The head of the Army today says the UK must be ready for war with Russia. Four months on from Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine, General Sir Patrick Sanders is set to compare the assault to the rise of Nazi Germany . He will say that Britain is facing its "1937 moment" and must be ready to "fight and win" to ward off the threat from Russia. In his first public speech as Chief of the General Staff , Sir Patrick will say the UK must be prepared to "act rapidly" to contain Russian expansionism. Nato last night pledged to massively increase its forces available on high alert to more than 300,000 troops, a more-than seven-fold increase. Sir Patrick's intervention is likely to put pressure on Mr Johnson to maintain the size of the Armed Forces after plans were announced to reduce troop numbers in a move to a more modern military. Defence editor Danielle Sheridan reports that, in a separate speech today, Ben Wallace, the Defence Secretary, is to call for increased … [Read more...] about Tuesday morning news briefing: General says UK must be ready for war
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Kevin Spacey will appear at a court in London this week after being formally charged with sexually assaulting three men. The Hollywood star is accused of four counts of sexual assault and one charge of non-consensual penetrative sex in London and Gloucestershire between 2005 and 2013. Prosecutors announced last month they felt there was enough evidence to charge the 62-year-old, but had to wait until he was in the country before officially charging him. The Metropolitan Police confirmed that Spacey was charged in person in the capital on Monday after receiving a postal charge and requisition – a legal document notifying a defendant that a decision has been made to prosecute. A spokesman for the force said: “He was charged in person today in London. He received a PCR [Postal Charge and Requisition] in person from officers in London today [June 13].” The House of Cards star, who is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates Court on Thursday, had previously said that he would … [Read more...] about Kevin Spacey to appear in UK court charged with four counts of sexual assault
Petrol prices: RAC spokesperson reacts to criticism from The AA Sign up for FREE driving tips, latest models and breaking news SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info The price of petrol has soared in recent months with prices reaching nearly £2 per litre in some parts of the UK. Motorists have been spending considerably more on filling up their vehicle, with the average cost of a 55 litre family car reaching more than £100 for the first time ever currently. Related articles New driving laws to be introduced in July will affect all UK motorists 'Perfect time to sell!' Drivers told to take advantage of wait times How expensive is petrol where you live? The cheapest place to buy petrol on average in … [Read more...] about Cheapest petrol UK – how expensive is petrol in your area?
Published 16 June Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Sir Elton John kicked off the UK leg of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour to an enthusiastic crowd in a packed football stadium. He treated fans at Carrow Road in Norwich to 23 of his hits, starting the show with Bennie and the Jets. Sir Elton, 75, announced the Farewell Yellow Brick Road world tour would be his last, back in 2018, but it was halted during the pandemic. The singer has said he wanted to spend more time with his two children. "Believe or not, this tour has been going for a long time and this is the first English date we've done, due to you know what," he told the crowd. "So it's lovely to be here in Norwich and playing to you guys." The star took to the stage in Norwich wearing a black tuxedo with pearl trimming, a white ruffle shirt and yellow sparkly glasses for the first of his three … [Read more...] about Elton John kicks off UK leg of farewell tour in Norwich
Heathrow has been hit by another day of travel chaos with hundreds of passengers left without luggage and caught up in lengthy queues. Huge lines were seen snaking around the outside of the London airport this morning, as it continues to be hit by staffing shortages. One traveller described the "chaos" and "lengthy wait times" at Terminal 2, saying there "simply is not enough space to queue". Tensions appeared to boil over at one point, with "some flare-ups" being reported between the public and stressed-out staff. Airlines were even forced to "fish" customers out of security queues for final calls, said another passenger, who spent two and a half hours waiting inside the airport. Footage capturing "hundreds of cases" piled up at baggage reclaim, which is the responsibility of the airlines and their ground handlers, was also posted to Twitter this morning. It is the third day in a row that Heathrow has faced delays, after travellers compared the scenes to something out … [Read more...] about Heathrow chaos as hundreds lose luggage and airlines ‘fish passengers out of queues’
A mum who went into "full panic mode" has praised two strangers who helped when her daughter was struggling to breathe. Donna Moore said she "massively panicked" when her daughter Gabriella, five, fell from the monkey bars during a trip to the park in Bury, Greater Manchester. With Gabriella finding it hard to breathe, two Good Samaritans rushed to the aid of Donna, who had her baby with her too. One woman held the baby while the other called 999 to request an ambulance and reassured Donna that help was on its way. Once they arrived at the hospital , doctors said Gabriella had badly winded herself but she was also assessed for potential spleen damage. Donna, 34, told the Manchester Evening News : “I went into serious panic mode as you can imagine when it’s your child. These two wonderful people helped me, one with my baby I had with me and the other ringing the ambulance for my daughter and keeping me calm. “She just fell back off the monkey bars and couldn’t breathe; … [Read more...] about Mum thanks ‘wonderful’ strangers who stepped in as daughter struggled to breathe
Shoppers have mocked a pair of designer shoes on sale at TK Maxx saying that look like they're covered with swimming pool-style shoe guards. Others joked that the £100 footwear by Joseph were "perfect" for wearing during a foot and mouth epidemic. The black and blue creation were also dubbed 'operating chic' and that they gave off a 'swimming pool look.' Janet McConnell posted snaps of the boots from TK Maxx's website, adding: "Amazing! They really have captured that 'Swimming pool' look!!" Lauren Matthews said: "Perfect for when you want to look fancy during a foot and mouth epidemic!" Shoppers said the shoes are "perfect" for wearing during a Foot and Mouth epidemic ( Image: tkmaxx.com) Sarah Elizabeth said: "You could visit a show home and not have to worry about putting little plastic protectors on the bottom of your shoes!" Kerri Hillard said: "Looks like something you'd wear during a foot & mouth outbreak." Stuart Java said; "When you have to perform … [Read more...] about TK Maxx mocked for £100 shoes that look ‘perfect for a foot-and-mouth epidemic’
Hundreds of hungry customers queued for hours for a plate of fish and chips for just 45p. A new Mother Hubbard's chip shop opened today in Erdington with an incredible offer as punters started queuing at 9am. The chip shop saw queues snake down the road as hundreds waited for the blue ribbon to be cut at 11am. Many were eager to get their 45p deal of a big piece of battered fish and a tray of chips, BirmimghamLive reports. One customer was seen taking seven portions home to feed their family. Hundreds of hungry customers queued for hours to grab a fish and chip meal for 45p ( Image: birminghammail) Typically, the shop would also offer chop shop staples like pies and battered sausage, chicken strips and nuggets and fish cakes. But for the opening day special it was just fish and chips with extras like mushy peas and soft drinks available to buy. This meal would normally cost £8.75. As customers queued, staff from Mother Hubbard’s handed out bottled water. … [Read more...] about Hundreds of people queue for hours to buy fish and chip meal for 45p instead of £8.75
Curry Houses have long been a staple of British food culture, and it's an industry that employs 100,000 people and generates £4.2bn in annual revenue. However, not all curries are created equal. We all have a favourite establishment for that Friday night Bhuna, but where in the North East can you find the perfect paneer? Before Mrs Beeton and her book of homely recipes, Hannah Glasse 's 1747 'The Art of Cookery Made Plain' took the English-speaking world by storm - especially with the first inclusion of a "curry" within a book of British recipes . This makes the nation's favourite dish about as old and as British as putting jelly in trifle, and it's all thanks to North East Hexham-native Hannah. So, 250 years on, how do the region's curry houses match up to their long history? Tell us your favourite curry house in the North East in the comments With plenty of well-loved and highly-reviewed restaurants hailing from the Indian subcontinent, like Whitley Bay's … [Read more...] about Where is the best curry house in the North East? Have your say!
A picture of a bike blocking two seats on a train has sparked a heated debate online. The image shows the bicycle propped up against the two single seats near one of the train's doors while people can be seen standing up. The picture posted on Reddit was captioned: "Some people are just…" Some users were angered by the bike's positioning on the train. Others failed to see what all the fuss was about and some felt sympathy for the bike's owner. One person raged: "I’d just push it over and take a seat. I won't be wasting my breath on some imbecile that thinks this is an appropriate place to leave their bicycle. I don't have the patience for idiots anymore." The image was uploaded to Reddit ( Image: Redditt) Another wrote: "What a state of affairs though that we've reached this point, that someone can do this and get away with it because no-one wants to upset anybody instead of just yeeting it out the door, followed by the tw** of an owner." Others leapt to the … [Read more...] about Image of bike blocking seats on train divides opinion in heated debate online