Brexit passport blunder gets gran wrongly banned from flight

AN AIRLINE blunder caused a grandmother to be wrongly banned from her easyJet flight earlier this year, after cabin crew confused the post-Brexit passport rules.

Mary Rankin had planned a big family trip to Disneyland Paris in April, to celebrate her 70th birthday.

Photolibrary – GettyMary Rankin had booked to go to Disneyland with her family for her 70th birthday[/caption]

However, when she arrived at Glasgow airport, she was informed by airline staff that her passport didn’t meet new post-Brexit rules and she would not be able to board the plane.

Regulations established in 2021 state that, for Brits heading to the EU, their passport must have been issued no more than 10 years before entry to the EU with an expiry date of at least three months after the day of intended departure from the EU.

Ms Rankin’s passport satisfied both criteria, as it was issued on July 15, 2012 and expired on March 15, 2023.

However, she was still prevented from flying as she had intended.

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Fortunately, Ms Rankin was able to hastily book an appointment at the Glasgow passport office and managed to fly out the same day, meaning she didn’t miss out on her holiday.

However, it was stress that she simply didn’t need to be put through.

Speaking to the Independent, her granddaughter Nicola Gow, said: “This was meant to be a special holiday and while we were lucky to still go on our trip, we still incurred additional costs, lost time at our destination and had the stress of trying to resolve the situation.

“Had we not been so lucky, we would not have made it on our trip.”

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Despite the airline’s mix up, it took easyJet over three months to agree to a refund and to pay for the additional costs.

Ms Gow claimed that the airline initially refused to acknowledge their error, saying that her grandmother’s passport details were not valid for travel.

However, after being challenged on their assessment, easyJet finally agreed they had been in the wrong.

A spokesperson from the airline told Sun Online Travel:  “We are very sorry that Ms Rankin was incorrectly denied boarding to her flight and for the delay in compensating her.

“This was unfortunately due to a misunderstanding of relevant passport validity rules at the time by the team at the gate which has since been clarified, and by the advisor assisting with the claim and so we are reissuing guidance to our customer teams, to ensure current passport validity rules are clear.

“We are in touch with the family to apologise for their experience, reimburse them for their alternative travel expenses and provide the compensation due.

“Should any other cases of this nature be brought to our attention we will of course review and provide compensation where it is due.”

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This woman missed out on her flight to Spain after making a very easy passport error.

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AFPEasyJet prevented Ms Rankin from boarding her flight despite her passport being valid[/caption]

Watch as cyclist refusing to ride in a cycle lane is ABUSED by driver who makes a close pass – whose side are you on?

THE battle between cyclists and drivers rages on in yet another video showing a huge row out on the roads.

Shot from the cyclist’s perspective using a helmet cam, the video shows why road rage is so dangerous.

NewsflareThis Fiesta driver was angry at the cyclist for not being in the cycle lane[/caption]

The video starts with the cyclist making their way along an urban road, despite a cycle lane being just to the left of him.

Before long a silver Ford Fiesta squeezes past on a narrow part of the road with parked cars on the other side and traffic coming the other way.

The cyclist shouts and says: “That wasn’t 1.5 meters was it mate,” as the car carries on up the road.

However, there’s queuing traffic up ahead and the Fiesta is forced to stop. The cyclist then pulls up alongside.

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The cyclist says: “Is that how you overtake a cyclist? Too close boss.”

To which the driver replies: “There’s a cycle lane there you d***head.”

The cyclist tries to explain that it isn’t compulsory to use the cycle lane but the angry driver is having none of it.

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The driver tells the cyclist to get off the road and the cyclist says he’ll see the driver in court.

The car then moves off and the cyclist follows – catching it up again when it’s held up at some lights.


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That’s when round two begins, with the cyclist saying: “Will the handcuffs fit your wrists?”

The driver then tells the cyclist: “Go f*** yourself.”

The cyclist asks the driver to apologise but that’s clearly not going to happen, so he rides off up the road as the lights change.

The cyclist still refuses to ride on the cycle lane and as some traffic islands come into view.

The driver accelerates close behind, honks his horn and makes another close pass to intimidate him before driving off.

NewsflareAn initial close pass got the cyclist riled up[/caption]

NewsflareBut after two rounds of arguing the driver makes a second close pass[/caption]

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Adrien Rabiot ‘believes he’s sure to start in weak Man Utd midfield as he seeks transfer to make France World Cup squad’

ADRIEN RABIOT believes he is sure to start in Manchester United’s “weak midfield” as he bids to make France’s World Cup squad, according to reports.

The 27-year-old appears to be drawing closer to a move to Old Trafford as Erik ten Hag looks to beef up his under-fire midfield.

Rabiot could be the next man through the door at Old Trafford as the United deal edges closerGetty

Fred and Scott McTominay started Sunday’s disappointing defeat to Brighton, a pairing that has often been criticised by United fans.

Reports from France suggest that Rabiot believes he can walk straight into United’s midfield.

This is crucial for the Frenchman, who is looking to break into France’s squad for the World Cup in Qatar.

L’Equipe report that Rabiot sees United as giving him the opportunity to “muscle in” on Didier Deschamps’ team selection.


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They claim that he sees his place in Ten Hag’s team as “almost guaranteed” due to his “weak” competition.

The claim comes following Rabiot’s exclusion from the main World Cup squad in 2018, as his boss instead tried to place him on the reserve list.

Rabiot controversially then refused to be on the reserve list and withdrew from it.

The midfielder is believed to have since patched things up with Deschamps and is fighting to be included this time round.

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His move to United now looks close, with his mum agent tasked with helping to get the deal over the line.

United have turned their attention to Rabiot after their attempt to lure Frenkie de Jong to Manchester came frustratingly unstuck.

Along with the player’s contractual disputes with Barcelona, the Red Devils have also had to contend with Chelsea challenging for his signature.

Gogglebox star Amy Tapper looks slimmer than ever as she celebrates pal’s wedding with her mum

GOGGLEBOX star Amy Tapper has been spotted looking slimmer than ever as she celebrates a friend’s wedding with her mum.

The Channel 4 favourite – who rose to fame on the show in 2013 alongside her mum and dad – took to social media to document her day at the wedding celebrations.

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Amy, 22, looked slimmer than ever as she smiled wide for the camera alongside her mum Nikki, 48, as they dressed up for the event.

The TV star wore an off-the-shoulder dress and let her curly hair flow down her chest, completing her look with a palette of make-up.

She glammed up with mascara and a nude lipstick, placing a pair of sunglasses on her head to keep her hair out of her eyes.

Meanwhile, mum Nikki wore a brightly coloured crossover dress, as she styled her hair in long curls and opted for silver hoop earrings.


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“My mumma,” she captioned the post, alongside a heart-eyes emoji, before showing the bridge and groom on the dance floor.

It comes after Amy was seen looking slimmer than ever as she posed for a snap after a gruelling workout on Instagram.

The reality favourite – who has lost two stone in recent months – showed off all her hard work in black maxi dress.

Although Amy has shed huge amounts of weight so far, she’s determined to keep going – and was seen posing in her gym gear.

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The telly star reposted a snap of herself in gym gear working out at home as she stretched her legs on a yoga mat.

Her personal trainer captioned the post: “Flexibility isn’t showing off how far your leg can stretch… It’s showing how far your dedication and perseverance can stretch!”

Amy later took to her grid wearing a glamorous black dress, white cardigan and a straw hat as she showed off her trim figure.

It comes days after Amy was left with bloodshot eyes and a sweaty face after her another gruelling workout.

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In a new social media clip, Amy revealed just how hard she’s pushing herself.

Flicking her eyes from side to side, she wrote: “If these bloodshot eyes and sweat doesn’t show hard work and dedication, I don’t know what does. Happy Monday my people.”

Jake Paul ACCEPTS winner-takes-all grudge match against YouTube boxing rival KSI at Wembley Stadium in 2023

JAKE PAUL has ACCEPTED a winner-takes-all grudge match against YouTube boxing rival KSI at Wembley Stadium in 2023.

The long-time rivals went back and forth online as they argued over a late-notice bout at the O2 Arena.

Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIMEJake Paul accepted a winner-take-all grudge match against YouTube boxing rival KSI[/caption]

KSI offered Jake Paul a fight at Wembley StadiumGetty Images – Getty

But eventually, KSI settled on a fight next year, at England’s 90,000-seater football stadium with the loser receiving NO pay.

He tweeted: “I’m gonna send you a contract.

“We fight next year. Wembley Stadium. Winner of the fight takes all. 100% of the purse will be on the line.

“Put your money where your mouth is and let’s finally end this. Will you accept?”


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Paul, 25, responded: “Good morning guy “fighting” rapper with t-shirt on.

“Your hometown & winner takes all. 1000% I accept, but one condition…

“You have to reply and admit that as of TODAY when it comes to boxing I am betr.”

KSI, 28, replied: “As of today in boxing you’re better. Let’s run it bitch.”

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The Londoner has boxed three times before, firstly against Joe Weller, 26, in 2018, which he won in round three.

That year he drew in another white collar bout with Paul’s brother Logan, 27, but won their rematch in 2019 by split-decision.

KSI is yet to return since, instead focussing on his fledging music career, but does so on August 27.

He was due to face Alex Wassabi, 32, but the American withdrew after suffering a concussion in training.

Paul then offered to step in for FREE after his own comeback bout against Hasim Rahman Jr, 31, was cancelled amid a weight disagreement.

KSI declined and later announced he will fight rapper Swarmz, who he once recorded a song with and has never boxed before.

Paul was set to fight Rahman on August 6 in New York but the heavyweight could not make the contracted 200lb weight limit.

And after it was changed to 205lb, a disagreement between the two broke out, causing the Madison Square Garden event to be axed.

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Rahman was due to be Paul’s first opponent with a recognised boxing record.

That follows after his wins over YouTuber “AnEsonGib”, ex-NBA player Nate Robinson, 38, and former UFC pair Ben Askren, 38, and Tyron Woodley, 40.

As revealed by SunSport, Paul’s targeted boxing date is now October.

Jake Paul and Hasim Rahman Jr before their fight cancelationGetty Images – Getty

China tests ‘flying submarine’ drone ‘capable of taking US aircraft carriers’ in plans for fleet of supersonic AI craft

CHINESE scientists are developing flying submarines designed to burst from the water and take to the skies on fold-out wings.

The sinister stealth craft are meant to dodge both radar and sonar and could hunt in packs to ambush aircraft carriers, experts say.

Nanjing University of Aeronautics and AstronauticsA prototype Chinese drone can sail underwater and fly at 75mph on fold-out wings[/caption]

A prototype flying submarine drone has already been built and tested in a research lab at Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, reports the South China Morning Post.

The stealth drone is driven by four propellers, including a pair at the front that tilt.

It glides under the water with a pair of large wings folded over its back, giving it a classic streamlined submarine shape.

At the surface, the wings pop out at it soars into the air at 75mph – twice as fast as an ordinary drone powered by rotor blades.

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Researchers claim the drone can approach an underwater target slowly and linger in one area for a long time.

It “consumes little energy when cruising in fixed-wing mode, so it can perform some fast, long-range missions in the air”, professor Ang Haisong said in a research journal.

Prof Ang’s team built two scaled-down prototypes with wing spans of about 6ft 6in, according to their paper.

Larger real-life versions would be have a wide range of civilian and military uses such as inspecting underwater mines, the boffins say.

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Experts say the real benefit is the ability to dodge air and sea defences to launch surprise kamikaze attacks.

Meanwhile other Chinese teams are working on numerous other types of “transmedia vessels”, reports the Morning Post.

“They are mainly for military applications. Some can fly at supersonic speed,” said a researcher at Northwestern Polytechnical University in Xian.

Professor Ji Wanfeng of the Naval Aviation University in Yantai said this type of vessel is one of the cheapest, most effective methods to cripple the defences of an aircraft carrier fleet.

A modern warship’s multilayered defence system can shoot down about half of approaching planes, missiles or traditional drones, according to an estimate by Prof Ji and his colleagues.

But a transmedia vessel can go underwater when detected by radar and resurface to dodge sonar.

Just a small number of these drones could confuse or even overwhelm a warship’s defences, Prof Ji said.

A transmedia vessel launched from a distance of 62 miles had a survival rate of nearly 100 per cent if it could fly at over 90mph, his team said in a paper published in the Chinese journal Electronics Optics & Control last month.

It added the drones “can achieve efficient strikes against the enemy’s key targets. It will surely become a powerful supplement to the Chinese navy’s existing equipment combat methods and tactics.”

The flying sub built by Prof Ang’s team has an airbag in its belly filled with water to adjust buoyancy so it can lurk silently at a given depth without using its propellers.

When cruising with its wings folded, its streamlined body allows for less drag and higher mobility.

The biggest challenge was during take-off, according to Ang’s team.

If the vessel rises directly out of the water, the take-off is unstable because of surface waves and the drone’s simultaneous interaction with air and water.

To fix this, they developed a complex control mechanism so that the submarine can glide on the waves before lifting into the air.

Arms race

The timing of the research paper is significant as it comes amid heightened fears Beijing will start a war to seize self-ruled Taiwan.

Last week Chinese forces surrounded the island and fired a barrage of ballistic missiles in huge war games feared to be cover for a possible invasion.

Some experts believe China is now leading the global high-tech arms race as it invests billions in a terrifying array of new weapons.

Last year it emerged Chinese scientists had secretly been working on AI stealth subs since the 1990s.

A research paper shows how a prototype could autonomously track and destroy targets with no human input.

China is also developing aerial stealth drones, suicide drone swarms and atmosphere-skimming hypersonic missiles to match Russia’s.

The idea of a flying submarine has been around since the 1920s.

In 1934, Soviet engineering student Boris Ushakov drew up detailed plans for a three-engined submersible plane that could scout for ships and then dive into the water to ambush them with torpedoes.

But the Red Army ditched it because the underwater components made the aircraft too heavy.

In 1962, US defence engineer Donald Reid actually built the world’s first flying submarine RFS-1, a low-tech machine made from salvaged aircraft parts in his spare time.

The pilot had to take off the propeller before diving underwater to keep the engine dry, and breathed with an aqualung.

But the craft only flew a short distance because of insufficient power, and he failed to get a backer to develop it further.

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At the time, Convair was developing a submersible seaplane for the US Navy but the project was abandoned after technical challenges.

More recently in 2008, the Pentagon’s $3bn-a-year Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency announced it was accepting proposals for a stealth aircraft that can transform into an attack submarine.

Nanjing University of Aeronautics and AstronauticsThe prototype drone being tested at Nanjing University in China[/caption]

Nanjing University of Aeronautics and AstronauticsResearchers say they solved the complex problem of unstable take-off[/caption]

APFlying submarines are ideal for ambushing aircraft carries such as the USS Carl Vinson, experts say[/caption]

In 1962, defence engineer Donald Reid built the FRS-1 submersible plane in his spare time, using salvaged aircraft parts

Martin Lewis demands action after ‘tragic’ warning that energy bills will hit £4,200

MARTIN LEWIS has called for action after experts warned energy bills could reach £4,200 this winter.

The MoneySavingExpert founder has urged the government to take action over fears the price rise could leave people “destitute”.

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He tweeted: “Action and planning is needed now. The zombie government needs wake up sooner than September 5 – these amounts are unaffordable for millions.”

The consumer champion said the political fallout following Boris Johnson’s resignation isn’t helping the “tragic” situation.

He added: “The leadership debate must not ignore this portentous national cataclysm any more.

“People’s livelihoods, mental wellbeing and in some cases very lives depend on this. This is a desperate.”


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He previously warned Tory leadership candidates Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak that they face a “financial time bomb” over energy bills when the new PM takes office in September.

Martin’s new warning comes after Cornwall Insight said that bills are set to soar to around £3,582 in October, from £1,971 today, before rising even further in the New Year.

Ofgem is set to put the price cap at £4,266 for the average household in the three months from the beginning of January.

The energy consultancy said that this was around £650 more than its previous forecast.

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Ofgem last week announced changes to how it will calculate the price cap on energy bills going forward.

The energy regulator reviews the energy price cap – which limits how much suppliers can charge customers – every six months.

But this week it announced it will now be reviewed twice as often, meaning bills are likely to soar not just two times, but four times, a year now.

Part of the increase in the forecast is also due to rising wholesale energy prices, experts said.

Earlier this month, Martin Lewis said there will be “exponential problems” if people stop paying their bills and the government doesn’t get a handle on the situation.

He made the comment when asked on ITV’s Peston show about a growing campaign calling for energy customers to stop paying their bills.

The “Don’t Pay” campaign is calling on households to stop paying bills as suppliers post record profits while an energy crisis continues.

But charities have warned households that there could be “serious consequences” if they stop paying bills.

For example, your supplier could appoint a debt collector to chase your money down.

Or a warrant could be granted which could allow your supplier to enter your home and fit a pre-payment card meter.

What help can I get to help me with my energy bills?

Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot you can do to escape the rising energy prices.

As the cost of living and inflation rises, everyone is going to be affected.

However, help is available through various schemes and funds.

British Gas have a hardship fund which may mean you could loan up to £1,500 free cash towards your bills.

If you have a pre-payment meter, you could receive a one off fuel voucher. You’ll need to contact your supplier directly to see what’s being offered and whether you could be eligible.

The Household Support Fund will also help support families during the cost of living crisis, which provides you with cash to pay your bills or food costs.

Former chancellor Rishi Sunak revealed earlier this year that every household would receive a £400 discount towards their energy bills.

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Pensioners are also able to receive an extra £300 in November or December.

If you’re struggling with your bills these organisations are here to help:

National Debtline – 0808 808 4000Step Change – 0800 138 1111Citizens Advice – 0808 800 9060

How to repost on TikTok

SOCIAL media sites are always adding new features to make life easier for their users.

Tiktok has taken the world by storm with no chance of it slowing down anytime soon – but what is the repost button and what does it do? Here’s everything you need to know about the latest feature.

What is repost on TikTok?

The repost tool on TikTok makes it easier for users to share the content they like with their followers.

You can only repost videos from the For You page, not videos found on someone else’s profile or TikTok Discover.

It’s a hassle-free update that saves you from having to rip or duet someone’s video.

How to repost on TikTok

Many social media platforms like Instagram and Twitter have similar features, allowing users to share their content with others.

GettyThere are over a billion active users on TikTok[/caption]

Before the update, TikTok allowed users to share videos with individual friends or group chats.

Now, the video will not appear on your profile, but your followers will still be able to watch.


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Here’s how to repost a video on TikTok:

1. Open your TikTok For You Page

2. Choose which video you want to repost

3. Click on the arrow icon in the bottom right hand corner of your selected video

4. Click on the repost button, it looks like two arrows in a yellow circle

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TikTok is designed to create and share videos, with countless hours worth of content on a variety of topics.

The app has a load of advanced features that help the social media giant stand out from all the others such as:

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TikTok also offers the typical basic features that most social media platforms tend to have like video editing, likes and comments and options to share content easily across other apps.

The editing software comes with loads of filters and video effects where users can alter their hair and eye colour, and even add other fun things like glasses, hats and even puppy ears.

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I’m a cleaning expert, I can get my bathroom spotless in just five minutes thanks to a handy 50p tool

MOST people wish that there was more time in the day to fit everything into their hectic schedules. 

That’s especially true when it comes to ensuring their house is clean at all times.

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Luckily, a cleaning expert has shared that there’s a clever way to make your bathroom spotless in just five minutes – and all you need is a handy 50p tool.

Cleanfluencer Carolina McAuley, who has become famed on social media thanks to her home hacks and cleaning tips, shared a video on her TikTok account titled: “How to clean your bathroom in 5 minutes.”

In the video, she shared her tried and tested formula, and revealed why a dish wand is the perfect accessory to get the job done.

Carolina showed how she filled the dish wand – which can be bought for as little as 50p – with equal parts vinegar and washing up liquid.

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Then, she used the tool to clean all the parts of the bathroom that needed it, including the taps and shower screen.

Carolina also explained the benefits behind the cleaning process, as she pointed out that it will “remove hard water stains” and “make everything shine again.”

Once everything had been wiped over with the dish wand, it was left spotless and clean. 

The home expert also shared how her failsafe technique never breaks the bank, as not only is the cleaning accessory cheap, but so is what you put inside it.

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When one of her social media followers asked which type of vinegar she uses, Carolina answered: “I just use regular vinegar, the cheapest one I can find at the supermarket.”

Others were also interested in the home hack and said they had already taken on her trick.

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One wrote: “I do this while my hair mask is in and during brushing teeth. Moms multitasks.”

Another added: “Never thought of using one of them.” 

TikTok/@carolina.mccauleyThe easy to make formula will do the trick[/caption]

Toni Minichiello, who coached Jessica Ennis-Hill to London 2012 gold, handed life ban for ‘sexually physical behaviour’

JESSICA ENNIS-HILL’s former coach has been banned from training athletes for life after being found guilty of “engaging in sexually inappropriate behaviour”.

Toni Minichiello was suspended last year after “multiple female athletes and coaches” accused him of extreme misconduct.

Toni Minichiello has been banned from coaching athletes by UK AthleticsGETTY

GRAHAM HUGHESThe 56-year-old was found guilty of “engaging in sexually inappropriate behaviour” with athletes over a 15-year period[/caption]

Minichiello is the former coach of Dame Jessica Ennis-HillGETTY

PAMinichiello has vehemently denied any wrongdoing[/caption]

Minichiello was suspended last year pending an investigation into complaints about his conduct over a 15-year period.

He was accused of “making inappropriate sexual references and gestures to athletes” and “making intrusive enquiries and personal comments about their personal lives”.

The complainants also accused Minichiello of “engaging in sexually physical behaviour”, “unwanted touching of athletes” and “engaging in inappropriate and sometimes aggressive behaviour, bullying and emotional abuse”.

And following a lengthy investigation into the allegations, UK Athletics has concluded there were “gross breaches of trust by Minichiello” and have banned him from coaching athletes.


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An excerpt of a statement on Minichiello’s actions read: “They amount to a large number of breaches of the UKA coach licence terms over a 15-year period.

“They constitute gross breaches of trust by Mr Minichiello which have had severe consequences for the mental health and mental wellbeing of the athletes under his charge.”

It added: “It is noted that during the process of these disciplinary matters, Mr Minichiello’s coaching licence expired and therefore cannot be suspended/subject to a sanction.

“Therefore, UKA has decided that it will not entertain any future application made by Mr Minichiello for a UKA coach licence in perpetuity.

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“The issuance of a UKA licence to a coach is essentially a representation on behalf of UKA that the coach in question can be trusted with the athletes under his charge.

“UKA is firmly of the view that there will never be a time in the future at which it would be appropriate to grant that assurance and issue such a licence.”

Minichiello – who has vehemently denied any wrongdoing – has escaped serious punishment from UKA as his coaching licence had already expired.

According to The Guardian, Dame Ennis-Hill was not one of the complainants against Minichiello.

Minichiello guided Ennis-Hill to world titles in 2009, 2011 and 2015 and a silver medal at Rio 2016.

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UKA added: “UKA wishes to recognise those who came forward to give evidence in this case.

“We thank them and strongly encourage anyone with a concern to come forward.”