Police chief launches scathing attack on BBC over ‘inaccurate’ Manchester Arena terror documentary

The head of Greater Manchester Police has accused the BBC of jeopardising the ongoing investigation into the Manchester Arena Attack by screening an “inaccurate” and “misleading” programme on the anniversary of the bombing.  Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said the broadcaster had also upset the families of the victims by screening “explicit” footage of the aftermath…

Scottish deer found dead tangled in discarded fishing gear

A campaign to reduce the amount of litter in Scotland’s waters has been stepped up after images of a stag with rope tangled in its antlers were released. Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has highlighted the dangers of marine rubbish to wildlife on land by publishing the photos, which were taken on the Rumnational nature reserve. The organisation revealed two…

Self-identifying trans women eligible for all-women shortlists, Labour confirms in new statement

The Labour Party has put out an official statement ruling that people who self-identify as women are allowed to be on all-women’s shortlists, and stand as women’s officers. On Tuesday, The National Executive Committee (NEC) decided to approve a new statement, which explicitly states that self-identifying transgender women are eligible in selections. It confirms the…

Oxford University in spat with David Lammy over diversity figures, as official account retweets post calling MP ‘bitter’

The University of Oxford has come under fierce criticism from MPs and public figures after it retweeted a post calling David Lammy «bitter» following his criticism of their diversity figures. The figures show that for some of the most prestigious courses, white students are twice as likely to get in as their black counterparts. It…

Nicola Sturgeon warned new Scottish currency would cost up to £300 billion

An independent Scotland would have to find up to £300 billion to prop up its own currency, the country’s most eminent macroeconomist has warned as Nicola Sturgeon prepares to unveil her new economic blueprint for separation. Professor Ronald MacDonald, research professor of macroeconomics and international finance at Glasgow University’s Adam Smith Business School, said tens of…

UK weather: Temperatures to hit 30c this bank holiday weekend

Britain is set to bake again this bank holiday weekend with temperatures rocketing to 30C (86F). Meteorologists at the Met Office say areas in the south east of England could be double the usual temperature for this time of year, with the mercury hitting near-record levels on bank holiday Monday. «The average temperature for this…

Save the Children charity ‘tried to shut down’ sex scandal

One of the UK’s biggest charities has been accused of spending £100,000 on lawyers to try to “shut down” reporting of sexual harassment cases involving its senior staff. Sir Alan Parker, a former chairman of Save the Children, was questioned by MPs on the international development select committee about the handling of investigations into claims…

Canals prescribed by GPs to combat depression 

Canal walks are being prescribed by GPs to combat depression, the Canal and River Trust has revealed.  A trip to the canal reduces stress and helps people deal with low mood and loneliness, the charity’s chairman has claimed, as he unveiled a rebrand focusing on the health and wellbeing benefits of the waterways. Allan Leighton…

Instagram mega mum takes down account after accusations she used her children for advertising 

Four beautiful daughters, a perfect home and endless trips abroad have earned Clemmie Hooper almost 500,000 followers on social media and a reputation as one of the most influential «Insta-mums».  But despite the glamorous lifestyle that being an «influencer» has afforded the midwife and blogger, her account has now disappeared from Instagram amid rows over using…

Wood-burning stoves: What do the new rules mean for your heater? 

More than one million British family homes warm their cockles with a wood-burning stove during the winter months. This year, however, they could face a crackdown, after the Government announced plans to regulate stoves as part of its wider clean air strategy.  The Government will ban the sale of stoves that don’t meet environmental standards, encourage…

Scottish court told Brexit could be unilaterally halted

A judge has been told there is an alternative to Theresa May’s “deal or no deal” approach to leaving the EU which could see Brexit unilaterally halted. Aidan O’Neill QC, representing a group of pro-Remain politicians, raised the prospect at Scotland’s highest civil court of MPs instructing the UK Government to withdraw its Article 50…

War on sugar failing as puddings get sweeter 

Government targets to cut the sugar in common foods have failed spectacularly – with puddings getting sweeter and no change at all in chocolates or biscuits, new figures show. Ministers pledged to slash levels in a vast range of products by 20 per cent by 2020, under the Government’s 2016 childhood obesity strategy. But the first official…

An egg a day may keep heart disease away, according to new study

The 1960s advertising slogan, «Go to work on an egg,» may have offered sound dietary advice, according to new research that found an egg a day may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Consumption of up to one egg daily was linked with lower rates of strokes and heart disease, according to the research published in journal…

Disclosure failures result in ‘Russian roulette with defendants’ lives’ says lawyer as young man is cleared of rape 

Failures in disclosure are resulting in the criminal justice system «playing Russian roulette with defendants’ lives and liberties», a lawyer has said after a man was cleared of rape following the discovery of 30,000 Facebook messages. The young man, who has been named only as Cameron, was charged with rape and six counts of sex with…

Space-based threats are an ‘acute and increasing risk’ to Britain, Air Force head says

Space-based threats offer an “acute and increasing risk” to Britain’s security, the head of the Air Force has warned. Potential adversaries recognise our reliance on space and “dependency creates vulnerabilities”, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier said. Countering such threats has “hitherto not been one of our highest priorities” he admitted.  Speaking at the Defence…

My son was a ‘victim of war’, Terry Butcher says as inquest hears of soldier’s struggle with PTSD and drugs 

Former England captain Terry Butcher has said his son was a «victim of war» after an inquest heard he struggled with drugs following a tour of Afghanistan. Butcher, 59, accused the Army of failing his former soldier son who died after battling post traumatic stress disorder. An inquest heard how his son Christopher, 35, had turned…

Maypole row over pole that requires planning permission

A maypole row has taken hold of a town which has held dances since the 17th century after it was told its current pole requires planning permission.   Locals in Bream, Gloucestershire, which was once home to 18 maypoles and even has a Maypole Cottage, a Maypole estate and a Maypole Road, held a “dance…

Ken Livingstone resigns from the Labour Party amid anti-Semitism allegations

Ken Livingstone has announced that he is resigning from the Labour Party, saying the issues around his suspension for alleged anti-Semitism had become a “distraction”. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the former Mayor of London’s resignation from the party was “sad” but “the right thing to do”. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/05/21/ken-livingstone-resigns-labour-party-amid-anti-semitism-allegations/

Glaucoma test on horizon to prevent most common cause of blindness 

The most common cause of incurable blindness could be stopped early after scientists discovered the genetic blueprint which predicts who is in danger of developing the condition. Around 480,000 people suffer from glaucoma in England which starts with a loss of peripheral vision and gradually spreads. It is thought to be caused by a build-up…

Tube drivers to strike in row over new timetables

Drivers on the London Underground are to strike for two days next month in a row over new timetables. The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union said its members will walk out on June 6 and 14, claiming the new timetables «ride roughshod» over rostering agreements. Aslef members have co-ordinated their industrial action for the same day, meaning…

The 8 things you might have missed this weekend amidst wedding-fever

As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, giddy with happiness on their wedding day put a smile on the faces of  millions watching from around the globe Chelsea took the FA Cup title, the Kilauea volcano continued to spew lava, and Nicola Sturgeon reignited the Scottish independence debate.  Amidst all the wedding excitement, here we round up the other…

Harry and Meghan delay honeymoon to plan first public appearance at Prince Charles 70th party

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have delayed their honeymoon in order to celebrate the Prince of Wales’ 70th birthday garden party tomorrow.  The newlyweds decided not to travel overseas immediately after their wedding on Saturday, relaxing at Windsor Castle before slipping away on Sunday morning.  On Tuesday, they will be back at work at Buckingham Palace,…

The ‘child whisperer’ nanny who kept the bridesmaids and pageboys in line at the royal wedding 

If you hadn’t been looking for her, you would have missed her entirely. Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s nanny blended expertly into the background in St George’s Chapel on Saturday, looking on from the sidelines as her little charges and their fellow bridesmaids and page boys performed their duties beautifully. But if Maria Borrallo hadn’t…

‘Royal wedding effect’ will see tourism boom for Windsor 

Windsor is expected to see a surge in tourists as a result of the Royal Wedding, with the beautiful surroundings capturing imaginations across the world. Tourism experts said the global spotlight thrown on the town — and a television audience of around 2 billion — is likely to mean a boost in the numbers coming…

Prince Harry thanked Meghan Markle’s wedding dress designer: ‘Oh my God, she looks absolutely stunning’

Prince Harry thanked Meghan Markle’s wedding dress designer for making his bride look «absolutely stunning», she has disclosed. Birmingham-born Clare Waight Keller — the first female Artistic Director at French fashion house Givenchy — revealed the new Duke of Sussex spoke to her after the ceremony in St George’s Chapel, Windsor, on Sunday. «He came straight up to…

Removing shoes when entering the house could help people stay slim, scientists claim

Removing shoes when entering the house and swapping carpet for wooden floors could help people stay slim because it prevents environmental chemicals accumulating in the house, scientists have claimed. According to new research presented at the European Society of Endocrinology in Barcelona, everyday products contain ‘obesogens’ which interfere with hormones and promote the build up…

Nottingham Cottage: The Kensington home where Meghan and Harry will live as a married couple

Following their royal wedding, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, will continue to live at Nottingham Cottage, a snug, two-bedroomed property in the grounds of Kensington Palace. The cottage was previously occupied by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who used it as their London base for around two-and-a-half years. How big is…

What next for newlyweds Meghan Markle and Prince Harry? Honeymoon, titles, where they will live and more

Now that rings have been exchanged and bells have rung throughout the nation for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the attention upon the newest royal newlyweds turns to their next steps as a couple. After months of anticipation following the announcement of their engagement – plus the wedding plans that followed – the Prince and Ms…

Inside the royal wedding evening reception: First dance, Meghan’s speech and a chance for the newlyweds to let their hair down

As festivities on the streets of Windsor wound down, the guests of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s evening wedding reception showed no sign of pause.  Around 11pm fireworks lit up the night sky over Frogmore House where the couple were celebrating with 200 of their closest friends and family.  The grand finale of the royal…

Man, 65, charged with murder of pensioner in Romford

A 65-year-old man has been charged with the murder of 85-year-old Rosina Coleman. The pensioner was found dead at her home in Romford, east London, on Tuesday morning. The Metropolitan Police said Paul Prause, 65, of Romford, will appear at Redbridge Magistrates’ Court on Monday. Neighbours described Ms Coleman as «incredible» and someone who was…

Royal wedding cake: Fitting tribute to the big day — a break from tradition but with British customs at its heart

The royal wedding cake is a mirror image of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s ceremony — a break from the tradition but with British custom at its heart.  Kensington Palace shared a picture of the much-anticipated cake on Twitter and, as expected, it was not tiered. Instead, the centerpiece was split into three pieces and each placed upon a…

Royal wedding procession: Thousands line streets of Windsor to greet Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle embarked on their royal procession after a rousing ceremony inside St George’s Chapel and were greeted by an estimated 120,000 well-wishers.  Having said their vows in front of their wedding guests and the watching world at today’s royal wedding, the young couple will embark upon a lifetime of royal tours as a married…

Nottingham Cottage: The Kensington home where Meghan and Harry will live

Meghan Markle lives with Prince Harry at Nottingham Cottage, a snug, two-bedroomed property in the grounds of Kensington Palace. The cottage was previously occupied by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who used it as their London base for around two-and-a-half years. How big is the cottage? Just a stone’s throw from Kensington Palace, Prince Harry’s…

Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive at the Royal wedding

Prince George and his younger sister Princess Charlotte have arrived for the wedding ceremony of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.  Prince George and Princess Charlotte are page boy and flower girl. The siblings already know the score — they performed those roles at the wedding of Pippa Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge’s younger sister, to…

Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the Royal wedding

The Duchess of Cambridge has arrived at St George’s Chapel for the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.  Having opted not to bring the newest addition of the Royal family to the big day, the mother-of-three turned up without any of her children.  Kate will watch Miss Markle become her sister-in-law and replace Prince…

The Queen arrives at the Royal wedding

The Queen has arrived at St George’s Chapel for her grandson’s wedding meaning the entire guestlist is now present at the venue. Tradition dictates that Her Majesty is the last to arrive at Royal engagements, visits and events — and the protocol even extends to her family’s weddings.  She will watch Meghan Markle walk down the aisle to…

Hospital staff disciplined after Ed Sheeran data breach

One member of hospital staff has been sacked and another has been given a written warning for accessing Ed Sheeran’s personal details without authorisation, it has emerged. The singer was admitted to Ipswich Hospital on October 16 last year,  according to information obtained by the BBC using freedom of information laws. Ipswich hospital said both…

Royal wedding: Watch live video highlights

Just before midday on Saturday May 19, Meghan Markle will make her way up the West Steps of St George’s Chapel, on her way to marry Prince Harry. From Windsor to West Hollywood, millions of pairs of eyes will be watching as the American actress prepares to join the Royal Family. While 2,640 lucky invitees…

Royal wedding: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s order of service revealed — English customs blended with American influence

When Meghan Markle enters St George’s Chapel to begin the last steps in her journey to join the Royal family, the state trumpeters will sound a fanfare that has accompanied its brides for generations. Before long, as she says her vows to Prince Harry, that time-honoured tradition will give way to striking modernity, with the…

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s order of service in full

Here is the order of service for Harry and Meghan’s wedding in full: The Marriage of His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales with Ms Meghan Markle at St George’s Chapel Windsor Castle Saturday, 19 May, 2018 at 12 Noon The following Pastoral Introduction is taken from Common Worship: A wedding is one of life’s great moments,…

Rocket launcher found at Brighton recycling site 

Police were forced to evacuate a recycling centre after a rocket launcher was found in amongst household waste. The weapon was discovered by a member of staff at the Veolia Materials Recovery Facility in Brighton at lunchtime on Friday and the site was closed down while officers carried out their checks.  It is understood Sussex…

Britain’s enemies are increasingly flouting rules of war, Chief of Defence Intelligence warns 

Britain’s enemies are increasingly ignoring the rules of war, the nation’s top military intelligence chief has warned. Air Marshal Phil Osborn said that the UK’s adversaries view today’s battlespace as “layered – across physical and virtual, legal and illegal” and admitted the country has “miscalculated” the pace at which threats are changing, leaving Britain vulnerable…

Scottish school teachers quitting as pupils’ bad behaviour ‘swept under carpet’

Scottish teachers are leaving their profession thanks to pupils’ bad behaviour being “swept under the carpet” amid “constant pressure” to cut the number of exclusions, a conference has heard. Seamus Searson, general secretary of the Scottish Secondary Teachers’ Association (SSTA), told its annual congress that a “high number” of teachers believe schools and councils are…

48 of Prince Philip’s greatest gaffes and funny moments

Prince Philip will appear in public tomorrow to see his grandson Prince Harry marry Meghan Markle, Buckingham Palace has confirmed. The 96-year-old Duke of Edinburgh, who is renowned for speaking his mind, has recently recovered from a hip operation, and was last seen one week ago attending the Royal Windsor Horse Show.  The Duke completed his final…

Prince Charles to walk Meghan Markle down the aisle

Prince Charles is to walk Meghan Markle own the aisle, the Palace has revealed. The question of who would perform the role was raised after Thomas Markle, the bride’s father, pulled out due to a health condition. Kensington Palace announced: «Ms. Meghan Markle has asked His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales to accompany her…

Police have found ‘no evidence’ of Meghan Markle’s half-sister’s alleged car crash with paparazzi 

Florida police have found no evidence of Samantha Markle’s alleged car crash after being reportedly chased by paparazzi.  It was claimed Meghan Markle’s estranged half-sister, 53, was run off the road and hospitalised by a photographer. Gossip site TMZ relseased a picture from an unknown hospital. Her boyfriend claimed she had a broken ankle and…

TGI Fridays staff to strike in dispute over pay

Workers at restaurant chain TGI Fridays are to strike in a dispute over pay. Members of Unite at branches in Milton Keynes and London’s Covent Garden will take action on Friday in a row over tips and payment of the minimum wage. The union says a new policy was introduced so part of the tips and service…

Universities risk ‘mono-culture’ where only certain political views accepted, education minister warns

British universities are in «danger of developing a mono-culture» where only certain political views are accepted, an education minister has warned. Sam Gyimah, the Conservative MP for East Surrey, said one student he met during a nationwide tour of university campuses had «Tory bitch» written on her bedroom door after airing her political views in…

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