Great British Bake Off winner revealed

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Candice Brown has been named as the Queen of Great British Bake Off after a royal-themed final.

The 31-year-old PE teacher said she was in “complete and utter disbelief” at beating finalists Jane Beedle and Andrew Smyth to be crowned champion.

Paul Hollywood said the amateur baker was “one of the best”, while fellow judge Mary Berry said she “excelled”.

It is Bake Off’s seventh series – and the final one broadcast on the BBC after Channel 4 bought the rights.

Candice, from Bedfordshire, said that winning was the biggest moment of her life so far.

Peacock and pub

The finale saw the trio create a three-layered meringue crown for the signature challenge – which Candice filled with prosecco-soaked berries and pistachio jewels, topped with a miniature Queen Victoria crown.

They then had to make a perfect Victoria sponge cake for the technical challenge, set by Mary Berry, with only one instruction and no measurements given.

The showstopper saw them produce a picnic fit for a Queen, with multiple elements including sausage rolls, fruit tarts and a chocolate celebration cake.

Candice offered pig-shaped sausage rolls as part of her showstopper bid to win over the judges.

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Twelve contestants started this series – now one has been crowned overall champion

Berry said the challenge – with the most bakes ever requested for one of the rounds of the show – was an “absolute humdinger”.

She said Candice’s win was “well deserved for her determination and passion”, adding that she used “wonderful flavours, and everything always looked gorgeous”.

Hollywood said: “The standard was exceptionally high. Candice is very much all or nothing.

“When you look back on some of her bakes they have been beautiful. When she nails it, she is one of the best.”

Highlights of Candice’s Bake Off career have included a marzipan peacock and a gingerbread version of the pub she grew up in, complete with a sticky carpet.

‘Can’t stop smiling’

She said of her win: “When they said my name, that means more to me than anyone will ever realise.

“I have low self-belief, even though my friends and family constantly build my confidence up. So it was a big moment in my life, probably the biggest so far.

“I felt that everything happens for a reason, and I did it, and that makes me smile so much. In fact, I can’t stop smiling.

‘When they announced the winner, I almost didn’t hear it, and was in complete and utter disbelief. I was aware of it but I couldn’t take it in. Mary and Paul came over and I thought my knees would give way, I was trembling so much.

“One of the biggest moments for me was when Mary gave me the bouquet of flowers, and Paul handed me the trophy, and Paul said to me ‘take it, it’s yours’ and then I cried. I was in shock but totally elated.”

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Candice adding the finishing touches to her meringue crown

She said she “loved every second” of the final – especially making the sausage rolls during the five-hour showstopper challenge.

“Sausage rolls are always asked for by my family, my signature dish, so to make those in the final was great,” she said. “I made crackling curly tails and I managed to fill the tent with smoke as I was cooking the crackling, and they had to open the panels on the tent.”

Candice, who was named star baker three times during the series, said the final day was “very emotional”.

“At one stage the tent was completely empty apart from me, Andrew and Jane just chatting,” she said.

“We had a bit of a hug and a Polaroid picture which I keep in my wallet. When we had to walk out, I could see my family out of the corner of my eye, and I forced myself not to cry.”

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Host Mel Giedroyc creates a headdress for Andrew Smyth

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Jane Beedle perfects her sausage rolls

She was congratulated by boyfriend Liam and pet pug Dennis after being named winner, and added: “I will remember that squeeze for the rest of my life – what a feeling.”

She said being named star baker was the best part of the show, while her worst moment was bread week – when Hollywood would not eat her bread, as it was raw.

Asked about her future following her success, Candice said: “If I can get my little vintage shop selling tea and cakes with random antiques that would be my ultimate dream.

“Let’s wait and see what will come my way but I will be grabbing it with both hands and running with it, that’s for sure. It would be crazy not to, wouldn’t it?”

In credits shown at the end of the programme, it was revealed that Candice and rival Jane are planning to go on a baking road trip together.

Engineer Andrew, 25 had created a meringue crown with a praline filling during the signature challenge, while garden designer Jane, 61, made a patriotic red, white and blue centrepiece.

Andrew excelled during the technical challenge, coming top of the leaderboard, but Candice was judged to have been the best baker overall.

Bake Off winners: Where are they now?

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Series four winner Frances Quinn has been kept busy since her win

If Candice follows the path of previous champions, she has television shows and cookery books to look forward to in her future career.

  • Series one – The 2010 winner Edd Kimber has three recipe books – The Boy Who Bakes, Say It With Cake and Patisserie Made Simple. He runs a baking blog, also called The Boy Who Bakes. He writes for magazines and newspapers, and makes regular TV appearances on food shows.
  • Series two – Jo Wheatley now runs a cake-making school from home and has published two books, A Passion For Baking and Home Baking.
  • Series three – John Whaite swapped plans to become a lawyer for life as a chef by setting up his own cookery school. Whaite has published two books – John Whaite Bakes At Home and Perfect Plates In 5 Ingredients. He also writes for the Telegraph, and is resident chef on ITV’s Lorraine.
  • Series four – Frances Quinn has published a recipe book, Quinntessential Baking, and baked for artist Quentin Blake, broadcaster Clare Balding and the Tate’s Matisse exhibition. She also has a blog featuring her latest creations and runs cooking demos.
  • Series five – Retired grandmother of eight Nancy Birtwhistle now writes about the show for the Telegraph. Her website features her tips and recipes.
  • Series six – Nadiya Hussain is now a TV star in her own right, recently fronting her own three-part series, The Chronicles Of Nadiya, and making regular appearances on The One Show. She has published two books – Nadiya’s Kitchen and Nadiya’s Bake Me A Story. Buckingham Palace chose her to bake the Queen’s 90th birthday cake.

Hollywood is following the show when it moves to Channel 4, while Berry and hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins have announced they are leaving.

Berry told Chris Evans on BBC Radio 2 that she will work with Giedroyc and Perkins again – joking that a future project could involve gardening.

She said: “We have made no decisions whatsoever, we haven’t actually all three got together, but we will do something because we’re good pals, and who knows what it would be?

“Well, it may not be baking, you never know, it could be gardening. I’m a very keen gardener, you know.”

Programme makers Love Productions are yet to reveal who else will front the show alongside Hollywood.

The Great British Bake Off started on BBC Two in 2010 before switching to BBC One in 2014.

Last year’s final, won by Nadiya Hussain, was the UK’s most watched television programme of 2015.

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North Greenwich Tube device suspect charged

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North Greenwich station was closed for several hours and Jubilee Line trains were disrupted

A 19-year-old man has been charged after a suspicious device was blown up in a controlled explosion at a London Tube station.

Damon Smith, of south-east London, has been accused of making or possessing an explosive substance with intent to endanger life.

North Greenwich station was evacuated last Thursday morning after a suspicious item was found on a train.

Mr Smith is due before Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

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The station, which serves the O2 Arena, was evacuated at about 11:00 BST on Thursday

The Met said the charge he faces also includes intent to cause serious injury to property.

Mr Smith is alleged to have made or acquired the substance between 18 October and 21 October, in contravention of the Explosive Substances Act 1883.

The south-east London station was closed until 18:50, with disruption caused to the Jubilee line throughout the day.

A concert featuring Canadian rock band Nickelback still went ahead at the O2 Arena in the evening despite the travel problems.

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There was disruption on the Jubilee line throughout the day

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UKIP ‘cannot verify’ whether MEPs fought

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The UK Independence Party has said it cannot “verify” whether two MEPs had a fight in the European Parliament.

Steven Woolfe collapsed and spent two days in hospital earlier this month, claiming he had been struck earlier by colleague Mike Hookem.

But Mr Hookem denied this account and, in a report, UKIP says that there were no eyewitnesses.

It has issued Mr Hookem a formal reprimand – Mr Woolfe has left the party since the incident.

UKIP said what happened had brought “great shame” on both men.

The European Parliament has referred the incident, which took place in its building in Strasbourg, to French police.

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On 5 October, reports emerged that Mr Woolfe – an MEP for North West England and, at the time, a UKIP leadership contender – had been considering defecting to the Conservatives.

The party called a meeting for the next day.

Soon after Mr Woolfe began speaking, Mr Hookem, an MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber, “interjected to outline his disappointment over Mr Woolfe’s behaviour”, the report says.

It adds that a “clear majority” of those at the meeting said he had raised his voice “in keeping with his usual style – assertive but not aggressive”. But “a very small number” said this had happened in an “aggressive and overly forceful manner”.

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Steven Woolfe and Mike Hookem had a disagreement in this meeting room in the European Parliament

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They exited by separate doors to deal with issues “man to man”

The report states that Mr Woolfe suggested the two leave the meeting to deal with the issues “man to man”.

It adds that a “clear majority” of those at the meeting thought this meant he was “offering for Mr Hookem to go outside for a physical altercation” – but a “small number” believed he was “merely suggesting a conversation in a more private environment”.

Most of those present thought Mr Woolfe had removed his suit jacket at the time, the report says.

The two men left the meeting room through separate doors, with those present saying they were gone for between a few seconds and a minute.

Mr Woolfe alleged he had “received a blow” from Mr Hookem. But Mr Hookem denied that either man had attempted to strike the other.

The report says: “Due to the lack of eyewitnesses, it is not possible to verify either account.”

‘Make them wince’

Another MEP opened the door and Mr Woolfe came tumbling back into the meeting room.

“Whilst it is possible that Mr Woolfe could have been pushed through the door by Mr Hookem, there is no evidence to confirm this,” the report says.

A “small number of members” said they had seen Mr Woolfe strike the back of his head on a ledge immediately beneath large glass panels which lined the wall of the meeting room. They confirmed that the force of this impact was sufficient to “make them wince”.

Both men then continued with the meeting before Mr Woolfe left at about 10.20.

At about midday, he collapsed while crossing a connecting bridge within the European Parliament.

The report says Mr Woolfe had told UKIP he suffered extradural haematoma, two seizures and a contusion.

It adds: “The investigation finds it reasonable to believe that the hospitalisation of Mr Woolfe was as a result of the blow he took to the back of his head, due to his fall.”

The report finds that “Mr Woolfe instigated the altercation” by offering to deal with it “man to man” and it is “reasonable to assume” he meant to have a “physical altercation”.

For his part, Mr Hookem “failed to give due consideration to the reputation of the party when deciding to accept Mr Woolfe’s suggestion”.

The party has placed a “formal reprimand” on Mr Hookem’s record, “to be considered in the event of a reoccurrence of any infraction which might cause damage to the reputation of the party”.

It adds that it now considers the matter “closed”.

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Labour fined over ‘Ed Stone’ general election costs

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The carving was seen as symptomatic of the failings of Labour’s campaign

Labour has been fined £20,000 by the Electoral Commission for failing to declare all of its general election expenses – including the stone tablet unveiled during the campaign.

The 8ft “Ed Stone”, carved with ex-leader Ed Miliband’s key pledges, was among £123,748 of payments missing from Labour’s 2015 election return.

A further 33 receipts, worth £34,392, were missing, the commission said.

The £20,000 is the highest fine it has imposed since it was formed in 2001.

The commission’s investigation was prompted by calls from journalists asking why Labour’s 2015 general election return, published in January, did not include the stone carving, which was widely mocked after being unveiled.

Its probe widened as it emerged that in addition to two payments totalling £7,614 relating to the tablet, further expenditure had not been included in the return, while receipts were missing for other items.

The commission also considered a complaint that costs of bussing activists around the country had been wrongly declared in the national return, rather than attributed to specific seats, where a lower spending limit applies.

It concluded there were “not reasonable grounds to suspect any offence” and did not launch a further investigation.

But its investigation into campaign transport unearthed a further 49 payments that were missing from the general election return.

The commission said Labour had co-operated throughout the inquiry although it had failed to provide some information within a “reasonable timeframe”.

Labour ‘regrets errors’

It concluded that Labour’s treasurer Iain McNicol, who is also its general secretary, had committed two offences under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act in relation to the missing payments and the missing invoices.

Bob Posner, the commission’s director of party and election finance, said: “The Labour Party is a well-established, experienced party.

“Rules on reporting campaign spending have been in place for over 15 years and it is vital that the larger parties comply with these rules and report their finances accurately if voters are to have confidence in the system.”

A Labour Party spokeswoman said: “The commission’s investigation found that internal procedural errors led to a relatively small number of items of expenditure not being declared properly.

“The party regrets these administrative errors.

“However, these amounted to just over 1% of our total spending of over £12m million during this election.

“We accept the findings of the report and have already tightened our internal recording procedures to address the commission’s concerns.”

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Man found with fatal shotgun wounds in Liverpool street

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The man was found lying in Southwood Road near St Michael’s railway station

A man was found in a Liverpool street with fatal gunshot wounds to his head.

The victim, in his 30s, was found lying in Southwood Road, Aigburth, at 22:20 BST on Monday.

He was taken to hospital but later died. Detectives said it was believed to be a “targeted incident”.

A murder inquiry has begun, and police are urging witnesses to contact them. Southwood Road and Bryanston Road have been cordoned off for forensic investigations to take place.

St Michaels station in Aigburth has been closed following the incident.

A shuttle bus is running to and from Brunswick, a Merseyrail spokesperson said.

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Heathrow chosen for expansion with third runway

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The government has approved a third runway at Heathrow to expand UK airport capacity.

Ministers approved the long-awaited decision at a cabinet committee meeting on Tuesday.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling called the decision “truly momentous” and said expansion would improve the UK’s connections with the rest of the world and support trade and jobs.

He will make a statement to the House of Commons about 13:00.

Both unions and business groups welcomed the decision to expand Heathrow. TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said it was “absolutely vital for Britain”, while CBI chief Paul Drechsler said it would create jobs and boost economic growth.

Heathrow management said the airport was ready to deliver a third runway that was “fair, affordable and secures the benefits of expansion for the whole of the UK”.

Expanding airport capacity in the South East of England has been a political hot potato for many years.

Although Heathrow has always been the favourite among businesses, it has attracted the most opposition from MPs with constituencies near the airport or under flight paths.

Zac Goldsmith, the Tory MP for Richmond Park, called the Heathrow announcement “catastrophic” and said he would meet his constituents before making a statement later on Tuesday.

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Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Education Secretary Justine Greening have been vocal critics of Heathrow expansion.

Ms Greening is expected to give her reaction to the decision in a message to her constituents in Putney, south-west London, while Mr Johnson will also make a statement.

Last week, Prime Minister Theresa May moved to head off possible Cabinet resignations by giving ministers some freedom to speak out against the decision.


A study last year, led by Sir Howard Davies, recommended a third runway at Heathrow, but other options included a new runway at Gatwick or extending one of Heathrow’s existing runways.

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A public consultation will now be held on the effects of airport expansion before the government makes a final decision as part of a national policy statement on aviation.

MPs will then vote on that decision in the winter of 2017-18. It is unlikely that any new runway capacity would be operational before 2025.

Construction is not likely to begin until 2020 or 2021, the Airports Commission has said.

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Lewis Hamilton takes 50th win at United States GP

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Lewis Hamilton cut his championship points deficit to Nico Rosberg as he cruised to a comfortable victory in the United States Grand Prix.

Hamilton’s first win since the German Grand Prix in July puts him 26 points behind his Mercedes team-mate with 75 available in the remaining three races.

Rosberg finished second after recovering a position lost to Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo at the start.

The Australian finished third ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.


Northolt armed stand-off ends as police enter house

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About 80 residents were evacuated from their homes while negotiations with the man took place

A three-day stand-off between armed police and a man feared to have petrol at his home has ended.

Officers forced entry to the house in Wood End Lane, Northolt, west London, at about 20:10 BST.

A man in his 40s has been arrested on suspicion of offences under the explosives act, cultivation of cannabis and affray.

About 80 residents were evacuated from their homes while negotiations with the man took place.

A search of the property is under way to make sure neighbours can return home.

A cordon of 200m had been in place at Wood End Lane since 01:00 BST on Friday, which was extended to 300m on Saturday.

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Officers forced entry after negotiations with the man ended without success

Scotland Yard said officers from the Territorial Support Group were supported by the London Fire Brigade as they moved in on the address.

Ch Supt Paul Martin said: “I am really pleased that this incident has now ended, and importantly ended without anyone coming to harm.

“Our key priority throughout this was to get the man out of the address safely as we had growing concerns about his well-being and believed him to be in crisis.

“After attempts to negotiate over a number of days did not work we used specialist officers to work out how we could gain entry to the address as safely as we could. They did that this evening.”

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A 300m cordon was set up in Wood End Lane, Northolt

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Police had said there was no suggestion the incident was terror-related

Ch Supt Martin said police had also worked closely with the ambulance service and the local authority during the operation.

Searches of the property will be conducted “as quickly as we can to make sure people get home”, he added.

Ealing Council, which had re-housed some affected residents, said it was contacting people to inform them of the outcome.

Police had said there was no suggestion the incident was terror-related or linked to any ongoing police operations or investigation.

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Dad’s Army creator Jimmy Perry dies

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Jimmy Perry, creator of one of TV’s most popular comedy series, Dad’s Army, has died aged 93.

Working with producer David Croft, he was also responsible for It Ain’t Half Hot Mum, Hi-de-Hi and You Rang M’Lord?

He drew on his life experiences for his writing, as a young member of the Home Guard during World War Two and as a Butlin’s holiday camp Redcoat.

Dad’s Army ran from 1968 for 80 episodes over nine years while Hi-de-Hi ran for eight years.

Perry was born on 20 September 1923 in Barnes, south-west London.

He was too young to join the army when World War Two broke out in 1939, so instead joined his local home guard.

He later based many of the characters for the sitcom on the soldiers he met at that time.

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The BBC was initially reluctant to produce Dad’s Army as it ribbed the Home Guard

Comedians and colleagues paid tribute on Twitter.

Jack Dee wrote: “RIP Jimmy Perry. Amazing contribution to British telly. Watched Dad’s Army only yesterday. Still as funny as when I watched it as a kid.”

Richard Osman, from the gameshow Pointless, said: When St. Peter asks for Jimmy Perry’s name he’s got a great gag lined up #ripjimmyperry

And Allo Allo actress Vicki Michelle tweeted: “So sad we have lost #JimmyPerry a brilliant comedy writer true gentleman. He leaves us such a legacy.”

After the war, he trained as an actor at Rada, and spent time entertaining holiday-makers at Butlin’s camps.

He ran the Palace Theatre at Watford, putting on a different show each week and played bit parts in TV sitcoms before he began to write them himself.

He showed his ideas for Dad’s Army – initially called The Fighting Tigers – to David Croft, who took it to the BBC.

The character Private Pike was based on Perry himself.

Croft and Perry went on to collaborate on shows including It Ain’t Half Hot Mum, which began in 1974 and was based around their wartime experiences in the Far East, and Hi-de-Hi, about a 1950s holiday camp.

Perry also wrote some of his theme tunes.

He won an Ivor Novello Award in 1971 for the Dad’s Army theme Who Do You Think You Are Kidding Mr Hitler and penned Holiday Rock for Hi-de-Hi.

He was awarded an OBE in 1978 and he leaves a wife, Gilda Perry.

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Bus hits bridge in Tottenham, injuring 26 people

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Five people have been taken to hospital and a further 21 injured after the roof of a bus was ripped off when it hit a railway bridge in north London.

Firefighters rescued three people who were trapped on the top deck after the roof was ripped off in the crash on St Loys Road, Tottenham.

Emergency services were called at 04:05 BST. None of the injuries are believed to be life threatening.

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