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ロシアは「最大かつ直接の脅威」 NATO首脳会議、対応策を協議へ

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 北大西洋条約機構(NATO)の首脳会議が28日夕(日本時間29日未明)、マドリードで始まる。かつては「戦略的パートナー」と位置づけたロシアによるウクライナ侵攻への対応だけでなく、中国の軍事的台頭にも対処する行動指針を採択する予定だ。北米・欧州の軍事同盟NATOの転換点となる。 首脳会議は30日まで。バイデン米大統領ら加盟30カ国の首脳が集い今後10年ほどの行動指針「戦略概念」を改訂する。ストルテンベルグ事務総長は28日、開幕に先立ち「より危険で、予測が難しくなる世界に対応する青写真だ」と語った。 改訂は2010年11月以来。NATOは当時ロシアとの関係改善を探り、欧州ミサイル防衛への参画すら求めた。米オバマ政権が米ロ関係の「リセット」を進めた結果だが、その後、ウクライナの欧州への接近に対してロシアはクリミア半島を一方的に併合し、ウクライナ東部を占拠した親ロ派を支援。さらに、NATOの拡大停止要求が突っぱねられ、2月にウクライナ侵攻に踏み切った。ウクライナを「事実上」NATO側へ組み込む NATOは今回、ロシアを「…この記事は有料会員記事です。残り1397文字有料会員になると続きをお読みいただけます。

Here's What The BA Strikes Might Mean For Your Summer Holiday

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Related…Ground staff working for British Airways at London Heathrow airport have voted to strike this summer in a pay dispute – the strike is due to take place in July. The BA workers, who are members of the GMB union and mostly check-in staff, are striking over pay.Their wages were cut by 10% due to the decrease in flying during the Covid pandemic. While BA has now offered a one off payment, equivalent to 10%, union members want that cash reflected in their basic pay and the cut reversed.AdvertisementAdditionally, BA cut more than 10,000 jobs during the height of the pandemic and is struggling to get back to full operational strength.This has lead to stressful working conditions for staff amid ongoing flight delays and cancellations at UK airports.Related…GMB general secretary Gary Smith told BBC Breakfast: “I don’t think this is going to stop with customer check-in staff. There are many of our members across the BA business who are sick to death of the cuts within the company. “They’ve seen the company being run into the ground over many years, they are very angry about the cynical exploitation of the pandemic by the people at the top of BA and people want to see the pay and conditions restored.” BA has said it is “fully committed to work together to find a solution”. Meanwhile, reaction from the industry has been mixed. Steve Witt, co-founder of Not Just Travel, tells HuffPost UK: “With the cost of living rising, you can’t blame staff for wanting to increase their salaries. “However, employers in the travel industry have a difficult tightrope to walk. A two-year black hole in income caused by Covid, followed by the rising cost of fuel and the current airport crisis creates difficulties for any airline.”Witt adds: “BA will want to do what’s right for its people, but they have to balance the books and turn a rotor, otherwise no-one wins and ultimately the biggest losers are the customers.”The unions said holidaymakers face disruption, warning of a summer of strikes. Here’s what you need to know about how the strikes might impact travel. Where and when will the BA strikes be? Should the strikes go ahead in the summer, they are currently only affecting Heathrow, Witt stressed – not yet other airports across the UK. However, the GMB and Unite unions are consulting engineers and call centre staff at Gatwick, Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle on taking action, the BBC reported. Union officials have yet to announce dates of the Heathrow strikes. This is because two weeks’ notice of industrial action must be given to an employer. The earliest that a stoppage could begin is 8 July. Insiders have speculated that the first strike could happen on the weekend of the July 9 and 10, which would be the first weekend of summer holidays for some private schools in England. What should I bear in mind when booking a flight?“We recommend customers book as normal,” says Witt. “Airports and airlines are working together to minimise disruption and good travel agents will ensure customers are fully protected in case anything does go wrong.”AdvertisementIf you’ve already booked a holiday with BA this summer, there isn’t much you can do right now other than waiting for the strike dates to be announced and if they will lead to flight cancellations.If you have a journey that is time-critical, you might want to consider booking an alternative flight, but do bear in mind that you will only be able to get a refund on your BA flight if it’s grounded.It’s always good practice to pay for flights and holidays on a credit card if you have one and where your transaction is more than £100, says Emma Coulthurst, who works for TravelSupermarket and icelolly.com“You have better consumer protections if you do this,” she previously told HuffPost UK. “As long as you put even a £1 on your credit card (and make sure you pay it off so you don’t incur interest), you will be protected.”Coulthurst also recommended making sure you have travel insurance in place at the time of booking.What should I do if my flight gets grounded?Travellers should give their airline a chance to meet its obligations rather than book on to another airline,” says a Travel Supermarket spokesperson.Advertisement“The cancellation message from an airline normally contains a rebook link – though this will look only at the airline’s own service. If an alternative flight on the cancelling carrier is available on the same day, customers will need to accept it (or claim a full refund),” the spokesperson tells HuffPost UK.“Make sure the company who the booking is made with and the airline have [your] up-to-date contact details, so that if the airline is cancelling flights customers can be contacted instantly and plugged into the people who are able to help.”Will I receive compensation if my flights are cancelled due to a strike?Flight compensation rights due to extraordinary circumstances like strikes can prove to be complicated. A strike isn’t always seen as “extraordinary circumstances” under the terms and conditions of the ticket booking – it depends on who is striking.If airport staff are striking, airlines don’t have any control of this so though you’re entitled to assistance, you cannot claim extra compensation for delays.But if it’s airline staff striking, like ground crew or cabin crew, this is seen as within an airline’s control as it is negotiating with its staff. Therefore, if you’re delayed, you should be entitled to compensation.AdvertisementWhat should the airline be offering me?Those travelling to or from the UK are protected by the new Air Passenger Rights, explains the spokesperson for Travel Supermarket.“This means that an airline must offer the choice of a replacement flight at the earliest opportunity or to refund the ticket price. If the replacement flight is chosen the customer is entitled to meals and refreshments appropriate to the waiting time.“If the replacement flight departs the next day or later, the airline must also provide hotel accommodation and the necessary transfers.”In the case of a package holiday, customers are entitled to an alternative offered by the tour operator, if the tour operator is able to do so.“If this alternative is a significant change to the original holiday (generally a change of more than 12 hours on a 14-night holiday is considered to be a significant change) then the tour operator must also offer the choice of a refund. This is a refund of the full package price, not just the flight part,” they say.AdvertisementRelated…

Here's What The BA Strikes Might Mean For Your Summer Holiday

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Related…Ground staff working for British Airways at London Heathrow airport have voted to strike this summer in a pay dispute – the strike is due to take place in July. The BA workers, who are members of the GMB union and mostly check-in staff, are striking over pay.Their wages were cut by 10% due to the decrease in flying during the Covid pandemic. While BA has now offered a one off payment, equivalent to 10%, union members want that cash reflected in their basic pay and the cut reversed.AdvertisementAdditionally, BA cut more than 10,000 jobs during the height of the pandemic and is struggling to get back to full operational strength.This has lead to stressful working conditions for staff amid ongoing flight delays and cancellations at UK airports.Related…GMB general secretary Gary Smith told BBC Breakfast: “I don’t think this is going to stop with customer check-in staff. There are many of our members across the BA business who are sick to death of the cuts within the company. “They’ve seen the company being run into the ground over many years, they are very angry about the cynical exploitation of the pandemic by the people at the top of BA and people want to see the pay and conditions restored.” BA has said it is “fully committed to work together to find a solution”. Meanwhile, reaction from the industry has been mixed. Steve Witt, co-founder of Not Just Travel, tells HuffPost UK: “With the cost of living rising, you can’t blame staff for wanting to increase their salaries. “However, employers in the travel industry have a difficult tightrope to walk. A two-year black hole in income caused by Covid, followed by the rising cost of fuel and the current airport crisis creates difficulties for any airline.”Witt adds: “BA will want to do what’s right for its people, but they have to balance the books and turn a rotor, otherwise no-one wins and ultimately the biggest losers are the customers.”The unions said holidaymakers face disruption, warning of a summer of strikes. Here’s what you need to know about how the strikes might impact travel. Where and when will the BA strikes be? Should the strikes go ahead in the summer, they are currently only affecting Heathrow, Witt stressed – not yet other airports across the UK. However, the GMB and Unite unions are consulting engineers and call centre staff at Gatwick, Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle on taking action, the BBC reported. Union officials have yet to announce dates of the Heathrow strikes. This is because two weeks’ notice of industrial action must be given to an employer. The earliest that a stoppage could begin is 8 July. Insiders have speculated that the first strike could happen on the weekend of the July 9 and 10, which would be the first weekend of summer holidays for some private schools in England. What should I bear in mind when booking a flight?“We recommend customers book as normal,” says Witt. “Airports and airlines are working together to minimise disruption and good travel agents will ensure customers are fully protected in case anything does go wrong.”AdvertisementIf you’ve already booked a holiday with BA this summer, there isn’t much you can do right now other than waiting for the strike dates to be announced and if they will lead to flight cancellations.If you have a journey that is time-critical, you might want to consider booking an alternative flight, but do bear in mind that you will only be able to get a refund on your BA flight if it’s grounded.It’s always good practice to pay for flights and holidays on a credit card if you have one and where your transaction is more than £100, says Emma Coulthurst, who works for TravelSupermarket and icelolly.com“You have better consumer protections if you do this,” she previously told HuffPost UK. “As long as you put even a £1 on your credit card (and make sure you pay it off so you don’t incur interest), you will be protected.”Coulthurst also recommended making sure you have travel insurance in place at the time of booking.What should I do if my flight gets grounded?Travellers should give their airline a chance to meet its obligations rather than book on to another airline,” says a Travel Supermarket spokesperson.Advertisement“The cancellation message from an airline normally contains a rebook link – though this will look only at the airline’s own service. If an alternative flight on the cancelling carrier is available on the same day, customers will need to accept it (or claim a full refund),” the spokesperson tells HuffPost UK.“Make sure the company who the booking is made with and the airline have [your] up-to-date contact details, so that if the airline is cancelling flights customers can be contacted instantly and plugged into the people who are able to help.”Will I receive compensation if my flights are cancelled due to a strike?Flight compensation rights due to extraordinary circumstances like strikes can prove to be complicated. A strike isn’t always seen as “extraordinary circumstances” under the terms and conditions of the ticket booking – it depends on who is striking.If airport staff are striking, airlines don’t have any control of this so though you’re entitled to assistance, you cannot claim extra compensation for delays.But if it’s airline staff striking, like ground crew or cabin crew, this is seen as within an airline’s control as it is negotiating with its staff. Therefore, if you’re delayed, you should be entitled to compensation.AdvertisementWhat should the airline be offering me?Those travelling to or from the UK are protected by the new Air Passenger Rights, explains the spokesperson for Travel Supermarket.“This means that an airline must offer the choice of a replacement flight at the earliest opportunity or to refund the ticket price. If the replacement flight is chosen the customer is entitled to meals and refreshments appropriate to the waiting time.“If the replacement flight departs the next day or later, the airline must also provide hotel accommodation and the necessary transfers.”In the case of a package holiday, customers are entitled to an alternative offered by the tour operator, if the tour operator is able to do so.“If this alternative is a significant change to the original holiday (generally a change of more than 12 hours on a 14-night holiday is considered to be a significant change) then the tour operator must also offer the choice of a refund. This is a refund of the full package price, not just the flight part,” they say.AdvertisementRelated…

G7 'shocked' by Russia's Kremenchuk attack, says Johnson

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Russia’s missile strike on a shopping centre in central Ukraine brought a sombre mood, but also unity, to the G7 summit in Germany, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said.At least 18 people were killed in the attack in Kremenchuk. But with around 1,000 people in the shopping centre at the time it was hit, that number is expected to rise.”People are just shocked by what Putin is capable of doing,” Mr Johnson said.

Universal Credit claimants face major '12 hour' rule change to keep receiving payments

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New rules will see Universal Credit claimants have to work longer hours or attend meetings with “work coaches” to keep receiving payments.

The current system says that anyone claiming the benefit and working a minimum of nine hours does not need to attend regular appointments at the Job Centre.

However, this will soon rise to 12 hours according to comments made by Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey.

When will the change to Universal Credit begin? 

In an interview with the Telegraph, Ms Coffey said the change would come in “very soon” although she did not give a specific date.

She said: “Once you get a job if you’re working fewer than the equivalent of nine hours a week, we still expect you to be coming in and looking for work.

“We’re going to be raising that, I hope, very soon.”

Ms Coffey believes “we can go further than that” in the second stage of changes if the Treasury were to pay for more work coaches.

Ministers have also spoken of increasing the cut-off point of working hours for benefit claimants to not attend appointments with “work coaches” to at least 12 hours.

Universal Credit is a benefit claimed by almost six million people in the UK and payments are often cut or stopped altogether if claimants fail to turn up to meetings.

Why is the Universal Credit change being made?

Ms Coffey’s confirmation of the change is part of the government’s push to fill vacancies and bring down the number of people on out-of-work benefits.

The move comes as the UK reports high levels of job vacancies, which rose to a record 1.3 million unfilled roles in May. This marked an increase of 20,000 from the previous quarter.

Meanwhile, the number of people on out-of-work benefits reached 5.3 million in November of last year.

Hitting back at claims that 12 hours’ work a week should not be enough to relieve claimants of the responsibility to find more work, Ms Coffey expressed her desire to “get on with the initial bit”.

She said: “That in itself would bring about 120,000 people [into the work coach system]. If we could start and kind of roll that in, then that would be a good stepping point”. 

Live: Government plan to tackle domestic violence, extra college places next year

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Government announces plans to tackle domestic violenceThe maximum sentence for assault is set to be doubled as part of measures contained in a zero-tolerance strategy to tackle domestic, sexual, and gender-based violence.
The Government has revealed a €363m five-year strategy which will focus on education from an early age on issues such as consent, healthy sexual relationships, and domestic violence, to be covered in an age-appropriate manner from primary school through to third level.
The strategy, due to be published by Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Justice Minister Helen McEntee on Tuesday, also includes funding to double the number of domestic violence refuge spaces from 141 to at least 280 in the next five years, meaning places will be available in every county for the first time.
Student contribution fee to be cut in budget
The Minister for Higher Education said he wants to start slashing the €3,000 student contribution fee for college-goers from this October’s budget.
AdvertisementSimon Harris said he is “unapologetic” in the view that the registration fee needs to come down, and student grants need to rise.
Mr Harris refused to disclose how much he wants to see the contribution fee reduced, saying only that there is an opportunity for the government to consider the registration fee this October.
Meanwhile, the Minister also announced an additional 1,056 college places that will be available from September.
Mr Harris said the additional places will be in targeted areas, and will include an extra 60 places in medicine.
Mortgage switching doubles as approvals rise in May
Mortgage switching is at its highest level in a decade as overall the trend is more than doubling year-on-year.
It comes as Banking & Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI) published the latest figures from the BPFI Mortgage Approvals Report for May 2022.
A total of 5,355 mortgages were approved in May 2022 – first-time buyers (FTBs) were approved for 2,640 mortgages (49.3 per cent of total volume) while mover purchasers accounted for 1,082 (20.2 per cent).
The number of mortgages approved rose by 24.4 per cent month-on-month and by 14.3 per cent compared with the same period last year.
19-year-old in critical condition following Cork road crash
A 19-year-old male is in critical condition following a serious road crash in Co Cork in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
The crash occurred on the R586 Dunmanway road, Dromovane, Enniskeane at around 12.20 am.
The vehicle left the road and hit trees and foliage.
The driver was removed from the scene and taken to Cork University Hospital where he remains in a critical condition.
101-year-old man convicted of being Nazi guard jailed for five years
A 101-year-old man has been convicted of 3,518 counts of accessory to murder for serving at the Nazis’ Sachsenhausen concentration camp during the Second World War.
The Neuruppin Regional Court sentenced him to five years in prison.
The man, who was not identified, had denied working as an SS guard at the camp and aiding and abetting the murder of thousands of prisoners.
In the trial, which opened in October, the man said that he had worked as a farm labourer near Pasewalk in north-eastern Germany during the period in question.
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市の循環バスと衝突、自転車の21歳男子大学生が死亡 大阪・松原

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2022年6月28日 21時21分 28日午後1時5分ごろ、大阪府松原市天美北8丁目の市道で、市の循環バスと自転車が衝突した。大阪府警によると、自転車に乗っていた大阪市住吉区我孫子西1丁目の大学3年生、連(むらじ)歩さん(21)が搬送先の病院で死亡した。 松原署はバスの男性運転手(59)を自動車運転死傷処罰法違反(過失運転致傷)容疑で現行犯逮捕したが、間もなく釈放し、任意で調べている。 署によると、現場は信号のあるT字路交差点近く。市の循環バス「ぐるりん号」が左折しようとした際、自転車と接触したという。バスには乗客3人が乗っていたが、けがはなかった。

G7 grapples for ways to punish Russia while taking on China

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Group of Seven nations have agreed to stick by Ukraine to the bitter end and ratchet up the cost to Russia of its aggression, while leaving much of the detail of how to do so unresolved.
At the conclusion of a G7 summit in Germany, leaders stressed their “unwavering commitment” to the government and people of Ukraine, and made clear their determination to make Vladimir Putin pay for his invasion.

BBC Strictly Come Dancing star breaks silence on dating Cristiano Ronaldo

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BBC Strictly Come Dancing star Gemma Atkinson has broken her silence on what it’s REALLY like to date Cristiano Ronaldo. Gemma, who went out with the Manchester United ace, reveals they once shared a very laid-back night in.

“We went to my house, drank cups of tea and watched Only Fools And Horses. Genuinely! I don’t know if he’s into it now but he seemed to enjoy it,” she told a new podcast.

She added: “When we did split up, I got offered so much money to speak about him. And I didn’t want that.” Gemma is now with Gorka Marquez, of Strictly fame.

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She and Gorka share a daughter Mia. Opening up on the traumatic experience, Gemma described Mia as “the best thing that’s ever happened to me”.

Detailing the nightmares she suffered, she said: “All these things were going through my mind, what did I do that caused all that to happen? I was telling myself for weeks and weeks I’d failed at childbirth.

“I was having horrible dreams that someone was going to take Mia from me. I remember my mum running in my bedroom and I was sat up screaming, sweating.”

She continued: “We went out with the pram and a lady said, ‘Oh I believe it [the birth] wasn’t a success was it, you know, what happened?’

“My mum piped up and said, ‘It was a huge success, Mia’s there, Gemma’s here total success.’ Something clicked in me then, my body had done me proud because it had recovered and got me through.”

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'Priceless' Banksy mural in Cromer, Norfolk, defaced with obscene graffiti by vandals

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A ‘priceless’ Banksy mural has been vandalised in a British seaside town – with penises and “Andrew was ‘ere” sprayed alongside the artwork. The image of hermit crabs holding a sign reading “luxury rentals only” was created on a sea wall in Cromer, Norfolk, last summer.

But Banksy’s artwork was vandalised at the weekend as obscene graffiti was daubed along the sea wall. Blue, black and yellow spray paint was used to draw penises and phrases including ‘Andrew was ere’ and ‘I want a baby’.

Local photographer Steve Hobart said the vandalism was “disappointing” as Banksy’s work was valued in the area. The council has since removed the spray paint, which did not damage the mural as it was protected by a special varnish last August.



The Banksy mural of hermit crabs before being defaced
The Banksy mural of hermit crabs before being defaced

Steve said: “It’s just disappointing to see really. It’s an amazing bit of beach and it’s a shame someone’s done this.

“In the summer a lot of people come up to see the mural. It’s a traditional seaside town and Banksy’s work is a nice little addition.”

The mural was part of Banksy’s Great British Spraycation – a series of 10 works that the mysterious artist produced along the East Anglia coast. Last August, a vandal splashed white paint on one of Banksy’s murals in Lowestoft, Suffolk.

Another mural in the town later fetched a rumoured £2m after being sold to a private dealer.

'Golden decade' as Birmingham to bid for European Athletics Championships 2026

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Birmingham is to put its name in the hat for a chance to host the European Athletics Championships in 2026 as it tries to build on the “springboard” provided by the Commonwealth Games. The bid will see Birmingham square up against Budapest for the opportunity to host the event between July and August 2026 – councillors say it will provide £34 million of economic benefit to the city.

The event would be held at Birmingham’s boldly claimed “best athletics stadium in the country”, the Alexander Stadium, which has played host to major athletics events in the past and will also host the Commonwealth Games in July and August. Councillors called the bid “a key legacy event in our drive to deliver a ‘golden decade’ of events.”

It is claimed £12 million of the event budget will also be spent with local suppliers and businesses within Birmingham as well as positions for over 2,900 volunteers. In recommending the bid Councillor Ian Ward, Head of Birmingham City Council said: “Bidding to host the European Athletics Championships in 2026 at the Alexander Stadium in Perry Barr is very much a legacy event from hosting the Commonwealth Games.

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“There are a whole list of benefits the city will derive from hosting this event including £34 million of economic benefit to the city. The event will also generate over 1,300 hours of live television coverage with a value in excess of £26 million. It has always been the case that the legacy you can derive from hosting a major multi-sport events like the Commonwealth Games is an important thing.

“We have to work very hard to ensure we do what is needed to secure the best legacy we can for the people of Birmingham from this event. I’ve always considered Birmingham to be a city of events. I think it adds a vibrancy to the city and the very fact that we are a young city lends itself to staging events almost regularly throughout the spring and summer months and I’m determined that we will have a cultural legacy event arising from the games.

“I think in the case of Manchester’s hosting of the Commonwealth Games in 2002, they created the Manchester International Festival. I think the city of Birmingham needs to be equally as ambitious.”

In making its choice the European Athletics Council will consider existing facilities and landmarks among other criteria. A decision about which city will stage the 2026 European Athletics Championships will be made by the Council in November of this year.

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Mother’s beautiful tribute to son who died after telling others he wanted to be with his late father

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A mother has paid tribute to her nine-year-old son who died after telling others he wished to be reunited with his late father. Emma Knight’s son Mckenzie Leon Gary Williamson was found unresponsive in his grandmother’s home at Powell Street in Abertillery, Blaenau Gwent, on the evening of November 7, 2021, months after dad Gary had died.

Mckenzie later died at the University Hospital Wales in Cardiff on November 10 despite the best efforts of his grandmother, a neighbour, and emergency service workers to save him. Paying tribute to him following an inquest held last week, mum Emma Knight said on Tuesday: “Mammy’s little star. A life taken way too soon, ‘Kenzie was a bright boy who had his whole future ahead of him.

“He loved going out and talking or meeting new people and adored going to football. He has left a massive hole in our hearts that will never be filled. Nothing can bring him back now, if only people helped faster my boy would still be here today living the whole life he had ahead of him.

“Words can’t describe how much he is missed by me and the whole family. Now take your big heart and blooming smile and light up heaven, handsome. Rest in paradise, until we meet again baby. I love you.”

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The football-loving boy played as goalkeeper for Abertillery Excelsiors AFC

At an inquest into Mckenzie’s death at Newport Coroners’ Court on Friday grandmother June Knight called Mckenzie a “lovely and cheeky little boy”. She said it was as he grew older that the football-loving boy who played as goalkeeper for Abertillery Excelsiors AFC began to show some behavioural problems which were worsened by his father’s passing in the summer before Mckenzie died.

His grandmother added that life had become so challenging for Mckenzie that he was moved out of “traditional” school for four days a week and instead attended The River Centre learning community in Tredegar. Staff at the school knew of an incident where Mckenzie had attempted to harm himself.

A family friend shared how Mckenzie had “casually” told her he had tried to take his life when she asked how he was in Abertillery town centre in October 2021. A social worker looking after Mckenzie reported that on October 13, 2021, Mckenzie had expressed a desire to take his life. She recalled him saying: “I just want to be with my dad – I just feel like that.”

On the day of his death Mckenzie had played football with friends from the morning until 6pm and then played games on his phone while ringing his mother. The inquest repeatedly heard how it had been a very unremarkable day when Mckenzie had played very well in goal for his team and seemed to have enjoyed his day.

Assistant coroner for Gwent Sarah Le Fevre said the case had been “intolerably sad”. “He was a loving boy loved by his mother and family and friends and with the encouragement of others had been developing hobbies and interests,” she said. “But he had troubles and challenges growing up which were not limited to his father’s death. It leaves me to only echo my sincerest condolences to the family.” She recorded a formal conclusion of misadventure adding that she could not be sure that Mckenzie recognised the permanence of his final actions.

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