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Brexit LIVE: EU snubs Macron and hands Ireland biggest share of £4.2billion Brexit fund – News Nation USA

France: Clement Beaune discusses ‘test for Europe’

EU politicians reached a political agreement on Thursday on the £42.billion (€5billion) Brexit Adjustment Reserve (BAR), paving the way for a first payment by December.

Eurocrats say the focus is on countries and sectors worst affected by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU and include cash for customs, health, phytosanitary and security controls.

The EU Commission said Ireland will be “by far” the largest beneficiary in absolute terms, followed by the Netherlands, France, Germany and Belgium.

But French officials have been left outraged that Ireland is getting the most funds, especially with many French fishermen struggling to survive.

 

Under the deal agreed by EU Politicians, a first instalment of 1.6 billion euros in pre-financing will be available by December 2021. 

Two other pre-financing tranches of 1.6 billion euro will be paid at the beginning of 2022 and 2023 whilst the remaining 1 billion euro will be paid in 2025.

A Paris source added: “We have constantly called for France to be getting a large share of funds. 

“Our fishermen are severely affected by Brexit due to the British not giving out the relevant licences with some even struggling to live.

France has raised concerns about the Brexit Adjustment Reserve (Image: Getty)

Fishing

France is one of the biggest EU nations reliant on UK fishing waters (Image: Getty)

“We feel this is a slight snub by Brussels, we were expecting to be higher up in the priority order.”

It is the latest move after fishermen in Boulogne and Calais complained about the lack of licences to fish in the English Channel from the UK Government, claims which the UK Government deny. 

Last night, the EU Commission said three factors will be used to calculate how much money each EU country will receive from the BAR.

These include the importance of trade with the UK, the importance of fisheries in the UK exclusive economic zone and the population living in maritime regions bordering the UK.

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Brexit news: A timeline of events leading to the UK’s exit (Image: Express Newspapers )

4.41am update:  Working for UK! Brussels on alert as Irexit momentum builds –’big debate’ swirls in Dublin[1]

A EUROSCEPTIC Labour Peer has claimed Ireland could leave the European Union after Brexit gave the UK “a sense of freedom”.

Kate Hoey claimed it was the “logical thing to happen” for Ireland to leave the 27 member bloc due to a change in attitudes from Irish citizens thanks to the benefits the UK gets from leaving.

Baroness Hoey, a former Labour MP who is a now non-affiliated peer, added: “I feel that you know, every day there’s something that you think, goodness, we can do that now and we need to be able to grab on to that.”

The peer referred to the success of the UK’s vaccination programme as a Brexit success and added: “We just have to look, the one thing now I think has united the country is the way we handled our vaccinations.

“And that would not have happened if we’d been in the EU.”

3.39am update:  Your hands are tied, Boris! PM sent warning as UK backed into corner over EU fishing talks[2]

THE UK was unable to take full advantage of Brexit in the first annual fishing negotiations with the EU as Britain has “one hand tied” by the trade deal signed last December, a fishing chief has said.

Last week, the UK concluded six months of bilateral talks on annual fishing quotas with the EU and set catch limits on 70 stocks.

The vast majority of quotas remained the same and British fishermen saw an increase for just eight of the stocks, something the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs says is worth an additional £27million.

The discussions were the first to take place since Boris Johnson signed the Trade and Corporation Agreement (TCA) with the EU in December 2020.

The historic agreement enables EU vessels to continue to plunder UK waters as it was agreed fishing quotas would be gradually reduced by just 25 percent over the next five years.

Barrie Deas, CEO of the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations (NFFO), says both sides did not want to set a precedent in the annual talks and insisted the UK was negotiating with “one hand tied”.

12.43am update:  Project fear debunked: Interest in UK jobs soars as global talent flocks to Brexit Britain[3]

BREXIT Britain’s points-based immigration system is attracting talent from Commonwealth nations and the former British colony of Hong Kong, data shows, in a direct rebuttal of Project Fear warnings.

Jobseekers across the globe are flocking to websites advertising roles in the UK, with the numbers recently returning to pre-pandemic levels according to Indeed.

The site which helps link prospective employees with potential employers reported soaring numbers of people looking to land their dream job in Britain ahead of the easing of travel restrictions.

The UK’s new points-based immigration system is proving to be a major draw for international talent.

11.25pm update:  ‘Even the French and Dutch didn’t expect this!’ Furious ex-MEP blasts Boris’s Brexit deal[4]

A FURIOUS former MEP has unleashed a scathing attack on Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal, claiming even European Union states were surprised by how generous the terms were on fishing.

June Mummery told Express.co.uk that French and Dutch fishermen have told her they did not expect such favourable terms on fishing for European Union states that are outlined in the post-Brexit trade agreement.

Ms Mummery added the UK’s fishing industry must now survive the next five years, while it is locked into the post-Brexit terms outlined in Boris Johnson’s deal.

The former Brexit Party MEP said: “Another 105 vessels have been granted licences to fish inside our 6-12, we did not even secure our 6-12 miles.

“I have had French fishermen and Dutch fishermen speak to me and say we did not even expect to be able to do that.

“They would have been happy with a 5 and a half year transitional period and having the rest.

“Talk about a bad deal and talk about dreadful negotiations.”

10.40pm update: Get your house in order! EU Brexit lecturing backfires – bloc can’t even police OWN border[5]

The European Union’s hardline stance towards the Northern Ireland Protocol conveniently ignores its ongoing failure to police its own external borders, a Brussels-based analyst has said.

EU expert Pieter Cleppe has said the coronavirus pandemic has worsened the situation still further, with a steady stream of counterfeit cigarettes and drugs flooding into the bloc as a result of lax controls highlighted earlier last week by the European Court of Auditors.

Specifically, the ECA’s report was deeply critical of Frontex, the EU’s border force, suggesting it was not currently fit for purpose.

9.37pm update: Taking back control! Brexit Britain ready to tear up ‘pointless’ EU laws – new report[6]

Brexit Britain is ready to tear up more EU laws, including complex data regulations, according to a new report published by MPs.

The UK’s Taskforce for Innovation, Growth and Regulatory Reform group has published a report on how Britain can seize upon its new regulatory freedom from the European Union. 

The group, chaired by former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith, has made around 100 recommendations to the Prime Minister.

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Loyalists protesting against the Northern Ireland protocol on Friday (Image: GETTY)

8.06pm update: ‘EU’s talking rubbish!’ Britons FURIOUS as Brussels fails in court row with AstraZeneca[7]

Britons have reacted with fury after the EU suffered a humiliating court defeat with AstraZeneca over the supply of vaccines.

The pharmaceutical company welcomed a court decision that found the EU does not have exclusive rights or priority over vaccine jabs manufactured by the company. Following the decision, Britons revelled in the EU’s failed court battle with the Anglo-Swedish drug company.

Commenting on the Express.co.uk story, one person said: “Take that Remainers!

“The EU talking rubbish, threatening the peace in NI over article 16 and they didn’t have a leg to stand on!

“VDL proving she’s incompetent, and now a thief stealing AZ vaccines off Australia with no justification in law. I hope they sue the EU now.”

6.51pm update: Spain & France make official complaint over UK goods – ‘EU rules broken!’[8]

Spain and France have complained to Brussels over concerns the UK Government is favouring British firms when it comes to awarding contracts worth billions of pounds.

The new spat with the EU is in response to Boris Johnson’s procurement policy for the British wind turbine industry.

The EU, particularly Madrid and Paris, claim the UK’s current policy could be in breach of the post-Brexit trade deal signed at the end of last year.

5.55pm update: Brexit anniversary POLL – Do you wish you had voted differently in the 2016 EU referendum?[9]

Next week marks five years since Britons voted to cut ties with the EU, and with a trade deal secured and independence regained Brexit Britain is well on its way to a future of freedom.

Do you stand by your decision to vote Leave or Remain or do you wish you had voted differently? Vote in our Express.co.uk poll[10]

4.19pm update: ‘EU the real villains!’ Brexiteers launch attack on ‘falsified and misrepresented border[11]

Brexiteers have rallied together to launch furious attacks on the EU against post-Brexit trading arrangements in Northern Ireland.

Several hundred people turned out at the Square in Newtownards, Co Down on Friday, for a protest against the Protocol, organised by leading Brexiteers Baroness Hoey and ex-MEP Ben Habib. 

The Protocol, which was incorporated into the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement to help avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland, has left Northern Ireland tied to a range of EU customs and regulatory rules.

3.09pm update: ‘Even the French and Dutch didn’t expect this!’ Furious ex-MEP blasts Boris’s Brexit deal[12]

A furious former MEP has unleashed a scathing attack on Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal, claiming even European Union states were surprised by how generous the terms were on fishing.

June Mummery told Express.co.uk that French and Dutch fishermen have told her they did not expect such favourable terms on fishing for European Union states that are outlined in the post-Brexit trade agreement.

Ms Mummery added the UK’s fishing industry must now survive the next five years, while it is locked into the post-Brexit terms outlined in Boris Johnson’s deal.

James Bickerton takes over live reporting from Richard Percival

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The Daily Express campaigned passionately for Brexit (Image: EXPRESS )

2pm update: Coveney ‘deliberately ignoring’ British concerns in Brexit row: ‘Trying to raise tensions’[13]

Simon Coveney has been accused of “deliberately ignoring” the concerns of unionist and loyalist communities over the Northern Ireland Protocol.

In a brutal rebuke of the Irish Foreign Minister, Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) MLA Steve Aiken said the attitude of Irish politicians towards post-Brexit Britain had contributed to the upheaval in the Six Counties.

Mr Coveney has claimed the disruption was caused by the “type of Brexit that was chosen by the British Government”, not the protocol.

1pm update: Brexiteers launch attack on ‘falsified and misrepresented border’

Brexiteers have rallied together to launch furious attacks on the EU against post-Brexit trading arrangements in Northern Ireland.

Several hundred people turned out at the Square in Newtownards, Co Down on Friday, for a protest against the Protocol.

The Protocol, which was incorporated into the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement to help avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland, has left Northern Ireland tied to a range of EU customs and regulatory rules.

12pm update: Fall in EU workers looking for jobs

Searches from EU workers for jobs in the UK are down by almost half since the Brexit referendum five years ago, new research suggests.

Interest has fallen most in lower-paid jobs in hospitality and retail, according to a study by jobs site Indeed.

There has also been a decline in Europeans’ interest in higher-paid jobs, although it has been offset by demand from non-EU countries, said the report.

The Government’s new immigration regime aims to prioritise those with the highest skills but in practice it is also making it harder to recruit foreign workers for most lower-paid jobs, said Indeed.

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The Fund is designed to help relieve the burden from the UK leaving the EU (Image: Getty)

11am update: Royal British Legion to stop selling poppies in EU 

The Royal British Legion will no longer sell poppies in the European Union due to red tape following Brexit, according to reports.

The charity, which provides support to members and veterans of the British Armed Forces, is said to have sent an email to supporters stating it will “need to cease sales to customers in countries in the EU” for the foreseeable future until legislation surrounding Brexit is reviewed.

The i newspaper reported that it could not justify the expense, including customs charges, to send poppies overseas following Britain’s departure from the EU’s customs union on January 1.

10am update: Africa Brexit bonanza! Liz Truss eyes huge six-country trade deal – worth millions[14]

The UK wants to sign a multi-country trade deal with East African nations which could be worth at least £1billion.

Trade Commissioner to Africa said the UK will forge closer links with African countries in the years ahead following a landmark agreement that was signed with Kenya. 

The UK signed a trade deal with Kenya in December 2020 to ensure that all companies operating in Kenya can continue to benefit from duty-free access to the UK market, but this will be expanded out to members of the East Africa Community. 

9am update: SNP challenges UK Government to publish crucial details of trade deal

The SNP has demanded that the UK government publishes details of the promised protections for British farmers and food standards in the UK-Australia trade deal agreement.

Deidre Brock MP challenged UK government ministers to set out those safeguards but was told that MPs will get “the details as they emerge in the course of this year.”

It comes as Sustain, which represents over 100 food and farming organisations, warned: “Coming into regulatory alignment with Australia would put the UK’s precautionary approach on products such as pesticides at risk, as well as potentially lowering the standard of nutritional information on food packaging.”

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  2. ^ Your hands are tied, Boris! PM sent warning as UK backed into corner over EU fishing talks (feedproxy.google.com)
  3. ^ Project fear debunked: Interest in UK jobs soars as global talent flocks to Brexit Britain (feedproxy.google.com)
  4. ^ ‘Even the French and Dutch didn’t expect this!’ Furious ex-MEP blasts Boris’s Brexit deal (feedproxy.google.com)
  5. ^ Get your house in order! EU Brexit lecturing backfires – bloc can’t even police OWN border (feedproxy.google.com)
  6. ^ Taking back control! Brexit Britain ready to tear up ‘pointless’ EU laws – new report (feedproxy.google.com)
  7. ^ ‘EU’s talking rubbish!’ Britons FURIOUS as Brussels fails in court row with AstraZeneca (feedproxy.google.com)
  8. ^ Spain & France make official complaint over UK goods – ‘EU rules broken!’ (feedproxy.google.com)
  9. ^ Brexit anniversary POLL – Do you wish you had voted differently in the 2016 EU referendum? (feedproxy.google.com)
  10. ^ Express.co.uk poll (feedproxy.google.com)
  11. ^ ‘EU the real villains!’ Brexiteers launch attack on ‘falsified and misrepresented border (feedproxy.google.com)
  12. ^ ‘Even the French and Dutch didn’t expect this!’ Furious ex-MEP blasts Boris’s Brexit deal (feedproxy.google.com)
  13. ^ Coveney ‘deliberately ignoring’ British concerns in Brexit row: ‘Trying to raise tensions’ (feedproxy.google.com)
  14. ^ Africa Brexit bonanza! Liz Truss eyes huge six-country trade deal – worth millions (feedproxy.google.com)

Selfless dads who are living proof that not all heroes wear capes

On Father’s Day it is worth celebrating the dads who have proven with their actions that not all heroes wear capes.

These dads went above and beyond their parental duties and sprung into action to help others.

From a dad who saved a man threatening to jump off a bridge on the M62, to another who dived into a lake to save a distressed dog these men are to be applauded.

READ MORE: Merseyside towns and villages that will be underwater by 2050[1]

Here we take a look at just a few examples of dads who made their families and the city proud.

And if you do want to nominate your dad and tell us a little bit about why they are so great – get in touch in the comments![2]

Quick thinking lorry driver dad

Quick thinking Tom Birkett parked his truck under a bridge a man was threatening to jump off.

The 35-year-old was driving on the M62 near Warrington last week when he spotted someone sitting on the edge of a bridge with their legs dangling over the edge.[3]

The married dad-of-three slowed down as he approached – and managed to park his 44-tonne tipper truck directly underneath where the man was sitting.[4]

His Mercedes truck was also fitted with a canvas over the tipper, providing it with a soft top and essentially creating a net for the man to fall into, although luckily it was not needed.

Tom Birkett and his lorry
Tom Birkett and his lorry (Image: Tom Birkett / SWNS.COM)

Tom, from Kendal, Cumbria, said: “I was coming up to bridge when I clocked there were three people on it.

“As I got closer I could see that the lad was sat on the wrong side of the barrier.[5]

“I thought, ‘I’m going to have to do something here, this lad’s going to jump off’.”

Tom then put his hazard lights on and began weaving his truck in order to notify other motorists there was a problem ahead.

He added: “I don’t know what clicked in my head but it suddenly dawned on me that I could help.

“I lined the truck up with the lad so the front of the trailer was underneath him.”

When Tom arrived, on June 8, police were already on the scene, including two officers on the bridge who were speaking to the man.

A short time later, a negotiator arrived and, according to Tom, spent around 45 mins talking to the man before he brought himself to safety.

Dad jumps in lake to save dog

Ste Cotton was hailed a “hero” and gave his family a good laugh in the process after jumping in a lake to save his beloved pet dog.

Helen and Ste Cotton were out on their daily walk with their 11-year-old family pet, Trudy when she somehow made her way to the middle of the frozen lake at Walton Hall Park.

Trudy, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel[6] found herself in freezing cold water seconds later and was unable to pull herself out.

It was at that point owner, Ste, 48, jumped in the ice cold water to rescue his beloved family pet.

Ste Cotton save his dog Trudy from Walton Hall Park lake
Ste Cotton save his dog Trudy from Walton Hall Park lake

In a video of the incident, Ste, a former lifeguard, wearing only jeans and a t-shirt is seen carrying Trudy on his shoulder as his stepdaughter and onlookers break out in a fit of hysterical laughter.

Speaking to the ECHO[7], Helen Cotton, Ste’s wife and Trudy’s owner described the incident as a shock.

She said: “Me and my husband go walking everyday as part of our daily exercise. Trudy has never ever gone near a lake so we were quite shocked.

Helen and Ste Cotton were out on their daily walk with their 11-month-old family pet, Trudy when she somehow made her way to the middle of the frozen lake. 
Helen and Ste Cotton were out on their daily walk with their 11-month-old family pet, Trudy when she somehow made her way to the middle of the frozen lake. 

She went over and had a sniff herself, realised it was hard so that she could walk on the ice and just ran off into the middle of the lake.

“As you can imagine as soon as she got to the middle the ice just collapsed so she went in. She wasn’t big enough to break the ice to make her way back so she was stuck.

Ste Cotton save his dog Trudy from Walton Hall Park lake
Ste Cotton save his dog Trudy from Walton Hall Park lake

Helen added: “It was the look of realisation on Ste’s face when he was going to have to go in. It was the funniest thing. He just looked as if to say ‘I’ve got to go in here’.

“If Ste hadn’t of gone and got her she wouldn’t have got out, she couldn’t get anywhere, she couldn’t break the ice. He’s my hero.”

Dad on Universal Credit spent lockdown helping elderly neighbour

Kenneth Ludbrook was crowned a local legend for his selfless efforts in lockdown.

Two years ago, Kenneth Ludbrook, 64, from Knowsley[8], suffered an injury following a road accident which meant he had to undergo an operation on his back and now finds it difficult to move around.

But in spite of this, throughout the pandemic the hero dad stepped up to help his 81-year-old neighbour Marlene Lewis, giving her regular lifts to church and hospital appointments, as well as delivering her weekly shopping.

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The dad, who at the time relied on Universal Credit, said it was “important that we all look after one another and keep a lookout for those nearby that may be lonely and in need of support.”

And for his efforts Kenneth was crowned Liverpool’s Local Legend and was also praised for his selfless efforts by the late Captain Sir Tom Moore.

Kenneth said: “Marlene is such a sweet lady and has had a real hard time over the past few years.

Kenneth Lodbrook
Kenneth Lodbrook

“She is two and a half years in remission from breast cancer and sadly lost her husband two years ago so she doesn’t have many people around to look in on her. My daughter wasn’t able to take her to church one weekend so I stepped in and I’ve been helping her out ever since.

“It’s important that we all look after one another and keep a lookout for those nearby that may be lonely and in need of support during this tough time.

“There are so many people like Marlene in the UK that need our help so help out in any way that you can.”

Marlene nominated Kenneth for Virgin Media’s Local Legends competition, which recognises those who have made a significant contribution to their communities during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Dad stops driver getting parking ticket

Colin Spark from St Helens[10] stepped in when he saw a parking warden about to give a driver a ticket.

The dad was out Christmas[11] shopping on Saturday, December 6 2020 when he spotted wardens patrolling a car park.

He was about to drive off[12] when he saw one of the attendants taking down the details of a silver Ford.

Colin Spark from St Helens has been dubbed a 'hero' after he posted about saving a motorist from a certain fine from parking attendants
Colin Spark from St Helens has been dubbed a ‘hero’ after he posted about saving a motorist from a certain fine from parking attendants (Image: Colin Spark)

The 33-year-old HGV mechanic said: “When I was going back to my car, I saw the wardens take a picture of the car not far away from mine.

“We got in the car and as I was driving off I noticed he was talking to another parking attendant.

“I stopped my car and asked them if I could give them my ticket to stop them getting a fine.

“They both looked at each other for a minute and said, okay, as it’s Christmas.”

After the kind gesture the dad took to Facebook and wrote that the driver of the car surely “owed him a pint” now.

Colin Spark from St Helens has been dubbed a 'hero' after he posted about saving a motorist from a certain fine from parking attendants
Colin Spark from St Helens has been dubbed a ‘hero’ after he posted about saving a motorist from a certain fine from parking attendants (Image: Colin Spark)

He wrote: “If this is your car you owe me a pint, you were about to get a parking ticket today and I asked the parking attendants if I could give you my ticket to save you getting a fine and they said ‘why it’s Christmas yes…’

“It was a beautiful moment.

“I’m pretty sure an old lady that was walking past shed a tear of pure gratitude, and a family walking past said it was the nicest thing they’ve ever seen anyone do, the ticket only cost me £1 though and I’d already used it so I didn’t need it anymore… it was still dead nice of me though [thumbs up emoji] merry Christmas x”

Dad gives up free time to help struggling kids

A kind-hearted dad Lee Anson used his spare time refurbishing laptops for struggling school children.

Lee Anson helped supply 90 devices to 18 schools in just 10 days across the region and has no plan to slow down.

The network administrator spent his free time fixing laptops while juggling two children and his full-time job.

Lee Anson, helped supply 90 devices to 18 schools over the last 10 days across
Lee Anson, helped supply 90 devices to 18 schools over the last 10 days across (Image: Submitted)

He said he was frustrated at the government’s efforts to help pupils out with home learning during lockdown.

Lee, 31, from Saughall Massie[13] started out with a small Facebook page appealing for help, but was stunned by the huge response after first donation to St. Pauls Primary School.

Afghanistan veteran Lee, who served in the Royal Corps of Signals between 2007 and 2014, spends his mornings, lunch breaks and evenings working on the devices that can take up to an hour to fix.

After watching the news and seeing the government merely ‘scratch the surface’, it left him thinking “what can I do?”.

Lee said: “Being a Wirral lad, I thought what can I do to help the community? And what I do day-to-day is IT.

“I thought that if I get computers in it is easy enough for me to fix them up, get them going and from there I can get them out to schools. Even if it is just that little bit.

“Since then, I have been contacted by Wirral Council and they are getting involved now.

“I have only been doing this for 10 days now and from lunchtime today there will 90 devices in the hands of families who need them. It was just a case of I need to do something, what can I do?”

He said: “When we first put the picture up of the donations to St. Pauls primary school, the very first one, after that it sky rocketed.

“When you see people asking for stuff on Facebook you sometimes think it is a scam, but once they saw they were actually going to the schools it kind of just rocketed in that one day and it just took off massively.”

You can contact Lee or donate your old laptops via his Facebook page here.[14]

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  6. ^ Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
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  11. ^ Christmas (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
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M62 driver parked lorry under bridge to stop man from jumping

A lorry driver has been hailed a hero after parking his truck under a bridge on the M62 to stop a man from jumping.

Tom Birkett, 35, was driving on the M62 near Warrington last week when he spotted someone sitting on the edge of a bridge with their legs dangling over the edge.[1]

The married dad-of-three slowed down as he approached – and managed to park his 44-tonne tipper truck directly underneath where the man was sitting.[2]

READ MORE:Thug spat chewed up sandwich remains in police officer’s face[3]

His Mercedes truck was also fitted with a canvas over the tipper, providing it with a soft top and essentially creating a net for the man to fall into, although luckily it was not needed.

Tom, from Kendal, Cumbria, said: “I was coming up to bridge when I clocked there were three people on it.

The lorry driver parked their vehicle underneath the man
The lorry driver parked their vehicle underneath the man (Image: Vulnerable Citizen Support Leeds)

“As I got closer I could see that the lad was sat on the wrong side of the barrier.[4]

“I thought, ‘I’m going to have to do something here, this lad’s going to jump off’.”

Tom then put his hazard lights on and began weaving his truck in order to notify other motorists there was a problem ahead.

He added: “I don’t know what clicked in my head but it suddenly dawned on me that I could help.

“I lined the truck up with the lad so the front of the trailer was underneath him.”

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When Tom arrived, on June 8, police were already on the scene, including two officers on the bridge who were speaking to the man.

A short time later, a negotiator arrived and, according to Tom, spent around 45 mins talking to the man before he brought himself to safety.

Mental health and suicide support

Helplines and support groups

The following are helplines and support networks for people to talk to, mostly listed on the NHS Choices website[6]

  • Samaritans[7] (116 123) operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year. If you prefer to write down how you’re feeling, or if you’re worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans at [email protected][8].
  • Childline[9] (0800 1111) runs a helpline for children and young people in the UK. Calls are free and the number won’t show up on your phone bill.
  • PAPYRUS[10] (0800 068 41 41) is an organisation supporting teenagers and young adults who are feeling suicidal.
  • Mind[11] (0300 123 3393) is a charity providing advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
  • Students Against Depression[12] is a website for students who are depressed, have a low mood or are having suicidal thoughts.
  • Bullying UK[13] is a website for both children and adults affected by bullying.
  • Amparo provides emotional and practical support for anyone who has been affected by a suicide. This includes dealing with police and coroners; helping with media enquiries; preparing for and attending an inquest and helping to access other, appropriate, local support services. Call 0330 088 9255 or visit www.amparo.org.uk[14] for more details.

  • Hub of Hope[15] is the UK’s most comprehensive national mental health support database. Download the free app, visit hubofhope.co.uk[16] or text HOPE to 85258 to find relevant services near you.
  • Young Persons Advisory Service – Providing mental health and emotional wellbeing services for Liverpool’s children, young people and families. tel: 0151 707 1025 email: [email protected][17][18]
  • Paul’s Place – providing free counselling and group sessions to anyone living in Merseyside who has lost a family member or friend to suicide. Tel: 0151 226 0696 or email: [email protected][19][20]
  • The Martin Gallier Project – offering face to face support for individuals considering suicide and their families. Opening hours 9.30-16.30, 7 days a week. Tel: 0151 644 0294 email: [email protected][21][22]

Tom said the entire ordeal lasted around two hours and that he was watching on from a barrier at the side of the road.

He added: “I can’t speak highly enough of how well the police did, they were fantastic. The negotiator did a phenomenal job too.

“I think what I did has been blown out of proportion, the police are the real heroes here.”

After watching the man get ushered away by police, Tom was allowed to return to his truck and continue his journey.

He said: “I hope that other drivers see this and know it’s an option.”

References

  1. ^ over the edge. (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  2. ^ man was sitting. (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  3. ^ Thug spat chewed up sandwich remains in police officer’s face (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  4. ^ the barrier. (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  5. ^ Liverpool ECHO by signing up here (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  6. ^ NHS Choices website (www.nhs.uk)
  7. ^ Samaritans (www.samaritans.org)
  8. ^ [email protected] (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  9. ^ Childline (www.childline.org.uk)
  10. ^ PAPYRUS (www.papyrus-uk.org)
  11. ^ Mind (www.mind.org.uk)
  12. ^ Students Against Depression (studentsagainstdepression.org)
  13. ^ Bullying UK (www.bullying.co.uk)
  14. ^ www.amparo.org.uk (www.amparo.org.uk)
  15. ^ Hub of Hope (www.hubofhope.co.uk)
  16. ^ hubofhope.co.uk (www.hubofhope.co.uk)
  17. ^ Young Persons Advisory Service (www.ypas.org.uk)
  18. ^ [email protected] (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  19. ^ Paul’s Place (beaconcounsellingtrust.co.uk)
  20. ^ [email protected] (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  21. ^ The Martin Gallier Project (www.gallierhouse.co.uk)
  22. ^ [email protected] (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)