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Parts of Edinburgh sealed off in police man hunt
Parts of Edinburgh city centre were placed on lockdown last night as police hunt a man reported to be on a roof.
(Sun, 26 Oct 2014 01:35:54 +0000)

The mystery of the 1,000 greyhounds who retire and then vanish
Every year, one in eight greyhounds “disappears” at the end of its racing career, with some dogs being sold for research and dissection, a leading animal welfare charity claims.
(Sun, 26 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100)

Fight Isis on the ground, says senior British general and former Nato chief
One of Britain’s most senior military figures has accused the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary of running scared over a fresh military intervention in Iraq.
(Sun, 26 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100)

Police retrain to tackle rise in cyber stalking
Police officers are being trained to deal with digital stalking and harassment, as the proliferation of  apps and spyware makes the personal lives of smartphone and laptop users increasingly vulnerable.
(Sun, 26 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100)

Queen Victoria's majestic knickers are knocked down for £6,000
They were, by any standards, very big royal pants. Measuring 52 inches round and accompanied by a 66in chemise that could accommodate the most regal bust, a pair of Queen Victoria’s bloomers has been auctioned for more than £6,000.
(Sun, 26 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100)

Drones 'pose growing safety risk', warns British Airline Pilots Association
Remotely piloted drones flying in British airspace should be operated by fully qualified pilots and meet the same safety standards as commercial aircraft, according to the national body of airline pilots.
(Sun, 26 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100)

High Speed 2 railway would cost one-third less if built in France, says mastermind behind project
Sir David Higgins, the mastermind behind the High Speed 2 railway, believes that an equivalent track in France would come in at one-third of the cost.
(Sun, 26 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100)

Even if you’re an hour out, you’re still in time for the Independent on Sunday Rainbow List
Did you remember to put your clocks back by an hour? It seems slightly arcane in the age of automatically updating smartphones and digital clock-radios, but there’s always one (usually the one on the oven, or in the bathroom) that trips me up.
(Sun, 26 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100)

Kate Stanners: Ukip is doing well because it talks to people in words they understand. Miliband needs to shrink his message to 'we reward work'
Making advertising was once a man’s job.
(Sun, 26 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100)

Deborah Bronnert: The new Foreign Office chief on why it's such a good place for women to work
Just over 40 years ago, any woman who worked for the Foreign Office was forced to resign when she got married. Today, female diplomats and civil servants are taking advantage of flexible working and job-sharing with colleagues – and even their own husbands.
(Sun, 26 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100)

Running for Parliament? Change your name to Aardvark: New book claims voters are biased towards names with letters near start of alphabet
Voters are so biased in favour of candidates whose surnames begin with letters near the start of the alphabet that Britain should copy America and Australia and randomise the order of names on ballot papers, a new book out this week says.
(Sun, 26 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100)

Johann Lamont resigns: Party has 'no clue' on Scotland, says former Labour first minister
Ed Miliband’s leadership faced further turmoil yesterday when two former Labour first ministers accused him of contributing to the resignation of Johann Lamont.
(Sun, 26 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100)

Labour and banks plan house-building funds
Labour is working with the five major high-street banks on proposals to kick-start a house-building boom with the help of government loan guarantees for builders.
(Sun, 26 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100)

Liberal Democrat women criticise Nick Clegg's all-male Cabinet team
Nick Clegg’s decision not to reshuffle his Liberal Democrat ministers before the general election – and thereby finally promote a woman to the Cabinet – has been criticised by a leading candidate for the party presidency.
(Sun, 26 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100)

Ukip forces Tories on to the back foot in battle for marginal seats
The threat from Ukip over Europe and immigration has forced the Conservatives to divert their election war chest towards seats that they are defending more than at their target seats, new figures revealed last night.
(Sun, 26 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100)

Nick Clegg slams 'misogynists and dinosaurs' of the right-wing press
Nick Clegg last night criticised the “misogynists and dinosaurs” of the right-wing press for criticising his call for fathers to earn the same as mothers during parental leave.
(Sun, 26 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100)

Millions face years on the breadline: Britain has more long-term low-paid workers than ever
A generation of Britons is destined to spend years languishing in low-paid jobs barely above the minimum wage, with the number in poorly paid work at a historic high, a major report will reveal this week.
(Sun, 26 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100)

Grayling shelves plan to double the fee for getting a divorce
The Secretary of State for Justice, Chris Grayling, has quietly shelved plans to nearly double the fee for filing a divorce petition.
(Sun, 26 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100)

Conservationists call for ban on 'Tree of hell' that threatens to damage native plants
Dubbed the “tree of heaven” for its eagerness to reach up to the sky, Ailanthus altissima has become a favourite in many UK parks and gardens.
(Sun, 26 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100)

Heathrow disruption after IT system failure hits passenger baggage processing
An IT system failure at Heathrow Airport has resulted in passengers facing disruption.
(Sat, 25 Oct 2014 23:46:03 +0100)

Women's wages have gone backwards. Labour would give women the pay they deserve
Women's pay hasn't just stalled – it's gone backwards. Labour's analysis of the official figures shows that a woman working full time is earning less this year that she did 12 months ago. That's not accounting for inflation. I'm talking about actual wages here.
(Sat, 25 Oct 2014 21:00:00 +0100)

Children's pocket money outstrips parents' wage rises
Children’s pocket money has risen more than twice as fast as parents’ wages since the 1980s, research has revealed.
(Sat, 25 Oct 2014 17:26:19 +0100)

Sutton stabbing: 15-year-old boy held on suspicion of attempted murder after attack on teenager
A 15-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a boy of the same age was stabbed in south London, Scotland Yard said.
(Sat, 25 Oct 2014 16:07:33 +0100)

Clocks go back: Remember to change yours – for possibly the last time ever
The clocks turned back one hour today to mark the end of British Summer Time.
(Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:39:02 +0100)

'Fascist' group Britain First to start 'direct action' on Mail and Sun journalists over Lynda Bellingham post
The far-right group Britain First yesterday encouraged its followers to boycott the Daily Mail and The Sun after it was accused of using actress Lynda Bellingham's death to boost support.
(Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:11:01 +0100)

Teenage jihadist Mehdi Hassan is fourth Portsmouth man killed fighting for Isis in Syria
A teenage jihadist from Portsmouth has become the fourth extremist from the city to be killed fighting with Isis in Syria.
(Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:04:51 +0100)

#AskNigelFarage: Twitter starts hilarious Q&A for Ukip leader
Nigel Farage probably did not want a Twitter Q&A on a Friday night and he definitely did not organise one – but it happened anyway.
(Sat, 25 Oct 2014 13:12:31 +0100)

Shocking CCTV footage shows blind and deaf man pushed onto train tracks in violent assault
Shocking CCTV footage of a registered blind man being pushed onto the tracks during a violent assault at a train station has been released by British Transport Police (BTP).
(Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:41:59 +0100)

Cost of a driving licence to be slashed to help young drivers
The cost of a driving licence is to fall by almost a third after a public consultation by the Government.
(Sat, 25 Oct 2014 10:50:52 +0100)

George Osborne didn't tell David Cameron about £1.7bn EU bill
George Osborne left David Cameron in the dark about the EU’s unexpected demand for £1.7bn for days, it has emerged.
(Sat, 25 Oct 2014 10:09:34 +0100)

Tony Blair 'says Ed Miliband will lose 2015 general election'
Tony Blair has reportedly written off Ed Miliband’s chances of winning the next election because Labour has failed to persuade the country it is fit to govern.
(Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:14:04 +0100)

Rebekah Brooks could be on her way back to News Corp after being cleared of phone-hacking
Rebekah Brooks, having been cleared of phone hacking, could be on her way back to a billet at Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 22:42:42 +0100)

Johann Lamont resigns: Scottish Labour leader quits – and turns on Westminster 'dinosaurs'
Johann Lamont is to stand down as the leader of the Scottish Labour Party.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 22:37:27 +0100)

Phone-hacking: The Piers Morgan connection - Mirror admits some stories during Morgan's tenure may have been obtained by illegal means
The publisher of the Daily Mirror has admitted for the first time that articles likely to have been the product of illegal phone hacking appeared in editions of the newspaper during the period when Piers Morgan was its editor.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:52:35 +0100)

David Cameron vows to defy European Union on 'unacceptable' £1.7bn cash demand
David Cameron was battling a Euro crisis on several fronts last night after he vowed to defy a 1 December deadline for Britain to make a surprise £1.7bn extra payment to the European Union.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:46:57 +0100)

Reconstruction costs risk ‘spinning out of control’ in Plebgate case
It was an exchange that lasted just 59 syllables and fewer seconds but sent relations between police and Government into deep freeze.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:39:39 +0100)

New EU carbon target is bold but ‘not enough’
EU leaders performed their usual victory lap in the early hours of this morning after they agreed the boldest target to cut carbon emissions in history, yet experts are still worried the agreed terms are not strong enough.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:19:01 +0100)

Welsh devolution? A cry from the valleys, for the nation Britain forgot
We’re lucky to have the celebrations of the Dylan Thomas centenary on Monday to lift our collective spirits as it’s been a bit of a difficult year to be Welsh. Mine’s a bitter.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:16:59 +0100)

Scottish drink-drive limit to be slashed in time for Christmas
The drink-drive limit is set to be cut in Scotland just before Christmas, meaning motorists who have a pint of beer or glass or wine could be breaking the law.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:09:24 +0100)

NHS spends £2.5bn on agency staff to meet rising demand
NHS hospitals spent £2.5bn on part-time agency staff last year – far more than planned – in a bid to improve patient safety amid sharply rising demand, new figures show.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:39:32 +0100)

Farmer David Doran jailed for enslaving ‘vulnerable’ man for 13 years
A horse breeder who forced a vulnerable man to work on his farm for 13 years without pay has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:34:27 +0100)

So-called 'Saatchi Bill' under fire for unintended consequences
A proposed overhaul of the law surrounding doctors’ use of experimental treatments is unnecessary, would undermine clinical trials and could put patients at risk, a coalition of leading research organisations has said.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:15:48 +0100)

Hull police investigate mile long trail of 'human' blood at Andrew's Docks
Police are investigating a mile long trail of suspected human blood discovered in Hull.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:09:11 +0100)

Pope sends special envoy to investigation 'black sheep' diocese
A scandal-ridden Italian diocese where priests posted naked photographs of themselves on gay websites, sexually harassed parishioners and raided the church’s coffer will be investigated by Pope Francis’s special envoy.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:54:38 +0100)

Two dwarf mongoose pups take their first steps at Chester Zoo
Chester Zoo have unveiled their latest adorable additions: two dwarf mongoose pups, the smallest of all African carnivores.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:19:49 +0100)

David Cameron refuses to pay 'completely unacceptable' £1.7bn EU bill
An angry David Cameron was on a collision course with the European Commission this afternoon as he flatly refused to agree to a demand that Britain hand over an extra £1.7bn by 1 December.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:05:47 +0100)

Nigel Farage says David Cameron will have no choice but to meet EU's 'outrageous' demand for an extra £1.7bn from Britain
David Cameron will have no alternative but to hand over an extra £1.7bn to the European Union, Nigel Farage claimed today.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:44:48 +0100)

Nigel Farage claims left is more outraged by Ukip Calypso song than child abuse
Nigel Farage has claimed the left has shown more outrage at the controversial Calypso song released by a Ukip supporter than the rape of thousands of young girls in England.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:43:44 +0100)

Paddington security alert: Station closed off as police investigate 'suspect vehicle'
Paddington station in London was closed off this afternoon as police investigated a "suspect vehicle".
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:39:59 +0100)

Calls for new law banning adults sending sexual messages to children
The NSPCC is calling for a new law to make it illegal for adults to send sexual messages to children after a dramatic rise in reports of online grooming.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:18:21 +0100)

The Queen sends first tweet: See the monarch's first forray into the world of social media
Those desperate to know what message the Queen had to share with the world of social media when she addressed one’s feeds for the first time today, wonder no longer.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:18:20 +0100)

Twelve year-old boy and girl, 15, among 11 arrested for alleged rape of woman in Liverpool
A 12-year-old boy and 15-year-old girl are among eleven people arrested on suspicion of raping a woman described by police as “vulnerable” at her home in Liverpool.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:07:38 +0100)

Conservative councillor suspended after suggesting travellers should be 'executed'
A Conservative councillor has been suspended over remarks suggesting that travellers should be “executed”.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:56:22 +0100)

GCHQ spies in red rain ponchos create giant poppy ahead of Remembrance Day
Spies at GCHQ have donned red rain ponchos to make a giant poppy launching the Royal British Legion’s annual appeal.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:38:39 +0100)

Woman dragged by neck along Tube platform for 10 metres after scarf gets stuck in doors
A woman narrowly escaped serious injury after being dragged along an Underground platform when her scarf was caught in the doors of a Tube train.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:29:08 +0100)

New Forest killing: Two people charged with conspiracy to murder Pennie Davis
Two people have been charged with conspiracy to murder a woman stabbed to death in the New Forest.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:40:43 +0100)

Ashya King leaves proton beam therapy clinic after 'responding well' to treatment
Ashya King left hospital today after finishing his course of proton beam therapy in Prague, almost two months after his parents took him out of Britain in a desperate bid for the treatment.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:08:54 +0100)

Almost half of British renters might never be able to afford to buy a home
The spiralling cost of buying a first home in the UK means that almost half of all renters are not sure they will ever be able to get on the property ladder, a survey has revealed.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:01:00 +0100)

MPs making millions from second jobs
MPs have made millions of pounds through their second jobs, with some earning more via other pastimes than their parliamentary salary.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:44:13 +0100)

£425,000 compensation payout for woman who unwittingly had baby with undercover police officer
A woman who unknowingly had a baby with an undercover police officer is to be paid £425,000 in compensation, it has been reported.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:41:51 +0100)

Ebola outbreak: David Cameron pledges another £80m to spur EU donations
David Cameron last night pledged another £80m in funding for the fight against Ebola, hoping to shame other European Union nations into doing more to stem the spread of a virus which he called the biggest health emergency facing the world right now.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:12:54 +0100)

Revealed: How MI5 watched the wrong Marxist Oxbridge academics – Christopher Hill and Eric Hobsbawn
Between them the Oxbridge historians Christopher Hill and Eric Hobsbawn helped recast the teaching of the past in British universities and beyond. But their academic eminence did little to protect them from the Cold War scrutiny of MI5, it has been revealed.
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100)

Britain admits nearly three times more migrants from outside the EU than any other member state, statistics show
Britain admits almost three times more migrants from outside the European Union than any other member state, it has emerged.
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:42:21 +0100)

David Cameron to challenge EU’s demand for extra £1.7bn
David Cameron is heading for a fresh showdown with Brussels after Britain was instructed to contribute another £1.7bn to the European Union budget.
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:38:23 +0100)

Wilko Johnson splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Wilko Johnson revealed this week that he has been cured of terminal pancreatic cancer, but it has emerged that the former Dr Feelgood guitarist has been fighting another personal battle.
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:09:09 +0100)

Mario Balotelli: Police probe complaint footballer 'threateningly told woman to stop photographing his Ferrari'
Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli will speak to police tomorrow regarding an incident in which he allegedly “threatened” a woman who was taking pictures of his sports car.
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:34:37 +0100)

Conservative whips warn of backbench revolt on European arrest warrant
David Cameron is under mounting pressure from Conservative MPs to abandon plans to “opt in” to European Union police and justice measures, including the European arrest warrant.
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:27:01 +0100)

Gay and lesbian asylum seekers face ‘intrusive’ sexual questions
Lesbian and gay asylum seekers are being stereotyped by Home Office immigration staff, who are asking inappropriate and “unnecessarily intrusive” questions about their sexuality, an inspection has found.
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:24:12 +0100)

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Rural Britain transported by ire over rail cuts
Nothing better illustrates the late Congressional Speaker Tip O’Neill’s mantra that “all politics is local” than Transport Questions. To sit through it is to be exposed to a living gazetteer of little-known villages inadequately or unsafely served by rail and road links. “What progress [has the Secretary of State] made...” ran a typical question from the Tory Laurence Robertson, “... in improvements to the A417 and A419 at Nettleton Bottom and Crickley Hill; and [will he] make a statement?
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:14:42 +0100)

Andy McSmith's Diary: The face of anti-political correctness gone mad
The Tory MP Philip Davies has made the news twice this week, once for his confrontation with Jon Snow in the offices of Channel 4, after which he accused the veteran broadcaster of bullying him, and once when he suggested that sex education in schools is causing an increase in teenage pregnancies. On that subject, he challenged others to look at the evidence, something he had notably failed to do. The Office for National Statistics says that teenage pregnancies are at their lowest level since 1969.
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:01:22 +0100)

Cliff Richard sexual assault claims: South Yorkshire Police house raid 'inept' say MPs
The police force behind a raid on the luxury home of Sir Cliff Richard was utterly inept in tipping off the BBC about the operation which resulted in “irreparable damage” to the singer’s reputation, MPs say.
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:55:16 +0100)

Government ‘allowing coal industry to get green subsidies’
The boss of British Gas’s parent company has criticised the Government for allowing “old, dirty coal stations” to qualify for subsidies worth hundreds of millions of pounds in a scheme designed to promote green energy.
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:53:16 +0100)

Outcry as police killer Harry Roberts finally gets out of jail
Harry Roberts once tried to escape Parkhurst prison on the Isle of Wight by making a fake pistol out of wax and cotton reels. The planned jailbreak never happened as the 78-year-old “got in a panic” and hid the guns in the toilet, where they were eventually discovered by warders, according to one of his fellow inmates, Wally “Angel Face” Probyn.
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:52:05 +0100)

CPS to launch review after 'shambolic' fake marriage case collapses
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is to launch a full review of its procedures after a judge halted a case in which a vicar who was alleged to have operated a “conveyor belt” of sham marriages claimed that immigration officers concealed evidence and lied under oath.
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:41:40 +0100)

Ed Miliband attempts to take on Ukip – with toughened immigration policies
Ed Miliband is to toughen Labour’s line on immigration as he seeks to combat Ukip’s growing appeal to the party’s traditional working class supporters.
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:30:15 +0100)

Police officer arrested after ammunition found in a personal locker on Buckingham Palace grounds
A Royal Protection officer tasked with protecting Buckingham Palace has been arrested and will be suspended from duty after ammunition was discovered within his on-site personal locker, the Metropolitan Police have said.
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:13:57 +0100)

David Cameron writes to Ethiopian PM on behalf of British political dissident on death row
The Prime Minister has personally intervened in the case of a British father-of-three facing the death sentence in Ethiopia, after the man’s children appealed for his help.
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:46:03 +0100)

Tory MPs want fixed parliamentary terms law repealed
David Cameron is under growing pressure from Conservative MPs to scrap the law which says that a general election must be held every five years.
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:33:27 +0100)

This tiny north London house has been sold – here's what you can buy for the same price
A tiny one floor property in London has been sold after it was put on the market for £275,000 – the same as what it would cost to buy a seven bedroom detached house in Lincolnshire.
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:29:36 +0100)

Last Christmas post and online order dates 2014
Royal Mail has published the Christmas delivery guidelines to ensure cards and gifts arrive on time.
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:10:44 +0100)

Ottawa shooting: MI5 and Met Police reviewing security of London landmarks, PM says
Emergency talks are underway between Prime Minister David Cameron and security officials to determine the country’s response to the suspected terror attack in Ottawa, Canada.
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:46:25 +0100)

Poppi Worthington: Death of baby shrouded in secrecy as coroner rules cause 'unexplained'
A coroner has ruled that the death of a 13-month child as unexplained.
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:38:17 +0100)

Lynda Bellingham dies: Prince Charles pays tribute to 'marvellous' OXO mum and her campaign to get older people back into work
Like many, Prince Charles was touched by the work of Lynda Bellingham – the homely mother of the OXO adverts, and a celebrated actress.
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:31:59 +0100)

Next election might be a dead heat, YouGov claims
The next election could be on course to produce a dead heat, with no major party able to form a simple coalition, a YouGov forum heard today.
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:23:44 +0100)

Ziggy the dog found with 20 inch crossbow bolt through head 'after being shot at close range'
The RSPCA is appealing for information after a dog was discovered alive in a remote piece of woodland with a 20 inch crossbow bolt through his head.
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:17:53 +0100)

Electronic cigarettes banned on all Tubes, buses and trains in London
The use of electronic cigarettes has been banned on trains, buses, Tubes and stations across London by Transport for London (TfL), with passengers caught ‘vaping’ potentially facing a fine.
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:17:55 +0100)

Jon Snow accused of behaving like a 'playground bully' by Tory MP in 'argy bargy' office row
Jon Snow has been branded a “playground bully” by Conservative MP Philip Davies, who claims the veteran Channel 4 presenter “ambushed” him during a tour of the newsroom to discuss Google and the 'right to be forgotten' rule.
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:05:14 +0100)

Tory MP Philip Davies says sex education has increased teenage pregnancy rate – but figures reveal it's at lowest since 1969
A Tory MP who suggested sex education could have increased the number of teenage pregnancies may be surprised to learn the rate is actually at its lowest since 1969.
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:32:43 +0100)

Alice Gross funeral: Family say they find it 'impossible to understand her appalling death'
Alice Gross’ family have said they find it ‘impossible to understand her appalling death’ following the murdered schoolgirl’s funeral. 
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:01:25 +0100)

Overshare and photobomb top lists of 2014's new words and phrases
Overshare and photobomb are 2014’s words of the year, according to Collins and Chambers dictionaries.
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:56:21 +0100)

Poppy appeal 2014: Cenotaph vigil opens on centenary of First World War
The memory of those who have fallen in war will be commemorated as the annual Poppy Appeal begins today.
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:35:20 +0100)

Street art by 'female Banksy' Bambi worth £20k stolen from gallery
Paintings by a street artist known as the ‘female Banksy’ have been stolen from an outdoor gallery in north London.
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:29:02 +0100)

Police killer Harry Roberts to be released 'within days'
Notorious killer Harry Roberts, who murdered three policemen and was warned he faced dying in jail, is to be released from prison within days.
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:24:32 +0100)

Poppy Appeal 2014: The two best reasons to buy a poppy
In the next few days, flashes of deep red, stark black and bright green will brighten up the dreariness of the autumn weather and the darkening nights.
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:08:42 +0100)

'Illegal immigrant with Ebola missing in Leicester' hoax poster appears in medical centre
A hoax appeal circulated by a right-wing group falsely claiming an “illegal immigrant” with Ebola was missing in the UK was spotted in a medical centre in Leicester.
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:31:24 +0100)

Terrorist threat means it's 'time to give guns to British police', says top US Congressman
Police should carry firearms routinely because of the targeting of officers by terrorists, a leading US Congressman has said.
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:27:09 +0100)

More women are in work in Britain than ever before
Record numbers of women are now in the British workforce following an increase of nearly 800,000 over the last four years, George Osborne will announce today.
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:03:23 +0100)

Boy, 9, and man killed in South Yorkshire house fire
A boy aged nine and a 44-year-old man have died after a fire at a house in South Yorkshire.
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:01:44 +0100)

Thousands with degenerative conditions classified as 'fit to work in future' – despite no possibility of improvement
More than a third of people with degenerative conditions such as Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis are having their benefits slashed because the Department for Work and Pensions deems they will recover enough to look for work.
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100)

Electoral Commission unfit for purpose, claims think tank with links to Number 10
The body which oversees elections is “not fit for purpose”, and the list of voters to be used at next May’s general election will contain at least 13m errors, a think tank has warned.
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100)