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Rail operators accused of ‘smokescreen’ to prevent passenger compensation claims

Train companies are failing to properly inform passengers about their rights, a consumer group has claimed.

Operators are using industry-wide terms and conditions as a “smokescreen” to stop delayed travellers claiming compensation for expenses including missed flights, taxi ...

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Transport Secretary urges buyers to think twice about opting for diesel

Drivers should think long and hard before buying a diesel car, the Transport Secretary has said.

Chris Grayling suggested motorists should consider buying a low-emission vehicle rather than spending their money on a diesel.

His intervention follows reports the Government is ...

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Suspect was paid for ‘prank’ attack on Kim’s half-brother

The Indonesian suspect in the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s half-brother was paid 90 dollars (£72) to help carry out the attack involving VX nerve agent, said Indonesia’s deputy ambassador to Malaysia.

But deputy ambassador Andriano Erwin repeated Siti ...

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Claude Puel backs Southampton defence to cope with Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Southampton manager Claude Puel has backed his patched-up defence to deal with Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Saints are without key defender Virgil van Dijk for Sunday’s Wembley showdown with Manchester United in the EFL Cup final.

Instead teenager Jack Stephens, who is almost half ...

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Support group for parents of children with mental health problems to expand across County Durham

A SUPPORT group for parents of young people with emotional and psychological difficulties has secured an NHS contract to expand across County Durham.

Two years ago Spennymoor mother Wendy Minhinnett set up Rollercoaster after experiencing for herself the struggle of dealing with a ...

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Extra police at St James' Park this afternoon to combat abusive Newcastle fans

EXTRA police will be on duty at St James' Park this afternoon to combat disorderly behaviour at the end of football matches.

A statement released by Northumbria Police said they are working with Newcastle United Football Club to tackle the anti-social behaviour at the ...

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Jodie Foster joins rally against Trump travel ban

Oscar-winning actress Jodie Foster told demonstrators it is “our time to resist” as she joined a rally opposing US president Donald Trump’s proposed travel ban, two days before the Academy Awards.

She spoke to demonstrators gathered outside the Beverly Hills headquarters ...

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Illegal air pollution levels endangering health of London children

Tens of thousands of children in a quarter of all London’s schools are exposed to illegal levels of air pollution that can cause permanent damage to their health, a study has found.

Pupils at 802 of the capital’s schools, including a third of nurseries, are routinely breathing ...

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Send us your pancake recipes ahead of Shrove Tuesday

IT'S Pancake Day on Tuesday and we want your favourite recipes.

Are you a traditionalist with lemon and sugar or do you opt for exotic fruits or savouries?

Add your recipes and pictures if you have any and we will include them in our story.

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Cheers as young parents facing life-threatening cancer battle share first kiss as husband and wife

FAMILY and friends cheered and applauded as parents facing an ongoing cancer battle shared their first kiss as husband and wife.

Loved ones gathered yesterday to celebrate the marriage of Brendon and Vicky Smith who decided to wed after being dealt a devastating medical blow. ...

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Squatters near Buckingham Palace braced for eviction over ‘security risk’

Squatters shacked up in a grand building metres away from Buckingham Palace are gearing themselves up for the looming prospect of eviction.

Activists were branded a possible risk to the Queen’s security for occupying the seven-storey property on Buckingham Gate, in the shadow of the ...

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Why Royal Mint took full English fry-up off pound coin menu

An engraving of a full English breakfast was considered to feature on the new £1 coin, the Royal Mint’s chief engraver has said.

Gordon Summers said the fry-up was one of the most popular of more than 6,000 entries in a nationwide competition to find a design to appear on the tails ...

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Three face slavery charges after raid on bunker cannabis farm

Three men have been charged with slavery offences after police discovered a cannabis farm in an underground nuclear bunker.

Martin Fillery, 45, Plamen Nguyen, 27, and Ross Winter, 30, will appear in court on Saturday accused of conspiracy to produce the Class B drug, Wiltshire Police ...

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In video: What you need to know ahead of the EFL final

Southampton are looking to win just their second ever major trophy as they meet Manchester United at Wembley on Sunday.

Saints upset the odds against United by winning the 1976 FA Cup, but Jose Mourinho’s men will be more than keen to keep the silverware for themselves. ...

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Kyle Edmund beaten by Milos Raonic in Delray Beach quarter-finals

Kyle Edmund is still waiting for his first victory over a top-10 player after Milos Raonic knocked him out of the Delray Beach Open quarter-finals.

The Brit had dreams of the biggest win of his career when he took the first set, but the Canadian, ranked fourth in the world, came back to ...

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Defending champion Robin Hull out of Coral Shoot Out

Defending champion Robin Hull crashed out of the Coral Shoot Out with a second-round defeat to Fergal O’Brien as the competition became a ranking event for the first time at Watford Colosseum.

The defending champ is OUT! RESULTS | Fergal O'Brien wins the last match of the day ...

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Ryan Palmer and Wesley Bryan share halfway lead at Honda Classic

Ryan Palmer and Wesley Bryan are the joint leaders at the halfway stage of the Honda Classic in Palm Beach.

Palmer, chasing a fourth PGA Tour title, shot a five-under-par 65, with Bryan going round in two more, as both sit on nine under after the opening two rounds.

Palmer struck ...

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Dog cruelty bill tabled by Redcar MP Anna Turley delayed by ‘filibustering’ Tories

A LABOUR MP’s bid to toughen up animal cruelty sentences in the aftermath animal cruelty cases in her constituency was blocked by filibustering Conservatives in Parliament.

Three Conservative MPs who regularly thwart backbench bills deliberately talked out an earlier bill to use ...

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Reassurances given to residents stumped by trees ripped up from County Durham market town

RESIDENTS of an historic market town were left stumped this week as to why a council was spending time and money ripping up trees planted in the last decade.

Several people contacted The Northern Echo after spotting Durham County Council workers digging up the trees from Bishop ...

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Teesside pop star James Arthur says he fears long-term damage after vicious pint glass attack

SINGER James Arthur says he fears long-term damage after a vicious attack left him needing five staples in his head.

The former X Factor winner, 28, was drinking with friends in Redcar last summer when Christopher Revell ran towards him from behind, smashed a pint glass on the back ...

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Video: Huge cannabis farm found in upmarket Bishop Auckland house was "ticking time bomb"

THE dangerous state of the electrical system at a huge cannabis farm discovered during a police raid was last night described as a “ticking time bomb” which could have "taken out the whole street".

When police stormed the large detached house in Bishop Auckland at about 8.30am ...

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