News in brief: China vows to retaliate for UK’s human rights claims – Metro Newspaper UK

N


CHINA will deliver a ‘resolute response’ if Britain imposes sanctions over alleged human rights abuses of Uighurs. Foreign secretary Dominic Raab has accused Beijing of ‘gross, egregious’ treatment of the mainly Muslim minority, such as forced sterilisations in camps in Xinjiang province. But China’s UK ambassador Liu Xiaoming (pictured) said the allegations were ‘false’ and added UK sanctions on its officials would be ‘wrong’.
Visitors back at theme park after knife horror
THORPE Park reopened yesterday after Saturday afternoon’s stabbing that left a visitor fighting for his life with a serious stomach wound. Two men in their 20s have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. The owners of the Surrey park called it ‘very much an isolated incident’.
Comedians lend voices to zoos appeal in TV ad
JONATHAN ROSS, Catherine Tate and Meera Syal have starred in a TV advert to raise funds for the Zoological Society of London. They are among comedians doing voiceovers of animals for ZSL, which runs London and Whipsnade zoos. Bill Bailey said he was ‘delighted’ to voice Bob the tamarin ‘as we both share a certain joie de vivre, and have eccentric facial hair’. The charity — hit financially by Covid-19 — is facing ‘extinction’, Sir David Attenborough warned last week.
Man under arrest over stabbing of hospital worker

A 30-YEAR-OLD man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a hospital worker was stabbed yesterday. The Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton was ‘quickly secured’ following the attack, police said. The victim Joseph George (pictured), 56, works as a caterer, his nurse wife Beena told The Sun. He was said to be ‘stable’ yesterday.
Young drivers just can’t keep eyes off phones
MORE than half of young drivers have checked their phones while at the wheel. And almost one in 20 have even posted on social media while driving, a study of motorists aged 17-24 for Ford’s Driving Skills for Life programme found. Almost half blamed parents for their bad habits.
Saleswoman with creased skirt wins tribunal case
A CAR saleswoman who was asked to do a twirl by her boss after getting told off for having a creased skirt has won a sex discrimination case. The woman said she was humiliated when another manager gave her £20 to buy an iron. She went to buy a new skirt with her own cash, before Darren Cuthbertson made his ‘inappropriate’ request for the twirl, a tribunal heard. The woman quit over her treatment at Peter Vardy in Glasgow in 2017. Her payout will be decided later.
Giant caterpillar is a cut above the rest

THIS cheerful caterpillar (pictured) takes traditional topiary a step further. The giant green insect, complete with wellies on its ‘feet’, amuses passers-by outside the home of Adam Shipp in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. PICTURE: SWNS
In The End… it’s not your music to use, Trump told
LINKIN Park has issued a cease and desist order over use of the band’s 2001 song In The End in a video promoting Donald Trump. The US president has had music complaints from Tom Petty, The Rolling Stones, Queen, Adele, REM, Pharrell Williams and Rihanna.
Tempest hopes to storm this year’s Ivors awards
POET Kate Tempest has made the shortlist in songwriting awards The Ivors for the first time. The multi-talented star, 34, and her co-writer Dan Carey have seen Firesmoke nominated for best contemporary song. They are also in the hunt for best album, with The Book Of Traps And Lessons. Rap and spoken word dominate this year’s nominations. Stormzy’s Crown has earned a nod in the best song musically and lyrically category. The winners will be revealed on September 2.
Gotta sell ’em all! £35k value for Pokémon set
A SET of Pokémon cards bought for £300 in 1999 as an unwanted 13th birthday present have been valued at up to £35,000. Nigel Brookes was given them by his mum, who was proud that he had stopped children conning his little brother out of his best cards. He wasn’t a fan himself and deemed the gift a ‘waste’. The Birmingham dad, 34, had the set valued after his daughter offered £6. Richard Winterton Auctioneers will sell it next week.
NEWS BITES
■ THE life of World Cup-winnning footballer Jack Charlton is to be commemorated by a postmark on all mail sent in England and Ireland. The ex-Republic of Ireland manager died on July 10, aged 85.
■ THE ‘triumphant’ return of red kites to the UK has been hailed by environmental experts. In three decades, the species has gone from a small number of breeding pairs in Wales, to more than 10,000 birds across Britain.
■ IT’S famed for its steep cobbled streets, donkeys and harbour views. Now Clovelly, in Devon, is Britain’s most Instagrammable village after being hashtagged 134,705 times. It beat Portmeirion, in north Wales.