SAGE experts warn second wave will be deadlier than the first

Boris Johnson has been warned by his scientific advisers that the UK is facing a second wave of coronavirus even deadlier than the first as they urge the Prime Minister to impose tougher lockdown rules.  The Government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) has presented the PM with projections which suggest the peak of the … Read more SAGE experts warn second wave will be deadlier than the first

No10’s publicly-available coronavirus statistics are ‘disparate’, top scientists warn

Number 10‘s publicly-available coronavirus statistics are ‘disparate’ and mask the true scale of England’s second wave, top scientists have warned. Researchers from University College London warned there are ‘significant gaps in data quality, consistency and availability’ which make tracking the virus’ trajectory near-impossible. They slammed ministers for cherry-picking figures — which are ‘often from disparate sources … Read more No10’s publicly-available coronavirus statistics are ‘disparate’, top scientists warn

PM faces North AND South revolt as 54 Red Wall Tory rebels warn over new lockdown measures

Boris Johnson was facing a growing north and south revolt over lockdown today as some of his newest MPs demanded he produce an exit strategy for some of the areas worst hit by the second wave of the pandemic. In the biggest Tory challenge to his leadership since the general election a group of 54 … Read more PM faces North AND South revolt as 54 Red Wall Tory rebels warn over new lockdown measures

Is West Yorkshire next for Tier Three? Council bosses warn tougher restrictions are needed

West Yorkshire may become the next part of England to move into the strictest Tier Three lockdown, with council leaders demanding tougher action to curb spiralling coronavirus cases and hospital admissions. Local officials held crunch talks with senior ministers yesterday to discuss the ‘next steps’ in tackling Covid-19 in West Yorkshire, with further behind-closed-doors meetings … Read more Is West Yorkshire next for Tier Three? Council bosses warn tougher restrictions are needed

Salmon farmers are ‘torturing’ porpoises and dolphins with high-pitched noises, campaigners warn

Salmon farmers are ‘torturing’ porpoises and dolphins with high-pitched noises to protect their stock, campaigners warn Salmon farmers use underwater high-pitched noise devices to protect stock The devices are used to scare off seals that can each eat up to 15lb of fish a day But the underwater equipment has been branded ‘sonic torture’ by … Read more Salmon farmers are ‘torturing’ porpoises and dolphins with high-pitched noises, campaigners warn

Church of England leaders warn Number 10 about Covid-19 unrest

Church leaders warn of growing war between Westminster and the North: Three CofE leaders say restrictions will lead to ‘unrest’ and fallout will be more ‘dangerous’ that the virus itself Northern Church of England bishops have warned about unrest due to Covid-19  York Archbishop Stephen Cottrell was joined with Nick Bains and David Walker The … Read more Church of England leaders warn Number 10 about Covid-19 unrest

Fake Covid marshals are going door-to-door then steal from homes, warn police 

Fake Covid marshals are going door-to-door on hunt for rule breaches then steal from homes when let inside, warn police Police forces and Trading Standards have warned fraudsters have new tactics Fake Covid-19 marshals pretending to check for rule breaches before stealing  Bedfordshire Police issued a warning after two men tried to enter a property  … Read more Fake Covid marshals are going door-to-door then steal from homes, warn police 

Leading ecologists warn moving ancient woodland for HS2 is a ‘fundamentally flawed’

Leading ecologists warn moving ancient woodland to make way for HS2 is a ‘fundamentally flawed’ idea based on no strong evidence HS2 bosses say they are trying to move ancient woodland soil to a nearby field   Ecologist warns it could take ‘hundreds of years’ for nature to recover from move Experts at HS2 accept there’s … Read more Leading ecologists warn moving ancient woodland for HS2 is a ‘fundamentally flawed’

Churches risk being ‘engulfed by a crimewave’, campaigners warn

Churches risk being ‘engulfed by a crimewave’, campaigners warn, after more than 5,000 offences were recorded last year An average of 13 crimes a day were committed between July 2019 and July 2020 This was despite a four month lockdown and offences included arson and rape Items stolen included 300-year-old brass bell from England’s smallest … Read more Churches risk being ‘engulfed by a crimewave’, campaigners warn

Coronavirus UK: Police warn Londoners against boozy ‘blow out’

Metropolitan Police has revealed the force is ramping up efforts to patrol pubs for ‘dangerous and reckless breaches’ and will stop any signs of a boozy ‘blow out’ tonight. The warning comes on Londoners’ final night of freedom ahead of tighter restrictions preventing multiple households meeting for a drink in the pub when the capital … Read more Coronavirus UK: Police warn Londoners against boozy ‘blow out’