Money FR EE Advice | Hacks | Investment 19 Wednesday, April 18, 2018 METRO EYE ON THE BALL Alex Lovén on cricket bats, Ferraris and why he always pays with his phone u Yo u id e in association with r u rban g Pa 22 » from life is The only thing you can expect Ewing, would the unexpected. So, asks Sarah 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.’ ADVICE, INVESTMENTS & CASH-SAVING HACKS in association with E INSID Y TODA monthly budget and Start off by looking at your income 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 is difficult, particularly if your salary Continued on Pa 20 » Fu ll st or y :P ag e 7 » Wednesday, April 18, 2018 SHUTTERSTOCK W Money Father ‘handed boy gun after doorstep killing’ Investigation: Police forensics tent at shooting scene PICTURE: LNP E INSID Y A D TO METRO 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 Page 3 » HEALTH AND SAFETY... OR JUST NUTS? Page 6 » ‘SLUT’ CASE TEACHER IS CLEARED Page 9 » 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 Continued on Page 5 » PL U ‘SON, 14, TOLD: TAKE BLAME FOR MURDER’ S Windrush: i PM apologises l tto Caribbean lleaders 60 SECONDS: CHRISTIAN SLATER Page 16 » On trial: Dad Matthew Moseleyy METRO BRINGING YOU ALL THE SHOWS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH YOU KNOW AND LOVE ON DEMAND Page 27 » METRO usua lin t en en a rtri period ‘ se s Hardy. ‘ his ist, ’ t n ition ti a s t e . . s t re Wednesday, April 18, 2018 METRO 3 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- a n ornin - 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 SWNS CONTACT US email firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Text ’views’ to 65700 (Standard network charge) Web edition metro.news Editorial 020 3615 0600 Advertising 020 3615 0570 Distribution 020 3615 0660 Classified 020 7938 3838 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 Metro strives for complete accuracy but mistakes do sometimes slip in. If you spot anything, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the article and date as the subject line. Metro is a member of the Independent Press Standards Organisation, the regulatory body for the Press. IPSO members must have effective mechanisms for dealing with complaints and correcting errors as promptly as possible. If you wish to make a formal complaint about a story in Metro, visit www.readerseditor.dmgmedia.co.uk or contact IPSO directly at ipso.co.uk 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. THE recycled paper content of UK newspapers in 2014 was 78.5%. Please keep public transport tidy by taking your Metro with you and recycling it. METRO is independent of LUL and views expressed are not those of LUL or TfL unless otherwise stated. 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!’ Wednesday, April 18, 2018 METRO 13 with ith Tom T Sti hb Stichbury @Metro_Showbiz 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. To win, follow @Metro_Showbiz WIN JUSTIN JUICES UP HIS DAY WITH A MYSTERY GIRL... Two’s company: w Justin with flirty ne pal in New York ex-hubby JENNIFER ANISTON’S a juicy d Justin Theroux sparke tted up got cha bit of gossip when he k. Yor during a stroll in New a pretty The Leftovers actor and d sucking ppe sna e passer-by wer as they on drinks with intent uainted took time out to get acq r. the ano one h wit d to take Justin, 46, then decide ry lady, a seat with the myste es and who batted her eyelash or. act giggled intently at the wore a Out to impress, Justin show. vest to put his guns on ress act Theroux and Friends their Jen, 49, called time on February. in three-year marriage with He’s been spotted out ce. sin several pretty women 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. 14 METRO Wednesday, April 18, 2018 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 Start your text with the word DEED followed by your comment, name and where you live to 65700. Standard network charge applies Talk METRO S EN D U S YOUR VI EWS START a text with VIEWS followed by your comment, name and where you live to 65700. Standard network charge applies. Or email email@example.com Helpline for Views, Rush-Hour Crush and Good Deed Feed: 020 3615 0600. Full T&Cs on metro.co.uk/terms Metro is a member of the Independent Press Standards Organisation 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 What’s your opinion? Text the word VIEWS followed by your comment, name and where you live to 65700. Standard network charges apply. New home: The SS Windrush docks at Tilbury in June 1948 with (below) some of the first migrants from Jamaica. Left, Amber Rudd PICTURES: GETTY 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. Backtracking: Y Yesterday’s t d ’ M Metro t reportt 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 Text CRUSH followed by your Rush-Hour Crush, name and where you live to 65700. Standard network charge applies AND ANOTHER THING... 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 60 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.’ O bites mauled by a shark wam to safety us injuries to ejandro Travaglini, n at Gracetown, es from Perth. y artit who w penie around e in a suffolk n hailed b local. more proud to be ll,’ tweeted one. 0-year-old wooden e Britain’s oldest ork university s at the North r Carr site include og and jewellery. Mn sbbd, scdd nd svd b his gifind by Joel taylor 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 Money Yo u id e Advice | Hacks | Investment u r u rban g Wednesday, April 18, 2018 METRO 19 EYE ON THE BALL Alex Lovén on cricket bats, Ferraris and why he always in association with pays with his phone Page 22 » 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 Continued on Page 20 » 20 METRO Wednesday, April 18, 2018 Money In association with Advice | Hacks | Investment » Continued from Page 19 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 GETTY 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!’ Wednesday, April 18, 2018 METRO 21 Money In association with A child-free night at the museums Use social media to get results Forking out for a babysitter can soon add up, but you can still 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, the Science Museum, the V&A and Tate Britain (left). ritish c sum u di mplai i o a c . Bu a i T ok ir grie ivid ose rs iss l nd mor ither m or a o w ift. se r ler m perk nd t tic you y laint to r u Protect your Oyster card balance 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. 22 METRO Wednesday, April 18, 2018 Money In association with MY MONEY... 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 Why it pays to know about... STUDENT NS LOANS With Which? money expert Gareth Shaw 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 on your personal circumstances. n Regardless of how much you borrow as a student (and the interest it accrues), you only start paying back your student loans the April after you have graduated. And now, only after you’re earning £25,000 per year. n That represents an annual saving of £360 for those currently earning £25,000, who’ll now be below the repayment threshold and therefore pay back nothing until they earn more than this. n Want to work out how much you’ll repay per month? Take your annual salary before tax, subtract the repayment threshold, calculate 9% of what’s left and then divide by 12. n After 30 years, any outstanding student debt you still owe is written off. n For more information, visit Which? University’s student finance advice: which.co.uk/studentfinance Scene Yo u id e Music | Film | TV | Comedy u r u rban g Wednesday, April 18, 2018 METRO 23 BENHARDY From soap to Wilkie Collins via the X-Men Tv To Go: Page 27 » MORE MOVIES S P O RT I N G UNWIELDY TITLES S 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 Continued on: Page 24 » 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 24 METRO Wednesday, April 18, 2018 Scene Music | Film | TV | Comedy 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, Wednesday, April 18, 2018 METRO 25 Music | Film | TV | Comedy Scene 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. 26 METRO Wednesday, April 18, 2018 Scene Music | Film | TV | Comedy 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 Wednesday, April 18, 2018 METRO 27 ART E METRO lf a r s a n tc to compa el t he pa th pl . s not d t e h en H c en h raws a l Har g , ro C er od t W a W ys l ’ sa s am io b n ti , to at s s wit a … He le e ing e » WHERE THERE’S A WILKIE STEFFAN HILL EX-EASTENDERS FAVOURITE BEN HARDY ON BREAKING FREE FROM HIS SOAP PAST 28 METRO Wednesday, April 18, 2018 METRO BRINGING YOU ALL THE SHOWS YOU KNOW PEOPLE ARE STILL SHOUTING ‘PETER!’ AT ME LEGION 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 AND LOVE ON DEMAND 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.’ 30 METRO Wednesday, April 18, 2018 Puzzles METROSCOPE by Patrick Arundell CRYPTIC CROSSWORD QUICK CROSSWORD 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 11 12 9 13 14 15 17 16 18 19 21 20 22 23 24 26 27 25 28 29 32 30 31 33 34 35 36 Across 1. Snap decision on a question of 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) 21. Had a meal from a packet of dates (3) 22. On the verge of retirement? (5,3,3) Down 2. A centre of revolution (3) 3. They may make a stool (5) 4. Weak charge has a miserable finish (6) 5. Hastened up with speed to tell the tale (7) 6. Secretly watching for the fish that’s due (9) 7. It could lead to a lassie’s downfall, she’s only young (4,2,1,4) 8. Employee in removal 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) 21. One gives superlative service (3) 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 Urals; 4 Erases; 5 Thoroughfare; 6 Retinue; 7 East; 8 Battering-ram; 12 Adorable; 14 Prurigo; 16 Sniper; 18 Vouch; 19 Tomb. Across 4. 7. 8. 10. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 19. 21. 23. 24. 26. 27. 29. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. Down Observation (6) Mexican pancake (8) Equipment (6) Prang (5) Financial institution (4) Highland dress item (4) Presumptuous (4) Gratuity (3) Complain bitterly (4) Soon (4) Bogey, bugbear (9) Military cap (4) Strong wind (4) Racket (3) Hollow (4) Applaud (4) Greek letter (4) Stop (5) Mischievous (6) Opportunity (8) Needle (6) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 9. 11. 12. 13. 15. 16. 18. 20. 21. 22. 23. 25. 28. 30. 31. 32. 33. Metroku Quick Across: 1 Carpet; 7 Hitherto; 8 Tuna; 10 Sorrow; 11 Abduct; 14 Ear; 16 Ladle; 17 Reel; 19 Rapid; 21 Judas; 22 Habit; 23 Past; 26 In fun; 28 Tic; 29 Status; 30 Boxing; 31 Amid; 32 Abnormal; 33 Discus. 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The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story BBC2, 9pm Miranda Barbour: Serial Killer Or Liar? BBC3, from 10am We’ve seen plenty of Andrew Cunanan, the delusional fantasist brilliantly played by Darren Criss, but what made him that way? The drama looks at Cunanan’s childhood, with young Edouard Holdener playing the boy Cunanan, spoilt Prepare to be disturbed by the chilling story of a US teenage mother who confessed to killing a man she met online, then claimed she had 22 more killings to her name. Add in a satanic cult and this is true-life horror. KEITH WATSON 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 FRANKUUS 3.00 NEWMARKET 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 4 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.’ n BEVERLEY’S first meeting of the season scheduled for today has been called off. Heavy rainfall this month has left three waterlogged areas on the home straight which have not dried out in time. 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 NEW CUSTOMER OFFER BET £5 ON ANY HORSE RACE & GET £20 IN FREE BETS TO USE ON ANY OTHER RACES Available to new Online, Mobile & Telephone customers DOWNLOAD THE APP BET £5 GET £20 IN FREE BETS: ! " ## $%& ' # $( # ') * +## ( + # ,' - # ( # - " # . # / - " ESE BET RESNSIB N N G 00 02 0 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 stars (from left) Eboni BeckfordChambers, Jade Clarke, Natalie Haythornthwaite and Jodie Gibson, 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 Eurosport and Eurosport Player, with Colin Murray, Jimmy White and Neal Foulds 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. ©Associated Newspapers Ltd, 2010. Metro® The mark METRO is a registered trade mark of Associated Newspapers Ltd. 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.