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  • Minister Sturgeon says housing benefit cuts 'could affect 20,000 children'

    January 13, 2014 2:01 PM 27

    More than 20,000 children in Scotland would be affected if housing benefit for the under-25s was removed, the Scottish government has claimed. UK Chancellor George Osborne has said taking the benefit away could contribute to multi-billion savings needed in the welfare budget. Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon called the plans "seriously misguided"

  • UK shale plans 'substantial' drilling expansion

    January 13, 2014 1:43 PM 38

    The companies at the forefront of the UK's nascent shale gas industry are planning a "substantial" expansion in the number of drilling sites. IGas, one of the four companies partnering with French oil major Total, says it is planning to explore new fracking sites across the UK. Energy minister Michael Fallon said he expects up to 40 shale gas sites to be drilled

  • Taxation 'useful' for student doctor plan

    January 13, 2014 12:02 PM 30

    13 January 2014 Last updated at 08:14 GMT A tax on sugary drinks would be 'useful' to help pay for a proposal to wipe out junior doctors' debts in exchange for a commitment to work in Wales, Plaid Cymru say. Health spokesperson Elin Jones AM told Radio Wales' Good Morning Wales programme their proposals to boost the number of doctors was possible under

  • Birmingham mother charged with child abandonment

    January 13, 2014 11:25 AM 28

    A woman has been charged with abandoning her newborn baby in a Birmingham park. The 26-year-old, from the Kingshurst area, was bailed to appear before magistrates on 29 January. Baby Jade was found in a bag wrapped in a towel in undergrowth at a community park in Stechford in October. Police said the 10-week-old, named after the dog that found her, had recovered

  • Single Scots police force impact examined

    January 13, 2014 10:07 AM 28

    The first in a series of fact-finding visits to assess the impact of a single national police force is taking place in Dumfries and Galloway. Plans to shut some front offices are to be discussed by members of the Scottish Parliament's justice sub-committee. They want to find out how policing has been affected by the introduction of a single force on 1 April

  • Sex crimes against young children rise, research suggests

    January 13, 2014 6:15 AM 24

    Recorded sex crimes against children under 11 in England and Wales went up by 16% last year, research suggests. There were 5,547 incidents, against the previous year's 4,772, according to data from 41 police forces obtained by children's charity, the NSPCC. This means that 24% of all recorded sexual offences against children involved the youngest age group

  • Inquiry into child abuse in North opens

    January 13, 2014 3:06 AM 35

    Treatment of children in care homes over seven decades under investigation A judicial inquiry into child abuse in Northern Ireland residential care homes over more than seven decades opens today. Under investigation is the treatment of children in a range of children’s homes, borstals, training schools, juvenile justice centres, hospitals and orphanages

  • Bodies Found In Gloucestershire

    January 12, 2014 5:52 PM 55

    One man was found on the towpath while the other man was found in the water, according to local reports. The bodies of two men have been found at a canal in a Gloucestershire village. Officers were called to a stretch of the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal in Purton, near the River Severn, at around 9.45am on Sunday. One man was found on the towpath while

  • Body found in search for missing hillwalker Michael O'Grady

    January 12, 2014 5:32 PM 32

    Mountain rescue teams have found a body during the search for a hillwalker who went missing in the Highlands more than two weeks ago. Michael O'Grady, 64, from Irvinestown in Northern Ireland, was last seen walking in the Ben Alder and Loch Ossian areas on Sunday 22 December. Police Scotland said the body of a male climber had been located in the Corrour

  • Even more rain expected to bring misery to flooded Britain as light dusting of snow is seen along with frosty start in parts

    January 12, 2014 2:57 PM 36

    Further heavy rain today is expected to bring more misery to areas of Britain that have already suffered from widespread flooding. More than 170 flood warnings or alerts remain in place - with river levels rising steadily in Wiltshire, Hampshire, Dorset, Somerset and the Midlands. Rivers including the Hampshire Avon, the Stour in Dorset, the Parrett