Plane crash family grief.
Two passengers, a 23-year-old man from Taunton, Somerset, and a 16-year-old youth from Kingsteignton, south Devon, were yesterday still serious in hospital. The passengers were aboard for parachute jumps.
THE biggest rail workers' union has increased its membership by more than 3,000 since being thrown out of the Labour Party, it was revealed yesterday.
The Rail Maritime and Transport Union now has over 70,000 members and is one of the few trade unions in the country which is growing.
General Secretary Bob Crow also estimated that fewer than 300 RMT members were in the Labour Party. The union plans legal action to challenge a decision that it had effectively disaffiliated itself because it was giving financial support to other political parties.
THE beach where a four-year-old boy died on Sunday after being swept out to sea had been closed to the public three weeks ago, it emerged yesterday. The boy, Ryan Pitney, of Plymouth, was knocked off rocks by a freak wave at Portheras Cove, Pendeen, west Cornwall.
Penwith District Council had closed it and put up warning signs after unusually large shards of metal from a wreck were found on the beach.
Tea to China
A FAMILY firm has won a contract to export tea ( to China. Taylors of Harrogate has compared the deal to "sending coals to Newcastle" after securing its first ever shipment to Shanghai. A pounds 30,000 order included China Rose Petal Tea, grown and blended with rose petals in China sent to Taylors, packaged and re-exported.
Top of the web
THE UK's first chart for music bought on the internet was announced yesterday. The Official Download Chart will reflect the biggest legal sites in the UK.The chart, from the Official Chart Company (OCC), is to be broadcast on Radio 1.
Coke has bottle
SOFT drinks giant Coca-Cola plans a return to the UK bottled water market months after the disastrous launch of its Dasani brand, according to reports yesterday. The company withdrew Dasani in March after the water was found to be contaminated with illegal levels of a chemical linked to cancer.