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  • Sea Odyssey giants return to Liverpool for WW1 commemoration

    January 7, 2014 6:35 AM 38

    Giant puppets will return to Liverpool for an event to mark 100 years since the outbreak of World War One. Memories of August 1914 will see Little Girl Giant and her canine companion Xolo return to the city's streets from 23 to 27 July. Last year, they appeared in Sea Odyssey which was watched by 800,000 people. Helen Grant, Minister for Sport and Tourism

  • Polish minister attacks David Cameron's child benefit plan

    January 6, 2014 11:15 PM 54

    Poland's foreign minister has criticised David Cameron's call for a change to European Union treaties to allow the withdrawal of child benefit from migrants working in the UK. Writing on Twitter, Radoslaw Sikorski asked: "If Britain gets our taxpayers, shouldn't it also pay their benefits?" He added that Polish taxpayers should not "subsidise" UK taxpayers'

  • Fathers4justice campaigner dressed in Superman belt 'smeared the word "help" on £160,000 portrait of the Queen in Westminster Abbey'

    January 6, 2014 10:54 PM 69

    A Fathers4Justice campaigner appeared to smear the word ‘help’ in large purple letters across a portrait of the Queen hanging in Westminster Abbey, a court has heard. Tim Haries, 42, wore a Superman belt buckle when he is alleged to have smuggled a can of spray paint into the abbey on June 13 before defacing the picture, which is valued at £160,000. As he went on trial

  • Hundreds Of NHS Direct Staff Face Job Losses

    January 6, 2014 9:57 PM 40

    The 111 phone service for urgent but non-emergency NHS help has been beset with problems and complaints since it started in April. Hundreds of people working for NHS Direct, a failed provider to the NHS helpline, have been told that they face losing their jobs. NHS Direct announced in July that it was planning to pull out of its contracts due to severe

  • Ex-prisoner Peter Watton denies Chester rape attack

    January 6, 2014 6:38 PM 61

    A man attacked and raped a woman two days after being released from prison, a court has heard. Peter Watton, 37, of Lache, Chester, denies attacking the 44-year-old woman who was jogging with her dog in the city in June. He had just been released halfway through a six-year sentence for kidnap and robbery, Chester Crown Court heard. The jury was told he subjected

  • 'Naked rambler' Stephen Gough jailed for Asbo breach

    January 6, 2014 5:24 PM 41

    The man known as the "naked rambler" has been jailed for breaching an anti-social behaviour order preventing him from being unclothed in public. Stephen Gough, 54, of Chamberlayne Road, Eastleigh in Hampshire denied breaching the order during a one-day trial at Winchester Crown Court. Gough was arrested on 15 August when he left Winchester Prison unclothed

  • Richard Haass says plan would leave NI much better off

    January 6, 2014 4:23 PM 45

    Northern Ireland's past, flags and parading Proposals to resolve contentious issues would leave people in Northern Ireland "considerably better off," according to US diplomat Richard Haass. Months of negotiations about parades, flags and the legacy of the Troubles ended on New Year's Eve with no deal. Dr Haass and co-chair Prof Meghan O'Sullivan have published

  • Wales weather: Students told to stay away from Aberystwyth front

    January 6, 2014 3:49 PM 49

    Hundreds have been forced to leave their homes in Aberystwyth and students told not to return as the Welsh coast continues to be hit by high tides and strong winds. About 150 students in seafront flats have been moved out until Wednesday while 100 in private homes also left. The Met Office warned waves could be larger than usual and 70mph gusts have been recorded

  • Flare 'fired at police helicopter' near Salford protest camp

    January 6, 2014 2:04 PM 59

    Police have said they think a flare was fired at their force helicopter from an anti-fracking protest camp in Salford. The flare was aimed at the helicopter as it was coming in to land at Barton Airfield at about 00:15 on Saturday, Greater Manchester Police said, calling it an "unbelievably stupid act". Frack Free Greater Manchester and Barton Moss Community

  • Clegg urges Cameron to back 2010 election debate format

    January 6, 2014 12:55 PM 46

    Nick Clegg has urged David Cameron "to sign on the dotted line" for a repeat of the format of the 2010 general election debates. The Lib Dem leader suggested both he and his Labour counterpart Ed Miliband backed having three debates over consecutive weeks before polling day. The Conservative leader has suggested staging debates over a longer period