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Hero who smashed car window to save distressed dog in heatwave says he ‘knew he had to act’

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The axe-wielding hero who saved a dog from a stranger’s car by smashing the window said today: ‘I would do the same thing all over again.’

William Morris stepped in after spotting a panting Yorkshire Terrier on the back seat of a VW Golf during the summer heatwave.

The little pooch’s owner went shopping with her daughter in Currys and left the pooch for up to 45 minutes at midday – the hottest time of the day

But luckily, quick-thinking William, 58, noticed the little Terrier overheating – and used his axe to break the passenger seat’s window.

He shattered the glass on the eighth swing – shown in the clip which has been viewed more than 46,000 times.

Fearless William, of Hungerford, Berks, said: ‘The dog was in such distress and it was one of the hottest days of the year.

‘In the car, it was over 33 degrees (91F) and it had been alone in there for 40 minutes.

‘I would have never left the dog and would do the same thing all over again.’

Axe-wielding hero William Morris, who was seen saving a dog from a stranger's car by smashing the window in a now-viral video, pictured with his own dogs - three Pointers  who are seven months, two and seven

Axe-wielding hero William Morris, who was seen saving a dog from a stranger’s car by smashing the window in a now-viral video, pictured with his own dogs – three Pointers  who are seven months, two and seven

William, who works for Woodland Enterprises Ltd – which sells hunting equipment including guns – dialled 999 before being referred to 101 – and being put on hold.

And within minutes, he decided to take matters into his own hands and retrieved an axe from his truck and smashed into the car.

‘I’m licensed to carry all sorts of things as a fire arms dealer – so I was pretty prepared!’ he joked. Time was just ticking away so I knew that I had to do something. It was very fortuitous for the dog.’

Quick-thinking William, 58, noticed the little Terrier overheating - and used his huge axe to break the passenger seat's window.

Quick-thinking William, 58, noticed the little Terrier overheating – and used his huge axe to break the passenger seat’s window.

He went on: ‘I’ve always been a dog person since I was a young boy. You can never see an animal suffer. I think any animal lover who was put in that situation would do exactly the same. The dog was dying.’

Cops, who were buying lunch at a nearby M&S, were called over to the incident at the Newbury Retail Park in the Berkshire town on Monday.

They sent the little pooch to Falklands Vet – where it remains unknown whether it has survived.

William revealed that the animals are close to his heart – as he’s an owner of three Pointers – who are seven months, two and seven.

‘They still haven’t told me whether he’s alive or not’, William confessed. ‘It’s in the public interest to know.

‘Everyone’s given me full support as I’ve shown the dangers of putting a dog in a hot vehicle.

‘I want people to know that they shouldn’t take their dog out unless it’s absolutely necessary. It’s not fair to leave a dog in these temperatures.’  

Bystanders filmed footage of the rescue as the owners shopped in a nearby Currys PC World. 

Speaking to The Sun said that the little terrier ‘had become lifeless – its eyes were closed – it looked completely exhausted. The dog was minutes away from dying and I just thought “I need to do something here”.’

‘People were looking around but no one was doing anything. I think more people just need to grow a pair of b******s and do something when something like this happens.’

He added when he saw the owner, she wasn’t emotional, but was ‘very shocked’.

Onlookers spotted the dog panting on the back seat of the VW Golf at the Newbury Retail Park in Berkshire as the country sweltered in a heatwave

Onlookers spotted the dog panting on the back seat of the VW Golf at the Newbury Retail Park in Berkshire as the country sweltered in a heatwave

The video, which has amassed some 30,000 views on Facebook, shows William Morris using the axe to smash the front passenger window

The video, which has amassed some 30,000 views on Facebook, shows William Morris using the axe to smash the front passenger window

Bystanders filmed footage of the rescue as the owners shopped in a nearby Currys PC World

Bystanders filmed footage of the rescue as the owners shopped in a nearby Currys PC World

William has since been hailed a ‘hero’ on social media. 

Police officers buying lunch at a nearby M&S were called over before the dog was taken to a vet to be checked over.

The video, which has amassed some 30,000 views on Facebook, shows the man using the axe to smash the front passenger window. 

He successfully breaks it on the eight attempt before the dog is taken out of the boiling hot car.   

One shopper said the owner had gone into a Currys store with her daughter. 

Police officers buying lunch at a nearby M&S were called over before the dog was taken to a vet to be checked over

Police officers buying lunch at a nearby M&S were called over before the dog was taken to a vet to be checked over

She wrote on Facebook: ‘Her car was there before we pulled up. The alarm kept going off when we went to Currys.

‘Ed looked in and the dog was panting trying to get out of the inches of open window. 

‘Waited for five minutes then smashed the window. She still hadn’t arrived back. Police were getting lunch in M&S so the guy told him what he had done.  

‘Ten mins later she came out of Currys with NOTHING so obviously that was essential. The dog was taken to the vets by an officer.

‘I said [to the owner], “Would you leave her in the car?” She tried to say she had been 20 minutes. More like 45. She’s been reported.’ 

A Thames Valley Police spokesman said: ‘A member of the public did smash a car window to get a dog out of a car.

‘Two of our PCSOs attended, the dog was taken by one of the PCSOs for a check over. The owner of the vehicle returned and was given advice.’  

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Boris Johnson’s son Wilfred was christened a catholic, Westminster Cathedral confirms

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Boris Johnson and his fiancee Carrie Symonds had their son Wilfred christened a Catholic, the largest Catholic cathedral in England and Wales has confirmed.

Westminster Cathedral said the couple had their four-month-old son baptised there in a ceremony on September 12 by Father Daniel Humphreys.

It is understood the christening was a small ceremony held in the cathedral’s Lady Chapel, according to The Daily Telegraph.

The Prime Minister and Ms Symonds, who has previously talked about her Catholic faith on social media, were reportedly holding Wilfred as he was baptised.

Crucially, it gives Mr Johnson an airtight alibi after he was accused of flying into Italy that weekend for a jaunt despite the twin crises of Brexit and coronavirus.

A spokesman for Westminster Cathedral told the newspaper: ‘I can confirm that he was baptised at Westminster Cathedral on September 12. It was a private event.’

The Prime Minister had been accused of leaving the UK for Italy after newspaper La Repubblica published an article carrying a statement from Perugia Airport which claimed that Mr Johnson had passed through ‘in the last few days’. 

Boris Johnson and his fiancee Carrie Symonds had their baby son Wilfred christened a Catholic, the largest Catholic cathedral in England and Wales has confirmed

Boris Johnson and his fiancee Carrie Symonds had their baby son Wilfred christened a Catholic, the largest Catholic cathedral in England and Wales has confirmed 

Westminster Cathedral said the couple had their four-month-old son baptised there in a ceremony on September 12 by Father Daniel Humphreys. It is understood the christening was a small ceremony held in the Henry VII Lady Chapel, a 16th-century building which is the burial place of 15 monarchs including Elizabeth I, Mary Queen of Scots and James I

Westminster Cathedral said the couple had their four-month-old son baptised there in a ceremony on September 12 by Father Daniel Humphreys. It is understood the christening was a small ceremony held in the Henry VII Lady Chapel, a 16th-century building which is the burial place of 15 monarchs including Elizabeth I, Mary Queen of Scots and James I

It was accompanied by a quote from an airport source, saying that he landed on Friday, September 11 at around 2pm.

The airport was forced to retract its claim when No10 said the allegations were ‘completely untrue’ – and revealed that staff had him muddled with Tony Blair.  

An airport worker mistook a ‘private citizen’ arriving from Farnborough in Hampshire as the Prime Minister, the president of the airport said yesterday.

However after checking their registry and liaising with police, the airport found that the one passenger who had landed at the airport on September 12  was ‘a private citizen and not Boris Johnson’. 

Perugia Airport’s president has now told the Daily Telegraph that Mr Johnson was ‘definitely’ not at the airport and staff mistook him for ex-Labour PM Mr Blair. 

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a service to mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain at Westminster Abbey on Sunday

Perugia Airport has retracted its claim Boris Johnson flew into Italy earlier this month – and said staff had him muddled with Tony Blair 

The president of the airport (pictured) set the record straight this afternoon hours after Downing Street first issued a robust denial of the story.

The president of the airport (pictured) set the record straight this afternoon hours after Downing Street first issued a robust denial of the story.

The withdrawal draws a line under a mystery that had Westminster puzzled.  

On the Friday he was claimed to be in Italy, Mr Johnson was faced with MPs preparing to rebel on his international law-breaking Brexit legislation and rising numbers of coronavirus infections across the UK.  

Mr Johnson has reportedly travelled to the airport before to visit his friend Evgeny Lebedev, owner of the Evening Standard, at his medieval castle.

Russian-born Mr Lebedev, whose father is a former KGB operative, is known for hosting lavish parties for celebrity guests at the Castello di Santa Eurasia. 

According to one report Mr Johnson worked from Downing Street on the day in question and took part in a Zoom call with 256 Tory MPs on Brexit.

Mr Johnson had tried to give a patriotic rallying cry to encourage his colleagues to back his controversial plans for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

One source said that Mr Johnson’s connection had cut out during the call and when he came back on he joked that he should probably invest in super-fast internet, Politics Home reported.

Lebedev, 41, who owns the Evening Standard newspaper and is frequently seen mixing in the upper echelons of the celebrity social scene, owns the breathtaking Castello di Santa Eurasia

Lebedev, 41, who owns the Evening Standard newspaper and is frequently seen mixing in the upper echelons of the celebrity social scene, owns the breathtaking Castello di Santa Eurasia

Russian-born Mr Lebedev, whose father is a former KGB operative, is known for hosting lavish parties for his celebrity friends at the Castello di Santa Eurasia

Russian-born Mr Lebedev, whose father is a former KGB operative, is known for hosting lavish parties for his celebrity friends at the Castello di Santa Eurasia 

Last year it was reported that Mr Johnson, during his time as Foreign Secretary, had been spotted at Perugia’s airport looking dishevelled ‘in last night’s clothes.’

A fellow passenger told The Guardian that Mr Johnson appeared to be stumbling around and at one point looked as if he might vomit.

There was silence from Mr Johnson’s communications staff when those reports emerged last year.

Last month, Mr Johnson nominated Mr Lebedev for a life peerage for his services to the media industry and his philanthropic work.

A Downing Street spokesman had said: ‘This story is completely untrue. The Prime Minister has not travelled to Italy in recent months. Anyone who publishes these claims is repeating a falsehood.’  

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Wilko and Walkers staff make a clean sweep and join great British litter-pick

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Walkers and Wilko have thrown their weight behind the Great British September Clean with hundreds of staff helping out.

The crisp giant and household goods company are official partners of the campaign organised by Keep Britain Tidy and backed by the Daily Mail.

Both organised litter picks at the weekend, with Wilko staff taking part in a clean-up outside their base in Gravesend, Kent, while employees from Walkers arranged their own individual clean-ups.

Walkers brand manager Nick Day got his family to take part in a pick near his home in Tring, Hertfordshire.

Wilko have thrown their weight behind the Great British September Clean with staff taking part in a clean-up outside their base in Gravesend, Kent

Wilko have thrown their weight behind the Great British September Clean with staff taking part in a clean-up outside their base in Gravesend, Kent

Last year the firm set up litter picks at its Leicester factory and offices in Reading and Belfast, with 100 people taking part.

This year more than 200 employees have organised individual clean-ups.

Walkers, promoted by Match of the Day host Gary Lineker, also has a ‘Planet Team’ to co-ordinate picks in communities throughout the year. 

The firm said it was made up of people who are passionate about the environment.

The Walkers factory does not send any waste to landfill. Potato peelings are turned into electricity and provide a quarter of the company’s power every year.

Mr Day said: ‘It’s fantastic to be supporting the Great British September Clean. It’s a great opportunity for us to give something back and have a positive impact on our planet.

‘We usually do our litter picks as a team, close to our factory and offices, but things are obviously a bit different this year.

‘What it means is the Walkers team are now out and about, across the UK, with hundreds of people collecting litter with their families.’

Meanwhile, a team from Wilko took part in a litter pick outside its Gravesend base.

The company has worked with Keep Britain Tidy for three years and says it is proud to be supporting the campaign.

Walkers brand manager Nick Day got his partner Sarah and their dogs, Springer spaniel Rolo and Labradour Tess, (above) to take part in a litter pick near his home in Tring, Hertfordshire

Walkers brand manager Nick Day got his partner Sarah and their dogs, Springer spaniel Rolo and Labradour Tess, (above) to take part in a litter pick near his home in Tring, Hertfordshire

It is stocking stores with affordable litter-collecting equipment including pickers and bin bags.

More than 600 staff took part last year and this year the company is encouraging team members to host their own litter picks. 

Neil Feakins, of Wilko, said: ‘At Wilko, we’ve been doing our bit to support our local communities for over 90 years.

‘We love to get stuck in and we’re all about the little wins. That’s why we’re encouraging all our team members from stores to support centres and logistics to pull together, alongside our customers, to take part in the Great British September Clean.

‘We know it’s been tough these past few months but it’s never been more important to show the power of what little actions can have. Making sure our high streets and places we shop are clean and tidy means we can begin to safely enjoy them and appreciate them a little bit more.’

The Great British September Clean runs until Sunday. For more information, or to pledge to take part, visit keepbritaintidy.org/gbseptemberclean.

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