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Full list of services affected as fire, police and ambulance ask public not to dial 999 | UK News

Emergency services across the country have asked people not to call 999 due to a technical problem.

The problems appear to be largely fixed – but here’s a list of who’s been affected and their latest published advice.

Which police forces have shared the alert?

• Metropolitan Police – now resolved
• South Wales Police – call 101 if 999 does not work
• Greater Manchester Police – call 999 and “please persevere” if connection takes a while
• West Midlands Police – call 101
• West Yorkshire Police – now resolved
• South Yorkshire Police – now resolved
• Kent Police – now resolved
• Derbyshire Police – now resolved
• Cumbria Police – now resolved
• Bedfordshire Police
• Essex Police – now resolved
• Northamptonshire Police – call 101
• Gwent Police – now resolved
• Devon and Cornwall Police – call 101
• Avon and Somerset Police – call 101 if 999 does not work
• Police Service Northern Ireland (PSNI) – call 101 if 999 does not work
• Thames Valley Police – now resolved
• Police Scotland – call 101 if 999 does not work
• Cleveland Police – now resolved
• Hampshire Police – now resolved
• Leicestershire Police – now resolved
• West Mercia Police – call 101
• Dyfed-Powys Police – call 101

Which fire and rescue services have shared the alert?

• South Wales Fire and Rescue – call 101 if 999 does not work
• North Wales Fire and Rescue – now resolved
• West Midlands Fire and Rescue – now resolved
• Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue
• Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue
• Scottish Fire and Rescue – call 01382 835804 (north); 0131 228 1367 (east); 01505 331661 (west)
• Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue
• South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue – call 0114 2727202 if 999 does not work
• London Fire Brigade – call 101 or 111 if 999 does not work
• Cleveland Fire Brigade – now resolved
• Lancashire Fire and Rescue – now resolved
• Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue – now resolved
• North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue – now resolved
• Kent Fire and Rescue – call 101 if 999 does not work
• Herts Fire and Rescue – now resolved
• Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue – call 01925713161 or 01925460821 if you can’t get through
• Cheshire Fire and Rescue – now resolved
• Cumbria Fire and Rescue – call 01925 713163 or 01925 460823
• West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue – now resolved
• Warwickshire Fire and Rescue – now resolved
• Norfolk Fire and Rescue – call 101 if 999 does not work
• East Sussex Fire and Rescue – call 01737 499006
• Surrey Fire and Rescue – call 01737 499050
• Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue – nor resolved but with reduced capacity
• Essex Fire and Rescue – call 01376 573403 if 999 does not work

Which ambulance services have shared the alert?

• London Ambulance Service – call 111
• North West Ambulance Service – call 111 if 999 does not work
• West Midlands Ambulance Service
• East England Ambulance Service
• North East England Ambulance Service – now resolved

Euro 2028: UK and Ireland submit final bid – as stadium list revealed | UK News

The UK and Ireland have submitted their final bid to jointly host Euro 2028.

The four home nations’ football associations and the Football Association of Ireland have pledged in the bid to provide “Football for all, Football for good. Football for the future.”

They have also revealed the final list of stadiums they are proposing to host matches, with some notable grounds absent from the list.

The 10 proposed grounds are:

• Wembley Stadium – London
• National Stadium of Wales – Cardiff
• Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – London
• City of Manchester Stadium – Manchester
• Everton Stadium – Liverpool
• St James’ Park – Newcastle
• Villa Park – Birmingham
• Hampden Park – Glasgow
• Dublin Arena – Dublin
• Casement Park – Belfast

Old Trafford in Manchester, Croke Park in Dublin, the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, and London Stadium, which were on the original longer list, all failed to make the final cut.

The bid says: “The UK and Ireland share a proud reputation as world-leading event destinations which have successfully staged some of the biggest global sporting tournaments – backed by strong government support.

“This includes the recent record-breaking UEFA Women’s EURO 2022.

“We are delighted that our government partners are fully committed to hosting UEFA EURO 2028.

“They have signed the relevant tournament guarantees and will ensure the event is fully supported.

“This will create a welcoming, exciting and safe football experience that players and fans will enjoy in every city and every game.”

The UK and Ireland’s rival bid is from Turkey, the only other nation that has confirmed interest in hosting the tournament.

Russia had also expressed an interest in hosting, but UEFA declared the bid ineligible over the war in Ukraine.

UEFA is expected to make a final decision on where the tournament will be held in September.

Buyout firm Advent joins list of suitors for $10bn sandwich chain Subway | Business News

A former owner of the high street retailers DFS and HMV has joined the suitors vying to take control of Subway, the global fast food chain.

Sky News understands that Advent International is one of several private equity firms which have progressed through to the second stage of an auction of Subway.

Advent submitted an indicative offer for the US-based company, which could fetch a valuation of between $8bn (£6.6bn) and $10bn (£8.3bn), earlier this month.

It joined rival bidders including Goldman Sachs’ asset management arm, Bain Capital, TDR Capital – the joint owner of Asda – and TPG.

TSG Consumer Partners, which counts Brewdog among its investments, has also been monitoring the situation.

Family-owned chain Subway said it was exploring a sale last month, paving the way for a change of ownership for the first time since its maiden store was opened in Connecticut in 1965 by Peter Buck, a nuclear physicist.

Since then, it has grown into one of the world’s largest quick-service restaurant chains across 37,000 – mainly franchised – outlets in more than 100 countries.

In the UK, Subway trades from more than 2,000 sites, selling made-to-order sandwiches, wraps and salads.

It is bigger in Britain by number of outlets than rivals such as Greggs and McDonald’s.

In a statement last month, the company confirmed that its shareholders were “exploring a possible sale of the company”.

“There is no indication of timing or assurance that a sale will occur.

“The management team remains committed to the future and will continue to execute against its multi-year transformation journey, which includes a focus on menu innovation, modernization of restaurants and improvements to its overall guest experience.

“The company recently announced another record-setting year, ending 2022 exceeding global sales projections and achieving eight consecutive quarters of positive same-store sales growth.”

Bankers at JP Morgan are overseeing the sale process.

At a valuation of $10bn, a takeover would be too large for some of the initial bidders to execute alone, meaning that some may seek to team up with each other or with investors in their private equity funds.

A spokesman for Advent declined to comment.

Strep A: Two more penicillin medicines added to list of alternatives – as scarlet fever cases ‘three times higher than normal’ | UK News

Pharmacists can supply two more alternative penicillin medicines to help ensure there’s enough of the drug to treat Strep A cases.

It comes as cases of scarlet fever, which is caused by Strep A bacteria, are three times the normal rate – causing temporary shortages at some chemists.

SSP (serious shortage protocols) now cover a total of five medicines, adding to the three issued earlier this week, with a tablet now on the Department of Health list.

It means pharmacists can supply an alternative form of penicillin without the patient having to go back to a GP if the prescribed one is out of stock.

SSPs are a standard procedure to manage temporary supply issues, say health chiefs.

At least 19 children across the UK have now died from invasive Strep A (also known as iGAS), a more serious form of the infection which enters parts of the body such as the lungs and bloodstream.

However, the vast majority of cases can be easily treated and are relatively mild, with commons symptoms including a sore throat, rash and fever.

Professor Susan Hopkins, chief medical adviser at the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), said it had been notified of just over 7,500 scarlet fever cases – but that the figure was “probably an underestimate”.

“We have a lot of reports coming in in the last few days so we expect it to be even higher,” she told the BBC’s Today programme on Saturday.

“That’s about three times higher than the same time in a normal season,” she said.

Read more:
What is Strep A and what are the symptoms of the bacterial infection?
Strep A is common and generally causes mild infections – so why the spate of deaths now?

Group A streptococcus
Infections caused by group A streptococcus bacteria are at a higher level than would normally be expected

“The last bad season we had in 2017 and 18. And in invasive Group A Strep cases, we are more than halfway through what we’d normally see in an average season.

“We’ve seen 111 cases in children aged one to four and 74 cases in children aged five to nine.”

Official UKHSA figures for England and Wales show that it was notified of 1,702 cases of scarlet fever in the week ending 11 December, with 1,352 in the week before that, 1,044 in the week before that and 960 cases in the week ending 20 November – a near doubling of the cases in a month.

The latest weekly figure for iGAS cases was 15, up from 10 the week before.

Prof Hopkins stressed that most children have a mild illness and said she had an “open mind” as to why infections were so high.

Some other experts have suggested it could be because there is less immunity because of reduced mixing during COVID lockdowns.

Parents are being urged to get their children vaccinated with the flu nasal spray because areas that are already rolling it out have a lower rate of Strep A cases.

Professor Hopkins said people with flu infections are more likely to get a secondary infection on top, with children who get flu often at higher risk of contracting Strep A.

Children younger than school age can get the vaccine from their GP, while children in school can get it via the school vaccination service.

The SSP penicillin list now includes:

  • Phenoxymethylpenicillin 125mg/5ml oral solution
  • Phenoxymethylpenicillin 125mg/5ml oral solution sugar free
  • Phenoxymethylpenicillin 250mg/5ml oral solution
  • Phenoxymethylpenicillin 250mg/5ml oral solution sugar free
  • Phenoxymethylpenicillin 250mg tablets
Emma Raducanu’s earnings revealed as star makes Forbes’ world tennis rich list | UK News

British tennis sensation Emma Raducanu has been listed as one of the world’s highest-paid tennis players of 2022.

The 19-year-old US Open champion earned $21.1 million (£17.9m) over the last year and has made her debut on Forbes’ tennis earnings leader board.

The list includes the top 10 highest-paid tennis players, who have collectively earned $316 million (£267.5m) over the last year, on and off-court.

Raducanu, who shot to fame in 2021 becoming the first qualifier in the Open Era to secure a Grand Slam title, was ranked sixth on Forbes’ list.

Forbes reveals that Raducanu has earned $3.1 million (£2.6m) on-court and $18 million (£15.2m) off-court.

Since her win last year, Raducanu has signed multiple endorsement deals with big companies including British Airways, Dior, Evian, Nike and Tiffany.

Despite losing in the second round at Wimbledon this summer, earlier this month Raducanu thrashed Serena Williams in their first-ever meeting, winning 6-4, 6-0 in the first round at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati.

Before her win at the US Open Raducanu was ranked 150th in the world.

Emma Raducanu of Great Britain celebrates with the championship trophy after her match against Leylah Fernandez of Canada
Raducanu celebrates US Open win

Former world number one Roger Federer retained his place at the top of the list of the world’s highest-paid tennis players for the 17th year despite not playing a match for nearly 14 months.

Off-court Federer, 41, earned an eye-watering $90 million.

Read more:
Serena Williams announces plan to retire: ‘I’m evolving away from tennis’

Japan’s Naomi Osaka, who has won four majors, was ranked second after making around $56.2 million in the past year.

Williams, who has announced her plans to retire from the sport, was placed third earning $35.1 million, followed by Spain’s Rafael Nadal with $31.4 million and Novak Djokovic raking in $27.1 million.

Others on the top 10 Forbes list include Russia’s Daniil Medvedev earning a total of $19.3 million, Japan’s Kei Nishikori on $13.2 million, Venus Williams on $12 million and Carlos Alcaraz who earned $10.9 million.

Lloyds to close 66 branches this winter – full list of those shutting | Business News

Lloyds Banking Group has announced it will close 66 branches this winter.

Between October and January, 48 Lloyds Bank branches and 18 Halifax branches will shut – the latest in a broad trend of big banks quitting the high street.

It comes just two months after the lender announced plans to shut 28 branches between August and November.

Russell Galley, director of consumer relationships at Lloyds Banking Group said: “Our customers have more choice than ever in how they bank with us.

“As our customers do more online, visits to some branches have fallen by as much as 85% over the last five years.

“Alongside our digital, online and telephone services, we’ll continue to invest in our branches, but they need to be in the right places, where they’re well-used.”

Lloyds said there will be no compulsory or voluntary redundancies, with staff able to move to other branches or another part of the business.

According to trade union, Unite, more than 5,000 bank and building society branches have closed since 2015.

But Lloyds insists it has 19.1 million online customers and 15.6 million app users, showing the increasing popularity of digital banking.

It has also promised that all of the branches set to close have at least one free ATM within half a mile, and a Post Office within 1.1 miles.

Once all the announced closures are complete, there will be 646 Lloyds Bank, 510 Halifax and 165 Bank of Scotland branches remaining.

The branches due to close between October and January are:

Lloyds, Bromyard
Lloyds, Chigwell
Lloyds, Catterick Garrison
Lloyds, Malvern Link
Lloyds, Redruth
Lloyds, Lutterworth
Lloyds, Palmers Green
Lloyds, Cheadle
Lloyds, Lytham St Annes
Lloyds, New Ollerton
Lloyds, Paternoster Sq, London
Lloyds, Earls Court Rd, London

Lloyds, Leadenhall St, London
Lloyds, Axminster
Lloyds, Barton upon Humber
Lloyds, Belper
Lloyds, Intake, Sheffield
Lloyds, The Moor, Sheffield
Lloyds, Tilehurst, Reading
Lloyds, New Romney
Lloyds, Edgbaston, Birmingham
Lloyds, Weoley Castle, Birmingham
Lloyds, Billericay
Lloyds, Immingham

Lloyds, Tonbridge
Lloyds, Edgware Rd, Paddington, London
Lloyds, Notting Hill Gate, London
Lloyds, Sandbach
Lloyds, West Wickham
Lloyds, Darlaston
Lloyds, Purley
Lloyds, Aldridge
Lloyds, Rothbury
Lloyds, Wootton Bassett
Lloyds, Guisborough
Lloyds, Cheddar

Lloyds, Cinderford
Lloyds, Cleobury Mortimer
Lloyds, Holyhead
Lloyds, Wallingford
Lloyds, Bishop’s Waltham
Lloyds, Helston
Lloyds, Looe
Lloyds, Slaithwaite
Lloyds, Welshpool
Lloyds, Pwllheli
Lloyds, Caldicot
Lloyds, Llandrindod Wells

Halifax, High Holborn, London
Halifax, Hitchin
Halifax, Ripon
Halifax, Stowmarket
Halifax, Newry
Halifax, Whitchurch
Halifax, Dorking
Halifax, Mitcham
Halifax, Retford

Halifax, Tiverton
Halifax, Tottenham Ct Rd, London
Halifax, Windsor
Halifax, Stroud
Halifax, Ruislip
Halifax, Birmingham
Halifax, Rawtenstall
Halifax, Coleraine
Halifax, Warminster