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

At least 15,000 Black Lives Matter protestors including Star Wars actor John Boyega pack into London’s Hyde Park – as British police chiefs say they are ‘appalled and horrified’ by George Floyd’s death

  • Black Lives Matter protest underway at Hyde Park in London is second major demonstration in UK so far 
  • Stand Up To Racism also wants Britons to ‘take the knee’ on doorsteps at 6pm tonight in separate protest
  • UK police chief constables have called for ‘justice and accountability’ and condemn violent scenes in US 
  • George Floyd died after white police officer put knee on his neck in Minneapolis for nine minutes last week
  • TV reporter screams as she is attacked by screwdriver-wielding man yelling ‘Allahu Akbar’ while at protest 
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

At least 15,000 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 actor 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’.

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. 

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. 

At least 15,000 Black Lives Matter protesters gather in London today as a show of force against the death of George Floyd

People wearing face masks hold banners at Hyde Park in London during a Black Lives Matter protest this afternoon

Protesters face a line of police officers during the Black Lives Matter protest through London this afternoon

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’

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

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

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

Boyega, 28, told fellow demonstrators gathered for a Black Lives Matter protest he was ‘speaking to you from my heart’. The British actor referenced two other black Americans who controversially died in the US, as well as the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence in London in 1993.

He said: ‘We are a physical representation of our support for George Floyd. We are a physical representation of our support for Sandra Bland. We are a physical representation of our support for Trayvon Martin. We are a physical representation of our support for Stephen Lawrence.’

‘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.’ 

He added: ‘I’m speaking to you from my heart. Look, I don’t know if I’m going to have a career after this, but f*** that.

‘Today is about innocent people who were halfway through their process. We don’t know what George Floyd could have achieved, we don’t know what Sandra Bland could have achieved, but today we’re going to make sure that won’t be an alien thought to our young ones.

‘I need you to understand how painful this shit is. I need you to understand how painful it is to be reminded every day that your race means nothing and that isn’t the case any more, that was never the case any more.’

He urged protesters to remain peaceful as they demonstrated over the death of Mr Floyd.

‘It is very, very important that we keep control of this moment. That we make this as peaceful and as organised as possible,’ he said.

‘Because they want us to mess up, they want us to be disorganised, but not today.

‘This message is specifically for black men, black men we need to take care of our black women.

‘They are our hearts, they are our future, we cannot demonise our own, we are the pillars of the family.

‘Imagine this: a nation that is set up with individual families that are thriving, that are healthy, that communicate, that raise their children in love, have a better rate of becoming better human beings, and that’s what we need to create.

‘Black men, it starts with you. It’s done man, we can’t be trash no more. We have to be better.

‘You lot came today, you left your kids, and when you see your kids they’re aimlessly playing, they don’t understand what’s going on. Today’s the day that we remind them that we are dedicated and this is a lifelong dedication.

‘Some of you are artists, some of you are bankers, some of you are lawyers, some of you own shop stores.

‘You are important, your individual power, your individual right is very, very important, we can all join together to make this a better world.’

Protesters were initially asked to sit two metres apart unless they were in the same household and were told to keep their arms stretched out to ensure social distancing when moving around the park.

However, as numbers grew, many of the protesters were seen standing at close distance as organisers still tried to maintain appropriate spacing. 

Actor John Boyega is seen (centre) being embraced in the crowd during a Black Lives Matter protest at Hyde Park today


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

A tear appears to roll down Boyega’s cheek as he takes part in the anti-racism demonstration in London today

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’

Musician Liam Payne, pictured with his girlfriend Maya Henry, was also among the celebrities to attend today’s rally in London

Protesters chanted ‘black lives matter’ and ‘we will not be silent’ as they waited for the demonstration to begin.

How John Boyega has regularly spoken out about race issues

Star Wars actor John Boyega, who was born in London to parents of Nigerian descent, has regularly spoken out about race issues.

He was also one of the last people to see Damilola Taylor alive before the ten-year-old was murdered in Peckham, South London.

Boyega’s family, who also lived in Peckham, took in the boy when he first moved to London from Lagos.

The 28-year-old actor has told how he has encountered racist abuse since childhood – and fears for his family and friends who live in America.

He has again been outspoken on social media in recent days following the death of Mr Floyd.

Last week he tweeted ‘I f***ing hate racists’ and condemned ‘white racists’ in an Instagram video, saying they had ‘ruined the world’ and that he did not want to ‘work in fear’ when in the US.

In January, he shared a heart-warming video of the moment he told his parents Abigail and Samson Adegboyega that he had bought them a house. 

Most of the protesters wore masks or gloves.

Filippa, a 20-year-old student, said’ I know that I’m healthy. So this felt more important than to stay inside when I have the opportunity.’

It comes after 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. 

‘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. 

Protesters wearing face masks, hold up placards and raise clenched fists during outside the Houses of Parliament today

Police walk through the crowds during the Black Lives Matter protest in London this afternoon

Protesters kneel in front of police during the Black Lives Matter protest through Central London this afternoon

Black Lives Matter protesters march through London today after the demonstration began in Hyde Park

A van bears the Black Lives Matter movement name on its side while being driven through London today

Black Lives Matter demonstrators march through London today as the protest against George Floyd’s death continues

Police stand outside the Scotland Yard headquarters in London today during the Black Lives Matter protest

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

Black Lives Matter protesters march through London today after the demonstration began at Hyde Park

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

An aerial photograph of Black Lives Matter protesters at Hyde Park 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’

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

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

Demonstrators hold banners during the Black Lives Matter protest 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’

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

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

Nine News’ Europe correspondent Sophie Walsh, above, was seen clearly shaken

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

Nine News’ Europe correspondent Sophie Walsh was attacked while broadcasting 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.

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 footage showing a man being detained by two police officers and held against a car bonnet.

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.’ 

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. 

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. 

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, 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

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

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

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.’ 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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 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. 

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

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 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 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

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

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

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 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 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


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.

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Thousands of volunteers needed for latest clinical trials of ‘promising’ coronavirus vaccine – The Sun

THOUSANDS more volunteers are needed for the latest rounds of clinical trials for a promising coronavirus vaccine.

Researchers say their world- ­leading jab is “progressing very well” and it is ready to be tested on another 10,260 people.

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About 1,000 healthy volunteers, aged 18 to 55, took part in Oxford University’s phase one trial.

But older adults and children are now being recruited for phases two and three.

The Government has already agreed to buy 100million doses if it works — with 30million delivered by September. Study leader Prof Andrew Pollard said: “The clinical studies are progressing very well.

“We are now initiating studies to evaluate how well the vaccine induces immune responses in older adults and to test whether it can provide protection in the wider population.

“We are very grateful to the huge support of the trial volunteers in helping test whether this new ­vaccine could protect humans against the pandemic coronavirus.”

Trial participants will receive either a coronavirus or meningitis vaccine and be tracked to see if there is a difference in infection rates. But Prof Pollard warned there are now so few people in the UK with the virus it may take longer for volunteers to be exposed to the bug and for him to get results.


He added: “There is uncertainty about how many cases there will be over the next three months.

“If there are cases, then it is certainly possible by the autumn to have a result, and that is what we are hoping for, but it is not possible to predict.”

AstraZeneca said it has the capacity to manufacture 1billion doses of the vaccine and could begin supply in September.

The pharmaceutical giant has secured contracts for at least 400million doses.

Mene Pangalos, from AstraZeneca, said: “The speed at which this new vaccine has advanced into late-stage clinical trials is testament to Oxford’s ground-breaking scientific research.”

There are more than 100 potential Covid-19 vaccines in development worldwide. They are using a variety of techniques.

Dr Chris Smith, from Cambridge University, stressed that it was important to develop so many at the same time because nine in ten new drugs failed.

He added: “The more irons you have in the fire, the better.”


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Thousands of Brits enjoy takeaway pints as landlords push to fully reopen pubs as coronavirus lockdown is eased – The Sun

THOUSANDS of Brits are sinking pints from the pub again as more and more enterprising landlords offer take-outs.

Punters are keeping two metres apart in queues before being served by staff wearing PPE – in accordance with government guidance.

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But industry leaders want social distancing reduced from two metres to one when they fully reopen to keep more of our 47,000 boozers afloat.

It is feared only 20 per cent could reopen if the restriction remains. Emma McClarkin, boss of the British Beer and Pub Association, said: “A one-metre rule would put the majority of pubs back in play.”

In the meantime, enterprising owners are keeping beer — and revenue — flowing with takeaways.

The Boathouse in Wylam, Northumberland, is among those doing a roaring lockdown trade.

Landlord Mark Weatherburn, 44, said: “Last Saturday I sold 60 gallons, almost 700 pints, in one day, and that was just lager.

"I have a fantastic location by the river which helps. At a time like this, it’s important for people to feel happy – and beer makes people happy.”

Johnny Sayers, 46, sells beer in two-pint cartons from the car park of The Swan in Addingham, West Yorks.

He said: “Once you have opened it you have to drink it quite quick so people are coming back regularly.”

Meanwhile, locals in Exeter have flocked to the Topsham Brewery to buy hundreds of takeaway “growlers”, which help keep the fizz.

Co-owner Jason Virok said he makes no profit on the £17 two-litre flasks but it was vital to keep sales going.




He said: “We’ve sold 300 growlers in the last few weeks. Our locals love ‘em.”

The sun also helps sales, and punters were seen queuing round the block today for booze and pizza in Bournemouth.

At a time like this, it’s important for people to feel happy – and beer makes people happy.

Along the coast in Brighton takeaway pints were being sunk on the beach.

Among the crowds were pals Florence Crane, 30, and Amy Arnold, 25, meeting for the first time since lockdown, and toasting it with a drink. Florence said: “It’s great to catch up.”

It was a similar story in the capital, where pubs including The Gatehouse in posh Highgate, North London, were serving huge flasks of booze.

Meanwhile, the Campaign for Real Ale has successfully launched a beer delivery app, with more than 200 outlets signed up.

Brew2You allows users to buy beer, cider and perry from local producers and pubs and has already generated £20,000.

CAMRA chairman Nik Antona said: “It’s a lifeline for an industry that has been devastated by the lockdown.”

The earliest date that pubs can fully reopen is July 4.

But leading Oxford scientist Prof Sunetra Gupta said pubs and restaurants could open now without posing a risk. She called for a “rapid exit” from lockdown as the virus was “on the way out”.

The British Beer and Pub Association is pushing for the 27,000 pubs with beer gardens to open as soon as possible.

Environment Secretary George Eustice said: “We are already working with the hospitality and pub sector to identify what social distancing measures they might be able to put in place to make that work.”




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Watch thousands of spider crabs swarm Australia’s coast during ‘annual invasion’

This footage of giant spider crabs congregating in their thousands in Australian waters is sure to make your skin crawl.

The creatures meet en masse annually so they can all shed their shells for new versions at the same time.

The creepy video was unearthed by Australian Geographic.

It shows a huge amount of giant spider crabs piling on top of one another.

The crustaceans are said to have come from the deep sea of the Bass Strait to the sheltered waters of Port Phillip Bay, in Melbourne, Australia.

This extraordinary natural spectacle is said to occur every winter in Australia.

However, similar events have been observed in different waters across the world.

It’s thought that the crabs meet on mass to moult their shells in an attempt to be protected from predators.

This is because a crab that’s just moulted it shell becomes soft and vulnerable until it’s new outer shell forms.

When thousands of the crabs meet they end up creating piles that can be multiple crabs deep.

The crabs lower down will be more protected from predators like octopus and seagulls.

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Thousands with dementia in UK care homes fear being left to covid-19

Abandoned to the virus: More than 200,000 people with dementia are living in UK care homes… and many fear they have been condemned to death

  • Thousands of Alzheimer’s sufferers in the UK have been left vulnerable
  • Many fear they have been left to death across Britain’s many care homes
  • Alzheimer’s Society said at least half of care homes were reporting cases of the virus and staff numbers dwindling
  • They say system must be put in place to record and measure impact of the virus in care homes, including death figures 
  • Ban on visitors is causing the health of many dementia patients to deteriorate 

Tens of thousands of terrified dementia patients risk being ‘abandoned to coronavirus’ due to the crisis in care homes. 

The Alzheimer’s Society said at least half of care homes were reporting cases of the virus and dozens of residents had died since the outbreak began. But the Government has failed to roll out tests to homes, with elderly residents fearing they have been ‘forgotten’ and are being condemned to death.

More than 400,000 people in the UK live in care homes, two thirds of whom have dementia. The Alzheimer’s Society has written to the Government insisting that a dedicated national strategy to support care homes through the pandemic was ‘urgently needed’.

It said social care had ‘yet again fallen to the bottom of the pile’ and demanded immediate priority testing for care home staff and patients, in addition to NHS workers.

Tens of thousands of terrified dementia patients risk being ‘abandoned to coronavirus’ due to the crisis in care homes across the UK (stock image)

Tony Claydon has been married to Pauline for 49 years, but fears he will never see her again and won’t be there to hold her hand when she dies. 

Mrs Claydon, 71, was diagnosed with dementia ten years ago and is in a care home, unable to walk or talk. 

She was placed on palliative care in November and Mr Claydon visited her every day, holding her hand and helping with activities such as feeding and drinking. 

But a ban on visitors means the couple, from Enfield, north London, have not seen each other since the coronavirus outbreak began. 

Mr Claydon, 75, said: ‘I seriously think there is a chance that the last time I saw Pauline, before the lockdown, could be the last time I ever see her. 

‘I worry that she will feel alone. She won’t understand what is going on. I am not there to reassure her. 

‘I think the home is having real problems with staff being off sick or self-isolating. It is so upsetting.’ 

Mr Claydon said the Government must urgently roll out testing to care homes so relatives can be told if it is safe to visit.

Tony Claydon has been married to Pauline for 49 years, but fears he will never see her again

The charity said the failure to supply tests and adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) was putting the lives of residents and carers at risk. 

Meanwhile, a ban on visitors is causing the health of dementia patients to deteriorate, as they often rely on contact with friends and family to maintain basic cognition and communication skills. 

The society raised fears that people living with dementia will be denied lifesaving hospital treatment if they get the virus and are pressured into signing Do Not Resuscitate orders.

The Daily Mail is campaigning for better dementia care and for an end to the crisis in social care. Care home managers say the situation is dire and the already overstretched system may collapse. 

Mike Padgham, who runs Saint Cecilia’s Care Services in Yorkshire, said six patients had died of coronavirus and staff had been left in tears. He added: ‘We just lost two patients in very close succession, it makes you think everything is falling apart. 

‘Social care was already in a mess before this came along, but coronavirus is the straw that broke the camel’s back. ‘Elderly people in care homes are being forgotten. It is disgraceful we are not getting any tests. We have had to source our own PPE. We feel invisible.’ 

Kathryn Smith, of the Alzheimer’s Society, said: ‘Every day our Dementia Connect support line hears from people, friends and families terrified about the impact of coronavirus – people with dementia are being abandoned in care homes. 

‘They’re being told they won’t be admitted to hospitals, they’re being asked to sign DNR orders and being discharged from hospitals to care homes without being tested. 

‘We can see the devastating impact of outbreaks in care homes… the deterioration of people with dementia separated from their families, care homes struggling to cope with a drastically reduced workforce. Yet again, social care and those who desperately need it have fallen to the bottom of the pile.’ 

In a letter to Health Secretary Matt Hancock, the Alzheimer’s Society said the Government should work with technology companies to help care homes put in place arrangements such as video calls to ensure continued contact between residents and their loved ones. 

The society also said a system must be put in place to record and measure the impact of the virus in care homes, including death figures – which currently cover only NHS hospitals. 

The charity has launched an emergency appeal for donations, and has seen a 600 per cent increase in the number of people using its support services 

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Thousands of pensioners unable to get online delivery slots

Row as many supermarket deliveries are not reaching over 70s and key workers including bus drivers and food delivery drivers are being turned away from stores

  • ‘Big four’ supermarkets have allocated early morning slots in store for NHS staff
  • They are also working with government database to prioritse elderly for delivery 
  • But those ‘shielding’ for 12 weeks and key workers say they can’t access services 
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

Thousands of elderly and vulnerable people across Britain claim they cannot get access to online delivery slots amid the coronavirus crisis. 

Shoppers have slammed Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Asda after they failed to provide enough availability for their elderly relatives who are ‘shielding’ indoors for three months because they are at greater risk of dying from the virus.   

Many with parents over 70 say they have been unable to register them for Government-approved priority slots and they fear they may soon run out food.

Meanwhile ‘key workers’ from carers, binmen and teachers, say they are being turned away from supermarkets during their special opening hours because they don’t work for the NHS.   

Thousands of elderly and vulnerable people across Britain claim they can’t get access to online delivery slots. File image of Tesco delivery van in Surrey yesterday 

People took to social media to complain their elderly parents are unable to access delivery slots

While all of the ‘big four’ supermarkets are offering designated trading hours for NHS staff only, other essential workers are being turned away because they don’t work for the Health Service.  

One person hit out at Sainsbury’s for ‘abandoning’ their 81-year-old mother on Twitter. They said: ‘My mother is 81 and a loyal customer.

‘For the last 10 years I have been purchasing her shop on my online account (delivered to her address and nectar). 

‘She has now been abandoned by Sainsbury’s as I am unable to book her a delivery. Pls reply.’ 

Another Twitter user, Christopher Hawke, begged the supermarket to help his 78-year-old mother.

He lives in Manchester and is desperately trying to help his mother, who lives on her own in Plymouth, but said he is unable to connect to the vulnerable/elderly dedicated phone number. 

Meanwhile key workers, including refuse workers and social carers were turned away from various stores during their designated quiet periods

Meanwhile key workers, including refuse workers and social carers were turned away from various stores during their designated quiet periods. 

Full list of key workers

Health and social care

This includes but is not limited to doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributors of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.

Education and childcare

This includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach.

Key public services

This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting.

Local and national government

This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arms length bodies.

Food and other necessary goods

This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).

Public safety and national security

This includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas.

Transport

This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.

Utilities, communication and financial services

This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors. 

Source: Gov.uk  

One woman claimed a group of binmen had been turned away from a Morrisons store in Witham, Essex.

She wrote: ‘I am really disappointed and disgusted in your Witham store. You turned away some bin men this morning during your key worker time. 

‘They are a PUBLIC SERVICE. They are KEY WORKERS.’ 

A man called Phil Mumberson works as a medicine delivery driver for pharmacies and hospitals.

He has a letter to prove he is a Government-approved key worker, but was turned away from his local supermarket. 

One social care worker says she was left devastated after being refused entry to Morrisons. 

She wrote on Twitter: ‘I’ve been turned away from your key worker slot social care are working round the clock to care for millions of vulnerable adults & children.

‘We are partners with the NHS they can’t work without us!! But apparently the fire service can go in!!’.  

Sainsbury’s has teamed up with the Government to identify vulnerable or elderly people who need food delivery services while they ‘shield’ from coronavirus risk for 12 weeks at home. 

People can register themselves or get someone to do it on their behalf, with many already flagged as a priority using the government database. 

Other supermarkets, including Ocado, Waitrose, Aldi and Lidl are doing the same.  

Tesco is reserving 9am to 10am slots on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for elderly and vulnerable customers and Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays for NHS workers.  

They have no policy on the extended list of ‘key workers’.   

Asda is opening up an hour earlier on Sundays to ensure NHS workers can get their food supplies, but do not have a ‘key worker’ policy either. 

Sainsbury’s has been letting NHS and social care workers in for half an hour before stores open Monday to Saturday since March 23.

They require everyone they let in ahead of opening time to be carrying an NHS badge, meaning anyone who doesn’t work in healthcare is refused entry. 

Morrisons has a similar policy of letting NHS workers shop at 9am on a Sunday before other customers are allowed in. 

They have no specific policy for generic key workers. 

Sainsbury’s said in a statement: ‘As of Wednesday 25 March, we had proactively contacted 270,000 customers who had already given us information that meant we could identify them as elderly or vulnerable. We had also booked slots for 115,000 elderly and vulnerable customers.

‘Our customer careline is working at full capacity and we are able to give an additional 8,000 customers a day access to delivery slots over the phone. We are doing our very best to offer delivery slots to as many people as possible and would urge everyone to keep trying.’

They added that they have made opening hours the same across all major stores so shelves are stocked throughout the day, not just after opening. 

A Tesco spokesman told MailOnline: ‘We know that it’s difficult to get a delivery slot for online shopping at the moment due to high demand, and we ask those who are able to safely come to stores to do so, instead of shopping online, so that we can start to free up more slots for the more vulnerable. 

We’re looking at every opportunity to increase the number of slots available and by introducing a limit of 80 items per online order we’ll be able to get more orders onto each van, helping us to ensure all customers can get the essentials they need. 

‘The government has asked us to prioritise some of our slots for people they’ve identified as most vulnerable and who don’t have their own support network and we are working quickly to put this into place.’ 

MailOnline has contacted the other supermarkets for comment.  

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