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French police officials have arrested American rap singer Chris Brown following a rape accusation, AP has reported.

Closer initially reported that a 24-year-old woman alleged Brown raped her after meeting him in a nightclub on 15 January in France.

The same woman is also claiming that one of Brown's acquaintances abused her.

This isn't the first time the 29-year-old has been accused of sexual violence or violent crime.

The singer dated Rihanna back in 2009, and the pair were brought into the spotlight after an argument left the Umbrella singer covered in bruises and facial injuries as a result of Brown's rage.

Brown has spoken of the incident, claiming after he saw the image of her injured face that he, "felt like a f*cking monster".

Pitchfork also reported in 2017 that a woman claimed she was seriously sexually assaulted in the rapper's home, and sued him as a result of her trauma.

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Fans of the hit BBC show Peaky Blinders are currently being driven mad waiting for the latest series, and the official Instagram page for the TV series has shared an image which hints at bloodshed for the gang.

The snap gives a major hint for the notorious Birmingham gang, who live in a morally grey world of assassination, gang warfare and family crimes.

The show is known for not holding back when it comes to killing off our favourite characters, and the caption of the post has fans worried that yet another death is coming for the Shelby clan.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The caption reads; "First day back on set for #PeakyBlinders Series 5. You're sure of a big surprise."

The image shows a blood-spattered clapper-board above a gun in a woodland setting, and boy are we concerned. 

Season four finished off with the Changretta threat being sufficiently dealt with, but creator Steven Knight most definitely has more enemies in store for Tommy Shelby to handle.

The latest clips during the BBC trailer shows a crucifixion shot at the beginning;

We simply can't wait for Peaky Blinders to return, but can we handle the drama? Every character has blood on their hands, we have no idea who the 'good guys' are, because human nature isn't black and white.

The Shelbys float between light and dark, and their friends and foes switch sides constantly.

Though Tommy Shelby is an honourable man when it comes to his family, who knows what he's capable of in terms of violence against those who cross him.

After the latest Instagram post, fans are now foreseeing a major death in the series. What do you think their hint means?

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Rachel Allen has issued a statement following the arrest of her 18-year-old son. Her son was arrested following a €30,000 seizure of cannabis.

The mum shared that her son has admitted to being guilty of possession and of the intent to supply drugs to others. He is cooperating fully with the police.

“When formally charged Joshua will be pleading guilty at the first opportunity.”

The TV chef and husband Isaac said: “We are absolutely devastated at this turn of events.”

“Our son is 18 years old, has never been in trouble with the gardaí, and has made a huge mistake, which will have profound consequences for him,” they continued.

“We do not in any way condone his actions. In fact, we utterly condemn them, but it is not for us to condemn him,” they added.

The family admitted they were appalled to hear of their teenage son’s arrest, but as his parents they must support him.

Rachel and Isaac said it is now time for them to look after their son Joshua and their family in the best way you can.

The parents stressed: "We would ask that the legal process would be allowed to proceed to deal with this matter, without interference, and that we would be allowed to deal with this, like any other parents in a similar position.”
 

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Sometimes there's nothing better than a thriller.

The mysteries, the clues, the suspects… As much as we love a good TV series, reading a mystery novel can be extremely captivating.

So, if you fancy reading a few crime novels throughout the summer months, take a look at this list. There's some frighteningly good ones in there.

The River at Night by Erica Ferencik

The River at Night only made its debut this year, but it's being hailed a a total page-turner.

Wini Allen has just been through a series of personal tragedies, so she takes some time off with her BFFs.

The three friends head away on a hiking trip, but they end up stranded and fighting for their lives.

The women then stumble across a fire-lit camp, but they have no idea of the true intent of their new found companions.

 

The Dry by Jane Harper

You can bet this book is going to be good as Reese Witherspoon's production company has just secured the film rights to it.

During an awful drought in Australia, three members of the same family are brutally murdered.

Police suspect the father killed his wife and child, before himself, but as a new police officer arrives in town, secrets become unearthed. Who really killed the Hadler family?

 

Everything You Want Me to Be by Mindy Mejia

This dark novel takes place in an American high school and centres around the last year of Hattie Hoffman's life.

Hattie is a senior in the school and her life comes to an end when she is brutally stabbed on the opening night of the school play.

A teacher and the local sheriff become the main suspects.

 

The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter

This book is based on a psychopath… or is she a psychopath?

An ex-cop is found in a pool of blood, but it turns out the blood is not his – it's another woman's. Will they find the other victim? Did she kill the cop?

As the mystery ensues, an officer becomes entangled in the web of lies the victim leaves behind.

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The Break Down by B.A. Paris

This book begins by meeting the main character Cass, who sees a women sitting in a parked car during a downpour.

That woman later turns up dead and ever since, Cass keeps forgetting things; where she parked her car, her alarm code, whether or not she has taken her pills.

But she can't forget the woman. And is somebody watching her?

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We're not even joking a little bit when we tell you that an avocado shortage is fuelling a crime wave over in New Zealand.

Since the beginning of the year, New Zealand has seen nearly 40 large-scale robberies from avocado orchards, and police are saying that up to 350 individual fruits have been taken at a time.

This comes after farmers had a poor season last year which saw a lower amount of the crop grown. However, in 2015 an additional 96,000 households started to buy avocados in New Zealand and suppliers haven't been able to keep up.

According to The Guardian, the thefts took place in the middle of the night, with robbers using blankets to collect a few after "raking" them off the trees.

"These stolen avocados can carry risks," said Sergeant Aaron Fraser.

"They are unripe, some have been sprayed recently and they may still carry toxins on the skin. But with the prices so high at the moment, the potential for profit is a strong inducement for certain individuals."

However, the New Zealand Avocado CEO, Jen Scoular, said that farmers are becoming more savvy about protecting their crops now.

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The body of a woman was discovered in Scotsman's Bay in Sandycove yesterday morning, according to the Irish Independent

Following a post-mortem, authorities have determined that the cause of death was drowning and are now looking to identify the body. 

The woman, who is believed to be in her 50s or 60s, is described as being around 5'5 in height with red hair. 

According to news reports, she was wearing a red shirt, blue fleece, dark purple jeans, a purple coat and brown boots when discovered. She also had her nails painted purple. 

Gardaí do not believe that the woman was in the water for long and are appealing to the public for any information. 

Police have asked anyone who may know the identity of the woman or have any information regarding the incident to contact Dun Laoghaire Garda Station at 01 666 5000. 

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She's known as the UK's sweetheart, but things could have turned out very different for Cheryl Fernandez-Versini.

The pop star opened up to Ant and Dec in a one-off ITV documentary, When Ant and Dec Met The Prince: 40 Years of the Prince's Trust. 

Cheryl is featured in the documentary and candidly reveals that she could have turned to drugs or a life of crime if it weren't for the dance academy she attended when she was young.

The X Factor judge said, "If I didn't have [my dancing], and I wasn't lucky enough to come to dance classes or had that discipline instilled in me, I could have gone anywhere.

"I could have been a drug addict, I could have been in prison. Any route could have happened had I not had have this opportunity."

The hitmaker became an ambassador for the Prince's Trust in 2011 and since then she has set up two sister charities that help support disadvantaged kids in her hometown. 

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Jennifer Hudson’s half-brother, Steven Simpson, has been arrested after a frenzied attack on his estranged wife’s lover.

The singer’s brother reportedly stabbed the man in the face several times and is now being held in Michigan for attempted murder.

Unfortunately for Jennifer, this is not the first violent incident to impact her family. Back in 2008, her mother and brother were found dead with her nephew also being reported missing only to be found deceased three days later.

They were murdered by Jennifer’s sister Julia’s estranged husband, William Balfour who is currently serving three counts of first-degree murder for the tragic crimes.

The deaths deeply affected the singer and she has set up a fund for families of similar crimes known as The Hudson-King Foundation for Families of Slain Victims.

Jennifer’s third album, JHUD, is due for release next month, although it is unknown how recent events will impact this.

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