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Wednesday, April 18, 2018 METRO
EYE ON THE BALL
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Ferraris and why he always
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surprise?
your finances stand up to an unpleasant
T HE WORL D’ S M O ST P O PU L AR FRE E N E WSPAP E R
E ARE a nation in denial
about rainy days ahead,
according to new figures.
Job loss or illness? ‘That
won’t happen to me,’ we
think. Worryingly, Legal & General’s
has
Deadline To The Breadline research
revealed that the average UK employee
one
only has enough savings to last just
month if their income stopped. A
savings would only
their
said
quarter
last a week or less. The Scottish Friendly
the
Disposable Income Index, looking at
savings of UK households, found that
50% of people surveyed were concerned
large,
about how they would cope with a
unexpected bill.
‘Figures like these show how truly
to
precarious our lives are when it comes
at
our finances,’ says Richard Kateley
Legal & General. ‘Whether you’re
buying your first home, starting a family
easy
or just enjoying life with friends, it’s
to avoid thinking about what would
happen if you had a financial setback.’
and
So how did we get into such a mess
how do we get on a better path?
‘We’re a nation of spenders,’ says
personal finance expert and
have
commentator Jasmine Birtles. ‘We
to take a step back and make some
live
fundamental changes in the way we
the
day to day, so that we get more into
habit of saving – spending only on what
we know we need or really want.’
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guestimate. Looking ahead can feel
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A DAD committed murder before
framing his 14-year-old son – placing
a gun in his hands and urging him to
take the blame, a court heard.
Matthew Moseley shot Lee Holt
when he came to his door to confront
him over a feud between their two
boys, it was claimed yesterday.
He allegedly passed the 12 gauge
Beretta semi-automatic shotgun he
had used to son Thomas and said: ‘Tell
them you have done it because you
can’t get done for it.’
Thomas and Mr Holt’s son Wesley
by AIDAN RADNEDGE
LOOPHOLE
LAWYER: ANT
WAS LUCKY
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HEALTH AND
SAFETY... OR
JUST NUTS?
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‘SLUT’ CASE
TEACHER
IS CLEARED
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Metcalfe, also 14, had been at odds for
about 16 months, Preston crown court
heard yesterday.
On October 25 last year they had a
row on social media and there was
mention of meeting for a fight.
Mr Holt and his partner Kate Phelan
took Wesley in a taxi that evening to
the Moseley family home in
Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire. He began
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On trial: Dad Matthew Moseleyy
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Fined £86k?
Ant’s got off
lightly, says
Mr Loophole
by IAN LEONARD
CELEBRITY lawyer Nick Freeman
says Ant McPartlin got off lightly
despite being handed what is thought
to be Britain’s biggest ever fine for
drink driving.
The solicitor – known as Mr Loophole – claimed ‘sloppy’ prosecution
work saved the TV presenter from facing even more serious charges.
McPartlin, 42, was fined £86,000 and
banned from the road for 20 months
METRO Talk: Pages 14-15 »
after he was caught more than twice
the legal limit following a crash in
Mortlake, west London, in March.
Speaking outside Wimbledon magistrates’ court this week, McPartlin said
he was ‘ashamed and mortified’ for
crashing while drink-driving with
his mother in the passenger seat.
But Mr Freeman (pictured),
who has defended many celebrities facing motoring offences,
said the star should also have been
charged with dangerous driving
because his car collided
with two other vehicles,
one carrying a nine-year-
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Close: Chambers (left) and French
DAWN FRENCH has said she is
still ‘reeling’ after her Vicar Of
Dibley co-star Emma
Chambers died aged just 53.
The comedian became close
friends with the actress, who
had a fatal heart attack in
February, when they worked
together on the sitcom.
She told ITV’s Lorraine that
Chambers put a ‘lot of hard
work’ into playing clueless
verger Alice Horton.
‘We’re all still reeling a little
bit from it,’ said French, 60.
‘Emma is a massively diligent
person, much unlike Alice. She
was incredibly bright. Very
funny, very knowing and yet
she was able to play someone
who was in a different world.’
French added Chambers,
whose death may have been
related to her severe allergies,
once suffered a reaction
during a scene with farm
animals.
Over limit:
Anthony
McPartlin
outside court
where he was
handed
Britain’s
‘biggest ever’
fine for drink
driving
PICTURE: REX
old boy and the other a girl of four. A
number of people were treated for
minor injuries, while the girl needed
hospital treatment.
‘It’s sloppy prosecuting, it’s sloppy
police work,’ said Mr Freeman.
‘They haven’t done their job properly. The nine-year-old boy was
screaming saying, “Mummy I’m going
to die, I’m going to die.”
‘He hit one car and then collided
with another car and that, in any
view, is dangerous driving.’
Mr Freeman also tweeted that
the fine handed to McPartlin ‘won’t
inflict any pain’. The star admitted
driving with 75 micrograms
of alcohol in 100ml of
breath. The legal limit is
35 micrograms.
Footballer faces jail over drink-drive crash
A FORMER Premier League footballer has been told he faces jail
after admitting a second drink-drive charge in less than three years.
Republic of Ireland midfielder Darron Gibson, 30, was three times
over the limit when he smashed his Mercedes 4x4 into parked cars
in Sunderland on St Patrick’s Day, South Tyneside magistrates’ court
was told. He left Championship club Sunderland after the March 17
crash. The ex-Manchester United player will be sentenced in May.
Dibley star’s death
at 53 shocks Dawn
Hot Damn! Lamar
celebrates Pulitzer
Pammie’s plea for ‘tortured’ pal Assange
PAMELA ANDERSON says WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is being
subjected to ‘a form of torture’. Mr Assange, 46, has been living in
the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012 amid fears he will be
deported to the US and jailed. He has lost his web access and been
banned by Ecuador from having visitors. Canadian actress
Anderson, 50, a close friend, told ITV’s Good Morning Britain she is
‘very concerned about his health’ and claimed ‘they’re slowly killing
him’. Sex allegations were dropped by the Swedish authorities but
he still faces an arrest warrant in the UK for skipping bail.
KENDRICK
LAMAR has
become the first
rapper to win a
Pulitzer Prize for
music.
The 30-yearold (pictured)
was handed the prestigious
award for his fourth album
Damn. As well as jazz and
classical composers, past
winners include Bob Dylan
and Hank Williams. Reese
Witherspoon congratulated
Lamar, tweeting: ‘Keep
speaking truth.’
4 METRO Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Weapons inspectors ‘let
in to chemical attack site’
by DANIEL BINNS
WEAPONS inspectors finally entered
Douma yesterday to investigate the
suspected chemical attack, according
to Syrian state media.
The team from the Organisation for
the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
planned to take soil samples to find out
whether poison gas was used.
They arrived on Saturday but were
blocked from going into the suburban
area near Damascus by troops, with
Syria blaming ‘security issues’.
Kenneth Ward, US ambassador to
the OPCW, raised fears that Syria’s
ally Russia may have sent soldiers to
hide evidence after at least 40 people
including children died.
But Russian foreign minister Sergei
Lavrov denied any interference and
again insisted there was no attack.
Theresa May, who says there is clear
evidence chemicals were used by the
Syrian regime to drive out rebels, faced
more criticism in Parliament yesterday
for ordering air strikes in retaliation.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said
teaming up with France and the US to
destroy suspected chemical weapons
bases had risked making the situation
in the war-torn country worse.
And he said she should have recalled
SIGNS OF DISAPPROVAL FOR MACRON FROM MEPs
MPs from their Easter break to decide
if the action was needed. He pointed
out that former PM David Cameron
held a vote before strikes in Libya.
‘I am sorry to say her decision not to
recall Parliament and engage in further
military action in Syria last week
showed a flagrant disregard for this
convention,’ he said. Mr Corbyn’s call
for a new war powers act to stop prime
ministers ordering attacks without
calling a vote was criticised by Tory
MP Jacob Rees-Mogg.
He said it would prevent swift action
and argued the Labour leader should
have called for a vote of no confidence
FRENCH president
Emmanuel Macron
faced protests over
the Syria bombing
raid as he visited
the European
Parliament.
Some MEPs held
up ‘stop the war’
placards following
the action by the US,
France and Britain.
Mr Macron
(pictured) urged
them in a speech to
defy authoritarian
regimes like Syria’s
by embracing
democracy.
‘A critical debate
on what
Europe is
about’ is
required,
he said.
in Mrs May if he disagreed
with the strikes.
‘The opposition is of a
pacifist tone, and that may be
honourable and it may be noble,
but it is different from upsetting
our constitution merely to
entrench inaction,’ he said.
Skripal nerve
agent was in
liquid form
RUSSIAN former double agent
Sergei Skripal and his
daughter were poisoned with
a nerve agent in ‘liquid form’.
Mr Skripal, 66, and Yulia, 33,
were targeted in Salisbury last
month with a ‘very small
amount’ of novichok, the
Department for Environment
said.
It comes as the first of ten
cordoned-off sites around the
city was reopened to the public
yesterday. Tests confirmed the
London Road cemetery, which
contains the remains of Mr
Skripal’s wife and son, was not
contaminated.
Work is set to begin on
cleaning nine other locations
experts either know or believe
are contaminated. The Mill pub
and Mr Skripal’s home will be
the last to be tackled.
Residents have been
warned to expect more
activity as cordons are
replaced with secure
fencing and specialists
in protective suits
begin work.
Ms Skripal
(pictured) was
discharged from
hospital last week.
Her father is still
receiving treatment.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 METRO 5
METRO BITES
n BATH Abbey is to be warmed
by the city’s Roman hot springs,
using underfloor heating.
Engineers are to install heat
exchangers to transform hot
water from the Sacred Spring
into renewable energy.
n DISRUPTION will hit train
travellers during May’s two
bank holiday weekends as
Network Rail carries out 820
projects. Boss Mark Carne
said: ‘We strongly advise
passengers to plan ahead.’
Swept over field: Summer Grant SWNS
Tragedy: Police at the fairground where an inflatable carrying seven-year-old Summer ‘flew into air’ EASTNEWS PRESS
Dad chased bouncy castle
as it blew girl to her death
by SAM RUSSELL
A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD girl died after
a bouncy castle blew ‘30 to 50ft in the
air’ with her inside it while her father
desperately gave chase, a court heard.
Summer Grant was with her family
at an Easter fair in Essex in March
2016 when the inflatable was blown
away.
Her father Lee Grant said she had
been on the waltzer in Harlow Town
Park with her sister Lily, five, and then
got on the castle.
‘I just heard my mum scream “no”
and within seconds it blew away,’ said
Mr Grant. ‘I remember it blowing over
a caravan and kept on going over the
field. I started running after it.
‘It was 30 to 50ft in the air and just
rolling. I think it hit a tree. It came to a
halt when it hit the fence.’
Mr Grant told Chelmsford crown
court: ‘I couldn’t find her. I couldn’t
find the entrance as it had deflated by
the time it reached the end.’ Summer was taken to hospital where
she died from her injuries.
Tracy Ayling QC, prosecuting, said a yellow weather warning was in place that day, when
gusts had reached 35 to
40mph.
Fairground worker William
Weather warning:
The bouncy castle
blew from the fair
(red circle) and
ended up across
a field (blue circle)
EASTNEWS PRESS
Manslaughter charge:
Shelby and William Thurston
Thurston, 29, and wife Shelby
Thurston, 26, both deny manslaughter by gross negligence and
a health and safety offence. Prosecutors say the couple, of Wilburton,
Cambridgeshire, failed to ensure the
bouncy castle was ‘adequately
anchored’ and failed to monitor
weather conditions to ensure it was
safe to use. The trial continues.
‘I can’t believe my dad pinned murder on me’
» Continued from Page 1
shouting and banging on the
windows, the court heard.
Moseley allegedly went to his
gun cabinet and loaded the
Beretta before telling his son to
call the police. A sound like a
shot was heard ten seconds into
the call, it was claimed.
Thomas at first took the blame
for killing Mr Holt, 32, who died
in hospital from a single wound
to the chest. But the boy later
told officers his dad was at fault,
saying: ‘I couldn’t believe what
had happened. No normal kid
has ever had to do anything like
Killed: Lee
Holt, 32, died
in hospital of a
gunshot
wound to the
chest
this.’ Police later secretly
recorded Moseley urging his son
to revert to his original story as
they headed to a hearing in a
prison van, the court heard.
The 50-year-old is said to have
argued that, as an adult, he could
expect a life sentence, while
Thomas would be treated
leniently as a minor.
‘Self-defence for you, you
didn’t know what you were doing
– me, different ballgame,’ he
allegedly said.
Thomas told police his mother
initially thought he had killed
Mr Holt. He said she asked him:
‘Why didn’t you at least shoot
him in the f***ing legs?’
He said of Moseley: ‘I love him
to bits but you would think he
would take responsibility for
what he has done and not let his
son take the blame for him.’
Moseley, who denies murder,
allegedly told his wife in a call
from jail: ‘I weren’t even f***ing
aiming, I just picked it up and
“bang”.’ The trial continues.
n A ZOO has been given a
cracking collection of rare bird
eggs, some more than 100
years old. More than 200 were
donated to Drusillas Park in
Sussex after a couple cleared
out a late relative’s home.
n THE Duke of Cambridge is a
fan of Nando’s – joining Jay-Z,
David Beckham and Rihanna
in liking its spicy chicken. The
prince told co-founder Robert
Brozin a Met police protection
officer first took him there.
6 METRO Wednesday, April 18, 2018
CORRECTIONS &
C L A R I F I C AT I O N S
NUTS!
Saffetty expertts
slam school axe
of ‘danger’ tree
That old
chestnut: Tree
is set to be cut
down because
of health and
safety fears
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Impact: Tree has a ‘negative effect’
A SCHOOL which has won the right to
cut down a 150-year-old tree on health
and safety grounds has been slammed
– by health and safety experts.
The historic sweet chestnut is facing
the axe in Surrey after teachers said its
fallen leaves were ‘very slippery’ and
the prickly nuts put children in danger
– and took hours to sweep up.
Sarah May, head teacher of St John’s
primary in Knaphill, Surrey, convinced
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by ADAM BENNETT
Woking borough council to remove a
tree preservation order, arguing bird
poo was also an isssue.
The tree’s ‘neggativ
impact on learnin
n
experiences’
ouut
weighed its positiv
v
effect, she said.
But the Health and
Safety Executive said: ‘Schools and
councils still hide behind non-existent
health and safety regulations to excuse
all kinds of questionable decisions.
Ch
hestnuts have fallen from
rees for millennia and
eaaves do get wet and
slippery. While it is
naature, it certainly
snn’t health and safety,
whhich is a set of laws
designed to prevent death, serious
injury and ill-health in the workplace,
not eradicate any risk at all from people’s lives.’
Local councillor Louise Morales,
who opposed the removal of the tree at
a planning committee last month, said:
‘I have searched and I have not found
a single child who has been killed by a
falling chestnut. It doesn’t happen.’ A
date for the felling has not been set.
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Wednesday, April 18, 2018 METRO 7
by DOMINIC YEATMAN
HUNDREDS of British citizens have
been wrongly targeted for deportation
because of the Windrush scandal, it
emerged yesterday.
Ministers admitted they still do not
know the final figure and scrambled to
halt deportations taking place as
Theresa May publically apologised to
Caribbean leaders at No.10.
‘I want to dispel any impression my
government is clamping down on
Commonwealth citizens, particularly
those from the Caribbean,’ she said.
Jamaica’s prime minister Andrew
Holness said he did not know how
many people had been affected, but it
was ‘at least’ in the hundreds.
Thousands of Commonwealth
migrants who arrived before 1973 are
required to prove they have the right to
stay under an immigration crackdown
announced by Mrs May as home sec-
May apologises for
Windrush scandal
affecting ‘hundreds’
Target: John Mann called police PA
METRO Talk: Pages 14-15 »
retary in 2014. Mozi Haynes, 35, who
cares for his 74-year-old mother, cancer patient Ruth Williams (also pictured), was due to return to St
Vincent today.
He has been living in
Slough, but was born on the
island and moved to the UK
to be with his mother. ‘I
live on my own and
need my son to stay
here,’ she told LBC.
‘I am unwell and
can’t face being
alone. The Home
Office have left us
feeling less than
human beings.’
The
government
has announced a taskforce to process claims
Leaders’ meeting: Jamaican leader Andrew Holness (centre) with the Caribbean delegation PICTURES: PA
within two weeks
and Mrs May’s
spokesman said
Mr Haynes’ case
would be reviewed
‘with immediate
effect’. On Monday, immigration minister Caroline Nokes said some people
had been wrongly deported.
Meanwhile, it emerged in 2010 the
Home Office destroyed thousands of
landing cards for ships from the Carib-
bean. Mrs May’s spokesman said the
cards did not give ‘any reliable evidence relating to ongoing residence’.
Labour MP David Lammy said the
crisis resulted from ‘systemic incompetence, callousness and cruelty’.
Gran who never left Britain barred from jobs
Red tape: Mrs O’Connor at six and 57
‘Family faced
threats from
anti-Semites’
THE ‘hostile environment for
illegal immigrants’ has left British
citizens struggling for housing,
healthcare and jobs.
Sarah O’Connor, 57, never
applied for a passport because she
never left the country after
arriving from Jamaica as a sixyear-old in 1966.
But when the mother-of-five of
Dagenham lost her job last year
she found she needed one to apply
for employment and benefits – but
faced a £1,200 charge just to begin
the passport application process.
‘All my family – my kids, my
grandkids are here,’ she said. ‘Just
imagine, after 30-odd years of
working, paying tax, national
insurance, voting, everything, to be
told you’re an illegal immigrant.’
Mrs O’Connor found work after
paying £237 for a ‘biometric card’,
but still fears deportation. ‘The
immigration laws seem to be
punishing people like me who
worked for everything they have.’
There is no official record of the
500,000 West Indians who arrived
in the UK between 1948 and 1970.
A LABOUR MP says his family
was targeted with death and
rape threats after he criticised
anti-Semitism in his party.
John Mann, who chairs the
all-parliamentary group on the
issue, told a Commons debate
he was forced to call police
due to a campaign of
intimidation from ‘Islamists’
and left-wingers.
He said: ‘I didn’t expect when
I took on this voluntary crossparty role for my wife to be
sent by a Labour Marxist antiSemite a dead bird.
‘[And] I didn’t expect my son
after an Islamist death threat,
to open the
door in the
house... to
the bomb
squad.’
He said his
wife Jo White
(pictured) and
daughter had
both faced
rape threats. He did not say
how he knew the identity of
those behind the threats.
Fellow Labour MP Ian Austin
used the debate to call for Ken
Livingstone to be ‘booted out’
of the party for saying that
Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler once
supported Zionism. The former
London mayor, who is
suspended pending an inquiry,
says his comments were
historically accurate.
Conservative communities
secretary Sajid Javid attacked
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn
over the issue, accusing him of
a ‘deeply worrying lack of
leadership and moral clarity’.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 METRO 9
THE CURRY NILE
Restaurant washing-up makes city’s underground stream run yellow
by SAMANTHA YULE
IT HAS been dubbed the ‘curry capital
of Britain’, but a steady trickle of tikkas
is polluting a river in Bradford.
An underground beck flowing through
the city in West Yorkshire was stained
yellow by food waste dumped from
curry houses, which have been named
the best in the country six times.
Bradford’s ancient plumbing
system means pipes in
older buildings often
drain into subterranean
streams, rather than
into the sewerage system.
Washing up
from Indian catering businesses meant
leftover curry was going straight
into the Bradford Beck, which feeds into
the river Aire.
Rob Hellawell, 49, is part of Friends
of Bradford’s Beck, which brought the
problem to the restaurant owners’ attention. He has seen similar waste in Westbrook Beck, which also feeds the Aire.
‘It wasn’t like the business owners
were throwing waste curry out of their
window, they were just washing their
Dhal as
dishwater:
A beck in
Bradford
has been
discoloured
by waste
from curry
houses
PICTURES: SWNS
pots as usual and
unbeknown to them it
was landing in the beck,’
he said. ‘Once we made
them aware of the problem
they rectified it right away by changing the plumbing. We were delighted to
finally clear up this large curry problem,
but it is a problem all over Bradford.’
Mr Hellawell said the issue dates back
to the industrial revolution when businesses would ‘dump straight into the
public watercourse’.
Bradford boasts 200 Asian restaurants
in an industry that employs almost
100,000 people.
‘Slut’ teacher cleared over
sex with underage pupil
A TEACHER who was accused of
having sex with an underage pupil
wiped away tears yesterday as she
was found not guilty.
Deborah Lowe, 54, was told she
could walk free from Minshull
Street crown court in Manchester
following a seven-day trial. She was
cleared of five counts of sexual
activity with a child by a person in a
position of trust.
The divorcee had said she
was ‘flattered’ by the
teenager’s attention as she
went through a ‘midlife
crisis’.
But she insisted the
relationship with the boy,
35 years her junior, only
became sexual after he
had left school and
turned 17.
‘Mortified’:
The court
Lowe later felt
heard that in a
embarrassed
jokey WhatsApp
by affair PA
message to a
friend, Lowe had said she was not
having sex with the boy. But she
added: ‘If in the not-too-distant
future he wants to discuss the merits
of an older woman I will be there for
him,’ followed by emojis of a bottle
of baby oil and a pair of handcuffs.
The boy’s mother called police last
summer after finding a card to him
signed ‘the slut’ – a name they had
used during ‘rough sex’.
The teenager told the jury that
‘flirting’ at school led to phone
sex then sexual encounters
in Lowe’s home, car and
caravan. He said the affair was
‘every lad’s fantasy’ but he was
later ‘creeped out’ by the
age gap.
Mother-of-two
Lowe, of Poynton,
Cheshire, said she
felt ‘mortified and
embarrassed’ at
her ‘foolish
infatuation’.
A cheap Tate! Bid to
lure young people
Yachtsman crushed
as he repairs his boat
TATE galleries are to offer cheap
£5 tickets for 16- to 25-year-olds
to attract them to exhibitions.
Young people who join the free
Tate Collective scheme will also
get discounts in Tate cafés and
shops. They can bring up to three
friends under 25 to shows, each
for £5. Tate will also appoint a
trustee to represent young people.
At present, only between six per
cent and ten per cent of visitors to
paid-for exhibitions are under 25.
Tickets can cost up to £22.
A YACHTSMAN has been crushed
to death by his own boat as he
worked on it at a yacht club.
The 56-year-old man, thought to
be a company director, was
carrying out general repairs
beneath the 29ft yacht when it
toppled over.
He was found under the half-ton
wooden vessel and pronounced
dead at the Weymouth Sailing
Club in Dorset. Members said the
victim had joined the club a year
ago after moving to the area.
Dear Sir, that’s one
for the over-55s
HOW to write a formal letter,
wire a plug and multiply
without a calculator are all
skills the over-55s are better
at than millennials.
Managing money, ironing,
sewing on buttons, spelling
and grammar were also skills
more older people had
mastered, according to Bupa,
which surveyed 2,000 people
ahead of a national care home
open day on Saturday aimed
at introducing old and young.
Bupa’s Joan Elliott said:
‘There’s so much we can learn
from our older generations,
but there’s a real danger that
we’re losing valuable life skills.’
10 METRO Wednesday, April 18, 2018
IN BRIEF
Costa set to recycle
500m cups a year
COSTA COFFEE has pledged to
recycle as many disposable
cups as it sells by 2020.
The UK’s largest coffee shop
chain has said it will recycle up
to 500million disposable cups
a year, including those from
other retailers, and has urged
its rivals to do the same.
It will pay waste collectors a
supplement of £70 per ton of
cups sent to recycling plants.
Boss Dominic Paul said: ‘By
creating a market for cups as
a valuable recyclable material
we can transform the UK’s
binfrastructure.’
TERROR AS PLANE’S
Passenger nearly sucked out after
737’s engine blows up during flight
by DANIEL BINNS
Fast food is linked
to type 1 diabetes
HIGH rates of diabetes were
found in areas saturated with
fast food restaurants.
A study found ‘hotspots’ of
type 1 diabetes normally
blamed on genetics in New
York City’s ‘food swamps’.
David Lee, of New York
University School of Medicine,
said: ‘Our research suggests
that an adverse food
environment has an important
influence in type 1 diabetes,
and a more thorough
investigation of genetics,
health behaviours and cultural
influences should be
considered for type 2.’
Terrifying: The damaged engine after emergency landing MARTY MARTINEZ
PASSENGERS pulled a woman back
into a plane as she was sucked out of a
window when the glass was shattered
by an engine explosion.
Frightened fliers tried in vain to plug
the hole with jackets and other objects
that were sent hurtling from the Boeing
737 yesterday.
One passenger died after the drama
on a flight from New York to Dallas but
authorities had not confirmed last night
if it was the woman who narrowly
escaped being sucked outside.
Marty Martinez, who was sitting two
rows away, said her head and arms were
outside as people came to her aid.
‘Passengers right next to her were
holding onto her. And meanwhile, there
was blood all over this man’s hands. He
was tending to her,’ Mr Martinez said.
The Southwest Airlines plane had 149
people on board when an engine blew
up, showering the fuselage with
shrapnel and causing a sudden drop in
altitude.
Mr Martinez paid £5 to access the
jet’s wi-fi so he could live-stream a farewell message to friends. ‘Something is
wrong with our plane, it appears we are
going down,’ he yelled. Oxygen masks
Shaken: Crew members on the Boeing 737
were deployed before the pilot made an
emergency landing in Philadelphia and
a small blaze on the aircraft was put out.
Seven passengers had minor injuries.
New Yorker Amanda Bourman said:
‘I remember holding my husband’s
hand and we just prayed and prayed.
‘And the thoughts that were going
through my head of course were about
my daughters, just wanting to see them
again and give them a big hug so they
wouldn’t grow up without parents.’ She
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 METRO 11
WINDOW SHATTERS
‘We’re going down’: Marty Martinez (left) live-streams on Facebook amid the panic
Safe: The plane on the Tarmac AP
added: ‘Everybody was crying and upset.
You had a few passengers that were very
strong and they kept yelling to people,
you know, “It’s OK, we’re going to do
this”.’ Mrs Bourman said medical staff
used a defibrillator to help a woman as
they took her off the plane. A man in a
cowboy hat who rushed to cover the
broken window had a bandage around
his arm after the jet landed, she said.
Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Adam
Thiel said passengers did ‘some pretty
amazing things under some pretty difficult circumstances’.
America’s National Transportation
Safety Board is investigating and the
engine is to be thoroughly examined.
Shattered: The window from which a woman was rescued
MARTY MARTINEZ
Moving out... home
where burglar was
stabbed is cleared
REMOVAL men have begun taking
away items from the pensioners’
home where a burglar was stabbed
to death during a botched raid.
Richard Osborn-Brooks, 78, and
his wife Maureen, 76, have been
under police guard in a safe house
since the stabbing in south-east
London on April 4.
The arrival of eight removal men
yesterday appeared to confirm
reports the couple intend to sell
the property in Hither Green.
At 8.50am the team entered the
boarded-up house
where intruder
Henry Vincent, 37,
was stabbed in a
struggle with Mr
Osborn-Brooks
(pictured). A police
flatbed lorry
picked up the
couple’s car.
One neighbour,
who did not want
to be named, said: ‘We hoped they
would come back but this looks
rather final to me. It’s all very sad.’
A family friend has said the pair
had been told they faced reprisals
from associates of Vincent. The
dead man’s family have built floral
shrines outside which have been
pulled down several times by
outraged neighbours.
Mr Osborn-Brooks was initially
arrested on suspicion of murder
but released with no further action.
Police are still hunting for Vincent’s
accomplice Billy Jeeves, 28.
12 METRO Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Zayn plotting new gigs in
fight to beat stage fright
ZAYN has said he won’t wave the white flag in his ongoing battle
against anxiety – as he teased a stage return.
The ex-1D star, 25, canned a string of gigs in 2016
HARRY
Y
as a result of his mental health struggles.
STYLES thanked
hanked
But the Let Me singer says he is dealing with
support act Mabel for
his demons, so can he perform live again.
hitting the road with him –
‘I’m working on that at the minute. I’m
show
a
by throwing a cream pie in
actually rehearsing and getting
her face. The ex-One Direction
together,’ he told Beats 1’s Zane
and
confident
more
star,
24, pulled the messy
Lowe. ‘I feel
prank on the 22-year-old
like I want to be more at the
singer as they closed the
forefront of things,’ he added.
European leg of his tour
Zayn, who last month split
in Dublin on Monday. ‘At
from model Gigi Hadid, 22, has
least it was vegan,’
also parted ways with long-time
Mabel quipped.
manager Sarah Stennett, Variety
magazine reported yesterday.
A N D R E I H A R M S W O RT H ’ S
Raye: After
studio scare
with exec I
covered up
‘Attack’ made Drake’s girl stronger
D
she said. ‘That’s just one occasion.
RAKE’s new girlfriend
When you’re a young female,
Raye has a rule about
everyone’s like, “You’re going to do
covering up after alleging
what I want in order to climb that
she was harassed by a
ladder”. It’s disgusting,’ she added.
male producer as a teen.
Raye says the incident prompted her
Sharing her ordeal exclusively with
to re-think her wardrobe to ward off
Guilty Pleasures, music’s hottest new
unwanted attention.
property says she only wears ‘baggy
‘After that, for a year, I only wore
clothes’ in the studio after the scary
baggy clothes to the studio. Nothing
encounter.
tight. Nothing revealing. It was
Raye recalled: ‘I had an experience
in LA where I turned up to the studio – difficult for me to trust people.’
But she assures fans she is as tough
just me and this guy in a small
as nails these days. ‘It definitely
room. He started being weird,
helped me become stronger, take
quite aggressive and shout-y. I
care of myself and not take s***
remember telling him my
from anyone,’ she said.
opinion on some song and he
This week, it was reported
was like, “You’re wrong”.’
the Londoner, 20, has struck up
The Decline singer ‘wanted
a romance with rapper Drake,
to leave’ and called her
31. The pair are said to be
manager to collect her,
smitten with one another.
which is when – she
Perhaps she’ll pop up on
claims – the unnamed
Drizzy’s much-anticipated
producer made his move.
new album Scorpio, which
‘He sat next to me and
‘It was horrible’:
will be released June 28.
started trying to touch
Raye’s latest single
Raye alleges she
my leg. It was horrible. I
Cigarette (ft Stefflon Don &
was harassed
was 17. I pushed him off
Mabel) is out now.
and ran out the studio,’
earlier in career REX
Mimi being sued for ‘sex harassment’
MARIAH CAREY looks set to
be sued by her female
former manager over claims
of sexual harassment.
Stella Bulochnikov, who
parted ways with the US
diva in November last year,
alleges the Touch My Body
singer used to ‘constantly’
walk around naked in front of
her. Bulochnikov also claims Mimi,
48, owes her unpaid wages
and alleges her civil,
employment and housing
rights were violated.
But Mimi, who revealed
this month she is bipolar,
refutes the claims.
Her team said: ‘If this
frivolous, baseless claim is
filed, we will defend against it
vigorously and successfully.’
John Russ-tles up a pants purchase
COMEDIAN John Oliver has paid £5,000 for
Russell Crowe’s old jockstrap.
The This Week Tonight host bought pants worn
by Crowe, 54, in 2005 film Cinderella Man. It was
included in memorabila he sold last week to pay
for his split from ex-wife Danielle Spencer.
On his US TV show, Oliver, 40, joked: ‘It was
$7,000! That is a big price to pay just to find out
what Russell Crowe’s balls smelled like in 2005!’
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Posh birthday gathering as Vic
passes on Girl Power baton...
VICTORIA BECKHAM was in party mood as she turned 44
yesterday – but put a dampener on the occasion by again
dismissing speculation she is to rejoin the Spice Girls.
Posh celebrated her big day by posting a sweet snap of herself
posing with children Brooklyn, 19, Romeo, 15, Cruz,
13, and six-year-old Harper in sunny LA.
But she used the moment to manage the
expectations of fans who reckon she’s playing coy
about getting back behind the mic.
Rumours have been rife Victoria and the girls
are planning a comeback tour since they met up
in London earlier this year.
But the singer-turned-fashion designer told
Grazia magazine: ‘There is no tour but it was great
getting together with them. We were just saying
Girl Power is such an important message and how
do we pass the baton on to future generations?
And that’s what it’s about with us. It’s not about
going on tour and recording new material.’
GUILTY PLEASURES has a
killer prize up for grabs
today – a pair of tickets
to see The Killers at
TRNSMT festival on
Glasgow Green on July 8.
You’ll also see CHVRCHES
and Franz Ferdinand on the day too,
thanks to DF Concerts.
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THE MEGA AGENCY
The
Gutter
Ed and Bruno
lead awards list
Parka nit-pickers
don’t bother Noel
Bey’s advance to
top of the class
Met on the beat
at new gay club
ED SHEERAN,
Bruno Mars and
Kendrick Lamar are each
nominated for 15 gongs,
including top artist, for
next month’s 2018
Billboard Music Awards.
NOEL GALLAGHER
has lashed out at
critics – including bro
Liam. He doesn’t ‘give
a f***’ what ‘geezers
in parkas’ think of his
music, he said.
BEYONCÉ has
donated $100,000
to four universities for
scholarships. One black
student from each will
be given $25,000 by her
BeyGood initiative.
EAST Creative, the
owners of Sink
The Pink and Mighty
Hoopla, are to open a
new gay club at former
strip house Metropolis
in London tomorrow.
and tweet us with
#MetroTRNSMTKillers by
4pm today.
Travel and
accommodation not
included. Over 16s
only. Usual rules
apply. For info
about tickets, go to
www.TRNSMTfest.com.
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GOOD DEED FEED
THANK you to whoever handed
in my grandson’s wallet with all
the contents. It was left on the
10.47am Finsbury Park to New
Southgate train last Saturday.
The money was for his month
Harvey, Islington
at college.
TO the attractive young lady
with Sony headphones walking
her dog, who kindly helped me
when I fell on Blackstock Road
on Sunday and broke my nose.
I couldn’t thank you enough.
I made it to A&E.
Elderly Oriental Gentleman
THANK you to the gent who
helped me get from Euston to
Liverpool Street. Had such a
lovely chat with you on the
way. A refreshing change from
Anon
using phone apps!
THANKS to all the kind people
on the 5.57pm Charing Cross to
Orpington train last Friday who
helped me when I passed out! I
suffer from low blood pressure
and appreciated your help.
Ayesha, Bromley
WHEN my husband fell in
Bowford Avenue on Friday, two
women helped and walked
home with him. A very big
thank you. Jane, Bexleyheath
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Windrush shame
of May and Rudd
These people were invited and rebuilt Britain
n I am appalled and saddened by how the
government has threatened the Windrush
generation with deportation (Metro, Tue).
In fact, I am angry and I feel that we, as
black people, have been treated like
common criminals. Many of these people
are expected to look for identification
that goes back 40 years but who holds
papers going back that far?
The government wanted to be seen as
getting tough on immigration and it
chose easy targets. Many of these people
came on a parent’s passport when they
were little and have worked and paid their
taxes, like their parents. There is talk of
an amnesty – well, you offer an amnesty
if someone has done something wrong.
To add insult to injury, Theresa May
at first refused to see the head of states
from Commonwealth countries. We
people of colour now know what this
government feels towards us. I am very
angry and bitter. Joyce Johns, Tottenham
n Lovely ‘light touch’ of the
government, which is trying to deport our
Commonwealth cousins. They have
ignored high commissioners’ pleas and
now those who thought living here as
equals for decades at our behest, paying
taxes, face being booked on Windrush 2.
As to the Home Office advice that they
brush up on their cod Caribbean accents,
is Jim Davidson working the strings? Mrs
May and home secretary Amber Rudd,
you both have the hide of a (white) rhino!
I want my country back indeed – just not
this one.
Scot, Glasgow
n The current debate about the rights of
Commonwealth citizens is not new. I was
dealing with such cases in 2007/8. The
cost of trying to regularise a stay is high,
which brings into question Home Office
fees for all people. If other EU countries
placed such high fees after Brexit there
would be hell to pay among Britons
I’s bn pping:
‘Srr’ Rudd c
n Windrush fisc
by joel tayloR
AMBER RUDD has apologised to the
Windrush generation who have been
subjected to ‘inhumane and cruel’
treatment by the government with
some facing the threat of deportation.
Ms Rudd announced the creation of
a new Home Office taskforce to speed
up the regularisation of the immigration status of people who arrived in the
UK as long ago as the 1940s.
But the home secretary was forced to
admit she didn’t know if anyone had
been deported in error after a junior
minister suggested it had occurred.
Ms Rudd was responding to an
urgent question from Labour’s David
Lammy who said it was ‘inhumane
and cruel’ for so many in the Windrush
generation ‘to have suffered so long’.
He told MPs: ‘This is a day of national
shame and it has come about because
of a hostile environment policy that
was begun under her prime minister.’
And communities secretary Sajid
Javid said he was ‘deeply concerned’
at challenges to the immigration status
of people who were ‘long-standing
pillars of our community’.
Ms Rudd told the House of Commons: ‘I am concerned that the
Home Office has become too concerned with policy and strategy,
and sometimes loses sight of
the individual.
‘We have seen the individual stories, and they
have been, some of them,
terrible to hear, and that
is why I have acted.’ She
was challenged over an
interview in which
immigration
minister
C
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Windrush docks at
Tilbury in June 1948 with
(below) some of the first
migrants from Jamaica.
Left, Amber Rudd
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to confirm that some Windrush
migrants had been wrongly deported.
Ms Rudd said: ‘I do not want any of
the Commonwealth citizens who are
here legally to be impacted in the way
they have. Frankly, some of the ways
they have been treated has been wrong,
has been appalling, and I am sorry.’ It
came after a cross-party group of 140
MPs wrote to Theresa May calling for
an ‘immediate and effective’ response.
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living in Europe. Many Windrush
children have worked, paid taxes and, for
a long time, been treated badly by the
Home Office. At least now we can try to
resolve this.
It will take time, as only when a change
of circumstances happens is there a
trigger for government involvement.
Some may have been held in detention
centres and possibly deported.
Gary Martin, Walthamstow
n The Windrush fiasco is just another
example of the utter incompetence of this
country.
Martin, Kent
n A lack of care and responsibility
towards a generation of hard-working
immigrants who came over and helped
rebuild Britain following a devastating
war. They are cast aside when they lose
their paperwork, with the innocent
incarcerated not once but several times.
Maybe the department’s staff should try
it out themselves.
Anon
n This is appalling. Why has it taken so
long to sort out? The people this affects
worked hard on our behalf and are
treated as non-citizens. Past governments
should have dealt with this long ago.
Lynn Borroff
World is bigger than the EU
n Excuse me, Paul Donovan of
Wanstead (MetroTalk, Mon), you’re
wrong to say Britain is no longer a
great power. This ‘small’ country is a
member of the G7, the G8, Nato and
the UN, is a permanent member of
the UN Security Council and is part
of the Commonwealth, so we’re
hardly isolated and, other than in
geographical terms, we’re not small.
It’s also because we are part of
these institutions that the world
looks to us for leadership. As for
‘great’, we’ve got the Square Mile
and Canary Wharf, we’ve got the
NHS, we’ve got our military, we’ve
got GCHQ, we’ve got our sports and
music venues and so much more.
You sound like a Remain voter who
believes the world revolves around
the EU and little old Blighty will
M Corcoran
struggle outside.
n Who’s not great? Paul, our
country is the same size as in the
19th century and the Army is well
trained and far superior, with
excellent technology, plus nuclear
weapons. We are great!
Gareth, Dunfermline
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 METRO 15
Facing the music:
Ant McPartlin
speaks to the
press after his
court appearance
this week
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!
EPA/NEIL HALL
TO the stunning Indian
gentleman with incredibly
long, silky-smooth hair. You
sat behind me on the bus and
seemed upset. Want a
shoulder to cry on? Tap my
head three times.
Upstairs On The Bus, Ayr
X78 driver with the gorgeous
smile, it’s been a while. I have
seen you a few times but still
haven’t had the courage to
talk to you. Maybe meet me
for a drink sometime?
Shy Brunette, Ponteland
TO the young lady in a black
coat with fur and pink bag
who got on the c2c at
Fenchurch Street at 6pm on
Friday. I couldn’t stop looking
at you, no matter the view
outside the window. Let’s
gaze at the world together.
We both got off at Rainham.
Jake, Mid-Twenties, Beard,
With Glasses, Sat Opposite
I MET you on the train to
Waterloo from Hampton
Court and your name is
Kyleigh. We both got off at
Vauxhall and I walked away
without your details.
Kier, Thames Ditton
TO the beautiful Asian girl in
the black leather jacket on
the 6.10pm from Leeds last
Sunday. We were trying hard
not to stare at each other.
You got off at Huddersfield
and I wish I had too. Drink?
Guy In Stripy Jumper
With Beard, Manchester
FASHION pro on the District
Line to Victoria on Saturday.
I enjoyed our conversation so
much I didn’t even get your
name. Like to meet up?
John, Wimbledon
TOO many blondes! Sat, sun
and smiles. You got off at
Moorgate, we beamed at each
other. Drink? Blondie, London
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n Great Northern is misnomer of
£86K FINE IS JUST LOOSE CHANGE FOR ANT
n Ant McPartlin says he is mortified but that does not alter the fact he
crashed into two cars while twice over the limit (Metro, Tue). He should
have been jailed – his £86,000 fine is peanuts to him.
JK, Southend
the century. The 5.26am was
cancelled at Potters Bar, the
5.38am also. Sorry, parent firm
Govia Thameslink, but we are still
waiting for improvements.
Frustrated, Hertfordshire
n Paul of Essex (MetroTalk,
Mon), complained that
Londoners are all rude. We’re not
all rude, you know! And your
comment is bit rich, seeing as
you’re from Essex!
Claudia, North London
n Paul from Essex can get
stuffed. We’re not rude.
Nick, London
n Linda of Pinner (MetroTalk,
Tue), no one forces people to
work at Amazon. I went for a job
there once but the hours weren’t
for me so I declined. Won’t ever
stop me using the site, though –
I do like my bargains.
Happy Amazon Customer, Fife
n So Wetherspoon has quit
social media (Metro, Tue) saying
it won’t affect business. Difficult
to think what else it actually had
to say on Twitter once it had
reminded people it sold cheap
booze…
Jim, London
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16 METRO Wednesday, April 18, 2018
If Deadshot walked into a
bar, what’s the first thing
he’d do?
Oh wow. He’d tell everybody to
get out. I would imagine them
all running out the door,
leaving him alone with
What made you keen
the bartender and
to voice him?
everybody taking him
I’ve always been a huge
very seriously. He’d
comic book fan, a huge
say in the quiet
superhero fan. I do love
.Childhood dream: Slater. the character and I liked
confident way he
wanted to be Superman. the Winnebago they
speaks: ‘Get out.’
SECONDSwith
CHRISTIAN SLATER
The Mr Robot actor, 48, talks
about voicing Deadshot
in animation Suicide Squad:
Hell To Pay, building a Lego
London and being ‘geek’ cool
were driving around in – usually
the machinery is so hi-tech. That
showed you what the Suicide
Squad have to deal with: they’re the
bottom of the barrel, the lowest of
the low, they have to do their best
with very little.
What comic books did you
like as a kid?
Man… I read Batman, I read
Superman. When I was a little kid
my fantasy was being Superman.
When I was three my mother made
me a Superman cape and I wore it
out – there were holes in it.
What else were you obsessed
with when you were young?
I loved all the shows that were on at
the time, Star Trek, Starsky & Hutch
[laughs], I loved CHiPs – I thought they
were all a lot of fun.
When did you decide you wanted
to be on screen yourself?
Well, I started doing theatre at the age
of nine – that was my foundation in
this business. I did play after play after
play. Then I got a manager and
eventually I landed the part of Adso in
The Name Of The Rose with Sean
Connery. There I was, playing a 13thcentury medieval monk out in Germany
and London. I was a 15, 16-year-old kid
having that experience, which was
pretty overwhelming and special. I’ll
never forget it.
When I was three my
mother made me a
Superman cape and
I wore it out – there
were holes in it
A lot of people associate you
with 1980s and ’90s films. Are
you nostalgic about that era
yourself?
To some degree. I’m very proud of a lot
of those movies. Heathers is definitely
one that stood the test of time. True
Romance is definitely one people still
seem to enjoy.
And now, of course, there’s Mr
Robot.
I love doing the show, I love playing
that character and working with
Rami Malek is great, he’s a
phenomenal actor. It’s a
timely show, almost ahead of
its time in terms of things
that are going on.
REX
This animation is a bit more
adult than the 2016 Suicide
Squad film, isn’t it?
Yes, I found it to be quite shocking –
I mean, they really didn’t pull any
punches, it definitely earned its R
rating. There were some choices that
set them apart from the movie in the
lengths they’re willing to go to.
Los Angeles and doing the
usual things: going to the gym,
spending time with the kids, hanging
out with my wife, walking the dog and
generally relaxing.
What word is often used to
describe you and how accurate
would you say it is?
One of the words people have used is
‘cool’, which as far as I’m concerned is
pretty inaccurate.
How so?
Well, if being a geek is cool then I guess
I could be considered cool. I like sci-fi
and fantasy and love the movies and
comic books. I enjoy pretty much all
the stuff I’m involved in.
Are there any indie
movies in your past
you would urge fans to
check out or revisit?
I really love Pump Up The
Volume. It was very relevant
What else do you have
going on, work-wise?
.Cult hit: Slater. to many situations going on
and even more relevant today,
I just got back from London,
.in True Romance. 30 years later. We haven’t
where I was doing Glengarry
really moved on – in a way, a lot of the
Glen Ross. I loved that. I love doing
problems have got so much bigger.
theatre and plays in London – the
audience was extraordinarily receptive.
It’s funny, my son and I built some Lego Any characters you’d like to
the other day – he built Buckingham
revisit in a sequel?
Palace and I built the London landscape I’d love to see what happened to that
with the London Eye and Parliament and guy in Interview With The Vampire. I’d
Trafalgar Square. It turned out pretty
be curious about that. ANNA SMITH
well. I love Chelsea, Primrose Hill. I
miss London, I can’t wait to come back.
Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay
But right now I am taking a break in
is on Blu-ray and DVD now
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 METRO 17
Abused boyfriend: I shrank to 7st
and would have died within weeks
Years of violence: Alix Skeel with Jordan Worth and (right) our report yesterday
AN ABUSED boyfriend has
revealed he withered to just 7st as
years of bullying and violence took
its toll on him.
Alix Skeel spoke out after his ex
Jordan Worth – thought to be the
first woman convicted under new
domestic violence laws – was jailed.
The victim, who was stabbed,
scalded and denied food, said he
believed he would have been ‘dead
within a couple of weeks’ had
neighbours not called police.
‘I thought my limbs might have
to be amputated,’ he said. ‘I had
open burns. I went from 10st down
to seven. It was awful. It was three
£32m
Cocaine haul of gang who used
corrupt Heathrow baggage
handlers to smuggle in drugs
‘Highly
organised’:
Some of
the drugs
that were
intercepted
by the
National
Crime
Agency
CENTRAL NEWS
A GANG who used two baggage handlers to smuggle at least £32million of
cocaine into the UK have been jailed.
Drug-laden suitcases arrived at Heathrow Terminal 5 from Brazil and were
moved from the international arrivals
carousel to the domestic arrivals hall to
avoid security checks.
On six occasions over 15 months the
National Crime Agency intercepted a
total of 100 kilos of cocaine, with an
average of 78.5 per cent purity and a
street value of £16million. But there
would have been times the drugs were
successfully smuggled.
Judge Michael Hopmeier told London’s Southwark crown court the street
value in this case is at least £32million,
but the precise figure ‘will never be
known and may be academic’.
He told 11 members of the gang, who
faced various charges of conspiracy to import cocaine
and cannabis between September 2015 and December 2016, they had each
acted solely for financial
gain in a ‘highly organised’
and ‘long-standing proSentenced: Jhurry
and Sutherland
by HELEN WILLIAM
fessional conspiracy’. Corrupt air staff
in Brazil loaded bricks of cocaine onto
flights and workers in the UK were sent
photographs and descriptions of the
bags to be taken off the international
arrivals carousel. Couriers would receive
a text with a photo of the bags to pick
up, said the NCA.
Baggage handler Joysen Jhurry, 41, of
Banstead, Surrey, who had a ‘vital’ role,
was jailed for 16 years for conspiring to
import cocaine and cannabis.
Mohammad Ali, 42, of Slough, Berkshire – another baggage handler who
was described as Jhurry’s ‘lieutenant at
Heathrow’ – was sentenced to 15 years
for conspiracy to import cocaine.
Michael Sutherland, 48, of South Norwood, got 20 years for conspiracy
to import cocaine and possession of
crack cocaine with
intent to supply.
A spokesman for
the National Crime
Agency said: ‘This
kind of corruption
threatens the security
of the UK border
and the
public.’
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A CONTROLLING girlfriend whose
violent outbursts included stabbing her
vulnerable boyfriend and scalding him
with boiling water has been jailed for
seve and a half years
22
years of mental abuse and then it
turned physical.’
The 22-year-old, who waived his
right to anonymity, met Worth at
college in 2012 when they were 16.
She began to control him when
they later moved in together in
Stewartby, Bedfordshire. She took
over his Facebook account and
decided what he should wear.
Mr Skeel said the physical abuse
‘started small’. ‘She was punching
me and things like that,’ he said.
‘Later it went to knives and then
it got to the boiling water stage.’
He urged other victims to seek
help, saying: ‘People are scared to
talk about it but you will be much
better off if you do.’
Worth, who graduated from
university while they were together,
received seven-and-a-half years at
Luton crown court on Monday.
18 METRO Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Ex-AA boss claims £225m
over hotel brawl sacking
SACKED AA boss Bob Mackenzie is
suing the company for £225million
after losing his job last year following
an altercation with a colleague.
The 65-year-old filed a claim against
the breakdown firm and a number of
its directors in the High Court.
Yesterday the AA said it will incur
costs of £1million over the next two
financial years as it fights the claim,
but hopes to recoup these from Mr
Mackenzie when the case closes.
He was dismissed for gross misconduct in August after a hotel brawl with
AA insurance chief Michael Lloyd
was captured on CCTV.
Reports linked the altercation to Mr
Mackenzie’s attempted spin-off of the
firm’s insurance arm.
Mr Mackenzie said despite being
executive chairman he was picked on
by fellow staff and was suffering
severe psychological problems when
the brawl took place.
He claims he is wrongly being
by HELEN CAHILL
denied bonus payments because he
should never have been dismissed.
It comes as the roadside recovery
firm announced its results for the year
to January 31, reporting a three per
cent drop in trading profits from
£403million to £391million. Revenues
grew two per cent to £959million.
The AA’s share price rose by more
than six per cent following the
announcement.
Chief executive Simon Breakwell
said: ‘The AA has delivered a solid
performance, in line with guidance,
despite the difficult weather conditions.
‘We have made a positive start to the
2019 financial year as we begin to
execute our new strategy to put
service, innovation and data at the
heart of the AA with additional investments to grow roadside and to accelerate the growth of insurance.’
n THE NUMBER of people in
work has reached a record
high, according to the Office
for National Statistics.
Employment rose by 55,000 in
the three months to February
to 32.2million, a rate of 75.4
per cent, and the highest since
records began in 1971.
Unemployment fell 16,000 to
1.42million, giving a jobless
rate of 4.2 per cent – the
lowest since 1975. Work and
pensions secretary Esther
McVey said it was ‘another
milestone for employment’.
Bust-up:
Bob Mackenzie
is suing the AA
following his
sacking last year
DAILY MAIL
Vauxhall dealers hit as
buyers search online
In reverse:
Vauxhall is
to cut the
number of
dealers
after a
sales fall
and an
increase in
online
buying EPA
VAUXHALL is to scale back its
dealerships amid falling sales
and a rise in web-based buying.
The car maker will issue
letters to all its UK dealerships
at the end of the month giving
two years’ notice that it is
terminating their contracts.
It is still deciding which of
the dealers will be offered new
terms.
Communications director
Denis Chick said Vauxhall,
which was taken over last year
by France’s PSA Group, will
change the pay process for
dealers and introduce new
USINESS BITES
n THE pound last night hit its
highest level since the UK voted
to leave the European Union in
June 2016. The value of sterling
reached a peak of US $1.437,
but fell slightly to $1.430 at the
close. Traders said rising
optimism over Brexit and
expectations that the Bank of
England will next month raise
interest rates sparked the
recovery. Uncertainty about US
trade policy was also a factor.
Following the Brexit vote the
pound fell from US$1.50 to a low
of US$1.20 in January last year.
standards, as consumers do
more research online. Its sister
company Opel will carry out a
similar process in Europe.
Mr Chick said: ‘We will
probably lose a few retailers,’
but denied a third could be cut.
Vauxhall has the secondlargest number of dealerships
in the UK after Ford, with 326.
Mr Chick insisted it would
maintain this position after the
changes, adding: ‘Nobody will
lose their jobs.’
Sales of new Vauxhalls fell by
18 per cent year-on-year in the
first three months of 2018.
Eurostar passenger numbers power ahead
EUROSTAR carried 2.36million travellers in the first three months
of this year – up 4 per cent on the same period last year.
The rise in the cross-Channel rail operator’s passenger
numbers was driven by a 27 per cent increase in US travellers.
Revenues grew nine per cent from £232million to £253million.
Boss Mark Cooper hailed a ‘positive start to the year’ and said
‘demand is strong’ for its new London-Amsterdam service.
n WAGES have grown faster
than inflation for the first time
in a year, new figures show.
Average earnings were up 2.8
per cent in the three months to
February year-on-year, while
inflation was at 2.7 per cent, the
Office for National Statistics
reported. That put wage growth
at its highest level since
September 2015.
Anna Leach, of the CBI, said:
‘This could herald the beginning
of a real improvement in living
standards, which will be a boost
for hard-pressed families.’
n THE number of mortages
taken out by home buyers in
February was the highest for
the month since 2007, says
trade association UK Finance.
Some 50,000 mortgages
were handed out – 25,200 to
first-time buyers and 24,800
for those moving house. There
were 19,300 buy-to-let deals
and 35,400 re-mortgages.
Jackie Bennett, of UK Finance,
said owners were remortgaging
to fix costs in case of rate
rises. ‘Buyers have shaken off
the winter blues,’ she said.
n JD SPORTS cheered an
‘exceptional year’ with a 24 per
cent leap in pre-tax profits to
£294.5million. The sportswear
retailer defied gloomy trading
on the high street with the
wider sector hit by surging
costs and wintry weather.
While the Beast from the East
swept in after the financial
year’s end, the group said it
was ‘satisfied’ with progress,
but did not give an update for
Easter. JD Sports now has 1,237
stores worldwide, including 385
in the UK and Ireland.
TOURIST RATES
Australia (A$).......................................................1.75
Canada (C$) .........................................................1.72
Euro (€)..................................................................1.11
New Zealand (N$) .............................................. 1.82
Poland (zloty) .................................................... 4.23
Singapore ($) .......................................................1.75
South Africa (rand) ...........................................16.16
US ($).....................................................................1.37
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EYE ON THE BALL
Alex Lovén on cricket bats,
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The only thing you can expect from life is
the unexpected. So, asks Sarah Ewing, would
your finances stand up to an unpleasant surprise?
SHUTTERSTOCK
W
E ARE a nation in denial
about rainy days ahead,
according to new figures.
Job loss or illness? ‘That
won’t happen to me,’ we
think. Worryingly, Legal & General’s
Deadline To The Breadline research has
revealed that the average UK employee
only has enough savings to last just one
month if their income stopped. A
quarter said their savings would only
last a week or less. The Scottish Friendly
Disposable Income Index, looking at the
savings of UK households, found that
50% of people surveyed were concerned
about how they would cope with a large,
unexpected bill.
‘Figures like these show how truly
precarious our lives are when it comes to
our finances,’ says Richard Kateley at
Legal & General. ‘Whether you’re
buying your first home, starting a family
or just enjoying life with friends, it’s easy
to avoid thinking about what would
happen if you had a financial setback.’
So how did we get into such a mess and
how do we get on a better path?
‘We’re a nation of spenders,’ says
personal finance expert and
commentator Jasmine Birtles. ‘We have
to take a step back and make some
fundamental changes in the way we live
day to day, so that we get more into the
habit of saving – spending only on what
we know we need or really want.’
MONTHLY BUDGET
Start off by looking at your income and
outgoings, says Anthony Morrow, CEO
of evestor.co.uk. ‘A monthly budget
sounds simple, but most people don’t
actually take the time to do it. They
guestimate. Looking ahead can feel
difficult, particularly if your salary is
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HAVE AN EMERGENCY FUND
INCOME PROTECTION
‘With today’s workforce less likely to have a
“job for life”, unfortunately there’s a real
possibility you could face redundancy at some
point in your career,’ says Mark Todd from
ActiveQuote (activequote.com). ‘If you rely on
your income to pay all, or some, of your
household bills, it’s wise to consider
redundancy or income protection insurance. It
provides up to 70% of your gross monthly
income for up to 12 months. You can be
covered for as little as £5 a week. Finding the
right cover that suits your lifestyle and
circumstances is key, so shop around.’
Another option that is overlooked by 58% of
consumers, according to Mintel, is life
insurance on your mortgage. ‘It’s not pleasant
to think about, but if you were to be seriously
ill and couldn’t work, how would you afford
LYNLEY ORAM, 43, a freelance
communications consultant, says: ‘I’d
always been a good saver, putting away
£80 a month, no matter what, and
anything I had left over at the end of the
month was put into my emergency fund. I
put the money into my current account
and that became my ‘‘overdraft’’. Even
when my balance was at £3k, I thought of
it as £0. It wasn’t there to be spent.
‘Sadly, three years ago just before
Christmas, my mother passed away in
New Zealand. Paying for immediate
airfares for myself and my son alone took
all the money I had in the buffer. That’s
how expensive tickets are at that time of
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The best defence for unexpected events is to
have an emergency fund.
‘The rule of thumb is you should aim for
either three months’ income or three to six
month’s household expenses,’ says Ben
Faulkner, communications director at EQ
Investors (eqinvestors.co.uk).
‘If that seems too ambitious, the key is to
keep it regular and start small because it’s
about forming better habits. With interest rates
still lower than inflation, shop around for the
best savings accounts, using a website such as
moneyfacts.co.uk.’
Not having this financial comfort blanket is a
big factor in financial stress, says Heidi Allan
at Neyber (neyber.co.uk).
She recommends some quick hits for your
emergency fund, such as putting your loose
change in a jar at the end of each day and if
you decide not to have a takeaway, put that
money into your jar or savings account.
Another good way is to pay yourself first,
says Jasmine Birtles. ‘Whenever you get paid,
immediately transfer a set portion into a
savings account.’ Because it won’t be in your
regular account, it’s not there to spend and
you’ll learn to live on a little less.
Try challenging yourself to a no-spend
month, so anything beyond your absolute
essential expenses go towards your fund. Or
could you live on two-thirds of your income
for several months to give it a massive boost?
It happened to me:
‘I couldn’t afford to go
to my dad’s funeral’
Silver lining:
Follow our tips to
cope in a financial
emergency
only covering your outgoings. Focus on paying
off expensive, high-interest debt, so you’ll
have money to put aside later.’
your home?’ Richard adds. Give yourself
peace of mind and look into it. And help is at
hand for self-employed people. Mark adds:
‘Income protection insurance is particularly
useful for those who don’t have sick pay to fall
back on, but only 4% of self-employed people
have income protection insurance. Rather than
relying on Government Employment and
Support Allowance, you could receive between
50% and 70% of your income.’
If you’re self-employed your income can
vary a lot, so regular savings can come with
unique challenges. According to statistics from
The DNA of Financial Wellbeing From
Neyber, 48% of employees are borrowing to
meet basic financial needs and a quarter of
UK workers have an income fluctuation of
10% each month, with 18-24 year-olds
varying by 45%.
‘Another essential for the self-employed, or
anyone who doesn’t have savings, is to get
yourself an extra earner or two to bring in
more cash,’ says Jasmine. There are lots
of so-called passive-income earners and side
hustles to fit your time and skill set listed on
her website (moneymagpie.com).
KEEP CALM
But what if the emergency has hit? As hard as
it may be, sit down and calmly evaluate your
situation. Your options will depend on what
caused the emergency.
Not all expenses are equal, so prioritise and
negotiate with your lenders. ‘Be brutal and
look around your house at what you can sell,
like furniture, electrical equipment, clothes and
books,’ says Calum Bennie, savings expert at
Scottish Friendly.
‘Can you do some overtime at work or get a
temporary second job? If all else fails, consider
credit. Look for the card that will give you the
longest 0% introductory deal, but be brutal in
your efforts to pay it off before the 0% ends.’
Whatever you do, don’t face your financial
fears alone. Talk to a trusted friend or family
member and prepare for a brighter future.
year. But it was hugely reassuring to be
able to book the tickets right away.
‘That experience has definitely changed
how I view my emergency fund. Before I
really needed it, the buffer was more of a
theoretical necessity. It’s been hard to
build back up again because I was really
affected hard by my mum’s death and my
confidence took a knocking. When your
confidence is low, being self-employed is
doubly hard. My income levels haven’t
been anywhere near as high, and sadly
when my dad then died last year, I had no
spare cash at all and I couldn’t go to his
funeral. That was devastating.
‘Not having at least three months in
savings is killing me and I really miss it. If
you can’t build up a big buffer in one go
then still put a little aside each month
because it adds up really quickly. Train
yourself not to think of it as money to
be spent!’
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have a date night without
breaking the bank. A growing
number of museums and
galleries run ‘lates’ on certain
evenings which are adults-only,
offering alcohol and music, and
entry is free. Venues worth a
look include the British
Museum, the National Gallery,
the Natural History Museum,
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Curb your online
impulse spending
Technology has made it so easy for us to
get what we want, when we want it, no
matter whether we can afford it. But an
easy way to cut back is to delete saved
card details from online retailers you’ve
used before. Fetching your credit card out
every time you want to buy is a surprisingly
effective brake on impulses.
More than six million Londoners risk
not being able to get a refund if their
Oyster card is lost or stolen as they
haven’t registered it online, according
to MoneySavingExpert.com. To
register, visit oyster.tfl.gov.uk and
enter the number on the back of your
Oyster card, and recall your last
journey made with the card, before
filling in your personal details.
Kara Gammell’s top tips and
nifty tricks to help you save
little and often...
Don’t pass
up extra cash for
your pension
If you know where to look, you can
You wouldn’t turn down a Christmas
often bag bargains in other aisles
bonus, would you? So, don’t miss out
in the same supermarket. If you
on the chance of extra cash from your
were after coconut milk, you
company in the form of increased
would find a 400g tin of Blue
pension contributions. Most of us simply
Dragon Coconut Milk for £1.99 in
accept a ‘default’ level of contributions,
Asda. Head over to the world
but could choose to pay in a bit more,
foods section and another make
which many companies will match.
is a fraction of the price at just
Check if your employer will match
80p. A 36g jar of Tesco Ground
your contributions if you paid more
Coriander sells for 85p
into your pension – and don’t
(£2.36/100g), while a 100g packet in
look a gift horse in
the world foods aisle is just £1.15.
the mouth.
Get a
takeaway
prescription
Just because you get
your eyes tested at one
optician does not mean
you must buy your
glasses or contact lenses
there. By law, once you
have had an eye test, the
optician must provide you
with a prescription, but
you are not required to
make a purchase. Make
sure you understand
this, as it will enable
you to shop around for
the most competitive
prices. Find cheap
frames at
glassesdirect.co.uk
and get two pairs
for as little as £19.
Check the world foods
aisle for savings
Half-price sushi
for supper
Don’t foot
the bill
when it’s
not your
fault
If your energy bills
are recalculated
because of a mistake by
the energy provider,
there is a limit to how
much they can ask you
to pay up. If your use
was underestimated,
the supplier can backdate
your bills for only up to 12
months. Don’t be conned into
paying more than you have to
for someone else’s mistake.
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ALEX LOVÉN
Alex Lovén, 30, started selling sports kit
as a teenager. His business Net World
Sports has since become a global success
What was your first job?
It was in a builder’s merchants
when I was 17, but I’d sold sports
equipment as a hobby since I was
13. The builder’s merchants was
my first proper job – I was really
shy when I started and would run
away from the phone if it rang,
but I was there for two years and
it gave me a good foundation
because I had to get on with it and
deal with everyone: DIYers,
builders, tradesmen. I did
everything from sweeping the
yard in the rain to doing sales
worth thousands of pounds. I got
paid £4.50 an hour.
How did you start
your business?
It started when I bought a cricket
bat on eBay. I paid £60. It said
‘Made in India’ on it, so I emailed
the company that made it and
asked how much it cost to make
and they replied saying it was £6.
So I bought ten direct from them
and sold them to people at school
for £60 each. We then became a
limited company in 2009.
Have you always been
entrepreneurial?
Definitely. I’m not about wasting
time doing business plans, I’m
about getting on and making
money – that’s what business is
about. It started as a hobby with
cricket bats, but eventually I went
into business properly with my
dad and my mum started doing
the accounts. When we started as
a business it was just me and my
dad and we’d be up for two days
filling orders – then we took on a
couple of staff. We sell sports
equipment products; we probably
sell more football goals
worldwide than anyone else and
we sell football, cricket, baseball
and tennis goods.
What’s been your best
investment?
I used my wages from the
builder’s merchants to invest in
the business when I decided to do
it properly. I’d saved up £13,000
and spent it on a container full of
sporting goods stock to sell.
When the container arrived I
didn’t realise I had to pay VAT on
it, so it was kept at the port. I
went to Barclays to get an
overdraft; they made me do a
business plan and said they
couldn’t help me. So my mum got
a £2,000 loan out to cover it. The
bank didn’t take me seriously
because of my age. My best
investment was that
container – it changed my life.
What’s been your biggest
financial regret?
Not buying a Ferrari 458 Speciale
when I had the chance. When I
was 25, I bought the Ferrari 458
and the next year the dealer asked
me if I wanted to buy a Ferrari
458 Speciale and I
said no. But they
went up in value by
£100,000 just because it
was a limited edition.
I sold the 458; I had it for
a couple of years but I got it
in the wrong colour. I bought
it in red and should have got it
in blue, as it’s a bit more
understated and you don’t look
like such a show-off.
What luxury wouldn’t you
give up?
My Range Rover, because it’s just
so comfy. I got it four years ago.
I like off-roading in it.
Do you have a rainyday fund?
Yes, but the bigger you get, the
more you have to put away as the
potential problems get bigger, too.
I’ve built a pool of assets that
I’d be able to use in case things
go wrong.
Cash or card?
I just use my phone – I tend to
lose stuff. If I pay with my phone
I only have to worry about where
one thing is, rather than
multiple things.
n Net World Sports was a
finalist in the recent Retail
Week Awards in the Best
International Growth Retailer
category, networldsports.com
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On April 6, the
student loan
repayment
hold
earnings thresh
was increased from £21,000 to
£25,000 for anyone who started
their undergraduate course in 2012
or later in England and Wales. It’s
good news for graduates – we’ve
crunched the new numbers:
n There are two elements to student
finance: the non means-tested
tuition fee loan that covers the cost
of university fees, and the
maintenance loan element, to help
towards living costs, which depends
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BENHARDY
From soap to
Wilkie Collins
via the X-Men
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HE’S already played a
fairy-tale princess but
Cinderella actress Lily
James reckons she has
found her dream role
playing a World War II-era writer
in this week’s mouthful of a film,
The Guernsey Literary And Potato
Peel Pie Society.
‘My character Juliet is relatively
successful and made her own
money,’ says James. ‘She’s grappling
with the idea of marrying this very
charming guy and having a fairly
pleasant life but it’s not enough.
‘She’s growing up, she’s finding
her own place, she’s figuring out
what makes her happy, she’s taking
charge of her life.’ Sounds like
James can relate. ‘Yes – in making
The Englishman Who
Went Up A Hill But
Came Down A Mountain
1995
Hugh Grant measures
mountains in Wales that are
smaller than this film title
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Divine Secrets Of The
Ya-Ya Sisterhood
2002
Not some 1960s sex comedy
spoof but Sandra Bullock at
war with mum Ellen Burstyn
The Assassination
Of Jesse James By The
Coward Robert Ford
2007
IT’S
BLOOMIN’
LILY!
Just imagine the marketing
meetings for this western
starring Brad Pitt and
Casey Affleck
Martha Marcy
May Marlene
2011
Lily James on growing up, Matt Smith
and the meaning of the cusp. By Anna Smith
Weird title, weird film as
Elizabeth Olsen flees a cult
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Love story: With real-life partner Matt Smith and with Michiel Huisman in The
Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Societ
Saying bye-bye
to the ingénues
it’d be a bit boring if that’s all we did!’
» Continued from Page 23
she laughs.
Asked what she’s passionate about,
sure what you’re doing is what makes
you really, truly happy, and being brave she replies in a flash: ‘My friends
and family. When you are working
and bold enough to say: I want more.’
The Surrey-born Downton Abbey star a lot and you stop, all you want to do is
surround yourself with people that you
has a relaxed but determined air, her
love – I love my friends and family so
natural voice deeper and more throaty
much,’ she says
than many of
emphatically,
her on-screen
‘Juliet
is
more
mature
before adding with
characters. She’s
than some of the
a laugh: ‘I’m
dressed casually
passionate about
in cropped black
women I’ve played. It
going to the pub.
trousers and a black
felt like a progression’ I’m passionate
top, and looks
about going on
younger than her 29
long walks. I’m
years. It’s true she’s
getting back into yoga. That really
been cast in many young roles – is she
grounds and centres me. And reading.’
finally on the cusp of something else?
Up next work-wise is a film by
‘God, don’t mention the cusp,’ she
Trainspotting’s Danny Boyle.
laughs, perhaps aware of her looming
‘It’s written by Richard Curtis
3-0 next year. ‘What’s the cusp?’ she
[Love Actually, Notting Hill], it’s a
groans. I hastily elaborate that roles for
comedy that involves The Beatles’
young girls can be more limiting, even
music,’ she says. ‘And I’m really
patronising, and that more grown-up
excited about Little Woods – it’s about
characters might be more exciting.
two sisters, me and Tessa Thompson.
‘Yeah definitely,’ she says (to my
It’s a modern-day western. I play a
relief). ‘I liked that while this film is
single mum living in a trailer outside
a love story, she’s more of a mature
Walmart. It’s very raw and natural. I
woman than some of the ingénue
want to keep trying to challenge myself
characters I’ve played. It felt like that
as an actor.’
was a progression and, even though
Meantime, back in Guernsey, Juliet
there is this strong love story, she’s
remains the character whose life James
finding her creative voice and fulfilling
would be happy with.
that potential within her.’
‘While shooting the film, I found
James’s own love life has been well
that being by the sea every day was
publicised since she got together with
Doctor Who and The Crown actor Matt the most calming, wonderful thing,’
she says. ‘And Juliet finds this man
Smith in 2014 but while she won’t be
who is her equal and allows her to
pressed on wedding rumours, she
be everything she is – it’s too good to
doesn’t feel overwhelmed by the
be true.’
attention on their relationship.
But as Cinderella knows, dreams
‘I never feel attention until I’m
really can come true…
at an event or doing press and then
you expect it,’ she says. Do they
The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel
talk about work together? ‘Um, yes,
Pie Society is in cinemas from Friday
sometimes and sometimes not. I mean,
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If films were comfort food…
THE BIG RELEASE
THE GUERNSEY LITERARY
AND POTATO PEEL PIE
SOCIETY 12A ####$
T
HIS film’s eccentric title is
explained in the opening
scene, in which tipsy
Guernsey residents
are forced to invent
a book club to explain their
gathering to occupying
Nazis during World War II.
Post-war, the small society
is still going strong – and
actually reading books.
After farmer Dawsey (Game Of
Thrones’s Michiel Huisman) strikes up
a correspondence with an author, Juliet
(Lily James, charming), she decides
to pay a visit from London. But Juliet
isn’t expecting to uncover a mystery –
and nor is she expecting her pen pal to
be quite so young and handsome.
Based on the novel by Annie
Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer, this
has all the ingredients of a mainstream
heart-warmer and on that level it
doesn’t disappoint. It’s the old townversus-country dilemma for our
heroine, who also has the complication
of a charismatic American boyfriend
(Glen Powell) nobody on Guernsey
knows about. There’s gentle humour
brought by the quirky country folk,
which errs on the broad side but is
elevated by classy performances from
Tom Courtenay and Katherine
Parkinson (The IT Crowd), unfairly
cast as the local plain Jane –
although she does get the best
lines. Dutch actor Huisman
is dashing, although his
accent isn’t explained.
At over two hours, this
does feel too long and
cluttered with subplots, one
of which involves Elizabeth
(Jessica Brown Findlay), book
club member and close friend of
Amelia, played by her Downton
co-star Penelope Wilton. With its
many characters, it could have made a
great TV series – and we haven’t even
got to Juliet’s gay publisher (Matthew
Goode), who could hold a spin-off in
his own right. ANNA SMITH
.Country loving: Lily James.
.and Michiel Huisman.
THE VERDICT
This sweet, nostalgic watch
may be overlong but proves
enjoyable period fare with
Downton actors to spare
Soul-hopping, body-swapping tale
of love and being a modern teen
EVERY DAY
12A ###$$
IMAGINE waking up every day in
the body of a different person. It’s
still you but you have to figure out
whose body you’re in and try not to
disrupt their life too much. It’s an
idea that recalls everything from
1990s TV show Quantum Leap
to body-swap comedy films like
Big – but this tween movie, based
on the bestselling YA novel by
David Levithan, gives it a
contemporary spin.
‘A’ is a soul who wakes up in the
body of boys, girls or those who
identify as in between, inhabiting
different races and disabilities
(although not so often the latter).
All this is, understandably, a bit
of a head-spin for Rhiannon
(Angourie Rice), the teen who
.In a spin: Angourie Rice,.
.right, and Debby Ryan.
unknowingly falls for ‘A’ while
it’s in the body of her boyfriend.
After discovering the reason for
her boyfriend’s miraculous
transformation into a sensitive
type, she hooks up with ‘A’ in all
manner of guises but, as you can
probably imagine, it’s a continual
challenge.
The engaging premise
overcomes most of its rough
edges and Rice is charming.
Sure, there are plenty of
moral and conceptual ideas
that remain unexplored,
and having set up the
premise, the film doesn’t
quite know how to
end. But none of that
desperately matters
if you’re a young
viewer with a taste for
paranormal romance. AS
.Last trip: Mirren.
.and Sutherland.
OAPs break down on the road
THE LEISURE SEEKER
15 ##$$$
HELEN Mirren and Donald
Sutherland show their grown-up kids
the finger and hit the road in an RV
but the results aren’t exactly laugh-aminute. Perhaps it’s because this
adaptation can’t quite decide what it
wants to be: a crazy-old-timer
comedy or a moving drama about
end-of-life choices.
It’s far better when going for the
latter. Mirren and Sutherland share
touching scenes as she deals with his
Alzheimer’s while recklessly allowing
him to drive their beloved Leisure
Seeker from one park to another. When
gunning for laughs, meanwhile, it’s
often laboured, from stilted roadside
hold-ups to the uncomfortable humour
at the expense of his condition.
Despite unconvincing dialogue,
Sutherland is great as the professor
obsessed with Ernest Hemingway but
Mirren feels miscast as his chatty
southern wife. When the two share
quiet, tender moments they’re
adorable but those are few and far
between. AS
ALSO OUT MORE NEW RELEASES THIS WEEK
FUNNY COW 15
Maxine Peake is a knockout in a
comedy-drama about a woman
making it in the man’s world of
stand-up comedy in 1970s
Yorkshire. With Paddy Considine.
LET THE SUNSHINE IN 15
Juliette Binoche stars as a
divorced artist in this terribly
French (ie sophisticated) romantic
comedy-drama about a mature
Parisian looking for love.
NEVER STEADY, NEVER
STILL 15
Lauded first-time feature from
Kathleen Hepburn in which
Shirley Henderson plays a widow
suffering from Parkinson’s.
WILDLING 15
A beast is lurking in the forest in
a dark fairy tale starring Bel
Powley as a lonely girl locked in
an attic then rescued by Liv
Tyler’s well-meaning copper.
BEYOND THE CLOUDS 12A
A poetic drama thriller from
Iranian director Majid Majidi
(Children Of Heaven), this
brother-sister story was a hit on
the festival circuit.
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Summer loving: The riotous finale
to Grease and, below, the poster
for its 40th anniversary reissue
TELL ME MORE,
TELL ME MORE…
From love bites to ‘special’ brownies, the cast of Grease
reminisce ahead of its 40th anniversary. By Anna Smith
A
S movie endings
go, it’s one of the
most memorable:
that whirlwind of
a fairground, those
interlinked arms, the huge smiles…
Now, four decades after the cast of
Grease danced happily off into the
sunset, they’re back for a restored
and celebratory showing in
cinemas nationwide. And 40 years
on, they can still remember the
effect its star John Travolta had on
them all.
‘You couldn’t fail to have the
biggest crush in the whole world
on him,’ says Dinah Manoff, who
played Pink Lady Marty. ‘He was
radiating so much talent and energy.
I just started stuttering around him.
Think about that moment he turns
around in the film for the first time:
you see that face and everybody
just gasps. That’s how it was.
Really jaw-dropping.’
Travolta was nice enough to give
Didi Conn, who played Frenchy, a
whirl in his private jet. But it’s the
boys in the Beauty School DropOut scene she has more vivid
The
Pink
Ladies
Where
are
they
now?
memories of. ‘At the end of the
number, they come down into the
fantasy scene as angels, right?’
says Conn, who still has that
adorable high voice and boundless
enthusiasm. ‘The boys said they
weren’t afraid to go up high but
they didn’t know the harnesses
would be so tight around their
privates. They were in such pain!’
That scene was filmed in a high
school in downtown Los Angeles.
‘They had to keep the windows
closed because next door was a
pork plant,’ says Conn. ‘It was so
smelly, noisy and so very, very hot
but everybody was just having fun,
dancing and trying new things – you
had to or you’d faint from the heat.’
While all agree that the Pink
Ladies formed a lasting bond,
Stockard Channing, who played
feisty ringleader Rizzo, stood apart.
‘Stockard was always separate a
little,’ says Jamie Donnelly (Jan).
‘A little more so over the years.’
Channing also had no patience
for the famous ‘hickey from
Kenickie’, the love bite her
character is supposed to receive
Rizzo
Stockard Channing
Seen in The West Wing
and The Good Wife
Frenchy
Didi Conn
TV actor and
autism campaigner
from the late Jeff Conaway. ‘In
fact, he really gave her a hickey
and she was mad!’ says Conn. ‘So
in that scene where she throws her
milkshake at him, what she was
supposed to do was try to throw it
at him but miss him, and that’s
why my character gets all filled
with milkshake and she has to take
off her kerchief.
‘But that never happened, because
she kept throwing it right at him!
So I moved really close to Jeff so a
teeny little bit of spray goes on me.
I was starting to feel bad for Jeff.’
Not all the Pink Ladies got to go
to the crazy London premiere but
they did have a wild time at the
Grease wrap party.
‘I don’t even remember the wrap
party because somebody made
some brownies,’ giggles Conn.
‘There was something in it! I won’t
mention names… I just remember
laughing a lot…’
Grease fans, you heard it here
first.
The fully restored 40th
anniversary edition of Grease is in
cinemas nationwide tomorrow
Jan
Jamie Donnelly
Appeared as Mrs
Cody in Black Mass
Marty
Dinah Manoff
Now retired after
a run of hits
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Staking a claim to being the
weirdest spin on the Marvel canon
yet (and there’s quite some
competition), this take on the
complex character of David Haller,
a man with a whirling dervish of
a brain, gave us a mesmerising,
mind-blowing drama first time
out on Fox. With that in mind, it’s
good to see Dan Stevens (above)
back in trippy mode as Fargo
adaptor Noah Hawley pushes the
boundaries even further: even
though Haller is now categorised
as cured, the vision of this
imaginative exploration of our
innermost demons is as out there
as ever. Season two, episode one
available now, new episodes on
Tuesdays.
MARVEL’S RUNAWAYS
There really is no end to Marvel’s
invasion of the TV universe.
Syfy’s Runaways (above) is yet
another addition to the stable,
this one aimed firmly at the
youth end of the market as we
follow a bunch of California teens
understandably p***ed – as they
say in the States – to discover
they’re the offspring of a cabal of
supervillains who control LA.
Which would actually explain a
lot. It doesn’t rewrite the comic
rulebook but kudos for featuring
a female gay hero in the shape of
Karolina Dean, as played by
Virginia Gardner. First episode
today, new episodes every
Wednesday.
THE ALIENIST
If you’re missing
Ripper Street
and looking for
something dark
and macabre from
the 19th century
to give you a
ghoulish fix, then
this murderous
rummage through
the underbelly of a New York
seething with curious characters
– and a particularly nasty killer –
is worth sinking your teeth into.
There’s a touch of Sherlock/
Watson about the relationship
between psychologist Dr Kreizler
(Daniel Brühl) and his sidekick
illustrator John Moore (Luke
Evans), with Dakota Fanning
(bottom) as a female journalist
determined to carve a path in
a man’s world. Complete first
season available tomorrow.
CHEF’S TABLE
Contestants on MasterChef and
Bake Off, prepare to be crumbled
into humble pieces: this distinctly
bingeable series (above) features
the world’s chefs at the top of
their game and makes you wish
you could eat your screen. If
you’d rather watch celebs
splodge out a lumpy sponge than
indulge in this gourmet treat, you
need to ask serious questions
about your TV diet. Series
available now.
HAMLET
Playing the Prince of Denmark
is a rite of passage for any
actor and Andrew Scott
(above) gives a stellar
performance as a young man
driven to distraction by
grief in this production
filmed at London’s
Almeida Theatre. It
inevitably feels a
touch stagey but the
modern dress helps
and, if the three-hour
running time proves
taxing, you can just hit
pause and put the kettle
on. Available now. KW
» Continued from: Page 27
that feels like a Dickens drama laced
with extra murderous suspense.
Hardy was pleased, if a touch
surprised, to be considered for the
role. He wryly confides there were
times he thought he’d never work in
England again – at least not in the
quality drama he craved. ‘I thought
British soap actors had to flee to
America to get work,’ he grins, ‘and
I knew over there I’d be starting
g at the
bottom of the ladder.’
Well, not quite. He
quickly landed a part in
X-Men: Apocalypse as
Angel and other films
(Mary Shelley, Only
The Brave) followed –
but his prodigal return to
o
the BBC has happened
quicker than he expected
d.
‘I didn’t know if I’d
be considered for The
Woman In White becausse
Ex-EastEnder Ben Hardy
is candid about his
‘surprising’ post-soap career,
discovers Keith Watson
of my past – to this day I still get
people shouting “Peter!” at me in the
street,’ he says. ‘I was only in
EastEnders for 20 months but there
werre massive storylines.
ho Shot Lucy Beale?,
Wh
the live episode… it
mad
de a big impact.’
He’s reflective rather
H
thaan bitter as he recounts
ap
post-Enders audition
at which the casting
dirrector lambasted him
forr deserting the
th
heatre – he first sprang
to
o attention going full
frrontal in The Judas
Kiss opposite Rupert Everett – to
work in Albert Square. ‘She kept
going: “I just can’t understand it.
EastEnders? Why?”’ he says. ‘It’s no
surprise I didn’t get the part.’
That casting director may be
regretting her decision. Hardy is every
inch the earnest young Victorian artist
in The Woman In White. Walter’s life
takes a dark and disturbing turn when
he’s hired by aristocrat Frederick
Fairlie, played with relish by Charles
Dance, to work on restoring old
drawings – with tutoring the old
man’s nieces as part of the package.
‘I’d never read any Wilkie Collins
before,’ admits Hardy. ‘I was amazed
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 METRO 29
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in partnership with
HARDY AT IT BEN ON
HIS BIGGEST ROLES
As Angel in X-Men
‘I worked really hard to look like
a superhero – I got dehydrated,
so I look ripped. But as soon
as I finished it was beer and
pizza for a month and I put on
a stone. I just binged.’
Conflicted: Ben
Hardy plays Walter
Hartright, who is
desperate to indulge
his wild side in The
Woman In White
how ahead of his time he was,
particularly in his attitudes to women.
The Woman In White was written in
1859 but Collins wasn’t hemmed in
by Victorian puritanical society.’
That’s particularly true of Marian
and Laura, the free-spirited half-sisters
Walter takes under his wing – before
falling under their bohemian spell.
‘Walter’s very conflicted – you can see
he wants to break free but he doesn’t
know how far they are all able to
indulge their wild side,’ says Hardy.
Which seems an appropriate
moment to bring up Hardy’s naked
edition Attitude shoot (left) from 2014.
‘I don’t regret doing it,’ he says, ‘but
maybe there were a couple of poses I
wouldn’t do now!’ Is there pressure
on young actors to be buff? ‘There are
parts where you know you have to be
hench – look at me saying “hench”
and some 16-year-old is going: “No
one says hench any more!”’
Hardy did have to build drummers’
biceps to take on the part of Roger
Taylor in much-anticipated Freddie
Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.
He sweetly turns fanboy when he talks
about meeting Queen’s stick man.
‘I was very nervous,’ he says.
‘I watched every video, listened to
every album, I turned into his stalker.
But he wasn’t precious – I just had to
look like a drummer. So I took a
masterclass and learnt to play.’
You don’t get that in EastEnders.
The Woman In White starts on
BBC1 on Sunday at 9pm, then iPlayer
As Peter Beale in EastEnders
‘There used be a stigma to being
a soap actor but I think it’s dying
away. It’s good to have a diverse
portfolio. Suranne Jones, Sarah
Lancashire and Katherine Kelly
are all doing incredible work.’
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Puzzles
METROSCOPE
by Patrick Arundell
CRYPTIC CROSSWORD
QUICK CROSSWORD
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race? (5,6)
9. Serve up (3)
10. Go too far across a stretch of
water (9)
11. Hotel employees a long time in
extra thought (5)
13. Begin the dance, like an
unrestricted puppy? (4,3)
14. One inside wards off evil
spirits (6)
16. Take another look at a critical
report? (6)
18. Refined male fish? (7)
19. Possible range of emotion (5)
20. Clearly express a writer’s
work? (4,5)
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dates (3)
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6. Secretly watching for the fish
that’s due (9)
7. It could lead to a lassie’s
downfall, she’s only young
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business? (5,6)
12. Reg is wrong to promise fruit (9)
15. An obstinate person had dire
trouble (3-4)
17. Cancelled a surprise order for the
hairdresser! (3,3)
19. Poisonous creature seen in
summer (5)
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Yesterday’s solutions
Cryptic
Across: 1 Gout; 3 Rent-free; 9 Niagara; 10
Oaths; 11 Miss the point; 13 Tapers; 15 Agreed;
17 Burning fever; 20 Osier; 21 Perturb; 22
Bookmark; 23 Shoe. Down: 1 Gunsmith; 2
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Presumptuous (4)
Gratuity (3)
Complain bitterly (4)
Soon (4)
Bogey, bugbear (9)
Military cap (4)
Strong wind (4)
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Past; 26 In fun; 28 Tic; 29 Status; 30 Boxing; 31 Amid; 32
Abnormal; 33 Discus.
Down: 1 Chaser; 2 Plural; 3 Thaw; 4 Chablis; 5 Proud; 6
Forte; 8 Tree; 9 Nor; 12 Dad; 13 Claws; 15 Nadir; 18 Event;
19 Rub; 20 Pat; 21 January; 22 Hut; 23 Pixies; 24 Acid; 25
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34 METRO Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Sport
BOXING
FROM
THE
HORSE’S
MOUTH
Q& A
RACING NEWS, VIEWS AND TOP TIPS
in association with
Amir Khan
SOLILOQUY’S FORM
SPEAKS FOR ITSELF
The former world
champion, 31, returns to
the ring against Canadian
Phil Lo Greco on Saturday
after a two-year break.
By Matthew Nash.
CHARLIE APPLEBY hopes he still has
a Classic contender on his hands after
Soliloquy runs in today’s Nell Gwyn
Stakes at Newmarket.
Second in a maiden at headquarters in
August, she made no mistake next time
out at Ascot.
The Dubawi filly is not engaged in the
1,000 Guineas at Newmarket but does
hold an entry in the Irish equivalent.
‘She’s got a nice profile going into it,’
said Appleby (pictured), who was
appointed as a Godolphin trainer in
2013, after 15 years working for Sheikh
How does it feel to be
making a comeback?
It’s been a long time coming –
five years since I last fought
over here and two years since I
last fought anywhere. It’s time
I got out there and did what I
do best again. When I watch
other fights, I think, “that
should be me out there”.
TIP OF THE DAY
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Mohammed’s global racing empire as a
stable head lad and assistant trainer.
‘She was placed at Newmarket and
went and won her maiden at Ascot,
which has worked out quite well. She’s a
filly that has done very well through the
winter, her work has being very pleasing.
‘Everyone is in the same boat at this
time of year, you hope they progress into
classic contenders or else you might be
looking at handicaps for them. At this
10/1
For Vicente to complete a Coral Scottish Grand National hat-trick
on Saturday for trainer Paul Nicholls and owner Trevor Hemmings
STABLEBITES
n CUE CARD’S owner Jean Bishop
has paid tribute to the popular
chaser after his retirement was
announced yesterday. Bishop and
trainer Colin Tizzard had planned
to give the 12-year-old a final
outing at Sandown next week but
after failing to show his usual
exuberance on the gallops, the
decision was taken to retire him.
Cue Card counted three Betfair
Chases, two Ascot Chases, a
Ryanair and a King George on his
record and Bishop said: ‘If it
wasn’t for Sprinter Sacre, he
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time of year you might think you have
half-a-dozen classic types, but by the end
of it if you’ve got one, you’re delighted!’
Mark Johnston runs both the Lowther
winner Threading and the consistent
Nyaleti. ‘I am not sure how she will go
over this seven furlongs or the mile of
the Guineas, so we are running her in a
trial rather than going straight for the big
one,’ Johnston said of Threading,
Aidan O’Brien runs Dramatically,
while Roger Varian’s Altyn Orda and the
John Gosden-trained Nawassi are others
among a classy 12-runner field.
might have had another three or
four Grade Ones. I think his
longevity made him stand out.
We’ve never been hard on him, he
was never over-raced, he was
healthy all the time.’ Cue Card
bows out having won 16 of his 41
races, nine at Grade One level,
with almost £1.5 million in prize
money to his name.’
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Wins from 12 runners in the last 14 days for trainer Ralph Beckett, who
sends once-raced Ceildidhs Dream to contest today’s 5.20 at Newmarket
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Mersey beat: Khan
enjoys a public
workout in
Liverpool
yesterday
with
There was a bit of verbal
sparring with Lo Greco when
the fight was announced.
Has he got under your skin?
I’ve got two years of
frustration to take out. He’ll be
the one who suffers. I’m keen
to show people what I’ve got
left in the tank. No fight’s easy
but I hope he can fight. He
talks a good game.
Any nerves about returning?
There’ll be nerves and I’ll be
keen not to make any silly
mistakes but I think I’ll be fine.
I’ve been in the game a long
time and I’m very experienced.
You’ve had Joe Goossen in
your corner ahead of your
comeback fight.
My trainer Virgil Hunter has
been ill so Joe’s helping me
out. The fundamentals have
changed and we’re making
sure my defence is better.
Are you stronger now?
I honestly do feel like a better
fighter than ever before.
Maybe my body needed this
break. I’ve always had
pressure on me and hadn’t had
PICTURE: PA
‘I’ve never felt
better – I just
needed a break’
a proper break from it before.
There’s no pressure now, no
one’s expecting anything.
What are your plans before
you retire?
I want to win a world title
again but there’s not much left
I want to do in boxing. I want
half-a-dozen fights, then I’ll
call it a day.
Is a showdown with Kell
Brook closer than ever now?
I signed with Eddie Hearn, who
Edmund falls flat
again with early
Monte Carlo exit
TENNIS
KYLE EDMUND
suffered his second
defeat in three days after
losing to Italy’s Andreas
Seppi in the opening
round of the Monte
Carlo Masters yesterday.
The British No.1
(right) reached a careerhigh ranking of 23 after
making his first ATP
Tour final in Marrakech at the weekend but a
positive week ended on a sour note when he
was well beaten by Pablo Andujar.
He seemed to carry that disappointment into
the first set against Seppi and trailed 5-1. But
he hit back and made his sixth break point of
the second count to force a decider, only for
Seppi, one of the Yorkshireman’s victims
during his run to the Australian Open semifinals, to finish stronger and win 6-3, 5-7, 6-2.
is also his promoter, to make it
more realistic. I think Kell
wants it 100 per cent, a fight
like that can change lives. It
would be the biggest fight he
ever has.
Will your ‘I’m a Celeb’ fans be
watching on Saturday?
It was nice I got to go into the
jungle because I am a softie
really and I think it’s given me
a new fanbase of people who
had never watched one of my
fights before.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 METRO 35
SNO OKER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Sport
PICTURE: KEVIN QUIGLEY
IN BRIEF
Ronnie:
Crucible
may not
show us
who’s best
Glittering return: England netball
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show their Commonwealth gold
medals after landing at Heathrow
Doggedly trying to
sniff out drug cheats
Aiming for a sixth world title in
Sheffield, Ronnie O’Sullivan still
believes the event is too long.
By Nick Metcalfe
RONNIE O’SULLIVAN admits he is
not really relishing the world championship, and firmly believes the tournament is such a marathon it does not
always identify the best player.
O’Sullivan is chasing his sixth world
title, and his first Crucible crown since
2013, with the famous 17-day event
beginning in Sheffield on Saturday.
But the 42-year-old, who has won
five ranking events in a wonderful season, insists he is not the biggest fan of
snooker’s showpiece.
‘I just think it goes on a long time,’
O’Sullivan told Metro. ‘Three weeks
is a long time to finish one tournament.
Some matches you play over two or
three days – that’s a long time to be
playing the same guy.
‘I’ve never thought it’s necessarily
the best player that wins it. You’ve had
[Graeme] Dott win it, you’ve had Peter
Ebdon win it, you’ve had a few guys
win it that you wouldn’t think would
win it. A lot can go on in 17 days.
‘It’s normally the guy that’s playing
the most consistent and who can hold
it together the longest. I’ve won the
world championship just because
you’ve held it together well and you’ve
not had many dips in form. It’s not
necessarily that I’ve been in top form.
‘Every time I’ve won the world
R O N N I E O N. . .
On cue:
O’Sullivan
has been in
superb form
this season
WORLD NO.1 MARK SELBY
‘You have to say he’s a
great. I think he’ll maybe
get to six world titles.’
FELLOW STAR JUDD TRUMP
‘When I’ve finished, I’d love
him to take over and try to
dominate snooker.’
‘I don’t think of getting
to seven world titles –
it’s highly unlikely’
championship I get to the end of it,
and think, it’s a relief that it’s over.
‘I like the tournaments where it’s
best of nine, best of 11, you’re playing a different opponent every day.
‘The Masters for me is a great tournament – the 16 best players in the
world, every match feels like a final.
You need to get out of the blocks ear-
ly and impose yourself on the game.
You normally have to play your best
snooker to win those tournaments.’
O’Sullivan, with five world titles,
trails Steve Davis and Ray Reardon
with their six and Stephen Hendry
with his record seven. O’Sullivan insists Hendry’s mark is almost certainly beyond him but clearly believes
there is one more triumph in him.
‘I don’t think of getting to seven, it’s
probably something that’s not really
achievable. It could be done but it’s
highly unlikely,’ O’Sullivan said.
‘I could probably, possibly, win
another one, if I was being realistic.
CALLING LOWER-RANKED
PLAYERS ‘NUMPTIES’
‘I mean it. They’ve not even
played amateur. They’re so
bad they wouldn’t get in
the local league team.’
I’d rather concentrate on the stuff
that’s achievable. To overtake him
(Hendry) in majors, maybe to overtake him in ranking events – I could
see myself winning another four ranking events before my career is over. A
thousand centuries would be nice.
‘But I don’t see seven world titles as
a realistic thing. It’s possible but it’s
not on my list of things I want to do.’
Watch the world championship live on
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I won’t hold anything back this time, insists Farah
ATHLETICS
MO FARAH has gone all out in
his training in an attempt to win
Sunday’s London Marathon.
The four-time Olympic
champion runs in this weekend’s
26.2-mile race having retired
from the track last year.
Farah, 35, who finished eighth
when he first took part four years
ago, said: ‘I’m here to do a job
on Sunday. When I ran the
marathon in 2014 I had to think
about saving energy for the track
but this year I’ve gone hard at it.’
Farah, so often the favourite
over 10,000metres and 5,000m, is
relishing his role as underdog.
‘My aim is to stick to my own
plan,’ he added. ‘The team at the
London Marathon have put
together an amazing field with
guys like Eliud Kipchoge and
Daniel Wanjiru.
‘I just have to stick to my plan
and see what happens.
‘It’s a great feeling not to have
the same pressure as I do on the
track. I’m ranked 27th in the
world and I’m just going to stick
to my plan. If the guys set off at
world-record pace, I’ll go with
them, why not?’
A different road: Farah yesterday
DOPING
SNIFFER dogs, personal warnings
and 2,000 more tests are the new
additions to UK Anti-Doping’s
arsenal in the fight against drugs
cheats, the agency has announced.
Ukad chair Trevor Pearce said
extra funding had enabled the
agency to hire ‘ten-ish’ new staff
and set a target of 6,000 publicly
funded tests a year by 2022, an
increase of 50 per cent.
He added Ukad could now test
sports it has previously not had
resources to cover, and produce
more data for its intelligence and
investigations unit.
4th
Place for Chris Froome
on stage two of the
Tour of the Alps, a key race in his
preparations for next month’s Giro
d’Italia. The Team Sky leader, now
fourth overall, said: ‘I think I’m on
track for [the Giro] and I’m happy
with how I’m feeling.’
T H E Y S A I D I T. . .
‘In some circumstances
Max just has to think
more. I don’t want him
to change his driving
style. But we don’t want
to see these kinds of
actions. He needs to
have it under control.
He needs to think.’
Formula One driver Max
Verstappen gets some advice from
his racing driver father Jos
Four face court over
abuse of boss Jones
RUGBY UNION
FOUR men have
been summonsed
to appear in
court after
England rugby
coach Eddie
Jones (pictured)
was subjected to
a barrage of foul-mouthed abuse.
The men, all aged 22 to 25 and
from in or near Edinburgh, will
appear at Salford Magistrates’
Court on May 16 after being
reported for an alleged public
order offence at a Manchester
railway station in February.
36 METRO Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Sport
FO OTBALL
RUSSIA RACISM CHARGE
by JACK FOX
Chants: Chelsea star Kante
RUSSIA have been charged by Fifa
over alleged racist chanting, less than
two months before the start of this
summer’s World Cup.
Monkey chants were aimed at black
France stars, including Premier League
pair Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante,
during their 3-1 friendly win over Russia in St Petersburg last month.
‘Disciplinary proceedings have been
opened against the Russian Football
World Cup hosts in dock over
abuse aimed at France stars
Union for this incident,’ said world
governing body Fifa in a statement.
The RFU said it is cooperating with
the Fifa investigation.
‘A request has been made to the Interior Ministry to identify several persons who were involved in these incidents,’ said RFU anti-discrimination
officer Alexei Smertin. ‘If guilt is
proven, then there’s a high likelihood
they won’t be allowed to attend World
Cup and Russian league games.’
The RFU was previously fined over
racist behaviour by fans at the last two
European Championships.
The latest racism case is the third
THE Video Assistant Referee
system came in for fresh
criticism after Mainz benefited
from a bizarre penalty decision
which helped seal a 2-0 Bundesliga
win over Freiburg. The visitors’
players had already disappeared
down the tunnel for half-time when
referee Guido Winkmann referred a
this season at St Petersburg Stadium,
which will host a World Cup semi-final. Uefa has charged Zenit twice for
racism by their fans in Europa League
games. Supporters flew a banner praising convicted Serbian war criminal
Ratko Mladic when playing a Macedonian club in November and stand
accused of using a racially charged
term to a black Leipzig player.
The latter case will be heard by Uefa
on May 31, two weeks before the
World Cup begins.
potential penalty to the video
assistant referee. Following a delay
of around five minutes, Winkmann
recalled the Freiburg players and
awarded the spot-kick after ruling
Daniel Brosinski’s cross had been
handled by Marc-Oliver Kempf.
Pablo de Blasis duly converted
from 12 yards amid total confusion.
PICTURE: GETTY
Out of favour: Bale has played only played 81 minutes in Europe in 2018
ZIDANE: BALE IS NOT SAD
DESPITE A REDUCED ROLE
REAL Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane
insists Gareth Bale is not upset
despite his lack of game time at the
Bernabeu this season.
Bale, who has been linked with a
return to the Premier League this
summer, has made just 16 starts in
La Liga this term and started one
Champions League game since
Christmas – when he was taken off
at half-time against Juventus last
week. But Zidane, speaking ahead
of tonight’s visit of Athletic Bilbao,
insists he is not at odds with Bale.
‘We’re all on the same side and we
need all the players,’ said Zidane,
who also addressed the out-of-form
Karim Benzema. ‘They don’t come
across as sad to me,’ he added.
‘Of course, both would like to score
more goals. It always happens in a
team where you have some players
on good form and that is what’s
happening at the minute.’
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 METRO 37
F O O T B A L L P R E M I E R L E AG U E
Eddie drops Cherries a warning
BOURNEMOUTH boss Eddie
Howe has warned his players of the
dangers of listening to others and
believing they have done enough to
avoid relegation.
The Cherries host Manchester
United tonight ten points clear of
the drop-zone and in contention for
a top-ten finish, but Howe said:
THE TIPSTER
‘After the West Brom game (a 2-1
win last month) everyone had us
down as safe, in the media, and no
matter how much I bang on to the
players about it, that will seep into
the subconscious.
‘It doesn’t matter to me whether
we’re safe or not safe. The principle
is you give your best in every game.’
Semi-certain of an improved display
MANCHESTER United’s
clearly belong in the top
inconsistent sorts are
division but were beaten
playing for a place in
3-0 at Liverpool on
Saturday’s FA Cup
Saturday and may lack
semi-final team at
the edge they showed
Amir Khan to
Bournemouth tonight,
earlier in the season.
stop Phil Lo Greco
so you should expect
They are ten points
in rounds five to
a top-class display.
clear of relegation and
eight (Betfair)
Sunday’s shocker
should be safe, so back
against West Brom
United to show character
embarrassingly handed the
and plain old oomph. Jose
title to Manchester City and left
Mourinho’s men are 3/4 with
United still needing a few points
Betway to win. Jesse Lingard is
for a top-four finish. The Cherries
21/10 with Bet365 to score.
23/10
Tweet sp t
‘Enough is enough! He
(Paul Pogba) is playing
at walking pace! He
can do so much more.’
Gary Neville (@GNev2)
reacts to reports Jose
Mourinho plans to drop
Paul Pogba for Saturday’s
FA Cup semi-final. He also
retweeted a report of
the story with the
comment: ‘Good!’
PICTURE: GETTY
Under pressure:
Pogba against
West Brom,
where he was
taken off after
58 minutes
Jose’s second
opinion will
mean United
keep fighting
JOSE MOURINHO believes Manchester United still face a fight to secure a
top-four finish, never mind making sure
of second spot.
The inevitable became official on Sunday as arch-rivals Manchester City
wrapped up the Premier League title
without kicking a ball.
Rock-bottom West Brom’s surprise
1-0 win at Old Trafford not only confirmed City as champions but also hit
United’s chances of being runners-up.
They trail Pep Guardiola’s men by 16
points going into tonight’s game at
Bournemouth and only lead secondplaced Liverpool by one point.
With Tottenham three points further
back, the race is truly on for second
place, although boss Mourinho is still
not writing off former club Chelsea,
who are floundering in fifth.
‘We lost three points,’ he said of the
defeat to West Brom. ‘We lost three
points that could give us great stability
for the second position. Now we still
by MATTHEW NASH
have the fourth position to fight for
because Chelsea won [at Southampton
on Saturday] and we lost, so we still
have to fight for the top four.’
The Portuguese is determined to seal
second behind City but could drop some
of his under-performing stars tonight,
including £89million Paul Pogba.
The midfielder has taken flak for his
performance against the Baggies, while
Alexis Sanchez and Ander Herrera were
also well below their best.
With Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final
against Spurs in mind, Mourinho may
wield the axe this week.
Juan Mata was another unable to make
an impact on Sunday and is looking for
an immediate response.
‘Second position was not done before
the game,’ said the Spaniard.
‘It was not done even if we won, so
losing – it’s even more important the
next game.’
Sport
@tipstermetro
20/1
Thomas
Pieters (left)
e/w to win
the Trophee
Hassan II
(Bet Victor)
■ HOUSTON, one of the
few teams who can give
Golden State a run for their
money, are 8/11 (BetStars)
to beat Minnesota by over
9.5 points in tonight’s NBA
play-off game in Texas.
38 METRO Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Sport
F O O T B A L L P R E M I E R L E AG U E
RONNIE: I AM NOT
IN IT FOR THE
LONG HAUL
Page 35 »
Stanley’s promotion
door unlocked by Kee
ACCRINGTON sealed promotion to
the third tier of English football for
the first time in their history.
Billy Kee scored twice in the first
half as Stanley beat Yeovil 2-0 to
book a place in League One.
Meanwhile, Luton’s promotion
party was put on hold after Exeter
beat Chesterfield 2-1.
143
Quick response:
Gross fires past
Lloris to equalise
from the spot for
Brighton after Kane
(right) had put the
visitors ahead
Seconds between Harry
Kane giving Spurs the
lead and Pascal Gross
netting his leveller
from the penalty
spot
RESULTS
Premier League
Brighton .......................... 1
Sky Bet League One
Bradford ..........................3
Doncaster........................3
Gillingham...................... 0
Rochdale ........................ 0
Shrewsbury ................... 0
Wigan............................... 1
Sky Bet League Two
Accrington ......................2
Exeter...............................2
Lincoln ............................ 0
FRUSTRATED
MOURINHO IS UP
FOR THE FIGHT
Page 37 »
Tottenham........................ 1
Portsmouth...................... 1
Bury...................................3
Rotherham....................... 1
Oldham ............................ 0
Charlton............................2
Oxford .............................. 0
Yeovil................................ 0
Chesterfield ..................... 1
Wycombe ........................ 0
FIXTURES
(7.45pm unless stated)
Premier League
Bournemouth v Man Utd .........................................................TV
BT Sport 1
FA Women’s Super League 1
Arsenal v Reading .........................................................(7.30pm)
Bristol City v Liverpool ...................................................... (7pm)
Everton v Chelsea .............................................................. (7pm)
Man City v Sunderland ...................................................... (7pm)
Yeovil v Birmingham......................................................................
HARRY’S
Kane strikes to keep Golden Boot bid alive but
HARRY KANE stayed in contention
for the Golden Boot award with his
26th Premier League goal of the season but Tottenham were held by wellorganised Brighton last night.
Kane’s 48th-minute effort, which
was quickly cancelled out by a Pascal
Gross penalty, reduced his deficit to
four behind Liverpool’s Mohamed
Salah, with the striker undoubtedly
claiming this goal despite it going in
Brighton
1
Gross 49 (pen)
Tottenham
1
Kane 48
by JUSTIN PALMER
off Bruno on the goalline. There had
been some surprise, and even ridicule,
when England forward Kane won an
appeal to be awarded his side’s second goal against Stoke earlier this
month, despite it initially being credited to team-mate Christian Eriksen.
Despite the frustration of being
held, Spurs extended their advantage
over fifth-placed Chelsea to eight
points, although the Blues have a
game in hand on their London rivals.
Mauricio Pochettino made six
changes from the Spurs side that lost
Alonso could be facing a Long ban
Crunch time: Alonso’s controversial challenge on Long
CHELSEA’S Marcos Alonso is facing a threematch ban after being charged with violent
conduct by the Football Association.
The left wing-back appeared to stand on the
back of Southampton striker Shane Long’s leg
during Saturday’s 3-2 Premier League win.
The Spaniard went unpunished by referee
Mike Dean but, having reviewed footage, the
FA has given Alonso until 6pm today to
respond. If he accepts the charge, Alonso will
be ruled out of Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final –
against the Saints again – plus Premier League
games with Burnley and Swansea.
Southampton boss Mark Hughes said at the
time: ‘It was a poor challenge, it should have
been a red card in my view. The disappointment was the officials didn’t see it. They were
all within a ten to 15-metre radius.
‘One of them should have seen it. It could
have been more severe for Shane.’
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 METRO 39
F O O T B A L L P R E M I E R L E AG U E
Sport
PICTURES: REX/AFP
IN BRIEF
Premier League
P
(C) Man City
33
Man Utd
33
Liverpool
34
Tottenham
34
Chelsea
33
Arsenal
33
Burnley
33
Leicester
33
Everton
34
Newcastle
33
Bournemouth 34
Watford
34
Brighton
34
West Ham
33
Huddersfield 34
Crystal Palace 34
Swansea
33
Southampton 33
Stoke
34
West Brom
34
W
28
22
20
20
18
16
14
11
11
11
9
10
8
8
9
8
8
5
6
4
D
3
5
10
8
6
6
10
10
9
8
11
7
13
11
8
10
9
13
10
12
L
2
6
4
6
9
11
9
12
14
14
14
17
14
14
17
16
16
15
18
18
F
93
63
78
66
57
62
33
49
39
35
41
42
32
41
27
36
27
33
31
27
A
25
26
35
31
33
45
29
47
54
42
56
60
47
59
54
54
46
53
64
52
Pts
87
71
70
68
60
54
52
43
42
41
38
37
36
35
35
34
33
28
28
24
■ LEICESTER boss Claude Puel
has insisted he will not be selling
Harry Maguire, who he sees as
the linchpin of his side.
Reports have linked Tottenham
and both Manchester clubs to the
England centre-back (above).
But ahead of tomorrow’s game
with Southampton, Puel said: ‘He
is a valuable player and I want to
build my team around him.’
We’re still not out of
danger, warns Carroll
IN THE HUNT
Gross hits back to deny Spurs victory
to Manchester City last weekend, with
Dele Alli and Eric Dier among those
rested ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup
semi-final against Manchester United.
Hugo Lloris was the busier keeper in
the early stages, saving from Lewis
Dunk and Anthony Knockaert.
Opposite number Matthew Ryan
who produced two outstanding firsthalf stops – tipping over Lucas Moura’s
rising strike and, just before the break,
MANCHESTER City have
been cleared by the Court
of Arbitration for Sport of any
wrongdoing over the signing of
teenager Benjamin Garre from
Argentinian club Velez Sarsfield.
The Premier League
champions could have faced a
transfer ban had they been
found guilty of breaching
international transfer
regulations when they signed
Garre, then 16, in 2016.
Fifa had already rejected
Velez’s initial complaint City
broke transfer regulations when
signing Garre and now Cas has
delivered a ruling which backs
that verdict.
keeping out Heung-Min Son’s shot.
The game burst into life soon after the
restart when Spurs went ahead.
Son did brilliantly to keep the ball in
play and pulled back for Kane to powerfully finish. But the visitors had little
time to celebrate, with Gross beating
Lloris from the spot after Serge Aurier
clumsily felled Jose Izquierdo.
Spurs had the better chances to win it
with Brazilian winger Moura, impress-
ing in a rare opportunity since joining
from Paris Saint-Germain in January,
dragging a shot wide after being put
through by Eriksen, while substitute
Erik Lamela was denied by Ryan.
Pochettino admiited: ‘The draw is a
little bit disappointing because the intention was to get all three. Today was
not because we rotated the team.
‘Everyone is ready to play but Brighton was a very difficult opponent and
we need to give credit to them.’ For the
hosts, it was another step towards safety with Chris Hughton’s side now eight
points above the drop-zone.
‘It’s a step in the right direction, and
what I was most delighted with was the
character of the team to concede the
way we did and then react the way we
did,’ said the Seagulls manager.
‘We showed great quality in the areas
when we needed to.’
Aguero surgery set to end season
SERGIO AGUERO’S club campaign could be over after minor
surgery on his left knee.
The Manchester City striker has
been troubled by an issue in the joint
for the past five weeks.
Last week City boss Pep Guardiola admitted he was unsure when
the 29-year-old, who has scored 30
goals this season, would be fit again.
Aguero has now had keyhole
surgery in a bid to resolve the issue.
The striker (left) tweeted:
‘Recovering from an arthroscopy on
my knee. Fully motivated to get
back soon to the field.’
No timescale for his recovery has
been given but, with City already
crowned Premier League champions, the World Cup with Argentina
will surely be his main target.
Aguero has not started a game for
City since their victory over Chelsea
on March 4, although he has made
two substitute appearances, firstly
against Manchester United in the
Premier League on April 7, then
again three days later in the
Champions League quarter-final
defeat to Liverpool.
He was ruled out of last Saturday’s
3-1 win at Tottenham, with Guardiola casting doubt over whether the
player would play again this season.
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ANDY CARROLL admitted the point
he snatched for West Ham against
Stoke could be vital but insisted
the Hammers are not yet safe.
The fit-again striker climbed off
the bench to volley a last-minute
leveller on Monday on his first
appearance in three months.
A 1-1 draw left the Hammers
seven points above the Premier
League drop-zone with five games
remaining and, crucially, kept the
Potters in the bottom three.
‘We’ve still got five games left
and we’ve got to win them as no
one is safe,’ he said. ‘It’s tough at
the minute and we’ve just got to
keep working.’
■ LIVERPOOL midfielder Adam
Lallana, 29, has gone to South
Africa to receive specialist
treatment in his rehabilitation
from a hamstring problem. He has
made just three starts and ten
substitute appearances in an
injury-ravaged season.
Rangers suspend pair
after ‘row with boss’
RANGERS have
suspended club
captain Lee
Wallace and
striker Kenny
Miller amid the
fallout following
their 4-0 defeat
by Celtic.
Wallace and Miller (pictured)
were summoned to Ibrox amid
claims of angry exchanges with
boss Graeme Murty during a
heated post-match analysis of
Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final.
A statement read: ‘Lee Wallace
and Kenny Miller have been
suspended pending investigation
into a team-related incident.’
Austin’s cancer battle
FORMER Swansea defender Kevin
Austin has confirmed he has been
diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
But the 45-year-old has stressed
his condition is not terminal after
rumours he was dying circulated.
‘My doctors said they are happy
with the way things are going and
it is under control,’ he said.
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