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June 25th, 2017 by admin

Terrified tourists ran out of the sea after a blue shark came close to the shore in a popular Majorcan holiday resort.

The eight-foot fish with the tell-tale fin was spotted near swimmers in Illetas close to Magaluf just after midday on Saturday.

The ocean-dwelling predator came and went within five minutes, sparking pandemonium causing swimmers to race out of the water.

Extraordinary photos taken by stunned onlookers show the shark swimming towards a group of people including children on lilos.

Civil Guard were alerted and Civil Protection workers monitored the area for several hours afterwards to make sure the shark, known as a tintorera in Spanish, did not reappear.

The fish is thought to have moved close to the shore after becoming disorientated before vanishing after swimming back out to sea.

A blue shark was blamed for an attack on a swimmer off a popular Ibiza holiday beach last month which left him needed emergency hospital treatment.

The Spanish pensioner was treated for a two-inch gash to his hand just over a week ago after being bitten off the beach at Playa d’en Bossa.

Several people are said to have left the water after the incident, although the beach was not closed to swimmers.

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June 25th, 2017 by admin

A teenage girl has plunged eight metres (25ft) from a halted theme park ride into a crowd of people trying to catch her.

The unnamed 14-year-old fell from the Sky Ride at Six Flags Amusement Park in Lake George, New York state, on Saturday night.

She was rushed to hospital after plummeting from the gondola ride but is in a stable condition with no serious injuries.

The girl, from Delaware, was in one of the ride’s two-person cars with another child, a relative of hers, when it was stopped by an operator following a report someone was in distress, officials said.

After falling from the car, the girl struck a tree before landing in the crowd of park guests and employees, who had gathered below in a bid to catch her.

The teenager was treated by park staff before being taken to a local hospital by ambulance and then airlifted to Albany Medical Centre, 55 miles away.

A 47-year-old man was treated at hospital for a back injury he suffered while attempting to catch the falling teen.

The ride has been closed in order to carry out safety checks but officials said it appeared to be working properly.

The park said: “There does not appear to be any malfunction of the ride, but we have closed the attraction until a thorough review can be completed.”

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June 25th, 2017 by admin

Britain is to roast in four more heatwaves in the high 80Fs this summer.

After the hottest June day for 41 years on Wednesday – at 94F (34C) – forecasters say an “ice cream summer” is on the way for Britain. The verdict will cheer fans and families ahead of Wimbledon, which starts a week tomorrow, and school holidays in late July and August.

The Met Office reported an increased chance of a “very hot” summer and said “frequently” above-average temperatures are predicted over the three months to the start of September.

After a cooler and showery week ahead, Government weathermen predict more hot spells after next weekend and through July.

Up to four more heatwaves – 86F or higher – are due this summer as more heat blows in from scorching 113F Spain, global forecaster The Weather Company said.

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June 24th, 2017 by admin

Ten cars were on fire in a huge blaze that sent thick black smoke billowing into the air in south London.

Twenty firefighters in four fire engines were scrambled to the scene in Croydon after crews received almost 50 calls to the incident.

Footage from the area showed large plumes of smoke rising into the sky on Saturday morning.

A Croydon fire station spokesman said officers were called to reports of pallets alight near Makro wholesaler in Peterwood Way.

London Fire Brigade urged people to avoid the area as crews continued to battle the flames.

It wrote on Twitter: “4 fire engines & 20 firefighters are dealing with a blaze involving 10 cars in #Purley. We’ve take nearly fifty 999 calls. Please avoid area.”

More to follow…

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June 22nd, 2017 by admin

About 30 boys have worn skirts to school in protest at being told they were not allowed to wear shorts.

The pupils from ISCA Academy in Exeter asked permission to modify their uniform because of the hot weather.

One of the boys who took part in the protest said: “We’re not allowed to wear shorts, and I’m not sitting in trousers all day, it’s a bit hot.”

Head teacher Aimee Mitchell said shorts were “not part” of the school uniform, as first reported by Devon Live.

Pupils said the idea for the protest came from the head teacher, who originally made the suggestion, although one student said he did not think she was being serious.

They said they hoped the school would reconsider its shorts policy as a result of the protest and the head has indicated it might be considered.

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June 20th, 2017 by admin

Tomorrow could be the hottest June day since 1976. The Met Office has issued a heatwave alert with the capital expected to endure some extreme heat.

The level three amber heatwave warning is one behind a national emergency and has been issued from 9am Monday to 9am Thursday, as forecasters anticipate highs of 33C – or possibly 34C.

The NHS has issued advice and guidelines on the www.nhs.uk website to help people deal with the blazing sunshine.

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June 20th, 2017 by admin

Three pupils were sent home from school after refusing to wear blazers during yesterday’s 30C heatwave, parents have claimed.

Bransholme Secondary School said the pupils were excluded for “rude and defiant behaviour”, believed to have been sparked after they refused to wear their jackets as temperatures soared.

Among the kids sent home was Reece Wolfe, 12, whose mum, Leanne Monkman, told the Hull Daily Mail he had almost fainted in the sweltering heat earlier in the day.

Headteacher of the Hull school, Dale Jackson, said pupils are required to wear blazers in the “well ventilated” corridors, adding that no students were sent home as a direct result of ignoring the rule.

But Reece said: “I was on the second floor and [a teacher] asked me to put the blazer on and I said no because my mum had told me to keep it off.

“He started having a go and started saying if I don’t put it on I would have to go to consequences [a room for disruptive pupils]. I said no because it would make me ill.

“When I went to reception they told me I’d been expelled.”

His mum added: “I was very angry. I think it’s wrong, in this weather. It can make children ill and they are forcing them to wear their blazers.”

Another mum has hit out at the school’s policy saying telling the Mail it’s “ridiculous” pupils have to wear blazers in hot weather

Mr Jackson said: “Yesterday no students were sent home as a direct results of not wearing their blazer.

“Three students, were however, sent home on ‘fixed term exclusions’ due to rude and defiant behaviour.

“This type of behaviour is simply not tolerated at Kingswood Academy.

“With regards to our uniform policy students must wear their blazers when moving around the Academy through the cool and well ventilated corridors and open spaces.

“Students are welcome to take off their blazers in lessons, when sat down eating at break and lunch times and when outside.”

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June 20th, 2017 by admin

Children’s presenter Brian Cant has died at the age of 83.

He was best known for presenting BBC’s Play School for 21 years from 1964, and Play Away from 1971 to 1984.

His agent said he had been living with Parkinson’s disease and died at Denville Hall, a retirement home often used by those in the entertainment industry.

A statement from the family said: “He lived courageously with Parkinson’s disease for a long time.”

Cant was also a guest presenter on Jackanory and appeared on ITV’s Dappledown Farm, which ran from 1990 to 2003.

He got his big break when he auditioned for Play School, when part of the audition required him to climb into a cardboard box.

His voice was known to millions in shows such as Trumpton, his most famous line being the fire brigade call-out: “Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, Grub.”

Floella Benjamin, who also performed in Play School, said Cant was “comedy genius”.

She told BBC News: “He was totally devoted to making children happy – he introduced children to comedy with zany jokes and his funny sketches.”

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June 19th, 2017 by admin

Noel Edmonds has revealed he tried to kill himself after falling victim to financial fraudsters.

The Deal or No Deal star said he was driven “to the brink of emotional annihilation” when a group of corrupt HBOS financiers helped destroy his former business Unique Group.

Edmonds praised the emergency services for saving his life after the suicide bid.

The 68-year-old said he checked into the Priory to recover.

Edmonds added: “Until these criminals took me to the brink of emotional annihilation, I had always felt those who opt out by taking their own lives were selfish and cowardly.

“But having been cast into that bottomless dark space devoid of logic and reason, I have a much deeper understanding of life without hope.

“I seek no sympathy and feel no shame in admitting that on the evening of January 18, 2005 I attempted to end the overwhelming mental pain which had consumed my whole being.

“The fact that I did not become another suicide statistic is solely due to the swift response of a Devon ambulance crew and the compassionate support of the Priory in Bristol.”

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June 18th, 2017 by admin

Baking Britain is about to get even hotter with near 35C (95F) heat tomorrow threatening to melt roads.

Blazing sunshine, humidity and lack of wind this week will make it feel close to 38C (100F) in parts of the country.

Sun-lovers flocked to the great outdoors over the weekend as the mercury pushed past the 30C (86F) mark.

Hundreds of thousands of people headed to Britain’s coasts and beaches as temperatures matched parts of the Far East.

A Government heat alert – one tier below a level 4 national emergency – has been sent to hospitals and emergency services across the country.

A heat health warning has been issued as the country continues to bake in a mini-heatwave with temperatures set to climb even higher and fears people could die.

The nation baked in one of the hottest June weekends on record as the mercury soared around 15C above average for the time of year.

Extreme heat will hold out across the south this week although a freakish twist could bring a touch of frost elsewhere.

A cold front which brought fresher conditions to the north over the past few days will drift southwards, the Met Office said.

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