‘More could have died’ in disco crush

The police said a large group of young people had been waiting to get into the disco at about 21:30 GMT. Police have already spoken to a number of young people who were in the queue for the event; they plan to speak to others in the coming days. A number of parents had expressed concern that their under-age children were trying to enter the premises, added Mr Murray. He reassured them they were not the target of police inquiries. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionCookstown crush victim ‘had such a unique smile’ After discussions with the Director of the Public Prosecution Service, Stephen Herron, the PSNI had agreed “that is not an issue in this investigation”, …

Relaunch for land speed record car

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionIan Warhurst: “My kids kept saying I should buy a fast car, so I bought the fastest” The Bloodhound supersonic car is back, under new management and preparing to renew its pursuit of the land speed record. The project went into administration last year, unable to secure the financing needed to go racing – even though the vehicle was all but built. But with the purchase of the car by entrepreneur Ian Warhurst, Bloodhound has been put on a new footing. Engineers are looking to start high-speed trials “as soon as possible”. These could take place in the South African desert later this year, although team-members are being cautious about giving hard …

Waterfall death tourists ‘not warned’

The coroner, Chris Dorries, heard how the three friends had worn life jackets and helmets as they slid head first down the water slide before ending up in a 6ft deep pool. More stories across South Yorkshire here But, instead of getting out, the trio continued into the next tier of the river complex and died when they went over the waterfall. The inquest heard how their guide, Dang Van Si, said he warned them about how to get out of the pool safely. However, a range of witnesses, who were found through a Facebook appeal by Mr Sloan’s family, contradicted this. You may also be interested in: Hunt saboteurs’ car ‘rammed’ by 4×4 Knife crime a ‘national crisis’ – …

‘Urban explorers’ prompt sewer checks

“We evaluated all of our assets and decided that the largest ones were the most important ones to cover first and they have been fitted with screens to prevent access.” ‘Very, very lucky’ He said the company was now looking at how to secure smaller pipes. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFire crews called in to rescue boys who got lost in a Northampton sewer The alarm was raised at about 18:30 BST, and crews used a map of the sewer system to find the boys, who were uninjured. Group commander Kevin Hardwick, from Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service, said at the time of the rescue that they were “very, very lucky”. Related Topics Northampton Original Article …

Any sign of May changing course?

MPs reject May’s EU withdrawal deal again There is already consternation in the Commons over her additional pledge that leaving without a deal remains the default option. The vote will, though, after pressure from colleagues, be a free vote where Tories can vote as they wish. That might not sound like a big deal, but for the government to let its own troops vote as they like on an issue that’s so important is extremely unusual. And if, as is likely, they rule out leaving with no deal for now, on Thursday she confirmed another vote for delaying Brexit. What isn’t clear from all of that is how the prime minister actually intends to dig herself out of this dreadful …

Dancer, 25, tackles hair loss head on

Image copyright Josie Sinnadurai/Hook News Image caption Her GP initially told Josie that her hair loss would likely be temporary “I woke up in the morning to find my pillow covered in hair,” she said. “When I washed or brushed it, huge clumps fell out.” Image copyright Josie Sinnadurai/Hook News Image caption Josie dances all over the world and has been in a Hollywood film But a couple of weeks later, Josie noticed she was losing body and facial hair, too. “My leg hair, eyebrows, eyelashes – it was all falling out,” explained Josie, who has travelled the world as a dancer, including Germany, Spain, Israel and Canada. Doctors diagnosed her with alopecia universalis, an autoimmune condition characterised by a …

‘I paid 2,000 for a 450 TV’

The move will save some of the UK’s most vulnerable consumers millions of pounds from April, the FCA said. They come too late to Scott who rues the day he encountered rent-to-own. “I wish there was a cap back then. I would have been a lot better off now,” he said. He turned to rent-to-own because his credit rating wasn’t great and he thought he didn’t have many other options. “They were starting to advertise heavily, so at Brighthouse I got a laptop. It was £499 but I ended up paying £1,500 by the end.” He then went to rival chain Perfect Home after his TV broke. “The ticket price was £450 for a 42 inch TV, but by the …

Brexit plan to increase vet inspectors

Brexit: What is the no-deal WTO option? If extra vets are needed, they are likely to be deployed at Dublin and Rosslare Ports, according to a statement sent to BBC News by Ireland’s Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Depending on demand, veterinary inspectors may also be required to work at Shannon Airport or elsewhere, the statement adds. But the elephant in the room is whether inspectors could be posted at the Irish border – it’s a question no-one seems keen to answer. Northern Ireland’s Department of Agriculture says it has already recruited additional vets “to assist preparedness for EU exit scenarios” – but the UK government told BBC News: “There won’t be additional checks at on goods being …

UK meteorite hunt bags large haul

The first British-led expedition to gather meteorites in the Antarctic has returned with a haul of 36 space rocks. Manchester University’s Dr Katherine Joy was dropped in the deep field with British Antarctic Survey guide Julie Baum for four weeks. The pair spent their days near the Shackleton mountains running across the ice sheet in skidoos looking for out-of-place objects. The meteorites ranged from tiny flecks to some that were as big as a melon. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHunting for space rocks in Antarctica Some two-thirds of the meteorites in the world’s collections have been picked up in the Antarctic. It’s the contrast of black on white that makes the continent such a productive hunting …

Diabulimia: I was told I was going to die

Zohra was diagnosed with type 1 when she was 19: “I was in my flat near uni and I just collapsed.” “So my flatmates took me to the nearest hospital and that’s when they told me I had type 1. “I practically screamed the hospital down.” The leading type 1 diabetes charity JDRF estimates 60,000 15 to 30-year-olds are living with T1 in the UK. Diabetes and mental health experts believe up to 40% of those will at some point restrict their insulin over a “fear of fatness”. “That first year I was coping well,” Zohra remembers. “Eating, injecting, going to uni – but when I realised I was putting on weight because of the insulin that’s when it kind …

Man rescued from tractor in mountain fire

Image caption The fire comes after the record for the hottest winter day on record was broken twice in two days Tom Bentley, who lives nearby, said he initially thought a farmer was carrying out a controlled burn until he saw two helicopters and the emergency services. Image copyright @vatovey74 Image caption The fire service said it was called to the area behind Cwmbach Community Primary School Report End of Twitter post by @SWFRS_FireCrime Firefighters have also been tackling mountain fires at Amlwch on Anglesey, Llechwedd in Gwynedd and Llanefydd in Conwy. As well as the Cwmbach blaze, SWFRS also sent four crews to tackle a blaze at Aberdare on Tuesday afternoon.

The famous artworks hidden in plain sight

A Rodin outside a chicken shop in Essex is one of around 150,000 public sculptures on a list of the UK’s art that is being made available online. The artworks will be added to the database run by the charity Art UK over the next two years. It is the largest sculpture cataloguing project undertaken in the UK. There are significant sculptures in public places dotted around the UK – here are five you might not have spotted. Image copyright Art UK Image caption Rodin originally meant his sculpture to be displayed in Paris Image copyright Art UK Image caption The Grade II-listed wild boar is in an Essex shopping centre 3. The high street Hepworth Barbara Hepworth’s Winged Figure …

Why can’t we talk about periods?

Image copyright Emojipedia Image caption Plan International UK hopes it will break the stigma surrounding periods while the NHS says the emoji symbolises the importance of blood donation The addition to the emoji library follows an online vote by Plan International UK in 2017 for what a period-themed emoji should look like. Image copyright The Red Box Project Image caption Claire Best (left, pictured with donations from a cafe in Holywood) says there is a huge demand for sanitary products The Red Box Project was set up in England in 2017 in a bid to combat girls missing school because of their periods. It is estimated about 137,000 girls in the UK miss school each year because of a lack …

‘She told me he was going to kill her’

It is thought she had not dared tell her family for fear of repercussions from her then-boyfriend. “When I opened the door she just looked at me and she collapsed into my arms, sobbing,” Annie tells the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme. “I comforted her, cuddled her.” Image copyright Facebook Image caption Joe Storey had a restraining order imposed on him at the time of the murder In January 2017, Storey beat Kerri so badly he broke every bone in her face. She died from her injuries. He was sentenced to 24 years in prison after being convicted of murder. “I’ve asked myself so many times, ‘what if?’” Annie says. “I suppose I’ve felt guilty at times, although I’ve been reassured …