4 Tuesday, 27 October 2009 London Lite World at a glance HollywooddirectorHaggis quitshate-filledScientology HOLLYWOOD director Paul Haggis has quit the Church Of Scientology, claiming it is hate- filled and bigoted against gay marriage. Haggis, who won an Oscar for Crash, resigned in a letter hitting out at the stance on same-sex marriage. He said he could not be a member of an organisation where gay-bashing [is] tolerated. He accused members in the San Diego branch of helping to fund the campaign for Proposition 8, the ballot outlawing gay marriage in California. Other Scientology members include John Travolta and Tom Cruise. Meanwhile, a court in Paris today convicted the Church Of Scientology on fraud charges, fining it over 450,000. The case began with a woman who joined but was refused a refund on books and courses when she left. She was among three plaintiffs. The group immediately announced it would appeal the verdict. Attacked bigots: Paul Haggis Brit, 27, dies climbing into her flat A BRITISH expat has died trying to climb into her flat in Spain after finding herself locked out when she returned from her 27th birthday party. Angela Kennett, of Aylesbury, Bucks, thought to have worked for American Express, scaled a porch to try to reach the first-floor window of her home near Marbella when she realised she had forgotten her keys. The pergola crashed to the ground, and a wooden beam apparently hit her. A neighbour found her on the ground with a head wound yesterday. She died before paramedics arrived. A postmortem was due today. Fish supper: this is the 3.5-metre shark almost bitten in two by an even bigger monster, prompting a scare among Brisbane beach-goers. Experts say the culprit, which is still on the loose, is a six-metre Great White. EvenMcDonaldsisquittingIceland McDONALDS is set to close its three restaurants in Iceland. The burger giant put the decision down to the very challenging economic climate. Most of the ingredients are imported from Germany and have doubled in cost since the krona collapsed against the euro. The move means Iceland will join a small group of European countries without a McDonalds restaurant, including Albania and Armenia. GrievingBosscancelshisgig BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN cancelled a performance in Kansas City last night after the death of his cousin, a member of his road crew. Lenny Sullivan, 36, was found dead at the citys Intercontinental Hotel hours before Springsteen -- known as The Boss -- and the E Street Band were due on stage. The news was announced on the singers website. Police said there was nothing suspicious about the death. USmumsgrimshrinetodeadsons AN AMERICAN woman turned the home where her young sons died into a Halloween haunted house open to the public before police closed it. Viviana Delgado, 27, lost Mario, five, and David, three, when fire wrecked their Californian home on 29 May. Ms Delgado said transforming it into a Halloween attraction was the way Im coping with the loss of my two kids. Police said the burned house was unsafe. CallsforMettoscrap armedpatrolsquads A PLAN for regular armed police patrols in Londons gun crime hot spots could be abandoned. Members of the Metropolitan Police Authority claim the policy has not been properly debated and will attempt to shelve the plan at a meeting on Thursday. There are fears it could lead to the arming of all police officers, and local people are angry that they were not consulted. Pilot patrols from the CO19 fire- arms unit have been sent to estates in Tottenham, Haringey and Brixton. Details of the plan were revealed last week by senior officers in CO19 but neither Met chief Sir Paul Stephenson nor his deputy Tim Godwin were believed to have been informed of the details. Boris Johnson and his policing deputy Kit Malthouse were also not briefed. The Met wants to expand the pilot scheme which involves a specialist firearms unit working with neigh- bourhood policing teams to carry out weapon sweeps, stop and searches and to support operations. The Met deny the patrols would be routine and say they would be de ployed for as little as 30 minutes. Joanne McCartney, a Labour MPA member and policing spokeswoman, said: If we are talking about armed patrols on the streets then this is a step change in policing. BY GEORGINA LITTLEJOHN Sad:Springsteens cousinhasdied Picture of the day 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