Greece

‘He’s the only minister who is still being a minister’

Hedge fund boss Crispin Odey on why he backs Michael Gove as next prime minister

‘A chateau-bottled, irrelevant twerp’

Tory grandee Sir Nicholas Soames on Odey

‘He should shut up and go away’

Soames really doesn’t like him

‘Absurd waste of money’

Tory Kirstie Allsopp on why she makes her kids fly economy—while she goes business class

‘Okay stop nagging me’

Former Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell to his daughter live on radio

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