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Wednesday, April 11, 2018
T HE WORL D’ S M O ST P O PU L AR FRE E N E WSPAP E R
PEOPLE’S
WEDDING
THE WAR
OF THE
POSIES
»
Blooming angry: Man
stamps on flowers for
burglar killed by victim,
after cutting them off
fence PICTURES: LNP
Flowers for dead raider torn down and put back
n Spy’s poisoned daughter moves into a safe house
Page 5 »
SHRINE TO
BURGLAR
... OUTSIDE
OAP’S HOME
Loved by some:
Tributes are left in
memory of Henry
Vincent yesterday
PICTURE: I-IMAGES
Flowers for raider stabbed by victim – who’s forced into hiding
n n ‘
A SHRINE to a serial criminal killed
by an elderly homeowner during a
break-in has turned into a battleground between the burglar’s family
and people who want it torn down.
Flowers, balloons and cards near
the home targeted by Henry Vincent
– stabbed to death while armed with
a screwdriver – were ripped from a
fence after dark on Monday.
Relatives put them back yesterday
before they were removed a second
time and the shrine was reassembled
again later in the afternoon.
The second man to step in, who
stamped on the bouquets after cutting them loose with scissors, said:
‘The flowers need burning. They are
an insult to the memory of the geezer
by DANIEL BINNS
A SHRINE to a career criminal has
been creat d outside a home where
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by AID N R
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Controversy: Our report yesterday
who was burgled.’ But Vincent’s
cousin Elvina Lee said: ‘This is the
best place for these flowers to be. I
don’t know what’s wrong with these
people. I think they’re scum.’
She said Richard Osborn-Brooks,
released without charge following
the stabbing last Wednesday, was ‘a
Continued on Page 7 »
Determined: Relatives reattach
their cards and floral tributes
n £60 rise in bills for British Gas customers
Page 18 »
2 METRO Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Zuckerberg tells senators:
Sorry, mistakes are mine
FACEBOOK founder Mark Zuckerberg last night admitted the social
media giant had made ‘a lot of mistakes’ as he was quizzed by US senators over the misuse of data belonging
to 87million users.
Looking uncomfortable before the
cameras, the 33-year-old tech billionaire apologised for privacy failings and
the platform being used to spread fake
news, hate speech, and Russian interference in the 2016 elections. ‘We
didn’t take a broad enough view of our
by AIDAN RADNEDGE
responsibility and that was a big mistake,’ he said.
‘It was my mistake, and I’m sorry. I
started Facebook, I run it, and I’m
responsible for what happens here.’
He was testifying after revelations
that Cambridge Analytica, a data-mining firm affiliated with Donald Trump’s
presidential campaign and pro-Brexiteers, gathered information from millions of users, including 1.1million
Britons. Mr Zuckerberg said it was ‘a
clear mistake’ to take the company’s
word it was not harvesting data.
Senator John Thune said the misuse
of data ‘should be a wake-up call for the
tech community’. He added: ‘We’re listening, America’s listening, and quite
possibly the world is listening too.’
A person wearing a blue and green
pointy wig, apparently to resemble a
Russian troll, was among those watching in the packed Senate hearing room
on Capitol Hill.
NHS buys 600m
disposable cups
THE NHS in England has
bought more than 600million
disposable cups in the past
five years, figures show.
Responses from 174 NHS
acute, mental health and
community trusts found they
had bought the equivalent of
more than 334,000 per day –
or 11 for every person living in
England – since 2013.
Louise Edge at Greenpeace
UK said the huge figures show
‘how out of control our
relationship with single-use
plastic has become’.
The government said it was
‘committed to reducing its
own use of single-use plastics’.
Facing questions: Mark Zuckerberg EPA
Old hands: Tony Blair
and Bill Clinton share
a joke on stage in
Belfast last night PA
Clinton: Good Friday deal is
a precious gift to the world
FORMER US president Bill Clinton
last night hailed the Good Friday
Agreement as the ‘work of genius’
and a ‘precious gift’.
Speaking at a Belfast conference to
mark the 20th anniversary of the
historic peace accord, he told the
people of Northern Ireland: ‘You
inspired the world 20 years ago, you
can do it all over again because the
rest of the world continues to do
foolish things. You do smart things.’
Mr Clinton, who was later given the
Freedom of Belfast, was on a panel
with ex-UK prime minister Tony Blair
and Irish taoiseach Bertie Ahern –
among the architects of the agreement
– at Queen’s University Belfast. The
chairman of the 1998 talks, US envoy
to Northern Ireland George Mitchell,
Historic: Ahern, Mitchell and Blair in 1998
ex-Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams
and former Ulster Unionist leader
Lord David Trimble were also present.
The agreement largely ended the 30year sectarian conflict that claimed
more than 3,000 lives.
It has since served as a blueprint for
how to solve conflict around the world.
Peaceful accord: (l-r) Bertie Ahern, George Mitchell and Gerry Adams yesterday PA
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 METRO 3
IN BRIEF
Is Brad building
a new life with
US professor?
Dec to go solo on
BGT’s live shows
DECLAN DONNELLY (pictured)
will host Britain’s Got Talent
live shows alone while Ant
McPartlin ‘steps down
from his TV
commitments’.
ITV said BGT
auditions were
filmed in
January, before
Ant, 42, was
charged with a drink-driving
offence. The broadcaster
added: ‘We send Ant all our
love. Dec will do a brilliant job.’
METRO Talk: Pages 12-13 »
Peter Hall to have
a memorial award
Passion for architecture: Neri Oxman stands next to
Brad Pitt and students. (Right) the glamorous prof GETTY
BRAD PITT appears to have designs
on a stunning university professor.
The Hollywood actor has been
romantically linked to acclaimed architect Neri Oxman, whom he has been
dating for six months, according to
reports.
The 54-year-old, who is estranged
from actress Angelina Jolie, is said to
have struck up a friendship with the
academic while working with her on
an architecture project at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The
Oceans 11 star was pictured with the
42-year-old American-Israeli and her
students last November in a snap
shared on social media. It has since
been deleted.
A source said Pitt is ‘interested in
spending more time’ with Ms Oxman
and told the Page Six celebrity news
website: ‘Brad and Neri instantly hit it
off because they share the same passion for architecture, design and art.’
Mac pack: Nicks, Buckingham in 2014
FLEETWOOD MAC have parted
ways with Lindsey Buckingham,
who wrote songs including Tusk
and Go Your Own Way.
The British-American band are
to tour without the US multiinstrumentalist, who joined the
by TOM STICHBURY
Pitt is an architecture and design aficionado and set up the Make It Right
Foundation in 2007. It built affordable,
energy-efficient homes in New Orleans
after Hurricane Katrina.
Ms Oxman, a professor of media
arts and sciences, name-checked Pitt
and pal George Clooney in an interview last year. ‘For the same reason
we have the Brad Pitt’s and George
Clooney’s, it’s just part of human
nature to idolise stereotypes,’ she told
W magazine. However, last night Pitt’s
camp said: ‘This is a professional relationship and friendship.’ Also, it has
been claimed Prof Oxman is dating
billionaire activist Bill Ackman.
Earlier this month, it was reported
that Pitt and Jolie, also 42, were close
to finalising their divorce after ending
their 12-year relationship in 2016. At
the time Jolie, 42, requested sole custody of their children, but Pitt now has
visitation rights to Maddox, 16, Pax,
14, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 11, and nineyear-old twins Vivienne and Knox.
Go your own way, Fleetwood Mac tell Buckingham
group in 1974 with then-girlfriend
Stevie Nicks. ‘The band wishes
Lindsey all the best,’ they
announced in a statement.
Instead, they will be joined by
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
guitarist Mike Campbell and
Crowded House frontman Neil
Finn. Cornwall-born co-founder
Mick Fleetwood, 70, said: ‘This is
the right combination to go
forward with in Fleetwood Mac
style.’ Buckingham, 68, previously
left in 1987 but rejoined in 1996.
OLIVIER Awards organisers
have renamed their best
director prize in memory of Sir
Peter Hall after they left the
theatre giant
out of a tribute.
The Olivier for
best director
will in future be
called the Sir
Peter Hall
Award, the
Society of
London Theatre said. Sir Peter
(pictured) died aged 86 last
year but his name was omitted
from Sunday’s ceremony.
Ex donates Depp
cash to hospital
AMBER HEARD has fulfilled
her promise to donate part of
her Johnny Depp divorce deal
in 2016 to a children’s
hospital.
The actress
(pictured), 31,
received
$7million from
Depp, 54, which
she vowed to
split between
the American Civil Liberties
Union and Children’s Hospital
Los Angeles, which said she
gave a sum between $1million
to $5million.
4 METRO Wednesday, April 11, 2018
by DOMINIC YEATMAN
UK would join military retaliation for
Saturday’s suspected nerve gas attack
in the Damascus suburb of Douma,
which Syrian opposition activists say
killed 40 people.
‘They agreed that reports of a chemical weapons attack in Syria, if confirmed, represented further evidence
of the Assad regime’s appalling cruelty against its own people,’ a Downing Street spokesman said. ‘They
agreed that the international community
needed to respond to uphold the
worldwide prohibition on the use of
chemical weapons.’
UN weapons inspectors are heading
to Douma to investigate after Syria
denied responsibility and demanded
‘full transparency, credible and tangible
evidence’. Secretary-general António
Guterres demanded they ‘be granted
full access, without any restrictions or
impediments to perform its activities’.
Germany’s leader Angela Merkel said
the move was unnecessary because evidence of a chemical attack was ‘very,
very clear’.
A US aircraft carrier group is heading
towards Syria, where troops have been
ordered to reinforce positions. ‘At midnight, the army command put all military positions on alert, including airports and all bases, for a period of 72
hours,’ a spokesman for the Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said.
The White House said the US president had cancelled a trip to South
America to ‘oversee the American
response to Syria and to monitor developments around the world’.
Mr Trump has promised a ‘forceful’
response. He warned: ‘We have a lot of
military options and we’ll be letting you
know pretty soon. Probably after the
Monday, April 9, 2018
T h e w o r l d ’ s m o sT p o pu l ar fre e n e wspap er
TRUMP: ASSAD
WILL PAY FOR
THIS OUTRAGE
PL
U
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THERESA MAY spoke with
Donald Trump and French
president Emmanuel Macron
as Syria braced itself for a military attack over its alleged use of
chemical weapons.
The prime minister (pictured) also
chaired a National Security Council
meeting in Downing Street yesterday to discuss Britain’s
response. She
refused to
say if the
FR
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PM readies Britain as Syria
prepares for a US attack
Fury as children die in ‘chemical attack’
DONALD TRUMP has threatened
Bashar al-Assad with retribution after
a suspected chemical attack killed
dozens of people.
The furious US
president called his
Syrian counterpart
(also pictured) an
‘animal’ as footage
emerged of babies and
children foaming
at the mouth. And
by AIDAN RADNEDGE
he warned there would be a ‘big
price’ to pay over the deaths
in a rebel-held area on the
outskirts of Damascus.
Mr Assad’s ally Russia
warned that a military
intervention by the US
could ‘trigger the gravest
consequences’.
Mr Trump last
night tweeted: ‘Many dead, including
women and children, in mindless
CHEMICAL attack in Syria.
‘Area of atrocity is in lockdown
and encircled by Syrian Army, making
it completely inaccessible to outside
world. President Putin, Russia and Iran
are responsible for backing Animal
Assad. Big price to pay.
‘Open area immediately for medical
Co
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TRIBUTE
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RUDD’S
£40M PLAN
TO TACKLE
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Warning: Our report on Monday
fact.’ Russia last night vetoed a US
resolution at the UN, which was
backed by Britain, to create a new
expert body to determine responsibility for the Syria chemical weapons
attacks.
Earlier, Mikhail Bogdanov, Russia’s
deputy foreign minister, said: ‘Fabrications and false stories are being used to
find some pretext for military force.’
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Wednesday, April 11, 2018 METRO 5
by DOMINIC YEATMAN
RUSSIA has accused Britain of
‘abducting’ Yulia Skripal and
demanded to know her whereabouts
after she was discharged from hospital and went into hiding.
Ms Skripal yesterday left Salisbury District Hospital where she and
her father Sergei, 66, have been
treated since they were poisoned
with a nerve agent.
The 33-year-old was taken to a
‘safe house’ where security officials
will continue to quiz her.
In a tweet, the Russian embassy in
London said: ‘We congratulateYulia
Skripal on her recovery.
‘Yet we need urgent proof that
what is being done to her is done on
her own free will. Secret resettlement of Mr and Ms Skripal, barred
from any contact with their family,
will be seen as an abduction or at
least as their forced isolation.’
In a further statement, the embassy
reiterated its demand to meet Ms
Skripal, claiming Britain was ‘continuing its policy of isolating her
from the public, concealing important evidence and blocking an impartial and independent investigation’.
Speaking after Ms Skripal was
discharged, hospital medical director Dr Christine Blanchard said:
‘This is not the end of her treatment,
but marks a significant milestone.
‘Although (Sergei) is recovering
more slowly, we hope that he too
will be able to leave hospital in due
course.’ Both had responded ‘exceptionally well’ to treatment but had
suffered ‘hallucinations and confusion’ since emerging from comas, Dr
Blanchard added.
Security sources
told the BBC that
Ms Skripal has
already been interviewed about what
she remembers of
the attack on
March 4.
Her cousin Viktoria, who was
called by Ms Skripal at home in
Moscow last week, said she had not
been able to speak to her since. She
told Sky News: ‘I am pleased but
my feelings are mixed. I only have
information from the news.’
She predicted that her cousin –
who was on holiday visiting her
Tell us where she is!
Kremlin fury as Yulia
taken to safe house
In hiding: Yulia Skripal left hospital PICTURE: AP
Recovery: Dr Christine Blanchard (right) gives update on Yulia and Sergei
Skripals’ conditions, and (inset) combative tweet from Russian embassy PA
father when she was attacked –
would claim political asylum. ‘I
know Yulia’s statement about asylum is coming,’ added Viktoria, who
has been refused a visa to visit the
UK. A service of ‘cleansing and cel-
ebration’ is to be held in Salisbury
on Sunday. The Rev Kelvin Inglis
said it will conclude with a procession to the park bench near the Maltings shopping centre where the
Skripals were found unconscious.
Whistleblower who died after he
ate toxic soup ‘feared for his life’
A RUSSIAN whistleblower who
collapsed and died while out
jogging ‘feared for his life’ if he
returned to his homeland, an
inquest has heard.
Alexander Perepilichnyy was
being pursued for millions by a
company with links to one of the
alleged killers of
poisoning victim
Alexander
Litvinenko, the
hearing at the
Old Bailey was
told.
The 44-yearold died near his
home in
Weybridge,
Surrey, in November
2012. Traces of
plant-based
Pursued: Alexander Perepilichnyy,
who died while out jogging near
his Surrey home (above) INS/PA
poison were found in his
stomach after he had eaten
sorrel soup.
Mr Perepilichnyy had been
helping specialist
investment firm
Hermitage Capital
Management uncover a
£150million Russian moneylaundering operation.
But the inquest heard he was
being pursued by a company
called Dzhirsa that was linked to
Dmitry Kovtun, a businessman
and ex-KGB agent.
Peter Skelton QC, counsel to
the inquest, said: ‘Dmitry
Kovtun was found by a High
Court judge to have murdered
Alexander Litvinenko.’
Mr Litvinenko died after being
poisoned with polonium in 2006.
Giving evidence by videolink,
Moscow-based corporate lawyer
Dimitry Lipkin said he had
information that Mr
Perepilichnyy ‘didn’t fly to
Russia because he was fearful for
his life’. The inquest continues.
Mob drama
McMafia on
Russian TV
THE BBC has sold McMafia to
the Russians.
The series about corrupt
oligarchs and Russian gangsters
was mocked by the country’s
London embassy when it was
first shown
here in
January.
But it has
been bought
by Russian
company
Friday and
will air on a
free-TV
channel. The
eight-part series starring James
Norton (pictured) depicted
Russians at the heart of a global
drugs and murder cartel, aided
by state security services.
Salim Mukaddam, of BBC
Studios, said: ‘We hope this is
the beginning of a long and
successful partnership between
Friday and BBC Studios.’
6 METRO Wednesday, April 11, 2018
IN BRIEF
‘Kardashian’ style
posts caught out
drug dealer’s girl
700 inmates pose
extremist threat
AS MANY as 700 prisoners are
viewed as a risk because they
hold extremist views and could
radicalise fellow inmates.
The figure was revealed as
the second of three planned
‘jails within jails’ to isolate
Islamist and far-right fanatics
was opened at HMP Full
Sutton in East Yorkshire.
by JOEL TAYLOR
A LAW student who dreamed of a
‘Kim Kardashian’ lifestyle used her
boyfriend’s cocaine-dealing to fund
holidays and designer clothes.
Emily Lock, 22, had a wardrobe
with £50,000 of clothes, handbags and
jewellery, despite earning just £10,000a-year in Lidl while studying.
She was caught after her Instagram
posts showed her buying Chanel, Versace and Christian Louboutin fashions
in Miami, Paris, Spain, Amsterdam
and Dubai, a court was told.
Prosecutor Roger Griffiths said: ‘She
posted pictures of herself living the
high life. Her real salary
was far removed from
this kind of extravagant lifestyle.’
Merthyr
Tydfil
crown court heard
Lock was funded by
boyfriend Mark Price,
(both pictured)
who
made
Childhood dream a
reality ‘for 1 in 10’
FEWER than one in ten Britons
have landed their dream
childhood job, a study finds.
Despite this, three in five still
think it is healthy to hang on
to your hopes.
This makes us ‘a glass half
full nation’, said mattress
maker Simba, which is behind
the poll of 2,000 adults.
High life: Emily Lock’s Christian
Louboutin shoes (above) and (right) a
photo posted in Dubai CPS/WALES NEWS
£1,600-a-week selling cocaine. Judge
Tom Crowther said Price, who drove a
£33,000 Audi S4, ‘was a
racketeer, but he wasn’t
very good at it’.
Price, 27, of Caerphilly, admitted possession with intent to supply cocaine and fraud
and was jailed for seven
years. Lock of
Llanbradach, near
Caerphilly, pleaded guilty to acquiring
criminal property and got 15 months.
Andrew Taylor, defending, said
Lock, who had three As at
A-level, was studying law and criminology in the hope of being a probation officer before becoming ‘fixated
by a Kim Kardashian lifestyle’.
Kyle Crowley, 28, and Christopher
Morgan, 30, admitted drugs offences
and were jailed for five years and 20
months respectively.
Police use ‘paedo
hunter’ evidence
EVIDENCE from ‘paedophile
hunter’ vigilantes was used to
charge suspects at least 150
times last year, the BBC found.
Almost half the cases of the
offence of meeting a child after
sexual grooming used material
from the groups. There has been
a seven-fold rise in the use of
such evidence since 2015.
Celebrity lifestyle: Lock on holiday
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 METRO 7
SHRINE SHREDDED
But burglar’s relatives vow to replace flowers ‘for as long as it takes’
Unfazed: Brave Roger Mercer SWNS
Veteran in
wheelchair
fights off
knife thugs
Defiant: Intruder’s relatives restore blooms
Battle commences: Flowers left for Vincent (inset) lie on the ground after being cut down overnight PICTURES: REX/LNP
Round 2: A second man cuts them down
Not giving in: Flowers attached again
» Continued from Page 1
murderer’. The 78-year-old (pictured)
has gone into hiding with his disabled
wife Maureen, 76, because they fear
reprisals from Vincent’s associates.
The first man to take the shrine
down journeyed from north London
to Hither Green, in the south-east of
the capital. The mystery man filmed
removing the flowers then put the
video footage on Facebook.
A group of three women –
including one carrying a baby
– arrived to replace the blooms
after an inquest into the death
ofVincent, 37, had been opened.
A Renault Scenic car
carrying the group
mounted the kerb,
causing one of
the front tyres to burst. The driver
promised: ‘We will come back as
long as it takes.’
Minutes after the group had left, the
second man turned up, covering half
his face with a beanie hat.
The local man did his best to destroy
the flowers but, less than two hours
later, women were putting them back.
One, an aunt of the dead burglar,
urged: ‘If people leave the
flowers, in a week they’ll die.
‘All we want is them left
until they die and we’ll take
them away.’
Saverimuthu Augustine, 78,
said he was annoyed because
the tributes were attached
to his fence. He said:
‘I do not appreciate
people putting them
there. If it was a normal person that is
different but he burgled the house.’
Vincent’s cousin Ms Lee replied
‘love him’ when asked if she had a
message for fugitive Billy Jeeves, 28,
suspected of being the accomplice
who fled after the burglary.
The Met said it was aware of the
flowers being removed but no action
would be taken.
Vincent, adad-of-four from Swanley,
Kent, was jobless and single at the
time of his death, the inquest in
Southwark heard.
Coroner Sarah Ormond-Walshe told
relatives: ‘I know you are having a
dreadful time, I am releasing the body
to you.’ The inquest will resume at a
later date.
METROTalk : Pages 12-13 »
A PAIR of knife-wielding
muggers got more than they
bargained for when they
targeted a wheelchair user, who
was an Army veteran.
The pair approached Roger
Mercer, 38, on a canal path and
demanded his mobile phone. But
the dad-of-five refused and
swiped the 8in curved blade out
one of the thug’s hands and
floored him with one blow.
The ex-squaddie then rammed
his thumb into the eye socket of
the other as he tried to grab the
wheelchair from behind.
The cowardly pair pushed him
over before fleeing the scene in
Blacon, Chester, on Sunday.
Mr Mercer served with the
Worcestershire and Sherwood
Foresters Regiment for almost
11 years until a serious spinal
injury in Afghanistan in 2007.
He said: ‘I wasn’t fazed. I just
thought “they’re not having my
phone, I’ve earned that”. They
must have thought “easy
pickings” but they got more than
they bargained for.’
DC Tom Philpotts, of Cheshire
Police, said: ‘This was an
opportunistic robbery by thieves
who thought they could prey on
a defenceless disabled man.’
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 METRO 9
On the guest list: Amelia
Thompson with mum Lisa
Newton (left) and Reuben
Litherland (below) PICTURES: PA
Meg & Harry
pick wedding
guests out of
the ordinary
A SURVIVOR of the Manchester terror
attack, an Afghanistan war veteran and a
deaf schoolboy who teaches classmates
sign language are among 1,200 members of the public invited to Prince Harry
and Meghan Markle’s wedding.
In a break from tradition, the couple
have not included political leaders on
the guest list. It means prime minister
Theresa May and president Donald
Trump will not attend the ceremony at
Windsor Castle.
Kensington Palace said the decision
was based on the fact Prince Harry is
only fifth – soon to be sixth – in line to
the throne. The couple have invited 600
guests with whom they have personal
connections to the May 19 service at St
George’s Chapel. Another 1,200 people
S
by AIDAN RADNEDGE
will be welcomed into the castle’s
grounds. They include Amelia Thompson, 12, who was caught up in last year’s
Manchester Arena bombing. She has
invited Sharon Goodman – the grandmother of 15-year-old Olivia Campbell,
one of the 22 concert-goers killed in the
terror attack – to join her. Amelia said:
‘I’m so excited to be going.’
Deaf schoolboy Reuben Litherland,
14, of Derby, who teaches fellow pupils
sign language, said the invite was a
‘once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’.
Mental health charity worker Pamela
Anomneze, 52, of north London, will
take son Jude, 15. ‘He used to watch
Suits. When I informed him of the invite,
he was down on his knees begging to
go,’ she said.
Ex-Royal Irish Reegiment soldier
li Gillespie, who lost his right leg
g a tour o fghaanistan in 2011,
a ‘wee bit su
urreal’ to receive
the post. The 30-year-old,
mena, Norrthern Ireland, is
with ABF
F The Soldiers’
nd has competed in team
or next year’s Invictus
set up by
y Prince Harry.
lso invited is Rosie Ginday,
hose sociaal enterprise bakiss Macaroon protraining for disadgeed young people
mingham, which
ouple visited last
nth. She said:
hey were so pasonate and took a
al interest.’
The couple have
rged guests to
donate to one of
seven charities
instead of buying gifts.
Invites: Philip
Gillespie (left),
Rosie Ginday
(below) and Pamela
Anomneze (right)
10 METRO Wednesday, April 11, 2018
pair of
The Killers... but a night on WIN atickets
to see
Queen + Adam
the Lash (is) Out for Alice
Lambert at TRNSMT
WE’VE
NEWCOMER Alice Merton still can’t
see the (Mr) Brightside after turning
down a chance to party with The Killers.
Speaking exclusively to GP, the No
Roots singer, 24, said she was invited to
join Brandon Flowers and the lads after
gigging with them in California last year.
‘I had been up for 24 hours, I was so
tired… “I’m so sorry, I’m going to regret
this for the rest of my life but I have no
energy, I can’t”,’ she sighed. Alice has
just released her latest single, Lash Out.
in Glasgow on July 6, thanks to
DF Concerts. Follow @Metro_
Showbiz and tweet us with
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Sat’ll do nicely, says Moll
STRICTLY siren Mollie King has another job on,
er, Saturdays, after being snapped up by
Radio 1. She will be working every day of the
weekend after teaming up with current presenter
Matt Edmondson for a joint radio show. The 30year-old, whose chemistry with dancer AJ
Pritchard dominated the BBC dance show, said:
‘I’m so glad I’m no longer just “Mollie From
The Saturdays” but Mollie from the
“Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays!”’
Help! Call the foyer brigade
US TV host Seth
Meyers was
really left holding
the baby when his
missus gave birth
in the lobby of
their apartment
block on Sunday.
Meyers, 44, said: ‘I
called 911 and, over the
course of a minute
conversation, I said,
“We’re about to have a
baby... we’re having a
baby... we had a baby”.’
He thanked New York
police officers, who
arrived just after the
birth of a boy, Axel, and
helped cut the cord.
A N D R E I H A R M S W O RT H ’ S
Matt: I hit the bottom
... this is resurrection
X Factor champ on rehab, love and saving his career
M
ATT CARDLE described
his chart ‘resurrection’ as
‘f***ing mental’ after
suffering a career, drug
and love-life meltdown.
After winning The X Factor in 2010,
Matt was unceremoniously dumped by
record label Sony – only to be taken back
into the fold for new album Time To Be
Alive, out on April 27.
In an exclusive interview, the Essex lad
told Guilty Pleasures: ‘It felt like turning
a steam liner around. It took a long time.
Three hard years of writing.’
Painting a brutal picture of his downfall
Matt, 34, said: ‘It was working for 18
years with the dream of a record deal,
helped. No one knew what was going on
having that dream given to me at 27 and
except for me because prescription drugs
taken away before 28. It hurt like f***,
go under the radar. They are handed out
and, at the same time, my relationship
far too easily but can grab you around the
broke down. I was living on my own in
throat within weeks.’
London with loads of money and
It was his brother who carted him off to
everything went wrong.’
rehab for 19 months before Matt dusted
The open doors of
himself off and approached Sony again,
opportunity stopped
with ‘hundreds of songs’.
happening, he said, adding:
He said: ‘They weren’t polished
‘All the doors opened –
masterpieces, they were rough demos,
“Come in, sing, play,
but with great stuff in there.’
chat!” but when I left
His love life is looking up, too: ‘I
Sony, every single one
Fighting
back:
Matt
am in a relationship. It’s simple but I
started to close. “Can
was crap at it before.’ Summing up
I just...?” Slam.’
is back with Sony,
his turnaround, he finished: ‘I hit
He confessed:
his old record label
the bottom... this is a resurrection.’
‘Prescription drugs
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forked out $800 to have her
whole new spin on ‘soggy
buttocks pumped with filler.
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ndergo illegal injections to
a top-up, she was told ‘the
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somebody died
sprang a leak.
when the brooding 50-yearon her table.’
‘They don’t
old was joined by his missus
Meanwhile,
numb your
Rachel Weisz for a charity event
the Bodak
ass with
in New York. Craig – confirmed
Yellow singer,
anything,’
as 007 for Bond 25 – and
who is expecting
said Cardi, 25.
Rachel, 48, co-chaired the
with fiancé
baby
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Night Of Opportunity gala,
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radio show she
felt like I was gonna
Cardi had a bargain ‘kinda, sorta’
from underprivileged
pass out. I felt a little
backgrounds.
basement bum lift considered an
dizzy. And it leaks, for
abortion.
like, five days.’ The former
CHLOË’S INITIAL
RESPONSE TO
BROOKLYN ‘SPLIT’
CHLOË MORETZ has bee
wearing her heartbrea n
k on
her finger following pict
her boyfriend Brooklyn ures of
snogging stunning Can Beckham
adian
model Lexi Wood.
The Kick-Ass actress
has
removed her ‘B’ love-h
eart ring –
a permanent fixture
on
engagement finger dur her
happier days with the ing
eldest son
in the Beckham clan.
Looking downcast in
the rain
Chloë, 21, was joined
by
chum as they hit an LA a male
cinema.
Neither she nor 19-yea
photography student r-old
Brooklyn have
commented on wheth
er
attempt at romance is their latest
ove
Photos emerged at the r again.
weekend,
showing Brooklyn wit
h the
20-year-old Playboy
model at a
tattoo parlour in LA.
He and Chloë were last
public in March, kissing seen in
JFK airport in New Yor goodbye at
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The
Gutter
Essex girls to
shine at Audley
Sophie’s big
banger theory
Propose? He’s
having a giraffe
Scary prospect
for Mel B’s ex
EXPECT plenty of
girl power when
Jess Glynne, Ella Eyre
and X Factor’s Louisa
join forces this
summer. They will
perform at Audley End
House in Essex on July
14. Tickets on sale
from Friday.
WE’RE not telling
porkies – Game
Of Thrones star Sophie
Turner secretly
reviews sausages. The
actress has set up an
Instagram account,
describing one turkey
offering as ‘a
phenomenal bite’.
GEORGE
CLOONEY stuck
his neck out to
propose to Amal after
watching her with
giraffes on a safari.
‘They came out of the
blue,’ he recalled. ‘I
said, “I should ask her
to marry me”.’
MEL B aims to
spice up the best
sellers list by revealing
all about her divorce in
a new book. Scary’s
tell-all tome, Brutally
Honest, will reportedly
detail her ugly split
from ex-hubby
Stephen Belafonte.
Posh? Sharon knows her bunions
VICTORIA BECKHAM has been given a kicking by
Sharon Osbourne over her stiletto obsession.
The X Factor judge, speaking on her US TV show The
Talk, said of the 43-year-old: ‘I think she is gorgeous.
She is perfection. But she has the worst bunions I have
ever seen.’ Mrs O, 65, added: ‘And I am like, “Woah! Look
at those feet! That makes you human”. She is human.’
12 METRO Wednesday, April 11, 2018
GOOD DEED FEED
THANK you to the pharmacy
worker and two brothers aged
about 11 who found my purse
outside a GP surgery and
asked around. Luckily, a worker
from a local pharmacy
recognised my name and
took the purse and found my
number and called me just as
I was coming round from an
absence seizure. All cash and
cards were there. Restored my
faith.
Sherryl, London
THANK you to the two men
who stopped to help when I fell
head over heels down the
stairs at Lewisham station on
Friday morning. Very kind,
particularly as I nearly took
one of you with me as I fell!
Clumsy Commuter, London
THANK you to the Cambria pub
staff who refused to accept
payment for tea when I dashed
in looking for a place to
breastfeed my crying baby.
Such acts of kindness make all
the difference for a new mum.
Megan, Loughborough
Junction, London
THANK you to the TK Maxx
customer in Harrow who
spotted my handbag on the
counter and handed it in. When
I realised (in Boots) that it was
missing I was just a bit worried.
Ellie C Harrow
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AND ANOTHER THING...
n So the UN is likely to lose all
credibility for allowing Syria
to head its Conference on
Disarmament (Metro, Tue). This
is the same UN that elected
Saudi Arabia to sit on its
Women’s Rights Commission,
Bobby M, Essex
no less.
n It’s not just Bristol airport
that has a problem with ‘meet
and greet’ parking (Metro, Tue).
I live right by Birmingham
airport and the fields always
have cars parked hidden away.
I used a ‘meet and greet’ at
Gatwick a few years ago and
my clean car arrived back
Max T, Solihull
muddy.
n Why did passengers on trains
or buses become ‘customers’?
What a pointless use of
language.
Keith, Portsmouth
n It’s officially spring yet
I have had to turn the heating
back on and get the electric
blanket back out. Will we even
Holly, Essex
have a summer?
Talk
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Has family of dead
burglar no shame?
The shrine outside OAP’s home was a disgrace
n My stomach turned when I read
Metro’s front page yesterday about
the shrine to the burglar outside the
OAP’s home. Do the family and
friends of Henry Vincent have no
shame? Even if I was related to him,
I couldn’t imagine doing the same.
Put yourselves in pensioner Richard
Osborn-Brooks’s shoes and tell me
you wouldn’t have defended your
home. Pay tribute to Vincent
elsewhere. Perhaps prison. He liked
to spend time there!
Paul, Reading
n I was outraged to see the flowers
for serial burglar Vincent outside the
elderly victim’s home. This was so
n It was unfortunate Vincent died but
when you live that life you take that
risk. The scum who wrote the vile
things about OAPs shows what is
wrong with this country and some of
the filth in it. Go live in the gutter
where you belong.
Careful, Essex
Tributes: The Hither Green shrine
PA
wrong; they should have been thrown
in his grave.
Chris, Chichester
n I hope the relative who said ‘An
OAP a day will keep ur bank balance
at bay’ gets arrested for inciting
crime. Bigbadbeazer, West Midlands
n Vincent was a criminal who paid
the price for being so. Mr OsbornBrooks should have no fear about
staying at his home and anyone who
goes near his property threatening
him should be locked up. The world
would be a much better place without
the likes of Vincent.
Adam, Stourbridge
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 METRO 13
RUSH-HOU R C RU SH
LOVE is all around us, as shown by the messages left by our commuter cupids. Are
they talking about you? Don’t forget to tell us if you get together!
TO the rather rotund figure
of a trainee Thameslink driver
who bumped into me at
Orpington. You were incredibly
polite and apologetic
afterwards. I wouldn’t mind
bumping into you again.
Shirley, Benfleet
LOVELY brunette with glasses
in stripy grey/white dress on
the first carriage of the
7.30pm southbound Bakerloo
line train from Paddington
on Friday. I caught your eye
briefly, fancy a glass of wine
Redhead Guy
or a coffee?
In Dark Green Coat
THE lovely brunette with pink
nail polish on the 8.08pm
Drink-drive charge:
Ant McPartlin after
being interviewed by
police last month PA
n Can we please stop the pity party for Ant McPartlin, including Saturday
Night Takeaway’s round of applause (Metro, Mon)? I understand that
alcoholism is a disease but he has been charged with drink-driving after
an alleged collision with two other cars last month. Although he needs
treatment, if found guilty, he also needs to be punished.
Anne, London
GOOD-LOOKING and bearded
with Middle-Eastern features.
I spotted you at around 7pm
in a dark maroon car near
Roehampton. My friend gave
you my number at the traffic
lights but we’re sure it’s
wrong. The last three digits
are not 999 – they should be
799 instead. Reach out.
Girl At The Back
Seat, London
TO the lovely Natalie who
I met on the Central line going
towards Epping at around
5pm on Thursday. I somehow
managed to delete our
conversation and with it your
phone number. Please get in
Glenn, London
touch.
TO the gorgeous English
rose on the McGill’s No.17
bus going towards the
hospital. Good job you’re a
medical professional –
because you make my heart
beat faster! Fancy a drink?
Recovery Babe, Glasgow
Text CRUSH followed by your
Rush-Hour Crush, name and
where you live to 65700.
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Face up to career cost of having kids
n Mechanical engineer Vicky
PLEASE, PUT APPLAUSE FOR ANT ON HOLD
train from London Bridge last
Friday night. I thought you
looked gorgeous and would
love to take you for a drink
Blond Guy In
sometime.
Leather
(MetroTalk, Tue), here’s a novel
idea. If you can’t face losing
a year’s experience in your career
while your colleagues carry on
working, think childcare is too
expensive and can’t face working
part-time, don’t have children.
It’s not compulsory.
Debbie, Hertfordshire
n Vicky derides deep-seated
inequality but seems to suggest
she should be promoted above
more experienced colleagues.
Accept that being away from
work has consequences to the
career of whoever is the carer.
Having children is a choice. Anon
n Vicky, if the gender pay gap
isn’t about equal pay, in your
opinion, then stop calling it that
and rename it to what you
expressed. Financial family
planning versus personal career
goals.
Dale, St Albans
n Pay is about what a company
thinks you’re worth. It’s not
a gender issue.
Hugh Haddows
60
14 METRO Wednesday, April 11, 2018
What’s your earliest memory
of cricket?
Watching it on the village green
when I was seven-and-a-half and
I knew that it was the thing for
me. Then in 1948, when I
was eight, I was at Lord’s
watching England
play Australia.
What’s the biggest
change you’ve
seen in the game?
That has to be the rise
of the one-day game. I played
a bit of first-class cricket before
that began and the whole game
was completely different,
county cricket demanded
Headingley hero: a very different approach.
Ian Botham in 1981 The construction of the one-
SECONDSwith
HENRY BLOFELD
As he embarks on his
one-man tour, the cricket
commentary legend, 78,
reflects on ball-tampering
and 50 years behind the mic
day game is much more dramatic –
you really can’t compare like
with like. It’s very easy for an old
fart like me to say whether it’s good
or bad – but greed is one of the
contributory elements in cricket, as
it is in life.
Are you surprised at the
reaction to the Australian
ball-tampering scandal?
No I am not. This was an accident
waiting to happen. The Australians
have been pushing their luck for
a while now over sledging and
maybe ball-tampering, for it easily
could have been going on for some
time. They deserve everything now
being thrown at them. Never before has
a captain and vice-captain of a Test
side, certainly of Australia, organised
and condoned cheating like this. Unless
drastic action is taken, the image of
cricket as an icon of fair play will be
damaged forever.
Why do you think it took such
a long time to expose this?
It wasn’t an unknown phenomenon, but
now we live in an age of scrutiny where
it’s inevitable that everything will leak
out. The way I look at it, cricket is very
much an extension of society – when
I played back in the 1950s there was no
such thing as sledging.
If cricket is an extension of
society, where does that leave
Test matches? Attention spans
are much shorter…
Test match cricket is the gold standard
of the game, but it has changed.
Batsmen are rarely able to bat for the
When I did a farewell
walk round Lord’s,
25,000 cheered. If that’s
what a rock star feels
like, then bring it on
length of time they used to – you don’t
get scores of 229-3 on the first day, the
whole energy of the game has pushed so
much further forward. It means the
public have a much better idea of what
they are going to see – there’s much
more chance that they’re going to get
a result.
REX
Your one-man show is
called 78 Retired - is this
your swansong?
It’s being called a farewell tour but
that’s not really accurate, I think I’ve
got a bit of life left in me yet! If all
goes well, this won’t be the last you
see of me. I hope to do another tour.
conversational these days and my
ability, such as it is, is describing
things. So it was becoming not
quite what I wanted. And mentally,
I wasn’t quite as sharp as they were,
so it was better to leave and make that
choice to go.
Do you have a favourite match
that you commentated on?
That would have to be Headingley in
1981 when England beat Australia on
the last day [after the heroics of Ian
Botham and Bob Willis]. The electricity
around the ground was extraordinary,
nothing could ever top that.
You’re held in high esteem as
a commentator – but who do
you admire?
There have been some great
commentators. Peter O’Sullevan
from horse racing would have to
Can you pick a highlight
be right up there. When it
from your illustrious
comes to cricket, John Arlott
commentating career?
was wonderful, then there
That would have to be my
was John Snagge on the
retirement and what
Boat Race, Dan Maskell at
happened last year, when
Wimbledon, Ian Robertson
I did a farewell walk round
on the rugby... all
Lord’s on my last day. It was
Marvellous
voice:
marvellous voices.
extraordinary, 25,000 people
John Arlott
stood up and cheered. I don’t
get emotional but it was
You’re something of
extraordinary. In a funny way, I felt
a wine buff... will you be
rather embarrassed – but if that’s what
imbibing on your show tour?
a rock star feels like, then bring it on.
My dear old thing, you must come back
and say hello when you come and see
my show. We’ll have a glass of an
Why did you decide to retire
excellent vintage.
from Test Match Special?
KEITH WATSON
I think my time had come, the box
wasn’t quite the way it had been.
Henry Blofeld: 78 Retired on tour now.
More tickets Friday, henryblofeld.co.uk
Commentary is much more
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 METRO 15
MUST BE KIDDING... MUM OF 16 WHO’S NEVER OFF DUTY
IN BRIEF
Firm ‘seeks facts’
on fatal bus crash
Team Reback: Lyette
and husband David
with most of their
brood, who range in
age from 22 to twoyear-old Vaughn SWNS
A TOUR bus operator has said
it is ‘shocked and saddened’
by a crash in Malta that left
two people dead and three
Britons, including two
children, seriously injured.
City Sightseeing said the
‘tragic event’ involved a
double-decker operated by a
franchise holder on the island
and it was seeking the ‘full
facts’ of what happened.
A Spanish woman and a
Belgian man were killed after
the bus hit a tree in Zurrieq on
Monday. The three Britons,
boys aged six and eight and a
44-year-old man, were among
six people taken to hospital.
Bid to cut Pistorius
murder term fails
SUPERMUM Lyette Reback loves
being with her 16 children so much
she doesn’t even take a break
during term time.
The 44-year-old from Florida, US,
home schools her brood – and
ferries them to 88 sports practices
a week. ‘If people don’t know our
family, they’re like “holy mackerel”,’
said the communications
graduate. She and estate agent
husband David, 49, have ten
daughters and six sons between
two and 22. Four of the children
are adopted. There is a strict rota
that sees them do the cooking and
washing. ‘I wake up each morning
and think, “I can’t believe I get to
do this”. Raising children is the best
job in the world,’ said Mrs Reback.
Trump slams ‘witch hunt’ as
his lawyer’s office is raided
‘Fling’: Mr Trump with Stormy Daniels
A FURIOUS Donald Trump has by ERIC TUCKER
accused US federal agents of abusing
lawyer-client privilege after they who raided his home, his New York
office and a hotel room he uses in the
raided his personal attorney’s office.
The American president called it a city are said to have seized records
‘disgrace’ that the agents targeted related to the money he sent to porn
actress Stormy Daniels.
Michael Cohen, who has admitted
The fraud claims prompted specupaying a porn star $130,000
lation that he may have misled banks
after claims she had an affair
over the reason for the large paywith his powerful employer.
ment, made shortly before the presi‘Attorney-client privilege is
dent won the 2016 US election.
dead,’ tweeted Mr Trump, who
Daniels says it was part of a
said the agents ‘broke in’. He
deal to prevent her from
added: ‘A TOTAL
giving interviews about
WITCH HUNT!!!’
the supposed affair with
Mr Cohen is under
married Mr Trump – an
suspicion of bank
allegation that might
fraud and election
have cost him votes.
finance violations,
‘Fraud claims’: President’s
Mr Cohen could be
said The Washinglawyer Michael Cohen
found to have broken
ton Post. Agents
campaign funding laws if a court
decides the impending election was
the motivation for the payment.
The agents may also scrutinise his
claims that he found the money out of
his own pocket without informing the
president, who denies any affair.
The unusual step of searching the
office was partly instigated by special
counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading an inquiry into allegations that Mr
Trump’s team colluded with Russia to
help him win the election.
He uncovered information not linked
to his inquiry that he thought federal
prosecutors should know about, The
New York Times reported.
Mr Trump yesterday branded Mr
Mueller’s investigation ‘an attack on
our country’, fuelling speculation that
he will try to get him dismissed.
Hot springs and cakes for 112-year-old
A CENTENARIAN aged 112
years and 259 days whose
family has run a hot springs inn
for four generations is officially
the world’s oldest man.
Masazo Nonaka, who was born
on July 25 1905, regularly soaks
in the springs at the 105-year-old
inn run by his granddaughter.
He also enjoys eating sweets,
especially cakes. Wearing a knit
cap and a kimono-style jacket,
Mr Nonaka received the
certificate from Guinness World
Records in a ceremony at his
home in Ashoro, on Japan’s
northern island of Hokkaido.
He then cut into a celebratory
cake, declaring it ‘delicious’.
Mr Nonaka manoeuvres
himself in his wheelchair, reads
a newspaper after breakfast
every morning, and loves to
watch sumo wrestling and
samurai dramas on TV. He has
outlived all seven of his siblings,
as well as his wife and two of
their five children. He took the
title after the death of Spaniard
Francisco Olivera, who was 113.
Japanese woman, Nabi Tajima,
117, is about to be named the
Record: Masazo Nonaka with his certificate AP
world’s oldest person.
FORMER paralympian Oscar
Pistorius has run out of
avenues to appeal his 13-year
prison sentence for the
murder of his girlfriend Reeva
Steenkamp.
South Africa’s highest court
yesterday dismissed a request
from the double-amputee
runner to review his jail term
for shooting the 29-year-old
model at his home in Pretoria
on Valentine’s Day 2013.
‘Oscar Pistorius has
exhausted his legal avenues
in terms of the criminal
process,’ the National
Prosecuting Authority said.
Pistorius, 31, must serve at
least half his sentence.
Farc drugs arrest
‘big blow to peace’
COLOMBIA has arrested a
former Farc rebel leader on
drugs charges, dealing a
major blow to the country’s
embryonic peace deal.
Seuxis Hernandez, 51 –
known as Jesús Santrich – was
held at his Bogotá home over
allegations that he conspired
to smuggle £10.6million of
cocaine into the US.
Farc accused the
government of trying to
sabotage peace, with Santrich
facing extradition to the US.
But president Juan Manuel
Santos said: ‘The construction
of peace requires the absolute
respect for the law.’
Separatists held in
Catalan crackdown
SEVEN people have been
arrested in Catalonia as police
crack down on disturbances
associated with the region’s
attempts to secede.
A woman said to be the
leader of the grassroots group
Committees for the Defence
of the Republic was held on a
terrorism charge, according to
Spain’s Guardia Civil.
The group has blocked road
and train lines in Catalonia to
press its demand for
independence.
Elsewhere, six men were
detained on suspicion of
public disorder during tense
protests in January.
16 METRO Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Biker accidentally
rode over his wife
in tragic spin in sun
by DANIEL BINNS
A HUSBAND accidentally ran over
and killed his own wife while they
took ‘the scenic way home’ on their
motorbikes.
Vanessa McAloon was celebrating
her successful treatment for cancer
with her husband Jim with a bike ride
in the sunshine.
But driving instructor Mrs McAloon lost control of her bike
after an oncoming Vauxhall
Corsa tried to overtake a
tractor just before a sharp
uphill bend.
She braked hard and was
thrown onto the road. Her husband was seconds behind
and was ‘unable to do
Minor bump on
the head raises
dementia risk
Uphill bend: The spot where
the accident occurred MEDIA WALES
anything except ride over his
own wife’. Mrs McAloon, 48,
who was due to have her last
chemotherapy treatment
the next day, died after
the accident on the
A4075 at Penny Bridge, near Pembroke Dock in November 2016.
Swansea crown court heard the
Corsa driver, Jean Williams, 84, had
tried to overtake ‘too cautiously’. She
denied causing death by careless driving but was convicted by a jury.
The victim’s daughter, Rebecca
Bockhart, told the court her mother’s
death had ‘devastated’ their family and
led to Mr McAloon, (pictured), 52,
losing his home and business.
Judge Geraint Walters said Mr
McAloon had to ‘live with the horror’.
He told Williams: ‘The word tragedy
comes nowhere close to describing the
outcome of your driving.’ Williams, of
Pembroke, was sentenced to a one year
suspended sentence and was banned
from driving for two years.
A KNOCK on the head can
increase your risk of developing
dementia in later life by about a
sixth, a study shows.
The findings were revealed by
researchers given access to the
Victim: Vanessa McAloon was celebrating fighting off cancer
health records, stretching back 36
years, of 2.8million Danish people.
Suffering any traumatic brain
injury was found to increase the
likelihood of getting Alzheimer’s
and other forms of dementia by
nearly a quarter – 24 per cent.
And even a relatively minor blow
resulting in concussion was shown
to raise the risk by 17 per cent.
Prof Jesse Fann, from the
University of Washington in
WALES NEWS SERVICE
Seattle, said the heightened
danger continues ‘decades after
the injury’.
But she added: ‘It’s important
to emphasise that the absolute
risk increase is low.’
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You should be ironing, love!
Sexist rant at female referee
by NATHAN SANDHU
A FOOTBALL commentator has been
banned after he allegedly shouted sexist remarks at a female referee.
Ian Livesey reportedly said of match
official Rebecca Welch: ‘You should
be at home doing the ironing, love.’
His apparent off-air comments, made
during Chorley FC’s 1-0 home defeat
to Boston United on March 24, were
heard by a female fan who complained
about his conduct.
The National League North club
ordered the lifelong Magpies fan to
stay away from matches while it investigated the allegation.
The 36-year-old is said to have made
the remark during a break in his
MagpiesLive show, broadcast by 102.8
Chorley FM. The Lancashire-based
radio station, created by volunteers in
2001 has regularly been referred to in
TV’s sitcom Phoenix Nights by comic
Peter Kay (pictured).
Mr Livesey has failed to comment
but wrote on his Twitter feed: ‘In light
of recent happenings, I have to take the
hard decision to close MagpiesLive
down from this date forward.’
Chorley FM’s managing director
Donna Beckett said she suspended
Mr Livesey over off-air comments
Off the air: Ian
Livesey was
banned over
‘sexist’ remark
made to female
referee SWNS
made about the referee, but he had
‘decided to discontinue the MagpiesLive service, effectively terminating
his involvement with Chorley FM’.
Experienced official Ms Welch, of
Durham, refereed the Women’s FA
Cup Final at Wembley in May last
year. When asked about the
alleged incident, she said: ‘I don’t
know what you’re talking about.’
Dave Riche, Chorley FC’s chief
executive, said the incident had
been ‘regrettable for all parties concerned’.
Motty set
to sign off
with Bafta
RETIRING football
commentator John Motson
is to be honoured at the Bafta
Television Awards next month.
‘Motty’ – as he is affectionately
known – will collect a ‘special
award’ in recognition of his
‘outstanding contribution to
sports broadcasting’.
The 72-year-old (pictured) will
receive his prize on the same
day he delivers his final
commentary for the BBC.
He said the award was
‘such an honour’ that he
would celebrate with
colleagues, friends and
family. He added that
he had seen ‘some of
the biggest moments
in football history
mere yards away,
but I wanted to go
out on a high, rather
than stay too long’.
The Match Of The
Day favourite
announced last year
he was hanging up his
sheepskin coat at the
end of this season
after a 50-year BBC
career. The TV Baftas
are on May 13 at the
Royal Festival Hall.
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4million face extra
£60 on energy bill
BRITISH GAS is to increase energy
bills for 4.1million dual fuel customers on its standard variable tariff
by an average of 5.5 per cent, claiming higher costs and the smart meter
roll-out are behind its decision.
The price of its SVT will go up by
£60 a year – to £1,161 – for a typical
dual fuel customer.
Owner Centrica blamed increased
wholesale gas and electricity costs,
the price of the smart meter initiative
and schemes to reduce carbon emissions. It argued that the funding of
by RAVENDER SEMBHY
‘all government policy costs should
be paid for in a fairer way’ such as
through taxation.
British Gas announced plans in
November to scrap SVTs for new
customers ahead of a government
move to impose a price cap on costly
energy products. Centrica warned
this could have ‘unintended consequences’ for the market. It said its
SVT ‘default tariff’ was withdrawn
for new customers last month and
all existing customers were being
contacted encouraging them to
choose one of its fixed-term deals.
The price rise will not hit the
3.7million customers already on
fixed-term contracts, prepayment
meters or classed as vulnerable.
Chief executive Mark Hodges
said: ‘We fully understand that any
price increase adds extra pressure
on customers’ household bills. This
increase we are announcing today is
reflective of the costs we are seeing
which are beyond our control.’
Gone bust:
Penny Lancaster
models for Ultimo
Ultimo no more... lingerie
firm suspends UK business
LINGERIE firm Ultimo, set up by
Michelle Mone, is to cease trading in
the UK.
The Tory peer (pictured), now
known as Baroness Mone of Mayfair,
founded the brand in 1996. It
achieved international success after
actress Julia Roberts reportedly wore
an Ultimo bra during her
Oscar-winning role in Erin
Brokovich and has used
Penny Lancaster as a
model.
Sri-Lankan based MAS
holdings acquired a
majority holding in
Ultimo Brands
International Ltd in
2014, with Lady Mone
resigning as a director
of this company the
following year.
Now, after an
extensive review of the
business, the firm has
said the operation in the
UK will cease trading. Staff at
Ultimo’s headquarters in East
Kilbride were informed, with the 11
employees being formally consulted
over redundancy.
Ultimo said: ‘The last few years
have been extremely challenging,
driven by increasing competition in
the market and more cautious
consumer spending due to the
uncertainty surrounding the UK
economy over the last 18 months.
‘Having reviewed the business’
performance over the last three
years, as well as future
prospects, and considering
the retail environment within
which the business is
operating, the board has,
with regret, decided to cease
operations.’
Operations will be wound
up at the end of June,
although Ultimo’s website
will continue trading until
Sunday.
USINESS BITES
n WATER companies have been
told to rebuild public trust after
thousands of customers lost their
supply during the recent cold
snap. Regulator Ofwat said that
‘some companies are seen as
focused on financial engineering’
and ‘must put customers at the
heart of everything they do’.
n CHINA has complained to the
World Trade Organization after
Donald Trump introduced new
import taxes. It has asked for
60 days of consultations with
the US over the tariffs of 25 per
cent on steel and ten per cent
on aluminium. If the two sides
cannot agree, China could ask
for a ruling from an expert panel.
n ICELAND is to stop using palm
oil in its own brand products by
the end of this year. It is the first
UK supermarket to ban the
ingredient, which is used in 130
food lines. It said growing
demand for the oil was destroying
rainforests in south-east Asia.
Iceland boss Richard Walker said
the ban would stay until
suppliers can guarantee it is not
causing rainforest destruction.
TOURIST RATES
Australia (A$).............................................................1.73
Canada (C$)................................................................1.71
Euro(€)........................................................................1.10
New Zealand (N$).....................................................1.79
Poland (zloty)...........................................................4.23
Singapore ($).............................................................1.73
South Africa (rand)................................................16.02
US ($)..........................................................................1.35
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LIVE LIKE A
MILLIONAIRE
... FOR LESS
Make flying by private jet, wearing designer
clothes and staying in the best places a reality
with Deborah Cicurel’s super-smart guide
S
OME things are just
out of most people’s
budgets: staying in
luxury properties in
the Caribbean, sailing
on enormous yachts around
European islands or flying on a
private jet. Except in 2018,
thanks to the sharing economy,
these luxuries, once only
possible for the super-rich, have
become a lot more accessible
due to innovative companies
who operate nifty peer-to-peer
lending platforms and
subscription services. Ever
dreamt of living the high life on
a budget? Here’s a few ideas..
House sit instead of
paying for hotels
Would you rather pay through
the nose for a luxury hotel or
babysit a lavish property for free
next time you go on holiday?
The answer is obvious, which
is why house sitting has become
such a popular option. With
trustedhousesitters.com, the
world’s biggest house-sitting
site, you pay £89 a year to join.
Then take your pick of luxury
houses, apartments in 130
countries around the world, to
stay in for free. Most owners put
their homes on the website so
that sitters can take care of pets
as well as their houses while
they are away, but there are
plenty of pet-free properties you
can apply for, too.
Since 2010, members have
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saved more than £745million on
travel accommodation and
pet-care costs.
Home from home:
Charli house sitting
on the Caribbean
island of Nevis
CASE STUDY: ‘I can stay in luxury
homes and not pay anything’
CHARLI Moore, 30, a
digital content specialist
and seasoned house sitter
from Kent, has stayed in
luxury properties all
around the world for free,
with TrustedHousesitters.
com, and founded a blog
during her travels,
wanderlusters.com.
She says: ‘I started house
sitting about seven years
ago. I was researching my
gap year, and came
across the concept and
signed up. The first sit I
got was in Costa Rica.
‘It defined how I travelled
because I realised I could
live in luxury homes and
not pay anything while I
was travelling.
‘I pick and choose the sits
that suit me in terms of
dates and location. In the
Caribbean, for example,
hotel costs can be over
£200 a night, so house
sitting means I can take
five-star trips for
three-star prices, paying
only for flights and living
costs. ‘I’ve looked after
some amazing places: a
Charter a private jet
Private jets are out of your reach,
right? Possibly not: you might be able
to bag surprising bargains with
companies that connect travellers to
unused seats in private planes around
the world. They can often end up
costing less than business class and as
little as £300. Forty per cent of private
jet flights are empty as planes fly back
to their bases, which means you can
grab great bargains on empty leg
flights. These can be up to 75 per cent
cheaper than the full private jet costs.
Companies vary, with some operating
on a subscription basis or one-off
deals, single seats or some only rent
out the whole plane. Check out
jetsmarter.com, stratajet.com, surfair.
com and privatefly.com.
Spend your holiday on a yacht
You might think that yachts are only
for the super-rich, but they can be
more affordable than you imagine.
Peer-to-peer boating platforms, like
boataffair.com, connects boat owners
with renters. You can rent sailing
yachts, motorboats and catamarans,
and choose whether you want a
skipper, hostess or cook, for
surprisingly affordable
prices. Antonina
the skipper was
Andreeva, 36, from
very friendly and
Bexhill, East Sussex,
experienced,
recently enjoyed a
with lots of local
holiday in Greece
knowledge. I’ve
with six friends,
already booked
paying €780 each
my next trip!’
for a week’s cruise
on a huge new
Anchors aweigh:
catamaran. ‘I was
Enjoy airport
Rent a yacht
looking to do something
lounges
out of the ordinary, so I
If you travel regularly
contacted boataffair on
and enjoy lounge access,
Instagram,’ she says. ‘You can
there’s no need to splash out on
communicate directly with the boat
business-class tickets every time. Sign
owner before you book.
up to prioritypass.com to get access to
‘The yacht was incredibly spacious,
over 1,000 lounges in 130 countries.
very new and well looked after and
There are three different membership
plans, starting from £69 a year. Fun
lounge perks include spa treatments at
London Heathrow, sleep pods at
Dubai International Airport and a
distillery tasting room at Portland
Airport. ‘My wife and I like the
peacefulness of a lounge, where we
can enjoy a glass or two of wine and
read our books,’ says Jon Millward,
57, from Bromley, south-east London,
who has a prioritypass.com
membership. ‘It’s a great way to start
our holiday and is always a treat.’
Borrow designer items
Many of us save for months to splash
out on a designer item, but it’s much
more fun to rotate expensive clothing
and accessories and pay a fraction for
the privilege. Check out websites like
hirethecatwalk.com, chic-by-choice.
com, frontrow.uk.com, wearthewalk.
co.uk and FatLama.com.
Kara Oliver, 29, also from Bromley,
paid £26 to rent a Hermes Birkin bag
for 24 hours with FatLama.com for a
work awards ceremony.
‘I own some OK handbags but
nothing designer, and nothing that
matched my dress,’ she says. ‘I’d
never have actually bought a Hermes
bag, I just wanted something extra for
the night. It got a lot of comments
from my colleagues! The idea of
Balinese-style property
with an infinity pool
overlooking the Caribbean
sea in Barbados, a house
in the grounds of the Las
Vegas Country Club,
looking after the most
pampered pooches I’ve
ever met, and an amazing
home on the island of
Nevis, where on a clear
day you could look out
and see Saint Kitts and
even Antigua.
‘I’ve also house sat in
Australia, New Zealand,
New York, Canada and
more. Some of the houses
had luxuries like hot tubs
and cinema rooms.
‘One of the best things
about house sitting is that
I get to hang out with
animals and enjoy the
comforts of home, despite
being abroad. It’s always
the pets that make my
experience. I have looked
after homes without pets,
and although I’ve found it
gives me more freedom to
explore, I don’t make
quite such special
memories during my stay.’
borrowing designer pieces that other
people aren’t using makes a lot of
sense for both sides.’
Borrow flashy cars
If you want the fun of driving a
luxury car without the costs and
commitment of owning one, make
sure you’re taking full advantage of
the luxury vehicle-sharing economy
and car-sharing platforms such as
carclub.com, easycar.com or turo.
com. There is plenty of choice, from
Rolls Royces and Mercedes to Teslas
and Porsches, with prices very
reasonable and renting available for
short periods of time.
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monitor (savingschampion.co.
uk/rate-tracker). It tells you
when your interest rate is set
to fall and when to move
your money.
CHALLENGE YOUR
COUNCIL TAX
REMEMBER INSURANCE
FOR YOUR STAYCATION
The average band D council tax
bill in England will rise by £80 this
year. But if you feel you are paying
over the odds, query your annual
statement; it could save you a lot
of money. What’s more, any
repayment will be backdated for
as long as you have been living at
the property. Neighbouring
properties are often in different
bands, so compare your property’s
banding with other homes on your
street by going through the
council tax list at gov.uk/counciltax-bands. But bear in mind that
this is about asking for a
reassessment, which may not
necessarily mean a decrease in
your council tax — it could go up.
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HUMP —
GET CAMEL
FOR LOWEST
PRICES
When hunting for a bargain,
one of the first places most of us
look is Amazon.co.uk. But while the
retail giant offers great discounts, it can
be tough to tell if you are getting the best deal –
especially as prices fluctuate so frequently. One way to find
the lowest price is to download a browser add-on for
Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. The Camelizer (camel
camelcamel.com), lets you view price history charts without
leaving retailer product pages, and makes it easy to create
price watches when viewing retailers’ sites.
LIMIT LOST LUGGAGE COSTS
A third of travellers claim they have had luggage lost,
damaged, delayed or stolen while abroad in the past five
years, according to Direct Line insurance. Avoid having to
shell out for temporary supplies while you await its return
and carry necessities such as spare clothes, swimwear and
medication, in your hand luggage. Split the contents of hold
luggage across cases if there is more than one person
travelling. That way you will
have sufficient items until
your luggage is returned.
This week: insurance for
holidays in the UK, and how
a camel can help you save
cash. By Kara Gammell
GET COMPENSATION MORE
EASILY WITH ONLINE HELP
We, as consumers, deal with customer service
regularly, and often this experience is negative.
Whether we are trying to return an item or
question a bill, growing numbers of us are
getting fed up with feeling fobbed off.
Using resolver.co.uk will take the hassle
out of making your voice heard. The
free-to-use website will not only help you
draft a letter, but it will also send it, monitor
replies and then escalate it to an ombudsman or
complaints body if it’s not sorted.
CHECK AND CUT ENERGY BILLS
Millions of us are paying over the odds for gas and
electricity by sitting on an outdated standard
variable rate (SVR) tariff – yet only a third of us
bother to switch provider. With the average
energy bill costing £1,625, according to
Comparethemarket.com, shopping around
and switching suppliers is the easiest way
to cut bills. The cheapest deals are for those
opting for dual fuel – gas and electricity from
one supplier – and who manage their account
online and pay by direct debit. Visit a
comparison website, such as uswitch.com,
to see the best deals available.
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being burgled, as they account for almost
half of all break-ins in the UK, according to
Churchill Insurance. The most at-risk
properties are three-bed semi-detached,
followed by four-bed detached then
three-bed terraced houses. Think like a
burglar and take preventative measures
to protect your home. Make sure all
windows and doors are locked and if
you have a burglar alarm, use it and
keep it clean so it looks like it is used
and serviced regularly.
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SPOTIFY LEAVES THE
UNICORN CLUB
TAKE STOCK
Holly Mackay analyses what’s going on in the markets
Going up
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SPOTIFY shares fell from an
initial price of $169 (£119) to a
resting point of about $148
since it listed last week. But
they’re holding their own
since the initial dip.
In 2017 we saw the share
price boom of FAANG
(Facebook, Amazon, Netflix
and Alphabet’s Google) –
technology, which now makes
up about a quarter of the
main US share index. The
second generation of ‘post
FAANG’ disrupters, such as
Uber and Airbnb, have largely
chosen to remain privately
owned. These are the
so-called Unicorns – privately
owned companies worth
more than $1billion. Last
week Spotify left the Unicorn
club and unconventionally
raised funds with a direct
listing, cutting out any
middlemen and selling shares
straight to the public.
Spotify’s listing is a huge
indirect vote of confidence for
Apple Music which, with
about 40million subscribers,
has half the customers that
Spotify does. Music revenues
are little more than a
rounding error for Apple
Money
STOCKMARKET OPTIMISM...
STOCKMARKETS digested the first speech from
Jerome Powell, the new boss of the US Federal
Reserve, on Friday as a very small appetiser to
the upcoming main course of first-quarter
earnings. The world’s largest companies will tell
us how they did and whether they are tracking to
plan. Analysts are optimistic, and there is a view
that positive earnings will put a plaster on the
sore start to 2018. The mood is quietly upbeat.
...UNLESS YOU’RE IN RUSSIA, THAT IS
Powell’s speech painted a picture of gradual, almost
through a small revolving
chilled-out interest rate rises over 2018. Wage
door and in part is
growth is largely static in the US so inflation is less
responsible for fuelling the
of a worry. Markets reacted positively and were up
FAANG’S fire. It will be
slightly with the notable exception of
interesting to see how
Russia. US president Donald Trump has
the remaining unicorns
continued his crackdown on global playchoose to fuel their
ground bullies and this time it’s
growth and to
Russia’s turn. US sanctions against 14
compete against
companies triggered a meltdown with
the firepower of the
the main index falling 8% and 4%
FAANGs. They’ll be
being wiped off the rouble in one day.
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feet, bailing out of Russian assets.
today which basically doesn’t
need to make money from
music. In fact, this started off
for them as a loss-leader for
hardware sales. If any of the
big guns decide to really
compete, it will be hard for
Spotify to fight against that
might and scale.
As tech runs hot,
notwithstanding recent falls
as regulators and politicians
start to threaten operating
models, then a trend
emerges. We write about it in
the papers and people want
to buy in. When many brand
names are privately owned,
hence out of reach, the retail
investor will typically look for
a surrogate stock to buy. ‘If I
can’t buy into Airbnb or Uber,
what can I buy?’
This surge of money has
been likened to a herd of
elephants trying to get
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lending is
becoming
popular in
low interest
times, but it’s
controversial,
says Rosie
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rise in the Bank of
England base rate, and
promises of more rate
rises to come, it is still
hard for savers to find a home for
their money where inflation won’t
erode its value over time.
This has led to people seeking new
places for their money to grow, and
taking on more risk. While some have
turned to traditional products, such as
stocks and shares Isas, others have
embraced peer-to-peer lending, a far
newer solution that promises
attractive returns to those willing to
loan out their savings to companies,
or individuals, that need the cash.
Peer-to-peer remains controversial,
especially since the government
approved a new type of Isa, the
Innovative Finance Isa (Ifisa), in April
2016 that allows customers to receive
income from the peer-to-peer loans
they make free of tax.
Adair Turner, former head of the
Confederation Of British Industry,
famously said that losses from
peer-to-peer lending will ‘make the
worst bankers look like absolute
lending geniuses’, before
backtracking. Financial advisers, too,
are divided. ‘Whether the government
intended it or not, the Isa is viewed as
an “if it wasn’t safe they wouldn’t let
you put your money in” stamp of
approval,’ says Sam Blanning,
financial adviser from Star House
Financial Services in Bristol.
He says that customers can get
higher returns more safely from
traditional corporate bond funds than
from peer-to-peer sites, ‘which
suggests that the risks aren’t fully
appreciated’. Matthew Walne, from
Santorini Financial Planning in
Leicestershire, agrees. ‘[It’s] far too
risky and difficult to understand for
the average investor,’ he says.
However, Mike Rawson from
7 Circles in London says that it is
‘lower risk than equities’, while
Jeremy Edwards, from
Martin-Redman in Leicestershire,
who is a peer-to-peer lender through
Zopa, says that it can be good as a
mix of investments and savings. ‘I
was looking for some more diversity
and it has delivered for me,’ he says.
There are many questions you will
need to ask before lending your cash.
Here are some of the most important:
What returns can I really get?
When faced with the best-buy rate on
an instant access current account
(around 1.3 per cent according to
Moneyfacts), or on a five-year, fixedrate bond (2.75 per cent), it’s hard not
to find the headline rate you would
receive from a peer-to-peer lending
site very attractive.
Zopa has two headline rates.
Lenders get four per cent returns for
what Zopa calls its ‘core’ risk group,
and 4.6 per cent for higher risk loans.
However, the platform also charges a
‘loan servicing fee’, which varies
between products and there may be
extra fees if you need the money back
before the end of the term. Landbay,
‘I LENT TO A HOTEL AND MARINA COMPLEX’
PAUL Williamson, who runs
Hillside Brewery in
Gloucestershire, has invested
£20,000 in a peer-to-peer
lending site called Folk2Folk.
‘I came across the site through
word of mouth,’ says Paul, 29.
‘I was looking for somewhere
to put some money and this
seemed like a better idea than
putting it in the bank.’
Folk2Folk offers tax-efficient
investments through an Ifisa,
and prospective lenders get to
look at the details of the project
they are lending to before
committing. ‘I’ve lent the money
n
to a hotel and marina complex in
Dorset,’ Paul explains. ‘It looked
good when I saw the brochure,
and it was good to see that first.’’
He is earning 6.5 per cent from
the loan, and interest is paid
monthly. Folk2Folk loans are
secured against UK property, to
give some additional security.
‘I do understand that there is a
risk, though,’ Paul says.
which lends money out on UK
property, has lower rates of 3.54 per
cent or 3.15 per cent, but argues that
because the money is secured on
property, it is safer than many other
types of peer-to-peer lending
Who am I lending the money
to, and is it spread around?
Peer-to-peer lending platforms all
have different strategies. Some make
a virtue of the fact that you are
investing in a particular property or
product, such as the projects on the
Triodos crowdfunding platform,
which allows you to choose to support
housing for those with disabilities, or
wind turbines in remote communities.
Others choose to spread your money
around different borrowers, arguing
that this diversifies the risk when
some borrowers default.
How are borrowers checked?
Most platforms have their own
screening process. Check you
understand it. Are they using a
credit reference agency (which is
what a bank would do) and are
there other checks?
Does the platform have any
provision for bad debts?
Some offer ‘guarantees’ or provision
funds to help soften the blow if a
borrower defaults. Some have
insurance policies. However, none are
enshrined in law, so these guarantees
are not comparable to those from a
savings bank, where your money is
protected up to a certain limit if the
bank fails. Some funds pay out at the
discretion of directors, others
automatically pay out. Look to see
how large these funds are in relation
to outstanding loans.
Is the platform a member of a
reputable association?
The Peer-to-Peer Finance Association
is the main trade body, though not all
companies involved are members.
Check membership at p2pfa.org.uk.
Robert Pettigrew, director of the
association, says: ‘Investors should
understand the nature and level of risk
to which they are exposed, so that
they can ensure that it is
commensurate with their individual
risk appetite. Our operating principles
commit member platforms to levels of
transparency which provide
meaningful data on a platform’s
expected and actual performance in
terms of returns performance and bad
debt rates.’
What is the default rate?
It isn’t always easy to find out how
many borrowers default, but most
sites should publish some figures.
Lendy’s default rate is 9.5 per cent.
Lending Works is 2.4 per cent.
What alternatives would give
me similar rates?
Check corporate bond funds, to see
whether these have similar possible
returns. If you don’t understand risk, a
financial adviser should help you.
Can I use an Ifisa?
Putting your peer-to-peer investment
in an Isa makes it more attractive, as
you aren’t paying tax on your returns.
Not all platforms offer it.
So what now? I’m still feeling
a bit unsure...
Peer-to-peer is in its infancy. If you
don’t feel comfortable with the level
of risk, then this is probably not the
investment arena for you.
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Recreating dinosaurs for
a theme park couldn’t possibly go
wrong, right? The idea of Michael
Crichton’s novel was almost as delicious
as the prospect of Jaws helmer Steven
Spielberg returning to the genre with
state-of-the-art visual effects. A groundbreaking, earth-shattering, jaw-wobbling film.
D WAY N E J O H N S O N ’ S B RU S H E S
WITH MON STERS
Hercules (2014)
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Playing the titular role of the
strapping hero, The Rock comes
up against a series of mythical
creatures, slashing the heads off
giant serpents and facing up to
a three-headed dog, the Cerberus.
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Giant bees, giant birds, giant
electric eels: everything is
bigger, if not necessarily better,
in one of Dwayne Johnson’s
many jungle adventures.
The Mummy Returns
(2001) and The Scorpion
King (2002)
Here’s The Rock playing a monster
himself: this mutant humanscorpion hybrid will give you
a very nasty nip if you cross him.
Jurassic Park (1993)
6
Cloverfield (2008)
This more contemporary tribute to monster movies
works on several levels: it’s both an homage to the greats
and an effective scare in its own right. The found footage
film gives glimpses and hints of a huge looming creature,
while also taking the time to develop the characters of
its human cast – something the
genre doesn’t always do.
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Monsters (2010)
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Japan has a rich
tradition of creature
features – or ‘Kaiju’ –
and Godzilla is one
of its finest, most
fearsome inventions.
The massive sea
monster has the added
threat of atomic breath
(ew!) and makes quite
the entrance as he
wades into Tokyo. The
beast became iconic,
spawning many films.
9
Jason And The Argonauts (1963)
Ray Harryhausen was a demigod in the stopmotion animation world, creating monstrous models for
classic creature features throughout the 1950s, 1960s
and 1970s. The mythical story of Jason was a regular
feature on Sunday afternoon TV and featured a host of
terrifying mythical beasts for our hero to battle with.
Tweet your favourite
creature feature to
@MetroFeatures by 5pm today
using #MetroCreatures and you
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10 The Fly (1986)
Eccentric scientist – check.
Ambitious experiment – check.
Sexy science journalist – check.
Eventual huge monster – well, that
would be a spoiler if you haven’t
seen David Cronenberg’s The Fly,
but let’s just say the little house
fly, which creeps into the
teleporting pod with Jeff
Goldblum, gets a bigger and
bigger role as the story goes on.
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Diverting Avatar wannabe
marred by titanic plot holes
THE BIG RELEASE
THE TITAN 15 ##$$$
S
AM Worthington has no less
than four Avatar sequels in
the works but he’s found
time to star in a sci-fi film
that would probably love to
be compared favourably to James
Cameron’s epic.
Well, a film can dream. This takes
place in a future where Earth is dying
and a group of attractive military folk
are relocated to a remote area with
their families and trained to go to the
planet Titan, so we can all relocate
there before the world implodes.
We know this because Tom
Wilkinson tells us so in a stilted
lecture, backed up by Agyness Deyn
in a white coat and spectacles, so she
must be a clever scientist.
Worthington is Lt Rick Janssen,
a hero married to Dr Abi Janssen
THE VERDICT
This hokey sci-fi won’t exactly
transport you to another place
but it is oddly diverting if you’re
in guilty-pleasure mode
(Taylor Schilling), who has sacrificed
her promising medical career to
follow her husband. Wilkinson is
Professor Martin Collingwood, the
boss of Project Titan, who is ordering
lots of tests on Rick and his chums
that might well go horribly wrong.
And wrong they go, as we follow an
increasingly suspicious Dr Abi as she
watches her husband go through some
kind of awful and disturbing change.
With plot holes as big as black holes
and a supporting cast that appears to
have been rounded up off the street,
this is a B movie all right. But it’s not
entirely without its pleasures.
The set-up does make you want to
see how it all pans out. Worthington
does a decent job, as does Noah Jupe
(The Night Manager) as his son,
while Schilling brings a suitably
fretful presence (and refreshingly, she
hangs around the house in bed hair
and PJs rather than waking up in full
make-up).
And without giving too much
away, there’s also something here for
those missing Sam’s Avatar, er, avatar.
But you still might prefer to wait for
the return of the real thing.
On a mission: Sam Worthington
plays Lt Rick Janssen, who is
trying to escape a dying Earth
ANNA SMITH
Bizarre turn worth the wait in
Russian wife’s heroic Odyssey
A GENTLE CREATURE 18
###$$
Explosive: Custody will.
keep you guessing to the end.
A parental battle full
of suspense and dread
CUSTODY 15 ####$
PARENTS battle for the custody of
their child in this award-winning
French drama starring Denis
Ménochet (Inglourious Basterds).
He’s Antoine, a quiet, enigmatic
man we first meet in court,
his lawyer arguing for custody
of his young son, Julien (Thomas
Gioria), with estranged wife Miriam
(Léa Drucker).
Julien claims his father is aggressive
but is his mother just feeding him
lines to get sole custody? Is Antoine a
wronged man or is there rage boiling
underneath that could explode at any
moment? The custody fight is a sadly
familiar story but told with absorbing
attention to detail and a narrative that
keeps you guessing.
It’s rare to see such suspense come
from everyday activities; each scene
is infused with a sense of potential
dread. The question of Antoine’s
threat level raises the tension to
a crescendo in an ending that will
have your heart in your mouth.
Custody may not be a cheery watch
but it’s a moving and effective one
that has plenty to offer fans of thrillers
as well as issue-led drama – think
Kramer vs Kramer with lashings of
Hitchcockian suspense. AS
BRACE yourself for a long ride
with this intriguing Russian film
that clocks in at two hours and
40 minutes.
What begins as a downbeat drama
takes a bonkers turn – those of us
who stayed to the end of the press
screening at last year’s Cannes were
certainly woken up with a start.
Vasilina Makovsteva puts in an
excellent performance as a Russian
villager whose husband is in prison.
A parcel she sent to him is returned so
she sets off on a long journey in an
attempt to find out what’s going on.
A Kafkaesque pile of red tape awaits
her, along with a series of curt
characters who offer a sobering
insight into the penal system.
There are moments of levity when
she finds lodgings with bacchanalian
locals after deciding to stay in the
rundown ‘prison town’.
It’s a fitfully interesting insight
into a determined woman’s fight
for justice but, with its corruption
and frustrating cycles of fruitless
administration, this is best read
as an allegory of Russia itself,
which could hardly be more topical.
Bumpy ride: Vasilina Makovsteva
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Touch me: Nick Cave gets personal
RAMPAGE 12A
Reviews are embargoed for this
creature feature with Dwayne
‘The Rock’ Johnson a primatologist
(obviously) who bonds with a
gorilla that goes ape after a
genetic experiment.
TRUTH OR DARE 15
One of those harmless-gameturns-bad horrors, this stars
Lucy Hale (Pretty Little Liars)
and Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf) and
comes from producer Jason Blum
(Get Out).
DISTANT SKY: NICK
CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS
LIVE IN COPENHAGEN 15
EVEN WHEN I FALL 12A
Survivors of child-trafficking
confront the families who literally
sold them to the circus. This
Indian-set documentary tells the
incredible story of the girls who
were left with a secret weapon:
their incredible athletic skills. AS
Filmed at Copenhagen’s Royal
Arena in October 2017, this live
concert was a film festival
favourite and is screening
tomorrow for one night only.
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FIVE THI
G S TO K N OW A B O U T
TI NAS H E
Preaching to
the converte ean
Moore, Nicky ire and
James Dean Bra ld
of the Manics
The 5-yearrnian, who has been compared to The Weeknd and
Rihann , eleases her superb album Joyride on Friday
1.She’s a DIY musical genius
Tinashe writes much of her ge re-shifting
m
– aturin sweet vocal , dark beats
and catchy pop elodies – in er bedroom.
She ta ht hers lf how to rec rd, produce
and mix music with the help o YouTube.
2. Joyride has been
long-awaited
The star has been dropping
teasers for Joyride, her
third studio album, since
2015. While record label
politics seem to be
behind the delays,
Tinashe believes that it
all happened for a reason.
‘It all really, truly pushed me
to make the songs that are on it
now,’ she told Beats 1 about the
long-winded process.
3. She was a child star
Tinashe has been working since she
was just three years old as a child
appearing in TV shows and movies,
including The Polar Express and Two And
A Half Men.
4. You don’t want to
mess with Tinashe
She may be an actress,
singer-songwriter and a
trained dancer, but Tinashe
has somehow also found
the time to become a black
belt in taekwondo. ‘Luckily,
I’ve never had to use it,’
she told GQ.
5. She is obsessed
with ghost stories
She has shared her ghosthunting photos, taken at
a 13th-century French
castle rumoured to be
haunted, with her fans on
Snapchat. AMY DAWSON
Some tolerable hooks
but hardly irresistible
THE BIG
RELEASE
MANIC
STREET
PREACHERS
RESISTANCE IS FUTILE
Columbia ###$$
F
OLLOWING a rich run
of vital-sounding returnto-form albums over the
past decade, there’s a
sense that the Manics
really had to dig in to turn out
the 13th record of their career.
Bassist and lyricist Nicky Wire
last year commented that the band
were feeling creatively drained and
‘in a funny place’. It’s confirmed
by Resistance Is Futile, which
while stacked with big hooks and
solidly performed, lacks the
urgency that tends to characterise
the Welsh trio at their best.
‘People get tired, people get old,
people get forgotten,’ sings James
Dean Bradfield at the start of
strings-laced opener People Give
In, a track that could be read as a
measure of where the Manics’
heads are right now, as they fight to
reconcile their past as young punk
upstarts with their present as
august elder statesmen of British
guitar music. International Blue is
one of those explosively melodic
lead singles – like 1998’s If You
Tolerate This Your Children Will
Be Next – that make every Manics
album feel worthwhile. It’s much
harder to get excited about Britpop
requiem Liverpool Revisited or
the messy Broken Algorithms.
Not unwisely left to last, The
Left Behind is proof that Wire, for
all his talents as a writer, should
really be kept away from the
microphone – his voice just sounds
weedy relative to Bradfield’s riproaring tones. It’s testament to the
Manics’ sheer dedication that they
made an even halfway decent
album in a self-confessed phase of
artistic flux, and it does nothing to
taint their reputation as national
treasures. But it’s much less
irresistible a record than its title
would presume.
MALCOLM JACK
ON MY PLAYLIST PRODUCER AND BRITS
NOMINEE JAX JONES’S TOP HOUSE TRACKS
Right Here, Right Now (CamelPhat remix)
by Fatboy Slim (below right)
CamelPhat are a house duo that can’t
seem to do any wrong. They’ve
been around for years and are so
consistent. This edit of Fatboy
Slim’s Right Here, Right Now
was just everywhere during
Miami Music Week recently.
Physical Graffiti by Jun Kamoda
This is a really choppy house song,
where it has a vocal sample but is intended
to work as a sound palate more than
something overly catchy or for the charts.
I can hear the way he made the record, the
way he manipulated the samples and I love
the process of that. It makes music sound
really soulful.
Raingurl by Yaeji
Yaeji is Japanese and lives in
New York and has such a
great style. Raingurl is a house
record but Yaeji also does some
real down-tempo stuff. She
comes from a lo-fi house scene
that started in Australia.
Jones’s latest single, Breathe, is out now
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METRO
WATCH THIS SPACE
TOBY STEPHENS AND PARKER POSEY REMAKE A 60s CLASSIC
On another planet: Stephens
and Posey in the Netflix
reboot of Lost In Space
OBY Stephens laughs
politely when I suggest
he’s been dealt the
dumbest hand in
Lost In Space. John
Robinson, his character
in the all-action bells and
whistles Netflix remake of the
1960s TV series, is a practical
action man surrounded by
science superbrains who all
happen to be women – and kids.
‘I think John is very capable,’
says Stephens, leaping to his
character’s defence. ‘But I know
what you mean. He’s not
a scientist. All the others are
really, really smart and he’s very
good at… wiring!’
This role-switch is no accident.
The original Lost In Space, the
first space-age update of the
classic Swiss Family Robinson
novel from 1812 about a family
shipwrecked in the East Indies,
was awash with gender
stereotypes, and Stephens
salutes the new show’s creators
for the updated makeover.
‘They wanted to make a show
where we’d dealt with all that
stereotypical crap and moved
on. Our set-up is a modern
world where gender rules no
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WE’VE BUCKED
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longer apply. I like the fact that Dr
Smith, who was a man in the
original, is a woman in our version
– and it’s not an issue.’
Stepping into the shoes of Smith,
a part previously played by cult
favourite Jonathan Harris in the
TV show and Gary Oldman in the
1998 movie, is Parker Posey, 49,
previously best known for indie
hits such as Dazed And Confused
and Best In Show. ‘I watched the
show all the time as a kid,’ she
says, ‘and Jonathan Harris was
such a character as Dr Smith. But
I had to cut those memories – this
Dr Smith is very different.’
Different in that she’s masking
a dark past. ‘Ha ha, yes, she could
be a spy!’ teases Posey. ‘It was
a treat to play such an intriguing
character – and I got learn how to
fix a spaceship.’ She’s kidding,
I think. This new Lost In Space is
LIFELINE
Imagine if you had a heart
transplant – and then your new
heart starts sending you
flashbacks of its former life and
clues to the scandal that led to
the shocking demise of its
owner. Inspired by the
phenomenon of organ
transplant memory – yes, it is
a thing – this Spanish thriller
stars Pablo Derqui as Alex
(right), a surgeon whose world
is turned upside down following
a life-changing operation.
Whole series available
from Monday on All4.
Netflix’s new Lost In Space is
a world away from the 1960s
original, says Keith Watson
actually two shows in one. On the
one hand you get a spectacular
epic about a family struggling to
survive after fleeing a failing
planet Earth and crashing on
a strange planet full of frightening
challenges – and big, blue-eyed
robots. On the other you get
a portrait of family relationships
recalibrating as the nuclear unit is
put under extreme pressure. The
twist being that this family
Robinson had been splitting along
familiar fault lines back on Earth.
‘You gather quite quickly that
this is not an apple pie American
family,’ says Stephens. ‘John’s
wife has become the head of the
family because he, feeling like
MONEY HEIST
Ignore the rubbish title – the
Spanish original, La Casa De
Papel (left) – is much better –
and binge instead on an
inventive twist on the crime
caper format. There’s a touch of
Reservoir Dogs about the way
the enigmatic El Profesor
recruits a bunch of underworld
types to pull off a variation on
the perfect crime – the robbery
of Spain’s money-printing
works. La Casa De Papel being
‘House Of Paper’. Ursula
Corbero as Tokio (each crim is
named after a major city) is the
drama’s punky heart. All
episodes available now.
a spare wheel, has gone off to do
his job and they’re on the point of
splitting when the story starts.
‘There’s dysfunction. That whole
side of it gives the story a different
kind of texture. What I loved
about it was that you have to see
the family evolve and that makes
you want to hang out with them
– you have to care about them
because, in the middle of this
unique, difficult situation, they’re
trying to be better people.’
Wary of making it sound like an
exercise in sociological evolution,
Stephens quickly adds that while
the family dynamics are key, Lost
In Space is at heart a pulse-raising
adventure. ‘It’s upbeat – it’s
COME HOME
Christopher Eccleston (right,
centre], last seen being gruff
and northern in The A Word,
shows off an impeccable Irish
accent in this finely wrought
drama that will have you in
pieces if you have the
emotional stamina to
watch all three episodes
back to back. It’s not an
easy ride but the dissection
of a marriage crumbling
under the weight of broken
promises and dashed dreams
packs a realistic punch.
Paula Malcomson shines as
a woman whose life has spun
dangerously off its axis.
Available now.
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in partnership with
Blue planet:
Toby Stephens
and the rest of
the Robinson
family cast in
Lost In Space
Cult favourite: Jonathan Harris
definitely not
a depressing series,
there are so many
of those about. It’s
escapism – but
Darkest hour: Gary Oldman
played Dr Smith in the 1998 movie
you can relate to it.’
A major plus for
Stephens who, at 48,
has carved out an
admirable career in
classical theatre, TV adventures
and movie blockbusters, is that
Lost In Space is a show his own
three kids can watch. ‘Finally,
something they can see me in,’ he
THE RESIDENT
The Good Wife’s Matt Czuchry
is rebel surgeon Conrad
Hawkins – he’s got tats, he
rides a bike – who’s being given
the romantic runaround by
nurse Nicolette Nevin (Emily
VanCamp, of the underrated
Revenge fame) in this smooth
operator of a medical drama
(right) on the Universal channel.
The mix of medical ethics and
romantic pulse-raising is
scarcely ground-breaking but if
you like your drama well
scrubbed, this hits the spot.
Episode one available
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GOTHAM
We’re up to season
four of this Batman
prequel and now the
boyish Bruce Wayne
(David Mazouz) is
showing growing
signs of flowering
into a fully
caped grownup Batman.
Well, he’s
trying on masks at least.
This means the adventure
element is ramped up in
this evocative imagining
of the Gotham universe,
with Ben McKenzie
excellent as straight
man Det Jim Gordon
and Robin Lord Taylor
(left) stealing any
scene going as
a cracking
Penguin.
Episode one
available now.
KW
grins. ‘There’s no way they could
watch Black Sails – much too
salty,’ he says, referring to his role
as Captain Flint in the piratical
TV romp that lasted four years.
He loved it – but there were no
mixed feelings when it ended last
year. ‘There was really nothing left
for us to do – each series had got
bigger and bigger, the stunts had
got harder and harder. When you
tell people you’re an actor they
think all you’re doing is tarting
about – and, to be frank, mostly
they’re right. But by the end of
Black Sails my body was in bits!’
So Lost In Space, by
comparison, for all its traipsing
about frozen landscapes, was
a breeze. ‘It was pretty full-on, but
easier on the body,’ he concedes.
‘I hope it comes back for more
series – that’s the plan. There’s
a long way for this family to go.’
The whole series of Lost In Space
is available on Netflix from Friday
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by Patrick Arundell
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experienced associate (6,7)
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12. An artist on a lathe? (6)
14. Nothing doing? (6)
16. Cook may use a tin one (6)
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Bacchus Uncovered:
Ancient God Of Ecstasy
Hell’s bells: Bettany Hughes in Greece
BBC4, 9pm
No, you are not watching Cunk On
Greece – this is a bona fide history
programme, though it’s very much
the kind of thing Diane Morgan
delights in sending up. Professor
Bettany Hughes dives into the dippy
legend of Bacchus, god of wine and
fleshly delights, a trip that involves
peculiar masks, goats, bell (yes, bell)
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couldn’t it? But there’s no time for
a hike up Machu Picchu as the four
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would-be chefs face a series of
culinary challenges based around
Peru’s buzzing food scene.
First Dates
C4, 10pm
There’s lots of innocent (if slightly
cruel) fun to be had spotting who will
hit it off with whom among tonight’s
romantic hopefuls. Though we’re
starting to suspect a touch of reality
TV creep, something this show has
steered clear of. Are some of the
daters more concerned with the
camera than finding a lover?
Restless Legs Syndrome:
Can’t Stop Twitching
Channel 5, 10pm
You’ve got to love Channel 5’s
documentary policy: Google ‘weird
medical conditions’ and then make a
film about what comes out top. Did
you know Restless Legs Syndrome
even existed? Look and learn.
KEITH WATSON
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 METRO 35
C O M M O N W E A LT H G A M E S
Sport
Proud looks ahead FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH
as gold heals pain MIGHT SET TO BITE
RACING NEWS, VIEWS AND TOP TIPS
BACK AT AINTREE
by DAVE FILMER
BEN PROUD has already set his sights
on the 2022 Commonwealth Games
after 50metres freestyle gold proved
the perfect antidote to last week’s
disqualification heartache.
The 23-year-old was devastated after
a controversial false-start ruling ended
his 50m butterfly defence before it had
begun, but the English swimmer was
not to be denied again.
Proud broke the Games record in
both the heats and semi-final before
racing to gold, retaining his title ahead
of South Africa’s Bradley Tandy.
He said: ‘When I lost the opportunity
to retain my 50m fly title, I really was
clinging on to what I had left. To be
able to retain this title gives me the energy to be able to come back in four
year’s time in Birmingham.’
Proud just missed out on a second
CHELTENHAM Gold Cup runner-up
Might Bite will look to put his Festival
near-miss behind him when he lines up
in the Betway Bowl Chase at Aintree.
Nicky Henderson, hoping to end his
Grand National hoodoo this weekend,
can strike tomorrow, the opening day of
the three-day Aintree meeting, with
Might Bite heading a field of eight.
The highly talented nine-year-old lost
out to Native River in a battle royal for
the blue riband last month but is sure to
be fancied for the three-mile-one-furlong
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‘I was really clinging on
to what I had left’
gold of the day when England were
pipped by Australia in the 4x100m
medley. Joined by Luke Greenbank,
Adam Peaty and James Guy, Proud
was bidding to bring England home
but was overhauled in the final stroke.
‘I can’t help but feel disappointed
looking at that last five metres,’ he
said. ‘I’m just sorry I couldn’t hold on
for a little bit longer.’
English pair Holly Hibbott and Ellie
Faulkner took silver and bronze in the
women’s 400m freestyle, while Scotland’s Duncan Scott claimed a sixth
medal of the Games with silver in the
men’s 200m individual medley final.
Georgia Davies took 50m backstroke
bronze and there was more to come for
Wales as Dan Jervis won silver in the
1500m freestyle.
in association with
Precious metal: Proud shows off his gold
T H E Y S A I D I T. . .
‘It doesn’t
take a
brain
surgeon
to see I
should
have been fighting
for the medals.’
Andrew Pozzi (above) after
seeing his 110metres hurdles
hopes wrecked when he hit
the first two hurdles in the
final. He finished sixth
PICTURE: GETTY
For Wales’ Melissa
Courtney in the
1500metres, won by South
Africa’s Caster Semenya.
Scotland’s Eilish McColgan,
whose mum Liz won two
Commonwealth 10,000m
golds, had to settle for sixth
3rd
Successive
attempts
by Sophie
Hitchon (left),
as the Olympic
medallist failed
to register a
hammer throw
3
Hip curbs Daley’s
individual goals
TOM DALEY’S bid for a
third successive Commonwealth individual ten
metres platform title is
over after he withdrew
with a hip injury.
The 23-year-old (right),
who won the world title in
Budapest last summer,
landed Commonwealth gold at Delhi 2010 and
Glasgow 2014.
The English diver still intends to compete in
the men’s 10m synchronised event with Dan
Goodfellow, alongside whom he won Olympic
bronze in Rio in 2016.
Daley said: ‘I am truly devastated not to be
competing in the individual event. I have been
training so hard for the Commonwealth
Games, so this is a real disappointment for me.’
Goals for Sam Ward as England came from
2-0 down to beat Wales 3-2 and seal a
spot in the men’s hockey semi-finals
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contest. The gelding had earlier won the
King George VI Chase at Kempton on
Boxing Day (pictured).
‘He’s working very well and his
schooling has been great,’ Henderson
said. ‘Might Bite is certainly telling us
that he has come out of Cheltenham
extremely well.’
Henderson, poised to win a fifth
champion trainer title, also saddles My
Tent Or Yours and L’Ami Serge in the
Aintree Hurdle having had to rule out
24
Per cent strike rate at Market Rasen for trainer Fergal O’Brien in the
last five years. Minella Scamp (4.10) and Lip Service (4.40) run today
STABLEBITES
n BAIE DES ILES has been popular
with punters who have got stuck
into backing Katie Walsh’s mount
in the Grand National. Trained by
her husband, Ross O’Sullivan, Baie
Des Iles is around a 20/1 chance
for the big race at Aintree.
n THE wet weather continues to
play havoc with racing and today’s
card at Nottingham, which was
set to feature a classy renewal of
the Further Flight Stakes, has
been beaten by the rain. The track
is ‘completely saturated’. Friday’s
3
Champion Hurdle winner Buveur D’Air
on Monday because of a minor setback.
Another Henderson stable star, Altior,
will bypass Friday’s Melling Chase at
Aintree and instead head to Sandown
later this month to run in the Celebration
Chase, which he won last year.
On Saturday, 67-year-old Henderson
saddles the improving Gold Present in a
bid to finally win a Grand National, four
decades after his first attempt.
Zongalero finished second behind
Rubstic in Henderson’s first year as a
trainer in 1979.
meeting at Leicester must survive
a 7.45am inspection today if it is
to go ahead.
n GUSTAV KLIMT, US Navy Flag
and The Pentagon are some of the
key names entered by Aidan
O’Brien for Saturday’s Classic
trials at Leopardstown. Gustav
Klimt and US Navy Flag are both
prominent in the market for the
2,000 Guineas, with the former off
the track since winning the
Superlative Stakes last July, while
the latter was crowned champion
juvenile after Middle Park and
Dewhurst Stakes wins.
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Sport
C O M M O N W E A LT H G A M E S
Lowther ticked off after
admin error ends dream
Heartbreak: Lowther was denied the chance to race yesterday
CYCLIST Melissa Lowther was ‘gutted’
after an administrative blunder saw her
left off the entry list for the time trial.
For 21-year-old Lowther, it meant
months of preparation focused on this specific event had come to nothing.
‘I can’t put into words how disappointed
I am,’ she wrote on Instagram. ‘It was one
of my targets this season to make selection
for the time trial and I was so proud my
hard work in training had paid off. While
by JACK FOX
Team England have apologised, I’m still
gutted not to have an opportunity after all
the hard miles I’ve put in.’
Team England chef de mission Sarah
Winckless said her team had failed to put
the proper information into the Games’
Sports Entry System, despite ‘seven or
eight’ opportunities to catch the error.
‘No athlete should be put in this posi-
tion,’ she conceded. England appealed to
the Commonwealth Games Federation but
that was rejected on Monday night.
Lowther will now get one more chance
to compete, in Saturday’s road race.
England did win a medal in the women’s
time trial despite Lowther’s absence, with
former rower Hayley Simmonds claiming
bronze nine years after competing for
Cambridge in the Boat Race. Harry Tanfield took silver in the men’s event.
S P O RT I N B R I E F
Uz and them in Brit kind Davis draw
TENNIS
GREAT Britain face a home tie
against Uzbekistan in the Davis Cup,
World Group play-offs in September.
Leon Smith’s men must win to
continue their five-year stay at the
competition’s elite level after losing
their first-round meeting with Spain
in February. Cameron Norrie starred
in the absence of Andy Murray and
Kyle Edmund, who could be
available for the tie which takes
place from September 14-16.
It is a kind draw for Britain, who
play at home for the first time since
2016. Denis Istomin, the world
No.83, is the only Uzbek ranked in
the top 300.
n KYLE EDMUND
made a winning start
to the clay-court
season as he reached
the second round of
the Grand Prix
Hassan II in Morocco
after opponent Jiri
Vesely retired while
trailing 5-0 in the
first set. The British
No.1, (pictured), who
had beaten the Czech
in both of their
previous meetings,
was dominating the
match when Vesely
called it a day in
Marrakech.
MOTORSPORT
NICO ROSBERG has become an investor and
shareholder in the Formula E championship, and has
ruled out a permanent return to racing.
The 32-year-old German (pictured), Lewis Hamilton’s
long-term rival who retired from Formula One days
after beating the Briton to the 2016 title, will be the
first test driver of Formula E’s next-generation car.
Reed feels it’s right time to quit
ROWING
GREAT Britain’s three-time
Olympic champion Pete Reed
(pictured) has announced his
retirement from rowing.
The 36-year-old’s illustrious
career saw him win Olympic gold
in 2008, 2012 and 2016 as well as
five world championships.
Weir agrees Worcester switch
RUGBY UNION
SCOTLAND fly-half Duncan Weir has agreed a deal
to join Premiership club Worcester.
Weir has signed a one-year contract and will
move south when he ends the season at Edinburgh.
CRICKET
FORMER South Africa paceman
Morne Morkel has signed for Surrey
as a Kolpak player until the end of
Keanan faces
op after his
painful debut
RUGBY LEAGUE
KEANAN BRAND will
have surgery today
after a double leg
break six minutes
into his Super
League debut.
Brand, 19, was hurt
in Widnes’ 31-12 loss
at Hull KR.
The Vikings also
lost Krisnan Inu to a
broken leg on March
30 at Warrington.
2019. The 33-year-old, who ended
his international career this month,
said: ‘I look forward to settling into
London with my family.’
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 METRO 37
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Super Ron is something to Marvel at
A NEW Marvel film hits the cinemas Wham!! He’s netted 24 in his last 13
this month and it would not be a
games and hit a stunning overhead
massive shock if Captain America,
kick in last week’s 3-0 romp at
Thor, Hulk, Iron Man, Spidey
Champions League rivals
and the crew were joined by
Juventus. It was a heavenly
a superhero called CR7.
finish which put him on
Pow!! Cristiano Ronaldo
another planet.
is out of this world
Our hero is 11/4 with
Bayern Munich to
having scored 44 times
lead Sevilla HT/FT Unibet to open the
in 41 games for club and
scoring at the Bernabeu
this evening
country this season.
in tonight’s second leg
(Ladbrokes)
Thwack!! The Prince of
and 4/6 (Ladbrokes) to net
Portugal has got an amazing
at any time. CR7 has the X20 goals in his last ten matches.
Factor, now he’s one of the X-Men.
8/11
Breakthrough: Duggan
celebrates after scoring the
opener in Bosnia
TONI AWARD AS LIONESSES
SHAKE OFF A RED ALERT
TONI DUGGAN’S 20th international
goal sent England to the top of
their World Cup qualifying group
with a 2-0 win in Bosnia.
The Barcelona striker prodded in
Melissa Lawley’s cross as England
shrugged off Alex Greenwood’s red
card – her second booking was for
diving – to triumph in Zenica.
Jodie Taylor’s stoppage-time
penalty after Beth Mead was fouled
wrapped up a deserved win on an
often frustrating afternoon.
Bosnia had Amira Spahic sent off
WOMEN’S WORLD CUP
QUALIFIER GROUP ONE
Bosnia-Herzegovina 0
England
2
too as Phil Neville’s England were
faced with ultra-defensive tactics
for the second match running.
The Lionesses, who next face
Russia in June, had laboured to a
goalless draw against Wales in
Southampton on Friday night.
Gareth’s still
Mad about it,
insists agent
by ALAN SCOTT
GARETH BALE’S agent has rubbished
rumours the Real Madrid star will return
to England this summer.
The Wales international (pictured) has
seen another season blighted by injury
and non-selection at the Bernabeu, playing just 21 games in La Liga.
The 28-year-old has also started only
two Champions League matches all season and was benched by Madrid coach
Zinedine Zidane for both legs of the last16 tie against Paris Saint-Germain, as
well as the 3-0 quarter-final, first-leg win
over Juventus in Turin last week.
Bale’s lack of action has led to media
speculation Madrid are looking to offload him back to the Premier League,
despite a contract running to 2022.
Manchester United have been heavily
linked with a summer move but Bale’s
long-term agent Jonathan Barnett has
insisted the rumours are completely
baseless as both the player and the club
remain firmly committed to each other.
Barnett told ESPN: ‘Gareth is a Real
Madrid player and loves Real Madrid,
and Real Madrid love Gareth.
‘All this talk about leaving is written
by reporters who have no idea what is
going on and who need to write something and don’t care if it is true or not.’
Bale is in the squad for tonight’s second leg with Juve in Madrid.
11/8
John Isner
to beat
Henri Laaksonen by
4.5 games at today’s
Houston Open (Betway)
■ WOLVES are clearly
the best side in the
Championship despite
the odd blip and they
can take a huge step
closer to the title
tonight by beating
Derby at 8/13 with
William Hill.
QUARTER-FINAL,
38 METRO Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Sport
MAN CITY 1
F O O T B A L L C H A M P I O N S L E AG U E
IN BRIEF
Jesus 2
LIVERPOOL WIN
Smash and grab: Liverpool’s ten outfield
players celebrate together after Salah (far
left) scores their first goal of the night
■ MOHAMED
ELNENY (left)
is available for
Arsenal’s next
three Premier
League games
after it was
ruled he was
‘wrongly
dismissed’
against
Southampton.
Aubameyang’s keen
to partner Lacazette
PIERRE-EMERICK Aubameyang
would love the chance to play
alongside Alexandre Lacazette
for Arsenal.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger
does not appear keen to use the
two together but Aubameyang,
with six goals in his opening
seven games for the club,
believes they could form a
potent partnership.
‘I hope we have the opportunity
to play together – it’s something I
said when I first arrived that I
hoped to play with him,’ the
striker told Sky Sports.
‘We have different styles but I
think they’re styles that
complement each other.
‘We were once rivals in our days
in France but we’re now friends
and I hope we can play well
together and score lots of goals.’
New contract is next
on Nelson’s column
■ IPSWICH manager Mick
McCarthy has quit four games
earlier than planned following his
side’s 1-0 home Championship
win over his former club Barnsley.
Toon take hit for kit
NEWCASTLE have been fined
£7,500 after admitting to
breaking Football Association
rules on kit advertising.
They breached regulations when
their under-18s donned shirts
with a betting company’s logo on.
‘Their under-18’s team wore kit
bearing the logo of a betting
company, which is prohibited
under FA rules,’ said the FA.
REDS WEATHER
MANCHESTER City’s Champions
League ambitions will have to wait another season after Liverpool overcame
an Etihad ‘thunderstorm’ last night.
Trailing 3-0 from the first leg, Gabriel Jesus swept City in front after just
two minutes to get home fans dreaming
of an amazing comeback.
The hosts attacked relentlessly but
Mohamed Salah, with his 39th goal of
an incredible season, and Roberto
Firmino struck to send the five-time
European champions into the last four.
Only two teams in Champions
by JUSTIN PALMER
Kane’s decision time
HARRY KANE will find out today
whether he scored his 25th league
goal of the season against Stoke.
The striker claims he touched in
Christian Eriksen’s free-kick in
Tottenham’s 2-1 victory. Spurs
appealed to the Premier League
and its decision is expected today.
Sitting uncomfortably:
Guardiola watches the second
half from the directors’ box
League history had overturned threegoal first-leg deficits – Deportivo La
Coruna against defending champions
AC Milan in 2004 and Barcelona, last
year against Paris Saint-Germain.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp warned his
side had to be braced for a storm and
his words proved prophetic.
The hosts needed a fast start and got
it when Reds defender Virgil van Dijk,
under pressure on the touchline from
Raheem Sterling, cleared straight to
PICTURE: GETTY
REISS NELSON hopes to sign a
new deal with Arsenal in the
coming weeks.
The 18-year-old played in all of
the Gunners’ Europa League group
games this term and made his first
Premier League start in Sunday’s
3-2 win over Southampton.
Ahead of tomorrow’s Europa
League trip to CSKA Moscow,
striker Nelson said: ‘It’s a big
achievement to sign for a big club
like Arsenal so I’m delighted with
the contract and hopeful that I can
sign it soon. I need to score, that is
the only one I haven’t achieved so
fingers crossed I can get a goal
before the end of the season.’
Peaceful: Liverpool’s coach heads towards the stadium
yesterday, with no repeat of the chaotic scenes which marred
City’s arrival for last week’s first leg at Anfield
Pep: I just said the
referee was wrong
PEP GUARDIOLA insisted he
did not insult the referee last
night but felt the decision to
disallow Leroy Sane’s goal had
a huge effect on the game.
‘I said he was wrong. That is
why sent me off. I didn’t insult
him. I said it was a penalty and
the ball came off (James)
Milner,’ said the Manchester
City boss who was sent to the
stands at half-time.
‘It is different 1-0 to 2-0. In
these kind of games, the
impact is so big. We have to
recover mentally for the six
games remaining.
‘Big congratulations to
Liverpool. They are a top team
with an outstanding manager.
They deserved to go through.
We will be back stronger in
this competition next season.’
‘We miss the right decisions.
The referee is a special guy, he
likes to be different. Whenever
people see the things, he will
decide the opposite.’
Kost-ly: Manolas
celebrates his
tie-clinching goal
in Rome
SECOND LEG
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 METRO 39
LIVERPOOL 2
5-1 ON AGGREGATE
F O O T B A L L C H A M P I O N S L E AG U E
Salah 56, Firmino 77
PICTURE: GETTY
RESULTS
Champions League quarter-finals, second leg
Turning point: Sane bundles home but
what would have been City’s second
goal was incorrectly disallowed
Manchester City...............1 Liverpool...................... 2
(Liverpool win 5-1 on aggregate)
Roma.................................3 Barcelona ....................0
(4-4 on aggregate, Roma win on away goals)
Sky Bet Championship
Cottagers move
into second spot
CHAMPIONSHIP
FULHAM moved into the automatic
promotion places after dispatching
lowly Reading last night.
The Cottagers climbed above
Cardiff, who lost 1-0 at fourth-placed
Aston Villa, courtesy of Jack Grealish.
Stefan Johansen (pictured) got the
only goal to see off the Royals as
Fulham made it 20 games unbeaten.
Sunderland look doomed after a late
Norwich equaliser left them six points
from safety following a 1-1 draw.
THE STORM
Fernandinho. With the defender off
the pitch and claiming forlornly for a
foul, Fernandinho released Sterling to
cross low for Jesus to fire in.
Jesus was given the start by Pep
Guardiola, with Sergio Aguero named
on the bench as doubts over the
Argentine’s fitness continued.
The tension in the air was evident.
Referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz brandished five yellow cards in the opening 45 minutes, including for City
keeper Ederson who reacted furiously
to Sadio Mane’s poorly timed chal-
lenge on Nicolas Otamendi. City,
desperate for a second goal before
half-time, pressed forward with attack after attack and went agonisingly
close with Bernardo Silva striking the
upright before Sane’s close-range finish was ruled out for offside despite
the ball deflecting to the German from
Liverpool’s James Milner.
Guardiola was furious and made his
feelings clear to Lahoz, his protests
earning the City boss a place in the
stands for the second half.
Liverpool had been unable to get
Salah into the game but the Premier
League’s top scorer, who netted the
opener at Anfield before coming off
injured, left City with an insurmountable task by levelling on 56 minutes.
Picking up a loose ball, the Egyptian forward cooly clipped home with
Ederson stranded.
The goal took the wind out of City’s
sails and Liverpool fans were celebrating again 13 minutes from time.
Otamendi gave away possession to
Firmino and the Brazilian surged
forward to make it 5-1 on aggregate.
Barcelona sent crashing out
as Kostas caps Roman rout
Roma
Barcelona
3
0
(4-4 on aggregate, Roma win on away goals)
ROMA stunned Barcelona as they overcame
a 4-1 deficit from the first leg to reach the
semi-finals of the Champions League.
Edin Dzeko set the hosts on their way
after six minutes before skipper Daniele De
Rossi added a second from the penalty spot
just after the break. Barca were well below
par but looked to be hanging on until Kostas
Manolas headed home eight minutes from
Hard to take: Messi
time to win the tie on away goals.
Sport
Aston Villa.........................1
Bolton ...............................0
Bristol City .......................3
Burton Albion..................0
Fulham...............................1
Ipswich ..............................1
Nottingham Forest.........0
Preston.............................3
QPR ................................... 4
Sheffield United..............2
Sunderland .......................1
Cardiff...........................0
Millwall ......................... 2
Birmingham .................1
Hull................................ 5
Reading........................0
Barnsley.......................0
Brentford ......................1
Leeds .............................1
Sheffield Wednesday. 2
Middlesbrough ............1
Norwich.........................1
Sky Bet League One
AFC Wimbledon ...............1
Blackpool .........................3
Gillingham........................0
Oxford...............................0
Rochdale ...........................1
Charlton .......................0
Northampton..............0
Blackburn ....................0
Fleetwood.....................1
Wigan ........................... 4
Sky Bet League Two
Morecambe......................2 Chesterfield................. 2
Stevenage.........................1 Mansfield......................1
Swindon............................2 Yeovil ............................ 2
Women’s World Cup qualifier
Bosnia-Herzegovina......0 England........................ 2
FIXTURES (All 7.45pm)
Uefa Champions League
Quarter-Final, Second Leg
Bayern Munich (2) v Sevilla (1)..............................BT Sport 3
Real Madrid (3) v Juventus (0) ..............................BT Sport 2
Sky Bet Championship
Wolves v Derby .................Sky Sports Football/Main Event
Sky Bet League One
Oldham v Walsall ......................................................................
PROUDWINNER
NOBALESALE
Ben’s gold makes up for
heartache but Melissa
misses out after error
Defiant Gareth denies
claims he is heading
for exit at Madrid
Commonwealth Games: Pages 35-36 »
Football: Page 37 »
Sport
METRO
@metrosportHQ
LIVERPOOL WIN 5-1 ON AGGREGATE
Flare for the dramatic: Salah (right)
celebrates his goal with Virgil van Dijk at
the Etihad, where Guardiola (inset) was
sent off after clashing with the referee
by MATTHEW NASH
PEP GUARDIOLA was banished to the
stands as Manchester City’s European
dreams were left in tatters last night.
Despite dominating a one-sided first half,
City lost 2-1 at home to Liverpool to leave
them beaten 5-1 on aggregate and having
to endure a sorry quarter-final Champions
League exit.
They made an ideal start to their bid to
chase down the visitors’ 3-0 first-leg advantage when Gabriel Jesus slotted them
ahead on the night in the second minute.
But Bernardo Silva hit the post and
Leroy Sane had a goal wrongly ruled out
for offside as half-time arrived with the
score still 1-0.
City boss Guardiola’s vehement protests
to the referee as the teams came off led to
him being sent to the stands for the second
period and his team’s bid to overturn the
Reds’ advantage fell apart.
Jurgen Klopp’s men played the perfect
game to pick City off after the break, Mohamed Salah equalising on the night with
a cool finish and Roberto Firmino dealing
the final blow to Guardiola’s hopes.
‘As normal City took all the risks they
could take and we needed a little bit of
luck,’ said Klopp.
‘They could have scored two or
three in the first half. It was 100
per cent clear if we won a ball we
would have opportunities.’
Report: Pages 38-39 »
MO MAGIC
CATCHES
CITY OFF
GUARD
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