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London chaos: Police pelted with bottles after violence ERUPTS at rave in White City

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Footage from the scene shows officers being chased down a street by a mob throwing glass bottles and beer cans. The event took place on the Havelock Close estate in White City close to the Westfield shopping centre.

Territorial Support Group officers, who specialise in crowd control, are understood to be in attendance.

Police are urging revellers to depart the area immediately.

According to social media reports a police helicopter is also at the scene.

In a statement the Metropolitan police said: “Police are aware of a number of people gathered this evening at an unlicensed music event in Havelock Close W12.

“Officers are in attendance & engaging with those present and encouraging them to leave.”

There have been a number of violent clashes in London over the past few weeks between police and partygoers attending illegal raves.

A Section 60 dispersal order was put in place by police ahead of the event.

This means officers can stop and search people in the area if there is a risk of serious violence breaking out.

Ahead of the event Hammersmith and Fulham police stated: “A Section 60 has been authorised from 1500 hours today until 0600 Saturday 4th July.

“This is because of information received relating to planned unlicensed music/BBQ events taking place within the locations.

“Intelligence suggests that these events will be attended by West and South gang members.

“This previously has led to violence and disorder.

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“Please be aware that the police helicopter may be deployed to the area for extended periods of time.”

A number of Twitter users took to the social media site to express their confusion and horror at events.

One man named Alex tweeted: “I wonder what’s going on tonight over White City/Shepherd’s Bush area (W12).

“A very noisy (police?) helicopter has been circling in the sky for over an hour, it’s bedtime and it’s very disturbing on a Friday night.”

Another Londoner commented: “White City is absolutely kicking off tonight, this helicopter has been here for like an hour now.”

A number of illegal raves, held during the coronavirus lockdown, have led to clashes with police over the past few weeks.

On June 25, 22 officers were injured when they were attacked after attempting to shut down an unlicensed event in Brixton, south London.

Of those injured two required hospital treatment.

In a statement Boris Johnson’s spokesman condemned the violence commenting: “These were appalling scenes.

“Violence against the police will not be tolerated.

“Anyone who assaults the police or emergency service workers should face the full force of the law.”

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Queen ‘devastated by Meghan Markle power play’ amid claims she was unprotected

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The Duchess of Sussex filed a lawsuit against the Mail on Sunday and its parent company DMG Media in October for publishing excerpts from a private letter she wrote to her father in 2018. She is suing the company for breach of privacy, infringement of copyright and breach of the Data Protection Act 2018, but the publisher has said it stands by the story and will be defending the case “vigorously”. In the latest round of court documents released to the public, Meghan’s legal team have described her as “unprotected by the Institution and prohibited from defending herself” while she was pregnant.

They claim Kensington Palace told her that all friends and family should say “no comment” when contacted by the media, which made everyone feel “silenced”.

The documents also made the separate claim that public funds used for Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding were “far outweighed by the tourism revenue of over £1billion that was generated” from the event.

The Queen and other senior members of the Royal Family will be “devastated” by Meghan’s claims, according to a royal expert on the podcast Pod Save the Queen.

Pod Save the Queen is hosted by Ann Gripper and features Daily Mirror royal editor Russell Myers.

In the episode this week, Mr Myers claimed he has sources in the Palace who said senior royals are “devastated” and branded the claims a “power play” by Meghan and her lawyers.

He said: “When we think back to the Queen’s statements when they were preparing to leave the Royal Family, I always thought they were very, very heartfelt.

“I’ve spoken before about how the word family was used eight times, the Queen said how impressed she’d been with Meghan, how she’d welcomed her into the family ‒ I think we’d seen that when they were on their first ever engagement together in Chester.

“And I know from speaking to people at the Palace that the senior royals are going to be absolutely devastated by this.

“This is a massive power play by Meghan and her lawyers.

“And it seems as though she’s particularly unhappy at the way she was treated and especially the way in which she was not allowed to respond publicly to certain articles that were appearing in certain newspapers to do with her father speaking out.”

However this is not the first time Meghan has implied she was not supported by the Royal Family.

In an interview with ITV’s Tom Bradby for the documentary ‘Harry & Meghan: An African Journey’, she thanked him for asking about her wellbeing.

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The Duchess claimed “not many people have asked me if I’m OK” in what many interpreted to be a veiled attack on The Firm.

However, Mr Myers insisted that, to his knowledge, the Royal Family were very fond of Meghan and very welcoming.

He said: “I mean, Meghan is putting it in court documents and will no doubt be prepared to say this in court, if it is in these submissions, that’s her feeling towards the Royal Family.

“But anyone that I have spoken to has said that Meghan was liked by the family, she was welcomed within it ‒ Charles was particularly fond of her.

“Certainly the boys have had their issues, Kate and Meghan are completely different people… but anyone else in senior members of the family was very, very fond of her and I think that they will be absolutely dismayed by these headlines this morning and the details coming out in these court documents.”

Meghan’s latest court filings were in response to several questions from the defendant, many about an interview Meghan’s friends gave to People magazine in February 2019, in which the letter was mentioned.

The Mail on Sunday claimed Meghan breached her own privacy by allowing friends to speak about the letter on her behalf.

Meghan’s legal team repeated her position that she did not know about the interview in advance and did not know that the contents of the letter might be revealed.

They insisted that, had she known, she “would not have consented to this”.

That said, the documents did express her frustration at being told not to respond to any claims about her.

One section read: “It was mandated by the Kensington Palace communications team that all friends and family of the Claimant should say ‘no comment’ when approached by any media outlet, despite misinformation being provided to the UK tabloids about the Claimant.

“This shared frustration amongst the Claimant’s friends left everyone feeling silenced, as it appeared that other so-called sources were able to disseminate false statements about the Claimant, while the people who knew her best were told that they needed to remain silent.

“The Claimant believes that is probably because of this reason, as well as concerns about the press intrusion by the UK tabloids, that a few friends chose to participate and they did so anonymously.”

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Met Office weather warnings: Heavy rain to batter parts of UK – Latest maps

The Met Office has advised parts of the UK will be smashed by an intensely strong spell of torrential rainfall. The rain warning is in effect on Friday and looks likely to bring significant disruption to journey times and potential flooding to some regions.

The Met Office updated its severe rain warning on Friday.

The warning advises of disruption to travel, spray and flooding on roads and flooding of homes and businesses.

The rain weather warning is in effect from 1am to 11.59pm on Monday and predominantly covers a region of Scotland.

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The warning was updated on Friday morning because the heavy rain is expected to clear sooner than anticipated on Friday evening.

The weather forecaster’s warning reads: “Rain, heavy at times, is expected to bring accumulations of 20 to 30mm quite widely within the warning area, and locally as high as 50 mm on high ground.

“Rain will ease then clear on Friday evening with patchy lighter rain overnight.”

The regions impacted by the weather warning include: 

  • Stirling
  • Dumfries and Galloway
  • Argyll and Bute
  • East Ayrshire
  • East Dunbartonshire
  • East Renfrewshire
  • Glasgow
  • Inverclyde
  • North Ayrshire
  • North Lanarkshire
  • Renfrewshire
  • South Ayrshire
  • South Lanarkshire
  • West Dunbartonshire

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Elsewhere on Friday, the rest of the UK is expected to be wet in the north and wet, but drier and brighter in the south east.

The weather in many southeastern parts of England will be dry with some sunshine during the day, but it will turn increasingly cloudy.

Elsewhere, rain affecting northern and some western parts, moving further south-east and becoming windy.

There will be heavy rain for some western hills.

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Queen’s medal branded ‘racist’ and faces calls to be redesigned – ‘Offensive’

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Bestowed by Queen Elizabeth II, the badge of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George depicts the Archangel Michael defeating Satan. In the image, a white figure appears to stand on the back of a darker-skinned figure and has since been compared to the death of Mr Floyd which sparked the Black Lives Matter protests. The badge was redesigned in 2011 to show two light-skinned figures but there have still been demands for it to be changed despite this.

The Governor-General of Jamaica, Sir Patrick Allen and Monty Python star, Sir Michael Palin have called for the emblem to be redesigned.

Due to the imagery on the badge, Sir Patrick, who won the award in 2009, has announced he will no longer wear the medal.

His spokesman told The Daily Telegraph: “This follows concerns raised by citizens over the image on the medal, and the growing global rejection of the use of objects that normalise the continued degradation of people of colour.”

Sir Michael, who received his honour in 2019 for services to travel, culture and geography, also backed calls for the insignia to be redesigned.

He said: “Though the image on my award is of a white Satan being vanquished, I think that depiction is inappropriate and offensive and I would back the Governor-General of Jamaica’s call for it to be re-designed.”

Established in 1818, the medal is awarded to those who have conducted service overseas or in connection with foreign or Commonwealth affairs.

The insignia is meant to represent St Michael trampling on Satan and has received over 16,000 signatures online for it be redesigned.

Membership of the medal has been limited to 65 and the Queen has even worn the badge for certain official functions and events.

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There are three ranks involved within it: Knight Grand Cross (GCMG) followed by Knight Commander (KCMG) and Companion (CMG).

If awarded to a female recipient, Knight is replaced by Dame.

Bumi Thomas, a Nigerian British singer is one of those who wish for the medal to be redesigned.

She said: “Wearing a badge blatantly depicting the inferiority of people with dark skin is completely inappropriate especially in settings where Britain’s diplomats are meeting world leaders across the colour spectrum.

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“It is not a demon, it is a black man in chains with a white, blue-eyed figure standing on his neck.

“It is literally what happened to George Floyd and what has been happening to black people for centuries.

“It is the definition of institutional racism that this image is not only permitted but celebrated on one of the country’s highest honours.”

Sir Simon Woolley, a founder of Operation Black Vote which campaigns for greater representation of ethnic minorities in public life, said: “It is shocking that that image could be presented to ambassadors representing this country abroad.

“It symbolises everything that Black Lives Matter are campaigning against.”

Despite the criticism for the medal, a Government statement insisted the claims were inaccurate as the badge had already been redesigned.

It said: “The premise of this petition is factually incorrect – the insignia for the Order of St Michael and St George was updated in 2011.”

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Royal meltdown: Queen’s astonishing confession about George and Charlotte exposed

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George, six, is destined to be King one day after Prince Charles and Prince William, with his sister Charlotte, five, currently next in line after him. However, according to the Queen, Charlotte is the one who looks after her older brother, rather than the other way around. The Queen revealed this sweet insight in January 2018, when she presented a signed bible to 10-year-old Emily Clay, who won the book “for a school religious education project”, according to the Eastern Daily Press.

During the meeting, the nonagenarian monarch asked the little girl whether she “looked after” her younger sister Hadleigh.

The girl’s mother responded: “It’s the other way around.”

Then, the Queen replied: “It’s like that with Charlotte and George.”

However, this is not the first time it has been mentioned that Charlotte may be the one calling the shots in her relationship with her older brother.

Back in 2017, Kate Middleton spoke about Charlotte’s confidence during an event with fellow mother Samantha Burge.

Ms Burge later revealed: “[Kate] said that Charlotte is growing up really fast. She is the one in charge.”

She added: “We have both got two-year-olds and they are ruling the roost. It was a bit of a mummy chat.”

It is interesting that Charlotte would be the more assertive one of the two, given how George will be the one to shoulder the responsibility later in life.

It echoes the relationship between Prince Charles and his younger sister Princess Anne, who was by all accounts the more boisterous, outgoing and assertive of the two.

Charles has always been described as a sensitive, artistic soul, despite his tough education at Gordonstoun in Scotland at the behest of his father Prince Philip.

Perhaps her experience with her own children meant the Queen could easily spot this dynamic in her great-grandchildren too.

However, the public can also actually see for themselves how Charlotte asserts herself as the boss of the two in a video of her playing with George at the Chelsea Flower Show last year.

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The family were visiting a garden created by Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, in collaboration with several others, and footage of the children playing was then uploaded by The Royal Family Channel on YouTube.

In the adorable clip, Charlotte can be heard egging her brother on as they climbed some rocks by a brook.

She said, impatiently: “George! Quicker, George!”

Charlotte also had a rather cheeky response when her father asked if she would help George with something.

Prince William asked his daughter: “Can you help George?” to which she bluntly responded: “No!”.

George appeared to be trying to do something with a stick and a rock, with a look of intense concentration on his face.

Charlotte has also shown her cheeky, confident side when it comes to the media.

For example, at Prince Louis’ christening in 2018, Charlotte apparently told photographers: “You’re not coming!”

Despite George seeming to have a more timid disposition, he and his sister clearly get on very well, as they have been seen happily playing together on numerous occasions.

Meanwhile, the Queen dotes on both George and Charlotte, as she does on all her great-grandchildren.

The Queen’s first great-grandchildren were Peter Phillips’ daughters Savannah and Isla, born in 2010 and 2012.

They were followed by George in 2013, Mia Tindall in 2014, Charlotte in 2015, Lena Tindall and Prince Louis in 2018 and Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor in 2019.

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Coronavirus alert as FOUR towns and cities on brink of following Leicester into lockdown

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PHE has published new figures that shows the rate of new cases in each area, based on tests that have been carried out in laboratories around the country (‘pillar 1’ of the Government’s testing programme) and the wider community (‘pillar 2’). The snapshot is for the week ending June 21 and shows the number of cases per 100,000 population. Leicester, which has had several lockdown measures reimposed on it following a huge spike in infections over recent weeks, easily tops the list, with 140.2 cases.

But the East Midland City is followed by Bradford (69.4), Barnsley (54.7), Rochdale (53.6), Bedford (42.0) and Oldham (38.6).

Portsmouth (0.9), Lambeth in London (0.9), Torbay in Devon (0.7), Redcar & Cleveland in the North East (0.7), Cornwall & Isles of Scilly (0.7), Gloucestershire (0.6) Wokingham (0.6) and South Gloucestershire (0.4) all had less than one case per 100,000 population.

Three areas of the country – City of London, South Tyneside and West Berkshire – had none at all.

Updated figures for the week ending June 28 are due to be published on Thursday, as part of Public Health England’s weekly coronavirus report.

The Daily Telegraph had earlier reported Bradford and Oldham are on a Government “watch list” of places were local lockdowns could be imposed if more targeted measures fail to solve a fresh surge in coronavirus cases.

There are increasing fears several other areas in the Midlands and North of the country with large minority populations could follow Leicester back into a strict lockdown.

Whitehall insiders have confirmed Bradford, the city with the second highest rate of infection after Leicester, is being closely monitored.

Some of the UK’s most diverse towns and cities are thought to be particularly vulnerable to a large spike in infections due to higher numbers of households with multiple generations.

Several other contributing factors are believed to include poverty, language barriers, higher levels of non-compliance with lockdown measures and potential outbreaks in food processing plants and factories.

Imperial College London’s Professor Neil Ferguson, who previously advised the Government on the coronavirus crisis, warned Bradford and Doncaster could be the next areas to be placed back into lockdown.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “It’s inevitable we will have further local outbreaks. We are relaxing lockdown rules and that means that contacts in the population are going up and that’s a very variable process.”

When asked about Bradford and Doncaster, he said: “Those are areas, where not as high as Leicester, but they have some of the highest numbers of cases per 100,000 of the population, which is the relevant measure, so they’re clearly of concern.”

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Oxford University’s Professor Peter Horby, who chairs the new and emerging respiratory virus threats advisory group (Nervtag), warned the UK should prepare for more local lockdowns.

He told the Today programme: “Unfortunately I think we should. We’ve seen the epidemic is focal, which is often the case, it’s not the same in all places,” he said.

“And we saw that London unfortunately led the way in the UK and now Leicester is unfortunately leading the way and we can expect more of that, so I think there will have to be local responses to local outbreaks.”

During Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) in the House of Commons earlier today, Boris Johnson was accused of being too slow to respond to the outbreak in Leicester.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer accused the Prime Minister of overseeing a “lost week” when action could have been taken in Mr Johnson’s “whack-a-mole” strategy for tacking urgent coronavirus outbreaks.

Mr Johnson insisted action in Leicester had been taken from June 8 as “we could see that there was an issue there”, with mobile testing units also deployed.

But Sir Keir said the local authority in Leicester had data for pillar one tests but not pillar 2, which meant it believed there were “80 positive tests in the last fortnight, when the real figure was 944”.

The Labour leader added it was only last Thursday that the full information was provided

Mr Johnson insisted that “both pillar one and pillar two data have been shared not just with Leicester but with all authorities across the country”.

The Prime Minister told the House of Commons: “We did in Leicester exactly what we did in Kirklees or in Bradford or in Weston-super-Mare or other places where very effective whack-a-mole strategies have been put in place.”

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Princess Diana’s heartbreaking prophecy about future exposed as birthday anniversary looms

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The Princess of Wales’ birthday is tomorrow and she would have been 59 years old had she survived.

Instead, she had her life cut short at just 36 years old, making her younger than her son William, 38, is now.

Her two daughters-in-law Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, who she never got to meet, are also older than Diana was when she died.

Her younger son, Prince Harry, is 35 and so not far off being older than his mother.

However, it appears that Diana even predicted that she would die young.

Simone Simmons, who was Diana’s healer and close confidant, told the inquest that Diana used to say she would “never make old bones”, meaning she would never live to an old age.

Ms Simmons is quoted in the 2006 book ‘Diana Inquest: The Untold Story’ as saying such.

Diana’s assertion that she would not grow old gives an insight into her dark thoughts that turned out to actually be an accurate prediction of her fate.

She died in a tragic car accident in Paris on August 31, 1997 along with her companion Dodi Fayed and their driver Henri Paul.

Ms Simmons also told the inquest that Diana was worried someone was trying to kill her, after her car brakes failed in 1995.

However, she later had her brakes checked and it was just normal wear and tear to blame.

Ms Simmons told the inquest: “Thank God it was during rush hour, so she didn’t do any damage to the car in front, but she got a taxi home.

“She was convinced the brakes had been tampered with, and I said, ‘Are you sure?’ and she said, ‘Yes’ and I said, ‘I think you are pretty heavy on the brakes like I am’, and my brakes had gone previously.”

Ms Simmons’ statement was then read out, claiming that Diana wrote her a note saying: “If something happens, MI5/6 will have done it, lots of love, Diana.”

Diana’s healer confirmed that she received this note after the brake incident.

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Ms Simmons added: “She was terrified that somebody was going to bump her off.

“And she always said she would never make old bones.”

Ms Simmons was then asked: “You suggested she get her brakes checked: is that right?” which she confirmed.

She was then asked: “And it turned out, I think, is this right, to be normal wear and tear?” and Diana’s friend said: “It was very heavy wear and tear, yes.”

She added that Diana’s private secretary Patrick Jephson had passed on this knowledge to Diana, who then passed it on to her.

Ms Simmons acknowledged there was “nothing in” the dramatic allegation Diana had made and explained that she had burned the note along with several other documents the late princess had given her.

They were “a bit of a hot potato”, she explained.

On August 31 this year, it will have been 23 years Diana tragically died.

She left behind two devastated sons, who later admitted the loss took a huge toll on their mental health.

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Prince William and Harry’s heartbreaking Diana regret exposed: ‘If only I had known’

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The Princess of Wales was in Paris at the time and the young princes were enjoying a holiday at Balmoral in Scotland with the Royal Family. When the phone rang, they weren’t to know that it would be the last time they would speak to their mother. Diana died in a car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997 along with her companion Dodi Fayed and their driver Henri Paul.

William was 15 years old and Harry just 12 at the time.

In an interview with ITV marking the 20th anniversary of her tragic death, the brothers recalled that last phone call they had with her.

William said: “At the time, Harry and I were running around minding our own business, you know, playing with our cousins and having a very good time.”

The Duke was likely referring to his cousins Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall, who are three and one year older than him respectively.

Alternatively, he may be referring to Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, who are four and five years younger than Harry respectively.

Harry added: “As a kid I never enjoyed speaking to my parents on the phone.

“And we spent far too much time speaking on the phone rather than speaking to each other, because of the way the situation was.

“And the phone rang and off [William] went to go and speak to her sort of for five minutes.”

The situation Harry referred to is Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ split in 1992, and divorce in 1996, meaning he and William only ever spent time with them separately, never together.

William continued: “I think Harry and I were just in a desperate rush to say goodbye, you know, see you later and we’re going to go off.

“If I’d known now obviously what was going to happen I wouldn’t have been so blasé about it and everything else.

“But that phone call sticks in my mind quite, quite heavily.”

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The Duke of Cambridge added that he did recall what she said to him, but wanted to keep it private.

Harry said he remembered being called to take his turn at the phone.

He said: “It was her speaking from Paris.

“I can’t really necessarily remember what I said, but all I do remember is probably, you know, regretting for the rest of my life how short the phone call was.

“And If I’d known that was the last time I was going to speak to my mother the things I would have said to her.

“Looking back on it now, it’s incredibly hard. I have to deal with that for the rest of my life.

“Not knowing that was the last time I was going to speak to my mum, and how differently that conversation would have panned out if I’d had even the slightest inkling that her life was going to be taken that night.”

Tomorrow is Princess Diana’s birthday, when she would have turned 59 years old.

Having tragically died at just 36 years old, William, at 38, is now older than his mother was when she died.

Both Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle are also older than Diana was and Harry, 35, is not far off.

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Met Office weather warnings EXTENDED: FIVE inches of rain to fall as 50mph winds batter UK

The Met Office has extended its weather warnings today to cover a raft of England, as well as parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland. Britain has been baked this week by a searing heatwave – but a low pressure system has now sept in, bringing heavy rain and thunderstorms in exchange for the blister temperatures.

The Met Office said: “Although thunderstorms are less likely today, heavy showers and more prolonged rain will continue at times, still with the possibility of thunder.

“These may bring 10 to 20mm per hour for some places during Saturday, with perhaps 30 to 40mm over a few hours.

“The ground is getting wetter now, so this may cause a few issues.”

The warning area has been extended to include parts of the North Midlands and Northern England – and now another batch of fresh warnings have been issued for swathes of the UK.

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The warnings reads: “Rain or showers are expected through much of Sunday and Monday, and will merge into periods of heavy and persistent rain over high ground.

“Forty to 50mm of rain is likely to fall quite widely, and a few places may see 90 to 120 mm during this period.

“The largest totals are most likely across higher parts of Cumbria and Lancashire. The heavier rain should ease away from Scotland and Northern Ireland on Monday morning and from remaining areas on Monday afternoon.

“Strong winds will be an additional hazard across Northern Ireland, northwest England and southwest Scotland, with gusts of 50 mph in exposed places.”

The weather agency warned bus and train services could be affected, with longer journey times possible as spray and flooding on roads will make travel times longer.

Flooding of a few homes and businesses is possible, the Met Office added.

The yellow weather warning is in place from 9am today until 10pm this evening.

You can find all the regions affected by the alert at the bottom of this story.

Two flood alerts are currently in place at Loughborough Urban Watercourses and the River Trent Tributaries in Nottinghamshire.

Five alerts have been discontinued.

The Met Office forecast for this weekend reads: “A little sunshine, but showers will affect many areas, heaviest and most prolonged in the north, with the odd thunderstorm. Light winds here but windy further south. Cooler for all.

“Tonight: Rather cloudy for many with further showers, these most frequent in north and west, and merging into longer spells of rain for Northern Ireland and western Scotland.”

On Sunday, the Met Ofice said: “Heavy and persistent rain in parts of northwestern Britain. Sunny spells and scattered, blustery showers in the south.

“Windy for many with coastal gales in north. Much cooler again.”

The warnings come after the UK saw hottest day of the year so far on Wednesday, June 24, when temperatures climbed to 32.6C at Heathrow.

But with an area of low pressure now sweeping in, the UK is seeing much cooler temperatures with many waking up to a chilly 13C this morning – a drop of some 10C.

Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist Jason Kelly said: “We’ll see an end to the current hot spell this weekend as low pressure arrives from the Atlantic, bringing temperatures more typical for June.

“It’ll be breezy for all this weekend with heavy showers and longer spells of rain for most, though Sunday could brighten up across the southern half of the UK.”

Regions and local authorities affected:

Central, Tayside & Fife

Angus

Clackmannanshire

Dundee

Falkirk

Fife

Perth and Kinross

Stirling

East Midlands

Derbyshire

Lincolnshire

Nottinghamshire

Grampian

Aberdeen

Aberdeenshire

Moray

Highlands & Eilean Siar

Na h-Eileanan Siar

Highland

North East England

Darlington

Durham

Gateshead

Hartlepool

Middlesbrough

Newcastle upon Tyne

North Tyneside

Northumberland

Redcar and Cleveland

South Tyneside

Stockton-on-Tees

Sunderland

North West England

Blackburn with Darwen

Blackpool

Cheshire East

Cheshire West and Chester

Cumbria

Greater Manchester

Halton

Lancashire

Merseyside

Warrington

Northern Ireland

County Antrim

County Armagh

County Down

County Fermanagh

County Londonderry

County Tyrone

Orkney & Shetland

Orkney Islands

Shetland Islands

SW Scotland, Lothian Borders

Dumfries and Galloway

East Lothian

Edinburgh

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Why BAME are more susceptible to coronavirus – expert explains impact of skin tone

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According to the Office for National a, black men and women are nearly twice as likely to die from the deadly coronavirus outbreak and last month, an independent public inquiry was launched. The Labour Party announced its own review into coronavirus impact on black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities.

According to a study by Public Health England, they found “the highest age standardised diagnosis rates of COVID-19 per 100,000 population were in people of Black ethnic groups and the lowest were in people of White ethnic groups”.

It found people of Bangladeshi ethnicity had around twice the risk of death when compared to people of White British ethnicity.

While people of Chinese, Indian, Pakistani, other Asian, Caribbean and other black ethnicity had between 10 and 50 percent higher risk of death when compared to white British.

Death rates were found to be higher for black and Asian ethnic groups compared to white ethnic groups.

Professor of Respiratory Infection and Immunity, Adrian Martineau, from University of London, believes vitamin D deficiency is commoner in the BAME community and is a contributing factor to why the community is more susceptible of catching the virus.

He told the Express.co.uk: “There are multiple pathways that could explain higher C-19 susceptibility in people with darker skin.

“Underlying conditions may mediate increased risk – for example, diabetes is commoner in South Asians, and hypertension commoner in black, African and Caribbean populations.

“Vitamin D deficiency may also be important – skin pigmentation (melanin) inhibits the ability of Ultraviolet B in the sun’s rays to stimulate vitamin D synthesis in the skin – consequently vitamin D deficiency is commoner in people of BAME origin.

“We know that vitamin D is important in supporting antiviral immune responses, and in dampening down potentially harmful inflammatory responses.

“So low vitamin D levels in people with darker skin could contribute to their worse outcomes.”

Professor Martineau is currently undertaking a national research study looking at risk factors for COVID-19, with a focus on understanding why BAME people are at a higher risk.

While speaking to the Express.co.uk, Professor Martineau said there are socio-economic factors which would contribute to the number of BAME people with the virus.

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He believes the BAME community “more commonly” have lower incomes than white British people and said living conditions, such as overcrowding, could also be an example where COVID-19 could be transmitted.

Professor Martineau added: “Also people of BAME origin are over-represented among professions that involve higher occupational risk of exposure – health care workers and other frontline roles in public transport etc.”

The PHE study also confirmed Professor Martineau’s claims and said: “This could be the result of factors associated with ethnicity such as occupation, population density, use of public transport, household composition and housing conditions.”

This study also brought in issues of racism, discrimination and fear and claimed racial discrimination affect people’s life chances and the stress associated with being discriminated against based on their race affected mental and physical health.

The UK currently has the highest rate of deaths caused by COVID-19 across the whole of Europe and has surpassed more than 40,000.

Although the death rate is still considerably high, the UK government are moving forward with their plans to start easing lockdown restrictions as early as July 4 in order to get the economy moving again,.

However, Independent SAGE has warned the UK could see a further 30,000 deaths by the anniversary of the outbreak unless the government changes their strategy.

Christina Pagel, professor of operational research at University College London, said: “If we carry on with 100 to 150 deaths a day, that’s over 30,000 deaths.”

Fears of a second wave were ignited this week after thousands of people flocked to beaches across the country to enjoy the heatwave.

Thousands of people were photographed ignoring social distancing guidance and young children were spotted despite parents raising concerns about social distancing in schools.

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