ACTOR FOUND WITH SYRINGE IN HIS ARM
Oscar-winning US actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has died from an “apparent drug overdose” in his New York City apartment, an NYPD spokesman said.
The 46-year-old was found dead in the bathroom of his apartment at 11.30am local time (4.30pm GMT) yesterday.
Awarded a best actor actor Oscar for his role in the 2005 film Capote, Seymour Hoffman checked into rehab in May for heroin use.
’TOWN OR COUNTRY’ FLOOD SAVE CHOICE
Britain may have to choose whether it wants to save “town or country” from future flooding because it is too costly to defend both, the chairman of the Environment Agency said.
Lord Smith said “difficult choices” would have to be made over what to protect because “there is no bottomless purse” to pay for defences.
His warning comes as it emerged victims of the flooding are having to pay up to 41p a minute to call a government helpline for advice.
MOTHER IN COURT FOR BABY’S MURDER
The mother of a seven-week-old baby boy who died from severe head injuries will appear in court today charged with murder and child neglect.
Katarzyna Gacek, 24, of Hillside Avenue in Oldham, Greater Manchester, is accused of killing her son Thomas Gacek.
Darren Butterfield, 35, of Ross Avenue, Chadderton, and Dawid Mokrzanowski, 26, of Hillside Avenue, have been charged with child neglect.
LIPOSUCTION RISE FOR MEN AND WOMEN
The number of women undergoing liposuction has risen 43% in the last year, while among men there has been a 28% jump, figures suggest.
New data from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), which represents most plastic surgeons working privately, shows a 17% rise overall in the number of cosmetic operations in the UK in 2013, now reaching 50,122.
Women made up 91% of those undergoing treatment (45,365 procedures), with breast implants the most common (11,123 operations - up 13% on 2012 figures).
GOVE VOW OVER SCHOOLS ’BERLIN WALL’
Education Secretary Michael Gove is vowing to break down the “Berlin Wall” between state and private schools in education, opening up the opportunities available in the independent sector to more pupils than ever before.
In a keynote speech, Mr Gove will say it is his ambition is to raise standards in the state schools in England to the point where they are indistinguishable from their fee-paying counterparts.
Addressing the London Academy of Excellence, he will say the evidence shows “beyond any reasonable doubt” that English state education is starting to show a “sustained and significant improvement”.
BREAST CANCER WARNING FOR OVER-70S
One in three cases of breast cancer are in women aged 70 and over - an age group that is not routinely screened, new figures show.
Around 13,500 women aged 70 and over are diagnosed with breast cancer in England every year, according to data from Public Health England (PHE), which is launching a campaign to highlight the issue.
Those aged 70 and over account for more than half of all breast cancer deaths every year, with around 5,400 women in this age group dying from the disease.
COLD-RELATED A&E ADMISSIONS SLAMMED
An extra 110,000 patients were diagnosed with cold-related illnesses at A&E last year, Labour’s shadow health secretary Andy Burnham will say as he blames the Government for failing to rein in energy bills.
Mr Burnham will reveal that there were 109,000 more emergency admissions made across English hospitals in 2012/13 where circulatory or respiratory diseases were identified as the primary diagnoses. The figure represents a 10% increase on 2009/10, the year before the coalition came to power and a series of wide-sweeping NHS reforms were put in motion.
The former health secretary will say the figures provide tangible proof of “the effect on A&E of the cost-of-living crisis and rising energy bills”.
MAYOR: CROW HOLDING CITY TO RANSOM
London mayor Boris Johnson has accused rail union boss Bob Crow of trying to hold the capital to ransom before the first of two threatened Tube strikes.
Mr Johnson hit out after photographs appeared in the press showing the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) general secretary sunning himself on a Brazilian beach while on a cruise holiday just days before the first 48 hour walk-out is due to begin tomorrow.
In his weekly column for The Daily Telegraph, the mayor said that while he did not begrudge Mr Crow his holiday, he was not entitled to disrupt the lives of millions of people trying to go about their everyday business.
COUNCILS ’FAIL ON DATA PUBLICATION’
Councils are lagging behind in co-operating with rules designed to lift the veil on local government spending, an investigation of more than 150 authorities has found.
Some town hall bosses are waiting several months to publish data on everyday services and big ticket purchases despite it being a cornerstone of Government plans to increase transparency and accountability at local level.
Most data is reproduced on council websites within two months of the purchase, though others are leaving it much longer. One authority has outright refused to publish the figures on its website.
NEW INQUEST FOR RAPE CLAIM OFFICER
An inquest is due to open today into the death of a female military police officer who was found hanged after saying she had been raped.
Corporal Anne-Marie Ellement, 30, originally from Bournemouth in Dorset, was found hanged at Bulford Barracks near Salisbury in Wiltshire on October 9, 2011.
She had alleged that she was raped by two fellow Royal Military Police (RMP) soldiers while she was drunk and although the complaint was investigated by the RMP’s Special Investigations Branch, prosecutors decided not to bring charges.