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Conor Wilkinson: Leyton Orient sign Dagenham & Redbridge forward

Conor Wilkinson: Leyton Orient sign Dagenham & Redbridge forward

Conor Wilkinson (left) came on as a substitute for Bolton against Liverpool in a 2015 FA Cup tie

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.

Find all the latest football transfers on our dedicated page.

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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe begins new hunger strike

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe begins new hunger strike

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been detained in Iran since April 2016

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.”

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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe saw her daughter, Gabriella, during a temporary release from prison in August last year

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.”

Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe previously undertook a three-day hunger strike in protest at being denied specialist medical care.

The next UK prime minister should make it their top priority to “protect British citizens from unfair imprisonment, from torture”, said Mr Ratcliffe.

‘Heart-breaking’

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.



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England flooding: Homes evacuated and travel disrupted

England flooding: Homes evacuated and travel disrupted

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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.

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Parts of Warwickshire saw 30mm of rain fall in a 14-hour period

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.

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Jean Hart has been reunited with her cat Aurora after being evacuated from her home

“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.

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Jodie Ellis’s garden in Ventnor Rise, Nottingham, was badly flooded

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.

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Rail tracks were flooded at Hooton in Cheshire

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.



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UK weather: Heavy rain causes road and rail disruption

UK weather: Heavy rain causes road and rail disruption

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Southern Rail tweeted pictures of flooded tracks and advised people against travelling

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”.

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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.

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A driver narrowly escaped injury when a tree fell on his car in Thurnby, Leicestershire

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Images from Snodland in Kent show flooded streets and heavy rain

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.

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Lightning set a thatched roof alight in Meeth, Devon

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.”

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Play in the Cricket World Cup in Bristol has been delayed

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.

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The car park and boiler room at Pilgrim Hospital in Boston have been flooded

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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Justin Edinburgh: Leyton Orient captain pays tribute to ‘truly great man’

Justin Edinburgh: Leyton Orient captain pays tribute to 'truly great man'

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