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Melburnians can break coronavirus lockdown to visit partner, even if they live more than 5kms away 

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Melburnians who don’t live with their partner have been assured they can still visit each other at their homes, as the city goes into a strict new lockdows effective from Sunday night.

The city will enter stage four lockdown from 8pm after Victoria recorded 671 new coronavirus cases and seven deaths on Sunday.

An evening curfew will be enforced for Melburnians to not leave their homes between 8pm and 5am unless they’re working or providing care.

During the day, they’re only be allowed to shop and exercise within a five-kilometre radius of their home. 

While visitors to homes are also banned, Premier Daniel Andrews insists partners who don’t live under the same roof can visit each other, even if they live more than five kilometres apart. 

Couples who live separately can still visit each other in their home under Melbourne's stage four lockdown. Pictured is a couple spending time together in the Botanic Gardens on July 26

Couples who live separately can still visit each other in their home under Melbourne's stage four lockdown. Pictured is a couple spending time together in the Botanic Gardens on July 26

Couples who live separately can still visit each other in their home under Melbourne’s stage four lockdown. Pictured is a couple spending time together in the Botanic Gardens on July 26

‘The arrangements in relation to intimate partners are unchanged,’ Mr Andrews said. 

‘The arrangements in relation to shared custody are unchanged.

‘Things like five-kilometre rules and reasons to leave your home, they don’t apply in those circumstances.’

However, Melbourne University social expert Dr Lauren Rosewarne fears it may create a loophole for those seeking casual hook-ups.

There are fears singles looking for casual hook-up may take advantage of a loophole that allows intimate partners to visit each other's homes. Picture is a Melbourne couple on July 26

There are fears singles looking for casual hook-up may take advantage of a loophole that allows intimate partners to visit each other's homes. Picture is a Melbourne couple on July 26

There are fears singles looking for casual hook-up may take advantage of a loophole that allows intimate partners to visit each other’s homes. Picture is a Melbourne couple on July 26

‘If you see a different person every night of the week, obviously you may as well have been at a party … it’s a grey area because what determines “partner”?’ she told the Herald Sun.

‘It’s not necessarily a boyfriend-girlfriend situation and we definitely use that phrase ‘sexual partner’ … so there’s a definite loophole for people who are wanting to hook up. I’d also say … sex is a driver, like no others, for human behaviour.’

She added while most Melburnians did the right thing, she believes some singles active on dating apps as Tinder, eHarmony and Bumble may take advantage of the exceptions for couples living separately.

An expert called for discussion around the word 'partner' as Melbourne enters stage four lockdown from 8pm Sunday night. Pictured is a Melbourne couple wearing face masks

An expert called for discussion around the word 'partner' as Melbourne enters stage four lockdown from 8pm Sunday night. Pictured is a Melbourne couple wearing face masks

An expert called for discussion around the word ‘partner’ as Melbourne enters stage four lockdown from 8pm Sunday night. Pictured is a Melbourne couple wearing face masks

‘But I think we need some discussion around this word ‘partner’ … how long do you need to have known one another … because there are some people who are clearly taking liberties with the word,’ Dr Rosewarne said.

eHarmony told the publication it encourages daters to follow government social distancing guidelines, while Tinder sends its users a COVID warning message when they join the app.

‘While each day presents new challenges, we are inspired by the number of people who are turning to Tinder to connect … though we’re distancing ourselves to prevent the spread of the virus, we are not disconnecting,’ a Tinder spokesperson said. 

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George Floyd death: Cop’s lawyer says he never touched victim

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The lawyer for one of the four former Minneapolis police officers charged over George Floyd‘s death has claimed his client ‘only handled crowd control’ and had offered cops a hobble restraint to use during the fatal arrest.  

Defense attorney Robert Paule filed a memo on Wednesday supporting his earlier motion to dismiss charges against fired officer Tou Thao for lack of probable cause. 

The memo said Thao had his back to what was going on as officer Derek Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee to the neck of Floyd, a handcuffed black man. 

Chauvin had pinned Floyd down with his leg for more than eight minutes on May 25 even after he repeatedly pleaded for air.

The defense attorney for former Minneapolis cop Tou Thao (pictured right during a court hearing last month) is seeking to dismiss the charges against his client due to 'lack of probable cause'

The defense attorney for former Minneapolis cop Tou Thao (pictured right during a court hearing last month) is seeking to dismiss the charges against his client due to 'lack of probable cause'

The defense attorney for former Minneapolis cop Tou Thao (pictured right during a court hearing last month) is seeking to dismiss the charges against his client due to ‘lack of probable cause’

Thao (right) was fired alongside three of his colleagues, Derek Chauvin (far left) J. Alexander Kueng (second from left) and Thomas Lane (second from right) after footage of Floyd's fatal arrest went viral in May

Thao (right) was fired alongside three of his colleagues, Derek Chauvin (far left) J. Alexander Kueng (second from left) and Thomas Lane (second from right) after footage of Floyd's fatal arrest went viral in May

Thao (right) was fired alongside three of his colleagues, Derek Chauvin (far left) J. Alexander Kueng (second from left) and Thomas Lane (second from right) after footage of Floyd’s fatal arrest went viral in May

Thao was seen in footage of the fatal confrontation with his back to Floyd as he was pinned to the ground by Chauvin

Thao was seen in footage of the fatal confrontation with his back to Floyd as he was pinned to the ground by Chauvin

Thao's attorney has claimed he only handled 'crowd control' of the incident

Thao's attorney has claimed he only handled 'crowd control' of the incident

Thao was seen in footage of the fatal confrontation with his back to Floyd as he was pinned to the ground by Chauvin. Thao’s attorney has claimed he only handled ‘crowd control’ of the incident

According to the memo, Thao had offered a hobble restraint to the other three officers, but they refused it. 

A hobble restraint is sometimes used to by police to restrain suspects by their wrists and ankles. The device limits the person’s movement while keeping them in a seated position. 

Thao then ‘immediately turned his attention to crowd control’ and kept his back to Floyd and the other officers for the majority of the remainder of the arrest, the memo said.

‘When Officer Thao turned his back to Mr Floyd and the three other officers for the last time, Mr Floyd was still alive and breathing,’ the memo said. 

‘Officer Thao did nothing to aid in the commission of a crime.’

Thao never placed his hands on Floyd, according to the memo, and asked about the status of an ambulance, radioing police dispatch to hurry up the response.

Floyd, 46, died on May 25 after officer Derek Chauvin (pictured) pressed his knee against his neck for more than eight minutes

Floyd, 46, died on May 25 after officer Derek Chauvin (pictured) pressed his knee against his neck for more than eight minutes

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Floyd, 46, died on May 25 after officer Derek Chauvin (left) pressed his knee against his neck for more than eight minutes

Thao claims he offered officers a hobble restraint (pictured in a stock image) for Floyd, but they refused

Thao claims he offered officers a hobble restraint (pictured in a stock image) for Floyd, but they refused

Thao claims he offered officers a hobble restraint (pictured in a stock image) for Floyd, but they refused

The lawyer also argues Chauvin was using a non-deadly, Minneapolis Police Department-approved neck restraint, and that Thao and the other three officers ‘had been repeatedly trained to use neck restraints.’ 

Viral footage of the deadly police confrontation showed Thao standing on the street as Floyd was pinned to the ground behind him, struggling to breathe.

Thao was seen facing a group of bystanders who were recording the incident as they urged officers to release Floyd. 

The disturbing footage captured Floyd’s final moments, during which he gasped for air and complained to cops that he couldn’t breathe before eventually losing consciousness.

He was later taken away in an ambulance and was pronounced dead shortly after on May 25. 

Thao was fired the next day along with fellow officers Derek Chauvin, J. Alexander Kueng, and Thomas Lane following widespread backlash over the video. 

He was charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.  

Floyd's death triggered a nationwide protests against police brutality and the senseless killings of black Americans

Floyd's death triggered a nationwide protests against police brutality and the senseless killings of black Americans

Floyd’s death triggered a nationwide protests against police brutality and the senseless killings of black Americans

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AFL: Isaac Quaynor’s leg is split open by his opponent’s boot

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AFL star Isaac Quaynor has been left with a gruesome gash on his leg caused by his opponent’s boot stud.

The Collingwood defender came off second best when he laid a tackle on Sydney Swan small forward Sam Wicks at the Gabba in Brisbane on Thursday night.

Replays showed the boot of first-gamer Wicks make contact with Quaynor’s shin, where a 20cm gash instantly appeared. 

The AFL is set to probe whether Wicks’ stud boots were made from metal, which is banned by the league to protect players from such injuries.  

AFL star Isaac Quaynor has been left with a gruesome gash on his leg caused by his opponent's boot stud

AFL star Isaac Quaynor has been left with a gruesome gash on his leg caused by his opponent's boot stud

AFL star Isaac Quaynor has been left with a gruesome gash on his leg caused by his opponent’s boot stud 

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley suggested in the post-match press conference Wicks may have been wearing screw-in metal studs on his boots.

‘Isaac actually tackled a kid whose studs sort of raked across his shin and actually split his shin, six to eight inches, completely open. It was bad luck,’ Buckley said.

‘The kid could’ve had metal studs in as well so, that was just bad luck, tackling the only kid that had that.

‘We don’t get them checked. It’s not under-12s where the umpire comes and checks all of your studs before you play,’ Buckley said. 

Quaynor suffered a gash of 15 to 20 centimetres on his shin

Quaynor suffered a gash of 15 to 20 centimetres on his shin

Quaynor suffered a gash of 15 to 20 centimetres on his shin

The Swans have told the AFL Wicks was wearing standard screw-in studs, but the Herald Sun reported he was wearing a hybrid boot.

The Nike Anti-Clog Traction boots Wicks reportedly wore use a combination of metal and plastic fittings in the studs.

A close up image of the small forward’s boots on the field appeared to show metal studs.

A close-up of Wicks' boot before the match

A close-up of Wicks' boot before the match

It has been suggested Wicks was wearing a hybrid boot that uses metal studs and plastic elements during the match. Pictured is Wicks before the game

It has been suggested Wicks was wearing a hybrid boot that uses metal studs and plastic elements during the match. Pictured is Wicks before the game

It has been suggested Wicks was wearing a hybrid boot that uses metal studs and plastic elements during the match. Pictured is Wicks before the game

The AFL said it will investigate the incident on Friday. 

Collingwood went on to defeat the struggling Swans by nine points. 

Quaynor will face weeks on the sidelines.

‘That’ll be a couple of weeks (out), it’ll depend on how you can clean the wound and heal that up,’ Buckley said. 

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Bombproof luxury penthouse in MI6 HQ goes on sale for £5.5m

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A stunning penthouse that was the former MI6 headquarters during the First World War and which recently made an appearance in the latest James Bond film, No Time to Die, has hit the market for £5.5 million.

The 4,144 square-foot property, located over the top three floors of the prominent Whitehall Court in central London, boasts three bedrooms, four bathrooms and its very own library.

Sitting just a stone’s throw away from the River Thames, the property was once the home of Sir Mansfield Smith-Cumming – the head of MI6 during the First World War and the inspiration for James Bond’s infamous boss ‘M’ in the original novels by Ian Fleming.

A step inside the Victorian property, which sits opposite the Ministry of Defence, reveals two reception rooms and an open plan dining room and kitchen.

The stunning penthouse located over the top three floors of the prominent Whitehall Court in central London has hit the market for £5.5 million

The stunning penthouse located over the top three floors of the prominent Whitehall Court in central London has hit the market for £5.5 million

The stunning penthouse located over the top three floors of the prominent Whitehall Court in central London has hit the market for £5.5 million

A step inside the luxury apartment, which was the former MI6 headquarters during the First World War, reveals a spacious sitting room complete with wooden flooring

A step inside the luxury apartment, which was the former MI6 headquarters during the First World War, reveals a spacious sitting room complete with wooden flooring

A step inside the luxury apartment, which was the former MI6 headquarters during the First World War, reveals a spacious sitting room complete with wooden flooring

The apartment, which recently made an appearance in the latest James Bond film, No Time to Die, also has an open plan dining room and kitchen

The apartment, which recently made an appearance in the latest James Bond film, No Time to Die, also has an open plan dining room and kitchen

The apartment, which recently made an appearance in the latest James Bond film, No Time to Die, also has an open plan dining room and kitchen

The apartment also features a principal ensuite bedroom that comes with wooden flooring and two further ensuite bedrooms

The unique penthouse, which was built in 1887, also provides access to a 53 square foot roof terrace on the eighth floor of the building and has a 24-hour porter and lift service.

A step onto the top floor of the property reveals a separate library while the ninth floor features a walk-in-wardrobe.

The building, which still has the black beams and specially-hardened flooring installed by the Secret Services during the war, is within walking distance from Embankment Underground Station and offers spectacular views across Whitehall and the city skyline.

It is also provides easy access to the Royal Opera House, The National Portrait Gallery and Covent Garden Piazza 

During the early 1900s, the British government grew increasingly concerned about the threat Germany posed on the nation and the former Prime Minister Herbert Asquith ordered the Committee of Imperial Defence to look into the matter. 

After the committee established the Secret Service Bureau in 1909, the organisation was split into Home and Foreign Sections and former naval officer Sir Mansfield Cumming was chosen to lead the foreign section.

A step inside the luxury property, which is currently on the market for £5.5 million, reveals a principal ensuite bedroom

A step inside the luxury property, which is currently on the market for £5.5 million, reveals a principal ensuite bedroom

A step inside the luxury property, which is currently on the market for £5.5 million, reveals a principal ensuite bedroom

The 4,144 square-foot property, located over the top three floors of the prominent Whitehall Court in central London, also boats a large seating area

The 4,144 square-foot property, located over the top three floors of the prominent Whitehall Court in central London, also boats a large seating area

The 4,144 square-foot property, located over the top three floors of the prominent Whitehall Court in central London, also boats a large seating area 

Sitting just a stone's throw away from the River Thames, the luxury property still has the black beams and specially-hardened flooring installed by the Secret Services during the war

Sitting just a stone's throw away from the River Thames, the luxury property still has the black beams and specially-hardened flooring installed by the Secret Services during the war

Sitting just a stone’s throw away from the River Thames, the luxury property still has the black beams and specially-hardened flooring installed by the Secret Services during the war

The property also comes with two further ensuite bedrooms

The property also comes with two further ensuite bedrooms

The bombproof apartment, which is just a short walk away from the West End, comes with one principle ensuite bedroom and two further ensuite bedrooms

The unique property in central London, which was built in 1887, also provides access to a 53 square foot roof terrace on the eighth floor

The unique property in central London, which was built in 1887, also provides access to a 53 square foot roof terrace on the eighth floor

The unique property in central London, which was built in 1887, also provides access to a 53 square foot roof terrace on the eighth floor 

The four bathrooms inside the luxury property in central London come with wooden flooring and a shower and bath

The four bathrooms inside the luxury property in central London come with wooden flooring and a shower and bath

The four bathrooms inside the luxury property in central London come with wooden flooring and a shower and bath 

At first the Foreign and Home Sections shared an office but Sir Mansfield later decided to move his department to Ashley Mansions in Vauxhall Bridge Road.

In 1911, the Section was moved again to Sir Mansfield’s home in Whitehall Court.

A history of MI6 and its first head Sir Mansfield Smith- Cummings 

During the early 1900s, the British government grew increasingly concerned about the threat Germany posed on the nation.

Following scare stories that German spies were targeting the country, the former Prime Minister Herbert Asquith ordered the Committee of Imperial Defence to look into the matter and the Secret Service Bureau was established in 1909.   

The bureau was split into Home and Foreign Sections and former naval officer Sir Mansfield Smith-Cumming was chosen to lead the foreign section.  

At first the Foreign and Home Sections shared an office but Sir Mansfield later decided to move his department to Ashley Mansions in Vauxhall Bridge Road.

In 1911, the Section was moved again to Sir Mansfield’s home in Whitehall Court.

Following the outbreak of the First World War with Germany, the Foreign Section worked closely with Military Intelligence and even adopted the cover of MI1, part of the War Office. 

The use of ‘MI6’, meaning Military Intelligence, Section 6, began during the Second World War as a flag of convenience. 

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Following the outbreak of the First World War with Germany in 1914, the Foreign Section worked closely with Military Intelligence and in 1916 even adopted the cover of MI1, part of the War Office.

It is believed that the origins of the term ‘MI6’, meaning Military Intelligence, Section 6, began during the Second World War when the abbreviation was adopted as a flag of convenience.  

During his years inside the bombproof luxury apartment, Sir Mansfield, who was born in 1959, would brief his staff on the eighth floor of the building and only the most senior spies knew of the top secret property.  

The former British naval office once wrote about the hidden location in his secret service memos.

In the memo the former MI6 head wrote: ‘Been here five weeks.

‘Absolutely cut off in the eaves from everyone while here and cannot give my address out or be telephoned to under my own name.

‘One of my colleagues asked me if I should object to his moving into a flat next door, but I told him that I thought it would interfere with my privacy and secrecy in my own flat and I told him not to go forward with any such scheme.’          

The flat was so secret, it even had a bogus Post Office address and posed as a shipping company.

The home was also where former spies created invisible ink, pens containing poison and bombs disguised as rats.

Despite the building being used during the First World War to spy on Russians, it has been claimed that the country’s First Deputy Minister, Igor Shuvalov, now owns two homes in the building worth £11.4million.    

The pad, which is now on sale with Beauchamp Estates, was designed by architects Thomas Archer and A Green, who built a range of churches and estates across the UK during the baroque period. 

Gary Hersham, Founding Director said: ‘Who doesn’t love the excitement and glamour of the Secret Services, spies, gadgets and James Bond?

‘Whitehall Court, with its Blue Plaque denoting the founding home of the British secret service is located in the heart of the government quarter and, within it, this unique penthouse, located in the eaves of the building, helps to shine a spotlight on the thrilling history of the Secret Service and the 007-style agents.’

The property, which was built in 1887 and also provides access to a 53 square foot roof terrace, provides spectacular views of Whitehall and the capital's skyline

The property, which was built in 1887 and also provides access to a 53 square foot roof terrace, provides spectacular views of Whitehall and the capital's skyline

The property, which was built in 1887 and also provides access to a 53 square foot roof terrace, provides spectacular views of Whitehall and the capital’s skyline

The luxury building which is currently on the market for £5.5 million also comes with a 24-hour porter and lift service

The luxury building which is currently on the market for £5.5 million also comes with a 24-hour porter and lift service

The luxury building which is currently on the market for £5.5 million also comes with a 24-hour porter and lift service

Sir Mansfield (pictured) would brief his staff on the eighth floor of the building and only the most senior spies knew of the top secret location

Sir Mansfield (pictured) would brief his staff on the eighth floor of the building and only the most senior spies knew of the top secret location

Sir Mansfield (pictured) would brief his staff on the eighth floor of the building and only the most senior spies knew of the top secret location

Sir Mansfield first worked from Ashley Mansions in Vauxhall Bridge Road before moving his section to his home in Whitehall Court in 1911. Pictured: The former MI6 headquarters in Whitehall Court in the 1990s

Sir Mansfield first worked from Ashley Mansions in Vauxhall Bridge Road before moving his section to his home in Whitehall Court in 1911. Pictured: The former MI6 headquarters in Whitehall Court in the 1990s

Sir Mansfield first worked from Ashley Mansions in Vauxhall Bridge Road before moving his section to his home in Whitehall Court in 1911. Pictured: The former MI6 headquarters in Whitehall Court in the 1990s

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