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Tougher sanctions to be levied on rogue company directors
The Government is to introduce a law imposing tougher penalties on “rogue and reckless” company directors that could see them paying compensation to victims.
(Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:02:22 +0100)

Councils urged to curb health and safety ‘jobsworths’
The Government has urged local authorities to stop misusing health and safety rules to ban activities that are not dangerous and start using “common sense” instead.
(Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:01:41 +0100)

Government plans to let HMRC sell taxpayers’ details to private companies
Taxpayers’ data could be sold to private companies by HM Revenue & Customs, it has been revealed.
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:44:42 +0100)

Vast network of roadside cameras puts privacy in peril
Members of the public face “a very real risk” to their privacy from the huge roadside surveillance network that captures millions of motorists every day, the Government’s Surveillance Commissioner has warned. In an interview with The Independent, Tony Porter urges that clear guidance be provided to ensure “innocent” people do not fall victim to roadside automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras which have been the centre of concerns over the rise of surveillance in Britain.
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:33:09 +0100)

Worthing teenager fell from fairground ride
A fairground ride in Worthing, West Sussex, is being investigated after a teenager fell around 15ft from the attraction on Thursday evening.
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:41:54 +0100)

One man dead and another in hospital after boat capsized in Bideford Bar estuary
One man died and another was hospitalised after a boat capsized in a river estuary, according to police.
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:54:28 +0100)

Abdullah Deghayes killed in Syria conflict: My son the martyr, by father of British teenager
The father of an 18-year-old Brighton man killed while fighting alongside his brothers with rebel forces in Syria has said his son was "a martyr" who died "for a just cause".
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:28:57 +0100)

7-year-old boy seriously burned in Aberdeen incident involving petrol
A seven-year-old boy was being treated for serious burns on Friday after he was reportedly “on fire” at around 2pm in a city street.
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:57:31 +0100)

Good Friday: TV priest Richard Coles' Stations of the Cross tweets send followers to porn site
A TV priest has been left red-faced after his Good Friday tweets inadvertently directed his Twitter followers to a porn site.
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:03:33 +0100)

Male employees sue university for alleged sexual discrimination, claiming unequal pay to women
26 men are suing a Welsh university over allegations that they have been victims of sexual discrimination in the work place and received unequal pay to their female counterparts.
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:48:38 +0100)

Two police officers convicted of theft following undercover 'sting'
Two police officers in south Wales have been convicted of theft following an undercover sting operation conducted by their own force.
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:45:38 +0100)

College professor suspended after sharing Game of Thrones slogan t-shirt photo online
A US university professor has been suspended without pay after he posted a photo of his daughter wearing a t-shirt referencing TV drama Game of Thrones on a social media website.
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:22:52 +0100)

Whistleblowing cardiologist Raj Mattu wins unfair dismissal case
A cardiologist who acted as a whistleblower to expose NHS safety fears has won an unfair dismissal case following a lengthy dispute with hospital bosses.
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:52:55 +0100)

Oxford City Council apologises after Passion Play it 'mistook for live sex show' is cancelled
A council has apologised after a Good Friday Passion Play was cancelled because a councillor reportedly thought it was a live sex show.
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:33:55 +0100)

Sheffield’s Meadowhall shopping centre introduces fast and slow walking lanes
It’s one of the things that make many people hate heading to shopping centres on a busy weekends - slow moving people that you just can’t find a way to take over.
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:53:06 +0100)

David Cameron stung by jellyfish: PM hurt after ignoring advice of locals while on holiday
David Cameron is reportedly recovering today after being stung by a jellyfish as he relaxed on a luxury holiday on the Spanish island of Lanzarote.
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:05:02 +0100)

Easter weekend travel: Eurostar and Eurotunnel disruption leaves thousands on wrong side of Channel on Good Friday
Thousands of travellers who had been hoping to make an early getaway for the Easter break woke up this morning on the wrong side of the Channel following severe disruption to Eurostar and Eurotunnel services.
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:42:14 +0100)

Bus subsidies slashed leaving less-used routes to close or cut back
Unprofitable bus routes are being scrapped or scaled back because of deep cuts in support from councils whose budgets are being squeezed, new figures disclose today.
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:27:11 +0100)

Labour Party hires Obama strategist David Axelrod to mastermind Labour's 2015 election campaign
Barack Obama's election guru has been hired to advise Labour on its 2015 campaign.
(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:54:05 +0100)

KFC 'sorry' after lesbian couple are kicked out of Bath restaurant for 'heavy petting'
A lesbian couple were thrown out of a KFC restaurant in Bath after other customers objected to what was described as “heavy petting”.
(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:23:05 +0100)

Kazakh dissident loses UK refugee status after David Cameron’s trade mission - sparking claims the Government is attempting to curry favour with the oil-rich country
The Home Office is revoking the refugee status of a prominent Kazakhstan dissident, it has emerged, prompting claims that the Government is attempting to curry favour with the oil-rich but repressive central Asian republic.
(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:49:57 +0100)

FSA to test takeaways after lamb meals found to be mislabelled
Britain's Foods Standards Agency (FSA) is to begin testing lamb takeaway meals from restaurants across the UK after it found evidence that nearly a third contain cheaper substitutes such as beef and chicken.
(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:44:49 +0100)

Revealed: how City minister Andrea Leadsom used controversial trusts to reduce her potential inheritance-tax bill
Andrea Leadsom, the new City minister, used controversial trusts to reduce her potential tax bill and took advantage of offshore banking arrangements for her buy-to-let property company – in an apparent contradiction to George Osborne’s attempts to crack down on tax avoidance.
(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:42:18 +0100)

Green MP Caroline Lucas to continue campaign against fracking after court finds her not guilty of obstructing a public highway during Balcombe protest
Britain’s only Green MP has vowed to continue her fight to end fracking after being found not guilty of obstructing a public highway and a public order offence during high-profile protests.
(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:39:27 +0100)

Roman Catholic bishops from England and Wales call for Church to allow priests to marry
Roman Catholic bishops have called for the Church to take the historic step of allowing priests to be married amid growing signs of liberal reform under Pope Francis.
(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:35:18 +0100)

Coalition spending revealed: Crime Agency's £336,573 outlay on Mercedes vans for 'special projects', a £27,000 parking bill at Gatwick Airport and £108,000 PR spend among Government departments’ public accounts
It was just less than a year ago that ministers claimed the Government was starting to “manage our finances like the best-run FTSE100 businesses”.
(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:15:33 +0100)

Inside London Underground's lost property office: Umbrellas, dentures and... human ashes
Amid the daily crush of the London Underground, it’s easy for stressed and hassled commuters and tourists to forget umbrellas, cameras, iPads and… human ashes.
(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:19:17 +0100)

Aras Hussein jailed for beheading teenage girlfriend
A man who beheaded his girlfriend before stabbing himself has been sentenced to life with a minimum term of 20 years in prison.
(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:06:41 +0100)

Sharia student loans: Will Muslim students avoid paying interest on finance for higher education?
The Government is inviting responses to its consultation on whether or not to introduce a student loan that is compliant with sharia law, amid reports that the UK’s Muslim population is divided on the issue.
(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:26:45 +0100)

Last leader of violent animal rights group jailed for six years
The last ringleader of a longrunning campaign against a Cambridge-based animal testing centre has been jailed for six years to complete the effective dismantling of a violent organisation that exported its tactics across Europe and the US.
(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:53:40 +0100)

Overheard in Waitrose: documenting the chatter in 'Britain's poshest supermarket'
It’s the first choice of the well-to-do shopper – and now a Facebook page has been set up in homage to “Britain’s poshest supermarket”.
(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:43:11 +0100)

Tube strike: RMT union calls five days of action over London Underground ticket office closures
London Underground staff have voted to stage five days of strike action over the decision to close Tube ticket offices.
(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:57:23 +0100)

Shropshire criminals ‘using unmanned drones and infrared cameras to find illegal cannabis farms’ – and then steal from the growers
Criminals in Shropshire have reportedly started using unmanned drones fitted with heat-seeking cameras to steal from and extort illegal cannabis farms.
(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:37:40 +0100)

Why is Easter so late this year? Explaining how we date Easter Sunday
This year Easter Sunday will fall on the 20th of April, but the Christian holiday can come anywhere between the 22nd of March and the 25th of April - why is it so changeable?
(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:06:57 +0100)

Deadly Asian hornets could be heading to Britain
Swarms of deadly Asian hornets which have already killed six in France could be on their way to Britain, experts have warned.
(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:00:33 +0100)

Are you turning into your dad? The top ten signs you've embraced dad-ism revealed as survey says 38 is age men turn into their father
It's a startling moment in any man's life.
(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:15:27 +0100)

Rutland Earthquake: Tremor '100,000 times smaller' than Chilean quake felt in Midlands
A small earthquake measuring magnitude 3.2 has hit Rutland in the East Midlands.
(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:17:39 +0100)

David Cameron in bubble wrap? Prime Minister appears to be stuck on Tube
There is a man waddling around London bundled in bubblewrap and he looks an awful lot like David Cameron.
(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:07:03 +0100)

MI6 puts PC Yvonne Fletcher murder suspects ‘under 24-hour surveillance’ in Libya
British agents have put relatives and associates of a suspect in the murder of police officer Yvonne Fletcher – shot dead outside the Libyan Embassy in London in 1984 – under 24-hour surveillance in Libya, according to a report.
(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:57:27 +0100)

Labour pledges to overhaul the hated fitness-for-work tests that it introduced
The controversial fitness-for-work tests for the sick and disabled would be overhauled by an incoming Labour government with the companies which operate them paid according to the quality of their performance.
(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:08:50 +0100)

Westminster is awash with tales of young men being sexually harassed - but it's far from being just a problem in politics
In the noisy, never-should-have-come-to-court outrage following Nigel Evans' acquittal for rape and multiple sexual assaults, and in the hubbub over tales of serial sexual harassment in Westminster that have emerged since, another, more disturbing issue has been drowned out, unnoticed and unheard.
(Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:40:00 +0100)

Former MP Lembit Opik becomes the face of 'Britain’s first satirical pro-Iranian politics show'
Lembit Opik, the former Liberal Democrat MP, has found a new role fronting what is billed as “Britain’s first satirical pro-Iranian politics show” despite campaigning against persecution in the country when he was in Parliament.
(Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:16:19 +0100)

Police whistleblower confronts Met chief Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe during radio phone-in
A police whistleblower who resigned after raising concerns about the massaging of crime statistics has confronted the Metropolitan Police Commissioner during a radio phone-in.
(Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:09:33 +0100)

Starbucks relocates to London: Company's move to 'coffee capital of the world' - and a bigger tax bill - hailed as 'partial victory' by MPs
Starbucks has hailed London as the Silicon Valley of the coffee industry after announcing it is moving its European headquarters to the city.
(Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:03:26 +0100)

Let us praise: David Cameron acclaims his and Britain’s Christian faith in secular age
Britain should be “confident” and “evangelical” about its status as a Christian country, even in an increasingly secular age, David Cameron has said.
(Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:58:31 +0100)

PC Keith Blakelock murder trial: Even family of key witness did not believe him
A key prosecution witness at the trial of the man cleared of killing PC Keith Blakelock was not even believed by his family, it can be revealed today.
(Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:32:02 +0100)

Easter Weekend: Rail and road congestion as three million take UK break
As millions of Britons will be taking UK breaks over Easter, holiday-makers will be preparing to avoid potential rail and road disruptions that could see them miss all-important family Easter-egg hunts and roast dinners.
(Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:31:15 +0100)

Easter Weekend: Warm weather set to end just in time for holiday
With the British public enjoying a spell of great weather over the last couple of days, it was hoped that the sunny period could extend to the Easter Weekend.
(Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:19:18 +0100)

Easter 2014: Why your dog is more likely to die at Easter
For a human, a few too many Easter eggs can be seen as a bit indulgent and lead to an afternoon on the sofa in a self-inflicted chocolate coma.
(Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:14:56 +0100)

Edward Snowden is a ‘self-publicising narcissist’ who committed treason, claims former defence secretary Liam Fox
The former defence secretary Liam Fox has accused Edward Snowden of being a “self-publicising narcissist” who committed treason by leaking thousands of files about surveillance carried out by the US National Security Agency (NSA).
(Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:47:42 +0100)

Outrage as far-right's favourite outfitter 'Thor Steinar' opens shop in heart of London's Jewish community
A German clothing brand favoured by neo-Nazis in Europe, whose goods were banned because of their similarity to logos worn by SS officers, has opened a high-street store in the heart of London’s Jewish community.
(Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:42:39 +0100)

Hacking trial: Andy Coulson admits he knew that David Blunkett's phone had been hacked
Andy Coulson knew details of the private life of the former Home Secretary David Blunkett, published in a story in the News of the World in 2004, had been obtained from hacked voicemails, the jury at the phone hacking trial has heard.
(Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:24:48 +0100)

Tesco nut allergy packaging backlash: supermarket responds to claims
Tesco has responded to accusations made by allergy campaigners that it has put an unnecessary amount of nut warnings on its products to protect the company from potential legal action.
(Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:11:26 +0100)

Pharrell Williams 'Happy': British Muslims dance to song in video
After Pharrell Williams wept on Oprah over the success of his song Happy and the incredible number of parody videos shot the world over, the ‘British Muslims Dance to Happy’ video will give him another reason to cry with joy.
(Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:02:15 +0100)

North Korea calls on Foreign Office to act over Kim Jong-un ‘bad hair day’ poster
The row between a London hairdresser and the state of North Korea looked set to escalate today after the UK Foreign Office confirmed it had been contacted by embassy officials.
(Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:36:41 +0100)

Walter Doe jailed for cutting puppy's tail off, leaving animal in 'excruciating pain'
A man has been sentenced to twelve weeks imprisonment for cutting off an eight-week-old puppy’s tail using a sharp tool.
(Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:21:05 +0100)

Britain's youngest parents: Father calls radio station to say he's proud of 12-year-old daughter
The father of a girl dubbed 'Britain's Youngest Mum' has apparently broken his silence and told a radio station he is proud of the 12-year-old schoolgirl.
(Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:28:50 +0100)

Easter egg price wars: Bargain deals make eggs cheaper than normal chocolate – and supermarkets are running out as a result
The Easter holidays are a time when chocolate lovers everywhere gorge themselves on limitless amounts of confectionery goodies.
(Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:37:52 +0100)

Paul Weller wins damages from the MailOnline on behalf of his children for 'plastering' site with images of them
Paul Weller has won £10,000 privacy damages for three of his children whose faces were “plastered” over a newspaper website.
(Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:10:37 +0100)

Giant rats: More pictures of huge rodents emerge
More 'giant rats' appear to have been spotted, after pictures of sizeable rodents discovered in or near the homes of people across England have emerged.
(Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:50:26 +0100)

Human bones belonging to small child discovered under driveway in Purley, south London
A skeleton has been found by builders underneath a driveway in Purley, south London.
(Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:37:29 +0100)

Female Genital Mutilation: Teachers told to 'check holiday plans' of children at risk of FGM
Teachers and schools should check on the holiday arrangements of pupils from communities which practice female genital mutilation (FGM), a conference was told.
(Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:23:02 +0100)

Paul Flowers charged: Disgraced former Co-op Bank chief faces possession of drugs charges
Disgraced former Co-op Bank chief Paul Flowers has been charged with possession of drugs including cocaine, prosecutors have said.
(Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:47:24 +0100)

Monarch Airlines investigates after pilot warns passengers of fault leading to 'watery grave'
British carrier Monarch Airlines has launched an investigation after terrified passengers on a long-haul flight from the Caribbean were left 'traumatised' when the pilot told them there was a problem with the plane that could have led them to "a watery grave".
(Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:19:42 +0100)

Wages higher than inflation for the first time in four years
Wages are rising ahead of inflation for the first time since the Coalition government took office, official figures showed this morning.
(Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:14:46 +0100)

Wikileaks backs Ukip over list against journalists at Times (or ‘Tories Inventing More Erroneous Sh*te’)
Ukip has hit back in its row with The Times over Nigel Farage’s European Parliament allowance, publishing a list of the newspaper’s journalists which it claims are “desperately trying to undermine” the party – and in doing so has received support from an unlikely quarter.
(Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:06:17 +0100)

Ed Balls under police investigation over 'fail-to-stop collision' outside West Yorkshire offices
It was an open goal for his critics who have long enjoyed comparing Labour’s stewardship of the economy to the proverbial car crash.
(Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:05:37 +0100)

Inadequate defences and high-level complacency: MPs blast MoD for failures over fatal Taliban attack on Camp Bastion
Military chiefs are accused of complacency by failing to protect the UK’s biggest base in Afghanistan from a devastating Taliban assault that killed two US marines and wounded 16 British and American troops.
(Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:09:08 +0100)

Report: 450,000 recently 'self-employed' Brits would rather just have a normal job
Hundreds of thousands of people are being forced to register as self-employed after failing to find jobs elsewhere, new research has discovered.
(Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:09:03 +0100)

Food bank visitors in Coventry: ‘Compassion has disappeared out of the welfare state’
It was a muddle with a form that first made Craig, 31, lose his benefits. He had been looking for work in Coventry for nearly a year, diligently going to the jobcentre and trawling through adverts. Then he made a mistake that would leave him hungry for a month.
(Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:08:09 +0100)

The food poverty scandal that shames Britain: Nearly 1m people rely on handouts to eat – and benefit reforms may be to blame
The shocking scale of food poverty in Britain is exposed today by new figures showing record numbers of people are reliant on handouts because of punitive benefits sanctions.
(Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:07:57 +0100)

‘Fixer’ implicated in plot to kill Chechen exile Akhmed Zakayev is barred from Britain
A reputed “fixer” in an assassination plot against an exiled Chechen leader in London has failed in his legal attempt to move to Britain after being branded a threat to national security.
(Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:05:30 +0100)

DJ Dave Lee Travis charged with indecent assault
Veteran DJ Dave Lee Travis has been charged with one count of indecent assault.
(Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:00:27 +0100)

Education Secretary Michael Gove ‘plans more free schools’ before election’, claims Tristram Hunt
Education Secretary Michael Gove plans to rush through new applications for free schools in the run-up to the general election next year, Tristram Hunt has claimed.
(Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:21:36 +0100)

Hillsborough disaster anniversary: Brendan Rodgers and Roberto Martinez among those at Anfield to pay tribute to the 96 who lost their lives
Whatever the anniversary and however many the years, the small agonies of Hillsborough continue to reveal themselves. Even when the 96 were remembered under an azure blue sky in a city which feels that a reckoning is coming at last, the match report privately typed out by Victoria Hicks, the aspiring teenage journalist who never came home from South Yorkshire, was heart-breaking to read when first published on Tuesday.
(Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:35:51 +0100)

UN human rights investigator denied access to Yarl's Wood immigration centre
A UN human rights investigator has revealed she was denied access to the controversial Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre on Monday by the Government, in a move that she said was “disturbing.”
(Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:18:33 +0100)

Boys' club Britain is more sexist than Italy, Azerbaijan and India, says UN human rights expert
Britain has a “boys' club sexist culture,” according to a damning investigation by a UN human rights expert, that is more pervasive“ and ”in your face“ than anything she has seen before.
(Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:03:59 +0100)

Michael Gove under fire for appointing anti-terror expert to investigate alleged Islamic extremist plot to take over Birmingham schools
The head of West Midlands police has criticised the “desperately unfortunate” decision by Education Secretary Michael Gove to appoint a former head of anti-terrorism to investigate an alleged plot by Islamic extremists to take over schools in Birmingham.
(Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:54:47 +0100)

Nigel Farage expenses: Ukip leader claims to be victim of a smear campaign
The Ukip leader Nigel Farage claims to have spent £17,000 in European Parliamentary allowances last year on office expenses – not including staff costs, rent, telephone charges, office equipment or stationary.
(Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:53:09 +0100)

Hacking trial: Andy Coulson denies role in hacking Milly Dowler's phone
Andy Coulson claimed he was not part of any agreement made inside the News of the World to hack the phone of the murdered schoolgirl, Milly Dowler, a jury at the Old Bailey has heard.
(Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:29:53 +0100)

CNN reporter forced to apologise for 'insensitive' and 'racist' coverage of the royal visit to New Zealand
CNN reporter Jeanne Moos has been forced to apologise for an “insensitive” report, during which she mocked the native Maori traditions witnessed by Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton during their official visit to New Zealand (scroll down to watch the video).
(Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:11:54 +0100)

An extremely timid ostrich-sized bird capable of disemboweling a human with its sharp claws is on the loose in the quiet English countryside
It's a good job the Giant Rhea bird is known for being extremely timid, because if it wasn't it might claw you right in the stomach.
(Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:58:08 +0100)

Conservative mayor, who sparked outrage by describing disabled people as 'mongols', resigns
A Conservative mayor, who sparked outrage by describing disabled people as "mongols" during a council meeting, has resigned.
(Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:29:09 +0100)

London Marathon runner Rob Berry who died after race had complained of 'nightmare' smog
A London Marathon runner who collapsed and died after crossing the finish line had struggled with “nightmare” pollution and breathing difficulties during training, it emerged today.
(Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:49:12 +0100)

North Korean officials ‘threaten’ London hairdresser with Kim Jong-un shop window picture
In recent months it has been reported that Kim Jong-un’s grip over the North Korean people extends to every aspect of day-to-day life – even the way they are allowed to wear their hair.
(Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:24:56 +0100)

Hillsborough disaster anniversary: Liverpool remembers the 96 with church bells and silence
The city of Liverpool came to a standstill as church bells across Merseyside rang 96 times this afternoon to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.
(Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:12:53 +0100)

Rob Berry: London Marathon runner's JustGiving page flooded with donations following his death
Robert Berry, the runner who died shortly after completing the 2014 London Marathon, has raised £27,000 and counting for the National Osteoporosis Society thanks to people giving generously following the sad news.
(Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:38:07 +0100)

Man on a leash in Farringdon, London: Mystery of 'walkies' solved
A man being walked on all fours by a woman wielding a leash managed to raise eyebrows even in Farringdon, with Londoners taking pictures, tweeting and filming the pair as they strutted and crawled on the dirty pavement.
(Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:32:05 +0100)

Nigel Farage expenses: Ukip leader 'taking legal advice' over allegations of 'misused' EU allowances
Nigel Farage has said he is taking legal advice over “outrageous” allegations concerning his use of EU expenses.
(Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:07:02 +0100)

Exclusive: NHS faces financial disaster in 2015 as politicians urged to find radical solution
The NHS faces a “financial crisis” next year as a budget freeze imposed by the Coalition risks pushing most hospital trusts into deficit, a leading think-tank has warned.
(Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:01:55 +0100)

Increase in use of CCTV cars raises £312m in traffic fines over five years
Surveillance camera footage has been used to raise £312m in traffic fines over five years during a surge in the use of car-mounted CCTV.
(Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:01:49 +0100)

As budget freezes and reforms set in, what next for the NHS?
Option 1: Keep the budget steady
(Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:01:43 +0100)

Britain's beaches were the best they've ever been thanks to last year's dry summer
The number of bather-friendly beaches soared to record levels last summer as the driest weather for a decade sharply reduced the amount of rain washing pollution into the sea.
(Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:01:37 +0100)

Food manufacturers’ salt cuts ‘have saved lives’
Cuts to salt levels in our diet are likely to have contributed to huge reductions in the number of deaths caused by heart attacks and strokes over the past decade, doctors have said.
(Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:33:04 +0100)

Nigel Farage fatigue? Half of voters ‘immune’ to Ukip’s appeal
More than half the electorate remains resolutely immune to the appeal of the UK Independence Party and has no intention of supporting it, according to a new survey.
(Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:10:53 +0100)

Global Drug Survey 2014: UK has the most delusional drinkers
The UK has the most delusional drinkers, drug-takers and ‘reckless youths’ than any other country in the world, according to a survey.
(Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:19:42 +0100)

Construction worker dies after building near US embassy in London collapses
A man died and another was injured after part of a building that was being redeveloped into flats on Grosvenor Square, London, collapsed, according to police.
(Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:05:49 +0100)

Mumsnet users urged to change password after Heartbleed hackers target site
Mumsnet users are being urged to change their passwords and login details after hackers targeted the website by exploiting the Heartbleed bug.
(Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:00:48 +0100)

Hacking trial: Now Andy Coulson takes the stand - affair with Rebekah Brooks ‘was wrong’
Andy Coulson, the former editor of the News of the World (NOTW), said he regarded payments of £105,000 a year to a private investigation firm as “not a lot of money” because the tabloid “paid double that to the astrologer”, the phone hacking trial has heard.
(Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:48:49 +0100)

Exclusive: ‘Gay-sex party’ Tory Iain Corby is removed from list of candidates
The former head of a Tory research unit who is being investigated by Parliament’s expenses watchdog has been removed from the party’s approved list of candidates to become an MP at the next election, The Independent has learnt.
(Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:47:55 +0100)