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Mike Read defends Caribbean accent on 'Ukip Calypso'

Former Radio 1 DJ Mike Read has defended his Jamaican accent on his 'Ukip Calypso', insisting the song is "simply a bit of fun".

"Apologies of course if anyone has taken offence, but I have worked and sung in Jamaica for the tourist board and often have fun with the guys out there doing the accent," Read said.

The track has had mixed reactions, with one Amazon reviewer calling it "the musical equivalent of the Ebola virus", while another called it "brilliant and so true".

Ukip leader Nigel Farage also tweeted urging supporters to buy the single, which is 50-1 with Paddy Power to chart at number 1.


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Stumbling robber drops supermarket loot

Police have released CCTV of a robber dropping his loot as he stumbled out of a supermarket following a raid.

The man entered the Tesco Express in Rochdale yesterday morning.

When he found that there were no staff present, he lifted his face covering and shouted for assistance.

Once the cashier arrived at the till, he was threatened with a gun and forced to hand over money.

The robber can then be seen dropping the money as he left the scene, before chasing the stolen notes around the car park.

Detective Sergeant Nicola Hopkinson, said:

“There are parts of this armed robbery that border on calamitous and while images of him scrambling around the car park may at first appear amusing, we must not detract from the fact that an innocent shop worker has been threatened at gun point."

Bellingham's husband 'wants her remembered for acting'

The husband of Lynda Bellingham said he wants his late wife to be remembered for her acting rather than "as a celebrity".

Michael Pattemore with his late wife Lynda Bellingham who died yesterday aged 66. Credit: PA Wire

Michael Pattemore said his wife - who passed away yesterday aged 66 after a long battle with cancer - was unable to die at home as she wished because she was in too much pain.

Speaking to Yours magazine, Pattemore said: "I just want her to be remembered as an actress more than anything - not as a celebrity or one of the Loose Women.

"She started her career as an actress and never thought of herself as a celebrity. She's always been an actress.

"I can tell you now that the words on her gravestone will be 'The curtain went up on May 31 1948, and the final curtain went down on October 19 2014'," Pattemore added as he fought back tears.

Ebola screening to start at Gatwick tomorrow

Screening for the Ebola virus will begin at Gatwick's North Terminal tomorrow and at the South Terminal on Wednesday, Public Health England has confirmed.

Measures will then be introduced at St Pancras International station later in the week.

A general view inside the North Terminal at Gatwick Airport. Credit: PA Wire
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