Accountability. We Are One. #StephonClark pic.twitter.com/123y5etYdE— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) March 25, 2018The Sacramento Kings and Boston Celtics were competitors once the buzzer sounded at Sunday’s game, but the NBA teams joined forces to deliver a powerful PSA honoring 22-year-old Stephon Clark who was tragically murdered by Sacramento police officers March 18.The public service announcement features members from both teams broadcasting an inspiring message of unity and change.“These tragedies have to stop. There must be accountability. Black. White. Brown. We are one. We are one. One. We will not stick to sports. We will not shut up and dribble. This is bigger than basketball. Change can be uncomfortable. Change is necessary. We need to talk. We need to act. We matter. We must unite. Say his name. Stephon Clark. Stephon Clark,” the PSA reads.The NBA players also wore warm-up shirts with the words,”Accountability. We Are One.” on the front and “#StephonClark” on the back.Brad Stevens, Celtics Coach, told Celtics.Com, “We just wanted to play a small part, since we were coming to town, in things that we’ve talked about that are really important to our team and our locker room.”Former Kings players’ DeMarcus Cousins and Matt Barnes have offered to pay for Clark’s funeral.Stephon Clark, 22, fatally shot by Sacramento Police. (FACEBOOK)
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had some bad moments over the years, but their 56-14 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night might be the franchise’s lowest point.The Bucs gave up 35 points to the Falcons before gaining a single first down. They trailed 49-0 with 8:11 remaining in the third quarter after an aborted snap — Tampa Bay’s fourth turnover of the game — handed Atlanta the ball on the Bucs’ 2-yard line (Steven Jackson would punch it in for a touchdown on the following play).If Atlanta hadn’t pulled their starters at that point, there was the real sense that they could have challenged Chicago’s NFL-record 73-0 obliteration of Washington in the 1940 NFL Championship Game — it was just that one-sided. As it was, the Falcons’ win was the 108th-biggest blowout in pro football history (since 1940).But that actually sells the performance short, because the score was out of hand so quickly and the margin so lopsided for most of the game; it took a pair of late Tampa Bay touchdowns to pull the margin closer to anything approaching respectability. To better quantify how the game played out, we can use what FiveThirtyEight contributor Chase Stuart calls the “game script,” which measures the average point margin at any given second in a game. And Atlanta’s game script Thursday night — +32.9 — was a doozy. Going back to 1940, it was the sixth-most dominant performance by any pro football team (playoff games are in gray):Naturally, that infamous Chicago-Washington rout was first, with a +34.9 game script. And most fans probably remember the Jacksonville Jaguars dismantling the Miami Dolphins in Dan Marino’s final NFL game, or Tom Brady throwing five second-quarter touchdowns in the snow against the Tennessee Titans. But as far as historic thrashings go, Thursday night’s ranks right up there.
OSU freshman forward Mason Jobst (26) during a game against Michigan on March 6 at Nationwide Arena. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorIt took extra time and a fortunate bounce off the opposing goalie, but the Ohio State men’s hockey team came out victorious in its first-round matchup against the Michigan State Spartans in the Big Ten tournament.Freshman forward Mason Jobst scored in overtime to seal the 4-3 victory and continuation of OSU’s season for at least one more night.The Thursday night showdown at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, was the third consecutive match between the two schools.The Buckeyes got off to a dream start when freshman forward John Wiitala put the puck past Michigan State senior goaltender Jake Hildebrand just 38 seconds into the match. The Minnesota native collected the puck from sophomore forward Matthew Weis and fired home with a wraparound effort.A physical first period would also end with a Buckeye goal. Freshman defenseman Tommy Parran doubled the lead for the Scarlet and Gray with just over a minute remaining in the period. A shot from junior defenseman and first-team All-Big Ten defenseman Josh Healey took a deflection, and the puck fell to his defensive partner.The Spartans got on the board in the early minutes of the second period. A midrange effort from junior forward Joe Cox found its way past OSU junior goaltender Christian Frey to cut the Buckeyes’ lead in half. Senior forward Matt DeBlouw would then equalize for the Spartans with a power-play goal around halfway through the period.Another penalty left OSU shorthanded once again in the period, and the Spartans once again took advantage. Senior forward and captain Michael Ferrantino deflected a shot from freshman defenseman Zach Osburn past Frey, giving the Spartans their first lead of the night.That lead was not long-lived, as Weis tied it up at 3-3 three and a half minutes into the third period. That would be the final goal in regulation, and the two sides would go to overtime for the third straight game, where Jobst gathered a deflection off Hildebrand and put it into the net for the win.With the victory, the Buckeyes advance to the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament and are scheduled to face off with No. 1 seed Minnesota on Friday at 8:30 p.m.
OSU freshman defensive end Nick Bosa (97) makes a tackle on Indiana sophomore running back Mike Majette (24) during the first half on Oct. 8. The Buckeyes won 38-17. Credit: Alexa MavrogianisWith Ohio State leading 31-17 near the 10-minute mark of the fourth quarter against Indiana, coach Urban Meyer needed a defensive stop. He sent in the goal line package to combat a fourth-and-one at the OSU four yard line.A score by the Hoosiers would put OSU on its heels for the rest of the game. But a familiar No. 97 in scarlet didn’t allow that to happen. Freshman defensive end Nick Bosa penetrated Indiana’s offensive line and made the initial hit on junior running back Devine Redding, halting him at the line of scrimmage and forcing the Indiana offense to retreat to the sideline still trailing by 14. There was no shrug, no hair sticking out of the back of the younger Bosa’s helmet, only a roar from a crowd of over 107,000 embracing Bosa for who he is, not who his brother was.“I was just excited to get on the field on fourth down and have the opportunity to make the play for my team,” Bosa said. “They put the people in on goal line for a reason, just knocked them back, shed the block and made a tackle for loss.”It’s fairly safe to say that anybody who paid attention to OSU football, or the realm of college football, knows the name Joey Bosa. As a two-time All-American, two-time first-team All-Big Ten, 2014 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and third-overall draft pick, the older Bosa set a precedent with the Buckeyes that his younger brother has almost unfairly been forced to meet.Nick Bosa said he knows there is pressure, but he doesn’t necessarily feel it because of his confidence in his abilities.“I didn’t listen to the hype too much,” Bosa said. “Coach (Larry Johnson) made it very easy for me to transition and he knew that there was going to be some pressure. But he kept working on getting me better and my teammates helped me too.”Coming off of a torn ACL in his final high-school season at St. Thomas Aquinas in Florida, Bosa wasn’t able to participate in camp when he enrolled in Columbus last spring. Defensive line coach Larry Johnson has been in charge of bringing Bosa along at a pace he’s comfortable with, just one year after a serious injury.Associate head coach and co-defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said Johnson has done a remarkable job with Bosa, especially given the skillset of the No. 1 consensus weakside defensive end in the 2016 recruiting class.“For a guy his age to do the things he does physically … it’s rare,” Schiano said. “He’s very strong and he plays with great technique which young guys usually don’t. He’s well-trained.”Bosa made four tackles against Indiana last week, including 1.5 tackles for loss. For the season, he has 13 total tackles, four tackles for loss and two sacks. At this time in Joey Bosa’s freshman year, he had 10 tackles and no tackles for loss or sacks. As time trots forward, Bosa may take on a larger role for Meyer and the defense.Bosa said it took a couple games for him to get acclimated again after rehabilitating his injury. However, it’s becoming more apparent each week that Bosa is on a path to becoming a dominant force on the defensive line.“We probably just have to play him probably a bit more as he’s getting healthy and more involved in the defense,” Meyer said after the game. “So obviously he’s a guy that, the last name, high expectations. I think he’s starting to fulfill them.”
The Ohio State women’s volleyball team celebrates a victory against Michigan Sept. 27 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-1.Credit: Mark Batke / Lantern photographerWhen it comes to women’s volleyball, the Big Ten rules the rankings.As of Monday, seven of the conference’s 12 teams are ranked in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 Poll, with three others in the conference receiving multiple votes. That means 10 of 12, or more than 83 percent of all Big Ten women’s volleyball teams are either ranked or close to it. The conference with the second-highest number of teams either ranked or receiving votes is the Pac-12, with seven.Currently leading the pack is No. 2 Penn State, while Minnesota, Nebraska, Michigan State and Wisconsin all sit in the top 15. Purdue and Michigan come in at 16th and 17th, respectively, and Ohio State, Illinois and Northwestern each received votes.Northwestern coach Keylor Chan, who has led the Wildcats to a 5-5 conference record, said rankings are thrown out the window when it comes to Big Ten play.“It’s just difficult,” he said. “Every weekend you have great teams coming in, you never have a break.”Chan added that his team prepares for each opponent the same, no matter its national standing.“We prepare for everyone,” he said. “You’re preparing for each team, I don’t think rankings tell you what a team is like.”Chan’s Wildcats have not yet been ranked this season, but they have topped multiple teams featured in the AVCA poll. Northwestern beat then-No. 20 Purdue Oct. 12 and on Oct. 16, the Wildcats beat then-No. 17 Ohio State. The Buckeyes, who have been ranked as high as No. 12 this season, currently sit outside of the top 25 after finding out just how tough the competition is.OSU is currently 2-8 in Big Ten play, which includes six consecutive losses. The Buckeyes opened their conference season with a 3-1 home victory over then-No. 10 Michigan Sept. 27, but have not topped a ranked opponent since then.Even taking into account the team’s recent struggles, OSU still received 43 votes in the most recent AVCA poll.So Buckeyes have already played seven matches against current teams in the top 25. They are scheduled to play six of their final 10 Big Ten matches against currently ranked opponents.Freshman defensive specialist Valeria León said the competition is high in the Big Ten and that she and her teammates always have to be on top of their game.“You know, Wisconsin can beat Nebraska and Nebraska can beat Penn State,” León said. “You never know, we have to play hard every game.”Despite a tough schedule, OSU coach Geoff Carlston said he is “proud to be part of the Big Ten.”“It’s fun to figure out the problems and try to figure out what we need to do,” he said.Freshman middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe said playing in such a tough conference creates stronger players.“Honestly, playing in the Big Ten, it’s the best volleyball conference,” she said. “I think you’re going to be the best player you can be by coming out of it.”Four members of the 14 players named to the 2012 AVCA Division I First-Team All-America squad came from Big Ten schools. Six players from the conference made the second-team, four made the third-team, including Mari Hole from OSU, and four more made the honorable mention list.Senior outside hitter Kaitlyn Leary said the level of play is never a burden.“I love playing in the Big Ten, it’s one of the reasons I chose Ohio State,” she said. “Every single game you’re playing a top 20 team. It’s awesome, it’s fun and it definitely prepares you for the tournament.”Carlston, his players and Chan all said they agreed that winning a Big Ten title is tougher than winning a national championship.“(To) win the Big Ten title, you have to be good for 10 weeks,” Chan said.As is often the case, the Buckeyes are scheduled to return to the court this weekend for two more ranked matches.OSU is set to travel to East Lansing, Mich., Friday for a match against No. 14 Michigan State, before heading to Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday for a date with No. 17 Michigan.
Thad Matta stands on the sidelines during a game against Minnesota. OSU won, 64-46.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorCoach Thad Matta and the Ohio State men’s basketball team are gearing up for a trip to the Bahamas, where they will take part in two exhibition matches.Last season, the Buckeyes’ run ended in the second round of the NCAA tournament with a 60-59 loss to the Dayton Flyers.Following the 2013 season, the Buckeyes lost guards Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. to graduation, forward LaQuinton Ross to the NBA draft and guard Amedeo Della Valle to the European professional league.Craft and Ross, neither of whom were selected in the NBA draft, saw action in the NBA Summer League, as Craft suited up for the Philadelphia 76ers and Golden State Warriors while Ross took the court for the Los Angeles Lakers.During the offseason, the Buckeyes were able to add two transfers, forward Anthony Lee and center Trevor Thompson, to the roster.Lee, the 6-foot-9, 230-pound Temple graduate started 27 games last season with 13.6 points and 8.6 rebounds per game and a .495 field goal percentage.Lee said Matta was the reason why he transferred to Ohio State and added, “I know I have the opportunity to win a possible championship, and so I wanted to be a part of that.”Thompson, a Virginia Tech transfer, will not make the trip with the team and is awaiting word on whether or not he will be eligible for the rest of the season. Last year the 6-foot-11, 210-pound freshman forward averaged 5.0 points and 4.7 rebounds per game before transferring to Ohio State.During the Buckeyes’ final practice before making the trip to the Bahamas, senior forward Sam Thompson applauded the attitudes and work ethic of the new recruiting class.“They all came in ready work and willing to learn from some of the older guys, so anytime you have guys coming into your program with that kind of attitude it’s a great experience,” Thompson said.Sophomore forward Marc Loving and senior guard Shannon Scott also commented on the improvements and expectations the offense has going forward into this season.“I think our offense is going to take a really big step then what it was last year, but we’re not going to let that change our defense,” Scott said.“Everyone can spread the floor, everyone can create their own shot and create for others, it’s going to be hard for teams to guard us,” Loving added.The Buckeyes leave Columbus on Tuesday morning and will play the Bahamas All Stars on Aug. 7 at 9 p.m. and the Providence Storm on Aug. 8 at 7 p.m.
Senior shortstop Jalen Washington singles to third on a 0-1 pitch in the bottom of the first inning against Purdue on Sunday. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Lantern reporterThe Ohio State baseball team (14-17, 3-6 Big Ten) seems to have found some momentum at just the right time ahead of a pair of midweek opponents and another road trip to Michigan State (18-10, 2-3 Big Ten).For the first time since its March 3-5 series against Campbell earlier this season, OSU was able to come away with a series victory over a weekend opponent, taking two of three from conference rival Penn State. Now, for the first time this season, the Buckeyes will host two teams in a midweek matchup when Cincinnati (15-16, 2-4) comes in on Tuesday and Eastern Michigan (12-19, 4-2) on Wednesday.Scouting CincinnatiThe Bearcats have endured an up-and-down season that has included key wins against then-No. 1 Louisville and then-No. 25 Tennessee. But they have struggled in conference play, resulting in a 2-4 record in the American Athletic Conference.Cincinnati’s lineup has seen notable production from a handful of players, but as a unit has struggled to consistently put runs up on the scoreboard. Despite having five batters with batting averages above .270, the team is batting just .249 with 18 home runs. The Bearcats have demonstrated promising plate discipline on the season with 120 walks, and taken advantage of those opportunities on base by converting them into 35 stolen bases in 45 attempts.The offensive leader of the Bearcats has been sophomore outfielder A.J. Bumpass. The team’s No. 2 hitter has posted a robust .360/.456/.596 slash line, leading the team in all three categories. He is only one of three players on the team with double-digit extra-base hit totals and is currently third on the team with three home runs this season.The team’s pitching, on the other hand, has been slightly above average compared with most Division I schools. The Bearcats’ 4.28 ERA ranks 105th in the country and their 8.52 hits allowed per nine innings is good for 75th in the nation. Their rotation has not been a particular strength, but six of their relievers (maximum four starts this season) have ERAs below 3.30 and have proved reliable for Cincinnati so far this season.Scouting Eastern MichiganThe season has not been the prettiest for Eastern Michigan, but the team has started to find its stride. The Eagles opened the season 3-15 in their first 18 games, but are currently on a 9-4 run in their past 13 games, outscoring their opponents 66-52 in that span.Despite the recent success, Eastern Michigan has not derived much production from its offense this season. The Eagles have only a .242 batting average and only 13 home runs with 233 strikeouts (19.5 percent strikeout rate). They have stolen their fair share of bases this season — 37 — but have been caught stealing 24 times already.Senior right fielder John Montgomery has provided the bulk of offensive production this season. Montgomery possesses team-highs in batting average (.295), home runs (five), total bases (54) and RBIs (22) while batting third for his team. While success at the plate has been up and down this season, production on the mound for the Eagles has been consistently lackluster. Of pitchers with at least 10 innings pitched, only three have ERAs below 4.00, while six pitchers have ERAs above 5.00. Their team ERA is at 5.71 on the season, largely the result of a .309 opponents’ batting average.Canzone named Big Ten Freshman of the WeekComing off a nine-game hitting streak and a dominant week in which he nearly hit .500, freshman right fielder Dominic Canzone was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week, the first Buckeye to receive the award since Brady Cherry back in 2016. During his nine-game hitting streak, Canzone is batting .484 (15-for-31) with five runs scored, a double, a home run and 11 RBIs. He was bumped up to the fifth spot in the batting order for the Buckeyes on Sunday and hit in that spot for both games, helping lead OSU to two critical victories over Penn State. Since Canzone’s hit streak began, OSU is averaging 5.50 runs per game, up nearly a half-run from its 4.95 runs-per-game average prior to the hitting streak.Canzone and the rest of the Buckeyes will take on Cincinnati at home with first pitch slated for 6:35 p.m. on Tuesday. Their game against Eastern Michigan is on the following day at the same time.
Individual members of Ohio State’s track and field team competed in the Black and Gold Challenge in Orlando, Florida, despite the team not sending its full roster.The two-day meet hosted 22 teams, including Kentucky, Florida State and South Carolina, all three of which faced off against Ohio State during the indoor national championship on March 9-10.Ohio State was not alone in leaving a bulk of its roster behind. However, the Buckeyes traveled without junior Sade Olatoye, their best thrower during the indoor season. Senior and All-American long jumper Zack Bazile was on the heat sheet, but did not compete in long jump. Junior Nick Gray did not compete in the 200-meter dash, the event in which he claimed a Big Ten championship.Women’s recapOhio State claimed each of the three top spots at the 1500-meter run with sophomore Julia Rizk finishing first at 4:25.84, senior Christine Frederick finishing second at 4:25.98 and sophomore Abby Nichols finishing third at 4:26.In the 200-meter dash, senior Maggie Barrie finished second with a time of 23.59 seconds, a personal best. Barrie, an individual second-team All-American in the 400-meter run, did not compete in the event during the invite.After an indoor All-American 4×400-meter-relay performance last week, Ohio State split up its runners and put them into two separate teams. The ‘A’ team, which consisted of senior Beatrice Hannan, freshman Anavia Battle, sophomore Tamani Wilson and junior Karrington Winters, finished second at 3:37 behind Empire Athletics, a professional team.In the 800-meter run, freshman Aziza Ayoub finished second with a time of 2:08.Senior Chantel Ray finished third in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.65 seconds. In the 100-meter dash, Battle finished third with a time of 11.85 seconds.Men’s recapSenior Cole Gorski broke his previous school outdoor record of 5.25 meters with a jump of 5.40 meters. Junior Coty Cobb finished third at 5.15 meters.In his first-ever 5000-meter race as a Buckeye, junior Luke Landis finished first with a time of 14:47.Sophomore Brent Carroll finished second in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 54.27 seconds.Ohio State’s 4×400-meter-relay team, consisting of senior Drelan Bramwell, freshman Joseph Cooper, sophomore Asa Burke and freshman Andre Jeff, finished second with a time of 3:06. That same unit finished third in the 4×100-meter relay with a time of 41.10 seconds.Senior Max Seipel finished third in shot put with a throw of 17.39 meters. Nicholas Demaline, an All-American in shot put, did not compete. The Buckeye will head off to Los Angeles for the USC Invite on March 23-24.
Claims against the Ohio State Diving Club alleging the university did not take significant action to stop a former coach from sexually abusing a former athlete were dropped Wednesday, according to a report by the Associated Press.Former assistant diving coach William Bohonyi was accused of coercing a 16-year-old female athlete to engage in sex acts in July 2014, both on campus and during a competition in Maryland, in a lawsuit filed July 11 in Indianapolis federal district court. Bohonyi, the university’s diving club and USA Diving were named as defendants.Robert Allard, the attorney for one of the divers, said the dismissal “was based purely on procedural grounds” because the lawsuit was filed in Indiana. He said Ohio State said Indiana did not have proper jurisdiction over the university, and that he intends to file a new lawsuit in Ohio against Ohio State.As of Friday, no lawsuit has been filed against Ohio State in Ohio.“We continue to believe more than ever that there was a cover up of massive proportions and we intend to hold OSU fully accountable for its unconscionable conduct in failing to arrest and allowing a known predator to continue to molest children including our client,” Allard told The Lantern.Ohio State spokesman Ben Johnson had previously said the university immediately notified Franklin County Children’s Services, the Ohio State University Police Division, Maryland law enforcement and USA Diving about the abuse by Bohonyi when it first learned of the allegations in 2014.Johnson said on Friday that the university is pleased to be dismissed from the lawsuit.“We have always maintained that — fully consistent with our core value of protecting the safety and well-being of those we serve in our community — the university handled this matter appropriately,” Johnson said.The Lantern obtained records of Ohio State’s internal investigation and found conflicting accounts of the relationship between the club member and Bohonyi. Though investigators were not able to conclude, at the time, if sexual harassment claims were valid, the university found evidence to support a consensual romantic relationship between the two. Ohio State fired Bohonyi on Aug. 29, 2014 because the relationship violated university policy.The investigation conducted by Ohio State found the university first learned of the relationship on Aug. 10, 2014.According to the AP report, Bohonyi and USA Diving remain defendants in the lawsuit.The Lantern reached out for comment from Ohio State and Bohonyi, but did not receive a response by the time of publication.Updated at 11:16 p.m. on Friday to include the information from Robert Allard.Updated at 1:02 p.m. on Friday to include the statement from Ben Johnson.
Stock image of an electronic tag being fittedCredit:Rex Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Evidence was recovered in a search of his home, police said. A 45-year-old man from Barking, Essex, and 57-year-old woman from Romford – both current employees – were arrested on January 18 on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.One of the men is understood to be Martin Crean, who worked for Capita for two years but was recently sacked.A further 11 people – thought to be convicted criminals – were arrested in connection with the investigation in January, Metropolitan Police said. The scheme came to light when detectives arrested a man on suspicion of attempted murder when he should have been abiding by his curfew, the Sun reported.Capita won the six-year contract worth £400 million to electronically tag criminals in 2014 after G4S and Serco became embroiled in an overcharging scandal.A spokesman for the MoJ said: “Public protection is our priority. We are urgently investigating and working closely with the police.”A spokesman for the EMS said: “We have a zero tolerance policy against any of our employees who act in any way to undermine the robustness of the electronic monitoring service.”The small number of employees being investigated regarding this isolated issue were swiftly taken off duties and we are closely co-operating with the Metropolitan Police Service.”All 14 suspects have been bailed to dates in early April and inquiries are ongoing, police said. Police are investigating allegations that criminals bribed security staff in order to deliberately fit electronic ankle tags loosely to evade their curfews.It is feared criminals with strict court curfews were able to go out at night while duping the monitoring gear into thinking they were at home.Staff at Capita, which is contracted to run the Government’s Electronic Monitoring Service (EMS), were reportedly paid £400 a time to help at least 32 convicts get around their court-imposed curfews.The Ministry of Justice said it was “urgently investigating” the matter. Liz Truss, the Secretary of State for Justice, will be asking Capita to appear before her next week to discuss the allegations. Metropolitan Police said they have arrested 14 people in connection with the investigation, including three current and former EMS workers. One of the former EMS employees is a 46-year-old man who was arrested in Romford, Essex on January 3 on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and theft of tagging equipment. Evidence was recovered in a search of his home, police said. A 45-year-old man from Barking, Essex, and 57-year-old woman from Romford – both current employees – were arrested on January 18 on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.One of the men is understood to be Martin Crean, who worked for Capita for two years but was recently sacked.A further 11 people – thought to be convicted criminals – were arrested in connection with the investigation in January, Metropolitan Police said. The scheme came to light when detectives arrested a man on suspicion of attempted murder when he should have been abiding by his curfew, the Sun reported.Capita won the six-year contract worth £400 million to electronically tag criminals in 2014 after G4S and Serco became embroiled in an overcharging scandal.A spokesman for the MoJ said: “Public protection is our priority. We are urgently investigating and working closely with the police.”A spokesman for the EMS said: “We have a zero tolerance policy against any of our employees who act in any way to undermine the robustness of the electronic monitoring service. “The small number of employees being investigated regarding this isolated issue were swiftly taken off duties and we are closely co-operating with the Metropolitan Police Service.”All 14 suspects have been bailed to dates in early April and inquiries are ongoing, police said.Police are investigating allegations that criminals bribed security staff in order to deliberately fit electronic ankle tags loosely to evade their curfews.It is feared criminals with strict court curfews were able to go out at night while duping the monitoring gear into thinking they were at home.Staff at Capita, which is contracted to run the Government’s Electronic Monitoring Service (EMS), were reportedly paid £400 a time to help at least 32 convicts get around their court-imposed curfews.The Ministry of Justice said it was “urgently investigating” the matter. Liz Truss, the Secretary of State for Justice, will be calling Capita today to get to the bottom of the allegations.Metropolitan Police said they have arrested 14 people in connection with the investigation, including three current and former EMS workers. One of the former EMS employees is a 46-year-old man who was arrested in Romford, Essex on January 3 on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and theft of tagging equipment.
She said: “My son’s bedroom overlooks the car park and he always sees people peeing there. I see somebody practically every day and it is horrible”I’ve got a couple of dogs and I’m out a lot and I do see people having a wee. People obviously do other things as well because you find bits of tissue roll.”It impacts the beauty of the site.”Retired farm worker and bellringer Heather Peak-Garland, 86, who has lived in Avebury all her life, also blamed the National Trust.She said: “There’s nowhere in the main streets that you can go to the toilet and it is terribly uncomfortable at times.”I don’t see it too often because I haven’t been well but it is terrible when it’s solstice and things like that. I really think you have to blame the National Trust. They get all these people to come to the village and don’t look after themHeather Peak-Garland They say some of the 250,000 annual visitors to the World Heritage Site in Wiltshire are instead using the rocks as a loo.Tourists are now resorting to relieving themselves in the local Red Lion pub or B&Bs – or if that’s not possible, in car parks, the street, or near the ancient stone circle.Parishioners have called for the loos in the village to be open longer and for another toilet block, which was shut due to its poor condition, to be reopened. Cllr Jemima Milton, who sits on Wiltshire Council and represents the Avebury ward, said: “This is a really revolting problem to have.”If something is not done, this will continue to plague Avebury and this beautiful heritage site.”If I was going to a World Heritage Site, that attracts 250,000 people a year, I would assume there would be toilets somewhere but they all close after 4pm.”It is just disgusting but really if they have nowhere else to go, this can happen.”People have been knocking on people’s homes and using the pub but that we should not be in this situation, it is not very pleasant.”An Avebury woman, who runs accommodation in the village and asked not to be named, said tourists often wander into local businesses to use the facilities. The Avebury stonesCredit: Dave Burges “I really think you have to blame the National Trust. They get all these people to come to the village and don’t look after them.”It does crop up between locals and they would all blame the National Trust.””On the plus side, the wildflowers near the stone circle no longer grow and perhaps weeing on them might make them grow,” she quipped.Avebury is a Neolithic henge monument which was constructed over several hundred years in the 3rd millennium BC.It contains three stone circles, one of which is the largest Europe, and is one of Britain’s best known prehistoric sites.The stones – as well as the nearby village, which is home to around 500 people – are managed by the National Trust.Some 350,000 annual visitors flock to the area according to Wiltshire Council, and as well as being a tourist attraction, it’s a place of religious importance to pagans.The National Trust said it is refurbishing three sets of toilets in Avebury and work should be completed by March.Avebury Parish Council, Marlborough Area Board and local benefactors have pledged £3,000 to help set up a partnership scheme with the National Trust.This is to keep the toilets at the museum and another site, both just off the High Street, open for longer than just 10am to 4pm every day.They also want the old toilet block at the coach house on the high street, which is currently closed, to be opened.General manager Janet Tomlin said: “I am delighted to confirm that we are nearing the end of a refurbishment programme to improve all three National Trust toilet facilities at Avebury.”We hope that these works will be finished by March.” The National Trust is being blamed for visitors urinating on Europe’s largest stone circle because it shuts its loos early.Locals in the village of Avebury in Wiltshire say the 5,000-year-old monuments are being fouled by tourists who are getting caught short.The residents say it’s down to the National Trust only opening the doors to the toilets in its museum from 10am to 4pm in the winter months. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Social workers’ ‘Psycho-babble’From witness statement made by Brighton and Hove Council social workers, in March 2015: A four year old has been removed from her “loving” father for life despite a judge criticising social workers for using “psycho-babble” to justify taking her into care.Social workers at Brighton and Hove Council were subjected to damning criticism for their actions, after the girl was removed from her father and placed with adoptive parents,.At one stage a High Court judge accused the social workers of displaying “unprofessional” and “reprehensible” behaviour and taking action which wrongly resulted in the man losing his job.Ms Justice Russell said their arguments for refusing to return the child to her father and her three brothers and sisters – on the grounds that he had been so damaged by his own childhood experiences – could “only be described as psycho-babble”.But the country’s most senior family court judge has now ruled that because of the amount of time taken to bring the case through the courts it was too late to return the girl to her natural family.Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division of the High Court, said he had no choice but rule she should stay with her adoptive family because she now sees them as her mother and father. “[The father] is unable to have a dialogue with the children about [W] as it is too painful to him. It is my opinion that due to [the father]’s own experience, this has had an impact on his emotional intelligence and that is so poor that he may not be able to put himself in his children’s position and think from their perspective. His own adverse childhood experiences may have led him to develop maladaptive strategies in order to protect himself from his own experiences and his therefore not able to acknowledge the difficult experiences of his children and the difficult experiences they have suffered.””I am aware that the father has undergone counselling at the R clinic but it is my opinion that the trauma C has suffered in his own childhood is still unresolved and this is impacting on his ability to offer attuned parenting to the children. I would question whether the father uses disassociation as a defence against the trauma he has suffered, as a coping strategy to stop thoughts and memories causing anxiety.” Rejecting their evidence Ms Justice Russell stated: “To describe the social workers’ written and oral evidence as merely grudging when it comes to the care and security the father has given his children is too generous. Their unprofessional attempts at case building are reprehensible.”She also blamed the social workers for W’s father losing his job as a teaching assistant at a local school, after they passed on “misleading, damaging and inaccurate” information to his employer.Ms Justice Russell said that although W would experience some upheaval if she was returned to her natural family, this better than the trauma she might experience in later years on discovering her siblings had been brought up by the father she had been taken away from.She added that the evidence showed W’s father was a loving parent under whose care her brothers and sisters had thrived.However, when the couple who wanted to adopt W appealed against the decision to return her to her father Sir James Munby found in their favour.In his ruling Sir James said the “sad reality” was that the little girl had no “meaningful relationship” with her birth family and that she saw the couple she lived with as “daddy and mummy”. He concluded that moving her back to her father would probably cause her distress and trauma.”This is a very complex and worrying case,” said Sir James. “It is, I think, by some margin the most difficult and concerning case of its type I have ever been involved in.”He added: “I am, at the end of the day, driven to the conclusion, which in the event I arrive at unhesitatingly, that (she) must for her own good and her own happiness… remain with what for her is her family.”Pinaki Ghoshal, Brighton Hove City Council’s executive director of families – who was in charge during much of the period covered by the case – last night apologised for the department’s mistakes and said it had since made “significant” changes to its practices.He added: “We agree with the judgment regarding the unusually long time this litigation has taken, and that this has been deplorable for the child and families concerned. However, the timescales of the legal process are not something over which we have had control.”Throughout this very complex case we have always tried to work in the best interests of the child.” The case was described as “tragic” by one child welfare expert who gave evidence and has led to the head of Brighton’s social services department apologising for the actions of his staff.The little girl’s siblings, now aged 13, 10 and eight, went to live with their father in 2013 after their mother suffered severe mental health problems and was no longer able to care for them.But when the mother gave birth to a baby girl in November 2012, following a renewed liaison with her estranged partner, social workers argued that the father would not be able to cope with caring for a fourth child and that her presence would severely disrupt the lives of her brothers and sisters.As a result a local family court ruled the following month that the little girl, known only as W, should be placed with a couple who wanted to adopt her.The father appealed against that decision and in July 2015 Ms Justice Russell ruled she should return home.During a five day hearing the judge heard from social workers who argued that W’s father’s lack of emotional intelligence left him unable to cope with raising her.They stated: “His own adverse childhood experiences may have led him to develop maladaptive strategies in order to protect himself from his own experience” and “this is impacting on his ability to offer attuned parentage to the children”. 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On Wednesday the Government announced it was sending a specialist taskforce to assist Kensington and Chelsea Council with the “long-term recovery effort”. Sir Martin Moore-Bick arrives at the Latymer Community Church near Grenfell Tower on Thursday nightCredit:Jonathan Brady/PA A video of the meeting showed him being heckled as he said: “I can’t do more than assure you that I know what it is to be impartial.”I’ve been a judge for 20 years, and I give you my word that I will look into this matter to the very best of my ability and find the facts as I see them from the evidence. The inquiry’s terms of reference, concerns about the health of people living near the blaze, air quality, evacuation procedures and the condition of the block were among the wide-ranging questions posed by attendees. Afterwards, local resident Melvyn Akins, 30, who was brought up in the area, said there was “frustration, anger and confusion” in the meeting and people were left with “a lot more questions” about their futures.He said: “It is going to be an uphill struggle. People feel abandoned. Now you have got somebody coming in (Sir Martin) and saying ‘I am going to look into it all thoroughly’ and it is not good enough.”People firmly believe that arrests should be made as a result of the outcome of all of this. If arrests are not made, people are going to feel justice may not be being done.”Resident Jacqui Haynes said she was more angry and frustrated after the meeting.She said of the retired judge: “He is trying to rush us so they can give us this document where the devil is in the detail and we will have one week to deal with it.”Us residents who don’t have their expertise, who don’t have their professionalism and resources have had to fight … They are relying on us giving up, being tired and becoming overwhelmed.” It came after the beleaguered council’s leader, Nicholas Paget-Brown, stepped down following fierce criticism over the authority’s handling of the disaster.Meanwhile, the Government was urged to extend its 12-month grace period for foreign survivors without regularised immigration status, with Labour calling for a “full immigration amnesty” instead. Jacqui Haynes outside at the Latymer Community ChurchCredit:Jonathan Brady/PA “That’s my job, that’s my training, and that’s what I intend to do. Now if I can’t satisfy you because you have some preconception about me as a person that’s up to you.”The meeting, held in a centre overlooked by the burnt-out west London high-rise block, took place as the Government said further tests will be carried out on samples from other buildings across the country. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Residents affected by the Grenfell Tower fire have said they still lack confidence in the head of the disaster inquiry after he was heckled during a meeting with them.Sir Martin Moore-Bick received a heated response on Thursday evening as he attempted to reassure locals that he would look into the matter to the “very best of his ability”.The retired judge sought to assuage any negative “preconceptions” about him, telling a meeting that he knows “what it is to be impartial”.However, residents said his words of reassurance were “not good enough”, with one suggesting arrests had to be made over the catastrophe in order to win their confidence.Sir Martin has already faced calls to resign amid criticism and frustration from survivors that the apparent remit of his inquiry may be too narrow. Some 190 samples from buildings located across 51 local authority areas failed combustibility in tests rolled out after the disaster.Experts will now look at how different varieties of cladding insulation with different types of Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) panels react in a fire, the Department for Communities and Local Government said.At least 80 people were killed when fire tore through the 24-floor tower in the early hours of June 14, with the building’s cladding suspected to be central to its spread.Sir Martin promised to consider a broad range of evidence after survivors and residents threatened a boycott over the inquiry’s scope.An official start date for the inquiry has yet to be set, although he told the meeting that he was keen to have the terms of reference sorted before Parliament goes into recess, according to a resident who attended.
An RAF tanker aircraft and two F-15 fighters came within a split second of colliding over the North Sea after a flight controller was distracted by a phone call, an official report has revealed.The pilots of the RAF Voyager claimed that one of the United States Air Force jets was as near as 160ft (50 metres) when it flew directly across their path as they were flying at 322mph.The F-15 flying at 402mph was so close that the tanker crew could feel the turbulence as it switched on its afterburner and roared away in a desperate bid to avoid a crash.One of the pilots of the tanker immediately reported the near-miss to flight controllers, saying he and his crew “were very close to not being there anymore”.A report by the UK Airprox Board, which investigates near misses, concluded that the F-15s had been flown “into conflict” with the Voyager. An RAF investigation found the air traffic controllers “did not effectively prevent the F15 from entering the airspace around the Voyager”.The report made 15 recommendations to prevent similar near misses, including a review of airspace names. But it also blamed air traffic controllers for failing to provide adequate “traffic information” and misunderstandings between them and the American pilots.One controller based at Stanwick, Hampshire, was said to have been confused when the F-15s stated that they would be flying in the Wash area and assumed they meant the geographic Wash.But the F15 crews meant they were flying into the so-called Wash Aerial Tactics Area which extended further north into the refuelling zone where the RAF tanker was flying. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. We were very close to not being there anymoreRAF tanker pilot The controller had assumed the F-15s would be flying safely further south. As a result, he answered a landline phone which was not his responsibility and became “embroiled in a distracting and complicated” call.The report said that the call “served to further increase his workload and resulted in him focusing on an that task rather than on the F15s”.A trainee air traffic controller who was also monitoring the airspace said the F-15s had suddenly turned towards the Voyager and the incident “escalated rapidly”, leaving her no time to order the tanker to take avoiding action.The near miss happened on January 5 this year at a height of 16,000ft around ten miles off the coast of north Norfolk after the Voyage from RAF Brize Norton had refuelled two RAF Typhoons in mid-air.The Voyager which is the size of airline jet and normally has a crew of eight and two pilots was flying west with its wing hoses still trailing when it received an alert about two approaching aircraft.Investigators said they were “disappointed” that the American pilots had not been told in a pre-flight briefing that refuelling was taking place in the area where they were to be flying.As a result, the F-15s entered the refuelling area off the Norfolk coast – one of 14 such areas in the UK – without realising that it was “active”.
The defendant was flown back to Heathrow Airport in custody in February this year and arrested on suspicion of murder. He was charged the same day. Jurors were told that an initial investigation into the fire at Mr Fasoli’s flat found it started on his bed and was most likely due to a faulty light.Mr Brown told jurors that the evidence was consistent was the fire being started with a cigarette lighter.An inquest in August 2013 – before the video was uncovered – recorded a verdict of accidental death.Marshall, of East Ham, east London, denies murder. The trial continues. A bogus policeman caught on camera smothering a computer repairman in a bondage sex session murdered a second man and tried to kill a third while on the run in Italy, a court has heard.Jason Marshall stole £780 from Peter Fasoli, 58, and used his bank card to buy a ticket to Rome after attacking him in his home in Northolt, north-west London, in January 2013.Jurors at the Old Bailey have seen disturbing video recorded on Mr Fasoli’s computer hard drive, showing how Marshall, 28, allegedly tied up, gagged and smothered his victim with cling film, after meeting him on the Badoo gay dating website.Afterwards, Marshall, who was posing as a policeman, set fire to the victim’s one-bedroom bungalow to cover up the killing and fled to Italy, the court heard.For nearly two years, Mr Fasoli’s death was put down to an accident until his nephew stumbled across the footage of his violent death on his hard drive.Prosecutor Edward Brown QC told jurors that on January 26 – less than three weeks after Mr Fasoli’s death – Marshall murdered Vincenzo Iale in his flat in Rome. Badoo user Mr Iale’s car was stolen in the early hours and his bank card was used to make various cash withdrawals from ATM machines, the court heard.Just over a week later, on February 3, Marshall, posing as “Gabriel”, contacted Umberto Gismondi on Badoo and they arranged to meet for sex.When Mr Gismondi, 54, invited him to his Rome flat, Marshall pretended he worked at the British Embassy and carried with him a holster, utility belt, pistol, pepper spray and truncheon, it was alleged.He bound, gagged and attacked Mr Gismondi with the truncheon and pepper spray, demanded money and tried to smother him with a cushion, the court was told. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. A picture of Peter Fasoli’s damaged flat that was shown to jurorsCredit:PA Marshall fled when Mr Gismondi alerted his neighbours, but was arrested later, jurors were told.He was convicted by an Italian court of Mr Iale’s murder, using threats to get his hands on the victim’s wallet and stealing his car.He was also found guilty in July 2014 of the attempted murder of Mr Gismondi, possession of a truncheon, and using violence to get his bank cards and 400 euro.Mr Brown told jurors that British police liaised with Italian counterparts to arrange to return Marshall to the UK. Italian investigators found that Marshall had met 67-year-old Mr Iale and strangled him with an electrical flex. Peter Fasoli’s trashed flatCredit:PA Peter FasoliCredit:PA
The third was also wearing a black crash helmet, a grey hooded top, dark trousers and white trainers.Detective Constable Alexander Hamilton, from Lewisham CID, said: “We are urgently seeking any information regarding this nasty crime, which has left the victim shaken from her ordeal.”Please come forward if you know anything, witnessed anything, or you know who the men in the CCTV images are.” This is the terrifying moment a 52-year-old woman wrestled with a moped robber who took her gold chain necklace.She was hurled to the ground outside a Hindu temple as she tried to stop the robber stealing her £600 jewellery.The woman continued to fight but the chain was then torn from her neck and the robber fled on the back a moped.Detectives have released the footage in a bid to track down the robber and his accomplices after the robbery in Lewisham, south London. Third suspectCredit:Metropolitan Police It happened at 4.40pm on Tuesday, June 20. Police are now hunting three men in connection with the robbery.The first was wearing a black crash helmet, white shirt, a dark blue jacket with grey trousers and black shoes.The second was wearing a black crash helmet, blue shoes and a grey tracksuit with white stripes. Police are now looking for the suspectsCredit:Metropolitan Police Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
A Gatwick Airport spokesman said: “A small number of bags were not put on departing flights over the weekend due to an issue with the baggage system. The issue has since been rectified.”Gatwick recognises the inconvenience that this issue has caused and would like to apologise to anyone affected. Passengers should contact their airline for the latest information on their missing luggage.” I’ll be waiting for news about my baggage, “disappeared” yesterday because of the belt problem at North Terminal.— Umberto Villano (@UmbertoVillano) August 21, 2017 Jessehall95 wrote: “We are currently in Marrakech without our luggage that has our medication and medical creams because @easyJet cannot tell us where it is…”Sophia Corcoran posted: “I call easyJet gatwick and I am redirected to Alicante who have not picked up since 8am. My 3mth son is without his milk, car chair & bed!” A spokesman for easyJet said: “Due to a baggage belt failure at London Gatwick Airport yesterday, easyJet, like other airlines, experienced delays in the delivery of hold luggage to departing aircraft.”This resulted in a number of flights departing without all of the luggage stowed in the hold.”He added that the airline was working to return the luggage to passengers as soon as possible. @Gatwick_Airport in the baggage queue at 4.15am for 6am flight only through security at 5.40 & couldn’t board my flight due to baggage fault— Roseline (@roselinerobert1) August 21, 2017 Hundreds of holidaymakers have been left without their luggage after a failure at Gatwick Airport saw them arrive at their destinations bagless.Over the weekend, a number of bags were not put on flights leaving the North Terminal because of problems with the system. But some travellers took to Twitter to express their frustration that they had not been able to get in touch with someone from the budget airline, while others asked for compensation. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. @easyJet @Gatwick_Airport please get your act together and sort out your baggage crisis! Would not have checked in luggage had i known!!— FenellaEdwards (@fenellaedwards) August 21, 2017
Nearly all cannabis on Britain’s streets is now super-strength skunk that could be fuelling the rise in mental health problems, scientists have warned.Researchers at King’s College London tested almost 1,000 police seizures from Kent, Derbyshire, Merseyside, Sussex and the capital in 2016 and found 94 per cent were of a dangerously high potency.In 2005 just 51 per cent of cannabis sold on the street was sinsemilla, also known as skunk.Dr Marta Di Forti, Medical Research Council Clinician Scientist at King’s College warned that the powerful drug placed Britain’s 2.1 million cannabis users at risk of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, psychosis, delusions and hallucinations.‘The increase of high-potency cannabis on the streets poses a significant hazard to users’ mental health, and reduces their ability to choose more benign types,’ she said.“It is of concern that 94 per cent of seized cannabis is now of skunk type as this potentially could increase the number of people using it and consequently the number of people experiencing harm.“Regular users of high-potency cannabis carry the highest risk for psychotic disorders, compared to those who have never used cannabis.” In contrast, the ratio of antipsychotic cannabidiol (CBD), which helps mitigate the drug’s psychoactive effects, had fallen dramatically.Skunk has around 14 per cent THC and is more dangerous because it contains very small amount of CBD.In 2015 Kings College showed that in South London, 24 per cent of new cases of psychosis could be attributed to skunk use. Researchers now fear that the countrywide problem could be partly responsible for the growing number of mental health issues in Britain.Latest figures shows there were 7,545 hospital admissions in 2016/2017 for drug-related mental health and behavioural disorders, 12 per cent higher than in 2006/2007.There were also 14,053 admissions for poisoning by illegal drugs last year, a 40 per cent increase compared to a decade earlier. The researchers also found that in normal cannabis resin, the average concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – the main psychoactive component – had risen by 50 per cent since 2005, from four per cent to six per cent. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Cannabis resin was also found to be stronger Credit:King’s College London Ian Hamilton, Lecturer in Mental Health, University of York, said: “If these seized samples are representative then it suggests that apart from the dominance of skunk in the UK market, it also seems that resin has increased in strength, as this analysis shows that some resin samples were nearly three times stronger than those seized back in 2005. “So even if people are trying to source lower potency cannabis they are unable to. “If the cannabis market is saturated with higher potency cannabis this increases the risk of younger and more naive users developing problems as they are less likely to adjust the amount of cannabis they ingest than more experienced users.”Prof Valerie Curran, Professor of Psychopharmacology, UCL, said: “These findings have implications for the rising numbers of young people who are becoming addicted to cannabis. “Evidence from our own previous research at UCL suggests that high potency varieties are more likely to lead to addiction, so if the market is dominated by these varieties then this inevitably puts more people at risk of addiction.”The research was published in the journal Drug Testing and Analysis. A selection of skunk seized by British police forces in 2016 Credit:King’s College London
An alternative reception was held in Caerphilly, south Wales, near where he settled to raise a family having travelled across Europe after completing his national service in the Italian forces. He was born and raised in Sassari, Sardinia. Calzaghe arrived in the UK in the 1970s after hitchhiking and busking his way across Europe. Calzaghe went on to become one of the most well-respected boxing trainers in the world, and after Joe retired in 2008, his father continued to work with young Welsh talent at the Newbridge Boxing Club. Enzo CalzagheCredit:Gareth Everett/Huw Evans Agency Joe Calzaghe, known as The Fighting Pride of Wales is one of only four European boxers to retire as an undefeated world champion.Calzaghe won his first world title in 1997, defeating Chris Eubank, and retired having held the WBO, WBA, WBC and IBF Super Middleweight Title, along with the Ring Magazine world titles for Super Middleweight and Light Heavyweight. Calazaghe held his WBO title for over 10 years, and retired with a career record of 46-0 (32 KOs).His father was a constant presence in his corner and won the adoration of fans for his passionate support and quips from the corner.In 2010, he received an MBE for his services to British sport, but due to his Italian nationality, he was unable to attend the Buckingham Palace ceremony. Joe Calzaghe’s father Enzo, who trained his son to become one of the most decorated British boxers in history, is ‘very poorly’ in hospital. The charismatic corner man, 69, guided his son Joe to an unblemished 46-fight career during which he be became an undefeated world champion over two weight divisions. Tabloid media reports on Saturday wrongly suggested Mr Calzaghe had died, prompting his niece Carrie Calzaghe to issue a statement on behalf of the family. She said: “My uncle, Enzo Calzaghe, has not passed away, this is false news, he is alive but very poorly.”Please allow space for our family at this time. He is alive and still fighting. We will keep you posted and let you know how he is doing when we can.”Please allow and respect our privacy at this time. Thank you. Team Calzaghe.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
The editor of Waitrose magazine has caused widespread outrage by joking about killing vegans.William Sitwell, who is also a Masterchef critic, provoked anger after calling those on plant-based diets “hypocritical” in an email to a freelance journalist.The editor wrote as a response to a pitch about vegan recipes for the magazine: “Thanks for this. How about a series on killing vegans, one by one. Ways to trap them?He continued, in the email published by BuzzFeed: “How to interrogate them properly? Expose their hypocrisy? Force-feed them meat? Make them eat steak and drink red wine?”The vegan journalist, Selene Nelson, told the website she had “never seen anything like it,” adding: “If William Sitwell wants to continue eating meat and hating vegans, that’s his prerogative, but to have this attitude towards others when he’s representing Waitrose is seriously bizarre.”She said: “I’ve written about many divisive topics, like capital punishment and murder cases and domestic violence, and I’ve never had a response like that to any of my articles or pitches. “And he’s the editor. He’s representing Waitrose and he’s talking about ‘killing vegans, one by one’?”Waitrose Magazine claims to have a circulation of over 600,000 and boasts star columnists including Pippa Middleton and Yotam Ottolenghi as columnists.This is likely to cause embarrassment for Waitrose, which has recently launched a new range of vegan foods, and was the first major retailer to start a dedicated vegan section.A spokesperson said the supermarket was “thrilled” to introduce the new line, which includes ready meals like pizza, vegan mac & cheese, and vegan fishcakes, as well as staples like mayonnaise.Mr Sitwell apologised in a statement, saying: “I love and respect people of all appetites be they vegan, vegetarian or meat eaters, which I show week in week out through my writing, editing and broadcasting. I apologise profusely to anyone who has been offended or upset by this.”A spokesperson for Waitrose said: “Even though this was a private email William’s gone too far and his words are extremely inappropriate, insensitive and absolutely do not represent our views.”We’ll be taking up this matter with William.”Waitrose shoppers have said they will boycott the brand because of Mr Sitwell’s anti-vegan email.John McLaren-Stewart, the CEO of an insurance broker firm, said: “Oops, what an a–hole thing to say. At least one regular @Waitrose shopper lost (me!).”Another Twitter user, Jojo, added: “What the hell @waitrose? This is real classy given that you just introduced a whole new range of vegan options. Fire him immediately or I’m never shopping with you again.”Jenny Marie tweeted: “Yo, let @waitrose know if you’ll be shopping elsewhere from now on. I will. Which is a shame, because I’ve been a regular online grocery customer for a long time.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.