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Seventy-six pubs 'shutting per month', but closure rate slowing

Nearly 1,000 UK pubs shut last year, although the rate of closures is slowing, new research claims.

About 76 pubs a month "vanished" from the communities they served in 2018, as people spent less on going out and pubs faced cost pressures, said property firm Altus Group.

But this ...

yesterday 21:20 open_in_new
Easter Sats revision classes 'a growing trend'

There's a growing trend of primary schools running Easter holiday revision classes for formal tests, known as Sats, a teachers' union says.

The NASUWT union says "cramming sessions" are becoming more common in schools ahead of the tests sat in May.

It says children should not be in ...

yesterday 18:11 open_in_new
Backpacker jailed in Thailand for 'picking up phone' returns home

A British backpacker who was arrested and put in prison in Thailand for picking up a mobile phone he found on the floor has returned home for Easter.

Chris Dodd, a 29-year-old tattoo artist from Poole, spent 10 days in a Thai prison accused of theft.

He said he picked up the phone ...

yesterday 16:05 open_in_new
Record Easter temperatures in three nations of the UK

Three of the UK's nations have recorded their highest ever Easter Sunday temperatures, the Met Office has revealed.

Scotland's peak was 22.7C (73F), at Fyvie Castle in Aberdeenshire, while in Wales, the hotspot at 23C was Trawsgoed near Aberyswyth.

Northern Ireland beat a 95-year-old ...

yesterday 16:05 open_in_new
Sri Lanka explosions: More than 200 killed as churches and hotels targeted

At least 207 people have been killed and 450 hurt in explosions at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, police say.

At least eight blasts were reported. Three churches in Negombo, Batticaloa and Colombo's Kochchikade district were targeted during Easter services.

The Shangri-La, ...

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The profoundly deaf girl who found her voice after brain surgery
Seven-year-old Leia Armitage lived in total silence for the first two years of her life, but thanks to pioneering brain surgery and years of therapy she has found her voice and can finally tell her parents she loves them. ...
yesterday 12:56 open_in_new
Extinction Rebellion to 'pause' London protests

Extinction Rebellion is to "pause" the protests that have caused widespread disruption across central London for seven days.

The group said it would mark "a new phase of rebellion" to achieve "political aims".

A total of 831 people have been arrested during the climate change ...

yesterday 12:56 open_in_new
More female teachers report upskirting, says union

Schools must do more to protect female teachers following an "enormous growth" in the number of reports of upskirting, a teachers' union says.

The NASUWT union says it was aware of cases of upskirting - where pictures are taken without permission under a skirt - involving pupils aged 14, ...

yesterday 12:56 open_in_new
Two arrested after horse collapses in Cardiff

Two men have been arrested after a horse collapsed on a main street in Cardiff city centre.

The men, aged 21 and 25, are in custody after being arrested on suspicion of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.

South Wales Police and the RSPCA were called to Westgate ...

yesterday 12:56 open_in_new
Sri Lanka explosions: British citizens caught in blasts

British citizens are feared to have been caught in explosions at hotels and churches in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday.

At least 160 people have been killed and hundreds injured in eight blasts.

The UK's High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, James Dauris, said: "We understand that some British ...

yesterday 12:56 open_in_new
Radyr Golf Club elects first female captain in 117 years

A Cardiff golf club has appointed a female captain for the first time in its 117-year history.

Michelle Griffiths is currently vice-captain and head of the social committee but she will take up the new role at Radyr Golf Club in January.

"Attitudes are finally changing towards ...

yesterday 11:53 open_in_new
Lyra McKee murder: Derry needs 'liberation' from dissident republicans

The community in the nationalist area of Londonderry where journalist Lyra McKee was shot dead needs to be "liberated" from dissident republicans, the city's Catholic bishop has said.

Ms McKee, 29, died after she was struck by a bullet as she observed rioting in the Creggan estate on ...

yesterday 11:53 open_in_new
Brexit talks: Will Labour push a public vote option?

The view of Labour members seems clear.

Polling for a project on party membership - led by Prof Tim Bale of Queen Mary University - was published at the turn of the year.

It suggested more than 70% of Labour's members backed a second referendum.

And if it were held, nearly ...

yesterday 04:32 open_in_new
Brexit: Labour must back another referendum - Tom Watson

Labour must promise another Brexit referendum to counter the electoral challenge posed by Nigel Farage, the party's deputy leader has said.

Writing in the Observer, Tom Watson said his party could not "sit on the fence" about the biggest issue to face the UK for a generation.

But ...

yesterday 04:32 open_in_new
The breast cancer surgeon who got breast cancer

"Like many women, I did not check my breasts. I thought, 'it's not going to happen to me - I'm a breast cancer surgeon'."

Liz O'Riordan ended up having to give up the job she had trained 20 years for, after she herself was diagnosed with breast cancer.

In 2015, at the age of 40, she ...

yesterday 02:26 open_in_new
Great Yarmouth's Venetian Waterways reopens after revamp

A coastal town's Venice-inspired water gardens have been reopened after a £2.7m restoration.

Great Yarmouth's Venetian Waterways have been revamped thanks to funding from the National Lottery and the work of dozens of volunteers.

The borough council, which led the project, called ...

yesterday 01:23 open_in_new
Avengers Endgame: The Marvel Cinematic Universe explained

Marvel sequel Avengers: Endgame hits UK cinemas on 25 April and is widely expected to be the biggest release of 2019.

The film will be the 22nd entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which began with 2008's Iron Man.

If you want to watch Endgame, but feel daunted by the sheer size ...

yesterday 01:23 open_in_new
Murder charge over Mansfield Woodhouse crash death

A man has been charged with murder after an 87-year-old pedestrian who was hit by a car died.

Police said the car had collided with several other vehicles in Mansfield Woodhouse, Nottinghamshire, on Friday.

Gavin Collins, of Tibshelf, Derbyshire, is also charged with kidnap, robbery, ...

yesterday 01:23 open_in_new
Fire-damaged Royston church refit 'will take years'

A "nomadic" parish will use a local school for Easter services while work continues to rebuild its church after a devastating fire.

St John the Baptist church in Royston, Hertfordshire, was built at a similar time as the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris in the 13th Century.

New ...

yesterday 01:23 open_in_new
Technology used to trace prison mobiles to exact cells

Prison staff are using technology to find and seize phones used illegally by inmates in England and Wales.

New detection kits can narrow a phone's location down to a single jail cell, the Ministry of Justice said.

Staff get an alert when a phone is detected, which helps them track ...

yesterday 01:23 open_in_new
Carol Ann Stephens murder: Police still hope to solve 1959 killing

Police say they have not given up hope of solving one of Wales' most notorious murders.

Cardiff schoolgirl Carol Ann Stephens was abducted in April 1959, and her body found two weeks later in a remote spot in Carmarthenshire.

Despite a huge manhunt and the help of the Metropolitan ...

yesterday 01:23 open_in_new