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Driving through flood water ‘risks lives’

Driving through flood water ‘risks lives’

Image copyright Getty Images Two-thirds of drivers would risk driving through flood water, despite it being the leading cause of death during a flood, the Environment Agency says. The agency’s Caroline Douglass described the statistic, taken from a survey of 18,000 AA members, as “extremely concerning”. “No one should put their own life or those […]

MPs call for boy with epilepsy to be given medical cannabis licence

MPs call for boy with epilepsy to be given medical cannabis licence

Media captionAlfie Dingley’s family moved to the Netherlands for his cannabis treatment MPs have called on the Home Office to issue a medical cannabis licence to a boy whose rare form of epilepsy improves after taking the drug. Six-year-old Alfie Dingley, from Kenilworth in Warwickshire, suffers up to 30 violent seizures a day. His parents […]

‘Cut student interest rates’ say MPs

‘Cut student interest rates’ say MPs

Image copyright Alamy Image caption The level of fees and debt for students is going to be the subject of a major review There is no justification for such “high interest rates” on student loans, says a committee of MPs. The Treasury Select Committee says it is unconvinced by “questionable” claims in support of charging […]

UKIP members voted to sack embattled leader Bolton

UKIP members voted to sack embattled leader Bolton

UKIP members have voted to sack leader Henry Bolton after controversy over racist messages sent by his partner. The former army officer’s fate was decided after 63% voted to back a no confidence motion at an extraordinary general meeting in Birmingham. He had faced calls to quit after it emerged his partner Jo Marney sent […]

Earthquake felt across parts of UK

Earthquake felt across parts of UK

Image copyright British Geological Survey Image caption A seismometer shows the earth’s movements on Saturday afternoon A minor earthquake with a 4.4 magnitude has affected parts of Wales and England. The quake was felt over all of Wales, most of western England, as far east as London and as far north as the southern edge […]

Winter Olympics: Lizzy Yarnold defends skeleton gold as Laura Deas takes bronze

Winter Olympics: Lizzy Yarnold defends skeleton gold as Laura Deas takes bronze

Media playback is not supported on this device Lizzy Yarnold defends her Olympic skeleton title Lizzy Yarnold retained her skeleton title and Laura Deas claimed bronze in Pyeongchang on Great Britain’s most successful day at a Winter Olympics. It took the British medal count on Saturday to three, after Izzy Atkin claimed a ski slopestyle […]

Winter Olympics: Elise Christie carried off ice on a stretcher after crash in 1500m semi-final

Media playback is not supported on this device Christie crashes out again British short-track skater Elise Christie was in tears as she was carried off the ice on a stretcher after crashing out of the 1500m semi-final at Pyeongchang 2018. The 27-year-old collided with China’s Li Jinyu on the final lap as she tried to […]

May: New security deal should be effective by next year

May: New security deal should be effective by next year

Media captionTheresa May: “Those who threaten our security would like nothing more than to see us fractured” Theresa May has called for a new “deep and special partnership” to ensure the UK and EU can continue to work together on security after Brexit. She said new arrangements in foreign and defence policy cooperation should be […]

Attacks are out of proportion, says Oxfam’s Mark Goldring

Attacks are out of proportion, says Oxfam’s Mark Goldring

Image copyright European Photopress Agency Image caption The Oxfam Charity”s CEO Mark Goldring (l) and Chair Caroline Thomson (r) leave the Department for International Development Oxfam’s chief executive, Mark Goldring, has said the scale and intensity of the criticism against his organisation in the wake of claims its workers used prostitutes in Haiti is out […]

Barns Green: Two dead after car hit by train on crossing

Barns Green: Two dead after car hit by train on crossing

Image copyright Eddie Mitchell Image caption Emergency services were called to the scene just before 09:00 GMT Two people have died after a car was struck by a train at a level crossing in West Sussex. Emergency services were called to Barns Green level crossing, in Horsham, at 08:47 GMT. There are no other reported […]