Firefighters raced to battle a massive blaze at a building in Kent earlier. Witnesses say at least 7 fire engines were at the scene in Nelson Road, Northfleet. The inferno started at around 7pm at the Fleet Leisure and Sports Club – which is close to several houses.
Huge plumes of black smoke filled the sky and could be seen for miles around. Emergency services warned people near the scene to keep windows and doors closed. It is not currently known whether anybody was injured.
A statement from Kent Fire reads: “KFRS crews are attending a fire in a derelict building in Nelson Road, Northfleet. Residents are advised to keep doors and windows closed as there is a large plume of smoke.”
A restaurant owner claims he was invaded by more than 40 travellers in the under-siege seaside town of Cromer. From Friday afternoon through to Sunday, police recorded 37 incidents in the town.
Nassim Uddin said the mob gang stormed Masala Twist – frightening and intimidating customers. He said they then stole drinks from restaurant on Saturday night. The seaside town was put on lockdown with pubs told to close over fears over huge traveller brawls.
A large number of bars, hotels, and shops in the Norfolk town stopped trading after a large outbreak of violence involving travellers. But bosses at Masala Twist refused to close. Mr Uddin said he started pushing thugs out backed up by his nephew Jamil Ahmed. He said his scared wife had her arm slammed in the door during the bust-up.
Six people have been rushed to hospital after a car hit a number of pedestrians. The collision took place in Dublin, Ireland, at around 6pm this evening. Police say a number of pedestrians had been struck by the vehicle.
The incident happened at the junction of Adelaide Road and Earlsfort Terrace. Five ambulances are on-site, as well as firefighters, and the road is closed. Photos from the scene show a car on its side, while eyewitnesses reporter serious injuries.
While footage of the crash site reveals the pavement is strewn with debris, including car parts.
Vinny Ashford is making a shock return to Coronation Street. The dodgy builder – who is played by actor Ian Kelsey in the ITV soap – was last seen fleeing Weatherfield in November after taking the proceeds from the flat scam and leaving Pat Phelan to take all of the blame.
But now it seems like Phelan will finally have his chance for revenge when Vinny returns to the cobbles. Viewers reacted with shock on Friday as Phelan revealed he hadn’t killed Andy Carver but had been holding him captive in his basement, and now Vinny will become embroiled in the shock storyline.
A Corrie source said: “Phelan has been looking for Vinny ever since he ran off with all the money and he’s determined to get revenge. Pat’s life spiralled out of control after Vinny left with all the money they had both stolen so he blames him for everything bad that has happened since.” The source added: “Vinny’s return won’t be what viewers expect and it will give Phelan the chance to solve all his problems in one fell swoop.”
A shopping centre in Romford, east London, was evacuated over a bomb threat today. Police have confirmed they rushed to deal with a suspicious package in South Street, near the Brewery shopping centre earlier.
A cordon was put in place and nearby roads were shut off to the public. Early reports suggested the package was spotted in the town’s Barclays bank. Footage from the scene showed scores of shoppers filing out as emergency services dealt with the incident.
And panic-stricken locals took to social media, urging people to avoid the area and claiming there were “police everywhere”. Many Brits are uneasy over security after a string of terror attacks in recent months. The current terror level is severe – meaning an attack is “highly likely”.
A dad-of-two who went to the doctors plagued with a watery eye ended up losing half his face after cancer surgery. Jamie Mirrlees was initially told he was suffering from a blocked tear duct – but four years later he needed drastic surgery after being diagnosed with a tumour. He ended up losing his eye, half his nose, a large part of his cheek and most of his teeth and was left with large, gaping holes in his face and neck.
Jamie maintains his cancer should have been picked up earlier – although health chiefs claim he missed a hospital appointment. The 46-year-old from Paisley, Scotland, said: “My eye was watering constantly. To be honest, I thought it was a blocked tear duct at first. I went to the doctor’s in 2011 and he referred me to the Royal Alexandra Hospital.
“But the consultant I saw said there was nothing to worry about, that it just needed to be flushed out. He flushed it out. I reckon I was losing a pint of water every day.” When a lump appeared four years later, he went back to his GP. “They took me in for a biopsy. A month after that, I was told I had cancer.”
Britain is about to boil in a two month-long Indian summer with glorious sunshine and highs of 30C forecast throughout autumn. Summer is bouncing back after 1,000-mile wide Hurricane Gert blew a plume of hot air towards the UK.
The Met Office is forecasting highs of 27C across southern England today – making it the hottest day in August, with highs above the 25C expected in Malibu, California. and has forecast “warm or very warm” sunny spells from next week until mid-September in southern regions, boosting the end of school holidays.
A long-range forecast from the Met Office favours hotter-than-normal temperatures for the three months to the end of October. Weather experts believe there is a whopping 50-55% chance of much-hotter-than-normal conditions during this period. Highs of up to 30C into September were forecast by The Weather Outlook as balmy ocean temperatures and high pressure bring hot conditions.
At least 33 passengers were injured after two trains collided at high speed at the 69th Street Terminal in Philadelphia. A packed out carriage traveling at high-speed crashed into the back of a unoccupied parked train at the station in the suburban US town of Upper Darby.
All 33 people aboard the SEPTA train were inured after the collision at around 12:15am (local time). Thomas Micozzie, mayor of Upper Darby, said that four passengers who were seriously injured have been taken to hospital. It is not yet clear what caused the crash, which is under investigation.
One shaken passenger described bloody scenes after the train smash. He said: “There was blood everywhere. There was this driver all banged up and there was this one girl bleeding out of her face pretty bad.”
A man was found dead at a ‘kink rave’ sex festival which charges revellers £600 for a weekend-long experience of “pain, pleasure and fantasy”. An unconscious woman was also airlifted to hospital from the “wild and enlightened”, which boasts a “discreet” adult play area and an outdoor dungeon.
Police arrived at the scene of the adult fiesta just after 6am this morning where they found an unresponsive man in his fifties. His death is being treated as “unexplained” and officers have launched an investigation.
Flamefest was being staged at Brokes Wood, in High Brooms, Tunbridge Wells, over the weekend. It finished on Sunday but emergency services were called this morning after reports of a “medical incident”. The festival includes dominatrix lessons, bondage westling, lessons in erotic writing, fetish play equipment, hot tubs, sword swallowing and “human hungry hippos”.
Time to take a few deep breaths – huge spiders are set to invade British homes, weeks earlier than expected. The eight-legged creepy crawlies are expected to surge in numbers even though spider-mating season usually starts at the beginning of September, when the creatures seek an indoor place to dwell.
But the cooler temperatures we’ve been experiencing could explain why they are heading inside earlier this year. According to naturenet.blog: “The errant spiders are almost always males, who having reached maturity now set off in search of a female. Most will remain outdoors, but as they are quite adventurous some will by random chance end up in your house.”
The big spiders have already been spotted in nearby Liverpool, with one horrified mum saying she and her children were left “traumatised” after finding two of them. She said: “I had my hand in the sink to do the dishes and the next minute one just came from nowhere. It must have come up the drain but honestly I have no idea how it fit through that plug hole.”