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Revealed: How more than 450 Londoners have been hurt by bus MIRRORS since 2018 – despite capital’s bus fleet shrinking

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  • Numbers cast doubt on Mayor’s plan to ‘eradicate’ deaths and serious injuries 

Hundreds of Londoners have been hurt by bus mirrors since 2018 as the number of injuries continues to soar despite the capital’s bus fleet shrinking.

More than 450 people have been hurt in the last six years, suggesting that Sadiq Khan‘s flagship strategy to ‘eradicate’ deaths and serious injuries from London roads is not working.

Last year saw the highest number of people getting injured due to bus mirrors for six years with a whopping 106 pedestrians hit, marking an increase of 70 per cent.

And the figures have been steadily increasing over the last three years, tarnishing the Mayor of London’s Vision Zero campaign to target road accidents. 

Lambeth topped the list of London boroughs with the most incidents, with 11 of the 37 collisions in the area since 2018 taking place on a Friday or Saturday night, The Telegraph reports.

Hundreds of Londoners have been hurt by bus mirrors since 2018 as the number of injuries continues to soar despite the capital's bus fleet shrinking (Stock Photo)

Hundreds of Londoners have been hurt by bus mirrors since 2018 as the number of injuries continues to soar despite the capital’s bus fleet shrinking (Stock Photo)

More than 450 people have been hurt in the last six years, suggesting that Sadiq Khan's flagship strategy to 'eradicate' deaths and serious injuries from London roads is not working (Stock Photo)

More than 450 people have been hurt in the last six years, suggesting that Sadiq Khan’s flagship strategy to ‘eradicate’ deaths and serious injuries from London roads is not working (Stock Photo)

Meanwhile, Route 91 running between Trafalgar Square and Crouch End, north London, reported the most injuries from wing mirrors across the time period. 

Tom Kearney, from Camden, said that he had been put in a coma in 2009 after a bus mirror hit the back of his head on Oxford Street.

He said: ‘Given the fact that TfL’s own data shows that the number of people killed and injured from bus safety incidents is now higher than when the present mayor took office in May 2016, the fact that there’s a rising number of people injured from bus wing mirror collisions should not come as a surprise.’

The 59-year-old, who now campaigns to increase awareness of such injuries, suffered lung and head injuries from the impact of the mirror, which typically weighs 2kg along with its mounting arms. 

He added: ‘What is a surprise is that all these alarming trends persist years after the Mayor and TfL have announced a number of “world-leading” bus safety programmes and a Vision Zero programme.’

The shocking figures come as Mr Khan’s bus fleet continues to shrink in size, with eight per cent fewer vehicles serving Londoners now compared with 2016.

Last year TfL said it had just 8,643 in service, down from 9,415 eight years ago. 

Conservative chairman of the London Assembly Andrew Boff said: ‘Whilst we welcome the number of bus fatalities falling, what these figures actually show is that a significant number of people are still being injured by London buses each year.’ 

Tom Cunnington, TfL‘s Head of Buses Business Development, said: ‘A safe bus network is vital for all Londoners and we’re taking action to eliminate death and serious injury as part of our Vision Zero goal.

Sadiq Khan pictured in Hampstead, London, on May 30. The shocking figures come as Mr Khan's bus fleet continues to shrink in size, with eight per cent fewer vehicles serving Londoners now compared with 2016

Sadiq Khan pictured in Hampstead, London, on May 30. The shocking figures come as Mr Khan’s bus fleet continues to shrink in size, with eight per cent fewer vehicles serving Londoners now compared with 2016

Conservative chairman of the London Assembly Andrew Boff (pictured) said: 'Whilst we welcome the number of bus fatalities falling, what these figures actually show is that a significant number of people are still being injured by London buses each year'

Conservative chairman of the London Assembly Andrew Boff (pictured) said: ‘Whilst we welcome the number of bus fatalities falling, what these figures actually show is that a significant number of people are still being injured by London buses each year’

‘Over the past three years, there has been an increase in injuries as Londoners’ travel returns to pre-pandemic patterns and while the numbers of incidents are extremely low compared to the number of buses and pedestrians in London, we are committed to eliminating these. 

‘We’re working to replace wing mirrors on our buses with camera monitor systems to eradicate the risk of mirror strikes, with 1,500 buses now fitted with these. 

‘All new buses on our fleet are fitted with cameras instead of mirrors and we’re also working to retrofit existing buses with these systems.’



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Tory moderates sound alarm over lurch to right after election as Nigel Farage says he wants to ‘take over’ party – with poll showing Labour lead is getting BIGGER

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The battle for the Tory soul looks to be getting under way today even with more than a month left of the election campaign.

Centrist Conservatives have sounded the alarm about the ‘temptation’ of a lurch to the right after Nigel Farage suggested he wants to ‘take over’ following a heavy defeat on July 4.

Recently-ousted West Mids mayor Andy Street warned the party can only win from the ‘middle ground’, saying the idea that Mr Farage should be a leading figure was ‘nonsense’. 

The clashes came as a poll showed Labour extending its lead to 20 points – the biggest advantage since Liz Truss was PM. 

The Opinium research found Sir Keir‘s party was on 45 per cent while the Tories had dropped to 25 per cent. A week earlier, before the first stages of campaigning, the firm detected a 14-point gap. 

Nigel Farage has said he is planning a ‘Tory takeover’ after the general election

Farage - who is not currently standing to become an MP - joined Reform leader Richard Tice on the campaign trail in Skegness, Lincolnshire on Saturday

Farage – who is not currently standing to become an MP – joined Reform leader Richard Tice on the campaign trail in Skegness, Lincolnshire on Saturday

Mr Farage has opted against making another bid to become an MP on July 4, but joined Reform leader Richard Tice on the campaign trail in Skegness, Lincolnshire yesterday.  

Asked whether he wanted to facilitate a merger with the Tories after the election, he replied that it was ‘more like a takeover, dear boy’.

There are widespread fears among Conservative MPs that Reform will hand Labour a bigger victory by splitting the right-wing vote. 

Mr Farage has suggested he wants to engineer a realignment of the Right so Reform can team up with Tory hardliners.  

Mr Street told the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg on Sunday programme that the fact he came close to keeping his job in traditional Labour territory despite grim national polls demonstrated that the Tories needed to keep to the ‘centre ground’. 

‘Whether we win or lose the general election the point is simple, that you have to have that broad church. You have to be centred in the middle ground,’ he said.

‘The lesson of history… the winners have come from the centre ground.’

Mr Street – who decided against standing to become an MP – said that the top echelons of government was dominated by centrists, but added: ‘Who knows what the composition might be and the temptation might be in the future.’

He dismissed ‘nonsense’ rumours that Mr Farage will be among the leaders after the election.

‘That is not a moderate inclusive Conservative Party with a broad appeal. That’s why it’s appropriate that we think about this well before we know the oucome of any general election,’ he said.

Earlier this week, Mr Farage declared he had ‘no interest’ in striking a pre-election deal with the Tories. 

He dismissed comments he previously made where he said they ‘might have a conversation’ as ‘deeply sarcastic’. 

‘There is no deal with the Conservatives whatsoever,’ Mr Farage told a press conference. 

The Prime Minister has also ruled out a deal with Reform, despite the insurgent party putting huge pressure on the Tories over issues such as the Channel migrant crisis.

Mr Farage explained his decision not to run as a Reform candidate on The Sun’s Never Mind The Ballots show, blaming Sunak’s decision to go to the polls much earlier than most had expected.

He said: ‘I had a plan, actually. I’ll let you in on a secret. I was going to launch tomorrow – I had a venue booked, I had it all ready to go.

The Prime Minister has also ruled out a deal with Reform, despite the insurgent party putting huge pressure on the Tories over issues such as the Channel migrant crisis

The Prime Minister has also ruled out a deal with Reform, despite the insurgent party putting huge pressure on the Tories over issues such as the Channel migrant crisis

‘But the problem is, you can’t win in a constituency – or it’s very difficult to win – without data.

‘It’s even harder to win when you’re Nigel Farage, because the other side will cheat.

‘There’ll be third party outside influencers, and I needed a really good run at this. And six weeks wasn’t enough.

‘I thought, well, rather than being stuck for six weeks in a constituency, why not travel around the country.

‘Not just supporting Reform candidates, but try and get a proper debate going.’

Reform UK is currently polling between 12 and 15 per cent but Farage has said that Tice’s party must reach 18 per cent if they are going to win seats in Parliament. 

The right-wing party is offering tax cuts, the abolition of business rates for small businesses, and tax relief for private healthcare users in the draft of its July 2024 election manifesto.

Reform UK are also pledging to launch more public inquiries into Covid-19 and the rollout of the vaccine. 



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Duke of Westminster, Archie and George’s godfather, plans to settle down into the farming life after UK’s ‘most eligible bachelor’ marries Olivia Henson in Chester Cathedral

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The Duke of Westminster is planning to settle down into a life of farming after his wedding, friends have revealed.

Hugh Grosvenor, 33, will marry duchess-to-be Olivia Henson in Chester Cathedral, Cheshire, in what is being dubbed the society wedding of the year next week.

Mr Grosvenor, the 7th Duke of Westminster, is close friends with both the Prince of Wales and Prince Harry. He is godfather to Prince George and to Harry’s son Archie and he is the godson of the King.

After the ceremony, where Prince William will be an usher, the couple plan to ‘lay down the foundations of their future’ in Chester, where friends say the duke will nurture his love of ‘nature, sustainability and farming’.

Friends told The Telegraph that the duke, dubbed the UK’s ‘most eligible bachelor’, has a ‘genuine love of the land’. 

Known as ‘Hughie’ to friends, the duke became one of the UK’s largest landowners when he inherited an estimated £10.13billion portfolio, which includes more than 1,500 properties in 60 countries, after his father died of a heart attack in 2016.

Hugh Grosvenor (left), 33, will wed duchess-to-be Olivia Henson (right) in Chester Catheral, Cheshire, in what is being dubbed the society wedding of the year next week

Hugh Grosvenor (left), 33, will wed duchess-to-be Olivia Henson (right) in Chester Catheral, Cheshire, in what is being dubbed the society wedding of the year next week

Guests will be invited to the duke's sprawling Eaton Hall estate (pictured) in Cheshire after the ceremony

Guests will be invited to the duke’s sprawling Eaton Hall estate (pictured) in Cheshire after the ceremony

The duke is also the president of the Country Trust which encourages disadvantaged children to connect with ‘the land that sustains us all’ via visits to Britain’s farms, including the duke’s Grosvenor Farms on his Easton Estate in Cheshire. 

Around 400 wedding guests will head to the sprawling 11,000-acre estate after the nuptials at Chester Cathedral next Friday.

Jill Attenborough, CEO of the Country Trust, told The Telegraph that the duke is a ‘very authentic person’.

Ms Attenborough added: ‘He’s really aware of his responsibility as the next generation of farmers and landowners and he gently, certainly not in a sort of pushy way, tries to draw in his network as well of ‘next gen’ to talk about whether they might also welcome children into their farms and estates and showcase what they’re doing for a more sustainable future.’ 

Guests, who have been issued a strict no gifts instruction, will descend upon Chester next Friday.

Considering that the duke was named the UK’s wealthiest person under 40 for the second year running in the Sunday Times Rich List last month, it’s likely to be a very exclusive and lavish affair. 

Chester is set to be decorated with 100,000 flowers paid for by the duke which will be donated to local charities following the ceremony in keeping with the theme of sustainability.

The couple have recently enjoyed a few public charitable visits to Chester, with Miss Henson, the daughter of a banker, insisting they want to ‘put down roots’ in the north-west.

'Hughie' is good friends with Prince William and Prince Harry but the latter will not be attending

‘Hughie’ is good friends with Prince William and Prince Harry but the latter will not be attending

Hugh Grosvenor (left), Duke of Westminster, Charlie van Straubenzee and Arthur Landon attend the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018

Hugh Grosvenor (left), Duke of Westminster, Charlie van Straubenzee and Arthur Landon attend the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018

Mr Grosvenor's ceremony will take place at Chester Cathedral (pictured)

Mr Grosvenor’s ceremony will take place at Chester Cathedral (pictured) 

 ‘It’s obviously a place where we will live,’ the bride-to-be said. ‘We’ll be building our lives together and we’re slowly transitioning to move up from London and be much more permanent here and really putting roots down.’

She said it was ‘an easy decision’ for the couple to make, The Telegraph reports. 

Among the guests is future King Prince William, 41, who will be performing the role of an usher during the ceremony.

The Mail on Sunday has reported that alongside his father, Prince George, the duke’s godson, is also set to play a prominent role in the wedding. 

Hugh and William have long enjoyed a close friendship so it is perhaps unsurprising that the Prince of Wales will take on a starring role in the nuptials. 

The Princess of Wales is not expected to attend the wedding as she continues her recovery from cancer. 

However, aside from the royal father-of-three, the 400-strong guest list, like many of the details of the wedding, have been kept under wraps.

The duke is obviously well connected as the son of Gerald Grosvenor, who died in August 2016 when Hugh was just 15 years old.

As well as Prince William, Hugh is also close friends with Prince Harry. But Harry and Meghan Markle will remain in the US while Prince Archie’s godfather ties the knot.

The wedding was announced by the duke's spokesperson in April after the couple got engaged at Eaton Hall

The wedding was announced by the duke’s spokesperson in April after the couple got engaged at Eaton Hall

Amid reports that the Prince of Wales will be an usher at the wedding, sources told the Mail on Sunday that Harry was ‘put out’ by the decision because he had always regarded himself as being closer to the Duke.

The source claimed: ‘William was asked to have a prominent role in the wedding and that’s what triggered Harry to decline an invitation. Apparently he [Harry] was put out by the request when he thought it should have been him.’

Referencing the lack of public details about the occasion, the source added: ‘Both the Palace and Hugh’s people decided to hold dear the operational part of the wedding once the leak about Harry not attending made the papers.’

The attendance of King Charles and Queen Camilla at the society wedding of the year is still unconfirmed. 

The wedding was announced by the duke’s spokesperson in April after the couple got engaged at Eaton Hall.

A photo was shared of the newly engaged couple with a statement, which read: ‘The Duke of Westminster and Miss Olivia Henson are delighted to announce they are engaged to be married.’

‘The couple, who have been together for two years, recently became engaged at the Duke’s family home at Eaton Hall in Cheshire.

‘Members of both their families are absolutely delighted with the news.

‘Hugh Grosvenor, The Duke of Westminster, is Grosvenor’s Chair as well as Chair of the Westminster Foundation.’

Mr Grosvenor succeeded his father to become the Duke of Westminster in 2016, inheriting the title and estate when he died aged 64. 



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Pictured: Young woman trapped under the rubble of townhouse after freak explosion is identified – as the heartbreaking reason she was at the Whalan property is revealed

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Rescuers have ramped up the desperate search for a trainee nurse feared to be stuck under a pile of rubble after a townhouse was destroyed in an explosion. 

The massive blast occurred on the second level of the property on Waikanda Crescent in Whalan, in Sydney‘s west, about 1pm on Saturday.

Jasmin Mhey, 30, was identified on Sunday evening as the missing woman believed to be trapped in the rubble of the decimated building. 

Ms Mhey had been at the property to visit her mother, Mercy, who had ducked out momentarily, and returned to find her building completely destroyed.

As the search continues into a second chilly night, crews are sifting through the rubble of the Department of Housing building still clinging to hope of finding the young nurse alive – though experts have said she ‘needs a miracle’.

The horrific explosion was heard streets away and shattered the glass of neighbouring buildings. Five other people were treated at the scene by paramedics. 

Jasmin Mhey (pictured) was identified as the young nurse who has been missing since Saturday when she went to visit her mother and the Department of Housing building exploded

Jasmin Mhey (pictured) was identified as the young nurse who has been missing since Saturday when she went to visit her mother and the Department of Housing building exploded 

Rescuers have ramped up the desperate search for Ms Mhey who is feared to be stuck underneath rubble after the explosion in Whalan, in Sydney's west, that decimated the housing complex (pictured)

Rescuers have ramped up the desperate search for Ms Mhey who is feared to be stuck underneath rubble after the explosion in Whalan, in Sydney’s west, that decimated the housing complex (pictured)

The front of the townhouse in Waikanda Crescent (pictured), is the only area not destroyed following the explosion just before 1pm on Saturday

The front of the townhouse in Waikanda Crescent (pictured), is the only area not destroyed following the explosion just before 1pm on Saturday 

On Sunday, police announced that the search area is a crime scene and officers have closed off the street. 

Ms Mhey’s distraught mother, who has kept a vigil across the street with a close eye on the search effort, told neighbours she had reported the smell of gas in the building and in the street in recent months.

Neighbours described the moment she returned to the house. 

‘She (the mother) was on her hands and knees screaming for her daughter,’ a neighbour said.

‘She wouldn’t leave, she sat here in the rain and cold all night saying she wasn’t going until her daughter was out’.

There has since been an increased police presence in the area as dozens of officers arrived at the scene around 7.30am. 

Fire and Rescue NSW said a rescue operation remains ongoing in the area as firefighters, police, and ambulance crews remain at the scene. 

Fire and Rescue NSW superintendent Ross Genders said rescuers have so far been unable to locate the woman, who was understood to have been on the second floor of the townhouse, when the blast struck. 

‘We have a generalised area where we’re searching for them and that’s based on the design of the building,’ superintendent Genders said

‘So we know that it’s the backside of the building where the most rubble has collapsed.’

Rescuers are using thermal imaging and specialised microphones to aid the search. 

NSW Search and Rescue commissioner Jeremy Fewtrell said that despite the ‘total destruction’ of the property a person trapped during the damage would still be able to survive.

‘It is still within a window of survivability and hence the focus of [the] effort [is] to really explore the building as thoroughly as we can,’ he said. 

Commissioner Fewtrell said no further ‘tapping’ noises were heard since the initial sounds were detected on Saturday afternoon. 

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Fire and Rescue NSW and NSW Police for further comment. 

Rescuers (pictured) are still searching for the woman, after firefighters heard 'taps' and noises coming from underneath the rubble of the collapsed building, which they believe is a sign the woman is alive

Rescuers (pictured) are still searching for the woman, after firefighters heard ‘taps’ and noises coming from underneath the rubble of the collapsed building, which they believe is a sign the woman is alive

Police announced that the search area is now a crime scene and officers have closed off the street (pictured police tape near the search area)

Police announced that the search area is now a crime scene and officers have closed off the street (pictured police tape near the search area)

The explosion struck the second level of the townhouse causing the dwelling to collapse (pictured)

The explosion struck the second level of the townhouse causing the dwelling to collapse (pictured)

Early indications suggest the explosion may be the result of a gas leak, however the actual cause is yet to be officially determined. 

On Saturday, emergency services responded to a call about an explosion having ‘blown out’ a level of the unit.

Windows were smashed in the explosion and witnesses were heard screaming.

Paramedics treated five people after they suffered injuries following the explosion. 

Two women were rescued from the collapsed structure’s rubble – a woman in her 60s and another woman in her 70s who uses a wheelchair.

The two women who were taken to hospital in St George and Hawkesbury but they have since been released. 

Another 12 people from surrounding houses were evacuated, as houses and apartment buildings nearby were damaged.

Ambulance NSW told Daily Mail Australia five people were taken to hospital after the blast – three transported to Mount Druitt Hospital and another three to Hawkesbury District District Health Service. Their current conditions are unknown.

Another person was treated at the scene.

Daily Mail contacted the Western Sydney Local Health District for further comment.  

Police closed off access to the street and an increased police presence has been seen in the area since 7.30am on Sunday (pictured police officers at the scene on Saturday)

Police closed off access to the street and an increased police presence has been seen in the area since 7.30am on Sunday (pictured police officers at the scene on Saturday)

Emergency services (pictured) braved the heavy rain and cold and worked overnight in a bid to find the woman trapped underneath the debris

Emergency services (pictured) braved the heavy rain and cold and worked overnight in a bid to find the woman trapped underneath the debris

Emergency services braved the heavy rain and cold and worked overnight, in a bid to find the woman trapped underneath the debris. 

The search and rescue effort was hampered late on Saturday afternoon due to the bad weather.  

The property, has been reduced to a pile of rubble with the sound of the explosion heard several kilometres away. 

Fire and Rescue, ambulances, HAZMAT, police, gas and energy personnel were able to enter the building on Saturday afternoon only after gas was cut to the area, which took several hours. 

FRNSW teams trained in Urban Search and Rescue operations using concrete-cutters to clear the debris recovered a small dog from the units which is being cared for at the scene.

The house had ‘major damage’, with a neighbouring home also impacted, reported the Sydney Morning Herald.

Properties including apartment buildings nearby (pictured) were also damaged following the collapse of the town house

Properties including apartment buildings nearby (pictured) were also damaged following the collapse of the town house

Fire and Rescue (pictured), ambulances, HAZMAT, police, gas and energy personnel were able to enter the building on Saturday afternoon only after gas was cut to the area

Fire and Rescue (pictured), ambulances, HAZMAT, police, gas and energy personnel were able to enter the building on Saturday afternoon only after gas was cut to the area 

Fire and Rescue NSW urged the public to stay away from the building.

‘The gas supply has been cut at the scene of an explosion…allowing Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) teams to enter and search the area,’ they said.

‘There is no fire at present but the scene remains volatile and unstable.’

Whalan resident Kathleen Morris said the sound of the explosion was massive.

‘I heard a big bang and the whole house shook, everybody came out of their house, wondering what had happened,’ she said.

A resident told the Courier Mail that the explosion ‘shook my home four streets away’.

Residents said the explosion was 'massive' while others who live in suburbs several kilometres away also felt the tremor (pictured the debris of the collapsed townhouse in Whalan)

Residents said the explosion was ‘massive’ while others who live in suburbs several kilometres away also felt the tremor (pictured the debris of the collapsed townhouse in Whalan)

One person on social media said they heard the blast from their yard in Lethbridge Park which is 2.5km away while another said they heard it 9.4km away in St Clair. 

Terry Fisher, who was working around the corner at time, told the publication that he rushed towards the unit block when he heard a loud bang.

‘I was working around the corner and heard a very loud explosion,’ he said. ‘It shook the house I was in, two streets away.’

‘It was definitely a shock to see half the house blown apart, I knew something big happened, as I had never felt an explosion that big.’



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Bournemouth beach hut tenants left devastated after council closes off seafront cabins indefinitely amid fears 100ft cliffs could collapse

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Beach hut tenants in Bournemouth have been left devastated after the council closes off access to the cabins indefinitely amid fears a cliff could collapse. 

The 29 seafront cabins on Bournemouth’s famous beach have been declared out of bounds due to concerns a landslip could occur on the 100ft cliff behind them.

Tenants have been allowed inside to recover some of their belongings, suggesting the wooden cabins will be out of use for some time.

Closure has arrived just in time for the summer season, when the huts would usually be in regular use. On top of the closure, rent for the cabins rose from £1,600 to £1,900 a year in April. 

The tenants are waiting to find out from Bournemouth, Christchurch and Pool (BCP) Council how long their huts will be cordoned off for and whether they will be offered alternative ones and if their rental payments will be stopped. 

The 29 seafront cabins on Bournemouth's famous beach have been declared out of bounds due to concerns a landslip could occur on the 100ft cliff behind them

The 29 seafront cabins on Bournemouth’s famous beach have been declared out of bounds due to concerns a landslip could occur on the 100ft cliff behind them

Tenants have been allowed inside to recover some of their belongings, suggesting the wooden cabins will be out of use for some time

Tenants have been allowed inside to recover some of their belongings, suggesting the wooden cabins will be out of use for some time

The tenants are waiting to find out from Bournemouth, Christchurch and Pool (BCP) Council how long their huts will be cordoned off for and whether they will be offered alternative ones and if their rental payments will be stopped

The tenants are waiting to find out from Bournemouth, Christchurch and Pool (BCP) Council how long their huts will be cordoned off for and whether they will be offered alternative ones and if their rental payments will be stopped

Although most of the beach huts on Bournemouth beach are privately owned the plots they stand on belong to the council which charges a rent.

One tenant said: ‘It’s very worrying. The council isn’t telling us anything at the moment.

‘We don’t know if and when we can use them again, whether our direct debits will be suspended or if we will be offered an alternative hut nearby.

‘But the fact they gave us a three-hour window to recover our belongings means it doesn’t look good and our beach huts will be out of use for some time.

‘It’s so annoying especially with the summer holidays looming. We pay a lot of money to have a beach hut.’

Another beach hut tenant questioned whether the amount of luxury flats being built on the cliff top could be destabilising the cliff.

He said: ‘If you continuously allow enormous blocks of flats with deep foundations to be built one after another in the same area it is highly likely the terrain in the nearby area will be affected especially when it is a coastal cliff location.’

BCP Council is not able to say how long the beach huts will be cordoned off for.

Another beach hut tenant questioned whether the amount of luxury flats being built on the cliff top could be destabilising the cliff

Another beach hut tenant questioned whether the amount of luxury flats being built on the cliff top could be destabilising the cliff

Bournemouth beach during the summer. Closure has arrived just in time for the summer season, when the huts would usually be in regular use

Bournemouth beach during the summer. Closure has arrived just in time for the summer season, when the huts would usually be in regular use

Millie Earl, deputy leader and portfolio holder for connected communities, said: ‘As a result of routine monitoring, we have found some movement of the cliff close to Portman Ravine, Southbourne, which will require further assessment.

‘As a safety precaution, access to a small number of beach huts has been restricted. This closure will help us to maintain people’s safety and enables our geotechnical engineers to inspect the area in greater detail and frequency.

‘At this time, we have no reason to believe that the promenade area is at risk. We will update the public once we have completed our review.’

There are about 1,000 beach huts along the seven-mile beach in Bournemouth and Poole.

Rental fees for the average sized huts will increase to £2,200 a year by 2027 while bigger cabins will be £3,800 compared to £2,600 for 2022.



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Natasha Ryan: Girl who famously hid in her older boyfriend’s cupboard for years after she ran away from home is found dead

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A woman who was at the centre of one of Australia’s most well known and bizarre disappearances has been found dead on a golf course.

The body of Natasha Ryan was found on the Rockhampton golf course on Sunday. There are no suspicious circumstances.

Ms Ryan, then 14, ran away from home in 1998 to be with her 21-year-old boyfriend Scott Black.

Former missing person Natasha Ryan (pictured during her interview on TV program '60 Minutes' on April 27 2003) has been found dead

Former missing person Natasha Ryan (pictured during her interview on TV program ’60 Minutes’ on April 27 2003) has been found dead 

Ms Ryan hid in her boyfriend's cupboard (pictured) when there were other people at the house while sparking a massive missing person investigation that lasted five years

Ms Ryan hid in her boyfriend’s cupboard (pictured) when there were other people at the house while sparking a massive missing person investigation that lasted five years

Ms Ryan was presumed to have been murdered by serial killer and rapist Leonard John Fraser.

But following a tip off to police, she was found hiding in a cupboard at the home of Mr Black in central Queensland in 2003, five years later.

The pair stood trial on charges of falsely causing a police investigation.

In 2005, Mr Black pleaded guilty to perjury for telling police he didn’t know where Ms Ryan was, and was jailed for 12 months.

Ms Ryan was also found guilty of causing a false police investigation and fined $1000.

They later married and had four children.

Natasha Ryan was found alive in 2003 having been presumed murdered by Leonard John Fraser.

Natasha Ryan was found alive in 2003 having been presumed murdered by Leonard John Fraser.

Ms Ryan is a portrait

She sparked an huge search effort

Ms Ryan (pictured left and right) sparked national concern when she vanished but was hiding in her boyfriends home within walking distance from her parents property

Emergency services had been searching, via land and air, for a missing person in the Rockhampton region for a number of hours on June 2.

The RACQ CapRescue chopper service was assisting this morning searching the Rockhampton Golf Course area in West Rockhampton near the zoo and botanical gardens.

A statement from Queensland Police said emergency crews conducting a search for a 40-year-old woman found her body this morning.

‘Police will prepare a report for the coroner following the sudden and non-suspicious death of a woman in Rockhampton,’ it said.



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Number of Chinese spies in Britain is ‘unquantifiable’, ex-Army intelligence officer warns – with fears it could run to ‘hundreds of thousands’

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The number of Chinese spies in Britain is ‘unquantifiable’, an ex-Army intelligence officer has warned – with fears it could run to ‘hundreds of thousands’ 

Reports say that the number of Chinese agents employed in intelligence gathering in the UK is reaching new heights.

Col Philip Ingram, a former Army intelligence officer told The Telegraph: ‘Quantifying the number of Chinese intelligence sources in the UK is impossible. 

‘Article 7 of China‘s national intelligence law states that all Chinese organisations should ‘support assist and cooperate’ with the Chinese intelligence efforts, meaning every citizen could be used overtly or without their knowledge by the Chinese state to gather information.’

Intelligence sources believe that Chinese agents are active in academia, among both students and lecturers, and in business and the arts. 

Reports say that the number of Chinese agents employed in intelligence gathering in the UK is new heights. Pictured: Russian president Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Chinese president Xi Jinping on May 16

Reports say that the number of Chinese agents employed in intelligence gathering in the UK is new heights. Pictured: Russian president Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Chinese president Xi Jinping on May 16

Reports say that the number of Chinese agents employed in intelligence gathering in the UK is could reach the 'hundreds of thousands'. Pictured: The MI5 HQ in London

Reports say that the number of Chinese agents employed in intelligence gathering in the UK is could reach the ‘hundreds of thousands’. Pictured: The MI5 HQ in London

Col Philip Ingram (pictured), a former Army intelligence officer told The Telegraph: 'Quantifying the number of Chinese intelligence sources in the UK is impossible'

Col Philip Ingram (pictured), a former Army intelligence officer told The Telegraph: ‘Quantifying the number of Chinese intelligence sources in the UK is impossible’

But in some cases, the people gathering the information may not even be aware that they are being exploited for intelligence by the Chinese state. 

In October the head of MI5 Ken McCallum said an estimated 20,000 Britons had been approached by Chinese state actors on LinkedIn in the hope of stealing industrial or technological secrets.

He said the industrial espionage was happening at ‘real scale’, and he estimated that 10,000 UK businesses were at risk, particularly in artificial intelligence, quantum computing or synthetic biology.

A government source told defence publication National Security News: ‘MI5 has limited resources so resources have to be prioritised. The terrorist threat level remains “substantial” which means an attack is likely but in reality the challenges currently posed by China and Russia are more pressing.’

The source believed that as many as 20 Chinese embassy officials in the UK were likely to be operating as spies.

Ken McCallum (pictured) revealed Beijing has more than doubled its underhand approaches to UK workers on professional networking sites like LinkedIn

Ken McCallum (pictured) revealed Beijing has more than doubled its underhand approaches to UK workers on professional networking sites like LinkedIn

The source believed that as many as 20 Chinese embassy (pictured) officials in the UK were likely to be operating as spies

The source believed that as many as 20 Chinese embassy (pictured) officials in the UK were likely to be operating as spies

Warnings have been issued that Iranian-backed terror attacks in the UK were more likely in the wake of the war between Israel and Hamas. Pictured: The Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ) in Cheltenham

Warnings have been issued that Iranian-backed terror attacks in the UK were more likely in the wake of the war between Israel and Hamas. Pictured: The Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ) in Cheltenham

He added: ‘But the numbers of agents, civilians who have been recruited by the Chinese intelligence services may run into the hundreds of thousands.

‘There are probably people in the UK who have no idea that they are supplying intelligence to the Chinese government. These may be Chinese nationals working or studying in the UK or British citizens.’

Meanwhile Iran is also believed to be using organised crime gangs to conduct intimidation operations and plot assassinations in the UK.

Warnings have been issued that Iranian-backed terror attacks in the UK were more likely in the wake of the war between Israel and Hamas.

In August, Home Secretary at the time Suella Braverman warned that Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps was the biggest threat to the UK’s national security.

She spoke about the group ramping up its activities and amid reports that Iranian spies are trying to recruit organised crime gang members to strike out at regime opponents. 

In February 2023, then-Security Minister Tom Tugendhat told Parliament that Iran’s government has been behind 15 credible threats to kill or kidnap British citizens or people based in the UK people in just over a year. 

The threat from China and Iran comes as the threat from Russia also remains at large. 

In August, Home Secretary at the time Suella Braverman warned that Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps was the biggest threat to the UK's national security

In August, Home Secretary at the time Suella Braverman warned that Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps was the biggest threat to the UK’s national security 

Protesters at a march in central London on January 21, 2023 against the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps

Protesters at a march in central London on January 21, 2023 against the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaking during a ceremony, in Tehran, Iran, on March 6, 2023

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaking during a ceremony, in Tehran, Iran, on March 6, 2023 

After the 2018 Salisbury Novichok attack, Britain expelled 23 Russian spies as part of its ‘full and robust response’ to the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

It meant Russia lost a large chunk of their intelligence officers overnight and has since been trying to recruit new assets to plug the gaps.

Britain’s support for Ukraine in the war against Russia has also led to increased spying activity.

The threats come after Britain’s security services were drafted into a General Election task force to protect MPs and parliamentary candidates from violent attacks, as well as to combat online interference by Russia, China and Iran.

Last week The Mail on Sunday revealed the secret Whitehall Joint Election and Security Preparedness (JESP) unit – which includes MI5, MI6 and GCHQ – will monitor extremist threats candidates may face as they canvass in their constituencies, amid heightened tensions caused by the Israel-Gaza war.

JESP will also act to identify and remove fake videos and social media posts by hostile states, which are weaponising AI to spread disinformation to dupe British voters.

A Government official said at the time: ‘If there are threats against candidates from ideological sources, like extremists, then MI5 and counter-terrorism police will become involved.

‘If hostile states become involved in meddling in the election, then this will be flagged by the security services.’

JESP is part of the Government’s Defending Democracy Taskforce established by Security Minister Tom Tugendhat and which has been given £31 million to protect MPs and electoral processes.

The newspaper also revealed the MoD has drafted in the Army’s 77th Brigade – which specialises in ‘information operations’ – to combat interference and disinformation from abroad.



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Toni Kroos shares a spine-tingling moment with Real Madrid fans when he’s substituted in his last-ever club match – as Spanish giants claim their 15th Champions League after beating Borussia Dortmund 2-0 in the final

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  • Real Madrid won a record-extending 15th Champions League title on Saturday
  • Kroos played the final match of his club career after announcing his retirement 
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Toni Kroos shared a touching moment with Real Madrid fans as he enjoyed a fairytale end to his club career by winning the Champions League at Wembley. 

The German played his 718th and final club match on Saturday night after announcing that he would be calling time on his career at the end of the campaign.

Kroos added yet more silverware to his stacked trophy cabinet after Los Blancos‘ 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund. Second-half goals from Dani Carvajal and Vinicius Jr saw the veteran midfielder claim his sixth European Cup. 

Minutes before the final whistle, Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti allowed the 34-year-old to have a touching send-off and he left the Wembley pitch to the jubilant applause of the club’s supporters. 

Kroos reacted in kind, passionately gesturing towards the fans with his arms raised and an enthusiastic fist pump into the sky. 

Toni Kroos celebrated with the Real Madrid fans as he signed off from club football in style

Toni Kroos celebrated with the Real Madrid fans as he signed off from club football in style

The 34-year-old lifted the Champions League trophy for the sixth time on Saturday night at Wembley

The 34-year-old lifted the Champions League trophy for the sixth time on Saturday night at Wembley

‘It could be worse,’ Kroos told CBS Sports when asked how it felt to retire with a Champions League winners medal. ‘That was the plan but of course it’s difficult to plan this. 

‘We didn’t play our best match today obviously but it seems like in these games we’re unable to lose.

‘We were pretty lucky in the first half, we didn’t play a good game. We changed some things, we tried to be a bit more compact. [Carlo Ancelotti] moved Jude [Bellingham] next to me to be a little more compact and I think it helped. 

‘After we scored we improved and then there was no doubt any more but first half we struggled a lot.’

Kroos has made a mighty 465 appearances for Los Blancos – scoring 28 goals and registering 98 assists – the 17th highest in club history, and second-highest of players still with the club behind team-mate Luka Modric.

Following the announcement of his retirement last month, the club ‘expressed gratitude’ to Kroos for his tenure and said that the player would ‘go down in Real Madrid history as one of our club and international football’s greatest legends.’

‘Toni Kroos will remain forever in the hearts of every madridista thanks to his mastery of the game and the fact he has given his all for our jersey, a steady example of the values ​​of Real Madrid,’ the statement added.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez made his own tribute, adding: ‘Toni Kroos is one of the great players in Real Madrid history and this club will always be his home.’

Kroos has played a key role in Madrid’s title-winning success this season, featuring in 32 league matches and registering nine goal contributions.

‘You don’t lose finals,’ Kroos added after Madrid’s latest success. ‘That’s a good base to have. It’s crazy when you see our route to the final in recent years. 

‘It’s about quality of course but the mentality is crazy to even be the worst team and win these games. It’s a lot of believing and I think that separates this club from all the others.’

His renewed form saw him take up the mantle at international level once again, following his initial retirement in 2021 in the wake of Germany’s Euro 2020 campaign.

Kroos has been crucial in Real Madrid's domestic and continental success this season

Kroos has been crucial in Real Madrid’s domestic and continental success this season

Kroos was named in head coach Julian Nagelsmann’s provisional squad for the side’s upcoming campaign, but despite previously sporting the armband, the midfielder is unlikely to unseat current national team captain Ilkay Gundogan.

Germany will begin their campaign against Scotland on June 14, and go into the tournament as one of the favourites two years on from their lacklustre showing at the World Cup in Qatar.





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Father Ted creator Graham Linehan blasts ‘satirists’ for ‘not being brave enough to lance the trans boil’ – as he insists his gender-critical views have been ‘proved f***ing right’

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Graham Linehan has defended his gender-critical views, declaring: ‘I’ve been proved right in every f***ing regard.’

The Father Ted co-creator, who has become a vocal critic of trans ideology and activism in recent years, vowed to stand by his views and blasted ‘satirists’ for not being brave enough to ‘lance the trans boil’.

The Irish writer, who was even banned by Twitter in 2020 for saying ‘men aren’t women’, says he has been shunned for his opinionated views, including losing his TV career, wife, friends and reputation.

Linehan, who rose to fame in 1995 for creating the Channel 4 sitcom Father Ted which ran until 1998, believes he ‘kicked the door down’ on the trans debate but other writers have not come out to support him.

He claimed that despite previously being involved in reforming Father Ted for the theatre, producer Jimmy Mulville offered him £200,000 to take his name off the credits and banned him from attending rehearsals.

Graham Linehan (pictured) has defended his gender-critical views, declaring: 'I've been proved right in every f***ing regard.'

Graham Linehan (pictured) has defended his gender-critical views, declaring: ‘I’ve been proved right in every f***ing regard.’

Linehan rose to fame in 1995 for creating the Channel 4 sitcom Father Ted which ran until 1998

Linehan rose to fame in 1995 for creating the Channel 4 sitcom Father Ted which ran until 1998

In an interview with The Sunday Times, he said: ‘I wanted to come along and see how the show was going… ‘He [Muville] said ‘no, we want a clean break’.’

Comedy mogul Mulville, the managing director of Father Ted’s production company Hat Trick, declined to comment to the newspaper but previously said the only way the production could go to stage was if Linehan was removed.

Linehan believes that he should have seen this coming. He discussed ‘the woke takeover of the theatre’ when black actors were asked to read parts in the musical that were played by white actors in the sitcom.

 ‘I can’t be more disappointed in these people than I already am,’ he said.

Standing by his views that have cost him work and relationships, he said: ‘I’ve been proved right in every f***ing regard.’

Linehan has not spoken to Harry Potter author JK Rowling about their similar views and remains a lonely figure. 

But a well-known comedian is said to have bought him dinner during lockdown amid fears he could be permanently outcast – although their support for him is private.

The writer’s frustration lies with other male writers such as  Armando Iannucci, Chris Morris, Jon Ronson and Russell T Davies who have not condemned puberty blockers and single-sex rape crisis centres like he has.

Linehan has not spoken to Harry Potter author JK Rowling about their similar views and remains a lonely figure

Linehan has not spoken to Harry Potter author JK Rowling about their similar views and remains a lonely figure

Linehan said the sudden financial insecurity caused by his trans views caused the collapse of his marriage of 16 years to Helen Serafinowicz, co-creator of the BBC comedy Motherland

Linehan said the sudden financial insecurity caused by his trans views caused the collapse of his marriage of 16 years to Helen Serafinowicz, co-creator of the BBC comedy Motherland

He believes that Morris, whom he worked with on Brass Eye in the 90s, has to see that the trans debate is like a ‘self-perpetuation’ episode of the show.

Linehan’s believes he is out on his own, with no-one coming forward to support him.

‘I kicked the door down and there was no one behind me,’ he told The Times.

‘They are all making the same kind of jokes that they were making ten years ago. They are deliberately ignoring what’s happening right now. 

‘Satire is supposed to lance a boil. That’s what the trans issue is, a huge boil that no satirist is brave enough to lance.’

Linehan belongs to a controversial school of thought that believes those who support the gender transition of youngsters are child abusers.

He previously tweeted in January last year: ‘Telling children they have the wrong bodies is child abuse.’

Linehan rose to fame in 1995 for creating Father Ted. He then went on to pen Black Books and The IT Crowd.

In 2021 he revealed that sudden financial insecurity caused by his trans views caused the collapse of his marriage of 16 years to Helen Serafinowicz, co-creator of the BBC comedy Motherland.

Then in September last year, Linehan claimed he was blocked by police from attending the Conservative Party Conference over his supposed anti-trans views.

The Irish sitcom writer complained to the party after he was denied access to the conference in Manchester, which resulted in a U-turn as then-chairman Greg Hands apologised and ensured he could attend.

Linehan created the classic TV show Father Ted, starring Dermot Morgan and Ardal O'Hanlon

Linehan created the classic TV show Father Ted, starring Dermot Morgan and Ardal O’Hanlon

Linehan was not told the grounds for the refusal, but in 2018 he received a warning from West Yorkshire Police after an argument with a transgender activist on X.

He ended up performing outside the Scottish Parliament in August last year after two Edinburgh Fringe venues cancelled his appearance.

Last month,  Linehan thanked fans for their support and said he was ‘proud as punch’ following a bombshell review into NHS transgender treatment.

His fans said he was vindicated by the Cass Review’s conclusion that medical treatment in children’s gender care had been based on weak evidence.

The review’s final report said children have been let down by a lack of research and evidence on the use of puberty blockers and hormones amid a hugely toxic debate.

MailOnline contacted Hat Trick for comment. 



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Behind every great player is…his mum: How Jude Bellingham’s mother Denise, 56, moved abroad to support her son (and make his bed) – as Real Madrid star, 20, admits she plays a ‘bigger role than my coaches and managers’

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As the final whistle sounded in Wembley last night Real Madrid players rushed to celebrate a record-extending 15th European title, there was only one place Jude Bellingham wanted to look.

Up in the stands his family revelled in the atmosphere as the boy from Stourbridge, who just five years ago was playing in the youth leagues, won the most coveted trophy in club football.

It was the culmination of year’s of hard work, not just from Jude – whose rise in the world of the football has come so quickly it’s scarcely believable – but also his devoted parents, Mark and Denise.

The pair gave up their evenings and weekends shuttling Jude and his younger brother Jobe to training for years, and as their careers have taken off – the younger Bellingham plays for Sunderland – have divided their lives for their boys.

Denise, who Jude calls his ‘queen’, has followed her son around Europe – first to Germany when he was signed by Borussia Dortmund, whose hearts he helped break in the final on Saturday, and then to Madrid after joining one of the biggest clubs in the world.

Jude Bellingham has been open about the importance of his mother to his career. Pictured: Jude, left, with mother Denise, father Mark, and younger brother, Jobe Bellingham, on holiday in July 2021

Jude Bellingham has been open about the importance of his mother to his career. Pictured: Jude, left, with mother Denise, father Mark, and younger brother, Jobe Bellingham, on holiday in July 2021

Pictured: Jude Bellingham with his mother during his youth spell at boyhood club Birmingham

Pictured: Jude Bellingham with his mother during his youth spell at boyhood club Birmingham

Denise has travelled with Jude as his career has taken him from Birmingham to Germany and on to Spain. Pictured: Jude taking a selfie with his mother, Denise

Denise has travelled with Jude as his career has taken him from Birmingham to Germany and on to Spain. Pictured: Jude taking a selfie with his mother, Denise

The young midfielder embraced his mother Denise after the Champions League final, a supportive presence during his career

The young midfielder embraced his mother Denise after the Champions League final, a supportive presence during his career

Jude and his mother remained on the Wembley pitch long after the final whistle as they took in the occasion

Jude and his mother remained on the Wembley pitch long after the final whistle as they took in the occasion

By comparison, her husband Mark, who was a sergeant at West Midlands Police and a prolific striker in non-league football, stayed in Birmingham as Jobe continued his education.

It was a joint decision, which has since left the married couple thousands of miles apart and needing to fly for hours just to be in the same time zone as each other.

While many young men would be keen to put some distance between themselves and their parents, Jude has been open about the ‘massive’ benefits having his mother close at hand has had on him.

At his Madrid unveiling he revealed: ‘The role my mum is playing is massive. It is probably the biggest role of anyone, more than my coaches and managers, to be honest.’ 

Denise, who works in human resources, manages her son’s financial affairs, allowing Jude to focus on football and helping him avoid the trappings that can ensnare young stars.

The pair share a flat together in the exclusive La Finca neighbourhood in the west of Madrid, where properties fetch about £11million – she even makes his bed and drives him to training sometimes.

Acting as a moderating influence on her son as he continues to fly high with the biggest names in the sport, Denise is there to ‘keep everything neutral’, according to Jude.

‘Without my mum, sometimes I’d get too low with the lows or too high with the highs and I stay pretty humble because I’ve got her around.

‘It’s also great to have her there because she’s a great laugh as well. We get on so well and we’re always doing stuff together.’

Jude Bellingham posed with mum Denise after Real Madrid were crowned LaLiga champions in May

Jude Bellingham posed with mum Denise after Real Madrid were crowned LaLiga champions in May

Denise and Mark Bellingham were pictured in the stands before the FIFA World Cup group match between England and USA in Qatar

Denise and Mark Bellingham were pictured in the stands before the FIFA World Cup group match between England and USA in Qatar

Jude Bellingham is pictured in the stands with parents Denise and Mark after England's win over Senegal in the World Cup round of 16 on December 4

Jude Bellingham is pictured in the stands with parents Denise and Mark after England’s win over Senegal in the World Cup round of 16 on December 4

England and Real Madrid star Jude Bellingham's footballer brother Jobe has shared online a happy birthday message for their mother Denise in December

England and Real Madrid star Jude Bellingham’s footballer brother Jobe has shared online a happy birthday message for their mother Denise in December

Jude Bellingham's career has gone from strength to strength in recent years, with his parents working diligently in the background to keep him grounded. Pictured: Jude with his family after signing for Real Madrid

Jude Bellingham’s career has gone from strength to strength in recent years, with his parents working diligently in the background to keep him grounded. Pictured: Jude with his family after signing for Real Madrid

More than 1,000 miles separate Jude's club Real Madrid from Jobe's Sunderland, but their parents are making an effort to keep between both

More than 1,000 miles separate Jude’s club Real Madrid from Jobe’s Sunderland, but their parents are making an effort to keep between both

Following his move to Madrid a pair of photos showed just how far they had come. 

In the first, a young Jude can be seen smiling with Denise leaning over him at St Andrew’s stadium, presumably after he started his journey at the Birmingham City academy where he got his big break in football.

In the second, Jude towered over his mother as the pair smile in the standards at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, hugging each other after Real Madrid sealed the La Liga title last month.

The physical divide between the family was put into focus last year, when Denise, 55, was seen strolling through Madrid alongside her son as he was mobbed by selfie and autograph hunters.

She waited patiently as her son, tipped to be the next England captain, smiled his way through the crowd, signing as many autographs as he could.

But around 48 hours later Mrs Bellingham had flown 1,000 miles north to celebrate her birthday with her husband and Jobe who posted a photo of her in Newcastle steak restaurant Gaucho holding a lunch menu.

Jobe wrote above: ‘Happy birthday Mom’ and inserted a face emoji with hearts as the eyes, a second heart emoji and one of a gold crown with precious stones.

The sacrifices the Bellinghams’ have made for their sons have not gone unnoticed by Jude and Jobe, with Jude expressing his gratitude after the match last night.

Speaking to TNT Sports, the star midfielder revealed that seeing his family in the stands had pushed him to the verge of tears.  

‘I was alright until I was up in my mum’s and dad’s face… and my little brother who I’m trying to be a role model for,’ he said.

Bellingham took a picture of Denise and Jose Mourinho in heartwarming scenes

Bellingham took a picture of Denise and Jose Mourinho in heartwarming scenes

Bellingham made a beeline after receiving his medal and placed it around Denise's neck

Bellingham made a beeline after receiving his medal and placed it around Denise’s neck

The 20-year-old posed for the cameras with his glistening winner's medal in his mouth

The 20-year-old posed for the cameras with his glistening winner’s medal in his mouth

Pictured: Jude's mother, father Mark and brother Jobe arrived at Wembley five hours early

Pictured: Jude’s mother, father Mark and brother Jobe arrived at Wembley five hours early

Jude later pulled on a customised jersey reading 'Champions 15' during the celebrations

Jude later pulled on a customised jersey reading ‘Champions 15’ during the celebrations

He appeared stunned at the final whistle before joining his team-mates for a party on the pitch

He appeared stunned at the final whistle before joining his team-mates for a party on the pitch

‘The amount of nights where they [his parents] could be at home at 7pm but instead they’re doing trips at 11, 12 at night to take me to football.

‘I can’t have dreamed it much better than this. I just can’t believe it.’

The family emerged onto the pitch long after the final whistle in a touching reunion, when Denise was afforded the opportunity to take a photo with Jose Mourinho.

Poking fun at his mother, Jude joked with the manager that Denise had ‘fancied you for years’, another sign of the close-knit relationship the pair have.

Mourinho himself was impressed not just with Jude, but with his parents, telling TNT Sports: ‘Special player, special family. To see that family, the way they are there, they are not looking for cameras, they are not looking for the VIP seats, they are just there to support their kid in the most humble way.

‘For me, it’s really beautiful. Family, we play for them, especially in these moments, we play for them. To have mum, my kids, my father, my wife, at the finals, we play for them. We play for the people that love us and support us.’

It is a team effort – his father Mark encourage Jude to take regular German language lessons when he was playing for Borussia Dortmund and also personally brokered the deal with Real Madrid. 

Although Jude admitted he later grew to idolise the likes of Wayne Rooney, it was his dad’s exploits on the pitch in non-league that made him his first footballing hero.

Mark scored more than 700 goals in about 900 appearances, making him something of an English non-league Pelé.

He juggled stints at clubs including Leamington, Stourbridge and Sutton Coldfield Town with his day job with West Midlands Police.

Mark hung up his boots at the age of 41 in 2017 and is now believed to have retired from the police. He declines to discuss his sons’ achievements.

He is a Southend United supporter and Jude’s first football matches as a boy were with his father to see the Essex team.

Jude told The Guardian in 2020 how his mother took him to watch his father play.

He said then: ‘It’s where I started to get that love for football – I think you can see in the way I play that I’ve watched the game from a young age.

Jude Bellingham celebrated the sensational triumph with his family on the Wembley Stadium pitch

Jude Bellingham celebrated the sensational triumph with his family on the Wembley Stadium pitch

Jude Bellingham capped off a stunning season by lifting the Champions League trophy

Jude Bellingham capped off a stunning season by lifting the Champions League trophy

Pictured: Brothers Jude and Jobe attended together a Louis Vutton event in Paris last June

Pictured: Brothers Jude and Jobe attended together a Louis Vutton event in Paris last June

Jude Bellingham was congratulated by former Man United and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho after his Champions League on Saturday night

Jude Bellingham was congratulated by former Man United and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho after his Champions League on Saturday night

‘That non-league style of toughness and being gritty when you need to be, I do think that comes from watching my dad play – even though he never tackled!’

Speaking about his father to the FA in an interview, Jude also said: ‘We talk about footballing heroes, and my dad was like my first.

‘When you go and watch him play every week in non-league, you know it’s not the Premier League or anything, but seeing the way that he played and the atmosphere, it made me fall in love with football so he was probably my first hero.

‘After the first few times of going, I’d start to pay a bit more attention to the games and stuff, the atmosphere and he’s scoring goals so you see him celebrating and stuff like that – you want that to be me.

‘Growing up, he’d always give me tips on what I could do and now it gets to a certain age and it sort of flips and that’s brilliant because we have that sort of relationship like father and son and then as I got older, like coach and player.’

His parents have acted as a grounding force for the midfield star while his early career has rocketed off to the heights of world football.

In 2020, Jude signed for Borussia Dortmund for £22.5million following a breakout season with Championship and boyhood side Birmingham City.

Already loved so much by the Birmingham club and the wider city, he had his shirt number 22 retired despite just playing 44 games for the club in a fledgling career.

But Birmingham’s love and admiration for him is understandable after standing out as one of England’s best players in last year’s World Cup.

Remarkably a bridge in Birmingham is even set to be named after the young star.

His performances after moving to Germany continued to catch the attention of the world’s top clubs, with Real Madrid coming calling last summer after three years in North Rhine-Westphalia. 

Such was the Spanish club’s desire to get their man, that they stumped up £113million to bring him from Germany to Madrid.

The 20-year-old has scored 23 goals and assisted 11 in 42 appearances so far across all competitions, and is one of the favourites to win this year’s Ballon d’Or. 

And while Jude had a mixed performance compared to his usually high standards last night, he recorded a crucial assist by slotting Vinicius through for the second goal.

He will now jet back to Madrid for the club’s raucous parade before enjoying some much-deserved downtime ahead of joining up with England’s squad on June 8.

It would be no surprise if he made use of the opportunity to spend it with his parents and brother, reuniting their family once more.





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