Flying ant swarms appear on weather map as ‘rain’

Report End of Twitter post by @SimonOKing “You can tell it’s not rainfall because it has that eerie look to it. It doesn’t quite match what rainfall looks like. “These ants are a particular size and they are probably hovering at a certain height in the atmosphere towards the base of a cloud, and the sheer number of them would suggest there’s enough for the radar systems to pick up.” Bournemouth, Brighton and Winchester are some of the areas where residents could end up facing an insect invasion. Report End of Twitter post by @metoffice Report End of Twitter post by @BramerIsobel Related Topics Insects Original Article : HERE ;

Roman coins ‘may be linked to Boudiccan revolt’

Image copyright Suffolk County Council Image caption The coins may have been buried to hide them during the Boudiccan revolt, an expert said The find, from August 2018, was made up of 58 solid silver coins, two of which were silver-plated copies. Senior coroner Nigel Parsley declared it to be treasure at an inquest in Ipswich. What is treasure? Related Topics Archaeology Cookley Original Article : HERE ;

Knife attacker jailed for ‘savage’ train murder

“I am satisfied you were the aggressor throughout,” she told him. The judge told Pencille “you picked on the wrong man – he stood up for himself”, but she also said Mr Pomeroy had not known about Pencille’s paranoid schizophrenia. Sentencing, she said: “Truly this was a senseless loss of life.” Image caption Chelsea Mitchell lived with Pencille at her flat in Farnham The court heard a victim impact statement from Mr Pomeroy’s widow, Svetlana, who described his murder as a “senseless loss of life” which had been made worse because it happened in front of their son. She said: “I miss my husband every day and to compound the situation [his son] was with his father when he died. …

Benefit scam pushed on social media

On Monday BBC News revealed that tens of millions of pounds are feared to have been stolen by fraudsters, exploiting a loophole in universal credit. While many of those scammed have been approached directly, sometimes by people claiming to be from the job centre, we have now discovered a number of social media sites are promoting the scam. Fraud victims may still have to pay money claimed Woman’s benefits pocketed by online loan company Arrests in Blackburn welfare benefit theft scam On Facebook, the pages include Gov Grants Same Day, Same Day Grant, Discretionary Budgeting Grant and Same Day Grant Payment. Instagram sites include Same Day Drop UK, while Moneyinaminute is also advertising the fraud on Snapchat. Some of the …

Aggers issues Tube advice for World Cup final

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJonathan Agnew takes over tube announcements for the Cricket World Cup final. Sports fans arriving by Tube for the final of the Cricket World Cup will find themselves greeted by BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew. Announcements read by the commentator will be relayed at St John’s Wood – the north-west London Underground station that is closest to Lord’s. Aggers’s passenger tips will include: “To avoid being run out, please hold the handrail on the escalator.” England take on New Zealand on Sunday with radio coverage on Radio 5 Live. In another message, the BBC correspondent warns: “For some reason St John’s Wood is a very windy station so hold on to your …

Children ‘are getting sunburnt in school’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption‘Always wear sun cream and protect your eyes’ There are calls for a country-wide policy on sun-safety in schools after claims children are getting sunburnt. There is no blanket guidance to keep children protected and councils in Wales say it is up to individual schools. Unions advise teachers not to apply sun cream to children, and some schools do not allow pupils to bring their own in because of allergy concerns. But parents said one application of sun cream before school is not enough. The charity Tenovus Cancer Care says one blistering sun burn as a child can double the risk of skin cancer in later life, and called for the Welsh …

MP challenges ministers on brain injury aftercare

Ben Newman, 33, from Rhondda, fell into the window of a house 10 years ago while out with his friends. He was in a coma for three days in the Royal Glamorgan hospital in Llantrisant but after showing he could walk down a flight stairs was discharged three weeks later. Years of difficulties with his balance, changes in his personality, memory and speech followed. He became heavily dependent on aftercare. Image caption Chris Bryant says a trauma centre will save lives but Wales needs to go further The Welsh Government said it was “committed to improving access to neuro-rehabilitation services” in Wales. “Our revised neurological conditions delivery plan sets out how people can access timely and effective care irrespective of …

Police officer guilty of sex offences

Waller was found guilty of one count of rape, two counts of sexual activity with a child. ‘Truly appalling’ He was also convicted of causing a child to engage in sexual activity, inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, and attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming. He was cleared of one count of sexual assault, and earlier in the trial the judge directed jurors to formally acquit him of two counts of rape. Judge Toby Hedworth QC described Waller as a “sexual predator.” He told him he had used his position as a police officer to “impress” underage girls and “pursue your interest in girls below the age of consent.” Speaking after sentencing, Supt Wendy Tinkler of …

Farmers could be paid to protect the environment

Originally ministers had proposed two new grant schemes, but the latest proposal rolls them into one. Boris Johnson wants say in spending post-Brexit aid cash Farmers and landowners suspicious of ‘rewilding’ scheme Welsh food producers have ‘major post-Brexit worries’ The Sustainable Farming Scheme will pay out for work to cut greenhouse gas emissions, create habitats for wildlife and improve water quality. Farms will be visited by an adviser who will draw up a contract based on the environmental benefits they agree the farmer is, or could be delivering. They will be rewarded for new environmental work – like planting new woodlands – but also for maintaining and enhancing what is already there. Farmers will also be able to access a …

Welsh jokes ‘like Islamophobia and anti-Semitism’

“If we talk about Islamophobia, if we talk about anti-Semitism, it is the same kind of issue that society has to deal with,” he said. “As a Welsh speaker I didn’t find it particularly funny.” But the Muslim Council of Wales said that while it shared Mr Roberts’s concerns about “denigration and prejudice” directed towards the Welsh language, “comparisons to Islamophobia and other forms of discrimination are often unhelpful and misleading”. A spokesman added: “It is wiser to recognise the specific histories and experiences of inequality in order to better challenge them.” Skip Twitter post by @omid9 Good point well made — Omid Djalili (@omid9) June 30, 2019 The tweet by 53-year-old Londoner Djalili sparked a barrage of responses. Some …

Killers face parole refusal over hidden bodies

Helen’s Law campaign The government’s confirmation of plans for the law follows a meeting between Mrs McCourt and Mr Gauke in May. The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) said: “‘Helen’s Law’ will place a legal duty on the Parole Board to reflect the failure to disclose the site of a victim’s remains when considering a prisoner’s suitability for release.” A spokesman added: “The government is acting to acknowledge the particular anguish faced by families who do not have the chance to lay their loved ones to rest.” How Ian Brady got access to teenagers in jail New police search in Suzy Lamplugh case Postcard plea over 1984 unsolved murder Mrs McCourt said she was very pleased Mr Gauke “has now confirmed …

Pregnant teenager detergent attackers jailed

A court previously heard Pearson had searched “how to get rid of an unwanted pregnancy” on his phone and then orchestrated the attack because he did not want to become a father. He told the pregnant victim “it didn’t have to be like this” as his two accomplices punched, stamped and kicked the girl on her stomach, back and chest, then ripped off one of her nails and poured alcohol over her face. Despite the attack, the child survived. ‘Shameful attack’ Pearson, of Harlesden, and McKenna, of Park Royal in Ealing, pleaded guilty to attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent and perverting the course of justice. Charges of administering poison with intent to procure miscarriage, false imprisonment and …

UK ambassador to US resigns in Trump leaks row

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTheresa May and Jeremy Corbyn pay tribute to Sir Kim Darroch’s service Sir Kim Darroch has resigned as UK ambassador to the US, as a row over leaked emails critical of President Trump’s administration escalates. Theresa May said Sir Kim’s departure was “a matter of deep regret” after the ambassador said it was “impossible” for him to continue. Meanwhile, one minister said Boris Johnson had thrown Sir Kim “under a bus” by not fully supporting him. President Trump said on Monday that the US would not deal with Sir Kim. The US president had branded him “a very stupid guy” after emails emerged where the ambassador had called his administration “clumsy and …

Tory leader candidates face Scottish members

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt on Scotland Union under great strain, Lidington warns The hustings in Perth was the latest in a series of events around the UK which see the two candidates make a speech to local members before taking questions from a host and the audience. Party members should receive their ballots in the coming days, with the winner to be announced on 23 July. A YouGov survey of Conservative members in June suggested that a majority would prefer Brexit to go ahead even if it caused Scottish independence, while another opinion poll suggested that a majority of Scots could back independence if Mr Johnson became prime minister. A series of senior politicians have come forward to voice …

Police cuts ‘contribute to feeling of lawlessness’

The cuts along with the “virtual destruction” of neighbourhood policing and the “undermining” of powers – such as stop and search – had taken their toll, they said. The retired officers said the next prime minister will “inherit the urgent task of restoring confidence”. But they did not believe it could be restored by what they describe as a “fragmented” system comprising more than 40 territorial police forces. The rebuke comes after the chief inspector of constabulary warned public safety could be at risk unless urgent reforms are made. In his annual assessment of policing in England and Wales, Sir Thomas Winsor said there had been a 19% drop in police funding since 2010-11. “There are indications that some forces …

Deutsche Bank could cut up to 20,000 jobs

However, both banks concluded that the deal was too risky, fearing the costs of combining might have outweighed the benefits. German banking giants abandon merger talks Deutsche Bank raided over money laundering Chief executive Christian Sewing, who took on the top job just over a year ago, told shareholders at the annual general meeting in May that he would “accelerate transformation” by focusing the bank on “profitable and growing” businesses. “I can assure you: we’re prepared to make tough cutbacks,” he said. Resignation The 20,000 job cuts would be equivalent to a fifth of the company’s global workforce. With almost 8,000 staff, London is the home of its biggest investment operations. Deutsche Bank has been struggling for years with the …