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London crane collapse: Fire Brigade working to free several people trapped inside house

A crane has collapsed on to a house in east London leaving several people trapped inside. London Fire Brigade said it was working to free those trapped after the 20-metre crane fell in Bow. London Ambulance Service said it had a number of crews and a team of specialist paramedics who work in hazardous environments at the scene. More follows → Read More

Coronavirus news – live: WHO says ‘evidence emerging’ of airborne spread of virus as Melbourne enters new six-week lockdown

There is “evidence emerging” of the airborne spread of coronavirus, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has acknowledged. The WHO has previously said the virus that causes Covid-19 spreads primarily through small droplets expelled from the nose and mouth of an infected person that quickly sink to the ground. But 239 scientists in 32 countries outlined evidence in an open → Read More

Charlie Elphicke: Woman describes being chased after alleged sexual assault

A woman has described being chased around former Conservative MP Charlie Elphicke’s home after he groped her while he chanted, ”I’m a naughty Tory”. The woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, told a jury it felt as though Mr Elphicke was “racing” her around his home in central London in 2007, while trying to grab her bottom. → Read More

China bubonic plague: Russia cracks down on marmot hunting after possible outbreak near border

Russia is cracking down on marmot hunting near its border with China and Mongolia following suspected cases of bubonic plague in those countries. The large rodents can carry the deadly disease, which can be passed on to those who eat its meat. Authorities in Bayan Nur, a city in the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia, issued a warning on Sunday after a hospital reported a → Read More

Tom Meighan: Former Kasabian singer pleads guilty to assaulting ex-fiancee

Former Kasabian lead singer Tom Meighan, 39, has pleaded guilty at Leicester Magistrates' Court to assaulting former fiancee Vikki Ager. On Monday, Meighan announced that he was leaving the band after more than 23 years, with a statement from Kasabian describing the musician as having “personal issues”. More follows → Read More

Face masks should be worn in all indoor public environments and UK is ‘way behind’ rest of world in adopting them, top scientist says

People should wear face masks whenever they are in a public environment indoors, the president of the Royal Society has said. Professor Venki Ramakrishnan said the UK is “way behind” many other countries when it comes to face coverings. Not wearing masks in public should become as socially unacceptable as drink driving or driving without a seatbelt, he added. → Read More

Eight rescued from stranded vehicles after water main bursts on London road

Eight people have been rescued after several vehicles were trapped in half a metre of water on a road in north-west London. Firefighters helped motorists stuck on the North Circular road near Brent Cross after a water main burst on the road. Thames Water said the burst had led to low water pressure or no water at all in the NW2, NW4 and NW11 postcodes. → Read More

Scotland reopens beer gardens and outdoor cafes as lockdown eases

Scots headed to beer gardens and outdoor cafes as they reopened across Scotland on Monday. Some drinkers queued for more than an hour as outdoor spaces in pubs and restaurants were allowed to open for the first time in 13 weeks. Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish first minister, urged people to comply with measures put in place to protect against the spread of coronavirus, such as → Read More

UK coronavirus death toll rises by 16 to 44,236

A further 16 people have died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK, bringing the total to 44,236. The Department of Health and Social Care figures as of 5pm on Sunday were lowest reported numbers since 16 March – but reporting is often lower on weekends. The government figures also do not include all deaths involving → Read More

Coronavirus: Sewage-based test could register infection spikes up to 10 days earlier than medical-based tests

Scientists are working to develop a standardised system to detect coronavirus in sewage, which could detect surges of infections up to 10 days before current methods. By creating sampling, testing and scientific modelling methods, researchers hope to reduce reliance on testing large populations, which comes with financial and logistical challenges. It is hoped the methods → Read More

Coronavirus: Where are latest potential hotspots?

Scientists have identified Dudley, Wolverhampton and Walsall as three local authorities at risk of following Leicester in emerging as a coronavirus hotspot. Leicester is already back in increased lockdown after a rapid rise in new Covid-19 cases, with non-essential shops ordered to close and people urged not to travel in or out of the area. → Read More

‘You need to be aware of your own risk’: WHO warns every person to evaluate what threat they pose or face over coronavirus

People must be aware of their own risk of catching and spreading coronavirus, a leading World Health Organisation (WHO) official has said. Dr Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO’s health emergencies programme, said while governments can guide people’s choices and provide them with information, it is individual behaviour’s which “facilitate disease transmission”. → Read More

‘What’s his name mummy?’: Expert’s daughter gatecrashes live BBC interview

A small child has interrupted a live BBC interview in scenes which have resonated with parents working at home during the pandemic. Dr Clare Wenham, a global health policy expert from the London School of Economics, had been speaking to the broadcaster about local coronavirus lockdowns. But her young daughter soon interrupted the interview, appearing in the background as she → Read More

Italy seizes €1bn-worth of ‘Isis-produced’ amphetamines

Police in Italy have seized 14 tons of amphetamines worth €1bn (£905m) allegedly produced by Isis in Syria to fund the group’s extremist activities. Customs Police Colonel Domenico Napolitano called the discovery of three shipping containers packed with around 85 million pills in the southern port of Salerno the biggest amphetamine seizure ever made worldwide. → Read More

Bristol pub named after slave trader Edward Colston renamed ‘Ye Olde Pubby Mcdrunkface’

A Bristol pub named after the slave trader Edward Colston has temporarily changed its name to Ye Olde Pubby Mcdrunkface. The Colston Arms became the latest venue to reconsider its title after a statue of Colston was pulled down by Black Lives Matter protesters. → Read More

Coronavirus: British public increasingly worried about lockdown easing, survey finds

Britons have grown increasingly concerned about the government’s plans to ease coronavirus lockdown measures, a survey suggests. Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers will be allowed to reopen from Saturday, along with a reduction in the two-metre social distancing rule to one metre. Following Boris Johnson‘s announcement of the changes, a snap YouGov poll showed the public → Read More

Man charged after Liver Building set alight during Premier League celebration

A man has been charged with causing criminal damage to the Liver Building after a firework was thrown during Liverpool fans' celebrations of their Premier League win. Matthew Egglesden, 19, was charged with causing criminal damage and firing fireworks in a public place, Merseyside Police said. The force said £10,000-worth of damage was caused to the building on the city’s → Read More

Glasgow stabbing: ‘Targeted assault’ in broad daylight sees street cordoned off

Police have cordoned off a street in Glasgow after someone was stabbed in a “targeted assault”. There was no threat to the wider public following the attack in Argyle Street, the force said. Officers were called to the scene at the junction with James Watt street just after midday on Sunday. Inspector Gareth Griffiths said: “We were called around 12.10pm on Sunday, 28 June, to → Read More

Coronavirus: More than 10 million infected and nearly 500,000 killed globally

The global number of coronavirus cases exceeded 10 million on Sunday according to the Johns Hopkins University and a Reuters tally. Nearly half a million people have died from the Covid-19 respiratory disease in the last seven months. The number of cases is roughly double the amount of severe influenza illnesses recorded annually, according to the World Health Organisation. → Read More

UK weather: Heavy rain and wind to bring June heatwave to an end

Heavy rain and wind will bring June’s heatwave to a close. The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for rain in parts of Northern Ireland, Scotland and the north of England. The warnings will be in place between 6am on Sunday and 3pm on Monday, with gusts of up to 50mph expected in some areas. It comes after the hottest day of the year so far was recorded on → Read More