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Charlie Gard parents announce death of ‘beautiful boy’

Charlie Gard parents announce death of ‘beautiful boy’

Media captionEleven-month-old Charlie Gard was at the centre of a legal battle over his treatment Charlie Gard, the baby at the centre of a legal row over his treatment, has died, a family spokesman has confirmed. The 11-month-old was moved to a hospice following a High Court ruling. He suffered from an extremely rare genetic […]

Unrest at Hackney death protest

Unrest at Hackney death protest

Media captionThe BBC’s Alex Collins: “Windows have been smashed open” Fireworks and bottles were hurled at riot police and mattresses set on fire at a protest in Hackney, east London over the death of Rashan Charles. The 20-year-old was chased by officers in the borough on 22 July. He was apprehended in a shop and […]

Holyhead girl Molly Owens, 5, missing with wanted father

Holyhead girl Molly Owens, 5, missing with wanted father

Image copyright North Wales Police A five-year-old girl has been reported missing and is thought to be with her father, who failed to appear in court. Molly Owens, of Holyhead, Anglesey, is believed to be with Brian George Owens. Owens, 26, was due to be sentenced at Caernarfon Magistrates’ Court on Friday but did not […]

Government adviser urges review of farmers’ tax-breaks

Government adviser urges review of farmers’ tax-breaks

Image copyright PA Tax breaks for UK farmers should be reviewed, the head of a group advising the environment secretary has said. Economist Dieter Helm said the current system of taxpayer-funded support was extremely wasteful and the industry suffered from “subsidy addiction”. Prof Helm said the exemption of farmland and buildings was used to avoid […]

Crossrail worker death: Firms fined £1m for safety breaches

Crossrail worker death: Firms fined £1m for safety breaches

Image copyright leigh day Image caption Rene Tkáčik was a “hugely experienced” worker Companies working for Crossrail have been fined £1m for three sets of failures, one of which led to the death of a construction worker. Renè Tkáčik, 44, died when nearly a tonne of wet concrete poured onto him. The two other incidents […]

North Ronaldsay Primary School loses its only pupil

North Ronaldsay Primary School loses its only pupil

Image copyright Orkney Islands Council Image caption Teigan Scott is moving up to secondary A remote Orkney island primary school is to lose its only pupil, raising fears about its long-term future. North Ronaldsay Primary School’s single classroom will be kept on standby from August as Teigan Scott, 12, moves to secondary in Kirkwall. Orkney’s […]

Burglars jailed for raid on John Terry’s Surrey mansion

Burglars jailed for raid on John Terry’s Surrey mansion

Image copyright PA Image caption John Terry and family were away skiing when the break-in happened Burglars who raided the Surrey mansion of former England captain John Terry and took designer goods worth more than £400,000 have been jailed. Terry’s home was targeted after he posted pictures from the French Alps and told 3.4 million […]

Environmental concerns over Trump’s golf plans at Menie

Environmental concerns over Trump’s golf plans at Menie

Image copyright PA Image caption Donald Trump’s bid for a second golf course at the Menie Estate has been hit with planning objections The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has raised formal concerns to Donald Trump’s company’s proposals for a new golf course in Aberdeenshire. The Trump Organisation has submitted plans for a second 18-hole […]

Grenfell Tower: Sixty blocks ‘fail new fire test’

Grenfell Tower: Sixty blocks ‘fail new fire test’

Image copyright Reuters Cladding and insulation used in at least 60 tower blocks has failed a new fire safety test, the BBC understands. The test was more thorough than previous checks after the Grenfell Tower fire, which just examined cladding from high-rise buildings. The new test checked the cladding in combination with the foam insulation […]

Drinking a few times a week ‘reduces diabetes risk’

Drinking a few times a week ‘reduces diabetes risk’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Raising a glass to the findings of the Danish study? People who drink three to four times a week are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who never drink, Danish researchers suggest. Wine appears to be particularly beneficial, probably as it plays a role in helping […]