Moment burglars posing as police officers raid luxury country estate

Moment burglars posing as police officers raid luxury country estate before stealing designer handbags, clothing and cash worth £4,000 – as they are jailed for total of 11 years

  • Daniel Kelly and Louis Aherne posed as police officers to target a luxury home
  • Kelly and Aherne were dressed in fake police uniforms during the raid
  • Residents of Ide Hill Hall in Sevenoaks mistakenly ‘buzzed’ them into the estate 
  • Getaway driver Daniel Bowen was in a hired Renault Captur with a blue light

Three men who posed as police officers to raid a secluded luxury country estate, stealing designer handbags, clothing, footwear and cash, have been jailed for a total of 11-and-a-half years.

Police have today released shocking CCTV of two of the gang dressed in fake uniforms and driving what appeared to be an unmarked police car with blue flashing light, as they peer into the security camera.

They hoodwinked unsuspecting residents at the private gated parkland housing estate of Ide Hill Hall in Sevenoaks, Kent into letting them in.

Daniel Kelly, 41, left, and Louis Aherne, 31, right, from Charlton, south east London were part of a three-man burglary gang who impersonated police officers during a raid in Sevenoaks, Kent

But once inside the Grade II listed housing complex, where homes sell for up to £1million, the raiders smashed their way into an apartment.

The property was then ‘completely ransacked and trashed’, by the bogus officers, Maidstone Crown Court, Kent, heard.

French doors were smashed, drawers and cupboards emptied, and kitchen cookware and children’s toys strewn across the floor.

Among the £4,000  worth of high value belongings stolen during the break-in late at night on July 9 last year while the tenants – Keri James  and Joshua St. Ange  – were on holiday were a Louis Vuitton handbag, Chanel trainers, iPhone and £600 cash.

The keys to Mr St. Ange’s BMW were also taken from the property but later found on the bonnet.

The burglars also tried to ram the front door of another apartment but fled when the startled occupants – company director Peter Blakley  and his wife Maeve – woke at the sound of banging and began shouting.

After tricking their way into the estate, the men broke into an apartment which they trashed while stealing goods to the value of £4,000

Daniel Kelly, 41, and Louis Ahearne, 31, both from Charlton, south east London, were found guilty of burglary and attempted burglary by a jury earlier this year.

The third man, 44-year-old Daniel Bowen and also from Charlton, had pleaded guilty to the same two offences ahead of the trial. The court heard he was the driver of the ‘police’ vehicle, a hired Renault Captur. 

Jailing Kelly for five years, Ahearne for four years, and Bowen for two-and-a-half years, Judge Stephen Thomas said on Tuesday they had carried out a ‘serious, targeted and planned attack’, disguising themselves as police ‘to use to their advantage’.

Ahearne was also sentenced to a further 12 months’ imprisonment for an unrelated offence of possessing a prohibited weapon – a stungun – just five weeks after the Ide Hill Hall break-in.

The judge ordered that it be served consecutively to his four-year jail term.

The court heard father of four Kelly’s criminal record dates back to the 1990s and includes previous convictions for burglary, aggravated burglary and kidnapping.

The gang wore fake police uniforms to trick their way into gated estate in Ide Hill Hall in Kent

The asphalt worker and aircon installer was also the first person to be jailed in the UK in 2016 for using a drone to smuggle contraband into prison. 

Maidstone Crown Court heard the the hired Renault Captur had been fitted with a flashing blue light to convince residents the car was a genuine police car

Having successfully smashed their way into one apartment and the burglars tried to raid a second.

But they fled when met with shouts from the homeowners who, together with other residents, then discovered the break-in at their neighbours’ apartment and called police.

The court heard the Renault had been leased from a branch of Avis in nearby Dartford, Kent, on the day of the burglary and in the name of Ahearne’s brother.

ANPR cameras then recorded the vehicle on the A25 near Sevenoaks shortly before the raid, and just under 90 minutes later on the A2 heading back towards London.

Kelly’s fingerprint was found on a rear interior door latch, and blood left on a cashbox in the apartment matched Bowen’s DNA.

A police-style jacket and jumper with an attached Velcro strip bearing the word ‘POLICE’ were also found at Kelly’s home.

Mr Blakley told police he was asleep in bed when he heard ‘loud, aggressive’ banging on his front door around midnight.

‘It sounded like someone was trying to ram the front door down. Me and my wife jumped out of bed and ran down the stairs, shouting to scare anyone away,’ he said.

‘The banging came as a complete surprise and a complete horror. It was definitely a scary experience.’

The court heard although the banging stopped before the couple reached the door, a lock had been busted and the wooden frame had splintered on impact.

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Go Inside Ashton Kutcher & Mila Kunis' $14 Million Beverly Hills Home

Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis will no longer be hanging out, down the street from their Beverly Hills home. 

According to Variety, the A-list couple is seeking for $14 million for the keys to their picturesque property. Located in the star-studded, super private Hidden Valley community of the 90210, this five-bedroom, five-bathroom house is guaranteed to make it on your Pinterest board. 

The backyard is just as enviable as the interior, with a lagoon-style swimming pool, spa, grotto and outdoor kitchen and bar sitting atop more than half an acre of land. 

Ashton and Mila, who are proud parents to 3-year-old son Dimitri and 5-year-old daughter Wyatt, reportedly shelled out $10.2 million for the home in 2014. Needless to say, the That ’70s Show co-stars are still moving on up in the world! 

Go inside the home by scrolling through our gallery below: 


Home Sweet Home

Ashton and Mila’s Beverly Hills abode could be yours for a cool $13,995,000. At that price, expect only the most luxurious features like oak flooring, hand crafted moldings and French doors throughout. Très chic! 


Bon Appétit

The couple’s massive kitchen is surely a focal point to prospective buyers with a refined palate.


Oh-So Cozy

This is one five bedrooms spread across the 7,300-square-foot home. Each boasts its own en-suite bathroom and walk in-closet. 

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All in the Details

A total dream bedroom for any kid! 


Working Up a Sweat

Located on the bottom floor is a sauna and gym. 


It’s Wine O’Clock

Happy hour is anytime (and just a few steps away!) with a temperature controlled wine room. 

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Ashton and Mila aren’t the only celebs bidding farewell to their homes. Khloe Kardashian just listed her estate for $19 million. Check it out here! 

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Britons despair as it's revealed hairdressers WON'T open until July

Bad hair days will last for a bit longer! Britons despair as it’s revealed hairdressers WON’T open until at least July 4

  • Dominic Raab said salons will reopen during phase three of restrictions lifting
  • The Foreign Secretary confirmed that this would be from July 4 ‘at the earliest’
  • Many customers have taken to social media to show off their overgrown barnets

Britons have despaired over their scruffy hair as the government revealed salons and barbers will be closed for at least another month.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab confirmed hairdressers will reopen during phase three of the lifting of lockdown restrictions from July 4 at the earliest.

It is a major blow for business owners and customers, with many of the latter taking to social media to show off their overgrown barnets.

Nurse Rebecca Angel from Fleetwood, Lancashire, posted: ‘My hair needed cutting BEFORE lockdown. Definitely in need of a chop now! How do I do this?!’

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab (pictured today) confirmed hairdressers will reopen during phase three of the lifting of lockdown restrictions from July 4 at the earliest

Mr Raab told Sky’s Breakfast: ‘From 4 July, at the earliest, we’ll look at other sectors and that will include hospitality, but it will also include personal care and people like hairdressers.’

The government’s blueprint for lifting restrictions says hairdressers may need to wear masks and enforce social distancing to prevent a second wave of Covid-19.

It says: ‘Many measures require the development of new safety guidelines that set out how each type of physical space can be adapted to operate safely.’

It is expected barbers and salons will only work at 50 per cent capacity so staff can keep customers at least two metres apart.

Employees may also have to work in staggered shifts so they do not come into contact with each other at work.

The government’s blueprint for lifting restrictions says hairdressers may need to wear masks and enforce social distancing to prevent a second wave of Covid-19 (file photo)

It comes as thousands of shops, department stores and shopping centres are set to open from June 15.

And outdoor markets and car showrooms will be allowed to open from next Monday as coronavirus lockdown restrictions are further eased.

But things will look very different in the revamped stores, with checkouts behind screens, toilets and changing rooms closed, a limit on the number of customers allowed inside the store at any time and no seating available.

Desperate Britons have shared hilarious photographs of their uncut hair on social media as the wait for a trim continues.

Nurse Rebecca Angel from Fleetwood, Lancashire, posted: ‘My hair needed cutting BEFORE lockdown. Definitely in need of a chop now! How do I do this?!’

One woman posted: ‘A year ago my hair was at chin level. It’s now below my shoulders.

‘My travel straighteners have arrived so going to practise to see if they make a difference. I’m useless with my hair but lockdown has seen me doing all sorts with it.’

Another woman wrote: ‘Lockdown hair status: Silver Elvis.’

And one added: ‘I am sporting lockdown hair starting to resemnle Captain Caveman. Like your new do!’

Some men also commented on their wavy locks, with one posting: ‘Lockdown hair update. Getting closer to ’93.’

And another wrote: ‘Lockdown hair: 50% Kermode, 35% Ice Hockey mullet, 15 per cent Spector.’

Men and women alike complained about that lockdown hair on social media as they pray for hairdressers to reopen soon

The July date for reopening hairdressers is not set in stone and ‘may only be fully possible significantly later depending on the reduction in numbers of infections’, the government said.

But head of the Hair & Barber Council Keith Conniford thinks the date in just over a month will be met.

He told the Telegraph: ‘There was always a consensus in the industry that we wanted to be open in June, and would be ready to do so, but we were put into phase three only on the basis of social distancing.

‘The government felt our close contact of standing behind someone cutting hair was worse than someone at a counter serving in a shop.’

He hopes the government will issue broad ideas on how to reopen on July 4, rather than a strict rulebook.

He said he does not want them to implement tough guidelines for an ‘industry they don’t understand’.

Meanwhile some hairdressers have done virtual appointments for customers over Zoom, Facetime and YouTube to help them style their own hair.

Paul Phillips, from Chopp Hair in Leigh-on-Sea in Essex, has been delivering products and then offering videos on how to use them.

He told the BBC: ‘Most hairdressers say you should never colour your hair at home, and in normal times I’d agree.

‘But lots of clients’ mental health has been affected by the current situation, so sorting out grey roots and split ends makes them feel better.’

Salons have been shut across the country by the government due to the coronavirus pandemic, but many are finding ways to get around the restrictions

He is helping up to 26 people per day with their hair needs but makes sure it can be done by people without a technical skill set.

Earlier this month it was revealed some hairdressers were flouting the lockdown restrictions and performing illicit cuts.

Trading Standards opened an investigation after it emerged workers were posting adverts on classified websites including Gumtree and community app Nextdoor.

Hairdressers and stylists had been advertising ‘mobile services’ according to a report in the Sun.

But they insisted they were not guilty of any wrongdoing because they were wearing masks and gloves.

Some were advertising their skills at discount prices in a bid to drive business while claiming to have trained at ‘award winning’ Central London salons.

Salons are classed as non-essential shops by the government and have been closed since March 23 when lockdown restrictions came into place.

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The Chase fans stunned as contestant Shirley says she wants to ‘rent a man’ with cash winnings – The Sun

THE Chase fans were left red-faced after saucy contestant Shirley revealed she'd like to 'rent a chap' with her prize money.

Viewers watched as the cheeky lady told host Bradley Walsh she'd like to splash her cash on cocktails and a man servant.

Quiz show host Bradley, 59, asked her: "If you were to win some money today, what would you do with it?"

Speaking of her late husband, the good-natured volunteer carer replied: "My husband and I used to travel a lot.

"We loved travelling, and now I'm alone I find it difficult, so I'm going to rent a chap to take along with me, carry my baggage, pour my gin and tonic, and perhaps dance with me in the evening."

The shocked audience laughed as Bradley was left gobsmacked. He eventually replied: "Do you know what Shirley, this is what I'm going to do. "

Shirley asked: "Are you going to volunteer?"

"Erm, no," replied Bradley.

"Shirley I'm going to start a company called 'rent a chap', the new RAC. Rent a chap. That's what we are going to do. I'll find you someone."

"I'll do the vetting!" she joked.

Shirely admitted she liked the look of one of the chasers – but unfortunately it wasn't in the form of Mark Labbett, who was standing in front of her.

Referring to Shaun Wallace, AKA The Dark Destroyer, Mark teased: "I'll get my coat then!"

"He's up for rent, too!" said Bradley.

One fan laughed on Twitter: "Shirley wants a gigolo."

Another wrote: "Shirley is a bl**dy good egg."

While a potential suitor commented: "Shirley has a nice smile."

Host Bradley Walsh said last month that the show is about "100 shows behind schedule".

He admitted the team was "lucky" it had filmed the special series Beat the Chasers otherwise there would be no new episodes to air.

In Beat the Chasers, contestants can win big money if they put themselves up against Chasers.

Bradley told TV Mag: “We were so lucky because we filmed it back in January. Obviously if it had been a couple of weeks later it wouldn’t have been made.


"We stopped filming on The Chase in February, so I would say at the moment we’re about 100 shows behind schedule, which we’ll need to make up."

The host revealed he is in the dark about when production will resume.

He said: "I’ve got absolutely no idea what is going to happen. We can’t say we’ll be back to work in a month, eight weeks. No one knows. All we can do is sit and pray."

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Violence erupts as crowds swarm to reopened beaches for Memorial Day weekend with six shot at Daytona Beach – The Sun

VIOLENCE erupted as crowds of beachgoers celebrated Memorial Day weekend with six shots fired at Daytona Beach. 

Americans flocked to the reopened beaches in Florida, South Carolina, and elsewhere as all 50 states loosened their COVID-19 restrictions to varying degrees.

But instead of sunbathing on Myrtle Beach and Daytona Beach, some people started firing guns, according to local cops.

According to WESH 2 reporter Claire Metz, Daytona Beach Police Department dealt with several violent incidents on Saturday evening.

"[Six] people shot/wounded during beach day near boardwalk," Metz tweeted last night. "Non life threatening injuries.

"Much of the confrontation occurred at [the 7 Eleven] store On A1A. Shooter not in custody."

Earlier, the station reported that the suspect was in custody but their name hadn't been released.

Likewise, down in South Carolina, WBTW News 13 reported that there was similar violent disruption on Myrtle Beach, which left several people injured.

Cpl Tom Vest with Myrtle Beach PD said they got a call just after 12:30 am about a shooting on 12th Ave North.

Once they arrived on the scene, cops found several people with firearm injuries but they are still searching for the suspect(s).

The slew of violent incidents comes as people descended on the reopened beaches in droves, many not wearing masks, according to reports.

Mayor of Daytona Beach Derrick Henry conceded that it's "not realistic or practical to ask people to go to the beach and wear a mask" after people there were asked to stay 10 feet apart, reported CNN.

Although most seaside areas were also reopened in Florida, Fort Lauderdale and Miami-Dade County will remain closed this weekend after being pummeled by coronavirus.

Over in Georgia, residents flocked to the shoreline, while New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Delaware all reopened their state beaches on Friday just in time for the holiday weekend.White House coronavirus task force member Dr Anthony Fauci said going outside was fine but urged people to remain vigilant after over 1.6 million infections and at least 96,000 deaths."Go out, wear a mask, stay 6 feet away from anyone so you can have the physical distancing," he said during a CNN town hall."Go for a run. Go for a walk. Go fishing. As long as you're not in a crowd and you're not in a situation where you can physically transmit the virus."

Protesters gathered outside the "Liberty Fest" rally in front of California State Capitol, SaturdayCredit: AP:Associated Press
But as hundreds of people arrived to soak up the sun after two-months inside, mass overcrowding ensued in some areas.Florida restaurants were full, popular hiking spots in California were shuttered when thousands of walkers hit the trails, and the influx of beachgoers prompted officials to close a whole island in Michigan.In Arizona, holiday travelers flooded Interstate-17, causing a 15-mile backup on the roadway used for access to some of the desert’s most beautiful canyons, the Arizona Department of Transportation said.

The bars were so full with 1,000+ people in Austin, Texas that cops had to shut down road traffic on the street, local reports said.

But this week, 11 states reported a record number of new COVID-19 cases, including Alabama, Arkansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, New Hampshire, Maryland, Maine, Nevada, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin, according to a Reuters tally.

“Without a doubt, this is one of the busiest weekends I’ve seen in many years,” a county beach safety official, Andrew Ethridge, told the Dayton Beach News-Journal Online.

“We have 47 miles of beach in Volusia County and every bit of it has crowds.”


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Sofia Richie looks glum as she hangs with pals during ‘break’ from troubled boyfriend Scott Disick – The Sun

SOFIA Richie couldn't muster a smile even as she spent time with friends on Thursday as she takes a break from her relationship with Scott Disick.

The 21-year-old model was pictured keeping it casual in cycling shorts and a loose white tee, as she appeared to talk into her smartwatch.

Her friend, also in exercise leggings and a sports bra, looked ready for a day of activity before the pair headed out, without their mandatory masks.

Pals close to Sofia recently alleged that Sofia and Scott had decided to take "a break" as the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star focuses on his mental health.

The pair have decided to give Scott time to "get better and focus on work," but sources close to the former couple have revealed that Sofia, 21, has told him he "has to prove himself."

A source tells Us Weekly: “Scott and Sofia are on a break until Scott straightens himself out more.

“Scott is in an OK place right now and is trying to get better and focus on work, but he has to prove himself.”

The pair began dating in 2018, after Scott ended his long-term romance with Kourtney Kardashian, the mother of his three children.

Scott shocked fans when he checked in to rehab and then returned early, after an alleged privacy breach.

A source close to the 36-year-old previously confirmed to The Sun that he was undergoing treatment for a substance abuse issue at a facility.

Sofia and Scott haven't been seen together since.

The source said: "He voluntarily checked himself in, because he knew he needed help."

However, he checked out on May 4 amid claims his privacy was breached in the Colorado treatment center.

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Chelsea transfer blow as Marc-Andre Ter Stegen set to sign new five-year Barcelona deal before LaLiga restart – The Sun

MARC-ANDRE TER STEGEN is reportedly set to sign a new five-year deal at Barcelona to deal Chelsea a major blow in their search for a new goalkeeper.

The German has established himself as one of the world's best shot-stoppers since joining the Blaugrana from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2014.

Ter Stegen, 28, has two years left on his contract at the Nou Camp and Sport had claimed that the Blues were looking to bring him to Stamford Bridge.

Frank Lampard is claimed to be looking to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga after being left unconvinced that he's the right man to have between the sticks.

Kepa has failed to justify the £71.6million fee the West Londoners forked out to bring him to the Premier League from Athletic Bilbao in 2018.

And with contract talks set to have stalled between Barca and Ter Stegen, Spanish media stated that Chelsea were ready to pounce.

But Sport have now insisted that Ter Stegen is set to end speculation that he could leave by penning a new deal next month until 2025.

They suggest that the club want to officially announce his contract renewal before the LaLiga season resumes after the coronavirus crisis.

Further talks between Ter Stegen and Barca are scheduled to take place next week where they will hope to close out the negotiations.

Such is their desire to keep him, the Catalan giants have made it clear that his yearly wage will increase until 2025.

Ter Stegen became a first team regular in 2016 after two years in Spain following Claudio Bravo's move to Manchester City.

In total he has featured between the sticks on 224 occasions, winning four LaLiga titles, four Copa del Rey's and the Champion League in 2015.

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Commuters pack onto Tube as passenger numbers 'rise 25% in a week'

Commuters pack onto Tubes as Number 10 says passenger numbers have risen 25% in a week – but some lines still remain deserted

  • Commuters packed onto Tube services during peak times again this morning
  • People are riding TfL services to get to work if they cannot work from home
  • Central Line was busier than Victoria Line while people were not wearing masks 

Commuters packed onto Tube services in London this morning after Downing Street claimed that passenger numbers are up by 25 per cent on last week.

Pictures this morning show people riding underground trains on the Central Line during peak times, in some cases unable to practice social distancing. 

Though some Tube riders are wearing face masks in line with government advice, images suggest that many commuters are still not wearing coverings.

While Canning Town station looked busy today, the Victoria Line was ‘eerily’ quiet, as one commuter observed while taking to Twitter. 

Meanwhile, Tube passenger numbers have risen by 25 per cent this week compared to last, Boris Johnson’s official spokesman has claimed.

But the overall number of passengers is down by 93 per cent compared to last year.

It comes as Sadiq Khan hinted that he was ‘considering’ making the wearing of face masks on Tubes and buses compulsory going forward.

The Mayor of London has told people to avoid public transport unless it is impossible to work from home, and to wear face coverings. 

Commuters were packed onto the Central Line today on their way back to the workplace

Some commuters were wearing face masks while others were not following government rules

Commuters were packed onto the Central Line today on their way back to the workplace

Angry commuters complained that they were unable to practice social distancing

Transport for London (TfL) has insisted that during peak hours this week it has run over 75 per cent of Tube services on average across the whole network.

However, this has been rubbished by the biggest Tube drivers’ union, which said that its drivers believe that just 50 per cent of services are being run.  

Posting an image of a deserted Tube carriage, he tweeted: ‘My first venture back on the TfL Tube since the first week of March. 

‘There’s something quite magically beautiful yet eerie travelling on the Victoria Line this morning #lockdownuk #Covid19UK’.

Meanwhile, Downing Street yesterday said that underground travel in London is up to 25 per cent higher than last week.

However, Boris Johnson’s official spokesman claimed that Tube usage overall was down by 93 per cent compared to one year ago.

Bus usage was around 88 per cent lower than last year and rail passenger journeys were down 95 per cent on 2019 levels, the spokesman added.   

Not all lines were as busy as each other, with commuters able to practice social distancing

People are being told to get back to the workplace by Boris Johnson only if it is essential

Commuters were seen waiting for a Central Line Tube service on their way back to work today

Jamie Penfold: ‘My first venture back on the TfL Tube since the first week of March. There’s something quite magically beautiful yet eerie travelling on the Victoria Line this morning’

Data provided by the Tube operator suggests that commuter numbers have been rising steadily this week, with a 2,000-passenger jump on Wednesday from Tuesday.

Yesterday, TfL data showed that up to 100,000 travellers used the service to get across the network, while 99,485 journeys were made on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, 97,581 journeys were made between 4am and 10am. 

However, total numbers of passengers are lower than pre-lockdown, as authorities tell people to work from home where possible and only commute where necessary. 

Sadiq Khan has told commuters only to use public transport if it is ‘essential’ and should wear face masks or coverings.  

Yesterday the Mayor of London hinted that he was considering making it compulsory to wear face masks in line with government instruction. 

Mr Khan said he hopes to persuade the government to change its position on the issue, but he has the option to ‘make it mandatory in the capital only’.

Some commuters were wearing face masks while others were not following government rules

People are being told to get back to the workplace by Boris Johnson only if it is essential

He told the London Assembly he will consider next week whether he needs to make wearing face masks on public transport in the capital mandatory.

The London Mayor will lobby the government in a bid to ‘reach a sensible compromise’, as he noted some train services in London are not under his control. 

Mr Khan added: ‘I leave the option available, which is to make it mandatory in London only. But I’m hoping we can persuade the government to do the right thing.’

Existing guidance from TfL only goes as far as advising passengers to wear face coverings, which is in line with nationwide policy. 

Transport for London (TfL) have advised commuters only to travel to work if it is essential

In a move that will force even more passengers on to the cramped public transport system, London’s congestion charge was reimposed on Monday – two weeks early.

The £11.50 daily levy for people driving into the centre of the city was suspended on March 23 and will increase to £15 from next month. 

It comes after Mr Khan launched an investigation into the deaths of 33 TfL staff – including 29 bus drivers – associated with coronavirus. 

TfL will work with University College London to ‘better understand the pattern of coronavirus infections and deaths among London’s bus workers’. 

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Piers Morgan slammed as ‘a deluded pillock’ and compared to Hitler by former friend Lord Sugar as he reignites feud – The Sun

PIERS Morgan has been slammed as a "deluded pillock" and compared to Hitler by his former friend Lord Alan Sugar who has once again reignited their bitter feud.

The Good Morning Britain presenter was at the receiving end of another attack from the Apprentice host who brought up the Nazi as his criticised his "rantings" about coronavirus.

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After a follower insisted  Piers was fighting for justice, Lord Sugar replied: "You are fooled. Can I remind you how Hitler convinced a nation with his rantings.

"You have to know the man. I do and you don't. Trust me its all about him.

"He does not give a s*** about the matters he is raising. He just jumps on the bandwagon topic of the week."

Yesterday Boris Johnson u-turned on making NHS workers pay the £624 migrant surcharge and scrapped it just 24 hours after defending the policy.



The PM has asked the Home Office and the Department for Health and Social Care to remove NHS and care workers from the extra charge whenever they can.

Piers told his 7.5million: "We campaigned on @GMB for PM to scrap migrant NHS surcharge. He did. We'll keep doing our jobs, no amount of complaints to @Ofcom will stop us."


He added: "It’s to the Prime Minister’s credit that he’s done so. YOU STILL WONT KNIGHTED."

The pair often lock horns on the social media site, even challenging themselves to a weight loss duel live on the ITV breakfast show.

But things took a serious turn as they clashed about the seriousness of cornavirus, with Lord Sugar accusing Piers of "scaremongering".

It led Piers to block his ex-friend on Twitter and they haven't spoken since.

But it hasn't stopped Lord Sugar from constantly sending critical messages of the Good Morning Britain host online.

They've fallen out once before during a Comic Relief episode of Lord Sugar's show, The Apprentice, in 2007 when the head honcho fired him from the boardroom.

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Peruvian mayor poses as corpse to avoid arrest for flouting lockdown

Now his political career may be dead!

The mayor of a town in Peru posed as a dead coronavirus victim — by lying in a coffin while wearing a face mask — to avoid being arrested for violating lockdown rules that he should have been helping enforce, according to reports Thursday.

Jaime Rolando Urbina Torres was out drinking with friends in Tantará on Monday night when he allegedly played dead to throw off cops who arrived to bust them for defying public health orders amid the pandemic, according to the UK’s Evening Standard.

The mayor — who has already faced criticism for being absent for much of the time during the outbreak — is shown in a photo released by local police lying in a coffin with his eyes closed.

Torres was detained for violating curfew and social distancing laws, the paper reports.

Police claim the mayor staged the macabre scene to appear as if he was a victim of COVID-19, according to The Times. It wasn’t immediately clear where he and his pals were drinking or why open caskets were nearby.

Torres has also come under fire by officials in recent weeks for failing to open emergency quarantine shelters and failing to implement safety checks, according to local media.

Like the rest of Peru, the town of Tantará was placed on lockdown on March 16.

Peru has seen at least 104,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and 3,024 deaths linked to the virus as of Thursday morning, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

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