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Barnet 2-2 Torquay United – BBC Sport

Barnet came from two goals down to earn a point at home to Torquay in the National League thanks to Jack Taylor’s late strike which snatched a 2-2 draw.

The visitors looked on course for a third-straight win as they went in at half-time two goals up following Jean-Yves Koue Niate’s fifth-minute opener and a fine long-range finish from Armani Little on the half-hour mark.

But the Bees fought back after the interval and pulled a goal back through Ephron Mason-Clark’s effort.

The home fans were then treated to an 88th-minute equaliser as Taylor collected a pass from Mason-Clark before slotting a low finish past Lucas Covolan to earn a share of the spoils.

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Norwich 2-3 Chelsea: Tammy Abraham scores twice as Frank Lampard gets first win as Blues boss

Abraham is the youngest Chelsea player to score a Premier League brace since 1998

Tammy Abraham’s goals against Norwich will “do wonders for his confidence” and the striker will get “better and better”, says Chelsea manager Frank Lampard.

Abraham repaid Lampard’s faith in youth as his two goals – his first for the club – helped the Blues to their first win of the season at Carrow Road, with Mason Mount also on the scoresheet.

In a frantic first half, Norwich twice equalised through Todd Cantwell and Teemu Pukki, who scored his fifth goal of the season, but the Canaries struggled against a dominant Chelsea side after the break.

Chelsea’s starting line-up had an average age of 24 years and 208 days – their youngest in the Premier League since February 1994.

“I spoke to Tammy before the game today and I said to him that I felt today was the day,” said Lampard.

“A bit of kidology really because who knows before the game, but I do trust in him and as a young striker you need that support. I did feel something for him today and it will do wonders for his confidence.”

Abraham was the target of racist abuse on social media after the Chelsea’s Super Cup defeat by Liverpool in Istanbul earlier this month.

“He has had a tough little period for the reasons we all know and strikers get judged purely on goals at times which is sometimes slightly unfair, but when you ask about character and enthusiasm to play for this club then he is right up there,” added Lampard.

“You see it every day and he can get better and better so I am really pleased for him.

“I supported Tammy over the online abuse. I did it out loud and I did it behind the scenes. I supported him on that as much as I can.

“In terms of playing, hopefully he will see my belief in him from the fact he is playing and hopefully from the fact I want to do extra shooting with him daily, every type of finishing and the first one today was top drawer. That comes from work on the training ground.”

Chelsea youth stay patient

Lampard made two changes to the side that drew with Leicester last weekend, bringing in Abraham and Mateo Kovacic for Giroud and the injured N’Golo Kante, but he was forced to make another change after Pedro picked up a hamstring problem in the warm-up, replacing him with Ross Barkley.

His trust in his younger players paid dividends inside the opening 20 minutes, with Abraham – who he said before kick-off would “cause Norwich problems” – finishing off Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross with a sweet finish into the bottom right-hand corner in the opening stages of the match.

Just 11 minutes after Cantwell’s equaliser for Norwich, Mount – who Lampard had on loan at Derby last season – cut inside the hosts’ defence and unleashed an unstoppable shot high into the net for his second goal of the season.

Despite Norwich’s second leveller, Chelsea continued to pressure their opponents’ shaky defence and Mount and Christian Pulisic both saw efforts go wide within moments of the second half getting under way.

Abraham’s second goal saw him become the youngest Chelsea player to score twice in a Premier League fixture since 1998, twisting and turning and tying Grant Hanley and Jamal Lewis in knots before firing an unstoppable drive past Tim Krul.

The Blues thought they had scored again when Kurt Zouma poked a loose ball home, but it was ruled out by the video assistant referee after substitute Olivier Giroud was judged to have fouled the Norwich keeper.

The only downside to Chelsea’s victory came late on as Mount hobbled off injured, with the win meaning they are unbeaten against Norwich in 16 meetings.

Canaries chirpy start slows down

Premier League newcomers Norwich have quickly established themselves as a side not to be underestimated this season and they demonstrated that early on against Chelsea as Finnish striker Pukki – the Canaries’ hat-trick hero against Newcastle – put the ball on a plate for Cantwell to score his first goal in the top flight.

After Mount’s goal, Chelsea enjoyed a spell of sustained pressure and Norwich had Krul to thank for not slipping further behind, the keeper producing a sublime save to swipe an Andreas Christensen header over the bar.

The hosts were soon level though, Pukki effortlessly slotting home from a tight angle to become only the 10th player to have scored in his first three Premier League appearances.

Norwich struggled to match Chelsea’s tempo after the break and had to wait more than 20 minutes for their first attack of the second half, but were punished just 30 seconds later as Abraham bagged his second.

Ben Godfrey hit the bar with a header from a corner soon after but manager Daniel Farke ruled change was needed, making a triple substitution with 10 minutes to go as his side searched for a late equaliser.

It worked to some extent, Norwich pushing Chelsea harder in the later stages than they had throughout the half but ultimately struggling to find the end product.

Man of the match – Mason Mount (Chelsea)

Mount scored his second goal of the season and was a constant threat in and around the Norwich box, having five shots and making two key passes

‘I’m really pleased’ – what they said

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard, speaking to BBC Match of the Day: “It was a tough test and Norwich will get a lot of points here because they are a good side.

“The two goals we gave away I didn’t like but there were lots of good elements to our play and I’m really pleased.

“I’m particularly pleased for Tammy and he scored two good goals and the winning goal, but I want to talk about all the players today as we controlled the game on a hot day.

“Our performances haven’t given us what we deserved so far – but today it did.”

Lampard praises young stars as he gets first win as Chelsea boss

Norwich manager Daniel Farke, speaking to BT Sport: “It was a pretty close game. Small details made the difference today.

“I think 2-2 at half time was the right result. Then Chelsea were dominating in the first 15 minutes of the second half and that gave them the edge.

“Sometimes when you play against a team like Chelsea, you have to ride that pressure out.

“I am pretty happy with the performance, we had a number of chances, unfortunately we could not find the equaliser.”

Small details cost Canaries against Chelsea – Farke

The stats

  • Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has lost none of his three managerial meetings with Norwich (W2 D1), winning both of his visits to Carrow Road (also 4-3 with Derby in December 2018) – Mason Mount has been on the scoresheet in both such wins.
  • Norwich have scored at least twice in 16 of their last 17 home league games, scoring a total of 46 goals in this period. However, this was their first home league defeat of 2019 (P12 W8 D3 L1).
  • Both Norwich and Chelsea had scored after just five minutes and 32 seconds, the earliest time taken for both teams to find the net in a Premier League fixture since November 2017, when Crystal Palace v Everton was at 1-1 after 5:25.
  • Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has scored 28 league goals (including in the play-offs) since the start of last season, the most of any English player in the top two tiers of English football in that time.
  • Aged 21 years and 326 days old, Abraham is the third youngest player to score a brace in the Premier League for Chelsea, after Mark Nicholls in January 1998 against Coventry (20y 225d) and Eddie Newton in December 1992 against Tottenham (20y 358d).
  • Norwich forward Teemu Pukki (five goals) is the 10th player to score in each of his first three Premier League appearances, while only Pavel Pogrebnyak also scored as many as five in his first three in the competition.
  • Chelsea had two English players aged 21 or under score in the same Premier League match (Abraham and Mason Mount) for the first time since 22 August 1992, when Eddie Newton and Graham Stuart scored against Sheffield Wednesday.
  • Norwich’s Todd Cantwell (one goal, two assists) has already been directly involved in as many Premier League goals in three games as he was in 24 Championship appearances last season.
  • Since the start of last season, Norwich’s league matches have seen a total of 164 goals scored (99 for, 65 against), more than any other side in the top four tiers of English football in this time (excluding play-offs).

What’s next?

Following a trip to Crawley in the EFL Cup on Tuesday (19:45 BST), Norwich travel to West Ham on Saturday (15:00 BST) while Chelsea host Sheffield United at the same time.

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Burning Grenfell effigy model ‘was joke about friends’

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The model was burned at a bonfire party in south London on 3 November 2018

Figures pictured on a cardboard effigy of Grenfell Tower filmed being burned were not meant to represent people who died, a court heard.

Paul Bussetti, 47, told Westminster Magistrates’ Court the images depicted friends who were at a bonfire party on 3 November 2018.

He shared footage of the effigy on WhatsApp and it was added to YouTube.

Mr Bussetti denies sending “grossly offensive” material via a public communications network.

The clip of the cardboard building, which had “Grenfell Tower” written on it, was recorded at a party attended by about 30 people in south London.

Prosecutors said the footage is racist in its content, while a relative of one of the 72 people who died in the blaze on 14 June 2017 called it “revolting”.

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Paul Bussetti told the court he was not a racist

Mr Bussetti, of South Norwood, told the court the effigy had been created by his friend Steve Bull and was meant as a joke “about us”.

Asked who the characters on the effigy were, he said they were “the majority of people that were at the party” who had all found it “funny”.

One black-clad figure who was referred to as “ninja” was meant to represent his friend’s son who did martial arts, while his own image had been on the other side of the box, the Mr Bussetti said.

The father-of-two said he shared the footage with about 20 people on two WhatsApp groups but he had never intended it to go further.

When prosecutor Philip Scott suggested he sent the footage because it was in keeping with other “highly racist” content he shared, Mr Bussetti replied that it was “just banter” and denied being racist.

He also told the court he had not originally told police that the people in the tower were him and his friends because he was “scared” and “nervous”.

The trial continues.

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Queens Park Rangers v Swansea City

Joe Rodon is likely to be called up by Wales for their Euro 2020 qualifier next month
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QPR might give a league debut to goalkeeper Liam Kelly, who is pushing to start ahead of Joe Lumley.

Kelly made the crucial save in the penalty shootout win against Bristol City in the Carabao Cup first round.

Swansea could be without Nathan Dyer, who picked up a hamstring injury during the weekend win over Preston.

He could be replaced by Andre Ayew, Sam Surridge or Kristoffer Peterson, while boss Steve Cooper is set to stick with Joe Rodon in central defence.

Match facts

  • QPR are looking for consecutive league wins over Swansea for the first time since February 1980.
  • Swansea’s 4-0 defeat at Loftus Road against QPR in April 2019 was their heaviest league loss of the 2018-19 season.
  • This will be the ninth successive meeting between QPR and Swansea City at Loftus Road to see at least one managerial change in either dugout, with Steve Cooper becoming the eighth different manager to take charge of the Swans in those nine games (Jackett, Martinez, Sousa, Rodgers, Laudrup, Monk & Potter).
  • Rangers are winless in their last four home games in all competitions (P4 W0 D2 L2), last going five straight matches without a win between September and October 2016.
  • Since Swansea’s 4-0 loss to QPR in April, they have remained unbeaten in each of their last nine matches across all competitions (P9 W5 D4 L0), their longest such run since February 2018 (10 games).
  • Swansea striker Borja Baston has scored three goals in his opening three league appearances this season, as many as in his final 22 league games for Alaves in La Liga last season.

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Dutch firm Abellio takes over East Midlands rail franchise

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Old East Midlands Trains have been rebranded with East Midlands Railways (EMR) stamps

Dutch-owned firm Abellio has taken over the East Midlands rail franchise, promising £600m of investment.

It won the eight-year contract after Stagecoach was disqualified from bidding as it refused to take on pension liabilities.

Abellio, owned by the Dutch government-owned rail firm, has promised new trains, 165 new carriages, and improved infrastructure.

East Midlands Trains will now be called East Midlands Railway (EMR).

The rail franchise had been operated by Stagecoach since 2007.

The company – owned by the state-owned operator Nederlandse Spoorwegen – already operates five other rail franchises, including Scotrail and Greater Anglia services between Norwich and London.

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The-now defunct East Midlands Trains operated the service from 2007

Part of Abellio’s investment will include a complete overhaul of the rail stock, with new high-speed Hitachi intercity rail trains.

It said £400m would be spent on 33 five-carriage trains, which will include air conditioning, wi-fi and plug sockets for passengers.

The new intercity trains will begin serving cities and towns like Sheffield, Chesterfield, Derby, Leicester, London, and Lincoln by 2022.

Abellio managing director Dominic Booth said: “[The new trains] will respond to what our passengers have told us they want with more frequent services, faster journeys between the East Midlands and London, and provide more capacity.”

‘Believe it when I see it’

Vicky Henry travels from Nottingham to London about eight times a year.

She said: “I’ll believe [the investment] it when I see it. They always talk about investing money but the whole set-up of the network means any improvements come from the state, not the individual train operators.”

One daily commuter from Burton-upon-Trent to Nottingham said: “Recently there have been a lot of delays and cancellations so I’m not particularly happy with the service.

“The investment is certainly welcome, and hopefully the delays can be either stopped or reduced so the trains can run a bit better.”

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Sophie Harrison said services from Melton Mowbray and Leicester should be more regular

Sophie Harrison frequently travels between Nottingham and Leicestershire.

The Nottingham Trent University student said: “New trains will make the railways more user-friendly, especially if there are more services.”

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New London theatre’s first show to close early after poor ticket sales

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John Pfumojena plays the title role in the new Peter Pan

The opening show at a new London theatre, The Troubadour in White City, is to close two months early due to poor ticket sales.

Sally Cookson’s Peter Pan made its debut at the venue a month ago and had been due to run until 27 October.

However, the producers have announced their decision to “reluctantly” close the show on 1 September.

The play, co-produced by the National Theatre, will have completed six weeks of its scheduled 14-week run.

A statement said: “The production received acclaim from critics and a hugely positive reaction from audiences, however due to ticket sales we have reluctantly taken the decision to close in September.

“We’d like to thank our wonderfully talented cast and creative team for all of their hard work, as well as the audiences who have enjoyed the production.”

It added that any customers holding tickets for scheduled performances after the close date should contact their ticket provider for a refund.

The Troubadour opened in White City on 22 July with the latest adaptation of JM Barrie’s novel. The venue has two auditoria – one with 1,200 seats, where Peter Pan is playing, and another with a capacity of 800.

It is one of two new venues built by the team behind the King’s Cross Theatre. The other, in Wembley Park, also opened in July, with Dinosaur World Live.

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Kensington crash: Woman hit by marked Met Police car

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The police car hit the pedestrian on Warwick Road, near the junction with Kensington High Street

A woman has been taken to hospital after being hit by a marked police car.

The Met Police vehicle struck the pedestrian, in her 20s, on Warwick Road, near the junction with Kensington High Street in west London, at about 21:55 BST on Tuesday.

She was treated at the scene before being taken to a central London hospital where she remains in a critical condition.

It is not known whether the police car was responding to an emergency call.

Road closures have been put in place in the area and an investigation is under way.

Scotland Yard said the Directorate of Professionals Standards had been informed and the Independent Office for Police Conduct has launched an investigation.

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Law and order: Extra £85m for CPS to tackle violent crime

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The Crown Prosecution Service will receive an extra £85m over the next two years, to help deal with a rise in violent crime in England and Wales.

It comes as Boris Johnson launches a review of sentencing of some dangerous and prolific offenders.

He said dangerous criminals must be taken off the streets and punishments “fit the crime” if the public was to have confidence in the justice system.

Lawyers said the new money did not make up for 10 years of “relentless cuts”.

The news fuels speculation ministers are preparing for an early election.

On Sunday the prime minister promised to create an extra 10,000 new prison places and expand stop-and-search powers.

And on Monday Mr Johnson will host a round-table meeting in Downing Street with leaders from the police, probation and prison sectors.

Ahead of the meeting Mr Johnson said: “We have all seen examples of rapists and murderers let out too soon or people offending again as soon as they’re released.

“This ends now. We want them caught, locked up, punished and properly rehabilitated.”

The review, which will begin immediately, will look at whether violent and sexual offenders are serving sentences that reflect the severity of their crimes.

It will report back in the autumn.

‘Protect the public’

Under the current system, criminals sentenced to 12 months or more generally serve the first half of their time in prison and the second half “on licence” in the community, where they may be subject to recall.

Dangerous offenders can be given extended sentences, which mean they must serve two-thirds before being eligible for parole.

Justice secretary Robert Buckland said the review will focus on those violent, sexual and prolific offenders who are not currently given these extended sentences.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that Mr Johnson “wants to see prison being used appropriately to protect the public”.

But sentencing decisions should still be based on individual circumstances not “targets or numbers”, Mr Buckland said.

Opposition parties warned there was no easy fix for the current rise in violent crime.

Liberal Democrat justice spokeswoman Wera Hobhouse said increasing prison sentences would merely “overcrowd prisons and waste millions of pounds”.

She said: “For years, Labour and Tory ministers have made sentences longer and longer, without any evidence that they prevent crime.

“It may sound tough, but it hasn’t made our communities any safer.”

The incentive of early release is seen by many as critical for keeping order in prisons.

Sir David Latham, a former judge and chairman of the Parole Board for England and Wales, told BBC Radio 5 Live: “Prisons are significantly overcrowded and the risks of violence in prisons have increased very substantially over the last few years.”

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Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Priti Patel last month announced more police officers will be hired

Last year saw record levels of assaults on prison staff as well as a rise in self-harm by inmates.

Sir David said the way to ensure the safety of the public was by monitoring offenders after release with effective probation services. “The essence of early release is that there should be proper control over that prisoner,” he said.

But he denied that sentencing needed to be tougher. “Sentencing has in fact increased over the last 20 to 30 years quite substantially,” Sir David said.

Downing Street said the extra £85m for the CPS – which prosecutes criminal cases in England and Wales – will help staff respond to the rise in violent crime and an “explosion of digital evidence”.

Director of public prosecutions Max Hill QC said the money came at a “crucial time” for criminal justice.

Mr Hill said: “Our work is changing, and this new funding will provide the increased capacity to enable us to respond effectively to challenging trends we currently face.”

A spokesman from the CPS said the money would also help deal with the higher caseload they were anticipating as a result of Mr Johnson’s plan to recruit 20,000 more police officers.

‘Severely underfunded’

In 2018-19 the CPS received £528m in government funding, but lawyers said the additional funding over two years was only a “modest first step”.

Chris Henley, chair of the Criminal Bar Association, said: “The criminal justice system is severely underfunded, as a result of relentless cuts over the last 10 years.”

He said more money was needed for the prosecution system and the courts to “restore public faith”, as increasingly “those who commit crime walk free and the innocent risk being convicted”.

Labour’s shadow home secretary, Diane Abbott, accused the prime minister of “clearing the ground” for a general election rather than creating real solutions for the criminal justice system.

She said: “Anyone can promise tens of thousands of police officers, if you’re not saying exactly how you’re going to fund it. There’s been a whole series of these promises and Boris doesn’t explain how he will pay for it.”

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