16 Tuesday, 13 October 2009 London Lite Dwarf race furyAustralianracingministerslamsMidgetsCupinMelbourne Channel 4 goestowar Screaming rapevictim leftbycop Inbrief Met cops Taser seven children Met officers fired taser stun guns at children seven times in the last year, figures revealed today. the weapons, which deliver a 50,000-volt electric shock to immobilise suspects, were deployed nationwide on 100 occasions involving under-18s between 1 April, 2008, and 31 March this year, being fired 18 times and used as a threat in the other instances. Be nice... if you want to survive SOCIetY, rather than our genes, determines whether we are nice to each other, according to research. A study by California University concluded altruism has been taught to successive generations because it helps societies to survive. It found we learn from those who make sacrifices. the study looked at how several neighbouring societies differed from each other, culturally and genetically. A POLICEMAN left a terrified woman with a rapist after he believed the mans lie that they were having consensual sex. PC Matthew Harris, who may now face the sack, went to the flat in Greenwich after her cry for help was heard. He accepted it when Vytautas Jasionis, 54, told him it was just noisy sex and failed to speak to the victim. The man later beat the woman, 32, unconscious and raped her again. Judge Michael Carroll slammed PC Harris for failure of duty after convicting Jasionis of rape at Woolwich Crown Court where he will be sentenced later. His brother, Antanas, 50, who was also in the flat, awaits extradition to Lithuania for his wifes murder. PC Harris is expected to be suspended pending the inquiry outcome. CHANNEL 4 is forking out hundreds of thousands of pounds to recreate the Blitz. A mock East End street set up at a military base, featuring a row of terrace houses, will come under fire from the Luftwaffe. The attack is for a series called Blitz Street to be shown next year. It looks at how people remained resilient during the German onslaught. THE spectacle of dwarfs taking part in a mock horse race has caused uproar in Australia. The Midgets Cup involved dwarf actors saddling up and being carried on the backs of competitors 50 metres down the straight to the winning post. Racing minister Rob Hulls slammed Racing Victoria for staging the stunt as part of the Cranbourne Cup in Melbourne on Sunday. Mr Hulls said: At a time when the racing industry is striving for that dis- cretionary dollar to get people back to the track, I would not have thought this event does anything to promote it as being sophisticated, as being innovative and as being modern. The event saw thousands of spectators cheering on three pairs of competitors. After toppling over the finish line, the winning jockey ran about kissing the cup and fell to his knees. Stuart Laing, of Racing Victoria, said the race was a one-off intended as harm- less fun. He added: The people involved were consenting adults and took part of their own free will. We accept that you cant please everyone and if anyone was offended, we apologise. One of the jockeys, Jeremy Hallaem, said: I didnt see it as degrading because it was taken professionally. The people were involved for a bit of a laugh. The stunt follows the furore over a Jackson Jive skit on Australian TV show Hey Hey Its Saturday, which included performers with faces painted black. by frank thorne Matter of taste: the dwarf jockeys race and, right, the winner kisses the cup H 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.html36.html37.html38.html39.html