Two people may be trapped after fire at paintball centre

first_imgSix fire engines attended the sceneCredit:@AmyFaithPhoto/PA the scene of a fire at the Desert Storm paintball site in Borough Road, St Helens, Merseyside Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service said it had reports of two people entering the building who have yet to come out.As more than six engines fought the fire, part of the roof collapsed and a large number of tyres burned, causing a huge plume of smoke to rise into the sky. Pictures showed smoke could be seen from far away Pictures showed smoke could be seen from far awayCredit:Steve Samosa/Mercury Presscenter_img Firefighters are tackling a large blaze at a paintball centre amid fears two people are trapped inside.Crews were called at around 5pm to the Desert Storm paintball site in Borough Road, St Helens, Merseyside, where they found the building alight. The fire service said the nearby Pilkington’s factory has been evacuated but has not been affected by the blaze.”Residents are advised to keep doors and windows shut until further notice,” a spokesman added. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Committee at the Donmar Warehouse review neither Yentob nor Batmanghelidjh come out

first_imgYou might ask: why? A musical based on transcripts from a hearing of Parliament’s Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs committee about the collapse of government-funded charity Kids Company. Then again, why not? The National Theatre’s London Road, a verbatim piece about the Ipswich prostitute murders, confirmed that you can make a musical out of practically anything.And while Committee isn’t exactly Bat out of Hell in the musical spectacular stakes, like James Graham’s play This House it persuasively suggests that the inner workings of democracy contain an inherent theatricality.Josie Rourke, who co-wrote the book, has hit on a subject that is all the more resonant in the wake of Grenfell Tower.The collapse of Kids Company, led by Camila Batmanghelidjh, whose compassion for the children she helped during 20 years shines as bright as her wardrobe, is a story of scandalous financial mismanagement. But it’s also one that questions who is accountable for society’s most vulnerable and the extent to which government repeatedly fails to grasp the reality of impoverished children’s lives. Yet neither Yentob nor Batmanghelidjh come out well. Yentob, played by Omar Ebrahim with an air of lofty feyness, approaches (rather than answers) questions as though they are beneath him. Accounting at the charity was so relaxed that children were regularly handed unknown quantities of cash in brown envelopes. Forget magic money trees: Ebrahim’s Yentob seems to assume money would fall from government coffers like manna from heaven. But the schism in sympathy between the committee and the charity, two bodies on such different wavelengths they constantly query each other’s questions and answers, also gets to the heart of the matter. Batmanghelidjh may come across as a vague and irresponsible figure, but there’s no question her unorthodox approach transformed lives.Tom Deering’s score adds dramatic flourish but never persuades you the show needs to be a musical. Yet this is still a fascinating piece of theatre. You leave wondering just who is looking after all the kids in Kids Company now.Until Aug 12. Tickets: 020 3282 3808; kids company, committee, donmar warehouse, review Batmanghelidjh and Yentob at the real select committee hearing on Oct 15 2015  In a bland, corporate room in Westminster, Batmanghelidjh and Alan Yentob, who was chair of the trustees, sit before a select committee led by Bernard Jenkin, portrayed as chauvinistic and self-satisfied. Against the swell of an elegantly sparring score, the committee persistently rises up to insist they only want to “learn” what happened. They appear more like a chorus of ghoulish inquisitors than open-minded public servants.last_img read more

Holidaymakers cars stolen after thieves swipe 130 sets of keys from airport

first_imgCar Park Manchester, which is not affiliated with Manchester Airport, said it had reported the August 18 burglary but declined to comment further.A spokesman for Manchester Airport said: “We would like to remind passengers that the airport offers a wide range of secure, official car parking facilities, and is also well connected via public transport.”Anyone with any doubts about their car parking can verify it with our customer services team.” Cheryl Wilden and Samantha Mercer at Car Park Manchester's Davenport Green Hall site where their car key was among 130 stolen during a major break-in “They eventually had to get the car out for us. It was not pleasant. I’m just absolutely devastated because I booked it.”Matthew Griffiths, who also had his keys stolen, said: “Upon visiting the car park I could see they had a rough time. I was greeted by the most kind and apologetic owner of the business. “I’d like to thank the owners of the car park for assisting me with the issue to their best ability.” Cheryl Wilden and Samantha Mercer at Car Park Manchester’s Davenport Green Hall site where their car key was among 130 stolen during a major break-inCredit: MEN MEDIAcenter_img Holidaymakers using an airport parking service face a bumpy return from their travels after up to 130 sets of customer car keys were stolen.Police said at least four cars have been taken since the raid at the Car Park Manchester site, which serves Manchester Airport.However the full number not known yet because many of the vehicles’ owners are still on holiday. Cheryl Wilden, from Wakefield, West Yorkshire, said she found out her sister’s car keys had gone missing after the pair returned from a holiday in Barcelona.She said they had to retrieve a spare set of keys before being taken to where the car had been left in a “muddy field”.They then struggled to drive the new Hyundai out of the site because it was stuck in mud, Ms Wilden said.”It was horrendous, there were lots of high value cars there. We were quite horrified,” she added. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Child tests positive for arsenic after playing with magnetic putty withdrawn over

first_imgThe magnetic putty was removed from Amazon in January, following Northamptonshire Trading Standards Service banning the sale from a market stall  A young girl is thought to have been poisoned by arsenic after playing with a putty toy that was removed from online retailer Amazon last month. Neve Kelly was found to have 10 times the safe level of the deadly poison in her urine after playing with Magnetic Putty, according to her mother Frances. Ms Kelly claimed that the toy was bought as a Christmas present for her two daughters before she was warned by her sister over its possible toxic contents.She and her partner Mark then took their daughter to the doctors after Neve complained of stomach pains.Doctors results concluded that Neve had 10 times the safe amount of arsenic in her urine.Ms Kelly has since spoken out on social media to warn other parents of the toy.  Amazon removed it from its website over fears it contained seven times the safe level of arsenic and the magnet was 29 times stronger than the permitted force.At the time, the online retailer said: “Customer safety is our priority”. Amazon declined to comment on this case. Neve’s dad Mark, 40, wrote of his daughter’s condition on Facebook: “We don’t want to cause a panic, only make people aware of the potentially dangerous product.”Symptoms of arsenic poisoning include vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhoea, while long term exposure can cause heart disease and cancer. Most exposure comes from drinking contaminated water.The family are now seeing legal advice. Ms Kelly added: “You’d think buying a Christmas present from a well-known seller would be safe.”Just worried if a child ingested it how much damage this would cause. We are all in disbelief.” The magnetic putty was removed from Amazon in January, following Northamptonshire Trading Standards Service banning the sale from a market stall Credit:Triangle News Despite being removed from the market stalls earlier this month, the product is still avaiable to buy in the UKCredit:Triangle News  Despite being removed from the market stalls earlier this month, the product is still avaiable to buy in the UK She wrote: “We have received shock news this afternoon with the results of my daughter Neve’s tests and there is a toxicology team in Edinburgh who are now dealing with it.”There was 10 times the normal level of arsenic found in her urine.”They had to take vials of blood and it is getting sent to an arsenic specialist in Glasgow. They are all in shock.”Neve has thankfully not shown many symptoms of damage and pray this test will be lower as she hasn’t been in contact with it since January.” Northamptonshire Trading Standards barred the product from sale last month after discovering it on a market stall, however it is still available to buy in the UK from some online retailers. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

105 children a day having rotten teeth taken out in hospital

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. More than 100 children a day are having rotting teeth removed in hospital, when nine in ten cases could have been prevented, new figures show.Children aged five and under accounted for 14,545 tooth extractions in 2017/18 in England, with most of those – 12,783 – as a result of tooth decay.Among those up to the age of 19, some 38,385 procedures were carried out to remove decaying teeth – around 105 a day, the NHS figures show.Public Health England (PHE) is urging parents to watch their children’s sugar intake. It said most youngsters having around eight cubes of sugar more per day than the recommended limit of five cubes.Analysis by the British Dental Association found that children in parts of Yorkshire and the North West are almost five times more likely to undergo hospital extractions than the national average.The areas with the highest rates of extractions for 0 to 5-year-olds are Rotherham, Doncaster, Barnsley, Sheffield and Hyndburn.BDA chairman Mick Armstrong said: “Children’s oral health shouldn’t be a postcode lottery, but these figures show just how wide the oral health gap between rich and poor has become.”PHE said tooth decay can be largely prevented by reducing sugar consumption, using fluoride toothpastes and routine visits to the dentist.Dr Sandra White, dental lead for PHE, said: “Children are consuming far too much sugar each day, and this can have a very serious impact on their oral health.”Parents can help reduce their children’s sugar intake by making simple swaps when shopping and making sure their children’s teeth are brushed twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.”Small, consistent changes like these can have the biggest impact on children’s teeth.”Tooth extraction is the most common hospital procedure among six to 10-year-olds in England.PHE said at least 60,000 days of school are missed due to tooth extractions in hospitals.Professor Michael Escudier, from the Royal College of Surgeons, said: “The figures published today by Public Health England are horrifying.”Tens of thousands of young children are having to go through the distressing experience of having their teeth removed under general anaesthetic for a problem that is 90 per cent avoidable.” read more

London mosque shooting Gunman with blankfiring handgun fuels Christchurch copycat attack fears

Armed police were scrambled to an east London mosque on Thursday night after a “masked” gunman entered the building during Ramadan prayers before discharging a firearm outside.The incident at the Seven Kings Mosque in Ilford comes two months after the Christchurch massacre and raised fears of a copycat attack in the capital.Worshippers were part-way through evening prayers late on Thursday when the sound of a gunshot rang out.A man, said to have had his face covered, was reported to have entered the mosque on High Road, but was made to leave before firing the gun.Scotland Yard said early investigations suggested that a “blank firing handgun” had been discharged.No injuries or damage to the building were reported and detectives were not treating the incident as terrorism-related, the force said. I am aware of the reports of a man with a firearm at Seven Kings Mosque during prayers tonight and am relieved that no one appears to have been hurt or injured. Thank you to @MPSRedbridge for a swift response. I will in touch with Police in the morning re: mosque security.— Wes Streeting MP (@wesstreeting) May 9, 2019 Worshipper Ibraheem Hussain, 19, an apprentice data analyst at one of the Big Four city firms, said the incident left him concerned over the safety of worshippers during Ramadan.”The main thing that was in my mind was that (due to the layout of the mosque) it could have gone very wrong,” he said.”(Christchurch) comes to mind, it’s crazy to think this would happen in London, especially after everything that has happened.” Abdul Ahad wrote on Facebook: “During taraweeh prayers this evening there was an incident involving a firearm at Seven Kings masjid (mosque). A “blank firing handgun” is believed to have been shot during an incident outside Seven Kings MosqueCredit:London News Pictures Scotland Yard said the investigation was being led by detectives from the East Area Command Unit, although the Trident gang squad had been notified.”Police were called at 10.45pm on Thursday, 9 May to reports that a man, believed to be in possession of a firearm, had entered a mosque on High Road in Seven Kings,” the force said.”The man was ushered outside of the building by those inside. A gunshot was then heard.”Officers, including firearms officers, attended. There were no reported injuries or damage to the building.”At this early stage, ballistic evidence recovered from the scene suggests that the weapon was a blank firing handgun. A "blank firing handgun" is believed to have been shot during an incident outside Seven Kings Mosque Mr Hussain described hearing the gunshot around half an hour after prayers began.He told the Press Association: “There’s three sections of the mosque and at taraweeh (evening prayers) during this time of Ramadan the mosque is packed out.”We were upstairs in the classrooms and about 30 minutes into the night prayer a large noise went off. I just continued my prayer, it sounded like a firework or maybe something heavy had been dropped, so no-one really thought anything of it.”After we finished … someone said it was a gunshot, someone had come into the mosque and he had a firearm on him. The managers had seen him, he was masked and acting suspicious and the firearm was let off.”Several social media users also said the alleged armed man had his face covered.   Police remain on High Road in Seven Kings following a firearm discharge. At this early stage, it is thought that the weapon was a blank firing handgun. There were no injuries or damage caused. The incident is not being treated as terrorism-related.— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) May 9, 2019 The incident comes amid heightened concerns over security at places of worship around the world. A mass shooting at a mosque in New Zealand in March left 50 people dead, while a woman was killed when a gunman opened fire at a synagogue in California in April.Last month nearly 260 people died in the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka, which included a suicide bombing on a church. “Officers will continue to work closely with representatives from the mosque and are providing reassurance to the local community.”Anyone with information is asked to contact Borough officers via 101 quoting reference 8585/9May. Officers will continue to work closely with representatives from the mosque and are providing reassurance to the local community. Anyone with information is asked to contact officers via 101 quoting ref: 8585/09May— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) May 9, 2019 “A man with fully covered face entered the masjid during taraweeh prayers. Alhamdulillah no one injured or hurt, but one shot was fired and unfortunately he ran away.”Following the incident the mosque’s imam urged people not to speculate over the gunman’s motives.”There was a firearm incident outside Seven Kings Mosque tonight during Ramadan night prayers,” Mufti Suhail said.”The suspect ran from the scene when stopped by brothers standing guard at the mosque.”A shot was fired which fortunately did not hit anyone.”Ilford North MP Wes Streeting said he would be contacting the police about the incident. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

MS customers complain as firms cafes quietly ditch free biscuit with cup

Marks and Spencer customers have complained after the chain decided to scrap the free biscuit which used to come with hot drinks at the chain’s cafes.The department store has justified the decision by saying it is trying to minimise food waste, and that many people threw their biscuits in the bin.However, rather than praising the store’s environmental credentials, customers have reacted with outrage on social media.One complained on Twitter: “Marks and Spencer what’s with the stinginess with the free biscuits in your cafes now? Two different M&S cafes and no mini treat with my coffee.”Another added: “M&S used to give you a little free biscuit with a tea. But, of late, my saucer is bare.” M&S defended its decision, and added: “The free biscuit is still available, our customers just need to ask. This is an effort to improve food waste as we’ve found a lot of customers don’t eat the biscuit.”For those who want to enjoy the oat biscuits at home, the supermarket sells them in its food halls in packs of 22 for £1.Consumer expert Sue Hayward told the Mail on Sunday: “M&S is caught between a rock and a hard place on this one. It’s saving waste by stopping automatically dishing out free biscuits, but facing complaints from customers who are moaning that they can’t get a free biscuit.” Marks and Spencer recently came under fire for plastic wastage after giving out free toys to children.Earlier this month, customers criticised the promotion, which gives away miniature plastic versions of the company’s 25 most shopped items have been turned into miniature collectables in a campaign called Little Shop.One Twitter user wrote: “Can you explain? I have seen that they can be recycled into kids benches but why make them in the first place?! Stop using unnecessary plastic just to get sales! It’s utterly disgusting and HAS TO STOP.”M&S responded by saying the company is “committed to reducing our use of plastic packaging and reusing or recycling any we do use”.It added: “Little Shop collectables have all been designed to last and we’ve worked hard to ensure around a quarter of them are made from FSC (Forestry Stewardship Council) certified card where possible. We’ve also ensured all single-use packaging is made from paper instead of plastic.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Russian arrested in Spain over US election hacking

Mr Levashov’s arrest relates to alleged “hacking” of the US election last year(BBC) Spanish police have arrested a Russian programmer for alleged involvement in “hacking” the US election, Spanish press reports have said.Pyotr Levashov, arrested on 7 April in Barcelona, has now been remanded in custody.A “legal source” also told the AFP news agency that Mr Levashov was the subject of an extradition request by the US.The request is due to be examined by Spain’s national criminal court, the agency added.El Confidencial, a Spanish news website, has said that Mr Levashov’s arrest warrant was issued by US authorities over suspected “hacking” that helped Donald Trump’s campaign.Mr Levashov’s wife Maria also told Russian broadcaster RT that the arrest was made in connection with such allegations.Several cybersecurity experts, including Brian Krebs, have also linked Mr Levashov to a Russian spam kingpin, who uses the alias Peter Severa.Intelligence reportA US intelligence report released in January alleged that Russian President Vladimir Putin tried to help Mr Trump to victory.Mr Trump later commented that the outcome of the election had not been affected.The report said that Russia’s objectives were to “undermine public faith” in the US democratic process and “denigrate” Mr Trump’s Democrat rival Hillary Clinton.Russia’s efforts to this end allegedly included hacking into email accounts used by the Democratic National Committee; using intermediaries such as WikiLeaks to release hacked information; and funding social media users or “trolls” to make nasty comments.However, there were no details of Mr Putin’s alleged involvement with such interference in the report.Mr Putin has strongly denied allegations that Russia tried to influence the US election. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTrump mocks Russian hacking ‘conspiracy theory’December 12, 2016In “latest news”Obama: I warned Putin over hackingDecember 17, 2016In “latest news”Russia-US row: Putin rules out tit-for-tat expulsion of diplomatsDecember 30, 2016In “World” read more

US immigration agents target convenience stores to nab illegal Cbean nationals

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUS immigration agents crack down on ‘sanctuary state’ CaliforniaFebruary 3, 2018In “World”US immigration sweep: Guyanese among C’bean nationals nabbed, facing deportationApril 6, 2017In “Regional”Letter: NY Guyanese edgy on Trump’s immigration round upFebruary 17, 2017In “Letters” US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents serve an employment audit notice at a 7-Eleven convenience store yesterday in Los Angeles. (Photo: AP)WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — US Federal immigration agents on Wednesday arrested several undocumented workers when they descended on dozens of convenience stores across the country, targeting illegal Caribbean and other immigrants.The agents descended on 7-Eleven convenience stores before daybreak, arresting undocumented workers and demanding paperwork from managers, in what the Trump administration described as its largest enforcement operation against employers so far.The sweeps of 98 stores in 17 states, from California to Florida, resulted in 21 arrests, according to United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which signalled intensified efforts against businesses that hire unauthorised workers.“Today’s actions send a strong message to US businesses that hire and employ an illegal work force: ICE will enforce the law, and if you are found to be breaking the law, you will be held accountable,” said Thomas D Homan, the acting director of the agency, in a statement.Homan, the US’s top immigration-enforcement official, has promised more scrutiny of businesses that knowingly violate federal laws requiring employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of their workers.Under President Trump, ICE has significantly expanded immigration enforcement, arresting undocumented Caribbean and other immigrants in their homes or when they check in with US federal agents as part of immigration court cases.In a statement, 7-Eleven Inc, based in Irving, Texas, distanced itself from the situation, saying that the individual stores are franchises that belong to independent business owners, who “are solely responsible for their employees, including deciding who to hire and verifying their eligibility to work in the United States.”“7-Eleven takes compliance with immigration laws seriously and has terminated the franchise agreements of franchisees convicted of violating these laws,” the company said.If ICE hoped to make a bold statement, it could hardly pick a more iconic target than 7-Eleven, a chain known for ubiquitous stores that are open all the time and sell the much-loved Slurpees and Big Gulps, the New York Times said in a report adding that several 7-Eleven franchises have been steppingstones for new legal immigrants who want to own and run their own small businesses.ICE called its Wednesday sweep a “follow-up” of a 2013 investigation that resulted in the arrests of nine 7-Eleven franchise owners and managers on Long Island, New York and in Virginia on charges of employing undocumented workers.Several have pleaded guilty and forfeited their franchises, and have been ordered to pay millions of dollars in back wages owed to the workers.According to ICE, federal agents served inspection notices to 7-Eleven franchises in California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington State and Washington, D.C.In all, 16 of the 98 stores visited on Wednesday were in the New York City area, according to an ICE spokeswoman, Rachael Yong Yow, who would not specify the locations.In Miami Beach, an employee at one 7-Eleven said that while no agents showed up at her store, her boss asked workers to make sure their employment records were up to date, in case ICE continued its visits, according to the Times.It said agents dropped in on 7-Eleven stores in seven cities in southeast Florida, including Miami Beach, according to Nestor Yglesias, an ICE spokesman; he, too, declined to identify specific stores.Wednesday’s raids were made amidst intense political battle about a US federal programme that shields from deportation young Caribbean and other immigrants who were brought illegally to the US as children.Stating that the decision to kill the programme was improper, Judge William Alsup of Federal District Court in San Francisco wrote on Tuesday that the Trump administration must “maintain the DACA programme on a nationwide basis,” as the legal challenge to the US president’s decision proceed.President Barack Obama created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programme (DACA) in 2012 to also give young immigrants the ability to work legally in the United States.President Donald Trump moved to end the programme in September, saying that Obama’s actions were unconstitutional and an overreach of executive power.This has reportedly set off a fierce debate in Washington as Democrats and Republicans spar about how to provide relief for about 800,000 immigrants who could face deportation when the programme ends on March 5. read more

15yo Fine Man gang member told Police that gang killed miners

The Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the June 2008 massacre at Lindo Creek heard that a then 15-year-old member of the notorious ‘Fine Man’ gang told Police investigators that the gang was responsible for murdering the eight men at their mining camp.Special Superintendent of Police Trevor Reid takes the stand before the Lindo Creek Massacre COIWhen special Superintendent of Police, Trevor Reid, took to the stand, on Tuesday before Commissioner retired Justice Donald Trotman, he testified that he was the one who took the caution statement from then 15-year-old gang member, Dwayne ‘Small Friend’ Williams.Despite failing to produce the original statement to the CoI, Reid was allowed to read a photocopy.Williams, who is now 25 years old and is currently on remand for several murders, in July of 2008 told investigators that they had escaped the Police in Ituni area when they stumbled upon the Arokium’s mining camp at Lindo Creek.He related that the gang consisted of himself, Cecil “Magic” Ramcharran, Robin ‘Chung Boy’ Chung and leader Rondel ‘Fine Man’ Rawlins.Williams’ statement also revealed that following the incident at Lindo Creek the gang left the site and whilst walking they encountered another Joint Services Checkpoint which they eluded. It was further related that the following night Chung, Rawlins and Ramcharran left him behind after which he was captured while hitching a ride out of the Lindo Creek area.Also during his testimony, Reid told the Commission that based on his investigative experience he felt that the investigation by the Office for Professional Responsibility was incomplete and needed much more work to be done.Meanwhile, taking the stand was, Lieutenant Colonel Lloyd Souvenir who testified that he was a part of the Joint Services Taskforce stationed at Kwakwani and on June 16, 2008 they engaged the men in the Goat Farm area.After disarming the men, they were taken from the site to Kawkwani where they were identified as ‘Chung Boy’ and ‘Magic’. It was also disclosed that they also found a series of ammunition and two AK 47s belonging to the Guyana Defence Force among other items.Sometime between June 12, 2008 and June 24, 2008, miners Cecil Arokium, Dax Arokium, Compton Speirs, Horace Drakes, Clifton Wong, Lancelot Lee, Bonny Harry and Nigel Torres were shot and killed, and their bodies burnt at the Upper Berbice River mining camp, which was being operated by Leonard Arokium. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDeputy Superintendent of Police testifies at Lindo Creek CoIMay 15, 2018In “Crime”Fineman’s gang was responsible for the Lindo Creek Massacre -Top CopMarch 13, 2018In “Crime”“Fineman” gang carried out Bartica, Lusignan, Lindo Creek massacresJanuary 11, 2017In “Court” read more