PC killed while investigating burglary – BBC News
These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Image caption Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was “appalled” by PC Andrew Harper’s death A police officer was killed when he was “dragged along by a vehicle” while attending a reported burglary.
PC Andrew Harper, 28, who got married four weeks ago, died at about 23:30 BST on Thursday in Berkshire.
Thames Valley Police said 10 males, aged between 13 and 30, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and remain in custody at various stations.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the BBC the officer’s death was a “mindless and brutal crime”.
Thames Valley Police Chief Constable John Campbell said the death of PC Harper, an Abingdon-based roads policing officer, had left the entire force “shocked and saddened”.
He told a press conference that although the cause of PC Harper’s death had not yet been confirmed, he was out of his police car when he was “dragged along by a vehicle”.
A cordon has been put in place at the scene near the A4 Bath Road between Reading and Newbury, at the crossroads near to Sulhamstead. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption PC Harper was killed at the crossroads of Ufton Lane and Lambdens Hill, near to Sulhamstead
Mr Johnson said the officer’s death was “an absolute tragedy ” and “the most powerful reminder that police officers up and down the country put themselves at risk every single day to keep us safe”.
“My thoughts are with PC Harper’s family, friends and colleagues at this terrible time,” he added.
Mr Campbell said PC Harper was a “highly regarded, popular member of the team” and his death was a “significant loss” to the force and also to his colleagues and friends. Police ‘shocked and saddened’ by killing Image caption PC Harper got married just four weeks ago
Members of PC Harper’s family paid tributes on social media to the “loveliest person that you will ever meet”.
Maureen Shrimpton wrote: “Just a really horrible day. Our grandson Andrew was killed last night while doing his police work.
“So proud of him. Our love goes to his lovely wife, mum and dad, brother and all of his family and friends.”
Andy Fiddler, from the Thames Valley Police Federation, added: “This is totally devastating news.
“All our thoughts – and the thoughts of the entire police family across the UK – are with the family, friends and close colleagues of PC Andrew Harper who died last night.”
The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said it had been made aware of the officer’s death, because of possible issues around a police pursuit, but is not investigating.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “PC Harper died in the line of duty protecting the public and his incredible bravery and extraordinary sacrifice will not be forgotten.” Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption “We are shocked and saddened by the death of our colleague”
Thames Valley Police said it was still trying to establish the exact circumstances in which PC Harper was killed.
The force said PC Harper, who became a regular officer in 2011 after joining as a special constable a year earlier, had attended the reported break-in with a crewmate.
Forensic investigators are at the scene, where two forensic tents have been put up.
Witnesses said officers were seen searching the inside of a grey BMW that was nearby.
The force said it would fly its flags at half-mast “in honour and memory of Andrew”. Image copyright European Photopress Agency Image caption The attack on PC Harper is the third time in recent weeks an officer has been seriously hurt in the line of duty How many police officers are killed on duty?
In the past 10 years at least 10 officers have been killed during an incident involving a criminal suspect.
The most recent case was the murder in 2017 of PC Keith Palmer, who was stabbed during the Westminster terror attack in 2017.
In 2012, Greater Manchester PCs Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes were killed in a grenade and firearm attack, while investigating a hoax burglary call.
A number of the other cases have involved officers being struck by vehicles driven by suspects.
Violence against officers is a common occurrence. In the year to March, there were 30,977 assaults on police officers and a third of these resulted in injury.
The attack on PC Harper is the third time in recent weeks an officer has been seriously hurt in the line of duty.
Metropolitan police constable Stuart Outten was stabbed in the head on 8 August.
Days later a 42-year-old West Midlands Police officer suffered serious head and pelvic injuries when he was run over with his own vehicle.
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Stock market news: August 16, 2019
U.S. stocks rose Friday, paring some of the weeks declines after a previous four days of trade angst, geopolitical turmoil and bond market jitters sent risk assets reeling.
Here were the main moves in the market, as of 3:53 p.m. ET:
S&P 500 ( ^GSPC ): +1.44%, or 41.08 points
Dow ( ^DJI ): +1.2%, or 306.62 points
Nasdaq ( ^IXIC ): +1.67%, or 129.38 points
10-year Treasury yield ( ^TNX ): +2.3 bps to 1.55%
Although stocks rallied Friday, they still posted losses for the week, with the Dow down about 1.5% on a weekly basis.
Shares of Nvidia ( NVDA ) jumped after the major graphics processing units chipmaker reported a shallower year-over-year decline in quarterly revenue than expected after-the-bell Thursday. While current-quarter sales guidance came in light, gross margin estimates were better than consensus expectations, and some analysts said they expected a ramp-up in gaming products containing Nvidia components to help support results in the second half of the year.
Meanwhile, shares of construction Deere ( DE ) turned around and rose following initial declines in early trading after the company cut its guidance for a second consecutive quarter. Concerns over export-market access, near-term demand for commodities including soybeans, and overall crop conditions have led many farmers to delay making major equipment purchases, CEO Samuel Allen said in a statement.
U.S. Treasury yields largely stabilized after marching lower for much of the week. The 30-year yield held below 2% in early trading, after breaching that level for the first time ever on Thursday. The spread between the 10-year and 2-year yields was at 3 basis points Friday morning, staying in positive territory after turning negative for the first time since 2007 on Wednesday, sparking a sell-off in equities mid-week as investors considered the arrival of the historically reliable recessionary harbinger.
Traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., August 14, 2019. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz More Some of those fears have since abated, however, with market pundits from Mohamed El-Erian to former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen suggesting that the 2s10s inversion may not be as reliable a recessionary indicator as in the past.
The CBOE volatility index ( ^VIX ), or the market’s “fear gauge,” fell 10% to below 20 Friday morning, after reaching as high as 24.1 earlier in the week. Higher readings indicate increased market turmoil.
Meanwhile, prices for safe havens slipped amid Friday’s stock increases. Gold futures ( GC=F ) edged lower by about half a percentage point, but held well above $1,500 per ounce.
The relative sanguine of Friday’s early stock session belied equities’ roller-coaster week. Over the past several days, the Trump administration announced it was delaying tariffs on some goods past a September 1 deadline, while China vowed to retaliate against the upcoming tariffs. Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests spurred an airport closure at one of the world’s largest commuter hubs . And General Electric ( GE ) – a mainstay in the portfolios of many Americans – saw its biggest one-day stock loss in 11 years before paring some losses, after being accused of committing fraud “bigger than Enron and Worldcom combined ” by well-known whistleblower Harry Markopolos (GE has called the allegations “entirely false and misleading”).
Mark your calendars! More Housing starts unexpectedly dropped in July New-home building dropped in July for a third straight month, as ongoing land and labor shortages pinched construction even in an environment of lower mortgage rates.
Housing starts fell 4.0% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.191 million units for the month, the Commerce Department reported Friday . This was below expectations for a monthly increase to rate of 1.256 million units, according to Bloomberg-compiled estimates. June’s data was also downwardly revised to a pace of 1.241 million units, instead of the drop to 1.253 million units previously reported.
Fox News host compares migrants entering US to Nazis | Media
Todd Starnes of Fox Nation also called migrants a ‘rampaging horde of illegal aliens’ less than two weeks after El Paso attack. A Fox Nation host has said that the US has been invaded by a “rampaging horde of illegal aliens” less than two weeks after 22 people were killed in a Hispanic-targeting attack in El Paso, Texas.
The comments were first noted by media watchdog Media Matters’ Jason Campbell . They repeat a pattern of extreme rhetoric coming from the Rupert Murdoch-owned media property and come during a national debate over the role of racist language from politicians and media figures in spurring violence and prejudice against immigrants.
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Todd Starnes, who hosts a show on Fox News’ subscription streaming service spin-off Fox Nation, told viewers Wednesday night: “I do believe that we have been invaded by a horde. A rampaging horde of illegal aliens. This has been a slow-moving invasion.”
But Starnes took the invasion analogy further and reached for the Third Reich.
“When you go back in time and when you look at what an invasion is,” he declared. “Whether it is the Nazis invading France and western Europe. I mean, whether the Muslims were invading a country back in the early years. It was an invasion.”
According to Media Matters , Fox News’ reported or commented on a “migrant invasion” 70 times in the eight months leading up the the El Paso shooting and showed a clip of Donald Trump calling the surge of migrants an invasion at least 55 times.
Last week, Tucker Carlson provoked an outcry and caused at least one advertiser to suspend support for his show after he described the issue of US white supremacy as a “hoax”.
“It’s a conspiracy theory used to divide the country and keep a hold on power,” Carlson said.
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Jeffrey Epstein death ruled ‘suicide by hanging’ – BBC News
Jeffrey Epstein death ruled ‘suicide by hanging’ 16 August 2019 These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Image copyright Reuters Image caption Epstein was awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges when he was found dead in his cell Jeffrey’s Epstein’s death in a Manhattan jail cell has officially been ruled a suicide by hanging, according to the New York medical examiner.
The well-connected financier, 66, was found dead on Saturday while awaiting federal trial for sex trafficking.
The US Bureau of Prisons had already called his death an “apparent suicide” but that did not stop conspiracy theories from swirling.
President Donald Trump had suggested there may have been foul play.
The Department of Justice has launched an investigation into how Epstein was able to die in New York’s highly secure Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC).
Attorney General William Barr said officials have uncovered “serious irregularities” at the jail, which has housed other high-profile detainees such as Mexican drug baron El Chapo and fraudster Bernie Madoff.
He has also promised that Epstein will continue to be investigated in order to bring to justice any other possible conspirators. Epstein jail ‘a gulag’ in lower Manhattan
Earlier this week, two prison guards were suspended and a warden temporarily reassigned from MCC amid widespread reports that 30-minute checks, required within Epstein’s unit, were not carried out properly.
Epstein was discovered on the floor of his Special Housing Unit cell at about 06:30 (10:30 GMT) local time on Saturday. Image copyright Anadolu Agency via Getty Image caption Epstein was also supposed to have a cellmate, but did not at the time of his death, according to reports
It came after an earlier suicide attempt on 23 July that saw Epstein temporarily transferred to the special suicide watch wing of the jail.
On Tuesday the New York Times reported that guards in the Special Housing Unit had allegedly fallen asleep on the night of Epstein’s death.
One guard was working a fifth straight day of overtime shifts, it was reported, while another was forced to work mandatory overtime that night. Why is he being sued?
On Friday, Epstein estate was sued by two new unnamed accusers who claim they were offered “hundreds of dollars” for massages that included “unwanted touching”.
This is the second lawsuit filed against Epstein’s estate, which is estimated by federal officials to be worth $500m (£410m).
On Wednesday, Jennifer Araoz, 32, sued Epstein’s estate, his longtime girlfriend and three members of staff who she said helped prepare her for Epstein’s abuse. Who is Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s ex-girlfriend? What was Epstein accused of?
Epstein pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking and conspiracy charges last month and was being held without bail.
He was accused of paying girls under the age of 18 to perform sex acts at his Manhattan and Florida mansions between 2002 and 2005. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption ‘Any co-conspirators should not rest easy’
Police arrested him last month after he landed in New Jersey on his private jet.
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Roger Rabbit animator Richard Williams dies at 86 – BBC News
Richard Williams won two Oscars and a Bafta for his work as animation director on Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
Williams, who was also a voice actor and writer, credited Snow White – which he saw at the age of five – as having a “tremendous impression” on him.
“I always wanted, when I was a kid, to get to Disney. I was a clever little fellow so I took my drawings and I eventually got in,” he told the BBC in 2008 .
“They did a story on me, and I was in there for two days, which you can imagine what it was like for a kid.”
After that, he said he was advised to learn how to draw properly and admitted he “lost all interest in animation” until he was 23 – throwing himself into art.
Williams said he was drawn back to the craft because his “paintings were trying to move”.
His first film, The Little Island, was released in 1958 and won a Bafta, while his animated adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in 1971 led to him winning his first Oscar.
During his lengthy career, Williams also wrote a how-to book called The Animator’s Survival Kit and was animating and writing until he died. Related Topics