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Staycationers are urged NOT to travel with roads into Devon and Cornwall at a standstill

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Major roads into Devon and Cornwall have been brought to a standstill as optimistic sunseekers flock to the Britain’s seaside for weekend getaways – despite yellow weather warnings covering vast swathes of the south coast. 

Torrential rain, multiple car crashes and broken-down vehicles have caused gridlocked traffic – as visitors have been urged to stay away from the popular regions all together.

The A30 was closed in both directions near Launceston after the body of a man was discovered on the eastbound carriageway, police said.

The exact circumstances of the man’s death have not been revealed but police have urged travellers to ‘avoid the area’ as Highways England advised drivers to delay their journeys until later today.

Major roads into Devon and Cornwall have been brought to a standstill as eager sunseekers flock to the Britain's coast for weekend getaways. Pictured: Delays on the M5

Major roads into Devon and Cornwall have been brought to a standstill as eager sunseekers flock to the Britain’s coast for weekend getaways. Pictured: Delays on the M5

Traffic is slow moving at various points along the southbound carriageway of the M5 (pictured) between the Almondsbury Interchange and Weston-super-mare

Traffic is slow moving at various points along the southbound carriageway of the M5 (pictured) between the Almondsbury Interchange and Weston-super-mare

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One lane on the westbound carriageway has since been reopened – the rest remain shut.

Diverted traffic has caused various tailbacks – including a three-mile queue on the at the Tamar Bridge – on the A38, Cornwall Live reported.

The A30 has also seen a broken-down vehicle on the Westbound carriageway.

A lorry – which diverted from the A30 – drove into a wall in Launceston causing traffic to pile up on the A388 too. 

Traffic is slow moving at various points along the southbound carriageway of the M5 between the Almondsbury Interchange and Weston-super-mare.

The A30 was closed in both directions near Launceston after the body of a man was discovered on the eastbound carriageway, police said

The A30 was closed in both directions near Launceston after the body of a man was discovered on the eastbound carriageway, police said

The exact circumstances of the man's death have not been revealed but police have urged travellers to 'avoid the area' as Highways England advised drivers to delay their journeys until later today

The exact circumstances of the man’s death have not been revealed but police have urged travellers to ‘avoid the area’ as Highways England advised drivers to delay their journeys until later today

‘Holiday traffic heading south for Devon and Cornwall’ as well as ‘poor weather conditions’ have been cited as causes by traffic app Intrix.

In Exminster, a lorry and a car crashed causing the A379 to be shut in both directions.

A lorry crashed into a wall in Launceston causing the A388 causing traffic to pile up.

But those eager for a sun-soaked weekend by the coast will be in for a surprise as thunderstorms and heavy rain are set to sweep across most of England and Wales until Monday.

The Met Office has issued yellow thunderstorm warnings until early next week, with the potential for more damage to buildings from lightning and hail.

Storm warnings cover all parts of England south of York and all of Wales, and the Met Office said lightning and flooding pose a risk of delays or cancellations to train and bus services, and of road closures and power cuts. 

From today through to Monday there will be a constant deluge of rainfall working its way from the south of England up to Wales and as far north as Hull as Britons are lashed with up to 70mm of rain.

It comes after another day of hot weather, where temperatures reached 90F (32C) in southern England, storms struck in various parts of the UK last night, with areas around Maidenhead, Berkshire, particularly hard hit.

Yesterday a staggering four inches of ‘biblical rain and hail’ was dumped on Wales and an A&E department in Gloucester had to be evacuated amid torrential downpours.

The A38 was closed in both directions in Winscombe north of the A371 junction overnight after a burst water main caused a sink hole, in which a coach became stuck

The A38 was closed in both directions in Winscombe north of the A371 junction overnight after a burst water main caused a sink hole, in which a coach became stuck

Football goals are seen in a flooded play area after heavy rain, in Hertford, Hertfordshire, this morning following the deluge last night

Football goals are seen in a flooded play area after heavy rain, in Hertford, Hertfordshire, this morning following the deluge last night

A shopping cart is seen in a flooded car park after heavy rain, in Hertford, Hertfordshire, as a car stops before entering the pool

A shopping cart is seen in a flooded car park after heavy rain, in Hertford, Hertfordshire, as a car stops before entering the pool

People out and about in the heavy rain and mist this morning in Dunsden, Oxfordshire after a night of storms

People out and about in the heavy rain and mist this morning in Dunsden, Oxfordshire after a night of storms

People sheltering under umbrellas from the rain on Wimbledon Common yesterday after many days of high temperatures. The forecast is for cooler weather with thunderstorm warnings and flash floods

People sheltering under umbrellas from the rain on Wimbledon Common yesterday after many days of high temperatures. The forecast is for cooler weather with thunderstorm warnings and flash floods

A misty, hazy start to the day this morning after a night of storms over the farmland in the Oxfordshire countryside

A misty, hazy start to the day this morning after a night of storms over the farmland in the Oxfordshire countryside 

Met Office chief meteorologist Frank Saunders said: ‘Up until Monday, thunderstorm warnings cover much of England and Wales, with parts of southern England and South Wales seeing the greatest likelihood of impacts.

‘The storms will not affect all areas, but where they happen there will be frequent lightning, gusty winds and intense, heavy downpours with 30 to 40 millimetres of rain possible in less than an hour and, in a few unlucky spots, a small chance of 60 mm falling in a short period.

‘With the continuing hot weather, large swathes of the UK continue to be at risk from thunderstorms, and potentially the impacts from heavy rain, into the early part of next week.’

Neil Davies, Flood Duty Manager at the Environment Agency, said: ‘Isolated thunderstorms could bring sudden surface water and river flooding, which may lead to flooded properties and severe travel disruption in some areas. Further surface water and river flooding is also a possibility until Sunday.’

The Environment Agency has a warning for expected flooding at Winford Brook at Chew Magna, south of Bristol, along with six alerts for possible flooding around Birmingham.

Avon and Somerset Police were warning of delays on the A38, which was closed in both directions in Winscombe north of the A371 junction overnight after a burst water main caused a sink hole, in which a coach became stuck.

Treacherous conditions on the A14 near Cambridge yesterday as torrential rain and dark skies made driving hazardous

Treacherous conditions on the A14 near Cambridge yesterday as torrential rain and dark skies made driving hazardous

The Met Office has issued yellow thunderstorm warnings until early next week, with the potential for more flooding and damage to buildings from lightning and hail after a staggering four inches of 'biblical rain and hail' was dumped on Wales and an A&E department in Gloucester had to be evacuated amid torrential downpours yesterday

The Met Office has issued yellow thunderstorm warnings until early next week, with the potential for more flooding and damage to buildings from lightning and hail after a staggering four inches of ‘biblical rain and hail’ was dumped on Wales and an A&E department in Gloucester had to be evacuated amid torrential downpours yesterday

The M25 was brought to a standstill by floodwater yesterday, with only one slightly treacherous in use anti-clockwise and a BMW driver forced to abandon their car in the clockwise lane

The M25 was brought to a standstill by floodwater yesterday, with only one slightly treacherous in use anti-clockwise and a BMW driver forced to abandon their car in the clockwise lane

In Newcastle-under-Lyme, children were seen playing in muddy water and enjoying the outdoor play equipment which was surrounded by flood water

In Newcastle-under-Lyme, children were seen playing in muddy water and enjoying the outdoor play equipment which was surrounded by flood water

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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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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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