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Two migrants arrested after walking through Channel Tunnel to reach Britain

The Eurotunnel site in Folkestone, Kent Credit: PA

Two more suspected illegal immigrants have been arrested after walking through the Channel Tunnel to reach Britain.

The two Iranians reached Folkestone, Kent, after walking through the 31-mile tunnel.

Kent Police said Payam Moradi Mirahessari, 25, and Farein Vahdani, 20, have been charged after being detained on Saturday afternoon.

They are accused of obstructing an engine or carriage using the railway, and were remanded in custody when they appeared at Medway Magistrates' Court.

In August, a 40-year-old suspected illegal immigrant from Sudan completed the same journey by walking through the tunnel.

Thirteen have died attempting to cross the Channel since the start of the crisis in June. The latest was an Eritrean man in his 20s who was hit by a freight train last week.


Rescue operation to save boat drifting towards gas rig

The yacht was drifting in the North Sea between the Shetland islands and Bergen in western Norway. Credit: Google Maps

A major operation is underway to rescue a British pensioner whose yacht is drifting towards a gas platform in the North Sea.

The 82-year-old man raised the alarm yesterday evening when his vessel suffered a mechanical failure in extreme weather conditions of seven metre waves and gale force winds.

This left him unable to steer his yacht, the 25ft Harrier of Down, which is now drifting towards the gas platform with 162 people on board.

Two helicopters were on stand-by in collaboration with the Norwegian coastguard, but the man did not want to be airlifted from his yacht as he did not want to abandon it.

A Norwegian Coastguard vessel from Bergen is travelling to the scene and will tow the yacht back to the city.


Tesco profits down 54.6% since last year

Tesco has released its interim results Credit: PA

Tesco profits are down 54.6% since last year, its interim results revealed.

Its group profits slumped to £354m from £799m in the first half of this year.

Profits in the UK and Republic of Ireland were hit harder, slowing by 69%.

Despite the fall in profits, like for like sales have held up, only down by 1.1%.

We have delivered an unprecedented level of change in our business over the last twelve months and it is working. The first half results show sustained improvement across a broad range of key indicators.

In the UK, we continue to improve all aspects of our offer for customers, resulting in volume growth which is allowing us to create a virtuous circle of investment.

– Dave Lewis, Chief Executive

Weather: Heavy rain before brighter conditions arrive

Britain will see more rain on Wednesday. Credit: Met Office

Remaining rain, heavy at times, in eastern and north-eastern areas will gradually clear through the day as drier and brighter conditions spread in from the west.

It will feel muggy under the rain, but fresher conditions than of late will encroach from the west.

Top temperature today of 17 Celsius (63 F) in the east or southeast.

Thousands donate to Pc Phillips memorial fund

A memorial fund set up in memory of Pc David Phillips - who was killed by a driver in a stolen car - has so far raised more than £45,000.

More than £45,000 has been raised so far. Credit: JustGiving

Merseyside Police Federation Charitable Trust set up a Just Giving page to honour an officer "tragically and unlawfully killed whilst on duty".

More than 2,000 people have donated to the memorial.

Police are continuing to question two men, aged 18 and 30, on suspicion of murder.

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