The UK has had its hottest day of the year, as temperatures soared across southern England.
The Met Office said Heathrow and Northolt in west London had reached 34C (93.2F) making it one of the warmest June days for about 40 years.
Friday was previously the warmest day of 2019, with temperatures reaching 30C (86F) at Achnagart in the Highlands.
A heatwave across Europe saw France record its all-time highest temperature of 45.9C (114.6F) on Friday.
People flocking to the seaside were forced to take detours after the M5 was closed in Somerset in both directions because of problems with overhead power cables.
At Glastonbury Festival in Somerset, the temperature was expected to peak at 28C (82.4F), with organisers giving away free sun cream and water to help combat the heat.
Festival-goers reported long queues, with freelance journalist Sara Spary saying it took almost an hour to refill her water bottle.
Organisers said there was “no water shortage” and the supply was “running as normal”, although it has put restrictions on showers as it usually does in hot weather. It said its 850 taps all have a ready supply of water.
The Met Office has issued yellow warnings of thunderstorms and lightning for parts of northern England and south-east Scotland for Saturday evening.
Temperatures are expected to drop overnight across the UK as cold air moves in from the Atlantic, sweeping away the humidity, said BBC forecaster Matt Taylor.
He said: “There won’t be the same humidity on Sunday but there will be sunshine at times and it will feel quite pleasant.”
He added that while central and eastern parts of the UK saw the hottest and most humid conditions on Saturday, the sunshine gave way to some storms in Northern Ireland.
“These are now pushing their way eastward to cross Scotland and the far north of England.”
Earlier, England’s most senior nurse called on people to “check in on neighbours and loved ones who can suffer the most from heat and pollen”.
Ruth May, chief nursing officer for England, also said it was important to drink plenty of water, use a high-factor sunscreen and take allergy medication if you need it.
NHS England and emergency services have also warned the public to take extra care.
It follows the death of 12-year-old Shukri Yahya Abdi, who drowned in the River Irwell in Greater Manchester on Thursday.
And animal charity the RSPCA issued advice for pet owners to help them keep their animals cool.
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London’s mayor and several councils have called for a new system to be introduced for anyone wishing to offer short-term lets for visitors to the city.
Landlords cannot legally rent out their homes in the capital for more than 90 nights a year under strict regulations, but a BBC investigation found some landlords were being encouraged to break the rules.
The group have written to the government calling for a new mandatory registration system, so landlords would have to log short lets to tourists online.
Stoke City have signed Barnsley defender Liam Lindsay for £2m and goalkeeper Adam Davies, midfielders Jordan Cousins and Nick Powell and striker Lee Gregory on free transfers.
The club have not disclosed the length of deals that the quintet have signed.
Lindsay, 23 and Davies, 26, helped the Tykes win promotion by finishing second in League One in 2018-19.
Cousins, 25, Powell, 25, and Gregory, 30, left QPR, Wigan and Millwall respectively at the end of last season.
Gregory scored 64 goals in 204 league appearances for the Lions after joining from non-league Halifax in June 2014.
Cousins played under Potters boss Nathan Jones when he was in the academy at Charlton, while former Manchester United man Powell scored 29 goals in 92 league appearances for the Latics.
Jones told the club website: “I’m really pleased that we have managed to make these five signings. It has been an ongoing process for three to four months and I’d like to thank the club because they have backed my judgement.
“I’m delighted to get these guys in as early as we have done, although we still have a little bit of work to do.”
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Feliciano Lopez became the first wildcard to win the Queen’s singles title since Pete Sampras in 1999 by beating fellow veteran Gilles Simon.
Lopez, who won the 2017 title, triumphed 6-2 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (7-2).
The Spaniard had spent almost five hours on court on Saturday and France’s Simon, 34, had come through some long matches – and this was another slog.
Lopez, 37, returns to the court later in the doubles final alongside Andy Murray at the Fever-Tree Championships.
The Scot is playing his first tournament since having hip surgery in January and the pair will meet Joe Salisbury, another Briton, and American Rajeev Ram for the trophy.
For Lopez, lifting the Queen’s trophy again has capped an extraordinary week at the west London club.
Now ranked 113th in the world, he had won just three singles matches this year going into the tournament.
The victory – over former world number six Simon, who had also spent more than 10 hours on court in the singles going into the final – was Lopez’s eighth at Queen’s this week across the singles and doubles.
A ninth, alongside Murray, will make him the first man to lift both trophies at Queen’s since Pete Sampras in 1995.
“I don’t know how I did that,” the Spaniard said.
“I thought the best moment of my career was when I held this trophy in 2017 but it’s not. It’s right now.”
‘Now my girlfriend knows I’m a decent tennis player!’
The two players, with a combined age of 71, initially showed little movement and variation as they became locked in a baseline battle.
Lopez’s strong service game proved the difference in the first set and he broke in the first and fifth games – and held off three break points in the sixth – on his way to the opener.
Simon broke at the first attempt in the second set for a 2-0 lead, only to see that wiped out instantly by the Spanish left-hander.
The pair easily traded holds on the way to the tie-break, although Lopez did plant a straightforward volley into the net for 30-30 at 5-5, which would have given him a glimpse of an opportunity.
Lopez recovered to lead 3-1 and 4-2 in the breaker but then missed another volley for a 5-3 lead as Simon battled back to win and force a decider.
That was also an attritional set as Simon, bidding to become the first Frenchman to win the singles at Queen’s, kept finding passing winners when Lopez came forward.
Lopez eventually forced his first match point at 6-5 after a lengthy deuce, sending a tired forehand into the net.
In the deciding tie-break, Lopez moved 5-2 ahead with a stunning volley which left him screaming with delight, then pulled out a service ace out wide for four more match points.
He took the first when, after charging forward to the net again, Simon could only tap a forehand into the net.
Lopez ripped off his bandana after clinching victory, looking over to the stands where his fiancee Sandra Gago – who he is set to marry in September – was crying in celebration.
“When we met, things weren’t going too well and I kept losing,” Lopez, whose previous tour win was the 2017 Queen’s title, told the crowd. “Now she can see I’m a decent tennis player!
“I’m so happy for you; we can share this together.”
Mark Field has been suspended as a Foreign Office minister after grabbing a female Greenpeace activist at a black-tie City dinner.
The MP has apologised for confronting Janet Barker and marching her away as protesters interrupted a speech by Chancellor Philip Hammond.
But he said he had been “genuinely worried” she may have been armed.
Ms Barker told the BBC Mr Field should “reflect on what he did” and suggested he “go to anger management classes”.
“He certainly manhandled me in a way in which was very disagreeable,” she said, but added that she did not intend to complain to the police.
BBC home affairs correspondent Daniel Sandford said there were also “very serious questions to be asked” about security, as a “large number” of protesters had apparently managed to “walk through” to the event at London’s Mansion House.
Footage of the incident involving Mr Field has been widely shared on social media, with several Labour politicians calling for him to be sacked.
A Downing Street spokeswoman said Prime Minister Theresa May had “seen the footage” and “found it very concerning”.
She added that Mr Field had “referred himself to both the Cabinet Office and the Conservative Party. He will be suspended as a minister while investigations take place.”
Climate change protesters – wearing suits, red dresses and sashes with “climate emergency” written on them – entered Mansion House on Thursday night, as Mr Hammond was beginning his speech on the state of the economy.
One of them began reading an alternative speech.
As Ms Barker walked past his table, Mr Field stood up, stopped her and pushed her against a column.
The Conservative MP for the Cities of London and Westminster then put a hand on the back of her neck and led her out of the room.
‘We were polite’
Before his suspension, Mr Field told ITV News that guests had “understandably felt threatened” and he had “instinctively reacted” when Ms Barker rushed past.
“There was no security present and I was, for a split second, genuinely worried she might have been armed,” Mr Field said.
He added: “I deeply regret this episode and unreservedly apologise to the lady concerned for grabbing her, but in the current climate I felt the need to act decisively to close down the threat to the safety of those present.”
Ms Barker told the BBC the purpose of the protest had been to speak to “men who are in power, the bankers, the investors that are continuing to invest into fossil fuels”.
“We were polite with people and said: ‘We’re here to deliver a message’,” she said.
City of London Police said they were looking into “a number of third-party reports of a possible assault”.
Asked if she felt Mr Field’s actions amounted to criminal assault, Ms Barker said: “No, I don’t think so. I don’t want this to turn into a mud-slinging match.”
The activist, who travelled from her home in Wales to take part in Thursday’s protest, said: “350 people were there and only one person reacted that way.
“It’s more the behaviour of that individual. I want him to reflect on what he did and not do it again. Maybe he should go to anger management classes.”
Labour’s shadow women and equalities minister Dawn Butler tweeted: “This is horrific… [Mark Field] must immediately be suspended or sacked.”
But Mr Field was defended by some of his colleagues, with Conservative MP Johnny Mercer tweeting: “He panicked, he’s not trained in restraint and arrest, and if you think this is ‘serious violence’ you may need to recalibrate your sensitivities.”
Another Conservative MP, Bob Stewart, told BBC Radio 4’s World at One that Mr Field had “probably” placed his hand on Ms Barker’s neck because if he had “touched her anywhere else he’d probably have been deemed highly inappropriate”.
Conservative leadership contender Jeremy Hunt, who, as Foreign Secretary, is Mr Field’s boss, said: “Mark has issued a full and unreserved apology. He recognised that what happened was an over-reaction.
“In his interest and in the interest of the lady involved we need a proper [Cabinet Office] inquiry and that’s what going to happen.”
The City of London Corporation said it was investigating how security had been breached at Mansion House, adding it would be “reviewing arrangements for future events”.
An ex-soldier who stabbed his Britain’s Got Talent finalist partner more than 70 times and slashed her throat has been convicted of her murder.
Desmond Sylva attacked nurse Simonne Kerr, 31, with a kitchen knife in an “utterly terrifying attack” at his south London flat on 15 August.
He had admitted manslaughter but denied murder, claiming his depression impaired his mental function.
Sylva, 41, of Clapham, will be sentenced at the Old Bailey on 28 June.
During the trial, prosecutor Oliver Glasgow QC said the actions of the Iraq war veteran were a case of “sexual desire, appalling violence and desperate lies”.
He said Sylva “wanted to restart a sexual relationship” with Ms Kerr, his on-off girlfriend.
“When he did not get what he wanted, he could not control his anger and he exploded,” the court heard.
The Crown Prosecution Service said that the pair ended the relationship earlier in 2018, but rekindled it a month before the killing.
Ms Kerr, whose six-year-old son Kavele died of sickle cell disease, found fame as part of an NHS choir, called B Positive, on the ITV talent show.
She met Sylva through a dating app and had arranged to visit his flat after finishing her shift at Guys and St Thomas’s Hospital on 15 August.
In a 999 call played in court, Sylva said: “Can I have police please? I’ve just committed a murder.
“I’m ex-Army and I’ve got lots of mental health issues.”
Sylva served in the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers between 2002 and 2012 before he was discharged on medical grounds.
Since then he has had treatment on a number of occasions and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.
He told the court he did not mean to kill Ms Kerr and that when he slashed her throat “at that split second I though I had a mental breakdown”.
Giving evidence, psychiatrist Dr Philip Joseph questioned whether the attack had anything to do with being depressed and suggested Sylva was “pre-disposed to violence”.
League Two club Leyton Orient have signed forward Conor Wilkinson from Dagenham & Redbridge for an undisclosed fee.
The 24-year old joins the O’s having netted 12 times in 23 National League games for the Daggers last term.
The forward has also had spells in the football league at Bolton Wanderers and Gillingham.
He scored two goals in 13 appearances for the Republic of Ireland at Under-21 level.
Earlier, Orient chairman Nigel Travis told supporters that the club planned to “build on” Justin Edinburgh’s coaching team when they name a successor to their late manager.
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A British-Iranian mother detained in Iran has begun a new hunger strike.
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was jailed for five years in 2016 after being convicted of spying, which she denies.
Her husband, Richard Ratcliffe, who is joining her in refusing food, said she wanted her unconditional release.
It comes amid growing tensions between the UK and Iran, after Britain said the Iranian regime was “almost certainly” responsible for attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman.
Iran has denied being behind Thursday’s explosions but the UK Foreign Office said “no other state or non-state actor could plausibly have been responsible”.
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt urged Iran to “do the right thing” and release Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe.
“Our message to Iran is whatever the disagreements you may have with the United Kingdom, there is an innocent woman at the heart of this,” he said.
Mr Ratcliffe said he had received a phone call from his wife to tell him she had informed the Iranian judiciary that she had begun a hunger strike – although she would still drink water – to protest her “unfair imprisonment”.
He added that his wife sounded “nervous but calm”.
“Her demand from the strike, she said, is for unconditional release.
“She has long been eligible for it. I do not know the response from the Iranian authorities,” he said.
He said his wife had made the decision following the fifth birthday of their daughter, Gabriella.
Gabriella has not been allowed to leave Iran following her mother’s arrest and is living with her maternal grandparents.
“Nazanin had vowed that if we passed Gabriella’s fifth birthday with her still inside, then she would do something – to mark to both governments – that enough is enough,” Mr Ratcliffe said.
“This really has gone on too long.”
Friends and family gathered outside the Iranian embassy in London on Saturday, singing Happy Birthday via a video call to Gabriella, who celebrated her birthday on 11 June, and sharing a unicorn-shaped birthday cake.
As he began his own hunger strike, Mr Ratcliffe said: “I said that if she did it again I would stand in solidarity with her.
“A hunger strike in prison, nobody gets to see it – a hunger strike here is much more public. I will keep her story public.”
The next UK prime minister should make it their top priority to “protect British citizens from unfair imprisonment, from torture”, said Mr Ratcliffe.
Mr Ratcliffe has urged the Iranian authorities to allow British embassy officials to visit her to check on her health during her hunger strike.
He said that if she was not freed within the next few weeks, he wanted the Iranians to grant a visa so he could visit her himself.
The 40-year-old aid worker was arrested at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini Airport in April 2016 and has always maintained the visit was to introduce her daughter, Gabriella, to her relatives.
She is serving a five-year sentence in Tehran’s Evin Prison.
Mr Hunt granted Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe diplomatic protection in March, but Tehran refuses to acknowledge her dual nationality.
Amnesty International UK’s director Kate Allen said her plight was “truly heart-breaking”.
“Nazanin is a prisoner of conscience, unfairly jailed after a sham trial and subjected to all manner of torments – including months in solitary confinement and endless game-playing over whether she would receive vital medical care,” she said.
A coroner has raised concerns at pedestrian crossings after a woman died when she was hit by a bus as she crossed a road.
Julia Luxmore Peto, 27, was crossing Deptford Broadway in south-east London when she was hit by a bus going through a green traffic light.
A coroner said there was a possibility she was confused by a green light on the other side of the road.
He has written to the government to warn it over “two-stage crossings”.
A Department for Transport (DfT) spokesman said it was “updating our planning guidance to help councils ensure pedestrian crossings are clear and not misleading”.
Christopher Williams, assistant coroner for Inner London South, wrote in a prevention of future deaths report that Ms Peto had been crossing the three-lane eastbound carriageway of the road at about 16:53 BST on 16 September.
The first two lanes had stopped at a red light, but the third filter lane – separated from the first two by a pedestrian island – was showing green.
CCTV footage from the bus showed that Ms Peto was looking left when she stepped out in front of the bus coming from her right and was hit. She died in hospital the following day.
Mr Williams said that at the time of her crossing the eastbound side, a green pedestrian light was displayed on the westbound carriageway.
He concluded she died as the result of a road traffic accident but said he remains “concerned that there is a strong possibility” she was confused by the far light but could not say for sure on the balance of probabilities.
Transport for London has since modified those lights to reduce the risk of “see-through” for pedestrians and were putting in “look left” and “look right” markings.
The DfT is set to publish fresh guidance for local authorities on all types of pedestrian areas, which includes ensuring that the risks of a layout misleading pedestrians are considered.
A spokesman said: “The guidance will be published later this year and all councils should apply it to their own roads.”