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Online usage grows, but so do social media concerns - Ofcom study

The amount of time we spend online is growing, but so are calls for tougher regulation, a study of 1,001 children and 2,057 over-16s suggests.

The average British adult spent three-and-a-quarter hours a day online last year, said the study by Ofcom and the Information Commissioner's ...

2019-05-30 09:29 open_in_new
'Dangerous' raccoon dog escape prompts police warning

Two "potentially dangerous" racoon dogs have escaped from an enclosure.

It is believed the Japanese mammals - also known as tanukis - dug out of the pen in Big Lane, Clarborough, at about 06:00 BST on Tuesday.

One was photographed a short time later at a nearby farm and is reported ...

2019-05-30 07:23 open_in_new
Biggest winners and losers from degrees

Women studying maths at Oxford and men taking economics at Bristol get the biggest increase in earnings from going to university, says an analysis of salaries at the age of 29.

The study, from the Department for Education and Institute for Fiscal Studies, says women are much more likely ...

2019-05-30 05:17 open_in_new
Step inside Scotland's Home of the Year

When Mike and Lesley Smith were living in Northern Ireland they would regularly "fly past the lovely scenery" of south west Scotland.

It was only when they came for a holiday in 2002 that they stopped and found the spot where they thought they could build a new home.

Eight years ...

2019-05-30 04:14 open_in_new
Why Scooby missed out on a worldwide hit

Stuart "Scooby" Cochrane was one of the driving forces of Scotland's rave scene in the early 90s but he can barely remember it.

Scooby was the man behind a string of famous club nights and raves and came up with the idea for Ibiza's famed pre-party venue Cafe Mambo.

He was the also ...

2019-05-30 04:14 open_in_new
5G: Finally, it's here in the UK - but so what?

After years of hype - and sometimes confusion - the UK finally has a 5G network.

BT's EE subsidiary is the first to launch a service - and if you're feeling wealthy enough and live in the right place, you can sign up.

The lowest-priced deal is £54 a month plus a one-off £170 fee ...

2019-05-30 04:14 open_in_new
Roblox: 'I thought he was playing an innocent game'
Online multiplayer game Roblox, which has 90 million users worldwide, is marketed at children - but there are fears it also being used to groom them. One mother explains how this happened to her young son. ...
2019-05-30 04:14 open_in_new
Eight child stair gate models fail Which? safety tests

Parents have been warned to stop using eight child stair gates being sold in the UK, by a consumer group which says they failed its safety tests.

Which? tested 12 gates and said eight failed to meet EU safety standards.

Two of the tests are designed to establish the risk of the gates ...

2019-05-30 04:14 open_in_new
Special needs: Petition demands end to 'national crisis'

Thousands of disabled children and their families will take to the streets across England and Wales on Thursday to demand action on "the national crisis" in special needs funding.

Send National Crisis campaigners will deliver a 13,000-signature petition to Downing Street at 12:00 BST, and ...

2019-05-30 04:14 open_in_new
Buccleuch to sell off large slice of south of Scotland estate

A sizeable slice of southern Scotland is to be put up for sale.

Buccleuch has announced it intends to sell about 25,000 acres of its Borders Estate following a review of its land.

The area stretches from Auchenrivock in the south to Hartsgarth in the north - much of it currently part ...

2019-05-30 04:14 open_in_new
UK parking space data offered up to app developers

Data on parking spaces across the UK is set to be standardised, in the hope that it will make finding and paying for parking easier.

From Thursday, local councils are now able to release parking data in the same format.

This means that apps could potentially collate such data and ...

2019-05-30 04:14 open_in_new
Michael Spicer: Former Tory MP and ERG founder dies aged 76

Lord Michael Spicer, the former Conservative MP and founder of the Eurosceptic European Research Group, has died in hospital at the age of 76.

Lord Spicer was a Worcestershire MP between 1974 and 2010 and chairman of the backbench 1922 Committee between 2001 and 2010.

A family ...

2019-05-30 03:11 open_in_new
Danielle Jones: Mum's plea for killer to reveal location of body

The mother of a murdered teenager said she does not want her killer released in two years if he has not revealed where her body is.

Danielle Jones, 15, disappeared while on her way to catch a bus to school in East Tilbury, Essex, on 18 June 2001.

Her uncle Stuart Campbell was jailed ...

2019-05-30 03:11 open_in_new
Young adults benefit from better pay

The proportion of low-paid workers in Britain has fallen to its lowest level since 1980, a think tank has said, with young adults particularly benefitting.

The number of low-paid workers dropped by 200,000 last year, with 120,000 of them aged between 21 and 30, the Resolution Foundation ...

2019-05-30 03:11 open_in_new
Tuition fees 'should be cut to £7,500'

University tuition fees in England should be cut to £7,500, according to a review which also says student loan repayments should continue for up to 40 rather than 30 years.

The government-commissioned review calls for better funding for students in vocational education.

Maintenance ...

2019-05-30 03:11 open_in_new
Tackling skills gap ‘harmed by short-term politics’

Skills training in England has been undermined by "short-term, disjointed and inconsistent" policies, says the City and Guilds training body.

Chief executive Chris Jones blamed a constant churn of initiatives and announcements from politicians wanting to be "seen to be doing ...

2019-05-30 03:11 open_in_new
Abuse accuser Carl Beech 'shown images of potential victims by BBC reporter'

A man accused of falsely claiming a group of public figures murdered three boys had been shown images of potential victims by a BBC journalist, a court has heard.

Carl Beech, 51, told police one of the images was of a boy he had claimed was killed by the former MP Harvey Proctor.

In ...

2019-05-30 01:05 open_in_new
Edmond Jonuzi death: Seven convicted over gang killing

Seven men have been convicted over a "cowardly" gang attack in north London in which a man was stabbed to death and his brother suffered brain injuries.

Edmond Jonuzi, 35, also known as Edmond Preci, was killed in the assault near Turnpike Lane station on 9 June 2018.

His brother, ...

2019-05-29 22:59 open_in_new
John Cleese criticised for saying London is 'no longer an English city'

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has criticised John Cleese after the Fawlty Towers legend said the capital was "not really an English city any more".

The former Monty Python star tweeted: "Virtually all my friends from abroad have confirmed my observation. So there must be some truth in ...

2019-05-29 20:53 open_in_new
Mountain biking champ has bike stolen in Edinburgh

The five-times World Cup downhill mountain biking champion has had his £7,000 bike stolen in Edinburgh just days before he is due to race for the title again.

Aaron Gwin, from California, had his Intense M29 downhill mountain bike taken from a van at a hotel in Clermiston on Monday ...

2019-05-29 20:53 open_in_new
UK 'needs more overseas vets and architects', say government advisers

Migration rules should be relaxed for vets, web designers, psychologists and architects from outside Europe, government advisers have said.

The Migration Advisory Committee says those jobs should be on a list aimed at plugging gaps in the UK labour market.

Jobs which make the ...

2019-05-29 20:53 open_in_new