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Gym owner beats £1000 Covid fine issued last year



Jack Ramsay’s case for breaching Covid regulations was finally dismissed in December after 12 months.

The 27-year-old was fined £1000 for allegedly holding group training sessions in a marquee, breaking the Tier 4 restrictions imposed at the time.

Ramsay claimed the £1000 gazebo met the guidelines set by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity, as there was a cleaning schedule and ventilation system.

Before the gym owner even stepped into the courtroom in Coventry Magistrates’ Court, the case was dropped.

Ramsay told The Metro: “I’m massively relieved and a bit bemused as well. I went to court to contest the £1,000 fine but I didn’t even make it into the room, the case was dismissed pretty much as soon as I got there.

“A court official came out into the communal area and asked me why I was pleading not guilty. I told her why and that I’d collected the evidence and she popped her head back out of the door and said I could go home.”

Warwickshire Police visited Ramsay Fitness, where the 15-metre-long marquee was set up in the carpark, following complaints on two occasions prior to the fine. Originally, it was given the all clear, however on the third visit Ramsay was issued a fine and faced prosecution for not closing a non-essential business.

The Tier 4 restrictions allowed outdoor gyms to hold individual, household or support bubble exercise sessions, as well as exercise with one other person as long as there was social distancing.

In the wake of the inquiry into the Downing Street parties, Ramsay added in his statement to The Metro it was unfair businesses like his were being punished: “I feel a bit aggrieved that the government has shown on so many occasions that they were negligent towards the rules whereas a small business like mine which has suffered so much during Covid gets fined £1,000 on the spot when we’ve done nothing wrong.

“I’m not the kind of person to lay on my back and say “no sir, yes sir”, so I wanted to prove to people that I’d done nothing wrong and I went to court to prove it. And lo and behold I came out on top like I knew I would. I hope it sets an example to other people.”

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Deborah James Awarded Damehood After Raising Over £3,000,000 for Charity



Deborah James has said she is ‘blown away’ after being made a Dame for her tireless campaigning for cancer charities.

The inspirational broadcaster and author announced earlier this week that she is receiving hospice care at home after stopping her cancer treatment, and has said she ‘could have weeks to live at most’.

In recent days, the You, Me & The Big C host has raised over £3million for charities that have helped her over the past five years, through her Bowelbabe Fund.

After calls for her to receive the Royal honour, it has been revealed that Deborah is now officially Dame Deborah James.

‘I don’t know what to say. I’m blown away and feel incredibly honoured,’ she said reacting to the news.

She added ‘I don’t feel like I deserve this. I can’t tell you what this means to my family, it’s so much to take in.’

Her husband Sebastien Bowen, said the public support of the fundraiser has ‘brought a piercing ray of light and hope into this, the darkest of times’, adding that the Damehood is ‘so truly deserved’.

Downing Street said the Queen was ‘pleased to approve the honour of damehood’ be bestowed upon Deborah James.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson hailed Dame Deborah as an figure of inspiration to the country.

‘If ever an honour was richly deserved, this is it,’ the leader said.

‘Deborah has been an inspiration and her honesty, warmth and courage has been a source of strength to so many people.’

Thank you for all your incredible work.

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EuroMillions: UK ticket holder claims £184m jackpot



One lucky ticket-holder’s life has changed forever after winning the £184million EuroMillions jackpot. It means they have become the biggest ever National Lottery winner, operator Camelot has said.

Whoever they are, they have knocked the anonymous winner of £170million in October 2019 off the top spot. They have also become the National Lottery’s 14th winner of more than £100million.

The winner, who is yet to be named, is also the second person in the UK to win the EuroMillions jackpot this year, after someone bagged £109million in February.

The winning numbers were 3, 25, 27, 28 and 29 – plus the Lucky Star numbers 4 and 9. One ticket matched all seven numbers to win £184,262,899.10.

Senior winners’ adviser for the National Lottery, Andy Carter said: “What an amazing night for one UK ticket-holder who has scooped the incredible £184million EuroMillions jackpot – they have become the UK’s biggest ever National Lottery winner.”

The claim will now go through a validation process to ensure terms and conditions are met and once the ticket has been validated the winner can choose whether or not to remain anonymous.

What would you do with all that money?

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Baby P’s Killer Mum Tracey Connelly Set for Prison Release after Judge Gives Green Light



Tracey Connelly, the mother of Baby P, who died after months of abuse, will be released from prison after the Parole Board rejected a Government challenge against its ruling.

The decision comes after Justice Secretary Dominic Raab appealed against the recommendation to free Tracey Connelly from prison.

Connelly was jailed at the Old Bailey in 2009 for causing or allowing the death of her 17-month-old son Peter at their home in Tottenham, north London, on August 3 2007.

Dominic Raab said the decision demonstrated why the system “needs a fundamental overhaul – including a ministerial check for the most serious offenders”.

Now 40, this was Connelly’s fourth parole review after she was released on licence in 2013 but recalled to prison in 2015 for breaching her parole conditions by “developing intimate personal relationships” online and inciting another resident at her accommodation to engage in “inappropriate sexualised behaviour”.

In a statement, the Parole Board said: “In summary, the judge has concluded that the panel did take into consideration all evidence mentioned by the application and made rational conclusions.

“The reconsideration decision clarifies that the weight given to the evidence given by the Secretary of States witnesses, who supported release, and the proposed external controls, was proportionate and the reasons were clearly outlined in the decision letter.

“The final ground on the rationality of the outcome was also rejected on the grounds of not reaching the threshold, as defined by law, for becoming unreasonable.”

The Parole Board, which is independent of government, received a formal request to review the decision to free Connelly last week.

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