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BBC director-general: We took on over 75s TV licences at height of austerity

BBC bosses have said shouldering the cost of over 75s licence fees stemmed from Conservative austerity.

Director-general Lord Tony Hall claims that cuts and an incoming Tory government lie behind the BBC decision to take on the expensive concession, which would have cost the broadcaster ...

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Bear’s backrub against tree captured on video

An Asian black bear in Russia has been captured on video enjoying a backrub against a tree – before trying to eat a surveillance camera.

The video, posted recently by the Land of the Leopard national park in Russia’s Far East, showed the bear approaching a tree, then rearing up ...

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Edward and Sophie prepare to mark 20 years of marriage

The Earl and Countess of Wessex are celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary on Wednesday.

Edward is the youngest of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh’s children, and the only one not to have got divorced.

The earl and Sophie enjoyed a day out at the races ahead of their ...

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Man in court charged with murdering Big Issue seller

A man has appeared in court charged with murdering a Big Issue vendor in Glasgow.

Paul Kelly, 50, was found injured in Knightswood on Saturday morning and died at the scene.

Jason Cowan was charged with murder when appeared in private at Glasgow Sheriff Court on Tuesday.

The ...

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Johnson extends lead over Tory rivals as Raab falls out of No 10 race

Boris Johnson has confirmed his status as the favourite to be the next prime minister with a commanding victory in the second round of voting in the Tory leadership race.

Former Brexit secretary Dominic Raab was eliminated from the race, while Home Secretary Sajid Javid survived by a ...

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Live coverage: Boris Johnson out in front as Dominic Raab leaves race for No 10

Boris Johnson has confirmed his status as the favourite to be the next prime minister with a commanding victory in the second round of voting in the Tory leadership race.

Former Brexit secretary Dominic Raab was eliminated from the race while Home Secretary Sajid Javid survived by a single ...

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Sir Alex Ferguson sends message of support to Scotland Women

Scotland have received a message of support from Sir Alex Ferguson ahead of Wednesday’s Women’s World Cup clash with Argentina in Paris.

Shelley Kerr’s side need to win their final Group D match to have a chance of making the last 16, following 2-1 losses to England and ...

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Captain Morgan rewrites record books as England dominate Afghanistan

Eoin Morgan unleashed a furious, record-breaking assault as England overpowered Afghanistan by 150 runs at Old Trafford, hitting 17 sixes as his side took over top spot in the World Cup standings.

The England captain was a pre-match injury doubt having been laid low by a painful back ...

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Kingston Hospital end Good Food Chain products after listeria alert

Kingston Hospital said they have stopped using food products from a food supplier linked to cases of listeria at UK hospitals recently.

The NHS Foundation Trust was named as one of the 43 Trusts involved in food product lines associated with the outbreak (see below).

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Heroin supply seized and Battersea man arrested during county lines operation

A Battersea man has been arrested in connection to a county lines operation.

The vehicle the man was driving was stopped by Kent Police in the Riverhead area of Sevenoaks shortly before 2pm on June 6, following reports of suspicious activity

Officers discovered more than ...

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Kingston Council announces EV charging point plans ahead of Clean Air Day

Kingston Council (RBK) will install over 100 new charging points for electric vehicles in the borough in the coming years.

The declaration was made public yesterday (June 17) in anticipation of Clean Air Day this Thursday, June 20.

There are currently 13 council charging ...

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Almost all of Scotland’s councils dip into cash reserves over year

All but three of Scotland’s councils had to rely on cash reserves to cover day-to-day running costs last year.

In 2018-19, a total of 29 out of the 32 local authorities used reserve funds to help with expenditure, according to Scottish Government statistics.

Of the £1.136 ...

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Tory members’ poll ‘an utter disaster for Ruth Davidson’

A poll in which a majority of Tory members said they would prefer Scotland to leave the UK rather than Brexit not happening is an “utter disaster” for Ruth Davidson, an MSP has said.

A YouGov survey of party members showed 63% would be prepared to see Brexit take place even if ...

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UK set to host key international climate talks

The UK looks set to host major international climate talks in 2020 – after reaching a deal with Italy over rival bids to hold the UN meeting, the Foreign Office has said.

Under the proposal, the UK will host the “Cop26” meeting, which is due to be in Europe next November, ...

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Scotland goalkeeper lends a hand at primary school in Malawi

Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon enjoyed a kickabout with schoolchildren in Malawi as he saw the work being done by Scottish charity Mary’s Meals.

The Scotland international footballer joined youngsters at Mbinda Primary School in Blantyre for a game of football after filling up on a ...

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Hatton Garden heist gang member still owns homes in London and Spain, court told

A Hatton Garden gang member still owns homes in London and Spain despite failing to pay back millions of pounds stolen in the heist, a court has heard.

John “Kenny” Collins, 78, has been released from prison but faces being sent back to jail for another seven years next month ...

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Bosnian city popular with tourists awash with rubbish amid landfill protest

Uncollected rubbish is piling up on the streets of the southern Bosnian city of Mostar – one of the Balkan nation’s main tourist destinations – since residents began blocking access to the city’s sole landfill.

They claim that it poses serious health and ...

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Geraint Thomas taken to hospital after crash at Tour de Suisse

British rider Geraint Thomas has been taken to hospital for assessment following a crash which has forced him to pull out of the Tour de Suisse.

The Welshman came off his bike around 30 kilometres from the end of stage four of the race and received medical attention at the side of the ...

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Caster Semenya: IAAF used me as ‘human guinea pig’ for testosterone limit

Caster Semenya has accused world athletics’ governing body the IAAF of using her as “a human guinea pig” to test its testosterone limit for intersex athletes and said it can never be allowed to happen again.

The double Olympic 800 metres champion was reacting to the ...

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More than £20k fines handed out on single Croydon street in a year

In just one year nearly 22,000 parking  fines were handed out to drivers travelling down a single Croydon Street. 

Surrey Street in Croydon was pedestrianised back in 2017, but before that it drivers were able to use it at night.

But it looks like a lot of ...

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Furious parents call for external review of Sutton special needs services

Furious parents are calling for an independent review of the way Sutton Council assesses children with special needs.

It comes as a external report, seen by the Local Democracy Reporting Service, blasts the provision as “not fit for purpose” with families treated as ...

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