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Paul Virgona found dead in bullet-riddled van at Donvale

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The killers of a man found shot dead on a Melbourne freeway are still on the run, as the victim’s identity has come to light.

The dead man, reported as Paul Virgona, was found in a bullet-riddled van on the Eastlink Freeway at Donvale about 2.20am on Saturday.

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The 46-year-old is understood to run a wholesale fruit and vegetable business in Melbourne’s inner north.

Virgona was appointed as coach for the Croydon Football and Netball club’s under-19s Colts for the upcoming season.

The dead man, reported as Paul Virgona, was found in a bullet-riddled van on the Eastlink Freeway.

The fatal shooting was a “targeted attack” and the public should not be concerned for their safety, Detective Acting Inspector Peter Trichias told reporters on Saturday.

“The shooting itself does not appear to be random, it appears to be a targeted attack,” he said.

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Det Insp Trichias said there was “no indication” the shooting was in retaliation for any other incident.

Two vehicles found dumped at Mooroolbark and Bayswater are believed to be linked to the killing and police combed the areas around the vehicles.

It’s believed the attackers dumped the ute in Bayswater before fleeing through a nearby park.

Police conduct a line search at Dandenong Creek in Bayswater in Melbourne.

The firearm used has not been recovered and there have not been any details released about potential suspects.

Witnesses have been urged to come forward if they saw anything suspicious.

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Princess Beatrice says it is the Queen that encouraged her curious nature

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Princess Beatrice has revealed that it is the Queen that encouraged her curious nature of asking ‘Why not?’ and ‘Why can’t you?’.

The newly-engaged royal, 31, praised her grandmother during a tech summit, which she hosted for 150 guests at St James’s Palace in London, on Tuesday.

When one attendee asked how the monarch inspires her, Beatrice said she was mostly influenced by the 93-year-old’s inquisitive nature of always asking ‘Why not?’ and ‘Why can’t you?’, according to Hello!.

It comes after her father Prince Andrew was ‘sacked’ from royal duties in a desperate bid to contain the fall-out from his disastrous Newsnight interview about his years of friendship with Jeffrey Epstein. 

Beatrice (pictured at The Roundhouse on November 13, 2019, in London), 31, praised her grandmother during a tech summit, which she hosted for 150 guests at St James's Palace in London, on Tuesday

Beatrice (pictured at The Roundhouse on November 13, 2019, in London), 31, praised her grandmother during a tech summit, which she hosted for 150 guests at St James's Palace in London, on Tuesday

Beatrice (pictured at The Roundhouse on November 13, 2019, in London), 31, praised her grandmother during a tech summit, which she hosted for 150 guests at St James’s Palace in London, on Tuesday

Meanwhile, Beatrice invited entrepreneurs, CEOs and students to the Silicon Valley Comes to the UK summit last week.

The special event was an opportunity for people on both sides of the Atlantic to discuss tech issues – and according to the publication, it was a roaring success. 

One guest reportedly praised Beatrice for being an ‘excellent role model for the Royal Family’, and another suggested she was following in her grandmother’s footsteps.

The private occasion was said to involve roundtable discussions and talks at St James’s Palace, followed by a glamorous dinner at the Design Museum. 

Beatrice, who is Sarah Ferguson’s eldest daughter, is set to marry Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi after an 11-month romance.

The Queen yesterday at the Royal institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, London

The Queen yesterday at the Royal institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, London

The Queen yesterday at the Royal institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, London

As Andrew revealed he would be stepping down, the Queen put on a brave face as she presented Sir David Attenborough with an award for his Blue Planet II series at Chatham House

As Andrew revealed he would be stepping down, the Queen put on a brave face as she presented Sir David Attenborough with an award for his Blue Planet II series at Chatham House

Charles and his mother decided the Duke should step down

Charles and his mother decided the Duke should step down

The Queen (left, meeting David Attenborough yesterday) and Charles (right, with Andrew at St Paul’s Cathedral) decided the Duke of York should step down , with Beatrice’s father making the announcement last night

Her father, the Duke of York and the Queen’s second son, has effectively been retired by the royal family aged 59, after last night announcing he would step down from public duties for the ‘foreseeable future’.

The Duke was forced out of public life after lengthy discussions with his eldest brother the Prince of Wales, who is touring New Zealand, and the Queen. 

A royal insider said: ‘When the Queen and the Prince of Wales stand firm together they are a pretty formidable combination in terms of getting things done.’  

It is unprecedented for a senior royal to be asked to stand down in this way and illustrates how damaging Andrew’s BBC Newsnight interview was for himself, and the monarchy.

Prince Andrew (pictured during his car crash interview with the BBC's Emily Maitlis) was told to step down from royal duties

Prince Andrew (pictured during his car crash interview with the BBC's Emily Maitlis) was told to step down from royal duties

Prince Andrew (pictured during his car crash interview with the BBC’s Emily Maitlis) was told to step down from royal duties 

The 59-year-old prince and his team – led by private secretary Amanda Thirsk – knew speaking publicly about the Epstein scandal was a huge gamble.

But they felt backed into a corner following the sex offender’s suicide and repeated claims by Virginia Roberts that she was ‘trafficked’ by her abuser to have sex with the Queen’s son on three occasions, the first when she was just 17.

Mrs Thirsk and her team hoped that by choosing such a formidable interviewer as Emily Maitlis the general public would be convinced of his innocence and honesty. 

Instead, millions of viewers were left astonished by Andrew’s attempt to explain his relationship with Epstein. 

The Duke told Maitlis in his appearance that he did not have sex with Virginia Roberts. 

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Massive chunk of a Cornwall beauty spot cliff slides away from the coastline in latest landslip 

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A large chunk of a cliff at a Cornish beauty spot has been pictured after it slid away from the coastline.

The images show the coastal path above Crooklets beach, towards Northcott Mouth, Bude, after the latest landslip.

The incident is believed to have happened in the early hours of November 15.

The pictures show the coastal path above Crooklets beach, towards Northcott Mouth, Bude, Cornwall after a landslip

The pictures show the coastal path above Crooklets beach, towards Northcott Mouth, Bude, Cornwall after a landslip

The pictures show the coastal path above Crooklets beach, towards Northcott Mouth, Bude, Cornwall after a landslip

The incident is believed to have happened in the early hours of Friday, November 15

The incident is believed to have happened in the early hours of Friday, November 15

Beverley Tree, a volunteer for the South West Coast Path Association, took the pictures as she walked along path above Crooklets beach, near Bude, Cornwall

Beverley Tree, a volunteer for the South West Coast Path Association, took the pictures as she walked along path above Crooklets beach, near Bude, Cornwall

The incident is believed to have happened in the early hours of Friday, November 15

Beverley Tree is a volunteer for the South West Coast Path Association, SWCPA.

She said: ‘The slip occurred overnight/early morning of the 15th.

‘Philip Newbury posted a photo and as a volunteer rep for the SWCPA I went to check and report to the association.

‘My area rep and The National Trust’s lead ranger for the area both surveyed the damage.

‘They reported that as it is very obvious to see and is not undercut nothing is needed to be done regarding safety at the moment.’

The pictures come after a map revealed the English coastal towns most likely to collapse into the sea over the next 20 years as shores continue to erode.

A shocking map reveals the English coastal towns most likely to collapse into the sea as shores erode over the next 20 years

A shocking map reveals the English coastal towns most likely to collapse into the sea as shores erode over the next 20 years

A shocking map reveals the English coastal towns most likely to collapse into the sea as shores erode over the next 20 years

Experts said the east coast is being hardest hit, with the erosion rate the fastest in Yorkshire and the Humber, where 56 per cent of the coastline is at risk.

Alongside this, around a third of the coast in the south of England is being actively eroded — threatening such areas as Norfolk, Suffolk and East/West Sussex. 

The ongoing retreat of the shoreline will cause around 7,000 homes to disappear into the sea by the end of century, experts warned — unless more action is taken.

Protection is particularly needed in the counties of Norfolk, Tyne and Wear, Suffolk and Yorkshire over the next two decades. 

The interactive map — which can be viewed online here — was commissioned by home insurance provider confused.com and uses data collected by the UK Environmental Agency’s National Coastal Erosion Risk Mapping project.

Experts found that the east coast is being hardest hit, with the erosion rate the fastest in Yorkshire and the Humber, where 56 per cent of the coastline is at risk. Pictured, a road collapsing into the ocean at Skipsea Cliff, near Hornsea, in the East Riding of Yorkshire

Experts found that the east coast is being hardest hit, with the erosion rate the fastest in Yorkshire and the Humber, where 56 per cent of the coastline is at risk. Pictured, a road collapsing into the ocean at Skipsea Cliff, near Hornsea, in the East Riding of Yorkshire

Experts found that the east coast is being hardest hit, with the erosion rate the fastest in Yorkshire and the Humber, where 56 per cent of the coastline is at risk. Pictured, a road collapsing into the ocean at Skipsea Cliff, near Hornsea, in the East Riding of Yorkshire

This is joined by statistics from the Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership. 

The erosion figures are based on a scenario in which no active interventions are made to help halt the coastline’s retreat — and predicts the state of the UK’s vulnerable coastal areas over the next 20, 50 and 100 years.

Alongside the projected loss of thousands of homes, agency data also suggests that around 520,000 properties are presently in areas that are at risk of coastal flooding.

If no action is taken, experts warn, this figure could be trebled to around 1.5 million homes by the 2080s. 

According to UK environment minister Thérèse Coffey, ‘one in six people in England are already living in properties at risk of flooding.’

This hazard is exacerbated by coastal erosion, rising sea levels and climate change.

The ongoing retreat of the shoreline will cause around 7,000 homes to disappear into the sea by the end of century, experts warn — unless more action is taken. Pictured, a collapsed section of shoreline at South Cliff, Hornsea, in the East Riding of Yorkshire

The ongoing retreat of the shoreline will cause around 7,000 homes to disappear into the sea by the end of century, experts warn — unless more action is taken. Pictured, a collapsed section of shoreline at South Cliff, Hornsea, in the East Riding of Yorkshire

The ongoing retreat of the shoreline will cause around 7,000 homes to disappear into the sea by the end of century, experts warn — unless more action is taken. Pictured, a collapsed section of shoreline at South Cliff, Hornsea, in the East Riding of Yorkshire

Alongside the projected loss of thousands of homes, data also suggests that around 520,000 properties are presently in areas that are at risk of coastal flooding. Pictured, the end of the road in Happisburgh, Norfolk, where washouts swept away a coastal street

Alongside the projected loss of thousands of homes, data also suggests that around 520,000 properties are presently in areas that are at risk of coastal flooding. Pictured, the end of the road in Happisburgh, Norfolk, where washouts swept away a coastal street

Alongside the projected loss of thousands of homes, data also suggests that around 520,000 properties are presently in areas that are at risk of coastal flooding. Pictured, the end of the road in Happisburgh, Norfolk, where washouts swept away a coastal street

‘Coastal erosion has become one of the most worrying issues for UK homeowners in seaside towns,’ said Confused.com head of home Tom Vaughan.

‘Our research highlights the increasing risk that many coastal residents are facing, to the point where some are ultimately looking at losing their homes over the next 20 years.’

‘As land erodes, we could be seeing more expensive insurance premiums, as the danger of damage from climate change is higher than living inland.’

The map, he added, has been designed to help people living in areas with a high risk of erosion understand what this means for them. 

To this end, the map also reveals the average cost of rebuilding a home in each area to replace those lost to the sea. 

According to the researchers, the worst hit town in the UK is likely to by Happisburg, in Norfolk.

The town is predicted to lose around 318 feet (97m) of coastal land in the next two decades — the equivalent length to two football pitches.

10,377 houses presently stand in the local NR12 postcode — and 35 homes have already been lost due to cliff collapse.

WHICH PARTS OF THE ENGLISH COASTLINE WILL BE THE WORST HIT BY EROSION?

The following areas of England’s coastline will be the worst hit by erosion:

COASTAL AREA:

1. Happisburgh, Norfolk

2. Kessingland, Suffolk

3. Hornsea, East Riding of Yorkshire

4. Withernsea, East Riding of Yorkshire

5. Sunderland, Tyne & Wear

6. Filey, North Yorkshire

7. Camber, East Sussex

Pevensey Bay, East Sussex

Shoreham-By-Sea, West Sussex

Bognor Regis, West Sussex

 LAND ERODED AFTER 20 YEARS:

318 feet (97m)

230 feet (70m)

223 feet (68m)

200 feet (61m)

131 feet (40m)

131 feet (40m)

131 feet (40m)

131 feet (40m)

131 feet (40m)

131 feet (40m)

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Prince Andrew WILL continue to work on his Pitch@Palace project

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Buckingham Palace today confirmed that Prince Andrew will continue to work on Pitch@Palace tech entrepreneurs initiative because it is a private venture. 

The Duke of York has faced a barrage of firms and other organisations terminating or reviewing their association with the initiative after his BBC interview on Saturday.

The announcement comes after Andrew said he would step back from public duties for the ‘foreseeable future’, in an unprecedented move for a royal in modern times.

Andrew made the bombshell statement last night after mounting pressure following his interview about his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. 

Barclays said it was concerned about the situation involving the Queen’s 59-year-old son and was keeping its involvement with Pitch@Palace under review. 

Andrew speaks to an audience at a Pitch@Palace event in Manchester in September 2015

Andrew speaks to an audience at a Pitch@Palace event in Manchester in September 2015

Andrew speaks to an audience at a Pitch@Palace event in Manchester in September 2015

Andrew with his mother the Queen at a Pitch@Palace event at St James's Palace in 2016

Andrew with his mother the Queen at a Pitch@Palace event at St James's Palace in 2016

Andrew with his mother the Queen at a Pitch@Palace event at St James’s Palace in 2016

The Duke of York holds an iPad as he invites the audience at a Pitch@Palace event in London to sing happy birthday via the Facetime app to his daughter Princess Eugenie in March 2015

The Duke of York holds an iPad as he invites the audience at a Pitch@Palace event in London to sing happy birthday via the Facetime app to his daughter Princess Eugenie in March 2015

The Duke of York holds an iPad as he invites the audience at a Pitch@Palace event in London to sing happy birthday via the Facetime app to his daughter Princess Eugenie in March 2015

In addition, telecoms giant BT warned that it would only continue to back a digital skills award programme iDEA if Andrew was dropped as patron.

Asian-focused bank Standard Chartered joined accounting firm KPMG in deciding not to renew its sponsorship of Pitch@Palace.  

Prince Andrew will be ‘out of the public eye for some time’

The Duke of York could be spending a very long period away from public duties due his damaged reputation and questionable judgement, a royal expert has said.

The future holds uncertainty for Andrew who has suspended his work with his charities, organisations and military units because of the fallout from his friendship with sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine said: ‘I don’t think Andrew will come back, when he says he’s going to step down for the foreseeable future I think he means for a long time.’

She added his reputation would always be tainted because of his association with Epstein: ‘He can’t be exonerated because we know he was involved with Epstein.

‘I’m afraid this might forever be hanging over him.’

With the US authorities still investigating Epstein despite his suicide in a jail, the issue of his friendship with Andrew is likely to make headlines for months to come.

But Andrew remains a member of the royal family and could still attend major national state events – that are separate from his personal public duties.

These include appearances on Buckingham Palace’s balcony after the Trooping the Colour ceremony or the Remembrance Sunday service at Whitehall’s Cenotaph. 

Since quitting as the UK’s trade envoy in 2011, the duke has built up Pitch@Palace, in which he helps to put would-be entrepreneurs in touch with investors and mentors. 

A source close to Andrew told BBC News he would continue to be involved in the initiative, which does not provide any funding to start-up firms. But with the duke the main draw for wealthy investors, its future looks uncertain.

Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine, said: ‘Andrew’s office at Buckingham Palace will go. There are lots of … secretaries who have been working hard there for years.

‘He is patron of a lot of charities and there is a considerable amount of work, but I think the office will be shut down.

‘I fear this is also the end for Pitch@Palace, at least in its current guise. This disaster is going to affect a lot of staff.’

A Buckingham Palace spokesman told MailOnline: ‘The Duke will continue to work on Pitch@Palace but will look at how he takes this forward outside of his public duties, and outside of the Palace.

‘Naturally there will be a transition period while this takes place.’

A growing number of multimillion-pound businesses, universities and charities have distanced themselves from him amid the fallout from the Newsnight programme.

There have been ongoing discussions within the family about the current situation with Andrew talking to the Queen and Prince of Wales, it is understood.

The duke met with the Queen yesterday, visiting her at Buckingham Palace before his decision was announced.

The duke, in a statement released on his parents’ 72nd wedding anniversary, said that the Queen had given her permission for him to bow out of royal duties.

These are the 35 businesses that support the duke's project Pitch@Palace. Ten have now quit - five businesses (Advertising Week Europe, KPMG, Aon, Standard Chartered and Gravity Road) and five academic institutions (Bond University in Queensland, Melbourne's RMIT,  University of Wollongong, Murdoch University in Perth and Fondation Rideau Hall in Canada). The Stelios Foundation and the Chinese Li Ka Shing Foundation are the only two standing by him

These are the 35 businesses that support the duke's project Pitch@Palace. Ten have now quit - five businesses (Advertising Week Europe, KPMG, Aon, Standard Chartered and Gravity Road) and five academic institutions (Bond University in Queensland, Melbourne's RMIT,  University of Wollongong, Murdoch University in Perth and Fondation Rideau Hall in Canada). The Stelios Foundation and the Chinese Li Ka Shing Foundation are the only two standing by him

These are the 35 businesses that support the duke’s project Pitch@Palace. Ten have now quit – five businesses (Advertising Week Europe, KPMG, Aon, Standard Chartered and Gravity Road) and five academic institutions (Bond University in Queensland, Melbourne’s RMIT,  University of Wollongong, Murdoch University in Perth and Fondation Rideau Hall in Canada). The Stelios Foundation and the Chinese Li Ka Shing Foundation are the only two standing by him

The Duke of York speaks to BBC Newsnight's Emily Maitlis in an interview shown on Saturday

The Duke of York speaks to BBC Newsnight's Emily Maitlis in an interview shown on Saturday

The Duke of York speaks to BBC Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis in an interview shown on Saturday

Andrew made the bombshell statement about stepping back yesterday after mounting pressure after his interview about his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein

Andrew made the bombshell statement about stepping back yesterday after mounting pressure after his interview about his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein

Andrew made the bombshell statement about stepping back yesterday after mounting pressure after his interview about his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein

He said he was willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency, and expressed sympathy with Epstein’s victims – which he had been accused of not showing in his BBC interview.

The 35 businesses that sponsor Andrew’s charity – and the companies now pulling out after BBC disaster

Cutting ties

KPMG

Standard Chartered

Aon 

Gravity Road 

Advertising Week Europe

Bond University 

Melbourne’s RMIT University

Fondation Rideau Hall 

University of Wollongong 

Murdoch University 

Standing by Andrew

Stelios Foundation 

Li Ka Shing Foundation 

Considering position

AstraZeneca 

Barclays 

Yet to respond

Bosch

Air Asia

Bank of China

JD.com 

Tencent

Business Horizon International Group

InMotion

Arm

China Construction bank

Hult business school

Royal Academy of Engineering  

Halkin Ventures

IMB Bank

Woodside

Tamkeen 

The Chosunilbo

Khalifa Fund 

Fieldhouse 

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Andrew said: ‘It has become clear to me over the last few days that the circumstances relating to my former association with Jeffrey Epstein has become a major disruption to my family’s work and the valuable work going on in the many organisations and charities that I am proud to support.

‘Therefore, I have asked Her Majesty if I may step back from public duties for the foreseeable future, and she has given her permission.

‘I continue to unequivocally regret my ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein.

‘His suicide has left many unanswered questions, particularly for his victims, and I deeply sympathise with everyone who has been affected and wants some form of closure.

‘I can only hope that, in time, they will be able to rebuild their lives. Of course, I am willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency.’ 

Andrew was criticised for showing a lack of empathy towards Epstein’s victims and a lack of remorse over his friendship with the disgraced financier, who took his own life while in prison earlier this year.

In the Newsnight interview, the duke denied claims that he slept with Virginia Roberts, now Virginia Giuffre, one of Epstein’s victims, on three separate occasions, twice while she was underage under US law.

He said the alleged encounter in 2001 did not happen as he spent the day with his daughter, Princess Beatrice, taking her to Pizza Express in Woking for a party.

Ms Giuffre said the same alleged sexual liaison began with the duke sweating heavily as they danced at London nightclub Tramp.

But the duke said he had a medical condition at the time which meant he did not sweat. He said he had no recollection of meeting Miss Roberts.

When asked by the BBC’s Emily Maitlis if he regretted the ‘whole friendship with Epstein’, the duke replied: ‘Now, still not and the reason being is that the people that I met and the opportunities that I was given to learn either by him or because of him were actually very useful.’

The duke cancelled a visit to flood-ravaged communities in South Yorkshire on Tuesday. 

London Metropolitan University was considering the duke’s role as its patron, while a student panel at Huddersfield University passed a motion to lobby Andrew to resign as its chancellor.

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