Cop put on leave after video shows him with hands around suspect’s neck and shouting in his face – The Sun

A COP has been put on leave after video surfaced showed him with hands around a suspect's neck and shouting in his face on Friday.

Myron Smith was identified as the cop in the video, the The Jacksonville Police Department told the Jackson Free Press.


Video surfaced showing the cop holding a young man's throat as he made gagging noises.

"Make me! Make me! I said make me!" the Mississippi police officer can be seen angrily shouting at the young man.

The man's back was up against a car, and the cop had his hands around the back of the man's neck.

Another woman stood near the two trying to de-escalate the situation as the cop and the man struggled.

"Sir!" the woman said to the cop, as she tried to use her hand to break away the officer's hold on the man.

"Get of me! Get off me! Get off me! I said get off me!" the officer shouted at the woman.

The officer kept his hands on the young man's neck.


The camera moves closer, and a woman then yells, "He can't breathe! He is not able to breathe! He is shaking sir! He can't breathe!"

In another clip, the camera moves closer, and the young man is seen trying to move the officer's hands off the front of his neck.

"You're killing him, he can't breathe!" another bystander yells at the cop.

The cop then responds that he's not choking the man.

"Ma'am, do you see my hands?" the cop asks. "I am not even choking him. Look where my hands are."

The cop continues to angrily yell at the young man, as he has his hands around his neck.

"What should you have done when I told you to leave?" the cop questioned.

"I can't breathe, man," the young man tells the cop.

The cop then yelled at the bystanders: "Leave!"

Toward the very end of the video, the cop appears to release his hands from the young man's neck, and he rolls off the car.

Officer Sam Brown, a spokesperson with the police department, told the Jackson Free Press the officer was identified as Myron Smith.


"When the video surfaced, it got to Chief James Davis, and he immediately placed (Smith) on administrative leave and turned it over him to Internal Affairs,” Brown said.

"They were in a struggle, a scuffle," Davis told the Clarion Ledger of the incident.

Davis added that the department is piecing together all the events.

He added that no arrests were made in the incident, but a report was written up.

Davis did not elaborate on what was included in the report, but he said the department is not taking misdemeanor charges lightly amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

News of the officer being placed on leave came amid ongoing protests over the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man.

Video emerged of a white cop kneeling on Floyd, as he said multiple times he could not breathe.

The cop did not move his knee, and Floyd became motionless.

He died after being rushed to the hospital.

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Two men die after being pulled from the River Avon in Bath

Two men in their 20s die after being pulled from the River Avon in Bath

  • Emergency services were called to the River Avon on Wednesday afternoon
  • The bodies of two men were pulled out of the water by the rescue crews
  • Police were called to the scene near the Bathampton Mill just after 4pm
  • Avon and Somerset Police are not treating the incident as suspicious at present

Two men have died after their bodies were pulled out of the River Avon in Bath today. 

Emergency services were called just after 4pm on Wednesday after it was reported that three people had fallen into the river near Bathampton Mill. 

The rescue mission was led by Avon and Somerset Police, with Avon Fire & Rescue Service and the South Western Ambulance Service also in attendance. 

Two men believed to be in their 20s have died after their bodies were pulled out of the River Avon near Bathampton Mill on Wednesday afternoon with an air ambulance (pictured) called to the scene

According to ITV News, the two men were believed to be in their 20s and four people had jumped into the river in an attempt to save them. 

After an extensive search by the rescue team, two male bodies were pulled out of the water, with both men pronounced dead shortly afterwards. 

A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset Police said: ‘We were called at 4.12pm by the ambulance service amid concern for people in the water near Toll Bridge Road in Bath. 

‘A rescue operation was subsequently led by Avon Fire and Rescue Service.

‘Two adult casualties were rescued and given into the care of the ambulance service. However both males were pronounced dead at the scene.

‘We are not treating the circumstances around the deaths as suspicious at this time.  The deaths will be referred to the coroner.’

Avon Fire & Rescue Service were called to the scene along with Avon and Somerset Police and the South West Ambulance Service

The two men were pronounced dead at the scene, while police are not treating the incident as suspicious at this time

According to Somerset Live, 11 ambulances – including an air ambulance – were called to the incident on Toll Bridge Road, located on the opposite side of the river to the Bathampton Mill. 

One social media user, who goes by the name of ‘Ant’, tweeted that the Toll Bridge Road had reopened just before 7pm on Wednesday following the incident.

On May 19, ‘Ant’ also tweeted: ‘Toll Bridge Road now increasingly dangerous for pedestrians. Cars going full speed even though people are on both sides of the road to maintain distance. Marked increase in traffic. Guy in car weaving between pedestrians like they were bollards.’

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Just hours after NYC crackdown, Borough Park businesses are packed again

The crackdown didn’t even last a day!

Just hours after City Hall sent in the Sheriff’s Office, at least four Borough Park stores exposed by The Post for operating in violation of emergency coronavirus orders were back open — and, again, packed with mask-less customers.

“Maybe it’s illegal to open it, but you have to understand, these stores are living things,” said Chaim Fogel, who stood outside of Tip Top, a crowded clothing store on 13th Avenue. “The economy is a living thing. If you see you’re going to die if you don’t do something, you do it, because what’s the alternative?”

Fogel conceded the shop needed to do a better job of managing the crowds and forcing people to wear masks.

The shop was one of at least four a reporter spotted Wednesday afternoon doing brisk business while staff and most customers failed to take protective measures, like maintaining social distancing and wearing masks.

The roster of open 13th Avenue storefronts also included party supply retailer ‘Party Shop,’ kids clothier ‘Pastel’ and womenswear shop ‘Miller’s Family Wear.’

Nor did the crackdown on businesses appear to deter large groups from gathering on the avenue or encourage those out to wear masks, which remained virtually unseen when The Post returned to the street after the crackdown.

Only one shop identified in the initial story, Toys4U, appeared to have heeded the knuckle rap from officials and sharply limited access to customers.

The toy store has remained open during the pandemic by getting into the bike repair business, one of the categories of work deemed essential by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive order.

“We’re a bike shop. A bike shop is allowed to be open. We’re not looking for a fight with the city,” owner Joseph Itzkowitz said Wednesday. “At least let us be open. We have to make a living.”

That’s a different tack for the retailer, which Post reporters spotted packed with customers buying toys and other non-essential goods on Monday and Tuesday.

City, state and federal health officials say that observing social distancing measures and wearing masks is essential to slow the spread of the coronavirus, which has killed more than 21,000 people in New York City alone.

Borough Park has been hit particularly hard.

City Health Department data shows that more than 200 people who live in the 11219 zip code have died from the pandemic and the area is suffering from one of the highest rates of COVID-19 cases in Brooklyn.

Outraged city officials promised they would be back to shut the businesses down again when The Post contacted them about the reopenings.

“This behavior is absolutely unacceptable and we will be taking further enforcement action,” said City Hall spokeswoman Olivia Lapeyrolerie.

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Mum asks for help after son, two, lathers 'ultra dark' fake tan instead of soap

A mum was amused when her toddler decided to use fake tan all over himself thinking it was soap – but quickly realised she’d need help to get his skin back to its normal tone.

Alana Reed’s son Bailey from East Melbourne, ran to his mum to proudly show off that he was ‘all clean’.

But instead of using soap, he had used an ‘ultra dark’ tan on himself, smearing the product all over his face and body.

At first Alana, 30, thought Bailey had been running around and got himself muddy but after trying to wash it off, noticed that the Bondi Sands Ultra Dark fake tan had been in the bathroom.

She found the situation funny at first but soon became desperate to find a solution to take off the colouring.

Posting on Facebook page Mums Who Clean, Alana asked if anybody had any suggestions on how she could take it off.

The post received thousands of comments with loads of home remedy suggestions.

Unfortunately though, none of them worked. Bailey ended up getting darker after a few days as the Bondi Sands Ultra Dark develops over time.

On the Facebook page, Alana wrote: ‘Does anybody have any ideas for getting ultra dark tan off a toddler’s face, hands and arms? He used half the bottle to “clean himself” and lemon and baby oil are making it worse. Please help.’

One of the suggestions was: ‘Moisturise with baby oil two or three times about 30 minutes apart. Wait one hour after the last application and then run a warm bath and gently exfoliate the areas.’

Another said: ‘Bondi Sands actually has a tan eraser so that might be worth a try.’


‘I’ve found toothpaste and then dishwashing liquid good for removing food colouring. Try it on his hand. Best of luck. Maybe use makeup concealer on his face until it wears off?’ suggested another.

Others recommended bicarbonate of soda, lemon juice, and a bath filled with baking powder.

But Alana said she didn’t want to put harsh chemicals on the toddler.

If no other remedies work, Bailey might just have to wait five to seven days for the tan to naturally clear after plenty of washes.

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After 'Uncut Gems' Here Are 6 More Movies Where Adam Sandler Gives a Dramatic Performance

Uncut Gems just hit Netflix so millions more people can see Adam Sandler’s breakthrough performance. The film was a hit last fall. Even though it did not net Sandler an Oscar nomination, it did the job of showing fans that Sandler is more than just his comedies. Howard Ratner (Sandler) is a jeweler under immense pressure to flip an opal and make a bet on a basketball game to get out of debt. 

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Sandler has dabbled in drama for the past 20 years and many of his other dramas are worth seeing too. If you like Sandler in Uncut Gems, you might like these other movies as an alternative to Billy Madison or You Don’t Mess with the Zohan.

‘The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)’- Adam Sandler’s prelude to Uncut Gems

Noah Baumbach’s movies have comedic moments but they’re always grounded in reality, as in Sandler can’t just do a funny voice to make you laugh. He plays a loving father in this movie who just has a little trouble with his own father (Dustin Hoffman), an artist who hasn’t always been there for his family. 

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‘The Cobbler’ – The ‘Uncut Gems’ of shoes?

The Cobbler is technically a comedy too, but again not an extreme one like Sandler’s Happy Madison output. He plays a shoemaker who has the ability to literally walk in other people’s shoes for a bit. It allows Sandler to be a bit more understated while living out these fantasies. 

‘Funny People’ – Adam Sandler the serious funnyman

Judd Apatow made a drama about standup comics. Sandler plays George Simmons, a movie star who gets a terminal diagnosis, so does his final sets and re-evaluates his life. The standup is hilarious but the drama stretches Sandler, and he’s not afraid to shake his lovable goofball image which he took even further afield in Uncut Gems

‘Reign Over Me’ – The most serious Adam Sandler 

This is actually Sandler’s most dramatic character with no comedy to provide a safety net. He plays Charlie Fineman, a man whose family died in the 9/11 attacks, leaving him traumatized and alone. A chance runin with his old college friend  Alan Johnson (Don Cheadle) gives him a chance to connect again. This sort of traumatic intensity would find greater focus in Uncut Gems.

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‘Spanglish’ – ‘Uncut Gems’ as a chef?

James L. Brooks is a master at dramedy. His Terms of Endearment, Broadcast News and As Good As It Gets are landmarks in the genre. Spanglish may not be in their league, but it gave Sandler a chance to try out some new skills. He plays a loving father again, this time a chef who falls for his maid (Paz Vega) when his wife (Tea Leoni) cheats on him.

‘Punch Drunk Love’ – Adam Sandler’s first drama

Paul Thomas Anderson gave Sandler his first chance to do drama, though Anderson would still call this a comedy. It has moments, but also a lot of intensity as Barry Egan (Sandler) navigates work, romance, unsupportive sisters and an extortion racket. Had Anderson and Sandler not taken a chance on each other, Uncut Gems may not exist.

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Farmer betrayed after MPs didn't stop food sales with lower safety

‘I voted Tory but they’ve kicked UK farmers in the teeth’: Award-winning farmer feels betrayed after MPs failed to stop food being sold in Britain that was produced abroad using lower safety or animal welfare standards

  • Andrew Ward claimed Conservative MPs kicked farmers in the teeth
  • He was awarded an MBE for his services to agriculture in 2014 and was crowned Arable Farm of the Year in 2009
  • He said a lot of farmers wrote to MPs before this amendment was discussed to highlight how important food standards are

Farmers feel ‘hugely betrayed’ by the Tory Party after a bid to protect Britain from low-standard food imports was torpedoed, an award-winning farmer said last night.

Andrew Ward, who has 1,600 acres of arable land in Lincolnshire, claimed Conservative MPs had kicked farmers in the teeth after they failed to agree a legal protection that would stop food being sold here that was produced abroad using lower safety or animal welfare standards.

The Conservatives had pledged in last year’s Election manifesto: ‘In all of our trade negotiations, we will not compromise on our high environmental protection, animal welfare and food standards.’

Andrew Ward, who has 1,600 acres of arable land in Lincolnshire, claimed Conservative MPs had kicked farmers in the teeth

Earlier this month, senior Tory MP Neil Parish tabled an amendment to the Government’s landmark Agriculture Bill which would have prevented future trade deals from allowing food into the UK not produced to the equivalent standards required of farmers and processors here. But it was defeated after failing to receive Government support.

Mr Ward, who was awarded an MBE for his services to agriculture in 2014 and was crowned Arable Farmer of the Year by Farmers Weekly in 2009, said the vote had rocked his faith in the Conservative Party after he backed them at last year’s General Election.

‘I was undecided but at the last minute I thought, “No I will stick with the Conservatives”, so I voted for them,’ he said. ‘The trust that we have put in our Conservatives to look after industry and look after businesses has not materialised.

Dairy cows in Cheshire are typically kept in fields and are free to roam around 

In Kersey, Colorado, it is a very different picture. This cattle feedlot operated by JBS Five Rivers Cattle Feeding has a capacity of 98,000 cattle 

Polls show we want high food standards 

Ministers face a fierce public backlash if they allow US chlorinated chicken or hormone-treated beef to be sold on Britain’s supermarket shelves.

An overwhelming 93 per cent of Britons want our high food standards to be protected in post-Brexit trade deals, according to polling commissioned by Which?

One survey found that 80 per cent of the more than 2,000 adults quizzed would not be comfortable eating beef that had been reared using growth hormones.

Another poll of 2,399 Britons found 68 per cent were not happy about eating chicken washed with chlorine.

In a separate online survey by the consumer watchdog involving 21 adults, every participant believed that maintaining or improving food standards should be a ‘post-Brexit priority’. ‘Our biggest opportunity when we leave the EU is to introduce the most stringent food safety and standards in the whole world,’ one 53-year-old man from South West England told Which? researchers.

The US Department of Agriculture has dismissed concerns over food safety standards as ‘unfounded’.

‘That is where we feel hugely betrayed. A lot of us wrote to MPs before this amendment was discussed to highlight how important food standards are – and we really do want them protecting – and they wrote back to us all and said they fully appreciated where we were coming from and really did understand and agree that food standards need maintaining. And then when the votes took place they completely turned tail and they all voted against it – that’s another betrayal. It really kicked us in the teeth.’

Mr Ward, who grows wheat, spring barley, sugar beet and oilseed rape, has been praised for the innovative methods he uses.

Rapeseed from the farm is processed into oil blends used by McDonald’s and it is one of only two farms in the country to be awarded ‘flagship’ status by the fast-food giant.

He said arable farmers were concerned about cheap wheat and barley imports, while livestock farmers were worried about beef, pork and chicken produced abroad to much lower standards.

Earlier this year, The Mail on Sunday revealed leaked emails in which one of the Government’s most senior officials made the incendiary suggestion that Britain does not need its own farming industry.

Influential Treasury adviser Tim Leunig argued that the food sector was not ‘critically important’ to the economy – and that agriculture and fishery production ‘certainly isn’t’. Mr Ward said our story sent ‘shockwaves through the whole industry’.

He added: ‘The Government really needs to decide, do they want an agricultural industry where we produce our own food while looking after the environment – or do they want to import it all and not have an agricultural industry?’ 

Boris Johnson: ‘We will not accept any diminution in food hygiene or animal welfare standards.’ (February 2020)

Prince Charles: ‘The aggressive search for cheaper food has been described as a drive to the bottom which I am afraid is taking farmers with it. They are being driven into the ground by the prices they are forced to expect for their produce and this has led to some very worrying shortcuts. In the UK, as elsewhere – but particularly in the US – the consequences of this are ever more apparent in the deteriorating state of our public health.’ (May 2013)

Environment Secretary George Eustice: ‘In the UK we have built a very special market based on provenance, with particular attention to food safety and animal welfare standards. We will not jeopardise that through trade deals in the future.’ (February 2020)

International Trade Secretary Liz Truss: ‘We will never undermine our high domestic environmental protection, animal welfare and food safety standards – ensuring that in any agreement British farmers are always able to compete.’ (May 2020)

Shadow Environment Secretary Luke Pollard: ‘Labour will vote against this [Agriculture] Bill because the issue of farm standards for our food is not a technical one; it is fundamental to what kind of country we are.’ (May 2020)

Minette Batters, National Farmers’ Union president: ‘We must not tie the hands of British farmers to the highest rung of the standards ladder while waving through food imports which may not even reach the bottom rung.’ (February 2020)

US President Donald Trump: ‘Working on major Trade Deal with the United Kingdom. Could be very big & exciting. JOBS! The EU is very protectionist with the US. STOP!’ (July 2017)

Foreign Office Minister James Cleverly: ‘Of course we are not going to have chlorinated chicken.’ (January 2020)

Woody Johnson, American Ambassador to the UK: ‘Millions of Britons visit America every year and I would wager most eat chicken while there. Ask them and I am sure they will tell you that American agricultural products are safe, nutritious and delicious. These products should absolutely be included in a US-UK free trade agreement.’ (January 2020)

Conservative Party manifesto 2019: ‘In all of our trade negotiations, we will not compromise on our high environmental protection, animal welfare and food standards.’

Q&A on looming threat to our way of life

How does the EU subsidise UK farmers at the moment?

Since 1972, our farmers have relied on subsidies distributed through the EU’s much-derided Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Under it, UK farmers are paid around £3 billion a year – with the average basic payment worth £22,700 per farm. However, this subsidy will be phased out in England from next year (and 2024 in Scotland and Wales) as part of a post-Brexit agricultural revolution.

How will the Agriculture Bill change that?

It introduces the concept of ‘public money for public goods’ into farming for the first time.

Landowners will receive cash to enhance the environment, such as planting trees. They will be expected to sign so-called environmental land management contracts detailing their commitments to issues including flood management and improving public access.

But the Bill has been criticised by some farmers for being too ‘green-focused’ and for failing to support food production.

Who will be the winners?

Super-rich landowners could receive thousands of pounds in taxpayer support without growing a single carrot. Details of the new environmental contracts remain vague and the system could prove fiendishly complicated and open to abuse. How, for example, will the protection of a peat bog be rewarded compared to planting a hedgerow or maintaining a footpath?

Who will be the losers?

For many smaller family-owned farms, the annual EU subsidy is all that keeps them from insolvency. The National Farmers’ Union estimates about 40 per cent of UK farms would make an annual loss if the payments are taken away.

Payments are being cut by between 5 and 25 per cent next year before the new system has even been introduced.

What is the concern about imports from US mega-farms?

America stands accused of having much lower animal welfare and environmental standards. It is feared a flood of cheap food from US mega-farms would undercut British farmers and result in lower standards here.

Despite a Tory pledge not to compromise our high food standards, a backbench bid to enshrine this into law was defeated earlier this month. The US continues to insist agricultural goods are included in any free trade agreement.

What are the UK’s animal welfare rules?

Britain boasts world-leading welfare standards, with detailed rules governing issues such as transport and slaughter. The UK has banned battery cages for hens since 2012 and so-called sow stalls since 1999. Since 1997, animals have been recognised under EU law as sentient beings – which means it is acknowledged they are able to feel pain and suffer.

How do US animal welfare standards compare?

There is no federal US legislation governing the welfare of animals while they are on the farm, and only weak and patchy regulations at state level.

The rules governing slaughter are much less detailed – and do not exist at all for poultry. Only ten states have banned sow stalls. There is also a general resistance to acknowledging sentience in farm animals.

How are UK and US food production rules different?

Chicken in the US is washed in chlorine to remove harmful bacteria – a practice banned in the EU in 1997 over fears it allows poor hygiene standards in the production process.

Hormones given to pigs, sheep and cattle on US mega-farms to boost their growth rates or milk production are banned in the EU and other countries.

And the use of antibiotics in US cattle is far higher than in the UK, despite fears by experts the treatments will spread deadly drug-resistant illnesses.

 

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Muggers jailed after Duchess of Cambridge's fashion designer robbed

Two muggers who stole £30,000 gold Rolex from Duchess of Cambridge’s fashion designer Amanda Wakeley during terrifying axepoint robbery are jailed for more than ten years

  • Amanda Wakeley was targeted by thieves on a moped in west London last year
  • They put an axe to her neck and put her in a headlock before grabbing the watch
  • Connor Murphy, 26, and Richard Walsh, 29, were jailed at Isleworth Crown Court 

Two men who targeted one of the Duchess of Cambridge’s favourite fashion designers in a terrifying axepoint robbery, in which her £30,000 watch was stolen, have been jailed for more than ten years. 

Amanda Wakeley, the British fashion designer who has supplied evening dresses to countless celebrities and royals, was mugged near Chelsea Harbour, west London on the morning of November 13 after two men approached on a moped. 

They let the tyres of her car down, stalling her, before holding an axe against her neck, putting her in a headlock and forcing her to the ground. 

British fashion designer Amanda Wakeley, pictured with her partner Hugh Morrison, was mugged of her watch by robbers on a moped


Connor Murphy, pictured left, and Richard Walsh, pictured right, were jailed for more than ten years at Isleworth Crown Court

While Ms Wakeley, 57, did not suffer any serious physical injury, the thieves took her Rolex Daytona, which has still not been recovered six months on, and fled the scene, as members of the public rushed to help her.

Ms Wakeley offered to hand over her watch to stop the attack, and had to unclip it as the thief was struggling to wrestle it from her wrist, according to the Evening Standard.

Judge Simon Davis described it as a ‘carefully planned and organised robbery’ with the ‘hallmarks of some professionalism’, the paper reports, with one member of the gang having researched the value of the jewellery online prior to the ambush. 

Connor Murphy, 26, of Salters Road, W10, was jailed for six years and nine months yesterday after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery at Isleworth Crown Court.

Richard Walsh, 29, of Ashburnham Road, Chelsea, was sentenced to four years and nine months in prison after admitting encouraging and assisting a robbery.

Mark Toth, 35, who has links to the Ladbroke Grove area of Kensington and Chelsea is still being hunted by police in connection with the incident. He should not be approached, officers warned.

The 57-year-old managed to get this photo of the robbers making off after the mugging

Her partner Hugh Morrison posted this message online after the incident in November

The thieves let the tyres of her car down, stalling her, before riding up and threatening her with an axe (pictured: Ms Wakeley’s Porsche)

At the time of the attack, her partner Hugh Morrison posted online: ‘Urgent, Amanda Wakeley was mugged this morning for her watch as she was getting into her car.

‘The moped assailants had earlier let down her tyres to make her stop to investigate and came up behind her, threatening her with an axe.

‘She is unhurt but naturally shocked.

‘The police have been amazing but say that this happens 5-6 times every day in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and have asked us to share this.

‘There are a lot of witnesses and the police feel that the culprits will be caught.

‘In the meantime, Amanda just wants to share her experience and hopes that everyone stays safe.’


The Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex are both big fans of Ms Wakeley’s designs and have repeatedly warn them to formal occasions 

Stand-up comic Michael McIntyre and Arsenal footballer Mesut Özil have also fallen victim to moped criminals in the last two years. 

Detective Sergeant Chris Taylor, said: ‘This was a terrifying robbery which happened on what was a normal morning. We quickly identified those involved, and this has resulted in two convictions.

‘However, there is one outstanding suspect and we are appealing for the public’s help to locate him.

‘We would like to thank the victim for her cooperation during the investigation, and acknowledge her courage and bravery.’ 

If you have any information regarding his whereabouts then please call 020 7321 7581, or 101 quoting CAD 1848/13Nov19.

The designer with no formal training who made her name with Princess Diana’s ‘powersuits’

Amanda Wakeley, pictured this summer

Amanda Wakeley was brought up in Chester, the daughter of a prominent surgeon, Sir John Wakeley.

She has never had any formal training, but from her earliest childhood she was raiding her dressing-up box and altering the contents.

At her boarding school, Cheltenham Ladies’ College, she made extra money by running up clothes for her friends, and her first job, at 16, was working in a designer menswear boutique in Chester.

She began her own design career with a made-to-order collection, which she ran up in her Chelsea studio: ‘There was no great financial backing, just a collection of samples,’ she later said.

Nevertheless, her elegant styles soon brought her to the attention of Princess Diana.

The princess’s patronage made Amanda’s name, and famously, when Diana resigned from public life in 1993, she did so wearing a bottle-green Wakeley suit.

Amanda’s future should have been assured; unfortunately, she had her own marital difficulties to contend with.

By 1998, her marriage to Australian property developer Neil Gillon had ended – but his involvement in her business had not.

Two years later he sold his majority stake to Richard Caring, with Amanda staying on as creative director.

After five years, in 2005, Caring in turn sold the brand on to Saudi billionaire Walid Juffali.

And in 2008, Juffali sold it to the former City trader Jason Granite. Less than a week later, Amanda resigned.


Princess Diana in Amanda Wakeley in 1993 and the Duchess of Cambridge in 2011

Fortunately, by this stage, Amanda had already fallen in love with Hugh Morrison, a strategic business advisor.

Amanda credits Hugh with the fact that just a month after she lost her eponymous business, a deal had been engineered for her to regain control.

By April 2009, Amanda was back in the driving seat as owner and creative director.

She had not looked back since, with stars such as Scarlett Johansson, Kate Winslet and Angelina Jolie having shimmered down the red carpet in Amanda’s liquid silks.

The Duchess of Cambridge and Queen Rania of Jordan have also worn her label for formal engagements and innumerable brides have chosen to wear Wakeley up the aisle.

More recently, she has changed direction somewhat from purveyor of evening-wear to luxury lifestyle brand and has begun to attract an edgier sort of customer, including Nicole Scherzinger and J-Lo, who wore head-to-toe Wakeley the 2015’s Golden Globes.

 Previously published in You Magazine.

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Two dead, one injured after police-involved shooting in NYC

Two people were killed and another person was injured in a police-involved shooting inside a Harlem apartment building Wednesday night, sources and officials said.

The chaos erupted about 6:50 p.m. inside a building on Saint Nicholas Terrace near West 127th Street when a man fatally shot his sister-in-law and stabbed another man in an apartment, law enforcement sources said.

The suspect’s wife was also inside the apartment at the time, sources said.

The suspect attacked his sister-in-law when she answered the door for him, sources said. The male resident then intervened and wound up getting by stabbed by the suspect, sources said.

Police arrived at the scene and fatally shot the suspect who was still wielding a weapon, law enforcement sources said.

Two of the victims — the suspect and his sister-in-law — were taken to Mount Sinai Morningside Hospital and declared dead.

The male resident was listed in serious condition.

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50 years after Curt Flood, coronavirus pushes MLB-player battle to forefront

With each day comes a new crate of tea leaves, hints and clues of what’s to come, and when. We gauge ebbs and flows of “momentum” — toward the resumption of sports, away from it, who wants to play, how can they play, will they be safe, will the people care?

NBA superstars hold a conference call, and the message is this: ‘We want to play.’ The NHL commissioner expresses confidence in a 24-team playoff. The governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, declares his state “a ready, willing and able partner,” says “the state will work with [teams] to come back.”

It is impossible not to feel small jolts of hope.

Always, though, there is the thousand-pound buzzkill in the room.

Always, there is the bottom line, especially in the sport so many have entrusted as being the guidepost through all of this — baseball. It is baseball that has begun to aggressively get its house in order, issuing a thorough 67-page outline of protocols and procedures designed to ensure a safe return. It is baseball that has thrown the most spaghetti against the most walls, gaming out plans that make the most sense.

And it will be baseball that must, eventually, discuss and debate what will surely be the sourest aspect of all of this: whether players will agree to play for the prorated portion of their contracts, which is what the Players Association wants, or if they’ll agree to a strict (and, for now, temporary) revenue-sharing split.

We are, of course, in absolutely no mood for this bickering as a nation, and will have no patience for the perennial quarrels between millionaire players and billionaire owners. There are, at last count, 36 million out-of-work Americans. The COVID-19 death toll will soon surpass 100,000. In other times, Blake Snell might simply be dismissed as just another chatty baseball player with little self-awareness.

In these times, he might well become a pariah of piggishness, the very symbol of self-indulgence, if this labor civil war actually draws blood.

The players, after all, have never enjoyed support in the court of public opinion in any of this, no matter how noble their cause might be. It is a useful coincidence that 50 years ago this week, inside room 1505 of the federal courthouse at Foley Square, Curt Flood squared off with MLB in the first genuine showdown over the fundamental rights of players.

The reserve clause had existed for a century, a standard part of a baseball contract which, in essence, bound a player to a team for life, unless the team chose to trade or release him. Players railed against this for years but the standard reply, every bit as loud in 1920 as 2020, was this: Shut up and play.

Flood had been traded from the Cardinals to the Phillies after the 1969 season. He refused to report to Philadelphia. He chose to challenge the reserve clause in court, backed by the union, and much of the theater of Flood v. Kuhn was equal parts comedic and infuriating. At one point, as Flood nervously gave testimony, the judge, Irving Ben Cooper, interrupted.

“I presume you are not finding this as easy as getting up to bat,” he said, and it is impossible to believe he ever said something like that to a jumpy plaintiff in, say, any wrongful-death suit he oversaw. Flood was actually asked to recite the back of his baseball card at one point. But his most compelling testimony has lived on, eternally, as the lasting battle cry of the MLBPA:

“I didn’t think that after 12 years I should be treated like a piece of property,” he said.

Flood, famously, lost the case and, in essence, sacrificed his career for the cause, but the union was forever emboldened. It was a pyrrhic victory for baseball, which has endured 50 years of bludgeonings by the union, making up for a prior century of paternalistic power. The two sides were already headed for confrontation in a year. The pandemic has sped up that schedule.

Whether the rest of us are ready for it or not.

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Project Restart in limbo after call with Premier League captains

Project Restart in race against time with kick-off potentially put back a week to June 19 after video calls with Premier League captains and managers saw concerns raised over quick turnaround

  • Premier League is facing race against time to meet its restart target of June 12 
  • Managers raised concerns about players’ fitness and quality they could produce 
  • Players expressed fears for their safety ahead of planned return to training
  • West Ham’s Mark Noble and Watford’s Troy Deeney were vocal during the call 
  • Players were divided over the plans and protocols attached to Project Restart

The Premier League is facing a race against time to meet its restart target of June 12 after managers and players expressed doubts about the viability of the planned resumption date.

In video conferences on Wednesday, chaired by the Premier League’s medical officer Mark Gillett, both groups gave tentative backing to resuming training next week, but did not endorse any other phases of the return to training plan, never mind playing matches.

Although the overall tone of their meeting was positive, the managers in particular are understood to have questioned whether they would be ready for a return to action on June 12, highlighting concerns over their players’ fitness and as a result the quality of football they would be able to produce.  

Premier League managers are understood to have questioned whether players would be ready to return to action on June 12 as part of the Project Restart proposals to finish the season

The issue of players breaking down was raised, with June 19 suggested as a more realistic date

The most likely date for a restart is now a week later, June 19.

With the clubs not due to meet again to approve returning to training until Monday, several managers pointed out that the earliest they can begin coaching players will be the following day, and even then the work they will be permitted to do will be extremely limited.

Most Premier League players have been restricted to individual training at home since the middle of March and they will remain subject to social distancing rules if permitted to resume working with team-mates on Tuesday next week.

The first phase of training will see players working in small groups with distancing in place before contact is permitted in the week beginning May 25, although still only in groups of five or six.

The earliest date for resumption of full training is June 1, leading several managers to say that expecting them to be ready to play on June 12, after just nine or 10 days’ training, is unreasonable, particularly as rest days also have to be factored in.

The issue of players breaking down was also raised and as a result June 19 was suggested as a more realistic return date, a view which the Premier League agreed to consider.  

Project Restart is in doubt after a conference call involving captains, with West Ham’s Mark Noble having been heavily involved in the discussions

Watford striker Troy Deeney is understood to have been vocal during the conference call

Sportsmail has learned that Sky Sports and BT Sport have been told to work towards a resumption on June 12 or 19, which could be significant.

The players’ conference call later in the day is understood to have been more focused on their safety, rather than concerns about building up match fitness.

Most expressed a willingness to resume training in a limited form next week, but would not commit beyond that and asked more searching questions about whether their safety could be guaranteed.

The Premier League did not duck the issue, replying that although there could be no guarantees of not contracting Covid-19, training grounds would be sterile environments and far safer than being out in public.

The players were also told that their safety protocols are far more rigorous than those approved by the Government for returning to work in other industries. 

The captains’ meeting — which started at 2pm and lasted for over two hours — saw players express major fears over safety ahead of their planned return to training next week. 

Players expressed fears over their safety ahead of their planned return to training next week

West Ham captain Mark Noble and Watford skipper Troy Deeney are understood to have been particularly vocal during the conference call.

With 20 players on the call it is understood there were divisions among the group over the plans.

Players towards the top of the league were said to be more relaxed with the hygiene protocols devised by the Premier League, but those towards the bottom expressed greater concerns.

The majority of the players, but certainly not all, are prepared to return to small-group training on Monday. 

Sportsmail knows of a number of players, more so towards the bottom of the league, who have told their clubs they are reluctant to report for training next week and that was relayed during the meeting.

The captains also made clear that the players still have concerns over what happens when phase two of training commences.

Players were said to be somewhat divided over plans and protocols attached to Project Restart

Phase one will see players split into groups of up to five whilst social distancing. But phase two will see a return to contact training, in particular tackling. 

‘How can you guarantee a player’s safety if they are in constant contact with each other?’ asked one source.

The issue of Covid-19 agreement forms that players will be asked to sign —exclusively revealed by Sportsmail last week — was also a bone of contention. Players queried where it leaves them legally if they were to sign the forms, fearing that they are tantamount to legal disclaimers.

Now some clubs want to delay Monday’s planned vote to decide whether to press ahead.

After their meeting on Wednesday the Football League (EFL) told its Championship clubs that they should not start training until May 25 at the earliest — ‘Until all outstanding matters are concluded, including finalising a comprehensive testing programme.’




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