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UK flights cancelled by Italian air traffic control strike

UK air passengers are facing major disruption due to a strike by Italian air traffic controllers, with scores of flights cancelled.

Ryanair and Easyjet planes will be grounded by the strike. Credit: PA

The four-hour stoppage tomorrow has led to Ryanair axing 96 flights to and from Italy, including four return services involving flights to and from the UK.

EasyJet has had to cancel up to 60 flights and other UK carriers are also likely to be affected by the action, which lasts from 11.30am to 3.30pm UK time.

The Ryanair cancellations include Manchester-Bologna, Stansted-Ancona, Stansted-Trieste and Liverpool-Pisa.

Ryanair warned that further delays and cancellations are likely and advised passengers to check the status of their flight.


Italian court overturns Berlusconi conviction

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has won his appeal against a conviction for paying an underage prostitute for sex.

Silvio Berlusconi has won his appeal in Milan. Credit: Reuters

The Milan court threw out the guilty verdict handed down by a lower tribunal last year, which had sentenced Berlusconi to seven years in jail.

Berlusconi was accused of paying for sex with former nightclub dancer Kharima El Mahroug when she was under 18, and of abusing his authority to get her released from police custody over unrelated theft accusations.

Pictured: Scout who died on trip to Italy

Elliot Alexander Peacock, 14, died after jumping into water during an adventure trip in Italy. Credit: The Scout Association

This is the first picture of Elliot Alexander Peacock who died during a Scout trip to Italy.

A statement from The Scout Association said: "We continue to support Elliot’s parents, the young people and leaders who are part of the event.

"We will also continue to work with Acorn Adventure who organised the itinerary and programme to establish if there are any lessons to learn from this tragic incident."


Scout Association 'devastated' about teen's death

The Scout Association said it was "devastated" that a 14-year-old boy had died during a trip to Italy with his scout unit:

The young person was taking part in a holiday to the Aosta Valley in Italy organised by Acorn Adventure, who are a company specialising in adventure-based trips.

We are working with Acorn Adventure to support the family, leaders and other young people involved in this very sad event.

We are devastated that a young person has died and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the young person at this time."

– Scout Association statement

'Unclear' why boy scout lost consciousness in water

The group that ran an adventure holiday to Italy in which a boy scout died during a "canyoning" activity said it was "unclear" why the teenager lost consciousness as he entered the water at the Lillaz waterfalls.

Outdoor education provider Acorn Adventure said the boy, 14, was wearing a helmet and a buoyancy aid.

They were jumping into the water, where instructors were waiting for them. All participants were wearing buoyancy aids, wet suits and helmets as is standard on this activity, carried out by hundreds of participants every year for the past 18 years.

As yet it is unclear why this participant lost consciousness as he entered the water. Despite very swiftly being given CPR by trained first aiders and nurses who attended the scene, very sadly paramedics were unable to resuscitate him.

– Acorn Adventure

Boy scout, 14, dies during 'adventure trip' to Italy

A 14-year-old boy scout from Glasgow has died during an adventure holiday in Italy as he took part in a "canyoning" activity.

The 14-year-old, who was part of an Explorer Scout unit with Eastwood District Scouts near Glasgow, lost consciousness as he jumped into water in the Gran Paradiso National Park in the north of the country.

He was immediately rescued from the water and given CPR but could not be resuscitated.

The boy was with a group of around 40 scouts who were on the second full day of their nine-day adventure activity trip when the incident happened at around 4.20pm yesterday.

British teenage boy dies on waterfall trip in Italy

A British teenager has reportedly died on holiday in Italy during trip to the Lillaz waterfalls in the Aosta Valley.

A British teenager is believed to have died on holiday in Lillaz, Italy. Credit: Google Maps

The boy has not yet been named but is thought to be under 18.

A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: "We are aware of the death of a British national in Italy and we stand ready to provide consular assistance."

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