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Storm Desmond: Thousands Of People Flooded Out Of Homes

Storm Desmond: Thousands Of People Flooded Out Of Homes

Storm Desmond: Thousands Of People Flooded Out Of Homes. Thousands of people have been flooded out of their homes or left without power after Storm Desmond wreaked havoc in parts of the UK.

In Cumbria and Lancashire more than 43,000 homes are suffering from power cuts, while an estimated 5,200 homes have been affected by flooding.

The weather has claimed two lives – in Cumbria and the Republic of Ireland.

David Cameron said the flood defences in Cumbria “were not enough” and some people might not be home for Christmas.

Storm Desmond lashed parts of Northern Ireland, north Wales, southern Scotland and especially north-west England over the weekend, and more heavy rain is expected this week.

Record-breaking amounts of rain fell in Cumbria, the worst-hit county – prompting the county to declare a major incident.

‘Absolutely horrific’

The devastation has resulted in criticism of the government after multimillion-pound defences built following floods in Cumbria in 2005 failed to keep the deluge out from people’s homes.

During a visit to Carlisle, the prime minister said the flooding was “absolutely horrific” and he promised to re-examine Cumbria’s flood defence plans.

In Cumbria, police said a man’s body had been recovered from a river.

And the body of a 70-year-old man from County Tyrone, in Northern Ireland, was found on a cross-border road in County Monaghan. It is understood his car got stuck in flooding and he was swept away when he got out of this car.

In other developments:

Mr Cameron, who chaired a meeting of the government’s Cobra emergency response committee on Monday morning, said the government would fully reimburse councils for the costs of dealing with flooding.

The immediate response had to be to find alternative accommodation for those who had been flooded out of their homes, and help with their insurance claims, he said.

“After every flood, the thing to do is sit down, look at the money you’re spending, look at what you’re building, look at what you’re planning to build in the future and ask, is it enough?” he said.

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Victims At The Scene Report What Happened On Saturday Night

Victims At The Scene Report What Happened On Saturday Night

The Victims at the Scene Report What Happened On Saturday Night.

A 56-year-old man was left with “serious” stab wounds and another person was injured during the terror attack last night at Leytonstone Tube station in east London.

Salim Patel, 59, who runs the station shop and saw the attack unfold, said he heard shouts and saw the attacker beat up his victim before leaving him unconscious on the station floor.

He then allegedly walked back over to the stricken man, pulled out his knife and stabbed him in a sawing motion, Mr Patel said.

The knifeman reportedly said “This is for Syria” after he carried out the assault.

Mr Patel told the Press Association: “I was just at the shop when the train arrived and people came off.

“I heard some shouting, but sometimes drunk people shout. Then I saw the guy attacking the victim, punching him so hard. The victim was screaming ‘please somebody help me. Help’.

“Then the attacker started kicking him on the floor. I think the victim was unconscious, he passed out. Then the attacker took a knife out and started stabbing him as he lay on the floor.

“The victim did not shout anything. I think he was unconscious. The attacker was saying something, I couldn’t hear what.”

Scotland Yard said officers arrived at the scene shortly after 7pm and within five minutes of the emergency calls, and a 29-year-old man was restrained and arrested

Graphic footage of the attacks posted online soon after the incident show a large pool of blood spattered on the station floor.

The video appears to show the knifeman wildly gesticulating and confronting several people in the station, before slashing a man in the throat area.

Several uniformed police officers then arrive on the scene and Taser the man, who falls heavily to the ground.

Terrified passengers, some in tears and others with children, ran out of the Tube station as the attack unfolded, locals said.

Detectives are searching a residential address in east London after the “violent unprovoked knife attack”, which is being treated as a “terrorist incident”.

The 56-year-old man was taken by the London Ambulance Service to an east London hospital where he remains in a stable condition.

A second man sustained a minor injury during the incident but did not require medical assistance, while a woman was threatened but not injured.

Commander Richard Walton, who leads the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, said: “As a result of information received at the time from people who were at the scene and subsequent investigations carried out by the Counter Terrorism Command (SO15), I am treating this as a terrorist incident.

“I am aware that there were a number of members of the public in the underground station who filmed the suspect on their mobile phones during and after the attack and I would urge them to come forward and speak to us and share with us the filming that they carried out.

“I would continue to urge the public to remain calm, but alert and vigilant. The threat from terrorism remains at severe, which means that a terrorist attack is highly likely.”

John Cryer, MP for Leyton and Wanstead, said: “It is really shocking. It’s an appalling thing to happen – it is to any community but Leytonstone is a very mixed community and people live together here very peacefully. It is quite a happy place to be.”

The attack comes weeks after the Paris terror attack, which claimed the lives of 130 people, and just days after Parliament voted to extend air strikes and bomb Islamic State (IS, also known as Isil, Isis and Daesh) to Syria.

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Attack In Leytonstone Tube Station

Attack In Leytonstone Tube Station

Attack In Leytonstone Tube Station. The stabbing of three people at a Tube station by a man wielding a machete is being treated as a terrorist incident, police have said.

The man reportedly said “This is for Syria” after he launched the attack at Leytonstone station in east London on Saturday night.

Police cordon off Leytonstone Underground Station in east London on Saturday night

Attack In Leytonstone Tube Station

Shocking video footage posted online shows a large pool of blood spattered across the floor of the ticket hall as a man is seen threatening other passengers in the station.

One man has suffered serious knife wounds while two other people sustained minor injuries in the attack.

Commander Richard Walton, who leads the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, said: “We are treating this as a terrorist incident. I would urge the public to remain calm, but alert and vigilant.

“The threat from terrorism remains at severe, which means that a terrorist attack is highly likely.”

In the video, the knifeman approaches and gesticulates at two people in the station.

As they approach him he lashes out with his knife and appears to slash one of them in the neck area.

Moments later a uniformed police officer arrives on the scene and fires his Taser at the man.

Attack In Leytonstone Tube Station

In another video of the incident posted online, the man is pinned down on the floor by two police officers as another man can be heard shouting out to him: “You ain’t no Muslim bruv.”Police cordon off Leytonstone

Police said they were called just after 7pm to reports that a number of people had been stabbed at the station and a man was threatening people with a knife.

One man received serious knife injuries not believed to be life-threatening and two other people sustained minor injuries, Scotland Yard said.

A man was arrested just before 7.15pm and taken to an east London police station where he remained in custody.

Mr Walton added: “I would appeal to anyone who was in the vicinity of Leytonstone Underground station earlier this evening at around 7pm who saw anything suspicious to call the anti-terror hotline on 0800 789 321.

“Anyone who may have captured video or photographic footage of the incident is also urged to make contact with the Counter Terrorism Command via the Anti-Terror hotline”.

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Next Year Is Set To Be The Hottest On Record

Next Year Is Set To Be The Hottest On Record

Next Year Is Set To Be The Hottest On Record. A major El Niño event in the Pacific could heat the world overall next year.

This would signal an end to the slowdown in global warming, say experts.

As the globe battles heatwaves, however, British summers could get cooler.

North Atlantic sea temperatures which are expected to drop by around half a degree over the next decade, causing cooler summers.

2015 is already the hottest year on record but experts are predicting 2016 will be even warmer as heatwaves sweep the planet.

Researchers claim a major El Niño event in the Pacific could significantly increase global temperatures, marking an end to the slowdown in global warming.

But as the world battles these heatwaves over the next decade, summers in the UK and Europe may become cooler.

The findings seem to contradict the argument of climate sceptics that the slowdown in the rate of global warming over the past 17 years, proves scientists’ concerns about a warming world are exaggerated, The Independent reported.

Scientists said that in 2015, the Earth’s average surface temperature has been approximately 0.68ºC above the 1961 to 1990 average – a high since records began.

Next Year Is Set To Be The Hottest On Record

Next Year Is Set To Be The Hottest On Record

We know natural patterns contribute to global temperatures in any given year, but the very warm temperatures so far this year indicate the continued impact of (manmade) greenhouse gases,’ Met Office Hadley Centre director Professor Stephen Belcher

‘With the potential that next year could be similarly warm, it’s clear that our climate continues to change.’

External reviewer, Professor Rowan Sutton, from the University of Reading, added: ‘Unless there’s a big volcanic eruption, it looks very likely that globally 2014, 2015 and 2016 will be among the very warmest years ever recorded.’

Professor Adam Scaife of the Met Office told the BBC: ‘It’s an important turning point in the Earth’s climate with so many big changes happening at once.’

The research predicts the world has entered into what could be one of the strongest El Niño events in the past century, warming the Pacific Ocean and the rest of the world in turn.

While the shift in weather patterns is natural, El Niño’s effect on the temperature is becoming greater, because of the rising volume of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

The trend could trigger potentially deadly droughts, heat waves and other extreme weather events in some parts of the world, but could also mean British summers will become cooler over the next decade.

This is because temperatures in the north Atlantic ocean are expected to drop by around half a degree over the next decade.

While this does not sound like much, it could be enough to cool British summers by an average of 1ºC over ten years.

And at the same time, the UK’s tendency for wet summers could be about to change, with far fewer showers ahead.

The Met Office has had a controversial record on forecasting summer weather.

In April 2009, it predicted that Britain was ‘odds-on for a barbecue summer’ – which instead went on to be one of the wettest on record.

Professor Scaife, of the Met Office’s Hadley Centre for long-range forecasting, said sea temperatures in the north Atlantic have risen in recent years, but are now expected to fall.

He told the Daily Mail the cooling effect on the UK was likely to be ‘less than a degree’, adding that other influences – such as global warming and El Niño could possibly cancel out the temperature drop.

Professor Sutton told a press conference: ‘Let me be absolutely clear: This does not mean we are heading for the next ice age.

‘Absolutely not. We are talking about a modest cooling. Maybe half a degree centigrade for example in the north Atlantic.

‘That might not sound very much but it is potentially enough to affect weather patterns in Europe and elsewhere.’

He said that a drop in Atlantic temperatures ‘favours cooler and possibly drier summers in northern Europe’. British summers could be ‘significantly drier’, he added.

Professor Sutton also said it was too early to tell whether the slower global warming seen in the past ten years – sometimes called the ‘global warming slowdown’ – was coming to an end.

While average temperatures worldwide have risen in the past decade, increases have been far slower than they were in the last 30 years of the 20th century.

The experts said other factors that could affect our weather include a potential volcanic eruption – when ash blocks out the sun’s rays causing cooler temperatures.

Next Year Is Set To Be The Hottest On Record

The El Niño phenomenon is also likely to raise temperatures in the Pacific by 2-3ºC.

The knock-on effects of this could heighten the risk of a particularly cold end to winter in the UK, forecasters said.

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Black Friday 2015

Black Friday 2015

Black Friday 2015: UK Shoppers expected to almost DOUBLE their spend on fashion, tech and more.

According to data UK shoppers will double their spending during this year’s Black Friday 2015 on 27 November .

The stats, from Emarsys – a global marketing software provider, predict we will be doubling our average spend on the latest fashion items, as well as tech, sports and larger outdoor items – with average order values increasing to £122+.

This year’s Black Friday is also estimated to be the UK’s first online shopping day event to make £1 billion.

Major retailers like Argos , Amazon , eBay , Debenhams and more are set to reduce prices by half price of better.

Most leading retailers are also planning to get in on the sale action before Black Friday, with early deals launching from Monday 23 November 2015.

We’ve got dedicated pages for what’s going to be happening at the biggest retailers on Black Friday (click the retailers in the grid above), plus a guide to finding Black Friday deals here .

You can also check our round up of what to expect from 10 top online and high street retailers below:

Top 10 Black Friday 2015 retailers and how to spot the online deals first:

  1. Argos.co.uk in stores and online – you can view the best Argos Black Friday deals here, which includes cheap laptops, tablets and toys.
  2. Amazon online only – you can view the best Amazon Black Friday deals here. Offers range from jewellery and clothes, to videogame consoles and laptops.
  3. Currys in stores and online- you can view the best Currys Black Friday deals here, including offers on kitchen and home electrical items, TVs and more.
  4. River Island in stores and online- you can view the best River Island Black Friday deals here, which range from winter essentials to the latest trend pieces.
  5. Debenhams in stores and online- you can view the best Debenhams Black Friday deals here. The store has offers from across all departments, including home and furniture, fashion and beauty.
  6. Marks & Spencer in stores and online- you can view the best M&S Black Friday deals here. Get huge savings off M&S fashion collections, homewares and more.
  7. John Lewis in stores and online- you can view the best John Lewis Black Friday deals here. The department store features discounts across hundreds of items, including furniture, electrical appliances and home entertainment.
  8. Tesco in stores and online- you can view the best Tesco Black Friday deals here. Toys, consoles, TVs and more all feature in the offers.
  9. Boots in stores and online- you can view the best Boots Black Friday deals here. Beauty, make up and personal grooming electrical items all feature in the flash savings.
  10. Ebay online – you can view the best Ebay Black Friday deals here. Top featured items include videogame consoles, TVs and more coveted tech items.
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Bucharest Nightclub Fire Victim Treated In The United Kingdom

Bucharest Nightclub Fire Victim Treated In The United Kingdom

Bucharest Nightclub Fire Victim Treated In The United Kingdom. One of the victims of last month’s Bucharest nightclub fire is being cared for in Swansea’s Morriston Hospital.

The patient was one of 12 to have been flown by NATO to the UK and Norway over the weekend.

They arrived at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire late on Sunday ready to be transferred to hospitals around the country.

One patient was taken to the Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery in Morriston Hospital. His condition’s described as stable.

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The Supermoon Eclipse

The Supermoon Eclipse

The Supermoon Eclipse will share the sky with a blood-red supermoon for the first time in more than 30 years.

Skywatchers are being promised great views of a spectacular celestial event tonight that has not occurred for 33 years.

The supermoon eclipse will see our planet move directly between the sun and moon – giving the lunar surface a rusty appearance.

The rare spectacle was last seen in 1982, and will not happen again until 2033, according to NASA scientists.

It happens when the moon is at its closest orbit to us, making it appear 14% larger than normal.

The event traditionally sparks ‘End of Days’ theories as some believers clutch bibles wondering if the end is nigh.

The night sky will be clear across most of the UK tonight, offering perfect conditions to see the blood-red supermoon between 1am and 6.30am.

The moon, Earth and sun will be lined up at around 3.11am UK time, with the eclipse beginning a couple of hours beforehand.

Sky News weather producer Joanne Coles said: “Tonight there will be clear spells and variable cloud across the British Isles.

“Most places will have a good chance of seeing the supermoon lunar eclipse during the early hours.

“However, under clear skies and as temperatures drop mist and fog patches will form, particularly in northeast England, north Yorkshire and Lincolnshire where it may become quite widespread and dense.

“There is also a chance that some low cloud could move in from the North Sea across East Anglia and southeast England during the early hours.

“Thicker cloud and the chance of some rain in the far northwest of Scotland and the western coast of the Republic of Ireland may also prevent a good view of the supermoon.”

The full eclipse of the moon will last for more than an hour and be visible, weather permitting, from North and South America, Europe, Africa and western Asia.

The Supermoon Eclipse is the end of a tetrad, a series of four total lunar eclipses set six months apart.

The 21st century will see eight tetrads – an uncommonly high number. From 1600 to 1900 there were none at all.

Customers Angry Carphone Hack Kept ‘Secret’

Customers Angry Carphone Hack Kept ‘Secret’

Customers Angry Carphone Hack Kept ‘Secret’. Some customers say they should have been informed of a huge hack when it was first discovered on Wednesday, not three days later.

Carphone Warehouse customers are asking why the company took three days to inform them of a data breach that may have compromised the personal details of up to 2.4 million people.

Users took to Twitter to vent their frustration that customers were not immediately made aware when the breach was first discovered on Wednesday.

“How timely of carphone warehouse to delay announcement of hacking to weekend when banking services are most difficult to contact,” Menna Flavell tweeted.

Mahesh Nair asked why the company “decided that it was OK to tell customers about the hack three days later?”

Carphone Warehouse has called the cyber attack “sophisticated”, saying it was stopped “straight away” after its own systems discovered it on Wednesday afternoon. It is believed to have happened in the two weeks before then.

News of the hack emerged on Saturday.

Technology expert Tom Cheesewright told BBC Breakfast that the firm may have been trying to assess the level of damage before making the announcement.

The attack affects the division which operates OneStopPhoneShop.com, e2save.com and Mobiles.co.uk – and also provides services to TalkTalk Mobile, Talk Mobile and iD Mobile customers.

In a statement, Dixons Carphone said it was aiming to contact all 2.4 million customers affected by the hack.

According to the retailer’s parent company, Dixons Carphone, the encrypted card data of up to 90,000 customers may also have been accessed.

Customers are being urged to change their online passwords, amid fears that fraudsters will exploit the breach.

Get Safe Online, a government security service, has described the cyberattack as “hugely concerning” – and is warning that criminals may make phone calls and emails purporting to be from Carphone Warehouse, in a bid to trick those affected into sharing even more sensitive information.

The initiative’s chief executive, Tony Neate, said: “With the stolen data potentially including names, addresses and dates of birth, hackers could also gain access to your other online accounts if you are using any of this information for your passwords.

“If this is you, now is the time to give your passwords an overhaul – think of something unpredictable and different for every account.”

Dixons Carphone chief executive Sebastian James has apologised for the incident and said “additional security measures” have been put in place by the company.

“We take the security of customer data extremely seriously, and we are very sorry people have been affected by the attack on our systems,” he said.

A letter sent to customers of Mobiles.co.uk has recommended customers to notify banks and credit card companies that they have been affected by the hack, allowing them to monitor accounts for unusual activity.

It also advised consumers to check their credit rating to make sure no one has taken loans or credit in their name.Meanwhile, the UK’s data watchdog, the Information Commissioner’s Office, has said it is “making inquiries” into the incident.

The Carphone Warehouse data breach is just the latest in a series of high-profile organisations to have the personal data of customers accessed by hackers.

Others that have been hit recently include Sony, Adult Friend Finder, Ashley Madison, eBay, and the US Office of Personnel Management
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Lancashire Homes Forced To Boil Water Due To Cryptosporidium Bug

Lancashire Homes Forced To Boil Water Due To Cryptosporidium Bug

Lancashire Homes Forced To Boil Water Due To Cryptosporidium Bug. More than 300,000 households in Lancashire have been told to boil drinking water after contamination with a microbial parasite.

Routine tests by United Utilities found traces of cryptosporidium at Franklaw water treatment works outside Preston.

Some customers said they were not alerted quickly enough but the company said it had done “everything possible”.

Traces of the parasite, which can cause gastrointestinal complaints, were reducing, said a spokesman.

The alert affects Blackpool, Chorley, Fylde, Preston, South Ribble and Wyre.

Blackpool resident Robert Parker said local shops had sold out of bottled water.

He emailed the BBC saying he was not given any advice from United Utilities and had drunk several glasses of water before hearing the health warning on BBC news.

“We believe that United Utilities have not taken the issue seriously enough and not made sufficient steps to advise customers. We have an online account with them and haven’t received an email, which we thought would be the minimum response.”

“My wife and I need to take regular medication and our only recourse is to now boil water and cool it off prior to use, not ideal.”

Mr Parker said an email eventually arrived late morning.

United Utilities said, as soon as the contamination was confirmed, it used BBC Radio Lancashire, automated phone and text messages, social media, and even leaflet drops to warn its customers.

“We have done everything we possibly can, in the quickest time possible, to inform our customers,” said a spokesman.

What is cryptosporidium?

  • A microscopic parasite which lives in, or on, other organisms
  • Found in soil, water or food contaminated with animal or human faeces
  • Infection occurs via contact with infected animals in farms or zoos or by drinking contaminated water
  • One of the most common causes of diarrhoea in humans
  • It most commonly affects children under five but people with impaired immune systems are at risk

How does cryptosporidium parasite affect humans?

Infection with cryptosporidium can cause diarrhoea and abdominal cramps.

People with weak immune systems are likely to be more seriously affected.

Kate Brierley from Public Health England said: “There is no specific treatment for cryptosporidiosis. In most cases the symptoms of abdominal pain and diarrhoea settle in a few days.

“However, in a few cases cryptosporidiosis can be unpleasant with diarrhoea lasting for several weeks. It is important to drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.”

Bottled water

The NHS trust which runs the Royal Preston and Chorley and South Ribble hospitals said there was no evidence patients had been affected.

A Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust spokesman said it had issued immediate guidance on the health risk posed by contaminated tap water and had sourced 50,000 litres of bottled water for patients and staff.

 “We are awaiting further advice from United Utilities before reinstating the use of the mains water supply.”

Cryptosporidium exists in the environment in a form called an oocyst, which is less than a tenth of the thickness of a human hair.

Traces were found in recent samples of water from Franklaw works, a United Utilities spokesman added.

In a statement, the water company said investigations were continuing into how the water was contaminated at the treatment works.

It added that officials were putting cards through letterboxes of affected homes to supplement efforts to communicate the advice via social media, newspapers, radio and TV.

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Man Thought To Have Walked Entire Channel Tunnel

Man Thought To Have Walked Entire Channel Tunnel

Man Thought To Have Walked Entire Channel Tunnel. Suspected illegal immigrant, a Sudanese national, detected inside tunnel less than 1km from Folkestone terminal.

A suspected illegal immigrant is understood to have walked almost the entire length of the 31-mile (50km) Channel tunnel from France before being apprehended by Kent police close to the tunnel exit at Folkestone.

The man, who is a Sudanese national, was detected inside the tunnel less than 1km from the Folkestone terminal at 6.13pm on Tuesday.

Kent police said in a statement: “Kent police officers investigating an incident where a man was located in the Channel tunnel near to its exit at the Folkestone terminal at 6.13pm on 4 August have charged a man.

“Abdul Rahman Haroun, 40, of no fixed abode, has been charged with causing an obstruction to an engine or carriage using the railway under the Malicious Damage Act 1861.”

He was due to appear at Medway magistrates court on Thursday.

Immigration enforcement officers from the Home Office are also investigating the incident in a separate inquiry.

Eurotunnel’s detection systems had identified an intrusion near the tunnel entrance in France early on Tuesday. As soon as the alarm was raised, Eurotunnel closed the French entrance and police were called to conduct a search.

The search of the area was a detailed and necessarily lengthy procedure, which put customer, staff and intruder safety as the highest priority, Eurotunnel said.

The man was intercepted in one of the two railway tunnels, rather than the service tunnel which runs through the middle. He was arrested by the Channel tunnel police and a full service through the tunnel was resumed in the late afternoon.

A spokesman for Eurotunnel said a full investigation into the incident had been launched. “A criminal intrusion into the Channel tunnel is an extremely rare incident. It is both illegal and highly dangerous.” he said. “This person could have been seriously injured or killed.”

“Eurotunnel hopes that the full force of the law will be used to demonstrate that an attempt to enter the Channel tunnel poses not only a significant risk of injury or death, but also precludes any possibility of entering the UK to claim asylum or to find work.”
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