shot glasses lined up on bar

Britain’s Young Drinkers

The Tonight programme has taken a look at Britain's binge drinking culture and the impact it's having on the health of young people.

Live updates

Advertisement

West Country (E)

Lions 150m from cars at Longleat

The spokesman for Longleat Safari Park said that the visitors involved in the incident were believed to be a mother and her son and daughter who were aged around 12 or 13. Visitors said the lions were 150 metres from the people carrier when the incident happened and the car was left "burnt out".

The family remained in the smoking vehicle until the rangers arrived, and the car caught fire when they had left the area. Longleat staff said at no point were the mother and children waiting outside their vehicle.

Cars were cleared from the area following the fire to make way for the fire service, but the park was up and running again shortly after.

Murdered boy's mother slams release of gang member

The mother of murdered schoolboy Rhys Jones has criticised the "terrible" decision to release a gang member jailed for arming the youngster's killer.

Rhys was just 11 when he was gunned down by 16-year-old Sean Mercer on his way home from football practice in Croxteth, Liverpool, in 2007.

Rhys Jones was an innocent victim in a turf war between Liverpool street gangs. Credit: Merseyside Police/PA Archive

James Yates, who was given a 12-year sentence in 2009 for his role in the murder after he supplied the gun used by the shooter, left jail at Haverigg, Cumbria, on Thursday, according to the Daily Mirror.

Rhys's mother Melanie Jones told the Mirror: "It's terrible. It takes us back to the night Rhys died. It seems like only yesterday that Yates was sent to jail. For us, Yates is the most evil of them all. He makes my skin crawl."

Everton-mad Rhys was the innocent victim of a violent turf war between Liverpool street gangs.

Sunderland shock Chelsea to end Mourinho home run

Bottom of the table Sunderland beat Chelsea 2-1 and ended Blues manager Jose Mourinho's 77-game undefeated home run in one of the Premier League's biggest ever shock results.

Mourinho's unbeaten league record at Stamford Bridge, unparalleled in English football, stretched back almost 10 years to the Portuguese's arrival in west London in 2004.

Jose Mourinho had never lost a Premier League match at Stamford Bridge. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Chelsea missed the chance to go top of the table with the defeat, while Fabio Borini's 82nd-minute winner from the penalty spot kept alive Sunderland's faint hopes of avoiding relegation.

Follow this story on the ITV Football website.

Advertisement

Photo released of 7-year-old boy found "on fire"

Preston Flores is in a critical condition in hospital. Credit: Newsline Media

An image has been released of Preston Flores, the 7-year-old boy who suffered serious burns after neighbours found him "on fire" in the street in Aberdeen.

Flores has been moved to a specialist hospital unit and remains in a critical condition, police said.

Education Secretary under fire at NUT conference

File photo dated of Education Secretary Michael Gove. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Michael Gove has been described as a "demented Dalek on speed" today as teachers debated calls for a major escalation of strike action.

Teachers need to put "maximum pressure" on the Government to force them to change their policies on issues such as pay and working conditions, activists at the National Union of Teachers annual conference also heard.

Ian Murch, a member of the union's executive, launched a stinging attack on the Education Secretary, saying: "We need a secretary of state who believes in treating teachers properly and respecting their professionalism."

He told the conference: "We are here to do the public a favour, to make sure Michael Gove's days are numbered. Michael Gove you have to go."

He then described the minister as "a parody of an Education Secretary"

"Michael Gove, the demented Dalek on speed who wants to exterminate anything good in education that's come along since the 1950s." Murch continued.

"Michael Gove, the man who says he wants to set schools free and then sends in the Spanish inquisition."

Border

Family pulled from burning car in Lakes horror smash

Eyewitnesses have told ITV News that passers-by pulled a family of five from their wrecked car just moments before it burst into flames.

The silver coloured Mercedes estate had been involved in a collision with a Ford Range pickup shortly before 9.30am on Saturday.

A man driving the Mercedes has been flown by air ambulance to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle with "life-threatening" injuries.

A woman and a boy aged ten were also flown to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

The silver-coloured car furthest away burst into flames Credit: ITV News

Two other children, aged 12 and 14, were taken by road ambulance to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle with less serious injuries, as was the female driver of the Ford.

Cumbria Police say the family of five are not from this region.

They are believed to have been returning home from a Lake District holiday when the crash happened.

Load more updates