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Nicola Sturgeon expresses her concerns over Calais

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has written to Mr Cameron expressing her concerns over the impact of the situation in Calais.

Nicola Sturges reiterated her concerns about the impact on Scottish businesses. Credit: Stefan Rousseau / PA Wire/Press Association Images

She said: "Our primary concern over the current situation in Calais must be to play our part in addressing the underlying humanitarian issues. Increasing security at the Channel Tunnel, whilst welcome, will only help in the short term, and is not addressing the root cause of the issue."

She initially wrote to Mr Cameron on July 24 and in her most recent letter she reiterated her concerns about the impact the situation has had on businesses.

"Seafood from Scotland is the UK's biggest food export, worth more than £600 million annually. The delays, damage and uncertainty caused by the lack of safe and timely passage through the Tunnel is costing the sector millions of pounds every week and placing future markets in jeopardy." She said.


M20 reopens for normal traffic after Operation Stack

Lorries parked up on the M20 motorway in Ashford, Kent, during Operation Stack. Credit: John Stillwell / PA Wire/Press Association Images

David Cameron spoke to French president Francois Hollande on Friday to discuss the response to migrants besieging the Channel Tunnel entrance at Calais, which the PM warned he expects to last all summer.

The call came as the M20 motorway was reopened for normal traffic after the last lorries being held under Operation Stack procedures were allowed through to the Channel Tunnel and ferry ports.

Announcing the lifting of Operation Stack, which has seen thousands of lorries parked on the coast-bound carriageway for much of the past month.

Measures promised by Mr Cameron, including more sniffer dogs and fences, were dismissed by hauliers' representatives as "a sticking plaster".

Heartbreak as Cecil the lion's brother is 'shot dead'

Cecil and Walter Palmer. Credit: ITV News

The brother of Cecil the lion was reportedly shot dead in Zimbabwe today.

The Zimbabwean Conservation Task Force said it was "absolutely heartbroken" by the news of Jericho's death.

Jericho was the next lion in the hierarchy and was said to be looking after Cecil's cubs after he was killed by US dentist Walter Palmer.

The Zimbabwean Conservation Task Force said on Facebook: "It is with huge disgust and sadness that we have just been informed that Jericho, Cecil's brother has been killed at 4pm today. We are absolutely heartbroken."

Snoop Dogg stopped at airport with $422,000 in cash

Snoop Dog's lawyer said the money came from concerts the rapper had performed around Europe. Credit: PA

Rapper Snoop Dogg was stopped by police with $422,000 in cash, around £270,000, in his Louis Vuitton luggage as he prepared to board a private jet.

His lawyer, Andrea Parisi, said the 43 year old was about to board a flight to Britain from southern Italy on Friday when he was stopped.

Mr Parisi said the money came from concerts the rapper had performed around Europe.

Half of the cash was given back to Snoop Dogg, while the other half is being held by Italian authorities until a fine is determined.

In the European Union, the maximum amount of undeclared cash someone can take on board a plane is around £7,000.


Stunt pilot was one of display team's founding members

Kevin Whyman joined the RAF in 1998. Credit:

Kevin Whyman was one of the founding members of the Gnat Display Team, according to its website.

He completed a Flying Scholarship with the RAF at the age of 18 and joined the RAF in 1998.

Born in Chester, he underwent fast jet training on the Tucano and Hawk aircraft before leaving the RAF in 2001.

Mr Whyman completed his civilian flying licenses after leaving the military.

He started flying the Folland Gnat in 2005 and founded the Gnat Display Team with colleagues in 2007.

Mourners arrive for the funeral of Kristina Bobbi Brown

Mourners have arrived for the funeral of Kristina Bobbi Brown, the only child of singer Whitney Houston at Saint James United Methodist Church in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Bobbi Kristina was only 22 years old. Credit: Reuters/Tami Chappell

Members of the public watched from the street as the mourners arrived.

Bobbi Kristina died on Sunday, at a hospice. Her family took Bobbi Kristina, 22, to a hospice a month ago, six months after she was found unresponsive in her bathtub by her partner and a friend in her home in Roswell.

CarFest crash pilot named by display team operator

Kevin Whyman leaves behind a wife and young daughter. Credit:

The pilot who died in a crash near the CarFest site has been named as Kevin Whyman.

The Heritage Aircraft Trust, operator of the Gnat Display Team, said he will be "greatly missed" and leaves behind a wife and young daughter.

The Heritage Aircraft Trust, operator of the Gnat Display Team is very sad to announce the loss of one of its display pilots, Kevin Whyman, at an airshow for CarFest at Oulton Park today.

Heritage Aircraft Trust will be working with the Civil Aviation Authority and the Air Accidents Investigation Board to determine the cause of the accident.

Kevin was a Royal Air Force trained fast jet pilot whose enthusiasm for flying the Folland Gnat was infectious. He will be greatly missed by his family, the team and many friends.

Kevin leaves a wife and young daughter. Please respect the privacy of family members and of the Team at this most difficult time.

– Gnat Display Team
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