Snow and ice is set to batter parts of Britain this morning as temperatures plunge to zero less than two weeks before Christmas. The bleak end to the week of the general election will see up to 5cm of snow fall in places with areas in Northern Ireland, England and Scotland all set to bear the brunt. The Met Office has issued weather warnings for both snow and ice with problems anticipated to last until the late morning. Meanwhile, the Environment Agency has issued widespread alerts for England with 10 flood warnings and 113 alerts across the country. Snow charts by weather forecaster Net Weather also show ferocious winds sweeping across northern areas of the UK and even as far down as the Midlands and Wales. The Met Office warning says: "A spell of rain and hill snow is likely to affect many areas, with skies clearing at times to allow icy surfaces, although these won't affect all places. "The snow is most likely above 200 metres elevation and probably focused in the north … [Read more...] about UK weather forecast: Up to 5cm of snow to blast Britain – will it hit your area?
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The former head of the Met Police who presided over the botched £2.5million probe into a fantasist's claims of a VIP paedophile ring now enjoys a home in the Alps, a seat in the Lords and consultancy roles with at least four different companies. Lord Hogan-Howe was the Commissioner at Scotland Yard during the force's disastrous Operation Midland probe, based on the wild claims of Carl Beech, who was convicted of perverting the course of justice yesterday. Sir Bernard has been slammed by those whose names were dragged through the mud and their families for allowing the doomed investigation to go on so long and cause such damage to those who were wrongly accused. Sir Bernard, who left the Met in 2016 with an estimated £5million pension pot, was made a life peer in 2017 and has since taken up a number of consultancy posts for various firms. Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has come in for fierce criticism this week after Carl Beech, the man whose wild claims of a VIP paedophile ring … [Read more...] about They made him a Lord? Ex-Met Police chief Bernard Hogan-Howe who presided over scandalous £2m probe into VIP sex ring claims now sits in the Lords, has a home in the Alps and works for cyber security firm after retiring with £5m pension
Passengers have recalled the frightening moment they were forced to evacuate a Qantas flight after the plane cabin filled with smoke while stranded on the tarmac. Three passengers were taken to hospital following the dramatic emergency evacuation at Sydney Airport on Sunday morning. Perth-bound flight QF575 departed from Sydney at 8.45am but was forced to turn back 20 minutes into the journey due to a hydraulics issue. Concern turned to panic as the plane cabin filled with smoke shortly after its return to Sydney, where it was unable to taxi to the terminal. Passengers, including parents clutching babies and the elderly, were forced to flee the plane via exit slides after the pilot captain screamed to them 'evacuate'. Passengers were forced to evacuate via exit slides after the cabin (pictured) filled with smoke Two passengers were treated for injuries sustained from using the slides and a female passenger was also taken to hospital as a precaution. The airport … [Read more...] about ‘Blood gushing out’: Terrifying new details emerge about Qantas emergency landing and dramatic evacuation after the plane’s cabin filled with smoke
One would be forgiven for assuming that performing live in St George’s Chapel, Windsor, in front of 600 royal wedding guests including senior royals, film stars and sports people, and a global audience of billions, would be the teeniest bit daunting for even the most talented teenager. But it seems nothing can fluster 19-year-old Sheku Kanneh-Mason. Framed by a vast floral arch and immaculate in a Paul Smith suit, he calmly pulled the spike out of the bottom of his cello and played three tunes — Maria Theresia von Paradis’s Sicilienne, Gabriel Faure’s Apres un reve and Franz Schubert’s Ave Maria — and everything stopped. Everyone took a breath; tears flowed; even Meghan’s mother Doria looked relaxed for the first time in the proceedings as he struck up. As the rich dark notes washed around the world, social media went into overdrive, declaring Sheku’s performance the musical triumph of the wedding. Sheku Kanneh-Mason was the first … [Read more...] about BBC Young Musician cellist, 19, serenades guests at the royal wedding after Meghan and Harry invited him when the Prince saw him play last year
Carl Beech, the fantasist behind the bogus VIP paedophile probe, has been jailed for 18 years for perverting the course of justice and fraud A fantasist whose repeated lies ruined the lives and tarnished the reputations of the high-profile men he falsely accused of being murderers and paedophiles has been jailed for 18 years. The Metropolitan Police spent £2million looking into Carl Beech's allegations that he had been sadistically raped and abused by famous Westminster figures in the 1970s and 1980s. He was handed an 18-year-sentence today, as judge Mr Justice Goss told him: 'Your accusations traduced reputations by maliciously making the most serious false allegations against distinguished former public servants who are no longer alive. 'You acted out of motives of financial gain, personal pleasure, malice and attention seeking. You have shown no remorse and I do not accept the limited expressions of remorse you have made for your offences.' The court heard a series … [Read more...] about ‘You acted out of pleasure, malice and attention seeking’: Judge’s furious attack at fantasist Carl Beech as he jails him for 18 years for bogus claims of VIP sex ring case that sparked £2m police ‘witch-hunt’ and wrecked lives