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Last picture of tragic mother-of-two: Woman, 51, who fell to her death from fourth-floor London flat on Christmas Day is seen hugging gift she got from her daughter just an hour earlier

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The final picture of a mother-of-two who fell from a fourth-floor flat on Christmas morning shows her smiling as she opens a gift from her daughter less than an hour before her death.  Sharon Anne Daly-O'Dwyer, 51, had been spending Christmas Day with her family at her apartment in Shepherd's Bush, west London, when she fell. In the picture the barmaid can be seen clutching on to a designer bag her daughter Taylor Daly had given her.  Family say the barmaid, who had lost her job during the pandemic and had struggled to find another for eight months, had left the room to 'go for a smoke in her dressing gown'.  The final image of mother-of-two Sharon Anne Daly O'Dywer, 51, shows her clutching on to a designer handbag her daughter bought her less than an hour before she fell to her death The barmaid was said to be thrilled with her gifts she received on Christmas Day, before she fell from the balcony of her home in Shepherd's Bush Sharon leaves behind her two chil

Fangs for nothing! Tourist trade uproar as church where 'Dracula is buried' tells visiting goths: It's all fiction

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Count Dracula and his terrifying exploits have helped to sustain the economy of a seaside town for decades. So it did not go down well when the local church tried to give goths visiting Whitby the unvarnished truth about a cemetery where Dracula's grave is wrongly thought to lie. Those searching for the grave at the 12th-century St Mary's Church in the North Yorkshire town have been handed leaflets saying: 'Sorry it's not here… in fact it's not anywhere because Dracula is fiction.' The goths, who arrive in force twice a year for a festival to celebrate the culture surrounding Bram Stoker's 1897 horror novel, are also bluntly told they are 'standing on hallowed ground' at a place of worship. A goth is pictured above at the grounds in July last year The leaflet, given out by churchgoers and pinned up near the cemetery, adds: 'So even if there are bats in our belfry, no vampire is going to come and suck your blood.'  The goths, who arrive in for

Rishi Sunak calms nerves over the impact of Brexit on the financial sector after Boris Johnson said the deal 'perhaps does not go as far as we would like'

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Rishi Sunak insisted the Brexit deal would be a boon for the financial sector after Boris Johnson admitted he wished he had been able to extract more from Brussels. The Prime Minister said the agreement allows the UK to 'do things differently where that's useful for the British people'. But he admitted that the deal 'perhaps does not go as far as we would like'. As part of the trade agreement, free movement of services will end, meaning British firms will have to comply with varying rules across member states. There was no decision on 'equivalence', which would allow firms to sell their services into the EU single market from the City of London. Rishi Sunak insisted the Brexit deal would be a boon for the financial sector after Boris Johnson admitted he wished he had been able to extract more from Brussels And there will be no joint declaration to support enhanced cooperation on financial oversight until March. But Mr Sunak told Sky News: 'This deal can

Three quarters of MPs will appear via videolink when Parliament is recalled from Christmas break to debate the Brexit deal

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MPs are expected to participate in a remote debate to discuss the government's Brexit deal on Wednesday.  Around three quarters of MPs will take part in videolink talks after Speaker of the House of Commons Sir Lindsay Hoyle encouraged them to stay at home unless 'absolutely necessary'. The Commons and Lords have been recalled from the Christmas break for the first time since 1998 to pass through the Future Relationship Bill which outlines the UK's free trade deal with the EU.  Around three quarters of MPs are expected to participate remotely for discussions of the government's Brexit trade deal on Wednesday. Pictured: Prime Minister Boris Johnson waiting to hear about possible Brexit deal agreement on December 23 Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle urged MPs to work remotely where possible unless 'absolutely necessary' But, despite months of negotiations to hammer out the deal, the government has only designated one day of debate on December 30, The Times re

Bernie Sanders calls Trump 'unbelievably cruel' for not signing the $900million COVID relief bill as unemployment benefits run out and government shutdown looms

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Bernie Sanders said Sunday morning that President Donald Trump is 'unbelievably cruel' for letting the coronavirus relief package sit on his desk as he golfs in Mar-a-Lago for Christmas vacation. 'What the president is doing right now is unbelievably cruel,' Sanders told ABC's 'This Week' host Jonathan Karl in a Sunday interview. 'Many millions of people are losing their extended unemployment benefits,' the independent Vermont senator continued. 'They're going to be evicted from their apartments because the eviction moratorium is ending. We are looking at a way to get the vaccine distributed to tens of millions of people. There's money in that bill.' Sanders was responding to Trump's suggestion last week that he could veto the $900 billion COVID-19 bill. The president lamented that there was too much foreign aid included and insisted that the direct checks be boosted from $600 to $2,000. Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders

NRL star Mitchell Pearce's wedding is called off at the last minute amid allegations he sent flirty texts to a young footy club employee - but he he blames coronavirus for the 'postponement'

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NRL star Mitchell Pearce called off his wedding at almost the last minute after allegedly sending flirty texts to a female employee at the club. Newcastle Knights captain Pearce and his partner Kristin Scott were due to tie the knot in front of 150 guests at Byron Bay, on the NSW north coast, on Tuesday. Guests, some of whom had already travelled to Byron Bay, were told as late as Christmas Eve that the Covid-19 pandemic forced the nuptials to be postponed. However, the wedding was called off after Pearce allegedly told some teammates he sent racy texts to a young Knights employee in the week before Christmas. 'The Newcastle Knights are aware of the issue but it's a private matter that stays between the two individuals,' the team said on Sunday. Knights captain Mitchell Pearce (pictured, with Kristin Scott) has called off their wedding just days before the big event after allegedly sending flirty texts to a female employee at the club Pearce and his partner Kristin Scott we

A jab in your village hall: HUNDREDS of pop-up GP-led centres in the pipeline as 10,000 volunteers are recruited by the NHS to help deliver Oxford vaccine as soon as it wins approval 'this week'

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Hundreds of pop-up GP-led centres are on the way as part of a huge vaccination drive, ministers revealed last night. With approval for the Oxford vaccine set to come as early as today, Government sources told the Mail that town halls and village community centres are poised to help roll out the jab to millions as quickly as possible. The centres will be staffed by GPs, nurses, paramedics and pharmacists, with the aim to open the first of them next week. An army of more than 10,000 volunteers and medics have been recruited by the NHS to help deliver the Oxford vaccine after its approval, it has emerged. With approval for the Oxford vaccine set to come as early as today, Government sources told the Mail that town halls and village community centres are poised to help roll out the jab to millions as quickly as possible. Pictured: A vaccine centre in Cardiff, on December 8 One senior Government source said: ‘The vaccine is the way to make us safe and get us through this pandemic. We are th

Britain cleans up after Bella flood hell: Work continues to restore rail lines blocked by fallen trees and raging torrents brought by 100mph winter storm

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Clean up efforts continue after a weekend of deluge from Storm Bella saw winds of more than 100mph litter train tracks with fallen trees and other debris whilst homes and roads flooded. South Western, Southeastern Railway and the London Overground were all forced cancel or delay services today whilst clean up operations took place to clear tracks of a chaotic combination of obstructions and flooding.   All trains between Bournemouth and Southampton Central were stopped due to water on the line, Great Western Railway said, and one of the major lines into London was also blocked when a tree fell onto the tracks in Haslemere, Surrey.  South Western Railway announced it had closed it's Isle of Wight services - between Ryde Pier Head and Shanklin - due to 'severe weather' after Saturday night saw the top wind speed 106mph recorded on the Island at the Needles.    While South Eastern Railway closed its Hastings Line due to flooding and obstructions and in the South west flooding