Simon Smith, 53, was thrown down the street when the runaway double decker careered onto the pavement and ploughed straight into him. Daniel Fraifeld, 50, who co-owns the Purple Turtle bar, said: “I think he [Simon] pretty much got up, brushed himself down and then an ambulance came and took him to be checked. It’s not yet known what caused the bus to collide with Simon in Reading, Berks., shortly after 9am on Saturday.
Nicola Sturgeon has put plans for a second independence referendum on hold. The First Minister said the Scottish Government has altered its plans and will return to parliament to discuss any future timeline when there is “clarity” over the Brexit negotiations – likely to be next autumn.
A high-profile Labour backbencher has denied saying there was a cover-up of the true death toll of the Grenfell Tower disaster as dissatisfaction over the Government’s handling of the tragedy continues to simmer. David Lammy, the MP for Tottenham, appeared on BBC2’ Newsnight where he questioned the official figure of 79 people who are either known to have lost their lives or are missing, presumed dead.
Lucas Markham and Kim Edwards, both 15, believed to be Britain’s youngest double murderers, were convicted last year of killing Edwards’ mother, dinner lady Elizabeth Edwards, 49, and little sister Katie, 13. Markham said: “She [Edwards] always hated her mum and I said, ‘I wish I could kill her’ and she said, ‘Yeah’, and thought I was joking — but I was being serious.
A man has been arrested on suspicion of raping a four-year-old girl at a home in Manchester. Officers from Greater Manchester Police were called to an address in Salford, in the early hours of Monday morning following reports of a disturbance. “Officers attended and a 21-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of rape at a nearby address in connection with the rape of a 4-year-old girl, earlier that morning.
Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted and Luton, according to a BBC investigation. It found that Gatwick Airport suffered the most flight delays last summer, with 30% of flights from there recorded as delayed by at least 30 minutes. According to the data, around 38,000 of 199,000 international flights from UK airports to popular destinations were delayed between June and September 2016.
Sally Adams of the University of Bath says that the amount a hangover affects you is still not fully understood – but it doesn’t seem to be good for productivity. Of these, 22% admitted making mistakes as a result of being hungover and a third admitted that they “drift off and don’t work at their usual pace”. A recent review of 13 studies on the effects of hangovers on work performance found that just five showed a detrimental effect – although Adams says, in an essay for The Conversation, that this could just show that the experiments were poorly designed.
Scots really do have something to grumble about – at least when it comes to broadband speeds, a new study has revealed. A new study of the best and worst broadband speeds in the UK found that the three worst areas in the UK are all in Scotland. The research, conducted by consumer organisation Which?, found the Orkney Islands, Shetland Islands and Highland local authorities all averaged the lowest speeds.
It’s the moment UFO fans have been waiting for – a mysterious set of files referred to as ‘Britain’s X-Files’ have been opened to the public. In 1980, U.S. Army personnel stationed near Rendlesham in Suffolk saw a strange, metallic triangle which was ‘dripping molten metal’ – and witnessed a light like a ‘huge red eye’. Unlike most UFO sightings, it was documented in voice recordings from senior American soldiers, who also drew disturbing pictures of the object they saw.
Switching to an e-cigarette device might be good for human beings – but leaving the gadgets (or the liquid) around can pose serious risks to pets. Vets say that a ‘large increase’ in the number of pets being poisoned by e-cigarettes, according to figures from the Veterinary Poisons Information Service (VPIS). Last year, 113 pets were poisoned by e-cigarettes in the UK – and the VPIS warns that E-liquid may present ‘a particular hazard’.
Popular teenagers don’t just have fond memories of school – they actually go on to be much more successful in life, a leading psychologist has claimed.
New research has found that just having your smartphone with you actually reduces your cognitive capacity (brain power) – even if it’s off. Researchers from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin conducted experiments with nearly 800 smartphone owners. The volunteers completed brain tests – some with a smartphone on the desk face down, some with it in their pocket, and some with their phones in another room.
HMS Elizabeth, the largest and most powerful ship ever built for the Royal Navy, has set sail for the very first time.
The potential terrorist threat to the UK is far greater than MI5 has estimated, a former intelligence adviser to the government has warned. Colonel Richard Kemp said that MI5’s figure of 23,000 “suspects of interest” is likely just “the tip of the iceberg”. In an interview with BBC Newsnight, the former chair of the Cobra Intelligence Group said the UK is “reaping the horrors” after years of failing to deal with extremism.
The Conservatives signed a historic deal with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) on Monday – but Theresa May’s signature was notably absent from it. Despite securing her in power for the foreseeable future, the Prime Minister merely watched in the background while the Government chief whip Gavin Williamson signed the document along with his DUP counterpart, Sir Jeffrey Donaldson. Amid confusion as to why it wasn’t Mrs May who signed the confidence and supply agreement – which was needed after the Tories failed to secure a majority in June’s snap election – there is thought to be a very good reason why the Prime Minister’s signature is missing.
The White House has issued a warning to Bashar Assad as it claimed “potential” evidence showed Syria was preparing for another chemical weapons attack. In an ominous statement, issued with no supporting evidence or further explanation, press secretary Sean Spicer said the US “has identified potential preparations” for another chemical attack by Bashar Assad’s government that “would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children”. Mr Spicer said the activities were similar to preparations taken before a chemical attack in April, that killed dozens of men, women and children, and warned that if “Mr Assad conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay a heavy price”.
A man who fell asleep during a drug-fuelled sex game has been jailed for two years — after his partner died, tied up, with a gas mask around his face. Kevin Adams, 54, was found guilty last week of the gross negligence manslaughter of his friend Dohoon Kim, 36, who died when the pair met for casual sex. Mr Kim wore a gas mask and was tied up by his neck, wrists and ankles during the “extreme” sex session, Bristol Crown Court heard.
The front page of today’s Evening Standard newspaper, depicting Arlene Foster and Theresa May as Austin Powers’ Doctor Evil and Mini-Me, has caused a bit of a storm on Twitter. In case readers didn’t quite get the joke, a handy paragraph in the corner reads: ‘Austin Power-sharing: a mock-up of DUP leader Arlene Foster as Dr Evil with Theresa May as Mini-Me from the Austin Powers film series, in which Dr Evil holds the world to ransom and demands millions of dollars.
This is the shocking moment a man launched a violent and racist tirade against a Polish bus driver in London. After the driver ordered the man off the bus for not paying, he began screaming racist abuse at the bus driver, swearing as he yelled at him to “go back to your own f***ing country”.