NEWS DIGEST 16.07.2022: InYourArea covers the upcoming heatwave and TOWIE

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The Cabinet Office minister, Kit Malthouse, has said the Government is preparing for a “surge” in demand on the NHS and other services due to the expected heatwave. People are being urged to stay out of the sun in the middle of the day, stay hydrated, look out for vulnerable people, never leave children or pets in a parked car, and keep curtains closed to keep out the sun. Caroline Abrahams, charity director at Age UK, urged people to check on older relatives, friends and neighbours to see if they needed anything during the high heat. Heatwaves have been made hotter, longer and more frequent by climate change and experts have warned of the need to adapt homes, cities and infrastructure in the UK for a future of more intense and deadly summer heat. “Climate change is meaning life-threatening heatwaves are becoming more intense and more frequent.”NHS braces for ‘surge’ in demand during heatwave with warnings of death, illness and disruption (InYourArea Newsroom ~ National)

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Two suspected people smugglers will be extradited from the UK to face proceedings in France and Belgium. One 37-year-old is accused by French prosecutors of being part of an organised crime gang smuggling migrants across the Channel in small boats. He appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Friday and was remanded in custody after he consented to being extradited back to France. District Judge Nina Tempia denied bail, claiming there are “substantial grounds” he would fail to surrender to extradition to France, the court heard. Operation Punjum, led by the NCA in the UK, was carried out alongside Operation Thoren in Europe to target a network suspected of smuggling up to 10,000 migrants across the Channel in the last 12 to 18 months – Two people suspected of smuggling migrants in small boats to be extradited from UK (LBC ~ News – UK NEWS – LONDON NEWS)

TOWIE veteran Chloe Sims has quit the show after 11 years. The first post was a montage of the reality star during her time on the show. In the message on the video, the show wrote: “After dedicating over a decade to The Only Way Is Essex, Chloe Sims has decided to depart the show. “Chloe has been an iconic presence since her arrival on TOWIE, and we have enjoyed following her close friendships, relationships, and strong family values onscreen throughout the ups and downs. We wish Chloe all the best in the future!”. The next post is a statement from Chloe, who debuted on the show in 2011 in the second series. In the statement, she said: “I would like to thank ITV and Lime Pictures for the life-changing opportunity to work on TOWIE for so many years.” Memorable moments on the show include her 40th birthday celebrations, relationships with Elliot Wright and Pete Wicks as well as her clashes with the Wright family, Megan McKenna, and Ferne McCann during her 28 series spell on the show – TOWIE icon Chloe Sims quits after 11 years on the show (Essex Live ~ News – Celebs & TV – The Only Way Is Essex)

A police officer who managed to overcome an attacker who was lunging at him with a sword has recounted how he has “never been so scared in his whole life”. Pc Aksit Ekrem, who is stationed at Ilford Police Station, was one of eight officers honoured at the Police Federation’s Bravery Awards last night (July 14). The officer was recognised for his response to a domestic incident in Dagenham on November 30, 2020 – Brave Pc recounts his fear as ‘frail old man’ attacks him with sword​ (Barking & Dagenham Post ~ News > Crime)

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