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Dozen migrants intercepted near Dover after France clears camps

Around a dozen migrants have been intercepted off the Kent coast, following camp clearances in France. At least two Border Force vessels pulled into Dover on Sunday morning after small boats were stopped in the Channel. The Home Office said it was "aware of ongoing incidents" as it is believed more UK-bound boats were also caught on Sunday morning. Image: A group of men thought to be migrants are checked by Border Force officers in Dover The coastguard said it was monitoring four incidents off the Kent coast and was working with the Border Force. A spokesperson said: "We are committed to safeguarding life around the seas and coastal areas of this country. Advertisement "HM Coastguard is only concerned with preservation of life, rescuing those in trouble and bringing them safely back to shore, where they will be handed over to the relevant partner emergency services or authorities." The number of migrants taken in by the authorities this year is believed to have already passed 1,000. More from Calais On Tuesday, UK Border Force officers intercepted what is thought to be the highest number of migrants in a single day. Some 86 men, women and children headed to Britain, with some managing to land on beaches before being taken in by officials. Image: A number of migrants were intercepted on Sunday morning Image: Read More – Source

Drug dealer caught after bags of cocaine fell out of his...

Gavin Buchan, 39, tried to hide the drugs in his mouth (Picture: Shutterstock) A drug dealer was caught by police after bags of cocaine hidden his mouth started falling out. Gavin Buchan, 39, was sitting in a silver Vauxhall Astra when officers pulled up alongside him on the A90 Aberdeen to Ellon road, on September 22 last year. He quickly attempted to hide his drugs by stuffing them in his cheeks, but then couldnt speak when the police asked him questions, Aberdeen Sheriff Court was told. Fiscal depute Lucy Simpson said: The accused was struggling to speak and was being asked to repeat himself when a small white parcel fell from his mouth. The officer attempted to catch it and the accused bit down on his finger. She continued: When the accused released it, further similar white packages fell from his mouth. Buchan was then searched and the bags, containing cocaine worth £560, and about £1,750 in cash were seized. He was made subject to an 18-month drug treatment and testing order (Picture: Shutterstock) Two months later he had drugs worth £1,500 confiscated. Advertisement Advertisement The court heard Buchan had been a fisherman before his Fraserburgh creel vessel was written-off, causing him to start dealing cocaine. He used his insurance payout to establish himself in the drugs trade, bu his actions soon caught police attention. Brexit delay to lifesaving cancer treatment 'will hit children hardest' Solicitor Ian Jane said the money funded Buchans Read More – Source

Artist who created £4,800,000 stolen gold toilet wishes theft was a...

The solid gold toilet, which has been stolen from Blenheim Palace (Picture: PA) The creator of a multi-million pound solid gold toilet has said he wishes its theft was a prank. Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, who named the sculpture America, has a history of mischevious stunts surrounding his art. This is his most high profile piece of art to date after it was stolen from Blenheim Palace. He told the New York Times: I wish it was a prank. Whos so stupid to steal a toilet? America was the 1% for the 99%, and I hope it still is. The loo was stolen from Blenheim Palace (Picture: Getty) I want to be positive and think the robbery is a kind of Robin Hood-inspired action. The lustrous 18-carat working loo was ripped from a wood-panelled room at the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, in the early hours of Saturday. Cattelan, 58, is understood to have attended a reception party at the 18th century Oxfordshire estate on Friday, marking his first UK solo exhibition in two decades. Advertisement Advertisement The sculpture was the centrepiece of his new show, which opened on Thursday. Thames Valley Police believe a gang of thieves using at least two vehicles were responsible for the theft and a 66-year-old man arrested on Saturday remains in police custody. INCIDENT We're investigating a burglary at Blenheim Palace that occurred in the early hours of this morning. A high value gold toilet has been stolen. A man has been arrested and is in police custody. Full details here https://t.co/kmdsa8IdKq pic.twitter.com/1UVRTOZijs — TVP_WestOxon (@TVP_WestOxon) September 14, 2019 Detective Inspector Jess Milne said on Sunday: We are following a number of lines of inquiry and there will continue to be a police presence in and around the area of Blenheim Palace while our investigations continue. We are making every effort to locate the offenders and the toilet that was stolen. Some sceptics have been slow to accept the theft at face value, with the memory of artist Banksy shredding his famous Girl With a Balloon painting still fresh in the mind of the art world. Last year, onlookers at a Sothebys auction were stunned after the painting started to be cut with a shredder built-in to its frame, just after it had sold for more than £1 million. That stunt is said to have made the piece more valuable. In Amsterdam in 1996, Cattelan previously stole the whole show of another artist at a nearby gallery and tried to pass off the exhibition as his own work.

Brexit delay to lifesaving cancer treatment will hit children hardest

Three-quarters of medicines come to the UK from the EU, according to the Yellowhammer papers (Picture: Rex/Getty) Leading cancer charities have expressed their alarm that a no-deal Brexit could have a grave impact on lifesaving research to treat childhood cancers. It comes after the publication of the governments Yellowhammer papers, which warned that medicines would be particularly vulnerable to severe delays in the event of Britain crashing out of the EU without a deal. The documents also highlighted that three-quarters of medicines come from the EU. Cancer charities are now calling on the government to take steps to ensure the supply of medicines and lifesaving research which are so vital to treating childrens cancers, are not harmed by a no-deal Brexit, after Boris Johnson reaffirmed his commitment to leaving the EU with or without a deal on October 31. Cancer research UK says that more than a quarter of the clinical trials that it funds involved at least one other EU country, which are particularly important for rare and childrens cancers. Advertisement Advertisement The charitys head of policy, Emlyn Samuel, told Metro.co.uk: Its imperative that a “no-deal” Brexit does not disrupt the supply of medicines and medicinal products to the UK, or threaten vital international research collaboration. More than a quarter of the clinical trials that Cancer Research UK funds involve at least one other EU country, and these are particularly important for rare and childrens cancers. More than a quarter of clinical trials for rare and childrens cancers involve at least one other EU country (Picture: Getty Images) The Government is putting contingency plans in place to minimise disruption. But despite these measures, the scale of this challenge means that some risks inevitably remain. Whatever the outcome on 31 October, the Government must take action to ensure that people with cancer are protected. Children with Cancer UK has echoed those calls and is calling on the government to prevent any damage to essential lifesaving research which is vital to improving survival rates. Acting CEO Mark Brider said: Like most medical research charities, Children with Cancer UK works closely with European counterparts to research and develop new and better treatments.

Woman, 21, killed in street in suspected domestic violence case

By Sanya Burgess, news reporter A 21-year-old woman has died after being attacked in the street in a suspected case of domestic violence. Emergency services were called to Fitzwilliam Street in Huddersfield at 6.12pm on Thursday but Ms Fields was pronounced dead at the scene, West Yorkshire Police said. Paul Crowther, 35, from Birstall, was charged on Sunday with the murder of Bethany Fields and with possession of a knife. In their tribute, Ms Fields's family said: "The life of Bethany, who was a beautiful, talented, ambitious, intelligent, kind, giving, and loving daughter, was tragically taken from her. "A daughter, who any parent would have been proud of, much loved and respected by all – family, friends, work colleagues and fellow students." Advertisement The family said Bethany "had a bright future ahead of her" and "was musically gifted". They remember her as having "a wonderfully pleasant nature, with a love of nature, plants and animals". More from UK Ms Fields, from Leeds, studied environmental geography at university and worked with a charity for people with physical and learning difficulties, an action her family say "brRead More – Source

Parents battle doctors to keep their child, 6, alive

The parents of a six-year-old girl on life support are waging a battle with the doctors treating her to prevent her being moved to palliative care. The girl's parents are both doctors themselves and are disputing an application to take her off life support by the NHS trust responsible for her care. The trust is taking the matter to the High Court and the trial will begin on Thursday. A barrister representing the trust says the girl, who judges have ruled cannot be named in media reports, has a "severe and progressive life-limiting neuro-degenerative disorder" and "end-stage respiratory failure". Claire Watson said the girl's condition was terminal and meant she could not "communicate verbally". Advertisement The child's parents do not want her life support treatment to stop and say she can communicate using her eyes. Sophia Roper, who is representing the parents in court, said relations between the parents and doctors had "irretrievably broken down". More from Nhs Other similar cases involving the parents of seriously ill children and NHS trusts have attracted attention. It has encouraged discussion about what is in a child's best interests and who should get to decide when to stop treatment. Image: Alfie Evans was also at the centre of a disRead More – Source

Boris Johnson will break UK out of EU like the Hulk...

Boris Johnson thinks the UK can leave the EU like The Incredible Hulk breaking out of his manacles (Picture: AFP/Getty) Boris Johnson claims he will break out of the European Unions manacles like The Incredible Hulk if he cant get a deal with EU leaders by the end of October. The Prime Minister has again suggested he will ignore the law designed to block no-deal in order to leave on 31 October. In an interview with the Mail On Sunday the PM – who will meet European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker in Luxembourg in the coming week – likened Britain to the fictional scientist Bruce Banner, who transforms into the monstrous green Hulk when he is angry in the Marvel superhero comics and movies. He said: Banner might be bound in manacles, but when provoked he would explode out of them. Hulk always escaped, no matter how tightly bound in he seemed to be – and that is the case for this country. Advertisement Advertisement We will come out on 31 October and we will get it done. Mr Johnson claimed a huge amount of progress is being made on Brexit and told the paper: I will be talking to Jean-Claude about how were going to do it. Im very confident. When I got this job everybody was saying there can be absolutely no change to the Withdrawal Agreement, the backstop was immutable, the arrangements by which the UK was kept locked in to the EU forever, they said no-one could change that. Mr Johnson has suggested he will ignore a law passed this week to prevent a no-deal Brexit (Picture: AFP/Getty) They have already moved off that and, as you know, theres a very, very good conversation going on about how to address the issues of the Northern Irish border. A huge amount of progress is being made. Escargot, salmon and fromage will be on the menu when Mr Johnson and Mr Juncker meet for lunch on Monday. The PM, accompanied by Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay and Number 10s Brexit negotiator David Frost, will also meet the EUs chief negotiator Michel Barnier during the Luxembourg visit. Despite the Mr Johnsons optimism, Downing Street warned that Mondays meetings will not be a big breakthrough moment in the Governments bid to strike a deal with Brussels. Ahead of the trip, the PM took another swipe at his opposition rival Labour leader Jeremy Corybyn, sayiRead More – Source

Students accuse teachers of peddling anti-Brexit propaganda at school

Teachers have been accused of bringing anti-Brexit bias into their discussions (Picture: Google Maps) Teachers at a secondary school have been accused of pushing their own anti-Brexit beliefs in assemblies and classrooms. Sixth form students at St Josephs Catholic High School say teachers have told them backing a second EU referendum would be in their interest. They say a senior teacher mocked Donald Trump and Boris Johnson in an assembly last week, telling students: Were not going to remember these two. Some students worry staff could mould the minds of younger pupils who are still forming their own political beliefs and fear it could be happening in schools across the country. One student, who wished to remain anonymous, said teachers have made comments here and there for some time. But the 17-year-old said last Wednesdays assembly on the topic of leadership was a particular sticking point. Boris Johnson is not the most popular man among staff at St Josephs Catholic High School (Picture: PA) He told Metro.co.uk: He was talking about how Brexit was bad for us and how Brexit was going to affect us really badly then he got up a picture of Boris Johnson, mocking him. Advertisement Advertisement After showing a pictures of Johnson and Trump, the student says the staff member then showed a picture of climate change activist Greta Thunberg and said: Were going to remember her, were not going to remember these two. Recalling how he discussed Trump, Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg, another year 13 student said the same teacher essentially implied they were idiots with the way he was talking about them. One of the boys said another senior teacher actively encouraged students to back a second referendum at an enrichment session late last year. He said: He just tells us about how Brexit isnt good for us and how its going to ruin our future. Donald Trump was also targeted during an assembly, students have said (Picture: AP) Students have described teachers at the Slough school telling them they are all going to lose their jobs as peddling propaganda. They worry teachers might be affecting younger pupils who are more easily influenced and are yet to shape their own political beliefs. One student said: You could pretty much mould them. Tell them what you wan and they will start believing it. I fear that this is happening across the country in schools. Its not really their place to do so. He said one senior teacher has come into the classroom and has interacted with pupils for about 20 minutes talking to us about Brexit. Ive no doubt that he must have been talking about this sort of thing to other classes. Arch-Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg was also discussed in the assembly (Picture: EPA) I just think thats beyond opinion hes just furthering his own agenda. Advertisement Advertisement The student described St Josephs as a school very much against Brexit. He said teachers encouraged debate at his previous school but said there was never a sense of bias. One of the students said another senior member of staff urged students to throw their weight behind a second referendum in class after playing a clip of a House of Commons debate. They said: I was just thinking the schools not supposed to be promoting ideology like that. If youre at home or on social media thats your place to share your Read More – Source

Three-legged dog who spent years in Turkish rescue shelter adopted by...

John Hopkinson is adopting amputee dog Popsey (Picture: Gofundme) A three-legged dog who was starved and abused in Turkey is being brought to the UK by an ex-army amputee. John Hopkinson, 43, heard about Popseys plight after a chance encounter with a volunteer from The Pointer Rescue Service in Salisbury Hospital. Rescue worker Liz Gee said the English Pointer was abandoned by her owner who left her with horrendous injuries including a rotten foot that had to be amputated. She was taken in by a Turkish rescue shelter in 2016 but was never re-homed as most people who visited wanted the perfect dog. But John, whose life changed forever when he fell through a fire escape and lost his leg in 2016, knew instantly that he wanted to adopt Popsey without even meeting her. This English Pointer Popsey was found starving n Turkey with a rotten leg (Picture: Gofundme) She has been adopted by John after three years of living in a rescue shelter (Picture: GoFundMe) He told Metro.co.uk: It was an unexpected encounter but when I heard she had three legs I just knew I had to take her. Advertisement Advertisement I feel like she needs protecting after whats happened. Even though I have only got one leg I will battle for her. I will look after her and protect her and she will be able to save me. I am really low. She will pick me up and force me to get up to feed her and take her on a walk. Then when she is down I will massage her stump. John, from Portsmouth, worked in the army for 18 years before returning home to work as a labourer. He had his accident just three days into his new job and said he hasnt had much to smile about since having his leg amputated. The Pointer Rescue Service want to raise money to bring Popsey to John (Picture: GoFundme)

Rugby legend Gareth Thomas enters Ironman Wales after revealing HIV diagnosis

Rugby legend Gareth Thomas is taking part in Ironman Wales after revealing he is living with HIV. There has been an outpouring of support for the 45-year-old, who is competing in the 140-mile triathlon today, and is the first UK sportsman to disclose he has the virus. He spoke of his diagnosis in an interview with the Sunday Mirror – before revealing in a video on his Twitter page that he had been "forced" to make the admission. "I've been threatened by people who said they would give away my secret. It's sick and I've been through hell," he told the paper. "I was being blackmailed and in my mind I thought you only get blackmailed for something really bad, which compounded the feeling of shame." Advertisement In the video he said: "I want to share my secret with you. Why? Because it's mine to tell. Not the evils threatening to tell you before I do. "Now even though I've been forced to tell you this, I choose to fight to educate." More from UK Image: The star came out as gay 10 years ago Prince William is among those to offer his support, saying: "Courageous as ever – legend on the pitch and off it. You have our support Gareth. W." Referee Nigel Owens tweeted: "Stay strong my friend and as always well done for being so brave and open to speak about these important issues that affect so many and will help even more. All my support." Thomas told the newspaper he had been living with the diagnosis for years and felt "shame" over it. He said he was suicidal at one point. "I had a fear people would judge me and treat me like a leper because of a lack of knowledge," he said. "I was in a dark place, feeling suicidal. I thought about driving off a cliff." The former Wales rugby union and league star came out as gay in 2009, becoming the first British rugby international to do so. Describing the day he received the diagnosis, Mr Thomas said: "I'll never ever forget the moment I found out. I went for a routine sexual health test at a private clinic in Cardiff. "I'd had the tests every now and again and they'd always come back okay. I didn't feel ill and I thought everything was going to be fine. "The woman who did the test took blood as usual, then I went out to my car and waited for about an hour before going back in to get my results. "When I went back in, I sat down on a chair next to a doctor's bench. She told me in a quite matter-of-fact way I had tested HIV positive." Read More – Source

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