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The snow patrol drones saving skiiers from an icy death

Image copyright Robodrone Image caption Rescue teams say drones can sometimes halve search times Being buried alive is a scenario most of us thankfully only experience in nightmares. But for off-piste skiing fans, lured by the thrill of carving their own tracks through fresh powder snow, it’s an ever-present risk. More than 150 people – mostly skiers, snowboarders and snowmobilers – are killed in avalanches every year, according to National Geographic statistics. This month alone, there have been deaths in Switzerland, Italy, Canada and North America. Drone manufacturers claim UAVs…

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Brixton stabbing: Man stabbed to death in Minet Road

Image copyright Google Image caption Police found the man in Minet Road at 18:45 GMT A 23-year-old man has died after being stabbed in south London. Police were called to Minet Road, Brixton, at about 18:45 GMT and officers gave first aid to the victim at the scene. He was pronounced dead at 19:27 GMT. His next of kin are yet to be informed, police said. The Metropolitan Police said: “The Homicide and Major Crime Command has been informed. There have been no arrests and enquiries continue.” Source link

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Alfie Lamb: Car death accused mum guilty of cruelty

Image copyright Family handout Image caption Alfie Lamb was described in court as “the loveliest boy you could ever meet” The mother of a three-year-old boy allegedly crushed by a car seat has been found guilty of child cruelty. Adrian Hoare, 23, failed to prevent her boyfriend Stephen Waterson, 25, from allegedly squashing Alfie Lamb in the footwell of his Audi convertible with his seat in February last year. Hoare was cleared of manslaughter while a jury failed to reach a verdict on the same charge for Mr Waterson. The…

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Small Heath murder probe after boy, 16, stabbed to death

Image copyright Google Image caption The 16-year-old boy was stabbed to death in Sara Park, Small Heath A murder investigation is under way after a 16-year-old boy was stabbed to death in a park. The boy was found with stab wounds in Sara Park in Small Heath, Birmingham at about 20:00 GMT on Wednesday and pronounced dead at the scene. Another boy, 15, suffered minor injuries during an assault, West Midlands Police said. A cordon has been put in place at the park but no arrests have been made. The…

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Statue of WW2 kiss vandalised after US sailor’s death

Image copyright Sarasota Police Department The day after the death of the US sailor famously photographed kissing a stranger at the end of World War Two, a statue depicting the moment has been vandalised with graffiti reading “#MeToo”. Red spray paint was used to vandalise the “Unconditional Surrender” statue in Sarasota, Florida, on Monday, according to local police. Police estimate the cost of the damage to be $1,000 (£765) “due to the large area that the graffiti covers”. George Mendonsa, US WW2 ‘kissing sailor’, dies aged 95 For many the…

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Climate change: Death of the ‘grandfather of climate science’

Image copyright Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Wallace Broecker, the US climate scientist who helped popularise the term “global warming” has died in New York at the age of 87. Prof Broecker was among the first to connect emissions of CO2 to rising temperatures back in the 1970s. He also studied the ocean conveyor belt, linking oceanography to climate change. Scientists the world over have paid tribute, calling Prof Broecker a “genius and pioneer”. Widely known as Wally, Prof Broecker spent a career that spanned nearly 67 years at Columbia University in…

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Dad Brett Kinloch meets baby three hours before death

Image copyright Sarah J Scott Photography Image caption Brett Kinloch, pictured with his daughters Freya (left) and Ella (right), was idolised by his oldest child, his wife Nicola said A father got to meet his newborn daughter just three hours before he died after his wife rushed to his bedside shortly after giving birth. Brett Kinloch, 31, died of a brain tumour on 11 February, surrounded by his family at Milton Keynes Hospital. Wife Nicola was discharged from another hospital almost 20 miles away, just 50 minutes after giving birth…

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News Daily: Facebook report, Huawei risks and veteran Labour MP’s death

If you want to get this briefing by email, sign-up here Image copyright Getty Images Facebook needs more regulation, say MPs MPs have criticised Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg for failing to show “leadership or personal responsibility” over the issue of fake news. The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee’s report also said there was a threat to the UK’s democracy from the spreading of untrue stories. It called for a “radical shift” in the balance of power between social media platforms and users, including a compulsory code of ethics for…

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Abdul Deghayes death: Brother of Syria war pair stabbed to death

Image caption Mr Deghayes had a number of stab wounds when he was found in a car A man found stabbed to death in a car was the brother of two young men who died fighting in Syria, police have confirmed. Abdul Deghayes, 22, was in the passenger seat of a Volkswagen Polo which collided with other cars in Brighton on Saturday night. He died of his injuries at 06:30 GMT on Sunday. Mr Deghayes is the brother of British Muslim teenagers Abdullah, 18, and Jaffar, 17. The pair, from…

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Call for louder tram horns after pedestrian’s death in Edinburgh

Image caption A man died at Saughton tram stop in Edinburgh last year Rail investigators have called for louder warning horns to be fitted to Edinburgh trams following the death of a pedestrian. Carlos Correa Palacio, 53, died in September after being hit at the Saughton tram stop in Broomhouse Drive. The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has advised Edinburgh Trams Limited to increase the sound pressure levels of the horns. The company said it was modifying the horns and testing was under way. Mr Palacio suffered serious injuries and…

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