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Ref who helped save Christian Eriksen’s life used his experience as a prison officer at Strangeways

Anthony Taylor’s quick thinking potentially saved the footballer’s life

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The referee who played a big part in saving the life of Danish footballer Christian Eriksen as he collapsed from cardiac arrest over the weekend used his experience as a prison guard at Strangeways, his former mentor has claimed.

Forty-two year old Anthony Taylor, from Wythenshawe, worked as a prison officer at HMP Manchester – known commonly as Strangeways – before embarking upon a career as a football referee.

In a 2017 interview, Taylor had compared the two roles, saying they aren’t as dissimilar as some people may think.

He said previously: “There are skills which are interchangeable between working in the prison service and refereeing.

“It’s not about red and yellow cards, it’s about stopping things happening as much as you can. Trying to be proactive.

“Working in a prison meant I needed a lot of communication and management qualities to deal with daily situations. I specialised in control and restraint techniques, educating staff on the best ways to control violent individuals and difficult situations that arise.”

When Eriksen collapsed during Saturday’s Euros game between Denmark and Finland, Taylor stopped play within just four seconds and immediately ushered medical teams to the player, remaining calm and collected.

Medics say his prompt actions saved Eriksen’s life.

And his former mentor, Chris Foy, has seconded this opinion, with him saying in a recent interview: “Anthony was a prison officer and I am quite sure he has been in some stressful situations before, but it is how you deal with that.

“The way he dealt with it was prompt, it was quick, it was confident. And it was the right course of action so probably his prison training came in and did give him a bit of help in that situation.”

Foy added: “He did a cracking job.”

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Eriksen has since posted an update from hospital, noting on Instagram how he feels ‘fine’ despite the circumstances and wishing his team luck for their future games.

He wrote: “I’m fine – under the circumstances. I still have to go through some examinations at the hospital, but I feel okay.

“Now, I will cheer on the boys on the Denmark team in the next matches. Play for all of Denmark.”

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Ed Sheeran and wife Cherry Seaborn quietly welcome second daughter

Fans of the singer didn’t even know he and his wife were expecting a second child

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Ed Sheeran surprised fans this week by announcing that he and his wife Cherry Seaborn had welcomed their second daughter.

In a heartwarming Instagram post, the ‘Shape of You’ singer revealed that he and Cherry are ‘over the moon’ to be a family of four, adding that they are ‘so in love’ with their new daughter.

In a similar manner to the announcement of their first daughter, Ed posted a photo of a pair of baby socks, writing: “Want to let you all know we’ve had another beautiful baby girl. 

“We are both so in love with her, and over the moon to be a family of 4.”

Ed didn’t reveal what they have named their daughter, or when the little girl was born.

A spokesperson for the singer later told The Sun: “Ed and Cherry recently welcomed a beautiful baby girl and are on cloud nine.

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“They’re so excited for Lyra to have a little sister and the four of them are currently enjoying some precious family time before Ed heads back on tour.

“We are delighted for them, and we hope that you can respect their privacy at this special time.”

Ed and Cherry welcomed their first daughter Lyra back in September 2020, with the couple sharing a photo of baby socks alongside the caption: “Ello! A quick message from me as I have some personal news that I wanted to share with you.

“Last week, with the help of an amazing delivery team, Cherry gave birth to our beautiful and healthy daughter – Lyra Antarctica Seaborn Sheeran.

“We are completely in love with her. Both mum and baby are doing amazing and we are on cloud nine over here.

“We hope that you can respect our privacy at this time. Lots of love and I’ll see you when it’s time to come back, Ed.”

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Woman ‘attacked by dog’ close to where toddler was mauled to death in Rochdale

The woman claims the dog was ‘hanging’ on her arms

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A woman has spoken of her experience of being attacked by a dog just yards away from where a toddler was killed in Rochdale.

Three-year-old Daniel John Twigg died in hospital on Sunday May 15th following a ‘devastating’ dog attack in Milnrow, Rochdale.

Officers were called out to a property near Carr Lane at around 1:15pm, where the youngster was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance.

There, he was sadly pronounced dead.

In the wake of Daniel’s death, a young woman has claimed that she too was mauled by a dog while walking on a footpath just yards from where the fatal attack happened.

The woman, who has chosen to remain anonymous, told the Manchester Evening News that she was bitten by a Cane Corso – the breed that was confirmed as being involved in Daniel’s death – less than 100 yards from the scene.

She said: “The dog wasn’t on a lead. It was hanging off my arms and tugging at me. It bit me on my side.”

The woman says she was left with horrific injuries to her arms and ribs, and has been left with life-long scars to her arms. 

She reported the incident to the police, but was told that officers would not be visiting the farm if there were ‘dangerous dogs on the loose’.

The woman believes the attack was captured on CCTV, but claims police said there was no evidence of what she was alleging.

She said: “They said there was no proof. I don’t think they ever went up there. They just wouldn’t do anything.

“I asked them if they were going to wait until someone was dead to do something.”

As part of a complex investigation, detectives say they are reviewing ‘other incidents of note’.

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In an emotional statement released by GMP, Daniel’s family said he ‘was a happy, kind and caring little boy who was loved by all who knew him’.

The statement read: “He loved Paw Patrol and playing with his brother and sister, he also loved being around animals – especially his pony, Splash. He brought us many laughs and was a comical character. He was brave, intelligent and full of many characteristics.

“Daniel loved being with his whole family and will be missed by all. On behalf of our family, we ask people to respect our privacy.”

Anyone with information is asked to share it with police via 0161 856 7386 quoting Operation Guernsey or https://mipp.police.uk/operation/06GMP22P28-PO1.

Information can also be shared anonymously via the independent charity – Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Iceland to give all customers aged over 60 10% off their shopping every week

The discount will be available once a week and will apply across all of Iceland’s products

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Customers over the age of sixty will soon be able to claim 10% off of their shopping at Iceland as part of the supermarket’s response to the cost of living crisis.

The new deal starts next week on Tuesday May 24th, and will be available with no minimum spend in all Iceland and Food Warehouse stores across the UK.

The frozen foods retailer has launched the new scheme in a bid to help the older generation cut down on their weekly food bill as inflation soars.

It will be the first and only supermarket in the UK to offer this type of discount.

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The 10% discount will be available to those over sixty every Tuesday, and will apply across all products.

The discounts will be available in-store only, with shoppers needing to show proof of age at the checkout – this could be through a driving license, senior bus pass, senior rail card or Freedom Pass.

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Iceland is also exploring a national rollout of their £30 voucher scheme, which saw those on state pension receive the vouchers over the Christmas period.

Richard Walker, Managing Director at Iceland, said on the new scheme: “We have a long history of supporting our over 60s customers, such as when we launched ‘Elderly Hour’ at the height of the pandemic.

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“The cost of living crisis has made support for these customers even more important, which is why I’m proud that we’re finding new ways to support them, including the launch of this discount.

“We hope it will help all those in this age category to cut costs where they can.”

Additionally, Iceland provides a free same-day delivery service for shoppers who spend £20 in-store, where customers can pick up all their fresh and frozen favourites at their preferred delivery time.

Iceland will also keep their shopping chilled or frozen until it’s time to deliver it later that day.

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