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New police constable recruits will be able to join the service in a part-time role, the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has announced

From November, new recruits will be able to complete their police training part-time and hit the streets of London in a part-time role.

The Met believes it is the first police service in the UK to make this offer and hopes it will make the role more attractive to those who may consider a career in policing but feel unable to because of family or other commitments.

“The case for doing this was clear - we know that one of the obstacles stopping some people from fulfilling their dream of becoming a police officer has been the lack of flexibility in how they have to train and balance their family life. We will continue to break down barriers where we know they exist, as we strive to open up a career in policing with the Met to even more people."

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Free breakfasts for all borough primary school kids

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Head teachers are “delighted” with plans to give free breakfasts to pupils in every primary school in Hammersmith and Fulham.

Starting in September, Hammersmith and Fulham Council has dedicated £3.7m to funding the new initiative over four years.

From January, children at two secondary schools — Woodlane High School and Fulham College Boys School — will start getting free school lunches every day under the same scheme.

The radical new plan could save a struggling parent £380 per year for every child in primary school.

And each primary school could save an estimated £5,700 a year.

The plans were hailed as a “war on food poverty” that could dramatically benefit children’s ability to concentrate and learn in school.

Woodlane High School head teacher Claire Maynard said it would tackle the “stigma” of getting free school meals: “We’re delighted to be part of the council’s efforts to tackle child poverty.

“The pilot means our most vulnerable pupils can always gain a hot, nutritious meal without stigma.

“The impact on families is likely to prove a significant boost in challenging financial times.”

Sally Brooks, head of Fulham College Boys’ School, said hunger causes “immeasurable” damage to children’s education.

“Providing the boys with a nutritious meal will not only allow them to compete in an academic environment, but will also give them the nutrition needed to go above and beyond at school and actively participate in extra-curricular activities.”

Hammersmith and Fulham Council leader Stephen Cowan said: “It’s appalling that children are still going to school hungry in one of the world’s wealthiest capitals. Our schools are now the frontline in our war against hunger.”

He added: “Food poverty is a national crisis… This initiative is a step forward in the fight to end this blight on our children and their future well-being.”

The council said it raised the funds entirely from negotiations with property developers, who have helped fill the council’s coffers in return for planning permission on new housing schemes.

About £643m has been raised from property developers since 2014, the council said.

Two more teens charged with Battersea murder

Iderval da Silva
Met Police

Two more teenagers have been charged with the murder of a Brazilian man who died Battersea.

A 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court on Thursday after he was arrested and charged the previous day for the murder of Iderval da Silva.

The Metropolitan Police said he has been remanded in custody and will appear at the Old Bailey on 10 July.

The other teenager - a 17-year-old male, who also cannot be named - was arrested and charged with murder on Thursday and is due to appear at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court on Friday.

Mr da Silva, 46, was found by emergency services with a head injury on Charlotte Despard Avenue at about 16:30 on 25 May.

He died in hospital three days later.

Jaden Richards, 19, of Strasburg Road, Wandsworth, was charged with Mr da Silva's murder on 31 May.

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