RSPCA warns over keeping raccoon dogs as pets

The RSPCA has issued a warning against what it says is a growing trend for keeping raccoon dogs as pets.

It comes after one was found hiding under a water tank in a garden at Kirton Holme, near Boston, Lincolnshire, over the Easter weekend.

Inspector Becky Harper said: "While he is ...

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Ian Paterson: Breast surgeon 'played God' with women's bodies
Thousands of patients were introduced to breast surgeon Ian Paterson. The 59-year-old, who has been found guilty of wounding with intent, appeared trusting, kind and with their best interests at heart. But he left them disfigured and suffering years of mental and physical torment. Here, some of them share their stories. ...
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Ian Paterson: Arrogant bully who 'mutilated' patients
Breast surgeon Ian Paterson mutilated hundreds of patients over the course of his career, performing botched and needless operations. His colleagues first raised concerns in 2003, but despite several investigations he was allowed to continue operating until 2011. Why did it take so long to stop him? ...
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Davis: 'Clear barriers' to Scottish single market plan

The UK government rejected Nicola Sturgeon's paper of Brexit proposals saying it could cause "significant disruption" to trade within the UK.

A letter from Brexit Secretary David Davis rejecting the proposals has been published for the first time.

He said there were "clear barriers" ...

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Breast surgeon guilty of wounding

A breast surgeon has been convicted of intentionally wounding patients by performing "completely unnecessary" operations.

Ian Paterson, 59, was found guilty of 20 charges in total, relating to nine women and one man.

Jurors at Nottingham Crown Court decided the surgeon carried out ...

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Crowdfunding the election: How to pay for snap campaign

It is the favourite money-raising tool for crazy dreams and passion projects, as well as more worthy causes - and now would-be MPs are getting on board.

Crowdfunding - asking lots of people to each donate a small sum of money online - has been around since the 1990s, when fans of cult rock ...

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London terror alert: How serious is it?

Two counter-terrorism operations in the space of a few hours. This is a fast-moving story - new facts are emerging all the time.

I'll keep this blog updated through the day with what we know, along with some analysis from the Home Affairs Unit, the BBC team that has covered terrorism for ...

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M&S online food delivery service will be no piece of cake

Couch potatoes everywhere are licking their lips as two High Street giants prepare to enter the crowded market of online food orders for home delivery.

Middle-class shoppers could soon find it easier to order high-end treats from home as Marks and Spencer prepares a trial online grocery ...

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BBC Trending

It's the social media fail that's celebrated every year. Ed Balls Day is a thing - on Twitter and Facebook anyway.

It started six years ago long before Ed Balls appeared on the BBC's dance show Strictly Come Dancing, when he was shadow chancellor.

He typed his name into Twitter to ...

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Popularity of Fermanagh's stairway to heaven 'bad for the environment'

There are concerns about the popularity of a wooden walkway in County Fermanagh.

The 'stairway to heaven' at Cuilcagh Mountain was designed to protect an environmentally important bog.

But there are growing concerns about its popularity.

It has caught the imagination of ...

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London mayor withdraws support for Garden Bridge

A plan to build a bridge covered with trees and shrubs across the River Thames has lost the essential support of the mayor of London.

Sadiq Khan has written to the Garden Bridge Trust saying he cannot provide the maintenance guarantee needed for planning permission to be granted.

The ...

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Brexit: Tusk says UK trade deal not a priority

European Council President Donald Tusk says agreement on "people, money and Ireland" must come before negotiations on the European Union's future relationship with the UK.

Mr Tusk's message came in a letter to 26 other EU leaders - not the UK.

He will chair a summit of the 26 in ...

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UK economy grows by 0.3% as service sector slows

The UK economy grew by just 0.3% at the start of the year, the slowest growth rate since the first three months of 2016, according to official figures.

The Office for National Statistics said that the slower pace in the January-to-March period was due mainly to the service sector, which ...

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UK drawing up post-Brexit sanctions plan

The UK is urgently drawing up new laws that will enable it to continue imposing sanctions on foreign countries after Brexit, the BBC has learned.

Ministers began consulting on the plans last week after officials realised most of the powers to apply sanctions will disappear when the UK ...

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UKIP leader Paul Nuttall denies 'war' with Muslims

UKIP leader Paul Nuttall has denied claims that the party is at "war" with Muslims.

After the party proposed a burka ban, former donor Arron Banks tweeted that he didn't "approve of the war on Muslim religion".

But Mr Nuttall said UKIP would not go back on the policy, adding that he ...

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TED 2017: UK 'Iron Man' demonstrates flying suit

A British inventor, who built an Iron Man-style flight suit, has flown it at the Ted (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference in Vancouver.

Richard Browning's short flight took place outside the Vancouver Convention Centre in front of a large crowd.

Since he posted the video ...

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Barclays profits more than double

Barclays says its profits more than doubled in the first three months of the year, boosted by better performance in its core business.

Pre-tax profit for the first quarter was £1.682bn, up from £793m for the same period last year.

Chief executive Jes Staley said it had been ...

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7 days quiz: How did Tom Hardy prove himself a good citizen?

It's the weekly news quiz - have you been paying attention to what's been going on in the world over the past seven days?

If you missed last week's quiz, try it here

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Future of cash: Can a 'bank in a box' replace a branch?

Watch a queue of shoppers for a minute and they will be preparing to pay in very different ways.

Some will pull out a debit or credit card ready to put in a reader. Others might use their smartphone to complete their purchase, the rest will be paying in cash.

The group using notes ...

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School cutbacks put 'education system at risk'

The £3bn savings expected of England's schools threaten the stability of the whole education system, says the National Association of Head Teachers.

General Secretary Russell Hobby says ministers should no longer be allowed to claim school funding is protected.

The Department for ...

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Man questioned after Westminster terror arrest

A man arrested by armed police near the Houses of Parliament on suspicion of terrorism offences is being questioned by detectives.

The 27-year-old was detained on Thursday afternoon as part of an intelligence-led operation.

The Metropolitan Police said knives were recovered and he ...

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