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October 23, 2017 4:00 PM Send us your Halloween pictures

IT’S nearly Halloween and we’re on the lookout for your most fang-tastic costumes. Each year we publish pictures of the most gruesome get-ups in town and we’re hoping to see some spooktacular efforts in 2017. As always, we’ll be publishing our ‘creepy kids’ gallery. This is your chance for your little horrors to see themselves featured in The Bolton 6

October 23, 2017 2:28 PM How Community Honours boosted one local charity

'I’d recommend the awards to anyone. The whole experience was so positive' As the deadline for entries in this year’s Devon Community Honours approaches, one of last year’s winners has been talking about the importance of the accolade. Cathy Griffiths from Torquay shared the Fundraiser of the Year award last year for her work raising money for the Torbay 7

October 23, 2017 12:00 PM Ward at North Tyneside General Hospital to close after 'drop in demand'

More than 20 beds are set to go at a North East hospital after health bosses decided to close one of its wards. Ward 12 at North Tyneside General Hospital in North Shields will be permanently axed by the end of the month, Northumbria Healthcare NHS trust has announced. The 24-bed ward was primarily for cardiology patients but more recently has become 6

October 23, 2017 11:29 AM PPI complaints rise 24% in six months, says FCA

Complaints about Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) have jumped to their highest level in three years, the regulator has said. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said the number of complaints rose by 24% in the first half of the year, compared with the previous six months. PPI complaints totalled 1.11 million, compared with 899,000 in the second half of 2016. The rise happened 5

October 23, 2017 8:35 AM Ashes 2017-18: England can win without Ben Stokes

England can win the Ashes without Ben Stokes, says former Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson. All-rounder Stokes was arrested on 26 September on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm following an incident near a Bristol nightclub. The England and Wales Cricket Board has said the 26-year-old will not travel to Australia "at this stage". "I don't 4

October 23, 2017 12:18 AM Feeling isolated as an asexual in a sexualised society

When Stacey wrote about her experience of not wanting to sleep with anyone, even her husband, dozens of readers sent emails saying that they too were asexual. Many described feeling isolated in a sexualised society. Here is a selection of their stories - and a response from an asexual activist about the importance of joining a community. It's possible 5

October 22, 2017 9:29 PM Switzerland: Teen attacks several people with ax

BERLIN (AP) - Police say a teenager apparently attacked and wounded several people with an ax in a town in northeastern Switzerland. The 17-year-old boy, a Latvian national, was arrested. St. Gallen canton (state) police said the assaults took place Sunday evening at a gas station shop and a second location in Flums. A statement issued by the state force 7

October 22, 2017 9:15 PM UPDATE 2-Slovenian President Pahor fails to win majority, faces runoff

LJUBLJANA, Oct 22 (Reuters) - Slovenian President Borut Pahor will face a second-round election on Nov. 12 after he fell short of a majority in Sunday's first round, as he tries to win a second five-year mandate. With 99 percent of the vote counted, according to the State Election Commission, Pahor had 47.1 percent of the vote. In next month's runoff 5

October 22, 2017 8:56 PM Love Island star ‘Muggy’ Mike Thalassitis parties the night away with 16-year-old girl in hotel room following wild night out after club appearance

LOVE Island star ‘Muggy’ Mike Thalassitis has partied the night away with a 16-year-old girl following a night in Middlesbrough. The lady in question posted a picture of the reality star on Instagram at 4am on Sunday morning, captioning the image "Alright Mike Hun" after the duo reportedly met at a club appearance. It’s believed they met at the event 7

October 22, 2017 8:13 PM Father-of-two is shot dead while leaving a house party in the Bronx

A New York father was gunned down while leaving a party near his home in the Bronx early Saturday morning. Keith Pinckney had stepped outside a home located on Davidson Avenue in Morris Heights when he was shot in the head and chest around 2am. The 36-year-old was celebrating with friends when he was killed. He was found less than half an hour later 6