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  • Labour MP Paul Goggins dies, aged 60

    January 8, 2014 10:42 AM 35

    Labour MP Paul Goggins has died aged 60, just over a week after he collapsed while out running. The former Northern Ireland and Home Office minister had been in Parliament since 1997. Mr Goggins, MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East, Greater Manchester, was out with his son when he fell ill. Labour leader Ed Miliband said he was saddened that the party had lost one of its most "dignified

  • Saber Haldari wanted in relation to child sex offences

    January 8, 2014 10:12 AM 31

    Saber Haldari is wanted in connection with sex offences committed against a young boy in Bristol between January and August last year. Mr Haldari, who is believed to be in the UK illegally, has links to both the Afghani and Iranian communities and may have travelled to Birmingham, London or Leeds, Avon and Somerset Police said. His date of birth is not known

  • UK storms: Further flooding risk as heavy rain forecast

    January 8, 2014 8:29 AM 36

    Parts of Britain are at risk of more flooding, as the Met Office forecasts more heavy rain in the coming days. The Environment Agency has warned there is a continuing risk of flooding in Dorset, south Wiltshire, parts of the Somerset Levels and areas close to the River Thames. The warning, which comes into effect at 12:00 GMT on Wednesday and will last until

  • Man charged over UVF murders of Gary Convie and Eamon Fox

    January 8, 2014 8:25 AM 31

    A man has been charged with the murders of two Catholic men in north Belfast almost 20 years ago. Gary Convie and Eamon Fox were shot by the UVF while sitting in a car at a building site in North Queen Street on 17 May 1994. The gunman used a sub-machinegun. He has also been charged with the attempted murder of a third man and being in possession of a firearm

  • 'Insolvency' warning for Wolverhampton council

    January 8, 2014 8:05 AM 42

    Last updated Tue 7 Jan 2014 Emergency action is needed to prevent Wolverhampton City Council going bankrupt within two years, it has emerged. Finance chiefs at the local authority say they face "the most challenging period" in the council's history, with the amount of savings needed soaring to £128million over the next five years. Assistant director

  • NI needs 200 new foster families says Fostering Network

    January 8, 2014 6:15 AM 44

    At least 200 new foster families will be needed in Northern Ireland this year to keep up with increasing demand, a charity has said. Single, unemployed and gay people are among those who can become carers, the Fostering Network said. The charity's Northern Ireland director, Margaret Kelly, said more children were being taken into care. "Some of that, we think

  • Scotland weather: Flooding risk 'priority' pledge issued

    January 8, 2014 3:09 AM 33

    Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse has said flood risk management is a "priority" after recent problems in areas such as Dumfries and Galloway. He was responding to a question from Dumfriesshire Labour MSP Elaine Murray. The festive period saw some of the worst flooding experienced in recent years across the region. Mr Wheelhouse said £42m was available

  • Eyewitness: Helicopter 'flying extremely low' before crash

    January 8, 2014 3:08 AM 38

    7 January 2014 Last updated at 23:55 GMT Four people are believed to have been killed when a US air force (USAF) helicopter crashed, police have said. The aircraft came down in Cley-next-the-Sea in north Norfolk, off the east coast of England. Emergency services are at the scene with a 1,200ft (400m) area cordoned off. The helicopter is an HH-60G Pave Hawk, based

  • Kegworth air disaster: Flowers laid on 25th anniversary

    January 8, 2014 3:08 AM 82

    Flowers will be laid at a memorial site and prayers said to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Kegworth air disaster later. A Belfast-bound British Midland flight crashed on the M1 in Leicestershire on 8 January 1989, killing 47 people and injuring 74. Flowers will be laid by Lesley Pendleton who has been parish council clerk since before the accident

  • Scottish independence: Call for 'truce' during Glasgow 2014

    January 8, 2014 12:01 AM 43

    Former first minister Lord McConnell has called on both sides of the independence debate to declare a "truce" during the Commonwealth Games. He will explain his thinking on the issue during a House of Lords debate later. Lord McConnell, known as Jack McConnell when he was an elected representative, said neither side should use Glasgow 2014 for political