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  • Boston 'could have been saved' by flood barrier scheme

    December 9, 2013 12:10 PM 7

    Continue reading the main story Residents in a Lincolnshire town flooded by last week's tidal surge have been told they would have been protected by a new flood barrier. Homes and businesses in Boston were damaged when the River Haven breached the existing defences. A new £100m barrier has been planned for several years but councillors say work on it may not start

  • Dr Richard Haass back in Northern Ireland for more talks

    December 9, 2013 11:41 AM 7

    The man chairing political talks in Northern Ireland is due to return to Belfast on Monday. Dr Richard Haass is expected to make a final push towards a deal on flags, parades and the past. The US diplomat is determined to bring the talks to a head by the end of the year, and ideally before Christmas. He recently asked negotiators from the five main Stormont

  • Lee Rigby trial: Michael Adebolajo giving evidence

    December 9, 2013 11:35 AM 8

    One of the men accused of murdering soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich, south-east London, has started giving evidence at the Old Bailey. Michael Adebolajo, 28, appeared in the witness box wearing a black jacket, surrounded by three prison officers. The prosecution says he and Michael Adebowale, 22, rammed Fusilier Rigby with a car before attacking him with knives

  • State schools 'making gender bias worse'

    December 9, 2013 8:35 AM 25

    Almost half (49%) of state-funded mixed schools in England are "reinforcing gender stereotypes" in terms of the subjects students study at A-level. It says these schools are failing to counter the idea that certain subjects are for girls and others are for boys. The institute is calling on schools to address the issue to avoid inadvertently limiting

  • Sopefoluwa Peters missing: Body found in River Wear

    December 9, 2013 7:32 AM 10

    Police searching for a missing university student have recovered a body from the River Wear in Durham. Sopefoluwa Peters, 20, has been missing since 23:30 GMT on 29 October when he was last seen outside Klute bar near Elvet Bridge, Durham Police said. Police said the body, which was found between Framwellgate and Prebends bridges, has not been identified

  • Glasgow helicopter crash: Funerals for Mark O'Prey and Gary Arthur

    December 9, 2013 7:25 AM 23

    The first funerals for the Clutha bar customers who died in the Glasgow helicopter crash are due to take place. The service for Mark O'Prey, who was 44, is being held at St Bride's RC Church in East Kilbride. The funeral of Gary Arthur, 48, will then take place at Woodside Crematorium in Paisley. Nine people were killed when the Police Scotland aircraft

  • UK Parliament to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela

    December 9, 2013 7:15 AM 12

    Members of the UK government are to stop work and pay tribute to Nelson Mandela at the Houses of Parliament today. They've said honouring the former South African president, who died on Thursday, would be their "principal occupation" of the day. Another event will take place later in the week at Westminster Hall, where Mr Mandela spoke to parliament

  • Northern Ireland unites in praise of inspirational leader

    December 9, 2013 6:57 AM 13

    Hume hails Mandela as ‘courageous leader and a true peacemaker’ Northern Ireland political leaders past and present have united in praise of Nelson Mandela, remembering his role in advancing the peace process here. Nobel peace prize winner and former SDLP leader John Hume said the former president “not only stood against the injustice and inequality

  • Benefits capped in almost 1,000 Scottish households

    December 9, 2013 5:17 AM 11

    Almost 1,000 households have already had their benefits capped in Scotland since the introduction of benefit changes, official figures show. A £26,000 cap on working age benefits came into force in England, Scotland and Wales earlier this year. The Department for Work and Pensions said the measures had been applied to 977 Scottish households between

  • Get married if you want a family, urges judge as he attacks politicians' 'ignorance' towards the virtues of married life

    December 8, 2013 11:07 PM 16

    Couples who want to have children should get married to provide a stable family environment, a High Court judge said yesterday. Sir Paul Coleridge said would-be parents have ‘responsibilities and duties to do right by [children]’, while also accusing politicians of displaying a ‘high level of ignorance’ towards the virtues of married life. Almost half of births