Passengers were left stranded today when a glitch at an air traffic control centre caused chaos at airports across the UK and Ireland.
Some parts of the UK are have seen the worst storm surge in 60 years, but we are not out of the danger yet.
A combination of factors are combining to make this storm surge particularly powerful.
A Catholic priest has been interviewed by detectives investigating reports of historical sexual abuse of three schoolgirls in Rochdale.
The allegations were made by former pupils from a primary school in Norden.
Passengers were left stranded today when a technical problem at an air traffic control centre caused chaos at airports across the UK and Ireland.A recent court ruling against Ryanair clarified the rights passengers have when their flight is cancelled or delayed:
- If your flight has been cancelled, your airline must get you to your destination or offer you a full refund.
- If your flight is severely delayed, your are entitled to food, drinks, and some communications.
- If you are delayed overnight, this means a hotel
With hundreds of flights delayed or canceled due to a technical problem at an air traffic control centre, passengers find themselves stranded in airports around the country.
Closest I'm getting to Milan today is cafe Nero at heathrow. All flights cancelled :( cheese panini n espresso please. Ciao #egg
@british_airways poor service-flight cancelled, no warning/explanation.4 staff for 200 passengers at Vienna airport. Bad end to honeymoon.
Number 10 has just announced that the Prime Minister has written to President Zuma and Mandela's widow Graca Machel to express his condolences.
“The PM paid tribute to Mandela's extraordinary grace and dignity and the example that he set not just to South Africa but to the world on his release from Robben Island," a Downing Street spokesman said.
"He said, 'he gave the world new hope that the deepest wounds can be healed and that freedom and reconciliation can triumph over division and hate'.
“The PM concluded 'He will forever have a distinguished place in history. It falls to all of us and future generations to learn from him and try to realise his extraordinary legacy'."
At Heathrow's Terminal 5, the queue to re-book cancelled flights with British Airways stretches almost the entire length of the terminal building.
One family, about three-quarters of the way up, said they had already been waiting an hour and a half.
They were due to fly to Frankfurt this morning but their flight was cancelled. They don't know whether they may be able to get on a flight tonight or have to wait until tomorrow morning.
Airport staff are moving through the queue handing out bottles of water.
Despite the disruption, and the huge number of frustrated passengers waiting for news, there is a surprising calm in the terminal as people wait patiently to discover if and when they will be able to leave.
Thousands of people have been affected after a technical problem at an air traffic control centre caused chaos at airports across the UK.
- Heathrow cancelled 217 flights so far today
- Gatwick cancelled five flights but experienced 86 delays
- Stansted said flights had been delayed by up to three hours
- Other airports affected: Dublin, Cardiff, Belfast, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Bournemouth, Manchester, Birmingham, Southampton, Luton, London City, Exeter and Newcastle
- The National Air Traffic Service said the disruption has caused a 20 per cent reduction in flights handled
- The company said the issue would not be fixed until between 6.30pm and 7pm
There have been 217 flights cancelled at Heathrow Airport today as a result of a technical problem at an air traffic control centre.
Passengers were forced to join long queues at Heathrow Terminal 5 as a technical problem at an air traffic control centre continued to cause chaos at airports across the UK and Ireland.
Communities affected by the most serious tidal surge in 60 years along the east coast of Britain have been warned to avoid direct contact with floodwater and beware of rats moving into homes.
A major clean-up operation is under way after the Environment Agency (EA) said 1,400 homes were flooded, including 300 in Boston, Lincolnshire, alone.
In Suffolk, police said there was no further threat from coastal flooding but local authorities warned that people should take precautions around floodwater including preventing children from playing in flooded areas or with contaminated toys.
Those affected were also advised to discard food grown in allotments or gardens and store rubbish out of the reach of pests.
A minute's applause has been held in honour of former South African president Nelson Mandela ahead of the Premier League game between Manchester United and Newcastle United.
The former South African president died at the of 95 on Thursday.
All Premier League and Scottish League games will pay a similar tribute this afternoon.