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Another boatload of migrants has today arrived in Dover after a struggling dinghy was reportedly spotted in the English Channel by a P&O ferry.

The migrant group, believed to be of around 15 people, was seen being guided off a lifeboat at the Kent port town earlier today after making the treacherous journey in poor sea conditions.

Their small boat may have taken on water as waves crashed against it – potentially soaking them and putting them at risk of hypothermia – before the group were rescued around 8.15am. 

It comes after 120 migrants made it to the UK yesterday, amid claims people smugglers in France are urging hundreds to make the dangerous Channel crossing now before ‘closes the door’.

Last Thursday, 202 people in 20 boats arrived in Dover – a single-day record.

The number of migrants arriving today has not yet been confirmed – though pictures appear to show at least one family with small children.

MailOnline has contacted the Home Office for a comment.

Another boatload of migrants has today arrived in Dover after a dinghy was spotted in the English Channel by a P&O ferry

Another boatload of migrants has today arrived in Dover after a dinghy was spotted in the English Channel by a P&O ferry

Another boatload of migrants has today arrived in Dover after a dinghy was spotted in the English Channel by a P&O ferry

It is not yet clear how many migrants were brought into Dover today - though pictures appear to show at least one family with small children

It is not yet clear how many migrants were brought into Dover today - though pictures appear to show at least one family with small children

It is not yet clear how many migrants were brought into Dover today – though pictures appear to show at least one family with small children

The migrants were seen being guided off a lifeboat at the Kent port town earlier today

The migrants were seen being guided off a lifeboat at the Kent port town earlier today

The migrants were seen being guided off a lifeboat at the Kent port town earlier today

It comes after 120 migrants made it to the UK yesterday, amid claims people smugglers in France are urging hundreds to make the dangerous Channel crossing now before 'closes the door'. Pictured: A lifeboat brings migrants to shore in Dover today

It comes after 120 migrants made it to the UK yesterday, amid claims people smugglers in France are urging hundreds to make the dangerous Channel crossing now before 'closes the door'. Pictured: A lifeboat brings migrants to shore in Dover today

It comes after 120 migrants made it to the UK yesterday, amid claims people smugglers in France are urging hundreds to make the dangerous Channel crossing now before ‘closes the door’. Pictured: A lifeboat brings migrants to shore in Dover today

Last Thursday, 202 people in 20 boats arrived in Dover - a single-day record. Picture: Migrants, including two young children are led up to shore

Last Thursday, 202 people in 20 boats arrived in Dover - a single-day record. Picture: Migrants, including two young children are led up to shore

Last Thursday, 202 people in 20 boats arrived in Dover – a single-day record. Picture: Migrants, including two young children are led up to shore

On Tuesday, pictures showed men wearing masks and lifejackets being brought into Dover on a Border Force speedboat.

The Home Office confirmed Border Force and partner agencies intercepted eight boats while the Coastguard earlier said it was dealing with ‘multiple incidents’.  

Border Force sent out vessels Seeker and Hunter from Dover to deal with the small boats crossing the busiest shipping lane in the world.

One boat intercepted around 11am was carrying a total of 36 people, including 26 males and 10 females.

The suspected migrants were then seen boarding a coach at the port, supervised by officials in yellow vests.

Numbers of small boats making the perilous journey have spiked in recent weeks during favourable weather.

A search and rescue operation was launched off the coast of Kent today in response to ‘multiple incidents’, the coastguard said.

A spokesperson added: ‘We are committed to safeguarding life around the seas and coastal areas of this country.

‘HM Coastguard is only concerned with preservation of life, rescuing those in trouble and bringing them safely back to shore, where they will be handed over to the relevant partner emergency services or authorities.’

So far this year, at least 3,510 migrants have made the illegal crossing from, compared to around 1,850 in 2019. 

A group of people thought to be migrants being brought into Dover yesterday by Border Force officials. Numbers of small boats making the journey have spiked in recent weeks

A group of people thought to be migrants being brought into Dover yesterday by Border Force officials. Numbers of small boats making the journey have spiked in recent weeks

A group of people thought to be migrants being brought into Dover yesterday by Border Force officials. Numbers of small boats making the journey have spiked in recent weeks

A Border Force vessel brings a group of men thought to be migrants and wearing face masks into Dover, Kent, following a number of small boat incidents in the Channel yesterday

A Border Force vessel brings a group of men thought to be migrants and wearing face masks into Dover, Kent, following a number of small boat incidents in the Channel yesterday

A Border Force vessel brings a group of men thought to be migrants and wearing face masks into Dover, Kent, following a number of small boat incidents in the Channel yesterday

Border Force officials seen after an estimated 75 migrants arrived at the Kent coastline. Footage shows some of the men being towed ashore at the western docks in Dover

Border Force officials seen after an estimated 75 migrants arrived at the Kent coastline. Footage shows some of the men being towed ashore at the western docks in Dover

Border Force officials seen after an estimated 75 migrants arrived at the Kent coastline. Footage shows some of the men being towed ashore at the western docks in Dover

On Sunday a former Border Force chief said that a failure by the UK to reach a new agreement with France on how to deal with migrant crossings could lead to numbers reaching ‘crisis’ levels.

Suspected migrants arrested after being found in the back of a lorry in Plymouth 

Seven suspected migrants have been arrested after being found in the back of a lorry at a port in Plymouth. 

Devon and Cornwall Police received a report of the five adults and two teenagers being found at Millbay Docks at 7.15am on Saturday.

They were located in a Mesguen lorry trailer, which is believed to have arrived at the port on Friday.  

A force spokesperson said: ‘The seven persons have been detained and have been assessed by South West Ambulance Service staff and their immediate welfare needs are being addressed.

‘Police are currently liaising with Border Force and the port authorities.

‘Initial inquiries would indicate the trailer arrived on a Brittany Ferries vessel from Roscoff on Friday.’

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Tony Smith said the UK and France need to agree a treaty with a joint patrol whereby migrants picked up in the Channel can be returned to France to have asylum claims considered there.

A Coastguard spokesman earlier said: ‘HM Coastguard is today coordinating search and rescue responses to multiple incidents off Kent, working with Border Force and other partners.’

The Home Office said it is ‘urgently working’ and ‘seeking agreement’ with the French Government to take ‘tougher action’, such as stronger enforcement measures, adopting interceptions at sea and the direct return of boats.

It also confirmed 22 people smugglers have been jailed so far this year, with investigations resulting in 11 arrests last month.

Chris Philp, the Minister for Immigration Compliance and the Courts, said: ‘France have stopped thousands of migrants this year and made more interceptions today, but the route has not been cut. If the route is cut completely, migrants will have no reason to come to France in the first place.

‘Migrants have no need and no right to leave France which is a safe country with a well-functioning asylum system and attempt to come to the UK by illicit means.

‘We are determined to make this route unviable. We have offered to work with France on safe returns at sea and we will continue work to return anyone who attempts the crossing.

‘We are continuing to go after the heinous criminals and organised crime networks putting people’s lives at risk. Twenty-two people smugglers have been jailed this year and two more were charged last weekend.’

A video still of suspected migrants being brought into Dover by Border Force officials yesterday. It is understood one boat was carrying around 50 people

A video still of suspected migrants being brought into Dover by Border Force officials yesterday. It is understood one boat was carrying around 50 people

A video still of suspected migrants being brought into Dover by Border Force officials yesterday. It is understood one boat was carrying around 50 people

One of the small dinghies, pictured. Border Force vessels Seeker and Hunter were active in the Channel yesterday

One of the small dinghies, pictured. Border Force vessels Seeker and Hunter were active in the Channel yesterday

One of the small dinghies, pictured. Border Force vessels Seeker and Hunter were active in the Channel yesterday

A video still of suspected migrants being brought into Dover yesterday. So far this year, 3,510 refugees have made the illegal crossing from France, compared to around 1,850 in 2019

A video still of suspected migrants being brought into Dover yesterday. So far this year, 3,510 refugees have made the illegal crossing from France, compared to around 1,850 in 2019

A video still of suspected migrants being brought into Dover yesterday. So far this year, 3,510 refugees have made the illegal crossing from France, compared to around 1,850 in 2019

The latest life-risking Channel crossings – the second of this month – follow a record-breaking 1,075 refugees who made it to Kent in July.

And they come after a migrant was airlifted to hospital with hypothermia on Sunday after reaching Britain on a small boat.

The Sudanese man was picked up off Ramsgate, Kent, at 10.30am after making the perilous 21-mile journey across the Channel with two others.

He was flown to the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford by the Coastguard’s search and rescue helicopter – which plucked him from a lifeboat in the sea.

Last Thursday, a single-day record of 202 people in 20 boats landed.

It follows the general secretary of the Immigration Service Union, Lucy Moreton, saying earlier this year that people smugglers and traffickers are using Brexit as a ‘driver’ to encourage people to make the crossing.

She told BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme in January: ‘One of the drivers, we’re being told, is that people smugglers and traffickers are telling these folk that after Brexit Britain will close in some way.

‘In practice, of course, this is illegal anyway, and it will be as illegal on 31 January as it is on 1 February. Brexit doesn’t make a difference, but we do know that the criminals are using this to try to drive more business.’

Thursday’s record-breaking day of Channel crossings 

– At around 3.26am, Border Force intercepted a vessel which was carrying a group of 12 males and four females who said they were Yemeni, Iranian, Sudanese and Iraqi nationals.

– At around 3.26am, Border Force intercepted a vessel which was carrying a group of 14 males who said they were Eritrean and Sudanese nationals.

– At around 3.26am, Border Force intercepted a vessel which was carrying a group of 17 males and one female who said they were Yemini, Syrian, Palestinian and Iranian nationals.

– At around 4.01am, Border Force intercepted a vessel which was carrying a group of 11 males and two females who said they were Kuwaiti, Egyptian, Iraqi and Iranian nationals.

– At around 4.50am, Border Force intercepted a vessel which was carrying a group of five males who said they were Sudanese nationals.

– At around 5.20am, Border Force intercepted a vessel which was carrying a group of eight males who said they were Sudanese nationals.

– At around 6.40am, Border Force intercepted a vessel which was carrying a group of 11 males and six females who said they were Iraqi, Kuwaiti and Iranian nationals.

– At around 8.30am, Border Force intercepted a vessel which was carrying a group of 12 males who said they were Iraqi and Kuwaiti nationals.

– At an unspecified time, Border Force intercepted a vessel which was carrying a group of nine males who said they were Sudanese and Chad nationals.

– At around 8.40am, Border Force intercepted a vessel which was carrying a group of 14 males and two women who said they were Kuwaiti, Iraqi, Iranian and Indian nationals.

– At around 8.45am, Border Force intercepted a vessel which was carrying a group of 10 males and one female who said they were Eritrean, Sudanese, Chad and Egyptian nationals.

– At an unspecified time, Border Force intercepted a vessel which was carrying a group of four males who said they were Sudanese and Mali nationals.

– At an unspecified time, Border Force intercepted a vessel which was carrying a group of three males who said they were Sudanese nationals.

– At an unspecified time, Border Force intercepted a vessel which was carrying a group of eight males.

– At an unspecified time, Border Force intercepted a vessel which was carrying a group of 10 males who said they were Sudanese nationals.

– At an unspecified time, Border Force intercepted a vessel which was carrying a group of 10 males who said they were Sudanese nationals.

– At an unspecified time, Border Force intercepted a vessel which was carrying a group of seven males and seven females who said they were Iraqi nationals.

– At an unspecified time, Border Force intercepted a vessel which was carrying a group of four Iranian males.

– At around 3.24pm, Border Force intercepted a vessel which was carrying a group of four Sudanese males.

– At an unspecified time, Border Force intercepted a vessel which was carrying a group of six males who said they were Sudanese and Eritrean.

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Britons have flocked out to enjoy the last of the summer sunshine this weekend as rain is set to sweep across the nation next week.

Temperatures reached a pleasant 77F (25C) in some parts of the UK today, with people heading out across the UK to enjoy the last weekend of summer weather before rain is set to hit the nation next week. 

The warm and sunny weather comes on the first weekend since the Government introduced its new ‘rule of six’ rule amid the coronavirus pandemic.

But people still flocked outdoors to make the most of the last rays of sunshine before temperatures become cooler next week, with Tuesday and Wednesday bringing rain in from the north west of the UK. 

The Met Office had forecast a weekend of ‘largely dry, bright and fine’ weather, which has seen temperatures rise as high as 77F (25C) across the first day of the weekend.

The Met Office had forecast a weekend of 'largely dry, bright and fine' weather, which could see temperatures rise as high as 24C (75F). Pictured, picknickers enjoy the warm sunshine on the first weekend the 'rule of six' is in force

The Met Office had forecast a weekend of 'largely dry, bright and fine' weather, which could see temperatures rise as high as 24C (75F). Pictured, picknickers enjoy the warm sunshine on the first weekend the 'rule of six' is in force

The Met Office had forecast a weekend of ‘largely dry, bright and fine’ weather, which could see temperatures rise as high as 24C (75F). Pictured, picknickers enjoy the warm sunshine on the first weekend the ‘rule of six’ is in force

Metropolitan Police urged Londoners (above, drinkers at a pub in southwest London) to 'continue to act responsibly' amid forecasts of warm weather for the capital over the weekend

Metropolitan Police urged Londoners (above, drinkers at a pub in southwest London) to 'continue to act responsibly' amid forecasts of warm weather for the capital over the weekend

Metropolitan Police urged Londoners (above, drinkers at a pub in southwest London) to ‘continue to act responsibly’ amid forecasts of warm weather for the capital over the weekend

Ollie Claydon, a spokesperson for the Met Office, said that the warm weekend temperatures would come ahead of a more 'unsettled' week of weather. Above, people enjoy the warm weather in central London on September 19

Ollie Claydon, a spokesperson for the Met Office, said that the warm weekend temperatures would come ahead of a more 'unsettled' week of weather. Above, people enjoy the warm weather in central London on September 19

 Ollie Claydon, a spokesperson for the Met Office, said that the warm weekend temperatures would come ahead of a more ‘unsettled’ week of weather. Above, people enjoy the warm weather in central London on September 19

Britons sat outside to enjoy drinks in southwest London today as temperatures reached highs of 77F (25C) at Heathrow and are set to continue further into the weekend

Britons sat outside to enjoy drinks in southwest London today as temperatures reached highs of 77F (25C) at Heathrow and are set to continue further into the weekend

Britons sat outside to enjoy drinks in southwest London today as temperatures reached highs of 77F (25C) at Heathrow and are set to continue further into the weekend

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Highs of 77F (25C) were recorded at Heathrow across today, as temperatures are set to hit similar highs tomorrow.

Kew Gardens and St James Park in London both reached 77F, with Kin Loch Ewe in Scotland also hitting 75F (24C). 

Ollie Claydon, a spokesperson for the Met Office, said that the warm weekend temperatures would come ahead of a more ‘unsettled’ week of weather.

‘We’re in for a dry and fine evening on Saturday, with clear conditions for central parts of the UK and northern Ireland,’ he said.

‘There’s a risk of showers but temperatures will stay high.

‘But then a cold front from the north west around lunchtime on Monday will herald the arrival of cooler, more unsettled weather next week.’

The September warmth follows on from an August heatwave which saw temperatures hit 93F (34C) for six days running last month. 

Groups of kitesurfers and windsurfers made the most of the the sunny, yet blustery weather, in Portland, Weymouth, today

Groups of kitesurfers and windsurfers made the most of the the sunny, yet blustery weather, in Portland, Weymouth, today

Groups of kitesurfers and windsurfers made the most of the the sunny, yet blustery weather, in Portland, Weymouth, today

Temperatures reached a warm 77F (25C) today, with people heading out across the UK (above, people at Boscombe beach in Dorset) to enjoy the last weekend of summer weather before rain is set to hit the nation next week

Temperatures reached a warm 77F (25C) today, with people heading out across the UK (above, people at Boscombe beach in Dorset) to enjoy the last weekend of summer weather before rain is set to hit the nation next week

Temperatures reached a warm 77F (25C) today, with people heading out across the UK (above, people at Boscombe beach in Dorset) to enjoy the last weekend of summer weather before rain is set to hit the nation next week

People in southwest London made the most of the warm weather as concerns of a second coronavirus wave rise after the new 'rule of six' came into force earlier this week

People in southwest London made the most of the warm weather as concerns of a second coronavirus wave rise after the new 'rule of six' came into force earlier this week

People in southwest London made the most of the warm weather as concerns of a second coronavirus wave rise after the new ‘rule of six’ came into force earlier this week

Any social gathering of more than six people in England is against the law, with people facing fines of up to £3,200 if they do not abide by the new measure, which applies to indoor and outdoor settings

Any social gathering of more than six people in England is against the law, with people facing fines of up to £3,200 if they do not abide by the new measure, which applies to indoor and outdoor settings

Any social gathering of more than six people in England is against the law, with people facing fines of up to £3,200 if they do not abide by the new measure, which applies to indoor and outdoor settings

The highest temperature ever recorded in September was 96.08F (35.6C) on September 2, 1906, but they ‘don’t look like they’re going to come anywhere close to that in this current hot spell’, the forecaster said.

The warmest September day of recent years was September 13, 2016, when 93.9F (34.4C) was recorded at Gravesend, Kent – the warmest day of that year.

It comes as police forces across the UK urged people to comply with the Government’s new ‘rule of six’ during the warm and sunny weather this weekend.

Further lockdown measures were also introduced in northern parts of England, with 10pm curfews being introduced in some areas across the northeast. 

Police officers in Manchester urged people to comply with coronavirus restrictions after they were called to reports of a wedding party at a home. 

Greater Manchester Police said officers attended a property in Wythenshawe on Friday evening, having received intelligence that a wedding party was being held.

‘Police attended and found that a gazebo had been erected in the garden of a property,’ the force tweeted.

‘Officers prevented the illegal gathering before restrictions were breached.’

Police forces across the country have urged people to comply with the 'rule of six' across the sunny weekend as fears of another national lockdown increase

Police forces across the country have urged people to comply with the 'rule of six' across the sunny weekend as fears of another national lockdown increase

Police forces across the country have urged people to comply with the ‘rule of six’ across the sunny weekend as fears of another national lockdown increase

Any social gathering of more than six people in England is against the law, with people facing fines of up to £3,200 if they do not abide by the new measure. Above, small groups sit outside pubs and cafes in southwest London

Any social gathering of more than six people in England is against the law, with people facing fines of up to £3,200 if they do not abide by the new measure. Above, small groups sit outside pubs and cafes in southwest London

Any social gathering of more than six people in England is against the law, with people facing fines of up to £3,200 if they do not abide by the new measure. Above, small groups sit outside pubs and cafes in southwest London

Highs of 77F (25C) were recorded at Heathrow across today, as temperatures are set to hit similar highs tomorrow. Pictured, groups enjoy the warm sunshine at Hyde Park in London

Highs of 77F (25C) were recorded at Heathrow across today, as temperatures are set to hit similar highs tomorrow. Pictured, groups enjoy the warm sunshine at Hyde Park in London

Highs of 77F (25C) were recorded at Heathrow across today, as temperatures are set to hit similar highs tomorrow. Pictured, groups enjoy the warm sunshine at Hyde Park in London

Meanwhile, Assistant Chief Constable Claire Nix, of Kent Police, said there would be an increased presence in ‘key areas’ around the county, as Covid-19 remains a ‘real and deadly threat’.  

The Metropolitan Police urged Londoners to ‘continue to act responsibly’ amid forecasts of warm weather for the capital over the weekend.

The force said it will continue to patrol public spaces and respond to incidents where groups of more than six are gathering, reminding the public of fines for breaching coronavirus guidelines.

Any social gathering of more than six people in England is against the law, with people facing fines of up to £3,200 if they do not abide by the new measure, which applies to both indoor and outdoor settings.

And forces in Dorset, where large crowds have previously flocked to the beaches to enjoy the heat, also warned that anyone flouting the new ‘rule of six’ over the weekend may be subject to fines. 

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Alexei Navalny back up and walking after treatment for nerve agent poisoning at Berlin hospital

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Russian politician Alexei Navalny is back up and walking just days after being taken off a ventilator.

Navalny, the political opponent of Russian president Vladimir Putin, shared a photo of himself walking down stairs at Berlin‘s Charité Hospital, where he is continuing his recovery from being poisoned in late August.

He has said he intends to return to Russia as western governments demand an explanation from the Kremlin. 

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is 'continuing to improve,' doctors say. He shared a photo and an update about his recovery from novichok nerve agent poisoning, writing that doctors at Berlin's Charité Hospital had transformed him from "technically alive" to someone with a chance at a real recovery. He said he still has issues pouring water and using his phone, but is up and walking after being taken off a ventilator earlier in the week.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is 'continuing to improve,' doctors say. He shared a photo and an update about his recovery from novichok nerve agent poisoning, writing that doctors at Berlin's Charité Hospital had transformed him from "technically alive" to someone with a chance at a real recovery. He said he still has issues pouring water and using his phone, but is up and walking after being taken off a ventilator earlier in the week.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is ‘continuing to improve,’ doctors say. He shared a photo and an update about his recovery from novichok nerve agent poisoning, writing that doctors at Berlin’s Charité Hospital had transformed him from “technically alive” to someone with a chance at a real recovery. He said he still has issues pouring water and using his phone, but is up and walking after being taken off a ventilator earlier in the week.

Laboratory tests confirmed Navalny, who was airlifted to Germany after falling ill in Siberia, was poisoned with a novichok nerve agent that is tightly controlled by the Russian government.

Navalny shared an update of his recovery on Instagram, posting a photo of him walking downstairs in the hospital wearing a navy blue t-shirt, sweatpants, and blue rubber gloves. 

He said: ‘This is a clear road, albeit a long one.’

Navalny wrote that he has trouble pouring himself some water and using his phone, describing it as ‘useless as a stone’.

Russian president Vladimir Putin (right) called accusations about possible Kremlin involvement in Navalny's poisoning 'unsubstantiated' in a call with French president Emmanuel Macron (left). Navalny is Putin's political rival and a vocal critic of the long-standing leader (file photo).

Russian president Vladimir Putin (right) called accusations about possible Kremlin involvement in Navalny's poisoning 'unsubstantiated' in a call with French president Emmanuel Macron (left). Navalny is Putin's political rival and a vocal critic of the long-standing leader (file photo).

Russian president Vladimir Putin (right) called accusations about possible Kremlin involvement in Navalny’s poisoning ‘unsubstantiated’ in a call with French president Emmanuel Macron (left). Navalny is Putin’s political rival and a vocal critic of the long-standing leader (file photo).

He said ‘there are so many problems still to be solved’ but that doctors had transformed him from ‘technically alive’ to someone who had a chance of living a normal life again.

Charité Hospital said on Monday that Navalny’s condition ‘continues to improve’.

‘The patient has been successfully removed from mechanical ventilation. He is currently undergoing mobilization and is able to leave his bed for short periods of time.’  

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An axeman has been jailed for four years after inflicting the ‘worst example of grievous bodily harm’ a veteran judge had ever seen following a row with his drinking partner.  

Leon Green had been at a pub in Chard, Somerset, with victim Joseph Guppy before going back to the other man’s home.

It was then that the 34-year-old lost his temper and launched the vicious axe attack which left the victim with multiple wounds and a small fracture of the skull.

Green denied causing grievous bodily harm but was found guilty at Taunton Crown Court in July.

He has since been jailed for four years and ten months with a one-year extended licence, by Judge Linford, who was sitting at Exeter Crown Court. 

The sentence was the maximum allowed. 

Leon Green (pictured) has been jailed for four years after inflicting the 'worst example of grievous bodily harm' a veteran judge had ever seen following a row with his drinking partner

Leon Green (pictured) has been jailed for four years after inflicting the 'worst example of grievous bodily harm' a veteran judge had ever seen following a row with his drinking partner

Leon Green (pictured) has been jailed for four years after inflicting the ‘worst example of grievous bodily harm’ a veteran judge had ever seen following a row with his drinking partner

Judge Robert Linford declared that Green is a danger to the public and said the attack on Mr Guppy could easily have killed the victim.

He said some of the photographs of the wounds had even been too intense to shown the jury at the original trial at Taunton Crown Court.

Green has a long record of violence and dishonesty, including a burglary at the Yeovil Labour Club last year where he caused thousands of pounds of damage trying to break into the bar. 

He carried out the axe attack when he was part way through a ‘thinking skills course’ which he was sent on for stabbing a man with a screwdriver. 

The judge told Green: ‘You went back to Mr Guppy’s house where he was clowning around and dancing around and at some point his hand went close to your face. It was not an aggressive mood.

‘It set off the most extreme reaction. You picked up an axe and struck him repeatedly about the head and body and caused multiple wounds and a small fracture of the skull.

‘It is astonishing the injuries were not more serious than they were. You could have killed him. This is the worst example of grievous bodily harm I have ever encountered.

‘The probation report came to the conclusion that because of your record of violence and the facts of this case, you are a dangerous offender. I am in no doubt whatsoever about it.’

Green denied causing grievous bodily harm but was found guilty at Taunton Crown Court (pictured) in July

Green denied causing grievous bodily harm but was found guilty at Taunton Crown Court (pictured) in July

Green denied causing grievous bodily harm but was found guilty at Taunton Crown Court (pictured) in July

Miss Virginia Cornwall, prosecuting, said the attack on Mr Guppy happened at his home in High Street, Chard, on the night of October 10 last year after he and Green had been drinking in a nearby pub.

The burglary at the Labour Club in Yeovil took place on July 27, 2019 and police were called by a neighbour who heard banging noises from inside in the middle of the night.    

Green and another man were arrested and the club had to be closed temporarily to repair doors and shutters which had been smashed.

Mr Patrick Mason, defending, said all Green’s offending arose from a disrupted childhood in which he stopped going to school when he was 13 or 14 and fell into the company of criminals.

He said the axe attack had been excessive self defence and the raid on the Labour Club happened at a time when Green was homeless and desperate.

Green, of Perrythorne Park, Yeovil, denied causing grievous bodily harm but was found guilty at Taunton Crown Court in July. He also admitted burglary.

He was jailed for four years and ten months with a one year extended licence, by Judge Linford, who was sitting at Exeter Crown Court. The sentence was the maximum allowed. 

Police praised the courage of the victim and welcomed the sentence.

PC Jim Card said: ‘This was an extremely unpleasant incident in which Leon Green used an axe to assault another man at a property in High Street, Chard. 

‘His actions were dangerous and could have easily resulted in far more serious consequences.

‘I’d like to thank the victim and the witness for supporting our investigation and I welcome the custodial sentence given to Green in court today.’

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