League One side AFC Wimbledon have appointed caretaker boss Glyn Hodges as their new permanent manager.
The ex-Wales midfielder, 56, has been in charge since Wally Downes was suspended by the club last month, after being charged by the Football Association over bets placed on games.
Downes left Wimbledon on Sunday, two days after being given a four-week FA suspension for admitting the charge.
Former Wimbledon player Hodges had been assistant to Downes at Kingsmeadow.
More to follow.
One of Jodie Chesney’s alleged killers has been accused of throwing his business partner “under the bus” over the teenager’s death.
Drug dealer Manuel Petrovic drove Svenson Ong-a-Kwie and two youths to the park where Jodie was fatally stabbed on 1 March.
Mr Petrovic denied he was trying to “rewrite the truth”.
He, along with Mr Ong-a-Kwie and two youths, aged 16 and 17, deny murder and are on trial at the Old Bailey.
Cross-examining Mr Petrovic, Mr Ong-a-Kwie’s lawyer accused him of distancing himself from his co-accused.
Charles Sherrard QC said: “What I suggest is that you have, from the minute you were arrested, decided your best tactic is to present yourself as a particular type of person – somebody who is too nice, the older brother type, and wherever possible, distanced yourself from Svenson.”
Mr Petrovic replied: “That’s not correct.”
Mr Sherrard continued: “And in distancing yourself you have chosen to rewrite the truth and metaphorically throw him under the bus.”
The 20-year-old repeated: “That’s not correct.”
Mr Sherrard asserted that it was Mr Petrovic that 19-year-old Mr Ong-a-Kwie turned to when he needed a lift to Harold Hill on the night of 1 March.
He turned to him again when he needed fresh clothes and trusted him with a “drug line”, it was claimed.
But Mr Petrovic told jurors: “It was more business associates than friends but I would not not class him as a friend.”
Asked why he picked up Ong-a-Kwie on 1 March, leaving customers waiting, he said: “It’s not out of the blue, he would help me out on occasions so I would try to help him out too.”
The Old Bailey trial continues.
Climate change protesters occupied part of London’s Smithfield Market, calling for the UK to transition to a vegan diet.
One man was arrested as up to 400 protesters from Animal Rebellion, an off-shoot of Extinction Rebellion, set up camp in the centre of the historic Farringdon meat market.
There were also stalls filled with “food that will make up our future food system” during the 18-hour protest, which began on Monday night.
“If the government were to take the climate change seriously, one of the biggest things they can do is look at the food systems,” said Alex Lockwood, a spokesman for Animal Rebellion.
Agriculture is currently responsible for about 9% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions, mostly from methane.
The group claims animal farming uses 70% of agricultural land, and is the leading cause of deforestation, biodiversity loss, and water pollution.
Mr Lockwood said: “The meat industry is on its knees, but there are still no subsidies to help farmers who want to transition to a plant-based food system.
“We’re not at Smithfield to disrupt ordinary people from their work.
“We’re here to send a message to the Government: this industry at the heart of the climate emergency has to be helped transition to a plant-based food system, with just processes in place to ensure workers can still feed their families, while properly tackling the climate catastrophe.”
A Citizen’s Assembly, with speakers including TV presenter Chris Packham, was held as activist camped out overnight on Monday.
Protesters also held a candlelit vigil “in memory of all the animals who lost their lives”.
The activists left the market by noon on Tuesday.
The group is demanding “an end to the industries of animal agriculture and fishing” and to transition the UK to “a sustainable and just plant-based food system by 2025”.
A Government spokesperson said: “The UK is already taking world-leading action to combat climate change as the first major economy to legislate to end our contribution to global warming entirely by 2050.
“While we share people’s concerns about global warming, and respect the right to peaceful protest, it should not disrupt people’s day-to-day lives.”
Smithfield Market is the largest wholesale meat market in the UK, and is usually open from 02:00 until 08:00, supplying restaurants and butchers across London.
The protest was organised with the consent of the City of London Corporation, which owns the Smithfield Market building.
Activists were allowed to occupy the central passage of the market, blocking two main entrances into the market, but leaving loading bays free.
Traders were also warned of the protest and plans were put in place to minimise any loss of sales.
James Tumbridge, chairman of the corporation’s markets committee, said: “We have worked positively with Animal Rebellion and other stakeholders to facilitate a peaceful demonstration that does not prevent the safe operation of Smithfield Market.
“The City of London Corporation is already taking bold and radical steps to ensure that the Square Mile is leading the way when it comes to reducing emissions, improving air quality and tackling climate change.”
One protester, a retired lorry driver who gave his name as Brian, said: “People tell me to get a life, but I’ve got a really really good life.
“I never imagined I’d be doing this but it was a matter of conscience.
“If all these things are happening, when my time comes I don’t want to think I didn’t do anything to stop it.”
Dave Boddy, who has worked in Smithfield for 58 years, said he would like to see the protest “banned”.
“It has disrupt the whole meat trade, it’s going to disrupt everywhere. Let’s hope it doesn’t carry on too long
Mr Boddy, who started meat trading at 16, said: “It won’t get them anywhere. Around 90% of the people in this country eat meat and I can’t see them all going vegetarian.”
Nehal Patel said the protest “had made getting home extremely hard which was frustrating as I’m pregnant”.
“The protest is affecting the wrong people,” the Merrill Lynch audit manager added.
Sebastian Constantine, a banking analyst who commutes through the market, said he “fully supports” the protest.
“As a vegan I hate walking through the market each morning, with the smell of meat and blood on the floor.
“The market is outdated and deserves to end.”
Elusive artist Banksy has set up a shop in south London featuring the stab vest he designed for Stormzy’s headline act at the Glastonbury Festival.
A Tony the Tiger rug and a cradle surrounded by CCTV cameras are also on show as part of the venture, at a disused retail outlet in Croydon.
The shop appeared overnight on Church Street.
“I’m opening a shop today,” the artist said on Instagram. “Although the doors don’t actually open.”
Banksy said he was going to sell products online and people could visit the shop for the next two weeks.
He added he was being “forced” to launch the online shop – called Gross Domestic Product – because a greeting cards company was attempting to legally trade off of his name.
The artist is being advised that opening a shop which sold his merchandise would help him protect the trademark on his art.
In a statement, Banksy said: “A greetings cards company is contesting the trademark I hold to my art, and attempting to take custody of my name so they can sell their fake Banksy merchandise legally.
“I think they’re banking on the idea I won’t show up in court to defend myself.”
Items being sold in the shop include welcome mats made from life vests salvaged from the shores of the Mediterranean, which have been hand-stitched by women in detainment camps in Greece.
There are also disco balls made from police riot helmets and a toddler’s counting toy where children are encouraged to load wooden migrant figures inside a haulage truck.
Banksy said proceeds would go towards buying a new migrant rescue boat to replace one allegedly confiscated by Italian authorities.
He said despite trying to defend his artistic rights in this particular case, he had not changed his position on copyright.
“I still encourage anyone to copy, borrow, steal and amend my art for amusement, academic research or activism. I just don’t want them to get sole custody of my name.”
It comes as one of Banksy’s paintings which shows the House of Commons packed with chimpanzees is set to be auctioned at Sotheby’s on Thursday.
Kevin Zuchowski-Morrison, owner of street art gallery Rise, said: “It’s incredible that we have this work, very clearly the work of a very famous artist who we all kind of love. It couldn’t be any more authentic.”
A Banksy collector who came to see the display, said: “It’s brilliant. So good that it’s happening.
“I doubt he (Banksy) will turn up and go ‘hello lads, how are ya?’ But he’s obviously around.”
John, another Banksy enthusiast, who is on holiday in the UK from the United States, said: “It has all the earmarks of Banksy’s work.
“It’s graphic, it’s cheeky, it’s intelligent.”
Two men have been charged following an attempted robbery of two Arsenal footballers.
Sead Kolašinac and Mesut Ozil were targeted by armed men in Platts Lane, near Golders Green, north-west London, on Thursday 25 July.
Ashley Smith, 30, of Cardinals Way, north London, is charged with attempted robbery and threatening a person with an offensive weapon on 5 September.
Jordan Northover, 26, of West Yorkshire, faces the same two charges.
Mr Smith, who faces an additional charge of possession of cannabis was remanded in custody and will appear at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Thursday.
Kolašinac and Ozil have both returned to playing for the Premier League side after missing several matches following concerns about their security at the start of the season.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s stunning free-kick helped 10-man Arsenal come from behind to beat Aston Villa in a pulsating encounter at Emirates Stadium.
Aubameyang curled home his seventh goal of the season with six minutes remaining to complete a remarkable turnaround for the Gunners, who had Ainsley Maitland-Niles sent off after 41 minutes.
John McGinn flicked home Anwar El Ghazi’s cross to put Villa ahead after 20 minutes before Maitland-Niles was shown a second yellow card for a rash challenge on Neil Taylor.
Arsenal levelled early in the second period thanks to Nicolas Pepe’s first goal for the club from the penalty spot only for Wesley to restore Villa’s lead from Jack Grealish’s low cross less than two minutes later.
But in a thrilling conclusion, substitute Calum Chambers’ close-range finish brought the Gunners level on 81 minutes before Aubameyang’s late strike secured their third Premier League win of the season to lift Unai Emery’s side back into the top four.
The result was harsh on Villa, who impressed for long periods but paid the price for dropping far too deep in the closing stages and inviting Arsenal pressure. A fourth defeat from six league games means they remain in the bottom three.
Thrilling finish masks Arsenal’s defensive shortcomings
After opting for a mix of youth and experience for Thursday’s Europa League win at Eintracht Frankfurt, Emery recalled the bulk of his senior stars for the meeting with Villa.
That meant the Spaniard went with the same back four that lost a two-goal lead at Watford last weekend, and another shaky performance here means they have still not kept a clean sheet in the league since the opening day of the season, conceding 10 goals in five games.
The defensive problems ultimately did not cost them the result against Villa, but Emery cannot rely on his attacking players to bail out his team all the time if they are to make a sustained challenge for the top four.
A lack of urgency and desire to close the Villa players down led to the opening goal, with El Ghazi given plenty of time to cross for McGinn, who found himself completely unmarked after ghosting ahead of Matteo Guendouzi.
Guendouzi summed up Arsenal’s performance, he was often sloppy in possession and his failure to track McGinn led to the first goal, but he led by example in the closing stages with a series of driving runs into the penalty area.
One of those runs resulted in a sloppy tackle from Bjorn Engels, allowing Pepe to equalise from the spot early in the second half.
After Arsenal went behind again Guendouzi drew a fine save from Tom Heaton, who pushed his low drive from the edge of the box on to the post.
With Villa seemingly unable to get out of their final third, Arsenal’s pressure finally told.
A mistake by Tyone Mings allowed Chambers, brought on in response to Maitland-Niles’ dismissal, to stab a looping effort beyond Heaton.
Then, after Aubameyang was brought down just outside the area, the Gabon striker curled beyond an unmoved Heaton to send the Emirates crowd, who were frustrated for much of the afternoon, into raptures.
Villa left to rue late collapse
While Arsenal went into the game with concerns about their defence, Aston Villa had worries about their attack after failing to score in each of their last two matches.
They looked much more potent here, but were left to rue defensive mistakes that led to all three Arsenal goals.
Anwar El Ghazi and Trezeguet, playing either side of striker Wesley, found plenty of space on the flanks, with Arsenal full-backs Maitland-Niles and Saed Kolasinac regularly exposed.
Egypt international winger Trezeguet, back in the side after a one-match ban, set up McGinn for an early effort on target while it was El Ghazi’s delivery from the other flank that led the opening goal.
After Pepe’s penalty brought Arsenal level, Villa showed great spirit to immediately go up the other end to re-take the lead thanks to some fine work by Grealish down the left and a smart finish by Wesley, his second goal for Villa since joining from Club Brugge in the summer.
With Arsenal pushing forward, Villa nearly caught them on the counter when Trezeguet was played in the right-hand side of the area, but he could only fire straight at Leno.
Four minutes later, Villa manager Dean Smith replaced Trezeguet with the more defensively minded Ahmed El Mohamady in an attempt to shore things up, but that only served to invite Arsenal pressure.
Mings, whose form this season saw him called up to the England squad, was punished for a poor header on the edge of his six yard box for Chambers’ equaliser.
His defensive partner Engels, whose foul also led to Arsenal’s penalty, then hacked down Aubameyang right on the edge of the penalty area, with the Gunners forward converting the free-kick to condemn Villa to defeat.
Man of the match – Matteo Guendouzi
The team spirit was amazing – what they said
Arsenal boss Unai Emery, speaking to BBC MOTD: “In 90 minutes a lot of things happened. When it was 11 v 11 we didn’t control the match how we wanted because we lost a lot of balls in the middle and gave them chances in the transition. When we could attack and get the ball in the box we weren’t bad really and we were also creating chances to score.
“After the goal we could be calm and improve and the red card changed the idea. For the second half we needed to play first with the head but also with our heart. We needed supporters pushing us and us to take some risks. The team spirit was amazing, we need to continue working and improving things.
“Aston Villa is a good team and an organised team. After this I hope we can improve and be strong. Together with the supporters we will be strong for the matches and hopefully improve.
“It is our challenge to improve defensively. They didn’t have a lot of chances to score.”
Aston Villa boss Dean Smith, speaking to BBC MOTD: “I am bitterly disappointed. We lost our structure for periods in the second half. First half we were on the front foot and looked solid. It is always going to be a tough game but we will never get a better chance to win.
“The game became too open with them at 10 men. We lost our fearlessness but for some reason we retracted second half and put us under pressure. We scored again and had a good five minute spell but retracted again. The players lost a bit of belief and that is what disappointed me the most.
“You look at the goals we conceded and they are sloppy. We concede a penalty and give a free-kick away. Second goal, Tyrone Mings has cushioned a header to Neil Taylor and should have put it out for a corner.
“I thought it was penalty [for handball against Sokratis]. He leant towards the ball, which was going towards the goal. It has hit his arm so I don’t know why it wasn’t. But if you’re asking about handballs in the box these days, I don’t know and I don’t think anyone knows. We have seen some subjective ones. If they get a good view on the TV screens they need to overrule the on-field referee.”
On his side’s form: “There is no big concern. We have had a real good go. Apart from Man City and Liverpool I don’t fear anyone in this league.”
Villa score first but lose again – best of the stats
- Arsenal’s 3-2 win over Aston Villa was only the ninth occasion in Premier League history a team has won a match after receiving a red card while losing – three of those wins have been by Arsenal (also v Derby in 1997 and Bolton in 2008).
- Arsenal won a Premier League game they were trailing in at half time for the first time since December 2018 (4-2 v Spurs at the Emirates).
- Aston Villa haven’t won any of their last five Premier League away games when scoring first (D1 L4), suffering defeats in each of their two such games in 2019-20 (1-3 v Spurs and 2-3 v Arsenal).
- Arsenal have only kept one clean sheet in their last 10 games against newly-promoted teams in the Premier League (1-0 v Huddersfield in May 2018), including none in their seven such games under Unai Emery.
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored 16 goals in his last 16 games across all competitions for Arsenal, including in each of the last four games in a row (five goals).
- Arsenal’s Nicolas Pepe has converted 10 penalties since the start of last season within the top five European leagues; the joint-most of any player in this period, along with Luka Milivojevic and Fabio Quagliarella.
- Since making his debut for Aston Villa in August 2018, John McGinn has scored nine goals in league competition – no other current player at the club has netted more (Jonathan Kodjia also with nine).
- Bukayo Saka became the third-youngest player on the day of his first Premier League start for Arsenal, with only Cesc Fábregas (17y 104d) and Theo Walcott (17y 212d) doing so at a younger age.
- Ainsley Maitland-Niles has now been sent off twice in the Premier League in 2019; the first Arsenal player to receive multiple red cards in the competition in the same year since Laurent Koscielny in 2013 (also two).
Arsenal host Nottingham Forest in Carabao Cup third round on Tuesday with Aston Villa travelling to Brighton the following day (both 19:45 BST kick-offs).
Villa then return to Premier League action at home to Burnley next Saturday (15:00 BST) with Arsenal taking on Manchester United at Old Trafford on Monday 30 September. (20:00 BST).
Thousands of people around the UK have joined a global climate change protest, with pupils walking out of schools and workers downing tools to demand action.
Millions around the world are taking part in the “climate strike” day, with rallies in British cities including Glasgow, Manchester and London.
Anna Taylor, a co-founder of UK Student Climate Network, said it was “very easy” to persuade people to show up.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said “every child” should be in school.
He added: “They should be learning, they shouldn’t be bunking off and it’s very irresponsible for people to encourage children to do so.”
Student Jessica Ahmed, 16, emailed her school to warn that she would be joining the protests instead of being in class.
Speaking at a protest in Westminster, she said: “School is important but so is my future.
“If politicians were taking the appropriate action we need – and had been taking this action a long time ago when it was recognised the world was changing in a negative way – then I would not have to be skipping school.”
Organisers estimated that around 100,000 people attended a rally in central London, while more than 20,000 were thought to have marched in Edinburgh and 10,000 in Brighton.
In Belfast, organisers put the turnout at between 3,000 and 4,000, with young people taking over the Cornmarket area of the city centre and staging a “mass die-in”.
And in Birmingham, around 3,000 protesters, including hundreds of children, gathered in the city’s Victoria Square before marching through nearby streets.
UK Student Climate Network said more than 200 events had been organised across the country.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn told young people at the Westminster rally: “You and a whole generation have brought [climate change] centre stage and I am absolutely delighted about that.
“If we’re going to sustain this planet we need to get to net zero emissions a lot, lot quicker than 2050 [the government’s target],” he said.
He wants every country to sign up to the Paris Agreement, which commits signatory nations to keeping global temperatures “well below” 2.0C (3.6F) above pre-industrial times.
Referring to President Donald Trump, Mr Corbyn said it was “disgraceful when you get a president of a major country like the US” who says they will walk away.
The global protests come ahead of a summit at the UN next week that will urge countries to do more to avoid the worst effects of climate change.
Dozens of pupils from John Stainer Community Primary school in Brockley, south-east London, were among those taking part in protests in London.
Head teacher Sue Harte said “children need to know that they have a right to democratic protest”.
Sebastian, a pupil at the school, said he joined the protests to help fight global warming.
“They, the government, don’t understand that we’re going to go through it and they are not,” he said.
Eight-year-old Sohan and Nayan, five, also from south-east London, joined protesters with their mother, Celine.
Sohan said: “We want to save our planet and we hope that marching will help.”
At the Belfast protest, Extinction Rebellion activist Lorraine Montague, from County Tyrone, was dressed as a swan to highlight the threat of climate change to wildlife.
“Our climate is at crisis point and the government is not doing anything about it,” she said.
“We are grieving for our future. I don’t feel happy about having children, the way our climate is going.”
In Edinburgh, demonstrators – the majority of them young people – chanted and sang as they marched from the Meadows to Holyrood Park near the Scottish Parliament.
They carried placards reading “Scotland, you’re not too wee to change the world” and “If you were smarter, I would be in school”.
Extinction Rebellion, which organised its own climate and environment protests in the UK earlier this year, said it stood “in solidarity” with those taking part.
It added that its members were joining the strikes and holding their own events, including a choir and “kids’ space” in Victoria Tower Gardens, Westminster, and outside King’s College London.
Some trade unions, including the TUC, the University and College Union and Unite, are supporting members who take part in the “strikes”.
Co-operative Bank said it supported workers who want to join the action, while US clothing brand Patagonia closed all of its stores and took out adverts to back the protesters.
But in Norwich, protester Tiffany Wallace said her employer declined to give her time off work to join demonstrators “because they didn’t think it was important”.
“The worst thing they can do is fire me,” said the 33-year-old.
“I don’t feel I should compromise my own values and integrity and what’s important, so I can make money for a business.”
Energy minister Kwasi Kwarteng said he could not “endorse children leaving school” to take part in the protests.
But he said he did support “their energy, their creativity, and the fact that they have completely mastered these issues and take them very seriously”.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan, Green Party MP Caroline Lucas and Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson all supported the walkout for the Youth Strike 4 Climate campaign.
The Metropolitan Police said seven people were arrested for public order offences, but overall the day ran “smoothly”.
Commander Dave Musker said a “tiny minority of protesters” tried to block Lambeth Bridge, a key route for emergency services to St Thomas’ Hospital. One other man was arrested on the bridge on suspicion of discharging a flare in a public place.
The global action follows a long-running series of school strikes initially inspired by activist Greta Thunberg.
The teenager, from Sweden, is also playing a role in the day’s events and is set to join a rally planned in New York, where world leaders will meet at the UN next week.
|Specsavers County Championship Division One, Cloudfm County Ground (day three):|
|Surrey 174 & 181: Clark 33; Harmer 7-58|
|Essex 395: Lawrence 147, ten Doeschate 103, Harmer 50*; Clarke 3-52|
|Essex (23 pts) beat Surrey (3 pts) by and innings and 40 runs|
Spinner Simon Harmer bowled Essex back to the top of the Division One table by taking 7-58 as they beat Surrey by an innings and 40 runs at Chelmsford.
The win means Essex will go into next week’s title-deciding away game against Somerset with a 12-point advantage.
Skipper Ryan ten Doeschate made 103 and Harmer contributed an unbeaten 50 to Essex’s first-innings total of 395.
Surrey were then reduced to 80-5 by Harmer, and were eventually all out for 181 when he dismissed Morne Morkel.
Essex are still in with a chance of a double this season and will now go to Edgbaston for Saturday’s T20 Blast Finals Day.
They added 93 to their overnight 302-6, with Ten Doeschate reaching his century off 120 balls with a square cut off Amar Virdi before edging the spinner to slip.
Virdi claimed 3-116 and finished off the innings when Aaron Beard was caught at mid-on at the start of the 110th over, with Essex five runs short of maximum batting points.
Mark Stoneman helped himself to three early boundaries as Surrey began their innings, but Harmer then had him lbw to start the away side’s collapse.
Ollie Pope was caught at mid-wicket for 30, hammering his bat into his pad in annoyance at the stroke, and having caught Rikki Clarke at slip off Jamie Porter Harmer returned to the attack to have Ben Foakes leg-before for 15.
Jordan Clark and Morkel held Essex up with ninth-wicket stand of 43 before the former was superbly caught behind for 33 by Adam Wheater, standing up to the stumps for the bowling of Ravi Bopara.
And it was Harmer who then ended the game as Morkel (21) attempted a lofted hit down the ground but was bowled.
|Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Emirates Old Trafford (day one):|
|Lancashire 259: Livingston 84, Croft 55*; Sowter 3-42, Harris 3-59|
|Middlesex 39-6: Bailey 5-16|
|Lancashire 4 pts, Middlesex 3 pts|
Lancashire were crowned Division Two champions despite being bowled out for 259 by Middlesex at Old Trafford.
They began the game needing five points to be sure of the title, and their efforts with the bat earned them two.
But second-placed Northamptonshire only managed one of a possible five batting points against Durham, ensuring they can no longer catch the Red Rose club.
Middlesex had 18 overs to bat before the close but ended it in deep trouble on 39-6 as Tom Bailey snapped up 5-16.
Having secured promotion last week, unbeaten Lancashire slumped to 129-5, with skipper Dane Vilas – who has more than 1,000 Championship runs behind him this summer – lbw to Ethan Bamber for a duck.
Liam Livingstone hit a six and 13 fours in his 84 as he put on 53 with Steven Croft, who later ran out of partners on 55 not out, having reached a 100-ball half-century with a six off James Harris (3-59).
Middlesex soon lost Sam Robson, Nick Gubbins and Dawid Malan to catches by the keeper at the start of their reply – the latter two in the same Bailey over, with Malan departing for a second-ball duck after limply dangling his bat outside off stump.
And paceman Bailey added the wickets of Martin Andersson, Miguel Cummins and Max Holden to secure a second bowling point for his side and leave the visitors in disarray at stumps.
Middlesex began the game seventh in the table and 36 points outside the promotion places – and need to beat Lancashire and Derbyshire next week, with as many bonus points as possible, to have any chance of a top-three finish.
Lancs fast bowler Tom Bailey told BBC Radio Lancashire:
“It’s particularly satisfying to win promotion with one and a half games to go. We set that goal at the start of the season and it’s good to achieve it.
“The team weren’t too happy with the batting. But we’ve been really good with the bat all year so this is a one-off for those who didn’t contribute. And Livingstone and Croft scored crucial runs.
“Then we came out and bowled the way we have all year and it’s why we’re top of the league. Getting the news that we were champions took the pressure off a little. We were all watching the Northants game and waiting for that last wicket to fall. It was a relief when it did.
“I bowled pretty well but I always seem to do well against Middlesex. I struggled at the start of the season and I didn’t really feel myself. I’m not the quickest of bowlers and I pride myself on being economical. But I now feel that I’m bowling like I did last season.”
Police have arrested 19 people believed to be involved in a climate change protest at Heathrow Airport.
Heathrow Pause activists threatened to fly drones in the exclusion zone, but no flight disruption has been reported.
The arrested people have all been held on suspicion of conspiracy to commit a public nuisance.
Heathrow Pause said one of the arrested – Roger Hallam, an Extinction Rebellion co-founder – was still planning to fly a drone on Saturday.
The group said Mr Hallam was released from custody at about 22:00 BST on Friday and that he would be flying the drone “near Heathrow” with the location “to be announced nearer the time”.
The Metropolitan Police said that, out of those arrested, four remained in custody on Friday night. The others have been bailed.
Police say those arrested range in age from 19 to 69.
A 53-year-old man who was arrested on Friday was re-arrested on Saturday. He remains in police custody.
Heathrow Pause had previously said it intended to fly drones within the 5km exclusion zone around the airport on Friday morning, but the group claimed the airport was using “signal jamming to frustrate” their efforts.
Both the airport and police refused to comment on “security matters”.
The Met Police said a dispersal order at the airport would be effective until early on Sunday morning.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor said: “We are really clear that [flying drones] is unlawful, it is a criminal offence, and anybody who turns up expecting to fly drones in that exclusion zone will be arrested.”
The force made seven pre-emptive arrests on Thursday, including that of Extinction Rebellion co-founder Roger Hallam.
Heathrow Airport said it was committed to addressing climate change, but this was best tackled through “constructive engagement and working together to address the issue”.