League Two club Leyton Orient have signed forward Conor Wilkinson from Dagenham & Redbridge for an undisclosed fee.
The 24-year old joins the O’s having netted 12 times in 23 National League games for the Daggers last term.
The forward has also had spells in the football league at Bolton Wanderers and Gillingham.
He scored two goals in 13 appearances for the Republic of Ireland at Under-21 level.
Earlier, Orient chairman Nigel Travis told supporters that the club planned to “build on” Justin Edinburgh’s coaching team when they name a successor to their late manager.
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A British-Iranian mother detained in Iran has begun a new hunger strike.
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was jailed for five years in 2016 after being convicted of spying, which she denies.
Her husband, Richard Ratcliffe, who is joining her in refusing food, said she wanted her unconditional release.
It comes amid growing tensions between the UK and Iran, after Britain said the Iranian regime was “almost certainly” responsible for attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman.
Iran has denied being behind Thursday’s explosions but the UK Foreign Office said “no other state or non-state actor could plausibly have been responsible”.
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt urged Iran to “do the right thing” and release Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe.
Mr Ratcliffe said he had received a phone call from his wife to tell him she had informed the Iranian judiciary that she had begun a hunger strike – although she would still drink water – to protest her “unfair imprisonment”.
He added that his wife sounded “nervous but calm”.
“Her demand from the strike, she said, is for unconditional release.
“She has long been eligible for it. I do not know the response from the Iranian authorities,” he said.
He said his wife had made the decision following the fifth birthday of their daughter, Gabriella.
Gabriella has not been allowed to leave Iran following her mother’s arrest and is living with her maternal grandparents.
“Nazanin had vowed that if we passed Gabriella’s fifth birthday with her still inside, then she would do something – to mark to both governments – that enough is enough,” Mr Ratcliffe said.
“This really has gone on too long.”
Friends and family gathered outside the Iranian embassy in London on Saturday, singing Happy Birthday via a video call to Gabriella, who celebrated her birthday on 11 June, and sharing a unicorn-shaped birthday cake.
As he began his own hunger strike, Mr Ratcliffe said: “I said that if she did it again I would stand in solidarity with her.
“A hunger strike in prison, nobody gets to see it – a hunger strike here is much more public. I will keep her story public.”
The next UK prime minister should make it their top priority to “protect British citizens from unfair imprisonment, from torture”, said Mr Ratcliffe.
Mr Ratcliffe has urged the Iranian authorities to allow British embassy officials to visit her to check on her health during her hunger strike.
He said that if she was not freed within the next few weeks, he wanted the Iranians to grant a visa so he could visit her himself.
The 40-year-old aid worker was arrested at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini Airport in April 2016 and has always maintained the visit was to introduce her daughter, Gabriella, to her relatives.
She is serving a five-year sentence in Tehran’s Evin Prison.
Mr Hunt granted Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe diplomatic protection in March, but Tehran refuses to acknowledge her dual nationality.
Amnesty International UK’s director Kate Allen said her plight was “truly heart-breaking”.
“Nazanin is a prisoner of conscience, unfairly jailed after a sham trial and subjected to all manner of torments – including months in solitary confinement and endless game-playing over whether she would receive vital medical care,” she said.
Homes have been evacuated, motorists stranded and trains cancelled as flooding hit parts of England.
The Environment Agency has issued 20 flood warnings and 64 alerts across the country.
The majority are across the Midlands and North West, although warnings are also in place in Ruswarp, near Whitby and Christchurch in Hampshire.
The Met Office has given yellow warnings for rain across Manchester, Liverpool and the North East.
The River Steeping at Thorpe St Peter near Skegness, Lincolnshire, burst its banks on Wednesday night following heavy rain.
The rising river also caused problems in Wainfleet, where residents have been evacuated.
Jean Hart, who has lived in the town for 40 years, said it was the worst flooding she had ever seen.
“To see our house underwater is absolutely horrendous,” she said.
Emergency services have said they will rescue her tortoise Mr T from her home, while she has already been reunited with her cat Aurora.
The Cricket World Cup match between India and New Zealand at Trent Bridge in Nottingham has been delayed due to rain, with a pitch inspection due at 11:30 BST.
Rail services between Skegness and Boston have been suspended until Saturday due to flooding, while Merseyrail has cancelled some trains on the Chester and Ellesmere Port lines because of water on the tracks at Hooton.
The company said journeys “could be significantly longer” and has launched an amended timetable with replacement buses.
Standing water is also causing problems on many North West roads, including the M53.
Health bosses are warning people heading to Arrowe Park Hospital to avoid using junction 3 of the motorway.
Motorists including a minibus of Indian tourists became trapped at Lambley, near Nottingham, overnight and were taken in by local residents.
Resident Malcolm Bamford said: “We had two in our house and the neighbours had three, and then there was a group of about eight Indian tourists in a little tiny bus and they all wanted to use the toilet.
“At one time we had about a dozen people in my little bungalow.”
In Derby, Oakwood Infant and Nursery school is closed today and tomorrow because of flood damage.
Trains are also expected to be disrupted all day between Worcestershire and Warwickshire.
National Rail Enquiries said heavy rain had flooded the tracks between Whitlocks End, near Solihull, and Stratford-upon-Avon.
Chillingham in Northumberland saw nearly 10mm of rainfall in the space of an hour on Thursday morning, the Met Office said.
The village had 73mm of rainfall over a 28-hour period – more than the 66.4mm average for the whole of June.
Elsewhere, Waddington in Lincolnshire saw nearly 40mm fall over a period of 14 hours, while over the same period Coleshill in Warwickshire had 30mm fall and 31mm was seen at Astwood Bank, Worcestershire.
Dave Throup from the Environment Agency said he thought Shropshire and Lincolnshire were the areas that received the most rain.
“I think between four and six inches has fallen in parts of Shropshire and certainly at least two inches, 50mm generally,” he said.
Heavy downpours across England are causing major disruption for road and rail users.
Network Rail said some areas had seen two months’ worth of rainfall in one day with drains overwhelmed.
Rail operator Southern has advised people to avoid travelling, delay journeys or use alternative routes.
A total of 31 flood alerts are in place across the country, with some areas set to see up to 60mm of rain, particularly over the first half of the day.
Southern tweeted that “train services running across the whole network will be cancelled or delayed”.
A Network Rail spokesman said engineers were “out in force” pumping water away from areas.
“Across the south east, we suffered over a month’s worth of rainfall in just one day and in some areas the downpours equated to two months’ rain,” he said.
“We’ll continue working to keep passengers moving and then we’ll review the drainage systems which have suffered problems to see if we can do any more to avoid similar incidents in the future.”
In Horncastle, Lincolnshire, the River Waring was transformed into a raging torrent after hours of heavy rainfall.
Police in the town warned motorists and pedestrians that “great care” was needed “due to the large amounts of surface flood water and rising drains and rivers”.
Leicestershire Police said it had received a “high level” of calls about blocked roads, while a driver narrowly escaped injury when a tree fell on his car in Thurnby.
A woman in her 80s and her dog were rescued from a flooded property in West Kingsdown, near Sevenoaks in the early hours.
Kent Fire and Rescue Service said she had been trapped in her home up to waist height.
The Environment Agency said some areas of Kent recorded about 100mm of rain in the 24 hours up to 07:00 BST.
The average rainfall for the entire month of June in the UK is 73.4mm, it added.
The M25 was closed in both directions for almost eight hours earlier after two sinkholes were discovered following a crash at about 23:30 BST.
In Devon, a thatched house caught fire when it was struck by lightning overnight. No-one was injured in the blaze.
Exmoor is likely to see up to 40mm of rain on Tuesday but could have up to 60mm.
Rain has also hit the Cricket World Cup for the second day in a row as Bangladesh’s game against Sri Lanka in Bristol has been delayed.
BBC Test Match Special’s Simon Mann said: “It’s a grim scene. Play today is extremely unlikely.”
Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, Lincolnshire, has also been hit by flooding but health bosses said patient services were “unaffected”.
Fire crews have been in attendance since 03:00 pumping water out of the hospital’s boiler room.
Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said the UK was in for “some treacherous weather”.
Weather warnings are expected to remain in place for much of the day, with forecasters predicting parts of the UK could be inundated during the rest of the week.
North-eastern parts of England and the Midlands are expected to bear the brunt of the downpours on Tuesday, with a yellow warning in place until midnight.
The Environment Agency has issued 31 flood alerts and one flood warning.
The Met Office said some parts of the country could see 60 to 80mm of rain on Wednesday and Thursday, possibly up to 100mm.
Mr Burkill described the figures as the “worst-case scenarios”.
“If you add it all up some places are likely to see over 100mm this week, which is around double the average they would get in the whole of June,” he added.
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Leyton Orient captain Jobi McAnuff has paid tribute to late boss Justin Edinburgh and said the club will continue to build on his legacy.
Edinburgh died on Saturday aged 49, five days after a cardiac arrest.
McAnuff described the Orient manager as a “leader, a fantastic manager and a truly great man”.
“You’ve helped rebuild what was a broken club and been the driving force returning it to where it belongs,” the 27-year-old winger added.
Edinburgh, who won the FA Cup as a Tottenham player, managed Northampton Town, Gillingham and Newport County before moving to Orient in November 2017.
McAnuff said he was “a man who inspired so many of us with his drive, passion and sheer desire to win.”
“A man who had so much love for this game and even more for his family, my heart goes out to them at this tragic time,” he added.
The winger said Edinburgh “always did it with a smile on [his] face and with a huge respect for others”.
“I am so grateful that I got to share some truly amazing moments with you and know how much wining the league with this club meant to you,” he added.
“It was a privilege and an honour to serve as your captain and these happy memories will lie with me forever.
“You were always at the centre of all the jokes and the banter with the boys and staff, we had so many laughs and good times.
“You’ve helped rebuild what was a broken club and been the driving force returning it to where it belongs.
“That will be your legacy here and as difficult as it will be, it’s now up to us to carry that on and make sure all of that hard work is continued and built upon.”
‘They all bought in to Justin’s vision’
BBC London Leyton Orient correspondent Dave Victor – a supporter since 1971, who started reporting on the side in 1983:
“I don’t think we can still quite believe what has happened. It was only three weeks ago when there were over 23,000 Leyton Orient supporters at Wembley for the final of the FA Trophy, and although Leyton Orient missed out on that occasion, it didn’t really matter because everyone was there to celebrate Leyton Orient’s return back to the Football League.
“When Justin took over in December 2017, Leyton Orient were on course for what would have been their third relegation in four years, they had gone three months without a win. They didn’t get off to a good start under Justin, they lost their opening game, but Justin took responsibility immediately.
“He had an incredible impact on the club. And what is remarkable is Leyton Orient’s success was built on the squad that Justin inherited; virtually every player got better because of the way he inspired and changed the culture of the club.
“He was very committed to them; he was very loyal to his players; he was very critical of supporters that got on the back of individuals. He wasn’t just loyal to those in the side, often when I spoke to him after the game, he made a point of talking about the players who weren’t actually in the squad, but had still contributed to the success because of the way of which they had gone about their training.
“There was an integrity about Justin Edinburgh. There was a clarity about Justin Edinburgh. Everybody bought in and it felt as if it was just the beginning. You got the sense that it was the start of something special at Leyton Orient and Justin Edinburgh would have gone on to be a very successful manager in the Football League. But this is about reflecting on a man who had enormous passion and pride, and what he was proud of more than anything in football was his family and, of course, our thoughts and prayers are with them.”
Fans pay their respects at Brisbane Road
Supporters laid flowers outside Leyton Orient’s home ground Brisbane Road on Sunday as they paid their respects to Edinburgh.
Floral tributes, signed football shirts and scarves were left as a mark of respect as both home supporters and fans from other clubs marked a solemn day for the east London club.
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London Broncos head coach Danny Ward welcomes Mark Ioane back into the squad, as Will Lovell makes way.
Ex-Saints Matty Fozard, Matty Fleming, Greg Richards and Ryan Morgan could all feature against their former club.
Justin Holbrook has made five changes for league leaders St Helens, with Theo Fages, Adam Swift, Kyle Amor, James Bentley and Jack Welsby brought in.
Jonny Lomax, Alex Walmsley, Tommy Makinson, Aaron Smith and Zeb Taia are the quintet to miss out.
London (from): Abdull, Adebiyi, Battye, Butler, Cunningham, Dixon, Fleming, Fozard, Gee, Ioane, Kear, Krasniqi, Morgan, Pitts, Richards, Smith, Walker, Williams, Yates
St Helens (from): Naiqama, Percival, Grace, Fages, Richardson, Roby, Thompson, Paulo, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Knowles, Amor, Peyroux, Swift, Lees, Ashworth, Bentley, Coote, Costello, Welsby.
Love Island star Mike Thalassitis left a notebook with messages to his family at the scene of his death, an inquest has heard.
The 26-year-old reality star and former footballer was found hanging in a park in Edmonton, north London, on 16 March.
His death sparked calls for improved aftercare for people who take part in reality TV shows.
North London Coroner’s Court concluded on Wednesday his cause of death was suicide.
Senior coroner Andrew Walker said Mr Thalassitis left messages “which clearly set out his intention that his life should come to an end”.
Former Love Island contestant Montana Brown said Mr Thalassitis had been in a “dark place” in the months before his death.
Mr Thalassitis was found by a jogger in Church Street Recreation ground next to Haselbury Road in the north London borough where he lived.
PC Emma Clauson, who attended the scene, said she looked through the notebook “which was a sort of combination of a diary and letters and positive thoughts”.
“At the back of the diary was a number of notes that had been addressed to his family,” she said.
Toxicology results showed there was cocaine, ethanol, antidepressants and paracetamol in his system at the time of his death.
Mr Thalassitis’ family paid tribute to their “wonderful son and brother” outside the court following the hearing.
Reading a statement on their behalf, Dave Read, his manager and agent, said: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their kind messages and support during this very difficult time.
“Today’s inquest concluded the sad news at the loss of our beautiful son and brother.
“Mike was a wonderful son and brother and will be dearly missed.”
Producers of the ITV2 show paid tribute to him at the end of the opening episode of the new series, which aired on Monday night.
Beneath a photo, a message on screen read: “In loving memory of Mike Thalassitis 1993-2019.”
Love Island said it would be offering further support and “bespoke training” to contestants in future.
With a career in lower league football, Mr Thalassitis joined the cast for Love Island in 2017. He was also filmed for the E4 show Celebs Go Dating.
Earlier this year a coroner in Tyneside issued a warning about mixing alcohol and cocaine after another Love Island star, Sophie Gradon, hanged herself having consumed both substances.
The coroner said research in the US said the combination was known to make someone 16 times more likely to kill themselves.
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