2014

Nicki Minaj announces The Pinkprint Tour 2015 with nine UK dates

Nicki Minaj announces The Pinkprint Tour 2015 with nine UK dates

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Nicki Minaj is promising fans the “biggest and best tour yet” when she heads to Europe next year.

The rapper’s announced a 17-date tour starting in Sweden in March and ending in Glasgow a month later.

She said: “It’s been way too long since I’ve seen my European Barbz! We have more than a few surprises in store.”

The 32-year-old will perform nine dates in the UK in cities including London and Birmingham, with special guest, Grammy-nominated R&B star, Trey Songz.

He said he’s thrilled to be heading to Europe, adding: “The love I feel overseas is overwhelming and I can’t wait to get the tour started to bring fans the best TRIGGA show possible.”

Last month, Minaj apologised after the lyric video for the track Only was accused of containing Nazi imagery.

The European leg of The Pinkprint Tour is announced days after Nicki Minaj found out she was nominated for two 2015 Grammy awards – best rap song for Anaconda and best pop duo/group performance for Bang Bang with Ariana Grande and Jessie J.

Her album – also called The Pinkprint – is released next Monday.

Tickets for the UK shows go on sale at 9am on Friday 12 December.

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London boroughs ranked from worst to best

London boroughs ranked from worst to best

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What happens when you ask the staff at Metro Towers to rank the London boroughs in order of worst to best?

A fiery debate, of course, over whether west is better than east (hahaha no) or north is better than south (hahaha yes, obviously).

There are 32 boroughs in the nation’s capital – and here they are, from grim to great, in ascending order…

29. Kingston on Thames, Redbridge, Havering and Bexley

Not one vote was cast for each of these boroughs. Sorry guys.

28. Lewisham

Poor ol’ Lewisham came bottom on the list of boroughs people actually had opinions on, perhaps because it has one of the highest obesity rates in the capital, or maybe because it was named the ‘least peaceful’ place in the UK. Either way, even former resident Jimi Hendrix couldn’t save Lewisham from being a bit rubbish.

27. Hounslow

Heathrow airport. Need we say more?

London boroughs ranked from worst to best

26. Barking and Dagenham

Stacey Solomon, one of Barking and Dagenham’s greatest exports, said it best with this facial expression.

Stacey Solomon was tearful during her appearance on This Morning (Picture: ITV)
This is what Dagenham does to people. (Picture: ITV)

25. Enfield

‘Many local activities are located around the A10 road,’ reads Enfield’s very own Wikipedia page, ‘Which has a number of large retail outlets and a large multiplex Cineworld cinema.’

24. Croydon

Best known for housing a huge train station and Nestle HQ, Croydon is one of those bizarre inbetweeny places. Too far out of town to be properly urban, too close to town to be leafy and green. It is also one of the worst offending boroughs for chopping down street trees.

London boroughs ranked from worst to best

23. Hillingdon

Otherwise known as the Croydon of the north west – bar the giant train station.

22. Bromley

This south east London borough counts Billy Idol, David Bowie, H.G. Wells and, perhaps most importantly, Pixie Lott in its list of notable residents. However, last time we checked, there is absolutely sweet FA to do in Brommers. The cafe at Waitrose Bromley South does get rave reviews on TripAdvisor – we’ll leave you to make of that what you will.

21. Merton

Richmond’s boring older brother. He sure does love tennis, but that’s about it.

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Even Andy Murray isn’t a fan of the borough (Pictures: REUTERS/Toby Melville)

20. Wandsworth

Sure, Wandsworth boasts the cheapest council tax in the capital, but considering the borough is mainly populated by bants-loving ‘lads’ in fancy dress who still think they’re at uni despite the fact they’re pushing 40, the cons certainly outweigh the pros.

19. Harrow

Ah Harrow, home to one of the original nine public schools regulated by the Public Schools Act 1868, which Benedict Cumberbatch was once a boy at, and, er, little else. In saying that, Harrow town centre is home to two Nando’s restaurants situated within 0.3 miles of each other and it’s only £1 entry at Yates’ on a Saturday night.

London boroughs ranked from worst to best

18. Newham

While Newham does play host to the Olympic stadium and Westfield Stratford there is little else to do there but shop. Warning: on a visit there you will be mown down by buggies and trampled by Primark shoppers, while the dulcet tones of pan pipes sound out across the borough as if you’re in a 1980s Tom Cruise movie.

17. Lambeth

The best thing to come out of Lambeth is this…

… and that says a lot. A whole lot.

16. Kensington and Chelsea

Brimming with sickeningly entitled chinless rahs who have more money than sense and less taste than a Vegas arms fair.

15. Brent

As in David?

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14. Ealing

Super leafy and full of coffee shops, if not a little rioty.

13. Westminster

BORING. And packed. And stressful. And expensive. Leave it to the tourists.

12. Sutton

Lovely. Green. A great place to raise a family. But counting it as London is a stretch too far for this imagination.

London boroughs ranked from worst to best

11. Waltham Forest

It’s bookended by outstanding natural beauty, with Lea Valley Park and the marshes on one side and Epping Forest on the other. It’s also contains Walthamstow (‘the new Stoke Newington’ – © several thousand estate agents), Leytonstone (up and coming) and Chingford (very pretty). Let’s gloss over Leyton.

10. Richmond

Far enough south to feel residential but not without shops, bars, restaurants and Emily from Friends (she’s one of many famous residents). The fact that deer run free in Richmond park makes it okay that its serviced by the often delayed District line. Did we mention the deer?

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Red and Fallow Deer in London’s Richmond Park on a spring afternoon. How delightful. (Picture: Getty)

9. Barnet

Far enough north to feel residential but not without pubs, bars and bagel shops galore. It pips Richmond to the post by being served by the much more efficient (and regular) Northern line. Did we mention the bagels?

London boroughs ranked from worst to best

8. Haringey

Yes, there’s deprivation (not to mention the occasional riot), but Tottenham is earthy and exciting (visit before the inevitable gentrification), Finsbury Park plays host to some of London’s best music events, and Alexandra Palace has what might very well be the best view in London.

7. Tower Hamlets

The Anne Hathaway of London boroughs – it divides opinion like no other. Gentrified to within an inch of its life, this hipster paradise is bursting at the seams with overpriced cocktail bars with dirty lavs and secondhand clothes shops flogging gear people died in.

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Only in east London would you find a dog this hip. (Picture: Paul Brown/Demotix/Corbis)

6. Southwark

South Bank, quite possibly the single greatest attraction in London, bar Oxford St Primark. Well worth braving the tirades of tourists for crazy art installations like this…

5. Hammersmith and Fulham

Synonymous with the Apollo and a whopping great flyover, this west London borough made its way into our top 10 for one reason and one reason alone… Kate Bush undertook a 22 date at the Apollo. These performances were her first live shows in nearly 35 years. That is all.

4. Camden

The only place you’ll find cyber goths and tech start-up founders living side by side in such harmony this side of Brighton.

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Regent’s Canal, Camden Lock (Picture: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire)

3. Greenwich

Some say Greenwich smells like pitta bread, but if that isn’t enough reason to enjoy the borough, it also plays host to the revamped Cutty Sark, the Royal Observatory, the National Maratime Museum and the O2 (nee: Millennium Dome).

2. Hackney

On a Sunday you can walk from market to park to market to canal to market and finish up in one of many many many pubs with a drink. Look past the bartenders sporting wild beards and Patrick Bateman-esque Oliver Peoples glasses and enjoy the bottled beer, prok-corn (like popcorn but pork flavoured) and dogs on makeshift leads.

London boroughs ranked from worst to best

1. Islington

If you were to take the whole of London and pack it into one borough this is what you’d be left with. Not only is Islington the absolute dream when it comes to buying a property (which you’ll probably never be able to afford) it’s a little bit rough around the edges. It’s home to more restaurants than days of the year and that is exactly what you want in a borough, right?! Right!

Islington Green, don't you know, is not just a park because trendy residents demand it (Picture: Evening Standard)
Islington Green, don’t you know, is not just a park because trendy residents demand it (Picture: Evening Standard)
DJ Sin interviews Pharoahe Monch at London Hott Radio Cafe Live

DJ Sin interviews Pharoahe Monch at London Hott Radio Cafe Live

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DJ Sin interviews Pharoahe Monch at London Hott Radio Cafe Live in front of a studio audience on 21 November 2014.

Chaos breaks out in London as Russell Brand joins thousands of masked Guy Fawkes protesters in dramatic Bonfire Night demonstration

Chaos breaks out in London as Russell Brand joins thousands of masked Guy Fawkes protesters in dramatic Bonfire Night demonstration

  • Russell Brand joined thousands of masked demonstrators in Westminster
  • British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood was also spotted among crowd 
  • Riot police lined streets as protesters donned sinister Guy Fawkes masks
  • Officers drew batons as missiles, road signs and fireworks were launched 
  • Crowd kicked over railings while chanting ‘one solution, revolution’
  • Anti-capitalist group Anonymous wanted to create blockade in the capital
  • London march is part of a day of global demonstrations against austerity 

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By STEPH COCKROFT FOR MAILONLINE

Russell Brand and Vivienne Westwood have joined thousands of masked anti-capitalist demonstrators who have descended on Westminster for a Bonfire Night protest, bringing chaos to the capital.

Scores of riot police were on stand-by amid threats from campaign group Anonymous that the demonstration would create a blockade throughout London.

Officers were forced to draw their batons as missiles, plastic cones and road signs were launched along the Mall, while fireworks were left off in Trafalgar Square.

The masked demonstrators – some as young as 14 – also kicked and dragged over security railings while chanting ‘one solution, revolution’, as others daubed graffiti on riot vans.

Russell Brand took part in a protest outside Parliament which was orchestrated by activists who said they intend to cause chaos throughout London

Russell Brand took part in a protest outside Parliament which was orchestrated by activists who said they intend to cause chaos throughout London

The protest, organised in hundreds of cities around the world, saw the activists wear masks depicting the sinister face of Guy Fawkes - a mask made famous in the film V for Vendetta

The protest, organised in hundreds of cities around the world, saw the activists wear masks depicting the sinister face of Guy Fawkes – a mask made famous in the film V for Vendetta

Barricades erected in anticipation of the protest were lifted by demonstrators as police attempted to control scenes in Parliament Square

Barricades erected in anticipation of the protest were lifted by demonstrators as police attempted to control scenes in Parliament Square

Demonstrators kicked and dragged over security railings while chanting 'one solution, revolution'

Demonstrators kicked and dragged over security railings while chanting ‘one solution, revolution’

Officers were forced to draw their batons as missiles, plastic cones and road signs were launched

Officers were forced to draw their batons as missiles, plastic cones and road signs were launched

A police officer ducks to avoid the pushing and shoving which surged through the crowd during the protest

A police officer ducks to avoid the pushing and shoving which surged through the crowd during the protest

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During the march, protesters also let off fireworks and threw firecrackers at police who were guarding the Victoria Memorial, hurling abuse at them.

The crowd surged through central London, pushing over bins, shouting at bemused shoppers and commuters and hitting cars and people with yellow flexible tubes.

At one point, they surrounded a man driving a new Mercedes car and sprayed the back of it with an aerosol, pushing their tubes at him as he opened windows to remonstrate with them.

The protest, known as the Million Mask March, was one of hundreds organised at the same time in cities around the world.

Demonstrators wearing sinister Guy Fawkes masks – made famous in the film V for Vendetta – descended on Trafalgar Square, waving banners and placards, before marching towards Parliament Square at 6.30pm.

As they milled around the square, they chanted anti-establishment slogans before climbing on to the base of Nelson’s Column and letting off fireworks.  

They then moved onto Buckingham Palace before hundreds of protesters made their way through central London, going to Piccadilly Circus, Regent Street and Oxford Circus.

They then marched to the BBC’s headquarters at Broadcasting House on nearby Portland Place and going along Oxford Street to Hyde Park and Park Lane.  

The group said in its manifesto that it fights against mass surveillance, austerity and infringement of human rights. 

British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood was also spotted at the march in central London 

British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood was also spotted at the march in central London

Police arrested a man on suspicion of headbutting a woman police officer outside Buckingham Palace during the protest

Police arrested a man on suspicion of headbutting a woman police officer outside Buckingham Palace during the protest

Officers were forced to draw their batons as missiles, plastic cones and road signs were launched along the Mall 

Officers were forced to draw their batons as missiles, plastic cones and road signs were launched along the Mall

The heightened security measures come as the Metropolitan Police attempted to contact Anonymous, but no one came forward with any details

The heightened security measures come as the Metropolitan Police attempted to contact Anonymous, but no one came forward with any details

Protesters argued with riot police as they formed human barriers against the huge crowd of demonstrators 

Protesters argued with riot police as they formed human barriers against the huge crowd of demonstrators

Riot police were put on high alert after warnings from the protest group that it would cause chaos in London

Riot police were put on high alert after warnings from the protest group that it would cause chaos in London

‘WHOSE STREETS? OUR STREETS!’ Protestors chant in London

Police said that, as of 10.10pm, there had been five arrests. A man was held in Bridge Street, Westminster, on suspicion of a fireworks offence, before being subsequently ‘de-arrested’.

A second man believed to be in his early 30s was arrested near Buckingham Palace on suspicion of assaulting a police officer, and a 37-year old woman was arrested in nearby Birdcage Walk on suspicion of the same offence.

Two further people have been arrested – one on suspicion of obstruction of the highway and one on suspicion of attempted grievous bodily harm.   

Russell Brand also joined the London arm of the worldwide Million Mask March last year.  

During that march, energy bills were burned, fireworks were shot at Buckingham Palace and there were 15 arrests, following scuffles with police. 

He later wrote an article saying that riots are sparked ‘when dialogue fails, when they feel unrepresented and bored by the illusion’. 

Today, it seemed the group were hoping for a similar result. On its website before the march, one of the group members wrote: ‘What I’d like to see is a MASSIVE Anonymous blockade of London City.

‘Complete physical GRIDLOCK. Only thing that gets through are Fire & Rescue and ambulances. NOTHING ELSE MOVES.’   

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Fireworks and smoke were seen rising out of Trafalgar Square as the protest got underway this evening

The crowd tried its best to carry out the wishes of the organisers, which asked for a massive blockade of London City

The crowd tried its best to carry out the wishes of the organisers, which asked for a massive blockade of London City

The group warned it would have 'bigger banners, louder voices, more people and a louder system' than last year's protest

The group warned it would have ‘bigger banners, louder voices, more people and a louder system’ than last year’s protest

Million Mask March protestors speak about why they get involved

The group also warned it would have ‘bigger banners, louder voices, more people and a louder system’. 

The London march is part of a day of global demonstrations, which include rallies across Europe, the Americas and Asia. 

The protest has led to officers from the Metropolitan Police, British Transport Police and the City of London Police Force being on stand-by.

The heightened security measures came as the Metropolitan Police attempted to contact Anonymous, but no one came forward with any details. 

In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said they had attempted to contact organisers of the event ‘without success’. 

Graffiti was daubed on a police van, while a masked protestor stood nearby waving a placard

Graffiti was daubed on a police van, while a masked protestor stood nearby waving a placard

Writing on its website before the march, the group said: 'What I'd like to see is a MASSIVE Anonymous blockade of London City

Writing on its website before the march, the group said: ‘What I’d like to see is a MASSIVE Anonymous blockade of London City’. Protesters waved banners and placards during the march

The group said in its manifesto that it fights again mass surveillance, austerity and infringement of human rights

The group said in its manifesto that it fights again mass surveillance, austerity and infringement of human rights

Protesters chanted anti-establishment slogans as they milled around, while others climbed on to the base of Nelson's Column let off fireworks

Protesters chanted anti-establishment slogans as they milled around, while others climbed on to the base of Nelson’s Column let off fireworks

Rather than communicate directly with local authorities, Anonymous sent a message to the government

Rather than communicate directly with local authorities, Anonymous sent a message to the government

And it added that they have imposed Section 60AA of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 across Westminster between 5pm today and 2am tomorrow, which provides powers to remove masks when police fear a crime will be committed.

Scotland Yard said: ‘The Met Police deals with around 4,500 protests and events every year. These can range from a single protester to hundreds of thousands of people walking through the capital’s streets.

‘Officers work with organisers to ensure that people are able to carry out their right to peaceful protest whilst ensuring Londoners can go about their daily business.’ 

Last year’s London march saw more than 2,500 protesters take to the streets, in a rally which saw fireworks thrown at Buckingham Palace and a total of 15 arrests.  

Rather than communicate directly with local authorities, Anonymous sent a message to the government, and to global world leaders: ‘To oppressive governments, we say this: we do not expect our campaign to be completed in a short time frame. However, you will not prevail against the angry masses of the body politic.’

Racial abuse reported to police as Yaya Toure rejoins Twitter

Racial abuse reported to police as Yaya Toure rejoins Twitter

Racial abuse reported to police as Yaya Toure rejoins Twitter

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Police have been called to investigate claims Yaya Toure was racially abused within hours of reactivating his Twitter account.

Manchester City midfielder Toure rejoined Twitter on Monday, five months after leaving the social network site in order to focus on the World Cup.

The Ivory Coast international posted his first tweet at 6 p.m., reflecting on City’s derby win over Manchester United the previous day:

Yaya Touré        ✔ @YayaToure

Great to be back on twitter after a good win yesterday. Now my focus is on the next game… Happy Monday everyone!!

 

Within hours of posting the message, the 31-year-old received abusive and racist messages from other Twitter accounts.

Anti-discrimination group Kick It Out was appalled by some of the tweets and decided to report the matter to the police.

“NEWS: We are informing the Police of racist tweets directed @yayatoure earlier this evening and offer him our full support #kickitout,” KIO posted on Twitter.

A Kick It Out spokesperson told Press Association Sport on Monday night: “At this stage we have received complaints about two separate tweets of a racist nature aimed at Yaya Toure and now we are informing the police.

“Yaya Toure has been on Twitter for a matter of hours and he has already received abuse of an appalling nature. We are disturbed by the fact that someone can be treated this way. It makes footballers start to question why they should use these platforms. We will offer Yaya Toure our full support.”

On Monday evening Toure favourited a tweet from one City fan – @111Lesley111 – who offered her support to the former Barcelona player:

NEW MUSIC: WU-TANG CLAN – RUCKUS IN B MINOR

NEW MUSIC: WU-TANG CLAN – RUCKUS IN B MINOR

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Over 20 years since their debut album, Wu-Tang Clan reunites on their first album in seven years, A Better Tomorrow. RZA, GZA, Method Man, Inspectah Deck, Raekwon, U-God, Masta Killa, Ghostface Killah, and Cappadonna come together on the 15 tracks, which were produced by RZA aka The Abbott.

After debuting “Ron O’Neal” on “The Daily Show” in August, the Staten Island group drops “Ruckus in B Minor,” which features an intro from the late ODB.

A Better Tomorrow will be released on December 2 via Warner Bros. See the tracklisting and stream “Ruckus in B Minor” below.

DJ Koolhand from NY Signs to London Hott Radio

DJ Koolhand from NY Signs to London Hott Radio

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Gangland London: West London Drugs Ring Caught After Posing for Selfies with Cannabis and Cash

Gangland London: West London Drugs Ring Caught After Posing for Selfies with Cannabis and Cash

Gangland London: West London Drugs Ring Caught After Posing for Selfies with Cannabis and Cash

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  • A west London drugs gangs face prison sentences after bragging about their cannabis operation by posing for selfies with the drug and huge wads of cash.

Drug dealer Sophian Chhayra, 24, smiled as he was pictured cradling an enormous bag of the Class-B drug and thousands of pounds in £50 notes.

Gang member Zakaria Chentouf, also 24, posed with a mountain of cash from the proceeds of selling drugs across Kensington and Chelsea.

Five men in total admitted to drugs charges in September after police busted the drug ring in May after they targeted gang-related youth violence and drug dealing.

Chhayra and Chentouf, Ahmed Mahomud and Fouad Soussi, both 20, admitted conspiracy to supply controlled drugs, while Yousif Mahomud, 19, admitted to being concerned in the supply of Class-B drugs at Isleworth Crown Court. They will be sentenced today (24 October).

Four men were previously sentenced at the same court on 12 September in relation to the operation. They are: Liam Hodge, 23, of Notting Hill, Dominic Joseph and Paul Hewitt, both 22, from Westminster, and Jahmal Medor-Daley, 20, of Westminster.

The operation to tackle the gang – codenamed Capulet – was launched in December 2013 after a spate of violence in the area.

It was soon established the attacks were linked to a ring of perpertrators and, using knowledge from the local community, officers launched 18 dawn raids in May that included the homes of the five men.

Large quantities of Class A and B drugs and cash money were seized along with mobile phones.

Detective Constable Helen Lomas, said: “These convictions are a real win for the communities of Kensington and Chelsea and its residents who have been blighted by the intolerable annoyance of this gang.

“This investigation overcame some major hurdles, particularly because there was a continued wall of silence and nobody willing to come forward and speak to police about the spate of linked violence earlier this year. By securing the best evidence available with the help of the community, we have been able to bring this gang to justice.

“These individuals used their mobile phone cameras to gloat about their success in illegal trade – this pride helped secure their undoing, and these photos provided compelling evidence at court.”

A British teenager has been murdered abroad – why is David Cameron so quiet?

A British teenager has been murdered abroad – why is David Cameron so quiet?

A British teenager has been murdered abroad – why is David Cameron so quiet?

Cameron has intervened over the killing of David Miller and Hannah Witheridge in Thailand, but for Tyrell Matthews-Burton he does nothing. There is no consistency

“I want people to know Tyrell’s life was important and that his death was senseless, unnecessary and brutal.” Not my words, but those of Tyrell Matthews-Burton’s mother, Sharon Matthews. At present she is sat in a Greek court trying to piece together what action has been taken since her only son was stabbed to death on his 19th birthday in Malia last year. Two other young British men sit accused of this crime, and a further 14 other UK nationals are also connected to the incident or charged with offences.

Despite the overwhelming British interests in ensuring a fair trial and active investigation, our government continues to sit on the sidelines and this incident remains stubbornly outside the public eye.

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The Met is investigating the deaths of Hannah Witheridge and David Miller in Thailand. Photograph: PA/PA

Those whose stories do capture the attention of news editors seem to have a very different experience. To great fanfare, this week the prime minister personally sent the Met to intervene in the investigation of the murder of two British citizens in Thailand. This disparity in attention and action in such cases should sit uneasily on our national conscience.

It is every parent’s nightmare for their child to go on holiday for the first time unsupervised and not return home. Tyrell and his friends were celebrating university places and birthdays. They did not know the young men now accused of his murder prior to that fateful evening, despite being falsely accused in the Greek press as gang members. Since Tyrell’s death, concerns about the nature of the investigation have grown. The Greek authorities returned the clothes Tyrell was wearing when he was killed to his mother via the post. Questioning of ministers has uncovered that one of the accused of affray with connection to the fight was convicted in London of carrying a knife just five days before Tyrell’s death, yet allowed by the judge to suspend his sentence to go on holiday. UK-based witnesses were initially told they would have to pay their own costs to travel to give evidence in Greece. Requests to ensure the safety and security of those doing so have been left unanswered, meaning several have refused to participate.

A memorandum exists between the police, Foreign Office and UK coroners that states where a British national is killed and a British national charged with this crime overseas, the case can be tried in the UK. To date, requests for this to happen have been dismissed without consideration.

Tyrell’s family and friends have been tireless in seeking assistance from our government to address these concerns. As Sharon’s MP, I took her to look David Cameron in the eye and ask for his personal help, only to be told that the government cannot intervene in the investigative processes of other countries if their input is not requested. Except, the cases of Madeleine McCann, and David Miller and Hannah Witheridge in Thailand, highlight that the government is in fact willing to break its own rules when it sees fit. To ask why these cases receive such attention isn’t to suggest that they should not, but to call for consistency in the concern shown from our consulates and officials. The amount of coverage a trial is given by the mainstream media should not be our guide in whether our citizens are fairly treated.

Lawyers this week in Greece confirmed that little forensic evidence has been recovered to try to identify who in the frantic nightclub melee wielded the knife that killed Tyrell. When I asked Cameron on Wednesday why he had not asked the police to help but had demanded their involvement in the investigation of the Thailand murders, he made a point of justifying this by saying the matter involved two British citizens. Tyrell was a British citizen. It is still not too late for all of us to ask what happened to this young British man and how do we get justice for his British family as well, Cameron.