Today’s UK summer celebrations are over as temperatures are set to plummet across the country. From today the mercury drops to just 9C as the wind from the Continent blows in from the north. The first real chill to hit the UK in decades will hit the week before the autumn equinox in the early hours of Thursday morning. It comes after Britain’s rain-soaked July weather brought temperatures to near-record highs before a devastating heatwave hit the nation last month.
However, the popular summer weather theme was resurrected by the tragic death of 13-year-old River Khan in Romania this week. The nine-year-old, who was the youngest child in a “sex slave trade”, was “rescued” by members of a Romanian charity after a year of threats and persecution from his captors. Sent in by an anonymous phone call, River was raised to speak and was allegedly “cured” with vitamins and beetroot juices. Police have not revealed details about the girl’s medical condition – although it is reported she was put on the ‘white table cloth’ by her tormentors.GETTY, CARL MAY PHOTOGRAPHY LIVE BLOG: River Khan was rescued from a Romanian ‘sex slave trade’ GETTY DEATH: The nine-year-old girl was so trapped in a sex trade sex ring she was forced to drink beetroot juice
The man, named only as R, found River in a forest near his home in Greste-Voisin, Vratsica. According to the Guardian, he had organised the girl’s rescue after receiving a call from Spanish charity F.NET via Whatsapp last week. The group paid £3,000 for the girl’s care after the two left the country. However, R claims the charity are “dumping” River on the Romanian authorities – who are now back in the UK. He said: “Now I am supposed to save two children? I was told I would get a case from the father, but no one called me.” River’s death on Wednesday will bring renewed concern about the flow of immigrants coming into the UK on the migration route dubbed “the Balkan Jihad”.GETTY GETTY BORROWED: R arrived in the UK as a ‘get-away from his tormentors’