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Police hunt ‘despicable’ thugs who licked their hands and wiped them over food and fridge handles in Sainsbury’s rampage – The Sun


POLICE are on the hunt for two men who licked their hands and smeared them over fresh food and fridge handles in a Sainsbury's supermarket.

Staff were forced to destroy produce worth hundreds to limit the risk of coronavirus spreading, as the nation continues to grapple with food shortages and rationing.

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Police are appealing for information after the two men licked their hands and wiped them over meat, fresh food and fridge handles on in a Sainsbury's in Morecombe.

The grim incident, described as "despicable" by police, happened at around 1:45pm on Saturday afternoon, and forced staff to chuck out food worth hundreds and disinfect the store over fears of coronavirus spreading.

One of the men is thought to be in his early 20s and has black hair, and he was seen wearing a black jacket, black tracksuit bottoms and grey trainers.

The other man is also in his early 20s with dark hair, and was wearing a black jacket, a white hooded top, black tracksuit bottoms and hiking boots.

Lancashire Police have asked the public for help identifying the pair.

Inspector James Martin said: “That anyone could think this sort of behaviour is appropriate or amusing even in normal times is beyond me, but at this time of crisis when many people have been faced with empty shelves in some shops is flabbergasting.

“It is utterly despicable and I would appeal for anyone who knows who these people are to get in touch.”

Mr Martin also said the duo should hand themselves in.

He continued: “I would also urge the individuals involved to do the right thing and come forward to speak to us – you must surely know that what you have done is wrong.

“During this current time we have seen many examples of people displaying the very best of humanity.

“This pair are sadly displaying some of the worst.”

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It comes as supermarkets across the country are continuing to ration thousands of products in their stores.

Sainsbury’s introduced rationing in March, banning customers from buying more than three of the same grocery products, and limiting the number of toilet rolls and soaps available to purchase.

This week, however, the supermarket giant announced they were lifting some restrictions.

Chief executive Mike Coupe said they had removed limits on “thousands of products” so people could buy for elderly and vulnerable friends and family.

There are still limits in Tesco and Morrisons, who are both stopping customers from buying more than three of any item in their stores.

In Morrisons, Brits also can’t buy more than two items of loo roll or hand sanitiser.

The UK is continuing to battle the coronavirus pandemic, and the virus is expected to reach its peak in the coming weeks.

The government has ordered people to stay at home, saying Brits should only leave the house to buy essentials, for health reasons, or to go to work when you can’t work from home.

The latest figures show that there are 60,733 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, and 7,097 people have died.


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Harry and Meghan hunt for a home in Malibu, near Diana and Dodi’s secret hideaway

London: Harry and Meghan are househunting in the area of Los Angeles where Diana, Princess of Wales planned to set down roots in 1997, it has emerged.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are understood to be looking for a beachside home in Malibu to raise Archie, their 10-month-old son.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex are searching for a home in Malibu.Credit:Getty Images

Harry's mother planned to move there with Dodi Fayed, her then boyfriend, after he bought a palatial home in the area a few months before the couple died in a Paris car crash.

The Tuscan-style villa, set on two hectares and boasting a private beach and 40 metres of ocean frontage, used to belong to Julie Andrews, the Mary Poppins star, and Blake Edwards, her film director husband. In 2007, Paul Burrell, the Princess' former butler, confirmed she had planned to move to what he described as a "lovely house… in Malibu" adding that he had seen the plans for it.

He told ABC News: "She said, 'This is our new life, just won't it be great, think of the lifestyle the boys – nobody's judgmental here in America, you don't have the class system, you don't have the establishment.'"

The Malibu lifestyle has attracted many of the world’s biggest celebrities.

Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, are understood to be house hunting in the Pacific Palisades neighbourhood, one of the most exclusive areas on the Pacific Coast Highway. The Malibu region is already home to a host of celebrities, including Robert Downey jnr, Mel Gibson, Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox.



The area is an hour's drive away from the Hollywood studios, and former actress Meghan is understood to have told friends she had always wanted to "return home" and raise her family there.

"Over the last few months they have been looking at residences in that stretch of the city," said a source. "There is at least one very high-profile, high-end realtor, who has been home spotting for them privately.

"Meghan has made it no secret to those in her life from even before meeting Harry, she hoped to live on the beach eventually."

They are thought to be renting a home in a "quiet" LA neighbourhood while they search for something more permanent having caught one of the last US flights from Canada.

Wednesday is their first day as "non-royals" having announced in January they were stepping down to seek "financial independence".

It had long been rumoured that the couple eventually planned to end up in Malibu after resident celebrity Caitlyn Jenner revealed on British TV that she had heard they were househunting when their split from "The Firm" was announced three months ago.

Former Suits actress Meghan spent much of her childhood at the Malibu beaches, an hour's drive from Woodland Hills, where she grew up.

The area has beautiful locations such as Topanga State Park and Will Rogers State Historic Park. Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland, Meghan's parents, used to take her to Will Rogers beach, the location for Baywatch, the television series starring Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff.

Celebrity hang-outs in the region include the famous Paradise Cove Beach Cafe, where stars including David Beckham, Gwen Stefani and Robbie Williams have been spotted. Another famous Pacific Coast Highway eatery is Geoffrey's, a reservation-only spot frequented by the region's wealthiest patrons, while a few kilometres down the road is Moonshadows, a lively party bar, made famous when Mel Gibson, was arrested outside it after a boozy session in 2006.

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Jeremy Hunt says ‘we have a chance’ of stopping coronavirus having devastating impact on NHS similar to Italy

JEREMY Hunt said Britain still “has a chance” of stopping coronavirus devastating our NHS in the same way it wreaked havoc in Italy.

The former health secretary said “it’s all to play for” but Brits must take government advice instead of heading out to socialise.

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It comes after Boris Johnson wrote a letter to the public today warning them to stay at home and not visit their mum’s on Mother’s Day.

Mr Hunt, who served in Theresa May's cabinet, told Sky’s Sophy Ridge: “The crucial thing now is that if everyone does what the social distancing measures require, if we do what the Prime Minister says and don’t visit our mother for mothers’ day, all those kind of things, then we have a chance of avoiding the terrible impact on health service that we saw in Italy.

I think it’s all to play for, it’s absolutely possible still to avoid what we’ve seen.

“I think it’s all to play for, it’s absolutely possible still to avoid what we’ve seen."

The Tory MP added: “But everyone is very worried and the virus is growing still very fast and it's very disappointing when people don’t obey the instructions given out – because it’s not your life you’re risking necessarily its somebody else’s.”

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Yesterday Britain’s coronavirus death toll rose to 233 – with a 41-year-old becoming the UK's youngest victim.

The 56 new deaths were recorded in the biggest 24-hour leap yet.

Coronavirus cases for the UK have soared to 5,018, according to the latest figures released by the Department of Health on Saturday.

The NHS is under constant pressure as people rush to get tested and medics and doctors have called on the government to issue testing kits.

In Italy, the new epicentre for the virus, covid-19 has caused chaos – plunging the country into lockdown and bringing the hospitals to their knees.

Troops are now working round-the-clock to move coffins after the coronavirus pandemic claimed the lives of 793 people in a single day.

The numbers are very stark, and they are accelerating. We are only a matter of weeks — two or three — behind Italy

The total number of dead in the hardest-hit country in the world soared to 4,825 today – the worst day for fatalities since the crisis began.

It now has more than 53,578 confirmed cases of coronavirus and has been under lockdown since the government announced a nationwide quarantine on March 9.

Officials are concerned that if Brits don’t take the advice of the government onboard – the UK could be set for a similar course.

Today the PM urged people “to act together” to avoid the same fate as Italy.

Mr Johnson wrote: “The numbers are very stark, and they are accelerating. We are only a matter of weeks — two or three — behind Italy.

“The Italians have a superb healthcare system. And yet their doctors and nurses have been completely overwhelmed by the demand.

“The Italian death toll is already in the thousands and climbing. Unless we act together, unless we make the heroic and collective national effort to slow the spread — then it is all too likely that our own NHS will be similarly overwhelmed.

“That is why this country has taken the steps that it has, in imposing restrictions never seen before either in peace or war.”



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The hunt for a detective’s name inspires one of TV’s best series

For years, one of the world’s greatest mysteries was the seemingly trivial, “What is the Christian name of Detective Chief Inspector Morse?”, a character created by novelist Colin Dexter and played in television’s Inspector Morse (1987–2000) by John Thaw.

Morse is the policeman who resolutely tried to keep Oxford stable and safe, before delighting in a pint of ale and his joint passions of opera and dangerous women. But he stubbornly remained a mystery to audiences, and only in the 12th novel and third-last television episode did we finally discover his first name: Endeavour.

Inspector Morse starring John Thaw.

Four years after Morse’s on-screen death, his legacy was revived by scriptwriter Russell Lewis in Lewis (2006-15). It features Morse’s former assistant, Detective Inspector Lewis (Kevin Whatley), traumatised by the death of his wife, and Detective Sergeant Hathaway (Laurence Fox), a former Oxford student who has lost his religious faith and direction in life. Somehow, two disconnected souls find a way to realign the troubled lives of others.

In 2012, at the height of Lewis’ success, there unexpectedly appeared a parallel series, a prequel named Endeavour. Also written by Lewis, it features a young Detective Constable Morse (Shaun Evans) as he begins his vexed journey to loving opera, ale and dangerous women. Like its predecessors, it benefits immeasurably from the haunting music of Australian composer Barrington Pheloung (who died last year, each episode’s credits now a sombre tribute).

Young Morse is searingly intelligent and emotionally askew, an idealist who sees only right and wrong, never grey. Fortunately, he has a kind-hearted superior in D.I. Thursday (Roger Allam), whose daughter, Joan (Sara Vickers), and Morse fall in love. Their relationship never seems destined to work, but it has continually evolved into being one of the richest and most nuanced in television.

Shaun Evans (right) plays the young detective Morse, pictured with Roger Allam as DCI Fred Thursday, in the masterful prequel Endeavour. Credit:ABC

Morse makes only slow progress up the police ranks because he makes no effort to be one of the boys, even when kindly counselled by Thursday and D.S. Strange (Sean Rigby). Many think him a troublemaker and morally inflexible, but it all comes down, as Chief Superintendent Bright (Anton Lesser) says, to “a moment’s courage or a lifetime of regret. It’s always been the choice".

For Morse, it is simple. As W. Somerset Maugham (Herbert Marshall) remarks at the end of The Razor’s Edge (1946): “Goodness is, after all, the most powerful force in the world.”

As a prelude to series 7 (now screening), the ABC reprised series 6, minus its final episode (Degüello). That is a pity, because it has a superb resolution to Inspector Thursday’s unexpected drift towards the dark side, under pressure from two policemen intent on corrupting the force from within. It is 1969 and drugs are beginning to rule the world, as one bent copper happily points out.

Degüello also has one of the most unexpected and powerful moments of grace ever seen, when C.S. Bright, demoted to promoting road safety for children, is saved from being murdered by a group of schoolchildren who run up to joyfully greet him – the innocent unknowingly protecting a guardian of good.

Endeavour is my favourite television show (with Foyle and Lewis hovering close). I love being swept away by its melancholic intensity, by the crisp and richly layered storytelling that respects and challenges its audience. I applaud its highlighting values too often denigrated in an ideological war that the bad guys seem to be winning.

In its quiet, unassuming way, Endeavour rises out of the ruck of police procedurals to achieve truly Shakespearean gravitas, illuminating a world that has become too blurred and confusing for many.

Morse is our steadfast beacon of hope that one day the fog will lift.

Endeavour (season 7) is on ABC, Friday, 8.30pm.

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