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October 22, 2017 10:40 AM Storm Brian: Road and railways open after disruption

Most roads and railway lines have reopened after Storm Brian caused heavy disruption on Saturday. The strongest gusts on the UK mainland have been in Wales, with 78mph (125 km/h) winds recorded at Aberdaron, Gwynedd, and Capel Curig, Conwy county. Homes across south Wales lost power but electricity has since been restored. A flood warning is still in place 7

October 21, 2017 7:54 PM Far-right scores surprise success in Czech election

PRAGUE (Reuters) - A far-right party whose leader wants to quit the EU and urged Czechs to walk pigs near mosques and stop eating kebabs, performed surprisingly well in an election, potentially giving it a chance to influence how the next government is formed. The Freedom and Direct Democracy (SPD) party rode a wave of far-right sentiment in Europe in an election 6

October 21, 2017 6:40 PM Strictly Come Dancing viewers left annoyed over HUGE scoring change amid Bruno Tonioli absence

STRICTLY Come Dancing viewers were left annoyed on Saturday evening over a HUGE scoring change due to Bruno Tonioli's absence. Strictly Come Dancing is as much about it’s famous judging panel as it is it’s all star contestants, so it’s understandable that many eyebrows were raised when Bruno Tonioli was absent from the judging panel made up of Craig 17

October 21, 2017 3:22 PM Storm Brian: Disruption as Wales hit by 78mph gales

Properties in Wales are without power, main roads are closed and public transport disrupted as Wales is being battered by Storm Brian. The strongest gusts on the UK mainland have been in Wales, with 78mph (125 km/h) winds recorded at Aberdaron, Gwynedd, and Capel Curig, Conwy county. The M4's Briton Ferry Bridge - between junction 41 and junction 42 - in Neath 15

October 20, 2017 3:18 PM Carlisle striker Miller becomes first player in English football to be retrospectively banned for diving

Carlisle's Shaun Miller has become the first player in English football to be retrospectively banned for diving. The 30-year-old striker will serve a two-match suspension after an independent regulatory commission hearing found he had committed a clear act of simulation in winning a penalty for Carlisle against Wycombe in the Sky Bet League Two game on Tuesday 6

October 20, 2017 8:35 AM ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ Judge Bruno Tonioli Will Miss First Show In 13 Years This Weekend

There’s going to be a spare seat on the ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ panel this week after it was announced that Bruno Tonioli will miss Saturday night’s show. In news that will no doubt please head judge Shirley Ballas, who sits ducks and dives next to the Italian and his flapping arms, Bruno has a “prior work commitment”. It’ll be the first time Bruno has missed 5

October 20, 2017 6:00 AM Popular student bar may be closing

Residents are concerned over the future of a popular bar, which they fear is closing down. Varsity Bar, in Maitland House, Warrior Square, Southend, was reportedly last seen open last weekend. The Echo spoke to Pat Walker, who is the agent for Varsity Bar. He said the owners have not confirmed with him what to do with their lease. He also confirmed the bar is not up for sale. Mike Gray, from Dedman 6

October 19, 2017 7:38 PM Richarlison on his dramatic path from Brazil to Watford: 'A guy once pointed a gun at my face... now Neymar has offered to help me succeed in Europe'

Watford star Richarlison has been an instant hit at Vicarage Road but his journey from Brazil to the Premier League was anything but smooth. Richarlison, who has scored three goals in his first eight Premier League appearances, will line up against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. But a trip to the champions won't faze the 20-year-old, who faced 5

October 19, 2017 3:38 PM Storm Brian: Strong winds set to hit British Isles

An Atlantic storm, which is due to hit parts of the UK and the Republic of Ireland this weekend, has been named Brian, the Irish Met office has said. The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for strong winds and potential flooding in parts of southern and western England and Wales on Saturday. Met Éireann issued an orange warning, of potentially "significant" 13

October 19, 2017 9:11 AM Lewis Hamilton jokes he would give up Formula One career to 'go to space' as he visits US astronaut training facility

Lewis Hamilton has jokingly revealed he wants to swap the race track to become an astronaut after visiting a training facility in America. The 32-year-old Brit took time out of his preparations for this weekend's US Grand Prix to be shown what it takes to be a spaceman at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. And it appears the Formula One star liked 7