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Britain’s ‘quickest Copper’ Chases Vans on Foot and Has Never Lost a Suspect



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Britain’s ‘fastest copper’ is so quick he’s never failed to catch a fleeing suspect in his six years on the beat.

PC Luke Watson is known for his big bursts of speed, and has even chased down a van on foot.

The acting sergeant, based in Waltham Abbey, Essex, once managed to catch and arrest three crooks at the same time and bring them all into custody.

In a fitting tribute, his bosses at Essex Police made a video of him in action, featuring bodycam footage from his hot pursuits.

PC Watson can be seen running after a van full of stolen goods along a busy road after it became too dangerous for police cars to keep up the pursuit.

He’s filmed smashing the driver’s window open with a baton before it speeds off.

Not to be deterred, he yells ‘stop the car’ and sprints after it, before apprehending the driver and passenger when the van crashes into another vehicle.

PC Luke Watson has never failed to catch a fleeing suspect (Picture: Essex Police )

‘The way it was driving was so dangerous we couldn’t go after it, so I got out and ran,’ PC Watson explained.

‘In hindsight I was so close between the moving cars but I thought I just had to stop it.’

The female passenger was holding a Stanley knife, but was quickly overpowered by PC Watson.

The couple in the van were later convicted of theft, possession of a bladed article and possession of a class A drug.

In another incident, PC Watson and his colleague PC Liam McDonald entered an industrial estate to assist a police helicopter tracking a stolen BMW.

When the three suspects spotted his police car, they all turned tail and ran.

PC Watson said: ‘I ran up the bonnet of the car, jumped over the fence and arrested one of them.

‘I put him in handcuffs and I can see the other two in the distance. I know it’s just a straight road up to another industrial estate, so I thought I’d go for it – how far could they get?

Essex police released a video of PC Watson chasing down a speeding van to make an arrest (Picture: Essex Police)

‘I jumped a couple of fences and catch up with the first one and arrest him. 

‘The other one tries to lay low in the back of the car so I drag him out and then I’ve got the two of them like naughty school kids. 

‘I’ve got no handcuffs and I have to get more units down to deal with them and go and find the car.’

He arrested them at the site of the stolen BMW, where multiple other car parts were also found.

When he’s not keeping the streets of Waltham Abbey safe, PC Watson likes to put his quick feet to work by playing as a winger for Brentwood Rugby Club.

Supercop PC Watson managed to chase down and apprehend three suspects at the same time (Picture: Essex Police)

He said: ‘I really enjoy my job. We’ve got a good team and it’s great to get out and talk to people.

‘We have a good understanding of the area and we deal with the problems that matter to the community. People like seeing police officers.

‘Anti-social behaviour is an issue that always comes up and I find that it often comes with other problems. 

‘If people are making noise on the streets late at night or in alleyways, this might be drugs related. If people are hanging around on driveways, they might be involved in vehicle interference or theft.’

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Paul Mescal Receives Apology From BBC After Broadcaster Makes Rather Awkward Blunder



Irish actor Paul Mescal has been called British…again (Picture: Gilbert Flores/Variety via Getty Images)

His tweet clarifying his nationality may have been the most liked post in Ireland three years ago, but the BBC has had to apologise after getting a crucial fact about Oscar nominee Paul Mescal wrong.

Earlier this week the Irish actor was announced as one of the nominees for the upcoming Academy Awards.

The 26-year-old, who is from Maynooth, was given the nod for his leading role in indie flick Aftersun in the Actor in a Leading Role category.

In March, Paul will be going up against Austin Butler (Elvis), Brendan Fraser (The Whale), Bill Nighy (Living) and fellow Irishman Colin Farrell (The Banshees of Inisherin) in the prestigious category.

But when covering the nominations, the national broadcaster made a rather awkward error.

In text appearing on screen, the BBC reported: ‘2023 Oscar nominations: British actors Paul Mescal and Bill Nighy are nominated for leading role.’

The BBC has apologised for this mistake (Picture: eyeswideshut/ Twitter)

It has now apologised for the mistake, issuing a statement that read: ‘In text running across the screen we reported that Paul Mescal was one of two British actors who had been nominated for an Oscar for a leading role.’

‘The text should have said that Paul Mescal is Irish. We apologise for the mistake.’

When the mistake was made, plenty of people pointed it out and reminded the media outlet that Paul is very much Irish.

‘BBC news seems to not know Paul Mescal is IRISH,’ one person wrote.

Another added: ‘The BBC should know that Paul Mescal isn’t British.’

Plenty of people called out the BBC oversight (Picture: Twitter)

This person pointed out that Paul is very much Irish (Picture: Twitter)

Paul was one of several Irish Oscar nominees (Picture: Twitter)

It wasn’t the first time this has happened though.

Back in 2020, when Paul picked up an Emmy nomination for his breakthrough role in Normal People, outlets including The Guardian called him British.

It lead the actor to tweet ‘I’m Irish’, which ended up becoming the most-liked post in his home country that year.

Paul picked up an Oscar nomination for his starring role in Aftersun (Picture: A24 via AP)

The message quickly racked up over 130,000 likes as well as over 12,000 retweets and over 1,600 replies.

His Oscar nomination helped break a record for Ireland too, with the country securing 14 nominations in the upcoming awards ceremony.

Other actors to get nods included Barry Keoghan, Brendan Gleeson and Kerry Condon.

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When his nomination was announced Paul said it was ‘truly a special moment for everyone involved in Aftersun’.

‘To be recognised by the Academy is such an insane honour and I’m so utterly grateful.’

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How Many Legs Are in the Carabao Cup Semi-finals? All the Rules Explained



Only four teams remain in the competition (Picture: Michael Regan/Getty Images)

The Carabao Cup semi-finals continue tonight with Nottingham Forest welcoming Manchester United at the City Ground.

The winner of the tie will face either Newcastle United or Southampton in the final at Wembley on February 26.

With the regulations changing from one competition to another, here is your full lowdown of the rules in play across the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup 2023.

Are the Carabao Cup semi-finals played over two legs?

Yes, the Carabao Cup semi-finals will take place over two legs.

Newcastle beat Southampton 1-0 in the first leg of the first semi-final on Tuesday night, with the return leg scheduled for Tuesday, January 31 at 8pm.

Southampton and Newcastle played out an entertaining first leg (Picture: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Manchester United will host Nottingham Forest in the second leg of their semi-final on Wednesday, February 1 at 8pm.

VAR is in use for the first time in the Carabao Cup this season, having not featured in earlier rounds to ensure fairness across every tie.

Will extra-time and penalties be used in the Carabao Cup semi-finals?

If the score is level after the end of both legs then extra-time, and if required penalties, will be used to determine the winner.

This is the first time this season that matches finishing level in the Carabao Cup will head to extra-time, with ties previously proceeding straight to penalties in the event of a draw after 90 minutes.

The away goals rule will also not be in use for the two semi-finals.

The English Football League scrapped the rule ahead of the 2018/19, which up until that point only came into effect following the conclusion of extra-time.

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How many substitutes are allowed in the Carabao Cup?

Managers will be able to use up to five substitutes across three windows during the game (half-time not included).

An extra substitution is permitted in extra-time, whilst both teams can also use two concussion substitutes if required.

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