London acid attack — pair ‘burnt with corrosive liquid’ and rushed to hospital in Hackney

Witnesses said a car was run off the road shortly before the corrosive liquid was hurled at the two.

The car hit a brick wall on Cricketfield Road, Hackney, after a chase.

It is believed police were initially called to Downs Road and then Cricketfield Road just after 7.20pm on Friday evening.

A Met Police spokesman said: “Police were called at 7.21pm on Friday, 21 June to reports of a corrosive substance attack at Cricketfield Road, E5.

“Officers and London Ambulance Service attended.

“At the scene, two males, aged 20s, were found suffering from substance burns.

“Both injured males were taken to east London hospitals.

“Their condition has been assessed as non-life threatening.”

Police are continuing their investigation and no arrests have yet been made.

The number of acid attack cases in London has soared in recent years, doubling from less than 200 in 2014 and 431 in 2016.

“Two males, aged 20s, were found suffering from substance burns”

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More than half of all incidents in the UK have taken place in the capital, with the UK having one of the highest rates per capita, according to Acid Survivors Trust International.

It comes just hours after another suspected acid attack in London.

Two men wearing burkhas doused a market trader with acid in Walthamstow, north-east London.

The victim, an Algerian man, was setting up his stall at the market when he was tapped on the shoulder by “two men in skirts”, according to onlookers.

 

He then ran into a cafe with his hands covering his face before washing off the liquid in the toilets.

Police said he had been transferred to Whipps Cross Hospital, east London with “potentially life-changing injuries”.

A crime scene was put in place on Walthamstow High Street between Truro Road and Erskine Road.

There was another similar attack earlier this week when a man had “acid” thrown in his face in a drive-by attack in Edmonton, north London.

The victim, a 21-year-old man, was taken to hospital where it was declared his injuries were not life-changing or life-threatening.

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Hannah Green Leads by 3 Strokes at the Women’s P.G.A. Championship

Hannah Green had both momentum and luck on her side as she extended her lead at the Women’s P.G.A. Championship to three shots on Friday.

Green, a 22-year-old Australian, maintained her momentum from a superb opening round in which she needed just 23 putts. On Friday, she had 27 putts on the way to a three-under-par 69 and a seven-under total of 137.

Ariya Jutanugarn, the two-time major winner from Thailand, was alone in second after shooting 70 at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn.

Lydia Ko of New Zealand, who shot 70, and the defending champion, Park Sung-hyun, who shot 71, were tied for third at 141.

Nelly Korda is at 142 with Angel Yin, while Lizette Salas, Moriya Jutanugarn, Lin Xiyu, Kang Ji-min, Caroline Hedwall, Nuria Iturrioz, Kim Hyo-joo, Pernilla Lindberg and Lexi Thompson are at 143.

Green also holed a shot for the second straight day. Green put her second shot on the par-4 12th in the water. After a penalty drop, her ball ended up tucked down in the rough. But she gouged it out with a wedge, and it rolled straight in for a par save.

“When it went in, I just laughed,” she said. “I guess with the hole-out on seven yesterday and the hole-out today, it’s really going my way.”

Green’s best previous finish at a major was a tie for 16th at last year’s ANA Inspiration.

Green started her round with a bogey on the first hole — the lone blemish on her scorecard — but birdied Nos. 2, 6, 8 and 14.

The American Michelle Wie, who was returning to competition for the first time in two months, stumbled to the finish for the second straight day with a shocking 10-over 82.

Wie, who is coming off wrist surgery, had one of the worst performances of her career, finishing in 147th place with a 22-over 166 score.

“Not great,” Wie said when asked how her hand felt. “In an ideal world, I’d wake up and be fine and play next week. Going to go back and figure out what’s next.”

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Flames take forward Pelletier at No. 26

VANCOUVER – Jakob Pelletier tried to stay calm Friday night as the Calgary Flames staff moved towards the draft stage.

The 18-year-old winger from Quebec City had spoken with the club earlier in the day and knew they were interested, but wasn’t sure if the Flames would actually take him with the 26th overall pick.

They did.

“I think it’s just amazing. It’s incredible. Just to get drafted, it’s a dream come true,” Pelletier said.

“I didn’t know if I was going to get picked tonight or tomorrow so I’m pretty proud to get drafted tonight.”

The five-foot-nine, 165-pound forward is coming off his second season with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Moncton Wildcats.

Last season, he tallied 39 goals and 89 points in 65 games after producing a point per game in his rookie campaign.

He has played internationally for Canada, suiting up in both the Hlinka Gretzky Cup and the under-18 world championship.

Now Pelletier’s looking forward to joining the Flames, saying it’s a squad full of young talent and a place he can make his mark.

“I’m a small guy that’s going to play big,” he said. “I’m a competitor. I can create the offence and play some defensive role, too.”

Calgary has four other picks this year, starting with the 88th selection.

It’s a major difference from the 2018 event, where the Flames didn’t have a single pick in the first three rounds after trading multiple selections to New York Islanders for defenceman Travis Hamonic.

Despite the lack of picks, Calgary managed to grab headlines with a blockbuster trade.

Midway through day two of the draft, the Flames sent star defenceman Dougie Hamilton, forward Michael Ferland and prospect Adam Fox to the Carolina Hurricanes for forward Elias Lindholm and defenceman Noah Hanifin.

Lindholm went on to be the Flames’ third leading scorer this season, notching 27 goals and 51 assists in 78 games. Hanifin registered a career-high 33 points.

Calgary finished the year atop the Pacific Division but fizzled in the playoffs. The Colorado Avalanche ousted the team from round one in just five games.

The last time the Flames picked in the first round was 2017 when they took Juuso Valimaki 16th overall. The Finnish defenceman played 24 games for Calgary last season, tallying a goal and two assists.

Back in 2016, the Flames chose Matthew Tkachuk with their first-round pick, drafting the Scottsdale, Ariz., native sixth overall. The left winger has since become a crucial piece for Calgary, producing 34 goals and 43 assists last season.

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Nicki Minaj Claims She Saw Miley Cyrus After ‘She Sucked’ Producer’s ‘D**k In The Stud

Nicki Minaj is saying, “What’s good?” to Miley Cyrus once again.

Recently, the Hannah Montana star seemingly reignited her longstanding feud with the rapper after singing, “I love you Nicki, but I listen to Cardi ,” in her new song Cattitude.

Needless to say, the female MC was none too pleased!

On Friday’s episode of Queen Radio, Nicki called out Miley, claiming she hooked up with producer Mike WiLL Made-It:

“Perdue Chickens can never talk s**t about queens. She disrespected me in a magazine article for no reason. I had just seen her after she sucked Mike WiLL’s d**k in the studio.”

Mike and Miley have collaborated on a number of songs, including We Can’t Stop, 23, and Party Up the Street.

As you may remember, back in 2015, Cyrus sided with Taylor Swift, who feuded with Minaj over MTV Video Music Awards nominations.

Miley said in a New York Times interview:

“What I read sounded very Nicki Minaj, which, if you know Nicki Minaj is not too kind.”

During the show — which Cyrus hosted — Nicki got on stage after winning Best Hip-Hop Video and exclaimed:

“Back to this bitch that had a lot to say about me the other day in the press. Miley, what’s good?”

During Queen Radio, Nicki also revealed she is getting married to her registered sex offender beau, Kenneth Petty.

“We did get our marriage license.”

She added:

“I think I have what I was striving for, just happiness… It was so hard to get to a happy place. Now that I’m there I don’t want to compromise that for anyone of anything. Certain traveling things I don’t wanna do it. I’m just enjoying my downtime.”

As we wrote, the two got hot and heavy in her latest music video, Megatron.

Despite facing criticism for putting Petty in the clip, the 36-year-old artist simply does not care. Per a TMZ source on Friday:

“She’s happy and in love and he’s not going anywhere.”

Petty first went public with Nicki back in December 2018, and it is obvious they are still going strong to this day.

Kenneth was sentenced to between 18 and 54 months in state prison at the time of his 1995 conviction, though it is unclear how much time he actually served.

Petty was also charged with manslaughter back in 2006 after allegedly shooting a man in an unrelated incident.

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Syria: Who’s in control of Idlib?

The northern Syrian province of Idlib is the last remaining stronghold controlled by forces opposed to President Bashar al-Assad.

Syrian government forces, backed by their Russian allies, have stepped up bombardment of the rebel-held territory.

According to the UN, nearly 300 people have died in Idlib province and more than 300,000 people have been displaced since the escalation of violence in May.

Russia and Syria have accused groups controlling the area of violating the ceasefire agreement and carrying out attacks against civilians and military positions.

In September last year, Russia, Turkey and Iran agreed to extend a ceasefire across north-west Syria and impose a 30km (18.6 mile) buffer zone between opposing forces.

Who controls Idlib?

Idlib has been controlled by a number of rival factions, rather than a single group, since it fell to the opposition in 2015.

The main armed groups operating there are:

In January 2019, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), an alliance of jihadists groups, launched a large-scale offensive against rival rebel groups in the area.

HTS has now become one of the strongest militant groups in northern Syria. It largely controls Idlib province, including the provincial capital and the border crossing with Turkey at Bab al-Hawa.

HTS is the latest incarnation of al-Nusra Front, which was al-Qaeda’s official affiliate in Syria.

In 2016, al-Nusra Front declared that it had severed formal ties with the al-Qaeda network and renamed itself Jabhat Fateh al-Sham.

The following year, it merged with several small jihadist groups fighting in Syria and formed HTS.

Although HTS insists it is independent and not linked to an external entity, the UN, US and Turkey consider it a group associated with al-Qaeda and list it as a terrorist organisation.

Although independent analysts are cautious about making estimates, Charles Lister, of the US-based Middle East Institute, says he believes HTS has roughly 15,000 full-time fighters, and several thousand more civilian employees.

“Beyond HTS, Idlib is also home to at least a dozen other jihadist groups, most of whom remain more openly loyal to al-Qaeda – they probably command a rough total of 7,500 more men at arms,” he says.

The top US general is reported to have estimated that there were 20,000 to 30,000 militants in Idlib, while the UN – in a report published in January – estimated there were 20,000 fighters in Idlib associated with HTS, including many foreigners.

Syrian government supporters say the numbers are significantly higher.

Pro-government MP, Fares Shehabi, told BBC Reality Check that currently there are as many as 100,000 HTS fighters in Idlib.

He believes HTS is affiliated to al-Qaeda despite its denials. “They carry al-Qaeda flags, they practise al-Qaeda methods,” he said

Other groups

The other significant force is the National Liberation Front (NLF), which was formed in 2018 by rebel factions wanting to counter HTS.

It is a Turkish-backed alliance that includes hardline Islamist groups like Ahrar al-Sham, as well as several groups fighting under the banner of the Free Syrian Army – a force considered more “moderate” by Western powers.

Earlier this year, NLF lost most of the area under its control in northern Syria to HTS after fighting broke out between the two groups. NLF reached an agreement recognising the HTS-backed administration, and since then the two groups have been fighting together against recent Syrian government assaults.

Aron Lund, a fellow with the US-based research group The Century Foundation, says the NLF is held together by Turkish leadership, as well as Turkish money, weapons and supplies.

“The NLF will stand or fall with Turkey’s involvement in Syria,” he says.

There are other groups as well.

One is Hurras al-Din (Guardians of Religion), a splinter group from HTS that is widely believed to be al-Qaeda’s new affiliate in Syria.

Hurras al-Din is largely made up of HTS defectors and the two groups have so far found it difficult to set aside their differences and work together beyond occasional, limited collaboration.

Foreign militants

There are also many foreign jihadists in Idlib, many of whom are fighting for groups associated with al-Qaeda.

The Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP) is a group of Uighur fighters, who mostly fight alongside HTS.

The Uighurs – a Muslim ethnic minority primarily based in China’s Xinjiang province – established a presence in northern Syria in the early years of the civil war.

There are also the predominantly-Uzbek Tawhid and Jihad Brigade, which is aligned with HTS, and the Imam al-Bukhari Brigade.

“We believe there are about 30-40,000 foreign fighters mainly Uighur, Tajik, Uzbek, Turks, and others from 103 nationalities – many with their migrated families,” says Syrian MP Fares Shehabi.

But Raffaello Pantucci, of the UK-based security think tank the Royal United Services Institute, believes this number is too high.

“They and their families may not number more than several thousand,” he says.

There are also believed to be other foreign jihadists in Idlib, including Chechens and Uzbeks, although the numbers are likely to be smaller.

Civilians trapped in Idlib

A major concern now is for the civilians living in Idlib.

The UN estimates it is home to 3 million people, including 1 million children.

More than 40% of these come from other areas previously held by opposition forces.

UN officials say as many as 800,000 people could be displaced by a full-scale offensive on the province, and that the number of people needing aid in Syria – currently two million – could increase dramatically.

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Canucks pick forward Vasily Podkolzin at No. 10

VANCOUVER – The Vancouver Canucks picked Russian forward Vasily Podkolzin 10th overall at the NHL draft on Friday.

The 17-year-old played part of last season for St. Petersburg of the KHL and was the No. 2 European skater on the NHL Central Scouting prospect list.

Podkolzin, six-foot-one 196 pounds, captained Russia at the under-18 world championships. He had one goal and four points in seven games to help his country win silver.

The selection was announced at Rogers Arena where the Canucks are hosting this year’s draft.

Some of Vancouver’s recent first-round draft picks have quickly become key to the club’s rebuilding process.

Last year, the Canucks scooped up defenceman Quinn Hughes seventh overall. The 19-year-old made his NHL debut in March and tallied three assists before the end of the season.

Hughes was in the crowd at Rogers Arena on Friday, cheering for his younger brother, Jack Hughes, who was picked No. 1 by the New Jersey Devils.

Elias Pettersson, taken fifth overall by the Canucks in 2017, won the Calder Trophy for rookie of the year at the NHL’s annual awards ceremony on Wednesday.

The Swedish centre led Vancouver in scoring last season, posting 28 goals and 38 assists over 71 games.

Despite Pettersson’s success, the Canucks missed the playoffs for the fourth year in a row, finishing the regular season fifth in the Pacific Division with a 35-36-11 record.

The lacklustre performance brought mounting pressure for the team’s general manager, Jim Benning.

Vancouver has made the playoffs just once since Benning took the reigns in 2014, and the GM has repeatedly come under fire for signing under-performing forwards like Loui Eriksson, Sam Gagner, Tim Schaller and Jay Beagle.

While the former scout has collected some talented young athletes for the Canucks, question marks remain over some of his other selections.

Defenceman Olli Juolevi, taken fifth overall in 2016, has yet to play his first NHL game after suffering a number of injuries, including knee surgery last winter.

Benning will have an opportunity to add to Vancouver’s prospect pool when the draft continues on Saturday. The Canucks have eight more picks, starting with the 40th selection.

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Evil couple jailed after newborn son was smothered to death after row about sex

An evil couple have been jailed after one of them smothered their newborn baby son to death after a booze-fuelled row about sex.

Luke Morgan, 26, and Emma Cole, 22, were found guilty of causing or allowing the death of nine-week-old Tyler Morgan.

The tot had what appeared to be a human bite mark on his arm and he had also suffered broken ribs.

Hours before his death on April 29, 2014, neighbours heard the pair rowing about being short of money.

Residents also said Morgan was angry because he wanted to have sex with Cole but had been prevented from doing so because Tyler was still awake.

Paramedics were called to the couple's two-bedroom flat in Burntwood, Staffs., at around 2.42am to find the child unresponsive.


Tyler was rushed to Walsall Manor Hospital where he was later pronounced dead by paramedics shortly after 4am.

Injuries to Tyler included three rib fractures, marks to both sides of his face and the bridge of his nose and a bite mark to the right forearm.

The couple had both denied playing any part in their son's death. They were cleared of murder and manslaughter but convicted of causing or allowing his death.

Today Morgan was jailed for eight years while Cole was caged for five years at Stafford Crown Court.

Judge Michael Chambers QC said: “One of you deliberately smothered the child. The other was aware of the risks and failed to protect him.

“I am satisfied there was a delay of up to one hour before calling an ambulance.”

Judge Chambers said he found Morgan was also responsible for a bite mark on Tyler's forearm and rib fractures.

Prosecutor Andrew Smith QC said: "Luke Morgan was angry because he wanted to have sex with Miss Cole and had been prevented by Tyler being up.

"On the night of April 28, a neighbour went to bed at 10.30pm and she could hear them having an argument about having no money. Emma was sobbing.

"In the early hours of April 29 there was a high pitch screech from Miss Cole.”

The court heard an ambulance was called to the couple’s home at 2.42am after Morgan said he had kissed his son's forehead and it felt cool to the touch.

Tyler was taken to Walsall Manor Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 4.30am.

After the case, Tyler’s grandparents said in a statement: "Losing Tyler was the worst day of our lives.

“Not knowing how or why is the worst situation we could have been in.

"To think it’s been five years since we lost this beautiful baby boy and it’s only now, we are getting answers.

"We miss you so much, Tyler and not a day goes by where we don’t think of you.

"Our family has been ripped apart during the last five years. We now have to find a way of carrying on now that this trial has finished."

Detective Chief Inspector Victoria Downing, of Staffordshire Police, described the case as "tragic and very distressing."

She said: "Our first thoughts are with Tyler, who was barely two-months-old when he lost his life, and his extended family. 

"This has been a difficult and distressing case to bring before the courts and we are grateful to those who have provided evidence to allow the jury to reach this decision."

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Church of England to recognise monasteries

Church of England is to recognise monasteries for the first time since the days of Henry VIII when the monarch seized their wealth

  • Church of England to recognize monasteries for the first time in centuries
  • King Henry VIII destroyed the monasteries and even seized their wealth 
  • The legal recognition of these organisations will be completed next February

The Church of England is to recognise monasteries for the first time since the days of Henry VIII.

The move will bring more than 80 semi-official religious communities – some of them loyal to medieval monastic traditions – in from the cold to become full members of the Anglican fold. 

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, is likely to become the first Anglican Primate in 480 years to supervise communities of monks and nuns when legal recognition of the organisations is completed next February.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, is likely to become the first Anglican Primate in 480 years to supervise communities of monks and nuns when legal recognition of the organisations is completed next February [File photo]

Monasteries were among the most powerful economic, educational and social welfare institutions in England until Henry VIII destroyed them and seized their wealth. 

Their dissolution was carried out by Henry’s chief minister, Thomas Cromwell, in an often violent campaign that left a gap in the life of many towns and cities for centuries. A number of great churches were abandoned to go to ruin.


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Emmerdale spoilers: Nate Robinson and Cain Dingle’s past history exposed after Moira clue?

Nate (played by Jurell Carter) has been making waves all around Emmerdale village in recent episodes, particularly with the women.

Beginning to reveal himself to be a major womaniser, the farmer has already had a major run-in with Tracy Metcalfe (Amy Walsh), Kerry Wyatt (Laura Norton) and Amy Wyatt (Natalie Ann Jamieson).

It turned out not only was he on a date with Amy barely a day after sleeping with Tracy, but there is also some serious history with Amy’s mother too.

Kerry convinced Nate to keep quiet about their rendezvous – which probably took place after the Big Night Out episodes – and Amy later forgave his indiscretions.

The pair were just starting to get close as Amy was keen to take things further, but Nate took a U-turn and insisted he wanted them to take things slow.

When he later had a moment with Cain’s (Jeff Hordley) wife Moira (Natalie J. Robb) however, the lingering chemistry prompted a very different response and Nate raced to see Amy for a night of passion instead.

While it was clear the farmer had developed feelings for his boss, and that alone would make him and Cain enemies, there could be a very different reason for his attraction.

What if Nate is putting on an act to get Moira on his side simply to get revenge against Cain?

Have the pair met before? Or is Nate related to someone Cain has used and abused in the past?

Viewers are convinced there’s more to the duo’s animosity than they’re letting on, so they’ll simply have to wait for the truth to be revealed.

 

Emmerdale continues Monday at 7pm on ITV

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Sharing their guesses on Twitter, fans were eager to see the outcome.

One person mused: “So I’m thinking that Nate is genuinely interested in Amy.

“But he has some vendetta against Cain which is why he’ll deliberately try and come between him and Moira.

“That affair will be lust on her part but a ploy by Nate.”

“By the looks of things, Cain has another son in the form of Nate by the way he’s acting towards him, another guessed.

A third said: “Whatever Nate’s connection to Cain is, it must be bad.”

And a fourth speculated: “Nate is really upset with Cain, I’m guessing Nate thinks Cain is his dad lol.”

”Why does Nate hate Cain so much? Has it got anything to do with them being family?” A fifth fan then wondered. 

Whatever the case, when Cain discovers how close Nate and Moira have been getting on the ITV soap, it’ll probably be game over.

Emmerdale continues Monday at 7pm on ITV.

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Terrified girl, 15, texted friend ‘he’s in my room… I’m scared’ moments before ‘mum’s boyfriend killed her’

A TERRIFIED girl sent a haunting final text saying "he's in my room…I'm scared babe" moments before her mum's lover killed her.

Riley Crossman, 15, sent the two messages to a pal just 12 minutes apart on May 7 and was reported missing the next day by her mum Chantal Oakley.


Her body was discovered on an embankment in West Virginia nine days later but it isn't yet clear how she died as her body was so badly decomposed.

Andy McCauley, who was dating her mum, has appeared in court charged with Riley's murder.

The teenager had mentioned his name in her final messages just after 11pm before she died, court documents reveal.

According to The Journal, he was charged after cadaver dogs found traces of dead body odour in the bed of his truck.

Investigators also noted inconsistencies in the stories he told them about his whereabouts around the time Riley vanished.

Devastated Chantal told Dateline of her panic on May 8 when Riley’s school called to say she hadn’t come in.

She said: "I went upstairs and walked in her room and she wasn’t there.

"I was mad and scared because, at that point, no one had heard from her.

"Then I got the call from the school saying she had been marked absent.



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