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  • New maps show flooding risk in Scotland

    January 15, 2014 1:56 PM 49

    New detailed maps showing which areas of Scotland are at risk of flooding have been made available to the public. The online maps show different types of flooding, the likelihood of it happening and the likely impact. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) said the maps would be an important tool in developing a better approach for managing

  • Royal Family receive gnome among official gifts in 2013

    January 15, 2014 1:36 PM 42

    A gnome, a photograph of the Royal Family set on a decorative ostrich egg, and golf clubs were among gifts received by the Royal Family in 2013. The Queen received over 70 presents from foreign dignitaries, charities and private individuals. A member of the Sri Lankan parliament presented a portrait of the Queen burned on to a tree trunk

  • Poleglass and Dungannon alerts hoaxes

    January 15, 2014 1:04 PM 45

    Two security alerts in Belfast and Dungannon on Tuesday afternoon were hoaxes, police have said. An army bomb disposal team was sent to examine a suspicious object on the outskirts of west Belfast. It was found at Bell Steel Road in Poleglass on Tuesday afternoon. It was later declared an elaborate hoax. Meanwhile, premises were evacuated at Market Square

  • Woman launches bid to harvest wealthy banker boyfriend's sperm after he suffered four heart attacks and was left in permanent vegetative state with DNR order

    January 15, 2014 12:28 PM 56

    A woman of ‘very limited means’ has launched a legal battle for the right to ‘harvest’ her seriously-ill partner’s sperm so that she can have his children, it was revealed today. The action at London’s High Court is being seen as a potentially important test case, involving a man kept alive medically after a devastating series of heart attacks who could

  • Cameron Confirms Cash Limit

    January 15, 2014 12:15 PM 55

    The part-privatised bank is told restrictions will remain on 2013 cash bonus levels but questions remain on greater share rewards. David Cameron has told MPs the Government will limit Royal Bank of Scotland's (RBS) cash bonuses to £2,000 for the fourth year in a row. At Prime Minister's Questions in the Commons, he also said he would reject any proposal

  • Birmingham landmarks like the NEC could be sold off

    January 15, 2014 10:24 AM 52

    Landmarks such as the NEC could be sold to pay legal claims over equal pay totalling more than £1bn, Birmingham City Council has said. The council has agreed settlements with thousands of women who were paid less than workers - mainly men - who did equivalent jobs. It has agreed to defer these until the next financial year to give the council time to pay, the BBC has been told. The council

  • Girl, 15, faces Mark Roberts Weston-super-Mare murder charge

    January 15, 2014 10:04 AM 37

    Mark Roberts, 35, was found on Baildon Road, Weston-super-Mare, in October. He had sustained head injuries and died in hospital. The girl has been remanded in custody and is due to appear before North Somerset Magistrates' Court later. A 17-year-old boy has also been charged with Mr Roberts' murder and appeared in court in October. Neither he nor the girl can be named

  • Horse in M4 crash near Swindon

    January 15, 2014 9:38 AM 33

    A number of vehicles were involved in a serious crash on the M4 after cars hit a horse running across the carriageway. The M4 was closed eastbound between junctions 14, Hungerford, and 15, Swindon East, following the smash near Membury Services at about 04:45 GMT. Thames Valley Police said the crash involved five vehicles, including a van which overturned

  • 'More Money And A Better Life'

    January 15, 2014 8:28 AM 71

    A former scaffolder explains why he would never go back to his old job after turning to cannabis production for "easy money". Sky News was invited into one large-scale operation somewhere in south London where we met two British workers who dedicate their lives to this illegal horticulture. Wearing a decorator's mask, track suit top and shorts, one worker

  • Parties fail to agree on motion to implement Haass proposals

    January 14, 2014 11:32 PM 40

    Northern Ireland's political parties failed to agree on a motion which called on them to implement the Haass proposals, on 13 January 2014. Sinn Fein's motion called on all political parties to support proposals aimed to help resolve disputes over flags, parades and the past. Amendments brought by the UUP, the DUP and Alliance were all also voted down. Last year, former