Your morning briefing: What you should know for Friday, September 21

Jason Collie


Ferry disaster death toll of 44 may rise

Officials in Tanzania fear the death toll from the Lake Victoria ferry disaster will rise as rescue efforts continue this morning.

Forty-four people were confirmed dead after the passenger ferry capsized yesterday and it is feared there were hundreds on board.

Thirty-seven people were initially saved before rescue attempts were suspended overnight.

The ferry was travelling between Ukara and Bugolora and capsized near the area of Mwanza.


Wolf Alice win the Mercury Prize

Rock band Wolf Alice have won the Mercury Prize for their album Visions Of A Life.

The four-piece group from north London were visibly stunned to beat fellow contenders including Lily Allen, Arctic Monkeys and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds last night.

The result didn’t win universal acclaim, however.

Allen tweeted: Someone call 999 I’ve been robbed, before adding Wolf Alice were deserved winners.


Grayling defiant in the face of slapdown from EU leaders

Chris Grayling has said there are no changes on the table at the moment to Theresa May's Brexit plan despite EU leaders blunt warnings that it will not work .

The Transport Secretary insisted Britain is preparing hard for a no-deal Brexit, although he predicted a sensible agreement will be reached with Brussels.

His comments came following an eventful two-day EU summit in Austria.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke of the need for substantial progress over the next four weeks while French President Emmanuel Macron described Brexit campaign leaders of lying to British voters.


Now it's Storm Bronagh hitting UK

You had better brace yourself for another morning of bad weather with Storm Bronagh bringing gale force winds and heavy rain to parts of the UK.

Yellow warnings for wind are in place until 9am right across England and Wales, with gusts predicted to reach 70 miles per hour.


Chelsea and Arsenal win

It’s been a successful night in the Europa League for British teams.

Chelsea won 1-0 away at PAOK , while Arsenal were comfortable 4-2 victors at home to Vorskla .

Celtic beat Rosenborg 1-0 in Glasgow, while rivals Rangers achieved a 2-2 draw at Villarreal.


Chris Evans reveals twins' names

Chris Evans and his wife have revealed the real names of their new twins – and it isn’t Ping and Pong.

The radio star caused a little confusion when he referred to them that way in his announcement yesterday they had been born but he’s told the Sun their actual names are Walt and Boo.


On this day…

1327: Edward II was murdered in the dungeon of Berkeley Castle in

Gloucestershire to ensure his son Edward III could succeed to the throne.

1792: France was declared a Republic and the monarchy abolished.

1866: Author HG Wells - famous for The War Of The Worlds - was born in Bromley, Kent.

1915: Stonehenge, and the surrounding 30 acres of land, was sold by Sir Edmund Antrobus to Mr CH Chubb for £6,600 at auction. Chubb presented it to the nation three years later.

1962: The British TV quiz programme University Challenge, presented by Bamber Gascoigne, was first transmitted.