Witness recalls horror of hotel ‘crush’

Then the literal crushing started. The people on the outside of this line were so determined to get in they felt the need to not only push us against the wall but push with all their strength. No matter how much we screamed and pushed back, there was no movement. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Daylight on Monday revealed the scene of the incident I was hysterically screaming for people to move but it was only the people around me who knew the seriousness. With more and more pushing, I also fell. But the thing about me was that I wasn’t on the ground, I was on top of someone, and this person was on top of someone else. …

MPs reject Mays EU withdrawal deal again

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMay: I profoundly regret MPs’ decision Theresa May’s EU withdrawal deal has been rejected by MPs by an overwhelming majority for a second time, with just 17 days to go to Brexit. MPs voted down the prime minister’s deal by 149 – a smaller margin than when they rejected it in January. Mrs May said MPs will now get a vote on whether the UK should leave the EU without a deal and, if that fails, on whether Brexit should be delayed. She said Tory MPs will get a free vote on a no-deal Brexit. LIVE: Reaction as May’s deal is voted down ‘People must decide’ Brexit – Sturgeon Brexit: What could …

Brexit talks continue over DUP concerns

MPs vote to seek delay to Brexit Will EU leaders agree to extending Brexit? McVey hints she will back PM’s Brexit deal The third “meaningful vote” on Mrs May’s deal is expected by 20 March and, if agreed, the prime minister has promised to seek a short extension to the Brexit departure date of 29 March, after MPs voted in favour of a delay. If it fails to gain support, having already been defeated in the Commons by large margins twice, Mrs May has warned a longer extension may be needed and the UK may have to take part in European elections. The 10 votes provided by the DUP, which has a parliamentary pact with the Conservatives, are thought to …

Families call for Bradley to resign

She said Mrs Bradley had a “duty to ensure investigations take place”. Ms Meehan said the secretary of state told the group she would make a public apology again but it was “not good enough for someone who is meant to represent the interests of Northern Ireland at the British cabinet.” Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionKaren Bradley says she’s “devastated” to think she made pain worse for Troubles victims’ families “It is not acceptable that Karen Bradley remains in her post and we are calling again for her to resign,” she added. Her comments come after relatives of 10 people killed in west Belfast during the Troubles refused to meet the Northern Ireland secretary. Families of …

Shamima Begum’s mum asks for ‘act of mercy’

Shamima Begum’s father apologises to the UK What is Shamima Begum’s legal status? Fresh assault on last IS Syria enclave In the letter, the family’s lawyer Tasnime Akunjee said “it is extremely unlikely that Shamima will be in a fit state to make any rational decisions”. ‘Immediate fears’ He said the family had not yet been in direct contact with the 19-year-old. Asking for a reply within 24 hours, he continued: “You will appreciate there are immediate fears for Shamima’s health and safety, and the matter is urgent.” Shortly after the birth of her son, Jarrah, Ms Begum told the BBC she wished her child to be raised in the UK. But Jarrah died on Thursday, according to a medical …

Louis Tomlinson: Song helped me grieve for mum

A tease of the track on social media sees him write the lyrics: “It’s been a minute since I called you.” Skip Twitter post by @Louis_Tomlinson pic.twitter.com/aqPwOO3WMA — Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) February 26, 2019 “It was something I needed to get off my chest. I used to lean on my mum for a lot of things – anytime I needed advice on something she would be the first call I made.” It was “a tough one” playing the new song to his sisters (the ones old enough to understand, Louis says) because he “didn’t want them to get caught up in the sadness”. When Johannah died Louis felt he suddenly became responsible for looking after his siblings, which he says …

Judges do not recommend Finucane inquiry

The court ruled that an inquiry compliant with human rights law has not yet taken place. Judges also said a previous undertaking given to Mrs Finucane for an inquiry was “clear and unambiguous”. She had a “legitimate expectation” a public inquiry would be held into his death, they said. Report End of Twitter post by @johnfinucane Peter Madden, of Madden & Finucane said that “only a judicial public inquiry can deliver the objective, which is to uncover the truth of what actually happened”. They claim that an inquiry is the only way to establish the truth about what happened and to hold those responsible to account. Last June, Barry MacDonald QC told the five Supreme Court judges that the government …

Capital and Heart cull local radio shows

Capital London’s breakfast show will replace 14 breakfast programmes on the Capital network in England, Scotland and Wales Capital will have nine drivetime shows (including London, Liverpool, North East and Yorkshire) instead of the current 14 Heart will have a single breakfast show across England, Scotland and Wales instead of the current line-up of 22 breakfast shows Heart will carry 10 drivetime shows instead of the current 23 separate drivetime shows Smooth will create a new national breakfast show replacing breakfast programmes in East Midlands, West Midlands, North West, Lake District, North East, Scotland and Wales Smooth’s drivetime programmes will be reduced to seven Global says local news and travel information “will continue to air on a local licence level …

27,000 children ‘identify as gang members’

Sarah – not her real name – became involved in a gang when she was 12, following a period of physical and sexual abuse at the hands of a family member. Now 14, she told BBC Radio 5 live that she began by doing drugs such as cocaine with a gang before going on to sell drugs for them – sometimes walking for up to three hours at a time to sell “the tiniest bit of weed”. Her brother, who is two years older than her, was also involved. “Cos we were so young and we were getting money, we were like, ‘Yes, money’s rolling in,’” she said. “We were still both innocent to what was happening because we still …

Boy, 16, guilty of Alesha rape and murder

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAlesha MacPhail murder: Teenager found guilty A 16-year-old boy has been found guilty of the abduction, rape and murder of six-year-old Alesha MacPhail. Her naked body was found on the Isle of Bute after she was reported missing on the morning of 2 July last year. Alesha had suffered 117 injuries and died from significant pressure being applied to her face and neck. The teenager – who cannot be named because he is under 18 – was found guilty after a nine-day trial at the High Court in Glasgow. Judge Lord Matthews told the killer he had stolen Alesha’s life by “committing some of the most wicked and evil crimes this court …

Holiday camp ceiling collapse injures 18

Police said that a search of the scene had been carried out and confirmed that no-one was trapped under the debris. The Health and Safety Executive has been informed of the incident. Skip Twitter post by @iainobrien Word is, and hopefully it's accurate, no one seriously hurt. Serious amount of emergency services here. Staff very shaken and look like they could do with a hug or two. — Iain O'Brien (@iainobrien) February 20, 2019 Image caption South Western Ambulance Service said 18 people had been treated Former New Zealand cricketer Iain O’Brien said on Twitter: “Arrived back to Pontins Brean Sands this afternoon, after a day out, to a major site panic. “Word is, and hopefully it’s accurate, no-one seriously …

Snake in loo poses ‘wee problem’

“My partner… saw the snake which hissed at him, then backed away into the toilet,” Naomi Burdett said. “He ran upstairs in a moment of panic – neither of us are the biggest fans of snakes and it’s not exactly what you expect to see in your downstairs loo.” Related Topics Basildon Snakes Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Replacing failed shops ‘won’t save cities’

“We must remember that a successful High Street is the result, not the driver, of a successful city economy,” Centre for Cities chief executive Andrew Carter said. “Instead of trying to replace failed shops with more retail, investors and policy makers should focus their strategies on making struggling city centres attractive places to do business and spend leisure time – not just to shop.” UK retail sales bounce back in January £1 shopping centre sells for £310,000 The think tank’s research suggested that the most successful cities have a larger proportion of food and leisure businesses. And while business rates and internet shopping are often thought to have hurt the High Street, the think tank said these were “red herrings”. …

We’ll listen to critics, vows McDonnell

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJohn McDonnell: “We need a mammoth listening exercise” Labour needs to carry out a “mammoth listening exercise” to address criticisms from its own MPs, says the shadow chancellor. John McDonnell had called for the seven MPs who resigned from Labour on Monday to face by-elections for their seats. But speaking on Tuesday, he focused on “finding a way forward” and the need to “bring people in [and] talk to them.” Jeremy Corbyn was “disappointed” MPs had left, but defended his polices as having “huge public support”. The reactions followed warnings that more Labour MPs could quit the party to join the new group of independent MPs. Image caption Chris Leslie speaks in …

Pontins roof collapse ‘like bomb going off’

One of the injured people, Wendy Jones, from Hereford, was trapped under the debris in her motor scooter. The 67-year-old’s daughter Hayley Kendle described the incident as “horrific”. She said: “I heard a crash, and next thing the ceiling was falling in on the building. She was under the rubble and they had to drag her out. People were screaming and shouting and yelling for us to get out of the building.” Mrs Jones suffered a broken hip and a suspected broken collarbone, and earlier underwent surgery at Weston General Hospital. Image copyright Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Image caption Eyewitnesses spoke of tables holding the collapsed ceiling up George Clark was injured by a falling piece of concrete …