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London Police strip-searched over 600 children across two years

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It’s been revealed London’s Police Force strip-searched more than 600 children over a two-year period

England’s Commissioner for Children is “deeply shocked” at revelations about London’s Metropolitan Police reportedly strip-searching innocent children.

Dame Rachel de Souza says nearly one-in-four cases took place without a supervising adult in the room.

It’s understood most of the children were black boys and comes amid growing concerns over the force itself.

The data was released after a probe into alleged misconduct by four officers in the case of ‘Child Q’ .

The case involved a 15-year-old black girl who was strip-searched by female officers in 2020.

The girl was wrongly suspected of carrying cannabis at her school, and was menstruating at the time.

“I am not reassured that what happened to Child Q was an isolated issue, but instead believe it may be a particularly concerning example of a more systemic problem around child protection within the Metropolitan police.”

RACHEL DE SOUZA, ENGLAND’S COMMISSIONER FOR CHILDREN

Sadiq Khan is the Mayor of London, who says there are “many cases” of these instances.

“There remain serious wider issues with regard to disproportionality and the use of stop and search on young black boys,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Police says the force is working to ensure these cases are dealt with “appropriately and respectfully”.

“We have already made changes and continue to work hard to balance the policing needed for this type of search with the considerable impact it can have on young people.”

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The force said officers and staff have undertaken a refreshed course on the policies relating to a ‘further search’.

There has also been renewed advice around dealing with schools, ensuring that children are treated as children and safeguards for those under 18.

Costa is a news producer at ticker NEWS. He has previously worked as a regional journalist at the Southern Highlands Express newspaper. He also has several years' experience in the fire and emergency services sector, where he has worked with researchers, policymakers and local communities. He has also worked at the Seven Network during their Olympic Games coverage and in the ABC Melbourne newsroom. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Professional), with expertise in journalism, politics and international relations. His other interests include colonial legacies in the Pacific, counter-terrorism, aviation and travel.

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Princess Catherine visits the Royal Surrey County Hospital

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Princess Catherine has visited the Royal Surrey County Hospital, in a heartwarming gesture to new mothers

Princess Catherine, the new Princess of Wales visited the Royal Surrey County Hospital in her first solo public engagement since the death of the Queen.

While there, she met with staff and new mothers, with the visit making the Princess reminisce about her own children.

The Princess held a baby during her visit and even joked that her youngest, Prince Louis, still seemed like a baby to her, even though he is now four years old.

Speaking about childbirth, Catherine said “no matter how much everyone tells you what you expect, it’s a shock to the system” and “you have this idea of what will happen but every single birth is different.”

It’s clear that the Princess loves being a mother and is enjoying every moment with her children.

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Vladimir Putin announces changes to his mobilisation orders

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Vladimir Putin announces changes to his mobilisation orders during a televised address

Vladimir Putin has appeared on state television to announce changes to his mobilisation orders.

The Russian leader has made “corrections” to the decree, meaning students at universities and postgraduates don’t have to fight in the war.

The Russian President has also signed a new law to claim the “annexed” regions of Ukraine are now officially a part of the nation.

He stopped short of defining where the borders of these so-called regions are though.

It follows, reports suggesting Russia’s military might on the frontline is dwindling, as wounded troops retreat from key areas.

Ukraine’s military is continuing to make territorial gains in the south and east, pushing into these areas Russia claims to have “annexed.”

Putin appeared to concede Russia would “stabilise” the situation in these areas.

“We are working on the assumption that the situation in the new territories will stabilise,” Putin said during a televised video call.

New images emerging online show Ukrainian troops in the Luhansk region.

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Liz Truss pledges to get her country through the stormy days ahead

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Liz Truss pledges to get her country through the stormy days ahead during Tory Party address

Liz Truss has pledged to get the UK through the stormy days head.

It comes comes against a backdrop of financial and political turmoil following the government’s mini-budget.

Markets reacted badly to the plans for 45 billion pound tax cuts funded by borrowing.

Meanwhile, the government’s U-turn on plans to slash the 45 per cent tax rate led to criticism from within the party.

In the address, Truss admitted her policies will cause “disruption”. But she says “the status quo is not an option” and her party “must stay the course”.

“I’m determined to get Britain moving, to get us through the tempest and to put us on a stronger footing as a nation,” Truss said.

Truss also vowed to take on the “anti-growth coalition” and “enemies of enterprise”. This includes opposition parties, “militant unions” and environmental campaigners.

The speech was an attempt to reassert the government’s commitment to its economic plans, in the face of criticism from both inside and outside the party.

There were a number of protestors at the conference hall during the event.

Two Greenpeace demonstrators were removed after holding up a sign which read ‘who voted for this’.

The reaction to Liz Truss’s speech was mixed.

Some commentators praised her for her “straight talking” and for her willingness to take on the “anti-growth coalition”.

Others criticised her for her lack of detail and failure to address concerns about the government’s economic plans.

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