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Murderer who tackled London Bridge attacker with narwhal tusk pardoned – The Guardian

Steven Gallant has sentence reduced as a result of ‘exceptionally brave actions’

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The Queen has granted a pardon to the murderer who helped disrupt the London Bridge terror attack by confronting Usman Khan with a narwhal tusk while on day release.
Steven Gallant, who was praised for risking his life to stop the attack, has been granted the royal prerogative of mercy, an extremely rare case of absolution for a convicted murderer.
Gallant, 42, will see the 17-year sentence he received in 2005 reduced by 10 months, and could apply for parole next June, the Daily Mirror reporte…

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Covid-19: England and Wales begin tougher rules for millions – BBC News

Greater Manchester moves to England’s highest alert, while Wales begins a 17-day lockdown later.

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image captionTime, please: Manchester bars shut for 28 days at 10pm on Thursday ahead of new restrictions
Stricter coronavirus rules are coming into force for nearly six million Britons on Friday.
Greater Manchester’s population of 2.8 million joined Liverpool City Region and Lancashire in England’s highest tier of restrictions at midnight.
And from 18:00 BST, the 3.1 million people in Wales will have to stay at home as a 17-day national “firebreak” lockdown begins.
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Coronavirus: North Korea warnings over ‘yellow dust coming from China’ – BBC News

There is no known link between the seasonal dust clouds and Covid-19 but Pyongyang is on high alert.

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image captionNorth Korean TV warned viewers that the “yellow dust” included “toxic material, virus, and pathogenic microorganism”
North Korea has warned its citizens to stay indoors over fears that “yellow dust” which blows in from China could bring coronavirus with it.
The streets of the capital Pyongyang were reported to be virtually empty on Thursday following the warning.
The secretive state claims to be coronavirus-free but has been on high alert since January with strict border closures and…

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Man Utd star Edinson Cavani sends message to Chelsea ace Thiago Silva ahead of reunion – Express

Manchester United host Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday with Edinson Cavani hoping to make his debut against former PSG team-mate Thiago

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“It will be great to be able to find him on the pitch,” the striker told EN24 News, cited by Football London.
“Thiago is very professional, because he works so hard in training and in the pre-match warm-ups. Well, it won’t be easy!
“It will be complicated because he is a very good central defender and an excellent footballer.
“But it will still be a great experience.”
Axel Tuanzebe could retain his place in the Red Devils defence on Saturday after the 22-year-old centre-back impressed during the…

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