Mark Wright celebrates wife Michelle Keegan’s 33rd birthday


Mark Wright led the celebrations for wife Michelle Keegan’s 33rd birthday on Wednesday as he posted a sweet tribute. 

The former TOWIE star, 33, took to Instagram to post a collection of throwback snaps from different years of their relationship.

Mark penned: ‘Happy birthday to my señorita. @michkeegan I can’t wait to… Dance with you like nobody’s watching. Sing like nobody’s listening And party like there’s no tomorrow,’ followed by a blue heart emoji. 

Mwah! Mark Wright led the celebrations for wife Michelle Keegan’s 33rd birthday on Wednesday as he posted a sweet tribute

In one of the photos, the couple wore Hawaiian costumes as Mark lifted a hula skirt wearing Michelle in his arms for a tender smooch.

Another two snaps saw Mark and Michelle replicate the Dirty Dancing lift at the reception of their 2015 May wedding at Hengrave Hall in Suffolk. 

The reality star turned presenter also posted several photos of the couple on various nights out and dancing together.

Time Of My Life! The former TOWIE star, 33, took to Instagram to post a collection of throwback snaps, including the couple replicating the Dirty Dancing lift at the reception of their 2015 wedding

Time Of My Life! The former TOWIE star, 33, took to Instagram to post a collection of throwback snaps, including the couple replicating the Dirty Dancing lift at the reception of their 2015 wedding

Sweet: Mark penned: 'Happy birthday to my señorita. @michkeegan I can't wait to... Dance with you like nobody's watching. Sing like nobody's listening And party like there's no tomorrow,' followed by a blue heart emoji

Sweet: Mark penned: ‘Happy birthday to my señorita. @michkeegan I can’t wait to… Dance with you like nobody’s watching. Sing like nobody’s listening And party like there’s no tomorrow,’ followed by a blue heart emoji

Party! The reality star turned presenter also posted several photos of the couple on various nights out and dancing together

Party! The reality star turned presenter also posted several photos of the couple on various nights out and dancing together

Mark’s sister, Jess Wright, also shared a sweet birthday tribute to Michelle as she shared a picture of the trio together, as well as her fiancé William Lee-Kemp, on a getaway to the Caribbean earlier this year.

Jess penned: ‘Oh to be on the ocean, sipping on a rum cocktail with these people happy birthday to the beautiful @michkeegan Love you loads & can’t wait to celebrate one day soon x x.’ 

The former TOWIE star also posted a picture of Michelle on her do and on a snowy skiing getaway together.

Mark’s brother Josh Wright also posted a gushing tribute to his sister-in-law on his Instagram, he posted a picture of himself with Michelle, Mark and his own wife Hollie Kane. 

Sister-in-law: Mark's sister, Jess Wright, also shared a sweet birthday tribute to Michelle as she shared a picture of the trio together, as well as her fiancé William Lee-Kemp, on a getaway to the Caribbean earlier this year

Sister-in-law: Mark’s sister, Jess Wright, also shared a sweet birthday tribute to Michelle as she shared a picture of the trio together, as well as her fiancé William Lee-Kemp, on a getaway to the Caribbean earlier this year

Memories: The former TOWIE star also posted a picture of Michelle on her do

Lovely: She shared a picture of them during a snowy skiing getaway together

Memories: The former TOWIE star also posted a picture of Michelle on her do and on a snowy skiing getaway together

While Michelle’s mother-in-law, Carol Wright, also shared a sweet birthday message as she gushed over her ‘beautiful’ daughter-in-law.  

Michelle also shared several fun snaps and throwback videos posted by her friends, one including a hilarious video of herself trying to catch a crisp in her mouth on a night out.

It’s been a few days of celebrations for the star as she recently celebrated her five year wedding anniversary with Mark. They married on 24 May 2015.  

Double date night: Mark's brother Josh Wright also posted a gushing tribute to his sister-in-law on his Instagram, he posted a picture of himself with Michelle, Mark and his own wife Hollie Kane

Double date night: Mark’s brother Josh Wright also posted a gushing tribute to his sister-in-law on his Instagram, he posted a picture of himself with Michelle, Mark and his own wife Hollie Kane

Mother-in-law: While Michelle's mother-in-law, Carol Wright, also shared a sweet birthday message as she gushed over her 'beautiful' daughter-in-law

Mother-in-law: While Michelle’s mother-in-law, Carol Wright, also shared a sweet birthday message as she gushed over her ‘beautiful’ daughter-in-law

Cute: Michelle also shared several fun snaps and throwback videos posted by her friends to her Instagram Story

Cute: Michelle also shared several fun snaps and throwback videos posted by her friends to her Instagram Story 

Careful! One included a hilarious video of herself trying to catch a crisp in her mouth on a night out

Oops! But she missed and was left playfully clutching her mouth

Careful! One included a hilarious video of herself trying to catch a crisp in her mouth on a night out but missing 

Nice: Another of Michelle's friends shared sweet throwback holiday snaps of the two

Nice: Another of Michelle’s friends shared sweet throwback holiday snaps of the two 

The Our Girl actress marked the occasion by sharing a throwback from their day with the caption: ‘5 years ago today. Happy Wedding Anniversary @wrighty_ Thank you for always holding my hand.’ 

Mark also took to Instagram with a wedding picture that he captioned: ‘Happy 5 years @michkeegan Thank you for being you, making me smile every day and Thank you for being my biggest supporter. Love you always x’ 

The reality star also got a bouquet of yellow flowers delivered to his house on the special day so that he could gift them to Michelle. 

Costume! Michelle's pal shared a fun photo of the trio dressed up as Disney characters

Costume! Michelle’s pal shared a fun photo of the trio dressed up as Disney characters 

Holiday: Michelle and Mark on a snowy skiing getaway with their friends

Holiday: Michelle and Mark on a snowy skiing getaway with their friends 

Spoilt: Michelle was spoilt rotten with sweet gushing tributes from her loved ones

Spoilt: Michelle was spoilt rotten with sweet gushing tributes from her loved ones

Glamour: Michelle's stylist was on hand to share a look at some of her outfits over the last year

Nice: Naomi Anjeska shared a glamorous photo of herself with Michelle

Glamour: Michelle’s stylist was on hand to share a look at some of her outfits over the last year

Celebrate! It's been a few days of celebrations for the star as she recently celebrated her five year wedding anniversary with Mark. They married on 24 May 2015

Celebrate! It’s been a few days of celebrations for the star as she recently celebrated her five year wedding anniversary with Mark. They married on 24 May 2015 

Obese children hospitalized with coronavirus THREE TIMES more likely to need ventilators, study says


Obese children hospitalized with coronavirus are THREE TIMES more likely to need ventilators, study finds

  • Researchers looked at 50 coronavirus pediatric patients hospitalized at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital
  • Obesity was the most chronic health condition with 19 patients either being obese or overweight
  • 60% of obese pediatric patients with coronavirus were characterized as having ‘severe disease’
  • About 67% of obese kids were placed on the breathing machines compared to 20% of non-obese kids
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Children infected with the novel coronavirus who are overweight or obese are more likely to be critically ill, a new study looking at 50 patients suggests.

Researchers from Columba University Irving Medical Center found obesity occurred in 60 percent of pediatric patients characterized as having ‘severe disease.’

What’s more, obese children were three times more likely to need to be placed on a ventilator than children with average weights.  

A new study found that 67% of obese coronavirus pediatric patients were placed on the breathing machines compared to 20% of non-obese kids. Pictured: Jayden Hardowar, eight, from New York, who is not obese, was placed on a ventilator last month

About 60% of obese pediatric patients with coronavirus were characterized as having 'severe disease'. Pictured: Bobby Dean, nine, from Rochester, New York, was hospitalized with coronavirus this year

About 60% of obese pediatric patients with coronavirus were characterized as having ‘severe disease’. Pictured: Bobby Dean, nine, from Rochester, New York, was hospitalized with coronavirus this year

For the study, published in JAMA Pediatrics, the team examined 50 patients under 21 years old hospitalized at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital.

The median time from the development of symptoms to hospital admission was about two days.

However, it was longer for adolescents (four days) compared to younger children and infants (one day).

The majority of patients – 80 percent – had fever or respiratory symptoms, but three patients only had gastrointestinal symptoms when they were diagnosed.  

Obesity and being overweight, 19 out of the 50 patients, was the most chronic health condition among the children.

Researchers found that children with obesity who were older than than age two were three times more likely to be put on a ventilator.

About 67 percent of obese kids were placed on the breathing machines compared to 20 percent of non-obese kids.  

Several earlier reports have found that being overweight is a major risk factor for people sick with coronavirus.

A study of the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic, found that obese people were twice as likely to be hospitalized compared with the state population.

This means that obese people diagnosed with COVID-19 could put an even further strain on already overwhelmed hospitals. 

Additionally, a recent study from the University of Michigan School of Public Health found that obese adults who become infected with the flu are not only at a greater risk of severe complications, but remain contagious longer.

This means that obesity is tied to an increased risk of flu transmission, and likely holds true for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new virus.  

‘The significance of obesity as an independent risk factor for severity is now being increasingly described in adult studies of COVID-19, so it was interesting that many of the hospitalized patients in this study had obesity and/or overweight,’ the authors wrote.  

‘Obesity was the most significant factor associated with mechanical ventilation in children [two] years and older. 

In the US, there are more than 1.8 million confirmed cases of the virus and more than 106,000 deaths. 

Wife stood by American husband who the Venezuelan government falsely accused of being a spy


Thamy Caleno knew that her new husband, Josh Holt, was the answer to her prayer.

So when Venezuelan authorities took him away in the middle of the night, she was determined not to lose him, searching her neighborhood and asking anyone she could where the gringo was.

She found him once, and then again as the police were driving him down the hill away from their apartment complex outside of Caracas.

‘And my wife got into the middle of the road and just stopped them,’ Josh recalled.

Thamy added: ‘I don’t let the car go.’  

Thrown into a separate car, she was eventually placed under arrest after the police ‘found’ a grenade in their apartment. The newlyweds had no idea then that they would spend the next 23 months in a Caracas prison and have to withstand torture as well as heinous and unsanitary conditions: cramped and cockroach-infested cells with no toilet, a riot, and experiencing weight loss as well as contracting diseases such as scabies with scant medical attention.  

‘She endured torture on his behalf,’ Becky Bruce, the host of a new 12-part podcast called Hope In Darkness: The Josh Holt Story, told DailyMail.com.

The series is an in-depth examination of how Josh, a Mormon from Utah who went to Venezuela to marry Thamy in June 2016, got caught up in a narrative that painted him as some sort of spy ‘sent’ from President Barack Obama ‘to destroy the government’ of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro,’ he told DailyMail.com.

It took his mom, Laurie Holt, and several elected officials to free Josh and Thamy from prison and get them to Utah in May 2018. The family recently welcomed a baby daughter named Oakley.

The Holts imprisonment came amid the backdrop of a country contending with the lingering legacy of its longtime President Hugo Chavez, who nationalized industries and used some oil wealth to subsidize social programs, and his chosen predecessor Maduro. According to news reports, 90 percent of the country currently lives below the poverty line, and there have been food and other basic necessities shortages – as well as protests – for years.

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Thamy Caleno met her future husband, Josh Holt, virtually: she sent him a Facebook friend request. Both are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Thamy, who was looking to improve her English, found Josh, who was serving on his first Mormon mission in Washington state, online. When he returned to Utah, Josh thought he had met Thamy during his mission and accepted her request. Above, the Holt family today: Thamy, Josh, who is holding their daughter, Oakley, born on August 3 last year, and their daughters Nathalia and Marian

Josh was the only one who accepted Thamy's friend request. They started chatting via Facebook and video: Josh wanted to improve his Spanish; Thamy, her English. Soon, the pair decided to met in person in the Dominican Republic. 'It was like Fourth of July. Fireworks were going off. I was actually hugging her. I had her in my arms. I had thought about that moment for six months,' he said on a new podcast called Hope In Darkness: The Josh Holt Story. 'After three days, I just knew. I know this is the girl.' Above, Thamy and Josh on their wedding day

Josh was the only one who accepted Thamy’s friend request. They started chatting via Facebook and video: Josh wanted to improve his Spanish; Thamy, her English. Soon, the pair decided to met in person in the Dominican Republic. ‘It was like Fourth of July. Fireworks were going off. I was actually hugging her. I had her in my arms. I had thought about that moment for six months,’ he said on a new podcast called Hope In Darkness: The Josh Holt Story. ‘After three days, I just knew. I know this is the girl.’ Above, Thamy and Josh on their wedding day

Josh proposed to Thamy at a temple in the Dominican Republic. 'I feel so comfortable and I feel like peace inside me,' Thamy recalled on the podcast. 'I feel he's my answer to my prayer.' Josh arrived in Venezuela on June 11, 2016. The couple decided to have a civil ceremony in Venezuela and later have a formal wedding at the temple in Utah. Above, the Holt family in 2018. In front, Marian, Nathalia, Josh and Thamy. In back, Josh's brother, Derek, his father, Jason, his mother, Laurie, and his sister, Jenna

Josh proposed to Thamy at a temple in the Dominican Republic. ‘I feel so comfortable and I feel like peace inside me,’ Thamy recalled on the podcast. ‘I feel he’s my answer to my prayer.’ Josh arrived in Venezuela on June 11, 2016. The couple decided to have a civil ceremony in Venezuela and later have a formal wedding at the temple in Utah. Above, the Holt family in 2018. In front, Marian, Nathalia, Josh and Thamy. In back, Josh’s brother, Derek, his father, Jason, his mother, Laurie, and his sister, Jenna 

It all started with a Facebook friend request.

Josh grew up in Riverton, a suburb outside of Salt Lake City. On the podcast, his father, Jason, and his older brother, Derek, described him as a ‘funny kid’ who somehow managed to hurt himself in mishaps but was able to shake it off.

‘He’s a good kid. Then he grew up,’ Jason quipped on the series.

Raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Josh was excited when he got his assignment for his first mission outside of Seattle in Everett, Washington. While he trained, Josh also began learning Spanish. 

Meanwhile, his future wife, Thamy, was looking to learn English. Born in Ecuador, she moved to Venezuela when she was five, according to the podcast. Like Josh, she was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but when she became pregnant with her daughter Marian at the age of 17, she stopped attending.

‘That year was so so hard for me,’ she recalled.

Nonetheless, as a single mother, Thamy finished school to be an instrument technician and got a job at a hospital. She then met her first husband, Jose, at work, and together they had a daughter Nathalia. She went to church again.

‘But it was far from happily ever after. Jose had a drinking problem,’ said Becky Bruce, the podcast’s host.

Thamy said Jose was abusive. They stayed together for five years until he died in an accident in 2015. Now a widow with two daughters, Thamy went to temple and prayed to God to bring a good man into her life, according to the podcast.

Bruce told DailyMail.com that Thamy was looking to improve her English to get a better job with Josh wanting to better his Spanish. Thamy went to a church site that had profiles of its missionaries, including Josh, so she sent him and others Facebook friend requests. When Josh returned to Utah from Washington, he thought he had met Thamy during his mission and accepted the request.

‘I wrote several people and only Josh answered me,’ Thamy explained.

Soon, the pair were constantly chatting via Facebook and video.

‘Language lessons turn into something else,’ Bruce said.

The couple were newlyweds when the Venezuelan police knocked on their door at an apartment complex west of Caracas that June in 2016. The first time, they asked why Josh was in the country, how long he was staying and what kind of work he did. They checked his visa and then left. The couple were relieved. But not so long after, there was another pound on the door. Josh was taken into custody and then to prison. Thamy, after stopping the car he was in and saying that she wanted to be her husband, was also arrested after police 'found' a grenade at their apartment. Above, the couple in Utah in 2018

The couple were newlyweds when the Venezuelan police knocked on their door at an apartment complex west of Caracas that June in 2016. The first time, they asked why Josh was in the country, how long he was staying and what kind of work he did. They checked his visa and then left. The couple were relieved. But not so long after, there was another pound on the door. Josh was taken into custody and then to prison. Thamy, after stopping the car he was in and saying that she wanted to be her husband, was also arrested after police ‘found’ a grenade at their apartment. Above, the couple in Utah in 2018

Both Josh Holt and Becky Bruce, the host of a new podcast Hope in Darkness, told DailyMail.com that it is still unclear why he was arrested that summer in 2016. A few months before Josh arrived in the country, there were 1,000 protests due to food shortages as well as people marching in the street that opposed President Nicolas Maduro. 'They score kind of a coup: here's an American,' Bruce told DailyMail.com about the raid that night. 'It was sort of convenient to arrest this guy and exploit him.' Above, Thamy, Josh and his parents, Laurie and Jason, with their daughter Marian at the airport in Utah on May 28, 2018

Both Josh Holt and Becky Bruce, the host of a new podcast Hope in Darkness, told DailyMail.com that it is still unclear why he was arrested that summer in 2016. A few months before Josh arrived in the country, there were 1,000 protests due to food shortages as well as people marching in the street that opposed President Nicolas Maduro. ‘They score kind of a coup: here’s an American,’ Bruce told DailyMail.com about the raid that night. ‘It was sort of convenient to arrest this guy and exploit him.’ Above, Thamy, Josh and his parents, Laurie and Jason, with their daughter Marian at the airport in Utah on May 28, 2018

Thamy and Josh decided they wanted to meet in person and chose the Dominican Republic. ‘It was like Fourth of July. Fireworks were going off. I was actually hugging her. I had her in my arms. I had thought about that moment for six months,’ Josh said on the podcast.

‘After three days, I just knew. I know this is the girl.’

Josh brought a ring with him and proposed to Thamy at a temple in the Dominican Republic.

‘I feel so comfortable and I feel like peace inside me,’ Thamy recalled. ‘I feel he’s my answer to my prayer.’

The couple decided to have a civil ceremony in Venezuela and Thamy found Josh a ticket for early June in 2016. Later, they would have a formal wedding at a temple in Utah.

That summer in Venezuela, there were food shortages and protests in the street.

‘I really don’t think he was naive,’ Becky Bruce, the podcast host, said. ‘I do think he missed some of the signs of what was going on in Venezuela.

‘There was definitely unrest at the time.’

Venezuela was once considered the ‘crown jewel of South America,’ Bruce, a longtime radio journalist, told DailyMail.com. 

Hugo Chavez rose to national prominence during a failed coup in 1992 when the then lieutenant army colonel said that they had stop ‘for now.’ Elected in 1998, Chavez was president from 1999 until his death from cancer in 2013. During his tenure, Chavez spent some oil revenues subsidizing programs for the poor, such as housing, while nationalizing other industries.

When Chavez took office, oil was $100 a barrel but by the time Nicolas Maduro, his vice president who was then elected president, came to power it was $40 a barrel, according to an article in The Conversation. The country is currently dealing with an economic crisis and hyperinflation.

Months before June 2016, there more than 1,000 protests because of food shortages, according to the podcast. People were also marching in the street due to their opposition to Maduro. (There was also opposition to Chavez as well.)

‘But in Utah, Josh wasn’t aware of the turmoil and he was determined to marry Thamy,’ Bruce said on the series, which is a Wondery and KSL podcast production.

He arrived on June 11, 2016 and the pair was soon married. ‘It was just a humble little wedding. We just made everything ourselves,’ Josh said.

After their honeymoon, the couple was back at Thamy’s apartment complex called Ciudad Caribia, which is west of Caracas. While they waited on the paperwork to bring his family to the United States, Josh said they spent time with Thamy and her family. ‘The day before we got taken we had this awesome day with her family,’ he recalled. ‘We went bowling, we went out to eat.’

Thamy said during the podcast that after they arrested her, they took her to the same prison as Josh. They interrogated her and asked her to sign a piece of paper that would bolster their untrue claims that Josh was a spy. Venezuelan authorities also interrogated Josh and pointed to photos he had posted on his Instagram account of ammunition that he had bought at a gun show and a video of him shooting at a range in Utah. When Thamy refused to sign the paper, they tortured her. The couple spent 23 months in a Caracas prison. Above, a sign for the couple after they were released and arrived in Utah in May 2018

Thamy said during the podcast that after they arrested her, they took her to the same prison as Josh. They interrogated her and asked her to sign a piece of paper that would bolster their untrue claims that Josh was a spy. Venezuelan authorities also interrogated Josh and pointed to photos he had posted on his Instagram account of ammunition that he had bought at a gun show and a video of him shooting at a range in Utah. When Thamy refused to sign the paper, they tortured her. The couple spent 23 months in a Caracas prison. Above, a sign for the couple after they were released and arrived in Utah in May 2018

Josh's mother, Laurie Holt, above in a photo posted on Facebook. Becky Bruce, the host of new podcast, Hope In Darkness, said Laurie was 'relentless' and the 'driving force' behind their release. She told DailyMail.com: 'His mom was absolutely fierce to get his story out there.' Bruce said it took 'a small village' to get them free. Laurie Holt died at age 50 in February last year and Josh said her death has greatly affected their lives

Josh’s mother, Laurie Holt, above in a photo posted on Facebook. Becky Bruce, the host of new podcast, Hope In Darkness, said Laurie was ‘relentless’ and the ‘driving force’ behind their release. She told DailyMail.com: ‘His mom was absolutely fierce to get his story out there.’ Bruce said it took ‘a small village’ to get them free. Laurie Holt died at age 50 in February last year and Josh said her death has greatly affected their lives

The first knock from the police came at five in the morning.

‘I wake up to just a gun being shoved onto my foot. I look up and there was an AK-47 pointed right at my face,’ Josh recalled.

The police officers wanted to know why Josh, an American, was in Venezuela and when he was leaving, as well as what he did for work. They asked for his visa, checked it out and then left.

The couple thought the ordeal was over, but soon there was another pound on their door: ten police officers stepped into the apartment. Josh said: ‘They come straight to me, right around me circled up. They have their guns pointed at me.’

Eventually, they threw him in the back of a pickup truck and drove to a construction site. The officers took him out of the vehicle and made him stand against the wall. ‘Then all of sudden they all lined up looking at me,’ he said. ‘They pointed their guns at me and they all started just dry firing their weapons.

‘And this is the point where I thought I’m going to die today.’

Thamy, meanwhile, was trying to find Josh. The second time, she found him, she stopped in the middle of the road and when officers asked if she wanted to be with her husband, she said yes. Put in another car, she was taken back to her apartment where officers searched it. 

They asked her for Josh’s suitcase and after she shook out its content, the police asked to search it by themselves. They ‘found’ a grenade that wasn’t theirs, according to the podcast.

‘They aimed their guns at her, pulled her hair and threw her on the ground, demanding to know why she had a grenade in her home,’ Bruce said.

Thamy was arrested.

She was taken to where Josh was being held. While they interrogated Josh, they also questioned her. The officers told her that Josh had guns and was a spy.

‘And I say, no, he’s not,’ Thamy said.

They asked her to sign a paper stating these things but she refused. ‘They start to torture me,’ Thamy said. ‘They take a pencil sharpener and try to put all my fingers inside.’

Josh recalled: ‘My wife literally had my life in her hands. I’d known this woman for just over six months, seven months and she literally could have put me away for the rest of my life just by signing that one paper.’

It took almost two years to free the couple from prison, and they arrived back in Josh’s home state in May 2018. 

‘Our adjustment was pretty difficult,’ Josh, now 28, told DailyMail.com. 

But after a period of about nine months, he said his family has since found its feet. They moved into their own home and Josh works as an inspector for an engineering firm. ‘I’ve been able to look on the positive side what happened to me and my wife.’

'The story I have to admit fell into my lap,' Becky Bruce, host of the new podcast Hope in Darkness, told DailyMail.com.  'Josh Holt came to KSL, which is the station where I work, and pitched us this story.' KSL is in Salt Lake City, Utah. A radio journalist for 20 years, Bruce said she and Josh spent anywhere from 15 to 20 hours in recording sessions. 'I let him tell me the story.' The 12-part series is a Wondery and KSL podcast production

‘The story I have to admit fell into my lap,’ Becky Bruce, host of the new podcast Hope in Darkness, told DailyMail.com.  ‘Josh Holt came to KSL, which is the station where I work, and pitched us this story.’ KSL is in Salt Lake City, Utah. A radio journalist for 20 years, Bruce said she and Josh spent anywhere from 15 to 20 hours in recording sessions. ‘I let him tell me the story.’ The 12-part series is a Wondery and KSL podcast production

The Queen’s birthday will be marked by a ‘small’ military ceremony


The Queen’s official birthday will be marked with a ‘small’ military ceremony at Windsor Castle in what will be her first official event since lockdown began

  •  Palace spokesman confirmed event will take place this month at Windsor Castle
  •  It is hoped the Queen will attend the military event as her first since lockdown 
  •  Event will involve troops from the Welsh Guards who will perform a royal salute

The Queen is expected to attend the first major royal event since the lockdown began with celebrations marking her official birthday. 

Buckingham Palace has confirmed a small military ceremony will take place later this month at at Windsor Castle in honour of the Queen’s 94th birthday. 

The monarch was last seen at a major event on March 9 when she attended the Westminster Abbey Commonwealth Day service. 

A palace spokesman confirmed the new anniversary celebration, saying: ‘There will be a small, brief military ceremony at Windsor Castle to mark the Queen’s official birthday.’ 

The Queen, pictured opening a London hospital in February, is expected to attend the first major royal event since the lockdown began with celebrations marking her official birthday

The June event replaces Trooping the Colour, the national celebration of the Queen's official birthday which traditionally is staged every year. Her Majesty is pictured with Prince Philip traveling to the event last year

The June event replaces Trooping the Colour, the national celebration of the Queen’s official birthday which traditionally is staged every year. Her Majesty is pictured with Prince Philip traveling to the event last year 

The royal family have followed the Government’s orders on movement restrictions and social distancing like the rest of the country. 

They have limited their interactions with the public to videocall meetings with their charitable interests or frontline and key workers.

But it is hoped the Queen will attend the military event at Windsor Castle where she has been isolating during lockdown with Prince Philip, 98. 

The military event will be staged on Saturday June 13 and involve troops from the Welsh Guards who will perform a royal salute in the castle’s quadrangle.

The monarch was last seen at a major event on March 9 when she attended the Westminster Abbey Commonwealth Day service

The monarch was last seen at a major event on March 9 when she attended the Westminster Abbey Commonwealth Day service  

It is claimed the BBC will broadcast the event live but there will be no spectators although members of the royal family may watch from the vantage point of a castle window.

Her Majesty celebrates her birthday both in April and June, in line with a British royal tradition that stems back to 1748 – when celebrations for the birthday of King George II were postponed to summer due to the weather. 

The Queen usually celebrates her birthday in April privately but the occasion is marked with a series of gun salutes in Hyde Park, Windsor Great Park and the Tower of London.  

The military event will involve troops from the Welsh Guards who will perform a royal salute in the castle's quadrangle. Her Majesty is pictured meeting Coldstream Guards the oldest regiment in the British Army

The military event will involve troops from the Welsh Guards who will perform a royal salute in the castle’s quadrangle. Her Majesty is pictured meeting Coldstream Guards the oldest regiment in the British Army

The June event replaces Trooping the Colour, the national celebration of the Queen’s official birthday which traditionally is staged every year. 

It famously features a gathering of the royal family on Buckingham Palace’s balcony to acknowledge the crowds in The Mall and watch a flypast.

Trooping also attracts thousands of spectators, friends and family of the soldiers taking part in the military spectacle, who fill stands around Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall where the event is normally staged.

This comes after news that Prince Philip will celebrate his 99th birthday next week by holding a simple lunch with the Queen

This comes after news that Prince Philip will celebrate his 99th birthday next week by holding a simple lunch with the Queen 

A few days after lockdown was announced Buckingham Palace said in line with Government advice Trooping the Colour would ‘not go ahead in its traditional form’ and a number of options were being considered. 

This comes after news that Prince Philip will celebrate his 99th birthday next week by holding a simple lunch with the Queen.

Royal sources have confirmed that there were no plans for a party to mark the occasion, even without the restrictions caused by coronavirus .

While the Duke of Edinburgh is ‘characteristically taciturn’ about occasion and has opted not to make a fuss – lockdown means there is no chance of his children dropping by to pass on birthday wishes in person next Wednesday.

Jamie Redknapp and Roman Kemp discuss working with famous dads Harry and Martin


‘I have to rein him in!’: Jamie Redknapp discusses working with dad Harry while Roman Kemp recalls ‘absolute carnage’ of filming with father Martin in hilarious interview

Jamie Redknapp and Roman Kemp discussed the ‘carnage’ of working with their famous fathers during an interview on Capital Breakfast on Wednesday.

The former footballer, 46, and the radio DJ, 27, who were chatting about programme Redknapp’s Home Fixture couldn’t resist spilling details about working with football manager Harry Redknapp, 73, and Spandau Ballet rocker Martin Kemp, 58.     

Roman said: ‘I love that you’ve got this going – your very first father-son TV project. 

Like father, like son: Jamie Redknapp (above with dad Harry) and Roman Kemp discussed the ‘carnage’ of working with their famous fathers during an interview on Capital Breakfast on Wednesday

‘Now Jamie, I’m gonna come to you – being someone that’s worked with my dad on a couple of TV things, I mean, what’s it been like for you working with your old man?’

A delighted Jamie responded about his I’m A Celebrity champion father: ‘He’s great. 

‘He’s loose, I must admit, you know, you’ve got to rein him in every now and again. You know what it’s like, mate! But nah, he’s fantastic. 

‘He’s got so many amazing stories. The amount of times we’ll talk about someone and he’ll go “I’ve met him, I’ve got a story about him” and he’ll make it funny. 

Waxing lyrical: An amused Roman said about working with dad Martin: ' Do you know what, it’s the exact same thing with my dad! Having to film with him, it is absolute carnage!'

Waxing lyrical: An amused Roman said about working with dad Martin: ‘ Do you know what, it’s the exact same thing with my dad! Having to film with him, it is absolute carnage!’

Oh dear: Jamie, who has joined forces with Harry, 73 for Redknapp’s Home Fixture, said: 'He’s loose, I must admit, you know, you’ve got to rein him in every now and again'

Lol: 'He’s got so many amazing stories. The amount of times we’ll talk about someone and he’ll go "I’ve met him, I’ve got a story about him" and he’ll make it funny'

Oh dear: Jamie, who has joined forces with Harry, 73 for Redknapp’s Home Fixture, said: ‘He’s loose, I must admit, you know, you’ve got to rein him in every now and again’

‘No, it’s brilliant, he’s a joy to work with, but trying to rein him in, trying to make sure we’ve got the direction of where we’re going with an interview – every now and again he just goes rogue on me… But I love him, he’s brilliant, and it’s been nice.

An amused Roman responded:  ‘Do you know what, it’s the exact same thing with my dad! Having to film with him, it is absolute carnage! But your dad’s a bit cooler than mine though!’

Jamie responded: ‘Sometimes!’  

Earlier this week Roman joked that his famous father Martin ‘used to be a cool dad’ but is now obsessed with gardening. 

Only When You Leaf: Earlier this week Roman joked that his famous father Martin 'used to be a cool dad' but is now obsessed with gardening

Only When You Leaf: Earlier this week Roman joked that his famous father Martin ‘used to be a cool dad’ but is now obsessed with gardening

The father-son duo were guests on The One Show on Tuesday evening ahead of their appearance on Celebrity Gogglebox later this week.

Host Alex Jones began by asking Martin what it was like to have his son back home to film the segment before the lockdown, to which he replied:  ‘It was the best thing.   

‘When he came home I was able to show him what I have been doing around the garden and just to see him and talk to him face to face rather than digitally was so nice.’

But speaking about his father’s new-found hobbies, Roman himself joked: ‘When I was a kid my dad was always the cool dad like “oh yeah get your mates round, we can watch horror movies, we can watch the football”.  

‘But now he is just like “Shirl, shirl, what do you want to watch? Shall we watch something to do with gardening again”.

‘He’s just obsessed, he’s obsessed with gardening.’

Tune into Capital Breakfast with Roman Kemp, weekdays from 6:30am – 10am across the UK 

Dynamic duo: The father-son duo were guests on The One Show on Tuesday evening ahead of their appearance on Celebrity Gogglebox later this week

Dynamic duo: The father-son duo were guests on The One Show on Tuesday evening ahead of their appearance on Celebrity Gogglebox later this week

Two former senior police officers ‘sent offensive WhatsApp messages about women they met at work’


Two senior police officers ‘sent each other grossly offensive WhatsApp messages about women they met in their jobs’

  • Ex-inspector Scott Snowden denied the charges at Grimsby Magistrates’ Court
  • Co-defendant former Superintendent Ed Cook was not present for the hearing
  • Humberside Police declined to comment until court proceedings are concluded

Two former senior police officers are accused of sending each other grossly offensive and sexually-charged WhatsApp messages about women they met at work.

Scott Snowden, a former Grimsby police inspector and the recently named new resort manager for Cleethorpes, appeared before magistrates yesterday to deny the charges. 

His co-defendant was named in court as Edward Cook, better known as former Superintendent Ed Cook, but he was not present for the hearing.   

Snowden, 48, of New Waltham, denied sending a message by a public electronics communications network that was grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing nature at Scunthorpe between January 21, 2017 and October 12, 2018.

Former Superintendent Ed Cook, pictured, was not present for the hearing

Scott Snowden, pictured left, a former Grimsby police inspector appeared before magistrates yesterday to deny the charges but co-defendant, former Superintendent Ed Cook, pictured right, was not present for the hearing

He was previously accused of misconduct in public office but that summons was said to have been issued ‘in error’ and was replaced by the new one.

Wearing a dark suit, light shirt and yellow patterned tie, Snowden appeared via a video link at Grimsby Magistrates’ Court, sitting at a distance behind his solicitor. 

He spoke to confirm his details, address and to enter his Not Guilty plea.

Prosecutor Geraldine Kelly told the court: ‘There is another defendant called Edward Cook, who is charged with the same offence.’

The charge related to conversations or messages being sent between the two of them or from one to the other on WhatsApp. 

Snowden was previously a Humberside Police officer, she said.

Cook was due to be represented in the future by leading barrister Jason Pitter QC, said Miss Kelly.

She added that it had been hoped that both Snowden and Cook would appear in court together so that a pre-trial hearing could be held.

District judge Daniel Curtis expressed surprise that this had not happened and added that he was ‘in the dark’ about the reason.

Snowden’s solicitor, Julian Gaskin, said that it was likely that legal arguments would be put forward at a future hearing.

Details of the case were heard yesterday at Grimsby Magistrates' Court, pictured

Details of the case were heard yesterday at Grimsby Magistrates’ Court, pictured

The case was adjourned to link up with that of Cook.

A decision is likely to be made on where any trial is held and who it will be heard before.

Snowden, who is on summons rather than bail, had the matter against him adjourned.

Humberside Police has declined to comment until court proceedings are concluded.

When Snowden was appointed to the Cleethorpes resort manager job, it was announced that he would take charge of beach safety and tourist information in the resort.

He would also be a focal point for local businesses and residents so they could raise things that needed dealing with and be the main link to council services.

He said at the time: ‘I’m keen to get businesses large and small to work together for the benefit of the resort – that’s going to be the main focus of my work for the next year.

‘We’re all here trying to do one thing – to make sure that Cleethorpes is a fun and safe place to visit, where people come and want to return.

‘If, in a year’s time, I can look back and say that I’ve done my best to bring things together in the resort and we’re all working better together, I’ll be a happy man!’

Defense Secretary Mark Esper says he had NO IDEA he would be in Trump’s infamous photo-op


Defense Secretary Mark Esper called a press conference Wednesday to defend his participation in President Trump’s photo-op at St. John’s church – saying he had no clue what the president was planning until it happened.

‘I did know that following the president’s remarks on Monday evening that many of us were going to join President Trump,’ Esper told reporters at the Pentagon after senior former military officials came down on him for the move.

He ssaid he did not know ‘exactly where we were going’ or ‘what the plans were once we got there.’

Esper’s lack of knowledge also extended to the movements of military assets under DOD control, he admitted. He said it wasn’t until Tuesday afternoon that ‘we determined’ it was a National Guard helicopter that was flying low over protesters in an apparent effort to disperse them. He called for an investigation.

He also said he didn’t know about the plan for federal police forces to clear Lafayette park to make way for the president’s photo-op.

‘I was not aware of law enforcement’s plans for the park,’ he said. He said Guard forces were there in a support role and that he had not yet arrived at a command post when plans for the maneuver apparently were discussed.

‘I work very hard to keep the department out of politics,’ Esper said, as he takes fire for his decisions. He also backed off his use of the term ‘battle-space’ to describe how governors should use Guard to take control of cities, though he explained he was just using military jargon.

‘In retrospect I would use different wording’ he said of his conference call with Trump and governors.

Esper has told his subordinates to remain ‘apolitical’ amid social upheaval and street clashes coursing through the nation – even as he is being accused of violating his oath by joining in a photo-op with President Trump.

Esper penned the memo amid public statements by some military members that they stand with those protesting the death of George Floyd at hands of police in Minneapolis. 

He told service chiefs: ‘I, like you, am steadfast in my belief that Americans who are frustrated, angry, and seeking to be heard must be ensured that opportunity.

‘And like you, I am committed to upholding the rule of law and protecting life and liberty, so the violent actions of a few do not undermine the rights and freedoms of law-abiding citizens.’

He also told them to “stay apolitical in these turbulent days,” according to the memo, released Wednesday.

‘As I reminded you in February, I ask that you remember at all times our commitment as a Department and as public servants to stay apolitical in these turbulent days. For well over two centuries, the U.S. military has earned the respect of the American people by being there to protect and serve all Americans,’ Esper wrote.   

His admonition came as some military members, such as the top enlisted member in the Air Force, Kaleth O. Wright, who wrote: ‘I am outraged at watching another Black man die on television before our very eyes,’ the Washington Post reported.

Esper wrote subordinates Tuesday and reminded them to stay 'apolitical'

Esper wrote subordinates Tuesday and reminded them to stay ‘apolitical’

He posed along with President Trump in front of St. John's church. Part of the church was set on fire during protests on Sunday night. Standing with Trump are Esper, from left, Attorney General William Barr, White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows

He posed along with President Trump in front of St. John’s church. Part of the church was set on fire during protests on Sunday night. Standing with Trump are Esper, from left, Attorney General William Barr, White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows

U.S. President Donald Trump walks with U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper, U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr and National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien during a photo opportunity in front of St. John's Episcopal Church after National Guard forces helped clear out Lafayette Park

U.S. President Donald Trump walks with U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper, U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr and National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien during a photo opportunity in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church after National Guard forces helped clear out Lafayette Park

Riot police chase a man as they rush protestors to clear Lafayette Park and the area around it across from the White House for President Donald Trump to be able to walk through for a photo opportunity in front of St. John's Episcopal Church, during a rally against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, near the White House, in Washington, U.S. June 1, 2020

Riot police chase a man as they rush protestors to clear Lafayette Park and the area around it across from the White House for President Donald Trump to be able to walk through for a photo opportunity in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church, during a rally against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, near the White House, in Washington, U.S. June 1, 2020

Tear gas floats in the air as a line of police move demonstrators away from St. John's Church across Lafayette Park from the White House, as they gather to protest the death of George Floyd, Monday, June 1, 2020, in Washington

Tear gas floats in the air as a line of police move demonstrators away from St. John’s Church across Lafayette Park from the White House, as they gather to protest the death of George Floyd, Monday, June 1, 2020, in Washington

James N. Miller Jr., the former Pentagon undersecretary for policy, penned a stunning letter blasting Esper's participation in a Trump photo-op. Esper says he didn't know they would be going to St. John's church

James N. Miller Jr., the former Pentagon undersecretary for policy, penned a stunning letter blasting Esper’s participation in a Trump photo-op. Esper says he didn’t know they would be going to St. John’s church

Esper himself has been accused of politicizing his role and enabling President Trump’s show of military might to make political statements.

Esper accompanied Trump on his walk across Lafayette Park to visit St. John’s church Monday, after National Guard and other forces used tear gas and rubber bullets to clear out protesters.

He was accompanied by Jt. Chiefs chair Milley, who wore battle fatigues during the walk.

Esper has dispatched an infantry battalion designated Task Force 504 from Fort Bragg, North Carolina to Washington D.C. after President Trump vowed to use the military to gain control of Washington, D.C.

The National Guard in D.C. is investigating the use of a guard medical helicopter with a red cross painted on it using the wind wash from its rotors to try to disperse protesters below. 

Esper told NBC News Tuesday night he didn’t know Trump was going to hold a bible in front of the church, and had thought he was going to review troops. 

‘I thought I was going to do two things: to see some damage and to talk to the troops,’ Esper said. 

He added: ‘I didn’t know where I was going. I wanted to see how much damage actually happened.’

A Pentagon spokesman later clarified that Esper was aware that he would visit the church but didn’t know the president would use it as a photo opportunity, NBC reports. 

The loud explosions of flash-bangs and tear gas could be heard inside the White House Rose Garden while Trump spoke about being a ‘law and order’ president.

Military and police forces also served as the backdrop of dramatic images that the the Trump campaign immediately set to music in a dramatic video. 

On Tuesday, James N. Miller, who formerly served as under secretary of defense for policy, resigned his seat on a Pentagon board with extraordinary letter to Esper. ‘I believe that you violated that oath’ to defend the Constitution, he told Esper. 

‘You must have thought long and hard about where that line should be drawn. I must now ask: If last night’s blatant violations do not cross the line for you, what will?’ he asked the top civilian Pentagon official.  

Thousands of fraud victims complained to the Financial Ombudsman last year


Thousands of fraud victims still had to complain to the Financial Ombudsman Service last year to try and get their money back from banks, despite the introduction of a new anti-fraud code last May which said they ‘should’ be refunded.

The Ombudsman said it received nearly 11,000 complaints from people who fell victim to banking fraud and scams in 2019-20.

This is fractionally down on 2018-19, when it saw 12,195 complaints, but that was a 40 per cent rise on the year before and was a time when consumers were not subject to supposedly increased protections from scams.

The Financial Ombudsman Service received 10,923 complaints about bank fraud last year

Although some of the complaints would have been submitted before the new code came into force last May, the FOS said: ‘We recognise the difficulties of balancing security with maintaining convenience, but are continuing to see that some businesses aren’t going far enough to prevent fraud, or are relying too heavily on generic warnings about it.

‘We want to see businesses commit to ongoing learning and improvement for the future.’

According to its figures, 11,383 complaints were resolved in 2019-20, 58 per cent of which were upheld in favour of consumers, suggesting nearly three in five are wrongly being turned away for refunds. 

Customers have six months to complain to the Financial Ombudsman Service after it is dismissed by their bank or another financial firm.

That success rate is higher than the 41 per cent of fraud losses handed back to victims whose cases were assessed under the new authorised push payment scam code in the second half of last year.

Nine UK banks are signed up to the code, including the UK’s biggest high street names as well as the Co-op Bank, Metro Bank and Starling.

The code states victims of APP scams, which take place when customers transfer money directly to fraudsters who are impersonate someone the victim trusts, ‘should’ be reimbursed, unless they ignore warnings from their bank or were grossly negligent.

But despite the supposed additional protections and the code requiring banks to up their game, losses to APP fraud actually increased by 29 per cent last year to £455.8million. 

And victims were still not getting money back nearly three-fifths of the time.

The ombudsman’s latest announcement comes just two months after it released a review which blasted banks’ handling of the new code.

It said code signatories were ‘inappropriately declining reimbursement’, ‘applying generic reasoning to individual complaints’, ‘making decisions based on assertion, rather than on the evidence’, ‘not taking into account the full circumstances of the scam’, and ‘not giving reasons for their conclusions’.

Banks were also often offering victims 50 per cent of what they’d lost when they should have offered all of the money back. 

The FOS said in some of the cases it had seen the way banks had interpreted the code meant the ‘presumption in favour of reimbursement is in practice effectively reversed.’

The review was released alongside a report from the UK’s Payment Systems Regulator, which also found Britain’s banks had wildly differing reimbursement rates, with one bank handing victims all their money back in just 1 per cent of cases.

Another bank handed some money back in 96 per cent of cases, but rarely reimbursed all a victim’s losses.

Scam victims were receiving very different responses to their cases depending on their bank

Scam victims were receiving very different responses to their cases depending on their bank 

Trade body UK Finance, which represents the banks, previously told This is Money in response to the findings: ‘The banking and payments industry is wholly committed to defending its customers from authorised push payment fraud and stopping stolen money going to criminals.

‘The APP Code, developed on a voluntary basis by the larger firms together with consumer groups, has established stronger customer protection standards and meant more victims are receiving compensation.

‘However, as we have previously said a voluntary agreement alone is not enough and issues of liability and reimbursement would best be addressed by new legislation.’

£38.3bn had been paid out in compensation to victims of PPI mis-selling by the end of 2019

£38.3bn had been paid out in compensation to victims of PPI mis-selling by the end of 2019  

PPI surge in before August deadline… 

The FOS also revealed it received 122,153 complaints about Payment Protection Insurance in 2019-20, which included a spike in complaints following the Financial Conduct Authority’s 29 August deadline for consumers to complain about Britain’s most mis-sold financial product.

However, this was 60,000 fewer complaints than the FOS received last year.

According to the FCA, £38.3billion has now been paid out in PPI compensation between January 2011 and December 2019.

But the FOS said some complainants might have to wait until this summer to hear back from their bank about their claim, due to the millions of enquiries and complaints made.

Chief ombudsman Caroline Wayman said: ‘This year the Financial Ombudsman Service resolved well over a quarter of a million complaints. 

‘Each one of those involved a question of fairness, and someone whose life had been disrupted because of a financial dispute.

‘The fundamentals of good customer service, and good complaint handling, are constant, and the majority of financial businesses know this. 

‘However, some businesses still need to put fairness first in how they handle customer complaints. 

‘A key part of our work in the future will be to proactively prevent complaints, to stop unfairness arising in the first place.’

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Gemma Collins poses for smiley snap after reuniting with boyfriend James Argent


She recently enjoyed a socially-distanced BBQ with boyfriend James ‘Arg’ Argent.

And Gemma Collins was all smiles following their reunion, as she posed for a smiley snap while promoting her lockdown-themed meme clothing line on Wednesday.

The Diva Forever star, 39, looked fresh-faced and glowing as she wore her bright blonde locks in loose waves, while accessorising with a pink headband.

Beaming! Gemma Collins was all smiles following their reunion, as she posed for a smiley snap while promoting her lockdown-themed meme clothing line on Wednesday

The TOWIE veteran wore a pale blue pyjama top with a picture of herself during the memorable ‘I’m claustrophobic Darren’ scene on Celebrity Big Brother.

She teamed the long-sleeved garment with a pair of matching sweatpants, while going barefoot for the snap taken inside her plush pad.

The snap comes after Gemma proved she is still going strong with boyfriend James Argent, as the couple  enjoyed a socially-distanced date in the garden on Monday.

Quality time: The snap comes after Gemma proved she is still going strong with boyfriend James Argent, as the couple enjoyed a socially-distanced date in the garden on Monday (pictured in February)

Quality time: The snap comes after Gemma proved she is still going strong with boyfriend James Argent, as the couple enjoyed a socially-distanced date in the garden on Monday (pictured in February)

In an Instagram video, James who recently revealed he’s been sober for five months after tackling a cocaine addiction, seemed in great spirits as he and the self-proclaimed diva, tucked into a takeaway from Chigwell’s Sheesh Restaurant.

The singer couldn’t contain his laughter as his on-off partner joked she was ‘going to cry’ over the delicious food, gushing: ‘I’m literally so happy right now’.

Treating fans to a glimpse of the platter, consisting of barbequed food, a delighted Gemma said: ‘Absolutely buzzing for this Sheesh tonight. Yeah baby! 

‘I can’t tell you how good this feels to have a sheesh. My eyes are literally bigger than my belly right now but I don’t know if we can do it right now. I’m literally so happy right now.’

Poking fun at the fashion entrepreneur, the theatre actor said: ‘Gem you sound like you’re going to cry!’

‘I am!’, she admitted. ‘Can you imagine, we’re having a little date in the garden, just wanted to say thank you to Sheesh. James you don’t know how happy I am right now.’

Tasty! In an Instagram video, the TOWIE star, 32, seemed in great spirits as he and the self-proclaimed diva, tucked into a takeaway from Chigwell's Sheesh Restaurant

Tasty! In an Instagram video, the TOWIE star, 32, seemed in great spirits as he and the self-proclaimed diva, tucked into a takeaway from Chigwell’s Sheesh Restaurant

What a treat: The singer couldn't contain his laughter as his on-off partner joked she was 'going to cry' over the delicious food, gushing: 'I'm literally so happy right now'

What a treat: The singer couldn’t contain his laughter as his on-off partner joked she was ‘going to cry’ over the delicious food, gushing: ‘I’m literally so happy right now’

Urging his love to focus on eating the meal instead, the theatre star added: ‘Okay Gem put your phone away now and enjoy it. Alright Gem, come on!’ 

The pair were in good company as there were joined by Gemma’s mother Joan and her nephew Kenny.  

Alright Gem, I hope they’re paying ya!

The Dancing On Ice star elaborated: ‘No, this is just a beautiful moment, where we’re all in the garden having dinner together, it’s just beautiful, it is a very happy day.’

‘I don’t know if I can finish all this but I’m sure going to try’, she added, before Arg chimed: ‘Alright Gem, I hope they’re paying ya!’ 

Earlier this month, James revealed he finally feels like he is ‘living again’ after battling his addiction, which saw him spend months at a rehab in Thailand.

The TV star admitted he feels like he has done more in five months than he has in years, during an Instagram Live work out with best pal Mark Wright.

His friend, 33, seemed equally pleased to have his friend back as he confessed that he barely heard from Arg when he was using drugs, and ‘struggled to get a hello out of him’.

The Waltham Forest native first spoke about his drug addiction on an edition of This Morning, where he admitted he was finding recovery tough while in lockdown. 

'It's the original Joan Collins!' The pair were in good company as there were joined by her mother Joan

‘It’s the original Joan Collins!’ The pair were in good company as there were joined by her mother Joan

'This is a beautiful moment, his first Sheesh!' The media personalities were also accompained by Gemma's nephew Kenny

‘This is a beautiful moment, his first Sheesh!’ The media personalities were also accompained by Gemma’s nephew Kenny

During his interview, Arg referred to Mark as his ‘guardian angel’ and revealed that he helped to sort the financial side of his rehab.

The reality star spent ten weeks at a Thailand boot camp, after calling Mark for help when he reached rock bottom over Christmas 2019.

Arg explained: ‘Mark is my best friend. He’s always been there through my ups and downs. He has always given me tough love. 

‘Throughout the whole of December he was begging me to go into rehab, but I had given up hope and didn’t want to stop.’

Recovery: The Jump star recently revealed he's been sober for five months after tackling a cocaine addiction

Recovery: The Jump star recently revealed he’s been sober for five months after tackling a cocaine addiction 

George Floyd’s roommate says he would NEVER use fake cash, take drugs and barely drank alcohol


The $20 bill that instigated the arrest of George Floyd and its tragic consequences may not have been a fake – and if it was, Floyd would have never intentionally used counterfeit cash, his roommate claims.  

Floyd’s roommate of four years, Alvin Manago, 55, exclusively told DailyMail.com that Floyd was a stand-up guy and if he did use a counterfiet bill at the store before his death, it was ‘unintentional’.  

‘I’ve never known Floyd to use any counterfeit money. If he tried to pass along a counterfeit $20 bill it was unintentional,’ Manago said. ‘He probably didn’t know the money was fake. 

‘I’m just not sure why the store employees didn’t just tell him it was a fake $20. They all knew him them. He was a regular customer.’

Manago met George Floyd, 46, when they worked together at the Conga Bistro Bar and Grill. Floyd worked security and Manago worked as a bar back. Manago says they had been roommates for almost four years and considers him one of his best friends.

Floyd died last Monday after being killed during an arrest in Minneapolis, Minnesota, for allegedly trying to use a counterfeit $20 at a local market.  

George Floyd's roommate of four years Alvin Manago, 55, tells DailyMail.com that Floyd would never use counterfeit money intentionally

George Floyd’s (right)  roommate of four years Alvin Manago, 55, (left) tells DailyMail.com that Floyd would never use counterfeit money intentionally 

Floyd lived with housemate Alvin Manago at this apartment in Minneapolis, Minneapolis. The property is owned by Floyds former employer Jovanni Thunstrom

Floyd lived with housemate Alvin Manago at this apartment in Minneapolis, Minneapolis. The property is owned by Floyds former employer Jovanni Thunstrom

Cell phone video captured former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for several minutes after he was handcuffed. Floyd died hours later at a local hospital.  

Former police officer Derek Chauvin was arrested last week on a third degree murder and manslaughter charges, but Manago believes this is just the beginning.

‘I want to see all of the officers arrested,’ he said. ‘The other officers protected the situation even after George was unconscious.’

Manago also has issues with the probable cause statement. 

Manago said he wasn’t aware of any pre-existing medical conditions listed in the probable cause statement for Floyd.

The arrest warrant states that ‘the autopsy revealed no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation. Mr. Floyd had underlying health conditions including coronary artery disease and hypertensive heart disease. The combined effects of Mr. Floyd being restrained by the police, his underlying health conditions and any potential intoxicants in his system likely contributed to his death.’

‘I’ve never known Floyd to take any prescription medication apart from some pain pills on one occasion after he was recently released from the hospital. He never mentioned to me about having any medical problems or high blood pressure,’ said Manago.

Manago also said that Floyd barely drank alcohol.

‘He maybe had a shot or a beer. I’ve never seen him drunk or use drugs,’ he added. 

Choking up, Manago said Floyd was a good guy who had turned his life around. ‘He didn’t deserve to die this way. Floyd needs justice,’ he said. 

Manago said he never knew Floyd to use counterfeit money and the transaction must have been unintentional

Manago said he never knew Floyd to use counterfeit money and the transaction must have been unintentional

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

Floyd 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

‘Floyd would be against the violence and looting. He wouldn’t want people looting and burning buildings in his name. He didn’t promote violence,’ said Manago.

‘He’d be disgusted with what’s going on in the country. I don’t want the looting and rioting attached to his name, he wouldn’t want that.

‘Floyd needs justice. Floyd didn’t deserve to die that way he did.’

Manago also says that Floyd had been exposed to someone who lived with them who had tested positive two months ago for COVID-19. However, he does not believe it had anything to do with his death. 

‘He went to the hospital a few months ago, he was sluggish, throwing up and had diarrhea and complaining of stomach pain. He spent a few days in the hospital and then came back home,’ said Manago.

At about the same time, Manago’s fiancée tested positive for COVID-19. Manago says that he was also tested but the results came back inconclusive. He wasn’t sure if Floyd was ever tested for the virus but said he displayed all of the symptoms of having it.

Derek Chauvin, 44, was arrested Friday on charges of third-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, which has sparked violent protests

Derek Chauvin, 44, was arrested Friday on charges of third-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, which has sparked violent protests

Manago said, ‘The health care workers told me that there was no reason to come back for another test since we lived with someone who tested positive for the coronavirus and have been exposed to it. So we should just treat it like we have it and self-quarantine.’ 

After Floyd was discharged from the hospital he came home and rested. Manago said he never found out exactly why Floyd spent time in the hospital, but is convinced they both had coronavirus.

As DailyMail.com exclusively revealed, Chauvin has been moved to one of the nation’s most secure prison to ‘ensure he’s not murdered behind bars’ according to law enforcement sources.

Chauvin was arrested last Friday and housed in the Ramsey County Jail in nearby St. Paul, Minnesota. On Sunday afternoon, he was transferred to the Hennepin County Jail in Minneapolis, then hours later transferred yet again to a correctional facility in Oak Heights, Minnesota –  the state’s only Level 5 maximum security prison.

Commissioner of Corrections Paul Schnell said Chauvin was moved to prison because of concerns about coronavirus and the huge influx of people being booked into Twin Cities jails on public order offenses.

‘First and foremost, we have a COVID situation. Second of all, a large number of people could be booked into Hennepin County Jail,’ Schnell said.

It’s highly unusual to lock defendants up in prison before they have been convicted, however officials did something similar in the case of disgraced Minneapolis officer Mohamed Noor who shot dead a woman in 2017 while responding to her 911 call.

‘The move to DOC custody was made out of an abundance of caution to ensure he is safely held and after concern about space in the jail due to large numbers of arrests related to the unrest over the last few nights,’ a spokesman said.

‘The DOC also took custody of former officer Mohamed Noor during the time he was in custody before being officially committed to our custody at sentencing, after a similar request in that case.

‘The processing of his [Chauvin’s] transfer to OPH, including the taking of photos, in being completed this morning. He will appear, with official photos, on the public database of inmates after that process is completed.

‘He is being held in administrative segregation outside the general population of the facility.’

Derek Chauvin has been moved to Oak Park Heights Prison in Minnesota (pictured), a maximum security prison

Derek Chauvin has been moved to Oak Park Heights Prison in Minnesota (pictured), a maximum security prison 

Administrative segregation, a form of solitary confinement known as ‘in the hole’, is employed when inmates are deemed to be at grave risk of being attacked by other prisoners or because they pose a significant danger to others.

According to recent data released by the Minnesota Department of Corrections, the Oak Park Heights Prison currently houses 297 murderers, 69 sexual predators and eight kidnappers.

Some 46 percent of the prison population is black.

The 160-acre, rural prison is carved into the side of a hill and has been featured on the National Geographic show America’s Hardest Prisons.

Cells are 7 by 10 feet with cement slab bed and toilets and sink made of steel so they can’t be broken off to use as weapons.

The reinforced windows are said to be so secure that it would take 12,000 hacksaw blades to cut though the steel bars.

Chauvin will be held at the prison until next Monday, June 8th where he is scheduled to appear in a downtown Minneapolis courtroom for the first time since his arrest.