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  • London Underground workers balloted over job cuts

    January 9, 2014 11:35 AM 32

    London Underground station staff are to be balloted for strike action over plans to cut 750 jobs and close ticket offices. The Transport Salaried Staffs' Association is balloting 1,300 members over industrial action, which could be taken from 3 February. Transport for London (TfL) wants to have staff in ticket halls and on platforms rather than in offices

  • Scottish SPCA appeal after dog found in lay-by near Crimond

    January 9, 2014 11:14 AM 45

    The Scottish SPCA has appealed for information after a dog was found in a lay-by next to tins of food in Aberdeenshire. The black and white collie crossbreed was discovered on a rural road near Crimond on Tuesday evening. The male dog - which has been named Benson - is believed to be aged between two and three. Scottish SPCA Ch Insp John Carle said: "Unfortunately

  • Prince Charles and Camilla in mid-air terror

    January 9, 2014 10:49 AM 51

    January 9 2014 at 12:57pm By REBECCA ENGLISH A helicopter carrying Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall was forced to make an emergency landing, leaving Camilla terrified, it emerged on Wednesday. The mid-air incident was caused after a tiny metal ball in the aircraft’s control system broke, leaving its two pilots unable to fly in a straight line. The royal

  • Tulisa Cocaine Charge Trial Date Set

    January 9, 2014 10:37 AM 48

    The former X Factor judge will stand trial in July after being charged with helping supply an undercover reporter with cocaine. Singer Tulisa Contostavlos has made her first appearance at crown court where she was told she will stand trial on July 14 accused of brokering a cocaine deal. The N-Dubz star, 25, is charged with helping an undercover reporter

  • Water, water everywhere: Britain at risk of more flooding as heavy rain looms (and one man has found the school run a real drag)

    January 9, 2014 7:06 AM 48

    For these girls, the school run normally involves getting into a car... but that was before the floods came. The family of five, from Dorset, have taken to piling into a small wooden boat to escape their country road which has been under 3ft of water since December 23. And it's been left to David Allen to pull the boat - containing his wife Hayley, 34, and daughters

  • David Cameron in bid to heal rift with Poland over migrants' benefits

    January 9, 2014 3:45 AM 46

    DAVID Cameron last night sought to mend a diplomatic spat with Poland over concerns that Polish migrants are exploiting Britain’s benefits system. She said: “On EU free movement, the Prime Minister made clear his long-standing view, reiterated in recent days, that the lack of ­transitional controls for new EU ­member states in 2004 was the wrong approach

  • James Dunleavy accused of beheading his mother Philomena

    January 8, 2014 11:38 PM 36

    A man has gone on trial accused of beheading and dismembering his mother then burying her on an Edinburgh hill. James Dunleavy, also known as Seamus Dunleavy, denies battering to death Philomena, 66, of Marino, Dublin between 30 April and 7 May last year. He also denies attempting to defeat the ends of justice by trying to cover up the alleged murder

  • Wytham flooding: Cyclist dies after falling into Godstow Road water

    January 8, 2014 9:30 PM 46

    The man, believed to be a 73-year-old from Oxford, died at the John Radcliffe Hospital after getting into difficulty on Godstow Road, Wytham. Thames Valley Police said the man's next of kin had been informed but no formal identification has been made. The Environment Agency said several flood warnings were in place in Oxfordshire, with dozens of homes

  • Peers block law on being annoying in public

    January 8, 2014 9:18 PM 43

    Peers have vetoed a government proposal under which courts could stop people being annoying in public. Ministers want to replace anti-social behaviour orders in England and Wales with injunctions to prevent nuisance and annoyance (Ipnas). Courts could impose these on anyone engaging - or threatening to engage - in "conduct capable of causing nuisance

  • Energy companies criticised over slow flood response

    January 8, 2014 8:42 PM 42

    David Cameron has censured energy firms for not employing enough staff to cope with power outages caused by severe weather over the Christmas and New Year period. The flooding which affected large parts of the UK was the first topic raised by Labour leader Ed Miliband during prime minister's questions on 8 January 2014. Mr Miliband challenged him: "You will recognise