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  • Joanna Dennehy: The woman who murdered men 'for fun'

    February 12, 2014 2:58 PM 90

    After killing her third victim, Joanna Dennehy phoned her friend and sang the Britney Spears track "Oops I Did It Again" down the line. Only she knows for sure why she embarked on her killing spree but police believe the best explanation is she was simply having "fun". When Dennehy was caught - after two days on the run - she was calm and silent, sitting

  • Birmingham City Council confirms 1,000 jobs to go

    February 12, 2014 1:16 PM 10

    A further 1,000 jobs will go next year at Birmingham City Council, the authority has confirmed. It said central government cuts meant it would need to make a cumulative total of £822m in savings by 2018. The authority plans to increase council tax by 1.99%. Leader Sir Albert Bore said this was after two-thirds of respondents to its budget consultation

  • Anti-terror police search house after Syria bomb

    February 12, 2014 12:15 PM 13

    12 February 2014 Last updated at 12:07 GMT Footage has emerged of what is believed to be the first suicide bombing by a Briton in Syria. Anti-terror police are searching a house in Crawley, in West Sussex, thought to be the home of a man known as Abu Suleiman al-Britani, as part of an investigation into the truck bombing in the city of Aleppo last week.

  • Claire Tiltman murder: Colin Ash-Smith to be charged

    February 12, 2014 11:05 AM 7

    A man is to be charged with the murder of 16-year-old schoolgirl Claire Tiltman, who was stabbed in Kent 21 years ago. The Crown Prosecution Service said it had sufficient evidence to prosecute 45-year-old Colin Ash-Smith. Claire was stabbed more than 40 times in an alleyway near her Greenhithe home in 1993, days after her birthday. Mr Ash-Smith will appear

  • Tulisa in court over assault charge

    February 12, 2014 10:48 AM 9

    Former N-Dubz singer Tulisa Contostavlos has arrived at Chelmsford Magistrates' court to face an assault charge. The 25-year-old pop singer and former X Factor judge is accused of attacking a man at last year's V Festival. Ms Contostavlos was voluntarily interviewed by police at the time and issued a statement saying she "strongly denies" the allegation

  • Wales weather: 100mph gales expected along coast

    February 12, 2014 10:14 AM 15

    Power supplies and transport could be hit by "potentially damaging" strong winds across Wales with gusts of 80 to 100mph on the coast, warn forecasters. The Met Office has issued an amber "be prepared" warning for 60mph winds inland with the biggest gusts on the north and west Wales coast. Ferry services have been cancelled with hurricane-force winds

  • UK floods: 'Unspent' £60m may be used on rail repairs

    February 12, 2014 10:05 AM 8

    Up to £60m not spent by the Department of Transport this year could be used to help repair the rail network battered by the recent storms. The BBC understands the Treasury could allow the department to keep the "underspend" in its annual budgets. David Cameron has said "money is no object" in helping flood-affected communities get back on their feet. But Transport

  • Benton house deaths: Murder arrest after two bodies found

    February 12, 2014 7:13 AM 11

    A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the bodies of a man and woman were found in a house in North Tyneside. Northumbria Police were called to a report of a man running in the road on Front Street in Benton and causing a disturbance at 21:15 GMT on Tuesday. The arrested 25-year-old man, who police said was believed to have known the man and woman

  • Scottish independence referendum: Experts examine the claims

    February 12, 2014 6:34 AM 11

    With the debate on Scotland's future entering "referendum year", the "yes" and "no" sides are intensifying their campaigns. But what are their messages and how are they being viewed, not only by each other, but by experts, commentators and academics? Throughout the coming months, the BBC news website will be picking out statements from both sides of the debate

  • UK floods: Environment Agency under scrutiny

    February 12, 2014 5:13 AM 16

    10 February 2014 Last updated at 23:06 GMT The staff of the Environment Agency are doing an "amazing job" on the ground in flooded areas, the prime minister has said. Spending on flood defences in England and Wales will total £2.3bn in the four years up to 2015 - but the agency says budget cuts are forcing a loss of staff and expertise. But in the wake of the worst