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Hurricane Irma: UK increases relief fund to £32m

Hurricane Irma: UK increases relief fund to £32m

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The UK territory of the British Virgin Islands is among the areas affected The UK government has increased the relief fund for British overseas territories devastated by Hurricane Irma to £32m, Theresa May has said. The announcement – increasing the fund from £12m – was made by the prime minister […]

British territories devastated by hurricane

British territories devastated by hurricane

Image copyright AFP Image caption Significant damage has been reported in the Dutch section of St Martin, known as Sint-Maarten The UK is acting swiftly in response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean amid fears for Britons there, Boris Johnson says. The foreign secretary said he had spoken to the chief […]

Public ‘tricked’ into buying unhealthy food

Public ‘tricked’ into buying unhealthy food

Media captionHow often do you get offered a large coffee with cream? The UK’s obesity crisis is being fuelled by businesses pushing unhealthy food and larger portions on shoppers, according to health experts. The Royal Society for Public Health warned consumers were being tricked by a marketing ploy known as upselling. The tactic involves shops, […]

Prince George starts first day of school

Prince George starts first day of school

Image copyright PA Image caption Prince George was driven to school by his father, the Duke of Cambridge Prince George has started his first day at school – but his mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, missed the occasion as she was not well enough to take him. The Duke of Cambridge dropped him off as […]

University heads asked to justify pay over £150,000

University heads asked to justify pay over £150,000

Image copyright Getty Images Spiralling rates of pay for university vice-chancellors are to be curbed by a series of new measures being set out by the universities minister. Jo Johnson urged institutions to show restraint, when it emerged that dozens of university heads were earning £300,000, and some more than £400,000. Now, he wants universities […]

West Midlands Police ‘failing to record crime reports’

West Midlands Police ‘failing to record crime reports’

Thousands of reported crimes are not being recorded by West Midlands Police, a watchdog has said. HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services said victims could be at more risk of harm because of the shortcomings. It said that 83.8% of reported offences were recorded but at least 38,800 each year were not. […]

Cromer disorder: Police admit ‘we got it wrong’

Cromer disorder: Police admit ‘we got it wrong’

Image caption Chief Constable Simon Bailey said the meeting was one of his ‘most difficult’ Police admitted ‘we got it wrong’ to the residents of Cromer in a meeting to discuss last month’s “lawless lockdown” in the seaside town. About 100 residents attended the meeting, with one saying the ordeal had left her on anti-depressants. […]

Air freshener causes car to explode in B&Q car park in Southend

Air freshener causes car to explode in B&Q car park in Southend

Image copyright Albert Quixall Image caption A cigarette ignited a build-up of air freshener gases inside the car, the fire service said An air freshener has caused a car to explode in a B&Q car park injuring one person. The roof and doors were blown off the Ford Focus in Fossetts Drive, Southend, earlier as […]

Free IVF to stop where it started in UK

Free IVF to stop where it started in UK

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption IVF will no longer be available free on the NHS in Cambridgeshire Free fertility treatment on the NHS is to be scrapped in the county where the procedure was pioneered 40 years ago. The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough area has become the third place in the UK to withdraw […]

London’s Nova Victoria crowned UK’s ugliest building

London’s Nova Victoria crowned UK’s ugliest building

Image copyright BD Image caption Nova Victoria has won the dubious honour of being the UK’s worst new building of 2017 A London office block described as a “bright red hideous mess” has been named the UK’s worst building. Nova Victoria, London won the 2017 Carbuncle Cup with one judge describing it as “cringe-worthy”. It […]