News / UK and world by Press Association July 2, 2018, 11:30 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Drones seen buzzing above a prison months ago may have been on a reconnaissance mission ahead of the cinematic escape of a notorious French criminal — his second in five years, officials have said. France’s justice minister said several drones were spotted a few months ago flying over Reau prison, north of Paris, and speculated that they were linked to Sunday’s escape by Redoine Faid. Heavily armed men landed a helicopter in a courtyard, used a grinding machine to open the door of the visiting room where Faid was seeing his brother, and took the prisoner to freedom. Faid, 46, is an avid fan of caper films, the author of a confessional book about his life of crime, and a serial robber of banks and armoured trucks. He was serving 25 years for an attempted armed robbery in 2010 that led to a high-speed chase and a … [Read more...] about Drones buzzed French prison months before killer’s spectacular escape
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PUBLISHED: 12:52 26 June 2018 | UPDATED: 12:52 26 June 2018 The Royal Norfolk Show 2017. Day 2. Thursday 29th June 2017. RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team display. Picture: James Bass Photography (C) JAMES BASS PHOTOGRAPHY An impressive line-up of action-packed displays and event will be on offer in the Spire Solicitors Grand Ring at the Royal Norfolk Show. The Band of the Parachute Regiment on parade at the Royal Norfolk Show. Picture: Ian Burt *The Adrenaline Tour quad bike stunt display Making their debut appearance at the show, the quad bike team soar over 30ft high in a series of breathtaking aerial stunts. Get set for spectacular tricks on quad bikes and motorbikes including quad freestyle, unusual in the UK, with huge jumps over ramps. Jason Smyth will also enthral you with his precision as he catches memorabilia 30ft in the air above an articulated rig. The Adrenaline Tour is accompanied by Clive Shaw Trucking, which rolls out a show-stopping fleet of American trucks … [Read more...] about Thrills and spills in store in Norfolk Show grand ring
TWO fast Fords. Both £40k. Both very orange. But the question is: Which one is better? American muscle or European hot hatch? Let’s find out. On the left, we have the Mustang GT packing a naturally aspirated 5-litre V8. Crude and cool, rear-drive, 450hp, loud, drag-strip mode, line lock for big, smokey burnouts. (Quick fact: Mustang outsold the Porsche 911 last year.) On the right, we have the Focus RS powered by a turbocharged 2.3-litre EcoBoost. Clever tech, all-wheel-drive, 375hp, legendary pops and bangs, drift mode for donuts. Clearly, none of this mischief can ever happen on a public road or you’ll end up playing mummies and daddies with Big Vin at HMP Lincoln. So we headed to Santa Pod, Britain’s drag-racing Mecca in Northants, for a quarter-mile face-off. Actually, we gatecrashed official practice for the FIA European Drag Racing Championship, had a quick duel then drove home again. Key factsFord Mustang GT Price: £43,165 Engine: 5-litre V8 0-62mph: … [Read more...] about Mustang and RS go head to head in fast Ford drag race – but which is best?
Dan Kneen, the popular Isle of Man TT road racer, has died after an accident in practice during this year’s practice for the island’s famous event, aged 30. Kneen, 30, suffered fatal injuries in a crash during Wednesday evening’s practice session, one of two incidents that led to the session being cancelled after 11 minutes. The second incident came as a result of a collision between a bike and a course car that was heading to the scene of Kneen’s accident, with the rider taken to Noble’s Hospital. Riding for Tyco BMW Motorrad with TAS Racing at this year’s event, Kneen had posted his fastest ever lap around the Isle of Man TT course earlier this week, but suffered a crash at Churchtown on the opening lap of Wednesday’s session. Sporting deaths 2018 15 show all Sporting deaths 2018 1/15 Played over 300 times for Liverpool during 14 years as keeper and nicknamed 'the Flying Pig' (14 May 1940 - 9 January 2018) Getty 2/15 Former … [Read more...] about Dan Kneen dead: Isle of Man TT rider dies in superbike practice crash, aged 30
Motoring by Press Association 25/05/2018, 5:10 pm FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Though the weather forecast might not be spectacular, the British public will doubtless be making the most of the bank holiday weekend. But if picnics don’t quite tickle your fancy, fear not – there’s plenty going on over the 26th, 27th and 28th to satisfy even the most dedicated petrolhead. Here are a few we’re really looking forward to… FIA World Rallycross of Great Britain (25-27 May) The British round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship takes place this weekend and for the first time, it’s happening at the national home of motorsport — Silverstone. If you’ve never been to a rallycross event, you should absolutely make a trip. It’s a high-action form of motorsport, with a number of short, eventful races taking place right throughout the weekend. There’s plenty of … [Read more...] about The best motoring events this bank holiday