Only Boris Johnson can stop Marxist Jeremy Corbyn leaving the Britain we love in ruins – The Sun

ON THURSDAY you have the chance to shape Britain’s fortunes for generations to come.

When you set out to the polling booth in the bad weather and winter gloom remember the stakes could not be higher.


Our country faces a future of two diametrically opposed but very clear visions.

Under Boris Johnson we can immediately settle Brexit, the most divisive issue of the post-war era.

It will finally enable this country to move forward outside Europe after more than three years of bitter infighting which led to financial and political paralysis.

Freed from the shackles of Brussels, Britain will once again be able to strike its own trade deals around the globe.

And with the Parliamentary deadlock broken, Boris will be able to tackle pressing domestic issues that have taken second place for too long.

The NHS, law and order, and schools all need huge injections of cash.

But the recovery has to be managed responsibly or the country will be left vulnerable to future economic shocks.

RESTORING TRUST

A vote for Boris is a vote to begin restoring trust in the democratic traditions and institutions at the heart of our society.

Contrast that with the wrecking ball philosophy of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour.

Not only are they committed to overturning the votes of the 17.8million who voted for Brexit, but they could endanger the United Kingdom itself.

The country will be plunged into two drawn-out, draining and divisive referendums in short succession, with unpredictable consequences.

Ludicrously extravagant spending plans will spark an immediate crisis as markets tumble and leave bankrupt Britain.

For many months it has been obvious that this General Election will be a massive turning point in the modern era.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that Boris Johnson has this in the bag.

The potential for a hung Parliament is very real.

As is the prospect of a chaotic coalition of anti-Brexit parties sweeping Jeremy Corbyn into Number Ten.

The future of the Britain we cherish is on a knife-edge.

Only a vote for Boris will save us from an irreversible route to permanent division, economic ruin and political chaos.

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The 40 seats where Boris Johnson can win the election

The 40 seats where Boris Johnson can win the election – including those which could fall to tactical voting and others which must be seized from opponents

  • Prime Minister is ahead in the polls but needs a good turnout from Conservative supporters on Thursday
  • These are the seats that Tory strategists hope to win to give the party the majority needed to deliver Brexit
  • They include 20 seats that were won by the party in 2017 but which could fall due to tactical voting

Boris Johnson is comfortably ahead in the polls but he also needs a good turnout from Tory supporters on Thursday. 

Here, The Mail on Sunday reveals the 40 seats which Tory strategists hope to win to give the PM the majority he needs to deliver Brexit. 

They include 20 won by the party in 2017, but which could fall due to tactical voting; and a further 20 which need to be seized from opponents. If you live in these seats, vote for Boris and stop Corbyn!

The 20 seats which must stay blue

Zac Goldsmith

The Tory Brexiteer is clinging on to a microscopic majority of 45 votes in a constituency where 70 per cent backed Remain in 2016. 

Only 23 Tory voters would have to switch to the Lib Dems for him to lose.

 Zac, son of the late Eurosceptic businessman playboy Jimmy Goldsmith, first won the seat in 2010, before losing it to the Lib Dems’ Sarah Olney when he quit and called a by-election over the proposed expansion of Heathrow. 

He won it back from Ms Olney at the 2017 Election by that narrowest of margins, but she is hoping to keep up the game of Commons musical chairs by harnessing militant Remain sentiment. 

Goldsmith is banking on local dread at the prospect of Corbyn being propped up in No 10 by the Lib Dems to get him back into Parliament.

Nickie Aiken

By average income, the Cities Of London & Westminster is the second richest in the country after neighbouring Kensington, and has always been Tory. 

But the majority was whittled down to a mere 3,148 in 2017 – in part due to the seat voting 71.9 per cent Remain. 

Streatham MP Chuka Umunna has decided to stand here following his defection to the Liberal Democrats. 

Incumbent Mark Field has stood down, so Westminster Council leader Nickie Aiken is taking his place as the Tory candidate.


Zac Goldsmith and Nickie Aiken are among the Conservative MPs that need to keep their seat at the upcoming General Election on December 12 

 The 20 seats which must turn blue

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Jeremy Corbyn jumps FOUR to narrow the gap with Boris Johnson

Jeremy Corbyn gains ground on Boris Johnson: Flurry of polls show Labour leader has managed to close the gap (slightly) in battle to be PM but Tories fear aftermath of Storm Atiyah will keep wavering voters at home on Thursday

  • A slew of polls released today found the Labour leader narrowing in on his Conservative rival in final few days 
  • One Comres survey found the left-winger had whittled the gap down to just six points after surging by four 
  • But another found his cranked-up campaigning was only rewarded with a meagre one-point increase  

Jeremy Corbyn appears to have made slight inroads into Boris Johnson’s poll lead as the bitterly-fought race for Number 10 enters the home straight.

A slew of polls released today found the Labour leader is narrowing in on his Conservative rival – but each with varying degrees of success.

While one survey found the left-winger had whittled the gap down to just six points after surging by four, another found his cranked-up campaigning has only been rewarded with a one-point increase.

And a third poll yesterday even found Mr Corbyn failing to close the gap while Mr Johnson consolidated his lead up by one point. 

But all three polls conclude Labour’s would-be PM still faces an uphill struggle, with time running out to overtake Mr Johnson and turf him out of Downing Street on December 12.

Today’s most dramatic account of Westminster voting intentions was released by Savanta Comres which showed Mr Corbyn leap by four points to 36 per cent.  This put Labour within just six points of the Tories, who remained on 42 per cent. 

Voters are continuing to desert Jo Swinson, who has fought a miserable election campaign that was reflected in the Liberal Democrats’ one-point dip to 11 per cent in the poll.

Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party crept up by one point to 4 per cent and the Greens continue to flag on 2 per cent. 

One survey by Savanta Comres found the left-winger had whittled the gap down to just six points after surging by four

A slew of polls released today found the Labour leader (pictured at a pub on Barry Island, Wales, today) narrowing in on his Conservative rival

Prime Minister Boris Johnson stands in goal prior to a juniors girls’ football match between Hazel Grove United JFC and Poynton, as he campaigns in Cheadle Hulme

This poll from December 2-5, commissioned by Remain United, suggests undecided voters are beginning to make up their minds and have been lured by Mr Corbyn’s freebie-filled spending splurge.

The findings will spur on the underdog Labour leader, who has ratcheted up campaigning in a last-gasp bid to oust Mr Johnson and pull off a massive election upset.

The PM, who played football on the election trail in Cheadle Hulme today, will also double his efforts with a marginal constituency blitz to stave off the momentum gathered by his left-wing rival.

Although the survey will make uneasy reading in Conservative HQ, the polling was conducted during a tough time for Mr Johnson who was blasted by the BBC’s Andrew Neil for running scared from a prime-time grilling.

Respondents were also surveyed before Friday night’s leader head-to-head, where the PM landed some heavy blows on his Labour opponent.

He accused Mr Corbyn of supporting the IRA, having a muddled Brexit policy and being prepared to take a sledgehammer to the British economy.

A snap poll after the televised showdown gave Mr Johnson a 52 to 48 per cent edge. 

The latest December 12 intentions also came after bombshell revelations that the top-secret government dossier brandished by Mr Corbyn as ‘proof’ the Tories plan to sell the NHS were leaked by the Russians to interfere in the election.

But while the flurry of damage sustained by the Labour leader over the past 24 hours will not be showcased here, Mr Corbyn surge up the polls will rally his grassroots to hit the doorsteps in the final stretch before polling day on Thursday.

Yet a second poll by Savanta Comres, commissioned by the Sunday Telegraph that unlike the Remain United one quizzed respondents on their local candidates, found that Labour only rose by one point to 33 per cent.

A second poll by Savanta Comres, commissioned by the Sunday Telegraph that unlike the Remain United one quizzed respondents on their local candidates, found that Labour only rose by one point to 33 per cent

The same survey found the Tories to slip by one point to 41 per cent. It put the Lib Dems on 12 per cent, the Brexit Party on 3 per cent and the Greens on 2 per cent.

And a third Panelbase poll taken before the debate last night shows the Tories up to 43 per cent, with Labour holding steady on 34 per cent.

Swinson: I will stay leader whatever the result 

Jo Swinson has insisted she will remain Liberal Democrat leader even if the party fails to make significant gains in the General Election.

Ms Swinson said people had confidence in her leadership and the party was running a strong campaign, despite the Lib Dems slipping to the low to mid-teens in the opinion polls.

Asked if she would stand down if the party did not make major gains, Ms Swinson said: ‘No, because I have just been elected as leader of the Liberal Democrats four months ago with an overwhelming majority.

‘We have got more members than we have ever had before and we are running a strong campaign.

‘So, people have got confidence in my leadership and I’m excited to be doing the job.’ 

The General Election looks set to be a two-horse race as the Lib Dems stay put on 13 per cent, the Brexit Party slump to 3 per cent and the Greens trailing on 2 per cent.

But Tory officials who remain nervous ahead of the election have been referring to two potential roadblocks for as ‘T’n’T’.

The phrase refers to turnout and tactical voting, according to BuzzFeed, which are seen as the final two stumbling blocks between the party and electoral success next week.

The poll came just hours before a crunch debate between the two heavyweights of British politics.

Mr Johnson was declared the winner of the final election TV showdown last night after roasting Jeremy Corbyn over Brexit, supporting the IRA, stealth taxes and ‘overthrowing capitalism’.

A snap YouGov poll found the PM performed better in the primetime BBC One clash by 52 per cent to 48 per cent – ironically mirroring the 2016 referendum and a result that will delight Tory strategists.

During a bruising hour-long session, chaired by Nick Robinson, Mr Johnson appealed for the public to back him on Brexit on December 12 so the country can move on.

He ridiculed Labour’s muddled position of renegotiating with Brussels and holding another referendum, but with Mr Corbyn staying neutral. ‘You cannot negotiate a deal if you are neutral on it… it’s a failure of leadership on the biggest issue facing this country at the moment,’ he said.

A third Panelbase poll taken before the debate last night shows the Tories up to 43 per cent, with Labour holding steady on 34 per cent 

The General Election looks set to be a two-horse race as the Lib Dems stay put on 13 per cent, the Brexit Party slump to 3 per cent and the Greens trailing on 2 per cent. Pictured: Mr Corbyn getting on his battle bus today

The poll came just hours before a crunch debate between the two heavyweights of British politics. Pictured: The PM playin football in Cheadle Hulme today

The PM and the Labour leader faced off in the final head-to-head of the campaign, in front of a primetime Friday night audience on BBC One and chaired by Nick Robinson (right)

The veteran left-winger was also pressed over Labour’s plans to introduce a four-day week in the NHS, and failed to deny that he wants to ‘overthrow capitalism’. 

But he insisted he was putting forward an ‘ambitious’ programme that could end child poverty, as he desperately to turn the tide as polls continue to show the Tories ahead.

The clash quickly turned nasty, with Mr Johnson getting a round of applause as he condemned Mr Corbyn for trying to ‘lecture’ people on the importance of ties with Northern Ireland after ‘supporting the IRA for four decades’. 

He also repeatedly swiped that his opponent was ‘ignorant’ on the benefits of free trade.

According to the YouGov poll, Mr Corbyn came across as more trustworthy by 48 per cent to 38 per cent, and also won on the NHS. But Mr Johnson trounced him by 62 per cent to 29 per cent on Brexit, 55 per cent to 36 per cent on likeability, and was seen as more prime ministerial by 54 per cent to 30 per cent. He was also seen as performing best on security 55 per cent to 34 per cent.

Labour will be dismayed that Mr Corbyn failed to land any significant punches, with the Tories seemingly in the driving seat just six days before the country goes to the ballot boxes.

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BMW driver dies and passenger is rushed to hospital

BMW driver dies and passenger is rushed to hospital after car smashes into bollard and bursts into flames in north London

  • Male BMW driver died at the scene at junction of Dollis Hill Lane and Brook Road
  • Two passengers recovered from the car and one was taken to London hospital
  • Road closures are in place and the next of kin of the man are yet to be informed 
  • Did you see what happened? Contact [email protected] 

A BMW driver died after his car crashed into a bollard and burst into flames in north London. 

The man was pronounced dead at the scene at 9.21am and two passengers were recovered from the car.

One passenger was taken to a central London hospital and their condition has not yet been confirmed.  

Metropolitan Police were called to the incident at Dollis Hill Lane at the junction with Brook Road, north west London, and the road remains closed. 

The driver of the BMW crashed into a bollard and died at the scene of Dollis Hill Lane at the junction with Brook Road, north west London 

A Met Police spokesman said: ‘Police were called at 9.08am on Saturday 7 December to reports of a car in collision with a lamp post on Dollis Hill Lane at the junction with Brook Road, NW2.

‘Officers, the London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade attended. 

‘Two people were recovered from the vehicle.

‘The male driver was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:21am. 

Two passengers were recovered from the car and one passenger has been taken to hospital

‘Next of kin are yet to be informed and the passenger has been taken to a central London hospital.’

‘We await an update on his condition and road closures are in place.’ 

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Child, 5, carried one-year-old baby half a mile in -31C temperatures wearing socks after they were left home alone

A HEROIC five-year-old carried a baby half a mile in -31C temperatures wearing SOCKS after being abandoned home alone.

Cops say the youngster headed out in freezing temperatures with the 18-month-old tot after the power went down in the family house.

Both young children suffered crippling cold-weather injuries as they walked to a neighbour's home for help, say cops in Venetie, Alaska.

However, State Police spokesman Ken Marsh couldn’t immediately detail the extent or nature of their injuries.

A 37-year-old woman who allegedly left the two kids alone has now been arrested on suspicion of endangering a minor, authorities said.

Her relationship to the children is not yet known.

Once the children reached the neighbour's home they called 911 and troopers arrived to check on the children in the village of 175 people.

However they had to charter a plane to reach the isolated village, which is located 155 miles north of Fairbanks.

It is unclear how long the children had been on their own before braving the outside, Marsh told reporters.

Like other interior Alaskan communities Venetie regularly reaches 40 degrees below zero or lower.

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Lyft driver raped woman in backseat of his car while she was drunk, cops say – The Sun

A LYFT driver is accused of raping a female passenger in the backseat of his car while she was drunk.

Larry Donnell Ward allegedly picked up the woman who ordered a ride in downtown St. Louis on June 22, according to a probable cause statement obtained by KSDK.

That's when the 53-year-old turned off his rideshare location software and deviated from the route to her destination, court documents show.

Ward then allegedly climbed into the backseat of his car and raped the inebriated woman.

He was charged with kidnapping and rape on Thursday after a rape kit  confirmed the presence of his DNA, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

It wasn't clear why the charges weren't filed until more than five months after the alleged assault.

A warrant has been issued for Ward's arrest, although he was not in custody as of late Thursday, according to the Post-Dispatch.

His bond is set at $100,000 cash.

A spokesperson for Lyft confirmed to KSDK that Ward has since been fired from the ride-sharing app.

"Safety is fundamental to Lyft, and the behavior described is appalling," the statement read.

"We have permanently removed the driver from the Lyft community and reached out to the rider to offer our support. We have been in contact with law enforcement and will continue to help in every way we can."

The charges come just days after 20 women claimed they were sexually harassed, assaulted or raped by Lyft drivers around the US from 2017 to as recently as October, the New York Post reports.

In September, Lyft faced another lawsuit filed against them by 14 women who accused the company's drivers of sexually assaulting them in 2018 and 2019.

Lyft isn't the only ride-sharing company facing a reckoning with its checkered past.

Uber revealed on Thursday that more than 3,000 sexual assaults were reported during rides in the US last year, including 229 rapes.

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Couple shipwrecked for 117 days were saved by friendly sea creatures

The amazing story of a couple who survived 117 days adrift on a raft in mid Pacific after befriending sea creatures has been made into a film.

Their adventure has been dubbed the “real-life Life of Pi” following the 2012 movie in which a shipwrecked boy is inspired to live by a stowaway tiger.

Disaster struck Maurice and Maralyn Bailey on their 1972 trip from Southampton to New Zealand when their 31-ft yacht hit a whale and sank.

With little food, and relying on rainfall when water ran out, they had to turn to sea creatures to survive, catching turtles and birds and using safety pins to hook fish.

Yet despite this, hundreds of friendly animals approached the rubber raft, inc­­luding dolphins, sharks and whales.


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Filmmaker Alvaro Cerezo said: “Their story reminded me of Life of Pi.

"It felt like a fable where animals are the lead actors and ‘never lose hope’ is the moral.”

In the film, Maurice, who died last Dec­­­­­ember, says: “After so many months with them, we felt just like sea creatures ourselves.

"The sea was our life, the animals were our neighbours.”

After 16 weeks the pair, both three stone lighter, were rescued by Korean fishermen after drifting 1,500 miles.



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Their adventure was turned into the book 117 Days Adrift. But over time the story was forgotten and after Maralyn died in 2002, Maurice was left alone.

Alvaro, 37, from Malaga, Spain, had been fascinated by the Baileys since boyhood.

In 2016 he visited reclusive Maurice in Lymington, Hants, for interviews he turned into a documentary.

He raised the alarm after Maurice stopped replying to emails. He was found dead inside his house.

Alvaro said of the Baileys: “They were a beautiful couple, not only because of their adventure but also be­­­cause of the way they lived.

“Maurice told me he would go back to that raft if he could. He missed his life with the animals, away from civilisation.

“He was a very special person. It’s hard to believe he died with no one.”

See the documentary at thebaileys.docastaway.com

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Nancy Pelosi: Bill Clinton was impeached for ‘being stupid’ about Lewinsky affair

Nancy Pelosi said during a televised Town Hall on Thursday night that former President Bill Clinton was impeached for “being stupid’ when he lied about having an affair with Monica Lewinsky.

The House speaker, asked why she supported impeachment proceedings now when she didn’t back Bubba’s ouster, said the situations were like apples and oranges.

“Some of these same people are saying, oh, this doesn’t rise to impeachment. Right there, impeaching Bill Clinton for being stupid in terms of something like that,” the California Democrat said at the gathering in DC, which was televised by CNN.

“ I mean, I love him, I think he was a great president, but being stupid in terms of that, what would somebody do, not to embarrass their family, but in any event, so they did Bill Clinton,” she continued, adding that she was also under pressure from fellow Dems to impeach ex-president George W. Bush.

“They [wanted] me to do George Bush, I didn’t want [impeachment] to be a way of life in our country,” she said.

Pelosi said Thursday the House would proceed with “articles of impeachment” against Trump, saying he left Congress no choice after he asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a July 25 phone call to launch probes that would benefit him politically ahead of the 2020 election.

“Sadly, but with confidence and humility, with allegiance to our Founders and a heart full of love for America, today I am asking our chairman to proceed with articles of impeachment,” she said, referring to Manhattan Rep. Jerry Nadler, the leader of the House Judiciary Committee.

“The president’s actions have seriously violated the Constitution,” she continued. “Our democracy is at stake. The president leaves us no choice but to act because he is trying to corrupt once again the election for his own benefit.”

Pelosi also clashed with reporter James Rosen from the pro-Trump Sinclair Broadcasting Group who asked her during her weekly press conference if she hated the president.

“I don’t hate anybody. We don’t hate anybody. Not anybody in the world. Don’t accuse me,” she said, leaving the podium to approach Rosen and pointing at him as she spoke.

“This is about the Constitution of the United States and the facts that lead to the president’s violation of his oath of office. And as a Catholic, I resent your using the word hate in a sentence that addresses me,” she said, adding that she prays for Trump.

The president wasted no time lashing out at the speaker, whom he mocks as “Nervous Nancy,” on Twitter, saying he didn’t believe that she prayed for him.

“Nancy Pelosi just had a nervous fit. She hates that we will soon have 182 great new judges and sooo much more. Stock Market and employment records. She says she ‘prays for the President.’ I don’t believe her, not even close,” he wrote.

The president denies wrongdoing, and has repeatedly called the proceedings a ‘hoax,” a “with hunt” and, at this week’s NATO meeting, “a joke.”

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Heathrow passengers face chaos as Extinction Rebellion eco-warriors will lie in road blocking way to the airport – The Sun

THOUSANDS of passengers will face travel chaos this weekend as protesters plan to lie in front of a bulldozer and block the roads surrounding Heathrow Airport.

Extinction Rebellion will be holding more demonstrations- this time at the UK largest airport in protest against its plans to build a third runway.


A “critical mass of cyclists” will be gathering at Hyde Park Corner on Sunday and will be cycling to the airport in an attempt to cause a nightmare for motorists and block up roads.

They will be joined  by a bulldozer when they reach Bath Road, near the Tunnel Road roundabout, at 1.30pm which will be used to start a ‘bulldozer lie-in’ and block yet more roads in and out of Heathrow.

The Met Police has imposed strict restrictions on the protests with campaigners only allowed to gather on the South footway of the A4 Bath Road and demonstrations forced to stop at 3.30pm.

The protest is part of the groups 12 Days of Crisis campaign calling on politicians to prioritise the Climate and Ecological Emergency this election.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been a huge critic of plans to build a third runway at the airport and four years ago said he would “lie down in front of the bulldozers and stop the construction of the runway.”

The group have asked Mr Johnson to keep to his pledge and have invited him and Shadow Chancellor John McDowell to join protesters at this weekend's action.

'HUGE OWN GOAL'

In October, Extinction Rebellion protesters attempted to bring the Tube network in London to a standstill by staging rush-hour protests.

But their protests were a flop as angry commuters dragged protesters from the top of trains. The group admitted they had scored a “huge own goal” with the action.

In 2018 Heathrow was given the green light to create its third runway after it was chosen over Gatwick for expansion by parliament.

Earlier this year Heathrow revealed its £30bn expansion plan which included the creation of its third runway.

The ambitious scheme included lowering the M25 to for the new runway to cross, diverting rivers and moving roads.

Critics questioned the expansion plans claiming the overall cost could end up costing more than double the £30bn price tag.

The new runway, the main part of the expansion plans, is expected to be completed by 2026.

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Joseph McCann was tearaway at 14 getting one of Britain's first ASBOs

EXCLUSIVE: Life of crime from 11 – Serial rapist Joseph McCann spent childhood stealing, setting fire to cars and terrorising neighbours as he became one of first in Britain to be given an ASBO aged 14

  • Joseph McCann spent boyhood stealing, fighting and terrorising neighbourhood
  • First brush with police came at 11 and then convicted two years later  
  • Judge in Manchester issued him with one of the country’s first ASBOs in 1999 
  • He and his brothers were banned from impoverished estate where they grew up 
  • Former neighbours recalled: ‘The McCanns were absolutely vile’ 

Joseph McCann is pictured in Manchester in 1999 after he became among of the first in Britain to be given an Asbo, aged just 14

Evil sex beast Joseph McCann spent his childhood stealing, setting fire to cars and terrorising his terrified neighbours.

So violent were he and his brothers that he became one of the first in Britain to be given an ASBO, aged just 14.

The trio ran a campaign of intimidation on their impoverished Manchester estate during the 1990s.

Details of McCann’s criminal past can be reported for the first time today after he was found guilty of 37 charges relating to 11 victims, including eight rapes, false imprisonment and kidnap. 

The convicted burglar, who had been freed after a probation service error, went on a cocaine and vodka-fuelled rampage, abducting, raping and assaulting victims aged between 11 and 71 in Watford, London and the North West. 

McCann, who is now facing a life sentence, changed his appearance and moved across five police force areas as he evaded police for 15 days despite telling his first victim his surname.

McCann, his elder brother Sean (centre, in red) and younger brother Michael (right, in blue) struck fear into residents in the 1990s. They are pictured in Manchester in 1999

But McCann, his elder brother Sean and younger brother Michael have been striking fear into locals for years.

One told MailOnline: ‘They were a horrible family, absolutely vile – scum of the earth.’

McCann is a convicted burglar who had been freed after a probation service error

The brothers became notorious in 1999 when they were given the first ASBOs and emerged from court defiant. 

Staring down the cameras, McCann and his brothers, Sean then 16 and Michael, 12, were seen swearing and grinning.

McCann grew up on the Beswick estate in Manchester, a deprived area of the city which has now been knocked down.

Born in 1985, the son of Richard, a Scottish builder and Margaret, a mother with links to the traveller community, he grew up with a fierce temper and struggled to control his anger. 

He and his brothers stole for sport and threatened anyone who got in their way.

At the age of 11 he had his first brush with the police and was convicted in 1998 for theft.

The brothers became notorious in 1999 when they were given the first ASBOs and emerged from court defiant. Staring down the cameras, McCann (right) and his brothers, Sean then 16 and Michael (left), 12, were seen swearing and grinning

So prolific was the three boys stealing that when they were finally banned from the estate the following year, takings at the local shops increased by £14,000 a week.

How McCann was twice released from prison despite a judge finding he was ‘dangerous’ 

2008 – Joseph McCann threatened to stab an 85-year-old man in his home. He told the elderly man ‘give me money or I will knife you’ before taking his wallet and banking papers. He was jailed for an indeterminate term and told he cannot apply for parole for two and a half years.

Early 2017 – McCann is released on licence by the parole board.

Late 2017 – While on licence, he commits a burglary and is returned to prison on a three-year sentence.

February 2019 – McCann is wrongly released without having gone before the parole board. Instead, he is released automatically half way through his three-year jail term.

April and May 2019 – McCann goes on two-week rampage of rape, sexual assault and kidnap.

Forced to moved from Beswick, they headed south to Aylesbury, in Buckinghamshire, and Middlesex where they linked up with their traveller relatives.

Former neighbours on a quiet estate in Wealdstone, Middlesex, recalled how they lived in fear of the McCanns who issued threats to anyone who challenged them.

‘They arrived overnight and brought havoc,’ one neighbour told MailOnline. ‘Everyone quickly got to know about the McCanns. They were awful.

‘Joseph and his brother were always stealing cars. They’d drive the cars around and then they’d burn them on our little green. The police would be around their house all the time.

‘One time they drove this van into the back garden. We called the police and they said it had been stolen about 15 minutes beforehand.’

He added: ‘We heard that they had had to leave where they used to live because it became too hot for them.’ 

McCann was in and out of prison until 2008 when armed with a knife, he broke into the home of a frail 85-year-old man in Bedford. 

So prolific was the three boys stealing that when they were finally banned from the estate the following year, takings at the local shops increased by £14,000 a week

Forced to moved from Beswick, they headed south. Former neighbours on a quiet estate in Wealdstone, Middlesex, recalled how they lived in fear of the McCanns who issued threats to anyone who challenged them. Above, the family home

‘They arrived overnight and brought havoc,’ one neighbour told MailOnline. ‘Everyone quickly got to know about the McCanns. They were awful. Pictured: McCann earlier this year

The pensioner was watching TV when McCann burst in through a sidedoor and threatened to stab the pensioner before stealing several items. 

Probation worker sacked after McCann recall shambles

The head of HM Prisons and Probation Service, has apologised ‘unreservedly’ for failings in the Joseph McCann case. 

The Ministry of Justice launched an inquiry into why McCann was not recalled to prison after committing a burglary following his release from an indeterminate sentence for aggravated burglary.  

Four probation officers from the Watford office faced a disciplinary, the BBC reported today, one of whom was demoted.

In a separate investigation, another worker was sacked and another had their contract terminated. 

Chief executive Jo Farrar said today: ‘We recognise that there were failings and we apologise unreservedly for our part in this. We are committed to doing everything we possibly can to learn from this terrible case.

‘We have taken strong and immediate action against those involved in the management of McCann’s case and are taking significant steps to improve intelligence sharing between agencies.

‘At the same time, we are developing new mandatory training on recall for all probation officers and we have updated guidance on the threshold for recalling an offender to prison.’

When McCann was jailed in 2008, his then girlfriend was pregnant with their second child. They already had a very young child.

Her name is believed to have been ‘Bobbie’ and it was this name which he had tattooed across his stomach. 

McCann spent the next 11 years in prison before being released, jailed again in 2018 and then released earlier this year for his devastating two week attack.

It was a marked shift of brutality for a man who until this year has focused pn carrying out violent burglaries. 

After his years in and out of prison, the McCann family are believed to have finally moved out of Wealdstone for good some six or seven years ago.

Another neighbour said: ‘I breathed a sigh of relief when they did. They used to throw bricks at anyone.

‘There used to be a brick wall outside their house. But they took all the bricks out to throw them at people.

‘If you said anything to them they would threaten to beat you up. There were two older boys and one little one. They were really horrible.

‘The boys were always out in the street. There was no way of avoiding them. Everyone knew the McCanns. But there was nothing we could do.

‘They were part of a gang. Their house was like their headquarters.’

Always close to his brothers, McCann was left bereft after Sean, 32, committed suicide in Peterborough prison in 2016 while serving a two-year sentence for assault. 

Today, McCann’s parents live in a modest semi-detached bungalow on the outskirts of Aylesbury.

After his years in and out of prison, the McCann family are believed to have finally moved out of Wealdstone some six or seven years ago. Another neighbour said: ‘I breathed a sigh of relief when they did. They used to throw bricks at anyone’

His father, Richard McCann, drives a 2019-plate 4×4 Ford Kuga car which is often parked on a driveway by the front door.

A sign on the wall warns visitors; ‘Beware of the wife.’

Part of a trailer lies on the driveway while a mobile home is parked in the garden behind a high wooden fence.

The semi-detached property is guarded by security cameras.

Moment police finally caught Britain’s most dangerous rapist Joseph McCann hiding in a TREE after a two week manhunt 

This is the dramatic moment police finally caught serial sex attacker Joseph McCann after they found him hiding in a tree.

Hundreds of officers were deployed in the manhunt for McCann, 34, for over two weeks before he was arrested early on May 6 in the Cheshire town of Congleton.

It came just hours after he forced two 14-year-old girls into a car and kidnapped them, but police spotted him and he crashed and fled following a short pursuit.

Footage released by police shows McCann’s arrest after he hid up a tree after going on the run. He was arrested in the early hours of May 6 in the Cheshire town of Congleton

McCann ran away, leaving the terrified friends uninjured, but was spotted in a taxi before fleeing once again across fields – and was found up the tree an hour later.

Police arrested McCann at about 3am following a negotiation after he was found up a tree near Smithy Lane, two miles outside Congleton.

 

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