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People of color still 50 percent more likely to be fined for COVID breaches in U.K.

People of color still 50 percent more likely to be fined for COVID breaches in U.K.

SharePeople of color are still 50 percent more likely to be fined for a COVID-19 breach than those from white backgrounds, official figures show.The latest date from the National Police Chiefs Council shows that 32,329 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) were issued in England and Wales between March 27 and December 20, 2020.The figures showed that while 80 percent of fines were issued to white people, 18 percent of fines went to those who identified as Asian and Chinese (11 percent), Black (5 percent) or Mixed (2 percent). Black Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds (BAME) make up 13 percent of...

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Thousands sign up to throw eggs at Margaret Thatcher statue

Thousands sign up to throw eggs at Margaret Thatcher statue

ShareOver 2,000 people have signed up for an "egg-throwing contest" at the unveiling ceremony of a statue of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher which will cost a local council £100,000 ($133,000) just for the unveiling.The hefty cost of the unveiling has prompted a backlash against South Kesteven District Council, with people furious that the council will have to underwrite the sum at a time of economic hardship as unemployment rises and businesses close during the COVID-19 pandemic. Newsweek has asked the council why the unveiling of a statue in the middle of a pandemic would...

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U.K. faces major puppy shortage as animal theft rockets

U.K. faces major puppy shortage as animal theft rockets

ShareThe U.K. is facing a major puppy shortage during the COVID-19 pandemic fueling a rise in the illegal puppy trade, animal charities have warned.People have increasingly turned to animals during the nationwide lockdown to provide them with comfort and support, with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), which operates in England and Wales, noticing a 650 percent rise in searches on its website for "puppies near me."Not only has that sent puppy prices soaring, with some breeders demanding up to ($13,000) for a single puppy, it has also meant a sharp rise in...

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Nov 16
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One fifth of English people in study blame Jews or Muslims for COVID-19

One fifth of English people in study blame Jews or Muslims for COVID-19

ShareNearly half of people in England believe in conspiracy theories about COVID-19, according to a survey carried out by psychologists at the University of Oxford, with nearly 20 percent agreeing separately that either Jews or Muslims were responsible for spreading the virus.In a survey of over 2,500 people, almost half of those questioned endorsed to some degree the idea that "COVID-19 is a bioweapon developed by China to destroy the West" and around one-fifth endorsed to some degree that "Jews have created the virus to collapse the economy for financial gain".Nearly 20 percent of those...

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May 22
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Over 12,500 care home residents die from coronavirus in two months

Over 12,500 care home residents die from coronavirus in two months

ShareThere have been over 12,500 deaths in U.K. care homes across a two month period.According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) there were a total of 12,526 care home residents deaths involving COVID-19 between March 2 and May 1 this year, accounting for 27.3 percent of all deaths of care home residents, which saw 45,899 people die in care homes overall.The ONS said: "#COVID19 was the leading cause of death for male care home residents, accounting for 30.3% of deaths."For female care home residents, it was the second-leading cause, accounting for 23.5% of all deaths."The figures...

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May 15
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U.K. police force refers itself to watchdog after officer tasers man in front of screaming child

U.K. police force refers itself to watchdog after officer tasers man in front of screaming child

ShareEngland's Greater Manchester Police says it has referred itself to the Independent Office for Police Conduct, after video footage emerged showing officers taser a man in front of his screaming child.In the video, the man, who has now been identified as Desmond Ziggy Mombeyarara, 34, appears before two officers as he is holding a child near a parked car. As he lets go of the child, officers are shown attempting to take ahold of the man's arms before one of the officers tasers him.As Mombeyarara falls to the floor, the distressed child can be heard screaming "daddy."Mombeyarara has since...

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May 8
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