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Mayor of Luton and two councillors apologise after breaking lockdown rules at a party

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The Mayor of Luton and two councillors were pictured breaking lockdown rules by attending a party, just days before Luton was designated an ‘area of intervention’ by government health officials because of rising coronavirus cases. 

Mayor Tahir Malik was pictured at the outdoor gathering for 12 people in a back garden on July 21, along with councillors Waheed Akbar and Asif Masood, along with around nine other men.

The three men have apologised for breaking the rules, but blamed ‘additional guests’ by making the initially small gathering too big. 

The party was attended by over double the number of people allowed to gather under coronavirus laws.

Photos of the gathering were shared on Facebook, including one of the mayor wearing his mask hanging dangling below his chin, but not covering his nose and mouth. 

Mayor Tahir Malik, pictured above standing at the end of the table, was photographed at the outdoor gathering on July 21 with councillors Waheed Akbar and Asif Masood, along with around nine other men

Mayor Tahir Malik, pictured above standing at the end of the table, was photographed at the outdoor gathering on July 21 with councillors Waheed Akbar and Asif Masood, along with around nine other men

Mayor Tahir Malik, pictured above standing at the end of the table, was photographed at the outdoor gathering on July 21 with councillors Waheed Akbar and Asif Masood, along with around nine other men

The rules breach has sparked anger among Luton locals who are potentially facing a local lockdown.

On Thursday, Luton – along with Blackburn – joined Leicester in reaching the highest level on the government’s coronavirus watchlist, with Luton being designated as an ‘area of intervention’ by Public Health England (PHE).

The pictures of the party showed that none of the attendees were wearing facemasks properly, and they were seen sitting in close-quarters while eating together around a table, and posing for a photograph together.

Since June 1, lockdown laws have stated that a maximum of six people can meet outdoors – including gardens – providing people from different households keep a distance of two meters apart – or one meter with a face covering.

‘We apologise unreservedly to the people of Luton for our breach of the lockdown rules,’ the three Labour councillors said in a statement to Luton Today.   

‘We attended what we believed was going to be a small socially distanced gathering, in line with the government guidelines.

The Mayor and the two councillors who were caught out at the party have since apologised, saying the gathering was larger than they expected it to be

The Mayor and the two councillors who were caught out at the party have since apologised, saying the gathering was larger than they expected it to be

The Mayor and the two councillors who were caught out at the party have since apologised, saying the gathering was larger than they expected it to be

‘During the course of the event, the arrival of additional guests meant the rules were breached.

‘We should have left immediately, and it is a matter of sincere regret for each of us that we did not do so.

‘It is all of our responsibility to follow the guidelines. We are sorry that we did not live up to the standards that are rightly expected of us.’

A spokesman from the eastern branch of the local Labour Party said the party’s Chief Whip was investigating the apparent lockdown breach.

Men at the party were seen sitting around the table having dinner, and not observing social distancing measures that state that people not in the same household should remain at least two meters apart, or one meter plus if they are wearing face coverings

Men at the party were seen sitting around the table having dinner, and not observing social distancing measures that state that people not in the same household should remain at least two meters apart, or one meter plus if they are wearing face coverings

Men at the party were seen sitting around the table having dinner, and not observing social distancing measures that state that people not in the same household should remain at least two meters apart, or one meter plus if they are wearing face coverings

‘It is essential that everybody follows social distancing measures in order to protect the public from COVID-19,’ the spokesman told the news outlet.

‘It is even more important for those in positions of authority to be setting the right example.

‘The Labour Party investigates all complaints received and where rules have been breached, action will be taken in line with the Labour Party’s processes.’

Luton Borough Council is said to be waiting on a decision from the Labour Party before opening any procedures of its own.

A spokesperson for the council said: ‘The council has received complaints concerning the alleged conduct of three councillors. 

‘We take all such complaints extremely seriously and an investigation into their alleged behaviour will be started and a decision arrived at.’ 

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Coronavirus cases in England appear to be creeping up with 1,000 more people estimated to be catching the disease every day than they were last week, official data showed today as the UK recorded 123 more Covid-19 deaths.

All of the victims are assumed to be in England considering Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland health agencies reported zero fatalities for the second day running. The new deaths take the total in the UK to 45,677.

Covid-19 cases have reached 297,914, according to the Government tally. Some 770 new cases were announced by the Department of Health today, the highest in a week and taking the seven-day rolling average up to 668 – a nine per cent increase on last Friday.

It comes as Office for National Statistics data based on population testing estimate that daily infections have risen from 1,700 to 2,800 in the space of seven days, to a current total of 22,400 new cases per week.

It suggests one in 2,000 people across the country were carrying Covid-19 within the most recent week up to July 19 – a total of 27,700 people or 0.05 per cent of the population. 

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This figure has crept up from the estimated 0.04 per cent (24,000) thought to be infected last week and the 0.03 per cent (14,000) the week before.

The ONS has stopped short of saying the crisis is growing because all three estimates are based on complex trend models and fall within a possible range.

But statisticians behind the report say the week-on-week rises indicate that the epidemic’s decline at least ‘levelled off’.

Meanwhile SAGE warned today that the virus’s R rate – the average number of people each coronavirus patients infects – has risen to between 0.7 and one or 0.8 and one in all regions of England for the first time since lockdown was lifted. 

The R needs to stay below one to prevent future outbreaks from spiralling out of control.

It doesn’t necessarily mean England is on the brink of another crisis, however, because scientists say when case numbers are as low as they are, the R becomes more volatile and small clusters can skew the rate upwards.

Separate data from Public Health England today revealed that Covid-19 infection rates have risen in 63 areas of the country compared to last week, with Blackburn with Darwen in the North West now the worst affected area.

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COVID-19 CASES IN BRITAIN ARE PLATEAUING WITH 2,000 INFECTED EVERY DAY

COVID-19 cases in Britain are barely dropping with almost 2,000 people still becoming infected each day, experts say.

King’s College London‘s COVID Symptom Tracker app estimates cases have remained stable over July for the UK as a whole, but appear to be ‘creeping up’ in the north of England. 

The latest figures were based on the data from 13,451 swab tests done between 5 July to 18 July.

Similar to last week, the data suggests that the number of daily new cases in the UK has remained flat. A predicted 1,884 daily new cases of COVID in the UK on average over the two weeks up to 18 July.

It’s down slightly from the 2,100 estimate given last week, based on swabs taken between June 28 and July 11. But in the last two weeks of June, there were only 1,400 new daily new cases up until July 4 — when ‘Super Saturday’ led to the opening of pubs, restaurants and salons.

Experts said last week the fluctuations are too small to say definitively that the outbreak is growing once again. But they are certain cases are not dropping anymore and the epidemic has ‘definitely levelled off’.

A clear North/South divide is also appearing across England, as cases have remained stable in the South but appear to be rising in the North. 

The South East is seeing around 210 new infections per day, and the South West just 136. London is experiencing some 256 new cases a day.

In the North West and North East and Yorkshire, a predicted 434 and 457  people are catching the virus every day, respectively. That’s up from the 321 and 401 estimations from the previous week. 

Again, the team said the numbers of cases in regions are still so low that any uptick in figures is still not yet statistically significant. The increase in numbers could be in relation to more testing.

Official government data also shows the number of people being diagnosed with the disease has surged. This is only people who are tested because they are symptomatic or get a test because they were in contact with a case.

 The Department of Health revealed yesterday a further 769 cases were confirmed in the 24 hours until July 23 9am. The seven-day-average has increased by more than 10 per cent.

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Man, 38, faked cancer to stop girlfriend, 50, leaving him

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A father-of-three council worker, 38, faked cancer by walking with a cane and swallowing 20 vitamin pills a day as his ‘medication’ in a ploy to to stop his girlfriend, 50, from leaving him.

Kevin Bevis lied about being terminally ill to Karen Gregory, even asking her to travel with him to hospital for fake treatment.

The 38-year-old, who worked for Gravesend Borough Council housing department, also convinced Ms Gregory’s friends, who sponsored him in a cancer charity run.

But his deceit came to an end when Ms Gregory went to the police after Bevis became violent and he was jailed for 18 months.

Kevin Bevis, 38, pictured with Karen Gregory, 50. In May 2017, the father-of-three told her he had stomach cancer but the act came to an end in December last year

Kevin Bevis, 38, pictured with Karen Gregory, 50. In May 2017, the father-of-three told her he had stomach cancer but the act came to an end in December last year

Kevin Bevis, 38, pictured with Karen Gregory, 50. In May 2017, the father-of-three told her he had stomach cancer but the act came to an end in December last year

Ms Gregory was put off by his repeated requests to go swinging and was going to end the relationship when Bevis said he had ‘cancer’.

She felt so sorry for him that she eventually slept with other men to please him.

Ms Gregory, from West Malling in Kent, said: ‘I just took his word for it.. He was with me when I lost my auntie to cancer, how can anyone lie about such a thing?

‘It’s hard because people on the outside think ‘how can you be so stupid?’ but he went to such lengths.’

Bevis, from nearby Sittingbourne, would swallow 20 vitamin pills per day as part of the act.

Ms Gregory would drive him to supposed chemotherapy appointments who he would not allow to come in and support him.

She also helped Bevis walk around the garden using a cane because he claimed to be too weak to stand unaided.

He even pretended to collapse in front on the neighbours when his girlfriend was out.

Ms Gregory said: ‘He would say he didn’t want me seeing him like that. I would pick him up and he would come out with bandages and tell me all about the nurses there.

‘He would have the medication, a box of pills, throughout the day.

Bevis even lied to his parents about having the deadly disease to keep up the charade

Bevis even lied to his parents about having the deadly disease to keep up the charade

Bevis even lied to his parents about having the deadly disease to keep up the charade

‘I found out they were just vitamins and supplements. I found a big bag of tablets hidden in the shed when I was clearing out his things.’

The pair initially met through a Facebook group in 2016 and Ms Gregory was attracted to Bevis after seeing pictures of him doing a charity head shave and walk, and said he behaved like a gentleman.

She said: ‘He was really nice. He acted like a gentleman and was old fashioned, it made a change really.’

Three months into their relationship, Ms Gregory wanted to break things off with Bevis due to his ‘sexual urges’ and them being incompatible.

She said: ‘He wanted to do swinging but I’m not into all that, so I thought it would be a problem. But he insisted he would never make me do any of that.’

But in May 2017, he told her he had stomach cancer.

Ms Gregory said: ‘I was speechless. He said “aren’t you going to give me a cuddle?” And then the cancer got worse and worse.’

The mother-of-three had just started spending a lot more time with her teenager daughter and believes Bevis wanted more attention.

Ms Gregory travelled up to Guy’s St Thomas’ Hospital in London under the impression that Bevis could ‘see a consultant’ but again was banned from coming in with him.

To be even more convincing, Bevis purposefully would not eat much at the home they shared together and used the cancer as an excuse not to cook.

The mass manipulator even lied to his parents about having the deadly disease in order to keep up the charade.

Council worker Bevis, above, was handed an 18-month prison sentence and a five-year restraining order to stay away from Ms Gregory at Maidstone Crown Court

Council worker Bevis, above, was handed an 18-month prison sentence and a five-year restraining order to stay away from Ms Gregory at Maidstone Crown Court

Council worker Bevis, above, was handed an 18-month prison sentence and a five-year restraining order to stay away from Ms Gregory at Maidstone Crown Court

Miss Gregory said: ‘I was standing next to him as he broke the news to his mum and dad.

‘If he can lie like that to his parents, you have got to believe it.’

Bevis escalated his lies, first saying that he also had mouth cancer and later a brain tumour and that he would die in two years.

At this point, Ms Gregory had serious misgivings about their relationships but felt unable to leave him and began booking special experiences and nights away to make his last days better.

Her friends even paid for a hot air balloon trip and she started making a memory box full of photos for his mother to keep when Bevis died.

She said: ‘How can you leave someone who is dying? I thought I would try and make it the best I could for him.’

Bevis persistently asked Ms Gregory to have sex with other men as part of his sexual fantasies and, although she did not want to, she eventually relented and had intercourse with three different men.

She said: ‘You do it because you want to make that person happy in their final year, or so I thought. I should never have given in.

‘I did love him but I wasn’t madly in love with him. A friend used to say to me, ‘you don’t love him, you care for him.’

Ms Gregory also helped Bevis, above, walk around the garden using a cane because he claimed to be too weak to stand unaided

Ms Gregory also helped Bevis, above, walk around the garden using a cane because he claimed to be too weak to stand unaided

Ms Gregory also helped Bevis, above, walk around the garden using a cane because he claimed to be too weak to stand unaided

As the lies continued, Ms Gregory stood on the side-lines cheering Bevis on as he completed the Canterbury Half Marathon and Great South Run, raising money for cancer charities.

She had begged Bevis not to take part in the events as she believed he had overcome tremendous pain to do so.

He stopped running three miles before the finish line in Canterbury, telling a fellow runner about his supposed illness.

Bevis repeatedly assaulted Ms Gregory, each time pinning her down and wrapping his hands around her throat.

The last time he said, ‘I could kill you, I’ve got nothing to live for’, in reference to the supposed cancer.

He later blamed his violence on the steroids he claimed to be taking as part of his treatment.

The act came to an end in December 2019, when Miss Gregory asked the police about her partner’s background under Claire’s Law and encouraged by her daughter.

In a meeting, she told the police he was violent and Bevis was arrested the next day.

He admitted to lying about his illnesses after police looked through his medical records and Ms Gregory was told of the deceit on the phone.

She said: ‘I couldn’t believe it. It was like something you read in a magazine.’

Bevis was handed an 18-month prison sentence and a five-year restraining order to stay away from Ms Gregory at Maidstone Crown Court.

Ghulam Humayun, defending, said Bevis was very sorry for taking an ‘extreme measure’ by claiming cancer because he feared losing his girlfriend.

More than six months since the relationship ended, Miss Gregory still has nightmares about Bevis and says she will probably get counselling.

She believes if she had never gone to the police, Bevis would still be lying to her now.

The courageous mother said she wants people to know how much help was offered to her from the police and witness and victim support after the revelation.

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A bizarre video has emerged showing a car wash worker spraying the inside of a 4WD with a high-pressure hose, but the owner of the business says it’s nothing out of the ordinary. 

The footage, shot in Bunbury, Western Australia, shows the employee at the Sparklers car wash drenching the inside of the vehicle water.   

Business owner Deep Singh said the method is common among car detailers and was commonly used in off-road vehicles. 

A bizarre video (pictured) showing a car wash employee spraying the inside of a 4WD with a high-pressure hose was defended by the business owner as a common cleaning method

A bizarre video (pictured) showing a car wash employee spraying the inside of a 4WD with a high-pressure hose was defended by the business owner as a common cleaning method

A bizarre video (pictured) showing a car wash employee spraying the inside of a 4WD with a high-pressure hose was defended by the business owner as a common cleaning method

He said customers were always asked for permission before the high-powered hose is used on the interior. 

‘If a person asks for a proper detail, we do it, it also depends on the car,’ he told Perth Now.

He also said in many cases the seats were removed beforehand.  

The footage was shared on social media and garnered hundreds of comments.

‘Detailed for four years and never had a problem pressure washing the doors,’ one man wrote. 

Others were shocked by the little-known method. 

‘Is that the worker? I thought it must have been the car owner!’ a social media user wrote.  

Others raised concerns about potential damage to the vehicle’s electronics and interior. 

Mr Singh said he was yet to receive negative feedback after detailing the inside of a vehicle. 

The video (pictured) was shared online with other car detailers also defending the method while other social media users were stunned by what they saw

The video (pictured) was shared online with other car detailers also defending the method while other social media users were stunned by what they saw

The video (pictured) was shared online with other car detailers also defending the method while other social media users were stunned by what they saw 

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A doctor was punched in the face by his ex-wife outside the £450,000 countryside home he shared with a hospital nurse with whom he’d had an affair, a court heard.

Consultant anaesthetist Dr Anthony Doyle was ‘shocked’ when Vicki Doyle struck him with a clenched fist to the side of the face after he called her a ‘psychopath’ in an ugly row.

The couple had been married for 20 years and had two children together before Mr Doyle had an affair with hospital nurse Sarah Williams in 2018.

Tensions boiled over in January when Mrs Doyle, an NHS administrator, took their daughter to see her father  at his home in Bradford Peverell, Dorset, after the two had an argument over the phone.

When the teenager became upset on the doorstep the 53-year-old got out of her car to intervene.

During the ensuing argument, he repeatedly called Mrs Doyle a psychopath, magistrates heard.

She struck him across the face and Ms Williams, who was inside the house at the time, called the police. 

Mrs Doyle was arrested and later charged with assault by beating. She denied the charge, but was found guilty following a magistrates’ court trial. 

In January this year Mrs Doyle (pictured), an NHS administrator, took their daughter to see her father after the two had an argument over the phone.

In January this year Mrs Doyle (pictured), an NHS administrator, took their daughter to see her father after the two had an argument over the phone.

Dr Anthony Doyle (pictured) was ¿shocked¿ when Vicki Doyle struck him with a clenched fist to the side of the face after he called her a ¿psychopath¿ in an ugly row

Dr Anthony Doyle (pictured) was ¿shocked¿ when Vicki Doyle struck him with a clenched fist to the side of the face after he called her a ¿psychopath¿ in an ugly row

Dr Anthony Doyle (pictured right) was ‘shocked’ when Vicki Doyle (pictured left) struck him with a clenched fist to the side of the face after he called her a ‘psychopath’ in an ugly row

Tensions boiled over in January outside Dr Doyle's home in Bradford Peverell, Dorset (pictured)

Tensions boiled over in January outside Dr Doyle's home in Bradford Peverell, Dorset (pictured)

Tensions boiled over in January outside Dr Doyle’s home in Bradford Peverell, Dorset (pictured)

Harrison Willis, prosecuting, told Poole Magistrates’ Court: ‘Mr Doyle was at home with his partner Sarah Williams and had been on the phone to his daughter.

‘Following that she and the defendant arrived at the address. He invited his daughter in but things got heated.

‘He made comments along the lines of ‘you’re behaving like a psychopath’.

‘At this point the crown say the defendant hit her ex-partner once to the side of his face.’

Giving evidence, Mr Doyle, who works at the Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester, said the punch nearly knocked him to the ground.

He said: ‘My daughter was actually walking away and the next thing I knew I felt a punch on my right cheek.

Dr Doyle was living in the home in the Dorset village, pictured, with nurse Sarah Williams, whom he had had an affair with in 2018

Dr Doyle was living in the home in the Dorset village, pictured, with nurse Sarah Williams, whom he had had an affair with in 2018

Dr Doyle was living in the home in the Dorset village, pictured, with nurse Sarah Williams, whom he had had an affair with in 2018

‘It nearly knocked me over and was with a clenched fist. I fell back and felt shocked and surprised. I was not expecting it.

‘There was physical pain but no lasting injuries and no medical attention was needed.’

Mr Doyle initially made no mention of the affair but admitted it when pressed by defence solicitor Lee Christmas.

Mr Christmas said: ‘You’ve said that the relationship ended in December 2018 and your relationship with Sarah Williams began two years ago but that is not strictly true is it?

‘Is it not true that the marriage ended because you had an affair with your current partner?’

Mr Doyle responded: ‘Yes, that is true.’

Mrs Doyle admitted that she ‘lashed out’ but said she acted to protect herself and her daughter from verbal abuse.

She also called on the legal system to treat mental injuries as seriously as physical injuries.

Giving evidence, Mr Doyle, who works at the Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester, said the punch nearly knocked him to the ground

Giving evidence, Mr Doyle, who works at the Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester, said the punch nearly knocked him to the ground

Giving evidence, Mr Doyle, who works at the Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester, said the punch nearly knocked him to the ground

She told magistrates: ‘This is someone I spent 26 years with and I hung on his every word.

‘When he tells me I have a personality disorder, I believe him.

‘If I had gone to his house, knocked on his door and slapped him in the face then I would understand all this but that is not what happened.

‘I lashed out to protect my little girl and myself.

‘People can harm you with more than fists and that is something the legal system should take into account.’

After hearing all the evidence over the two hour trial, magistrates found Mrs Doyle guilty of assault by beating.

She was handed a 12 month suspended sentence and a year-long restraining order preventing any contact with Mr Doyle.

She was also ordered to pay £321 in costs to the court.

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