Ex-councillor paints ‘Dickens Racist’ graffiti across museum dedicated to author

A former councillor has claimed responsibility for scrawling "Dickens Racist" across a museum dedicated to the celebrated author. Ian Driver, 53, was pictured daubing local landmarks in his hometown of Broadstairs, Kent with black paint and Victorian author Charles Dickens felt the brunt of his anger. The carer wore a denim jacket and cream shorts as he took to the streets in the dead of night...

Coronavirus live news: Austria’s president apologises for curfew breach | World news

Elected officials, businesses and others are depending on coronavirus testing and infection-rate data as states reopen so that they will know if a second wave of contagion is coming and whether another round of stay-at-home orders or closings might be needed. But states are reporting those figures in different ways, and that can lead to frustration and confusion about what the numbers mean. In...

Coronavirus live news: Democrats pass House bill calling for $3tn stimulus, Brazil health minister quits | World news

Afghanistan’s health ministry warned of a surge in deaths as confirmed cases of Covid-19 reached 6,402 amid war raging on across the country.Wahid Majroh, the country’s deputy health minister, said 1,113 suspected patients were tested over 24 hours, of whom 349 came back positive. Fifteen Covid-19 deaths were recorded overnight, pushing the toll to 168. There have been 788 recoveries.“If...

Katherine Jenkins sings ‘We’ll Meet Again’ to empty Royal Albert Hall as lockdown Brits mark VE Day – The Sun

KATHERINE Jenkins led a nation-wide rendition of wartime anthems by Dame Vera Lynn in an empty Royal Albert Hall today as lockdown Brits mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day. The Welsh soprano sang World War Two classics like We'll Meet Again and The White Cliffs of Dover during a half-hour performance at the iconic London venue. Katherine Jenkins has sung a series of wartime classic songs by...

UK coronavirus live: Some ‘disruptive’ lockdown measures set to remain in force for rest of year, says Whitty | Politics

Nicola Sturgeon said she was increasingly optimistic Scotland has passed the peak in cases after “really encouraging” data showed a continuing fall in hospital admissions and intensive care cases. The number of intensive care patients in Scotland fell for the seventh day running to 155, the lowest number since 1 April. Covid-19 hospital admissions by ambulance fell to 156 on Tuesday, the...

Coronavirus live news: global trade forecast to fall by up to a third as US sees highest one-day death toll | World news

6.48pm BST18:48 Kenya has reported seven new confirmed cases of coronavirus. The country’s ministry of health has provided all the information about the latest developments on Twitter. Ministry of Health (@MOH_Kenya) In the last 24 hours, we have tested a total of 305 samples, out of which seven people have tested positive for the Coronavirus disease. All the seven are Kenyans.#KomeshaCorona...

UK weather forecast – Heavy rain to hit the UK as country prepares for wet and windy start to spring – The Sun

THE UK can expect a wet and windy start to spring, as heavy rain is set to hit the country this week. The Met Office has issued a three-day weather warning for the UK advising of heavy persistent rain which may lead to flooding. 8 The rain is expected to become heavy on Monday and persist through to WednesdayCredit: Getty Images - Getty8 The weather warnings are likely to add stress to the...

Coronavirus latest updates: 14 more people die in UK as flight bans and lockdowns increase globally | World news

Arts Council England (ACE) has announced details of a three-month coronavirus action plan designed to ensure “as strong a sector as possible as we come out the other side of this crisis”. ACE has a £622m annual budget supporting England’s arts organisations – including theatres, orchestras, festivals and opera and dance companies – as well as individual artists, museums and libraries....

General election 2019: voters queue for ‘most important poll in a generation’ – live news | Politics

Conservative ad telling voters they are in “one of 9 constituencies” required to get Brexit done Photograph: Facebook The Tories are sending targeted ads from the PM to voters in specific constituencies saying their seat is “one of the nine seats needed to Get Brexit Done” ... but they are sending them out to dozens of constituencies. The adverts have been posted to voters in more than...

General election: Four Brexit party MEPs abandon Farage and urge voters to back Tories instead – live news | Politics

10.46am GMT10:46 Johnson apologises for any offence caused by his article comparing women wearing burqas to letterboxes On ITV’s This Morning Holly Willoughby asks about crime and safety. A lot of people feel unsafe, she says. Boris Johnson says he massively reduced crime when he was mayor of London. He says that Usman Khan, the London Bridge attacker, had to be released. It is always worth...