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One Dead As Stolen Ambulance Collides With Bus

Written By Unknown on Sabtu, 11 April 2015 | 23.17

The driver of a stolen ambulance has been killed after the vehicle crashed into a double-decker bus near York.

The person driving the ambulance - who police believe was not a paramedic or a member of ambulance staff - was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the bus and five of its 16 passengers were taken to hospital after the collision on the A64, near the Flaxton junction, about 8.30pm.

Their injuries were not life-threatening.

Another person, travelling in a Toyota Yaris with one other, was taken to hospital as a precaution.

The A64 has now reopened, North Yorkshire police said.

Traffic sergeant Ian Pope said that police had been looking for the stolen vehicle for 20 minutes when they were notified of the collision.

The search began at 8.10pm on Friday when the ambulance, which was privately owned and did not belong to Yorkshire Ambulance Service, was reported stolen.

Police have urged anyone who witnessed the crash or saw either of the vehicles beforehand to contact police and quote reference number 556 of 10 April.

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Going, Going, Gone? Clarkson's Auctioneer Role

Former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson chipped in for charity as he took on the role of auctioneer at an event close to his Cotswolds home.

It was his first public appearance since he was sacked by the BBC after he attacked a producer on the hit motoring show.

Clarkson appeared cheerful, chatting to those outside the town hall after arriving in a sports car before heading inside to act as auctioneer raising money for Chipping Norton Lido.

As he walked in, he joked to photographers that he might consider a career change.

He said: "You've got to earn a living. Maybe I ought to take it up."

The event was an "auction of promises" fundraising for the pool, of which Clarkson has been a long-term supporter.

According to its website, the lots include Top Gear t-shirts signed by Clarkson, a bottle of House of Commons whisky signed by local MP David Cameron and a week's holiday in France.

His appearance came just a day after he pulled out of his planned appearance hosting BBC satirical show Have I Got News For You.

It would have been his first appearance since the incident that led to his sacking.

The star was suspended by the broadcaster on 10 March when he became the subject of an internal investigation after he attacked Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon, splitting his lip and verbally abusing him.

Clarkson received widespread public support but it was not enough to move his BBC bosses and his contract was not renewed, with director-general Tony Hall saying at the time "a line has been crossed" and "there cannot be one rule for one and one rule for another".

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CCTV Shows Gang Plundering Hatton Garden Vault

CCTV footage reportedly showing the men behind the Hatton Garden jewel heist has emerged, after it was revealed the police initially failed to go to the scene despite being alerted by an alarm.

The 17-minute video purportedly shows at least six men arriving at the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit company's building in London's jewellery quarter on Good Friday.

The Daily Mirror, which obtained the footage, reported that the group made two separate visits before leaving in a white van on Easter Sunday with the contents of 72 safety deposit boxes in wheelie bins and bags.

Scotland Yard is examining the footage, and has insisted it was already aware of the video before it was published by the newspaper.

The spokesman added the force has "not made any links" between the heist and an underground fire in the Holborn area which caused widespread power outages and road closures.

Police are also continuing to investigate why a call from a security firm about the alarm was graded in a way that meant officers did not consider it worthy of a response.

It was not until Tuesday morning that the raid - one of Britain's biggest - was discovered.

The Daily Mirror footage is from a camera that centres on a doorway, with an adjacent intercom, at the bottom of a set of stairs that leads to the street.

A number of men appear wearing high-visibility jackets, builder's hats, gloves and dust masks and carrying orange tool boxes and holdalls.

Others in the group are dressed in blue overalls and gloves.

Three men with their faces covered are seen taking wheelie bins in and out of the building.

A white van is seen pulling up shortly before 7am on Sunday, the newspaper reported, and once the bins and bags are loaded into it, the group get in and drive away.

Police have insisted it is too early to say if the handling of the call about the alert would have had an impact on the outcome.

But the revelations have led to anger from potential victims, who spoke of their shock that the police "just weren't there".

The police could face compensation claims running into the millions because officers failed to respond to the alarm, it has also been claimed.

Graeme Trudgill, executive director of the British Insurance Brokers' Association, said: "The police are responsible for negligent acts like other persons.

"The question will be whether they owe a duty of care to individual holders of safe deposit boxes or even to the safe deposit company."

But Michael Ward, managing director at insurance comparison site payingtoomuch.com, questioned whether such claims would be successful.

He said: "Customers who left their jewellery in the safe should be covered by the insurance policy of the safety deposit company.

"It is the company's responsibility and their insurance company to ensure their customers are compensated."

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CCTV: Bikers Hunted After Man Killed At Takeaway

Police investigating the murder of a man at a takeaway have released CCTV video of two suspected killers fleeing the scene on a motorbike.

Tipu Sultan was blasted with a shotgun at close range in a pre-planned attack just before 10pm on Tuesday.

The killing happened at the back of the Herbs n Spice Kitchen takeaway in Lake Avenue, South Shields, Tyneside.

Mr Sultan, 32, died from a single gunshot wound.

Detectives believe the helmet-wearing pair in the video were the killers who were seen riding off moments after the attack.

Police have appealed for anyone who saw them and the bike before or after the killing.

They said the CCTV footage shows two men on a motorbike heading down Lizard Lane and towards Whitburn and Sunderland.

South Tyneside Superintendent Sav Patsalos said: "It was taken in the minutes after Tipu Sultan was shot and we believe that this is the two men who are responsible for his murder leaving the scene.

"From the footage you can clearly see the two men on the bike, both are wearing helmets.

"From the footage we can gauge the size and shape of the motorcycle - which we believe is a large, red, superbike or performance style bike.

"We need to speak to anyone who saw these men and this bike before or after the incident.

:: Anyone with any information that could help with enquiries is asked to contact police as soon as possible on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference number 1255 07/04/15.

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Grand National Expects Record Betting Bonanza

More than nine million people are expected to watch the Grand National today, as bookies predict the biggest betting turnover of all time.

The National is taking place at Aintree with 39 horses lining up to tackle the famous course, over 30 fences and nearly four-and-a-half miles.

Favourite to triumph is Shutthefrontdoor, ridden by jockey AP McCoy, who says he will retire if he passes the winning post first.

The horse has been a consistent 7-1 all week, but the odds are likely to shorten when the public support arrives.

Bookmakers Betfred predict the biggest betting turnover on a single race in British history.

"Normally there is about £150m waged - but we are expecting that figure to be some way north of that today," a spokesman told Sky News.

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The winning horse will collect £561,300. Second place brings in £211,100, while the horse finishing third collects £105,500.

This afternoon's rank outsider is River Choice, attracting odds as high as 250-1.

A win for Shutthefrontdoor, trained by Jonjo O'Neill, could cost bookmakers up to £50m, with millions of punters expected to place their faith in the horse. 

Some expect the mount to become the shortest-priced National favourite since Red Rum 40 years ago.


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British Boy, 7, Killed In Alps Ski Tragedy

A seven-year-old British boy has died in a skiing accident in the French Alps.

The child, who had been on a family holiday in the resort of Flaine in the Haute Savoie region, went over a cliff after straying off piste, emergency services told news agency AFP.

Some reports suggested the boy got lost after attempting the final descent of the day on his own.

Others said he got separated from the group after taking a wrong turn, while skiing with the rest of the group. 

An emergency services spokesman said: "He hit a rocky outcrop, then fell 50 to 100 metres (160ft to 320ft)."

His desperate mother raised the alarm at 7pm on Friday, said reports.

The child's body was found by a rescue helicopter, about two hours after the fall, according to reports in French media.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "We can confirm the death of a British national in Flaine, France, on April 10.

"We are providing consular assistance to the family at this difficult time."

An investigation by French authorities is under way.

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Miliband Hits Out At Cameron Over NHS Pledge

Ed Miliband has hit out at David Cameron's pledge to pump an extra £8bn a year into the NHS by 2020, warning the PM: "You can't fund the NHS on an IOU."

The Labour leader was speaking after the Prime Minister pledged to protect the NHS by meeting its funding needs "in full".

Mr Cameron has promised to fund the five-year reform plan put forward by NHS chief executive Simon Stevens by providing at least an extra £8bn a year for the health service by 2020.

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This will mean that over-75s will be guaranteed same-day access to GPs, patients will be able to see doctors out of regular office hours and the NHS will provide a full range of services seven days a week, according to Mr Cameron.

But Mr Miliband said: "We've seen five years of failure and broken promises from David Cameron on the NHS."

He added: "The truth is - you can't save the NHS if you don't know where the money is coming from.

"You can only damage the NHS when you are planning colossal cuts in public spending year after year after year, which is what this Tory government is planning.

"The choice is clear: a funded Labour plan for more doctors, nurses and midwives - or unfunded promises from a Tory party that has a record of breaking its word."

Labour has published a mini-manifesto on the NHS, which includes a new right to a dedicated midwife before and after childbirth.

Mr Miliband said this would be made possible by recruiting 3,000 extra midwives.

The party has already committed to providing an extra £2.5bn of health spending on top of the budgets provided by the Government to pay for more doctors, nurses and other health workers.

This would be paid for through taxes on expensive properties and tobacco companies and a crackdown on tax avoidance, the party claims.

In an effort to keep the pressure on Mr Cameron and the Tories about how they would fund the pledge, Labour tweeted a video of an exchange at Prime Minister's Questions earlier this year in which Mr Cameron said the "real risk" to the NHS was "unfunded spending commitments".

When pressed by Sky's Anushka Asthana on how the Conservatives would fund the plan Mr Cameron did not go into specifics, but he said the pledge was possible "because we have a strong economy and because we have taken the long-term decisions necessary to put the NHS first".

He said: "I want an NHS that continues to expand and improve and provide great care, that continues to save lives.

"It's always been there for me and my family and I want it there for everyone's families."

Mr Miliband was pressed to say if he would commit his party to matching the £8bn pledge, but he declined.

Conservative Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Labour would put the future of the health service "at risk" because it would not match Tory funding commitments or their long-term economic plan.

Sky's Health Correspondent Thomas Moore said the Conservative commitment to fund the NHS is no more or less unfunded than Labour's.

He said: "The Tories are banking on growing tax receipts by the Treasury as wages rise with the recovery. No guarantees there.

"Labour is banking on a mansion tax (verified £1.2bn), a tobacco tax (no details yet) and a crackdown on tax avoidance (always difficult to guarantee because the rich employ clever accountants."

Funding of the health service has emerged as one of the key issues of the campaign.

Mr Stevens predicted in a report in October that, if health spending rose only at the rate of inflation, growing demand for care would leave the NHS in England with a £30bn funding gap by 2020.

He said around £22bn of that could be met through "efficiencies", but the remainder would have to come from government funds.

Until now, only the Liberal Democrats had committed to finding the extra money.

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Lightning Strike Jet Was Just Seconds From Crash

A passenger plane pulled out of a terrifying nosedive with just seven seconds to spare after being hit by lightning in Scotland, says an air accident report.

The Loganair flight, carrying 30 passengers and three crew members, was moments away from crashing into the North Sea before the pilot wrested back control.

The island-hopping Saab 2000 was flying from Aberdeen to Sumburgh Airport, Shetland, when it hit a snow storm with 70mph winds, an interim report by the Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) said.

The 42-year-old pilot decided to abort his approach when he was seven miles away, and the plane was then struck by lightning which travelled from the nose to the tail of the aircraft.

He and the co-pilot wrongly believed the autopilot system had disengaged and struggled to regain control of the plane as it plunged at high speed.

As the co-pilot declared a mayday, the pilot kept trying to gain height - but every move was countered by the autopilot.

When it fell to 4,000ft, the plane suddenly pitched nose down and started falling at 158ft per second.

At 1,100ft - giving the crew just seven seconds to act before the plane crashed into the waves - 'pull-up' alarms sounded, the captain applied full power and the aircraft finally started to climb.

The plane landed safely in Aberdeen, with only minor damage.

No passengers were injured, but many were left shaken by the incident, which took place on the night of 14 December.

Passenger Shona Manson told the Daily Telegraph: "It was really, really bumpy. If it was someone who's a bad flyer, it'd be their worst nightmare.

"We were on descent and I said to my partner, we're going back up again, and just as we started to go up again there was an almighty bang and a flash that went over the left wing.

"Then we were really ascending, and at that point there were a few folk looking around going 'Oh my God, what's happening?' The poor guy across the aisle from me just had eyes like rabbits in headlights."

The report said the crew may have thought the lighting strike had disabled the autopilot because other controls had stopped working.

But it was still functioning and trying to descend to its instructed level for the landing.

The AAIB report said: "Although the pilots' actions suggested that they were under the impression the autopilot had disengaged at the moment of the lightning strike, recorded data showed that it had remained engaged."

It said it had not identified any technical malfunction which might account for the incident, and the investigation is continuing, looking at crew training, autopilot design, and any "human factors".

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Murray And Sears Tying Knot In Star's Home Town

Andy Murray and his long-time girlfriend Kim Sears are getting married in the tennis star's Scottish home town.

The couple, both 27, are to exchange vows at Dunblane Cathedral before a reception at Cromlix House, the hotel owned by the top sportsman.

Murray donned his kilt, but the style and design of Sears' bridal gown has remained a secret.

The tennis star arrived along with his brother Jamie, one of three best men along with friends Ross Hutchins and Carlos Mier.

Guests included Murray's parents Judy and William, grandparents Shirley and Roy Erskine, and former British tennis number one Tim Henman,

Crowds of fans gathered outside the cathedral, along with hundreds of people from the media, hoping to secure a prime view of the action.

The ceremony is being conducted by Reverend Colin Renwick, and there had been showers and giant hailstones earlier in the day.

Weather conditions seemed fairly windy when the bride arrived although it appeared dry.

The British number one had tweeted a picture of an umbrella in what appears to be a preview of the day in emojis on his Twitter account.

The tweet also features a picture of a church, a ring, a kiss, cake and drinks including beer, cocktails and wine.

It ends with hearts, a face throwing a kiss and several Zzzz icons for sleep.

Murray's mother Judy discussed the bad weather on social media, initially tweeting: "Hailstones. Marvellous."


  1. Gallery: Dunblane Ready For Murray's Big Day

    Andy Murray tweeted a preview of the wedding in symbols on his Twitter account

Local shops in Dunblane High Street are putting up decorations in support of local boy Andy Murray ahead of his wedding to Kim Sears at Dunblane Cathedral

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Aspell Wins Back-To-Back Grand Nationals

Leighton Aspell has won successive Grand Nationals after riding 25-1 shot Many Clouds to victory at Aintree.

He is the first jockey to win back-to-back Nationals since Brian Fletcher on Red Rum in 1973 and 1974 - and the first to do so on different horses since the 1950s.

It meant there was no fairytale ending for the retiring AP McCoy, who the bookies will have been relieved to see finish fifth.

Saint Are was a close second, Monbeg Dude third and Alvarado fourth.

More than nine million people were expected to watch the biggest race in the calendar, while some £150m of bets were anticipated. 

Aspell, who won last year on Pineau de Re, said of his Oliver Sherwood-trained horse: "He's the best ride I've had over these fences, he was awesome.

"It was wonderful and we will certainly celebrate tonight. I asked some big questions, but he dug deep.

"He is all heart - all season he has had hard races.

"Win lose or draw, that's the best ride I have had in the National. I just hoped his battery life lasted out and it did."

Many Clouds was said to have had a "wobble" after the race but recovered quickly.

Owner Trevor Hemmings, for whom this was a third win, said: "I'm almost speechless but what a wonderful feeling."

All 39 horses were thought to be okay afterwards despite several heavy falls.

A total of 19 completed the four-and-a-half mile race.

The team behind Many Clouds collected £561,300 for victory, with second getting £211,100 and third £105,500.

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