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Hero taxi driver ‘locked bomber in car’ moments before Liverpool hospital explosion

He reportedly saved dozens of lives

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Reports are coming out this morning about a hero taxi driver who may have saved dozens of lives at Liverpool Women’s Hospital explosion yesterday.

The driver reportedly locked a suspicious passenger in his taxi just seconds before the vehicle was blown up.

Dad-of-two David Perry reportedly saved people from the suspected terror attack, which happened just before the two-minute silence on Remembrance Sunday at 11am.

The taxi’s passenger was the only person to die in the explosion, with Mr Perry reportedly now discharged from hospital after suffering eardrum damage, as well as cuts and bruises.

According to reports the male passenger initially requested to be taken to Liverpool’s Service of Remembrance at the Anglican Cathedral.

Sources revealed to MailOnline the suspect wanted to be taken to the cathedral, where veterans, families of the fallen and military personnel had gathered, but the roads were blocked so the man ‘told Mr Perry to take him to the city centre before asking him to pull in outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital’.

A friend said, as per the Metro: “It was just before 11. David noticed the man had some kind of light attached to his clothing and was messing around with it, it didn’t look right at all.

“I don’t know how he’s done it with a split second’s thought but David’s jumped out and locked the car with this guy in the back. As soon as he did, it’s gone off.

“David’s the luckiest man in Britain as well as the most heroic, if this guy got in the hospital, God knows what could have happened.”

The Mayor of Liverpool praised Mr Perry, thanking the cabbie for helping to divert ‘what could have been an absolutely awful disaster’.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Ms Anderson said: “The taxi driver, in his heroic efforts, has managed to divert what could have been an absolutely awful disaster at the hospital.

“Our thanks go to him and our emergency services, and authorities have worked through the night to divert anything further and we’ve all been on standby and in constant contact to provide any support that’s needed.”

Following the incident three men aged 29, 26, and 21 have been detained under the Terrorism Act, with armed police raiding several homes on Sunday night.

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People who kill children will face mandatory life sentences under new Arthur’s Law

The law has been named after six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes, who was murdered by his stepmother last year

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The Prime Minister has backed a newly proposed law that will ensure child murderers will never leave prison.

Following the horrifying death of six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes, Boris Johnson has announced that his government will be amending the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill to make ‘whole-life orders the starting point for such abhorrent crimes’. 

Johnson said in a statement: “Anyone who plans then carries out the murder of a child should never be released from prison. So we’re toughening the law to make whole-life orders the starting point for such abhorrent crimes.

“The Attorney General is also urgently considering the facts of this case and the sentence handed down, but this is a Government that will always legislate for the toughest possible sentences for such repugnant crimes.”

Arthur’s stepmother Emma Tustin was jailed last week for at least twenty-nine years for his murder, while his father Thomas Hughes was sentenced to twenty-one years for manslaughter.

However, the attorney general announced over the weekend that the sentences are to be reviewed to ‘determine whether they were too low’. 

According to The Guardian, the AGO has twenty-eight days from the date of sentence to review a case, assess whether it falls under the Unduly Lenient Sentence (ULS) scheme and make a decision as to whether to refer a sentence to the court of appeal. 

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Arthur died in Solihull, Midlands on June 16th 2020, as a result of a serious head injury inflicted by Tustin. His body was also covered in 130 bruises.

It was later discovered that the six-year-old had been starved, beaten and poisoned with salt in the weeks leading to his death.

Harrowing footage recently released by West Midlands Police show a weak and emancipated Arthur struggling to lift his duvet from the living room floor, where he had been forced to sleep. 

Social worker and member of the House of Lords Herbert Laming said the reduction in funding for social care in the last ten years meant abused and neglected children like Arthur were being missed by the authorities. 

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Woman seriously injured after being attacked by four of her own dogs

Armed police officers, fire crews and an ambulance were called out to diffuse the situation

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A woman in St Helens has been left seriously injured after being mauled by what is believed to be four of her own dogs.

Merseyside Police were called out to the Sutton area at around 10am yesterday, December 6th, following reports of a woman being attacked by her four dogs, each of which were initially described as bulldogs.

Armed response officers, Merseyside fire service crews and an ambulance were also sent to the scene. 

The four dogs have been seized and the woman remains in hospital with ‘serious’ injuries, Merseyside Police said.

The force added in a statement: “Emergency services are in attendance in Sutton today, Monday 6 December.

“At around 10.15am, police were called to the Reginald Road area to a report of a woman being attacked by her four dogs, initially described as bulldogs.

“The woman sustained serious injuries and was taken to hospital. The dogs have been seized by Merseyside Police.

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“Enquiries into the incident are ongoing. Anyone who has any information is asked to contact us via @MerPolCC or 101 with reference 21000844839.”

The woman’s neighbours have since been describing the scene, with one telling the Liverpool Echo: “You should have seen it before, the whole street was filled with police, ambulance and everything, it was mad.”

Another resident down the street noted: “It’s normally a nice estate so it’s obviously really surprising when something like this goes on.”

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Government to review Omicron Covid rules on December 21st

The rules are expected to stay in place until the new year

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The rules and regulations brought in to tackle the Omicron variant of Covid-19 will reportedly be reviewed on December 21st.

According to new reports today, while the rules will be reviewed four days before Christmas Day, they are unlikely to be lifted and will instead be kept in force until the new year.

It has also been suggested that the government’s Plan B – which will enforce mandatory masks in pubs and restaurants and advice to work from home – is not yet needed. 

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A Government source told the MailOnline: “In terms of Plan B, we are not there yet. The ambition is that people can have a much more normal Christmas than last year.

“That depends on what the data shows about the new variant. But certainly the hope is that things stay as they are in the next couple of weeks.”

The current rules mean face masks in shops, hairdressers, banks and post offices are now mandatory, as well as on public transport.

The rules also require anyone who comes into contact with someone who tests positive for Omicron to quarantine for ten days – even those who are fully vaccinated.

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However, a Sage scientist recently said the new variant is ‘not a disaster’, and that ‘some people may be ‘hugely overstating the situation’.

Microbiologist Prof Calum Semple says vaccines are ‘still likely to protect you from severe disease’, telling BBC Breakfast: “This is not a disaster, and the headlines from some of my colleagues saying ‘this is horrendous’ I think are hugely overstating the situation.

“Immunity from the vaccination is still likely to protect you from severe disease. You might get a snuffle or a headache or a filthy cold but your chance of coming into hospital or intensive care or sadly dying are greatly diminished by the vaccine and still will be going into the future.”

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