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Prince Harry and Trudeau’s photographer are lookalikes

Prince Harry (L) and photographer Adam Scotti (R)Image copyright Courtesy Adam Scotti/Twitter
Image caption Prince Harry, right, and photographer Adam Scotti, left – or is it the other way round?

Prince Harry has found his Canadian doppelgänger and it is Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s official photographer.

Adam Scotti was photographing his boss at the Invictus Games over the weekend when Mr Trudeau grabbed the camera to snap a picture of the two redheads.

Mr Scotti then posted the image showing the uncanny resemblance on Twitter.

Prince Harry is in Toronto for the games and was sitting near Mr Trudeau and US First Lady Melania Trump during the opening ceremony.

The Canadian prime minister was not the only person to notice the striking resemblance between the shutterbug and the prince.

Another Twitter user posted a video of fans waiting to spot the prince outside a Toronto hotel, shouting “Harry!” when Mr Scotti walked through the doors.

Mr Trudeau, walking behind him, goes almost unnoticed until he jokingly points to his photographer and waves.

Mr Scotti kept having fun with the resemblance on Monday, posting an image of another Canadian photographer next to a portrait of Prince William.

He also joked about how he was waiting to be asked to play Harry in a biopic about the royal.

Mr Scotti has achieved a profile of his own in Canada even before people noticed he looked like Harry.

The young photographer has been called a “power player” in Canadian politics for helping craft Mr Trudeau’s savvy social media image.

Prince Harry created the annual Invictus Games for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women and veterans.

About 550 men and women athletes from 15 countries will compete over eight days.

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Naveed Malik: Police chief admits gross misconduct

Naveed Malik
Image caption ACC Naveed Malik joined the police in 1989 and has served with Cambridgeshire Police since 2016

A senior police officer has admitted gross misconduct after supplying another officer with the topics that would come up in a promotion interview.

Cambridgeshire Police Assistant Chief Constable Naveed Malik was informally mentoring an inspector ahead of the process, a misconduct hearing heard.

ACC Malik then instructed a staff member to tell the inspector the areas to concentrate on for the interview.

A panel will decide what happens to ACC Malik after hearing further evidence.

The process to appoint a new chief inspector for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire was due to take place in February 2017.

Terminated promotion process

ACC Malik, jointly the most senior serving BAME [black and minority ethnic] officer in the country, was to chair the second stage of the interviews.

The misconduct hearing at Wyboston Lakes Conference Centre, Bedfordshire, heard ACC Malik and his panel agreed to change the wording of one the questions on day one of the three-day process.

He also instructed a police staff member to call the inspector in question and tell them the four areas to focus on.

But the inspector said it did not seem right and wanted to be promoted on merit, adding “go back and tell (ACC Malik) that I didn’t want to listen”, before reporting the matter to the chief constable.

The promotion process was terminated the following day.

The allegation against honesty and integrity will be withdrawn following ACC Malik’s admission of gross misconduct by breaching the Standards of Professional Behaviour through Discreditable Conduct.

The misconduct hearing, which is expected to last two days, continues.

Uber seeks talks with London mayor to renew licence

Uber appImage copyright Reuters

Uber is prepared to make concessions to ensure its licence to operate in London is renewed, its general manager for the capital has said.

Tom Elvidge told the Sunday Times: “While we haven’t been asked to make any changes, we’d like to know what we can do.”

He added: “That requires a dialogue we sadly haven’t been able to have.”

Transport for London told the ride-hailing app firm it was not fit to hold a private hire operator licence.

A TfL spokesman said it would be inappropriate to comment further.

Uber has been asking to meet Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, since his election in May 2016 but those requests have been rejected, according to sources close to the US company.

More than 630,000 people have signed an online petition in a bid to keep Uber operating in London after its licence expires on 30 September.

It has 21 days to appeal TfL’s decision and can continue to provide its services in the capital “until the appeals process has been exhausted” – a point Mr Khan reiterated in a response to the change.org petition.

TfL made the same point in a tweet on Sunday:

TfL cited failures to report serious criminal offences, conduct sufficient background checks on drivers and other safety issues as grounds for not renewing Uber’s licence.

Concessions by Uber are likely to centre on passenger safety and benefits for drivers, limits on their working hours, and holiday pay.

Despite the more conciliatory language from Mr Elvidge, Uber said in a series of tweets on Sunday that it would challenge the TfL decision “in the courts to defend the livelihoods of drivers & the consumer choice of millions of Londoners who use Uber”.

“Drivers who use Uber in London are licensed by TfL and have been through the same enhanced DBS [Disclosure and Barring Service] background checks as black cab drivers.

“We have always followed TfL rules on reporting serious incidents, with a dedicated team that works closely with the Metropolitan Police.”

Although there are apps such as Mytaxi and Gett that allow passengers to hail black cabs in London, as well as those from minicab firms such as Addison Lee, Uber has no direct rival in the capital.

Estonian-based Taxify was forced to suspend services just days after launching in London earlier this month because it did not have a TfL licence.

The situation is different in the US, however, where Lyft has won market share this year following a series of PR disasters by Uber that resulted in the ousting of founder Travis Kalanick as chief executive in June.

Uber’s share of the US ride-hailing market has fallen from 91% in 2014 to 74.3% in August, according to data from Second Measure, which tracks credit card purchases.

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Image caption Lyft replaced its pink moustache mascot with the Amp sign this year

Lyft has 23.4% of the market, with other apps such as Via, Juno, Gett and Sidecar on 2.2%.

The Sunday Telegraph reported that senior Lyft executives had three face-to-face meetings with TfL and City Hall officials in the past year, as well as two conference calls.

The meetings, revealed in a Freedom of Information request, do not indicate that Lyft is preparing to launch in London, however.

Lyft competes with Uber in hundreds of US cities and has styled itself as a more ethical and responsible operator than its bigger rival.

Prince Harry opens Invictus Games in Toronto

The opening ceremony featured artist performances and athletes. Competitors from 15 countries will compete over eight days.

Prince Harry sat next to the First Lady of the US Melania Trump, despite speculation he might arrive with his girlfriend, actress, Meghan Markle.

Meghan Markle attends as Prince Harry launches Invictus Games

Meghan Markle at Invictus Games opening ceremonyImage copyright Reuters
Image caption Prince Harry‘s girlfriend Meghan Markle attended the Invictus Games opening ceremony

Prince Harry has launched his Invictus Games for injured service personnel in the Canadian city of Toronto.

The prince was joined at the opening ceremony by US First Lady Melania Trump and Canadian PM Justin Trudeau.

His girlfriend Meghan Markle was spotted in the stands at the Air Canada Centre, although they were not sitting together.

The event will see athletes from 15 countries compete in 12 sports over eight days.

There had been speculation that the Games would be the first time Prince Harry and Ms Markle would be seen in public together.

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Image caption Prince Harry was next to the First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump

The actress, who lives in the city, clapped and smiled as the competitors arrived in the stadium.

The UK team trained at the University of Bath sports training village after selection trials there in April.

Some of the competitors have lost limbs or suffered long-term injuries.

Others are struggling with the mental scars of the conflicts they have experienced.

The inaugural Invictus Games took place in London in September 2014.

They were held in Orlando, Florida, in 2016, and will be hosted by Sydney, Australia, in 2018.

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Image caption The UK squad was chosen through selection trials at Bath University in April.

Prince Harry said the Games shone a spotlight on the “unconquerable character of servicemen and women and their families and their ‘Invictus’ spirit”.

Ms Markle recently spoke about her relationship with the prince to Vanity Fair magazine.

“We’re two people who are really happy and in love,” the 36-year-old said.

Earlier on Saturday, Harry held separate bilateral meetings with the Mrs Trump and Mr Trudeau.

The first lady is in Canada to support the large American contingent taking part in the Games.

Anthony Cavanagh murder: £10,000 reward over 2005 one-punch death

Anthony Cavanagh with mum PatImage copyright Handout
Image caption Anthony Cavanagh was assaulted 12 years ago this weekend

Police investigating the death of a sailor 12 years ago have offered a £10,000 reward for information about his killer.

Anthony Cavanagh was punched on 24 September 2005 outside the Walkabout bar in Liverpool‘s Concert Square.

He died in hospital 11 days later – a day after his 22nd birthday.

Det Ch Insp Mark Baker from Merseyside Police urged anyone with information to come forward to “give his family a sense of peace”.

Mr Cavanagh, from Kirkdale, was attacked on a night out with friends while on home leave from the Royal Navy.

Merseyside Police said he was punched by someone he had accidently knocked into as he left the bar and they believe he was trying to apologise when he was attacked.

Detectives are now offering £10,000 to anyone who can provide information leading to a conviction on the anniversary weekend of the assault.

Det Ch Insp Baker said: “The person who did this has lived with this on their conscience for 12 years as have the people he was with on the night who may have seen what happened.

“Friendships and loyalties can change in 12 years as can people‘s personal circumstances.

“I would urge anyone with information that could help us bring Anthony’s killer to justice and his family a sense of peace to do the right thing and come forward.”

‘Career burglar’ with 106 offences on his record jailed

A “CAREER burglar” with more than 100 offences on his record has been jailed for breaking into the home of a Bradford family and stealing a child’s computer.

John Reilly, 49, was still on-licence from prison when he committed the “sneak-in” offence at an address on Walmer Villas in Manningham on July 21.

Prosecutor Vincent Blake-Barnard told Bradford Crown Court that at around 9.50am, Reilly entered through the back gate of the property and made his way into the kitchen as a member of the family was taking out some rubbish.

He took an iPad – said to be worth £250 – from on top of a radiator and hid it under his clothes before fleeing.

A few days later, Reilly was seen by a member of the family who lived at the house with the computer, which has never been recovered, outside his home address in Church Street, Manningham.

After reporting the meeting to police, Reilly was arrested after officers recognised him from CCTV footage taken from the family’s home.

Mr Blake-Barnard told the court that Reilly had 39 previous convictions for 106 offences.

He described him as a “career burglar” who had acted “on impulse.”

Stephen Wood, for Reilly, said his client, who pleaded guilty to burglary, accepted he would be facing immediate custody as he was a “seventh-strike burglar” who had received a three-year sentence for the same offence in February 2015.

He said the offence had been “opportunistic” without any kind of confrontation, and that Reilly had been identified by police as he was a “man they know very well.”

Mr Wood added that Reilly had enrolled on a course in prison to try and seek help for his long-standing drug addiction.

Sentencing Reilly to 876 days in prison, Recorder Tahir Khan QC said: “This is not a case where you were out on the street with an implement looking for a place to burgle. You saw an opportunity to walk into the premises.

“But the matters that make this serious are your previous convictions for dwelling house burglaries and the fact you were still on-licence at the time of the offence.”

‘Menace to the public’ danger driver jailed

A WANNABE mechanic who drove high-powered cars and a quad bike “like an imbecile” on some of Bradford’s busiest roads has been jailed for more than three years.

Danial Khan, 22, was locked up after being branded a “menace to the public” for committing three separate acts of dangerous driving in just over a year.

Prosecutor Lisa McCormick told the court that Khan had been given a 12-month suspended sentence on August 5 last year for offences including driving while disqualified.

Just three days later, he was seen by police driving an Audi A6 on Huddersfield Road at more than 60mph in a 30mph limit.

A chase ensued, taking in roads including Netherlands Avenue, Halfax Road, and Cleckheaton Road, with Khan running a red light and overtaking vehicles round bollards in the middle of the carriageway.

The pursuit came to an end near Odsal Top roundabout when Khan’s Audi collided with a police car, causing around £9,000 worth of damage.

On March 24 this year, Khan was seen riding a quad bike at speed in Bradford city centre, leading to a police officer approaching him as he was stopped at a set of traffic lights.

He sped off on the bike, hitting the officer in the foot and ankle as he accelerated away.

The police helicopter was deployed in a bid to stop Khan, who rode dangerously onto Manningham Lane, Hamm Strasse, and Shipley Airedale Road. He fled after crashing the bike into a stationary car.

On August 22, Khan, of Bedale, North Yorkshire, was seen behind the wheel of a Mercedes doing 80mph on Broadstone Way in the Holme Wood area of Bradford.

He again made off from officers, driving on the wrong side of the road and mounting kerbs on roads including Tong Street, Wakefield Road, Bowling Back Lane, and Leeds Road. The police helicopter was used to try and track him down, but he abandoned the vehicle and fled.

Khan’s barrister, Shufqat Khan, said the incidents had involved his client trying to evade police while driving hire cars with friends.

Judge David Hatton QC said: “But driving them like an imbecile”, to which Mr Khan responded: “Yes, there can be no better description.”

He added that Khan was a man “young enough to change” who wanted to pursue a career as a mechanic.

Jailing him for 38 months, with a 55-month driving ban, Judge Hatton told Khan: “You clearly have no regard for the safety of other road users, for the rules of the road, and for the orders of the court. You are a menace to the public.”

Campaign to save 1960s ‘hovertrain’

A museum is hoping to raise money to preserve a hovertrain that threatened to revolutionise travel in the 1960s.

The monorail transport was an elevated, high speed hover train that was tested on a track on the Cambridgeshire Fens before being scrapped by the government.

The Railworld museum in Peterborough museum is storing the last known prototype and hopes to raise fund to put it under cover.

BBC Inside Out East is broadcast on Monday 11 Sept on BBC One at 19:30 BST and for 30 days on the BBC iPlayer thereafter.

Northampton cat deaths police probe link with ‘UK animal killer’

Rusty, the ginger catImage copyright Submitted
Image caption Rusty, a one-year-old cat, was deliberately mutilated and left on the doorstep of its owner’s home

Police forces are working together to see whether the mutilation of cats in different regions are linked to a so-called “UK animal killer”.

In the latest attacks the bodies of two dismembered cats were dumped in bags on their owners’ doorsteps in Northampton.

Northamptonshire Police is in contact with the Metropolitan force, which is investigating a series of cat deaths.

Animal charity Snarl believes what it calls the “UK animal killer” could be involved in many attacks.

The most recent cat death being investigated by Northamptonshire Police happened on 7 September.

The dismembered body of 15-year-old Topsy was found in a carrier bag left outside her owner’s front door in Brookfield Road, Kingsley.

On 28 August a teenage girl opened a carrier bag on her doorstep in Betjeman Court in Northampton to find the mutilated body of her pet cat Rusty.

The head, limbs and ears of the ginger cat had been cut off.

A few days earlier the family’s other cat had been set on fire, but survived.

Image caption A number of cat killings in the Croydon area were linked in late 2015/early 2016

A number of cat and other animal deaths around the country have been linked by the charity Snarl – South Norwood Animal Rescue and Liberty – which said the two Northampton mutilations “bore wounds indicative of the UK animal killer”.

After the charity raised concerns with police about a series of “gruesome” killings which initially began in the Croydon area in 2015, the Met launched Operation Takahe to investigate animal deaths.

The suspect initially became known as the “Croydon cat killer”.

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Image caption Missy went missing on 4 December 2015 from her home near Croydon and was found dead days later with her head and tail chopped off

Northamptonshire Police confirmed they “have been in contact with the Met as part of their on-going investigation into cat deaths, to see if these are in any way linked”.

A Met spokesman said its officers would “assess the latest [Northampton] report to see if it is linked to the cases already established as part of the ongoing investigation led by police in Croydon”.

Tony Jenkins, head of charity Snarl said about 250 cats had been killed in similar circumstances since October 2015 and 50 foxes were found with “identical injuries to the cats”.

He is also investigating the deaths of five rabbits and two decapitated swans to see whether they might be linked.