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Can I see my grandchildren? Everything you need to know about Boris Johnson’s ‘support bubbles’

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Boris Johnson tonight announced his plan for ‘support bubbles’ that will allow adults or people living along to mix with one other household.

Under the new plans couples kept apart by lockdown restrictions could be reunited and some grandparents will be able to hug their grandchildren from Saturday under plans set out by Boris Johnson. 

They would then be allowed to interact as though they were one household, spending time together indoors, not having to follow the two-metre rule and would be allowed to stay overnight.  

It could allow children in single-parent households to see one set of grandparents. A grandparent living alone would be allowed to visit the house of their child and grandchildren. 

At the Downing Street briefing, the Prime Minister said: ‘We are making this change to support those who are particularly lonely as a result of lockdown measures.’ 

According to ONS statistics show that in 2019 there were 2.9 million lone parent families and 8.2 million people live alone.

Here is how some people will be affected and what the new rules are…

Who might benefit from the new rules?

Elderly people living alone could form a bubble with the household of an adult son or daughter enabling them to visit and even hug their grandchildren for the first time since lockdown.

The new 'support' bubble rules mean some people could be reunited with family members

The new 'support' bubble rules mean some people could be reunited with family members

The new ‘support’ bubble rules mean some people could be reunited with family members

Single parents could pair up with their own parents allowing them to share childcare duties and reuniting grandparents and grandchildren.

Couples who do not live together will be able to visit and to stay with each other. 

Who is covered by the new arrangements?

Adults living alone or single parents living with children under the age of 18.

I’m a grandparent and I live with my spouse, can I see my young grandchildren? 

Sadly no. The support bubble must contain one person who lives alone. Widowers, widows and divorced grandparents, as long as they lived alone, would be allowed to see their grandchildren.

I live at home with my parents but my boyfriend has his own flat and he lives along, can I stay over? 

Yes you can. He can also come to stay at your house with you if you want.

 I have my own place but my partner lives in a shared flat, can I see her? 

It depends. The flat share can only join one other household. So if several people live in the flatshare and know individuals who live alone – whether they be a friend, partner, parent, or grandparent – they will have to decide which other house they join. They cannot join multiple households, just one.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a media briefing in Downing Street, London, on coronavirus (COVID-19). PA Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 10, 2020. See PA story HEALTH Coronavirus. Photo credit should read: PA Video/PA Wire

Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a media briefing in Downing Street, London, on coronavirus (COVID-19). PA Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 10, 2020. See PA story HEALTH Coronavirus. Photo credit should read: PA Video/PA Wire

Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a media briefing in Downing Street, London, on coronavirus (COVID-19). PA Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 10, 2020. See PA story HEALTH Coronavirus. Photo credit should read: PA Video/PA Wire

The houseshare cannot act as a ‘hub’ bubble like the spoke of a wheel with each flatmate in a different bubble with their friend/partner/parent/grandparent etc…

I’m a single mum with three small kids and a full-time job. My friend is in a similar position and we are both struggling, can we share childcare?

Yes. If you are both single parents living only with your children you can form one bubble between you. So one of you can look after the children while the other works, even in different houses.

Can households form more than one bubble? 

No. The arrangement must be exclusive with no switching of bubble partners.

Will people have to formally register these bubble arrangements?

No, it will be taken on trust. No 10 says the public has shown ‘great responsibility’ in following the social distancing rules so far. 

Is there any limit on the distance between households in a bubble?

Again no, although officials are suggesting people should try to ‘stay local’ where possible.

Can you chop and change who you see? 

No. Two households that have formed a bubble together must keep the arrangement exclusive to avoid increased risk of spreading the virus. 

What about vulnerable people who are shielding due to their age or health problems? 

At the moment, officials say it is too soon for them to be able to join support bubbles. 

What about parents who are separated but who currently share childcare with the children moving between the two households?

That will continue. If the parents are the only adult in the household they can form a bubble with another household – meaning the children could potentially be in two bubbles, one for each parent.

What happens if someone in a bubble develops coronavirus symptoms? 

All members of both households in the bubble must self-isolate for 14 days. 

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Sri Lanka sends back 21 containers of ‘recycling’ to UK because it was full of rotting MEDICAL WASTE

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Sri Lanka has shipped 21 containers full of ‘recycling’ back to the UK because it was full of rotting medical waste.

The Sri Lankan government said container-loads of waste were brought into the island in violation of international laws governing the shipping of hazardous material.

Previous illegally imported containers had included rags, bandages and body parts from mortuaries, according to officials.

The 21 containers (pictured) were holding up to 260 tonnes of rubbish were brought into the island in violation of international laws governing the shipping of hazardous material

The 21 containers (pictured) were holding up to 260 tonnes of rubbish were brought into the island in violation of international laws governing the shipping of hazardous material

The 21 containers (pictured) were holding up to 260 tonnes of rubbish were brought into the island in violation of international laws governing the shipping of hazardous material

The type of hospital waste was not revealed, but they departed Sri Lanka on Saturday according to customs.

The 21 containers were holding up to 260 tonnes of rubbish and had first arrived by ship in the capital Colombo’s main port between September 2017 and March 2018. 

The containers were meant to carry used mattresses, carpets and rugs, but had also contained hospital waste, officials said.

Customs spokesman Sunil Jayaratne said: ‘The shipper had agreed to take back these 21 containers.

‘We are working to secure compensation from those responsible for getting the containers into the country.’

Another 242 containers from Britain remain abandoned at the same port and at a free trade zone outside the capital.

The illegal waste first arrived by ship in the capital Colombo's main port (pictured) between September 2017 and March 2018

The illegal waste first arrived by ship in the capital Colombo's main port (pictured) between September 2017 and March 2018

The illegal waste first arrived by ship in the capital Colombo’s main port (pictured) between September 2017 and March 2018

The government said they were carrying illegal garbage in violation of international law and also arrived between 2017 and 2018.  

The government is currently engaged in legal action against the shipper to have the 242 containers removed from the country.

A Sri Lankan investigation last year into nearly 3,000 tonnes of illegally imported hazardous waste found the importer had reshipped about 180 tonnes to India and Dubai.

In the past two years several Asian countries have turned back container-loads of waste from foreign shores.

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Wedding venue is fined £10,000 for hosting a 120-person reception

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An events venue has been fined £10,000 after police found 120 revellers at a wedding party. 

Police were called to the venue at 4.45pm on Friday following reports of a wedding reception taking place at Stafford Park in Telford, Shropshire. 

The scenes came nearly a week after the Prime Minister set out a raft of measures designed to clampdown on the coronavirus, including slashing the number allowed to gather at nuptials to 15.    

Chief Supt Paul Moxley, of West Mercia Police, said: ‘The majority of our communities are adhering to the new COVID legislation and laws and are acting very responsibly.

The events venue in Stafford Park in Telford, Shropshire, has been fined £10,000 after police found 120 revellers celebrating at a wedding reception. (Stock image)

The events venue in Stafford Park in Telford, Shropshire, has been fined £10,000 after police found 120 revellers celebrating at a wedding reception. (Stock image)

The events venue in Stafford Park in Telford, Shropshire, has been fined £10,000 after police found 120 revellers celebrating at a wedding reception. (Stock image)

‘It is therefore unacceptable that a minority of people are continuing to disregard the rules and as a consequence a £10,000 fine was given to the organisation hosting the wedding party in Telford today.

‘It is believed that around 120 people were attending the event in Stafford Park, all of whom left the venue when we attended and spoke to them.

‘Therefore no fixed penalty notices were given to the guests.

‘We are taking a robust enforcement approach towards those who choose to intentionally break the law and in order to help suppress the virus and protect everyone, where people are clearly breaching the regulations they will be given a fine.’

Last Thursday police shut down Adelina’s Bar and Kitchen in Swansea after dozens of guests were found crammed inside the venue for a wedding reception. 

A spokeswoman for South Wales Police said: ‘South Wales Police responded to a report of a gathering at the Adelina’s Bar and Kitchen at approximately 7.10pm on Thursday.

‘Upon arrival officers found large number of people in attendance at a private function.

‘The function was shut down and all attendees ordered to leave.

West Mercia Police said the venue was fined £10,000 for breaching the coronavirus restrictions

West Mercia Police said the venue was fined £10,000 for breaching the coronavirus restrictions

West Mercia Police said the venue was fined £10,000 for breaching the coronavirus restrictions

It comes early a week after the Prime Minister set out a raft of measures designed to clampdown on the coronavirus. (Stock image)

It comes early a week after the Prime Minister set out a raft of measures designed to clampdown on the coronavirus. (Stock image)

It comes early a week after the Prime Minister set out a raft of measures designed to clampdown on the coronavirus. (Stock image)

‘Further enforcement action by South Wales Police and Swansea Council is currently being considered.’    

A spokesperson for Adelina’s Bar and Kitchen told The Sun they had only taken a booking for 25 people for the wedding reception .

They claimed to be unaware of bookings taken in other parts of the restaurant for the same party. 

In August, police also shut down a wedding reception at Waheed’s Buffet and Banqueting Hall in Blackburn after more than 100 people gathered to celebrate a local lockdown-breaching wedding reception.   

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Parents of student,22, who vanished 40-years ago fighting to change death certificate

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The elderly parents of a student who vanished nearly 40 years ago say they are ‘living’ to change her death certificate to state that she was murdered. 

Art student Jessie Earl was just 22 when she disappeared from her university home in Eastbourne, East Sussex, in May 1980. 

Nine years later, Jessie’s incomplete skeleton was found in dense scrubland above Beachy Head. Her personal belongings and clothing had been removed – and she was left only with her bra, which had been used to tie up her wrists. 

After her remains were found in 1989, an inquest recorded an open verdict and her parents Valerie, 88, and John, 92, have been fighting to have her her death reclassified ever since.

In an interview with The Sunday Times, Val explained they ‘knew’ it was murder as soon as they saw Jessie’s remains, and that their only wish in life is to change the ruling of their her death.  

Art student Jessie Earl (picture) was just 22 when she disappeared from her university home in Eastbourne, East Sussex, in May 1980

Art student Jessie Earl (picture) was just 22 when she disappeared from her university home in Eastbourne, East Sussex, in May 1980

Art student Jessie Earl (picture) was just 22 when she disappeared from her university home in Eastbourne, East Sussex, in May 1980

After her remains were found in 1989, an inquest recorded an open verdict and her parents Valerie, 88, and John, 92, (pictured) have been fighting to have her her death reclassified

After her remains were found in 1989, an inquest recorded an open verdict and her parents Valerie, 88, and John, 92, (pictured) have been fighting to have her her death reclassified

After her remains were found in 1989, an inquest recorded an open verdict and her parents Valerie, 88, and John, 92, (pictured) have been fighting to have her her death reclassified

‘From the moment I saw the death certificate I thought this is not fair to our daughter, said John, ‘I thought we must get it altered — and that is what we have been living for since’.

Jessie was a student at Eastbourne College of Art and Design, and had been spotted coming home from the doctors by an elderly neighbour the afternoon before she went missing. 

After two weeks the police classified Jessie as a missing person, and her parents would spend every moment they had spare searching for their daughter, distributing flyers and contacting various charities. 

Val told the publication how at one point in the search she stood waiting near the A2, after a psychic said her daughter would be travelling on the road in a blue car. 

Jessie was a student at Eastbourne College of Art and Design, and had been spotted coming home from the doctors by an elderly neighbour the afternoon before she went missing in 1980

Jessie was a student at Eastbourne College of Art and Design, and had been spotted coming home from the doctors by an elderly neighbour the afternoon before she went missing in 1980

Jessie was a student at Eastbourne College of Art and Design, and had been spotted coming home from the doctors by an elderly neighbour the afternoon before she went missing in 1980

After the call to tell them that Jessie’s remains had been found, John and Val knew her death was suspicious, with the ring and watch she wore daily missing from her naked body.   

‘As soon as we saw the bra we knew it was murder’, Val said. 

The family, along with police officer-turned-investigator Mark William-Thomas, have speculated that Jessie could have been a victim of serial killer Peter Tobin. 

John, who now lives in Eltham, south east London, said in January he and his wife aren’t interested in revenge, instead they want to see their daughter’s death recorded as a murder ‘before it is too late.’

‘We are not interested in revenge’,  said John, ‘We just want final justice for our daughter. The important thing is for this to happen in our lifetime. We always hoped we hadn’t seen the last of this.

John, who now lives in Eltham, south east London, said in January he and his wife aren't interested in revenge, instead they want to see their daughter's death recorded as a murder 'before it is too late'

John, who now lives in Eltham, south east London, said in January he and his wife aren't interested in revenge, instead they want to see their daughter's death recorded as a murder 'before it is too late'

John, who now lives in Eltham, south east London, said in January he and his wife aren’t interested in revenge, instead they want to see their daughter’s death recorded as a murder ‘before it is too late’

‘The first 11 years after she disappeared were the worst. They were hard, because we had no idea what had happened to her.

‘We always knew were looking at something suspicious, but the uncertainty is very painful. When she was discovered we were relieved.

‘But this last part has been very painful to get over. We want justice and to have the right verdict.

‘You get over the crying in and things like that in 40 years, now were just want justice – but in our lifetime. We will get the right result.’ 

Following criticism of its handling, Sussex Police reopened the case in 2001 and formally recorded Jessie’s death as murder. A fresh file was sent to the Coroner but no new inquest was organised.

Jessie's parents have previously speculated that their daughter was a victim of convicted serial killer Tobin, who was living in the area at the time

Jessie's parents have previously speculated that their daughter was a victim of convicted serial killer Tobin, who was living in the area at the time

Jessie’s parents have previously speculated that their daughter was a victim of convicted serial killer Tobin, who was living in the area at the time

Earlier this year, the family launched a crowdfunder to get the verdict quashed off the back of Jessie’s death being featured in the second season of the Netflix series ‘The Investigator’.  

Jessie’s parents have previously speculated that their daughter was a victim of convicted serial killer Tobin, who was living in the area at the time.

He is serving life sentences for murdering Polish student Angelika Kluk, Scots schoolgirl Vicky Hamilton and Essex teenager Dinah McNicol.

But Sussex Police have previously ruled Tobin out, telling the BBC last year: ‘We have no evidence implicating Peter Tobin or any other named or known individual in the murder of Jessie Earl’. 

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