Edmonton police station car crash: Man arrested

A police station in north London had to be evacuated after a car crashed into the building.

The crash happened shortly before 19:00 GMT in Edmonton. An eyewitness reported seeing a man then pouring petrol over the car and setting it alight.

Footage, posted on social media, shows a vehicle partially embedded in the entrance of the building. The Met Police said the car was being examined.

A man in his 40s has been arrested on suspicion of arson and other offences.

Both the London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade were called to the crash on Fore Street.

Police said officers were still at the scene but an earlier cordon had been reduced and staff had returned to the station. No injuries have been reported.

“At this time this remains a local investigation but is being supported by counter-terrorism officers,” the Met added.

Enfield Council leader Nesil Caliskan had earlier described the crash as a “major incident” and urged people to avoid the area.

Store manager Ogur Mazlum, 34, witnessed the moment the car crashed into the building.

His wife Serife Mazlum said: “He literally just walked out (of his shop) to just call me and see if everything’s OK at home.

“Then he said I have to shut the phone quickly… that was when the car crashed into the front of the police station.”

Mrs Mazlum said her husband, who speaks limited English, saw that the car had crashed through an exterior glass entrance to the police station and a man was trying to get through a second barrier.

“He was insisting on trying to get inside, but the glass door wouldn’t break anymore so he couldn’t get any closer,” she added.

“Then he casually got out of the car with a tank of petrol. He poured it down from the car into the middle of the road and then he just set it on fire.”

Video footage of the immediate aftermath shows police officers tackling the man and putting out the flames.

Mrs Mazlum said another man watching the scene from across the street ran to intervene after the driver had set the fuel alight.

“He pinned [the driver] to the ground just as the police was arriving,” she added.

“So by the time the police came and got out of the cars the citizen had already slammed him to the ground.”

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he had been in “constant contact” with Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick about the incident.

Writing on Twitter, he said: “I’m grateful to the police officers and other emergency services who brought the situation under control and continue to investigate the incident.”

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Rolls-Royce plans 16 mini-nuclear plants for UK

A consortium led by Rolls-Royce has announced plans to build up to 16 mini-nuclear plants in the UK.

It says the project will create 6,000 new jobs in the Midlands and the North of England over the next five years.

The prime minister is understood to be poised to announce at least £200m for the project as part of a long-delayed green plan for economic recovery.

Rolls-Royce argues that as well as producing low-carbon electricity, the concept may become an export industry.

The company’s UK “small modular reactor” (SMR) group includes the National Nuclear Laboratory and the building company Laing O’Rourke.

Last year, it received £18m to begin the design effort for the SMR concept.

The government says new nuclear is essential if the UK is to meet its target of reaching net zero emissions by 2050 – where any carbon released is balanced out by an equivalent amount absorbed from the atmosphere.

But there is a nuclear-sized hole opening up in the energy network.

Six of the UK’s seven nuclear reactor sites are due to go offline by 2030 and the remaining one, Sizewell B, is due to be decommissioned in 2035.

Together they account for around 20% of the country’s electricity.

Rolls-Royce and its partners argue that instead of building huge nuclear mega-projects in muddy fields we should construct a series of smaller nuclear plants from “modules” made in factories.

The aim is to re-engineer nuclear power as a very high-tech Lego set.

The components would be broken down into a series of hundreds of these modules which would be made in a central factory and shipped by road to the site for assembly.

The objective is to tackle the biggest problem nuclear power faces: the exorbitant cost.

The reason it is so expensive is that the projects are huge and complex and have to meet very high safety standards.

And, because so few new nuclear power stations are built, there are very few opportunities to learn from mistakes.

So, Rolls-Royce and its partners are saying: let’s make them smaller and make lots of them so that we get really good at it.

The concept would dramatically reduce the amount of construction that would be associated with a nuclear project, claimed Tom Samson, the chief executive of the UK Small Modular Reactor consortium (UK SMR).

“If we move all that activity into a controlled factory environment that drives down cost by simplification and standardisation,” he explained.

Each plant would produce 440 megawatts of electricity – roughly enough to power Sheffield – and the hope is that, once the first few have been made, they will cost around £2bn each.

The consortium says the first of these modular plants could be up and running in 10 years, after that it will be able to build and install two a year.

By comparison, the much larger nuclear plant being built at Hinkley Point in Somerset is expect to cost some £22bn but will produce more than 3 gigawatts of electricity – over six times as much.

In addition to the six nuclear plants going offline by 2030, there’s another challenge. You have to factor in a massive increase in electricity demand over the coming decades.

That’s because if we’re going to reach our net zero target, we need to stop using fossil fuels for transport and home heating.

The government has said this could lead to a three-fold increase in electricity use.

UK SMR isn’t the only player which has spotted that there could be a gap in the market for smaller reactors. There are dozens of different companies around the world working on small reactor projects.

That has got the critics of nuclear power worried. Greenpeace and other environmental groups say small nuclear power stations pose similar risks of radioactive releases and weapons proliferation as big ones.

Greenpeace UK’s chief scientist, Doug Parr, said that if the government wanted to take a punt on some new technology to tackle climate change it would be better off investing in hydrogen or geothermal power.

And there are other reasons to question the SMR concept, says Prof MV Ramana of the University of British Columbia in Canada. He is a physicist and an expert on nuclear energy policy who has studied small modular reactors.

He said UK SMR’s 10-year time-scale for its first plant may prove optimistic. The one constant in the history of the nuclear industry to date is that big new concepts never come in on time and budget, he said.

He is sceptical that the factory concept can deliver significant cost savings given the complexity and scale of even a small nuclear plant. Smaller plants will have to meet the same rigorous safety standards as big ones, he points out.

He said that where the concept has been tried elsewhere – in the US and China, for example – there have been long delays and costs have ended up being comparable to those of large nuclear power stations.

Finally, he questioned whether there will be a market for these plants by the 2030s, when UK SMR says the first will be ready.

“Ten years from now, the competition will be renewables which are going to be far cheaper with much better storage technology than we have today,” said Prof Ramana.

But Boris Johnson’s powerful adviser, Dominic Cummings, is known to be taken with the modular nuclear idea.

One of the reasons the government has been fighting so hard to free itself from the EU’s state aid rules is so it can get its shoulder behind technologies it thinks will give the UK economy and its workers a real boost.

Modular nuclear has the potential to do just that.

If Rolls-Royce and its partners can show that the factory concept really does deliver high quality nuclear plants on time and on budget then there is potentially a huge world market for the technology.

The price per unit of electricity may be higher than with wind or solar, said the clean energy consultant Michael Liebreich, but nuclear delivers power pretty much 24/7 and therefore can command a premium.

UK SMR is pitching the concept as a UK solution to the global challenge of tackling climate change and says there will be a vast export market as the world starts to switch to low carbon energy.

Boris Johnson is rumoured to be planning to take a big punt on nuclear power.

His government has always said new nuclear is going to be a key part of Britain’s future energy system.

As well as the potential investment in SMRs, the BBC has already reported that the government is expected to give the long-discussed new large nuclear plant at Sizewell in Suffolk the go-ahead.

Mr Johnson is expected to say these investments are essential if the UK is going to meet its promise to decarbonise the economy by 2050 as part of the worldwide effort to tackle climate change.

And, while there may be good reasons to question whether the SMR concept will deliver on its promise of low-cost nuclear power, there is no question it holds out exactly the kind of optimistic vision for the UK’s industrial future the government is desperate for.

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Chester hospital baby deaths: Nurse Lucy Letby charged with murder

A nurse has been charged with murdering eight babies and the attempted murder of another ten at the Countess of Chester Hospital.

Lucy Letby was previously arrested in 2018 and 2019 as part of a probe into deaths at the neo-natal unit.

The charges relate to baby deaths and non-fatal collapses at the hospital from June 2015 to June 2016.

Ms Letby, originally from Hereford, is due to appear at Warrington Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

Edmonton police station car crash: Man detained

A police station in north London has been evacuated after a car crashed into the building on Wednesday evening.

The crash happened shortly before 19:00 GMT in Edmonton and a man has been detained.

The Metropolitan Police said it had not been made aware of any injuries and the car was being examined. A “large cordon” remains in place.

Footage, posted on social media, shows a vehicle partially embedded into the entrance of the building.

Both the London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade remain at the scene on Fore Street.

Peter Allimadi, 30, from Edmonton, who works in Whitehall, described hearing “shouting, a loud crash and sirens from everywhere”.

He said: “I came out of the Lidl to see what the commotion was about, police screaming instructions to citizens to back away, some scared shoppers, commuters and parents running from the scene.”

Publish Priti Patel bullying claims report, says PMs standards adviser

A report into allegations Home Secretary Priti Patel bullied staff should be made public, the prime minister’s adviser on standards in public life has said.

Former MI5 chief Lord Evans warned that unresolved inquiries into ministers’ conduct undermined public trust.

A Cabinet Office investigation into allegations about Ms Patel’s behaviour was launched in March.

She has always strongly denied claims that she bullied staff.

In February Sir Philip Rutnam, the top civil servant in the Home Office, resigned saying he had been the target of a “vicious and orchestrated briefing campaign”. He is pursuing an employment tribunal claim.

The Committee on Standards in Public Life advises the prime minister on ethical standards across public life in England and is chaired by ex-MI5 boss Lord Evans of Weardale.

The Times first reported that Lord Evans wanted the Patel report to be made public.

He told the BBC he was not in a position to judge the accuracy of the complaints about the home secretary but said the public needed to know that allegations are “properly and independently investigated”.

“We want to make sure the system we have in place can resolve those issues so that people can have confidence the standards are being upheld in the right places and by everybody involved,” he told Radio 4’s The World at One.

Asked specifically about Ms Patel’s case he said there may be “good reasons” why some findings are not published but argued that any causes for delay should be explained.

“I think because they are left hanging in the air people are worried about it and that tends to reduce people’s trust.”

He also said that the process of investigating ministers should be more independent and transparent – and he suggested taking the responsibility for triggering such inquiries away from the prime minister.

In an interview with The Times, he said because the report on Ms Patel had not been published “it is very difficult to know whether there was something here or whether there wasn’t”.

Responding to Lord Evans’ comments, Labour’s shadow home secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds said: “It is a disgrace that the report into allegations of bullying against the home secretary is being suppressed.

“Continuing to refuse to release the report not only makes clear that the Tories have something to hide, it also undermines trust in politics at a crucial time – the report must be published without further delay.”

A government spokesperson said: “The process is ongoing and the prime minister will make any decision on the matter public once the process has concluded.”

Amazons Ring video doorbells catch fire because wrong screw used

Dozens of Amazon’s Ring smart doorbells have caught fire or burned their owners after being fitted with the wrong screw.

The problem has prompted US and Canadian product safety officials to issue a formal notice, and Amazon to provide a revised instruction manual.

The issue is that if a longer, sharper screw is used at the device’s base, it can damage the battery pack.

This causes it to overheat, which has led to property damage and injuries.

However, despite a “recall notice” having been issued, users are not actually being asked to send the devices back.

Instead, they are simply being urged to follow the new guidance.

The safety notice concerns the second generation Ring doorbell, which is still on sale.

The devices come packaged with a special small security screw to lock the front cover in place, which must be opened and then replaced each time the battery needs to be recharged, once every few months.

The box also contains a set of longer wood screws, which are supposed to be used to fix the device to the wall.

The problem arises if the owners muddle these up or lose the original security screw and attempt to make do.

Officials said they had received a total of 85 incident reports of incorrect screws being installed.

Of these, they said there had been 23 case of the internet-connected kit igniting, and a further eight cases of minor burns.

A new warning within the instructions cautions owners that using the wrong screw risks a “potential fire hazard”.

“The safety of our customers is our top priority,” a spokeswoman for Ring told the BBC.

“We have contacted customers… to ensure they received the updated user manual and follow the device installation instructions. Customers do not need to return their devices.”

This is not the first time Amazon’s products have fallen foul of safety inspectors in recent weeks.

In October, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission also issued recall notices for the company’s AmazonBasics portable power banks due to the danger of fire and chemical burns, and AmazonBasics Ceramic Space Heaters for posing their own overheating risks.

Roblox gamers must pay to die with an oof

Fans of the hugely popular Roblox game may soon notice that a familiar noise has fallen silent in the game.

The “oof” sound that famously accompanies the death of characters will temporarily be removed, following a copyright dispute.

When it is reinstated, gamers will have to buy it, paying around around $1 (£0.76) or 100 in-game currency Robux.

The developer who originally created the sound for a game released 20 years ago, will get compensation.

Tommy Tallarico is now chief executive of gaming firm Intellivision Entertainment, but has 30 years experience in the industry as a music and sound producer.

When the similarity between the Roblox “oof” and the sound he made for action-adventure game Messiah was brought to his attention last year, he contacted the firm.

Under the settlement, he will also create a sound effect kit for Roblox which developers can use, with prices ranging from $10 to $250.

The financial details of the copyright case have not been shared.

He told the BBC: “It’s amazing to think that such a small sound I did over 20 years ago for a different video game ended up being one of the most iconic pop culture audio clips of the 21st century.

“I would hear kids saying it on playgrounds and didn’t even realize that they were repeating something I had created over two decades ago.

“It was great that we were able to come to a resolution with Roblox and they were very accommodating of the situation. It’s kind of funny to think that out of all the things I’ve done over my 32 years in the video game industry… that for a new generation of video game players, I’m now just known as the Oof guy.”

Roblox is an open world game-creation system with around 100 million users, and is especially popular with children.

It is free to download but relies on in-app purchases, with in-game currency known as Robux.

The firm told VentureBeat that it would replace the default sound effect on the game with a new audio track and later allow people to choose “community created sounds”.

Quorn man arrested after gun pointed at children

A man who was reportedly pointing a gun at children near a school has been shot with rubber bullets by armed police.

Officers were called to reports the man was walking near Sarson Street in Quorn, Leicestershire, with “a long-barrelled firearm” at about midday.

Leicestershire Police said the “less lethal option of a baton round” was used against the man by armed officers.

A 50-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

Police said the man, from Quorn, was checked by paramedics for bruising to his arm before being taken into custody.

The road remains cordoned off and officers are in the area carrying out inquiries.

Rawlins Academy said it was informed of “an incident” by police and “followed its lockdown procedures”, although the school did not need to lock down.

Emma Oliver, a university lecturer who lives in the village, said the incident had come as “a shock”.

“It’s a very quiet place usually, so this is completely unexpected,” the 39-year-old said.

“It’s frightening that something like this can happen in broad daylight.”

Kevin Crane saw armed police arrive from his home on nearby Barrow Road.

“It was all a bit of a shock, something like this happening right outside my house,” he said.

Reading stabbings: Man admits knife murders of three victims

A man who launched a knife rampage in a park in Reading has admitted the murders of three men.

Khairi Saadallah killed friends James Furlong, 36, David Wails, 49, and Joseph Ritchie-Bennett, 39, during the two-minute attack in Forbury Gardens in June.

At the Old Bailey, Saadallah, 26, also admitted three charges of attempted murder ahead of a scheduled trial.

A sentencing hearing will take place starting in the week of 7 December.

Members of the victims’ families sat in court for the hearing as Saadallah, of Basingstoke Road in Reading, entered his guilty pleas while wearing a face mask.

History teacher Mr Furlong and Mr Ritchie-Bennett, a US citizen, were both stabbed once in the neck, while scientist Mr Wails was stabbed in the back.

All three were pronounced dead at the scene.

Three others – their friend Stephen Young, as well as Patrick Edwards and Nishit Nisudan, who were sitting in a nearby group – were also injured.

Mr Young was stabbed in the head while Mr Edwards was stabbed in the back and Mr Nisudan suffered injuries to his face and hand.

Prosecutor Alison Morgan said the murders merited a whole life sentence.

The judge Mr Justice Sweeney said the defendant had submitted a basis of plea, denying substantial preparation or planning and saying he was not motivated by an ideological cause, in contrast with the prosecution case.

He told the court a Newton hearing was “essential” to decide whether Saadallah was motivated by a religious or ideological cause.

Graham Norton to leave BBC Radio 2 after 10 years

Graham Norton will leave his Saturday morning show on Radio 2 before the end of the year, the BBC has announced.

The presenter, who has fronted the show for 10 years, will host his final episode on 19 December.

He is not leaving the BBC and will continue commentating Eurovision, judging on Drag Race UK and hosting his weekly chat show on BBC One.

Norton said he was “sad to be stepping away” from Radio 2, adding that he will “miss the listeners and their lives”.

It has not yet been announced who will replace him on Saturday mornings.

Norton took over the slot from Jonathan Ross, who left the BBC in 2010.

“Obviously I’m sad to be stepping away from my Radio 2 show,” he said in a statement.

“I’ll miss being a part of the Wogan House family, as well as the listeners and their lives. I’d like to thank my producer Malcolm Prince and all the teams I’ve worked with for a great decade of radio.

“Happily with the chat show, Eurovision and Drag Race the BBC continues to be my perfect TV home.”

Norton’s guests on his Radio 2 show over the last decade have included Olivia Colman, Kylie Minogue, JK Rowling and Tina Turner.

Regular features include the agony aunt slot Grill Graham, with co-presenter Maria McErlane, and his pick of a cheesy song of the week, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Better.

Charlotte Moore, the BBC’s chief content officer, said he would be “hugely missed on Saturday mornings on Radio 2”.

“He is a first class broadcaster but I’m thrilled he’s committed to continuing to be a regular fixture on the BBC,” she added.

Helen Thomas, Head of Radio 2 said: “For the past decade, Graham has made Saturday mornings his own on Radio 2.

“His sparkling interviews, as well as his brilliant shows from the Eurovision host city each May, have kept millions of listeners entertained each week.”

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