A homeless man who camped outside pop star Harry Styles’ house for several months has been found guilty of stalking the singer.
Mr Styles, 25, offered to buy Pablo Tarazaga-Orero, 26, food after he saw him sleeping rough outside his north west London home in March.
Speaking at Hendon Magistrates’ Court, the singer said he locks his bedroom door every night after being followed.
Mr Styles said the man’s behaviour was “erratic and frightening”.
The former One Direction singer said he was “sad to see someone so young sleeping rough” when he first saw Tarazaga-Orero.
He bought him vegan sandwiches, salads and muffins, after the rough sleeper asked for some edamame beans.
After trying to cut contact, the pop star saw him nearly every day, and received notes and money in his letterbox, District Judge Nigel Deane heard.
When asked whether he had stalked the celebrity, Tarazaga-Orero said: “That was never my intention. In the end I just wanted the money he offered me.
“I don’t have any feelings for him. I’m not in love with him.”
Tarazaga-Orero will be sentenced on 21 October.
Brit Award-winning musician Finley Quaye has admitted punching a bar manager in the face during a drunken attack in west London.
The 45-year-old assaulted Robert Jenei outside 267 Old Brompton Road in the early hours of 8 September.
Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard that after punching the victim, Quaye kicked a BMW and shouted: “I will stab you lot in the kidney.”
He was released on conditional bail to return to the court on 14 October.
Quaye, of Earls Court, was named Best British Male Solo Artist at the 1998 Brit Awards following the release of his album Maverick A Strike.
Prosecutor Malachy Pakenham said the singer had asked Mr Jenei to look for a woman’s handbag in the venue.
When the bar manager returned Quaye became “visibly angry” and “punched the victim in the face”, he said.
Shahnaz Sargent, defending, said her client “accepts that he has got an alcohol problem” and was “very ashamed of his behaviour”.
After Quaye had pleaded guilty to assault, magistrates ordered a probation report ahead of sentencing.
An anti-abortion billboard campaign targeted at pregnant MP Stella Creasy is being pulled down amid claims the posters were a form of harassment.
The Walthamstow MP said she was being targeted by anti-abortion group CBRUK because of her pro-choice stance.
Clear Chanel, which owned the billboards, apologised and said it was taking immediate action to remove them.
Ms Creasy has called for the company to donate money from the campaign to an abortion support charity.
Earlier on social media, she criticised the Met Police’s refusal to intervene and to act to “stop the harassment”.
The ASA said it had so far received 100 complaints about the poster campaign.
“Our rules state that ads must not contain anything that is likely to cause serious or widespread offence,” an ASA spokesperson said.
In a statement, Clear Channel said it took a “neutral stance” on advertising and had processes to ensure all posters complied with UK Advertising Codes.
“While this campaign met these requirements, we accept that the content should have been scrutinised in greater detail and should not have been displayed,” it said, adding that it would review its internal processes to ensure it did not happen again.
Ruth Rawlins, of CBRUK, claimed Ms Creasy had shown “hypocrisy” by only using the word baby “when a child is wanted but totally ignores the word in conversations about an unwanted baby”.
She added: “We will, in the near future, be holding other MPs to account.”
At the weekend the anti-abortion group, which is affiliated to the CBR group in the United States, leafleted shoppers in Walthamstow High Street. The Met said officers had attended the planned protest, which “concluded peacefully”.
“Officers listened to concerns about the content of parts of the protest but no criminal offences were committed,” the force said in a statement.
A picture shared by Ms Creasy on Monday showed one of the six posters that appeared around Walthamstow had been covered with white paint.
The MP’s office said she had also appealed to the Home Secretary Priti Patel to step in over the alleged harassment.
Ms Creasy tabled a recent amendment to decriminalise abortion in Northern Ireland, which was passed by a majority in the Commons in July.
Ilford Labour MP Wes Streeting on Twitter described the poster campaign as “appalling”.
“Just so we’re clear about what’s happening here, protesters have made it clear that they are targeting Stella while she is pregnant because she is pregnant.”
Comedian Shappi Khorsandi added her voice to the objections and said: “‘Stop Stella’????. This isn’t free speech, it’s harassment.”
|Specsavers County Championship Division One, Spitfire Ground, Canterbury (day one):|
|Kent 147: Bell-Drummond 39, Rayner 39; Barker 5-48, Abbott 3-49|
|Hampshire 80-3: Alsop 40, Stevens 2-27|
|Hampshire (3 pts) trail Kent (1 pt) by 67 runs|
Hampshire seamer Keith Barker took 5-48 as 13 wickets fell on day one of their County Championship match with Kent.
Left-armer Barker and Kyle Abbott (3-49) helped restrict the hosts to a first innings total of 147 all out.
In response, Hampshire closed on 80-3 to trail by 67 runs with Tom Alsop making a rapid 40 from 49 deliveries.
Bad light and rain in the evening session saw almost 30 overs lost at Canterbury before stumps were eventually called at 17:45 BST.
Having finished with match figures of 17-86 against Somerset in his last fixture, Abbott continued his fine form, taking the wickets of new England call-up Zak Crawley (0) and Daniel Bell-Drummond (39) as well as Sam Billings (1).
Bell-Drummond and Ollie Rayner (39) top-scored for Kent, but no other batsman passed 20 as they were bowled out in less than 44 overs.
In response, Darren Stevens (2-27) – who remains in contract talks with Kent – took the early wicket of Felix Organ (12) and trapped Alsop lbw after tea.
The players left the field at 17:00 BST for bad light but failed to return as rain then started to fall.
James Maddison’s first league goal of the season helped Leicester come from behind to beat Tottenham in an absorbing encounter at the King Power Stadium.
Maddison drilled a superb low effort into the far corner from distance to lift Brendan Rodgers’ side back into the top four of the Premier League at the visitors’ expense.
Ricardo Pereira had put the Foxes back on level terms, moments after Spurs had been denied a second goal when Serge Aurier’s low drive was disallowed for a marginal offside call against Son Heung-min.
Harry Kane’s fourth league goal of the campaign had given Spurs the lead in the first half, the England striker slotting Son’s clever flick beyond Kasper Schmeichel despite being knocked off balance by Foxes defender Caglar Soyuncu.
Leicester thought they had opened the scoring themselves when Wilfred Ndidi scored on the rebound after Paulo Gazzaniga spilled Youri Tielemans’ effort, but the goal was ruled out for offside by the video assistant referee.
Tightest of VAR calls denies Spurs
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino accused his players of “lacking fight” after they surrendered a two-goal lead to draw with Olympiakos in the Champions League midweek.
The result mirrored their 2-2 draw with north London rivals Arsenal in their previous away league game, with Kane admitting after Wednesday’s Group B opener that Spurs had failed to learn from recent mistakes.
Pochettino made six changes to the team that started in Greece, with Hugo Lloris unavailable due to his wife giving birth and Dele Alli left out of the squad altogether. Christian Eriksen, Lucas Moura and Eric Dier all had to settle for places on the bench.
Perhaps as a result, the visitors looked disjointed in the early stages and were fortunate not to fall behind when Ndidi’s effort was chalked off.
There was nothing fortunate about Kane’s opener 13 minutes later, however.
The England striker managed to latch on to Son’s back-heel and despite losing his balance under Soyuncu’s challenge, he somehow managed to knock the ball past Jonny Evans before lifting it over Schmeichel into the far corner.
Spurs thought they had doubled their lead when Aurier drilled a powerful drive into the far corner, but Son was adjudged to have been marginally offside in the build-up and the goal was chalked off.
Buoyed by that narrow decision, Leicester threw bodies forward and restored parity through Pereira, before Maddison struck with five minutes remaining to extend Spurs’ winless league run away from home to nine games.
Leicester prove top-six credentials
After watching the Foxes slip to their first defeat of the campaign at Old Trafford last weekend, Leicester fans were hopeful that their team could continue their impressive home form against a Spurs side who have looked vulnerable on their travels of late.
They had lost their last three meetings with Tottenham in the Premier League prior to today’s game, but this latest performance provided further compelling evidence that Rodgers’ team can mount a serious challenge for a top-six finish this season.
Maddison was heavily involved early on, the 22-year-old curling an effort narrowly off target from the edge of the box before firing straight at Gazzaniga from a tight angle after twisting and turning to find room for the shot.
Rodgers’ side did not let their heads drop after falling behind, with Harvey Barnes and Jamie Vardy both going close to equalising before Pereira’s strike midway through the second half.
Just as the game appeared destined to end in a draw, Maddison collected Hamza Choudhury’s pass before firing low into the bottom corner from a central position – all in front of watching England manager Gareth Southgate.
The result was no less than Maddison and his team-mates deserve and lifts the Foxes – temporarily at least – to second in the Premier League.
Man of the match – James Maddison (Leicester)
VAR takes centre stage – the stats
- There were two goals disallowed by VAR in this match, while no other game in the Premier League in 2019-20 has had more than one chalked off.
- Tottenham have failed to win three consecutive away Premier League games when they were leading at half-time for the first time since March 2008.
- Leicester have suffered just one defeat in their last nine Premier League home games (W6 D2), after losing four in a row directly before that.
- Tottenham are without a win in their last nine away games in the Premier League (W0 D2 L7) – they last had a longer winless away run between April and December 2006 (10).
- Leicester’s Ricardo Pereira scored his third goal in 41 Premier League appearances – all three have come at the King Power Stadium.
- Tottenham striker Harry Kane has scored 14 goals in 13 games in all competitions against Leicester, four more than he has versus any other side in his professional career.
- Since the start of last season, Kane has scored 13 Premier League away goals, more than any other player in this period.
- Leicester’s James Maddison ended a run of 31 shots in the Premier League without a goal, since netting versus Huddersfield in April.
- Spurs’ Son Heung-min has been directly involved in seven goals in his last six Premier League appearances versus Leicester (4 goals, 3 assists).
‘A wonderful performance’ – what the managers said
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers on BBC Sport: “It was a wonderful performance. I thought the players were outstanding. We started the game with a great tempo, which sets the emotion in the stadium.
“It was just a case of preparing the players mentally for the second half. We had to adapt the system at half-time. The players deserve huge credit. The quality we showed was top-class against an outstanding team.”
“Some of the offside decisions – it’s fine margins. Whatever the decision, you have to adapt and keep your focus on the game. The players did that very well.”
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino on BBC Sport: “We dominated the game and we deserved more but that’s football. It can change quickly. We need to keep working. We have a lot of games coming and we need to be ready.
“I’m always saying that sometimes it (VAR) benefits you and sometimes it goes against you. You can’t complain afterwards. You have to accept it.
“Today, we were the better side but I hope they (Leicester) have a very good season. I admire Brendan Rodgers and wish them the best.”
Leicester travel to Luton Town in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, 24 September (19:45 BST), while Spurs visit Colchester United at the same time.
One in four people will experience a mental health problem in any given year, according to the mental health charity Mind.
But, in partnership with the English Football League, Mind aims to provide support and respect to anyone who does encounter such issues.
Charlton Athletic, Millwall and AFC Wimbledon are among nine EFL clubs who are aiming to encourage people to get more active as a way of improving their mental wellbeing.
A new phase of the ‘Get Set to Go’ initiative, a nationwide physical activity programme, was launched with a five-a-side tournament at the Addicks’ training ground last month.
Initially funded by Sport England and the National Lottery, ‘Get Set to Go’ is being expanded thanks to fundraising from Mind’s partnership with the EFL.
A ‘platform to engage with’
“We know that getting active is really powerful for our body, but actually it is incredibly helpful for our mind too,” Hayley Jarvis, the head of sport at Mind, said.
“It can help us to reduce our feelings of stress, lifts our mood and we know it can be life-changing for many people who are experiencing mental health problems.
“What really supports people is meeting people who have been through similar experiences.”
Derby County, Sheffield Wednesday, Sunderland, Carlisle United, Newport County and Stevenage are the other EFL clubs involved in the latest phase of the initiative, alongside the Addicks, Lions and Dons.
The respective clubs’ community trusts will offer a range of weekly activities to participants.
“When people are suffering with poor mental health, quite often the first thing that happens is isolation,” said Carl Krauhaus, head of early help and prevention at the Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT).
“They get distanced from local services, activities, social circles and peer groups. Activity, whatever it is, can prevent that.
“Just getting people together will provide a lot of things that go beyond the activity.
“From working with lots of people with various problems over the years what I always hear is that sometimes they just need a platform to engage with. That is the first step to then being involved in something like this.”
The programme itself launched in 2015, since when more than 3,500 people with mental health problems have benefited and tried out new activities in a relaxed and friendly environment.
“Males round about my age suffer from mental health problems,” participant James Magill, 40, said.
“I have had suicidal thoughts and these events really help me with my own mental health condition.
“I have been in hospital twice and take medication.
“I enjoy being out in the open and running around. With the chemical imbalance, it releases endorphins so even on a biological level it is very cathartic.”
Football can ‘use power to influence the world’
Mind is in the second year of its link-up with the EFL, with its branding featuring on the back of every player’s shirt across the three tiers of the competition.
“To see our logo on the club shirts and raise awareness with millions of fans helps us reach new communities and new audiences,” Jarvis added.
“Whether you are a fan on the terrace, a player or whether you work for the club, we all have mental health and it is really important we look after it.
“Our message is whoever you support, we do support you.”
“Every time I put on the shirt I notice that logo,” AFC Wimbledon captain Will Nightingale said.
“I am sure all the fans do as well. If anybody doesn’t know about Mind then they will get to know it and hopefully we can spread that word as best as we can.
“Football is a well-watched sport worldwide so we need to use that power to influence the world in a positive way.”
Millwall midfielder Ben Thompson and Charlton defender Lewis Page attended the launch event at Sparrow’s Lane and encouraged anyone encountering mental health problems to seek advice.
“Mental health is an issue for many people in the country,” Thompson, 23, said.
“For clubs to be supporting that, helping people and making sure they come out and speak about their problems is the best way to solve it.”
Page added: “I have witnessed it first hand within my life with people who have gone and spoken to people and they have come out far better from it.”
‘A small effort can make a big difference’
The opening five-a-side tournament proved to be a “joyful experience” for those involved, according to Nathan Rendell, a community mental health services manager for Bromley, Lewisham and Greenwich Mind
“We had people on our teams who have been very unwell recently,” Rendell said.
“We have engaged with people who have been in care for most of their lives – quite young and new to our service.
“Being out there on the pitch with them and working together with people they have met only once, it was great.
“It is just getting people to the point that they can engage with it and they feel they can take ownership of that engagement, because that is part of the difficulty sometimes.”
CACT’s Krauhaus is sure the initiative will have an impact.
“What the clubs will do is learn from this partnership with EFL and Mind and realise that actually, with a small amount of effort they can make a big difference in the community just by using their badge to promote activity projects,” he said.
“In two months hopefully all the clubs’ programmes will have grown. That EFL partnership will allow that to happen across the UK and that is really powerful.”
|Olympiakos v Tottenham Hotspur; Champions League group stage|
|Venue: Karaiskakis Stadium Time: 17:55 BST|
|Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live with live text commentary on the BBC Sport website|
Manager Mauricio Pochettino says he thought about Tottenham’s ‘painful’ Champions League final defeat ‘a lot’ during the summer as they prepare for their opening game of this year’s competition.
Spurs lost 2-0 to Liverpool in their first Champions League final in June.
They begin their new European campaign against Greek side Olympiakos in Piraeus on Wednesday (17:55 BST).
“It was a long period after the final in Madrid,” said Pochettino.
“Being honest I was thinking a lot during the summer. To finish losing the final is always so painful because you can’t put out the feeling and you need to wait to start again to repair the damage.
“It’s exciting to start a new campaign and here in Greece. It’s going to be an unbelievable atmosphere as well.”
Pochettino has played down Tottenham’s chances of repeating last season’s Champions League run, which included a dramatic semi-final second leg victory away at Ajax.
He also says the club need to learn lessons from the poor start in the group stage last season, where they took just one point from their opening three matches.
“No-one today is thinking or giving us chance to be a contender to be in the final in Istanbul this season,” added the Argentine, who will take charge of his 50th European game for Tottenham in Greece.
“But that is normal. That makes it again very exciting, our run in the Champions League.
“We know we have to start by winning. However, you can talk but tomorrow you need to show your quality. We need to show we have learned from the past.”
Trio again miss out for Spurs
Defenders Danny Rose and Serge Aurier have been rested and did not travel with the squad, with Pochettino saying he will make changes to the side that beat Crystal Palace 4-0 last weekend.
Ryan Sessegnon also did not travel after reporting irritation with a previous hamstring strain while fellow summer signing Giovani Lo Celso is out until at least the end of October with a hip injury.
Juan Foyth is back in training after an ankle problem but is not expected to return to first-team action for another few weeks.
A suspected knifeman was chased down and “sat on” by partygoers following a fatal stabbing in north London.
The victim was found by guests at a birthday party held at the Old Edmontonians FC clubhouse, Enfield, shortly after 20:10 BST on Saturday.
The 29-year-old man died at the scene.
A 40-year-old man was arrested after he was “pursued and detained” in a nearby field, police said. The suspect is being treated in hospital.
Police said the attack was not thought to be connected to the event or the football club.
The clubhouse manager, 60, who asked not to be named, said a man ran towards the party from a nearby playing field and “called for help” before collapsing.
A second man could be seen further back on the club’s football pitch appearing to “goad” the guests.
Partygoers slowly approached the suspect “somehow got him on the floor and sat on him until police came,” the manager said.
A “corporate birthday party” had hired the clubhouse for a group of 70 people from Romford, including some children, the manager said.
“When I came to the door there was just a group of people around [the victim],” he continued.
“The woman from the bouncy castle was giving him chest compressions.
“I was shocked by it. You read about these things but you don’t expect it to be happening right in front of you.”
A witness said he saw about 10 police officers lead a man away from the scene following the incident.
The former clergyman, who did not want to be named, said: “You could hear him shouting and hissing. He was screaming in an unknown tongue.”
He said one of the guests at the party had told him someone “had been stabbed with a machete”
The deceased’s next of kin have been informed and police said they were not looking for anyone else.
The Met said specialist forensics teams were still at the scene of the attack.
A brain-damaged girl will suffer “physical degradation” if doctors keep providing life-support treatment, the High Court has heard.
Five-year-old Tafida Raqeeb has been on life support since she had a traumatic brain injury in February.
Doctors at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel say further treatment will not work and it is in her best interest to be allowed to die.
But her parents want to move her to Italy where she has been offered care.
Katie Gollop QC, representing Barts Health NHS Trust which runs the hospital, told the court one specialist thought Tafida was in a condition “consistent with a vegetative state”.
She said the girl might have a “very small amount of consciousness”, but experts believed she felt no pain, had no awareness and had no prospect of recovery.
More treatment would mean “invasive operations” and “physical degradation”, Ms Gollop said.
Her parents’ legal battle with the trust to be granted the right to take her to Genoa in Italy for treatment reached its final day on Friday.
Lawyers representing Tafida have argued she is being denied her right to free movement under European Union law.
Vikram Sachdeva, who is leading Tafida’s legal team, told Mr Justice MacDonald: “One needs to put oneself, so far as one can, in the position of the patient and ask what the patient would have wanted.”
He said there was “really very little on the downside” to prolonging the girl’s life, adding that on the “upside” there was the “sanctity of life”.
The judge finished analysing evidence earlier and said he aimed to deliver a ruling in the next few weeks.
Mike Brown says it was “heartbreaking” to miss out on England’s Rugby World Cup squad and believes he is still the country’s best full-back.
The 34-year-old, who won the last of his 72 caps in 2018, was involved in pre-World Cup training camps but was not named in Eddie Jones’ 31-man squad.
“I tried to put everything I had on the training field, but it wasn’t enough in the end,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“That’s the nature of team sport and selection – it’s one man’s opinion.”
Brown last played for England last summer but believes he remains capable of performing at the highest level.
“I feel like I’m the best English full-back, and I think I showed that last season,” he said.
“I still think my game is changing and evolving all the time, and my body still feels good.
“All I can do is show on the field the player I am and the character I am. That’s what I did last year [for Harlequins], so I will just keep going.”
‘Brown will stick to team ethos’
Brown was also involved in an off-the-field altercation with centre Ben Te’o during a team social on a training camp in Treviso, but is reluctant to go into details out of respect for the rest of the squad.
Both Brown and Te’o were dropped from the squad shortly after, although head coach Jones has yet to explain whether the incident had any bearing on their axing.
“I don’t feel comfortable going into details when the guys over there are preparing for a massive tournament,” Brown explained.
“People who are close to me – my friends and family, the ones who really matter – know what happened and that’s the most important thing for me.
“There will be a time when I will speak about what happened. But at the moment I have always tried to stick to the team ethos.
“It’s not for me to take attention away [from England’s World Cup preparations] and speak about other things that went on.”
‘Playing for England is amazing’
Having just turned 34, Brown is unlikely to play for England again, but reflects fondly on the emotional highs and lows of an international career.
“It is amazing. For any rugby player it is the best job in the world,” he said.
“We get paid incredibly well and we get to experience such amazing things doing this job.
“But what comes with that is the scrutiny and the heartache of working so hard and not getting selected for something. But that’s the nature of it.”
Brown also says he has no regrets about anything that went on in the training camps, insisting he did all he could to gain selection for the showpiece in Japan.
“I went into pre-season camps in the best shape I have ever been in, and trained every second of every minute. So I have no regrets at all about the past year,” he added.
“On the plus side it has given me some amazing memories and quality time with my family, getting to spend more time with my son and my wife, which I haven’t been able to do over the last eight years.
“You have to look at those positives. I have also become a lot closer with my Quins team-mates, which is hard to do when you are playing for England.
“I would love to have been involved with England, but I got to go on the [pre-season bonding] trip to Ibiza with the Quins guys, and be part of an environment that has grown really strong.”