Public inquiry hearing into Grenfell tower fire opens
A public inquiry into the cause of the Grenfell Tower fire, in which at least 80 people died in June, opens later today. The inquiry is lead by retired High Court judge Sir Martin Moore-Bick, who has received criticism from local residents for being out of touch with the needs of the community. The conduct of the local authority, the root of the fire and the regulations in place for the Tower will be considered as key parts of the inquiry. No evidence will be given today, but an interim report is expected to be published at Easter.
MARTIN SHKRELI JAILED FOR THREATENING HILlARY CLINTON
Convicted fraudster Martin Shkreli has been jailed for issuing a request on Facebook for a strand of Hillary Clinton’s hair, for which he said he would pay $5,000. The controversial figure was found guilty of securities fraud against drug company Retrophin Inc. last month, and had his bail revoked as a result of the post on social media. It reads: “The Clinton Foundation is willing to KILL to protect its secrets. So on HRC’s book tour, try to grab a hair from her...Will pay $5,000 per hair obtained”. Shkreli now faces up to 20 years in prison.
Fire in Malaysian school kills 24
A fire in an Islamic school dormitory in Malaysia broke out in the early hours of Thursday morning, killing at least 24 people. 22 of the victims were teenage boys between the ages of 13 and 17, with the other two victims teachers at the school. The fire, which is believed to have been caused by electrical issues or a lit mosquito repellent coil, blocked the only means of escape for those trapped inside, spreading from the building’s only entrance to the window grills in the dormitory. Four teachers and 14 students were rescued from the building, with six in critical condition.
Woman arrested for break-in at Prince George’s school
A woman has been arrested after breaking into Thomas’s Battersea School, where Prince George was enrolled last week. The 40-year-old intruder was caught trying to burgle the school and subsequently arrested yesterday afternoon. Prince George, who had a half day yesterday, was not at the school at the time. A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "We are working with the school, which is attended by His Royal Highness Prince George, to review its security arrangements after the incident.”
New Jane Austen £10 note released today
The new plastic £10 note featuring Jane Austen is now in circulation. Austen is now the only woman other than the queen to feature on an English bank note. The new note features the following quote from the Pride and Predjuice’s Miss Bingley: “I declare after all there is no enjoyment but reading!” which caused controversy due to the fact that the character famously hated reading.