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June 17, 2018 9:42 PM Billy Caldwell: Senior MP urges reform over medical cannabis

A senior MP leading an all-party group looking at medical cannabis has called the existing laws "bizarre and cruel". Sir Mike Penning MP has called for "fundamental reform" of the system. "Medical cannabis is a health issue, not a misuse of drugs issue," Sir Mike said in a statement. "It's about patients and relieving suffering." It follows the Home Secretary's 4

June 15, 2018 11:24 AM Universal Credit system is 'bad value for money' and took too long to roll out, damning report finds

The centrepiece of the sweeping Tory reforms to the benefit system is bad value for money and may never pay off for the taxpayer, the Whitehall spending watchdog said yesterday. The introduction of Universal Credit has taken years longer than it should have done, it may cost more than the old system of handouts it is replacing, and it has caused hardship 8

June 15, 2018 12:59 AM Orphan, 10, who has lived most of his life in Glasgow faces deportation to Georgia after his mother died before her asylum claim was processed

A schoolboy who has lived most of his life in Glasgow is facing deportation after his mother died before her asylum claim was processed. Church of Scotland minister Reverend Brian Casey launched a petition to help keep Giorgi Kakava in Scotland on Thursday, with more than 50,000 people having signed it in the last three days. The youngster was just three

June 14, 2018 4:00 PM ‘Drone trial has potential to save lives at the airport’

SOUTHEND airport says it is leading the way in security after introducing new technology to stop drones entering its airspace. Southend Airport rolled out its brand new security system which will be used to spot rogue drones. Drones can be a hazard to aircraft as they can affect the electronics on the aircraft and drones can also carry a range of explosives

June 13, 2018 7:07 PM Theresa May says new 'start-up' visa for entrepreneurs will make Britain a magnet for the 'best talent' as she holds talks with tech bosses at No10

A new 'start-up' visa for entrepreneurs will ensure the 'best talent' comes to the UK, Theresa May today said at a Downing Street summit today. The Government today announced plans to expand a current scheme which allows up to 2,000 non-EU graduates to come to the UK if they are sponsored by universities. Under the roll-out, the scheme will be opened 2

June 9, 2018 7:30 AM Business bid for new CCTV

A BUSINESS group in Pickering is crowdfunding for the town’s new CCTV system to combat anti-social behaviour - and has raised more than £3,500 in a month. The Welcome to Pickering group has set up a GoFundMe page online in an attempt to raise the £12,000 cash for the new CCTV system. The fundraising is part of the Ryedale Cameras in Action (RCIA) project 11

June 8, 2018 6:00 AM Canvey family need to raise £1.5 million for life-saving treatment for 11-year-old Harvey

A FAMILY has been told their son can no longer be treated for his heart condition in Britain - so they are trying to raise £1.5million for specialised treatment in the USA. Harvey Keating, 11, has been battling hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy (HCM) - a condition which means his heart is twice as large as it should be - for the past two and a half years

June 6, 2018 11:06 AM Revealed: The most viewed overseas homes for sale on Zoopla including a Majorcan villa once featured on hit TV show Love Island

The most viewed homes for sale overseas have been revealed, with one location repeatedly featuring in the list compiled by property website Zoopla. Spain dominates the top 10 list of most viewed homes overseas for sale suggesting that buyers are keen on a home in the sun within easy reach of Britain. The list also includes properties in France, Italy 13 1

May 30, 2018 6:00 PM From ska to soul, DJs will ‘mash it up’

A NIGHT of Hip Hop, RnB, funk, soulful house, ska, reggae and dancehall music is coming up this Saturday, at a new triptych DJ event called Mash It Up. Spearheaded by DJ Marrsey (real name Michelle Marrs), it will take place at Peggy Sue's music bar, from 7pm until 3:30am. Michelle, who will be playing a set of Hip Hop and RnB, wanted to create the night 6

May 30, 2018 2:00 PM John Worboys' victim says she will never stop fighting to keep him in jail as she vows 'every time he's up for parole I'll be there trying to block it'

A victim of black cap rapist John Worboys has vowed to come face to face with him in prison in a bid to stop him being freed. The woman says she plans on attending a parole hearing in the coming months to read an impact statement. She hopes that by revealing the devastating impact his crimes have had on her life, it will keep the serial sex attacker 7