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Eight men arrested in Rotherham child sex abuse investigation

Eight men have been arrested in connection with an investigation into historical child sexual exploitation and abuse in Rotherham. The men, aged 32, 35, 36 and 37, from Sheffield and Rotherham, were held as part of the National Crime Agency’s (NCA) Operation Stovewood inquiry. The offences, which include rape and indecent assault, are alleged to […]

Glastonbury to open with minute’s silence

Glastonbury to open with minute’s silence

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The festival kicks off in earnest on Friday, after two days of build-up The Glastonbury Festival will open with a minute’s silence on Friday morning, to honour those affected by the recent tragedies in London and Manchester. The moment of reflection will precede the first act of the day […]

Police funding: Cuts ‘threaten ability to tackle mass riots’

Police funding: Cuts ‘threaten ability to tackle mass riots’

Image copyright PA Image caption In August 2011, thousands of people rioted in London and elsewhere in England Police in England and Wales would struggle to deal with riots on the scale of 2011 due to budget cuts, an officer who oversees funding has said. Chief Constable Dave Thompson, of West Midlands Police, said the […]

Hinkley Point deal ‘risky and expensive’

Hinkley Point deal ‘risky and expensive’

Image copyright PA Image caption Artist’s impression of Hinkley Point C building proposals UK government plans for a new £18bn nuclear power station have come under fire from public auditors, who call it “a risky and expensive project”. The case for the Hinkley Point C plant in Somerset was “marginal” and the deal was “not […]

Grenfell Tower: Eleven high rises ‘fail fire-risk tests’

Grenfell Tower: Eleven high rises ‘fail fire-risk tests’

Media captionTheresa May is booed on her latest visit to meet Grenfell Tower residents Eleven residential high-rise buildings in eight local authority areas have been found to be covered in combustible cladding following safety tests. Landlords are being told and more checks carried out, No 10 said. It comes as further tests are being carried […]

May unveils offer on EU citizens

May unveils offer on EU citizens

Image copyright Getty Images EU citizens who have lived in the UK for five years could get equal rights to UK nationals for good, under proposals unveiled by PM Theresa May. A new “settled EU” immigration status would grant them rights to stay in the UK and access health, education and other benefits after Brexit. […]

UK population rise of 538,000 is biggest for 70 years

UK population rise of 538,000 is biggest for 70 years

Image copyright EPA The population of the UK has increased by more than half a million – the biggest rise for 70 years – according to official figures. There were 65,648,000 people in the UK in June 2016, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The ONS said that was a rise of 538,000 […]

Grenfell Tower: Fire-risk tests on cladding on ‘600 high rises’

Grenfell Tower: Fire-risk tests on cladding on ‘600 high rises’

Media caption“I was informed that a number of these tests have come back as combustible” – Theresa May Tests are to be carried out on about 600 high rises across England to see if cladding fitted to the outside is safe, the government has said. So far, samples from three tower blocks – one in […]

Brexit: ‘Dreamer’ Tusk says UK may yet stay in the EU

Brexit: ‘Dreamer’ Tusk says UK may yet stay in the EU

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Tusk told reporters he is sometimes asked whether Brexit could be reversed European Council President Donald Tusk has quoted lyrics from John Lennon’s Imagine to suggest the door remains open to the UK staying in the EU. Ahead of a Brussels summit he said of that prospect: “You may […]

Finsbury Park attack: Tributes to victim Makram Ali

Finsbury Park attack: Tributes to victim Makram Ali

Image copyright PA Tributes have been paid to Makram Ali, who has been named as the man who died in the Finsbury Park terror attack. His family described him as a “quiet, gentle man” who “spent his whole life without any enemies”. Mr Ali, 51, died from multiple injuries after a man drove a van […]