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UK passport applications will be fast-tracked for Britons going on holiday in the next two weeks

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UK passport applications that have been delayed by the backlog caused by the coronavirus will be expedited if people are due to go on holiday within two weeks, the Government has announced.

The Passport Office said that, in an effort to tackle the backlog and ensure people’s travel plans are not affected, customers who have been waiting for more than four weeks will receive their passport within five working days.

The new measures, which come into effect immediately, will require applicants to prove they are due to travel within two weeks.

The Home Office has announced new measures to tackle the passport backlog caused by coronavirus pandemic which means customers may receive their passport within five working days if they've been waiting for more than a month and are due to travel within two weeks

The Home Office has announced new measures to tackle the passport backlog caused by coronavirus pandemic which means customers may receive their passport within five working days if they've been waiting for more than a month and are due to travel within two weeks

The Home Office has announced new measures to tackle the passport backlog caused by coronavirus pandemic which means customers may receive their passport within five working days if they’ve been waiting for more than a month and are due to travel within two weeks

Britons applying for passports are having to wait up to four months for their applications to be processed but new rules mean their application could be expedited if they meet requirements

Britons applying for passports are having to wait up to four months for their applications to be processed but new rules mean their application could be expedited if they meet requirements

Britons applying for passports are having to wait up to four months for their applications to be processed but new rules mean their application could be expedited if they meet requirements

The announcement comes after latest figures revealed Passport Office workers are wrestling with a backlog of more than 400,000 applications as a result of delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Reduced staffing to allow for social distancing means forms are taking longer than usual to process, according to the Home Office.

The Passport Office is struggling to get its 2,000 staff members back in the office because of the guidelines, meaning some Britons are having to wait four months for new documents.

It follows the relaxation of Foreign Office guidance on non-essential overseas travel and quarantine rules, paving the way for foreign holidays to destinations including Spain, Germany, France and Italy. 

In an update issued yesterday, the Home Office said it recognises that an increasing number of people who do not meet the urgent and compassionate criteria will want a passport more quickly as restrictions continue to ease, particularly those with pre-existing bookings.

It added that for adults applying for a passport for the first time, the required security checks mean the process will take longer than those getting their passport renewed.

But it insisted that staff would work hard to ensure anyone with pre-planned travel does not miss out if their passport application ‘has been submitted correctly and in good time’.

They said more than 6,500 passports had been issued to individuals on compassionate and emergency grounds during the coronavirus lockdown.

These new measures will not impact those applying for passports under emergency and compassionate ground. 

The relaxation of Foreign Office guidance on non-essential overseas travel and quarantine rules paved the way for foreign holidays to destinations including Spain, Germany and Italy

The relaxation of Foreign Office guidance on non-essential overseas travel and quarantine rules paved the way for foreign holidays to destinations including Spain, Germany and Italy

The relaxation of Foreign Office guidance on non-essential overseas travel and quarantine rules paved the way for foreign holidays to destinations including Spain, Germany and Italy

Passport Office is struggling to get staff back in the office because of distancing guidelines

Passport Office is struggling to get staff back in the office because of distancing guidelines

Passport Office is struggling to get staff back in the office because of distancing guidelines

Earlier this week, the Government revealed that work was under way on about 126,000 passport applications – 31 per cent higher than at the same period last year.

They added 284,000 applications were still to be processed – a 172 per cent from last year.

The Passport Office insists people should not book travel until they have received their passport.

HMPO is encouraging everyone who needs to apply to do so online as this does help speed up the process.

A spokesman said: ‘It is vital that everyone applying thoroughly checks that they are sending in the right documentation, have filled in the form accurately, and ensure their photo meets the correct specifications, as this will also speed up the process.

‘But what HMPO is also asking is that if people do not need to renew right now, then they should wait until after Summer.

‘This is always a busy time and with the added difficulties during the coronavirus pandemic, HMPO has had to scale back its operation.

‘But it is working hard to get services fully resumed as soon as possible.’

 

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Police smash car windows to save two dogs left inside for over two hours as temperatures soared

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Two dogs were reportedly left in a car for more than two hours as temperatures soared at a Cornwall beach town today.

Devon and Cornwall Police officers were called and smashed the windows to rescue the animals, which had been left in the locked vehicle near Looe beach, despite the heatwave.

One local man, who posted about the incident on social media, said the dogs had been left in the car ‘for over two hours’ and no-one had returned to the car to check on them.

Devon and Cornwall Police were called to Looe beach after reports of two dogs locked in a car

Devon and Cornwall Police were called to Looe beach after reports of two dogs locked in a car

Kieran Mccrash Mclelland said the police were already at the scene when he noticed the dogs in the car.

By Sunday afternoon, his social media post had received more than 460 shares. 

Temperatures at Looe reached 23°C (73.4°F) on Sunday afternoon.

The incident happened as animal welfare groups urged pet owners to take greater care during Britain’s heatwave.

According to the RSPCA, owners should ‘never leave animals in hot cars, conservatories, outbuildings or caravans, even if it’s just for a short while.’

Pet owners have been asked to be mindful of the welfare of their animals, as temperatures soar across the UK. Pictured: St Ives in Cornwall

Pet owners have been asked to be mindful of the welfare of their animals, as temperatures soar across the UK. Pictured: St Ives in Cornwall

The organisation added: ‘Temperatures can quickly rise to 47°C (117°F) in these environments, which can be deadly. 

‘You can also keep your pets safe by using a pet-safe sun cream on exposed parts of your pets’ skin, and of course, by providing plenty of access to shade and fresh water. 

‘It’s also worth checking pets regularly for flystrike. You can also help your pets cool down by putting ice cubes in their water bowl or by providing damp towels for them to lie on.’

The beach at St Ives in Cornwall attracted heavy crowds of sunseekers as temperatures soared across the UK on Sunday

The beach at St Ives in Cornwall attracted heavy crowds of sunseekers as temperatures soared across the UK on Sunday

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Shirtless David Beckham, 45, enjoys beach day with sons Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz in Greece

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He’s a doting father to three boys and a little girl.

And, David Beckham, 45, enjoyed a beach day with his sons Brooklyn, 21, Romeo, 17, and Cruz, 15, in Greece, as they tried their luck on paddle board steppers and took selfies while enjoying some quality time together, on Tuesday.

The shirtless sports star showcased his heavily tattooed torso as he topped up his tan in a flamboyant pair of £360 Versace swim shorts. 

Looking good! David Beckham, 45, showcased his heavily tattooed torso as he topped up his tan in a flamboyant pair of £360 Versace swim shorts, in Greece on Tuesday

Looking good! David Beckham, 45, showcased his heavily tattooed torso as he topped up his tan in a flamboyant pair of £360 Versace swim shorts, in Greece on Tuesday

The former football star showed off his impressive physique in a pair of Le Pop Classique print trunks as he settled into their Greek vacation.

His eye-catching swim shorts featured splashes of aqua, royal blue and flecks of metallic gold.

Cruz, wearing khaki shorts, tried his luck on a yellow paddle board stepper while Romeo stood aboard a blue paddle board, which matched his swim shorts.

Eldest brother Brooklyn cooled off in the water while wearing a white T-shirt and black baseball cap as dad David filmed his younger brothers having fun. 

The Beckham boys: The sports star was joined by sons Brooklyn, 21, Romeo, 17, and Cruz, 15, as they took selfies while enjoying some quality time together

The Beckham boys: The sports star was joined by sons Brooklyn, 21, Romeo, 17, and Cruz, 15, as they took selfies while enjoying some quality time together

Stylish: The former football star showed off his impressive physique in a pair of Le Pop Classique print trunks as he settled into their Greek vacation

Designer duds: His eye-catching swim shorts featured splashes of aqua, royal blue and flecks of metallic gold

Stylish: The former football star showed off his impressive physique in a pair of Le Pop Classique print trunks as he settled into their Greek vacation

Picture perfect: David gathered his sons together for a group selfie in the sea

Picture perfect: David gathered his sons together for a group selfie in the sea

Giving it a go: Cruz tried his luck on a yellow paddle board stepper

Trying it out: Romeo stood aboard a blue paddle board

Different interests: Cruz (left) and Romeo (right) tried their luck on paddle board steppers

Just chilling: Eldest brother Brooklyn cooled off in the water while wearing a white T-shirt and black baseball cap as dad David filmed his brothers having fun

Just chilling: Eldest brother Brooklyn cooled off in the water while wearing a white T-shirt and black baseball cap as dad David filmed his brothers having fun

The holiday to Greece comes after Brooklyn proposed to Nicola Peltz, 25, in front of her family. 

What’s more, Nicola hinted she and fiancé Brooklyn may have married in secret as she shared a cryptic snap of a gold ring on his finger.

The image, shared to her Instagram Stories on Friday, showed the couple clutching a label, with Brooklyn sporting a gold band on his left hand.

Not interested: Brooklyn opted out of paddle boarding and instead waded around in the water while clad in a white tee and black baseball cap

You do you: David seemed happy to spend time with his firstborn while his younger sons had a go at watersports

Not interested: Brooklyn opted out of paddle boarding and instead waded around in the water while clad in a white tee and black baseball cap

Tempted: David appeared to try and tempt his eldest child to try out the water sport

Tempted: David appeared to try and tempt his eldest child to try out the water sport

Practice makes perfect: Cruz looked steady on his feet

Getting good: Romeo looked to be a natural aboard the paddle board

Practice makes perfect: Cruz (left) and Romeo (right) looked steady on their feet

Happy days: David couldn't wipe the smile from his face as he captured the action on his phone

Happy days: David couldn’t wipe the smile from his face as he captured the action on his phone

Dads of Instagram: David beamed with pride as he filmed his offspring tackling the watersport

Dads of Instagram: David beamed with pride as he filmed his offspring tackling the watersport

The simple piece of jewellery is traditional of a man’s wedding ring, with the design complemented by a single diamond. 

The budding photographer’s distinctive tattoos could be seen on his hand, including ‘1974’ which is the birth year of his mother Victoria Beckham, while the number ‘7’ represents dad David’s football shirt number he wore when playing for Manchester United. 

The American actress didn’t leave a caption on her intriguing image, leaving fans to guess whether they had tied the knot. 

MailOnline contacted representatives of Nicola and Brooklyn for comment at the time.  

Help from the pros: Cruz climbed aboard his paddle board with a little help from the pros

Help from the pros: Cruz climbed aboard his paddle board with a little help from the pros

Help from the pros: Cruz climbed aboard his paddle board with a little help from the pros

Getting the hang of it: David's youngest son concentrated hard as he took up the new skill

Getting the hang of it: David’s youngest son concentrated hard as he took up the new skill

Having fun: Romeo showed off his tan while making his way around on the blue board

Having fun: Romeo showed off his tan while making his way around on the blue board

Hot stuff: David looked every inch the movie star as he descended into the water

Following in his footsteps: Cruz carefully avoided pebbles on the beach as he followed his dad

Following in his footsteps: David looked every inch the movie star as he descended into the water while Cruz carefully avoided pebbles on the beach

Splashing about: David held onto the yellow board while he sons learnt how to paddle

Splashing about: David held onto the yellow board while he sons learnt how to paddle

The Beckham boys: While David gathered with his three sons, wife Victoria and daughter Harper, 9, were nowhere to be seen

The Beckham boys: While David gathered with his three sons, wife Victoria and daughter Harper, 9, were nowhere to be seen

The Beckham boys: While David gathered with his three sons, wife Victoria and daughter Harper, 9, were nowhere to be seen

Brooklyn recently shared intimate photographs from his marriage proposal earlier this month, during which he presented Nicola with a £350,000 engagement ring.

Alongside the gallery of photographs, David and Victoria Beckham’s eldest son wrote: ‘Can’t imagine a life without you baby, you make me feel so special and make me laugh all the time. I will always take care of you and will always have your back.’  

Bowled over by her husband to be’s public declaration, Nicola commented: ‘i’m so in love with you my hearts going to EXPLODE’ (sic).  

Chats: David had a chat with Brooklyn while Cruz practiced on the step paddle board

Chats: David had a chat with Brooklyn while Cruz practiced on the step paddle board

Watching the action: While David beamed with delight, Brooklyn looked less impressed

Watching the action: While David beamed with delight, Brooklyn looked less impressed

Keeping it safe: After getting the content required, David hid his phone beneath a towel

Keeping it safe: After getting the content required, David hid his phone beneath a towel

Though the couple have hinted they’ve already tied the knot, there are still preparations underway for a huge wedding celebration, with Nicola’s billionaire father Nelson Peltz expected to be paying for the wedding with Brooklyn’s parents also wanting to ‘contribute’. 

Brooklyn is said to have told pals that the ceremony will involve marrying under a chuppah (wedding canopy) and signing a ketubah (wedding contract) as both Brooklyn’s great grandfather and Nicola’s billionaire father are Jewish.

A source told the Mirror: ‘Nicola was raised in a Jewish household and while her mother Claudia isn’t Jewish, her father Nelson is devout. They raised their children to uphold traditional Jewish values…

Action time: Romeo wasn't scared to fall off and try again

Action time: Romeo wasn’t scared to fall off and try again

‘When they ­started talking about their future, Brooklyn agreed to a Jewish wedding. While it won’t be orthodox, or super religious, it will likely contain ­traditional elements.’

Brooklyn and Nicola are thought to be planning to splash £4million on two different ceremonies to mark their marriage in 2021. 

The nuptials are said to be taking place in both the UK and Florida, with the couple allegedly expected to sign pre-nups at the behest of Nicola’s father, Nelson, who is said to be worth £1.34 billion. 

Father and son time: Doting dad David took a group selfie with his sons

Chats with the eldest: Brooklyn stayed close to his dad while in the water

Father and son time: Doting dad David took a group selfie with his sons

There he goes: Romeo was quick to learn and looked in his element aboard the step paddle board

There he goes: Romeo was quick to learn and looked in his element aboard the step paddle board

The source added: ‘They’re not sure if they’ll have a rabbi conduct both ceremonies, but Brooklyn has already told Nicola he’ll let her take the reins – joking how he’s already under the thumb.’  

It is thought that Brooklyn’s footballing father David is also enthusiastic about the prospect and hopes to recite one of the Hebrew blessings at the ceremony. 

Sources have claimed Brooklyn’s little sister, Harper, nine, will be ‘chief bridesmaid’, while his brothers Romeo and Cruz will act as his ‘ushers’.

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Mountain rescue team save climber, 60, after he plunged 40ft down a crag

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A mountain recovery team carried out a dramatic rescue after a 60-year-old climber plunged 40ft down a crag.

Pictures show the man being treated on the mountainside in the Thirlmere area of the Lake District, where he careered down a precipice. 

The man, who has not been named, fell 40ft after an anchor he placed in the mountainside to prevent him falling ripped out – sending him careering down the rocky precipice. 

His injuries were so severe that rescue personnel placed him on to a stretcher and hoisted him hundreds of feet into the air and into a helicopter.

A mountain recovery team carried out a dramatic rescue after a 60-year-old climber plunged 40ft down a crag

He was hoisted from the crag into a coastguard helicopter

A mountain recovery team carried out a dramatic rescue after a 60-year-old climber plunged 40ft down a crag in the Thrilmere area of the Lake District He was hoisted from the crag into a coastguard helicopter

He was flown around 60 miles to Preston Hospital for treatment. The man's current condition is not known, but he is thought to be okay

He was flown around 60 miles to Preston Hospital for treatment. The man’s current condition is not known, but he is thought to be okay

The rescue, which took three hours in total, took place around 6pm on August 6 following reports of a tragic accident. 

He was climbing on a route called ‘Gazebo’ on the south crag of Castle Rock of Triermain in the Thirlmere valley.    

According to an official report, he hit the ground and tumbled down a steep slope before coming to a stop thanks to a rope connecting his body to the crag. 

The rescue, which took three hours in total, took place around 6pm on August 6 following reports of a tragic accident

The rescue, which took three hours in total, took place around 6pm on August 6 following reports of a tragic accident

More than two dozen mountain rescue personnel rushed to the scene and pictures show the man being treated on the mountainside

More than two dozen mountain rescue personnel rushed to the scene and pictures show the man being treated on the mountainside 

A friend and fellow climber made sure the man, who suffered head injuries, was secure before ringing 999 and asking for Keswick Mountain Rescue Team to attend. 

More than two dozen mountain rescue personnel rushed to the scene and, due to the seriousness of the fall, an air ambulance was immediately deployed.

More pictures show the man being treated on the perilous mountainside.

He was hoisted from the crag into a coastguard helicopter, which then transported him to the air ambulance.

He was flown around 60 miles to Preston Hospital for treatment. The man’s current condition is not known. 

Due to the seriousness of the fall, an air ambulance was immediately deployed

Due to the seriousness of the fall, an air ambulance was immediately deployed 

A friend and fellow climber made sure the man, who suffered head injuries, was secure before ringing 999 and asking for Keswick Mountain Rescue Team to attend

A friend and fellow climber made sure the man, who suffered head injuries, was secure before ringing 999 and asking for Keswick Mountain Rescue Team to attend

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