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Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
English people’s views on Scottish independence are revealed today by an authoritative study which shows that they profoundly disagree with politicians over what should happen to the UK in the wake of next month’s referendum, regardless of the outcome.
(Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100)

Lord Rennard reinstated by Lib Dems as disciplinary action over alleged sexual harassment is dropped
Lord Rennard, the former Liberal Democrat chief executive who was at the centre of a sexual harassment scandal, has been readmitted to the party as disciplinary action was dropped.
(Tue, 19 Aug 2014 23:19:22 +0100)

Exclusive: Lottery ‘gambled’ £1m on David Cameron’s Big Society project
Britain’s main distributor of lottery money granted almost £1m to an organisation with close links to David Cameron that made a series of claims on its funding application which are now being disputed, The Independent has established.
(Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:39:42 +0100)

Thieves stole £5,000 worth of cleaning products from pound shop in Birmingham
Police have appealed for help after two men stole thousands of pounds worth of cleaning products from a pound store in Birmingham.
(Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:36:39 +0100)

Revealed: The most devastating failures by public services
A woman whose husband died hours after one of England’s biggest NHS hospitals missed several chances to diagnose his fatal condition was given just £2,000 in compensation, according to files published today, that highlight “devastating” failures by public services.
(Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:52:17 +0100)

There is no crisis in prisons says Chris Grayling amid soaring suicides
The Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling, responded yesterday to criticisms of overcrowding, staff shortages and high levels of suicide and violence behind bars by insisting there was no crisis in the prison system.
(Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:16:17 +0100)

Lorry found in Ilminster carrying 15 'illegal immigrants'
An investigation is under way after a lorry containing 15 people, including a 15-year-old boy, was discovered at a service station in Ilminster, near Taunton, police have said.
(Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:12:17 +0100)

Tilbury Docks: Man arrested over death of immigrant found in container
Police have arrested a man after an Afghan Sikh was found dead and 34 other people suffering from dehydration were rescued from a shipping container in Essex.
(Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:29:50 +0100)

Rail fare rises are a legacy of decades of underinvestment
Barely had the rail fare increase for England and Wales next year been revealed, than a pro-public transport pressure group rushed out a news release condemning the rises.
(Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:28:29 +0100)

Couple arrive home from honeymoon to find house covered in 14,000 Post-it notes
When two newly-weds returned home from their honeymoon, they were looking forward to sitting down and putting their feet up, only to find the sofa and everything else in the house had been covered in Post-it notes.
(Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:44:17 +0100)

David Cameron criticised for taking second holiday amid British involvement in Iraq
Prime Minister David Cameron has today been criticised for taking a second summer holiday despite the crisis in Iraq.
(Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:08:34 +0100)

UK police social media breaches revealed: employees made threatening remarks, posed with weapons, sent friend requests to victims
Hundreds of police officers in England and Wales have been investigated for improper use of social media from 2009 to February this year.
(Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:07:06 +0100)

Hundreds of police officers investigated for racist or threatening social media posts
Hundreds of police officers and staff have been investigated for posting racist, homophobic and threatening messages on social media, a Freedom of Information request has uncovered.
(Tue, 19 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100)

Ukip MEP Janice Atkinson apologises after calling Thai constituent a 'ting tong'
The UK Independence Party (UKIP) has become embroiled in fresh controversy, after South East MEP Janice Atkinson called a Thai constituent a “ting tong”.
(Mon, 18 Aug 2014 22:33:34 +0100)

Tilbury dock deaths: Survivors told translator they had been stowed away for 18 hours
A group of Afghani Sikhs who were rescued from a shipping container on Saturday have told a translator that they believe they were trapped inside the stifling, pitch-black box for 18 hours.
(Mon, 18 Aug 2014 22:07:19 +0100)

Bin bag full of cats' heads found near Manchester's Curry Mile could have been 'racially motivated'
Manchester City Council have appealed for information, amid fears a bin bag filled with cats’ heads found in the city’s ‘Curry Mile’ could have been “racially motivated”.
(Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:46:10 +0100)

Julian Assange: After two years inside, he says he will leave embassy
The WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has claimed he will leave the Ecuadorean embassy “soon” after spending more than two years inside the building to avoid being arrested.
(Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:41:19 +0100)

Cameron plans age-rating system for graphic online music videos
Online music videos that show “graphic content” will be forced to carry a cinema-style age rating under Government plans announced by David Cameron.
(Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:46:05 +0100)

Misery for commuters as rail fares will rise by 5%
Rail fares in Britain will rise by as much as five per cent next year – or even higher on some routes, the Government will formally announce today.
(Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:13:12 +0100)

Scottish independence: Alex Salmond has no power to keep pound, Treasury insists
There is “absolutely nothing” that Alex Salmond can do to ensure that an independent Scotland would be able to keep the pound, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury has claimed, reigniting the debate over whether a currency union with the rest of the UK could happen.
(Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:05:17 +0100)

Cutbacks mean migrants are unable to find English classes
Hundreds of thousands of immigrants are unable to get professional help learning English because of government cuts, according to a study of census data and course registrations.
(Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:58:07 +0100)

UK weather: Cold, wet and windy August bank holiday weekend forecast for most of UK
The miserable weather looks set to continue into a damp and drizzly August bank holiday weekend.
(Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:34:04 +0100)

Film-style age ratings being brought in for online music videos to protect children from 'graphic content'
Music videos on YouTube and other websites will be given age ratings from October to stop children seeing “graphic content”, the Prime Minister has announced.
(Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:08:40 +0100)

PM pledges to add mothers to 'outdated' marriage certificate that only details father
The “outdated” system of only providing the name of the fathers, and not the mothers, of a marrying couple on their certificate will be scrapped, David Cameron has promised.
(Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:01:07 +0100)

London tops Forbes list of the world's most influential cities in 2014
London is the most influential city in the world, according to analysts at Forbes, despite Britain being a “second-rate” global power.
(Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13:57:21 +0100)

Sky News faces Ofcom probe after 200 people complain about MH17 crash report that saw Colin Brazier rifle through victim's suitcase
Sky News is facing an Ofcom investigation after more than 200 people complained about a news report from the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 which saw a reporter rifling through a victim's suitcase.
(Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13:39:02 +0100)

Paedophile advised Home Office on reforms to children's care homes
A paedophile who worked as a child protection and care worker expert advised the Home Office on children’s homes, it has been revealed.
(Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13:10:40 +0100)

Bulgarian man stopped five miles into fated voyage from Dorset to America in 14ft dinghy
A Bulgarian man’s attempt to reach America in a dinghy from Dorset has been thwarted by rescue crews concerned about the safety of his voyage.
(Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:13:23 +0100)

Man plays fetch with his dog, doesn’t realise he’s lobbing a grenade
A man has been caught throwing a grenade in a game of fetch with his dog, on a beach in Essex, completely unaware he was lobbing a decades-old explosive to his pet.
(Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:55:50 +0100)

Iraq crisis: David Cameron will not put 'boots on ground' – but Britain's involvement expected to last for months
David Cameron has said he will not put "boots on the ground" in Iraq as it emerged that Britain's military involvement in the region could last for months.
(Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:22:00 +0100)

Labour MP Austin Mitchell: 'Women are weakening Parliament'
The “feminisation” of the Labour Party has meant older men are being replaced by “more amenable and leadable” women who are unable to focus on international issues, an MP has said.
(Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:50:01 +0100)

Julian Assange 'leaving embassy soon' as Ecuador seeks Foreign Secretary's assurance of safe passage
Julian Assange has confirmed he will be “leaving the [Ecuadorian] embassy soon”, as he made a desperate plea for an end to the stalemate currently gripping the WikiLeaks founder.
(Mon, 18 Aug 2014 09:56:23 +0100)

Sainsbury's condemned for taking kosher food off shelves during pro-Palestinian protest
Kosher food was taken off the shelves in a London Sainsbury’s branch that became a target of anti-Israel protests amid fears it would be vandalised, sparking outrage among shoppers.
(Mon, 18 Aug 2014 09:04:16 +0100)

Cliff Richard officers may be disciplined over alleged 'witch-hunt'
Police officers have been warned they could face disciplinary action over their dealings with the BBC before the highly public five-hour search of Sir Cliff Richard’s home following an allegation of historic child abuse.
(Sun, 17 Aug 2014 22:00:52 +0100)

Warning for hospitals on NHS sick list as chief inspector says struggling facilities are ‘in denial’ over poor care
A hard core of struggling hospitals are “in denial” about their failure to provide safe and high-quality care to their patients, the chief inspector of hospitals warns.
(Sun, 17 Aug 2014 21:39:23 +0100)

Tilbury dock deaths: Grim new low for people smugglers, with a year-old child among 35 Afghan Sikhs held in container
Desperate immigrants found inside a stifling, airless shipping container were a smuggled group of Afghan Sikhs who included a one-year-old child, police revealed on Sunday night, in what experts said was a new low for organised gangs exploiting the world’s most vulnerable.
(Sun, 17 Aug 2014 20:42:18 +0100)

Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Britain must prepared to ally itself with Iran to combat the “shared threat” of Sunni Islamist extremists in Iraq and Syria who want to create “a terrorist state” that could extend to “the shores of the Mediterranean,” David Cameron has said.
(Sun, 17 Aug 2014 20:20:00 +0100)

All government policies must pass ‘family test’ before becoming law
All government policies will have to pass a “family” test before they become law, under plans by David Cameron to appeal to Tory traditionalists ahead of the next election.
(Sun, 17 Aug 2014 19:53:05 +0100)

Email savages John Bercow’s candidate for Clerk of Commons
Commons Speaker John Bercow faces a rebellion among Tory MPs over his decision to push for the appointment of an Australian woman to become the most powerful unelected official in the Commons.
(Sun, 17 Aug 2014 19:18:55 +0100)

Independence 'would damage Scotland’s edge in biomedicine'
Scotland’s reputation for scientific excellence in biomedical sciences, epitomised by the cloning of Dolly the sheep in 1996, will be significantly damaged if it votes Yes in the independence referendum on 18 September, a government minister will say on Monday.
(Sun, 17 Aug 2014 18:31:02 +0100)

Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile
Manchester City Council has launched an urgent investigation after a bin bag full of severed cats' heads was found on a street near the city’s famous Curry Mile.
(Sun, 17 Aug 2014 17:18:41 +0100)

Tilbury Docks: 35 people found in shipping container are 'Sikhs from Afghanistan'
The 35 adults and children found from inside a shipping container at Tilbury Docks are believed to be Sikhs from Afghanistan, Essex police have said.
(Sun, 17 Aug 2014 15:32:29 +0100)

Gaza protesters storm Tesco store and 'assault police' during demonstration
Police officers were allegedly assaulted and stock was thrown around a Tesco store by Gaza protesters calling on the supermarket to stop trading with Israeli agricultural companies.
(Sun, 17 Aug 2014 14:31:19 +0100)

Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians
Voters find David Cameron frustrating, Ed Miliband confusing, and are disgusted and apathetic about Nick Clegg, according to a recent survey.
(Sun, 17 Aug 2014 13:32:20 +0100)

Liberal Democrats are accused of 'underhand racism' and having 'Neanderthal views' on diversity by London riots heroine
The so-called Hackney Heroine has accused the Liberal Democrat party of “underhand racism” and of holding “Neanderthal views on diversity”, as she announced her decision not to run as Party President.
(Sun, 17 Aug 2014 11:53:13 +0100)

Cliff Richard: South Yorkshire Police complain to BBC over search of singer's home 'leak'
South Yorkshire Police has complained to the BBC and accused it of breaching its own editorial guidelines after the broadcaster found out about a search the force was planning to carry out at the home of pop star Sir Cliff Richard.
(Sun, 17 Aug 2014 10:37:02 +0100)

Labour attacks Coalition as UK's energy bills soar 21 per cent in three years
Britain's household energy bills are rising faster than in most countries in the developed world, according to new research carried out by the House of Commons Library.
(Sun, 17 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100)

Scottish independence: Alex Salmond dismisses 'offensive' Australian PM
Alex Salmond will try to wrap the pro-independence Yes campaign in the mystique and romance of Robert the Bruce and Scotland's 14th-century battle for independence by using the location of the historic "Declaration of Arbroath" to make a slightly less glamorous "declaration of opportunity".
(Sun, 17 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100)

Freeze rail fares and win votes, unions tell Ed Miliband
Ed Miliband is being urged to make a general election manifesto commitment to freeze rail fares. Union leaders say the commitment, ahead of an expected ticket price rise announcement this week, would be a vote-winner. Labour has already pledged a "tough cap" on rail ticket hikes.
(Sun, 17 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100)

Come to lovely Wales (it's really awfully quiet): Tourism groups slam £7m budget to promote their country as 'hopelessly inadequate'
It may be the land of Arthurian legend, majestic mountains, towering castles and wild water but the Welsh fear their country's charms are being undersold. Welsh tourism groups have slammed the £7m budget used to promote Wales "hopelessly inadequate". Its marketing budget is dwarfed by those of other parts of the United Kingdom. Scotland spends £47m on promotion and even the seven-mile long Channel Island of Jersey has nearly as big a budget as Wales, at £6m.
(Sun, 17 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100)

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'
In the past eight months, more people have committed suicide in British prisons than were executed in the United States in 2013. The Prisons Ombudsman, examining the deaths of 80 inmates aged between 18 and 24, concluded that risk assessments and monitoring arrangements for those at risk of suicide were poor, and that prisons are failing to act upon families' concerns. According to the Howard League for Penal Reform, in the year to March 2014, the number of prison suicides increased by 69 per cent over the previous 12 months.
(Sun, 17 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100)

Boris Johnson would walk it at general election, says poll
The Conservatives' margin of victory in Uxbridge and South Ruislip would more than double if Boris Johnson were to be selected as the party's candidate, according to a new poll.
(Sun, 17 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100)

Tilbury Docks: Man dies as 35 stowaways are found 'screaming and banging' in container
Police have launched an international investigation after 35 stowaways were discovered yesterday "screaming and banging" inside a shipping container on a ship at Tilbury docks in Essex, where one man died.
(Sun, 17 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100)

Coalition 'way off track' on pledge to boost childcare
Nearly 1.3 million children under the age of five in England and Wales are living in areas with insufficient childcare, including a lack of nursery places, new figures reveal.
(Sun, 17 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100)

Chris Grayling is accused of 'murdering the probation service'
Colleagues and friends of a probation services officer who took her own life last month believe that government reforms to the service were a "contributing factor" to her death.
(Sun, 17 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100)

Tory minister lines up with racing royalty against new homes
Tens of thousands of pounds from wealthy individuals and companies connected to Newmarket's horse racing industry have been paid into the local Conservative Party branch of Business minister Matt Hancock, who opposed a controversial housing development the racing community believes will jeopardise the town's international reputation.
(Sun, 17 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100)

Veterans feel betrayed by 'final word' decision on historic medals claims
British veterans from wars and conflicts around the world have lost a battle for recognition of their service to Crown and country. A decision by Ministry of Defence officials, that only some of the hundreds of thousands of servicemen and women who served in conflicts and operations ranging from Aden and Suez to the Berlin Airlift should be awarded medals, has provoked a bitter row.
(Sun, 17 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100)

Two-tier justice: Private prosecution revolution
Private prosecutions are on the increase as police budget cuts and pressures on the justice system force hundreds of Britons to fund their own criminal actions. Prosecutions for a wide array of offences including sex attacks, violent assaults and multi-million pound frauds are currently being pursued by private law firms.
(Sat, 16 Aug 2014 19:00:45 +0100)

UK weather: The outlook is bleak this week but bank holiday will bring some relief
Prepare to get your coat and umbrella out because the weather is set to take a turn for the worst this week, with snow even expected in some areas, according to the Met Office.
(Sat, 16 Aug 2014 17:44:31 +0100)

Woman arrested in murder and child neglect probe as girl, 3, dies in hotel swimming pool
A 40-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder and child neglect after a three-year-old girl died in a hotel swimming pool.
(Sat, 16 Aug 2014 16:55:49 +0100)

Boscastle flood of 2004: The tenth anniversary of freak weather striking a Cornish town
Today marks the tenth anniversary of a devastating flash flood in the village of Boscastle, Cornwall.
(Sat, 16 Aug 2014 14:12:39 +0100)

Woman arrested over suspected suffocation death of child in Oldham
A woman has been arrested on suspicion of causing the death of a three-week-old child by suffocation.
(Sat, 16 Aug 2014 13:12:06 +0100)

Lecturer speaks of fear of having lost an eye in brutal doorstep assault by violent gang of robbers
A lecturer has spoken of the terrifying moment four men clad in balaclavas violently assaulted him before burgling his home and threatening his wife, after he opened the front door to them.
(Sat, 16 Aug 2014 12:33:34 +0100)

Scottish Independence: Australian PM Tony Abbott says ‘No’
The Australian Prime Minister has said he would prefer to see Scotland opt to stay as part of the union in yet another blow to the Scottish independence movement ahead of next month’s referendum.
(Sat, 16 Aug 2014 12:02:24 +0100)

Three people given emergency treatment after taking ‘Blue Ghost’ drug at V Festival
Three people have required emergency medical treatment after ingesting tablets called ‘Blue Ghost’ at V festival in Staffordshire, as police warned of the drug’s “serious side-effects”.
(Sat, 16 Aug 2014 10:44:20 +0100)

Cliff Richard: MPs and lawyers criticise televised raid 'which could have breached singer's human rights'
A police force has defended its decision to stage a media-attended raid on Sir Cliff Richard’s house, saying that it decided to work with the press “in order to protect the integrity” of the investigation.
(Sat, 16 Aug 2014 10:32:10 +0100)

Doncaster airport closed after plane has problems landing
Robin Hood Airport in Doncaster has grounded flights as it looks into the failed landing of a LinksAir plane from Belfast on Friday night.
(Sat, 16 Aug 2014 09:52:30 +0100)

Tilbury Docks: Homicide probe into man's death as 35 'people trafficking victims' found in shipping container
Police have launched a homicide investigation into a man's death after 35 adults and children were discovered in a container at Tilbury Docks in Essex.
(Sat, 16 Aug 2014 09:52:27 +0100)

Dragon attacks, pet exorcisms and meteor showers: The 10 most bizarre FoI requests sent to local councils
It appears that Game of Thrones is having a far more serious effect on fans than previously thought, after one person in Wigan sent a Freedom of Information (FoI) request to their local council demanding to know what emergency measures were in place in the event of a dragon attack.
(Sat, 16 Aug 2014 09:09:42 +0100)

Scottish independence: Why are many Catalans desperately hoping that Scotland will vote 'yes'?
In just over a month's time, a country that probably doesn't want independence from another will get a vote on whether to separate, and a fiercely autonomous region elsewhere that almost certainly does want to secede from a larger nation won't be allowed to. Such is Europe in 2014.
(Sat, 16 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100)

Let me ask you this: 'Do detectives really pin pictures on a board when investigating a crime?'
When I was a cop, which mostly pre-dated the computer technology we take for granted today, a major investigation might include the creation of a link chart on a bulletin board, showing people, locations, cars, etc, some connected by lengths of string or yarn. Really creative people would use different colours of yarn to show different types of links. I saw announcements from organisations that taught week-long workshops in the creation and maintenance of these charts.
(Sat, 16 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100)

Horsemeat scandal: Defra denies delaying report to avoid embarrassing ministers
Accusations that the official report into the horsemeat scandal has been delayed to protect ministers from political embarrassment have been strenuously denied.
(Fri, 15 Aug 2014 22:56:54 +0100)

Salmonella outbreak investigated, after three people with links to disease die
Three hospital patients who were part of a salmonella outbreak in Birmingham have died, according to health officials.
(Fri, 15 Aug 2014 22:45:37 +0100)

Cliff Richard: Police defend raid on home and say publicity led to fresh contacts
Police investigating an allegation against Sir Cliff Richard of sexual assault said on Friday that “a number of people” have come forward with information following a search of the singer’s home.
(Fri, 15 Aug 2014 20:18:57 +0100)

Summertime blues: Tories bemoan holiday season from hell
The Tory MP sitting out in the sunshine on the House of Commons terrace was of anything but a sunny disposition. “Tell me what we stand for,” he lamented. “What reason are we giving voters to elect us for another five years? We can’t just be about the economy and not being Ed Miliband.”
(Fri, 15 Aug 2014 18:11:58 +0100)

The great pub gambling machine ‘rip-off’
Thousands of roulette, poker and blackjack gambling machines in Britain’s pubs are offering vastly lower returns than their real-life casino and betting shop equivalents, The Independent can reveal.
(Fri, 15 Aug 2014 17:41:45 +0100)

New Forest rejects Boris bike-style hire scheme
A £2m plan to set up a “Boris bike”-style cycle-hire scheme in the New Forest National Park in Hampshire looks set to be scrapped because of “major anti-cycling sentiment” among residents.
(Fri, 15 Aug 2014 17:35:36 +0100)

Former Times reporter Patrick Foster accepts caution for alleged email hacking over Nightjack affair
A former journalist on The Times who has spent two years on bail attacked the “extrajudicial” behaviour of Scotland Yard and the Crown Prosecution Service tonight as he accepted a police caution for alleged email hacking.
(Fri, 15 Aug 2014 17:29:02 +0100)

Most popular baby names: The top 50 girls' and boys' names in England and Wales for 2013
The most popular baby names for England and Wales in 2013 are listed below.
(Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:10:49 +0100)

Scottish Independence Referendum: Salmond described as 'arrogant, ambitious and dishonest' by Scottish women
“Arrogant, ambitious and dishonest", were the most common words used to describe Alex Salmond in a recent poll of Scotland's female voters.
(Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:06:18 +0100)

Most popular baby names: The top 20 boys and girls names in England and Wales
Forget Paul, Rachel and Simon, today’s babies are more likely to be called Bentley, Angel and Junior. Ordinary names are falling out of fashion as parents turn to increasingly quirky choices to make their children stand out from the crowd, the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show.
(Fri, 15 Aug 2014 14:36:38 +0100)

Anal sex study reveals climate of 'coercion'
A study on why teenage heterosexual couples may engage in anal sex has revealed a climate of coercion, with consent and mutuality not always a priority for the boys who are trying to persuade girls into having it.
(Fri, 15 Aug 2014 13:09:19 +0100)

Nigel Farage: Ukip leader confirms he'll contest Thanet South seat for general election
Nigel Farage has confirmed that he will put his name forward to stand as Ukip’s candidate in Thanet South – one of his party’s key targets at next year’s General Election.
(Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:49:55 +0100)

Sky News Australia presenter falsely reports police searching the home of Keith Richards, not Cliff Richard, in historic sex offence probe
One’s a legendary guitarist of the Rolling Stones, the other’s a Christian singer who occasionally turns up for an impromptu sing-song at Wimbledon.
(Fri, 15 Aug 2014 09:35:32 +0100)

Iraq crisis: Britain prepared to arm Kurdish fighters
The UK is prepared to send military equipment to Kurdish fighters battling the forces of Islamic State (Isis) in Iraq, a Government source has said.
(Fri, 15 Aug 2014 00:04:56 +0100)

A-Level results day: King Edwards High School for girls releases 'sexist' press release describing 'photogenic' twins
A school in Birmingham has been accused of sexism and undermining the achievements of its own pupils, after it allegedly contacted media outlets ahead of A Level results day to boast that two of its “very photogenic” twin students had conditional Oxbridge offers.
(Thu, 14 Aug 2014 21:45:44 +0100)

Sir Cliff Richard: Police to interview pop star who says child sex offence allegations are 'completely false'
Detectives are making arrangements to interview Sir Cliff Richard following a search of his £3.1m penthouse apartment over an alleged sex crime against a boy at an evangelist event at a Sheffield stadium in 1985.
(Thu, 14 Aug 2014 19:06:06 +0100)

Labour demands answers over Tory donor Ranbir Singh Suri’s peerage
The body which oversees the awarding of peerages has been asked to investigate the case of a major Conservative Party donor who was elevated to the House of Lords by David Cameron.
(Thu, 14 Aug 2014 18:46:32 +0100)

Call for first memorial to Chinese in Great War
Efforts to commemorate and raise awareness of the role of Chinese who aided Britain during the First World War were launched today.
(Thu, 14 Aug 2014 18:11:40 +0100)

Chief Constable bombarded with offers for private contracts
One of Britain’s most senior police officers has repeatedly rebuffed attempts by former service colleagues to use their contacts to push for contracts on behalf of their new private sector employers.
(Thu, 14 Aug 2014 17:50:25 +0100)

Penis-shaped map of Berkhamsted goes viral and accidentally boosts family-friendly Canal and River Trust's campaign
What should have been a perfectly innocent map of an historic town in Hertfordshire has caused a fair few giggles across social media, after a Facebook user pointed out the diagram resembled an enormous phallus.
(Thu, 14 Aug 2014 17:49:08 +0100)

Exclusive: Chances of getting a rape case to prosecution at lowest levels since records began
The proportion of rape cases referred by police for prosecution is at its lowest level since records began, Parliamentary research has revealed.
(Thu, 14 Aug 2014 17:32:52 +0100)

Ukip MEP calls for reintroduction of death penalty on fiftieth anniversary of last deaths
A Ukip MEP marked the fiftieth anniversary of the abolishment of the death penalty by calling for it to be reintroduced.
(Thu, 14 Aug 2014 13:15:58 +0100)

Sir Cliff Richard's house investigated by police in historical child sex offence probe
Police are searching a property in Berkshire belonging to Sir Cliff Richard in relation to an alleged historical sex offence.
(Thu, 14 Aug 2014 13:08:21 +0100)

'Devoted' husband shoots terminally-ill wife and self after battling travellers camp encroachment
A retired businessman and “devoted” husband is believed to have shot himself and his terminally-ill wife after the stress of battling a travellers’ camp next to their Herefordshire home became too much, it emerged yesterday.
(Thu, 14 Aug 2014 09:13:31 +0100)

Exclusive: Tory donor made a peer under false pretences, say Sikhs
Downing Street deliberately created a misleading impression about a major Conservative Party donor who was awarded a peerage by David Cameron last week, The Independent has learnt.
(Thu, 14 Aug 2014 09:00:00 +0100)

Week-long sailing trip to Spain turns into around-the-world-in-16-years adventure for Welsh couple
A couple from Wales spent a week sailing their yacht to Spain then decided to keep going and ended up making a 16-year, 58,000-mile journey around the world.
(Thu, 14 Aug 2014 00:14:34 +0100)

Suspected burglar who hid in tree for hours severely disrupted trains near Charlton
A suspected burglar caused major disruptions to train services on Wednesday morning, when he refused to come down from a tree overhanging a railway station for several hours.
(Wed, 13 Aug 2014 22:59:59 +0100)

City banker made a peer by PM had given £300,000 to Tories two months earlier
A Tory donor ennobled by David Cameron last week had handed over £300,000 to the party just two months before, it has emerged.
(Wed, 13 Aug 2014 20:47:00 +0100)

Iraq crisis: British forces on their way 'to play role' – but officials rule out military action
British military personnel “will play a role” in rescuing thousands of refugees trapped by Islamist fighters in northern Iraq, David Cameron said, after cutting short his holiday to oversee the evacuation.
(Wed, 13 Aug 2014 20:36:20 +0100)