A 15-year-old girl has been charged after Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins was mugged in London while intervening in a street robbery.
The 39-year-old opera star was on her way to a rehearsal in Chelsea on Wednesday when she saw an older woman being attacked, her agent said.
The Neath-born mezzo-soprano was then mugged herself after trying to help.
The Met said the 15-year-old girl had been charged with robbery and assault on police.
She is due to appear at Highbury Magistrates’ Court on 6 January.
Jenkins had been in the capital to sing at the Henry van Straubenzee charity carol concert at St Luke’s Church.
Her agent said she still managed to perform that evening as “she didn’t want to let the charity down”.
Another 15-year-old girl who was arrested at the time was released under investigation.
Minicab drivers in London will only be able to gain required qualifications at official centres after a cheating scandal was exposed by the BBC.
Drivers could previously sit mandatory exams at Transport for London (TfL) centres or authorised private schools and colleges to get a licence.
TfL said all licences gained from colleges where cheating occurred had been revoked.
As part of the cab application process, drivers must sit a topographical exam and an English test at one of eight official TfL testing centres.
Evidence of these exams can also be accepted via other qualifications including BTecs, which are usually taken at numerous private colleges and centres around the UK.
Some employees at one of these colleges – Vista Training Solutions in Newham, east London – offered to take the tests for several BBC researchers for £500 per BTec.
After the cheating was exposed, TfL carried out an “urgent review” of every licence gained through qualifications passed at private colleges.
It has now revoked those of 143 drivers who had gained them through Vista Training Solutions while another 209 licence applications made by people who passed their qualifications through the college have also been rejected.
The transport authority added that no evidence of “fraudulent activity” had been found at any other private colleges but from February, qualifications will only be allowed to be gained from one of TfL’s eight testing centres.
“The most robust and relevant topographical tests are our own assessments,” said Helen Chapman, TfL’s director of licensing, regulation and charging.
In a statement Ofqual, which regulates tests taken at private colleges, said it took “all allegations of qualifications fraud extremely seriously”.
Vista Training Solutions previously said it was “devastated to learn that such malpractice took place” and apologised “unreservedly”.
US President Donald Trump has said he could “work with anybody” in No 10 – nine days ahead of a general election.
Speaking on a three-day visit to the UK, Mr Trump said he would “stay out of the election”, that he was a “fan of Brexit” and he thought PM Boris Johnson was “very capable”.
Mr Trump is in the UK for a Nato summit being held in Watford on Wednesday.
He will attend a reception hosted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace later, where protests are expected.
The US President was speaking during a breakfast meeting with Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the US ambassador’s residence in London.
Mr Trump also said the US wanted “absolutely nothing to do with” the NHS, when asked if it would form any part of future trade talks. He added: “Never even thought about it, honestly.”
And he said the US was “trying to work something out” with the family of teenager Harry Dunn, who was killed after a collision with a car driven by a US diplomat’s wife who has since returned home, claiming diplomatic immunity.
His comments came moments after he told reporters that he was staying out of the election on 12 December “because I don’t want to complicate it”.
President Trump is visiting the UK to attend a Nato summit commemorating the 70th anniversary of the transatlantic organisation.
Scotland Yard has said road closures will be in place in central London during the summit.
He is due to have separate talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron.
He will attend a working lunch with representatives from Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Lithuania, Bulgaria and the UK.
However, it is unclear whether Mr Trump will hold a one-on-one meeting with Mr Johnson.
Mr Trump said he would be meeting the British prime minister during his visit, adding: “I have meetings set up with lots of different countries”.
However, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab – who will meet US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo later – said arrangements for such bilateral meetings were “always quite fluid”.
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “The role of this leaders’ summit – and we’re hosting it – is for the prime minister to bring all of our north American and European partners together and show, through Nato, we can be bigger than the sum of our parts.”
BBC diplomatic correspondent James Lansdale said the Conservatives’ HQ wanted to avoid such a meeting “to avoid pictures that could be used by his (Boris Johnson’s) opponents” in the upcoming general election.
Mr Johnson and Mr Trump did speak on Saturday, when Mr Trump expressed his condolences after the London Bridge attack.
In a recent radio interview, Mr Johnson warned the US president against getting involved in the general election on 12 December. He has previously been criticised for voicing his opinions of British political leaders.
Mr Trump later said he was “absolutely cognisant” of the importance of not interfering in other countries’ elections.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has called for Mr Trump to be treated with “with respect and politeness” during his visit.
Mr Corbyn has written to Mr Trump, demanding assurances that the NHS will be “off the table” in any post-Brexit US-UK trade talks. However, Mr Johnson said the claims were “nonsense” and the NHS would not be part of any such trade discussions.
Meanwhile, Mr Johnson has told the Sun newspaper that Mr Corbyn wants to “disband” Nato and accused the Labour leader of being “naive” to the risk of terrorism.
In response, a Labour spokesman said that Mr Corbyn “will do whatever is necessary and effective to keep the British people safe”.
Leaders including Mr Trump and Mr Corbyn will gather for a reception at Buckingham Palace later.
Protesters are expected to gather outside the palace ahead of the event on Tuesday evening.
The family of Harry Dunn – the teenage motorcyclist, whose death has led to a diplomatic row with the US – will be among those demonstrating, a family spokesman has said.
Mr Dunn died after a collision with a car driven by a US diplomat’s wife, who has since left the UK claiming diplomatic immunity.
Radd Seiger said Mr Dunn’s parents and friends will “make our feelings known” to Mr Trump.
An urgent review of the licence conditions of people jailed for terror offences has been launched by the Ministry of Justice following Friday’s London Bridge attack.
Two people were killed and three were injured by Usman Khan, 28, a convicted terrorist who served half of his time.
PM Boris Johnson claimed scrapping early release would have stopped him.
But Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will blame budget cuts for “missed chances to intervene” in a speech on Sunday.
As many as 70 people convicted of terror offences, who have been released from prison, could be the focus of the government review.
Khan, 28, who was shot by police during Friday’s attack, was jailed over a plot to bomb the London Stock Exchange in 2012.
He was sentenced to indeterminate detention for “public protection” with a minimum jail term of eight years.
This sentence would have allowed him to be kept in prison beyond the minimum term.
But in 2013, the Court of Appeal quashed the sentence, replacing it with a 16-year-fixed term of which Khan should serve half in prison.
He was released on licence in December 2018 – subject to an “extensive list of licence conditions”, Met Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said.
“To the best of my knowledge, he was complying with those conditions,” he added.
‘Mandatory minimum sentence’
Visiting the site of the attack on Saturday, the prime minister said the practice of cutting jail sentences in half and letting violent offenders out early “simply isn’t working”.
“If you are convicted of a serious terrorist offence, there should be a mandatory minimum sentence of 14 years – and some should never be released,” he said.
“Further, for all terrorism and extremist offences, the sentence announced by the judge must be the time actually served – these criminals must serve every day of their sentence, with no exceptions.”
Mr Corbyn told Sky terrorists should “not necessarily” serve their full sentences automatically, but that it “depends on circumstances”.
Mr Johnson has vowed to “toughen up” sentencing for violent offenders, if the Conservatives win the general election on 12 December, but the Liberal Democrats have accused him of “politicising” the tragedy.
Mr Davey, Liberal Democrat deputy leader, told Sophy Ridge on Sunday that he was “alarmed” at Mr Johnson’s reaction to the London Bridge attack.
“In the middle of an election, we shouldn’t be making political capital out of a tragedy, and he’s doing that, and he’s doing that in a way which is misleading people about what the law actually says.”
The father of Jack Merritt, one of two victims who died in the attack, said in a now-deleted tweet that his son “would not wish his death to be used as the pretext for more draconian sentences or for detaining people unnecessarily”.
Foreign secretary Dominic Raab said that David Merritt should be listened to, declaring “nobody wants to see the politicisation of this”.
But he added: “The question is, who is going to make sure that the overriding priority is avoiding any unnecessary risk to the public?”
“I think if you look at what we’re saying on sentencing… it is the Conservatives who are saying we will stop at nothing to keep people safe.”
Khan was living in Stafford and wearing a GPS police tag when he launched his attack inside Fishmongers’ Hall, where he was one of dozens of students and offenders attending a conference hosted by Learning Together, a prisoners’ rehabilitation programme.
The attack then continued onto London Bridge itself.
Mr Merritt, a course co-ordinator for Learning Together, was one of two people fatally stabbed. A woman who also died has not yet been named.
NHS chief executive Simon Stevens said three victims remained in hospital following the attack – two in a stable condition and one with less serious injuries.
Mr Basu said officers had been working “flat out” to try to establish the “full circumstances” of the stabbing.
How the law on early release changed
2003 – The Criminal Justice Act meant most offenders would be automatically released halfway through sentences, but the most “dangerous” would have their cases looked at by a Parole Board. Sentences with no fixed end point, called Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP), were also introduced.
2008 – Criminal Justice and Immigration Act removed review process by Parole Boards, meaning more offenders were released automatically halfway through sentences. Judges could still hand down life sentences or IPPs for dangerous offenders.
2012 – Usman Khan was handed a sentence with no fixed end date because of the risk he posed to the public. In the same year, the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act scrapped IPPs and reintroduced the role of the Parole Board for extended sentences of 10 years or more – this time after two-thirds of the sentence has passed. But that did not mean those already serving IPPs would have them lifted.
2013 – During an appeal, Lord Justice Leveson ruled that Khan’s indeterminate sentence should be substituted for an extended sentence with automatic release at the halfway point.
A former MP is to receive compensation and costs from the Metropolitan Police of nearly £900,000 over the force’s disastrous investigation into false claims of a VIP paedophile ring.
Harvey Proctor, an ex-Tory politician, had his home raided following claims by fantasist Carl Beech.
Mr Proctor will receive £500,000 in compensation and nearly £400,000 towards legal fees from Scotland Yard.
The Met confirmed a settlement was reached late on Thursday evening.
Operation Midland, which began in 2014, saw dawn raids on the homes of 72-year-old Mr Proctor, D-day veteran Lord Bramall – who died earlier this month, and the late Lord Brittan, following a series of allegations that turned out to be lies.
Beech – then known as “Nick” – falsely claimed that he and other boys were raped and tortured in the 1970s and 1980s by members of a VIP paedophile ring.
He is now serving an 18-year prison sentence for 12 counts of perverting the course of justice and one count of fraud.
During Beech’s trial in June, Mr Proctor told of the impact the allegations had on his life. He said media interest following the police raid led to him losing his job and deciding to leave the UK to live in Spain for his own safety.
The payout is believed to be by far the biggest in relation to Operation Midland.
In 2017, the force was reported to have paid Lord Bramall and the family of Lord Brittan £100,000 each.
And Mark Stephens, one of Mr Proctor’s lawyers, said the award is one of the largest-ever made by the police.
Mr Stephens said the case was about a “vindication of Harvey Proctor” as well as repairing the “real losses” he experienced.
The lawyer added: “I think it was fair to want [Mr Proctor] to have this award marked but also to allow him to move on with his life and live the rest of it without the stain on his character which had been so heavily put there by the police.”
‘Credible and true’
The Met was heavily criticised over Operation Midland in an independent review of the case by former High Court judge Sir Richard Henriques.
He reprimanded the force for believing Beech for too long, detective superintendent Kenny McDonald for announcing publicly that Beech’s claims were “credible and true”, and officers for applying for search warrants with flawed information and for failing to close the investigation sooner.
Confirmation of the settlement came after Mr Proctor announced he had reported five former Met officers to Northumbria Police in a bid to spark a fresh inquiry into the investigation.
Northumbria referred his complaint back to Scotland Yard, which said it was still assessing it.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct watchdog found no evidence of misconduct or criminality by the officers during Operation Midland.
The director of a British film that was banned by Vue cinemas after a mass brawl has insisted the violence had nothing to do with his movie.
Vue stopped showing Blue Story after a fight involving machetes injured seven police officers at a Birmingham cinema.
Vue has said more than 20 other incidents have been linked to the film.
But director Rapman told BBC News there “was no link to Blue Story”, and questioned whether there were “hidden reasons” behind the ban.
He told BBC arts editor Will Gompertz: “They were just in a cinema apparently for Frozen  but then they pinned it on Blue Story.”
Five teenagers were arrested after the fight in Birmingham’s Star City complex on Saturday.
Vue said there had been a total of 25 “significant incidents” at its sites around the country, all involving people either watching, buying tickets for, going in to watch or leaving screenings of Blue Story. However, the chain has not given further details of the other incidents.
Rapman, real name Andrew Onwubolu, said there was “no connection” between the Birmingham brawl and his movie.
“And then you start thinking, is there hidden reasons there? What’s the owner like? Has he got an issue with young urban youth? Is he prejudiced? Does he believe that this film brings a certain type? Is there a colour thing?
“You start thinking of all these things, and it was an upsetting time.”
A spokesperson for Vue said the decision to pull Blue Story from its 91 cinemas nationwide was “categorically not” related to race.
Blue Story follows the life of Timmy who lives in Lewisham but goes to school in Peckham – two areas that have a notorious rivalry.
The rapper-turned-film-maker, who rose to prominence in 2017 with his hit YouTube series Shiro’s Story, said taking a machete to a cinema was “barbaric”, but asked Vue to give details of the other incidents.
‘Where’s the evidence?’
Speaking on BBC Breakfast, he said: “They say that there’s been a number of incidents, but where’s the proof? Where’s the evidence? Where?
“We live in a camera generation now. If anything happens, the youth are going to film that and you will see it. How come we haven’t seen any footage of the rest of these incidents?
“I feel like that was just something to say to cover their decision, which already wasn’t justified because the incident had no connection to Blue Story.”
He said he knew his film would appeal to young people, but he had no reason to suspect it might attract violence.
“The two gangs that the film’s based on, which are real gangs, have been in a cinema screen watching it together, laughing together, joking together, and leaving a cinema connected, happy seeing the area they grew up in.”
Blue Story is released by the Paramount film studio, which had offered to provide extra security at cinemas, Rapman said. The movie is also backed by BBC Films.
“Paramount have definitely offered every single site extra security if they need it. How hard would that be to just get more [security] people there?”
He said Vue had asked to speak to him, but he had declined. “I’ve said to them, ‘OK, are we going to talk about reinstating the film back into the screens?’ And they said, ‘No, we’re not going to talk about that. But we want to explain why we pulled it.’
“I’ve read your statement of why you pulled it, so as far as I’m concerned there’s nothing else to talk about.”
Showcase originally followed Vue’s lead in pulling the film, but later reinstated it. Odeon and Cineworld have continued showing the movie.
Vue’s move has led to a vocal backlash, with some accusing the chain of being “institutionally racist”. Vue has said its decision was made “on grounds of safety alone” and not because of “biased assumptions or concern about the content of the film itself”.
‘They bullied me’
But Rapman said: “They’ve alienated themselves from a big audience there and without any explanation really. The explanation came with no evidence, no facts.
“I feel like they bullied me because I’m a small film. They wouldn’t have pulled Frozen , they wouldn’t have pulled Last Christmas. They pulled a little independent movie that needs it more than them other movies.”
He feels “cheated” as a result, he added. “I feel it’s always the upward hurdles coming from our background. I always knew it was never going to be smooth. But the last thing I thought was a cinema would ban us from every single site. I just don’t think they respect me. They don’t respect my movie.”
Rapman has said his film is about love, not violence. “It’s about what people do for the people they love, and how love can make people make the wrong decisions – and the right decisions sometimes,” he said.
One of its stars, actor Vic Santoro, told BBC Radio 4’s Beyond Today podcast the underlying message of the film was that gang wars were “pointless”.
He said: “The concept of having to risk your freedom and your life to show someone you love them – it doesn’t make sense. So it’s those narratives we’re trying to get rid of. Do something with your life. You can make something of your life.”
Rapman told BBC News: “If you watch the film, you will understand. The last line of the whole trailer is, ‘I’m not trying to justify, but I’m going to show you what these young boys are fighting for’.
“I’m not justifying their actions, but go and see why they are fighting, see why they’re stabbing and see what they’re doing all these things, just so you can see their motivation and maybe we can help prevent that, so they don’t have to pick up a weapon again.”
Labour has vowed to “put bad landlords out of business” and bring in rent controls in England, if it wins power.
Private rents would not be allowed to go up by more than inflation – and landlords would be fined for letting out sub-standard property.
A Labour government would also bring in “open-ended” tenancies, to protect tenants from unfair evictions.
The Tories have also set out plans to help tenants – including scrapping “no fault” evictions.
Under Labour’s “private renters’ charter”, landlords would face an annual “property MOT”, with fines of up to £100,000 or forced repayment of rent if their properties are found to be sub-standard.
If the party wins the general election on 12 December, rent increases would be capped at the national inflation rate.
Areas with high rents would be able to make the case for further controls, local councils would get beefed-up enforcement powers and renters unions would be given government funding.
The BBC’s assistant political editor Norman Smith said the policy reflected a wider view within Labour that the private sector could not be trusted in many areas and the state had to step in – a major dividing line with the Conservatives.
The private rented sector accounts for 21% of households in England – a figure that has doubled since 1997, according to the Office for National Statistics.
Labour said its research has found that tenants collectively pay more than £10bn a year in rent to landlords letting out sub-standard homes.
The party claims one-in-four private rented homes in England are classed as “non-decent”, meaning they are damp, cold, in disrepair or unsafe to live in.
Housing spokesman John Healey told BBC Breakfast “these are standards that cannot be allowed to go on for longer”.
While most landlords provided decent and secure accommodation, he said successive governments had allowed “rogue landlords to flourish”, while tenants had fewer rights and protections than if they were hiring a car or household goods.
“This is about making all properties and all landlords operate to the sort of standards that the better ones already do. When one in four kids are growing up in private rented accommodation, this is the type of home which must be better, more secure and more affordable,” he said.
‘Fear of eviction’
Under Labour’s “open-ended” tenancies plan, tenants will only be able to be evicted on tightly-defined grounds, such as non-payment of rent or criminal behaviour in the property, or if the landlord plans to move back into the property.
The Conservatives have also vowed to outlaw Section 21 notices, which allow landlords to evict renters without a reason after their fixed-term tenancy period ends.
A Conservative spokesman said Labour’s plans would “hurt the renters they claim to want to help by hiking up rents”.
Polly Neate, chief executive of housing charity Shelter, said: “For decades renters have had to live with the fear of being evicted from their home for no reason, with damaging consequences particularly for families with children and the elderly.
“This election marks a major step forward in the battle to secure basic protections for those who rent, as Labour and the Conservatives have made clear that they will scrap this outrageous practice, and give renters the security and stability they deserve.”
The Residential Landlords Association claimed Labour’s proposals would “lead to a serious rental housing crisis”.
Policy director David Smith said: “The sector does not need new obligations, but better enforcement of those that already exist.”
What are the other parties proposing?
In addition to ending “no fault” evictions, the Conservatives say they would bring in “lifetime deposits”, which would allow an initial lump sum to be transferred from one home to the next.
The party says in its manifesto these measures will protect tenants “from revenge evictions and rogue landlords”. It also says it will strengthen rights of possession for “the many good landlords”.
The Liberal Democrats say they will introduce longer-term tenancies and bring in controls on annual rent increases, linked to inflation.
The Green Party proposes rent controls, more secure tenancy agreements and an end to “no fault” evictions.
What happens in Scotland and Wales?
Housing policy is devolved to the UK’s national parliaments.
In December 2017, changes to Scottish law brought an end to fixed-term tenancies. Rent increases can now only be made once every 12 months.
The current Welsh government has not indicated an intention to pursue such a policy.
In Northern Ireland, there is rent control on unfit private tenancies that began after 1 April 2007 and some other types of tenancy.
A man who shot dead his heavily pregnant ex-wife with a crossbow has been found guilty of murder.
Sana Muhammad was shot through the abdomen by Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo at her home in Ilford, east London, in November 2018.
He hid in a shed in his ex-partner’s garden armed with two crossbows, bolts, a knife, duct tape, cable ties and a hammer, the Old Bailey heard.
Mrs Muhammad’s son – her sixth child -was delivered by Caesarean section.
Judge Mark Lucraft QC told Unmathallegadoo he had committed “the most horrendous crime in the face of your own children”.
Jurors heard Unmathallegadoo plotted the attack – buying two crossbows which were discovered near his ex-wife’s home by a neighbour in March 2018.
After they were removed, he replaced the weapons and organised surveillance on the house in Applegarth Drive.
Jurors heard the couple’s relationship ended in 2012 and at the time of the attack, Unmathallegadoo was the subject of a court order which banned him from going within 100 metres of his ex’s home.
Mrs Muhammad’s second husband Imtiaz told the court he was in the garden and thought he was “dreaming” when he saw the defendant step out of the shed with two crossbows.
He shouted to his wife to run as Unmathallegadoo chased him into their home.
“When she got an arrow she just screamed. I was thinking, ‘what is happening?’, I was screaming for her.”
In a victim impact statement he described her as “my soul mate, my best friend, my wife, my companion and my everything and I love her dearly.
“Ram has finished everything. We all feel lost now”, he said.
Her mother Ellemah (Joytee) Sutharamandoo said the loss of her only child had had a “profound impact”.
“I lived for my daughter and my grandchildren.
“I now feel alone, there are days I do not want to live.”
Unmathallegadoo had denied murder and claimed he went to the house to talk to Mr Muhammad about his daughter’s religion.
He told police Mr Muhammad was his target but that his ex-wife got in the way.
But the prosecution said Unmathallegadoo had wanted to kill the couple and their unborn child.
The court heard Unmathallegadoo’s children tried to take the crossbow from him.
Susan Krikler, from the CPS, said: “This was a cold-blooded and calculated execution.
“This devastating attack has left six children without their mother.”
He will be sentenced next week.
Unmathallegadoo first trial in April was discharged after a juror raised an issue about the defendant’s mental health despite the judge asking the jury not to speculate on the matter.
New Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has promised to bring “passion” and “happiness” to the club.
The Portuguese, 56, was appointed on Wednesday morning, following the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino on Tuesday night.
Former Chelsea and Manchester United boss Mourinho praised the quality of Spurs’s squad and their “world class” stadium and training ground.
“I couldn’t be happier and look forward to the challenge,” he said.
In his interview with Spurs TV – his first since being appointed – Mourinho said: “What can I promise? Passion, real passion. Passion for my job, but also passion for my club, that’s the way I have been all my career and I want to try, obviously, everything to bring happiness to everyone who loves the club.”
Mourinho has signed a contract until the end of the 2022-23 season with a basic salary of £8m a year.
It is his first job since being sacked by United in December 2018.
He takes over a Spurs side that are without a win in their past five games and have slipped to 14th in the Premier League, 20 points behind leaders Liverpool after just 12 matches.
“Even as an opponent, there was always huge respect between me and the club,” added Mourinho. “I met you in cup finals, in semi-finals, in big matches and to keep that respect was probably in the back of my mind that one day I could be one of you.”
‘I really like this squad’
Speaking about the squad he has inherited, Mourinho praised the club for keeping their best players and said he was looking forward to working with the academy players.
“It’s a privilege when a manager goes to a club and feels that happiness in relation to the squad he is going to have,” he said.
“It didn’t happen many times. To be honest, the majority of the times we go to clubs and we always think ‘we like some, I don’t like enough’ and you think immediately about what to do to change, what to do to make an approach between your ideas and the profile of the players.
“This is a completely different case. I really like this squad.”
There was also praise for Spurs’ £1bn stadium that opened in March.
“I think you are too humble when you say, ‘beautiful stadium’, too humble,” added the former Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Porto boss. “You have to say the best stadium in the world. That’s the reality.
“The training ground is second to none. It probably can only be compared with some American Football training grounds. You cannot compare it with European football at any level, and I’ve been in the majority of the best places.”
On Wednesday Spurs announced several additions to their backroom staff including Lille coaches Joao Sacramento and Nuno Santos.
Who is Mourinho’s new assistant manager?
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Highly regarded at Lille both as a coach and as a person, 30-year-old Joao Sacramento is a really interesting appointment by Mourinho.
His biggest supporter appears to be Lille’s “sporting advisor” Luis Campos, a close friend of Mourinho’s, who was often seen at Lille games during the past 11 months.
Sacramento joined the French club in early 2017 when current owner Gerard Lopez bought the club but he was sidelined under Marcelo Bielsa during the now Leeds manager’s disastrous spell as head coach of Lille.
When Bielsa was sacked, Sacramento took temporary charge along with another coach Fernando da Cruz and then worked as new manager Christophe Galtier’s assistant, playing a big part in the club’s revival, from escaping relegation to qualifying for the Champions League.
Lille Captain Adama Soumaoro told L’Equipe that Sacramento’s coaching sessions were more enjoyable than Bielsa’s and forward Ezequiel Ponce (now at Spartak Moscow) praised him for keeping things simple.
This won’t be his first job in the UK; Sacramento entered the world of football not through playing the game but through education, studying at the University of South Wales and going on to work as an analyst with the Welsh national team.
Then he joined up with Monaco in 2014, where he first impressed Campos.
He speaks English, French and Spanish.
Drug dealers who were exposed when disgruntled residents put up fake street signs have been jailed.
The east London residents commissioned artists to create “drug dealers only” parking spaces and “crack pickup” points last September, sparking a police investigation.
A total of 23 men have now been prosecuted over the drugs trade.
Three were sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Monday and four on Friday.
Judge Gerard Pounder told the court on Friday: “All this came to light because of residents in Tower Hamlets and Hackney.
“They were finding life very difficult. They had a number of people coming into their area who were taking drugs, leaving needles, threatening other people including those taking their children to school.”
‘Dealing near children’
Jonathan Shepherd, from the CPS, said on Monday: “Dealing drugs such as heroin can have devastating consequences for vulnerable people and communities.
“These defendants showed little consideration for those around them – often openly dealing drugs in the day in front of young children and encouraging aggressive drug users to loiter in the area.
“The different phone lines represented a co-ordinated effort between various drugs operations to work together to deal dangerous drugs, in effect blighting the local community to such an extent that they felt they had to take action.”
The Weavers Community Action Group, which was created to tackle the problem of drug dealing in the area, told the Local Democracy Reporting Service: “The immediate response we saw from the police and council following our effective street art campaign was very impressive.”
Monday saw the sentencing of Dilraj Miah, 29, from Spitalfields, who was jailed for three years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A drugs; as well as Kevin Tighe, 49, from Bethnal Green, and Kenneth Gratton, 56, from Bow, who were both sentenced to two years in prison suspended for two years, for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs; and Craig Furlong, 31, from Bethnal Green, who had his sentencing deferred for six months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.
On Friday, Julian Haynes, 33, and Luke Gratton, 30, both from Bethnal Green, were jailed for four years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.
Brendan Vickers, 26, also from Bethnal Green, and Rukon Ahmed, 29, from Forest Gate, were both sentenced to three years in prison, having both admitted conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and two counts of possessing a controlled Class A drug with intent.