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Singer Chris Rea collapses on stage

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Image caption Chris Rea is currently touring around Europe and the UK

Singer Chris Rea is said to be in a stable condition after collapsing during a performance.

Fans posted on Twitter that they saw the 66-year-old “fall backwards” on stage at the New Theatre Oxford.

South Central Ambulance Service said it was called at 21:30 GMT to an incident at the venue and that one patient had been taken to hospital.

Rea, who is known for his hits “Driving Home for Christmas” and “Road to Hell”, is on tour to promote his new album.

Darren Fewins, who was in the audience, said the musician from Middlesbrough had collapsed halfway through a song.

He told the Press Association that Rea was “playing the best I have ever seen” before his fall.

Staff at the theatre tweeted that they “appreciate everyone’s patience” and will update people with news when they have it.

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Rea suffered a stroke in 2016, but recovered to launch an album in September and embark on his tour around Europe from October.

He is due to play two more dates in Brighton and Bournemouth.

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Pilot dies in light aircraft crash near Chiswell Green

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Image caption The pilot was the only person on board the aircraft which came down near Chiswell Green Lane

A pilot has died after a light aircraft crashed moments after taking off.

The plane came down in a field off Chiswell Green Lane at Chiswell Green, Hertfordshire.

Hertfordshire Police said it was called at 12:33 GMT by the ambulance service to reports of the crash.

The pilot, in his 50s, was the only person on board, the force added. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch has launched an investigation into the crash.

A spokesman for Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue said the light aircraft had reportedly “gone down on take-off”.

“Two fire engines and a service unit attended and made the aircraft safe,” he added.

Horsham woman ‘ran screaming’ for help after rape

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Image caption The woman was attacked after a night out with friends

A teenager “ran screaming and banging on doors” after waking up in a field to find she had been raped.

Sussex Police said it happened in the early hours of Saturday 2 December after the 18-year-old had been on a night out with friends in Crawley.

The victim, from Horsham, was eventually offered a lift by a motorist who stopped at a filling station before driving her home.

Police are still trying to establish where it was the woman woke up.

During her night out, the teenager visited the Old Punch Bowl pub on the High Street and the Moka nightclub in Station Way.

She lost her passport and bag, which were later returned to an old address written in her passport.

Det Sgt Mike Butler said: “We are still trying to piece together the movements of the woman once she left the nightclub and to establish the exact location where she woke up in a field.

“Anyone who recalls hearing screaming and banging on doors at around 05:00 GMT, or who may have other information, is asked to get in touch.

“In particular, we’d like to hear from the car driver who offered the victim a lift and from anyone who found the victim’s bag and passport, or finds a pair of discarded knee-length boots in the Crawley area.”

‘Profumo affair’ model Christine Keeler dies

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Image caption Christine Keeler worked as a model in the 1960s

Christine Keeler, the model embroiled in the 1960s Profumo affair, has died aged 75, her son has said on Facebook.

Seymour Platt said Ms Keeler had been ill for several months with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

“There was a lot of good around Chris’s rather tragic life, because there was a family around her that loved her,” he told the Guardian.

Ms Keeler became famous for her part in the 1963 scandal, which shook Harold Macmillan’s government.

At the height of the cold war, the-then teenager had an affair with Conservative cabinet minister John Profumo and a Russian diplomat at the same time.

Mr Profumo was forced to resign after lying about the affair to Parliament.

Her family said she passed away on Monday at 23:30 GMT at the Princess Royal University Hospital near Farnborough, south-east London.

UK City of Culture: Five things about Stoke-on-Trent

Stoke-on-Trent is hoping to become UK City of Culture in 2021.

The city is up against Coventry, Paisley, Sunderland and Swansea. All five are on the shortlist for the title, with the winner due be announced on the One Show, from 19:00 GMT on Thursday on BBC One.

Airbnbs used as ‘pop-up brothels’ in south-east England

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Media captionSex worker Charlotte Rose said Airbnbs were cheaper than other rentals

Prostitutes are breaking the law by sharing properties from short-term rental websites such as Airbnb, BBC South East has found.

Buying and selling sex is not illegal in the UK but keeping a brothel – more than one sex worker in a property – is.

Sex worker Charlotte Rose said Airbnbs were cheaper and accessible, and rentals were shared for safety. Airbnb said it did not condone such behaviour.

A group of MPs has launched an urgent inquiry into pop-up brothels.

The all-party parliamentary group’s (APPG) report is due to be published early next year.

The inquiry was triggered by growing reports of organised crime groups establishing pop-up brothels to sexually exploit woman, and the APPG is gathering evidence on the scale of the practice, who is involved, and what should be done.

But chairman Gavin Shuker MP has said the reports are “likely just the tip of the iceberg” and the inquiry will shine a spotlight on the hidden world of the off-street sex trade.

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Image caption Airbnb said bad experiences on its website “are extremely rare”

Ms Rose told the BBC Airbnbs were attainable “with just a few clicks” and the advantage of the short-term rentals was there was less chance of raising suspicions among the local community.

She said: “I had permanent resident fixtures from where I used to work from but because of society’s stigma about what I do when the neighbours twig, they don’t like it and it can cause all sorts of different types of issues.

“Airbnb is just so easy. You can get a premises with just a few clicks, plus you are not having a massive outlay for so many months in advance for renting somewhere.”

Ms Rose said she always rents an Airbnb property with another sex worker for safety, even though that means they are breaking the law because that property is then classed as a brothel.

“It’s all about safety,” she said. “When I go to different places to work, travelling around different places, I always work with a buddy. And the problem with that is, because of the way the law stands, I’m breaking the law by trying to create and keep myself safe.”

What is the law in the UK?

  • It is legal to sell and buy sex in all of the UK, except for Northern Ireland where it is illegal to pay for sex
  • However, many activities related to sex work are criminalised, including soliciting sex and keeping a brothel
  • If more than one person is available in a premises for paid sex, then that is a brothel – however, if a sex worker works alone, they are not keeping a brothel

Campaign groups have said decriminalisation of prostitution laws would help curb the rise of pop-up brothels, allowing women to work safely together in long-term properties where they can build up regular clients and install permanent security measures like CCTV.

Michael Skidmore, a senior researcher at the Police Foundation, added: “We need to be clear about what we want to tackle.

“I think there are various dimensions in relation to pop-up brothels such as do we focus on specific harms, for example modern slavery, or are we focused on curbing the use of the internet and these various websites to use their properties for pop-up brothels?”

In a statement, Airbnb said: “We have zero tolerance for this type of behaviour and permanently remove bad actors [guests] from our platform.

“Over 260m people have travelled on Airbnb and bad experiences are extremely rare.”

Kent Police said they had made significant advances in pursuing orders to close down properties linked to sexual offences, anti-social behaviour or drug activity.

You can see the full story on BBC South East Today at 18:30 GMT on Tuesday 5 December, and later on the BBC iPlayer.

Man dies after being hit by police car in Haringey on 999 call

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Image caption The crash happened on Seven Sisters Road on Sunday evening

A pedestrian has died after being hit by a police car on an emergency call in London.

Officers gave first aid at the scene in Haringey but the man in his 40s was pronounced dead.

The crash occurred at 18:45 GMT on Sunday on Seven Sisters Road close to the junction with Elizabeth Road.

The Directorate of Professional Standards and the Independent Police Complaints Commission have been informed, the Met Police said.

Man City win 13th league game in a row

David Silva netted just his second goal of the season – his first coming in the 7-2 victory over Stoke in October

Manchester City came from behind to win a record-equalling 13th Premier League match in a row with victory over stubborn West Ham at Etihad Stadium.

Angelo Ogbonna’s header on the stroke of half-time put the lowly Hammers ahead, but Nicolas Otamendi responded with a predatory finish shortly after the break.

David Silva won it for City, acrobatically converting a Kevin de Bruyne pass with seven minutes left.

Victory meant Pep Guardiola’s side re-established their eight-point lead over Manchester United, who they play at Old Trafford next Sunday (16:30 GMT).

They also equalled the longest winning run within a top-flight season, matching Sunderland and Preston (1891-92), Arsenal (2001-02) and Chelsea (2016-17).

West Ham, though, have set a club record for the fewest points after 15 Premier League matches – they have just 10.

The Londoners had their chances – as well as Ogbonna’s goal, Michail Antonio almost pounced when Ederson spilled the ball, and Manuel Lanzini forced the goalkeeper to save at his near post.

But it always looked as though City’s pressure would tell and, shortly after De Bruyne’s free-kick was palmed away, Gabriel Jesus skipped through and slid the ball to Otamendi, who scored.

Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling, De Bruyne and Jesus had further chances before Silva won it for the home side, but there was still time for the Hammers to go close, with Diafra Sakho shooting just wide after Marko Arnautovic pulled the ball back.

City leave it late to win – again

Silva’s strike made this the fourth game in a row City have won thanks to a goal scored in or after the 83rd minute. Sterling had scored the past three, having also hit an injury-time winner at Bournemouth in August.

A home victory always looked the likeliest result, with City extending their unbeaten run in all competitions to 28 matches.

They were made to fight for the points, though, and Silva’s late winner was one of 18 shots they had in the second half.

While City have been in full flow for much of the season, they have also shown their resilience – taking a league-high 10 points from losing positions.

Prior to their late winners against Huddersfield last month and now West Ham, City had won only one of their past 30 games in which they had been behind at half-time.

That combination of silk and steel has taken them eight points clear at the top, and it will take something special to stop them.

Positives in defeat for Moyes

Despite the defeat, there was plenty for Hammers boss David Moyes to take heart from as his side kept the league leaders at bay for almost an hour.

The first half was particularly encouraging and, though a deflected strike from Silva extended Adrian, West Ham had better chances through Antonio and Lanzini.

They looked defensively solid and confident in their gameplan, and Moyes’ only disappointment will be they could not keep it up.

Jesus’ half-time introduction made a difference, but Sane, De Bruyne and Silva – who had not been at their best in the first half – also began to influence things.

City had had six shots to the Hammers’ four prior to that, but Adrian was forced into a string of saves as the hosts bombarded his goal in search of a winner.

Adrian, who came in as Joe Hart was unable to face his parent club, was a standout performer but the Hammers had opportunities of their own despite the absence of strikers Andy Carroll and Javier Hernandez.

And the agonising nature of this defeat was summed up by the reaction of former City defender Pablo Zabaleta when Silva’s shot hit the back of the net.

Zabaleta was playing his 118th game at Etihad Stadium – with his previous 117 coming in a Manchester City shirt

‘We deserved to equalise’

David Moyes speaking to BBC Radio 5 live: “I have to say it was a really good effort. We defended much better today. We’ve worked a bit on it, we had one day where we could prepare.

“We needed our goalkeeper to play well. He got both hands to most things. I thought most of it was outside the box. I have to say we did a really good job.

“What a chance we have to make it 2-2 late on. My feeling was I thought we deserved it (to equalise). You get results in different ways and it looked as though we might have got one today. For long parts of the game we were in with a chance.”

Moyes praises Hammers’ effort and attitude

Pep Guardiola speaking to Match of the Day: “We started really well but we lost our patience. We didn’t have any rhythm because Adrian was taking 30 seconds every time.

“It was similar to the last few games, in the second half I thought we would score. They played 10 players inside the box, it was almost impossible.

“It’s a big victory. It showed what we are. We had two strikers in the second half and that helped, it was a big lesson for me. We created more with two.

“We spoke a lot about defending set-pieces but they are taller. It will happen again next week against United so we have to try and concede fewer set-pieces.”

Today was a big lesson for me – Guardiola

Record-equalling success and record-breaking disappointment – the best of the stats

  • City have equalled the longest winning run within a top-flight season.
  • City’s haul of 43 points from 15 games is a joint top-flight record, level with Tottenham in 1960-61 (converted to three points for a win).
  • West Ham’s total of 10 points from 15 games is their lowest in the Premier League and lowest in the top-flight since 1976-77 (nine, converted to three for a win).
  • Since his debut for City in September 2015, De Bruyne has provided 35 assists in the league – more than any other in the big five European leagues.
  • Jesus has been directly involved in 21 goals in his 24 Premier League appearances so far (15 goals, 6 assists).
  • Ogbonna scored his first goal in the big five European leagues, in his 144th appearance.

Man of the match – Adrian

West Ham goalkeeper Adrian made six saves in total, including five in the second half

What’s next?

West Ham return to London Stadium to face Chelsea on Saturday (12:30 GMT) in the first of two successive home games – with Arsenal to come afterwards.

Manchester City travel to Ukraine to take on Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Wednesday (19:45 GMT) and return to league action against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday (16:30).

Woman killed in hit-and-run in Walton, Liverpool

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Image caption The collision happened at the junction of Queens Drive and Moor Lane

A woman in her 70s has died after being hit by a motorbike as she crossed the road, police said.

She suffered multiple injuries in Walton, Liverpool, at 17:00 GMT on Saturday and died later in hospital, Merseyside Police said.

The rider came off the bike underneath the flyover at the junction of Queens Drive and Moor Lane before “callously” riding off, police said.

They rode against the traffic in the direction of Rice Lane.

Detective Inspector Mark Drew said: “We believe this motorbike was ridden against the flow of traffic along Queens Drive into Walton so dozens of motorists and other passers-by must have seen this vehicle in the aftermath.

“I would urge everyone who was in this part of Liverpool at this time to cast their minds back about whether they saw a motorbike being ridden erratically.

“If anyone can tell us anything about the vehicle involved they should call us immediately so that we can fully investigate this tragic incident.”

Murderer William Kerr arrested after absconding from prison

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Image caption William Kerr was spotted in Ipswich town centre following a media appeal

A murderer who absconded from an open prison has been arrested.

William Kerr, 56, an inmate at HMP Hollesley Bay, near Woodbridge, Suffolk, went missing at about 15:00 GMT on Friday.

Suffolk Police launched a manhunt after he failed to return to a rendezvous point in Ipswich where he had been released for a few hours.

Kerr, also known as Billy, was jailed for life in 1998 for the murder of Maureen Comfort in Leeds.

She was found strangled to death in a cupboard at her flat.

Image caption Maureen Comfort was found strangled to death in 1996

Suffolk Police, which had advised members of the public not to approach Kerr, said he was apprehended after a member of public spotted him in the centre of Ipswich.

“Officers attended immediately and he was taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre pending his transfer back to the prison system,” the force said.

“Suffolk Police would like to thank everybody who reported potential sightings of him during his absence.”

In April 2015, Kerr absconded from a bail hostel in Hull, sparking a major police hunt and an appeal on BBC Crimewatch.

He was arrested in the Waterloo area of London at the end of April 2015.