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Officer who put knee on black man’s neck ‘should be charged over death’
May 27, 2020 By Faith Matters

Officer who put knee on black man’s neck ‘should be charged over death’

The mayor of Minneapolis has called for criminal charges to be filed against the white police officer seen on video kneeling on the neck of a handcuffed black man during an arrest, even after the man said he could not breathe and stopped moving. Based on the video, mayor Jacob Frey said he believes officer […]

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Vicar tells of disappointment as Government confirms no lockdown fine review
May 27, 2020 By Faith Matters

Vicar tells of disappointment as Government confirms no lockdown fine review

A vicar has told of his disappointment as the Government confirmed there will be no review of lockdown fines handed to families travelling for childcare purposes. The Health Secretary pledged to speak to the Treasury after the Rev Martin Poole, from Brighton, raised the issue at the daily Downing Street press conference. Matt Hancock faced […]

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Gardai coughed or spat at 80 times since Covid-19 restrictions introduced
May 26, 2020 By Faith Matters

Gardai coughed or spat at 80 times since Covid-19 restrictions introduced

Gardai have been spat or coughed at 80 times since Covid-19 travel restrictions were introduced on April 8. New figures from April 8 to May 23 show gardai used anti-spit guards 60 times. Garda Commissioner Drew Harris condemned the attacks on members of the force. “These disgraceful spitting and coughing attacks on Gardai while simply […]

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Police examining reports of bishop threatened online over Cummings comments
May 26, 2020 By Faith Matters

Police examining reports of bishop threatened online over Cummings comments

Police are looking into reports a bishop was threatened online after speaking out on Downing Street adviser Dominic Cummings’s alleged breach of lockdown rules. Helen-Ann Hartley, the Bishop of Ripon, reported the matter to North Yorkshire Police as some of the Church of England’s most senior figures reported receiving hate mail and death threats. Bishop […]

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Cummings criticism sees Church of England bishops receive death threats
May 25, 2020 By Faith Matters

Cummings criticism sees Church of England bishops receive death threats

Some of the Church of England’s most senior bishops have reported receiving hate mail and death threats after speaking out on Downing Street adviser Dominic Cummings’ alleged breach of lockdown rules. Bishop of Worcester John Inge tweeted that he received an email warning “stay out of politics or we’ll kill you” after he criticised Boris […]

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Memorial Day like no other for Americans under coronavirus restrictions
May 25, 2020 By Faith Matters

Memorial Day like no other for Americans under coronavirus restrictions

Americans have marked a Memorial Day like no other as the coronavirus pandemic forced communities to honour the nation’s military dead with smaller, more subdued ceremonies. On the weekend that marks the unofficial start of summer, US authorities warned beach-goers to heed social distancing rules to avoid a resurgence of the disease. Covid-19 has infected […]

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Sixth person charged with law student’s murder
May 24, 2020 By Faith Matters

Sixth person charged with law student’s murder

A sixth person has been charged with the murder of a 19-year-old law student who was killed in a drive-by shooting. Four men and a woman have already been charged with the murder of Aya Hachem, who was gunned down as she walked to a supermarket near her home in Blackburn on Sunday May 17, […]

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Two more suspects arrested on suspicion of murdering teenage law student
May 21, 2020 By Faith Matters

Two more suspects arrested on suspicion of murdering teenage law student

Murder squad detectives have arrested two more suspects after a teenage law student was gunned down in a drive-by shooting. Lancashire Police said the pair, aged 34 and 24, were arrested on suspicion of the murder of 19-year-old Aya Hachem. A total of 13 people have now been held by police after Ms Hachem was […]

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Christian faith group loses legal bid over abortion policy change
May 19, 2020 By Faith Matters

Christian faith group loses legal bid over abortion policy change

A Christian faith group has lost a legal challenge against the Government over changes to abortion rules during the Covid-19 pandemic. Christian Concern brought a challenge at the High Court against the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) over its decision to amend abortion rules and allow women to have early medical abortions at […]

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Access to be supervised when places of worship reopen, says archbishop
May 19, 2020 By Faith Matters

Access to be supervised when places of worship reopen, says archbishop

Access to places of worship will have to be “supervised” when they reopen, the head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales has said. Places of worship come under step three of the Government’s coronavirus recovery strategy, which means they cannot open until July 4 at the earliest. But when they do reopen, certain […]

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