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An experienced news editor, reporter, producer, senior journalist, lecturer and media professional with a proven track record in delivering original national and international stories to diverse audiences and developing media campaigns. International reporting and production experience. Thorough knowledge of UK's diverse communities as well as South Asia, the Caribbean and Europe. Strong track record in planning and editing news programmes and communication strategies. High level of technical expertise in ensuring effective newsgathering from source to delivery on radio, television, online and social media, often in difficult and challenging conditions. A decade of lecturing and training experience.
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Devon Community News and Updates

29 Mar 2024  |  devonairradio.com
DevonAir Radio provides a series of community news and updates, including Sidmouth's initiative to allow grassy areas to grow for wildlife, the expansion of Exmouth Sideshore, and South West Water's sewer replacement in Exmouth. Exeter's free Red Coat Guided tours, South West Water's community roadshow in Budleigh Salterton, and the opportunity to apply for a postal vote for upcoming elections are also highlighted. Other news includes a survey for water users to transition to low carbon fuels, funding for energy-efficient swimming pools in Teignbridge, plans for Newton Abbot Town Centre's market hall, safety certifications for Torbay bars, and the introduction of a new sport in Torbay. Calls for more affordable homes in Teignbridge, a new walking and cycling route from Newton Abbot to Ogwell, Devon & Cornwall Police's campaign to prevent livestock attacks, and Cornwall Council's adoption services joining Adopt South West are also mentioned. Lastly, the South Western Ambulance Service urges proper use of emergency services during the Easter weekend, and a new programme to boost job prospects for care experienced young people in Devon is launched.

Devon & Cornwall Police 'Inadequate' Says Watchdog

01 Oct 2023  |  www.theexeterdaily.co.uk
Devon and Cornwall Police has been deemed inadequate in several areas by His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services, particularly in handling sexual and violent crimes. The new chief constable, Will Kerr, has acknowledged the issues and outlined measures to improve crime data integrity, public access, and management of offenders. Despite the challenges, public confidence in the force remains high. The police and crime commissioner, Alison Hernandez, supports the new leadership and expects swift improvements.

Plymouth Councillors Angry At Bus Service Cuts

01 Oct 2023  |  Ivybridge & South Brent Gazette
Labour councillor Charlotte Holloway and Independent Alliance leader Nick Kelly have written to Plymouth City Council's cabinet member for transport, Jonathan Drean, urging a reconsideration of recent bus service cuts. The cuts, which affected routes including the number 31 and number 27, have left many residents, particularly those with mobility challenges, feeling isolated. The decision to cut funding for five out of 14 routes was made in January to save £1 million annually.

Investigation launched into major Devon festival collapse

04 May 2023  |  plymouthherald.co.uk
An investigation is underway regarding Torbay Council's £20,000 payment to Case Live, a company with no recorded assets, for a food and music festival that was cancelled. Case Live, run by 26-year-old Toby Darvill, has a history of dissolved companies and was formed only eight months prior to the event. The festival's cancellation left ticket holders and businesses with losses, and the council's decision-making is under review. The council had planned to invest £750,000 over three years in events, but the specifics of the agreement with Case Live remain undisclosed.

Plymouth Local Elections: Meet the candidates hoping to be selected

03 May 2023  |  Plymouth Live
On the eve of polling day, candidates from various parties including the Conservatives, Labour, Greens, Liberal Democrats, TUSC, and Independent Alliance are making their final pitches to voters in Plymouth. Nineteen of the 57 council seats are being contested. The Conservatives currently hold a 23-seat minority administration, while Labour has 25 seats, having gained one in a recent by-election. The Greens have three councillors, and the Independent Alliance is also vying for seats. Candidates are focusing on issues such as sustainability, public services, community support, and local governance.

Devon Tory candidate suspended over Holocaust and Covid posts

25 Apr 2023  |  www.devonlive.com
Stanley Murphy, a Conservative candidate for Ivybridge West ward on South Hams District Council, has been suspended by the South West Devon Conservative Association following controversial comments on social media. Murphy suggested the Holocaust would have been less likely if Jews had guns and criticized the Covid vaccination program as an experiment. His posts, which also included support for Donald Trump and far-right ideologies, were condemned by the association, leading to his suspension pending an investigation. Despite this, Murphy will remain on the ballot for the upcoming local elections.

Devon Tory election candidate criticised over controversial Holocaust comments

25 Apr 2023  |  Plymouth Live
Stanley Murphy, a Conservative candidate for Ivybridge West ward, faces criticism for controversial social media posts suggesting the Holocaust would have been less likely if Jews had guns and promoting far-right ideologies. His comments, which also include criticism of the Covid vaccination program and support for Donald Trump, have led to his suspension by the South West Devon Conservative Association pending an investigation.

Residents Angry At Tory Candidate's 'Far-Right' Comments

24 Apr 2023  |  Dartmouth Chronicle
Stanley Murphy, a Conservative candidate for South Hams District Council, has faced criticism for his social media posts that echo far-right ideologies. His posts suggested the Holocaust might have been less likely if Jews had firearms, promoted family time at rifle ranges, and labeled COVID-19 vaccination and school equality programs as experiments and communism, respectively. Murphy's posts, which date from April to July 2021, also include criticism of a school program aimed at improving black students' attainment and support for Donald Trump. Local Ivybridge residents have expressed concern over Murphy's extreme views.

Residents Angry At Tory Candidate's 'Far-Right' Comments

24 Apr 2023  |  ivybridge-today.co.uk
Stanley Murphy, a Conservative candidate for South Hams District Council, has faced criticism for his far-right social media posts. His Facebook account suggested the Holocaust might have been less likely if Jews had firearms and promoted time at rifle ranges as family time and gun control. He also expressed skepticism about the COVID-19 vaccination program and school equality programs, labeling them as communism. Murphy's posts, which align with US far-right ideologies, include controversial statements about gun control, the Chinese military, and COVID-19 as a bio-weapon. Local residents have expressed concerns about his extreme views.

Residents Angry At Tory Candidate's 'Far-Right' Comments

24 Apr 2023  |  kingsbridge-today.co.uk
Stanley Murphy, a Conservative candidate for South Hams District Council, has faced criticism for his social media posts that align with far-right ideologies. His Facebook posts from 2021 suggest the Holocaust might have been less likely if Jews had firearms, promote family time at rifle ranges, and express skepticism about the COVID-19 vaccination program and school equality programs, labeling them as 'communism.' Local residents have expressed concern over Murphy's extreme views, which include support for unrestricted firearm access and conspiracy theories about Chinese military actions and COVID-19 origins. The posts also show support for Donald Trump and criticize efforts to improve the attainment of black students.

Devon Tory candidate slammed over holocaust and gun posts

20 Apr 2023  |  www.devonlive.com
Stanley Murphy, a Conservative candidate for South Hams District Council, faces criticism for social media posts suggesting the Holocaust would have been less likely if Jews had guns and promoting controversial far-right ideologies. His posts also question the Covid vaccination program and support for Donald Trump. Local residents express concern over his extreme views, which appear to conflict with the Conservative Party's stance. Neither Murphy nor the Conservative Party have responded to the criticisms.

Plymouth local elections: Time running out to apply for postal votes and voter ID

18 Apr 2023  |  Plymouth Live
Plymouth residents are reminded of the approaching deadlines to apply for postal votes and voter ID for the local elections on May 4th. The deadline for postal vote applications is 5pm on April 18th, while the deadline for proxy votes and voter ID certificates is April 25th. This year, voters will need to show photographic ID at polling stations. Tracey Lee, the Chief Executive and Returning Officer for Plymouth City Council, encourages all eligible voters to register and participate in the elections.

Who To Vote For In Teignbridge Elections

13 Apr 2023  |  middevonadvertiser.co.uk
Teignbridge voters will select 47 new councillors in the upcoming elections. No single party has held overall control since the Liberal Democrats between 2019 and 2021. The council's history shows a pattern of switching control between the Liberal Democrats and Conservatives, with periods of no overall control. The Liberal Democrats currently have 21 seats, Conservatives 11, and the rest are held by an Independent Group, South Devon Alliance, and other Independents. Labour, with 16 candidates, aims to increase its influence. Other parties including the Greens, Heritage Party, Reform UK, and TUSC are also contesting. A detailed list of candidates for each ward is provided.

Plymouth local elections candidates announced - full list

05 Apr 2023  |  Plymouth Live
The full list of candidates for the upcoming Plymouth City Council elections has been released, with 19 of the 57 seats up for contest. The Conservatives currently hold a 23-seat minority administration, while Labour has 25 seats, having gained one in a recent by-election. The Greens and the Independent Alliance are also vying for seats. Labour aims to bring stability to the council, while the Conservatives focus on their track record of investment. The Greens and the Independent Alliance are looking to build on recent successes and appeal to voters dissatisfied with current party politics. The article provides a detailed list of candidates for each ward.

Council 'unaware' of paedophile Humphreys investigation

22 Mar 2023  |  Mid-Devon Advertiser
An independent investigation by Verita revealed that only one officer at East Devon District Council was aware of the police investigations into former councillor and paedophile John Humphreys, who was sentenced to 21 years in prison for historic sexual offences against children. The officer, bound by police instructions for confidentiality, did not disclose the investigation to others at the council. The report criticized the code of conduct for councillors, highlighting the reliance on individuals to self-report misconduct, and recommended changes to ensure better handling of similar situations in the future.

Neil Parish may stand as independent candidate at election

07 Mar 2023  |  Midweek Herald
Neil Parish, former Conservative MP for Tiverton and Honiton, is considering running as an independent candidate in the newly-created Tiverton and Minehead seat. Parish, who resigned after being caught viewing explicit material, believes his experience and focus on local issues like health, food, and farming can still benefit the public. He acknowledges the challenges of running without party backing but aims to offer a positive, non-partisan message. Parish's resignation led to a by-election won by Liberal Democrat Richard Foord.

Neil Parish may stand as independent candidate at election

07 Mar 2023  |  Somerset County Gazette
Neil Parish, former Conservative MP for Tiverton and Honiton, is considering running as an independent candidate in the newly-created Tiverton and Minehead constituency. Parish, who resigned after being caught viewing explicit material, believes his experience and focus on public interest issues like health, food, and farming could resonate with voters. He acknowledges the challenges of running without major party backing but aims to offer a positive message. The next general election may be pivotal as voters seek alternatives. Parish's resignation previously led to a by-election won by Liberal Democrat Richard Foord.

SHDC chief executive Andy Bates says 'I Don't Want Big Payrise'

02 Mar 2023  |  Ivybridge & South Brent Gazette
Andy Bates, chief executive of South Hams District Council, has opted not to take his full salary increase, deeming it unfair to other staff. Despite a recommendation for a six percent pay rise, Bates insists on capping his increase to align with lower-paid workers. The decision, discussed at a council meeting, reflects Bates' stance on equitable pay distribution. Lib Dem councillor Julian Brazil supports Bates' decision but cautions against future disproportionate pay rises for senior management.

Council blasted for handing Barbican lease to private Plymouth firm

28 Feb 2023  |  plymouthherald.co.uk
Plymouth City Council's decision to surrender the lease of the Barbican landing stage to Cattewater Harbour Commissioners was met with opposition from the Independent Alliance, but their efforts to halt the move were unsuccessful. IA leader Cllr Nick Kelly, along with Cllrs Chaz Singh and Terri Beer, criticized the lack of consultation and exploration of alternative strategies to increase usage and revenue. Despite the criticism, the council's decision stands, with Cattewater planning significant investment to extend the pontoons and open it up to a wider range of users.

Plymouth Councillors Angry At Bus Service Cuts

23 Feb 2023  |  totnes-today.co.uk
Labour councillor Charlotte Holloway and Independent Alliance leader Nick Kelly are protesting against Plymouth City Council's decision to cut bus services, including the number 31 and 27 routes. The cuts, which took effect in December, have left residents with mobility challenges feeling trapped and unable to afford alternative transportation amidst a cost of living crisis. Despite the council's argument that maintaining all routes would cost £1 million a year, councillors are urging a reconsideration to keep the community connected.

Salcombe New Home Gets Thumbs Up

16 Feb 2023  |  Ivybridge & South Brent Gazette
A property in Salcombe on Newton Road, known as 'Sunnydale', is set to be demolished and replaced with a new detached house after receiving provisional approval. The decision came despite objections from residents and the town council, who criticized the design as inappropriate and overdeveloped. Concerns included the new house blocking light to neighbors and setting a precedent for similar developments. The approval was contingent on the builders considering the local community, including schoolchildren, during construction.

Salcombe New Home Gets Thumbs Up

16 Feb 2023  |  www.totnes-today.co.uk
Plans to demolish and replace a property in Salcombe with a new detached house have been provisionally approved despite objections from residents and the town council. Concerns included the new house's design, potential to block light, and setting a precedent for similar developments. The approval is conditional on builders considering local residents and schoolchildren during construction.

Devon CPRE Slams Plans To Move Sherford Artefacts

14 Feb 2023  |  ivybridge-today.co.uk
Developers constructing the Sherford Business Park in Devon, where a Roman road and Bronze Age artefacts were found, have been criticized by the countryside charity CPRE for prioritizing profit over heritage. CPRE advocates for the preservation of such archaeological sites, while Rob Bourn from Orion Heritage argues that it is impractical to save all artefacts discovered during excavations.

Devon CPRE Slams Plans To Move Sherford Artefacts

14 Feb 2023  |  southhams-today.co.uk
Developers building Sherford Business Park in Devon have unearthed a Roman road and Bronze Age artefacts, prompting criticism from the countryside charity CPRE for prioritizing profit over heritage. CPRE advocates for preserving archaeological sites in situ, while Rob Bourn from Orion Heritage argues that it is impractical to save all artefacts found during excavations, noting that most digs occur due to development plans.

Angry Teignbridge councillors respond to watchdog's report

14 Feb 2023  |  teignmouth-today.co.uk
Teignbridge District Council's Liberal Democrats were fiercely criticized by other councillors following a report by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman, which found the council's investigation into Cllr Richard Daws's conduct to be flawed. Tempers flared during the council meeting, with accusations of corruption and ignorance of party principles directed at the leadership. Council leader Alan Connett accepted the report's findings and apologized to Daws, while Cllr Liam Mullone demanded an apology for similar mistreatment. The meeting highlighted systemic failings within the council's standards procedures.

Damning report into Teignbridge Council sees angry comments made

14 Feb 2023  |  www.devonlive.com
Teignbridge District Council faced severe criticism during an extraordinary meeting following a damning report by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman. The report found fault in the council's investigation into South Devon Alliance Group leader Richard Daws, leading to calls for apologies and systemic reviews. Tempers flared as councillors, particularly from the South Devon Alliance, accused the Liberal Democrats of corruption and incompetence. The council ultimately voted to accept the report's findings, apologize to Cllr Daws, and review its standards procedures.

Sherford developers accused of 'putting profit first' after Roman road uncovered

14 Feb 2023  |  Plymouth Live
Developers of Sherford, a new town in Plymouth, face criticism for prioritizing profit over heritage after a Roman road and ancient artefacts were discovered at a business park site. CPRE, a countryside charity, argues that such archaeological finds should be preserved in situ, while the Sherford Consortium and Orion Heritage defend the development, stating that archaeological discoveries often occur due to new developments. The Sherford project, which began in 2015, includes plans for 5,500 homes and various facilities.

Standards committee member quits in damning resignation letter

14 Feb 2023  |  www.devonlive.com
Jane Taylor, a member of the Teignbridge District Council's standards committee, resigned, accusing council leaders of not taking seriously a damning report by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman. The report criticized the council's investigation into South Devon Alliance Group Leader Richard Daws. Council leader Alan Connett refuted the claims, stating that the council accepted the report's recommendations. Taylor's resignation letter highlighted issues of bullying and lack of accountability within the council.

West Alvington given more than £50k by South Hams District Council

07 Feb 2023  |  ivybridge-today.co.uk
West Alvington's sport and recreation facilities have received over £50,000 from South Hams District Council, sourced from Section 106 funding associated with the Home Field planning application by LiveWest. The village hall will undergo improvements, Townsend Lane play area and playing field will get new play and fitness equipment, and Kingsbridge Cricket Club will purchase grounds maintenance equipment. Councillor Jonathan Hawkins highlighted the significant community benefits expected from these enhancements.

Taxpayers to fund increased police budget

Taxpayers to fund increased police budget

03 Feb 2023  |  www.totnes-today.co.uk
Devon and Cornwall residents will see a council tax increase to fund a £384 million police budget, supporting 3,600 officers and reopening 23 police station front desks. The decision follows a 10.6% rise in regional crime, lower than the national average. Commissioner Alison Hernandez highlighted public support for more accessible police stations and announced a £600,000 investment in firearms license checks. Despite concerns about the financial impact on families and public confidence in the police, the budget was approved, marking the fifth precept increase since 2017/18.

Taxpayers to fund increased police budget

03 Feb 2023  |  www.middevonadvertiser.co.uk
Devon and Cornwall residents will see a council tax increase to fund a £384 million police budget, adding £15 per year for band D properties. The budget aims to support 3,600 officers and reopen 23 police station front desks. The decision follows a 10.6% rise in regional crime, lower than the national average. Commissioner Alison Hernandez highlighted public support for more accessible police stations and improved firearms checks. Labour councillor Zoe Reilly raised concerns about the impact on poor families and women's safety. The police precept has been raised five times since 2017/18, with improvements in emergency call response times noted.

Devon & Cornwall Police ‘inadequate’ in three areas after inspection

02 Feb 2023  |  Midweek Herald
His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) has rated Devon and Cornwall Police as inadequate in three out of nine areas of policing, particularly in crime recording, public response, and management of sexual and violent offenders. The report follows the appointment of new chief constable Will Kerr, who has acknowledged the need for improvement and outlined measures to address the issues. Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez expressed confidence in Kerr's ability to implement necessary changes. Despite the challenges, public confidence in the force remains high.

Devon & Cornwall Police ‘inadequate’ in three areas after inspection

02 Feb 2023  |  www.exmouthjournal.co.uk
His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) has rated Devon and Cornwall Police as inadequate in three out of nine areas of policing, particularly in crime recording, public response, and management of sexual and violent offenders. The report follows the appointment of new chief constable Will Kerr, who has acknowledged the need for improvements and outlined measures to address the issues. Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez expressed confidence in Kerr's ability to implement necessary changes. Despite the challenges, public confidence in the force remains high.

Devon & Cornwall Police: Council tax bills to rise across region

28 Jan 2023  |  Midweek Herald
The Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Panel approved a six percent council tax increase, adding £15 per year to band D properties, to provide a £384 million revenue budget for 3,600 officers and maintain 23 police station front desks. Crime in the region rose by 10.6 percent, below the national average. Police and crime commissioner Alison Hernandez plans to use the funds to improve firearms' license checks and support services for victims. The increase has been debated, with concerns about the burden on taxpayers and the impact on women's safety in Plymouth. The police precept has been raised five times since 2017/18, and emergency call response times have improved.

Devon & Cornwall Police: Council tax bills to rise across region

28 Jan 2023  |  www.exmouthjournal.co.uk
The Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Panel approved a six percent increase in council tax, adding £15 per year to band D properties, to provide a £384 million revenue budget for 3,600 officers and maintain 23 police station front desks. Crime in the region rose by 10.6 percent, below the national average. Police and crime commissioner Alison Hernandez highlighted public support for more police stations and detailed plans to improve firearms' license checks. Discussions included the burden on taxpayers and the impact on poor families, with calls for value and concerns about women's safety in Plymouth. The police precept has been raised to the maximum permitted since 2017/18, and improvements in emergency call response times were noted.

Devon and Cornwall council tax rise to provide money for police

27 Jan 2023  |  cornwalllive.com
Residents of Devon and Cornwall will face a council tax increase to fund the local police force, with a six percent rise on the policing element equating to an additional £15 per year for a band D property. The increase will support a £384 million revenue budget for 3,600 officers and maintain 23 police station front desks. Despite a 10.6 percent rise in regional crime, this is below the national average. Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez highlighted public support for more police stations and improved services. The panel discussed the sustainability of funding police operations through council tax, with concerns about the impact on low-income families and women's safety in Plymouth. The 2023/24 police budget was approved, marking the fifth increase in the police precept since 2017/18.

Devon and Cornwall council tax rise to provide money for police

27 Jan 2023  |  plymouthherald.co.uk
Devon and Cornwall will see a six percent council tax increase to fund the police force, resulting in an extra £15 per year for a band D property. The increase will support a £384 million budget for 3,600 officers and maintain 23 police station front desks. Crime in the region rose by 10.6 percent, which is below the national average. Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez highlighted public support for more police stations and improved services. The panel discussed the burden on taxpayers, with some expressing concerns about the impact on low-income families and women's safety in Plymouth. The budget and police precept for 2023/24 were approved, marking the fifth increase since 2017/18.

Plymouth council tax hike on second homes would help build new houses

27 Jan 2023  |  Plymouth Live
Labour councillors in Plymouth are advocating for a plan to double council tax on second homes to fund new housing developments. The proposal, supported by neighbouring Tory councils in South Hams and West Devon, aims to address the housing crisis in Plymouth, where many residents struggle to afford homes. The plan, part of the government's Levelling-Up and Regeneration Bill, would not take effect until 2024. Labour's finance spokesperson, Mark Lowry, emphasizes the need for this measure to accelerate house building and alleviate the Conservative-created housing crisis. The proposal includes other measures such as taxing empty properties and allocating funds to expedite new home construction on city council-owned land.

An industry that makes up just 0.14% of the UK economy may get sacrificed as part of an EU trade deal.

31 Jan 2020  |  euronews
The article by Phil Churm discusses the potential impact of Brexit on the UK fishing industry, which makes up a small part of the UK economy but is culturally significant. Fishermen who voted for Brexit hoped to regain control over the nation's fishing waters, but there is growing concern that the UK government may prioritize other trade deals over the fishing industry's interests. The Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) has been a point of contention, and while the UK seeks to renegotiate fishing rights with the EU, the future of the industry remains uncertain. The article highlights the situation in Padstow, Cornwall, where fishing has declined, and tourism has become the main economic driver. Marine consultant Terri Portmann expresses skepticism about the UK's ability to take back control and fears that fishermen may be sacrificed in the Brexit negotiations.

Politicians and other high profile figures mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day

20 Jan 2020  |  Through the eyes of Philip Churm
The article reflects on the 75th anniversary of D-Day, highlighting the irony of current leaders, who are witnessing a rise in nationalism and division, commemorating an event that was a united stand against such ideologies. It discusses the shift towards insularity in European politics and the rise of right-wing parties, mentioning leaders like Theresa May, Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron, and Matteo Salvini. The article criticizes the resurgence of divisive ideologies in Europe and the failure of politicians to address the root causes of societal discontent. It draws parallels between the pre-WWII era and the current political climate, warning of the dangers of scapegoating and the responsibility of leaders to address their citizens' concerns to prevent the rise of nationalistic populism.

Muslim scholar voices concern over 'halal' turkey bacon

20 Jan 2020  |  BBC News
Rod Adlington, a Coventry farmer, has created bacon-style rashers from halal-slaughtered turkeys to cater to the Muslim market, which has sparked a debate within the community. While Adlington claims there is demand for such a product from convenience stores and it serves various markets including the halal, pork-free, and slimming markets, Muslim scholar Maulana Naveed Ashrafi warns that it could lead Muslims to eventually eat real pork bacon. In contrast, Dr. Haifaa Jawed, an Islamic Studies lecturer, sees no issue with consuming turkey bacon if it's halal and contains no pork. The story is further explored on the BBC's Asian Network Reports radio show.

Met Police to investigate 'suspicious' India death

20 Jan 2020  |  BBC
Detective Chief Inspector Manning has expressed hope that the ongoing two-week investigation with the Indian authorities will shed more light on the case concerning Manjit's family. The aim is to provide the family with comfort and potentially closure regarding the situation. The statement indicates a collaborative effort between UK officials and Indian authorities to resolve the matter at hand.

Asian gold 'targeted by burglars' in Berkshire home raids

20 Jan 2020  |  BBC
The article discusses the issue of a rise in burglaries in a specific area. It mentions efforts being made to address the problem, including collaboration between the police and local council members. The focus is on increasing activity to combat the burglary issue, which is described as 'terrible'. Specific strategies or outcomes of these efforts are not detailed in the provided excerpt.

Thousands gather for funeral of slain Gdansk mayor Paweł Adamowicz

20 Jan 2020  |  euronews
The city of Gdansk, Poland, witnessed the funeral of its mayor, Paweł Adamowicz, who was tragically stabbed to death at a charity event the previous Sunday. Thousands of mourners, including prominent figures like European Council President Donald Tusk and Polish President Andrzej Duda, gathered at St Mary's Basilica to pay their respects. The funeral was broadcasted nationwide, reflecting the significant impact of Adamowicz's death on the country. His widow and daughters were present, with his widow delivering a heartfelt tribute to his efforts to combat hatred. The funeral highlighted the widespread grief and shock over the mayor's sudden death, with many hoping it would lead to a reduction in hateful rhetoric. Paweł Adamowicz's ashes were laid to rest in the basilica, as reported by Euronews correspondent Leszek Kablak.

Two-way radio exchanges have emerged between British and Iranian forces over the seizure of ship

21 Jul 2019  |  euronews
The article reports on the radio exchanges between a Royal Navy frigate and Iranian forces prior to the seizure of the British-flagged ship Stena Impero in the Gulf. The Iranian vessel demanded the ship alter its course, moments before the seizure. The incident follows the capture of another British-flagged tanker and the detention of Iran's Grace 1 tanker by the UK in Gibraltar. Iran's foreign minister, Javid Zarif, tweeted about ensuring security in the Gulf while accusing the UK of supporting US 'Economic Terrorism.' Tehran claims the Stena Impero's crew is in good health. The UK's Department for Transport released a map indicating the Stena Impero was in Omani waters when intercepted, which supports UK foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt's concerns about Iran's potentially illegal and destabilizing actions.

Migrant Ship Docks in Lampedusa Despite Ban from Italy's Interior Minister

07 Jul 2019  |  euronews
The Italian port of Lampedusa saw the arrival of over 40 migrants who disembarked from the charity rescue vessel 'Alex', operated by Mediterranea, despite a ban from Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini. This incident marks the second instance of a migrant ship arriving in defiance of the ban. Salvini, who leads the far-right League party, has been vocal against reopening Italian ports to migrant rescue ships, particularly in response to requests from the German government. He suggested sending migrants to the German embassy instead. Italy had directed the Mediterranea to head to Malta, but the charity cited the long journey and poor hygiene conditions on board as reasons for choosing Lampedusa. Salvini's party has recently passed laws imposing heavy fines on NGOs that bring migrants into Italian waters.

Final Rallies for European People's Party and European Socialists Before Sunday's Poll

25 May 2019  |  euronews
The article covers the final election rallies of the European People's Party and the Party of European Socialists before the upcoming Sunday poll. German Chancellor Angela Merkel attended the Munich rally of the European People's Party, where lead candidate Manfred Weber spoke against nationalists and populists, mentioning concerns over trade, Brexit, and President Trump's actions. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz participated via videoconference due to a domestic scandal. In Barcelona, the Party of European Socialists' lead candidate, Frans Timmermans, campaigned with Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, buoyed by a strong showing in the Netherlands. The article highlights the competition between moderate and hardline parties and the desire of socialists and liberals to break the centre-right EPP's hold on key EU presidencies.
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