Boris Johnson 'changes his mind' over Huawei deal

Boris Johnson ‘changes his mind’ over Huawei deal and ‘wants a way out of the agreement’

  • The company is to hold talks with Downing Street following reports No 10 is seeking a way out of the deal to let Huawei build 35 per cent of the 5G network
  • A senior Government source told the Sunday Times the Prime Minister wanted to use a new security review ‘as cover’ for getting out of the deal
  • It is understood that No 10 has drawn up a plan to phase out the role of Huawei

Boris Johnson has ‘changed his mind’ over the deal with Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, according to a senior Government source.

The company is to hold crunch talks with Downing Street this week following reports No 10 is seeking a way out of the deal to let Huawei build 35 per cent of the 5G network.

The meeting with Sir Edward Lister, one of Mr Johnson’s senior aides, has been described as a ‘clarifying moment’ for the company.

A senior Government source told the Sunday Times the Prime Minister wanted to use a new security review ‘as cover’ for getting out of the deal. Another said Mr Johnson’s ‘attitude has changed’.

Boris Johnson has ‘changed his mind’ over the deal with Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, according to a senior Government source

Intelligence officials at the National Cyber Security Centre are examining new laws in the US that ban Huawei from using American technology in its equipment.

The US believes Huawei is used by the Chinese state for spying.

It is understood that No 10 has drawn up a plan to phase out the role of Huawei by a fixed date, with 2023 floated as a possible deadline.

Some officials are concerned Huawei could threaten to walk away, leaving the 3G and 4G networks – in which its equipment is used – in turmoil.

Last week the Daily Mail revealed that Huawei equipment will remain inside part of Britain’s mobile phone network for up to seven years, even if Mr Johnson tries to ban it.

Industry insiders said it would take years for them to rip out Huawei kit from their infrastructure if they were told to do so by the government.

They also warned it would result in long delays to the Prime Minister’s plan to deliver full-fibre broadband to all in the UK.

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Dominic Raab promises UK won’t turn a blind eye to the people of Hong Kong – The Sun

THE UK will not turn a blind eye and look away from its responsibilities to the people of Hong Kong, Dominic Raab promised.

The Foreign Secretary confirmed that the UK will allow those who hold British National (Overseas) passports to come to the UK and apply to study and work for an extendable 12-month period which will “provide a path to citizenship”.

He said up to three million people could be eligible if China presses ahead with its proposals to gain more control over the former colony.

Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Tom Tugendhat said the UK’s relationship with China needs to change.

The Chinese government has yet to introduced a measure which would make it a crime to undermine Beijing’s authority in the territory.

Mr Raab told the BBC's The Andrew Marr Show: "We, as part of the handover, the package of measures that were put together with the joint declaration back in 1984, we agreed this BNO passport holder status.

"It means that residents of Hong Kong who have that passport can come to the UK, subject to a restriction of six months."

He added: "I'm a child of a refugee.

"We have got people around the Cabinet table with similar stories.

"We are not going to turn a blind eye.

"We are not going to look away from our responsibilities from the people of Hong Kong."

Asked if hundreds of thousands of people would come from Hong Kong, Mr Raab said: "It is very unlikely you would get those figures."

China has reportedly said Mr Raab's suggestion would violate international law.

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Man ‘mistakenly lights himself on fire’ as protesters set blaze in historic North Carolina Market House – The Sun

A MAN "mistakenly lit himself on fire" as protesters set blazes in the historic North Carolina Market House.

The video shows a rioter lighting a fire in Fayetteville, but accidentally setting himself alight in the process.

As a fellow protester shouted "get him out, get him out," the man ran down the stairs and out of the area.

Additional footage shows demonstrators followed the man, who was rolling on the floor, and attempted to help him put the fire out.

Protests in the city erupted at around 3.00pm on Saturday afternoon and remained peaceful until the Market House was set alight at 7.15pm, CBS reported.

The outlet reported that an American flag was also set on fire in front of the building.

The Market House fire was extinguished within 45 minutes, but at 8.45pm was seen with flames coming out of the structure.

Cops later closed downtown to all traffic.

Demonstrators have been protesting against the death of George Floyd for five nights.

Floyd died in Minneapolis after white cop Derek Chauvin was filmed kneeling on his neck during an arrest.

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Donald Trump declares Antifa a 'terrorist organization' amid George Floyd riots

President Donald Trump said that the United States will be designating the Antifa a terrorist organization amid the ongoing George Floyd protests.

Trump made the announcement in a tweet on Sunday after he hit out at the left-wing, anti-fascist political activist movement at the SpaceX launch in Florida on Saturday.

‘The memory of George Floyd is being dishonored by rioters, looters and anarchists. The violence and vandalism is being led by Antifa and other radical left-wing groups who are terrorizing the innocent, destroying jobs, hurting business and burning down buildings,’ Trump said.

‘The main victims of this horrible, horrible situation are the citizens who live in these once lovely communities.’

Trump went on to promise an end to ‘mob violence’ in reference to the nationwide protests that have plunged the country into chaos.

‘And we will be protections those who have the least.’

US Attorney General William Barr, the nation’s top prosecutor, also blamed left-wing groups for the violence seen across the country which began as a rallying call for justice for Floyd’s death.

‘In many places it appears the violence is planned, organized and driven by anarchic and far-left extremist groups using Antifa-like tactic, many of home travel from outside the state to promote the violence,’ Barr said Saturday.

In July 2019, Trump expressed his intention to classify the Antifa as a terrorist organization after the group clashed with Trump supporters and the alt-right following the 2016 election.

‘Consideration is being given to declaring ANTIFA, the gutless Radical Left Wack Jobs who go around hitting (only non-fighters) people over the heads with baseball bats, a major Organization of Terror (along with MS-13 & others,)’ Trump tweeted, adding, ‘Would make it easier for police to do their job.’

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Michigan police officer drops baton and joins protesters, saying cop in George Floyd death ‘is not one of us’ – The Sun

HEARTENING footage shows a Michigan police officer dropping his baton and joining protesters, telling them the cop involved in the death of George Floyd is "not one of us".

Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson and fellow officers attended a march in Flint Township on Saturday – as similar demonstrations around the US ended in violent clashes between protesters and police.

The unrest comes after viral footage showed Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck during an arrest as Floyd tells him: "I can't breathe".

Floyd died a short time later after suffering what police called a "medical incident", sparking a wave of demonstrations in cities around the country.

Images from Minneapolis, New York, and elsewhere showed police using rubbers bullets and batons on protesters as well as rioters vandalising and setting fire to buildings.

Footage of Swanson showed him addressing a crowd of protesters and saying: "The only reason we're here it to make sure you've got a voice. That's it.

"Don't think for a second that [Chauvin] represents who these cops are – from all over the county and around the station.

"We go out there to help people, not do that nonsense.

"I'm just going to tell you, we want to be with you all for real.

"So I took my helmet off, they've laid their batons down.

"I want to make this a parade, not a protest.

"These cops love you. So you tell us what you need to do."

The crowd responded by breaking into a chant of "Walk with us", to which Swanson replied: "Let's walk".

Photos later showed him walking with and talking to protesters.

The march went on for around two hours before ending peacefully outside the town's police station.

Swanson later added: "This is the way it's supposed to be.

"Police working with the community. When we see injustice, we call it out on the police side and on the community side.

"All we had to do was talk to them, and now we're walking with them.

"The cops in this community, we condemn what happened. That guy is not one of us."


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Former soldier jailed for two years for terrorising teenage lover

Former soldier, 30, is jailed for two years for terrorising his teenage lover by pouring corrosive liquid over her head and stabbing her with a pen

  • Stephen Williams, 30, forced the girl to quit her hairdressing job because of jealous rages
  • He poured a substance used to clean the underside of lorries over her head 
  • Robert English, defending, said his client had suffered from a traumatic childhood  
  • Judge also imposed a five-year restraining order in relation to a former partner 

Lorry driver Stephen Williams, 30, was jailed for two years for terrorising his teenage lover

A former soldier who terrorised his teenager lover by pouring corrosive liquid over her head and stabbing her with a pen has been jailed for two years. 

Lorry driver Stephen Williams, 30, forced the girl, who was 18 at the time, to quit her hairdressing job because of his jealous rages, Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court was told. 

But when, as he demanded, she went to live with him in his cab, he subjected her to ongoing humiliations, the court heard. 

Williams, from Bury, Lancashire, had already demanded that she shun her friends locally and cut off ties with her family, say prosecutors.

Gavin Howie, prosecuting, said the victim even recalled how, when she commented on how a new haircut for her young brother made him look ‘cute’, he became incensed. 

One incident came when Williams drove with the teen to a business where he was picking up a container he began questioning her about former partners. 

Arming himself with a knife, which he held to her throat, he said: ‘Do you think I won’t slice your throat? ‘Cause I will.’ 

The court heard he also poured a corrosive substance, used to clean the underside of lorries, over her head and then laughed at her discomfort. 

Shortly afterwards he also stabbed her in the arm with a pen. He then refused to let her go, even when she had an asthma attack. 

Another flashpoint came outside her mother’s home days later, when his victim told him she wanted to end their partnership, the court heard. 

Williams punched her in the face and kicked her as she cowered in the footwell of his car. 

He then sped off in the vehicle, said Mr Howie. 

He told her during the journey: ‘That’s it now. You’re dead. I’m taking you to a field and you’re dead.

“And then I’m going to come back and I’m gonna get your mum and sister and then I’ll save your little brother till last.”

Mr Howie said Williams bent her fingers back, causing ligament damage, before taking her back to her mother’s house. 

Williams told her the relationship was over and threatened his victim, that if she ever formed a new one, he would kill her and any new partner. 

The defendant later handed himself in at Bury police station after complaints were filed about his behaviour. 

He claimed to officers his young partner had a cocaine addiction and the only times he had ever been violent towards her was in self-defence. 

One of his former partners was approached by police to provide a witness statement in the current case, the court heard. 

She received a threatening phone call from Williams, from Liverpool Prison. 

When his cell was searched it was found he had used an unauthorised device to make the calls.

Richard English, defending, said his client had suffered from a traumatic childhood, which had impacted on his later life. Pictured: Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court

He had called the victim 181 times and another ex-partner received 380 calls, a previous hearing was told. 

Williams had previously pleaded guilty to using controlling and coercive behaviour, causing actual bodily harm and assault.

In addition, he admitted unauthorised use of a mobile phone to contact the woman and another former partner from prison and witness intimidation.

Mr Howie said Williams claimed at one point that his behaviour had been affected by witnessing the deaths of two comrades while a serving soldier in Afghanistan. 

But checks of his Army record had disclosed that the defendant had never been posted to the country.

The hearing was told Williams was dismissed from the armed forces in 2016 after being court-martialled for assault. 

Richard English, defending, said his client had suffered from a traumatic childhood, which had impacted on his later life.

The victim had indicated that she wished to continue with the relationship, he told the court. 

Mr English said the defendant, who had a steady work record as a bricklayer, joiner, soldier and lorry driver, had also suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. 

Jailing him, Judge John Potter said: ‘These offences as a whole portray you as an abusive, manipulative and controlling bully, in particular while you are in relationships with female partners.’ 

The judge also imposed a five-year restraining order in relation to a former partner. 

None was sought regarding his teenage victim.

Judge Potter said he did not consider Williams to be a ‘dangerous’ offender and he appreciated the fact the defendant had suffered considerable mental health problems, linked to his childhood traumas.  

But the judge said these factors ‘were no excuse’ for subjecting someone 10 years younger than him to such an ordeal.  

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Crowd who hurled abuse at Dominic Cummings at his family home in London were Remainers

THE CROWD who hurled abuse at Dominic Cummings outside his North London home and shouted "you shameless b******" at the PM's top aide were Remainers, it has been revealed.

Those who waited outside Mr Cummings' £1.6m townhouse in Islington included former BBC journalist Lara Pawson, TV producer Samuel Jones and freelance Guardian photographer Jill Mead.

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Mr Cummings sparked fury when he travelled from London to Durham to ensure his son would have childcare.

He later drove his family to the town of Barnard Castle to test his eyesight and sit by a river for 15 minutes.

Ms Pawson, who worked for the BBC World Service for more than a decade, held a sign which read "Cummings, you are full of s***".

Ms Pawson, an ardent Remainer and Green Party supporter, has also admitted screaming "you shameless b******" at Mr Cummings, the brains behind the Vote Leave campaign to take Britain out of the EU, as he returned home last week.

In a statement to The Mail on Sunday, she called Mr Cummings a "liar" and a "dangerous man".

She said: "He seeks to undermine our democratic institutions. He shows no respect for the men and women working day and night at our hospitals to save lives – professional people who have repeatedly asked all of us to stay home. I have no respect for him at all."

Samuel Jones, another Remainer, brandished a sign saying "Demonic Scummings must go".

Mr Jones said he was "proud" of his role in the protest, but admitted: "I was conflicted about whether it was the right thing to hold my protest outside Cummings’s home – it's not my usual style – but there are good reasons…to take this out of the usual more official channels, because Cummings has consistently demonstrated he has no respect for conventional channels and is accountable to no one."


Emily Thornberry was accused of inflaming tensions after she appeared to back demonstrators who shouted abuse at the PM's chief aide.

Ms Thornberry, the shadow international trade secretary, wrote of the footage on Twitter: "The people of Islington South & Finsbury can always be relied on to say it as it is."

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park, a minister, said: "What a shock that Thornberry is attracted to this ugliness."

Phillip Blond, the political philosopher and think-tank director, described the abuse as "mob behaviour" and "deeply repulsive".

He told the Mail on Sunday: "Those who took part in this “street justice” have departed from all standards of common decency. It is vile."

And Professor Karol Sikora, a former World Health Organisation adviser, added that it left him "extremely uncomfortable".

It comes as a supposed witness who claimed Mr Cummings made a second trip north admitted he "modified" his statement for a "little bit of comedy value" while a retired teacher who reported the chief aide made a long-distance trip himself.

It was alleged Mr Cummings made a second trip north, which he strenuously denied.

Tim Matthews, a keen runner, was reported in two newspapers as having spotted Mr Cummings on the afternoon of April 19 – five days after the chief adviser returned to London.

Mr Matthews posted a message that read: "Here's my two potential sightings [at] Riverbanks and Houghall Woods – I've been banging on about them ever since."

He has since admitted changing the details on the Strava app to make it look as if he had seen Mr Cummings on April 19.

He told the Mail on Sunday: "I made that up afterwards, a few days ago in fact. I modified it for a little bit of comedy value.

"I undid it later, I'm sorry. A bit of comedy value even if it was really inappropriate.

"The only thing that I can definitively say is that at some point during the last few months when I was out running, I had occasion to think to myself, 'That's Dominic Cummings'.

"What I can't tell you is any sort of timeframe other than in the last few months."

Meanwhile, former teacher Robin Lees, who called police about Mr Cummings taking a trip from his parents' Durham home to Barnard Castle, admitted to making a long-distance trip himself.

He drove from his home in Barnard Castle earlier this month to pick up his student daughter who had been self-isolating at her boyfriend's home in Ascot, Berkshire.

Durham Police last week ruled that Mr Cummings may have committed "a minor breach" of lockdown rules by taking his trip to Barnard Castle on April 12.

Yet, the force will not take retrospective action as it would be "treating Mr Cummings differently from other members of the public".

It comes as Labour MP Rosie Duffield, 48, apologised last night after breaking lockdown rules to be with her married lover.

She admitted breaching restrictions by meeting TV director James Routh before he moved in with her.

She quit her role as an opposition whip after she saw him for a walk in April and invited him to visit her constituency home while he still lived with his wife.

Last night Canterbury MP Ms Duffield said: "My partner and I have been attempting to navigate a difficult personal situation as responsibly as possible. I apologise that during that process, we breached the guidelines.

"A relationship breakdown is difficult at the best of times, let alone during a pandemic. I hope people can understand why I took the steps I did and know that I take responsibility for the breaches that occurred and for which I apologise."


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New video appears to show cops, George Floyd struggling inside squad car

New footage appears to show George Floyd in a violent struggle with cops while inside a squad car before he died after being pinned with a knee to the neck for almost nine minutes.

The clip — posted Saturday by controversial activist Shaun King — shows one Minneapolis officer leaning inside the rear left passenger door, seemingly struggling with Floyd after his arrest for trying to use a fake $20 bill.

Derek Chauvin — the officer charged with murder after pinning him by the neck as Floyd sobbed, “I can’t breathe” — is seen running around to the right side of the car as the Memorial Day clip ends.

That was the spot where Floyd, 46, was eventually pinned to the ground in the now-viral clip that sparked protests across America.

“It’s all coming together. Police were in the car beating the s–t out of George Floyd,” King insisted of the clip.

“One stands watch, while the others attacked him.”

All four Minneapolis officers were fired. Chauvin — who had been involved in three police shootings during his 19 years on the job — was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Floyd’s family said in a statement with their attorney, Ben Crump, that they “expected a first-degree murder charge.”

“We want a first-degree murder charge. And we want to see the other officers arrested,” the statement said.

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Dominic Raab appeals for US not to 'tear itself apart' over Floyd case

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab appeals for US not to ‘tear itself apart’ over ‘distressing’ George Floyd case as he refuses to criticise Donald Trump

  • Protests sweeping the US after death of George Floyd while in police custody 
  • Dominic Raab said footage of Mr Floyd’s treatment by police ‘very distressing’
  • But he urged the US to ‘come together’ and declined to criticise Donald Trump

Dominic Raab today appealed for the US not to ‘tear itself apart over the George Floyd case as he refused to criticise Donald Trump’s handling. 

The Foreign Secretary said footage showing the treatment of Mr Floyd, who was black and died after a white police officer knelt on his neck in Minneapolis, was ‘very distressing’.

But he insisted he would not comment on the backlash against Donald Trump’s response to a wave of furious protests across the US, merely saying he wanted the country to ‘come back together not tear itself apart’. 

Ex-policeman Derek Chauvin has been charged with murdering Mr Floyd, 46. 

Demonstrations have even been taking place in London, with many people ignoring coronavirus lockdown restrictions to make their anger known. 

The President has been condemned from some quarters after posting on social media that ‘looting leads to shooting’. 

A Chicago police vehicle is set on fire during violent protests in the city last night 

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab (pictured on the BBC’s Marr Show today) said he wanted the US to ‘come back together not tear itself apart’

George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died on Memorial Day as he was arrested by four police officers over allegedly trying to buy cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill. He was seen in a video pleading that he couldn’t breathe as white officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee against his neck

Mr Trump tweeted: ‘Looting leads to shooting, and that’s why a man was shot and killed in Minneapolis on Wednesday night – or look at what just happened in Louisville with 7 people shot. I don’t want this to happen, and that’s what the expression put out last night means.’

He also appeared to cheer the tougher tactics being used by the National Guard as protests spread across America.

Last night Mr Trump commended the Guard deployment in Minneapolis, declaring ‘No games!’, and also said police in New York City ‘must be allowed to do their job!’.

Hundreds of people have taken to the streets in protest across the US in recent days, with more than 1,300 having been arrested in 16 cities since Thursday night.

In Washington, the National Guard was deployed outside the White House to deal with protesters.

Asked about Mr Trump’s response, Mr Raab told Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday: ‘I’m not going to start commenting on the commentary or indeed the press statements that other world leaders make, or indeed the US president.

‘Footage of what happened to George Floyd was very distressing, as has been the scenes across America of the rioting and some of the violence.

‘And what we do know is that the lead suspect has now been charged with murder, there is a federal review and we want to see de-escalation of all of those tensions and American come together.’

Later on the BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show, Mr Raab added: ‘I’ve long kept to the self-imposed guidance not to comment on what President Trump says or indeed other world leaders, it is not really what my job is.’

Mr Raab said he wanted to see the US ‘come back together not tear itself apart over this, and of course that is a very distressing and upsetting case’. 

Mr Raab insisted he would not comment on the backlash against Donald Trump’s response to a wave of furious protests across the US

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Gordon Ramsay accused of 'using furlough scheme to pay notice periods'

The F Word (that’s furlough!): Multi-millionaire Gordon Ramsay sparks fury for ‘using taxpayer-funded scheme to pay notice period of up to 500 staff he has already AXED – and telling them they can apply for lower-paid jobs’

  • Staff are placed on furlough scheme during their notice period, email suggests 
  • The furlough scheme is estimated to cost the government around £80bn
  • Supervisors are being told to take up bartender jobs, source close to staff claims
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Hundreds of workers at Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants are being paid to work their notice periods via the government’s taxpayer-funded furlough scheme. 

In March the celebrity chef’s companies sacked 500 workers as the hospitality industry closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Today The Sun on Sunday has revealed some of those workers are being paid via the furlough scheme that is estimated to cost the government around £80bn of taxpayers’ money. 

Gordon Ramsay announced one of his restaurants had reopened this week – but a leaked email shows sacked staff are being paid via the government’s furlough scheme 

 An email seen by the paper from Gordon Ramsay Restaurants’ HR Director Sarah Anderson to a London-based worker read: ‘Should you not wish to apply for a new role, you will remain on the furlough scheme for the duration of your notice.’ 

A source told The Sun: ‘The furlough scheme is called the job retention scheme – but that is not what he seems to be using it for. They are sacking people anyway.’

The same source went on to claim senior members of staff in Mr Ramsay’s restaurants were being offered lower-paid jobs, including telling a supervisor to become a bartender. 

Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in West London is just one of the celebrity chef’s eateries in the capital

Mr Ramsay, who is thought to be worth close to £200million, has restaurants across London, inlcuding in Mayfair and The Strand.

Alec Shelbrooke said there were questions over whether Mr Ramsay had exploited taxpayers, adding: ‘It will have to be carefully looked at whether the scheme was used to increase the profits of the company.’

MailOnline has approached Gordon Ramsay Restaurants for a comment. 

The celebrity chef, 53, announced on Thursday evening that The Narrow in Limehouse, London, is returning as a takeaway BBQ restaurant.

Rishi’s in-laws furlough three per cent of staff 

Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s billionaire father-in-law’s company has deployed the government’s furlough scheme for three per cent of its UK staff.

Software and consulting giant Infosys, which is based in India, was set up by Mr Sunak’s father in law Narayan Murthy in 1981. Now an honorary chairman of the company, Mr Murthy has a fortune worth around £1.7bn, according to Forbes.

The company did not tell The Times how many people it employed in the UK, but the paper suggests it is around 10,000 – meaning around 300 workers have been furloughed. 

A company spokesman said: ‘In light of the current situation, Infosys has furloughed 3% of its UK workforce. We are reviewing this on a weekly basis.’

He told Instagram followers: ‘I’ve got some really exciting news.

‘I know this lockdown has been an absolute nightmare for all of us but tomorrow at midday we’re going to open for an amazing barbecue down on The Thames at The Narrow.

The lockdown led Ramsay, to lay off 500 employees in March, with no guarantee their jobs would be safe in the future. 

Chefs, waiters and other staff were called to a meeting and told their contracts were being terminated – rather than being furloughed on 80 per cent pay.

It triggered a wave of anger, including from chef Anca Torpuc who at the time branded the celebrity chef a ‘piece of ‘s***’ for his decision. 

Ramsay, 53, has grabbed headlines throughout the lockdown after he had his wrist  slapped for flouting lockdown rules.

The coastguard reportedly issued the father-of-five with an official warning after he was seen in Rock, Fowey, Port Isaac and Newquay – some distance from his £4million home in Trebetherick.    

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