England beat S Africa to end losing streak

Jonny May’s spectacular finish made the game safe at a sodden Newlands
Third Test: South Africa v England
South Africa (3) 10
Try: Kriel Con: Jantjies Pen: Jantjies
England (6) 25
Try: May Con: Farrell Pens: Farrell 6

England halted their losing run as they ground their way to victory over South Africa in the third and final Test.

In extremely wet conditions in Cape Town, three Owen Farrell penalties to one Elton Jantjies effort gave England a 6-3 lead.

South Africa went ahead via a converted Jesse Kriel try soon after the break.

But England turned the screw and four Farrell penalties and a Jonny May try sealed victory, although South Africa took the series 2-1.

After the snooker-table firmness and speed of the surface in the first two matches, the Newlands pitch was more akin to the sodden bogs found on the moors of northern England.

Combined with an extremely greasy ball it made for an entirely different kind of game to the pacy, cavalry charge rugby seen on the Highveld.

Instead we saw siege-gun rugby, with both scrum-halves repeatedly launching hanging box kicks from the base of the ruck as the two teams looked to edge into opposition territory.

Both sides made numerous errors as the ball squirmed from hand repeatedly.

But as the game wore on, the tourists – raised on the wet-weather rugby of an English winter – were increasingly dominant as they ended a five-Test losing run.

Saturday’s victory was just England’s fourth Test win in 16 attempts in South Africa – and their first in Cape Town

A tale of two fly-halves

All the headlines before the match, in England at least, had focused on the return of the prodigal son.

In the end the conditions dictated that Danny Cipriani – the reformed bad boy or misunderstood maverick of English rugby depending on your view – had a fairly quiet day on his first international start for a decade, until a superb late kick to set up May’s try.

With scrum-half Ben Youngs kicking repeatedly from the base of the ruck and either Farrell or Elliot Daly taking the penalties, it was seven minutes and 50 seconds before the fly-half first handled.

He showed some typically nice touches with ball in hand, and put himself about in defence when South Africa attacked, quick to get back and have a second go if his first tackle did not succeed.

And with the final whistle imminent he finally produced the sort of visionary play his fans were waiting for, kicking through under extreme pressure for the flying May to win the race to touch down and put the game out of sight.

His opposite number Jantjies had a game to forget, spilling the ball several times, being charged down on others and failing to give the Boks any sort of control before being substituted after 58 minutes.

It was not hard to see what setting up May’s try meant to recalled fly-half Cipriani (right)

Better discipline from England

England’s discipline had been extremely poor in the first two matches but they were much improved on Saturday.

Instead, it looked as though errors would be their undoing, as time and again in the first half they followed up good play with a bad mistake.

Two instances in particular stood out. First Joe Marler won a penalty at a breakdown in the England 22 to halt a threatening attack, only for Farrell to miss touch.

And, approaching the half-hour mark, Curry won a superb penalty at another ruck, but Daly promptly booted the ball dead rather than into touch.

The mistakes threatened to allow South Africa into the game, but the hosts were just as error-prone and the longer the match went on the more assured England looked, with the pressure they put the hosts under allowing Farrell’s metronomic boot to keep building the score.

Heavy rain in the build-up meant the match was played in extremely difficult conditions in Cape Town

Sinckler shines

Up front the scrum was rock solid and England edged the battle of the breakdown, while Kyle Sinckler carried hard and often to give England momentum in a difficult first half.

In the back row Tom Curry confirmed he is growing into Test rugby on the open-side and the dogged Chris Robshaw relished the slow, wet conditions.

May confirmed he is a Test-class finisher on the wing and Farrell was assured at inside centre, but England were far from perfect.

The line-out struggled as Jamie George and co were put under extreme pressure, while head coach Eddie Jones will know it was a much-changed Bok side from the team that won the first two Tests.

Jantjies looked a class below the man he replaced, Handre Pollard, while new full-back Warrick Gallant combined sublime interventions with stupid penalties.

But after their recent poor run all England will care about as they head for the beach is that an alarming run of defeats has finally been halted.

Man of the match – Tom Curry

In a match that was won in the trenches, 20-year-old England flanker Curry was always at the heart of the scrap, leading the way in the tackle count and a constant presence at the breakdown

The senior players were outstanding – the coach’s view

Eddie Jones told BBC Sport: “We put ourselves in winning positions in the first and second Tests and just haven’t handled big moments – today we got a couple of disappointments and we handled them much better. That’s what’s called experience.

“I thought the senior players today – Owen Farrell, Joe Marler, Chris Robshaw, Joe Launchbury, Mike Brown, Ben Youngs – were absolutely outstanding. They were some of our best players and in the previous games they’ve been at fault at times.

“Every Test is tough for England. It’s a difficult environment coaching England, but I love it. This week I have enjoyed the challenge of getting a side back in a winning position. Today I am happy, tomorrow I won’t be so happy.”

It wasn’t really a day to show your skill set – the player’s view

Recalled fly-half Danny Cipriani told BBC Sport: “It’s always great to start and represent your country. I felt very grateful to be out there, and to get the win was obviously the icing on the cake.

“It wasn’t really a day for you to show your skill set, but I tried to stick to the team plan and structure and when I had a moment tried to do something that might benefit the team.

“Hopefully my performance showed how much it meant to me. There’s a lot more hopefully that can come. I have loved every moment.”

What did social media make of it?

Josh Verrills: Johnny May superb series. England’s stand out player by some distance. Superb in all three tests against South Africa. Deserved all of his tries

Andrew: Danny Cipriani, a class act, has to keep the shirt for the start of the Autumn series

Rae: Where was this team for the last 2 weeks?? discipline and decision making was all they needed. Now can they create consistency?

England: E Daly (Wasps); J May (Leicester Tigers), H Slade (Exeter Chiefs), O Farrell (Saracens, capt), M Brown (Harlequins); D Cipriani (Wasps), B Youngs (Leicester Tigers); J Marler (Harlequins), J George (Saracens), K Sinckler (Harlequins), J Launchbury (Wasps), M Itoje (Saracens), C Robshaw (Harlequins), T Curry (Sale Sharks), N Hughes (Wasps).

Replacements: L Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs), A Hepburn (Exeter Chiefs), H Williams (Exeter Chiefs), J Hill (Exeter Chiefs), M Wilson (Newcastle Falcons), S Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs), B Spencer (Saracens), D Solomona (Sale Sharks)

South Africa: W Gelant (Bulls); S Nkosi (Sharks), J Kriel (Bulls), A Esterhuizen (Sharks), A Dyantyi (Lions); E Jantjies (Lions), F de Klerk (Sale Sharks); T Mtawarira (Sharks), C Ralepelle (Sharks), F Malherbe (Stormers), RG Snyman (Bulls), F Mostert (Lions), S Kolisi (Stormers), PS du Toit (Stormers), D Vermeulen (Unattached).

Replacements: S Brits (Unattached), S Kitshoff (Stormers), T du Toit (Sharks), JL du Preez (Sharks), S Notshe (Stormers), E Papier (Bulls), H Pollard (Bulls), W le Roux (Wasps).



Queen’s 2018: Novak Djokovic to face Marin Cilic in final

Queen’s Club 2018: Djokovic through to the final
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Venue: Queen’s Club, London Dates: 18-24 June
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Former world number one Novak Djokovic reached his first final for a year by beating Jeremy Chardy at the Fever-Tree Championships at Queen’s Club.

The Serb beat France’s Chardy 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 in the Wimbledon warm-up event.

He will face top seed Marin Cilic in Sunday’s final after the Croat kept his cool to beat Australia’s Nick Kyrgios 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (7-4).

Britain’s Jamie Murray and Brazilian Bruno Soares beat Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic to reach the doubles final.

The defending champions clinched a 6-3 6-7 10-7 win over Austrian Marach and Pavic of Croatia to set up a final with Finland’s Henri Kontinen and Australian John Peers.

The final between Djokovic and Cilic is scheduled for 14:30 BST, which is a later start time than normal because of England’s football World Cup group match against Panama.

Djokovic’s last appearance in a Tour final was at Eastbourne a year ago, when the 12-time Grand Slam champion won the title.

He accepted a wildcard to this year’s Queen’s in an attempt to regain his best form before Wimbledon, which starts on 2 July, having returned from an elbow injury last year.

The 31-year-old is playing in the west London grass-court tournament for the first time in 10 years, having lost to Rafael Nadal in the 2008 final.

Djokovic will fancy his chances of going one better against Cilic, with an impressive career record of 14 victories and just a solitary defeat against his fellow finalist.

“It was very pleasing to go through to the final,” Djokovic said. “It’s been a while since I’ve played for a title so it’s a special moment considering what I have been through.

“It’s a great occasion. I would lie if I say I wasn’t ambitious coming into the tournament so I am hoping I can go all the way.”

Rhythm returning for Djokovic

Djokovic unhappy with net call

Djokovic showed flashes of his best tennis in his straight-set win against French journeyman Chardy.

However, facing an opponent ranked 61st in the world, to whom he had never lost in 10 previous meetings, there were also occasional signs of frustration.

Despite closing out the first set in a tie-break, the 12-time Grand Slam winner vented his annoyance towards his support staff watching from the box.

There was also some tetchiness with the umpire when he lost a point after colliding with the net, having incorrectly believed the ball bounced twice before he made contact.

Djokovic lifted his game to claim a decisive break in the second set against the spirited Chardy, who played some eye-catching winners at the net but lacked the killer instinct to seriously trouble the Serb.

A match against the big-serving Cilic will provide a better barometer of Djokovic’s credentials to make an impression on the grass courts of the All England Club.

Asked how he will cope with Cilic’s serve in the final, Djokovic joked: “I will play with two racquets – one in the right hand and one in the left hand!”

Cilic ‘more lucky and composed’

Marin Cilic sees off Nick Kyrgios – five best shots

Cilic, who won the title here in 2012 and was runner-up to Feliciano Lopez last year, will compete in his fourth Queen’s final.

While Australian Kyrgios entertained the crowd with his usual display of showman shots and colourful language, world number six Cilic kept his cool in a match featuring few long rallies between the two big servers.

After somewhat predictably going to two tie-breaks, the match was settled when Kyrgios sent a backhand return wide.

Cilic told BBC Sport: “It’s so special to play here. I played great tennis throughout the week and have another shot at the title.

“Nick is serving so good, so it was tough from both ends,” added Cilic, who served 11 aces to Kyrgios’ 16.

“It was tough to get any break points. I was maybe a bit more lucky in those situations and composed.”

Cilic is through to his second final of 2018 after losing to world number one Roger Federer at the Australian Open in January.



World Cup 2018: Javier Hernandez scores 50th goal to help Mexico beat South Korea

World Cup 2018: South Korea 1-2 Mexico highlights

Javier Hernandez scored his 50th international goal to help Mexico take a big step towards the last 16 of the World Cup with an impressive win over South Korea, despite Son Heung-min’s stunning late strike.

Having upset defending champions Germany in their opening game in Group F, Mexico proved again they will be a test for any side should they reach the knockout stages.

They took the lead in Rostov-on-Don through Carlos Vela’s penalty – the 14th of the tournament already – on 26 minutes after Jang Hyun-soo’s handball.

Although they dominated possession against lacklustre opponents, Mexico also displayed their thrilling counter-attacking game with their second goal, when West Ham striker Hernandez added a neat finish to Hirving Lozano’s surging run.

As South Korea’s sole threat, it was fitting that Tottenham striker Son gave his side fleeting hope in added time with a sublime, curling strike from 25 yards.

Mexico will reach the last 16 should Sweden beat Germany in Saturday’s final game, kicking-off at 19:00 BST.

Only a Germany win will prevent South Korea being knocked out with a group game remaining.

Can Mexico end last-16 exit streak?

While not quite guaranteed of progress, this would be the seventh straight World Cup in which Mexico have reached the last 16, a record that stretches back to 1994.

However, they have not gone further during that time, with their only two quarter-final appearances coming in the World Cups they hosted in 1970 and 1986.

This quick side, gifted on the counter but also comfortable in possession – albeit under minimal pressure here – have the chance to end that streak.

The second goal epitomised the threat of Vela, Hernandez and Lozano in attack. When the latter drove into space, Vela drew away to the right as the ball went left to Hernandez, who checked back and clipped low past South Korea keeper Cho Hyun-woo.

The defence remains a worry and the flaw that could end their run in the tournament. Centre-backs Hector Moreno and Carlos Salcedo made a series of tremendous blocks, but substitute Rafael Marquez’s woeful attempted backpass nearly gifted Son a goal on 76 minutes.

Mexico could face Serbia, Switzerland or Brazil in the last 16, with the prospect of a tie against Belgium or England in the quarter-finals.

Better teams may be wise to Mexico’s counter-attacking style, but no side will relish facing them on current form.

Hernandez doubles Mexico’s lead

The World Cup of penalties?

Vela’s penalty means more spot-kicks have now been awarded in Russia than in the entire 2014 tournament in Brazil.

This is in part due to the introduction of VAR, with six of those penalties given after video reviews, although there was no need to use that technology here.

Jang slid in on Andres Guardado and referee Milorad Mazic was well-positioned, quickly pointing to the spot when the ball struck the South Korea defender’s raised arm.

After a long delay, with Cho purposefully standing off his line, Vela sent him the wrong way to make it 11 penalties converted from the total of 14.

South Korea wanted a 15th penalty – but although Moon Seon-min’s shot clipped Salcedo’s hand, the Mexico defender’s arm was against his body and the ball struck more of his chest.

The record number of penalties in a World Cup stands at 18 in 2002. Will this tournament surpass that even before the group stages end?

Only Son shines

Son had eight shots in the match, five more than any other player

Following South Korea’s dismal opening 1-0 defeat by Sweden, Son said it was his fault if his side did not score because he needs to “take the responsibility”.

He certainly did against Mexico, attempting six of his side’s eight shots in the first half – more than South Korea did as a whole against Sweden.

Perhaps that responsibility became a burden at times. He was indecisive when latching onto Marquez’s backpass, failing to round Mexico keeper Guillermo Ochoa and then attempting a backheel that allowed the veteran defender to recover.

But his goal was a brilliant reminder of his talent. The 25-year-old shifted the ball onto his left foot and used a team-mate as a screen against a Mexico defender before bending a superb strike inside the far post.

Yet he could not spark a late South Korea revival.

Having shown too much deference to Sweden, the 2002 semi-finalists were less passive here but remained disjointed and over-reliant on Son.

Man of the match – Javier Hernandez (Mexico)

Hirving Lozano was excellent again, but Javier Hernandez was a threat throughout and became the first Mexico player to score 50 international goals

History for Hernandez – match stats

  • Javier Hernandez scored his 50th goal for Mexico, becoming the first player in the history of the Mexican national team to reach that milestone.
  • He has scored four World Cup goals, a joint record for Mexico along with Luis Hernandez.
  • He is also only the third player to score at three different World Cups for Mexico (2010, 2014 and 2018) after Cuauhtemoc Blanco (1998, 2002 and 2010) and Rafael Marquez (2006, 2010 and 2014).
  • Mexico have won back-to-back matches at the World Cup for the first time since winning their first two matches at the 2002 World Cup.
  • South Korea have lost their last four World Cup matches, their joint-worst losing run at the World Cup -they also lost four between 1986 and 1990.
  • Mexico have scored 10 penalties at the World Cup – only France, Germany and Spain have scored more in the competition’s history.

What’s next?

Mexico face Sweden in Yekaterinburg in their final Group F game at 15:00 BST on Wednesday, with South Korea playing Germany in Kazan at the same time.



World Cup 2018: Football ban over ‘anti-Semitic’ video

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A man has received a five-year football banning order after a video appearing to show fans singing anti-Semitic songs at the World Cup circulated online.

Michael Herbert, 57, from Derby, was given the ban on Saturday at Leicester Magistrates’ Court.

Two other men, aged 52 and 58, appeared at Leeds Magistrates’ Court, where the case has been adjourned until Tuesday.

All three had been served with notices by police under section 21B of the Football Spectators Act 1989.

Following a separate incident on a train near Moscow on Sunday, 17 June, Paul Johnson, of Banbury, Oxfordshire, was served with a 21B notice under the Football Spectators Act 1989.

The 25-year-old received a three-year football banning order at Oxford Magistrates’ Court.

Football banning orders can last between three and 10 years and prevent an individual attending matches at home and abroad.

Breaching an order is punishable by a maximum of six months in prison or a fine of £5,000, or both. Fans can have more than one banning order imposed.



World Cup 2018: ‘He can do everything’ – Frank Lampard on Ruben Loftus-Cheek

England v Panama (13:00 BST on Sunday, 24 June)

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If the leaked line-up is correct, Ruben Loftus-Cheek will make his first competitive start for England against Panama on Sunday – and I know he will be ready.

Ruben is someone I know really well from when he was coming through the youth ranks at Chelsea. He is 22 now, but he probably came on to my radar when he was 15 because he was so highly spoken of.

He would occasionally come and train with us in the first team from the age of 16, because he was that advanced.

Straight away he made an impression because of his physical attributes, but he knew how to play too – he had great ability and even then he could drift past people on the ball.

He does that even better now, with his pace and power when he is running at you, which makes him different from a lot of modern-day midfield players – and puts a fear into the opposition that they do not usually have.

That is what he will bring to England’s midfield against Panama, and his versatility makes him even more unique.

Ruben is often used as an advanced midfielder, but he is neat and tidy enough on the ball to play as a link-man deeper in midfield.

He can do both sides of the game, which makes him a great weapon for England boss Gareth Southgate to have, because having him on the pitch does not compromise the team in attack or defence.

‘I told him he can dominate games from start to finish’

When he linked up with the Chelsea first team as a kid, Ruben was very quiet and always very respectful. His attitude and work ethic was first class, which I love to see.

Loftus-Cheek impressed after coming off the bench against Tunisia

I have read that he studied my game a lot when he was younger but he did not approach me for any advice.

He trained with us, and I tried to help him where I could, but we did not have many conversations that I can recall.

But earlier this year, during his loan spell at Crystal Palace, he trained with Chelsea to get fit after an ankle injury and took part in a training session I was holding with the Blues’ Under-16 side while I was getting my coaching qualifications.

We had a good chat, probably the first proper chat I’d had with him, and spoke about his game, how he feels and his progress so far – which I have been delighted to see.

I told him then that he was doing brilliantly but I thought he could do so much more because he has got so many great attributes – I said he has everything in his game to go right to the top.

He is on his way there now, and with the ability he has got, he can dominate games from start to finish.

‘On paper he does not have a weakness’

We have already seen from his performance on his England debut against Germany in November that Ruben is not fazed by the big occasion – he was the man of the match.

He believes in his ability, which is a big gift when you are trying to establish yourself at international level. You can see that by the way he picks the ball up and runs at people so much.

What he will have to deal with now is expectancy. People have been calling for him to be in the England team, and to come back to Chelsea – quite rightly so on both counts.

But now he has to really produce. What I want to see him do if he starts against Panama is show his best form and really grab the game by the scruff of the neck.

I am not overstating the part he could play for England on Sunday, because he can do everything – on paper he does not have a weakness.

‘The next step is for him to make a drastic impact against Panama’

The next step for him is to make a drastic impact on this kind of game, and by that I mean getting goals, and making assists.

Highlights: Tunisia 1-2 England

For that to happen he needs a bit more ruthlessness, which is probably the final thing to add to his game – Ruben is a nice boy, but he has to be maybe not always quite so nice.

I guess the one blot on his character is that he once said he would pick Steven Gerrard over me in his all-time XI – but I think I can forgive him for that!

If it was anyone else I might get upset, but it is Stevie G, so that is fair enough.

Being serious, though, it is great to hear him talk about modelling his game on me, Steven, and Paul Scholes.

That is what I did as a young player, when I looked at people like Paul Gascoigne and Bryan Robson and tried to take the bits I could from them and link them into my own game. I was really pleased when I heard that he had done the same.

‘No need to jeopardise England feel-good factor’

Holland may well have accidentally revealed the England line-up – but it could have been a lot worse

We don’t know yet whether the England team that was accidentally revealed by assistant manager Steve Holland will be the one that starts against Panama, but I don’t think it should have been leaked in the first place.

I have been at plenty of major tournaments so I know how these things work – I am not surprised it happened.

But I just think that, as a nation, there is a really good feeling around the England team at the moment, and there was no need to jeopardise that.

The media have been crying out for more access and a better connection to the players, and they have got that.

Then something like this happens, which is quite a delicate situation. It would have been quite easy to keep a lid on it because it is a time when you want to be working together on these things, but that did not happen.

At the same time, we probably should not over-react – this sounds bad, but it is a group game against Panama. It would be different if it was a quarter-final against Brazil and the media did something like that which did not help England’s chances.

‘From Russia to Pride Park – Derby is my priority now’

Lampard poses with Derby County fans after his unveiling as their new manager

I am very confident that we will beat Panama, and I do not always feel that way before an England game.

I just think that while Panama always put in a lot of effort, it is going to be very difficult for them to defend for 90 minutes against a team of England’s quality.

This game is the last one I am working on with the BBC before I go back to England, and I have really enjoyed my time in Russia.

I had committed to being a pundit before I became Derby manager, and I am not a man to go back on my word.

It has been a great opportunity for me to be out here watching games, in this kind of atmosphere, and I have absolutely loved it.

But I have to cut my time here slightly short because of the job in hand, which is a very important one – to get Derby ready for the new season.

It is not a part-time role, it is the exact opposite of that, and I have been working on it while I have been out here anyway in terms of our preparations for pre-season.

When I go back, I have got to get right into it, though – and I am looking forward to doing that as well.

Frank Lampard was speaking to BBC Sport’s Chris Bevan in Moscow.



Brexit: Marchers demand final Brexit deal vote

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Tens of thousands of people have marched in central London to demand a final vote on any UK exit deal, on the second anniversary of the Brexit vote.

Organisers of the People’s Vote march say Brexit is “not a done deal” and people must “make their voices heard”.

Meanwhile, hundreds attended a pro-Brexit counter-protest.

It came as senior Cabinet ministers, including Liam Fox and David Davis, insisted the UK is prepared to walk away from talks without an agreement.

The protest is part of a “summer of action” by campaign groups designed to increase pressure on Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn.

The organisers have said that at least 100,000 people attended the march.

Image caption The rally began in Pall Mall, central London, before moving to Parliament Square

World War Two veteran Stephen Goodall, 96, led the pro-EU protesters as they headed from Pall Mall to Parliament Square.

There were boos from the crowd as the march approached Downing Street. After showing anger towards the PM, some began to chant “where’s Jeremy Corbyn?”

Among those addressing the demonstrators was Gina Miller, who successfully campaigned to ensure the UK could not trigger talks on leaving without the approval of Parliament.

She said: “Together we must stand up, demand our voices are heard, demand a people’s vote so that future generations can hear us say we did our bit we stood up and shouted for a country that’s together, kinder, tolerant.

“This is not a time to be silent.”

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable said Brexit was “not a done deal” and could be reversed, while Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas told the crowd that Brexit “will be a disaster for this country”.

One of the rally organisers, James McGrory from pressure group Open Britain, said there should be “a choice between leaving with the deal that the government negotiates, or staying in the European Union”.

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Image caption Actor Sir Tony Robinson was among the thousands on the march in London
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Image caption It is the second anniversary of the UK voting to leave the EU

Britain is due to leave on 29 March 2019, 46 years after it first joined the European Economic Community, the forerunner to the EU.

The government is giving Parliament a vote on the final deal, if one is reached, in the autumn – but it remains unclear what will happen if they reject it.

At the scene

Jennifer Scott, BBC News

EU flags slowly filled Pall Mall all morning, and with chants of “people’s vote” echoing alongside drum beats and whistles, the protesters made their way towards Parliament.

This protest was a family affair – young children alongside veterans in wheelchairs, and all ages in between.

One 69-year-old woman, Dodo Pearce, said she travelled from Derbyshire to protest for the first time in her life.

And I received an eloquent lecture from an 11-year-old on the problems she thought Brexit would bring.

Despite the cheery demeanour of the marchers, the conversations were less hopeful.

One person said: “If a million people couldn’t march to stop Tony Blair going into Iraq, what chance have we got in getting a vote on the deal?”

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Image caption The pro-EU protesters headed from Pall Mall to Parliament Square

Protester Colin Hopkins, 62, from Ipswich, said: “It’s really important to say we don’t dispute the decision, but the process and the destination.

“There isn’t any agreement on where we want to go with it, even in the government, and we have a right to a second opinion on that.”

Lesley Haas, a teacher from Bury St Edmunds, said: “What is their future? A lot of companies are leaving, so there is going to be an effect on jobs.

“I’m a German teacher and I’m worried the attitude of Brexit will make it harder to learn languages here. If it goes through, we may leave.”

Image caption NHS doctor Horst-Dieter Haas, from Germany, (right) with his wife, Lesley (left)

Janet Watts, 61, from Suffolk, said she joined the march for her mother – who is from Denmark and arrived in Britain in 1953.

“She had her passport stamped when she got off the boat at Harwich, telling her she could stay,” she said. “That has been the same until this referendum happened.

“I think it is disgusting putting families at risk and putting her through this at the age of 83.”

But Shazia Hobbs, who attended the pro-Brexit UK Unity and Freedom march, said: “That march is silly. We voted to leave so we should leave.

“What do they want, best of three? We voted for Brexit.”

Demonstrators also chanted “we want our country back” and: “What do we want? Brexit. When do we want it? Now.”

Image caption Hundreds of people attended a counter-protest in London

Conservative MP Peter Bone – who supports Brexit – said if there were a second vote, the leave campaign would win again.

“The vast, vast majority of people, whether they are Leavers or Remainers, just want us to get on and come out this dreadful European Union super-state,” he said.

“There were 17.4 million people that voted for leave and if there are a few thousand in London complaining about it – that doesn’t seem to really make much difference.”

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Media captionAnti-Brexit campaigner Femi Oluwole wants the Labour leader to back calls for a new referendum



Dancers compete in World Cup despite 24-hour flight delay

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Image caption The girls were stuck at Birmingham Airport for nearly 24 hours

A group of dancers delayed for almost 24 hours have made it to the second part of the “biggest competition of their lives”.

The girls, aged between 10 and 13, missed the first part of the Dance World Cup event in Barcelona.

But the team, who are from a Cardiff club and representing Wales, made it to the display on Saturday evening.

Airline Vueling blamed technical issues with an aircraft and an air traffic control strike in France for the delay.

The Planet Gymnastics acro dance team’s 13:30 BST flight on Friday was cancelled but, after a day at Birmingham Airport, they took off at about 14:00 BST on Saturday afternoon.

The dancers have accused the Spanish budget airline of “not keeping them in the loop” although Vueling did put them up in a hotel at Birmingham Airport overnight.

The girls missed Friday’s World Cup opening ceremony and their first event on Saturday morning.

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Image caption The club made it to Barcelona in time to perform

Team organiser Eirian Thomas admitted there had been “some tears”.

“It’s so disappointing for the girls, they’ve been gearing up for this for more than six months,” said Ms Thomas, whose daughter Mairwen, 10, is in the group.

The club have raised more than £3,000 to help to pay for the trip to compete against 50 nations and 5,000 other competitors.

“This is all their world has been about for months,” Ms Thomas added.

“The girls were disappointed to miss the opening ceremony as we were meant to take part,” added Ms Thomas.

“So we sang the Welsh anthem in the departure lounge and the girls did some moves.”

A spokeswoman for Vueling confirmed there had been “technical issues” with the plane meaning it could not fly.

She added that sending another plane would have taken longer and the company understood it had been a “painful situation for the clients”.



Game of Thrones stars marry in Scotland

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Image caption The newly-weds travelled to Wardhill Castle in an old Land Rover Discovery

Game of Thrones stars Kit Harington and Rose Leslie have married at a ceremony in Aberdeenshire.

The couple – who played on-screen lovers Jon Snow and Ygritte – met on the fantasy show in 2012.

Guests lined the path outside Rayne Church, near Inverurie, showering the newly-weds with flower petal confetti.

The couple then got into an old Land Rover decorated with paper hearts and tin cans as they drove to the reception at nearby Wardhill Castle.

The guests included fellow Game of Thrones stars Peter Dinklage, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner and Emilia Clarke.

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Image caption Rose Leslie arrived at the church with her father

Earlier the bride and groom, Harrington dressed in a morning suit and the bride in a flowing ivory dress and veil, had greeted dozens of fans and other wellwishers.

The reception is being held in the grounds of Wardhill Castle, which is owned by the actress’s father, Seb Leslie.

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Image caption The couple are holding their reception at Wardhill Castle in Aberdeenshire

The engagement was announced last September.

The actress grew up in Aberdeenshire before moving to London to pursue her career.

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The couple have often been seen together in the north east of Scotland.

The 23 June date was posted at the Huntly registration office last month.

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Image caption Kit Harington plays Jon Snow in Game of Thrones, and Rose Leslie played Ygritte
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Image caption Emilia Clarke – who plays Daenerys Targaryen – arrived in Aberdeen on Friday

Leslie left the cast two years after they met, while Harington has appeared in every series of the popular TV drama, becoming one of the show’s biggest stars.

Harington told L’Uomo Vogue it was “easy” to fall in love with his co-star.

He said his best memory of the show was three weeks in Iceland when they filmed the second season.

Image caption The couple’s engagement was announced last year

“Because the country is beautiful, because the Northern Lights are magical, and because it was there that I fell in love,” he recalled.

“If you’re already attracted to someone, and then they play your love interest in the show, it becomes very easy to fall in love.”



Among the blue flags: Views from the pro-EU march

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Thousands of protesters were in London on Saturday, calling for a vote on any final deal seeing the UK leave the European Union.

But why were the marchers insisting on another say over Brexit?

Before Saturday, Dodo Pearce had never joined a protest in her life. But the 69-year-old decided to travel from South Normanton in Derbyshire to call for a “People’s Vote”.

“I’m hoping it’s not too late, but we have got to take the chance for goodness sake,” she said.

“These crowds of people make me emotional. I’ve seen signs about futures being stolen and it brings tears to my eyes. I want to march and I want a vote.”

Her husband, John Pearce, carried a placard saying “grumpy old Brits”.

“The first referendum was won on spurious information from both sides,” he said.

“Now we know a lot more, I think people have changed their minds, both ways, and deserve a chance to vote.”

Cinzia Sangiovanni has lived in the UK for 19 years, and lives in south London with her British husband and two children.

The whole family took part in the march, as three of them hold Italian passports – and she fears for their future without a say on the deal.

“I want to march because I feel my rights are under threat,” she said.

“If I was told to, I wouldn’t be able to just turn around and go back to Italy. I just worry for the future.”

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Image caption Dodo and John Pearce travelled from Derbyshire to join the march

Among the sea of EU flags was Erika Gallacher, who moved from Carlisle to London 11 years ago.

“I have friends who voted a different way to me, but I also have a lot of friends from the EU,” she said.

“I work for a university and I’m worried about the students and what will happen to them.

“But for me, I also worry about my future, starting a family and bringing up children. I cannot see any good to it for them.”

Leo Buckley was prominent at the head of the march with his placard, reading: “Brexit has stolen my future.”

The 16-year-old from Hampshire said: “I think my placard says it all.

“It is stealing it economically – we have already seen the drop in the pound and the loss of jobs – so I will struggle to find employment and be worse off when I do.

“And also socially – look at the rise in hate crime and xenophobia. I don’t want Brexit to become the poster boy of a return to attitudes from the 1930s.”

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Image caption Leo Buckley worried for young people’s futures in the UK after Brexit

A group calling themselves the “Suffolk EU Alliance” were also out in force carrying placards and plastered in stickers stating their cause.

Christine Speer was one of them – originally from Canada, but a British citizen for 50 years who considers herself a “citizen of nowhere”.

“The EU has its problems, but there are a number of problems at the time of the referendum that weren’t because of the EU – the government was responsible,” she said.

“Some people who voted for Brexit will actually find they are worse off.

“Ideally it would be better if Brexit didn’t happen, but if it does, the public needs to have a say.”

Dr Horst-Dieter Haas proudly carried his German flag as he attended the march.

He married a British woman, but the pair spent 30 years in his home country, bringing up their children, before moving to the UK.

He has been working in the NHS since 2005, but says he will quit if Brexit goes ahead.

He added: “It is already impacting the NHS. We haven’t got enough doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, we don’t even have enough money, and that will all be worse if Brexit happens.

“The NHS is not performing and there are too many lies about the benefits. I will definitely be stopping if we leave.”

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Image caption German doctor Horst-Dieter Haas marched with his British wife Lesley

The counter march

But as the pro-EU protest reached its rally point in Parliament Square, another was heading in the same direction.

The UK Unity and Freedom march said it was focusing on “freedom from the EU, freedom from terror, freedom of speech, freedom from Sharia law, and unity of all people, irrespective of race or creed”.

The pro-Brexit march was significantly smaller, but their voices rang out as they walked along Millbank, with supporters chanting for “our country back” and singing Rule, Britannia!

Shazia Hobbs, who was speaking at the event, criticised those on the opposing protest.

“That march is silly,” she said. “We voted to leave so we should leave.

“What do they want, best of three? We voted for Brexit.”

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Image caption Shazia Hobbs is a campaigner and regularly speaks to events

One woman, who didn’t want to be named, had travelled from Brighton to join the march.

She said: “I’m on this march because I am a patriot. The EU is an undemocratic and authoritarian establishment. We need to be a self-governing nation.”

And a man, who also did not want to be named, added: “I don’t like big government. That is what the EU is.”

Whether either protest will impact the government’s next steps is yet to be seen.

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Image caption Union Jacks were waved at the counter protest



Greater Manchester Police ‘knew boy was with paedophile’

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Image caption Dominic Noonan was convicted for child sex abuse in May

Senior detectives chose not to intervene after officers saw a boy enter the house of a known paedophile, a watchdog has confirmed.

Police were carrying out surveillance of Dominic Noonan, a Manchester gangland figure, when they saw the teenager enter his home in 2011.

They contacted their Greater Manchester Police superiors but were told not to act, The Times reported.

Greater Manchester Police said: “There was no case to answer for misconduct.”

In February 2011, the force conducted a covert investigation into Noonan when officers “witnessed the suspect enter a premises with two young people and remain there for a substantial period of time”, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said.

The officers chose to continue their observation, the watchdog said.

It added: “Officers involved in the operation did not intervene.

“However, there was no suggestion at the time, or since, that anyone was harmed during the meeting.”


In 2016, an IOPC report concluded the decision to not intervene by the two detectives leading the investigation “was in line with the investigative strategy” but “could amount to misconduct”.

It said “potential risks had been highlighted prior to the surveillance operation” but “there were some deficiencies in the planning of the operation”.

Greater Manchester Police held a formal misconduct meeting in 2017 when they found “there was no case to answer for misconduct and recommended both officers’ actions should be dealt with as a performance matter with appropriate action plans”.

Noonan, who was the subject of a 2007 feature documentary film A Very British Gangster, was jailed for nine and half years for firearms offences in 2005.

He was then sentenced to nine years in 2015 for arson, conspiracy to blackmail and perverting the course of justice.

In May, he was jailed for a further 11 years for various child sexual offences, including indecent assault and inciting a child to sexual activity, committed between 1980 and 2012.

He chose to be referred to as Domenyk Lattlay-Fottfoy during the Manchester Crown Court trial last month.

His brother, the gangland leader Desmond “Dessie” Noonan, was murdered in 2005 days before a Channel 5 documentary was broadcast in which he boasted he had “more guns than the police”.