This week's UK news: 18 May 2016
18 May 2016

Fake bomb stops Man U final match

Manchester United's final game of the season, against Bournemouth, was called off at the weekend after a bomb was found in the stadium. Around 75,000 fans were told to leave the ground, and the match was abandoned for the day. It turned out that the bomb wasn't real and had been accidentally left at the ground after a security training session. 


Row over high heels

A woman who was sent home from her job for refusing to wear high heeled shoes sparked a big row this week. Nicola Thorp works for an agency which send her to work for different firms. At one, she was told that she had to wear shoes with heels between two and four inches high to work on reception. She refused and was sent home without pay.

She said the rules were not the same for men and women, and more than 100,000 people signed a petition to say that the rules were wrong, which means it will be discussed in Parliament. Meanwhile, the company she works for has changed its policy and women workers can now wear either flat shoes or heels.


The Queen wins GBP 50

The Queen is a keen owner of horses, who regularly take part in races. Last week one of her horses won a special event at a horse show in Windsor, and the Queen was given the winner's prize. Photographs show her laughing when she opened the winner's envelope and saw that inside was a GBP 50 voucher for the supermarket Tesco. The Queen is worth GBP 277. The prize also included GBP 70 in cash.

There were lots of jokes about what the Queen could buy at Tesco with her voucher, including 120 tins of dog food (she has several small dogs).


Famous ship collapsing

HMS Victory is the oldest ship in the British Navy, and the most famous. It was the ship of Admiral Lord Nelson (he's the man on the top of the column in London's Trafalgar Square) when he led the Navy. Nelson died on the HMS Victory in the middle of the Battle of Trafalgar, the UK's biggest naval victory. 

The Victory has been on show at a naval museum in Portsmouth on the South Coast of the UK since 1922. The people who look after the ship say it is collapsing "like a squashed football" under its own weight and needs metal poles to hold it up before GBP 35m of work is done on it. 

When the Victory was launched in 1765, it was expected to last nine years. 

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