The Telegraph 2024-03-29 01:00:35

Sunak sparks honours row as party donor awarded knighthood

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Boost for Rwanda plan as ECHR makes it harder to block deportations

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Judge blames ‘over-indulgent’ parents as he jails teenager over fatal car crash

A judge condemned the parents of a teenager who killed two friends in a crash for “over-indulging” him as he jailed him for six years…

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Easter getaways in chaos as Storm Nelson hits and ferries cancelled

Easter bank holiday getaways have been thrown into chaos after 70mph winds from Storm Nelson cancelled cross-Channel ferries and forced a pilot to abort a landing at Gatwick Airport.

Airports have predicted record-breaking numbers of travellers over the extended weekend, with more than two million people expected to fly abroad. However, bad weather disrupted thousands of people’s journeys on Thursday. 

Ferry company DFDS said that some departures from Newhaven to Dieppe had been cancelled “due to severe weather conditions”. Floods on the railways also resulted in diversions and cancellations, with Great Western Railway forced to reroute around waterlogged tracks at Bedwyn, near Westbury. All of the network’s services between London Paddington and Reading on the morning of Easter Sunday have been cancelled to allow for emergency engineering works.

The RAC has predicted that drivers will face journey times of double their normal length, with more than 14 million motorists expected to take to the roads between Thursday and Easter Sunday. The longest delays are expected between 11am and 3pm on Friday, with drivers being advised to set off as early as possible or wait until later in the afternoon.

Dramatic video footage on Thursday showed an EasyJet airliner at Gatwick Airport appearing to be caught in a strong gust of wind immediately before touchdown, pushing the 186-seat aircraft towards the side of the runway.

The pilot aborted the landing attempt before touching down successfully 10 minutes later, with a spokesman saying that safety was Easyjet’s “highest priority”.

The Met Office has warned there is a “small chance” of injuries and risk to life as a result of the strong winds and large waves, as well as the possibility of hail and thunder.

The Spanish-named Storm Nelson brought winds of up to 70mph to parts of England on Thursday. Greg Dewhurst, a Met Office meteorologist, said: “We have seen winds of up to 76mph in Bury Head, Devon, with gusts between 40mph and 60mph along the coast.”

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Michael Gove’s no-fault evictions ban thrown into doubt

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Queen wears Elizabeth II’s brooch as she steps in for King at Maundy service

The Queen wore a pair of brooches that belonged to Elizabeth II as she distributed Maundy money on behalf of the King, who expressed “great sadness that he could not attend the service…

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