England World Cup-winning skipper Eoin Morgan will captain Middlesex in this summer’s T20 Blast competition.
Morgan, 33, will also celebrate a testimonial year with the county in 2020, who he last captained in 2015.
Middlesex reached the quarter-finals of last year’s T20 Blast before losing to Notts Outlaws at Trent Bridge.
Morgan played a key role hitting three half-centuries, which included a stunning 83 not out off just 29 balls in the final group match at Somerset.
And his match-winning 70 off 37 balls against Surrey at Lord’s and 53 off 31 against Notts saw him finish the 2019 tournament with 341 runs at an average of almost 43 and a strike rate just under 170.
Just weeks before, Morgan led England to their first World Cup triumph as they narrowly beat New Zealand in July’s memorable final at Lord’s.
Middlesex have only won the domestic T20 trophy once, when they beat Kent by three runs in 2008 at the Rose Bowl, a game in which Morgan made 23 off 18 balls.
He will also captain the Lord’s-based London Spirit in The Hundred, the England and Wales Cricket Board’s new competition, this summer.
Three people have died after a crash between a lorry and a car on New Year’s Eve.
A white Mercedes HGV left the road after colliding with a white Toyota Yaris on Bedfont Road, in Stanwell, near Heathrow Airport at 23:39 GMT.
Two men aged 25 and 23, and a 20-year-old woman, who were in the Yaris, died at the scene. A 25 year-old woman, also in the Yaris was seriously injured.
Their next of kin have been informed. No arrests have been made.
The driver of the lorry was taken to hospital as a precaution.
The road remained closed on Wednesday to allow for the recovery of the HGV.
The lorry was operated by air services provider dnata, which offers ground handling, cargo, travel, and flight catering services to airlines.
A dnata spokesman said: “We can confirm that one of our trucks was involved in a road traffic accident on the evening of 31 December.
“We are fully assisting relevant authorities with their investigations. Our thoughts and condolences are with the families of those affected by this very sad incident.”
Sgt Chris Schultze, of Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said: “We are continuing to appeal for witnesses to what happened and would urge anyone who may have any video footage, CCTV or dash cam or any other kind, to get in touch with us.”
Christmas dinners have been served to Londoners who are reliant on the city’s homelessness services.
Hairdressers and opticians were also made available at City Hall before guests were given a three-course meal.
Last year, 8,855 people were seen rough sleeping in London, an 18% increase since last year, and more than double the number in 2010.
“Events like this help bring a sense of community back in to London,” Claire, a former rough sleeper, told the BBC.
Claire, who spent 30 years either living on the streets or in prison, said: “It’s the type of event that does matter. It forms partnerships and builds bonds.
“If it wasn’t for the support of St Mungo’s, I’d either be dead or doing what I was before.”
Guests were chosen from the thousands of Londoners that currently receive assistance from services funded by City Hall and delivered by charities St Mungo’s and Thames Reach.
But Claire said services were still “hit and miss”.
“Where I live I’m still waiting for support with my mental health,” she added.
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “St Mungo’s and Thames Reach are struggling with finances.
“Since I became mayor we’ve more than doubled the amount of money we’ve spent on rough sleeping and the size of our outreach team.
“But we’re just scratching the surface. We’ve not got the money or the resources to do much more – as it is I’m criticised for going outside my remit and my power.
“It is both heartbreaking and shameful that in one of the richest cities in the world we still have the levels rough sleeping that we do.”
Last year 15,470 people were accepted as being homeless by London councils.
There were 55,000 families living in temporary accommodation, such as bed and breakfasts and hostels.
Hundreds more people are estimated to be sleeping on London’s night buses.
Petra Salva, Director of Rough Sleeper Services at St Mungo’s, said: “It’s wonderful that the Mayor has opened the doors of City Hall for this festive event.
“Christmas can be a time of mixed emotions for clients in our services and our staff work hard to support those who stay with us over the holiday period.”
A former Labour MP who lost her seat at last week’s general election has revealed she was diagnosed with breast cancer just a month before polling day.
Emma Dent Coad told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire she chose not to disclose the diagnosis as she did not want it to become an issue in the campaign.
Ms Dent Coad lost Kensington to the Conservatives by 150 votes.
She said she has undergone surgery and described her treatment at Charing Cross Hospital as “amazing”.
The 65-year-old was diagnosed on 14 November following routine screening and underwent a procedure to remove the cancer just three days before the election on 12 December.
She told Victoria Derbyshire: “I was very lucky, it was picked up very early after a screening. It was pre-lump stage. I always knew it was a possibility.
“I have four sisters, two of them have been through it and survived. I was hoping I had got away with it.
“I’m OK, actually, because I’m going through the process and I feel quite positive about it. But it was a horrible shock at a really terrible time.”
She added that doctors at Charing Cross were “amazing” and she is being supported by family but the timing meant juggling her work in the campaign.
“It was really hard especially because of the campaign having to deal with that at the same time,” she said.
Ms Dent Coad said she chose not to reveal the diagnosis partly because she was focused on dealing with the news herself and “partly because I did not want it to be a factor at all either positively or negative in my campaign”.
She added that her experience of social media had been “brutal and nasty” and her campaign began in an unpleasant way after accusations were made that, as a local councillor, she had a role in discussing the flammable cladding used on Grenfell Tower.
Ms Dent Coad confirmed that she is pursuing legal redress over the comments, which were made by her Liberal Democrat opponent, the former Conservative minister Sam Gyimah.
She has stated that when she was on the board of the organisation which managed Grenfell, the principle of refurbishing the tower was discussed, but she had left by the time there were any detailed discussions about cladding.
“I witnessed the [Grenfell Tower] fire and saw people I know die and I was accused of complicity which was untrue,” she said. “On so many levels it was a really nasty campaign from day one.”
It is an offence to make a false statement about a candidate in a general election campaign but the Lib Dems said in a statement that the party was not currently aware of any police investigation – or the basis for one – regarding Mr Gyimah’s campaign.
Asked whether the diagnosis might have made a difference to the result, she said: “I don’t think so. I don’t think it would have made a difference. We were facing a barrage of lies and nastiness throughout the campaign which was a disgrace.”
Ms Dent Coad received 16,618 votes to the Conservative’s Felicity Buchan’s 16,768. Mr Gyimah received 9,312 votes.
Who gets breast screening?
- Women aged 50 to their 71st birthday in England – every three years
- There’s a trial to examine the effectiveness of offering some women extra screening between the ages of 47 and 49, and between the ages of 71 and 73
- Younger women may be invited if they have a very high risk of developing breast cancer
A suspect has been charged with murdering a man who was stabbed to death in north London.
James O’Keefe, 47, was found fatally wounded at Shelley House, a block of flats in Boyton Road, Hornsey, at about 18:00 GMT on Monday.
George Nolan, 54, of Mount Pleasant Road, Tottenham, is due to appear before magistrates at Highbury later.
A 48-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder has been released with no further action.
More than 100 firefighters have been tackling a major blaze at a hotel in west London which has forced dozens of guests and staff to be evacuated.
Crews from several fire stations were called to the Travelodge on the High Street, Brentford, at 02:52 GMT.
The fire started in the “bin room” on the ground floor of a neighbouring building and spread to the five-floor hotel.
London Fire Brigade (LFB) said there were no reported injuries.
The fire was brought under control shortly before 07:00 and the cause of the fire is now being investigated by the fire brigade and the Met Police.
Station commander Nathan Hobson said: “Firefighters carried out a systematic search of the hotel and around 160 guests and staff evacuated the building.”
He added that a “rest centre” had been set up by the local authority and the conditions had been “challenging”.
LFB’s assistant commissioner Graham Ellis warned people to avoid the Brentford High Street area.
“Fire crews will be damping down pockets of fire and carrying out salvage work throughout the morning,” he said.
One guest, who is from Barnsley and only gave his name as Nigel, said he initially thought the alarm was “a hoax”.
“We woke up and the fire alarm was going off, we thought it was a prank and maybe a few lads having a bit too much ale – but obviously it wasn’t,” he said.
“We come down the stairs and come outside and that’s where we saw all the bin storage in a blaze.
“Everyone was out really quick and everyone was fine, but we are all a bit tired and cold.”
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Another guest, Reg Williams, described the aftermath of the evacuation.
He said “some people panicked” and “there was a few small children”.
He said one firefighter came round taking names and room numbers, “just to make sure everyone was out”.
At the scene
Greg McKenzie, BBC News, London
The blaze is out now, although the fire brigade is still hosing down the building.
The hotel is just off Brentford High Street in the middle of a residential area, and consequently many people have been evacuated from their homes.
Fire alarms in neighbouring buildings were going off because the smoke was filling the air.
Many guests emerged from the hotel with only the clothes they had grabbed.
Buses were brought in to relocate guests to another Travelodge Hotel in Hounslow, but Mr Williams said there was not enough room for everyone. He said he had been told he would not be allowed back into the hotel until after midday.
In a statement, Travelodge said its guests were “being looked after”.
A spokesperson added: “Our team are now making arrangements for their future accommodation and support.”
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Sir Jonathan Miller, the distinguished theatre and opera director who famously starred in the Beyond the Fringe comedy revue, has died at the age of 85.
In a statement, his family said he had died “peacefully at home… following a long battle with Alzheimer’s”.
A man of many parts, Miller was also an author, a photographer, a sculptor, a broadcaster and a qualified doctor.
Born in London in 1934, Miller studied medicine at Cambridge before embarking on a career in the arts.
The catalyst was Beyond the Fringe, in which he appeared with Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and Alan Bennett.
The groundbreaking revue premiered at the 1960 Edinburgh Festival before transferring to the West End and Broadway.
Its success led to Miller becoming editor and presenter of BBC arts programme Monitor and a director of plays at the National Theatre.
His productions included a modern-dress staging of The Merchant of Venice, with Laurence Olivier as Shylock.
He went on to direct six of the BBC’s 1980s Shakespeare productions, among them The Taming of the Shrew with John Cleese and Othello with Anthony Hopkins.
Despite being unable to read music, he also directed operas for the ENO, Glyndebourne and the Met in New York.
The Royal Opera remembered him on Twitter as “one of the most important figures in British theatre and opera of the past half century”.
Miller, who was knighted in 2002 for services to music and the arts, was witty and erudite but could be cantankerous.
“I’ve got this, I think, unjustified reputation for being grumpy,” he once said, insisting he only objected to “people who are 30 years younger than I am and know 100% less than I do”.
Tony Hall, the BBC’s director general, said Miller was “a creative genius whose imagination knew no bounds… he brought arts and culture to millions on the BBC”.
He was also remembered by BBC Radio 3 broadcaster Petroc Trelawny as “a polymath and cultural giant” whose “contribution to British cultural life was as varied as it was vast”.
Jose Mourinho has been appointed Tottenham manager after the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino on Tuesday.
Former Chelsea and Manchester United boss Mourinho has signed a contract until the end of the 2022-23 season.
“The quality in both the squad and the academy excites me,” said the 56-year-old Portuguese. “Working with these players is what has attracted me.”
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy said: “In Jose we have one of the most successful managers in football.”
Tottenham reached the Champions League final last season under Pochettino, but lost 2-0 to Liverpool in Madrid.
The Argentine, who was appointed in May 2014, did not win a trophy in his time in charge of the north London club, with Spurs’ last silverware being the League Cup in 2008.
Levy said Mourinho has “a wealth of experience, can inspire teams and is a great tactician”.
“He has won honours at every club he has coached,” he added. “We believe he will bring energy and belief to the dressing room.”
Mourinho still has a home in London and won three Premier League titles – in 2005, 2006 and 2015 – as well as one FA Cup in two spells at Chelsea.
Having taken over at Manchester United in May 2016, he won the Europa League and Carabao Cup with them in 2017.
Mourinho was sacked by the Old Trafford club in December 2018, with the club 19 points behind league leaders Liverpool, and had not managed another side before joining Spurs.
He has also previously managed Portuguese side Porto, where he won the Champions League in 2004.
At Italian club Inter Milan, Mourinho won a league, cup and Champions League treble in 2010 and was named Fifa’s world coach of the year, while he led Spanish team Real Madrid to the La Liga title in 2012.
He takes over a Spurs side that are without a win in their past five games and have slipped to 14th in the Premier League, 20 points behind leaders Liverpool after just 12 matches.
Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust had said “many fans thought Poch had earned the right” to try to turn around the side’s form and that “there are questions that must be asked of the board”.
Following Mourinho’s appointment, it said it had “concerns about how Jose and our club’s executive board will work together”.
It added: “The club must ensure it does not find itself in the same position in two or three years’ time, and we need to hear from the executive board what the long-term thinking behind this appointment is.”
Mourinho’s first match in charge is a trip to West Ham United on Saturday (12:30 GMT kick-off).
Spurs go to Manchester United on 4 December, and host another of Mourinho’s former teams – Chelsea – on 22 December.
Mourinho has turned down a number of managerial opportunities, including in China, Spain and Portugal, since leaving Old Trafford.
BBC sports editor Dan Roan
Spurs have never hired a manager as expensive or demanding as Mourinho, nor spent the kind of money on players that he became accustomed to at clubs such as Real Madrid and Manchester United.
But Spurs have come a long way in recent years under Pochettino. They have a new £1bn stadium and training ground, and spent four successive seasons in the Champions League.
They now have a European pedigree, and a hugely talented squad.
Mourinho has been out of the game for almost a year but retained a home in London.
His tribulations at Manchester United saw him lose his ‘Special One’ status, but his many achievements in the game still command widespread respect.
An 11-goal thriller, a 17-year-old becoming his club’s youngest captain and a record number of Premier League academy sides making the knockout stages – the penultimate night of matches in the EFL’s Leasing.com Trophy certainly had a few tales to tell.
BBC Sport rounds up Tuesday’s action in the final round of group matches in the tournament for sides in Leagues One and Two and selected academy teams from the Premier League and Championship.
Can everyone stop conceding goals?
The EFL Trophy could not be accused of being dull on Tuesday night – 52 goals in 14 games meant most people who went to a match got their money’s worth in terms of entertainment.
Top of the lot has to be Newport County’s 7-4 win at Cheltenham Town – Taylor Maloney and Tristan Abrahams both scored hat-tricks for the Welsh side who move second in Southern Group E.
The away victory was their first in the competition this season but might not be enough to see them through – West Ham’s academy side will leapfrog them if they can avoid losing to Exeter City on Wednesday.
The biggest win of the night was 60-odd miles up the M5 as Cheltenham’s Gloucestershire rivals Forest Green Rovers were thrashed 6-0 at Walsall.
Josh Gordon scored the first three goals for the Saddlers – who are struggling towards the foot of League Two – before Wes McDonald, Liam Kinsella and Cameron Norman wrapped up the win in the final 20 minutes to top the Southern section’s Group D by a point from Coventry City.
Three penalties and 17-year-old captain
Whatever happens in 17-year-old Nico Jones’ career, Tuesday 12 November might take some topping.
The teenager became Oxford United’s youngest-ever captain and led his side to a 4-1 win away at 10-man Crawley Town.
The game was a dead rubber as Oxford were already through in second place, but that did not stop Robert Hall hitting a hat-trick – the fourth across all the games.
Hall opened the scoring after 12 minutes before Anthony Forde doubled the lead 16 minutes later from the penalty spot.
The former West Ham and Bolton attacker then dispatched two more penalties after half-time to take home the match ball.
Iron end Sunderland’s hopes of second final
Sunderland have never won the competition but have reached the knockout stages in their previous two campaigns, reaching last year’s final.
However, they were dumped out 3-0 at Scunthorpe.
It was goalless until Luke O’Nien’s red card in the 65th minute for a foul on Abo Eisa in the box with Lee Novak scoring the resulting penalty.
Eisa made the game safe in the 89th minute before Novak scored a stoppage-time third as Scunthorpe leapfrogged the former Premier League side and took second place in Group A of the Northern section.
A derby’s a derby…
The Trophy is much-maligned for its poor attendances – Coventry City mustered just 375 paying punters for their 3-2 win over Southampton’s academy last week.
But you cannot accuse Ipswich’s fans of taking it lightly – 2,871 fans made the 30-odd minute journey across the border from Suffolk to Essex as they faced closest rivals Colchester United.
Sadly they did not see a famous victory – although they did see a wonder goal as Ryan Clampin’s 80th-minute chip from the halfway line saw the U’s win 1-0.
Colchester take top spot in Southern Group A, although Gillingham’s 2-0 win over Tottenham’s academy in the other game in the group ensured both sides progressed.
More academies set to make knockout stages than ever
|Academy teams through to knockout stages|
|Leicester City||Manchester United|
|Everton||Brighton and Hove Albion|
|Wolverhampton Wanderers||West Ham United (will progress if they do not lose at Exeter City)|
It is the fourth season that top academy sides from clubs in the Premier League and Championship have been allowed to play in the EFL Trophy.
It has always been a bone of contention among some who have concerns that it is the start of allowing ‘B’ teams into the English football pyramid, while crowds for matches between academy sides and ‘first teams’ have not always been great.
In the past, most of the academies were eliminated after the group stage – the highest number ever to make the knockout stages had been three.
Only Chelsea in the 2017-18 season have made it as far as the semi-finals when they lost 4-2 on penalties to Lincoln City and had the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ethan Ampadu, Trevoh Chalobah, Reece James and Kylian Hazard (Eden’s younger brother) in their squad.
But this season seven academies are already through, while West Ham could make it eight on Wednesday, meaning a quarter of the teams in the knockout stages are academy teams.
EFL Trophy results in full:
Scunthorpe United 3-0 Sunderland
Tranmere Rovers 0-2 Salford City
Port Vale 2-1 Newcastle United Academy
Burton Albion 1-2 Mansfield Town
Bradford City 1-2 Rochdale
Morecambe 3-1 Carlisle United
Lincoln City 3-0 Rotherham United
Gillingham 2-0 Tottenham Hostpur Academy
Colchester United 1-0 Ipswich Town
Crawley Town 1-4 Oxford United
Walsall 6-0 Forest Green
Cheltenham Town 4-7 Newport County
Milton Keynes Dons 1-2 Wycombe wanderers
Peterborough United 2-1 Cambridge United
The group stage is completed on Wednesday, while the draw for the competition takes place at 14:00 GMT on Saturday 16 November.
A police ban on Extinction Rebellion protests in London last month was unlawful, High Court judges have ruled.
The Metropolitan Police imposed the ban, which prevented two or more people from the group taking part in protests, under the Public Order Act.
But judges have ruled that police had no power to do this because the law did not cover “separate assemblies”.
Lawyers for the group described the police action as “hastily imposed and erratically applied”.
They say the Met Police now faces claims for false imprisonment from “potentially hundreds” of protesters.
Protests cost £24m to police and resulted in 1,828 arrests, with 165 charged with offences, the Met says.
During Wednesday’s court hearing, the force had argued that the ban was the only way to tackle widespread disruption.
Announcing their judgement, however, Lord Justice Dingemans and Mr Justice Chamberlain ruled in favour of Extinction Rebellion.
Lord Justice Dingemans said: “Separate gatherings, separated both in time and by many miles, even if co-ordinated under the umbrella of one body, are not a public assembly within the meaning of… the Act.
“The XR [Extinction Rebellion] autumn uprising intended to be held from October 14 to 19 was not therefore a public assembly… therefore the decision to impose the condition was unlawful because there was no power to impose it under… the Act.”
The judges noted that there are powers within that act which may be used lawfully to “control future protests which are deliberately designed to ‘take police resources to breaking point”‘.
During 10 days of climate change protests last month, activists shut down areas around Parliament and the Bank of England, and targeted London City Airport.
Police had tried to restrict them to Trafalgar Square, under Section 14 of the Public Order Act.
However, that ban was lifted four days later, with officers saying that it was no longer necessary because demonstrations had ended.
What does Extinction Rebellion want?
Extinction Rebellion’s legal victory follows two weeks of protests in the UK last month.
The group (XR for short) wants governments to declare a “climate and ecological emergency” and take immediate action to address climate change.
It describes itself as an international “non-violent civil disobedience activist movement”.
Launched in 2018, organisers say it has groups willing to take action in dozens of countries.
It uses an hourglass inside a circle as its logo, to represent time running out for many species.
During the court hearing, Phillippa Kaufmann QC, for Extinction Rebellion, told court the police ban had been “wholly uncertain, an abuse of power and irrational”.
Responding to the ruling, Extinction Rebellion UK tweeted “we won’t be silenced”.
Green Party peer Jenny Jones described the legal win as “historic”.
Speaking outside the court, she said: “The police can over-step the mark. The police are getting more and more strong powers that they are misusing – and that’s absolutely unacceptable.”
Ms Lucas described the ruling as “brilliant news”.
Jules Carey, a solicitor representing protestors, said the ban had been “hastily imposed” and “erratically applied”.
He said: “The police have powers to impose conditions to manage protests but not to ban them.
“This judgement is a timely reminder to those in authority facing a climate of dissent – the right to protest is a long-standing fundamental right in a democratic society that should be guarded and not prohibited by overzealous policing.”