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London’s Crossrail will NOT open in summer 2021

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The heavily delayed Crossrail will not open as planned in summer 2021 because of further setbacks caused by coronavirus, its board said last night.

The troubled railway, from Berkshire to Essex via central London, was originally expected to open in December 2018 but repeated delays have pushed it back.

Last night, Crossrail explained ‘the impact of Covid-19’ has made existing pressures due to the ‘scale and complexity’ of the 73-mile route even more ‘acute.’ 

It comes as the Government announced on Tuesday it also needs an additional £140 million to complete its surface lines.

The heavily delayed Crossrail will not open as planned in summer 2021 because of further setbacks caused by coronavirus, its board has said. Pictured: The Liverpool Street Crossrail station

The heavily delayed Crossrail will not open as planned in summer 2021 because of further setbacks caused by coronavirus, its board has said. Pictured: The Liverpool Street Crossrail station

The heavily delayed Crossrail will not open as planned in summer 2021 because of further setbacks caused by coronavirus, its board has said. Pictured: The Liverpool Street Crossrail station

In a statement, Crossrail said: ‘Due to a pause of physical activity on sites and significant constraints on ongoing work – time has been lost, only some of which can be recovered.

‘The opening of the central section between Paddington and Abbey Wood next summer, as announced earlier this year prior to Covid-19, is not achievable.’

Construction on the project was paused on March 24 amid the coronavirus crisis and did not restart until June 15, the BBC reported.

Crossrail did not provide a new date for when the railway line was now expected to be open, but said that a ‘more comprehensive update’ would be issued in due course.

The high speed railway, from Reading and Heathrow in the west to Abbey Wood and Shenfield in Essex in the east, has been controversial ever since construction plans emerged more than 10 years ago.

Andy Byford, London’s new Transport Commissioner, said that the news was ‘hugely disappointing’ and that he would leave ‘no stone unturned’ in order to finish the project.

‘Crossrail is a transformational project that will benefit London and beyond forever, and it is vitally important to get it over the line,’ he said.

‘The news that coronavirus and other factors mean the railway cannot now open next summer is hugely disappointing.

The troubled railway, from Berkshire to Essex via central London, was originally expected to open in December 2018 but repeated delays have pushed it back

The troubled railway, from Berkshire to Essex via central London, was originally expected to open in December 2018 but repeated delays have pushed it back

The troubled railway, from Berkshire to Essex via central London, was originally expected to open in December 2018 but repeated delays have pushed it back

‘Alongside leading TfL out of the current coronavirus crisis so that it can effectively support London’s recovery, opening the Elizabeth line is my top priority and I will leave no stone unturned to ensure this happens safely and reliably as soon as possible.’

Mark Wild, chief executive of Crossrail Ltd, said: ‘Everyone working on the Crossrail project knows London needs the Elizabeth line more than ever and we are doing everything possible to deliver the railway as safely and as quickly as we can.

‘We have a comprehensive plan to complete the railway but existing schedule pressure along with Covid-19 has impacted the programme and time has been lost.

‘Further work is being undertaken to finalise our detailed recovery plan which re-sequences the remaining work.

‘Despite the challenges presented by Covid-19, good progress continues to be made with completing the remaining construction works, with much of this work coming to an end along with software testing for the signalling and train systems.

‘The focus is completing the outstanding works across the tunnels, shafts and portals so that intensive operational testing can begin and the Elizabeth line can be delivered at the earliest opportunity.’

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Shocking moment woman videos herself on Snapchat hanging out of car at ‘110mph’

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This is the shocking moment a woman videos herself hanging out of a car travelling at ‘110mph’ on the M25 with the caption ‘I’m going to end up dead’ before falling out onto the M25.

Video posted on social media site Snapchat shows the unnamed woman performing the extremely dangerous stunt near Clacket Lane Services in Surrey. 

The social media post is captioned ‘I need to stop doing this. 110mph imma (sic) end up dead.’  

She then fell out of the vehicle at 1.30am today, between the service station and junction six of the M25.

Surrey Police officers Tweeted about the accident.

The woman was not badly hurt but the police added that it was lucky ‘she wasn’t seriously injured or killed.’

Police have released a picture of the inside of the car which the woman fell out of during the incident in the early hours of this morning

Police have released a picture of the inside of the car which the woman fell out of during the incident in the early hours of this morning

Police have released a picture of the inside of the car which the woman fell out of during the incident in the early hours of this morning

This is the shocking moment a woman videos herself hanging out of a car travelling at '110mph' on the M25 with the caption 'I'm going to end up dead' before falling out onto the M25

This is the shocking moment a woman videos herself hanging out of a car travelling at '110mph' on the M25 with the caption 'I'm going to end up dead' before falling out onto the M25

Video posted on social media site Snapchat shows the unnamed woman performing the extremely dangerous stunt near Clacket Lane Services in Surrey.

Video posted on social media site Snapchat shows the unnamed woman performing the extremely dangerous stunt near Clacket Lane Services in Surrey.

This is the shocking moment a woman videos herself hanging out of a car travelling at ‘110mph’ on the M25 with the caption ‘I’m going to end up dead’ before falling out onto the M25. Video posted on social media site Snapchat shows the unnamed woman performing the extremely dangerous stunt near Clacket Lane Services in Surrey

She then fell out of the vehicle at 1.30am today, between the service station and junction six of the M25

She then fell out of the vehicle at 1.30am today, between the service station and junction six of the M25

She then fell out of the vehicle at 1.30am today, between the service station and junction six of the M25

The social media post is captioned 'I need to stop doing this. 110mph imma (sic) end up dead.'

The social media post is captioned 'I need to stop doing this. 110mph imma (sic) end up dead.'

The social media post is captioned ‘I need to stop doing this. 110mph imma (sic) end up dead.’

No arrests have been made in regards to the incident and the woman was treated by paramedics at the scene. 

The Surrey force’s Roads Policing Unit Tweeted: ‘The front seat passenger was hanging out the car whilst filming a Snapchat video along the M25.

‘She then fell out the car and into a live lane.

‘It is only by luck she wasn’t seriously injured or killed. #nowords’

The unnamed woman fell from the car between junction six and the Clacket Lane Services

The unnamed woman fell from the car between junction six and the Clacket Lane Services

The unnamed woman fell from the car between junction six and the Clacket Lane Services

Surrey Police's Roads Policing Unit Tweeted about the accident

Surrey Police's Roads Policing Unit Tweeted about the accident

Surrey Police’s Roads Policing Unit Tweeted about the accident

A police spokesman said: ‘Officers were called to the M25 between junction six and Clacket Lane Services shortly after 01.30 this morning following reports of a female falling out of a moving vehicle.

‘The woman was treated by paramedics at the scene and her injuries were not life-threatening or life-changing.’

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Meghan Markle ‘co-operated’ with Finding Freedom authors, claim lawyers in latest privacy battle

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Meghan Markle is accused of ‘collaborating’ with the authors of the book ‘Finding Freedom’ about her life with the Duke of Sussex, the latest hearing of her High Court action against the publisher of the Mail on Sunday will hear today.

Meghan is suing Associated Newspapers (ANL) over its publication of a ‘private and confidential’ handwritten letter sent to her estranged father Thomas Markle, 76, in August 2018 months after he suffered a heart attack and was unable to walk her down the aisle.

The duchess, 39, insists that the note contained her ‘deepest and most private thoughts and feelings’ and that its publication was a misuse of her private information and breached the Data Protection Act.

Meghan Markle has launched a legal action against the British press after her father Thomas (pictured together) shared a letter she sent him after the royal wedding. Today Meghan's lawyers will deny that she co-operated with the book 'Finding Freedom' about her royal life

Meghan Markle has launched a legal action against the British press after her father Thomas (pictured together) shared a letter she sent him after the royal wedding. Today Meghan's lawyers will deny that she co-operated with the book 'Finding Freedom' about her royal life

Meghan Markle has launched a legal action against the British press after her father Thomas (pictured together) shared a letter she sent him after the royal wedding. Today Meghan’s lawyers will deny that she co-operated with the book ‘Finding Freedom’ about her royal life

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, pictured leaving the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey, London on Commonwealth Day on March 9 this year

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, pictured leaving the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey, London on Commonwealth Day on March 9 this year

ANL lawyers say Meghan's cooperation with the book mirrors the way her five friends briefed People Magazine with her permission about the letter to her father

ANL lawyers say Meghan's cooperation with the book mirrors the way her five friends briefed People Magazine with her permission about the letter to her father

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, pictured leaving the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey, London on Commonwealth Day on March 9 this year, are understood to have watched some of the High Court proceedings from LA (right wearing masks on April 17)

At the latest preliminary hearing in London on Monday, ANL sought permission to amend its written defence to Meghan’s claim to argue she ‘co-operated with the authors of the recently published book ‘Finding Freedom’ to put out their version of certain events’.

Lawyers for ANL say that her cooperation with the book mirrors the way her five friends briefed People Magazine with her permission about the letter to her father.

Meghan’s lawyers have denied that she co-operated with authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand on the book, which was published in August, and said that any reference to her letter in the book were simply ‘extracts from the letter lifted from the defendant’s own articles’.

In written submissions, Justin Rushbrooke QC said: ‘The claimant and her husband did not collaborate with the authors on the book, nor were they interviewed for it, nor did they provide photographs to the authors for the book.’

He added that neither Meghan nor Harry to spoke to Mr Scobie or Ms Durand, who he said ‘were not given the impression that the claimant wanted the contents of the letter to be reproduced in the book’.

Mr Rushbrooke will reportedly be representing Meghan for the remainder of the case after she dropped his colleague, David Sherborne.  

Barrister Justin Rushbrooke QC (pictured) is representing Meghan in the High Court after the duchess dropped his colleague David Sherborne

Barrister Justin Rushbrooke QC (pictured) is representing Meghan in the High Court after the duchess dropped his colleague David Sherborne

Last month, the Duchess won the most recent tussle in the legal action after Mr Justice Warby (above) ruled in her favour over protecting the identities of five friends who gave an interview to a US magazine

Last month, the Duchess won the most recent tussle in the legal action after Mr Justice Warby (above) ruled in her favour over protecting the identities of five friends who gave an interview to a US magazine

Celebrity barrister David Sherborne (pictured left) is representing Meghan in the High Court hearing last week but the judge Mr Justice Warby (right) did not find in his favour

Antony White QC, representing ANL, said in written submissions that Finding Freedom gave ‘every appearance of having been written with their (Meghan and Harry’s) extensive co-operation’.

He argued that ANL should now be allowed to file an amendment to its defence because the book contains descriptions of her ‘relationship and communication with her father,’ with her approval – and that Meghan ’caused or permitted information to be provided directly or indirectly to, and co-operated with, the authors of (Finding Freedom), including by giving or permitting them to be given information about the letter’.

ANL insists that the duchess also allowed this and other private information to come into the public domain by working with the authors or giving the green light to her friends to share details about her personal life.

A document presented to the court, in which Meghan is referred to as ‘C’ (claimant) maintains: ‘If C provided extensive cooperation to the authors and permitted a detailed account of her private life, relationships, thoughts and feelings to be published, including references to her relationship and communications with her father, it is difficult to see how she can complain that the Letter should not have been published because ‘it contained the Claimant’s deepest and most private thoughts and feelings.’

Thomas Markle with a baby Meghan Markle. A picture shown in the Channel 5 documentary called Thomas Markle: My Story, that aired earlier this year

Thomas Markle with a baby Meghan Markle. A picture shown in the Channel 5 documentary called Thomas Markle: My Story, that aired earlier this year

Thomas Markle with a baby Meghan Markle. A picture shown in the Channel 5 documentary called Thomas Markle: My Story, that aired earlier this year

Thomas Markle showing souvenirs he keeps on mantlepiece of Harry and Meghan from the wedding he was unable to attend. Father and daughter have not spoken since

Thomas Markle showing souvenirs he keeps on mantlepiece of Harry and Meghan from the wedding he was unable to attend. Father and daughter have not spoken since

Thomas Markle showing souvenirs he keeps on mantlepiece of Harry and Meghan from the wedding he was unable to attend. Father and daughter have not spoken since

Referring to the ‘Book,’ it adds: ‘The Book sets out in great detail C’s feelings on a variety of personal matters, relationships and events, and attributes multiple quotes to her about her feelings (36 by D’s reckoning).

‘It also sets out in great detail accounts of events at which it is reasonable to infer that only C and her husband, and/or possibly a third party who would not have spoken to the authors (e.g. the Queen), were present.’

Meghan’s lawyers also claim that ANL’s re-amended defence would also significantly delay the start of the full trial, which has been scheduled for next January.

A document submitted to the court claimed: ‘The Claimant and her husband did not collaborate with the authors on the Book-nor were they interviewed for it, nor did they provide photographs to the authors for the Book.

‘Neither the Claimant nor her husband spoke to the authors ‘or the purposes of the Book.’

Details of a statement by co-author Mr Scobie were also contained in the document submitted by ANL, with lawyers for the media group insisting that they wanted to ‘test’ his evidence in cross-examination.

They claim that in his statement Mr Scobie seems to confirm that people ‘working on behalf of C (Meghan) co-operated with the authors and gave them the names of people close to C who would help and that the authors spoke to such people and received information from them.’

Master Francesca Kaye at the High Court will also rule on costs budgets for the case, which has also left the two sides at loggerheads.

Meghan is claiming costs at an estimated £1.4 million, which is being disputed by ANL as being too high.

Last month Meghan won the most recent tussle in the legal action after Mr Justice Warby ruled in her favour over protecting the identities of five friends who gave an anonymous interview to People magazine.

The senior judge said he had concluded that ‘for the time being at least’ Meghan should be granted an order which protects the identities of the individuals, following an attempt by ANL to name them. 

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Man reveals his fiancee lost and broke THREE engagement rings

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A groom-to-be who was forced to purchase three engagement rings after his fiancée repeatedly lost and broke the bands several times has been urged to reconsider getting married.

Posting on Reddit, the anonymous man, 27, from America, explained he and been with his 24-year-old girlfriend had been together for three years when he bought her $4,000 engagement ring following advice from two of her closest friends.

However, she phoned in him tears to say she had lost the ring, and went on to misplace the replacement and break a third jewel that he gave to her. 

Other users were quick to criticize the 24-year-old, with some suggesting she may have sold the rings to fund a drug addiction or pay off a debt. 

A groom-to-be, from America, has revealed how he was forced to purchase three engagement rings after his fiancée repeatedly lost and broke the bands several times

A groom-to-be, from America, has revealed how he was forced to purchase three engagement rings after his fiancée repeatedly lost and broke the bands several times

A groom-to-be, from America, has revealed how he was forced to purchase three engagement rings after his fiancée repeatedly lost and broke the bands several times

Posting online, the unnamed man revealed he had proposed to his girlfriend after months of ‘not-so-subtly hinting’.

He bought her $4,000 with the help of two of her friend, explaining: ‘When my fiancée saw it, she told me she loved it and I’m pretty sure she was telling the truth.’

Yet months later, she called him in tears, and had ‘somehow lost her ring on the way home from work’ and had ‘no clue’ where it could be.’

He said he bought her a second ring from his savings because she was ‘clearly distraught’, saying: ‘It wasn’t quite as expensive as the last, but it was from the same jeweler and still a good make.’  

In a lengthy post on Reddit, the man explained he was now 'barely speaking' to his fiancée after she claimed to lose two engagement rings and damaged her third beyond repair

In a lengthy post on Reddit, the man explained he was now 'barely speaking' to his fiancée after she claimed to lose two engagement rings and damaged her third beyond repair

In a lengthy post on Reddit, the man explained he was now ‘barely speaking’ to his fiancée after she claimed to lose two engagement rings and damaged her third beyond repair 

But months later, he noticed that he hadn’t seen her wearing the engagement ring ‘for some time’  she came to him again to say that she had lost the second, replacement, engagement band.

Concerned about how much another ring would cost, he offered to buy her a cheap replacement ring but his grandmother instead gave her one of her rings instead.  

However, just weeks later he returned home to discover that she had allegedly stepped on the third ring hard enough to break it beyond repair.

He said he immediately took the ring to a jeweler, who told him that several small stones were missing and the original fitting was ‘warped’. 

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A stream of responses to the post urged the man to consider that his fiancee may have sold her first two engagement rings

A stream of responses to the post urged the man to consider that his fiancee may have sold her first two engagement rings

A stream of responses to the post urged the man to consider that his fiancee may have sold her first two engagement rings 

He added: ‘They told me they were certain someone stepping on the ring couldn’t realistically cause this amount of damage.

The groom-to-be went on to confront his fiancee about the jewel, who ended up ‘completely flipping’, leaving them ‘barely speaking.’ 

He begged for advice from others on how to handle the situation, with many urging him to consider that his girlfriend may have sold the rings because she’s either in debt or battling an addiction.   

One person wrote: ‘I would take pictures of the rings, if you have any and ask every shop in town if they had one like it around the time those went missing. Something’s very wrong here. 

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Others advised the man to reconsider getting married because his girlfriend's behavior seems suspicious

Others advised the man to reconsider getting married because his girlfriend's behavior seems suspicious

Others advised the man to reconsider getting married because his girlfriend’s behavior seems suspicious 

‘Also you know renters and homeowner policies will cover engagement rings and valuable for very little added on, right? I would have done this the first time she lost one but truth be told, they would probably be after you for insurance fraud by now, because this does not happen. Be suspicious of her. And her reaction, because it was telling.’ 

Another added: ‘She’s totally selling those rings for drug money. Probably used a hammer to get the small stones out of grandma’s ring.’ 

Others suggested the fiancée keeps losing her ring because she isn’t ready to get married and her reaction to being questioned is a sign that she’s lying about what happened to them.

‘You should look into it more – no matter her reaction. And her reacting that way is also a bad sign. It looks as if she doesn’t want people to know that she’s engaged. I advise you to clear this up before you marry that girl,’ wrote one.

Another said: ‘Her screaming and yelling at you when you debunked her lie says enough. If I was you I would reconsider getting married.’ 

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