Legendary commentator Clive Tyldesley stepping away from lead role for ITV


Legendary commentator Clive Tyldesley, 65, is REPLACED as ITV’s voice of football after 22 years in the job – as they follow the BBC in culling older talent with 42-year-old Sam Matterface taking over

  • Clive Tyldesley’s voice has become synonymous with football over two decades 
  • Veteran commentator will still work for ITV sport, especially at big tournaments 
  • Sam Matterface will take on the role of lead commentator from next season 
  • Plenty of fans took to social media to voice disappointment at the decision  

Legendary commentator Clive Tyldesley will be replaced in his lead role with ITV after 22 years in the job. 

Tyldesley’s voice has provided the backdrop to a huge number of historic matches over more than two decades at major international tournaments and the biggest games in club football, including 17 Champions League finals. 

ITV announced that the 65-year-old he will be replaced by 42-year-old Sam Matterface from the start of the new season. 

Clive Tyldesley is stepping away from the role of lead ITV commentator after 22 years

Sam Matterface will be taking over as the lead football commentator for ITV from next season

Sam Matterface will be taking over as the lead football commentator for ITV from next season

Tyldesley addressed the biggest ever British audience for a single game when the England lost to Croatia in the 2018 World Cup semi-final in front of 24.3million viewers. 

He also famously captured the moment Manchester United won the European Cup against Bayern Munich in dramatic fashion: ‘Beckham…… Into Sheringham….. and Solskjaer has won it! Manchester United have reached the promised land, Ole Solskjaer, and the two substitutes have scored the two goals in stoppage time and the Treble looms large!’

A number of disappointed fans reacted to the news on social media. 

One wrote: ‘ITV replacing Clive Tyldesley is a terrible decision. A fantastic commentator who will be sorely missed.’

Another added: ‘Hope he gets snapped up by someone’, while third posted: ‘Hi Clive, I’ve read the statement ITV put out this morning. Yours was the voice of my sporting youth, Champions League on terrestrial was appointment viewing. “And Solskjaer has won it!” Terrific memories.’ 

Tyldesley has broadcasted some of the biggest games in football over the last 22 years

Tyldesley has broadcasted some of the biggest games in football over the last 22 years

Tyldesley commentated on England's World Cup semi-final defeat by Croatia in 2018

Tyldesley commentated on England’s World Cup semi-final defeat by Croatia in 2018

Tyldesley is going to remain as part of the ITV team and will still be part of the group commentating at major tournaments. 

ITV appear to be following the BBC’s lead in culling older much-loved talent. 

John Inverdale, Henry Blofeld, and Ian Robertson found themselves sidelined, while Cornelius Lysaght and Mark Pougatch were informed they had no future at Radio 5 Live. 

Matterface, Tyldesley’s replacement, will be continuing in his role as Talksport’s lead football commentator alongside his new position. 

He has extensive experience of his own having held roles with the BBC and also Sky Sports both as a presenter and commentator.

Matterface has been a regular commentary voice on ITV, working on coverage of several major tournaments including the World Cup in Russia. 

The commentary for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Champions League-winning goal is iconic

The commentary for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Champions League-winning goal is iconic

Niall Sloane, Director of ITV Sport, said: ‘On behalf of ITV Sport, I would like to thank Clive for his superb work leading our commentary on some of the biggest occasions in world football throughout his outstanding career with us. 

‘We are very glad he will continue with us and look forward to working with him on many more occasions in the future.’ 

Tyldesley, a fan favourite over the years, will be working on next year’s delayed European Championship but not in the lead role.  

He again endeared himself to supporters again during lockdown, keeping them entertained with commentary over clips of children playing football and even his wife making lasagne. 

The veteran broadcaster jokingly commentated on his wife making lasagne during lockdown

The veteran broadcaster jokingly commentated on his wife making lasagne during lockdown

Damian Hurley, 18, and Irina Shayk, 34, feature in steamy ad


He made his first foray into the modelling world when he shot his debut campaign for Pat McGrath last summer.

And Elizabeth Hurley’s lookalike son Damian, 18, has now appeared in a very steamy new make-up campaign alongside supermodel Irina Shayk, 34.

The sensual video, shot prior to the coronavirus lockdown, saw Damian straddled by the leather-clad bombshell as they promoted Pat McGrath’s new Dark Star Mascara. 

Steamy! Elizabeth Hurley’s lookalike son Damian, 18, is straddled by leather-clad supermodel Irina Shayk, 34, as they star in a steamy new campaign for beauty brand Pat McGrath

Spot the difference: Damian looks just like his famous mother Elizabeth (pictured) in the new video

Spot the difference: Damian looks just like his famous mother Elizabeth (pictured) in the new video

Sharing the video to Instagram Damian wrote alongside: ‘the breathtaking @irinashayk and I for my favourite Aunty @PatMcGrathReal, directed by the extraordinary #StevenMeisel.’ 

At first, only Irina is in view, but soon the racy clip shows the model wrapping her body around Damian as the leather clad pair intertwine while an intense heartbeat plays. 

At times, the pair gaze into the camera while elsewhere Damian can be seen resting with his eyes closed, appearing to be lost in the moment.

Irina caresses Damian’s head whilst wearing a pair of long leather gloves, while the teenager gently touches the top of her thigh with his bare hand.  

Sensual: In the VERY sensual video for Pat McGrath's new #DarkStarMascara (shot prior to the coronavirus lockdown) Irina wraps her body around Damian

Sensual: In the VERY sensual video for Pat McGrath’s new #DarkStarMascara (shot prior to the coronavirus lockdown) Irina wraps her body around Damian

Proud mama! Elizabeth Hurley expressed her pride by sharing a screen-grab of the video alongside an adoring caption

Proud mama! Elizabeth Hurley expressed her pride by sharing a screen-grab of the video alongside an adoring caption

Stunning: Irina's raven tresses are scraped back off her face and her eyelids adorned with striking eyeliner

Stunning: Irina’s raven tresses are scraped back off her face and her eyelids adorned with striking eyeliner

Sensual: Irina caresses Damian's head whilst wearing a pair of long leather gloves

 Sensual: Irina caresses Damian’s head whilst wearing a pair of long leather gloves

Breathtaking: Damian branded his co-star Irina 'breathtaking' as he shared the video

Breathtaking: Damian branded his co-star Irina ‘breathtaking’ as he shared the video

As the pair move, spoken word is read out: ‘I love her beauty, but I fear her mind’ – a quote from 19th century French writer Marie-Henri Beyle, better known by his pen name Stendhal.

The author’s name is also read out, and is of particular note given that Stendhal’s syndrome is a psychosomatic condition involving rapid heartbeat, fainting, confusion and even hallucinations, allegedly occurring when individuals become exposed to objects or phenomena of great beauty.    

Damian has certainly inherited his mother’s cool confidence in front of the camera. 

Who's who? Pat McGrath muse Damian imitated his mother Elizabeth when he donned a blazer inspired by the 1994 Versace gown which made her famous last July

Wow: Elizabeth soared to worldwide prominence when she sported a Versace gown made of safety pins at the premiere of Four Weddings and a Funeral, (pictured in 1994)

Who’s who? Pat McGrath muse Damian imitated his mother Elizabeth when he donned a blazer inspired by the 1994 Versace gown which made her famous last July

Racy: At first, only Irina is in view, but soon the racy clip shows the model wrapping her body around Damian as the leather clad pair intertwine while an intense heartbeat plays

Racy: At first, only Irina is in view, but soon the racy clip shows the model wrapping her body around Damian as the leather clad pair intertwine while an intense heartbeat plays

Amazing beauty: Irina branded Damian 'the most amazing beauty' alongside the clip

Amazing beauty: Irina branded Damian ‘the most amazing beauty’ alongside the clip

Straddled: Irina hooks her leg over Damian's so that she's partially straddling him

Straddled: Irina hooks her leg over Damian’s so that she’s partially straddling him

In fact, the actress expressed her pride by sharing a screen-grab of the video alongside an adoring caption.

She wrote: ‘Proud Mama had to post this ravishing shot of my son @damienhurley with the gorgeous @irinashayk for the new @patmcgrathreal campaign shot by Steven Meisel.’

Irina shared the full video, writing: Major new #DarkStarMascara directed by the iconic #StevenMeisel for the legendary @patmcgrathreal! New must have.. alongside the most amazing beauty @damianhurley #PatMcGrathLabs.’ 

Lost in the moment: At times, the pair gaze into the camera while elsewhere Damian can be seen resting with his eyes closed, appearing to be lost in the moment

Lost in the moment: At times, the pair gaze into the camera while elsewhere Damian can be seen resting with his eyes closed, appearing to be lost in the moment

At the end of last month, Damian was informed that his father Steve had jumped to his death at the age of 55. 

The teenager said he was experiencing a ‘strange and confusing time’ as he took to Instagram hours after the ‘devastating news’ emerged that the millionaire filmmaker and philanthropist had killed himself.  

Damian was born after an 18-month relationship between the entrepreneur and actress Elizabeth in the early 2000s, before the pair split amid a bitter paternity row. 

While it had been reported that Bing had never met his son, Damian’s mother Elizabeth also took to social media to say they had grown close in recent times and had spoken on his 18th birthday.  

Bare chest: Damian rests his hand on his bare chest as he comes into view

Bare chest: Damian rests his hand on his bare chest as he comes into view

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp at High Court for day six of libel trial


Johnny Depp arrived at the High Court today to hear evidence from his security team and property managers as his high-profile libel case over allegations of domestic violence by his ex-wife Amber Heard continues.

The London court is due to hear evidence from Malcolm Connolly, part of Depp’s security team; Tara Roberts, the property manager at Depp’s Bahamas home; and Hilda Vargas, Depp’s housekeeper at his Los Angeles properties.

Heard’s assistant Savannah McMillan is also due to appear, one day after Depp, 57, finally finished giving evidence and claimed that allegations of domestic violence made by Heard, 34, ‘mirrored’ her abuse towards him.

On the final day of his evidence at the Royal Courts of Justice in London yesterday during his libel case against The Sun, Depp said: ‘It seemed like everything she would accuse me of was something she had done to me.’

The actor also accused Heard of throwing a ‘haymaker’ punch at him during a row after her 30th birthday party, just hours after he had learned during a ‘bad’ business meeting that he had lost $650million (£514million).

It was also claimed during another day of bombshell evidence in court yesterday that:

  • Depp has a ‘remarkable’ ability to not get drunk despite drinking ‘a lot of alcohol’;
  • The actor is accused of throwing a bottle of champagne at Heard, grabbing her by the hair, and pushing her;
  • Depp was shown a photograph, apparently taken by Heard, of him with ‘ice cream spilled all over my leg’;
  • Depp’s former personal assistant, Stephen Deuters, alleged Heard ‘was the abuser in the relationship’
  • Front desk supervisor said she saw ‘no visible injuries’ to Heard’s face three days after Depp allegedly hit her;
  • Elon Musk was staying with Heard on one day she was seen with facial bruises, according to a concierge.

Amber Heard pictured outside the High Court today

Johnny Depp (left) and Amber Heard (right) arrive separately at the Royal Courts of Justice in London this morning

Amber Heard leaves Ham Yard Hotel in London today

Amber Heard leaves Ham Yard Hotel in London today

Heard leaves Ham Yard Hotel in London’s Soho this morning ahead of legal proceedings continuing at the High Court

Heard arrives wearing a face covering at the Royal Courts of Justice this morning as legal proceedings continue

Heard arrives wearing a face covering at the Royal Courts of Justice this morning as legal proceedings continue

Amber Heard at court today

Johnny Depp arrives at the High Court today

Heard (left) arrives at the High Court today for her ex-husband Depp’s (right, also today) libel case to continue

Pirates of the Caribbean star Depp is pictured outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London this morning

Pirates of the Caribbean star Depp is pictured outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London this morning

Depp has claimed that allegations of domestic violence made by Heard (pictured today) 'mirrored' her abuse towards him

Amber Heard is pictured today

Depp has claimed that allegations of domestic violence made by Heard (pictured today) ‘mirrored’ her abuse towards him

Yesterday, the High Court also heard that Depp has a ‘remarkable’ ability to not get drunk despite drinking ‘a lot of alcohol’, that cocaine simply ‘brought him to a normal level which normal people might operate at’. 

Depp is suing The Sun’s publisher News Group Newspapers (NGN) and its executive editor Dan Wootton over an article in April 2018 which labelled him a ‘wife beater’.

His barrister David Sherborne referred yesterday to a ‘secret recording’ of the former couple in San Francisco in July 2016, after they had split and Heard had obtained a restraining order against the actor.

In the recording, Heard can be heard to say it was ‘unbelievable to imagine’ that she had either been ‘in a secret fight club’ or ‘plotting to do this for three years … just saving it up for the right time’ when she was not asking for any money, adding ‘no-one is going to believe that’.

Depp and Heard met on the set of 2011 film The Rum Diary. They are pictured at the London premiere in November that year

Depp and Heard met on the set of 2011 film The Rum Diary. They are pictured at the London premiere in November that year

Amber Heard photographed Johnny Depp with ice cream spilled on his legs during a private flight from Boston to Los Angeles in May 2014 before showing it to him the next day and saying: 'Look at what you've become', the court heard yesterday

Amber Heard photographed Johnny Depp with ice cream spilled on his legs during a private flight from Boston to Los Angeles in May 2014 before showing it to him the next day and saying: ‘Look at what you’ve become’, the court heard yesterday

Photographs show bruising across the bridge of Heard's nose and under her eyes after Depp allegedly headbutted her in 2015

Bruising across the bridge of Heard's nose and beneath her eyes

Photographs show bruising across the bridge of Heard’s nose and under her eyes after Depp allegedly headbutted her in 2015

Depp described Heard’s words as ‘a reverse confession’, adding: ‘It seemed like everything she would accuse me of was something that she had done to me, so I started to see this kind of pattern, a mirroring, and when she said that, I was real taken aback, for sure.’

Mr Sherborne said Depp can also be heard to say ‘you f****** haymakered me, man’ in the recording – which is said to refer to an incident after Heard’s 30th birthday party at the couple’s LA penthouse on April 21 2016.

The actor is accused of throwing a bottle of champagne at Heard, grabbing her by the hair, and pushing her during a row, after he arrived home late for the party. Depp denies the allegations.

The actor said that, at a business meeting on the day of Heard’s party, he was ‘in the early stages’ of finding out from a new business manager that ‘the former business managers had (taken) quite a lot of my money’.

Photos after the incident in December 2015 show bruising to Heard's face after Depp allegedly headbutted her

Bruising to Heard's face after Depp allegedly headbutted her

Photos after the incident in December 2015 show bruising to Heard’s face after Depp allegedly headbutted her

In a separate incident weeks later in March, Depp is alleged to have trashed a $3million penthouse in LA which Heard used as a colossal closet

In a separate incident weeks later in March, Depp is alleged to have trashed a $3million penthouse in LA which Heard used as a colossal closet

Depp is alleged to have trashed a penthouse in Los Angeles, California, which Heard used as a colossal closet

Depp also admitted to doing graffiti on a bathroom mirror after the fight with Heard, which resulted in his finger being severed. He admitted that some of it was done with his blood and some with paint

Depp also admitted to doing graffiti on a bathroom mirror after the fight with Heard, which resulted in his finger being severed. He admitted that some of it was done with his blood and some with paint

Depp admitted to leaving graffiti on a bathroom mirror after the fight with Heard, which resulted in his finger being severed

Asked how much had been taken, Depp said: ‘It was put to me this way, because I had no idea about money or amounts of money.

Johnny Depp v The Sun: Key issues in libel trial 

Hollywood star Johnny Depp’s libel claim against The Sun enters its second week on Monday. These are the key issues the trial judge, Mr Justice Nicol, has to determine.

– Whether the April 2018 article by the tabloid’s executive editor Dan Wootton was defamatory of Depp. Under the Defamation Act 2013, a statement is not defamatory unless its publication causes ‘serious harm to the reputation of the claimant’.

– The Sun’s publisher, News Group Newspapers (NGN), is defending the claim and relying on a defence of truth. It is for the publisher to prove that the allegations made in the article are ‘substantially true’.

– The meaning of the article, which is defined as what it would mean to the ‘reasonable reader’, will have to be determined by the judge. But NGN’s lawyers say the differences between the rival meanings contended by each side are ‘not significant’ and the outcome of the case will therefore not turn on meaning.

– Depp’s case is that the article bore the meaning that he was ‘guilty, on overwhelming evidence, of serious domestic violence against his then wife, causing significant injury and leading to her fearing for her life, for which he was constrained to pay no less than £5 million to compensate her, and which resulted in him being subjected to a continuing court restraining order; and for that reason is not fit to work in the film industry’. He strenuously denies the allegations and claims he ‘has never hit or committed any acts of physical violence against Ms Heard’.

– The meaning which NGN will seek to prove is true is that the Claimant beat his wife Amber Heard, causing her to suffer significant injury and on occasion leading her to fearing for her life. They rely on 14 separate allegations of violence and allege more generally that Depp was ‘controlling and verbally and physically abusive’ towards Ms Heard, particularly when he was under the influence of alcohol and or drugs, throughout their relationship. NGN’s lawyers say an important issue for the judge to decide will be what substances Depp was using during the relationship. They contend that he frequently lost control of himself, partly because of his heavy drug and alcohol use, and also that his memory has been impaired by his heavy use of drugs.

– If Depp wins his case, the judge will have to decide what level of compensation he should receive for the harm to his reputation and for the ‘distress, hurt and humiliation caused’. There is an upper limit on general damages for libel of £300,000 to £325,000. However, if he succeeds, Depp may also be entitled to aggravated damages. The actor is also asking for a final injunction against NGN, who his legal team say ‘have retained the article on their website and maintained their allegation to the bitter end’.

‘Since Pirates (Of The Caribbean) 2 and 3, I had – and this is ludicrous to have to state, it’s quite embarrassing – apparently I had made $650million and when I sacked them, for the right reasons, I had not only lost $650million, but I was $100million (£79 million) in the hole because they (the previous business managers) had not paid the government my taxes for 17 years.’

Depp was also shown a photograph, apparently taken by his ex-wife, which showed him in August 2014 with ‘ice cream spilled all over my leg’ shortly before he was due to go to the Bahamas for a detox.

The actor said the picture was taken at a time when he had been working 17-hour days and was ‘very tired, falling asleep’.

The court also heard evidence from Depp’s former personal assistant, Stephen Deuters, who alleged Heard ‘was the abuser in the relationship’.

Mr Deuters, who is now European president of Depp’s production company, Infinitum Nihil, said that during the period in which Depp is alleged to have been abusive towards Heard, he saw her ‘on many occasions’ and ‘at no point’ did she ‘ever mention any physical abuse’.

He told that court that he was ‘extremely surprised and outraged’ when it became public that Heard had filed for a restraining order.

Mr Deuters described the couple’s tempestuous relationship as ‘not great’, saying: ‘I think they were two people that were in love with each other that shouldn’t have been together.’

The front desk supervisor at Depp’s LA penthouse building also gave evidence that she saw ‘no visible injuries whatsoever to Heard’s face’ three days after Mr Depp allegedly hit his ex-wife in the face with her own mobile phone on May 21 2016.

Trinity Esparza said the first time she saw any marks on Heard’s face that week was on May 27, the day the Aquaman actress appeared in court to obtain a restraining order against Depp, which ‘disturbed’ Ms Esparza.

Ms Esparza, who owns the company that provided concierge services at the Eastern Columbia building where Depp previously owned five apartments, said in her witness statement that she ‘saw and interacted with Heard on May 23, May 24 and May 25 with a clear and unmarked face’.

Sasha Wass QC, representing NGN, said to Ms Esparza: ‘Isn’t it more accurate to say you saw her earlier in the week and you didn’t notice it?’ Ms Esparza replied: ‘That is not accurate, I saw her very clearly.’

Ms Esparza also told the court that she saw ‘a number of marks on Ms Heard’s body’ – including bruises on her neck, plasters on her arm and a mark below her left eye – on a day in June or July 2016, shortly after Tesla founder Elon Musk left the building at around 9am looking ‘like he had just woken up with messy hair’.

Depp is suing NGN and Mr Wootton over the publication of an article on April 27 2018 with the headline: ‘Gone Potty: How can JK Rowling be ‘genuinely happy’ casting wife beater Johnny Depp in the new Fantastic Beasts film?’

NGN is defending the article as true, and says Depp was ‘controlling and verbally and physically abusive towards Heard, particularly when he was under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs’.

Police have stopped 18,500 passengers for not wearing masks but only handed out 59 fines so far


Police and transport officers have fined just 59 people after speaking to 18,500 for not wearing masks on public transport, Sadiq Khan has revealed as he claimed he hasn’t spoken to the Prime Minister since May.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, the Mayor of London claimed he hadn’t spoken to Boris Johnson since a Cobra meeting on May 10.

The two figures met several times at Cobra meetings in the first months of the coronavirus pandemic, but there has been no contact since lockdown measures were first eased in England.

City Hall explained the pair usually only meet at Cobra meetings, but a spokesman for the mayor said: ‘In times of crisis you would expect to have a closer working relationship.’ 

The revelation came a day after the government announced it would be compulsory to wear face masks in shops and supermarkets from next week.

Boris Johnson met with London Ambulance Service paramedics on Monday, but has not seen the Mayor of London for more than two months

Mr Khan said: ‘One of my concerns is that it’s led to some poor decision-making some of the decisions and policy that PM has can’t be properly tested in a private space where there can be candor.

‘That leads to group thinking which I think has led to some poor decision making.’

Mr Khan said he had lobbied the PM on occasions since they last met, more than two months ago. 

He added: ‘My concern isn’t because of vanity, it’s because I’m the mayor of a city with more than 9million people.

‘It’s for the Prime Minister to explain why that is, I hope its’s not because he’s playing petty party politics.  

Commuters on the Central Line this morning were wearing face coverings as they travelled through London

Commuters on the Central Line this morning were wearing face coverings as they travelled through London

‘Our population is greater than Scotland and Wales put together and some, but also we’ve got four airports serving our city, we’ve got the Eurostar serving our city, we contribute between a quarter and a third of our country’s wealth. 

‘If the government is keen for a recovery to be successful they’ve really got to be working with us because it’s got to be a team effort.’

It’s understood the PM has not spoken with Wales First Minister since May 28.

He told LBC last week: ‘We’ve had contact through the Cabinet Ofice with the UK government and when it happens it’s helpful. Downing Street itself? No I have not had a meeting with the Prime Minister since the 28th of May.’ 

Mr Khan’s comments came ahead of new rules, starting from next Friday, that will make it mandatory to wear face masks in shops and supermarkets – but Mr Khan revealed that just 59 people had been fined for not following similar rules on board public transport in the capital. 

Sadiq Khan said around 90 per cent of passengers are wearing some kind of covering on their face, but some are still choosing not to. Exemptions are in place for children and people with certain physical or mental health conditions

Sadiq Khan said around 90 per cent of passengers are wearing some kind of covering on their face, but some are still choosing not to. Exemptions are in place for children and people with certain physical or mental health conditions

Mr Khan told presenters Ben Shephard and Kate Garraway: ‘On public transport we’ve had to issue very few fines, only 59, but a combination of British Transport Police and Transport for London enforce officers have encouraged people to wear face coverings.

‘The good news is during rush hour more than 90 per cent of commuters are wearing face coverings. 

‘I’m hoping that police won’t be required to issue lots of fines I hope customers will realise “me wearing a face mask makes you safe, you wearing a face mask makes me safe”.’

Sadiq Khan revealed just 59 people had been fined on London's public transport for failing to wear face coverings, while also revealing he hadn't spoken to the Prime Minister since May 10

Sadiq Khan revealed just 59 people had been fined on London’s public transport for failing to wear face coverings, while also revealing he hadn’t spoken to the Prime Minister since May 10

The government made it mandatory to wear face coverings on public transport from June 15. 

Most commuters on the Central Line were wearing some kind of covering this morning, but there are still passengers travelling with their mouths and noses exposed. 

Police appeared to step up patrols on face masks, with a large presence near Westminster station being reported by commuters. 

Shoppers who fail to comply with new rules from July 24 risk fines of £100 under the plans to stop a second wave of coronavirus.

Some people are still not wearing face masks on London's public transport, ahead of new rules that will make it compulsory to wear coverings in shops and indoor spaces from next Friday

Some people are still not wearing face masks on London’s public transport, ahead of new rules that will make it compulsory to wear coverings in shops and indoor spaces from next Friday

Retailers will be asked to advise customers to wear masks but their staff will not be expected to enforce the law. Instead, police will be given powers to dish out fines.

Only young children or those with certain disabilities will be exempt from the new regulations.

Mr Khan said he didn’t want to see members of the public ‘taking the law into their own hands’.

He said: ‘What we don’t want is unfair peer pressure where its unjustified for example; children under 11, people with breathing problems people who may have some mental health issues so its really important that we are respectful of the reason why not 100 per cent of people are wearing face coverings. 

‘Don’t be alarmed at this new rule, I wish it was being brought in today rather than next Friday, this will help all of is be safer and could prevent a second wave that could have led to a second lockdown, which none of us want.’  

January Jones puts on a busty display in a sparkling rainbow bikini and glitzy shades


She has been making the most of her outdoor space during lockdown as she soaks up the sun in a series of stylish swimwear sets.

And January Jones put on another stunning display on Monday, as she posed up a storm in an incredible multicoloured bikini which was adorned in glitter.

The Mad Men star, 42, put her more than ample assets on display in the chic two-piece, which featured different coloured sparkling panels.

Wow! January Jones put on another stunning display on Monday, as she posed up a storm in an incredible multicoloured bikini which was adorned in glitter

The star teamed her bikini top, which boasted thick-set straps and a plunging neckline, with a pair of matching high-waisted bottoms.

In keeping with her dazzling theme, January also sported a pair of glitter-encrusted sunglasses and a glitzy blue headband.

She further accessorised her poolside look with a gold chain necklace, which featured several pendants.  

Dazzling: The Mad Men star, 42, put her more than ample assets on display in the chic two-piece, which featured different coloured sparkling panels

Dazzling: The Mad Men star, 42, put her more than ample assets on display in the chic two-piece, which featured different coloured sparkling panels

The actress wore her blonde locks in a loose straight style, while enhancing her pretty features with soft touches of make-up and a bold red lip. 

January captioned the sexy snap: ‘heat dome(it’s a thing, look it up)’ 

A heat dome is a colloquial term for a persistent high-pressure system that occurs during the warm season, causing high temperatures. 

Busty display: Last week, January once again looked sensational as she stripped down to a barely-there pink bikini, which flaunted her ample cleavage

Busty display: Last week, January once again looked sensational as she stripped down to a barely-there pink bikini, which flaunted her ample cleavage

Last week, January once again looked sensational as she stripped down to a barely-there pink bikini, which flaunted her ample cleavage.

She flashed a bright smile for her Instagram followers, as she shared a steamy post of herself flashing major underboob.

The two-time Golden Globe nominee put her incredibly gym-honed body on full display in an close-up selfie of her decolletage and taut midriff. 

Eye-catching: She flashed a bright smile for her Instagram followers, as she shared a steamy post of herself staring down the camera and flashing major underboob

Eye-catching: She flashed a bright smile for her Instagram followers, as she shared a steamy post of herself staring down the camera and flashing major underboob

‘Making mammeries,’ she cheekily caption her Instagram post on Wednesday, nodding to her busty look. 

She accessorized her plunging top with a vintage Van Cleef and Arpels Virgo Zodiac pendant from the Seventies, featuring a a woman standing next to a unicorn, and a wide-brimmed straw hat. 

As the blonde bombshell grinned from ear to ear, she shielded her eyes under a pair of retro frames.   

Later, on her Instagram Story, Jones covered up in a flowy white dress with vertical blue stripes in the garden of her expansive backyard. 

In the laid-back image, the mother-of-one grips the front of her floppy hat and looks off in the distance with a smile.

She also made sure to tag the brand of her stylish frock, which hails from Lemlem, an artisan-driven sustainable fashion label for women. 

Sunny afternoon: Later, Jones covered up in a flowy white dress with vertical blue stripes in the garden of her expansive backyard

Sunny afternoon: Later, Jones covered up in a flowy white dress with vertical blue stripes in the garden of her expansive backyard

The natural beauty, who is a mom to her eight-year-old son Xander, has been enjoying plenty of pool time since quarantine started. 

Late last month, she shared another a new swimsuit shot with a tongue-in-cheek caption, which read: ‘Series: “Out of work actor needs attention.”‘

The ensemble earned her fans attention as she slipped into a retro swimsuit, which looked like it was plucked straight from Betty Draper’s closet.  

Boris Johnson prepares to bow to Tory revolt by AXING Huawei from 5G


Tories heralded a ‘long march’ away from Beijing’s influence today as Boris Johnson prepares to announce that Huawei is being axed from the UK’s 5G network.

Despite threats of ‘consequences’, the PM is expected to declare that telecoms firms will be banned from installing new equipment supplied by the Chinese tech giant by Christmas.

Companies will also be told they need to rip out all existing Huawei kit by the middle of this decade – five years earlier than they say can be done without causing service blackouts.

The move, which represents a dramatic U-turn from January when Mr Johnson gave the green light for Huawei’s involvement in 5G, was welcomed by senior MPs who said the UK must break its ‘addiction to Chinese tech’. 

Former Conservative leader Lord Hague said the country must not be ‘strategically dependent’ on the Asian superpower, but cautioned the decision could be the start of a ‘very long march’.  

It came as it emerged that Lord Browne, the chairman of Huawei’s operations in the UK, is stepping down from the role earlier than planned. 

The peer, a former boss of BP, will reportedly quit the firm’s board in September instead of in March when his term was due to expire.  

The Huawei ban follows intense pressure from Donald Trump to deny China a foothold in the West’s critical infrastructure. Tough American sanctions have prevented the firm from using any US-patented technology in its microchips

Dominic Raab

Mark Spencer

Ministers including Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab (left) and chief whip Mark Spencer (right) were in Downing Street for Cabinet today

Huawei executives held last-ditch talks yesterday with officials from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) in the hope of watering down the plans. 

But a Whitehall source said the ban would go ahead, adding: ‘It’s fair to say Huawei won’t be very happy with the result.’

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden is expected to confirm the steps in a statement to the House of Commons later.  

Tom Tugendhat, Tory chairman of the foreign affairs select committee, called on the Government to take the opportunity to distance itself even further from Beijing.

In a column in The Daily Telegraph, Mr Tugendhat said it was time for the UK to kick its ‘addiction to Beijing tech’.

He said: ‘To keep power distributed and trade on the basis of law, not force, we need a new alliance. Going further than the World Trade Organisation and recognising the importance of India and Nigeria, would reinforce the interdependence of democracies against authoritarian regimes.

‘We have the innovations and size that could create a market for companies that share our values. The majority won’t be British but they’ll share our values, and that will protect us all.’

His sentiment was echoed by former Conservative leader William Hague, who wrote in the Telegraph: ‘What matters is that we should not be strategically dependent on Chinese technology for the future, and that will require building up the production of alternative companies.

‘It is not essential to rip everything out immediately – we just have to be able to maintain our own critical infrastructure for the long term.’

Lord Hague warned Beijing’s ‘ludicrous attempts to shift blame or cover up’ over the coronavirus crisis would harden opinion.

He cautioned there was currently ‘no sign’ that the US and China could find a way of defusing tensions. 

‘If that continues, the Government’s retreat on Huawei will be the beginning of a very long march indeed,’ he added.

The U-turn could jeopardise Mr Johnson’s target to roll out full fibre broadband to the entire country by 2025.

BT chief executive Philip Jansen said yesterday it could take ten years to strip out Huawei’s equipment from UK networks.

He also warned of ‘outages’ and possible security risks if the sector was told to curtail all business with the Chinese technology firm during the 5G network upgrade.

Ministers are also watching for a backlash from Beijing, which has warned the UK will face consequences if it sides with the US to ban one of the jewels in China’s industrial crown.

Industry sources said yesterday the decision not to ban Huawei until Christmas left open the chance that US policy could change if President Trump fails to secure re-election in November

Industry sources said yesterday the decision not to ban Huawei until Christmas left open the chance that US policy could change if President Trump fails to secure re-election in November

Former MI6 chief Sir Richard Dearlove warned at the weekend that Beijing could even order retaliatory cyber-attacks against the UK, adding: ‘It’s a threat and I think we’ve known quite significantly that the Chinese have developed this capability and are prepared to use it.’ 

The Huawei ban follows intense pressure from Donald Trump to deny China a foothold in the West’s critical infrastructure.

The US has long urged its allies not to use Huawei technology because of national security concerns – concerns which have always been rejected by the company.  

Meanwhile, tough American sanctions which have recently been put in place will prevent the firm from using any US-patented technology in its microchips.

Mr Johnson’s National Security Council will consider a report from the NCSC on the impact of the US sanctions on Huawei’s ability to supply the 5G network.

A Whitehall source said the sanctions have had a ‘severe’ effect on the firm, adding: ‘There is no way that we can now say their equipment is safe.’

Industry sources said yesterday the decision not to ban Huawei until Christmas left open the chance that US policy could change if President Trump fails to secure re-election in November.

But with a powerful group of Tory MPs also pushing for Huawei’s expulsion, few in Whitehall believe the firm has any prospect of long-term involvement in 5G even if Mr Trump loses.

Huawei executives held last-ditch talks yesterday with officials from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) in the hope of watering down the plans. One of the company's offices is pictured above in Reading

Huawei executives held last-ditch talks yesterday with officials from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) in the hope of watering down the plans. One of the company’s offices is pictured above in Reading

Bob Seely, a Tory MP who is co-ordinator of the Huawei Interest Group, which has pressed ministers to impose a ban, yesterday welcomed signs that the Government has had a change of heart.

He said it is critical that Huawei is banned from installing new kit by the end of this year.

Huawei has always denied that its equipment represents a security risk. The firm insists it is not controlled by the Chinese state.

But critics claim Huawei is being used as a Trojan Horse by Beijing to undermine the West’s critical infrastructure.

Ministers ruled in January that Huawei – designated a ‘high risk vendor’ by the UK Government – could play a role in the construction of the nation’s new 5G network but that its involvement would be capped at 35 per cent. 

Last week China’s ambassador to the UK, Liu Xiaoming, urged the Government not to shut out Huawei warning there would be ‘consequences’ if Britain tried to treat China as a ‘hostile country’.

BMW’s electric iX3 to duel it out with Tesla Model 3 and Jaguar I-Pace


If you detect a bit of a buzz about BMW’s new all-electric SUV unveiled today, that’s because it’s the first customer car for which Oscar-winning movie composer Hans Zimmer has written its soundtrack.

Not only is the German car giant’s new iX3 its first pure electric SUV, it’s also the first to use sounds from the creator of such Hollywood blockbusters as Gladiator, Batman, Pirates of the Caribbean – and an Academy Award for his original score for The Lion King.

The car’s theme gives the driver and occupants of the near-silent vehicle a strong cinematic sense of rising crescendo. In future, it will also warn pedestrians of its imminent approach.

Electric SUV duel: This is BMW’s first all-electric SUV, which will go head-to-head with the Tesla Model X and Jaguar I-Pace

Aimed at active families, couples and singletons, the sprightly new green’SUV sprints from rest to 62mph in 6.8 seconds up to a top speed limited at 112mph and has an electric system that helps save the planet as it ‘eliminates the use of rare earth materials in the motor’.

Promising a range of 285 miles, the zero-emissions battery-powered leisure vehicle and will charge up to 80 per cent in 34 minutes. 

Or you can give a short, sharp 62 miles boost to the car’s driving range with a swift 10 minute burst.

The BMW iX3 arrives in the UK next summer, expected to be priced from around £40,000 after the £3,000 tax-payer-funded plug-in grant. 

A special ‘Premier’ launch edition costing somewhat, more will spearhead the programme when order books, full specification and pricing are announced in the Autumn as it takes on rivals from Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar and even Kia.

The iX3 also the first model to be built for export at BMW’s Shenyang factory in China operated by the joint venture BMW Brilliance Automotive.

The BMW iX3 arrives in the UK next summer, expected to be priced from around £40,000 after the £3,000 tax-payer-funded plug-in grant

The BMW iX3 arrives in the UK next summer, expected to be priced from around £40,000 after the £3,000 tax-payer-funded plug-in grant

The iX3 is the first customer car for which Oscar-winning movie composer Hans Zimmer (pictured) has written its soundtrack

Zimmer scored the music for Hollywood blockbusters including Gladiator, Batman, Pirates of the Caribbean

The iX3 is the first customer car for which Oscar-winning movie composer Hans Zimmer (pictured left) has written its soundtrack. Zimmer scored the music for Hollywood blockbusters including Gladiator, Batman, Pirates of the Caribbean

A special 'Premier' launch edition costing somewhat, more will spearhead the programme when order books, full specification and pricing are announced in the Autumn as it takes on rivals from Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar and even Kia

A special ‘Premier’ launch edition costing somewhat, more will spearhead the programme when order books, full specification and pricing are announced in the Autumn as it takes on rivals from Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar and even Kia

BMW said storage capacity of the battery has been ‘substantially increased’ noting: ‘A gross energy content of 80 kWh – of which 74 kWh is utilised – and the high efficiency of the drive systems allow the new BMW iX3 to offer a range of up to 285 miles.’

A new charging unit sends power to both the 400V battery and the 12V on-board power supply, it explains: ‘When charging using alternating current, it enables both single-phase and three-phase charging at up to 11 kW. Plugging the vehicle into a direct current rapid-charging station opens the door to charging outputs of up to 150 kW, meaning the high-voltage battery can be charged from 0 to 80 per cent of its full capacity in 34 minutes.

‘Drivers can inject the power required to add 62 miles to the car’s driving range in just 10 minutes.’

The slim, low-slung high-voltage battery sits low down in the underbody and lowers the car’s centre of gravity by around 7.5 centimetres – or about three inches – compared with its conventionally powered BMW X3 siblings. 

The instant power from the electric motor and tuned chassis create the conditions for ‘sporty, agile driving’ with good traction in poor weather and on loose ground.

The high-voltage battery can be charged from 0 to 80 per cent of its full capacity in 34 minutes

The high-voltage battery can be charged from 0 to 80 per cent of its full capacity in 34 minutes

The instant power from the electric motor and tuned chassis create the conditions for 'sporty, agile driving' with good traction in poor weather and on loose ground

The instant power from the electric motor and tuned chassis create the conditions for ‘sporty, agile driving’ with good traction in poor weather and on loose ground

The iX3 will take aim at popular electric SUV models. Top of its hit list will be the Tesla Model X

The iX3 will take aim at popular electric SUV models. Top of its hit list will be the Tesla Model X

Another direct rival will be the Jaguar I-Pace, which costs from £65,195

Another direct rival will be the Jaguar I-Pace, which costs from £65,195

The new cloud-based BMW Maps navigation system enables route arrival times and directions to fast charging points to be calculated with greater speed and precision. 

The front apron and BMW kidney grille have a largely enclosed design, while the rear end has also been sculpted to reduce air resistance.

Aerodynamically designed light-alloy wheels help reduce drag coefficient by around 5 per cent adding around 6 miles to the range.

A newly developed ‘Flexible Fast Charger cable’ can be hooked up to both standard domestic and industrial sockets using optional adapters while recharging at home is further enhanced with a personal Wallbox.

Split folding rear seat backrests mean boot capacity can be increased from 510 to a maximum of 1,560 litres.

Inside is a fully-digital high-resolution 12.3 inch instrument cluster behind the steering wheel and a 10.25-inch central display with a choice of control via touchscreen, buttons, voice or gesture.

Spoken commands are possible via the latest version of the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant. The car’s infotainment system is also compatable with Apple CarPlay Android Auto, allowing ccess to access digital services such as Google Assistant, Google Maps, music streaming like Spotify and Amazon Music, and WhatsApp messaging.

Highlighting the electric car collaboration with Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer, BMW said: ‘Every driving state is accompanied by a matching sound pattern.

‘A newly introduced short sound composition, which is the result of a collaboration between Hans Zimmer and BMW sound designer Renzo Vitale, can be heard when the Start/Stop button is pressed.’

Aerodynamically designed light-alloy wheels help reduce drag coefficient by around 5 per cent adding around 6 miles to the range

Aerodynamically designed light-alloy wheels help reduce drag coefficient by around 5 per cent adding around 6 miles to the range

A newly developed 'Flexible Fast Charger cable' can be hooked up to both standard domestic and industrial sockets using optional adapters while recharging at home is further enhanced with a personal Wallbox

A newly developed ‘Flexible Fast Charger cable’ can be hooked up to both standard domestic and industrial sockets using optional adapters while recharging at home is further enhanced with a personal Wallbox

BMW said storage capacity of the battery has been 'substantially increased' noting: 'A gross energy content of 80 kWh – of which 74 kWh is utilised – and the high efficiency of the drive systems allow the new BMW iX3 to offer a range of up to 285 miles.'

BMW said storage capacity of the battery has been ‘substantially increased’ noting: ‘A gross energy content of 80 kWh – of which 74 kWh is utilised – and the high efficiency of the drive systems allow the new BMW iX3 to offer a range of up to 285 miles.’

Although the vehicle’s 285 mile range would leave it 15 miles short of a trip from London to Newcastle, BMW says of its long-distance travel potential: ‘On a trip, a BMW iX3 would need to make fewer charging stops than a comparable electric vehicle whose efficiency is compromised by the presence of larger and heavier high-voltage batteries. And the iX3 stops would be shorter.’

It says the intensity of the car’s brake energy regeneration is adapted to the road situation using data from the navigation system and the driver assistance system sensors: ‘For example, when approaching a junction or a vehicle on the road ahead, recuperation is fully utilised.On the open road, the coasting function is activated whenever the driver takes their foot off the accelerator.’

In driving position ‘D ‘the driver can choose a high, medium or low brake energy regeneration setting.

But putting it into driving position ‘B’ allows the driver to drive with ‘one pedal’ the accelerator – with braking kicking in as soon as he or she takes their foot off the gas. 

The latest electric motor, power electronics, charging technology and high-voltage battery used in the iX3 to boost performance, power consumption and range will be fitted in the BMW iNEXT and BMW i4 models from 2021.

BMW said: ‘The electric motor, transmission and power electronics are now arranged together in a single housing. The electric motor in the new BMW iX3 works according to the principle of a current-excited synchronous motor, without the use of magnets. This design eliminates the use of rare earth materials of the motor.’

BMW says the fifth-generation electric drive system used in the new iX3 marks a 30 per cent improvement over its existing fully electric vehicles: ‘The motor is up to 93 per cent efficient, compared with under 40 per cent for combustion engines.’

‘Sending power to the rear wheels creates a characteristic BMW driving experience with outstanding traction ensured.’

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Coronavirus deaths in Wales ROSE this month for the first time since April


Coronavirus deaths in Wales ROSE this month for the first time since April – but deaths from all causes are below average for a THIRD week in a row, official statistics show

  • Covid-19 deaths in England and Wales now at their lowest level since March 13
  • Weekly deaths continue to fall in all English regions but rose in Wales
  • Number of people dying in their own homes remains higher than average
  • But hospital and care home deaths from any cause are lower than usual 

The number of people dying of coronavirus rose in Wales for the first time since April in the first week of July, official statistics show.

A total of 30 people died with Covid-19 in the week from June 27 to July 3, according to Office for National Statistics data, up from 26 a week earlier.

Deaths continued to fall in all regions of England during that week, suggesting the Covid-19 outbreak may have stopped shrinking in Wales.

The country has, however, recorded significantly fewer deaths than all English regions but two. 

For England and Wales as a whole, however, the number of people dying of all causes has now been below average for three weeks in a row.

In the most recent week for which data are available, coronavirus-specific deaths hit their lowest level since mid-March, with 381 people dying. 

Hospital and care home deaths are lower than would normally be expected at this time of year, but deaths in people’s own homes remain higher – by 755 in the first week of July.



Pip Edwards enlists Michael Clarke’s brother-in-law to capture her best angles during a holiday


She posts endless selfies of herself on Instagram to promote her P.E Nation fashion label. 

And now Pip Edwards has enlisted the help of her new boyfriend, Australian cricketer Michael Clarke’s family.   

On Tuesday, the 40-year-old fashion designer posed for Michael’s brother-in-law, Craig Quinn, who is married to his sister Leanne, who took photos on what appears to be Pip’s phone. 

In with the family! On Tuesday, Pip Edwards enlisted the help of Michael Clarke’s brother-in-law to capture her best angles as she posed in a one-piece during a group holiday in Noosa 

The fashion designer flaunted her sensational figure in a black swimsuit for the amateur photo shoot, which took place at their friend Anthony Bell’s waterfront home, during a family trip to Noosa in Queensland. 

Pip wrapped a Louis Vuitton shawl, which retails for $980, around her tiny waist as she posed for the photographs.

At one stage, she was seen slowly walking towards the camera while the shawl blew in the wind behind her. 

Moments later, she stood on the pier and smiled for the camera while holding her blue scarf up in the air.

She later posted one of the pictures on her Instagram page.  

Pip tied her blonde locks in a low ponytail and wore sunglasses to shield herself from the sun.

Looking good! The P.E Nation co-founder flaunted her sensational figure in a black swimsuit for the amateur photo shoot

Looking good! The P.E Nation co-founder flaunted her sensational figure in a black swimsuit for the amateur photo shoot

Posing: At one point, Pip was seen slowly walking towards the camera while her shawl blew in the wind behind her. She posted this picture to her Instagram page

Posing: At one point, Pip was seen slowly walking towards the camera while her shawl blew in the wind behind her. She posted this picture to her Instagram page 

Family fun! After the amateur photo shoot, Pip and Michael enjoyed a loved-up lunch with their children and friends at the waterfront property

Family fun! After the amateur photo shoot, Pip and Michael enjoyed a loved-up lunch with their children and friends at the waterfront property

After the amateur photo shoot, Pip and Michael enjoyed a loved-up lunch with their family and friends at the waterfront property.

Retired cricketer Michael has brought along his four-year-old daughter, Kelsey Lee, while fashion designer Pip has been joined by her 13-year-old son, Justice, on the trip.

The pair couldn’t keep their hands off one another as they soaked up the winter sun and relaxed.

Style: Pip tied her blonde locks in a low ponytail and wore sunglasses to shield herself from the sun

Style: Pip tied her blonde locks in a low ponytail and wore sunglasses to shield herself from the sun

Bonding time! Retired cricketer Michael has brought along his four-year-old daughter, Kelsey Lee, while fashion designer Pip has been joined by her 13-year-old son Justice on the trip

Bonding time! Retired cricketer Michael has brought along his four-year-old daughter, Kelsey Lee, while fashion designer Pip has been joined by her 13-year-old son Justice on the trip

The couple were often spotted embracing one another while keeping a watchful eye over their kids.

Michael looked casual in green shorts, a white printed T-shirt, black hat and sunglasses for the outing.

This comes days after Pip made her relationship with Michael ‘Instagram official’ by sharing a candid shot of the couple at the beach with her followers on Saturday.

Michael was only wearing a pair of flimsy swim shorts in the photo, but he had a baseball cap strategically placed over his face. 

Loved-up: The pair couldn't keep their hands off one another as they soaked up the winter sun and relaxed

Loved-up: The pair couldn’t keep their hands off one another as they soaked up the winter sun and relaxed

Soaking up the sun! Pip showed off her slim figure in a black swimsuit as she kept a watchful eye over their kids

Soaking up the sun! Pip showed off her slim figure in a black swimsuit as she kept a watchful eye over their kids

The couple seemed to be relaxed as they enjoyed the day with their children and friends in Noosa

The embraced one another several times throughout the day

Relaxation: The couple seemed to be relaxed as they enjoyed the day with their children and friends in Noosa

Milestone: Michael and Pip's first holiday together with their children marks a milestone in their relationship

Milestone: Michael and Pip’s first holiday together with their children marks a milestone in their relationship 

Michael and Pip’s first holiday together with their children marks a milestone in their relationship.

The pair began dating shortly after the former batsman’s split from model Kyly Clarke (née Boldy) in late 2019, after seven years of marriage.

Their romance didn’t become public knowledge until after the Clarkes announced their separation on February 12.

Relationship: The pair began dating shortly after the former batsman's split from model Kyly Clarke (née Boldy) in late 2019, after seven years of marriage

Relationship: The pair began dating shortly after the former batsman’s split from model Kyly Clarke (née Boldy) in late 2019, after seven years of marriage 

Instagram official! On Saturday, Pip made her relationship with Michael 'Instagram official', by sharing a candid shot of the couple at the beach with her followers

Instagram official! On Saturday, Pip made her relationship with Michael ‘Instagram official’, by sharing a candid shot of the couple at the beach with her followers

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp at High Court for day six of libel trial


Johnny Depp arrived at the High Court today to hear evidence from his security team and property managers as his high-profile libel case over allegations of domestic violence by his ex-wife Amber Heard continues.

The London court is due to hear evidence from Malcolm Connolly, part of Depp’s security team; Tara Roberts, the property manager at Depp’s Bahamas home; and Hilda Vargas, Depp’s housekeeper at his Los Angeles properties.

Heard’s assistant Savannah McMillan is also due to appear, one day after Depp, 57, finally finished giving evidence and claimed that allegations of domestic violence made by Heard, 34, ‘mirrored’ her abuse towards him.

On the final day of his evidence at the Royal Courts of Justice in London yesterday during his libel case against The Sun, Depp said: ‘It seemed like everything she would accuse me of was something she had done to me.’

The actor also accused Heard of throwing a ‘haymaker’ punch at him during a row after her 30th birthday party, just hours after he had learned during a ‘bad’ business meeting that he had lost $650million (£514million).

Johnny Depp arrives at the High Court today

Amber Heard (left) arrives at the High Court today for her ex-husband Johnny Depp’s (right, also today) libel case to continue

Amber Heard arrives wearing a face covering at the Royal Courts of Justice this morning as legal proceedings continue

Amber Heard arrives wearing a face covering at the Royal Courts of Justice this morning as legal proceedings continue

Depp has claimed that allegations of domestic violence made by Heard (pictured today) 'mirrored' her abuse towards him

Amber Heard is pictured today

Depp has claimed that allegations of domestic violence made by Heard (pictured today) ‘mirrored’ her abuse towards him

Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp is pictured outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London this morning

Yesterday, the High Court also heard that Depp has a ‘remarkable’ ability to not get drunk despite drinking ‘a lot of alcohol’, that cocaine simply ‘brought him to a normal level which normal people might operate at’. 

Depp is suing The Sun’s publisher News Group Newspapers (NGN) and its executive editor Dan Wootton over an article in April 2018 which labelled him a ‘wife beater’.

His barrister David Sherborne referred yesterday to a ‘secret recording’ of the former couple in San Francisco in July 2016, after they had split and Heard had obtained a restraining order against the actor.

In the recording, Heard can be heard to say it was ‘unbelievable to imagine’ that she had either been ‘in a secret fight club’ or ‘plotting to do this for three years … just saving it up for the right time’ when she was not asking for any money, adding ‘no-one is going to believe that’.

Depp and Heard met on the set of 2011 film The Rum Diary. They are pictured at the London premiere in November that year

Depp and Heard met on the set of 2011 film The Rum Diary. They are pictured at the London premiere in November that year

Amber Heard photographed Johnny Depp with ice cream spilled on his legs during a private flight from Boston to Los Angeles in May 2014 before showing it to him the next day and saying: 'Look at what you've become', the court heard yesterday

Amber Heard photographed Johnny Depp with ice cream spilled on his legs during a private flight from Boston to Los Angeles in May 2014 before showing it to him the next day and saying: ‘Look at what you’ve become’, the court heard yesterday

Photographs show bruising across the bridge of Heard's nose and under her eyes after Depp allegedly headbutted her in 2015

Bruising across the bridge of Heard's nose and beneath her eyes

Photographs show bruising across the bridge of Heard’s nose and under her eyes after Depp allegedly headbutted her in 2015

Depp described Heard’s words as ‘a reverse confession’, adding: ‘It seemed like everything she would accuse me of was something that she had done to me, so I started to see this kind of pattern, a mirroring, and when she said that, I was real taken aback, for sure.’

Mr Sherborne said Depp can also be heard to say ‘you f****** haymakered me, man’ in the recording – which is said to refer to an incident after Heard’s 30th birthday party at the couple’s LA penthouse on April 21 2016.

The actor is accused of throwing a bottle of champagne at Heard, grabbing her by the hair, and pushing her during a row, after he arrived home late for the party. Depp denies the allegations.

The actor said that, at a business meeting on the day of Heard’s party, he was ‘in the early stages’ of finding out from a new business manager that ‘the former business managers had (taken) quite a lot of my money’.

Photos after the incident in December 2015 show bruising to Heard's face after Depp allegedly headbutted her

Bruising to Heard's face after Depp allegedly headbutted her

Photos after the incident in December 2015 show bruising to Heard’s face after Depp allegedly headbutted her

In a separate incident weeks later in March, Depp is alleged to have trashed a $3million penthouse in LA which Heard used as a colossal closet

In a separate incident weeks later in March, Depp is alleged to have trashed a $3million penthouse in LA which Heard used as a colossal closet

Depp is alleged to have trashed a penthouse in Los Angeles, California, which Heard used as a colossal closet

Depp also admitted to doing graffiti on a bathroom mirror after the fight with Heard, which resulted in his finger being severed. He admitted that some of it was done with his blood and some with paint

Depp also admitted to doing graffiti on a bathroom mirror after the fight with Heard, which resulted in his finger being severed. He admitted that some of it was done with his blood and some with paint

Depp admitted to leaving graffiti on a bathroom mirror after the fight with Heard, which resulted in his finger being severed

Asked how much had been taken, Depp said: ‘It was put to me this way, because I had no idea about money or amounts of money.

Johnny Depp v The Sun: Key issues in libel trial 

Hollywood star Johnny Depp’s libel claim against The Sun enters its second week on Monday. These are the key issues the trial judge, Mr Justice Nicol, has to determine.

– Whether the April 2018 article by the tabloid’s executive editor Dan Wootton was defamatory of Depp. Under the Defamation Act 2013, a statement is not defamatory unless its publication causes ‘serious harm to the reputation of the claimant’.

– The Sun’s publisher, News Group Newspapers (NGN), is defending the claim and relying on a defence of truth. It is for the publisher to prove that the allegations made in the article are ‘substantially true’.

– The meaning of the article, which is defined as what it would mean to the ‘reasonable reader’, will have to be determined by the judge. But NGN’s lawyers say the differences between the rival meanings contended by each side are ‘not significant’ and the outcome of the case will therefore not turn on meaning.

– Depp’s case is that the article bore the meaning that he was ‘guilty, on overwhelming evidence, of serious domestic violence against his then wife, causing significant injury and leading to her fearing for her life, for which he was constrained to pay no less than £5 million to compensate her, and which resulted in him being subjected to a continuing court restraining order; and for that reason is not fit to work in the film industry’. He strenuously denies the allegations and claims he ‘has never hit or committed any acts of physical violence against Ms Heard’.

– The meaning which NGN will seek to prove is true is that the Claimant beat his wife Amber Heard, causing her to suffer significant injury and on occasion leading her to fearing for her life. They rely on 14 separate allegations of violence and allege more generally that Depp was ‘controlling and verbally and physically abusive’ towards Ms Heard, particularly when he was under the influence of alcohol and or drugs, throughout their relationship. NGN’s lawyers say an important issue for the judge to decide will be what substances Depp was using during the relationship. They contend that he frequently lost control of himself, partly because of his heavy drug and alcohol use, and also that his memory has been impaired by his heavy use of drugs.

– If Depp wins his case, the judge will have to decide what level of compensation he should receive for the harm to his reputation and for the ‘distress, hurt and humiliation caused’. There is an upper limit on general damages for libel of £300,000 to £325,000. However, if he succeeds, Depp may also be entitled to aggravated damages. The actor is also asking for a final injunction against NGN, who his legal team say ‘have retained the article on their website and maintained their allegation to the bitter end’.

‘Since Pirates (Of The Caribbean) 2 and 3, I had – and this is ludicrous to have to state, it’s quite embarrassing – apparently I had made $650million and when I sacked them, for the right reasons, I had not only lost $650million, but I was $100million (£79 million) in the hole because they (the previous business managers) had not paid the government my taxes for 17 years.’

Depp was also shown a photograph, apparently taken by his ex-wife, which showed him in August 2014 with ‘ice cream spilled all over my leg’ shortly before he was due to go to the Bahamas for a detox.

The actor said the picture was taken at a time when he had been working 17-hour days and was ‘very tired, falling asleep’.

The court also heard evidence from Depp’s former personal assistant, Stephen Deuters, who alleged Heard ‘was the abuser in the relationship’.

Mr Deuters, who is now European president of Depp’s production company, Infinitum Nihil, said that during the period in which Depp is alleged to have been abusive towards Heard, he saw her ‘on many occasions’ and ‘at no point’ did she ‘ever mention any physical abuse’.

He told that court that he was ‘extremely surprised and outraged’ when it became public that Heard had filed for a restraining order.

Mr Deuters described the couple’s tempestuous relationship as ‘not great’, saying: ‘I think they were two people that were in love with each other that shouldn’t have been together.’

The front desk supervisor at Depp’s LA penthouse building also gave evidence that she saw ‘no visible injuries whatsoever to Heard’s face’ three days after Mr Depp allegedly hit his ex-wife in the face with her own mobile phone on May 21 2016.

Trinity Esparza said the first time she saw any marks on Heard’s face that week was on May 27, the day the Aquaman actress appeared in court to obtain a restraining order against Depp, which ‘disturbed’ Ms Esparza.

Ms Esparza, who owns the company that provided concierge services at the Eastern Columbia building where Depp previously owned five apartments, said in her witness statement that she ‘saw and interacted with Heard on May 23, May 24 and May 25 with a clear and unmarked face’.

Sasha Wass QC, representing NGN, said to Ms Esparza: ‘Isn’t it more accurate to say you saw her earlier in the week and you didn’t notice it?’ Ms Esparza replied: ‘That is not accurate, I saw her very clearly.’

Ms Esparza also told the court that she saw ‘a number of marks on Ms Heard’s body’ – including bruises on her neck, plasters on her arm and a mark below her left eye – on a day in June or July 2016, shortly after Tesla founder Elon Musk left the building at around 9am looking ‘like he had just woken up with messy hair’.

Depp is suing NGN and Mr Wootton over the publication of an article on April 27 2018 with the headline: ‘Gone Potty: How can JK Rowling be ‘genuinely happy’ casting wife beater Johnny Depp in the new Fantastic Beasts film?’

NGN is defending the article as true, and says Depp was ‘controlling and verbally and physically abusive towards Heard, particularly when he was under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs’.