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Caroline Flack Lewis Burton says his heart is broken


Caroline Flack Lewis Burton says his heart is broken

Caroline Flack : Lewis Burton says his heart is broken
Caroline Flack's boyfriend Lewis Burton has said that his “heart is broken” following the death of the TV presenter.
Love Island presenter Flack was found dead at the age of 40 at her home in east London after taking her own life.

Burton, who was not allowed to have any contact with his girlfriend since late last year due to her bail conditions over charges of an alleged assault on him, said that he would now be her “voice” and would “get all the answers”, in an emotional tribute on Instagram.

Beside a picture of them together, he wrote: “My heart is broken we had something so special.

“I am so lost for words I am in so much pain I miss you so much I know you felt safe with me you always said I don't think about anything else when I am with you and I was not allowed to be there this time I kept asking and asking.”

Burton, 27, added: “I will be your voice baby I promise I will ask all the questions you wanted and I will get all the answers nothing will bring you back but I will try make you proud everyday.

“I love you with all my heart.”

Published: 16/02/2020 by Radio NewsHub

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February 16, 2020 News Team

UK battered by storm for second week in a row


UK battered by storm for second week in a row

UK battered by storm for second week in a row
Storm Dennis is causing a second weekend of disruption with bad weather wreaking havoc across the UK.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has deployed British Army personnel to assist people in West Yorkshire, which was badly hit by flooding during last weekend's Storm Ciara.

Flights have been grounded for safety reasons, with British Airways and easyJet confirming cancellations.

More than 230 easyJet flights in and out of the UK on Saturday have been cancelled, while several sporting fixtures were also called off due to the weather.

Two bodies were pulled from rough seas on Saturday before the worst of the storm hit.

One man was found following a huge search operation off Margate after an early-morning distress call, while another was found at Herne Bay.

Lifeboats and the coastguard helicopter had been scouring the sea near Margate Harbour after reports of a man overboard, HM Coastguard said.

An emergency search was launched after LPG tanker B Gas Margrethe reported that one of its crew was unaccounted for.

He had been last seen several hours previously, and following a search of the ship it was assumed he was missing overboard.

The 99-metre Maltese-flagged ship had been anchored off the coast of Margate.

Police are trying to establish the man's identity so that next of kin can be informed, a spokesman said.

In the other incident, Kent Police were called at 12.15pm on Saturday to a report a person had been pulled from the sea in Herne Bay.

The US National Weather Service's Ocean Prediction Centre reported winds up to 92mph and waves that could reach more than 100ft (30m) high across the North Atlantic early on Saturday.

Forecasters were expecting winds to reach 70mph along coastlines, while some parts of the country could witness up to 4.7in (12cm) of rain.

Experts have warned that conditions amount to a “perfect storm”, with hundreds of homes at risk of flooding.

The Met Office has issued eight weather warnings covering most of the UK this weekend.

This includes amber warnings from midday on Saturday over southern Scotland, northern England, Wales and part of the South West saying that flooding could cause a danger to life.

A spokesman for British Airways said they are “merging a small number of Heathrow short-haul flights to the same destination and using larger aircraft where possible to minimise disruption”, while a spokeswoman for easyJet confirmed 234 cancellations.

Ryanair said all its flights are operating as normal.

A spokeswoman for Heathrow Airport said: “To minimise the number of flights cancelled at short notice we have taken the joint decision, alongside our airline and air traffic partners, to pre-emptively consolidate today's schedule.”

A spokesman for Luton Airport said the airport is “fully operational”, but added that “a number of cancellations” are expected later on Saturday.

The MoD said 75 personnel from 4th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland, will be aiding the Environment Agency (EA) in constructing barriers and repairing flood defences in Ilkley and Calderdale, while 70 Reservists from 4th Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment, have also been tasked with providing support where required.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: “Our armed forces are always ready to support local authorities and communities whenever they need it. The rapid response of the Army today will help with provision of flood relief to local communities in West Yorkshire.”

The EA said flooding is likely to be worse than under last weekend's Storm Ciara due to rain falling on already saturated ground.

In England alone, 800 properties were left flooded when Storm Ciara struck, the EA said.

North Wales Police said very high winds had led to debris and branches falling off trees and Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said it had rescued a motorist from a car stuck in flood water in the Liskeard area.

Power cuts are also expected and there is a good chance that train and buses will see cancellations or delays and roads closed.

The Met Office said the “main areas of concern” on Saturday are north and south-west England and Wales, with the South East bearing the brunt more on Sunday.

At just after 1pm on Saturday, there were 17 flood warnings – meaning flooding is “expected” – and more than 180 flood alerts – meaning flooding is possible – in places across the country.

Flood defences are due to be in operation this weekend, with additional temporary flood barriers being installed in Shropshire, Lancashire, Yorkshire and Surrey.

More than 500 staff are on active incident duty and 30 mobile pumps have been deployed, the EA said.

Network Rail has advised passengers to expect disruption on many routes due to flooding and to allow more time for their journeys.

Meanwhile, people living near the railway are being urged to secure any loose items in their gardens, after several trampolines were blown on to tracks and overhead electric wires last weekend, blocking lines.

In Ireland, Met Eireann has issued warnings for the whole country, with severe gusts of up to 74mph (120km) possible in Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick.

Published: 16/02/2020 by Radio NewsHub

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February 16, 2020 News Team

Sinn Fein leader blasts arrogant rival


Sinn Fein leader blasts arrogant rival

Sinn Fein leader blasts arrogant rival
Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald has blasted “arrogant” political rivals for denying her party a place in the next Irish Government.
Fianna Fail has ruled out entering a coalition with the left-leaning group because of historic links to the IRA and wide policy differences over issues like how to run the economy.

Sinn Fein emerged as the party with the largest first preference vote. It did not field enough candidates to fully capitalise on a wave of support inspired by discontent over problems in the health service and access to housing.

Ms McDonald said: “The political establishment of Fianna Fail and Fine Gael are circling the wagons in defence of a status quo that will not deliver the change citizens voted for last weekend.”

She addressed a party meeting in Belfast on Saturday.

Sinn Fein topped the first preference poll following the General Election.

Its total of 37 seats is one fewer than that of Fianna Fail.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar's Fine Gael won 35 seats.

No single party has enough seats to govern and Sinn Fein appears to have failed to muster enough support from a coalition of small left-leaning parties and independent members of the new Irish Parliament, the Dail.

Ms McDonald said the public had given her party a chance to show it can improve their lives.

“A chance to show that will we honour our commitments.

“A chance to shape a government that will finally do right by ordinary people.

“They want a government for change.”

She said that was why Fianna Fail and Fine Gael were – and are – so determined to keep Sinn Fein out of government.

“Because they don't want change.

“That is why they said they wouldn't talk to us.

“And it now seems that Micheal Martin's plan is to deny the people what they voted for.

“That is an arrogant and untenable position, given the strength of Sinn Fein's mandate.”

Meanwhile, the Labour Party met in Dublin to discuss the contest for a new leader.

Outgoing chief Brendan Howlin has said he will not put himself forward as a candidate for speaker of the Dail parliament, the Ceann Comhairle, to replace a Fianna Fail incumbent in the role.

Mr Howlin told the Irish Times: “The position of Ceann Comhairle is a very important one in the House, one I have enormous respect for, but it is not one that I intend to offer myself as a candidate to fill.”

Published: 16/02/2020 by Radio NewsHub

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February 16, 2020 News Team

Mane magic moves Liverpool closer to title


Mane magic moves Liverpool closer to title

Mane magic moves Liverpool closer to title
A moment of magic from Sadio Mane was all Liverpool needed to fend off both Storm Dennis and Norwich for a 1-0 Premier League win at Carrow Road.
Fit-again Mane climbed off the bench to poke home his 12th league goal of the campaign and extend champions-elect Liverpool's winning streak to 17 top-flight matches.

The runaway leaders inched closer to a first title since 1990 by grinding out a nervy win, amid howling winds and driving rain.

Jurgen Klopp's men are now just one victory away from matching Manchester City's Premier League record of 18 successive wins.

For much of a weather-ruined clash the Reds feared a first league draw since the 1-1 tie with Manchester United on October 20, only for super sub Mane to deliver in style.

The match's sole moment of quality proved a fine way for Mane to mark his first Liverpool action since hobbling out of the Reds' 2-1 win at Wolves on January 23.

The ever-increasing wind ruined anything remotely approaching beautiful football.

The conditions always threatened eye-catching moments for the wrong reasons, but both sides just about avoided any kind of catastrophe in an underwhelming first-half.

Virgil Van Dijk provided a collector's item of a misplaced pass, Mohamed Salah struggled for time and space drifting in off the right – and Liverpool generally were uncomfortable against the wind.

So much so that the Canaries had the chance of the half, but they were denied by Alisson Becker. Lukas Rupp latched on to a ball over the top and found himself one on one with Alisson, only to attempt a pass to Teemu Pukki when he should have struck on goal and the goalkeeper quickly palmed away the pass to remove the danger.

Liverpool pressed and probed for the remainder of the half but not just without success – with precious little threat.

The Reds hoped the change of ends would boost their control of the conditions, but after the interval the mediocrity continued for both teams.

A miscued Jordan Henderson pass even let Pukki cut away down the left, before the Liverpool skipper was able to head away the danger.

Naby Keita drew a solid save from Tim Krul with a 20-yard drive after patient build-up, before Van Dijk could not muster any power on a header from a corner.

Salah spun away from three defenders for some rare space in the area, but Krul parried his low drive – and was then able to deny Keita on the follow-up.

Max Aarons' blushes were spared when his deflection of Andrew Robertson's cross flew wide of the net.

Liverpool kept pressing and pressing, and Norwich somehow scrambled clear from Salah's probing cutback.

A rare Norwich break was capped with Alex Tettey striking the base of the right post with Alisson stranded, and suddenly the Reds had to fend off the pressure of two Canaries corners.

But just when Liverpool appeared set to drop points, Mane delivered with a lovely touch to control Henderson's ball over the top and then prod past Krul.

Published: 16/02/2020 by Radio NewsHub

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February 16, 2020 News Team

Capaldi stuns crowd with pop up gig


Capaldi stuns crowd with pop up gig

Capaldi stuns crowd with pop-up gig
Lewis Capaldi shocked diners in London when he performed a surprise live gig of his biggest hits.
Lewis Capaldi shocked diners in London when he performed a surprise live gig of his biggest hits.

The Scottish singer-songwriter captivated onlookers as he rocked up for an unannounced concert at Seven Dials Market in Covent Garden on Saturday.

The chart-topping music star, 23, was accompanied by his keyboard player for the 30-minute set, during which he played songs including Bruises and his recent number one single Before You Go.

Capaldi's impromptu gig ended with a finale of his breakthrough single Someone You Loved as more than 500 diners and shoppers sang the chorus back to him.

The concert was announced minutes before he appeared on the market hall's balcony.

Capaldi's surprise gig was filmed on the new Samsung Galaxy S20 and livestreamed to the large screen at Piccadilly Circus in a half hour-long takeover to celebrate the launch of the new phone range.

The show was also beamed to other screens across the capital, including two at Westfield White City and the Samsung Experience Store.

Capaldi said: “I was very excited to be invited by Samsung to shout at some passers-by during their lunch break, I'm sure no one expected to be feasting their eyes on such a handsome snack – me.”

Speaking before the surprise gig, Capaldi said that he would be OK if nobody stopped to watch his show.

He joked: “I'm used to loneliness, rejection, sadness and isolation so it should be totally fine.

“It'll be like my 10th birthday party all over again, no-one turned up!”

Following Capaldi's debut album Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent topping the charts last year, the ballad-singing crooner has seen his star rise in the UK and across the world.

He is nominated for four Brit Awards, including male solo artist and album of the year.

The story of the concert will be told in a three-part television advert that will air during ITV's coverage of the Brits on Tuesday.

Published: 16/02/2020 by Radio NewsHub

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February 15, 2020 News Team

Former Love Island Contestants Mourn Death of Caroline Flack


Former Love Island Contestants Mourn Death of Caroline Flack

Former Love Island Contestants Mourn Death of Caroline Flack
Former contestants on ITV's hit reality show Love Island mourned the loss of Caroline Flack on social media after the presenter's death.
The TV presenter took her own life at her flat in east London at the age of 40.

Flack stepped down from presenting Love Island after she was alleged to have assaulted her boyfriend Lewis Burton, 27, at her then flat in Islington, north London, in December.

Series five Love Island finalist Molly-Mae Hague led the tributes, sharing a photo of herself with Flack on Instagram.

“I'm utterly shocked and heartbroken,” she wrote. “Caroline you were such a special woman. Your huge smile will stay with me forever… Rest in peace”.

Series three star Chris Hughes described Flack as an “amazing person” and criticised the press for their treatment of her.

“Words can't sum this up. So sad. Another amazing person taking (sic) from this cruel world,” he tweeted.

“When will people and and press release (sic) celebrities are humans, with the same feelings everyone else has. Can't believe to imagine the pain. God bless Caroline and her family. Rest tight”.

Kady McDermott, who featured heavily in series two of the show, paid tribute to the presenter's kindness.

“Devastated to here (sic) the news about Caroline Flack,” she posted. “Caroline was nothing but kind to me and that's how I will always remember her.

“Saddens me so much when people think the only way out is death. My prayers and thoughts go out to Caroline's friends and family. Heartbreaking”.

Among the tributes, former contestants on the show called for a change in the way the media operates.

Series two contestant Zara Holland tweeted: “The media & trolls are killing people. Please THINK before you speak.”

Olivia Buckland and Malin Andersson from series two paid their respects as well, while Amber Davies of series three tweeted “My heart is actually broken”.

An ITV spokeswoman said: “Everybody at Love Island and ITV is shocked and saddened by this desperately sad news.

“Caroline was a much loved member of the Love Island team and our sincere thoughts and condolences are with her family and friends.”

Maura Higgins, who appeared in the 2019 series, posted: “Heartbreaking news,” adding a note reading: “In a world where you can be anything, be kind.”

Published: 15/02/2020 by Radio NewsHub

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February 15, 2020 News Team

Caroline Flack Tributes for TV presenter following her death


Caroline Flack Tributes for TV presenter following her death

Caroline Flack: Tributes for TV presenter following her death:
Tributes have been paid to TV presenter Caroline Flack after her death at the age of 40.
A number of celebrities have taken to social media to send messages of condolence.

Her family confirmed the death on Saturday evening of the former Love Island host.

BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker was among the people paying tribute to Flack following news of her death.

He tweeted: “Awful news about Caroline Flack. We really need to be better at taking care of each other. So sad”.

Eamonn Holmes tweeted: “Caroline Flack …. Dear God. Shocked beyond belief. May she have found peace . #Rip Has to be repercussions for Love Island now surely?”

A lawyer for the Flack family confirmed that Caroline took her own life and was found in her east London flat on Saturday.

This Morning presenter Phillip Schofield paid tribute to Flack with a post on his Instagram stories.

He added text above a message that Flack had posted on social media, which read: “In a world where you can be anything, be kind”.

Schofield wrote: “You poor darling girl my heart is breaking #BeKind”.

Former Love Island contestant Amber Davies, who won the ITV2 series in 2017, tweeted: “My heart is actually broken.”

Radio and TV presenter Edith Bowman tweeted: “I can't quite believe what has happened. Caroline you didn't deserve this. Such sad and tragic news. Love to all her family.

“The media and social media have SO much to answer for. RIP Lovely Flack”.

Former Love Island contestant Wes Nelson wrote a long message on Instagram next to a picture of himself with Flack.

He wrote: “I can't believe what I'm reading! Caroline Flack was an absolute diamond, my hearts genuinely broken! One of the warmest funniest people I've ever met, I have nothing but great memories! It was just weeks since we were chatting away!”.

Zoe Ball tweeted: “Devastating news about Caroline. Thoughts with her family and loved ones”.

Derry Girls actress Nicola Coughlan tweeted: “I met Caroline Flack last summer, she was so sweet and genuine and couldn't have been kinder to me. She did not deserve this. It's absolutely devastating, all my love to her family and friends.”

Channel 4 presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy, who appeared last year with her in The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up To Cancer, tweeted: “My heart goes out to Caroline Flack and everyone who loved her. It's just awful.

“In my brief experience of meeting her on #GBBO she was big hearted, funny and very likeable. What terrible times she must have gone through recently. A tragedy.”

Jack Whitehall tweeted: “Utterly devastating about Caroline Flack. She was a fun, kind beautiful person, always loved seeing her. So unfair that this has happened.

“Let's pray we learn from this and remember to be a little bit more compassionate to people when they are down”.

X Factor presenter Dermot O'Leary posted on Instagram writing: “Just the worst news. Poor soul. Sending love to hers, and yours. Hold them tight tonight people. X Candles lit.”

TV and radio presenter Rylan Clark-Neal tweeted: “Apologies for the last 15 mins of my show . I'd been informed of the news and was and still am in complete shock. Gutted. So sad. Sleep well Flack x”.

Laura Whitmore, who took over hosting the winter series of Love Island from Flack, tweeted: “I'm trying to find the words but I can't”, followed by a broken hearted emoji.

TV presenter Jonathan Ross said he had been in touch with Flack recently, adding in a message on Twitter: “I am very sad to hear that Caroline Flack is dead. I had been in touch with her recently and had hoped she was doing better. She was talented and smart and likeable and she will he missed. It's awful.”

Susanna Reid tweeted: “My heart is absolutely broken for Caroline Flack and everybody who loves her.”

Published: 15/02/2020 by Radio NewsHub

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February 15, 2020 News Team

Caroline Flack TV star found dead at the age of 40


Caroline Flack TV star found dead at the age of 40

Caroline Flack: TV star found dead at the age of 40
Tributes are being paid to the TV presenter who was discovered at her London home
Caroline Flack has died at the age of 40, her family said in a statement.

The statement said: “We can confirm that our Caroline passed away today, the 15th of February.

“We would ask that the press respect the privacy of the family at this difficult time and we would ask they make no attempt to contact us and/or photograph us.”

An ITV spokeswoman said: “Everybody at Love Island and ITV is shocked and saddened by this desperately sad news. Caroline was a much loved member of the Love Island team and our sincere thoughts and condolences are with her family and friends.”

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Published: 15/02/2020 by Radio NewsHub

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Disruption as Storm Dennis hits parts of the UK


Disruption as Storm Dennis hits parts of the UK

Disruption as Storm Dennis hits parts of the UK
Storm Dennis is causing a second weekend of disruption with bad weather wreaking havoc across the UK.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has deployed British Army personnel to assist people in West Yorkshire, which was badly hit by flooding during last weekend's Storm Ciara.

Flights have been grounded for safety reasons, with British Airways and easyJet confirming cancellations.

More than 230 easyJet flights in and out of the UK on Saturday have been cancelled, while several sporting fixtures were also called off due to the weather.

Two bodies were pulled from rough seas on Saturday before the worst of the storm hit.

One man was found following a huge search operation off Margate after an early-morning distress call, while another was found at Herne Bay.

Lifeboats and the coastguard helicopter had been scouring the sea near Margate Harbour after reports of a man overboard, HM Coastguard said.

An emergency search was launched after LPG tanker B Gas Margrethe reported that one of its crew was unaccounted for.

He had been last seen several hours previously, and following a search of the ship it was assumed he was missing overboard.

The 99-metre Maltese-flagged ship had been anchored off the coast of Margate.

Police are trying to establish the man's identity so that next of kin can be informed, a spokesman said.

In the other incident, Kent Police were called at 12.15pm on Saturday to a report a person had been pulled from the sea in Herne Bay.

The US National Weather Service's Ocean Prediction Centre reported winds up to 92mph and waves that could reach more than 100ft (30m) high across the North Atlantic early on Saturday.

Forecasters were expecting winds to reach 70mph along coastlines, while some parts of the country could witness up to 4.7in (12cm) of rain.

Experts have warned that conditions amount to a “perfect storm”, with hundreds of homes at risk of flooding.

The Met Office has issued eight weather warnings covering most of the UK this weekend.

This includes amber warnings from midday on Saturday over southern Scotland, northern England, Wales and part of the South West saying that flooding could cause a danger to life.

A spokesman for British Airways said they are “merging a small number of Heathrow short-haul flights to the same destination and using larger aircraft where possible to minimise disruption”, while a spokeswoman for easyJet confirmed 234 cancellations.

Ryanair said all its flights are operating as normal.

A spokeswoman for Heathrow Airport said: “To minimise the number of flights cancelled at short notice we have taken the joint decision, alongside our airline and air traffic partners, to pre-emptively consolidate today's schedule.”

A spokesman for Luton Airport said the airport is “fully operational”, but added that “a number of cancellations” are expected later on Saturday.

The MoD said 75 personnel from 4th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland, will be aiding the Environment Agency (EA) in constructing barriers and repairing flood defences in Ilkley and Calderdale, while 70 Reservists from 4th Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment, have also been tasked with providing support where required.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: “Our armed forces are always ready to support local authorities and communities whenever they need it. The rapid response of the Army today will help with provision of flood relief to local communities in West Yorkshire.”

The EA said flooding is likely to be worse than under last weekend's Storm Ciara due to rain falling on already saturated ground.

In England alone, 800 properties were left flooded when Storm Ciara struck, the EA said.

North Wales Police said very high winds had led to debris and branches falling off trees and Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said it had rescued a motorist from a car stuck in flood water in the Liskeard area.

Power cuts are also expected and there is a good chance that train and buses will see cancellations or delays and roads closed.

The Met Office said the “main areas of concern” on Saturday are north and south-west England and Wales, with the South East bearing the brunt more on Sunday.

At just after 1pm on Saturday, there were 17 flood warnings – meaning flooding is “expected” – and more than 180 flood alerts – meaning flooding is possible – in places across the country.

Flood defences are due to be in operation this weekend, with additional temporary flood barriers being installed in Shropshire, Lancashire, Yorkshire and Surrey.

More than 500 staff are on active incident duty and 30 mobile pumps have been deployed, the EA said.

Network Rail has advised passengers to expect disruption on many routes due to flooding and to allow more time for their journeys.

Meanwhile, people living near the railway are being urged to secure any loose items in their gardens, after several trampolines were blown on to tracks and overhead electric wires last weekend, blocking lines.

In Ireland, Met Eireann has issued warnings for the whole country, with severe gusts of up to 74mph (120km) possible in Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick.

Photo Mhairi Maclennan/PA Wire

Published: 15/02/2020 by Radio NewsHub

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Body recovered after Kent sea search


Body recovered after Kent sea search

Body recovered after Kent sea search
A body has been found after an extensive search operation off the coast of Kent.
Lifeboats and the coastguard helicopter had been scouring the sea near Margate Harbour after reports of a man overboard, HM Coastguard said.

HMS Westminster was also believed to have responded to a relay call, and is in the area, according to ship-tracking data.

The search operation came as communities across the UK braced themselves for the arrival of Storm Dennis just one week after Storm Ciara battered the nation.

A distress call was received by the coastguard at 5.41am and an extensive search of the area began.

A coastguard spokesman said: “At around 1pm, after many hours of searching, a body was sadly found in the water by the RNLI Margate lifeboat and has been brought to shore.”

The distress call is believed to have come from B Gas Margrethe, a 99-metre Maltese tanker that had been anchored off the coast of Margate.

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