■ Which airport has been ranked the worst in the UK?
LONDON LUTON has been named the UK’s worst airport after passengers expressed concerns about its toilets, staff and bag drop queues.
The Bedfordshire airport was ranked bottom of an annual study by consumer group Which? for the third consecutive year.
It received a customer score of just 35 per cent after being given the lowest rating for half of the 10 categories assessed.
The airport responded to the findings by stating that its own research found that 70 per cent of passengers were ‘happy with their experience’.
Doncaster Sheffield earned the highest score of 87 per cent after passengers were particularly impressed with its security queues, baggage reclaim, prices in shops and food outlets, seating, toilets and staff, which were all given five stars.
■ Knife arches at Notting Hill Carnival for first time
Knife arches are being installed at Notting Hill Carnival for the first time in the hope they will help reassure people it is safe to attend.
After a wave of violent crime in the capital in recent months, the arches will be placed at ‘strategic points’ along the route of the west London street party, though the Metropolitan Police did not disclose where.
It is hoped the ‘tried and tested’ method will put off those planning to arm themselves with knives and offensive weapons but not everybody will be expected to pass through them, according to the Met.
The bank holiday weekend event will also be policed by the highest number of officers in six years.
■ Chancellor defended amid ‘Project Fear’ row
CABINET office minister David Lidington has defended the chancellor over accusations he launched another ‘dodgy Project Fear’ with warnings that a no-deal Brexit could cause major economic damage.
Brexit-backing Tories reacted furiously after Philip Hammond (pictured above), in a leaked letter to Tory Nicky Morgan, pointed to provisional analysis that claimed GDP could fall and borrowing could be around £80billion a year higher by 2033/34 under a no-deal scenario.
Mr Lidington, speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, said the data was ‘nothing new’ and that Mr Hammond was ‘absolutely committed’ to the objectives that the government had set out in the Chequers agreement.
Mr Hammond’s comments emerged hours after Brexit secretary Dominic Raab attempted to play down the likelihood of a no-deal Brexit while outlining the impact of such a scenario via a series of technical papers.
■ Australia’s ‘accidental prime minister’ promises stability
AUSTRALIA’S new PM Scott Morrison has promised a stable government at the end of a tumultuous week in which his predecessor was forced out of office, 13 ministers resigned and parliament was shut down for an afternoon.
Disgruntled government legislators forced former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull from office today, arguing that most had lost faith in his leadership.
He is the fourth prime minister to be dumped by their own party since 2010 in an extraordinary period of political instability that frustrates most Australians.
Mr Morrison distanced himself from the turmoil, saying he had not been part of the push led by fellow lawmaker Peter Dutton to oust Mr Turnbull over four chaotic days, inspired by a feud between hard-right conservatives and moderates.
‘We will provide the stability and the unity and the direction and the purpose that the Australian people expect of us,’ Mr Morrison told reporters.
■ Drug-smuggling ‘KFC tunnel’ leading to Mexico discovered
FEDERAL AUTHORITIES have discovered a sophisticated drug-smuggling tunnel (pictured above) that went from an abandoned fast-food restaurant in Arizona to a home in Mexico .
The Homeland Security Investigations division of the Department of Homeland Security says it got word in April that there was a tunnel leading to an abandoned Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in San Luis, just about 200 yards north of the border.
Police began trailing the owner of the building, Ivan Lopez, and arrested him this month after finding several packages of methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin and fentanyl in the back of his truck.
That arrest led to a search at his home and the old restaurant, where agents found a hidden tunnel that led to a house in Mexico and was large enough for people to freely walk through.
According to court documents, the government believes Lopez is a well-trusted cartel member. He was seen taken packages out of the building several times before his arrest on August 13, the court papers said.