Leadenhall Market in London has been evacuated after a bomb scare. According to witnesses, a suspicious package is the cause of the alarm. Some witnesses claim to have seen a “bag billowing smoke,” which is sparking fears that it could be a bomb, similar to the one used in the Parsons Green terror attack.
Frightened shoppers fled as police told everyone to “get out”. The market is currently on lockdown. Twitter user Trevor said: “Just at Leadenhall Market police screaming at everyone to get out.”
UPDATE: The bag was investigated by police and found to be “non suspicious.” The market has now been re-opened.
Prince Harry’s girlfriend Meghan Markle has fuelled engagement rumours by handing in her Canadian car. The Suits actress, who currently lives in Toronto, has ended her VIP contract with Audi several months early, with sources claiming she plans on spending more time in the Britain.
Miss Markle has just visited the UK for Harry’s birthday and to meet the Queen, with Harry believed to be keen on getting her approval for marriage. And the pair could be accommodated for at the palace, with an apartment made ready for them after renovations.
A source told The Mail: “Meghan Markle has prematurely ended her contract with Audi here in the US. it is believed that she will be spending more time in the UK.” The lovebirds will be reunited in Toronto this week for the Invictus Games, where it is believed they will make their first appearance together.
Primark is selling a hooded blanket with mittens – and it’s perfect for people who are always cold. The budget high-street retailer unveiled the £14 unicorn-themed throw on its website.
The kitsch winter warmer is pastel pink and grey, with a pretty heart pattern, and has a white horn on the hood. It has caused much excitement on Twitter. “Primark brought out fuzzy blankets with a hood n mittens attached and I refuse to put it down! Highly recommend x,” wrote one social media user.
“Someone buy me a hooded blanket from Primark,” commented a happy shopper. Another added: “Primark do a hooded blanket and I honestly need one so bad.” A fellow customer agreed, writing: “Get me to Primark for a hooded blanket ASAP.”
Police have closed the M1 in both directions are a suspicious package was discovered underneath a motorway bridge. Traffic is now queuing for five miles between 15 for Northampton and junction 14 for Milton Keynes after the discovery at around 7.30am today.
Stuart Paterson tweeted: “Just heard a bang. Suspicious package dealt with maybe?! #m1 #traffic #jam”.
Police officers have been scrambled and Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue are also on the scene. Drivers are being told to avoid the area as the road is expected to be closed “for some time”.
Nearly a hundred firefighters have rushed to tackle a massive blaze on White Hart Lane in Tottenham, London. The fire broke out just yards from Tottenham’s old stadium and close to where the new one is being constructed.
15 fire engines containing 95 firefighters have been deployed to the scene. Dramatic footage shows emergency services using multiple hoses to tame the blaze. The fire is sending out huge plumes of smoke across the area as locals look on in shock.
The cause of the fire, or whether there are any casualties, is as yet unknown. MORE FOLLOWS…
A motorcyclist who pulled “hair-raising” wheelies and took a selfie on the M6 has been jailed for eight months. Pawel Zietowski, 27, travelled at speeds of up to 117mph and stood up on his Yamaha R6’s footrests as he rode on the motorway in Staffordshire.
Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court was shown video footage of his antics, which also included rummaging through a backpack to find a mobile phone. The car paint-sprayer, from Warrington in Cheshire, was filmed by an unmarked police patrol for 16 minutes as he rode northbound on the afternoon of 3 June. He was pulled over near Yarnfield by an officer from the Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG).
Zietowski, who admitted dangerous driving at a previous hearing, was also banned for 28 months. Originally from Poland, Zietowski told probation officers he was interested in stunt riding and was “practising” when he was spotted on the M6. But judge David Fletcher said his riding was “hair-raising”, telling Zietowski he wanted the court to view the footage “because I wanted to be sure that you had seen it”. “You were showing off,” the judge said.
Disgraced cyclist Charlie Alliston has been jailed for 18 months after he killed a mum-of-two in a collision before blaming her. The former courier, then 18, knocked over and killed Briggs while riding an illegal Olympic-style racing bike for the “thrill”. Alliston was travelling at 18mph on the fixed-wheel track back with no front brakes before he crashed into the 44-year-old as she crossed Old Street in east London, in February last year.
Following the crash Alliston – previously described as “remorseless” – blamed Briggs. On social media he complained: “It’s not my fault people either think they are invincible or have zero respect for cyclists.” Following trial Alliston, now 20, was cleared on manslaughter but found guilty of causing bodily harm by “wanton and furious driving”. Old Bailey Judge Wendy Joseph DQ said today: “I am satisfied in some part it was this so-called thrill that motivated you to ride without a front brake shouting and swearing at pedestrians to get out of the way.
“I’ve heard your evidence and I have no doubt that even now you remain obstinately sure of yourself and your own abilities. I have no doubt you are wrong in this. You were an accident waiting to happen.” The judge added that the tragedy could have been avoided had the bike been fitted with a front wheel break.
The Duchess of Cambridge has made her first public appearance since the announcement she is pregnant with her third child. Kate has today appeared in a video message, which was recorded before her pregnancy was revealed two weeks ago today, to launch a national mental health campaign.
The 35-year-old has not been seen in public since the announcement as it emerged she was suffering from severe morning sickness which blighted her previous pregnancies. She was notably absent when her husband Prince William accompanied their son Prince George on his first day at school to Thomas’s, Battersea in South West London on Thursday, September 7.
Her message supports an initiative that aims to equip primary school children with the confidence to talk about their feelings or listen to friends when they need a sympathetic ear.
In the footage, Kate says about the animated film: “It helps us all talk about our mental health, what to say and who to talk to when we have feelings that are too big to manage on our own, and how to listen and help if one of our friends is finding things difficult.”
Three young children have drowned in the space of just 30 seconds after one fell in and the two others attempted a desperate rescue bid. The three-year-old twin sisters and their four-year-old brother were playing next to a pond when one of the trio fell in.
The toddler, who couldn’t swim, was clearly in trouble so their siblings decided to go in after them. But within seconds all three were in serious difficulty and unable to stay above the water. Security footage shows the children playing at the water’s edge in the village of Shangtang in China’s southern Guangdong province and captures the accident followed by the moment minutes later as family members arrive at the tragic scene and try in vain to save the tots., but none of the children survived.
Local officials now looking into the tragedy have deemed it an accident, but the children’s guardians could still face charges of negligence and punishment following the investigation. The siblings’ names have yet to be released, and the police did not say whether any arrests were made.
A mum has been left paralysed after a rotting tree snapped and crushed her while she was lying in a hammock. Alyssa Pffanenstein was watching her four-year-old daughter play in a park with her boyfriend, Justin Janssen, when the freak accident happened.
The 25-year-old broke her neck and was unable to move – but managed to calm her frantic family down. She told CBS Local : “All of a sudden, this big boom hit me in the back of the head.” The incident happened in Bemidji, Minnesota, over the Labor Day holiday weekend.
In the 13 days since the freak accident, Alyssa has had surgery to remove the bone fragments from her spine and doctors are hopeful of a full recovery in time. “We just want to appreciate every miracle,” Janssen said. “Accidents happen and we will get through this like anything else.”