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The great U-turn! Cycle lanes installed with emergency Covid cash are being ripped out again after paralysing cities and fuelling local uprisings

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Every day, more than 80,000 cars and lorries pass along the busy Marylebone Road, a major arterial trunk road that has run into and out of the Home Counties since the 18th century. It travels past major landmarks including The Regent's Park and Madame Tussauds before becoming Euston Road and ending at King's Cross in the east. But the word 'busy' has in the last few months turned out to be a misnomer. Today, the road may still be busy, but it is 'busy' going nowhere. Gridlocked vehicles now have to sit for up to an hour , pumping out pollution all the while, after an astoundingly ill-thought-out-scheme implemented by London's mayor For thanks to an astoundingly ill-thought-out scheme implemented by London's mayor and paid for by the taxpayer, gridlocked vehicles now have to sit for up to an hour, pumping out pollution all the while. As the Mail revealed, in July, at a cost of £250,000, Transport for London imposed new cycle lanes on the road, reducing i

Vandals decapitate statue commemorating all the soldiers killed in First World War as police launch investigation

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A Tommy silhouette statue commemorating all soldiers who fought in WWI has been decapitated. Vandals sawed off the head of the memorial soldier which was created as a thank you to all those who served in the First World War. It is one of thousands of Lest We Forget monuments installed across the UK to remember the fallen. Resident Paul Johnson, 59, was shocked when he came across the decapitated statue at around midday yesterday in Watford, Hertfordshire. He said: 'It's disgraceful. I just could not believe what I saw to be honest. 'It's a statue of our country's liberty and someone has sawn the head off it which is quite intimidating to some people. Vandals sawed off the head of the memorial soldier which was created as a thank you to all those who served in the First World War 'There's a lot of things going on in this world at the moment and I know people will say it's only a statue. 'But with respect my dad, my two uncles and both my grandads foug

Did Lord Blunkett's guide dog kill park squirrels? Former home secretary's canine Barley is accused of 'horrific' attack while let off lead

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Lord Blunkett’s guide dog has been accused of killing two squirrels in a public park. Witnesses say Barley, the former home secretary’s dog, attacked the animals when let off its lead to stretch its legs in two separate incidents in September and October. According to one park user, who filmed and photographed Barley running through Green Park, central London, he allegedly attacked a baby squirrel and an older animal. ‘It was horrific. I walk in the park every day and see Lord Blunkett very regularly,’ the witness said.  Witnesses say Barley, the former home secretary’s dog, attacked the animals when let off its lead to stretch its legs in two separate incidents in September and October. Lord Blunkett is pictured above with Barley ‘He lets his dog off the leash and it runs around preying on the squirrels while he is oblivious to what it’s doing. ‘It was horrible to see those poor squirrels being killed like that. I have not been able to sleep at night and can hear them screaming out in

Heartbroken widower, 94, who met his wife while working with La Résistance in Nazi-occupied France killed himself two years after he was sole survivor of their suicide pact

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A heartbroken widower who survived a suicide pact with his French sweetheart wife of 70 years, went on to take his own life two years later, an inquest heard. Welsh businessman John Jules Leonidas Andre Faleur, 94, was found dead at his Denbighshire home earlier this year. The inquest at Ruthin County Hall today was told about his 'remarkable life' which included risking his life to help others during La Résistance in Nazi-occupied France during World War II.  The hearing heard how the pensioner, who suffered with pancreatic cancer had entered a suicide pact with his wife, Nicole, in 2017.  Both survived but Mrs Faleur passed away a few days later after taking an overdose.  Her husband, John, who was also her carer, went on to make a full recovery.  John Jules Leonidas Andre Faleur, 94, took his life two years after he survived a suicide pact with his French wife of 70 years, Nicole. He was found dead at his Denbighshire home in Wales earlier this year In the two years that fol

Jeffrey Archer reveals his 80th birthday was only a small celebration because a big party would have 'felt strange' without friends who have died

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Jeffrey Archer has revealed that his 80th birthday was a small celebration because most of his friends are now dead. The best-selling author and life peer said it would have ‘felt strange’ throwing a big party without friends he’s lost in the past decade. Asked how he celebrated his birthday, he told Saga magazine: ‘Very quietly. For my 70th, my son William said, “Throw a big party, invite everyone you know because a lot of them won’t be here when you’re 80”. Former politician and author Jeffrey Archer at home in his penthouse suite on the Albert Embankment, London. Jeffrey Archer photo shoot, London, UK on 10 September, 2018 ‘He was right. I’ve lost maybe 50 or 60 close friends in the past ten years. A party without them would have felt strange, lockdown or not.’ The former Tory MP and Conservative Party chairman also said that he would not go into politics today because of social media.  He said: ‘If Twitter had existed during the war, Churchill wouldn’t have lasted.  'Every time

Husband finds seven-month-baby dead in bed after police wake him up to tell him his wife was found dead under a motorway bridge

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The body of an Irish nurse was discovered under a bridge just hours before her seven-month-old baby son was found dead at her home.  The body of Nicola Keane, 34, was found under a bridge near the M50 in Dublin at around 4am on Tuesday morning.  When Irish police went to her home in Lucan, they found her baby Henry 'unresponsive'. The Gardai confirmed he was pronounced dead 'a short time later'. Officers are not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths and say they are treating it as a 'family tragedy'.   Pediatric nurse Nicola Keane's body was found underneath a bridge in Dublin on Tuesday morning. Her devastated partner was awoken by police and only discovered about both their deaths after officers arrived, reports say Her devastated partner was awoken by police and only discovered about both their deaths after officers arrived, according to the Irish Mirror. A source told the paper: 'This is a terrible, terrible tragedy. A family tragedy.

Ladies on the fast track! Number of women applying to be train drivers at UK's biggest rail operator doubles

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The number of women applying to be train drivers at the biggest rail operator has doubled. Govia Thameslink Railway, which runs Southern, Thameslink, Great Northern and Gatwick Express services, said 825 women had applied to be trained as a driver so far this year, compared with 413 in the whole of 2019. The company said while historically the rail industry has struggled to attract women, the tide may be turning. Govia Thameslink Railway, which runs Southern, Thameslink, Great Northern and Gatwick Express services, said 825 women had applied to be trained as a driver so far this year, compared with 413 in the whole of 2019 Zoey Hudson, of GTR, said: 'We're very aware that to get the best from our staff and be best able to serve our passengers, a diverse and highly skilled workforce is absolutely vital. 'We've invested heavily in a recruitment campaign packed full of programmes and initiatives.' GTR has committed to increasing the number of female train driver applic

Transition nearly done! Drone photos reveal vast 27-acre Kent field being turned into 1,700-space Brexit lorry park

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Drone photos show a vast 27-acre Kent field dubbed 'Farage's Garage' being turned into a lorry park for up to 2,000 trucks in case of mass hold-ups at Dover before the Brexit transition period ends this year.   The development, next to Junction 10a in Ashford, Kent, is being constructed by the Government as it prepares for the negotiation period with the European Union to conclude in December. Upon completion, the vast site will be used for HMRC customs checks, with an area available as a holding space for up to 2,000 trucks should delays arise for vehicles crossing the Channel.  However, it is hoped vehicles will not need to be stored on the land and will be a 'customs checking site' by July.  Some 29 lorry parks are expected to be built across England in order to cope with potential post-Brexit border trading chaos as hopes of a UK-EU free trade deal are repeatedly dashed.  Locals will not have a say in the construction of the sites which are being built in Leices

A man was seen 'looking for his friends' in France the day before 39 Vietnamese people were found dead in trailer in Essex, court hears

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A lone man was left 'looking for his friends' in northern France the day before 39 Vietnamese people were found dead in the back of a lorry, a court has heard. Truck driver Eamonn Harrison, 23, allegedly picked up the migrants in his trailer before dropping it off at the port of Zeebrugge in Belgium on October 22 last year. The container was collected at Purfleet in Essex the next morning by Maurice Robinson, who found the bodies of the men, women and children, the Old Bailey was told. Jurors heard that the victims, aged between 15 and 44, had suffocated in the sealed trailer in sweltering temperatures of up to 38.5C.  On Friday - the anniversary of the deaths - jurors were told that the lorry was seen making a short stop in Bierne in northern France on the morning of October 22. Christopher Kennedy in his cab (top right) arriving at the port of Purfleet in Essex. This video has been shown at the Old Bailey, London, during the trial of four men Screengrab taken from CCTV showi

Former Coventry restaurant boss busted with shotguns, a revolver and £35,000 worth of drugs including heroin and crack cocaine is jailed for nine years

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A former restaurant boss who was caught with two sawn-off shotguns, a revolver and £35,000 worth of drugs including crack cocaine and heroin in a holdall bag under his bed has been jailed for nine years. Raouf Houri, 41, was discovered with the stash of deadly weapons and Class A drugs inside a specially adapted Sports Direct bag at his home in Coventry. A court heard thousands of pounds worth of crack cocaine and heroin was found inside along with a huge wad of £21,500 in cash and ammunition. French national Houri pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply Class A drugs but initially denied any knowledge of the firearms. However, he changed his plea on the second day of his trial at Warwick Crown Court and was jailed for nine years on Tuesday. Sentencing, Judge Barry Berlin said: 'On day two of this trial you pleaded guilty to the possession of prohibited firearms. 'In my judgement you had these guns for use, should the need arise, in the course of your drug-dealing ac

'Hero' dad kills himself after struggling to cope with Melbourne's lockdown: Devastated wife sends a powerful message to 'Dictator' Dan Andrews - only to be dealt another cruel blow

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David McCreadie took his own life after struggling to cope with Melbourne's draconian lockdown A loving dad-of-four killed himself after struggling to cope with Melbourne's draconian lockdown, his family have revealed.  David McCreadie had been struggling with mental health since June last year, but his condition began to improve with regular trips to the country, long walks and excursions to the beach. However, when the coronavirus pandemic hit, it put an end to the 56-year-old's outdoor therapy and his demons quickly returned. His wife Felicity slammed Premier Daniel Andrews for forcing Melburnians to live with such harsh restrictions.  'It contributed to his mental health, It contributed to his stress and there was no relief,' she told Daily Mail Australia. To make matters even more painful for the heartbroken family, ongoing border closures mean David's second-oldest son Jaxom, 24, who grew up in Western Australia, is not able to attend his dad's funeral