Public Health England's weekly surveillance report shows 147 out of 149 councils - or 98.7 per cent - saw a drop in their infection rate over the seven days to February 14 (left). Only North East Lincolnshire and Tameside, in Greater Manchester, recorded a climb in cases by 11.9 per cent and 8.9 per cent respectively. Covid cases also plunged in all age groups and among 10 to 19-year-olds they dipped to levels not seen since September (top right) when the second wave spiralled out of control. Separate data from Test and Trace also painted a promising picture as it revealed weekly Covid infections had fallen to levels last seen in October (bottom right).
Husband who strangled his wife with dressing gown cord five days into first lockdown is jailed for five years for manslaughter after fears of pandemic caused him to 'snap'
NEW A pensioner who strangled his wife days into the first UK lockdown has been sentenced to five years in jail. Anthony Williams, 70, (bottom right) told police he 'literally choked the living daylights' out of his wife Ruth, 67, (bottom left) at their home in Cwmbran, south Wales, on the morning of March 28 last year, after he 'snapped' following a period of feeling depressed and anxious. Williams was cleared of murder on Monday following a trial in which a psychologist argued his anxiety 'was heightened' because of lockdown, which impaired his ability to exercise self-control. On Thursday he appeared for sentencing at Swansea Crown Court after admitting manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility. Judge Paul Thomas said it was a 'tragic case on several levels', but in his view Williams's mental state was 'severely affected at the time'. Pictured top the couple together.
Jo Whiley reveals her disabled sister is 'very poorly in hospital' with Covid leaving the DJ 'scared' and unable to host Radio 2 show
British radio presenter Jo Whiley (right), 55, will not be hosting her Radio 2 show after her sister Frances' (left) battle with coronavirus left her feeling 'very scared' on Thursday. She tweeted (inset): 'I can't do my @BBCRadio2?show this evening. My sister Frances is v poorly in hospital with Covid. I don't feel shiny or happy tonight, I feel very scared. However I'll be listening to @willyoung?who I know will light up our kitchen in the depths of our darkness.' Frances, 53, suffers from a rare genetic syndrome called Cri du Chat - a chromosomal condition that results in delayed development.
Escape from Hotel Quarantine! Guest who filmed his dash for freedom and 'fresh air' goes on 'HUNGER STRIKE' over being 'held under duress' inside Radisson Blu at Heathrow
EXCLUSIVE: A British father-of-one tried to break out of a quarantine hotel near London Heathrow Airport this morning and has gone on hunger strike after claiming he is being held there 'under duress', MailOnline can reveal. Anthony Pium (right), 30, from Leyton, East London, was involved in an angry confrontation with security guards as he tried to force his way out of the Radisson Blu Edwardian hotel (centre) 'to get some fresh air'. An exclusive video filmed by Mr Pium shows him being forced back into the hotel (left). Security guards surrounded him and pushed him back as he asked to be allowed out for some air and repeatedly told them to social distance. It comes after new rules introduced on Monday mean people arriving in England must quarantine in a hotel for ten days at a cost of ￡1,750 if they have been to a country with a high Covid risk, such as Portugal or Brazil. But Mr Pium today told MailOnline of his anguish of been detained at Heathrow last night, after he flew in from Sao Paulo, where he was working for his travel agency Sky Fly Travel.
Husband whose wife, 44, ran off with her daughter's boyfriend days after 24-year-old gave birth to their second child is left 'devastated' - as cheating father-of-two says 'I am in love with her and I want the world to know'
EXCLUSIVE: Ryan Shelton, 29, betrayed his pregnant partner Jess Aldridge by beginning the affair with her mother Georgina, 44, while they were all living together in a family support bubble in Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire. Speaking for the first time, Ryan, who is now living with Georgina, told MailOnline: 'I don't care what everyone thinks, I am in love with Georgina and I don't care who knows about it.' Jess told how she felt 'betrayed' by Ryan and her own mother as they drank vodka in the kitchen together and flirting while she sat heavily pregnant watching television with her father. The family friend told MailOnline that Georgina's husband, Eric, is 'devastated', having only renewed their marriage vows two years ago 'to show their continued commitment to each other'.
Facebook needs to be 'brought to heel' and made to pay for UK news, head of Britain's Digital, Culture and Media Committee says as Australian blackout prompts huge backlash?
#DeleteFacebook was trending today as fury at the firm's decision to ban news in Australia spread globally (left), with US politician David Cicilline - who leads a committee responsible for regulating tech firms - saying site is 'not compatible with democracy'. Tens of thousands of social media users took to rival Twitter to vent their anger and call for a boycott after the ban came into force (right), inadvertently knocking down sites including government health pages sharing news about Covid, along with charities, food banks, missing persons pages, emergency services and domestic violence shelters. Facebook (CEO Mark Zuckerberg pictured centre) says it took the decision rather than comply with new laws due to be passed this week which would force it to pay for news content hosted on the site. The law would be a world-first, but Facebook fears the idea could catch on in other countries, with similar rules under consideration in the UK, the EU and US. The company's move to block all media content in Australia is a staggeringly irresponsible attempt to bully a democracy and will stiffen the resolve of legislators across the world to get tough with the technology giant,?UK MP Julian Knight said Thursday.
'Hope that clears things up!': Hugh Bonneville jokes that he's had SEVEN imaginary cosmetic procedures after mystifying The One Show viewers with 'weird' airbrushed face
The actor, 57, hilariously addressed the furore over his The One Show appearance (right) by joking he's had lots of surgery in a cheeky Instagram statement (left) shared on Thursday. Posting a selfie while standing infront of a green screen, the star said he's had 'a number of cosmetic?procedures', including 'breast indecision, cheekoplasty,?aura misting and lipodonction' (sic). The Downton Abbey actor surprised fans with his flawless visage as he appeared on the BBC evening show on Wednesday to discuss his film To Olivia, in which he plays Roald Dahl.?Viewers took to Twitter to comment on Hugh's youthful looks, with some joking he had been in a 'space time vortex from the 1980s', while others said it looked like he had smeared his screen with Vaseline.?
'We're not a health hazard': Defiant gift card shop owners have now racked up ￡18,000 in FINES after ignoring Covid restrictions and are prepared to go to jail rather than close their doors
Alasdair, 54, and Lydia Walker-Cox, 50, (left) are facing forced closure for breaking coronavirus rules by keeping their gift card shop open despite non-essential shops being told to shut. The couple, who have been fined ￡17,000 since the start of 2021, believe their shop should be classed as essential as it sells items including newspapers, snacks and baking products. Police (right) and trading standards officers have hit them with fines after ordering them to close Grace Cards and Books in Droitwich, Worcestershire (inset).
YouTube vlogger, 28, fined three times for breaching lockdown to travel to cities to film is refusing to pay because he says his work is 'essential'?
Marti Blagborough said his trips to a police station and prison in Lincoln on Monday were 'essential' despite living more than 70 miles away in Leeds, West Yorks. The father-of-three said he made his living from filming videos and selling them on to other companies as part of his role at Pinac Media UK Ltd, which he set up last year. However, Lincolnshire Police disagreed and have slapped the 28-year-old and a fellow vlogger with ￡200 fines.
The playboy billionaire who has bought Sunderland aged just 23: Frenchman Kyril Louis-Dreyfus parties with Lewis Hamilton and Floyd Mayweather and has a ￡2bn trust fund while his glamorous Russian mother runs the family business worth ￡26bn
You would expect it to take a lifetime to build a fortune big enough to own one of the biggest football clubs in the country. But Sunderland has today announced it has been taken over by a little-known billionaire - aged just?23.?Kyril Louis-Dreyfus bought a controlling stake in the League One club and will become its chairman. The Frenchman, who lives in Switzerland, is heir to the?agricultural commodities giant Louis-Dreyfus and is believed to have a trust fund worth?￡2billion. Despite his business background, Sunderland fans should not worry about his football interest. His Instagram, which has 23,000 followers, is littered with pictures with athletes such as Barcelona's?Ousmane Dembélé, Manchester City's?Benjamin Mendy and Crystal Palace's Michy Batshuayi. Other stars he has surrounded himself with include the boxer Floyd Mayweather (right) and F1 champion Lewis Hamilton (bottom right), who he has both appeared at parties with. Outside of sport, he also appears close to other well known faces including former president of France Nicolas Sarkozy. The pair posed for a shot on a private plane in?Biarritz, France, with the caption reading: 'Mr President #2017.'
Woman is convinced her husband is cheating after noticing a VERY suspicious item in a mirror selfie he sent her from a hotel room - but can YOU spot it?
US TikTok user @shesough (left) shared two pictures of her husband taken in the bathroom of his hotel room (right), and says she immediately spotted the women's hair straighteners on the side. Explaining the events she wrote:?'My husband sent me pics trying to look all cute in his suite at the casino, but I noticed some odd things, now he is single. Can you guess what it is?' The video has been watched over 4 million times?and has accumulated more than 13,000 comments.
Real life Treasure Island! Viking hoard of artefacts including a gold bangle and silver brooch buried over 1,000 years ago are discovered on the Isle of Man
The rare collection (pictured main) was officially declared treasure by the Island's Coroner of Inquests Jayne Hughes and is set to go on display at the Manx Museum in Douglas. The internationally significant find, which also includes at least one silver armband as well as a gold arm-ring (top right) and a huge silver brooch (bottom right), was buried around AD 950. It was discovered on private land late last year by metal detectorist Kath Giles (pictured left), who admitted she knew she'd come across 'something very special'.
Katy Perry's evangelical preacher parents spent $178k of DONATIONS on lavish retreats, flights and stays at luxury hotels in one year? - leaving their religious charity with just $7k in cash?
Katy Perry's parents Keith and Mary Hudson parents spent 96% of donations to their charity on expenses including 'retreats' at exclusive Marriott Hotels. Documents obtained by DailyMail.com show the charity filed with the IRS this month and in 2019 it raised $185,679 - but the couple spent?$178,046. The couple host 'Arise Conferences' in exotic and desirable vacation destinations around the world including Hawaii, Malaysia, France. According to the documents, they used the donations on flights, meals and cars. The ministry paid out $6,900 for 'occupancy' including hotel stays according to the filing, $8,799 for 'travel' and $5,516 for 'auto expenses'. The IRS documents show the charity received $666,142 from 2015 to 2019. The charity was left with just $7,633 cash at the end of the year.
Fare play! Couple are proud owners of one of the UK's cheapest homes after spending ￡17,500 to convert a London double-decker bus - complete with a dressing room, bath and fireplace
Charlie MacVicar, 26, and boyfriend Luke Walker, 27, spent ￡15,000 renovating a 544-square foot bus into an open plan home, parked in Essex, and insist they have more space than if they lived in a cramped flat. After buying the bus for ￡2,500 in 2017, they ripped out the upstairs seating (inset) to create a bedroom and dressing area (to left and right) with a bath that had to be lifted in through an emergency window. Downstairs, there's a fully fitted kitched and workspace, and the couple have outdoor seating and access to half an acre of land (bottom left).
England's Covid vaccine postcode lottery: Parts of London have only jabbed 60% of over-70s... while almost all the elderly living in one Hampshire district have had their first dose (and some areas have done nearly 300x as many top-ups)
The area with the poorest uptake of the first dose was Westminster, in central London, where only 60.9 per cent of residents over 70 have had their first injection. The figure was almost as low in West London, where just 67.5 per cent of people in the age group have been jabbed. The worst 10 areas for uptake were all in the capital. Health chiefs fear vaccine hesitancy among black, Asian and ethnic minority (BAME) groups is behind the poorer uptake in London's culturally diverse boroughs. It follows reports of GP surgeries in London having to close early because not enough people have been turning up to get their injection.
Boxer Chris Eubank breaks down on Piers Morgan's Life Stories as he apologises to Michael Watson - 30 years after their devastating fight left him disabled?
Chris Eubank breaks down and weeps remembering the fight that almost killed his opponent Michael Watson - moments before his former rival surprises him to say 'I love you Chris. Let's move on'. The pair were reunited as Eubank, 54, discusses the boxing match?30 years ago that saw Watson put into a?40-day coma and?blinded, wheelchair-bound and at first unable to talk. Watson had been left with the brain injury after Eubank delivered an uppercut in the ring, causing him to fall back and hit the back of his head against the ropes. He made an incredible recovery after six operations to treat a blood clot that had former on his brain. Watson stunned?audience members watching?Piers Morgan's Life Stories on Eubank as he appeared on the show, which airs tonight.
Mother spends four YEARS turning a hoarder hovel into a family home after clearing 100 bags of rubbish, from packets of HAIR to jars of human waste
Ciara Sowers, 32, from Alberta, wanted to inhabit her grandmother's house, but found it had been rented by a hoarder. She spent hours getting rid of the waste the person left behind to do the house up. Ciara, a mother-of-two (inset) spent four years turning the house from a hoarding nightmare (pictured top row), to a family home with a cosy living room and bedrooms for her daughters (pictured bottom row).
French President Emmanuel Macron has noticeably put on weight since December, when he contracted Covid-19 and had to go into isolation before being given the all-clear. 'This is a positive thing,' an Elysée Palace spokesman told Challenges, the Paris business magazine. 'It's the first proof that the President has recovered well from Covid, and that he's in shape to tackle everything else.' Mr Macron weighed in at a sleek 73 kilos - or 11.4 stone - when he came to office in 2017 as by far the country's youngest post-war president (Macron pictured in January, left, and in 2017, right).
Who's that Ghoul? Couple stunned after catching blond 'GHOST BRIDE' on motion-activated CCTV after feeling 'there was something there' living with them in their semi-detached?
Darren Pallister, 27, 'nearly fell out of bed' when he?checked his motion-activated cameras at around 3am and spotted the spooky silhouette. He and his fiancée Jessica Mason, also 27,?(together, bottom right) said they felt 'there was something there' at their home in?Aintree, Merseyside. Miss Mason was asleep when the cameras - set up to view their French Bulldogs - captured the ghoulish figure (left) at 12.34am on January 2, Mr?Pallister said. The couple said they have felt a calming presence of another person their pre-war semi-detached property recently - claiming its?even accompanied by the sweet smell of perfume. Mr Pallister claims to have captured 'white orbs' on the motion detector's camera (top right) and says the spooky goings on only happen in that one room.
Nissan unveils its new Sunderland-built Qashqai costing from ￡22,000 - and hails the SUV as a vote of confidence in Britain and its North East workforce
Marking the arrival of the new third-generation SUV, bosses said Nissan's 35 years of car-building in Britain meant it had become part of the UK way of life and was proud to celebrate its 'Britishness'. The new Qashqai was conceived at Nissan's European Design Centre in Paddington, West London, and engineered at its European engineering centre in Cranfield, Bedfordshire, before being manufactured in the North East of England, they pointed out. Prices are expected between ￡22,000 to ￡32,000 with first deliveries from summer.?Here's everything you need to know about the latest version of Britain's best-selling SUV for over a decade...
Wattle and daub Saxon hut that boy, 9, helped build, tropical rum shack and fairy-tale castle are among impressive creations battling to be crowned Shed of the Year?
The?revered competition is now open for entries for its 15th edition, and entrants are encouraged to show off their immaculate lockdown garden projects across seven categories. Having already received more than 100 keen entries, those at?Cuprinol Shed of the Year are expecting its 2021 competition to be the biggest yet thanks to the amount of time 'sheddies' have spent in their gardens during the pandemic. Among the early entries is The Saxon House (top right) by Daniel Pierce and his nine-year-old son in Hampshire. The impressive garden den was built using reclaimed materials, including local cuts of hazel, willow and walls made from a mixture of?mud, hay and horse manure. Elsewhere, the A-Frame Rum Bar (inset and bottom right) by?Andrew Bebbington from Cheshire has already turned heads, with its traditional structure built as a way for Mr Bebbington to keep busy in the first national lockdown last spring. In Derbyshire, Mark Campbell was inspired by the photographs in his granddaughter's storybooks to create an enchanting hideaway he dubbed Winterwood (left). Mr Campbell - who had limited experience in building - built the fairytale castle-inspired shed in the middle of a wood, where it is surrounded by trees and wildflowers.
Jamaican man clinging to capsized boat is rescued after THIRTY SIX hours at sea in failed bid to reach US from the Bahamas - as six missing crewmates are feared dead?
Captain Chase Cornell (inset), a charter fishing skipper out of Fort Pierce, spotted the distressed man (left) on radar about 20 miles offshore and came to his rescue on Friday in his fishing boat, the Southern Eagle (right). 'I slowed down to take a closer look and found this guy clinging to his capsized boat,' Cornell wrote in a Facebook post. 'He had left Bimini with six others in attempt to make it across to the states when the boat capsized at 8pm Wednesday night,' he added.
Campaigner applies for public footpath to be opened through Sarah Beeny's Somerset farm in bid to convince the TV presenter to join her fight AGAINST 'nightmare' ramblers reopening byways on private land
Ann Scott (pictured right), 72, from Norfolk, submitted the claim which will be considered by Somerset County Council. Alongside fellow campaigners, she is asking the Government to bring the Deregulation Act 2015 into effect. The Act is expected to allow homeowners greater powers of appeal against claims for rights of way on their land. Following Sarah Beeny's Channel 4 show New Life in the Country, which documented the construction of her property near Bruton, Mrs Scott hopes that involving her in the right of way debate would raise the profile of her campaign (left: Mrs Beeny pictured on the show). She brought the application after battling an eight-year claim made on her own property, which she said made her life 'an absolute misery' (top inset: land outside Bruton, Somerset, where Ms Beeny previously applied for planning permission to develop a farmhouse).
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Dragged to its doom: Zebra rears helplessly in doomed bid to escape pride of lions feasting on it as it still lives?
Dramatic pictures, captured by photographer Peter Geraerdts, show the 880-pound zebra rearing and kicking helplessly in a desperate attempt to escape from being eaten alive by a pride of eight lions at the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. One of them proceeded to bite down on the zebra's neck, forcing the poor creature to lie there, as the blood-soaked lions devoured it all within 30 minutes.
VW Golf flies through air and smashes into parked vehicles after speeding across junction into a 'no entry' street and colliding with another car
The white VW Golf shoots across a junction into the path of a dark-coloured car which clips it and sends it ricocheting off three parked vehicles. The Golf flies over the second one before crumpling the bonnet of a VW Passat, in Bradford, West Yorkshire. At the end of the CCTV footage the Golf's rear bumper can be seen hanging off the back of the car before it is driven off, going the wrong way up the one-way street.
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Pictured: The amazing partially submerged whale-shaped marine observatory that will offer visitors stunning underwater views 26ft beneath the ocean surface in Australia
Having a whale of a time will be almost guaranteed at this amazing new marine observatory. Not only will it take the shape of a whale, but the partially submerged structure will offer visitors stunning underwater views of the surrounding tropical sea life. It will be built at the end of the Busselton Jetty, 1.2 miles from the shore in Geographe Bay, Western Australia,?a popular spot for watching southern right, humpback, pygmy and blue whales. Renderings show how visitors will be able to peer through huge windows to admire the unique underwater ecosystem where 'the cold waters of the Southern Ocean meet the warm waters of the Indian Ocean'.
That's gonna need a LOT of glue! Engineers lay out parts of WWII Lancaster bomber like a giant AIRFIX model in RAF hangar before painstakingly piecing it together
The aircraft, named Just Jane, is three years into a ten-year restoration at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre in East Kirkby, Lincolnshire, which will see it return to the skies to add to the two remaining bombers which are still flying. Before it can fly again, each part of the four-engined plane needs to be stripped-down, checked, repaired or re-built so a certificate of airworthiness can be issued by the Civil Aviation Authority. Some 7,377 Lancasters (one shown inset in 1942) had carried out more than 150,000 missions by the end of the Second World War -including the supremely audacious Dambuster Raids of 1943. They had also dropped more than 600,000 tons of bombs on the enemy, a feat unequalled by any other plane. The men who flew them had the most perilous posting of the war - Bomber Command - and 3,249 aircraft and their crews would be lost in action. During the summer months Just Jane is used for ground displays and taxiing passengers around a former RAF airfield in Lincolnshire. But every winter, as part of the ￡4million project, different sections of the Lancaster are restored. This year it's the huge tail and rear fuselage (pictured top right) that's being worked on. Pictured bottom left: One of the plane's Rolls-Royce engines. Bottom right: The cockpit.