Wednesday evening UK news briefing: ‘Rule of Six’ almost unenforceable, say police chiefs

Policing chiefs have warned ministers that the “Rule of Six” is virtually unenforceable because of the two-household concession.

As councils began a clear-up of litter left in parks and beaches by people enjoying Tuesday’s heatwave, policing sources told The Telegraph that enforcing the rules had been made “very, very difficult” by the decision to also allow two households to meet outside.

Another police chief warned families who are planning a beachside holiday over the Easter break that they will be reported by locals.

Nottingham closed two of its parks after “appalling scenes” of large crowds.

The authorities may take some comfort from the incoming cooler conditions set to spread across the UK by Good Friday.

Yet some forecasters are already predicting a glorious summer lies ahead

Joe Shute examines the world of supercomputers that have improved the accuracy of long range weather forecasts.

Thousands fill Hyde Park in Leeds on Tuesday


Thousands fill Hyde Park in Leeds on Tuesday


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Meanwhile, the European Medicines Agency executive director Emer Cooke said there is “no evidence” to support restricting the use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine in any population – but added that investigations were still ongoing.

It follows the news that Germany and a growing list of countries, including Canada and France, have suspended the use of the vaccine in younger age groups.

After Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron held talks with Russia on possible cooperation on vaccines, James Crisp analyses how the EU warming to the Sputnik vaccine is a propaganda coup for Vladimir Putin.

It comes as Mr Macron is expected to announce stricter measures in a national address later.

Bet365 boss takes home Britain’s biggest ever salary

Bet365 boss Denise Coates took home Britain’s biggest ever salary of £421m last year – almost equal to the combined pay for all FTSE 100 chief executives. Ms Coates’ salary of £421m is equivalent to £1.3m a day. The payout marks a fresh record for the gambling tycoon and is believed to be the largest wage in British history. See how her pay compares to bosses of top firms like Apple and JP Morgan. On a day of eye-watering figures in the City, Deliveroo made one of the worst stock market debuts on record as shares in the loss-making food delivery firm crashed by almost a third today, wiping more than £2bn off its market value. Ben Marlow outlines why the debacle is an embarrassment for London.

‘Delighted’ Queen’s first public appearance in months

The Queen ventured beyond the walls of Windsor Castle today for her first public appearance in nearly five months, as she marked the centenary of the Royal Australian Air Force. Her Majesty, 94, attended a short service at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Air Forces Memorial in Runnymede, Surrey. Dressed in lime green, and wearing an Australian wattle brooch presented to her on her first tour of Australia in 1954, she said she was “delighted” to be out. Tamara Abraham reveals why the Queen wears lime green for her most important events.

At a glance: Coronavirus evening briefing

Also in the news: Today’s other headlines

Race report | Sir Keir Starmer has said he is “disappointed” by a report into racial inequality, saying it was “reluctant” to admit problems. The Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities, which was created by Boris Johnson after the Black Lives Matter protests last summer, said there was no evidence of institutional racism in Britain, adding the country is a “beacon for other white-majority countries”. Read reaction to the report.

Around the world: Myanmar slides towards civil war

Myanmar’s neighbours may have shied away from decisively addressing the country’s crisis following a military coup, but they cannot prevent it approaching their own borders. Reports that both Thailand and India tried to repel refugees fleeing airstrikes and military brutality – only to backtrack under pressure – show the February 1 coup is already creating international ripples, and with growing signs of an impending civil war, the conflict has the potential to destabilise the region. As the killing of pro-democracy protesters spikes, read how about a dozen ethnic armed groups, who have historically waged insurgencies against the junta in their fight for more autonomy in outlying states, could join forces.

Wednesday interview

Thierry Henry applauds Southgate’s social media blackout plan

Thierry Henry


Thierry Henry


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The Arsenal legend, who quit social media over ‘toxic’ abuse, tells Matt Law that a sustained change will only happen when players know they will be supported

Read the full interview

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Business and money briefing

Pandemic savings pot | Hopes for a “coiled spring” economic rebound as Britain emerges from lockdown are rising as households piled up billions more in savings to fuel the recovery. Read on for details.

Sport briefing

Inside a Tyson Fury training camp | How on earth do you go from “12 pints a day” to fighting fit in two weeks? Tyson Fury’s former trainer Ben Davison tells Gareth A Davies how the two-time heavyweight champion will be preparing for his Anthony Joshua superfight.

Three things for tonight

And finally… for this evening’s downtime

Westeros in the West End? | Despite its soggy season eight finale, Game of Thrones is expanding with endless prequels and now a play. But do fans, or George RR Martin, even care? Ed Power sets out why the Game of Thrones spin-offs need to stop.

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