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News in Brief: 16/04/2014

Sexism 'more pervasive' in Britain than other countries, UN finds

EXTREMISM: Education Secretary Michael Gove has been slammed for his decision to appoint a former anti-terror chief to investigate allegations of a hardline Islamist takeover plot at a number of Birmingham schools.

Former Metropolitan Police head of counter-terrorism Peter Clarke is to become education commissioner, with responsibility to investigate the allegations.

West Midlands chief constable Chris Sims described it as a “desperately unfortunate appointment” that will “inevitably draw unwarranted conclusions.”

WOMEN: Sexism in Britain is more pervasive and “in your face” than other countries, UN special rapporteur on violence against women Rashida Manjoo claimed yesterday.

Following a 16-day visit to Britain, she said there was a “boys’ club sexist culture” that influenced perceptions of women and girls.

“I’m not sure what gives rise to a more visible presence of sexist portrayals of women and girls in this country in particular,” she said.

BURIAL: Human bones have been discovered beneath a suburban south London driveway, the Metropolitan Police said yesterday.

The skeletal remains, including what are believed to be parts of a skull and a femur, were found by workmen on a job in Purley, near Croydon.

Lead detective Sergeant Kenny Windsor said he was “keeping an open mind” about whether the bones were moved to the site, despite the presence nearby of an ancient Saxon burial site.

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