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News in brief: Harry and Meghan must pay for protection bill, says Donald Trump

DONALD TRUMP last night warned the Duke and Duchess of Sussex that the US will not foot the bill for their security following the couple’s move to Los Angeles. The US president spoke out as it emerged Harry and Meghan had taken a private jet to California from their home in Canada shortly before all non-essential travel between the two countries was banned last week. ‘I am a great friend and admirer of the Queen & the United Kingdom,’ Mr Trump tweeted last night, before adding: ‘It was reported that Harry and Meghan, who left the Kingdom, would reside permanently in Canada. ‘Now they have left Canada for the US. However, the US will not pay for their security protection. They must pay!’ Canada had said it would not contribute to the couple’s security expenses, thought to cost more than £1million a year. Harry and Meghan formally step down as royals tomorrow and the government has not yet decided whether they should be stripped of taxpayer-funded security.

Snow, rain… yes it’s British summer time

Cold snap: Snow on the ground in Upper Teesdale, in Co. Durham PICTURE: NORTH NEWS

FLURRIES of snow, hail and heavy rain marked the start of British Summer Time. As wintry showers hit West Yorkshire and eastern England bookies saw a surge in bets on Easter snow and on next month being the coldest April yet. Coral spokesman John Hill said: ‘Temperatures have taken a big drop over the last couple of days and, with a wintry wind to go with them, punters have been rushing in to back snow to fall in April.’ But the Met Office said it would be mild and cloudy this week with temperatures around 11C and it was too soon to make predictions beyond that.

Body at church had fatal head wounds

DETECTIVES investigating the death of a woman in the grounds of a church say she had suffered head injuries. The victim, named as 41-year-old Kelly Stewart, of no fixed address, was found dead at Memorial Community Church in Plaistow, east London, on Thursday. Det Insp Darren Jones urged anyone with information to call 020 83451570 or 0800 555111.

We’re not pulling your chain… toilet block sells for £86,000

Water result: The grey brick building went for around three times its estimate in the online sale PICTURE: SWNS

A COUNCIL was left unexpectedly flush with cash after a toilet block sold at auction for £86,000 — smashing its guide price by £60,000. While the building wedged next to houses in Northfleet, Kent, used to house WCs, buyers smelt an opportunity for redevelopment. Gravesham council had put up the block for a guide price of £25,000 to £30,000. It was due to be sold by Clive Emson auctioneers at the Kent County Showground but went under the hammer online due to the coronavirus pandemic. And its sale suggested gloomy property prospects have not affected the whole market yet. Auctioneer John Stockey said: ‘There might well be scope to develop this site in various directions.’

Glacier faces ‘irreversible’ thaw

AN ANTARCTIC glacier risks collapse after retreating nearly three miles in 22 years, US scientists found. The research team said that if the Denman Glacier thawed fully, sea levels would rise almost 5ft. The shape of the ground under it could speed up the loss. ‘There is potential for rapid and irreversible retreat,’ said lead author Dr Virginia Brancato, of Nasa.

Love lives on through lost letters

A BUNDLE of 46 love letters written in the 1940s have been delivered — to the couple’s grandson. The notes, from Byddig Williams to Ieuan Jones, were found in the attic of a house in Anglesey, north Wales. Grandson Craig Johnson, 32, was traced through a Facebook appeal. All the letters began ‘Hello my Darling…’

Three cheers! Baby, mum and gran share a birthday

Big day: Evie Berry, her baby Harper and mum Jacqui were all born on February 8 PICTURE: SWNS

THIS baby, mother and grandmother all share the same birthday — defying odds of about 133,000-1. Little Harper arrived on February 8 — despite mum Evie Berry, 26, being induced four days earlier. Weighing 7lb 8oz, she joins her mother and grandmother Jacqui Berry, 55, in celebrating the day. Evie, from Birmingham, said: ‘We have so many wonderful birthdays to look forward to together.’ She added: ‘I’ll always be reminding Harper of the helluva lot of pain I had to bring her into the world on my birthday.’

Fired for screaming as she had a miscarriage

A BANK worker has won £19,702 compensation after being sacked for not behaving ‘professionally’ enough while having a miscarriage. Santander dismissed Chi Agbaje from its branch in Bexleyheath, London, for screaming as she raced to the toilet. Two bank hearings said she was ‘verbally abusive and aggressive’ in 2014 but a tribunal in Cambridge ruled in her favour.

Step in the right direction if you want to live longer

TAKING 8,000 steps a day makes you 51 per cent less likely to die young, a study shows. And the chances of getting heart disease and cancer falls by 65 per cent for those doing 12,000 paces. Dr Pedro Saint-Maurice, of the US National Institute on Aging, said ‘any amount of physical activity gains some health benefits’.