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UK news in brief

08 May 2015


On your marks: Amanda Laurisonyta, aged seven, stands with her winning silver bicycle in the 11-and-under category of a decorated-bicycle comp­eti­tion at Selby Abbey, the start venue for stage 2 of the Tour de Yorkshire

On your marks: Amanda Laurisonyta, aged seven, stands with her winning silver bicycle in the 11-and-under category of a decorated-bicycle comp­eti­t...

Episcopalians protest against anti-Semitism

A LETTER of solidarity signed by Anglican leaders has been written to the Chief Rabbi of France, Haïm Korsia. The Suffragan Bishop of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe, the Rt Revd Pierre Whalon, and the Dean of the American Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Paris, the Very Revd Lucinda Laird, wrote after the cathedral wall was defaced with anti-Jewish graffiti. "It is intolerable that anti-Semitism is rising again in our countries," the letter said.

Ad is not sexually explicit, complainants told

AN ADVERTISEMENT featuring the model Cara Delevingne naked is not sexually explicit, and does not need to be moved, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has said. The ASA had received complaints that the poster, advertising Tom Ford perfume, could be seen by children and should not be close to churches and mosques; also that it was degrading, and objectified women. The ASA ruled that it was "sensual and sexually suggestive" rather than "sexually explicit".

Priest prays for a change of heart at Newcastle United

A ROMAN Catholic priest has written a prayer calling for the departure of the owner of Newcastle United, Mike Ashley. The priest, the Revd Stephen Foster, prayed that, if Mr Ashley was not prepared to change, God would "give him the insight to know it's time to go. . . Give us someone who will not rename our stadium from St James' Park, not change the colour of our strip. Not rebrand us into something we are not."

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