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ID bracelet of first black pilot serving in Royal Flying Corps during World War One goes to auction 

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Sergeant William Robinson Clarke (pictured) was born in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1895 and trained as a mechanic

Sergeant William Robinson Clarke (pictured) was born in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1895 and trained as a mechanic 

The ID bracelet of the first black pilot to serve with the Royal Flying Corps during World War One has been discovered and is going up for sale.

Sergeant William Robinson Clarke was born in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1895 and trained as a mechanic.

He paid for his own travel across to Britain to fight the Germans at the start of the Great War. 

Sgt Clarke’s aluminium disc is stamped ‘SGT W R CLARKE RFC’ on a leather wrist strap with a buckle end.   

It has emerged for sale at C&T Auctions, of Ashford, Kent, with an estimate of £150 and will go on sale on Wednesday.

The bracelet is believed to have been found on the Western Front after the war and has been consigned for sale by a private collector.

Sgt Clarke enlisted with the RFC in July 1915 and initially was assigned as a mechanic and driver for the Observation Balloon Company.

In December 1916, he began pilot training, gaining his ‘wings’ the following April.

He was posted to No 4 Squadron at Abeele on the Western Front but his flying career was shortlived.

Sgt Clarke's aluminium disc is stamped 'SGT W R CLARKE RFC' on a leather wrist strap and is being sold at auction for an estimate of £150 on Wednesday (pictured)

Sgt Clarke’s aluminium disc is stamped ‘SGT W R CLARKE RFC’ on a leather wrist strap and is being sold at auction for an estimate of £150 on Wednesday (pictured)

In December 1916, he began pilot training, gaining his 'wings' the following April

He was posted to No 4 Squadron at Abeele on the Western Front but his flying career was short lived

 In December 1916, he began pilot training, gaining his ‘wings’ the following April. He was posted to No 4 Squadron at Abeele on the Western Front but his flying career was short lived

On July 28, 1917, his Royal Aircraft Factory RE 8 two seat biplane was attacked by five German scouts during a reconnaissance operation over Ypres. 

He was shot in the spine but miraculously almost brought the plane back to base before falling unconscious.

His observer took the controls for the final moments for a forced landing on British lines near Godewaersvelde on the Belgian border.

Sgt Clarke, who died in 1981, survived his wounds but was deemed medically unfit to fly again so he joined 254 Squadron as a mechanic. 

Recounting what happened in a letter to his mother, he wrote: ‘I managed to pilot the machine nearly back to the aerodrome, but had to put her down as I was too weak to fly anymore. My Observer escaped without injury.’ 

The item has emerged for sale at C&T Auctions, of Ashford, Kent, and is historically significant because it belonged to the first black pilot to serve with the Royal Flying Corps during World War One

The item has emerged for sale at C&T Auctions, of Ashford, Kent, and is historically significant because it belonged to the first black pilot to serve with the Royal Flying Corps during World War One

The bracelet, with a buckle strap, is believed to have been found on the Western Front after the war and has been consigned for sale by a private collector

The bracelet, with a buckle strap, is believed to have been found on the Western Front after the war and has been consigned for sale by a private collector

The bracelet has been described as a 'unique item' and it is 'special to be able to offer it during Black History Month' according to Matthew Tredwen, specialist at C&T Auctions

The bracelet has been described as a ‘unique item’ and it is ‘special to be able to offer it during Black History Month’ according to Matthew Tredwen, specialist at C&T Auctions

Sgt Clarke was honourably discharged in 1919 and returned to Jamaica where he spent many years as the life president of the Jamaican branch of the Royal Air Forces Association.  

Matthew Tredwen, specialist at C&T Auctions, said: ‘This identification bracelet is historically significant as it belonged to Sgt Clarke, the first black pilot to serve with the Royal Flying Corps during World War One.

‘He paid his own travel to Britain and joined the RFC as a mechanic and driver before training as a pilot.

‘He was shot down and badly injured during one of his first missions but continued to work as a mechanic.

‘His bracelet is a unique item and it is special to be able to offer it during Black History Month.’ 

On July 28, 1917, his aircraft was attacked by five German scouts during a reconnaissance operation over Ypres, and he was shot in the spine but survived and was deemed unfit to fly

On July 28, 1917, his aircraft was attacked by five German scouts during a reconnaissance operation over Ypres, and he was shot in the spine but survived and was deemed unfit to fly 

Sgt Clarke enlisted with the RFC in July 1915 and initially was assigned as a mechanic and driver for the Observation Balloon Company

Sgt Clarke enlisted with the RFC in July 1915 and initially was assigned as a mechanic and driver for the Observation Balloon Company

Matthew Tredwen, specialist at C&T Auctions, said: 'This identification bracelet is historically significant as it belonged to Sgt Clarke, the first black pilot to serve with the Royal Flying Corps during World War One'

Matthew Tredwen, specialist at C&T Auctions, said: ‘This identification bracelet is historically significant as it belonged to Sgt Clarke, the first black pilot to serve with the Royal Flying Corps during World War One’ 

Sgt Clarke paid for his own travel to Britain to fight in WW1 but his flying career was short lived. He was honourably discharged in 1919 and returned to Jamaica where he was president of the Jamaican branch of the Royal Air Forces Association

Sgt Clarke paid for his own travel to Britain to fight in WW1 but his flying career was short lived. He was honourably discharged in 1919 and returned to Jamaica where he was president of the Jamaican branch of the Royal Air Forces Association

The bracelet (pictured) belonged to Sgt Clarke who was shot in the spine but miraculously almost brought the plane back to base before falling unconscious during World War One

The bracelet (pictured) belonged to Sgt Clarke who was shot in the spine but miraculously almost brought the plane back to base before falling unconscious during World War One 

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‘Drugged driver’ kills baby and injures man in Ruislip car crash

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A police investigation is under way after a 22-month-old baby girl was killed by a ‘drugged driver’ in a road crash.

Police, including the London Ambulance Service, were called to Eastcote Road’s junction with Kings College Road, in Ruislip, at 4.15pm to reports of a collision involving a baby in a pushchair, a car and three pedestrians on October 25.

Despite the best efforts of the emergency services, the infant was pronounced dead at the scene. 

One pedestrian, a man in this 30s, was taken to hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

A man in his 40s, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, suspicion of causing serious injury while driving, and on suspicion of driving whilst unfit through drugs. He remains in custody at this time.

Police were called to Eastcote Road's junction with Kings College Road in Ruislip at 4.15pm on October 25

Police were called to Eastcote Road’s junction with Kings College Road in Ruislip at 4.15pm on October 25

Next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers. A post-mortem will take place in due course.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit are now appealing for witnesses or anyone with CCTV footage to come forward.

Detective Sergeant Sarah Donegan said: ‘Our thoughts are with the child’s parents at what must be an unimaginably difficult time.

‘We have launched an investigation to establish the circumstances of what happened and I am asking anyone who was in the vicinity at that time who may have seen something, or has dashcam footage or CCTV, to come forward and help us with our investigation.’

Enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances of the incident.

Anyone with information should call 020 8246 9820, or 101 ref CAD 4892/25OCT20. 

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Police are called to Luton mosque after huge row erupts involving up to 300 worshippers

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A huge row involving up to 300 worshippers at a Luton mosque had to be broken up by police. 

Six police cars arrived at the Jalalabad Jame Masjid Mosque on Leagrove Road in Luton, Befordshire, to quell the disturbance on Friday afternoon. 

Footage of police breaking up the altercation emerged on social media on Monday. 

The video shows many worshippers shouting as they flout social distancing rules by mingling close together during the altercation. 

Several police are seen trying to dampen tensions, while another officer talks into his radio.  

A huge row involving up to 300 worshippers at a Luton mosque had to be broken up by police

Six police cars arrived at the Jalalabad Jame Masjid Mosque on Leagrove Road in Luton, Befordshire, to quell the disturbance on Friday afternoon

A huge row involving up to 300 worshippers at a Luton mosque had to be broken up by police. Six police cars arrived at the Jalalabad Jame Masjid Mosque on Leagrove Road in Luton, Befordshire, to quell the disturbance on Friday afternoon

It reportedly started when the mosque’s secretary, Syedul Islam Khan, arrived to worship as normal on Friday, despite having been unexpectedly removed from his position earlier this month, according to local outlet Luton News.

Mr Khan told the outlet that he was removed from his position on October 18 by other committee members. 

Police were then allegedly called by the committee members on Friday when he arrived as normal. 

According to Luton News, mediation talks between the parties are ongoing. 

The outlet also quoted a member of the public who said the mosque knew in advance that there were going to be disruptions and that the police also knew.  

A member of Luton Council allegedly estimated that there were between 250 and 300 people at the mosque when the altercation broke out.  

Luton is under a Tier 1 coronavirus alert level, which means the lowest level of restrictions within the Government’s ‘traffic light’ system are in place. 

Footage of police breaking up the altercation emerged on social media on Monday

The video shows many worshippers shouting as they flout social distancing rules by mingling close together during the altercation

Footage of police breaking up the altercation emerged on social media on Monday. The video shows many worshippers shouting as they flout social distancing rules by mingling close together during the altercation

While places of worship are allowed to remain open, groups of more than six people are banned from mingling unless they live together or have formed a support bubble.

Social distancing guidelines should also be observed, meaning people should stay at least two metres apart – or one metre with additional measures. 

However, it is clear from the video that the worshippers were flouting restrictions

A Bedfordshire Police spokesman told MailOnline: ‘We were called to reports of a disturbance at Jalalabad Jame Masjid on Leagrave Road in Luton, shortly after 1.30pm on Friday (23 October), where an altercation was in progress.

‘Officers attended the scene and spoke to those present. No offences were reported.

‘Officers engaged with those at the location regarding Covid-19 guidelines and reminded them of the importance of following the guidance.

The force added that the capacity of the mosque, which is set over two floors, is up to 400 people if social distancing guidelines are being followed.   

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Video shows deliveryman falling over THREE TIMES on slippery porch

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A curse-happy Amazon deliveryman slipped and fell twice at the same porch Friday, declaring it was ‘gonna be a tough day.’

The delivery guy was stopping at a home to drop off two packages when his repeated pratfalls were captured on a surveillance video on the porch of a US home, dated October 23 and posted to Worldstarhiphop.

With a Prime van parked on the street, the hooded and masked man jogs up the driveway and steps on a concrete walkway leading to the porch. 

The moment it touches the pavement, his right foot streaks out, sending him to his hands and knees.   

In surveillance video dated October 23, an Amazon deliveryman slips and falls as he approaches a porch to drop off packages

In surveillance video dated October 23, an Amazon deliveryman slips and falls as he approaches a porch to drop off packages

After getting up from his hands and knees, the deliveryman mounts the porch and staggers to the ground, writhing and pain and moaning curses

After getting up from his hands and knees, the deliveryman mounts the porch and staggers to the ground, writhing and pain and moaning curses

He gets up, mounts the pumpkin-dotted porch, and declares himself ‘f*****g hurt.’ 

The deliveryman then staggers to the ground and lies on his back, writhing and moaning in pain.

‘F*****g s*** right from the start. Ow. Oh, f***,’ he yells, and then laughs ruefully. 

‘I need better shoes,’ he decides. ‘Ah f***. F*** it.’

A voice apparently coming from inside the home then asks after him.

After he gets up again, an inhabitant checks on him through the door to establish that the deliveryman is OK. 'I'm good,' he says.

After he gets up again, an inhabitant checks on him through the door to establish that the deliveryman is OK. ‘I’m good,’ he says.

It's unclear why the Amazon worker descends the porch before dropping off the packages, but his premature exit results in a third fall

It’s unclear why the Amazon worker descends the porch before dropping off the packages, but his premature exit results in a third fall

After slipping and falling twice and staggering to the ground once, the deliveryman finally drops off the two packages he'd come to deliver, warning that they 'might be broken'

After slipping and falling twice and staggering to the ground once, the deliveryman finally drops off the two packages he’d come to deliver, warning that they ‘might be broken’

‘I’m good,’ he responds.

‘Did you fall?’ she asks. 

‘Yes ma’am,’ he says.

The Amazon worker then rises and picks up the two packages he’d dropped, plus a third one he’d set down.

It’s unclear at this point whether the deliveryman was hungry for more punishment or simply confused, as he proceeds off the porch before doing the one job he’d come to do.  

Planting his foot mere inches from the slick spot where he’d slipped not a minute before, the deliveryman falls again. 

His feet fly out, landing his rump on the concrete. He lies supine and draws a chuckle from the home’s inhabitant.

The delivery guy gets up a third time and finally does what he ostensibly had come to do, returning to the porch to leave the two padded envelopes.

‘Might be broken,’ he says as he drops them at the door. ‘That’s your problem now.’

After that, the third time’s the charm for the hapless deliveryman: On his way out, he successfully breaches the walkway without falling.

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