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Christmas Trees are coming! Be Prepared this December

Types of Christmas Trees

There are various types of Christmas trees available, and you must choose the one that is perfect for your home during the holiday season. There are various types, as you will see below:

Nordman Fir

The Norman Fir Christmas Tree barely drops its needles, making it the most popular choice in Modern times, due to the safety issues related to children and pets, and the sharp Christmas tree needles. They come in a range of shapes and sizes, and their needles are a lot fleshier.

Norway Spruce

The Norway Spruce Christmas tree, brings the classic smell of childhood to your home. Its needles do drop a lot more than other varieties, but it more than makes up for that with its beautiful smell, and really traditional tall and narrow shape.

Potted Christmas Trees

The Potted Christmas tree is a great choice if you would prefer your tree to last longer than just a few weeks, as potted trees are more likely to live on through the year, and be fine to use again a year later. The come in both varieties, the Nordman or Norway Spruce, and are often a little cheaper.

Where to buy a Christmas Tree

You can normally buy Christmas trees at your local garden centre, or check online for your nearest Christmas tree farm. Sapcote Garden Centre, Leicester, LE94LG, 01455 274049, (http://www.sapcotegc.co.uk/christmas/christmas-trees) has a range of Nordman Fir, and Norway Spruce Christmas trees for sale, and the price is the same as 2012.

Hatred video game where victims are stamped to death approved for sale in Britain

  • People play as a maniac unleashing genocide and killing innocent people
  • It features close range execution mode where player stamp victim to death
  • It’s been licensed for release on June 1 but given highest rating available
  • Makers claim it is ‘just a game’ and ask players not to take it too seriously 

By

James Dunn For Mailonline


Published:
06:08 EST, 23 May 2015

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Updated:
10:06 EST, 23 May 2015

A new ultra-violent video game in which players play as a genocidal maniac who shoots and stabs a vast number of victims to death is to go on sale in Britain.

Hatred is believed to be the most violent game ever produced and has now been certified by the Games Rating Agency to go on sale with an 18 rating.

The controversial game allows people to play as the main character on a murderous rampage, killing police officers, members of the public and almost anyone he comes across in a host of brutal and shocking ways.

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Hatred is believed to be the most violent game ever produced and has now been certified by the Games Rating Agency to go on sale with an 18 rating

Hatred is believed to be the most violent game ever produced and has now been certified by the Games Rating Agency to go on sale with an 18 rating

The controversial game allows people to play as the main character on a murderous rampage, killing police officers, members of the public

The controversial game allows people to play as the main character on a murderous rampage, killing police officers, members of the public

In the trailer, the nameless character uses explicit language, describing his life as 'cold bitter' hatred and promising to 'put in the grave as many as I can'

In the trailer, the nameless character uses explicit language, describing his life as ‘cold bitter’ hatred and promising to ‘put in the grave as many as I can’

In the trailer, the nameless character uses explicit language, describing his life as ‘cold bitter’ hatred and promising to ‘put in the grave as many as I can’.

He then says ‘my genocidal quest begins here’, which leads into a host of gruesomely  violent scenes in which he massacres innocent people.

First he shoots a police officer at close range as he lays on the ground, then he stabs another to death in a similar position.

The trailer then cuts to a wide scene of him massacring people in a police station, then back to another close shot of him stabbing an innocent woman as she pleads for her life, with blood splattering on the screen.

Players can use an arsenal of weapons to kill innocent civilians, including pistols, shotguns, knives and a flame-thrower.

It also features an execution mode, allowing players to gruesomely murder their victims at close range with knives, guns, or by stamping on them.  

The game was certified in the US earlier this year where it was only the second game in history available on a mainstream console to be given an Adults Only rating by the Entertainment Software Rating Board for extreme violence.

The first was the controversial Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas in 2004 and the company that made it actually cancelled the release of Manhunt 2 in 2008 after it was rated adults only in the US and it was refused classification in the UK.

The main character says 'my genocidal quest begins here', which leads into a host of gruesomely violent scenes in which he massacres innocent people in the trailer

The main character says ‘my genocidal quest begins here’, which leads into a host of gruesomely violent scenes in which he massacres innocent people in the trailer

He then says 'my genocidal quest begins here', which leads into a host of gruesomely violent scenes in which he massacres innocent people

He then says ‘my genocidal quest begins here’, which leads into a host of gruesomely violent scenes in which he massacres innocent people

The makers, Destructive Creations, ask not to try this at home or take it too seriously, 'it's just a game'

The makers, Destructive Creations, ask not to try this at home or take it too seriously, ‘it’s just a game’

Rockstar edited the game, blurring the screen during the game’s executions and removing the scoring system, where players were awarded for particularly brutal killings, in order to reduce the rating so it could be released.

The game caused controversy when it surfaced on Steam Greenlight, a popular online PC gaming community, last year and was removed but then reinstated on the grounds of free speech last year, reports The Times.

Adam Simmonds, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northampton, conducted research into children’s exposure to violence from computer games and said it was ‘outrageous’ that Hatred had been certified for sale.

‘We say that adults should be allowed to play these types of games, but then we’re shocked when children act them out in the playground with real weapons,’ he said.

Destructive Creations, the Polish company responsible for the game, said online: ‘Just don’t try this at home and don’t take it too seriously, it’s just a game.’

They claim the game is set for release on June 1 and call it a horror with an ‘atmosphere of mass killing’ in which the player can ‘spread Armageddon upon society’.

It’s certainly not the first violent game to cause controversy but its makers are open about how violent it is and have made no excuses for it and claim it forces the player to ask profound questions.

On their website, they wrote: ‘Here comes our game, which takes no prisoners and makes no excuses. We say ‘yes, it is a game about killing people’ and the only reason of the antagonist doing that sick stuff is his deep-rooted hatred. Player has to ask himself what can push any human being to mass-murder.’

The makers claim the game is set for release on June 1 and call it a horror with an 'atmosphere of mass killing' in which the player can 'spread Armageddon upon society'

The makers claim the game is set for release on June 1 and call it a horror with an ‘atmosphere of mass killing’ in which the player can ‘spread Armageddon upon society’

Players can kill people in numerous levels which include public streets, supermarkets and a police station

Players can kill people in numerous levels which include public streets, supermarkets and a police station

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Amal Clooney and how scary skinny is the new hallmark of success 

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By

Amanda Platell for The Daily Mail


Published:
18:27 EST, 22 May 2015

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Updated:
09:57 EST, 23 May 2015

A year ago, no one outside illustrious legal circles knew the name Amal Alamuddin. Fewer still had an opinion about her clothes, figure, hair, handbag or shoes.

An internationally renowned human rights lawyer at the top of her career, her performance in court and her fine brain were all she was judged on. 

Then she fell in love with an American film star called George Clooney.

A year on from their whirlwind engagement and wedding, this clever and thoughtful woman has been swept along by a tsunami of celebrity fascination, culminating in her being granted the ultimate ‘accolade’ of being referred to in glossy magazines as simply ‘Amal’. 

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2013: Amal Alamuddin leaving Berners Tavern restaurant
March 19 2014: George Clooney's rumoured new girlfriend Amal Alamuddin leaves her hotel in New York City

October 24, 2013: A curvier-looking and still relatively unknown Amal out in London (left). March 19, 2014: Colourful trousers show off her still shapely figure in New York (right)

Amal and George  at the Palazzo Vecchio on September 7, 2014 in Florence, Italy - her frame is much smaller than a few months earlier

Amal and George  at the Palazzo Vecchio on September 7, 2014 in Florence, Italy – her frame is much smaller than a few months earlier

It took Kylie, Beyonce and Posh decades to achieve that.

She’s continued working since becoming Mrs Clooney, representing Greece’s fight for the return of the Elgin Marbles from Britain.

But there’s a sting in the tail. This week, Amal was on the cover of Grazia magazine under the headlines ‘Amal Under Pressure?’ and ‘Sudden Fame Taking Its Toll . . . Struggling To Be Mrs Clooney’.

It repeated earlier claims on U.S. website Radar Online that she weighed little over seven stone and was a ‘walking skeleton’. 

U.S. Star magazine claimed there were ‘fears for scary-skinny Amal’.

Amal Alamuddin arrives for the civil ceremony in Venice, Italy - 29 Sep 2014
First pictures of newly wed Mrs Clooney at London's Heathrow Airport

September 29: Like every bride, Amal’s lost a little weight for her wedding in Venice (left). October 13 : Newly-wed at Heathrow, but the pounds continue to fall off (right)

Amal Clooney looks radiant in another stylish outfit while leaving Jean-Georges restaurant after a business lunch in New York City on May 1, 2015
Amal Clooney out and about, New York, America - 01 May 2015

May 1: Stylish but smaller than ever on a Big Apple lunch date (left). Later that day: Showing off her lithe limbs at a Broadway play (right)


Wrap up in a wool coat like Amal

She’s got the fashion world at her fingertips and in our eyes Amal Clooney can do no wrong when it comes to dressing. For a lunch in New York, the human rights lawyer looked every bit the part of a top businesswomen in her navy and white Courreges coat.

She kept the color pattern going with her leather tote and slingback heels and left her mile long legs uncovered.

Although Amal has a penchant for well known Italian designers, she went with the more obscure French brand as her outerwear of choice. And with the A line silhouette, belted waist, and color block pattern, we can see why.

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Unpleasant, yes, but even Amal’s greatest admirers cannot ignore the fact she seems to be disappearing before our eyes.

Even on her wedding day, the white trouser suit she wore billowed in the wind to reveal a woman who had shrivelled in the half-year before she tied the knot to Mr Clooney.

Why? Amal is not a vacuous pop star nor some WAG whose entire existence depends on being photographed on red carpets with the correct circumference of thigh.

I fear she has become the victim of the invidious pressure most women in the public eye seem to be falling victim to these days: that the only way to be seen as truly successful is to not only be super-glamorous, but super-skinny, too.

After the honeymoon, she went back to work, not in a lawyer’s sensible suits, but in the expensive couture of a Hollywood A-lister. 

And each time her super-toned, gazelle-like limbs were on show.

Like many clever, famous women, Amal has shrunk as the scrutiny of every outfit, every pair of shoes, every handbag has increased.

She is not alone. Earlier this week, we saw a much reduced Emily Blunt on the red carpet in Cannes. 

She wasn’t scary-skinny, but seems to be heading in that direction. Where has gone that full-figured woman who won our hearts in The Five-Year Engagement?

Then there was talented singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. 

Pictures at the beginning of her career show a healthy teenager. 

Amal Clooney in New York - 02 May 2015
Amal Clooney last month

May 2: Amal’s loose jeans merely highlight her diminishing frame (left). By last month, Amal was being called ‘scary-skinny’ (right)

Amal Clooney out and about in New York - 3 Apr 2015
Amal in Upper East Side on April 16, 2015

April 3, 2015: The mini-dress reveals skinny pins (left). April 16: Stepping out in flares almost as wide as her slender waist during a shopping trip in New York (right)

A decade later and she’s as thin as a broomstick. She looks as though she’s taken the straightening tongs not just to her hair but to her entire body.

What is behind this determination to be thin? Having conquered the legal world, does Amal want to the first among women as well, an alpha female always in control?

Or has becoming the bride of a sought-after bachelor made her insecure? Perhaps being model-thin is her way of saying: ‘He’s mine. I’m good enough for him. Hands off.’

While most modern women will openly scoff at such a notion, an honest conversation with our inner selves may lead us to the uncomfortable conclusion that it is actually women who put other women under pressure to be thin.

How often have we secretly (or meanly with a girlfriend) denigrated a woman’s success by thinking we are somehow superior because we’re slimmer? 

Let’s not forget the way Sarah Ferguson and Princess Diana were pitched against each other, when they married into the Royal Family.

The world sneered at the Duchess of Pork while gazing adoringly up at Diana, who by the time she wed Charles in 1981 had become scary-skinny.

But perhaps Diana holds the key to Amal’s startling weight loss. 

Maybe it’s not power she’s seeking, but instead is suffering from a sense of powerlessness.

It can’t be easy for any woman who goes from an unknown to being thrown into the spotlight by marrying one of the most famous men on earth. 

Amal at the China: Through The Looking Glass Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015
Amal's razor-sharp cheekbones contrast with her once-rounded face

May 4: Dazzling at the Metropolitan Museum Of Art, but with an ever-smaller physique (left). May 11: Amal’s razor-sharp cheekbones contrast with her once-rounded face (right)

Amal Clooney grabs a coffee in London - this recent photo taken on May 15 shows the true extent of her weight loss 

Amal Clooney grabs a coffee in London – this recent photo taken on May 15 shows the true extent of her weight loss 

That’s enough to make any woman hyper-sensitive about the way she looks.

We worry incessantly about our appearance, often leading to eating disorders, as it did with Diana. 

When she was snapped in a see-through skirt at the kindergarten where she worked, she had a healthy, gorgeous, curvy figure. 

Like Amal, by her wedding day she had lost stones in weight.

In both cases we put it down to pre-nuptial jitters. Most of us get skinny for our big day. But who of us would have the confidence to let the weight creep back to normal if we were photographed every time we stepped outside the front door? Very few I suspect.

My hope for Amal is that this scary-skinny phase is a passing one and she’ll relax into her marriage and return to the lovely, wonderfully winsome creature whom Clooney fell in love with.

She doesn’t need to be an alpha female competing with other women. She’s already won the jackpot.

TAYLOR AND EMILY ARE VANISHING TOO

Taylor Swift in 2008
Taylor Swift at the Billboard Music Awards - 17 May 2015

From healthy teen to tiny waif: Singer Taylor Swift in 2008 (left) and earlier this week

Emily Blun at the Royal Opera House, London, 11 Feb 2007

The shrinking English rose: Emily Blunt at the Baftas (left) in 2007 and in Cannes this week

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Judge blames father for attacks on Evie Thomas despite jury clearing him

  • Judge lifted normal anonymity rules applying to family court judgments
  • He branded Martin Thomas responsible for attacks on four-month-old girl
  • Said law would be ‘screen to hide the truth’ if father remained anonymous
  • Decision will be welcomed by critics who say family courts are too secret

By

Sam Marsden for the Daily Mail


Published:
23:16 EST, 21 May 2015

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Updated:
07:06 EST, 22 May 2015

A senior judge has blamed a father for the horrific injuries that led to his baby daughter’s death – even though the man was cleared by a jury.

Mr Justice Peter Jackson lifted the normal anonymity rules that apply to family court judgments to brand Martin Thomas, 30, responsible for brutal attacks on four-month-old Evie Thomas from Wigan, Greater Manchester.

In an unprecedented move, the judge said the law would be ‘a screen to hide the truth’ if the father was allowed to remain unnamed.

Martin Thomas
Evie Thomas

Horrific injuries: A judge lifted the normal anonymity rules that apply to family court judgments to brand Martin Thomas (left), 30, responsible for brutal attacks on four-month-old Evie Thomas (right)

The highly unusual decision will be welcomed by critics who have accused the family courts of excessive secrecy.

Evie suffered 13 broken ribs and three skull fractures after being injured in five separate incidents before her death in February 2013.

Unprecedented move: Mr Justice Peter Jackson's decision will be welcomed by critics who have accused the family courts of excessive secrecy

Unprecedented move: Mr Justice Peter Jackson’s decision will be welcomed by critics who have accused the family courts of excessive secrecy

Mr Thomas stood trial at Liverpool Crown Court last year but was acquitted of five charges of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

However, Mr Justice Jackson came to a different conclusion after a family court hearing held at the High Court in London in 2013 to decide which parent should have custody of Evie’s sister.

He described Mr Thomas as a ‘determined liar’ and said he was satisfied that Evie’s mother, Hayley Fisher, 26, had no idea what he was doing to their daughter.

The judge concluded: ‘I find that sole responsibility for Evie’s injuries rests with the father and that the mother is entitled to be exonerated.’

Juries in criminal trials have to be sure that a defendant is guilty before convicting them.

By contrast, civil court judges make their findings ‘on the balance of probabilities’, meaning a lower standard of proof is required.

Mr Justice Jackson’s family court judgment could not be published until after the criminal case had finished.

Mr Thomas tried to stop his name being published in the ruling, arguing that ‘identification of the perpetrators of a crime is the purpose of the criminal court, not the family court’.

But the judge rejected his plea for secrecy, noting that Miss Fisher felt strongly that an ‘accurate report of what happened to Evie’ should be made public.

Tragedy: Evie suffered 13 broken ribs and three skull fractures after being injured in five separate incidents before her death in February 2013.

Tragedy: Evie suffered 13 broken ribs and three skull fractures after being injured in five separate incidents before her death in February 2013.

Mr Thomas has permanent tributes to his daughter on his body but the judge in the custody case says that he was responsible for hurting her despite a jury clearing him
Mr Thomas has permanent tributes to his daughter on his body but the judge in the custody case says that he was responsible for hurting her despite a jury clearing him

Tattoos: Mr Thomas has permanent tributes to his daughter on his body but the judge in the custody case says that he was responsible for hurting her despite a jury clearing him 

The judge said Evie’s mother, Hayley Fisher, 26, pictured, had no idea what he was doing to their daughter.
The judge said Mr Thomas, picture outside court,  was a ‘determined liar’

Damning: The judge said Mr Thomas, right outside court,  was a ‘determined liar’ and said he was satisfied that Evie’s mother, Hayley Fisher, 26, left, had no idea what he was doing to their daughter.

There is a balance to be struck between protecting details of lives and there has to be a good reason in the public interest to publish those details
Susan Jacklin QC, chairwoman of the Family Law Bar Association

Susan Jacklin QC, chairwoman of the Family Law Bar Association, told The Times: ‘There is a balance to be struck between protecting details of lives and there has to be a good reason in the public interest to publish those details.

‘Mr Justice Peter Jackson has sought to strike the balance in the right way and identified the good reason why the confidentiality of this man should not be protected.’

She added: ‘He has said you cannot use the privacy of the family court to distort what you have presented out there in a public context. 

‘The jury did not say that he did not do it — they said: “We are not satisfied he did it on the burden of the proof”.’

Xmas Holidays

Sweden scrambles fighter jets to intercept two Russian bombers

  • Swedish fighter jets intercepted two Russian military planes this morning
  • Aircrafts approached across international airspace near southern island
  • Supreme Commander described it as ‘an obvious signal to outside world’

By

Jenny Stanton For Mailonline


Published:
13:20 EST, 21 May 2015

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Updated:
07:03 EST, 22 May 2015

Sweden has scrambled fighter jets to intercept two Russian military planes flying near the country’s airspace over the Baltic Sea.

Military spokesman Jesper Tengroth said the Russian planes approached across international airspace near the southern Swedish island of Oland this morning.

He did not specify the type of aircraft but a local daily newspaper reported that they were Tupolev TU-22M bombers.

Aircraft: Military spokesman Jesper Tengroth did not specify the type of aircraft but they were said to be Tupolev TU-22M bombers like this one

Aircraft: Military spokesman Jesper Tengroth did not specify the type of aircraft but they were said to be Tupolev TU-22M bombers like this one

Sweden’s Supreme Commander Sverker Goranson told Swedish broadcaster Sveriges Radio that it was a ‘clear indication’ of increased Russian military activity in the region and ‘an obvious signal to the outside world’.

The incident comes a day before the Arctic Challenge 2015 military air exercises begin in the region, with some 100 fighter jets from the US and NATO joining Finnish and Swedish aircraft.  

In October last year, Sweden’s navy launched a massive hunt for a foreign submarine, suspected to be Russian, in the Stockholm archipelago.

The military subsequently confirmed that ‘a mini submarine’ had violated its territorial waters, but was never able to establish the vessel’s nationality.

Sweden scrambled fighter jets today to intercept two Russian military planes. Pictured: Swedish air force JAS-39 Gripen fighters

Sweden scrambled fighter jets today to intercept two Russian military planes. Pictured: Swedish air force JAS-39 Gripen fighters

Following the incident, as well as several airspace violations by Russian jets over the last year, the Swedish government announced in April that it would raise defence spending by 10.2 billion kronor (£787million) for the period 2016 to 2020, largely due to concerns over Russia’s military resurgence. 

Earlier this month, NATO said it would look at increasing cooperation with Sweden and Finland, which have been alarmed by increased Russian military activity in the Baltic Sea and by Moscow’s actions in Ukraine, through information-sharing and more military exercise.

It has pushed them towards closer defence cooperation with other northern nations and with NATO.

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Christmas 2013

Lucie Wilding knocked over by ‘hit-and-run’ cyclist outside Blackpool home

  • Cyclist ploughed into three-year-old as she walked out of her front gate
  • Youngster was caught up in the pedals and dragged along the path
  • Family say cyclist swore at them then cycled off, while girl lay injured
  • She survived with cuts to face, hands and legs. Police set to interview man 

By

Richard Spillett for MailOnline


Published:
05:17 EST, 21 May 2015

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Updated:
08:47 EST, 21 May 2015

This is the heart-stopping moment a toddler is knocked over by a ‘hit-and-run’ cyclist and dragged along the pavement outside her home.

Shocking CCTV footage shows three-year-old Lucie Wilding stepping out of her front gate before she is knocked over and dragged face-down along the street by a cyclist speeding along the path.

The incident happened outside the youngster’s home in Blackpool, Lancashire. The cyclist fled the scene leaving Lucie with cuts to her face, head, hands and knees. 

This is the shocking moment a cyclist ploughed into a three-year-old on the pavement before cycling off

This is the shocking moment a cyclist ploughed into a three-year-old on the pavement before cycling off

Lucie’s mother Lauren Howarth, 26, said: ‘One minute she was behind me and the next she was further along the street, sprawled across the pavement.

‘I thought she was dead. There was blood coming from everywhere. She was hysterical, screaming at the top of her lungs.

‘I had to check she still had arms and legs because the speed she was taken was so quick and she’d just been flattened by this bike.’

Father Matt ran to pick up Lucie, who was covered in blood, with cuts to her face, head, hands and knees.

A man in his 20s is due to be questioned by police after coming forward following the incident being reported.

She was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital A&E where her parents were relieved to learn she had not broken any bones. She was, however, left with head injuries caused by the bike’s tyre.

The video footage shows Lucie following her mother Lauren out on to the pavement on Monday afternoon before the cyclist appeared from nowhere.

Ms Howarth said: ‘I was heading towards the car and Lucie was following me.

‘As soon as Lucie stepped out, he got her. He must have been going some speed because I didn’t see him.

‘Matt jumped over the wall and got to her and swept her up.

‘We didn’t know what kind of injuries she had suffered, we just knew we had to get her straight to the hospital so we put her straight in the car.’

Little Lucie was walking out of her home in Blackpool, Lancashire as her mother opened the car

But as the three-year-old emerged on to the pavement, a cyclist appeared and ploughed into her at  speed

But as the three-year-old emerged on to the pavement, a cyclist appeared and ploughed into her at speed

The youngster became caught up in the pedals and was dragged along the pavement outside her home

The youngster became caught up in the pedals and was dragged along the pavement outside her home

Her father rushed out to pick her up and she was taken to hospital with cuts to her head, arms and legs

Her father rushed out to pick her up and she was taken to hospital with cuts to her head, arms and legs

The family say the cyclist made no efforts to check how Lucie was and Ms Howarth claims he swore at her before getting back on his bike and cycling off.

‘He was on the floor with his head on the pavement,’ said Ms Howarth. ‘I was expecting him to say “I’m so sorry, is everyone okay” or something like that but there was nothing.

 I thought she was dead. There was blood coming from everywhere. She was hysterical, screaming at the top of her lungs
Lucie’s mother Lauren Howarth

‘As soon as he got up he started swearing at us, as if it was Lucie’s fault that he had hit her. The next thing we knew he’d gone and we’ve not heard from him since.

‘I know it would have been a shock for him but it would have been nice for him to put a note through the door to check how she is. For all he knew, she could be dead.’

Lucie is now recovering at home. While her physical injuries will heal relatively quickly, the family fear the mental scarring may last much longer.

Ms Howarth, a carer currently on maternity leave, said: ‘For a three-year-old to go through something like that is a big thing.

‘She’s now very nervous of bikes, and we’ve had to tell her that daddy has got rid of the bike to make her feel better.

‘But she won’t walk across the pavement to the car at the moment, we have to carry her, because she’s scared of being hit. She’s been really brave though, we’re really proud of her.’

The family say this is the cyclist who was involved in the incident and rode off soon after it happened

The family say this is the cyclist who was involved in the incident and rode off soon after it happened

The youngster was left with cuts and bruises to her face, her parents fear she may be traumatised
The youngster was left with cuts and bruises to her face, her parents fear she may be traumatised

The youngster was left with cuts and bruises to her face, her parents fear she may be traumatised

Ms Howarth, who is also mother to daughters Katie, six, and eight-week-old Ellie are now hoping to raise awareness of cyclists who ride on pavements despite it being against the law.

She added: ‘I would never have walked out of our house before and looked left and right as if I’m crossing a road.

WHAT ARE THE RULES ON CYCLING ON THE PAVEMENT? 

The law forbidding cycling on pavements dates back to the Highway Act 1835.

Section 72 states: ‘If any person shall wilfully ride upon any footpath by the side of any road made or set apart for the use of foot passengers… every person so offending shall forfeit and pay any sum not exceeding the damages occasioned thereby.’

Section 64 of the Highway Code very simply states: ‘You must not cycle on a pavement.’

‘It’s a pavement so you’re just aware if there’s people walking about but you never expect something like this to happen right outside your home.

‘The speed he was going on that bike in a residential area with young children around is dangerous and this happened to Lucie out of nowhere.

‘People need to be aware that cyclists can be dangerous drivers too.’

A man in his 20s has since contacted police in connection with the incident and is due to be spoken to by officers tomorrow.

PC Joanna Mills of Lancashire Police said: ‘There are a number of offences that will be discussed with this man – riding on pavements and dangerous cycling.

‘For a three-year-old this isn’t a pleasant experience when you’re just walking from your home to your car.

‘Lucie is lucky she’s escaped with only scrapes and bruises. It could have been a lot worse.’

Her mother Lauren Howarth now wants to raise awareness of the dangers of cycling on pavements
Her mother Lauren Howarth now wants to raise awareness of the dangers of cycling on pavements

Her mother Lauren Howarth now wants to raise awareness of the dangers of cycling on pavements

 

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Mirror Group Newspapers pay Paul Gascoigne and Shane Ritchie over phone hacking

  • Payout to former England player was one of eight announced at High Court
  • Actress Sadie Frost given £260,000 and £155,000 awarded to Shane Richie 
  • The total payout by Mirror Group Newspapers to celebrities was £1.2m 
  • Follows a three week hearing in March to determine extent of wrongdoing 

By

Thomas Burrows for MailOnline


Published:
04:25 EST, 21 May 2015

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Updated:
08:30 EST, 21 May 2015

Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne (pictured outside the High Court) has won £188,250 in phone-hacking damages from Mirror Group Newspapers

Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne (pictured outside the High Court) has won £188,250 in phone-hacking damages from Mirror Group Newspapers

Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne has won £188,250 in phone-hacking damages from Mirror Group Newspapers.

The payout to the former Tottenham and Glasgow Rangers midfielder was one of eight announced at London’s High Court today in damages worth £1.2million. 

Actress and businesswoman Sadie Frost was given £260,250 and £155,000 was awarded to soap star Shane Richie. 

TV producer Robert Ashworth, who was married to actress Tracy Shaw, received £201,250, and flight attendant Lauren Alcorn, who had a relationship with soccer star Rio Ferdinand, was awarded £72,500. 

Other celebrities to win payments include former soap stars Lucy Taggart and Shobna Gulati, who will receive £157,250 and £117,500 respectively.

Mr Justice Mann also awarded £85,000 to TV executive Alan Yentob.   

The damages total £1.2 million.

It follows a three-week hearing in March to determine the extent of wrongdoing and decide on compensation.

Mr Justice Mann said the scope of the privacy invasions was ‘very substantial indeed’ after some victims were hacked ‘twice a day for a period of years’.

‘They have therefore suffered severe infringements of their privacy rights’, the judge said. 

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Outside court, Sadie Frost spoke of her relief at the end of a lengthy legal process - she was awarded £260,250 by the Mirror Group newspapers for the hacking of her phone

Outside court, Sadie Frost spoke of her relief at the end of a lengthy legal process – she was awarded £260,250 by the Mirror Group newspapers for the hacking of her phone

Outside court, Ms Frost said: ‘It has been a very difficult time and a time to reflect. I am relieved this is at an end and justice has been done.’  

Her solicitor, Mark Thomson of Atkins Thomson, said today: ‘Whilst Sadie would have preferred not to have come to court to relive painful experiences, having been left with no option by MGN, she is relieved that the judge has recognised, in his lengthy and detailed judgment, the sustained and intrusive impact that MGN’s repeated publication of her private information had on her life and her family.’ 

Gerald Shamash, solicitor for Gascoigne, said: ‘Paul would have much preferred not to have come to court to relive painful experiences which he was prepared to do.

‘He was frustrated that MGN chose not to cross-examine him so that he could explain in detail the awful impact the hacking of his phone has had upon him, his family and close friends, his health and general well-being.’  

Mrs Taggart, who was in court with Frost and Gulati, said: ‘Nothing can take away or repair the damage that was caused to me both personally and professionally and the impact it had on my friends, family and relationships at that time.

‘The damages, although welcome, can never repair the hurt that was caused.

‘I hope this judgment sends the apppropriate message with regard to the behaviour of the tabloid press going forward and how they obtain stories.’   

Daniel Taylor, of Taylor Hampton, solicitors who represented three of the eight victims, said: ‘Today’s judgment represents a milestone in the development of privacy law in the UK and the awarding of six-figure damages is truly historic and unparalleled, on a scale much greater than has ever been awarded previously.’  

Actress and businesswoman Sadie Frost was given £260,250
Shane Richie was awarded £155,000

Actress and businesswoman Sadie Frost (pictured today) was given £260,250 and £155,000 was awarded to soap star Shane Richie (right, pictured in March)), who plays Alfie Moon in EastEnders

Former soap stars Shobna Gulati (left) and Lucy Taggart (right), arrive at the Rolls Building in London today, they will receive £117,500 and £157,250 respectively

Former soap stars Shobna Gulati (left) and Lucy Taggart (right), arrive at the Rolls Building in London today, they will receive £117,500 and £157,250 respectively

TV producer Robert Ashworth, who was married to actress Tracy Shaw, received £201,250
Alan Yentob was given £85,000

TV producer Robert Ashworth (left), who was married to actress Tracy Shaw, received £201,250, while Mr Justice Mann awarded BBC Executive Alan Yentob (right) £85,000

In previous hearings, David Sherborne, counsel for the eight claimants, described hacking as ‘rife’ across all three of the group’s national titles by mid-1999. 

He asked for damages which took into account distress, loss of personal autonomy, and the affront to dignity, and also reflected any increased injury to feelings caused by the conduct of the litigation, and the need for deterrence.

But MGN’s counsel, Matthew Nicklin QC, said the claim the victims suffered ‘unparalleled’ harm was wrong and there was no reason why compensation for distress caused by misuse of private information should go beyond that awarded in other types of litigation. 

Flight attendant Lauren Alcorn, who had a relationship with soccer star Rio Ferdinand, was awarded £72,500

Flight attendant Lauren Alcorn, who had a relationship with soccer star Rio Ferdinand, was awarded £72,500

THE £1.2MILLION PAYOUTS FROM THE MIRROR GROUP NEWSPAPERS

Paul Gascoigne, former footballer – £188,250. 

Actress Sadie Frost – £260,000,  

Shane Richie, who plays Alfie Moon in EastEnders – £155,000.

Lucy Taggart, who played Lucy Fowler in EastEnders – £157,250

Shobna Gulati, Coronation Street’s Sunita Alahan – £117,500.

BBC creative director Alan Yentob – £85,000.

TV producer Robert Ashworth, who was married to Coronation Street actress Tracy Shaw – £201,250.

Flight attendant Lauren Alcorn, who had a relationship with footballer Rio Ferdinand – £72,500.

The payouts total £1.2 million.

Earlier in the year, Trinity Mirror published a ‘sincere and unreserved’ apology for the voicemail interception, saying it ‘was unlawful and should never have happened’.  

Speaking at the High Court in March, Gascoigne, 47, said he wanted to ‘trade his phone in for a coffin’ after hacking by three MGN tabloids, the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and The People. 

He said: ‘It was just horrendous. And people can’t understand why I became an alcoholic.

‘At the time I was going through a bad time because I knew I was getting hacked. I knew 110%. No one believed it.’  

Ms Frost said hacking left her in ‘a living hell’ and at ‘breaking point’. 

She said she ‘could not sleep, or eat, and did not know who to trust as information kept getting into the media’.

BBC Executive Alan Yentob said he felt ‘violated on a truly massive scale’.  

His phone may have been hacked ‘tens of thousands’ of times by MGN reporters to obtain the latest news on EastEnders and Strictly Come Dancing. 

Mrs Taggart wept in court as she said phone hacking had destroyed her relationship with co-star in EastEnders Steve McFadden.

‘This was obviously a very upsetting time for me because I had found out Steve had had an affair with his ex-girlfriend and got her pregnant,’ she said.

‘We were trying to deal with this as a couple privately and thought we were going to battle through it.

‘But the minute it was printed in the paper I felt I had no choice but to leave Steve.

‘It was outed for my family to see I wanted to discuss it purely with Steve.

‘I felt I had no choice but to do what people expected me to do which was to just leave.’  

Ms Alcorn, a Virgin Atlantic air hostess, said the hacking was ‘just completely and utterly sickening’.

Ex-Coronation Street star Shobna Gulati wept as she told the court her phone was hacked ‘morning, noon and night’ by journalists at MGN.

Robert Ashworth, ex-husband of Coronation Street actress Tracy Shaw, said MGN newspapers made ‘the News of the World look like kindergarten children’. 

Other prominent individuals and celebrities have already reached settlements with MGN.  

Fund manager Nicola Horlick has accepted £25,000 and while model Emma Noble received £40,000.  

Many more victims are reportedly preparing to launch claims in the wake of the judge’s decision, which follows MGN’s concession that hacking was ‘unacceptable and unwarranted’. 

Trinity Mirror issued a statement saying: ‘ Our subsidiary MGN Limited has already accepted that it should pay appropriate compensation to individuals who were the target of phone hacking. 

‘However, our initial view of the lengthy judgment is that the basis used for calculating damages is incorrect and we are therefore considering whether to seek permission to appeal.

‘There remains uncertainty as to how matters will progress. As the legal process has taken longer and the costs of settling claims is likely to be higher than previously anticipated, we are increasing our provision to deal with matters arising from phone hacking by £16 million. This is in addition to the £12 million provided in 2014.’  

 

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Ukip’s Nigel Farage squirms in Strasbourg as MEPs mock promise to quit

  • Belgian and German MEPs mock Ukip leader in European Parliament
  • Follows his vow to quit if he did not become a leader, before ‘unresigning’  
  • Today he admitted it was wrong to promise to stand down after election
  • Patrick O’Flynn ousted as economics spokesman after attacking Farage
  • Suzanne Evans, tipped as a future leader, ditched as policy chief

By

Matt Chorley, Political Editor for MailOnline


Published:
03:02 EST, 20 May 2015

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Updated:
07:59 EST, 20 May 2015

Nigel Farage was left squirming today as he was mocked by senior Belgian and German MEPs in the European Parliament over his farcical ‘unresignation’.

To laughter in the debating chamber, the Ukip leader was accused of writing to himself to announce he wanted to quit, before replying that he refused the resignation.

It came after Mr Farage insisted Ukip was ‘100 per cent united’ behind him after carrying out a purge of his critics from top jobs.

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Nigel Farage was today mocked by Belgian and German MEPs in the European Parliament over his farcical ‘unresignation’

The Ukip leader admitted he was wrong to promise to quit if he failed to become an MP as he faced questions about his credibility for not keeping his word.

But he made clear he had stamped out his critics who said ‘one or two regrettable things’, including former policy chief Suzanne Evans and economics spokesman Patrick O’Flynn. 

After failing to win his seat in South Thanet at the general election, he agreed to stand down and named Ms Evans as an interim replacement.

Nigel Farage has sent a letter to Nigel Farage saying ‘I resign’, and Nigel Farage has responded to Nigel Farage saying ‘I refuse’
Belgian MEP Guy Verhofstadt 

But three days later he ‘unresigned’, claiming the party had refused his offer to quit, triggering days of blood-letting, vicious briefing and calls for him to go.

The bizarre series of events party was seized on by his opponents in Strasbourg today.

Manfred Weber, a German MEP, teased the Ukip leader, telling the European Parliament: ‘I would like to welcome Mr Farage, the loser of the elections, the big election loser in the UK.

Mr Weber, who leads the European People’s Party, the largest group in Brussels, joked that Mr Farage was the beneficiary of the proportional voting system used in Europe.

‘If Europe didn’t have a proportional system for elections he wouldn’t have a job any more.

‘So the British voters didn’t vote for him and I have to say that Mr Farage has lost credibility because he announced that if the British voters didn’t vote for him, then he would stand down as party leader.

‘He said he would stand down, he would resign, he wouldn’t continue in that post.

‘You didn’t keep your electoral promise Mr Farage. You are still here in your capacity as party leader and you’ve broken a very important promise that you made in your election campaign. So welcome back!’ 

German MEP Manfred Weber called Mr Farage the 'big election loser'
Belgian MEP Guy Verhofstadt joked that Mr Farage had written to himself to resign, before refusing his own resignation

German MEP Manfred Weber called Mr Farage the ‘big election loser’ while Belgian MEP Guy Verhofstadt joked that Mr Farage had written to himself to resign, before refusing his own resignation

To laughter, Belgian MEP Guy Verhofstadt told Mr Weber that he ‘doesn’t understand how it works’ in Ukip.

Mr Verhofstadt., a former prime minister of Belgium, said: ‘He is a man of his word. Nigel Farage has sent a letter to Nigel Farage saying “I resign”, and Nigel Farage has responded to Nigel Farage saying “I refuse”… That’s the way it works there.’

Mr Farage sought to brush off the criticism, sarcastically thanking them for the ‘warm welcome’.

I would like to welcome Mr Farage, the loser of the elections, the big election loser in the UK

‘I do detect, in some of the smiles and laughter that have been directed towards me, a small hint of nervousness. And so there jolly well should be,’ Mr Farage said.

He claimed the UK’s referendum on leaving the EU would trigger a ‘fundamental debate on the existence of this Union and the need for it in the modern world’.

Mr Farage last night tightened his grip on control of Ukip after the most turbulent two weeks of his leadership.

Mr O’Flynn who branded his leader ‘snarling, thin-skinned and aggressive’, yesterday stood down as economics spokesman with a grovelling apology to Mr Farage.

And Ms Evans, Ukip deputy chairman who wrote the party’s general election manifesto, was sacked from her role as policy chief.

Mr Farage today insisted Ukip is '100 per cent united' behind him after carrying out a purge of his critics from top jobs

Mr Farage today insisted Ukip is ‘100 per cent united’ behind him after carrying out a purge of his critics from top jobs

In an attempt to put an end to the in-fighting, Mr Farage told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘What has happened in Ukip is since the election after the pressure cooker atmosphere of a campaign one or two regrettable things were said and done.

‘I’ll tell you where this leaves Ukip – unlike the other parties – united. 100 per cent united.

‘We have for over 20 years fought to make the EU an issue. We were told we were the mad men from the hills for even considering whether Britain could have a future outside political uni0on.

‘And we now have a referendum on the subject. We are united and the other parties are very, very divided.’

But he appeared uncomfortable when asked about Ms Evans, who he named as his successor when he resigned in South Thanet on May 8.

‘ll tell you where this leaves Ukip – unlike the other parties – united. 100 per cent united 
Ukip leader Nigel Farage 

He later emerged that she was asked to promise not to run against Mr Farage to become leader if he chose to return. She refused and by Monday Mr Farage unresigned.

‘She came in a few months ago to put together the manifesto which is a job that she did very successfully and her contract runs out next week. She is potentially great electoral asset for us.’

And in remarks mocked online for being sinister, he added: ‘I have other plans for what Suzanne Evans can do for Ukip.’

Pressed on whether he thought should could be leader, he appeared to forget he endorsed her less than two weeks ago: ‘That would be ridiculous for me to say who should be the next leader because that wouldn’t do them any favours.

‘There’s no question that she’s a very able woman, no doubt about that. Anyone that watched our manifesto launch would realise that.’

Mr Farage said he was ‘not at all happy’ about having to be signed I to the Commons as a visitor after failing to become an MP.

Ukip's economics spokesman Patrick O'Flynn (left) and policy chief Suzanne Evans (centre) were both ousted as Mr Farage tightened his grip on the leadership

Ukip’s economics spokesman Patrick O’Flynn (left) and policy chief Suzanne Evans (centre) were both ousted as Mr Farage tightened his grip on the leadership

HOW FARAGE CHANGED HIS TUNE 

Tuesday March 17

Nigel Farage (in Purple Revolution): It is frankly just not credible for me to continue to lead the party without a Westminster seat. Was I supposed to brief Ukip policy from the Westminster Arms? No – if I fail to win South Thanet, it is curtains for me. I will have to step down.’

Friday May 8

Nigel Farage: ‘I’m a man of my word, I shall be writing to the Ukip national executive in a few minutes, saying I am standing down as leader of Ukip. I have resigned, I have gone. I am going to take the summer off and enjoy myself for the first time in 20 years. That is what I am going to do.’

Monday May 11

Ukip: ‘Mr Farage withdrew his resignation and will remain leader.’

Sunday May 17

Nigel Farage: ‘I’ve decided I will name the date when I stand down. ‘I’m looking at about 2035 at the moment.’

Wednesday May 20

Nigel Farage, asked if he was wrong to say he would quit if he didn’t become an MP: ‘Well yes, things do evolve. Politics is changing very quickly.’

Despite winning 4million votes, Ukip was left with just one MP – Douglas Carswell who was among those who called for Mr Farage to take a ‘break’.

Asked if he was wrong to say he would quit if he didn’t become an MP, he said: ‘Well yes, things do evolve. Politics is changing very quickly.

‘None of us thought, not even Mr Cameron, that there would be a Conservative majority. Incidentally primary not just down to the SNP but because Ukip took so many Labour votes in the Midlands and the north of England and we let the Tories win a lot more seats.

‘I’m very angry that 4million people… the third biggest party in Britain… never ever in the history of British politics have so many voters been so unrepresented.

‘I don’t just want reform in terms of change in our relationship with the European Union, we definitely need a new electoral system in Britain.’

Mr Farage vowed not to change his leadership style, despite heavy criticism of the ‘shock and awful’ strategy which saw him attack a TV audience for being left-wing and complain about migrants with life-threatening illnesses.

Asked if he would soften his style in future – as many of his colleagues have publicly demanded – M Farage insisted: ‘No it isn’t going to change. I fought a wholly positive campaign. Let’s make no bones about that.’

He defended his criticism of foreigners with HIV who were able to ‘jet in’ and get anti-retroviral drugs. ‘Interestingly opinion polls showed overwhelming support for my view, he said.

Mr Farage went on: ‘Some people in my own party don’t think immigration is as important as I think it is. And that is natural in politics, we all have slightly different emphases.

‘If you look at all the post-election statistics, Ukip fought the least negative campaign.’

Mr O’Flynn’s comments in an interview last week plunged the party into crisis and raised serious doubts about whether Mr Farage could survive.

He attacked the leader’s ‘aggressive’ and ‘inexperienced’ advisers, two of whom left as Mr Farage tried to cling on.

But now Mr O’Flynn himself has resigned, with a public apology to his leader. 

Despite winning 4million votes, Ukip was left with just one MP – Douglas Carswell (right) who was among those who called for Mr Farage to take a ‘break’

Despite winning 4million votes, Ukip was left with just one MP – Douglas Carswell (right) who was among those who called for Mr Farage to take a ‘break’

In a statement to Ukip MEPs yesterday, Mr O’Flynn said: ‘I would like to express to colleagues my sincere regret at going public with my frustrations about the turn of events following polling day. 

‘And more than that, I would like to apologise directly to Nigel for the phrase ‘snarling, thin-skinned and aggressive’. 

‘This was a fragment of a wider passage about perceptions and is not what I think of him. Nonetheless, I should have known better than anyone what use would be made of phrases that were both unfair and unkind.

I have other plans for what Suzanne Evans can do for Ukip 

‘I am proud of what we achieved in the general election and am only sorry to have succumbed, as Roger (Helmer) put it with such impressive understatement, to public remarks that were ‘unhelpful’. 

‘I think it appropriate to stand down as economic spokesman, which I have done. I hope in the months ahead to be of use to the great campaign to persuade the British people to leave the EU, which is after all what brought me into politics in the first place.’ 

Ukip also announced that Miss Evans, a former BBC local radio reporter who was seen as the star performer from the party’s election campaign, would finish her role as policy chief.

Miss Evans said: ‘It has been a great privilege to work with Ukip for the past four months to produce the 2015 general election manifesto.

‘I was delighted with the way it was received, especially by party members and supporters. While my contract for that work comes to an end next week, I remain in my voluntary post as Deputy Chairman.’

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Angela Slinn dies in India days after travelling to meet Facebook lover

  • Angela Slinn, 45, flew to see Jaspal Singh whom she met on Facebook
  • But nurse died on Sunday after being taken to hospital with pneumonia
  • Allegedly had not told estranged husband she was visiting Mr Singh, 30
  • She landed in India on May 4, and Mr Singh ‘can’t believe she is no more’

By

Mark Duell

and
Euan Mclelland For Mailonline


Published:
00:41 EST, 20 May 2015

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Updated:
07:59 EST, 20 May 2015

A married British woman has died only days after travelling to India to meet her younger lover.

Angela Slinn, 45, of Crewe, Cheshire, allegedly did not tell her estranged husband that she was flying to see Jaspal Singh, 30, whom she met on Facebook.

But the mother-of-three died on Sunday after being taken to hospital with pneumonia about a week after landing in the country on May 4.

Mrs Slinn, who worked as a nurse, had spoken of the trip to her children, aged 15 to 24 – but did not mention it to her husband Stephen, 48, according to The Sun

Angela Slinn
Jaspal Singh

Death: Angela Slinn (left), 45, of Crewe, Cheshire, allegedly did not tell her estranged husband that she was flying to India to see Jaspal Singh (right), 30, whom she met on Facebook

Her mother-in-law Doreen Slinn said: ‘I don’t understand how a healthy woman can suddenly die like that. She went to India because she thought she’d found love – but it turned into tragedy.’

Mr Singh – who lives in Ludhiana, Punjab, and first met his lover in 2014 – told the newspaper: ‘I can’t believe she is no more.’

Mrs Slinn, a former St Andrews University student who is from Dundee and has also lived in Germany, described Mr Singh on her Facebook profile as ‘my handsome man Jaspal’.

In return, Mr Singh, who studied at Satish Chander Dhawan Government College, has commented on a number of her photographs, referring to her as ‘beautiful’ and ‘my love’. 

The pair frequently shared photographs of one another on Facebook, where they declared their mutual love

The pair frequently shared photographs of one another on Facebook, where they declared their mutual love

Mr Singh - who lives in Ludhiana, Punjab, and first met his lover in 2014 - described Mrs Slinn as 'beautiful' in one image posted on the social network

Mr Singh – who lives in Ludhiana, Punjab, and first met his lover in 2014 – described Mrs Slinn as ‘beautiful’ in one image posted on the social network

The pair used the social network to regularly share photographs of one another, under which they both often declared their feelings.

On January 2, the couple changed their relationship status to confirm to friends and family that they were together.

Beneath the post, Mr Singh commented requesting mutual friends to confirm the pair’s projected marriage date with Mrs Slinn.

Mrs Slinn lived in a £125,000 detached house in Crewe with her husband, but it is understood he had left the property before she went to India.

The family were today too upset to speak when approached.

Mrs Slinn, who worked as a nurse, had spoken of the trip to her children, aged 15 to 24, to visit Mr Singh – but did not mention it to her husband Stephen, 48
Mr Singh studied at Satish Chander Dhawan Government College

Mrs Slinn, who worked as a nurse, had spoken of the trip to visit Mr Singh to her children, aged 15 to 24 – but did not mention it to her husband Stephen, 48

Mrs Slinn was known throughout the town, and is believed to have recently acted as a carer.

A member of staff at the nearby Co-op said: ‘She used to come in here quite regularly to do shopping for someone she cared for, she was really lovely, really nice. I’m so shocked.’

One person described the 45-year-old as a friendly face in the community.

The neighbour, who asked not to be named, said: ‘She was very quiet, never any trouble.

‘I’m so shocked, it’s such a quiet road. She used to wave to me on her way out in the morning.’

Mr Singh - who lives in Ludhiana, Punjab (pictured) and first met his lover in 2014 - said he 'can't believe' Mrs Slinn has passed away

Mr Singh – who lives in Ludhiana, Punjab (pictured) and first met his lover in 2014 – said he ‘can’t believe’ Mrs Slinn has passed away

Home: Mrs Slinn lived in a £125,000 detached house on this road (pictured) in Crewe with her husband, but it is understood he had left the property before she went to India

Home: Mrs Slinn lived in a £125,000 detached house on this road (pictured) in Crewe with her husband, but it is understood he had left the property before she went to India

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Adams hits out at ‘Para Prince Charles': Sinn Fein president makes reference to Bloody Sunday as he prepares to meet the Prince today during his tour of Ireland&nbsp;

  • Gerry Adams brought up Bloody Sunday ahead of meeting Prince of Wales 
  • He said Charles’ Parachute Regiment was ‘responsible for killing Irishmen’
  • Heir to the throne will meet the Sinn Fein president at start of trip to Ireland 
  • Charles will visit the scene of Lord Mountbatten’s 1979 murder by the IRA

By

Alisha Rouse For The Daily Mail

and
Martin Robinson for MailOnline


Published:
19:37 EST, 18 May 2015

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Updated:
07:21 EST, 19 May 2015

Gerry Adams made a veiled reference to Bloody Sunday ahead of his historic meeting with Prince Charles in Ireland today.

The heir to the throne is expected to shake hands with the Sinn Fein president at the start of an emotional trip where he will visit the spot in the west of Ireland where his great uncle, Lord Louis Mountbatten, was assassinated by the IRA.

Lord Mountbatten, who Charles called his ‘honorary grandfather’ and considered one of the most influential figures in his life, was killed by a bomb hidden in his fishing boat in 1979. 

Charles’ visit will be held amid strict security. Just last week six republican dissidents were arrested – and two pipe bombs and a pistol seized – in raids said to be connected to the official visit.

Charles wants to continue work his mother the Queen has done in Ireland to promote reconciliation but Gerry Adams last night decided to stoke up tensions ahead of their meeting today.

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Controversial: Gerry Adams made a veiled reference to Bloody Sunday ahead of his historic meeting Prince Charles in Ireland today 

Controversial: Gerry Adams made a veiled reference to Bloody Sunday ahead of his historic meeting Prince Charles in Ireland today 

Mr Adams insisted the Parachute Regiment, which has Charles (presenting medals to the regiment) as colonel-in-chief, was 'responsible for killing Irish citizens'

Mr Adams insisted the Parachute Regiment, which has Charles (presenting medals to the regiment) as colonel-in-chief, was ‘responsible for killing Irish citizens’

Last night Mr Adams insisted the Parachute Regiment, which has Charles as colonel-in-chief, was ‘responsible for killing Irish citizens’. 

He said it was ‘a regiment of the British Army that has been responsible for the killing of many Irish citizens including in Derry, Ballymurphy, Springhill [both in west Belfast] and other communities across the north.’

Mr Adams, who denies he was ever an IRA member, added: ‘But he [Charles] also has been bereaved by the actions of Republicans.’

Former Conservative cabinet minister Lord Tebbit, who was blown up in the Brighton hotel bombing in 1984, told the Daily Telegraph the comments were a sign of a guilty conscience. 

Today’s meeting, which will also involve the Duchess of Cornwall, follows a thawing of relations between the Republicans and the British establishment. 

MURDER WHICH SHOCKED BRITAIN

Lord Mountbatten

Lord Mountbatten

Earl Mountbatten of Burma was Prince Philip’s uncle and a second cousin to the Queen, and had a close relationship with his godson Prince Charles. 

After a distinguished military career, during which he commanded the Allied forces in south-east Asia in the Second World War, he became the last Viceroy of India and served as Chief of the Defence Staff.

While holidaying at his summer home in Ireland, Classiebawn Castle, in August 1979, Lord Mountbatten went fishing with several relatives despite security warnings.

When his boat went out to sea, the IRA detonated a remote-control bomb which had been placed on board, blowing up the vessel and fatally wounding Lord Mountbatten.

His 14-year-old son Nicholas Knatchbull and a local teenager who was helping to crew the boat were also killed in the attack, along with the mother-in-law of Lord Mountbatten’s daughter.

The IRA immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing.

The Queen shook hands with Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness, a former commander of the IRA and now Northern Ireland’s deputy first minister, in June 2012 and he was guest at a state banquet last year at Windsor Castle.

This week’s Royal visit will provide another highly symbolic moment when Charles visits the scene of Lord Mountbatten’s murder by the IRA in 1979. 

The 79-year-old peer, who had a castle in the picturesque fishing village, was leaving the harbour aboard Shadow V when a bomb was detonated remotely.

The blast blew the boat ‘to smithereens’. Fishermen pulled Lord Mountbatten out of the water, but his legs had been almost completely severed and he died shortly afterwards.

One of the earl’s twin grandsons, Nicholas Knatchbull, 14, also died in the explosion, along with local boat boy Paul Maxwell, 15.

Another passenger on the boat, the Dowager Lady Brabourne, 82 – Lord Mountbatten’s daughter’s mother-in-law – died the day after the attack.

Local man Thomas McMahon, one of the IRA’s most experienced bomb-makers, was found guilty of the murders but released under the Good Friday Agreement.

The Mail understands the prince and the Duchess will meet those who helped with the rescue attempt.

Charles was devastated by the death of his mentor. But though he has been on two official visits to Ireland, he has never been to the scene of the murder to pay his respects. 

A source said: ‘It is sure to be an emotional moment for the prince.’ 

Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall will embark on a four-day tour of Ireland – followed by a visit to Northern Ireland – on Tuesday as part of continuing 'peace and reconciliation' efforts

Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall will embark on a four-day tour of Ireland – followed by a visit to Northern Ireland – on Tuesday as part of continuing ‘peace and reconciliation’ efforts

The heir to the throne will meet the Sinn Fein president at the start of an emotional trip to the west of Ireland where his great uncle, Lord Louis Mountbatten (pictured), was assassinated by the IRA

The heir to the throne will meet the Sinn Fein president at the start of an emotional trip to the west of Ireland where his great uncle, Lord Louis Mountbatten (pictured), was assassinated by the IRA

The Queen shook hands with Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness, a former commander of the IRA and now Northern Ireland’s deputy first minister, in June 2012

The Prince will tour Mullaghmore in County Sligo where Mountbatten was killed by a booby trap while on a fishing holiday.

Mr Adams said his party’s governing body had agreed that representatives should attend events during the four-day visit, which will see the Royal couple fulfil engagements on both sides of the border.

Sinn Fein confirmed both Mr Adams and Mr McGuinness would be meeting the Prince during his four days on the island. 

On the eve of the trip, Ireland’s foreign affairs minister Charlie Flanagan said: ‘The visit programme celebrates the depth and potential of 21st century Irish-British links, while also acknowledging more difficult moments from the past.’

‘I recall that the Prince of Wales had made peace and reconciliation central themes in his previous official visits in 1995 and 2002, both of which came during important stages of the Northern Ireland Peace Process.

‘Reconciliation and dealing with the past are issues that can still challenge us. Above all we will celebrate the strength of Irish-British relations today.’

Prince Charles with his great-uncle and godfather, Earl Mountbatten, who was murdered by the IRA in 1979 and was described as one of the biggest influences in Charles' life

Prince Charles with his great-uncle and godfather, Earl Mountbatten, who was murdered by the IRA in 1979 and was described as one of the biggest influences in Charles’ life

The meeting with Mr Adams ahead of a visit to the site of his great-uncle’s murder, and combining it with the themes at the prayer service a few miles away, is widely seen as the next phase in deepening relations, friendships and bonds between the UK and Ireland.

Charles, who will be joined over the four days by the Duchess of Cornwall, will also visit the grave of Irish poet WB Yeats, who is buried under the shadow of Benbulben.

On the eve of the trip, Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said: ‘The visit programme celebrates the depth and potential of 21st century Irish-British links, while also acknowledging more difficult moments from the past.’

‘I recall that the Prince of Wales had made peace and reconciliation central themes in his previous official visits in 1995 and 2002, both of which came during important stages of the Northern Ireland Peace Process.

‘Reconciliation and dealing with the past are issues that can still challenge us, and were the subject of the Stormont House Agreement reached in Belfast last December. We are now working hard to realise the potential of that agreement.’

Mr Flanagan acknowledged the personal side of the trip and added: ‘Above all we will celebrate the strength of Irish-British relations today.’

Rescue workers in the aftermath of the Mullaghmore bombing in 1979 when Lord Mountbatten's boat was targeted, while he was out fishing, with a remote-controlled 50lb bomb detonated from the shore by the IRA

Rescue workers in the aftermath of the Mullaghmore bombing in 1979 when Lord Mountbatten’s boat was targeted, while he was out fishing, with a remote-controlled 50lb bomb detonated from the shore by the IRA

Prince Charles attends Lord Mountbatten's funeral service with the Duke of Edinburgh in September 1979

Prince Charles attends Lord Mountbatten’s funeral service with the Duke of Edinburgh in September 1979

It will be the royal couple’s first official engagement in Ireland, but not the first time in the country for either of them. Both have visited many times in a personal capacity, including the Prince’s trips to the Duke of Devonshire’s Lismore Castle in Co Cork.

Charles was last in the Republic on formal business in 2002 and had previously been in the country in 1995.

Despite that the visit is no less historic. The invitation to the west of Ireland was extended after the Prince and Duchess welcomed President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina on an official trip to Britain last year.

The list of engagements begins today at the university, where the city’s and the college’s links with Britain will be marked.

Charles will then attend the Marine Institute, where he will be met by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, before travelling south to the Burren in County Clare, an ancient and dramatic stony outcrop famed for its rare plant life, biodiversity and archaeology.

Both engagements will allow the Prince to highlight environment and conservation projects.

Tonight they will join President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina for a private dinner in Lough Cutra Castle.

The royal couple will travel to Sligo on their second day, beginning with a civic reception featuring performances of Irish poetry and music and a viewing of the Niland Art Collection at the Model contemporary arts centre before moving on to the local institute of technology.

The significant engagement at Mullaghmore follows with the royals having an opportunity to meet with some of those who rescued the Mountbatten party.

On May 21, the royals will arrive in Northern Ireland where engagements include a reception and concert featuring performers from the region at Hillsborough Castle.

Charles and Camilla will visit Mount Stewart house and gardens and mark the completion of a three-year restoration programme.

They will also visit Corrymeela, Northern Ireland’s oldest Peace and Reconciliation centre, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and the return follows the Prince’s trip to the centre in 1998.

 

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