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In pictures: Strictly Come Dancing 2019 red carpet launch

The countdown to the new series of Strictly Come Dancing has begun, with the stars donning their sequins and taking to the stage in London for the launch. This year’s competition kicks off on BBC One on 7 September.

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The celebrities for this year’s Strictly Come Dancing were introduced by co-hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman at a red carpet launch on Monday evening.

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This year’s 15 celebrity contestants offered a glimpse of their dance floor moves on the stage at BBC Television Centre in west London.

James Cracknell

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Olympic rower James Cracknell has previously promised to bring some “dad dancing” to the show.

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It wasn’t long before he broke out those dad moves alongside broadcaster Anneka Rice, CBBC presenter Karim Zeroual and Emma Thynn, Viscountess Weymouth.

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EastEnders actress Emma Barton, who plays Honey Mitchell, was one of the first names to be announced for the 17th series of Strictly.

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Former England goalkeeper David James and Made In Chelsea’s Jamie Laing took to the stage hand in hand.

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Catherine Tyldesley

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Former Coronation Street actress Catherine Tyldesley revealed: “I’m really excited but I’m petrified.”

Will Bayley and Alex Scott

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Table tennis paralympic champion Will Bayley shimmied for the crowd with former Arsenal and England footballer Alex Scott, who is the bookies’ favourite to win the show.

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Chris Ramsey

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Comedian Chris Ramsey was clearly delighted to be there, despite previously revealing he has never been a natural on the dance floor.

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Dev Griffin

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Radio 1 DJ Dev Griffin kept his signature moves under wraps.

Saffron Barker and Mike Bushell

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Teenage YouTube star Saffron Barker and BBC sports news presenter Mike Bushell looked like a couple of naturals. Bushell is the favourite to go out first, but said: “That’s great because I can’t really go down, I can only go up.”

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The judges – Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Shirley Ballas and Bruno Tonioli – were keen to show they’ve still got a few moves of their own. Roll on September!

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Disabled artist Alison Lapper’s son Parys dies


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Parys Lapper appeared on the BBC series Child Of Our Time in 2010

The son of a disabled artist who posed for a famous Trafalgar Square sculpture while pregnant with him has died aged 19.

Parys Lapper died suddenly last week, his family said.

His mother Alison Lapper, who was born with shortened legs and no arms, posed nude for the artwork mounted on the square’s fourth plinth in 2005.

Her fiance has appealed to bikers to escort Parys on his final journey to Worthing Crematorium on Thursday.

On Facebook Si Clift said Parys was a “mischievous, generous, kind, loving, frustrating, cheeky, forgiving, beautiful boy”.

He was “his own man” and “a good son”, Mr Clift said.

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The marble sculpture of Alison Lapper by Marc Quinn stood in Trafalgar Square between 2005 and 2007

Mr Clift said he and Ms Lapper had been “blown away” by people’s kindness, humbled by their kind sentiments, and overwhelmed by messages of support.

He added: “Please take away from this a realisation that you are not alone, that you can talk and not to hold things within.

“Whatever it is, there is help.”

Ms Lapper “would absolutely love to see as many noisy motorbikes as possible to escort Parys on his final journey”, he said.

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They will accompany him from her home in Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex.

The family is also holding an open house on Tuesday evening for his friends to decorate, paint, stick messages or sign their names on his empty coffin.

Ms Lapper co-hosted the 2016 BBC Four show No Body’s Perfect with fashion photographer Rankin, exploring how digital photography, social media and selfie culture had affected people’s sense of identity.

Parys also made appearances on screen as one of the stars on the BBC series Child Of Our Time, which tracks millennial babies from their infancy into their young adult lives.

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Ms Lapper co-hosted the BBC Four series No Body’s Perfect



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Notting Hill Carnival: More than 350 arrested over two days


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Police were given additional stop and search powers during the event on Monday

More than 350 people were arrested across both days of the Notting Hill Carnival, the Met Police has said.

A Section 60 order, giving police additional stop and search powers, was enforced on Monday after reports of “incidents of violence”.

Thirty officers suffered minor injuries at the event, with 37 people held for assaults on police.

Cdr Dave Musker said he was “happy” with how Carnival went but “extremely disappointed” by the attacks.

“Officers put themselves on the frontline and should, under no circumstance be assaulted for protecting the public,” Cdr Musker, who was the Met’s lead officer for the event, said.

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More than one million people were expected to attend the two days

By 22:00 BST on Monday, 353 arrests had been made with 111 on Sunday and 242 on the second day of the event.

The majority – some 162 – were for drugs, while 34 were for possession of offensive weapons, 31 for public order offences and 10 for sexual attacks.

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DJs played sets from numerous sound systems across the area

An additional 30 arrests related to the event were made by British Transport Police on London’s transport network.

A Section 60 order had been authorised for specific stations, lines, and trains on Monday “to protect the travelling public and prevent serious violence”, the force said.

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Record temperatures were recorded on both days of the event

More than one million people attended the festivities as record temperatures were recorded in west London.



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