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Father died in bath after he was ‘beaten up in argument over sandwich wrap’

A father was beaten up and found dead in his bathtub after an argument over a sandwich wrap, an inquest heard.

Andrew Bloomfield, 58, was ‘punched and stamped’ on until he was lying on the kitchen floor, and then helped into a bathtub where he died before Essex Police were called to ...

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Ten arrested as police break up ‘Stop The New Normal’ anti-lockdown protest

Three police officers suffered minor injuries while breaking up a ‘Stop The New Normal’ protest in central London.

Crowds of thousands gathered in the city with banners and placards, calling for ‘freedom’ and an end to restrictions imposed due the pandemic.

They called the ...

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Bulldog found collapsed in street after being ‘attacked with machete’

A bulldog dog was found left in the street with a horrific wound as if someone had tried to cut her ear off with a machete.

The family pet, named Ruby, was clinging to life with blood pouring from a gash in the side of her head.

She had run off from her home the day she was found ...

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Girl, 12, kills herself after ‘relentless’ online bullying during lockdown

A 12-year-old girl took her own life after ‘relentless’ classroom bullying continued online after lockdown, her family have said.

Charley Patterson, from Cramlington, Northumberland, was found dead on October 1, but had begun to self-harm in November last year and was taken to hospital ...

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UK records another 23,012 coronavirus cases as 174 more people die

Another 174 people have died with coronavirus in the UK, while a further 23,012 cases have been confirmed in the last 24 hours. 

Today’s figures bring the total number of deaths to 44,745 and cases to 854,010 since the pandemic began in March. 

Yesterday, 20,530 cases and 224 ...

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What time are the clocks going back tonight – do we lose or gain an hour?

As summer gives over to winter, the time of year when we change our clocks is upon us.

The clocks on your smartphone and laptop will change automatically, but you will have to manually adjust the time on your oven, car, and wall clocks.

Once a year we set the clocks forwards an hour, ...

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Shopper tears plastic sheets from ‘non essential’ items in Wales supermarket

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A man has been filmed rampaging through a Welsh supermarket, tearing off coverings from clothes rails after the Welsh Government said they were not essential ...

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Police officer sent explicit messages to colleague posing as girl, 12

A police officer who sent explicit photos to what he thought was a 12-year-old girl has been jailed after it turned out to be a colleague working undercover.

Bryn Majid, 59, began chatting with ‘Jess’ in February this year on messenger app Kik, where he used the name ...

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Girl, 6, scarred ear-to-ear after playing with hand sanitiser that caught fire

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A six-year-old girl has been left with severe scars across her face after playing around with hand sanitiser that caught fire.

Izabella Reaume had been playing with a group of children in her family’s front garden in Toledo, in the US state of Ohio, ...

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More than 500,000 people sign petition to stop MPs getting subsidised meals

More than half a million people are demanding an end to using tax payers money to support MPs’ food costs as the row over free school meals continues.

An online petition calls for ‘an end to the practice of paying expenses to MPs for food and drink’, and for parliamentary ...

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Tier 3 lockdown UK: Could a fourth tier be added?

As people in England slowly get acquainted with the rules of the new three-tier lockdown system, there have been suggestions a fourth tier could be added.

The reports follow the announcement from the Scottish Government yesterday that Scotland is to introduce a new ‘Nando’s style’ ...

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Ministers quietly lower minimum salary threshold for migrants settling in UK

Migrants will no longer need to earn a minimum salary of £35,800 to settle in the UK, the Home Office has confirmed.

Ministers quietly ditched the rule, with the threshold now lowered to £25,600.

Unskilled migrants on salaries of £20,480 but with enough points to qualify to take ...

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Police in England to patrol routes out of Wales during firebreak lockdown

Police in England will attempt to block non-essential journeys out of Wales while the country is under a two-week firebreak lockdown.

Gloucestershire Constabulary confirmed they will patrol routes into the Forest of Dean area and pull over vehicles they suspect of making long ...

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Tory MP sparks fury after suggesting free school meals cash ‘goes to crack dens’

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A Conservative MP has been accused of ‘stigmatising working class families’ over controversial tweets about free school meals.

Ben Bradley, elected to ...

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Hero stranger steps in to pay ‘ridiculous’ Ryanair baggage fee for stressed mum

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Footage has emerged of a Ryanair passenger stepping in to pay the baggage fee for a mother-of-three with an oversized bag.

The man offered to pay the £50 ...

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Photos of great gran show heartbreaking toll of care home lockdown

The devastating impact of the coronavirus lockdown on a care home resident has been revealed in heartbreaking before and after images. 

Carol Wrightson’s condition has declined rapidly in recent months and her daughter says a ‘lack of family contact, love and compassion’ has played ...

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Which restaurants and shops have joined Marcus Rashford’s free school meals campaign? From McDonald’s to the Co-Op

Restaurants, cafes, local councils, and stores across England have pledged to join Footballer Marcus Rashford’s campaign to feed vulnerable children over half-term with offers of meals, food vouchers, hampers and direct payments to parents.

The Manchester United star said he was ‘blown ...

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New ‘tier 4’ restrictions ‘could close restaurants and non-essential shops’

Civil servants are reportedly drawing up plans for an extra-tough fourth tier of Covid restrictions in England in case the current system fails to make a dent in the coming weeks.

The measures could see restaurants and non-essential retailers such as clothes shops forced to close in areas ...

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Scammers posing as Covid marshals to trick their way into people’s homes

Fraudsters are posing as coronavirus marshals and medical professionals to try and con their way inside people’s homes.

The scam is an update on a similar swindle carried out over the summer when fake healthcare professionals targeted doorsteps offering bogus Covid-19 tests, according to ...

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Man arrested after woman in her 60s found dead at National Trust estate

 A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman’s body was found at a National Trust estate.

The woman, believed to be aged in her 60s, was discovered by Thames Valley Police in woodland on the Watlington Hill estate on Friday evening.

Officers are linking her death ...

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Teenage boy, 17, dies in the street after fatal stabbing in London

A 17-year-old boy has died after being fatally stabbed in London on Friday night.

Officers were called to Westbury Road in Walthamstow, north-east London at 9.20pm.

Despite treatment by paramedics the teenager was pronounced dead at the scene shortly before 10pm.

The victim ...

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