Friends on night out are hit with £210 bill after giving Uber driver the wrong address then passing …

Two men who got into an Uber while drunk ended up more than 80 miles from their destination after the driver took them to the wrong street of the …

Two men who got into an Uber while drunk ended up more than 80 miles from their destination after the driver took them to the wrong street of the same name.

Olly England and Jamie Baxter from Leeds were planning to travel from Royal Park Avenue in Headingly to Moss Gardens in Alwoodley – a distance of less than five miles.

Instead of the trip, which should have lasted around 10 minutes, the driver took the two friends to Moss Gardens in Southport – a distance of more than 80 miles.

Olly England, right, and Jamie Baxter , left, from Leeds were planning to travel from Royal Park Avenue in Headingly to Moss Gardens in Alwoodley - a distance of less than five miles

Olly England, right, and Jamie Baxter , left, from Leeds were planning to travel from Royal Park Avenue in Headingly to Moss Gardens in Alwoodley - a distance of less than five miles

Olly England, right, and Jamie Baxter , left, from Leeds were planning to travel from Royal Park Avenue in Headingly to Moss Gardens in Alwoodley – a distance of less than five miles

Olly England and Jamie Baxter from Leeds had planned to take a five-mile Uber journey, but when they booked their cab, they inputted the wrong address and ended up more than 80 miles away in Southport

Olly England and Jamie Baxter from Leeds had planned to take a five-mile Uber journey, but when they booked their cab, they inputted the wrong address and ended up more than 80 miles away in Southport

Olly England and Jamie Baxter from Leeds had planned to take a five-mile Uber journey, but when they booked their cab, they inputted the wrong address and ended up more than 80 miles away in Southport

Worse still for the two friends, when they arrived at their destination, the driver ordered them from the car leaving them without any idea as to their location, having charged them £210.

Mr Baxter, 21, had ordered the cab from Headingly at 5am on July 19 having earlier enjoyed pints with his friend at The Box in Leeds city centre.

According to Mr Baxter, he was ‘tipsy and tired’ when they got into the Uber and did not check to see if the address was correct.

Mr England, a sales consultant at David Lloyd, said: ‘It was an eventful night!

‘Jamie had booked the taxi to his house and I was going to walk home from his. I took my contact lenses out before getting into the taxi preparing for when I got home.

‘We were both slumped over and fell asleep, two hours later the driver was kicking us out.

‘I woke up and thought it was a bit of a long journey.

‘We were left on a long road in an affluent area. We got out and I asked Jamie where the hell we were.

The two lads were driven a distance of more than 80 miles at a cost of £210.65 following a night out in Leeds before ending up accidentally in Southport

The two lads were driven a distance of more than 80 miles at a cost of £210.65 following a night out in Leeds before ending up accidentally in Southport

The two lads were driven a distance of more than 80 miles at a cost of £210.65 following a night out in Leeds before ending up accidentally in Southport

‘I knocked on one of the doors to ask where we were and in a strong Scouse accent, the man said we were in Southport. I had about three per cent battery on my phone and it even said we were in Southport, not in Leeds.

‘I had to call my colleague about 10 times to ask her to swap shifts; no one believed me until I sent them a screenshot of my location. I was supposed to start at 9am!’

With the last of his battery power, Mr England, 22, tried to book another Uber back to Leeds – costing £160. However, after telling a taxi driver the story of their eventful night, they were offered a lift back to Leeds for £110.

Mr Baxter did pay Mr England back for the mishap, but he was still out of pocket to the tune of £320 – money which could have been used for their trip to Alicante tomorrow.

Mr England ‘It was an expensive night out and that’s not even counting the drinks we had. Luckily for me, it was my idiot friend’s doing so he sent me the money back.

‘We got back into Leeds at 9:20am. I got showered dressed and got to work around 10.30am. I told my manager about it and they said only you can do that!

‘Everyone I’ve told the story to has had a positive response or they’ve laughed about it.

‘Jamie complained to Uber and they refunded him £5.’

Mr England tweeted a screenshot of the trip, with the caption: ‘Taxi went to plan, apparently [sic] there is two Moss Gardens.’

Unsurprisingly, they gave the Uber journey a one-star rating.

Heritage family fun day at Rushden Lakes this weekend

… film screening at Cineworld of the Higham Ferrers Charters film, Medieval fun, games and entertainment, face painting and many other activities.

A family fun day is taking place at Rushden Lakes on Sunday (September 15) as part of the Nene Valley Festival.

Entertainment includes performances from local bands, an exciting open top bus tour highlighting the history of the local area, a free film screening at Cineworld of the Higham Ferrers Charters film, Medieval fun, games and entertainment, face painting and many other activities.

As part of the event many local heritage groups and nearby high street businesses have signed up for a stand. business. Members from Rushden Town Council and Higham Ferrers Town Council will be handing out goody bags to encourage visitors to explore further afield. The bags will include the latest “Shop Local” booklet of shopping vouchers and concessions which can be spent in Rushden and Higham Ferrers throughout the autumn.

The event is taking place from 10am to 4pm.

The aim of heritage family fun day is to strengthen partnership working between Rushden and Higham Ferrers Town Councils and nearby Rushden Lakes and to raise awareness of the local high street offer.

Plans for the family fun day are based around local heritage and bring together a wide array of interesting information about the local towns of Rushden and Higham Ferrers.

The Barcode: What people REALLY think of Plymouth’s mega new leisure complex

The Barcode, Plymouth’s newest leisure complex, will have a Cineworld cinema with IMAX screen, Paradise Island Adventure Golf course and a …

With the Barcode set to open next month, Plymouth people have been sharing their views on what they think of the building and what they expect from the new development.

The Barcode, Plymouth’s newest leisure complex, will have a Cineworld cinema with IMAX screen, Paradise Island Adventure Golf course and a variety of restaurants.

While many local people are excited for the development, saying it will ‘modernise’ the area and give us more things to do in the city centre, others are disappointed in its appearance and question whether the development is really aimed at local people.

We asked local people what they thought.

Find out what Plymouth people REALLY think of the Barcode in the video above

‘It’s excellent’

Local man Keith Oxenham is looking forward to the new development and thinks it will update and modernise the area.

He said: “It’s excellent, it’s modern, it will be nice.”

Plymouth Live asked local people what they think of the new development ahead of its opening Pictured: Keith Oxenham (Image: Penny Cross / Plymouth Live)

“It’s a good idea, an upgrade, you can’t have the old stuff, this is excellent,” he added.

‘It’ll keep kids off the streets’

Kyle White, 23, from Plymouth, thinks the Barcode will keep children off the street and give young people something to do.

Kyle said: “It’ll be a good thing, it’ll keep trouble off the streets, it’ll keep kids off the streets.”

Plymouth Live asked local people what they think of the new Barcode development. Pictured: Kyle White (Image: Penny Cross / Plymouth Live)

Kyle says he’s mostly looking forward to the cinema. He said: “It’ll be a better cinema, hopefully not as expensive as the other one.”

Not everybody is impressed, though.

Susan Stoker, from Plymouth, likes that there is different architecture around the city, but doesn’t think the Barcode is designed for local people.

Susan said: “I really like the different architecture in the city. I don’t have a problem with this architecture, I like the juxtaposition of the whole thing. However, in these particular times of austerity, I don’t think they [Plymouth City Council and the developers] have thought about local people.

Plymouth Live find out what people think of the new development ahead of its opening. Pictured: Susan Stoker and Lesley Chrysanthou (Image: Penny Cross / Plymouth Live)

“It’s for business and money-making. It’s not giving something to the city.”

Susan also questioned how long the development would remain popular – and remain open – and suggested the money spent could have been spent elsewhere.

She said: “I don’t think it’s going to benefit the people of Plymouth. It’s a very poor city, it won’t be for the people of Plymouth. [The money should be spent on] an airport [that] would benefit the city.”

Lesley Chrysanthou added: “I think it’s ugly, it’s off-putting, it’s not in harmony with the rest of the city.”

Dan Lee, 23, from Wadebridge doesn’t think he’ll visit the Barcode.

Plymouth Live find out what people think of the new development ahead of its opening. Pictured: Dan Lee from Wadebridge. (Image: Penny Cross / Plymouth Live)

He said: “I prefer an old-school cinema, with old-school seats in a nice old building, Wadebridge Cinema is really good for that.

“These new cinemas are alright, the picture and all of that is really good and the sound quality is really good.”

The Barcode will open next month next to Drake Circus in Plymouth City Centre.

To find out more click here.

This is exactly when the Barcode cinema and restaurants will open

Also launching in Drake Circus The Barcode, in addition to the 12-screen Cineworld cinema, will be the eateries Zizzi, Nando’s and Five Guys.

The curtain is about to go up on Plymouth’s £53million Barcode cinema complex, with three restaurants opening on the same day.

The Bretonside building’s owner British Land Company Ltd, has confirmed a “first wave of openings” at the 100,000sq ft pile, now named The Barcode because of its black-and-white striped cladding.

Also launching in Drake Circus The Barcode, in addition to the 12-screen Cineworld cinema, will be the eateries Zizzi, Nando’s and Five Guys.

The following day Cosy Club, part of the chain which owns Royal William Yard’s Seco Lounge, will start serving and then indoor Paradise Island Adventure Golf range will be ready for tee-off.

There is, however, no opening date for Frankie and Benny’s, despite marketing firm Cushman and Wakefield, working for British Land, confirming that the Restaurant Group-owned brand would be moving in.

That still leaves seven units, plus the Sky Bar, empty in the vast block, but Cushman and Wakefield has said two are under offer and negotiations are at an advanced stage with two other “national operators”.

See pictures inside The Barcode here.

Exactly when the Barcode cinema and restaurants will open

When will the cinema open?

Monday, October 21

When will Zizzi, Nando’s and Five Guys open?

Monday, October 21

The development at Bretonside will be opening next month
The development at Bretonside will be opening next month (Image: Penny Cross / Plymouth Live)

When will Cosy Club open?

Tuesday, October 22

When will Paradise Island open?

Thursday, October 24

‘We’re looking forward to bringing in more additions’

Greg Lumley, centre director at Drake Circus Shopping Centre, also owned by British Land, said further “additions” were being pencilled in.

He said: “There’s been a lot of anticipation for the opening of Drake Circus The Barcode, and I’m so pleased to be able to announce official dates for the cinema, adventure golf and our first restaurants.

“There’s huge excitement around the brands and attractions we already have on board, and we’re looking forward to bringing in more great additions in the coming months”.

Inside the IMAX screen at Drake Circus Leisure (Image: William Telford)

Cineworld, which is looking forward to screening the latest Star Wars space-opera in late 2019, will be opening the first IMAX screen in Devon and Cornwall inside the Barcode.

It will also have a Starbucks outlet in its 41,000sq ft cinema and will introduce the city to the sweet delights of ice cream purveyor Baskin Robins.

The cinema chain has begun recruiting 82 full- and part-time staff to fill a range of posts including team leader, team members and baristas to work in the Starbucks outlet.

The Five Guys burger joint will be in a 2,500sq ft restaurant; Nando’s has committed to a 4,300sq ft unit; Cosy Club will take 6,700sq ft; and Italian-food eatery Zizzi is to fill 4,000sq ft of space.

Paradise Island Adventure Golf will open a 15,000sq ft indoor adventure golf centre, its first in the South West, in side a double unit. The combined lettings bring the total space let to 68%.

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The Barcode will also contain 400 parking spaces, and is set to become a major visitor attraction in Plymouth.

Cllr Tudor Evans, leader of Plymouth City Council, said: “Drake Circus The Barcode promises to be a fantastic addition to Plymouth’s already vibrant leisure offering and we’re all looking forward to its opening day.

“Our decision to release Bretonside for this amazing facility is entirely vindicated. Plymouth people will love it.”

Arrest after man seen ‘touching himself inappropriately’ in Stevenage Cineworld

… after a man reportedly touched himself inappropriately during a film screening at Cineworld on Stevenage Leisure Park at about 6pm on August 17.

PUBLISHED: 13:52 05 September 2019 | UPDATED: 13:52 05 September 2019

Louise McEvoy

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was reportedly touching himself inappropriately during a film screeing at Stevenage Cineworld.

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was reportedly touching himself inappropriately during a film screeing at Stevenage Cineworld.

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A 64-year-old man has been arrested as police investigate reports of inappropriate touching at a cinema.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the offence – outraging public decency – after a man reportedly touched himself inappropriately during a film screening at Cineworld on Stevenage Leisure Park at about 6pm on August 17.

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