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Need To Know: Briton found dead on Greek island ‘fell from height’

■ Briton found dead on Greek island ‘fell from height’

A BRITISH scientist found dead on the Greek island of Ikaria two days after she was reported missing died instantly after falling from a height, a coroner has said.

The body of Cyprus-based astrophysicist Natalie Christopher, 34, a keen trail runner, was found in a 65ft deep ravine yesterday afternoon.

Her Cypriot partner had reported her missing on Monday after she went for a run near the hotel they were staying at, where there are trails along steep cliffs and ravines.

Coroner Nikos Karakoukis, who travelled to the island from Athens, said evidence from an initial assessment of the area where her body was found was ‘consistent with a fall from a height’.

Mr Karakoukis told reporters she suffered a head injury and died instantly. Her body is to be transported to a morgue in the Greek capital Athens.

■ Number of A&E patients waiting more than four hours up by a third

THE number of patients waiting more than four hours to be admitted to A&E has risen more than a third in a year and is at a record high, new NHS figures show.

The number of patients seen after four hours was 275,526 last month compared with 208,083 in July 2018, an increase of 32.4 per cent, NHS performance statistics for England show.

There were 57,694 A&E patients waiting more than four hours in July from decision to admit to admission — a rise of 34.7 per cent from the same month last year.

This is also the highest number for July since current records began in August 2010.

Of these, 436 patients waited more than 12 hours — 192.6 per cent higher than July 2018.

This July, which saw record temperatures, also saw a record number of people visit A&E, with 2,266,913 attendances.

■ Johnson tells MPs to ‘get on and deliver’ Brexit

BORIS JOHNSON has called on MPs to ‘get on and deliver’ Brexit amid reports a general election could take place within days of Britain leaving the EU.

The prime minister has been resisting opposition demands to call an election ahead of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU — set for October 31.

But No 10 aides have indicated polling could take place just days later if he is forced to go to the country by a no-confidence vote by MPs, according to the Financial Times.

That could thwart attempts by opposition MPs and Tory rebels to stop the UK leaving the EU without a deal if no agreement has been reached with Brussels by then.

‘We can’t stop them forcing an election but we control the timetable so we will force the date after October 31,’ one senior No 10 official is quoted as saying.

‘If there must be a general election, then it will be days after October 31.’

■ Briton drowns after cramping up swimming in Austrian lake

A 33-YEAR-OLD Briton has drowned in Austria after suffering a cramp in his foot while swimming in a lake, police said.

Officers from the state police said the man was in the water at the Schwarzindien beach area in Mondsee, less than 20 miles east of Salzburg, yesterday when the incident took place.

Police said the man was with a 36-year-old woman, also from England, when he complained of the pain and went below the surface.

Police added: ‘When he did not come back to the surface of the water, she screamed for help.’

Other bathers tried to help but the man’s body was recovered at around 4.30pm local time, officers said.