Manchester terror attack captured on camera by those who were there

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Many of those at the concert were young girls, there to capture fond memories of their experience on their mobile phones.When terror struck, those cameras were still rolling.What was meant to be a night to remember, is now one they will wish to forget. On Monday night, a suicide bomber targeted young concertgoers attending an Ariana Grande gig in the Manchester Arena.The ruthless attack claimed the lives of 22 people, including children, with 59 injured.  center_img Footage from those concertgoers uploaded to social media has formed a horrifying picture of the night terror struck Manchester.This is what they saw.last_img read more

Arsenal of 79 hand guns seized at Channel Tunnel from van preparing

first_imgThe intelligence was shared with Border Force officers based at Coquelles in France, who stopped the van before it entered the tunnel on Saturday. Det Ch Supt Michael Gallagher, of the Met’s Organised Crime Partnership, said: “I have no doubt that a number of these weapons were destined for the streets of London, where they would have caused misery and unspeakable damage to the community.” The firearms, wrapped in blue plastic, were hidden in engine block compartments One of the guns recovered from a vehicle on the French side of the Channel Tunnel Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The haul of “viable” 4mm and 6mm handguns was found in specially adapted compartments in engine blocks being pulled on a trailer by a yellow Mercedes van.Two men – Janusz Michek, a 59-year-old Polish national, and Denis Kolencukov, a 23-year-old originally from the Czech Republic but living in the UK – have been charged.Both are accused of knowingly being concerned in the fraudulent evasion of a prohibition or restriction on a prohibited weapon or ammunition, and conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to endanger life or enable another to do so. The officers found a huge stash of 79 gunsCredit:STIAN ALEXANDER Border Force officers stopped a transit van as it approached the Channel Tunnel in Coquelles, France, on Saturday (July 1) after receiving information from a joint operation by the National Crime Agency and Metropolitan Police One of the guns recovered from a vehicle on the French side of the Channel Tunnel Credit:NCA/PA Ammunition found in the vanCredit:NCA/PA The officers found a huge stash of 79 guns Ammunition found in the van An NCA spokesman said: “Our officers believe these weapons were destined for criminals in London and across the country.“Because of the number of guns, it’s inevitable that over time they would be associated with all types of violent crime.” The weapons were seized in a joint operation by Scotland Yard and the National Crime Agency (NCA), Britain’s equivalent of the FBI.An NCA source said investigations “over a number of days” suggested that a gang would try to smuggle the weapons into Britain over the weekend. An arsenal of 79 handguns bound for Britain’s gangs and violent criminals has been found hidden in engine blocks being ferried by van through the Channel Tunnel.Police seized the weapons cache after a tip off the pistols were to be smuggled into the UK over the weekend.One senior officer said there was “no doubt” the firearms and ammunition were headed to the streets of Britain, where they “would have caused misery and unspeakable damage”.last_img read more

Bungling BBC chief accidentally sends private email to staff blasting Vanessa Feltzs

first_imgHowever, this didn’t happen, as the details were leaked to the press.A source told The Sun there was a “lot of giggling” when the email was sent round.The annual review says: “When we launched Vanessa’s breakfast programme, we were aware we would have to find the right balance between her skills and the much tighter format.”We reduced the number of stories (fewer, bigger, better) and tried to create more time for her personality and interaction, but it still felt constricted and lacking personality.”Vanessa loves a long interview…but it’s a constant battle to get her to suit the pace of breakfast”. A BBC spokesperson said: “We regularly review our output.“Vanessa is an award-winning presenter whose programmes have consistently delivered strong listening figures over many years.“She is an asset to the station and we have every confidence in her.”Figures show 161,000 people a week listen to her show on BBC London, down from 208,000 the previous year. A BBC chief has accidentally published disparaging comments about well-paid presenter Vanessa Feltz, who is the second best-paid woman on the broadcaster’s payroll.In a confidential memo accidentally emailed to staff, it is said Vanessa Feltz lacks the personality to front her show.It also says it is a “constant battle” for the presenter to keep up with the pace of news.The embarrassing mistake was made by Station editor David Robey, who thought he was sending out a new television trailer, but instead was publishing the star’s annual review.After realising, he implored staff to delete it without reading it.Here is how much her best-paid colleagues makecenter_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

OED adds babymoon and helicopter parenting to the dictionary after consulting Mumsnet

first_imgThe origins of “mansplain” can be traced back to a post on social media site LiveJournal in August 2008, in which a woman sarcastically thanks a man for “mansplaining” to her. Ransomware is also among the new additions – less than a year since the NHS was one of a number of global institutions to fall victim to the WannaCry cyber attack that was carried out with the use of malicious software.In May 2017 virus – blamed on North Korea – locked up computers and demanded a sum of money to release the files, causing massive disruption.Among the more recently-coined entries in this cohort is “mommy blogger”, which dates from around 2005 and denotes a parent who writes online about child and family-related issues.  The language of modern parenting can be a minefield.But those baffled by Mumsnet lingo will now find it easier to decipher as words including “babymoon”, “helicopter parenting” and “too posh to push” have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary.The OED consulted the parenting website for ideas on its new additions, and came up with more than 100 baby-related words to be added to the list. It said the new additions “reflect not only medical advances, but also developments in how we think about children and view their place in our society”. Other new additions introduce a host of initialisms and acronyms mostly used online, including “TTC”, meaning “trying to conceive”, “BFN” or “big fat negative” on a pregnancy test, and VBAC, meaning “vaginal birth after a caesarean”. Fi Mooring, a senior editor with the OED, said: “These words reflect personal experiences but many of them also resonate much more widely, even with people who are not parents. “The distinctive lexicon of parenting maps a whole range of human experience, from immense joy to immeasurable sorrow and, considering its relevance to so much of the population it seemed an underrepresented category of vocabulary in the Dictionary.” Non-parenting words have also been added, including “mansplain”, where man explains something to a woman in a condescending manner, and “snowflake”, which has been in use since the early 1980s, when it meant a unique or special child, but has come to be a derogatory term for young people who are perceived to be sensitive or intolerant of difference. center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

New romantics after 57 years men break through at the Romantic Novel

first_imgMen have been named as winners of the Romantic Novel Awards for the first time, ending more than half a century in which female writers held a monopoly on affairs of the heart.Kerry Wilkinson and Marius Gabriel are the first men to be honoured at the ceremony since the awards were founded in 1960.Wilkinson, an author best known for his million-selling Jessica Daniel detective series, won the young adult category with Ten Birthdays, the story of a teenage girl dealing with bereavement.The award for best historical novel went to Marius Gabriel for The Designer, a novel set in 1940s Paris. Gabriel began his career in the 1980s writing Mills and Boon novels under a female pseudonym, but now uses his own name.Nicola Cornick, chair of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, said female readers have accepted that men can write about love.“Women wanted to feel that they were reading stories by women for women, but these days that is an old-fashioned attitude. They are increasingly comfortable reading stories by men, and over the last few years there has been an increase in publishers submitting books by men,” Ms Cornick said.“Writing under a female pseudonym is what used to happen in the 1970s and 1980s. I can think of a number of people who were members but always wrote under a female name.” The Association only discovered his true identity in 2009, a year before O’Donnell’s death.Other winners at this year’s awards included Dani Atkins, who won the overall Romantic Novel of the Year award for This Love. Jilly Cooper received the Outstanding Achievement Award. “Perhaps men have always written these types of story but they’ve been hidden in different genre types by publishers and editors – people who assume the books won’t sell otherwise, and want a car chase thrown in to make it a bit more blokey.”Gabriel said it felt good to win an award under his own name. “For a long time the conventional wisdom in publishing was that women simply wouldn’t buy a romantic novel written by a man. So there was quite a lot of pressure from my publishers to keep quiet about who I was, in case sales suffered.”I suppose it’s love that men are not supposed to enjoy reading or writing about. But my reviews tell me that a good many of my readers are men, so there,” he said.Wilkinson and Gabriel are the first men to win under their own names, but one other male winner can be found hidden in the archives.The Romantic Novel of the Year 1978 was Merlin’s Keep by Madeleine Brent, a breathless adventure about a girl raised in the Himalayas by an English soldier.Brent’s publisher picked up the award on her behalf, explaining that she was in Mexico. Years later, it emerged that Brent was actually Peter O’Donnell, creator of the Modesty Blaise comic strip. Wilkinson said he did not set out to write a “romance” or a novel aimed at women. “It was, and is, a story about growing up in a small town,” he said. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Romantic Novel Awards In previous years the Romantic Novel Awards have been an all-female affairCredit:Ian Joneslast_img read more

Shakespeare actress accused of snobbery over campaign to block Coop store in

However, some neighbours suggested Dame Janet’s resistance to the Co-op was borne out of “snobbery”, as she was accused of trying to preserve a “coffee eutopia” created by wealthy residents. An Academy Award nominated actress has been accused of “snobbery” over her objection to a new Co-op store in her north London “village”.Dame Janet Suzman, who made her name through performances with the Royal Shakespeare Company, said she feared the supermarket chain could negatively impact independent smaller businesses in “Belsize Village”, near Belsize Park, after plans were revealed for a new outlet last week.The 79-year-old, who was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar in 1972 for her debut film role in Nicholas and Alexandra, has previously campaigned against Tesco and Sainsbury from opening branches in the area.Speaking to the Camden New Journal newspaper, she said: “Go away, Co-op, find a nice high street or some other lonely corner where you could serve a purpose, and leave Belsize alone.”–– ADVERTISEMENT ––”It’s going to be tough on the small established shops already serving the needs of the Village and most likely put them out of business. What a rubbish way to find your profits – on the back of the ruination of others.” We are not all rolling in it and and people who aren’t as wealthy would welcome the Co-op.  The Co-op is going to be a god sendResident Dawn Zimbler While some said they believed that the Co-op would be beneficial in providing cheaper food for families, others noted its presence could alter the area’s character.Sebastian Wocker, 53, the publisher of Hampstead Village Voice, said: “There is an economic aspect to this, the people who want to conserve the area are wealthier and will drive to Waitrose or Marks and Spencer, which are quite expensive.  “Whereas Co-op is affordable, people need to be able to do an affordable shop.”But people don’t want to see Belisize Village turn into a generic high street, it can change the dynamic of the place.” Pensioner Michael Francis added: “I think a lot of people might think that it would spoil the area, and maybe it might do. It’s the signs that really are a pain, it’s the brashness of the outside.” Dame Janet was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar in 1972 for her debut film role in Nicholas and AlexandraCredit:Martin Pope Dame Janet said she was bemused by the reaction expressed by some of her neighbours following her remarks.Speaking to the Daily Telegraph she said: “I have not read these ‘snobbery accusations’ to my thoughts on Belsize Village and thus can’t reply with exactitude, except to say I’m flummoxed as to why defending small shops from larger ones is a naughty notion.” A spokesperson for Co-op said: “We believe that a new Co-op store on Belsize Lane would enhance shopping options for local people, providing a wide selection of fresh, healthy foods and meal ideas as well as creating a number of full and part-time jobs which would be targeted at people living in the immediate vicinity. ‘‘The Co-op is a proud community retailer and would also provide members and customers with the opportunity to raise funds for local groups and organisations through its highly regarded Membership Scheme.” Dame Janet was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar in 1972 for her debut film role in Nicholas and Alexandra Resident, Dawn Zimbler, 48, said: “We are not all rolling in it and and people who aren’t as wealthy would welcome the Co-op.  The Co-op is going to be a god send.”There are a lot of people who are affluent, but there are also a lot of people in social housing.    “As far as small businesses are concerned there is a greengrocer which needs to protected, but most of the businesses are coffee shops.”It’s absolute snobbery.  What these people are scared of are people coming in who don’t ‘fit’ the area.  They have created a coffee eutopia and they don’t want it ruined with the riff raff.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Pensioner claims his privacy has been invaded by neighbours children bouncing on

Mr Croucher said that when he approached his neighbours over the issue, they told him “it is my garden and we can do what we like”.He now feels “uncomfortable” tending to the memorial dedicated to his sister which is placed by the fence near the trampoline.Mr Croucher, along with his ex-partner, live in the four-bedroom property on Albert Road, which is managed by Fortis Living.He added: “We have lived here for 36 years and have brought up our five children in this house.”We are too old to move out and why should we when we have been here all these years?” He said: “When the family first bought the trampoline last year, they placed it in the middle of their garden. But on Sunday, they moved the trampoline closer to my fence. Now whenever the kids use it their heads bob up and can peer straight into my windows.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A furious pensioner is claiming his privacy is being invaded by the family next door whose children are able to look through his windows when bouncing on their trampoline.Derrick Croucher, who lives in Droitwich, Worcestershire, said he approached his neighbours over the issue but they refused to move the trampoline away from the fence dividing his and their gardens.The 71-year-old claims the youngsters can see into his garden and home when they bounce up and down outside.“I asked for their consideration on my privacy as it is upsetting and affecting our lives. It means we cannot go in the garden without being watched – it invades our privacy,” Mr Croucher said.He added: “I want the kids to play, but my argument is why has the trampoline got to be so close to my fence where it could cause damage? It is my fence, I want to make sure it doesn’t break. It also gives them an opportunity to see over into my garden and look through my windows into my house.”The father-of-five said the family originally placed the trampoline in the middle of their garden, but became upset by their decision to move it closer to his fence on February 17. read more

National Gallery £36m painting went on display in womens prison

The painting on display in HMP Send Justice Minister Edward Argar said: “We are committed to reducing reoffending and supporting rehabilitation. The arts can play a huge role in achieving these goals.“I fully support this initiative by the National Gallery to deliver workshops and bring important artwork inside the prison gates for all to see.”The painting was bought by the National Gallery in 2018 and was its first acquisition of a work by a female artist in nearly 30 years.Hannah Rothschild, who in 2015 became the first woman to chair the National Gallery Board of Trustees, said at the time that it was part of the Gallery’s “long-held dream” to increase its collection of paintings by important women artists. The painting on display in HMP SendCredit:The National Gallery The artwork was previously exhibited at a Pocklington GPs surgeryCredit:Charlotte Graham The National Gallery has also donated several books on art subjects, including the Baroque and self portraiture, to help develop the art reference collection of HMP Send Library. A £3.6 million painting has been exhibited in a women’s prison as part of a nationwide tour.A rare self portrait by the celebrated artist of Italian Baroque, Artemisia Gentileschi, went on display at HMP Send, a female prison in Surrey, from Monday 20 May to Wednesday 22 May.The 17th-century painting, titled Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria, was recently acquired by the National Gallery and is the first painting from a national collection to go on display in a prison.HMP Send is the painting’s latest venue in a nationwide tour that has seen it visit a Yorkshire GP surgery, a Newcastle high school and Glasgow Women’s Library.In December last year, the National Gallery announced that the painting would be taken to “unusual and unexpected venues” around the country as a “Christmas present for the nation”. The artwork was previously exhibited at a Pocklington GPs surgery Artemisia’s final visit will be a stop on the E17 Art Trail as part of its Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019 celebrations.Whilst on display in HMP Send, the National Gallery delivered three workshops for up to thirty women prisoners – including learning about the painting and the artist.Director of the National Gallery, Dr Gabriele Finaldi said: “It is unprecedented for the National Gallery to take a great painting into a prison but this tour is turning out to be exceptional in many ways.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Tommy Robinson jailed for nine months for contempt of court over social

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Tommy Robinson with Katy Hopkins arriving together for his sentencing at the Old Bailey Tommy Robinson has been jailed for nine months, but will serve just 10 weeks, after being found in contempt of court for broadcasting a video on social media which featured defendants in a criminal trial.Riot police were called in to attend as crowds of Robinson’s supporters reacted to the sentencing outside the Old Bailey. Eight people were arrested last week when Robinson previously appeared in court.  The founder of the English Defence League (EDL), whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was found to have committed contempt of court following a two-day hearing at the Old Bailey last week.Dame Victoria Sharp and Mr Justice Warby found Robinson was in contempt in three respects when he filmed men accused of the sexual exploitation of young girls and live-streamed the footage on Facebook, in breach of a reporting ban, outside Leeds Crown Court in May 2018.Passing sentence, Dame Victoria said: “Nothing less than a custodial penalty would properly reflect the gravity of the conduct we have identified.” Protesters and riot police outside the Old Bailey Credit:Getty  “The respondent (Robinson) cannot be given credit for pleading guilty. He has lied about a number of matters and sought to portray himself as the victim of unfairness and oppression. “This does not increase his sentence, but it does mean that there can be no reduction for an admission of guilt.” Protesters and riot police outside the Old Bailey  Tommy Robinson with Katy Hopkins arriving together for his sentencing at the Old BaileyCredit:PA Giving reasons for the decision on Tuesday, Dame Victoria said Robinson encouraged “vigilante action” in the video, which lasted an hour-and-a-half and was viewed online 250,000 times on the morning of the broadcast.The judge said the words he used in the video would have been understood by viewers as “an incitement” to harass the defendants and “gave rise to a real risk the course of justice would be seriously impeded”.Throughout the Old Bailey hearing, Robinson denied any wrongdoing, saying he did not believe he was breaching reporting restrictions and only referred to information that was already in the public domain.Robinson was jailed for 13 months after being found in contempt of court on the day of the broadcast. Show more Because Robinson has already served 69 days for the Leeds contempt case, which was eventually overturned and retried last week, Dame Victoria said he would be required to serve nearly 10 weeks in prison.Speaking after the sentencing, the Attorney General said: “Today’s sentencing of Yaxley-Lennon serves to illustrate how seriously the courts will take matters of contempt.”Posting material online that breaches reporting restrictions or risks prejudicing legal proceedings has consequences, and I would urge everyone to think carefully about whether their social media posts could amount to contempt of court.” He served two months in jail before being freed after the original finding of contempt was overturned by the Court of Appeal in August 2018. But the case was then referred back to the Attorney General, who announced in March that it was in the public interest to bring fresh proceedings against Robinson.Dame Victoria and Mr Justice Warby gave permission for the Attorney General to bring a new case against Robinson at a hearing in May.In an appearance on the far-Right conspiracy theory website InfoWars on Monday, Robinson asked US President Donald Trump to grant him asylum in America, claiming he faced being killed in prison if he was jailed on Thursday. read more

Hong Kong tycoon hires Queens grandaughter Zara and Duchess of York for

Before taking up her directorship in April 2017, the Duchess was paid £200,000 from an offshore bank for “marketing and promotion”.Three months later, she was granted a £90,000 “loan” from Gate Ventures. There is no suggestion any of the payments were illegal.A spokesman for the Duchess said both payments were loans from Gate Ventures solely related to her fledgling company Ginger and Moss, which makes tea. He added that the £90,000 had been repaid.A spokesman for Dr Hon said: “The building of relationships (charitable/business/otherwise) is a mutual beneficial matter – it is never intended to benefit one party alone.” Mr Phillips and Mrs Tindall refused to comment last night. The Duchess of York and the Queen’s granddaughter Zara Tindall have reportedly been paid tens of thousands of pounds to advise to a Hong Kong tycoon.Mrs Tindall was paid £100,000 a year for a non-executive directorship at the Global Group of companies owned by tycoon Dr Johnny Hon, it was reported on Saturday.She was reportedly appointed to advise on horse racing for a sports investment arm in return for attending just two board meetings by telephone a year and four company functions.The Duchess of York was paid almost £300,000 from a firm chaired by Dr Hon, as well as a £72,000-a-year retainer for her non-executive directorship of his film investment company in Hong Kong, according to an investigation by The Daily Mail. Lawyers for Mrs Tindall, 38, daughter of the Princess Royal and already an ambassador for Rolex and Land Rover, initially said it was “wholly untrue” she was a non-executive director of Dr Hon’s Global Group. But they later accepted she had held that role when the newspaper provided documentary evidence of the £100,000-a-year contract between her and Dr Hon’s firm.Mrs Tindall’s brother, Peter Phillips, 41, is understood to have launched a horse racing members’ club with Dr Hon two weeks ago and will receive a salary for what is regarded as a “figurehead” role. Dr Hon has launched companies in Britain and Hong Kong and is behind a holding company – The Hon Organisation – based in the tax haven of Vanuatu.He has reportedly turned to members of the Royal family in recent years in the hope they can help raise his profile to potential investors in the Far East. Dr Hon, 47, said on Friday evening her main role in the directorship was “to introduce a few people to me in Hong Kong”.The tycoon, who was educated at Uppingham School and Cambridge University, told The Daily Mail that members of the Royal Family were brought on board “because of what they can do for individual projects”.The revelations have raised questions about the way Royals who do not take the taxpayer funded Sovereign Grant manage to pay for themselves. The Duchess of York, 59, was a non-executive director of Dr Hon’s Global Group Entertainment Limited until October last year, on a salary of £72,000 a year.She was said to have “introduced various strategic relationships” with Dr Hon. She is also a director of British media investment firm Gate Ventures, formerly chaired by Dr Hon, which was removed from the London junior stock exchange in 2015 after a number of Chinese investors came on board and caused the share price to rise 1,500 per cent. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more