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Butlins site among landmarks protected by Historic England

The gardens where Billy Butlin opened his first holiday camp are among 20 unusual sites granted protected status by Historic England.

A total of 1,041 historic sites have been given listed status in 2017, the government's heritage agency said.

Other landmarks include a Roman parade ...

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UK embassy worker found dead in Lebanon

A British woman who worked at the UK embassy in Beirut has been found dead, Lebanese police have said.

Rebecca Dykes' body was found on the side of a motorway on Saturday.

She had been strangled, the BBC was told by senior police sources. An investigation is under way.

Her ...

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Ban sale of mini mobile phones, justice secretary says

Online retailers should ban the sale of miniature mobile phones designed to be smuggled into prisons, the justice secretary has said.

David Lidington said the devices were advertised as being able to go undetected by the body orifice security scanners used in England and ...

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Diane Abbott: Listen to CBI and NHS' on Brexit migration

Public services and businesses would be in a "terrible position" if there was a big reduction in migration post-Brexit, Labour's Diane Abbott has told the BBC.

The shadow home secretary said the CBI, health and social care say "they need these European migrants - and we have to listen to ...

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Joe McFadden: Child star to dance champion

At this moment in time, the Strictly Come Dancing Glitterball trophy is the pinnacle of his career.

But in fact, Joe McFadden has had a very long and impressive acting career.

At 42, the actor is the oldest winner of the BBC Saturday night show, but his screen journey started at a ...

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Two PCs critically hurt after being hit by car in Brent

Two police officers were critically injured after they were hit by a car while walking back to their vehicle in north-west London.

The two PCs were returning to their marked car on the A406 North Circular Road near Brent Park, Neasden, at about 03:40 GMT when they were struck.

The ...

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Two climbers rescued from Cairngorms mountain

Two climbers have been rescued from a mountain in the Cairngorms after becoming stuck 600ft (183m) from the ground.

The men, who were not using any ropes, rang 999 after becoming cragfast on Jacob's Ladder at about 16:00 on Saturday.

Twenty four members of Cairngorm Mountain Rescue ...

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Central Beacons rescue team battles on after fire

Mountain rescue volunteers have been "spurred on" by an outcry of public support after £24,000 was raised to replace equipment destroyed in a fire.

About £500,000 worth of equipment was damaged at the blaze at Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team's base in Dowlais, near Merthyr Tydfil, ...

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Defence budget: New equipment at risk over MoD savings 'doubts'

Plans to buy new military equipment - including warships and jets - could be under threat, as MPs expressed "serious doubts" over whether the Ministry of Defence can afford them.

The Commons Defence Select Committee says the department will struggle to find the £7.3bn in savings required ...

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'My brother was killed by a single punch'
On a Christmas night out exactly a year ago Brian Stirling was punched in the side of the head as he stood outside a pub in West Lothian. He was knocked to the ground, smashing his head off the pavement and died soon after. ...
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The comedian who can't look at his audience
Comedian Chris McCausland makes his debut on the "Holy Grail" of TV comedy programmes Live at the Apollo early next year , but he hadn't planned on becoming a comedian at all. It was only after he went blind as a teenager, and then lost his job years later due to depression, that he turned to jokes. ...
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The 'Deep Freeze' murder: Who killed Anne Noblett?
A month after she went missing, the body of 17-year old Anne Noblett was found frozen almost solid. It had been a mild winter and the discovery made little sense. How did the teenager, who was fully clothed and still wearing her glasses, end up ice-cold in woodland five miles from where she was last seen? ...
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Brexit: Theresa May says she 'will not be derailed'

The prime minister has said the government is "proving the doubters wrong" with its Brexit negotiations.

On Friday, EU leaders agreed talks on the implementation period and future trade could begin the new year.

Writing in two Sunday papers, Theresa May vowed she would "not be ...

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Campaigners threaten legal action over 'abortion pill'

Anti-abortion campaigners claim they have "no alternative" but to mount a legal challenge if the Scottish government approves plans for women to take abortion medication at home.

The Society of the Protection of the Unborn Child (SPUC), said it had already sought legal advice.

It ...

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Pensions: Automatic saving to start at 18 under new plans

Every worker aged 18 or over will begin saving into a workplace pension unless they opt out, under government plans to extend its automatic enrolment scheme.

At present, the scheme means employers must enrol staff aged 22 and over and earning above £10,000 into a pension.

Ministers ...

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Five drivers traced over fatal Tulse Hill hit-and-run

Five drivers who may have been involved in a hit-and-run which killed a woman in south London have all been traced.

The 29-year-old Polish national was hit by a lorry on a pedestrian crossing on Norwood Road, Tulse Hill, on Monday.

It is thought she was then struck by another lorry ...

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Firefighter cancer mum's plea for immunotherapy funds

A firefighter and mother-of-five given three months to live is raising money for cancer treatment not available to her on the NHS.

Karen Land discovered she had breast cancer in October, near the end of her training with Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service.

The day after she ...

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Alex Rowley relinquishes Scottish Labour deputy leader role

Alex Rowley has announced that he does not intend to resume the role of deputy leader of the Scottish Labour Party.

Last month, the Fife MSP was suspended from the post following allegations that he had sent abusive text messages to a former partner.

Mr Rowley rejected the ...

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Aberdeen school bus crash driver named by police

Police have named the bus driver who died in a school bus crash on the outskirts of Aberdeen.

Ian Fordyce was killed when the bus he was driving collided with a lorry and a car on the B979 South Deeside Road, near Maryculter Bridge, on Friday morning.

The 68-year-old from Dundee had ...

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Ofsted chief Amanda Spielman receives 'venomous' threats

The head of Ofsted says she has had threats from "a mixture of Islamic extremists and the hard left" after raising concerns about faith schools.

Amanda Spielman said she received some "pretty venomous stuff" after a report criticising some religious schools.

Speaking to the Times, ...

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Boy, 12, dies after being hit by bus in Brondesbury Park

A 12-year-old boy has died after being hit by a bus in north-west London.

Police were called to Brondesbury Park in Brent at 15:10 GMT on Friday following reports a route 206 bus had struck a pedestrian.

London's Air Ambulance attended and paramedics treated the child but he was ...

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