Metro

Metro is a free tabloid newspaper available in parts of the United Kingdom and published by Associated Newspapers Ltd. It is distributed from Monday to Friday on many public-transport services in selected urban centres across the United Kingdom.



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Latest Articles

From stripper to dominatrix: I've worked in the sex industry for 25 years

‘How did you get into this?’ That’s the question I was asked most often during my time working in strip clubs. Other popular queries included: ‘How does your boyfriend/mother feel about you being a stripper?’, ‘Do you do extras?’, and ‘How do you cope in those heels all night?’ The problem with being asked how I got into stripping was the implication there was something wrong with my career choice – I resented being asked. Usually I would change the subject or, when pushed, tell them how naughtiness was innate in me, that the word ‘whore’ ran right through my spine, like Blackpool through a stick of rock. But my job as a stripper began the way most jobs did in 1995: I answered a newspaper advertisement. It said: ‘Dancers wanted. You will earn up to £600 a night. No experience necessary.’
By Melissa Todd
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One in five teachers are still uncomfortable discussing LGBT topics with kids

One in five school teachers are still uncomfortable talking about LGBT+ topics with pupils, a new poll has revealed. Independent research by Just Like Us, the LGBT+ charity for young people, found that only a third of teachers are ‘completely comfortable’ talking in the classroom about things related to being lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. Over 6,000 primary and secondary teachers were surveyed, and 3% of them even said they were ‘completely uncomfortable’ discussing these with pupils
By Gergana Krasteva
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Four out of 33 people deported on flight to Jamaica

Dozens of people were removed from a deportation flight to Jamaica – with a last-minute legal challenge saving one detainee who has lived in the UK since he was a child. The charter plane left Birmingham Airport at 1am with just four detainees on board. Home Secretary Priti Patel confirmed 33 people were removed from the flight list due to ‘last-minute claims’, 13 of which were only made in the final 24 hours. Just hours before, Duncan Lewis Public Law confirmed on Twitter that a judge had ha
By Gergana Krasteva
• Metro

At least 10 people 'taken off deportation flight' as Covid hits detention centre

At least 10 people have been taken off a deportation flight to Jamaica as Covid-19 is ripping through the immigration removal centre they are being kept in, according to a campaigner group. Detainees in Charlie and Induction Wing at Colnbrook, near Heathrow Airport, faced being forced onto a charter plane scheduled for tomorrow. Campaigners claim their tickets have now been cancelled and the men – some of whom have been diagnosed with HIV, asthma and high blood pressure – now face the threat o
By Gergana Krasteva
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Home Office 'deporting non-criminals to Jamaica' for first time since Windrush

Campaigners and MPs are demanding a deportation flight filled with people who are ‘thoroughly British’ and have ‘extensive family’ in the UK to be halted. Last week, Metro.co.uk reported that Home Secretary Priti Patel is preparing a another attempt to deport people to Jamaica on a charter plane scheduled to take off on November 10. This will be the fourth mass deportation to the Caribbean since the Windrush scandal broke in 2018. Since then, the Home Office has made a point that the charter
By Gergana Krasteva
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Eco-friendly brides share how they reused and upcycled their wedding dresses

Even as modern brides and grooms choose to subvert outdated wedding traditions, one custom that prevails is walking down the aisle in a one-of-a-kind outfit. But investing so much money, time and fabric into a wedding dress that you only wear once makes little sense. As we become increasingly aware of the fashion industry’s staggering contribution to global warming, wearing an outfit on just one occasion is the ultimate fashion faux pas: 2021’s version of pairing socks with sandals. Even cele
By Kezia Rice
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Police dispel posts claiming woman 'died after being spiked with needle'

Dozens of reports of young women being spiked with needles in crowded clubs have sparked a wave of misinformation on social media. The first accounts of ‘needle spiking’ in the UK were made in early October and have since given confidence to more victims to come forward to say they’d been drugged. But now, false claims have been made on social media that a woman has died in hospital after an incident of ‘needle spiking’ at a nightclub in Hove last weekend. Sussex Police have had to dispel a t
By Gergana Krasteva
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Police attending domestic disturbance 'abandon victim with possibly violent man'

Metropolitan Police officers have been accused of abandoning an alleged domestic abuse victim in the flat she shares with her ‘potentially violent’ partner. The woman, in her late 50s, called the police after she was threatened by her boyfriend at an address in Stoke Newington, London, but was told by officers that ‘there is nothing we can do’, it has been claimed. A female and a male officer arrived at the property on Tuesday, October 19, just after midnight – but only made ‘the situation wor
By Gergana Krasteva
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University continues to back trans-row academic despite her decision to quit

A university has been accused of ‘worsening the lives’ of its LGBT+ students by continuing to back an academic at the centre of a row over transgender rights. Kathleen Stock, who has an OBE for her contribution to higher education, stepped down from her post as a philosophy professor at Sussex University this week following calls for her to be sacked over her stance on gender identity. Her resignation came amid protests by students at the university’s Brighton campus, which was branded as a ‘d
By Gergana Krasteva
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Calls for nightclub searches after spiking attacks

More than 160,000 people have signed a petition calling for an urgent move to mandatory screenings in nightclubs after a spate of spikings nationwide. Hannah Thomson, who lives in Glasgow, saw women sharing their experience of being injected with an unknown drug on nights out on the social media page Edinburgh Anonymous. Terrified, the 24-year-old began researching what responsibility nightclubs and bars have for revellers and discovered that most do not even do checks on the doors. She told
By Gergana Krasteva
• Metro

Everything we know about women being spiked by needles

There are renewed safety fears for women following multiple reports they are being spiked by needles in nightclubs across the UK. So far, police forces in Nottingham, Leeds and Edinburgh are investigating more than a dozen ‘terrifying’ incidents of women being injected with a drug. Zara Owen, a first-year student in Nottingham, was one of the first victims to come forward with her story. In a post on Facebook nearly a week ago, she shared about blacking out shortly after arriving at a nightcl
By Gergana Krasteva
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JD Sports denies profiling black customers as being 'resellers'

Black shoppers lining up to buy the most sought-after trainers at JD Sports say they were refused service after being racially stereotyped as ‘resellers’. The sneaker giant unveiled its huge new store at Westfield Stratford City earlier this month, with hundreds of eager customers queueing up for hours before the grand opening in east London. But some people claim they left empty-handed after staff allegedly turned them away over the colour of their skin – which JD Sports rejected as ‘entirely
By Gergana Krasteva
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Barrel of rotten apples left outside Scotland Yard as metaphor to dodgy cops

Protesters emptied a barrel of rotten apples outside Scotland Yard to draw attention to the epidemic of violence against women and girls in the UK. Their display included a note to the home secretary, which read, ‘Dear Home Secretary, It’s not one bad apple. It’s the whole f***ing orchard. Sincerely, women.’ Activists from the Women’s Equality Party (WEP) used the apples to form the words of the slogan ‘enough is enough’ – now a rallying cry against gender-based violence. They wanted to demon
By Gergana Krasteva
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My company are trying to fire and rehire me - I might be left homeless

You will have heard of Clarks: they are one of the most recognisable brands on the British High Street, supplying shoes to the nation for over a century. I’ve worked at Clarks in my town, Street – the very UK town where Clarks was founded – for 16 years. I know colleagues that have been here even longer – some for 20 and even 30 years. There once was a time where Clarks built schools, libraries and theatres for their workers and their families in Somerset. Cyrus and James Clark, who opened the
By James Huyton
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Black man 'dragged through shards of glass by police who didn't offer help'

Dramatic CCTV footage shows several cops jumping out from an unmarked van and pointing their guns in the face of a terrified black man who was driving home from McDonald’s. Callum Lother, who was only wearing pyjamas and a nightgown, said four officers smashed the windows on the driver’s side and the passenger’s side, pulled him out and slammed him on the ground. The 23-year-old claimed the West Midlands Police squad then dragged him through the broken glass, causing a deep wound on his hand a
By Gergana Krasteva
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Teacher sleeping with hammer after Uber driver shows up at her home twice

A teaching assistant in south London has decided to sleep with a hammer next to her bed after a ‘creepy’ Uber driver showed up to her house twice to look for her. When Amélé Sossavi ordered an Uber to transport the last few suitcases from her old home to the new one on September 20, she did not imagine that only days later she would need police protection. The 25-year-old says what started as polite small talk with her driver about his life quickly turned uncomfortable. He asked her if she ha
By Gergana Krasteva
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Britain First is now a registered political party after applying nine times

The far-right group Britain First has been registered as a political party by the Electoral Commission. Leader Paul Golding, who was convicted under the Terrorism Act in May last year, said he was ‘ecstatic’ about finally ‘defeating’ the body. The party lost its status in 2017 after it failed to renew its registration on time. Since then, Britain First has had its application turned down eight times. Mr Golding thanked supporters for donating thousands of pounds, saying: ‘We have fought long
By Gergana Krasteva
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Rising fashion designer Harris Reed creates catwalk looks from Oxfam clothes

We all know sustainability is an area that the fashion industry is falling short on. But last night at London Fashion Week, one designer put recycling and reuse in the spotlight – demonstrating just how powerful second-hand clothing can be. Rising star Harris Reed showed his commitment to the planet by creating catwalk looks made from Oxfam donations. Models walked the runway at the Serpentine Pavilion showing off 10 different outfits – made up of items sourced from Oxfam.
By Harriet Hernando
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Police officer filmed 'choking' boy, 13, in school uniform

A schoolboy was allegedly choked by a Met Police officer during a stop-and-search in south London. Benjamin Olajive, 13, was on his way to McDonald’s last Tuesday when he was swarmed by police responding to a report of a black person with a knife – and he was identified as the suspect on CCTV. Shocking videos sent to Metro.co.uk show five officers putting Benjamin, who has ADHD and PTSD, in handcuffs while they search his clothes and backpack for a weapon. Benjamin can be heard crying ‘my han
By Gergana Krasteva
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What it feels like to live with a brain tumour for 15 years

What it feels like… to live with a brain tumour for 15 years What it feels like… to live with a brain tumour for 15 years It felt like I was watching a Netflix show, and the leading character had just received devastating news. It was the early hours of 4 December 2018. I was aged 33 and had just been diagnosed with a 5cm tumour in my cerebellum. When a patient is diagnosed with a brain tumour, the tumour is rated on a grade scale from one to four, with one being the least severe and four be
By Ricky Carroll
• Metro

Black driver, 70, 'badly injured while being arrested over brake light'

Police officers are being investigated after a badly injured man’s family accused them of excessive force. The man, identified only as Char, was pictured lying on a hospital bed after allegedly suffering injuries sustained while being arrested for having a faulty brake light in Bromley, south east London. A woman claiming to be his daughter wrote on Instagram that he had suffered a broken nose, cheek bone and eye socket, and deep cuts to his head. His daughter said: ‘This incident escalated b
By Gergana Krasteva
• Metro