Symeon Brown , Reporter

  • 30 Aug 2018

    “Incompatible with human rights law”. That’s the judgement of the supreme court in the case of a mother of four who’s been prevented from claiming Widowed Parents Allowance since her partner’s death because they were unmarried.

  • 29 Aug 2018

    Theresa May has used her visit to Nigeria to promise tougher action on trafficking and modern slavery. Yet under the UK’s hostile environment policy on immigration, just 12% of trafficking victims get leave to remain. And Labour said Mrs May’s promise rang hollow, claiming government cuts to border staff had only made their work more difficult.

  • 21 Aug 2018

    Out of 12,000 people caught up in the Windrush scandal, the Home Secretary has said sorry to 18 people from the Windrush generation, thought to have been deported or detained because they couldn’t prove their right to live here. Sajid Javid said he was “committed to righting the wrongs of the past”. But one of…

  • 19 Aug 2018

    A rise in the use of eviction orders by private landlords is the single biggest cause of homelessness in England, according to a campaign group. Generation Rent claims 216 households are evicted every week through no fault of their own.

  • 18 Aug 2018

    The Indian military is trying to rescue thousands of people still stranded because of major flooding in the southern state of Kerala. More than 320 people have been killed in the worst floods to hit the region in a century. But with more heavy rain and strong winds forecast for this weekend many people are…

  • 17 Aug 2018

    Shot on location in east London and Jamaica, Idris Elba’s directorial debut explores the roots of 1980s dub culture in Britain, against a backdrop of drug dealing and high crime. Yardie, which opens in cinemas at the end of the month, tells the story of a young man who arrives in London from Jamaica seeking revenge…

  • 10 Aug 2018

    A new play by the National Youth Theatre – ‘F Off’ – examines the complex relationships between young people and social media.

  • 7 Aug 2018

    The jury at the trial of England cricketer Ben Stokes has been told that he was verbally abusive to a Bristol nightclub bouncer and mocked two gay men who were leaving the club.  

  • 28 Jul 2018

    It’s music which hasn’t even got a name: fusing urban, garage and Afrobeat – but record labels are rushing to sign the latest hot property to go viral online. And one of those rising stars is music super producer Steel Bangles. The DJ and producer first started making music in his prison cell – but…

  • 25 Jul 2018

    Traditionally, exclusion from school has been the last resort for pupils who were so disruptive it made teaching others impossible. But according to an MPs’ report out today, rising numbers of young people are being banished from mainstream education for a host of other reasons. They’re concerned the trend is affecting children living in poverty,…

  • 19 Jul 2018

    French prosecutors are investigating one of President Macron’s leading officials, who attacked May Day protesters in Paris wearing a police helmet. Alexandre Benella was caught on video dragging a woman down the street, and hitting and stamping on a young man. He was suspended for two weeks following the incident. But opposition MPs are now demanding…

  • 8 Jul 2018

    Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Trojan records – the label which brought reggae and ska to the mainstream, along with artists like Bob Marley and Desmond Dekker. We look at the huge influence they’ve had over British music and culture.

  • 15 Jun 2018

    Two teenagers have been jailed for more than 20 years each after stabbing a charity worker to death during a violent robbery spree in west London. Nathan Gilmaney, now 19, and Troy Thomas, 18, injured four others as they rode around on a moped, stuffing their pockets with valuables. The judge described CCTV footage of…

  • 13 Jun 2018

    It’s a case that touches at the heart of workers’ rights in the UK. Today the Supreme Court ruled that plumber Gary Smith was wrongly classed as self-employed by his bosses and should receive holiday pay. But is this a landmark decision with implications for workers in other types of jobs in the ‘gig economy’,…

  • 10 Jun 2018

    Last night police opened the 74th murder investigation in London this year. It’s a horribly familiar story – a man in his thirties who died after he was stabbed outside a tube station in North London. Just down the road a few months ago Kobi Nelson was also stabbed and died. Symeon Brown has been…