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  • Flooding in South East continues to cause disruption

    January 17, 2014 4:16 PM 33

    Flooding is expected to cause more disruption as some river levels continue to rise in south-east England, the Environment Agency has warned. The River Bourne in Kent is expected to reach its peak at about at about 18:00 GMT, putting an area between Hadlow and East Peckham at risk. Flooding has severely disrupted road and rail services for commuters

  • Liam Culverhouse jailed over Khloe Abrams death

    January 17, 2014 2:52 PM 37

    A former soldier has been jailed for six years over the death of his 19-month-old daughter in Northampton. Liam Culverhouse was sentenced at Northampton Crown Court after admitting causing or allowing the death of Khloe Abrams. He once played dead to survive an attack in Afghanistan in 2009, which left five of his colleagues dead. The court heard Khloe

  • Chocolate makers clash over Kit Kat row

    January 17, 2014 2:08 PM 44

    Last updated Fri 17 Jan 2014 Chocolate giants Nestlé and Cadbury have clashed over the shape of Kit Kat bars. Nestlé have gone to court to try and trademark the three-dimensional shape of a Kit Kat finger, but Cadbury, based in Birmingham, is objecting. "I have decided it is necessary to seek clarification of the law from the Court of Justice of the European

  • Half of public lose faith in police

    January 17, 2014 8:28 AM 50

    THE police have lost the trust of half the people, a new poll revealed last night. In response to the statement “I trust the police”, just 50 per cent said they agreed while 26 per cent actively disagreed, according to the ComRes survey for ITV. The findings come after controversies involving the police in recent months, including claims they lied over the “plebgate

  • Sherburn-in-Elmet tyre fire plume reaches 6,000ft

    January 17, 2014 6:00 AM 38

    16 January 2014 Last updated at 23:31 GMT A fire involving 15,000 tonnes of tyres at a recycling plant has blanketed York in plumes of black smoke that have reached heights of up to 6,000ft. Around 70 firefighters are tackling the fire in Sherburn-in-Elmet, North Yorkshire, which started at 08:40 GMT on Thursday. The plume of smoke is so big that it has been picked

  • Call for help with £400m flooding repair

    January 17, 2014 1:19 AM 40

    The government is being urged to help local authorities amid warnings they face a £400m repair bill after severe weather damaged infrastructure. The Local Government Association said the storms and floods left behind "a daunting trail of destruction". It has asked the Department for Transport to create a highways maintenance emergency fund. Later the government

  • MPs criticise government over help for UK exporters

    January 17, 2014 12:18 AM 37

    Efforts to boost UK exports are being hampered by strict visa controls and a lack of co-operation between government departments, MPs have warned. The Public Accounts Committee said the UK looked set to miss Chancellor George Osborne's target to double the value of its exports to £1 trillion by 2020. The PAC said that the UK "is not performing as well as Germany

  • Higher fees led to 17% drop in UK undergraduates

    January 16, 2014 11:46 PM 39

    There was a 17% fall in the number of first year undergraduates at UK universities in the first year of higher tuition fees, new figures show. In 2012-13 UK universities were allowed to treble their yearly fees to £9,000. The government acknowledged the fall but stressed that demand for full time higher education has already "returned to record levels"

  • Police 'Cover Up Wrongdoing', Most Britons Say

    January 16, 2014 9:12 PM 39

    A Sky News survey reveals how much recent controversies have affected the British public's view of the police. More than half of Britons believe there is a culture of cover-ups within the police, a Sky News poll has found. A total of 53% of members of the public questioned in the survey agreed that forces try to hide officers' wrongdoing. Just 18% of people

  • Two women held over terror offences

    January 16, 2014 5:00 PM 36

    Two women aged 26 and 27 have been arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences, the Metropolitan Police says. The first was arrested at around 09.20 GMT a as she tried to board a flight to Istanbul in Turkey from Terminal 5. She was seized on suspicion of being involved in the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism. A "large quantity"