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The Metropolitan Police custody sergeant shot dead at a London police station was today identified as a rugby-loving officer from New Zealand who was nearing retirement from the force. Sergeant Matiu Ratana, 54, (left and main with his partner Sue Busby) was allegedly shot five times in the chest at point-blank range by a 23-year-old man being detained for possession of ammunition and Class B drugs with intent to supply at Croydon custody centre in South London. Sergeant Ratana, who was a coach at East Grinstead Rugby Football Club, was described in tributes as 'great big friendly bear of a man' and 'one of the loveliest men you could meet'. His fellow officers said he was a 'real gentleman' and 'one of the best' while Met Police commissioner Cressida Dick said he was known as a 'big guy' with a 'big heart'. It has been revealed that the man was handcuffed behind his back when the shots were fired from a revolver which the man had stuffed down his trousers. He was deemed a 'potential terror threat' and had been referred to the Prevent programme which aims to stop vulnerable people being drawn into extremism, it was today claimed. Top and bottom right: Tributes laid at the scene. Inset: Sergeant Ratana playing rugby. 

Coronavirus UK: Lockdown 'may kill 75,000' - that's the OFFICIAL projection

Startling research presented to the UK Government's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) will further increase pressure on Boris Johnson to hold back on introducing further coronavirus restrictions. The document reveals 16,000 people died as a result of the chaos in hospitals and care homes in March and April alone. It estimates a further 26,000 will lose their lives within a year if people continue to stay away from A&E and the problems in social care persist. Pictured left, Boris Johnson in Uxbridge, west London. Top right, Westminster Friday morning. Bottom right, file image.

Inspirational police officer Matiu Ratana had thrown himself into coaching and was looking forward to being able to focus fully on nurturing future UK rugby stars.

New Boston University research found that people who don't get enough of the vitamin are  far more likely to become severely ill, develop sepsis or even die after contracting coronavirus.

MORE towns go into lockdown - and is London next?

Leeds drinkers enjoyed a final night out before new restrictions at midnight as Wigan, Stockport and Blackpool prepared to go into lockdown. Punters were seen crowding on pavements outside pubs while others took a seat and down their pints with friends. Residents in the city will be banned from socialising with other people outside of their own households or support bubble in private homes and gardens from Saturday. They will also be advised not to socialise with anyone outside their household in public venues, including bars, restaurants and parks. The Department of Health and Social Care said some wards in West Yorkshire were exempt from existing restrictions on gatherings introduced at the start of August, but these wards will now also be subject to the ban. As announced this week, childcare bubbles will be able to be formed to help families care for children under 14, as long as their carers are consistent. This includes formal and informal childcare arrangements. Around 17million Britons are now living under tougher coronavirus restrictions than the rest of nation after health chiefs on Friday confirmed extra measures were to be imposed on the four areas in the north west as well as parts of Wales. London was also placed on the national lockdown watchlist because of a spike in cases and hos+pital admissions as government advisers warned the capital's R rate may now be as high as 1.5 - the same level seen in the North West, North East and the Midlands, which have all been stung by additional Covid-19 measures. Number 10 's expert panel SAGE also warned the reproductive rate of the virus may be as high as that for the UK overall. It is the advisory body's highest projection since it began tracking how quickly the disease was growing back in June and is slightly up on last week's estimate of 1.1 - 1.4.

Sources say that plans for up to three million daily coronavirus tests in the UK are underway and work on vaccines being administered from the beginning of December has also begun.

BEL MOONEY: This year may well go down as the one in which Britain faced its biggest danger since war. Who would have thought that Britons would become slaves to fear?

Is Britain's coronavirus outbreak taking off again? Infections are up 48% in a week

EXCLUSIVE: Today saw another 6,874 Covid-19 cases recorded, meaning the seven-day rolling average is 54 per cent higher than it was a week ago. MailOnline analysis shows this is the sixth consecutive day the average compared to the week before has risen. Before last Saturday, the weekly coronavirus growth rate had dropped every day for an entire week. It had plummeted from the high of 84 per cent on September 12 to 20 per cent on September 19. It comes as chief scientific advisors to the Government, Professor Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance, terrified the nation by their gloomy prediction that cases may reach 50,000 per day by mid-October, if nothing is done. They claimed infections were doubling every week, in line with growing outbreaks in Spain and France.

Two university halls go into quarantine after 127 students test positive - as hundreds throw illegal party and others demand assurances they won't be forced to stay over Christmas

Manchester Metropolitan University students at two accommodation sites in the city (left) have been instructed to self-isolate for 14 days following a spike in coronavirus cases. The immediate measures have been introduced at the Birley campus and Cambridge Halls after 127 students tested positive. It comes as students trapped in a spate of campus Covid outbreaks have slammed universities for opening halls of residents when coronavirus means they are studying from their rooms. Meanwhile students at the University of Manchester were filmed throwing an illegal party (right) outside their student halls. Some have also asked for assurances from institutions they will not be shut up in their accommodation when they move in. They fear universities in England may follow ones in Scotland in banning students from going to pubs and restaurants when they arrive.

The study for Tatler magazine also showed that 35 per cent of respondents concurred that the Duchess of Sussex, 39, 'wants to be president of the United States one day'.

British Royals: The Queen and family work harder and cost taxpayers less than European

The Constitution Unit at University College London found only the Belgian and Spanish royal families cost less per head of the population, reported The Times. In 2017-18 the Sovereign Grant was £75.1million, or £1.14 per person, acording to The Role of Monarchy in Modern Democracy. The grant is the taxpayer money that funds the official activities of the royal family - and is partially funded by the Queen's Crown Estate profits. The British royal family was also found to carry out more engagements than those on the other side of the Channel. Belgium's costs were slightly cheaper at £0.95 (€1.04) and Spain was just £0.16 (€0.17) because only the King and Queen carry out the engagements. Pictured top, British royal family. Bottom left, Norway's. Centre, Sweden's and bottom right, Spain's royal family.

The 76-year-old Duke of Gloucester Prince Richard and his wife, Birgitte, 74, decided to downsize after their children left home and moved into the Old Stables last September.

JOHN HUMPHRYS: Misogyny will be the latest in a growing list of so-called non-crime incidents. They already include race, religion, sexual orientation, transgender identity and disability.

Who'll bail out Boris? Johnson has taken a vast pay cut to be PM

With something resembling a genial grunt, the Prime Minister (pictured left with Carrie Symonds) urged his guests to tuck into lunch, Oxfordshire beef fillet with crispy shin, baby leeks and a rich gravy with the promise of marmalade bread and butter pudding to follow. 'Enjoy it,' he said before bellowing down the long dining table at Chequers: 'Eat every scrap. I have to pay for this you know!' For once Boris Johnson was not joking. Certainly in recent weeks there have been increasing murmurs about his financial plight and its effect on both his physical and mental well-being. Boris's divorce from long-suffering QC wife Marina Wheeler (pictured middle, top) pivoted on the finances. The Grade II-listed family home in Islington, north London, (top right) was sold for £3.35 million, netting a profit of more than £1 million on the purchase price. Land Registry records also show that there have been some changes to the status of the couple's country home, a £1.25 million farmhouse in Thame, Oxfordshire (pictured bottom right). Last year, before becoming Prime Minister, Boris took on another home when he and Carrie bought a £1.3 million four-bedroom town house in Camberwell, South London (pictured bottom, middle). At the same time he is providing for his daughter Stephanie, who was born in 2009 and is the product of an affair with art adviser Helen Macintyre (pictured middle, bottom).

Marvin Dyer, 16, plunged a combat knife through the heart and lungs of Baptista Adjei, 15, on the 231 bus in Stratford, east London, last year as revenge for jokes told about him on Snapchat.

DR MICHAEL MOSLEY: I am extremely thankful the problem was picked up so early, before raised blood sugars could do extensive damage to my blood vessels and nerves

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Could London be next to go into lockdown? Officers visit pubs to turf out drinkers before

Police were at a bar on Portobello Road in Notting Hill, west London, booting people out as the curfew kicked in (left). One man looked sad as he protested to a policewoman outside the upmarket establishment with friends. Another image showed an officer enter a pub and speak to women - who were not wearing face coverings - as the new closing time passed. It comes after the capital was put on the coronavirus 'watch list' on Friday morning following a rise in infections (right). Meanwhile nosy council inspectors have been peering through letterboxes and windows in an effort to track down pubs and clubs holding lock-ins past the coronavirus curfew (inset).

Charlotte Snook, an A&E nurse in North Lincolnshire, says her holiday to Marmaris, Turkey, has been ruined after Tui banned her from flying home after her daughter removed a mask.

The woman worked at the firm's factory in Freightliner Road, Hull, where the previous cases were discovered and where she was described by colleagues as 'an important member'.

Wales' health minister said ghostly 'lighthouse' lab would open in August - but it's STILL

Labour's bullish Welsh Health Secretary Vaughan Gething (left) claimed Britain's next 'Lighthouse Laboratory' in Newport, south Wales, would 'support our Test, Trace, Protect strategy'. The lab (top right and bottom right) has yet to open despite an original date of August being set for it to be 'up and running'. The multimillion-pound is one of a handful supposed to cover the whole of Britain. Figures released on Thursday showed that only 28 per cent of tests are now being processed in 24 hours, down from one in three the previous week and two-thirds the week before, with average wait times growing to 40 hours. Inset: Technicians scan test tubes containing live samples during the opening of the new Covid-19 testing lab at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow.

The strategy would see UK ministers encourage those most at-risk of coronavirus, including patients with underlying health woes, to stay home and shield - just like they were told to do during the first lockdown.

Sir Simon Stevens claimed Essential Pharma was attempting to raise the cost of a medicine for mental health disorders by 2,600 per cent.

Oh, 007! Is that REALLY you? The betting's off - Tom Hardy is set to be the next Bond

He played a gangland boss in Peaky Blinders, supervillain Bane in Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises and violent criminal Charles Bronson. But now, Tom Hardy, 43, could be battling the bad guys in the coveted role of James Bond and this is how he might look if he gets his licence to kill. It's a given 007 has a buff bod, and Tom fits the bill in Casino Royale (top left) and getting to grips with Jaws (top middle). If Tom starred in The Man With The Golden Gun he'd come up against Scaramanga (top right). We saw Bond's softer side in Casino Royale (bottom left). If Tom was in Moonraker would he be man enough to carry off this banana-coloured jumpsuit (bottom middle). And Tom as Bond in Goldfinger (bottom right)

A study has determined there are two different forms of rudeness over email. The first is 'active' and the second is 'passive'.

JANE CLARKE, one of the UK's top dietitians reveals how you can EAT to beat disease 

Having been a nutritionist and dietitian for more than 30 years (Jane Clarke pictured left), I've seen the impact of good food choices on our health. Indeed, the science now suggests that inflammation is the single biggest risk factor for serious health problems such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and dementia. These in turn make us more vulnerable to infections, including Covid-19. As well as advising chef Jamie Oliver (pictured right) during his school meals campaign and working with David Beckham - helping him with his diet as a footballer before the World Cup and later, giving him nutrition advice when he set up his football academy - I have looked after those at every stage of life, from babes in arms to grandparents.

Leading London divorce lawyer told women staff not to wear cardigans

Ayesha Vardag (pictured left), who runs law firm Vardags in London's Old Bailey (pictured right), wrote staff a lengthy email titled 'Attire and image - dress code and beyond'. In the email, the 'diva of divorce' reminded staff they needed to be 'looking fabulous at all times'. She advised women to dress 'formal' but said they could also be 'discreetly sexy and colourful and flamboyant' and should aim for a 'Chanel/Dior/Armani look'. Ms Vardag also noted they shouldn't wear anything 'homespun or homely' adding that 'cardigans are almost never ok' (pictured inset).

EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Samantha Cameron has maintained a dignified silence since Sasha Swire spilled the most intimate secrets about their friendship. But now her sister, Emily Sheffield, has hit back in the most personal fashion.

During her luxury getaway, new mother Carrie Symonds, 32, was pictured carrying five-month-old Wilfred in an Ergobaby 360 All Positions Baby Carrier - suitable for newborns up to 4 months.

Police release footage of fatal head-on crash caused by 'despicable' drug-driver, 25, as he is jailed for eight years for killing 'doting and playful grandfather'

WARNING: DISTRESSING FOOTAGE Aiden King-Eeson, from Birmingham, was jailed for eight years at Nottingham Crown Court for causing the death of Gurdip Singh Matharu. Nottinghamshire Police said footage of the incident had been released to warn motorists of the devastation drug-driving can cause. King-Eeson, from Handsworth, Birmingham, collided head-on with taxi driver Mr Matharu, who had been on his way home to celebrate his son's birthday.

Lily Rann, 12, chose the style because of her Jamaican heritage. But Norton Hill School in Somerset told her she would have to go to isolation if the extenstions were not removed.

Zoe Phillips and Andrew Perry worked for Gwent Police in Wales but resigned when the affair came to light, before a disciplinary panel ruled their actions amounted to gross misconduct.

Actress Lily Collins ENGAGED to director boyfriend Charlie McDowell

Lily Collins has announced she's engaged to director Charlie McDowell following a one-year romance. The actress, 31, took to Instagram on Friday to share the happy news alongside images of the couple kissing and the moment he proposed during a romantic date. Les Misérables star Lily, who confirmed her relationship with The One I Love filmmaker, 37, last August, wrote: 'I've been waiting my lifetime for you and I can't wait to spend our lifetime together...'. 

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank are expecting their first baby, Buckingham Palace has announced. The couple, who married in October 2018, are expecting the baby in early 2021

Princess Eugenie has only just announced her pregnancy - but there is already speculation over what she will name her baby. British bookmakers have released their picks.

Paris knife attack: Two stabbed near former Charlie Hebdo office

Two suspects were arrested separately shortly after the stabbing in which two people were wounded. The main suspect had been arrested a month ago on the steps of the Bastille Opera, not far from the attack site, for carrying a screwdriver but was not on the police radar for Islamic radicalisation. Interior minister Gerald Darmanin said the man - named as Ali - arrived in France three years ago as a minor, apparently from Pakistan, but his identity was still being verified. 'But manifestly it's an act of Islamist terrorism,' Mr Darmanin said in an interview with the France 2 television station. 'Obviously, there is little doubt. It's a new bloody attack against our country, against journalists, against this society.'

A fund was approved by the Archbishops' Council, which also said that in the future it would invite outside authorities to run independent inquiries into allegations against Church figures.

Malcolm Flynn, 72, from Carlisle, was fatally injured in what police said was a 'tragic incident' while he was walking on land near Thirlwall Castle and Gisland, Northumberland.

Harry Styles goes shirtless for a dip in the pool and chats with a mystery woman on the

The singer, 26, (left) flaunted his tattooed torso as he took in the stunning scenery and enjoyed a dip in the pool (inset) while staying on Italy's Amalfi Coast on Friday. He was also seen putting on an animated display as he chatted to his creative director Molly Hawkins (right) while wrapped in a towel.

Trump mocks 'sleepy Joe' for being 'low energy' after he attends FOUR campaign stops in

With just 39 days until the election, President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden are continuing to campaign in very different ways.  On Friday, the Commander-in-chief kept up his frenetic schedule, hosting four campaign events in three different states as Biden continued to lay low.   While national polls shows Biden remains favorite to win the White House on November 3, Trump is taking no chances - jetting from Florida to Georgia to Washington, D.C. to Virginia within the space of 12 hours. 

Migrant madness that's off the radar

SUE REID: As we investigated the French Navy's involvement in the Channel crossings, it became clear their vessels are now close to operating an escort service for migrants. The French, of course, say this is not a mess of their making. The Mail heard this French warship (bottom left) order this huge P&O ferry (bottom right) aside as it escorted migrants (top picture, vessel in the red box and top inset) into our waters. A Border Force vessel is seen while rescued migrants are seen top right. The Mail has charted the French Navy's interventions in the Channel over five months. We have discovered migrant boats routinely being shepherded towards Britain, and even into our waters near the White Cliffs of Dover.

Madeline Odent posted messages to her 5,000 followers in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement outlining how household items could permanently damage monuments.

Dame Hilary Mantel was hoping to scoop a third win for the final novel in her historical trilogy about Thomas Cromwell, having won in 2009 and 2012 for the first two volumes.

Dogs 'pick up scent of human remains' near lake house of Carole Baskin's missing husband

Cadaver dogs appear to have picked up the scent of human remains near a Florida lake house belonging to Carole Baskin's missing husband, Don Lewis.  Lewis - who started an animal sanctuary which later became Big Cat Rescue Corp - vanished a day before a scheduled trip to Costa Rica back in 1997.  Despite the fact he was legally declared dead back in 2002, his disappearance garnered global interest earlier this year following Baskin's star appearance in the Netflix documentary, Tiger King. 

The aircraft transmitted a 'squawk code 770, indicating general emergency, near Tewkesbury, UK', according to FlightRadar 24.

Two men have been arrested - one from South Carolina, one from Texas - and charged with supporting a terrorist group after the FBI intercepted plans to stage 'Netflix worthy' terror attacks.

'We can't do this alone': Gemma Collins and Olly Murs lead stars encouraging the nation to download NHS' COVID-19 contact tracing app

Olly Murs, Gemma Collins and Simon Cowell (top L-R) led the celebrities encouraging the public to download the NHS COVID-19 app in a new advert. The former TOWIE star, 39, and the Voice coach, 36, joined the likes of Chris Evans, Scarlett Moffatt and Gordon Ramsay (bottom L-R) to stress the importance of acquiring the platform in videos recorded from their respective homes. This weekend marks The Big App Download Weekend, where people from England and Wales will be coming together in a bid to help protect others and limit the spread of the virus.  

Office for National Statistics data shows people with office jobs are looking to leave built-up areas such as London for the countryside (pictured, Shaftesbury in Dorset).

British tourists will be required to show evidence of a negative Covid-19 PCR test on arrival, or risk being refused entry to the idyllic Caribbean country.

King's College London scientists behind the COVID Symptom Tracker mobile app estimate that there were at least 16,310 daily cases of the disease in the last week. The ONS thinks the figure is 9,600.

Ex-minister Esther McVey reveals there's nothing a can-do spirit can't conquer

The Tory MP got married last Saturday (pictured left and right), but when she first realised she was going to have to cull her wedding guest list, to comply with Covid rules, she worried about how to break the news to her friends. She needn't have. She tells me - from her honeymoon, no less! - that even before she had summoned up the courage to tell most of her guests that their services (and hats) would no longer be required, there was a stampede as guests contacted her. Yes, while everyone else was clamouring to say they wouldn't be offended at being uninvited, bold Boris (pictured inset) was still assuring her that he'd be there, come whatever. 'I had to tell him, in this instance, Boris, you can't come.' Let's just clarify here. You culled the Prime Minister from your wedding guest list?

Before you judge the morality of WikiLeaks, read this devastating expose first 

When the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was both a free man and at the height of his new-found fame and notoriety, in early 2011, he agreed to furnish a fascinated world with his autobiography. One of the chapter titles he suggested to his ghost writer, the respected author Andrew O'Hagan, ought to be 'Women'. This did not go down well with Assange's then-girlfriend and aide de camp, Sarah Harrison, a young Englishwoman who had joined WikiLeaks as a starry-eyed intern. For her, some of that stardust had clearly faded. Assange is pictured left celebrating his 40th birthday with former friend Jemima Goldsmith, who stood him bail. She later withdrew her support for him. Lawyer Stella Moris, who is standing by her man, is pictured right with her two children by Assange.

Facebook critics announced their alternative to the social media site's Oversight Board, which will address the social media site's polices and practices ahead of the election.

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The women who have recreated their favourite foreign pools - in their own back gardens! 

With the prospect of relaxing by a sun-drenched swimming pool or enjoying an invigorating al fresco swim fading ever more into the realms of fantasy, the staycation has become the buzzword of 2020. Not so for these lucky families, who are enjoying their favourite holiday pool experiences at home. Jenny Brown, left, is pictured above in her secluded pool inspired by the Thai island of Ko Chang, inset. America Brewer is pictured right with husband Nick. They spent £200,000 transforming their old pool and inspired the new look on the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach, inset. Despite our unpredictable British weather, according to the Swimming Pool and Allied Trades Association there are now more than 250,000 homes with pools in the UK, with many evoking the best that foreign jaunts have to offer.

Taxi driver, 37, charged with murdering his 'amazing' mother-of-seven wife, 39

Abida Karim (left) was found dead by police in Leeds, West Yorkshire yesterday morning. Her husband Sajid Pervez has been charged of murder and is due to appear in court. It is understood that Ms Karim only returned home last week after burying her father in Pakistan. The red-brick terraced property in Harehills now lies behind a police cordon as forensics experts work in the house. Pictured right: Police at the scene.

Paedophile Rolf Harris has been seen in public for the first time since he turned 90 during the coronavirus lockdown. He was spotted taking his dog for a walk in Bray in Berkshire.

Bosses at Boohoo had known about the issues over low pay and poor working conditions at their Leicester clothes factories for months before the scandal was exposed, a new report has revealed.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg's personal trainer of 20 years performs three push-ups in front of her casket in tribute to the Supreme Court Justice and fitness enthusiast 

Bryant Johnson was seen dropping to the ground in the Statuary Hall inside the Supreme Court and doing the exercises during the memorial service Friday. Johnson helped RBG (inset together) stay fit and active even during her bouts of cancer, after they started working out together back in 1999. The justice once referred to Johnson as a 'very important part of my life' while he called her 'remarkable' and someone who didn't say 'can't'. Ginsburg was known for her fitness regime including push-ups, planks and squats and often promoted the benefits of taking care of her body. At the service Friday mourners including Joe Biden and Kamala Harris paid their respects as she became the first woman and the first Jewish person to lie in state.

Researchers in the US used several AI tools, including IBM Watson, to analyse transcripts of older adults interviewed about feelings of loneliness.

According to a Travelodge study, many of us also appreciatea good cup of tea, and the joys of a good belly laugh, while the NHS, a garden and the family pet are also among the top things in life.

North Wales Police are appealing for any information regarding the whereabouts of Adele Jones, 14, from Bangor. The teenager was last seen on September 21.

The 32-year-old tourist called police from a holiday home in Lecce (file image) after she was allegedly attacked in a different apartment by young men she had spent the evening with.

Christian Concern brought the action against the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) over its change to the regulations which allow women to have abortions at home.

ROBERT HARRIS: Heroines who gave the V-sign to the V2

ROBERT HARRIS: Should you want to cheer yourself up in these grim times, my advice would be to read the obituary columns. They will remind you that the wartime generation went through far harder trials than anything we are experiencing and lived to see a better world. WAAF officer Eileen Younghusband is pictured left, while the crater after a V2 strike on Chiswick, west London is seen above. Human mortality being what it is, the senior figures of 1939-45 - the commanders, war heroes and politicians - have long since passed into history. For some years we have been left to read the lives of people recognisably like our parents and grandparents, who are also now a dwindling band, fading into memory: ordinary men and women, only in their 20s when the war ended, who did not have the time to achieve high rank, but who nevertheless faced challenges that put our own current travails in proper perspective.

Nicky Falder, 33, and his wife Bev, 32, erected the 13ft wooden structure for their sons Max, nine, and Toby, seven, to enjoy in the garden of their Belle Vue, Carlisle, home.

An American woman took to Reddit and told how she was asked by her neighbor to breastfeed his five-month-old baby girl, however the birth mother, who she assumed was away, has vented fury.

London then - and now: Amazing Jason Hawkes aerial photos document the UK capital's

What a difference 15 years makes. Aerial photography specialist Jason Hawkes recently snapped a set of stunning images of London from a helicopter, matching the angles with photographs he took above the capital between 2005 and 2007. His images show that in some areas the city has undergone dramatic changes - there's now a rather lofty Shard skyscraper, Canary Wharf is becoming a forest of tall buildings and the King's Cross area has truly flourished. Jason, who takes his pictures from between 750 and 2,450ft up, told MailOnline Travel that his favourite view is 'at dusk looking West through the City cluster with the Thames meandering in the background'.

A study of 24,000 people from 12 European countries conducted by pharmaceutical firm Thornton & Ross reveals people who live in Britain are the least likely to discuss their sex life.

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Terrifying moment a driver runs over a CROCODILE at a deadly river crossing - just weeks after 10 of the maneaters surrounded a couple at the same spot

The footage, captured at Cahills Crossing, Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory, showed a four-wheel drive driving through the water. Onlookers filmed the crossing in the hopes of catching a glimpse of one of the crocodiles, with previous visitors to the site spotting up to 20 at a time.

The plane was hauled from the water in the Kalamita Bay, near the village of Novofyodorovka, Crimea, as part of a joint expedition of the Russian Geographical Society and Russian Defence Ministry.

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Floating on an Arctic ice floe to highlight climate change, it's Brritain's answer to

Myra-Rose Craig (circled), 18, from the Chew Valley, south of Bristol, Somerset, mounted a solitary protest on an ice floe at the edge of the Arctic Ocean yesterday to highlight climate change. She was participating in Fridays for Future, a global campaign inspired by Miss Thunberg, the 17-year-old Swedish activist. As she floated on the icy waters, Miss Craig held up a sign for Miss Thunberg's Youth Strike for Climate movement.

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Developers of Florida hotel make amazing finds during renovation

Technically it's a hotel renovation - but it's turned into a treasure hunt. Developers renovating a historic hotel in Florida once visited by John F. Kennedy have been startled by a series of incredible discoveries, unearthed as walls have been taken down and wallpaper peeled away. They've found a hand-cranked elevator (left), a staircase leading to nowhere (bottom middle), brick fireplaces (right), an original wooden telephone switchboard (top middle), hand-painted wallpaper, hand-carved columns and newspaper clippings with adverts for horse-drawn carriages.

Eric, two, a white pekingese pooch from London, is the talk of the town with his impressive bob and is spoiled by his doting owners, who feed him Italian cuisine and ice cream.

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Tense moment residents in Dutch town come together to stop hot air balloon with 12 passengers on board hitting the ground after pilot ran into trouble and it dropped from the sky

After the hot air balloon operator got into trouble and lost altitude in Nijkerk, Netherlands, nearly landing on the college's cycling path, bystanders leapt into action and guided the basket away from the area. In the video footage, around a dozen residents are seen keeping the balloon's basket, with a number of passengers still on board, above ground. Meanwhile, the operator tries to make the balloon stay in the air by applying the thrust. The cameraperson then pans in on the huge balloon extending high above the nearby treeline.

   

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