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Say goodbye to scorching July as UK set for rain this weekend
It may only be first day of August, but the scorching highs enjoyed throughout July, one of the sunniest summer months on record, are long gone, and rain is on its way.
(Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:23:40 +0100)

Scottish independence: Salmond in need of poll boost from televised debate
Scotland is on course to vote No to independence in September's referendum by a margin of 57 to 43 per cent, according to a “poll of polls” for The Independent.
(Fri, 01 Aug 2014 08:15:00 +0100)

Three Britons killed in Croatia car crash
A British father and his two children have been killed in a car crash in southern Croatia.
(Fri, 01 Aug 2014 08:05:24 +0100)

Commonwealth Games cyclist in Ebola scare
Health authorities have played down an Ebola scare at the Commonwealth Games after it emerged a Sierra Leone athlete was tested for the killer virus.
(Fri, 01 Aug 2014 07:50:37 +0100)

PM to announce £2m boost for Eastbourne Pier after devastating fire
Eastbourne is set to get a £2 million boost following a fire that left a building on the town's pier a charred shell, Downing Street has said.
(Fri, 01 Aug 2014 07:42:00 +0100)

Rolf Harris mural: three-legged self-portrait to be covered up in dressing room at Theatre Royal Plymouth
A Jack and the Beanstalk-themed mural painted by Rolf Harris in one of the dressing rooms at the Theatre Royal Plymouth is to be covered up.
(Fri, 01 Aug 2014 00:58:30 +0100)

A thrilling advance in gene science – but only if we share
The full genetic sequence of the first human genome to be decoded was one of those pivotal moments in scientific discovery. For the first time, in the deceptively simple language of the genes, we could read our genetic blueprint, which in fact is more like a digital recipe of how to make and maintain the human body.
(Fri, 01 Aug 2014 00:23:01 +0100)

Civil service whistleblowers need more support and protection, MPs say
The treatment of whistleblowers who expose problems in public services is “shocking” because they face victimisation, according to an inquiry by MPs which reports today.
(Fri, 01 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100)

Secret deal meant mesothelioma compensation scheme favoured insurers
A Government compensation scheme supposed to help the families of people killed by exposure to asbestos was too heavily influenced by the insurance lobby, a parliamentary inquiry has found.
(Fri, 01 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100)

Met smeared me after I won discrimination case, firearms officer claims
A black firearms officer accused the Metropolitan Police of smearing her as a criminal and “child predator” because she complained about her treatment.
(Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:32:42 +0100)

Six years for woman who texted on two phones before fatal crash
A judge condemned motorists who use mobiles while driving as a “plague on society” as he jailed a woman who caused a fatal pile-up after texting and taking calls on two phones while travelling at 70mph.
(Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:59:46 +0100)

Severe cuts tip overstuffed prisons into crisis
Prisons have been hit by a tide of violence, with soaring levels of attacks, suicides and self-harm among offenders crammed into cells, an array of damning Ministry of Justice figures have disclosed.
(Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:39:34 +0100)

Antisemitism is on the rise in Britain - and has been since before current Gaza conflict
Incidents of antisemitism in Britain rose by more than a third in the first six months of this year, indicating rising hate crime against Jews prior to the current conflict in Gaza and Israel, according to new figures.
(Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:12:48 +0100)

Housing crisis will worsen under next Tory government, Labour claims
The average deposit for people buying a home will be £72,000 by 2020 if the Conservatives win another five years in power, the Labour Party will claim today.
(Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:43:22 +0100)

Tory Minister's illegal immigrant cleaner deported back to Colombia
Isabella Acevedo, the cleaner who worked illegally for Tory Minister Mark Harper, has been deported to Colombia.
(Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:38:42 +0100)

Prison suicides soar by 69% in a single year
Prison suicides have hit their highest rates in nine years, official figures have shown, on a difficult day for the Ministry of Justice that laid bare the state of the UK’s prison system.
(Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:53:56 +0100)

Palestine and parking protests in alliterative clash on the streets of Bristol
A Free Palestine protestor has had his flag snapped in two after straying onto the turf of parking protestors in Bristol.
(Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:42:00 +0100)

David Cameron and Boris Johnson tennis match to go ahead, says Chris Grayling
Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has confirmed that a tennis match between David Cameron and Boris Johnson will go ahead, and defended the controversial £160,000 donation to the Conservative Party which secured the game. 
(Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:36:11 +0100)

Gatwick chaos: Airline axes baggage handler Swissport after extended delays
Carrier and tour operator Monarch Airlines is understood to have axed contracts with Swissport, the baggage handling company under fire for its poor performance that led to chaos at Gatwick airport last weekend.
(Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:13:09 +0100)

Ferrybridge power station fire: Crews tackle blaze at site
Ten fire crews are tackling a blaze at Ferrybridge power station near Castleford.
(Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:03:16 +0100)

Palestinian flag raised by Lutfur Rahman above Tower Hamlets town hall is ‘ripped down in act of vandalism’ amid complaints on social media
The mayor of an east London borough who came under criticism for raising the Palestinian flag on top of a town hall has said the flag has since been ripped down in a "perceived act of vandalism".
(Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:37:31 +0100)

Ankle tags for people who commit alcohol-linked crime to monitor their drinking in pilot scheme
Offenders who repeatedly commit alcohol-related crime will be forced to wear ankle tags that monitor if they are still drinking, under a year-long pilot scheme.
(Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:30:45 +0100)

Gatwick luggage crisis: More baggage delays expected as Swissport faces 'critical staff shortages'
Airlines have warned travellers flying from Gatwick this weekend that they could run the risk of travelling without their luggage as the airport faces a critical shortage of baggage handlers.
(Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:57:05 +0100)

Ofsted chairman: Academy group trustee David Hoare appointed to head school inspections
Businessman David Hoare has been selected as the new chairman of schools regulator Ofsted, finally ending a furious Coalition row over the appointment.
(Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:39:50 +0100)

Eastbourne Pier fire: Can the Victorian landmark ever be restored?
Fire crews said on Thursday they have saved “a great deal” of Eastbourne Pier, after a fire that lasted hours ripped through the 144-year-old Victorian structure.
(Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:40:40 +0100)

Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman criticised for raising Palestinian flag over town hall in show of 'solidarity' with Gaza
The Mayor of an east London borough has come under fire for flying the Palestinian flag over a town hall in a gesture of "solidarity" with the crisis-hit region Gaza.
(Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:29:51 +0100)

Commonwealth Games 2014: Australian competitor allegedly arrested over athletes’ village 'assault'
A man will appear in court today following an alleged assault at the Commonwealth Games athletes' village.
(Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:36:13 +0100)

Ravel Morrison charged with assault: West Ham midfielder remanded in custody after appearing in court accused of punching and slapping his ex-girlfriend and her mother
West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison has been remanded in custody after appearing in court accused of punching and slapping his ex-girlfriend and her mother.
(Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:10:46 +0100)

Prince Philip’s former aide on sexual assault charges
Prince Philip’s former aide, 79-year-old Benjamin Herman, has been charged with indecent assault of a 12-year-old girl while working for the royal family.
(Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:53:53 +0100)

Over 100 firefighters sent to tackle blaze at the former home of the Cadbury's family
More than 100 firefighters were dispatched on Wednesday night to tackle a major fire that broke out at the former home of the Cadbury family on the outskirts of Birmingham.
(Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:09:14 +0100)

Ebola outbreak: UK officials 'not prepared' to deal with virus arriving at border, union leader warns
UK border officials feel they are unprepared to deal with the threat of the Ebola virus arriving in Britain, a union leader has said.
(Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:08:17 +0100)

Historic abuse convictions cause leap in prisons' sex offender population
The prison sex offender population has doubled in ten years, fuelled by the jump in historic abuse convictions.
(Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:24:25 +0100)

Damien McBride: Rebekah Brooks was 'the most powerful person in Britain'
Rebekah Brooks, the former editor of The Sun, was “the most powerful person in Britain”, according to one of  Gordon Brown’s closest aides.
(Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0100)

Government should stop gay vicars being sacked by Church of England, says Conservative Lord Fowler
The former chairman of the Conservative Party has said the government should be able to stop the Church of England from sacking vicars who have same-sex marriages.
(Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:00:15 +0100)

Cabinet Office grant to Big Society charity questioned
A senior political adviser to David Cameron arranged a meeting in Downing Street to garner support for a charity accused of squandering £2.5m of public funds, The Independent has learnt.
(Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:49:11 +0100)

Two trials in 20 years for police shootings
Fatal shootings by police are rare; prosecutions of officers rarer still – and convictions are non-existent. The only two cases where on-duty police officers have stood trial in the last 20 years for murder by shooting have resulted in not guilty verdicts.
(Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:45:11 +0100)

Armed police officer charged with murder over Azelle Rodney shooting
A decorated former Scotland Yard marksman involved in a botched armed operation against a drugs gang was charged yesterday with murdering one of the suspects.
(Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:44:09 +0100)

Neil Wallis, Andy Coulson’s deputy, once cleared of suspicion, faces hacking charges
The former News of the World deputy editor with historic links to the highest echelons of Scotland Yard has been charged with phone-hacking offences.
(Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:43:24 +0100)

David Cameron hints at plans to raise the 40p tax threshold
The Conservatives will promise a tax cut for middle-income professionals in next year’s general election manifesto, David Cameron has signalled.
(Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:48:33 +0100)

Muslim groups accuse HSBC of Islamophobia after it threatens to close accounts
One of Britain’s biggest banks is shutting down the accounts of “risky” customers, including a number of Muslim organisations who claim they are being unfairly targeted in an “Islamophobic campaign”.
(Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:39:22 +0100)

Watch a ghost move a chair in an empty room
There were spooky goings-on in a theatre in Essex over the weekend after a CCTV camera captured footage of a chair appearing to move by itself in a deserted auditorium.
(Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:19:00 +0100)

Jimmy Savile charity ‘to challenge victims compensation scheme’ – despite not being required to cover costs
A charity set up in Jimmy Savile’s name is trying to challenge an agreed system of compensation for his sex abuse victims, lawyers have said.
(Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:58:46 +0100)

Staff member at cancer hospital accused of taking bribes for supplying body samples to drug companies
A senior member of staff at a leading cancer hospital has been accused of receiving bottles of whisky and cash in return for supplying body part samples to private drugs companies.
(Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:51:17 +0100)

British Airways to be sued over pilot sexual abuse claims
British Airways it to be sued by a group of women and young girls over allegations that the airline’s now deceased pilot, Simon Wood, sexually abused children in African schools and orphanages.
(Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:38:21 +0100)

Eastbourne Pier fire: Blaze 'started in games arcade panelling'
A fire broke out at the 144-year-old pier in the East Sussex seaside town of Eastbourne on Wednesday afternoon - gutting its largest dome.
(Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:29:44 +0100)

Ukip's Wells branch in disarray after the 'Glastonbury occult crowd' accused of taking over
A couple who claim to be in regular contact with the Archangel Michael have denied that their conversations with angels are behind the row which has torn apart a local branch of Ukip.
(Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:01:20 +0100)

Police officers who tackled suspect in monkey and zebra onesies commended for bravery
Two off-duty police officers who pinned down a man shouting death threats while dressed in zebra and monkey onesies have been given awards.
(Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:31:07 +0100)

Woman with 'Skywalker' as middle name has passport application rejected by Home Office
A woman who adopted the surname of iconic Star Wars character Luke Skywalker as her middle name, has had her passport application rejected by the Home Office because of copyright issues.
(Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:28:03 +0100)

Police investigated over 'using crowbar to kill injured deer'
Two firearms officers are under investigation over an allegation that they killed a deer using a crowbar, instead of ending the animal’s life in a humane manner.
(Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:27:12 +0100)

Investigation into why man, 32, died after being restrained by police in Sussex
An investigation has started into why a man died after being restrained by police officers and “becoming unwell” in their van.
(Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:04:51 +0100)

News of the World charges: Former deputy editor Neil Wallis 'devastated' by hacking allegation
Former News of the World deputy editor Neil Wallis said he is "devastated" to face a "swingeing, indiscriminate charge" of conspiring to hack phones, more than a year after he was told he would face no further action.
(Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:46:42 +0100)

Azelle Rodney shooting: Former police marksman 'E7' charged with murder of robbery suspect
A former police officer is to be charged with murdering robbery suspect Azelle Rodney, prosecutors have said.
(Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:45:08 +0100)

Alfie Sullock death: Babysitter who killed girlfriend’s child receives nine year jail sentence
A man who killed his girlfriend’s six-week-old baby while the mother was out with her friends has been jailed for nine years.
(Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:29:26 +0100)

House of Lords criticises right-to-be-forgotten laws as 'unworkable and wrong in principle'
So-called ‘right to be forgotten’ legislation introduced by the European Court of Justice has been described by the House of Lords as both unworkable and undesirable in a new report.
(Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:16:29 +0100)

Circus troupe denied Santander bank account as burlesque acts deemed ‘moral problem’
A troupe of circus performers from Bristol has been refused a business account with Santander after bank managers deemed the burlesque-style aspects of their shows to be too much of a “moral problem”.
(Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:06:45 +0100)

Rolf Harris sex offences: Calls for heavier sentence dismissed
Calls for entertainer Rolf Harris to serve a longer term for sex offences have been dismissed by the Government's chief legal adviser.
(Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:51:30 +0100)

Black cats being rejected because they don't look good in selfies, says RSPCA
The RSPCA has reported that 70 per cent of more than 1,000 cats in care in Britain are black or black and white, with the historically unlucky felines facing a new challenge in the photo-obsessed 21st century: the selfie.
(Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:07:08 +0100)

Ebola outbreak is a 'threat' to UK says Philip Hammond, as Government calls emergency Cobra meeting in response to deadly virus
The Government is to hold an emergency meeting to discuss the “threat” to the UK from the Ebola virus, the Foreign Secretary has said.
(Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:51:10 +0100)

Conservatives and Labour deny plans for flat income tax and 'death tax' after released recordings cause uproar
Labour and the Conservatives are both denying controversial plans for a “death tax” and flat rate of income tax after recordings emerged of senior ministers appearing to support the policies.
(Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:23:09 +0100)

Max Mosley to sue Google over sex party images
The ex-Formula 1 boss Max Mosley is suing Google for continuing to publish images of him with prostitutes at a sex party.
(Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:22:16 +0100)

Why Labour’s ‘cost of living’ campaign is rooted in transatlantic experience
When Ed Miliband met Barack Obama in the White House last week, the two men were both keener to talk about domestic politics and the economy than the two pressing international crises in Ukraine and Gaza.
(Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0100)

'Are you better off than four years ago?' Labour takes inspiration from former US President Ronald Reagan
The fall in earnings under the Coalition will be the biggest in any parliament since 1880, according to a new analysis by the House of Commons Library.
(Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0100)

Teenager dies of suspected 'fatal reaction' to drugs at Newcastle party
Police are appealing for information after a teenager died of a suspected “fatal reaction” to drugs taken at a party in Newcastle.
(Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:01:06 +0100)

Pakistani man held for 10 years says he was tortured by British troops in Iraq
A Pakistani man kept in British and then American custody for a decade is suing the UK Government over allegations that he was subjected to torture, including waterboarding, by British troops.
(Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:33:17 +0100)

David Cameron blames Lords row on wanting to keep William Hague in the Cabinet
David Cameron has blamed the row over the demotion of the new Leader of the House of Lords on the need to keep William Hague in the Cabinet, a former Tory minister has said.
(Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:50:20 +0100)

Oil trader Michael Prest owes ex-wife £360,000, court rules
A former oil trader once estimated to be worth nearly £40m has been given a four-week suspended jail sentence after a judge ruled he owed his ex-wife £360,000 in unpaid maintenance.
(Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:32:51 +0100)

Bernie Ecclestone attempts to halt £26m German bribery trial
Formula 1 billionaire Bernie Ecclestone has offered to pay a German bank £20m to halt a criminal trial in which he is accused of bribery, his lawyers said.
(Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:31:37 +0100)

Britain 'leads Europe on gay rights', claims David Cameron
David Cameron today claimed Britain was leading the way in Europe on gay rights as he hailed one of the biggest events in the Gay Pride calendar.
(Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:26:52 +0100)

EU to examine Cameron's migrant benefits crackdown
David Cameron’s plan to cut benefits to European nationals is to be examined by the European Commission to check it does not breach EU law.
(Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:20:30 +0100)

One widow left the Tories more money than all of their membership subscriptions in 2013
Conservative headquarters received more money in 2013 from one widow’s estate than from its entire membership subscriptions.
(Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:00:38 +0100)

Commonwealth Game opening ceremony Tunnock's teacake dancer could lose job after bosses saw her on TV 'while she was off sick'
A volunteer who appeared at the Commonwealth Games 2014 opening ceremony may lose her job, after her bosses spotted her dancing with a giant Tunnock’s teacake while she signed off sick from work.
(Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:42:40 +0100)

Liverpool bar becomes 'first in UK' to ban smoking outside
A bar and grill in Liverpool has become the first in the UK to ban smoking in its outside beer garden.
(Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:21:29 +0100)

Sainsbury’s unveils UK’s ‘safest’ super-high-tech HGV to cut cyclist deaths in London
This is the new high-tech model of lorry that has been designed to stop cyclists dying on the streets of London.
(Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:06:39 +0100)

Alfie Sullock: Mother's ex-boyfriend Michael Pearce found guilty of killing six-week-old baby
A grieving mother has spoken of her disappointment after a jury convicted her former boyfriend of the manslaughter of her six-week-old son.
(Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:39:13 +0100)

UK weather: Summer sunshine back for a few days until the rain starts again
Sunny weather is making a brief return across Britain after storms and flash floods in parts of the country, but the rain will not hold off for long.
(Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:22:41 +0100)

Mystery of the bad smell floating around Oxford
A bad smell floating around Oxford has been baffling officials and turning residents’ stomachs.
(Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:22:35 +0100)

Labour outspent every other political party during 2013, and still had millions left over
Labour outspent all the other political parties during 2013 and still had millions left over, according to figures published today by the Electoral Commission.
(Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:55:19 +0100)

Ebola virus: UK health officials issue warning to doctors as experts admit the outbreak 'is not under control'
Public health experts have issued urgent warnings to British doctors and border officials to watch for signs of the Ebola virus arriving in the UK.
(Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:19:00 +0100)

When is ‘revenge porn’ illegal? Lords call for clarity on when online activity ‘crosses the line’
Clearer guidelines from the Government are needed so that people know when they can and cannot be prosecuted over “revenge porn”, social media “trolling” and other indecent material posted online, a Lords committee has said.
(Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:42:29 +0100)

Discrimination at work goes unpunished as women can’t afford to sue
Women are being priced out of justice in the workplace, according to figures which show the number of sex discrimination claims brought by women against employers have fallen 80 per cent since court charges were introduced.
(Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:20:57 +0100)

Tougher benefits rules for EU migrants: New arrivals will lose payments after just three months under new Tory plans
European Union migrants will lose their entitlement to benefits after just three months’ claims, David Cameron announced today in fresh measures to toughen the Coalition’s stance on immigration.
(Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0100)

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – Britain as others see us
The UK is full of heavy drinkers with bad eating habits who are ignorant, intolerant and too nationalistic – so it’s just as well that we are also very polite.
(Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0100)

Stop NHS privatisation until after the election, says shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham
All new contracts between hospitals and the private sector should be put on hold until after next year’s general election, Labour will argue today.
(Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0100)

Poll: Labour set to win the election - but people still don't like Ed Miliband
Labour is on course to win next year’s general election, even though a majority of people say that Ed Miliband deters them from voting for his party.
(Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:28:38 +0100)

Conservative MP David Ruffley to step down following domestic violence revelations
A Conservative MP who received a police caution for assaulting his ex-partner today announced he will step down at the next election.
(Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:04:02 +0100)

Now the gloves (and everything else) are off as naturists are criminalised
When 744 swimmers took off their clothes and plunged into the sea off the New Zealand coast last year, the world’s largest co-ordinated skinny dip made it into the Guinness Book of Records. When two men attempted the same in County Down last week they were threatened with inclusion in a markedly different volume: the sex offenders’ register.
(Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:43:30 +0100)

Scottish independence: SNP considers inflation-based minimum wage but stops short of living wage
The minimum wage in Scotland could rise in line with prices each year if the country votes for independence in September, the Scottish National Party has said.
(Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:02:21 +0100)

UK to send 1,300 troops to Nato exercise in Poland in show of strength
More than 1,300 British troops are to take part in a major Nato exercise in Eastern Europe in a further show of strength by the Western alliance in the face of Russia's continuing “destabilisation” of Ukraine.
(Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:47:13 +0100)

Landmark murder case could remove police immunity from being sued for negligence
The family of a woman murdered by her ex-boyfriend after a bungled 999 response have begun a legal battle to remove police immunity from being sued for negligence.
(Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:45:07 +0100)

NHS accounts worker Stacey Tipler blew cash for cancer drugs on shopping
An NHS worker is facing jail over a fraud that saw hundreds of thousands of pounds meant for vital cancer drugs fleeced from a world-renowned hospital and used on shopping sprees and mortgage payments.
(Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:48:35 +0100)

General Election 2015: Don't rely on the Ukip protest vote to win, Ed Miliband told
Ed Miliband has been warned that Labour would be foolish to base its strategy for winning next year’s general election on Ukip taking votes from the Conservatives.
(Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:03:58 +0100)

The new freedom riders: Yorkshire pensioners continue crusade to win back free local rail travel
“Who wants to stage a freedom ride?” demands George Arthur, a retired primary school teacher into his loud hailer, causing a forest of hands and walking sticks to be raised skywards. Within moments there's a tense stand-off.
(Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:41:44 +0100)

Lloyds to pay £217 million over Libor rigging
Lloyds Banking Group was hit with £217m in fines today after its traders manipulated interest rates to rip off the Bank of England on a taxpayer-backed scheme intended to keep their employer afloat.
(Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:41:30 +0100)

Wellesley Hotel charges businessman Edward Heaton £75 for three small bottles of water
When Edward Heaton sat down on the terrace of the sumptuous Crystal Bar of the Wellesley Hotel in central London and ordered three small bottles of sparkling water for himself and a client, he understandably expected them to cost a little more than the 60p each he would pay in his local supermarket.
(Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:24:25 +0100)

Help for Heroes conman who pocketed £300,000 in charity donations to face 'lengthy' jail sentence
A man who tricked the public into donating £300,000 of pounds to the armed forces charity Help for Heroes, only to pocket the money himself, has been told by a judge he faces a “lengthy” prison sentence.
(Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:00:46 +0100)

Ed Balls poses with a 'pigeon' in bizarre Twitter picture
It’s less than a week since Ed Miliband took a stand against "photo-op politics", yet on Monday his Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls, posted a picture to Twitter that couldn’t help but raise eyebrows.
(Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:42:37 +0100)

Veteran racing driver killed in crash during classic car race at Silverstone circuit
A veteran racing driver has been killed in an accident after his car clipped another and rolled over at low speed during a classic car race at the Silverstone racetrack.
(Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:06:01 +0100)