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Sport stars support Welsh boy, 11, who lost finger escaping from bullies

Boxer Anthony Joshua among those to contact Raheem Bailey, who suffered racial and physical abuse from fellow pupils

Sport stars including boxer Anthony Joshua have sent messages of support to an 11-year-old boy who lost a finger while trying to escape from school bullies.

Raheem Bailey, from Abertillery in south Wales, was attacked by a group of children on Tuesday, according to his mother, Shantal.

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Police warn against vigilante action against duckling hit-and-run driver

Driver’s details shared on social media after allegedly running over ducklings at roundabout as other drivers waited for them to cross

Police have urged the public against any vigilante actions after the registration of a driver who allegedly ran over a brood of ducklings was published online.

Staffordshire police confirmed it is investigating a Facebook post which claimed that at least three ducklings were killed on Friday at a roundabout in Trentham near Stoke-on-Trent. The post claimed they were killed by the driver of a white transit van who allegedly ignored other drivers who were waiting for the ducks to cross the road.

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UK to announce more monkeypox cases as efforts ramp up to contain outbreak

Close contacts of those infected with rare disease offered vaccines and told to isolate for up to 21 days

Public health officials are to announce more UK monkeypox cases on Monday, as efforts ramp up to contain the first multinational outbreak of the virus that has led to cases in at least 14 countries.

The unusual outbreak of the rare disease has sparked a wave of contact tracing and testing with the closest contacts of confirmed cases – such as partners and people in the same household – offered a vaccine and told to isolate at home for up to 21 days.

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Record 420,000 children a month in England treated for mental health problems

Experts say many others are denied help, and ‘relentless’ rise in demand could overwhelm NHS

Analysis: evidence of a crisis is starkA child psychiatrists on leaving CAMHS

More than 400,000 children and young people a month are being treated for mental health problems – the highest number on record – prompting warnings of an unprecedented crisis in the wellbeing of under-18s.

Experts say Covid has seriously exacerbated problems such as anxiety, depression and self-harm among school-age children and that the “relentless and unsustainable” ongoing rise in their need for help could overwhelm already stretched NHS services.

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UK’s ‘strictest headmistress’ fears schools will stop teaching Shakespeare

Katharine Birbalsingh says pressure to decolonise English curriculum will see Shakespeare replaced with black and female authors

The headteacher of a school described as the strictest in Britain has warned that William Shakespeare will disappear from classrooms as schools in England come under pressure to decolonise and diversify the curriculum.

Katharine Birbalsingh, the controversial headteacher at Michaela community school in north London, said Shakespeare had already been “lost” in many places in the US and cautioned: “We are following America in this way.”

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Tweet on Tory local election candidate’s account says teenage girls smell ‘buttery and creamy’

‘What did I just read?’ responded one women’s rights activist to comment on Twitter of Preston Conservative’s Jonty Campbell

A Conservative local election candidate has caused outrage after a post on his account said 16-year-old girls smell “buttery [and] creamy”.

On Saturday, a post on the Twitter account of Jonty Campbell, who has stood for the party in Preston on a number of occasions, said: “Here’s the thing with girls 22 or under, they smell massively different to a girl of 28. Girls aged 16 to, say 23, have this buttery, creamy, slightly sweet smell that is unbelievably magnetic.”

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Boris Johnson to stress work as the fix for cost of living crisis

Ministers remain unable to decide on ways to relieve poverty as they wrangle over windfall tax for energy companies

Boris Johnson hopes to blunt calls for urgent action on the cost of living crisis by stressing that work is the best route out of poverty, as ministers continue wrangling about the merits of a windfall tax.

No 10 sources confirmed on Sunday that the prime minister will continue to throw the spotlight on the healthy state of the job market, in the face of the rising clamour to help families struggling with their bills.

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Anger as man with guide dog told to leave Marks & Spencer shop

Senior executive at Guide Dogs charity says he was ‘publicly humiliated’ by security guard

A senior executive at the charity Guide Dogs said he felt “publicly humiliated” when he and his guide dog, Faldo, were illegally told to leave a Marks & Spencer shop in west London.

Dave Kent, 62, a corporate engagement executive at the charity who has been totally blind since he was 18, said he was “curtly” asked to take his golden retriever out of the Mortlake department store three times by a security guard last Friday.

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