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Hundreds of youngsters party at illegal house rave because police ‘too busy’ to break it up

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Police failed to break up a 100-strong house rave in Brighton at the weekend claiming they were too busy.

Youths flouted Covid rules and partied the night away in the house and garden and spilled out onto the street as desperate neighbours called police only to be told it was not a priority.

Residents were shocked when ‘hundreds’ of young people turned up to the party, contravening all social distancing rules.

The event was organised on Saturday night as a ‘last hurrah’ before the Rule of Six was introduced.

One student, who attended the party but refused to be named, said: ‘Most of the people were outside so I can’t see what the problem is.’

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Dozens of youths piled into the terraced house while others were drinking in the gardens, clearly flouting social distancing rules

Dozens of youths piled into the terraced house while others were drinking in the gardens, clearly flouting social distancing rules.

New rules limiting gatherings to six people were brought in on Monday, two days after the party, in a bid to tackle a large increase in coronavirus cases.

But neighbours were furious police failed to respond to their calls saying they were too busy.

A resident said: ‘It’s an absolute shambles. If the police aren’t going to respond to flagrant breaches of Covid laws then who will. With the number of Covid cases going up I really fear for the future.’

Another said: ‘I was really, really shocked. There were youths all over the house, garden and street and none of them were social distancing or wearing masks.

‘I mean what clearer example of a breach of the rules do the police want? If they won’t turn out to this they won’t turn out for anything.’

Posting on Facebook, Tim Nicholls said: ‘So much for the police enforcing the rules. If they are not going to bother, no-one else will and we will get another lockdown.’

Neighbours estimate there were around 100 youths in the house, gardens and street at the peak of the party.

Sussex Police said they were called to the party at around 11.30pm but were too busy to attend.

A spokeswoman said: ‘The caller was concerned that it was breaching Covid-19 guidelines around gathering.

‘The caller was told that due to high demand and a number of grade one calls we were responding to at this time in the city, we would be unable to attend.

‘However the report was sent to local prevention officers for their awareness.’

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Pennine Way: Walker, 72, is killed after being charged by cows on popular rambling route

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A walker has been killed after he was charged by a herd of cows on the popular Pennine Way rambling route as police called for witnesses to come forward. 

Malcolm Flynn, 72, from Carlisle, was fatally injured in what police said was a ‘tragic incident’ while he was walking on land near Thirlwall Castle and Gisland, Northumberland, at around 11.45am on Friday, September 11.

Police said he died at the location, which is on the Pennine Way.

Detective Chief Inspector Jane Fairlamb said: ‘My thoughts are with Malcom’s family and friends at this time as they come to terms with the loss of a loved one in what was a shocking and tragic incident.

Malcolm Flynn (pictured), 72, from Carlisle, was fatally injured in what police said was a 'tragic incident' while he was walking on land near Thirlwall Castle and Gisland, Northumberland, at around 11.45am on Friday, September 11

Malcolm Flynn (pictured), 72, from Carlisle, was fatally injured in what police said was a ‘tragic incident’ while he was walking on land near Thirlwall Castle and Gisland, Northumberland, at around 11.45am on Friday, September 11

‘Our investigation is very much ongoing and we have already spoken to a number of witnesses, however, we are still trying to trace a number of people who were in the area at the time who we haven’t yet spoken to, and think could greatly assist our enquiries.’

Mr Flynn, who was walking with a companion, was wearing glasses and a sunhat, a T-shirt covered by a fleece, and had a telescopic stick.

Officers are interested in hearing from anyone who was in the area around the time of the incident, particularly:

  • A white man with grey hair and a grey beard walking a dog, who is believed to have walked past the pair shortly before the incident; 
  • A man and woman, believed to be in their 40, who spoke to the walkers before they entered the field; 
  • A group of four walkers who spoke to Mr Flynn’s walking companion immediately after the incident and offered to alert the farmer;
  • Another man who entered the field and tried to divert the animals away from the scene. It is thought he left a fleece behind.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101.

On Monday, deputy head teacher Dave Clark died after he was injured by cows while walking near Richmond, North Yorkshire. 

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Croydon tram crash: families of dead demand apology from driver

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The families of seven people who died in a tram crash in Croydon, south east London, have demanded to meet with the driver to receive an apology.

Seven people were killed and a further 51 were injured in the incident which occurred on November 9 2016.

The tram came off the tracks at almost four times the speed limit in darkness and heavy rain and it was alleged that the driver, Alfred Dorris, had drifted into a ‘microsleep’.

Mr Dorris was arrested at the scene but charges of gross negligence and manslaughter were later dropped by the British Transport Police (BTP).

No charges of corporate manslaughter were brought against Transport for London (TfL) or operator Tram Operations Ltd (TOL), a subsidiary of FirstGroup.

Seven people were killed and a further 51 were injured in the incident which occurred on November 9 2016

Seven people were killed and a further 51 were injured in the incident which occurred on November 9 2016

The tram crash was one of the worst public transport tragedies for a generation

The tram crash was one of the worst public transport tragedies for a generation

A pre-inquest review at Croydon Town Hall heard on Friday that Mr Dorris would be unable to attend the inquest as he was ‘unwell’.

But Andrew Ritchie QC, representing five of the seven victims’ families, said they did ‘not feel comfortable’ with Mr Dorris’ absence.

He said that the families had to satisfy a ‘human need to see the man and hear him apologise’.

Mr Richards suggested a meeting take place ‘either via video conference or a face-to-face, just to hear his apology in some way, so the families can put that need to bed’.

Dane Chinnery was named as the first victim of the Croydon tram crash

Mark Smith pictured with son Lucas by the Christmas tree

Dane Chinnery was named as the first victim of the Croydon tram crash Mark Smith , 35, pictured with son Lucas at the Christmas before he died

Phil Seary pictured at the wedding of his youngest daughter Karina

Mother-of-two Dorota Rynkiewicz was described by friends as a devoted mother and a 'friendly, caring and giving person'

Phil Seary, 57, pictured at the wedding of his youngest daughter Karina. Mother-of-two Dorota Rynkiewicz, 35, was described by friends as a devoted mother and a ‘friendly, caring and giving person’

Dane Chinnery, 19, Philip Logan, 52, Philip Seary, 57, Dorota Rynkiewicz, 35, and Robert Huxley, 63, all from New Addington, and Mark Smith, 35, and Donald Collett, 62, both from Croydon, were all killed in the crash.

Mr Ritchie represents the families of Mr Logan, Mr Seary, Ms Rynkiewicz, Mr Smith, and Mr Collett.

The families of Mr Chinnery and Mr Huxley are represented by Giles Mooney QC.

A full inquest is due to open on October 19 2020.

The inquest is expected to hear arguments that the case was one of human error and failings of the transport system.

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So what’s an ‘established relationship?’: 80% of Britons believe it means dating someone for a year

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Some 84 per cent of Britons think dating for at least a year constitutes an ‘established relationship’, meaning they do not need to socially distance under new lockdown rules.

The latest government guidance issued this week does not provide clarity on what an ‘established relationship’ is, with many couples questioning if they fall into the category.

A survey by YouGov found 80 per cent think referring to a significant other as a ‘partner’ is enough to call things established.

A total of 84 per cent of those questioned think dating for a year or more awards them the title – while 72 per cent think six months or more is enough.

Two thirds – 66 per cent – found referring to someone as a ‘boyfriend’ or ‘girlfriend’ makes the relationship established, while 60 per cent said if you say you love them it does.

But just 17 per cent said it counted as established if the pair was having sex, falling to eight per cent for kissing.

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock said people needed to ‘be careful’ when it came to having sexual relationships outside of ‘established relationships’ during the pandemic.

Asked about the Government’s guidance that only ‘established’ couples should be having sex, he told Sky News: ‘In these rules that we have to bring in, there have to be boundaries, to coin a phrase.

‘If you’re saying that two households shouldn’t mix, which we are in some parts of the country – in the North East, the North West, in Scotland, in parts of Wales – then you have to then define what is the boundary of that.’

He added: ‘I think we should stick to the letter of it, which is it is okay in an established relationship.

Asked about the Government's guidance that only 'established' couples should be having sex, he told Sky News: 'In these rules that we have to bring in, there have to be boundaries, to coin a phrase'

Asked about the Government’s guidance that only ‘established’ couples should be having sex, he told Sky News: ‘In these rules that we have to bring in, there have to be boundaries, to coin a phrase’

‘It just means that people need to be careful, they need to be sensible.

‘If you’re in a relationship that is well established… what it means is people realising that coming into close contact with people from other households, then that is how the virus spreads.’

Mr Hancock joked to host Kay Burley that ‘I know I am in an established relationship’ with his wife.

In what is often seen as the first step to moving in with someone, leaving a toothbrush at the other person’s house was seen by 51 per cent to be a sign of an established relationship.

Meanwhile the bold step of meeting a partner’s parents was judged by just 42 per cent to mean a couple fits Mr Hancock’s threshold.

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Some viewers accused Ms Burley of flirting with the health secretary during their interview on yesterday.

The were both laughing while discussing casual sex in the context of the new coronavirus restrictions.

 One viewer tweeted: ‘Jesus christ @KayBurley get a room! What unprofessional interviewing, more like a speed date than a serious interview on a major network at prime news time.’

Another added: ‘She was like that yesterday with Raab, in fact if a man has a pulse, she’s like that with them too. @KayBurley’.

‘Vile!!’ a third posted. ‘How can he be that immature?’ another added.

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