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The Welsh Association of Visitor Attractions (WAVA), which represents more than 80 tourism businesses, said there had been a 'noticeable lull' in visitors across the sector. Almost half of its members saw fewer tourists over the holiday period than they did in the pre-pandemic year of 2019. They said increased running costs including food and energy prices were making it especially difficult for businesses and they now fear for their future. It comes as hospitality chiefs, small businesses and tourism bosses have warned any new levy for foreign holidaymakers coming to Wales would 'decimate' the holiday industry. Visitors to Wales may be forced to pay a tourism levy to stay in the country in the future, if a planned consultation which will be launched by the Labour-backed Welsh Government this autumn is approved. Pictured left: A crude 6ft long banner - written in black paint on a white board - was held aloft by three people in July 2020, over the A30 at Bodmin, one of the main roads into Cornwall. Pictured right: Tourists flock to Fistral beach in Cornwall after the lockdown restrictions eased in August 2020


Boris Johnson is again fighting for his political life after visual evidence of lockdown breaches in Downing Street started to emerge - with more expected in Sue Gray's full report as early as tomorrow. Leaked images showed Mr Johnson apparently toasting his outgoing communications chief Lee Cain on November 13, 2020 - a time when social gatherings were banned. One Conservative source pointed the finger at Dominic Cummings , who was ousted the same night after losing a power struggle and has since been waging a campaign for 'regime change' in No 10. The pictures are threatening to reignite a revolt that seemed to have fizzled out when the Met closed their investigation after only handing him one fine, with Tory MPs breaking cover to condemn the premier and suggest he should go. The situation has been inflamed by claims that Mr Johnson held a 'secret' meeting with Ms Gray in recent weeks where he urged her to abandon publication report. Meanwhile, London Mayor Sadiq Khan has waded into the row over whether Scotland Yard was too lenient on the PM, calling on the force to explain its reasoning. In a round of interviews this morning, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps gave limited backing to the PM - insisting the toast in the latest photographs 'should not have happened'.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, claimed he accidentally stabbed Ava, 12, in self-defence after a row over a Snapchat video in Liverpool city centre on November 25 last year.


A village pub landlady, Luisa Santos (pictured), 46, appeared in court yesterday accused of stabbing a staff member.

The children, believed to be aged 11 to 16, were struck by the school bus outside a secondary school in Powys, Wales and immediately rushed to hospital for treatment.

Power blackouts, petrol shortages and empty shelves loom if rail unions vote to strike, it emerged tonight. At least four in five services could be cancelled if RMT chiefs win support for walkouts.

Top police superintendent Sarah Derbyshire, 49, pictured, has been caught taking part in a pitch invasion after Bournemouth Football Club was promoted to the Premier League.

A college where a teacher died of Covid-19 has become the first education sector employer in Great Britain found to have to breached health & safety laws during the pandemic. Burnley College (left), Lancashire, was found to have failed to ensure staff safety during the outbreak of the virus in a damning report by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The report followed an HSE investigation into the death of Donna Coleman (right), 42, in January last year.


The chairman of a new panel that will scrutinise the police on race issues is a criminal defence barrister who has said her 'ultimate aim' is to end funding for forces.

A senior Labour MP has been reprimanded by the sleaze watchdog for repeatedly breaking rules on declaring earnings outside Parliament.

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Police have launched a probe into the death of a man, who was in his 20s, after a body was recovered from a swimming pool at a £3million swingers mansion in Hertfordshire dubbed 'Kinky Towers' (pictured main). Up to 200 people reportedly attended the event which saw the man's body recovered from the swimming pool (bottom right). The property is home to retired management consultant Richard Stanley, 74, and his partner Janet Harrison, who have previously appeared on a Channel 4 documentary about swingers.

The British Museum has insisted its contested 'Elgin Marbles' sculptures were rescued from the Greek Parthenon and not ruthlessly stolen as a row deepens over their return to Greece.

An investigation was yesterday launched into the 27-year-old nurse's previous cases after she was arrested for allegedly poisoning a patient at Birmingham Children's Hospital.

 A mixed-race teenager was so traumatised after being strip-searched by police while on her period that she tried to kill herself, according to her family.

Coleen Rooney is enjoying a family break in Dubai after jetting off on holiday on the last day of her high court battle against Rebekah Vardy last week. Wayne Rooney shared his first Instagram post in three weeks on Monday, posting a family snap showing the couple with their four sons, Kai, 12, Klay, eight, Kit, six, and Cass, three at their Dubai resort. The photo shows Coleen still wearing her air boot, which she wore in all of her court appearances this month following a foot injury. Meanwhile eldest son Kai was wearing a matching foot brace after his own injury.

Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby were joined by former MP Gyles Brandreth in the Buckingham Palace Bow Room for the special Jubilee episode of This Morning today. They were surrounded by treasures including: 1. 19th century armchairs; 2. King George III's dinner and dessert service; 3. Portrait of F rederick William, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz; 4. Princess Augusta of Cambridge, Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz; 5. Pair of 18th century Chinese vases; 6. Portrait of Ernst, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg; 7. Portrait of Princess Mary of Cambridge; 8. Set of Victorian-era lights; 9. Portrait of Marie Alexandrina of Saxe-Altenburg, Queen of Hanover; 10. Pair of ornamental mirrors; 11. George IV's candelabra; 12. 19th century occasional table.

Charles, 73, looked stern as he entered the Abbey in an elaborate red robe with gold embellishments and a full train atop his military uniform.

The BBC has announced plans to try and get 10million people singing Sweet Caroline on the final day of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations to thank Her Majesty for 70 years of service

The Duke of York, who this year agreed to pay a huge sum to settle a sex abuse scandal case before it ever reached a jury, is making daily visits with the monarch at Windsor Castle.

The state pension could soar by 10 per cent next year while public sector workers have been warned not to expect pay rises to match rocketing inflation. Ministers today expressed concerns that awarding large pay boosts to public sector workers could risk worsening the current inflation crisis. Downing Street acknowleged that sky-high inflation was a 'significant challenge' when it came to deciding on future pay rises. It raises the prospect of nurses, doctors, teachers, soldiers and others in the public sector having to suffer a real-terms pay cut. Inflation recently soared to a 40-year-high with the headline CPI rate rising to an eye-watering nine per cent in April. The Bank of England expects the annual rate will get even worse, peaking at 10.25 per cent during the final quarter of this year. This means that, while public sector workers face warnings they will have to endure pay restraint, pensioners are in line for a large boost. Number 10 today confirmed the pensions 'triple lock' is to be restored after a one-year suspension.

A 19-year-old Briton enjoying the first hours of a holiday with friends to the notorious Spanish party resort of Magaluf could have paralysed himself after jumping into the shallow end of a pool.

Winning a huge sum of money on the lottery may sound like a dream, but experts warn a sudden windfall could create problems of its own, at least in the short term,

Bank Junction, bordered by the Bank of England, the Royal Exchange and Mansion House, has been restricted to buses and cyclists only from 7am to 7pm since 2017.

Short thundery downpours have been reported in the south and southeast of the country today, as unsettled weather moves across the UK bringing spells of rain and gusty winds. The Met Office said today that some of the showers will be heavy and mixed with hail, and Brits shouldn't be surprised if they hear a rumble of thunder. Temperatures are expected to remain between 14C in the north, and 19C in the south, with central areas seeing temperatures of 16C to 18C. Met Office forecaster Grahame Madge told MailOnline that drier conditions will appear this afternoon, with showers fading in the east and central areas of the country.

Rehema Muthamia, 26, who has Kenyan heritage and spent part of her childhood in Kenya, was crowned Miss England in a glittering ceremony in Coventry.

New figures from the Office of National Statistics yesterday found that fewer than one in 10 Britons want to return to working in the workplace full-time.

Private Omar Archibald admitted he had sex with the woman in her bedroom in Yorkshire but denies her claims that she was so drunk she only remembers not wanting to sleep with him, a military court heard.

It's been delayed by four years, cost £4billion more than planned and faced numerous setbacks that had left many Londoners wondering whether it would ever run at all. But the cheers that erupted as the gates opened at Paddington today for the hundreds of passengers eager to travel on the first Elizabeth line service suggested few were worried about what had led to this point. In fact, they had little time to ponder the many construction difficulties and complications installing signalling systems that have hindered the Crossrail project and seen the budget balloon to £18.9billion. The journey time to Abbey Wood took just 29 minutes, with many of those on board the 6.33am service being rail enthusiasts who had been gathering outside Paddington from the early hours of this morning. These included people who had been queuing since midnight, one man who had flown in from Canada and hundreds of Britons who wanted to be a part of railway history at the station dating back to the 1850s.

People watching the BBC News channel at around 9.35am could be forgiven for thinking they were misreading the scrolling news banner at the bottom of the screen when the words appeared.

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Corporal Phillip Marshall-Nichols is accused of a groping a junior female soldier and calling her a 'spoilsport' when she refused to send him naked photos, Bulford Military Court has heard.

The BBC Breakfast weather star, 59, who announced her engagement to a mystery man this week, has seen her television career flourish in middle age.

Natalie Read (left and right in an animal print green top), 39, who had given birth nine weeks ago was expressing milk while on her first night in Portsmouth when the bar manager entered the women's toilets, it's claimed. Her friend Natalee Cooper said the 39-year-old mother-of-four was in a toilet cubicle at the Emporium Bar (inset) while some of their party (left outside the bar) - all mothers aged 29 to 39 - used the bathroom, laughed and joked and waited for her to finish. Ms Cooper then claims the male manager entered the women's bathroom to 'check' on the group as he believed they were 'up to no good' and told them to leave the toilets. Back in the bar, she said her friend 'dripped' some of the washed breast pump onto the floor and the manager came over a second time. He then made a comment about drugs, she claims, and 'sent us home'. Sam Spreadbury (right), another friend, also said it's 'unbelievable' to accuse 'average mums on a mums' night out of doing drugs'. Under the Equality Act 2010, service providers must not discriminate or harass breastfeeding women.

RMT leader Mick Lynch has warned that the mass disruption could extend into into 2023 if the dispute over pay and proposed job losses is not resolved.

Scientists in Portugal, who are studying the genetic material of the monkeypox virus behind the global outbreak, spotted mutations in 50 parts of the strain.

In a damning report, MPs said a fundamental lack of planning and preparation by then foreign secretary Dominic Mr Raab and senior officials led to 'a disaster and a betrayal of our allies'.

Nathaniel Pope has been jailed at Birmingham Crown Court for life with a minimum term of 24 years for the 'brutal' murder of his partner's son, three-year-old Kemarni Watson Darby. Pope, 32, was found guilty of murder in April, following a five-month trial which heard that Kemarni had 34 separate areas of external injuries. Kemarni's mother, 31-year-old Alicia Watson, was cleared of murder but found guilty of causing or allowing his death. She was today jailed for 11 years for child cruelty and causing or allowing the death of her three-year-old son. The toddler was kept in a room locked with an electrical wire in the cramped property in West Bromwich, Birmingham , as he suffered 'a catalogue of horrendous injuries' - likened to those of a car crash victim - in the weeks before he was killed.

Councillor William Gannon has been forced to resign over widespread allegations he is the street artist Banksy. His spell in public life ended after he faced online speculation and harassment.

Alexandra Adams and her husband Cev, both 43, say they were left puzzled by the sudden change in their neighbour's behaviour after they build a veranda in the back garden of their South London home.

Party president Mary Lou McDonald and vice president Michelle O'Neill will visit Parliament later to meet with politicians in their most high profile visit to the capital in years.

The troubled celebrity (left pictured in April, also inset) was allegedly clocked driving over the 60mph speed limit in a BMW close to her mucky mansion in Horsham, West Sussex last September - just 11 days before she crashed her car (scene of the crash right). Mother-of-five Price, 43, was set to appear at Crawley Magistrates' Court charged with speeding and failing to provide information to the police. But her fresh driving offence will now be dealt with under the little-known 'single justice procedure', which allows for adults to have their cases dealt with remotely by a magistrate. The outcome is expected to be published later today, though the procedure may mean simply that a date is set for the next hearing, or Price could enter a guilty or not guilty plea. She is due to appear at Lewes Crown Court tomorrow for allegedly breaching a restraining order by sending foul-mouthed texts aimed at her ex Kieran Hayler's partner Michelle Penticost.

Anji Chalk, 22, from Llandudno, has such agonising back pain that she's forced to use a walking stick to get around and fears she'll be 'permanently disabled' by the crushing weight.

Pembe Mehmetaliogullari, 47, from Hove, East Sussex, is accused of trying to murder her severely disabled adopted son, Mustafa, by feeding him painkillers and antidepressants.

The Topshop founder, 70, appeared to be enjoying himself yesterday - taking the wheel of a speed boat before chatting with DiCaprio on the deck of the luxury craft off the south of France .

The moment a manhole cover COLLAPSED under 18-month-old toddler who fell down sewage drain to his mother's horror before she jumped in to save him from river of human waste 

Amy Blyth, 23, (middle and right) was strolling with her 18-month-old son, Theo Prior, (far right) when he disappeared through a drain cover, which terrifyingly flipped over and then closed on top of him on Sunday afternoon. The footage, captured on CCTV from a neighbouring house, showed the moment the quick-thinking personal trainer jumped into the drain to rescue the tot and quickly plucked him from a river of human waste in Tenterden, Kent. The mother-of-one stood on ledges at the side of the sewer to reach down to her toddler son who had fallen to the very bottom. Luckily, she was able to grab hold of him and lift him out - but his clothes were left covered in human waste. Describing the 'horror film' moment, Ms Blyth said: 'My first thought was "Oh my God, he's dead.''' The incident happened on a public pavement and Southern Water have since apologised to the family and said they are 'taking the matter very seriously'. 

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Nikki Allan was stabbed to death 37 times and beaten with a brick by her attacker after going missing near her family home in Sunderland in October 1992.

Britain's most hated police officer 49, is serving a whole-life sentence for the kidnap, rape and murder of 33-year-old Ms Everard in March last year, when he was a serving in the Met.

It was found that private sector growth slumped this month as the cost-of-living crisis began to hit Britons' spending ability.

The Prince's 40th birthday next month will be marked with a new limited edition gold coin (pictured right) featuring a 3D portrait of the future king. The celebratory gold coin was created by designer and engraver Thomas T Docherty who set the Prince's portrait in his royal cypher - his initial W - and the number 40. It is the first time the Duke of Cambridge (pictured left), who is second in line to the throne, will appear alone on an official coin struck by the Royal Mint. But eyebrows have been raised among social media users (pictured inset) over the portrait on the commemorative coin, with some saying the Royal Mint has 'hair-brushed' the Prince's image. One Twitter user wrote: 'The £5 coin to mark Prince William's 40th birthday has more hair than he does!'

The Treasury raked in £50.2billion in April - £5.5billion higher than the same month last year after the national insurance hike came in.


Harry Potter-mad student Connor Cundale, 20, who forked out £3,000 on wands has hit back at trolls who brand his collection a 'waste of money' - and vows to buy at least 40 more.

The Extinction Rebellion zealots were filmed interrupting the company's AGM meeting, being held at Central Hall in Westminster, forcing it to be temporarily suspended.

Burnley College is the first education employer in Britain to be found guilty of breaching health and safety laws during the pandemic following the death of Donna Coleman, 42 (pictured). She died in January last year after catching coronavirus on December 14 2020 while working at the Lancashire FE college, whose staff were encouraged not to report their 'close contacts' if they caught the killer virus. On December 18, just four days after Donna tested positive - along with at least one other colleague - a boozy and illegal Christmas party was thrown 'for all staff' when there was a strict ban on gatherings - the same day as an infamous Downing Street bash where dozens of No 10 staff downed wine and scoffed cheese while swapping gifts. Footage of the Burnley College party later emerged showing a staff member wearing a Santa jacket and elf's tights doing a painful karaoke rendition of 'It's Raining Men' in front of an assembled cheering crowd of teachers and staff who sang along. A fireworks display on the sports pitches followed, but it is not clear if people there were fined by police. Donna was already ill in bed at home having caught Covid while working in an office with two other staff with no social distancing and inadequate ventilation - even after one of tested positive.

Natasha Woolley claimed Stephen Apsey had massaged her and made lewd comments after she had been accused of Covid rule breaking a transport services company in south Wales

The 83 holidaymakers all claimed to have fallen ill due to the food while staying at the four-star Holiday Village resort in Lanzarote in the summer of 2019.

A new report by the Ministry of Defence found that financial satisfaction rates in the Armed Forces fell by four percentage points this year, for the first time since 2018.

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In a rallying cry urging nations to act now, a senior World Health Organization (WHO) executive called the situation 'containable'. Dr Maria Van Kerkhove (pictured), the WHO's emerging diseases lead, said: 'We want to stop human-to-human transmission. We can do this in the non-endemic countries.'

Poor tactics, limited air cover, a lack of flexibility, and a command approach reinforcing failure and repeating mistakes has led to the high casualty rate, said the UK Ministry of Defence.

The 38-year-old suspect was arrested by police officers after breaking into the Qatar Embassy in Paris, located by the Arc de Triomphe, just before 8am on Monday.

South Korea's new leader President Yoon Suk Yeol stumbled through the final question posed to him at a press conference alongside President Joe Biden in Seoul on Saturday.