British travellers face cancellations, delays and disruption getting to and from France during the next five days due to a general strike in the country.Industrial action over planned pension reforms is expected to cause problems for trains, airlines and French roads.Eurostar said 90 services will not run, while EasyJet has cancelled 70 flights and BA has cancelled more than a dozen.The Foreign Office has said journeys to the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy and Germany could also be affected.It has urged travellers to check with operators before beginning their journey.How are flights affected?Some air traffic controllers and Air France workers have said they will take part in the strike - in a bid to cause disruption to air travel. As a result: EasyJet said 70 flights flying in and out of the UK have been cancelled on Thursday, and it expects other flights to experience delays. It has urged passengers to use its online flight tracker to check the status of their flight British Airways … [Read more...] about French strikes: How could they affect UK travellers?
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It's time to break out the hot water bottles tonight as temperatures are forecast to plummet to zero in parts of England. Temperatures will be chilliest across the south and east of England overnight after a foggy day. Exeter is set to feel the worst of the bite, with a forecast for more fog and freezing conditions by midnight. The city will feel the lowest temperatures across the UK tonight before returning to milder temperatures by lunchtime. The mercury in the rest of the UK will also plummet to the single digits overnight, as weather warnings remain in force for much of Scotland over Thursday and Friday. The Met Office has forecast a weakening band of rain moving southeast tonight from northwest England and Wales. The northwest is set to get showers and a windy battering before the cloud and rain moves north to Scotland. The forecaster has issued a yellow warning covering western Scotland, stretching to Glasgow and Inverness, on Thursday. Persistent heavy rain forecast is set to … [Read more...] about UK weather forecast: Country in for a cold snap tonight as fog swapped for freeze
Britain will shiver through 'one of the coldest weeks of the year' as it is hit by freezing fog and sub-zero conditions. Temperatures are expected to plunge to as low as -6C overnight in some parts, which could result in travel chaos for road, rail and air travellers. Met Office forecasters have put a yellow warning in place for tonight and early tomorrow over the threat of potentially dangerous 'freezing fog'. It reads: “Fog or freezing fog is likely to lead to some travel disruption on Monday night and Tuesday morning.” Weather experts say the condition will result in “slower journey times with delays to bus and train services possible” as well as “a chance of delays or cancellations to flights”. This warning is in effect between 00.15am and 11am on Thursday across parts of the south-east. Air passengers could see lengthy delays to their journeys as airports put cold weather plans in place. The Met Office said: “Fog, snow, ice and crosswinds … [Read more...] about UK weather forecast: ‘Coldest week of season’ as ‘freezing fog’ to cause travel chaos
Geophysicist Dr Matthew Falder, 28, of Edgbaston, Birmingham, who is originally from Cheshire and a Cambridge University graduate, is seen in an undated booking photograph handed out by the National Crime Agency after he pleaded guilty to 137 offences at Birmingham Crown Court, Britain, October 16, 2017. National Crime Agency via REUTERS LONDON (Reuters) - A British academic who blackmailed victims into sending him depraved images which he shared on dark web forums dedicated to torture, sadism and paedophilia admitted 137 offences on Monday including encouraging the rape of a four-year-old boy. Dr Matthew Falder, 28, a geophysicist employed as a researcher at Birmingham University in central England, approached his victims on forums and mainstream online advertising websites masquerading as a female artist. He fooled them into sending naked or partially clothed images of themselves before blackmailing them into sending increasingly depraved abuse images. Using the names … [Read more...] about UK academic who blackmailed victims into sending horrific abuse photos admits 137 offences
Raging gales of up to 65mph and heavy rain will batter parts of Britain today - before the downpours sweep across the rest of the country. The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for north-west Scotland that will face the brunt of bad weather coming in from the west. While much of the rest of the UK will face grey but more settled conditions on Thursday, a band of rain will bring more rain on Friday. But the worst of the weather will be reserved for Scotland with up to 100mm - nearly a month's worth - set to fall. The rain will hit with three flood warnings in place for England and 17 flood alerts, with a further 10 alerts for Scotland. Aidan McGivern, Met Office meteorologist, said: "Further north-west is a blustery picture as we start off Thursday. "Showers continuing through the night in north-west Scotland and coastal gales strengthening. "But for many places further south, its calm but albeit fairly murky." As Thursday continues, the north west will experience milder … [Read more...] about UK weather forecast: Britain to be battered by 65mph winds and heavy rain