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Bakery refuses to sell bread to 94-year-old woman as she only had ‘dirty’ cash

“None of the other shops have ever refused my money.”

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A bakery in Nottingham refused to sell bread to a 94-year-old woman because she wanted to use ‘dirty’ cash. 

The elderly lady said she felt shocked and embarrassed after being asked to return all her items, as she wanted to pay with cash due to not owning a bank card. 

The cafe, Birds, that has reopened following closure in the lockdown has put in place a new ‘cashless rule’ like many other establishments. 

However, Edna, who prefers to pay ‘the old fashioned way’, says she has never owned a bank card.

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Edna said: “I went into Birds because I wanted a loaf of bread and some potted meat. She said to me ‘have you got a card?’

“I did not know what she was on about. I said ‘Oh I have never used a card in my life. I always pay the old fashioned way, which is how I was brought up. I felt like I was being treated like a small child and being talked down too.

“None of the other shops have ever refused my money.

“There is a virus, I understand that, but a lot of elderly people do not use cards and are not into that technology.”

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The manager explained that they are not accepting cash due to hygiene reasons in attempts to reduce the risk to staff and customers.

Lisa Clarke, manager of Birds in Arnold, told Nottinghamshire Live: “One of the arrangements is we could open if it is card only and because cash is dirty.

“With the coronavirus and pandemic they want to minimise the risk to ourselves and customers.”

She said about eight elderly people had been stopped since they reopened back in April, adding that most elderly people are now using their cards in the store.

She added: “If they have not got a card unfortunately we can’t give them the goods. Whether it will change in the future as guidelines change”.

Edna says she has used her cash at stores like Tesco and Morrisons, but she is not the only pensioner who has been refused essential items at the Birds store. 

Grandma Glynis Kirk, 86, was also told she could not buy some pork pies without paying on her card.

Glynis, who only uses her card for her big shop and not smaller purchases, described the situation as ‘disgusting’.

Glynis, who is good friends with Edna, added: “I went into Arnold last Wednesday and went into Birds for a couple of pork pies. It was £2.50. I was told ‘you have to use your card.’

“The only time I use it is with my big shops in Morrisons to last me all week. I have never known a shop to ask for your card.

“Edna is an elderly lady and to treat her like that is just disgusting. She had to leave it and come out of the shop.”

Her granddaughter, Michelle Kirk, added: “Elderly people are going to struggle unless someone gets it for them.

“Cash is a legal tender. I understand that card is preferred but if that method is not available you should be able to take cash. I feel they need to revert this stupid policy.

“Most of Birds customers will be over the age of 60 I should imagine. It is humiliating having to put stuff back. It’s like you can’t afford it.”

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Around 20 people involved in mass brawl ‘with knives’ in Piccadilly Gardens

The violence spilled out into the street

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A large group of people were involved in a mass fight ‘with knives’ in Piccadilly Gardens last night.

Around 20 people were caught up in the large brawl on Monday evening, and according to reports some were armed with knives.

The fight took place outside Morrisons on the end of Oldham Street, and happened around 9:30pm.

Witnesses reported seeing some of the suspects carrying knives, although police didn’t recover any from the scene, and busses were forced to stop as the violence spread out onto the road.

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Someone who witnessed the fight said on Twitter: “Piccadilly gardens is the roughest place on earth… a lovely night out helping ruined by a group of young kids kicking each others faces in”.

Officers responded to the incident, but no arrests were made or serious injuries reported.

This incident was the third of serious violence in just a few days.

Saturday afternoon saw another incident outside Morrisons in Piccadilly Gardens, in which a man was slashed in the face.

And on Sunday a brawl involving two tables at Barca bar in Castlefield happened, with some involved arming themselves with weapons like bar furniture and a baseball bat.

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Leading scientists call for end of face masks and social distancing by June

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Leading scientists have written to the UK government calling for social distancing and face masks to be scrapped from June.

In total 22 scientists have signed the communication, saying that these measures should finish on June 22nd – the same date limits on social contact are set to be scrapped in England.

One of the scientists who has added their name to the letter is Dr Roland Salmon, the former director of the communicable disease centre in Wales.

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Dr Salmon told BBC Radio Wales: “I am not venting my frustration but I do think some dialogue is well overdue.

“I have always felt that there has been little credible evidence benefit for many of the measures that we take.”

According to him, the letter was written to encourage the government to focus on protecting vulnerable people rather than the masses as we move forward.

Dr Salmon said we need to deal with the ‘here and now’ when asked about the threat of variants, going on to add that the vaccine has shown it helps prevent severe disease and death.

He added: “We can’t stop living forever while we wait for things to happen”.

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Scientists who’ve signed the letter include Prof Robert Dingwall from Nottingham Trent University, who sits on the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG). 

There’s also Prof Anthony Brookes, a geneticist and health data scientist at the University of Leicester, and Prof Carl Heneghan, director of the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine at Oxford University.

The letter reads: “We are being told simultaneously that we have successful vaccines and that major restrictions on everyday life must continue indefinitely. Both propositions cannot be true.

“We need to give more weight to the data on the actual success of the vaccines and less to theoretical risks of vaccine escape and/or surge in a largely vaccinated population.”



It continues: “Covid-19 no longer requires exceptional measures of control in everyday life, especially where there have been no evaluations and little credible evidence of benefit.

“Measures to reduce or discourage social interaction are extremely damaging to the mental health of citizens; to the education of children and young people; to people with disabilities; to new entrants to the workforce; and to the spontaneous personal connections from which innovation and enterprise emerge.”

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Boris Johnson is regarded as ‘untrustworthy’ by six out of 10 voters

It follows weeks of allegations against the PM

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According to a new poll Boris Johnson is seen as ‘untrustworthy’ by six out of 10 voters in Britain, with Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer seen as more trustworthy.

The poll from Ipsos MORI was shared by the Evening Standard, and comes after weeks of leaks and allegations about sleaze aimed at the prime minister.

The research found that Mr Johnson is trusted by just 35% of voters and deemed untrustworthy by 59%, while Sir Keir is seen as trustworthy by 42% and is untrusted by 41%.

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Gideon Skinner, head of political research at Ipsos MORI, said: “On honesty Boris Johnson is clearly trumped by Keir Starmer, so this is an area of potential risk for him. 

“However, his own supporters still trust him, and the public overall have never seen it as one of his strongest attributes … and as previous leaders such as Tony Blair have shown, you don’t have to be ahead on trust to win elections. 

“The key question is whether and if these stories continue and start to change the public’s overall view on him as PM.”

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The poll was taken following weeks of reports about murky donations being used to refurbish the prime minister’s flat, as well as disclosures about covert lobbying.

However, it was undertaken before the most recent allegations that Mr Johnson said he’d rather see ‘bodies pile high’ than have another lockdown, so those reports won’t have been taken into consideration by those polled.

Despite all the recent controversy, the prime minister and government’s net satisfaction hasn’t changed much since March, with both Mr Johnson (44 satisfied/50 dissatisfied) and Sir Keir (36/46) having net negative ratings.

Ipsos MORI interviewed 1090 adults across the UK by telephone from April 16th to the 22nd – you can find full details here.

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