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March 14, 2018 2:09 PM Turkey's Erdogan declares Kurdish-held Afrin 'will fall by this evening', a day after his military encircled the Syrian town trapping 350,000 civilians and cutting off a dam

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he believes that the Kurdish-held city of Afrin in northern Syria will fall into Turkish hands by this evening. Turkey said that it troops and allied Syrian fighters had encircled Afrin, a city in the enclave of the same name where some 350,000 civilians remain, as of yesterday, following a seven-week military

March 14, 2018 1:01 PM Pret To Launch Plastic Bottle Return Scheme That'll Give Customers 10p Each Time They Recycle Waste

Half of the plastic bottles used in the UK are currently not being recycled. High street chain Pret is looking to reduce the nation’s plastic waste with a new plastic bottle return scheme that incentivises customers to recycle. In a trial beginning in three Brighton branches in April, Pret will add a 10p deposit to all plastic bottles sold in store 6

March 12, 2018 2:58 PM Car owners warned to be careful after spate of car thefts in Rayleigh, Hullbridge and Benfleet

Essex Police is asking drivers to be vigilant following a recent spate of car thefts in the Rayleigh, Hullbridge and Benfleet areas. A black BMW M5 was stolen from a home in Kiln Road, Benfleet, sometime between 9pm on Saturday, February 24 and 9am the following day. It was recovered at an industrial unit in Rayleigh on March 1, along with a Triumph 15

March 10, 2018 1:50 PM Public meeting called as fears emerge traveller pitch could be set up near Basildon golf course

FEARS are emerging that a traveller pitch could be set up near the edge of Basildon Golf Course. Basildon Council is set to approve its local plan this week, which includes 53 pitches across the borough to meet its obligation to provide land for travellers. Twelve of the 53 pitches are set to be on a site in London Road, Vange, which will provide 650 homes 7

March 9, 2018 11:27 AM Primark Preparing To Open World's Largest Ever Store In Birmingham

For some a dream come true, for others... a nightmare. Primark is preparing to open the doors of its largest ever store - which will be ready just in time for Christmas. Set over 160,000 square foot, across five floors, you can expect to find all the usual ranges of women’s, men’s and children’s fashion including footwear, accessories, lingerie, beauty 12

March 8, 2018 5:00 AM ‘Streetlights switch off does not impact on crime’

SWITCHING off streetlights during the night does not have an impact on crime levels, according to the county’s police, fire and crime commissioner. Roger Hirst commissioned a report to find out the impact of part-night lighting on crime, anti-social behaviour and crashes following concerns raised by residents in public meetings across Essex 14

March 7, 2018 3:45 PM Forecasters say there could be sleet or snow in parts of North Yorkshire

A FRESH yellow warning has been issued for sleet and snow in parts of North Yorkshire. The Met Office says there could be sleet and snow in upland areas, and some lower levels as well, tonight and tomorrow morning. It said some roads and railways were likely to be affected, with longer journey times. However, the specific forecast for York was more encouraging 8

March 7, 2018 1:25 PM Plans lodged to replace York restaurant

A FORMER family restaurant on Foss Islands retail park could be divided into two separate units and refurbished as shops or cafes. The Restaurant Group has applied for planning permission for the now vacant Frankie & Benny’s building. Two units would be created, with separate seating areas outside each business. Planning documents say the fittings inside 7

March 7, 2018 8:49 AM Disadvantaged children are underperforming in Brighton and Hove's schools

Schools are failing to get disadvantaged children to achieve the GCSE results they were judged to be capable of. Councillors and council officers promised a renewed focus on improving poor pupils’ exam results at a meeting on Monday. They spoke after a report showed Brighton and Hove’s disadvantaged children underperformed last year, compared with both the English 3

March 5, 2018 6:23 PM 'Russian Spy' critical after exposure to 'substance' in Salisbury

Sergei Skripal and a woman are found "unconscious on a bench" at a Wiltshire shopping centre on Sunday afternoon. Sergei Skripal, 66, was convicted in Russia of passing state secrets to Britain. He was later given refuge in the UK as part of a spy swap. He and a woman in her 30s, who is believed to be known to him and is also critically ill, were found 12