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Disabled woman made to leave Alton Towers rollercoaster by ‘rude’ staff

A woman has shared her anger after ‘rude’ staff at Alton Towers shouted ‘she can’t walk’ and turned her disabled sister away from a ride.

Becky Cheetham, 28, paid £40 to visit the theme park with her girlfriend Lucy and sister Hannah, 30, who has cerebral palsy. In an open ...

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Driver dies while trying to break British land speed record

A driver has died while trying to break the British land speed record.

The motorist was involved in a ‘serious collision’ at Elvington Airfield, in York, at 4.30pm, officers said. They have not been named by police.

In a statement, Motorsport UK said it had begun a full ...

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Boris Johnson’s dad won’t be fined for shopping without face mask

Boris Johnson’s father will not be fined after being caught shopping without a face covering, police have announced.

Stanley Johnson said he was ‘extremely sorry’ after he was pictured defying coronavirus restrictions while buying a newspaper in a shop in Maida Vale, west London on ...

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Weekend of heavy rain and 65mph winds ahead as Storm Alex batters UK

Storm Alex is set to bring a deluge of heavy rain across southern England and Wales, with two yellow weather warnings in place for the weekend.

Forecasters from the Met Office have warned that rain and winds of up to 65mph will batter the southern coast between the hours of 3am and 8pm on ...

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Prince Harry had ‘awakening’ on racial issues when he met Meghan

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Prince Harry has revealed he had an ‘awakening’ about structural racism when he first met wife The Duchess of Sussex.

The Duke of Sussex has admitted ...

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Man arrested for murder after two found shot dead in car

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after two men were found shot dead on an industrial estate in the West Midlands.

The two victims, in their late 20s or early 30s, were gunned down off Moor Street in Dudley, West Midlands shortly after 1pm on Wednesday, police ...

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Pub and bar owners plan protest after 60% drop in revenue since 10pm curfew

Hospitality leaders and business owners have called on the Government to reverse its ‘hugely damaging’ curfew, saying venues have already seen a 60% fall in takings.

The #Cancelthecurfew campaign has launched across England and Wales in a bid to put pressure on Boris Johnson to scrap ...

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MP attended Parliament with coronavirus and caught train back to Scotland

An MP has admitted travelling to Parliament after undertaking a coronavirus test – for which she later received a positive result.

Margaret Ferrier, an SNP MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West, apologised for her actions in a statement today. She also apologised for travelling back to ...

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Woman ‘battered by taxi driver after she left phone in his car’

A mother-of-four says she was left battered and bruised after being punched and kicked by a taxi driver.

Bianca Butler, 26, has bravely shared a shocking picture of her black eye following the attack, which the police are investigating.

The mum had been dropped off in a taxi at her ...

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UK records 6,914 new coronavirus cases and 59 deaths

Another 6,914 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, bringing the country’s total number of cases to 460,178.

Yesterday the toll passed 7,000, for the second day in a row, a number that was never reached during Britain’s first peak in April.

The Department of ...

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Are you allowed to leave your lockdown region to stay with others or in a hotel?

Around a quarter of the UK is currently facing some kind of lockdown restrictions as coronavirus cases continue to rise once again.

Another 6,914 cases were confirmed in the UK on Thursday, while a further 59 people were confirmed to have died with the virus

Some parts of the country ...

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Poland, Turkey and the Caribbean Netherlands added to UK quarantine list

Poland, Turkey and the Caribbean Netherlands are the latest countries to be added to the UK’s travel quarantine list, after a rise in coronavirus cases.

All three countries now have rates above the 20 cases per 100,000 threshold used by the government to consider removing destinations ...

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Loiterer took upskirt pictures of women’s legs as they waited for a train

A commuter was caught taking ‘upskirt’ photographs of women as they waited at a train station in Manchester.

Daniel MacDonald, 39, has been told to sign the Sex Offender Register after police noticed him loitering near the two victims.

He had been on his way home when officers ...

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Sergeant Matt Ratana died from gunshot wound to chest

Metropolitan Police Sergeant Matt Ratana died from a gunshot wound to the chest, according to a preliminary post-mortem examination report.

The 54-year-old police sergeant was injured at Croydon Custody Centre, the report read at Croydon Coroner’s Court said.

The 23-year-old ...

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More people ‘want to see action on climate change as a result of the pandemic’

The co-leader of the Green Party says the coronavirus crisis has made people believe ‘change can happen’ and pushed climate change up the agenda.

Sian Berry thinks public attitudes to the environment have shifted because of the pandemic – but warned that the world must act ‘right ...

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Students admit lying to break coronavirus law as they party in Newcastle

Newcastle University students have admitted to lying about being in the same household to get into bars together.

As of yesterday, new coronavirus restrictions in the North East make it illegal to meet people from other homes indoors, in a bid to tackle a high rate of infections. ...

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People should come off antidepressants slowly, new official guidance states

People coming off antidepressants could benefit from decreasing their dose very slowly to avoid withdrawal effects, new guidance from the Royal College of Psychiatrists says.

The official information, published last week, recognises that many patients suffer adverse effects from stopping ...

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‘We will defy government’ and refuse new Middlesbrough lockdown, says mayor

Middlesbrough’s mayor has vowed to reject the government’s new lockdown on the town immediately after Matt Hancock announced it in the Commons.

Andy Preston said he is preparing to fight the measures to restrict people meeting up indoors with anyone outside their household.

The ...

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TfL ‘needs another £5,700,000,000 bailout’ to survive the next 18 months

London’s transport system faces a return to ‘the bad old days’ unless it gets a near £6 billion bailout to keep it going for the next 18 months, the capital’s mayor has warned.

Sadiq Khan is calling for a £5.7 billion package of funding for Transport for London (TfL), in an ...

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Children should be taught more about black British history at school, Keir Starmer says

Sir Keir Starmer has called for all schoolchildren across the country to be taught more about black British history.

The Labour leader said the national curriculum needed to be more diverse, so that all young people gain a ‘full understanding of the struggle for ...

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Plan to simplify ‘confusing’ lockdown rules with ‘three-tier’ system

A three-tier lockdown system is expected to be introduced in England amid mass confusion over ever-changing rules in different parts of the country.

It comes after even Boris Johnson had trouble explaining regional restrictions for the North East, mistakenly suggesting the ‘rule of ...

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