The Telegraph 2024-05-26 16:00:35


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Nicki Minaj’s Manchester concert was called off on Saturday night after the singer was arrested in the Netherlands for allegedly trying to take drugs through the airport.

The “Starships” singer was taken into custody in Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport but has since been released. She will have to pay a fine for “illegally exporting soft drugs from the Netherlands to another country”, Dutch police said.

“They’re trying to keep me from MANCHESTER,” the 41-year-old rapper wrote on social media, where she sent out a constant stream of updates after being detained.

Promoter Live Nation said Minaj’s performance at the Co-op Live arena would be rescheduled and tickets will be honoured.

“Despite Nicki’s best efforts to explore every possible avenue to make tonight’s show happen, the events of today have made it impossible,” the promoter said in a statement. “We are deeply disappointed by the inconvenience this has caused.”

Minaj said Dutch authorities claimed to have found cannabis in her luggage and repeatedly accused them of attempting to sabotage her tour.

In one post, she appeared to suggest that the authorities had planted something in her luggage. In another post she claimed: “They’ve been trying everything they possibly can to TRY to stop this tour.”

“This is Amsterdam btw [by the way], where weed is legal,” she added in a later post.

Co-op Live, the country’s largest entertainment venue, was due to open in April with a performance by comedian Peter Kay.

However, this was postponed so its management could test emergency communications systems. Performances by musicians, including the American singer Olivia Rodrigo, were also cancelled.

Part of the building’s ventilation and air conditioning system fell to the ground during a soundcheck earlier this month.

“We can confirm that we have arrested a 41-year-old American woman at Schiphol Airport because of possession of soft drugs,” a spokesman for the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee military police, told NBC News.

Minaj is due to perform in Birmingham on Sunday as part of her Pink Friday World Tour, followed by a concert at London’s O2 arena next Tuesday.

On Wednesday, she is due to play in Glasgow, before returning to Manchester the following day.

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Child who fell from block of flats in south-east London was 12-year-old boy

A child who died after falling from a block of flats in south-east London was a 12-year-old boy, police have said.

The boy fell from the upper floor of a flat on Hotspur Street in Kennington on Friday afternoon and died at the scene, the Metropolitan Police said.

Police were called at 4.23pm and so far there is “nothing to indicate that the incident is suspicious”, the force said.

The spokesman said: “Police were called to a child having fallen from the upper floor of a flat on Hotspur Street.

“Officers attended along with LAS (London Ambulance Service).

“Despite their efforts, the child was pronounced dead. The child’s family have been informed.

“At this very early stage, there is nothing to indicate that the incident is suspicious, however inquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances.”

Florence Eshalomi, the Labour MP for Vauxhall, said in a post on X: “Very sad to hear about the sad death of a young child who fell from a block of flats earlier this afternoon in Hotspur Street, SE11.

“My thoughts are with his family at this sad time.”

A Lambeth Council spokesperson said: “This is a truly shocking incident in our borough and our thoughts are with the family at this tragic time.

“Council staff have been on the ground supporting local residents.

“We are also liaising with the police as they carry out their inquiries into what has led to this sad death.”

The spokesperson urged anyone with information to help police with their inquiries.

The boy’s death came just days after five-year-old Aalim Ahmed died after he fell from his kitchen window on the 15th storey of an east London tower block.

The boy died instantly after landing on a railing at the bottom of the residential block in Plaistow, Walthamstow, a coroner’s court heard earlier on Friday.

His father discovered his body shortly before 6am on May 16.

The boy was previously named locally as Aalim Makial Jibril and a GoFundMe has raised just over £1,000 for his funeral costs.

Newham Council is investigating the incident.

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UK to face thunderstorms over bank holiday weekend

Britain faces a bank holiday washout, with thunderstorms expected across north and central England on Sunday.

The Met Office issued a yellow weather warning to last until Sunday evening, which indicates a chance of flooding and transport disruption across the North and Midlands.

Temperatures will be relatively balmy and average for this time of year, reaching a high of 20C on Sunday before cooling to around 18C on Monday.

The south and southeast of England will escape the worst of Sunday’s downpour, but showers are still expected across the country.

Dan Harris, the Met Office’s deputy chief meteorologist, said: “Sunday will have a mixture of sunny spells but also scattered, heavy and in places thundery downpours.

“Not everywhere will see them but where they do occur there is a small chance of some temporary issues such as flooded roads.

“Scotland will be cloudier with rain, while Northern Ireland will also be cloudy but with a chance that heavy showers could break out later too, bringing similar conditions to England and Wales.”

Monday will feel cooler and breezier, with scattered showers expected across north-west England and south-west Scotland – and even grey clouds and thundery downpours are predicted across eastern parts of the UK.

The forecaster said that drier conditions could be possible in Wales, Northern Ireland and south-west England. The Met Office said it would keep the weather warning situation under review and advised Britons to keep up to date with the latest forecasts if they have plans this weekend.

Looking further ahead, the wet start to the summer is set to continue with rain and dark clouds expected until Friday.

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