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Head teachers warned against shutting schools early as experts say jabs will resist new mutant Covid Omicron

Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi urged teachers to hold their nerve yesterday, amid growing concern over the Omicron strain. Mr Zahawi insisted closing schools would “be the last possible option” this winter, as he rejected pleas for a return to bubbles or home-schooling, saying: “The best place for children is in the classroom, learning.” It came as former …

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Boris Johnson to hold TV press conference today as Omicron Covid variant spreads

Boris Johnson is set to hold a TV press conference later today after 14 confirmed cases of the Omicron Covid variant have been detected in the UK. He is expected to update the public on new Covid rules which came into effect at 4am on Tuesday morning, including the new compulsory face masks in shops and on public …

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Arthur Labinjo-Hughes trial: Stepmum accused of murder admits child cruelty by beating

A stepmum accused of murdering a boy has pleaded guilty part-way through her trial to cruelly beating the six-year-old. Emma Tustin, who is also accused of killing stepson Arthur Labinjo-Hughes, changed her plea to the count of child cruelty today. The boy’s father Thomas Hughes, 29, and Tustin, are both on trial accused of murder …

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Shock and sadness as fans pay tribute as legendary actor dies

CROCODILE Dundee star David Gulpilil has died at the age of 68 as in fans pay tribute to the groundbreaking actor.  The “iconic” indigenous Australian actor, who was was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2017, was from the Mandhalpingu clan of the Yolŋu people and was raised in Arnhem land. He said: “It is with deep sadness that I share with the people of South …

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Queen battled illness then gave Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ‘biggest smackdown’

Queen Elizabeth II gave Prince Harry and Meghan Markle “the biggest smackdown” when she attended the recent double royal christening, a commentator has claimed.  After recent battles with illness, the monarch attended the double christening of Zara and Mike Tindall’s son Lucas, and Princess Eugenie’s son August last week.  The Queen’s health scares had only recently prevented her from attending the Remembrance Sunday commemorations at …

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Brits who didn’t travel have Covid Omicron variant as PM told to tighten rules now

The Omicron Covid variant has already been detected in Brits with no travel links to southern Africa, it emerged today. Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said “there might already be some community transmission” after six cases were announced in the country. Branding it “potentially the most challenging development” for many months, she also demanded Boris Johnson tighten up …

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Man, 40, charged with murder of missing mum-of-two Alexandra Morgan who vanished over 2 weeks ago

Alexandra Morgan, 34, was last seen at a petrol station near Cranbrook, Kent, on November 14. Police have today announced they have charged Mark Brown with murder. The 40-year-old, from St-Leonards-on-Sea in East Sussex, will appear from custody at Medway Magistrates’ Court today. A 53-year-old man also arrested on suspicion of murder has been released …

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Ava White: Boy, 14, charged with murder after girl, 12, was ‘stabbed to death’ in Liverpool

The teen boy, 14, was arrested charged after Ava White, 12, suffered “catastrophic” stab injuries during a horrific attack in Liverpool. Police and paramedics rushed to Church Alley in the city just before 8.40pm on Thursday night after receiving reports of an assault. The streets were packed with families enjoying the Christmas festivities when the 12-year-old …

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Insulate Britain: Activist jailed for blocking M25 on hunger strike in prison

An Insulate Britain activist, who was jailed for four months last week for breaking the National Highways’ M25 injunction, is on hunger strike in prison. Emma Smart announced her intention to take this action after being sentenced at the High Court. The 44-year-old biologist has gone without food for five days now and vows to continue until the …

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