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Athlete Lauren Jeska admits Alexander Stadium triple stabbing

Athlete Lauren Jeska admits Alexander Stadium triple stabbing

Image caption Jeska appeared at Birmingham Crown Court via video link A fell-running champion has admitted stabbing three top athletics staff at a major UK stadium. Lauren Jeska, 41, admitted attempting to kill former Bristol rugby player Ralph Knibbs at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham on March 22. She also pleaded guilty to causing actual […]

Derbyshire County Council term holiday fines only ‘in worst cases’

Derbyshire County Council term holiday fines only ‘in worst cases’

Image caption Many families complain holidays become unaffordable outside of term time Fines for taking children on holiday in school term time are being largely abandoned by a local authority. A surge in the £60 charges followed a change in government guidelines which said such absences were only permitted in “exceptional circumstances”. But the policy […]

M40 Beaconsfield crane fire: One lane to be ‘closed all day’

M40 Beaconsfield crane fire: One lane to be ‘closed all day’

Image copyright Highways England Image caption The blaze, which involved a 96-tonne crane, started just before 21:30 BST on Wednesday Cars were trapped on the southbound M40 in Buckinghamshire overnight after a crane burst into flames, closing the motorway, The 96-tonne crane exploded into a fireball just before 21:30 BST on Wednesday between J2 for […]

Many cancelled operations ‘unrecorded’

Many cancelled operations ‘unrecorded’

Tens of thousands of operations were cancelled by English hospitals last year but not officially counted, figures obtained by the BBC suggest. About half of trusts provided details of cancellations one to three days before admission. Hospitals must record cancellations on the day of an operation or of admission – but not those prior to […]

Breast-cancer drug confusion ‘putting lives at risk’

Breast-cancer drug confusion ‘putting lives at risk’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Experts say the benefits of bisphosphonates for post-menopausal women with breast cancer are convincing Thousands of post-menopausal women with breast cancer are missing out on cheap drugs that could prevent their disease spreading, research suggests. A survey by Breast Cancer Now found there was confusion over who funded […]

Extra free childcare ‘threatens nursery schools’

Extra free childcare ‘threatens nursery schools’

Image copyright monkeybusinessimages Hundreds of nursery schools in England could close if the government presses ahead with plans to offer 30 hours a week of free childcare, a union warns. Pre-schools will not cope financially after a planned two-year package of taxpayer support ends, says the National Association of Head Teachers. In 2017, free care […]

Network Rail fined £4m over level crossing death of actress

Network Rail fined £4m over level crossing death of actress

Image caption Olive McFarland (centre) appeared in the BBC costume drama The Three Daughters of M Dupont in 1958 Network Rail has been fined £4m over the death of a former film actress at a level crossing. Brenda McFarland, known as Olive, was killed in August 2011 when she was hit by a train at […]

Gerry Adams ‘sanctioned Denis Donaldson killing’

Gerry Adams ‘sanctioned Denis Donaldson killing’

Image caption Denis Donaldson (cream jacket) was a former senior Sinn Féin official who became an informer A man who says he was a former IRA and Sinn Féin member turned British agent has claimed Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams sanctioned the killing of Denis Donaldson. He made the allegation to BBC NI’s Spotlight programme […]

Enid Blyton shop rapped for golliwog ad

Enid Blyton shop rapped for golliwog ad

Image copyright Google Image caption The gift shop describes itself as “all about Enid Blyton and her era” A gift shop’s newspaper advert that featured a golliwog character has been banned by the advertising watchdog. Viv Endecott, owner of the Ginger Pop Shop in Corfe Castle, Dorset, which is dedicated to the works of Enid […]

‘Fake Sheikh’ Mazher Mahmood ‘plotted to change Tulisa evidence’

‘Fake Sheikh’ Mazher Mahmood ‘plotted to change Tulisa evidence’

Image copyright PA Image caption Journalist Mr Mahmood worked undercover Undercover journalist Mazher Mahmood plotted to change a witness statement in a case against pop singer Tulisa Contostavlos, the Old Bailey has heard. The reporter known as the Fake Sheikh and his driver Alan Smith both deny conspiring together, intending to pervert the course of […]