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Labour MP says higher car insurance premiums for non-white people needs investigation
Labour MP Shabana Mahmood is calling on the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) to formally investigate disproportionate insurance premiums for Black and minority ethnic communities. She's written to explain why
21 January 2021 •

London man charged with modern slavery for coercing teen to sell drugs
A drug dealer who was caught luring and coercing a 13-year-old-boy through Snapchat to sell drugs has been caught and sentenced to two years in prison.

21 year-old Abdur Rakib from East London pleaded guilty to supplying class A drugs and modern slavery. "Rakib was part of a group who targeted a young child and pressured him into criminality with the lure of easy money," said a police statement. More at the Met Police site
21 January 2021 •

Two Sikh men in custody over large fight in West London
Two Sikh men were arrested and remanded in custody by the Metropolitan Police after a large brawl broke out near the biggest Gurdwara in Britain, in West London.

"Police were called at around 00:20hrs on Sunday, 17 January, to reports of a large group of around 30 men fighting with various weapons, including knives and swords, in the area of King Street," said police said in a statement.

Sukwir Singh, 22, and Lakha Singh, 29, both residents of Southall, appeared in court on Monday charged with affray and threatening a person with a blade in a public place.
21 January 2021 •

A village in Tamil Nadu celebrates Kamala Harris's win
The residents of Thulasendrapuram, the village in Tamil Nadu state that Kamala Harris's mom Shymala came from, have been celebrating. They've been handing out sweets and bursting firecrackers. One village member told the Times of India: "Our little hometown in Tamil Nadu is now known everywhere."
21 January 2021 •

Anger at police over claim women's charity is told: 'coercive control is normal in Sikh families'
A Midlands-based charity has said a women it was helping was told by a West Midlands Police officer that "coercive control is normal in Sikh families" and there is nothing they could do to help her. More on our story
20 January 2021 •

Basics of Sikhi - a British Sikh educational charity - is hacked
There are concerns this might be part of a broader attack against British Sikh groups, but its not yet clear.
20 January 2021 •

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