FR EE Wednesday, April 25, 2018 Touching moment: The two presidents put on an affectionate display at the White House PICTURES: AFP/AP T HE WORL D’ S M O ST P O PU L AR FRE E N E WSPAP E R IT MUST BE Fu ll st or y :P ag e 3 » Trump, Macron and a very special relationship n Pippa pops into the palace to see new nephew Page 5 » n May’s customs plan a ‘betrayal of good sense’ Page 2 » TOXIC ARCTIC n Microplastics found to have reached record levels in the ice n Pollutants entering food chain and could be health risk RECORD levels of harmful microplastics that threaten the health of humans and wildlife have been found in the Arctic. Up to 12,000 of the particles per litre of sea ice were found – up to three times more than previously recorded. Some by DANIEL BINNS are about a sixth of the width of a human hair and can be eaten by tiny creatures that prop up the food chain. Researchers say it shows how the once-pristine polar regions have been turned into a ‘sink’ for pollutants. Dr Ilka Peeken, of Germany’s Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, warned: ‘No one can say for certain how harmful these tiny plastic Continued on Page 9 » 2 METRO Wednesday, April 25, 2018 CORRECTIONS & C L A R I F I C AT I O N S Metro strives for complete accuracy but mistakes do sometimes slip in. If you spot anything, please email email@example.com 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 CONTACT US email firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Text ’views’ to 65700 (Standard network charge) Web edition metro.news Editorial 020 361 50600 Advertising 020 361 52604 Classified 020 361 54000 Distribution 020 361 50660 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. Rees-Mogg: May’s customs plan after EU exit ‘cretinous’ by JOEL TAYLOR LEADING Brexiteer Jacob ReesMogg has hit out at Theresa May’s post-Brexit customs plan, branding it ‘completely cretinous’. The Tory backbencher questioned the prime minister’s attitude towards leaving the EU and added that while she was ‘carrying out the will of the British people’ it was ‘hard to read what level of enthusiasm she has for it’. Speaking in parliament at an event organised by the Open Europe THE Department for Business has made ‘virtually no attempt’ to free up staff to ensure a smooth Brexit, say MPs. Meg Hillier, who chairs the public accounts committee, said the department was ‘operating in a parallel universe where urgency is an abstract concept’. think tank, Mr Rees-Mogg (pictured) dismissed Mrs May’s idea of a customs partnership, one of the two options she has put forward to deal with future customs arrangements. He said: What’s your opinion? Text the word VIEWS followed by your comment, name and where you live to 65700. Standard network charges apply. ‘It’s completely cretinous. It’s a betrayal of good sense. I cannot understand why the government is faffing around with this system.’ He played down the prospect of the government collapsing over the issue but warned that the House of Lords was ‘playing with fire’ by passing amendments which he claimed were attempts to overturn the referendum. Hammond hails ‘turning point’ for economy HOPES that an end to austerity is in sight increased yesterday as data showed government borrowing slipped back into the black for the first time since 2002. Chancellor Philip Hammond said the UK banked £100million more than it spent on day-to-day operations in the year to March. Hailing the news as a ‘turning point’ for the economy, he added: ‘It’s thanks to the British people debt is falling.’ The boost comes a week after data revealed wages are rising faster than inflation for the first time in a year. The overall deficit dropped to £42.6billion last year – the lowest level in a decade. But figures show Britain’s national debt is up to £1.79trillion – 86 per cent of GDP. Palma bans tourists from renting flats Sky-high: Rents in Palma surged ALAMY ISLAND resort Palma is to become the first Spanish city to ban apartment owners from renting their properties to tourists. The restriction follows complaints from residents who say rising rents mean they can no longer afford to live in the city (pictured) on Majorca. Mayor Antoni Noguera said the city council will vote for the ban because ‘there is nothing worse than having residents who can’t live in their city nor afford a rent’. Houses will be excluded from the ban – which could be introduced as soon as July – unless they are in protected areas, next to the airport or in industrial areas. Rents on the Balearic island have risen 40 per cent since 2013. Many blame the price rise on internet sites and apps that allow travellers to rent apartments on a short-term basis directly from homeowners. Wednesday, April 25, 2018 METRO 3 ‘ : t Winning smile: Mr Macron with his host A FINE BROMANCE... TRUMP AND MACRON French cheek: A welcoming kiss by DOMINIC YEATMAN DONALD TRUMP hailed his ‘very special relationship’ with Emmanuel Macron when they met at the White House yesterday. The French president was the first foreign leader to be honoured with a state visit since Mr Trump entered the White House, and seemed delighted to bask in the attention. The US president even took Mr Macron by the hand as he led him to the Oval Office in one of several handholding moments throughout the day. But Mr Trump was almost too attentive when he pointed out ‘dandruff’ on his guest’s shoulder during a photocall. ‘We do have a very special relationship,’ he said. ‘In fact I’ll get that little piece of dandruff off, we have to make him perfect. He is perfect. So it is really great to be with you and you’re a special friend.’ The high-level bromance risked High office: Mrs Macron, left, with Melania A pat on the Mac: The leaders pose with their first ladies at the White House overshadowing the UK’s special relationship with the US, which cooled in November when prime minister Theresa May ticked off Mr Trump for retweeting anti-Muslim claims from a British far-right group. Before then, Mrs May had a hand-holding moment of her own – during her trip to Washington soon after the president took office in January last year. However, Mr Trump had less luck with his wife Melania, who appeared reluctant to take his hand as they posed in the White House Rose Garden with Mr Macron and his wife Brigitte. France has impressed Mr Trump with its military response to the alleged Syrian chemical weapons attack in Douma earlier this month. But Mr Macron is keen to persuade his US counterpart not to tear up the nuclear deal with Iran signed by Barack Obama. Mr Trump warned yesterday: ‘If Iran threatens us in any way they will pay a price like few countries have ever paid.’ It’s ll han : e pre id ts to n wel 4 METRO Wednesday, April 25, 2018 Monumental Millicent... statue is a first for women Momentous: Crowds gather at statue of suffragist Millicent Fawcett, created by Gillian Wearing, in Parliament Square yesterday PICTURES: PA/GETTY Thandie turns the heat on Time’s Up THANDIE NEWTON claims she ‘wasn’t hot enough’ to be involved in the Time’s Up movement. The 45-year-old British actress (pictured) has alleged she was abused by a director aged 16. But she says she wasn’t invited into the sexual inequality group set up after the Harvey Weinstein allegations, because she was not ‘mainstream enough’. She told The Daily Telegraph: ‘I wasn’t hot enough. I wasn’t mainstream enough and I wasn’t going to be at the Oscars this year, even though I am having a renaissance in my career.’ She previously told Australia’s Herald Sun that it was ‘painful’ to have been left out of the movement. Lumley stands up for the good guys A SUFFRAGIST leader has been honoured with the first statue of a woman in Parliament Square. The monument to Millicent Fawcett was unveiled after a two-year campaign led ‘from petition to project manager’ by women. Immortalised in bronze, Fawcett stands 8ft 4in and is the only female statue alongside 11 historical male figures. Crowds – including members of the public in suffragette by JAMIE JOHNSON costume (pictured) – gathered to watch the ceremony in Westminster. Theresa May, speaking at the unveiling, said: ‘I would not be here today as prime minister, no female MPs would have taken their seats in parliament, none of us would have had the rights and protections we now enjoy, were it not for one truly great woman, Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett.’ She said the statue will serve ‘not just as a reminder of Dame Millicent’s extraordinary life and legacy, but as inspiration to all of us who wish to follow in her footsteps’. Activist Caroline Criado Perez started the campaign in 2016 after noticing the ‘woeful under-representation’ of women in the square. It gained the support of mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Mrs May, and the sculpture was created by Turner Prize winner Gillian Wearing. Ceremony: Criado Perez, May and Khan BAFTA host Joanna Lumley has warned not to ‘deride all men’ as bad guys in the wake of Hollywood’s #MeToo sexual harassment movement. The Absolutely Fabulous star (pictured) told Good Housekeeping: ‘The spirit of the suffragettes is with us and we’re speaking out about women being treated badly. That said, I am terrified that all men are seen as bad. I love and respect men. I am married to one, I work with some wonderful men. We mustn’t deride all men, as only the few are bad.’ At the Bafta awards in February Lumley applauded Britain’s response to the sex scandals in the film industry. Wednesday, April 25, 2018 METRO 5 Expect-aunt: Pippa Middleton yesterday visiting her new nephew Still waiting for the name: Kate shows the world her new son on Monday WENN Meghan pulls strings to ask cellist to play SAMIR HUSSEIN/ WIREIMAGE Auntie Pippa pops in to see baby prince by DANIEL BINNS PIPPA MIDDLETON was spotted visiting the new royal baby yesterday as the world continued to wait to find out his name. The 34-year-old sister of the Duchess of Cambridge, reportedly pregnant herself with her first child, was seen arriving at Kensington Palace following the birth on Monday morning. Bells were rung at Westminster Abbey and gun salutes fired in Hyde Park and the Tower of London to mark the birth of the duke and duchess’s third child, born on Monday morning. Meanwhile, Prince Charles, who is expected to visit his new grandson later this week after he returns from a trip to France to mark Anzac Day today, said he was ‘so pleased’ at the latest addition to his family – the eighth grandchild between himself and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall. He said: ‘It is a great joy to have Welcome: A 62-gun royal salute at the Tower of London another grandchild; the only trouble is I don’t know how I am going to keep up with them.’ Last night, the new prince’s name had yet to be revealed, and it was unclear if William and Kate had even chosen one. The Countess of Wessex, when quizzed by reporters yesterday on the name, replied: ‘The jury’s out PA Proud: Wills leaves the palace yesterday GETTY on that one. I don’t know, we’re all just going to have to wait and see.’ Arthur remains the favourite among bookies, although Philip, in honour of the baby’s great-grandfather Prince Philip, is also a close contender. Kensington Palace would only say that the name would be announced in ‘due course’. The new baby prince’s great-grandmother the Queen, 92, is still at Windsor Castle for Easter Court with the Duke of Edinburgh, who is recuperating following a hip operation. Honour: Sheku Kanneh-Mason PA A CELLIST was ‘bowled over’ when Meghan Markle rang to ask him to play at her wedding. Sheku Kanneh-Mason, a rising star of the classical music world, agreed immediately to the request from Prince Harry’s fiancee. The 19-year-old winner of the BBC Young Musician 2016 award is among artists and choral groups who will perform at the wedding in Windsor Castle on May 19. He said: ‘I’m so excited and honoured. I was bowled over when Ms Markle called me. ‘What a privilege to be able to play the cello at such a wonderful event. I can’t wait!’ Kensington Palace said: ‘Both Prince Harry and Ms Markle have taken a great interest and care in choosing the music for their service, which will include a number of well-known hymns and choral works.’ St George’s Chapel will also echo to the gospel sounds of the Kingdom Choir. In tune: Harry and Meghan chose their wedding music 6 METRO Wednesday, April 25, 2018 Jewish leaders label Corbyn talks ‘a missed chance’ by DOMINIC YEATMAN ‘Disappointed’: Members of the Board of Deputies (from left) Gillian Merron, Jonathan Arkush, Jonathan Goldstein and Simon Johnson speak to reporters after meeting PICTURE: PA JEWISH leaders last night dismissed a meeting with Jeremy Corbyn to discuss anti-Semitism in the Labour party as a ‘disappointing missed opportunity’. It came after they wrote to the Labour leader with a list of demands following a protest attended by hundreds of Jewish people outside Parliament last month. The meeting with the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC) and Board of Deputies for British Jews in Mr Corbyn’s office lasted 90 minutes longer than scheduled, but ended without agreement. Mr Corbyn called it ‘positive and constructive’, and insisted he was ‘absolutely committed to rooting out anti-Semitism from our party and our society’. But a statement from the Jewish groups said: ‘We welcome the fact that Mr Corbyn’s words have changed. But it is action by which the Jewish community will judge only he who can tell people this is enough.’ Text the word VIEWS followed The leaders called for action by your comment, name and against former London mayor Ken where you live to 65700. Livingstone to be speeded up, and Standard network charges apply. said ‘words in letters and newspaper articles will never be enough’. him and the Labour Party. Our sole Mr Corbyn said: ‘When members objective from this meeting was to of Jewish communities express build trust with Mr Corbyn, but this genuine anxieties, we must recogwill not be possible until and unless nise them as we would those of any he and the party turn their many other community. strong words against anti-Semitism ‘Their concerns are not “smears”. into equally strong actions in Jews belong in the Labour Party order to bring about a deep and we are utterly committed cultural change in his supto making it a safe and welporters’ attitude to Jews.’ coming place for them.’ The JLC’s Jonathan Mr Corbyn said he had Goldstein said: ‘We are asked Labour’s general secrelooking for a behavtary Jennie Formby to ioural change in the improve disciplinary party and lookprocedures and ensure ing for him to complaints are dealt ‘Positive and act with paswith swiftly and constructive’: sion and fairly. Further steps enthusiasm as would be outlined Jeremy Corbyn REX he said he ‘in the coming would. It is weeks’. What’s your opinion? ‘Sort this out’ says Lammy as more Britons face deportation THE Home Office is facing by HAYDEN SMITH fresh anger over the Windrush scandal amid ‘heartbreaking’ he will be deported despite new cases. having a National Insurance Labour MP David Lammy, a card from 1974 & NHS prominent figure in exposing documentation from 1964.’ Mr Lammy posted an image the fiasco, reported that his of a ‘notice of removal’ letter. It office had received six further cases before midday said: ‘You are considered a yesterday. person who has been In one, a man who unable to show evidence of arrived from Jamaica in lawful entry because you 1964 was warned he faces cannot produce the removal despite having passport on which you paperwork claim to have entered the UK.’ dating back The MP for decades. Mr Lammy Tottenham called ‘Shameful’: MP tweeted: ‘My on ministers to constituent ‘sort this today’. David Lammy AFP/GETTY arrived aged He said: ‘This is 6. The Home an outrageous Office [is] miscarriage of telling him that justice. Grant him his citizenship and passport.’ He said each new case ‘is heartbreaking and an utterly shameful indictment of this government’. Controversy erupted after it emerged residents who settled in the UK from the late 1940s to the early 1970s had wrongly been identified as illegal immigrants because they lack documentation. Home secretary Amber Rudd has announced that thousands who arrived from the Commonwealth will be offered the chance to obtain British citizenship free of charge and without taking language tests. The Home Office said a new team was helping people get the documentation they need, while it was attempting to get in touch with Mr Lammy’s constituent. Foreign Office official says sorry for Sikh temple gaffe THE Foreign Office’s top official has apologised after calling one of the most revered Sikh temples a mosque. Sir Simon McDonald said ‘I was wrong’ after referring to the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India, as the ‘Golden Mosque’. His blunder came as Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn promised he would launch an independent inquiry into Britain’s military role in the Indian army’s 1984 raid on the Golden Temple if he became prime minister. Sir Simon made the gaffe on Twitter below a picture of social activist Harjinder Singh Kukreja and the UK’s deputy high commissioner to India. Bhai Amrik Singh, chairman of the Sikh Federation, said: ‘It demonstrates a remarkable level of ignorance from someone in his position.’ In a mud ddle: Sir Simon’’s Twiitter postt Wednesday, April 25, 2018 METRO 7 Devastated: Dad Tom Evans talks outside Alder Hey hospital where Alfie (pictured left, breathing on his own in his mum’s arms) has been at the centre of a life-support battle PA ‘Sex cult TV star tried to recruit Emma’ Little Alfie is too sick to fly to Rome, rules judge THE family of Alfie Evans have lost their legal bid to take their severely ill son to Italy for treatment. A judge ruled yesterday that a flight to Rome would not be in the child’s best interest but urged doctors to consider letting him go home. Parents Tom Evans and Kate James won support from the Pope and the Italian ambassador after doctors at Homeless debate: Tory MP Adam Holloway called for focus on people ‘in real need’ by DOMINIC YEATMAN Alder Hey Children’s Hospital decided to withdraw Alfie’s life support. The 23-month-old boy, who has an undefined neurological condition, was hailed as ‘extraordinary’ by Mr Justice Hayden yesterday afternoon. The Manchester court heard a military air ambulance was on standby to transport the youngster, and that doctors at the Liverpool hospital had been left in ‘genuine fear’ from hostile protesters outside. Mr Evans claimed doctors had been ‘gobsmacked’ as his son continued to breathe for himself after his life support was withdrawn at 9.17pm on Monday. Paul Diamond, representing the parents, told the hearing: ‘This really is an appeal, in our submission, for common humanity and common sense.’ But the judge interjected: ‘I don’t think it’s helpful to use emotive terms.’ In a witness statement, Mr Evans suggested his son’s condition was ‘significantly better’ than had been previously believed. But Alder Hey doctors and independent medical experts say there is no cure and no hope for Alfie. Tory MP: Rough sleeping cushier than Army A TORY MP and ex-Army captain has described his own experience of bedding down on London’s streets as a ‘lot more comfortable’ than going on exercise in the forces. Adam Holloway, MP for Gravesham, told a Westminster Hall debate: ‘If you are fit and of sound mind, there are all sorts of services that make it possible to sleep out.’ But he said for addicts, the mentally ill or the elderly, ‘then it is a very different thing’. Labour MP Laura Smith said she had been out with homeless people, adding: ‘I don’t relate to what you’re saying at all.’ She said the high rate of benefit sanctions among the homeless should be examined. Mr Holloway replied: ‘We’re going to get nowhere in solving the problem if we just feel sorry for everybody, we’ve got to focus on the people in real need.’ SMALLVILLE star Allison Mack may have tried to recruit actress Emma Watson to join a sex cult, it has been alleged. Tweets sent by Mack in 2016 show she contacted Harry Potter star Watson, 28, about becoming involved in an ‘amazing women’s movement’. In another post, she wrote: ‘@EmWatson I participate in a unique human development & women’s movement I’d love to tell you about. As a fellow actress I can relate so…’ Three years earlier, the TV star, 35, reached out to singer Charged: Allison Mack and (above), her tweet to Emma Watson (below) REX Kelly Clarkson, 36, saying: ‘I’m a fan of yours. I’d love to chat sometime.’ The posts emerged yesterday after Mack appeared in court in New York accused of recruiting women for the Nxivm sex cult run by Keith Raniere. Both deny charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit forced labour. They have been remanded in custody until next month. Neither Watson nor Clarkson were available to comment. Wednesday, April 25, 2018 METRO 9 DON’T MONKEY WITH ME! TOURIST GETS HIS COMEUPPANCE Iggy serious? Lizard steals boy’s burger THIS is the moment a cheeky iguana made off with a British boy’s burger. Nine-year-old Max Mannion was with his family on a Mexican beach when the 2ft lizard jumped on his sunbed and grabbed his lunch. The brazen reptile then sprints away as Max is heard yelling: ‘Get off me burger!’ Mum Lindsey, 43, filmed the theft while the family were in the Riviera Maya over the Easter holiday. She said the Grand Sirenis hotel had warned them not to A TOURIST became a victim of instant karma when he tried to push a monkey into a pond for a laugh. The prankster was left with scrapes and scratches on his hands and face when the animal chased him down and attacked him. A video of the incident, at the Xitian Temple in Dehua County, in east China’s Fujian Province, shows the man approaching the unsuspecting monkey, which is sitting on a railing next to water at the tourist hotspot. The man shoves it and sends it flying over the edge, but the monkey quickly gets back on its feet and chases the tourist around the compound. The film shows more monkeys joining in the attack before tourists drove them away. The victim later shared a photo online of his injuries. Brazen: The iguana steals the bun Ice ‘binds plastic for up to 11 years’ until it can melt » Continued from Page 1 particles are for marine life, or ultimately also for human beings.’ Microbeads from cosmetics, synthetic fabrics, packaging, paints and cigarette butts have been blamed for threatening wildlife living in the Arctic, which includes walruses, polar bears, seals and whales. Polyethylene and polypropylene along with paints, nylon, polyester, and cellulose acetate – used in ciga- What’s your opinion? Text the word VIEWS followed by your comment, name and where you live to 65700. Standard network charges apply. rette packaging – accounted for half the samples gathered on three trips to the Arctic Ocean in 2014 and 2015. Dr Peeken said sea ice ‘binds this plastic litter for two to a maximum of 11 years’ – the time it takes floes from Siberia or North America to reach the Arctic’s Fram Strait, where they melt. Sources included the huge ‘garbage patch’ in the Pacific Ocean, while the high percentage of paint and nylon pieces pointed to intense shipping and fishing in parts of the Arctic Ocean. A ban on the manufacture of products containing microbeads in the UK came into force in January, while a full ban on their sale becomes law in July. The Arctic study is featured in the journal Nature Communications. Polluted: Glaciers in the Arctic ALAMY feed the animals but ‘loads of iguanas roamed the beach’. The accounts manager, from Derby, added: ‘My little girl Nancy was screaming, “mummy!” We were oblivious until he jumped under the umbrella ready to pounce. ‘I moved my foot. He looked at Nancy – but she didn’t have any food. Max (pictured) was trying to guard his burger and it jumped up and ran off with it. Max loves his food and he won’t let anyone near it but an iguana cleared off with his burger. ‘The kids thought it was hilarious.’ 10 METRO Wednesday, April 25, 2018 GP has the chance for one reader and a friend to see NINA NESBITT at London’s LEONARDO DICAPRIO yet shot a frame. ‘It’s Heaven on May 15 and and Brad Pitt are to hard to speak about meet her backstage. To star in a Pulp Fiction-style a film we haven’t win, follow @Metro_ film for Quentin Tarantino. done,’ he admitted. Showbiz and tweet us DiCaprio, 43, The movie is with #MetroNesbitt by turned up at set in 4pm today. Over 18s CinemaCon in Las Hollywood only. Travel not Vegas with the in 1969. included. Usual director to Tarantino, 55, rules apply. hype Once added: ‘This is Joining the Q: Leo Upon A Time probably the In Hollywood with Tarantino closest to Pulp – even though Fiction that I’ve in Vegas REX they have not done.’ Pulp fact: It’s Leo and Brad Cor! Apple to show Ed movie ED SHEERAN The Movie is coming to a screen near you after Apple reportedly o oughed up a ‘seven-figure sum’ for the iights to show it. The documentary feature, expected to be called Songwriter, will feature never-seen ootage of the superstar’s continual rise. o The 27-year-old is keeping the flick in the family, too, as his cousin Murray Cummings s said to be at the helm. I will be dead, warned Avicii AVICII feared he would end up dead if he kept on performing, the tragic DJ reveals in a documentary. In Avicii: True Stories, the Swedish star tells film-maker Levan Tsikurishvili: ‘I have said, like, “I’m going to die”. I have said it so many times.’ Avicii had cut down on shows after being diagnosed with acute pancreatitis caused by drinking. He died in Oman on Friday, aged 28. A N D R E I H A R M S W O RT H ’ S Mouseketeer Gosling was goofy about Brit Xtina spills the beans on Mickey y Mouse crushes R YAN GOSLING had a crush on Britney Spears. But she and Christina Aguilera fancied the pants off Justin Timberlake – that’s the complicated love quartet of the Mickey Mouse Club, revealed for the first time. The four superstars were all Mouseketeers on the Disney TV show in 1993, and now Dirrty singer Xtina has spilled the beans on how Britney, now 36, and 37-year-old JT later emerged as a celebrity couple. Grilled in James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke hot seat, Christina, 37, confessed the feelings that both she and Britney had for Trousersnake: ‘It was a good time. He had swag I have to say... [even] back then he had swag. Minnie me: Xtina in ‘Me and Britney were, you know, Carpool, and with like... well, you Mickey co-stars know, there was like a REX/CBS thing back then...’ Despite Gosling, also 37, turning out to be the big-screen heart-throb he is today, Christina wasn’t too keen on him at the time, insisting: ‘I think there were crushes, but I wasn’t on the train.’ The La La Land star was too busy try ying to distract Britney frrom Timberlake, she said, ad dding: ‘I know Ryan acctually, pretty much, he did haave a crush on Britney. I mean, I think so! I think so. m Id don’t know.’ Britney eventually em merged triumphant with Tiimberlake, who she dated fo or three years. When Corden, 39, su uggested Britney might have had regrets once Gosling became one of the world’s most pined-for movie stars, Christina replied: ‘No! She got Justin! They were like a big ol’ couple.’ 12 METRO Wednesday, April 25, 2018 GOOD DEED FEED THANK you to all the fabulous supporters, volunteers, London Fire Brigade workers and officials at the Marathon. In not great running conditions, you made my day so much better than it could have been! Paula, Metro/ActionAid Runner In A Bright Blue Tutu 7.30am on Monday. It means a Tom, Glasses And lot to me. Burgundy Jacket THANK you to the kind guy at the train depot who rang my boyfriend on my phone after I left it on a train at Gillingham after a few too many cocktails B, Kent in London! THANK you to all good-hearted neighbours from Holbeck who helped search for my naughty husky dog, who ran off. After three hours, the dog was found Georgiana, Leeds safe. HUGE thanks to the guy in the white top and the staff at Salford Crescent station after I collapsed on the platform at THANK you to the kind person who found my brown wallet in Gosforth on Saturday afternoon and posted it at my home. Jon, Newcastle 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 E N D U S Y OU R VI E W S START a text with VIEWS followed by your comment, name and where you live to 65700. Standard network charge applies. Or EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org 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 May, don’t cave in on customs union But without such a deal exporters will suffer n Theresa May, do not back down over staying out of the EU customs union (Metro, Tue). You have the silent majority behind you. We voted out of the customs union and single market. Labour will lose their 60-plus seats if they take such a policy to their northern heartlands. Mrs May, your Remoaner MPs will back down. Brexit means Brexit and just being in the World Trade Organization is not the end of the world. If you capitulate, why would the EU give us anything but a bad deal? Brexit Backer, London n What a mess! Such an important decision and nothing is clear yet. The Tories are just a big joke. Bart Polski, London n It’s not too much to ask what better benefits trade deals with non-European countries will bring us when we actually already have the biggest and best trade deal by being in the customs union. New trade deals may bring benefits in ten or so years for business people but in the meantime, ordinary citizens will face higher food prices, roaming charges, queues at airports, being a puppet of the US, blue passports and God only knows what else. I don’t like blue passports and I don’t like puppet shows. Tom, Edinburgh n It could cripple the UK to leave the customs union. We have a lot of goods to export on our doorstep. Daniel Sullivan n We are leaving the EU and that means the customs union and everything else. What planet are these Remainers on? Anon, Liverpool My nt: W wll qt ctom non THERESA MAY has insisted that the UK must leave the customs union after Brexit so it can strike trade deals around the world. The prime minister said she would not change course despite facing a series of parliamentary battles over future customs arrangements with the EU. Mrs May will face the concerns of proEuropean MPs on Thursday, following a massive defeat in the House of Lords. But she said arrangements which are as ‘frictionless as possible’ with the EU and by david hughes the ability to sign trade arrangements with other countries were both achievable under the government’s proposals. ‘Coming out of the customs union means that we will be free to have those deals, deals that suit the UK,’ she told the BBC on a local election campaign visit to a firm in the West Midlands. It comes as Mrs May is set to face calls tomorrow from leading Brexiteers Boris Johnson, David Davis and Liam Fox to abandon her preferred form of a ‘customs partnership’ involving some regulatory co-operation. The trio will tell her at a meeting of the Cabinet Brexit committee that such an arrangement would be unworkable, according to The Times. Though the looming Commons vote on a pro-customs union motion would be a non-binding one, it has the potential to deepen Tory wounds on Brexit. The PM’s spokesman played down its significance, saying Thursday’s event was a ‘routine backbench business debate’. Making a stand: Mrs May poses with Derek Whitehouse at furniture firm Boss Design in Dudley PA Better e out: Metro’s report yesterday n We should definitely leave the customs union. The EU should not be allowed to dictate who we can and can’t trade with. When other EU states see the UK thriving after Brexit they will want to leave as well and make their own trade deals. Avid Brexiteer, Glasgow n Have Brexiteers considered what will happen to industries that currently enjoy the protection of the EU? Yes, prices may drop as the market is flooded with cheap imports, but that will decimate the already beleaguered farming and clothing sectors. Be careful what you wish for. Neil Dance, Birmingham n I think everyone who voted us out of the European Union should take note of the MPs who are still trying to keep us in. They should be voted out at the next general election. The people of Britain voted us out – those MPs should respect this. Anon n Anon of London (MetroTalk, Tue), the ‘little EU box’ is the area we have most of our trade with. By leaving the customs union we lose our ability to trade freely with that area. We will only be able to trade freely with any other parts of the world that we manage to make agreements with. Rich, Hertfordshire My Thai wife is still barred n I cannot bring my Thai wife to the UK as I am on a pension and so don’t earn enough. We have been legally married for 13 years. So why should the Windrush people have a right to stay (Metro, Tue)? I cannot bring my wife because of the change in the law. Will, Sheffield n With the deepening Windrush scandal, if this is how people who were invited to the UK are treated, how are European citizens such as myself going to be treated in five or ten years’ time? Clint, Guildford n Forgetting about the ‘Windrush factor’ when controlling immigration is an unfortunate oversight but not an act of racism. We should be able to put this right if people calm down and stop trying to use the situation as a political lever. Mike Faux, Streatham n My ancestors on both sides of the family were illegal Huguenot immigrants. Should I be worried? Peter, Wolverhampton n Good old Great Britain has been trying to deport Caribbeans and other nationalities since the 1980s, and all political parties are guilty. Shame on you all for using it to score points. Anon, Stretford Wednesday, April 25, 2018 METRO 13 RUSH-HOU R C RU SH LOVE is all around, as shown by the messages by our commuter cupids. Are they talking about you? Tell us if you get together! TO the silver fox with the blue checked shirt last Thursday on the Northern line who got off at Old Street at 7am. Drink? Blonde, Mustard Dress SLIM, blonde babe with blueeyed hunk, your stares and flirting were hot, I’d gladly be your third wheel! Banana Guy, Southampton INDIAN Girl with the green midi skirt and white shirt. You gave up your seat on the Central line and then you tried to drink your hot chocolate. Would love to take you for a hot chocolate sometime Tall Indian Guy With Tattoos On Left Arm Broadgate Circle last Wednesday evening. We locked eyes. Wish I’d come over and said hi but I chickened out. Maybe a drink? Tall Floppy Haired Guy, Dark Coat GIRL with curly-haired guy who wished me a lovely evening as she got off the Thames Clipper at Greenwich pier last Wednesday evening. We bonded through laughter. Coffee? Girl In Patterned Pink Scarf, Black Dress And Heels BARBIE-LIKE girl with short hair in a grey skirt, white blouse and pink scarf. We caught each other’s gaze on the Circle line from Paddington around 8am last week. I offered you the seat. Meet again? Grey-Suited Indian Guy BRUNETTE with stunning eyes and a tattoo on her right arm drinking with friends at Text CRUSH followed by your Rush-Hour Crush, name and where you live to 65700. Standard network charge applies AND ANOTHER THING... n The issue is not whether Prince No kid: Professor Green on stage at the O2 Academy Brixton recently GETTY DON’T WORRY, PROF, YOU ARE GROWN-UP n In Guilty Pleasures (Mon), Professor Green compares himself to people he sees as ‘grown-up’. I saw his TV documentary on depression and dealing with his father’s death. I don’t think he need worry. He seems pretty grown-up to me. Jacoby Thwaites, London Charles has the skills (MetroTalk, Mon) but rather whether the Commonwealth is anything other than a colonial anachronism, under the sway of Britain and an unelected royal. The leadership needs to be rotated around states, and the idea that it is a hereditary plaything scrapped. Sian, Bristol n Why do people think Charles should be bypassed for William or Harry? Charles probably did more royal engagements before his 21st birthday than his sons have done. Anon n Ben of London (MetroTalk, Mon), glasses and ceramic mugs instead of plastic cups in school would be carnage! The school is setting an example encouraging reusable bottles. And Paul Grant, my children have used their own plastic water bottles for years and are quite healthy! Jo, Kent n Graham of Hume asked why Marvel films failed to get major awards (MetroTalk, Tue). An Oscar nomination can increase the gate by 20 per cent so producers court the nomination panels. On the flipside, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Avengers etc tend to market heavily to their in-built fan base. Titanic, Unforgiven and Philadelphia all swept the board at the Oscars but were so boring I never got to the end! I’d rather watch the Avengers. Anon 60 14 METRO Wednesday, April 25, 2018 You’re a divorce lawyer in The Split. That’s a dressing-down look, I’m much change in fashion style more of a slopping-aboutfor you – did you like in-sweatshirts kind of power dressing? person. But the thing with my character Hannah You mean, where are A legend: my dungarees? Yes, it’s is that she puts on her armour to do her job – she quite a change from the Andrew Marr SECONDSwith NICOLA WALKER The star of new legal drama The Split, 47, talks schoolgirl crushes, why she’d make a rubbish lawyer and the best shoes for a quick getaway finds a place of safety in looking that way. And the people she is dealing with expect her to look a certain way. But that was the thing I found hardest, to look like that – the heels killed me, for a start. I was in tears. You’re not a heels type of woman, then? Absolutely not. The only type of shoes I feel comfortable with are trainers, so you can make a quick getaway if you have to. I think that’s down to where I grew up, in east London. I’m not making out I was running away from trouble all the time but I was asking myself, ‘how would I get away in these heels?’ And I couldn’t run – I could barely walk! The plot is based around a family divorce firm. Did you know much about the subject? No, it was all really new to me. I’ve known people who have got divorced but I really had no idea about the mechanics of how it worked. This show is driven by family law and it’s a subject that’s so totally ripe for television drama – I found it incredibly surprising we hadn’t seen these characters before. Because you see the relationship between lawyer and client develop the more you spend time with them. How did you prepare for the role? I spent a day with a fantastic female divorce lawyer so I could at least act the part. This is television, so the divorces are quicker than you’d get in real life, but the actual circumstances that get dealt with are pretty accurate. There are women getting into positions of power in television and they know there are all kinds of stories to tell REX The Split is a big one for you – you’re the lead. You do seem quite excited. I’m a bit flustered, to tell the truth. I’ve just been interviewed by Andrew Marr. He’s a bit of a legend, isn’t he? And the thing is, when I was younger, in my schooldays, I had a real thing about newsreaders. I think it was because I thought they knew everything and they always told the truth. I know Andrew Marr’s not exactly a newsreader but it took me back there. game in that respect and it’s taking television a long time to catch up. You’re getting your best roles now you’ve turned 40. Does that surprise you? It used to be that you were told ‘when you’re over 40 as an actress, it all shuts down’. But because, thankfully, our culture is changing and there are roles for all kinds of women, that’s no longer the case. There are women getting into positions of power in television and they know there are all kinds of stories to tell. Do you think you would have made a good lawyer? Terrible! What I found was that my empathy levels as an actor would be totally useless for a lawyer – I’d be in tears the whole time listening to the stories and that’s no What next on your good to your client. You’re agenda, a new series of not their therapist, which Unforgiven… sorry, Unforgotten? is what I’d be like. What you’re trying to do is come Unforgotten! Unforgiven to some sort of resolution. is the Clint Eastwood Too much empathy is film. It’s all right, I keep absolutely no use to getting that mixed up too. your client. .Unforgotten co-star:. I think it’s something about that title [laughs]. .Sanjeev Bhaskar. Yes, I’m filming that at The show centres on the moment and it’s a joy. There three sisters and their are some roles and character mother and the production relationships that feel completely right, company is run by women. Did and Sanjeev Bhaskar and I had that easy that feel like a different way of relationship right from the beginning. working? It’s got a real, genuine feel to it. Do you know, it didn’t feel strange to me, because at the start of my career KEITH WATSON I did a lot of theatre and there were a lot of female directors and all-female The Split is on BBC1 on Tuesdays at 9pm panels. I think theatre was ahead of the Wednesday, April 25, 2018 METRO 17 Nifty step into ballroom is Strictly from the heart T HIS stage version of Baz Luhrmann’s much-loved Aussie film doesn’t feel as unique as it did on screen. Will Young’s decadent compere has a whiff of Cabaret’s Emcee about him. And the moment when our hero, championship ballroom dancer Scott, played by former EastEnder Jonny Labey, discovers his wallflower dance partner Fran (Zizi Strallen) comes from a family of hot-blooded paso dobledancing immigrants, it’s as if the cast had sashayed into West Side Story. I’d bet my last sequin that both classics are in director/choreographer Drew McOnie’s list of top five musicals. But it says something about this one that the best bits are where it makes you think of other shows. There is, though, much here that fans of Luhrmann’s 1992 movie will enjoy. Not least the way his story both lampoons and loves the kitsch world of ballroom dancing, where dancers grin to the point of gurning. Despite the small-town setting, it’s a tale of big themes: freedom versus a megalomaniac dictator. Australia’s REVIEW JOHAN PERSSON Strictly Ballroom, The Musical Piccadilly Theatre, London HHH by JOHN NATHAN ballroom dancing establishment – a bloke called Barry with Trump hair and a tyrant’s taste for power – expects Scott to stick to official dance steps. No improvising, and definitely no dancing from the heart the way Scott likes to. It has to be strictly ballroom. This is a show with a lot of heart. Although arriving from Australia via the West Yorkshire Playhouse, it feels small in the West End. Young sings beautifully but is underemployed by the 1980s popmedley score. Strallen is excellent as the blossoming Fran and the lantern-jawed, athletic Labey is also very good, if you enjoy dance as an Olympic sport. For me, only Fernando Mira as Fran’s paso doble-dancing dad has the moves to justify the price of a ticket. But then I admit I’m probably not ballroom dancing’s greatest fan, strictly speaking. Make sure he rots: Abused girl helps jail stepdad from beyond the grave by JULIA ROBERTS ‘Blatant abuse of trust’: Brett Connell STEVE FINN A STEPFATHER who sexually abused a teenage girl who later killed herself by running in front of a train has been jailed for nine years. Brett Connell, 36, repeatedly targeted his stepdaughter Georgia Walsh. The 16-year-old jumped in front of a train at Dunton Green station near Sevenoaks, Kent, in March last year. Four weeks previously, she told police about the abuse she suffered at the hands of the former pub manager up to three years earlier. Georgia was able to give her account from ‘beyond the grave’ when video of her interview was played during his trial at Maidstone crown court. She spoke of how Connell touched her inappropriately while tucking her in bed at their home in Swanley when she was aged 13 or 14. She said it left her ‘confused, lost and scared’. A suicide note left near the tracks read: ‘I can’t do this anymore. The stress from the current situation is too much to handle. 24/7 I feel guilty because of what happened. ‘Make sure that b****** rots in hell for what he has done.’ Connell, of Sevenoaks, had claimed the allegations were ‘wicked lies’. He was convicted of five offences of sexual activity with a child by majority verdicts of ten to two. He was also Moving on up: Zizi Strallen and Jonny Labey. (Inset) Will Young Video testimony: Georgia Walsh FERRARI found guilty of eight similar charges in relation to another child. Jailing Connell, recorder Peter Guest said he had committed ‘a blatant abuse of trust’, adding: ‘Georgia has lost her own life because of you and because of the pleasure you sought to obtain.’ Afterwards Georgia’s grandmother, Carol Sharpe, said she was ‘incredibly beautiful, funny, talented, and a great artist’. Mrs Sharpe also urged any other child in the same position to tell a family member or police. 18 METRO Wednesday, April 25, 2018 Terror fears after mum is sent 20 US passports Frightened: Nicole Mitchell SWNS A MUM who ordered shampoo online was shocked to open a parcel of 20 new US passports. The package, which was collected from a Robert Dyas store by her partner, should have gone to the US embassy. Fearful Nicole Mitchell, 46, called 999 but said a police handler told her the DHL parcel was ‘not a police matter’. She called a US embassy emergency number and several hours later staff arrived at her home in north-west London to pick up the passports. School administrator Nicole said: ‘The implications of this are massive. That’s why I was really frightened. It’s a massive security breach – what if they had gone into the hands of a terrorist?’ The mum-of-one said DHL staff told her the label on the passports parcel was covered with a label for her £35 order from cosmetics company iHerb. The US embassy said security of such documents was a top priority and it was investigating. It said it was ‘grateful’ to Ms Mitchell for her prompt action. DHL said the mix-up was due to ‘human error in the relabelling of the parcel and we apologise to all concerned’. Blunder: One of the 20 new American passports that were delivered by accident Arrest gaffe as councillor is mistaken for a suspect A COUNCILLOR who went to report a by SARAH LUMLEY crime at a police station was arrested after being mistakenly identified as a the ‘extremely serious’ incident at the Trinity Road station earlier this month. suspect. ‘The member of staff on the front desk Afzal Shah says instead of being asked to give a statement about the allegation, was very dismissive. Had they not been he was read his rights because he ‘looked like that none of this would have haplike’ a person accused of making threats pened,’ said Mr Shah, who represents the city’s Easton ward. of violence. ‘I was later told it was a misunderDespite explaining he was in a council meeting at the time of the alleged standing, and that the person police were offence, he was arrested and put in the looking for looked like me. But they back of a police car in a public car park didn’t listen to me when I explained who I was.’ as the station has no custody cells. But the incident has not diminished He was held there for 45 minutes until his ‘unwavering determination’ to officers realised their error. The Labour councillor, who sits on deliver ‘community policing which Bristol city council’s police and crime reflects and respects the diversity of panel, said police had offered ‘profuse local people’, he said. He added that he has been invited to apologies for my wrongful arrest’, but meet Avon and Somerset’s chief constahe is seeking legal advice. ble Andy Marsh and police and crime ‘Given that I went in to commissioner Sue Mountstevens. report a crime, what tranSupt Andy Bennett apologised spired was unbelievable,’ for the ‘distress and embarrassMr Shah said. ‘All that was ment caused’ but said officers needed was a bit of due dilihad acted in ‘good faith’. gence. I sincerely doubt ‘Another man who was in the many of the other [predomistation reporting an offence visunantly white] councillors who ally identified Mr Shah as one sit on the panel would of the people involved. have received the This identification same treatment.’ was later found to He said he had Held in police car: Afzal Shah be incorrect,’ he unanswered said error was ‘unbelievable’ said. questions about Prisoners ‘should get elocution lessons’ EX-OFFENDERS should receive free teeth whitening and elocution lessons when they leave jail, according to a rights campaigner. A £1,000 ‘aftercare’ package – including clothes and a smart hair-do – would ‘enable them to find work and boost self-esteem’. Author and former prisoner James Carré-Rice said the proposals will help ‘develop skills and cut reoffending rates’ in England and Wales. Wednesday, April 25, 2018 METRO 19 I HAVE A GUN, IN BRIEF Bush in hospital after wife’s death SHOOT ME! FORMER US president George H W Bush is in intensive care with an infection, a week after the death of his wife Barbara. A spokesman said the 93-yearold contracted an infection that spread to his blood but he is ‘responding to treatments and appears to be recovering’. Mr Bush (pictured) was admitted to hospital in Houston on Sunday – the day after Mrs Bush was laid to rest. Van attack driver in gun stand-off with police Dozens injured as quake hits village DOZENS of people were injured when an earthquake flattened homes in Turkey. The 5.2 magnitude quake hit the village of Samsat in the country’s south-eastern Adiyaman province yesterday. Most victims were hurt as they fled their homes in panic, and at least 35 people needed treatment, said health officials. Villager Zeynep Berk and four members of her family survived after neighbours pulled them from their wrecked home. A total of 13 aftershocks were recorded. by CHARMAINE NORONHA A DRIVER arrested for killing ten pedestrians and injuring 13 others was involved in a tense stand-off with police moments after his rental van came to a stop. Alek Minassian drove the white van on to a pavement in Toronto and continued for a mile before being confronted by police. The 25-year-old, who claimed to be armed and pointed an object at police, was filmed shouting ‘kill me’. When he said he had a gun, one officer – who has been praised for not opening fire – said: ‘I don’t care. Get down.’ Minassian was arrested without any shots being fired on Monday. Police chief Body found in hunt for missing tourist Praise: The man is arrested without a shot fired Mark Saunders said later: ‘The incident definitely looked deliberate.’ Minassian (pictured), described as a college student from the Richmond Hill area of the Canadian city, was yesterday remanded in custody on ten counts of murder and 13 of attempted murder. Asked if there was a terrorist link, Mr Saunders said: ‘Based on what we have, there’s Tribute: People light candles and lay flowers on Yonge Street GETTY nothing to compromise the national security at this time. We need every single piece of this puzzle so we can have a fulsome picture and account as to exactly what took place here.’ Flowers have been laid and candles lit in tribute to those who died in the incident at Yonge Street. Motorist Ali Shaker, who was driving near the van at the time, said the driver appeared to move deliberately through the crowd at more than 30 mph. ‘He just went on the sidewalk,’ a distraught Mr Shaker said. ‘He just started hitting everybody, man. He hit every single person on the sidewalk.’ Another witness, Phil Zullo, said he saw police arresting the suspect and people ‘strewn all over the road’. Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau expressed his sympathies but added: ‘We cannot as Canadians choose to live in fear every single day as we go about our daily business.’ Man is held over karaoke arson that killed 18 POLICE have caught a suspected arsonist accused of setting fire to a karaoke bar, killing 18 people and injuring five others. Fugitive Liu Chunlu, 32, was held over the blaze in a threestorey building in the city of Qingyuan in Guangdong province, southern China. Police had offered a £22,000 reward for information in their hunt for the man they say started the fire early yesterday. Chunlu was arrested in the nearby city of Yingde. The public security bureau revealed that he had burns on his hips. It did not provide a motive for the arson but state broadcaster China Central Television reported that the attack on the bar had followed an argument. The entrance of the venue had been blocked with a motorcycle and was then ignited, setting it ablaze. The building reportedly had only one exit. Emergency services received a call about the fire just after midnight and had extinguished it by 12.55am, with injured people taken to hospital. China suffers frequent deadly ‘Motorbike set ablaze’: The karaoke bar in Qingyuan and (right) suspect Liu Chunlu AP fires and industrial accidents. Last year, police arrested a man over a fire that killed 22 people at a twostorey house in Jiangsu province in the eastern part of the country. Investigators found traces of petrol at the scene of the pre-dawn blaze and all the doors of the house were locked. A BODY found by fishermen in India has been identified as missing tourist Liga Skromane. Latvian-born Liga (pictured), 33, who was living in Dublin, was on a wellness holiday in Kerala with her sister Ilze when she disappeared on March 14. She was last seen leaving a retreat with a taxi driver to buy cigarettes. 20 METRO Wednesday, April 25, 2018 Bank offers freebie to tempt switchers by VICKY SHAW FIRST DIRECT has launched a range of welcome gifts including self-development courses and gadgets in a new bid to woo customers from rivals. The online and telephone bank, which regularly tops satisfaction surveys, had previously offered up to £125 to customers who switched their current account. Instead of cash, it is now offering a choice from 300 online courses including help with business ven- BANKING giant Santander suffered a 21 per cent slump in profits after taking another hit from failed construction giant Carillion. The lender also blamed ‘competitive pressures’ as first quarter profits fell to £414million from £525million last year. tures, or masterclasses on travel photography, bartending or drink mixology. Alternatively, customers could choose a £150 Expedia e-voucher or gadgets including Bose on-ear wireless headphones or an Amazon Echo Spot. Joe Gordon, head of First Direct, said: ‘Cash when you join is great but it can get lost on day-to-day spending. These new incentives offer something that can be enjoyed over a longer period of time.’ The move comes as payments body Bacs reported that 273,000 customers changed their bank or building society in the first quarter of this year – the highest total since 2016. BUSINESS BRIEFING Google parent in web clover GOOGLE’S parent company Alphabet has reported a 26 per cent increase in revenue of £22.3billion on the same period last year. The vast majority of revenue came from Google’s portion of the business, which includes the search engine, as well as hardware such as the Pixel smartphone and Google Home line of smart speakers. Cyber threat A QUARTER of small businesses have fallen foul of online fraudsters, a study suggests. And the average cost of fraud is £35,000 – but half of all victims don’t report crimes to police. Barclays Bank said the cost of cyber crime had stopped firms investing in up to 50,000 jobs. PARK’S WITCHING HOUR ZOMBIES invaded Thorpe Park as the Surrey attraction opened at midnight for the first time. Visitors in fancy dress got a free ride on the new Walking Dead roller coaster SWNS Hamleys toy with takeover THE Chinese owner of Hamleys is in talks to buy a stake in House of Fraser. The news C Banner International could invest in the department stores comes after owner Nanjing Xinjiekou announced a restructure. TOURIST RATES Australia (A$)............................. 1.74 Canada (C$) ............................... 1.70 Euro (€).......................................1.09 New Zealand (N$) .....................1.82 Poland (zloty) ............................4.21 Singapore ($) ............................. 1.72 South Africa (rand) .................. 16.11 US ($)...........................................1.33 Money Yo u id e Advice | Hacks | Investment u r u rban g Your love of the good life may be costing you more than you think. Lily Canter does the maths... WAYNE’S WORLD The Red Or Dead founder on his Camden Market days, old vinyl and being lucky in association with W E ALL enjoy a treat, whether it be a fresh coffee on the way to work, or a meal out with friends during the week. But cutting luxuries in the short to mid-term can lead to massive savings and help you to get your foot on the property ladder. Buying your own home remains the number one life goal in the UK, ahead of paying bills, marriage and children, according to recent research by Direct Line. But with the average first-time buyer house price ranging from £126,000 in the north of England to £422,000 in Greater London, saving for a deposit has never been harder. The minimum deposit for a mortgage now stands at five per cent but most first-time buyers opt to put down a larger sum to decrease their monthly payments. The average deposit for a first-time buyer is now a whopping £33,000, although it is still possible to buy with a deposit of under £10,000. Charlotte Burns, money champion at the Money Advice Service, says saving carefully does not mean cutting out all treats, but it is important to prioritise. ‘Take a look at what you are spending money on and see where you can cut back. This will be different for everyone. For example, it is easy not to realise that you are spending hundreds on eating out. It is about getting smart with your money rather Wednesday, April 25, 2018 METRO 21 Page 24 » REALLY than missing out.’ There are a variety of tools online to help you budget and calculate savings at moneyadvice service.org.uk. IT ALL ADDS UP So, what are the things that can ultimately save you the most cash? According to Scottish Trust Deed, cutting back on minor purchases can make all the difference. The average price of a coffee is £2.45, so it might be time to drop the daily habit of picking one up on the commute to work. If you buy one every weekday, this costs in the region of £600 a year, including a break for four weeks’ holiday. Buying breakfast or lunch every weekday can be expensive, even if you take advantage of meal deals, which range from £3.50 to £4. Spending £3.50 a day on food will cost you at least £840 a year, so taking sandwiches will be much more cost effective. Jumping in a taxi home instead of walking or waiting for the bus may be convenient, but it comes with a heavy price tag. One Uber a week on the average journey will cost £10, an annual amount of £520. If you get an attack of fomo (fear of missing out) when your mates go out after work, remember the average price of drinks and a taxi home is £75, which will cost you £900 over 12 months, even if you only do it once a month. And what about the cinema? According to Statista, the statistics portal, the average UK cinema ticket price is £7.49 and this is before you add snacks and drinks. A night out at the movies can cost around £15 a time, while a Netflix subscription is just £7.99 a month. Even if you only go to the cinema a couple of times a month, this can add up to £360 across the year. Gym membership can also be a big drain on your wallet with an average cost of £47 a month, racking Continued on Page 22 » 22 METRO Wednesday, April 25, 2018 Money In association with Advice | Hacks | Investment » Continued from Page 21 Slice of the pie: Cutting out small things can make a big difference up £564 a year. Taking part in free events, such as local park runs, or commuting to work on your bicycle would be a cheaper way of staying fit. Forking out for a haircut and colour every six weeks can also quickly mount up with the national average prices being £25 and £35 respectively. If you have an appointment eight times a year, as is usually recommended, than you will be paying out £480. And do you really need a £16 tanning session every month, or could you convert to a tinted moisturiser for less than £10? Male grooming is also an expensive treat, with the average cost of a hot towel shave at the barber’s being £14.10 and a beard trim £5. Cutting this weekly treat could save you between £260 and £733. Going to a football match is another expense that quickly adds up. The average price of a Premiership ticket is just over £29, with a half-time pie and a cup of tea costing around £5. Together with after-match drinks and travel this can soon add up to £100 a game. ONE-YEAR PLAN So you have identified what you need to cut down on but where is the best place to put your money? For first-time buyers there are a number of options that can give you great rates of return within just one year. The Help to Buy Isa and Lifetime Isa both give you a 25 per cent bonus a year. In the Help to Buy scheme you can put in an initial £1,000 deposit plus a maximum of £200 each month, meaning that within a year you could make a return of £4,250 including your £850 bonus. The maximum bonus you can receive is £3,000 once you have saved £12,000. A Lifetime Isa will let you save a bit more, up to £4,000 a year which will gain a £1,000 bonus on top of this. Only those aged 18 to 40 are eligible and the money must be used for a first-time buyer property purchase or for retirement from age 60 onwards. The maximum bonus is £33,000. By giving up daily coffee and meal-deal lunches plus cutting out cinema trips and after-work drinks, within a year you could save £2,688 which would receive a £672 bonus in either of the Isa schemes. This would mean you were halfway towards a deposit on a £126,000 property. SHORT-TERM SAVING If you plan to save for five to seven years then the biggest expense to cut might be an annual holiday, as the average Brit spends £856 on this. Invest this money in a Help to Buy or Lifetime Isa and you will make a return of £7,490 in seven years. This would be enough to secure a five per cent deposit on a property worth £150,000. If you are maxed out on Isa allowance, then you can put any remaining money into a regular savings account earning a return of up to five per cent interest. But always make sure you have an emergency fund for any unexpected payouts such as car repairs or buying a new washing machine. Andrew Johnson, money expert at the Money Advice Service, says having a buffer of at least three months’ expenditure is vital. ‘This should be in an account that allows you to access the money instantly, without a penalty or fee.’ LONG-TERM INVESTMENT If you are hoping to save enough money for a property within five to seven years then low-risk cash options are best, says Warren Shute, certified financial planner and author of The Money Plan. But if you have more than seven years to save, then you may want to consider higher risk investments and introduce a global equity fund to boost the longer term returns.‘Your returns will reflect your experience and the economic climate at the time you’re invested, so it’s impossible to be certain what you will achieve,’ Warren says. ‘Cash will return about one per cent and the long-term stock market return is nearer ten per cent, but only if you hold tight during the roller coaster.’ Use index funds. They keep your expenses low, helping you keep more money. Lexo.co.uk has ten portfolios on offer, ranging from 10 per cent stock market and 90 per cent fixed interest to 100 per cent stock market. ‘How we managed to saved £8,000 in just a year’ A SURVEY of 2,000 young Brits by Bellway Homes revealed that 87 per cent would not give up avocado toast in order to save for a house deposit. But Jessica, 27, and James McDonnell, 29, (inset) saved £8,000 in just a year and still ate their favourite snack. Their landlord was putting their house on the market and they wanted to buy it. They had only a year to save. ‘We had zero pounds in savings and were in overdraft. But now we have an eight per cent deposit,’ says Jessica, from Huddersfield. The couple, who have an income of £40,000 saved £200 a month each into two Help to Buy Isas and put away another £150 to £200 a month by selling on eBay, mystery shopping and doing online surveys. Much of their saving came from curbing eating out to once a month, rather than several times a week, and using a cheaper supermarket. ‘When we ate out we would spend £80 between two of us. We got our weekly food shop down from £50 to £20 on a good week and £30 on other weeks.’ Jessica, a PR account executive, cut her clothes spending, took lunch to work and bought a coffee once a fortnight. They stopped going to the cinema regularly and axed holidays, but kept their gym membership and Netflix. ‘It has been a bit difficult,’ Jessica admits. ‘Especially work social events, but my friends have been incredibly supportive and are going through the same thing.’ Wednesday, April 25, 2018 METRO 23 In association with Money Go flexitarian to cut food costs Don’t cry over lost parts If your child loses a part of their favourite Orchard Toys game, don’t toss it in the trash. If you contact the company, it will replace up to three lost game pieces for each customer each year, for free. This means that games that would once be unplayable now aren’t. See orchardtoys.com/ index/free-partsreplacementservice Check your tax Your tax code is used by your employer to calculate the amount of tax to be deducted from your wages or pension. MoneySavingExpert.com says millions of us have been given the wrong code and can be hundreds of pounds out of pocket. 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What was your last impulse purchase? n THE state pension is a weekly payment from nt the governmen that you receive when you reach state pension age. On April 6 it rose by 3%. This is what it means: n You build up state pension by paying National Insurance. The minimum you need is ten years’ worth to get anything at all; you need 35 years’ to get the full amount. n People who receive the state pension can be divided into two categories. The first includes those who reached state pension age before April 2016. The recent rise sees the maximum basic state pension rise from £122.30 to £125.95 per week for this group, equivalent to an extra £189.80 a year. Any additional state pension, based on your contributions to the relevant schemes, also goes up by 3%. n The second category is those who reached state pension age on or after April 6 2016 and qualify for the new state pension, which brings together the basic and additional state pension into a single payment. For this group the full amount is rising to £164.35 a week, up from £159.55. That’s an extra £250 a year. n The amount you get depends on how many National Insurance qualifying years you have and how much additional state pension. n The age for eligibility is due to become the same for men and women – 65 – in November this year. See: which.co.uk/statepension. Scene Wednesday, April 25, 2018 METRO 25 CUTTING LOOSE Yo u id e Music | Film | TV | Comedy u r u rban g Scissor Sister Jake Shears on growing up and going solo Page 28 » IT’S MARVEL D EEP in the plush corr rridors of London’s Corinthia Hotel, the world’s most famous superheroes and villains are sitting, poised, ready for the biggest Marvel blockbuster ever. There’s Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch and Letitia Wright, James Mottram checks in with Cumberbatch, Hiddleston and Letitia Wright ahead of what might just be the most ludicrously jam-packed Avengers movie ever… laughing and joking on a superhuman scale. The reason they are here is the forthcoming blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War, a two-part superhero extravaganza in which Iron Man, the Hulk and the other Avengers team up with just about anyone in the Marvel world to do battle with mega-villain Thanos as he seeks to obtain the six all-powerful Infinity Stones. ‘On the face of it, Avengers: Infinity War should be an impossible jigsaw puzzle, but it works,’ says British star Tom Hiddleston, who returns as Loki, Thor’s mischief-making brother. Even by Marvel’s standards, the enormity of this can’t be overstated and praise abounds for directors (and brothers) Anthony and Joe Russo. Continued on Page 26 » PLAC E YO U R B ETS W H I CH CH A R ACT E R W I L L D I E I N AV E N G E R S: I N F I N I T Y WA R? Iron Man Nebula Hawkeye Vision Captain America Will it be first in, last out? Also, Robert Downey Jr isn’t getting any younger – or cheaper. Nebula, Thanos’s vengeful adopted daughter, seems the most likely to perish poignantly. Remember him? Grumpy-faced family guy with the bow and arrow? An expendable Avenger. One of Thanos’s Infinity Stones is embedded in Vision’s forehead. It doesn’t bode well for him… Chris Evans is keen to ditch the Marvel universe but, panic not, that doesn’t mean ‘Cap’ will die. 26 METRO Wednesday, April 25, 2018 Scene Music | Film | TV | Comedy I S TH I S A S U PE R H E R O FI LM TO O MANY? BACK when the Avengers first assembled in 2012, writer/ director Joss Whedon (right) got much praise for the way he deftly apportioned screen time to six major superheroes and one supervillain (Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Captain America, Hawkeye, Black Widow and Loki) within the same blockbuster. That line-up would barely fill up one corner of the screen in Avengers: Infinity War, which lists more than 30 major characters drawn from all the 18 previous Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movies. Surely that’s just too much of a good thing? Even if you allow these characters, say, five minutes each, that’s already a two-anda-half-hour movie. The prospect, unless you’re a rabid Marvel fan, isn’t so much thrilling as exhausting. Its very selling point is how much is crammed into it. It’s a film too big to fail and will most likely make over a billion dollars even if it’s dismal. But such a superhero megalith also begs the question – where can the MCU go from here? Durr, to Avengers 4, of course: it’s due out in May 2019. Purple bum grape: LARUSHKA IVAN-ZADEH Marvel flexes its muscles... a once-in-a-lifetime film, though. ‘Getting to be on that set is a cool thing,’ says Hiddleston. ‘It doesn’t happen ‘They have this incredible task of every day. Of that I am aware.’ sewing these tiny little beads Of course, this superhero together in this massive get-together is to save us tapestry,’ says Benedict from Thanos, whose arrival Cumberbatch, back as the has been teased since mystical Dr Strange. 2012’s The Avengers. ‘That’s the stuff that Played by Josh Brolin, he’s would make my head also ‘really, really ugly’, ache. I don’t know how laughs Cumberbatch: ‘He they slept at night.’ The seeds for this superhero .Mystical: Benedict. looks like a haemorrhoid smackdown have been .Cumberbatch as. gone horribly wrong. Purple bum grape was our planted ever since Robert .Dr Strange. affectionate name for him!’ Downey Jr first slipped into The good news is Infinity War won’t his metal suit in 2008’s Iron Man. stop abruptly as if it’d been cut in ‘He’s like the godfather of two (yes, we’re looking at Marvel – him and [comicyou, The Twilight Saga: book legend] Stan Lee,’ Breaking Dawn). says Letitia Wright, the And if you think Infinity 24-year-old Guyana-born War is going to be huge, actress fresh off playing what about the follow-up? Shuri in the most recent Due in 2019, Avengers 4 – Marvel film, the $1.3bnfull name to be revealed – grossing Black Panther. will bring Phase 3 of the With so many disparate .Naughty: Hiddleston. Marvel Cinematic Universe characters being pulled to a resounding close. together – Ant-Man, Spider.as Loki, Thor’s. Man, the Guardians of the .troublesome brother. Despite rumours about possible deaths for major Galaxy, Black Widow, the list goes on – Infinity War comes across characters, we can be certain it won’t be T’Challa or his sister Shuri, with a as like a Marvel-only Comic-Con. No sequel to Black Panther in the works. wonder the cast started geeking out. Wright also hints that these ‘Just sitting opposite Robert siblings at least make it into Downey Jr having lunch – next year’s film. what the heck?!’ laughs an ‘You see how that strong incredulous Wright. ‘Mark bond plays out in the next Ruffalo has been amazing! two films,’ she says. He’s like my uncle now. Whatever happens, Love him. Uncle Hulk!’ Avengers 4 is going to What about Spider-Man? blow our tiny minds. Surely meeting Marvel’s .Excited: Letitia. ‘The next film,’ promises famed web-slinger has got to be high on the checklist? .Wright as Shuri,. Cumberbatch, ‘is going to ‘Not really – not if you .Wakanda’s princess. be bonkers!’ know Tom Holland!’ jokes Avengers: Infinity War is in cinemas Cumberbatch about his fellow Brit. from tomorrow. For review see You don’t need Spidey sense to see tomorrow’s digital edition of Metro just how these actors are aware this is » Continued from: Page 25 Wednesday, April 25, 2018 METRO 27 Music | Film | TV | Comedy Bad girl and a Jersey boy THE BIG RELEASE BEAST 15 ####$ E VER since she shot to fame competing to play Nancy in Oliver! on BBC talent show I’d Do Anything ten years ago, Irish actress Jessie Buckley has been linked to fictional bad boys. And we’re talking very bad boys: in Taboo she had a thing for Tom Hardy’s incestuous, murderous cannibal and in Beast, well, we won’t spoil it for you. The title sounds like a horror and initially there’s a Wicker Man vibe to this remarkable British debut: sunny island setting, chanting vocals on the soundtrack, bountiful nature and something unmentionable beneath. Welcome to Jersey, where 27-year-old Moll (Buckley) is still living at home with her ‘naice’ middle-class parents. It quickly becomes clear there’s an unspoken Bad Thing in Moll’s past that means her mother (Geraldine James – a marvel) keeps Moll on a suffocatingly short leash. Even more so with reports of a serial killer loose on the island. But after an excruciating birthday party for her perfect pregnant sister, Moll rebels and goes off on a bender, ending up with Pascal (Johnny Flynn – a star is born), a wild blond of grunting sex appeal and no fixed abode. Sparks instantly fly. ‘What do you do?’ Moll asks him. ‘I work with my hands,’ Pascal replies. Needless to say, Moll’s mummy does not approve. The charismatic Flynn imbues Pascal with convincing mystery, while Buckley is simply mesmerising. You could watch her, silently, for hours and see a whole story in her face. There are times where Beast tries too hard to be odd but this psychosexual thriller boasts its own confidently distinctive voice courtesy of debut writer/director Michael Pearce. The rural setting and swirling passionate undercurrents recall elements of God’s Own Country and Lady Macbeth, other extraordinary debuts of the past year. New British indie cinema has rarely felt so alive and thrilling. LARUSHKA IVAN-ZADEH THE VERDICT Hot new talent abounds in this unique Jersey island serial-killer thriller The man who digs up mines THE DEMINER 15 ###$$ ‘IT’S like an action movie – but it’s for real,’ says the son of Colonel Fakhir (right) as he watches footage of his father disarming bombs with his bare hands. He’s right: the explosions here are very real. This documentary is a memorial to Fakhir, an Iraqi ‘de-miner’ who disarmed more than 600 mines in Mosul in one year, his method basically to poke at the ground for mines with a stick and defuse them with a pair of clippers. Why this Kurdish father took these insane risks, what his comrades thought of him and why he even wanted to record his actions (he left behind a suitcase full of tapes) is left largely unprodded. Luckily, the trove of astonishing archive footage speaks for itself. LI-Z Scene Forbidden love and circumcision THE WOUND 15 ###$$ MALE viewers will be crossing their legs – possibly over their eyes – at the circumcision scenes in this eye-opening feature. Undergoing the snip without anaesthetic (or much in the way of sterilisation), is a masculine rite of passage in South Africa’s Xhosa tribe – Nelson Mandela underwent it in 1934 and it’s still practised today, with regular fatalities. This fictional tale, inspired by the practice, sees a factory worker known as X (an impressive Nakhane Touré, right) return every year as a ‘care giver’ to the next round of young boy ‘initiates’ and guide them into manhood. This year he’s charged with looking after a sulky city boy from Johannesburg (Niza Jay Ncoyini), who is rumoured to be gay, which adds an extra tension to X’s own forbidden passion for another, bullishly heterosexual care giver (Bongile Mantsai). Controversially, director John Trengove is not from this community and it shows in his observational approach. But this Xhosa take on Brokeback Mountain still makes for a fascinating reflection on African masculinity, even if it hits predictable dramatic beats. LI-Z 28 METRO Wednesday, April 25, 2018 Music | Film | TV | Comedy MUSIC MAESTRO, PLEASE! SHEARS ON HIS NEW ALBUM ‘BACK in the Scissor Sisters days, it was basically me and [fellow ‘Sister’] Babydaddy that were trying to shoulder the burden of the band. I learned how to deal with that in the years after. Now I’ve been having a blast making a record on my own. Everything right now, with the book and the record, is a bit more personal. I can go places that I couldn’t necessarily go with a band because what you write, everyone has to be able to represent. GETTY Scene ‘The music on the solo album is definitely 100 per cent me. There’s an absolute link to Scissor Sisters and that sound but I think in a very interesting way. I got to play with all the toys and all the sounds and that made me super happy. ‘I’m the only voice on the album but I did do some songs with Babydaddy (left) and [Birmingham musician] Mr Hudson (top left) wrote some too. He was living in my basement in LA and he’s been a wonderful part of my life.’ .Going it alone: Jake Shears,. .with fellow Scissor Sister. .Ana Matronic (inset above). SHEAR FORCE T Jake Shears is hanging up his heels and putting the past behind him with a tell-all memoir and new solo album, says Simon Gage HERE comes a time in every man’s life when he’s ready to put away the thigh-high stiletto boots and move on. For Jake Shears, that time is now. For years he’s been honing those calves loved me,’ he says, admitting that thanks to his role as lead singer of even in dark times he’s a pretty global glam-rock phenomenon upbeat person. ‘I could have gone Scissor Sisters and, more recently, down a lot of different roads at the as drag queen-collaborating time. There were a couple of dodgy cobbler Charlie Price in Kinky years there where it could have Boots on Broadway. gone south.’ But it’s turning-point time for The racier parts of the book Shears, something that has include drugs and lots of detail on manifested itself in an as yet his dancing-for-money days – he untitled solo album, due later this actually kept his routine relatively year, and – most excitingly – an autobiography. The latter tracks his PC by imagining his mother journey from suburban son of a pilot watching him as he did his bump and grind. Was he tempted to tone through dancing on New York bars things down? while punters stuffed dollar bills in ‘No, I’m not ashamed of his underwear to superstardom… anything,’ he smiles. ‘The only and, yes, high boots. thing I regret is hurting people’s ‘I had a ridiculous amount of fun feelings. But I wanted to paint a on Broadway,’ says Shears over proper picture of what my life was coffee in his New York apartment, like and what New York was like ‘but now it’s all about the book. from my perspective.’ Some of it wasn’t the easiest to He pulled the material write. I underestimated what it together thanks to journals would take out of me.’ he has always kept, a That’s because there is pretty good memory and darkness – like the death of chance encounters with his best friend, the split with characters from his past his partner and tricky who would jog his moments like coming out memory about details as gay to his parents. he’d forgotten, ‘That was hard to write like the time he but at the same time it proposed to his made me realise boyfriend while how lucky I was to they were have amazing .Kind: Shears’s bff, Kylie,. both… let’s just parents and mentors say ‘overand people looking .keeps him grounded. refreshed’ at out for me who Glastonbury. But even if that relationship with film-maker Chris Moukarbel, the man who became his boyfriend after that night on the tiles, happened quickly and while not entirely sober, it was a great success… and still is. ‘It lasted 11 years,’ says Shears. ‘I love him a lot and he’s a wonderful guy. We have a great friendship – he’s the only longterm relationship I’ve ever had. I’ll always consider him family.’ And Shears has been masterful at surrounding himself with the right people, whether it’s lovers or the right best girlfriend. ‘Kylie is great,’ he says of the pop princess who has become his go-to girl. ‘I’m really proud of her, with all the stuff she’s got going on. Whenever we’re in the same town we always hang out. She’s a grounding force and a very kind and sweet woman.’ He admits he is hit by depression every so often. ‘Having a break-up was really tough but I stay on top of those things and do my best to take care of myself,’ he says. ‘I still go to therapy and I think I’m pretty adjusted. Basically, I’ve got a pretty heightened kind of life but I’m generally a very happy person.’ The book, Boys Keep Swinging (Omnibus Press), is out now Wednesday, April 25, 2018 METRO 29 NER IN PART ITH SHIP W METRO ared Harris off-duty is an unsettlingly casual proposition. More commonly seen on screen in regal finery (King George VI in The Crown), waistcoat and pocket watch (Lane Pryce in Mad Men), or military uniform (Ulysses S Grant in Lincoln), today he’s sprawled on a sofa in a London hotel, his jeans, checked shirt and jazzy tie creating the impression of the world’s trendiest geography teacher. He is jovial and entertaining company, displaying none of the buttoned-up reserve of his most famous roles or, indeed, his most recent one in new ten-part AMC drama The Terror. Part adventure yarn, part psychological thriller, part monster movie, it’s based on Dan Simmons’ doorstop fictionalisation of a true story about two Victorian naval ships Continued on Page 30 » JARED HARRIS PLUNGES INTO THE TERROR 30 METRO Wednesday, April 25, 2018 METRO BRINGING YOU ALL THE SHOWS YOU KNOW ‘WITH NO HERO OR VILLAIN, THE STORY IS RICHER’ » Continued from: Page 29 on a mission to discover the fabled Northwest Passage that would allow access from Europe to the Pacific via the Arctic Ocean. ‘They’d bitten off way more than they could chew, in a world they weren’t prepared to deal with,’ says Harris of the crew who, stranded, starving and freezing, begin to turn on each other. Harris plays Francis Crozier, second-in-command of the expedition and a supremely gifted sailor. Barred from the highest ranks by his humble background, he appears to be the voice of reason on the doomed venture. ‘But he has his demons!’ laughs Harris. ‘There’s no hero or villain in this story and it feels a lot richer for that. It’s a bunch of white guys on a boat dressed in the same costumes and covered in facial hair, all looking the same, so every character has to be really distinct.’ Jared Harris relished the comradeship on his chilly new drama, he tells Gabriel Tate Harris’s co-stars include Ciarán Hinds, Ian Hart and Tobias Menzies, and the esteemed cast kept each other sane on the long shoot, which took place in Hungary and Croatia. ‘It was a difficult, tiring shoot and you’d understand if someone had a wobble but it was very supportive,’ says Harris. ‘No one fell out with anyone, no one was a giant d***, there were no personality clashes.’ The camaraderie was forged in the face of a brutal Budapest cold snap. ‘That breath you see on screen is genuine,’ he says. ‘They were going to refrigerate the soundstages but realised they didn’t have to and could save a bunch of money. You didn’t have to do “cold acting”.’ Buckingham Palace and Sterling Cooper must have seemed a long way away, I suggest. ‘The Crown and Mad Men were both wonderful experiences,’ Harris smiles. ‘Everyone was aware they were working on something special but Mad Men seemed to penetrate the cultural consciousness. Suddenly cocktail culture was popular again and men didn’t dress in shorts and sports shirts any longer. It was amazing to watch.’ Has he ever spotted any surrogate Lanes? He roars with laughter. ‘I don’t think anybody wanted to copy Lane Pryce! During my fitting with Janie Bryant, the costume designer, I was going, “This looks like my BARRY The comedian Bill Hader, a Saturday Night Live regular in the States, is the deadpan heart of this dark Sky Atlantic comedy. Barry (below) is a hitman who, out of the blue, discovers he’s got a calling to fatalities. So what gives? The secrets of Simon’s apparently perfect life slowly unravel… Series available now. be an actor. But how to give up the day job that pays the bills? Henry ‘The Fonz’ Winkler has a ball as the acting guru tapping into Barry’s inner thesp. Episode one is available tomorrow. FLIGHT HS13 This Dutch thriller has a neat hook – handsome surgeon Simon (Daniël Boissevain, pictured right) was supposed to be on a flight that’s crashed with no survivors but his name is not on the list of INTO THE BADLANDS This adventurous mix of the apocalyptic and the medieval (above), which packs plenty of swordplay into its tale of warlords and warriors, is building an audience of Outlander-style devotion. We’re up to season three, which sees the formidable Babou Ceesay join the cast as a very scary-looking Pilgrim. Season three is available now. WILD WILD COUNTRY Not since Making A Murderer has a Netflix documentary picked up such a buzz by word of mouth. So catch up now with the fascinating six-part saga of how the arrival of a bunch of devotees of spiritual guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (above) in the tiny town of Antelope, Oregon, in 1981, provoked a showdown. Series available now. KEITH WATSON Wednesday, April 25, 2018 METRO 31 in partnership with AND LOVE ON DEMAND Jared Harris: an actor for all seasons to hellraising, was a constant stepfather, Rex.” And it turned out inspiration to Jared. she had been watching My Fair ‘I learnt a lot watching him tell Lady for inspiration.’ stories at the dinner table,’ says Yes, that’s ‘Rex’ as in ‘Harrison’. Harris, ‘how he’d respond to Harris is from distinguished people’s interest. He’d thespian stock: his parents elaborate in certain areas were actors Elizabeth Rees of the story where and Richard Harris. The he hadn’t before latter, twice Oscarbecause a person nominated and as hugely In command: Harris had got tickled by gifted as he was prone as Francis Crozier something he’d said, so he’d see how long he could keep that ball in the air before he goes on with the story.’ But acting wasn’t inevitable for the shy, argumentative young Jared. ‘I was a middle child, trying to elbow my way into the picture,’ he says. ‘Because I was good at winning arguments, it was thought I’d have a career in law, but I hadn’t had the opportunity to figure out who I was.’ IT THREW UP SO MANY QUESTIONS… LENNIE JAMES ON JUMPING SHIP TO JOIN FEAR THE WALKING DEAD Double take: Lennie James as Morgan in Fear The Walking Dead (above) and in The Walking Dead, right AMC ‘It took me by surprise,’ says James, on hearing the news that his character Morgan, who has been in and out of epic zombie saga The Walking Dead since episode one, was to switch shows. ‘I didn’t think it was going to be that conversation at all.’ So what kind did he expect? ‘The one everyone on The Walking Dead expects – the death conversation. All I could think of to say to showrunner Scott Gimple was, “so I’m not going to be bitten, then?” It was afterwards that I had so many questions.’ Questions – and the exciting prospect of finding out what made Morgan, one of The Walking Dead’s most intriguing characters, who he is. ‘It’s a unique opportunity to take a character I’ve been familiar with for so long and explore his history,’ he says. ‘I’m not aware of that kind of switch being done on television before.’ Being on The Walking Dead was not without its benefits, though. ‘I wrote three episodes of Save Me while working on The Walking Dead,’ chuckles James. ‘You have a lot of time between takes.’ Fear The Walking Dead is on AMC on Mondays at 9pm. Episode one of season four available now KING GEORGE VI THE CROWN, 2016-17 A heartbreaking, scenestealing turn as the monarch whose steadfast devotion to duty and ribald sense of humour is eventually worn down by his ailing health. MORIARTY SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS, 2011 A more wry, underplayed turn than Andrew Scott’s divisive take on Sherlock’s foe, Harris’s Moriarty leaves the scenery nicely unchewed. LANE PRYCE MAD MEN, 2009-12 Initially the nemesis of Jon Hamm’s Don Draper, the British ad man falls for his adoptive country, becoming an unlikely civil rights champion before being undone by money. HENRY VIII THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL, 2003 Five years before Eric Bana took the role, Harris plays a slimmer, smarter Merry Monarch opposite Natascha McElhone and Jodhi May’s Mary and Anne Boleyn. While at college in North Carolina, he was seduced (by beer) into an audition at the college theatre. ‘I loved the camaraderie, the urgency, the terror, the adrenaline and the instant community of it,’ he says. ‘You didn’t have time to slowly get to know everyone, you had to figure out who everybody was and get the job done.’ Harris’s next roles come in Sky Atlantic’s Chernobyl, recreating the nuclear catastrophe, and Amazon’s Carnival Row, an apocalyptic allegory of the migrant crisis. He claims his own daredevil streak may be in the past – ‘It hurts when I fall now’ – but I don’t entirely believe him. The Terror is on AMC on Tuesdays at 9pm. The first episode is free to view on YouTube now 32 METRO Wednesday, April 25, 2018 Puzzles METROSCOPE by Patrick Arundell CRYPTIC CROSSWORD Across 1. Take what is suitable? (11) 9. Disentangle one French composer (7) 10. Lawless law (5) 11. It is in fact a long claw (5) 12. Shoots something to eat (7) 13. I’ve now become available for inspection (2,4) 15. Hostilities cut capital (6) 18. Sing in French first to delight (7) 20. After getting bail somehow, I find an excuse (5) 22. It often does in periods of depression (5) 23. He tells you whose turn is next (7) 24. Sports club dances hard hit by rackets perhaps (6,5) QUICK CROSSWORD Down 2. There’s a risk in such a caper, I’ll be bound! (5) 3. Be sorry about unrising income (7) 4. Smooth tongue? (6) 5. He won’t do much to earn his reputation (5) 6. Mouth organs? (7) 7. They will have lots to offer (11) 8. Is he found in literary haunts? (5,6) 14. Inject a cubic centimetre into a climbing plant as a safeguard (7) 16. It may make people turn pale (7) 17. Old punishments may still provide interest (6) 19. Crime of one who satisfied a burning desire? (5) 21. I have timber that’s perfect (5) Yesterday’s solutions Cryptic Across: 1 Malinger; 5 Asia; 9 Emit; 10 Athletic; 11 Snarl; 12 Rankles; 13 Press fastener; 18 Sporting; 19 Peep; 20 Epicure; 21 Awash; 22 Site; 23 Stirrups. Down: 2 Almoner; 3 Interns; 4 Entertainment; 6 Set plan 7 Accuser; 8 Planet; 13 Possess; 14 Egotist; 15 Set out; 16 Empower; 17 Evens up. Across 1. 7. 8. 10. 11. 14. 16. 17. 19. 21. 22. 23. 26. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. Metroku Quick Across: 1 Spite; 6 Avert; 9 Enforce; 10 Spend; 11 Crane; 12 Belly; 13 Juniper; 15 Bob; 17 Onus; 18 Cinema; 19 Bloom; 20 Avenue; 22 Agog; 24 His; 25 Ageless; 26 Okapi; 27 Aware; 28 Yells; 29 Arbiter; 30 Urals; 31 Stare. 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First Dates C4, 10pm You’ve got to hand it to First Dates, they cast the net wide when it comes to setting up potential couples. Who would you choose to pair up with sumo wrestler Sharran, who’s fed up with men being put off by her size? Will train manager David see beyond her weight? KEITH WATSON 34 METRO Wednesday, April 25, 2018 Sport SNO OKER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH RACING NEWS, VIEWS AND TOP TIPS in association with PICTURE: PA Job to do: Trump begins his campaign to win a first world title today MULLINS’ QUARTET DESERVES RESPECT WILLIE MULLINS is throwing his four best staying chasers at today’s Coral Punchestown Gold Cup, including Grand National flop Total Recall, hoping to upset favourite Road To Respect. An early error put much-fancied Total Recall on the back foot at Aintree and he never threatened to get involved. ‘Total Recall made an early mistake or two and it knocked his confidence. Paul (Townend) wasn’t hard on him, so it didn’t take much out of him,’ said assistant trainer Patrick Mullins. Killultagh Vic, Bellshill and Djakadam TIP OF THE DAY AJMAN KING 3.55 EPSOM also represent Mullins, who has won the race with Florida Pearl (2002), Sir Des Champs (2013) and Boston Bob (2014). Mullins’ big rival Gordon Elliott fields the enigmatic Outlander, who has been pulled up on his last two starts but did win a Grade One earlier in the season. ‘He’s a great little horse,’ said Elliott. ‘If the ground doesn’t dry up too much, hopefully he’ll be there or thereabouts.’ Noel Meade is hoping to gatecrash the 8 party with Road To Respect (pictured), who ran a fine race to finish fourth in last month’s Cheltenham Gold Cup, one place in front of Djakadam. ‘He’s had an easy enough and light enough season, so hopefully that will be to his advantage,’ Meade said. The sole British challenger is Colin Tizzard’s Sizing Granite, third in the Melling Chase at Aintree. Assistant trainer Joe Tizzard said: ‘He ran a big race and is a horse that comes right with sun on his back. Whether he is good enough to beat them, I don’t know.’ Runners in today’s Derby trial at Epsom (14.45), including John Gosden’s Dansili colt Crossed Baton who has won two of his three outings to date STABLEBITES n NICKY HENDERSON’S superstar Altior, winner of the Queen Mother Champion Chase, is likely to face a small field as he signs off for the season at Sandown on Saturday in the Celebration Chase. The race was reopened yesterday as it did not receive sufficient entries and still there are only eight possible rivals, including Special Tiara, who won the race in 2015 and was runner-up last year. n GRONKOWSKI will not run in the Kentucky Derby next week after 31 suffering a setback. Jeremy Noseda’s colt is named after England New Patriots tight-end Rob Gronkowski, who last week acquired a share in the horse. 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Trump took offence at a comment about his technique and fired out a mid-session by NICK METCALFE interval tweet, labelling Dale ‘clueless’, before losing four frames in a row to Ding and later the match. ‘I think I’ve just grown up and you try not to take notice of other people’s opinions too much,’ Trump ‘I musn’t cherish the moment but play the tournament’ said. ‘A lot of time was spent on it, a little too much, and now I’m able to live my life and not depend on what other people are saying to me. ‘I’m the same as any other person my age who’s grown up with it. I’d Crucible stroll for Ding as Williams makes flying start DING JUNHUI coasted into round two of the world championship yesterday, beating Xiao Guodong 10-3. Former finalist Ding had a 6-3 overnight lead and took less than an hour to win the four frames needed for victory, with the 31-year-old making breaks of 61, 78, 51 and 98. ‘I scored heavy. I started very strong and just tried to play my shots,’ Ding (pictured) said. ‘I am confident and playing well, scoring well and playing good safety. I am happy.’ Elsewhere at the Crucible yesterday, Ricky Walden saw off Luca Brecel 10-6 to reach the second round. Mark Williams, champion in 2000 and 2003, stormed into a 7-2 lead over Jimmy Robertson. Williams will only need three more frames to finish the job today. always be checking my phone after every couple of frames and it was just a bit of a hindrance. ‘At some point I’ll go back on but at the moment I’m happy in the background. It was my decision. ‘It’s given me more time to practise and be out there in the moment, and work on myself. I’ve practised very hard for this event and I’m more than ready.’ A jarring defeat to Rory McLeod in the first round last year may have also focused Trump’s mind. Ahead of his opening match against debutant Chris Wakelin, which starts this afternoon, Trump added: ‘This time it’s important for me not to cherish the moment but to play the tournament. You start to enjoy it rather than remembering you’re here to do a job.’ Wednesday, April 25, 2018 METRO 35 CRICKET Root insists he’s not bitter over IPL snub ENGLAND Test captain Joe Root is not bitter about his exclusion from this year’s Indian Premier League but believes his team-mates playing in the Twenty20 tournament will hugely benefit from the experience. Root went unsold in the IPL auction in February but does not begrudge several England players who are in India to showcase their talents in the ongoing tournament. ‘It’s not frustration watching the other guys,’ Root (pictured) said. ‘I went into the IPL auction to get a bit more exposure to T20 cricket, it didn’t materialise, it would have been Sport IN BRIEF nice to be involved but I’ve got no bitter feelings towards the other guys. ‘They’ll benefit hugely from it and we, as a side, will benefit hugely from it. Hopefully that can happen on a wider scale with more and more players going out there. It can only be a good thing for us in the long term.’ Cook: I must justify my place after winter woes PICTURE: GETTY by DAVE FILMER THEY S A I D I T. . . ALASTAIR COOK admits he has no ‘Godgiven right’ to play for England and needs runs to justify his spot at the top of the order. England’s all-time leading runscorer and most capped Test player had a poor tour of Australia as the Ashes were surrendered – aside from a double century in Melbourne – and then during the defeat in New Zealand. He will search for form for county champions Essex ahead of the two-Test series against Pakistan, which begins on May 24. Cook said: ‘It’s never good when you lose the Ashes and then you lose the next series. I didn’t score enough runs. I had quite a good ‘There has to be a place for fiveday or four-day cricket. The difference, for me, is the satisfaction of a long game compared to the thrill of a shorter game.’ 244 Of Cook’s 376 runs in the Australia series came in one innings, while he mustered scores of five, two, two and 14 in New Zealand Alastair Cook says he is ‘cautious’ about the proposed new 100-ball competition and tells the BBC first-class and Test cricket must be ‘protected’ game in Melbourne but apart from that I was pretty poor. ‘I think if you play a long time, unless you’re Don Bradman – which I’m certainly not – you have periods in your career where run-making is harder than other periods. ‘It was one of those winters where things didn’t quite click. It can happen against the best bowlers in the world at the top of the order. The hunger’s still there, the desire’s still there. No one has a God-given right to play for England, you’ve got to score the runs to justify your place and I’m no different to anyone else.’ Agreeing that nobody’s place in the side is safe, England Test captain Joe Root said: ‘Looking forward, there will be changes, especially long-term and then it is up to guys to come in and take the opportunities. ‘I want us to keep searching for ways to be a really effective side in a number of different conditions.’ ■ BOXING Tyson Fury has been granted a licence (above) by the British Boxing Board of Control as he closes in on a ring comeback. The former world heavyweight champion will return on June 9 in Manchester after two-and-a-half years out. He has also been given a licence to manage himself. Sky announce squad for Froome’s Giro bid CYCLING TEAM Sky have named the squad who will help Chris Froome bid for a third successive Grand Tour win at next month’s Giro d’Italia. Vasil Kiryienka, Christian Knees and Sergio Henao – all of whom helped Froome win a fourth Tour de France title last July – will be joined on the startline by Philip Deignan, Wout Poels, David de la Cruz and Salvatore Puccio. Froome is still seeking to prove his innocence over an adverse finding for levels of salbutamol during his victory at last year’s La Vuelta. He denies any wrongdoing. 0 English, Welsh or Scottish players shortlisted for rugby union’s European Player of the Year award. Leinster trio Johnny Sexton, Tadhg Furlong and Scott Fardy are in the running, alongside Racing pair Maxime Machenaud and Leone Nakarawa It’s drinking-up time, says legend Habana Out of form: Cook’s bails go flying as he suffers another early dismissal in New Zealand Hartley: The fat lady is not singing for me RUGBY UNION DYLAN HARTLEY has posted a defiant message on social media after it was revealed he will miss England’s tour to South Africa with concussion. The 32-year-old, who has sustained two previous significant concussions, has been stood down until pre-season for the 2018-19 campaign, meaning he will sit out the June series against the Springboks. The Northampton hooker (pictured), who has captained England in all-but one Test under Eddie Jones, has released a post on Instagram titled ‘Dylan Hartley statement on Dylan Hartley’ beside a photograph of himself singing the national anthem.‘Believe it or not this is a photo of me ‘I’m only listening to medical professionals and myself’ singing and not what is rumoured to be a fat lady (difficult to tell apart I know),’ wrote the player. ‘I see there’s a lot of so-called experts out there in newspapers, pubs and podcasts recommending what I do with my career. ‘Funnily enough I’m only listening to the medical professionals and myself. ‘Fortunately/unfortunately for some I’ll be back next season to help my respective teams push on. Thanks for your support.’ RUGBY UNION SOUTH Africa World Cup winner Bryan Habana will retire when his contract at Toulon expires in June. ‘The inevitable moment has come knocking on my door and I’ve welcomed it in for a drink,’ the 2007 World Player of the Year, (pictured), wrote on Instagram. Habana, 34, lost his place after knee surgery and added: ‘It’s time to say goodbye and thank you to the game I so dearly love.’ Catalans star Walsh forced to call it a day RUGBY LEAGUE CATALANS Dragons scrum-half Luke Walsh, 30, has been forced to retire after failing to recover from an ankle injury. Walsh suffered ligament damage at Hull KR in February. Catalans coach Steve McNamara said: ‘Luke has tried everything possible to get himself into a position to play again but unfortunately that can’t happen.’ 36 METRO Wednesday, April 25, 2018 Sport G Y M NA S T I C S Wolff’s up for ‘intense’ challenge FORMULA ONE TOTO WOLFF believes the intensity of this season’s fight for superiority has moved on to another level as his under-pressure Mercedes team head to Azerbaijan bidding to get their stuttering title charge back on track. Baku plays host to the fourth race of an unpredictable championship, with Mercedes – the dominant force in recent seasons – winless from the opening three rounds. ‘We know that we have a massive challenge on our hands,’ said Wolff. ‘Last year, we were in a tough fight with Ferrari. However, it was nothing compared to the intensity of this year’s battle. Both Red Bull and Ferrari will do everything they can to beat us. Their cars, their teams, their drivers – all of them operate at a high level and will continue to put us under pressure. ‘Not everyone likes this kind of challenge but we love it.’ Lewis Hamilton (left), nine points behind Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in the title race, was off the pace in Shanghai as he qualified behind team-mate Valtteri Bottas for a second time in as many races before finishing fourth. Q& A with Max Whitlock Britain’s double Olympic champion won team gold at the recent Commonwealth Games but had to settle for silver in the pommel and was sixth on the floor. Interview by Matthew Nash ‘The future is even clearer after Games failed to go to plan’ How has missing out on a clean sweep of golds in Australia affected you? I feel really motivated and fired up to get back in the gym. Gold Coast didn’t go completely to plan and now I’m itching to get back. It’s three months until the European championships and I’m just building. Twists and turns: Whitlock in Gold Coast action earlier this month PICTURES: PA/AP Have you taken the criticism that came with those results in your stride? It’s what sport is all about – I’d say there are still huge positives. I never thought I’d be learning so much at this stage of my career. The plan for the future is even clearer in my head now than it was. How do you feel about it now? Gymnastics is harsh. You spend all that time preparing for 60 seconds, you do the hardest of routines and then show your best one. What went wrong on the floor and the pommel horse? It’s not something I can pinpoint but it is that kick-start I needed. I’m happy it happened now and I can make the changes I need to make. I have to think of the bigger picture and that’s the Tokyo Olympics. Is there expectation on you to win gold every time you compete? It does bring pressure but these are the people who are watching you and supporting you. You have to use that to your advantage. It’s a nice feeling really and I put far more pressure on myself than anyone else does. remembered as someone who helped make gymnastics as big as it is in Britain today. What do you have planned for the rest of this year? What are your longterm aims? After the European championships, there is the world championships at the end of the year and that will be tough. I want to do two more Olympics if I can. I think about my legacy and I want my own move, ‘The Whitlock’, that people will remember and do for years to come. I want to be Team England official partner npower organised for gold medallist Max Whitlock to return to his former school, Nash Mills Church of England Primary School Hemel Hempstead, to celebrate St George’s Day Wednesday, April 25, 2018 METRO 37 F O O T B A L L P R E M I E R L E AG U E Mor the merrier: Schneiderlin is winning over Everton supporters PICTURE: GETTY Sam: Schneiderlin’s back to his old self SAM ALLARDYCE believes Everton fans are beginning to see the real Morgan Schneiderlin, after they gave the midfielder a standing ovation for his performance against Newcastle. The France international has struggled to replicate the form he showed during a productive seven-year spell with Southampton. A big-money move to Manchester United in 2015 did not work out and subsequently the player joined the Toffees for £20million last year. Since then, it has been a battle to win over the Goodison faithful for Schneiderlin but he finally appears to be doing just that. Just two months ago, sections of the club’s support booed his appearance as a substitute against Crystal Palace but, when forced off against 2 Red cards and no goals from 37 appearances for Schneiderlin in a Toffees shirt this season NEW WRITERS’ AWARD IS FRAN-TASTIC CHELSEA and England forward Fran Kirby is the inaugural winner of the Women’s Footballer of the Year award from the Football Writers’ Association. The 24-year-old has scored 22 goals for the Women’s Super League leaders across all competitions this season. She secured more than 50 per cent of the vote, with Euro 2017 Golden Boot winner Jodie Taylor finishing second. England colleagues Lucy Bronze, Izzy Christiansen and Jordan Nobbs were also on the shortlist. Kirby said: ‘I was really proud to be nominated in the first place but to actually win is a real honour. ‘To be the first recipient of this honour and award is so special.’ The accolade follows Kirby (pictured), whose side are top of Women’s Super League 1, landing the Professional Footballers’ Association’s Women’s Player of the Year award on Sunday night. THE Football Association has announced Michael Oliver will referee the FA Cup final between Manchester United and Chelsea, and confirmed the game on May 19 will kick off at 5.15pm. THE TIPSTER @tipstermetro Still Mad for it despite Juve defeat 4/5 BAYERN Munich v Real Madrid would defeat to Juventus in the quarter-final, have made a dream Champions second leg when Real were League final but the bright without Sergio Ramos and side of the semi-final draw is distinctly off key as a result. we at least get two bites of It goes without saying the cherry. Cristiano Ronaldo is worth Paul Dunne The first is in Germany a punt to score at any time each-way to win this evening with the at 23/20 with Ladbrokes. golf’s China Open defending champions from Have a flutter too on Real (Sky Bet) Spain big at 14/5 with target Robert Lewandowski Bet365 to be leading when to do the same at 5/6 with the they head back to the Bernabeu. same firm. Over 2.5 goals is also That looks an overreaction to the 3-1 worth a dabble at 8/13 with Betfair. ■ PABLO Carreno-Busta is 3/4 with Sportingbet to beat Benoit Paire today on the clay of Barcelona by over 2.5 games 22/1 Sport Barry Hawkins to defeat Lyu Haotian by over 3.5 frames by MATTHEW NASH Newcastle late on in Monday’s 1-0 win with a dead leg, Everton followers took to their feet to salute the 28year-old’s display. After a woeful start to the cam- ‘Morgan has improved very, very well over the last four games’ paign, Allardyce came in and kept the club in the Premier League and they sit eighth ahead of Saturday’s trip to 16th-placed Huddersfield. Schneiderlin is finding his feet having at one point been left out of the squad entirely following a trainingground incident in November. Allardyce said: ‘Sometimes it takes a while to find yourself after, I think, probably a disappointing move that didn’t work at United. Obviously the whole team suffered a lack of confidence at the start of the season. ‘Morgan, if he continues to play like that and show that consistent level of form that he’s shown in the past, particularly at Southampton, we will all get better as a team with him. Fans will always like to see you show your best and show commitment. They will always support you. ‘If you’re not playing so well, they will show their disapproval. At the moment his game has improved very, very well over the last four games, which we’re very pleased to see.’ SEMI-FINAL, 38 METRO Wednesday, April 25, 2018 Sport RESULTS Champions League semi-final, first leg Liverpool .........................5 Roma.................................2 Sky Bet Championship Derby................................3 Cardiff ............................... 1 Nottingham Forest........3 Barnsley........................... 0 Sky Bet League One Bradford ..........................2 Bristol Rovers................. 1 Doncaster....................... 0 Oldham........................... 0 Rochdale ......................... 1 Shrewsbury ....................3 MK Dons .......................... 0 Wigan................................ 1 Blackburn......................... 1 Southend..........................3 Plymouth.......................... 1 Peterborough.................. 1 Sky Bet League Two Coventry..........................2 Morecambe.................... 0 Newport County ............2 Yeovil............................... 0 LIVERPOOL 5 F O O T B A L L C H A M P I O N S L E AG U E Lincoln.............................. 4 Cambridge....................... 0 Accington Stanley .......... 1 Forest Green................... 0 Women’s Super League 1 Arsenal ............................3 Liverpool.......................... 0 FIXTURE (7.45pm) Champions League semi-final, first leg Bayern Munich v Real Madrid................................................. TV BT Sport 2 Zidane’s warning for out-of-favour Gareth ZINEDINE ZIDANE hinted Gareth Bale’s days at Real Madrid could be numbered ahead of tonight’s Champions League semi-final, first leg with Bayern Munich. Bale is set to be on the bench against a Bayern team featuring James Rodriguez, who Zidane allowed to leave last summer. Asked about that decision, the Madrid coach’s answer could have repercussions for Bale, who wants to stay at the club. ‘I never had any problems with James. He just wanted to play more,’ he said. ‘This year will be the same – there are important Uncertainty: Bale players but they have to sit on the bench.’ Salah 35, 45, Mane 56, Firmino 61, 68 3 Year ban from European competition for Greek giants Panathinaikos for failing to pay their debts. They have also been fined £88,000 FIVE-STA Injury blow: Oxlade-Chamberlain WORLD CUP SCARE FOR INJURED OX ALEX OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN was stretchered off after just 17 minutes last night with a knee injury which could be bad news for both Liverpool and England. The Reds midfielder seemed to twist his right knee during a challenge with Roma’s Aleksandar Kolarov, raising fears he may have suffered ligament damage. Oxlade-Chamberlain left the field with his knee in a brace and a lengthy absence would be a big blow to Gareth Southgate, with the 24year-old a key part of England’s plans for the World Cup, which is just seven weeks away. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said: ‘OxladeChamberlain is probably a really bad injury.’ FIRST LEG Wednesday, April 25, 2018 METRO 39 ROMA 2 O O T B A L L C H A M P I O N S L E AG U E Dzeko 81, Perotti 85 (pen) Sport MAIN PICTURE: PA IN BRIEF Timely reminder: Salah curls home the first against his former club but Dzeko (inset) scored one of two late goals for Roma ■ DERBY climbed into a Championship play-off place as they came from behind to beat Cardiff 3-1 at Pride Park. A second-half brace from Cameron Jerome (above) either side of a Matej Vydra effort sealed a win which also puts a dent in Cardiff’s hopes of automatic promotion. Leeds under fire over Myanmar tour plans R REDS EYE FINAL Salah leads onslaught but late goals give Roma hope by JUSTIN PALMER MOHAMED SALAH’S glorious season reached new heights at Anfield last night as rampant Liverpool crushed Roma to leave a Champions League final place at their mercy. PFA Player of the Year Salah, who left Roma to join Liverpool for £39million last summer, scored a brilliant first-half double and then set up goals for Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino in a stunning semi-final, first-leg display from Jurgen Klopp’s (left) side. Roma, who staged a remarkable comeback to beat Barcelona in the quarter-finals after losing the first leg 4-1 at the Nou Camp, must hope for a repeat 3-0 win in next week’s return following two late strikes – after Salah had been substituted – for the Serie A side. Salah’s 42nd and 43rd goals of an incredible campaign were both sublime. His opener after 36 LEEDS’ post-season tour to Myanmar next month has been questioned by Amnesty International over the country’s ‘brutal’ human rights record. The Championship club are scheduled to play an All-Star XI in Yangon on May 9 and Myanmar’s national team in Mandalay two days later despite Foreign Office travel warnings in place for various parts of the country. Amnesty’s Kate Allen said: ‘It certainly seems like an odd choice of country to choose to tour.’ 3 Match ban for Millwall forward Tim Cahill after accepting a charge of violent conduct. Cahill was charged retrospectively after the Australian had escaped punishment having appeared to elbow Fulham’s Ryan Fredericks Les Bleus favourite Michel is dead at 70 Second-half blitz: Mane makes it 3-0 (above, left) before a brace from Firmino (centre and right) left Roma reeling minutes was a curling finish beyond Alisson from the edge of the box. Then, in first-half injury time, the Egyptian played a one-two with Firmino before calmly slotting home. His celebrations were somewhat muted, no doubt out of respect for his old club. Liverpool, who lost Alex OxladeChamberlain to an early injury, were good value for their first-half lead, although Aleksandar Kolarov had struck the bar for Roma before Salah took control. In between the forward’s magical double, Reds defender Dejan Lovren rattled the woodwork with a header and Mane missed two good chances. If Roma, with a poor away record in the competition having won only one of their previous 14 matches, hoped for some respite after the break, they were mistaken. Liverpool went for the knockout blow and left Roma on the ropes. Salah crossed for Mane for the third and then repeated the act by picking out Firmino to tap home a fourth goal. With Roma coach Eusebio di Francesco slumped in his seat, Firmino headed in his second, and Liverpool’s fifth. But remarkably, Roma still had fight left in them and bagged two away goals in the final ten minutes. Edin Dzeko finished well past Loris Karius, then Diego Perotti netted a penalty after James Milner’s handball. Game on, still. Just. Fans are attacked but visitors sneak in after change of ends ROMA’S team made a peaceful arrival at Anfield last night but there were violent scenes outside the ground as supporters clashed before kick-off. The build-up to Liverpool’s quarterfinal, first leg against Manchester City was marred when the visitors’ bus was hit by bottles and cans, leading to a Uefa charge and Reds boss Jurgen Klopp urging fans to respect Roma. Liverpool’s bus (left) was welcomed by the thousands who lined the streets but the visitors’ coach came in the opposite end of the ground where no fans were congregated. However, there was violence when a group of men – believed to be Roma supporters – attacked Liverpool fans. Merseyside Police said: ‘We are investigating a serious assault of a man Vantage point: Supporters climb on the roof of a police van outside the Albert pub.’ FORMER FRANCE midfielder and manager Henri Michel has died at the age of 70. Michel was capped 58 times by France and coached them from 1984 to 1988, leading Les Bleus to a third-place finish at the 1986 World Cup. In all, Michel (pictured) coached eight countries. He was also at the 1994 World Cup with Cameroon, 2002 with Tunisia and 2006 with Ivory Coast. Villa promotion key to JT’s future plans JOHN TERRY hopes to help Aston Villa seal a return to the Premier League before making a decision on his future. The Chelsea legend, 37, signed a 12-month deal with Villa last summer and has helped them to fourth in the Championship with two matches remaining. The centre-half said: ‘I still have the appetite and hunger. I just want to get this season finished. One last push and hopefully we can go out with a bang and make it an easy decision at the end.’ COOK’SFIGHT TOTHEMAX ‘I’ve not been good enough – I need to score some runs’ Whitlock: Missing out has fired me up to come back stronger Cricket: Page 35 » Gymnastics: Page 36 » Sport METRO @metrosportHQ PICTURE: GETTY C CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SEMI-FINAL, FIRST LEG S LIVERPOOL 5 ROMA 2 REPORT: PAGES 38-39 » Flying high: Firmino celebrates in style after Salah (right) scores his second goal last night by NICK METCALFE MOHAMED SALAH led the way with two wonderful goals as an irresistible Liverpool thrashed Roma 5-2 at Anfield last night, but two late strikes for the Italians gave them a glimmer of hope for the second leg. Liverpool are still big favourites to reach the Kiev final but Roma came from 4-1 behind to Barcelona in the quarter-finals, and another 3-0 secondleg win in Italy would put them through. The first goal arrived after 36 minutes, Sadio Mane feeding Salah and he brilliantly curled the ball into the top corner. Then, just before half-time, Salah played a one-two with Roberto Firmino, before clipping home his 43rd goal of the season. It was initially more of the same after the break, with three goals in 13 minutes. Salah set up Mane and fed Firmino for a fourth, the same player heading No.5. Roma scored twice late on through Edin Dzeko and Diego Perotti’s penalty after James Milner was penalised for handball. Boss Jurgen Klopp said: ‘Perfect performance for pretty much 80 minutes or so. We made defensively one mistake. ‘At this moment it doesn’t feel all positive because they scored these two goals but tomorrow I will see the really good part of the game. The penalty is not a penalty but that is the situation and now it is 5-2.’ Roma coach Eusebio di Francesco insisted: ‘We’ve got to believe in the comeback.’ THE MO SALAH STARS IN STUNNING TRIUMPH FOR LIVERPOOL ©Associated Newspapers Ltd, 2010. Metro® The mark METRO is a registered trade mark of Associated Newspapers Ltd.