A lorry driver who was more than three times the legal alcohol limit swerved across the M5 in Somerset, dramatic footage shows. Ihar Shynkevich, 35, was pulled over by police on Monday, 5 February, after a 999 call reporting his vehicle being driven erratically. Dashcam footage shows the lorry, carrying cargo weighing more than 21 tonnes, veering between lanes and narrowly avoiding a vehicle. Shynkevich was arrested after failing a roadside breath test and charged with driving a motor vehicle while over the prescribed alcohol limit. He was sentenced to 19 weeks imprisonment and disqualified from driving for 1163 days.
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Rochdale voters are heading to the polls on Thursday 29 February for a by-election unexpectedly besieged by political controversy and media scrutiny. The election was triggered when Tony Lloyd, the Labour MP for the constituency died in January 2024, and Labour has struggled to find another candidate after runner-up Azhar Ali was suspended for saying that Israel had “allowed” the 7 October attacks to mandate the country’s invasion of Gaza. Some Rochdale constituents told The Independent that they feel like Westminster doesn’t care about them or that they have been included in the government's “levelling up” plans, with some even arguing that “everything stops at Birmingham”.
Watch the moment an English local council meeting descends into chaos as pro-Palestine protesters stage a demonstration before scuffles erupt. A Torycouncillor is heard shouting: “It’s Chorley, not bloody Gaza, get out!” after activist Jenny Hurley and a large group “hijacked” the meeting which would have seen the council in Chorley, Lancashire, debate the budget on Monday 26 February. Others chat “Free Palestine” in unison before a number of people appear to be pushed towards the door. “Chorley will be heard!” Ms Hurley wrote, sharing footage of the incident on social media.
Prince William held the hand of a holocaust survivor after she asked about the Princess of Wales and spoke of how her family had been affected by a recent rise in antisemitism. Rennee Salt, 94, told the Prince of Wales how much she missed his wife as he paid a visit to a London synagogue on Thursday (29 February). Ms Salt said: “I'm sorry, I'm sure that if your wife would've been well, she would've been here. I miss her so much. Give her my best wishes, please.” William said: “We were going to come closer to the Holocaust memorial day but unfortunately we had to move it but glad to be able to meet today.”
A new trailer for Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead gives a first look at Nicole Richie in the remake of the 1991 comedy. The fashion designer and actress, 42, leads an ensemble cast alongside Simone Joy Jones and June Squibb. Similarly to the original, the modern remake follows Tanya (Jones), who is forced to stay at home with her siblings when their mother goes to a wellness retreat in Thailand. However chaos soon ensues when their elderly babysitter (Squibb) dies and Tanya and her siblings are left short on cash.
Police officers will be automatically suspended in future if charged with certain criminal offences, James Cleverly told MPs. Mr Cleverly’s comments come after an inquiry found Sarah Everard’s killer Wayne Couzens should never have been given a job as a police officer and chances to stop the sexual predator were repeatedly ignored and missed. The Home Secretary reminded the Commons of plans to give police chiefs more power over misconduct hearings adding: “There will be a presumption for dismissal for any officer found to have committed gross misconduct. “I can announce today (29 February) that there will also be an automatic suspension of police officers charged with certain criminal offences.”