5 stories you may have missed amid the Brexit chaos

Words by Lucrece Grehoua

It’s been a chaotic few days for Brexit (again), so here is a re-cap of five other news stories you may have missed.

1) England Women set for record attendance

Casey Stoney (Getty Images)
Casey Stoney (Getty Images)

England Women have sold out Wembley for the first time in their history.

The attendance for the game against Germany on November 9 will smash the 45,619 record set when they played the same opposition in 2014.

It should also top the 80,203 that watched USA v Japan at Wembley in the 2012 Olympic finals.

Manchester United manager Casey Stoney said: “I’ve been involved in the game at the top level for 25 years and I didn’t ever, ever think I’d see the day. What an occasion. Let’s hope the performance matches the occasion and that everyone wants to come back."

Over 100,000 people attended the opening three rounds of the Women’s Super League, topping approximately 92,000 who attended across 110 games last season.

FA's director of women’s football Sue Campbell said: “This is a magnificent show of support for the squad and staff after a tremendous year of progress for the England team.”

2) Sainsbury’s pulls fireworks from shelves

The fireworks ban has well well-received by dog lovers (Getty)
The fireworks ban has well well-received by dog lovers (Getty)

Sainsbury’s will no longer sell fireworks at any of its 2,300 branches.

A Sainsbury's spokesperson confirmed customers will instead be offered a range of seasonal products such as glow sticks and light-up spinning wands.

The supermarket’s plan, revealed in a tweet to concerned customer Sally Woolf, was welcomed by animal lovers and charities online.

A spokesman for the Dogs Trust said: ‘We congratulate Sainsbury’s on their decision not to sell fireworks this year and would encourage others to do the same.

‘Although they can look beautiful, fireworks can be very distressing for dogs when let off unexpectedly, and because they are so easily accessible all year-round, dog owners are on tenterhooks

Supporters of the ban are calling on other retailers such as Morrisons, Waitrose and Asda to follow suit.

3) Child modern slavery referrals soar

The country’s top child slavery expert is calling on the government to make the modern slavery referral system better.

The most recent Global Slavery Index estimates Britain is home to at least 136,000 modern slaves.

Independent anti-slavery commissioner Dame Sara Thornton warned that the system has “slowed down” due to the significant spike in numbers - with the number of referrals up 800% in five years.

Ms Thornton said: “A lot (of victims) have been waiting a long time for a decision as to whether they have been trafficked and then if they're not EU citizens are waiting a long time for decisions on asylum.

It comes as a sexual entertainment club in Stratford, East London lost its licence after two underage girls wearing full make-up were found during an intelligence led operation.

A woman at the premises told officers she was being held against her will and her passport seized since arriving in the UK.

4) Jennifer Aniston’s breaks Instagram record

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Jennifer Aniston beat Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Guinness World Record for getting one million followers in the fastest amount of time.

The 50-year-old actress gained 7.5 million followers just 24 hours after creating her account.

Her first post was a selfie with former ‘Friends’ cast mates that lead to the her profile temporarily crashing due to the number of likes it was receiving.

She then went viral after commenting back to a user who asked about the status of her and former on-screen boyfriend Ross Geller’s relationship.

Aniston responded using the show’s popular catchphrase, ‘Well, we’re on a break.’

Mariah Carey, Kate Hudson and Reese Witherspoon are among a number of celebrities posting messages welcoming Aniston to the platform.

Aniston has since revealed that she had a ‘stalker account’ prior to making her now verified account.

5) Primark removes error-strewn tea towels

Primark has decided to withdraw its £2.50 multipack tea towels that show a map of London because of multiple errors.

Not only were some of the city’s major landmarks in the wrong places, but words such as ‘Westminster’ were spelled as ‘Westminister’, and Big Ben was placed unattached from the Houses of Parliament.

Westminster Abbey was also drawn incorrectly placed on the south bank, while The Gherkin and St Paul’s Cathedral both featured on the wrong side of Tower Bridge.

The tea towels sparked confusion amongst customers online who shared their thoughts.

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One Instagram user said: “Just dried the dishes with my new @primark tea towel. Which is geographically very troubling.”

A Primark spokesman said: “Customers who purchased the product can return it to one of our stores for a full refund and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.”