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May 18, 2009 at 6:00 AM
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BNP using non-British actors?

LONDON, May 18 (UPI) -- The anti-immigrant British National Party has been distributing leaflets and posters with non-British actors described as party supporters, a photographer says.

One leaflet shows an elderly couple who say that Britons are "being pushed to the back of the queue by asylum-seekers." Luca DiFilipo, an Italian photographer, told The Daily Telegraph that the couple are his parents, that they do not share BNP views and the photo was purchased from an online agency.

The Telegraph said that the other images on the leaflet were also bought online.

A poster displayed on the BNP "truth truck" shows three construction workers. The text suggests they are urging voters to support the BNP.

The Mirror reports that the trio are professional models who posed for the shot in the United States. The BNP bought the picture from an agency in Portland, Ore., the report said.

A photo of a doctor complaining that immigration is undermining the National Health Service is also from the United States, the Mirror said, and also purchased from an agency.


Blaze guts 11 fire engines at fire school

MORETON-IN-MARSH, England, May 18 (UPI) -- A fire in a workshop at a British Fire Service College gutted 11 fire engines in England this weekend.

The blaze did not spread beyond one building at the training institution in Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, the BBC reported. But the engines alone were worth 1.3 million pounds (almost $2 million).

Scores of firefighters from Gloucestershire and two other counties battled the fire.

"The fire service is used to dealing with emergencies," Charlie Hendry, head of the Chief Fire Officers Association, said.

The Fire Service College opened 38 years ago. It can take 600 students at a time from Britain and other countries, providing advanced training for firefighters and other emergency workers.


Busted for not holding escalator rail

LAVAL, Quebec, May 18 (UPI) -- A Canadian woman says she was handcuffed and detained for disobeying a police officer's order to hold the rail on an escalator in the Montreal Metro.

Bela Kosoian said that she found police behavior "horrible, disgusting," the Toronto Globe and Mail reported. She plans to fight the two tickets she was given for failing to hold the rail and obstruction.

Kosoian, 38, said she was on her way to an evening class at the university late Wednesday afternoon when she was arrested. She said that she was trying to find money for the subway fare in her backpack when an officer ordered her to hold the rail.

The officer was with police in Laval, a Montreal suburb, not the Societe de Transport de Montreal.

"We were quite surprised to hear about this, we don't give fines for such things," said Isabelle Tremblay, a spokeswoman for the STM.


President watches daughters play soccer

WASHINGTON, May 18 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama took some time off from governing the United States to watch his daughters play soccer this weekend.

Unlike other Washington soccer dads, Obama traveled to the games in a motorcade with an escort of Secret Service agents and pool reporters.

Obama, wearing a Chicago White Sox jacket and accompanied by two friends from the Windy City, went first to the Boys and Girls Club in Georgetown where his younger daughter, Sasha, 7, was playing. Obama chanted "Go, go, go, goal," as Sasha set up her team to score.

"We're going to be on TV," one boy said in response to Obama's presence.

The president moved on to the Palisades Recreation Center where his older daughter, Malia, 10, was playing.

Michelle Obama was in California speaking at a college graduation.

In the afternoon, Obama played golf at a military base in Virginia, getting in 11 holes before rain interrupted him. The president's handicap and golf score have not been given to the news media.

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