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January 22, 2018 10:41 PM 'Bosses do not know when he will be back': Soap favourite Malcolm Hebden, 78, takes extended break from Coronation Street... weeks after falling victim to sick death hoax

Coronation Street star Malcolm Hebden is taking a protracted break from the long-running soap opera, just weeks after as US website incorrectly reported he had passed away. The popular actor, 78, has reportedly been given a leave of absence from his role as dithering shop worker Norris Cole, with ITV bosses unsure when he will return to the show’s Salford 7

January 22, 2018 7:00 AM Theresa May to launch 'fake news' rapid response team

The unit will be based in the Cabinet Office and will reportedly monitor social media to "identify and challenge disinformation". The team will be based in the Cabinet Office, according to Alex Aiken, the executive director of the Government Communication Service (GCS), the PR wing of the civil service. In an interview with PR Week, Mr Aiken said the civil 5

January 21, 2018 11:29 PM Bristol is rocked by EIGHTH university 'suicide' in 18 months as talented Canadian law student 'takes his own life during holidays'

A student is thought to have taken his own life in the eighth reported case of suicide at a Bristol university in 18 months. Justin Cheng was a third-year student at the University of Bristol's Law School and was found on the evening of Friday, January 12. Mr Cheng is the eighth student from Bristol's universities - seven in Bristol, one in UWE - who are thought 10

January 21, 2018 9:41 PM Should the #MeToo movement be included in the school curriculum? Education minister leads calls for teachers to have 'frank' discussions about sexual harassment with kids

Experts have called for the controversial #MeToo movement to be incorporated into the school curriculum. With celebrities such as Nicole Kidman supporting the movement at the Golden Globes, MeToo has become a popular topic among teens. The movement, which spread as a hashtag in October 2017, aims to draw attention to the prevalence of sexual assault 6

January 21, 2018 1:35 PM Police ban private hire taxi for speeding and driving with no lights on

A TAXI driver’s licence has been suspended by the police after they were caught speeding with no lights on. North Yorkshire Police teamed up with City of York Council and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) on Saturday night as part of an operation to crackdown on illegal York taxis. An officer recorded one taxi, in Melrosegate, Tang Hall, doing 7

January 20, 2018 10:18 PM The Kinks bass player Jim Rodford dies, aged 76

Fans and bandmates have been paying tribute to the British musician. The Kinks bass player Jim Rodford has died at the age of 76. While a cause of death has not been confirmed, it is believed the British musician suffered a fall down the stairs. His death was reported in an official statement from the band on Twitter which read: "It is with deep sadness 11

January 20, 2018 6:27 PM Prague hotel fire: At least two dead and seven injured after horror blaze engulfs hotel

AT LEAST two people have died after a major fire broke out at the Eurostars David hotel in central Prague, according to disaster officials in the Czech capital. Around 40 people were evacuated from the hotel following the blaze, which was first reported at 6pm local time (5pm UK time). The cause of the fire, which started on the hotel's ground floor 12

January 20, 2018 2:52 PM The funeral of Steven Dyson will take place next month

THE funeral of Steven Dyson will take place on Friday, February 2, his heartbroken mother has said. Lorraine Roach posted the details of the service at St Paul's Church, Ramsbottom, on her Facebook page. Those wishing to pay their respects are welcome, but Mrs Roach has asked those who attended a New Year's Eve party which Steven was said to be at are asked 7

January 20, 2018 8:19 AM A420 closed after reports of a gas leak at Toys R Us

EMERGENCY crews have closed the A420 at the White Hart Roundabout due to a major gas leak at Toys R Us. The busy A road is closed both ways between Old Vicarage Lane and the A419. A detour is in operation and drivers are advised to avoid the area if possible. Vehicles over 14ft 6in will be diverted off the A420 at Watchfield. All smaller vehicles are being 6

January 20, 2018 2:28 AM BREAKING: Historic Russian building erupts in huge blaze as hundreds rush to the scene

A FIRE has engulfed the historic Naval Institute building in St. Petersburg as over 100 firefighters and more than 20 fire trucks rushed to battle the blaze. The fire broke out in Russia’s second largest city, as the masses of firefighters were assisted by cadets. Smoke has left a blanket over the Vasilyevsky Island district as the flames engulf the mid-18th century 9