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  • Michael Barnard, 24 from Lower Road, Hextable, Sevenoaks, charged with attempting to murder a woman and rape

    January 20, 2018 2:00 PM 4

    A man appeared in court this morning charged with attempted murder and rape after a woman suffered serious stab wounds. It is said to have happened at an address in Hextable near Sevenoaks on Thursday and paramedics treated the victim at the scene before taking her to a London hospital where her condition is said to be stable. Yesterday, detectives from the Kent and Essex

  • Strictly Come Dancing’s Karen Clifton SKIPS husband Kevin’s opening night amid ‘split’

    January 20, 2018 12:36 PM 5

    STRICTLY COME DANCING professional Karen Clifton was noticeably absent from her husband Kevin’s big opening night of the live tour last night, opting to go to a glitzy premiere instead. The 35-year-old Venezuelan dancer has been plagued by rumours that her marriage to Kevin, also 35, is on the rocks since reports emerged during last year’s Strictly Come Dancing

  • Top East London primary school backs down from ban on hijabs for girls under eight as petition says the move would 'curb freedom of religious expression'

    January 20, 2018 12:12 PM 7

    A top East London primary school has backed down just days after it banned girls under eight from wearing hijabs. St Stephen's primary school in Newham had said it was making the change to make pupils feel more integrated but now appears to have changed course. A note on the school's website on Friday said that the school now had a 'deeper understanding

  • Syria conflict: 15 refugees found frozen to death

    January 20, 2018 11:57 AM 7

    Fifteen Syrian refugees - some of them children - have been found frozen to death while trying to cross the mountainous border into Lebanon. Thirteen bodies were found on Friday and two more were discovered on Saturday after the area was hit by a fierce snowstorm. Lebanese civil defence officials found the bodies after being told a group of refugees

  • Brighton and Hove City Council under pressure over millions wasted on PFI schemes

    January 20, 2018 11:21 AM 5

    DEMANDS have been issued that the city council renegotiates a massive £1bn contract after a damning report concluded millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money have been wasted on Private Finance Initiative schemes. The Green Party leader called on the Labour administration to rip up the nine-figure, 25-year waste management contract issued to Veolia by Brighton

  • Tom Petty Died Of Accidental Drug Overdose, Family Reveals

    January 20, 2018 9:25 AM 5

    The family hopes releasing the cause of death deepens a national conversation about the opioid crisis. Tom Petty’s death in October was caused by an accidental drug overdose, according to a statement by his wife and daughter. Dana and Adria Petty said they knew before seeing the report that the singer-songwriter was prescribed various pain medications

  • Nick Boles, Former Tory Minister, Calls Theresa May's Government Timid And Unambitious

    January 20, 2018 9:19 AM 4

    'They need to pull their finger out... I want her to lead, be bold and definite'. Theresa May “constantly disappoints” because her Government is timid and unambitious, a former Tory minister has said. Nick Boles tweeted it was time for the prime minister “to raise your game”, accusing her of not tackling issues such as underfunding the NHS, the housing

  • A420 closed after reports of a gas leak at Toys R Us

    January 20, 2018 8:19 AM 6

    EMERGENCY crews have closed the A420 at the White Hart Roundabout due to a major gas leak at Toys R Us. The busy A road is closed both ways between Old Vicarage Lane and the A419. A detour is in operation and drivers are advised to avoid the area if possible. Vehicles over 14ft 6in will be diverted off the A420 at Watchfield. All smaller vehicles are being

  • Luxury Radcliffe motorhome company to host open day for holidaymakers

    January 20, 2018 6:02 AM 6

    FANCYING something a little bit different for your holiday this year? Then a luxury Radcliffe motorhome hire company might have the answer. Freedhome Luxury Motorhome Hire, in Bury Road, is hosting an open day on January 27 designed for anyone who has been thinking about a motorhome holiday, but is not sure how to go about it. At the open day, attendees

  • Paralympian Michael Churm puts youngsters through their paces

    January 20, 2018 6:01 AM 6

    PARALYMPIC silver medallist Michael Churm put young athletes through their paces when he visited a Farnworth primary school. The sprinter was at Cherry Tree Primary School to deliver a session and inspired pupils to do more sport. Rachel Parker, who leads PE through The Orchards Federation of Cherry Tree and Green Fold School, said: "The children had a fantastic