■ Trump rally crowd chants ‘send her back’
US PRESIDENT Donald Trump has turned a campaign rally into an extended dissection of the liberal views of four Democratic congresswomen, deriding them for what he painted as extreme positions and suggesting they leave America.
Mr Trump’s jabs were aimed at the self-described ‘squad’ of four Democrats who have garnered attention since their arrival in January for their outspoken views and distaste for the president: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.
All were born in the US except for Omar, who arrived there as a child after fleeing Somalia with her family.
Taking the politicians on one at a time, Mr Trump ticked through a list of what he deemed offensive comments by each woman, misconstruing many facts along the way.
Ms Omar came under the harshest criticism as Mr Trump played to voters’ grievances, drawing a chant from the crowd of ‘Send her back! Send her back!’
■ ‘Evil and dangerous’ killer jailed for at least 40 years
AN ‘EVIL’ and ‘extremely dangerous’ killer, who stabbed a retired civil servant weeks before attacking a second woman, has been jailed for at least 40 years.
Kasim Lewis, 32, was jailed for life with a minimum term of 29 years last May for the murder of 22-year-old Iuliana Tudos on Christmas Eve 2017.
Lewis’s DNA was later linked to the death of retired civil servant Catherine Burke, who was stabbed to death at home in Muswell Hill, north London, six weeks before.
On the day he was due to face trial, Lewis, who is originally from Montserrat, pleaded guilty to the murder of 55-year-old Ms Burke on November 16 2017.
Judge Richard Marks QC said Lewis was an ‘extremely dangerous individual’ as he jailed him for life with a minimum term of 40 years.
■ Premier Inn hotel collapses during fire
A PREMIER INN hotel has been serverely damaged during a massive fire.
Emergency services were called to Cribbs Causeway in Bristol at about 1.15pm yesterday and a major incident was declared shortly after 5pm.
Firefighters worked through the night to bring the fire under control.
South Western Ambulance Service confirmed no-one had been injured.
Local residents have been advised to keep doors and windows closed due to the low smoke plume, and to avoid the area.
The A4108 road, which the front of the building collapsed on to, remains closed.
■ Knife crime increases 8% over year to reach record high
KNIFE crime in England and Wales hit a record high in 2018/19, up 8 per cent on the previous year, official figures show.
Police recorded 43,516 offences involving knives or sharp objects in the year to March 2019, the highest since comparable records began in 2011.
The figures released today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) do not include Greater Manchester Police, which records data differently.
There was a rise of 3,301 knife crime offences from 2017/18, with the volume of offences up 42 per cent since the year ending March 2011.
Barnardo’s chief executive Javed Khan said: ‘It’s unacceptable that the knife crime crisis continues unabated with offences at record levels.’