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Tommy Robinson being sued and other stories

Tommy Robinson sued for £100,000 damages

Tommy Robinson in 2018 Image by Shayan Barjesteh van Waalwijk van Doorn CC BY-SA 4.0.

The anti-Islam activist Tommy Robinson is being sued for allegedly defaming a Syrian refugee boy who was filmed being assaulted at his school in Huddersfield.

It’s alleged 16-year-old Jamal Hijazi was falsely accused of attacking white girls.

Tasnime Akunjee, the lawyer representing the 16-year-old, told the Independent newspaper that ‘the action is for defamation, particularly to do with statements Robinson made in November last year through Facebook on video.’

Robinson has been given a deadline to reply to the allegations.

The activist is currently running as an MEP candidate for the next European parliament elections on 23rd May 2019.

British Transport Police website hacked

Two police officers on a platform of a train. Image: British Transport Police

The British Transport Police has confirmed that part of its website has been hacked.

Clicks on the ‘latest news’ link are directed to a Tumblr blog also rung by the force.

The force added that ‘a small number’ of staff details have been leaked.

A force spokesman said that the system has no affiliation with the Force’s Crime Management or command and control systems and has not compromised the Force’s operational capabilities.

BTP, National Crime Agency and the National Cyber Security Centre have launched an investigation.

Patients being wrongly prescribed tyhroid

Woman holding neck. Image: Joao Silas/Unsplash

According to international researchers, hundreds thousands of people in the UK are being prescribed unecessary thyroid pills.

The thyroid is a gland in the neck that helps hormones control energy levels and growth.

Hypothyroidism affects almost one in 20 people but is more common for women and older people.

Experts have stressed that patients should continue taking their medication.

Patients affected by the story should consult their GP.

Ferrari worth millions stolen during test drive

The German city of Düsseldorf police has said that a car collector stole a Ferrari worth £1.7m (€2m;$2.2m).

The suspect had expressed interest in buying the 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO.

The man came by taxi to the dealership for the test drive but two hours later, when it was time to swap drivers, he hit the accelerator and vanished.

The car has been later found in a garage.

Police added that the ‘historic vehicle’ should be valued at more than €2m.

 

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