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Boris furious as Thames Estuary airport idea shelved by government-appointed commission
Boris Johnson’s ambitious attempt to build a new airport in the Thames Estuary has been officially rejected by the Airports Commission in a move dubbed by the London Mayor as “myopic”.
(Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:20:08 +0100)

Ashya King: Parents spend another night in Spanish custody as 91,000 people call for their release
Ashya King’s parents have spent another night away from their son in custody as more than 91,000 supporters continue to demand their release.
(Tue, 02 Sep 2014 08:33:22 +0100)

Majority of Britons opposed to bombing Isis in Iraq and Syria but David Cameron leaves the door to action open
Only one in three people supports Britain launching air strikes against Isis in Iraq and Syria, according to a survey for The Independent.
(Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:15:19 +0100)

Andy McSmith's Diary: Same game, new name –  ex-NOTW man Ian Edmondson is back
Ian Edmondson, the former News Editor of the News of the World, appears to be feeling better than he was last December.
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 22:35:12 +0100)

Ashya King: Parents of ill boy held by Spanish courts for 72 hours as they fight extradition warrant
The parents of a gravely ill child will be held for up to three days in Spanish custody while a judge decides whether to grant bail, as they fight extradition over suspected neglect for spiriting their five-year-old son, Ashya, away from a British hospital.
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 19:35:56 +0100)

Madeline McCann investigation was 'held back by competing crime agencies'
The competition between British police and crime agencies to be involved in the search for Madeleine McCann has hampered the investigation into her disappearance, according to the findings of an unpublished Home Office report.
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 19:34:50 +0100)

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: A sacked Attorney General gives the Prime Minister some very public advice
An Attorney General who does his job by giving his cabinet colleagues sound advice, whether they like it or not, may be a nuisance. But at least he does it in private. The problem with sacking him, as David Cameron is rapidly discovering, is that he then tends to give unpalatable advice in public.
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 19:34:35 +0100)

Drive to claw back millions from wealthy criminals is failing, figures reveal
When the former leader of the notorious “Adams Family” gang was told to hand hundreds of thousands of pounds in ill-gotten gains over to the courts, the convicted North London crime boss said he couldn’t afford to pay up, claiming he was so poor that he felt “like a ponce” living off his wife.
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 19:03:37 +0100)

Plebgate investigation: Police officer texted about ‘toppling Tories’
Text messages released by Scotland Yard have revealed the level of police animosity against the former Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell before he quit over the Plebgate saga following clashes that dated back years.
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 18:48:27 +0100)

Parties should explain why they award peerages, says Lords Appointments Commission
Political parties should start publishing detailed information about why they have chosen to make someone a member of the House of Lords, the body which oversees the awarding of peerages has said.
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 18:28:19 +0100)

Nigerian witch-finder Helen Ukpabio threatens legal action against human rights organisations
A notorious "witch finder" who has been prevented by the Home Office from entering Britain is attempting to silence her critics with the threat of a £500 million lawsuit, it has emerged.
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:34:06 +0100)

Scottish independence: Accusations of intimidation and violence fly in from supporters of both sides
To a bystander, the scene outside Heart of Midlothian’s Tynecastle Stadium on Saturday afternoon must have looked like a return to the dark days of football hooliganism: a crowd of angry men surrounding a much smaller group, shouting and throwing punches.
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:29:51 +0100)

Isis terror threat: Police will seize passports of suspected fighters returning from Iraq and Syria, says David Cameron
The system for monitoring suspected terrorists in Britain is to be strengthened to include restrictions on where they can live, David Cameron announced today.
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:21:43 +0100)

Half of young women unable to ‘locate vagina’ and 65% find it difficult to say the word
Half of young women are unable to properly label a vagina on a medical diagram, while 65 per cent have admitted they have a problem simply using the words vagina or vulva.
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:35:14 +0100)

Charles Bronson sentenced to further two years in jail for attacking a prison governor
Charles Bronson, one of the most violent inmates in Britain, has been sentenced to two years for attacking a prison officer.
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:27:18 +0100)

Powerful hairdryers could be banned in EU attempt to tackle climate change
Powerful hairdryers may be banned under European Union (EU) regulations aimed at tackling climate change.
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:21:16 +0100)

Tory MP Chris Kelly to stand down after just one term
Chris Kelly, the Conservative MP for Dudley South, has revealed he will stand down at the 2015 general election after serving just one term.
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:37:50 +0100)

London 'terror threat': Metropolitan police deny tube attack hoax
The Metropolitan Police have been forced to deny rumours of a terror attack on the London underground after a hoax text message was widely shared on social media.
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 08:45:16 +0100)

Ashya King: Parents of five-year-old boy refused permission to visit him in hospital and denied bail at Spanish court
The parents of Ashya King will not be able to visit their son in hospital after they were denied bail and their extradition hearing in Spain was adjourned for three days.
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 08:31:18 +0100)

‘More energy’ will win Labour election
Labour needs to show “more energy” to convince voters it is a government-in-waiting, a leading Shadow Cabinet minister said.
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:49:43 +0100)

Exclusive: South Downs and New Forest national parks under threat from Tory donor’s electricity pipeline
The South Downs and New Forest national parks are potentially under threat from plans drawn up by a major Conservative donor to build a giant electricity pipeline from France to southern England.
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:42:49 +0100)

Scottish independence: Academics fear a university brain drain of country's best scientists
Scottish universities could face a brain drain of some of their finest scientists if the country votes for independence, a number of leading academics fear.
(Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:32:19 +0100)

Exclusive: Tory Eurosceptics to defy Cameron with manifesto pledges in next year's general election
David Cameron faces a damaging new revolt over Europe as up to 100 Conservative MPs prepare to defy him by declaring they will vote to leave the European Union no matter what concessions he wins for Britain.
(Sun, 31 Aug 2014 21:18:27 +0100)

British witches demand justice for the Bideford Three executed 300 years ago
Under the shadow of Exeter Castle, a sea of besom brooms and black hats stretched as far as the eye can see. The smell of jasmine incense filled the air. At one point a collective cackle was heard. The Grand Witches’ Tea Party was under way.
(Sun, 31 Aug 2014 21:18:12 +0100)

Young people ‘attracted to Isis by its brutality’, says German security chief
Some young people are attracted to Isis because of its brutality, which makes it appear “more authentic” than al-Qa’ida, the head of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency said today.
(Sun, 31 Aug 2014 20:36:06 +0100)

Ahmadiyya Muslims: British convention of a religious minority persecuted abroad spreads a message of love and peace
The rise of Isis has raised the threat of terror in the UK and led to a summer of negative headlines about Islam – even pushing leading British imams to call for a fatwa prohibiting Muslims from joining the terror group.
(Sun, 31 Aug 2014 19:56:59 +0100)

Gout and rickets on the rise: Public health expert warns of rise in Tudor-era diseases
Malnutrition and diseases such as rickets and gout are on the rise due to poor diet, a leading public health expert has warned.
(Sun, 31 Aug 2014 19:30:42 +0100)

Two killed in Ecclerigg after fireworks shed blaze
The bodies of a man and a woman have been found after an explosion in a shed containing fireworks in Ecclerigg.
(Sun, 31 Aug 2014 18:04:36 +0100)

Isis terror threat: Michael Fallon defends Government action against ‘very real’ terrorist threats
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has backed the Government’s decision to ramp-up UK anti-terrorist security measures in the face of “very real threats” from extremists.
(Sun, 31 Aug 2014 17:45:42 +0100)

Independence referendum ups record political bet, now stands to collect £1 million
Short odds haven’t put off one William Hill from increasing a bet that was already a record — and the anonymous punter is set to win £1 million if Scotland votes no in the referendum on independence.
(Sun, 31 Aug 2014 17:35:55 +0100)

Alice Gross: mother appeals for safe return of 14-year-old with health problems
Police are increasingly concerned about a missing schoolgirl who has been in ill health, who disappeared from Ealing in West London on Thursday.
(Sun, 31 Aug 2014 14:46:05 +0100)

Isis terror threat: Leading British Muslims issue fatwa condemning terror group
Muslim leaders have issued a fatwa condemning Islamic extremist group Isis, and have said that British jihadis are “betraying their own societies” by getting involved in the conflicts in Iraq and Syria.
(Sun, 31 Aug 2014 14:29:23 +0100)

Ipswich house inhabited by pig goes on market
A small house in Ipswich has gone on the market — but what will happen to its current occupant, a sleeping pig, is unclear.
(Sun, 31 Aug 2014 13:54:23 +0100)

Isis terror threat: Cameron considers ban on UK fighters in Syria and Iraq returning home
A temporary ban on British-born jihadists in Iraq and Syria returning to the UK will be announced by David Cameron tomorrow amid tension inside the Coalition over the latest crackdown.
(Sun, 31 Aug 2014 12:58:47 +0100)

Ukip poised to inflict humiliating defeat on Tories in Clacton by-election as Nigel Farage warns of 'landslide victory'
Ukip is poised to inflict a humiliating by-election defeat on the Tories in a result that leader Nigel Farage said would signify a 'landslide' in British politics.
(Sun, 31 Aug 2014 12:30:41 +0100)

Isis laptop reveals terror group 'wants to turn bubonic plague into a weapon of war'
A laptop owned by an Isis militant appears to show the group’s plans to develop and use chemical weapons including the bubonic plague.
(Sun, 31 Aug 2014 11:50:37 +0100)

Ashya King: 'Cruel NHS has not given us the treatment we need', says father of five-year-old with brain tumour who fled to Spain
The parents of Ashya King, the five-year-old boy who was taken out of hospital against doctors’ orders, have been arrested after they were found with their son in Spain.
(Sun, 31 Aug 2014 09:05:26 +0100)

HBOS accused of misleading the public over £4bn rescue
A highly questionable deal between a major British bank, the previous Labour government and UK financial regulators resulted in the publication of misleading information that led the public to invest hundreds of millions of pounds in the failing bank.
(Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100)

Rotherham child sexual abuse scandal - the lessons: We need solutions, not scapegoats
"Gang rape is a usual part of growing up round here," one girl said, with chilling understatement, to the inquiry into child sex abuse in Rotherham which has shocked Britain. There is no need to repeat here the full ghastly litany of brutalities inflicted on more than 1,400 girls in the 16 years covered by the report. The media has taken a grim satisfaction in doing that in great detail before enthusiastically leaping to the task of hunting down the perpetrators of the outrage.
(Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100)

Marks and Spencer accused of 'ripping off' pyjama design by Tootsa MacGinty
One is a retail giant and staple of children's wardrobes across the UK; the other, a fledgling kids' clothing designer fighting to break into one of the most competitive areas of the high street. But that hasn't stopped Marks & Spencer from being dragged into a copycat design row over one of Tootsa MacGinty's most popular items of clothing.
(Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100)

Challenger for Lib Dem presidency vows to revive party
A young Liberal Democrat activist launched her campaign last night to become president of the party and overhaul its image as it struggles to move on from the Lord Rennard affair.
(Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100)

Rotherham child sex abuse scandal: Labour Home Office to be probed over what Tony Blair's government knew - and when
The extent to which the former Labour government tried to play down criminality and extremism among British Muslims for fear of undermining community cohesion is revealed today, as the fallout from the Rotherham sex abuse scandal continued.
(Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100)

Deposit for a bride in Britain - £3,500: Some Romany Gypsies still arrange marriage for their young teenagers
More than six million Romany Gypsies live in Europe and many thousands of them have moved to Britain in recent years. The majority of new arrivals adapt to a British way of life, but some still follow a conservative Gypsy code called Pachiv. For those who live by Pachiv traditions, it is customary to marry soon after the onset of puberty. This practice breaks the law in the UK, where marriage is not legal until the age of 16 – which is also the legal age of sexual consent.
(Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100)

New European Council President 'determined' to keep Britain in the EU
The newly anointed President of the European Council insisted last night that he was determined to keep Britain in the EU, saying he was ready to address David Cameron's concerns about EU reform and the free movement of people.
(Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100)

Primrose Hill set cannot bear an autumn glut of Paddingtons
Paddington is no stranger to getting himself into scrapes, but the marmalade-loving bear from Peru appears to have found himself at the centre of a row over a beauty spot in London's exclusive Primrose Hill.
(Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100)

Scottish independence: Glasgow cabbie wages one-man war against the Better Together campaign
On the mean streets of Glasgow, where every vote is being fought over to keep Scotland in or out of the union, there's one man driving a black cab who is waging his own personal independence campaign.
(Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100)

Exclusive: British company faces investigation for accepting Guantanamo contract
The British security company G4S has been reported to the Government for accepting a multi-million pound contract to service America's Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, which contains the notorious prison for terrorism suspects.
(Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100)

The Top Ten: Political interviewers
This list was compiled by Oscar Pearson, inspired by news of Evan Davis's appointment to replace Jeremy Paxman on 'Newsnight'.
(Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100)

PM sets out tough new anti-terror measures in response to heightened threat
David Cameron and Nick Clegg have agreed to a toughening of anti-terror measures in what will be seen as a return of control orders in all but name, it emerged last night. The Prime Minister will address the House of Commons tomorrow on Parliament's first day back after the summer recess to tell MPs how the Government is responding to the heightened terror threat to the UK and the rise of Islamic State.
(Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100)

Exclusive: We know tax credits were overpaid. Now it's revealed the figure is £5.6bn
The debt owed to government after more than a decade of overpaying tax credits to some of Britain's poorest citizens has now reached more than £5.6bn. The startling figure comes as the tax office takes increasingly aggressive steps to claw back money that is often overpaid because of its own errors.
(Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100)

Scottish independence: Man arrested over votes 'for sale' on eBay
A man has been arrested after independence referendum ballot papers were apparently posted for sale online.
(Sat, 30 Aug 2014 18:09:04 +0100)

George Galloway: 39-year-old charged with religiously-aggravated assault
A man has been charged with religiously-aggravated assault after George Galloway was attacked in West London.
(Sat, 30 Aug 2014 17:25:27 +0100)

Rotherham abuse scandal: Authorities' decisions to take away babies born to abused girls caused yet more suffering
Many babies born to victims of the grooming and sexual exploitation in Rotherham documented in a damning report have been taken away from their mothers, causing them further trauma.
(Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:41:31 +0100)

Scottish independence: David Cameron 'emotional and nervous' ahead of referendum
David Cameron is feeling “emotional and nervous" ahead of the forthcoming referendum on Scottish independence, but remains confident Scots will vote against leaving the UK.
(Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:13:00 +0100)

One in five pet shop puppies fall ill with deadly virus within six months
Puppies bought from pet shops are falling ill with canine parvovirus, with one in five contracting the life-threatening disease within six months, according to new research.
(Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:06:48 +0100)

Murder probe after man is fatally stabbed on Portobello Road
A man in his Fifties has died after being stabbed on one of London’s most iconic and busy streets.
(Sat, 30 Aug 2014 14:32:39 +0100)

Drama graduate, 22, killed by train while attempting to retrieve dog from level crossing
A 22-year-old aspiring actress was tragically killed by an oncoming train after she went onto a level crossing to retrieve a dog.
(Sat, 30 Aug 2014 13:48:44 +0100)

George Galloway attacked: Respect MP leaves hospital after being attacked by man 'shouting about the Holocaust'
George Galloway has been released from hospital after suffering a suspected broken jaw and rib in a violent street attack.
(Sat, 30 Aug 2014 13:14:51 +0100)

Sir David Mitchell dead: Former Conservative MP and minister dies aged 86
Sir David Mitchell, a former Conservative minister and the father of current MP Andrew Mitchell, has died aged 86 following a long illness.
(Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:19:36 +0100)

Liberal Democrats pledge longer paternity leave in general election manifesto
New fathers would see their paternity leave extended from two to six weeks under new Liberal Democrat plans to be included in the party’s general election manifesto.
(Sat, 30 Aug 2014 10:25:00 +0100)

MH17 crash: Body of Newcastle United fan John Alder identified and to be brought home
The identity of a Newcastle United fan who died in the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash has been confirmed as his family prepare to finally bring his body home.
(Sat, 30 Aug 2014 09:00:25 +0100)

George Galloway left with severe bruising after attack in Notting Hill by man 'shouting about the Holocaust'
Respect MP George Galloway suffered a suspected broken jaw when he was attacked in the street as he posed for pictures with members of the public.
(Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:38:43 +0100)

Britain will be fighting Islamic State terror threat for decades, says David Cameron
Britain faces a terrorist threat lasting for decades, David Cameron has warned, as the official alert level was raised due to events in Iraq and Syria.
(Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:22:48 +0100)

Ed Miliband calls for 'deradicalisation' of Britons drawn into Islamic extremism abroad
Ed Miliband, writing in The Independent, has warned that Isis will not be defeated by military means alone.
(Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:59:24 +0100)

Scottish independence supporters are 'bullying mobs', says MP Jim Murphy after getting hit by eggs
A prominent Scottish MP accused supporters of independence of bully-boy tactics yesterday as he suspended his 100-date speaking tour of the country.
(Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:59:28 +0100)

Chic and awe: Nato invades luxury Newport hotel complex
By tomorrow night the last dishes of crab ravioli and white asparagus with quail’s egg will have been served to well-heeled diners and the largest hotel in Wales will be starting to switch its attention as it prepares for the arrival of the most elite group of guests it has ever accommodated.
(Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:16:20 +0100)

Ashya King: Time is running out as hunt goes on for ill boy missing from hospital
A desperate search for a gravely ill five-year-old boy taken from hospital by his parents was focused on France and Spain last night after the batteries ran out on the feeding system that was keeping him live.
(Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:02:00 +0100)

Guide Dogs for the Blind are peddling dodgy statistics, say cyclists
London’s streets should be wide enough for cyclists and guide dogs to co-exist, one would think.
(Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:34:36 +0100)

Something rotten in the town of Rotherham
Every time the national spotlight falls on Rotherham it seems to cast only gloom. Currently synonymous with child abuse on a shocking scale, over the last decade the South Yorkshire town has become known as the place where Dolly Parton came to give books to people who can’t read and Jamie Oliver went to teach recipes to people who can’t cook.
(Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:14:00 +0100)

Government plans new laws to confiscate passports of potential terrorists and stop them travelling to and from Britain
New moves to stop terror suspects travelling in and out of the country are planned amid fears that extremists are returning from Iraq and Syria intent on carrying out atrocities in Britain.
(Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:12:11 +0100)

Rotherham child abuse: South Yorkshire Police officers ‘may still be held accountable’
The Chief Constable of South Yorkshire police, David Crompton, apologised to the victims of child-sex exploitation in Rotherham and said officers could still be held accountable for the failures in bringing abusers to justice.
(Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:02:44 +0100)

Loom band charms taken off toy store shelves over cancer fears
Toy retailer The Entertainer has been forced to remove loom band charms from its stores, after it was revealed they contained suspected carcinogenic chemicals.
(Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:21:25 +0100)

Severe terror alert: What do the various threat levels mean for the UK?
The terror threat in Britain has been raised from "substantial" to "severe" in response to conflicts in Iraq and Syria, meaning that an attack is "highly likely".
(Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:03:35 +0100)

Ashya King missing: Brother of five-year-old boy with brain tumour taken by his parents posted emotional plea on Facebook
The brother of a seriously-ill five-year-old boy taken without consent from a hospital by his parents posted a Facebook message to the child minutes before he had emergency surgery.
(Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:31:51 +0100)

Douglas Carswell: Nigel Farage warns more Tories could defect to Ukip over Cameron's 'open-door immigration'
Nigel Farage has predicted other Tory and Labour MPs could defect to Ukip over the impact of “open-door immigration” should Douglas Carswell win the Clacton by-election.
(Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:47:04 +0100)

Police investigate sale of Scottish referendum votes on eBay
Police are investigating after it appears a number of people have attempted to sell their votes for the Scottish independence referendum online.
(Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:49:14 +0100)

Rotherham police officer charged with child sex offence
A South Yorkshire Police officer who was previously based in Rotherham, has been charged with a child sex offence, his force confirmed on Thursday.
(Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:47:49 +0100)

Douglas Carswell's Ukip defection may be first of many, Tories fear
Senior Conservatives fear that more of their MPs will defect to Ukip after Douglas Carswell stunned Westminster by jumping ship to Nigel Farage’s anti-EU party.
(Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:32:17 +0100)

Manager unfairly dismissed after office banter led to violence
A call centre manager was unfairly dismissed after an outbreak of office “banter” turned nasty and a member of her staff was kicked unconscious by a colleague, a tribunal has ruled.
(Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:05:14 +0100)

Douglas Carswell defection: Clacton’s existing Ukip candidate vows to fight on regardless
While the defection of Clacton’s Tory MP was being celebrated by Ukip’s leadership in London today, there were some back in the seaside town who were less enthusiastic.
(Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:00:05 +0100)

Muggers guilty of stabbing man with learning difficulties to death
The mother of a young man with learning difficulties who was murdered for his mobile phone has called for an end to “unacceptable” knife crime as her son’s teenage killers faced life behind bars.
(Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:51:38 +0100)

Democracy and the police: a system in crisis
It was intended as a key reform of Theresa May’s tenure as Home Secretary, injecting much-needed democracy and transparency into the policing of England and Wales.
(Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:50:29 +0100)

Rotherham sex abuse officers ‘tried to disprove word of victims’
The police force at the centre of the Rotherham child abuse scandal has been accused by inspectors of a cultural disregard for victims of crime with officers actively trying to disprove allegations of some of the most vulnerable.
(Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:36:06 +0100)

Net migration jumps by nearly a quarter of a million
David Cameron’s promise to slash migration levels was in ruins tonight after official figures revealed another sharp rise in new arrivals to Britain.
(Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:35:21 +0100)

Rotherham abuse scandal: David Cameron calls for under-fire police commissioner Shaun Wright to 'resign and take responsibility'
David Cameron has added his voice to calls for under-fire South Yorkshire police commissioner Shaun Wright to quit in the wake of the Rotherham child abuse scandal.
(Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:52:53 +0100)

Douglas Carswell defection: Eurosceptic ex-Tory MP fires parting shot at Cameron
The Conservatives were plunged into turmoil over Europe today when Douglas Carswell, one of their Eurosceptic MPs, dramatically defected to Ukip.
(Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:11:44 +0100)

Birth of rare twin bongo antelope calves welcomed by conservationists
Conservationists have called the birth of rare twin bongo antelopes at a safari park in Bedfordshire “fantastic news”.
(Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:51:42 +0100)

Folkestone treasure hunt: German artist sparks ‘British gold-rush’ by burying £10,000 in sand at coastal art festival
The gold rush came to Folkestone today as old men armed with metal detectors and little girls with buckets and spades searched the beach for buried bullion.
(Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:50:47 +0100)

ALS ice bucket challenge: Tesco donates all profits from ice sales and nominates rival supermarkets to do the same
Tesco is donating all of its profits from sales of ice cubes and is nominating it competitors to do the same in the wake of the ALS ice bucket challenge.
(Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:22:22 +0100)

British Islamic extremist boasts he would be 'honoured' to perform execution
A British Islamic extremist fighting in Syria for Isis has claimed he would be “honoured” to perform an execution similar to the brutal murder of James Foley last week, as he threatened to bring his fight home.
(Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:41:44 +0100)

ALS ice bucket challenge: Over half of Brits polled did not donate to charity afterwards
Over half of Brits polled said they did not donate to an ALS charity after taking part in an ice bucket challenge.
(Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:57:14 +0100)

EasyJet plane forced to make emergency landing after smoke on flight deck
An EasyJet passenger plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Gatwick earlier today after the passenger cabin filled with smoke.
(Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:00:01 +0100)

Ukip Douglas Carswell defection: Tory MP jumps ship to join Nigel Farage
A Conservative MP has resigned and joined Ukip claiming Nigel Farage’s party is the only one capable of "shaking up Westminster".
(Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:23:42 +0100)

UK immigration numbers up by 68,000 in a year, despite David Cameron's pledge to cut migration levels by the next general election
David Cameron’s promise to slash migration levels is in ruins after official figures revealed another sharp rise in numbers of new arrivals to Britain.
(Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:31:16 +0100)

Ailiana Tsarnaeva: Sister of accused Boston marathon bombers arrested after bomb threat
The sister of the suspected Boston marathon bombers was arrested yesterday for allegedly making a bomb threat, New York City police have said.
(Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:07:01 +0100)

British backpacker Jack Davies, 21, found dead on Thai island
The parents of a backpacker from Wales have paid tribute to their son, after he suddenly died in Thailand on Sunday.
(Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:45:00 +0100)