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Euro 2024: Eight England fans arrested in Frankfurt – as offences revealed | World News

Eight England fans have been arrested in Frankfurt, where the Three Lions took on Denmark on Thursday night in their Euro 2024 clash.

One was detained for riding an e-scooter while under the influence of alcohol.

Others were held for bodily harm and violating narcotics laws.

The police also confirmed one arrest had been made after a person attempted to enter the stadium dressed as a referee – though their nationality was not specified.

German police monitor fans from a bridge in Frankfurt Pic: AP
German police monitor fans from a bridge in Frankfurt Pic: AP

Hessen Police said no Danish fans were arrested in the city yesterday.

A spokesman added that there was an “exuberant mood” among the fan groups – and despite the arrests, there was a “peaceful togetherness on the streets”.

On Wednesday, three England fans were also arrested by German police.

Their alleged offences included bottle throwing, throwing a missile at an officer, and being in possession of drugs.

Although there was a small amount of unrest, the UK Football Policing Unit said no major issues were reported as 2,000 fans packed into the main city square.

Rubbish left after the match. Pic: Reuters
Rubbish left after the match. Pic: Reuters

“This is indicative of what we have seen across Germany so far, with the vast majority of England fans behaving extremely well,” the statement added.

Ahead of the Group C clash – which ended in a 1-1 draw – local detectives had classed the match as “high risk”.

But while there was an increased police presence in and around the stadium, there was no ban on alcohol sales within the venue.

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British police are in Germany helping to monitor England fans. Pic: AP

In the run-up to England’s match against Serbia last weekend, riot police were forced to intervene outside a restaurant festooned with Serbian flags.

Video posted on social media showed men throwing chairs at each other.

Seven Serbia supporters and one England fan were detained after the brawl and missed the game.

Last week, Sky News spoke to the British officers deployed to Germany to help monitor England fans.

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Chairs and bottles thrown as football fans clash

PC Stuart Dickerson, from the UK Football Policing Unit, said: “We have seen people openly taking cocaine off the back of their hands.

“They’re drinking beer that’s a lot stronger than they’re used to and people tend to get carried away and do things they don’t do at home.”

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He warned that “the slightest thing” can change the dynamic in the crowd after hours of drinking – with something as little as a smashed bottle or a cross word sparking a fight.

“They’re singing a song and all of a sudden, they just turn, and you see the body language change, the chest puffs up,” he added.

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Fans celebrate first England goal of the Euros

Spotters in the crowd have identified English supporters who have previous convictions for football violence – and at the time of the interview, PC Dickerson said about 100 known hooligans had been seen.

After a disappointing draw, attention now turns to England’s final group game in Cologne.

Gareth Southgate’s side will face Slovenia in Cologne at 8pm UK time on Tuesday.

‘Tawdry’ Conservative Party’s campaign is marred by election betting scandal, Ruth Davidson says | Politics News

The Conservative Party is seen as “sleazy” and “grubby”, Ruth Davidson has said, as two of its candidates are being investigated over alleged bets placed on the election date.

The Gambling Commission is looking into two Tory candidates over alleged wagers on the date of the 4 July election.

An industry source has told Sky News that “more names” are being looked into, but police are so far “not involved”.

Speaking on the Electoral Dysfunction podcast with Sky News political editor Beth Rigby, and former broadcaster and presenter Carol Vorderman, the former leader of the Scottish Tories waded into the fallout of the alleged betting scandal.

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“What an absolute shit show. Firstly, I mean, how tawdry is it?” she said.

She described it as akin to “insider trading” and criticised Rishi Sunak’s response, saying he had repeatedly failed to get out in front and take control of events.

Speaking on the podcast, Ms Vorderman added: “The Tory party as they stand is just sleazy, it’s grubby.

“And it has gone on and on and on.

“From outside the Westminster bubble, whatever Sunak says, people now openly laugh at Tory politicians whenever they’re out of your studio Beth.

“Whenever they’re in front of an audience they don’t command any respect whatsoever.”

The trio also discussed tactical voting and why candidates target some seats more than others.

Tory candidates Craig Williams and Laura Saunders are both under investigation. Ms Saunders is married to the party’s director of campaigns Tony Lee.

Laura Saunders is the party’s candidate in Bristol North West.
Pic: Laura Saunders for Bristol North West
Laura Saunders is the party’s candidate in Bristol North West.
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It also emerged this week that one of Mr Sunak’s close protection police officers has been arrested over alleged bets on the timing of the election as well.

During a leader’s event on BBC Question Time, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said he was “incredibly angry” to learn of the allegations and said if anyone had broken the rules “they should face the full force of the law”.

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However, he refused to suspend the candidates while the investigations were ongoing.

It comes as the election campaigns approach the last two weeks before the country heads to the polls.

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Rishi Sunak ‘incredibly angry’ over ‘really serious’ election date betting allegations | Politics News

Rishi Sunak has said he is “incredibly angry” to learn of allegations that Tory candidates placed bets on the election date, calling it a “really serious matter”.

The prime minister told the BBC Question Time leader’s special that “it’s right they’re being investigated by relevant law enforcement” and he is “crystal clear that if anyone has broken the rules they should face [the] full force of the law”.

Asked why those under suspicion haven’t been suspended, Mr Sunak said an investigation had to take place first – but anyone guilty would be “booted out” of the party.

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Two Tory party candidates are being investigated by the Gambling Commission over alleged wagers placed on the date of the 4 July contest.

Laura Saunders, the candidate for Bristol North West, has worked for the party since 2015 and is married to its director of campaigns, Tony Lee.

Ms Saunders earlier said she “will be co-operating with the Gambling Commission” probe, while her husband “took a leave of absence” from his role on Wednesday night, a Conservative Party spokesman told Sky News.

The revelation came a week after the prime minister’s close parliamentary aide Craig Williams, the Tory candidate in Montgomeryshire and Glyndwr, admitted to putting a “flutter” on the election, saying this has resulted in “some routine inquiries” which he was co-operating with “fully”.

Mr Sunak’s close protection officer has also been arrested and suspended over alleged bets about the timing of the election.

A gambling industry source told Sky News that “more names” are being looked at, though police “are not involved” in those cases.

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The prime minister was asked by an audience member, to a round of applause, if the allegations are “the absolute epitome of the lack of ethics that we have had to tolerate from the Conservative party for years and years”.

He replied: “I was incredibly angry to learn of these allegations. It is a really serious matter.”

“I want to be crystal clear that if anyone has broken the rules, they should face the full force of the law.”

Quizzed over why the candidates have not been suspended while the investigations take place, Mr Sunak said the “integrity of that process should be respected”.

He added: “What I can tell you is if anyone is found to have broken the rules, not only should they face the full consequences of the law, I will make sure that they are booted out of the Conservative Party.”

Calls to suspend Tory candidates

Labour Party campaign sources told Sky News they noticed the odds on a July election narrow the day before Mr Sunak announced it on 22 May.

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Earlier, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer called for Ms Saunders to be suspended and said it is “very telling” Mr Sunak has not already done so.

“If it was one of my candidates, they’d be gone and their feet would not have touched the floor,” Sir Keir added.

Mr Sunak faced many questions about trust during the BBC grilling, with the first audience member asking if he would “confess to [a] small amount of embarrassment” after having five Tory prime ministers in the last seven years and the UK becoming something of an “international laughingstock”.

The Tory leader said that “very clearly mistakes had been made” and asked the public to judge him on the last 18 months in office.

He faced shouts of “shame” when he launched an attack on the “foreign court” – the European Court of Human Rights – and also insisted he was glad he called the election when he did despite his standing in the polls plummeting further since then.

Having named the date of the election amid a 20-point deficit, the prime minister has failed to make up ground in a campaign dominated by political gaffes – notably his early exit from a D-day event.

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Starmer faced questions over his policy U-turns. Pic: PA

The gambling scandal was the latest blow, after multiple projections of a historic Labour landslide and a number of big figures – from a former Tory donor to a former Tory minister – announcing they would back Sir Keir for the first time ever when polling day comes around.

Responding to Mr Sunak’s BBC performance, Lib Dem Education Spokesperson Munira Wilson said the prime minister “has gone from ducking D-Day to blundering on betting”.

“If he was truly angry about this scandal these Conservative candidates would have been suspended,” she said.

Pat McFadden, Labour’s National Campaign Coordinator, said Mr Sunak’s “performance tonight was an abject failure”.

The Tories hit back: “It was clear from the debate tonight that Keir Starmer will say just what he thinks you want to hear.”

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Starmer grilled on U-turns

Mr Sunak faced questions after Sir Keir took to the stage for a grilling that mainly centred around his previous support for Jeremy Corbyn and multiple policy U-turns.

The Labour leader ducked a volley of questions over whether he truly believed his predecessor would make a “great” prime minister, but said he would have been better than Boris Johnson – who went on to win in 2019.

On his U-turns, such as rowing back on a promise to abolish university tuition fees and nationalise energy, Sir Keir said he was a “common sense politician” and those pledges were no longer financially viable after the damage the Tories had done to the economy.

Davey confronted over-coalition years

The event also heard from Lib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey, who faced difficult questions about his record in the coalition years and as postal affairs minister during the Horizon scandal.

Challenged by a student over his party abandoning their pledge to scrap tuition fees in the coalition era, he said: “I understand why your generation lost faith in us. It was a difficult government to be in.”

On his time as postal affairs minister, and whether he was proud of that role, he said he made “two big mistakes”, including failing to initially meet campaigner Alan Bates and not seeing through assurances given to him by the Post Office that there was nothing wrong with the faulty IT system that led to hundreds of wrongful convictions.

Meanwhile, SNP leader John Swinney, when asked whether he was going to carry on with calling for independence “until you get the answer you want”, stressed his belief that Scotland would be better as an independent country.

“I want Scotland to be like Denmark, or Ireland, or Sweden as an independent country. And when you look at those countries, they are more prosperous, they are more equal, they are fairer than Scotland and the United Kingdom,” he said.

Tory voters tell Sky News YouGov Voters’ Panel gambling scandal won’t make a difference – the party’s already dead and buried | Politics News

The Sky News YouGov Voters’ Panel has reacted overwhelmingly negatively to the alleged insider betting scandal, with some saying it would impact their voting intention.

Our exclusive panel gave snap reaction to the news some Conservative Party candidates are being investigated by the Gambling Commission over alleged bets relating to the date of the general election.

Most responses from our unique panel were damning.

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One 2019 Conservative voter said: “This is the final straw. I think this is over. It’s unattainable now and Rishi Sunak should step down and the Conservative Party has to start all over again.”

Another who also voted Tory in 2019 told us: “Makes you view the Tories in even a worse position than they currently are. It’s definitely doing them no favours.”

And for Tory voters who tell us they’re leaning towards Reform, this comment is striking.

“I don’t think the [alleged] betting scandal will have much of an impact on Sunak’s election campaign.

“I think it was doomed before… It’s just another nail in the coffin.”

Two other panellists used the same phrase.

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The language our panel used was resoundingly angry.

Looking at the words people used when talking about Rishi Sunak and the impact this could have on the Tories – “damaging”, “disgusting”, and “unsurprising” were among the most common.

The Sky News YouGov Voters’ Panel represents over 40 different constituencies, and a range of political views. At the start of the election campaign, they were all undecided who to vote for.

When asked whether the alleged scandal would impact how they vote, these are some of the responses among Conservative 2019 voters.

“I don’t think this is going to make much difference to the British and the Conservatives. They’re dead and buried in this election.”

Another said, “It comes across like he’s leading a bunch of clowns.

“He has absolutely no clue what they’re doing and what they’re up to and doesn’t really seem to have any control over them.”

Future of new oil and gas projects in UK thrown into doubt after landmark Supreme Court decision | Science & Tech News

The future of new oil and gas projects in the UK has been thrown into doubt following a landmark decision by the Supreme Court.

The court concluded the environmental impact of emissions from burning fossil fuels must be considered in planning applications for new extraction projects – not just the impacts of the emissions produced in extracting the oil.

The case hinged around an oil drilling project at Horse Hill in Surrey, granted planning permission by Surrey Count Council in 2019.

Local campaigner Sarah Finch argued the environmental impact of the project should have taken into account not just the carbon emissions created in extracting the oil, but the environmental impact when they are burned.

Her case was rejected by the High Court which argued it was up to councils to decide what is and isn’t within the scope of an environmental impact assessment (EIA) of a planning application.

She challenged an earlier Court of Appeal ruling dismissing her case.

The council challenged the appeal, arguing that the law did not require it to consider “downstream” emissions as part of the assessment.

But in a ruling on Thursday, Supreme Court justices ruled three to two in favour of allowing her appeal and quashed the decision to grant planning permission for the site.

In his judgement, Lord Leggatt concluded: “In my view there was no basis on which the council could reasonably decide that it was not necessary to assess the combustion emissions.”

He went on: “Given the agreed fact that all the oil produced would be refined, I see no reason why environmental impacts resulting from the process of refining oil should not in principle fall within the scope of the EIA for the extracting of oil.”

The court did not conclude that fossil fuel emissions are unlawful. Only that they must be considered In an environmental impact assessment.

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In relation to the Horse Hill project Justice Leggatt concluded: “It is not disputed that these emissions, which can easily be quantified, will have a significant impact on climate. The only issue is whether the combustion emissions are effects of the project at all. It seems plain to me that they are.”

Given the burden of scientific evidence of the negative environmental impact of carbon emissions, the ruling that the downstream impacts of burning extracted oil and gas must be considered by anyone applying to extract them is significant.

The decision, from the UK’s highest court could have immediate implications for other fossil fuel extraction projects.

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West Cumbria Mining (WCM), the company behind a coal mine in Whitehaven approved by the government in 2022 clearly felt this could be a possibility as their lawyers intervened in this latest case.

WCM did not respond to a request for comment on why it intervened in the case, but if the campaigners’ appeal against the Surrey oil site wins next month, it could mean “that you have to completely reassess whether that coal mine in Cumbria can happen at all”, according to barrister Sam Fowles.

“It is extremely difficult to overstate the significance of this case,” Mr Fowles, who specialises in planning and environment law at Cornerstone Barristers, said.

It has the potential to trigger the “beginning of the end of… new fossil fuel extraction in the UK going forward”, he added.

Euro 2024: The Tartan Army still have hope, but it’s win or go home against Hungary | UK News

Not a win but still something to celebrate for the Tartan Army.

With a point to prove, a point was gained off Switzerland. Along with pride and the revival of the dream.

Securing a 1-1 draw could still help Scotland progress in the Euros.

This was the reaction manager Steve Clarke demanded after being humiliated 5-1 by Germany in their Group A opener.

And never did the fans give up on their players – remembering those memorable qualifying wins over Spain and Norway.

“This is the way we’ve been playing as a team over the last three or four years,” he said. “It’s why we’re here at a major tournament.

“So we knew what we had to do. The players knew what they had to do and I thought it was a good team, team performance against a good opponent.”

Scotland's manager Steve Clarke Pic: AP
Scotland’s manager Steve Clarke Pic: AP

There will be a concern that after Scott McTominay’s 13th minute opener, a defensive lapse allowed Xherdan Shaqiri to equalise for the Swiss with a thunderous strike.

But there was always goalkeeper Angus Gunn to rely on – bailing them out with saves to preserve the point.

Scotland could find it tough finishing in Group A’s two automatic qualification places. But beating Hungary in Stuttgart on Sunday could put them among the four best third-placed finishers from the six groups.

Scotland's goalkeeper Angus Gunn pulled off a series of fine saves Pic: AP
Scotland’s goalkeeper Angus Gunn pulled off a series of fine saves Pic: AP

“They’re going to feel a lot better in the next game,” Clarke said. “On the back of that game, the performance is what we are.

“This is how we play, this is how we work. And we’ll show that as well the aggression and the fight and the dirty side of the game.”

Winning in Cologne last night was always going to be a tall order given the Swiss had only lost two of their previous 14 group matches in tournaments.

And this is a country that has appeared at every major tournament since the 2014 World Cup – with Shaqiri scoring in all of them.

McTominay, who has won trophies with Manchester United, had never netted in an international tournament before last night.

The Scots haven’t even made it to a men’s World Cup since 1998 and Euro 2020 only marked their return to the continental competition since 1996.

But history is weighing against Scotland who have never secured qualification from a group into a tournament knockout phase.

Clarke said: “It’s just about doing better all the time … to what we’re good at, working hard.”

Euro 2024: Scotland keep chances of reaching knockout stages alive after draw with Switzerland | UK News

Scotland have kept their chances of reaching the knockout stages of the Euros alive after drawing 1-1 with Switzerland in Cologne.

Steve Clarke’s side put in a more positive performance after their 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Germany on the opening day of the tournament but couldn’t secure three points.

The draw leaves Scotland in third place in Group A with a single point – meaning they will need to beat Hungary to stand a chance of qualifying for the knockout stages automatically.

Scott McTominay’s deflected strike gave Scotland the lead after 13 minutes at the Cologne Stadium, but celebrations were short-lived after former Liverpool star Xherdan Shaqiri equalised on the 26-minute mark.

Scotland had to work hard to contain Murat Yakin’s side but they did so with intensity and nearly went ahead in the second half when Grant Hanley hit the post.

The Tartan Army were saved from conceding twice by the offside flag but still put on an impressive performance to secure a draw.

Scott McTominay celebrates after his deflected strike put Scotland ahead. Pic: AP
Scott McTominay celebrates after his deflected strike put Scotland ahead. Pic: AP

Clarke knew he had to get something from the game and he made one enforced change with centre-back Hanley in for the banned Ryan Porteous, while midfielder Billy Gilmour came in for Ryan Christie.

Winning two corners in three minutes provided instant encouragement for the Scots.

Sky Sports’ expert Nick Wright called it a “much improved showing overall”.

Former Scotland international Kris Boyd said: “A point will do. We’re alive and kicking… They’ve responded tonight, it was more like Scotland. Switzerland are no mugs and Scotland more than matched them.

“Steve Clarke will be relatively happy with that result.”

There was bad news for Scotland defender Kieran Tierney in the second half after he left the pitch on a stretcher following a challenge on Dan Ndoye.

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Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri, left, celebrates after scoring his side's equalising goal. Pic: AP
Switzerland’s Xherdan Shaqiri, left, celebrates after scoring his side’s equalising goal. Pic: AP

Germany beat Hungary 2-0 earlier in the day and are top of the group with six points.

Switzerland are second on four points, Scotland are third with one point and Hungary sit in bottom place with zero.

Scotland face Hungary in both sides’ final group game on Sunday night.

Only the top two teams in each group automatically go through to the knockout stages.

The sides which finish third in each group will be placed into a league table, with the top four sides progressing to the last 16.

A team’s position in the table is based on criteria including points, goal difference and goals scored.

Tories to slump to lowest number of seats since party’s formation, new poll projects | Politics News

Labour are on course for a majority of 200 according to a new YouGov projection, which also suggests the Tories will slump to their lowest number of seats at an election since the party’s formation in 1834.

If this projection is replicated when the country goes to the polls on 4 July, Labour would have the second largest majority since the Second World War.

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This is the second of three polling projections of this election campaign by YouGov, which Sky News has partnered with for the election. It uses a modelling technique known as MRP.

The latest poll suggests Labour are on course for a majority that is six seats larger than their initial projection on 3 June, which suggested a majority of 194.

If this and other MRP polls are accurate, it suggests Britain is on the cusp of a fundamental redrawing of the political landscape.

The projection suggests Rishi Sunak’s Conservatives would plummet to 108 seats – down from the 365 won by Boris Johnson in the 2019 election.

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This would break all historical records, putting the Tories well below their previous low of 141 seats in 1906 under Arthur Balfour.

It puts Sir Keir Starmer’s Labour on course for a commanding 425 seats, more than double the 202 seats won in the 2019 election and beats all previous records for Labour since the party was founded at the start of the last century.

Sir Tony Blair’s won a peak of 418 seats in 1997.

The Liberal Democrats would win 67 seats under this projection, a huge six times the number of seats they won in 2019.

This would be the highest number since the formation of the Lib Dems, a record previously set in 2005 when Charles Kennedy was leader.

Meanwhile, John Swinney’s SNP are projected to drop to 20 seats under this projection, down from the 48 won by Nicola Sturgeon in the last general election.

Nigel Farage’s Reform party is on course for five seats, the Greens on two seats and Plaid Cymru on four seats.

Since 3 June, when the last YouGov MRP was published, the pollster has changed its calls in 59 seats.

The Tories have dropped 32 seats since, Labour has gained three seats in this projection, while the Lib Dems are up 19, SNP up three and Plaid up two.

Reform wins five seats under the new projection, having previously been on course to win none according to YouGov. This includes Mr Farage winning his seat in Clacton.

Some 109 seats are still listed as a “tossup”.

If all tossup and close races in every seat where Conservatives are second went in their favour, rather than in the direction assumed in this poll, then Labour would still have a majority of 132. The Conservatives in that scenario would win 153 seats – still their lowest on record and far below what Labour won in 2019 under Jeremy Corbyn.

The projection vote shares, implied by this MRP, are Labour on 39%, the Tories on 22%, Reform on 15%, Lib Dems on 12% and Greens on 7%.

This means the Labour majority and seat tally have both gone up, even though Labour’s implied vote share is down three points since the start of June. The big winners are Reform, up from 10% to 15% and the Lib Dems, up from 11% to 12%.

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The polling for the projection was conducted from last Tuesday until this Tuesday with 39,979 people interviewed online: 36,161 in England and Wales and 3,818 in Scotland.

It suggests the Conservatives would be a party predominantly of the south east, south west and east of England. The party risks an all or near wipe out in the north east, in Wales and the north west.

Big name losses projected

The MRP poll also means big name losers on election night.

Some 15 of 27 cabinet members still standing in the election are set to lose, according to this projection.

The new cabinet casualties are Victoria Atkins, the health secretary, Lucy Frazer, the culture secretary, Richard Holden, the Conservative Party chair and Michael Tomlinson, who attends cabinet as an immigration minister.

This adds to Chancellor Jeremy Hunt, Grant Shapps, the defence secretary and Penny Mordaunt, the leader of the Commons.

Some 29 of the 45 ministers running in this election are projected to lose, including Steve Baker, the Northern Ireland minister, Chris Philp, the crime minister, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, the foreign office minister and Greg Hands, the trade minister.

Other notable Tory casualties include Robert Jenrick in Newark and Caroline Nokes in Romsey and Southampton North.

One Labour shadow cabinet member, Thangam Debbonaire, is still set to lose her Bristol West seat to the Greens.

Highest number of people cross English Channel in single day so far this year | UK News

Some 882 people crossed the English Channel on Tuesday, which is the highest number on a single day so far this year.

The Home Office said 15 boats were detected, suggesting an average of about 59 people per boat.

Having 15 boats cross in a single day has only happened twice in the past year – the last occurrence being in September last year.

The number of arrivals by small boats in 2024 now stands at a provisional total of 12,313, which is 18% higher than the total at the equivalent point last year, when it was 10,472.

It’s also 5% higher than the total at this stage in 2022, which was 11,690.

There were 29,437 arrivals across the whole of 2023, down 36% on a record 45,774 arrivals in 2022.

The government has promised to “stop small boats”, but made clear that does not mean there will be zero crossings.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has not defined how low a number they are targeting.

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Police watch migrants flee France

The tally of crossings since Mr Sunak became prime minister in October 2022 is almost 50,000, now standing at 49,376.

More than 2,000 arrivals have been recorded since the general election was called on 22 May, with 2,431 people crossing as immigration forms a key campaign battleground.

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As the recent migrant crisis unfolded, 126,658 people have arrived in the UK after crossing the Channel over the past six and a half years, according to data recorded since the start of 2018.

Some 81,677 people have made the journey since the government struck the stalled deal to send migrants to Rwanda in April 2022.

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Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh share 25th wedding anniversary portrait | UK News

The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh have released a new portrait to mark their 25th wedding anniversary.

The royal couple are dressed down in the relaxed shot taken in the gardens of their Surrey home, Bagshot Park, by photographer Chris Jelf.

Prince Edward, 60, is the youngest of the late Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip’s four children – and the only one who has not been divorced.

He married Sophie Rhys-Jones on 19 June 1999 in St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle – where other royals including Prince Harry, Princess Eugenie and Peter Philips have wed their partners.

 File photo dated 19/06/99 of Prince Edward, the youngest son of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, and his bride Sophie Rhys-Jones leave St. Georges's Chapel in Windsor Castle following their marriage. Issue date: Tuesday June 18, 2024.
Edward and Sophie on their wedding day in 1999. Pic: John Stillwell/PA

They now have two children, 20-year-old Lady Louise Windsor and James, who at 16 is the Earl of Wessex.

Edward and Sophie became the Earl and Countess of Wessex when they married. They were named the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh last year when the King redistributed key titles.

In March, Sophie described Edward as the “best of fathers, the most loving of husbands” and “still my best friend” in a surprise tribute ahead of his 60th birthday.

The Duchess of Cornwall, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Countess of Wessex on the balcony at the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph, in Whitehall, London. Picture date: Sunday November 14, 2021.
The Queen, the Princess of Wales and the Duchess of Edinburgh in 2021. Pic: Aaron Chown/PA

“Whatever he is doing he gives 150% of himself and if all else fails, he gives any energy he has left out to our exhausted dogs or laying waste to the garden,” she said.

Edward has also publicly praised his wife and described her as his “rock” in a television interview.

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“I’m incredibly lucky that I found Sophie and that she found me,” he added.

Edward’s older siblings, King Charles, Princess Anne and Prince Andrew, have all been divorced.