Thomson Majesty liner: Five killed and three injured after lifeboat falls into sea off Canary Islands cruise ship

Five killed and three injured after lifeboat falls into sea off Canary Islands cruise ship carrying hundreds of Britons Thomson Majesty liner had arrived at La Palma port just three hours earlier It had come for stopover from Gran Canaria en route to Funchal in MadeiraEmergency exercise saw eight men fall 65ft from upper deck into the water By Mark Duell, KARL MCLAUGHLIN AND TOM WORDEN PUBLISHED: 16:00 GMT, 10 February 2013 | UPDATED: 17:04 GMT, 10 February 2013 A winter cruise holiday for hundreds of Britons in the Canary Islands was hit by tragedy today when five crew members died during a routine emergency drill. The Thomson Majesty liner had arrived in the port of the island of La Palma just three hours earlier from Gran Canaria for a six-hour stopover en route to Funchal, Madeira, when the incident occurred.

High life of the travellers who ran slave gang: Lived in luxury while beating homeless man into a "state of servitude"

High life of the travellers who ran slave gang: Lived in luxury while beating homeless man into a 'state of servitude' Family of five kept private army of labourers in cramped, squalid caravans The Connors paid the vulnerable drifters as little as 5 a day and beat them The victims were attacked with brooms and rakes to keep them obedientSlaves were made to strip and one had hosepipe forced down his throatMany were addicts who were supplied with cannabis to keep them docileWilliam Connors, 51, lived a life of luxury while his workforce suffered | UPDATED: 01:03 GMT, 15 December 2012 A family of travellers who kept homeless drug addicts and alcoholics as virtual slaves were last night facing years behind bars. The Connors family owned homes with hot tubs; a fleet of cars including a Rolls-Royce and a Mercedes saloon; enjoyed Caribbean cruises and holidays in Mexico and Dubai; and had 500,000 in the bank. But their fortune came from constructing driveways and patios using a workforce of vulnerable men kept in squalid conditions, paid a pittance, and living in fear of violence.