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Tributes flood in for much-loved Cilla


Five rescued in Portsmouth boat drama

Five people have been rescued after their boat engine failed and began sinking in the Solent.

Those in the boat made a 999 call to the Coastguard but were unable to give a precise location which caused the emergency services to launch a large search over a wide area.

Independent lifeboats from Gosport, Hamble and Ryde, with the Portsmouth RNLI lifeboat, conducted a search through the central Solent.


Three officers investigated over handling of teen death

Three police officers and a member of staff from Thames Valley Police have been referred to misconduct proceedings over the investigation of Jayden Parkinson's murder.

Ben Blakeley, 23, was convicted of Jayden's murder in July last year and sentenced to life imprisonment.

Questions are being asked over the handling of Jayden's death

Their handling of the investigation has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission about how she was reported missing and the force's contact with her before she was murdered.

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Cilla Black 'may have suffered fall shortly before she died'

Cilla with her eldest son Robert 'Bobby' who is said to have found her body. Credit: PA

Cilla Black may have fallen over shortly before she died at her Spanish holiday home, it is reported.

Medical examiners found marks on her right arm and elbow which suggest she may have had a "dizzy turn", according to The Sun.

The TV star's body is said to have been discovered by her son Bobby who the newspaper reports broke her bedroom door down when she failed to rise after an afternoon nap.

Paramedics arrived at the Costa Del Sol property around 6pm on Saturday but there was nothing they could do to save her.

A post-mortem is due to take place today but it is thought it could take several weeks for the results.

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Tearful Biggins last spoke to friend Cilla 10 days ago

Christopher Biggins has revealed he last spoke to close friend Cilla Black 10 days ago and they had made plans to go on holiday together next month.

Christopher Biggins creeps up on a laughing Cilla Black at a premiere in 2009. Credit: PA

The actor, who co-hosted Surprise Surprise with Cilla in the 1980s, told Good Morning Britain the pair had planned a trip to Barbados in September.

He said: "I spoke to her 10 days ago. We had not seen each other for a little while.

"She'd had bad arthritis and her hearing was not good which meant it was difficult to talk on the phone.

"But we said we'll meet in September. She said why don't you come to Barbados and we'll arrange that."

Cilla with Biggins when they hosted Surprise Surprise in the 1980s. Credit: Good Morning Britain

Biggins said the loss of Cilla was "terrible for everyone" and called her "the people's sweetheart".

He said: "She was so loved. Everybody adored her. I think that's why everyone is in such grief now. It really is a sadness that everybody is being affected by. It's a bit like Princess Diana dying."

Cyclist dies during Surrey bike event

Riders cross the start line of the London-Surrey Classic on Horseguard's Parade Credit: PA

A cyclist has died from a suspected heart attack in Surrey while taking part in a cycling festival in Surrey.

The man, believed to be in his 50s, died while cycling in the Prudential RideLondon at Leith Hill, near Dorking.

There were 25,564 cyclists who completed the RideLondon-Surrey Classic race in the sunshine.

They included cycling champions Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish.

The sportive saw riders go from the Olympic Park in east London, through Leatherhead, Oxshott and Esher before finishing on the Mall.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson hailed it as "the greatest mass-participation cycling event in the world".

He said: "Whether it is elite athletes from across the globe, enthusiastic amateurs or families and children who have got into the cycling spirit, it has been a wonderful advert for the sport and the city.

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