Burnley stabbing: Marks & Spencer worker and shopper hurt

A staff member and a shopper have been injured in a stabbing at a Marks & Spencer store.

The two women were hurt in the attack in the St James Street store in Burnley at 09:30 GMT, Lancashire Police said.

A force spokesman said both were taken to hospital but their injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

Supt Stasia Osiowy praised the “brave actions” of passers-by, who detained a 57-year-old man, who was then arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

She said the attack was “not being treated as a terrorism incident, but due to some comments made at the scene, counter-terrorism detectives will be leading on the investigation”.

Detectives were “keeping an open mind as to motivation”, she said, but were “considering the mental health background” of the arrested man.

Supt Osiowy thanked “members of the public who acted very quickly, and without regard to their own safety, in order to detain the attacker”.

“Without their brave actions, this incident, while serious, could have been so much worse,” she said.

The force spokesman said the two women, a staff member in her 40s and a customer in her 60s, had “thankfully” not been seriously injured.

A knife was recovered at the scene.

Carl Stredder, who was shopping with his wife at the time, had stopped at the cash machine opposite Marks & Spencer when he heard shouting coming from the store.

He told the BBC he saw a man “holding down” another man before the emergency services arrived at the scene.

“Within a couple of minutes, the police had arrived. There were six or seven police cars, sirens all over the place,” he said.

“Then within another five or so minutes, an ambulance came. It was apparent by then that some sort of major incident had occurred.”

He added: “It was a bit of a frightener when we came home and realised in the cold light of day what could have happened.”

A Marks & Spencer spokesman said the company was “incredibly grateful” to the emergency services and pleased both victims were “now in good care”.

“Our focus is on ensuring that our colleagues in Burnley receive all the support they need,” he added.

Man killed wife and daughter after losing influence over them

A man killed his wife and daughter in a jealous rage after “losing his controlling influence” over their lives, a court has heard.

Marcin Zdun, 40, is charged with the murder of Aneta Zdun, 40, and Nikoleta Zdun, 18, at their home in Wiltshire.

The women were found at a house in Wessex Road, Salisbury, on 1 June and pronounced dead at the scene.

Mr Zdun, who is standing trial at Winchester Crown Court, denies the murder charges.

Opening the prosecution, Nicholas Haggan QC said around a month before the women were killed, the defendant had tried to strangle his wife.

Mr Haggan said Mrs Zdun had told a colleague at Wessex Care, where she worked as a community support worker, that “she couldn’t breathe” and said “I was so blue”.

She told her friend the defendant had pushed their daughter against the kitchen cupboards when she had tried to intervene, the court heard.

Mr Haggan said: “Nikoleta wanted to call the police, but Aneta convinced her not to, saying she was fine.”

He said after the incident, Mr Zdun was asked to leave the family house and his wife sought a divorce.

The court heard that five days later, in an exchange on Facebook, Mrs Zdun’s daughter told her “she was worried that the defendant might kill her and (Nikoleta)”.

“She told her mother the defendant was, to use her word, a psycho,” Mr Haggan said.

“And she said Nikoleta was terrified of him.”

Mr Zdun told people his wife was having an affair with a man he worked with at Tesco, but this was a “manifestation of the defendant’s jealous suspicions”, the jury heard.

“Those jealous suspicions, coupled with the breakdown of the marriage, the defendant’s eviction from the family home, and the fact that his wife wanted a divorce, we suggest therefore the loss of his controlling influence over Aneta and Nikoleta so angered this defendant that at some point – he decided to kill them,” he said.

The trial continues.

Brexit: Holyhead border facility could create 120 jobs

HM Revenue & Customs plans to create about 120 jobs to staff a new border facility in Holyhead ahead of Brexit, the UK government has said.

The majority of roles will range from security, traffic marshalling and office staff, said Jesse Norman, financial secretary to the Treasury.

Specialist roles will be provided by the UK and Welsh governments.

A location for an inland border facility to support the port has not yet been announced.

The UK government will enforce border checks for inbound traffic from July 2021, but from January, outbound traffic will be subject to EU border checks.

In answer to written questions submitted by Plaid Cymru, Mr Norman said HMRC is putting in place temporary arrangements to support Common Transit Convention movements through Holyhead for January.

He added there needs to be an inland border facility for customs, animal and food checks to serve Holyhead by July and details will be announced “in due course”.

Among the sites under consideration are the Roadking truck stop in Holyhead and the Parc Bryn Cegin industrial estate in Bangor, Gwynedd.

HMRC said on Tuesday it was in discussions with the Welsh Government and Roadking to purchase the site “for use in line with the staged introduction of full border controls in 2021”.

On Tuesday, First Minister Mark Drakeford said the Holyhead Roadking site was “apparently” the UK government’s preferred site, but added that had not been formally announced.

Roy Curtis inquest: Nine-month delay in finding body an indictment

A coroner said it was an “indictment” that the body of a man who took his own life was not found for nine months.

An inquest heard Roy Curtis died on or around 18 November 2018, but was not found until August 2019 by a bailiff who went to evict him from his flat.

An urgent care assessment had been requested in September 2018, but no contact was attempted until December.

Senior coroner for Milton Keynes, Tom Osborne, said the delay was “completely unacceptable”.

Milton Keynes Coroner’s Court heard Mr Curtis had been admitted to The Campbell Centre, a mental health facility in the town, after he sent a 14-page suicide letter to “online friends” on 13 September 2018.

In the letter Mr Curtis, also known as Ayman Habayeb, said he intended to take his own life on 19 September as his benefits had been stopped.

The inquest heard Mr Curtis said work made him feel “stressed and anxious” and that he “decided he would never work in his life and would rather die”.

After staff helped to reinstate and backdate his benefits, Mr Curtis was discharged to the care of the home treatment team on 5 October, but an urgent adult care assessment was requested on 13 September while he was still at the facility.

A social worker was not allocated until 26 November and no contact with Mr Curtis was attempted until 3 December, Mr Osborne said.

Milton Keynes Council admitted the delay was “unacceptable” and said the referral process had since been changed.

The coroner said numerous agencies tried contacting Mr Curtis from November onwards but received no response.

“I find it remarkable that the complete lack of communication with Roy did not spark a red flag or alarm bells with any of the agencies and Roy’s body was only found on 21 August,” he said.

Mr Osborne said when Mr Curtis was discharged from The Campbell Centre no adequate risk assessment or support plan was put in place.

He said he would issue a Prevention of Future Deaths Report to the director of social services or chief executive of Milton Keynes Council as he believed Mr Curtis’s urgent care assessment request being referred to a customer liaison officer was “an indictment in itself”.

“They should be received by a senior manager and actioned straight away,” he said.

Mr Curtis’s body was found a month after his 28th birthday.

Mr Osborne said as a citizen of Milton Keynes, he felt terrible that Mr Curtis’s body was not found for nine months.

“It is an indictment on all of us as a society in Milton Keynes that his body lay there undetected for many months,” he said.

Recording a narrative verdict, he ruled Mr Curtis’s death was as a result of hanging.

Taylor Swift shares first clip of re-recorded Love Story

Taylor Swift has given fans a “sneak peek” of one of her upcoming re-recorded tracks, after it featured on a dating app advert created by her friend, actor Ryan Reynolds.

Swift is in the process of re-recording her first six albums, after music mogul Scooter Braun sold the rights to them.

On Wednesday she shared a clip of a new version of her 2008 song Love Story.

The singer confirmed that while the “new re-records are not done”, she is “working hard” to get them out soon.

The comical advert for the dating site Match shows Satan himself meeting his match in the form of a girl called “2020”.

The romantic scene from hell, quite literally, is soundtracked by Swift’s faithful new rendition of the song, which originally appeared on her second album, Fearless.

Her friend, Canadian actor Reynolds, sprung another surprise last month by buying Wrexham Association Football Club, alongside another screen star, Rob McElhenney.

Analysis by Mark Savage, music reporter

A lot of fans worried these re-recordings might kill the magic of the originals, but on the evidence of Love Story, Swift’s done a pretty good job of recreating one of her biggest songs.

The guitars are slightly muted, and a violin that was previously buried in the mix (and entirely absent from the UK release) is suddenly much more prominent. Still, if you layer the two tracks on top of one another, they’re almost indistinguishable.

Her vocals are the most impressive part. They may be a bit richer, but Swift doesn’t sound a day older the 19-year-old who recorded the song in Nashville, 12 years ago.

Last month, the 30-year-old US country-pop star confirmed a report that Braun had sold the recordings – known as masters – to an investment fund in a deal thought to be worth more than $300m (£227m).

Writing on Twitter, Swift said it was “the second time my music had been sold without my knowledge”.

Braun did not respond to the BBC’s request for comment.

It was the latest development in the long-running feud between the two. Swift previously accused Braun of trying to “dismantle” her musical legacy.

While the businessman has remained largely quiet on the matter in public, he did tell Variety last year that the dispute had “gotten out of hand” after he and his family received death threats.

As the co-writer of the albums in question, Swift does still retain publishing rights. And since losing control of the ownership of the masters, she has refused to allow any of the songs to be licenced to TV commercials or films, as some of the money would make its way back to Braun.

The new versions will be 100% owned by her, and she can therefore exploit them in any way she sees fit.

Under the terms of her original Big Machine record deal, she could only start the process of re-recording earlier this year.

Manchester Arena Inquiry: Bomb attack stewards not trained properly

Stewards on duty on the night of the Manchester bombing did not think Salman Abedi was a threat because they had not been trained properly, a security expert has told the attack inquiry.

Col Richard Latham said “a managerial fault” meant Showsec staff Kyle Lawler and Mohammed Agha failed to respond to suspicious behaviour.

They were “hardly briefed”, he said.

The inquiry heard lives could have been saved if security had been quicker to shut the doors of the foyer.

Twenty-two people were killed and hundreds more were injured as they left an Ariana Grande concert when Abedi detonated a bomb on 22 May 2017.

Col Latham and his colleague Dr David BaMaung said if Mr Lawler and Mr Agha had “properly communicated” concerns over Abedi there would have been time to close the doors before the concert ended.

Dr BaMaung said: “Irrespective of how quickly we could close the arena doors, realistically if he was going to detonate, people would die that night.

“But the potential would be if the procedure had been quickly, the casualties and deaths would have been less.”

The inquiry has previously heard how a member of the public reported suspicions about Abedi to Mr Aghar at 22:15 BST.

He then alerted Mr Lawler to the report and the pair observed him.

Abedi left his position at the back of the City Room, a CCTV “blind spot”, to detonate his device at 22:31.

Col Latham said a failure by Mr Lawler and Mr Agha to report concerns about Abedi to their control room was due to “insufficient supervision and direction”.

They should have been “clearly told in meetings about what to do if a member of the public informed them about suspicious behaviour”, he said.

He added: “They are doing a job they’ve never done before and one they are hardly briefed upon and aren’t given written notes. That is more than a supervisor’s fault, that is a managerial fault.”

He said the “major factors” were the two security stewards “did not think that Salman Abedi was actually much of a threat”.

He said he thought Mr Lawler was also concerned about “being criticised for escalating something which was not a real problem” and of being accused of racial profiling.

The court heard the experts concluded there was no proper risk assessment of the terrorist threat by SMG, Showsec or British Transport Police and no effective system for identifying hostile reconnaissance.

They said there was a failure to understand the need to check the area where Abedi hid, and insufficient monitoring of CCTV systems.

They also said there was an inadequate policing response by British Transport Police, particularly because there was no officer in the foyer when people were leaving the concert.

Col Latham said there were “missed opportunities” to spot Abedi on the night of the bombing including him carrying a very heavy backpack affecting his gait and being overdressed for the weather.

The inquiry continues.

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