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Fears mount Russia is rebuilding spy network in UK following Salisbury...

There are fears Russia is rebuilding a spy network in Britain (Picture: PA) Russia is feared to be rebuilding its spy network in Britain in the wake of the Salisbury nerve agent attack, MPs have been told. Conservative Sir Roger Gale raised concerns as he pushed the Government to offer assurances that MI5 is very firmly on the case. Home Secretary Sajid Javid declined to comment on intelligence matters but said Sir Roger is right to be concerned about the rise in hostile state activity. A total of 23 Russian diplomats who Theresa May claimed were undeclared intelligence officers were expelled from the UK following the Salisbury attack. International allies also followed suit, including the US. 23 Russian diplomats who Theresa May claimed were undeclared intelligence officers were expelled from the UK following the Salisbury attack (Picture: Getty) Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov were identified as the agents who planted the nerve agent (Picture: Getty) Britain believes Russias GRU military intelligence agency was behind the Salisbury attack on former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. Advertisement Advertisement Both survived the poisoning in Salisbury but in July 2018 Dawn Sturgess died after coming into contact with Novichok which is believed to have been in a perfume bottle. Scotland Yard and the Crown Prosecution Service believe there is sufficient evidence to charge two Russians – known by the aliases Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov – with offences including conspiracy to murder over the attack on the Skripals. Speaking in the Commons, Sir Roger said: Following the attempted poisonings in Salisbury, the Prime Minister took robust action to secure the dismissal from the United Kingdom and other European countries of Russian spies posing as diplomats. There is some reason to suppose that that network is being rebuilt. Britain believes Russias GRU military intelligence agency was behind the Salisbury attack on former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia (Picture: Rex) METRO [contfnewc] [contfnewc]

Paedophile filled suitcase with Cadbury Creme Eggs to lure in his...

Lorry driver Alan Porter has been jailed for 21 years for arranging for young children to be raped for his own pleasure (Picture: SWNS/Google) A lorry driver who paid as little as £20 for young children to be raped so he could watch has been jailed for 21 years. Alan Porter, 58, was convicted of a catalogue of offences against children in the Philippines. He paid for children to be abducted, drugged and raped so he could watch videos of them online and arranged to rape and sexually abuse them during future visits. Hove Crown Court was told Porter packed a suitcase full of chocolate bars and Cadbury Creme Eggs to lure in his victims on his next trip. His crimes were uncovered in 2017 when an anonymous letter was sent to the police with a memory card. He had packed a suitcase with Cadburys Creme Eggs to lure in his victims (Picture: SWNS) DC Jackie Keogh said: The letter said Porter had been going to the Philippines for the past 30 years and there had been “talk of rape and drugging street children on his next visit”, and grooming of various children “as young as seven”. Advertisement Advertisement We immediately started to investigate and it became clear that he also asked to engage in sexual acts with several children during future trips. These included a 15-year-old girl whose virginity he was offered for £280. Porter, of Ferring, west Sussex was convicted at Hove Crown Court of 17 counts in total. These included four offences of arranging sexual activity involving a child: seven offences of child sexual exploitation: two offences of making indecent sexual images of children; one of paying for sexual services of a girl under-Read More – Source [contf] [contfnew] METRO [contfnewc] [contfnewc]

England win cricket World Cup after dramatic super over

England have won the cricket World Cup final against New Zealand in the most dramatic of fashions, after both the match and super over were tied. Both teams scored 241 runs in the match and 15 runs each in the super over – but England won their first ever title because they had scored more boundaries in the game. The 50-over game saw a cruel end for the Black Caps – with Ben Stokes hitting a six and then England being awarded six runs after a throw by a New Zealand fielder hit Stokes' bat and went to the boundary. Cricket fans go wild as England win World Cup Earlier, superb bowling by England's Liam Plunkett had restricted New Zealand's batsmen, taking wickets at crucial moments. Surrey bowler Plunkett ended with figures of 3-40 off his 10 overs – claiming the important wickets of Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson (30) and Henry Nicholls (55) in the space of 14 balls. Advertisement England's run chase got off to a rocky start as New Zealand demolished England's top order, taking four early wickets. But Ben Stokes and Josh Buttler put on a hundred partnership to revive the innings, forcing that dramatic conclusion. More from Icc Cricket World Cup 2019 Image: Henry Nicholls top-scored for the Black Caps Chris Woakes added to his impressive tally in the tournament with another three scalps (3-37) – with Jofra Archer and Mark Wood chipping in. For New Zealand Tom Latham hit 46 off 57 balls as the Black Caps managed to make 62 runs off the final 10 overs. However, New Zealand, who were also seeking their first 50-over World Cup title, proved adept at defending relatively small totals in this tournament and Lord's is not known for its heavy scoring in one day internationals. In the semi-finals, India failed to chase down 240 against the Kiwis in Manchester. 'Cricket has come home!' But this time they were denied by a combination of bad luck and a resilient England team playing a brand of fearless attacking cricket. Stokes said the team deserved its victory "with all the things we've been through together". He said: "I just tried to take it as deep as I possibly could. I came to realise the longer I could stay in, the more pressure they'd be under. "It's an amazing group to be part of, this team is incredible, with the things we've been through togeRead More – Source [contf] [contfnew] Sky News [contfnewc] [contfnewc]

Revealed: The least punctual airline flying from the UK

Vueling Airlines is the least punctual major airline flying from the UK, according to an investigation. The Spanish carrier's departures were an average of 31 minutes late last year, an analysis of Civil Aviation Authority data found. The second-worst was Thomas Cook Airlines – 24 minutes late on average, Wizz Air (23 minutes) Norwegian Air UK (22 minutes) and Eurowings (22 minutes). Cathay Pacific Airways is the most punctual airline, taking off an average of just eight minutes behind schedule. The analysis by the Press Association found that flights from the UK were delayed an average of 16 minutes. Advertisement The airlines looked at were ones that have more than 2,000 flights from the UK each year and cancelled flights were excluded. A spokesman for Vueling said the airline's punctuality was "hugely affected" by industrial action in France, adding that there had been 22 strike days at Marseille last summer. More from World "During these strikes, Vueling flights to and from Barcelona and the UK could not fly straight across France but instead flew south of the Pyrenees and into the Atlantic before looping back towards Britain. "All airlines have been affected by air traffic control issues in Europe, but the location of Vueling's [Barcelona] hub close to Marseille means it has been particularly badly affected." The airline has allocated up to 10 spare planes to fly during disruption, he added. Image: Thomas Cook was the second least punctual in the analysis Image: Wizz Air fared badly in the figures with an average delay of almost 23 minutes Tim Alderslade, chief executive of trade body Airlines UK, which represents UK-registered carriers, blamed the UK's "antiquated airspace". He added: "We support government in its efforts to introduce much needed modernisation so we can continue to safely and effectively accommodate the ever-rising demand for air travel." Consumer magazine Which? Travel's Naomi Leach said flight delays can leave holidaymakers "hundreds of pounds out of pocket because of missed connections, transfers and fines for picking up their hire car late". She added: "The worst airlines need to ensure they have the staff and capacity to run an on-time service – and that they look after their customRead More – Source [contf] [contfnew] Sky News [contfnewc] [contfnewc]

The England captains who led their teams to global glory

Captain Eoin Morgan spearheaded England's cricket team to an astonishing victory over New Zealand in the World Cup final. But who are the other England skippers who have led their sides to stunning victories in the world's biggest tournaments? Image: Bobby Moore was the archetypal figure to be captain Bobby Moore (football, 1966) The West Ham legend became the most famous England captain to win a World Cup after securing the Three Lions' only title in 1966. He was the archetypal figure to be captain because not only was he a talented player, he also boasted supreme leadership skills that were admired by both teammates and opponents. Moore played a key role in the final victory over West Germany and remains one of the country's most-loved footballers. Advertisement Image: Martin Johnson was a huge physical presence Martin Johnson (rugby, 2003) His huge physical presence – with him being 6ft 7ins tall and weighing over 18 stone – meant where Johnson led, others followed. He was a fearsome competitor and captained with a no-nonsense, uncompromising approach, leading his team to World Cup victory in 2003. There were times when his will-to-win went over the top – Johnson accepts he was not the perfect captain – but it left opponents and teammates never doubting his commitment. Image: Paul Collingwood was the first man to captain England to their first global trophy Paul Collingwood (cricket, T20, 2010) Captained the England cricket team to their first global trophy in 2010. Collingwood earned a reputation for doing the job without a fuss and getting the most out of his relatively limited talent in comparison to his contemporaries. He was a sticklerRead More – Source [contf] [contfnew] Sky News [contfnewc] [contfnewc]

Man held exs face to oven hob before armed raid on...

David Ingram tried to get his exs young son to take part in the abuse (Picture: NCJM) A man has been jailed for 11 years after attacking his ex-girlfriend who left her feeling worthless. David Ingrams victim told Newcastle Crown Court about the devastating effect he had on her life, culminating in having her face held against an oven hob. His violence against her started after she gave birth to their child and he became increasingly jealous, accusing her of being unfaithful. Ingram called her abusive names in front of another son who he tried to coerce into joining in with the abuse. He only stopped when a neighbour at the home in Newcastle intervened. She said: I felt trapped in a hole I couldnt get out of. It made me feel worthless and like I was not good enough, no matter what I did. I now feel like a failure for allowing that kind of abuse to happen when my children were around. David Ingram has been jailed for 11 years after attacking his partner (Picture: NCJM) I cant believe he would want to hurt me like that and Im scared he might come and hurt me if he gets out. Im moving away to make sure my family and children are safe. Advertisement Advertisement I suffered depression before this and now I feel 10 times worse but Im putting on a brave face for my children. I have nightmares about what he did, I wake up in a panic and struggling. I miss being the person I was before this and Im scared to get involved in another relationship in case they are like him. I feel I cant trust anyone again. During the burglary, which he carried out with another man, Ingram wore a balaclava and a substance – believed to be amonia – was sprayed. The court heard Ingram carried out the offences in a jealous rage. He was jailed at Newcastle Crown Court which heard he was subject to a suspended prison sentence (Picture: PA) Judge Julie Clemitson told him: As a result you assaulted her twice, the first time by holding her face at an electric hob until she confessed to what you wanted her to confess to. Then you punched her to the head, resulting in bruising or a graze to the side of her head. That offence was cruel, almost sadistic, an assault designed to cause her more fear than injury. Judge Clemitson added: Against that background you committed the more serious offence of aggravated burglary. You sent a series of messages, during which you threatened to cause serious injury to Read More – Source [contf] [contfnew] METRO [contfnewc] [contfnewc]

Driverless cars could make you a worse driver

There were issues when control was handed back to the driver from the car (Picture: Getty) It is hailed as the future of motoring, but cars controlling themselves may be having an adverse effect on people behind the wheel. New research has found that using a driverless car may make you a worse driver. A study was conducted earlier this year at the University of Nottingham into conditional automation cars capable of self-driving on motorways and in traffic jams, expected to be available on the UK market in the next few years. The research involved 49 drivers of different ages and genders driving a simulator for half an hour every day for five days. Participants would begin by driving manually but when the simulation reached a stretch of dual carriageway they were given the chance to hand over control to the car itself. After around 20 minutes, they were told they needed to manually drive the car again and would get a 60-second prepare to drive notification. Drivers went off course by an average of 6ft during the first day of testing (Picture: Getty) Researchers Professor Gary Burnett, Dr David Large and Dr Davide Salanitri found the driving after the participants took back control of the car was poor, swerving across lanes and varying their speed during the 10 seconds following the handover. Advertisement Advertisement On the first day of the study, drivers went off course by an average of two metres. The researchers added that while the driving performance improved throughout the week, the drivers became more complacent. Even at the end of the week, nearly half of drivers had to look at the floor to make sure their feet were on the right pedals when asked to take control of the car. The authors said: A major concern is that drivers are likely to have become out-of-the-loop, i.e. they have not been required to actively monitor, make decisions about or provide physical inputs to the driving task. This reduces their perception and comprehension of elements and events in their environment, and their ability to project the future status of these things – their so-called situational awareness. Another issue the researchers identified was drivers not being prepared to take back control in emergencies. More: Driving Standards Agency Driving became better throughout the week of testing but drivers were more complacent (Picture: Getty) More than 80% of drivers used their mobile phone while on the simulated dual carriageway, while others read, applied make-up or slept. The authors said: Participants appeared quite comfortable, even from day one, to engage with these tasks – soon after the opportunity presented itself – despite their ongoing responsibilities towards the vehicle operating. Advertisement Advertisement They added: Drivers also appeared to become somewhat lackadaisical in their approach to grasping the steering wheel as the week progresseRead More – Source [contf] [contfnew] METRO [contfnewc] [contfnewc]

Press release: Queen has approved the nomination to the Suffragan See...

The Queen has approved the nomination of the Venerable Olivia Josephine Graham, BA, Archdeacon of Berkshire, in the Diocese of Oxford, to the Suffragan See of Reading, in the Diocese of Oxford, in succession to the Right Reverend Andrew John Proud, BD, AKC, MA, who resigned on 1st May 2019. Read More – Source [contf] [contfnew] gov uk [contfnewc] [contfnewc]

Two pedestrians die after being hit by car in Fife

Two pedestrians have died after being hit by a car in Glenrothes, Fife. The incident, involving a grey Ford Fiesta, happened just after 10am on Saturday, Police Scotland said. Both pedestrians, a 59-year-old woman and a 61-year-old man, were pronounced dead at the scene. The 20-year-old male driver suffered minor injuries. Police are appealing for information about the incident. Advertisement Officers want to speak to the drivers of a blue Kia Sportage, or a similar car, and a vehicle with a horsebox, who are believed to have been in the area at the time. Sergeant Ewan Pearce from Fife's Road Policing Unit said: "Tragically as a result of this collision two people have lost their lives and our thoughts are with their family and friends at this difficult time. More from UK "I would ask anyone who may have been travelling on the A911 Leslie Road, Glenrothes at the time of the collision on Saturday morning and who witnessed what happened to come forward to assist our investigation. "I would specifically ask that the drivers of a blue Kia Sportage (or similar) and a vehicle drawing a horsebox who are believed to have been in the area at the time of theRead More – Source [contf] [contfnew] Sky News [contfnewc] [contfnewc]

Labour’s antisemitism row at ‘tipping point’ – Hodge

By Aubrey Allegretti, political reporter Labour has been warned its antisemitism row is at a "tipping point" and "many people" could quit unless it takes the issue more seriously. Dame Margaret Hodge, a Jewish MP, hit out at the party's handling of alleged cases of antisemitism saying it had become "secretive and intimidating". She criticised leader Jeremy Corbyn and his allies and challenged them to "stop thinking they've got everything right and they don't have to listen to the rest of us". Image: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been criticised by Dame Margaret Hodge Top officials were also urged by shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry not to pursue legal action against whistleblowing former Labour staffers, some of whom have broke Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs). A party spokesperson told Sky News it takes all antisemitism complaints "extremely seriously" and was "committed to challenging and campaigning against it in all its forms". Advertisement Dame Margaret told Sky News' Sophy Ridge on Sunday she would stay in Labour and fight but that there were "many more people who will feel so uncomfortable within the Labour Party that they can no longer remain within". She criticised Labour's response to a Panorama documentary earlier this week, which saw former workers claim they were undermined in their efforts to tackle antisemitism in the party. More from Labour It was "utterly deplorable and an abuse of power" for the leadership to "pursue these people with lawyers" to "shut them up", the Barking and Dagenham MP said. She also defended deputy leader Tom Watson, who has piled pressure on Labour's general secretary Jennie Formby to do more to tackle antisemitism and is currently receiving chemotherapy. Dame Margaret called for people to "leave her to cope with the treatment that she's undergoing" but added: "You cannot fail to deal with this issue and Tom Watson is absolutely right to be calling this out". Image: Labour says it takes all complaints of antisemitism seriously Ms Thornberry also defended Ms Formby, but cautioned against threatening the whistleblowers. "We shouldn't be going for the messengers, we should be listening to the message," she told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show. "Nobody can pretend there isn't an ongoing problem in the Labour Party with antisemitism." Image: Emily Thornberry told Labour not to 'go for the messenger' Two of the former staffers are themselves planning to take legal action against Labour because they say Labour defamed them inRead More – Source [contf] [contfnew] Sky News [contfnewc] [contfnewc]

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