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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Pupils said the idea for the protest came from the head teacher, who originally made the suggestion, although one student said he did not think she was being serious.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 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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June 16th, 2017 by admin

A 19 year old man has reportedly had his throat and neck slit in a knife attack in Southall, west London.

Police officers were called to the scene on Southall Broadway following reports of a man being attacked just before 1pm today.

Witnesses reported seeing the man’s ‘throat and neck’ being slashed in the attack.

An investigation has now been launched into the attack, which is not thought to be terror-related.

The London Air Ambulance is currently at the scene and the main road remains closed off in both directions.

A spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Police said: ‘Police were called to Southall Broadway, Ealing, at approximately 12:20hrs on 16 June to reports of a stabbing.

‘Officers, London Ambulance Service and London Air Ambulance attended the scene.

‘A male, aged in his late teens, was taken to a west London hospital.’

She added that they were waiting on news of the man’s condition and not arrests have been made as of yet.

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June 1st, 2017 by admin

The mother of the youngest person to die in the Manchester bombing has been taken off life support and told about her daughter’s death, a family friend has said.

Saffie Roussos, 8, from Leyland in Lancashire, was among the 22 people killed by suicide bomber Salman Abedi at Manchester Arena.

She had been attending the Ariana Grande concert with her mum, Lisa, and older sister Ashlee Bromwich.

Lisa and Ashlee, who is in her 20s, were both taken to hospital.

In a post on Facebook group Leyland Memories, Mike Swanny said he could confirm the “amazing news” that Lisa Roussos was “awake and out of surgery”.

Mrs Roussos was apparently in a critical situation at first, but came off life support on Saturday.

Mr Swanny said she was “talking, and is fully aware of the situation”, adding that she was “now out of any danger”.

He added that Ms Bromwich was also improving and had been talking to her mum.

Mr Swanny finished by saying: “I hope this news will make everyone smile as this is the best news we’ve had through this tragedy.”

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June 1st, 2017 by admin

Former Coronation Street star Roy Barraclough, who played Alec Gilroy, has died aged 81.

In a statement his agent said he passed away after a short illness.

The actor appeared in the long-running ITV soap for more than 20 years and was best known for his tempestuous marriage to pub landlady Bet Lynch.

Barraclough appeared as a talent agent in Corrie in the early 1970s before becoming a regular face on the cobbles from 1986 until 1992.

He briefly reappeared back in the soap in 1995 then returned for a longer stint between 1996 and 1998.

His character left the soap after selling the Rovers to set up a wine bar in Brighton with granddaughter Vicky – the first wife of Steve McDonald.

Coronation Street paid tribute to Barraclough by posting an archive clip of him and on-screen wife Bet on Twitter.

It was captioned: “We are saddened to hear that Roy Barraclough has passed away.

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June 1st, 2017 by admin

A young mother claimed she has been receiving death threats after posting a ‘disrespectful’ rant that the homeless man who helped victims of the Manchester terror attack was given a house before she was.

Emily Walton, 22, saw red after learning that rough sleeper Stephen Jones was getting a roof put over his head as a thank you for cradling children injured in the suicide bombing last Monday evening.

The mother-of-one, who had been waiting for social housing for over a year, shared her anger on Facebook at the news of Mr Jones’ good fortune – but was surprised at the backlash.

Ms Walton wrote on May 24, just two days after 22 died in the attack: ‘F*** you world homeless man in Manchester offered a house and job for helping in terror attack and people like me and chaz cant get a place f*** you England.’

After a friend tried to point out that the man had risked his life to help injured children, Ms Walton responded that she ‘didn’t give a s***’ what he had done and that ‘he’s probably drugged up on heroin and still gets a place’.

Since posting the status, Ms Walton , from Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, claimed she has received death threats and a torrent of online abuse and admits she regrets posting the comments.

Ms Walton, a mother-of-one said: ‘I wrote the status thinking nothing of it and it’s been shared. I wasn’t thinking anything at all when I posted it but everyone has been on my case.

‘We [have] got a house now, [but] they [only] told us the other day.

‘I was receiving death threats from people all over and they were offended by the status.

‘I told them they don’t even know me and they said ‘you don’t want to come up here, there’s loads of people after you.’

‘Of course, people have shared it and it’s gone worldwide now.

‘I don’t want people thinking that I’m the bad person. I posted it, not in a nasty way, but just as a status.

‘I just posted the status as a normal status on Facebook and I’m getting slandered left, right and centre. I wasn’t having a go at anyone on it, or slagging anyone off.

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