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BREAKING: Nigerians In France Join #EndSARS Protest, Ask Buhari, IGP To Resign

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Some Nigerians in France on Friday morning joined the #EndSARS and #EndSWAT campaign currently going on across Africa’s most populous country.

The young Nigerians demonstrated in front of the Nigerian Embassy at the Victor Hugo area of Paris, capital of France, to demand an end to police brutality and human rights abuses under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.


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Calling for a total reformation of the Nigeria Police Force, the protesters asked the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to immediately resign his position for overseeing a failed law enforcement agency.


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The young Nigerians in France also demanded the resignation of President Buhari over rising cases of killings, kidnappings and general insecurity in the country.


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They also slammed Buhari for the poor State of Nigeria’s economy, which has led to massive job losses for citizens.


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Despite the police authorities announcing the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad and announcing the formation of the Special Weapons and Tactics team, Nigerians are not backing down on their agitations for total reforms of the law enforcement agency, pouring out more into the streets across different cities of the world to push for change.

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Cumbria zoo keeper jailed for almost 3 years stole £25k rare birds

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A ‘callous and cruel’ ex-zoo keeper who broke into his former workplace and stole £25,000 worth of rare birds including two penguins has today been jailed.

Bradley Tomes, 25, was rumbled after he sold two tiny Humboldt penguins named Pablo and Penny on Facebook to an animal collector who became suspicious.

He also stole 12 spoonbills which were the only group of the rare flamingos in the UK – and left eight of them to die in his care, a court heard.

Preston Crown Court heard how Tomes broke into South Lakes Safari in Cumbria, where he had worked for four years up until 2016, on two occasions.

The former bird-keeper carried out the ‘carefully coordinated’ burglaries in July and October 2018.

He was caught red handed when he tried to transport the penguins to the collector’s home and was arrested by officers during the exchange on January 16, 2019.

At the time he denied all matters and told officers he was an animal trader.

Ex-zoo keeper Bradley Tomes broke into his former workplace and stole £25,000 worth of rare birds including two penguins

Ex-zoo keeper Bradley Tomes broke into his former workplace and stole £25,000 worth of rare birds including two penguins

Ex-zoo keeper Bradley Tomes broke into his former workplace and stole £25,000 worth of rare birds including two penguins

The court heard how he made up a ‘ridiculous’ story claiming he had purchased the penguins for £1,500 from a man in Scotland.

But the rare penguins were microchipped and tracked back to the zoo.

Tomes pleaded guilty to stealing 12 spoonbill birds on July 22, 2018 and then two Humboldt penguins and three macaws on October 27 of the same year.

He also admitted transporting and selling the animals.

Tomes, of Preston, Lancs., was jailed for two years and eight months.

Judge Beverley Lunt told Tomes his actions demonstrated how ‘callous and selfish’ he was.

Jailing him, she said: ‘You carried out a carefully coordinated burglary.

‘You stole 12 spoonbills, these are rare birds. As a result of the damage caused by leaving a gaping hole, other birds also escaped which have never been seen again.

‘Three other spoonbills also escaped but thankfully were recovered. The others weren’t and their fate is unknown.

‘During your time at the zoo you had dealt with the aviary. So you knew this group of spoonbills was the only one in the UK.

‘You knew they were a family group from a breeding programme. You destroyed that group.

‘You didn’t care, you saw them as a commodity you could sell. You let eight die, so you caused even more suffering.

‘This was a callous and cruel crime. The only excuse you can make is that at the time you needed money for alcohol and drugs. Why would you steal 12 birds, which were worth £20,000?

‘You caused animals unnecessary suffering for your greed.

‘This crime demonstrates how callous and selfish you were.

‘You only cared about the money you could obtain.

‘You were arrested in January 2019 when you were caught red handed trying to retrieve the penguins you sold them to to avoid the police.

The court heard how he made up a 'ridiculous' story claiming he had purchased the penguins for £1,500 from a man in Scotland

The court heard how he made up a 'ridiculous' story claiming he had purchased the penguins for £1,500 from a man in Scotland

The court heard how he made up a ‘ridiculous’ story claiming he had purchased the penguins for £1,500 from a man in Scotland

‘You came up with a ridiculous story for how you came to have the penguins.’

Prosecutor Andrew Brown told the court how Tomes cut a hole in the side of an aviary late at night on July 22, 2018 to steal the rare tropical birds.

Sadly, none of the 12 spoonbills valued at more than £20,000 have been recovered since the defendant’s arrest.

The court heard eight died and the remaining four were sold.

Despite suspicions, investigators were unable to find sufficient evidence to arrest Tomes.

In October that year, he once again broke into the zoo.

Police visited Tomes’ home but were unable to find aviaries which would link him to the burglary but it was later discovered that he kept them at his uncle’s property.

Mitigating, Simon Christie told the court Tomes had turned to alcohol and drugs following the death of his grandmother and the breakdown of his relationship.

Mr Christie said: ‘Bradley Tomes was a young boy devoted to the care of animals.

‘When he was interviewed for the job at the zoo he had no qualifications but he impressed so much they took him on.

‘He was known for his ability to care for birds.

‘He was a very popular and devoted animal lover.

‘In 2018 there were a variety of significant problems which changed Bradley’s attitude and behaviour.

‘He lost his grandmother, his relationship broke down and he turned to alcohol and drugs.’

The court heard the defendant was convicted of animal neglect and sentenced to 20 weeks in prison suspended for a year in July 2019.

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Cartoon of Keir Starmer and Jeremy Corbyn branded ‘anti-Semitic’

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A cartoon in the left-leaning Guardian newspaper of Keir Starmer offering Jeremy Corbyn’s decapitated head on a platter has been reported as race hate – amid a storm of anti-semitism claims.

The picture, drawn by regular artist Steve Bell, was likened to Italian painter Caravaggio’s Salome with the Head of John the Baptist.

It portrays a story in the New Testament where Salome, the Jewish daughter of King Herod, asks for the head of John – seen as a forerunner of Christ – and is later presented with it.

But its publication has sparked a backlash among readers, with many decrying it as anti-Semitic and insensitive after the French beheading terror attack yesterday.

Some who had seen it on Twitter had said they had reported it to the social media platform as ‘race hate’.

Labour peer Lord Andrew Adonis said: ‘Today’s Guardian cartoon by Steve Bell is repellent.

The picture printed in the Guardian today as drawn by their regular cartoonist Steve Bell

The picture printed in the Guardian today as drawn by their regular cartoonist Steve Bell

The picture printed in the Guardian today as drawn by their regular cartoonist Steve Bell

Labour peer Lord Andrew Adonis said the Guardian's cartoon was 'repellent' and 'appalling'

Labour peer Lord Andrew Adonis said the Guardian's cartoon was 'repellent' and 'appalling'

Labour peer Lord Andrew Adonis said the Guardian’s cartoon was ‘repellent’ and ‘appalling’

Joanne Bell and Mark Paine both took to social media site Twitter to express disgust

Joanne Bell and Mark Paine both took to social media site Twitter to express disgust

Joanne Bell and Mark Paine both took to social media site Twitter to express disgust

Another internet user said a cartoon posting fun at a heading after a terror attack was not OK

Another internet user said a cartoon posting fun at a heading after a terror attack was not OK

Another internet user said a cartoon posting fun at a heading after a terror attack was not OK

Pat Harkin said that the cartoon was 'seriously misjudged' and the Guardian should apologise

Pat Harkin said that the cartoon was 'seriously misjudged' and the Guardian should apologise

Pat Harkin said that the cartoon was ‘seriously misjudged’ and the Guardian should apologise

‘It portrays Corbyn as victim of a sinister and murderously violent plot, which may be how the anti-semitic far left see yesterday’s events but is appalling to the rest of us.

His thoughts were echoed by other on Twitter who noticed Bell had written ‘After Caravaggio’ at the side of the picture.

Mark Paine wrote: ‘I reported Steve Bell’s cartoon as race hate. He knew exactly what he was doing as did they when they published it.

‘I used to be a Guardian reader but I won’t be purchasing that rag again.’

Joanne Bell, who describes herself as a feminist and foodie, said: ‘The Guardian is the paper of record for LabourAntisemitism. How better to portray the issue of Corbyn’s expulsion than in a classically Christian antisemitic reworking of the Jewish Salome slaying the pure Christian, John the Baptist? Make no mistake, this is no mere mistake.

‘Salome has traditionally been a symbol of the carnal, bloodthirsty Jew, compared to the spiritual transcendent nature of Christianity. I can think of little more telling of Steve Bell & Kath Viner’s paper than this pathetic cartoon. A thin veneer, indeed.’

Salome receives the Head of John the Baptist in the original painting by Caravaggio

Salome receives the Head of John the Baptist in the original painting by Caravaggio

Salome receives the Head of John the Baptist in the original painting by Caravaggio

Sir Keir Starmer

Sir Keir Starmer

Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn

Sir Keir Starmer and Jeremy Corbyn were depicted in the cartoon in The Guardian

Salome and John the Baptist explained

Salome receives the Head of John the Baptist is by Italian artist Caravaggio and is in the National Gallery in London.

It was created in 1609 in the Palacio Real, in Madrid, and was sent to the Grand Master of the Knights of Malta, to try and win them over after they expelled him the previous year. 

It depicts the story of the death of John the Baptist for condemning Herod’s marriage to Herodias, the divorced wife of his half brother Herod Philip. 

Salome danced before Herod and his guests at a festival and he promised to give her whatever she asked.

On suggestion from her mother Herodias, the girl demanded the head of John the Baptist on a platter.

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Others were critical of the cartoon depicting someone being beheaded after the terror attacks in France yesterday.

One of the three victims in yesterday’s terror attack on a Catholic church in Nice was a Brazilian mother whose final words were: ‘Tell my children that I love them.’

Simone Barreto Silva, 44, had lived in France for 30 years and had three children, the Brazilian Consulate in Paris confirmed last night.

The mother was stabbed by Tunisian migrant Brahim Aoussaoui, who also hacked 54-year-old sacristan Vincent Loques to death as he prepared for Mass.

The third victim, described by French authorities as an elderly woman, was butchered near the church’s holy water in a beheading attempt.

Director of think tank British Future Sunder Katwala said: ‘The Guardian has published a cartoon of a beheading, in which Jeremy Corbyn is portrayed as the martyr St John the Baptist at the court of King Herod.

‘There are at least two big reasons to question the editorial judgement, in terms of the content and the timing – France – too.’

Twitter user FemmeLoves added: ‘I would say that for obvious reasons, the Guardian, a national paper, publishing fun beheading cartoons on the same day as an actual beheading is not OK. If that isn’t obvious to you, there’s not much point in trying to convince you.’

Pat Harkin said: ‘On a day a young French girl is beheaded I really find this cartoon seriously misjudged.’ 

A spokesperson for Guardian News and Media defended the published image.

They told MailOnline: ‘The Steve Bell cartoon published today portrays his observation on the recent events in the Labour party.’

This is not the first time Bell has found himself under fire for one of his cartoons,

In 2018 the Guardian rejected one of his drawings, showing a dead Palestinian nurse burning in a fireplace.

He emailed staff: ‘I cannot begin to understand criticism of the cartoon that begins by dragging in “wood-burning stoves”, “ovens”, “holocaust”, or any other Nazi-related nonsense.’

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Robbie Williams, Johnathan Ross, Petra Ecclestone and Julien McDonald ditch Halloween decorations

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The coronavirus pandemic appears to have dampened the spirits of celebrities who have been forced to cancel their lavish parties and ditch elaborate house decorations. 

Each year affluent enclaves including Notting Hill, Holland Park, Kensington and Knightsbridge are transformed as the super-rich flaunt their wealth and attempt to outdo one another with their grandiose facades. 

Formula One heiress Petra Ecclestone is among those who covers her £100 million Chelsea mansion in cobwebs, pumpkins and graves, while Robbie Williams also creates a ghoulish display at his £17.5 million Holland Park mansion. 

Presenter Jonathan Ross’s notorious Halloween bashes, attended by the likes of Cara Delevingne, Rita Ora, Claudia Schiffer and Alan Carr, are so packed full of stars that he has previously enlisted the help of the police to protect both guests and the public. 

Clients have been known to spend up to £40,000 on events on October 31, according to Becky Handley, a director at the creative event production company Theme Traders.  

The fashion designer Julien Macdonald last year turned his Notting Hill home into a house of horrors complete with skeletons and dinosaur bones. But this year the property remains unchanged, with not a pumpkin in sight. 

Tamara Ecclestone also decks out her 57-room abode, which is worth an estimated £70 million and on the most expensive street in London. But this year she and her family are spending Halloween at their current residence in Gstaad, Switzerland. 

Here, MailOnline looks at the stark contrast in celebrity homes as Halloween this year looks set to be a far more subdued affair, with Tier 2 lockdown restrictions in the Capital hampering any events that celebrities may have been looking forward to hosting. 

2019 v 2020: Fashion designer Julien Macdonald focused on skeletons for his house of horrors last year. Outside the home skeletons could be seen scaling the outside of the building by climbing up a rope, while others sat together laughing on a bench. The exterior of his home also took on a prehistoric feel as skeletal dinosaurs roam the front garden
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2019 v 2020: Fashion designer Julien Macdonald focused on skeletons for his house of horrors last year. Outside the home skeletons could be seen scaling the outside of the building by climbing up a rope, while others sat together laughing on a bench. The exterior of his home also took on a prehistoric feel as skeletal dinosaurs roam the front garden

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Formula One heiress Petra Ecclestone is among those who covers her £100 million Chelsea mansion in cobwebs, pumpkins and graves, as seen in 2019
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Formula One heiress Petra Ecclestone is among those who covers her £100 million Chelsea mansion in cobwebs, pumpkins and graves, as seen in 2019

If you walked past the home of Robbie Williams and Ayda Field in West London later year you were treated to a gate full of webs, fake spiders and stacks of pumpkins
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If you walked past the home of Robbie Williams and Ayda Field in West London later year you were treated to a gate full of webs, fake spiders and stacks of pumpkins

Jonathan Ross is well known for throwing the glitziest Halloween bash at his house each year, with the most impressive decorations and the starriest guest list. Last year the television presenter seemed to have gone all out with a 'Circus Sideshow' theme
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Jonathan Ross is well known for throwing the glitziest Halloween bash at his house each year, with the most impressive decorations and the starriest guest list. Last year the television presenter seemed to have gone all out with a ‘Circus Sideshow’ theme

Guests last year arriving at Jonathan Ross' 'Twisted Circus Halloween' party at the TV presenter's home in Hampstead

Guests last year arriving at Jonathan Ross' 'Twisted Circus Halloween' party at the TV presenter's home in Hampstead

Guests last year arriving at Jonathan Ross’ ‘Twisted Circus Halloween’ party at the TV presenter’s home in Hampstead

A scary clown archway sat at the front of Jonathan Ross' home ahead of the much-anticipated event last year

A scary clown archway sat at the front of Jonathan Ross' home ahead of the much-anticipated event last year

A scary clown archway sat at the front of Jonathan Ross’ home ahead of the much-anticipated event last year

The home of Robbie Williams in West London which has last year decorated to celebrate the Halloween festivities

The home of Robbie Williams in West London which has last year decorated to celebrate the Halloween festivities

The home of Robbie Williams in West London which has last year decorated to celebrate the Halloween festivities 

A spooky witch sat on top of Robbie Williams and Ayda Field's gate with a sign reading (caution) underneath. A small white scorpion also creeps along the gate

A spooky witch sat on top of Robbie Williams and Ayda Field's gate with a sign reading (caution) underneath. A small white scorpion also creeps along the gate

A spooky witch sat on top of Robbie Williams and Ayda Field’s gate with a sign reading (caution) underneath. A small white scorpion also creeps along the gate 

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