England reach Euro 2020 with 7-0 win over Montenegro

England have confirmed their place at Euro 2020 in emphatic style with a 7-0 demolition of Montenegro at Wembley.

Captain Harry Kane scored a hat-trick to help the Three Lions celebrate their 1,000th match in style, with a number of former players watching on from the stands.

The hapless visitors were put to the sword thanks to a scintillating attacking display – a welcome reminder of the exciting young talent manager Gareth Southgate has at his disposal ahead of the tournament next summer.

Kane led by example, scoring all of his goals in the first-half to move into sixth in the all-time England scorers chart, and there were also strikes for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Marcus Rashford and Tammy Abraham.

Leicester City full-back Ben Chilwell also made an impressive contribution going forward, laying on three assists.

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Labour promises free broadband if party wins election

BT will be part-nationalised and every household will be offered free broadband if Labour win the election, they have said.

The announcement will be made by party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who plans to pay for the scheme by taxing technology firms.

There are more than 27 million households in the UK, according to the Office Of National Statistics.

Sky News’ political correspondent Jon Craig said it was a “big moment” and a “huge and controversial pledge” for the Labour campaign.

Mr Corbyn will make the announcement in a speech in Lancaster tomorrow, when he will describe the new free public service as “central to Labour’s plans to transform our country and economy”.

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20 injured in two-vehicle Cambridgeshire crash

At least 20 people have been hurt in a “serious” crash in Cambridgeshire between two vehicles, emergency services have said.

Some 20 firefighters are at the scene, along with ambulances and police.

In a statement, Cambridgeshire Police said: “Multiple people are involved and some are seriously injured.”

Casualties are being taken to Addenbrooke’s and Hinchingbrooke hospitals, a spokesperson for the East of England Ambulance Service said.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision and asking anyone who might have seen the crash to call them on 101.

They have not confirmed which types of vehicles were involved in the crash, which happened on the B1040 Somersham Road at the junction with Bluntisham Heath Road.

It was first reported to emergency services at 4.51pm.

Both roads have been closed and drivers are being told to avoid the area.

Alleged serial rapist 'forced woman into car at knifepoint on attack spree'

The alleged victim of an accused serial rapist broke down in court as she recalled being forced into a car at knifepoint.

The young woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told jurors at the Old Bailey that she had been walking home in Watford last April when she was abducted and raped.

Joseph McCann, 34, faces 37 counts of rape, sexual assault, abduction and false imprisonment of 11 people.

His oldest alleged victim was a 71 year old woman. The youngest was an 11-year-old boy, who the Crown claims was raped in front of his teenage sister, who was also raped as their mother lay tied to a bed in an adjoining room.

McCann, from Harrow in north London, denies all the charges against him.

The Old Bailey heard live evidence, via video link, from the defendant’s first alleged victim.

The young woman told the court she was walking home in the early hours of 21 April, after an evening out at a Watford night club, when a car pulled up nearby.

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The unnamed woman said the driver of the car got out and grabber her, held a knife against her throat and forced her into his vehicle.

McCann’s lawyers admit he was the man in the car but claim the pair met when he offered her a lift home.

The witness told the court that McCann took her back to her flat, where he raped her in her own bed.

The jury was shown CCTV footage from cameras at a filling station in Watford, taken around five hours after the alleged abduction.

CCTV shows alleged serial rapist Joseph McCann

McCann’s Ford Mondeo is shown in the video driving on to the forecourt, before the defendant gets out and heads into the filling station shop.

His alleged victim is also visible in the footage, sitting in the passenger seat.

Under cross-examination, defence counsel Jo Sidhu QC asked the witness why she did not take the opportunity to run from the vehicle while his client was in the petrol station shop.

The woman said she did not run from McCann because she did not know if he could catch her.

The defence suggested that the reason she never ran was because she was neither abducted nor raped, that sex had been consensual.

The witness said “that’s not how it happened”, and began crying.

Jurors has also been played a video recording of a police interview with Joseph McCann’s second alleged victim.

The young woman, whose identity is also being protected, told officers she was grabbed by the defendant as she made her way home from a tube station in Walthamstow, east London.

The incident happened after midnight on 25 April, four days after the first alleged abduction.

The 25-year-old said the man grabbed her from behind, put his hand over her mouth and told her not to make a noise or he would stab her.

She said she was raped and sexually assaulted so often over a 14-hour period, she lost count of the number times.

At one point in the video interview, the young woman is heard telling the officers that her attacker pulled up at a local school and told her he wanted her to grab a school child.

The witness claimed that later that afternoon McCann grabbed a third victim, a 21-year-old woman, who had been walking with her teenage sister in Edgware, northwest London.

The court heard the pair were sexually assaulted and raped for a further two hours before they managed to escape their attacker.

The 25-year-old woman said that Joseph McCann had driven the pair to a hotel in Watford, where he intended to book a room and continue to assault them.

But the witness said she grabbed a large vodka bottle from inside the defendant’s vehicle and struck him over the head.

The pair managed to run and shout for help to a group of workers at a nearby building site.

So far, Joseph McCann has not attended court.

The trial is due to run for another four weeks.

Majority of voters want to keep free movement after Brexit – poll

A majority of voters support maintaining freedom of movement after the UK leaves the EU, according to a Sky News poll that is a potential setback for the Tories.

Our poll, conducted by YouGov, suggests 56% of voters would support continuing freedom of movement with the EU after Brexit and only half as many (28%) would oppose it.

The poll also suggests – not surprisingly – that Remain voters overwhelmingly (80%) support free movement.

But a third of Leave voters (33%) also support it.

The findings emerged as the two main parties clashed on immigration in the election campaign, with the Conservatives claiming immigration would surge if Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn became prime minister.

In our poll, voters were asked: “After Britain leaves the EU, would you support or oppose continuing ‘freedom of movement’ – that is the right of other EU citizens to come and work in the UK in exchange for UK citizens having the right to go and live and work in EU countries?”

Support for freedom of movement was highest among Liberal Democrat voters, with 82% backing free movement, compared with 70% among Labour voters and 41% among Conservatives.

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Among Tory voters, 46% said they would oppose continuing freedom of movement, compared with only 16% among Labour voters and 11% among Lib Dems.

Perhaps surprisingly, only slightly more than half of those who voted Leave in the 2016 referendum (53%) said they would oppose continuing freedom of movement with the EU.

But, not surprisingly, freedom of movement was more popular with younger voters, with only 9% of 18-24-year-olds opposing it, compared with 39% of voters aged over 65.

The poll also suggests freedom of movement is more popular in London (66% in favour) and Scotland (67%) and least popular in the north of England, where only 52% backed it.

The Sky News poll was published after the Conservatives promised to cut immigration if they win the general election.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said a Tory government would “reduce immigration overall” through adopting a points-based system.

“We will reduce immigration overall while being more open and flexible to the highly skilled people we need, such as scientists and doctors,” she said.

“This can only happen if people vote for a Conservative majority government so we can leave the EU with a deal.”

But the Tories confirmed they have abandoned their long-standing commitment to get net migration down below 100,000 each year, a target set by former prime minister David Cameron and maintained by his successor Theresa May.

Home Office minister Brandon Lewis told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “We are not setting some arbitrary target.

“We want to introduce a new points-based system that is fair and equal to the entire world.

“That gives us control and we can then see immigration being reduced.”

Labour is facing its own clash on immigration policy after Len McCluskey, leader of the giant Unite union and Mr Corbyn’s chief trade union cheerleader, opposed party policy on freedom of movement.

In an interview in The Guardian ahead of Labour’s crucial meeting this weekend to agree its manifesto, Mr McCluskey said it was wrong to have a policy of free movement without stricter labour market regulation.

But shadow home secretary Diane Abbott tweeted: “The Labour Party is committed to maintaining & extending Freedom of Movement rights.

“But the Tories will remove those rights from the EU 3 Million. We will maintain them.”

Floods: 1,200 homes evacuated with more rain on the way

About 1,200 homes have been evacuated in South Yorkshire due to flooding across England, with the Met Office warning more rain is on the way.

The Environment Agency said around 830 properties have been flooded, with homes evacuated in Bentley and Fishlake, near Doncaster.

Pumps set up around the village of Fishlake have removed 1.25 million tonnes of water in the past 24 hours, reducing water levels from two metres to 0.3 metres.

The Environment Agency said 1,000 people in 1,200 homes have been evacuated in South Yorkshire, including 40 from Fishlake.

Around 38 pumps are on site in the county to remove 50 million litres of water per hour to protect homes and businesses in the country.

Image: People have been evacuated from flooded homes in Fishlake

The Environment Agency added that around 14,400 properties, including 5,000 in South Yorkshire, have been protected by flood defences.

They added further wet weather over the next 48 hours could bring “severe” flooding to places already affected by rising waters.

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The agency had 83 flood warnings in place across England as of 4pm on Thursday, as well as 156 flood alerts.

Oxfordshire County Council said firefighters have rescued “a number of people” from vehicles stuck in floodwater.

Rising water has caused people to evacuate their homes in Fishlake

Image: Rising water has caused people to evacuate their homes in Fishlake

Images posted online show the Oxfordshire village of Wendlebury, near Bicester, flooded after the nearby Wendlebury brook burst its banks due to heavy rain.

Wendlebury Parish Council advised people living near the brook to move their belongings “upstairs if at all possible”.

In Worcestershire, West Mercia Police said the A448 Kidderminster Road in Bromsgrove was “completely impassable” near Fox Lane and through Chaddesley Corbett.

The Met Office warned there could be a danger to life in parts of the East Midlands and Yorkshire as more rain is forecast to fall on the already flooded regions on Thursday.

Prime minister Boris Johnson was faced with angry and frustrated local residents when he visited a donation centre in south Yorkshire

Flood victim: ‘Is that a lie again?’

Forecasters have issued a yellow weather alert for areas including Nottingham, Lincolnshire, South Yorkshire and Derby, warning of “heavy and persistent” rain until 10pm on Thursday.

A yellow weather alert for “widespread” rain is also in place for parts of Wales, southwest England and the West Midlands until 11.45pm.

The agency has urged communities to check for flood warnings and follow the advice of emergency services.

Kate Marks, flood duty manager at the Environment Agency, said: “Heavy rain today is expected to cause river and surface water flooding across parts of England, continuing into tomorrow in some areas, as well as potentially contributing to ongoing flood impacts in Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire.

“Today we ask them to please remain vigilant and take steps to prepare for flooding by checking their flood risk regularly and making plans to stay safe.”

Flooding has left parts of Lincolnshire under water

Image: Flooding has hit parts of Lincolnshire

Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited Stainforth, South Yorkshire, on Wednesday and one woman helping the recovery effort told him: “You’ve not helped us up to press. I don’t know what you’re here today for.”

Another said to him: “You’ve took your time, Boris, haven’t you?”

Mr Johnson had insisted: “We’ve been on it round the clock”.

More than 100 soldiers have been sent to South Yorkshire to help residents clean up and, during a visit to the town of Fishlake later in the day, Mr Johnson promised: “We will get people back on their feet.”

While Yorkshire prepared for more rain, parts of England and Wales were experiencing snow.

Dartmoor was covered in snow on Wednesday evening and police in the Welsh town of Ystradgynlais warned people to travel only if necessary after the weather saw several people stranded.

Ex-minister's son jailed for crushing boy with car seat

A man has been jailed for crushing his girlfriend’s young son with a car seat.

Alfie Lamb, three, was crushed to death with an electric car seat in the footwell of Stephen Waterson’s car on 15 February last year.

Waterson pleaded guilty to manslaughter by gross negligence and has been sentenced to seven years and six months.

Image: Stephen Waterson pushed his car seat back into Alfie Lamb. Pic: Met Police

The 26-year-old, who is the son of an ex-minister, was described by police as being “arrogant, selfish and deeply unpleasant”.

He subsequently distanced himself from the death and lied to police as the prospect of a conviction loomed.

Alfie’s mother, Adrian Hoare, 24, from Gravesend in Kent, has already been found guilty of child cruelty and jailed for two years and nine months at the Old Bailey.

Sentencing Waterson, Mr Justice Kerr said: “I do not find you were annoyed with Alfie and moved your seat back because of that annoyance.”

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But he said he was satisfied he moved his car seat back twice “for your own comfort”.

The judge accepted character references from Waterson’s parents, who attended court, and agreed he was “not all bad”.

But he said Waterson was “cunning, manipulative, threatening, and controlling”.

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Man set dog on neighbour's cat in fatal attack

A man has been jailed for 18 weeks after he set his dog on a neighbour’s cat, which was mauled to death.

Unemployed Amos Price, 30, from Pelsall in the West Midlands, has also been banned from keeping animals for life after admitting animal cruelty.

Magistrates said they would have jailed him for longer had they been able to.

CCTV shows Price, who claimed he was drunk, approaching a house with his lurcher-type dog at about 10.45pm on 23 October.

Price, who was wearing a cap and a hooded jacket and carrying a high-powered torch, pulled the dog towards the cat, triggering the vicious mauling.

The father-of-two’s actions caused outrage on social media when the footage was released to try to identify him.

Cleo the cat’s owner, Gary Truefitt, had viewed the footage after being unable to find his pet.

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Mr Truefitt said the attack had affected his sleep and made him not want to go home “because I know Cleo is not there”.

He added: “Cleo would always be there in the morning but now she is not. I feel as if a big part of my life is missing.”

Price, who was jailed last year for criminal damage and assault, cooperated with police when they arrested him on Tuesday, saying: “I was going to hand myself in on Friday. I am done with looking over my shoulder and my family are getting threats.”

CCTV of lead-up to the attack

Mandeep Sehmi, defending, said Price would not have committed the offence if he had been sober and was extremely ashamed and sorry.

“His family and he have received death threats,” Mr Sehmi told Walsall Magistrates’ Court.

“He knows that his being in custody, his family will have to face such threats alone.”

Chairman of the bench, Brian Benton, told Price that while the court was restricted to a maximum sentence of 26 weeks, it would have imposed a longer period had it been able to.

“Due to your guilty plea, you are entitled to a reduction of one third, to 18 weeks,” Mr Benton said.

“However, due to the circumstances, we would if we were actually permitted to do so have imposed a far greater custodial sentence.”

In a statement released last week, Mr Truefitt said: “Cleo will be very much missed.

“She was a daft cat in lots of ways and would lie along the driveway even when there were cars about, but she was a companion to me.

“It’s just awful to think of her being attacked in this way.”

G4S blacklisted over human rights 'risk'

The world’s largest sovereign wealth fund has pulled out of UK-listed G4S, claiming the security company poses a risk to its ethical position on human rights.

Norway’s £860bn fund – which operates under guidelines set by its parliament – is tasked with investing the proceeds of the country’s vast oil and gas output.

It owns shares in more than 9,000 firms worldwide and has previously exited more than 150 investments on environmental, health and other grounds.

Image: G4S operates in more than 90 countries globally

The fund’s board announced the firm, in which it had owned a 2.3% stake, posed an “unacceptable risk” to its stance on the human rights of migrants workers.

The decision – revealed to G4S in April – was based, it said, on an assessment of the company’s operations in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates by the fund’s Council on Ethics.

Its concerns stemmed from the fact, the council said, that many of the 18,000 G4S staff in the Gulf nations are from overseas who paid recruitment fees to join the company.

The council’s statement explained: “When the workers arrive in the Gulf, they must spend a significant part of their salary to pay off this debt, and therefore have little chance of leaving.

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“Many also received far lower wages than agreed, and in the Emirates, the workers got their passport confiscated,” the Council of Ethics statement said.

“The council’s investigations also revealed long working days, a lack of overtime payment and examples of harassment.”

The fund drew down its stake in the business gradually before revealing its decision.

It tallies with worries, expressed over many years by global agencies, about general employment conditions for migrant workers in the Gulf.

G4S suffered a fall in its share price of up to 2% when the news broke.

A spokesperson said: “We welcomed the engagement with the Council on Ethics over the past three years and we wholeheartedly agree that migrant workers need care and support and deserve to be treated with dignity and respect at all times.

“We are committed to ensuring that they feel confident that they can raise any concerns they have about any aspect of their employment with G4S.

“We carried out a robust investigation into the issues raised by the Council on Ethics into G4S’s employment practices in Qatar and the UAE.

“We are making good progress on our action plan to reinforce our high standards in relation to employee recruitment and welfare provisions in the Middle East.

“We have appointed a full-time migrant worker co-ordinator whose primary role is to conduct research into recruitment agencies, their practices and fees in each of the countries of origin, ensuring strict compliance with our code and that our policies and standards of employment are upheld.”

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