TOWIE’s Amber Turner teases her taut waist as she lounges around in underwear and a baggy sweater


TOWIE’s Amber Turner teases her taut waist as she lounges around in underwear and a baggy sweater… before changing into fake Louis Vuitton silk pyjamas

TOWIE’s Amber Turner took to Instagram on Wednesday to show off her latest lockdown look – an oversized baggy sweater and a pair of Calvin Klein knickers.

And Amber, 26, made sure she showed off her taut tummy in the lazy look, as she lifted her jumper to show off her tanned, toned waist.

She posed for the snap on the floor, her blonde locks bouncing loosely around her perfectly preened features.

Woman in white: TOWIE’s Amber Turner took to Instagram on Wednesday to show off her latest lockdown look – an oversized baggy sweater and a pair of Calvin Klein knickers

She was then seen on her Stories on the floor once more – this time in a pair of fake Louis Vuitton silk pyjamas.

Her bofriend Dan Edgar, 30, could be heard off-camera mocking her, impersonating her as she showed off the nightware, admitting that the PJs were not the real deal.

The couple are isolating in Essex and appear to be stronger than ever, as they celebrated their anniversary with a sunny bike ride in London on Sunday.

Amber documented their special day on her Instagram page, as she shared a sweet snap of the couple enjoying sushi together in Regents park.

Lazing about: She was then seen on her Stories on the floor once more - this time in a pair of fake Louis Vuitton silk pyjamas

Lazing about: She was then seen on her Stories on the floor once more – this time in a pair of fake Louis Vuitton silk pyjamas

She captioned the image: ‘Such a perfect day celebrating our anniversary! Roka takeaway in Regents Park & exploring London on the bikes! Love you forever @danedgar.’

The beauty also shared a snap of herself holding a bouquet of stunning pink and red roses, which were presumably a gift from her other half. 

Last month the blonde treated her boyfriend to an extravagant 30th birthday celebration at their Chigwell flat.

Out and about: The couple are isolating in Essex and appear to be stronger than ever, as they celebrated their anniversary with a sunny bike ride in London on Sunday

Out and about: The couple are isolating in Essex and appear to be stronger than ever, as they celebrated their anniversary with a sunny bike ride in London on Sunday

Perfect: Amber documented their special day on her Instagram page, as she shared a sweet snap of the couple enjoying sushi together in Regents park

Perfect: Amber documented their special day on her Instagram page, as she shared a sweet snap of the couple enjoying sushi together in Regents park

Special: The beauty also shared a snap of herself holding a bouquet of stunning pink and red roses, which were presumably a gift from her other half

Special: The beauty also shared a snap of herself holding a bouquet of stunning pink and red roses, which were presumably a gift from her other half

Their three-year relationship has seen Amber break down in tears and split with her partner multiple times.

The fashion blogger previously spoke about the pressures of having her relationship cast in the spotlight, admitting ‘everyone is waiting for Dan to mess up’ in a candid interview with MailOnline.  

She explained: ‘We’re completely fine. All couples have their rows. Obviously we have been through so much, people judge it and they’re like “break-up with him”. They’re waiting for Dan to mess up.

Wow! Amber has shared a series of stunning bikini snaps of late

Wow! Amber has shared a series of stunning bikini snaps of late

‘When couples get back together in the normal world nobody knows about the arguments they have behind closed doors. 

Amber, who has been sharing a series of stunning bikini snaps of late, added: ‘But because it’s on TV everyone judges you way more.’

The pair have endured a tumultuous romance, with Dan pursuing Clelia Theodorou and Chloe Sims during brief breaks in their relationship. 

Happy couple: Earlier this month, the blonde treated her boyfriend Dan Edgar to an extravagant 30th birthday celebration at their Chigwell flat

Happy couple: Earlier this month, the blonde treated her boyfriend Dan Edgar to an extravagant 30th birthday celebration at their Chigwell flat

TV reporter screams on air as she is attacked by man yelling ‘Allahu Akbar’ during protest in London


A reporter screamed live on air as she was attacked by a ‘screwdriver-wielding man shouting “Allahu Akbar”‘ while covering the Black Lives Matter protest in London.

Nine News’ Europe correspondent Sophie Walsh, 34, was assaulted while broadcasting around 9.45am this morning, according to the Australian network.

Footage was not captured of the attack but Ms Walsh can be heard screaming and seen clearly shaken afterwards while relaying the incident to one of her colleagues.

Nine News’ Europe correspondent Sophie Walsh, above, was seen clearly shaken after the attack while covering the Black Lives Matter protests in London this morning

The incident took place in London at 9am today

Ms Walsh told her colleague: 'A man just came up and grabbed me'

After the incident in London at 9am this morning, Ms Walsh told her colleague: ‘Sorry, I just had someone come up and try and… yeah. A man just came up and grabbed me’

She said: ‘Sorry, I just had someone come up and try and… yeah. 

‘A man just came up and grabbed me. He’s not armed. A man just came up and grabbed me though.’

A fellow presenter reported the attacker ‘made motions to stab her’ with the cameraman operator and bystanders chasing him down.

Footage later shows a man being detained by two police officers and held against a car bonnet.

The man was arrested for making threats to kill, possession of an offensive weapon and possession of class B drugs. 

The network reported it is unclear whether the attacker ‘had a screwdriver in his hand or in his pocket’. 

Ms Walsh later wrote on Twitter: ‘Thank you for your messages. The man has been arrested for threats to kill and carrying a weapon. I’m shaken but okay. 

‘Big thanks to my incredible cameraman Jason Conduit who chased him down armed with a light stand and got him arrested.’ 

Footage showed a man being detained by two police officers, above, and held against a car bonnet. Ms Walsh later wrote on Twitter she is 'shaken but okay'

Footage showed a man being detained by two police officers, above, and held against a car bonnet. Ms Walsh later wrote on Twitter she is ‘shaken but okay’

The cameraman, Jason Conduit, is pictured chasing the man with a light stand. Senior producer Michelle Taverniti tweeted: 'Incredibly brave. We’re all thankful they’re alright'

The cameraman, Jason Conduit, is pictured chasing the man with a light stand. Senior producer Michelle Taverniti tweeted: ‘Incredibly brave. We’re all thankful they’re alright’

The tweet from Ms Walsh, in which she wrote: 'I'm shaken but ok. Big thanks to my incredible cameraman Jason Conduit who chased him down armed with a light stand'

The tweet from Ms Walsh, in which she wrote: ‘I’m shaken but ok. Big thanks to my incredible cameraman Jason Conduit who chased him down armed with a light stand’

Senior producer Michelle Taverniti also posted a picture of Mr Conduit chasing after the man ‘with a light stand’, captioning: ‘Incredibly brave. We’re all thankful they’re alright.’

Ms Walsh joined Nine News after working as the head of newsroom at WIN television in Bundaberg, Australia.

Met Police said the attack was ‘not being treated as a terror incident’.

A spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘Police were called at 09:46 on Wednesday, 03 June to Park Lane, W1 reports of an assault and a man making threats.

‘Police nearby gave chase and detained the man. No injuries have been reported at this time.

‘A man, no further details, was arrested on suspicion of making threats to kill, possession of an offensive weapon and possession of class B drugs.

‘He has been taken to a central London police station, where he remains at this time.’

It comes as thousands of Black Lives Matter protesters including singer Liam Payne and actor John Boyega gathered in the capital city today as a show of force against the death of George Floyd in the US.

Huge crowds came together in Hyde Park this afternoon despite ongoing social distancing rules as many campaigners wore face coverings and held signs with messages reading ‘Please, I can’t breathe’, ‘BLM’ and ‘Colour ≠ Crime’.

The rally comes amid global demonstrations gather pace following the death of 46-year-old black man Mr Floyd who died after white police officer Derek Chauvin put his knee on his neck for nine minutes in Minneapolis on May 25.

Today, Star Wars star John Boyega told the crowd: ‘Black lives have always mattered. We have always been important. 

Protestors including British actor John Boyega, centre, raise their fists in Parliament Square during a Black Lives Matter demonstration today following the death of George Floyd

Protestors including British actor John Boyega, centre, raise their fists in Parliament Square during a Black Lives Matter demonstration today following the death of George Floyd

Crowds gather to demonstrate and take the knee at a Justice for Black Lives protest in front of an embassy in London this afternoon. Police were generally keeping in the background

Crowds gather to demonstrate and take the knee at a Justice for Black Lives protest in front of an embassy in London this afternoon. Police were generally keeping in the background

Police officers are seen walking during a Black Lives Matter protest following the death of Mr Floyd, who died in police custody in Minneapolis, US, on May 25

Police officers are seen walking during a Black Lives Matter protest following the death of Mr Floyd, who died in police custody in Minneapolis, US, on May 25

‘We have always meant something. We have always succeeded regardless. And now is the time. I ain’t waiting.’  

After leaving Hyde Park, the protesters clambered onto traffic lights as they marched down Park Lane towards Victoria and gathered outside Parliament. One supporter played Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds on a loudspeaker.  

Another protester wore a Colin Kaepernick shirt after the black American footballer who started the knee protest in the US. Thousands of demonstrators at times went down on one knee chanting ‘George Floyd, George Floyd.’

Police were generally keeping in the background of the protest while helicopters circled above. Banners included ‘Enough is Enough’, ‘Remember Smiley Culture’, ‘Remember Cherry Groce’, and ‘UK is not innocent’. 

It follows UK chief constables joining forces to say they were ‘appalled and horrified’ by the death and called for ‘justice and accountability’, while warning those attending protests to do so while maintaining a safe distance.

Separately, anti-racism campaign group Stand Up to Racism is urging Britons to ‘take the knee’ on their doorsteps at 6pm tonight for a protest against discrimination which is also backing the Black Lives Matter movement. 

Rachel Riley cradles daughter Maven, five months, as she steps out in London


Rachel Riley cradles daughter Maven, five months, as she steps out in London with husband Pasha Kovalev and mother-in-law Galina

Rachel Riley made the most of England’s relaxed lockdown laws on Wednesday as she ventured out with her loved ones in central London. 

The Countdown star was joined by husband Pasha Kovalev, their infant daughter Maven and mother-in-law Galina while running errands in the English capital. 

Sporting a pair of seasonal yellow shorts, Rachel, 34, caught the eye while cradling five-month old Maven, her only child with Pasha, in a papoose. 

Stepping out: Rachel Riley made the most of England’s relaxed lockdown laws on Wednesday as she ventured out with her loved ones in central London

The Oxford educated maths whizz added to her casual look with a loose fitting short-sleeved shirt, while strappy flat sandals rounded things off. 

On another warm day she kept her eyes shielded behind a pair of heavily tinted sunglasses while strolling alongside her loved ones. 

With Maven safely harnessed across her chest, Rachel made sure her daughter stayed cool by covering her head with a white patterned sun hat.  

In good company:  The Countdown star was joined by husband Pasha Kovalev, their infant daughter Maven and mother-in-law Galina Kovaleva while running errands in the English capital

In good company:  The Countdown star was joined by husband Pasha Kovalev, their infant daughter Maven and mother-in-law Galina Kovaleva while running errands in the English capital

Looking good: Sporting a pair of seasonal yellow shorts, Rachel, 34, caught the eye while cradling five-month old Maven, her only child with Pasha, in a papoose

Looking good: Sporting a pair of seasonal yellow shorts, Rachel, 34, caught the eye while cradling five-month old Maven, her only child with Pasha, in a papoose

Looking good: Sporting a pair of seasonal yellow shorts, Rachel, 34, caught the eye while cradling five-month old Maven, her only child with Pasha, in a papoose

Finishing touches: The Oxford educated maths whizz added to her casual look with a loose fitting short-sleeved shirt, while strappy flat sandals rounded things off

Finishing touches: The Oxford educated maths whizz added to her casual look with a loose fitting short-sleeved shirt, while strappy flat sandals rounded things off

Speaking on Heart Breakfast with Jamie Theakston and Lucy Horobin in May, Rachel admitted the countrywide lockdown has been something of a blessing for the family as they have been given ‘enforced maternity and paternity leave’.

Calling in from home, she said: ‘We’re quite fortunate in a way, I was supposed to be back at work, Pasha was supposed to be on tour, and it’s kind of enforced maternity and paternity leave we didn’t have before so we’re loving it…

‘She’s just over five months, I’ve left her in bed in kind of the same sleeping position as Pash, if you hear crying it could be either one of them I have no idea.’ 

Shady:  On another warm day she kept her eyes shielded behind a pair of heavily tinted sunglasses while strolling alongside her loved ones

Shady:  On another warm day she kept her eyes shielded behind a pair of heavily tinted sunglasses while strolling alongside her loved ones

Upbeat: The presenter appeared to be in high spirits during her latest appearance in London

Upbeat: The presenter appeared to be in high spirits during her latest appearance in London

Upbeat: The presenter appeared to be in high spirits during her latest appearance in London

Upbeat: Rachel chatted with Pasha and Galina as they idled on the street on Wednesday

Upbeat: Rachel chatted with Pasha and Galina as they idled on the street on Wednesday 

Opening up: Rachel admitted the countrywide lockdown has been something of a blessing for the family as they have been given 'enforced maternity and paternity leave'

Opening up: Rachel admitted the countrywide lockdown has been something of a blessing for the family as they have been given 'enforced maternity and paternity leave'

Opening up: Rachel admitted the countrywide lockdown has been something of a blessing for the family as they have been given ‘enforced maternity and paternity leave’

Lucky: 'I was supposed to be back at work, Pasha was supposed to be on tour, and it’s kind of enforced maternity and paternity leave we didn’t have before so we’re loving it,' she told Heart Radio

Lucky: ‘I was supposed to be back at work, Pasha was supposed to be on tour, and it’s kind of enforced maternity and paternity leave we didn’t have before so we’re loving it,’ she told Heart Radio

She added:  ‘I mean we’re just in the new baby glow… thankfully the weather has been lovely and every day I wear my sling which is guaranteed some sleep and I just got to the park and the sun is shining , and all the ducklings are coming out so it’s quite lovely.’ 

Speaking to MailOnline about going into lockdown so soon after giving birth, she said: ‘I’ve developed bad habits because there’s now this enforced maternity leave that Pasha and I wouldn’t have had otherwise. 

‘So we are home with Maven all the time. That means we’ve got a very happy baby!’

Appropriate attire: Pasha wore a T-shirt and patterned shorts as she joined his family fort their latest outing

Appropriate attire: Pasha wore a T-shirt and patterned shorts as she joined his family fort their latest outing 

Getting the message: Rachel appeared to be distracted by her phone while walking alongside her mother-in-law

Getting the message: Rachel appeared to be distracted by her phone while walking alongside her mother-in-law 

Let's talk: The presenter offered a beaming smile during what appeared to be a FaceTime conversation

Let's talk: The presenter offered a beaming smile during what appeared to be a FaceTime conversation

Let’s talk: The presenter offered a beaming smile during what appeared to be a FaceTime conversation

I've got you: Rachel cradled her daughter as they walked through a local park on Wednesday

I’ve got you: Rachel cradled her daughter as they walked through a local park on Wednesday 

TV reporter screams on air as she is attacked by man yelling ‘Allahu Akbar’ during protest in London


TV reporter screams live on air as she is attacked by screwdriver-wielding man yelling ‘Allahu Akbar’ while covering Black Lives Matter protest in London

  • Correspondent Sophie Walsh was assaulted while broadcasting this morning
  • Footage was not captured of attack but the reporter can be heard screaming
  • She later tweeted ‘I’m shaken but okay’ and thanked her ‘incredible cameraman’

A reporter screamed live on air as she was attacked by a screwdriver-wielding man yelling ‘Allahu Akbar’ while covering the Black Lives Matter protest in London.

Nine News’ Europe correspondent Sophie Walsh was assaulted while broadcasting at 9am this morning, according to the Australian network.

Footage was not captured of the attack but Ms Walsh can be heard screaming and seen clearly shaken afterwards while relaying the incident to one of her colleagues.

Nine News’ Europe correspondent Sophie Walsh, above, was seen clearly shaken after the attack while covering the Black Lives Matter protests in London this morning

She said: ‘Sorry, I just had someone come up and try and… yeah. 

‘A man just came up and grabbed me. He’s not armed. A man just came up and grabbed me though.’

A fellow presenter reported the attacker ‘made motions to stab her’ with the cameraman operator and bystanders chasing him down.

Footage later shows a man being detained by two police officers and held against a car bonnet.

The network said it is unclear whether the man ‘had a screwdriver in his hand or in his pocket’, reporting he was arrested for threats to kill and possessing an offensive weapon.

Ms Walsh later wrote on Twitter: ‘Thank you for your messages. The man has been arrested for threats to kill and carrying a weapon. I’m shaken but okay. 

‘Big thanks to my incredible cameraman Jason Conduit who chased him down armed with a light stand and got him arrested.’

Thousands of Black Lives Matter protesters including singer Liam Payne and actor John Boyega gathered in the capital city today as a show of force against the death of George Floyd in the US.

Footage showed a man being detained by two police officers, above, and held against a car bonnet. Ms Walsh later wrote on Twitter she is 'shaken but okay'

Footage showed a man being detained by two police officers, above, and held against a car bonnet. Ms Walsh later wrote on Twitter she is ‘shaken but okay’

Huge crowds came together in Hyde Park this afternoon despite ongoing social distancing rules as many campaigners wore face coverings and held signs with messages reading ‘Please, I can’t breathe’, ‘BLM’ and ‘Colour ≠ Crime’.

The rally comes as global demonstrations gather pace following the death of 46-year-old black man Mr Floyd who died after white police officer Derek Chauvin put his knee on his neck for nine minutes in Minneapolis on May 25.

Today, Star Wars star Boyega told the crowd: ‘Black lives have always mattered. We have always been important. We have always meant something. We have always succeeded regardless. And now is the time. I ain’t waiting.’  

One protester wore a Colin Kaepernick shirt after the black American footballer who started the knee protest in the US. Thousands of demonstrators at times went down on one knee chanting ‘George Floyd, George Floyd.’

Police were generally keeping in the background of the protest while helicopters circled above. Banners included ‘Enough is Enough’, ‘Remember Smiley Culture’, ‘Remember Cherry Groce’, and ‘UK is not innocent’. 

Thousands of Black Lives Matter protestors head for London’s Hyde Park


Thousands of Black Lives Matter protesters including singer Liam Payne and actor John Boyega gathered in London today as a show of force against the death of George Floyd in the US.

Huge crowds gathered in Hyde Park this afternoon despite ongoing social distancing rules as many campaigners wore face coverings and held signs with messages such as ‘Please, I can’t breathe’, ‘BLM’ and ‘Colour ≠ Crime’.

The rally comes as global demonstrations gather pace following the death of 46-year-old black man Mr Floyd who died after white police officer Derek Chauvin put his knee on his neck for nine minutes in Minneapolis on May 25. 

Today, Star Wars star Boyega told the crowd: ‘Black lives have always mattered. We have always been important. We have always meant something. We have always succeeded regardless. And now is the time. I ain’t waiting.’

Police were generally keeping in the background of the protest while their helicopters circled above. Banners included ‘Enough is Enough’, ‘Remember Smiley Culture’, ‘Remember Cherry Groce’, and ‘UK is not innocent’.

One protester wore a Colin Kaepernick shirt after the black American footballer who started the knee protest in the US. Thousands of demonstrators at times went down on one knee chanting ‘George Floyd, George Floyd.’

It comes after UK chief constables joined forces to say they were ‘appalled and horrified’ by the death and called for ‘justice and accountability’, while warning those attending protests to do so while maintaining a safe distance.  

Separately, anti-racism campaign group Stand Up to Racism is urging Britons to ‘take the knee’ on their doorsteps at 6pm tonight for a protest against discrimination which is also backing the Black Lives Matter movement. 

Protesters shout during a Black Lives Matter demonstration at Hyde Park in London this afternoon

Demonstrators observe social distancing as they meet in London's Hyde Park today to protest against George Floyd's death

Demonstrators observe social distancing as they meet in London’s Hyde Park today to protest against George Floyd’s death

Supporters at the protest in London this afternoon wear face coverings and hold up signs with messages including: 'We will remember the silence of our friends' and 'If you're not angry you're not paying attention'

Supporters at the protest in London this afternoon wear face coverings and hold up signs with messages including: ‘We will remember the silence of our friends’ and ‘If you’re not angry you’re not paying attention’

An aerial photograph of Black Lives Matter protesters at Hyde Park in London this afternoon

An aerial photograph of Black Lives Matter protesters at Hyde Park in London this afternoon

John Boyega, pictured with a megaphone, attended the rally

Musician Liam Payne, pictured with girlfriend Maya Henry, attended the rally

Actor John Boyega, pictured left with a megaphone, and musician Liam Payne, pictured right with girlfriend Maya Henry, were among the celebrities to attend today’s rally in London

Star Wars star Boyega tells the crowd in London today: 'Black lives have always mattered. We have always been important'

Star Wars star Boyega tells the crowd in London today: ‘Black lives have always mattered. We have always been important’ 

Boyega said of black people in London today: 'We have always meant something. We have always succeeded regardless'

Boyega during the protest in London today

Boyega said of black people in London today: ‘We have always meant something. We have always succeeded regardless’

The demonstrators are pictured in this aerial view during the Black Lives Matter protest in London this afternoon

The demonstrators are pictured in this aerial view during the Black Lives Matter protest in London this afternoon

Protesters hold up a number of different signs during the event, at Hyde Park in London today, including one which read: 'Use your white privilege, save lives'

Protesters hold up a number of different signs during the event, at Hyde Park in London today, including one which read: ‘Use your white privilege, save lives’

A woman is seen with the phrase 'I can't Breathe', uttered by George Floyd before his death, painted on her face at Hyde Park

A woman is seen with the phrase ‘I can’t Breathe’, uttered by George Floyd before his death, painted on her face at Hyde Park

A protester wearing a face mask 'takes the knee', as many others are expected to this evening, at Hyde Park in London today

A protester wearing a face mask ‘takes the knee’, as many others are expected to this evening, at Hyde Park in London today

Demonstrators hold banners during the Black Lives Matter protest at Hyde Park in London this afternoon

Demonstrators hold banners during the Black Lives Matter protest at Hyde Park in London this afternoon 

Protesters march away from Hyde Park during the Black Lives Matter rally in London this afternoon

Protesters march away from Hyde Park during the Black Lives Matter rally in London this afternoon

A joint statement from UK chief constables said today: ‘We stand alongside all those across the globe who are appalled and horrified by the way George Floyd lost his life.

‘Justice and accountability should follow. We are also appalled to see the violence and damage that has happened in so many US cities since then.

‘We are are appalled and horrified’: Full statement from UK chief constables on George Floyd protests 

‘We stand alongside all those across the globe who are appalled and horrified by the way George Floyd lost his life. Justice and accountability should follow.

‘We are also appalled to see the violence and damage that has happened in so many US cities since then. Our hearts go out to all those affected by these terrible events and hope that peace and order will soon be restored.

‘In the UK we have a long established tradition of policing by consent, working in communities to prevent crime and solve problems. Officers are trained to use force proportionately, lawfully and only when absolutely necessary. We strive to continuously learn and improve. We will tackle bias, racism or discrimination wherever we find it.

‘Policing is complex and challenging and sometimes we fall short. When we do, we are not afraid to shine a light on injustices or to be held to account.

‘The relationship between the police and the public in the UK is strong but there is always more to do. Every day, up and down the country, officers and staff are working to strengthen those relationships and address concerns. Only by working closely with our communities do we build trust and help keep people safe.

‘We know people want to make their voices heard. The right to lawful protest is key part of any democracy, which UK police uphold and facilitate. But coronavirus remains a deadly disease and there are still restrictions in place to prevent its spread, which include not gathering outside in groups of more than six people. So for whatever reason people want to come together, we ask that people continue to work with officers at this challenging time.’ 

‘Our hearts go out to all those affected by these terrible events and hope that peace and order will soon be restored.’

It added that officers in Britain have a ‘long established tradition of policing by consent, working in communities to prevent crime and solve problems’.

The statement added that forces will ‘tackle bias, racism or discrimination wherever we find it’ but acknowledged that ‘sometimes we fall short’.

It added that police would ‘uphold and facilitate’ the right to lawful protest, but warned demonstrators that the coronavirus lockdown is still in place.

They said: ‘Coronavirus remains a deadly disease and there are still restrictions in place to prevent its spread, which include not gathering outside in groups of more than six people.

‘So for whatever reason people want to come together, we ask that people continue to work with officers at this challenging time.’

Today, Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the Commons that he can understand the anger and the grief felt following the death of Mr Floyd.

SNP Westminster Leader Ian Blackford said: ‘In the seven days since George Floyd was murdered, the UK Government has not even offered words, it has not expressed that pain, it has shuttered itself in the hope no-one would notice.’

He added: ‘Can I ask the Prime Minister what representations has he made to his ally Donald Trump? And at the very least Prime Minister, say it now – black lives matter.’

The Prime Minister responded: ‘Of course black lives matter and I totally understand the anger, the grief that is felt, not just in America but around the world and in our country as well.

‘I totally understand that and I get that and I also support, as I’ve said, the right to protest.

‘The only point I would make to the House is that protests should be carried out lawfully and in this country, protests should be carried out in accordance with our rules on social distancing.’

Also today, Stand Up to Racism has organised a ‘take the knee’ protest for 6pm as part of a day of action against discrimination in response to the death of Mr Floyd.

SUTR said the campaign was inspired by the kneeling protest staged by American football star Colin Kaepernick in 2016 that has become synonymous with the Black Lives Matter movement. 

People participate in a Black Lives Matter protest rally at Hyde Park in London this afternoon

People participate in a Black Lives Matter protest rally at Hyde Park in London this afternoon

People participate in a Black Lives Matter protest rally at Hyde Park in London this afternoon

People participate in a Black Lives Matter protest rally at Hyde Park in London this afternoon

A woman wearing a face mask stands up at Hyde Park in London today, holding a sign saying 'Black Lives Matter'

A woman wearing a face mask stands up at Hyde Park in London today, holding a sign saying ‘Black Lives Matter’

A black man and a white woman hold their hands aloft in a show of defiance during today's protest, attended by thousands

A black man and a white woman hold their hands aloft in a show of defiance during today’s protest, attended by thousands

Protesters take part in a demonstration at Hyde Park in London today over the death of black man George Floyd

Protesters take part in a demonstration at Hyde Park in London today over the death of black man George Floyd

Participants in a Black Lives Matter protest rally at Hyde Park in London today in memory of black man George Floyd

Participants in a Black Lives Matter protest rally at Hyde Park in London today in memory of black man George Floyd

Protesters, some wearing face masks, raise clenched fists during the Black Lives Matter protest in London this afternoon

Protesters, some wearing face masks, raise clenched fists during the Black Lives Matter protest in London this afternoon

People take part in a demonstration today at Hyde Park in London today over the death of George Floyd

People take part in a demonstration today at Hyde Park in London today over the death of George Floyd

A woman holding a megaphone raises her arm in the air as dozens of other protesters, many wearing masks, surround her and applaud

A woman holding a megaphone raises her arm in the air as dozens of other protesters, many wearing masks, surround her and applaud

Campaigners wearing face masks hold up placards and raise clenched fists during the well-attended event at Hyde Park

Campaigners wearing face masks hold up placards and raise clenched fists during the well-attended event at Hyde Park

Protesters take part in a demonstration at Hyde Park in London today over the death of black man George Floyd

Protesters take part in a demonstration at Hyde Park in London today over the death of black man George Floyd

CALIFORNIA: Musician Harry Styles, with a face mask, attended a similar rally yesterday across the Atlantic in Los Angeles

CALIFORNIA: Musician Harry Styles, with a face mask, attended a similar rally yesterday across the Atlantic in Los Angeles

A further demonstration by Black Lives Matter is scheduled for 1pm on Saturday in Parliament Square.

Yesterday, hundreds of people gathered outside St George’s Hall in Liverpool as part of a separate Black Lives Matter protest.

Merseyside Police said in a tweet that while it recognised people’s right to demonstrate peacefully they should still adhere to social distancing guidelines.

It comes as a review by Public Health England found black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people are at significantly higher risk of dying from Covid-19. 

Four protesters kneel on the ground and hold hands as they came together to demand action over the death of George Floyd

Four protesters kneel on the ground and hold hands as they came together to demand action over the death of George Floyd

People hold banners at Hyde Park in London during the Black Lives Matter protest today

People hold banners at Hyde Park in London during the Black Lives Matter protest today

Protesters wearing face masks hold up signs during a Black Lives Matter protest at Hyde Park in London today

Protesters wearing face masks hold up signs during a Black Lives Matter protest at Hyde Park in London today

Protesters hold up signs during a Black Lives Matter protest in Hyde Park in London today

Protesters hold up signs during a Black Lives Matter protest in Hyde Park in London today

People wearing face masks hold signs at Hyde Park during today's Black Lives Matter" protest

People wearing face masks hold signs at Hyde Park during today’s Black Lives Matter’ protest

People observe social distancing during the Black Lives Matter rally in London this afternoon

People observe social distancing during the Black Lives Matter rally in London this afternoon

A man holds a banner saying 'white silence is violence' during the protest in London today

A man holds a banner saying ‘white silence is violence’ during the protest in London today

People wearing face masks hold banners in Hyde Park during the protest this afternoon

People wearing face masks hold banners in Hyde Park during the protest this afternoon

The protests in London today come after violent demonstations across the United States

The protests in London today come after violent demonstations across the United States

Campaigners are now calling for a public inquiry into the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on BAME communities.

Weyman Bennett of SUTR said: ‘Racism is the underlying condition that continues to kill black and BAME communities.

‘Take the knee at 6pm because there is a boot on the neck of millions of people in the BAME community.

‘Part of the cure for the virus of racism is to embrace anti-racism and anti-fascism.’ 

Protesters hold up placards as people gather for a demonstration at Hyde Park today over the death of George Floyd

Protesters hold up placards as people gather for a demonstration at Hyde Park today over the death of George Floyd

A protester wearing a face mask holds a sign saying 'I can't breathe' in London this afternoon

A protester wearing a face mask holds a sign saying ‘I can’t breathe’ in London this afternoon

People wearing face masks hold signs in Hyde Park during today's Black Lives Matter protest

People wearing face masks hold signs in Hyde Park during today’s Black Lives Matter protest

A woman wears a face mask saying 'silence is violence' during the protest in London today

A woman wears a face mask saying ‘silence is violence’ during the protest in London today

Four women walk while wearing face masks and holding banners at London's Hyde Park today

Four women walk while wearing face masks and holding banners at London’s Hyde Park today

People participate in a Black Lives Matter protest rally at Hyde Park in London this afternoon

People participate in a Black Lives Matter protest rally at Hyde Park in London this afternoon

People wearing face masks hold banners in Hyde Park during this afternoon's demonstration

People wearing face masks hold banners in Hyde Park during this afternoon’s demonstration

Protesters wearing face masks hold up signs at today's Black Lives Matter protest in London

Protesters wearing face masks hold up signs at today’s Black Lives Matter protest in London

Protesters take part in a demonstration at Hyde Park today over the death of George Floyd in the US

Protesters take part in a demonstration at Hyde Park today over the death of George Floyd in the US

SUTR’s Sabby Dhalu said: ‘BAME communities are suffering disproportionately from Covid-19, economic decline and police brutality.

‘We call on people to ‘take the knee’ on their doorstep in solidarity with George Floyd, at 6pm, Wednesday 3 June. We stand for justice for George Floyd and say Black Lives Matter.’

Large gatherings are still banned under shutdown rules, and yesterday Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon asked protesters to find an alternative to physical demonstrations.

Speaking at her daily briefing in Edinburgh, she said: ‘Right now, it is the case, unfortunately and regrettably, that large gatherings of people could pose a risk to health and indeed to life. 

Protesters wearing face masks gather for the demonstration at Hyde Park this afternoon

Protesters wearing face masks gather for the demonstration at Hyde Park this afternoon

Demonstrators socially distance while gathering for the protest at London's Hyde Park today

Demonstrators socially distance while gathering for the protest at London’s Hyde Park today

People participate in the Black Lives Matter protest rally at Hyde Park in London this afternoon

People participate in the Black Lives Matter protest rally at Hyde Park in London this afternoon

A woman wearing a face mask holds a banner in Hyde Park during the protest this afternoon

A woman wearing a face mask holds a banner in Hyde Park during the protest this afternoon

People wearing face masks hold signs at Hyde Park during today's Black Lives Matter protest

People wearing face masks hold signs at Hyde Park during today’s Black Lives Matter protest

People sit at Hyde Park and hold banners at the Black Lives Matter protest in London today

People sit at Hyde Park and hold banners at the Black Lives Matter protest in London today

People hold banners in Hyde Park during the Black Lives Matter protest in London today

People hold banners in Hyde Park during the Black Lives Matter protest in London today

People hold banners in Hyde Park in London today during a Black Lives Matter protest following the death of George Floyd

People hold banners in Hyde Park in London today during a Black Lives Matter protest following the death of George Floyd

People participate in a Black Lives Matter protest rally in Hyde Park in London this afternoon

People participate in a Black Lives Matter protest rally in Hyde Park in London this afternoon

Activists wear face masks as they hold up signs during today's demonstration at Hyde Park

Activists wear face masks as they hold up signs during today’s demonstration at Hyde Park 

‘We need to find ways of allowing people to make their voices heard and to make the points that many of us want to be made and to be heard right now, but to do so in a way that is safe and is not putting people protesting or wider communities at risk.’

The Met Police said its approach was to engage with protesters and encourage them to follow social distancing rules.

Last Sunday, thousands of people took part in Black Lives Matter protests in London’s Trafalgar Square and outside the US embassy, while demonstrations were also staged in Cardiff and Manchester.

Thousands of people in Dublin protested outside the US embassy on Monday. There were 23 arrests in London on Sunday, at least three of which were for breach of Covid-19 legislation. 

Two people hold up banners during the demonstration at Hyde Park in London this afternoon

Two people hold up banners during the demonstration at Hyde Park in London this afternoon

Protesters wearing face masks hold up signs at today's Black Lives Matter protest in Hyde Park

Protesters wearing face masks hold up signs at today’s Black Lives Matter protest in Hyde Park

Protesters wear face masks and observe social distancing during the protest in London today

Protesters wear face masks and observe social distancing during the protest in London today

People wearing face masks as they sit at Hyde Park during today's Black Lives Matter protest

People wearing face masks as they sit at Hyde Park during today’s Black Lives Matter protest

A woman hands out a Socialist Worker poster with the phrase 'Black Lives Matter' today

A woman hands out a Socialist Worker poster with the phrase ‘Black Lives Matter’ today

A woman wearing a face mask with the message 'I Can't Breathe' is seen in Hyde Park today

A woman wearing a face mask with the message ‘I Can’t Breathe’ is seen in Hyde Park today

A protester wears a mask displaying the words "I can't breathe" at today's protest in London

A protester wears a mask displaying the words ‘I can’t breathe’ at today’s protest in London

A protester holds a sign and face mask during the Black Lives Matter protest in London today

A protester holds a sign and face mask during the Black Lives Matter protest in London today

One person holds up a sign saying 'Isolate for 2 weeks after protest' in London this afternoon

One person holds up a sign saying ‘Isolate for 2 weeks after protest’ in London this afternoon

George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died last week

White police officer Derek Chauvin put his knee on Mr Floyd's neck in Minneapolis on May 25 for nine minutes

George Floyd (left), a 46-year-old black man, died last week after white police officer Derek Chauvin (right) put his knee on his neck in Minneapolis on May 25 for nine minutes

US President Donald Trump has declared that ‘the National Guard is ready’ as he repeated his threat to send troops to New York City to ‘put down’ the Floyd protests – but the violence in the city was less severe last night.

Thousands ignored mayor Bill de Blasio’s 8pm curfew to continue their demonstrations, but police arrested more than 200 people as night fell and some of the rampant destruction of the previous few days was quelled.

The calmer scenes were echoed across much of America where protesters once again turned out in force but the confrontations with police were subdued and widespread rioting was limited.

It followed a day of anger from President Trump’s critics over the way he threatened to deploy the military to quell riots across the US and cleared protesters in Washington DC so he could visit damaged St John’s Episcopal Church.

Liam Payne and girlfriend attend Hyde Park London protests  


Liam Payne, 26, and girlfriend Maya Henry, 19, throw support behind Black Live Matter movement as they arrive in Hyde Park for London protests

  • The One Direction singer, 26, and the Instagram star, 19, held hands as they joined thousands of protesters marching in response to George Floyd’s death
  • Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died after a white police officer knelt on his head for nearly nine minutes in Minneapolis, prompting a wave of protests 
  • Fellow star John Boyega was also protesting in London while Liam’s bandmate Harry Styles joined a legion of stars protesting in Los Angeles 

Liam Payne and his girlfriend Maya Henry were seen attending the Black Lives Matter protest in London’s Hyde Park on Wednesday. 

The One Direction singer, 26, and the Instagram star, 19, held hands as they joined thousands of protesters marching in response to the death of George Floyd, who was killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis last week.

Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died last Monday after a white police officer knelt on his head for nearly nine minutes in Minneapolis, prompting a wave of protests. 

Staying strong: Liam Payne and his girlfriend Maya Henry were seen attending the Black Lives Matter protest in London’s Hyde Park on Wednesday

Liam and Maya cut solemn figures as they made their way through the crowd. 

Fellow star John Boyega was also protesting in London while Liam’s bandmate Harry Styles joined a legion of stars protesting in Los Angeles.  

A medical examiner’s office on Monday ruled that Floyd’s death was a homicide as they appeared to walk back initial reports that he wasn’t strangled.

The examiner’s findings that the death was a homicide by asphyxiation confirmed the same conclusion of the independent autopsy that was also released on Monday, but there are key differences over the cause.

Great loss: The One Direction singer, 26, and the Instagram star, 19, held hands as they joined thousands of protesters marching in response to the death of George Floyd, who was killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis last week

Great loss: The One Direction singer, 26, and the Instagram star, 19, held hands as they joined thousands of protesters marching in response to the death of George Floyd, who was killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis last week

Helping out: The duo stood alongside a host of Londoners during the protest

Helping out: The duo stood alongside a host of Londoners during the protest

Chauvin was fired from the Minneapolis police department over the incident, has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.

Floyd’s death roiled the globe and has sparked mass protests against police brutality across the nation – with the rows arriving in London on Wednesday. 

On Monday, Liam used his platform to tell his followers: ‘It’s not enough to just say that Black Lives Matter: all of us can and must do more in order to make that statement a reality as soon as possible.

‘Let’s make this ‘new normal’ after Coronavirus one in which Black people are not persecuted for living their daily lives in the same way everyone else is privileged to do so.’

Throwing support: Liam and Maya cut solemn figures as they made their way through the crowd

Throwing support: Liam and Maya cut solemn figures as they made their way through the crowd

Stepping out: The duo wore matching all-black outfits for the event

Stepping out: The duo wore matching all-black outfits for the event

Getting political: Liam used his platform to speak out and condemn racism and injustice in all forms, and urge his followers to 'be better people'

Getting political: Liam used his platform to speak out and condemn racism and injustice in all forms, and urge his followers to ‘be better people’

Throwing his support: John Boyega made his presence known with an impassioned speech

Throwing his support: John Boyega made his presence known with an impassioned speech

After suggesting ways for people to make a difference, he added: ‘Let me be very clear, injustice comes in many forms around the world: nobody because of race, gender, sexuality, religion or belief, should suffer discrimination.

‘This gives us pause for thought to be better people, and to treat everyone with the respect that they deserve.

‘My condolences to George Floyd’s family and to the many others who have lost loved ones in these tragic circumstance. Again Black Lives Matter. Stay safe and take care.’ 

Black Lives Matter, which was first founded in 2013 following the acquittal of George Zimmerman and was nationally recognized for its involvement in the Ferguson protests in 2014 has been galvanized once more following the death of Floyd. 

Supportive: The couple stood strong with thousands in the capital

Supportive: The couple stood strong with thousands in the capital

Joining together: They walked through the crowd in incognito style

Joining together: They walked through the crowd in incognito style 

Thousands of Black Lives Matter protestors head for London’s Hyde Park


Thousands of Black Lives Matter protesters including singer Liam Payne and actor John Boyega gathered in London today as a show of force against the death of George Floyd in the US.

Huge crowds gathered in Hyde Park this afternoon despite ongoing social distancing rules as many campaigners wore face coverings and held signs with messages such as ‘Please, I can’t breathe’, ‘BLM’ and ‘Colour ≠ Crime’.

The rally comes as global demonstrations gather pace following the death of 46-year-old black man Mr Floyd who died after white police officer Derek Chauvin put his knee on his neck for nine minutes in Minneapolis on May 25. 

Today, Star Wars star Boyega told the crowd: ‘Black lives have always mattered. We have always been important. We have always meant something. We have always succeeded regardless. And now is the time. I ain’t waiting.’

Police were generally keeping in the background of the protest while their helicopters circled above. Banners included ‘Enough is Enough’, ‘Remember Smiley Culture’, ‘Remember Cherry Groce’, and ‘UK is not innocent’.

One protester wore a Colin Kaepernick shirt after the black American footballer who started the knee protest in the US. Thousands of demonstrators at times went down on one knee chanting ‘George Floyd, George Floyd.’

It comes after UK chief constables joined forces to say they were ‘appalled and horrified’ by the death and called for ‘justice and accountability’, while warning those attending protests to do so while maintaining a safe distance.  

Separately, anti-racism campaign group Stand Up to Racism is urging Britons to ‘take the knee’ on their doorsteps at 6pm tonight for a protest against discrimination which is also backing the Black Lives Matter movement. 

Demonstrators observe social distancing as they meet in London’s Hyde Park today to protest against George Floyd’s death

Supporters at the protest in London this afternoon wear face coverings and hold up signs with messages including: 'We will remember the silence of our friends' and 'If you're not angry you're not paying attention'

Supporters at the protest in London this afternoon wear face coverings and hold up signs with messages including: ‘We will remember the silence of our friends’ and ‘If you’re not angry you’re not paying attention’

An aerial photograph of Black Lives Matter protesters at Hyde Park in London this afternoon

An aerial photograph of Black Lives Matter protesters at Hyde Park in London this afternoon

John Boyega, pictured with a megaphone, attended the rally

Musician Liam Payne, pictured with girlfriend Maya Henry, attended the rally

Actor John Boyega, pictured left with a megaphone, and musician Liam Payne, pictured right with girlfriend Maya Henry, were among the celebrities to attend today’s rally in London

Star Wars star Boyega tells the crowd in London today: 'Black lives have always mattered. We have always been important'

Star Wars star Boyega tells the crowd in London today: ‘Black lives have always mattered. We have always been important’ 

Boyega said of black people in London today: 'We have always meant something. We have always succeeded regardless'

Boyega during the protest in London today

Boyega said of black people in London today: ‘We have always meant something. We have always succeeded regardless’

Protesters hold up a number of different signs during the event, at Hyde Park in London today, including one which read: 'Use your white privilege, save lives'

Protesters hold up a number of different signs during the event, at Hyde Park in London today, including one which read: ‘Use your white privilege, save lives’

A woman is seen with the phrase 'I can't Breathe', uttered by George Floyd before his death, painted on her face at Hyde Park

A woman is seen with the phrase ‘I can’t Breathe’, uttered by George Floyd before his death, painted on her face at Hyde Park

A black man and a white woman hold their hands aloft in a show of defiance during today's protest, attended by thousands

A black man and a white woman hold their hands aloft in a show of defiance during today’s protest, attended by thousands

A protester wearing a face mask 'takes the knee', as many others are expected to this evening, at Hyde Park in London today

A protester wearing a face mask ‘takes the knee’, as many others are expected to this evening, at Hyde Park in London today

Demonstrators hold banners during the Black Lives Matter protest at Hyde Park in London this afternoon

Demonstrators hold banners during the Black Lives Matter protest at Hyde Park in London this afternoon 

A joint statement from UK chief constables said today: ‘We stand alongside all those across the globe who are appalled and horrified by the way George Floyd lost his life.

‘Justice and accountability should follow. We are also appalled to see the violence and damage that has happened in so many US cities since then.

‘We are are appalled and horrified’: Full statement from UK chief constables on George Floyd protests 

‘We stand alongside all those across the globe who are appalled and horrified by the way George Floyd lost his life. Justice and accountability should follow.

‘We are also appalled to see the violence and damage that has happened in so many US cities since then. Our hearts go out to all those affected by these terrible events and hope that peace and order will soon be restored.

‘In the UK we have a long established tradition of policing by consent, working in communities to prevent crime and solve problems. Officers are trained to use force proportionately, lawfully and only when absolutely necessary. We strive to continuously learn and improve. We will tackle bias, racism or discrimination wherever we find it.

‘Policing is complex and challenging and sometimes we fall short. When we do, we are not afraid to shine a light on injustices or to be held to account.

‘The relationship between the police and the public in the UK is strong but there is always more to do. Every day, up and down the country, officers and staff are working to strengthen those relationships and address concerns. Only by working closely with our communities do we build trust and help keep people safe.

‘We know people want to make their voices heard. The right to lawful protest is key part of any democracy, which UK police uphold and facilitate. But coronavirus remains a deadly disease and there are still restrictions in place to prevent its spread, which include not gathering outside in groups of more than six people. So for whatever reason people want to come together, we ask that people continue to work with officers at this challenging time.’ 

‘Our hearts go out to all those affected by these terrible events and hope that peace and order will soon be restored.’

It added that officers in Britain have a ‘long established tradition of policing by consent, working in communities to prevent crime and solve problems’.

The statement added that forces will ‘tackle bias, racism or discrimination wherever we find it’ but acknowledged that ‘sometimes we fall short’.

It added that police would ‘uphold and facilitate’ the right to lawful protest, but warned demonstrators that the coronavirus lockdown is still in place.

They said: ‘Coronavirus remains a deadly disease and there are still restrictions in place to prevent its spread, which include not gathering outside in groups of more than six people.

‘So for whatever reason people want to come together, we ask that people continue to work with officers at this challenging time.’

Today, Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the Commons that he can understand the anger and the grief felt following the death of Mr Floyd.

SNP Westminster Leader Ian Blackford said: ‘In the seven days since George Floyd was murdered, the UK Government has not even offered words, it has not expressed that pain, it has shuttered itself in the hope no-one would notice.’

He added: ‘Can I ask the Prime Minister what representations has he made to his ally Donald Trump? And at the very least Prime Minister, say it now – black lives matter.’

The Prime Minister responded: ‘Of course black lives matter and I totally understand the anger, the grief that is felt, not just in America but around the world and in our country as well.

‘I totally understand that and I get that and I also support, as I’ve said, the right to protest.

‘The only point I would make to the House is that protests should be carried out lawfully and in this country, protests should be carried out in accordance with our rules on social distancing.’

Also today, Stand Up to Racism has organised a ‘take the knee’ protest for 6pm as part of a day of action against discrimination in response to the death of Mr Floyd.

SUTR said the campaign was inspired by the kneeling protest staged by American football star Colin Kaepernick in 2016 that has become synonymous with the Black Lives Matter movement. 

People participate in a Black Lives Matter protest rally at Hyde Park in London this afternoon

People participate in a Black Lives Matter protest rally at Hyde Park in London this afternoon

A woman wearing a face mask stands up at Hyde Park in London today, holding a sign saying 'Black Lives Matter'

A woman wearing a face mask stands up at Hyde Park in London today, holding a sign saying ‘Black Lives Matter’

Protesters take part in a demonstration at Hyde Park in London today over the death of black man George Floyd

Protesters take part in a demonstration at Hyde Park in London today over the death of black man George Floyd

Participants in a Black Lives Matter protest rally at Hyde Park in London today in memory of black man George Floyd

Participants in a Black Lives Matter protest rally at Hyde Park in London today in memory of black man George Floyd

Protesters, some wearing face masks, raise clenched fists during the Black Lives Matter protest in London this afternoon

Protesters, some wearing face masks, raise clenched fists during the Black Lives Matter protest in London this afternoon

People take part in a demonstration today at Hyde Park in London today over the death of George Floyd

People take part in a demonstration today at Hyde Park in London today over the death of George Floyd

A woman holding a megaphone raises her arm in the air as dozens of other protesters, many wearing masks, surround her and applaud

A woman holding a megaphone raises her arm in the air as dozens of other protesters, many wearing masks, surround her and applaud

Campaigners wearing face masks hold up placards and raise clenched fists during the well-attended event at Hyde Park

Campaigners wearing face masks hold up placards and raise clenched fists during the well-attended event at Hyde Park

Protesters take part in a demonstration at Hyde Park in London today over the death of black man George Floyd

Protesters take part in a demonstration at Hyde Park in London today over the death of black man George Floyd

CALIFORNIA: Musician Harry Styles, with a face mask, attended a similar rally yesterday across the Atlantic in Los Angeles

CALIFORNIA: Musician Harry Styles, with a face mask, attended a similar rally yesterday across the Atlantic in Los Angeles

A further demonstration by Black Lives Matter is scheduled for 1pm on Saturday in Parliament Square.

Yesterday, hundreds of people gathered outside St George’s Hall in Liverpool as part of a separate Black Lives Matter protest.

Merseyside Police said in a tweet that while it recognised people’s right to demonstrate peacefully they should still adhere to social distancing guidelines.

It comes as a review by Public Health England found black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people are at significantly higher risk of dying from Covid-19. 

Four protesters kneel on the ground and hold hands as they came together to demand action over the death of George Floyd

Four protesters kneel on the ground and hold hands as they came together to demand action over the death of George Floyd

People hold banners at Hyde Park in London during the Black Lives Matter protest today

People hold banners at Hyde Park in London during the Black Lives Matter protest today

Protesters wearing face masks hold up signs during a Black Lives Matter protest at Hyde Park in London today

Protesters wearing face masks hold up signs during a Black Lives Matter protest at Hyde Park in London today

Protesters hold up signs during a Black Lives Matter protest in Hyde Park in London today

Protesters hold up signs during a Black Lives Matter protest in Hyde Park in London today

People wearing face masks hold signs at Hyde Park during today's Black Lives Matter" protest

People wearing face masks hold signs at Hyde Park during today’s Black Lives Matter’ protest

People observe social distancing during the Black Lives Matter rally in London this afternoon

People observe social distancing during the Black Lives Matter rally in London this afternoon

A man holds a banner saying 'white silence is violence' during the protest in London today

A man holds a banner saying ‘white silence is violence’ during the protest in London today

People wearing face masks hold banners in Hyde Park during the protest this afternoon

People wearing face masks hold banners in Hyde Park during the protest this afternoon

The protests in London today come after violent demonstations across the United States

The protests in London today come after violent demonstations across the United States

Campaigners are now calling for a public inquiry into the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on BAME communities.

Weyman Bennett of SUTR said: ‘Racism is the underlying condition that continues to kill black and BAME communities.

‘Take the knee at 6pm because there is a boot on the neck of millions of people in the BAME community.

‘Part of the cure for the virus of racism is to embrace anti-racism and anti-fascism.’ 

Protesters hold up placards as people gather for a demonstration at Hyde Park today over the death of George Floyd

Protesters hold up placards as people gather for a demonstration at Hyde Park today over the death of George Floyd

A protester wearing a face mask holds a sign saying 'I can't breathe' in London this afternoon

A protester wearing a face mask holds a sign saying ‘I can’t breathe’ in London this afternoon

People wearing face masks hold signs in Hyde Park during today's Black Lives Matter protest

People wearing face masks hold signs in Hyde Park during today’s Black Lives Matter protest

A woman wears a face mask saying 'silence is violence' during the protest in London today

A woman wears a face mask saying ‘silence is violence’ during the protest in London today

Four women walk while wearing face masks and holding banners at London's Hyde Park today

Four women walk while wearing face masks and holding banners at London’s Hyde Park today

People participate in a Black Lives Matter protest rally at Hyde Park in London this afternoon

People participate in a Black Lives Matter protest rally at Hyde Park in London this afternoon

People wearing face masks hold banners in Hyde Park during this afternoon's demonstration

People wearing face masks hold banners in Hyde Park during this afternoon’s demonstration

Protesters wearing face masks hold up signs at today's Black Lives Matter protest in London

Protesters wearing face masks hold up signs at today’s Black Lives Matter protest in London

Protesters take part in a demonstration at Hyde Park today over the death of George Floyd in the US

Protesters take part in a demonstration at Hyde Park today over the death of George Floyd in the US

SUTR’s Sabby Dhalu said: ‘BAME communities are suffering disproportionately from Covid-19, economic decline and police brutality.

‘We call on people to ‘take the knee’ on their doorstep in solidarity with George Floyd, at 6pm, Wednesday 3 June. We stand for justice for George Floyd and say Black Lives Matter.’

Large gatherings are still banned under shutdown rules, and yesterday Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon asked protesters to find an alternative to physical demonstrations.

Speaking at her daily briefing in Edinburgh, she said: ‘Right now, it is the case, unfortunately and regrettably, that large gatherings of people could pose a risk to health and indeed to life. 

Protesters wearing face masks gather for the demonstration at Hyde Park this afternoon

Protesters wearing face masks gather for the demonstration at Hyde Park this afternoon

Demonstrators socially distance while gathering for the protest at London's Hyde Park today

Demonstrators socially distance while gathering for the protest at London’s Hyde Park today

People participate in the Black Lives Matter protest rally at Hyde Park in London this afternoon

People participate in the Black Lives Matter protest rally at Hyde Park in London this afternoon

A woman wearing a face mask holds a banner in Hyde Park during the protest this afternoon

A woman wearing a face mask holds a banner in Hyde Park during the protest this afternoon

People wearing face masks hold signs at Hyde Park during today's Black Lives Matter protest

People wearing face masks hold signs at Hyde Park during today’s Black Lives Matter protest

People sit at Hyde Park and hold banners at the Black Lives Matter protest in London today

People sit at Hyde Park and hold banners at the Black Lives Matter protest in London today

People hold banners in Hyde Park during the Black Lives Matter protest in London today

People hold banners in Hyde Park during the Black Lives Matter protest in London today

People hold banners in Hyde Park in London today during a Black Lives Matter protest following the death of George Floyd

People hold banners in Hyde Park in London today during a Black Lives Matter protest following the death of George Floyd

People participate in a Black Lives Matter protest rally in Hyde Park in London this afternoon

People participate in a Black Lives Matter protest rally in Hyde Park in London this afternoon

Activists wear face masks as they hold up signs during today's demonstration at Hyde Park

Activists wear face masks as they hold up signs during today’s demonstration at Hyde Park 

‘We need to find ways of allowing people to make their voices heard and to make the points that many of us want to be made and to be heard right now, but to do so in a way that is safe and is not putting people protesting or wider communities at risk.’

The Met Police said its approach was to engage with protesters and encourage them to follow social distancing rules.

Last Sunday, thousands of people took part in Black Lives Matter protests in London’s Trafalgar Square and outside the US embassy, while demonstrations were also staged in Cardiff and Manchester.

Thousands of people in Dublin protested outside the US embassy on Monday. There were 23 arrests in London on Sunday, at least three of which were for breach of Covid-19 legislation. 

Two people hold up banners during the demonstration at Hyde Park in London this afternoon

Two people hold up banners during the demonstration at Hyde Park in London this afternoon

Protesters wearing face masks hold up signs at today's Black Lives Matter protest in Hyde Park

Protesters wearing face masks hold up signs at today’s Black Lives Matter protest in Hyde Park

Protesters wear face masks and observe social distancing during the protest in London today

Protesters wear face masks and observe social distancing during the protest in London today

People wearing face masks as they sit at Hyde Park during today's Black Lives Matter protest

People wearing face masks as they sit at Hyde Park during today’s Black Lives Matter protest

A woman hands out a Socialist Worker poster with the phrase 'Black Lives Matter' today

A woman hands out a Socialist Worker poster with the phrase ‘Black Lives Matter’ today

A woman wearing a face mask with the message 'I Can't Breathe' is seen in Hyde Park today

A woman wearing a face mask with the message ‘I Can’t Breathe’ is seen in Hyde Park today

A protester wears a mask displaying the words "I can't breathe" at today's protest in London

A protester wears a mask displaying the words ‘I can’t breathe’ at today’s protest in London

A protester holds a sign and face mask during the Black Lives Matter protest in London today

A protester holds a sign and face mask during the Black Lives Matter protest in London today

One person holds up a sign saying 'Isolate for 2 weeks after protest' in London this afternoon

One person holds up a sign saying ‘Isolate for 2 weeks after protest’ in London this afternoon

George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died last week

White police officer Derek Chauvin put his knee on Mr Floyd's neck in Minneapolis on May 25 for nine minutes

George Floyd (left), a 46-year-old black man, died last week after white police officer Derek Chauvin (right) put his knee on his neck in Minneapolis on May 25 for nine minutes

US President Donald Trump has declared that ‘the National Guard is ready’ as he repeated his threat to send troops to New York City to ‘put down’ the Floyd protests – but the violence in the city was less severe last night.

Thousands ignored mayor Bill de Blasio’s 8pm curfew to continue their demonstrations, but police arrested more than 200 people as night fell and some of the rampant destruction of the previous few days was quelled.

The calmer scenes were echoed across much of America where protesters once again turned out in force but the confrontations with police were subdued and widespread rioting was limited.

It followed a day of anger from President Trump’s critics over the way he threatened to deploy the military to quell riots across the US and cleared protesters in Washington DC so he could visit damaged St John’s Episcopal Church.

‘Suspicious’ car ‘collides with two pedestrians’ in London’s Sloane Square


Police search ‘suspicious’ car and arrest driver after it ‘collided with two pedestrians’ in London’s Sloane Square

  • Officers were called to Sloane Square in the west of the capital on Wednesday
  • Police said the vehicle had collided with two people, who were taken to hospital

Police are searching a ‘suspicious’ car and have arrested the driver after it ‘collided with two pedestrians’ in an upmarket area of London.

Officers were called to Sloane Square in the west of the capital on Wednesday afternoon.

Scotland Yard said: ‘Police are on scene in Sloane Square, SW1 where they are dealing with a vehicle which has collided with two people.

Officers were called to Sloane Square in the west of the capital on Wednesday afternoon

Scotland Yard said: 'Police are on scene in Sloane Square, SW1 where they are dealing with a vehicle which has collided with two people'

Scotland Yard said: ‘Police are on scene in Sloane Square, SW1 where they are dealing with a vehicle which has collided with two people’

‘We await a condition update. The car was found abandoned.

‘Cordons were put in place and buildings in the surrounding area were evacuated as a precaution while officers searched the vehicle.

‘A man was subsequently arrested arrested for driving offences. Further details await. Enquiries continue.’

London Ambulance Service added: ‘We were called at 12:08pm today (3 June) to reports of a road traffic collision involving pedestrians on Sloane Square, Kensington.

‘We dispatched two ambulance crews and a medic in a car, with the first of our crews arriving in under four minutes.

‘We treated two men at the scene and took them both to hospital.’

More follows

Coronavirus: ‘Excess deaths’ in England and Wales revealed


Britain today announced 215 more coronavirus deaths, taking the official number of victims one step closer to the 40,000 mark.

Department of Health bosses have yet to confirm the final tally, which is expected to be higher because it takes into account deaths in all settings. The preliminary toll is calculated by adding up the updates provided by each of the home nations.

NHS England today recorded 179 more deaths in hospitals, while Wales posted 17 in all settings, followed by 11 in Scotland and eight in Northern Ireland. It means the official number of Covid-19 victims is now 39,584 – but other data shows the true toll is almost 10,000 higher.

Health chiefs yesterday announced 324 deaths – a 68 per cent drop in the space of a fortnight. And a leading statistician predicted Britain is on track to have zero Covid-19 deaths by July.

It comes as a shocking analysis of data today revealed the coronavirus pandemic has driven up rates of excess deaths in some parts of London to double what they are in a usual year.  

Official statistics show the number of Britons who died during the first five months of 2020 was massively higher than average because of the Covid-19 crisis, with 62,000 more victims than expected across the UK.   

The London borough of Brent is the worst affected part of England and Wales by this measure, with the number of deaths soaring from 447 in January-May in an average year to 925 in 2020 – an increase of 108 per cent. 

In other coronavirus news today:

  • McDonald’s will open another 497 drive-thru restaurants today and is aiming to have more than 1,000 back in business by next week. Monstrous queues have been pictured outside those that have reopened;
  • The Government is doubling down on its 14-day quarantine rule for travellers entering Britain. Home Secretary Priti Patel said it was necessary to prevent more coronavirus outbreaks and deaths;
  • West London – Ealing, Hillingdon and Hounslow – is the area of the capital where people have received the most police fines for breaking lockdown rules. 165 fines were issued there between March 27 and May 14;
  • Labour leader Keir Starmer has warned Boris Johnson to ‘get a grip’ on the coronavirus crisis and accused him of ‘winging it’;
  • UK charity the Health Foundation has warned of a ‘digital divide’ that could be caused by the NHS’s contact tracing app because elderly people, the unemployed and manual workers are less likely to download it. 

The number of excess deaths in England and Wales spiked dramatically during the peak of the coronavirus outbreak. Professor Carl Heneghan, an Oxford University epidemiologist, predicted that the number of people dying would fall to average levels again by July

Separate data published yesterday showed that Birmingham has recorded the most deaths of diagnosed coronavirus patients, with 1,082 victims

Separate data published yesterday showed that Birmingham has recorded the most deaths of diagnosed coronavirus patients, with 1,082 victims

The data includes people who died of any cause between January 1 and May 22 in each of the local authorities in England and Wales. 

More than a dozen areas across the two countries actually appeared to be unaffected by the outbreak and saw the numbers of people dying fall to lower-than average levels.  

In North East Lincolnshire the death rate dropped by 8.8 per cent, while it fell by 8.2 per cent in Conwy, Wales, and by five per cent on Anglesey, off the Welsh coast.

Excess deaths are considered to be an accurate measure of the number of people killed by the pandemic because they include a broader spectrum of victims.

As well as including people who may have died with Covid-19 without ever being tested, the data also shows how many more people died because their medical treatment was postponed, for example, or who didn’t or couldn’t get to hospital when they were seriously ill.

WHICH AREAS RECORDED THE MOST EXCESS DEATHS DURING THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK? (Data January-May. Source: The Telegraph) 
PLACE NAME AVERAGE DEATHS 2020 DEATHS EXCESS DEATHS % CHANGE
Brent 445 925 480 108%
Harrow 388 775 387 100%
Newham 338 661 323 96%
Enfield 516 981 465 90%
Hertsmere 236 439 203 86%
Ealing 503 918 415 83%
Haringey 311 564 253 81%
Barnet 613 1,101 488 80%
Hackney 283 508 225 80%
Westminster 272 486 214 79%
Croydon 625 1,106 481 77%
Southwark 332 583 251 76%
Merton 318 550 232 73%
Hammersmith 236 409 173 73%
Waltham Forest 355 614 259 73%
Mole Valley 217 374 157 72%
Lambeth 374 642 268 72%
Redbridge 455 780 325 71%
Greenwich 383 649 266 69%
Surrey Heath 202 340 138 68%

Experts are divided, however, on how accurate excess deaths are as a measure.

Oxford University’s Professor Carl Heneghan yesterday said that comparing deaths this year to an average taken from the past five years overlooked population growth.

He said the average could have been expected to be higher because there are more people, and more elderly people, in the UK than there were in 2015. 

If true, this could mean the impact of the Covid-19 epidemic was overestimated.

WEEKLY CORONAVIRUS DEATHS ARE LOWEST SINCE LOCKDOWN

The weekly coronavirus death toll in England and Wales has dropped to its lowest levels since the lockdown began in March, promising statistics today revealed. 

Data from the Office for National Statistics showed 1,983 people died across the two counties in the week ending May 22, down from 2,766 a week earlier and the lowest figure for two months.

Every week since March 27 has recorded more fatalities from the virus, showing that Britain is now en route to how it was before the unprecedented lockdown was imposed on March 23.

At the peak of the outbreak, a staggering 16,000 people in England and Wales died of the coronavirus in just two weeks in April. 

But the sobering statistics also show that there have now almost certainly been more than 50,000 people killed by Covid-19 across the UK this year.  

The coronavirus was listed as a contributing factor on the death certificates of at least 47,871 people by May 22, cementing Britain’s position as one of the worst-hit countries in the world.

Meanwhile, the University of Cambridge’s Professor David Spiegelhalter, argued the measure is still useful.

He said: ‘Deaths this year were tracking pretty close to, but below, the five year average. There is no perfect baseline.

‘I still think [the five-year average] is useful to give an idea of trends, peaks and spikes, but it is not a precise measure.’

Professor Heneghan yesterday said he expects the number of deaths to have returned to normal by next week. 

He said: ‘If the trends continue, the deaths look like they will be back to where they should be normally by next week.

‘There’s been a continued reduction in hospital deaths, care home outbreaks are coming down so the “all deaths” by (week) 22 I’m expecting will be back to where we should be.’

Professor Heneghan said there may be no Covid-19 deaths by the end of June – which would follow Spain yesterday. Italy is still reporting between 50 and 100 deaths per day, and France around 30.

‘But it also depends on what happens next, within sporadic outbreaks,’ Professor Heneghan said.

Experts say that unless care home and hospital outbreaks cannot be stopped, deaths caused by the coronavirus will continue at low levels. 

Data published in The Telegraph showed that the top five worst affected areas were Brent, Harrow, Newham, Enfield and Hertsmere, which all had total death increases of more than 86 per cent.

These were followed by Ealing (83 per cent), Haringey (81 per cent), Barnet (80 per cent), Hackney (80 per cent) and Westminster (79 per cent).

Others in the 20 worst-affected areas, most of which were in London, were Croydon, Southwark, Merton, Hammersmith & Fulham, Waltham Forest, Mole Valley (Surrey), Lambeth, Redbridge, Greenwich and Surrey Heath. 

At the other end of the scale, some more rural areas of the country saw the number of people dying drop from its usual level.

This may have been because those areas were relatively untouched by the coronavirus but the lockdown had other health benefits – reducing the transmission of flu, for example, which kills older people, or fewer car crashes.

Or it may simply have been because fewer people were dying anyway and the rate wasn’t increased by the virus as it was in other areas of the country.

The list of areas where the coronavirus appears to have had the least impact on the number of people dying is topped by North East Lincolnshire, where fatalities dropped by 8.8 per cent, and Conwy in Wales, where they fell by 8.2 per cent.

The number of people dying also dropped in Anglesey (-5 per cent), Hastings (-4.9 per cent), Torridge (-4.6 per cent), Mendip (-2.4 per cent) and Rother (-1.5 per cent).

Other areas recording slightly lower than usual numbers of deaths in January to May were Gwynedd, Isle of Wight, Ceredigion, Mid Devon, North Devon and East Devon. 

IN WHICH AREAS HAVE DEATHS BEEN LOWER THAN AVERAGE DURING THE CORONAVIRUS EPIDEMIC? (Data January-May. Source: The Telegraph) 
PLACE NAME AVERAGE DEATHS 2020 DEATHS EXCESS DEATHS % CHANGE
North East Lincolnshire 445 406 -39 -8.8%
Conwy 405 372 -33 -8.1%
Isle of Anglesey 212 201 -11 -5.2%
Hastings 260 247 -13 -5.0%
Torridge 214 204 -10 -4.7%
Mendip 297 290 -7 -2.4%
Rother 357 352 -5 -1.4%
Gwynedd 354 351 -3 -0.8%
Isle of Wight 457 454 -3 -0.7%
Ceredigion 204 203 -1 -0.5%
Mid Devon 205 204 -1 -0.5%
North Devon 300 299 -1 -0.3%
East Devon 477 476 -1 -0.2%

Petra and Tamara Ecclestone go sightseeing with their families in Croatia


They recently fled London and LA in favour of a getaway to their mother Slavica’s native country Croatia amid the coronavirus pandemic.

And Petra and Tamara Ecclestone continued to soak up the sun in the holiday hotspot as they enjoyed a city tour of Dubrovnik with their families on Tuesday. 

Socialite Petra, 31, was joined by her fiancé Sam Palmer and her four children, while her older sibling, 35, and her husband Jay Rutland, 39, were followed by their daughter Sophia, six, for a spot of sightseeing, a day after they were pictured relaxing on their F1 boss father Bernie’s £28million ($35million) yacht.

In good company: Petra and Tamara Ecclestone continued to soak up the sun in the holiday hotspot as they enjoyed a city tour of Dubrovnik in Croatia with their families on Tuesday 

The model – who welcomed her first child with partner Sam earlier this year – flashed a rare smile as she strolled along the streets of the old town.

The blonde beauty kept things casual in a loose-fitting white T-shirt and navy, tie-dye cycling shorts.  

Opting for comfort, the heiress sported white sliders while styling her outfit with clear-rimmed shades and a selection of gold jewellery. 

Petra swept her tresses into a tousled bun and displayed her naturally clear complexion by going make-up free.

Happy times: Socialite Petra, 31, flashed a rare smile as she joined her fiancé Sam Palmer and her four children

Happy times: Socialite Petra, 31, flashed a rare smile as she joined her fiancé Sam Palmer and her four children

Cheery: The model appeared in great spirits as she strolled along the streets of the old town with her loved ones

Family first: The model welcomed her first child with partner Sam earlier this year

On cloud nine: The model – who welcomed her first child with partner Sam earlier this year – appeared in great spirits as she strolled along the streets of the old town with her loved ones

Quality time: The wealthy family appreciated the culture of the country by visiting museums and heading out to the local market

Quality time: The wealthy family appreciated the culture of the country by visiting museums and heading out to the local market

Springtime chic: The blonde beauty kept things casual in a loose-fitting white T-shirt and navy, tie-dye cycling shorts

Springtime chic: The blonde beauty kept things casual in a loose-fitting white T-shirt and navy, tie-dye cycling shorts

Tamara looked equally low-key in denim shorts and white T-shirt with blue and pink splotch printing throughout.

Browns sandals and cat-eye sunglasses rounded off her look, while a loose bun and minimal make-up allowed her skin to breathe.

The wealthy family appreciated the culture of the country by visiting museums and heading out to the local market.

After the long excursion, the group hopped onto a speedboat to board the luxurious yacht.  

Couples united: The pair grinned from ear-to-ear as they engaged in a lively conversation with Tamara, 35, and her husband Jay Rutland

Couples united: The pair grinned from ear-to-ear as they engaged in a lively conversation with Tamara, 35, and her husband Jay Rutland

Radiant: The salon owner looked equally low-key in denim shorts and white T-shirt with blue and pink splotch printing throughout

Radiant: The salon owner looked equally low-key in denim shorts and white T-shirt with blue and pink splotch printing throughout

Casual: Browns sandals and cat-eye sunglasses rounded off her look, while a loose bun and minimal make-up allowed her skin to breathe

Casual: Browns sandals and cat-eye sunglasses rounded off her look, while a loose bun and minimal make-up allowed her skin to breathe

Fun-filled day out: The family enjoyed some downtime from their schedules

Fun-filled day out: The family enjoyed some downtime from their schedules 

Croatia has implemented a ‘no bans, just precautions’ policy amid the global crisis, which has claimed nearly 400,000 lives worldwide.

As the coronavirus crisis continues to throw travel plans into chaos, the sisters proved to be unaffected by the woes.   

The sisters, who are famously close, opted to flee their native countries to head to the safer location which has seen low death tolls compared to other countries. 

Last month, Krunoslav Capak, the director of Croatia’s Institute of Public Health, said there would be ‘no bans, just precautions’ on the country’s beaches, after Croatia reported 103 deaths overall as of Monday. 

Less is more: Opting for comfort, heiress Petra sported white sliders while styling her outfit with clear-rimmed shades and a selection of gold jewellery

Less is more: Opting for comfort, heiress Petra sported white sliders while styling her outfit with clear-rimmed shades and a selection of gold jewellery

Here come the boys: At one point, businessmen Jay and Sam took the lead while donning similar ensembles

Here come the boys: At one point, businessmen Jay and Sam took the lead while donning similar ensembles

Watch her glow: The mother-of-four swept her tresses into a tousled bun and displayed her naturally clear complexion by going make-up free

Watch her glow: The mother-of-four swept her tresses into a tousled bun and displayed her naturally clear complexion by going make-up free

Free to roam: Croatia has implemented a 'no bans, just precautions' policy amid the global crisis, which has claimed nearly 400,000 lives worldwide

Free to roam: Croatia has implemented a ‘no bans, just precautions’ policy amid the global crisis, which has claimed nearly 400,000 lives worldwide

At least somebody's getting a holiday! They recently fled London and LA in favour of a sun-soaked trip to their mother Slavica's native country amid the coronavirus pandemic

At least somebody’s getting a holiday! They recently fled London and LA in favour of a sun-soaked trip to their mother Slavica’s native country amid the coronavirus pandemic

Wow! They appeared in awe of the stunning architecture

Wow! They appeared in awe of the stunning architecture

Come along: They walked up a flight of stairs to get a closer look at the nation's traditional buildings

Come along: They walked up a flight of stairs to get a closer look at the nation’s traditional buildings

Fresh food anyone? They were joined by a tour guide in the market, who educated the group on the background and history of the country

Fresh food anyone? They were joined by a tour guide in the market, who educated the group on the background and history of the country

Care-free: As the coronavirus crisis continues to throw travel plans into chaos, the sisters proved to be unaffected by the woes

Care-free: As the coronavirus crisis continues to throw travel plans into chaos, the sisters proved to be unaffected by the woes

He said: ‘I will certainly go to the beach. I can’t wait. Lifeguards, local authorities and hoteliers will have to make sure that sun beds and towels are not too close together because the virus will still be present.’ 

The duo were lucky enough to have their father’s yacht at their disposal. The 176ft yacht, which boasts six cabins, is named Petara – after Bernie’s daughters – with her name being an amalgamation of the Petra and Tamara’s name. 

The girls often discuss missing each other due to their transatlantic distance, so were no doubt happy to be united on the holiday.  

Planning ahead: They paused for a brief moment to discuss their next steps

Planning ahead: They paused for a brief moment to discuss their next steps

Good choice: The sisters, who are famously close, opted to flee their native countries to head to the safer location which has seen low death tolls compared to other countries

Good choice: The sisters, who are famously close, opted to flee their native countries to head to the safer location which has seen low death tolls compared to other countries

Together again: The girls often discuss missing each other due to their transatlantic distance, so were no doubt happy to be united on the holiday

Together again: The girls often discuss missing each other due to their transatlantic distance, so were no doubt happy to be united on the holiday

Off to the sea we go! Tamara held onto her daughter's hand as they travelled to their next destination

Off to the sea we go! Tamara held onto her daughter’s hand as they travelled to their next destination

Off they go: After the long excursion, the group hopped onto a speedboat to board the luxurious yacht

Off they go: After the long excursion, the group hopped onto a speedboat to board the luxurious yacht

Tapping into full relaxation mode: The duo were lucky enough to have their F1 boss father Bernie's £28million ($35million) yacht at their disposal

Tapping into full relaxation mode: The duo were lucky enough to have their F1 boss father Bernie’s £28million ($35million) yacht at their disposal

Incredible: The 176ft yacht, which boasts six cabins, is named Petara - after Bernie's daughters - with her name being an amalgamation of the Petra and Tamara's name

Incredible: The 176ft yacht, which boasts six cabins, is named Petara – after Bernie’s daughters – with her name being an amalgamation of the Petra and Tamara’s name

The strict new rules

What is going to happen?

All passengers arriving in the UK will have to fill in a form before heading to Britain. This will include British nationals coming home, as well as foreign visitors. You must provide the address at which you will be staying in the UK – and self-isolate there. You will not be allowed to leave that address at all, or receive visitors, for 14 days.

How will it work?

Passengers will be able to complete ‘contact locator form’ on the Government’s website up to 48 hours before departure. There will be no paper versions of the form. Failing to complete the form before travelling is a crime, but there will be a short grace period and allow travellers to fill in the form electronically in the arrivals hall.

How will this be enforced?

There will be spot checks to ensure all passengers have completed a form. Border Force staff will interview people as they leave planes and at border checkpoints.

What happens if I refuse to fill in a contact locator form?

You will be given an on-the-spot £100 fine by Border Force officers.

When will this come into force?

June 8.

What checks will take place during the 14-day period?

Public health officials will carry out random checks by telephone. If these raise doubts, police will visit the address, issuing a fine where necessary.

What happens if I leave the address I provide in the form?

In England, you will be issued with a £1,000 spot fine. You could even be prosecuted, and face an unlimited fine if convicted. The fine could increase beyond £1,000 if the ‘risk of infection from abroad increases’, the Home Office says. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will have their own enforcement systems.

Will foreign visitors be treated differently?

Yes. They could be removed from the UK ‘as a last resort’ if they fail to comply, the Home Office says. Officials could also refuse entry to non-UK nationals who are resident here. But they cannot refuse entry to British nationals.

Can I use public transport to travel from the airport to my isolation address?

Yes, but the Home Office says it would be preferable if you used your car.

Why is all this necessary?

The Government says it must be able to contact you if it emerges, for example, that someone on your flight is diagnosed with coronavirus. And if you get sick, the authorities will be able to warn everyone you came into contact with.   

Petra shares daughter Lavinia, seven, and twin boys Andrew and James, five, with her ex-husband James Stunt, with whom she suffered an extremely acrimonious split, with their war of words raging on to this day. 

Their divorce was finalised in October 2017, after six years of marriage. She has now found love with Sam, who is a friend of Jay’s, and who popped the question last January. 

Sam has since revealed Petra’s kids call him dad, while the couple also welcomed their own child – a baby girl – earlier this year. 

Recruitment consultant Sam’s message read: ‘I have received lots of messages asking when the baby is due. We had a beautiful daughter a few weeks ago.

‘Thanks for all the messages. Mother and daughter are both very well. She is yet to see the world, but I’ve told her she will one day if she behaves.’

It appears that the announcement was spurred on by a selfie of the new parents, which was shared on Sam’s Instagram account hours earlier.

The couple were seen basking in the sunshine together in the garden as they observed the government guidelines on isolation amid the COVID-19 crisis.

The family have further happy news, as it was revealed that their father Bernie, 89, was expecting to be a father for a fourth time, as his wife Fabiana Flosi, 44, is expecting. 

Their outing comes just days after it was revealed that virus passports and travel corridors could allow families to travel abroad this summer.

A quarantine regime will be introduced on June 8 requiring arrivals to the UK to self-isolate for 14 days. 

But ministers hope to strike quarantine-free pacts or ‘air bridges with summer destinations – such as France, Spain and Greece – by August and possibly July.

They are also examining the idea of ‘Covid passports’ to let those who have had the disease travel more widely and without having to go into quarantine on their return.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said she is ‘absolutely open’ to the idea of air bridges between nations sparking fresh hope for Britons wanting to travel abroad in the summer months. 

The new border regime will apply to almost all arrivals, including incoming Britons. 

Rule breakers face an initial fine of £1,000. Further non-compliance could result in unlimited fines.

Limited quarantine exemptions will be allowed for truck drivers, seasonal fruit pickers and a small number of essential workers.

The ban is understood to have been opposed by multiple cabinet ministers, including transport Secretary Grant Shapps and business secretary Alok Sharma. 

Ms Patel said: ‘When it comes to air bridges, look, I think we should be absolutely open to all ideas…

‘This is not for today, but this doesn’t mean we should rule this out in the future.’

Ms Patel said quarantine was vital to prevent new cases of coronavirus being brought in from abroad.

But the policy was criticised by the aviation and tourism sectors, the wider business community and even some Tory MPs.