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News in brief: Liverpool fan firework ‘caused £10k damage’

A TEENAGER out celebrating Liverpool’s winning of the Premier League has been accused of setting off a firework that caused £10,000 of damage. The firework landed on the city’s Liver Building (pictured) as thousands of football fans gathered nearby on Friday. Matthew Egglesden, 19, of Scarisbrick, Lancashire, is due before Liverpool magistrates today charged with criminal damage and firing fireworks in public. Meanwhile, another man was charged with grievous bodily harm and 15 arrests were made for affray, being drunk and disorderly and public order offences.

Drivers ‘surprised’ to be caught as speeding surges

THE number of speeding drivers pulled over by police rose by 71 per cent in London during the first full month of lockdown. Officers issued 3,282 tickets in April, up from 1,922 the previous year, with one driver clocked at 163mph on a 70mph road and another doing 110mph in a 30mph limit. A further 14,736 were caught on the capital’s speed cameras that month. The Met’s DS Andy Cox said many of those stopped were ‘really surprised’. He added: ‘They would actually say “we thought you’d be busy dealing with Covid”.’

Parents want lockdown family time to continue

LOCKDOWN has benefited children by creating extra family time, say a fifth of mums and dads — as more than a third of parents are now rethinking their daily routines. Some 78 per cent vowed to keep some of the changes lockdown had brought after restrictions end — with family quality time, walks and meals together most popular. ‘We’ve all had the opportunity to stop, think and enjoy the slower side of life,’ said McCain, which carried out the poll of 1,000 parents for its Nation’s Conversations campaign.

Lawyer called ‘stupid cow’ wins appeal case

A LAWYER awarded £47,000 after her boss called her a ‘stupid cow’ has had her claim for harassment upheld. Mahbooba Shirin was also branded a ‘stupid c***’ by Richard Barca. The barrister, 53, was told she was ‘too old’ for her role by staff at London-based Wilson Barca LLP, where she was a paralegal from November 2015 to June 2016 before walking out. An employment tribunal ruled ‘volcanic’ Mr Barca swore at all his staff equally, but the phrases used were sexual harassment. An appeals tribunal rejected a bid to throw out the decision but will reconsider the final settlement.

Stop gambling with our kids’ futures, MPs urged

CHILDREN and vulnerable adults are being exposed to problem gambling by both the ‘toothless’ government and the industry’s regulator, a report has warned. Penalties for companies not tackling the issue are paltry and Downing Street and the Gambling Commission each have an ‘unacceptably weak understanding of the impact gambling harms has on people’, parliament’s public accounts committee said. The MPs concluded the fallout from gambling addiction can have a widespread and ‘devastating’ impact, and called for a ‘long overdue’ review of the 2005 Gambling Act.

That’s handy! Burglar left prints on beer can

A BOOZY burglar was caught after leaving fingerprints on an empty beer can at the scene. Adrian Chaladus, 29, broke into an empty home three times in April, Nottingham crown court heard. While there, he drank a beer in the kitchen and dropped cigarette butts in the living room. Det Con Natalia Montano said: ‘This property was slowly being cleared by the children of the owner who had recently died. After noticing a number of missing items they asked police to investigate — a task greatly assisted by the offender’s discarded beer can.’ Chaladus, of Nottingham, was given a 14-month suspended sentence.

NEWS BITES

■ AN LED torch that costs £12 to make could boost failing eyesight by ‘rebooting’ ageing cells. A UCL study found that over-40s who stared into long-wavelength red light for three minutes a day were up to 20 per cent better at detecting colours.

■ SWITCHING from fizzy drinks to water can help avoid heart disease and diabetes, US scientists say. Excess sugar is converted to fat, which releases harmful chemicals when stored near the heart, said So Yun Yi, of Minnesota University.

■ A PUPPY is recovering after swallowing a stick half the length of his body. Vets in Southampton, who removed the 10in object from nine-month-old crossbreed Rocky, said: ‘It’s a wonder it hadn’t punctured his vital organs’.

■ A RARE car number plate issued to North Yorkshire Police in 1903 has fetched £190,000 at auction. Money from the sale of ‘AJI’ — the region’s first vehicle registration — will be split between local road safety projects and improving the force’s memorial garden.

■ HUNDREDS of electric vehicle charging points will be installed in McDonald’s drive-thru car parks. The fast-food chain said the InstaVolt ports can provide up to 80 per cent charge in 20 minutes.