A beloved mum plummeted nearly 40 feet to her death from a zip wire at a Go Ape adventure park.Tina Werner, 59, fell from the ‘treetop’ attraction at yesterday while fulfilling a ‘bucket list’ challenge. She was rushed to a nearby hospital, but was tragically pronounced dead.
Yesterday afternoon, Tina’s grief-stricken daughter, Melissa, took to Facebook to pay tribute to her mum, describing her as ‘full of love and adventure’. Posting an image of her mum kissing her on the cheek at her wedding, the young woman wrote:
“Today, about 3 hours ago, I was told that my mother has died. Full of love and adventure, I am thankful to be her daughter. My mom died completing her bucket list, zip lining in Newark.” She added: “This is truly the hardest situation that I have ever faced. I ask for you prayers for my family.It is unclear whether Tina was accompanied by relatives or friends at the Go Ape Zip Line and Treetop Adventure attraction in Lums Pond State Park in Delaware, US, yesterday. She fell at least 35 feet from the zip wire after losing her footing on a platform at around 1.40pm local time. She was treated at the scene, before being rushed to hospital, where she was sadly pronounced dead a short time later. The site was immediately shut down after the tragedy and remained closed today.
Danny Dyer has led a stream of tributes after one of his EastEnders co-stars died after 31 years on the BBC soap.Michael Leader was a familiar face on the soap, having been there since it began in 1985, and played Walford’s milkman. He passed away on Monday, the BBC confirmed, and his co-stars have rushed to pay tribute to the much-loved actor.
The BBC’s EastEnders team said in a statement: “We were terribly saddened to hear that our dear friend and colleague Michael Leader passed away on Monday. Michael has been on the show since the very first episode and will be sorely missed by the EastEnders family, past and present. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are extended to his nearest and dearest.”
Meanwhile Danny, who plays Mick Carter in the soap, wrote on Twitter: “R.I.P Michael my old son. R.I.P.” with a series of heart emojis. Bonnie Langford, who played Carmel Kazemi, added: “Our lovely Michael. A true gentleman & ‘old pro’. I’ll miss you xx.” And Sean Slater actor Robert Kazinsky wrote: “Sorry to see you go Michael, you were always a class act.”
Michael had a successful career outside of Albert Square too, and previously starred as an extra in Star Wars: A New Hope, where he played the Stormtrooper who famously hit his head. Elsewhere, he also appeared in Doctor Who and Keeping Up Appearances.
Three people have died today at a popular beach in East Sussex.Emergency teams were called to reports that the victims needed urgent medical aid at Camber Sands, near Rye. Later in the afternoon, a fourth person was pulled from the water. Police have confirmed that three of those pulled from the sea had died. The tragedy happened as the beach was packed with people. One witness, Natalja Taylor, 30, who was on a day-trip with her husband, said police were driving up the beach with a loudhailer urging people to stay out of the sea.
She told the Press Association: “We were sat on a hill a bit further away and we saw three people being pulled out of the water. I think the people who rescued them were regular people, not emergency personnel. We don’t know what condition they were in … Police drove on to the beach with a loudspeaker, telling people not to go into the water until further notice. They also taped off a huge chunk of the beach so no-one could get near it.”
The alarm was first raised at about 2.15pm, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said. Search-and-rescue helicopters were also scrambled to the scene, along with an air ambulance, as well as lifeboats.
A Sussex Police spokesman said: “One man was rescued at around 2.10pm and at around 2.20pm another person was seen in the water and was also rescued. A third person was rescued at 2.35pm. The three men, who have not yet been identified, sadly died despite efforts to save them.” An hour later, police said a fourth person was taken from the sea. That person’s condition is not known.
A loud explosion and heavy gunfire has reportedly been heard outside a major university.The attack began at around 7pm local time when huge explosions were heard in front of the American University in the Afghan capital Kabul. Eyewitnesses say several people have been killed and injured after the armed men stormed the campus and opened fire.
Afghanistan’s 1TV news reported that there were “multiple” dead and wounded on campus. The channel also said eyewitness reports claiming that some of the attackers may have entered Noor Hospital, located next door to the educational facility.
Students were in class when the attack happened, with some taking to Twitter as the shooting continued. Massoud Hossaini, a photography student apparently trapped in the building, wrote: “Help we are stuck inside. These may be my last tweets.”
Government forces are en route. An interior ministry official said: “Several gunmen attacked the American University in Kabul and there are reports of gunfire and explosions. They are inside the compound and there are foreign professors along with hundreds of students.”
A British holidaymaker has been killed after being mowed down by a van while jogging with a friend in Majorca.The 62-year-old, named locally as Hillary Jennings, died instantly after she was hit as she crossed a busy road at 8.30am today in the north east of the island. A doctor and paramedics desperately tried to revive Mrs Jennings at the scene, but they were unable to save her.
A spokesman for the Civil Guard refused to comment on how the accident happened, but said: “I can confirm a 62-year-old British woman has died after being run over by a vehicle on the road between Alcudia and Puerto Pollensa. I cannot at this stage make any comment on the possible causes.”
It is believed Mrs Jennings and her friend had been running along the Ma-2220 road between Alcudia and Puerto Pollensa. They were on the edge of a cycle lane along a busy two-lane road before deciding to cross by a restaurant called C’An Cuarassa.
The driver of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van, which was involved in the incident, stopped and was tested for drink and drugs at the scene.
At least 18 people are believed to have been killed and many more unaccounted for after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck central Italy.The quake hit just after 3.30am local time and was felt across a large swathe of the country, including in Rome, where people in the historic centre were woken by rattling furniture and swaying light-fittings, followed by aftershocks.
The European Mediterranean Seismological Centre said the epicentre was northeast of Rome, near Norcia in Umbria, while the US Geological Survey (USGS) put the magnitude at 6.2.
As dawn broke, emergency services and residents were scrambling to rescue people trapped under the ruins of razed old buildings, digging with shovels, bulldozers and even their bare hands to reach survivors.
Ten people were reportedly killed in Pescara del Tronto, in the Marche region, to the east of the epicentre, including elderly couple who died when their home collapsed. The mayor of Accumoli, another town hit by the quake in the Latium region, said he had seen no signs of life from a family of four, including two children, trapped under debris.
A car bomb outside a popular tourist hotel has left one dead and at least 29 people injured.The bomb has struck in Pattani in Thailand, an area which is popular with Western tourists. The explosion took place outside the Southern Hotel, which appeared to have been badly damaged in images posted online.
At least one of the building’s walls looks to have been demolished by the blast, which has left the rest of the hotel ablaze. It comes after British holidaymakers have been warned to be on “high alert” over fears of more bombs rocking holiday spots across Thailand.
The alarm was sent out by the Foreign Office after a spate of 11 terror blasts rocked Thailand earlier this month killing four and injuring dozens, including foreigners. The bombings – caused by homemade devices – went off south of Bangkok and several hit the tourism industry.
AN FCO statement added: “Bomb and grenade attacks have been indiscriminate, including in places visited by expatriates and foreign travellers. There have been attacks in the past in the main cities of Thailand, including in Bangkok in 2015 and 2012, in Koh Samui in 2015, and in Chiang Mai in 2010.”
Deal Or No Deal was axed from Channel 4 after 11 years earlier this week – and now the mystery identity of the Banker has been revealed.Hosted by Noel Edmonds, the gameshow involved a contestant opening sealed boxes containing amounts ranging from 1p to £250,000. Meanwhile, a mysterious man – called the Banker – would call the contestant and offer them money to stop the game.
And now, that mysterious man’s identity has been revealed, as he’s been made redundant thanks to Channel 4’s cancelling Deal Or No Deal.
The Banker is called Glenn Hugill, and he has worked on the series alongside Noel since it launched 11 years ago. The 45-year-old actor starred in Coronation Street during the 1990s when he played policeman Alan McKenna – the boyfriend of hairdresser Fiona Middleton, played by Angela Griffin.
In 2005, he went on to sign a contract with production company Endemol to work on a then unknown show called Deal or No Deal. When the series became a bigger success than anyone anticipated, Glenn decided to give up his presenting and acting career to focus on the show full-time, determining the financial offers to tempt contestants away from playing the game until the end, which could see them walk home with a cash price of £250,000.
A soldier has died while taking part in a live firing exercise.
The incident happened at a training facility in Northumberland.
A man is fighting for his life after being stabbed in the chest by an attacker armed with a sword in a shopping centre car park.Police were called to reports a man had been stabbed following an altercation at Hunts Cross Shopping Mall in Liverpool just after 5.35pm on Monday. The 36-year-old victim was rushed to hospital where his condition is described as serious.
Merseyside Police said the attacker was reported to have been carrying a sword and was thought to have escaped the scene on foot and in a vehicle.
A 38-year-old man was later arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. Police said a 26-year-old woman was held on suspicion of assisting an offender and a sword was seized.
Detective Inspector Steve Christian from Liverpool CID, said: “The victim has been taken to hospital where he is being treated for his injury following what was a nasty attack. The shopping park around Asda and United Carpets would have been busy at this time of day as people shopped after work. I would urge anyone who has any information to come forward as soon as possible.”