Tom Thirkell

Tom Thirkell

THREE British teenagers are in police custody on the Spanish holiday island of Mallorca after allegedly assaulting a shopkeeper when he attempted to stop them stealing sunglasses.

The Chinese employee, believed to the shop owner’s son, is reported to have received serious head injuries in the brutal attack.

The attack happened in Punta Ballena, an area popular with Brits in Mallorca.

Reports suggest that one member of the group was caught shoplifting and after a confrontation with the shop worker the two other British teens joined in the assault on the man.  

Police quickly tracked down the three boys by outraged members of the public who had called the police.

The arrested trio of teens are are due to attend the Office of the Prosecutor for Minors where they will face alleged robbery with violence charges.

The shopkeeper on the receiving end of the attack was taken to Son Espases Hospital for treatment to his head injuries.  

THE RESULTS of a survey designed to reveal Britain’s worst airport have been revealed by consumer watchdog ‘Which?’.

More than 11,000 passengers were asked to rank each airport on ten categories taking into account a variety of service ratings such as prices, queues and customer service.

Airport check-in, passport con­­trol, security and baggage reclaim were also taken into consideration in the survey.

The airport voted worst in Britain with an overall passenger score of just 35 per cent was London Luton Airport.

Passengers claimed that the airport was lacking across many categories when quizzed but were particularly damning when it came to baggage queues, the shops on offer in duty-free, seating areas, toilets and staff attitude.

Top Ten of the Worst Airports in the UK

1. London Luton (35 per cent)

2. (joint) London Stansted (44 per cent)

2. (joint) Manchester Terminal 3 (44 per cent)

4. Manchester Terminal 1 (46 per cent)

5. Aberdeen (49 per cent)

6. Belfast International (50 per cent)

7. Manchester Terminal 2 (51 per cent)

8. Leeds Bradford (54 per cent)

9. (joint) London Heathrow Terminal 3 (55 per cent)

9. (joint) London Gatwick South Terminal (55 per cent)

FOR the second time this year, Ryanair has changed its cabin bag policy in a move that could see passengers spending even more on their travels.

Currently only priority boarding passengers have the luxury of taking two hand luggage items aboard. 

Normal (non-priority) passengers may take only one item of hand luggage aboard, but a second item can be stored below the plane in the hold free of charge. 

But this is about to change as from November 1, non-priority flyers will be required to pay extra for any second item. 

The price per additional item will be £8 and the maximum weight will be ten kilos.

However, the changes to cabin bag policy could present some positives to passengers that prefer to check smaller bags in the plane’s hold. 

The new £8 charge will offer a much cheaper alternative to the current £25 charge to check backs up to 20 kilos.

One option for those planning to check a second bag would be to opt for Ryanair’s £6 priority boarding plan upon purchasing tickets, giving passengers the option to carry-on two bags into the cabin for free.

Those who already have flights booked with Ryanair after November 1 will still be expected to cough-up the additional money if they arrive with a second item of hand luggage. 

Ryanair claim the new policy will "speed up the boarding and cut flight delays", attributing the lengthy process of checking second items of hand-luggage into the hold for free is the main cause for delays for the airline. 


Ryanair’s Kenny Jacobs said: From November 2018, we are introducing a new lower cost 10kg checked bag and changing our carry-on bag policy to eliminate boarding/flight delays.

“Priority Boarding customers will continue to enjoy two free carry-on bags. All other (non-priority) customers will be allowed one free (small) carry-on bag, and those who wish to check in a second bigger 10kg bag can do from €/£8 at the time of booking.

“This new policy will speed up the boarding and cut flight delays. 60% of customers will be unaffected by these changes and we expect that the other 40% will either choose to buy Priority Boarding or a 10kg check bag or will choose to travel with only one (free) small bag as 30% already do so today.”

The airline has issued their responses to frequently asked questions about carry-on bags

1.Why is Ryanair changing its carry-on bag policy?

We are trying to eliminate gate bags and cut boarding gate/flight delays.

2.When is this new policy coming into effect?

The new policy will go live at boarding gates on/after 1 Nov 2018 and for bookings made after 1 Sept 2018.

3.How is this different from the previous carry-on bag policy?

Previously, all non-priority customers could bring 1 (small) carry-on bag and 1 bigger (wheelie) bag free of charge. 

The bigger bag was tagged at the gate and put in the hold (for free). This led to the tagging of up to 120 free gate bags which  caused delays to 25min turnarounds.

From November, non-priority customers can only bring 1 free (small) carry-on bag – there will be no free gate bags.

Only priority customers can continue to bring two free bags. (1 small carry-on + 1 wheelie bag).

4. What about customers who have already booked flights before 1 September for travel on/after 1 Nov?

The new bag policy will apply to all travel on/after 1 November.

Non-priority customers who booked flights before 1 September (for travel after 1 Nov) can either add Priority Boarding for €/£8* or a 10kg bag for €/£10* or they may cancel their booking for a full refund.

*(price when added after booking)

5. What are the small bag dimensions?

We have increased the size of the free small carry-on bag by over 40% from 35 x 20 x 20cm (14,000 cm³) to 40 x 20 x 25cm (20,000 cm³).

We have almost doubled the size of our small bag sizer from 35 x 20 x 20cm (14,000 cm³) to 42 x 20 x 30 cm (25,200 cm³) to allow carry-on bags that are considerably (25%) larger than our permitted small bag dimensions. (See diagram)

6. What happens if my ‘small’ bag doesn’t fit in the sizer?

If non-priority customers’ 1 free small bag doesn’t fit in the new sizer then their bag is more than 25% bigger than their small bag allowance.  They will pay a gate bag fee of €25 and their bag will be tagged and placed in the hold. (See point 5)

7. Have you increased the price of Priority Boarding as part of this?

No, Priority Boarding which costs just €/£6 is unchanged.

8. Why would anybody pay €/£8 to check in a 10kg bag when they can buy Priority Boarding for €/£6?

Because customers may switch to check in a 10kg bag for €/£8 instead of a 20kg bag for €/£25

Because some customers don’t want to carry a bigger bag through airport security

9. Is this new policy about reducing delays or making more money?

It’s all about reducing flight delays.

We also believe that bigger bags is a service customers should pay for when our average fare is under €40.

We don’t expect to make more money. Any increase in Priority Boarding and 10kg check bags will be offset by customers switching down from the current 20kg checked bag (€/£25) to the cheaper €/£8 10kg checked bag and many others will travel with just a small (free) bag.

10. How can you say 60% of customers will not be impacted?

30% of customers already buy Priority Boarding and 30% already travel with only 1 (free) small carry-on bag. 

Only 40% of customers are non-priority and bring a 2nd bigger free gate bag. We expect these customers will vary the baggage product they purchase depending on the type of trip they are taking. 

11. Where does the small bag go on board?

Small bags must be able to fit under the seat in front of you.

12. How many wheelie bags can you fit on board?

Approx. 100 wheelie bags will fit in the overhead lockers which more than facilitates all priority passengers.

13. What happens if more than 100 customers want to buy Priority Boarding?

They can’t – Priority Boarding is capped at 95 customers per flight (out of 189 guests).

14. What about infants; can parents still bring an extra changing bag?

Yes, a small (5kg) baby bag may be also carried free of charge by customers traveling with an infant. (Any child under 2 years)

15. What about customers with waivers for medical items?

Medical equipment can still be brought on board free of charge subject to preclearance by our special assistance team.


16.Why don’t you make the 10kg bag free check in, if bags at gates is the problem?

This would only move the problem with gate bag delays from the boarding gate to the bag drop desk.

 We don’t want to create long queues for customers at the bag drop desks.

 We believe that checked luggage is a service customers will choose to pay for or avoid as they so wish.

 17. What happens if a non-priority customer comes to the gate with a wheelie bag and they have not booked it in advance?

They will be charged the gate bag fee of €/£25 and the bag will be placed in the aircraft hold.

 18. Is this another sneaky/hidden Ryanair charge?

No, this simplifies our bag policy and improves the boarding gate experience and punctuality for all customers.

Ryanair air fares have been lowered by 4% again this year so all our customers are saving. All optional extras are visible and transparent on our website.  Ryanair has no hidden extras – all optional services/fees are brought to customers attention and agreed prior to booking.

 19. How much extra will you make from this policy?

– Nothing

– We expect more customers will switch from the current €/£25 checked bags to this cheaper €/£8 checked bags

– This revenue loss will outweigh more customers switching to priority boarding which is capped on each flight.

– More non-priority guests will travel choose to with 1 free (small) carry-on bag


The main objective of this policy change is to improve punctuality and reduce boarding gate delays.



NATIONAL POLICE in Spain say they have identified the British man who is accused of punching a man to death on the Costa del Sol.

They haven’t named him but say the suspect is a 45-year-old Brit who they are hunting in connection with the death of Argentinian Mario Sauco. 

Witnesses photographed the alleged killer who wore a red t-shirt and was described as strongly built. The photograph was widely circulated on social media.

Police say it is believed that Mr Sauco received a single punch before falling to the ground and striking his head.

The 65-year-old man passed away after a short time in a coma.

Police have since learnt that the alleged killer made his way back to the UK.

After establishing his first name and surname Spain’s National Police force has asked the UK to act on an international arrest warrant to apprehend the suspect and return him to Spain for questioning.

VIDEO of a woman who claimed to be an easyJet staff member locking horns with a member of Ryanair’s cabin crew during a flight from Manchester to Tenerife, Spain has emerged.

Passengers aboard the flight, which included young children, witnessed her expletive-filled rant.    

A fellow passenger captured the moment the woman launched a tirade of abuse towards the Ryanair employee.

The Ryanair employee was trying to manage an argument between the woman, who had allegedly been drinking, and a fellow passenger who had confronted her about her language beforehand. 

The woman, seemingly infuriated by a ‘look’ she received from the crew member, can be heard saying, "Don't look down your nose at me."

The Ryanair employee was repeatedly labelled a "soft t***" by the incensed woman as he struggled to calm her down.

During her rant the woman proudly proclaimed: “I work for f****** easyJet", though this has not been confirmed.

An easyJet spokesperson went as far as to say, ““We have no information to suggest that the individual in this video is an easyJet member of staff.”

A SPANIISH town has vowed to fine anybody found buying items from illegal street vendors a fixed penalty of €300.

The order in Salou has come in to effect this week with the ruling "The purchase or acquisition in the public space of food, beverages and other products from unauthorized street vending" will be punished with the hefty fine.

In another regulation, the sale or action of street vending “without the corresponding license" will also be sanctioned.

The town council, in a bid to clean up the area, also declared it would penalise those who litter without using public bins with fines of between €100 and €400. 

SPANISH police have arrested three people after making a strange discovery during a routine customs search.

Officers at the Morocco-Melilla border post noticed the odd behaviour of the car passengers and they grew suspicious and decided to investigate further. 

They performed a close inspection of the Moroccan-registered car and were astonished to find there was a sub-Saharan man, lying lodged under the car’s dashboard. 

An eagle-eyed agent spotted the man from the engine bay.

Guardia Civil officers found they lacked the tools required to gain access to the migrant and were forced to call upon fire services to release him.

Firefighters cut away the steering wheel and then the dashboard of the vehicle, careful not to harm the man beneath.

Once freed, the migrant was sent for medical treatment and eventually to CETI (the Centre for Temporary Immigrants).

All three Moroccan men, the driver and his two passengers, were arrested by the Guardia Civil and will go to court on people smuggling charges.    


Firefighters sliced the man out from under the dashboard - Photo Credit: Guardia Civil 

LIVERPOOL AIRPORT is due to face strike action by employees starting today (Thursday) that threats to disrupt the plans of holidaymakers ahead of a busy Bank Holiday period.

As the Bank holiday weekend approaches, those expecting to fly to and from Liverpool John Lennon Airport could face major disruption to their travel plans.

Following a pay dispute, airport workers are planning a 36-hour walk out from 7pm  on August 23 until 7am on Saturday morning, falling right across the Bank Holiday weekend’s busy Friday evening.

Eighty workers from aviation rescue and firefighting services, control room, engineering and driver operations and airport bird control are expected to join the strike action.

Talks with the CMB workers union have stalled and union spokesman, Eddie Parker, said, “Liverpool Airport Ltd has failed to meet the aspirations of the GMB members.”

Parker cited the fact a recent worker pay-rise proposal sits two per cent off the mark of current inflation as the main reason for the GMB strike action.

Liverpool John Lennon Airport will remain open during the strike. However, there is a high probability of delayed flights or cancellations.

Passengers are strongly advised to check the status of their flights at regular intervals while the industrial action continues.  

Budget airline easyJet has already said it plans to “to operate its full flying schedule despite proposed industrial action”.

SCORES of sub-Saharan migrants have, in a coordinated push, broken through the Spanish border in Ceuta, Spain. 

This is the second time in the past month that migrants have managed to cross into Ceuta.

On July 26  700 African migrants stormed the Spanish border and the border is believed to have been breached at the same point again. 

Migrants were allegedly seen in droves scaling the fences of a garage next to the border crossing point before charging as a two-hundred strong unit towards the helpless border control officers.

Although some were evidently wounded as a result of their fence climbing, the migrants are reportedly heading towards the CETI (Centre for Temporary Migrant Stay) in Ceuta.

The coordinated ‘border-rushing’ was allegedly pre-planned to coincide with a Moroccan festivity, celebrated today, when it is thought there is a smaller security presence manning the border. 

Credit: FaroTV/Youtube

SPAIN'S world-renowned La Tomatina tomato flinging festival is making its way to London this week.

La Tomatina is, simply put, all-out tomato warfare, during which tens of thousands flock to launch the little red fruits at each other.

Traditionally the event is held on the last Wednesday of August and draws in participants from all over the world.

Legend has it, that the festival originated in 1945 after a fruit stall fell over during a parade in Buñol prompting a tomato flinging food fight. 

The food fight was recreated for years to come to commemorate the events of that day.

Although once banned in its classic home of Buñol in Spain, the festival made a strong comeback as has since become an iconic tradition in the nation’s calendar of celebrations.

Now a La Tomatina event is planned for London on Saturday (August 25). Spanish eatery, Aqua Nueva, on Oxford Street is to host the tomato-based fun.   

Once there, attendees will be given ponchos, armed with tomatoes and encouraged to join in the messy mayhem. 

The tomatoes sourced for the event are always those that would have gone to waste if not used and after the tricky clean-up has taken place, all leftovers are sent to a compost heap.    

Credit:Kara and Nate/Youtube

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