LINFORD CHRISTIES niece has been crowned the first black Miss England in the competitions history. Rachel Christie, 20, a professional track and field athlete who is on course to compete at the London 2012 Olympics, claimed the title at the pageant in Paddington last night. The 20-year-old heptathlete from Kensington was one of the bookies favourites to win the competition. She won Miss London in May. The Brunel University student and her brother James, 22, are coached by their 100-metre Olympic gold medallist uncle. Ms Christie has won athletics medals at major UK competitions such as the AAA and South of England championships, and trains at the stadium in London Lite Tuesday, 21 July 2009 WillMercuryjudgesgowithFlo? Inbrief 40k strip show for 12-year-olds A COUNCIL has come under fire for spending 40,000 of taxpayers cash on a burlesque festival -- including racy shows for children as young as 12. Parents were astonished to discover pre-teens would be admitted to stripping events at the town hall-funded event in Margate, Kent. But Thanet council said: There wont be any full-frontal nudity. Calais robbers target tourists TOURISTS travelling to France via Calais were warned today about migrant gangs carrying out highway robberies. Would-be illegal immigrants to the UK have been forming roadblocks to force motorists passing through the town to stop, before robbing them at knifepoint. Travellers are warned to keep windows closed and doors locked until they reach the terminal. All knife carriers shouldbejailed THE parents of murdered Harry Potter actor Robert Knox have called for a mandatory six-month minimum custodial sentence for anyone caught carrying a knife. Colin Knox said he had written to the Government, asking it to change the law. His wife Sally said: These people need to be removed from the streets. Robert, 18, was stabbed in Sidcup, south- east London, in May last year. Breast is not necessarily best BREASTFEEDING isnt as beneficial as claimed, a paediatric professor has said. Michael Kramer, of McGill University in Montreal, said information persuading new mothers to breast-feed because of the immunity benefits was out of date. He said his research had failed to prove breast milk protects against allergies, obesity or asthma. Racy queen RachelFirst black Miss England is Linfords athletic niece by GeorGina littlejohn Protest: banner-waving crowd in Paddington last night where Rachel, left, was crowned Hammersmith which is named after her uncle. She told the competition panel at the Metropole Hilton hotel last night: My ambition in life is to compete and win gold in the 2012 Olympics. I would also love to do well in Miss England. I want to be successful in whatever I choose to do in life. She competed despite a car crash on Friday that left her with whiplash and bruised legs. Last nights event was targeted by demonstrators outside the hotel who denounced the competition as sexist. They held banners which read, Every woman is a queen and Beauty is not skin-deep. Crowned: Rachel on her throne at the Metropole Hilton hotel last night H AN ECLECTIC mix of newcomers, established acts and unknowns have made this years short list for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize. Florence And The Machine and Kasabian are joint favourites to walk away with the 20,000 award, which is voted for by a panel of music industry figures and critics. Other acts competing include Bat For Lashes, Friendly Fires, Glasvegas and La Roux, while some of the lesser-known artists are south London rapper Speech Debelle and jazz rock quintet Led Bib. The list had a few notable omissions. Lily Allen and Doves were rumoured to be in with a good shout but both were missing from the final nominees.Favourite: Florence Welch index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html