Today’s top headlines from The Telegraph

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1. Road tolls must be waived during rail strikes “to prevent cities from becoming ghost towns”

Motorists should be spared road tolls during rail strikes to prevent cities becoming “ghost towns,” the AA chair said.

The UK’s biggest strikes in 30 years are expected to paralyze entire towns and cities as they shut down 80 per cent of Britain’s rail services next week. Read the full story.

2. Bank of England warns inflation will hit 11 percent – but still votes against a bigger rate hike

Inflation will rise to 11 percent this year, the Bank of England has predicted, prompting the Chancellor to indicate he will not cut personal taxes until spiraling prices are brought under control.

On Thursday, the bank’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), led by Gov. Andrew Bailey, hiked interest rates by a quarter percent to 1.25 percent — the fifth straight hike. Read the full story.

3. Peppercorn rentals, “racist” brooches: Prince and Princess Michael of Kent herald a colorful career

With accusations of racism, questionable Russian connections, derogatory comments about other royals and arguments over a racist brooch and her palace rent, it was certainly eventful.

The retirement of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent pulls down the curtain on a colorful royal career punctuated by a seemingly endless stream of controversy. Read the full story.

4. Exclusive: Dirty costs of keeping the government’s net-zero strategy alive have been revealed

The government’s plan to reach net zero relies on burning the equivalent of the New Forest every five months, The Telegraph can reveal.

Ministers plan to use technology to remove carbon from the atmosphere to offset sectors such as aviation, agriculture and heavy industry to meet their 2050 climate targets. Read the full story.

5. Mike Pence and his wife hid from the pro-Trump mob and called out to him during the Capitol riot

Mike Pence’s wife was forced to draw curtains to hide the then-vice president’s whereabouts after a violent mob got within 40 feet of him during last year’s Capitol riot, it emerged Thursday.

The vice president, second lady Karen Pence and the couple’s daughter were hastily evacuated from the US Senate floor as rioters flooded the building and chanted “hang Mike Pence”. Read the full story.

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