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Chris Basham: Sheffield United captain suffers horror leg injury against Fulham in Premier League clash | UK News

Sheffield United captain Chris Basham had to be taken off the pitch on a stretcher after suffering a horror injury in his side’s Premier League game against Fulham.

The 35-year-old defender suffered a severe injury to his standing leg while attempting to cross the ball during his team’s 3-1 defeat at Craven Cottage on Saturday.

The match was stopped for 12 minutes while the star was given oxygen.

Sheffield United fans sang “One Chris Basham” during the stoppage and he was applauded by both sets of supporters as he was led off the pitch on a stretcher and into an ambulance.

Basham gave a thumbs-up to fans as he was taken off the pitch and replaced by Jack Robinson.

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In a post on X, Sheffield United said: “We send our best wishes to Bash, and will communicate updates as and when we have them.”

Basham joined the South Yorkshire side in 2014 and has since played more than 390 games – featuring in every one this season.

The team sits bottom of the Premier League with one point from their opening eight games since being promoted from the Championship.

Environmentalists and farmer clash in battle for Britain’s national parks | Climate News

Dartmoor National Park has been at the centre of a couple of overlapping stories this summer: the overturning of a ban on wild camping and arguments over whether livestock farmers were ruining or improving the place for nature.

A question that has echoes across many of our supposedly protected landscapes. So, those rows made good reasons to put my tent in my rucksack and head to the heath.

Dartmoor is 953 sq km and I aimed for Holne Moor, walking about a mile from the road through small clusters, barely herds, of cattle and ponies.

The sheep are a bit more numerous with 145,000 over the whole area.

The vegetation immediately around me is rough grass, stands of bracken and scrubby heather. Beautiful if you admire sparse, less so if you love bounty.

One of the conservationists accusations is that this place is over-grazed, with little variety of species and very few trees. Certainly avoiding the dung was a challenge when finding a camping pitch.

No baying beasts overnight but the morning brought one of the moor’s infamous fogs featured in Sherlock Holmes’ Hound Of The Baskervilles.

Striking camp and setting off through the murk I make a rendezvous with Guy Shrubsole, environmentalist and author who lives nearby.

“Our national parks are in a pretty shocking state for nature… they’ve actually found that on average, they’re in a worse condition than nature is, outside our national parks.

“We’d expect there to be a lot more dwarf shrub heath, things like bilberry and heather growing in much more abundance.

“And that obviously supports a whole range of other species of birds and mammals as well. Dartmoor is a very overgrazed landscape.

“Records suggest that after the second world war there were about 40,000 sheep grazed on the Dartmoor. By 1990 that had risen to something like 130,000.”

He would like to see national parks being a key part of the government’s ambition to have 30% of the UK protected for nature recovery by 2030.

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But national parks in Britain never have been primarily for wilderness like Yellowstone or Yosemite in America. They are for the people who live there too. And many of the people who live there are farmers.

Plenty of them rear livestock and believe that grazed landscape, not scrubby woodland, is what people flock to see – 18 million visitors a year in Dartmoor – and point out that some wildlife needs pasture.

When we are there, a group curlew chicks relocated from East Anglia is released on Neil Coles’ farm.

He thinks much of the moor is now under-grazed.

“The birds have all gone because it is not the habitat they like. We need a balance of areas. Wooded in the valleys but we also need tight grazing on the top for the ground nesting birds. In a natural situation there would be herbivores, so we are managing that and producing food,” he said.

The vexed question of how many cows, sheep and ponies should be grazing, the moor is the subject of a government commissioned but independent review due to report in the autumn.

It will be scrutinised not just here but across many of our upland parks like The Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors which are facing similar dilemmas.

But the recommendations from government sponsored reports aren’t always followed. Four years ago there was much fanfare over the Glover Review into the future of our national parks.

One of its proposals was that parks should have a duty to enhance nature. That hasn’t been taken up.

Each national park is run by an authority with some control over planning but little real power other than encouraging different groups to talk to each other.

Ironically, they have more power over the built environment than the natural environment.

Kevin Bishop is chief executive of Dartmoor National Park and he wants national parks to be “the beating heart of a nature recovery network”.

So, I asked if he has the power to deliver that?

“We don’t have those powers. We don’t have the resources to do it. The government could change our purposes but without giving us the powers and without giving us the pounds new purposes are, in essence, meaningless.”

The power he really wants is to be able to change the behaviour of farmers by having control over the payments farmers get for looking after nature.

“The most important tool in my book for nature recovery is agri-environment agreements… We have no formal role in the current environment schemes.”

National parks can’t change significantly on their own. Their future rests on the powers we give them and that is a decision for parliament and the nation.

Watch The Climate Show with Tom Heap on Saturday and Sunday at 3pm and 7.30pm on Sky News, on the Sky News website and app, and on YouTube and Twitter.

Ashes: ‘Emotions were running high’ – Lord’s bosses apologise as fans clash with Australia players after controversial Bairstow stumping | UK News

Lord’s bosses have apologised after England cricket fans clashed with Australia players during the second Ashes Test.

As Australia players walked through the Long Room of the stadium during lunch, they appeared to exchange heated words with several Lord’s members.

Australia’s Usman Khawaja and David Warner both stopped to hit back at criticism the team were receiving, and were separated from the crowd by match officials.

The incident followed the controversial stumping of England’s Jonny Bairstow, which was met with chants of “same old Aussies, always cheating” by the home crowd.

Australia's David Warner
Australia’s David Warner exchanges words with an England fan

Australia's Usman Khawaja was pulled back by a match official
Australia’s Usman Khawaja was pulled back by a match official

Bairstow had ducked under a bouncing delivery which made its way through to wicketkeeper Alex Carey, before wandering out of his crease as he thought the ball was dead.

Carey threw the ball at the stumps and the run out was given following a check – prompting claims of unsportsmanlike conduct.

Bairstow’s unusual dismissal was met with fury by England’s players, with Stuart Broad taunting Carey and telling him: “That’s all you’ll ever be remembered for”.

Cricket Australia called on Lord’s bosses to investigate the confrontation in the Long Room, alleging that Aussie players had been verbally abused with some “physically contacted”.

In response, Marylebone Cricket Club said “emotions were running high” and “words were unfortunately exchanged” by a small number of members.

A spokesperson said: “We have unreservedly apologised to the Australian team and will deal with any member who has not maintained the standard we expect through our disciplinary processes.

“It was not necessary to eject anyone from the ground and I am pleased to say that there was no repeat of this as the players resumed the field for this afternoon’s session.”

Former England player Eoin Morgan said: “I’ve never seen scenes like that. Particularly in the Long Room, never mind all the way around the ground.

“There is a huge sense of frustration but I can understand why, it was complete naivety around what has happened with Jonny Bairstow’s dismissal.”

Despite a spirited England comeback, Australia eventually won the second Test by 43 runs.

An inspired Ben Stokes hit 155 to move England 70 runs away from victory, but his dismissal effectively ended hopes of an incredible comeback.

Australia now have a 2-0 lead in the series and will retain the Ashes should they win at Headingley next week.

Keir Starmer accuses Rishi Sunak of being in ‘total denial’ about the state of the country in PMQs clash | Politics News

Sir Keir Starmer has attacked Rishi Sunak over the “shocking state” the Conservatives have left the country in during the cost of living crisis.

The Labour leader said living standards were on the floor after 13 years of “Tory failure”, as he pressed the prime minister on what he will do over rising energy bills.

Speaking at PMQs he said: “After 13 years of Tory failure, the average family in Britain will be poorer than the average family in Poland by 2030. That’s a shocking state of affairs. If the Tories limp on in government we are going to see a generation of young people learning to say Auf Wiedersehen in Polish, aren’t we?”

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Mr Sunak blamed the rise in the cost of living on the war in Ukraine, adding: “And I just remind the honourable gentleman what we are doing to ease people through that.”

But Sir Keir said it’s “not as complicated as he pretends” as he called on the PM to “get rid of the loopholes in his botched windfall tax and finally choose family finances over oil profits”.

“Oil and gas companies are making vast, unexpected profits whilst working people face misery of higher bills,” he said.

“He can boast all he likes but companies like Shell didn’t pay a penny in windfall tax last year and they’re still not paying their fair share now.”

The windfall tax was raised to 35% in November which Mr Sunak said is “comparable, indeed higher than other North Sea nations”.

But whether companies are paying this tax is complicated as often they get credits for investments within the UK to bring their payments down – something opposition MPs have branded a “loophole”.

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Sir Keir said energy bills are due to go up by £900 in April and questioned what action Mr Sunak will take to make them cheaper.

Mr Sunak accused the Opposition leader of making “inflationary, unfunded spending commitments” and running out of taxpayers’ cash to fund Labour’s promises.

Sir Keir hit back with a reference to the economic damage caused by the PM’s predecessor.

“The dictionary definition for unfunded commitments is last year’s kamikaze budget. The only country in the G7 still poorer than it was before the pandemic, and he stands there pretending it’s all fine. Total denial about the damage and decline that he is presiding over.”

Labour ‘running out of other people’s money’

During PMQs, Sir Keir also called on the prime minister to scrap the non-dom tax status and use it to fund better childcare provision.

He added: “It is not just bills or housing, families are paying over a thousand pounds a month just to send their child to nursery. If he scrapped his non-dom status, he could start to fund better childcare, put money back in people’s pockets and get parents back to work.”

Sir Keir said it “seems a pretty simple choice” and asked: “So what is he going to choose? Wealthy tax avoiders or hardworking parents?”

Mr Sunak replied: “He has already spent the money he has claimed he would raise from that policy on five different things. It is the same old Labour Party, always running out of other people’s money.”

PM ‘letting generation down’ over housing

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Starmer and Sunak clash over housebuilding

The fiery session also saw the pair clash over housebuilding targets, with Sir Keir raising the fact that the Home Builders Federation estimate housebuilding is going to fall to its lowest level in 75 years.

The Labour leader said a recent Tory rebellion forced Mr Sunak to scrap targets for new homes and called on him to change course.

He told MPs: “He can change course on this, he can bring back targets and planning reforms or he can duck that fight and let a generation down, which is it?”

In response, Mr Sunak said the UK had record levels of housebuilding – a claim that has previously been rebuked by the Full Fact charity.

They said in November that Mr Sunak’s assertion that a record number of new homes had been built did not “appear to be correct” and no data could be found which backed it up.

Speaking after PMQs today, the prime minister’s spokesman said they would have to check what Mr Sunak was referring to in today’s encounter.

Jake Paul and Tommy Fury pulled apart at weigh-in ahead of Saudia Arabia clash | UK News

Tommy Fury and Jake Paul have had to be pulled apart at a weigh-in ahead of their clash in Saudi Arabia on Sunday.

The boxers traded insults and pushes as they squared up hours before their blockbuster fight – billed as “The Truth”.

Their long-standing feud will finally conclude at the Diriyah Arena after two previous scheduled matches had to be cancelled.

Fury, 23, was joined in his corner on stage by half-brother and heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury.

The former Love Island contestant told journalists: “Tomorrow night, his time is up. Jake Paul will no longer be boxing.

“I’m going to put this guy away in four rounds.”

But Paul, 26, has claimed Fury was performing for the cameras.

“He’s acting on stage, getting all hyped up, trying to act like his brother.

“This professional boxer is going down; it’s easy, it’s simple.”

And Paul accused his rival of being nervous ahead of their meeting while insisting he was “ready, calm, cool and collected”.

“This is what I do. He’s shaking up on stage; you can see the nerves running through his system.

“I’m chill,” he added.

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The victor will win a newly-made World Boxing Council Diriyah Belt.

They will also claim a place in the cruiserweight ranking – a decision that has sparked controversy due to Paul’s background as a YouTuber.

Tate Britain: Protesters clash over drag queen story time at London art gallery | UK News

Protesters clashed outside the Tate Britain over a drag queen storytelling event on Saturday.

Nationalist organisation Patriotic Alternative is understood to be leading a group of demonstrators against children’s author Aida H Dee reading to families at the London art gallery.

They came face to face with counter-protesters, led by campaign group Stand Up To Racism, gathered in support of the story-telling event.

People opposed to the reading held placards bearing the slogans “No drag for kids!” and “Leave our kids alone!”.

A second group held signs saying “Don’t let the far right divide us” and “Trans rights now”.

One person was arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence regarding comments made to a police officer, the Metropolitan Police told Sky News.

No injuries have been reported and officers are at the scene, the force added.

Dee hosted three story-telling sessions at 11am, 12pm and 2pm at the gallery in Millbank.

The award-winning author tweeted how the first show “went amazing”, with “no problems and loads of families”.

Five people then gained access to the building causing disruption which did not affect the second performance, Dee said, adding it went “swimmingly”.

Dee hosted Drag Queen Story Hour as part of events to mark LGBT+ History Month.

Tate Britain said on its website that the drag artist is the first in Europe to read stories to children in a nursery.

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Protesters and police at the scene outside Tate Britain
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Protesters and counter-demonstrators clashed outside the central London art gallery

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A blurb about the author said: “Aida H Dee is an ADHD, neurodivergent, queer hero of literature, theatre, and children’s entertainment.

“She is a patron of Autistic Inclusive Meets London, a professional author, a five star Edinburgh Fringe act, has been featured on Forbes Magazine for being an activist for neurodivergence, and has recently been awarded Local Leader Of The Year in 2022 by PinkNews.”

Patriotic Alternative describes itself as “the most active, dynamic and fastest growing nationalist organisation in Britain”.

A spokesman for Tate Britain said none of its events had been disrupted by the protest.

“Police attended a disturbance outside the Tate Britain this morning,” they said.

“The gallery has remained opened to visitors throughout the day and all events went ahead as planned.”

World Cup: England cruise past Senegal to set up quarter-final clash with holders France | UK News

England cruised past Senegal 3-0 in their first World Cup knockout match, with a mouth-watering clash against holders France awaiting them in the last eight.

Two quick-fire goals – the first from Jordan Henderson, the second from Harry Kane – put Gareth Southgate’s side in control going into the half-time break, after what had been a nervy start at the Al Bayt Stadium in Qatar.

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Senegal, the African Cup of Nations champions, had chances to open the scoring and forced a fine save from goalkeeper Jordan Pickford before his namesake Henderson struck in the 38th minute.

But the second half was far more comfortable for the Three Lions, and Arsenal’s young star Bukayo Saka scored his third goal of the tournament in the 57th minute to rubber-stamp the victory.

Kane’s goal in first-half added time means he has now scored 11 goals at major tournaments, seven in the World Cup and four in the Euros, overtaking Gary Lineker as England’s all-time top scorer in major tournaments.

England face the toughest test they could ask for in the next round, after record-setting goals from French strikers Olivier Giroud and Kylian Mbappe helped the 2018 winners see off Poland in the earlier Sunday game.

Young Lions roar in impressive victory

Playing in their first knockout match on the world stage since the painful extra-time 2018 semi-final loss to Croatia, Southgate’s men showed both quality and growing maturity to progress.

But while it was Henderson and Kane who got the goals that helped England neuter an impressive Senegalese start, youngsters Jude Bellingham and Phil Foden shone brightest under the floodlights.

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Phil Foden was one of the star men for England
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Jude Bellingham celebrates qualifying for the quarter-finals

The former, aged just 19, added to his growing reputation with a superb performance and laid on the assist for his midfield partner Henderson.

Bellingham also led a brilliant breakaway for Kane’s fine goal, before Manchester City star Foden, 22, played in the skipper to slam home.

And Saka, himself just 21, repaid the manager’s faith in starting him over Marcus Rashford by clipping the ball past Edouard Mendy to kill off the contest.

England were in cruise control from that point, and Southgate rung the changes with progress assured to consecutive World Cup quarter-finals – something the national team last managed in 2002 and 2006.

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Bukayo Saka made the game safe with the third and final goal

Kane: We feel good about how we’re playing

Spurs star Kane hailed a “really good day” for the Three Lions, telling ITV his team had shown “great maturity”.

“It was really tough, knockout games are never easy,” he said.

“I think we’ve showed great maturity through the tournament, and 3-0 against a really good side, credit to the boys, the mentality was top from the beginning, and we took our chances when they came.

“We feel good, we’ve got good runners, good players getting forward, and it’s solid at the back, three clean sheets in a row is really important. A really good day for us.”

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England fans celebrate trio of goals

England’s goals were greeted by raucous scenes not just in the stadium, but across the country back home.

Fans will now be able to enjoy the week ahead before the game against France on Saturday, again at 7pm UK time.