Kristaps PorzingisNew York Knicks163 Tobias HarrisDetroit Pistons184 OAKLAND, Calif. — Humans need oxygen, plants need sunlight, and NBA shooters need space to breathe. A cushion from a defender allows a player to do his job successfully: It gives him time to turn and face the basket, bend his knees to develop rhythm and square his feet.Then there’s Klay Thompson, who often does none of these things yet still hits threes at a better-than-40-percent clip and strikes fear in just about every NBA defense. “You ever had someone walk right up on you and talk a few inches away from your face?” asked Warriors assistant Bruce Fraser. “That’s Klay. It’s like he doesn’t mind not having space when he shoots.”Any number of things would correctly explain why the Warriors, who open their season tonight, are on the cusp of becoming a dynasty. Two-time MVP Stephen Curry is a game-breaking playmaker capable of bringing defenses to their knees in a way we’ve never seen. Pair his skill set with that of Kevin Durant, and you have a legitimate title contender. None of that even speaks to the defensive presence and edge Golden State often gets from Draymond Green.Yet Thompson’s quick-trigger attempts from deep might be the best barometer of success for the Warriors. Golden State won 95 percent of its games last season (going 43-2) when the swingman hit at least 40 percent of his shots from 3-point range, but the Warriors won just 69 percent (23-10) when Thompson connected on less than 40 percent.Guarding the 6-foot-7 Thompson is like a formal job interview: If you merely show up on time, rather than getting there a little early, it often means you’ve arrived too late. And God forbid you actually show up a little late — you might as well turn around and go home. Part of this is because Thompson is such a talented, pure shooter, but it’s also because he gets the ball out of his hands faster than any player in the NBA and can connect on his jumpers without having to dip his knees to generate a rhythm.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/klayquicktrigger1.mp400:0000:0000:11Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/klayquicktrigger2.mp400:0000:0000:09Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.While Houston coach Mike D’Antoni has his Seven Seconds or Less strategy, Thompson has established his own version of hot potato this past season, in which he launched a total of 302 catch-and-shoot triples within 0.79 seconds of touching the ball, according to an analysis run by STATS SportVu at FiveThirtyEight’s request. The next-closest player, C.J. Miles, had just 192. What’s more, Thompson hits the quick-trigger triples at nearly the same clip, 43.4 percent,1131 of 302 as when he takes his time and composes himself. When told of these numbers, Thompson put it best: “Sheesh.” Klay Thompson is the fastest sharpshooter, East or West3-pointers attempted within 0.79 seconds of catching the ball, 2016-17 Tony SnellMilwaukee Bucks157 Stephen CurryGolden State Warriors180 Channing FryeCleveland Cavaliers182 Klay ThompsonGolden State Warriors302 Eric GordonHouston Rockets183 Thompson connected on 131 of 302 attempts within that release window, for a mark of 43.4%. For context, the leaguewide average percentage on all 3-pointers was 35.8%.Source: STATS SportVu Nicolas BatumCharlotte Hornets160 PLAYERTEAMTOTAL C.J. MilesIndiana Pacers192 Trevor ArizaHouston Rockets152 The Warriors’ offense already has a cheat code of sorts because of how thin they spread defenses with their shooting, but they also get a ton of mileage out of the threat Thompson poses aside from his 22 points per game. Thompson’s star teammates find far more openings when playing alongside him because defenders know they can’t step too far away from the lethal shooter. That gives the two former MVPs on the roster true single coverage as opposed to double-teams. Curry and Durant each took advantage and shot nearly 50 and 57 percent from the field, respectively, when playing together alongside Thompson, per NBA Wowy. Watch here as the Clippers lose track of Durant while trying desperately to account for each member of the Warriors’ three leading scorers. The threat of Thompson’s jumper helps create an easy bucket underneath.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/klaykdsteph.mp400:0000:0000:09Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Unsurprisingly, Curry and Durant’s field-goal percentage numbers fell to 46 percent and 50 percent, respectively, in their almost 400 minutes without Thompson.In turn, the other Warriors are engaging in near-perpetual motion to help spring Thompson free. Many of his jumpers stem from the Warriors’ unusual network of screens and picks — with the stars often setting improvisational back screens for role players and guards springing free big men. Still, Golden State works hardest to get Thompson open: He had a whopping 516 separate plays in which they brought him off a screen — a figure that led the NBA by a country mile. For context, Thompson got more shot attempts following a screen than 20 different teams in 2016-17, according to Synergy Sports.His role this past season was a far cry from what it was just four seasons ago, before Steve Kerr took over as coach, when the young Warriors utilized a much different style of offense. Back then, their attack was heavily rooted in stagnant 1-on-1 plays as opposed to the free-flowing system they currently run to perfection. In the course of one year, Golden State went from being dead-last in the NBA with 246.6 passes thrown per game in 2013-14 to seventh in the league with 315.9 passes per night in 2014-15 under Kerr.Under former coach Mark Jackson, Thompson got a steady diet of entry passes on the block and finished the 2013-14 season with an eye-popping 130 post-ups — the fifth-highest total among NBA guards that year, according to Synergy Sports. As jarring as that number sounds, consider this: Thompson has only posted up 137 times total in the three seasons since then.“I knew I wanted to install plenty of movement, and it just so happened that Klay turned himself into Reggie Miller and Rip Hamilton,” Kerr told me this week, citing two of the more elite shooters off screens in modern times. “To me, Klay’s the best guy in the league now at moving without the ball. It just comes natural to him, and it made him a natural fit with our offense.”One of Thompson’s best skills is his ability to score in bunches without possessing the ball all that much. These outbursts have become his trademark since his heroic 41-point, 11 3-pointer performance two seasons ago when the defending champion Warriors were on the cusp of postseason elimination in Oklahoma City. Among those averaging 20 points per game last season, Thompson tied with Brook Lopez for the league lead in lowest time of possession per game, at just 1.6 minutes, while the Warriors guard averaged the highest points-per-touch average. “This is a gunslinger that’s spitting out the ball before anyone can even get to him,” said Fraser, the Warriors assistant.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/klaydefendedbykd.mp400:0000:0000:11Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Thompson told me that he’s made it a point since the age of 15 — when he attended a shooting camp and watched renowned shooting instructor Dave Hopla drill dozens of jumpers — to unload the ball faster.“[Hopla] said, ‘It doesn’t matter where your feet are as long as your shoulders are squared,’ ” Thompson said. “That’s really resonated with me ever since I was a kid. So now, every time I just try to get a good shot off and make sure my shoulders are square toward the rim, even if my feet are in an awkward place. If I’ve got a good base, and I can get some lift, that’s all I need.”Thompson’s uncanny ability to find the basket while barely able to see it — he tested this notion by taking, and making, triples in a Sports Science lab with the lights turned off — simply confirmed what many already knew about him: He can make the sorts of shots others wouldn’t even dream of taking.Asked about having a teammate of that stature, Durant smiled. “That’s the great part about it. I don’t have to play against that no more,” he said. “You can’t relax for a split second, or he’s gonna get a shot off.”Check out our latest NBA predictions.
OSU junior forward Danny Jensen (9) during a game against Cleveland State on Oct. 21 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won 1-0. Credit: Christopher Slack / Lantern PhotographerDespite its win streak being snapped by Rutgers on Sunday, the Ohio State men’s soccer team is still unbeaten in its last six home games and will try to keep that streak going on Saturday against No. 20 Maryland..For the first time since 2011, the Scarlet and Gray have won five consecutive games at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.“We know we’re hard to beat at home,” junior forward Danny Jensen said. “I hope we can come out and give everything we have and stay concentrated.”The Buckeyes’ confidence level is still at an all-time high despite their loss against Rutgers because members of the team said they are proud of how the team played in the defeat.“We lost but we played well,” senior defender and co-captain Liam Doyle said. “So there’s a lot of positives to take and it’s going to be a tough game Saturday, but we will be prepared.”The Scarlet and Gray have not yet beaten the Terrapins, as Maryland leads the all-time series 3-0. Therefore, the Buckeyes are aware of what kind of team they will be facing on Saturday night.“Every time you play Maryland you know you’re going to get a great team to play against and you really have to come out and bring it all because any chance they get they’re going to make the most of it,” Jensen said. “You can’t give up any easy goals and you have to put up any chance you get.”Doyle said Maryland is traditionally one of the best teams in the nation. He said that the Terrapins are an attacking and very physical team.Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.Terrapins territoryMaryland defeated No. 17 Washington in a 1-0 shutout victory on Friday at Ludwig Field to improve its record to 7-4-4.Maryland is led by Sebastian Elney with six goals and two assists, followed by Mael Corboz with two goals and eight assists.In goal, redshirt junior Cody Niedermeier has played about 1,174 minutes this season. He holds a goals-against average of 0.84 and a total of 39 saves on the season.What’s next?The Buckeyes are set to host their final regular-season game against Big Ten opponent and rival Michigan at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Tight end Marcus Baugh checks in at the team hotel before camp. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Lantern PhotographerRedshirt junior tight end Marcus Baugh has some big shoes to fill.The last two starting tight ends for Ohio State, Jeff Heuerman and Nick Vannett, were picked in the third round of the 2015 and 2016 NFL Drafts, respectively. Now in 2016, Baugh has a chance to make an impression as the next starting tight end for the Buckeye offense.Even though both Heuerman and Vannett were drafted fairly high in their respective drafts, the tight end position has not been a prominent role in the Buckeye offensive scheme for the past couple of seasons. Heuerman, in 2013, was the last OSU tight end to record over 20 receptions in a season.Despite tight ends combining for only 194 yards and one touchdown on 21 receptions last season, Baugh is confident that his group will play a bigger role in 2016.“Right now I have a pretty good role on offense,” Baugh said. “We changed some reads to where I’ll be the first read or on some, if the first read is covered, I’ll be the second read.”Offensive coordinator and tight ends coach Ed Warinner made it clear that the reads Baugh was referring to are just quicker options for redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett to get the ball to the tight end on plays. Warinner is making sure that his offense, especially Baugh, are ready to contribute at a high level.“We have certain segments where we emphasize the tempo,” Warinner said. “We’re trying to find out who the consistent playmakers are. Marcus has shown that he can be one.”Baugh, a four-star recruit in 2013 from John W. North High School in Riverside, California, saw his first significant action in the passing game in the 2016 spring game. Barrett found Baugh over the middle numerous times adding up to seven receptions and 64 yards.It was a quiet but distinct performance in an objectively insignificant game. But that’s who Baugh is as a football player. “Marcus is quiet by nature,” Warinner said. “But in our small group with the tight ends, he does a great job … talking to them, leading them and trying to have them understand the Buckeye way and the right way to do things.”He leads a room of young, highly touted tight end recruits who could serve big roles in future OSU offenses, as well as this one. Redshirt freshman A.J. Alexander has been taking reps with the second-string, and freshman Jake Hausmann is close behind him.Warinner said that Baugh is taking steps toward ensuring the success of younger players below him on the depth chart.“They actually do know a lot,” Baugh said about Alexander and Hausman. “I don’t really have to tell them anything. I just got to get them to the point where if something happens and they go in, they’ll be ready.”With statistical expectations low, Baugh has the chance to surpass expectations for a historically underwhelming yet highly touted tight end position.
BOSTON – Aaron Craft, meet Syracuse men’s basketball’s back court. Craft, the Ohio State men’s basketball team’s sophomore guard, could face the toughest challenge of his career Saturday when the No. 2-seeded Buckeyes (30-7) face No. 1-seeded Syracuse (34-2) at TD Garden in Boston with a berth to the Final Four on the line. Craft, the Big Ten’s reigning Defensive Player of the Year, has long been hailed as the best on-ball defender in the country, but Saturday’s game will see him go up against a trio of Syracuse guards that Orange coach Jim Boeheim calls the best in the country. Heading the Orange’s offensive attack is senior Scoop Jardine, a second-team All-Big East selection who is averages nearly nine points and five assists per game. Fellow starter, junior Brandon Triche, averages nine points per game as well. Former Duke guard and current OSU video coordinator Greg Paulus said that Jardine and Triche would be hard for Craft to handle. “I think those guys are really good players,” Paulus said. “Offensively, they’re strong – shifty with the basketball. The can do it inside with the mid-range game. They can go out and hit the three from behind the ball screen – it’s going to be a very difficult matchup.” When either Jardine or Triche need a break, sophomore guard Dion Waiters – recipient of the Big East’s 6th Man of the Year award – comes off the bench for the Orange. Waiters averages nearly 13 points per game for Syracuse. After OSU’s Thursday win against No. 6-seeded Cincinnati, Craft sighed at the mention of Syracuse’s guards. Craft said he’s well aware of the threat his opposition poses in Saturday game. “It’s going to be tough, you know. It’s definitely not going to be just me,” Craft said. “I mean, those guys are great players, and they bring great players off the bench. So, it’s going to be a big personnel game. Just understanding what they like to do, what they don’t like to do and try to stay as connected as possible.” In the Syracuse camp, Craft is held in high regard as well, and with good reason – he contributed 11 second-half points against the Bearcats to go along with five assists and six steals to help lead OSU to its 81-66 win Thursday. Triche said Craft, who averages nearly nine points, five assists and three rebounds per game for OSU, is a guy that’s “always up on you.” “He pretty much just makes it tough,” Triche said. “He’s one of those guys that never gives up. He’s one of those guys who helps others, dives on the floor.” So, how will this collision of talent at the guard position shake out Saturday? OSU assistant coach Jeff Boals said he is confident in Craft. “Aaron is a huge force on both ends of the court,” Boals said. “It’ll be a good challenge for him.” Craft said he’ll need to rely on his teammates for help in the game to guard Syracuse’s guards, which totaled 39 points in the Orange’s 64-63 win against No. 4-seeded Wisconsin to advance to the NCAA Tournament’s round of eight teams. While he isn’t going to emphasize the one-on-one match ups, Craft also said he would need to keep the Syracuse guards in front of him. “All three of them have shown that they can take over a game when they need to,” Craft said. “It’s going to be all five of us trying to stop all five of them, and hopefully we can do something.” Paulus agreed with Boals and said he is confident in OSU’s guard. “I know (Craft) is the best defender in college basketball,” he said. “I know he’ll be up to the challenge.” OSU’s game against Syracuse at TD Garden in Boston will tip at 7:05 p.m. The game will be televised on CBS.
Praying today for the Bishop of Grantham and his partner. May God bless & uphold them as they are suddenly thrust into the media spotlight!— +David Gillett (@davidkgillett) September 2, 2016 The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said he was “fully aware” of Dr Chamberlain’s “long-term, committed relationship”.“His appointment as Bishop of Grantham was made on the basis of his skills and calling to serve the church in the Diocese of Lincoln,” he added.“He lives within the Bishops’ guidelines and his sexuality is completely irrelevant to his office.” The Archbishop of Canterbury voiced his support for Dr ChamberlainCredit:Heathcliff O’Malley for the Daily Telegraph A spokesman said: “The Church has said for some time that it would be unjust to exclude from consideration for the episcopate anyone seeking to live fully in conformity with the Church’s teaching on sexual ethics or other areas of personal life and discipline.“Whilst Bishop Nick’s appointment is notable in the gifts and talents that he brings to the episcopate, it is wholly consistent and unexceptional in other regards given the testing of that call by those responsible for the selection process in each case.” However, when a Sunday newspaper threatened to reveal his relationship status, he decided to talk publicly.“It was not my decision to make a big thing about coming out,” he said. “People know I’m gay, but it’s not the first thing I’d say to anyone.” My sexual identity is part of who I am, but it’s the ministry that mattersBishop of Grantham The Bishop of Grantham, the Rt Revd Dr Nicholas Chamberlain, blesses the congregation. pic.twitter.com/IV1aBX4cA6— Diocese of Lincoln (@CofELincoln) July 3, 2016 While the announcement may not be embraced by conservative members of the church, in an official statement the Church of England emphasised its support for Dr Chamberlain. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Speaking to the Guardian, he said he expected the news to create “ripples” in the church.He added: “My sexual identity is part of who I am, but it’s the ministry that matters.” The Bishop of Grantham said it was “the ministry that matters”Credit:@CofELincoln The Bishop of Grantham, Nicholas Chamberlain, has become the first ever bishop in the Church of England to state publicly that he is in a gay relationship.Bishops are permitted to be in same-sex relationships provided that they are celibate and they do not marry, and Chamberlain’s sexuality had not been kept a secret from the Church.
Supermarkets Asda, The Co-op, Sainsbury’s and Tesco have already started selling mince pies – most of which will be out-of-date by Christmas. Summer is scarcely over, so most people probably haven’t started planning their Christmas yet.The Harvester in Gloucester didn’t stick to convention and has put its decorations up to inspire festive feelings.A sign next to the tree says: “IT’S CHRISTMAS!” and urges customers to book their festive events early. Harvester has put its Christmas tree up unsettlingly early. https://t.co/09XQg3AFJd pic.twitter.com/19E0ju3aty— Report UK (@ReportUK) September 8, 2016 “Get a free bottle of prosecco for every six people when you book before the 31st of October 2016”, reads the sign.The restaurant is also promoting its Christmas menu.Plenty of other outlets have also started Christmas early. “I couldn’t believe it – I saw Christmas mince pies on sale in Asda but the date on the box was two months before Christmas,” said Julie Delange, a 37-year-old mother-of-three, earlier this month.”I thought it was a misprint but when I checked the other boxes on the shelf, they had the same date, October 26th 2016. “The stores are obviously out to cash in on Christmas as soon as they can.” It seems the Christmas season starts earlier every year, but one branch of Harvester has decided to erect its festive tree in September. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
It feels like some sort of Gestapo of Virgin trains at Lancaster. The amount of ticket checks, platform and train announcements saying ‘there will be a full ticket check carried out now’Steve Morrissey Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Another passenger claimed he was threatened with arrest for buying a cheaper single ticket from Lancaster to London, but actually getting on the train at Preston station.Mr Morrissey said: “It feels like some sort of Gestapo of Virgin trains at Lancaster. The amount of ticket checks, platform and train announcements saying ‘there will be a full ticket check carried out now’.”He was given an apology from Virgin Trains and initially offered half price tickets for his next journey before being offered two free first class return journey tickets.An overhaul of Britain’s rail fares is to be trialled to make it easier to buy the cheapest tickets after the Commons transport select committee published a damning report which stated that “unfairness, complexity and a lack of transparency” in rail ticketing have been apparent for at least a decade.Rail passengers faced with eye-watering fares are having to carry piles of different tickets to save money on their journeys.A football fan last week received 56 separate tickets when he booked a split ticket between Newcastle and Oxford for an FA Cup match on Saturday – tweeting a picture of the deck of tickets laid out on his bed.A Virgin Trains spokesperson said: “Virgin Trains has an excellent reputation for customer service and we want everyone to have the best experience possible. Our teams make sure people have the right ticket for their journey in order to protect the majority of our customers from the actions of a small minority who try to avoid paying their way.”However, it’s clear that our people made a mistake in this case and we are sorry for Mr Morrissey’s experience. We have been in touch to apologise and offer him a gesture of goodwill which he has accepted.” Mr Morrissey, from Bispham, Lancs, said: “It was not a pleasant experience. You can obviously feel people are listening in. It looked like I’m a sort of criminal. I’ve never been as embarrassed in my life.”Throughout the entire journey, I just felt like a criminal, all the way. When I arrived at Euston there were three members of staff hiding around the entrance, it was obvious what was going on.”I was just stood there on the platform at Euston with two British Transport Police and three Virgin staff.”Mr Morrissey refused to buy another ticket and protested his innocence until CCTV was checked and showed him getting on the train at Lancaster as he had told train staff.After the 40-minute delay while CCTV was studied he said he was given a hasty apology and allowed to go on his way – but by then had missed his business meeting in the capital.Mr Morrissey said Virgin staff were cracking down on passengers after the big difference in ticket prices between Preston and Lancaster on the West Coast Main Line was publicised recently. Virgin Trains has been accused of acting like the “Gestapo” after accusing a businessman of exploiting a loophole to cut more than £250 off the price of his ticket.Steve Morrissey, 32, the director of a software company, would normally get the train for the 228-mile trip to London from Preston, but found he could cut almost 75% off the cost of his return ticket by getting on at Lancaster, 25 miles further away from the capital.However, on his journey to Euston on the 7.38am from Lancaster, Mr Morrissey was accused of fare dodging by getting on the train at Preston, where the price is £350 – higher than the £93 he paid for his ticket. The father-of-one was left embarrassed as he was ordered to buy another ticket or be fined and detained at Euston where British Transport Police were waiting.
A friend of Ms Carr told The Sun the attack last week was a “terrifying experience” for the actress.”There was blood everywhere, but she was very lucky that the wound grazed her head and she was not more seriously injured,” the friend said.”Typically, Liz is putting a brave face on it – joking that it was like being attacked by Edward Scissorhands. She has no idea who he was and has never seen him before.”A suspect in his 20s was arrested by police on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and taken into custody at a north London police station. Liz Carr, pictured in Silent Witness, has a rare genetic condition and has been in a wheelchair since she was sevenCredit:Jonathan Ford/BBC Emilia Fox, Ms Carr’s Silent Witness co-star, sent a message of support on Twitter two days after the attack. In response to a fan posting a photo of the pair, Ms Fox said: “Big love to @thelizcarr, one of the most phenomenal women alive, thank goodness!xx”Ms Carr replied: “Thank you for all the love today and always xxx” Suzy Bennett, a comedian friend of Ms Carr, also sent a message of good wishes on Twitter, to which Ms Carr responded: “All good 😉 x.” Liz Carr, the Silent Witness star, was been stabbed in the head by an attacker armed with two pairs of scissors.The actress, who is disabled and uses a wheelchair, was targeted by a man she later joked was like Edward Scissorhands while her carer tried to defend her.Ms Carr, who plays scientist Clarissa Mullery in the BBC crime drama, was reportedly lunged at by a man as she crossed a road near Euston station in central London.She is recovering from a slash wound following the apparently random attack, while her carer was also taken to hospital. Scotland Yard said the man has since been detained under the Mental Health Act. Ms Carr suffers from arthrogryposis multiplex congenital, a rare genetic condition, and has been in a wheelchair since she was seven.She is also a comic and disabled rights activist. Liz Carr, who is also a disabled rights activist, outside the Houses of Parliament in September 2015 as MPs voted on the Assisted Dying BillCredit:Jonathan Brady/PA A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “Officers were called to Euston Road at 8.21pm on Thursday August 10 to reports of a man attacking two women with scissors.”The two women were taken to hospital suffering minor cuts and subsequently discharged.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. thank you for all the love today and always xxx— Liz Carr (@thelizcarr) August 12, 2017 Liz Carr was crossing Euston Road with her carer before the attackCredit:Google Street View all good 😉 x— Liz Carr (@thelizcarr) August 14, 2017
A town crier fought off teenage “yobs” using his ceremonial bell after they tried to snatch his hat and wig.Alan Myatt, 61, was dressed in full garb following an appearance in Gloucester town centre on Tuesday when he was attacked by three male youths riding bicycles.Mr Myatt, who has been a town crier for 30 years, said the “yobs” rode near him “like a gang of sharks” before they grabbed his headgear.The 61-year-old, who set a Guinness world record for being the loudest crier after he recorded a cry at 112.8 decibels, suffered minor injuries as he fended off his attackers, which included throwing his bell at one of them.Mr Myatt, who injured his knee and shoulder in the incident, said: “They went ahead of me like a gang of sharks. Mr Myatt was attacked after an appearance at Gloucester Stroke Club on TuesdayCredit:PAUL NICHOLLS Mr Myatt said he was unable to provide a description of the boys because they wore hoodies and the incident happened quickly.He said: “I was not scared but I was a bit shaken up. I had a similar experience in the past when someone tried to pinch my bell a few years ago.”He was helped up by some homeless people he knew through his charity work, who came to his aid and gathered his hat and wig for him.Mr Myatt said he was advised by a pub landlord to call police but gave up trying to speak to officers after repeatedly making calls to 101 for an hour-and-a-half.A Gloucestershire Constabulary spokesperson said: “The average 101 call wait time on Tuesday was six minutes and the longest time a call was held for is 30 minutes.”We are sorry that the victim in this case feels dissatisfied with the service that he received but we have to prioritise 999 calls based on the harm, threat and risk involved.” Mr Myatt, who had just appeared at Gloucester Stroke Club, is not sure if the bell hit the boy, but said it cracked when it fell to the ground and he will need a replacement.He added: “When you are 24 stone you go down like a tonne of bricks.” Mr Myatt was left with minor injuries after he fell to the ground while defending himselfCredit:Alan Myatt/SWNS Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “They tried to grab my hat. I fended them off because that if theft, and I carried on walking.”Then they came at me from behind. I turned around and managed to fend them off again. One guy came in and he grabbed my hat and wig.”I grabbed him. He fell off his bike and dropped my things. I threw my bell at him and then he scarpered.”
Speaking to military personnel and their families at the headquarters of Joint Forces Command in Northwood, north-west London, Mrs May praised the armed forces as the “guarantors of British life”.“The toughest decisions I have had to make were the ones that would put you in harm’s way,” she said.“But it has been an honour to work alongside you, and to do all I can to support you.” She used the speech to announce an extension to the deployment of UK military forces in Mali where, for the last nine months, RAF Chinook helicopters and around 90 personnel from 18(B) squadron have been supporting French operations in the country.Theresa May said: “the mission-critical airlift capacity they provide allows French ground troops to conduct anti-terror operations that make the Sahel more stable and, ultimately, make both our nations safer.”An MoD spokesman told the Telegraph the helicopters would remain supporting French forces in the region for a further six months and that no additional capabilities, such as Apache attack helicopters, had been requested by Paris. Theresa May says Britain will remain a “top tier” military nation despite her row with the former Defence Secretary. In her final military speech as Prime Minister, Theresa May reaffirmed that Britain would remain a global leader in Defence, despite suggestions she had previously slapped down the former Defence Secretary over use of the term ‘tier one’. Before being sacked by the outgoing PM over alleged leaks from the National Security Council, Gavin Williamson said Britain would remain a “tier-one” military power with the ability to deploy forces around the world.At the time, Theresa May had refused to state explicitly that the UK would remain a tier-one power amid reports of clashes with Mr Williamson over future defence spending levels.She had asked General Sir Nick Carter, the Chief of the Defence Staff, to define what “tier one” military status meant during a discussion about the ongoing UK defence review. This prompted fears that Mrs May was prepared to contemplate downgrading Britain’s military status.However, speaking at the time from Downing Street after a meeting with the Nato General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg, Mrs May had insisted Britain would remain a “leading defence nation”.Defence experts have never agreed on what ‘tier one’ actually means, but many suggest such countries possess a nuclear deterrent, special forces, intelligence-led counter-terrorism capabilities and the ability to fight land, air and sea wars around the world. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.