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UK news in brief

14 June 2013


Under threat: the Museum of Science & Industry in Manchester is facing an uncertain future, after its parent company, the Museum Group, announced a drop in funding from central government

Under threat: the Museum of Science & Industry in Manchester is facing an uncertain future, after its parent company, the Museum Group, announce...

Loss of media museum 'hits deprived' - Baines

THE threatened closure of the National Media Museum in Bradford revealed a London-centric bias and would deliver another blow to those already being "deprived at every turn", the Bishop of Bradford, the Rt Revd Nick Baines, wrote on his blog on Tuesday. The Science Museum Group warned last week that if its budget was cut by ten per cent in the Comprehensive Spending Review, it would have no choice but to close one of its museums. 

Non-Christians in England identify as British

MUSLIMS, Sikhs, and Hindus are more likely than Christians to describe their national identity as British, new research suggests. Analysis of the 2011 Census, published by the University of Manchester last week, suggests that, in England, 62 per cent of Sikhs, 57 per cent of Muslims, and 54 per cent of Hindus describe themselves as British, compared with 15 per cent of Christians. Sixty-five per cent of Christians, and 54 per cent of Jews, see themselves as English. 

Churches urge people to give blood

CHURCHES and charities have been taking to social media during National Blood Week this week to encourage people to give blood. People are encouraged to register as donors, and to book appointments to give blood, at the website fleshandblood.org/bloodweek. 

Man pleads guilty to organist's murder

JONATHAN BOWLING, aged 22, of Burngreave, Sheffield, pleaded guilty at Sheffield Crown Court last Friday to the murder of Alan Greaves, an organist and Reader, who died after being attacked in Sheffield on Christmas Eve ( News, 4 January). Ashley Foster, aged 21, of Wesley Road, High Green, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr Greaves, and will stand trial on 24 June. Mr Bowling will be sentenced at the end of Mr Foster's trial.

Trial of former Lincoln diocesan CEO adjourned

THE trial of the former chief executive of Lincoln diocese, Maximilian Manin, who has been accused of fraud and lying about his qualifications (News 10 May), has been adjourned until 23 July and transferred to Lincoln Crown Court. No plea has yet been entered.


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