A SENIOR manager at Boris Johnsons regeneration agency has been sacked after using extremely offensive and racist language. Nick Hoare, an interim director at the London Development Agency, was dis- missed within hours of allegedly using the N word during a meeting. The agency is the Mayors body responsible for preparing London for the 2012 Games and championing equal- ity, particularly for ethnic minority businesses. Three staff at the meeting filed formal complaints, leading to Mr Hoare being summoned before LDA chief executive Peter Rogers and sacked immediately. Mr Hoare has been the agencys interim director of con- tracts management since July. The LDA, which has a 469m annual budget, has been a source of controversy since it was set up in 2000 and was at the centre of the revelations in 2007 about ques- tionable loans for community groups by Lee Jasper, an aide to Ken Livingstone. The incident involving Mr Hoare hap- pened on Tuesday at the LDAs Southwark headquarters. An LDA source said the complaint alleged Mr Hoare used racist language completely out of place in a working environment. John Biggs, a Labour member of the London Assembly, said: Boris has found himself in deep water with racial insensitiv- ity in the past. This is the right thing to do. Many Londoners will be deeply offended by this. Mr Hoare could not be reached for comment. London Lite Thursday, 29 October 2009 grab more every thursday Offersarelimited;oncetheyvegone,theyvegone.24hoursalestartsat10amonThursday29thOctoberandnishes10amFriday30thOctober09. Pricescorrectattimeofgoingtoprint,subjecttoavailabilityandconditions.Seewebsitewww.lastminute.comforfulltermsandconditions. 4* top secret hotels under 50 4* milan 2 nights 100 xmas ski meribel valley 399 we will rock you 17.50 marcopierrewhite2courses10 for 24 hours only ends 10am tomorrow Boris boss sacked for using the N wordOffendedstaffcomplained Kidsoffiveinracistsquabbles ABOUT 40,000 cases of racism are reported in schools every year, a report revealed today. Children as young as five are being punished over everyday playground squabbles even if they do not understand the terms they use. Adrian Hart, the author of the report by civil liberties group the Manifesto Club, said: Such policies can create divisions where none had existed, by turning everyday playground spats into race issues. Teachers are obliged to monitor and report racist incidents but say they are being treated like counter staff in police stations, having to detail name-calling and jokes. by kevin widdop Poppyposterdefacedbyanti-warprotesters Deep water: Mayor Boris Johnson Hit-and-run car thief kills OAP AN ELDERLY woman has died after being struck by a stolen car as it was pursued by police. The hunt continued today to find the hit-and-run driver who dumped the car after the crash yesterday near Crawley, West Sussex. Longer run for pop-up diners foRmER three michelin-starred chef Pierre Koffmanns pop-up restaurant at Selfridges will stay open for an extra six weeks due to massive demand. The store has had almost 10,000 calls and 8,000 emails requesting reservations. BILLBOARDS promoting this years poppy appeal have been vandalised by anti-war protesters. The wording of a Royal British Legion poster showing the widow and the young son of a soldier killed in Afghanistan reads: For their sake wear a poppy. But protesters in Gillingham, Kent, changed one poster to For their sake, prosecute Blair, and a second to For their sake, bring em home. The vandalism has horrified friends and family of Private Damian Wright, who was 23 when he was killed by a roadside bomb in 2007. The poster shows his widow Hester, 22, and son Joshua, six, from Nottinghamshire, holding his picture. His mother Debbie Smalley, 45, said: Whoever did it should be ashamed. Vandalised: the poster words changed to protest against Tony Blair, right 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.html40.html41.html42.html43.html