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UK weather: New thunderstorm warning issued for England and parts of Wales on Sunday as rainy end to Bank Holiday forecast | UK News

A weather warning for thunderstorms has been issued for England and parts of Wales on Sunday.

The Met Office yellow warning will be in force from 12pm to 8pm and covers hundreds of miles from Milton Keynes in the south, Norwich in the East, Liverpool in the North West and York in the North.

It also covers Birmingham, Manchester, Hull and Nottingham, as well as areas of northeastern Wales, and could bring between 20mm and 30mm of rain in just a few hours.

“Slow-moving heavy showers and thunderstorms,” will risk difficult driving conditions, homes and businesses being flooded, and lightning strikes, the Met Office said.

This could cause road closures and delays on public transport, the forecaster added.

The Met Office weather warning area on 26 May. Pic: Met Office
The Met Office weather warning area on 26 May. Pic: Met Office

Disruptive weather could add to weekend of busy travel

The transport network has already been hit by millions taking to the roads over the bank holiday weekend – and planned rail engineering works.

A Network Rail project has reduced services on the West Coast Main Line due to work around Crewe and Carlisle.

Trains are also being affected by track renewals between Carstairs and Lanark in Scotland, with significant changes to services on the Great Eastern Main Line because of work to build a new station at Beaulieu Park to the east of Chelmsford.

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The worst travel day of the weekend was Friday, however, when the start of the long weekend coincided with the half-term break for many schools.

Trains were forced to run at reduced speed between Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton that day after thieves tried to steal signalling cables.

Avanti West Coast, CrossCountry, London Northwestern Railway, Transport for Wales and West Midlands Railway passengers suffered delays until the damaged wires were repaired, Network Rail said.

Aviation analytics company Cirium said Friday was the busiest day of the year for UK airports since October 2019, with more than 3,150 departing flights.

Around 8,486 flights were scheduled to take to the skies between Saturday and Monday, with the most popular destinations for UK departures being Dublin, Amsterdam, Palma, Alicante and Malaga.

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Further showers likely on Bank Holiday Monday

Sky News weather producer Joanna Robinson said of the weekend’s conditions: “Rain will turn increasingly patchy on Sunday as it moves northwards, with heavy showers developing from the south. They’ll bring the risk of hail and thunder, with localised flooding possible.

“Bank Holiday Monday will bring further showers, some thundery, but western parts will turn drier later on.

“It’s worth keeping an eye on the forecast, as short-notice thunderstorm warnings may be issued on Sunday and Monday.

“Daytime temperatures will be around average, but it should feel warm in any sunshine.”

Met Office forecaster Craig Snell added: “Overall, it’s a pretty mixed picture, Saturday’s probably the best of the bunch, but there will still be some sunshine around on Sunday and Monday, but we’ll certainly be dodging downpours.

“Watch out for some thunderstorms especially across parts of northern and central England and northeast Wales too.”

‘Hardest Geezer’ Russ Cook set to run London Marathon on Sunday – two weeks after finishing Africa challenge | UK News

Russ Cook, the British man nicknamed the Hardest Geezer who ran the length of Africa, has said he plans to run the London Marathon this Sunday. 

Mr Cook, from Worthing, West Sussex, finished his 352-day challenge on 7 April, in which he covered more than 16,000km.

The 27-year-old passed through 16 countries before crossing the finish line in Ras Angela, Tunisia‘s most northerly point.

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Russ Cook on his run through Africa

He has raised almost £950,000 to date for two charities, the Running Charity and Sandblast, since starting the venture last year.

Speaking about possible long-term injuries on YouTuber JaackMaate’s Happy Hour podcast, which was released on Thursday, Mr Cook said: “It’s hard to know until I’m back really.

"Hardest Geezer" sets off on final day of run.
‘Hardest Geezer’ sets off on the final day of his run

“I’ll have probably a few days of not running, then we’ll see.

“I’ve got the London Marathon in two weeks, so I need to shape up for that.”

Mr Cook said he was entering the marathon with the Running Charity and would be happy to finish the run in under four hours.

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‘Hardest Geezer’s’ journey across Africa

He added he would “probably do some little bits and pieces in between” to “keep ticking over a bit”.

Mr Cook also confirmed he would be returning to Africa next year to run the Marathon des Sables – a six-day, 156-mile ultra-marathon in the Sahara desert.

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Asked if he had another continent-sized running challenge planned, Mr Cook said: “I’m not sure in terms of [the] next challenge, it’s going to be a hard one to kind of top.

“I don’t really want to be away for another year any time soon.”

Around 48,000 athletes took part in last year’s London Marathon, with the winner crossing the finish line in just over two hours.

Nottinghamshire stabbing: Man, 20, arrested after worshipper attacked following Easter Sunday service | UK News

A man has been arrested after a worshipper was stabbed outside a church following an Easter Sunday service.

The victim, in his 40s, was taken to hospital following the incident outside St Stephen’s Church in Sneinton, Nottinghamshire, at around 10.50am on Sunday.

Police say a 20-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Detective Sergeant Andy Buxton, from Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This is an ongoing investigation and we do believe it to be an isolated incident with no wider risk posed to the public.

“The victim remains in hospital after suffering injuries to his stomach and our officers are continuing to support him while our inquiries continue.

“We understand an incident like this can cause concern to the community, but I want to personally reassure them that we do have a suspect in custody and have a group of detectives and officers working hard to understand exactly what has happened.”

He urged anyone with information to come forward.

In a Facebook post, a church spokesperson described the incident as a “terribly challenging situation”, adding: “Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected.”

A Church of England spokesperson added: “It has been a shock for the community. He was stabbed outside the church by someone who had been at the service.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been affected by this awful tragedy.”

King leads first Remembrance Sunday service at Cenotaph as monarch following mother’s death | UK News

King Charles has led the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph for the first time as monarch to honour the nation’s war dead.

Thousands of medal-wearing veterans, military families and the public packed Whitehall in central London for the traditional ceremony and watched as the sovereign laid a wreath at the memorial.

It followed a two-minute silence signalled by the first chimes of Big Ben striking 11am and a volley from a gun fired by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery at nearby Horse Guards Parade.

The Queen considered the Remembrance service one of the most important engagements in the royal calendar
A gun volley signalled the start of the two-minute silence

The solemn moment of reflection ended with buglers from the Royal Marines playing the Last Post.

The head of the armed forces, Admiral Sir Tony Radakin, told Sky News there was a “special poignancy” to Remembrance Sunday this year following the Queen’s death and against the backdrop of the Ukraine war.

It also marked the 40th anniversary of the Falklands War.

In Northern Ireland, Irish leader Micheal Martin and Northern Ireland Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris attended a Remembrance Sunday ceremony in Enniskillen 35 years on from an IRA bomb at the event.

Eleven people died on the day of the attack at the town’s war memorial in 1987, with another victim dying years later having never woken from a coma.

It has become a recent tradition for Ireland’s prime minister to attend the Enniskillen event.

Veterans attend the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph on Whitehall in London, Sunday Nov. 13, 2022. (Chris Jackson/Pool via AP)
Thousands of veterans wearing medals attended the ceremony
People attend the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph on Whitehall in London, Sunday Nov. 13, 2022. (Chris Jackson/Pool via AP)
Crowds packed Whitehall for the event

The King was joined at the Cenotaph by other members of the Royal Family, including the Prince of Wales, the Earl of Wessex, and the Princess Royal, who also laid floral tributes.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak also honoured the fallen on behalf of the government by leaving a wreath, followed by Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, other party leaders, senior members of the cabinet, military chiefs of staff and high commissioners.

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Prime Minister Rishi Sunak lays a wreath during the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph, in Whitehall, London. Picture date: Sunday November 13, 2022.
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Rishi Sunak lays a wreath at the Cenotaph

Also in attendance were seven former prime ministers – Sir John Major, Sir Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, David Cameron, Theresa May, Boris Johnson and Liz Truss.

Watching from the balcony of a government building was the Queen Consort and the Princess of Wales.

The Queen Consort and the Princess of Wales stand on a balcony at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) on Whitehall, during the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph in London. Picture date: Sunday November 13, 2022.
The Queen Consort and the Princess of Wales watched from a Whitehall balcony

A short service followed the laying of the main wreaths, with Bishop of London Dame Sarah Mullally leading a prayer.

Other ceremonies to commemorate the war dead were held across the UK.

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon led tributes in Edinburgh while her government’s veterans’ minister, Keith Brown, travelled to the Falkland Islands to attend a remembrance event.

The former Royal Marine served in the 1982 conflict.

Ceremonies to commemorate the war dead were held across the UK
Ceremonies to commemorate the war dead were held across the UK

The Queen, who died nine weeks ago at the age of 96, considered the Remembrance Sunday service one of the most significant and important engagements in the royal calendar.

The nation’s longest-reigning monarch lived through the Second World War as a teenager, saw service as a military mechanic and was head of the armed forces.

Irish leader Micheal Martin (right) attended a ceremony in Enniskillen 35 years on from an IRA bomb
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon led tributes in Edinburgh

In an interview with Sky News’ Sophy Ridge on Sunday programme, chief of the defence staff Admiral Radakin said: “I think Remembrance Sunday is always poignant.

“I think it’s poignant for the whole nation, this special moment when we pause to reflect on the sacrifice and commitment of others to provide our freedom today.

“I think there’s a special poignancy this year with both the loss of Her Majesty, another loss of a Second World War veteran.

“I also think it’s poignant when we have once again the spectre of war in Europe and all that that entails, and a country that’s been invaded and is fighting for its freedom.”

Sophy Ridge on Sunday: Jeremy Hunt says everyone will have to pay higher taxes – but richest will make larger sacrifices | Politics News

Jeremy Hunt has said everyone is going to be paying higher taxes but those who earn the most will have to make larger sacrifices.

The chancellor told the Sophy Ridge on Sunday programme during Thursday’s autumn statement he “will be asking everyone for sacrifices” but recognises there is “only so much we can ask” from people on the lowest incomes.

“That will be reflected in the decision, it’s important Britain is a fair country,” he said.

“We’re all going to be paying a bit more tax, I’m afraid.”

Mr Hunt promised it will “not just be bad news” but said he believes the public recognises “if you want to give people confidence about the future you have to be honest about the present”.

He said his plan will bring down inflation, control high energy prices and “get our way back to growing, healthily”.

The chancellor said his plan will help get the UK out of a recession as quickly as possible.

But he also said spending cuts from government departments will be needed and hinted no more funding will be given to the NHS.

He said the health service’s funding is already going up but it needs to do “everything it can to find efficiencies”.