Good morning and welcome to your morning wrap of the news. The parties have rolled out some eye-catching election pledges. Our live coverage of the day’s political news is up and running. In other news, impeachment procedures against Donald Trump are picking up pace. What’s going on? Both parties have rolled out big-spending and, they hope, crowd-pleasing election pledges as we come to the end of a second week of campaigning. The Conservatives are offering a package to revitalise neglected towns, while Labour is promising free full-fibre broadband for homes and businesses. Boris Johnson says a Tory government would spend hundreds of millions of pounds reviving dying high streets and struggling communities. It includes discounts on business rates, rate relief for pubs, money to reopen train stations and a £150m fund to help groups trying to take over and run pubs and post offices threatened with closure. Labour has criticised the proposal, saying the Conservatives are … [Read more...] about Friday briefing: Free broadband or a high street revival?
Disturbing footage shows a mouse scuttling around children's toys in a window display in Coventry. The cheeky rodent had taken up a temporary home inside The Entertainer store in the city's Lower Precinct Shopping Centre. The clip showed how the mouse was seen climbing across boxes, dolls and even a large, cuddly dinosaur. Horrified shoppers stopped to watch the mouse in action and took photos of the incident, reports Coventry Live. Some expressed health concerns about the mouse being inside the store. But staff told them that the situation was under control and the store will now undergo a "full survey" by a pest control specialist. A spokesman for The Entertainer said: “We’d like to reassure our customers that we are working closely with the management team at Lower Precinct to investigate the issue and a full survey by a local pest control specialist is taking place. "We will act swiftly upon their recommendations to resolve this issue.” Last week, a grandmother … [Read more...] about Horrified shoppers spot mouse scurrying over toys in The Entertainer
Is he MAD? Swimmer wades in for his morning dip metres from the spot where Paul Wilcox was taken by a Great White yesterdayPaul Wilcox, 50, swam in the sea near his property in Byron Bay every dayHe was on a regular one-kilometre swim when the 14ft shark attacked A holidaymaker frantically swam to his aid but he could not be savedHis mother, Marie, 74, said she talked to her son just before his swimJokes that he never got sunburnt but 'the sharks are more of a problem'His mother said: ‘The last thing I said to him was: keep safe, I love you’Mr Wilcox’s body was identified on beach by his wife of 26 years, Victoria The pair married in 1989 and had 'found their paradise in Australia' Byron Bay local John Parkes braved the surf on Wednesday morning By Daniel Piotrowski for Daily Mail Australia and Richard Shears for MailOnline and Andy Dolan for the Daily Mail Published: 00:50 GMT, 10 September 2014 | Updated: 07:27 GMT, 10 September 2014 e-mail … [Read more...] about Is he MAD? Swimmer wades in for his morning dip metres from the spot where Paul Wilcox was taken by a Great White yesterday
'I don't blame the shark': Widow of shark attack victim says she has been for a swim a week after mauling and doesn't want the Great White hunted downPaul Wilcox, 50, was mauled by a shark at Byron Bay in NSW last weekThe huge great white latched onto Wilcox's leg during his daily swim, causing fatal injuriesHis of wife of 26 years, Victoria, was surrounded by family and friends at a memorial service on TuesdayFriends say she will stay in Byron Bay but cannot face going back to the home the couple sharedVictoria is trying to get back to a normal routine, including visits to the beach By Emily Crane and Daniel Piotrowski for Daily Mail Australia Published: 01:18 GMT, 17 September 2014 | Updated: 08:37 GMT, 17 September 2014 e-mail 5 View The widow of a man killed by a shark in northern NSW says she does not blame the shark for his death, and has even been for a swim near the site of the tragedy.Paul Wilcox, 50, was mauled by a suspected great white shark at Clarkes … [Read more...] about ‘I don’t blame the shark’: Widow of shark attack victim says she has been for a swim a week after mauling and doesn’t want the Great White hunted down
An English woman has been convicted of racially abusing a Scottish police officer. Zoe Tully had shouted a torrent of abuse at PC Scott Christie as she was being arrested. Depute fiscal Michael Sweeney told Perth Sheriff Court this week that the 28-year-old had shouted at one of the police officers, calling him 'a Scottish ginger pr**k'. Depute fiscal Michael Sweeney told Perth Sheriff Court this week that the 28-year-old had shouted at one of the police officers, calling him 'a Scottish ginger pr**k' The case against her looked at the use of the words 'Scottish' and 'ginger' as being used in a racial context during the incident in March. Tully, from South Shields, South Tyneside, admitted to acting in a racially aggravated way by trying to cause alarm or distress, according to the Star. Her sentenced placed her under social work supervision for 12 months, and she was also told to undergo treatment for a drug problem. Tully is not the first … [Read more...] about Englishwoman, 28, is convicted of racially abusing a police officer after calling him ‘a Scottish ginger pr**k’