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UK news in brief

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14 February 2014

york minster

Noble gift: Vicky Harrison, collections manager for York Minster, with the Horn, or olifant, of Ulph. The Minster is running Viking-themed events during the Jorvik Viking Festival, from 18-20 February.www.yorkminster.org

Noble gift: Vicky Harrison, collections manager for York Minster, with the Horn, or olifant, of Ulph. The Minster is running Viking-themed events du...

Al-Madinah secondary school to close

THE secondary department of Al-Madinah, the Muslim free school in Derby, is to close, the Al-Madinah Education Trust announced on Friday, after receiving notice from the Schools Minister, Lord Nash, that closing was the only viable option to enable the school to have a future. The primary school is to remain open. Last year, OFSTED inspectors condemned the school as "dysfunctional" and "in chaos" (News, 18 October).
 

First woman Dean for Norwich

THE next Dean of Norwich is to be Canon Jane Hedges (right), who is currently Sub-Dean and Canon Steward of Westminster Abbey, and Archdeacon of Westminster. Canon Hedges trained at Cranmer Hall, Durham, before becoming one of the first women in the Church of England to be ordained priest, in 1994. She served her ministry in the dioceses of Portsmouthand Exeter, before being appointed to Westminster in 2006. She will succeed the Very Revd Graham Smith, who retired in September.
 

Anti-Semitic incidents fall

REPORTS of anti-Semitic incidents fell byalmost one fifth in 2013, the charity Community Security Trust (CST) recorded. The trust reported 529 incidents in 2013 - a drop from the 649 recorded in 2012, and the lowest annual total recorded by CST since 2005. The highest ever annual total recorded by CST was in 2009, when 931 anti-Semitic incidents were recorded.

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