Wednesday morning UK news briefing: Today’s top headlines from The Telegraph

Welcome to your early-morning news briefing from The Telegraph – a round-up of the top stories we are covering on Wednesday. To receive twice-daily briefings by email, sign up to our Front Page newsletter for free.
1. French accuse UK of igniting a new fishing war

A fresh Brexit fishing war threatened to break out on Tuesday night after the Government rejected three quarters of applications from small French boats to fish waters around Britain.

Ministers announced that just 12 licences out of a total of 47 will be granted to French vessels under 12 metres applying to fish the UK’s inshore waters. Read the full story.

2.  Fuel crisis is delaying appointments for cancer patients, reveal hospitals

Cancer patients have had vital appointments delayed owing to the fuel crisis, it has emerged, following calls for NHS staff to be given priority at petrol stations.

Hospitals said there was not enough fuel to bring patients in for consultations after petrol pumps ran dry, motorists continued to queue for hours to fill up their cars, and one driver was filmed threatening a fellow motorist with a knife. Read the full story.

3. Covid lockdown laws undermined police legitimacy, says senior officer

Hastily passed lockdown laws damaged police legitimacy, one of the country’s most senior police officers has said.

Sir David Thompson, the chief constable of West Midlands Police, said having to enforce the unpopular legislation had been "really tricky" for officers and that "quick law isn’t always great law". Read the full story.

4. M25 protesters vow to continue blocking roads despite threat of jail

National Highways is preparing to take up to 50 Insulate Britain protesters to court after they defied an injunction banning them from the M25.

A source said the agency now had the names of protesters and would serve the injunction on them which carries a maximum penalty of two years in jail and/or unlimited fine for breaches of it. Read the full story.

5. No Time to Die: Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Cambridges attend James Bond premiere 

The Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have arrived at the world premiere of the new Bond film No Time To Die, in a rare joint royal engagement on the red carpet.

The quartet, who generally only appear together at family occasions, met 007 star Daniel Craig and other cast members including Rami Malek, Lea Seydoux and Lashana Lynch at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Read the full story.

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