Almost 6,000 miles and six time zones stand between the Welsh market town of Monmouth and the dusty valleys of Peru, where supersized blueberries are being cultivated for export on a vast scale. By contrast, the large, family-run farm where Chris Chinn and his brother Henry grow their admired Herefordshire blueberries nestles in the Wye Valley, just 15 minutes' drive away. So why on earth could I only find £5 packs of blueberries from far-distant Peru on the shelves of the Marks & Spencer store, in Monmouth, last week, but none from the nearby farm — which has a contract to supply the supermarket chain? Why, with Britain's autumn harvest in full swing and the bushes of our own farms laden with juicy berries, was there not a home-grown packet of this 'superfood' in sight? According to the National Farmers' Union, 16 million of our apples will rot in the orchards this year because there are not enough workers to gather them The answer became sadly apparent when Chris took … [Read more...] about A rotten business: DAVID JONES reveals how a UK labour shortage has left thousands of tons of ripe fruit and veg are mulching into the earth – while supermarkets fly the SAME produce in from thousands of miles away
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Police have released CCTV images of a 'vehicle fleeing after the theft of a £5million solid-gold toilet from Blenheim Palace', as insurers offer up a £100,000 reward for its return. Thames Valley Police were called to reports of a burglary at Winston Churchill's birthplace at Woodstock, Oxfordshire, on September 14, where the art installation lavatory was stolen in an overnight raid. The fully functioning toilet, named America, was part of an art exhibition in a wood-panelled room at the 18th-century estate, and its theft caused significant flood damage as it had been plumbed in for visitors to use. Officers believe at least two vehicles were used during the burglary. No-one was injured and it is thought the offenders left the scene at around 4.50am. A photograph of a navy blue Volkswagen Golf R has been released by Thames Valley Police. The 18-carat gold toilet was unveiled at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, as part of an exhibition by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, before … [Read more...] about CCTV shows ‘car fleeing after theft of £5m solid-gold toilet from Blenheim Palace’ as insurers offer £100,000 reward for its return
The global financial system faces an existential threat from climate change and must take urgent steps to reform, the governors of the Bank of England and France’s central bank have warned, writing in the Guardian. In an article published in the Guardian on Wednesday aimed at the international financial community, Mark Carney, the Bank’s governor, and François Villeroy de Galhau, the governor of the Banque de France, said financial regulators, banks and insurers around the world had to “raise the bar” to avoid catastrophe. They said: “As financial policymakers and prudential supervisors we cannot ignore the obvious physical risks before our eyes. Climate change is a global problem, which requires global solutions, in which the whole financial sector has a central role to play.” The warning comes as concern over the impact of climate change and the lack of urgent action is increasing, reflected in the Extinction Rebellion protests and … [Read more...] about Mark Carney tells global banks they cannot ignore climate change dangers
In 2010, the small community of specialists who pay attention to US road safety statistics picked up the first signs of a troubling trend: more and more pedestrians were being killed on American roads. That year, 4,302 American pedestrians died, an increase of almost 5% from 2009. The tally has increased almost every year since, with particularly sharp spikes in 2015 and 2016. Last year, 41% more US pedestrians were killed than in 2008. During this same period, overall non-pedestrian road fatalities moved in the opposite direction, decreasing by more than 7%. For drivers, roads are as safe as they have ever been; for people on foot, roads keep getting deadlier. Through the 90s and 00s, the pedestrian death count had declined almost every year. No one would have confused the US for a walkers’ paradise – at least part of the reason fewer pedestrians died in this period was that people were driving more and walking less, which meant that there were fewer opportunities to be … [Read more...] about Collision course: why are cars killing more and more pedestrians?
A laundrette boss is fuming after he caught thieves stealing on CCTV, named and shamed them on wanted posters, forcing them to hand themselves in - only for police to bungle arresting them. Amir Sadjady, 41, rang the police half an hour after burglars used a hammer to smash open the cash machine at his west London launderette on September 1. He caught them on CCTV footage, which he gave to police, and rang the Met again when he later spotted them in the area and decided to chase after them. When he was told to 'leave it to police', he took matters into his own hands by putting up 60 wanted posters, which saw the suspsects hand themselves in. But police claim the pair were accidentally allowed to walk free after a 'misunderstanding'. Amir Sadjady, 41, rang the police half an hour after burglars used a hammer to smash open the cash machine at his west London launderette on September 1 Margaret Connors, 46, and Danny Brand, 36, were later … [Read more...] about Launderette boss catches thieves on CCTV, puts up wanted posters and gives their names to police but they STILL aren’t arrested even after they hand themselves in