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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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Naughty dogs wanted for new Channel 5 TV series

A hit TV show helping pet owners to better their dog's behaviour is looking for residents to take part.

Dogs Behaving (Very) Badly is returning for a brand new series on Channel 5 and is urging pet owners in the town to get in touch.

The show follows master ...

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Toxic caterpillars spotted in a South Merton park

Toxic caterpillars that can cause asthma, vomiting and other allergic reactions, have been spotted in Merton.

The Oak Processionary Moth was found in Mostyn Gardens, South Merton, earlier this week.

While the moths themselves are not thought to be harmful, the hairs on its ...

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Esher park hosting festival featuring over 60 varieties of gin and rum

The Sandown Park Racecourse will host the UK's first ever touring gin and rum festival this weekend.

The Gin and Rum Festival 2019 is taking place at the racecourse near Esher on Friday June 21 and Saturday June 22 on its tour of the UK this summer.

Organisers said that ...

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RSPCA appeal for help after dead fox found wearing collar in South Norwood

The RSPCA are appealing for information after the mutilated body of a fox cub was found wearing a collar in South Norwood.

Thought to be around 12 weeks old, the fox was found in the morning of Tuesday June 4 on Ross Road by a concerned member of the public.

Inspector ...

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Fears for NHS as doctors cut back hours and consider quitting over tax bills

More than half of doctors are cutting back their hours to avoid being forced to pay “punitive” pension tax bills – with almost a quarter considering taking early retirement.

Almost two-thirds (63%) of doctors who responded to a British Medical Association (BMA) Scotland ...

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City watchdog launches investigation into suspended Woodford fund

A formal investigation has been launched by the City watchdog into Neil Woodford’s suspended equity income fund in the latest blow for the under-pressure investment guru.

In a letter to the Treasury Select Committee chair Nicky Morgan, Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) chief ...

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Sturgeon fears new Tory PM ‘will cause 18 years of damage in 18 weeks’

The new Conservative leader could cause as much damage to Scotland in 18 weeks as Margaret Thatcher and John Major did in 18 years of Government, Nicola Sturgeon will warn.

The First Minister will speak on Tuesday night about her fears of the impact an “out of touch Tory Party” ...

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Two boys found guilty of Ana Kriegel murder

Two 14-year-old boys have been found guilty of the murder of 14-year-old Ana Kriegel in Co Dublin last year.

Both boys have been granted anonymity due to their age, and were referred to as Boy A and Boy B throughout the trial.

Boy A has also been found guilty of aggravated sexual ...

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Senior Tories show support for pregnant MP Stella Creasy over maternity rights

Theresa May has signalled her support for a potential rethink of parliamentary rules over maternity leave after pregnant MP Stella Creasy admitted feeling forced to choose between “being an MP and being a mum”.

The Labour MP for Walthamstow said the Independent Parliamentary ...

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Family day out for Queen on first day of Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot was a family day out for the Queen who was joined by her children and grandchildren for an afternoon out at the races.

Despite the rain, thousands of racegoers were treated to the sight of the head of state and senior royals processing in carriages along the famous Berkshire ...

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Stewart ‘hopeful’ of remaining in Tory leadership race

Rory Stewart said he was “never confident” but “always hopeful” as he battled to remain in the contest to be the next prime minister.

As Tory MPs vote for the second time, candidates need to secure 33 votes to survive, and Mr Stewart said he believed he had that ...

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