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Local lockdown fears for Leicester after coronavirus infection spike

We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. Sign up fornow and never miss the top politics stories again. The East Midlands city saw an extra 658 cases in the fortnight leading up to June 16. Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock is said to be reviewing legislation and daily reports from the city. Sources told the Sunday Times he is “quite worried” and considering “all options”. There are re

UK weather forecast: Flooding fears as torrential rain to savage Britain

The rain will be heavier in the north. The south will mainly encounter showers. A Met Office meteorologist said: “Chilly start to Sunday morning, outbreaks of heavy rain across north and the west of the UK. “A rainfall warning in force right through Sunday and into Monday, risk of flooding throughout the day as we go through the day in places.” There are three yellow flood warnings in the UK on Sunday. These are for northwest England, northwest Scotland and west Northern Ireland. All three a

London horror: Two stabbed in street in Clapton - armed police rush to scene

We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. Sign up fornow and never miss the top politics stories again. The incident is believed to have taken place at Clapton Common. Two people were found injured, but their condition is not currently known. MPS Hackney tweeted : “We were called at 23:20hrs to reports of a stabbing near Clapton Common, E5. “A man was arrested at the scene and taken to a nearby po

Glasgow stabbing: Police confirm identity of the man who went on deadly rampage

We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. Sign up fornow and never miss the top politics stories again. Police in Scotland have named the attacker who went on a rampage at West Geroge Street on Friday. The 28-year-old from Sudan was shot dead by police after injuring six people. The police said: "The identity is based on information the deceased provided to the Home Office earlier this year. "Poli

Coronavirus resurgence can be tackled by ‘local reaction’ claims West Midlands Mayor

Andy Street, a Tory, made the comments on BBC Newsnight. Mr Street has been in the role since May 2017. He said: “At the beginning of this pandemic, the West Midlands was particularly badly affected. “You look at the graph of how this disease has travelled through the West Midlands, it’s much much more steep up, it’s also steeper down than the national average. “That reflects the fact that once the lockdown came the compliance here was very good and actually there’s now a tail of new cases that

Liverpool’s Liver Building on fire shortly after firework seen striking building

The Liver Buiding on the VE Day anniversarry We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. Sign up fornow and never miss the top politics stories again. It is unclear what caused the fire but the Liverpool Echo report it began on one of the balconies as crowds gathered to celebrate Liverpool FC winning the Premier League and that fireworks were seen striking the building. Liverpool Football Club , Mer

David Attenborough steps in with classy gesture to save London Zoo from extinction

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Zoo has been closed for 12 weeks, six times as long as it was at the start of the Second World War. The cost of feeding the animals remained at £43,500 a month. The veteran broadcaster told the Sunday Times: “What happens if you can’t raise the money to keep the animals? “What happens if you can’t afford the food? “Are we supposed to put them down? “The immediate prospect of the zoo going financially bust is too awful to think of. “Are we, or are we not, a c

Reading stabbing: Eyewitness recalls horror of fleeing from attacker 'running towards' him

At least two people are being treated for knife wounds in hospital, while a source said there had been three fatalities - but this has not been confirmed by emergency services. The attack took place at Forbury Gardens at 7pm Saturday and is being treated as a terror-related incident. A man was arrested at the scene and taken into police custody, Thames Valley Police (TVP) said. Lawrence Wort was at the park when the stabbing took place and recalled his horror at realising the attacker was "runn

Pubs finally set to reopen next month - but there's a new set of rules to follow

According to the Daily Mail, customers will be encouraged to order beer by an app and pubs will be automatically entitled to serve people outside. The guidelines will also see a ban on self-serve buffets and menus must be discarded after use. Jack Stein, Chef Director at his father Rick Stein's restaurant chain, told the Telegraph: “It is not just about business, we are British and everyone just wants to go to the pub. “When we can serve that first piece of turbot and first pint in our pub it w

London protests: Police release images of 35 people wanted in connection to violence

Protests have taken place in support for the Black Lives Matter movement and some in support for far-right activism and violence has broken out in some of these protests. The images (released here) are linked to offences that took place between June 3 and June 13. Commander Bas Javid acknowledged to the BBC, the vast majority of protestors were peaceful but added: “A small minority have attended with the sole purpose of attacking police officers, or violently confronting other protesters. "We

Revealed: How the Bank of England could rebuild its coronavirus war-chest

It is expected to announce an increase of at least £100billion in its bond-buying programme. The bank has spent most of the £200billion it gave itself in March as it covers the Government’s borrowing. Governor Andrew Bailey told the Commons Treasury Select Committee last month, borrowing rates might drop below zero for the first time: “Of course, we’re keeping the tools under active review in the current situation. “We do not rule things out as a matter of principle”. “We’re very keen to observ

Boris Johnson and Emmanuel Macron join forces to honour French Resistance heroes

Mr Macron’s visit marks the 80th anniversary of Charles de Gaulle’s radio address to the French nation, which laid the foundation of the Resistance movement after it was broadcast by the BBC from London after Sir Winston Churchill granted permission. This occurred shortly after the Nazi invasion of France. Britain will bestow awards to Edgard Tupet-Thome, 100; Daniel Cordier, 99; Hubert Germain, 99, and Pierre Simonet, 98. The quartet are the only surviving holders of Croix de la Liberation, wh

NHS unable to trace contacts of a third of people who tested positive for coronavirus

Dido Harding, the chair of the scheme, said it would need to do better. A total of 8,117 positive cases were referred to contact tracers but only 5,407 had been willing to give names and phone numbers of people they had been in close contact with in the previous two days. Lady Harding said: “Tens of thousands of people have engaged with NHS Test and Trace in its first week, either by taking a test if they’ve got symptoms or sharing their contacts if they test positive and then following the advi

Experts reveal how to get back into driving as weeks of lockdown leaves motorists rusty

The survey from Hyundai spoke to 2,000 motorists and found 18 percent struggled to get back to normal behind the wheel of their car. A total of 28 percent reported stalling their car, 21 percent had scraped their wheels on the curb, while 12 percent said they had forgotten which side they filled up or charged their car. Kate Rock-Rees, of Goodyear, spoke to about steps motorists can take to help reacclimatise themselves to driving and avoid difficulties: “It’s vital that you make s

UK weather forecast: Britain set for Sunday washout as torrential rain strikes

According to the Met Office weather forecast, the north and northeast will start off wet with the rain spreading throughout England. Temperatures are expected to be a little higher than on Saturday, however. A Met Office meteorologist explained: “Further north and west apart from a few showers it's looking largely dry with some bright, sunny spells. “Temperatures should be a little bit higher than on Saturday and with lighter winds too it is set to feel a little bit warmer as we go through the

Coronavirus chaos as ‘world class’ test and trace staff complain of having nothing to do

The scheme for contact tracing coronavirus patients launched on May 28 after a Government recruitment drive, with workers spending weeks training to use the software. According to the Sun, hundreds are thought to have left but neither TTEC or Capita, two outsourcing firms, would comment on figures. A tracer with TTEC told the newspaper: “It’s been a total waste of time — so boring. We’re sat waiting for something to do. “A lot of the technology hasn’t worked. It’s a mess. We’re being let go wit

Experts discuss the impact of ten week Covid-19 lockdown on children's education

In England, reception, year one and year six all went back to school. Education Secretary Gavin Williamson acknowledged earlier in the lockdown that continued closures could have a negative impact on education, though Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in May the reopening of schools would be gradual. Dr Anastasia Giannakopoulou, a psychology lecturer at the University of Bedfordshire, told that schools would be different as a result of the outbreak: “No matter how much we crave goi

Health expert reveals what he needs for effective contact tracing to beat coronavirus

Contact tracing refers to tracing people who have been close contact with someone found to have coronavirus. Greg Fell, director of Public Health Sheffield, was asked if he had enough data to be able to contact trace effectively. Mr Fell responded: “No, not yet. “Interestingly, I’ve had two emails and two texts this evening that have told me I’ll have data down to the level of about 1,500 people over the weekend. “I need that data regularly and in real time, so I can spot trends over a long per

Coronavirus breakthrough? Vaccine summit in UK exceeds target by raising nearly £7 billion

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the funds would save up to eight million lives. The money would be used to immunise against diseases including polio, diphtheria and measles over the next five years. Mr Johnson described the triumph of humanity over disease as "greatest shared endeavour of our lifetimes". The Prime Minister explained: "Just as we have great military alliances like NATO where countries collaborate on building their collective military defence, so we now need that same spirit of

Endangered seahorse makes stunning comeback in the middle of lockdown

The Seahorse Trust revealed that in one dive at Studland Bay in Dorset, they found 16 spiny seahorses. This was the first sighting in two years and the largest since 2008. The charity put the sudden find down to reduced traffic due to the coronavirus lockdown. Neil Garrick-Maidment, the trust founder, told Sky News: "We have seen so many seahorses because the food chain has recovered, giving seahorses plenty of food to eat, and crucially, somewhere to hide. "The seagrass has started to repair i
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