Thursday evening news briefing: Harry and Meghan’s security ‘blocked streets during escort’

But in a statement, the agency noted that an SUV from the couple’s security escort drove in a way that “could be perceived as reckless” and was pulled over by police after it was seen “blocking off streets”. 

Photographers working for the company insisted there were no near collisions, pointing out that the Duchess was photographed smiling in the back of a taxi after leaving an award ceremony.

Transgender butcher lured schoolgirl into car dressed as woman before sex attack

A transgender butcher has admitted abducting a schoolgirl while dressed as a woman and then subjecting her to a series of sexual assaults at his home. 

Andrew George Miller, who was known locally as Amy, pleaded guilty on Thursday at the High Court in Edinburgh, which heard he had locked his young victim inside his bedroom. 

The court heard that the 53-year-old offered to give the girl a lift home in February this year, and that she had agreed as she considered him “non-threatening” in his female clothing. 

Our Scottish Correspondent Daniel Sanderson has the full report.

Queen Elizabeth’s funeral cost £162 million

The Treasury has revealed that the late Queen’s funeral cost the Government an estimated £161.7 million. 

The state funeral was held at Westminster Abbey on September 19 last year, following an 11-day period of national mourning.

A breakdown of costs by department showed that the Home Office spent the most on £74m, followed by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport on £57m. 

John Glen, chief secretary to the Treasury, said the Government’s priority at the time had been to make sure “these events ran smoothly and with the appropriate level of dignity, while at all times ensuring the safety and security of the public”.

Today’s essential headlines

Boris Johnson | The former prime minister called Emmanuel Macron “Putin’s lickspittle” and demanded an “orgy of frog-bashing”, his former No 10 director of communications has claimed. 

Guto Harri said Mr Johnson launched into a foul-mouthed tirade about the French president after he criticised his handling of the Ukrainian refugee crisis following the Russian invasion. Dominic Penna has the full report.

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