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Isle of Wight ferry captain and mate suspended

Isle of Wight ferry captain and mate suspended

Media captionAn eyewitness describes hearing shouting in the “disorientating” thick fog The master and mate of a car ferry that struck yachts and ran aground off the Isle of Wight have been suspended. The Red Falcon ran aground in fog off East Cowes on Sunday morning, weeks after another vessel operated by Red Funnel tore […]

Simon Mayo and Jo Whiley Radio 2 Drivetime show to end

Simon Mayo and Jo Whiley Radio 2 Drivetime show to end

The Radio 2 Drivetime show with Simon Mayo and Jo Whiley is to end after just a few months on air. Mayo is leaving BBC Radio 2 altogether but will continue to present his 5 Live film show with Mark Kermode. Whiley will remain on the station but move to the 7-9pm slot, which means […]

Government to examine university grade inflation

Government to examine university grade inflation

Image copyright PA Image caption More than a quarter of students are now graduating with a first-class degree A surge in the number of first-class degrees awarded at university has led the government to bring in measures to tackle so-called grade inflation. Figures suggest that degrees are being “marked up”, meaning students are leaving with […]

Philip Morris accused of hypocrisy over anti-smoking ad

Philip Morris accused of hypocrisy over anti-smoking ad

Image copyright solidcolours/Getty One of the world’s biggest tobacco firms, Philip Morris, has been accused of “staggering hypocrisy” over its new advert that urges smokers to quit. The Marlboro maker said the move was “an important next step” in its aim to “ultimately stop selling cigarettes”. But Cancer Research said the firm was simply trying […]

Infected blood victims’ support payments ‘must increase’

Infected blood victims’ support payments ‘must increase’

Image copyright Factor 8/Marc marnie Victims of the NHS contaminated blood scandal have written to the health secretary asking for an immediate increase in support payments, the BBC has learned. The public inquiry into the scandal is not due to look at financial support until 2020. Campaign group Tainted Blood said, at the current rate, […]

Ryanair flight: ‘Racial abuse passenger’ referred to police

Ryanair flight: ‘Racial abuse passenger’ referred to police

Media captionThe incident was captured by passenger David Lawrence, who spoke to BBC Radio 5 Live about what happened Ryanair has been criticised for apparently failing to remove a passenger from a flight after racial abuse of a woman in her 70s. The incident, on a flight from Barcelona to Stansted on Friday, was recorded […]

Hamilton misses out on F1 title win at US GP

Hamilton misses out on F1 title win at US GP

Lewis Hamilton just failed to clinch a fifth world title when he finished third in a thrilling US Grand Prix. Mercedes let a victory slip through their fingers by delaying a second pit stop and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen took his first victory for more than five years. Hamilton’s title rival and Raikkonen’s team-mate Sebastian Vettel […]

Red Funnel ferry hits yachts at Cowes harbour

Red Funnel ferry hits yachts at Cowes harbour

Media captionAn eyewitness describes hearing shouting in the “disorientating” thick fog A ferry has hit several yachts and run aground off the Isle of Wight. The Red Falcon “came into contact” with a number of boats while trying to berth at Cowes Harbour, operator Red Funnel said. None of the 40 passengers onboard were hurt, […]

Royal tour: Meghan takes morning off as Harry goes solo in Sydney

Royal tour: Meghan takes morning off as Harry goes solo in Sydney

Image copyright Getty Images The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have decided to cut back Meghan’s schedule “slightly” during their tour of Australia, Kensington Palace says. Meghan, who is pregnant, spent the morning resting, while Harry gave out medals to Invictus Games athletes. Flying solo with fellow ex-servicemen, Harry could not resist trying on a […]

Harrow fire: Woman dies in suspected gas blast

Harrow fire: Woman dies in suspected gas blast

Media captionA blaze caused by the explosion took hours to control (Credit: Ahmed J Versi) A woman has died in a suspected gas explosion in north-west London. Her body was found in a first-floor flat destroyed in the blast in Fulbeck Way, Harrow, just before 01:00 BST. Another woman, a man and a baby were […]

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