Met Police chief Cressida Dick ‘absolutely outraged’ over hit show Line of Duty

Metropolitan Police chief Cressida Dick has said she was “outraged” by BBC drama Line of Duty despite the programme leading to an increase in applications to the force.

Ms Dick said she was unimpressed with the portrayal of corruption in the hit police show.

“I was absolutely outraged by the level of casual and extreme corruption that was being portrayed as the way the police is in 2018,” she said.

“It’s so far from that. The standards and professionalism are so high.”

Line of Duty follows an anti-corruption police unit, whose aim is to uncover corrupt officers that have links to organised crime groups.

“I thought she was quite interesting and so I thought, ‘I’d better watch a bit of this’,” she told the Radio Times.

“But I was absolutely outraged by the level of casual and extreme corruption that was being portrayed as the way the police is in 2018-19.”

The head of London’s police also said she was disappointed by Bodyguard, another show written by Line of Duty’s Jed Mercurio, saying it “drove everybody round here absolutely up the wall”.

“I actually did have to switch it off after about 20 minutes – the moment when the home secretary made a pass at the protection officer was just beyond me, I’m afraid.”

Ms Dick did concede, however, that both shows had had positive impacts on the force.

She said: “But both series actually made us look a bit cool and interesting – a net positive, probably.

“They bring in interest and applications. Even though it’s all completely ludicrous.”

Policing analyst Graham Wettone agreed with Ms Dick’s comments, saying that people do join because of the programmes, but added that it’s “about managing expectations”.

He said: “I still work in training police applicants and many do join thinking it’s like Line of Duty or Bodyguard. Some then decide it’s not the job for them because it’s not as it was portrayed.

“I welcome the increase in policing as a career but really would like at least a passing resemblance to procedure and policies.

“Preferably some that aren’t actually illegal or suggest that unlawful activities are widespread & accepted.

“I gave up on Line of Duty very early on when the then senior investigating officer, Thandie Newton, was kicking in doors to a burning house and wearing a stab proof vest with ‘SIO’ on it.

“I understand TV needs to be dramatic, but in reality, many people start to believe it.”

Emmys 2019: Fleabag, Game Of Thrones and Chernobyl are the night’s big winners

British actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge was the star of the Emmys, taking home three prizes for comedy Fleabag, with Game Of Thrones also a big winner.

Fleabag was named best comedy, while star Waller-Bridge picked up the gongs for lead actress and outstanding writing in the category.

Fantasy epic Game Of Thrones, which had an all-time high 32 nominations for its eighth and final series, was named outstanding drama, winning the ceremony’s main award for the fourth time to go out on a high. Star Peter Dinklage also won the prize for best supporting actor for the fourth time.

Sky original drama Chernobyl, a huge hit earlier this year, was named best limited series at the ceremony, as well as winning awards for directing and writing, while other big winners included Jodie Comer and Pose star Billy Porter, who made history as the first openly gay man to win a best drama series acting Emmy.

But it was Waller-Bridge who was the unexpected star of the show, with Fleabag winning ahead of favourites including Veep and The Marvelous Mrs Maisel.

Taking to the stage in Los Angeles, Waller-Bridge thanked her “Fleabag family”, and said it was “reassuring” that a “dirty, pervy, messed-up woman can make it to the Emmys”.

Accepting the best comedy award later on, she said: “This is getting ridiculous.”

Demi Moore says she was raped at 15 by man who paid her mother £400

Demi Moore has said she was raped when she was 15 by a man who claimed to have paid her alcoholic mother $500 (£402).

The Ghost actress makes the claim in her new memoir, Inside Out, which was discussed during a Good Morning America interview with Diane Sawyer.

She said her mother Virginia King began taking her to bars when she was a teenager so they would get attention from men.

One night, she recalled coming home and her mother was in their apartment with an older man, who also had the keys to their home.

After the man raped her, Moore said he asked her how it felt “to be wh***d by your mother for $500”.

“It was rape and a devastating betrayal,” she wrote in the book, which will be released this week.

Alec Baldwin and wife Hilaria expecting baby – five months after sharing miscarriage news

Alec Baldwin and wife Hilaria expecting baby – five months after sharing miscarriage news

“The sound of this strong heart makes me so happy – especially because of the loss we experienced in the spring.”

Hilaria said she wanted to share the news because she and Alec are “excited and don’t want to hide the pregnancy”.

“These first few months are tough with exhaustion and nausea… and I don’t want to have to pretend that I feel ok,” she wrote.

In April, Hilaria made headlines when she shared the family’s pain over her miscarriage.

She posted a photo of the family saying: “There was no heartbeat today at my scan… so it’s over… but I have some pretty strong and amazing heartbeats right here.

“I am surround by such love and I feel so fortunate.”

After announcing her current pregnancy, Hilaria requested that paparazzi do not follow her, saying: “I want to remain peaceful during this very early time in my pregnancy and getting chased around by cameras is not in the doctor’s orders”.

Posting a picture of her baby bump, she added: “When you’ve had so many babies, 6 minutes pregnant = looking like 6 months pregnant.”

Alec and Hilaria Baldwin married in 2012 and have three sons and a daughter together.

Towie star Lewis Bloor denies fraud over alleged £3m diamond scam

The Only Way Is Essex star Lewis Bloor has denied dishonestly marketing diamonds in a £3m scam.

The 29-year-old pleaded not guilty to one charge of conspiracy to defraud investors, with the knowledge that the coloured diamonds did not represent a legitimate investment opportunity.

There were around 50 victims involved in the alleged fraud, a previous hearing heard.

Bloor, who wore a navy blue blazer and trousers at Southwark Crown Court, spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth.

The former reality star, from Essex, joined the cast of the popular ITV2 show in 2013 for three years, and became romantically involved with several cast members including Lauren Pope.

In 2016, he took part in the 18th series of Celebrity Big Brother, where he was the fifth housemate to be evicted.

The conspiracy is claimed to have taken place between 17 May 2013 and 19 June 2014.

Bloor sat in the dock with his co-defendants Joseph Jordan, 26, from Hertfordshire, George Walters, 27, from Kent, Max Potter, 22, from Middlesex, and Nathan Wilson, 25, from Essex – all of whom pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to defraud.

Another co-defendant, 25-year-old Simon Akbari, from Loughton, Essex, did not enter a plea to the same charge.

Danny Chappell, 52, of Bexleyheath, Kent, denied a charge of seeking money for completing renovation works which had not been undertaken in 2014.

The amount of money lost was allegedly “in excess” of £3m.

The trial has been adjourned to the week of 1 September 2020.

Mercury Prize: Rapper slowthai holds up dummy severed head of Boris Johnson

The rapper Slowthai has insisted he doesn’t condone violence in any form after pulling out a fake severed head of Boris Johnson during his performance at the Mercury Prize.

In a somewhat flippant statement defending the stunt, the 24-year-old quipped: “No Boris Johnsons were hurt in the making of this Slowthai performance.”

Slowthai – whose real name is Tyron Kaymone Frampton – claimed his act “was a metaphor for what this government is doing to our country, except what I did was present it in plain sight”.

After stripping to the waist during an energetic rendition of his track Doorman, the rapper had grabbed the fake head from the floor and held it aloft, shouting: “F*** Boris Johnson. F*** everything.”

Although there were huge cheers as he left the stage, awards host Lauren Laverne quickly addressed the incident, saying: “Slowthai, with his own views there.”

In a Twitter statement on Friday, the rapper wrote: “[On Thursday] night I held up a mirror to this country and some people didn’t like the reflection.

“The people who isolate and divide us aren’t the ones who will feel its effects the hardest.

“They’re not the ones queuing at food banks, not the ones navigating Universal Credit and not the ones having to deal with systematic oppression and hate crime at the hands of privileged politicians who say what they want without fear and consequence.

“We as a people are not being looked after and our best interests are not being served by those in government – this is their job and they’re not doing it well enough.”

Game Of Thrones, Fleabag, Chernobyl – who’s up for what at the Emmys

Stars from shows including Game Of Thrones, Fleabag, Chernobyl and Killing Eve are getting ready for the Emmy Awards tonight.

Fantasy drama Game Of Thrones made history when the shortlists were announced earlier this year, receiving a record-breaking 32 nominations.

Despite mixed reviews for the eighth and final season, it picked up the most nominations for any programme in a single season, breaking a 25-year record held by NYPD Blue, which had 27.

After the nominees were announced, it emerged that many of the stars had put themselves forward for the awards.

Another top nominee is Sky’s nuclear disaster mini-series Chernobyl, with received 19 nominations. The dramatisation of the 1986 Russian nuclear power disaster, released earlier this year, was one of the unexpected TV hits of the year.

Dave wins Mercury Prize

Rapper Dave has won this year’s Mercury Prize at a politically charged ceremony, hugging his mum on stage after picking up the award.

Speaking after his winner’s performance, the south London star, whose full name is David Orobosa Omoregie, said his win was “the biggest compliment” and “way bigger than me”.

The 21-year-old picked up the gong for his number one debut album Psychodrama, which was released in March, beating acts including Foals, The 1975 and Anna Calvi to the prize.

Judges described the album as “the musical equivalent of a literary masterpiece” which would have “lasting relevance for a generation”.

On stage, he also thanked his brother Christopher Omoregie, who was jailed for life in 2012 for a knife murder, and said the story of Psychodrama was inspired by therapy his sibling received.

Dave said: “I want to thank God. I want to thank everyone, my mum.

“I want to thank my brother Christopher. Even though you can’t be here with us today, I know you are watching this bro.”

Born in London to Nigerian parents, Dave is the youngest of three brothers.

His two older siblings have both served time in prison, which the rapper alludes to in his music.

After his album reached number one in the charts earlier this year, he made headlines again at this year’s Glastonbury, when he invited teenager Alex Mann to join him on stage to rap along to his hit Thiago Silva, and the clip went viral.

Along with slowthai and Idles, he had been one of the bookies’ favourites to win the Mercury Prize.

Speaking after the ceremony at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith, west London, Dave paid tribute to all the “talented artists” who were up for the award, as well as the “unsung heroes” who work with him, and said: “I never expected to win…

“It’s the biggest compliment, it is the biggest compliment, and this is an award that is all about the music.”

He added: “This is probably the best day of my mum’s life, my brother’s too. It’s crazy times now.”

The Mercury Prize is awarded for the best album released in the UK by a British or Irish act and also has a winning cheque for £25,000.

Shane Gillis: Saturday Night Live sacks new comedian over ‘hurtful’ racial slurs

A new Saturday Night Live comedian has been axed from the show before his first appearance after a video emerged of him making “offensive, hurtful and unacceptable” slurs about Chinese people.

Shane Gillis faced a backlash soon after it was announced he was joining the long-running US sketch show.

After footage of him making offensive comments was shared online, SNL creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels confirmed he has removed Gillis from the cast.

A spokesman for Michaels said: “After talking with Shane Gillis, we have decided that he will not be joining SNL.

“We want SNL to have a variety of voices and points of view within the show, and we hired Shane on the strength of his talent as a comedian and his impressive audition for SNL. We were not aware of his prior remarks that have surfaced over the past few days.

Gillis has posted a statement on Twitter saying it felt “ridiculous for comedians to be making serious public statements but here we are”.

He added: “I’m a comedian who was funny enough to get SNL. That can’t be taken away.

“Of course I wanted an opportunity to prove myself at SNL, but I understand it would be too much of a distraction. I respect the decision they made. I’m honestly grateful for the opportunity.

“I was always a mad TV guy anyway.”

Britney Spears’ father avoids legal action over alleged assault of grandson

Britney Spears’ father will not face action over allegations he physically assaulted the pop star’s son, prosecutors say.

Jamie Spears was accused of grabbing and shaking his 13-year-old grandson Sean last month.

The child’s father, Kevin Federline, alleged that Mr Spears was involved in a physical altercation with Sean on 24 August.

Mr Federline, a former backing dancer who was married to Britney Spears from 2004 to 2007, filed a police report against his former father-in-law.

He said 12-year-old Jayden, his second son with Ms Spears, was also in the house at the time of the alleged incident.

But California authorities decided not to take action and a statement from the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office said there was “insufficient proof” a crime had been committed.

Mr Federline obtained a restraining order against Mr Spears following the alleged incident, according to NBC News.