Dangerous cycling law review after death crash

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Kim Briggs died after being injured while crossing Old Street in Shoreditch

The government is launching a review into whether a new law is needed to tackle dangerous cycling.

It will consider whether an equivalent offence to causing death by dangerous driving is needed for cyclists.

It comes after Charlie Alliston, who killed Kim Briggs while riding a fixed-gear bike with no front brakes, was convicted under Victorian law.

Mrs Briggs’ widower Matthew Briggs welcomed the review, saying the case “highlighted a huge gap” in the law.

Alliston, 20, was cleared of manslaughter but convicted under the 19th Century offence of “wanton or furious driving”.

On Monday he was sentenced to 18 months in a young offenders’ institution.

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After the conviction, Mr Briggs called for the introduction of new laws, including causing death by dangerous cycling.

Ministers are now seeking independent legal advice on this, with the review due to report in the new year.

Announcing the move, the government said there had been a “series of high-profile incidents” involving cyclists and that in 2015, two pedestrians had been killed and 96 seriously injured after being hit by a bicycle.

Media captionDangerous driving offences should be extended to cyclists, says Labour’s Heidi Alexander

Transport minister Jesse Norman said: “It’s great that cycling has become so popular in recent years but we need to make sure that our road safety rules keep pace with this change.

“We already have strict laws that ensure that drivers who put people’s lives at risk are punished but, given recent cases, it is only right for us to look at whether dangerous cyclists should face the same consequences.”

He told BBC Radio 4′s Today programme that the review will consider how the law should be updated “so there is a proper legal remedy if a pedestrian is seriously injured or killed by a cyclist” and whether or not there should be a new law.

But he added that was “only part of the problem” and the inquiry will consider “much wider elements of cycle safety affecting cyclists and pedestrians, but also the relationships with motorists”.

The government said signage and public awareness would be among the issues looked at by the review.

Some cycling groups point out the number of deaths caused by cyclists remains extremely low compared with the figures for cyclists and pedestrians killed and injured by motorists.

‘Gap in law’

The government had been urged to act by Labour MP Heidi Alexander, Mrs Briggs’ constituency MP, who said at Prime Minister’s Questions that the current law was “hopelessly outdated and wholly inadequate”.

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Mr Briggs says his wife’s death has highlighted a gap in the law

Mr Briggs said: “I fully welcome it and am grateful to the government for acting so swiftly, and am looking forward to helping the review in any way I can and getting these laws on the statute book.

“Kim was by no means the first person this has happened to, but I think what Kim’s case has done is highlighted a huge gap in the law between one from 1861 at one end and manslaughter at the other end.

“Manslaughter could only be brought because these were a rather unique set of circumstances, otherwise they would have been left with the Victorian law.”

Paul Tuohy, chief executive of campaign group Cycling UK, said the consultation was an opportunity to keep cyclists and pedestrians safer.

“Cycling UK looks forward to working with the Department for Transport on this consultation to ensure it focuses on evidenced ways that keep our most vulnerable road users safe, by addressing risks such as dangerous roads, drivers and vehicles,” he said.

“The proposed review of cycling offences needs to be carried out as part of the government’s promised wider review of all road traffic offences and sentencing.

“This will ensure the justice system can deal with mistakes, carelessness, recklessness and deliberately dangerous behaviour by all road users.”

What is wanton and furious driving?

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The law explained in the Commentaries on the Laws of England, published in 1867

Alliston was charged with an admittedly archaic offence – but it is the closest to dangerous driving a cyclist can be charged with.

Unlike a dangerous cycling charge, causing grievous bodily harm by wanton and furious driving takes into account injury.

It may sound slightly eccentric, but perhaps it is down to its wording which was coined in 1861.

Introduced under the Offences Against the Person Act, the charge was created to deter people from driving horse carriages recklessly.

It is now used when it is not possible to prosecute under the Road Traffic Act 1988 – ie, when the vehicle in the crime was not mechanically propelled – and in cases of serious injury or death caused by a cyclist’s actions.

It carries a maximum penalty of two years’ imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine.

Previous successful prosecutions under the offence include those against cyclists Darryl Gittoes and Darren Hall, who both knocked down pedestrians who later died.

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Parsons Green bomb: Police make sixth arrest in inquiry

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Police have arrested a 17-year-old boy in south London in connection with last Friday’s terror attack on a Tube train.

The teenager was detained after officers executed a warrant in Thornton Heath at about 00:05 BST on Thursday.

It takes the total number of arrests in the investigation to six, all of whom remain in custody at a south London police station.

A homemade bomb partially exploded on a rush hour District Line train at Parsons Green, injuring 30 people.

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Police have begun a search of the property where the teenager was arrested under Section 41 of the Terrorism Act.

Commander Dean Haydon, head of Scotland Yard’s Counter Terrorism Command, said: “This continues to be a fast-moving investigation.

“A significant amount of activity has taken place since the attack on Friday.

“We now have six males in custody and searches are continuing at five addresses.

“Detectives are carrying out extensive inquiries to determine the full facts behind the attack.”

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Police have until Thursday to question 21-year-old Yahyah Farroukh

Three men, aged 25, 30 and 48, have been arrested in Newport, south Wales, a 21-year-old – named as Yahyah Farroukh – was detained in Hounslow, west London, and an 18-year-old man was arrested at the Port of Dover.

A time limit on Mr Farroukh’s detention is expected to expire on Thursday, while detectives have been given until Saturday to continue questioning the 18-year-old.

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British kayaker Emma Kelty ‘murdered’ on Amazon trip

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A British woman who disappeared while on a solo kayaking trip in the Amazon has died, the Foreign Office have said.

Emma Kelty, 43, went missing last week and local authorities have arrested a teenager in connection with her murder.

Her body has not yet been found but, according to police in Brazil, a teenage boy has said he participated in her murder along with six other people.

The Foreign Office said it was “supporting the family of a British woman following her death in Brazil”.

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Boris Johnson denies cabinet Brexit split

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Boris Johnson says the government is “working together” and that he will not be resigning after criticism of his intervention on Brexit.

The foreign secretary has been accused of undermining Theresa May with a 4,000-word article setting out his own post-EU vision.

But he told journalists the government was “a nest of singing birds”.

Mr Johnson – along with other ministers – is due to attend the PM’s Brexit speech in Florence on Friday.

Asked about his article, Mrs May said she was “getting on with the job” of delivering Brexit.

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Earlier the foreign secretary was accused by ex-chancellor Ken Clarke of making a pitch for a future Tory leadership election with his article.

Mr Clarke said that “in normal circumstances” Mr Johnson would have been sacked. Some reports have claimed Mr Johnson will resign if his blueprint for Brexit is not followed.

But speaking in New York, the foreign secretary said “of course not” when asked whether he was going to quit, and predicted the government would “deliver a fantastic Brexit”.

Asked whether there was a cabinet split on Europe, Mr Johnson said: “No, we are a government working together.

“We are a nest of singing birds.”

Media captionTheresa May asked about Johnson’s intervention on Brexit

Mr Johnson and Mrs May are both attending the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Asked repeatedly about Mr Johnson and reports of cabinet disunity over Brexit, the PM stressed that the government was united in trying to get the best possible deal.

“What I think the majority of the British public want to see is what we’re doing, which is getting on with the job of those negotiations with the European Union and getting on with the job of the best deal for the UK,” she told the BBC.

Responding to questions about the so-called divorce bill for the UK to pay on leaving the EU, she said the UK was a “law-abiding nation” and would “stand by our obligations” as well as carrying on contributing to programmes it wants to be a part of after Brexit.

Mr Johnson’s article said the UK should not pay for access to the EU single market.

Media captionKenneth Clarke calls Boris Johnson’s Brexit article an “irrelevant nuisance” on Radio 4′s Today

The continuing fallout from the article – published in Saturday’s Telegraph – led, on Monday, to Mrs May having to rebut claims that Mr Johnson was trying to become a “back-seat driver” in her cabinet.

The PM, who is due to set out her vision for Brexit in a speech in Florence on Friday, declared: “This government is driven from the front.”

Speaking on BBC Radio 4′s Today programme, Mr Clarke said that in her speech Mrs May had to set out “for the first time, really” what the UK can “can realistically achieve in negotiations”.

That must include “free access to the European market and no new barriers for our trade,” he argued, and how best “to avoid economic damage to the country”.

“Alongside that, personal publicity and campaigning by the foreign secretary is actually just an irrelevant nuisance.”

Media captionTheresa May is making a big Brexit speech in Florence. But why do it there?

Mr Clarke said: “Sounding off personally in this way is totally unhelpful and he shouldn’t exploit the fact she hasn’t got a majority in Parliament.

“He knows perfectly well that normally the foreign secretary would be sacked for doing that – and she, unfortunately, after the general election, is not in the position easily to sack him – which he should stop exploiting.”

He also attacked Mr Johnson for repeating “one of the more simplistic and dishonest arguments of the hardline Leavers” in his article – a reference to “taking back control” of £350m a week after Brexit.

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Mr Johnson met US President Donald Trump at the UN on Monday

The foreign secretary said on Monday that his article was meant to be an “opening drum roll” for the PM’s speech.

“Because I was involved in that Brexit campaign, people want to know where we are going,” he added.

Mrs May attempted to avoid a public row with her foreign secretary, telling reporters travelling with her on a trade mission to Canada: “Boris is Boris.”

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Lord Hague is concerned about cabinet disunity over Brexit

Former foreign secretary, Lord Hague, writing in the Daily Telegraph, warned that disunity over Brexit could hand power to Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party.

He wrote: “It is putting it a bit too politely to say, in the wake of Boris Johnson’s article in this newspaper on Saturday, that the approach of senior ministers to the Brexit negotiations appears to lack co-ordination.

“More bluntly, it is now 15 months since the referendum, and high time that all members of the government were able to express themselves on this subject in the same way as each other, putting forward the same points, as part of an agreed plan.”

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‘Suspicious object’ causes M1 closure near Milton Keynes

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Motorists were left stranded for several hours after a “suspicious object” was found under a bridge, forcing the closure of the M1.

The 11 mile (18km) stretch between junctions 15 at Northampton and 14 at Milton Keynes was shut both ways at 07:30 BST.

The northbound carriage has now reopened but southbound remains closed, Highways England said.

Thames Valley Police confirmed the object was not an explosive.

However, it added the liquid appeared to be a chemical and analysis was ongoing.

Footage earlier showed a bomb disposal robot pulling a bin bag off the hard shoulder, which appeared to contain a yellow substance.

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Motorists have been stranded on the M1 between junctions 15 and 14 for hours

Trapped northbound motorists were stranded for several hours before being redirected from the scene via Newport Pagnell services.

The Ministry of Defence said it had provided police with “explosive ordnance device assistance”.

Thames Valley Police chief inspector Mark Lewis said there was “no evidence to suggest that this is a terrorist-related incident”.

He confirmed as there was no explosive device there had been no controlled explosion.

“The object contains a highly corrosive material which has leaked across lanes one and two, therefore the clear up process will take a significant amount of time,” he continued.

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Motorists have resorted to playing games and walking to service stations

Tim Mayer, a Conservative councillor from Coventry caught up in the delays, earlier said communication from police had been “appalling” but people had been trying to make the most of the free time.

“There’s a five-a-side football competition, a bit of rugby, a guy cycling up and down in the wrong direction,” he said.

“There are a few people with coffee in the car who have shared it around and others with some boiled sweets who have been generous.

“But the communication from police has been appalling.”

Highways England has a diversion in place for those travelling southbound via the A508.

At the scene – Mike Cartwright, BBC News

I’ve been speaking to people who have been stuck on the M1 for hours now.

Trevor Larkun has been stranded since 08:30, he says people are being “mostly patient” and chatting to other motorists.

“The mood is OK, we’ve had a few people come and deliver bottles of water and crisps,” he said.

“I’ve got sympathy for people I’ve seen walking down the hard shoulder with suitcases, presumably trying to catch a flight.

“The worst thing is you don’t know how long you’re going to be here for.”

Mr Larkun said that police officers told other motorists they may cut the central reservation at some point to release vehicles from the carriageway.

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A number of fire crews are also in attendance

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Some people caught up in the delays have been playing football on the empty stretch of M1

Stranded motorists took to playing football, frisbee and touch rugby on the empty stretch of the M1 to pass the time.

On Twitter, former England cricketer James Taylor joked he “might get the clubs out – perfect driving range”.

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Wayne Rooney due in court on drink-driving charge

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Wayne Rooney is due to appear in court later after he was charged with drink-driving.

The former England and Manchester United captain was arrested when police stopped a car in Wilmslow, Cheshire, in the early hours on 1 September.

The 31-year-old was released on bail after he was charged with driving while over the prescribed limit.

He is due at Stockport Magistrates, a day after returning to Old Trafford for the first time since rejoining Everton.

United won the match 4-0.

The Liverpool-born player rejoined his boyhood club this summer, 13 years after leaving for United.

The father-of-three is also England’s record goal scorer.

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Police ‘may work with paedophile hunters’

Media captionA self-styled paedophile hunter has helped convict a man from Hampshire

Police have admitted they may have to work with “paedophile hunters” after research revealed a rise in their evidence being used in court.

Figures obtained by the BBC show 11% of court cases in 2014 for the crime of meeting a child following sexual grooming used vigilante evidence, rising to 44% in 2016.

The vigilantes pose online as children then film the people they meet.

Police have urged them to stop, but admitted this was proving difficult.

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Paedophile hunter Stephen Dure posed online as a 14-year-old boy when chatting to Robert Babey, who later admitting multiple breaches of his Sexual Harm Prevention Order

‘Paedophile hunter’ evidence used in court cases

2014: 20 out of 176 cases

2015: 77 out of 256 cases

2016: 114 out of 259 cases

Source: BBC Freedom of Information request from 44 police forces in England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Chief Constable Simon Bailey, the national lead for child protection at the National Police Chiefs’ Council, said: “[These] vigilante groups are putting the lives of children at risk.

“They might not perceive it that way, but they are potentially compromising our operations.”

However, Mr Bailey said: “I’m not going to condone these groups and I would encourage them all to stop, but I recognise that I am not winning that conversation.”

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Chief Constable Simon Bailey said vigilante paedophile hunters were putting the lives of children at risk

When asked whether police could work with vigilantes, he said: “I think that’s something we’re going to have to potentially have to look at, yes, but it comes with some real complexity.”

Last week 45-year-old David Taylor from Trowbridge, Wiltshire, was jailed for 40 months after being caught by an unnamed vigilante who posed as an 11-year-old girl.

Police traced Taylor from a video of the confrontation posted on Facebook.

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Stephen Dure, known as Stevie Trap, has seen his evidence used in three court cases this year

Southampton-based paedophile hunter Stephen Dure, known as Stevie Trap, has seen his evidence, including chat logs of his online conversations with suspects, used in three court cases this year.

In one case he posed as a 14-year-old boy when chatting to Robert Babey who is due to be sentenced later this month after admitting multiple breaches of his Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Mr Dure said: “I’ve had policemen come up to me to shake my hand… to thank me. Whereas high-up police are trying to stop us.”

He said one issue raised by officers had been him posting videos of his stings online before cases had come to court.

“If that’s the way they want to go then fine I won’t upload the videos.”

Reacting to Mr Bailey’s statement that the police would think about working with vigilantes, Mr Dure added: “I think it’s great and just the idea they’re thinking about it excites me.

“I really look forward to it and hope it happens in the future, I would be very willing to work with the police.”

You can see more on this story on Inside Out on BBC One in the South at 19:30 BST on Monday. The programme will also be available on the BBC iPlayer after broadcast.

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Detectives continue to question Tube suspects

Media captionOfficers are searching a residential property in Stanwell near Heathrow Airport

Police are continuing to question two men on suspicion of terror offences following Friday’s attack on a Tube train in south-west London.

It comes as CCTV images emerged showing a man carrying a Lidl supermarket bag 90 minutes before the bombing.

An 18-year-old and 21-year-old are being held over the explosion, which injured 30 at Parsons Green station.

The UK terror threat level has been lowered to severe after being raised to critical, its highest level.

On Saturday, the 21-year-old was arrested in Hounslow, west London and the 18-year-old was detained at Dover port.

Chicken shop

Police are searching two addresses in Surrey in connection with the arrests – one in Sunbury-on-Thames and another in Stanwell.

A third property in Hounslow has been searched as part of the investigation, Scotland Yard said.

The BBC understands it is a Middle Eastern chicken shop called Aladdins in Kingsley Road.

The “severe” terror threat level means an attack is no longer imminent but is still highly likely.

Media captionThe Home Secretary says the second arrest suggests the attacker was ‘not a lone wolf’

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said police had made “good progress” in the investigation and urged “everybody to continue to be vigilant but not alarmed”.

Assistant Metropolitan Police Commissioner Mark Rowley said police had gained a “greater understanding” of how the bomb was prepared but said there was “still much more to do”.

Analysis: No ‘all clear’ yet

By BBC home affairs correspondent Dominic Casciani

The lowering of the threat level is an important sign.

It means that intelligence chiefs have looked at the developing picture in the Met’s huge operation – and other threads we will never see, from perhaps MI5 and GCHQ – and concluded that detectives now have a good handle on what happened on Friday at Parsons Green.

Or, to put it another way, the threat level would not have been reduced if anyone within the counter-terrorism network still thought there was a bomber, or accomplices, on the loose.

This is not the same as an “all clear” – intelligence is only ever fragmentary.

Detectives now appear to have time on their side.

Providing they make evidential progress, they could conceivably hold both suspects for up to a fortnight before they have to charge or release them.

Speaking to the Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, Ms Rudd said there was “no evidence” to suggest so-called Islamic State was behind the attack.

“But as this unfolds and as we do our investigations, we will make sure we find out how he was radicalised if we can,” she said.

Thirty people were injured – most suffering from “flash burns” – when a bomb was detonated on a Tube carriage at Parsons Green station.

Media captionJack Durston was on the train: ‘I just started crying’

The house being searched in Sunbury-on-Thames belongs to a married couple known for fostering hundreds of children, including refugees.

Ronald Jones, 88, and Penelope Jones, 71 were rewarded for their service to children when they were made MBEs in 2010.

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Penelope and Ronald Jones were made MBEs by the Queen in 2010

The couple are said to be staying with friends following the police raid, during which surrounding houses were evacuated.

Friend Alison Griffiths said the couple had an 18-year-old and a 22-year-old staying with them recently.

She described Mr and Mrs Jones as “great pillars of the community”, adding: “They do a job that not many people do.”

Police have urged anyone with information to contact them and to upload pictures and video to the website www.ukpoliceimageappeal.co.uk or to call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.

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Stormzy will be at judges’ houses to help out on X Factor

Stormzy is going to be on this year’s X Factor helping at judges’ houses.

It’s thought the rapper, who is having an amazing year, will head to South Africa as Nicole Scherzinger’s guest to assist her in choosing who to take to the live shows.

A source told Newsbeat: “Stormzy is the man of the moment and he’ll be great.”

He has already worked with Simon Cowell on the charity single for Grenfell Tower earlier this year.

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The judges’ houses is the part of the show where contestants are whittled down and flown out to various locations around the world to compete for their place in the show’s live finals.

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It’s been a big year for Stormzy, he was nominated for the Mercury Music prize.

The prize went to Sampha but we don’t think Big Mike will be too worried, Official Charts say his album Gang Signs and Prayer outsold Dizzee Rascal’s Mercury Prize-winning 2003 album Boy In Da Corner by nearly 10 copies to one.

He’s also appeared on the front cover of GQ magazine.


He was presented with the best solo artist prize at the awards, by none other than leader of the Labour party Jeremy Corbyn.

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Ryanair to cancel 40-50 flights per day for six weeks

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Ryanair is to cancel 40 to 50 flights every day for the next six weeks, in a bid to improve punctuality of flights.

The budget Irish-based airline announced the plan on Friday, saying that it was “unacceptable” that its punctuality had fallen below 80% in the first half of this month.

It also said it had to clear a backlog of staff leave by the end of the year.

The move could affect up to 285,000 passengers, who will be offered alternative flights or refunds.

Ryanair said that less than 2% of its flights would be cancelled and the move would help it hit its annual punctuality target of 90%.

But passengers have complained about the short notice of the cancellations.

Gary Cummings was due to fly from Leeds to Bratislava on Friday morning.

On Thursday night he received a text message from Ryanair, saying his flight had been cancelled.

The only alternative flight he was offered was on Monday – when he was originally due to be returning to Leeds.

“We were left in limbo really,” he told BBC Radio 5 live.

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But customers do have rights under the European Passenger Rights legislation.

“The rules say if the airline doesn’t have a suitable alternative flight, you have to be booked on a rival airline,” said Simon Calder, travel editor of the Independent.

He said passengers should also be able to claim compensation for the cancellations.

“It’s a really odd thing in terms of customer care, to say we want to improve the operation by keeping more planes on the ground,” he told the BBC.

Analysis: An ‘affordable risk’

By Joe Lynam, BBC business correspondent

Ryanair made a profit of €1.32bn (£1.16bn) last year after it carried 120 million passengers.

So it can afford to risk annoying up to 400,000 of its customers by suddenly cancelling hundreds of flights at short notice.

It’s not the first time that a large company has changed how holidays are allocated to staff, but it’s probably the first time for a giant airline that such changes have discommoded so many paying customers.

Ryanair hopes that it can minimise the reputational and financial cost until it gets to the end of October when fewer flights will be in the skies anyway.

In the meantime passengers are urged to check what their compensation rights might be under EU261 rules.

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Ryanair has advised customers that flights will be operating as scheduled unless passengers have received a cancellation email.

“By cancelling less than 2% of our flying programme over the next six weeks, until our winter schedule starts in early November, we can improve the operational resilience of our schedules and restore punctuality to our annualised target of 90%,” Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said.

The statement added that the airline was in a transition period to move the holiday year for its staff from April to March, to January to December.

EU compensation rules for cancelled flights

  • Passengers are entitled to assistance and compensation, if the disruption was within an airline’s control
  • Airlines have to offer full refunds, paid within seven days, or rebookings for a flight cancelled at short notice
  • In addition, passengers can also claim compensation
  • Cancellation amounts are: 250 euros (£218) for short-haul, 440 euros (£384) for medium-haul and 600 euros (£523) for long-haul
  • Passengers who reach their destination more than three hours late can be compensated from 200 to 600 euros, depending on the length of flights and delay

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