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News in brief: Beatrice is engaged to tycoon boyfriend

ANOTHER royal wedding is on the way — Princess Beatrice has become engaged. Beatrice, 31, daughter of Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah, will marry 34-year-old property tycoon Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi [pictured with the princess] next year after he popped the question in Italy. Her younger sister Princess Eugenie, who married last year, posted on Instagram: ‘Beabea — wow! I’m so happy for you.’

Rise in child deaths on roads a ‘serious concern’

A RISE in the number of deaths of child pedestrians and older drivers on Britain’s roads is a ‘serious concern’, say safety chiefs. Overall deaths in road accidents fell from 1,793 in 2017 to 1,784 last year, Department of Transport data shows. But the number of fatalities aged 60 and over rose by five per cent from 559 to 588, while the number of pedestrians aged 15 and under was up from 22 to 28 during the same period. The RAC and Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents said the rise in casualties in both age groups was ‘worrying’.

Woman, 70, ‘allergic to wi-fi’ dreads 5G rollout

A PENSIONER who spent thousands of pounds protecting herself against alleged radiation from wi-fi now fears for her health with the rollout of 5G. Rosi Gladwell says she is sensitive to electromagnetic fields and says wi-fi waves leave her feeling weak. The 70-year-old, from Totnes, Devon, sleeps in a £400 sleeping bag woven with silver and copper, has a protective sheet and a £200 hand-held radiation detector. ‘If they introduce 5G then I don’t know what the future will bring. It’s a really scary issue,’ she said.

Toxic myths blamed for fall in child vaccinations

FEWER children are receiving routine NHS vaccinations, including the combined measles, mumps and rubella jab, latest figures reveals. Decreases across 13 childhood jabs ranged from 0.2 to one per cent depending on the vaccine, Public Health England revealed. Toxic myths circulating online have been blamed for the fall. Health secretary Matt Hancock said ‘bold action’ could be taken if rates failed to improve. One option is sending unvaccinated pupils home from school. The Department of Health and Social Care has suggested mandatory vaccinations.

Death Wish director’s widow ‘tied up in £300k raid’

THE widow of Death Wish film director Michael Winner told a court yesterday how she was hit on the head with a kettle by a robber claiming to be her late husband’s ex-lover. Geraldine Winner, 81, said trainer Gurgana Gueorguieva tied her up in her home in London’s Knightsbridge, then took up to £300,000 of items. Gueorguieva, 48, of Holland Park, admits robbery but denies taking €20,000 in cash. The trial at Southwark crown court continues.

Online pornography shock for 7-year-olds

CHILDREN as young as seven have stumbled upon pornography online, a survey shows. The youngsters said they felt ‘grossed out’ and ‘confused’ after seeing the adult content. Some 51 per cent of 11- to 13-year-olds told the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) they had seen pornography, rising to 66 per cent among those aged 14 to 15. BBFC chief executive David Austin said pornography ‘is affecting the way young people understand healthy relationships, sex, body image and consent’.

Lifeguard drowned in reservoir after £20 bet

A LIFEGUARD drowned after trying to swim across a reservoir for a ‘stupid’ bet. Wesley Wood, 36, challenged a friend to a race in June last year for £20, an inquest heard. The dad-of-three and Darren Speirs stripped to their boxer shorts and waded in after drinking ‘a couple of cans’. Mr Wood got into difficulty 10ft into the Ormsgill Reservoir in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria. Recording a verdict of misadventure, coroner Kirsty Gomersal warned against drinking alcohol and swimming.

Popular teething products contain sugar and alcohol

BABIES’ teething powders and gels contain sugar, alcohol and an anaesthetic, researchers have found. The ‘potentially harmful ingredients’ were discovered in a study of 14 popular products, with two testing positive for sucrose, six for alcohol and six for the tissue-numbing lidocaine. Researcher Nigel Monaghan, of Public Health Wales, said there was little evidence to show such products actually relieved pain. And British Dental Association chairman Mick Armstrong added: ‘If your little one is suffering then a teething ring kept cool in the fridge is all you need.’

Blooming silly! Workers rip up the wrong garden

BUNGLING workers ripped up a couple’s entire garden, including a cherished century-old rosemary bush, by calling at the wrong flat. Matthew and Christine Schofield returned from the shops to find their pride and joy decimated. Mr Schofield, of Edinburgh, said: ‘I thought I was on the wrong street when I saw what they had done. My wife treasured the garden. It’s the first one we have had.’ Craig Young, of Spruce Garden Service, whose staff were sent to cut down an overgrown garden at Flat 1 — the couple live at Flat 3 — apologised for the ‘simple error’.

Off your head… device detects favourite cocktail

BRAINWAVES technology is helping to pick the drink that best suits indecisive cocktail fans. Headset devices, which involve attaching electrical sensors to the head of the consumer, measure the reaction of their brains to various flavours and aromas — suggesting which ones give the strongest response. It was showcased this week by gin brand Tanqueray No. Ten at the world bartending championships in Glasgow. Brand ambassador Frank Thelan said: ‘It’s very cool.’


■ A LIMITED edition bottle of Heinz Tomato Ketchup, inspired by Ed Sheeran’s tattoos, will go on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. It is one of 150 made to mark the brand’s 150th anniversary.

■ AN ESSEX seaside town has been named England’s most deprived place for the third time running. Photos of Jaywick were used to warn US voters about the consequences of not voting for Donald Trump.

■ MORE than half of young adults now go to university — the first time the proportion has risen above 50 per cent. In 2017/18, a record 50.2 per cent of 17- to 30-year-olds went on to higher education, official figures show.


Tasmanian devil could hold clues for cancer treatment

A CONTAGIOUS tumour affecting Tasmanian devils could offer clues as to why the human immune system can sometimes fail to detect cancer. An international team of scientists studied devil facial tumour cells — a common type of cancer in the grouchy mammals native to Australia. They found the cells use a complex protein mechanism to ‘hide’ from the immune system — a process also found with certain human cancers. Prof Mark Dawson, of Melbourne’s Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, said drugs called EZH2 inhibitors could help to avoid this and they were showing ‘promising results’.

Ancient caves were just un-bear-able to stay in

OUR ancestors had to compete with hyenas, wolves and possibly bears for caves, a study has found. A Russian and Australian team examined dirt to find traces of animal droppings, charcoal from fires and bone dating back 300,000 years in the Denisova Cave complex in Siberia. The findings showed the caves were mostly home to carnivores, with humans just staying briefly. Co-author Prof Bert Roberts said: ‘Droppings indicate the persistent presence of non-human cave dwellers, which are very unlikely to have cohabited with humans.’

Cows given jabs to stop killer E.coli in humans

A VACCINE for a potentially lethal type of E.coli has been given the go-ahead for development. Roslin Technologies has signed a deal with research institutes to run a US trial for the commercial cattle vaccine, which is hoped will prevent super-shedding — cows passing large amounts of the O157:H7 bacteria in faeces. Harmless to cows, O157:H7 causes up to ten E.coli cases per 100,000 people worldwide through contaminated food. It is prevalent in the US, parts of South America and the UK. Early results showed the new drug may be more effective than previous ones, researchers said.


■ MORE than a dozen French schools were shut yesterday as 200 firefighters tackled a huge blaze at a chemical plant in Rouen, Normandy. Residents near the Lubrizol facility were told to stay indoors.

■ ISTANBUL has been shaken by a 5.8 magnitude earthquake, forcing schools to be evacuated. The quake, the second in two days, struck four and a half miles below the Sea of Marmara. There were no reports of damage.

■ LIBYA’S prime minister Fayez Sarraj has ruled out peace talks with the leader of his country’s rival government. Mr Sarraj told the UN Khalifa Hifter was a ‘war criminal’ and called his supporters ‘coup plotters’.

■ A POLICEMAN forced a homeless man to lick a urinal to avoid arrest, a court has been told. Officer John Rabago is also accused of ordering another suspect to stick his head down a toilet in Honolulu, Hawaii. He denies the charges.

■ RWANDA has taken in the first evacuation flight of 75 refugees and asylum seekers from Libya. The East African nation has agreed to accept 500 people from the thousands held in crowded camps after failing to reach Europe.

■ A TEENAGE surfer needed 19 stitches in his foot after being bitten by a shark. Logan Radd, 13, was attacked by the 2ft-long black-tipped shark as he paddled in the sea in Florida. ‘He bit my foot, then bit it again,’ said Logan.

■ A NO-GO zone is in place after a trawler carrying ammonia and 200,000 litres of diesel oil caught fire. The Russian-owned Bukhta Naezdnik posed an explosion risk in Tromsø, Norway, authorities said.

■ ZIMBABWE’S president Emmerson Mnangagwa has called on Europe and the US to lift ‘illegal sanctions’ on his nation. The 77-year-old told the UN they were thwarting his country’s economic recovery.