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  • Serco's UK and Europe boss steps down as revamp continues

    November 21, 2013 3:51 PM 69

    Serco's UK and Europe boss has stepped down as the firm attempts to "refresh" its relationship with its biggest customer, the UK government. Jeremy Stafford is to be replaced by Andrew White, the current UK and Europe chief operating officer, the firm said. Serco is being investigated by the Serious Fraud Office after claims it had overcharged the government

  • Full body scanners announced for nine more UK airports

    November 21, 2013 2:56 PM 72

    Passengers at nine further airports are to face full body security scanners, the government has announced. The machines scan through clothing, producing a naked image of passengers so officials can check whether they are concealing anything. Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin also announced that those who object to being scanned would be able to request

  • Can one see one's house from here? The Queen and Prince Phillip take in the view from the 72nd floor of The Shard

    November 21, 2013 2:46 PM 74

    The Queen got a bird's eye view of Buckingham Palace today as she scaled the Shard as part of a visit to a scheme helping to pay for some of the city's poorest students go to university. Standing at 310m high (1,016 ft), as Western Europe's tallest building, both the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were treated to spectacular views of London's skyline - although

  • Marian McGlinchey admits providing phone linked to Massereene murders

    November 21, 2013 2:11 PM 74

    Old Bailey bomber Marian McGlinchey has pleaded guilty to providing a mobile phone linked to a Real IRA attack in which two soldiers were murdered. McGlinchey, also known as Marian Price, admitted providing property for the purposes of terrorism. Sappers Mark Quinsey and Patrick Azimkar were shot dead as they collected a pizza delivery at the front of the County

  • Glynis Solmaz killing: Alexandros Wetherill guilty of murder

    November 21, 2013 1:40 PM 68

    A former boxer has been found guilty of murdering a Wrexham pensioner during a burglary at her home. Alexandros Wetherill, 24, of Wrexham, was convicted of the murder of Glynis Solmaz, 65, by a majority verdict after a retrial at Mold Crown Court. The prosecution said the starting point for sentence was 30 years in jail, and Wetherill will be sentenced

  • MP Yeo cleared by standards watchdog

    November 21, 2013 12:59 PM 64

    Tim Yeo has been cleared by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards of breaking lobbying rules. The Tory MP was secretly filmed by Sunday Times investigators posing as representatives of a fictional energy company seeking to hire his services. The paper said he had admitted telling a business associate what to say in evidence to the committee he chaired

  • 'Lack of a war' blamed for Army recruitment failure: Outrage over comments made by chief of company responsible for employing new soldiers

    November 21, 2013 12:25 PM 75

    The boss of the private company responsible for Army recruitment has blamed Britain 'not having any wars on' after he failed to sign up enough new soldiers. Paul Pinder, the chief executive of Capita which has a £400m Ministry of Defence contract to recruit full and part-time soldiers, made the remark as he was grilled by MPs on his failure to hit targets

  • Jobless young total dips slightly

    November 21, 2013 11:28 AM 104

    There was a small fall in the number of young people not in work or education in the UK last summer compared with the year before. Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show there were just over one million people aged from 16 to 24 in this situation. The number was 19,000 less than in the spring and 28,000 less than in the summer of 2012. According

  • Homes evacuated in Londonderry security alert

    November 21, 2013 11:22 AM 79

    A number of homes have been evacuated in Londonderry after a suspicious object was left on a bus. Northland Road has been closed between Branch Roundabout and Springvale Park. Transport Minister Danny Kennedy condemned the incident and praised the "bravery" of the bus driver. "The driver showed immense courage under very difficult circumstances," he said. "Attacks

  • GP Gary Hughes' wife Marion charged with his murder

    November 21, 2013 10:37 AM 65

    A GP's wife has been charged with his murder after his body was found at his home. Marion Hughes, 58, is due before Truro magistrates later accused of killing 60-year-old Dr Geraint Hughes. Emergency services were called to the couple's home in the village of Feock, in Cornwall, on Friday. Officers from Devon and Cornwall Police discovered his body inside