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Need To Know: Trump dubs Charles ‘Prince of Whales’

■ Trump dubs Charles ‘Prince of Whales’

US president Donald Trump has called Prince Charles the ‘Prince of Whales’ in his latest Twitter gaffe.

The president wrote today: ‘I meet and talk to ‘foreign governments’ every day.

‘I just met with the Queen of England (UK), the Prince of Whales, the PM of the United Kingdom, the PM of Ireland, and the President of Poland.’

The message was live on the site for about 25 minutes before a correctly spelled version of the tweet was issued.

Mr Trump met the Prince of Wales last week during his state visit to the UK.

The president (above) and his wife Melania took afternoon tea at Clarence House with Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, and all four of them later attended a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace.

■ Weather to improve after ‘treacherous’ conditions

FORECASTERS believe that the weather is set to improve, after ‘treacherous’ conditions in parts of the country following intense rainfall and flooding.

The North East will face the worst of today’s weather, after torrential downpours saw flooding hit parts of the Midlands late last night.

Some properties and roads were inundated and a number of people needed rescuing from cars caught in floodwater in Nottingham and Warwickshire as the inclement weather moved across the country.

The heaviest rainfall for today was recorded in Chillingham Barns, Northumberland, where there was almost 2.5cm of rain between 1am and 7am.

Elsewhere, Waddington in Lincolnshire had nearly 40mm rainfall over a period of 14 hours, while over the same period Coleshill in Warwickshire had 30mm and there was 31mm at Astwood Bank in Worcestershire.

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue said nearly half of its call-outs overnight were related to the weather, with 31 of 71 calls to the service coming from people concerned about flood water.

■ Knife and offensive weapon crimes at nine-year high

THE number of criminals caught with knives or dangerous weapons has hit its highest level since 2010, official figures have revealed.

More than 22,000 offences of possessing or making threats with blades or offensive weapons resulted in a conviction or caution in England and Wales in 2018-19.

One in five of the culprits was aged between 10 and 17, figures from the Ministry of Justice show. The statistics also showed that almost two-thirds of cases did not result in an immediate prison term.

In 2018-19, the criminal justice system dealt with 22,041 knife and offensive weapon incidents — an increase of 34 per cent on the same 12-month period to March 2015.

Justice Minister Robert Buckland said: ‘This government is committed to doing everything in its power to stop knife crime and its devastating consequences on lives and communities. These figures show that if you are caught carrying a knife you are more likely to be sent to prison — and for longer — than at any time in the last decade.’

■ Funeral for comedian Freddie Starr held

FANS, family and friends of comedian Freddie Starr turned out to pay their respects at his funeral in Merseyside today.

The comic, who became a household name in the 1970s, died aged 76 at his home in Spain last month.

The repatriation and burial are being paid for by funeral director Michael Fogg after fears the comedian would have a pauper’s funeral.

Starr, who died of heart disease, was known by fans for his eccentric and often unpredictable behaviour, rising to national prominence after appearing on Opportunity Knocks.

His later years were marred by allegations of historic sexual assault and an ultimately unsuccessful defamation lawsuit that cost him a rumoured £1million.