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Drug bosses who smuggled cocaine worth £5m in suitcases through Gatwick are jailed | UK News

Two drug bosses have been jailed after cocaine worth millions of pounds was smuggled into the UK using corrupt baggage handlers at Gatwick airport.

Tyrone Gordon and Ryan Steadman were sentenced over a months-long “audacious” and “successful” scam in which couriers brought the class A drug in suitcases into the country from Brazil via Madrid on Air Europa flights.

The passengers left their checked-in luggage at Gatwick when they arrived, so the gang could then smuggle it out of the West Sussex hub.

The drug network had connections with dishonest baggage handlers who took the luggage off site without being checked because they were airport workers.

The gang was involved in smuggling more than 50kg of cocaine with a street value of up to £5.2m between February 2020 and November 2021, according to the judge, Christopher Grout.

‘The plan was audacious but successful’

Sentencing the pair at Woolwich Crown Court after they were found guilty last week following a nine-week trial, the judge said: “The plan was audacious but successful, albeit not as successful as you would have liked.”

Using encrypted Encrochat handsets, they also tried planning to import heroin using corrupt DHL parcel couriers when the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted their cocaine scheme, but this did not come to fruition.

Gordon, who was at the top of the network and had connections in South America, was sentenced to 26 years behind bars for conspiracy to import cocaine, and three other sentences to run concurrently.

Long sentences

Those sentences were 26 years for conspiracy to import heroin, 14 years for possession with intent to supply cocaine, and nine years for offering to supply cocaine.

The judge told Gordon: “Class A drugs destroy lives and not just the lives of the people that use them and deal in them.

“The families of those people – your family – suffer as well.

“So too does the wider community that has to live with the side-effects of drug misuse which includes related criminality – such as robbery and theft – which addicted users of such drugs often commit in order to fund their habits. You are responsible for contributing to this misery in a major way.”

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Steadman, who was number two in the network, was sentenced to 20 years for conspiracy to import cocaine, and 20 years for conspiracy to import heroin to run concurrently.

Judge Grout told the father-of-five: “It is clear that you were heavily involved in organising the buying and selling of Class A drugs on a commercial scale.”

He went on: “I am driven to the conclusion that your high-level involvement of offending on this scale could only have been with the expectation of substantial financial advantage.”

Both men will serve half the sentences behind bars before being released on licence.

A third man, Jack Williams, who was the connection to corrupt baggage handlers, previously admitted his role in the gang. He will be sentenced at a later date.

Giovanni Pernice: Strictly Come Dancing star will not return to show, BBC confirms | Ents & Arts News

Giovanni Pernice will not return for the new series of Strictly Come Dancing, the BBC has confirmed.

The 33-year-old Italian dancer has performed on the BBC 1 primetime show for nine years.

He was not announced as part of the show’s line-up of professional dancers for 2024 following reports he would not compete.

Pernice has rejected allegations he displayed “abusive or threatening behaviour” while working as a professional dancer on the show, following complaints about his conduct.

A legal firm acting on behalf of the complainants said the broadcaster is “evidence gathering” – but the BBC has not confirmed any probe has been launched.

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Deadline today for cat owners to microchip pets or face fine | UK News

Millions of cat owners in England face a fine of up to £500 if they fail to get their cat microchipped and registered on a database under new laws coming into force from today.

The legislation applies to cats aged 20 weeks and older – but of the estimated nine million pet cats in the country, up to 2.2 million are still not chipped, according to data from the charity Cats Protection.

It costs between £20 and £30 to have a cat microchipped by a vet, the charity said.

Around a quarter of owners who have failed to get their cats microchipped said it was because their pet does not venture outdoors, and around 14% said it was identifiable by its collar, according to research by the charity.

Owners found not to have microchipped their pet will have 21 days to have one implanted or face the financial penalty.

The mandatory scheme aims to make it easier for lost or stray pet cats to be reunited with their owners.

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Madison Rogers, head of advocacy, campaigns and government relations for Cats Protection, said: “Some owners think they are never going to go through the trauma of losing their pet cat, but in the last year 115,000 pet cats in England went missing and never returned home.

“Cats are nimble and extremely agile and can easily slip out without us noticing.

“Many lost cats live a frightening life on the streets. No food, no water, no shelter, no veterinary care and constantly at risk of severe injury or death from many hazards such as cars and wild animals.

“Collars can easily drop off, become damaged so that the address details become unreadable and, if they are not quick release, can become snagged on obstacles like tree branches, causing injuries to the cat.

“A microchip is safe, stays with your cat for its lifetime and is linked to contact details that are stored safely in a database.”

Nutmeg, a cat owned by Sandra Sinclair, a teacher from Tooting in south-west London, was found wandering the streets of Ascot in Berkshire, 30 miles away from home, after going missing.

The feline was reunited with his family after his microchip was scanned by Cats Protection.

Ms Sinclair said only Nutmeg will ever know how he got to Ascot, but added the family were “relieved” they had him microchipped.

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Alice Potter, cat welfare expert at the RSPCA, said: “We have seen cats coming into our care who are sadly not microchipped and may never be reunited with their owners.

“On average, 11% of all cats coming into the RSPCA’s care are still not microchipped.

“We’ve also rescued cats who have been microchipped but the details haven’t been kept up to date, which is arguably even more frustrating as it means cats spend a long time in our care whilst we fruitlessly try to contact the owner with out-of-date information.

“However, we’ve also seen countless stories of cats that have been reunited with their owners thanks to a tiny microchip – showing what this change of legislation will achieve for animal welfare.”

Dr Michael Mosley: After a painstaking four-day search, TV doctor’s body was found just metres from safety at beach resort | World News

It is the strangest of scenes at the tiny resort on Agia beach.

Holidaygoers spread out on sunbeds, people swim in the Mediterranean turquoise sea and the only noise is from waves lapping up against the rocks.

A wired fence surrounds the resort, the only access at a small gate by the sea on the northern tip.

Just outside the perimeter, two men stand over a body, which Greek officials say is that of Dr Michael Mosley.

A major search operation was launched to find the doctor
A major search operation was launched to find the doctor

The body found in the search for the renown doctor is yet to be formally identified
The body found in the search for the renowned doctor is yet to be formally identified

He’d been missing for four days and police said they believed he had walked north from Pedi marina in the direction of Agia beach.

For four days, ground search teams and a helicopter had painstakingly searched this area. They were convinced Dr Mosley was walking towards the resort.

Dr Mosley went missing on Wednesday when he failed to return from a walk

In the end it was a cameraman from a Greek television channel who found him.

Antonios Mystilovlou told us he was on a boat this morning and thought he had seen something in the rocks.

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He returned to the marina about 10 minutes away and looked more closely at his footage before realising what he was looking it.

A coastguard boat took the body to Rhodes for a post-mortem
A coastguard boat took the body to Rhodes for a post-mortem

“There was the body. He was laying down with his hand on his belly and he’s carrying his bag in his other hand,” he told Sky News.

Mr Mystilovlou said the body was about 50 metres from the sea.

“I think he was planning to get down and got tired, dizzy, I don’t know… sat down and fainted, that’s my guess.

“This is a very, very sad ending for him and his family.”

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Mr Mystilovlou holds back tears as he acknowledges the grief this news will no doubt bring to Dr Mosley’s family.

It is the sentiment echoed by a man in charge of the volunteer crisis rescue team. As he perches on a sun bed metres away from the body, a Greek coastguard official consoles him.

“A man died but it took so long to find him,” the rescue team chief says.

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Sadiya Chowdhury at the scene of the recovery efforts

Just after 2pm, a coroner arrives from Rhodes. She and her team take photos of the scene before carefully wrapping the body in an orange cloth.

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A coastguard boat is waiting at the shore to take the body to Rhodes for a post-mortem and formal identification.

It takes about half an hour to gently lift it on to a stretcher and carry it 50 metres down to the sea.

A journey Dr Mosley never ended up making himself.

Lambeth Country Show: Woman in critical condition after fairground ride malfunction | UK News

A woman in her 40s has sustained life-threatening injuries after a fairground ride malfunctioned in south London.

A man in his 40s is also being treated in hospital for “potentially life-changing injuries”, the Metropolitan Police has said.

Four people were taken to hospital following the incident on Saturday evening, with two people – a man in his 50s and an 11-year-old girl – having been discharged.

The Lambeth Country Show reopened on Sunday, but the rides remain cordoned off.

Police at the scene of the incident at the Lambeth Country Show
Police at the scene of the incident

Police said inquiries to establish what happened are ongoing.

On Saturday, Lambeth Council confirmed a “serious incident” took place at about 6.20pm.

A council spokesperson said on Saturday: “A thorough investigation is being conducted to determine the cause of the malfunction.

“Additional safety inspections are being carried out on all rides and attractions at the show.”

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Helen Hayes, the Labour parliamentary candidate for Dulwich and West Norwood, called for an “urgent investigation” into the incident.

She said on X on Saturday night: “I’m shocked to learn of the failure of a fairground ride at Lambeth Country Show earlier this evening.

“My thoughts are with those who were injured and all who witnessed this horrific event.

“Thank you to the emergency services who attended. There must now be an urgent investigation.”

Rishi Sunak ‘deeply patriotic’, ally insists, as D-Day snub furore continues | Politics News

Rishi Sunak is “deeply patriotic”, a Cabinet colleague has told Sky News, as the controversy over the prime minister’s D-Day snub rumbles on in the run-up to the election.

Responding to ongoing criticism of the Tory leader, Work and Pensions Secretary Mel Stride said his boss had recognised he had made a mistake over his decision to leave the 80th anniversary events in Normandy early to carry out a TV interview and would be “feeling this very deeply”.

In the face of a backlash from rivals, veterans and some within his own party, Mr Sunak was forced to apologise for skipping an international ceremony attended by world leaders including US President Joe Biden to mark the allied landings.

Among those to wade into the row was Reform UK leader Nigel Farage who told Sky News that the debacle proved Mr Sunak was “not a patriotic leader of the Conservative Party”.

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Mr Sunak is campaigning in Yorkshire without the usual media pack today after facing accusations of “dodging” reporters’ questions on Saturday amid the continuing D-Day furore.

Speaking to the Sunday Morning With Trevor Phillips show on Sky News, Mr Stride said: “I do know Rishi pretty well, in fact I consider him as something of a friend, and I know he is a deeply patriotic person who cares greatly about this country.

“I know he will be feeling this very deeply.”

He added: “His commitment and his patriotism is in my opinion beyond doubt.

“Now that is not the same thing as saying a mistake was not made. He accepts that – he didn’t run away or resile from that situation.

“What he did is he stood up, he put his hands up, he accepted a mistake has been made and he unequivocally apologised.”

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Mel Stride was questioned by Trevor Phillips on Sky News

Mr Stride also dismissed the suggestion that Mr Sunak could hand over the leadership of the Tory Party before the 4 July poll.

He said Sunak would “absolutely” lead the party into the election and added: “There should be no question of anything other than that.”

But Conservative commentator Tim Montgomerie branded Mr Sunak’s early D-Day event departure as “the biggest gaffe I can remember in politics” and said morale in the party was at “rock bottom”.

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Sunak ‘utterly disconnected from ordinary folk’

Meanwhile, Mr Farage has defended his claim that Mr Sunak’s early departure from commemoration events in France showed he did not understand “our culture”.

Pressed over whether he was trying to highlight Mr Sunak’s British-Asian background, Mr Farage highlighted the wartime contribution made by Commonwealth troops and suggested he was talking about the prime minister’s “class” and “privilege”.

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Farage: PM ‘not patriotic leader’ over D-Day

He told the BBC: “I know what your question is leading at – 40% of our contribution in World War One and World War Two came from the Commonwealth.

“He is utterly disconnected by class, by privilege from how the ordinary folk in this country feel. He revealed that, I think spectacularly, when he left Normandy early.

“And out there now there are millions and millions of people who were Conservative voters, traditional Conservative voters, not the Red-Wallers, who are now thinking ‘Do we go on supporting the Conservatives or do we support Reform?’

“And this is going to be, I think, the acid test of this election.”

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‘Classic Nigel Farage trick’

In his own interview with the BBC, Mr Stride argued Mr Farage’s remarks were “deeply regrettable”.

He said: “I think they are suggesting things – I’m not going to go any further than that because I didn’t want to stoke this whole thing up – but it just seems to me that that’s an ill-advised thing to have said.

“I feel very uncomfortable with that. We’ve had in our country, and it’s a source of great personal pride – as somebody who supported the prime minister, wanted him to be the leader of our party and our prime minister – that I’ve sat around a cabinet table that’s the most diverse in history.

“And I’m very proud of the fact that we have a British Asian who is right at the top of our government.”

On the same subject, Labour shadow justice secretary Shabana Mahmood told the BBC: “I think this is a classic Nigel Farage trick, lean just enough to signal a bit of a dog whistle and then lean straight back and sound perfectly reasonable and say something good about the contribution that Commonwealth soldiers, ethnic minorities made towards the war effort.”

Shabana Mahmood
Shabana Mahmood

She added: “We can all see exactly what Nigel Farage is doing, he’s got form, it is completely unacceptable.

“This is a man that has a track record of seeking to divide communities who just wants to do it with a veneer of respectability whilst he’s at it.”

Electric headset for treating depression recommended as widespread treatment after NHS trial | UK News

An electric headset for treating depression has been recommended as a more widespread treatment for depression after a successful NHS trial. But it’s not yet known what the long term benefits of the device are.

An NHS trial has found that an innovative electric headset for treating depression is an effective way of reducing the symptoms, and has recommended its more widespread use within the health service.

The headset from Flow Neuroscience was given to patients with depression by their GP to wear for 30 minutes daily for a period of six weeks, as a non-invasive way to manage the condition.

The study found that it was an “effective depression treatment”, by using a brain stimulation technique known as transcranial direct current stimulation, or tDCS.

The device delivers a weak direct electrical current to the front of the brain, to stimulate the areas responsible for emotional expression.

The research found over 58% of people saw improvements within six weeks, and one in three went into remission with no depression symptoms.

Flow Neuroscience says it’s the “first and only medically approved at home treatment for depression”, and it can be used alongside other therapies like talking therapies or drugs.

James Maynard, who has struggled with depression and is using the headset

It was trialled on patients by Northamptonshire NHS Foundations Trust, but it can also be bought privately for £399.

One of those patients is James Maynard, who has struggled with depression prior to using the headset.

He told Sky News: “I was just so low, I didn’t really have any goals and would just go through the emotions of day-to-day life.

“Going to work, coming home from the children, going to sleep. If I could sleep.”

After just a few weeks of wearing the device every day for 30 minutes, he says his symptoms noticeably improved.

“I was starting to sleep a bit better. The wife even said I was happier. I wasn’t waking up grumpy. So there was obviously something happening.”

James Maynard, who has struggled with depression and is using the headset
James Maynard, who has struggled with depression and is using the headset

One of the NHS Trial Leads is Dr Azhar Zafar, who told Sky News that patients report having to use fewer medications as a result of the device.

He says: “It’s a new option because for years and years, we will have only the option of medication or a cognitive behavioural therapy. This method of treatment is an additional treatment.”

It’s not yet known, however, what the long term benefits of the device are on depression past six weeks.

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GP Dr Anita Raja told Sky News that “when it comes to mental health one of the most important things is understanding what the relapse of the patient may be once the treatment stops or is withheld”.

She says this device is promising, but she wants to know “what happens when the patient stops using the device – do they become depressed again?”.

Adam Boulton: European Parliament elections – why battle between EU’s big guns matters for the UK | World News

2024 is known as the year of elections because in these 12 months more voters in more countries than ever before will exercise their right to cast a vote to choose who governs them.

That is the march of democracy – even if nobody was convinced when President Putin was elected, again, in Russia.

The UK is in the throes of a general election campaign which could end 14 years of Conservative rule. Americans will decide whether Donald Trump returns to the White House in November.

In India, a victorious Prime Minister Narendra Modi is licking his wounds after his Hindu nationalist BJP underperformed in the world’s largest election.

Right now, the world’s second-largest election is taking place; this weekend and just over the seas surrounding Great Britain.

It has attracted little attention here, even though the UK took part in it right up until 2019. Even though previous elections of this kind kept Nigel Farage alive as a political force. And even though its outcome may be the most directly consequential for the UK, at least in the short run.

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Elections for the European Parliament got under way from Thursday in the Netherlands. Pic: AP

This election is also part of a unique experiment. Voters in many countries are electing members of the world’s only functioning trans-national parliament in which MEPs from different countries come together in blocs according to their political ideologies.

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Since Thursday, nearly 400 million citizens in the European Union’s 27 member states have had the chance to elect a total of 750 members to the European Parliament (EP).

Appropriately, the EP election started on the 80th anniversary of D-Day, 6 June, in the Netherlands, with Ireland voting on Friday, and most other member states at the weekend, including Belgium which is also holding a national election on Sunday.

This seems appropriate because the parliament is designed to be a peaceful unifier of democratic Europe. It is ironic because some of the parties expected to do well this year have links going back to Franco, Mussolini and Hitler.

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The parliament is the only directly elected EU institution. It is less powerful than most national parliaments. EU policy is directed by the Council of Ministers, who are the elected leaders from individual member states. Plans are carried forward by the Commission, an appointed bureaucracy.

The parliament debates, amends and puts proposals into law, as well as overseeing the Commission’s budget, actions and appointments from current president Ursula von der Leyen.

Lots of politicians move between the EP and their national parliaments. Whether they are candidates standing or not, the results of these elections often have a major impact on what happens in home countries.

For example, during Britain’s membership of the EU, Nigel Farage failed seven times to win first-past-the-post elections to become an MP at Westminster.

Thanks to proportional representation however, he served continuously as an MEP for South East England from June 1999 to January 2020, when the UK left the EU as a result of the Brexit referendum. He made full use of the salary and expenses available to him from the EP.

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Despite never sitting as MP, Nigel Farage served as an MEP from 1999 to 2019. Pic: AP

Farage has the distinction of having led two different British parties to victory in the EP elections – with very serious consequences.

In 2014, UKIP beat Labour and the Conservatives, panicking David Cameron, the then-Conservative leader, into holding the EU referendum.

Five years later in 2019, when the UK had still not completed its exit from the EU, Farage led what was then called the Brexit Party to first place in the EP election. The Conservatives came fifth. Theresa May fell and Boris Johnson became prime minister with his slogan “get Brexit done”.

The UK is no longer part of the EU. We have our own general election to choose MPs, not MEPs. Farage’s latest party, Reform UK, is standing in the general election.

Across the rest of Europe, the radical right is on the rise. There is talk of Europe’s “Donald Trump moment” amid cost of living concerns.

Populist parties are widely expected to make gains according to opinion polls. If they do, the shakeout between rival blocs on the right will impact on issues including the Ukraine war, mass migration, climate change, and trade.

All matters on which whoever wins the UK election will be hoping for greater co-operation with European neighbours.

Giorgia Meloni, prime minister of Italy and leader of Fratelli di Italia, at a rally for the European Parliament elections. Pic: AP
Giorgia Meloni, prime minister of Italy and leader of Fratelli di Italia, at a rally for the European Parliament elections. Pic: AP

The results of the EP elections in France, Germany and Italy will greatly influence the direction in which the internal politics of those major UK allies develops.

The contest can also be seen as a battle for the soul of euro-populism – pro-Russia or pro-NATO – between its two feuding queens: Marine Le Pen of the French National Rally (NR), formerly the National Front, and Giorgia Meloni, prime minister of Italy and leader of Fratelli di Italia (FdI).

In Germany, the far-right Alternative für Deutschland (AFD) is on course to come second ahead of Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s Social Democrats.

NR, led in the EP by the charismatic Jordan Bardella, is expected to win 33% of the votes in France, much more than President Emmanuel Macron’s party. And Le Pen is already the most popular candidate ahead of the presidential election in 2027 – when Macron must stand down.

Marine Le Pen and Jordan Bardella at a National Rally event ahead of the European Parliament elections. Pic: AP
Marine Le Pen and Jordan Bardella at a National Rally event ahead of the European Parliament elections. Pic: AP

Radical right parties are already in power or supporting governments in eight EU countries and are expected to come back in Austria’s election due this month.

In total populist parties may end up with more MEPs than the centre-right European Peoples Party (EPP), which has long dominated the parliament, and the struggling Socialists and Democrats.

But it is not clear that the warring factions on the right will unite to act together or work with the mainstream EPP, made up of conventional conservative and Christian Democratic parties.

They have in common ethnic nationalism, anti-wokeism, Islamophobia, hostility to migrants and net zero, and suspicion of climate change and multilateral institutions including the EU, UN and NATO. They differ on the economy – free markets and state intervention – and, above all, on Russia.

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Giorgia Meloni’s FdI, Poland’s Law and Justice party and others European Conservatives and Reformists group are giving strong backing to Ukraine.

But the Identity and Freedom group, dominated by Le Pen’s FR, support a settlement handing territory to Russia, while the AfD, Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Austria’s Freedom party belong openly to the Putin fan club.

The radical right will only be able to exert its full influence in the parliament if Meloni and Le Pen can reach an accommodation on such matters as Ukraine or whether von der Leyen should be given a second term as Commission president.

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The European Parliament will decide whether Ursula von der Leyen continues as Commission president. Pic: AP

This seems unlikely but it has not stopped von der Leyen touring the EU seeking support and making it clear that Europe will give less priority to green policies in the next parliament than it did in the current one.

The largest grouping in the EP recommends who the Commission president should be. In practice, national leaders in the council have usually imposed their own candidate.

Increasing factionalism is preventing the EP from having the influence it would like. Ten groups have official status giving them funding and status on committees, with a further three unofficial groups.

After this election, there may be no sufficiently dominant group emerging to take up a leadership role.

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The split in the mainstream right in the EU is in part a legacy of Britain’s membership of the EU. The ECR only came into existence when David Cameron defied Angela Merkel and pulled the Conservative Party out of the EPP.

Whether the UK is in or out, neither the UK nor the EU are sheltered from the winds of radical right-wing populism.

We here may be too busy to pay much attention to the world’s second-largest election. We won’t be able to ignore its consequences.

Rob Burrow: Rugby league and union fans pay tribute to former player who died of motor neurone disease | UK News

To a roaring crowd, the players of both teams in the Challenge Cup final lined up on the grass of Wembley Stadium united by the name and number on the back of their shirts: Burrow, 7.

On a massive day in the rugby league calendar, fans paid tribute to an unlikely star of the game… small, fast and powerful and a Leeds Rhinos player to the core.

But neither of the teams were from Leeds.

Instead it was Warrington Wolves and Wigan Warriors remembering Rob Burrow and everything he achieved both on and off the pitch, with a minute’s silence before kick-off – delayed to 3.07pm as another nod to the player.

Then, seven minutes in, the crowd erupted in applause as a picture of Burrow lifting the Challenge Cup for the Leeds Rhinos at Wembley in 2015 filled the screens.

Tributes for Rob Burrow at Wembley Stadium. Pic: PA
Tributes for Rob Burrow at Wembley Stadium. Pic: PA

Burrow was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2019, two years after retiring from the game.

He died last Sunday, aged just 41.

He made it his mission to raise awareness of the destructive disease that robbed him of control over his body, and to raise funds for research to treat and hopefully one day cure it.

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Russell Crowe’s tribute to Rob Burrow

Rugby fans attending the games were invited to leave tributes at the Rugby League Legends statue at the stadium.

But the array of colours represented in the scarves, shirts and flags were proof that those leaving items in memory of Burrow represented many different teams.

Rob Burrow
Rob Burrow was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2019

Warrington Wolves supporters Dennis McQuillan, his son Charlie and grandson Archie were among those paying their respects.

“Seeing Rob’s passing has made a massive dent and the rugby league community really comes together in these times,” said Dennis.

“I’m impressed that they’ve done this and I’m very privileged to come and pay tribute to him.”

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Tributes for Rob Burrow at Wembley stadium. Pic: PA

It’s a legacy that transcends any differences between the game’s two disciplines… with fans across London at Twickenham also applauding during rugby union’s Premiership final at the seven-minute mark.

Back at Wembley, it wasn’t just the men marking the passing of the rugby legend.

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The women played first – Leeds Rhinos beaten by St Helen’s – and both sides donned the shirt emblazoned with these words, which were part of Rob’s final message: “In a world full of adversity we must still dare to dream.”

And with family and friends continuing his work, the dream of a cure for such a devastating disease lives on.

Michael Mosley: Wife of missing TV doctor vows family ‘will not lose hope’ after ‘unbearable’ days | World News

The wife of missing TV doctor Michael Mosley has vowed her family “will not lose hope” as she described the days since his disappearance as “the longest and most unbearable”.

The statement by Dr Clare Bailey Mosley came as the couple’s four children arrived on the Greek island of Symi and the focus of the extensive search for the broadcaster shifted to a snake-infested mountainous area after CCTV footage emerged of his last known movements.

As the rescue effort continued amid soaring temperatures, one emergency worker said it was “a race against time”.

This image of Mosley on the island was shared on Facebook after the alarm was raised

Dr Michael Mosley with wife Clare. Pic: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock
Dr Michael Mosley with wife Clare. Pic: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock

Making her first public comments, Dr Bailey Mosley said: “It has been three days since Michael left the beach to go for a walk. The longest and most unbearable days for myself and my children.

“The search is ongoing and our family are so incredibly grateful to the people of Symi, the Greek authorities and the British Consulate who are working tirelessly to help find Michael.

“We will not lose hope.”

Symi’s mayor has said there is “no chance” the search, which has involved helicopters, drones and divers, will be called off until the 67-year-old is found.

But while Eleftherios Papakaloudoukas said he hoped the Briton would be found safe, he questioned how anyone could survive in the heat that topped 40C (104F) on the day he vanished.

He pointed out a search dog was only able to work for an hour on Saturday morning due to the temperature.

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Mosley has not been seen since Wednesday after he left his wife and another couple and set out alone from Saint Nikolas Beach to walk back to their friends’ home in Symi town.

He was later caught on security camera in the small fishing village of Pedi, around 1.2km away, which appeared to show him heading up into rocky terrain.

His wife raised the alarm after he failed to return.

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Rescue teams are scouring mountainous terrain. Pic: Yui Mok/PA

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The area being searched is described as ‘very dangerous’. Pic: Yui Mok/PA

One rescuer said: “The path is not easy to follow, if he took a wrong turn, he would be lost.

“He could be anywhere, it is a race against time.”

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Symi’s inhospitable, sun-baked terrain. Pic: Yui Mok/PA

The search for Mosley resumed early on Saturday, with teams scouring a 6.5km radius over a mountainous landscape, which search organisers described as “very dangerous”.

Mr Papakaloudoukas said the area the missing is believed to have ventured into is “only rocks” and “difficult to pass”, with “loads” of snakes.

He added: “He chose paths which are very difficult to walk in such temperatures and under any circumstances.”

Map of the Greek island Symi

Authorities have considered a number of possibilities for Mosley’s disappearance, including that he may have suffered a fall or been bitten by a snake, according to reports.

He did not have his mobile phone with him, hampering efforts to find him.

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Mosley, his wife and the other couple are understood to arrived in Symi for a week’s holiday on Tuesday.

Mosley is a columnist and presenter who has made a number of films about healthy living.

Known for popularising the 5:2 diet, he fronted the Channel 4 show Michael Mosley: Who Made Britain Fat? and was part of the BBC series Trust Me, I’m A Doctor.

He has also appeared on numerous daytime television shows and hosts the health podcast, Just One Thing.