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Pictures 'show ferry captain receiving treatment'

Pictures appear to show captain Lee Joon-seok receiving medical treatment.
Pictures appear to show captain Lee Joon-seok receiving medical treatment. Credit: APTN

New video footage has emerged appearing to show the captain of the sunken South Korean ferry receiving medical treatment soon after reaching shore following the capsizing of his ship.

The pictures obtained by the Associated Press show a man that seems to be Lee Joon-seok lying on the floor of a hospital facility at Paengmok Port.

The news agency says the footage is consistent with its own reporting and was checked by regional experts against known locations and events.

The captain was one of the first people to escape the ship on Wednesday. He has been arrested on five charges including negligence of duty and abandoning people in need.

Read: South Korea ferry transcripts show indecision

Bob Geldof expected to lead tributes at Peaches funeral

Sir Bob Geldof is expected to lead the tributes to his 25-year-old daughter Peaches at her funeral in Kent later today, it has emerged.

Read: Peaches Geldof funeral to be held on Easter Monday

Peaches Geldof
Coroners are waiting for toxicology reports before they can determine Peaches' cause of death. Credit: PA

Read: Peaches Geldof: A life in pictures

Sir Bob alongside Pixie Geldof - his youngest daughter with late wife Paula Yates - are both expected to speak at the funeral.

Mum-of-two Peaches died at the home she shared with her husband, musician Tom Cohen, and sons, Astala, 23 months, and 11-month-old Phaedra.

The socialite and journalist's funeral will be held in the same Kent church she was married in, back in 2012.

And it is also where television presenter Paula Yates, Peaches' mother, who died from an accidental heroin overdose in 2000, aged 41, married Bob Geldof in 1986.

Kent Police said Peaches' death is being treated as a "non-suspicious, unexplained sudden death".

Read: Peaches Geldof latest tragedy to hit family


Flood protection restored to 'over 100,000 homes'

The Environment Agency (EA) says it has repaired 350 flood defences and protected 100,000 homes in the process, after winter floods battered the south of England.

Repairs have been completed in Weymouth, where sea defences were washed away by stormy seas during January and February.

Communities in Somerset were still cut off by flood waters in February this year. Credit: PA

The EA has also repaired defences at Greatham Creek in Teesside, where flood waters ripped a 50m breach in the sea defence embankment.

Beaches along the Lincolnshire coast have also had their dune systems repaired to restore protection to over 20,000 properties.

The restored defences would supply "peace of mind" but the job was far from finished, the EA said.

Dr Paul Leinster, chief executive of the EA, said: "There is still much more to do, and thanks to the completed inspections we now have a full picture of the condition of all the flood risk management assets across the country."

Read: Storm-wrecked Dawlish rail line reopens

'Over a quarter' of online abuse posted by parents

Over one quarter of the abuse posted online to teachers was from the parents of pupils they looked after, a survey has found.

A survey from the NASUWT teaching union found 27% of teachers who had been victims of online abuse had received nasty comments from parents.

The poll also found:

  • Almost two thirds (64%) said the comments had been made by pupils.
  • Just over three in five (61%) said that the pupils posting the comments had been aged between 14 and 16.
  • Another third (35%) were from youngsters were between 11 and 14.
  • Around a fifth (21%) said that the youngsters responsible were 16 to 19.
  • Some 3% were from pupils aged between seven and 11.


Teachers subjected to 'vile' online abuse by pupils

Children as young as seven are posting abusive comments and making threats against teachers on social media websites, a survey has shown.

Read: Schools 'using unqualified staff to teach students'

Teachers said they received vitriolic comments posted online by pupils as young as seven. Credit: PA

Data collected by the NASUWT teaching union found teachers had been racially abused, while others had lewd comments made about their sexuality.

Just over a fifth (21%) of the 7,500 teachers they quizzed had negative comments about them posted on a social media site.

The union's general secretary, Chris Keates, said more needed to be done to protect education staff from "the vile nature of the abuse they are suffering."

She added: "Schools should also be supporting staff in securing the removal of the offensive material from social media sites and encouraging the staff concerned to go to the police."

Read: Two fifths of teachers say CCTV 'used to judge staff'

Cameron criticised over 'Christian country' claim

David Cameron wrote last week of his strong Christian beliefs.
David Cameron wrote last week of his strong Christian beliefs. Credit: Villemain Cyril/ABACA

David Cameron's controversial claim that Britain is a "Christian country" risks sowing "alienation and division" in society, a group of leading public figures has warned.

More than 50 writers, scientists, broadcasters and academics have signed an open letter to the Daily Telegraph expressing concern at the "negative consequences" of the Prime Minister's assertion in a country where most people do not describe themselves as Christian.

The letter - with signatories including authors Philip Pullman and Sir Terry Pratchett, historian Dan Snow and comedian Tim Minchin - follows an article by the Prime Minister for the Church Times in which he wrote of his own faith and his desire to infuse politics with Christian ideals and values.

It states: "We wish to object to his repeated mischaracterising of our country as a 'Christian country' and the negative consequences for our politics and society that this view engenders."

"We are a plural society with citizens with a range of perspectives and a largely non-religious society. To constantly claim otherwise fosters alienation and division in our society."

Read: PM calls on UK to be 'more confident about Christianity

Skin cancer rates 'five times higher than in 1970s'

Skin cancer rates have soared since the seventies, Cancer Research UK says.
Skin cancer rates have soared since the seventies, Cancer Research UK says. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Rates of malignant melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, are five times higher in the UK than they were in the 1970s, new figures show.

More than 13,000 people are now developing the disease each year compared about 1,800 in 1975.

The dramatic rise is partly down to the huge increase in package holidays to sunny European destinations, a boom in sunbed use, and the fashion for a "healthy" tan, according to Cancer Research UK which released the figures.

However, survival rates for the disease are among the highest for any cancer, with more than eight in 10 people now surviving it, the charity says.

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