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David Duckenfield faces 95 Hillsborough manslaughter charges

David Duckenfield faces 95 Hillsborough manslaughter charges

Media captionCrown Prosecution Service statement on Hillsborough Former Ch Supt David Duckenfield faces being charged with the manslaughter of 95 people at the Hillsborough disaster. Mr Duckenfield was the South Yorkshire Police (SYP) match commander at the FA Cup semi-final when 96 Liverpool fans were fatally injured in a crush. He faces the charge of […]

Queen’s Speech: Labour to force vote on public pay cap

Queen’s Speech: Labour to force vote on public pay cap

Media captionJeremy Corbyn calls for a reversal of emergency services cuts Labour is to table an amendment to the Queen’s Speech calling for the 1% public sector pay cap and cuts to the police and emergency services to end. Jeremy Corbyn says the amendment, which will be voted on on Wednesday, will be a “test […]

Grenfell Tower fire: More high rises fail fire safety tests

Grenfell Tower fire: More high rises fail fire safety tests

Cladding from 120 high-rise buildings in 37 local authority areas in England has now failed fire safety tests, the prime minister has said. Theresa May told the Commons it was a 100% failure rate, as all of the samples submitted so far since the Grenfell Tower fire had failed. Grenfell Tower fire: More high rises […]

British Attitudes Survey: More Britons ‘back higher taxes’

British Attitudes Survey: More Britons ‘back higher taxes’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The poll asked questions around public spending, national security and people’s private lives Nearly half of Britons think the government should raise taxes and increase spending, an annual survey of public opinion suggests. At 48%, it is the highest proportion to support such measures since 2004, according to the […]

Arrests in UK over Microsoft scam calls

Arrests in UK over Microsoft scam calls

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many victims of such IT support scams are elderly Four people have been arrested in the UK following an investigation into scams involving calls from fraudsters pretending to be IT support staff. It follows two years of work by City of London Police and Microsoft, who teamed up to […]

Hillsborough disaster: Charges decision due

Hillsborough disaster: Charges decision due

Image copyright Hillsborough Inquests Image caption Ninety-six football fans were fatally injured in a crush at Hillsborough stadium in 1989 A decision on whether individuals and organisations will face criminal charges over the Hillsborough disaster will be announced later. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) will reveal its intentions at a meeting with victims’ relatives at […]

HMP Birmingham: Violence on rise, say inspectors

HMP Birmingham: Violence on rise, say inspectors

Image caption Riot vans and police officers gathered outside the prison during the 12-hour riot in December Violence is on the rise at a riot-hit jail because of a high volume of illegal drugs inside, inspectors say. Safety at HMP Birmingham is at risk as a result, they said in February, after the 12-hour disturbance […]

Faecal bacteria ‘in ice in Costa, Starbucks and Caffe Nero’

Faecal bacteria ‘in ice in Costa, Starbucks and Caffe Nero’

Image copyright Getty Images Ice from three of the UK’s biggest coffee chains has been found to contain bacteria from faeces, according to a BBC investigation. Samples of iced drinks from Costa Coffee, Starbucks and Caffe Nero contained varying levels of the bacteria, the BBC’s Watchdog found. Expert Tony Lewis said the levels found were […]

London fire: Fire safety risk inspections pointless, says expert

London fire: Fire safety risk inspections pointless, says expert

Image copyright JasonHawkes.com Image caption Grenfell Tower was deemed to only have a medium fire risk The system to assess fire safety of high-rise buildings in the UK is “pointless”, a leading expert claims. Fire risk assessments (FRAs) carried out by councils do not consider factors such as external cladding, inspections of which are under […]

Grenfell Tower victim’s name wins Philip Pullman auction

Grenfell Tower victim’s name wins Philip Pullman auction

Image copyright Family handout Image caption Nur Huda (left) and her mother Fouzia are feared dead in the fire A character in a new Philip Pullman book is to be named after a teenager feared dead in the Grenfell Tower fire, following an auction bid of £32,400. Pullman offered the right to name a character […]

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