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Haydock Races Abandoned As Stalls Handler Is Run Over
  • Races abandoned after stall handler is seriously injured in collision with vehicle
  • Air ambulance dispatched to the scene with paramedic saying: 'It's not good'
  • Stalls are the area where horses are released at the beginning of the race
  • But the handler is thought to have been injured by a 'mobile unit'
  • Merseyside Police said officers were called at 3.40pm to reports of a collision between a man and a vehicle 'which seems to be carrying machinery'
Sheffield Mother's 'final' Text To Husband On Jet2 Flight
  • Nickola Tye, 39, from Sheffield was on Jet2 flight back from the party destination
  • Oxygen masks dropped down from the ceiling and captain declared emergency
  • She panicked, thinking the plane was going to ground, and text her loved ones
  • Captain then tried to calm 180 passengers on board saying it was a minor fault 
Teacher Snapped Sleeping At Willenhall Academy In Walsall
  • Student takes photograph of teacher asleep at desk while invigilating an exam 
  • Picture taken at Willenhall Academy, dubbed Britain's 'worst school' in Walsall
  • Pupil wrote caption: 'And teachers say it's the students' fault school is no good'
Primary School In Chaos After Entire Teaching Staff Quit
  • A total of 16 teachers and senior have left the school in Bristol over the year
  • Another seven are leaving when the school closes for the summer today
  • Governors are now looking for new permanent teachers for the whole school
Ten Women Presenters Set To Sue The Bbc Over Pay
  • Women's Hour host Jane Garvey is leading female stars in plotting legal action
  • At least ten women presenters are thought to be involved in potential lawsuit
  • Meanwhile Emily Maitlis is still considering her options while out of contract 
Emmanuel Macron Dons Flight Suit On Air Force Base Visit
  • French President was touring nuclear forces at Istres air base on Thursday 
  • The 39-year-old donned a rather tight jumpsuit for a ride in a C-135 jet
  • Macron made the visit after the head of the military quit amid a funding row
  • He announced huge spending increased and vowed to protect nuclear deterrent
Son Of Cecil The Lion Is Shot Dead By A Big Game Hunter
  • Cecil the Lion was shot by US dentist Walter Palmer in 2015 sparking outrage
  • His six-year-old son Xanda has also been killed by big game hunters in Zimbabwe
  • Authorities were able to identify the animal because he had an electronic tag
Dali Is Exhumed To Test If Fortune Teller Is His Daughter
  • Pilar Abel, 61, a psychic working in Catalonia, believes she is Dali's only child 
  • She says her mother had a relationship with Dali while he was living in Cadaques 
  • Bone fragments will now be taken from the artist's remains to confirm the theory
  • If it is true, Abel will be entitled to at least a quarter of his estate, worth $136million when he passed away in 1989 
German Teenage Isis Bride Is Found By Iraqi Soldier
  • Runaway schoolgirl Linda Wenzel was found in a bombed out house in Mosul
  • She was heard screaming for help by Iraqi soldier who thought she was sex slave 
  • The 16-year-old was found alone, lying on her side with an injured arm and chest
  • She is thought to have suffered 'torment' over her parents' marriage breakdown  
  • She flew from Berlin to Turkey around a year ago, before sneaking into Syria
  • After being radicalised in Germany, she posted images of herself with headscarf 
  • German officials said she was one of 20 ISIS followers captured after the city fell 
Cannock Fraudster Jumped Into Car Seconds After Bus Hit It
  • Helen Elcock, 48, was on the pavement when her Ford Focus was struck by bus
  • She leapt inside after the crash happened and then pretended she was injured
  • But she was found out after heR deceit was captured on vehicle's CCTV system
Somerset Farm In Planning Row With Council For 58 Years
  • A footpath running along a Somerset farm became a public right of way in 1956
  • But the Peppard family, who owned a neighbouring farm, fought to remove it because ramblers would walk over their land
  • Taking legal action, they fought to remove the path but the council had to examine objections before it could officially drop it from the map
  • Ivy and Archie Peppard are dead, but Ivy's son is still continuing their battle
Fears Of Brexit Deadlock As Davis And Barnier Meet
  • David Davis and Michel Barnier meeting in Brussels for update on negotiations
  • Fears that the talks are deadlocked on citizen's rights and Brexit divorce bill
  • EU taking a hard line on agreeing financial terms before trade talks can begin 
Ex-private Schoolgirl Faces Jail For Duping Girlfriend
  • Gayle Newland arrives at court in Manchester ahead of sex assault sentencing
  • Newland was found guilty of sexual assault after pretending to be a man
  • Acted as half-Filipino Kye Fortune to quench 'bizarre sexual satisfaction'
  • She put on prosthetic penis to have sex and wore swimsuit to disguise breasts
  • Defendant claimed lover knew she was a woman but the victim always denied it
Wigan Mother Of Four Left Note Before Jumping Under Train
  • Charlotte Cash, 35, kissed Andrew Tollitt goodbye as he headed out for work
  • But she later went to railway station in Wigan and jumped in front of a train
  • In a heart-rending suicide note she said, 'I love you forever... I feel like scum'
  • For confidential support call the Samaritans on 116123 or visit a local Samaritans branch, see  for details.    
Anger As New Leader Is Elected At Grenfell Tower Council
  • Councillor Elizabeth Campbell was tonight appointed leader of Kensington and Chelsea council
  • She faced calls to resign moments after being sworn in by angry survivors
  • Protests were held outside the Town Hall by campaigners demanding justice
  • At least 81 people are believed to have died in fire five weeks ago 
Clashes After Israel Restricts Jerusalem Old City Prayers
  • Today's unrest came after Israel decided not to remove metal detectors outside the Haram al-Sharif mosque
  • In preparation for protests Israeli police barred men under 50 from entering Jerusalem's Old City for prayers
  • Hundreds held prayers by Old City gates in protest and there was unrest when police tried to disperse them
  • There were also violent confrontations between police and protesters in the West Bank city of Ramallah
Kate Middleton And Prince William Are Game Of Thrones Fans
  • William and Kate chatted to German actor Tom Wlaschiha in Berlin on Thursday 
  • He plays Jaqen H'ghar in the cult show and revealed the couple love the show
  • 'They wanted spoilers but I said I couldn't tell them,' he said
  • Couple are completing second day in Germany with a reception
Baby Boomers Of 1950s Didn't Really Have It So Good
  • In 1946, infant mortality rate was 45 per 1,000 births; today it is just 4 per 1,000 
  • 8,000 cases of polio in Britain in 1947 - and around 10,000 people died each year of tuberculosis
  • In 1965, despite a third as many cars on roads, around 10 times as many children were hit and killed by vehicles compared to today's figures
  • Simon Webb, author of nostalgia-debunking book: 'There is always a temptation on the part of older people to edit their memories' 
Great British Summer Getaway Begins As 9m Hit The Roads
  • Great British summer getaway started this morning as schools break up today
  • Almost nine million drivers are set to clog up Britain's motorways this weekend
  • Saturday will be the busiest day with 3.4million vehicles trying to make a dash 
  • Air traffic controllers will deal with 8,800 flights today, which is a record number
Yazidi Sex Slave Kidnapped By Isis Vows To 'take Revenge'
  • Heza Shankal was kidnapped in Sinjar, Iraq, in 2014 and 'sold' by ISIS fanatics
  • The Yazidi woman was liberated and has now taken up arms in a bid for 'revenge'
  • She has travelled to Syria to join the Shengal Women's Units fighting in Raqqa
  • ISIS slaughtered Yazidi men and seized women when they swept through Sinjar
Eight Labour Frontbenchers Received Union Donations
  • Eight members of Shadow Cabinet received donations from the RMT rail union
  • In total, the RMT gave at least £56,500 to Labour MPs at the time of the election
  • During the Blair years, the RMT was expelled from the party after it clashed with the leadership over its moderate direction 
Linkin Park's Chester Bennington Commits Suicide  
  • Chester Bennington, 41, hanged himself at his Palos Verdes home on Thursday
  • The Linkin Park frontman was alone at the time and he was found by an employee
  • Bennington, who had a history of drug and alcohol abuse, was married to his wife Talinda and is survived by his six children from his two marriages
  • The singer's family were out of town when he killed himself
  • Family and friends said they are in absolute 'shock' over the singer's death 
  • His suicide came on the day of his late friend Chris Cornell's birthday 
  • He sang for the crowd of mourners at Cornell's funeral after his suicide in May
  • Friend said Cornell's death deeply affected singer who struggled with addiction
  • Linkin Park were in the middle of a tour when news broke of his death
  • His band released its new music video two hours before news of his death broke
Dublin Parents Diagnosed With Terminal Cancer
  • Karen Stewart, 36, from Dublin, has battled cancer three times since she was 18
  • But doctors have told the mother-of-three children it is now incurable 
  • In a double tragedy, her husband Ed has been diagnosed with terminal cancer
  • Their friend Stacey has set up a GoFundMe page to help them do as much as possible with their children  
Daryn Murray Faces Jail For Attacking His Girlfriend
  • Daryn Murray, 24, attacked Jade Graham at home in Wishaw, Lanarkshire
  • Assault left girlfriend, 21, with swelling and bruising on her face and eyes
  • He struck her with a punch to her face before pulling her off bed onto floor
  • Admitted asssault at Hamilton Sheriff Court but warned he was facing jail
Diane Abbott Blunders Over Numbers Again
  • Shadow Home Secretary struggled to outline the Labour Party policy today 
  • Challenged to explain how Labour paid for 10,000 officers Abbott stumbled
  • Gaffe recalled a series of embarrassing interviews during the general election 
May Gets Worst Ever Poll Rating For A Pm After An Election
  • Ipsos Mori poll reveals the collapse in Theresa May's ratings since the spring 
  • The PM has endured a torrid six weeks since the general election disaster 
  • But despite her problems, May is still rated as a better PM choice than Corbyn  
Kate Middleton Wears Gold Of The German Flag For Lab Visit
  • Couple are carrying out second day of engagements in Germany
  • Visited stem cell research lab at the German Cancer Research Institute
  • Visited a traditional German market where they made pretzels and sweets  
  • Later renewed friendly sporting rivalry at boat race in Heidelberg
  • Kate put in a good effort in the race but was trounced by her husband's team on the River Neckar 
  • Will finish the day with a reception in the mirrored hall of Clarchens Ballroom opened in 1913
Bbc Pay Gap Broken Down Show-by-show
  • BBC facing having to pay millions to level stars' pay as legal challenges loom 
  • Discrepancies emerged not just across corporation, but also on individual shows
  • Here, we break down who is being paid what, show by show 
Ex-paratrooper Fiddled £7,000 In Benefits Fraud
  • Mark Lloyd, 33, said he could only walk 50 yards to claim £7,000 benefits cash
  • He used the money to help fund travel around the world for physical challenges
  • Lloyd won two triathlons, climbed Kilimanjaro and even went wing-walking
  • He was known as 'Action Man Mark' for his 'love of gruelling activities' 
Doctors Advised To Send Patients To Arts Classes
  • 'Arts-on-prescription' could save money by boosting mental and physical health
  • Creative activities could reduce GP consultations and hospital admissions
  • Parliamentary group on arts, health and wellbeing said such activities are 'vital'
Google Executive Devises Scientific Formula For Happiness
  • Mo Gawdat personally started many of the Google's worldwide operations
  • He was a former stock market trader, and made 'a ton of money' in Dubai
  • His 'life had ticked every box' but he was still feeling miserable
  • Death of Mr Gawdat's son, Ali, 21, made him realise an equation for happiness
  • Solve For Happy by Mo Gawdat, Bluebird, £10.49 on  Amazon
Teenager 'found Dead In Freezer' In Honour Killing
  • A teenage girl has been found stabbed to death in Kingston, south west London
  • She was found at the £1.5million home, allegedly in a freezer, on Wednesday
  • She was kidnapped along with her cousin by a man they knew, police said today 
  • Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murder and a woman on suspicion of assisting an offender
Teenager 'found Chopped Up In Freezer' In Honour Killing
  • A teenage girl has been found stabbed to death in Kingston, south west London
  • She was found at the £1.5million home, allegedly in a freezer, on Wednesday
  • Her cousin, 21, is fighting for her life after escaping and alerting the police
  • Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murder and a woman on suspicion of assisting an offender
Prince William And Kate Middleton Board A Train To Hamburg
  • Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are heading to Hamburg for final day of Germany and Poland tour
  • Couple completed their second day in Berlin last night with reception at city's Clärchens Ballhaus
  • On Thursday, the royals visited stem cell research lab at the German Cancer Research Institute
  • Kate and William also visited a traditional German market where they made pretzels and sweets  
  • The couple later renewed friendly sporting rivalry at boat race in Heidelberg on the River Neckkar  
Dashing Prince Harry Takes Part In Raf Ceremony
  • Prince Harry spent time speaking to excited youngsters at an RAF base today
  • The 32-year-old spotted the children peering through legs to get a better look
  • He was on hand to present  a new Colour to the ground fighting force of the RAF
  • The ceremony marks the 75th anniversary of the founding of the RAF Regiment 
Earthquake Off South West Coast Of Turkey Triggers Tsunami
  • A powerful magnitude-6.7 earthquake has struck off the coast of Bodrum, SW Turkey, triggering a tsunami
  • At least two people were killed on the nearby Greek holiday island of Kos when a bar ceiling collapsed
  • Tsunami waves flooded beachfront hotels along the Aegean coast with Bodrum and Marmaris worst affected
  • Parts of a Kos mosque collapsed into the town square, while the tremors were also felt on Crete and Rhodes 
  • Rescuers were this morning urgently searching for any more victims trapped under rubble with hundreds hurt
  • Collapsed pylons in Bodrum sparked huge electrical fires while power was out across much of the region  
  • Tourists told how their hotels were 'shaking like a jelly' before the tsunami sent people fleeing low ground
Oj Simpson Granted Parole After Nine Years In Prison
  • OJ Simpson was granted parole on Thursday after nine years in prison and will walk free in October
  • Simpson was joined by close friend Tom Scotto, his sister Shirley Baker, and his daughter Arnelle at his parole hearing on Thursday
  • Arnelle was his only child at the hearing and fought back tears while reading a letter in support of her father's release 
  • Simpson at one point turned combative when he began to detail the events that occurred the night of his 2007 robbery
  • Simpson got combative saying he never robbed anyone and that the property he stole was his own, while arguing he never had a drinking  problem
  • The 70-year-old said he would move to Florida after his release, and looks to have at least $400,000 waiting for him thanks to his NFL pension 
Kerry Katona Faces Fine Over Daughters' Term-time Holiday 
  • Daughters Molly, 15, and Lilly, 14, away for a 'week's holiday' earlier this year 
  • Katona faces bill of £120 per child after an original fine of £60 was not paid 
  • A council representative said her lawyer had called asking to delay hearing 
  • But Katona insists her former husband Brian McFadden took children away 
  • Claimed he should have spoken to the school but fine has now been paid
Eu Blocks Criminal Checks On Citizens During Brexit
  • EU team ambushed UK delegation about proposals for criminal records checks
  • Brussels says checks cannot be carried out on citizens during Brexit process
  • Spat emerged during tense week of negotiations between Britain and the EU 
Police Tell Walkers To Take Willies Out In Bad Weather
  • North Wales Police posted weather advice tweet as flash floods hit the UK
  • Said: 'If you're driving take care. If you're walking take willies'
  • Force - which has over 75,000 followers - quickly deleted post but not before it had been retweeted dozens of times
Polish Man Kept Woman As Sex Slave For Seven Weeks
  • Ryszard Bojarski kept a woman as a sex slave in a shared house for seven weeks
  • He contacted her through a Polish dating website, exchanging intimate pictures
  • She blocked him after an argument and he threatened to share her pictures
  • She travelled to his Worcester home in November last year where he forced her into sex acts and advertised her on for sex online
  • The alarm was raised by one of the housemates and he's now been jailed 
Nurse Calls Ryanair First Aid 'shambolic' After Tea Spill
  • Val Tredget says a cup of hot tea was knocked over her as she flew with Ryanair
  • She claims the first aid effort was 'shambolic' and she was given ice in a sick bag
  • But the airline denies the claims and said the mother-of-two was given help
  • She has been left with peeling skin and blisters and has sought more help to make sure she doesn't get scarring
Welsh Couple In Row With Neighbour Return To Lorry Trailer
  • Sophia and Gwyn Hughes wanted to rebuild a small wall outside their property
  • Their neighbour claimed ownership of the wall and the relationship turned sour
  • The couple, from Wales, returned home to find a lorry trailer outside their home
Kate Middleton Wears Alexander Mcqueen At Berlin Party
  • Duke and Duchess are celebrating the Queen's birthday with party at the British ambassador's residence
  • Kate, 35, wore a chiffon maxi dress by Alexander McQueen, down from £2,075 to £1,453 in the sale
  • Family bid farewell to Poland today where they've spent two days celebrating the nation's history, culture
  • George and Charlotte seen for the second time on royal tour, after arriving with their parents on Monday
  • Couple visited Brandenburg Gate and Holocaust memorial today before private meeting Angela Merkel
Amazon Report Says We Could Wear Fitness Trackers In Body
  • Amazon commissioned report to mark start of its Shop The Future online store
  • It predicts items on sale will include pet translators and fitness tracker implants
  • Futurists William Higham and Anne Lise Kjaer said technology will increasingly be used to save time during daily life