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Passenger removed from Ryanair flight from Liverpool to Tenerife following mid air ‘altercation’

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Police dramatically boarded a Ryanair flight from Liverpool after reports of a ‘blood splattering altercation’ mid-air forced the plane to divert off its route to Lisbon.

Ryanair flight FR4346 departed Liverpool Airport at 6.29am on Friday and was due to land just a few hours later at Tenerife South Airport at 10.40am.

However, the flight was diverted to Lisbon after a passenger became disruptive during the flight.

This is the moment police officers in Lisbon boarded a diverted Ryanair flight to remove a passenger who had become 'disruptive' and was involved in an altercation

This is the moment police officers in Lisbon boarded a diverted Ryanair flight to remove a passenger who had become ‘disruptive’ and was involved in an altercation

Plane trackers show how the Ryanair jet made a sharp right turn while flying over the Atlantic Ocean to land in Lisbon at 9.36am.

Ryanair confirmed the passenger was removed by police before the flight continued to the Canary Island, Liverpool Echo reports.

However, they declined to comment on further details of the incident.

A spokesperson for the budget airline said: ‘This flight from Liverpool to Tenerife (October 16) diverted to Lisbon after a passenger became disruptive inflight.

‘The aircraft landed normally and the passenger was removed by police upon arrival before the aircraft continued to Tenerife.’

Liverpool John Lennon Airport and Lisbon Police did not respond to requests to comment.

Data from Flight Radar shows how the flight made a sharp right turn to land in Lisbon

Data from Flight Radar shows how the flight made a sharp right turn to land in Lisbon

A passenger, who was on the diverted flight, revealed how passengers cheered when the disruptive man was removed by local police.

Describing what happened he said: ‘There was some shouting and then screaming at the back of the aircraft and flight attendants raced to the back of the plane.’

The man, who wished to remain anonymous, added that things ‘quietened down’ before an altercation ensued.

As the plane landed in Lisbon, the passenger said the aircraft door was opened and around five Portuguese police came on board.

He added: ‘Passengers cheered as he left the aircraft [and] someone shouted ‘you’re not so brave now then are you’…

‘The stewards were fantastic and calmly managed the situation, all thanks to them.’

Anthony Ainsworth from Tuebrook was on the return flight as a member of the same cabin crew spoke to customers about the dramatic inbound flight.

Passengers who witnessed the incident revealed how flight attendants 'raced' to the back of the plane to break up the altercation that occurred while the plane was en route to Tenerife

Passengers who witnessed the incident revealed how flight attendants ‘raced’ to the back of the plane to break up the altercation that occurred while the plane was en route to Tenerife

He said: ‘One of the cabin crew began speaking to one of the customers on the flight…

‘[The air steward said] he then became erratic and there was an altercation and a lot of blood splattered.

‘They calmed the situation down and strapped him at the front where he fell asleep.

‘They then had to land the plane in Portugal.’

Anthony added that on his return flight, a member of the cabin staff had blood on their shirt.

Ryanair said local police are now dealing with the incident. 

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Disturbing pictures show Europe boiling over with rage at yet more coronavirus lockdown rules

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As the coronavirus crisis drags on, the mood in Europe is turning ugly. Tempers are fraying. Frustration is at boiling point.

And, as the shocking photos on this page reveal, with new Covid restrictions being introduced across the continent, many countries are sliding into open rebellion.

Take Italy, for example, where this week at least a dozen cities have seen violent protests against the government’s reimposition of a tight lockdown.

The most serious occurred in Milan and Turin, where demonstrators committed arson, vandalised public transport, looted shops and attacked the police with stones and petrol bombs.

Protesters  clash with police during a protest against the measures implemented to stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in Rome

Protesters  clash with police during a protest against the measures implemented to stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in Rome

A police officer  during the demonstrations over the restrictions put in place in Rome

A police officer  during the demonstrations over the restrictions put in place in Rome

Demonstrators in Milan  protesting against the government¿s reimposition of a tight lockdown

Demonstrators in Milan  protesting against the government’s reimposition of a tight lockdown

Police officers stand by burning flares during a protest against the new measures in Rome

Police officers stand by burning flares during a protest against the new measures in Rome

The flames of discord have spread to Spain, where the declaration of a second state of emergency and the prospect of a six-month lockdown led to huge protests on the streets of Barcelona, with scores of rubbish bins set on fire.

There have been explosive anti-lockdown rallies in the Czech capital of Prague, at least one of which had to be broken up by the police using tear gas and water cannon.

Even Germany, where the public is renowned for its obedience to authority, is experiencing unrest.

‘Why aren’t you telling the truth, Mrs Merkel, about how we are losing our freedom, jobs and health?’ read one placard at a demonstration in Berlin.

Across the Channel in France, where a state of emergency has also been declared recently, there have been major protests in several cities, including Paris and Marseille.

Indeed, one poll yesterday showed that just 37 per cent of French voters think that the government of president Emmanuel Macron has handled the pandemic effectively – hardly a surprise given that the daily total of infections passed the milestone of 50,000 on Sunday. 

A firefighter walking past a burning dustbin after a demonstration against curfew in Barcelona

A firefighter walking past a burning dustbin after a demonstration against curfew in Barcelona

 So how long will it be until Britain follows suit and street protests are triggered?

Thankfully, our country has not yet reached the stage of combustible revolt. 

But, as stoicism gives way to scepticism, it is clear that there is far less unity now than there was back in the spring when the first lockdown was introduced.

Anti-lockdown demonstrations are a regular weekend occurrence in central London, while the willingness of normally law-abiding citizens to comply with ever-more complex regulations is beginning to fray.

This week even the BBC presenter Victoria Derbyshire admitted that if the rule of six were still in place by Christmas, she would ignore it. 

She later backtracked from this stance, but her initial statement reflected an increasingly widespread disenchantment with the current rules.

Protesters in Milan attacked the police with stones and petrol bombs

Protesters in Milan attacked the police with stones and petrol bombs

According to the latest polls, only 39 per cent of the public approve of the No 10’s Covid policy.

Even Tory MPs seem to have had enough, with a number of those in northern seats now on the verge of open rebellion against the Government’s perceived lack of a coherent exit strategy from the new Covid lockdowns being imposed on them with devastating economic impact.

As someone who has to self-isolate because of an underlying health problem – the onset of Parkinson’s Disease – you would expect me to support the current restrictions. 

Yet I have deepening reservations about the Government’s handling of this crisis.

For it appears to me that we have ended up in the worst of all worlds, governed by rules that are both draconian and ineffective.

A central part of the problem is that the public’s faith in officialdom has been badly eroded, largely due to the gross hypocrisy of those who devised Britain’s restrictions.

After all, it is impossible to maintain national cohesion when there is one law for the hard-pressed citizenry, another for the privileged elite. 

Police officers stand guard outside a Gucci boutique store during the protests in Turin

Police officers stand guard outside a Gucci boutique store during the protests in Turin

Too many of the rule-makers have turned out to be rule-breakers, refusing to tolerate the same sacrifices that they so piously demanded of others.

The most egregious purveyor of such double-standards was undoubtedly Downing Street’s chief strategist Dominic Cummings, whose notorious trip by car to Barnard Castle in County Durham after he had contracted Covid was a clear breach of the lockdown.

His lack of contrition, never mind his refusal to resign, has permanently undermined the Government’s credibility and, I would suggest, was a tipping point for the public mood which, over the past few months, has been increasingly restive.

There were, of course, others like him, such as Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick, who visited his self-isolating parents in distant Shropshire at the peak of lockdown, or SNP MP Margaret Ferrier, who shamelessly made a round-trip between Scotland and London last month despite knowing that she had tested positive for the virus.

Just as reprehensible was the behaviour of doom-mongering scientist Professor Neil Ferguson, the real architect of the lockdown strategy, whose illicit trysts with his married lover made a mockery of his own stern injunctions against household mixing.

 ‘I thought I was immune,’ he said in his defence, having tested positive for the coronavirus and isolated himself for ‘almost two weeks’ – an utterance that we now know contained more political than medical truth.

Meanwhile, the morale-sapping impact of such hypocrisy on the country has only been compounded by the Government’s heavy-handedness in meting out new restrictions.

Protesters in Milan during a protest against the new coronavirus measures

Protesters in Milan during a protest against the new coronavirus measures

More than 8million people in England are now living under the highest Tier 3 rules, while the devolved nations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have even tougher lockdowns.

Indeed the Welsh government appears to have become a mix of theatrical farce, communist East Germany and Cromwellian puritanism. Bizarre, contradictory regulations on essential sales have led to books on supermarket shelves being cordoned off with police tape. 

‘I can buy a Babycham, but not baby milk,’ complained one shopper, highlighting the nonsense.

At the weekend, a service at a church in Cardiff was even raided by police with searchlights because it broke Wales’s particularly draconian ‘firebreak’ restrictions.

This assault on essential liberties is wholly unBritish. Freedom is meant to be central to this country’s heritage. 

Yet today, ordinary people are being heavily punished without trial for the breach of some arbitrary edict.

SNP MP Margaret Ferrier

Chief strategist Dominic Cummings

Rule-makers have turned out to be rule-breakers-SNP MP Margaret Ferrier (left) and chief strategist Dominic Cummings (right)

Just ask Manchester University student Carys Ingram, who was recently fined £6,600 after she posted a photo of herself on social media breaking quarantine rules during a visit to see her family in the Channel Islands.

Of course, it could have been worse. Last week individual penalties of £10,000 were imposed on three Nottingham students for holding a house party.

And in recent weeks we’ve seen just how easy it is for this jobsworth mindset to descend into outright cruelty.

That trend was epitomised earlier this month during a funeral at a Milton Keynes crematorium, where the ceremony was interrupted by an appallingly cold-hearted official who rushed forward to prevent a son from hugging his grieving mother.

It was a deeply disturbing indication of how individuals are being made to suffer unnecessarily by the current social-distancing measures.

Yet we must remember, too, that Britain as whole is also paying an enormous price for the current restrictions, both economically and in terms of our general health.

At the start of this year, who could have thought that by October we would be living in a country where the national debt is bigger than the size of the economy?

And so, after failing so miserably on so many fronts, it would take a Government of some nerve to now demand absolute obedience from the British public.

For if it does, it will only stoke the fires of indignation.

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We made promises to voters in the North… we MUST keep them, writes DAVID DAVIS 

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The North has always been Britain’s great industrial heartland. Yet that proud history has become its disadvantage during the pandemic.

If you work in an office-based job such as financial services, you may find it easy to do so from home. 

But anyone who works in a steel foundry, a garment factory or any business that relies on physical manufacturing has probably had a harder time of it.

And they are much more likely to be in the North.

Promises made to voters in the north must be kept, says former Brexit secretary David Davis

Promises made to voters in the north must be kept, says former Brexit secretary David Davis

That’s why, with 40 of my fellow MPs from the so-called ‘Blue Wall’ that stretches from the Irish Sea to the North Sea, I unhesitatingly put my signature to the letter sent this week to 10 Downing Street by Jake Berry, MP for Rossendale and Darwen in Lancashire. 

Our letter sets out to ensure that our constituencies are not ‘left behind’ in the aftermath of Covid: That the Government does not for a moment slacken on its vital ‘levelling-up’ agenda in the North.

Yes, Covid-19 is an alarming threat to the country. But it also provides the Government with an exceptional opportunity to make good on its promise to the North.

When he was elected as Prime Minister in a landslide victory last December, Boris Johnson pledged to Northern voters that he would ‘work around the clock to repay your trust and to deliver on your priorities’. Boris knew that many Blue Wall voters had put their cross next to a Conservative candidate for the first time in their lives.

David Davis says Covid-19 is an alarming threat to the country but it also provides the Government including Chancellor Rishi Sunak with an exceptional opportunity to make good on its promise to the North

David Davis says Covid-19 is an alarming threat to the country but it also provides the Government including Chancellor Rishi Sunak with an exceptional opportunity to make good on its promise to the North

Their continued support was by no means guaranteed.

If we let them down, we would pay for it dearly at the next election.

Our letter set out two concerns. First, people feel real fear in regions where tough Tier 3 lockdowns have been imposed.

Their fear stems from the authorities’ lack of clarity: No one can say how long these onerous restrictions are likely to last.

We’re told that these local lockdowns are ‘circuit-breakers’, ‘fire-breaks’ or whatever new jargon has been dreamt up this week.

What matters is that there is no guarantee when these restrictions on people’s lives will end.

Second, people in poorer Northern regions are deeply concerned that the country will be paying the cost of Covid for years to come.

The letter sets out two concerns. First, people feel real fear in regions where tough Tier 3 lockdowns have been imposed

The letter sets out two concerns. First, people feel real fear in regions where tough Tier 3 lockdowns have been imposed

All the promises of ‘levelling-up’ and new investment will be forgotten, lost in the economic aftermath of this crisis.

Yet boosting the North will be good for the whole of Britain.

That’s why I emphatically dismiss any suggestion that we 41 MPs are some sort of ‘party within the party’, or that the old divisions of the Thatcher era between ‘wets’ and ‘hardliners’ is being revived.

That’s nonsense.

As Boris himself said in a speech in June: ‘Too many parts of this country have felt left behind: Neglected, unloved…

‘This Government not only has a vision to change this country for the better: We have a mission to unite and to level up.’

I and my co-signatories will now ensure that this mission is carried out.

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GBBO accused of ‘borderline racism’ for ‘Japanese week’ food choices

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The Great British Bake Off has been accused of ‘borderline racism’ by viewers.

During Tuesday night’s episode, contestants decided to cook Chinese treats for ‘Japanese week,’ – with one amateur baker styling her first creations to look like Pandas – leaving fans of the Channel 4 show extremely offended. 

For their first challenge, contestants were tasked with creating Japanese steamed buns, but rather than opting for traditional Nikuman, the bakers chose to go for Chinese, Indian and American-style fillings.

Oh dear! The Great British Bake Off has been accused of 'borderline racism' by viewers

Oh dear! The Great British Bake Off has been accused of ‘borderline racism’ by viewers

The buns, named Nikuman, are traditionally filled with savory pork, shiitake mushroom, cabbage, and scallion. 

And so, viewers were bemused when some contestants opted for Chinese style fillings, while others went for Indian and American takes on the classic Japanese dish.

Hermine even styled her ‘chicken nikuman’ buns into Pandas, which originate from central China.   

Buns: For their first challenge during Thursday night's episode, contestants were tasked with creating Japanese steamed buns

Buns: For their first challenge during Thursday night’s episode, contestants were tasked with creating Japanese steamed buns

Pandas!? Hermine styled her 'chicken nikuman' buns into Pandas, which originate from China

Pandas!? Hermine styled her ‘chicken nikuman’ buns into Pandas, which originate from China

What the...? But viewers were bemused when some contestants opted for Chinese style fillings, while others went for Indian and American takes on the classic Japanese dish

What the…? But viewers were bemused when some contestants opted for Chinese style fillings, while others went for Indian and American takes on the classic Japanese dish

Taking to Twitter, those who tuned into the show voiced their fury, with one enraged viewer tweeting: ‘I am SO offended by tonight’s #GBBO So ignorant and racist. You’d think in the age – and climate – they’d do better.

‘It not only insulted us Japanese, they’ve insulted the Chinese – and everyone’s intelligence.’ 

Someone else tweeted: ‘I had hopes for Japanese week but generalising all Asian food with Japan feeds the racist narrative that all Asians are the same, which is not cool in any time but especially now as East Asians are being racially abused due to Coronavirus.’  

Burger buns? The buns, named Nikuman, are traditionally filled with savory pork, shiitake mushroom, cabbage, and scallion

Burger buns? The buns, named Nikuman, are traditionally filled with savory pork, shiitake mushroom, cabbage, and scallion

Dahl? Marc decided to go for an Indian take on traditional Japanese Steamed Buns

Dahl? Marc decided to go for an Indian take on traditional Japanese Steamed Buns

Racist narrative: 'generalising all Asian food with Japan feeds the racist narrative that all Asians are the same,' said one furious viewer

Racist narrative: ‘generalising all Asian food with Japan feeds the racist narrative that all Asians are the same,’ said one furious viewer

‘Why is everyone cooking Chinese on Japanese week? This is so rude/racist #gbbo.’ added another.

‘It’s JAPANESE week, people. Not CHINESE Week. #GBBO,’ pointed out another fan of the show. 

Someone else asserted: ‘This is an absolute trainwreck of an episode. It’s borderline racist #GBBO.’ 

Going into more detail, one viewer explained: This racist a** ‘Japanese week’ episode of #GBBO being: Bao (Chinese food) ‘Kawaii Cake’ (not a thing!) Matcha Mille Feuille (fair enough).  

Fan reaction: Taking to Twitter, those who tuned into the show voiced their fury

Fan reaction: Taking to Twitter, those who tuned into the show voiced their fury

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‘Imagine being this much of a flop when Japan has so much delicious cuisine. Plz try harder!’ 

Someone else tweeted: ‘But Pandas are from China, not Japan, bit racist really #GBBO.’

One viewer also claimed that Matt Lucas had blocked her on Twitter, positing that it could be because he ‘knew the user would tell him to stop making racist jokes on #GBBO.’   

MailOnline has contacted The Great British Bake Off for comment. 

Yikes! One viewer also claimed that Matt Lucas had blocked her on Twitter

Yikes! One viewer also claimed that Matt Lucas had blocked her on Twitter

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