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Need To Know: Two killed, four injured in M5 collision

■ Two killed, four injured in M5 collision

TWO people have died and four others have been taken to hospital following a collision between a lorry and several cars on the M5.

Emergency services were called to the scene, near junction 24 at Huntworth, Somerset (pictured above), just after 8.30am this morning.

A spokeswoman for Avon and Somerset Police said two people were pronounced dead at the scene.

‘Four other people have been taken to hospital, at least two of whom have serious injuries,’ the spokeswoman added.

She said that police are grateful to motorists for their ‘patience and understanding’.

■ More Brexit no-deal pain revealed

THE second tranche of technical notices giving guidance on the impact of a no-deal Brexit has been released by the government.

Some 28 documents were published on the website today, following the release of 24 in August.

Among the topics covered are the validity of British driving licences on the continent, roaming charges for mobile phones and the future of the European space and satellites programmes.

Mobile phone bills for customers living near the border in Northern Ireland could spike after Brexit, one of the papers reveals.

Papers setting out what could happen if no deal is struck warn how consumers and businesses should be aware of ‘inadvertent’ data roaming — where a stronger signal from the Republic kicks in.

It comes after Brexit secretary Dominic Raab urged phone companies not to impose roaming charges on customers if Britain crashes out of the European Union.

■ 15-minute wait to look for Westminster Bridge victim

A TOURIST has described how he almost jumped in the Thames in his frantic search for his girlfriend after the Westminster attack.

Romanians Andrei Burnaz and Andreea Cristea (pictured above) had been sightseeing on Westminster Bridge when tragedy struck on March 22 last year.

Ms Cristea, 31, had stopped to take a photograph of the London Eye moments before Khalid Masood drove into her, sending her ‘somersaulting’ into the river.

Mr Burnaz told the inquest he realised the car had run over his foot, and his girlfriend, who had been 40cm away was gone.

After 15 minutes of confusion, where ‘nobody took action about nothing’, he managed to speak to a female officer.

Later, Ms Cristea was spotted in the water, secured with a boat hook and retrieved by a fire crew. She died in hospital on April 6 last year.

■ John Lewis blames ‘challenging times’ as profits crash 99%

THE John Lewis Partnership has revealed half-year profits crashed 98.8 per cent as it battled against ‘challenging times’ and the most promotional market for nearly a decade.

The owner of the department store chain and supermarket Waitrose posted underlying pre-tax profits of £1.2million for the six months to July 28.

It said profits at John Lewis & Partners have continued to be squeezed by strong competition as it moves to keep prices low despite inflation and has offered ‘unprecedented’ levels of price matching through its Never Knowingly Undersold pledge.

The group reiterated warnings that it continues to expect profits in the full 2018-19 financial year to be ‘substantially lower’.

■ David Hockney painting expected to break record

A POOL painting by British artist David Hockney is expected to break the record price for a work by a living artist when it is sold at auction later this year.

Portrait Of An Artist (Pool With Two Figures) will be auctioned at Christie’s in November and has been estimated at $80million (£61million).

The previous record for a work by a living artist was set by Jeff Koons’s Balloon Dog, which sold for $58.4million (£45million) in 2013.

The 1972 painting by Hockney, 81, is ‘the holy grail of his paintings, from both the historical and the market perspectives’, said Alex Rotter, co-chairman of post-war and contemporary art at Christie’s in New York.