Updated: 03:19 EST

The Environment Agency's seven severe flood warnings - which warn of a danger to life - are in place for Friday lunchtime in coastal areas of Essex and Suffolk in the face of gale-force winds and high tides, while dozens of flood warnings have been imposed as the east coast braces itself for a storm surge. Emergency services were putting an evacuation plan into action in Jaywick, near Clacton-on-Sea (bottom right), with police officers going door-to-door informing residents of the evacuation, which is beginning at 7am today. After the temperature plummeted as low as -9C in some areas overnight, snow has turned to ice, creating treacherous dangerous conditions for rush hour drivers - as seen in Kent (centre, inset and top right).

Boy who played Damien in The Omen punched two cyclists and faces jail later today

The child who shot to fame after he played Damien in horror film The Omen (pictured main) faces jail today after he admitted to punching two cyclists in a road rage attack. Harvey Spencer Stephens (now aged 46, shown inset) pleaded guilty to two counts of actual bodily harm and one count of criminal damage after the incident near Westerham, Kent, on August 21 last year. Stephens will return to court today - Friday 13 - to be sentenced for the attack in which he got out of his Audi RS6 to hit the two men, breaking one of their helmets. His role as Damien Thorn, the Antichrist in the 1976 horror classic, elevated him to worldwide fame and Stephens became known for the scene where in which he cycles on a tricycle, before watching calmly as his mother falls from a balcony.

A labour hire company has been fined $60,000 over a horrific workplace accident in which Irish backpacker Annie Dunne was scalped and lost an ear after her hair got caught on a conveyor belt in Victoria.

JANE FRYER on the life of Victor Lownes after his death aged 88 

Lownes was the brains behind the Playboy bunny brand and helped Hugh Hefner build his magazine empire and open clubs in the UK - but he became infamous for his decadent parties and love of women. His lifestyle was every promiscuous bachelor's fantasy - something he was fully aware of and utterly delighted by. As he once put it himself, rather ungallantly: 'Power is an aphrodisiac. In the Bunnies' world, I was No 1. It was a feather in their cap to go out with me.'

Considering 2016 was the year Brits embraced the cosy Danish concept of hygge, then 2017 may be the year in which we tire of candles and adopt the rougher and readier Dutch version: gezelligheid.

Liz Sheppard, from Mansfield, Notts., sought public donations to allow her to undergo immunotherapy treatment privately, and has already seen remarkable results.

State television in Syria quoted the army as saying several rockets were fired from an area near Lake Tiberias in northern Israel just after midnight, hitting a major strategic base (shown).

Expert Cliff Lansley tells how the fact that Hazell's lobes turning red was a sign that he was lying, as the fine capillaries are subject to colour change when blood pressure increases.

She's falling for him! A girl is shoved off a rock at the seaside by her boyfriend in a nasty trick... but is all as it seems?

After she led her partner to a romantic sea-view spot, he decided to shove her off a high rock onto the beach below. She cries out as she is pushed and, rather painfully, knocks into a section of rock jutting out half way down before collapsing in a heap at the bottom. However some viewers believe the footage was a set-up.

A necklace of tidal lagoons should be built along the west coast of Britain to generate clean electricity by harnessing the power of the waves, a report recommends.

Dr Xand van Tulleken gives his tips on how to avoid giving up on your diet and how maintaining a flexible approach is key. He also provides recipes for work lunches and odd treats that are still healthy.

Christopher Steele, the brilliant Cambridge spy who spent his life battling the KGB

Christopher Steele (top left) was once MI6's top spy on Russian affairs and lived in the shadows until being unmasked as the alleged author of the 'dirty dossier' on Donald Trump. He was dubbed 'Chris Whatsit' by his late wife Laura (top right) on their first date because she could not remember his name - but he revelled in being a man of mystery. Now the 52-year-old is hoping to return to anonymity after fleeing his £1.5million home (main images) in Surrey. The property has numerous security cameras dotted around it with neighbours saying Steele left on Wednesday afternoon.

British spook Christopher Steele - allegedly behind Trump dirty dossier - and his late wife Laura faced extraordinary harassment at the hands of the KGB while living in Moscow, MailOnline can reveal.

Tory MPs are urging the PM to distance the government from the row after the former spy who drew up memos was named as Christopher Steele, despite efforts to avoid him being identified.

Foreign correspondent Paul Wood said last night that former British spy Christopher Steele is not the only person to say the Kremlin has covert footage related to his sex life.

JUSTIN WEBB: This bonkers show has made Donald Trump MORE popular

This was the most madcap performance by an incoming president since the 19th century, when Andrew Jackson took a bullet in the arm in a bar fight with a Senator. His line dismissing the sex tape news - 'It was a group of opponents that got together, sick people, and they put that crap together' - was vintage Trump.

Marine Le Pen, the leader of France's right-wing National Front was spotted in Trump Tower on Thursday morning, talking to an Italian businessman known as his conduit to European politicians.

Billionaire George Soros lost nearly $1billion after the stock market surged following Donald Trump's surprise November 8 election win over Hillary Clinton.

Former Miss Italy contestant could lose her sight after 'jilted boyfriend throws acid in

Gessica Notaro, who has worked as a TV presenter as well as a dolphin trainer, was allegedly attacked by her former boyfriend, who is accused of stalking her after she broke up with him. Her ex, Jorge Edson Tavares, 29, denies carrying out the attack.

As a spate of stories reveals the conditions in Britain's prisons. RICHARD LITTLEJOHN once again, pays a flying visit to Slade Prison to check up on what's really going on behind bars.

The driver in question is not me but the beloved youngest of our four sons, whom I've been trying to teach how to reverse into a parking space - alas, with little success so far.

ISIS fighters shot each other in the chaos following a series of British airstrikes in the battle for Mosul. Elsewhere today, a car bomb was destroyed in the east of the city.

The shocking moment a tardy passenger SLAPS a member of staff at Stansted after the gate for her flight is closed 

The irate passenger slapped the Stansted Airport staff member who was explaining that she could not board her Monday morning flight to Athens because the gate had closed. A spokeswoman from Essex Police told MailOnline that the woman was cautioned and removed from the airport.

The test, which its developers at Imperial College London hope will be available within two years, could be used in the future to help dieters keep their food consumption on track.

Leading marine biologists from the University of British Columbia, in Canada, say bluefin and yellowfin tuna populations are at 'crisis' levels - and say sushi is filling is with harmful microbeads.

Instagram users share their 2017 organisational skills in stunning snaps

As 2017 gets underway, thousands have committed to an array of resolutions - many of them including better organisational skills in their lists. And if social media snaps can be believed, many of them are doing a pretty good job at it. From stunning pantries and kitchens (left and right) to tidy living rooms, planners and immaculately organised drawers, proud owners have been sharing photos of their refreshed living spaces... and they do not disappoint.

If the plans (pictured) were given the green light, 51 telegraph poles up to 18ft tall would be erected in the north of the London borough, including St John's Wood, Maida Vale and Regent's Park.

Bernie Madoff was once been slapped by a fellow inmate for changing the channel on TV - but he now monopolizes the hot chocolate market and dispenses financial advice in prison in North Carolina.

Robin Thicke accused of child abuse by ex-wife Paula Patton

Robin Thicke has been accused of spanking and punching his six-year-old son in new legal documents filed in his bitter custody battle with ex-wife Paula Patton. The papers allege how Thicke and Patton's son, Julian, told school teachers that his pop-star father spanked him a number of times and even 'punched' him, a source close to the case said. As a result, Patton stopped letting Thicke see his son, and court documents allegedly claim she told him: 'Julian is scared of you.' The singer, whose father died last month, currently sees his son overnight every Thursday, Friday and Saturday as part of a joint custody agreement. And Thicke hit back at the child abuse allegations, saying he rarely spanked his son - but even when he did it was part of a punishment style he and Patton had agreed upon.

Bin lorries are to be fitted with cameras in a 'revolutionary' scheme to spot potential potholes - with councils saying they need billions of pounds to fix those that already exist.

Developers often miss out the number 13 when building new homes. And one in three said they would be less likely to buy a house if it was number 13 (file image).

NHS crisis proves that demand will always outstrip supply when giving something away

A free health service does not only cause the ignorant to use it like it has no value (going to A&E; with a broken toe or splinter, for example). But it actively encourages people to behave irresponsibly, stuffing themselves to obesity, drinking themselves out of a liver, stuffing sugar until they're type 2 diabetic, knowing the NHS will pick up the pieces, writes KATIE HOPKINS.

Tales of patients returning after operations to see people in their beds and a Leicester hospital asking relatives to administer injections to loved ones, has revealed the pressures facing the NHS.

The General Medical Council says bosses are not alerting other UK hospitals about unsafe agency workers, with demand for locums soaring to cover for staff shortages on the NHS.

Colorful scans taken by microscopist Dennis Kunkel in Hawaii show the millions of bacteria that live in and on our bodies including our skin, hair, mouths, stomachs and lungs.

Can YOU tell which of these meals contain the most calories?

Nutritionist Nichola Whitehead has put together two very different meal plans: one healthy (left) and one full of junk food (right). But it's much harder to work out which one contains more calories than you may think. Can you guess which diet is more calorific than the other? Nichola says she drew up the plans to encourage people to focus on the healthiness of their food, rather than on counting numbers.

Researchers at Queensland's University of Technology in Australia found that online daters prefer people with the same level of education as them, but as they age they're less picky about it.

A Western diet could be causing you to overeat and make you obese. A California-based study showed that receptors respond similarly to when you smoke cannabis and get the 'munchies'.

The brother of children's author Helen Bailey says she once told him the cesspit she was eventually found dead in at her Hertfordshire home was 'a good place to hide a body'.

La La Land laid bare: Emma Stone's £5 H&M; top, Ryan Gosling dancing like a 'gangly monkey' and why Emma Watson pulled out - the inside story on the feel-good film of the year 

With its dazzling dance sequences, moving musical numbers and two of Hollywood's hottest stars at its helm, it's no wonder La La Land has already been hailed as the blockbuster of the year. The all-singing, all-dancing film, starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, won a record seven awards at the Golden Globes on Sunday night and is quick-stepping its way to cinema history with 11 Bafta nominations and a clean sweep predicted at the Oscars next month. La La Land is the story of Mia, an aspiring actress, and Seb, a frustrated jazz pianist, who meet and fall in love as they struggle to achieve their dreams.

It's surprisingly refreshing to float through a film as calculatingly and upliftingly lightweight as La La Land , the romantic musical which swept the board at the Golden Globes on Sunday night.

Can YOU solve these word riddles?

Playbuzz has devised a list of infuriating word riddles, otherwise known as dingbats, to put your logistical knowledge to the test. The player is presented with 14 dingbats each representing a word or saying but only a 'logical genius' will be able to work them out.

Thanks to a 90s revival, velvet bikinis and swimsuits are rising in popularity in the swimwear industry and celebrities just can't get enough of them.

A federal advisory panel admitted cannabis can almost certainly ease chronic pain, and might help people sleep. But it dismisses most of the drug's other 'medical benefits' as unproven.

Holidaymakers heading for a ski trip via Switzerland should tell their car hire firm plans in advance, or risk getting caught our by little-known EU rules.

More first-time buyers bought a home in 2016 than in any year since 2007, before the global financial crisis hit, research from Halifax shows.



Parents share funny photos of times kids took things WAY too literally

Parents and teachers have shared hilarious photos of times children took instructions far too literally. One child was asked to 'name the quadrilaterals' in their test paper, but rather than differentiate a square from a rectangle, gave the coloured shapes human names like 'Bob' or 'Harry' (left). Another child was told they weren't allowed to go outside, so lay flat on the front deck, only their feet remaining on the floorboards inside (inset). Other students were asked to bring their fish to school, but rather than bring in his pet, one little boy brought in a dead fish from the market (right).

Controversial Keith Vaz (pictured), 60, and his sister, Valerie, 62, both sit as Labour MPs in the Commons. She said: 'I employ my husband, Paul Townsend, as a senior parliamentary assistant.'

Ellie McGowan, from Bromley, south London, was last spotted at 6.30am yesterday at Brighton station in Sussex. She is described as white, 5ft 3ins tall and has gap in her front teeth.

Freddo bars, the Cadbury chocolate treat added to millions of school lunchboxes, are to go up by 20per cent in a Brexit price hike thanks to American owner of the brand, Mondelez.

Megan Lee, 15, from Oswaldtwistle in Lancashire, died of a brain injury due to a serious allergic reaction after eating a curry from an Indian takeaway, an inquest has heard.

News that a second major international car-maker could be implicated in the scandal over fiddled emissions results caused FiatChrysler's shares to tumble on the Stock market.

Facebook posted two adverts on its job site - one for a 'brain-computer interface engineer' and the other for a 'neural imaging engineer', both based at the Menlo Park site in California.

Baaaaad behaviour! Herd of sheep trample a shepherd before one returns to ram her after being spooked by car

This is the moment a female shepherd was trampled by her heard of sheep somewhere in Germany before a particularly large one rammed her over as she was standing up. Dashcam footage from an approaching car shows the woman escorting her flock across a road, before they get startled. As her dogs run over to the vehicle, the sheep knock her to the ground. She almost succeeds in getting back up before being sent tumbling over again.

Patrick Ayemieye (pictured), from Birmingham, is said to have bombarded Ali Sethi with a string of abusive texts when negotiations over a website for a new business broke down.

Three quarters of British students are obtaining either a first or a 2:1 - compared with only two thirds five years ago, with employers concerned it is now harder for them to find the brightest candidates.

Brussels will demand that Britain submits to the European Court of Justice for the duration of any transitional deal, said Maltese prime minister Joseph Muscat.

Outspoken Hazel Ramsay from Paisley, Renfrewshire, has become a social media sensation for her devastating critique of the tattie scones which one proud amateur chef had posted on Facebook.

Customers with Lloyds Bank, Halifax and Bank of Scotland have taken to Twitter to vent frustration at being blocked from accessing their online accounts and banking apps.

Tennessee teen raises over $10k for college tuition after claiming parents cut her off

Tennessee teen, Allie Dowdle (right and left), has raised more than $10,000 on GoFundMe after she claimed that her parents cut her off for dating African-American student, Michael (left). The 18-year-old said that when she told her parents that she was dating a black student, her dad told her that she was not allowed to see him again and would no longer support her future. But her father, Bill Dowdle, said that his daughter dating a black man may not be his 'preference' because of 'issues' involved with biracial dating in the South. He said it 'was never about race', adding that he isn't a racist and he disapproved of Michael in part because Allie had started seeing him in secret.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will agree to be extradited to the United States if President Barack Obama grants clemency to military document leaker Chelsea Manning.

John Hayes has been shunted back to Transport. At just 58 years of age, Mr Hayes considers himself one of the grand old men of government, a stooping consigliere able to counsel the Cabinet's pups.

West Midlands Police was forced to log Amber Rudd's party conference speech, in which she set out measures to force firms to reveal the number of foreign staff, as a 'hate incident'.

British researchers have pulled inspiration from nature for their latest design - a drone that makes perched landing like a bird. The team used an algorithm to design the landing system.

Roger Smith, 46, said he stockpiled an arsenal of weapons, including crossbows, knives and a bomb making manual, at his home in Nottingham to prepare for a war against ISIS.

Do you wheelie need all that gear? Farmer motors past Lycra-clad cyclists on expensive road bikes as they ride up on steep hill

Hilarious footage has emerged of a farmer leaving two professional riders for dead while cycling up a hill in Columbia on his 'retro' bicycle. Cyclists Axel Carion and Andreas Fabricius who are trying to cycle between Cartagena in Colombia to Ushuaia in Argentina for charity are overtaken with ease by the farmer who is wearing torn blue jeans, a baggy white shirt and large heavy boots and carry a large white sack.

Ryanair has sparked a summer flight war with nine new routes from London's Stansted airport, including daily trips to Nice and Naples and a three times-weekly service to Cagliari in Sardinia.

Details of the upcoming price rise were spotted in a Sky newspaper advert although the exact increase is yet to be announced. Sky last increased prices in June to a number of TV packages.

The group, which has 89 gyms in the UK, said it was expecting an increase in users this year as people ditch expensive memberships for more affordable ones.

Corey Robinson has filed a civil lawsuit against Juan Carlos, 20, claiming that his passenger was negligent when he led police on a high-speed chase in upstate New York.

Parents share photos of their VERY impressive DIY children's toys

Parents have shared photos of the incredible DIY toys they made for their children, including sensory boards and cubby houses. Proving it's the little things that kids find amusing, one parent simply covered a wooden board with common household items, like keys, a toilet roll and door stoppers (left), much to their toddlers delight. Another sensory board was made in to the shape of a ship (bottom right), while one particularly handy parent handmade a wooden truck (top right).

Adobe foresees a digital assistant doing more than just ordering goods - it could edit photos. A short clip shows a man using voice commands to crop a photo, flip it and post the final image to Facebook.

Samsung's device, codenamed  'Foldable Valley' will turn into a 7inch tablet when unfolded, and is expected to launch in August, the report claims.

Professor King was a renowned expert on British elections and helped the BBC with its coverage for 20 years. David Dimbleby, who shared many election nights him, was among those to pay tribute.

The Royal Shakespeare Company's Much Ado About Nothing is a delicious show, well-suited to the opulence of the Theatre Royal Haymarket and the setting and acting are spot on.

Their video taste test, featuring American children, started with sauerkraut and meat substitute Nuttolene for the 1920s and concluded with zucchini noodles and chia pudding for 2016.

Footage, believed to have been filmed in Germany has captured a man trying to strategically cut stings on a tarpaulin roof weighed down by snow only for the whole thing to collapse on top of him.

What Earth will look like in 250 million years including new MEGACONTINENT called Amasia

Researchers have found that a new megacontinent - Amasia - will form in the next 250 million years. North and South America will crunch together, with the Caribbean Sea and Arctic Ocean disappearing, while Asia will join the Americas, according to research by Yale University researchers and Japan's Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology. This will happen because of the movement of the earth's tectonic plates - the enormous plates of the earth's crust that have drifted together and apart over hundreds and millions of years.

Sarah Bryan, 28, said she is 'too terrified' to leave her West Yorkshire home and is receiving 'death threats' following her heated interview with Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain.

Robert Wood had his jaw smashed and narrowly missed severing an artery in his neck after plunging onto one of the giant chimes he was cleaning at a church in Wensleydale, North Yorkshire.

A study has shown we use a higher pitch when talking to puppies, and this really does help the animals to pay attention more, but the study didn't find the same effect applied for adult dogs.

Father-of-two Emmanuel Bushayija, 56, who lives in Sale, Manchester, has been named as the new king of Rwanda, succeeding his uncle Kigeli V who died heirless in the US last October.

Buttsbury Junior School in Billericay, Essex, is offering night classes to parents to help them brush up on topics such as fractions and algebra so they have confidenc to help their children.

Pakistani man who weighs 68-STONE eats 36 eggs for breakfast and 7lb of meat a day

A man who tips the scales at a whopping 68½ stone (960 lbs) is claiming to be the world's strongest man. Gentle giant Arbab Khizer Hayat has already been named Pakistan's hulk man. A thrilling video shows the big man stopping a tractor and cars with his bare hands. 25-year-old Hayat says he wants to become a weightlifting champion.

Talking to the secret-sharing app Whisper , red-faced mothers and fathers have revealed the mortifying moments their children walked in on their most intimate activities - and their reactions.

The eerie incident occurred in Junlian County, China, at 5pm on January 8. The man's family rushed to open his coffin after hearing him struggling inside the wooden case.

Faizal Sintaan, 19, admitted fondling the British teenager's private parts, kissing her and leaving marks on her neck at a massage parlour in the Malaysian city of Kota Kinabalu (pictured).

Ela Boyd, 36, said the group caused thousands of pounds worth of damage in her London flat, stubbed out cigarettes on her furniture and even urinated on her bed on New Year's Eve.

Scientists from University College London have discovered a team of more than 350,000 bots on Twitter they call 'Star Wars bots'- these bots only share random quotes from Star Wars novels.

Patsy Dee, 55, claims she and dozens of other patients witnessed an elderly man who had been waiting on a trolley die in front of them at Swindon's Great Western Hospital on Sunday.

Huikang, from China's Hunan Province, suffers from transverse facial cleft. Rare condition means the boy, born in 2009, appears to have two faces. The child has been dubbed the 'mask boy' by media.

Hilarious tattoo fails show how things go badly wrong when the inker can't spell

Hilariously tattoo fails have been sweeping Instagram, as people poking fun at incorrect spellings and grammatical disasters. Clockwise from top left: One tattoo artist couldn't spell 'heart'; god was 'fudging' rather than judging this man; another pays tribute to his 'mather'; while this person's is his 'angle'; a motivational slogan gone wrong, and another that probably does make the bearer want to give up.

Scans performed on wounded war veterans in Boston have revealed the clearest evidence to date that head injuries wear down the defenses of brain regions vulnerable to the disease.

The Army and Navy flyover in Chelmsford, Essex, has become notorious for accidents. Traffic on the road into Chelmsford in the morning, and the reverse in the afternoon.

The children's entertainer (pictured) is accused of pulling the teenager on to his lap and putting his hand up her skirt. It is one of a string of allegations Harris faces in a trial at Southwark Crown Court.

How to take the perfect Instagram-worthy food picture

Food pictures make up a massive chunk of pictures posted on Instagram.  But with so many posted on the social media platform every day, how can you make yours stand out? Here, FEMAIL brings you the best tips for styling and photographing your meals to ensure they grab the most likes on the 'gram. 

Shamed South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius (pictured with family) is preparing for a final appeal to serve the minimum jail term for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

According to US-based celebrity make-up artist Kate Best, this reasonably simple in-flight regime can make all the difference when it comes to looking refreshed after a long journey.



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