Couple arrested on suspicion of trying to abduct baby from Great Ormond

first_imgA couple have been arrested on suspicion of trying to abduct a premature baby at Great Ormond Street Hospital.The couple, a 31-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman, entered the the world-renowned hospital in Camden, north London, on Monday afternoon.They told staff that their child had been born at 21 weeks at the Royal London Hospital in nearby Whitechapel, about four miles from Great Ormond Street Hospital, on March 1.They showed staff a photo of “their baby” in an incubator – believed to be a printout from the internet – and said they had come to collect their child from the neonatal unit.Staff checked with managers at the Royal London Hospital for premature babies being born on March 1, but found no records and alerted the police.A police source said the photo shown by the couple had been “screen-grabbed and printed from the web”. It is not yet known if it was an image of a baby being treated in Great Ormond Street.  Officers arrived at the scene and arrested the couple on suspicion of conspiracy to abduct a child.The couple have now been released on bail on the condition that they should not enter any hospital – unless they are suffering a “medical emergency”.Inspector Paul Clarke, of the Met Police, said: “The actions of the staff at Great Ormond Street Hospital in making all of the necessary checks and the quick response of police in arresting a couple prevented what could have been a very frightening and harrowing incident.” A spokeswoman for Great Ormond Street Hospital said: “Thankfully, this type of incident is exceptionally rare.”We are pleased that staff at the hospital acted so swiftly and calmly to ensure the safety of all our patients.”A Met Police spokesman said: “We were called at approximately 1400hrs on Monday, 6 March by staff at Great Ormond Street Hospital following a report of an attempted abduction.”Officers attended and arrested a 31-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman on suspicion of conspiracy to commit child abduction. “They were taken to a central London police station and have since been bailed to a date in mid-April. Enquiries continue.”  The incident comes a year after the Royal London Hospital was instructed to improve tighten security on its maternity ward, following an inspection by the health watchdog. The Care Quality Commission revealed that some newborn babies at the east London hospital had no name tags, and that staff had demonstrated a “lax” approach to checking them.Inspectors also found that senior member of staff were unaware of the baby abduction policy and there were not enough midwives to provide safe cover.Following the report last year, the trust in charge of the hospital, Barts Health, said it had introduced new policies to resolve security issues.  Great Ormond Streetcenter_img Great Ormond Street Police praised the response of nurses at Great Ormond Street Credit:AP Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Bill Gates Terrorists could wipe out 30 million people by weaponising a

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Chemistry kits which allow genetic editing can already be bought online for under £100.Scientists are concerned that a new technique, called Crispr, is now so cheap and widely available that amateurs will start experimenting at home, or in school labs.The technique works like genetic scissors to cut away DNA code and replace it with new genes. It has been hailed as one the most significant scientific breakthroughs in recent years, but there are fears that in the wrong hands, the procedure could unleash dangerous strains of bacteria or other organisms. Kits to make E.coli resistant to antibiotics are already for sale on the internet. A bioterrorist attack which could wipe out 30 million people is becoming increasingly likely because it is easier than ever to create and spread deadly pathogens, Bill Gates has warned.The Microsoft founder, who was speaking before a speech at the Royal United Services Institute in London (RUSI), warned that an outbreak of a lethal respiratory virus such as smallpox would be more dangerous than even a nuclear attack.Mr Gates, whose charitable foundation funds research into quickly spotting outbreaks, said it was more important than ever to help foreign countries monitor diseases to prevent a global tragedy.“Bioterrorism is a much larger risk than a pandemic,” he said. “All these advances in biology have made it far easier for a terrorist to recreate smallpox, which is a highly fatal pathogen, where there is essentially no immunity remaining at this point.“When you are thinking about things that could cause in excess of 10 million deaths, even something tragic like a nuclear weapons incident wouldn’t get to that level. So the greatest risk is from a natural epidemic or an intentionally caused infection bioterrorism events.“Whether the next epidemic is unleashed by a quirk of nature or the hand of terrorist, scientists say a fast-moving airborne pathogen could kill more than 30 million people in less than a year. So the world does need to think about this.” A pandemic on a larger scale than Ebola is coming, warns Gates  Gates was speaking ahead of a speech at the Royal United Services Institute in London A pandemic on a larger scale than Ebola is coming, the Microsoft tycoon believesCredit:Anadolu Agency “So the scariest thing is something like the 1919 flu which really spreads everywhere and because people are moving around more it’s easier for it to spread than back in 1919. If 1919 came back we have no immunity to that strain.”Mr Gates urged Theresa May to maintain the 0.7 per cent GDP foreign aid pledge.“The UK’s foreign aid investments are, in fact, long term investments in the health and security of British citizens here at home,” he added.“A disease is more likely to become an epidemic when countries are unstable and have no functioning health system. We can’t build a wall to hold back the next global epidemic.” Gates said UK foreign aid is a ‘long-term investment in the health of British citizens’Credit:David Rose  Last year the Nuffield Council of Bioethics warned that ‘garage scientists’ could unleash dangerous genetically modified organisms into the environment using unregulated technology which is already available online. Mr Gates said that today’s widespread global travel mean that a future pandemic could be even more deadly than the Spanish Flu outbreak in 1919 which killed up to 100 million people.“We will have epidemics in the next 20 years far worse than the ebola epidemic, or the Zika epidemic and there is some chance it would be a form of flu,” he said.“Something that is human-to-human respiratory that is like a measles or a flu or smallpox, that you need just one person on the bus or plane or the airport and you get huge things. A health crisis somewhere is a health crisis everywhere.last_img read more

Kezia Dugdale denies her leadership is in crisis over partys civil war

first_imgShe added: “Labour votes in Aberdeen yesterday were used to put the Tories into administration and I think that should say something to everybody who might be considering voting Labour in the future – that if you vote Labour, you often don’t get Labour, you get the Tories and that is the reality.”Perhaps Kezia Dugdale will want to take the opportunity of just making it clear that the suspensions of the Aberdeen councillors yesterday won’t miraculously be waved away after June 8.”Ms Dugdale confirmed later that coalition deals with the SNP had been approved in Fife, Scotland’s third biggest local authority, and rejected in Edinburgh, where she expected the proposal to be resubmitted.Despite being engulfed in the crisis just three weeks from the general election, she insisted that her leadership had not been undermined. aberdeen The SEC has a veto over coalition agreements and will only approve those with an anti-austerity agenda. Earlier in the week Perth and Kinross’s only Labour councillor quit the new Tory-led coalition as a result.Meanwhile, the Conservatives challenged Labour general election candidates in Aberdeen to say whether they agree with Ms Dugdale’s decision to suspend the group.The Tories said that over the last five years the previous Labour-Conservative-Independent administration had delivered the £250million Aberdeen City Region Deal, £300m exhibition and conference centre, a £22m bridge over the River Don and raised £370million for local infrastructure investment. kezia dugdale Labour hierarchy is at war with councillors in AberdeenCredit:Getty Asked if the actions of the Aberdeen group had undermined her and the party, she said: “No, because I’ve been very clear that they don’t act as Labour councillors when they’re passing on Tory cuts in Aberdeen.”The row between the party hierarchy and the Aberdeen nine is all the more remarkable as Labour and the Tories have been involved in coalition in the city for several years.center_img Barney Crockett, one of the suspended councillors who was appointed Lord Provost as part of the coalition deal on Wednesday, told BBC Radio Scotland the council had been run by a Labour-Conservative coalition since 2012, which had “done very well for the city”.He also said he was confident of showing that the deal would “certainly not” lead to more austerity, and said he was sure that would be accepted by the national party.He added: “I think that we’ll work through it and I’m confident we will be back in Labour very soon.”We are still Labour councillors through and through and I am sure everything is going to be rectified and we will be in good order very soon.”Ms Dugdale insisted coalitions with the Tories and the SNP were being treated the same way, would each be considered on their own merits and would be rejected if they threatened to pass on austerity or failed to guard against compulsory redundancies.She claimed Labour was only in the position of discussing coalitions because the Tories and the SNP had previously ruled out going into coalition together in a “petty political manoeuvre”. Kezia Dugdale at First Minister’s QuestionsCredit:PA Kezia Dugdale has been forced to deny her leadership is in crisis after Nicola Sturgeon claimed Scottish Labour was in “meltdown” as civil war erupted between its leadership and its councillors.The First Minister taunted the Labour leader after party chiefs suspended nine councillors who struck a deal with the Conservatives to form a coalition in Aberdeen and lock the SNP out of power.Labour’s ruling Scottish executive committee had earlier rejected the terms of the deal and when the party’s group on Aberdeen City Council went ahead regardless and were all suspended.It also emerged yesterday that officials have banned a second council group in West Lothian from doing a deal with the Tories.In noisy exchanges at Holyrood, Ms Sturgeon said Labour was “in disarray, in civil war and in meltdown”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Gun seized in Merseyside is most criminally used firearm in Britain

first_imgJudge Norman Wright said gun crime in Liverpool was extremely concerning.“It is disquieting to know that this particular firearm had been used on 19 previous occasions,” he said.“You of course will know that firearms, particularly pistols of this sort, are extremely highly valued in criminal organisations.“They are not something that is just freely passed around. Being so valuable, only extremely trusted people are asked to mind or hold these sort of weapons. The conclusion I draw in this case is you were someone who was highly trusted by the owners or principal users of this firearm; that is why it was given to you.”Speaking after the sentencing, DI Elaine Coulter said she hoped the sentence sent a message that “possessing firearms of any type carries huge risks and is simply not worth it.” Adam Bigley was jailed for six years and nine months for possessing a loaded firearm “That is nothing to do with him,” he said.“Both his parents were spoken to, he lives in their house, and both said they suspected he came back with it the day before because he came back with a bag. His intention was to hand the weapon back to the person who originally gave it to him. He only had possession of it for one day.” There is no evidence the weapon was used in the Kirkby shooting.Bigley admitted possession of a prohibited firearm and ammunition without a firearm certificate and was jailed for six years and nine months on Thursday.His DNA, along with that of at least three others, was found on the safety catch of the weapon.A magazine was attached – containing four factory-loaded 9mm live rounds – and the serial number had been erased.Andrew Alty, defending, cautioned that Bigley was being sentenced for his possession of the gun and not for its historical use. A gun seized by armed police after a shooting in Merseyside has been described as “the most criminally used firearm in Britain”.The Beretta 9000S self-loading pistol has been used in 19 shootings in the past seven years, lawyers prosecuting a case in Liverpool revealed.Earlier this year, another court heard the gun was linked to more firearms incidents than any other known weapon in the UK.The gun was found during a raid by officers investigating an incident in Kirkby in which a gunman fired at a vehicle in a suspected targeted attack.It was stashed behind boxed off pipes in a bathroom at the home of 24-year-old Adam Bigley. The Beretta 9000S pistol was found in a bathroom in Kirkby, Merseyside Adam Bigley was jailed for six years and nine months for possessing a loaded firearmCredit:Liverpool Echo The Beretta 9000S pistol was found in a bathroom in Kirkby, MerseysideCredit:Liverpool Echo Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Charities may lose money as Comic Relief drops white saviour celebrity campaigns

first_imgJoe Wicks speaking to mother and child both suffering from malaria. “Is Comic Relief really saying white people have nothing to say or contribute in providing a focus on these very real issues?”Another charity, the Disasters Emergency Committee, said it was considering changing its approach in its own videos after it was also criticised.Two of its videos, which involved actors Tom Hardy and Eddie Redmayne appealing for donations to help with the Yemen crisis and East Africa famine appeal, were also nominated for the award, known as the “Rusty Radiator”, last year. Nicola Peckett, its communications director, told the Daily Telegraph: “We did take the feedback from the Rusty Radiator nominations very seriously and we are talking to our broadcast partners about how we could do things differently in the future.”She said the organisation’s videos were made on a very short timeframe of 72 hours by news teams at the BBC and ITN, and it made efforts to choose celebrities who were connected in some way to the subject matter of the appeal.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.  “You can very often see the celebrities coming face-to-face with problems that they hadn’t experienced before and the visceral impact of the kind of suffering that development charities deal with around the world has a very marked effect on those celebrities and one can feel, ‘yes that is the way I would react'”. He added: “Celebrities very much help to reach audiences that normally wouldn’t be reached. They can be very effective in that they have a huge amount of people who follow them on social media.”They don’t all have to be white celebrities, they can be celebrities of any sort.”He said the move would be positively received by a “sophisticated, educated audience, that might look a bit askance at anything that smacks of imperialism”. A Charity Commission spokesman said that it could not comment on the plans by Comic Relief saying that “it’s not a regulatory matter.”A source at the regulator added: “It’s up to charity trustees to make decisions about how best to run their charity which includes decisions on fundraising”. Celebrities very much help to reach audiences that normally wouldn’t be reached. They can be very effective in that they have a huge amount of people who follow them on social media. Joe Wicks is another celebrity who has appeared in the charity’s videos Credit:Olivia Acland /Comic Relief Ltd  “Whilst I am no fan of the celebrity culture that has developed, I do recognise the impact they can have in helping to connect with the public in the UK – whatever their colour. “Lenny Henry has done an outstanding job over many years fronting Comic Relief in the UK.  “Of course our biggest celebrities are the Royals and Prince Harry in particular has done an enormous amount to help charities operating in Africa,” he said. The head of Comic Relief admits charities may lose money as a result of its move to stop celebrities fronting fundraising campaigns, amid concerns about white saviour stereotypes. Liz Warner, a former TV commissioning editor and executive who received awards for her commitment to diversity in the industry, said the change was in response to criticism over its fundraising videos.Last year one video starring singer Ed Sheeran was described as “literally poverty tourism” and was named “most offensive” campaign by an organisation which highlights cliched and stereotypical charity campaigns. Labour MP David Lammy also criticised Red Nose Day for being “tired and patronising to Africans”.In an interview with the Guardian, Ms Warner admitted that the new strategy was a risk as celebrity-fronted campaigns were a tried-and-tested way of raising funds. Former charities minister Rob Wilson called the change “very disappointing”.  Experts said celebrities were traditionally used by charities to reach out to lay audiences about emotive issues. John Baguley, chair of the international fundraising consultancy, which advises charities on how best to fundraise, said using “the right kind of celebrities” could raise more money than using “the most popular celebrities available”. last_img read more

Maypole row over pole that requires planning permission

A Forest of Dean Council spokesperson said: “The maypole is currently being investigated by our planning enforcement team. No decisions have been made.”There used to be as many as 18 maypoles in the Forest of Dean.Local resident Stuart Cox said: “We’re supporting the event as there aren’t many maypoles left and this maypole should be allowed to remain. It’s great fun, it’s colourful and keeps the old traditions going.”I don’t see how anyone can complain about it. Hopefully it can get retrospective planning permission.”Margaret Kidby, of Bream Gardening Society, added: “It would be a real shame if it had to go after so many people have worked so hard to put it up again. It’s attractive and dancing around the maypole on May Day is a wonderful tradition, which is worth keeping.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A maypole row has taken hold of a town which has held dances since the 17th century after it was told its current pole requires planning permission.  Locals in Bream, Gloucestershire, which was once home to 18 maypoles and even has a Maypole Cottage, a Maypole estate and a Maypole Road, held a “dance of defiance” in protest around the 50ft high technicolour maypole before it was taken down.The pole had been planted in the garden of the New Inn, a 15th-Century former police station owned by Bill Parker, who also owns a steam engineer repair shop.However within days of the new pole being erected and amid excitement about the first May Day pole dance for nearly a century – it had to be removed after the Forest of Dean Council received a complaint which stated the Maypole required planning permission due to its placement in front of the Grade II listed building. It was also suggested that it could be deemed an eyesore.Mr Parker said: “This is the traditional maypole area in the old part of the village.”I’m hoping I can then get everyone on-side and put it up again. If necessary, I’ll apply for planning permission.” The new pole was carved from a Douglas fir tree and painted by the Bream Gardening Society. Locals with the maypole in the background Locals with the maypole in the backgroundCredit:Stephen Cassidy/SWNS read more

Tory MP 33 eloquently sums up Brexit argument in 440word Commons speech

Cutting straight to the point, Mr Clarke passionately summed up the “simple concept” of Brexit, warning that failing to respect the referendum result could be a “cataclysmic mistake” which could fuel… Simon Clarke, who was elected Member of Parliament for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland in June 2017, took just two minutes to cut through the Brexit argument put forward by MPs who are convinced the UK should remain in the single market and the customs union. A 33-year-old Conservative MP has been applauded for delivering an eloquent speech in the House of Commons, in just two minutes and using only 442 words, which summed up the importance of delivering a Brexit deal for which the UK voted.

Strike against new teachers superunion as merger leads to bitter row

It was meant to bring together the two of the largest teachers’ organisations to form a “super-union” that “politicians will have to listen to”.But the merger of the “radical” National Union of Teacher (NUT) with the more moderate Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) has led to a bitter row, culminating in employees going on strike against their own union.The strike has been described as “highly embarrassing” for the newly formed National Education Union (NEU).”Intra-union strikes are very rare, it is almost unheard of for a union to organise a strike against another union. It it’s the worst possible start for the new union,” a source familiar with the dispute told The Sunday Telegraph.”Some ATL staff are concerned about the direction of the new union. Historically the ATL has always been very moderate. The National Union of Teachers, whose members were pictured here marching in April 2008, merged with the Association of Teachers and Lecturers Credit:ADRIAN DENNIS /AFP PHOTO ATL staff, many of whom are members of the GMB union, have complained that their pay and conditions will be  worsened by the merger. A second motion signalled concern about the reputation of the new union as an “apolitical” group, and asked for guidelines to be produced on platform-sharing and affiliations with other organisations.A spokesperson for the National Education Union said: “There have been no resignations from the ATL section executive in protest at the amalgamation. “The number of individual member resignations from the ATL section has reduced significantly since the amalgamation.”There are always HR issues that arise with amalgamations as no organisation will have the exact terms and conditions of the other.”As a good employer, we are working very hard with the recognised unions to ensure the best possible outcomes for staff in the new union and discussions are continuing.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The National Union of Teachers, whose members were pictured here marching in April 2008, merged with the Association of Teachers and Lecturers  They voted nine to one in favour of strike action to take place at any point or continuously between this Thursday and December 31.Some staff have also launched a formal collective grievance against management over their handling of appeals.  “It is very rich for a trade union to behave this way when it lectures everyone else about how to treat staff”,  the source said.“The NUT staff are largely unaffected as this ‘merger’ is essentially a takeover.”Signs of inter-union strife were apparent at the ATL’s most recent annual conference, where members expressed their concern about the radical Left-wing causes that their NUT colleagues have long been associated with.One motion called for the new union to draw up “guidelines on funding and support for activities not directly related to education” and warned against engaging in activities “where the name and reputation of the union can be bought into questions”.It went on: “Many of the rallies, demonstrations and festivals supported by other unions may be close to the hearts and minds of a small proportion of our members without being something that a majority of the members would support or want their name or the name of the union attached to.” “There is quite a lot of disquiet as their members don’t want to be dragged into the militancy that has characterised the NUT. They fear that the hard Left will see the new union as a way in.”There was a strong element within NUT that was very engaged in anti-Israel stuff and my impression was that a lot of ATL feel uncomfortable about this.”The NUT has long exercised a formal boycott of Israel, and has previously been accused of “spreading political propaganda” in classrooms by teaching children and “extremist agenda” and promoting Palestinian “resistance”. read more

Corrie McKeague was buried in landfill as police conclude he was in

“As stated earlier, all this information has been held within this enquiry and previously reviewed. There is no new evidence that has come to light as a result of this meeting.”As the SIO for the investigation into Corrie’s disappearance, I am now completely satisfied that the data provided by Biffa can be relied upon, as can the 116kg recorded weight of the Greggs Bin collected on 24.9.16.”This investigation has found no other reasonable explanation for that unusually high bin weight, thus when this data is considered alongside the other evidence held within this enquiry it confirms and consolidates my view that the preferred outcome and finding of this investigation is that during the early hours of 24th Sept 2016 Corrie came to be in the bin that was collected by the Biffa lorry and was transported away from the Horseshoe area to Red Lodge transfer station.”Suffolk and Norfolk police spent 137 days looking for Corrie at the Milton tip and trawled through more than 7,000 tonnes of rubbish. In March this year they announced they announced his disappearance had been moved to the major investigation cold case team. Missing RAF airman Corrie McKeague was buried in landfill, police have ruled after concluding his body would have been in an “unusually heavy” bin.Officers confirmed his remains would have been in the landfill site in Cambridgeshire, as his family said they would now be holding a private memorial.Suffolk Police attended a meeting with Biffa Head Office, who confirmed the weight of the bin, which was picked up from outside Greggs in the Horseshoe area of Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk on September 24 2016 when Corrie went missing.  They believed he climbed into the waste bin and fell asleep and the data showed the bin weighed 116kg – much higher than bin collection weights from the same place normally.In a statement the force said: “We reviewed the data for 24th September in particular and I remain confident that the bin did weigh 116kg as previously stated.”We then went onto identify the weights of the Greggs bin which was collected each Saturday during the period of Jan 16 and Feb 17.”Our findings were that the weights of these bins were consistently low (mostly between 20-30KG) and it was extremely unusual for the Greggs bin collection on a Saturday to be anywhere near 100KG let alone over this figure. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “In the whole of this yearly period we identified only one other occasion where the weight exceeded 100kg, other than a date where a system error had occurred which recorded a weight in excess of 1000KG which is known to be impossible. His father Martin McKeague said on Facebook: “The police have confirmed the Biffa bin weight that suggests my son ended up in the Suffolk waste disposal system.”They also confirmed that there is no new evidence whatsoever. Whatever anyone has read in the newspapers to suggest otherwise is a lie.”My son is gone and the McKeague family in Scotland will be holding a private memorial for him in the near future. Thank you all again for standing up and standing by us.” read more

Meet Instagrams Mrs Hinch the very modern Mrs Mop who has secured

She has now set to write her first book called Hinch Yourself Happy: All The Best Cleaning Tips To Shine Your Sink and Soothe Your Soul, which promises to offer readers “clever cleaning… Known to her 1.4 million Instagram followers as Mrs Hinch, Sophie Hinchliffe is a 28-year-old hairdresser whose videos of her cleaning her humble Essex home have amassed hundreds of thousands of fans in a matter of months.   Domestic cleaning manuals have existed for over 150 years. But the guide on how to maintain a gleaming abode has been given a modern makeover as a cleaning-mad Instagram star, who was unknown just nine months ago, has won a lucrative book deal after a “heated” bidding war by 11 publishers. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more