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News in brief: Extinction Rebellion plan London ‘shutdown’

EXTINCTION Rebellion protesters held an opening ceremony yesterday (pictured) ahead of a campaign that plans to bring central London to a halt for two weeks. The group warned of a protest ‘five times bigger’ than the demonstrations in April and could disrupt the Queen’s Speech in parliament next Monday. Activists will also be stationed at government buildings in Whitehall, including the Treasury and Ministry of Defence, and road blocks have also been planned. Model Daisy Lowe and Spice Girl Mel B are the latest celebrities to back the group.

I’m good, says Krept after Radio 1Xtra rap show attack

RAP star Krept has said ‘I’m good’ after being attacked backstage at a BBC Radio 1Extra Live show. Casyo ‘Krept’ Johnson, 29, suffered a slash injury at the Arena Birmingham, leading to the event being called off. Tweeting after Saturday’s assault, the south Londoner said: ‘I’m good, I’ll be back in no time. God was with me trust me.’ He did not need hospital treatment. West Midlands Police said a 23-year-old man was held on suspicion of having a knife in an unrelated incident at the venue.

Drivers who leave engine on ‘should be penalised’

SEVEN in ten drivers want councils to take action against motorists who leave their engines running while parked, an RAC poll finds. More than four in ten of these say drivers should be fined if they don’t comply. Few councils use existing powers to hand out £20 fines.

£2m pledged to clear Zimbabwe landmines

THE UK will give Zimbabwe up to £2million to remove landmines after the Duke of Sussex raised the issue during his tour to southern Africa. The government will match public donations to the Halo Trust’s Zimbabwe Appeal, which aims to clear 115,000 square yards of land.

Parents feeling shut out as kids retreat to bedrooms

MILLIONS of parents struggle to connect with their children, a poll shows. More than half of mums and dads feel their relationship with their offspring is ‘distant’ with the age of 13 the point at which 73 per cent think their children start to disconnect. While 43 per cent think the large amount of time spent playing video games is partly to blame, more than half feel youngsters spend too much time in their bedrooms. Parents typically talk face-to-face with their child for only five hours a week, shows the research commissioned by Cadbury Heroes.

Use of antidepressants by the over-65s has doubled

ANTIDEPRESSANT use by older people has more than doubled in 20 years. Slightly more than ten per cent of over-65s were taking the drugs in 2008-2011, up from 4.2 per cent in the early 1990s, a University of East Anglia-led study found. But over the same period, the estimated prevalence of depression in the same age group fell from 7.9 per cent to 6.8 per cent. The causes of depression in older people and the best way to manage it remain ‘poorly understood’, lead author Prof Antony Arthur said of the poll of 15,000 over-65s in England and Wales.

Lost in the myths of time? Call to revive our folklore

THE National Trust is calling for your local myths and legends — to stop our country’s folklore dying out. Dead beetles causing rain, broken eggshells thwarting witches and the Devil poisoning berries are the type of superstitions it wants to hear about. Jessica Monaghan, of the National Trust, said visitors were ‘increasingly interested’ in tales of old as ‘it’s a brilliant way into learning about the history of beliefs and traditions’. The trust has featured many tales in its latest list of autumn walks and urged people to send it more online.

Psychiatrist job vacancies leave care gap for patients

THE number of unfilled consultant psychiatrist posts has doubled in six years, leaving gaps in care for children and those with ‘deadly’ eating disorders, a new report shows. The vacancy rate in England is now 9.9 per cent, up from 5.2 per cent in 2013, although the figure is far higher in some regions. One in three posts for eating disorder specialists in the East of England remains unfilled, with the Midlands facing a vacancy rate of 17 per cent within children’s mental health services, the Royal College of Psychiatrists found.

NEWS BITES

■ BIG BEN’S spire will be revealed today in a ‘key moment’ in the 315ft Elizabeth Tower’s renovation. Scaffolding will be removed from the tip but more of the spire and rooftop will be revealed over the next five weeks. The Palace of Westminster’s tower is halfway through a four-year conservation project, with its clock’s chimes silenced while the work is carried out.

■ POP star Robbie Williams has sung the theme for Channel 4’s Christmas version of The Tiger Who Came To Tea. The dad-of-three said he has read the Judith Kerr book to eldest daughter Teddy 150 times.

■ MILLENNIALS are almost twice as likely to be burgled than older generations because of lax home security. Thirty per cent of 18- to 34-year-olds have had a break-in, compared with 16 per cent of those 55 to 64, finds Moneyexpert.com.

■ PRODIGY frontman Keith Flint’s belongings are to be auctioned off to settle his estate. Items from the late singer, who died aged 49, will include motorcycle leathers, his custom-made bed and a nose ring.

WORLD BITES

■ A JILTED boyfriend is said to have turned himself into police and admitted shooting dead his ex-girlfriend, three members of her family and her new boyfriend. The 25-year-old was arrested after the deaths in the Alpine resort of Kitzbuehel, Austria. He had rowed with the 19-year-old and her new love, 24, reports said. The girl’s parents and brother were also killed at their home.

■ SIX elephants have drowned in one of Thailand’s national parks after falling over the edge of a waterfall. The animals were trying to reach a dead calf near the Haew Narok waterfall, also known as the Ravine of Hell, on Saturday. Two more ‘exhausted’ elephants were led to safety by rangers. Khao Yai national park is home to 300 wild elephants.

■ A WITNESS in the trial of a white police officer jailed for murdering her black neighbour has been shot dead. Joshua Brown, 28, who lived at the flats where Amber Guyger shot Botham Jean, was found fatally wounded in a car park. Guyger got ten years years after saying she mistook Mr Jean’s flat in Dallas, Texas, last September for her own and thought he was an intruder.