Worst-injured 7/7 survivor gets new adapted car thanks to The Sun on Sunday – The Sun

THE most badly injured survivor of 7/7 has won his battle to get an adapted car thanks to The Sun on Sunday.

Dan Biddle lost both legs, an eye and his spleen in the terror attack.

Motability, the charity that provides adapted cars for the disabled, could not find one suitable for his needs.

But after we revealed the problem in April, Motability did all it could to supply one.

Yesterday The Sun on Sunday put the cherry on the cake, settling the £1,800 down payment on a Skoda Superb. Dan said: “I can’t believe it. It’s important I have my freedom and a car is a big part of that. I can’t wait to get behind the wheel and go for a proper drive.”

Last week Dan visited White Dove Skoda and Seat in Cardiff to look for possible cars.

He found the Skoda would be perfect for him to be able to get around and fit his wheelchair in the spacious boot.

Dan added: “Everyone there did everything to make sure I could get a proper feel for it.

“Motability have bent over backwards to help as well. But  it wouldn’t have got sorted without The Sun on Sunday’s help. I cannot thank you enough.”

Dan, from Abergavenny, South Wales, was on the Edgware Road Tube train during the London suicide blasts that killed 52 on July 7, 2005.

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Tiananmen crackdown was justified: China

Singapore: Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe says the bloody crackdown on protesters around Beijing's Tiananmen Square 30 years ago was the "correct" decision, citing the country's "stability" since then.

Responding to a question at the Shangri La Dialogue in Singapore on Sunday after a hardline speech about China and international security co-operation, he called the protests political "turbulence".

China’s Defence Minister Lieutenant General Wei Fenghe.Credit:AP

It is rare for Chinese government officials to acknowledge the events of June 4, 1989 and references to it are heavily censored in China.

"Everybody is concerned about Tiananmen after 30 years," Wei said.

"Throughout the 30 years, China under the Communist Party has undergone many changes – do you think the government was wrong with the handling of June Fourth? There was a conclusion to that incident. The government was decisive in stopping the turbulence."

He added that China's development since 1989 showed that the government's actions were justified.

The Tiananmen protests were "political turmoil that the central government needed to quell, which was the correct policy," he said.

"Due to this, China has enjoyed stability, and if you visit China you can understand that part of history."

Tuesday marks the 30th anniversary of the protests, in which Chinese troops opened fire to end the student-led unrest. Rights groups and witnesses say hundreds or even thousands may have been killed. China has never provided a final death toll.

His comments echoed those of Defence Ministry spokesman Wu Qian, who last week decried the use of the word "suppression" to describe the military's response to the 1989 protests.

China at the time blamed the protests on counter-revolutionaries seeking to overthrow the party.

The event will not be officially commemorated by the ruling Communist Party or government.

In a combative speech at the annual security conference, Wei warned its military will "resolutely take action" to defend Beijing's claims over self-ruled Taiwan and disputed South China Sea waters.

"Should anybody risk crossing the bottom line, the [People's Liberation Army] will resolutely take action and defeat all enemies … and fight to the end," Wei said.

He defended China's right to build "limited defence facilities" in the contested South China Sea, where its sweeping claims are challenged by several smaller neighbours.

On Saturday, US Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told the same gathering that China's efforts to militarise man-made outposts in the South China Sea are a "toolkit of coercion," saying activities by Beijing the US perceives as hostile must end and the US would no longer "tiptoe" around Chinese behaviour in Asia.

China has been incensed by recent moves by US President Donald Trump's administration to increase support for self-ruled and democratic Taiwan, including US Navy sailings through the Taiwan Strait that separates the island from mainland China.

"No attempts to split China will succeed. Any interference in the Taiwan question is doomed to failure," said Wei, dressed in his uniform of a general in the People's Liberation Army.

The US, like most countries, has no formal ties with Taiwan, but is its strongest backer and main source of weapons.

China translates the word "tong yi" as "reunification", but it can also be translated as "unification", a term in English preferred by supporters of Taiwan independence who point out the Communist government has never ruled Taiwan and so it cannot be "reunified".

China-US ties have become increasingly strained due to a bitter trade war, US support for Taiwan and China's muscular military posture in the South China Sea, where the US also conducts freedom-of-navigation patrols.


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Mexican avocado growers expect US consumers to bear tariffs

The baby avocados in Enrique Bautista’s vast orchard in western Mexico will grow to maturity, eventually, and be shipped out of Mexico.

What remains to be seen is how many of those green gems will reach consumers in the United States if President Donald Trump makes good on his promise to slap duties on Mexican exports should the country fail to stem the tide of immigrants trying to reach the U.S.

The potential Trump tariffs would hit U.S. avocado lovers more than Mexican producers, Bautista said. Demand north of the border for Mexican avocados has proven very static: even when prices expand four-fold during the year, the fruit is still scooped up by U.S. devotees of avocado toast and guacamole.

Producers in Mexico believe a 5% — or even 25% — U.S. tariff on avocados will do little to dampen their sales.

“I think the bigger risk is for U.S. consumers” having to pay higher prices, said Bautista, 69, a second-generation avocado grower whose father was an early exporter of the fruit that has become a staple in the diets of millions of Americans.

The popularity of avocados has won the spreadable fruit the nickname “green gold” in Mexico, the world’s top producer.

The U.S. is the top export market for Mexican avocados, according to USDA data, consuming more than 74% of total exports. Japan absorbs at least 6% and Canada another 7% of the Mexican crop.

“Fortunately, the avocado is a fruit that’s in demand more every day around the world, that’s consumed in many other countries,” said Bautista, who gave The Associated Press a tour of his orchard in Uruapan in Michoacan state on Saturday. His avocados are shipped entirely to the U.S.

Mexican orchards yield 11 avocados for every one picked in California. Mexico also produces year-round, versus California’s usual eight-month season.

Production in California typically covers U.S. demand for avocados this time of year. But the 2019 crop in California was weak, with some growers reporting total failures due to record high temperatures last summer that destroyed much of the young fruit before maturity.

The California avocado season also started late, so Mexican producers have shipped much of their produce north since April in what is considered low season for Mexican avocados.

“We are living in a sellers’ market,” said Humberto Solorzano, a third-generation avocado producer also in Michoacan, where 80% of Mexican avocados are grown.

A weakening peso will shield U.S. consumers from higher avocado prices in the near-term, Solorzano figured, but eventually the cost of any tariffs would be absorbed throughout the supply chain, landing mostly on U.S. consumers. The peso plunged more than 3% against the dollar on Friday in the wake of Trump’s tweet promising tariffs on all Mexican goods.

On Friday, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador dispatched his foreign secretary to Washington to try to negotiate a truce and point out what Mexico has done to stem the flow of migrants. It has stepped up raids on migrant caravans traveling through the southern states of Chiapas and Oaxaca this year. It has deported thousands of migrants and frustrated thousands more who wait endlessly for permits that would allow them to travel legally through Mexico.

Trump’s tariff threat has also received pushback from U.S. businesses that rely on Mexican production.

Solorzano said exporters are looking for assurance despite the avocado’s privileged status as a “super-food.”

Frustrated by wild swings in Mexican avocado prices, Solorzano launched a mobile application in September that allows producers to share price information. AvoPrice already has 700 users, between packers and producers.

Producers here say the latest Trump missive has rattled the avocado market less than the president’s April threat to close the U.S.-Mexico border entirely — also because of record numbers of migrants, especially from Central America.

Then, Solorzano recalls, U.S. importers tried to stockpile avocados.

The U.S. consumer needs Mexican avocados, he said: “They don’t have another supply option.”

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Australian woman is among eight climbers missing in India’s Himalayas

Australian woman is among eight climbers missing in India’s Himalayas after massive avalanche

  • An Australian woman is among eight climbers missing after a massive avalanche
  • Ruth McCance and her expedition failed to return to base camp on Sunday 
  • The Sydney woman was climbing Nanda Devi, second highest mountain in India
  • DFAT confirmed they are providing consular assistance to family of an Australian

An Australian woman is among eight trekkers missing after a massive avalanche in India’s Himalayas. 

Ruth McCance, from Sydney, and seven other climbers failed to return to base camp at Nanda Devi, the second highest mountain in India, on Sunday. 

Ms McCance’s group includes three men from the UK, two American men and an Indian guide. 

A search was launched when the group did not return to the base and local mountaineers found their empty tents at a higher camp. 

Ruth McCance, from Sydney, and seven other climbers failed to return to base camp at Nanda Devi, the second highest mountain in India, on Sunday

The group, which is led by experienced UK-based climber Martin Moran, last shared updates to social media on May 22. ‘The Nanda Devi team has reached their second base camp at 4870m, their home for the next week,’ the update said

Amid the search, the mountaineers reported an avalanche at the expedition’s proposed route.

A spokesperson from The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade told Daily Mail Australia they are talking to the family of an Australian.

‘The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is providing consular assistance to the family of an Australian that may be among a group of trekkers missing in the Nanda Devi area of India.’ 

‘Due to privacy obligations, we are unable to provide further information.’ 

The group, which is led by experienced UK-based climber Martin Moran, last shared updates to social media on May 22.

‘The Nanda Devi team has reached their second base camp at 4870m, their home for the next week,’ the update said.

Ms McCance’s group includes three men from the UK, two American men and an Indian guide

A spokesperson from The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade told Daily Mail Australia they are in communication with the family of an Australian

‘After a recce of the route they will be making a summit attempt on an unclimbed peak at 6477m.’ 

Ms McCance had previously gone on climbs in India’s Ladakh region. 

Reports of the missing group come amid a horror climbing season where nine climbers have died on other 26,000 ft Himalayan peaks.

At Mount Everest, where queuing chaos has been blamed for fatalities, 11 climbers lost their lives in 13 days.  

An Australian climber, who is now recovering in a Nepalese hospital, was rescued after he collapsed while climbing Everest. 

Gilian Lee, a Canberra public servant, was 7500m up Everest when he suddenly collapsed and fell unconscious after complaining about chest pains. 

Photos shared online show traffic chaos on the mountain as trekkers are forced to line up to climb the summit.  

At Mount Everest, where queuing chaos has been blamed for fatalities, 11 climbers lost their lives 13 days. Pictured: Climbers queue to stand on the summit of Everest on May 22

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Woman 'accidentally shot dead by her lover in deadly sex game gone wrong'

A WOMAN died after her lover shot her during a risky sex game using a loaded gun.

Andrew Shinault’s handgun accidentally went off during foreplay at his home, said cops.

The bullet hit the woman in the top part of her body.

The couple knew the gun was loaded and were using it for “sexual excitement,” officers said.

Shinault, 23, has been charged with manslaughter with a weapon charge in Tampa, Florida.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said: "Andrew Shinault shot a woman, who is also in her 20s, while engaging in an act of foreplay involving his registered hand gun.

“The woman, who was shot in the upper body, was transported to Brandon Regional Hospital where she later died."

Shinault is being held at Orient Road Jail on a $50,000 (£40,000) bond.

He will appear in court at a later date.

The woman’s identity has not been revealed.

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Disgruntled worker used handgun, extended clips in Virginia Beach massacre: cops

A disgruntled city employee armed with a .45-caliber handgun and several extended magazines opened fire at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center on Friday, killing at least 12 people before he was shot dead by police, authorities said.

Several other victims, including a cop, were hospitalized in the shooting spree, which began shortly after 4 p.m., police officials said.

“This is the most devastating day in the history of Virginia Beach,” Mayor Bobby Dwyer told reporters after the massacre. “The people involved are our friends, co-workers, neighbors and colleagues.”

The suspect, identified by the Wall Street Journal and CNN as 40-year-old DeWayne Craddock, walked into the building, which houses the city’s Planning, Public Utilities and Public Works departments, and “immediately began to indiscriminately fire upon all the victims,” Virginia Beach Police Chief Jim Cervera said at a news conference.

The building typically holds about 400 people, Cervera said, adding that victims were found on the first, second and third floors, in addition to one found outside, in a car.

Four officers who were working in the nearby police headquarters heard the gunfire, and rushed to the scene.

The cops took down the shooter after a “long-term” gun battle inside the building, during which the suspect emptied his gun and reloaded with another extended magazine. Craddock bought his weapon legally, CNN reported.

“They engaged with the suspect. The suspect did shoot a police officer. Officers then returned fire.

“The suspect is deceased,” Cervera said at the press ­conference. The injured cop was saved by his bulletproof vest, the chief added.

Police said the killer was a longtime employee of the Public Utilities Department, but Cervera said his name would not be publicly released until the families of deceased victims were ­notified.

The FBI, state police and local authorities are working jointly on the investigation, Cervera said.

Workers who were in the building described barricading themselves in their offices. Some hid under their desks.

Zand Bakhtiari, who was on the first floor when the shooting began, told the Virginian-Pilot newspaper that he heard numerous shots in quick succession.

“It was repeated, rapid gunfire,” he said.

City employee Megan Blanton told the Pilot that her supervisor pushed her and fellow workers into an office and propped a desk against a door.

“It felt like forever,” Blanton told the newspaper.

Workers in the building feared their co-workers were among the dead.

“I never thought this would happen in my building,” Arthur Felton, an 18-year Planning Department employee, told the ­Pilot.

“The people who were shot — I’m sure I know most of them.”

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said in a statement after the shooting that it was a “horrific day” for the state.

“This is unspeakable, senseless violence,” he said.

“My thoughts continue to be with the victims and their families.”

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Fire engulfs migrant center in Bosnia, injuring 32

A fire on Saturday engulfed a migrant center in northwestern Bosnia, injuring 32 people, police said.

The blaze erupted early in the morning in the center in Velika Kladusa, which hosts some 500 migrants stuck in the Balkan country while trying to move toward Western Europe.

The blaze likely started accidently from a cooking device, said local police spokesman Ale Siljdedic.

It spread swiftly, sending the migrants fleeing the building, with some jumping through the windows, Siljdedic told The Associated Press.

Thirteen migrants remain hospitalized with injuries such as burns or fractures, he said. The fire was put out after several hours.

Several thousand migrants fleeing war and poverty in their countries have been passing through Bosnia toward the West. They mostly flock to the northwest that borders European Union member Croatia.

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Brexit was a ‘triumph of democracy’

Brexit was a ‘triumph of democracy’ and Britain will emerge from it as a bigger world player, says US national security adviser John Bolton

  • Bolton said leaving EU would allow the UK be ‘strong and independent country’
  • He added that the decision to leave the EU would help NATO be ‘more effective’
  • Comments come ahead of President Trump’s three-day state visit to the UK 

Britain has the potential to be ‘even greater’ following the ‘triumph of democracy’ brought about by Brexit, according to the US National Security Advisor. 

Former UN ambassador John Bolton claimed leaving the European Union would allow the nation to become a ‘strong and independent country’ and also help NATO be ‘more effective’.  

Speaking ahead of President Trump’s state visit to the UK, the 70-year-old, who remains a staunch supporter of Brexit, also backed contender for the position of Prime Minister Boris Johnson. 

US National Security Advisor John Bolton has claimed that leaving the European Union would allow the nation to become a ‘strong and independent country’

His comments come ahead of President Trump’s three-day state visit to the UK from June 3-5

During an interview with  The Daily Telegraph, Mr Bolton described the opportunity that Brexit would bring for the country.

Speaking to the paper he said: ‘The US preference is for Britain to follow the course of what the people asked for and leave the EU. It is a lesson for everyone in the triumph of democracy.

‘As a separate nation again, Britain’s impact on the world has the prospect of being even greater.

‘And from the US point of view, that is all to the good. I think it will help us… to have another strong and independent country that will help NATO to be more effective and that had to be a plus.’

Mr Bolton, who served as the Bush administration’s US ambassador to the United Nations from August 2005 to December 2006, went on to describe how the next UK Prime Minister would need to work on a new trade deal with their overseas partner-the US.    

Mr Bolton went on to describe how the next move for the new Prime Minister would be to strike a good trade deal with the US

During his interview, the politician also shared his support for the prime ministerial candidate Boris Johnson

Believing that a new trade deal that would leave both countries in a better position was the next move for the nation, Mr Bolton’s comments come as Mrs May prepares to step down from her role as Prime Minister on June 7.

Her decision to resign comes after her withdrawal agreement with EU leaders failed on three occasions to gather the support of politicians in parliament.  

During his interview, the author of ‘Surrender Is Not an Option’ also shared his admiration for the prime ministerial candidate and ex-foreign secretary Boris Johnson.

Also in the the line up in the race for Tory leader are Dominic Raab, Andrea Leadsom, Rory Stewart,  Michael Gove,  Matt Hancock, Jeremy Hunt, Esther McVey,  Sajid Javid, Kit Malthouse and James Cleverly.  

Mr Bolton’s comments come as the UK prepares to welcome the US president to its British shores during a three-day visit from June 3-5-.

Trump, who has previously criticised Mrs May for not listening to his advice on how to strike a deal with the EU leaders, has also joined Mr Bolton is sharing his support for the former London Mayor during an interview with The Sun.

During the interview he said: ‘I think Boris would do a very good job. I think he would be excellent.’  

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At least 11 deaths and 6 injuries at Virginia Beach municipal complex, police say; shooter also dead: reports

Officials hold press conference about Virginia Beach shooting

Authorities speak to the media after a gunman opened fire at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center. Another news conference is set for 9:30 p.m. ET.

At least 11 people were killed and six hurt Friday when a shooter, a city employee ultimately shot and killed by police, opened fire inside a Virginia Beach municipal building, Police Chief Jim A. Cervera said on Friday.

The shooter was a current longtime public utility worker, Cervera said. The names of the gunman and the victims were not released. Police did not describe a possible motive for the attack.

"This is the most devastating day in the history of Virginia Beach," Mayor Bobby Dwyer said. "The people involved are our friends, co-workers, neighbors and colleagues."

Five people were taken to Virginia Beach General, and one was being flown to the Level I Trauma Center at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, The Virginian-Pilot reported. A Virginia Beach police officer was among those shot, but was saved by his bulletproof vest, Cervera said.

Authorities said via social media they believed there was just one shooter involved at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center.


As the dramatic event was unfolding, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam urged his constituents to stay away from the area and abide law enforcement warnings in a tweet on Friday.

"This is just a horrific day," Northam told reporters as he arrived to receive a briefing on the attack from authorities.

The shooting occurred shortly after 4 p.m. when the suspect entered Building 2 of the center on Friday afternoon. It houses departments such as planning, public works and public utilities, and employees were seen exiting the building in tears, with some in need of medical assistance, according to reports by Fox News affiliate WAVY News 10.

He reportedly fired at multiple employees on different floors, Cervera said, and at responding police officers, before being shot and killed.

"It's a huge scene," Cervera told reporters at a news conference. "Please understand the intensity of this."

Christina Pullen, a spokeswoman for the FBI in Norfolk, said the bureau was responding to assist Virginia Beach police, The Associated Press reported.

According to The Virginian-Pilot, City Council Member Barbara Henley had just pulled up to the City Hall building just after 4 p.m. to pick up the agenda when she heard sirens and saw police cars.

"I thought it was an accident," Henley said, according to the paper.

Public Works spokesman Drew Lankford told the paper he left the building to get a haircut. He received a call from his daughter, who also works in the building, that there was a shooter and that security instructed everyone to get underneath their desks.

"This day will not define Virginia Beach," Councilman Aaron R. Rouse said during the news conference. "We will come together. We will show the strength of our city."


Authorities will hold another briefing at 9:30 p.m.

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Protesters vow to paralyse London during President Trump’s visit

Trump mayhem: Protesters vow to paralyse London during President Trump’s visit with marches, a rude robot and THAT blimp

  • Hundreds of thousands of activists are preparing to paralyse London next week
  • They are planning a mass demonstration over Donald Trump’s state visit
  • More than 20,000 police officers will be deployed at 20 separate events 

Hundreds of thousands of activists are preparing to paralyse London with mass demonstrations during Donald Trump’s state visit next week.

More than 20,000 police officers will be deployed at 20 separate events planned across the country in a security operation expected to cost about £18million.

The main protest will be held in central London on Tuesday with organisers claiming a quarter of a million will march from Trafalgar Square to Parliament Square. Scotland Yard has given them permission to protest just yards from Downing Street while the US President has lunch there with Prime Minister Theresa May.

Pictured: Police patrol near the US ambassador’s residence in Regent’s Park, London, as barriers are erected ahead of Trump’s visit 

Pictured: Workers line the mall today with Union Flags as the capital makes preparations for the arrival of US President Donald Trump in London

Two groups – Stand Up To Trump and Stop Trump – are co-ordinating protest groups for what they are calling a ‘carnival of resistance’. They have laid on coaches to bring thousands of supporters to the capital from cities and towns across the UK.

A spokesman for Stand Up To Trump said: ‘We will be bringing central London to a standstill. By the time he leaves he will know, and the world will know, that people here reject him and his toxic politics.’

Stop Trump added: ‘We will make it clear to the British Government it’s not OK to normalise Trump’s agenda and the fear it has sparked.’

Mr Trump and his wife Melania are being given the full red carpet treatment, with the Queen hosting no fewer than four events in tribute to them. Royal gun salutes will fire in Trump’s honour at the Tower of London and in Green Park, while Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince Harry and the Duke of York will be heavily involved too.

Hundreds of thousands of activists are preparing to paralyse London with mass demonstrations during Donald Trump’s state visit next week

The protesters, who are being led by a ragbag army of hard-Left activists and Corbynistas, are planning to fly an offensive 20ft blimp depicting the President as an angry baby. It was previously flown during Mr Trump’s visit last year after London’s Labour mayor Sadiq Khan licensed its use.

Last night the mayor’s office once again granted permission for it to be flown over the capital, although protesters still need final approval from the Metropolitan Police before it is launched.

A 16ft talking robot of Mr Trump sitting on a gold toilet, which has been shipped to the UK from China, is also expected to make an appearance. It depicts the US leader with his trousers round his ankles while tweeting, and emits breaking wind noises and recordings of some of Trump’s provocative soundbites, including ‘no collusion’, ‘you are fake news’ and ‘I’m a very stable genius’.

More than 20,000 police officers will be deployed at 20 separate events planned across the country in a security operation expected to cost about £18million

Thousands of protesters are also expected to stage a demonstration outside Buckingham Palace during the royal banquet on Monday night being held in honour of the US President.

The Women’s Peace Council is staging a rally called The People’s Banquet because it does not believe Mr Trump ‘deserves this red carpet treatment’.

Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry yesterday announced that she would be attending the main rally and urged her supporters to join her.

Using the slogan #StopTrump, she said she is marching because the US President ‘is destroying all the values that have always united Britain and America’.

Dawn Butler MP, Labour’s women and equalities spokesman, issued a rallying call to activists, saying: ‘If you do one thing next week, it’s come out on your lunch break and stand up against Trump.

‘Stand up against all of the hatred that he uses to elevate himself and say, “Not here, not in our country. We don’t want it and we don’t want you.” ’

The 2018 anti-Trump protest was led by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, but the party remained tight-lipped last night over whether he is planning to attend Tuesday’s rally. Mr Corbyn has already turned down the Queen’s invitation to the royal banquet at Buckingham Palace.

There are fears that fierce anti-Trump sentiment could turn violent, and Met police chiefs are concerned that activists may adopt similar tactics used at the Extinction Rebellion protests, which brought misery to thousands in April when large parts of the capital were closed for days by protesters.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor said: ‘It’s a concern, because we would not want that type of activity to happen again. I am never going to sit here and tell you that type of incident will never happen again, because there are some things we can do in policing and some things we can’t.’

The Met said officers have met organisers of the main anti-Trump protest and have banned demonstrators from walking the entire length of Whitehall to allow the President’s motorcade to enter Downing Street without hassle.

During last year’s visit, Mr Trump spent only a few hours in London and so avoided most of the protesters, although he did acknowledge he had been made to feel unwelcome and suggested he might never visit London again.

On this occasion he will almost certainly see – and hear – thousands of anti-Trump activists.

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