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Last Poets
‘People say
we star
started
hip-hop’
hip-hop
The Lars
von Trier
backlash
Lost in showbiz
Benedict
bets on a big
Brexit biopic
Is this
the end of
provocative
film-making?
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Friday
18 May 2018
Issue № 53,412
www.theguardian.com
£2.00
G2 Film&Music
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Confusion
over ban
on Grenfell
cladding
Robert Booth
Not long now:
Harry and
Meghan in
rehearsal for
their big day
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry leaving Kensington Palace in London yesterday as they headed
to Windsor for rehearsals for their wedding tomorrow. Hundreds of wellwishers watched as they
were driven along their procession route in the Berkshire town. Also yesterday Markle confirmed
that her father would not be attending the ceremony on medical advice. ‘I hope he
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7 
can be given the space he needs to focus on his health,’ she said in a statement.
Combustible cladding could be banned
on high-rise buildings in the wake of
the Grenfell Tower fire despite a review
of building regulations concluding that
it was not necessary.
On a chaotic day at Westminster,
James Brokenshire, the housing secretary, announced a consultation on a
ban as he outlined new building safety
rules to reduce “buck passing” on
projects and require builders to demonstrate they have taken “decisive
action to reduce building safety risk”.
Earlier, Dame Judith Hackitt, whom
the government appointed to review
building regulations in the wake of
the disaster that cost 72 lives, had
proposed a new standards regulator
as the centrepiece of a reformed building safety system that would increase
the priority of safety in buildings.
But her report concluded that combustible materials such as those that
spread the fire at Grenfell did not need
to be prohibited because “restricting
or prohibiting certain practices will
not address the root causes” of risk.
As survivors and MPs
responded with anger, she 2 
May struggles for EU support after
push to break impasse on Brexit
•
Daniel Boffey
Anne Perkins
Shaun Walker Sofia
A bold attempt by Theresa May to crack
the Brexit impasse ran into trouble yesterday as the Irish taoiseach warned
that a new customs plan, signed off
by her warring ministers, might not be
enough to avoid a hard border.
The prime minister has persuaded
reluctant Brexiters to agree that EU tariffs can continue to be applied beyond
the end of 2020 if no agreement has
been reached, to alleviate the need for
border checks.
She is now expected to deliver formal proposals “within a couple of
weeks”, following a frantic day of
diplomacy in the margins of an EU
45
Number of minutes that Theresa
May and Irish leader Leo Varadkar
spent in their bilateral meeting
security conference that took her to
Bulgaria and Macedonia.
May sought to rally support from
EU leaders for a new plan for the socalled “backstop”, which would kick
in if no solution has been found to the
challenge of avoiding a hard border.
After a 45-minute bilateral meeting,
the taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, reported
that he had seen “new thinking”.
He said that he welcomed anything
that would align all of the EU and the
UK in terms of customs into the future.
Brussels has made it clear that Ireland
must be satisfied before any deal is
accepted by the union.
But he suggested checks would still
be required at the border if the UK
left the single market. He said: “Any
move on customs with the UK would
be welcome but I need to be very clear
that avoiding a hard border between
Northern Ireland and Ireland is about
more than customs. The single market and aspects related to regulation
are important as well.”
On Tuesday, ministers on
2 
the Brexit committee agreed
Arsène Wenger
‘It is just too
soon to know
what I will
be doing next’
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Inside
Friday 18 May 2018
National Pages 5-23
Air pollution European commission takes UK to
court over failure to cut levels | Page 8
Confusion over ban
on Grenfell cladding in
wake of Hackitt report
Christmas Eve murder Man jailed for 29
years for killing woman in park | Page 10
Continued from page 1
Salisbury poisoning Almost 100 Wiltshire police officers and
support staff seek psychological help after incident | Page 5
Live review Big Marr strikes again with a
guilt-free Smiths experience | Page 14
World Pages 24-31
Iran sanctions EU on collision course with US
after withdrawal from nuclear deal | Page 24
One year on How the Trump-Russia inquiry
drowned out the real news | Page 29
Green drive Plan to swap parking spots for
plant pots divides Dutch residents | Page 31
Financial Pages 32-37
Odds change Maximum stake for fixed-odds
betting terminals reduced to £2 | Page 32
Cash delivery Deal in US makes Ocado more
valuable than M&S | Page 35
Journal Centre section
London falling.
How the north
got its groove back
ack
Helen
Pidd
Page 1
I’m a libertarian,
but I say betting curbs
are long overdue
Simon
Jenkins
Page 3
G2 Centre section, tucked inside Journal
Courtney Barnett From indie darling to global
star, but still racked with self-doubt | Page 8
The Last Poets At a Harlem house party they
talk addiction, prison and redemption | Page 10
Sport Back section
Allyson Felix Why the fire still burns bright for
athlete with Tokyo games in her sights | Page 42
Arsène Wenger ‘I haven’t even emptied my
desk yet and I’m still in a state of shock | Page 46
Puzzles G2, page 16 | Journal, page 12
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then said she would, in fact, support a
ban if Brokenshire proposed it.
The conflicting announcements
by Hackitt and then the government
undermined what many at Westminster hoped would be an opportunity
to rebuild public confidence in building safety, which has been shattered
since the Grenfell fire and the subsequent discovery that over 300 other
high-rise buildings were wrapped in
similar combustible materials.
John Healey, the shadow housing
secretary, said it beggared belief that
Hackitt had not called for a ban on
combustible cladding and insulation,
and told the government: “Don’t consult on it. Do it.”
Survivors said they were disappointed that Hackitt had rejected their
call for a ban and David Lammy, the
Labour MP for Tottenham, described
her report as a “betrayal and a whitewash”. Architects, councils and fire
experts also condemned the approach
of both Hackitt and the government.
Shahin Sadafi, the chair of Grenfell United, whose family lived in the
tower, said: “Worrying that a fire like
Grenfell could happen again is something that keeps many of us awake
at night. When we met Dame Judith
Hackitt we asked her for an outright
ban on combustible cladding. We are
disappointed and saddened that she
didn’t listen to us and she didn’t listen to other experts.”
Hackitt also stopped short of
Continued from page 1
May struggles for
support after push
to break impasse
to a plan under which Britain would
continue to levy EU tariffs, but have
the power to make its own free trade
agreements.
Yesterday May had meetings with
the German chancellor, Angela Merkel,
and the French president, Emmanuel
Macron. She also met the EU commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker,
and the European council president,
Donald Tusk, as well as Varadkar.
At a press conference in Skopje,
Macedonia, at the end of the day, May
confirmed she still intended to seek a
UK-wide proposal that would avoid the
need for the backstop to be invoked,
and would take Britain out of the customs union. “We will be, in future,
outside that customs union, able to
develop our own independent trade
policy,” she said. It would mean as frictionless trade as possible, she insisted.
But while her statement reiterated
familiar pledges, it was also compatible with the latest proposal.
At the press conference, she said:
“In December, when the joint report
was published between the European
Union and the United Kingdom, we
banning controversial “desktop studies” that can be used to justify using
certain materials without a fire test.
She said she wanted such studies to
be carried out only by qualified people, which she said would effectively
stop unregulated fire engineers from
declaring systems safe. But she said the
detailed results of those tests should
remain commercially confidential.
The series of announcements has
left residents and building owners
unsure of how to make their high-rise
buildings safe. Lord Porter, chairman
of the Local Government Association,
said owners still “need to know what
they can use to replace dangerous cladding and insulation”.
Flammable insulation and cladding
panels are currently being stripped
from dozens of buildings in England
and Wales, and the prime minister
said on Wednesday the government
would spend £400m to help councils
and registered social landlords remove
the cladding, suggesting to many that
ministers consider it unacceptable.
The row over cladding overshadowed Hackitt’s ambitious proposals
for reform of building safety, which
she said had become a “race to the
bottom”.
She said the building regulations
were not fit for purpose and that a
new independent national body to
approve designs was needed. It would
be backed by powers to levy unlimited
fines and even imprison architects,
building owners and builders responsible for the worst safety breaches.
Currently, safety approvals are given
by councils or private inspection companies but would in future be decided
by a new “joint competent authority”
made up of local authority building
standards, fire and rescue authorities
and Health and Safety Executive officials. Some in the industry warned
that if the government adopted the
new system, it would increase costs
of building significantly and slow it
down, which is likely to be a concern
for ministers who have made pledges
to accelerate housebuilding.
“We do not want to have to wait for
a tragedy like Grenfell before we apply
the full criminal sanctions of the law,”
said Hackitt. “We have to get to a position where people putting lives at risk
by what they’re doing gets picked up at
the time and there’s sanctions applied
there and then.”
Hackitt found rates of enforcement
action against breaches of building
regulations had fallen 75% in the last
decade.
▲ How the Guardian reported the
review’s conclusions yesterday
Journal Leader comment page 2 Journal Karen Buck page 4 set out clearly options in relation to
the commitment that we have given
for no hard border between Northern
Ireland and Ireland.
“We expect that to be dealt with
through the overall relationship we
have with the European Union. But
there were then two further levels of
option, including the final fallback
option. The commission then published a fallback option which was not
acceptable to us. And we will be bringing forward our own proposal for that
fallback option in due course.”
EU sources said that Tusk told the
prime minister, during a meeting that
she personally requested, that Brussels and Dublin needed to see the
concept on paper before they could
give her any confidence about the June
European council summit.
The prime minister was said to have
seemed anxious to know whether the
proposal could lead to Brussels starting work on a political declaration
about the future trading relationship.
Varadkar had warned earlier at the
summit in Sofia, Bulgaria, that, without substantial progress on the Irish
border question, “we need to seriously
question whether we’re going to have
a withdrawal agreement at all”.
The EU source said of the meeting
with Tusk that it had been about the
UK’s “expectations in June”.
He said: “We had to say it was too
early to tell. All the news coming from
London is very disorientating. Tusk
was clear that it is not only about what
the commission might recommend.
“They have to get all 27 member
states to agree, and that includes
Ireland. Tusk is squarely behind
Dublin.”
Varadkar later told reporters that
May had sketched out her hopes for
what he described as a “deep customs
arrangement”, a phrase which is likely
to inflame Brexiters, who fear that
their hopes of an independent trade
policy post-Brexit could be scotched.
Varadkar said: “The prime minister gave me an insight into some new
thinking that the UK government
has in relation to customs, and obviously we’ll see how that develops: we
haven’t seen any detail of that yet.
“But certainly I think any move on
customs which brings the UK closer
to the EU is to be welcomed, but I very
much emphasised that resolving the
issue of a hard border requires more
than customs.”
‘Resolving the hard
border issue requires
more than customs’
Leo Varadkar
Taoiseach
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News
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▼ 2,000 litres of water are needed to
produce one kilo of avocados. Bottom,
harvesting the fruit in Petorca
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Pacific
Ocean
Argentina
Santiago
Petorca
Brazil
Uruguay
Concepción
Chile
500 km
500 miles
Supermarket avocados ‘drive
Chilean villages into drought’
Alice Facchini
Sandra Laville
British supermarkets are selling thousands of tonnes of avocados produced
in a region of Chile where villagers
say vast amounts of water are being
diverted, resulting in a drought.
Major UK supermarkets including
Tesco, Morrisons, Waitrose, Aldi and
Lidl source the product from Chile’s
largest avocado-producing province,
Petorca, where water rights have been
violated.
In Petorca, many avocado plantations install illegal pipes and wells
to divert water from rivers to irrigate
their crops. As a result, villagers say
rivers have dried up and groundwater
levels have fallen, causing a regional
drought. Residents say they are now
Avocado toast –
a UK favourite
obliged to use water delivered by
truck, which is often contaminated.
Veronica Vilches, an activist who
is responsible for one of Chile’s rural
potable water programmes, said:
“People get sick because of the drought
– we find ourselves having to choose
between cooking and washing, going
to the bathroom in holes in the ground
or in plastic bags, while big agribusinesses earn more and more.”
In 2011, Chile’s water authority, the
Dirección General de Aguas, published
an investigation conducted by satellite
that showed at least 65 illegal underground channels bringing water from
the rivers to the private plantations.
Some big agribusinesses have been
convicted for unauthorised water use
and water misappropriation.
A spokesperson for the British
Retail Consortium, which represents
tthe main supermarkets, said: “Our
members have been made aware of
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“Safeguarding the welfare of people
and communities in supply chains is
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as a responsible industry.”
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Lidl said most of its avocados came
from a supplier whose practices they
trusted. But the store said it would
investigate to see if any of its fruits
came from Petorca. A spokesman
said: “While not all of our avocados
are sourced from the Chilean province
of Petorca, those that do come from
this region are sourced from Rainforest
Alliance-certified producers. Nevertheless, we were concerned to learn of
these allegations and will therefore be
investigating the matter with both our
supplier and the Rainforest Alliance.”
Two thousand litres of water are
needed to produce just one kilo of avocados – four times the amount needed
to produce a kilo of oranges, and 10
times what is needed to produce a kilo
of tomatoes, according to research
group the Water Footprint Network.
In Petorca, the required amount is
even larger. “This is a very dry region,
where it almost never rains, so every
cultivated hectare requires 100,000
litres of water per day, an amount
equivalent to what 1,000 people
would use in a day,” said Rodrigo
Mundaca, an agronomist and activist
with the environmental organisation
Modatima.
More than 17,000 tonnes of avocados were imported to Britain from
Chile in 2016 and the demand for avocados in Britain has gone up 27% in
the last year, figures show. About 67%
of those avocados come from the Valparaiso region in which Petorca is
located.
Vilches and Mundaca have received
death threats in response to their water
rights activism.
“We have suffered various forms
of intimidation and in some cases
people have lost their jobs for having
protested against illegal water extraction,” said Mundaca.
Amnesty International has taken on
the case and has launched an appeal
to support them.
The impact of the drought on
villagers is clear from a visit to Vilches’s home. Vilches rarely allows herself
to use the little clean water she has, so
she opens the cistern where the runoff from the sink and shower end up,
fills up a bucket and empties it at the
base of her lemon trees, making big
bubbles that continually pop into a
rainbow-coloured puddle.
“For years, avocado plantations
have used up all the water that should
be used for everything else,” she says.
“And now the rivers have dried up, just
like the aquifers.”
Three hours north of Santiago,
the Petorca province is completely
covered by avocado plantations,
mostly growing the Hass variety. The
immense expanses of trees climb from
the valley to the surrounding slopes.
Their colour contrasts with the dust
from the dry river bed that was once
full of water.
“Here there are more avocados than
people, but only people are lacking
water, never the avocados,” Vilches
says as she continues to water her
trees. As a director of the local water
programme, she is responsible for the
distribution of water to approximately
1,000 households.
Aside from damaging the environment and causing irreversible damage
to local ecosystems, activists say enormous avocado plantations in Petorca
are also destroying the social fabric
and cultural identity of the area.
It has become impossible for
smaller farmers to cultivate their land
or raise animals, so people are leaving in an attempt to remake their lives
elsewhere.
“Our province is ageing: the young
are moving to the cities and many of
the men are going to look for work in
the mines in the north,” said Mundaca. He insisted that he did not
want to leave his land, but now he is
forced to admit that “life is becoming
unbearable.”
Many residents have been obliged
to use water transported by cistern
trucks. Each individual has the right
to 50 litres a day, Mundaca said. “The
quality is terrible. The water is often
yellow or has dirt in it, other times it
smells strongly of chlorine. They say
it’s potable, but people get sick when
they drink it, so we are forced to boil
it or buy bottled water.”
Despite having received threats,
Vilches remains steadfast. “They
pulled up in front of my house in a car
with tinted windows and insulted me.
Then they said if I didn’t stop they
would kill me. They have also offered
me money to remain quiet. But I will
continue on my path. They can’t buy
my dignity.”
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▼ Health workers prepare to enter
an isolation ward in the rural area of
Bikoro, 80 miles south of Mbandaka
PHOTOGRAPH: MARK NAFTALIN/AP
First Ebola case reaches
Congolese city as WHO
holds meeting on crisis
First batch of experimental
vaccines to be used next
week, says health ministry
Jason Burke
Africa correspondent
Officials in the Democratic Republic of
the Congo (DRC) have said the Ebola
outbreak in the central African country has entered “a new phase” after a
case of the deadly virus was detected
in the north-west city of Mbandaka.
So far, 23 deaths believed to have
been caused by the outbreak have
been detected in more isolated areas,
giving authorities a better chance of
ringfencing the virus.
The first urban case significantly
escalates the risk of an epidemic, and
prompted the World Health Organization to convene an emergency
committee today to discuss the risk
of it spreading to other countries.
The WHO’s expert committee will
decide whether to declare a “public
health emergency of international
concern”, which would trigger more
international involvement, the WHO
spokesman Christian Lindmeier said.
The agency, which this week
deployed the first experimental
vaccines in the country, expressed
concern about the disease reaching
Mbandaka. The city of 1 million is
on the banks of the Congo, a major
thoroughfare to Kinshasa, although
experts said transport on the river to
the capital could take weeks, slowing
any potential spread of the disease.
“We are entering a new phase of
the Ebola outbreak,” said Oly Ilunga
Kalenga, the health minister. “Since
the announcement of the alert in
Mbandaka, our epidemiologists are
working in the field to identify people
who have been in contact with suspected cases.”
Kalenga said the authorities would
intensify population tracing at all air,
river and road routes out of the city.
It is the ninth time Ebola has been
Suspected Ebola cases
Wangata 2
29
Bikoro
1 Mbandaka
8
Iboko
Équateur Province
Kinshasa
Dem Rep Congo
Angola
400 km
400 miles
Map shows 39 cases mapped by WHO as of 13 May,
and one case in Mbandaka, a city of a million people
recorded in DRC since the disease
made its first known appearance near
its northern Ebola river in the 1970s.
It is most feared for the internal and
external bleeding it can cause in victims owing to damage to blood vessels.
In the frontline of the fight against
the disease is the newly developed
vaccine. The first batch of more than
4,000 shots was sent by the WHO to
Kinshasa on Wednesday. The health
ministry said vaccinations would start
by early next week.
The vaccine, developed by Merck,
is still not licensed but proved effective during limited trials in west Africa
in the biggest-ever outbreak of Ebola,
which killed 11,300 people in Guinea,
Liberia and Sierra Leone from 2014
to 2016. Before the latest confirmed
case, Peter Salama, the WHO’s deputy director general for emergency
preparedness and response, said the
current number of suspected, probable or confirmed cases stood at 42. He
said another batch of 4,000 vaccines
was expected soon.
Health workers had identified 432
people who might have had contact
with the disease, the WHO said.
Supplies sent to DRC included more
than 300 bodybags for safe burials in
affected communities. The vaccine
will be reserved for people suspected
of coming into contact with the disease, as well as for health workers. The
vaccine requires storage at a temperature between -60C and -80C, tricky in
a country with unreliable electricity.
“We are now tracing more than
4,000 contacts of patients and they
have spread out all over the region of
north-west Congo, so they have to be
followed up and the only way to reach
them is motorcycles,” Salama said.
Ben Shepherd, an expert on DRC
at Chatham House in London, said
the country had managed earlier outbreaks of the disease “pretty well”.
“The lack of infrastructure can
act as a natural firebreak slowing the
spread of the disease. But the cities
have very little planning, water, sanitation or electrification,” he said. “If
Ebola was to reach Kinshasa, it would
be beyond apocalyptic.”
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Friday 18 May 2018 The Guardian
Climate change
Half of insect habitats
could be destroyed
Page 15
Acid attack
Victim’s father tells
of son’s suffering
Page 16
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Almost 100
officers seek
trauma help
after Salisbury
poisoning
Steven Morris
Almost 100 Wiltshire police officers
and staff have sought psychological
support after the nerve agent attack
in Salisbury, the Guardian can reveal.
Among those who have asked
for help were officers who initially
responded to the collapse of the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his
daughter, Yulia, and those who were
at or close to the various investigation
sites over days and weeks.
Some reported feeling disorientated
and anxious while others were concerned about the possible long-term
health effects on the public.
Kier Pritchard, Wiltshire’s chief constable, said that officers – including
himself and other personnel – continued to receive help more than two
months after the attack.
Pritchard took up the role of head of
the force on the day of the attempted
murders and said he had personally
received the “best support” as he
worked through the implications for
him and his family of being a highprofile figure in the response to a
state-sponsored attack.
One police officer, DS Nick Bailey, spent more than two weeks in
hospital after being exposed to the
novichok nerve agent and when he
was discharged said life would never
be the same again.
Pritchard revealed more than 90
staff had received support through
the trauma risk management (Trim)
programme, a police scheme based
on a project developed by the Royal
Marines. T rim practitioners are
trained to help traumatised colleagues
through an event that has caused physical, emotional or psychological harm.
Pritchard said officers responding
to the attack on 4 March had believed
they were helping at a medical episode, possibly drugs related. “I’ve
watched the body cam footage that
was recording what they did that day.
The response was absolutely first
class,” he said.
He added it was a “high stress” situation and those at “the sharp end”
were “disorientated” and “anxious”.
Pritchard, speaking during mental
health awareness week, said the number of police personnel who had asked
for help was a sign of success.
He said: “We’ve opened our doors,
we’ve provided the right resources and
people are prepared to say: ‘I could do
with some help, advice, support’.”
He said Wiltshire had worked hard
to tackle the “macho” culture in which
admitting mental health issues was
seen as a weakness.
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MACLEOD/GUARDIAN
Political battleground Ruth Davidson fires a gun belonging to 105th Regiment Royal Artillery
at Duddingston golf course in Edinburgh as part of a charity tournament. Last month, the
Scottish Conservative leader announced that she was three months pregnant. Davidson and her
partner, Jen Wilson, said they were excited to be expecting their first child after IVF treatment.
Violent crime convictions fall in
London as police numbers drop
Vikram Dodd
Police and crime correspondent
Scotland Yard’s conviction rates for
the most serious offences of rape and
murder have fallen sharply in only two
years, as the number of police officers protecting the capital has dipped
below 30,000 – its lowest for 15 years.
The rate for murder, which once
stood at nine out of 10 solved, is now
one in three unsolved; the rate for
rapes solved has declined from 13% to
7%. The figures come as violent crime
is increasing.
On top of this, the number of officers in the Metropolitan police has
fallen below the symbolically important 30,000 mark for the first time
since 2003.
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, a former
Met commissioner, warned that was
the level below which police would
struggle to keep London safe. In July
2017, he said: “My judgment would be
that if you drop below 30,000 officers
that would be challenging, particularly
as the city gets bigger.”
There have been more than 60
murders in London this year, a rate of
killing faster than last year.
In 2015-16, the sanction detection
rate for murder, the measure by which
the police count a case as solved, was
93%. Last year, it was 66.67%. The
number of murder teams, which once
was at 30, is 17, in part a decision made
as London’s murder rate fell.
The number of rapes reported to
police is up. That is regarded as partly
owing to an increased willingness by
victims to trust the criminal justice
system after having suffered a devastating attack. Academics say barely
one in 10 attacks is reported to police.
The fall in Met numbers led London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, to demand
an urgent meeting with the home
secretary, Sajid Javid. London’s
population is heading to 10 million by
2030, and a sustained and elevated terrorism threat drains resources from
across the Met, not only its specialist
counter-terrorism resources.
The Home Office indicated in February there would be no more money
for the Met and said: “There is more
money and more officers for each
Londoner than anywhere else in
the country. The mayor is accountable to the London public for police
performance.”
The Met said several factors influenced the fall in solved murders.
“Detectives are working around the
clock to catch those responsible for
each murder and using all resources
30,000
Number of officers that Sir Bernard
Hogan-Howe said was the minimum
needed by the Met to function well
available to them. An added level of
complexity is being seen in the murders involving teenagers and young
men. Many of them involve groups of
young people so establishing exactly
what part people have played in the
attack is challenging. What we then
face is people who do not necessarily want to speak out. The reasons for
that are many and complex.
“Since the start of this year until
1 May, 114 people were arrested in
51 homicide investigations and 65
charges, relating to 62 people.”
Of the fall in solved rape cases the
Met said: “Sanction detection rates for
rape are of concern to the MPS and we
continue to work with our partners to
improve our practices, safeguard victims, build their confidence, and bring
more perpetrators to justice.
“On average, a rape case can take 12
to 18 months to investigate and come
to court so many of those from 2017-18
are still proceeding through the criminal justice system.”
The Met’s deputy commissioner
confirmed the fall in officer numbers
to below 30,000 and said it was hoped
they would be above that level before
the end of the year. Sir Craig Mackey
said: “By the autumn, the Met will be
back to 30,000 police officers, from
our current total of around 29,700.”
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Royal wedding
▼ Fans get a early taste of the big day
at a rehearsal for the wedding on the
streets of Windsor yesterday
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Ceremony
Bride-to-be
confirms that
her father will
not be present
Caroline Davies
Meghan Markle finally ended intense
speculation over the royal wedding by
confirming that her father would no
longer be walking her down the aisle
when she marries Prince Harry.
In a public statement yesterday,
the US actor spoke of her sadness that
Thomas Markle Sr, 73, who is said to
have undergone heart surgery on
Wednesday, would miss tomorrow’s
ceremony on medical advice.
Within hours, however, the wedding show was back on track, with
Markle seen arriving with the prince
at Windsor Castle to have tea with the
Queen. She was photographed smiling
and waving to crowds.
Her mother, Doria Ragland, 61, who
is now favourite to walk her daughter to the altar, is understood to have
had a private meeting with Prince
Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall
on Wednesday after flying in from
Los Angeles.
Ragland is expected to meet the
Queen today.
The bride-to-be said in her statement: “Sadly, my father will not be
attending our wedding. I have always
cared for my father and hope he can
be given the space he needs to focus
on his health.
“I would like to thank everyone
who has offered generous messages
of support. Please know how much
Harry and I look forward to sharing
our special day with you on Saturday.”
The couple arrived in Windsor hours
after a full dress rehearsal, watched
by thousands who lined the route
of their planned carriage procession
around the town.
Markle is said to be distressed that
her father, a retired award-winning
TV lighting director who lives quietly
in Mexico, has found himself under
immense pressure from the media.
The impact on him personally is
said to be her main concern, rather
than the impact of his absence at the
wedding.
Both she and the prince, who has
yet to meet his future father-in-law,
are understood to have been in contact with him in recent days.
▲ Meghan Markle with her mother,
Doria Ragland, in an Instagram post
Big day From Harry’s
beard to Meghan’s mom,
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all you need to know
ex-wife, Tracy Dooley, has also been
involved, despite her not having
seen Meghan for 20 years. She
announced her arrival in London,
supposedly to appear on ITV’s Good
Morning Britain. Good Morning
Britain now says she will not be
appearing on the show.
Caroline Davies
Jim Waterson
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What do we know about
Meghan’s relatives and
who’s turning up?
It’s looking light on Meghan’s side.
Mother Doria Ragland, 61, appears
to be the only close relative inside
the chapel, since father Thomas
Markle Sr is incapacitated due to
ill health. Estranged half-siblings
Samantha Markle, 53 – a former
model writing a memoir entitled The
Diary of Princess Pushy’s Sister – and
Thomas Markle Jr, 51 – a window
fitter who was arrested earlier this
year for allegedly holding a gun to
a girlfriend’s head in an argument –
are not on the guest list. Their lack
of an invite is perhaps unsurprising
given they have graced acres of
newsprint and hours of airtime
venting bile against their sister.
Banned from the chapel, the
Markle family has become a big
attraction in the red-top circus,
hijacking the news agenda in recent
days. Meghan’s uncle, Michael
Markle, 78, a retired US diplomat, has
reportedly expressed himself “upset
and surprised” at his lack of an invite.
Another uncle, Frederick Markle, 75,
who as “Bishop Dismas” reportedly
runs one small chapel as leader of the
Eastern Orthodox Catholic church in
America, has refused to speak to the
media – to the undoubted relief of
Kensington Palace.
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Why are all these relatives
wandering around the UK
and are they being paid?
The lack of an invitation to the
wedding itself hasn’t deterred
Thomas Markle Jr – who earlier this
year wrote an open letter urging
Prince Harry not to marry his halfsister – from hopping on a plane to
the UK. Following a sudden charge
of heart on the desirability of the
ceremony he appeared on the front
page of the Daily Mirror standing
outside Windsor Castle under the
headline “My sister will be the
perfect modern princess”. His
Counting down
to the big day
with a cuppa
Why is coverage being run by
gossip website TMZ rather
than Kensington Palace?
The royal press office did its best
to keep a lid on excessive media
coverage of Meghan’s family,
writing to British newspapers
and requesting they respect the
family’s privacy in the run-up to
the ceremony. Unfortunately, this
arrangement disintegrated when the
Mail on Sunday revealed Meghan’s
father, Thomas Sr, had worked
with a photo agency to sell staged
pictures to the celebrity press.
From there, the floodgates
opened, with the world’s media
demanding answers from the palace.
But UK newspapers and the royal
palace seem to have been reliant
on the celebrity LA-based gossip
website TMZ for information,which
ran regular interviews with Thomas
Sr as he prevaricated over whether
to attend to the wedding
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What is to blame for this
mess? Palace infighting?
Weddings, funerals, garden
parties, jubilees. Royalty has got
them all down to a fine art. Except
this one, where it lost its grip on the
news agenda.
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▼ London-based Californian baker
Claire Ptak works on the wedding cake
in Buckingham Palace’s kitchens
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been invited to stand in the Windsor
Castle grounds to cheer the couple.
They will provide good TV backdrop,
but must provide their own picnic.
Finally there’s general tourists.
Around 100,000 are expected to
brave Windsor train queues, airportstyle security and ceremonial horse
ordure. Huge screens have been set
up around town.
A Prince Harry
souvenir at a
shop in Windsor
Indian actress Priyanka Chopra
and Markle’s former agent, Gina
Nelthorpe-Cowne, are believed to be
on their way.
Marcus Anderson, director of
upmarket members’ club Soho
House, where Meghan and Harry
had their first date in 2016, is certain
to be on the list – and may yet be a
contender to walk the bride down
the aisle. Fans of the US legal drama
Suits can expect to see co-stars
Gabriel Macht, Rick Hoffman
and Sarah Rafferty, as well as her
on-screen husband Patrick Adams.
Royal staples will include the
Beckhams and Sir Elton John.
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Whispers below stairs, apparently,
are that it would never have
happened under the experienced
and capable Sir Christopher Geidt.
He’s the Queen’s former private
secretary, forced out last year
following palace infighting.
There are three seats of royal
power: Buckingham Palace and the
Queen, Clarence House and Prince
Charles, and Kensington Palace
and William and Harry. In this case,
the buck must stop with the latter.
“Christopher would have known
how to handle things,” one former
colleague confided to the Daily Mail.
“In particular, he would have known
how to handle Harry.”
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Isn’t Harry’s family also
a bit dysfunctional?
Yes. This point hasn’t been
lost on Australia’s Daily Telegraph
newspaper, which dedicated
Friday’s front page to pictures of the
Windsors drinking under the tagline
“Worried about the Markles? Meet
the Windsors”.
Is there anything
particular to look out for
during the ceremony?
The ceremony in Windsor Castle’s
chapel is, unsurprisingly, Anglican
given Harry is in the line of
succession to take over as monarch
and therefore become head of the
Church of England.
Although a group of English
clergyman will be involved,
including the Archbishop of
Canterbury, Justin Welby, the
breakout star is likely to be Michael
Curry, the first African-American
head of the Episcopal church in the
US, who is giving the main address.
London-based gospel group the
Kingdom Choir will also perform,
along with teenage cellist Sheku
Kanneh-Mason, who was personally
invited by Meghan.
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What if you don’t have an
invite? Who’s actually going to
watch this wedding in person?
First, the royal fanatics, camped
behind the barriers, decked in union
flags – a godsend for desperate
foreign TV networks with no
one else to interview in the week
before the wedding. Secondly, the
hand-picked extras. They’re 1,200
members of the public who have
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Have the US networks
lost their minds over the
event? Who has been
booked to cover it?
Around 5,000 journalists and media
workers have been accredited
to cover the wedding. Interest is
particularly enormous in the US, a
republic whose endless fascination
with the British royal family is
boosted by the presence of a
California-born bride.
US TV networks have responded
by bringing in their top presenters
for non-stop coverage of the event,
even though the time difference
requires an early start. ABC will start
its broadcast at 5am for viewers on
the east coast, while NBC has flown
in presenters Savannah Guthrie
and Hoda Kotb, built an enormous
temporary studio on the roof of a
Windsor hotel, and will dedicate
its entire four-hour flagship Today
programme to the ceremony. The
interest has led to enormous demand
for any vaguely authentic royal
commentator who is willing to stand
in front of a camera and offer insight
while the ceremony is under way.
“There are more journalists than
people here,” said one reporter at
the scene. “I walked in the centre of
Windsor and it’s very hard to avoid
tripping over German TV crews.”
10
Hang on, how is the
British media doing?
How will the press
be managing it on the day?
The British media has done its
best to keep up, with newspapers
promising commemorative photo
supplements and raking over the
history of the Markle family. The
BBC, ITV, and Sky News will all be
broadcasting live during the day
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from temporary studios. All footage
will be provided by the BBC on a
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pooled basis, while a representative
of the Press Association will be
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allowed inside the chapel to provide
coverage for print.
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What will they be wearing
for the ceremony?
The wedding dress is
top secret. Designers Ralph &
Russo, whose £56,000 couture
dress Meghan wore for her official
engagement photos, are rumoured
to be the chosen ones. One eagleeyed shopper snapped rolls of ivory
silk lying on a wooden table at the
London premises of Joel & Sons
Fabrics, which holds a royal warrant.
They were labelled “Ralph & Russo”,
the Sunday Express reported,
commenting that ivory would be
suitable for a second-time bride. Of
course, the silk could have been for a
completely different bride.
Harry is expected to wear
uniform – but maybe not that of the
Household Cavalry because of his
beard. The army does not like beards
– though Harry has previously
appeared in his Blues and Royals
uniform sporting facial hair. So, bets
are on him wearing the uniform of
the Captain General, Royal Marines.
The Marines don’t mind beards – as
much.
12
How much is this
going to cost and who
is paying for it?
We will never know. Prince Charles
is said to be footing the bill for the
“core elements” of his younger
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What are the worst
wedding souvenirs?
The choice is endless. Most
original goes to Meghan’s nephew
Tyler Dooley, 25, a cannabis farmer
in Oregon, where marijuana is legal.
He is reportedly planning a potent
new hybrid strain of cannabis to
mark the wedding called Markle’s
Sparkle. Should his aunt and Harry
ever visit him at home, he will be
“more than happy” to offer them a
sample, apparently.
Another inventive gem –
away from the mugs, plates,
commemorative tea towels and
cardboard cutouts – are the “Crown
Jewels Heritage condoms”. At £10
for a box of four,and described as
“fit for a prince”, they are sold in a
souvenir box that plays God Save
the Queen and The Star Spangled
Banner when opened.
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Never too
young to be
a royal fan
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Who else is going to be
attending?
Meghan’s glossy posse
of A-list celebrity friends have
been jetting in. Jessica Mulroney,
Canadian stylist and daughterin-law of former Canadian prime
minister Brian Mulroney, was
spotted shopping near Kensington
Palace. Fashion designer Misha
Nonoo, the couple’s rumoured
matchmaker, shared Instagram
snaps of herself in London.
son’s nuptials. That won’t include
security, which is met by taxpayers.
For William and Kate’s wedding, at
Westminster Abbey, the security bill
was £6m, with almost £3m spent on
police overtime costs, according to
one report.
This is a smaller affair. Costs
to the council in road closures,
parking suspensions and the recent
resurfacing of part of the carriage
route will undoubtedly add up.
Will the royals be more
popular after all of this?
A YouGov poll
commissioned by the anti-monarchy
group Republic claimed that twothirds of the British public are not
interested in the royal wedding.
Judging by the readership for stories
involving the wedding, it seems
some members of the British public
may be saying one thing to pollsters
and then acting differently.
However, the poll did suggest
that while the majority of the British
public are fans of the Queen, they
are less keen on her heir, Prince
Charles. As a result the successful
launch of a new generation of royals,
including Meghan, could be crucial
to ensuring the institution survives
long into the future.
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▲ This week’s Beano pays homage to the royal wedding in a cheeky comic strip featuring Harry, Meghan and the Queen
When is this all
going to be over?
Once coverage of the
wedding, the aftermath of the
wedding, and the honeymoon is
complete, there will be years of
coverage of Meghan and Harry
setting up their new life together. If
you’re looking for them to disappear
from the media’s gaze any time
soon, then you’re probably going to
be disappointed.
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European commission
takes UK to court over
failure to cut pollution
Damian Carrington
Environment editor
Britain and five other nations have
been referred to the European Union’s
highest court by the European commission for failing to tackle illegal
levels of air pollution.
The European court of justice
(ECJ) has the power to impose multimillion euro fines if the countries do
not address the problem swiftly. Britain, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy
and Romania had been given a final
warning by the commission in January.
Toxic air results in more than
400,000 early deaths across Europe
each year. Levels of nitrogen dioxide
(NO2), mostly produced by diesel
vehicles, have been illegally high since
2010 in the majority of Britain’s urban
areas. The government’s 2017 plan was
condemned as “woefully inadequate”
by city leaders and “inexcusable”
by doctors.
Ministers were forced by British
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courts to improve the plan in February, after losing in the high court for
the third time to the environmental
law campaign group ClientEarth. They
have until the end of 2018 to implement stricter measures.
“We have waited a long time and
we cannot possibly wait any longer,”
said Karmenu Vella, European commissioner for environment. “It is my
conviction that today’s decision will
lead to improvements for citizens on
a much quicker timescale.”
The six member states had failed to
deliver “credible, effective and timely
measures to reduce pollution as soon
as possible, as required under EU law”,
a statement from the commission said.
The ClientEarth chief executive,
James Thornton, said: “Today’s legal
23,500
The number of early deaths each
year in Britain that are caused by
air pollution from nitrogen dioxide
action from the European commission is more damning evidence of the
mountain the UK government still has
to climb to bring air pollution to within
legal limits.”
The World Health Organization’s
director of public health, Dr María
Neira, said: “While air pollution knows
no borders and puts everyone at risk,
those most vulnerable – pregnant
women, children, the elderly, those
already ill or poor– are particularly
affected.”
A spokesman for the UK environment department said: “We continue
to meet EU air quality limits for all
pollutants apart from NO2, and data
shows we are improving thanks to our
efforts to bring levels of NO2 down.
“We will shortly build on our £3.5bn
plan to tackle roadside emissions with
a comprehensive clean-air strategy.”
Air pollution from NO2 causes an
estimated 23,500 early deaths every
year in Britain. The UN’s special rapporteur on pollution said in September
that the government was “flouting”
its duty to protect its citizens. The
problem was declared a public health
emergency by a cross-party committee of MPs in 2016.
The case now moves to the ECJ,
which will hold a hearing within
months. If it declares Britain in breach
of its legal duty it will be given a period
of time to resolve the situation. If it
does not, the court can then impose
large fines.
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HISTORIC ENGLAND/PA
Making history The Centurion, built in the
mid 1960s with sweeping views of Bath, is one
of the five postwar pubs that have been given
Grade II-listed status on the advice of Historic
England. Its walls feature Bath stone.
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Brexit
▼ Theresa May arrives with the
German chancellor, Angela Merkel,
at the EU summit in Sofia
PHOTOGRAPH: VASSIL/EPA
Stopgap
Disarray
is held
at bay –
for now
at least
Sketch
John Crace
BA flat beds
and five-star
hotels: all is
well with Fox
L
Heather Stewart
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talemate; deadlock;
impasse – or as Jeremy
Corbyn put it at PMQs on
Wednesday, complete
disarray. The narrative
about Theresa May’s
approach to Brexit and the customs
union has barely changed for weeks.
Yet officials were congratulating
themselves yesterday about making
incremental progress on a closely
interlinked issue – the Irish border.
After media reports overnight,
May issued a carefully worded
statement as she arrived in Sofia,
Bulgaria, repeating the familiar
statement that Britain will be
“leaving the customs union”.
But Whitehall sources confirmed
that this week, her Brexit war
cabinet – formally the strategy
and negotiations subcommittee –
agreed a fresh proposal that Britain
hopes would avoid a hard border in
Northern Ireland, if all else fails.
The “backstop” was written into
the December agreement between
London and Brussels, at the request
of Ireland. It commits Britain to
“maintain full alignment with those
rules of the internal market and
the customs union which, now or
in the future, support North-South
cooperation, the all-island economy
and the protection of the 1998
Agreement.”
What that will mean in practice
needs to be spelled out in detail. The
EU has published its own definition,
which would involve Britain
remaining in the single market
and customs union – but May told
parliament “no prime minister could
ever agree” to that.
May and her chief negotiator,
Olly Robbins, have won the backing
of crucial ministers for a British
counter-proposal.
If the backstop had to be enacted,
Britain would agree to maintain the
common external tariff – the import
tax levied on goods coming into the
EU, hated by the Brexiters – and align
its regulations with Europe’s, for a
strictly limited time-period.
But Britain would seek to opt out
of the common commercial policy,
which prevents member countries
from negotiating independent trade
deals.
The trade minister, Liam Fox,
has been touring the world to lay
the groundwork for future deals
– though these would only kick in
once Britain has stopped applying
the external tariff, as Fox will have
little to offer before then.
The government hopes this
approach will meet the definition
of the backstop set out December
– and that it could help win over
Dublin, which would put pressure
on Brussels to accept it.
There were signs on Thursday
that the cabinet compromise may
shatter on contact with political
reality. After May met the Taoiseach,
Leo Varadkar, in Sofia, he stressed
that he would like to see Britain’s
plans in writing – and underlined
the importance of single market
membership for avoiding a hard
border.
The prime minister is expected
to put her plans on paper in the next
fortnight — with the hope that it will
secure the backing of the EU27 at
next month’s European council to
move beyond the Irish border issue.
There are other small signs of
progress too. David Davis’s DexEU
has announced that it will shortly
publish a 100-page white paper,
setting out what the government
hopes to get out of the negotiations.
And May’s spokesperson
promised that the EU withdrawal
bill, which has been peppered with
amendments by rebellious peers,
will come back to the Commons
within “weeks, not months”.
▲ Liam Fox has toured the world
laying groundwork for future deals
There had been rumours that May
was so afraid of her backbenchers
that she would not hold any
contentious votes until the autumn.
None of this changes the fact that
there are two conflicting visions
of Britain’s post-Brexit customs
arrangements within May’s inner
cabinet, neither of which is expected
to be ready by the end of the
transition period, in December 2020.
In that case, some in Whitehall
believe the backstop could end up
being a stopgap, while the details
are worked out – or in the case of the
Brexiters’ preferred max fac option,
technology is developed.
It is unclear whether Brussels – or
the Conservatives’ allies in the DUP
– will accept this half-in, half-out
approach to the backstop. European
The council president, Donald Tusk,
has signalled that the devil is in the
detail.
But, for the first time in weeks,
May was at least able to rebut the
charge, heard frequently from
Brussels, that the Brexit process has
stalled because the government is so
caught up in internal warfare that it
has nothing new to say.
iam Fox is a very busy
man. Busy flying
around the world in
the tirelessly altruistic
pursuit of putting as
much distance between
himself and the UK. It works best
this way for everyone concerned.
Liam gets to clock up the air miles
and stay in luxury five-star hotels.
The country is spared any direct
contact with its international trade
secretary. No harm done.
Departmental questions are
normally an opportunity for MPs
to find out what has been going
on. But as the whole purpose of
the international trade department
is to do absolutely nothing – Fox
would take it as a personal failure,
a resignation matter even, were
he to agree a trade deal – then the
Commons question session is a
pointless exercise.
For a while some MPs used
to inquire about the progress of
trade deals just to see if they could
embarrass Fox. They have since
realised nothing embarrasses him.
Failure is his calling card. He is
unapologetic for having been sacked
for taking his mates on government
business. Free the Freebie One.
Nor does anyone ask how the
extension of the Brexit transition
period would impact on the UK’s
ability to sign trade deals. Mostly
because such matters are well above
Fox’s pay grade.
Labour’s Madeleine Moon began
by asking about the effects of US
steel tariffs. Fox stifled a yawn.
It was all rather complicated, he
wasn’t sure he fully understood
what was going on and it was all a bit
boring anyway.
After insisting that the main
result of Brexit would be the EU
backsliding on its commitments to
workers’ rights and environmental
regulations, Fox moved on to his
favourite subject. His holidays. He
had just been to Johannesburg. The
BA flat bed had been stunning and
some of the wines had been out of
this world. Oh, and he had also fitted
in a Jaguar factory.
From South Africa we moved on
to Australia and New Zealand. He’d
had some fantastic discussions but
he wouldn’t be going back there for a
while as it was now their winter and
it might be a bit cold and wet.
Fox concluded that all was well
with both the department and the
world. “I’m going to Scotland this
afternoon,” he declared.
He didn’t seem to know why,
though he was sure he would
remember when he got there. And
the hotel would be to die for.
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Finsbury Park murderer told
he must serve 29 years in jail
Press Association
A man has been jailed for life with a
minimum of 29 years at the Old Bailey
for murdering 22-year-old Iuliana
Tudos in Finsbury Park, north London.
Kasim Lewis, 31, yesterday admitted
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murdering Tudos, known as Julie,
who was accosted in the park as she
walked home last Christmas Eve. Her
naked body was found in a derelict hut
in the park three days later. She had
been slashed with a broken bottle in
the neck, abdomen and wrists.
Members of Tudos’s family attended
the hearing in front of Judge Richard
Marks QC, where Crispin Aylett QC,
prosecuting, said the victim had suffered a sustained and brutal attack.
He said: “Although there is no
evidence that Iuliana was actually sexually assaulted, the prosecution allege
that this was a sexually motivated and
sadistic attack.”
Lewis, who was born on the Caribbean island of Montserrat and lived in
north London, had previously been
jailed for an earlier sex attack.
In 2005, he was imprisoned for two
years for sexual assault and exposure
on a bus and placed on the sex offender
▲ Iuliana Tudos was brutally attacked
Longest
waits for
cancer
treatment
rising fast
Haroon Siddique
Long waits for cancer treatment in
England have soared since 2010, with
one patient waiting 541 days, data
analysis suggests.
Two-thirds of NHS trusts reported
having at least one cancer patient waiting more than six months last year,
while almost seven in 10 (69%) said
their longest wait was worse than in
2010. This was reflected in the average longest wait rising to 213 days – 16
more than the year the Conservatives
entered government.
The official target requires at least
85% of cancer patients to have their
first treatment within 62 days of referral by their GP, but this has not been
met for 27 months in a row.
More than 100,000 people have
waited more than two months for
treatment to start since the target was
first missed in January 2014.
The data about the longest waiting
times was obtained by Labour through
freedom of information requests to
England’s 172 acute and community
health trusts, to which 95 responded.
Jonathan Ashworth, the shadow
health secretary, said: “The number
of people needing cancer treatment
has risen sharply in the past 10 years
and the government has simply failed
to increase availability of services at
the rate required.
“The truth is that the brilliant
efforts of NHS staff around the country
to deliver the best for their patients are
being hampered by tight NHS budgets.
62
Number of days within which 85%
of NHS cancer patients should have
received their first treatment
27
Number of consecutive months that
the 85% target has been missed,
according to a new analysis
register. In 2011, he received a further
eight months in jail for failing to comply with the sex offender notification
requirements and a community order.
Aylett said Moldova-born Tudos
worked in a Camden Town pub and
was “well known and much liked”.
She had finished her shift at the pub
and was planning to spend Christmas
with friends. When she failed to turn
up, her friends posted messages on
social media, distributed flyers and
contacted the pub and hospitals, then
searched Finsbury Park, where they
discovered her body.
Years of underfunding and abject failure to invest in the frontline doctors
and nurses we need means Theresa
May is letting down cancer patients.”
The number of patients waiting
more than 62 days last year was double that in 2010 (26,693 compared with
13,354), including 10,000 who waited
for more than three months.
Every trust except two who replied
to Labour’s survey said that at least
one patient had waited more than 62
days for treatment.
The figures also showed a deterioration in longest waits for two other key
cancer targets since 2010.
After receiving a diagnosis of cancer, patients should receive their first
definitive treatment within a month
(31 days) and after an urgent referral
for suspected cancer they should see
a consultant within two weeks.
In both cases, as with the 62-day target, two-thirds of trusts had lengthier
longest waits last year than in 2010.
The average longest wait to start
definitive treatment rose to 90 days
– three higher than in 2010 – with one
patient waiting 254 days. The average
longest wait for a consultant appointment increased to 66 days – eight times
higher than seven years ago – with the
worst example being a patient who
waited 377 days.
In an ideal world, people would
start treatment within a month of
being diagnosed, according to Cancer
Research UK.
Sara Bainbridge, a policy manager
at the charity, said: “Part of the reason
why hospitals are struggling to meet
the target is because NHS diagnostic
services are short staffed. The government must make sure there are more
staff to deliver the tests and treatment
that people need on time. The longterm plan for the NHS, which is being
developed now, is a good opportunity
to be more ambitious about cancer survival and increase staff numbers.”
Andrew Kaye, head of policy at
Macmillan Cancer Support, said:
“Despite the tireless work of doctors
and nurses, it appears that some cancer
patients are still enduring shockingly
long waits to start treatment. Long
delays can put people under incredible stress at an already difficult time
and could also mean that someone’s
health could take a turn for the worse.”
A Department of Health and Social
Care spokesman said: “Cancer care has
improved significantly in recent years,
with around 7,000 people alive today
who would not have been if mortality rates stayed the same as in 2010.
“Nobody should wait longer than
necessary for treatment and, despite
a 115% increase in referrals since 2010,
the vast majority of people start treatment within 62 days – backed by our
£600m investment to improve cancer services.”
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National
Cannes film festival
▼ From left: director Matteo Garrone
with Alida Baldari Calabria, Marcello
Fonte and Edoardo Pesce in Cannes
PHOTOGRAPH: ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP
Review
Powerful
portrait of
a dogsbody
in hock to
gangsters
I’m not sure they
hated it enough,
says Von Trier
after walkouts
Catherine Shoard
Dogman
★★★★★
Peter Bradshaw
M
atteo Garrone’s
Dogman is a
compelling
opera of betamale criminal
martyrdom,
inspired by a true case. It’s a movie
that returns this film-maker to the
realist mob world of his 2008 film
Gomorrah, but which goes further
in explaining the toxic emotional
inadequacy of gangsterism – its
brutality, its sycophancy, its
pusillanimity, its craven addictions.
This is a movie rooted in an arena
of petty thievery and urban ruin,
a derelict estate outside of town.
We are introduced to an unfunny
double act of codependent violence.
Marcello, played by Marcello Fonte,
is a nerdy little guy separated from
his wife and doting on his young
daughter, Sofia (Alida Baldari
Calabria), who adores him. Marcello
runs a dog-grooming business and
shows real courage in facing down
the terrifying beasts that local tough
guys fondly bring in for him to wash
and tend to, dogs that are often
bigger than Marcello himself. Off
duty, he plays five-a-side football
with his buddies. He’s popular. But
there’s a reason for that. Marcello is
no angel: he deals coke on the quiet.
This pays for the lavish holidays
he takes Sofia on – dog-grooming
doesn’t bring in that kind of money.
And Marcello has indirectly
created a monster: a violent tough
guy and bully called Simone – played
superbly by Edoardo Pesce – who has
been turned into a raging cokehead
through Marcello’s business.
The hideous Simone resembles
the nightclub-era Jake LaMotta
from Raging Bull, or, physically
maybe, Renato Salvatori’s Simone
from Rocco and His Brothers. He
is Marcello’s best customer, but
has long since stopped paying in
cash, switching to an open-ended
notional credit mixed with threats
of violence. The aggressive and
unstable Simone has to be appeased
by every nervous guy around town,
and he bullies Marcello into coming
on burglaries with him, as the
getaway driver in the little van he
drives the dogs in. And, however
much he resents Simone, Marcello
wants to be his pal – an issue made
plain when he saves Simone’s life
after an attempted revenge hit from
Marcello’s wholesale suppliers. But
then the dog-groomer realises his
“friend” expects him to do prison
time for him.
Aren’t they both canines? Simone
is the snarling attack dog who
will one day need to be put down.
Marcello is the cringingly loyal
lapdog who always returns to the
abusive master. But the actual dogs
in this film have a dignity and charm
wholly lacking in the humans. Is
Marcello fundamentally a sweetnatured innocent, or a delusional
chump unable to see his own part
in the food-chain of culpability?
Perhaps inevitably, the only person
who isn’t scared of Simone – and
who has any chance of telling him
off – is his mother, played by Nunzia
Schiano, but even she has given up.
The look and feel of Dogman
are terrifically good; Garrone has
such brio in the way he shows
us Marcello’s happy little life,
taking him at his own sentimental
estimation of himself, and then
shows us his descent into bitterness
and vengefulness – and his almost
superhuman ability to absorb
physical punishment. There is
something harrowing about his
stream of little endearments to
the dogs, the way he tames them,
controls them, and thinks he is able
– and entitled – to do the same to
Simone. A movie with incomparable
bite and strength.
Lars von Trier has broken his silence
on the reception to his latest film, The
House That Jack Built, which premiered at the Cannes film festival on
Monday to widespread outrage, a mass
walkout and tepid reviews.
The drama stars Matt Dillon as a prolific serial killer who slaughters women
and children and, in a flashback that
has perhaps caused the most consternation, cuts the foot off a duckling.
In an interview with Cineuropa, the
Danish director said he was pleased
by the reaction and it made him “very
relaxed”.
“It’s quite important not to be loved
by everybody, because then you’ve
failed. I’m not sure if they hated it
enough, though. If it gets too popular,
I’ll have a problem. But the reception
seemed just about right, I think.”
Asked about his research for the
film, Von Trier said he had read a lot
of Patricia Highsmith and that it was
“a pleasure to write”. While his knowledge of serial killers was sketchy, he
added, “I do know a bit about psychopaths. I’ve never killed anyone myself.
If I do, it will probably be a journalist.”
The premiere marked his return to
the festival that made him famous,
having been declared “persona non
grata” in 2011 after he made a joke
declaring kinship with Hitler in the
press conference about his film
Melancholia.
Von Trier also paid tribute to Thierry
Frémaux, Cannes festival director,
who, he said, had been “working very
hard for me … for some reason, it was
difficult to remove the persona non
grata thing”. The out-of-competition
slot for The House That Jack Built was,
he believed, “a little piece of remaining punishment”.
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National
News Corp subsidiary
uses tool to monitor
what reporters watch
Paul Lewis and Jim Waterson
Software developed by a subsidiary of
Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp to help
journalists verify content on social
media is also being used to monitor the
videos and images viewed by reporters who use the tool.
The technology was built by Storyful, an agency that finds, verifies and
licenses newsworthy or viral social
media content on behalf of media
groups including the New York Times,
the Washington Post and ABC News.
In 2016, journalists were encouraged to install a Storyful web browser
extension called Verify that informs
users when videos or images have
been verified and cleared for use by
the company’s in-house journalists.
But the Guardian has established
that data acquired through Verify is
also being used by Storyful to actively
monitor what its clients are seeing on
social media. The incoming social
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media browsing data has been turned
into an internal feed at the company
that updates in real time.
More than 40 Storyful employees
– including journalists, editors and
executives at its offices in Dublin,
London, New York and Sydney – have
access to the feed, giving a window
into what other journalists are looking at on social media.
The Guardian has obtained a recording of the feed, which is a purpose-built
channel in Slack, a commonly used
office software. The channel displays
a constantly updated list of videos and
pictures being viewed on social media.
Over a four-hour period, more than
200 videos and photos are shown.
Two former Storyful insiders, who
spoke to the Guardian anonymously,
described how the feed was considered
a resource that could be mined by its
journalists looking for newsworthy,
viral or monetisable social media
content. “In my opinion it is tremendously wrong,” one said, adding that
journalists who installed the software
might have no idea their browsing
activity was being monitored.
Storyful strongly disputed that,
insisting it made “clear disclosures”
about how the extension works. It
said: “Links flow into the Slack channel
with no personal data that identifies
the user who is viewing the content.”
The firm said the purpose was to
“improve the user experience”.
It said any allegation that the tool
constituted a data breach or amounted
to spying was “factually wrong and
defamatory” and added: “We take privacy matters very seriously, we collect
all data responsibly, and we are transparent in the way we use that data.”
Storyful, which was acquired by
News Corp in 2013, uses its own team
of journalists to verify material that
appears on social media, from YouTube videos of Syrian attacks to
pet videos on Facebook. The Verify
extension, which was launched in
November 2016, was billed as a tool
to streamline that process, providing
‘It was all about the
edge and seeing what
people were watching
across YouTube’
Former employee
Storyful
what Storyful called “a one-click
analysis of any piece of content on
the social web”. The Telegraph and
Reuters are understood to have previously used Storyful, which lists the
BBC and Google as other clients on its
website. The Chrome webstore suggests Verify has about 500 users.
One of the former Storyful employees said it was considered as “a huge
gain for the editorial team”, who were
encouraged to monitor the channel in
search of videos that could be valuable
to the company. The source said they
did not use the feed personally but
they were given a detailed briefing on
how it would be used. “It was all about
the edge and seeing what people were
watching across YouTube, Facebook
and Twitter,” they said.
The second former Storyful
employee said they occasionally used
the feed to search for videos or photos
that might be of interest to the firm,
adding: “All that was explained to me
is that it would make it easier for us to
see what our clients were watching.”
A major problem with the feed, both
of the former employees said, was that
it did not distinguish between a client
looking at items for work or for personal browsing.
In a statement, Storyful said it did
not have access “to posts marked as
private on any platform” and said
it was also “patently obvious” in a
user’s browser when the Verify tool
was active.
Birds of a
feather
Marianela
Núñez,
centre,
dances as
Odette in the
Royal Ballet’s
production
of Swan
Lake, which
opened last
night at the
Royal Opera
House,
Covent
Garden.
PHOTOGRAPH:
TRISTRAM KENTON/
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Banks to halt
checks on
immigration
Jamie Grierson
Home affairs correspondent
The Home Office is to suspend controversial immigration checks on
thousands of bank accounts in the
aftermath of the Windrush scandal.
The department is in the process of
contacting banks and building societies to instruct them to reduce the
scope of the checks, which were introduced as part of Theresa May’s plans
to create a “hostile environment” for
illegal immigrants.
Since January, banks have been
required to conduct quarterly checks
on 70m UK current accounts. If an
account is suspected of being used by
an illegal immigrant the Home Office
reviews it before instructing the bank
to act, including shutting it down.
The Home Office said it did not
publish data on the number of bank
accounts already closed under the
measures, nor the number of other
actions taken.
On Tuesday, Sajid Javid, the home
secretary, said his department had
already written to banks to flag thousands of accounts believed to be held
by illegal immigrants.
But the problems highlighted
by the Windrush scandal – of individuals being wrongly identified as
illegal immigrants and having access
to services and work denied – have
raised doubts over the reliability of
the checks.
A Home Office spokeswoman said
the checks had been suspended temporarily. “It is vital that the compliant
environment protects vulnerable
people and appropriate safeguards
are built into the measures,” she said.
“However, after careful consideration we have decided to temporarily
reduce the scope of the checks being
carried out on bank accounts.
“It is right, in the light of Windrush,
that we review existing safeguards
to ensure that those who are here
lawfully are not inadvertently disadvantaged by measures put in place to
tackle illegal migration.”
The decision to suspend the checks
is the second such U-turn, after ministers halted arrangements under
which the NHS shared patients’ details
with the Home Office so it could trace
people breaking immigration rules.
Powers introduced in January
under the 2016 Immigration Act
required banks to check the identity
of current account holders against a
Home Office-supplied database held
by Cifas, an anti-fraud organisation.
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Manchester’s
police chief
speaks out
against guns
for all officers
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Helen Pidd
North of England editor
The chief constable of Greater Manchester police has come out strongly
against the routine arming of police
even as his force’s armed unit
increased by a third after last year’s
attack on the Manchester Arena.
Ian Hopkins said: “I think it would
be a very sad day for the country if
we moved to more of a European or
American model whereby the police
are routinely armed and you become
much more a force than a service. I was
in America recently and there’s 100
children a day being killed by guns and
they don’t seem to be able to solve that
by the police being armed.”
Greater Manchester police had its
armed policing unit boosted by a third
in 2017. Since the suicide attack on
Manchester Arena on 22 May, its specialist operations branch has stepped
up its armed presence at high-profile
venues and events.
Hopkins, however, was clear he
did not want ordinary officers to
carry guns. “The model of policing
we have in this country is based on
consent and we police with the consent of the people we serve,” he said.
“The community are as much a part
of policing as the police are part of the
community.”
He was talking to journalists one
year on from the worst terror attack on
UK soil since the 7/7 tube bombings in
2005. The atrocity is to be marked with
a church service, followed by a mass
singalong in Albert Square in the city
centre, with 10,000 people expected
to attend.
No one has yet been brought to
justice for the attack, which left 22
people dead, including many children.
Last October, Britain made a request
to the Libyan authorities to extradite
Hasham Abedi, the younger brother
of the bomber.
Hopkins said investigators had
gathered 16 terabytes of digital communications which helped persuade
the Crown Prosecution Service that
there was enough evidence to charge
Hashem with the murder of 22 people,
the attempted murder of others who
were injured and conspiracy to cause
an explosion.
Music review
Big Marr strikes again
– and the fans adore it
Johnny Marr
Islington Assembly Hall,
London
★★★★☆
Mark Beaumont
‘T
his song is about
the rise of the right
wing,” Johnny
Marr says ahead
of Bug, his third
solo album’s most
overt political swipe. A pause for a
mischievous sneer. “Or so I’ve read.”
Marr must never tire of reminding
interviewers, every time his
erstwhile colleague Morrissey
mouths off, that it’s been 30 years
since they were in a band together.
But history binds the pair,
though they are about as likely to
do a reunion tour as Yanny and
Laurel or Cain and Abel. Even today
their careers are unintentionally
symbiotic, with Moz using official
statements to promote the far-right
party For Britain on account of its
accidental animal rights policies
(being anti-Islam means being antihalal, which is Morrissey catnip).
Marr is now the guilt-free Smiths
experience. He’d never acknowledge
it, but he plays up to the billing
with panache. Striding on stage
at this low-key showcase for new
album Call the Comet in a shiny
bomber jacket and with the perfectly
imperfect bed-hair of Manchester
rock royalty, within two songs he’s
into Bigmouth Strikes Again as if
out to rescue his heritage from the
political plughole.
His gruffer, but by no means
unrefined, vocals lend fresh
flavour to the Smiths tracks he
drops intermittently into the set;
his fired-up Bigmouth seems
designed to remind us that the
Smiths were as much gobby postpunk rabble as foppish ego cult,
while The Headmaster Ritual could
be Day Tripper-era Beatles with
switchblades up their blazer sleeves.
He doesn’t shy from the challenge
either, tackling quintessentially Moz
showstoppers such as Last Night I
Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me;
Please, Please, Please Let Me Get
What I Want; and There Is a Light
That Never Goes Out. Unafraid to
emulate Morrissey’s idiosyncratic
vocal pirouettes, Marr contests
custody of the songs magnificently,
owning them every bit as much as
his former partner and proving that
Stephen’s poet-next-door charisma
was only ever a fraction of the
Smiths’ formidable art.
Such delightful fan fodder, plus
a breezy run through Electronic’s
Getting Away With It, sugars a set
dominated by Call the Comet. Mozbait or no, it’s set in a near future in
which a race of artificially intelligent
aliens have arrived to save humanity
from its populist folly, advanced
technology correcting the ills of its
mewling social media infant.
Sonically, though, it’s lodged
firmly in the past. Motorik and
doom-laden mood pieces such as
Actor Attractor and New Dominions
recall Joy Division, Can and Depeche
Mode, and even flirt with goth.
It’s stirring stuff, but after
decades as a guitar legend for hire,
Marr seems to be floundering for
a distinct solo sound. He fares
best when letting his old one fly,
indulging virtuoso proto-indie guitar
flourishes on Hi Hello, a song with
all the springtime swing of There
Is a Light, and a highlight of a night
that finds Marr elevated to a symbol
of alt-rock righteousness almost by
proxy. One thing’s for sure though – if
the Smiths ever re-form, they’ll need
David Dimbleby as tour manager.
▲ Manchester rock royalty Johnny
Marr – the guilt-free Smiths experience
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National
▼ Pollinators are likely to be among
the most seriously affected insects
PHOTOGRAPH: KEES SMANS/GETTY
Half of insect habitats
could be lost to climate
change, scientists warn
Climate change could seriously
cut insect ranges by 2100
Species losing more than half their
range, %. • Insects • Plants • Vertebrates
50
40
30
20
Damian Carrington
Environment editor
Global warming is on track to cause a
major wipeout of insects, compounding already severe losses, according to
a new analysis.
Insects are vital to most ecosystems
and a widespread collapse would cause
extremely far-reaching disruption to
life on Earth, a study published in the
journal Science warns. The research
shows that even with all the carbon
cuts already pledged by nations so far,
climate change would make almost
half of insect habitats unsuitable by
the end of the century, with pollinators such as bees particularly affected.
However, if climate change could be
limited to a temperature rise of 1.5C –
the goal of the Paris agreement – the
loss of insects would be far lower.
The research is the most comprehensive to date, analysing the impact
of different levels of climate change on
the ranges of 115,000 species. It found
plants would also be heavily affected
but that mammals and birds, which
can more easily migrate as climate
changes, would suffer less.
“We showed insects are the most
sensitive group,” said Prof Rachel Warren of the University of East Anglia,
who led the study. “Ecosystems cannot function without insects. They
play an absolutely critical role in the
food chain.
“The disruption to our ecosystems
if we were to lose that high a proportion of our insects would be extremely
far-reaching and widespread,” she
said. “People should be concerned
– humans depend on ecosystems functioning.” Pollination, fertile soil, clean
water and more all depend on healthy
ecosystems, Warren said.
In October, scientists warned of an
“ecological Armageddon” after discovering that the numbers of flying
insects had plunged by three-quarters
in the past 25 years in Germany and
very likely elsewhere.
“We know that many insects are
10
0
1.5C rise
2C rise
3.2C rise
Source: Warren et al, Science
in rapid decline due to factors such
as habitat loss and intensive farming
methods,” said Prof Dave Goulson of
the University of Sussex, who was not
part of the project.
“This new study shows that in the
future these declines would be hugely
accelerated by the impacts of climate
change under realistic climate projections. When we add in all the other
adverse factors affecting wildlife, all
likely to increase as the human population grows, the future for biodiversity
on planet Earth looks bleak.”
In the analysis, researchers gathered data on the geographic ranges
and current climate conditions of
31,000 insect species, 8,000 birds,
1,700 mammals, 1,800 reptiles, 1,000
amphibians and 71,000 plants.
They then calculated how the
ranges would change when global
warming meant some regions could
no longer support particular species.
For the first time in this type of study,
they included the 1.5C Paris target, as
well as 2C, the long-standing international target, and 3.2C, which is the rise
the world is expected to experience by
2100 unless action is taken beyond that
already pledged.
The researchers measured the
results in two ways. First, they counted
the number of species that lose more
than half their range. This was 49% of
insect species at 3.2C, falling to 18% at
2C and 6% at 1.5C. Second, they combined the losses for each species group
into a type of average measure.
“If you are a typical insect, you
would be likely to lose 43% of your
range at 3.2C,” Warren said. “We also
found that the three major groups of
insects responsible for pollination are
particularly sensitive to warming.”
Guy Midgley of the University of
Stellenbosch in South Africa, who
was not part of the research team, said
the work built on previous studies but
was far more comprehensive. He said
major impacts on wildlife would be
expected given the potential scale of
climate change: “Global average surface temperatures in the past 2m years
have rarely approached the levels projected over the next few decades.”
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Van Dongen
trial
Woman cleared of
murder after acid
attack led partner
to assisted suicide
Steven Morris
A woman has been found guilty of an
acid attack in Bristol that left her former partner with such terrible injuries
that he was driven to euthanasia.
Berlinah Wallace, 49, threw sulphuric acid over Mark van Dongen, 29, in a
fit of jealousy and rage after he began
a relationship with another woman.
Bristol crown court heard that Wallace, a former fashion student, hurled
acid at Van Dongen, an engineer, as he
lay in bed, laughing and taunting him:
“If I can’t have you, no one else can.”
Van Dongen’s face and much of his
body was severely scarred. The acid
burned through 25% of his body surface. He was paralysed from the neck
down, lost most of his sight and his
lower left leg had to be amputated.
He spent more than a year in hospital in Bristol before his family and
friends hired a private ambulance
to move him to Belgium, where he
applied for euthanasia.
Wallace was unanimously found
guilty of throwing a corrosive substance with intent but was cleared of
murder. The jury of 10 men and two
women took 15 hours and 30 minutes
to reach their decisions.
Wallace sobbed in the dock as the
verdicts were returned.
Mrs Justice Nicola Davies adjourned
sentencing until next week because
of the “extremely serious nature” of
the offence. She will hear submissions from prosecution and defence
teams on Tuesday and pass sentence
on Wednesday.
Arguing against the murder charge,
Wallace’s defence claimed there was
no direct “causal link” between her
actions and his death: in effect, Van
Dongen and the Belgian doctors were
responsible rather than Wallace.
Van Dongen’s father, Kees, who was
in tears in the public gallery as the trial
concluded, expressed satisfaction that
the jury was given the chance to decide
if his son’s death amounted to murder.
Describing Wallace as “the devil
personified”, he told the Guardian how
he did not recognise his son when he
‘In all my years
as a detective, this
investigation has
been one of the most
harrowing I have
been involved in’
DI Paul Catton
Avon and Somerset police
first visited him hospital. “His injuries
were unbelievable,” he said, adding
that he fully supported his son’s decision to apply for euthanasia. Mark’s
brother, Bart, said he had gone through
“hellish pain”.
Wallace bought the sulphuric acid –
legally – online from Amazon for less
than £10. Kees van Dongen vowed
to campaign to make sure the laws
around the sale of acid were tightened.
Amazon has declined to comment.
A spate of acid attacks, including the
one on Van Dongen, has led the government to reclassify sulphuric acid
and to require a licence for purchases
of it over a certain concentration.
The police’s actions before the
attack will be scrutinised. It has
emerged that Van Dongen was so worried about Wallace after they split that
he contacted the police and an officer
gave her a harassment warning.
DI Paul Catton, the senior investigating officer, said: “With hindsight,
you can look back and say, could we
have done more?”
Catton added: “Mark suffered the
most inconceivable pain imaginable
following what was a cowardly attack
born out of jealousy.
“He went from being a healthy
young man with his whole life ahead of
him to having extensive and repeated
surgery on the most hideous injuries
just to keep him alive. In the end,
his pain was so devastating, so catastrophic, he sought the assistance of
doctors to help him die.
“Acid attacks can have a devastating
effect on people’s lives. Many victims
are severely disfigured, experience
depression and are effectively condemned to a life sentence of trauma.
This case, however, is evidence of the
most serious consequences.
“This investigation has been one
of the most harrowing I have been
involved in all my years as a detective, and it’s impossible to imagine
the impact it has had on Mark’s family and friends.”
When Van Dongen had been asked
how he knew the liquid was acid, he
told police: “Because it was burning
like fire.” Asked by an officer who had
carried out the attack, he had replied
“Berlinah” and pointed to a tattoo of
her name on his stomach.
Speaking on the steps of court, Kees
van Dongen said: “Mark was so brave
when confronted with the hellish pain
and disabilities inflicted upon him, but
eventually it became too much for him
to bear. He died in dignity and will
live on in the hearts of his family and
friends.
“The court process was a difficult
and emotional experience. I am very
disappointed in the outcome of this
trial. There are only losers in this case. I
hope that Mark can now rest in peace.”
Mark van
Dongen, the
victim of the
acid attack, was
given permission
under Belgian
law to die in a
euthanasia clinic
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A father’s story
‘No one can
imagine Mark’s
suffering,
the pain and
the misery’
Steven Morris
W
hen Mark van
Dongen’s father
was shown to
the ward at
Southmead
hospital in
Bristol, where his son had been
taken after suffering acid burns to
his face, body and limbs at the hands
of Berlinah Wallace, he thought
there had been an error.
“We entered the ward,” Kees van
Dongen said. “There were six rooms,
one next to another. We looked in
every room and we looked at every
person in bed. At first I said: ‘There’s
been a mistake, Mark is not here’.”
A doctor arrived and told him his
son was in room one. “The first room
I had looked in. I failed to recognise
my own son. His injuries were
unbelievable.”
Staff had not seen anything like it.
Burns covered 25% of his body and
much of the damaged skin had to
be surgically removed. His face was
massively scarred. He lost the sight
in his left eye and most in his right.
When he arrived in hospital, Van
Dongen, 29, could see enough of
his injuries to scream and beg: “Kill
me now, if my face is going to be left
looking like this, I don’t want to live.”
After the attack by Wallace, Van
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▼ Berlinah Wallace, below, met Mark
van Dongen in 2010. His father Kees,
bottom right, said he felt she used him
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A unique case
Why was Berlinah Wallace charged
with murder?
The case is unique. The prosecution
argued there was a direct causal
link between Wallace’s act in
throwing acid at Mark van Dongen
and his decision to end his life by
euthanasia.
What did Wallace’s defence say?
Her team claimed she did not kill
van Dongen – doctors in Belgium
did at his request. His choice to
die combined with the actions
of the doctors amounted to an
“intervening cause” (novus actus
interveniens), breaking the chain of
causation. Richard Smith QC, for
Wallace, told the jury: “The person
who actually took the life of Mr van
Dongen is an unnamed, unidentified
doctor in Belgium … what happened
in Belgium is illegal in this country.”
What are the laws regarding the
purchase of acids in Britain?
The sale of certain types of acid
and other dangerous chemicals is
governed by the Poisons Act 1972,
as amended by the Deregulation
Act 2015. There is a distinction
between “regulated” substances
and “reportable” substances. A
Home Office licence is needed to buy
regulated substances but sulphuric
acid is reportable. Retailers can
sell it but must report suspicious
transactions. Wallace’s purchase did
not seem suspicious.
Is the law going to change?
Yes. A statutory instrument
comes into effect in July that
will make sulphuric acid above
15% concentration a regulated
substance.
Steven Morris
Dongen spent four months in a
coma in intensive care, fed through
a tube and only able to breathe via a
ventilator. His lower left leg had to
be amputated.
When he woke he only had
movement in his mouth and tongue
and communicated by sticking out
his tongue when his father pointed
to a letter on an alphabet board.
Eventually he regained the power
of speech – through a speaking valve
– but was paralysed from the neck
down. “I stayed by his bedside all
the time,” said Kees van Dongen. “It
went very bad. At one point he no
longer responded to anything. He
seemed to be falling into a hole. I
stood by his ear and shouted really
loudly, he seemed to come back.”
He described his son as a loving
person. “He was a gentle man,
everyone’s friend,” he said. “I
often told him: ‘Mark, think about
yourself.’ He was actually too good
for this world. When he was a child
he used to play marbles. When he
won, four, five marbles and his
opponent was crying he would hand
them back. That was Mark all over.”
Van Dongen did well at university
in the Netherlands, his home
country, and moved to the UK,
studying at Bristol University and
then working as an engineer. In
around 2010 he met and began a
relationship with Wallace, a fashion
student almost 20 years his senior.
“I had the impression she was using
him,” said his father, a 56-year-old
supervisor who lives in Belgium. “I
think Mark was more in love with
her than the other way round.”
As Van Dongen lay in a coma,
police began piecing together what
had happened. They established that
in August 2015 the relationship broke
down and Van Dongen began seeing
another woman. In September 2015
Wallace bought a one-litre bottle of
sulphuric acid through Amazon. She
removed the label and researched
acid attacks. She told a counsellor
she felt “she could destroy
everything around her” when
someone spoke out of turn.
On the day Wallace bought
the acid, Van Dongen dialled 999
and told police that Wallace had
been harassing him and his new
girlfriend. A constable phoned
Wallace and warned her under the
Protection from Harassment Act.
▲ Berlinah Wallace in the dock at
Bristol crown court yesterday
It was not until 10 months after
the attack – in July 2016 – that
Van Dongen was able to fill in the
blanks to police. On the evening
of 22 September he had gone to
her flat and stayed the night. In
the early hours of the morning, he
woke to find her laughing: “If I can’t
have you, no one else will” – then
throwing the acid.
Slowly, Van Dongen’s condition
improved slightly. He regained his
speech but not any movement below
the neck. He was diagnosed with
depression. He would get agitated,
abusive and angry with staff. He was
unable to feed or wash himself or
use a toilet. Sometimes he said that
he wanted to live, at other times that
he would prefer to die.
By November 2016, 29 specialists
had been involved in his care at
Southmead. It was clear Van Dongen
would need a lifetime of constant
and dedicated care, and a care home
in Gloucester was found for him. He
moved there on 22 November 2016.
Kees van Dongen returned
to Belgium. The next day, the
phone rang. “It was Mark. He was
completely distressed. He said:
‘Dad, please come.’ I drove straight
to Gloucester. I arrived at five in the
morning.” When he got out of the
van, he heard screaming. “It was
Mark. It didn’t stop. Mark was in the
very first room at the entrance. What
I saw there was horrific.”
He said his son was covered in
his own faeces and distraught. “I
calmed him down. I said: ‘I’m here.’
I went back to the van and fetched
towels and flannels and I washed
Mark. He said: ‘Dad, I’m coming with
you to Belgium.’ He was scared. I
said we’d work it out.”
Relatives and friends found a way
of getting Van Dongen out of the UK.
They hired a private ambulance and
left for St Maria hospital in Overpelt.
“The doctors and nurses didn’t
know what had hit them,” his father
said. “They didn’t have a suitable
ward … but he was admitted. They
examined him, cleaned him and
we went straight to the palliative
care unit. He was given excellent
care. I had a beautiful home at the
time. I said to Mark: ‘Come with me.’
He said: ‘Dad, that would just be
another ceiling to look at.’”
Van Dongen developed a chest
infection and doctors told him a tube
needed to be inserted into his throat
to remove liquid, which would
almost certainly have meant him
losing his voice. Unable to bear the
idea of not even being able to talk to
his father, he applied for euthanasia.
He was examined by three
consultants who confirmed that
this was, in their terms, a case
of “unbearable physical and
psychological suffering” and they
agreed he met the criteria for
euthanasia under Belgian law.
“No one wants to live like that,”
his father said. “I no longer left his
bedside. He was constantly itching, I
had to support his arm, try to relieve
the nerve pain. There is membrane
around the bones – it was full of
holes, the sulphuric acid continued
to burn. It was unbearable pain.”
The euthanasia was carried out on
2 January 2017. “Mark was actually
quite positive,” his father said. At
7.15pm doctors checked he was
absolutely sure and all the laws had
been followed. A doctor came. They
inserted a catheter into his heart.
That was the end of my son.”
Kees van Dongen said he was
determined to control himself
when Wallace gave evidence. She
accused his son of being controlling
and violent and claimed she had
believed that she was throwing a
glass of water at him. “I promised
Mark I would not miss a minute of
the court case. Nothing could have
kept me out of the courtroom.
“It was worse than if he had
been shot. No one can imagine
what Mark’s suffering was like, the
horrendous pain, the misery that
boy went through. Nobody can
imagine it.”
Mark van Dongen’s family has set up
an appeal to help Kees van Dongen
with his legal fees and other costs:
justgiving.com/crowdfunding/
bart-vandongen
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Anger at
fast-track
planning
measures
for fracking
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National
Adam Vaughan
Fracking opponents have reacted
with anger after ministers published
measures to help projects through the
planning system. Campaigners said
it would make drilling a shale well as
easy as building a conservatory.
Shale gas explorers will be able to
drill test sites without planning permission, and fracking sites could be
classed as nationally significant infrastructure, meaning approval would
come at a national rather than local
level. Planning authorities will also be
given £1.6m to speed up fracking applications and a new shale environmental
regulator will be created this summer,
under proposals published yesterday.
Caroline Lucas, the co-leader of the
Green party, said: “Britain’s fracking
experiment was on life support and
now the government is trying its best
to shock it back into life.”
Rebecca Long-Bailey, the shadow
business secretary, said: “Fracking
should be banned, not promoted.”
Greenpeace said the government
had turned a deaf ear to communities and councils, and would make
“exploratory drilling as easy as building a garden wall or conservatory”.
The progress of fracking in the UK
has been glacial, with not a single well
fracked since a ban was lifted in 2013.
Companies including Ineos, Cuadrilla
and Third Energy have been bogged
down in planning battles with local
authorities. In the first three months
of 2018, seven of eight shale drilling
plans were rejected by councils.
However, under plans outlined by
the business secretary, Greg Clark,
the drilling of shale wells in England will be considered permitted
development, meaning no planning
application is required.
The actual process of fracking,
which involves pumping water at
high pressure underground to fracture
rocks and release gas trapped within,
would still need an application.
Clark said the UK had a duty to look
at fracking as North Sea gas production
declined and it became more reliant on
imports. “We believe that it is right to
utilise our domestic gas resources to
the maximum extent,” he said.
Irish fishing scheme
puts migrants ‘at
risk of trafficking’
Felicity Lawrence
Migrants from Africa and Asia brought
to Ireland to work on trawlers under
an official permit scheme have a significant chance of becoming victims of
trafficking, according to the seamen’s
union, the International Transport
Federation.
The ITF gave formal notice yesterday that it would be taking the Irish
government to court to stop the
scheme, which it says is facilitating
modern slavery.
The unprecedented move comes
after the union referred 12 foreign fishermen on Irish boats to Irish police as
suspected victims of trafficking for
cheap labour in recent months.
The Garda National Immigration
Bureau’s anti-trafficking unit has
already formally identified seven of
the workers as suspected victims,
and the other five are still under
investigation.
ITF is supporting a number of
workers in test cases to try to force
the government to act on persistent
allegations of severe exploitation in
its fishing sector. It said it was aware
of dozens of other similar cases.
At the end of the notice period, it
will seek an injunction in the high
court to impose a moratorium on the
permit scheme.
“We believe the permit scheme is
collapsing under the weight of its own
injustice,” Ken Fleming, ITF’s coordinator for the UK and Ireland, said.
Special permits were introduced for
fishermen from outside the European
Economic Area (EEA) to protect and
regularise the status of large numbers
of undocumented workers on Irish
trawlers after a Guardian investigation in 2015. The Irish government set
up an emergency taskforce in response
to the revelations.
The permit scheme that was developed as a result requires trawler
owners to apply for permissions on
behalf of non-EEA workers they wish
to use as crew. Previously there had
been no legal route for African and
Asian migrants to come for work. The
government capped the number of
permits at 500, but the industry said
at the time it would need at least 1,000.
The permit scheme requires that
employers pay the legal minimum
wage but it ties migrants to their
employers, leaving them vulnerable
to exploitation.
ITF has collected testimony from
dozens of Ghanaian, Egyptian and Filipino migrant fishermen that suggests
some trawler companies are paying a
fraction of the legal minimum wage,
and are regularly requiring migrants
to work dangerously long hours, with
repeated cases of industrial injury.
“Migrants on trawlers here are
working up to 20 hours a day and paid
as though they were working eight,”
Fleming said. “Rules designed to protect them go unenforced. Fishermen
are afraid to leave exploitative employers for fear of arrest and deportation.”
The union said it had been drawing
attention to the exploitation for more
than 10 years but had been ignored by
the government so was now taking it
to court, explaining: “It’s an act of desperation because we have nowhere
else left to go.”
Some trawler owners also appear to
be bypassing the new permit scheme
altogether, according to the union.
Very few permits have been applied for
in 2018, and ITF has collected evidence
that owners and recruiting agents are
bringing workers to Ireland illegally via
the Northern Irish land border.
The Irish government said it “abhors
any abuse of proper employment conditions, in any circumstance.”
The problem of trafficking of workers is not confined to the Irish fleet.
Arrests have been made in Britain in
recent months for suspected cases of
modern slavery on fishing vessels.
High street retailers , who are
required under the Modern Slavery Act
to assess potential exposure to slavery in their supply chains, have also
acknowledged the risk of trafficking
for labour exploitation in the British
and Irish fishing industry.
The prawn, scallop and white fish
sectors are all affected.
‘The permit scheme
is collapsing under
the weight of its
own injustice’
Ken Fleming
Transport union
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In brief
National
Health
Longest waits for cancer
treatment are rising fast
Long waits for cancer treatment in
England have soared since 2010,
with one patient waiting 541 days,
data analysis suggests.
Two-thirds of NHS trusts reported
having at least one cancer patient
waiting six months last year, while
69% said their longest wait was
worse than in 2010.
The official target requires at least
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Portrait of grief Luke Willis Thompson has
won the 2018 Deutsche Börse prize for his work
Autoportrait. Its subject, Diamond Reynolds,
streamed the police shooting of Philando Castile.
Channel 4
Snow takes voluntary
25% ‘gender pay cut’
The Channel 4 News presenter Jon
Snow has taken a voluntary 25%
salary cut in an attempt to close the
gender pay gap at the broadcaster.
Snow said he took the step after
large companies were forced by the
government to publish the average
amount they pay women and men.
Snow told the Daily Mail of
his “gender” pay cut: “I did it as
a cooperative gesture. I took the
cut over two months ago – 25%.
Alas, contractually, I am not able to
disclose my salary then or now.”
This year Channel 4 revealed
that female employees on average
earned almost 30% less than men at
the broadcaster. This compares with
a 10.7% difference at the BBC.
A Channel 4 News source said
Snow’s salary before the pay cut was
substantially lower than the £1m a
year claimed in some reports.
Channel 4’s new chief executive,
Alex Mahon, has said she will act
to reduce the broadcaster’s gender
pay gap. Jim Waterson
Arts
British Museum to
display Salah’s boots
A pair of Mohamed Salah’s mintgreen football boots are to be
displayed at the British Museum
next to ancient Egyptian sandals.
They have been donated by
Adidas to celebrate the Liverpool
and Egypt star winning the Golden
Boot award for being this season’s
top scorer in the Premier League.
“The boots tell a story of a modern
Egyptian icon,” said Neal Spencer,
the keeper for the Ancient Egypt and
Sudan section. Mark Brown
Science
Prisons
Guardian vaginal mesh McDonnell pulls out of
investigation wins prize prison officers address
Hannah Devlin, the Guardian’s
science correspondent, has
scooped a coveted prize in the
Association of British Science
Writers awards for her investigation
into the vaginal mesh scandal.
Her report exposing how
thousands of women had had
surgery to get implants removed
won in the category of best
investigative journalism. The
judging panel described Devlin’s
work as “a persistent investigation
that uncovered an important story
of public interest that might never
otherwise have come to light”.
Devlin thanked the women who
shared their stories of how they had
been affected. Matthew Weaver
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John McDonnell has withdrawn
from speaking to the UK’s prison
officers union following accusations
by a delegate from Northern Ireland
that he has supported the tactics of
republican terrorists.
The shadow chancellor was
to address the Prison Officers’
Association conference in Southport
but stood down following objections
from a delegate and members, the
union confirmed. One member
described him as “an IRA apologist”.
Prison officers in the province are
regularly subjected to threats from
paramilitaries. Two officers were
murdered by dissident republicans,
in 2012 and 2014.
Rajeev Syal and Henry McDonald
85% of cancer patients to have their
first treatment within 62 days of
referral by their GP.
More than 100,000 people have
waited more than two months for
treatment to start since the target
was first missed in January 2014.
The data about the longest
waiting times was obtained
by Labour through freedom of
information requests to England’s
172 acute and community health
trusts, which brought 95 responses.
Jonathan Ashworth, the shadow
health secretary, said: “The number
of people needing cancer treatment
has risen sharply in the past 10
years and the government has
simply failed to increase availability
of services at the rate required …
the brilliant efforts of NHS staff to
deliver the best for their patients are
being hampered by tight budgets.”
A health department spokesman
said: “Nobody should wait longer
than necessary for treatment and,
despite a 115% increase in referrals
since 2010, the vast majority of
people start treatment within 62
days.” Haroon Siddique
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National
National
The lives of
Grenfell Tower
On the final day of our series
about the people who died in
Grenfell tower, we speak to
friends and relatives of the
most tragic family of all, which
lost six members from three
generations in last summer’s fire
Here are their stories
didn’t like the fact that she was very
high up, because she knew that if the
lift wasn’t working, she would have
problems.”
Choucair made many friends at
Grenfell: Nabil has lost count of the
number of times people have come
up to him to say how much they
loved her.
“She wasn’t shy. She was full of
surprises. I never knew they knew
her. She made friends very easily.
She spent a lot of her time being
friendly with people.”
▲ Bassem Choukair
Floor: 22
Age: 40
Nationality: Lebanese
A proud, polite man who was full of
love for his wife and three daughters
▲ Nadia Choucair
Floor: 22
Age: 33
Nationality: Lebanese
“The kind of person people feel
grateful to have known”
Reporting team
Susanna Rustin, Mark Rice-Oxley,
Amelia Gentleman and Kate Lyons
▼ Sirria Choucair
Floor: 22
Age: 60
Nationality: Lebanese
“She devoted so much of her time to
her kids. It made her happy”
Sirria Choucair was born in Lebanon
into a farming family, the second of
six children. She did not have the
chance to go to school, and when
she was bringing up her children in
England, she would remind them
how privileged they were.
Her son, Nabil, recalls: “She used
to say: ‘I wish I could have gone to
school, I wish I learned English the
way you learned it.’”
Choucair left home when she was
about 18 to marry a man from their
area who had travelled to London
to work in a Lebanese restaurant.
“It was a difficult decision for her to
leave her family, to move to London,
knowing she would have to spend
her life here with no other relatives;
she was very nervous not knowing
anyone,” her son says.
She and her husband moved a few
times in the 1970s and 80s, as their
family grew to include four children
– two sons and two daughters. After
Choucair’s husband became ill, she
took on three jobs to provide for the
family, starting her days at 6am as
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a chambermaid in a west London
hotel before serving food to patients
at the Royal Marsden hospital. She
also worked as a domestic cleaner.
Evenings were taken up washing
clothes and preparing meals for her
family, as well as stitching curtains,
pillowcases and trousers.
Her son says: “She was very
busy. I don’t remember her having
time to relax; she had to come
home, do the housework, make
sure the clothes were washed. She
wouldn’t complain, she would just
get on with it.”
Choucair enjoyed her job at the
Royal Marsden; by that time her
English had improved (she spent
years watching American soaps
such as Dallas and Dynasty, trying to
become fluent) and she liked talking
to patients and hospital staff. She
saved so her children could attend
a private Islamic school in west
London.
“Homework was very important
to her; she wanted to make sure we
had a good education. She wouldn’t
have had time to come to parents’
evening because of her hours, but
she would help us with our Arabic
homework. She devoted so much
of her time to her kids. It made her
happy,” says Nabil.
Every other year, if things were
relatively stable in Lebanon, they
would travel back to visit family. For
the first 10 years that she lived in
London, she was not able to return.
There were no phones in the village,
so all communication was done
by letter, but Sirria could not write
much. Nabil remembers hearing his
mother dictating letters to his father.
“They did that quite often; she
would tell him to write: ‘Send kisses
to the family from me.’”
Her husband died in 2002, and
around a decade later, Choucair
moved to Grenfell Tower to be near
her daughter Nadia, so she could
help her with her grandchildren. She
did not like the flat to begin with,
and complained to her son about
problems with the television aerial,
lifts, leaks and a faulty intercom.
“There was a nice view, but she
A mother of three daughters
and full-time nursery worker at
Avondale Park primary school,
Nadia Choucair, who was 33 when
she died, was a cherished colleague
and neighbour. At Avondale, where
she worked for a decade and sent her
own children, she was a favourite
with the pupils, and had recently
bonded with a four-year-old Syrian
girl who had arrived as a refugee.
Usually dressed in jeans with a
loose, flowing top, and remembered
for her beautifully patterned
headscarves, she was a reliable,
positive, gentle person who was
encouraged by her brother Nabil to
train and qualify as a teacher.
Nadia Choucair’s family was
originally from the Beqaa Valley in
east Lebanon, though she was born
in London. She and her family were
buried in her hometown of Nahleh.
Katy Blackler, headteacher at
Avondale, said Choucair was proud
of her background and talked to the
children very naturally about Islam,
explaining clearly why she covered
her head; she once brought her
prayer mat into school.
She “had a lovely sense of fun and
good humour that the children saw
more than we did,” Blackler said.
“After she died they talked a
lot about the hiding games she
played with them. She was very
imaginative, and the kind of person
that people feel grateful to have
known.”
Bassem Choukair was 40 when he
died alongside his wife and three
daughters. He was a dark-haired,
open-faced and exceptionally polite
man, who was proud of his job at
M&S Simply Food in Earl’s Court,
where he had worked for seven
years, working his way up to section
coordinator with some management
responsibilities.
Starting before 5am each day and
working until 2pm, after which he
would cycle off to collect his children
from school, he texted colleagues at
1.55am on the morning of the fire to
warn them that he did not expect to
make it to work, signing off “Sorry
guys for letting you down”.
M&S store manager Mizan
Rahman, who became friends with
Choukair in the months before
he died, says he was an outgoing
character who talked often about his
wife and daughters and was wellliked and respected in the store. He
helped new staff to settle down,
and was well known to regular
customers. Rahman said Choukair,
who he called “Mr Earl’s Court”, was
one of his best workers. “He took his
job very seriously,” Rahman recalls.
But he could also be funny, and was
generous with the homemade food
he brought in for his lunches.”
Originally from Lebanon, where
he had been in the military, Choukair
was involved in his children’s
school, where his wife worked, and
a familiar figure in the playground,
where he used to prop his bicycle
against a wall. He sometimes acted
as an Arabic translator for the
headteacher, Katy Blackler, who
remembers him being asked one day
whether he had come to collect his
daughters and saying: “I’m waiting
for my beautiful wife, I’m going to
take her home.” Blackler says the
couple were very much in love.
His body was returned to Lebanon
for burial. A government delegation
was at the airport when his body
arrived, along with those of his
family. A memorial at his M&S store
is due to be replaced with a plaque.
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‘She was very imaginative, and
the kind of person that people
feel grateful to have known’
Katy Blackler on Nadia Choucair
Mierna
Choucair
Floor: 22
Age: 13
Nationality:
British
“An exceptional
role model who
always gave
100%”
Zaynab
Choucair
▲ Fatima
Choucair
Floor: 22
Age: 11
Nationality:
British
A hardworking,
popular girl who
loved football
and netball
Floor: 22
Age: 3
Nationality:
British
Chatty threeyear-old with a
curiosity about
the world
Taller and leaner than her big sister
Mierna, and with a distinctive,
mischievous expression and long
hair, Fatima was in her final year
at Avondale Park primary school,
where her mother worked in the
nursery. She was part of a tight group
of four friends whose closeness
was noticed and commented on
by teachers.
Athletic and competitive, Fatima
enjoyed netball and football and
typically played sports at break and
lunchtime. Pupils and staff still
remember the celebrations when
she scored her first goal for the
school football team.
Fatima was the middle of three
sisters who lived in a two-bedroom
flat on the 22nd floor of Grenfell
Tower with their mother and father,
who were immigrants from the
Beqaa valley in east Lebanon.
She was less academic than her
high-achieving older sister, but
a hard worker who took pride in
her writing. The fact that her Sats
results, showing she reached the
expected level, came through after
she died had added poignancy for
her school.
Described by teacher Patrick
Hayes as extremely polite and a
pleasure to know, Fatima was seen
as unassuming and was encouraged
to be more confident and assertive
in putting across her point of view,
both in and out of school.
Headteacher Katy Blackler said
she remembered Fatima clustered
with her gaggle of friends and
looking a bit mischievous. “When
you saw them, you might have
thought: what are they up to?”
Tomorrow
Mark Rice-Oxley and Susanna
Rustin on how they went about
gathering these Grenfell life
stories. In Membership
Mierna Choucair was nearing the
end of her second year of secondary
school when she died aged 13. She
is remembered as a talented writer
and driven student whom teachers
expected to thrive at university
and beyond.
Mierna was deputy head girl at
her primary school, Avondale Park –
a position also held by her neighbour
Firdaws Hashim, who also died in
the fire. Mierna was described by her
Year Six teacher Emma Kibble as an
“exceptional role model who always
gave 100%”.
The costumes she designed
and made for World Book Day –
Maleficent, Dorothy from the Wizard
of Oz, and the Kenyan village girl
from Eileen Browne’s book Handa’s
Surprise – were remembered fondly.
She had thrown herself into the life
of her secondary school, Kensington
Aldridge academy, taking part
in competitions and appearing
on stage.
Well-liked without being
ostentatiously popular, Mierna was
the eldest of three sisters who lived
in a large 22nd-floor flat in Grenfell
with their mother and father,
immigrants from the Beqaa valley in
eastern Lebanon.
She was highly motivated but
with a self-effacing streak. One
teacher described her work in
literacy classes as being among the
strongest she had ever seen.
On the cusp of adolescence,
Mierna had started to wear her dark
hair untied, causing her mother
to consult friends about how to
manage a teenage girl.
The baby of her family of five,
Zaynab Choucair is remembered
as a happy, chatty three-year-old
girl whose life was just getting
under way.
She lived with her two sisters in
a 22nd-floor flat in the tower with
their mother and father. Zaynab’s
grandmother, Sirria, lived in a
smaller apartment on the same floor,
and would look after the infant while
her mother Nadia worked.
Less than a month before the
fire, Zaynab started attending the
local nursery where her mother was
employed. She quickly imprinted
her personality on staff, whose first
task was to figure out how to keep
mother and daughter apart during
the day so that Zaynab could settle
without distraction.
“I loved having our chats,” recalls
Raquel Barge Esteban, a nursery
teacher. “I am so grateful I had the
opportunity to help her settle in. She
had endless questions she wanted us
to answer, and I wish we could have
helped her find the answers to many
more.”
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National
National
The lives of
Grenfell Tower
‘Mo loved to laugh and his demeanour made many
others laugh too. I’ll cherish all the times we spent
talking hilarious nonsense together’
Jason Wall on Mohamednur Tuccu
Mohamednur ‘Mo’
Tuccu
a crafty DIYer. Word has it he was
the fastest house-painter in all of
London!
“Mo loved to laugh and his
cheeky demeanour made many
others laugh too. I’ll cherish all the
times we spent talking hilarious
nonsense together. It sounds like
a cliche but he was popular with
almost everyone who met him. He
was one of those rare people who
brought everyone together and
made the world a better place. I’ll
never forget his bright smile and his
positive attitude towards others.”
Floor: Non-resident
Age: 44
Nationality: Eritrean
“He had a way of making you feel
like an old friend – welcome and at
ease”
Mohamednur Tuccu was described
by friends and colleagues as a
popular, intelligent, gracious
man with many talents. He was a
devoted father to his three-year-old
daughter, Amaya, who also died in
the fire along with his wife, Amal
Ahmedin.
Tuccu had worked as a security
guard for the PR company Red
Consultancy for 10 years, working
from 5.30pm until 10pm each night.
It is believed he went to Grenfell
Tower, where his wife and daughter
lived, on the night of the fire to
break his fast for Ramadan.
Mike Morgan, Red Consultancy’s
chief executive, said Tuccu was
“very much part of us” with “a
very high profile” in the company.
“He was chatty and friendly. He
genuinely was this guy who never
had a bad mood, never was grumpy,
never dissatisfied. It was just his
temperament.”
Tuccu had gone to university in
Eritrea, but his career plans were
interrupted when he had to leave
▲ Amal Ahmedin
Floor: 19
Age: 35
Nationality: Eritrean
“She was a very talented cook and
absolutely generous”
Amal Ahmedin doted on her threeyear-old daughter, Amaya, and was
actively involved in the nursery she
attended. Tracey Lloyd, the head
of St Peter’s nursery in Notting Hill,
recalls how Ahmedin would often
bring in homemade dishes to the
shared lunches held at the school.
“Amaya’s mum used to turn
up with the most delicious food:
special bread she made by hand,
curries, stews – it was all vegetarian
the troubled country of his birth.
Morgan says Tuccu had ambitions to
return to his studies.
Relatives travelled from Germany,
Canada and Saudi Arabia for his
funeral at East London mosque on
24 June, 10 days after the fire.
Tracey Lloyd, the head of St
Peter’s nursery in Notting Hill,
where three-year-old Amaya went,
said Tuccu and his wife were “very
gracious people” and wonderful
parents. “They adored their child
and just wanted her to have a good
time at nursery,” said Lloyd. “Both of
them worked together in harmony
bringing up their daughter.”
Jason Wall, an ex-colleague who
and it would always disappear very
quickly,” says Lloyd. “She was a
very talented cook and very modest
about it, and absolutely generous.”
Lloyd said Ahmedin and her
husband, Mohamednur Tuccu,
were “very gracious” and easy to
talk to. “They adored their child.
They worked together in harmony
bringing up their child.”
Lloyd said the whole family,
including Amaya’s aunt Amna
Mahmud Idris, who also died in the
fire, were closely involved in the
little girl’s life and were known to the
nursery.
It took more than two months for
the deaths of Ahmedin, her sister
and daughter to be confirmed.
In late September, after the
coroner had officially confirmed
the deaths, her family issued a
statement saying: “This has been
a very distressing time for us as
a family, but we are relieved that
Amal, Amaya and Amna have been
identified following the tragic fire.
They will now be laid to rest.”
left Red Consultancy six months
before the fire, recalls how Tuccu
was liked by everyone he met. “Mo
was loved very much and will be
greatly missed,” said Wall.
“I only knew Mo for two short
years at Red but he had a way of
making you feel like an old friend –
welcome and at ease.
“I always enjoyed talking to him
about his young daughter, who
he said was growing up fast and
becoming a cheeky chatterbox who
he loved very much. I also enjoyed
hearing about his various side
projects on the go. Mo was a man of
many talents, from serving up the
finest Eritrean-style coffee to being
▲ Amaya Tuccu-Ahmedin
Floor: 19
Age: 3
Nationality: British
“A really sweet and confident little
girl, she was going places”
Amaya Tuccu-Ahmedin was a
popular pupil of St Peter’s nursery in
Notting Hill who loved playing with
friends and dressing up as a princess.
She was well-liked by other
toddlers at the nursery, according
to its head, Tracey Lloyd. Lloyd says
that, on the last day she saw Amaya,
“she bounded into nursery, eager to
show me her new shoes: little pink
and black trainers”.
“All the children migrated to her,
Amna Mahmud Idris
Floor: 19
Age: 27
Nationality: Eritrean
She took an active role in the
upbringing of her niece
Originally from Eritrea, Amna
Mahmud Idris was the younger
sister of Amal Ahmedin, who also
died in the fire. She took an active
part in the upbringing of her niece,
Amaya. It is believed her relatives
were visiting her flat on the night
of the fire. Little more is known of
her, and her family did not want to
speak further about her life.
she was a very popular member
of the room,” says Lloyd. “She
knew her mind, she was very selfassured. She was going places, that
one. She was a really sweet little girl
and very confident. She was good
fun to be around.”
Lloyd describes Amaya’s parents
– Mohamednur Tuccu and Amal
Ahmedin, both of whom also died
in the fire – as “two of the most
beautiful people you could meet”,
who adored their daughter and
were both involved in the nursery.
“She came from a loving family and
was the apple of everyone’s eye. She
was very much loved,” says Lloyd.
One of Tuccu’s former colleagues
recalled how proud he was of his
daughter and how he would boast
about her at work, calling her a
“cheeky chatterbox”.
Amaya’s address was registered
as Grenfell Tower, and on the night
of the fire her nursery teachers
were worried for her safety. But
her death, as well as the deaths of
her mother and her aunt, Amna
Mahmud Idris, were not confirmed
for two months. A joint funeral
was held in October at East London
mosque. It is believed they were on
the 23rd floor when they died.
Mariem
Elgwahry
Floor: 19
Age: 27
Nationality:
British
“A young
Londoner making impressive
strides in her marketing career”
Mariem Elgwahry was a young
Londoner making impressive
strides in the early stages of her
marketing career. Born in London,
she graduated from Roehampton
University with a degree in business
management. The 27-year-old
worked as an estate agent and
latterly as a marketing manager at
the cashback and voucher codes
website Quidco, where she was
promoted twice in two years.
She lived with her mother, Eslah,
on the 22nd floor of Grenfell Tower.
She was one of several residents who
had raised questions about the state
of the building with the council.
Eslah Elgwahry
Floor: 19
Age: 64
Nationality: Egyptian
“A homemaker who took pride in
raising her two children”
Eslah Elgwahry, originally from
Egypt, shared her 22nd-floor
apartment with her daughter
Mariem. Aged 64 when she died,
Elgwahry had moved to Britain
in the early 80s, finding a home
in Grenfell Tower. She was a
homemaker and took pride in raising
her two children.
The family told the Guardian they
were reluctant to speak more as they
were still grieving their loss.
Maria del
Pilar Burton
Floor: 19
Age: 74
Nationality:
Unknown
“A real character
– flamboyant, colourful, passionate
and friendly”
Maria del Pilar Burton, known as
Pily, shared a 19th-floor apartment
with her husband, Nick, to whom
she had been married for 34 years.
They were rescued on the night of
the fire, but Pily, who suffered from
previous health complications,
remained in hospital for months and
died on 29 January.
Her husband wrote in a
statement: “She was flamboyant,
colourful, passionate and friendly.
“Everyone on Portobello Road
knew her. She had such a big heart.
She was the love of my life.”
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Girl, 2, found
dead after
police chase
refugee van
Rod Austin
A two-year-old girl has died after an
incident involving armed Belgian
police and a van carrying refugees
near the city of Mons.
The Belgian authorities believe the
police were not a fault for the girl’s
death, the Belgian media reported.
Police said the van was spotted at
about 3am yesterday on the motorway near the city of Mons, close to
the French border. They chased the
vehicle, stopping it near the village of
Maisières.
Officers found the vehicle contained 26 adults, three children and
the body of the girl, named Mawda
according to family friends. She was
travelling in the back of the van with
her Kurdish-Iraqi parents and threeyear-old brother, none of whom were
injured. A source said police opened
fire on the van to stop it.
“The little girl did not die as a result
of police gunfire,” said Frédéric Bariseau, a spokesperson at the Tournai
prosecutor’s office handling the case.
He said the girl’s death could have been
due to an illness, an accident in the
van, or a blow to the head.
The occupants of the vehicle were
arrested and are being held for questioning by police. It is understood that
Mawda was taken to hospital, where
she was pronounced dead on arrival.
Belgian authorities said an autopsy
would be carried out and that the prosecutor had opened an investigation
into her death.
The inquiry will investigate the incident, and establish whether any action
by the police was linked to her death.
Sources said Mawda and her family
were Kurdish refugees who had been
deported to Germany but had returned
to Belgium, where they were staying
until they could afford to go to the UK.
They said the girl was travelling
with her parents and others in a van
being driven to a lorry park in Belgium,
where they were to be smuggled on
board lorries destined for the UK.
Prosecutors are also considering
charges, including manslaughter and
people-trafficking offences.
▲ Mawda, who was aged two, was
with her Kurdish-Iraqi parents
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Election woes Venezuelan presidential candidate Javier Bertucci at his campaign closing
rally in Valencia. The run up to Sunday’s vote, which the US, EU and some Latin American
nations have branded illegitimate, was overshadowed yesterday when inmates took control
of El Helicoide, a former shopping mall turnerd notorious political prison, in Caracas.
Brussels moves to
protect firms from
US sanctions on Iran
Patrick Wintour
Daniel Boffey Sofia
The EU has put itself on a collision
course with the US over Donald
Trump’s decision to withdraw from
the nuclear deal with Iran, as large
European companies start to pull out
of the country to avoid sanctions.
In an attempt to shield EU companies doing business with Iran, the
European commission president,
Jean-Claude Juncker, said yesterday
he would turn to a plan last used to
protect businesses working in Cuba
before a US trade embargo on the Latin
American country was lifted.
“We will begin the ‘blocking
statute’ process, which aims to neutralise the extraterritorial effects of US
sanctions,” he said.
The EU is seeking to keep Iran in the
accord by safeguarding the economic
benefits it gained in 2015 in return for
giving up its nuclear programme.
The blocking statute is a regulation
from 1996 that prohibits EU companies
and courts from complying with foreign sanctions laws and stipulates that
no foreign court judgments based on
these laws have any effect in the EU.
The European Investment Bank will
also provide a funding stream for businesses working in Iran.
Juncker said: “The effects of the
US sanctions will be felt. It is the
duty of the EU therefore to protect
European business and that applies
particularly to smaller and medium
size businesses.”
Donald Tusk, the European council
president, added: “We agreed unanimously that the EU will stay in the
agreement as long as Iran remains
fully committed to it. Additionally the
commission was given a green light to
be ready to act whenever European
interests are affected.”
Tusk, who accused Trump’s administration of “capricious assertiveness”
this week, said: “The problem is if your
closest friend is unpredictable. It is not
a joke now. This is the essence of our
problem now with our friends on the
other side of the Atlantic. I can agree
with President Trump when he said
unpredictability can be a very useful
tool in politics. But only against enemies and opponents. Unpredictability
is the last thing we need with friends
and family.”
Despite the tough diplomatic rhetoric, however, the chances of the Iran
nuclear deal surviving US sanctions
were dealt a blow yesterday when Denmark’s Maersk Tankers said it would
cease commercial activity in Iran.
2.5m
The number of barrels of oil
currently exported by Iran, up from
1m before sanctions were imposed
Maersk, the world’s largest oil
shipping container company, said it
would honour agreements entered
into before 8 May, but then wind them
down by 4 November, as required by
the reimposed US sanctions.
The announcement came after
the French oil group Total said it was
going to pull out of its 50.1% stake in
the South Pars 11 oilfield. Total said it
would only retain its investment if the
US gave it a specific exemption from
the planned sanctions. Its joint venture partners in China are likely to take
over its share of the investment.
Iran’s oil exports were 1m barrels
a day, mostly to Asia and some European countries, before sanctions were
lifted. They have since climbed to
about 2.5m barrels.
The German chancellor, Angela
Merkel, admitted that the EU was
limited in what it could do. “As for
compensating all businesses in a comprehensive way for such measures by
the United States of America, I think
we cannot and must not create illusions,” she said.
French president Emmanuel
Macron said: “We are not going to force
French businesses to stay in Iran.”
The Iranian government has warned
that any exodus of EU investment
would force the government to pull
out of the nuclear deal that prevents
it from enriching uranium.
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Germany is slow to return
exhibits to former colonies
Philip Oltermann
Berlin
Berlin’s longest-standing African is
13 metres tall and carries in his bones
the wisdom of 150m years. The skeleton of the Brachiosaurus brancai,
the star of the city’s natural history
museum, was dug up by a German
palaeontologist between 1909 and 1913
in Tanzania, then part of the German
empire’s largest colony.
When the French president,
Emmanuel Macron, announced last
November that he wanted to use his
presidency to lay the ground for “the
temporary or permanent restitution
of African patrimony to Africa”, many
thought the time had come for the
dinosaur to head back home.
But, six months later, the Berlin
Brachiosaurus is not moving an inch:
a sign, activists and historians say,
that Merkel’s government is failing to
respond to Macron’s call with a similarly bold message.
New guidelines on the restitution of
objects from “colonial contexts” were
announced by the German culture
minister, Monika Grütters, on Monday. “For too long, the colonial period
has been a blind spot in our remembrance culture, and reassessing it is
part of our responsibility in Germany
towards former colonies,” she said.
But while Germany’s first official
definition of colonial contexts is surprisingly broad, critics say the bar for
restitution claims has been set discouragingly high. The non-binding
guidelines state that returning artefacts with a problematic history to
their country of origin must not be a
“compulsory solution”, and should be
considered mainly for objects that violated the “legal and ethical standards”
in the former colonies at the time.
▲ Berlin’s Brachiosaurus brancai
‘The guidelines are
a doomed attempt
to preserve vested
colonial interests’
Tahir Della
ISD
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Eckart Köhne, the director of the
German museums association, said of
Macron’s appeal: “If that is an appeal
that means museum collections
should be packed wholesale into a
lorry and shipped abroad, then we do
not consider that the right way.”
Activists have criticised the new
document as a rejection of the French
president’s initiative. “The guidelines
are an attempt to preserve vested
colonial interests that is doomed to
failure,”said Tahir Della of the Initiative of Black People in Germany (ISD).
The row comes as Berlin prepares
to open the controversial Humboldt
Forum in 2019, to unite the city’s ethnographic and Asian art collections
in a reconstruction of its Prussian-era
palace. Yesterday, Berlin’s Prussian
cultural heritage foundation returned
nine objects from the city’s collection
to the Chugach Alaska Corporation,
which represents indigenous peoples
from south-western Alaska. Research
had revealed the artefacts – including two masks, a child’s cradle, and
a wooden idol – had been removed
unlawfully from Alaskan native graves
by the Norwegian ethnologist Johan
Adrian Jacobsen in the 1880s.
The Brachiosaurus brancai, however, is unlikely to be moved by the
new restitution drive. The excavation
of the colossus from Tanzania’s fossilrich Tendaguru formation started in
1909, two years after colonial powers
in German east Africa had quashed an
armed uprising, resulting in the deaths
of 300,000 people.
But a three-year research project,
funded by the German federal ministry for education and research and to
be published later this year, found that
the Brachiosaurus’s bones were dug up
under conditions of “fair” pay, without
slave labour, said the natural history
museum’s director, Johannes Vogel.
Vogel said the dinosaur, the tallest
mounted skeleton in the world, was
not a cash cow for his museum but a
live research object that was expensive
to maintain. Tanzania’s foreign minister, Augustine Mahiga, has waived
demands for the restitution of plundered cultural artefacts.
Instead of restituting the skeleton
to Tanzania, Vogel said, the museum
was proposing to help train up Tanzanian palaeontologists and technical
workers to explore the large uncharted
sections of the Tendaguru formation.
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A workman in front of York Minster’s
Great East Window, after completion
of a restoration that took 10 years
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Israel says it bombarded Gaza Strip
sites that were used by militants
Oliver Holmes Gaza City
Ashifa Kassam Toronto
Agencies
Israel said yesterday it had carried
out airstrikes on what it described as
militant sites in Gaza in response to
machine-gun fire that had hit a building in the Israeli city of Sderot.
The Israeli army said planes had
bombarded a military compound and
a weapons production facility in the
Gaza Strip overnight.
Shortly after midnight, a loud
explosion shook buildings in a built-up
▼ Palestinians walk past a mural
marking the 70th anniversary of the
‘catastrophe’ of Israel’s founding
PHOTOGRAPH: ANADOLU AGENCY/GETTY
area in the northern part of Gaza City.
Trucks carrying men rushed to the
apparent site of the blast through
empty streets that were dark during
a power cut.
One man was wounded by shrapnel,
the Palestinian health ministry said.
The airstrikes took place hours after
Israeli forces came under fire from
within Gaza. Israel’s military said no
people were wounded.
On Monday, Israeli security forces
killed 60 Palestinians protesting along
the Gaza frontier as a ceremony was
held in Jerusalem to mark the transfer of the US embassy from Tel Aviv.
Tens of thousands of people have
been protesting along the fortified
border with Israel since 30 March,
calling for Palestinian refugees and
their descendants to be allowed to
return to homes that are now inside
Israel. The high death toll from Israeli
fire has led to international condemnation of Israel and calls for an
independent investigation. Israel has
said its actions were necessary to stop
mass infiltrations from the enclave.
The Canadian prime minister, Justin
Trudeau, yesterday added his voice to
calls for an independent investigation.
Trudeau described the reported use
of excessive force and live ammunition as “inexcusable” in a statement.
“Canada deplores and is gravely
concerned by the violence in the
Gaza Strip that has led to a tragic loss
of life and injured countless people,”
he said. “We are appalled that Dr Tarek
Loubani, a Canadian citizen, is among
the wounded – along with so many
unarmed people, including civilians,
members of the media, first responders, and children.”
Loubani, who works as an emergency physician in southern Ontario,
said he was treating injured Palestinians in the Gaza Strip when he was
shot in both legs on Monday. He was
in Gaza as part of a medical team that
is field-testing 3D-printed medical
tourniquets.
The shooting happened during a
lull in the protests, said Loubani. He
was wearing a green surgeon’s outfit
and was standing with orange-vested
paramedics about 25 metres from
the protesters. There were no fires or
smoke and he was within clear lines
of sight to three fortified sniper posts.
“It’s very hard to believe I wasn’t
specifically targeted, considering that
there was a lull in activity, considering
the fact that I was so clearly marked,”
he told the Canadian Broadcasting
Corporation this week.
A further 16 paramedics were
injured. The doctor who rescued
Loubani, Musa Abuhassanin, was
later killed as he was trying to reach
another patient.
In brief
US
Vape pen explosion and
blaze kill Florida man
A man died when a vape pen
exploded, sending fragments into
his head and starting a fire that
burned most of his body, according
to a US autopsy report.
Tallmadge D’Elia, 38, of St
Petersburg, Florida, was the first
person in the US to be killed by a
vape pen. The explosion on 5 May
sent two pieces of the pen into his
cranium and he also suffered 80%
burns. His bedroom was extensively
damaged in the blaze.
A US fire administration report
said at least 195 electronic cigarettes
had exploded or caught fire between
2009 and 2016, causing 133 injuries,
38 of them severe. AP St Petersburg
India
Boost for Modi as BJP
wins state election
The party of the Indian prime
minister, Narendra Modi, has
snatched a fragile victory in a
state election outside its political
heartland, boosting momentum for
the Hindu nationalist leader a year
before the national polls.
The surge in support for the
Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) in
Karnataka state showed that its
national appeal is growing as that of
the secular Congress party declines.
The BJP won 104 of 224 seats,
eight short of governing outright. Its
leader, BS Yeddyurappa, was sworn
in yesterday and has 15 days to prove
that he can command a majority.
Michael Safi Delhi
Italy
Rome may use sheep to
cut the grass in parks
Amazon plans streaming series
recalling Maradona at his peak
Lanre Bakare
Streaming giant Amazon Prime will
throw its weight behind a docuseries
that will examine the life of Diego
Maradona in the mid-1980s, when
he was at the peak of his powers and
helped Argentina win the World Cup.
The as-yet-untitled project will
“explore the man behind the champion”, a footballer regarded by many
as the greatest of all time and still loved
in Naples for helping the city’s Serie
A team lift its first-ever league title.
“There are few players whose notoriety transcends generations and
geographic border,” said Amazon’s
Brad Beale. “Maradona is a household
name around the world, and his career
highlights are still discussed today [as]
among the biggest moments in soccer’s history.”
“The story will feature an unprecedented look at Maradona, not only as
a champion but also as a man,” added
producer Francisco Cordero.
This is the second high-profile biographical account of Maradona’s life to
be announced. Asif Kapadia, the director of acclaimed documentaries Amy
and Senna, about singer Amy Winehouse and F1 champion Ayrton Senna,
is working on a Maradona film he calls
“the third part of a trilogy about child
geniuses and fame”. Speaking to the
Observer in June last year, Kapadia
Maradona with the
World Cup in 1986
said his film, to be released before the
end of this year, is “a different type of
story [compared to Amy or Senna]”,
and focuses on “what happens when
you get older if you’re a star”.
“The Diego idea actually came
about a long time ago, before I’d made
Senna. He was in the ether in my brain
as a character,” he added. “Again,
another person in various ways who
felt like he was fighting a system.”
Amazon Prime is about to release a
series about Manchester City’s recordbreaking 2017-18 season, in which
they became the first team to amass
100 points while winning the Premier
League. Billed as a fly-on-the-wall allaccess show, it comes after Netflix’s
Juventus documentary, following the
fortunes of the Italian champions.
Cash-strapped authorities in
Rome are considering employing
sheep and other animals to tackle
overgrown grass in the capital’s
parks and Roman villas.
The idea comes as city governors
struggle to maintain 44 sq km (17 sq
miles) of green space, described by
some as “a jungle”.
Members of the opposition were
quick to ridicule the proposal.
“They’ve already replaced rubbish
collectors with seagulls, and now
this,” said Enzo Foschi.
“What will [the mayor Virginia]
Raggi do during the summer season
to get rid of mosquitoes? Provide
geckoes?” Angela Giuffrida Rome
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Mueller investigation
▼ Robert Mueller’s investigation
into Russian interference in the US
election is now into its second year
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‘I want to know about
our crumbling cities,
about race, about
drug addiction,
about schools’
Kyle Pope
Columbia Journalism Review
The Robert Mueller show
How a year of Trump-Russia
inquiry drowned out news
David Taylor
New York
O
ne of the greatest
political spy dramas
of the age has been
playing out daily for
12 months in the US,
with the former FBI
chief Robert Mueller at its centre and
an audience of millions around the
world playing amateur detective.
Mueller, appointed special
counsel to investigate Russian
interference in the 2016 election,
has spent the past year diligently
pursuing a complex web of money
and influence – or, as Trump would
have it, engaging in a “$10m witchhunt”. Did Donald Trump win the
White House aided by Russia’s
hidden hand? What does the steely
special counsel know? And with
his inquiry into alleged collusion
entering its second year yesterday,
when will he deliver?
So far Mueller has brought
charges against, or reached plea
agreements with, 19 people and
three Russian entities. Among them,
Trump’s former national security
adviser Michael Flynn, campaign
aide Rick Gates and former foreign
policy adviser George Papadopoulos
have entered plea deals. The former
election campaign chairman Paul
Manafort has pleaded not guilty to
charges of money laundering, tax
fraud, failure to register as a foreign
agent and other charges.
As the investigation encircles
Trump, Mueller’s team have
questioned some of his family, his
closest friends and White House
officials. Meanwhile, as the inquiry
has expanded and dominated the
news agenda over the past year, it
has been accompanied by obsessive
cable television coverage.
Kyle Pope, editor and publisher
of the Columbia Journalism Review,
said that while print and digital news
media had mostly done a good job
of lifting their gaze, cable news had
struggled to escape a constant daily
focus on Mueller and the Trump
scandal.
“The Mueller investigation really
boils down the partisan approach of
cable news,” he said, with MSNBC
on the left and the conservative Fox
News on the right.
“My own reading is that both
sides are losing credibility – you can
only tell me so many times that this
is the beginning of the end and it not
happen for me to start turning it off.
“I do think there is too much
reactivity. The outrage meter is
broken. The calibration of it is all
messed up. Little things cause
people to go crazy. Things I think are
much bigger and more important
seem to pass unnoticed.”
▲ Donald Trump has emphatically
denied any collusion with Russia
The latest cable news audience
figures from Nielsen suggest
some evidence of what Pope calls
audience “burnout”’. Fox News
is still No 1 in US cable news, but
primetime viewers have slipped 13%
in the first quarter of 2018 compared
with the peak first three months of
the Trump presidency, when the
channel set records. CNN, which has
begun to break the habit of always
carrying entire Trump speeches live,
is also down 17% in primetime.
By contrast, the Trump
obsession burns strong for viewers
of the liberal-leaning MSNBC – at
1.85 million viewers it is smaller than
Fox, but up by 30% year on year.
While CNN, Fox News and MSNBC
viewers stagger from one Trump
scandal to the next, America’s deep
social challenges may have been
overlooked in the past year, but they
have emphatically not gone away.
Teachers have gone on strike,
highlighting stagnant wages and
impoverished schools; tax cuts
have been rammed through for
the benefit of corporations and the
wealthiest Americans; the Fight
for $15 continues to campaign
against longer hours and low pay
for millions of workers; an almost
daily litany of cases reveals a justice
system marred at every stage by
inherent racial bias; the opioid crisis
is worsening.
Pope said: “I don’t turn on cable
news and say: ‘Hey, I wonder what
happened in the world.’ It’s more
like: ‘What happened today in the
Mueller investigation?’
“They have almost just embraced
the idea that it’s the Robert Mueller
show and that’s it.
“I want to know about our
crumbling cities, I want to know
about race, I want to know about
drug addiction, I want to know about
schools. I live in New York, and all
of these things are very real and
happening right now.”
The New York Times columnist
Nicholas Kristof wrote recently
that, like most Americans, he
was addicted to the daily Trump
minutiae. “In America today,
it’s all Trump, all the time. We’re
collectively addicted to him. The
nonstop scandals and outrages suck
us in; they amount to Trump porn.”
The challenge for politicians
trying to raise issues more relevant
to people’s everyday lives is that
they struggle to compete. Jessica
Post, executive director of the
Democratic Legislative Campaign
Committee, told the Daily Beast she
was dropped at the last moment
three times from an MSNBC show
as Trump news broke. “It’s difficult
to break through with stories about
teachers’ strikes or assaults on
voting rights because there’s a new
bad thing that Trump has done or
Scott Pruitt has done in every news
cycle,” Post said.
For some politicians struggling
to change the subject, the answer
has been to establish their own
platforms and even stage their own
events. Bernie Sanders has led the
way, creating a Facebook account
with more than 7 million followers,
where audiences of more than a
million have tuned in for livestreams
of town hall events covering issues
such as income inequality and the
movement for government-funded
healthcare for all.
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▼ Walter Dresscher sitting in his
“Debatmobiel” to promote his
proposal for greening the streets
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Girl, 2, found
dead after
police open
fire following
pursuit of van
Rod Austin
Green drive Plan to
swap parking spots
for plant pots divides
Dutch residents
Daniel Boffey
The Hague
I
t seems a straightforward
offer: swap your resident’s
parking permit for a bit of
greenery in the freed-up
space, a lawn, a sun terrace or
somewhere for the children
to play. However, if any further
proof were needed of the west’s
destructive love affair with the car,
the furious reaction to a pilot project
in one of the Netherlands’ biggest
cities has been all too telling.
The drama was sparked by a
proposal to residents in six streets
in Segbroek, a suburb in the Hague,
to voluntarily swap their parking
permit for six months and replace it
with something green and pleasant
on their street. Their vehicles would
be stored in a car park for free, and
those participating could choose
between themselves how to use the
vacant space.
The long-term aim, beyond
greening the city, is to encourage
people to use car-sharing schemes, if
they really need a vehicle, or switch
to public transport and bicycles.
Globally, most cars are parked 95%
of the time.
Walter Dresscher, the organiser of
the council-backed scheme and an
architect by training, said opposition
from many residents illustrated
how deeply people were attached to
their cars, even in the Netherlands,
which is often a pioneer of green
transportation. The idea of a parking
space being lost from a street was
too much for some to bear.
“I was a bit like a boxing guy, I
took everything,” he said of the
public meeting attended by 200
residents. “Everybody took – and
this in the Netherlands is more
rare than in other countries – very
opposite positions. Normally, we are
a country where we have a dialogue,
we talk to each other.
“The idea was to get people
together but it didn’t. Why? If
there is one that is very angry and
starts mobilising the whole street
then you have a problem. But if
you don’t want to participate,
don’t participate. Nobody is losing
anything.” Dresscher insisted the
initial hostility has abated but, as
yet, only six householders have
signed up to the scheme, with their
cars due to be removed in June.
Two residents have, however,
pre-empted the scheme by putting
flower-filled tow carts in front of
their homes. Some drivers have
shouted abuse as they drive by.
Dresscher, who has €60,000
(£52,000) of funding from the
council and charities, is still
confident that more people will
come round to his thinking, and is
glad that a debate has been started.
Rembrant Frerichs, 40, and,
Wolfert Brederode, 44, both pianists,
and neighbours on Newtonstreet,
said they believed it was an
important first step in changing the
nature of their road, but were yet to
decide how to use the space.
Brederode said: “I just don’t think
I need the car outside my house all
the time and I’m going to see if we
need it at all. I don’t think there is
▲ Eline Keus is also campaigning with
her Debatmobiel in front of her house
‘Normally, we are
a country where we
have a dialogue. The
idea was to get people
together but it didn’t’
Walter Dresscher
Organiser
any reason. People have this belief
that they have a right to have a car, a
right to have a parking space. A car is
like a second home to people but it
isn’t rational.”
Dresscher said the project had
been inspired by the experience
of being forced to push his baby’s
pram on the road when living in
Amsterdam because cars were
blocking the pavement.
“I looked at these cars and there
were actually plants growing under
them. They hadn’t moved for three
or four weeks. I started thinking:
does anyone know how many cars
are used or not?”
The response to Dresscher from
the Amsterdam municipality
suggested that 25% of residents’ cars
were only driven once a week on
average.
A spokesman for the Hague
municipality said: “People get the
opportunity to choose themselves
what they want to do with the public
space. We want to see the effect of
this approach. Will this bottom-up
approach work, where people get a
direct effect of their choice to get rid
of their car, or is it still necessary to
make top-down policy to manage
the amount of parked cars in public
spaces? It’s a project that, when it
succeeds, can easily be scaled up to
other streets and neighbourhoods.”
A two-year-old girl has died after an
incident involving armed Belgian
police and a van carrying refugees
near the city of Mons.
The Belgian authorities believe the
police were not a fault for the girl’s
death, the Belgian media reported.
Police said the van was spotted at
about 3am yesterday on the motorway near the city of Mons, close to
the French border. They chased the
vehicle, stopping it near the village of
Maisières.
Officers found the vehicle contained 26 adults, three children and
the body of the girl, named Mawda
according to family friends.
She was travelling in the back of the
van with her Kurdish-Iraqi parents and
three-year-old brother, none of whom
were injured.
About 15 police cars and 30 police
officers were involved in the chase. A
source said police opened fire on the
van in an effort to stop it.
“The little girl did not die as a result
of police gunfire,” said Frédéric Bariseau, a spokesperson at the Tournai
prosecutor’s office handling the case.
He said the girl’s death could have
been due to an illness, an accident in
the van, or a blow to the head.
The occupants of the vehicle and
its driver were arrested at the scene.
They are being held for questioning
by police. It is understood that Mawda
was taken to hospital, where she was
pronounced dead on arrival.
Belgian authorities said a postmortem would be carried out and that the
prosecutor had opened an investigation into her death.
The inquiry will investigate the circumstances of the child’s death and
seek to establish whether any action
by the police was linked to her death.
Sources said Mawda and her family were Kurdish refugees who had
recently been deported to Germany
but had returned to Belgium, where
they were staying until they could
afford to go to the UK.
They said the girl was travelling
with her parents and others in a van
being driven to a lorry park in Belgium,
where they were to be smuggled on
board lorries destined for the UK.
Prosecutors are also considering
charges, including manslaughter and
people-trafficking offences.
▲ Mawda, who was aged two, was in
the van with her Kurdish-Iraqi parents
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Maximum stake
for fixed-odds
betting terminals
reduced to £2
Rob Davies
The maximum permitted stake on
controversial fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) is to be cut from £100
to £2, after ministers ignored pleas
from bookmakers and branded the
machines a “social blight”.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) opted
for the £2 limit after more than a year of
furious argument between anti-FOBT
groups and high street bookmakers,
who generate more than half of their
revenue from the machines.
The secretary of state for DCMS,
Matt Hancock, said the government
had chosen to “take a stand”.
“These machines are a social
blight and prey on some of the most
vulnerable in society, and we are determined to put a stop to it and build a
fairer society for all,” he said.
The sports minister, Tracey Crouch,
who has led the review, said the
government had been particularly
concerned by the “consistently high
rates of problem gamblers among players of these machines”.
There are 33,611 FOBT machines on
UK high streets, and each one takes
an average of more than £53,000 from
gamblers a year
About one in seven people who use
FOBTs are problem gamblers, according to Gambling Commission figures
– higher than for every other popular
form of gambling.
Individual gamblers lost more than
£1,000 on FOBTs on more than 233,000
occasions in one 10-month period. One
user lost £13,777.90 in just seven hours.
The reduced limit, subject to a parliamentary vote likely to take place
in 2019, will cut the government’s
tax take from the machines, but this
will be covered by an increase in duty
applied to online gambling.
The government also outlined
a package of gambling regulations
designed to protect vulnerable people
and the young. They include the use
of spending limits for online gambling until companies have carried
out affordability checks to ensure that
gamblers have enough money to play.
The age limit for the national lottery,
currently 16, will also be reviewed. TV
advertisements for gambling will have
to show responsible gambling messages for their entire duration, and
there will be a TV advertising campaign targeting addiction.
Public Health England will also
review gambling’s effect on health,
amid concern about the lack of
attention it has received compared
with alcohol and drugs.The Association of British Bookmakers, which has
campaigned against cutting the stake,
said: “This is a decision that will have
far-reaching implications. We expect
over 4,000 shops to close and 21,000
colleagues to lose their jobs.”It said
independent advice suggested the
stake cut “would simply shift people to alternative forms of gambling
where there is less chance of human
interaction and its impact on problem
gambling levels is far from certain”.
But campaigners and former
addicts said the cut was long overdue.
Adam Bradford, who found about
his father David’s secret gambling
addiction on the day he was jailed for
two years for a £50,000 fraud, welcomed the change. “No longer will
gamblers be able to run into serious
trouble on the high street, and betting
has been restored to a leisure activity,”
the Bradfords said in a joint statement.
The Labour MP Carolyn Harris, chair
of a cross-party group on FOBTs, said
the machines had “caused too much
social harm and huge losses for those
who can least afford it”.
She added: “These machines have
increased the risk of problem gambling
… This was morally the right decision
to make and it is a victory for all those
whose lives have been blighted by
these toxic machines.”
William Hill, whose shares soared
earlier this week after the US legalised
sports betting, said it expected up to
900 shops to become unprofitable,
with some likely to close soon, and
operating profits to decline by up to
£100m.
Betfred has previously said it would
consider launching a judicial review
in an attempt to have the stake cut
overturned, but did not comment on
whether it would go ahead.
Paddy Power Betfair said the
bookmaking industry had “suffered
reputational damage” as a result of
FOBTs and welcomed the government’s decision.
A spokesperson for JenningsBet
said the industry “needs to go back to
its roots and that means a more collaborative and healthy relationship with
horse and greyhound racing”.
Journal Leader comment, Page 2 Journal Simon Jenkins, Page 3 Sport Page 45 Gambler’s tale
Human cost
of having the
odds stacked
against you
Ben Quinn
Sucking on a roll-up in between
ducking in and out of one of the
dozens of betting shops in the
east London borough of Newham,
Sulayman Keita cut a solitary figure
as he digested the news of the
government’s planned crackdown
on fixed-odds betting terminals
(FOBTs).
“What can I say? I’ve lost all my
money and I will never get it back,”
said the 41-year-old, who began
betting after arriving in Britain
from the Gambia in 1995. He moved
swiftly from gambling on horses to
pumping money into the terminals
dubbed the “crack cocaine of
gambling” where the maximum
stakes will be cut from £100 to £2.
Electronic roulette became his
game of choice and it is only the
intervention of his sister keeping
him from slotting pound after pound
into the terminals. “I give her the
money I get from benefits and she
keeps it in an account for me,” he
told the Guardian.
“She gives me £20 for cigarettes
but I put it into the games every day.
I’ll leave my niece at school and then
I’ll come here. But I’m grateful to my
sister for what she’s doing. I’m no
good with money. I can’t pass one of
these shops without going in.”
Keita reeled off the names of the
chains – Betfred, Paddy Power and
Coral – clustered around Newham
High Street, which has become
a battleground in recent years
between the betting companies and
the local authority that attempted,
in vain, to stop their expansion.
Faced with the deep pockets of the
gambling industry, the council gave
up on the courts after losing a 2014
legal battle to stop the opening of a
new Paddy Power in the borough.
Instead Newham spearheaded
a plea from 93 councils for the
maximum FOBT bet to be slashed
to £2. Newham’s mayor, Rokhsana
‘I lost all my money
and I will never get
it back. I can’t pass
one of these shops
without going in’
Sulayman Keita
Gambler
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Fixed-odds
betting terminals
are rife in poor
neighbourhoods
– Newham has 81
betting shops
PHOTOGRAPH: ALICIA
CANTER/GUARDIAN
Legal & General
launches ‘Girl
Fund’ to support
gender balance
Rupert Jones
‘The industry has
brought this
legislation upon
itself by targeting
the most deprived
areas in the country’
Rokhsana Fiaz
Mayor of Newham
Fiaz, yesterday welcomed the
government plans, which she
described as “long overdue”.
“The industry has brought this
upon itself by targeting the most
deprived areas in the country,”
said Fiaz, who pointed to polling
suggesting there was widespread
support for action on gambling.
About 84% of people in the
borough – home to 81 betting shops
despite being the country’s 25th
most deprived local authority area
– wanted a reduction in the amount
of money people could spend on
FOBTs.
That sentiment was evident
yesterday along the high street
where a dozen betting shops are
peppered in between discount
outlets, phone shops and fast food
restaurants. “You see people of all
types, men and women, coming and
going at all times and you just think:
‘Oh my God’,” said Lynn Hames,
who has a clear view of one of the
shops from the chip shop where she
works. “The decent shops have gone
and the betting shops seem to be
Numbers game
£1.8bn
The estimated annual revenue for
bookmakers from FOBTs
33,611
The number of FOBTs in Britain,
generating an average income of
£53,500 each
£13,777
One gambler’s loss in seven hours. In
10 months gamblers lost over £1,000
in one session on 233,000 occasions
21,000
The estimated number of job losses in
the betting industry from new rule
all along the high street.” In charge
of a stall a few yards along, Bryan
Mundy, 78, also cursed the gambling
outlets: “We used to have Marks
and Spencer, British Home Stores
and everything here. Now it’s just
these kinds of shops. I like a bet on
the horses, football or whatever, but
what are these machines all about?”
Custom was brisk at lunchtime
inside the betting outlets. Inside
one of the two Paddy Powers, a
group of men loudly debated the
government’s proposals in Urdu,
interspersing their conversation
with English phrases, including
the words “£2 limit” and “the crack
cocaine of gambling”.
Inside the dark interior of a
branch of ‘@ gambling fun’, half a
dozen women dropped coins into
flashing machines. A poster in the
entrance advertised “Night shift
vacancies” for 11pm to 7am shifts.
Outside, Sulayman Keita shook
his head at the thought:“There are
14 here on the street and nearby. It’s
way too many. There only needs to
be one, surely?”
One of Britain’s biggest investment
firms is taking on gender inequality by launching the first UK fund
to prioritise investing in companies
where women are well represented
at all levels.
Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM), which manages
£983bn of assets, said the new fund –
into which the firm has ploughed £50m
of its own money – “aims to empower
investors to make a difference to the
companies in which they invest and
wider society”.
The scale of the gender pay gap in
the British economy has been exposed
this year by a government requirement
that all companies and public bodies
with more than 250 employees publish their wage disparities.
The Guardian’s analysis of the
10,014 employers who submitted data
by last month’s deadline revealed that
almost eight out of 10 paid men more
than women. The data showed women
were being paid a median hourly rate
that, on average, was 9.7% less than
their male colleagues received.
The L&G fund’s full name is the L&G
Future World Gender in Leadership UK
Index Fund, though the company has
dubbed it “the Girl Fund” for short.
It will score and rank blue-chip
companies according to four gender
diversity measures. It will look at the
percentage of women on the board of
directors, at executive level, in management and across the workforce.
Companies are expected to reach a
minimum of 30% representation of
women in these four measures. L&G
said it was considering adding another
measure to incorporate data relating
to the gender pay gap survey.
The fund tracks an LGIM-designed
index of about 350 of the UK’s largest
companies, and will allocate more to
firms that have achieved higher levels of gender diversity, with the aim
of driving up standards in this area.
L&G said it would engage with lowscoring companies to discuss how they
could improve their gender diversity.
Helena Morrissey, head of personal investing at LGIM, said gender
inequality was “one of the key issues
of our time – and one that generates so
much frustration”.
She added: “I’m excited about
the launch of the Girl Fund, which
empowers us all to use our money to
help companies to progress. When we
invest in the success of women, we are
investing in the success of business.”
The fund is open to small investors with as little as £30 a month to
invest. While it might appeal to some
of the same people attracted to ethical investment, a number of the
companies on the list could raise the
hackles of responsible investors.
As of this week, the index’s top 10
holdings included the oil firms Royal
Dutch Shell and BP; the largest tobacco
company in the world, British American Tobacco; the global bank HSBC;
and the drinks company Diageo.
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for ‘investing in the success of women’
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She is the most decorated Olympic and world
championship athlete of all time (25 compared
to Usain Bolt’s 22), but, unlike the Jamaican
sprinter, Allyson Felix is not ready to retire.
Felix, who is running in Manchester tonight,
tells Sean Ingle: ‘I never wanted to be satisfied
with losing and I don’t feel that will ever change’.
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Nils Pratley
Hancock tilts the odds in our
favour as he deals blow against
this scourge of the high street
I
t was New Labour, during its
brief and bizarre flirtation
with “supercasinos” as a tool
for urban regeneration, that
paved the way for fixed-odds
betting terminals (FOBTs) on
the high street. The only generous
interpretation is that ministers
didn’t know what they were doing
when they set maximum stakes at
£100 with 20-second spin speeds.
The main game on the machines
is roulette, which even irregular
casino-goers know is a properly
nasty game. The addictive quality
lies in the 97% return rate to the
player. Yet the house’s edge is
mathematically certain and, over
time, a player can only lose. For the
operators, it’s the perfect product.
Allowing four roulette machines
to be placed in every bookmaking
shop was grossly naive. Yes, as far
as possible, we must all be free to
lose our money as we wish, but the
fallout from problem gambling hits
others, not least social services.
FOBTs are not the only cause of
problem gambling, of course, but
the high rates of addiction to the
machines are undeniable.
Culture secretary Matt Hancock
deserves huge credit for facing
down the bookmakers and opting
to limit stakes to £2 on the grounds
that FOBTs are “a social blight”. He
still has to tackle the online problem
but moderation on the high street
is a good place to start. Perhaps
Hancock, as a horseracing man,
could see what New Labour didn’t:
that roulette isn’t real gambling,
and inevitably involves gouging the
vulnerable when offered in soupedup electronic form on high streets.
As for the bookies, they
consistently refused to acknowledge
the difference between a casino
game and a flutter on the 4.30 at
Ripon. Maybe that is why their
lobbying was so poor. It is certainly
a reason why they deserved to lose
this fight. Well done, Mr Hancock.
Ocado delivers
When the Ocado chief executive,
Tim Steiner, said 15 months ago that
“we expect to sign multiple deals in
‘Roulette isn’t real
gambling. It inevitably
involves gouging the
vulnerable when
offered in souped-up
electronic form’
multiple territories in the medium
term”, he provoked guffaws. He’d
been making similar promises for
three years with nothing to show.
Nobody’s laughing now. Ocado’s
technology deal with Kroger in the
US is as eye-catching as they come.
Kroger has 8% of the world’s biggest
grocery market – it is second only to
Walmart in the US – and the idea is to
open 20 distribution centres in three
years. For context, Ocado, under its
own steam and via a partnership
with Morrisons, currently serves
Britain from just three warehouses.
The Kroger alliance follows deals
with Groupe Casino in France,
Sobeys in Canada and ICA in Sweden
– all big players on their home
patches. The “multiple territories”
boast has been met and the
“medium term” promise exceeded.
How did it happen so quickly?
Ocado’s kit has clearly impressed
a lot of people but the new factor
may be the fear Amazon caused in
boardrooms around the globe when
it paid $13.7bn (£10.1bn) to buy
Whole Foods Markets in the US last
year. That takeover was a firm signal
that Jeff Bezos, in between saving
civilisation with his space projects,
plans to colonise Earth’s grocery
market. Ocado’s technology is now
seen as an anti-Amazon device for
traditional supermarkets in distress.
It’s not a bad marketing pitch.
It is still hard to believe that
ol’ Ocado, after the astonishing
44.4% pop in the share price, can
be worth £5.3bn. Since outsiders
don’t know the terms of the
licensing deals, the valuation is
taking an awful lot on trust. The sale
of £183m-worth of new shares to
Kroger, in exchange for a 5% stake,
gives comfort that Ocado can handle
the upfront capital costs, but the
City’s long-term profit projections
are basically guesswork.
Still, Ocado is plainly now a
serious grown-up company, not
the “charity” that Sir Terry Leahy
used to call it when he was running
Tesco a decade ago. Indeed, even if
Ocado’s US adventure fails to fulfil
the highest hopes, it can’t go as
badly as Tesco’s expensive flop.
Ins and outs and ins again
What’s got into the baby milk at
Mothercare? Last month, a board
chaired by Alan Parker ousted the
chief executive Mark Newton-Jones
and appointed a new boss. Then
Parker retired. Now Newton-Jones is
back under a new chairman. Maybe
the independent non-executive
directors who oversaw the firing
and re-hiring of Newton-Jones
can explain their thinking. Or do
they just do whatever this week’s
chairman tells them to?
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▼ Ocado will provide its technology
to Kroger for use in up to 20 new
automated warehouses in the US
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Mothercare to
close 50 stores
and reinstate
ousted chief
Sarah Butler
Ocado shares soar 45%
as US deal makes it
worth more than M&S
Angela Monaghan
Ocado shares soared by nearly 45%
yesterday – adding £1.6bn to the value
of the company – after the online
grocer announced a big push into the
US market with a deal to provide its
technology to the American grocery
company Kroger, the world’s thirdlargest retailer.
Tim Steiner, a founder and chief
executive of Ocado, said it was a
“transformative” deal in which the
two firms would build 20 automated
warehouses across the US over the
next three years.
Kroger has nearly 2,800 shops
across 35 US states and annual sales
of $122bn in 2017. It will take a 5% stake
in Ocado as part of the deal.
At one point Ocado shares had
jumped 81% to £10, and despite slipping back from that level they closed
245.2p better at 797.2, valuing the business at £5.3bn.
This means the company is now
worth more than Marks & Spencer,
which is valued at £4.8bn. The value
of Steiner’s personal stake in the company surged by more than £60m, with
his shares now worth nearly £200m.
At its current share price, Ocado
would enter the FTSE 100 index of
Britain’s biggest companies, which
will have its next quarterly reshuffle
on 30 May.
“Ocado’s unique, proprietary and
industry-leading technology is set to
transform the shopping experience of
consumers around the world,” Steiner
said. “As we work through the terms of
the services agreement with Kroger in
the coming months, we will be preparing the business for a transformative
relationship which will reshape the
food retailing industry in the US in the
years to come.”
Rodney McMullen, chairman and
chief executive of Kroger, said the partnership would allow it to “speed up our
efforts to redefine the food and grocery
customer experience”.
Ocado is providing its technology
to Kroger in the US on an exclusive
How Ocado stacks up
Market cap
Ocado
M&S
Tesco
Sainsbury's
Morrisons
5.3
4.8
24.2
6.8
6.0
1.5
10.6
57.5
28.5
17.3
0.18
(£176m)
1.3
0.41
(£409m)
0.38
(£380m)
£bn
Revenue
£bn
Pre-tax profit 0.001
£bn
(£1m)
Source: Reuters and company accounts. Figures correct as of 5pm on 17 May 2018
basis and the deal is the latest foray
into international markets for the UK
group. It has struck partnerships with
Groupe Casino in France, Sobeys in
Canada and ICA Group in Sweden.
Ocado also works in partnership with
Morrisons in Britain.
Laith Khalaf, a senior analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, said that, given
Ocado is one of the most shorted
stocks in Britain – where investors
bet that a firm’s share price will fall,
the deal with Kroger was a “poke in
the eye” for the hedge funds that have
bet against it.
“Ocado is making great strides in
the global grocery market and inflicting serious financial pain on those who
have bet against it,” Khalaf said.
“The company is known in the UK
as an online supermarket, but that’s
just the tip of the iceberg as Ocado is
primarily a technology and logistics
firm with the potential to license out its
services to grocers around the world.
“The short-sellers were hoping
Ocado wouldn’t deliver on its international expansion plans. That position
now looks like a badly busted flush.”
Ocado was founded in 2000 by
three former Goldman Sachs bankers, including Steiner, but did not
report a profit until 2015. The other two
founders were Jonathan Faiman, who
left the company in 2010, and Jason
Gissing, who left in 2014 to work on
environmental and social causes.
John Lewis was one of the original backers of Ocado, investing £68m
and taking a 29% stake. However,
the relationship between the two
businesses became increasingly fractious. Waitrose – part of the John Lewis
Partnership – still sells products via
Ocado’s service but also operates its
own delivery service on Waitrose.com.
Ocado floated on the stock market
in 2010 at 180p a share. The directors had been hoping to sell shares
at between 200p and 275p but were
forced to slash the asking price as they
struggled to find investors.
Lee Wild, head of equity strategy at
Interactive Investor, said Ocado was
a “Marmite stock” for years. “Only
last November when it struck a longawaited international deal in France
did attitudes change. This [Kroger] is
the big one for Ocado.”
Mothercare is to close 50 stores with
the potential loss of at least 800 jobs
and is rehiring its former chief executive, who was sacked last month, as
it tries to secure the future of its baby
goods and maternity business.
The group said Mark Newton-Jones,
who was ousted in April, would be
returning to lead the business, potentially within days. His departure came
after Mothercare admitted it was in
financial difficulties as poor trading
put it at risk of breaching the terms of
its loans.
The group said it was on course to
secure £113.5m in new funds. It plans
to raise £28m from shareholders by
issuing new shares in July and has
secured new debt facilities of £67.5m
from its banks. It is also borrowing £8m
from shareholders and £10m from a
“trade partner”.
The retailer will launch a company
voluntary arrangement (CVA), a form
of insolvency, under which it will ask
landlords and other creditors to let it
vacate 50 stores and cut its rent bills
on 21 more.
Creditors will vote on the CVA,
which only relates to certain business
entities within Mothercare, on 1 June.
The stores are expected to close within
a year. At least a further nine stores
will also be closed as Mothercare said
it wanted to cut down to 78 sites by
2020 from 137 today.
Further jobs could go as it aims
to save up to £15m a year, partly by
making changes at its head office and
gradually pulling back to only about
six international markets, compared
with the 40 it currently operates in.
Richard Hyman, an independent
retail analyst, said the board’s handling of Mothercare’s difficulties was
shambolic.
“I’ve never seen anything like this,”
he said. “Who has been leading the
decision-making to get rid of NewtonJones, to support the former chairman
and his decision to appoint a successor and then a week later sacking the
chairman? This is a publicly listed company and it’s ridiculous. What have the
non-executive directors been doing?
They all need replacing.”
The restructuring was launched as
Mothercare reported it had slumped to
a £72.8m loss in the year to 24 March,
after making a £7.1m profit a year
before. Sales at UK stores fell 1.3%,
while international sales slid 5.8%.
But the group said the losses were
driven by the costs of 17 store closures
last year, onerous leases, and a head
office restructure before Christmas
that resulted in 190 jobs being cut.
Newton-Jones’s return will mean
that David Wood, who was hired as
his replacement, becomes managing
director.
Mothercare’s share price rose 20%
on news of the rescue deal.
800
The number of jobs that could be
lost owing to store closures by the
baby goods and maternity retailer
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YouTube presses play on its
new music streaming service
Laura Snapes
Mark Sweney
YouTube is taking on rivals including
Apple, Spotify and Amazon with a new
subscription streaming service.
The platform will be launched in the
US, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico
and South Korea on Tuesday before
being extended to 14 additional countries, including Britain.
Free, ad-supported accounts will
be available, while the subscription
tier, YouTube Music Premium, will
cost $9.99 (£7.40) a month.
Elias Roman, a product manager
for YouTube Music, said it would
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Oil prices help propel
FTSE to record high
Phillip Inman
Strong oil prices and the falling value
of sterling pushed Britain’s main share
index to reach its highest closing level
yesterday.
The FTSE 100 climbed 0.7% to
close at 7,787.97 points, just short of
its record intraday high of 7,792.56
points hit in mid-January.
Oil firms BP and Shell were among
the strongest risers along with businesses that generate much of their
income abroad, including Unilever and
HSBC, which have benefited from the
recent fall in the pound.
Sterling fell against the dollar and
the euro to $1.35 and €1.144, respectively. Only a month ago the pound
was eight cents higher against the
dollar at $1.43.
But some analysts warned against
exuberance after the FTSE 100 tumbled in the spring to below 7,000 before
rising again to its current record level.
Laith Khalaf, a senior analyst at
stockbroker Hargreaves Lansdown,
said: “The death of the bull market has
been greatly exaggerated, not for the
first time in recent history. The Footsie did endure a shaky start to the year,
but after two months of steady climbing, has now regained and surpassed
its previous high.”
He said a stronger dollar, the rising
cost of oil and the postponement of an
interest rate rise by the Bank of England contributed to the recent strong
showing from the stock market.
“There will come a time when the
stock market will tumble again, at
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in their stride and look beyond the
immediate situation.”
Investors also appeared to be more
relaxed about the outcome of Brexit
negotiations after the prime minister
indicated that she had secured cabinet
approval for a compromise over Britain’s future trading relationship with
the European Union.
Theresa May said Britain would
leave the customs union, but with a
fall-back option, which so far lacks any
detail, that would allay fears of a hard
border with the Irish Republic.
The move, which is intended to in
effect tie Britain to EU rules for several years after an interim period up to
2020, is expected to meet stiff opposition within the Tory party and could
be scuppered in a final Commons vote.
FTSE 100 companies Royal Dutch
Shell and BP were up 2.1% and 1.4%
as Brent crude broke the $80-a-barrel barrier.
Gambling stocks initially came
under pressure following the government’s decision to cut the top stake
on fixed-odds betting terminals to £2.
They rallied later in the day as
investors expressed relief that the
regulatory uncertainty was over, and
focused on the potential opportunities in America following a US supreme
court decision that allows states to set
their own rules for sports gambling.
The highest riser in the FTSE 100
was Experian, the world’s biggest
credit data company, up 5.6%.
Royal Mail fell 7.2% after it warned
that the decline in letter volumes may
come in at the higher end of its forecast range.
offer a “tremendous catalogue of
remixes, live performances, covers
and music videos that you can’t find
anywhere else – all simply organised
and personalised”.
The combination of video and music
content is being seen as a response
to the $12.99 bundle announced last
month by Hulu, the US TV streaming
service, and Spotify.
Despite YouTube’s powerful position as the biggest music site in the
world, with 1.3 billion users regularly watching videos by artists from
Beyoncé to Ed Sheeran, there remains
scepticism that it will be able to topple
the streaming music market leader,
Spotify.
“YouTube has done this to appease
the music labels, who like subscription models, but it is not going to be a
Spotify killer,” said Mark Mulligan, an
analyst at MIDiA Research. “YouTube
is all about generating advertising; it
has a strategic disincentive to make
its music subscription service work
because it is an ad-funded business. I
doubt we will see it become a leading
music subscription service.”
YouTube is estimated to be on track
to make $10bn in ad revenues this year,
according to eMarketer. The Googleowned service paid $856m in royalties
to music companies last year – only an
estimated 67 cents per user.
YouTube Music will supersede
Google Play Music, which will continue as a cloud-based service where
users can upload their music for portable streaming. Existing subscribers
will receive access to the new service.
In addition, YouTube Red – the adfree, paid-for version of YouTube – will
be renamed YouTube Premium and
include access to YouTube Music.
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Sandhoppers help to break down dead
material on our shores, but may be
spreading secondary microplastics
Journal Country diary Page 7
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China is aiming to launch its new
mission to the moon on Monday.
The Chang’e 4 relay satellite will be
stationed about 60,000km (37,000
miles) behind the moon and its job
is to provide a communications link
for a rover that is designed to land
and explore the lunar far side, which
never faces Earth.
The relay satellite has been named
Queqiao, which means Magpie
Bridge, a name that comes from
Chinese folklore in which a flock
of magpies forms a bridge over the
Milky Way to allow a separated pair
of lovers to unite.
The name is apt because this year
China will send the second part of
the mission: a lunar lander to deploy
a rover on the far side to explore the
moon’s Aitken basin.
The basin is the largest crater in
the solar system and scientist hope
it could hold clues about the way the
moon formed.
A successful landing will be a first,
no country has yet landed on the far
side of the moon.
Queqiao will also carry a Dutch
radio telescope that will test how
easy it will be to pick up signals from
the early universe before there were
any stars.
Stuart Clark @DrStuClark
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Tennis
How FOBTs
poisoned betting
and bookmakers
Next stop Paris
as Konta crashes
out in Rome
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matter how much you try to prepare and know that
day will come. I’ve enjoyed an incredible three years at
Brighton, a period of stable improvement year on year.
To have gone from the pain of missing out on automatic
promotion by one goal, bouncing back and going up
the next season and then beating Manchester United at
home to ensure we retained our Premier League status
has been nothing short of a fairytale.
This journey has been led by Hughton, a manager
full of humility, respect, empathy and confidence
in himself because of his detailed planning and
preparation for games. But behind that, supporting
him, was a club with synergy where every single
member of staff, the players and the supporters were
fighting for the same goal. All of them had a shared
vision and sense of accountability of where they
wanted to go and, more importantly, what needed to
be done to get there.
It amazes me when we analyse football how little we
take into account the human element of the game – we
can all talk about systems, tactics and team selections
but what actually makes the difference is the people
operating on and off the pitch. Are they diligent,
resilient, honest, caring and supportive as characters
or do they point fingers at the first moment of hardship
and worry more about themselves than the benefit of
the group?
A
ANDREW
NDREW MATTHEWS/PA; NIGEL FRENCH/PA
Coping with the axe
Being told Brighton
were letting me go
was an extremely
bitter pill to swallow
Liam Rosenior
‘Y
ou’ve been great for us but we’re
not prepared to renew your
contract for next season.” The
words I think every player fears
and dreads, so when I heard them
from my (now former) manager
Chris Hughton, I felt a whole range
of emotions. I’m at the stage in my
career that I knew what might be coming but at the same
time you can never prepare for it. I’ve been released and
just like every player who has experienced the scenario
there is no way to ready yourself.
Disappointment is immediate along with the relief
of at least knowing the decision. Then you question
yourself and you feel failure, worry, fear and anxiety
that any person in any line of work would feel when
losing their job. I appreciate how privileged I am to do
a job I love and get well paid for, and I understand
people who say flippantly it’s OK for the likes of me who
have had a long career and all the benefits that come
with that.
But the sheer emotion of having to break the bad
news to my wife and children who are happy in the
area and at their school and having to come to terms
with the fact my chances of playing at the very top level
again are extremely slim makes everything daunting,
painful and testing.
As sportsmen and competitors we have been taught
and conditioned to never give up, to keep fighting when
things are against you and to have faith in our ability,
so when all of those things come to a point when your
services are no longer needed, when you’re no longer
required, it is an extremely bitter pill to swallow no
t Brighton we never had that
problem. That’s why it worked and I
hope the philosophy of person first,
player after is continued. There are
so many people at the club I want
to thank, who I have learned from
and benefited from being in their
presence. It makes it impossible
to name them all but I’m confident they know how
grateful I am for their help.
I would, however, like to highlight the influence
of two who are intrinsic to the wellbeing and success
of the club’s players. The captain, Bruno, is the most
dedicated, gifted, charismatic and caring footballer I
have ever come across. At nearly 38 he is playing for,
excelling and leading a Premier League club from a
position at full-back where pace and stamina are two of
the biggest attributes needed. He is an example that the
so-called impossible can be achieved with hard work,
confidence and passion, and he sums
up everything good about the game
‘The fact
we love.
my chances
The second is one of the
“invisible” people who is never
of playing
on the pitch but is the
at the very mentioned
oil in the machine and proof it is the
work of the collective, not just the
top level
“stars” that helps achieve success.
again are
Steve Gibbon is the player liaison
slim makes officer and is a man who fixes every
everything problem possible for a club – his job
is to take the pressure off players
daunting,
with anything and everything – and
he puts his heart, soul and love of
painful
the club first to ensure the players
and testing’ are mentally ready to produce on the
pitch. His job is 24 hours a day be it
giving lifts to players, helping them find schools and
houses or even paying parking fines for them, and his
input is just as important as ours on the field of play to
make us successful.
So while I’m sad at leaving such a wonderful club
and while I’m uncertain of my next step in the world
of football, I feel blessed to have been part of the
journey that has seen Brighton get promoted from
the Championship to securing their status in the
Premier League.
I’m getting to the final stage of completing my Uefa
pro licence in coaching and managing may be the next
step, though at the moment I’m still open to playing. I
will make sure I take heed of the lessons I have learned
from my time at Brighton and apply them in the future as
a player, coach or manager.
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42
Sport
Athletics
▼ Allyson Felix says she ‘never wants
to be satisfied with losing. I have
always been that way’
Fire still burns bright
for ageless Felix with
Tokyo in her sights
Athlete with most Olympic
and world championship
medals is hoping to win a new
audience in Manchester
hester
Sean Ingle
‘W
omen are
definitely
not seen in
the same
light as men,
especially
in the sporting world,” says Allyson
Felix, with a clarity and directness
every bit as startling as the speed
she will display over 150m in
Manchester tonight . “There are
so many women – Serena Williams
springs immediately to mind – who
are never fully appreciated for what
they do, and I hope that changes for
the next generation.”
Felix has more first-hand
experience than most. After all,
she has won an astonishing 25
Olympic and world championship
medals (including 17 golds), more
than any athlete in history. It puts
her ahead of Merlene Ottey on 23
and Usain Bolt on 21. Yet crashing
into the mainstream has proved a
tougher challenge. Perhaps times are
changing. In March, ESPN magazine
lauded her as one of the 20 most
dominant athletes of the century.
And tonight, Felix will be the
headline act at the Great CityGames
– with close to 10,000 people
expected to see her sprint along a
pop-up track in Deansgate. Many of
those will be accidental watchers,
heading home from work or making
an early beeline for the pub, but the
Allyson Felix will
run 150m in
Deansgate tonight
American intends to convert one or
two to the sport she loves.
“I think it is a great event – mostly
because we get to interact with
people who wouldn’t necessarily
go to a stadium to watch track,” she
says. “So I’m looking to get out there
and enjoy myself.”
Not that it will be easy given
she is up against Marie Ta Lou, the
Ivorian sprinter who took silver
over 100m and 200m at last year’s
world championships in London,
along with British athletes Cheriece
Hylton and Bianca Williams who
are largely there to make up the
numbers.
And while some might expect
Felix to be slowing down at 32, she
believes she can take a leaf out of
Roger Federer’s book by taking it
easier this year in order to prepare
herself for the buildup to Tokyo
2020, where she hopes not only to
compete in her fifth Olympics but
win more gold medals.
That would be some achievement.
It was back in 2004 that Felix
emerged on to the track and field
scene by winning Olympic 200m
silver in Athens, aged 19. Yet she
keeps managing to hit the high notes
across multiple events, including the
200m, 400m, 4x100m and 4x400m.
“It is about getting smarter,” she
says. “I have also been fortunate
not to have too many injuries. But
I’m making sure my body gets some
rest in 2018 because I know the
next couple of years will be really
intense.”
It helps too that she is still
smarting after falling short of
her goals at last year’s worlds in
London. For while she won two
golds as part of the US 4x100m and
4x400m relay teams, she could
only trot away with bronze in the
individual 400m after going out too
fast and burning up on a bitterly
cold and wet August night.
“I never want to be satisfied with
losing and I don’t feel that will ever
change,” she says. “It is who I am. I
am a competitor. I have always been
that way, and always will be.”
Yet there is an obvious sensitive
side to Felix too. When asked about
the IAAF’s decision to make athletes
with very high testosterone take
medication to compete in events
between 400m and a mile, for
instance, she expresses her unease
on the way it was done – and the
impact on athletes such as Caster
Semenya.
“It’s a complex issue but I feel the
way it was handled probably wasn’t
the best. There were issues with
the way that it was imposed, and
with the different events and the
individuals who were targeted.”
When asked whether she has
sympathy for athletes such as
Semenya she nods. “Definitely.
Grabarz calls it a day
Robbie Grabarz has retired after
reaching the point “where I wasn’t
enjoying competing and didn’t want
it anymore”. The 30-year-old high
jumper won a bronze medal at the
London 2012 Olympic Games and
came fourth at Rio 2016. He also won
gold at the European Championships
in 2012 and silver in 2016, plus silver
at the 2016 world indoors. Grabarz,
who also won European indoor
silver last year, said: “I’m glad I got
myself back into shape this winter
– I needed to do that so I knew if it
didn’t work it wasn’t through injury.
I’d got to the point where I wasn’t
enjoying competing and didn’t want
it anymore. I’ve seen people carry on
too long past the point of enjoyment
and there is no need, life is too short
and I want to feel positive about my
time competing. I’ve had a great time
in the sport – 20 years’ worth – and
have loved jumping.” PA
SEAN M HAFFEY/GETTY IMAGES
These are our fellow competitors,
athletes and friends.”
Felix has another mission
that is nearly as important as her
athletics career: working with
charities to improve children’s
lives. She is particularly proud to
be an ambassador for the global
humanitarian organisation Right To
Play, which has led to her travelling
to countries such as Rwanda,
Uganda, Palestine, and clearly made
a deep impact.
“I get to run for a living, and that’s
great and fun,” Felix says. “But the
work that Right to Play does is so
much more important. I remember
going into a refugee camp in
Lebanon, for instance, and speaking
to a young girl who had been helped
to set up a soccer league. Just seeing
the confidence that she had was
amazing.”
Felix also enjoyed being part
of Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move
campaign, which urged American
families to become more active.
So is Michelle as cool as everyone
‘I’ve been fortunate
not to have too many
injuries. But I’m
making sure my
body gets some rest’
thinks? “She definitely is,” she says.
“She is one of the most down to
earth people you could ever meet
– and just so relatable that she just
resonates with everyone.”
Is there any chance she could
persuade her to run for president in
the future? “I wish,” Felix replies,
laughing. “But I don’t think she’s
having it.”
The Obamas are now out of office,
but Felix intends to carry on using
her status to empower women
through sport in other ways. “I am
really trying to change traditional
perceptions,” she says. “We need
girls to know that strong is beautiful,
and to get them participating and
doing their best, whatever they do.
I hope we are moving in the right
direction. But there is definitely a
way to go.”
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Tennis
43
Edmund pushes Zverev to the
limit in taste of things to come
Kevin Mitchell
Rome
A week ago, the only question in tennis
that mattered was: can anyone beat
Rafael Nadal on clay this summer?
He was rampant as of old, fit and fired
again with ambition to crush all-comers on his favourite surface.
Nadal won again in Rome yesterday
– easily – and then the communal gaze
switched to Alex Zverev. On Sunday he
beat Dominic Thiem, who had beaten
Nadal in the Madrid quarter-finals two
days earlier. The flash young German
arrived in town with the swagger of
Billy the Kid and began to build his
own aura on clay.
Nobody could have predicted the
struggle he would have in extending
his run of victories to 11 as Britain’s
No 1, Kyle Edmund, took him down
to the wire in the third round of the
Italian Open.
They traded blows of breathtaking
power, Edmund saving seven match
points before Zverev eked out the most
dramatic of wins, 7-5, 7-6 (11). He now
has every chance of still being there
on Sunday, probably against Nadal,
to defend the title he won a year ago.
If Nadal reaches the final here,
Edmund will automatically be seeded
in the top 16 at the French Open, which
starts on Sunday week, and expressed
himself pleased with the prospect of
thus avoiding the big beasts at the start
of his campaign. “I’ve not been a seed
in any of the grand slams but I guess
it avoids playing a top guy like Rafa or
Novak [Djokovic],” he said. “And it’s
good to see I’m going up the rankings.”
Sunday’s final in Rome could be
one to savour and Nadal, if he makes
it, should have more in the tank
than Zverev after dismissing Denis
Shapovalov, 6-4, 6-1 in an hour and
22 minutes. “I’m happy for the victory
against a difficult opponent,” he said,
generous rather than accurate.
But they are not the only actors in
this play. Fabio Fognini finally made
the quarter-finals of his home tournament after beating the unseeded
German, Peter Gojowczyk, 6-4, 6-4.
His prize is … Nadal in the first match
today.
The most thrills yesterday arrived
when Zverev and Edmund brought
their contrasting personalities
together on the tournament’s glorious second court. What entertainment
they provided.
Broken in the opening game,
Edmund was back in business after
several robust exchanges half an hour
later, only to drop serve a second time.
Zverev, whose serve frightens ballkids
and dozing spectators, was banging
them down at 128mph (207kph),
13mph faster than Edmund.
Zverev, tucked in behind Nadal and
the absent Roger Federer in the ATP
rankings at No 3, sealed the first set
with a swinging ace down the T, his
second, after 42 minutes.
Edmund had to save three break
points in the third game of the second set, but overcooked a crosscourt
forehand.
Zverev, getting ahead of himself, hit
rashly on key points, then somehow
rescued his serve for 3-1. Edmund
would not lie down and, when his
cause looked lost under a fusillade of
booming serves, he doggedly got back
to four-all.
Two double-faults in the ninth
game nearly scuppered his fightback
If they meet again
in the French Open
it is reasonable to
expect a repeat
but it was Zverev’s racket that was
shaking more obviously and, after
losing three games in a row, he found
himself serving to stay in the set.
With the court at his mercy on
deuce, Edmund butchered a volley,
but hung on to force set point as Zverev
wobbled. Edmund made three astonishing gets in a row but could not reach
Zverev’s clinching winner, and they
were back on level terms. It was now a
test of Edmund’s nerve and his serve.
Both held.
Zverev again served to stay in the
set and they went to the tie-break,
where the drama intensified. Edmund
saved for 11-all and a sixth match point.
Zverev pushed him across the baseline for 12-11 and match point number
seven. At the end of one final highgrade exchange, Edmund pushed a
weary forehand just wide, and it was
done.
If they meet again in the French
Open it would be reasonable to expect
a repeat of these heroics. Both push
themselves to the limit, Edmund with
inscrutable calm, Zverev eyes bulging.
Their rivalry is set. When Nadal,
Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy
Murray do leave the stage, they will
have a pair of excellent understudies
in place.
It was interesting Johanna Konta used
a word of Italian origin, crescendo,
to describe what she needs to win
big matches as she wipes the dirt of
Rome from her shoes and heads for
Paris, where she has suffered serial
disappointment on the clay of Roland
Garros, having failed to get beyond the
first round in three appearances.
SKY BET LEAGUE TWO PLAY-OFFS
Semi-final: Second leg
Exeter
Stockley 27
Boateng 47
Harley 69
(1) 3
Lincoln City
Green 78
5,645
(agg 3-1)
(0) 1
LADBROKES SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP PLAY-OFFS
Final: First leg
Livingston
Jacobs 13
Pitman 74
(1) 2
Partick Thistle
Doolan 10
5,469
(1) 1
Holstein Kiel
Schindler 34
28,800
(1) 1
BUNDESLIGA PLAY-OFFS
Final: First leg
Wolfsburg
(2) 3
Origi 13
Brekalo 40, Malli 56
EREDIVISIE PLAY-OFFS
Finals: First leg Almere City 1 De Graafschap 1; Emmen 0
Sparta Rotterdam 0
UEFA EUROPEAN U17 CHAMPIONSHIP
Semi-finals England 0 Netherlands 0 (Netherlands won 6-5
on pens); Italy 2 Belgium 1
Tennis
ATP/WTA ITALIAN OPEN (Rome)
Men: Third round: F Fognini (It) bt P Gojowczyk (Ger) 6-4
6-4; D Goffin (Bel) bt J Martín del Potro (Arg) 6-2 4-5 ret;
R Nadal (Sp) bt D Shapovalov (Can) 6-4 6-1; M Cilic (Cro)
bt B Paire (Fr) 6-3 6-4; P Carreño Busta (Sp) bt A Bedene
(Slo) 6-4 6-7 (3-7) 6-2; A Zverev (Ger) bt K Edmund (GB)
7-5 7-6 (11); K Nishikori (Jpn) bt P Kohlschreiber (Ger) 6-1
6-2; N Djokovic (Ser) bt A Ramos Viñolas (Spa) 6-1 7-5
Women: Third round: S Halep (Rom) bt M Keys (US) w/o;
E Svitolina (Ukr) bt D Kasatkina (Rus) 0-6 6-3 6-2;
J Ostapenko (Lat) bt J Konta (GB) 2-6 6-3 6-4; A Kerber
(Ger) bt M Sakkari (Gre) 6-1 6-1; A Kontaveit (Est) bt
V Williams (US) 6-2 7-6 (3); M Sharapova (Rus) bt
D Gavrilova (Aus) 6-3 6-4; C Garcia (Fr) bt S Stephens (US)
6-1 7-6 (7)
GIRO D’ITALIA
Stage 12 (Osimo-Imola; 214km) 1 S Bennett (Ire) BoraHansgrohe 4hr 49min 34sec; 2 D van Poppel (Neth)
LottoNL-Jumbo; 3 N Bonifazio (It) Bahrain-Merida;
4 B Planckaert (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin; 5 J Roelandts (Bel)
BMC; 6 M Morkov (Den) Quick-Step Floors; 7 M Belletti (It)
Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec; 8 Clement Venturini (Fra)
AG2R La Mondiale; 9 F Senechal (Fr) Quick-Step Floors;
10 E Battaglin (It) LottoNL-Jumbo; 11 M Lammertink (Neth)
Katusha-Alpecin; 12 J Venter (SA) Dimension Data;
13 S Modolo (Ita) Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale;
14 J Pantano (Col) Trek-Segafredo; 15 J-P Drucker (Lux)
BMC; 16 R Gibbons (SA) Dimension Data; 17 T van der Sande
(Bel) Lotto Fix All; 18 D Pozzovivo (It) Bahrain-Merida;
19 C Pfingsten (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe; 20 R Carapaz (Ecu)
Movistar all at same time. Selected others: 32 S Yates (GB)
Mitchelton-Scott; 37 C Froome (GB) Sky s/t; 66 A Dowsett (GB)
Katusha-Alpecin +1min 44sec; 124 N Roche (Ire) BMC s/t;
161 H Carthy (GB) Education First-Drapac Cannondale +13:45
Overall standings: 1 S Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott 51hr
57min 55sec; 2 T Dumoulin (Neth) Sunweb +0:47sec;
3 T Pinot (Fr) Groupama-FDJ +1:04; 4 D Pozzovivo (It)
Bahrain-Merida +1:18; 5 R Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar +1:56;
6 G Bennett (NZ) LottoNL-Jumbo +2:09; 7 R Dennis (Aus)
BMC +2:36; 8 P Bilbao (Sp) Astana +2:54; 9 P Konrad (Aut)
Bora-Hansgrohe +2:55; 10 F Aru (It) Emirates +3:10;
11 M Angel Lopez (Col) Astana +3:17; 12 C Froome (GB) Sky
+3:20; 13 B O’Connor (Aus) Dimension Data +3:25;
14 C Betancur (Col) Movistar +3:29; 15 S Oomen (Neth)
Sunweb +3:40; 16 M Woods (Can) Education First-Drapac
p/b Cannondale +3:43; 17 M Schachmann (Ger) Quick-Step
Floors +4:01; 18 A Geniez (Fr) AG2R La Mondiale +4:33;
19 S Henao (Col) Sky +5:08; 20 J Goncalves (Por) KatushaAlpecin +5:21. Selected others: 59 N Roche (Ire) BMC
+53:33; 81 H Carthy (GB) Education First-Drapac p/b
Cannondale +1:21:05; 95 S Bennett (Ire) Bora-Hansgrohe
+1:35:35; 112 A Dowsett (GB) Katusha-Alpecin +1:51:35
Golf
JULIAN FINNEY/GETTY IMAGES
Kevin Mitchell
Rome
Football
Cycling
Kyle Edmund stretches beneath
stormy skies to play a forehand
Konta heads
for Paris in
search of a
crescendo
Results
After a curiously uneven
en performance in the third round off the Italian
Open yesterday – partly because
ecause of a
cold that has dogged her all week –
the British No 1 could not build on a
rousing start to find the intensity
ntensity to
overcome last year’s French
nch Open
enko, who
champion, Jelena Ostapenko,
ground out a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 win
in on Court
Pietrangeli.
“I definitely think I played the
right way, especially at the beginning
and the end,” Konta said. “I lost my
direction a little bit in the
he middle.
She doesn’t give you much
h rhythm,
in the sense that she looks
ks to make
big shots from all areas of the court.
So you don’t always get into
o too many
rallies. Overall, I was definitely
tely in a lot
better place towards the end of that
third set. You always end up coming
to a crescendo when it’s close to the
end of the match.”
Except the last bang of the drum
Johanna Konta
lost in Rome after
taking the first set
belonged
b
elon
to the 20-year-old Latvian,
who forced
f
a closing error out of Konta
after two and a quarter hours. Four
times in a row now, Konta has blown
a first
rst-set lead against a top-10 player.
As for a cold that got heavier by
the d
day and may yet intrude on her
prep
preparation for the French Open –
whic
which starts on Sunday week and
wher
where she has gone out in the first
roun
round three years in a row – Konta
said: “I don’t think it was necessarily
a limi
limiting factor. It would be better not
to be sick but we crack on.”
Os
Ostapenko, dangerous but mercurial, h
hit seven double faults and, in the
first set,
s landed only a third of her first
serves. So Konta, who struck 11 aces
serve
and won
w 71% of her first serves, 45%
of he
her second, should have punished
her more
m
often. Her backhand remains
jittery,
jjitter costing her a last-gasp break
back
b
ack near the end of the third set. It
was a crescendo that went wrong.
BELGIAN KNOCKOUT (Antwerp)
Leading first-round scores (GB/Ire unless stated)
67 T Detry (Bel); G Green (Mal); M Baldwin; J Campillo (Sp);
N Geyger (Chi); R Evans; J Winther (Den). 68 J Heath;
N Colsaerts (Bel); S Vincent (Zim); B Hebert (Fr); N Cullen
(Aus); S Horsfield. 69 L Herbert (Aus); A Otaegui (Sp);
T Linard (Fr); J Geary (NZ); E Van Rooyen (SA); V Perez (Fr);
J Janewattananond (Tha); D Papadatos (Aus); L Gagli (It);
D Drysdale. 70 J Walters (SA); O Fisher; A Bland (Aus); J Smith;
R Langasque (Fr); R Sciot-siegrist (Fr); M Fraser (Aus); A Rai;
D Huizing (Neth); M Schwab (Aut); J Fahrbring (Swe); P Angles
(Sp); J Morrison; M Lorenzo-Vera (Fr); S Kjeldsen (Den)
Basketball
NBA PLAY-OFFS
Western conference: Final Houston 127 Golden State 105
(Best-of-seven series tied 1-1)
Ice hockey
NHL PLAY-OFFS
Western conference: Final Las Vegas 4 Winnipeg 2
(Las Vegas lead best-of-seven series 2-1)
Fixtures
Football
Sky Bet League Two play-offs
Semi-final: Second leg Notts County (1) v Coventry (1)
Rugby union
Guinness Pro14
Semi-final Glasgow v Scarlets
Rugby league
Betfred League One
Newcastle v Bradford (7.45pm)
Cricket (11am unless stated)
Royal London One-Day Cup
North Group: Riverside Durham v Yorkshire (2pm)
South Group: Swalec Stadium Glamorgan v
Gloucestershire; The Oval Surrey v Somerset
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44
Sport
Rugby union
Farrell can captain England
with rule of fear, says Jones
Gerard Meagher
Eddie Jones expects Owen Farrell to
rule through fear as captain in South
Africa next month but believes the
playmaker cannot repair the northsouth divide within the England squad
alone.
Farrell takes over from the absent
Dylan Hartley for the three-Test tour
against the Springboks and Jones has
already expressed concerns of a lack of
unity with the England squad. Of the
captains he has worked with, Jones
believes Farrell is most like George
Gregan, the former Australia scrumhalf who led the Wallabies to the 2003
World Cup final.
Jones said Gregan’s greatest asset
was that, “he demanded stuff from the
team and they were frightened not to
give it to him”. He sees the same qualities in Farrell, who has lost his only
match as captain – away to France during the Six Nations. “George Gregan
was super on the field but not as good
off the field. He is probably close to the
mark so we need to find people who
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can work off the field to help Owen,”
Jones said.
Asked how England can repair
the schisms Jones perceives to have
formed, he added: “Having strong
leadership definitely helps – having a
leader who can unite groups. Because
within our team you’ve got different
groups and it’s how you unite all those
guys to play for one single purpose.
“You go to the north of England and
the south of England and for me it is
like going to two different countries.
Then you go to the south-west and
that is a different country again and
they have got different ideas of what
is right and what is wrong and none of
them is right.”
▲ Owen Farrell lost his only game as
England captain, against France
Jones admitted he does not know if
Hartley will ever return as the England
captain but with a record of 23 wins in
27 matches, the coach admitted it will
take Farrell time to get up to speed,
highlighting the learning curves
experienced by World Cup winning
captains such as Martin Johnson and
John Eales.
“None of them started out great
captains, they all started out relatively
poor captains,” Jones said. “You don’t
expect a captain immediately to be this
all-conquering figure. It takes time,
it takes effort and it takes patience.
Owen has got the job for South Africa,
so he has five weeks to work through,
find his own style, influence the team
and we will see how he goes.
“He is a completely different character to Dylan. He has a different
cultural background. Dylan is from
Rotorua, Owen is from Wigan. They
think of things differently, they look
at things differently. Owen will put his
own stamp on the team and we want
him to do that.”
Jones revealed he does not have a
contingency plan in place if his defence
coach, Paul Gustard, leaves to take up
a position with Harlequins. “I don’t
have one for every staff member. If a
situation arises then I’ll deal with it,”
he said. “I’m not a career development
coach. My job is to win at international
level. I appoint the best coaches I can
find and then they work with me and
we try to win games of rugby.”
Racing
Roaring Lion
not a certainty
for Derby
Roaring Lion is the new 7-1 second
favourite for the Derby at Epsom on 2
June after quickening impressively to
win the Dante Stakes by four lengths
at York yesterday but John Gosden,
his trainer, warned backers his colt is
not certain to line up for the Classic.
The French equivalent at Chantilly
the following afternoon remains a possible target for the winner, who was a
close second to Saxon Warrior, the 4-5
favourite to win at Epsom, in last year’s
Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster.
Gosden is not convinced a mile-anda-half will suit the American-bred
son of Kitten’s Joy, and a decision on
whether to opt instead for the 10-furlong French Classic will not be made
for several days at least.
“It confirms Saxon Warrior as the
horse,” Gosden said. “He beat us at
Donny and he beat us in the Guineas [at
Newmarket] which is the best [Derby]
trial, and we’ve won the second-best
trial in good, emphatic style.
“We’ve got something to think
about, which is great. I’d have been
disappointed if he hadn’t won like
this, he’s been training beautifully
at home and he’s woken up since the
Guineas. He’s mentally in the zone,
and I expected a big performance. He
hit the line strong and galloped out
well, and we just have to work out
whether to go to Epsom or the Prix
du Jockey Club.
“He’s out of a Street Sense mare
[Vionnet] and she was pretty quick,
but Kitten’s Joy is a sire of mile-and-ahalf horses in America. But he relaxes
well in a race, he’s in both races and
there will be no decision made in a
hurry.” Greg Wood
Greg Wood’s tips
York
2.20 No Lippy
2.55 Sheikha Reika
(nb); 3.30 Desert
Skyline (nap); 4.05
Thundering Blue
4.35 Bint Arcano
5.05 Bow Belles
5.40 Victory Chime
Newbury
1.30 Requited
2.00 Fly The Nest
2.35 Baron Bolt
3.05 Sky Marshal
3.40 Nordic Passage
4.15 Al Muffrih
4.45 Berkshire
Royal; 5.20 Ashazuri
Newmarket
1.40 Directory; 2.10
Onefootinparadise
2.45 Nick Vedder
3.20 Simoon
3.55 Alqamar
4.25 Herculean
4.55 Warsaw Road
5.30 Tawaafoq
Aintree
5.35 Lucca Lady
6.05 Martiloo
6.40 Eaton Hill
7.10 Not That Fuisse
7.45 Black Sam Bella
8.20 Winter Lion
8.50 Billygwyn Too
Hamilton
5.55 Port Of Leith
6.25 Mutarakez
7.00 Jacob Black
7.30 Starplex
8.05 Camacho Chief
8.35 Cosmic Chatter
9.05 Highly
Focussed
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Cricket
Racing comment
Greg Wood
End of the fixed-odds blight
should help bookies remember
how to be bookmakers again
F
inally, the deed is
done. It is too late to
mend or renew the
countless lives blighted
by high-stakes gaming
on fixed-odds betting
terminals (FOBTs), or to reclaim
any of the total of about £25bn that
has been sucked from the poorest
communities in the country
over the past 13 years. But the
long-awaited – and long-overdue
– decision to limit FOBT stakes to
£2 does at least signal a start to the
process of recovering from one of
the most catastrophic blunders
ever committed in the name of
deregulation.
The bookmakers with big
betting shop chains – Ladbrokes/
Coral, William Hill and BetFred –
will no doubt continue to whine
about the unfairness of it all for
some while yet. They have, after
all, watched and marvelled as
billions of pounds in entirely riskfree profits have poured on to their
balance sheets since FOBTs were
legitimised in 2005. As it would be
for any individual or any business,
the effect has been intoxicating
– and ultimately addictive. Free
money is pernicious. Before too
Cricket scoreboard
ROYAL LONDON ONE-DAY CUP
South Group
Sussex v Kent
Hove Sussex (2pts) beat Kent (0) by seven wickets.
Kent
DJ Bell-Drummond c Briggs b Sharma ...........................90
*JL Denly b Sharma.........................................................0
Z Crawley b Robinson ......................................................5
HG Kuhn b Robinson........................................................6
AJ Blake lbw b Wells ......................................................29
DI Stevens c Wells b Briggs ..............................................4
†AP Rouse lbw b Briggs ...................................................2
CJ Haggett lbw b Briggs ..................................................8
MJ Henry c Wright b Wells ...............................................3
Imran Qayyum c Evans b Robinson...................................9
ME Claydon not out ........................................................7
Extras (b5, lb14, w2, nb4) .............................................25
Total (43.5 overs) .......................................................188
Fall 2, 19, 25, 110, 117, 129, 141, 150, 165.
Bowling Robinson 7-1-31-3; Sharma 7.3-0-24-2;
Wiese 4-0-25-0; Garton 5-0-36-0; Briggs 10-1-23-3;
Wells 10.2-0-32-2.
Sussex
LWP Wells b Henry ........................................................62
LJ Wright c Stevens b Claydon .........................................4
HZ Finch c Rouse b Henry ................................................9
*†BC Brown not out .....................................................73
LJ Evans not out ...........................................................38
Extras (b1, w2) ...............................................................3
Total (for 3, 39.5 overs)...............................................189
Fall 8, 19, 126.
Did not bat MGK Burgess, D Wiese, OE Robinson, DR Briggs,
GHS Garton, I Sharma.
Bowling Claydon 8-1-32-1; Henry 8-2-30-2;
Haggett 5-0-32-0; Imran Qayyum 9-0-46-0; Denly 3-0-20-0;
Stevens 6-0-25-0; Bell-Drummond 0.5-0-3-0.
Toss Kent elected to bat.
Umpires I Blackwell and M Saggers.
Middlesex v Essex
Radlett Essex (2pts) beat Middlesex (0) by six wickets.
Middlesex
SS Eskinazi c Ashar Zaidi b Wagner .................................28
NRT Gubbins b Harmer .................................................50
PR Stirling c Ten Doeschate b Wagner...............................4
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long, you convince yourself you
have earned it and deserve it, and
that the good times are never going
to end. A finger in each ear ensures
you do not hear those who tell
you otherwise.
The move to £2 has been a
question only of timing for at least a
couple of years now. Matt Hancock,
the culture secretary, has seized
the political capital that goes with
the decision, which has support
across the spectrum, but had it not
been Hancock, it would have been
someone else, a year or two down
the line.
Even so, the bookies seem
unprepared, like drunks after
a lost weekend who have been
suddenly slapped awake. They have
squandered millions on lobbyists
and PR campaigns in recent years,
begging to be allowed to continue as
before, and all for naught. The day
they did not want to think about
has arrived and there is little sign of
them having made any preparation
for it.
They are also enfeebled, in part
by competition from the online
sector, which is an issue for so many
high street businesses, but also
because they have been neglecting
their original core business of
betting for so many years. They have
forgotten how to be bookmakers,
and now need to remind themselves
as a matter of urgency. It will
be painful as they try to wean
themselves off the easy money from
gaming and return to the much
harder work of turning a profit from
betting.
Philip Bowcock, William Hill’s
chief executive, claimed yesterday
morning that 900 of their shops
– 38% of the estate – will be loss The inside of
a Paddy Power
shop – fixedodds betting
terminals in
these premises
will be limited
to a maximum
£2 stake
ISLANDSTOCK/
ALAMY STOCK
PHOTO
EJG Morgan lbw b Harmer .............................................45
HWR Cartwright lbw b Cook..........................................29
†JA Simpson c Chopra b Bopara .....................................19
JEC Franklin not out .....................................................29
TG Helm c Wheater b Porter...........................................21
*ST Finn c Ten Doeschate b Wagner................................10
RH Patel b Bopara ...........................................................1
TE Barber b Bopara .........................................................0
Extras (lb8, w6) ............................................................14
Total (48.3 overs) .......................................................250
Fall 79, 86, 86, 143, 180, 184, 232, 246, 250.
Bowling Porter 8-0-45-1; Cook 8-0-40-1; Wagner 9-0-40-3;
Harmer 10-1-38-2; Lawrence 4-0-36-0; Bopara 6.3-0-30-3;
Ashar Zaidi-3-0-13-0.
Essex
V Chopra st Simpson b Patel ..........................................59
†AJA Wheater c Simpson b Helm .....................................1
T Westley c Finn b Patel ...............................................134
DW Lawrence lbw b Patel ..............................................35
RS Bopara not out ..........................................................2
*RN ten Doeschate not out ............................................6
Extras (lb1, w9, nb6) ....................................................16
Total (for 4, 42.4 overs)...............................................253
Fall 3, 156, 245, 246.
Did not bat Ashar Zaidi, SR Harmer, N Wagner, JA Porter,
SJ Cook.
Bowling Finn 7-0-25-0; Helm 7-0-45-1;
Barber 8-0-65-0; Patel 10-0-41-3; Cartwright 2.4-0-26-0;
Franklin 6-0-37-0; Stirling 2-0-13-0.
Toss Middlesex elected to bat.
Umpires J Lloyds and T Lungley.
North Group
Lancashire v Nottinghamshire
Old Trafford Nottinghamshire (2pts) beat Lancashire (0)
by nine runs.
Nottinghamshire
CD Nash c Livingstone b Jennings...................................52
MH Wessels c Davies b Bailey .........................................23
†TJ Moores st Davies b Jennings ....................................47
LRPL Taylor c Bailey b Parkinson....................................58
SR Patel b Mennie .........................................................14
*SJ Mullaney c Livingstone b Parkinson .........................70
WT Root c Lilley b Parkinson ............................................6
WAR Fraine c Jennings b Bailey ......................................13
LJ Fletcher not out .......................................................12
JT Ball c Lilley b Parkinson ...............................................0
HF Gurney b Parkinson ....................................................0
Extras (b1, lb9, w11, nb2) .............................................23
Total (49.5 overs) .......................................................318
Fall 44, 128, 133, 164, 248, 267, 297, 307, 307.
Bowling Bailey 8-0-47-2; Mennie 9-1-51-1;
Clark 9-0-59-0; Parry 3-0-22-0; Parkinson 9.5-0-68-5;
Lilley 3-0-18-0; Livingstone 2-0-11-0;
Jennings 6-0-32-2.
Lancashire
KK Jennings c Taylor b Gurney .....................................136
†AL Davies c Mullaney b Fletcher ...................................12
*LS Livingstone lbw b Gurney .......................................33
DJ Vilas c Fraine b Mullaney ...........................................41
SJ Croft c Fletcher b S R Patel ........................................33
J Clark c Taylor b Root .....................................................8
AM Lilley c Mullaney b Ball ............................................16
JM Mennie b Ball.............................................................4
TE Bailey not out ..........................................................10
SD Parry b Gurney ...........................................................0
MW Parkinson not out ....................................................2
Extras (lb4, w8, nb2) ....................................................14
Total (for 9, 50 overs)..................................................309
Fall 25, 95, 158, 245, 266, 288, 293, 299, 301.
Bowling Patel 10-0-49-1; Ball 8-0-48-2; Fletcher 7-0-50-1;
Gurney 10-0-61-3; Mullaney 9-0-56-1; Root 6-0-41-1.
Toss Nottinghamshire elected to bat.
Umpires G Lloyd and M Gough.
Northamptonshire v Leicestershire
Northampton Leicestershire (2pts) beat Northamptonshire
(0) by 72 runs.
Leicestershire
*MA Carberry b Procter ................................................25
PJ Horton c Rossington b Kleinveldt .............................103
CN Ackermann c Wakely b White....................................30
MJ Cosgrove c Rossington b Procter...............................27
Z Chappell b Kleinveldt ...................................................5
†EJH Eckersley not out ................................................25
NJ Dexter c Kleinveldt b Procter.....................................11
BA Raine c Cobb b Hutton ..............................................32
Extras (lb4, w1, nb2) ......................................................7
Total (for 7, 50 overs)..................................................265
Fall 60, 131, 182, 188, 190, 213, 265.
Did not bat CF Parkinson, GT Griffiths, VR Aaron.
Bowling Sanderson 10-1-45-0; Kleinveldt 10-0-39-2;
Hutton 8-0-59-1; Procter 8-1-45-3; White 10-0-47-1;
Cobb 1-0-9-0; Keogh 3-0-17-0.
Northamptonshire
JJ Cobb c Horton b Griffiths ...........................................56
BM Duckett run out (Carberry) ........................................2
RE Levi c Dexter b Raine ................................................11
*AG Wakely c Ackermann b Raine ....................................5
RI Keogh b Griffiths.........................................................8
†AM Rossington b Griffiths ...........................................11
L Procter c Ackermann b Griffiths.....................................0
RK Kleinveldt c Eckersley b Chappell..............................16
GG White c Eckersley b Raine .........................................38
BA Hutton not out ........................................................34
BW Sanderson b Dexter...................................................2
Extras (lb4, w4, nb2) ....................................................10
Total (38.2 overs) .......................................................193
Fall 30, 51, 58, 70, 95, 95, 106, 124, 188.
Bowling Raine 10-1-31-3; Aaron 7-0-46-0;
making as a result of the £2
maximum. His aim now must be to
spend every moment of the next
year or so before the new limit
arrives ensuring that as many of
those shops as possible bridge the
gap between loss and profit. Some,
undoubtedly, will fail the test,
but since betting is more labourintensive than gaming, there
should be scope to minimise job
losses as well.
Racing also has a big role to
play here. It has been part of the
problem for years, doing its best to
keep out of the FOBT debate while
pocketing millions in media rights
payments via deals negotiated on
a “per shop” basis. Now, the most
natural sporting betting medium
yet devised will need to make
money on its own merits and that,
too, will be hard work.
As Hancock pointed out on
Radio 4’s Today programme
however, “racing should not be
financed on the back of this misery.
It’s a glorious sport and should
not be based on machines which
mean gamblers cannot win.”
His announcement of the cut to
£2-a-spin on roulette also referred
to FOBTs as a “social blight”, a
clear sign from the honourable
member for Newmarket that
racing backed a loser when it
fell in behind the bookies and
helped itself to a share of their
ill-gotten gains.
FOBTs poisoned betting,
bookmakers and racing too, and
the recovery will be difficult and
painful. At the end of it, though,
racing will be earning its income
from gambling via betting and
not gaming, and that is the only
realistic basis for the sport’s longterm prosperity.
Parkinson 7-0-47-0; Griffiths 7-0-30-4; Chappell 5-0-25-1;
Dexter 2.2-0-10-1.
Toss Northamptonshire elected to field.
Umpires N Mallender and B Debenham.
Warwickshire v Derbyshire
Edgbaston Derbyshire (2pts) beat Warwickshire (0) by
57 runs.
Derbyshire
BT Slater c Hose b Thomason .........................................69
*BA Godleman run out (Hose) .....................................137
WL Madsen lbw b Patel .................................................58
MJJ Critchley st Ambrose b Trott ...................................35
AL Hughes c Hannon-Dalby b Trott ................................12
LM Reece c Barker b Trott ................................................0
GC Viljoen run out (Hose) ................................................2
†D Smit not out ............................................................26
SM Sharif c Stone b Trott .................................................2
D Olivier not out .............................................................1
Extras (b4, lb5, w6) ......................................................15
Total (for 8, 50 overs)..................................................357
Fall 129, 228, 270, 292, 292, 302, 331, 336.
Did not bat R Rampaul.
Bowling Hannon-Dalby 10-0-70-0; Barker 10-0-82-0;
Stone 7-0-57-0; Patel 8-0-41-1; Thomason 5-0-33-1;
Trott 10-0-65-4.
Warwickshire
EJ Pollock c Viljoen b Olivier ............................................8
IJL Trott c Smit b Olivier ................................................11
SR Hain c Rampaul b Reece ..........................................108
IR Bell lbw b Critchley....................................................18
AJ Hose c & b Rampaul ..................................................33
†TR Ambrose c Olivier b Hughes ......................................4
AD Thomason c Smit b Reece ........................................14
KHD Barker not out ......................................................48
*JS Patel lbw b Viljoen ..................................................11
OP Stone c Godleman b Sharif........................................16
OJ Hannon-Dalby c Madsen b Sharif ................................5
Extras (lb12, w8, nb4) ..................................................24
Total (40.3 overs) .......................................................300
Fall 9, 20, 98, 173, 180, 207, 210, 228, 287.
Bowling Rampaul 8-0-60-1; Olivier 7-0-47-2;
Sharif 5.3-0-31-2; Viljoen 8-0-49-1; Critchley 6-0-34-1;
Hughes 6-0-34-1.
Toss Warwickshire elected to field.
Umpires N Cook and R Warren.
INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE
Bengaluru Royal Challengers Bangalore 218-6
(AB de Villiers 69, Moeen Ali 65).Sunrisers Hyderabad 204-3
(KS Williamson 81, MK Pandey 62no). Royal Challengers
Bangalore beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 14 runs.
FIRST WOMEN’S T20 INTERNATIONAL
Kimberley South Africa 127-6 (Khadjia Tul Kubra 3-23).
Bangladesh 110-5 (S Ismail 3-19). South Africa beat
Bangladesh by 17 runs.
Toss may be
dropped for
2019 Ashes
Ali Martin
Next summer’s Ashes series in
England could be the first in 141 years
of Test cricket to be played without the
toss taking place as the International
Cricket Council considers ways to
reduce the impact of home advantage
in its World Test Championship.
England’s attempt to wrestle the
urn from Australia in 2019 is set to be
the first series of the new nine-country competition . According to ESPNCricinfo, the ICC’s cricket committee
will debate removing the toss when
it meets in Mumbai at the end of the
month.
The panel, which operates in an
advisory capacity and can make only
recommendations to the ICC chief
executives’ committee, is to consider
whether the option to bat or bowl first
should be given to the visiting captain
to encourage fairer pitches.
A similar tweak has been in place
in the County Championship since
2016, whereby the away captain has
the option to either bowl first or have
the toss. This was brought in to cut
down the number of green, seaming
surfaces, which were felt to be promoting medium pace, hindering spinners
and not replicating conditions encountered at Test level.
The England and Wales Cricket
Board has been warned by the former
Somerset chairman Andy Nash that the
18 first-class counties and Marylebone
Cricket Club could form a breakaway
body akin to football’s Premier League
or rugby’s Premiership.
He told BBC Sport: “Unless trust is
re-established in the national governing body by its principal 19 members,
then it’s possible the clubs may look
at what has happened in football and
rugby where they decide to form their
own body within the auspices of the
national governing body.”
England expects
Root ready to fire at No 3
Joe Root feels ready to make a
success of England’s troublesome
No 3 position after a year spent
adjusting to the demands of being
both Test captain and premier
batsman. After a chastening winter
that brought series defeats to
Australia and New Zealand, and
with Ed Smith bringing fresh ideas
as the new national selector, Root
returns to first drop in place of
James Vince as part of revamped
batting order to face Pakistan at
Lord’s next Thursday. “It’s an
opportunity for me to take on a bit
more responsibility,” Root said. “I’ve
had a year in the captaincy now and
I feel I’ve gained enough experience
to feel comfortable doing that.
Ultimately nothing will change the
way I go about my batting. I will look
to have that hunger and desire to
make really big runs.” Ali Martin
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Sport
Football
Interview
Arsène Wenger
discusses his future, not
being consulted over his
Arsenal successor and
whether Arteta has the
qualities for the job
Darren Tulett
A
‘I haven’t
emptied my
desk and I’m
still in shock’
TOM JENKINS/GUARDIAN
rsène Wenger is
finishing his breakfast
in the Paris hotel
where he has been
coming for years and
where the staff would
not dream of addressing him in any
other way than Monsieur Wenger,
pronounced in hushed tones that
convey the respect in which this
grand man of world football is held
in his native land.
Dressed in slacks and an openneck dark blue shirt, the man we
must now refer to as the former
Arsenal manager has treated himself
to a mini pain aux raisins and,
having finished his tea (no milk, no
sugar), moved on to an espresso. In
a sign that he is, perhaps, starting to
let himself go just a tiny little bit, he
continues spreading raspberry jam
on a slice of bread (no butter) as we
prepare to look back over his 22 years
running one of the world’s top clubs.
Typically from a man who has
always been more interested in
tomorrow than yesterday, Wenger
begins with thoughts on his future.
As we sit together for his first major
interview since leaving Arsenal,
the Huddersfield game – the last of
his 1,235 matches in charge of the
Gunners – is fresh in his mind.
“It’s just too soon to know what
I will do next,” he says. “I haven’t
even emptied my desk yet and in a
way I am still in a state of shock. I
am going to give myself until June
14, the day the World Cup begins, to
decide. The question is do I still want
to coach, to be on the bench, or is it
time to take up different functions?
The one thing I can say for sure is
that I will continue to work.
“But do I want to continue to
suffer as much? I want to continue
to defend my ideas of football, that’s
for sure. Spontaneously, I would say
I still want to coach but I can’t really
say that yet for sure.”
Wenger has not stopped working
for 34 years. In a time when
managers are taking sabbaticals
and the average span for a Premier
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League manager stands at less than
two seasons, he has had no time off
since he became the Nancy manger
in 1984. With that in mind and no
need, financially, to work another
day, isn’t it time to put his feet up?
“I have friends who can go and lay
on a beach all day long for the whole
of their holidays and I envy them,”
he says with a grin. “I just can’t do
that. I get bored. I need to be doing
something. I need a challenge. I
have lived and breathed football all
these years and it’s a passion – I can’t
imagine doing anything else. That’s
why in a way this is an exciting
moment for me, too. I have a new
page, a blank page in front of me. As
all good writers know, that can be a
time of anguish but I hope I won’t
have too much of that. It’s also a
chance to write new chapters.”
Talking football with Wenger is
like having a living encyclopedia on
hand. He has attended every major
international tournament for as far
back as he can remember and he will
be at the World Cup as a pundit for
beIN Sports, working for the Middle
East and French channels when he
is not flitting from game to game
with his old friend David Dein. I have
had the good fortune to accompany
him on some of those travels and
to work alongside him on some of
those shows. Wenger is a dream for a
TV host because he has a remarkable
memory for games and players, an
opinion on everything and often
thinks differently to those around
him. He is also much funnier than he
might let on.
During Euro 2016, for example,
when he was working alongside big
personalities such as Ruud Gullit,
Marcel Desailly, Luis Fernández and
Christian Vieri, each time I went into
the green room to check on them it
was invariably Wenger spinning the
yarns and telling the jokes. When
we finished the show each day with
a football quiz, Wenger was just as
competitive and playful as the other
pundits, even joining celebrations
with the studio audience and leading
Mexican waves. In recent days the
waves have been to say goodbye,
and farewell. The outpourings of
warmth at Arsenal but also at Old
Trafford and Huddersfield moved
the 68-year-old.
“It was very touching to see,”
Wenger says. “It has been a strange
period – switching from contestation
to unanimity in just a few days.
Arsène Wenger and
Sir Alex Ferguson
embrace at Old Trafford
Surprising, but quite nice also. I have
the impression people wanted to
salute my longevity, my fidelity to
my club and perhaps the ideas about
football I always tried to defend. I
take it as a sign of recognition for the
total commitment I have always had
towards values I hold dearly – the
desire to play dynamic, attacking
football with a certain idea of how to
go about it, too.
“My type of loyalty probably
doesn’t exist any more. Maybe the
dinosaur I became was the last
symbol of times that have changed.
We are today in a society which is
so quick to reject. There is no time
to build, to construct, always this
demand for results immediately.
Maybe people wanted to manifest
that too.
“It was nice to see some of
the recognition, I admit. When I
arrived, you know, I was a complete
unknown and I have always had the
impression I am representing my
country in a way. In a land where
there has always been so much
animosity between the English
and the French I am proud to have
achieved certain things and perhaps
to have opened doors for other
French coaches. Don’t forget, when I
arrived in England a foreign manager
was a very rare thing.”
Although Wenger does not want
to go into detail, he admits to having
received many job offers. In France
many imagine him as a natural fit
for the Qatar-built project at Paris
Saint-Germain. The club recently
confirmed Thomas Tuchel as the
next manager but Wenger is seen as
an ideal chief executive.
“I have had no discussions with
them recently, I can tell you that in
all honesty,” he says. “I have always
been close to those in charge of
PSG – I advised them to buy the club
because I was convinced there were
great things that could be done in
a city which loves football. They
have worked well and made a good
start. I think people are too hard on
them, too demanding. PSG just won
all four national trophies in France
and it’s not enough, apparently. But
you cannot build a club with the idea
that if you don’t win the Champions
League then it’s a failure.”
Although Wenger’s advice was
sought by the owners of PSG, his
opinions on what should happen
next at Arsenal were not solicited.
Where Sir Alex Ferguson named his
successor, Wenger will be a spectator
of future events at the Emirates.
“At least that way they can’t
blame me if there are bad results in
the future,” he says with a laugh.
“They didn’t ask me to be involved
in that process. So I will let them
choose the manager and afterwards I
will support him, whoever it is.”
M
‘I have the impression
people wanted to salute
my longevity, my fidelity
to my club and perhaps
the ideas about football I
always tried to defend ’
On not being consulted over his
successor at the Emirates
‘For Arteta, does he have
all the qualities to do the
job? Yes. He was a leader
and he has a good passion’
ikel Arteta’s name
has oft been cited.
What does he make
of that? “I don’t
want to influence
that decision – it’s
important they make their choice
in an objective way and I don’t want
anything I say to be misconstrued,”
Wenger says. “I know how you do
these things – if I say something
nice about somebody you will say
I am backing him but this is not the
case. For Arteta, does he have all the
qualities to do the job? Yes. He was
a leader and he has a good passion
for the game and he knows the club
well. He knows what is important at
the club and he was captain of the
club. So why not? But whoever they
choose I will support.”
Before Wenger decides his future
he must return to his office and clear
out his things; say a final goodbye to
Arsenal. “I am an emotional man and
it will be, perhaps, an emotional time
but I will look around and see that
life goes on.
“There will be youngsters training
and playing and that will be a
reminder of the passion I have for
this game and my role as an educator.
When you’re a young boy you have
a dream and to fulfil that dream you
need attitude and talent but you also
need someone to give you a chance.
“I grew up in a village and I met
my first coach at the age of 19. But
when I was 12, 13, 14 my dream was
to meet somebody who would tell
me how to play football. I was lucky –
it didn’t stop me from making my life
in the game but many don’t get that
chance. As coaches we can change
peoples’ lives, influence lives, and
part of that is giving an opportunity
to young players. That is one of the
most beautiful things you can do.”
We realise it is almost time for
lunch and the French don’t mess
with that. Just time for Wenger
to take a photo with a young fan
who tells him it’s perhaps the most
beautiful day of his life, to sign the
Arsenal shirt he is handed and stride
off, destination unknown. A blank
page in front of him.
On the reception from rival clubs’
fans at his final Arsenal games
On Mikel Arteta, the favourite to
become Arsenal’s manager
Darren Tulett is a journalist and
presenter for beIN Sports in Paris
In his own words
‘I have friends who can
lay on a beach all day
and I envy them. I just
can’t do that. I get bored’
On the need to continue working
‘At least that way they
can’t blame me if there are
bad results in the future.
They didn’t ask me to be
involved in that process’
West Ham ponder paying
Newcastle £6m for Benítez
Jacob Steinberg
West Ham are ready to make a formal
approach for Rafael Benítez and are
giving serious consideration to triggering the £6m release clause in the
Newcastle manager’s contract.
Benítez is the first choice to replace
David Moyes but West Ham want to
keep their options open and retain a
strong interest in Manuel Pellegrini.
While they have denied a report in
Chile claiming that the former Manchester City coach is set to be unveiled
in London, they want to speak to
him. Newcastle’s manager, however, remains West Ham’s No 1 choice
and there is increasing concern on
Tyneside that Benítez will move if he
receives a satisfactory offer.
Although West Ham have misgivings about how much it will cost in
compensation there is an increasing
belief Benítez would represent value
for money. Given he is in the final year
of his Newcastle contract, lawyers may
end up ensuring the release clause is
less than £6m, his annual salary.
West Ham have long admired
Benítez and almost appointed him
after parting company with Sam
Allardyce three years ago, only for
Real Madrid to step in. The two parties have remained on good terms and
West Ham are hoping to capitalise on
Benítez’s growing dissatisfaction at
Newcastle, who have yet to commit
to giving him more transfer backing.
There will be complications to iron
out before a deal can be agreed. West
Ham are concerned there will be further compensation if Benítez ends his
spell on Tyneside and have been told
the Spaniard wants his contract to contain a large severance package. They
would also have to convince him that
he will receive funds to strengthen an
Chelsea settle
with alleged
abuse victim
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attempted to sweep the incident under
the carpet. They offered him £50,000
and made him sign a confidentiality
clause, in effect paying for his silence.
Legal experts have predicted the
final cost of compensation for abuse
victims across British football could
reach more than £100m. As of 31
December 2017, the number of football sex abuse victims was 839 with
294 alleged suspects and 334 clubs
impacted. Those figures are according to Operation Hydrant, the police
investigation into allegations of nonrecent child sex abuse.
In February the former football
coach Barry Bennell was jailed for 30
years after being found guilty of subjecting junior players from Manchester
City and Crewe Alexandra to hundreds
of sexual offences. City have received
claims from a number of alleged vic-
unbalanced squad. It is understood
that Moyes was dissatisfied with the
money available for summer signings.
West Ham have said they expected
to appoint a manager within the next
seven days.
Benítez is well aware of the sometimes poisonous politics at West
Ham but any semblance of trust in an
always remote relationship with Mike
Ashley, Newcastle’s owner, has been
eroded after a series of transfer-market
promises were broken last summer.
Ashley is desperate for Benítez
to remain and extend his contract,
not least because having the former
Champions League-winning manager in place could help him in his
ambition to sell Newcastle for as much
as £400m. In order for him to stay put
in the north-east, Benítez would need
guarantees as to his transfer budget
and proposed improvements to Newcastle’s training ground and academy.
His desire to sign some experienced
players over the age of 26 has long been
a sticking point with Ashley, who prefers to recruit younger professionals
with greater sell-on potential.
Benítez and Ashley have not met
for talks, with negotiations being
conducted by phone and email
between the former Liverpool manager’s representatives and Lee Charnley, Newcastle’s managing director.
West Ham have also been offered
a chance to speak to Claudio Ranieri.
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Ham before he went to Real Madrid
tims and hired two of Manchester’s
biggest legal firms. Gary Cliffe, who
waived his right to anonymity, is one of
the alleged victims taking legal action
against the club. City also had a representative for their own legal team
inside Liverpool crown court observing during every day of the Bennell
trial. Bennell has appealed against the
sentence. City have also been in contact with the family of Mark Hazeldine.
Hazeldine, who had been a youth star
at City and was previously coached by
Bennell, took his own life in 2006. His
family and friends have said that they
fear he was abused when Bennell took
him alone to Spain aged 12.
The Football Association is conducting its own internal review
concurrently. The aim is to find out
what officials and clubs knew about
potential abuse and when, looking
at documents from 1970 to 2005. It is
reviewing 6,000 files flagged as relevant during an initial review of more
than 3,000 boxes from the FA’s archive.
The governing body has also taken the
accounts of more than 100 survivors
of football-related abuse and received
contributions from over 50 other relevant people. Chelsea declined to comment when contacted by the Guardian.
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Guardiola says best is yet to
come after pledging future
Daniel Taylor
Pep Guardiola signed a new contract to
commit himself to Manchester City for
another three years and immediately
warned the rest of English football that
his intention was to make his recordbreaking team even more formidable
opponents.
Guardiola has agreed a two-year
extension to his present deal, which
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had another 12 months to run, meaning he will have until 2021 to achieve
the club’s ambition of winning the
Champions League for the first time.
“I am so happy and excited,” he
said. “It’s a pleasure to be able to work
here. I enjoy working with our players
every day and we will try to do our best
together in the coming years.
“I will focus on the desire of my
players to become a better team and
every day that’s what I will try to do – to
improve on the pitch and improve our
players. We have a young squad with
an average age of 23 and we want to
keep taking steps forward and maintain the levels we’ve achieved this
season.”
Guardiola’s decision to commit
himself to a new deal means, in theory,
he will spend longer managing City
than he did either Barcelona or Bayern
Munich.
His team won the Premier League
by 19 points last season, setting a number of records in the process, and his
new deal will almost certainly make
him the highest paid manager in English football.
“Pep’s contract extension is fantastic news for Manchester City,” Ferran
Soriano, the club’s chief executive,
said. “We have all been privileged to
witness how we have played beautiful football, won titles, broken records
and reached the incredible mark of 100
Premier League points. Pep has shown
this style can succeed in the Premier
League in a way it has never been done
before. This season has been another
step of our strategic plan and the con-
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deal and vows to make City stronger
tinuous effort to improve the football
we play. We are very pleased with the
progress.”
Gareth Southgate, the England
manager, also paid tribute to Guardiola’s work, describing the 47-year-old
Catalan as an inspiration for the whole
of English football.
“Who coaches our youngest players? It’s dads and parents and the
impact of seeing that Barcelona team
five to seven years ago was enormous.
He’s been an innovator. When I watch
kids’ football now, I see them playing
out from the back.
“I don’t see [coaches] with heads
in their hands saying ‘get it forward’.
I think that’s an impact of his [Barcelona] team, with the likes of Andrés
Iniesta and Xavi.”
Willian and Eden Hazard prepare
for the FA Cup final tomorrow
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Chelsea midfield looks
suspect in FA Cup final
Jonathan Wilson
‘I
’m not,” José Mourinho
said after Manchester
United’s home win over
Liverpool in March, “the
kind of mechanic coach
that says player A pass to
player B, player B pass to player C and
player C to player D. I’m much more a
supporter of preparing the players to
decide well and feel the game.”
As so often with Mourinho,
there was perhaps a coded jibe;
this may have been (it’s very hard
to know for sure with a man whose
every utterance is subjected to
intense scrutiny) another sortie in
his protracted war of words with
Antonio Conte. For the Italian is a
manager who has his side practise
“automations”, as Eden Hazard calls
them. Conte does see the value in
practising set moves, to be deployed
during games when the disposition
of players on the pitch is right.
The notion of planned moves is
common in modern football and
has a history stretching back at
least as far as Valeriy Lobanovskyi.
The advantage is obvious: if
players know where they should
be moving, who is likely to be in
space and where the ball should be
played, everything is speeded up.
The devastating counterattacks
of Joachim Löw’s Germany,
particularly at the 2010 World Cup,
are a more recent example.
Mourinho thinks those preset
moves are overly prescriptive and
that, in a game as random as football,
they can be counterproductive. He
prefers to inculcate in his players the
mindset to make the best decisions
in any situation. There is no right
or wrong answer. Those sides who
prefer automations are perhaps
a little quicker, those who have
Antonio Conte has a
big decision to make
over his midfield
been imbued with the appropriate
mindset more plastic, more versatile.
The dig was in the use of the word
“mechanic”. Conte had described
Mourinho as “making cinema”, in
the way he used press conferences to
deflect and shape the story around
games; this was Mourinho’s reply.
Perhaps he was a director, an artist
but rather that than being bluntly
functional, than being mechanistic.
There is an irony there in that
Conte, whose footballing method
involves practising set moves was
attacking Mourinho for taking the
same approach into his dealings with
the media, for “preparing to have
a cinema in the press conference”,
whereas he was more spontaneous,
more willing to react to circumstance.
Beyond the rabbit hole of mind
games and abstract arguments
about how best to condition players,
the key to tomorrow’s FA Cup final
looks likely to be how the midfields
match up. Conte’s experiment with a
3-5-1-1, which placed undue pressure
on Hazard, looks to have been
abandoned, and he will probably use
the 3-4-2-1 that won the 2016-17 title.
The danger of that approach was
seen in the sides’ meeting at Old
Trafford in February when Chelsea,
having taken the lead, were overrun
and could have lost by far more than
2-1. Although Hazard and – probably
– Willian operating in those insideforward positions can drift into
areas that are extremely difficult for
opponents to pick up, if they become
detached from the play, it can lead
to the two deeper-lying midfielders
– most likely N’Golo Kanté and Cesc
Fàbregas – being overwhelmed by
the three central midfielders in
United’s 4-3-3.
That is a particular issue if the
wing-backs who could otherwise
have helped out in midfield are
forced back by United’s wide
forwards, probably Alexis Sánchez
and Jesse Lingard, making runs
behind them. That would also free
up United’s full-backs, allowing
them to get forward or offer support
in negating Willian and Hazard.
It’s mark of Chelsea’s decline this
season that it seems natural to view
the game from a perspective of how
United are likely to unsettle them.
Last season, there would have been
confidence that their press, plus the
defensive screen offered by Kanté
and Nemanja Matic, would have
meant it was United’s wide forwards
being driven back by the wing-backs
Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso.
There would have been concerns
as to whether United’s flanking
midfielders could offer sufficient
support to their holding player to
handle Hazard and Willian.
Although United won a late-season
game against Chelsea at Old Trafford,
they were well-beaten by them at
Stamford Bridge in both the league
and the cup. An attacking capacity
reduced by the sale of Diego Costa
and a midfield diminished by the sale
of Matic, Chelsea are a much lesser
force than they were a year ago. The
squad have been weakened by the
club’s transfer business, confidence
has dropped and, with Conte
seemingly certain to leave, there is
not the intensity of last season.
And that is the difficulty of
assessing methodologies, tactical
schema and theoretical approaches:
there is always something else
going on.
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▲ Gareth Southgate (left) shares a
joke with Jamie Vardy at an England
squad training camp in November
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note of hope
and realism
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In brief
West Brom
Moore’s fine run earns
full-time appointment
Darren Moore is to become West
Brom’s manager after his successful
stint in interim charge. Moore took
over in April following the sacking
of Alan Pardew and oversaw a
striking improvement in results,
winning three and drawing two
of his six matches to give West
Brom hope of survival where there
had seemingly been none. Moore
has been entrusted with trying
to return the club to the Premier
League. The 44-year-old former
defender has coached at West Brom
for several years but this will be
his first experience of full-time
management. Stuart James
Barney Ronay
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now ye by this press
conference that we,
the FA, consent to
the contracting of
World Cup squad-ship
between our dearly
beloved Gareth and his brave 23-man
selection. Although obviously not
Jack, Joe, Adam or Jonjo who are on
this occasion gutted to miss out, but
for whom the door is never closed,
and all the lads are still very much in
the frame going forwards.
There was an unavoidable air of
ceremony about Gareth Southgate’s
World Cup squad camera call
yesterday morning. On a bright,
brittle late-spring day Wembley was
already hung with its own Cup final
bunting before a day that has the
feel of a royal wedding in any case,
with the usual buttonholes and
dignitaries and that air of slightly
chintzy national holiday.
With the England squad
announced the day before this was
a more formal occasion deep in the
bowels of Wembley Stadium, the
first note in the incidental music of
promises, war cries, apologies and
farewells that tends to soundtrack
every England tournament summer.
And so enter Gareth to a fusillade
of camera flashes, dressed in
sports coat and slacks, hair slicked
touchingly to one side like a 1930s
intellectual. England’s manager has
come a long way in the art of public
speaking since the days when he was
described by one wag as resembling
an anteater that is only just realising
it shouldn’t be able to talk.
This was in many ways a
faultless, likable, entirely engaging
performance from an increasingly
coherent and convincing England
manager. For half an hour Southgate
spoke with sound good sense,
offering perfectly pitched reasoning
for every decision, every close call –
to the extent you almost missed the
old hysterical jingoism, the doomed
sweating hopes of his predecessors.
Clearly Southgate has found his
tone, his managerial register. It
just so happens – but then, this is
England – that his tone is funereal,
sombre, valedictory, with England’s
manager coming across less like the
curator of a piece of high-summer
light entertainment, and more a
long-suffering country vet who
appears at the door in the wee hours
to tell you your dog’s been run over.
Perhaps it’s even something
grander and more martial. Because
Southgate spent the opening 15
minutes speaking in hushed, elegiac
Chelsea
Hayes gives birth to
boy but loses twin
tones about players who aren’t
actually going in the clipped tones of
a decorated general offering tribute
to the fallen of the Somme.
Jonjo, Adam, Jack. All so fine. All
so very young. The conversation
with Joe Hart “had not been easy”,
Southgate admitted. On the topic of
Jack Wilshere he said perhaps the
most illuminating thing any England
manager has come out with in recent
memory, admitting that the job of
the manager is to “hide as best you
can the weaknesses of the team”.
Beyond this there was a lot of talk
of starting again and offering hope.
It is easy to forget in the humdrum
churn of fixtures that this is still
a national team that sees itself in
recovery, waiting for the tide to turn,
with Gareth stood at the end of his
jetty as smoke wreathes the horizon,
seeing hope in that small-ship flotilla
ranged across the bay.
He was excellent on the topic of
experience versus youth: “We talk
a lot about experience. But if that
experience is a bad one it can be
damaging.” No England manager has
said this before either. And it’s true.
He spoke with sound
good sense to the
extent you almost
missed the old
hysterical jingoism
Southgate was also nicely spiky
on the warnings from certain highprofile pundits of club cliques
cropping up in the squad. “Didn’t
happen in ’96,” Southgate shrugged,
very quietly pulling rank on the
serial quarter-finalists of the golden
generation.
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here was some
interesting talk towards
the end of his friendship
with Pep Guardiola, a
reference to “long talks
with Jürgen”, and a note
of pleasure, even a rare smile, at the
mention of Trent Alexander-Arnold.
At the end of which it is hard not
to feel a slight stirring of hope. If not
for the team then for a manager who
has to date been empowered rather
than diminished by the role.
This is no longer the second-most
important job in the country. But
it is surely the weirdest, and just
as likely as it ever was to pull you
out of shape. Fabio Capello arrived
a swaggering iron general and left
The Chelsea Ladies manager Emma
Hayes has become a mother but lost
one of the twins she was expecting.
The club revealed the news on their
website last night. “We are delighted
to confirm Chelsea Ladies manager
Emma Hayes has today given birth
to a healthy baby boy,” the statement
read. “All at Chelsea would like to
send our congratulations to Emma.
Emma announced she was pregnant
with twins last year, however sadly,
one of the twins did not make it past
the third trimester.” Hayes watched
on TV on Tuesday night as Chelsea
won 2-0 at Bristol City to be crowned
Women’s Super League champions.
That completed the double for
Chelsea after their 3-1 FA Cup final
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Play-offs
Exeter set up Wembley
date as Lincoln go down
an oddly mute, isolated figure, like
a man seen silently bellowing and
pointing behind a triple-glazed glass
door. Roy Hodgson’s departure was
a more tender affair, washing up the
day after the collapse in Nice looking
like the lead role in a piece of French
existential cinema, hollow-eyed and
shaky, posing strange philosophical
questions.
Southgate feels distinct from
that, the first Premier League player
to manage England, the first really
modern person to manage England.
There is a steeliness about him
and a trenchant intelligence in his
dealings, from dropping Dele Alli
and getting just the right response,
to packing off Wayne Rooney, to
picking a team that basically reflects
everything he wants to do and
nothing else.
You sense Southgate won’t be
crushed by this. Just as for once
England will set off on the long
march east with sights set neither
too high nor too low; and with the
chance, even, for the odd high
note before these sombre summer
ceremonials are done.
Exeter City booked their place in the
League Two play-off final with a 3-1
victory over Lincoln City at St James
Park. After a goalless draw in the first
leg, Exeter held a narrow lead at the
break thanks to Jayden Stockley’s
neat finish. Hiram Boateng doubled
the home side’s advantage early
in the second half before Ryan
Harley finished off Lincoln, who
gave their travelling fans something
to cheer when Matt Green scored
late on. The Exeter manager Paul
Tisdale said: “It was a really good
performance. I think we really went
at our opponents.” Exeter will now
face Notts County or Coventry at
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Unruffled Southgate puts
fresh ideas into operation
The England manager is
proving as adept at managing
expectations as he is at
managing his players
ayers
Daniel Taylor
Wembley
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he overwhelming
impression was of a man
entirely comfortable
in his own skin. Gareth
Southgate spoke with
logic and humour but,
most of all, he left the unmistakable
sense that England’s manager may
know a bit more about this level of
football than some people realise.
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“The only thing that bothers me is
that everybody keeps asking me
about the pressure,” he said. “That’s
when I start to think: ‘Bloody hell,
maybe I’m not seeing what it should
be’. If I felt underprepared, if we
were not ready and we’d spent the
last 10 days flapping about who
should be in, I would probably feel
more anxious.”
Instead, he and his staff have
held a meeting every Monday to
discuss his World Cup squad, the
various back-up options and all the
logistics of preparing for a major
tournament. Small details, in many
cases, right down to whether the
players should avoid the “misery” of
Twitter and inviting a psychologist
to join them in Russia. Dr Pippa
Grange, who will travel with the
squad, has presumably been warned
to expect some resistance from
one or two players. To quote Jamie
Vardy when Leicester did something
similar: “There’s no point putting a
psychologist in front of me because
he won’t get inside my head.”
The players will meet on Sunday
but, first things first, Southgate
has given them permission to go
on holiday this week with no rules
attached. Was that a risk bearing
in mind some of the headlines
England’s footballers have attracted
before other tournaments? “Before
Euro 96 I had three days in Magaluf
with Aston Villa,” Southgate
explained, “so it would be a bit
hypocritical for me to discuss
what the correct preparation was.
Everything in a footballer’s life these
days is ‘fill this bloody form in’.
There’s a danger we overfill them
with professionalism and doing the
right thing. They need a switch-off
and I don’t see an issue. I’m not
interested in what they do over the
next few days.”
Southgate kept his memories of
Magaluf to himself but there was
a giveaway smile. “I went for a run
on a couple of mornings,” he said.
“Though it might have been a run
back home, rather than a ‘run’.”
To put it another way, the England
manager intends to take the unusual
step of treating his players like
adults. Again, it’s the small details,
such as allowing them to leave
England’s base camp in Repino to
visit St Petersburg without feeling
the need to call out a search party.
Other managers would impose
curfew times or restrict access to
mobile phones. “I don’t like loads of
rules,” Southgate countered. “The
players are responsible enough, they
know what’s expected. Sometimes,
if they have their phones that means
they spend time together, looking
at videos and interacting. If they
haven’t, they just rush back to their
rooms.”
In Fabio Capello’s days as
manager, the Football Association
issued an official code of conduct
rationing the time players spent
on video or computer games, as
well as banning them from making
comments on social media unless
it was authorised. Quietly, that has
been abolished under Southgate’s
The England
manager intends
to take the unusual
step of treating his
players like adults
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‘My players are hungry and
they’ve got a point to prove’
Southgate says young squad
must be brave enough to
criticise each other in Russia
Dominic Fifield
No caps
but in the
squad for
Russia
Gareth
Southgate,
the England
manager,
demonstrated his
calm and steely
demeanour
during
yesterday’s press
conference
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more just one dissenter after
Southgate had named his squad
earlier in the week. Yet the England
manager did not show a flicker
of self-doubt when it came to
explaining his choices and, though
he was tactful not to say anything
that could be construed as overly
critical, there were various clues
when it came to the players who had
been left out.
All the great teams, he said, from
Liverpool in the 1970s and 1980s, to
Milan in the 1990s and the modern
Manchester City, had “athleticism,
energy and pace”. He wanted his
team to press the opposition, he
added, and hunt down the ball.
Listening to this little speech, it
felt clear why Jack Wilshere and
Jonjo Shelvey were considered only
briefly.
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tenure. He will, however, warn
his players that Twitter can be an
instant mood-killer. “Personally
I’m not sure there’s value to reading
the comments that come in,” he
said. “It comes back to what creates
pressure, or what creates misery, in
your life. Generally, there’s a lot of
social media that can be negative, so
why invite that into your life?”
Southgate has not put a message
on Twitter since April 2015 and
seems perfectly happy to have made
the break. “I can’t ban them [the
players] from looking at it because
who knows what they’re doing
when they go to their room? But I
would make the suggestion: ‘Is it a
good idea to read all that [abuse]?’
If you can rationalise it, accept it
and put it in its own place, then fine.
But I don’t know too many people
who can. Even if there are 50 good
replies, you can’t help but think
about the one bugger who gives you
advice you don’t want to hear.”
Nobody pointed out there was
Football
Weekly
Max Rushden
and guests
dissect the
England
squad
theguardian.
com/sport
he explanation for
Shelvey’s omission
concluded with a
mention of checking
the “character and
personality” of all
the players. Southgate reiterated
his sympathies for Ryan Bertrand
and insisted the door was still
open for Joe Hart if the goalkeeper
found a new club next season and
returned to form. Not so much
Chris Smalling, though, after
being excluded because Southgate
wanted England’s centre-halves
to be better on the ball. “We made
that decision in November and I’ve
not seen any reason to change the
thinking,” he said.
For someone who was once
considered too gentlemanly
to make the really tough calls,
Southgate has quietly taken a
sledgehammer to a number of
international careers. For that,
there were no apologies, just the
clear impression that he was happy
with his choices and not willing to
bend for anyone.
“I was involved with Crystal
Palace in 1990 [the FA Cup final]
– Sir Alex Ferguson’s first trophy –
when he took Jim Leighton out of
the team and played Les Sealey in
the replay.
“They were massive calls that
I am sure he didn’t enjoy making
but, if you think it is the right thing,
you don’t do it for effect. You do it
because it is the right thing and you
have to make those calls.”
Trent
AlexanderArnold in
action for
England
Under-19s
– he is yet
to make his
senior debut
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AMA/GETTY
▼ Ruben
Loftus-Cheek
was described
as ‘technically
outstanding’
by Gareth
Southgate
HANNAH MCKAY/
REUTERS
Gareth Southgate believes some of the
young players in his England squad
“do not know how good they might
be” and has urged them to be brave
enough to criticise each other and raise
collective standards at the World Cup.
A squad with an average age of just
over 26, the third youngest selected
by England to compete at the tournament, and only 442 caps combined
will travel to Russia with Southgate
hopeful they will transpose fearless
club form on to the biggest stage.
The manager praised their “athleticism, energy and pace” and, having
seen many forge friendships while
progressing through the national junior sides, hopes bonds will be strong
enough for players to engage openly
about each other’s performances.
“The players we’ve picked are free
[of inhibition], they’ve got a point to
prove and are hungry,” said Southgate.
“They have loads they want to do in
their careers. That brings energy and
competition right across the squad.
They get on, and that’s a starting point.
The next stage is that they start to pull
each other, raising standards of how
we train, getting hold of each other on
the pitch. Just getting on isn’t enough.
We’ve got to go deeper than that.
“They must not be afraid of upsetting each other. They have to be brave
enough to have conversations that
need to be had. It’s one of the things
that makes a winning team: when
you’re comfortable enough with each
other so that, when you have those
conversations, it is not held against
you. You move on quickly from it. It
is recognised as trying to get the best
out of each other.
“I see such exciting players coming
through. Some of them, I don’t think
they know how good they might be. I
watched Ruben Loftus-Cheek at Crystal Palace and he was having a huge
impact on the game, but there’s still
more to come. He’s 6ft 4in, he’s technically outstanding, he can dribble and
beat players, he can retain the ball,
he can slide passes … I’m thinking,
go on, go again. He just needs to keep
progressing and he needs time to do
that. That applies to so many of them.”
Only five members of the 23-man
party have World Cup experience and
Southgate accepts his players will
learn on the hoof. The team will be
accompanied by the psychologist Dr
Pippa Grange, the head of people and
team development at the FA, who is
charged with changing the culture and
mindset of England sides, and increasing their “psychological resilience”.
“Pippa was with us in March and
will come with us to the finals,”
Southgate said. “She is not just there
for psychology and it is not the answer
to everything , but she will be a strong
and important addition to the team.”
Southgate welcomed Harry Kane’s
two-goal performance against
Leicester on the Premier League’s final
day. The Tottenham forward endured
a difficult Euro 2016, his first taste of
a major finals, but his double offered
timely reassurance the striker is back
close to his best after signs of rustiness
following a month out with an ankle
problem.
The manager was less impressed
by a tweet, posted on the official FA
Cup account after Spurs’ semi-final
defeat to Manchester United, asking:
“What’s that in your pocket, Chris?”
before linking to an unrelated video of
Chris Smalling saying: “Harry Kane.”
The post was deleted, with Mauricio
Pochettino describing the incident as
“an embarrassment”.
“We immediately recognised it
wasn’t an area we need to be involved
in,” said Southgate, who spoke personally to Kane about the tweet. “We
had an apology pretty quickly, to Harry
and to Tottenham. So it’s done. What
I saw from Harry from the last couple
of games is that he was starting to get
more shots on target. So, for me, it
was a comfort finish to the season. I’m
happy he’ll be in a good place.”
Kane, who is spending this week in
the Bahamas, will report to St George’s
Park on Sunday as the bulk of the
squad convenes to begin preparations.
The Watford midfielder Nathaniel
Chalobah, who returned on the final
afternoon after an absence of eight
months with a fractured knee cap, and
Manchester City’s young goalkeeper,
Angus Gunn, will add to the numbers
in the absence of players from Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool. Lewis Cook, one of five players
placed on standby, will be permitted
to play for the under-21s in the Toulon
tournament.
England play two friendlies, against
Nigeria at Wembley and Costa Rica
at Elland Road, before departing for
Repino on 12 June in which the manager hopes to scrutinise “a few combinations and options we might turn
to within games”. The squad will also
undertake an internal practice match
before leaving for Russia.
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Pages 49-51 Exclusive
Abuse payout
Chelsea settle case
with alleged victim
Martha Kelner and Daniel Taylor
Chelsea have become the first club
to issue a payout to an alleged victim
since the full extent of football’s sex
abuse scandal was exposed but risk
drawing criticism for not making the
compensation deal public.
The club have reached an out-of-
court settlement with a junior player
who was allegedly abused by Chelsea’s
former chief scout Eddie Heath but
declined to comment on the specifics of the deal. They have previously
been condemned for paying £50,000
to another former player, Gary Johnson, in effect to buy his silence.
Chelsea would not disclose how
much money was paid to the alleged
victim, who claimed Heath sexually
abused him at the club’s old training
ground in Mitcham, south London.
The payment was made by the club’s
insurers rather than directly by Chelsea. Heath died in the mid-1980s but
former Chelsea players have since
come forward to allege he abused
them in the showers after training
sessions and games.
He was said to have cynically targeted boys with single mothers and
offered to give them a lift to and from
the training ground to allow himself
the opportunity to carry out the abuse.
He became known as the “man in the
van” because he would drive young
players around on such a regular basis.
Chelsea will be keen to avoid appearing like they are attempting to conceal
any compensation payments after
they were widely denounced for
making Johnson sign a confidentiality
clause. Johnson, who went on to play
for the club’s first team, said he was
abused by Heath hundreds of times
in the 1970s. He approached Chelsea
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