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Five people were killed in a mass shooting in Texas on Thursday morning, police said (Image: KWTX)

A suspect is in police custody after shooting and killing five people in a small Texas town, police said.

Law enforcement sources told the local broadcaster KWTX that a father shot his wife and two children. It is currently unclear who the other two victims are.

Another victim was reportedly found dead in the street, while another was found in a nearby home.

Authorities have released very little information about Thursday morning’s fatal incident, which they say is still under investigation.

“Five people have died after this morning’s incident,” a police spokesman said at a news conference Thursday afternoon.

He said they could not confirm the victims’ names or identities until their families were notified.

Neighbors said they heard gunshots around 8 a.m. The incident ended in a shootout involving officers, police said.

Schools in the McGregor Independent School District went into lockdown for 15 minutes Thursday morning while the shooting took place.

In a message to district students and parents, MISD Superintendent James Lenamon described the shooting as a “domestic disturbance.”

“In light of today’s events and out of respect for the victims, all MISD activities, including the JH pep rally and all JH and sub varsity games, have been canceled,” the school district said in a statement.

McGregor is a small town of about 5,000 people in central Texas. It is approximately 98 miles north of Austin and 109 miles south of Fort Worth.

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Kent: Disabled woman forced to drive 1.5 miles after bus ‘refused’ her

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She was reportedly told by Lesley McMaster that she was ‘too heavy’ (Image: Lesley McMaster/SWNS)

A disabled grandmother has accused a bus company of “discrimination” after she refused to let her mobility scooter on the bus.

Lesley McMaster was on her way to visit her grandchildren when Nu-Venture staff told her she could not get on the bus with the scooter.

The driver reportedly told her she was “too heavy” and that it was at his discretion to let her in while the granny took the weight Shopping for her poor daughter and grandchildren.

She was forced to ride the scooter – the size of a double buggy – for 1.5 miles in the pouring rain.

Normally the granny from Dartford in Kent said her daughter would pick her up but the family was ill so she had to use public transport.

Due to a complex set of medical needs, 54-year-old Lesley uses a small shopping scooter to get around, which she had ID for.

To get from her home in Dartford to her grandchildren in Tovil, Lesley has to take three buses – the A or B bus from Bluewater to Chatham, the 101 from Chatham to Maidstone, then the 23 from Maidstone town center to Tovil.

But she said Nu-Venture Service No. 23 wouldn’t let her in for the last stretch, even though it has ramps that lower via a driver’s seat button.

Lesley McMaster’s scooter permit, which should allow her to drive buses in her area (Image: Lesley McMaster/SWNS)

She said it wasn’t her first problem with the bus company.

On another occasion, a Nu Venture ramp broke and although the driver wanted to allow her to board, another passenger had to help her lift the scooter onto the bus.

She said: “I often take the bus, either with my walking stick or my scooter.

“On this occasion I had to take my groceries to my daughter’s house, so I took my scooter with me.

“All the buses I’ve used in Dartford have had no problems whatsoever with my scooter, but the buses in Maidstone refused to let me on.

“They said it was too heavy and it was at the driver’s discretion whether I could get on the bus.

“This is discrimination, how else am I supposed to get to Tovil if public transport doesn’t let me? The weather was terrible.

“I won’t do it again but I chose the footpath that goes along the river and it was so muddy and slippery.

The 54-year-old had to ride 1.5 miles in the rain (Image: Lesley McMaster/SWNS)

‘Next time I’ll walk the streets instead, even if it’s further.’

She praised the Arriva bus drivers, who have to get out and go down the ramp manually.

But Lesley said she’s had other issues with Nu-Venture, despite its push-button system to lower the ramp from the driver’s seat.

She said: “The Arriva bus drivers are great, to help me they actually have to get out of the taxi and go down the ramp.

“They never complain and are always happy to help.

“But Nu-Venture, who can lower their ramps with a button from the driver’s seat, simply refuses.

“The other day there was a driver from Nu-Venture who wanted to let me onto the bus, but the ramp was broken.

“Another passenger had to help me lift the scooter onto the bus.

“I really don’t understand why Nu-Venture is making such a fuss about it, it’s not a giant mobility scooter, it’s the size of a double buggy.”

According to Nu-Venture, only wheelchair users fall under the Equality Act, not those using mobility scooters.

A spokesman for the company said: “We welcome wheelchair users on all our buses.

“Since 2017, the Gender Equality Act has stipulated that all buses used in local transport must be wheelchair accessible.

“The law applies to wheelchairs. Mobility scooters are much heavier and are not covered by the regulations.

“Drivers have no ‘discretion’ on this matter – they have an obligation to comply with the law on this matter at all times.”

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St Ives is happiest place to live in UK reveals Rightmove survey

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Picturesque St Ives, a popular coastal town and port in Cornwall (Photo: Getty)

The picturesque seaside town of St Ives has been crowned Britain’s most liveable place.

The Cornish seaside town overtook Hexham in Northumberland to take first place this year, having traded with the market town for first place since 2019.

This year, however, Galashiels came second in the Scottish Borders – ranking top for friendliness across the UK according to an annual survey by home selling website Rightmove.

More than 21,000 people responded to the Happy at Home Index, which asks residents how they feel about where they live.

Locations are judged on factors such as sense of belonging, proximity to green spaces, and sense of community.

St. Ives residents rated the area highly for its sense of community, residents’ sense of belonging and how comfortable residents feel about being themselves.

Councilor Philip Pope, Mayor of St Ives, said: ‘I’m often asked what makes St Ives so special and the only answer I can ever give is ‘the people’.’

“Don’t get me wrong, it’s a beautiful riverside market town steeped in history with scenic views, but none of it really means anything without the incredible people who have chosen to live, work, volunteer and contribute here to visit.

“We are very fortunate to have the greatest people with the kindest hearts in this city.

The town of Galashiels in the Scottish Borders. (Photo: Getty)

“I firmly believe that happiness, love and kindness are three of the most important things in life and here at St Ives we are fortunate to have all of these in abundance.”

At the other end of the UK, residents of the historic border town of Galashiels in Scotland scored particularly high for people’s friendliness and politeness – ranking top in the UK for it.

Alice Brown, appraiser at estate agents Rettie & Co Borders, said the location is a winner, as is the friendliness of the locals: “The countryside around Galashiels has so much to offer, especially for those who are into rural activities such as hiking, trail running , cycling, wild swimming”.

Anglesey has been found to be the happiest place to live in Wales.

Tim Bannister, Director of Property Science at Rightmove, said: “This year’s Happy at Home survey really shows that the things that make people happy to live in their area aren’t so much the physical aspects of that area, it’s more the personal aspects, such as our sense of belonging, community and people.’

Rising prices

However, living in one of the happiest cities in Britain comes at a price.

The average asking price for a house in St Ives is £523,731, which is 6% higher than last year when it was £492,870 and also higher than the average asking price across the UK of £366,999.

Other locations in the top ten include Woodbridge, Harrogate, Anglesey, Bury St Edmunds, Cirencester and Hexham.

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Free boiler replacement: What schemes are there and who is eligible?

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Could you get help paying for a new heating system? (Image: Getty)

If your boiler isn’t energy efficient, pay more energy bills.

Given that, that’s a concern winter threatens, the need for heating is increasing and we know that energy prices will rise again anyway April 2023.

Of course, the last thing you need this time of year is a super old heater that you can pack away completely.

So you may be wondering if there is help to replace an old, broken or inefficient boiler – especially if you are on a lower income or know/know one pensioner fights to heat their house.

Here’s what’s available and where to learn more.

Which free boiler exchange programs are there?

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There are two main schemes to get your boiler replaced for free – or get a grant towards the cost.

You are over the government Energy Company Obligation (ECO) programand the separate boiler upgrade program.

ECO4 program

What is it? ECO is the Government’s Energy Company Commitment Scheme.

The program, which has been running since 2013, is currently in its fourth iteration called ECO4 – which focuses on the Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation (HHCRO).

In short, this is forcing large energy suppliers (with more than 150,000 customers) to help fight fuel poverty by ensuring that people on low incomes and in vulnerable situations can heat their homes, explains Ofgem.

So you could get help installing insulation, as well as a replacement for an old, inefficient boiler or heating system.

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Who is Eligible? Eligible persons are in England, Scotland and Wales who receive the following benefits:

  • child allowance
  • Labor Tax Credit
  • universal credit
  • annuity guarantee loan
  • retirement savings credit
  • social care
  • Earned Unemployment Assistance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • child support
  • housing benefit

If you own your own home, your property must have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of D, E, F or G (the lowest energy efficiency rating you can obtain).

If you rent privately through a landlord or live in council housing, the property you live in needs an EPC rating of E, F or G to qualify – and the landlord must approve any work.

Households that do not claim benefits but are in one of these EPC rating levels and earn a total of £31,000 or less may also be eligible.

People receiving money from utility bills through the Warm Home Discount Scheme will likely be eligible too.

However, exactly what kind of help you can get doesn’t seem cut and dry.

Ofgem states on its website: “It is important to note that being eligible for ECO does not necessarily mean that a utility or installer decides to install an energy efficiency measure in your home.”

How to apply: For more information, see Gov.uk page on the Energy Company Obligation.

Contact your local authority (which you can You will find here) or energy supplier (which you can You will find here) to find out if you definitely qualify and what grants or help are available.

Local councils and energy suppliers can also refer individuals or households, as can the NHS, according to June 2022, if someone has a health condition that is made worse by living in a cold home Ofgem guide to ECO4 for municipalities.

Elderly person turning down the central heating with a wireless thermostat

Boiler upgrade scheme

What is it? Ofgem says the goal of the Boiler Upgrade Scheme is to help “decarbonize heat in buildings.”

Essentially, this saves you the cost of replacing a gas or fossil fuel boiler with an air source heat pump, ground source heat pump or biomass boiler.

It’s also no insignificant amount of around £5,000-6,000 – with a total of £450million in the pot for this scheme. However, the money goes straight to your installer who negotiates it for you.

Who is Eligible? People in England and Wales can apply for this programme.

People in Scotland and Northern Ireland have access to various loan and grants respectively.

You must apply for a property that you own, install a new heating system after April 2022, and replace your fossil fuel heating system with one that does not use fossil fuels.

In addition, there are a number of eligibility criteria for your property that you can choose from see the government website.

That includes making sure your home’s existing EPC doesn’t have prominent recommendations for attic or cavity wall insulation – and making sure your home is even suitable for a low-carbon heating system, which many won’t be.

How to apply: For more information, see gov.uk’s Boiler Upgrade Scheme page.

Through the site you can Look for an MCS certified installer to receive offers and they can confirm whether or not you are eligible for the program before making any final decisions.

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