Police failings on the night of the Manchester Arena bomb cost lives, an inquiry report into the May 2017 attack has found, after two officers on duty took a two hour break to go and get a kebab.
In his report on the security arrangements at the venue where 22 people, pictured above, were murdered and hundreds injured at an Ariana Grande concert, inquiry chairman Sir John Saunders revealed two British Transport Police officers took an "unacceptable" two-hour shift break, including a drive out to buy kebabs, with no officers on duty at the time bomber Salman Abedi made his "final approach".
Read how victims’ families have responded and what we have learned so far.
Featuring audio of chilling witness testimonies, Izzy Lyons and Robert Mendick detail the agonising missed chances to stop the Manchester Arena suicide bomber.
UK’s Covid spike beginning to plateau, data show
The recent Covid spike is already beginning to flatten, latest data show, as experts said Britain is experiencing a "mini wave" which is likely to peak within two weeks. Latest data from the King’s College ZOE symptom tracker app, which monitors community prevalence, has found cases in unvaccinated people rose by just 28pc up to June 12, compared to 114pc the previous week. It also shows the rise in cases among vaccinated populations is relatively flat. See a graph showing the difference between those who have and have not received a jab.
Holidays to popular destinations including Spain, Greece and the US could still be on the cards this summer as the Government is said to be "not writing anything off". Jesse Norman, financial secretary to the Treasury, said ministers are "looking at all the options" when it comes to lifting travel restrictions, following the Telegraph’s story that summer holidays abroad will be opened up for vaccinated Britons under plans being considered by the Government. To find out where your Covid jab will get you, read on for the ultimate vaccination travel guide.
Uefa tells players to stop moving Coca-Cola bottles
Harry Kane will not be joining Cristiano Ronaldo and Manuel Locatelli in publicly snubbing Coca-Cola at a press conference today – because the England captain is an ambassador for the soft-drinks giant. Ahead of England’s tie with Scotland tomorrow, Daniel Zeqiri analyses why the Scots have no chance but Ally McCoist almost feels sorry for England as they have no idea how much Scotland want to beat them. There was a blistering start to Belgium v Denmark this evening, where players paid tribute to Christian Eriksen, who it emerged today will be fitted with a heart starting device. In Group C, Ukraine beat North Macedonia.
At a glance: Coronavirus evening briefing
- Covid liveblog | Vaccines open to over-18s from Friday
- Vaccines | Trial reveals disappointing results for German company
- Should I go back to work? | Your rights if your employer asks you
- Travel | ‘It’s embarrassing to admit but amber gamble was worth it’
- ‘Absolute joke’ | New Wimbledon ticket ballot descends into chaos
Also in the news: Today’s other headlines
GB News boycott U-turn | Moneysupermarket has become the first company to end a boycott of GB News after the price comparison website reversed a decision to "pause" advertising on the new right-leaning channel. Read which other companies are rowing back.
- Germany shooting | Two dead as police hunt gunman
- ‘Obscene’ | Novelist fêted by Oprah and Obamas scolds cancel culture
- Water buffalo | Father and son gored to death on farm, inquest hears
- London to Glasgow | Train embarks on mission to break speed record
- Super swine | China mourns ‘Strong Pig’ that survived earthquake
Around the world: Hong Kong raids newspaper
Hong Kong police used a sweeping national security law against a pro-democracy newspaper for the first time today, arresting five editors and executives on charges of collusion with foreign powers. Police said they had strong evidence that more than 30 articles published by Apple Daily played a “crucial part” in a conspiracy with foreign countries to impose sanctions against China and Hong Kong, in response to a crackdown on civil liberties in the semi-autonomous Chinese city. Read the response from the publication and the Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab.
Erling Haaland – My debt to Leeds, meditation – and why I wake up to the Champions League anthem
Erling Haaland has risen inexorably through the ranks and frighteningly – for opponents, at least – he just keeps getting better and better. Jason Burt spoke to football’s greatest rising star
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Comment and analysis
- Pravina Rudra | If only virtue-signalling over Covid actually worked
- Tom Harris | Blue Wall crumbling won’t necessarily benefit Labour
- Rakib Eshan | Culture warriors are pushing minorities into Tory arms
- Joanna Rossiter | A rare misstep from the Duchess of Cambridge?
- Jan Etherington | I wouldn’t give up my clutter for all Musk’s billions
Business and money briefing
Top job searches | Global interest in Britain’s best-paid jobs has soared in the wake of Brexit, as the UK’s new immigration rules attract talent from around the world. Read how searches have jumped sharply.
- Not working | Banker who quit with £1.1m payout now owes firm
- Fund manager diary | I’m siding with DIY investors on this hot stock
- On top of markets | Live stocks and shares updates 24 hours a day
Wimbledon blow | Rafael Nadal has made a shock announcement that he will not be playing at either the Wimbledon Championships or the Tokyo Olympics to give himself the best opportunity to recover from a draining clay-court season. Read analysis of why it was necessary.
- Royal Ascot | Subjectivist wins the Gold Cup to deny Stradivarius
- Women’s football | Everton to sign trio of international stars
- Sir Geoffrey Boycott | My fantasy all-time Test teams
Three things for tonight
- Watch | Together, BBC Two, 9pm; not Wales and more of tonight’s TV
- Listen | Iain Duncan Smith says cancelling Freedom Day is ‘irrational’
- Play | Telegraph Puzzles featuring today’s Crossword and Sudoku
And finally… for this evening’s downtime
Pure showbiz schmaltz | Diana Ross is back, with her first new music in 15 years. Neil McCormick says it may be gushing and sentimental, but it is wonderful to have her back. For the best arts and entertainment stories and reviews, picked personally just for you, sign up to our new Culture Headlines newsletter.
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